WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: Members and friends meet on the last Sunday of each month in the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst usually at 2.00pm. Next meeting: 29 August.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Social Club on Wednesday 4 August at 10am.

KENT & SUSSEX BORDER LIONS CLUB: We meet every third Wednesday at Hurst Green Village Hall, all are welcome. Ring David Francis on 01580 200672 for more information.

The AGM in July was very well attended and the business of the meeting quickly and successfully completed. That left time for our Play Reading group to perform an extract from 'Green Grow the Cabbages' and the Poetry Plus Group to read their choice of poems about Food and Drink which included a super one written by Barbara Liddle, who is a member of the U3A. There was also a wonderful display of a variety of craft works made by members of the Needlecraft and Textiles Group. This provided a useful dress rehearsal for the U3A Arts and Crafts Festival on 31 July at Oakmeads Community College in Burgess Hill.
A new group is to be set up. This is Circle Dance which can be 'energetic and lively or gentle and reflective'. Any one of any age or ability can circle dance and each dance will be taught. I'll provide contact details to any members interested.
There is no meeting in August and the next talk will take place on Thursday September 16th at 2.00pm in the Memorial Hall. The speaker will be Dr John Ray and the topic is 'World War II at Sea'.

CARE FOR THE CARERS: Are you caring for a relative or friend? Would you like to meet other carers for a coffee and a chat? Then come along to our monthly meeting at Carillon Cottage, every third Thursday from 10.30am - 12 noon. For further details please ring 01323 738390.

PARENTS AND TODDLERS GROUP: Meetings are held every Monday at St George’s Hall from 9.30am. Everyone welcome! For further details please contact Nina on 01580 201158.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: Meets on 26 August at 2.30pm: ‘Wadhurst & Africa United’ with David & Betty Payne.

MINI MARKET  Please note there will be NO MINI MARKET IN AUGUST.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.you have a baby or are you expecting a baby?you want to meet for with others in the same position? Does your baby want to meet other babies? If so you should come and try out Tea With Tigger. Every Tuesday afternoon a group of us meet to play and chat. We have made new friends and found support and encouragement from each other. We do not have to be mothers - some are grandparents. We do not have to be women! Come and try it.  If you are aware of someone who would like to join us let them know. Please note there is absolutely no charge!
Call Carillon Cottage (01892 785658) and ask for Pauline or Penny to ring you back.

STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET: Please note the market is held the second Saturday of the month, 10.00 to 12.00. For information call 01580 200386.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION:  For further information please telephone 01892 782294

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. Everyone Welcome

THE WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION There will be no meeting in August. The next meeting will be Monday 13 September when Susan Scrivens’ talk will be entitled ‘Saltwood Summer’. The Competition will be Largest Dock leaf, Excluding stalk. The Autumn Show will take place in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 18 September.

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY The Society is now actively considering the possibility of using the old snooker room behind the new library as premises for research and display of local history material; to this end the piano recital by Sarah Root, organised by Rachel Ring, at The Mount on August 28, will be an important fundraiser for the Society.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: Crowborough CAB runs a confidential advice service in Carillon Cottage every Wednesday from 9.00am to 12 noon. No appointment necessary. Just drop in or call 01892 785658.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND “Mullins” is a small local charity able to continue working, thanks to the generosity of others and our own fund-raising efforts.  Perhaps you know someone who would benefit from our support.  To provide information, please contact one of the Office Bearers on 782181 or 783212.  
Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

If anyone in Wadhurst who is not yet a member of the Twinning would be interested in joining future such happy and varied  reunions and would like to find out more, please contact John McKenzie on 01892 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY:  This friendly society welcomes beginners or anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. There is no meeting this August, our next meeting will be on  Wednesday 15th September when the talk will be on “Astronomical Imaging for the Beginner” by Ian King.  Doors open from 7pm. meetings begin at 7:30pm. in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church. Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

October production: Kindly Leave the Stage
Rehearsals have now started for this comedy with a twist under the directorship of Barbara Liddle. It’s early days, so if you’d like to be involved in any capacity there’s still plenty of time to express an interest – maybe costumes? Or set? Or front of house? Or props? Rehearsals are most Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout July (with a break in August) at the Methodist Hall.
February 2011 production: Blackadder
Likewise, Blackadder is just being cast and sorted so still chance to jump in and enjoy what will definitely be a laugh a minute – not just the performances, but the rehearsals too. If you’re interested, contact Martin Elson on 01435.
A note about booking for future productions
Following the lead of Wadhurst Summer Music Festival, we’re looking to introduce internet ticket sales for the October show. This means a change from allocated seats to a ‘first come, first seated’ system, but will mean that people who find it difficult to get into the village to buy their tickets during Carillon Cottage’s opening hours can still easily purchase tickets – and we will continue to sell tickets through Carillon Cottage, who provide a fantastic service.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE :  The July meeting was thoroughly enjoyed by members when Mrs Kinnison-Bourke gave a very amusing talk entitled Death by Gentry.
The August meeting is our annual Garden Meeting which is being held at Orchard House, South View Road, by kind permission of Michael and Diana Harland.There will be a Bring and Buy stall, some games and a good tea. Members are asked to bringsmall chair if possible

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme - everyone welcome!

THE WADHURST FARMERS MARKET is held on the 4th Thursday of each month in the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst High Street 9.30 to 12.30 pm. Locally produced meats, fruit, vegetables, soups, eggs, bread, cakes, apple juice is available. There is also a wide selection of crafts such as animal portraits, jewellery, soaps, upholstery, antique chairs, toys, scarves and much more.  

President      Godfrey Wood   01580 200701
Secretary       Arthur Dewar    01892 783935  arthur.dewar@btinternet.com
Membership and other enquiries – to the Secretary
Website      www.wadhurstrotary.co.uk
The Rotarians meet every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’ – 7.45 for 8.00pm
Our 10th Scarecrow Festival was another great success, and huge thanks to local families and other visitors for their steadfast support. Monies raised will be passed to the three nominated charities: Hospice in the Weald, The Lifeboats (RNLI) and Talking Newspapers for the Blind.  Over that weekend special entertainment was given by the “Byg Band” with Saxophone Quartet, the Wadhurst Brass Band,  Morris Dancers, the Bob Bernard Trio, Punch and Judy shows and the wonderful girls’ choir from Belarus – namely the “Clear Voices Choir”.
During the coming months the Rotary Club programme will include a visit to Lloyds of London (15th Sep), a Jazz Evening (2nd Oct), a Jumble Sale (9th Oct) and a briefing on the Deer Wardens Scheme. Some members will demonstrate their skills at navigating, helming and oratory as they steer their colleagues through the waterways in the Midlands, as temporary Captain of a Canal Boat.
As usual our Business Meetings normally focus on Charitable work, either for groups or individuals, whether at home, nationally, or abroad.

Booking is open for the last concert in the season on 14 August in the Parish Church – details here.  Tickets in Carillon Cottage or online at www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info.

“A marvellous combination of sight, sound and entertainment for all the family.”
Opera in the Open takes place on Saturday August 7th at 7.30 p m. at Bayham Abbey, an unbelievably romantic setting. A mixture of scenes and arias from some of the most loved operas will be brought to life by Opera Glorioso. Bring chairs and a picnic!
Doors open 5 30 p m.  Tickets £25 or £20 pre August 5th  
Post: Lamberhurst  Music Festival,  The Down House, Lamberhurst, TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115                 Web: www.lamberhurstmusic.co.uk

PIANO RECITAL: a programme to include Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin, will be given by Sarah Root at 7.15pm at The Mount on Saturday 28th August.  The evening is promoted by Wadhurst History Society (charity no. 1113106)  and tickets costing £12, to include light refreshments, are available from Rachel Ring on 01892 783455, or Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst, 01892 785658.

SKIPPERS HILL MANOR PREPARATORY SCHOOL is set in 32 serene acres of Wealden countryside.  A small school for children aged between 4 and 13, the Skippers ethos is to provide a happy, stimulating and structured environment, where the children feel valued and secure, enabling them to thrive and achieve tobest of their ability.
The school plans to introduce a Travel Service from September 2010, with routes under consideration from several locations.
Skippers offers several Non-Academic scholarships to children who demonstrate an outstanding ability in Drama, Sport, Music and Art. Simply phone the school to arrange a taster day for your child. www.skippershill.com

ALLOTMENTS AVAILABLE There are a small number of plots available at the Parish Council's allotment ground off Old Station Road. If you would like a plot, and live in the civil parish of Wadhurst please contact Peter Aitchison on 782324.

Have you ever considered joining a NADFAS group? NADFAS stands for National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. WEALDEN DFAS meets in the Heathfield Community Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 2.15pm for an illustrated lecture followed by tea. The lectures are all of a very high standard and this year’s varied programme has covered a range of subjects, not only on aspects of the Arts, but also ’The History of Coffee, Munich and the Passion Play at Oberammergau’ and ’Punch and Judy’.
We also have longer study days, including lunch, and says out twice a year visiting places of interest—Chartwell and Parham House and gardens, with guided tours, for instance.
WEALDEN DFAS are delighted to welcome new members. The new year starts in September through to June the following year. Ten Lectures for £s5 with tea and biscuits, good value at £3.50 a lecture. Why not come along as a guest and try us out?
Further Details :
Membership Secretary:        Caroline Bruce-Smythe    01892 - 740205
Local Committee Member:  Liz Fairclough                  01892 - 783167

HOLIDAY J-CLUB  will not take place during the Summer holidays, but will meet during the October holiday Tuesday 26th - Friday 29th October. Every morning plus Thursday afternoon. Also Sunday 31st October. At Wadhurst CE Primary School.
Keep the dates and join the fun!

Summer’s Here!
Hello everyone - I hope this month’s Focus finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine! As you can see the band has a busy summer coming up; I hope you will be able to join us at some of our functions. Our recent trip to France and Belgium was very well received and a joy to take part in- I wish I could show you some of the photographs, the towns we visited were beautiful. Well enough from me, I look forward to chatting to you next month and as always thank you for your support.

Training Band
The training band takes place every Thursday before the main band practice. If you’ve ever thought of playing a brass instrument or would like to know more,why not give our band manager John a call. Remember it’s not just for the youngsters, everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability.

More Players Needed!
Do you play a brass instrument?We are looking for players to come and join the band.We are a friendly bunch who enjoy playing a wide variety of music and have an active schedule of concerts and other events. If you’re interested, why not give John a call, his number is 01892 783384.

2010 Engagements

Saturday July 24             Wadhurst Music Festival 8pm
Sunday  Sept 12             Ha-Ha, Hawkenbury   2pm
Sunday  Sept19              Eastbourne Bandstand    3pm

Contacts:      John Whitehead      Band Manager  01892 783384
Lydia Fuggle      Secretary                     01892 782308  

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