WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - MAY 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Following a short business meeting and the welcoming of Brenda Preston to Membership of the Trefoil Guild, when all members renewed their promise with Brenda, members enjoyed a most informative and humorous talk on 'foot care' by Felicity Moon of Feet First. Included in the session were a few simple exercises to benefit members’ feet and circulation. The next meeting at Carillon Cottage will be on Monday 10th May, when members look forward to a talk by Ron Lewis on being an evacuee.

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: 30 May.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next meeting will be held on 7th May at the Recreation Ground. One of the members, Brian Catton, will be the speaker. He was one of the 200 people held hostage for 132 days when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Bread and cheese is supplied after the talk. Visitors are welcome but need to book in advance on 01892-785041. There is a charge of £2.

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 be on Thursday May 20th at 2.00pm in the Memorial Hall. Our speaker is Moireen Biron whose subject will be Basildon Park - a National Trust Property which is an impressive Georgian mansion surrounded by glorious parkland. She also hopes to trace a link between thehouse and Mayfield. Advance notice of the talkThursday June 17thwill be given by Jean Neafcy who hopes to encourage debate. The topic will be 'Elizabeth I of England or Elizabeth the Great'.along and 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 27 May at 2.30pm in St. George’s Hall - ‘Reprise’ with Barbara Liddle.

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 1 May at the Methodist Church  9.30-11am.

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.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 next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 13 May 2010 at Fazan Court, Snape View. 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 its Spring Show on March 29th at the Primary School.In spite of a very cold and late spring, members produced a lovely array of daffodils, mixed spring flowers and beautful arrangements. During the judging we enjoyed a Quiz, followed by coffee and nibbles. The Blackman Coronation Cup was won by Dave Barden, the Reverend Emery Cup by Rosemary Lavender and the Clowes Pritchard Cup by Nan Fuggle. The next meeting will be in St George's Hall at 7.30pm on Monday May 10th, when Neil Miller will be talking about the secrets of Hever Castle. The competitions will be 2 sticks of rhubarb and a photograph of an historic building. 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 gardens followed by a cruise and cream tea on the boat. 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.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY 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 The 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge:    34 members of the Wadhurst Twinning Association will be travelling to Aubers at the beginning of May as also will the Brass Band.  On Friday 7th May, they will be present at the very moving  nightly ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres when the Band has had the honour to be asked to sound the Last Post to commemorate the lives of all those who died in that region during the 1st World War.
On the following day, France annually has a national holiday of Remembrance for the Fallen of both World Wars. A special service will be held at the Eglise St Vaast in Aubers, followed by  a wreath-laying and  ceremony at the War Memorial which stands just outside the church.  This will include the singing of the Marseillaise, the laying of wreaths, the Exhortation and the playing of the Last Post.
Thereafter, the “Twinners” , representatives of the Royal Sussex Regiment and the Band will go to Le Touret which is the cemetery where the 24 soldiers of Wadhurst who died there together on 9th May are listed on two marble panels.  25 named crosses will be put into the ground in front of the Cross of Honour and  these will include one which remembers Sgt. Albert Freeland who died of his wounds in Shorncliffe Military Hospital seven days later.  The Brass Band will again be playing, wreaths will be laid, the Exhortation will be read in English and French and the Last Post will be sounded.
This thought-provoking and no doubt emotional day will conclude with a concert in Richebourg to be given by the Brass Band.
The 10th Anniversary of the Twinning will be celebrated on the Sunday.  We shall be presenting Aubers with a traditional English wooden bench  to mark the occasion and look forward to seeing where they will place it.
The Twinning Association AGM will be held on  Monday 24th May at 7.45 p,m in the David James Building at Uplands.  This is the opportunity to found out more about what the Association has been doing and to put forward your ideas for future activities. 
For further information about the Twinning and its other activities, please contact John McKenzie on 01892 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212.

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 19th May. The main speaker is Simon Allen talking on "Space Elevators”. This is real science fiction stuff that is getting much closer to reality. 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 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. Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - FSW  Jill Brewster 01580 830008

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 1st May 10.30am- 12 noon
On May day we’ll be enjoying 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…..
Open Auditions for the October production
Kindly Leave the Stage, a comedy by John Chapman will be staged October 21st-23rd 2010. Come and enjoy the read through and/ or join us for the open auditions. Everyone is welcome – whether you fancy one of the 8 parts or would just like to be involved. Join director Barbara Liddle at: Methodist Hall, Lower High Street, Wadhurst
Read through     Tuesday 11th May at 7.30 pm
Auditions          Tuesday 18th May at 7.30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals from Tuesday 1st June, with none in August.
Any questions or if you’d like to be involved but can’t make it, ring Martin Elson on 01435

Roald Dahl’s The Witches by WYTKIDZ:  21st& 22nd May
Wadhurst Youth Theatre – or WYTKIDZ – are rehearsing enthusiastically, under the expert directorship of Wendy Barr, for their May production of Roald Dahl’s classic tale of magic, mayhem and mice, adapted for the stage by David Wood. Dahl fans of all ages will love the quirky tale of the wicked Witches who turn unsuspecting children into mice.
Three performances: Friday 21st May evening, Saturday 22nd May afternoon matinee & evening
Tickets available from Wadhurst Ironmongers on the High St from Tuesday May 4th:
£8 for adults, £5 for children, £20 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children).
Groups of Brownies etc welcome but please book early.
Walk with pub lunch: 6th June
Members and friends are welcome to join us for a WDC walk of around 4 miles from Kilndown, followed by a pub lunch on Saturday 6th June. Please ring John Bush on 01892 782391 to confirm the details.
Diary date: WDC barbeque planned for Sunday 20th June in the Youth Centre garden.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE :  Some members attended the county Annual Council meeting in Eastbourne to discuss general business.  After business they were hugely entertained by Gyles Brandreth and a jazz choir from St Bede’s School, Michelham. The other speaker was from Sandringham WI who told them what it was like to have a very distinguished member on the register. Known as Madge, or should that be Maj, the Queen usually attends the January meeting.  On a more prosaic level, our guest last month was Mr F Falbon who spoke about Finland, showing us slides (accompanied by Sibelius’ music) of a beautiful clean county with many lakes.  He recommended it as a rewarding but expensive holiday destination where English is widely spoken. This month we shall discuss resolutions to be put forward for the National AGM. We will be assisted by a resolutions Adviser.  We also hope to have a short talk from the co-ordinator responsible for dispatching parcels to the forces in Afghanistan.  Competition for the month of May will be a Flower Arrangement in a Teacup, and please bring Plants for the Trading Stall.

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme looking at the Church and the Community. The subject for May is (appropriately with a general election that month) ’Government’; in June we will be looking at Consumerism; and in July at ’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 1.30 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.  May 27; 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 April was very much the lull before the storm. A series of gentle talks and meetings before the real bustle of 2010 unfolds.
Two major events now occupy our collective minds. Our ‘30th Anniversary Celebrations’ on 15th May and preparation and planning for the ‘Wadhurst Scarecrow Festival’ which takes place on 17th & 18th July.
Thirty years ago Wadhurst Rotary Club came into being.  To mark this anniversary a celebration dinner is being held at Lamberhurst Golf Club on Saturday 15th May for both existing and past Rotarians along with a party of friends from Nieuwegein, Wadhurst’s twin club in Holland.
It has been estimated that over the last thirty years nearly £200,000 has been raised to support a whole range of local, national and international charities. Wadhurst Rotary Club hope that established events like ‘Scarecrows’ and ‘Christmas Lights’ will carry on being enjoyed by the village whilst at the same time continuing to raise substantial sums for so many deserving causes.
'Scarecrows' is now the major fund raising event in the Rotary year. As well as being great fun it’s an opportunity for the whole village to contribute and enjoy itself. Now in its tenth year the festival continues to grow.
The 2010 theme is ‘Action and Humour’ and we are hoping that even more scarecrows are produced than the 100+ displayed in 2009. Everybody individuals, schools, businesses etc., is encouraged to contribute. 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

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.

GARDEN & PLANT FAIR Tuesday 4th May 10.am – 3.30pm at Buston Manor, Hunton, Maidstone KentME15 0QR with speaker Tom Hart-Dyke and sit down lunch at 12.30pm Entrance, lunch & speaker £30 by booked ticket, entrance only £5. Stalls will be selling plants, baskets, pots & garden equipment. In aid of Gardening for Disabled Trust contact 07810 457948 www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk No. 255066

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Booking is now open for the 2010 Festival in Carillon Cottage or online at www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info. We are delighted to welcome the Wadhurst Brass Band, who will be giving us 'Music for a Summer's Eve' in the Parish Church on Saturday July 24 at 8pm; tickets in advance £10 [on the door £12]. The Music in Hospitals event on Tuesday June 8 [not 8 April as in part of the Festival flier] has to be by invitation only, as space is very limited at both venues.

The WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Social Club on Wednesday 5 May at 10am; Jayne Edmonds will be talking on 'Uplands and changes in English education' at 11.

The WADHURST AND TIDEBROOK BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION are holding a short Remembrance Service, on Sunday 9 May 2010 at 3pm at the War Memorial, to commemorate the 25 Wadhurst men of the Royal Sussex Regiment lost at Aubers on 9 May 1915. will last approximately 15 - 20 minutes. is invited to join us. be early and assemble on the gravel area and not the footpath. Further details if required can be obtained from Maurice Wilson on 01892 783246.

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
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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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