WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - July 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: At their meeting in June in Carillon Cottage
Wadhurst Trefoil Guild were enthralled by a talk given by George Pullman QC, when he provided an insight into the history, the functions and present day activities of the
Haberdashers Livery Company in the City.
The next meeting will be on Monday 4th July: Fish and Chips in Hastings.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: May 19th saw another visit from John Hursey who had entitled this talk “Music makes the world go round.” He expounded this charming theory by pointing to the numerous ways in which music can affect its hearers: it can express and evoke so many feelings and communicate in a way that words cannot. Among the pieces he played was a rather jolly variant of our National Anthem, one of six such composed (irreverently perhaps!) by Charles Ives. Fun to hear. The extract from Elgar’s Nimrod Variations was in complete contrast and much appreciated.  John is a great believer in  audience participation so most people were prepared and  joined in gamely with exercises  designed to relax the throat and tongue,  so were well prepared for a rousing  “Land of Hope and Glory.  A stirring moment.  The July meeting is the AGM and there will be no meeting in August. We recommence in September.
All welcome, members and visitors.  Further information from Ann Scott (01435 872121).

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.  

COMPUTER HAND-HOLDING: a reminder that there continues to be help available in the new 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.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL: Garden Opera will be presenting La Traviata by Verdi, at Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst on Saturday August 6th at 7,00 p m.  Garden Opera, “a small touring opera company without equal in Britain” bring a superb cast and small orchestra to the beautiful setting of Bayham Abbey.  An evening of sight sound and entertainment.  Bring a picnic—gates open at 5 p m.  Tickets  £25
Post  L.M.F.  The Down House, Lamberhurst TN3 8ET  Phone  01892 891115
Web  www.lamberhurstmusic.co.uk

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 28 July for ‘Music, Maestro, Please!’ with Robert Fuller. 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 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 secretary Tim Page on 783313. Tim is also Chairman & Area N.W Co-ordinator of Wadhurst Area Neighbourhood Watch. The NWRA & N.W are also on Facebook. Our new website with N.W links : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation

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 .

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. 

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION As foreshadowed in the June edition of Focus, a 24-strong group of our friends from Aubers, the French town twinned with Wadhurst, received a very warm welcome when they visited Wadhurst over the weekend 10th-12th June. Our visitors, who stayed with host families arranged by the Twinning Association, enjoyed a varied programme which on Saturday 11th June, included some local sightseeing and attendance of a short ceremony at the Jardin d'Aubers for the formal unveiling of a memorial bench in memory of two stalwart officers of the Twinning Association - Monica Jones and Neil Rose - who were widely and fondly known not just by Association Members but equally by a large number of the French visitors present. Then, in the evening, visitors and hosts were present at a musical concert at the Parish Church, presented under the auspices of the Wadhurst Summer Music Festival : a concert which was much appreciated by visitors and hosts alike. And, finally, on Sunday 12th June, before their return departure to France in the evening, our visitors enjoyed a special day excursion to London, planned and executed by the Association’s Chairman, John McKenzie. Thanks go to John and everyone else involved in the organisation of this visit, including, in particular, those who acted as host families.
The next event on the close horizon will be a Strawberry Cream Tea to be organised by the Wadhurst Twinning Association in a venue in Cousley Wood on Saturday 9th July. For further details and tickets @ £5.50 pp, please contact Vicky McKenzie (Youth Centre, Mondays to Wednesdays or evenings on 01580 212771 from 10th June onwards)
We hope to announce further interesting events over the course of the next few months, so please watch this space...

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The Walk for July 31st is in the Mark Cross/ Sandyden/ Bassetts area, led by John Bishop. Meet as usual in the Car Park behind One Stop at 2pm.

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 FARMERS MARKET will take place on Saturday 2nd July between 9am and 12pm at the Commemoration Hall.

MINI MARKET: Methodist Church on Saturday 2nd July from 9.30 to 11am.  

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB meets in the Ticehurst Village Club on Wednesday 6 July at 10am with a talk about the Air Cadets from Flt Lt Tim Blackwell.  

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL got into top gear in June with five events.  Music in Hospitals sent Janet Beale to entertain the residents of Fazan Court and then in Weald Hall with a charming programme of music and song – a really versatile and talented artist on the accordion, ukulele, flute and saxophone.  Toes were kept tapping all afternoon.  Then the Commemoration Hall was absolutely packed with 90 children and 60 ‘children at heart’ cheering and shouting as Andy from the Theatre of Widdershins produced another enchanting afternoon – this time round the theme of THREE: Billy Goats Gruff,  Goldilocks and Little Pigs.  Young men from Cambridge sang their hearts out in the Parish Church for an audience which included many of our friends from Aubers.  Finally, we had ‘A Profound Secret’, which revealed to us the love letters of Edward Burne-Jones; John Rowe, Julia Gooding and Maggie Cole were making a return visit to the Parish Church, performing opposite our Burne-Jones stained glass window.
July may be a little quieter – but Polyphony, under Michael Fields will be raising the roof at times on Saturday 2 July with a performance of John Rutter’s stirring setting of spirituals ‘Feel the Spirit’ with Ansy Boothroyd and the Mozart C minor Mass with a guest orchestra and additional soloists Evelyn Tubb, Peter Smy and John Hancorn:
tickets £12 – under 16s free from www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info and Carillon Cottage.  On Friday 15 July, Noel Bannister will bring a jazz group to the Greyhound for an evening of classical jazz – but this is already sold out.

WADHURST SOCIAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP, an outreach service of
Sussex OAKLEAF, meets on 4th  & 18th July at 10am to 12pm at Carillon Cottage. All welcome, please do come along. WSHSG contact: Carol Stead on 07917 692783. We will be having a table at Uplands on July 16th.
Website : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup https://portal.sussexoakleaf.org.uk/prx/000/http/www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup>  www.sussexoakleak.org

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: meets on Wednesday 13 July when Don Dray will be talking about the history of the BBC with plenty of historic recordings; all are welcome at the Commemoration Hall from 7.30pm.  Then on Saturday 17 July at The Lodge, by kind invitation of Patricia and Roger Hall;  another pig will turn on the spit; tickets for this will be on sale at the meeting or from Rachel Ring 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 July 20th. The main speaker will be Phil Berry who will be giving a presentation on “Nebulae”.
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 at the south end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College.  Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Summer Show in aid of the Poppy Appeal, at The Mount on Faircrouch Lane on Thurs 21st July at 7.30 pm.  Entertainment will be provided by Bertie Pearce, Magician Extraordinaire: a member of the inner magic circle with gold star, he is also a professor of Punch and Judy and has performed all over the world.
Tickets £12 each inc refreshments from Carillon Cottage.

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
Meet every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’ in Wadhurst.
The Wadhurst Rotary club is one of 1,850 clubs in the United Kingdom which between them have over 55,000 members. The Wadhurst club has a membership of 34 which has shown a steady growth over the last few years.
Since its foundation 30 years ago nearly £250,000 has been raised to support various local, regional, national and international charities. In the current difficult economic
climate we intend to maintain our traditional level of support for local projects based on community needs whilst still preserving the promotion of national charities and
international appeals.     
On Wednesday 15th June the Rotary equivalent of the ‘Changing of the Guard’ took place at ‘The White Horse’ at Hurst Green. Godfrey Wood, the 2010/2011 outgoing president, formally handed over the chain of office to Andrew Collins for the next twelve months.
After the formality of the previous week a number of the clubs more adventurous
members took to the air on Thursday 23rd June at the East Sussex Gliding Club near Ringmer. To be strictly accurate those that could fit into the cockpit (and there were some that couldn’t!) were winched skywards. Gliding is defined by Wikipedia as ‘a
recreational activity in which unpowered aircraft use naturally occurring currents of hot air in the atmosphere to remain airborne’. Needless to say hot air was in plentiful supply that evening and not all of it occurred naturally.
The July ‘Pubocentric’ walk is being led by David James. The normal routine of a gentle five(ish) mile stroll followed by Sunday lunch would seem to be at risk with this month’s perambulation being advertised as an ‘all day walk on the South Downs’. Sunday 24 July is the date for the diaries of those fitness fanatics and masochists amongst us. Wives et al are most welcome.          DWJ

WADHURST CRICKET CLUB: The 2011 season is now well underway.  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.  You will receive a warm welcome at Wadhurst Cricket Club.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk
WDC Club Coffee morning: 2nd July 10.30-12 at Carillon Cottage
Come and have a cuppa with us at Carillon to find out what’s happening in the club – everyone, members and non-members are welcome. But, as usual, there’s no coffee morning in August!
Pantomime: Auditions for ‘Pirates’ to be staged January 2012
Auditions for Panto held on June 30th at the Methodist Hall from 7pm – 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!
Barbeque - Sunday 24th July in a lovely field near Pashley
This will be a fun lunch with plenty of space for youngsters. It’s a bring-your-own crockery, cutlery and bottle occasion, with WDC cooking the food. You can pay your £5 on the day, but please let us know in advance so that we have enough burgers and other delicious goodies to assuage your hunger! Please telephone Catherine on 01892 783384 or email her on c.m.whitehead@btinternet.com to say how many of you are coming. Directions to the field will be given and on the day there’ll be suitable signs on the road.
Budding designers? New WDC logo required!
We’d love to see your design ideas for a new logo before July 31st and if required we’ll get a professional graphic designer to polish the result. The winner will have a FREE ticket to all WDC shows for a year! Please email to our chairman, martin@elson.com.

WADHURST UNITED JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB will be holding their Annual Family Fun Day & Presentation to Players on Saturday 2nd July at Sparrows Green Recreation Ground, commencing 11.30am.   There's something for everyone - BBQ, Bar, Bungee Run, sweet, bottle and football tombolas, FREE bouncy castle, tattoos, tuck shop, FREE beat the keeper, penalty shoot-out and Auction of Promises.  Entry is just £5.00 per family.  Come along and support your Junior Football Club and have fun!

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: At our June meeting members enjoyed a
fascinating illustrated talk given by Mr David Clark about The Last Voyage of The RMS Queen Mary.  The ship was in service from 1936 until 1967 when it was bought by the Americans and is now at Longbeach, California.  The speaker at our July meeting will be Mr John Davey and his subject is 'English As She is Spoke'.  The competition is Old Book and the trading stall will sell Healthy Foods.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Summer Show on Monday 11th July at the Primary School.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Time marches on and as you read this we will be in final preparations for the Summer Concert. We hope you will find time to come along. It looks like it will be an exciting evening with our guests John Doyle and Mark Landon entertaining us with their fine music.
We have added a couple of new events to our listing below, the Kent Show on 15th July at the Showground, Detling and Praise in the Park in Tenterden on 18th September.
If you need any further information, please contact Band Manager John Whitehead on 01892 783384 or by email at manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

Saturday 2nd July                    Summer Concert, Commemoration Hall starting at 7.30 pm
Sunday 3rd July             Bewl 15 Run, we will start playing at 11.45 am
Friday 15th July                        Kent Show, Detling, various spots throughout the day
Saturday 16th July                    Wadhurst Country Fair at Uplands, time tbc
Sunday 24th July                     Sevenoaks Bandstand, The Vine starting at 3.00 pm
Sunday 11th September           Bedgebury National Pinetum, Forest Discovery Day
Sunday 18th September           Praise in the Park, Tenterden, starting at 2.00pm

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)

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