WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - October 2011

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.
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 1st  October
We’d love to see you for a cuppa at our monthly get-together over coffee at Carillon Cottage in the High Street. Not only will we be catching up with all the latest but you can use the opportunity to buy your tickets for the next show, which will be on sale…..
WDC Walk: Sunday 2nd October 10.30am
Come and enjoy an early autumn walk from Three Legged Cross, led by John Bush – well-behaved dogs and children very welcome to come along on this1½ hour stroll. Join us for a pint at The Bull afterwards and/ or Sunday lunch as well. Please call John to find out the meeting place and parking arrangements on 01892 782391.
Rehearsals are underway – if you’d like to be involved in any way at all then it’s not too late to ring the Director, Wendy Barr, on 01892 784241.

50TH STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET: October 8th sees the hugely popular Stonegate Farmers Market enjoy it's fiftieth anniversary.  With over twenty produce stalls selling cheese, fruit, apple juice, jams&chutneys, game, beef,pork&lamb, bread, mustards, eggs, honey, cakes&pastries, plants and herbal cosmetics you really can "shop local".  Please come and support the market and to celebrate this important milestone enjoy a free cup of tea of glass of fizz with our compliments.  

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The October walk is a circular in the Dens Farm and Batts Wood area lead by Paul Eldridge on the 30th October starting at the car park behind One Stop in the High Street 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 HISTORY SOCIETY Work has started on the conversion of one of the old snooker rooms, and associated office space, WC and kitchen, under the Commemoration Hall stage into rooms for the Society's use.  The project has been largely funded with Wealden and Rother Regeneration money, which ultimately comes from Brussels, with a substantial contribution from the History Society.  When complete (in November we hope - in time for the publication of our next book Wadhurst Back in Time: 1901 - 1936) there will be a workspace, equipped with computers, printer and scanner and internet connection - and storage for all the material that we have collected over the last 7 years and our library.  The snooker room space will be available for occasional displays of this material, although this initial project will not provide a fully fitted museum - that might come later!
The next meeting is on Thursday 13 October.  The talk is "Legendary and Ghostly Kent and Sussex" by Mick Lynn and Geoff Doel.  As always non-members are welcome for a donation; the bar is open from 19:30.

WADHURST CRICKET CLUB: 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 846394.  You will receive a warm welcome at Wadhurst Cricket Club.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU AT CARILLON COTTAGE
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 now planning its programme and we are looking forward to our Winter Social (weather permitting) on Saturday 14th January 2012.  This is an open invitation to members and others who are interested and the ability to speak French is (fortunately) not a requirement.  Fuller details will be in the next Focus.  For information about joining the Wadhurst Twinning Association please contact Jenny Williams on 783427.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: At the September meeting members enjoyed a very entertaining talk by Lawrie Manser who gave us an insight into life as a gardener in the "big" houses from 1948 onwards.
In October we will be having our Harvest Lunch when we meet at 12 noon for 12.30 pm.  There will also be a High Weald Group meeting at Crowborough on the 27th October when the talk will be Dispatches from The Home Front - World War II Diary of a Sussex Woman.

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 .

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK ( FSW)
The WALK for KNOWLES TOOTH will have taken place by this time and I want to thank all those who have helped organize it as well as the many generous donors - the total will appear next month.
SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER at 7.30pm - CONCERT by 'VIVACE' ( Sussex based choir ) at Windlesham House School, Washington, Pulborough, W.Sx. Information on posters at Church & Carillon Cottage or call Church House - 01273 425699. 

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 October 19th. The speaker this month is our Director of Observations, Brian Mills who will be giving a talk entitled: ”Pointing Granny’s Box Brownie at the Stars”. This will demonstrate a practical approach to photographing the stars and planets with the most basic of equipment and free software obtained from the internet through to more advanced methods. A must for anyone who is contemplating starting any kind of astro-imaging as it is called.  There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month". Doors open from 7pm. meetings begin at 7:30pm. in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the south of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College. Members & Students Free, Non-members £2

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.

NSPCC/Childline Autumn Fair will be held on Wednesday 5 October at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard (on A26 between Crowborough and Uckfield) at 10.30am -3.30pm.  There you will find an inspiring selection of original and stylish gifts. Entrance £2. Ample parking. Refreshments available.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 1st October from 9.30 to 11am.  We look forward to seeing you then.    

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.

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.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION : meeting on Monday 10 October for ‘The History and Making of Hand Crafted Walking Sticks’ with Dennis Worcester.  All are welcome. Also, join us for our Plant Sale at the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 15 October at 10am - all welcome.

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
President   Andrew Collins   01435 882617   Secretary            Arthur Dewar     01892 783935
Vice           Brian Rosevear    01892 782277   Membership John Waters            01892 785492
Website     www.wadhurstrotary.co.uk
Meet every Wednesday, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in ‘The Greyhound’, Wadhurst.
The annual Rotary Jumble Sale scheduled for Saturday 8th October in the Commemoration Hall. All contributions gratefully received by Peter Clifton (Tel 01580 879355) and Tom Maynard (Tel 01580 200619) who are organising this year’s event.  Last year all proceeds went to The History Society’s development of enhanced local facilities in the new library. This year the profit from the sale will go to The Mullins Memorial Trust our very own village charity which does such valuable local work patiently, quietly and to the benefit of those less fortunate than the majority of our community.  Jumble can be delivered to the Commemoration Hall from 5.30pm onwards on Friday 7th October. Alternatively have a word with either Peter or Tom whose contact details are above.
Our aim is to make Rotary enjoyable and worthwhile for our members, always bearing in mind that we are a service club with aims to help those less fortunate that ourselves with a specific focus on the local community. Fellowship is the basis and foundation of good teamwork. That is getting to know our fellow members - their strengths, likes and dislikes. This is vital to the working of a happy and successful Club showing that we value the differing contributions of each member.  By combining their skills and resources, members of Rotary are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.  In the Wadhurst area alone, the club has raised tens of thousands of pounds for community projects and local charities, often more. Members also volunteer their time, for instance in driving for the CAMEO, acting as stewards for local events and much, much more.  If you would like to get a flavour of what we do and how we are going about it please feel free to talk to our president, Andrew Collins, whose contact details are shown above.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND is very grateful to the Rotary Club who are proposing to donate the proceeds of their Jumble Sale on 8 October to this small local charity.  This is particularly important as recently the calls for our support have been for immediate and much-needed help.  Mullins is fund-raising for itself at the end of the month with its now-annual Produce Market on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall.  This will be on Friday 21st October from 8.30 am.  Any contributions of cakes, tarts, scones, biscuits, soups, jams, chutneys etc or any garden produce would be gratefully received.  If you would be willing to offer anything for us to sell, please ring 782361, 782181 or 783212.  Thank you.  After that we look forward to our annual Christmas Quiz which will be published on Thursday 1st December.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 27 October for ‘This is Mullins’ with Rob Atkinson. Everyone welcome. Lifts available.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
The Band is playing for the British Legion Poppy Concert on 8th October.  We first started supporting the Poppy Appeal back in 1989, making this our 23rd concert. It’s surprising how time flies! Please come along and support the British Legion.
We are pleased to have been asked again to support the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society at their Christmas Concert in St Mary's Parish Church, Goudhurst on Sunday 11th December 2011 at 6.30pm. The concert will include extracts from Handel's Messiah with music from the Band and, of course, plenty of carols accompanied by the Band.

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 and we will add your name to our ‘Friends of Wadhurst Brass Band’ mailing list.

Saturday 8th October                 Poppy Concert, Commemoration Hall, starting at 8 pm
Sunday 13th November            Remembrance Sunday, Parish Church, 10.45 am
Saturday 3rd December            Christmas Concert, Commemoration Hall, 7.30 pm
Sunday 11th December            Goudhurst Parish Church, RTW Choral Society, 6.30 pm

And we’ll be carolling in and around Ticehurst, Stonegate and Wadhurst in the run-up to Christmas, times have yet to be arranged.
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.

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

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