WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - April 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: The March Meeting was the Guild's AGM, attended by 14 members.  After the formal business the Chairman had great pleasure in formally welcoming Elizabeth Taylor into the Guild and presenting her with her Membership Badge.
The next meeting will be on Monday 4th April at Carillon Cottage when one or two of the Wadhurst District Guiders will bring members up to date on the activities and programmes for the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: Stefan Gatward will lead a local walk that will include part of the Bewl Water perimeter path. We meet at 2pm at the car park behind One Stop on the 24th, Easter Sunday.  Spring flowers make the April walk one of the most enjoyable. .

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB: Meet on Wednesday 6 April in the Ticehurst Village Club at 10:00.   

KENT & SUSSEX BORDER LIONS CLUB: It is with regret that the Kent & Sussex Border Lions has ceased to function from the 31st December 2010. If there are any requests of help with welfare or help with a donation appertaining to this organisation please phone Cindy Woods (answer phone) on 01892784714.  

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A:  Dr Brian Beeley who spoke at the February meeting is a regular and very welcome visitor. This year his “Middle East Update” was given an added edge by the disturbances which have been taking place in that area over recent weeks. Dr Beeley has an intimate knowledge of the region acquired over many years and his talks are always fascinating and extremely instructive, as was evidenced by the record attendance.
On April 21st we will welcome Mr Robin Fleet who will be giving an illustrated talk on Charles Rennie MacIntosh. Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2pm All welcome.
Further information on the U3A may be obtained from Ann Scott (01435 872121) Hazel Davie (01435 873853) Polly Bradford (01435 873946)

MINI MARKET:  will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday, April 2nd from 9.30 to 11am.  Your support is always much appreciated.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP will not be meeting in April.  The next meeting will be on 13 May at the Commemoration Hall.

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.

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 concern you, please phone Tim Page on 783313. Tim is also chairman of Wadhurst Area Neighbourhood Watch. The next NWRA meeting will be on Thursday night on 14th April at St Georges Hall at 6.30pm.

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS: monthly meetings are deferred until the spring, we will be going out & about more from the Spring to visit Local or London exhibitions, photo shoots. Please contact Rosemary on 01580879840 for information.

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 01435 882679 .

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.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM: Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, which is part of the Forestry Commission, has recently received a Growing Schools Garden Award. This recognises Bedgebury as a site that offers a high quality education provision.  The award is made by the Department for Education, FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), Growing Schools and BGEN (Botanic Garden Education Network).
The highly successful Bedgebury Cycle Development Project has launched a new female-only cycle fit programme called 'Women on Wheels'.  While participants should be able to ride a bike, they don't need any special skills - as the rides will be non-technical and focussed on basic fitness. Sessions start at 10am at Quench Cycles (the Bedgebury bike shop) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. An initial trial session costs £7 and a subsequent block of 10 sessions is £50.  This includes bike and helmet hire and a qualified coach for a 1 hour session.  Buggies and ‘tag-a-longs’ are available for children.  For more information please call Quench on 01580 879694.  The aim of the project is to increase peoples' participation in mountain biking.

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 DRAMATIC CLUB
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 2nd April 10.30am-12 noon
Coffee time? Catch up with Drama Club happenings on the first Saturday of the month at Carillon Cottage, next to the Post Office on Wadhurst High Street. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Club, it’s an ideal opportunity.
Play readings
We’re also in the midst of some fun play readings – all are welcome to come and join in. In March we had ‘A Month of Sundays’ and more are coming up:
Monday 11 April
Wednesday 8 June
Monday 11 July
All will take place at Carillon Cottage, starting at 7.30pm, with, no doubt, plenty of laughter!

If you want to find out more, either join us for coffee at Carillon or email Catherine on c.m.whitehead@btinternet.com and we can add you to our list to receive details of the play readings, auditions, shows and other social events.

CRANBROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Summer Concert
7.30pm on Saturday, 14th May at St Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook.  Guest soloist Aisa Ijiri performing the beautiful Mozart Piano Concerto No 21.  Also in the programme the stunning Schubert Unfinished Symphony No.8, Rosamunde Entr’acte, Barber of Seville overture. Tickets: £10 adult, £5 student
Available from: Crane Bookshop (Cranbrook), Linda Pope Opticians (Hawkhurst), www.wegottickets.com or at the door on the night.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION: Members meet at the local Fire Station on Thursdays 19-30 until 21-30pm, new Members/Helpers are always welcome. Contact Marge 01580 200378 before you come just in case we are out training.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: RBL Film "The True Glory" Sun 3rd April in the Commemoration Hall at 1-30pm for 2pm.  Free Tickets from Carillon Cottage. A retiring paper donation will be taken in aid of RBL welfare fund.
Spring Sale on Sat 23rd April in the Commemoration Hall at 9-30 to 12pm.  Stalls, cakes, raffle prizes, books, bric-a-brac, white elephant, good clothes etc.  Items for sale can be brought to the hall on Fri 22nd from 4pm.
On 19th May there will be a members’ meeting in St George’s Hall with a talk on Help the Heroes.

WADHURST NETBALL CLUB: Jumble Sale, 2nd April 9.30-11.30 Commem. Hall.

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.  

THE 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

‘Aged to Perfection’ was the appropriate name of the winning team in this year’s Rotary Quiz in the Commemoration Hall early in February. Interestingly the strong tip, in last month’s magazine, for ‘The Victor Meldrew Fan Club’ team didn’t quite pay off; they finished a creditable third but claimed a stunning victory in the raffle! With over 400 tickets sold they managed to draw three out of the four prizes. The odds against such a happening are well over a million to one!
The evening itself was a great success with nearly £1,200 being raised local and Rotary charities.
Please don't be too concerned if you are accosted between 9.30 and 12.30 in the High Street on the morning of Saturday 9th April by some pretty doubtful characters wearing yellow tabards. Rotary members will be inviting passersby to spend a few minutes in Carillon Cottage to have their blood pressure taken by a medical professional.
This Rotary initiative is part of ‘National Stroke Awareness Day’ and may be particularly relevant for those with time or business pressures during the week. Fortunately there are not too many surprises and it takes but a few minutes but for some it can prove to be a life saver.
Members and their wives are being entertained on Wednesday 20th April by Stuart Clarke who some of you may have noticed occasionally dressed in a gorilla suit walking down the High Street.
Hospice in the Weald has always been one of the clubs on-going charities. This year £3,000 has been donated toward the millions a year it takes to run this vital support service. Established since 1980, it comprises a 17 bed In-Patient Unit and a Day Therapy Centre. Located in Pembury it serves a community of approximately 300,000 over an area of 400 square miles of West Kent and East Sussex. On 27th April a member of their team is talking to the club on all aspects of their work and funding.
As one of the most active clubs in the area we are constantly on the lookout for new members to help with and compliment the many local activities and fund raising activities that we engage in. If you are interested in getting a ‘flavour’ of what we are about give John Waters, 01892 785492, who is in charge of membership enquiries a ring. He’d be delighted to hear from you.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: On Monday 14th March we were lucky enough to have Julia Jarman speaking on 'Twelve Months of Interest' in the garden.  This was something for those of us who love the look of our garden in the spring and early summer, but have to make excuses for it otherwise (like myself).
We welcome visitors and new members - membership remains only £5 for the year, and offers discounts on garden supplies, monthly talks of interest, and lots of gardening companions to chat with.  Come along!
Don't forget our SPRING  SHOW on Monday 4th April 7.30 at the Primary School, Wadhurst - come and see what the season offers.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: At the March meeting, from the floor, members conveyed their thanks to the Committee for their hard work organising the party in February celebrating the 90th anniversary of our WI.  Canapés, wine and soft drinks were served.  Entertainment was provided by the Odd Socks trio (Jane & Howard Spurr, Michael Harte).  We enjoyed a selection of piano pieces and songs.  Highlights were ‘Jerusalem’ sung to the tune of Ilkley Moor Baht’at and  ‘Happy Birthday WI’ with original lyrics set to Come to the Fair.  A vote of thanks was made on behalf of husbands and guests by Mike Harland.  Michael Flegg took pictures and has provided a dvd for our records.  Our March speaker was Mrs Fran Bennett who spoke about Qigong, an exercise regime from China developed from the martial art Tai Chi.
Following her talk she gave an elegant demonstration.  A gentle form of exercise, particularly suitable for older people but practiced by all ages, keeps the joints flexible.  It also has a beneficial effect on internal organs and is said to ensure good health.
Members were then invited to participate in a short workout; not all took part but those who did enjoyed the experience.  Next month Mrs Sara Berry takes us ‘Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery’.
Competition: Decorated Egg.  Trading Stall: Easter Cooking.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: “CROW ON THE CRADLE”
Wadhurst History Society invites you to support them in something really different!
Three professional storytellers, Mark Bedford, Pat Robson and Michael White, will be coming to three locations, on different dates, for you to gather around them when, through the spoken word (not a reading), they will tell you the story of the last invasion of England in that momentous year of 1066 through the eyes of people who witnessed it, or one of their retinue.
The dates to choose from are Sunday 17th April, 6pm,  at Greenman Farm, Saturday 7th May, 7pm, at Chequers, Stone Cross Road, or Sunday 8th May, 3pm, at Snape Clock House.  Wine and savouries will be served in the interval at the evening performances and tea and cakes at the afternoon one.
Tickets, to include refreshments, cost £12 and may be obtained from Rachel Ring on 01892 783455.

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 April 20th. The main speaker is Dr. John Lawrence who is giving a talk on “The Life and Times of Galileo Galilei”. This interesting topic will cover the trials and tribulations in the life of one of the greatest astronomers who is considered by many to be the “Father of Modern Science”.
There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by “Astronomical Bits & Pieces” 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 GARDENING ASSOCIATION:
We were entertained and informed by Julia Jarman on 14th March with her talk on 'Twelve Months of Interest' in the garden.  She showed us numerous slides of gorgeous plants and knew the species and names of them all.  My head was spinning at the end of it, the room was dark and I was unable to write down any details.  However, from memory, next March go for winter-flowering cyclamen under hedges and trees (but plant them in the autumn), go for coloured wood like Cornus alba (but there are yellows and whites out there too), winter jasmine, Hellebores, and interesting foliage plants.  Why not treat yourself to a gardening book that specialises in winter plants, or come along to any of our monthly meetings when second-hand gardening books are sold for £1 or less. 

REPORT OF SPRING SHOW 2011:  This year’s Spring Show for Wadhurst Gardening Association members provided a wealth of colourful and scented blooms on display.  The overall standard was high and with the number of entries up competition was keen.  There were two new classes added to the schedule: one for a dish of hellebore heads floating in water and the other for a decorated hat for Easter.  The latter offered scope for innovation and both new classes added colour and interest to the show.  Our worthy cup winners were P. Maynard (Blackman Coronation Cup), R. Lavender (The Rev. Emery Cup) and J. Lavender (Clowes Pritchard Cup).We had some fun with a quiz prepared by our member Carolyn Sanders.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: After the reading of minutes and other business was concluded we enjoyed a very interesting illustrated talk given by Mrs Sara Berry, previously head of the Photographic Department at the National Gallery.  One does not often connect photography with the Gallery but we received a fascinating insight into their use of digital photography. All the paintings have been photographed and are now stored digitally. This has enabled the speedy production of postcards and prints via the computer. Previously photos had been taken by wooden box cameras and stored on glass negatives. X-rays are also used to assist in the restoration of old pictures which have blackened with age or were damaged in some way.  We saw how x-rays revealed damage, and that some masterpieces had been painted over other pictures. The technique is also used to verify the authenticity of pictures and in some cases show how the original sketches on the canvas had been over-painted and changed by the artist as he progressed with the work. The NG also has a programme of outreach to various groups – older people, young mothers, students and children of all ages to encourage art and the use of various media.  At the May meeting we will be discussing resolutions for next month’s AGM in Liverpool.  The Competition will be a flower arrangement in an Egg Cup and there will be plants on the Trading Stall.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Now the Spring Concert is done and dusted, we are eagerly working on a new programme for the summer ahead and particularly the Summer Concert on the 2nd July. This is a truly special event in our diary as we have two guests joining us. John Doyle is well known in brass band circles having played for 10 years with the Black Dyke Band as their flugel horn soloist. John is heralded as one of the leading performers on cornet, flugel horn and trumpet and in great demand as a soloist, conductor, adjudicator and educator.He is now Associate conductor and solo cornet with the Leyland Band. Mark Landon is the principal percussionist with the Foden’s Band. Mark joined Foden’s in 1999 and has been the leading percussionist since 2000. A percussion tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, he is a peripatetic music teacher in the Manchester area. We’re in for an exceptional day with workshops for the band through the day and an entertaining concert in the evening.

If you need any further information please contact Band Manager John Whitehead on 01892 783384 or email John on manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

Sunday 8th May British Legion 90th Anniversary Service at the War Memorial at 3pm
Sunday 5th June   ‘Songs of Praise’ in the Commemoration Hallat 6.30 pm
Saturday 11th June  Tidebrook Fete at Pennybridge Farm, Wadhurst at 2.00 pm
Saturday 2nd July  Summer Concert, Commemoration Hall starting at 7.30 pm
Sunday 24th July Sevenoaks Bandstand, The Vine starting at 3.00 pm

We will add more engagements as they are confirmed and list them in forthcoming editions of Focus, on our noticeboard outside the Institute, or on our website, www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk.

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