WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - August 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: During the last month members have enjoyed several outdoor activities including a picnic at Bedgebury with members of Tunbridge Wells and Pembury Guilds;  a cream tea at Blacklands Farm Campsite with members from all over East Sussex, and a 'Sausage Sizzle' in Wadhurst with the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.
We are now looking forward to our August meeting when we will be celebrating 25 years of the Trefoil Guild in Wadhurst with a Wine and Cheese party at the Pavilion.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: Dr. Geoff Mead from the University of Brighton, who has vast a knowledge on a wide range of topics concerning Sussex and more
particularly Brighton, gave members a fascinating talk about the 'Twittens and By-Ways of Brighton' at our June Meeting.  These are the small alleyways which connect various streets, many in the main and busiest parts of the town but which are almost invisible. Although there is no meeting in August we look forward to the start of a new session with a talk entitled 'Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective' given by Steve Roberts on
September 15th.  Everyone is welcome, members and visitors, at the meetings which are always held in Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday in the month.  Further information from Ann Scott (01435 872121).

COMPUTER HAND-HOLDING: a reminder that there continues to be help available in the Library every Thursday afternoon [between 2 and 4pm] for anyone still
hesitant about using a computer. If there is the demand, more formal instruction may be available from September.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION : For further information or to make us aware of a housing or environmental matter that concerns you, please phone secretary Tim Page on 783313. Our new website with N.W links : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 25 August for ‘The Nursery & the Schoolroom’ with Heather Woodward . Everyone welcome. Lifts available.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm. 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.  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 there is NO Stonegate Farmers Market in August but we'll be back again (with our 50th market) in September.

WADHURST SOCIAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP : next meeting at Carillon Cottage on Monday 15 August from 10am to 12pm.All welcome, please do come along. WSHSG contact: Carol Stead on 07917 692783.
Website : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup
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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.  

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk
There is NO WDC coffee morning in August
Too many people are away – but we look forward to getting together again in September to catch up and gear up for the forthcoming productions….
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: 20-22 October 2011
Rehearsals are now well underway with the ‘crème de la crème’ striving to master the soft Morningside brogue to transport us to a 1930’s Edinburgh girls school. The cast are working hard to get the lines under the belt and won’t even be taking a summer holiday for this production. Look out for details of ticket sales.
Pirates - the Pantomime: 26-28th January & 2-4th February 2012
Read through and auditions for Panto were held at the end of June – if you missed them and want to be involved in any way, please ring the director Wendy Barr on 01892 784241 or production secretary Amanda Dann on 01580 200948. We’ll be very happy to hear from you! Rehearsals will start in September – and no doubt cause lots of laughter, as panto rehearsals always do!

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK – FSW
* Saturday, 27th August -Garden open at Hankham Hall Cottage, Hankham, Pevensey
* Sunday, 11th September - Knowles Tooth Open Day, Hurstpierpoint
* Saturday, 17th September -Sponsored Walk right here in our parish. Four years ago we had a very successful walk, starting at Tidebrook Church via Wadhurst & ending at
Stonegate Church. We raised over £600 for this very important charity that includes Knowles Tooth. We're hoping for many walkers to join us for part or all of a different route and a really 'healthy' cheque as a result. More details in September Focus & on posters.  Jill Brewster - 01580 830008

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The August walk is on the 28th at 2pm from the Car park behind One Stop as usual ,it is led by John Corke and will be a circular from Stonegate Station and include the Hammerden and Battenhurst areas. Lifts to the starting point will be available. 

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 SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL moves to its close this month with two concerts - the last in the season.  On Saturday 6 August, there will be ‘A Musical
Banquet’ in the Parish Church at 7.30.  This is not a meal – but a feast of music from the 16th to the 18th century by counter tenor Adrian Boorman (a man with local
connections), lute and harpsichord.  Very generously, the group is giving its services as a fund raiser for the Wadhurst History Society.  Tickets at £10 (under 16s free) from
Carillon Cottage and www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info in advance; £12 on the door.
The final concert is a jazz evening in the Parish Church at 8pm on Saturday 20 August; Alastair Laurence, from Finchcocks, will be bringing his group – this time the
International Mountain Jazz Ensemble – for an evening of ‘eclectic jazz with a unique flavour’.  Tickets as above.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: Now that the Summer Pig Roast is out of the way, the Wadhurst History Society takes a short break until the autumn, although work is still going on towards the production of our next book, covering Wadhurst from 1900 to the start of the Second World War.  There is a concert in the Summer Music Festival on Saturday 6 August – see below.  The next meeting is on Thursday 15 September.  The talk – by Professor Michelle Brown – is entitled ‘England on the eve of the Black Death’.  Doors open at 7.30 and the meeting begins at 8; guests are always welcome for a modest donation.

WADHURST CRICKET CLUB: The Club runs 3 Saturday teams and 2 Sunday teams, so offering cricket to players of all abilities. The Club plays its home matches at the Washwell Lane Ground in the heart of the village, enjoying fabulous views across the valley, an atmospheric pavilion and an excellent bar.  The Club also uses the
picturesque Cousley Wood Ground, a perfect setting for village cricket.  The Club, which has been a key part of village life for over 200 years, welcomes all new players.  So if you are interested in playing cricket for the first time, looking to restart your career, home from university, or looking for a new club,  please contact Club Captain, Alan Notley, on 07798 846394.  You will receive a warm welcome at Wadhurst Cricket Club.

WADHURST JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB is looking for additional players for their u14s team for next season (current school year 8).  If you are interested in joining or would like further information, please contact Matt Smith on 07983 503399 or matt.smith88@hotmail.co.uk or George Pocock on 07857 950697.  The Club are also seeking either an assistant or main coach for next season’s U13s team (who finished 4th in the A division) for Saturday morning training and Sunday matches in the Crowborough & District League.  All coaching positions within the club are carried out on a voluntary basis.  For further information or to discuss further please contact either Trudi O'Neill on 01892 783573 or trudi.oneill@homecall.co.uk, or Tim Anstee - 07771 628990 or tim@starmediaservices.co.uk.

MINI MARKET at the Methodist Church will not be held in August.  The next one will be on Saturday, September 3rd.  We hope to see you then.

TRANSITION WADHURST host the town’s first Pop-Up Restaurant....

Members of Transition Wadhurst’s steering group hosted Wadhurst’s first pop-up restaurant at Wealden Wholefoods on Saturday night. The meal was fully booked (some  guests who hadn’t reserved had to be turned away!)  Diners were treated to a 3 course menu of delicious fresh local seasonal produce.  A starter of minty summer soup or colourful summer meadow salad (with lavender dressing) was followed by a delicious tartiflette served with chard. Guests then had a choice of berry surprise with creme fraiche or a local cheese board, with a selection of cheeses from Alsop and Walker(Five Ashes) and High Weald Dairies.
The menu was finalised only days before when it was known which crops were ripe and available that week. Fruit and vegetables were supplied by Lynne’s organic farm; wine and ale from Sedlescombe vineyard and Scotney castle and breads from Judges bakery in Hastings with additional supplies from Wealden Wholefoods.  The meal highlighted the huge range of local produce which can be easily sourced and different recipes which can be adapted and the historic setting, with candelit garden, provided a stunning and unique location.
Wealden Wholefoods member, Shirley Rothera said
“I thought it was a great success - really excellent. I hope it will become a regular event!”
Transition Wadhurst’s plans for Autumn include an Apple event at the end of September as well as the regular monthly Green Drinks at the Greyhound (last Thursday of the month). For more information about Transition Wadhurst and forthcoming events contact the group at transitionwadhurst@googlemail.com.
Transition Wadhurst was set up two years ago to encourage local people to think about Wadhurst as a sustainable community. Previous events include food and energy workshops and a film screening. For more information contact Beth Martin on 01892 783911

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU AT CARILLON COTTAGE
One of the services offered in Carillon Cottage is the opportunity to see an advisor from Crowborough Citizens Advice Bureau.  This is now organised on a fortnightly basis when someone is available on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9am to 11.30am.  Please call in to the Cottage (next to Wadhurst Post Office) to check dates, or ring on 01892 785658.  The Cottage opens at 9am on CAB days but otherwise is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  If you need to see a CAB advisor urgently at another time please ring the Crowborough Citizens Advice Bureau on 01892 655303.

THE WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
President           Andrew Collins 01435 882617
Vice President Brian Rosevear 01892 782277
Secretary  Arthur Dewar  01892 783935
Membership          John Waters  01892 785492
Website  www.wadhurstrotary.co.uk

In the March edition of FOCUS was an appeal for good quality tools, equipment and specifically hand operated sewing machines to support one of the clubs preferred international charities – ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ www.tfsr.org.  All of the tools and equipment donated are serviced and refurbished by volunteers in the UK before being sent on to Africa. Our grateful thanks to all who contributed especially the ladies who gave a total of eleven hand operated sewing machines.  Hand tools and sewing machines are vital for skilled people in Africa who don’t have access to the equipment they need to earn a living. As well as providing individuals with the tools of their trade ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ also give vocational and life-skills instruction along with a basic training on how to develop their business.

August is scheduled to be an active month for members in both mind and body. The annual in-house test of “the little grey cells” cunningly referred to in the programme as ‘The Quiz’ is scheduled for early August. Later in the month (24th August) Andy Graffin, the 2003 national 5,000m champion is talking on ‘The Life of a professional Sportsman’ and 31st August sees all members at ‘The Wheel’ in Burwash competing to be the clubs Victor Ludorum of pub games. Last year’s winner, Richard Daniels is again rumored to being going well in training and is strongly fancied for a repeat victory. Being a Burwash resident ‘The Wheel’ gives him valuable home advantage. But the real reason for his undoubted prowess at most pub games is total dedication and a very mis-spent youth.

Our aim is to make Rotary enjoyable and worthwhile for our members, always bearing in mind that we are a service club with aims to help those less fortunate that ourselves with a specific focus on the local community. Fellowship is the basis and foundation of good teamwork. That is getting to know our fellow members their strengths, likes and dislikes. This is vital to the working of a happy and successful Club showing that we value the differing contributions of each member.

If you would like to get a flavour of what we do and how we are going about it please feel free to talk to our president, Andrew Collins whose contact details are shown above.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: After the usual opening formalities we were read a report of the WI AGM held in Liverpool in June. This was followed by John Davey’s informative talk ‘English as she is spoke’.  We heard about the rise and spread of the English language throughout the world as the medium for business and science, mainly due to its use in America, to the extent that native speakers are now far out
numbered by billions of those who use it in the rest of the world!  Next month is our summer Garden Meeting at Wadhurst Manor, by kind invitation of Barchester Care Homes, Thursday 11 August at 2 pm.  There will be a Bring and Buy stall.

PARENTS AND TODDLERS GROUP: Meetings are held every Monday at St George’s Hall from 9.30am. For further details please contact Nina on 01435 882679 .

CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other)
  A club for the elderly residents of  Wadhurste Every Wednesday 10am – 3pm.  With a home cooked lunch; Transport provided
  For more information please call  Joyce Farmer – 01892 782910 / Sheila Vane – 01892 782619

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION ‘Medicinal Plants' - a talk given to the Wadhurst Gardening Association by Caroline Jackson on Monday, 13th June.
Piles of green branches, plants and leaves of every type and size,  on tables at the front of the Hall.    Static and lifeless.  Yet one by one, with the addition of the remarkable horticultural knowledge of Caroline Jackson, this pile of greenery came alive in its
relevance to our everyday lives.  No slides, no reading from notes, no diagrams or
assistance.   Bits of greenery were passed around, and with the aids of touch and smell the power of the plants was revealed.  The good ones, the bad ones, and the downright ugly ones.  I was amazed by Caroline, but equally amazed at the knowledge our
members had.  They  KNEW STUFF, a great deal of stuff, about that plant, what it was called, what we used it for today, what it was used for down the ages.  Plants are our tools and have been since time began.  There were no bottles of aspirin to reach for for pain relief, but there WAS the willow tree.  There were no bottles of Dettol to reach for in a crisis, but there was thyme, sage and lavender to use as antibacterials.  Likewise, if you were minded to poison your foe, the right plants would oblige!  It's all out there, quite a lot of it in our own back gardens.  Never underestimate the power of the plants.  Thank you, Caroline Jackson, for educating and entertaining us that evening.
Next meeting 12th September 7.30pm at St. George's Hall on 'The Thrifty Gardener' by Jean and Brian Waterman.  All are welcome.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION SUMMER SHOW
Monday, 10 July 2011
Class 1 One Vase of Sweet Peas: 1. Kay Barden (Sharp Cup), 2. Jim Overy  3. Carolyn Sanders
Class 2 A Vase of 3 HT Roses: 1.Rosemary Lavender (Courthope Cup)  2. Kay Barden
Class 3 A Stem of Any Other Variety of Rose: 1. Madelyn Meredith 2. Philip Meredith 3. Kay Barden
Class 4 A Dish of 10 Fruits: 1. Sue Petrie 2. Rosemary Collins 3. Rosemary Lavender
Class 5 One Specimen Rose: 1. Rosemary Collins 2. Kay Barden 3 Madelyn Meredith
Class 6 One Scented Rose: 1. Rosemary Collins 2. Madelyn Meredith 3. Sue Petrie
Class 7 A Summer Vegetable: 1. Jim Overy 2. Colin Maynard 3. Madelyn Meredith
Class 8 A Collection of Vegetables: 1. Sue Petrie 2. Eileen Ramm
Class 9 An Exhibit in which Sweet Peas Predominate: 1. Jean Lavender (Drummond Cup) 2. Carolyn Sanders 3. Nan Fuggle
Class 10 A Patio Pot of Summer Flowers: 1. Jean Lavender 2. Rosemary Lavender
Class 11 A Collection of Mixed Herbaceous Perennials: 1. David Hollands (Serjeant Rose Bowl) 2. Jean Lavender 3. Kay Barden
Class 12 One Hydrangea Head: 1. Rosemary Collins 2. Colin Maynard 3. Kay Barden
Class 13 A Flowering Pot Plant: 1. Jean Lavender 2 Rosemary Lavender 3. Mary Terry
Class 14 Five Cup Cakes: 1. Carolyn Sanders 2. Rosemary Lavender 3. Jean Lavender

Wadhurst Gardening Association Summer Show was held on a warm summer’s evening which gave all present the perfect opportunity to enjoy the delicate scent of the sweet peas and the heady perfume of the roses exhibited.  Although there were fewer exhibiters this year the standard remained high and there were entries in every class.  Our judges, Ken and Malcolm Beard, were hard pressed in selecting the cup winners who were as follows: Kay Barden (Sharp Cup), Rosemary Lavender (Courthope Cup), Jean Lavender (Drummond Cup), and David Hollands (Serjeant Rose Bowl).

WADHURST BRASS BAND

What a fabulous evening we had at our Summer Concert back in early July! During the day we enjoyed workshops with John Doyle and Mark Landon, but the evening concert was truly memorable. John played his flugel horn solos with effortless ease and Mark’s dexterity on the xylophone was marvelled at. We were overwhelmed by the support the audience gave us. What an extraordinary evening! John & Mark have promised to return!

And there’s lots more going on this summer…. so if you would like to stay in touch with band events, please email manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk or write to John Whitehead, Northview, Fairglen Road, Wadhurst TN55 6JL or phone 01892 783384 and we will add your name to our ‘Friends of Wadhurst Brass Band’ mailing list.

Sunday 11th September    Bedgebury National Pinetum, Forest Discovery Day, time tbc
Sunday 18th September    Praise in the Park, Tenterden, starting at 2.00pm
Saturday 8th October        Poppy Concert, Commemoration Hall, starting at 8 pm
Sunday 13th November    Remembrance Sunday, Parish Church, 11.45 am
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.

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

Email addresses for Focus are now:
For advertising enquiries: church_office@talktalk.net
For editorial copy: angie.dawn@virgin.net