WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - January 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: By the time you read this the Guild will (hopefully!) have enjoyed their annual Festive Lunch at The Swan, Lamberhurst.  The next meeting will be at Carillon Cottage on Monday 10th January at 2.15 when Gwen Tuck will demonstrate the art of making Corn Dollies.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The walk on 30th January 2011 is Best Beech, Pennybridge and Towngate in the Tidebrook area, led by our Chairman Walter Hodder. Meet in the Washwell Lane Car Park behind One Stop at 2pm.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB: Meet on Wednesday 5 January in the Ticehurst Village Club at 10:00.  

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 talk will be on Thursday 20th January, when Matt Scott will speak on "Life and All That" - from a scientific point of view. This promises to be a highly entertaining and informative beginning to our programme for the New Year.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND Quiz should be returned by Wednesday 5th January 2011 to the Belmont Surgery in Wadhurst.  We hope you have enjoyed the challenge and thank you most sincerely for your support of this small local charity whose help is frequently being requested. Your generosity is much appreciated.
For further information aboutMullins, please contact 782361 or 783212. 

MINI MARKET: There will be no mini market in the Methodist Church Hall in January.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: we shall be meeting as usual at St George's Hall, 2.30 on Thursday 27 January: "Happy New Year" - speaker Revd Dominic Grant.  All welcome.  Start 2011 with the Afternoon Fellowship .

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.you have a baby or are you expecting a baby?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 concerns you, that you think we should know about, please phone Tim Page on 783313.
Next meeting 27th January 2011, at Fazan Court, Snape View, Courthope Ave at 3pm.  "Hopefully we will have all the 6 Community grit bins we have applied for, in their agreed places by this time." 

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: Members enjoyed their Christmas Social on December 13th.  The next meeting will be held in St. George's Hall on Monday January 10th at 7.30 pm when Ken Turner will give a talk on "Patio Gardening".  The competition will be a Pair of Root Vegetables and a Spray of a Shrub showing winter interest. 

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.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK (FSW): As I write this just before the Family Toy Service, with snow lying thick on the ground, it is hard to report on the outcome!
However your generous gifts will have been gathered together one way or another and delivered in time for FSW to distribute. So many, many thanks for all your support throughout the year and especially at this time.

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 January 19th.  There will be a short AGM followed by the main speaker Bob Seaney who will talk to us about “Forgotten Circles”.  These are long forgotten ancient astronomical monuments he has discovered around the UK.
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 TWINNING ASSOCIATION is organising its usual very enjoyable Winter Social to be held at the Youth Centre in the Lower High Street Saturday 15th January 2011, 7 for 7.30 pm.  Extra parking is available at Uplands.

The theme this year is the region round Aubers and so the event is being called the Soirée Aubersoise and we are delighted that we shall be joined by a group from Aubers (weather permitting).

The tickets [£12 with £8 for youngsters still in full-time education] include a welcoming drink, a full meal with cheeses brought back fresh from France, and the opportunity to enjoy the first public viewing of the video taken during the memorable week-end spent over there in May 2010. That week-end saw us much moved by seeing the Brass Band playing at the Menin Gate, at Le Touret – the cemetery where our Wadhurst men who died at the Battle of Aubers Ridge are commemorated, and at a joint concert with the Bing Bang Sinfonia de Richebourg.

The Twinning winter social is always very convivial and there will be a really good raffle. The Soirée Aubersoise is open to everyone though tickets are somewhat limited. To purchase tickets, please contact Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.

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 8th January 10.30am-12 noon  Not the first Saturday in the month, as that’s New Year’s Day, we will be enjoying coffee at Carillon on Saturday January 8th. It’s a great chance for old friends and members to catch up and for potential new members to find out more. Come and discover what’s happening with our next production……..

Tickets on sale for our January/ February 2011 production: Blackadder
Come and enjoy the hilarious Blackadder II – brighten a dark winter evening with an uproarious trip to Tudor England alongside scathing Blackadder, gormless but loyal Baldrick, unctuous Melchett, Queenie, Percy and the rest of the comic crew! Three glorious episodes see the cast grappling with the vagaries of execution, setting sail for the Cape of Good Hope, and entertaining the Whiteadders with turnip surprise – all in all, a wonderful rib-tickling evening!

There are just 6 performances in the Commemoration Hall on 27th, 28th & 29th January and 3rd, 4th & 5th February. Tickets are only £10 including an interval meal (not from Mrs Miggins’ pie shop!), with seating at tables of 8.

Tickets are on sale now from the ‘Box Office’ at www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk or alternatively telephone Juliet on 01580 201883 or drop in at Carillon Cottage (open Mon to Sat 9.30-12.30 & 2-4pm - except on Weds and Sats).

We’re delighted to have permission from Richard Curtis to stage the show, and a donation from each performance will go to Comic Relief. A cunning plan, eh?   

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, scarves and much more.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 5th March 2011 at the Commemoration Hall. Any contributions of goods (excluding electrical equipment), cakes and produce, and any offers to man stalls would be gratefully received. Please contact Jenny Williams on 783427 to offer help or to deliver goods prior to the event. We shall set up in the Hall on the previous evening if people would prefer to bring things directly to the Hall.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
On January 13 at 19:30 for 20:00 Ian Beavis will be talking to the Society about Victorian Tunbridge Wells.

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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