WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - March 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: In February members were fascinated with Richard and Jane Froggett's talk reminiscing on their early married life: "tilly lamps", "no electricity", "a tied cottage" - most of the members found their recollections and photographs brought back many memories for them.  The Guild was delighted to welcome two new potential members to the meeting, and will wait with baited breath in the hope they join them again in March!  The March meeting will be at Carillon Cottage on Monday 7th March, and this will be the AGM and Annual Review.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: Members and friends meet on the last Sunday of each month in the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst usually at 2.00pm. Next meeting: Sunday 27 March.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB: Meet on Wednesday 2 March in the Ticehurst Village Club at 10:00.   

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:  The local groups of the U3A have recently been asked by the National Office the question 'Is your U3A vibrant?' It is therefore satisfying to be able to answer this question in a single word - 'YES!' We are very pleased to be able to report that in February of 2011 we have  a membership of 221, which is the highest it has ever been.
Our much anticipated talk by Matt Scott on 'Life, the Universe and All That', proved to be as interesting and exciting as we had all expected. Matt focussed on the wonders of solar system and the immensity of space and the breathtaking new theories constantly being expounded by our our scientists and cosmologists.
Our speaker on Thursday March 17th is Dr Mick Lynn, whosel talk will cover many aspects of the History of Beekeeping and the way humans and bees have helped each other to survive. This seems particularly apt in the light of the different problems which bees globally are experiencing. The talk will be held at the Memorial Hall in Mayfield at 2.00pm.

MINI MARKET: will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 5th March from 9.30 to 11am.  Your support is, as always, very much appreciated.  Following the February market we sent £115 to Action for Children.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: meets on Thursday 24 March at 2.30pm in St George’s Hall.  ‘A Street Pastor’ with Nicholas de Maid.  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 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 March16th. The main speaker is Robin Durant who is giving us a talk on “DSLR Astro-Photography”. Robin will be showing us the way to capture some fascinating images of the stars using a DSLR camera. This is a great chance for anyone to find out about starting in this exciting hobby.
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.

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.

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 March 10.30am-12 noon
Time for a coffee? Join us on the first Saturday of the month at Carillon Cottage on Wadhurst High Street for a catch up and to find out what’s on the agenda for the next few months, as well as starting to plan our next production. And almost immediately there’s a ... WDC walk followed by a pub lunch on Sunday 6th March  Starting from The Old Vine public house, Cousley Wood at 10am prompt, it will take just over 2 hours and involve walking along narrow lanes where dogs must be led.   If the weather’s been wet, there’ll be muddy areas, so stout footwear is recommended!   There’s only one stile.
If you wish to join us for lunch, you need to confirm your menu choices and reserve your seat(s) either by phoning John Bush (01892 782391) on Saturday 26th February, or calling The Old Vine (01892 782271) before Saturday 26th February and saying that you are with the Wadhurst Dramatic Club group.   The pub expects to be very busy, so if you don’t do this, you may miss out on lunch!
Play readings coming up
We’re also planning some lively play readings this spring onwards, so watch this space….
If you want to be sure not to miss out, either join us for coffee at Carillon to hear the latest or email Catherine on c.m.whitehead@btinternet.com and ask to be added to our email list to receive details of  play readings, auditions and shows

The WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: After a fascinating look at 'Growing up in Wartime Mayfield' from John Eldridge in the February meeting, the Society next meets on Wednesday 9 March in the Commemoration Hall - doors open at 7:30 and the meeting begins at 8pm; this month the speaker is very well known to all - Heather Woodward with a talk entitled 'Uppark - Phoenix of the National Trust'.  Visitors always welcome.

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 spirit of competition remains fierce in the village. All tables for the annual Rotary Club Quiz Evening on Saturday 5th March have now been taken. Simon Hancock, 01892 783839 is coordinating the event. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any cancellations or spare tables that become available please have a word with him.  Ante-post betting on this event is frowned upon but there is a strong whisper for the ’Victor Meldrew Fan Club’ Team who are thought to have been going particularly well in training. It is rumoured that they have been further strengthened by the late withdrawal of the captain’s wife, to a ‘un-avoidable shopping engagement’, being cunningly substituted by a ‘ringer’ whose IQ is thought to be considerable in excess of the captain’s inside leg measurement. Full results and SPs will be carried in next month’s magazine.  All proceeds and profits from the quiz evening will as usual be donated to local and Rotary charities.
Away from the quiz evening one worthwhile charity that the Wadhurst Rotary Club do support is ‘Tools for Self Reliance’, www.tfsr.org. Unlike the majority of charities TFSR is not primarily after your money but rather donations of good quality unwanted tools. Brian Tuck, 01892 785285 is coordinating, on behalf of the club, the collection of equipment in the Wadhurst area.  TFSR need top quality hand tools for metal workers, woodworkers, mechanics, electricians, builders and leatherworkers. They also need Singer round bobbin treadle or hand sewing machines.  For people in Africa with skills and drive, a good set of tools can help them earn a living for themselves and their families. It creates the chance for them to take control of their lives and build their communities by giving them the training and opportunities they need.  All tools and equipment collected are serviced and refurbished by volunteers in the UK before being sent on to Africa.  This presents an ideal chance to clear out attics, sheds and garages. But please check with Brian first as TFSR are not at this time looking for normal domestic or garden tools, electronic equipment or the like. Currently the TFSR specific requirement is for heavy duty professional gear.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE:  Though very wet, a reasonable attendance at the February meeting heard well-known local resident Mrs Barbara Liddle talk about her holiday travels. With humour she recounted her first attempt at snorkelling, her visits to Australia, interesting anecdotes and thumbnail sketches of characters she had met. As it was the 90th anniversary of Wadhurst WI, at tea time we had a chocolate cake (with not quite 90 candles which the President blew out) and sang Happy Birthday to ourselves!  There is a special birthday celebration to come which will include entertainment by ‘The Odd Socks Trio’. At next month’s meeting Mrs Fran Bennett will talk about “Healthy Aging with Qigong”.  Competition:  Beauty Tips. Trading Stall: Good as New.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: On Monday 14th March we are lucky enough to have Julia Jarman speaking on 'Twelve Months of Interest' in the garden.  This is something for those of us who love the look of our garden in the spring and early summer, but have to make excuses for it otherwise (like myself).  It might be good to come along and see how you can create colour or good form to look at all year round.    7.30 at St. Georges Hall.  We welcome visitors and new members - membership remains only £5 for the year, and offers discounts on garden supplies, monthly talks of interest, and lots of gardening companions to chat with.  Come along!
Don't forget to pencil in our SPRING  SHOW on Monday 4th April 7.30 at the Primary School, Wadhurst - come and see what the season offers.

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 & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: On Thurs 17th March we hold our members meeting in St Georges Hall at 7pm for 7.30, with a talk by Ms Nulty on ‘Escape from Calais’; all visitors are welcome.
On Sunday 3rd April we will be showing the film ‘The True Glory’ in the Commemoration Hall at 1.30 for 2pm.  Limited free tickets will be available from Carillon Cottage - we will ask for a paper retiring donation in aid of the R B L Welfare Fund.

PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY is holding a Jumble Sale at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Saturday 9th April 2011 09:30 - 12 noon.  Please bring any donations to the hall Friday evening between 6 - 7pm or ring Linda 01892 783906. No large furniture please.

WADHURST UNITED JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB present a 70's/80's Disco Night at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Saturday 12th March, 7.30 -11.30pm.  Tickets are £10 per person available in advance only from Lou Jones on 07748 061206 or louise.jns1@gmail.com.  Subsidised bar and 70's/80's dress optional.  Proceeds to the Club's Sparrows Green Pitch Development Project - see website www.wadhurstjfc.co.uk

CAMEO CLUB ANNUAL SALE:  Saturday 26th March 9.30 - 11.30 am at the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst.  Donations of books, clothes, cakes, bric-a-brac, antiques or anything we can sell to raise funds to the Hall between 5pm and 7pm Friday evening will be greatly appreciated.  Contact Joyce Farmer 01892 782910 for more
information.

COME AND MEET US: the organisations, clubs and businesses that make Wadhurst the best place in which to live and work.  Main Hall, Uplands Community College on Saturday 12th March 9.30am - 12 noon.  Refreshments available, admission free (organised by Wadhurst & Frant Conservative Club).

WADHURST NETBALL CLUB: Jumble Sale, 2nd April 9.30-11.30 Commem. Hall.

WADHURST BOWLS CLUB are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 19 March in the Commem. Hall between 9.30am and 12 noon.  Donations of jumble will be gratefully received on Friday 6-8pm.  Collection can be arranged, call 782108.
WADHURST BRASS BAND
After the snow of December and our disappointment at having to cancel our Christmas Concert (we really tried to put on a show but the weather beat us at both our attempts) we are hard at work practising for our Spring Concert on the 2nd April in the Commemoration Hall. We are grateful to all the support given to us and that so of you many bought tickets for the ill-fated Concert. We look forward to seeing you in April, where Christmas Concert tickets will be
honoured.  If you can’t make it, we will happily refund the ticket price. Please contact Band Manager John Whitehead on 01892 783384 or email John on manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk and we will sort it out.

We already have several bookings for events for 2011 and we hope you will be able to join us for one or more of our concerts.

2nd April          Spring Concert in the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst starting at              7.30 pm
5th June            ‘Songs of Praise’ in Uplands Community College starting at 6.30pm
11th June           Tidebrook Fete at Pennybridge Farm, Wadhurst starting at 2.00 pm
3rd July Bewl Run, down at Pell Farm starting at 11.45 am
We will add more engagements as they are confirmed and will list them in forthcoming editions of Focus, on our noticeboard outside the Institute and on our revitalised website www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk. Take a look at the website to find links to photos of the band in France and Belgium last May and hear a clip of the band playing in Aubers.

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

Email addresses for Focus are now:
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