WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - September 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: At their July meeting Members met at Merriments for an afternoon in the garden followed by tea, when they were blessed with glorious sunshine.  The August meeting was held in Eileen Hemsley's lovely garden, when members all took a plate of "goodies" to share for tea:  once again the weather was kind.  Six members spent a fantastic day at the International Centenary Guide Camp at Blacklands, East Grinstead.  As well as Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from East Sussex Guides from as far afield as Chile, Estonia, Nigeria, Japan and Lancashire were all under canvas, having a wonderful time if the happy faces, laughter and friendliness were anything to go by.  Three members returned to Blacklands for another visit, this time to help in the Coffee Shop.  Two members were invited to join 1st Wadhurst Brownies on their Pack Holiday at Ide Hill- the theme was Christmas, which included a 'Christmas dinner', Christmas Tree, Crackers and decorations and presents.
Next meeting: Wednesday 8th September at the Car Park, Scotney at 2.15 for 2.30.
 
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: 26 September.
  
WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Social Club on Wednesday 1 September 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 monthly meeting will be on Thursday September 16th when our speaker will be John Ray and his topic is 'World War II at Sea'.

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 4th September at the Methodist Church from 9.30 to 11.00am.  Your support will, as always, be much appreciated.

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 23 September at 2.30pm: ‘What’s on in Thailand’ with Ian & Helen Hughes.

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 meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. Everyone Welcome

THE WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: The next meeting will be on Monday 13th September when Susan Scrivens will talk about "Saltwood Summer". 
The competition will be the largest dock leaf (excluding stalk).
Don't miss the Autumn Show, to be held in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 18th September.  Schedules are available for 50p. from Jean Marie in the High Street and there will be classes for Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit, Handicraft, Decorative and Cookery.  Children are encouraged to "have a go" and could win the Charles Gadd Cup (classes 7 years and under, and 8-11 years).  Doors open to the public at 2.00pm.  Staging takes place 7.30 - 9.00pm on Friday 17th and between 8.00 and 10.30 am on the Saturday.  Judging will commence at 10.45 am.
Please come along and support your local Horticultural Show.

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 WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: The Wadhurst History Society resumes in September with a meeting on Thursday September 16 when Patricia Wright will be giving another of her fascinating talks - this time on 'The Zeal of the Spirit'.  Doors of the Commemoration Hall, and the bar for a glass of wine or tea/coffee, open at 7:30 and the meeting starts at 8pm.  All welcome - guests for a small donation.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND will be holding its annual “Market” on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall on Friday 22nd October from 8.30 am. On sale will be home–baked produce plus jams and marmalades, chutneys and home grown goods, weather permitting.  As this is a much-needed fund-raising event in order to enable us to help people in Wadhurst, any contributions would be gratefully accepted.   For further information or to donate goods, please contact Iris on  01892 782181.
“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: 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 September 15th.  The talk is by Phil Berry and is entitled “The distances to the Stars”. 
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.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE :  Last month’s weather was variable, but the day of the garden party though a bit grey was rain-free. Members enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon in Diana Harland’s lovely garden.  We had a couple of fiendish quizzes followed by a splendid tea.  Next month’s speaker is Mrs S Ashton who will talk about the County Craft Collection.  Appropriately the competition will be ‘A craft Item You have Made’.  Please bring a Store Cupboard item for the Trading Stall.

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 4th September 10.30am-12 noon
Come along for a cup of coffee and catch up with all the events and productions that are happening over the next few months. Members and potential new members are very welcome to pop in to Carillon Cottage on the High Street for a chat.
Walk with pub lunch: Sunday 5th September
After a wonderful walk around Scotney from Kilndown in June, John Bush has kindly offered to give us a reason for Sunday lunch at a lovely country pub again. Meeting point and destination still a mystery, but all will be revealed once finalised. Ring John on 782391 nearer the time to find out where to meet and where to lunch!
AGM: Wednesday 15th September 7.30pm for 7.45pm start
Members and potential members are invited to come along to the AGM in the Commemoration Hall - support the club, volunteer your viewpoint and ideas, have a glass of wine and some nibbles and catch up with old friends and new.
October production: Kindly Leave the Stage
Rehearsals are now well under way for this comedy with a twist under the directorship of Barbara Liddle. If you’d like to be involved in any capacity there’s still plenty of time to try your hand – maybe costumes? Or set? Or front of house? Or props? Come along to the coffee morning on September 4th if you are interested and/ or willing!
A note about booking for future productions
Like Wadhurst Summer Music Festival, we’re looking to introduce internet ticket sales for the October show. This will mean a change from allocated seats to a ‘first come, first seated’ system, but will mean that people who find it difficult to get into the village to buy their tickets during Carillon Cottage’s opening hours can still easily purchase tickets – and we will continue to sell tickets through Carillon Cottage, who provide a fantastic service.

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES: Bears at Scotney Castle  Brownies from 1st & 2nd Wadhurst Packs took their cuddly bears round an obstacle course before sharing tea in the grounds of Scotney Castle. This was fundraising for 'Touching Tiny Lives Campaign' from Action Medical Research charity who have Paddington Bear as their mascot.  Brownies from Wadhurst & Mayfield joined members of the Trefoil Guild for a visit to the Celebration Day at the County International Camp held at Blacklands Farm campsite. A busy day was enjoyed by all.

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.

The SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBITION: Now in its 14th year in the centre of Wadhurst, The September Art Exhibition will be showing the work of 39 practising artists and sculptors.  On show will be a wide and impressive variety of style, subject and media.  The SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBITION has fast become the most prestigious art event in the area. This year's exhibition starts Thursday 2nd with a private view in the evening 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. and then runs from the 3rd - 12th September at The Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst from 10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. daily (10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 12th. )  Refreshments available.  Free entry; wheelchair access.

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
A report on the annual ‘Scarecrow Festival’ which took place in mid-July, unfortunately was always going to miss the copy date for the August edition of FOCUS. Regrettably this year the Kent & Sussex Courier devoted more column inches to the dastardly theft of Wealden Hall’s marvellous entry than to the Festival as a whole. Typical tabloid journalism! However the good news, albeit six weeks old, is that not only was Wealden Hall’s scarecrow recovered but that a record £10,000+ was raised to distributed to the nominated charities and other local good causes.
An exciting new event is scheduled for Saturday 2nd October in the Commemoration Hall – an Evening of Jazz and Blues featuring The Uplands Blues Band, The Sussex Stompers and the Bob Bernard Trio with Charlotte Andrews. Tickets at £15 are available from Carillon Cottage and include a Ploughman’s Supper and Fruit.
Our annual Jumble Sale follows on the next week, Saturday 9th October. This year all proceeds will be going toward the History Society’s development of enhanced local facilities in the new library. Donations of suitable jumble will be gratefully received from 5.30pm onwards in the Commemoration Hall on Friday 8th October or contact Peter Clifton (01580 879355) or Paddy McFarlan (01892 783291)
The September programme includes a visit to Lloyds of London(15th), a talk by Les Bratt a consultant food chemist and inspector on ‘Food’(22nd) and Hari Covert, a secret restaurateur is lifting the lid on ‘Underground Dining’(29th). The September Pubocentric Walk is starting from the Great House at Hawkhurst on Sunday 26th at 10.00am followed by lunch.

SKIPPERS HILL MANOR PREPARATORY SCHOOL is set in 32 serene acres of Wealden countryside.  A small school for children aged between 4 and 13, the Skippers ethos is to provide a happy, stimulating and structured environment, where the children feel valued and secure, enabling them to thrive and achieve to the best of their ability.
The school plans to introduce a Travel Service from September 2010, with routes under consideration from several locations.
Skippers offers several Non-Academic scholarships to children who demonstrate an outstanding ability in Drama, Sport, Music and Art. Simply phone the school to arrange a taster day for your child. www.skippershill.com

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 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.

2010 Engagements

Sunday  Sept 12             Ha-Ha, Hawkenbury   2pm
Sunday  Sept19              Eastbourne Bandstand    3pm

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

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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