WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - February 2012

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: On Thursday February 16th, Anna Astin's talk
entitled 'Women and Motoring' or 'From Motorina to Racing Driver" looks at the
difficulties women faced in getting involved in motoring between 1885 and 1960. We will learn of Pioneers and Trailblazers. It is definitely not just for women!  As usual, the meeting will be held in the Mayfield Memorial Hall starting at 2 p.m. and visitors will be welcome.  For more information please contact Ann Scott on 01435 872121.
Consideration is being given to starting a photo group for the collective enjoyment of taking digital pictures. These might be of the locality and its people leading to the
production of digital photo albums of local villages. The quality of camera is not of prime importance. Anyone interested should contact Michael Chapman 01435 872 556.
The newly formed Bridge Group have decided that they will hold a monthly Bridge Afternoon in Mayfield Village Hall at 2 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday every month.  The next date is February 9th.  If interested please contact Pam Pemberton on 01892 783738.

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. The NWRA & N.W are also on Facebook.  Our new website with N.W links : www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation.

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

ST jOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE JUMBLE SALE: 10th March in the Commemoration Hall 9.30am - 12 noon, entrance by donation.  All donations of clothing, books, bric-a-brac, toys etc gratefully received - either bring along to the Commem on Friday 9th 6pm - 8pm or telephone Marge (01580 200378) or Cindy (01892 784714).  Sorry no large furniture.

MINI MARKET: will take place in the Methodist Church on Saturday 4th February from 9.30 to 11am.  We look forward to seeing you there.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: This month’s walk will be starting at the Elephant’s Head pub, taking in Furnace Farm and Lamberhurst.  Meet at the car park behind the One Stop Shop in the High Street at 2pm on the 26th February. Paul Elridge will be the leader.

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.

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.

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 4th February: Come and join us for a cup of something to discover the latest happenings at the drama club – from decorating the new Orchard Room under the Commem, to our plans for our next production after the Panto. We’d be delighted to see you – whether you are an existing Drama Club supporter or a prospective new recruit. Coffee (or tea) is served between 10.30am-12noon at Carillon Cottage on the High Street – just walk in!
Pirates - the Pantomime: 2-4th February 2012
It’s behind you…. Oh no, it’s not - you’re not too late to come and relish a true village Panto, a couple of hours of real family fun. There’s Cinderella and her Prince, Red
Riding Hood and her Wolf, the Wicked Queen and her sidekick, Widow Twanky and her wigs, and a shipload of pirates all ready for some raucous good times.
Purchase your tickets online at wadhurstdrama.co.uk, or from Carillon Cottage - £8 for adults, £5 for under 16s and £25 for a family ticket. Don’t miss it!
Walk – Sunday 4th March
For your diary – a lovely walk organised by John Bush, more details nearer the time. Email John if you’d like to find out more.

If you’d like to receive info on all forthcoming Drama Club events, simply send your email to John at jbush@talktalk.net and he’ll add you to the mailing list, so that you are kept up to date on the what, where and when of all happenings, including auditions, tickets on sale, walks, social events. We are very happy to welcome allcomers to all our events – we no longer restrict any of our projects to ‘members’. So sign up now and receive our news as it arises!

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY has its next meeting on Wednesday 8 February in the Commemoration Hall; doors and bar open at 7:30 and the talk, 'From Stalingrad to Berlin - the Red Army’s battle of liberation against the Nazis' by Dr Michael Jones, will start at 8pm.
Subscriptions for 2012 are now due - £20 for a family, £12.50 for a single membership; young students and corresponding members £5.
The new History Centre - the Tabard Room - under the Commemoration Hall is now in use; it will be open for use by members and visitors from 2pm on the days of meetings, on Saturday mornings from 10am till noon and by appointment.  Contact Michael Harte [harte@wadhurst.info or 10892 783 292].  The room is also available for use as a meeting space [with computer, printer and internet access if required] for societies, other groups and local businesses; there will be a small charge - contact Michael Harte as above; the 'boardroom' table can seat 12 in comfort and there is additional seating for a further 15.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 23rd February at 2.30 in St George's Hall for ‘Behind the Scenes’ with Maggie McBain .  Everyone is welcome. Lifts available.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.

ROUND OAK ALLOTMENTS: If you live in the civil parish of Wadhurst and are interested in an allotment please obtain an application form from Carillon Cottage.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU AT CARILLON COTTAGE: fortnightly 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 WADHURST WARRIORS: The Wadhurst Warriors are an active group of local men & women whose aim is to raise money for local youth groups in Wadhurst whilst also providing community based events throughout the year for the enjoyment of the residents of Wadhurst and the local area.
For 2012 we will be organising the 2nd Wadhurst Country Fair (in conjunction with Uplands PTA) and the highly successful Wadhurst Bonfire and Firework display.  What’s more, we will have a team in the London to Brighton bike race and Bewl Dragon Boat race… to name just a few.
We are always looking for new members who are keen to do some good for the village whilst also having a good time… we work hard and play hard. 
If you are interested in joining, making a donation or becoming a sponsor, please call 01892 783687 or email yewbrae@aol.com, or why not drop in for a drink with us on the first Monday of each month 8:00pm at The Greyhound pub.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK ( FSW): A further donation of toys & dried goods was passed on to Michelle Smart ( FSW worker in our area) heading for Knowles Tooth. There is always a need for tinned or dried food & toiletries, also good baby equipment. Don't forget you can leave your redundant mobiles at Carillon Cottage now - FSW is able to raise a few more pennies that way & it all adds up.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: The first meeting of the new year was very enjoyable.  Our speaker was Mr Bob Ogley who spoke most interestingly about “Biggin on the Bump” his book about the famous WWII fighter station at Biggin Hill in Kent.  He spoke of his subject with warmth and affection.  Marie Bell also gave a brief account of the course Writing from Memory which she took recently after being awarded a bursary. The course, at the WI’s Denman College, was designed ‘to create interesting and lively writing’ of memoirs and the discussion of autobiographies.  Next month Sheila Southwell will talk about Hand-painted porcelain. 
Competition:  Hand-painted Porcelain   Trading Stall: White Elephant

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 .

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes beginners or anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. This month's meeting is at 7:30pm on Wednesday February 15th. This month’s speaker is member Dr. Jan Drozd and his talk is entitled “Revolutions in Astronomy”.  This is a great opportunity to hear another talk from a very popular speaker.
There will then be a free coffee and 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.  

The MULLINS ANNUAL QUIZ clearly proved a “winner” this year and many conversations were exchanged over the Christmas period with people trying to work out the intriguing but maddening clues.  The Trustees thank everyone who participated for their generosity in supporting this local charity.  We raised over £350.  Thank you.  The winners were:  1st  Andrew Jenner; Runners-up: Sophie Lyske (Balham), Georgina & Colin Edwards (Tunbridge Wells). 
Mullins’ next fund-raising event will be on Saturday 24th March, when they will be holding a Gardeners’ Question Time with a panel of garden experts in the Commemoration Hall from 7.30 pm.  Tickets £10 include delicious Ploughman’s Supper and will be on sale from Monday 20th February at Carillon Cottage or from 01892 783212. .  We hope that many gardeners will join us as the lighter days and evenings make us look forward to the “Glory of the Gardens” again.  Bring your questions with you, enjoy a convivial evening and have all your horticultural problems solved!  .  For any further details about Mullins, please contact 01892 782361 or 783212.

WADHURST & DISTRICT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: SHOP WATCH has now been introduced in Wadhurst, enabling businesses to alert each other of problems within the village. Tom Marshall aged 7 and Maddy Lavis aged 10 were the winners of the Children’s Competition run by the Wadhurst & District Business Association  on the  late night shopping  evening in December – each receiving a £10.00 voucher from Magpie. A donation of £300 was given to the Rotary towards the Christmas lights within the High Street.

STICKY FINGERS JUMBLE SALE on the 25th February 2012 at 9.30am in the Commemoration Hall.

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
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.

I suspect that the Rotary Club is a bit of an enigma to a lot of people in Wadhurst. They are aware of our existence but not really sure what we do. In the UK there are 1,850 clubs with over 55,000 members. There is one thing we all have in common – we take action. As local community volunteers we help, we support and we organise. This all takes money which we generate through various events throughout the course of the year.  Since the club was founded over a quarter of a million pounds has been raised for local, national and Rotary charities. Our last ‘big’ village event – the ‘Christmas Fayre’ contributed precisely £3,936 to a growing total.  An event like the ‘Christmas Fayre’ doesn’t just happen. It takes a great deal of organising involving a lot of people. It is interesting to break the above total down into constituent parts to appreciate the scale of just what had to be taken into account,
The Raffle contributed just over £1,400. The majority of the prizes were donated and nearly 300 books of tickets were sold by members
Programmes contributed £500 after taking off the cost of printing. Here a big ‘Thank You’ is due to the many local and not so local advertisers who supported us
Tins were rattled, very early in the morning at the stations and slightly later in the High Street, and again nearly £500 was donated
In the Commemoration Hall the Craft stalls, Cake Stall, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies contributed nearly £600. Santa’s Grotto was basically cost neutral.
Outside the BBQ, stalls outside ‘The Greyhound’, Chestnuts and Fish & Chips from Moby Dick made up to £500
In addition we had very generous sponsorship from The Parish Council, The Business Association, The Partnership and one commercial sponsor ‘Talk Talk’
Outgoing costs included the purchase of more lights, hiring an electrician, the printing of posters and flyers, book token prizes for the schools poster competition and various hire fees.
All in all a huge amount of organising for what was in essence a four hour event - and that doesn’t include the team who erected, dismantled and stored the Christmas Lights on display throughout the village.
We are always on the lookout for new members who would like to make friends in the community and share our fellowship and help with this workload!

Our next event is the annually oversubscribed ‘Village Quiz’ on Saturday 3rd March. A few tables are still available from Simon Hancock on 01892 783839 
The draft programme of events for the rest 2012 includes Jumble Sales, a Charity walk, Concerts and much, much more. By combining our various skills and resources we are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others in the Wadhurst area. We hope that you are interested, if so please contact either Andrew Collins or John Waters whose details are above.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Members met at Carillon Cottage in January for their first meeting of the New Year, when they were looking forward to a talk from a member of the local fire service, BUT they had had a 'shout'!!  Hopefully the talk can be rescheduled for later in the year.  The next get-together will be on Thinking Day 22nd February, when members will meet for lunch at a venue to be arranged.  Thinking Day is celebrated by Guides around the world, and is the Birthday of the Founder Baden Powell and Lady Baden Powell .

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION:  In December the Wadhurst Gardeners had their Christmas 'do' and it was a BELLY GOOD evening!!!  Our Programme Secretary Nan Fuggle arranged a surprise evening of instruction/ entertainment by belly dancer Charlotte Desorgher.   I can't describe what I THOUGHT I was in for, but I can tell you it wasn't!  We learned that this old Egyptian style of dancing was practiced as a preparation for childbirth, and still is.  Young girls from the age of 8 are encouraged to belly dance as a way of self-expression and keeping supple.  We were encouraged to get up and have a go, and some of us did, and it was great fun.  Charlotte impressed with her coordination of hand movements, hips, belly, feet, all working together and telling a story. For me, there were just too many bits going on at once and much was 'lost in translation'.  A good evening.  Getting back to basics, during this meeting  the Baines Cup for vegetables was awarded jointly to Carolyn Sanders and Jeremy Oldershaw; the Lawrence Cup for flowers was given to our Chairman Jean Lavender.  These Cups represent hours of work and dedication.  A 'very well done' to these talented people.
In January, Helen Yemm, who a lot of you know as a local gardening expert, came and answered questions from our members about their problems and aspirations.  She not only knows her stuff, but is highly entertaining with it.  When I asked her how to prune a rambler, she replied 'Don't cut off the new long shoots'!.  When she saw my facial reaction, she knew straight off that I had!!  I admitted to pruning 'one or two', amusing our 80 members present, and secretly cursing myself for the 4 or 5 that I did not let on about!  Ah, well, there is always next year . . .  And speaking of NEXT - NEXT MONTH (Feb 13th) we have got a talk on 'The Woodman' by John Waller.  The competition is a pair of leeks and an interesting piece of wood.  Come and join us – refreshments ‘til 7.30, then the meeting and talk.  Look foward.  Eileen.  

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS IN STONEGATE: Stonegate will be
celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style with a Garden Party in June.  One of the attractions will be a display of old photographs from the '50s.  Please search your albums and attics and lend us anything you think might be interesting. Everything will be returned safely.   Please contact Stephen Burley at Stonegate Farmhouse on 01580 200748.

MESSAGE FROM JOY CREASY: I should like to thank all my friends in Wadhurst for their love & concern for me since I have moved to Manor Gardens: for all the cards, messages, phone calls and visits I have received. My love and thanks to you all and very best wishes for a healthy 2012.

PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY JUMBLE SALE: Saturday 31st March at Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst 09:30 - 12 noon.  Cakes, Tombola, Raffle, refreshments etc.  Entrance by donation.   For info ring Linda 01892 783906.  Please bring any donations to the hall Friday evening 5-7 pm.  No large furniture thank you.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
As you can see, our 2012 calendar is filling up and, with still some dates to be confirmed, it looks like another busy time for the Band.  In fact we are off to perform at a private function in Tunbridge Wells on the 4th February, a new venture for the Band.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our events and remember if you’d like to learn to play an instrument (or refresh some rusty skills), come along to Training Band on a Thursday at 7pm at Uplands Music Room.

31st March       –         Spring Concert in the Commemoration Hall starting at 7.30 pm
9th June            –        Jubilee Concert in the Commemoration Hall starting at 8.00 pm
16th June          –        Tidebrook Fete, starting at 2.00 pm
17th June          –        Songs of Praise, venue to be announced, but starting at 6.30 pm
1st July             –          Bewl Run, down at Pell Farm starting at 11.45 am
5th – 8th July     -         Tour to Germany
15th July           -           Woodbury Park, Tunbridge Wells, time to be confirmed
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.

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

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