WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - July 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: At their June meeting members were pleased to welcome their County Chairman, Sue Nash, and Division Commissioner, Maureen Tull.  After a short business meeting Maureen Tull enrolled Rita Mitchell and welcomed her into Guiding and Wadhurst Trefoil Guild. On 11th June seven members joined Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Wadhurst and Mayfield for their Centenary Celebratory District Barn Dance, complete with hay bales, a band and hot dogs.  A most enjoyable evening for all ages!
The next meeting will be on Monday 5th July at Merriments Gardens at 2.15 for a walk round the gardens followed by tea.

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: 25 July.

The WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Social Club on Wednesday 7 July 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.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A  Our next meeting will be the AGM and will take place on Thursday July 8th at 2.00pm. Please note this is the first rather than the second Thursday of the month. In addition to the business of the meeting, the Play Reading Group will read a short extract from the play, 'Green Grow the Cabbages', and there will also be a reading from Poetry Plus, our evening poetry group.
Reminder also of the Art and Craft U3A Festival which will take place on Saturday 31st July at Oakmeeds Community College, Station Road, Burgess Hill, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is free. Four of our Mayfield groups will be taking part.
There is no meeting in August and our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday September 16th when our speaker will be John Ray and his 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 22 July  at 2.30pm: ‘Thank you, Vicar!’ with Rev Jeremy James.

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 3 July at the Methodist Church  9.30-11am. Your support will, as always, be much appreciated. Please note there will be NO MINI MARKET IN AUGUST.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.  Do 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.  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:  Our next meeting is the AGM at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 22 July 2010 at the Youth Centre, Lower High Street, Wadhurst.  Guest speakers are still to be arranged and will be advertised on the village posters nearer the date.  We look forward to seeing you all.  For further information please telephone 01892 782294

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

THE WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION held their monthly meeting on June 14th in St. George's Hall, when Terry Clare gave a most interesting talk on "A Year in a Beekeeper's Life". The competition for 5 roses in a vase was won by Madelyn Meredith and a pair of vegetables by Alan Box.
The Summer Show will be held at the Primary School on Monday July 12th at 7.30 pm.

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 Summer Barbecue on Sunday July 25 at Markwicks and the piano recital by Sarah Root, organised by Rachel Ring, at The Mount on August 28, will both be important fundraisers for the Society.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND “Mullins” is a small local charity only 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
If anyone in Wadhurst who is not yet a member of the Twinning would be interested in joining for happy and varied reunions and would like to find out more, please contact John McKenzie on 01892 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212.
The Twinning Barbecue will be on Saturday 3rd July starting at noon at the Youth Centre.  Tickets £10, £24 for a family of two adults and two children, available at Carillon Cottage.  There will be a raffle and tombola, a cake and produce stall and a delicious barbecue and buffet. 

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.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY:  This friendly society welcomes beginners or anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. This month's meeting is on Wednesday July 21st.  This month’s talk is by Steve Jackson and is entitled “An Introduction to Radio Astronomy”.  There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by a short presentation on a beginners practical astronomy topic and then "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills.  Doors open from 7pm. And meetings begin at 7:30pm. in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church. Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 3rd July 10.30am- 12 noon
An excellent opportunity to meet with friends, find out club plans and have a cup of coffee. And if you are new to the club but interested in getting involved, a good way to dive in. We’re planning some theatre visits over the summer – outdoors and in – so pop along to find out more.
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 the 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 :  At our June meeting members enjoyed a talk by Mary Howse on the history of, and activities carried out by the Associated Country Women of the World. The ACWW was formed in the 1930s and has over 350 member Societies, including the WI. They have worked throughout the world with many projects to improve life - particularly with health and hygiene - and many water related projects.
The Speaker on 8th July will be Mrs Kinnison-Bourke, always a popular speaker with members. This time her talk is entitled Death by Gentry. Competition: A pretty plate. Trading Stall: Jigsaws and Games.

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme will be at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church on Sunday 18 July. This is the last in the current series looking at The Church and The Community and this month we will be thinking about The Church and The Media. It promises to be an interesting discussion. Do please join us - 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.  July 22

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
President                       John Cooper                 01892 782247
Vice-President                Godfrey Wood 01580 200701
Secretary                       David James                  01892 890330
Membership                  David Wade-Jones         01892 517002
Website             www.wadhurstrotary.co.uk
Meet every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’, Wadhurst – 7.45 for 8.00pm
All eyes and efforts this month are on the Scarecrow Festival which takes place throughout the village over the weekend of 17th & 18th July. It is vital that as many scarecrows as possible adorn the village and every effort is being made to maximise this year’s crop. This year’s theme is ‘Action or Humour’ a broad based subject which should allow plenty of scope for everybody to make their own contribution to a popular village event.
Scarecrows for display throughout the village should be checked in between 4.30-6.30pm at The Commemoration Hall on Friday 16th July.
Elsewhere in this edition of FOCUS you will find a programme of the special events and music which is in addition to Farmer’s Market, Craft Fair, Sideshows, BBQ and refreshment opportunities. In addition the Fire Station is holding its annual ‘Open Day’ on the Saturday when children of all ages can play at Firemen (or women) for the day.
It promises to be a great day out for all the family so please spread the word to friends and colleagues. The more visitors we have the more monies we can raise for this year’s worthy causes – Hospice in the Weald, Lifeboats and Talking Newspapers.

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Booking is open for the 2010 Festival in Carillon Cottage or online at www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2010 Grand total £3313.36
A massive thank you to all who helped with the collecting and those who gave so generously again this year. Diana Simmons

ETCHINGHAM ARTS FESTIVAL: 3-11 JULY, ETCHINGHAM CHURCH
The Mitrea Piano Quartet Sat 3 July 7.30pm
Peter Katin Sun 4 July 7pm
The Marian Consort Wed 7 July 8pm
Opera Supper Concert Sat 10 July 7.30pm
Wadhurst Chorale Sun 11 July 6pm (Admission Free)
Tickets: Etchingham Arts Festival, PO Box 100, Etchingham, E Sussex TN19 7US
Reservations only: etchfest@aol.com

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL
Classic Village Hall fare will be delivered by VoiceVersa on Saturday July 3rd at 7.30 p m in Lamberhurst Memorial Hall. VoiceVersa is a versatile accomplished vocal ensemble of trained singers whose programmes are devised around a theme, and include both vocal and instrumental music and amusing readings. 
Doors open:  6.45pm Tickets:   £10
“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

CHERNOBYL CHILDREN LIFELINE
Many warm thanks to the host families who responded to the last notice in Focus. We now have twenty-six girls and four adults all coming to Wadhurst from 2nd July – 21st July. Several of you asked if there is anything else you can do for them, other than host. Yes please ! The girls, who all come from Belarus, where 70% of the fallout from the 1986 nuclear explosion settled, are all members of a choir. They will be travelling to sing in several venues, and also meeting for social events, such as scarecrow making for the Wadhurst Festival. We would welcome contributions of a packet of biscuits of any variety ! There will be a basket in Carillon Cottage in June to collect them in. Secondly, we are looking for good quality secondhand clothes for girls ages 11 – 18. These should be taken to Brian and Gwen Tuck, 9 Mayfield Park, Wadhurst 01892 785285 from 21st June. Finally, please give the girls your support, by coming to their concert in St Peter and St Paul Church, Wadhurst on 17th July. The Choir won at the International Eisteddfod in Wales, and also won a silver medal at the Choir Olympics of the world. They are very good indeed. The Primary School singing club will also be there, and Wadhurst Chorale will be singing a song especially written for the occasion. It promises to be a very special evening for all the family. Tickets are on sale now at Carillon Cottage. Thank you for your support. If you would like details of the other concerts, please phone Patricia Hall 01892783388

WADHURST UNITED JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB will be holding their Annual Fun Day & Presentation to Players on Saturday 3rd July at Sparrows Green Recreation Ground, commencing 11.30am.'s something for everyone -BBQ, Bar, sweet, bottle and football, FREE bouncy castle, 45' assault course,, tuck shop, bungee run, FREE beat the keeper, penalty shoot-out and tuck shop.Entry is just £5.00 per family.Come along and support your Junior Football Club and have fun!

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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND

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

Sunday  July 4                Bewl Water Run  11.45am
Sunday  July 18              Rotary Club Scarecrows 2.00pm
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  

WADHURST WEBSITES
coverage includes Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. The site can be found at www.wadhurst.info, www.ticehurst.info, www.flimwell.info and www.stonegatevillage.info Note that www.wadhurst.org.uk has ceased to be a working link - so change your Favorites link now!    Webmaster: Michael Harte (783 292)

Wadhurst Parish Council can also be found here; our parish church here, Neighbourhood Watch here and you can see what rubbish is collected in our streets here

Email addresses for Focus are now:
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