WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - June 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: The May Meeting was held in Carillon Cottage, when, after the business had been dealt with, Mrs.Patricia Hall gave a most interesting talk on Belarus, the Charity Chernobyl Children Life Line and the Clear Voices Choir - with the added pleasure of hearing their CD, when some of us were able to relive that wonderful evening in the Parish Church last year.
The next meeting will be on Monday 6th June in Carillon Cottage.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: The speaker at the April meeting was Dr Robin Fleet who gave some fascinating insights into the life of Charles Rennie MacIntosh, the Scottish artist and designer. Most people, even those who would not describe themselves as art aficionados, are familiar with his work which has enjoyed a revival in recent years and appears on a variety of objects from china cups to pvc carrier bags. It was interesting to see examples of his architectural work as well as items of furniture. A really enjoyable afternoon.  The speaker at the June meeting will be Dr Geoff Mead from the University of Sussex who will  be leading us through “Twittens and By-Ways of Brighton” Thursday June 16th, 2pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall. 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: This month we are presenting a village hall concert.  Lesley Alexander is a versatile jazz and soul singer who has performed at all the top jazz clubs both in London and New York.  She will be supported by the Robert Reid trio who play at many jazz venues in the South East and they supported Acker Bilk when he came to play at Scotney Castle during the 2008 Lamberhurst Music Festival.
Date: Saturday June 25th at 7.30 pm    Tickets: £10
Phone: 01892891115    Post: L.M.F. The Down House, Lamberhurst, TN3 8ET
Web: www.lamberhurstmusic.co.uk

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 23 June for Tea at Westerleigh. Everyone welcome. Lifts available.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.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 co-ordinator of Wadhurst Area Neighbourhood Watch. The NWRA is on Facebook and has a new website with N.W & other links on :
http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation
Wadhurst Estates Walkabout with WDC & Other Authorities on 10th & 15th June.
On 10th at 10am : Bankside, Queens Cottages & Holmsdale Close.
On 15th at 10am : Courthope Avenue, Snape View & Watts Close.
Next NWRA Meeting : 16th June, 2pm at Fazan Court, Please Come Along. 

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.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The spring sale made over £1,000.  Thank you to every one who helped make this a success.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is looking forward to welcoming a group of friends from Aubers during the week-end of 10th – 12th June.  On Saturday 11th, a short ceremony will take place in the Jardin d’Aubers at noon when a former railway bench which was originally on Wadhurst Station will be officially unveiled in memory of Monica Jones and Neil Rose, two enthusiastic and hard-working officers of the Twinning. Association.  Members of both families and Twinners from Wadhurst and Aubers will be present and others who are interested will be very welcome to join them.  
On  Saturday 9th July, the Wadhurst Twinning Association will be holding a Strawberry Cream Tea in Cousley Wood.  For further details and tickets at £5.50 please contact Vicky at the Youth Centre,  Mondays to Wednesdays or in the evenings from 01580 212771 as from Friday 10th June.

WADHURST SOCIAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP, an outreach service of Sussex OAKLEAF, meets on 20th June at 10am to 12pm at Carillon Cottage. All welcome, please do come along.
WSHSG local contact: Tim Page on 783313 or Carol Stead on 07917 692783.
Website: http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The Footpath Walk in June is on the 26th and is a circular walk in the Batemans/ Burwash area led by John Corke. Meet as usual in the Car Park behind One Stop at 2pm. Lifts will be arranged to the starting point.

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 4th June between 9am and 12pm at the Commemoration Hall.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday, 4th June from 9.30 to 11am.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB: Meet on Wednesday 1 June in the Ticehurst Village Club at 10:00.

WOMEN OF WADHURST wish to thank sponsors, public and most of all, children, for coming and enjoying our Bunny Trail on Sat. 16th April.  We are excited to announce that £1620 profit was raised.  Stella Crittle and Pat Wood were delighted to present a cheque for £1420 to Vicki Pickering, representative for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.  And £200 was donated to a local Riding for the Disabled Association school.  Thank you to all those who helped make it such a special day, both for ourselves and the children.
On the 5th June WOW are organising a tennis tournament to raise further funds for Riding for the Disabled, so if anybody would like to join in and play, just ring 783961 and find out more.

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: The first concert ‘Unfit for a King’ was a musical delight, rapturously enjoyed by all those who came: those who did not [and there were too many of them so the event made a loss] missed a real treat.
The next event is a real first for Wadhurst: on Saturday 28 May Martin Taylor – one of the two or three greatest classical jazz guitarist in the world – will be in the Parish Church at 7.30pm.  The best seats are selling fast but there may still be a few available by the time you read this.
On Friday 10 June in the Commemoration Hall there is an event for anyone young in age or in heart.  Theatre of Widdershins, who brought Tales from the Arabian Nights here last year, return with another magical entertainment ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other Furry Tails’.  Tickets are £3 for under-16s and £5 for adults: this will be a treat for all the family.
On Saturday 11 June, Over the Bridge – a group of young men from Cambridge – will be singing in church at 7.30pm: unaccompanied choral singing ranging across the centuries, serious and light – with the occasional French tang to tie in with the visit by our friends from Aubers.  Tickets £10 – under 16 free.
On Saturday 18 June, some old friends of the Festival return:  Julia Gooding, Maggie Cole and John Rowe will be telling us ‘A Profound Secret’ based on the love letters of Edward Burne-Jones, from the book by Josceline Dimbleby.  Tickets £10 – under 16 free.
Tickets available as usual from Carillon Cottage or www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: The last few weeks have been busy for the Society.  The April meeting gave us a fascinating insight into the hospitals in Tunbridge Wells and Pembury – a topical as well as historical interest!  Then we had three visits from Weald Tales, relating the story ‘Crow on the Cradle’ about the Battle of Hastings: three performances in members’ homes and all much enjoyed.  Our thanks to our hosts, to Rachel Ring who had the idea and, above all, to the storytellers, who gave their time free.  We must have them back again!  Funds raised from this will go towards the project to convert the old snooker room below the Commemoration Hall into research, storage and exhibition space for the Society.  With his usual enthusiasm and energy, Paddy McFarlan has submitted a bid for funding for a modest scheme to get the project off the ground.  The May meeting brought several members ‘out front’ with their collections – sardine dishes, lace bobbins and fans, Tristram Shandy, flatware, Tappington Grange, a grandfather, a field map, Shovers Green and other ancestors – quite a range of enthusiasms!  The next meeting on Wednesday 8 June is a return visit by Geoff Hutchinson with a talk on Battle Abbey and its history to the present day.  Doors open at 7.30 and visitors are always welcome.

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 June 15th. This is our annual “Telescope Evening” where we invite beginners and all who need help to bring along their telescopes for help in setting them up. There will also be some demonstrations of how to adjust telescope optics as well as some astro-gadgets. An excellent opportunity to learn about observing.
There will then be a free coffee/tea break 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. Members & Students Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Last Monday 9th May Dr. Peter Brandham, botanist from Kew Gardens, came to speak to us.  I saw him waiting in the wings to start, with a pile of slides at the ready and thought 'Oh NO!  Another 50 slides coming up!   (I have a very low boredom threshold).  But after the first ten, I forgot I was sitting in St. George's Hall.  Instead, I was with him and his team on a 50-mile trek thru northeast South America in search of new species of plants.  Fancy being abandoned after an arduous boat trip in the middle of a steaming hot rainforest, totally uninhabited.  No mobile phone masts, no emergency services, no 'One-Stop's' if you run out of food or have an accident?  And what about your hair in all this humidity??? They had to hack a path thru to a mountainous area they suspected had unknown varieties of ferns, pineapples, orchids, pitcher plants and sundews.  They found them, and brought them back to their base camp, but then had a harrowing few days waiting for the small boat to show up and bring them back to civilisation - the boat was late, would it ever turn up, would they just die there?  Of course they made it, otherwise no appearance last Monday!  The new plants are back at Kew, most of them growing and adding to the seed bank of the world's plant species.  Who knows that in the future one of these plants could be a new cure for cancer, Alzheimer's, or a natural remedy for eczema, for instance?  I left the hall full of admiration for Dr. Brandham and people like him .
Next month:  Monday June 13th at St. George's Hall, 7.30 pm - MEDICINAL PLANTS by Caroline Jackson.  COME ALONG!  Non-members most welcome.

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: 4th June 10.30-12 at Carillon Cottage
Everyone, members and non-members, are welcome to join us for coffee the first Saturday in the month at Carillon Cottage. It’s a chance to have a chat and get things organised for the WDC events coming up.
Walk: Sunday 5th June from Tidebrook
Our next walk will start from the phone box on the Tidebrook road near the church at 10am. It’s about 4½ miles, taking around 2 hours.terrain is hilly, but hopefully dry.welcome, including dogs, (but there are sheep in several places).plan to go to the Best Beech afterwards for a drink or lunch.
Play reading: Wednesday 8th June at Carillon Cottage, 7.30pm
Come and enjoy a ‘just for fun’ play reading of The Heiress by Ruth & Augustus Goetz – described as “a powerful and compelling drama”. Based on the Henry James novel ‘Washington Square’, there are 9 characters to ‘get into’.
October production: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
After a really enjoyable read through and a morning of auditions, rehearsals start in June of the brilliant ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’, directed by Juliet Mander. Members or non-members are very welcome to join the fun – there’ll be all kinds of backstage help needed. For more info ring Juliet on 01580 201883.
Pantomime: Auditions for ‘Pirates’ to be staged January 2012
Hurrah, a pantomime is planned, to be directed by Wendy Barr! Open auditions will take place on Thursday 30th June in the Methodist Hall from 7.30pm – please look out for posters to confirm the time and venue. 
Budding designers? We need a new logo!
Could you design a new Wadhurst Dramatic Club logo? Send us your design ideas 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 send to our chairman, martin@elson.com.
For your diary : WDC barbeque Sunday 24th July – more details to follow

SUMMER DESIGNER FASHION EVENING: The Hospice shop in Wadhurst is holding an evening of Summer Designer Clothes on Thursday 9 June, 6-8.30pm.  Come and join us for wine, nibbles and the opportunity to buy gorgeous summer designs from Paul Costelloe, Moschino, Boden, East, Nicole Farhi and many others.  An opportunity not to be missed!

WADHURST BRASS BAND
The Band is sad to announce that Joan Fermor passed away on the 6th May after a short fight against illness. She joined the Band in 1999, with son Tim, and played Eb Bass for all those years. Not always in the best of health she still managed to find the puff to fill, and twiddle the valves on, one of the largest instruments in the band. She will be much missed.

From the listing below you will see we have quite a busy summer ahead with favourites such as Tidebrook Fete and the Bewl Run and we are looking forward to the Country Fair in July and a visit to Bedgebury in September.

The Summer Concert on the 2nd July gets ever closer and tickets are now on sale from Jean-Marie in the High Street. Priced at £8, £6 for concessions with under 16s free with an adult. Suitable “summery” refreshments are included in the price. With our special guests, John Doyle and Mark Landon, we should have a great evening in store!

If you need any further information, please contact Band Manager John Whitehead on 01892 783384 or by email at manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

Sunday 5th June  ‘Songs of Praise’ in the Commemoration Hall  at.30 pm
Saturday 11th June  Tidebrook Fete at Pennybridge Farm, Wadhurstat   2.00 pm
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
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

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.

Contacts:      John Whitehead      Band Manager  01892 783384
                        Lydia Fuggle            Secretary            01892 782308  

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