WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: In November eight members enjoyed a bus trip to Maidstone, a little shopping and good food, and look forward to their meeting on the 5th December at 2.00 at Russetts, Balaclava Lane for a bring and share festive afternoon.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: On Thursday 20th October members enjoyed an entertaining afternoon hosted by Patricia Robson who explained how the tradition of storytelling had continued down through the ages, and not just for children.  On
November 17th Sara Perry took us 'Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery'.   During November study groups went 'Church Visiting', 'Exploring London on Foot' and on a field trip to a RSPB Reserve in West Sussex.  After the success of the first Chicago bridge afternoon in October, Mayfield Village Hall has been booked again on 8th December starting at 2 p.m.  More players welcome.  All these events were in addition to the regular groups which cover a wide range of interests.  There is no General Meeting in December but we look forward to seeing everyone again on January 19th when Dot Smytherman will be talking about Bedgebury Arboretum.  If you would like any further information please contact Ann Scott on 01435 872121.

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. Tim is also Chairman & Area N.W Co-ordinator of Wadhurst Area Neighbourhood Watch with Sx Police. The NWRA & N.W are also on Facebook. The next meeting is our Social Event Evening on 12th December 2011, time & venue to be arranged.  Our new website with N.W links : www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation. We wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas.  

STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET: held on the second Saturday of the month, 10.00 to 12.00. For information call 01580 200386

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. 

A DISTINCTIVE GOLF UMBRELLA was left in the Church porch after Howard Spurr’s Memorial Service.  If you think it might be yours, please ring 01892 783212.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm. Do you have 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.

WADHURST SOCIAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP : An outreach service of Sussex Oakleaf. Our future meetings are now weekly at St George's Hall, George Street, Wadhurst, on Friday afternoons, from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome, there is easy access and parking to the Hall, Please do come along for a chat and a cuppa, we are here to listen, help & advise you, and hopefully you will make lots of new friends. Season’s Greetings to all our regulars.  WSHSG contact with Sussex Oakleaf is Robin Butler on 07940269486.  Website : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup
https://portal.sussexoakleaf.org.uk/prx/000/http/www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup>,  www.sussexoakleaf.org

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
Christmas get-together Friday 2nd December
Come and enjoy an excellent friendly evening in celebration of Christmas in the new Orchard Room – if all goes to plan. We’ll be supping and snacking on goodies from 7.30pm in our newly decorated room under/ behind the Commemoration Hall. Just
follow the signs and bring a plate of goodies for a fun evening.
Coffee morning: Saturday 3rd December
Enjoy a cuppa with us and find out what’s happening on all our latest projects – from decorating the new Orchard Room under the Commem, to progress with the Panto, where the Pirates are plank walking!!  We’d love to see you – whether you are an
existing friend of the Drama Club or a prospective new recruit. Coffee (or tea) is served between 10.30am-12noon at Carillon Cottage on the High Street – just walk in!
Pirates - the Pantomime: 26-29th January & 2-4th February 2012
Rehearsals are boisterously in action – we’re busy acting, singing and walking the plank for our lively new Panto, ‘Pirates’. There’s a host of panto characters – from Cinderella and her beloved Charming, to Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.  The whole family can come along to boo, hiss and cheer in the New Year at the Commem Hall. Tickets will be on sale early in December, so check the website (see above) or Carillon Cottage so that you don’t miss out when they go on sale.
If you’d like to receive info on all forthcoming Drama Club events, simply send your email to John at jbush@talktalk.net and he’ll add you to the mailing list, so that you are kept up to date on the what, where and when of all happenings,
including auditions, tickets on sale, walks, social events etc etc.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The last Sunday in December is Christmas Day so there is no walk this month.  Our booklet, "Walks around Wadhurst", available from Barnetts in the High Street priced £3, makes a healthy stocking filler and may encourage your loved ones out for a walk over the Christmas period!  Happy Christmas to all our regulars.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY has its AGM on Wednesday Dec 14, starting promptly at 7.30 – so doors will open at 7pm to give you time to get a drink!  The
proceedings will be over quickly so that you can enjoy the musical entertainment by The Marsh Warblers and the usual mulled wine and mince pies.  The same day will also mark the official opening of the Wadhurst History Centre below the Commemoration Hall, in one of the old snooker rooms and adjoining space, providing us with a computer equipped research area and storage for our growing collection of archive material.  The main room will also be used for occasional exhibitions and meetings.  December 14 will also be the official publication date of Wadhurst Back in Time 1901 – 1936.  This 350 page paperback reflects two years research by members of the Society and comes with a separate appendix volume, which also contains a CD with searchable details on the shops and businesses in Wadhurst during that period and a complete set of census data for the parish from 1841 to 1911.  The book will sell at £15; this reflects the near doubling of print costs since our last book but the contents fully justify the price.  Get your copies for Christmas presents.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU AT CARILLON COTTAGE: fortnightly 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 TWINNING ASSOCIATION: A gentle reminder... the Association's first event during 2012 will be a Winter Social on Saturday 14th January 2012, to be held at
Wadhurst Junior School, Sparrows Green. The evening will include canapés, a hot
supper and dessert, plus a raffle and a Table Quiz with a French flavour. Please watch out for further publicity on this event.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION :  Don't forget the Surprise Christmas Party on Monday 12th December at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in St George's Hall.  Punch,
Nibbles and Fun for all.  The competition will be 5 Brussels Sprouts and An Exhibit in a Candlestick.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 15 December for our Carol
Service: everyone welcome. Our Senior Lunch will take place on Friday 9 December.  Lifts available - contact Jackie on 782963.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.

ROUND OAK ALLOTMENTS: If you live in the civil parish of Wadhurst and are interested in an allotment please obtain an application form from Carillon Cottage.

MINI MARKET: Methodist Church,  Saturday 3 December, 9.30 - 11am.

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 .

suitable for young teenagers, which will be gathered together & blessed. If you are
unable to attend the service, your gifts can be left at Carillon Cottage ahead of time. Any items, including vouchers, will be very welcome & FSW will select & wrap each one for a specific child or young adult.  We also send a cheque to SMILE INTERNATIONAL to help them in their work with disadvantaged families abroad. Last year times were hard & now the situation is even worse. Your generosity for both causes will be welcomed with open arms - a very sincere thank you.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes beginners or anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. This month's meeting is at 7:30pm on Wednesday December 14th. The Christmas talk this year is provided by member Paul Treadaway who is going to be talking to us about “Einstein’s Theory of Relativity”.  There will then be a free coffee and tea break with mince pies followed by "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills FRAS.  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, Visitors £2 on the door.

WADHURST FARMERS & CRAFT MARKET: Saturday 3 December 9.00 - 12.30 at the Commemoration Hall.  For information call 01892 784295.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND is very grateful to everyone who supported their Produce Market in any way.  The sale raised over £320 which will be used to help people in Wadhurst who are going through unhappy times at the moment.  Thank you.  The Mullins Annual Quiz will be published on Thursday 1st December and will be available from Carillon Cottage, Belmont Surgery and from Committee members. It will still be only £1 – what is all this talk about Inflation!  The Quiz is an entertaining way of whiling away some hours with family and friends.  The papers should be returned by Friday 6th January.   Mullins will have a stall at the Rotary Christmas Late-Night Shopping if anyone wishes further details of you can buy your quiz sheets then.   On Saturday 24th March, Mullins will be holding another of their ever-popular Gardeners’ Question Time with a panel of garden experts in the Commemoration Hall from 7.30pm.  Tickets will be on sale from Monday 20th February at Carillon Cottage.  As that is the evening before the clocks go forward, we should all be thinking about gardening more actively by then, we hope. .  For any further details, please contact 01892 782361 or 783212.  

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: The November meeting was our AGM when we carried out all the usual business.  The Committee and President remain the same as last year, but Jean Catton and Gwen Tuck are now joint Vice Presidents.  On Thursday, 8th December we will be having our Christmas Party.  Members are asked to bring a small present for the Secret Santa (£2 - £3) and come prepared for a good tea and lots of fun and laughter.

WADHURST CHOIR: On 17 December Wadhurst Choir will be singing carols at Bedgebury Pinetum Visitors Centre. 2pm - 3pm.  Do come along and enjoy the beautiful setting.

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
Meet every Wednesday, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in ‘The Greyhound’, Wadhurst.

Is it that time of year again! I really can’t believe that Christmas 2010 was actually twelve whole months ago - where has the time gone?

December heralds one of the big Rotary set piece events. Scheduled for early in the month, the ‘Wadhurst Rotary Christmas Fayre’ Friday the 9th should be writ large in your diary. From 5.00pm onwards in, outside and around the Commemoration Hall a veritable cornucopia of music, church bells and choirs, produce and gift stalls, food, more food and of course Father Christmas along with his elves is looking to provide everybody with a touch of early Christmas cheer.

Elsewhere in this magazine is a flyer which outlines this event. Please keep it handy. Please tell your friends and please come along and support one of the village’s happiest events.

Apart from the Fayre December is always a relatively low-key month for the club. A number of our more active members are taking to the rink - bowling not ice skating! There would appear to be a common misconception amongst them that indoor bowls is nothing more than a bigger version of the marbles they all played in their youth. Nothing could be further from the truth! Participants should remember that the bowls do not travel in a straight line as they are not quite round, unlike some of our members, and they have a nasty habit of wobbling about, just like some of our members.

For the more cerebral amongst us an evening of ‘Poems and Limericks’ on 7th December would seem offer an opportunity for self-expression which could prove both revealing and potentially dangerous. As we all know a limerick is  a witty, humorous, or nonsensical poem, especially one in five line anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme. It will be interesting to hear those chosen by members, the best of which the January Rotary column will publish – if printable that is! The following might explain the potential problem,

The lim’rick packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

The Rotary month of December ends on the 21st with the now traditional ‘Christmas Dinner’ at ‘The Greyhound’                                                                                             
D Wade

You’ll see from the calendar below just what a busy time the Band is anticipating for December, and there is a chance that we might fit in a couple more events before the season is out! Of course, our big event is the Christmas Concert on Saturday 3rd December, and we look forward to seeing you there. 2011 has proved an exciting year for the band. It is very flattering to be wanted. With our usual concerts and the additional Summer Concert featuring our fantastic soloists, we are very grateful for all the support you have given the Band. Have a wonderful time over Christmas, thank you.

Saturday 3rd December Christmas Concert, Commemoration Hall                          7.30 pm

Wednesday 7th December        Crowboro’ Civic Carol Service, All Saints Church  7.30 pm

Friday 9th December    Wadhurst Rotary Christmas Lights      
Sunday 11th December  RTW Choral Society Christmas Concert,Goudhurst 6.30 pm
Tuesday 13th December           Carols at Weald Hall                                             7.00pm
Thursday 15th December          Stonegate School Church service                           6.45pm
Friday  16th December Carols at Cross Lane Ticehurst                              6.30pm
Friday  16th December Carols at Stonegate Green                                                 7.30pm
Thursday 22nd December         Carols at the Old Vine pub, Cousley Wood                  tbc
Saturday 24th December          Carols outside the Commemoration Hall                           10.30am

If you would like to stay in touch with band events, please email John Whitehead on manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk,  write to John at Northview, Fairglen Road, Wadhurst TN5 6JL or phone 01892 783384

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