WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - October 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Once again 'tea' featured this month when members visited Scotney Castle.  Several members enjoyed visiting the House and Gardens, whilst others sat outside enjoying cups of tea.  In October we will be visiting Jane and Howard Spurr who will be providing us with some of their musical entertainment - something which we are all looking forward to.

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: Sunday 31 October.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Village Club on Wednesday 6 October at 10am for a talk at 11; the talk will either be on 'The Victoria Cross' or 'Transition Wadhurst' depending on the availability of the speaker for the first subject!  The Club's autumn lunch is at The Brickwall in Sedlescombe on Wednesday October 13 - members who plan to attend are reminded to bring their menu forms to the October meeting!

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: I am sure we were all inspired by the recent production of Verdi's Rigoletto set in Mantua and starring Placido Domingo in the title role. It is therefore with pleasure that we can anticipate our next, illustrated talk 'Great Opera Moments' by Gowan Hewlett. The theme is to be 'Moments of Meeting and Moments of Parting'. This will be on Thursday October 21st in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm. Visitors are welcome. We ask for a small donation.

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 2nd October at the Methodist Church from 9.30 to 11.00am.  Your support will, as always, be much appreciated.  Last month raised £180 for the Pakistan Emergency Appeal.

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 Thursday 28 October at 2.30pm: ‘Play it Again, Algy’ with Algy Hoare.

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:  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: will meet at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in St George's Hall, Sparrows Green, on Monday 11th October, when Dr Simon Charlesworth will be talking about "A World of Lavender" and the competition will be A Pair of Onions and an exhibit entitled "Autumn".
The Plant and Produce Sale will take place in the Commemoration Hall from 9.30 am on Saturday 16th October.

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.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND is  holding its annual “Market” on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall on Friday 22nd October from 8.30 am. On sale will be delicious home–baked produce, jams and marmalades, chutneys and home grown goods -well, the last will depend on the weather between now and then!   Light refreshments will also be available.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is a much-needed fund-raising event which will enable us to help people in Wadhurst who are going through a difficult period at the moment. For their sakes, any contributions and your support on the day would be much appreciated.   For further information or to donate goods, please contact Iris on  01892 782181.  The Mullins “event” which will follow the Market will be the publication of its Christmas Quiz 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.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION: 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.

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 October 20th.  The talk is by Ian King and is entitled “How not to make a Telescope”. , a member and one of the leading astro-imagers in the country recalls the saga of what might have been one of the best imaging telescopes available in the UK.
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.

The WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: We had a very successful evening at The Mount on 28 August, with thanks to Sarah Root for a beautifully played piano recital, to The Mount for their generosity, to Rachel Ring for her organising and salesmanship skills in arranging the whole event, including amazing refreshments after, to Madelyn Meredith for the raffle and to all the businesses who placed adverts and displayed posters .  Sarah played a delightfully varied programme and the encore/finale was a surprise to the audience as Naomi, her Japanese page turner, came to the front with a music stand and her flute and they performed two duets.  The first was a melodic Japanese piece called "Aka Tombo" (translation "Dragonflies") and the second was "The Last Rose of Summer" which left a lingering and haunting refrain in the chapel as the audience departed.  We are pleased to announce that the event raised the wonderful sum of £1400.  The proceeds will be invaluable in supporting the future work of the Society, particularly if we succeed with our plans for converting part of the old snooker rooms behind the Commemoration Hall for our use as exhibition and research space (the costs of this are now in and are horrendous but we are looking into ways of funding them: any ideas welcome!).
The next meeting is on Thursday 14 Oct, at 7.30 for 8pm in the Commemoration Hall, when Tim Cornish, local historian from Mayfield, will tell us about ‘Life in Wadhurst in 1285 - a snapshot of the Archbishop of Canterbury's medieval estate’.  Just how much has changed in the intervening years? Come along and find out: guests always welcome for a small donation.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE:  This month we enjoyed seeing a wonderful display from The County Craft Collection.  There were examples of a vast variety of crafts which had been collected over many years.  This was a fascinating meeting and several members felt inspired to take up more crafts.
Our October meeting will be the Harvest Lunch at 12.30 pm.  There will be no Trading Stall, but after expenses have been covered donations towards the lunch will be given to ACWW.

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

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 2nd October 10.30am-12 noon
Join us at Carillon Cottage in the High Street for coffee and to hear all the latest news on productions and events and have a chat. Everyone, members and potential new members, are very welcome. And buy tickets for…..
October production: Kindly Leave the Stage on 21st, 22nd & 23rd October at 7.45pm
You can now book tickets for this hilarious play within a play – with lots of twists!
Rupert and Sarah's marriage is on the rocks and their friends, Charles and Madge, are dragged in to referee. The dinner party goes into meltdown. The situation becomes worse with the arrival of Sarah's father and mother. Chaos reigns! Bemusement soon turns to amusement as the plays collide – with casualties!
Enjoy a really fun evening out – with a light meal served at tables of 8. Doors open from 7.15pm.  Tickets: £10 (including food) available from the Club website, www.wadhurstdramatics.co.uk. Simply click on Box Office, select the date and seats you want, and pay by card (a small booking fee covers the admin costs).
Also available from Carillon Cottage as usual - opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm, closed Weds & Sat afternoons.
Come and brighten a dark Autumn evening and support your local drama club!

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.

GARDENING FOR THE DISABLED: MICHAELMAS  FAIR  Wednesday 20th October 9.30am-3.30pm at St.Ronan’s School, Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 5DJ in aid of Gardening for Disabled Trust. Entrance £5 under 12’s free.  Buy your Christmas presents early from our unique collection of stalls listed on our web site www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk  Charity No. 255066

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

HOLIDAY J-CLUB  will meet during the October holiday Tuesday 26th - Friday 29th October. Every morning plus Thursday afternoon. Also Sunday 31st October. At Wadhurst CE Primary School.  Keep the dates and join the fun!

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

A first for the club has been the organisation of a ‘Jazz and Blues Evening’ in the Commemoration Hall on 2nd October. The Uplands Blues band, The Sussex Stompers and the Bob Bernard Trio are playing to a capacity audience with all proceeds to charity.
The versatility of the venue is then put to the test the following Saturday, 9th October when the annual ROTARY JUMBLE SALE takes place. Our members garages are bulging, I hope, but there is always room for more! Items suitable for sale either to the hall on the Friday evening or contact Paddy McFarlan on 01892 783291. All proceeds to the local History Society for the enhancement of local facilities in the new library.
Our Sports Officer has scheduled a Whist Drive for 6th October and members are now in strict training for this strenuous evening. 20th October sees Mark Sawyer the coxswain of the Eastbourne Lifeboat coming in to talk whilst Graham Goddard the Development Director of the new Pembury Hospital project is giving a presentation on 27th October.
Elsewhere in this edition of FOCUS is an article by Godfrey Woods, the President of Wadhurst Rotary, on the future of the SCARECROW FESTIVAL. This is subject likely to be keenly debated over the coming months.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The Royal British Legion Band Concert Sat 9th Oct in the Commemoration Hall; tickets available at Carillon Cottage after the 15th Sept, price £5 each, no concessions, or at the door.
Also the Annual General Meeting will take place on Thurs 28th Oct in St George’s Hall at 7-30 pm - we would like to see a good turn out so everybody’s welcome.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM:
Roy Lancaster Lecture
On Tuesday 12th October Roy Lancaster OBE VMH, the world famous plantsman, writer and broadcaster, is giving a lecture followed by lunch and a guided walk at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest in Kent on Tuesday 12th October 2010 entitled 'A Life of Trees.'  Roy's lecture will run from 11.30am till 1pm, lunch from 1pm till 2pm and the guided walk from 2.30pm till 4pm.  Tickets cost £30 for the lecture & lunch, £15 for the guided walk, with a combined package at £40. Tickets are available from the Forestry Commission Box Office on 01842 814612 01842 814612 or at the Visitor Information office at Bedgebury.  Normal Bedgebury car parking charges will be waived.
Electric Forest shows Bedgebury's trees in a different light
From 22 October until 7 November a specialist visual arts team will be spectacularly transforming the pinetum to create an ‘Electric Forest’ . The team will produce a family-friendly illuminated trail through the trees - giving people a rare opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the forest at night. The illuminated walk, approx. 2km in length will take around an hour at a gentle pace.  Bedgebury's visitor centre will be offering refreshments during the event. Tickets are £15.50 per adult and £10.00 for concessions/children (inclusive of parking and booking fees).

WADHURST BRASS BAND
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.
Contacts:      John Whitehead      Band Manager  01892 783384
Lydia Fuggle      Secretary                     01892 782308  

WADHURST WEBSITES
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