WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - February 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: The first meeting of the New Year was held in Carillon Cottage in January, when, after a short business meeting, members had a fascinating talk by Gwen Tuck on the history of Corn Dollies, and she had brought with her a wonderful display of  very different examples of the craft.  It was then the turn of the members to 'have a go' under Gwen Tuck's expert guidance and patience.
The next meeting will be at Carillon Cottage at 2.00 for 2.15 on Monday 7 February, when Jane and Richard Frogatt will be the speakers.  Anyone interested in Guiding will be most welcome to join the Guild members.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: Gail and Mike Cottington will lead a circular walk starting at the public car park adjacent to the Social Club opposite the station at Jarvis Brook. We will meet at 2pm on Sunday 27 Feb at the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst, as usual. Lifts will be available.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB: We had an entertaining morning at our January meeting, learning how to spin plates or catch a trick cyclist with Stuart Clark, our local street entertainer and juggler.  The February meeting in the Ticehurst Social Club on Wednesday February 2 will hear about life in Burundi from Stephen and Ann Stordy.    

KENT & SUSSEX BORDER LIONS CLUB: It is with regret that the Kent & Sussex Boarder 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:  Our February speaker is Dr. Brian Beeley and his talk will be on Thursday Feb 17 at 2.00pm in the Memorial Hall. We are very pleased to welcome back Dr. Beeley. He is a retired university academic who will again update us on the situation in the Middle East. Dr. Beeley has followed developments there since 1956. He has worked in Turkey and Iran and has played a small part in the establishment of the Arab Open University. His talk will survey post-Iraq Middle East, with special emphasis on the lengthening Afghan conflict and on the Holy Land struggle which remain central to the prospects of harmony between the West and the Islamic world.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 5 February from 9.30 to 11am.  All the proceeds will go to Action for Children.  Your support will be much appreciated.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: we shall be meeting as usual at St George's Hall, 2.30 on Thursday 24 February.  All welcome.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.Do you have a baby or are you expecting a baby? Do you want to meet for a chat 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 concerns you, please phone Tim Page on 783313.

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 01580 201158.

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 February 16th. The main speaker is Dr. Jan Drozd who updates us with a further talk about the environment from an astronomical perspective in his presentation entitled “Life, the Earth and the Universe”. Jan is a very popular speaker and his talks are always very well received.
There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by "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 . Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

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.

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 meets in the Commemoration Hall on Wednesday February 9 at 7.30 for a talk at 8pm by John Eldridge on Growing up in Wartime Mayfield; non-members are always welcome for a small donation.

WADHURST SCOUTS GROUP Jumble Sale, Commemoration Hall, Saturday 19th February 9-30am 11-30am. Please bring your donations to the Commemoration Hall on the Friday 18th 18-00 - 20-00 pm, all donations will be gratefully received Books, Bric-a-Brac, Toys, Clothes etc. No large Furniture. Please Telephone Gill 01892783029 for more information.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is preparing to run its first Jumble Sale from 8.30 am on Saturday 5th March in the Commemoration Hall. This is partly to raise funds to entertain a group from Aubers which will be coming over to spend a week-end in Wadhurst in May/June 2011.  Any contributions towards the sale which will include clothes, books, bric-à-brac, a tombola/raffle, jewellery, and whatever else you want to offer, would be gratefully received at the Hall on Friday 4th March at the Commemoration Hall from about 5.30 pm.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept electrical equipment. If goods are large, however, please contact Jenny Williams on 01892 783427 and contact her also if you would be willing to (wo)man a stall. There will be a cakes and produce stall and contributions for that would be much appreciated by Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 12th March, in the Commemoration Hall, doors open at 9-30am. All donations of clothing, books, bric-a-brac etc will be gratefully received either by bringing along to the Commemoration Hall on the Friday evening between 18-00 - 20-00 pm, or telephoning Marge 01580200378 or Cindy 01892 784714. Sorry no large furniture.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 5th February 10.30am-12 noon.  Enjoy a tea or coffee with the Drama Club in the pleasant surroundings of Carillon Cottage in Wadhurst High Street. Our monthly get together for existing and potential new members gives you an opportunity to find out what’s planned and catch up with all the latest news, like…..
Our New Year production: Blackadder
There’s still chance to catch this excellent show – on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th or Saturday 5th February. Our very own Blackadder has come to the Wadhurst stage, together with all your favourite characters and all the best laughs! A donation from each performance goes to Comic Relief – and you get an evening of laughs, a good supper and a night out, all for just £10.
Tickets obtainable online at www.wadhurstdrama.co.uk, from Carillon Cottage (open Mon to Sat 9.30-12.30 & 2-4pm - except on Weds and Sats) or by telephoning Juliet on 01580 201883.
Come and cheer up your February!
And to come in Spring 2011….
The next WDC walk will be on the morning of Sunday 6th March followed by a pub lunch – to find out more ring John Bush on 782391.
We’re also planning some lively play readings once Blackadder has gone forth, so watch this space…. For more details, join us for coffee!

The WADHURST FARMERS MARKET: The market is to be held on Saturday February 26th . 9.00am - 12.00pm.
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

The early December copy date for the January edition of FOCUS was prior to the actual date of the December Rotary Christmas Fayre. So unfortunately we have had to wait until now to report on this much loved annual event.
In spite of good weather, attendance was marginally down on the previous year. The profit, all of which goes to charity, was however over 16% up! Nearly £3,500 will be allocated to Hospice in the Weald, Talking Newspapers, RNLI and other local and Rotary charities.
As promised, Father Christmas duly arrived promptly at 5.00pm looking suspiciously like an ex-Headmaster of Uplands. Bands played, choirs sang and church bells rang. Inside the hall the many stalls did a roaring trade as over 100 little (and not so little!) ones visited Father Christmas and his elves in the grotto.
Generous sponsorship for this Rotary event from the Parish Council, the Business Association and the Partnership enabled additional lights to be purchased to decorate the trees on the walk down to the village from the top green. A repeat in 2011 would see even more decoration and illumination throughout Wadhurst.

The next date for your collective diaries is Saturday 5 March when a searching test of those ‘little grey cells’ takes place, in the form of the annual Rotary Quiz, in the Commemoration Hall. The evening includes food for the brain and liquid refreshment, for the inner man (and woman) available from the licensed bar. Tickets for teams of 6 are available from Godfrey Wood 01580 200701 at £8 per person. In keeping with the ‘mature’ nature of the quiz master it is unlikely that a detailed knowledge of ‘pop’, ‘soaps’ or the like will prove to be of any use at all!      DWJ

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE:  To return to December briefly – we celebrated Christmas in style with a party: crackers, mince pies, cake and lucky-dip presents for all!  As usual the Committee entertained us, this time with a very short version of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves.  All who attended January’s meeting enjoyed Mrs Eileen Heasman’s talk ‘Fun, Fascination, Flattery but no Fortune’ about the many crafts which she can turn her hand to and at which she excels, illustrated with wonderful examples of her work ranging from pottery to patchwork and much more.  Next month will be our 90th Birthday meeting.  Our speaker is Mrs Barbara Liddle who will talk about ‘Route 66 and All That’.  Competition: 90th Birthday Card for the WI.  Trading Stall: White Elephant.  There will be other special activities during the month to celebrate our 90 years.

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 GARDENING ASSOCIATION:  On December 13th members of the WGA were entertained by Jane Spurr and Michael Harte with humour, song, and excellent piano playing.  Their pieces included 'Spread a Little Happiness' (which they did!), 'Foggy Dew', 'The Cuckoo' (which involved quite a lot of standing up and sitting down by Jane) and 'The Weather' by Flanders and Swan.  Members themselves were called upon for carol singing, and I especially remember 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas', sung lustily and with either fear or anticipation that it could well be very 'white' this year!  On 10th January our own member Ken Turner gave a talk on 'Patio Gardening'.  Here are some of the helpful tips he passed on to those of us who grow vegetables or flowers in containers:

A big thanks to Ken - I can feel myself itching to buy a new pot already!
On 14 Feb 7.30 St. Georges' Hall we will have a talk on DESIGNING AND BUILDING A WINNING GARDEN AT CHELSEA by Roger Platts, who has won Best in Show at Chelsea.
So, if your Valentine lets you down, come along - we won't!!

BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM: Children’s Make a Bird Box Workshop on Tuesday 22nd  February at 10.00am – 12.00pm  (age 8+ years).  Join us at Bedgebury just after National Nest Box Week. The session will start with a brief introduction to wild birds and how to care for them. Then there is a walk to look at birds in the Pinetum and finally an indoors workshop making a bird box which you can take home.  Cost £6 per young person.  This event will be held in the classroom.  Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-book your place to get a free parking voucher for the day. For details and booking contact Bedgebury Information Office or call 01580 879820.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND would like to thank the many people contributed to their Annual Quiz.  £428 was raised and will be used to help somebody in Wadhurst who needs some kind  of practical support.  The Winner was Charlotte Jarrett and the runners-up were Pamela Coyne and Margaret Oliver.  That means that for the first time ever, all the winners live in Wadhurst.  Thank you, everyone.   For further information about  Mullins, please contact 782361 or 783212.

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
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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