WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - September 2011

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD:  Members of Wadhurst Guild were joined by Members from Seahaven and Heathfield Guilds, former Members of Wadhurst Guild, Trefoil Guild County Secretary. The Rev. and Mrs. James, the Vice Chair of Wadhurst Parish Council, Guiders and other friends for their 25th Anniversary Wine and Cheese Party on the 1st August at the Pavilion, Sparrows Green,  Guests had to find a partner with whom they had a quiz to solve, whilst enjoying food and wine.  Nora Manktelow was presented with a card and flowers as it was her Birthday, and she cut the Anniversary Cake which had been made by Joan Reed and iced by Vera Port.
The next Meeting will be at Carillon Cottage on Monday 5th September at 2.00 for 2.15.

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: Monthly meetings will resume on September 15th with a talk by Steve Roberts entitled “Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective”. General meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month (none in August or December) in Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2pm.  Currently we have twenty-five groups whose interests cover a wide range of subjects from Art Appreciation to Walking.
For further details contact Polly Bradford, 01435 873946 or Ann Scott 01435 872121

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. Next Meeting, the AGM is on 6th October 2011 at 2pm at Fazan Court.  Our new website with N.W links : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation

SACRED HEART PARISH QUIZ NIGHT: John and Jennie Whelan will again set the questions for our quiz on Saturday 24th September in the Commemoration Hall. 7pm for a 7.30 start. Book as a team of 6-8 people or come along and join a team on the night. Tickets available at Sacred Heart Church and Carillon Cottage.  £10 to include a hot supper.  For more information please call Carillon Cottage on 785658.

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.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 22 September for ’A Warmer World?’ with David & Betty Payne . 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.

WADHURST SOCIAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP : an outreach service of Sussex Oakleaf, next meeting at Carillon Cottage on Monday 12th September from 10am to 12pm.All welcome, please do come along. Contact: Carol Stead on 07917 692783.

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 3rd September - Come for coffee!  We hope you’ll join us for a Saturday morning get-together at Carillon Cottage on Wadhurst High Street (next to the Post Office). It’s a chance to catch up on all that the club is up to – the current productions and the social events. We’re there from 10.30 – 12 noon and would love to see members and potential new members.

Our October coffee morning will be on Saturday 1st October same time, same place!

AGM: Wednesday 21st September at the Commemoration Hall, 8pm
Not all just business….. This is an opportunity to find out more about WDC, hear about future ideas, help elect the committee and chat to members and friends over a glass of wine and some nibbles as we plan for the year ahead. Come and have your say!

WDC Walk: Sunday 2nd October 10.30
John Bush will be leading an early autumnal walk from Three Legged Cross – well-behaved dogs and children very welcome to come along on this1½ hour jaunt.
Enjoy a pint at The Bull afterwards and/ or a Sunday lunch too. Ring John to find out the parking arrangements and meeting place on 01892 782391.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: 20-22 October 2011
Tickets are due to go on sale from 26th September on wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk and at Carillon Cottage. This classic story of a 1930’s Edinburgh school for young ladies, and the power wielded by one influential teacher over ‘her girls’, will enthral as well as entertain. Tickets are £8 including nibbles, with seating at tables of 8. Why not get a group together to enjoy a night out?

Pirates - the Pantomime: 26-28th January & 2-4th February 2012
The fun starts in September as rehearsals get underway – if you’d like to be involved in any way at all then ring the Director, Wendy Barr, on 01892 784241.

MINI MARKET at the Methodist Church will be on Saturday September 3rd from 9.30 to 11am.  We hope to see you then.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY:  The September walk is a circular in the Woods Green/Great Shoesmiths area led by Stefan Gatward on Sunday 25th September at 2pm. Meet as usual in the car park behind the One Stop Shop in the High Street.

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 starts up again on Thursday 15 September, when Professsor Michelle Brown returns to tell us about 'England on the Eve of the Black Death'; she is a lively and entertaining speaker, as well as being extremely knowledgeable!  The doors of the Commemoration Hall open at 7.30 and the meeting starts at 8pm; there is a licensed bar and tea/coffee/ biscuits; non-members are always most welcome for a small donation. There may also be a full explanation of why we have been fundraising and why the Treasurer was so delighted that the wet and windy pig roast was such a success.

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.

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

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.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD AUTUMN DESIGNER EVENING : There will be a special Autumn Designer Evening at the Hospice in the Weald shop in Wadhurst on Thursday 8th September, from 6-8pm.  The summer designer evening in June proved extremely popular and, again, there will be many top designer bargains.  Lauren and her staff of local volunteers look forward to your continued support and another successful evening.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: Despite damp weather for our August garden meeting members had a most enjoyable afternoon at Wadhurst Manor, by kind invitation of Barchester Healthcare.  The staff provided us with a delicious tea and then we were able to view the facilities available for residents.  Whilst no-one felt ready to book a room everyone was most impressed by the beautiful suites, common rooms and the delightful gardens.  Our thanks to Barchester Healthcare for giving us such a delightful afternoon.
At our meeting on 8th September the speaker will be Mr Laurie Manser - Memories of a Garden Boy.  The competition will be Photo of a Garden and the trading stall will sell jigsaws and games.

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 .
Now in it's 15th year in the centre of Wadhurst ...

THE SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBITION  will be showing the work of 39 practicing artists and sculptors.  On show will be a wide and impressive variety of style, subject and media. You don’t have to be an Art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art.
The September Art Exhibition has fast become the most prestigious art event in the area. This year's exhibition starts Friday 2nd September - Sunday 11th September at  The Commemoration Hall,  High Street,  Wadhurst  from 10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. daily (10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 11th. ) Free event meet the artists Sunday 4th from midday  www.septemberart.org  Refreshments available.  Free entry; wheelchair access.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK ( FSW)
*Sunday 11th September:  2 - 5pm - Knowles Tooth Open Day, Hurstpierpoint.
*Saturday 17th September: Our very own Walk for this charity.  Having previously walked between Tidebrook/Wadhurst & Stonegate, this time we start at Stonegate Church (10.30am + picnic lunch) & complete the circuit arriving at Tidebrook for a cup of tea.  Due to the lay of the footpaths this will be a longer walk (about 8 miles). There is a core group of walkers & we would be delighted to have some from each church. If you are interested in participating, please give me a call - Jill Brewster - 01580 830008 - we will sort out cars closer to time.
Please give us your support as no individual is being asked to find sponsors.   We will be only too happy to collect your donations from the end of August, either at Church or drop it into Carillon Cottage. This is such a worthwhile cause, Knowles Tooth being a vital part of the work they do.

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 September 21st. The first half of the meeting will comprise short presentations by members on various topics of astronomy including occultations and the Sun.  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.

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

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION : Come along and view - or better still take part - in our Autumn Show on Saturday 17 September in the Commemoration Hall at 2pm.  Whether young or old (er) there is something for you to contribute, or come along to see out of interest.  Grew some good veg this year?  Come and compete.  Proud of your flowers or house plant?  Enter and show us.  And what about skills in the kitchen? ?  Our members would love some competition - come and show us what you can do.  Interested in joining?  Less than a fiver this time of year.   PICK UP A SHOW SCHEDULE FROM JEAN at the JEAN-MARIE Wool Shop on the High Street.  We welcome children's entries into specific classes.   Entries must be in by 9th September.   Our monthly meetings kick off again in October with varied and informative speakers on all aspects of gardening.
**Congratulations to Eleanore Piper of Cousley Wood, winner of the Plant Identification competition run by Wadhurst Gardening Association at the Wadhurst Country Fair **

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.
Although this copy appears in the September edition of FOCUS the club is currently concentrating on an October event. 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 Societies 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.
One eagerly awaited talk in September is that by David James, President of The History Society. On Wednesday the 28th he is talking on ‘The Great War and Wadhurst’. Whilst I’m fairly sure that none of our members remember quite that far back, the subject covered is one that many will find interesting and relevant.
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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Sadly, the Band announces the passing of a much loved and valued ex-member, Malcolm James. He was a founder member of the Youth Band and eventually the Wadhurst Brass Band. His speciality was the Eb Bass, and he led the bass section for many years. Malcolm was a practical man and was always at the forefront when work was to needed to be done. The onerous task of collecting and returning equipment and instruments for engagements was never too much trouble. He was a devoted committee member who undertook many mundane jobs which he willingly resolved. On retirement, Malcolm and his wife Sheila moved to the Isle of Wight where we send our heartfelt condolences and love to his family.
If you would like to stay in touch with band events, please email  John Whitehead on manager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk or 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.

Sunday 11th September  Bedgebury National Pinetum, Forest Discovery Day, 1.00 pm
Sunday 18th September  Praise in the Park, Tenterden, starting at 2.00pm
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

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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