WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - MARCH 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: 13 members met for their February meeting when they all enjoyed a talk by Ruth James on not only being a vicar's wife but also a vicar's daughter.  The next meeting - the AGM - will be 'black' (in the dark!) at 44 Little Park, as part of the Adventure 100 in celebration of the Centenary of Guiding.

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 March - Scotney.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 5 March. 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  The monthly talk will be given at the Memorial Hall at 2.00pm on Thursday 18th March. We welcome a new speaker to us, Mr Timothy Cox, whose subject is 'The English Seaside'. Non-members are also very welcome and are asked for small donation of £2.00.

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 March at 2.30pm in St. George’s Hall - ‘Wadhurst Then & Now’ by Michael Harte.

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:  All welcome.  For more information Tel: 01892 782294

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

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION sadly had to cancel its meeting again on February 8th due to bad weather. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 8th in St. George's Hall at 7.30 pm when Sue Buckingham will be speaking on "Flowers and Scenery of Costa Rica" and the competition will be A Vegetable and Three Spring Flowers in a Vase. The Spring Show will be held on March 29th in the Primary School, Sparrows Green. Exhibits should be staged by 7.30 pm.  Show schedules are available from Jean Marie in Wadhurst High Street and we look forward to a colourful display, with entries from a many members as possible.

The WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY had a very successful meeting last month with a large turnout - despite the weather - and a brilliant talk from Professor Michelle Brown on 'Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts'. We shall be inviting her back next year.  Next month's meeting on Wednesday 10 March will now be given by Judith Kinnison Bourke on the life of Elsie Bowerman – a survivor of the Titanic.  Doors - and the bar - open in the Commemoration Hall at 19:30 for the talk at 20:00; guests welcome for a small donation.  The next newsletter should be available for collection.  Our latest book - 'A Brief History of George Street and St George's Hall' by Mary Offord - has nearly sold out so, if you haven't yet bought your copy, get it soon!
The next planned publication for the Wadhurst History Society will be tackling the years from 1901 to 1936 – a significant period of history for many reasons.  As with our previous books, we are researching as widely as possible in and around Wadhurst to discover what was happening here in those years and what were the reactions of the people to events elsewhere on the national and international stage.
We have been able to talk to quite a number of people and have also been loaned documents and pictures for copying or paraphrasing but we have several areas for which we are finding it hard to fill the gaps.  Could you help?  Do you have old papers, maps, documents in your lofts or desk drawers which would be relevant to that period?  If so, please could we borrow them?
Topics we are hoping to cover include:  women’s work at home and “in service” especially before and during the 1st World War; travelling and transport; opinions about political changes which should include the suffragettes/suffragists – do you know of any in Wadhurst?   the cultural and artistic life of Wadhurst;  the doctors of Wadhurst, the hospitals and the medical developments during those years;  law and order and the police;  the shops and businesses……….about all these things there must be so many facts and anecdotes and  we would love to hear them.
So that future generations can learn about life in the early 20th Century, we should like to make this publication as comprehensive as possible.  If you could help in any way, please contact David James on 01892  890330 or Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.  Thank you.
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 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.

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 17th March. The main speaker is James Fradgley talking on "Life in the Universe". What are the chances of life on other planets and exoplanets?  James' talks are very informed and always go down very well, so this is a must see for anyone interested in this subject. There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by a short presentation on a basic topic of practical astronomy and then "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills. Meetings are the 3rd 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 south end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College.  Members & Students Free, Non-members £2

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - FSW    Unfortunately there has been no new date set for their annual Mammoth Book Sale - will keep updated.
The Easter Walk on Monday 5th April will take the form of a circular route (approx 7 miles ) from Alfriston via Wilmington.  Notices are in Wadhurst, Tidebrook & Stonegate Churches as well as Carillon Cottage. Further information & sponsor forms available .                                                          Jill Brewster     01580 830008

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 6th March 10.30am- 12 noon
We had a great turn out at February’s coffee and chat at Carillon Cottage – we’d be delighted to see you in March. It’s an opportunity for members and potential members to get together, find out what’s happening, what the plans are and have a good gossip. Anyone is welcome to come along and find out more about the club and what’s on offer, so please drop in.
Next production: WytKidz present The Witches
Once in a Lifetime proved an excellent, entertaining show, well-received by the audience with generous laughter and applause. The cast included a good selection of WytKidz (from the Wadhurst Youth Theatre group) – and they are now looking forward to their own show in May.
They’ll be staging The Witches, adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl’s fantastic story. Casting and rehearsals will kick off this week with lots of energy and laughter.
Put the date in your diary – Friday 21 May evening & Saturday 22 May matinee and evening performances. Any offers of broomsticks gratefully received……!
Membership of WDC is open to all - full membership only £10, associate £6, juniors (13-17) £3, mini (12 and under) £1. This entitles you to a discount on tickets and to the club newsletter so that you get all the inside information. If, however, you’d like to receive emailed information about forthcoming auditions and productions you can sign up to our free email mailing list. For either, simply contact John Bush on 01892 782391 or email: jbush@talktalk.net

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE :   In spite of the bitterly cold and snowy day, there was an excellent turnout of members at last month’s meeting.  After the completion of business we enjoyed a talk “Brassed Off” given by Mr A ‘Algy’ Hoare who spoke about his love of music and long and happy association with Wadhurst Brass Band.  It was interesting to hear brass bands only emerged in the early 19th century and that the Queen had written to the band acknowledging the two Jubilee Brass concerts they  performed for her Silver and Golden Jubilees.  He concluded his talk with demonstrations on trumpet, trombone and the infrequently heard FGhM (Funnel, Garden hose and Mouthpiece).  Tea included birthday cake to celebrate Wadhurst WI’s 89th anniversary.  This month Mrs M Wynne-Jones will be talking about ‘Scarf Tying Magic’. Competition: Decorated Egg. Trading Stall: Easter Cooking.
TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme to which everyone is invited. 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.   This 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

STRICTLY FOR CHARITY - A SUPPER DANCE. Through 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.

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.

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, scaves and much more.  March 25; April 22; May 27; June 24; July 22

WADHURST OPEN GARDENS 5TH & 6TH JUNE 2010
Open Gardens supports the work of Carillon Cottage and last year we raised £2,500, the weather was kind and we had a great deal of fun of fun. As 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 BOWLS CLUB are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 27th March 9.30-11.30am in the Commemmoration Hall. Donations of jumble welcome - please phone 782108.

THE LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL is entering its 8th season and the first concert takes place on Saturday 20th March at St Mary’s Church. Lamberhurst at 7.30pm. The Truman Trio will be performing and the programme will feature Beethoven and Chopin with Bob Truman on cello, Annabel Thwaite on piano and Matthew Jones on the viola.
Doors open 6.45pm  Tickets : £15 (children under 15 free)
Contact: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8ET
01892 891115   www.lamberhurstmusic.co.uk
Lamberhurst Music Festival is a registered charity no. 1102771 and exists tp support St Mary’s Church.

TICEHURST PARISH COUNCIL  ANNUAL ASSEMBLY 28th April 7.30pm The Village Hall, Ticehurst.
Come & join the Parish Councillors for refreshments in an informal setting. Groups of interest will be represented during the evening, such as Ticehurst News & Views, our website designer, your MP & representatives from many other local organisations. There are no speeches, you just talk to whom you want! Please put the date in your diary. 01580 754090

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
It would be nice to be able to excuse the lack of Rotary copy in the February issue of FOCUS on the inclement weather - but no it was down to sloth and lethargy on my part – so it’s fortunate that your correspondent remains anonymous.
Unfortunately the missing copy would have contained advance details of the popular ‘Charity Rotary Quiz’ to be held in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 6th March. Entries in teams of six are invited for the annual examination of those little grey cells. The question setter is of a ‘mature’ disposition which means that a lack of knowledge of popular music, soaps or the type of celebrity that regularly appears in magazines like ‘Hello’, ‘O.K.’ is almost certainly to be a help rather than a hindrance. Full details and entries to Chris Kyle 01580 201434. The entry fee of £8 per head includes a Ploughman’s Supper. All monies raised will go to local and other Rotary Charities.
Not surprisingly the one charity that has been foremost in our thoughts has been that associated with the Haiti Earthquake. The Wadhurst Rotary club has plugged in to ShelterBox a Rotary international disaster relief charity. It delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide in the form of pre-prepared, quick response packs. ShelterBox's HQ is in Cornwall. To date over 8,200 boxes have been sent to Haiti as a result of donations from clubs throughout the UK.
After the enormity of Haiti it is perhaps sobering to revert back to the day-to-day club programme for March where Andrew Collins is talking on ‘Developments in Violin Making’ on 3rd March. ‘The Wadhurst-Burundi’ is being presented by David Payne (17th) and Michael Godden’s talk and Demonstration entitled ‘A Flash in the Pan’ on the 24th sounds fascinating. The March pubocentric walk, being led by David Goldsmith, is scheduled for Sunday 21st starting from ‘The Brewers Arms, Vines Cross which is just south of Heathfield. Meet at 9.50 for a prompt 10.00am start. Walks are 5-6 miles with wives et al all welcome.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: next meeting will be held on 18th March in St Georges Hall at 7-30 pm all are welcome. There will be a talk on Sussex Air Ambulance by Heather Woodward. Also well done at the county conference for winning the Dacre cup for most recruiting in the year.

PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY (PSP) AWARENESS WEEK is from 3rd to 10th April 2010. My mother suffered from this terrible disease before she passed away in November 2008. It is a disease of the brain which affects the body, slowly taking away eyesight, speech and eventually the body shuts down. It also is extremely difficult to diagnose as it often mistaken for Parkinsons. At the moment there is no cure for this, but research is taking place in developing more efficient treatment and hopefully a cure. As it is the awareness week I am holding a Jumble sale in the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Saturday 3rd April to raise funds for this much needed research. The doors are open from 09:30 to 12:00. Please come along and support this much needed cause. Kind Regards Linda White-Hide 01892 783906

The CAMEO CLUB ANNUAL SALE will be held on Saturday, 6th March from 9.30 - 11.30am in the Commemoration Hall, during which refreshments will be served.  All contributions of cakes, raffle prizes, good quality clothing, toys and bric-a-brac will be gratefully received at the Hall on Friday evening from 5.00-6.30pm.  Collection available - please contact Joyce Farmer (782910).  We look forward to seeing you there!
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.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION are holding a Jumble Sale on the 13th March in the Commemoration Hall, Time 9-30am-12noon, Entrance by Donation, there will be refreshments, Tombola, Raffle, Books, Ladies/Men's  & Children's clothes, White Elephant, shoes etc. All proceeds will go towards equipment & a new Uniform which is coming on sometime this year, so all members will have to have a new one. We will be at the hall on Friday evening from 18-00 -20-00pm, please bring any donations between this time thank you or if you need any more information please telephone  Marge 01580 200378, Paul 01435 883517.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD  -  You are invited to a Volunteer Coffee Morning on Friday 26th March 2010 at Carillon Cottage, Wadhurst between  10 - 12 am.   Contact Rachel Holweger 01892 820536

News from Stonegate Pre School
The children at Stonegate Pre School don’t mind the cold weather! Whilst the mums and dads are bedded in during the Big Freeze, we are out in the garden, playing with the snow, sliding on sparkly, icy surfaces and then coming in for hot home-made soup. But now it’s March, we can look forward to our trip to see the lambs at Coopers Farm as well as our visit to Stonegate Church to take part in the Mothering Sunday Service.  If you want to come and see what we get up to, call us on 01580 200960 – we’d love to meet you.

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, SEVENOAKS is very pleased to present Stuart Townend and band "Creation Sings" tour on Wednesday 24th March 2010 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm ) An evening of worship together with one of the UK 's leading songwriters. With special guest Mark Edwards. Tickets cost £10. To buy tickets or for further information, please email: Stuart.townend@stnicholas-sevenoaks.org or telephone the Church office on 01732 740340 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm )

WADHURST NURSERY
We warmly invite you to our Open Day  Tuesday 2nd March 9.30-11am & 1-2pm
Come along & see us in action! Experience for yourself the ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted) qualified teacher-led provision we offer.
Enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere & a chat over a cup of tea/coffee whilst your children discover the fun, excitement & stimulation offered by the Nursery.
We look forward to seeing you but if you are unable to make it, we would be happy to arrange a time more convenient for you. Tel: Mrs Thorn, Mrs Russell, Mrs Eastley  01892-783155

WADHURST BRASS BAND

The End of an Era!

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this month. I have to announce that after many years loyal service as Band Manager, Jenny Cooper has decided to stand down to concentrate on family matters- the first of which is the imminent arrival of a grandchild! I know I speak for the whole band when I wish Jenny well with her commitments, and thank her for everything she’s done for the band over the years. In the same vein it gives me pleasure to announce that taking over from Jenny will be John Whitehead, who many of you will know. I just remains for me to remind you all of the date of the Spring Concert which is Saturday 27th March, and look forward to chatting to you next month.

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

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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