WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - November 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: The Members had a superb afternoon for their October Meeting when they were entertained by 'Trio Odd-sox' at the home of Howard, Jane and Dizzy Spurr.  It was such an enjoyable afternoon that everyone sat and sat and showed no inclination to make tracks for home.  Nothing to do with the glasses of wine generously supplied by their hosts!

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: Trekking in the Himalayas
At the AGM on Tuesday 23rd of November, 7:30 pm in St George's Hall, Sparrows Green, the guest speaker will be Laurie Broad.  His talk will be about two trips that he has taken to the Himalayas.  In his synopsis he says: My illustrated talk will cover two of my favourite treks in the Himalayan Ranges.  The first, to Baltistan in NE Pakistan, with an objective of reaching the base camp of K2, will give an idea of some of the most dramatic scenery in the Karakoram Range.  The other trek took me through very different country, to Lo Mantang in Mustang, in NW Nepal, which is regarded by some as the last place that true Tibetan Buddhism is practised.  The meeting will be open to all and there is no charge.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Village Club on Wednesday 3 November 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 talk will be on Thursday November 18th at 2.00pm in the Memorial Hall, Mayfield. Our speaker is Jane Mitchell and her topic is the history and the lives today of the Native American Indians. She will focus in particular on the Sioux on the Pinewood Reservation. Jane will also bring some artefacts to show us. Visitors are welcome. We ask for a small donation.

The MULLENS MEMORIAL FUND:  the publication of the Christmas Quiz will be on Thursday 1st December and, yet again, the price will be exactly the same as every previous edition:  £1.  Please support this small local charity with your usual generosity.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 6th November from 9.30 to 11am, and will include an extensive Traidcraft stall - come and do your Christmas shopping here!

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: Meets on Thursday 25 November at 2.30pm: ‘The Corridors of Power’ with Martin Lindsay.

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.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.

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:  For further information or to make us aware of a housing or environmental matter that concerns you, that you think we should know about, please phone Tim Page on 783313. Next meeting 27th January 2011, venue to be arranged.

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: We enjoyed a delightful talk by Sue Scrivens on 13th September, when she told members her fascinating tale of "Saltwood Summer", a completely different foxglove that she discovered when excavating her garden.  After twelve years of trying to interest nurseries and laboratories in trialling her plant for reproduction -  with many disappointments, a huge amount of patiece and hundreds of road miles, in 2002 Saltwood Summer won for Hillier's a Gold Medal at Chelsea.  Sue told us how she attended the Show on the opening day that year and met the Queen as well as other membes of the Royal Family and many celebrities.  Her determination to produce this beautiful plant for everyone to enjoy had won through.  The next meeting of the WGA will be the Annual General Meeting on November 8th in St. George's Hall at 7.00 pm, after which Mr Ian Currie will be speaking on "Frosts, Freezes and Fairs".  There will be no competition.

WOMEN OF WADHURST: WOW is holding its annual Wits and Wisdom Quiz evening on Saturday 13th November in the Commemoration Hall, commencing at 7.45pm. The bar will open at 7.15pm selling wine, beer and soft drinks. All the proceeds from the evening will go towards the Wadhurst Hall and Field Library Project.  If you would like to make up a table of 6 people, or if you do not have a full table but would like to participate, please contact Alison Rose on 01892 782608. The cost is £8 per person (£48 per table) including a ploughman's supper. The closing date for entries is 6th Nov.

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.

FILM SHOW: ‘Oscar Romero’ at Sacred Heart Church, Sunday 28 November 6.30pm.  Entrance free.

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 November 17th.  The talk is by Trevor Grey and is entitled “It is Rocket Science”.  Trevor, a member will be giving a talk on the workings and science of rocketry.
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. 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.
 
THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: Last month the Wadhurst History Society - at a very well attended meeting - heard Tim Cornish explore "Life in Wadhurst in 1285", based on his extensive study of the Bivelham records in the British Library; one of his most satisfying conclusions - at that period [and before] Wadhurst was more advanced and more important than Mayfield!  Our next meeting is on Wednesday 10 Nov when Ian Small will be talking on  ‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ in the Commemoration Hall; doors open at 7.30 and the meeting starts at 8pm.  Given its proximity to November 11, we would particularly welcome visitors from Royal British Legion branches in the area.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE :  Last month we enjoyed an excellent Harvest Lunch.  The Committee laid on a selection of soups, followed by ham, savoury flans and several salads. The delicious puddings were provided by members.  After the meal had been cleared away the previous month’s minutes were read and passed, keeping business to a minimum.  This was followed by tea and a quiz: from a list of cryptic clues we had to find what was on the menu!  The AGM will be held at next month’s meeting on November 11, back at the usual time of 2 pm.  As this is Remembrance Day the Competition will be War Memorabilia and the Trading Stall: Christmas Fayre.

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme - everyone welcome!

CRANBROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Saturday 27th November, 7.30pm at St Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook.  Guest soloist Helen Ward performing the beautiful Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor. Also in the programme the stunning Schumann Symphony No. 3 in Eb (Rhenish).  Tickets: £10 adult, £5 student.
Available from: Crane Bookshop (Cranbrook), Linda Pope Opticians (Hawkhurst), www.wegottickets.com or at the door on the night.

JUMBLE / TABLE TOP SALE, Commemoration Hall, Saturday 27 Nov 9:30-12 Noon
Cakes, raffle, Tombola, New & Nearly New, Refreshments, plus much more.
All proceeds in aid of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)  To book a table @ £10 each ring Linda, 01892 783906  

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.

ROUND OAK ALLOTMENTS: If you live in the civil parish of Wadhurst and are interested in an allotment please call Peter Aitchison on 782324 to be added to the waiting list.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 6th November 10.30am-12 noon
Coffee, coffee, coffee….a chance to gossip about the last production and the next – Blackadder – while enjoying a ‘cuppa’. Join us at Carillon Cottage – both members and potential members are very welcome to come along for a chat and a catch up. We’ll be looking forward to our theatre visit to see Kismet performed by ‘Battle Light Opera’ on 12th November.
Club walk: Sunday 21 November - John Bush is planning our next walk – open to all club members, their friends and family, plus potential members. It will be a gentle walk of a couple of hours/ 4½ miles followed by a pub lunch – children and well-behaved dogs very welcome!  Assemble at 10am, meeting point to be confirmed – just ring John on 01892 782391 to check out the details.
Christmas celebration: Friday 3rd December - The WDC Christmas party will take place on Friday December 3rd from 7.30pm at Sparrow’s Green Pavilion. Mulled wine, music and entertainment laid on, just bring a plate of food to share!
January/ February 2011 production: Blackadder: Rehearsals are great fun and all sorts of other preparations are now starting. If you’d like to be involved, get in touch with the Production Secretary on 01892 783384, there are some interesting costumes and challenging props to get working on!! 

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES are holding their Annual Jumble Sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 6th November.  Doors open at 9.30am.  Jumble can be delivered to the hall on Friday night between 6 - 7.30pm or for collection contact: 01580 200302, 01892 784315, 785879.

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.

WADHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL HSA CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 4th December, 11am to 2pm.  Crafts, games, food, entertainment & all for a good cause! More details to follow.

WADHURST JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB: will be holding their annual 'Winter Ball' at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Saturday 27th November, 19.30-23.30hrs.  Live Band, Disco, Hog Roast, Licensed Bar and free glass of champagne upon arrival. Smart attire compulsory, black tie optional.  £17.50 per ticket available in advance only from Louise Jones on 07748 or e:mail louise.jns1@googlemail.com

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES opens November 1st until 15th December, 9.30-2pm, at the Methodist Church. Please come and buy your Christmas Cards and goods from the multi-charity shop run by Wadhurst Social Action Project.

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
President                       Godfrey Wood 01580 200701
Vice-President              Andrew Collins  01435 882617
Secretary                       Arthur Dewar   01892 783935
Membership                 John Waters   01892 785492
Website             www.wadhurstrotary.co.uk

Meet every Wednesday in ‘The Greyhound’, Wadhurst. 7.45pm for 8.00pm

October was a busy, busy month for members of the Club.
Saturday October 2nd saw the very first ‘Evening of Jazz and Blues’ organised by Rotary in the Commemoration Hall. A sell-out audience was entertained by a brilliant debut performance from ‘The Uplands Blues Band’, a foot tapping set by the ‘Sussex Stompers’ and a consumately professional routine from the ‘Bob Bernard Trio’. Around £2,000 was raised for local and national charities.
The following Saturday saw the annual Rotary Jumble Sale. There was a fear that the village might be suffering from a serious case of ‘Jumble Fatigue’ given the number of sales held recently. But no, nearly £900 was taken, mainly in 20p’s which equates to over 4,000 separate sale transactions! All of the profits from this event go to the History Society to help fund their development of a resource for local research and display.
‘Thanks for Life’ is an international initiative with a number one aim of helping to eradicate polio throughout the world. As well as contributing money to this worthwhile cause 1,000 crocus bulbs have been planted adjacent to the Wadhurst Rotary stone. The species, Ruby Giant, produces a purple flower similar in colour to the dye used on children’s little fingers to identify those that have received the polio vaccine. The whole world-wide campaign to eradicate the disease is sponsored by Rotary, the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Wadhurst crocuses should be seen in late February/early March
Last month’s FOCUS contained an appeal from Godfrey Wood, the President of the Wadhurst Rotary Club, who had written to 18 local organisations about the future of the annual ‘Scarecrows Weekend’. Unfortunately few responded, those that have feel unable to commit whilst some have still to have their committee meetings and will then “let us know”. Disappointingly some have not replied at all.
The Wadhurst Rotary Club will be making a final decision on their involvement in the future of ‘Scarecrows’ after considering the extent of local response, or perhaps lack of it, at the Council meeting on 10th November.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Remembrance time - Poppies available from 30 October to the 14 November.
Thurs 11 November: Service in Church (please be seated by 10-45am). Everyone welcome.
Remembrance Sunday 14 Nov: assemble at Gloucester Place, Sparrows Green 9.45am.  Parade to War Memorial for short service at 10.10am.  Please use the gravel area NOT the pavement.  Parade afterwards to church for service at 10.50

POLYPHONY will be holding their annual Christmas concert in Wadhurst Parish Church on Wednesday 22 December 2010 at 8.00pm.

WADHURST BRASS BAND

Looking Forward to Christmas!
I hope I find you all well. It’s hard to believe that the Festive season will soon be upon us but as usual, the Band are gearing up for a busy few weeks. We’ve had an excellent summer and I hope that some of you managed to catch the Poppy Concert in collaboration with the British Legion- it was a marvellous evening! I’ve listed below some of the Band’s forthcoming engagements and I hope to see you there.

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

Day Date Event Time

Sunday

Nov 14

Remembrance Service

10.30am

Saturday

Dec 4th

Xmas Concert, Commem. Hall

 7.30pm

Friday

Dec 10th

Rotary Xmas Lights

 6.30pm

Saturday

Dec18th

Outside Commem. Hall

10.30am

Contacts:      John Whitehead      Band Manager  01892 783384
Lydia Fuggle      Secretary                     01892 782308  

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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