WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - June 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: In May several members of the Trefoil Guild joined with WI members for a walk, led by Martin Turner,  a Voluntary Warden for the Woodland Trust, in Pig and Combewell Woods at Bewl.  The woods were amass with bluebells AND the Trefoil Guild were able to view the two Tawny Owl and one Little Owl nesting boxes, the purchase of which they had funded as part of the Guiding Centenary Year Challenge. At the May meeting Ron Lewis gave a most interesting and amusing talk on being an evacuee - his accounts of events were fascinating and brought back memories of wartime for the majority of the members. The next Meeting will be on Monday 7th June at Carillon Cottage at 2.15 when the guests will be Sue Nash Trefoil Guild County Chairman and Maureen Tull Rother Division Commissioner.  All members, or former members, of the Guide Movement will be very welcome.
THE THREE BROWNIE PACKS of Wadhurst District invited the Trefoil Guild to share their Centenary Adventure - 'The Big Brownie Takeover'.  The event was a sleepover at Ticehurst & Flimwell School on May 1st/2nd.  Several Trefoil Guild members joined 48 Brownies doing country dancing and then making celebratory bookmarks during the afternoon.  The Brownies told the Guiders they enjoyed all the groups being together and all ages joining in, unfortunately the Trefoil Guild missed "the best bit - bacon rolls and hot chocolate for breakfast" according to a Brownie!

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: 27 June.

THE WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Social Club on Wednesday 2 June 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  The next talk will take place on Thursday June 17th at 2.00pm in the Memorial Hall. The speaker is Jean Neafcy and she hopes to encourage debate on the topic 'Queen Elizabeth I of England or Elizabeth the Great?' The question is whether or not Elizabeth, a very good ruler, deserves the title 'The Great'! Come along to listen to the talk, to enjoy discussion and to cast your vote.

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 24 June for tea at Westerleigh.

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 5 June at the Methodist Church  9.30-11am. All the proceeds this month will go to the Meningitis Research Foundation. Your support will, as always, be much appreciated.

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:  If you have any matters to raise 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 held their May meeting as usual in St George’s Hall. Neil Miller gave a very interesting and enjoyable talk about Hever Castle. The next meeting is on 14th June when Terry Clare will talk about ’A Year in a Beekeeper’s Life’ & our competition for the day will be a pair of vegetables and 5 roses in a vase. Join us on a day's outing to Savill Gardens and a trip on the Thames on Sunday 11th July, leaving Wadhurst Greyhound at 8.00am and returning about 7.00pm.  The trip includes lunch at the Savill Gardens  followed by a cruise and cream tea on the River.  Price £35 per person to include cost of lunch and tea. To book a place, please ring Hazel Hemsley on 01892 782719.  Payment must be made by 12th June.  Cheques payable to "Wadhurst Gardening Association" please.

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY After a very successful talk on the traditional building materials of Sussex and Kent by Richard Filmer at the May meeting, we move on in time to hear from Stewart Angell on 'The Secret Sussex Resistance' at the meeting on Wednesday June 9 in the Commemoration Hall: doors open at 7.30 for 8pm and all are welcome [non-members are invited to make a small contribution to Society funds].  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 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 had a wonderful week-end in Aubers, commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the 10th Anniversary of the formal Twinning of our two communities.  It was a week-end of many emotions: the poignancy of the ceremonies at the Menin Gate in Ypres where the Wadhurst Brass Band played magnificently, the sad commemoration of the deaths of so many of our men at a Mass held in the Church of St Vaast in Aubers where our own vicar and their priest celebrated Communion together, followed by the two Acts of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Aubers and at Le Touret cemetery where the Wadhurst soldiers’ names are cut into two panels as they have no known graves.  An interesting visit had been arranged to the Fort Pierquin and John McKenzie led a battlefield guided tour to explain the positioning and tactics of the Battle of Aubers.  Very happy occasions were the many smaller gatherings round dining tables with plenty of laughter, good food and fine wines.
The Saturday evening concert featured Arpège, the choir which sang before the Queen at the opening of the Channel Tunnel and later at our own Millennium celebrations, the Wadhurst Brass Band and the Bing Bang Sinfonia.  The two bands have a very different sound but they sound equally good together.  Perhaps one day, Wadhurst will have the opportunity to hear the Sinfonia here – your feet will certainly be tapping!
Sunday was the day given to the celebrations of the Twinning and began with the unveiling of a very English-looking piece of ground in the rue de Sablonnièes which is going eventually to be dedicated as a permanent memorial overlooking the field of the Battle in 1915.  Without any mutual consultation, the Wadhurst Twinning Association had chosen a 10th Anniversary present which turned out to be extra-ordinarily appropriate; we unveiled for them a lovely, typically English, oak wood park bench with a suitably worded brass plaque.
Finally 90 people assembled at the Foyer Rural where the tables for this very special afternoon were beautifully decorated  and  the most delicious three-course lunch was preceded by speeches from the Aubers maire, Mme Annie Lung, the Chairman of the Jumelage, M. Jacques Dehut,  the Chairman of our Twinning, John McKenzie,  and the Chairman of  the Wadhurst Parish Council, Tom Doyle, whom they like to call our “ jeune maire”!  The grand finale of the afternoon was a huge birthday cake featuring the village signs of Aubers and Wadhurst, with “Happy Birthday” being played in the background by some of the musicians of the Bing Bang Sinfonia. Our generous hosts had also prepared two fascinating exhibitions – one of the ten years of the Twinning which showed so many of the highlights of our “union”, and the other showing photographs of Aubers as it used to be contrasted with how it has had to be rebuilt after its complete destruction after the First World War. 
We all returned home bearing gifts because we seemed to win quite a few presents from their “tombola” (raffle), we were given the flower arrangements which were in front of everyone’s place and also a new publication ‘Aubers: vision du Passé’ given by the Municipalité and the Cercle Historique. 
Needless to say, we all left with regrets that even two nights and almost three days are too short.  We have forged more links, we have learnt more French and we have made new friendships.
We now look forward to welcoming the Aubersois here next year and meanwhile send them our very best wishes and thanks. 
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.
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, will be available at Carillon Cottage from Monday 7th June.  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 the 16th June.  This month is our annual “Telescope Evening”. Tonight members bring along telescopes and various items of astronomical interest and it is an ideal opportunity for anyone out there who is interested in starting the hobby to ask the best way to get started and the equipment needed. There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by a demonstration of planetarium software and then "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills. Doors open from 7pm. meetings begin at 7:30pm. in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the south end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College.  Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 5th June 10.30am- 12 noon
Join us for a coffee at Carillon Cottage in Wadhurst High Street. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and find out about the club and future plans including our forthcoming productions and social events.
Walk with pub lunch: Sunday 6th June 10am start
Members and friends meet at The Globe & Rainbow in Kilndown at 10am for a walk of around 4 miles from Kilndown, followed by a drink and/ or a pub lunch on Sunday 6th June. Please contact The Globe & Rainbow (01892 890803) if you wish to have lunch.
Open Auditions for February 2011 production: Blackadder
We’re delighted to have ‘a cunning plan’ to bring Blackadder to the Wadhurst stage early next year.
·           A first meeting to explain the cunning plan and find interested individuals is scheduled for Tuesday 15th June at 7.30 in the Methodist Hall.
·           Open auditions will follow on Saturday 19th June between 10am-1pm also in the Methodist Hall.
We’d love to have some new faces – so any questions or if you’d like to be involved but can’t make either date, ring Martin Elson on 01435 884080
Barbeque: Sunday 20th June in the Youth Centre garden
All members and guests (including children) are welcome to join us for our annual barbeque at the Youth Centre from 12 noon – please ring Anthea on 01435 884080 or email on anthea@antheapenhallow.com  if you’d like to come along, so that we can make sure there is enough food!

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE :  The Resolution to be submitted to the NFWI AGM at Cardiff on 2 June: ‘This meeting urges HM Government to introduce clear and mandatory country of origin labelling on all meat, poultry and fish products sold in this country’ was passed virtually unanimously. Food so labelled makes clear where products come from, not just where they had been processed/wrapped, which was often here implying UK origin.  Sue Smith who founded the charity Help the Forces (her son is a soldier) dropped in primarily to collect goodies we had collected.  She spoke to us briefly about how grateful the troops were for things sent.  She read out three very moving letters from young soldiers, who seemed genuinely touched that strangers would remember them, and how much they appreciated the gifts, as well as the support and encouragement it gave them.  Mrs E Oliver, ACWW will be the speaker on June 10. Competition: Foreign Souvenir, Trading Stall: Jewellery

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme looking at the Church and the Community. The subject for Sunday 20th June is Consumerism led by Rev Jeremy James; and in July it’s ’The Media’. Do come and join the discussion! Everyone welcome! At 6.30pm in the Methodist Church.
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, scaves and much more.  June 24; 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 In June our attention is firmly focused on preparation and planning for the clubs major fund raising event of the year – The Wadhurst Scarecrow Festival, now in its tenth year. Over the weekend of July 18th and 19th upward of 5,000 spectators come to Wadhurst to marvel at 100+ scarecrows, a farmers’ market, craft fair, live music, Punch & Judy, BBQ, Morris Dancers and much, much more. The Scarecrow Festival is our biggest local event and provides an opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy the entertainment and raise as much money as possible for deserving causes. All proceeds from the festival are donated to charity. This year the monies raised are going to ‘Hospice in the Weald’, ‘Royal National Life Boat Institution’ and ‘Talking Newspapers’. The bands and entertainment have been booked, raffle tickets printed and more beef burgers than you can shake a stick at been readied for the BBQ. But there are two elements over which we have little or no control. The weather, fingers firmly crossed please, and the SCARECROWS. The success and enjoyment of the event is very much dependent on the number of Scarecrows on display. Over the years the number has been steadily rising and last year over 100 were scattered throughout the village and on approach roads. This year’s theme is ‘Action and Humour’ and we hope everybody gets cracking on producing a suitable scarecrow. Help, ideas or encouragement freely available from Chris Velten (01892 783386), John Northover (01892 782908), David Harrison (01435 883564) or the master scarecrow maker himself - Graham the Wadhurst Barber. Full details of the 2010 Scarecrow Festival programme will appear in the July issue of FOCUS.

The CAMEO CLUB  Help!!  The CAMEO Club is urgently seeking a volunteer to look after the book-keeping and accounts.  This is not a demanding task and does not require weekly attention.  It would, however, enable our current Treasurer to take a well-deserved retirement!!  Please contact Helen, tel. 784340.  Thank you.

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 2010 Festival opened successfully in the afternoon of May 14 with Arabian Nights, a one-man show for children with a huge cast of characters, that came to us courtesy of the Tunbridge Wells-based production company 'Applause'. The Commem looked very pretty for the show, veiled in gold organza, with chinese lanterns, glittery streamers and lots of plastic palm trees!  The performance was magical - colourful and atmospheric - three storytelling pieces with beautiful puppets, fantastic scenery and a great music soundtrack.  John Bush added wonderful lighting.  A very satisfactory audience of around 100 children and adults, and the crowd of little ones - Brownies, rainbows and others sitting on the magic mats and carpet at the front, were transfixed. 
By the time you read this, our next, Abba's Angels on Saturday May29, will be over!  Still to come in June are Michael Fields' popular Jazzmatazz on Saturday June 5 at The Greyhound, and then another unusual one-man show - actor/pianist Michael Lunts as Chopin in Winter in Majorca on Saturday June 12, when the Parish Church will feature as a Monastery!  On Saturday June 26  the church will feature again - as St Mark's in Venice, for a performance of the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers by Polyphony, under the baton of Michael Fields directing an ensemble of period instruments and soloists sopranos Evelyn Tubb and Ansy Boothroyd, tenors Joseph Cornwell and Mark Curtis and bass Jussi Lehtipuu. Booking is open for the 2010 Festival in Carillon Cottage or online at www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info.

GARDENS OPEN FOR THE NGS Courthope Cottage Gardens, Wadhurst; 5 & 7 Courthope Avenue; 6 Watts Close. Sunday 27th June 2-5pm. Adults £3 children free. Contact Eileen Hemsley 782385

WEALDEN TALKING NEWS - ASSISTANCE REQUIRED     Someone is needed to be the Wadhurst representative for The Wealden Talking News.  This organisation is based in Heathfield and provides a completely free service for blind and partially sighted people in the Wadhurst, Crowborough, Heathfield and surrounding area, by sending out to them a weekly tape with items read from their local Courier Newspaper and other items of interest to blind and partially sighted people.  The production of the weekly tapes require a number of volunteer tasks from editing and producing articles to be read, to reading, to producing the necessary number of tapes from the master, for distribution.  The 65 volunteers are organised into teams so no individual need be called for duty more than every 5 to 6 weeks, unless they wish to be.  For further information please contact Martin Turner  Telephone 01892 783803.

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

THE LONG DAY CLOSES’ Music for a summer’s evening with the Choir of Corpus Christi College, Oxford on the eve of their summer tour to Japan with music by Tallis, Victoria, Bruckner, Wood, Sullivan and others. Saturday 26th June at 7.30pm
St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield. Tickets: £8.50 (including a glass of wine). To book tickets, please visit Libra Books, Mayfield, or Barnett’s Bookshop, Wadhurst. Or telephone 01435 873168. Tickets will also be available on the door.

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
Post: Lamberhurst  Music Festival,  The Down House, Lamberhurst, TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115                 Web: www.lamberhurstmusic.co.uk

ST LAURENCE CHURCH, HAWKHURST FLOWER FESTIVAL 25-26 JUNE 2010 Nursery Rhymes. Friday 25 June 3-6pm. Tea and coffee available during the afternoon. Saturday 26 June 10am-6pm Tea and coffee available from 10am-11.30am and from 2pm-6pm Lunch from 12 noon-2pm

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.

BURRSWOOD GOLDEN GARDEN PARTY: Saturday 20th June 1-4.30pm. Adults £2, concessions £1.  Fun, games, food & competitions to celebrate the hospital’s Golden Jubilee. www.burrswood.org.uk

WADHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL HSA SUMMER FAIR & NURSERY OPEN DAY Saturday 26th June 12-3pm. Come along & enjoy good fun, games, entertainment, stalls & all the fun of the fair. Why not visit the Nursery, have a chat with the staff & let your children play! (01892-783155)

TIDEBROOK FETE Saturday 19th June, Downgate House 2pm—come & join in the fun!

WADHURST BRASS BAND

Looking Further Afield
Hello everyone! By the time you read this I hope that the Band are all packed and ready for our long-awaited trip to France and Belgium. The trip has been eagerly anticipated by us all and we are especially looking forward to playing at the Menin Gate. As if this wasn’t enough I now have details of our forthcoming Summer engagements, which I hope many of you will be able to attend. Thank you for your continued support and I shall report the highlights of our trip in next month’s issue.

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 – 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 John a call, his number is 01892 783384.

2010 Engagements

Fri- Sun May 7-9            Band Tour of Belgium and France          
Sunday  May 23             Songs of Praise              6.30pm
Saturday June19           Tidebrook Fete              2.00pm
Sunday  June 27            Sevenoaks Bandstand     2.30pm
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                                                                                                       Jane Fairweather

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

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