WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - January 2012

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: In November a large audience was entertained by Sara Perry's amusing talk from 'Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery'. After the success of the first Chicago bridge afternoon in October, Mayfield Village Hall was booked again on 8th December for a second session. There was no General Meeting in December although a number of the groups held small Christmas parties. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next General Meeting on Thursday 19th January in Mayfield Village Hall at 2.00 p.m. when one of our members, Dot Smytherman, who has been associated with Bedgebury Pinetum for many years will be joined by Julian Dormady to give members an illustrated talk. Bedgebury has the most complete collection of conifers in the world and is the leading outdoor visitor attraction in the South East. For more information please contact Ann Scott on 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 Wa-dhurst Area Neighbourhood Watch with Sx Police. The NWRA & N.W are also on Fa-cebook. 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 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.

A DISTINCTIVE GOLF UMBRELLA was left in the Church porch after Howard Spurr's Memorial Service. If you think it might be yours, please ring 01892 783212.

MINI MARKET: There will be no Mini Market in January but we thank everyone who has supported us during the year. The next Mini Market will be on Saturday, February 4th

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: This month's walk will be a local circular starting at the car park behind the One Stop Shop in the High Street at 2pm on the 29th January. John Bishop 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
WDC Coffee morning: Saturday 7th January:  Meet up for a coffee to find out our plans for 2012 - we'll be at Carillon Cottage from 10.30am - 12 noon. Everyone welcome - members and those who are just interested in finding out more!

If you'd like to receive info on all forthcoming Drama Club events, simply send your email to John at ibush@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 etc.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP Jeremy and Ruth James will get the Afternoon Fellowship New Year off to a good start on Thursday 26th January at 2.30 in St George's Hall. Everyone is welcome. If you haven't tried us yet, make it your New Year's resolution to come along

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.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY: 2011 was a busy year for the Society, ending with its AGM on December 14 at which members were entertained by The Marsh Warblers and mulled wine and mince pies. Members were also able to buy copies of the latest publication Wadhurst Back in Time 1901 -1936, an ideal Christmas read or present, containing as it does not only 350 well illustrated pages but also a booklet on the shops and businesses in Wadhurst during the period and a CD, containing more details on these - and the complete set of census data for Wadhurst from 1841 -1911. A real bargain at £15 - from Barnett's, the Post Office or at future meetings. Members were also able to visit the new Wadhurst History Centre underneath the Commemoration Hall in an old snooker room and parts of the old Social Club. This was opened on the afternoon of the AGM and will provide a community asset for anyone interested in our own local history - or in their own family history - using the material now being stored in the centre or online, using the Society's computer resources. Opening times will be announced soon - contact Michael Harte 783 292 for details.

The next meeting of the Society is on Thursday 12 January when Peter Gilman will be talking on Below stairs - the Life and Work of Servants in Great Houses; the Commemoration Hall will be open at 7:30 and the talk starts at 8pm. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, for a small donation - and new members are even more welcome: £20 for family membership - or £12.50 for single - is still a bargain.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Out with the old...
The "How-Well-Do-You-Know-Your-Wines-and-Cheeses?" Evening held on Saturday 26Ih November at the Pavilion in Sparrows Green lived up well to its prediction of being
likely to be a well-supported and fun evening. The French wines and cheeses sampled were varied and well-chosen and thanks are due to Brian Wheeler, Ben Williams and his
brother Chris for organising the former and to Lyn and John Harris for bringing over the latter. We were also indebted to Jenny and Emma Williams and Beth Martin for setting
up and generally running the evening and to Dot Smytherman for organising the prizes for the raffle.
...and in with the new
January 2012 Social If you missed the 26th November get together, our next event and the first of the 2012 New Year, will be on Saturday 14th January when we shall be
organising another of our Winter Socials. This time we have a change of venue: We'll be meeting at the Wadhurst C of E Primary School, Sparrows Green Road. Doors will
open at 7.30pm and, we aim to start serving Supper between 7.30pm and 7.45pm with appetizers in the form of canapes, followed by a hot home-cooked French main course, a
selection of delicious French cheeses and a tasty dessert. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. To keep diners entertained and occupied, there will also be
a fun Table Quiz with a pronounced French/France slant and a Raffle. Tickets at £12 will be on sale from Carillon Cottage, or from 01892 783212.
Please note that NO tickets will be available "on the door".
You do NOT have to be a Member of the Twinning Association to attend this event and the ability to speak French is NOT essential. Everyone is welcome!
For further details about the Twinning Association, please contact 01892 783427 or 783212.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: We are looking forward to the start of our new year programme on 12th January when we will be having a talk by Bob Ogley entitled "Biggin on the Bump". The competition will be Aircraft Memorabilia and the Trading Stall will sell toiletries.

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): By the time you read this, Christmas will have come & gone but a very big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Toy Service early in December. This allowed all the gifts & toys to be delivered & gift-wrapped by the FSW workers in time for their parties. A cheque was also sent to Smile International for their work abroad.
A box has been placed in Carillon Cottage for all your redundant mobiles - in this way FSW can recover a small amount of money & as every bit counts, it is very worthwhile. At the start of the New Year I would like to say a special word of thanks to everyone who has helped to keep FSW ticking over. This Charity runs on a knife edge & the demands are enormous. Your support in many different ways has been invaluable.

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 January 18th. This is our AGM meeting followed by a talk by Dr. Bob Seaney on "Multi-Universes". A great opportunity to hear all about the latest theories on the universe from a great speaker. There will then be a free coffee and tea break with mince pies 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 MEMORIAL FUND: We hope the MULLINS ANNUAL QUIZ has been entertaining you in your odd free Christmas moments. If you haven't actually thought about doing it, there is still time (just) to buy a copy for only £1 from Carillon Cottage or Belmont Surgery. Quizzes should be returned by Wednesday 4th January. Mullins' next fund-raising event is one which will appeal to the many industrious gardeners of Wadhurst. On Saturday 24th March, MULLINS will be holding a GARDENERS' QUESTION TIME with a panel of garden experts in the Commemoration Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets which include a delicious Ploughman's Supper (do you think that ploughman ever becomes annoyed?) will be on sale from Monday 20th February at Carillon Cottage. March 24 is the evening before the clocks go forward and we can really begin to believe that Summer is on its way again. No doubt there will be many questions about how to manage the aftermath of the long winter's weather, and how to deal with our own garden's idiosyncrasies. Bring them with you and have all your problems (garden) solved! . For any further details about Mullins, please contact 01892 782361 or 783212.

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
President Andrew Collins 01435 882617
Vice President Brian Rosevear 01892 782277
Secretary Arthur Dewar 01892 783935
Membership John Waters 01892785492
Website www. wadhurstrotary. co. uk
Meet every Wednesday, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in 'The Greyhound', Wadhurst.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD are looking forward to a full programme of monthly events during 2012. There will be talks at Carillon Cottage alternating with outings in both Kent and Sussex.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Monday 9th January - a Question and Answer meeting with local gardener and Telegraph writer Helen Yemm answering your gardening problems and curiosities. Come along to our regular Monday meeting which starts with a bit of business at 7 pm and hot drink, followed by Helen Yemm at about 7.30. All are most welcome, members or not (and if you like us, why not consider becoming a member for only £6 a year??). We have monthly informative and entertaining talks broadly about gardening. Joining our Association has got to be one of the few true bargains out there. My name is Eileen, and if your garden question is a complicated horticultural one, you can email me your question so that we can pass it onto Helen beforehand -eileen .ramm@btinternet. com.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Wadhurst & Tidebrook Branch
The Poppy Appeal for 2011 raised a total of £7,903.08, a small increase on 2010. Very many thanks to all who helped and supported us this year. As from the 1st January, 2012 I am retiring as Poppy Appeal Organiser for this area and would like personally to thank everyone who has supported me during the last 11 years, and hope that this support will continue with our new Organiser, Mrs. Sue Hobbs. Once again very many thanks to all and wish everyone a Happy Christmas. Maurice Wilson - Chairman/Poppy Appeal Organiser

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 Hurley at Stonegate Farmhouse on 01580 200748.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Happy New Year! Now we are into a quieter spell for the Band after a busy and exciting run through to Christmas. Not really a time to put our feet up, but time to get practising for the spring and summer ahead.
Our Spring Concert is on Saturday 31st March and we already have many engagements in the diary for 2012. If you can, have a look at our website, www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk, for all the latest details of our activities. If you can't, we will always publish our events in Focus and on our notice board at the Institute.
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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