WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: There was no meeting in January due to the inclement weather and our wish to retain our members in one piece! The next Meeting will be on Monday 1st February at Carillon Cottage when members will be entertained by Ruth James.

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: 28 Feb: Darbys Farm/Walland/Dens Farm/Churchsettle - a cup of tea awaits those who wish back at the farm afterwards.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 5 Feb. Contact Ruth for details on 750674.

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.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A  meets Thursday 18 February

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 25 February at 2.30pm in St. George’s Hall - ‘A Guided Tour’ by Vanessa Sharman.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.you have a baby or are you expecting a baby? Do 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.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:  The first meeting of 2010 will be at Fazan Court, Snape View at 10 am on Thursday 11 February 2010.are trying to arrange forfrom the Parish Council, DHA and/or WDC. All welcome.
Tel: 01892 782294

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Sat 6 Feb 9.30-11am. All proceed will got to the Haiti Emergency Appeal.

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

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: On December 14th the Gardeners enjoyed a Christmassy evening listening to the enchanting sound of Udimore Handbell Ringers playing carols on the bells, Irish jigs and music on guitar, hammer dulcimer and English accordion and Peter Collins singing folk songs.We had delicious nibbles, punch and chat halfway through the evening and the competitions were won by Sue Piccioni and Carolyn Sanders.
meeting due to be held on January 11th was cancelled because of the snow and ice.
The next meeting will be on Monday 8th February when Dr. Peter Brandham will talk about "The Lost World". The competitions will be A Pair of Leeks and a Pot or Bowl of Bulbs, Corms or Rhizomes.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND Christmas Quiz proved challenging but the eventual winners were:
1st   The Huckster
Runners-Up   Duncan Brack and Michael Berks
Our thanks go to the compiler and to everyone who supported us. 
We should also like to thank several very generous individuals in Wadhurst who have recently made valuable contributions to our funds and who have thus made it possible for us to help some more people who are finding life a bit difficult at the moment.
“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.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION having had to postpone its Winter Social, we do not yet know which date we shall put it on.  We are thinking in terms of later in February or March so please watch the local press.  We shall e-mail everyone on the list and will ask people to pass the message round.  Please do not lose your tickets!   It might no longer be a snowy Winter evening by then but the event will be just as enjoyable. Possibly others who were not going to be available in January will now be able to join in.  Non-members are also welcome.
Future plans for the year include the week-end we shall spend in Aubers to mark the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the 10th Anniversary  of the formal signing of the Twinning Charter: 7th – 9th May.    The Annual General Meeting of the Twinning Association will be on Monday 24th May at 7.45 pm in the David James Building at Uplands.  For further details about joining the Twinning and its various activities, or to suggest other potential interest links with Aubers, please contact the Chairman, John McKenzie on 784342, the Secretary, Heather Woodward on 783212 or the Membership Secretary, Jenny Williams on 783427.

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 ROTARY CLUB OF WADHURST meet every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’ Wadhurst

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. This month's meeting is on Wednesday 17th February. The main speaker is Greg Smye-Rumsby who is also a presenter at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. His presentation is called "Bits & Bobs" and will be based on some of the latest hot astronomical topics of today. Greg's talks always go down very well, so this is a must see. There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by a short presentation on a basic topic of practical astronomy. This will then be followed by "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills.  Mwetings are on the third Wednesday in every month (except August) and begin at 7:30pm. Members and visitors are invited to arrive any time after 7:00pm.The venue is the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the east end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College.& Students Free, Non-members £2.

*CARILLON COTTAGE JUMBLE SALE* will be held on Saturday 13th February 9.30-11.30am at the Commemoration Hall. Please contact Sarah Rodgers or  Dot Smytherman at the Cottage (785658) if you are able to help. Please start saving your jumble.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
Don’t miss Once in a Lifetime - February 4th, 5th and 6th
Not to be missed - an evening of fun and Hollywood glamour! Coming to the stage the first weekend in February is Once in a Lifetime, an entertaining comedy written by Kaufman and Hart. The sizable cast includes some actors making their debut, some old hands and some talented WYTKIDZ, all now rehearsing hard to evoke Hollywood during the arrival of talking pictures into the world of silent movies. When a trio of out of work actors set up a school of elocution in the studios, the scene is set for glamour, gossip and giggles.
To create the right mood, the Commemoration Hall theatre will be set out ‘cabaret style’ with tables seating 8 and nibbles to enjoy.  Tickets are now on sale at Carillon Cottage at £8 (£5 for under 16s & £7 for WDC members).  If you can’t make it to Carillon Cottage, please ring Martin on 01435 884080.  California, here we come!
WDC CLUB COFFEE morning: Saturday 6th February 10.30am- 12 noon
Enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and a chat at Carillon Cottage in the High Street - open to both members and prospective members of all ages. Catch up on all the news and find out more about planned future productions. Absolutely everyone is welcome!

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE January’s meeting was cancelled due to bad weather.  Members who could have made it to St George’s Hall were probably not unhappy to stay at home, though sorry to have missed Heather Woodward’s scheduled talk on Scotney Castle.  Also cancelled was what would have been the first meeting of the WI book circle on January 12. However, here are some notes about our Christmas meeting.  After tea, we very much enjoyed the entertainment provided by the Committee. The first item was a group performance of the amusing (and hopeful) song “Looking for a Man” sung to the tune of All things bright and beautiful, followed by a rousing rendition of the poem “The Battle of Hastings” by Joan Page.  Then came what can only be described as a minimalist production of Cinderella.  All the characters were there and the essence of the plot was captured by the well controlled delivery of the almost Pinteresque dialogue which was very funny indeed.  This month (February) the speaker, Mr A Hoare, will give a talk entitled “Brassed Off”.  Competition:  Valentine card or Gift.  Trading Stall: White Elephant.

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme to which everyone is invited.  On Sunday 21 Feb Rev Jeremy James will continue the series of services on some Controversial Bible Passages. Watch for details of the topic! Everyone welcome!

CHERNOBYL CHILDREN’S LIFELINE
On April 26th, 1986, many of us woke to the news of an explosion, when a nuclear power plant blew up in Chernobyl.Seventy percent of the resulting radioactive substances fell on Belarus.The Nation still faces chronic exposure to low radiation doses.The ingested radiation weakens the children’s immune systems. Every year, the Charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline aims to bring 3,000 children to the UK for respite care.Next summer, Wadhurst is hosting 26 girls, aged between 14 and 16.They are all members of a superb choir, and will be singing in several concerts in Kent and Sussex.Looking after them and giving them a holiday can be a very rewarding experience.If you think you would like to host two girls and welcome them into your home to live as family, between 2nd July and 26th July, please contact me for further information.I would be so pleased to hear from you.Patricia Hall Project Co-ordinator, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.01892 783388.pjh@southwraxall.co.uk

SACRED HEART PARISH QUIZ NIGHT will take place on Saturday 20th February in the Commemoration Hall. 7pm for a 7.30 start. Tickets at £10 each will include a hot supper. Book as a team of 6-8 people or join a team on the night. Tickets are on sale at Carillon Cottage or from Toni Buckley (01580 201057) or John Whelan (01892 852386)

STRICTLY FOR CHARITY - A SUPPER DANCE.  By popular demand Women of Wadhurst again invite you to relax or dance to The Pete Willson Quartet playing Rat Pack songs, Glen Millar, Ella and other jazz favourites on Sat 27th March 2010 at 7.30pm, Uplands College, Wadhurst. Tickets £15 per head include a 3 course meal with Wow's spectacular variety of delicious desserts and a bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks. Book early to avoid disappointment on 01892 783934, in tables of 6. All proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care and local charities.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE, WADHURST will be holding an Emergency Life Support course for all ages on February 20th 1pm to 5pm. Venue is at the fire station.  The cost will be £15-00. For further information please phone 01892783178 or 01580200378.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: This is an early notice about a Men’s Breakfast, which is planned to take place at Dale Hill on March 20th when Derek Harness will be speaking. Derek worked for the Thames River police. The talk will be focused on Christ, but he will use his police background with humour and anecdotes etc and weave the gospel through it. It a great opportunity for you to bring a friend, please put this is your diary and starting praying about who you might bring.

WINTERFEST: Ice Skating Fun : Fri 12th – Tues 16th Feb. Come and enjoy ice-skating on our synthetic ice rink set within Mayfield’s Memorial Hall. On-site café. Ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available online at www.theticketsellers.co.uk or by phone on 0844 870 0000 or at Burnetts Estate Agent in Mayfield High Street.

THE WADHURST FARMERS MARKET is held on the 4th Thursday of each month in the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst High Street 1.30 to 4.30 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.
The trend towards buying locally is good for many reasons. It supports the local economy in which we live so enhancing our community in social and financial ways. Our carbon footprint is reduced by reducing the food miles. Looking after our community is something we contribute to in many ways and eating local eggs, cheese etc is one excellent way to contribute.
We need to build local resilience. This means protecting ourselves from world changes such energy shortages. With a very large proportion of our food coming from abroad we are vulnerable. Encouraging local businesses by buying from them we can reverse this situation. Oil will run out and we need to change production and purchasing patterns now to ensure consistency of availability of our food.
This area has many excellent producers of a wide variety of foods and drinks. The Wadhurst Market is dedicated to these producers and other local businesses that support our needs. It is generally accepted that markets also help local shops to thrive by keeping increasing choice so giving more reason to people to buy locally, encouraging other shoppers to the town and by keeping money local it keeps the local economy healthy.
Markets are friendly places to shop.
February 25; March 25; April 22; May 27; June 24; July 22

WADHURST OPEN GARDENS 5TH & 6TH JUNE 2010
It seems rather absurd when Wadhurst is swathed in 'winter white', to be even thinking of Open Gardens in summer.
Open Gardens supports the work of Carillon Cottage and last year we raised £2,500, the weather was kind and we had a deal of funfun.
usual we begin our requests for people to come forward and open their garden for a day or two. It is a matter of pride that we all want our gardens to look their best. Even the best gardens have problems so please don't be put off.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learnt about my own garden from visitors.
The Open Gardens event needs enthusiastic gardeners, gardens large and small, traditional and modern, those established and those in a state of change.
So please put those dates in your diary now, and please get in touch if you can help.
Many thanks in anticipation, Jan Dwyer 01892 782897

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION MASTER CLASS: Saturday 13 February – Grow your own vegetables. Tuition will be free for members of the association and will cost £10.00 per head for non members. For further details contact Ken Turner on 784325 or e-mail Kenfairview@aol.com

A COFFEE MORNING & CAKE STALL will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 20 Feb 10am-12noon in order to raise funds for the redecorating work on the Methodist Church building. Your support would be very much appreciated.

WADHURST BRASS BAND

Looking Ahead.

Hello one and all. You’ll be pleased to hear that the band is back in full swing after all the excesses of Christmas! We hope to have a busy summer once again, details of which I aim  to bring you in the next couple of months. Those of you that support the band throughout the year are hopefully looking forward to our Spring concert, which this year takes place on Saturday 27th March; time and ticket prices to be published in next months Focus. Looking forward to chatting to you next month and hoping there’s no more snow between now and then!

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 Jenny a call. Remember it’s not just for the youngsters, everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability.

More Players Needed – Especially Cornets

Do you play the cornet? We  are looking for players to help out on our “front bench”. For the uninitiated, this is the lead section of the band, equivalent to the 1st violins in the orchestra and very important. 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 Jenny a call, her number is 01892 782247. 

Contacts:         Jenny Cooper               Band Manager   01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle                  Secretary                       01892 782308      

                                                                                                Jane Fairweather

 

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