WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - JUNE 2012

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A (University of the 3rd Age) : Mark Perry-Nash’s talk at 2.00 p.m. on Thursday 21 June in Mayfield Village entitled, ‘The Making of the President’, explores the way in which our American Cousins choose their leaders.  Including the ‘system of checks and balances’ that insure no one branch of government becomes overly powerful at the expense of others and the importance of the United States Constitution, which the President is sworn to uphold.  The topic is particularly timely during this U.S. General Election year.  Mark Perry-Nash lived and worked in the U.S.A. for 26 years and is an accomplished historian of both American and British history.  On the 2nd Thursday of each month a friendly Chicago style Bridge Afternoon is held in the Mayfield Village Hall.  Any bridge player will be welcomed and might even be offered a jammy dodger with their tea. (Table fee £2)    If you interested please contact Pam Pemberton on 01892 783838 or just come along on the afternoon.

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 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

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: This months walk will be on the 24th June, Leader John Bishop, and will be from Stonegate Station to Franchise and Burwash.  Meet at 2pm in the car park behind The One Stop Shop in the High Street.

WADHURST CULTURE is running “A WEEKEND IN WADHURST”, a project encouraging residents to create a photographic record of the village between 1st and 5th June 2012.  The project is open to everyone from professionals to first time photographers.    Photographs submitted will form the basis of an exhibition in the  village in the autumn, and will then become part of the Wadhurst History Society collection.  [The organisers hope that it will also promote a sense of community, and that, above all, it will be fun to be part of!]  People wanting to be involved should email weekendinwadhurst@gmail.com, or ring Felicity 07708 933607.  

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 .

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.  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
Coffee morning: Saturday 2nd June  Come and find out more about the Drama  activities in Wadhurst for every age – or simply catch up with all the latest happenings, chat about our American Revue and generally enjoy a friendly get-together over a coffee (or tea). Find us in Carillon Cottage the first Saturday every month from 10.30-12noon.
Acting and characterisation workshop: Saturday 9th June  We are very lucky to have Intrepid Theatre’s Ali West coming along to give 15 of us a stimulating day of workshop activities – and you can be one of the 15 to improve and build on your acting skills for just £17. Email or telephone Catherine to reserve a place: c.m.whitehead@btinternet.com 01892 783384.  And we may well use the opportunity to work on some character development for our October production, The Importance of Being Earnest – perfect, as it is just before the auditions….
The Importance of Being Earnest: Read through Thursday 14th June, Open Auditions Monday 18th June
This quintessential English play by Oscar Wilde with its witty repartee and hilarious story will be great fun to be part of.  Required:
5 men ranging in ages from 2 young ‘men about town’ (able to look late 20s) to the middle aged (or beyond) Rector and Butler/ Manservant.  4 ladies again from young(able to look 20ish) through to the older and famous Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism, the governess.  Please ring Director Grainne Cotter on 01892 783656 for more information and a script extract prior to the auditions. If you’re not able to make the audition but would like to be involved, please do get in touch beforehand.
LOOKING AHEAD
A Jubilee Strawberry Tea: July 1st (to be confirmed)  A delightful English afternoon tea ‘on the green’, with lawn games, a delicious repast and plenty of fun!
The Rude Mechanicals: Who Saw Marjory Daw? August 1st   WDC are hosting travelling professionals ‘The Rude Mechanicals’. This al fresco production is a ‘comic mystery’ set in the 60s with songs and plenty of laughter on Wednesday 1st August at 7.30 on Wadhurst Primary School’s back field, picnics encouraged!
More information to follow – so why not…. Join our mailing list  Don’t miss out on forthcoming Drama Club events. Send your email to John jbush@talktalk.net, to stay up to date on WDC auditions, tickets on sale, social events. We welcome everyone to events – not just ‘members’. So sign up and hear 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 and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits.

MINI MARKET: to be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 2nd June from 9.30 to 11am.  We look forward to seeing you there.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: Tea at Westerleigh (thank you to Mr Toynbee).  Thursday 28th June at 2.30pm.  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.  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 16 June, Commemoration Hall.  Come along to buy local produce and crafts. Teas and coffee, with a choice of homemade cakes and scones.

TICEHURST & DISTRICT RNLI LIFEBOATS Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20 June 2012 10am-1pm at Old Battenhurst, Battenhurst Road, Stonegate.  Entry by donation.  No dogs please.

WADHURST & DISTRICT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The next plans for the supermarket at Wood-B-Pine will soon be presented to Wealden District Council – we need to be vigilant. The roadworks are again on the agenda – having just received an email there is a meeting with SGN on the 14th June at the Commemoration Hall.

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.  with transport is available.  Come and socialise, have fun, get help and support

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: There was no speaker as the May meeting as we discussed the resolution to be put forward at the national AGM in London  “that there should be more midwives trained to attend the increasing number of home births”, and is necessary because the birth rate is rising – particularly among older who are deemed to need a higher level of care.  26 members were present and the resolution was carried with only four dissenting.  This was followed by tea and party games.  Our June speaker is Harry Townsend, his subject “The Wheelbarrow Man – My walk from End to End of New Zealand. Competition: New Zealand Memories.  Trading Stall: Store Cupboard Goods.   

WADHURST AND DISTRICT ASTROMONICAL 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 20th June. This is our annual “Open Telescope Evening”. An ideal time to come along with or without a telescope to get advice on how to set them up, and also what telescopes or binoculars to buy. There will be a range of telescopes and binoculars on show and demonstrations on how to use them.  
There will then be a free coffee and tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month" and our monthly topic of “Astronomy for Beginners”. 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 and visitors are asked to contribute £2 towards our expenses which includes a free coffee or tea and biscuits.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Come and join us on Monday 11th June for a 'Viva La Difference' evening of gardening tales and quips.  We meet at St. Georges Hall at 7:30 pm for the business side followed by our guest speaker.  As we lead into the busiest time in the gardening cycle, come along and get advice on what to do next and how to do it - it's not an easy battle out there in the back garden, nor necessarily a fair one either!  Come and join other gardening soldiers in making your plan work, whatever the odds.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY:  The next meeting of the Society is on Wed 13 June when Stuart Robinson will be talking on 'Curiosities of the City of London'.  Doors to the Commemoration Hall open at 7:30 for 8pm and the Tabard Room will be open from around 5pm for the issue and return of books. Guests always welcome.  Tickets will also be on sale at £10 for the Society Summer Pig Roast, on Sunday 15 July at The Colleens in Cousley Wood, thanks to the kind offer of hospitality by Celia and Martin Turner.  We will also be looking for volunteers to help with the event!

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
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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.
Sunday 13th May. The day of the great Charity Walk had arrived. After the wettest month of April ever, which threatened to continue through May, something unexpected happened. Bright sunshine! On a glorious spring day over 200 walkers of all ages, along with many canine companions, started out from the Commemoration Hall.
A 5 mile circular walk, with going reported as ‘Good to Soft’, finished for the majority of participants at the green in front of the Fire Station. Refreshments, BBQ’s and music from ‘The Sussex Stompers’ jazz band helped ease the many tired feet.
In addition to raising funds for ‘Cancer Research UK’ a proportion of the money raised will be going to the Wadhurst Primary School to provide support for two current projects – the development of an eco friendly outside ‘quiet’ area and the provision of new furniture and books for the library. The walk also has underwritten a day’s outing for CAMEO club members to Rye and surrounds at the end of the month.
Unfortunately the early copy date only allows a very rough, but I trust conservative, estimate of money raised. But between the jigs and the reels it is hoped that the final figure will be in excess of £4,000 - a great achievement for an event enjoyed by the majority of two legged and certainly all of the four legged  participants.
The end of June sees the finish of another Rotary year. The letter heading will show a change of President – Andrew Collins   being replaced by Brian Rosevear. The 2012/13 year promises to be every bit as exciting and challenging as the past twelve months. The popular jazz evening is scheduled for the autumn, along with jumble sales, quiz evenings and a very special Christmas Dinner! A whole range of interesting and sometimes controversial speakers are scheduled to address the club including Charles Hendry Esq. our local Member of Parliament and the Rev’d Canon Jeremy James the Vicar of Wadhurst – but not on the same day.
One thing is certain the 2012/13 Rotary year will be one to remember. If you would like to be a part or think you can contribute in any way please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of the gentlemen listed above.   

WADHURST BRASS BAND
We are really looking forward to our summer and especially to our “Jubilee Brass” concert on the 9th June and we hope you can come along and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with us.  We will have lots of traditional British music for you to enjoy.  As you will see below, our summer programme of events is coming along just fine and we hope those sunny days will  return to make particularly our outdoor events more enjoyable.  An exotically different venue for us is Woodbury Park in Tunbridge Wells. A redundant cemetery, reclaimed by local residents from brambles and drug users it is now an oasis of peace and nature in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, near St John’s Church (just behind the bus garage). We are playing a “Red, White and Blue” concert for the Friends of Woodbury Park to celebrate and commemorate the many Victorian soldiers, sailors, and their redoubtable spouses, who are buried there. They have a fascinating website www.fowp.org.uk, full of information and interest, well worth a look.  In September we are off to Bedgebury Pinetum again to celebrate Forest Discovery Day on the 30th September. It was a brilliant event last year and we are looking forward to an equally great day.

9th June        Jubilee Brass Concert, Commemoration Hall, 8 pm
16th June       Tidebrook Fete, Towngate, Tidebrook, 12.30 noon
17th June       CTIW “Songs of Praise”, Towngate Farm, tea 4.45pm service 5.30pm
1st July           Wadhurst Runners, Bewl Run, Little Pell Farm,  11.45am
5th to 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 September           Forest Discovery Day, Bedgebury, 12.30 pm
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. Our other contacts are; Michael Garrett, our secretary, who can be contacted by email on admin@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk and Graham Brant, our engagements secretary, his email address is engagements@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk . If you would like to enquire about booking the band for an event, or are thinking of learning to play, please do get in touch.

WADHURST WEBSITES
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