WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: at their October meeting members enjoyed a very informative talk and demonstrations on First Aid given by John Corke.  The November 7th meeting will be a day trip by bus to Maidstone for shopping and sightseeing.  IF you were a Brownie and/or a Guide, or have an interest in and wish to support Guiding, please come and join us - you will be made most welcome.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: After their August break, on September 15th Members were greatly entertained by Steve Roberts, a retired police officer.  He had been involved in several high profile investigations and called his talk 'Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective'.  On October 20th one of our members, Patricia Robson, is giving a talk entitled 'The Absence of Boundaries' (the importance of Narrative). In addition to the 25 study groups already running two new groups are starting this year. A fourth Book Group, which already has a few members but would really like to hear from anyone else who would like to join them and a Flower Arranging/Design Group which is holding its first meeting in October.  On November 17th Sara Perry will be speaking on "Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery".  The U3A General Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month, excluding August and December, in Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2pm. Visitors are welcome. For further information on U3A activities please contact any of the following - Ann Scott 01435 872121, Polly Bradford 01435 873946, Janet Goldsmith 01892 783264

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 with Sx Police. The NWRA & N.W are also on Facebook. The next meeting is our Social Event Evening on 12th December 2011, time & venue to be arranged. There is to be another Estates Walkabout in November, date & time to be arranged. Our new website with N.W links : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation

MILK BOTTLE TOP APPEAL: Please help me to collect milk bottle tops to be sold to raise funds for Hospice in the Weald.  The tops can be left at the Hospice shop, Carillon Cottage or Tidebrook Church (just screw tops please).  Many thanks.  Ann Jackson.

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.

Wadhurst Social Health Support Group : An outreach service of Sussex Oakleaf. Our future meetings are now weekly at St George's Hall, George Street, Wadhurst, on Friday afternoons, from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome, there is easy access and parking to the Hall, Please do come along for a chat and a cuppa, we are here to listen, help & advise you, and hopefully you will make lots of new friends. There are several regular members in our group which is now steadily growing in size.
WSHSG contact with Sussex Oakleaf is Robin Butler on 07940269486.  Website : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup https://portal.sussexoakleaf.org.uk/prx/000/http/www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup>,  www.sussexoakleaf.org

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 DRAMATIC CLUB  www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk
Coffee morning: Saturday 5th November:  Join us for a coffee or tea at our monthly get-together at Carillon Cottage in the High Street. Catch up on all the latest – including news on the panto which is gathering pace….
Pirates - the Pantomime: 26-28th January & 2-4th February 2012
Rehearsals are underway – we’re mustering parrots and cutlasses for the onslaught on the Commem in the New Year. But there’s more than just pirates afoot (or on board!) – there’s Cinders and her new husband, Prince Charming. Red Riding Hood’s footsteps are being dogged by Wolfie!  Widow Twankie is cruising, and an evil queen is plotting. If you’d like to be part of it, we’d happily welcome some backstage help, just ring Director Wendy Barr on 01892 784241. Tickets will be on sale early in December. Pieces of eight, pieces of eight!!
WDC Christmas party: Friday 2nd December
We’re hoping this year that our seasonal get-together will not be blighted by snow and ice. We’ll be enjoying festive fare and entertainment – all members and friends very welcome. Venue and time details to follow – if you miss the email info then ring Catherine on 01892 783384 to find out where and when.

STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET: held on the second Saturday of the month, 10.00 to 12.00. For information call 01580 200386

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 GARDENING ASSOCIATION : AGM on Monday 14 November with Chris Stewart speaking on ‘The Gentleman in a Velvet Jacket’.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The November Walk is in the Bewl/Cousley Wood Area led by Rosemary and Roger Bell, meet in the Car Park behind One Stop at 2 pm. on the 27th November.  The AGM will be at 7.30pm on the 24th November in St. Georges Hall. Formal business is  usually very short, the record is seven minutes, and will be followed by an illustrated talk by Nancy Mandera entitled " A Travelling Life, Africa,China and Russia".   Nancy is a local discovery,her last lecture" Learning From Ladakh" delivered in her native Darbyshire accent was considered the most interesting and entertaining that we have had. She usually travels light and alone often in parts of the world considered too risky by most. This time her talk takes us right back to the start of her adventures. At a later date we hope to persuade her to talk about her more recent travels in Iran, Syria, Eritrea etc.etc.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: By the time this appears in print, the construction work on the Society’s rooms behind the Commemoration Hall should be complete and we will have started moving in!  The ‘official’ opening will be in the afternoon of Wednesday 14 December before the Society’s AGM.
‘Wadhurst Back in Time: 1901 – 1936’ should also be back from the printers – ready for your Christmas shopping.  This publication, of 350 pages and a separate booklet and CD, is a comprehensive study of this period of our history. The next meeting is on Wednesday 9 November. The talk is "Fighting the French: the Hundred Years’ War" by Professor Kathleen Burk. As always non-members are welcome for a donation; the bar is open from 19:30. 

One of the services offered in Carillon Cottage is the opportunity to see an advisor from Crowborough Citizens Advice Bureau.  This is now organised on a fortnightly basis when someone is available on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9am to 11.30am.  Please call in to the Cottage (next to Wadhurst Post Office) to check dates, or ring on 01892 785658.  The Cottage opens at 9am on CAB days but otherwise is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  If you need to see a CAB advisor urgently at another time please ring the Crowborough Citizens Advice Bureau on 01892 655303.

The TWINNING ASSOCIATION is holding a How-Well-Do-You-Know-Your-Wines-and-Cheeses Evening on Saturday 26th November at the Pavilion in Sparrows Green starting at 7.30 pm. This should be a fun evening in good company even if we couldn’t think up a snappier title for it!. Tickets £10 are available now  either from Carillon Cottage or on 01892 783212.   Cheques should be made payable to the Wadhurst Twinning Association.  Everyone is welcome but space is relatively limited so booking early would be advisable.  For information about joining the friendly and welcoming Wadhurst Twinning Association,  please contact Jenny Williams on 783427.  As foreshadowed in last month's Focus, the Association's first event  of the year for 2012 will be a Winter Social on Saturday 14th January.We hope that as well as providing a delicious, hot supper, the evening will also include a DVD presentation on a popular region of France  - we are currently exploring the possibility of featuring the Loire Valley and its renowned and spectacular châteaux. Further details, including ticket prices and a local sales point, will follow in due course."

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: We had a very pleasant meeting last month  when we enjoyed a wonderful Harvest lunch.  The Committee had worked very hard to provide an excellent meal consisting of a choice of soups, a spread of  sliced ham, flans and a variety of salads,  followed by some delicious puddings (there were many second helpings).  After lunch we had  the briefest of  meetings to discuss the month’s  business, which was followed by an enjoyable quiz.  November meeting on the 10th:  AGM, 2 pm.    Competition: Write a Poem               Trading Stall:  Christmas Fayre

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 .

The WALK for KNOWLES TOOTH raised the wonderful sum of £691.65 for which many thanks. The weather could have been kinder but in such lovely countryside we hardly noticed & tea at Tidebrook was the perfect end. Some pictures of the hardy walkers & tea ladies, have been posted in all the churches.
Several boxes of HARVEST GOODS were handed over to FSW for distribution in our area & at Knowles Tooth. These dry goods help to keep families afloat in these severe economic times - all FSW workers carry emergency provisions with them & our contribution was warmly welcomed.
The ANNUAL BOOK SALE which is now held at All Saints Church, Hove is over the weekend of NOVEMBER 18/19/20th - see posters. If you wish to donate books please call 01273 425699 as there will be no local collection.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th is the GIFT of TOYS FAMILY SERVICE. Ahead of Christmas please help by bringing new toys & gifts (unwrapped), especially for
teenagers. They will be taken to Knowles Tooth or Hastings for careful distribution at their parties or to individual families.  Jill Brewster - 01580 830008

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 November 16th. We are very pleased to welcome this month’s speaker who is author Dr. David Mannion who will be giving a talk based on his bestselling book entitled: “Galileo & 400 Years of Telescopic Astronomy”. This promises to be a most interesting evening covering a fascinating period in the history of visual astronomy.  There will then be a free coffee or tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills FRAS. 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, Visitors £2 on the door.

PEWS FOR SALE: Original Victorian pine pews from the back of Tidebrook Church: four 10 ft. pews and one 8 ft. pew. Offers welcome. Contact David Payne 783731.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday November 5 from 9.30 to 11am .  There will be an extensive TRAIDCRAFT stall - an opportunity to do your Christmas shopping!     

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES are holding a Jumble Sale at the Commemoration Hall on November 5th, from 9.30 to 11.30am.  Jumble can be brought to the hall on Friday 4th from 6pm to 7.30pm.  For collection please ring 01580 200302, 01892 784315 or 01892 785879.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND: We look forward to our annual Christmas Quiz which will be published on Thursday 1st December.

 AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 24 November for ‘Bonjour, Aubers!’ with John McKenzie. Everyone welcome. Lifts available.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.

INDOOR FETE at the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 12 November from 9.30am to 12 noon, to raise funds for St George’s Hall.  Cake stall, books, games, raffle, gift stall, toys, tombola, teas etc, face painting.  Come along and support your Parish church Hall.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Our service for 11-11-11 will be in the Parish Church; please be seated by 10.45 for 11 o’clock.  On Remembrance Sunday,13th November, the parade will meet at the usual time of 10 am in Gloucester Place, going on to the War Memorial for service and then on to Church, to be seated by 10.45 for 11th service.

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: Table Top / Jumble Sale on Saturday 26th November at the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst 9.30am - 12 noon.  Cakes, Tombola, Raffle, refreshments etc.  Entrance by donation.  To book a table at £10 each, please ring Linda on 01892 783906.   Please bring any donations to the hall on Friday evening 5-7 pm.  No large furniture - thank you.

BURRSWOOD: CALLING ALL KNITTERS! Burrswood Hospital is creating a fantastic knitted Christmas tree.  It will be at least 15 feet high and made up of around 2,500 knitted leaves (and other knitted decorations) – but we need your help!  Please see our website www.burrswood.org.uk or contact Mary Wyatt on 01892 863637 for the knitting pattern.  We are also going to need a working party to sew the leaves into position – can you help?  The tree will be the centre piece at our Christmas Carol concert – and we hope it will draw a good number of visitors in the run up to Christmas and raise vital funds for the hospital Access to Care bursary scheme.  We look forward to hearing from you.

MUSICAL MEMORY QUIZ BY WOMEN OF WADHURST: Sat 12 Nov at Wadhurst Commemoration Hall.  Bar opens 7.15pm for 7.45 start.  A night of fun and laughter orchestrated by a music team from the Canterbury Oast Trust.  The registered charity is run exclusively by the parents and friends who provide care and meaningful work for nearly 100  people with learning difficulties based in the South-East.  Our quiz covers popular music from the 60’s onwards. Bookings for tables of 6 per team; contacting Frances by e-mail on frances@ivychimneys.co.uk or ring 783961.  If you don’t have a full team but would like to participate, just let her know and she should be able to help.  Tickets are £9 per head, including an excellent supper. Bar sales preferred.  All proceeds to Hospice in the Weald and Canterbury Oast Trust.

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, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in ‘The Greyhound’, Wadhurst.

There is something very British about a Jumble Sale!  A mass of donated, no longer wanted possessions collected from the local community to be sifted, sorted and sold in aid of a good cause. This year’s mounds of unwanted items were sold early last month with all proceeds going to our very own local Wadhurst charity The Mullins Trust. It is heartening to report that just over £900 was raised which included over £200 from the ladies produce stall.

This figure is 12% up on the previous year which is a great achievement in these difficult economic times. In thanking all buyers, sellers and contributors particular mention must be made of Tom Maynard of Maynard’s Fruit Farm in Ticehurst who made his barn available to the store jumble as it was collected. A brave, brave man.

There is something very ‘in between’ at this time of the year. Summer has gone, or rather what there was of it has gone and everybody is now trying not to mention, or even think of Christmas.

Well that isn’t the case for the Wadhurst Rotary Club. One of our big fund raising events of the year is the ‘Christmas Fayre’ taking place on Friday 9th December in the Commemoration Hall. The format remains broadly the same as in previous years, Father Christmas, Church Bells, Choirs, Brass Band, BBQ, late night shopping across the village and lots of stalls and goodies in the Hall. Please make a note in your diary as organisation for this year’s Fayre is in full swing and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The November diary of talks is a very varied one. On Wednesday the 2nd  Arthur Dewar, one of our members is giving a talk on ‘Mitochondria’, the 16th sees Brian Rosevear telling us all about a recent ‘Visit to the Arctic’ and Richard Foster, a blind piano tuner, is talking about his work on the 23rd.

The Wadhurst Rotary Club is one of 1,855 clubs with over 55,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland. In the local community the club has raised a considerable amount of money in support of local projects, charities and individuals. Members volunteer their time running a host of events. In addition to the recent Jumble Sale plans are well ahead for the annual quiz, in embryonic stage for one maybe two concerts, a community outing, a charity walk and much, much more.

We are always on the lookout for new members who would like to make friends in the Wadhurst community and by combining their skills and resources are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others. If you are interested please contact either Andrew Collins or John Waters whose details are above. D Wade
Wadhurst Brass Band

We are always pleased to be invited to take part in the Remembrance Sunday Service, this year on Sunday 13th November. The Band is proud to be part of Wadhurst’s commemoration of those who gave their lives.

Winter will soon be upon us and, as always, will bring a busy time for the Band. Our big event, of course, is our Christmas Concert and we are hoping, fingers and toes well and truly crossed, that the weather is kind to us this year. We have, for a long time, used Jean Marie, The Wool Shop, as our box office for concert tickets, but they are packing up the shop at the end of the month, so we wish Jean and Rosemary all the best and would like to say a great big thank you for all the help and support they have given the Band over the years. Tickets for our Christmas Concert will be available from Carillon Cottage from the middle of November.
Sunday 13th November            Remembrance Sunday, Parish Church                 10.45 am
Saturday 3rd December            Christmas Concert, Commemoration Hall                          7.30 pm
Wednesday 7th December        Crowborough Civic Carol Service, All Saints Church 7.30 pm
Friday  9th December   Wadhurst Rotary Xmas Lights                               tbc
Sunday 11th December            RTW Choral Society Christmas Concert, Goudhurst 6.30 pm
Tuesday 13th December           Carols at Weald Hall                                                         7.00pm
Thursday 15th December          Stonegate School Church service                           6.45pm
Friday  16th December Carols at Cross Lane Ticehurst                              6.30pm
Friday  16th December Carols at Stonegate Green                                                 7.30pm
Thursday 22nd December         Carols at the Old Vine pub, Cousley Wood                        tbc
Saturday 24th December          Carols outside the Commemoration Hall                           10.30am
If you would like to stay in touch with band events, please email John Whitehead on manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk,  write to John at Northview, Fairglen Road,
Wadhurst TN5 6JL or phone 01892 783384.

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