WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - May 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: At the beginning of the month the Guild received two packets of "Guide biscuits" from New Zealand, one to try and one to use in a recipe.  The April Meeting commenced with everyone having a biscuit, having been asked by the Hamilton (N.Z.) Trefoil Guild to let them know which English biscuit they most closely resembled.  The nearest was shortcake but closely followed by custard cream (without the cream!), rich tea and marie.  The Meeting then welcomed Linda Carless from 2nd Wadhurst Brownies, who gave members an insight into the Brownies very varied and interesting programme for the year, and brought their current handbooks for members to see.  The next meeting will be at Carillon Cottage on Monday 9th May at 2.00 for 2.15.

The WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: On Friday May 8 in the Parish Church at 8pm - something completely different: 'Unfit for a King' is an evening of
peasant songs and dance music from the 18th century played by the aptly named Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments - come along a see and hear what a charange, a
santur or a nyckelharpa is like!  Then - on Saturday 28 May - we are privileged to have a visit from Martin Taylor in the Parish Church at 8pm: he is one of the truly great
exponents of the classical jazz guitar - and tickets are selling fast.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A:  To judge by the flood of questions which Dr Mick Lynn received following his highly informative and entertaining talk, there is much
interest in bees in our membership. Everything from the merits, or otherwise, of organic honey, to the practicalities of having one’s own hives was raised. “The History of
Bee-keeping” revealed some fascinating facts about the little creatures themselves, their physiology, their habitats and lifestyle.Dr Lynn illustrated his talk with some very
interesting slides, one showing a cave drawing of a man climbing up to obtain honey in what looked like a very precarious position.  The Speaker at the May meeting will be John Hursey whose topic will be “Music makes the World go Round.” Members who have heard previous talks from John will know what a jolly time he gives us – a real uplift to the spirits.  Everyone is welcome. Thursday May 19th , 2pm, Mayfield
Memorial Hall.  For further information contact 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.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 26 May: Out to Lunch at the Commemoration Hall.

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
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: It is the 90th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion also the 90th Anniversary of the Wadhurst British Legion, there will be a service at the War Memorial on Sunday 8th May at 3pm. After the service there will be light refreshments in St Georges Hall.  19th May Royal British Legion Members meeting in St Georges Hall for 7 -7.30pm. A talk by Jane Willing on Help for Heroes, everybody welcome.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION would like to thank everyone who was involved in any way with their first-ever Jumble Sale – the contributors, the workers and the buyers.  Thanks to all your efforts and generosity, we managed to raise over £800 and this will enable us to entertain the party of Aubersois who will be staying in Wadhurst in June.   Some will arrive on Friday 10th June and others will come on the Saturday.  If you would be interested in hosting any of the French  or meeting them, please contact Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.  During that week-end, a bench will be dedicated in the Jardin d’Aubers to the memory of two of the founding members and enthusiastic office-bearers of the Twinning: Monica Jones and Neil Rose. 
The Twinning Association is a lively social group with a wide range of interests.  The ability to speak French is not essential but a love of France and things French is.  Recently we enjoyed lunch in a French restaurant and in the Summer we look forward to something very English, a Strawberry Cream Tea.  The Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 16th May, 7.30 for 7.45 downstairs in the David James building at Uplands. After the relatively brief business part of the meeting is concluded, we have a sociable get-together in a typically French way. For further details about the Twinning and becoming a member, contact Jenny Williams on 01892 783427.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The walk this month will be a Rotherfield Circular led by Mike and Gail Cottington. Meet at 2 pm. Sunday 29th May  in the car park behind One Stop where lifts will be arranged to the starting point.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB
There’s NO WDC Club Coffee morning in May as we’re auditioning for our October production…
Read through and open auditions for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Our October production is the play adapted by Jay Presson Allen from Muriel Spark’s brilliant ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’. A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
We’re looking for *Two women in their prime  *One headmistress type  *Three men in their prime  *4 teenage girls  *And extra character actors
Come along to either a read through of the play on Thursday 5th May at 7.45pm in the Methodist Hall or open auditions on Saturday 7th May at 10.30am in the Methodist Hall
Members and non-members are welcome to come and read for a part, or just to find out more about the forthcoming production to be directed by Juliet Mander. As ever, there will be plenty of need for all kinds of backstage help. For more info ring Juliet Mander on 01580 201883.
Coming up
* Our next fun play reading on Wednesday 8th June at Carillon Cottage, start at 7.30pm.
* Our next walk will be on Sunday 5th June starting at Tidebrook at 10 am – ring John Bush on 01892 782391 to find out more details
Needed: a new logo !
Try your hand at designing a new Wadhurst Dramatic Club logo. Send us your design ideas before July 31st and if needed 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 !
www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk

WYTKIDZTalking with Angels:
the next WYTKidz production at the Commemoration Hall on May 20-21
This play was recently written for The National Youth Theatre and premiered in
Tunbridge Wells! It explores the question of whether Joan of Arc really heard angels or was a mad schizophrenic. It is quite a departure for WYTKidz to be acting in a serious play with minimal props and sets to help them – they are having to act their socks off!
Performances start at 7.45pm both nights - tickets £8 (adults) & £6 (juniors) from
Wadhurst Ironmongers, available from the beginning of May.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE 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 14th May between 9am and 12pm at the Commemoration Hall.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday, 7th May from 9.30 to 11am.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB: Meet on Wednesday 4 May in the Ticehurst Village Club at 10:00.

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
Saturday 9th April was “Stroke Awareness Day” and many local people were invited into Carillon Cottage to have their blood pressure checked.   Of the 65 people who volunteered to see the doctor there, fortunately only about 10 % were referred for further investigation. They were all very grateful to the Rotarians for the offer!
The “Stroke Awareness Day” was one of hundreds arranged all over the UK by Rotary Clubs. No doubt quite a few patients will go to see to their GPs again soon.

Every Rotarian is entitled to attend any other Rotary club meeting. There is always a warm reception for the visitor, whether in the UK or abroad.  Last month we had a “Scatter Week” when we visited seven other clubs, with 3 of us going to each venue. Having since discussed our findings we came to the conclusion that Wadhurst is still one of the most active clubs in the area. We were grateful to three members from the Hailsham Rotary Club who came on 6th April and educated us, not only on where MOLDOVA is, but also about their sterling charity work taking supplies to a safe house for abused children there. They endured a car journey of 1,800 miles each way.

Did you hear the Hurdy-Gurdy Organ in the Wadhurst High Street on 2nd April ?
It was there to persuade you to support the Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund, and we received a large number of generous donations. Thank You !
If you watched the TV News coverage concerning the despatch of emergency“Shelter Boxes” to Japan or New Zealand you might have spotted the box provided by the Rotary Club of Wadhurst, among many others. Once again, Thank You !

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: Members of the Wadhurst History Society and others have enjoyed hearing the tale of the Battle of Hastings as told by Crow on the Cradle - and learnt a lot about the history of Tunbridge Wells hospitals at their April meeting - very timely with the opening of the new Pembury Hospital!  On Thursday 12 May there will something rather different in the Commemoration Hall at 7.30 for 8pm:  several members will be bringing items from their own collections - historic, artistic or even unexpected - and some will give short talks about them.  All will be on display in the hall so that members and guest [always welcome] can wander round and see what a very varied range of interests the Society covers!

WADHURST AND DISRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes beginners or anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. This month's meeting is on Wednesday May18th. The main speaker is Peter Gill who is giving us a talk on “The Sun”. During the talk it is hoped that Peter will be able to show not only his range of slides but also some cine film of solar flares. This is a great chance for anyone to find out about our closest star.  There will then be a free coffee/tea breakby "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills.open from 7pm. meetings begin at 7:30pm. in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at theend of WadhurstUplands Community College. & Students Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
As you read this we will have given our Spring Concert and be looking forward to Easter and the summer. We are pleased to be playing at the WOW Easter Fair on Saturday 16th April - and hoping for warm spring sunshine. The Fair starts at 10.30 and we’ll be playing at around 1.00pm.

Our great new website www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk  is up and running, with a regularly updated list of our engagements throughout the year plus a photo gallery of the band on recent and not so recent trips including France, with even a little video clip of the band playing in Aubers with the Richebourg BigBang Sinfonia.

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

Saturday 16th April      WOW Easter Fair, Commemoration Hall 10.30 till 3.00   - Band plays at 1.00pm
Sunday 5th June           ‘Songs of Praise’ in Uplands Community College starting at 6.30 pm
Saturday 11th June     Tidebrook Fete at Pennybridge Farm, Wadhurst starting at 2.00 pm
Saturday 2nd July       Summer Concert, Commemoration Hall starting 7.30 pm

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.

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

Email addresses for Focus are now:
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