WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - March 2012

MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A: Please note the following change to the advertised programme in March.  In place of a lecture about Kathleen Ferrier, on March 15th Godfrey Wood will give an illustrated talk entitled 'Four Men in a Boat'.   He will recount the adventures of four men, including himself, circumnavigating Great Britain to try and gain their Yachtmaster qualifications.   As usual this meeting will take place in the Mayfield Memorial Hall starting at 2. p.m. and visitors will be welcome.
The number of members wanting to be part of the Mayfield and District Music Appreciation Group, which meets in Heathfield on the 3rd Monday of each month, has increased. A suggestion has been made that there should be another group meeting held in Wadhurst after one of the members kindly offered her house as a venue. If you are already a member or if you would like to join either of these groups, please would you contact Marian Child on 01435 860971 and let her know your preferred location.
If you would like any further information about any aspect of the U3A 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 & 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 WADHURST DIVISION 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.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: The walk for this month is on the 25th March and includes The Vine, White Magpies and Bewl Water in the Cousley Wood area of the parish. Meet at 2pm in the car park behind the One Stop Shop in the High Street. Leader Stefan Gatward usually awards a small prize at the end of the walk to the first person that correctly answers a question relating to matters of interest he has pointed out on the way round.

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.
Website : http://www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup
https://portal.sussexoakleaf.org.uk/prx/000/http/www.communigate.co.uk/sussex/wadhurstsocialhealthsupportgroup>,  www.sussexoakleaf.org

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  www.wadhurstdramaticclub.co.uk
Coffee morning: Saturday 3rd March
Enjoy a friendly cuppa! Find out the latest dramatic events!  Discover our plans for the May production!
We’d be delighted to see you – whether you are an existing Drama Club supporter or a prospective new recruit. Coffee (or tea) served between 10.30am-12noon at Carillon Cottage on the High Street – just walk in!
Walk – Sunday 4th March
For your diary – a spring walk in and around Snape Wood organised by John Bush. We will meet at 10.30am in the parking area entrance to Snape Wood, just above the railway bridge at the end of Brinkers Lane (accessed either from the end of Lower High Street Wadhurst or from Darbys Lane which is a little nearer Ticehurst off the B2099). Lunch or a drink in the pub afterwards, maybe? Contact John Bush if you need more details.
Our next production – 25-26th May – Auditions in March
We are planning a fun All American themed cabaret for May and looking at auditions on the afternoon of Sunday 4th March in the Commemoration Hall at 2.30p.m. All ages and talents needed – dancing, singing or acting, the choice is yours. Come along to find out more or ring Catherine on 01892 783384. We will welcome your ideas as well as your presence! And, of course, even if you don’t want to tread the boards this time, we always need help backstage, front of house and up on the lighting platform. We look forward to seeing you on the 4th.
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 members, who braved the snow last month, were treated to a remarkable talk by Dr Michael Jones 'Stalingrad to Berlin: the Red Army’s battle of liberation against the Nazis'.   Set in the context of somewhere between 27 and 40 million Soviet soldiers and civilians killed by the German forces during their advance in 1942 into Russia and their subsequent defeat, he gave us a revealing insight into
Soviet thinking during the horrific campaign that gave us and our allies the chance to open the Second Front in Normandy in 1944.  Next month's meeting on Wednesday 14 March in the Commemoration Hall presents a different view of the Second World War.  Judith Kinnison-Bourke returns to Wadhurst - this time as Nella Last [or Housewife 42 in the Mass Observation Archive].  Doors and bar open at 7.30 for the talk at 8.  Guests - and new members - are always welcome.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on Thursday 22 March at 2.30 in St George's Hall for ‘You OK? - Age UK’ with Karen Sedgwick.  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: 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.

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.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Our AGM takes place on Monday 5 March at 2pm at Carillon Cottage.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: Many members braved the cold in February to hear Sheila Southwell's talk and see her display of beautiful hand decorated porcelain.   We are looking forward to hearing Cecilia Trueman talk about Style and Wardrobe Management  on the 8th March.  The competition is for a covered coat hanger and the trading stall will sell scarves and belts.

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 March 21st. The speaker is Ben Ritchie and his talk is entitled "In Search of the Most Massive Stars”.  A great opportunity to hear about these amazing giants of the universe.
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 MEMORIAL FUND is holding its next fund-raising event on Saturday 24th March.  Gardeners’ Question Time with a panel of garden experts will take place in the Commemoration Hall starting at  7.30 pm.  Tickets £10 include a 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 able once more to look forward to the “Glory of the Garden”.  Bring your questions with you, enjoy a convivial evening and have all your problems – well, the  horticultural ones anyway - solved!  .  For any further details about Mullins, please contact 01892 782361.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION:  Spring is on its way, if you look hard enough there are signs of life in those bare branches and twigs. If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, continue with the insulation and on a sunny day open up your window or door for a bit to ventilate it and reduce fungal infection.  Get out there and prepare your veg seed beds when the ground is fit.  Some of your seeds can be sown under cover, ready for the off when the warm weather comes - and it will!  Seed potatoes can be 'chitted' - put into the light indoors for those shoots to start growing.  Winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering can be pruned and should be mulched and fed to give them energy for new growth.  Check any newly planted trees and shrubs to make sure they have not been lifted by frost heave or strong winds.  Sweet peas can be sown under glass or in a cool room and any sown in the autumn can be potted up inside.  Take time on a miserable day to plan your summer bedding and container planting schemes and get the necessary bulbs, annuals and seeds.  Clear out that shed and sharpen those tools.  Get ready for the growth!  On Monday, 12th March, join us at 7.30 pm in St. Georges Hall as our Ken Turner gives advice on window boxes and growing in containers.  He's good! (Eileen and Marian).

WADHURST BOWLS CLUB are holding a JUMBLE SALE in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 24 March from 9.30am to 12noon.  Donations of jumble gratefully received on Friday 23 March 6-8pm or phone 01892 782108.

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.
The early February copy date for this issue doesn’t allow me the opportunity of posting the result of the annual Rotary Quiz night. This popular event is once again a complete sell-out with twenty-four teams attempting to provide answers to what is always entertaining and a genuine test of general knowledge.
Form, in events of this nature is always difficult to assess but there are strong whispers from the ‘Victor Meldrew Fan Club’ stable that they have not only been going well in training but have also secured the services of a real intellectual galectico in the person of David Harrison the Carillon Cottage star. (It is strongly rumoured that a large transfer fee, or at least a decent drink, changed hands!)
The quiz like many other Rotary events provides not only great fun and entertainment for the village but also when the sums are done and the pennies counted the profit
generated, and hopefully in this case it will be well over £1,000, goes toward the various charities and good causes that we support on an on-going basis.
In 2012 Wadhurst Rotary will be organising a Charity Walk, a CAMEO outing, Jumble Sales, a Jazz Concert and much, much more. Some events cost money others are designed to raise money. One very specific cause that we have supported continually for nearly 20 years has been the world wide drive to eradicate polio. In mid-January Rotarians worldwide along with their colleagues in Wadhurst, celebrated the news from India that a whole year had passed with no new cases of Polio being notified.  Mass vaccination campaigns has reduced cases from 741 in 2009 to just a single case last year. The World Health Organisation requires a country to have no cases for three years before being considered polio-free, but the first year is the hardest!  Communities in India have put away their differences and worked hard at the campaign. Rotary Clubs the world over came together to kick-start this long campaign in the late 1990s supported by the biggest public/private partnership achieved in peacetime. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave US$ 355million and challenged worldwide Rotarian to match it and we did!
It’s money from events like the quiz, jumble sales, concerts etc which contribute both toward the success of this programme and help us support many other charities and
deserving local initiatives.

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.

MINI MARKET: will take place in the Methodist Church on Saturday 3rd March from 9.30 to 11am.  We look forward to seeing you there.

COME AND MEET EACH OTHER. Cameo club is run entirely by volunteers and is a friendly gathering of elderly people who get together weekly and enjoy a home cooked lunch.  Established in 1995, the club has occasional outings and lifts to and from can be arranged.

CAMEO CLUB ANNUAL SALE: SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 2011 between 9.30 am and 11.30 am at the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst. Donations of books, clothes, cakes, bric-a-brac, antiques or anything we can sell to raise funds to the Hall between 5pm and 7pm Friday evening will be greatly appreciated. Contact Joyce Farmer 01892 782910 for more information.

WADHURST-BURUNDI LINK A Supper and Auction of Promises will take place at Upland Community College on Saturday April 14th in support of the Mwumba Community Transformation Programme in Burundi

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: March 15th Royal British Legion meeting in St George’s Hall at 7-30pm.  There will be a talk by Michael Harte on the Battle of Aubers 1915. Everybody is welcome.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Now here we are in March already, with our Spring Concert at the end of the month - hopefully, with lighter evenings and the weather more spring- like! Tickets go on sale the week beginning 12th March, obtainable from Carillon Cottage, in the High Street. Tickets are priced at £8 with concessions at £6 and under 16s free with an adult - all including interval refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there.

At our AGM at the beginning of February after years of serving as the Band Secretary, Lydia Fuggle has passed the baton to Michael Garrett.  Michael can be contacted by email on admin@wadhurstbrassband.co.uk if you wish to enquire about booking the band for an event.

31st March     – Spring Concert, Commemoration Hall, 7.30 pm
9th June           – Jubilee Concert, Commemoration Hall, 8 pm
16th June         – Tidebrook Fete, Towngate, Tidebrook, 12 noon
17th June         – CTIW “Songs of Praise”, venue yet to be decided, 6.30 pm
1st July             – Wadhurst Runners, Bewl Run,Little Pell Farm,Blacksmiths Lane,11.45am
5th to 8th July  – Band Tour to the Rhine
14th July           – Wadhurst Country Fair, Uplands Community College, time TBA
15th July           – Woodbury Park, Tunbridge Wells, 2 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.

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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