WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - JULY 2012

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A(University of the 3rd Age) : On Thursday July 19th at 2 p.m., the AGM will be held in the Mayfield Memorial Hall.  Under the heading ‘The Rocks Beneath our Feet’, Matt Scott will then give a short (half hour} talk starting with an overall look at the rocks of Great Britain before homing in on the
formation and structure of the Weald.  Matt has promised there will be slides - if he can find them!!  Afterwards the Committee will be providing a slightly more elaborate tea than usual to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.  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. The NWRA is also on Facebook.  Our website with N.W links : www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/newwadhurstresidentsassociation.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: John Corke is leadingthe walk on the 29th July which includes Stonegate Station/Churchsettle and Combe. Meet as usual at 2pm in the car park behindOne Stop Shopthe High Street.

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 PROBUS CLUB: This social club has now been running for twenty years; the occasion was celebrated with a lunch at the Neville Golf Club on June 27.  We now meet in the Ticehurst Village Club on the first Wednesday every month before lunch for a talk on almost any subject under the sun; the club also walks, has outings and eats quarterly meals with partners and guests.  You only need to be male and retired; if the idea appeals at all and you would like more details, contact John Bush on 782 391.

Sparrowsstreet:  The residents of View Road, Sparrows Green, had an excellent Street Party for the Queen’s Jubilee on Monday 4 June.  70 people gathered at noon for drinks and nibbles at John Burlison’s, who had coordinated the event, then moved next door to the Warley’s for a bbq, and then on to Jo and Mike Stitchbury’s for ice creams, contributed something to the fare, and also a donation is to be sent to the Wealden Hospice.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday July 7th from 9.30 to 11am.  Hope to see you then.  Your support is always appreciated.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm.you have a baby or are you expecting a baby?  Do you want to meet 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.  Please note there is absolutely no charge!  Call Carillon Cottage (01892 785658) and ask for Pauline to ring you.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk
A Jubilee Strawberry Tea: July 1st at 3pm
A delightful English afternoon tea ‘on the green’, with lawn games, a delicious repast and plenty of fun!  Meet by the Orchard Room (behind the Commem) for a 3pm start. £3 per ticket for everyone!  Tea and food included but please bring your own tables & chairs (or a blanket) and glasses and a bottle (if you want one!).
October 2012 production: The Importance of Being Earnest
We are now organising rehearsals for our Autumn production, this superb Oscar Wilde comedy of manners – and are keen as ever to have extra help in all areas backstage and Front of House.  Please ring Director Grainne Cotter on 01892 783656 for more information if you would like to be involved in any way.
Or come along for coffee…Coffee morning: Saturday 7th July
Find us in Carillon Cottage the first Saturday every month from 10.30-12 noon.  All
welcome - come and find out more about drama activities in Wadhurst for every age, or simply catch up with all the latest and enjoy a get-together over a coffee (or tea).
The Rude Mechanicals: Who Saw Marjory Daw? August 1st
We are very lucky to be included on the tour by professional theatre group ‘The Rude Mechanicals’.  This fantastic al fresco production is a ‘comic mystery’ set in the 60s with songs and plenty of laughter.  Wednesday 1st August at 7.30pm on Wadhurst Primary School’s back field.  Picnics from 6pm encouraged!  Tickets from Carillon Cottage £12 adults, £6 for children, online or from the box office on 01323 501260.
Join our mailing list for all the info on forthcoming Drama Club events (auditions, tickets on sale, social events), send your email to John jbush@talktalk.net, Everyone is welcome at our events not just ‘members’, so sign up and hear all our news!

BOOKTALK:  A Shared Reading Group  meets in Wadhurst library on Mondays from 2.30 - 4pm.  There is no need to read a book before you come - the aim is to read a book or a short story together and share the reading experience.  Books are provided by the library.  There is no charge but there will be tea, coffee and biscuits.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION:  Summer concert takes place at the Mount on the 19th July at 7pm for 7.30.n There be a performance by Mrs Pinkerton-Lovely, ALIAS JANICE.  Tickets available from Carillion Cottage, price £12 each, refreshments included.

WADHURST SOCIAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP : An outreach service of
Sussex Oakleaf.  Our future meetings are now weekly at Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst, on Friday afternoons, from 2pm to 4pm.  All are welcome.  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.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets at 2.30pm on Thursday 26 July for ’Compassion’, a talk by Tony Neeves.  St George’s Hall.  Everyone is welcome.  For more details please contact Rosalie on 782974.  Lifts available - please contact Jackie Scott on 782683.

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.  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  www.WadhurstWarriors.co.uk
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.  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.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD - what is it?   We are open to all!  We have over 20,000 Members nationally.  We support the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in many ways, and extend our horizons by meeting other members from the United Kingdom and abroad.  Some of us have been Brownies and Guides, others are keen to support Guiding in any way they can and uphold the Guiding principles and aims.  DO come and join us.

WADHURST FARMERS’ AND COUNTRY ENTERPRISE MARKET: 9.30 to 12.30, Saturday 28 July, Commemoration Hall.  Come along to buy local produce and crafts. Teas and coffee, with a choice of homemade cakes and scones.

AGE UK EAST SUSSEX TICEHURST DAY CENTRE offers a friendly and caring environment for people aged over 55 who need a little extra support to enjoy their day.  We use the very comfortable facilities of Newington Court, a supported living complex.  There is a drop-off zone outside and a free car park nearby.  Lunch is provided in the on-site restaurant.  There are disabled facilities.  You are welcome to try the day centre for free for a day to see if you like it.  You can apply to join us by contacting the centre organiser by telephone on 07850 987145.  You may also telephone our Lewes office on 01273 476704 or email the manager, bernardine.oconnell@ageukeastsussex.org.uk.  Help with transport is available.  Come and socialise, have fun, get help and support

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 & 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 July 18th. The talk this month is “Amateur Astronomical Spectroscopy” by John Strachan, a leading amateur in this field.  John will demonstrate how you can start in this exciting hobby and actually analyse the stuff stars are made of with quite simple and affordable apparatus.  You can even measure changes in stars from day to day!  There will then be a free coffee and tea break, followed by "The Solar System” & “The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills FRAS.  Doors open from 7pm. Meetings and the talk begins at 7:30pm., in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church opposite Wadhurst Uplands Community College.  Members & Students Free, Visitors £2 on the door.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: We were well entertained recently by Mr. Hilary Newman showing us a comparison between French and English gardens (the French ones being more formal and structured).  One memorable quote passed on to us (attributed to King Louis XVI when arguing with his head gardener over locating the gardens of Versailles in a swamp):  "It is in the difficult things we are judged".  Bear this in mind, gardeners, when dealing with swampy soil and reluctant seedlings just now.  Next on our agenda is our Summer Show on 9th July when Members will be displaying their victories over the vagaries of mother nature.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY:  The Society’s next meeting is on Wed July 11 with a talk from Lady Teviot on the ‘Sources & Techniques for Researching Family History‘.  Guests are always welcome; the doors of the Commemoration Hall open at 7:30 for an 8pm talk.
Then on Sunday July 15 from 12:30 there is the Annual Pig Roast at The Colleens in Cousley Wood, by kind invitation of Celia and Martin Turner.  Members of the Society are invited to bring their friends – but not their food and drink as they will be available on site – for another memorable party, this time hopefully without last year’s storms!
We are including a very special musical entertainment to celebrate Michael Harte’s
contribution to the History Society; a choir of singers from Wadhurst and Stonegate will be singing a varied programme of music chosen by Michael himself.  Tickets £10 are limited in number but are available from any committee member or at the next meeting.

WADHURST JUNIOR FOOTBALLCLUB is holding its annual Fun Day &
Presentation Day on Saturday 7th July at Sparrows Green Recreation Ground, from 11.30am. This is a major fundraiser for the club and the opportunity to celebrate the success of the club, teams and players during the last season.  Attractions include Bar, Bar-B-Q, Tuck Shop, Bottle, Sweet and Football Tombolas, Tattoos, FREE bouncy castle and Sling Shot, Rodeo Ride, other stalls and the usual "Auction of Promises". Come along and support your local junior football club, have fun.  Why not bring your friends.

WADHURST JUNIOR FC-13 SEASON-the Club currently runs 17 teams with approx. 240 members and is entirely run by volunteers.  If you are keen to learn more about the club and how it works and would like to help out, we always require help.  We are keen to hear from anyone interested in coaching, as we currently have waiting lists, particularly in the minis section.  An FA1 qualification is required, but the Club will fund the course and provide support to anyone interested in committing to the Club.  We also welcome Sponsorship, so please contact us if you are interested in or out about the sponsorship options.  Trudi O'Neill – 01892 783573; trudi.oneill@homecall.co.uk.www.wadhurstjfc.co.uk

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.
In last month’s FOCUS we hurriedly reported on the great Charity Walk. It seems an age ago now, and for those that can remember it was a sunny day! How lucky were we with weather like that? Two days after the walk the copy had to be submitted for inclusion in the June issue of FOCUS. Therefore we could only give a conservative estimate of the likely profit to be distributed to the nominated charities and good causes. Fortunately the reality has brought a whole new meaning to the word ‘conservative’. Sponsorship monies are still trickling in and it is now looking likely that the final figure to be distributed will be in the region of £6,200-6,500 by the time all of the ‘Gift Aid’ rebate has been estimated and claimed.
Some of the profit went to underwrite a CAMEO club outing at the end of May. Twenty eight CAMEO members and helpers were taken on a specially adapted coach, complete with lift for wheel chairs and those a little less nimble (including myself!), for a trip to Rye for a Fish & Chip lunch via a stop for tea and buns at Merriments Garden Centre.
July marks the start of a new Rotary year with a Presidential handover being celebrated at ‘The Bell’ in Ticehurst on 4th July. Andrew Collins the outgoing President formally hands over to Brian Rosevear for the next twelve months. With Brian as the President of Rotary and Liz his wife the President of WOW the Rosevear household is now very much the epicenter of the Wadhurst Mafia!
Although July is very much a ‘formal’ Rotary month with the handover and a visit from the Assistant District Governor (25th) there is still space for Stuart Crookshank from HM Customs & Excise to come and talk on 11th July.
Finally for all of those that still have the energy, after all of the exertions of the last few months, David James is leading an all day walk over the South Downs on Sunday 22nd July.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION held its AGM in May and is now fully occupied in planning its future programme.  The Office Bearers have not changed their roles so the Chairman is John McKenzie; Vice-Chairman: Lyn Harris; Secretary:  Heather Woodward; Treasurer: Ben Williams and the Membership Secretary: Jenny Williams.   Other Committee Members are:  Bryan Bell, Len Bishop, André Hayler, Beth Martin, John Northover, Dot Smytherman and Ceri Walklin.  The Chairman of the Parish Council, Tom Doyle, is also a member of the Committee.
The Twinning Association will be represented at the Primary School Fair on 23rd June and at Uplands on 14th July.  The Twinning Barbecue will be held at the Youth Centre in the Lower High Street on Saturday 28th July from noon. We are hoping to hold another successful Barn Dance at the Primary School on Saturday 15th September and the Winter Social will be on Saturday 12th January 2013. A week-end trip to Aubers is planned for the Autumn but further details will be publicised once the exact dates are known.  For further details about the Twinning Association, please contact Jenny Williams on 01892 783427 or Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
We’re very proud of the youngsters in the Band.  Jenny Cooper, who conducts the Training Band, says; “Young people are the
future of our Band and we’re making a big effort to recruit new young people to join our Training Band in September. It would be great to see new faces of all ages performing with the Training Band at our Christmas Concert”.

One young musician explains why he joined the band, “I played trumpet when I was 7. We moved to Wadhurst and one of the first things we did was to go to a Wadhurst Brass Band concert, I remember being amazed at the sounds of the 1st cornets, and wishing that one day I could do that! It was just a 'want' in my life to be able to impress and entertain people by doing something I loved. So that's why I joined!”

So if you, or someone you know, fancies playing brass, just get in touch (contact details below) or come along to our stall at the Wadhurst Country Fair on 14th July and have a blow!

1st July       Wadhurst Runners, Bewl 15 Run, Little Pell Farm, Blacksmiths Lane, 11.45
5th - 8th July   Band Tour to the Rhine
14th July          Wadhurst Country Fair, Uplands Community College, 11.00 am
15th July          Woodbury Park, Tunbridge Wells, 2.30 pm
30th Sept         Forest Discovery Day, Bedgebury, 12.30 pm

To stay in touch with band events, email John Whitehead atmanager@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
write to John at Northview, Fairglen Road, Wadhurst TN5 6JL or phone 01892 783384.

Our other contacts are: Michael Garrett, secretary, at admin@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk and
Graham Brant, engagements
secretary, at engagements@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 and you can see what rubbish is collected in our streets here

Email addresses for Focus are now:
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