MAYFIELD & DISTRICT U3A(University of the 3rd Age) : On Thursday May 17th, Professor Lawrence Lerner will base his talk entitled ‘Are we murdering the English language’ on his book ‘You Can’t Say that’.  He will describe the way in which languages change and in particular how English has changed.  For those of us who are convinced our language is going to the dogs, he asks, ‘when was it better?’.  ‘Was it when we were young or when our grandparents were young or a thousand years ago?’   This meeting will take place in Mayfield Village Hall starting at 2 p.m. and visitors will be most welcome.

The second MAYFIELD & DISTRICT MUSIC APPRECIATION GROUP is starting in Wadhurst soon.  If anyone is interested please would you contact Janet McFarlan by e-mail on janet.mcfarlan@hotmail.co.uk.  If you would like any further 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 & 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

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: This months walk is outside of the parish at Hadlow Down and will be led by Mike and Gail Cottington starting at Tinkers Park.  Meet as usual in the car park behind One Stop in Wadhurst High Street at 2pm on the 27th May where lifts will be available for those without transport.

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.  

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 5th May
We’d be delighted to welcome anyone interested in the activities of the Drama Club or simply wanting to catch up with ‘dramatic’ friends, to come along for coffee on the first Saturday of the month at Carillon Cottage in the High Street. We’re there between 10.30 – 12 noon – so see you then!
All American Revue, 25-26th May – TICKETS ON SALE
Join us for an evening of fun – music, songs, dance and laughter – at our star-studded All American Revue. Dress in American style if you wish to get into the swing of this lively evening, and bring a group of friends to sing along with. The entertainment will be cabaret style, with seating at tables of 8, with diner food served at your table and a speak easy bar!  Tickets: £12 to include food, available from Wadhurst Ironmongers from the beginning of May.  Doors open at 7.15, curtain up at 7.45 on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out.
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The Rude Mechanicals: Who Saw Marjory Daw? August 1st
WDC have succeeded in hosting a performance by the travelling professional group ‘The Rude Mechanicals’. This summer’s al fresco production is a ‘comic mystery’ set in the 1960s with songs and lots of laughter. There’ll be more information next month, but meanwhile put the date in your diary:  Wednesday 1st August at 7.30 on Wadhurst Primary School’s back field, picnics encouraged!

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND: Thank you for the support, from so many people, for the "Gardeners' Question Time" on 24th March.  A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all and £900 was raised for the Mullins Memorial Fund.  Robert Atkinson.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: ’My life and times as an Evacuee’ with Ron Lewis.  St George’s Hall, Thursday 24th May 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.  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  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.  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 - 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, please.  The Wadhurst Trefoil Guild met for their monthly meeting in  April at Carillon Cottage, when, after their business meeting, they enjoyed a most informative and interesting talk about the Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead by Mrs. Sheldon and Mr. Thomas.  The May meeting will be on Wednesday 16th May 2.00 at Nutley Windmill, followed by tea.

WADHURST WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: Quite a good turnout of members heard our guest speaker, Mrs Pamela Vieler, talk about her family’s experiences living in a prefab council house towards the end, and after, the war.  There were tales about ‘make do and mend’, living with in-laws, home-made necklaces (she displayed some attractive
specimens), coping with rationing, and the problems with knitted swimming trunks!  Next month we shall be discussing resolutions for the national AGM. The Competition  for May is a ‘Flower Arrangement in a Cup’ and please bring plants for the Trading Stall.  

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 16th May. The speaker is Brian Mills FRAS and his talk is entitled "Astronomy - Its Relevance and its Women”.  This talk from our Director of Observations is about astronomy and the enormous contribution made by women.
There will then be a free coffee and tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month" and a new 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, Visitors £2 on the door.

This year’s Spring Show for Wadhurst Gardening Association members was held as usual in the Primary School.  Members had filled the hall with a wealth of colourful and scented blooms from which, our judge Mr David Pilbeam, was hard-pressed to select the winning entries.  The drought does not seem to have affected the spring bulbs and the lack of wind and rain meant that the blooms were of very high quality.The overall
standard was high and with the number of entries up competition was keen.  This year in place of a flower arrangement members were asked to produce a mosaic of flowers.  The resulting entries were exquisite arrangements of tiny flower heads and the winning entry incorporated the words ‘Happy Easter’ spelt out in flowers. Our worthy cup winners were Kathy Cooper (Blackman Coronation Cup), Rhonda Oldershaw (The Rev. Emery Cup) and Jean Lavender (Clowes Pritchard Cup).  Mrs. S. Petrie
Like CHEESE?  Then you might like to join us on Monday 14th May when we will be having a talk about COUNTRY CHEESES by D. March.  7.30 - St. Georges Hall

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: There is a members meeting in St George’s Hall on the 17th May at 7-30pm.  There will be a talk by Dot Smytherman & Julian Dormandy on the Bedgebury Pinetum.  Books for sale, possibly a collection, everyone welcome.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY:   The next meeting of the Society is on Thursday May 10, when the speaker will be Michael Withers - talking and playing on Medieval Instruments.  Early warning of the Summer pig roast on Sunday July 15 - at The
Colleens by kind invitation of Celia and Martin Turner: put the date in your diaries if you are a member - and, if not, find a friend who is so that you can enjoy this great
Summer treat!

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.
This month we are all geared up for the Rotary Charity Walk which takes place on Sunday 13th May. A gentle 5 mile marshalled and signed amble from the Wadhurst Commemoration Hall through Snape Wood finishing at the Fire Station. Walkers will be welcomed home by ‘The Sussex Stompers’ Jazz Band, a BBQ and refreshment area.  For any little, or perhaps not so little feet that find the walk too challenging there will be a number of intermediate pick up points for tired feet.  All monies raised will be split between Cancer Research, Wadhurst Primary School Projects and other local charities.  Walkers, hopefully generously sponsored and raring to go should register at the
Commemoration Hall any time after 9.30am. Full details are available from Godfrey Wood, telephone 01580 200701 or email godfrey@godfreywood.plus.com
If after a bracing walk, a spot of dancing to The Sussex Stompers, a nice burger and a light ale or three you feel just a teeny, weenie bit out of breath you might like to
remember that quite co-incidentally May is ‘Blood Pressure Awareness’ month.  As in previous years the Wadhurst Rotary Club is joining with the Wadhurst Surgery on
Saturday 26th May to promote awareness. Between 9.30 and 11.30am you are invited to visit the doctor and nurse who will be resident in Carillon Cottage, to take individuals blood pressure and dispense advice where necessary. No appointments are needed as it only takes a matter of minutes to take a reading.  Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important even when you're feeling fine. If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, treatment and the correct advice can help bring it down to more normal levels before any lasting damage is done. You know it makes sense!
With the threat of Budgen’s still very much to the fore, the club is looking forward to a talk on the work of the ‘Wadhurst Business Association’ on 2nd May. At the end of the month, 30th May, one of our members Tom Maynard is conducting a farm walk through Windmill Farm, Three Legged Cross, a 22 ha fruit farm. www.maynardsfruit.co.uk. As well as growing fruit for pick-your-own, local sales and farmers' markets they also grow blackcurrants for Ribena, plums for supermarkets and the business continues to evolve to meet the needs of the local community.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is looking forward to its biennial visit to Aubers during the week-end of 18th – 20th May.  Any non-members of the
Association who would be interested in taking part, staying over one night or two, should telephone Lyn Harris in the evenings for further details: 01323 832043. You are guaranteed a very sociable, warm and generous welcome from our friends in Aubers.  The visit to Aubers is preceded on Monday 14th May by the Twinning  Annual
General Meeting which will be held in the David James building at Uplands, 7.30 for 7.45 pm.  In line with all Wadhurst Twinning Association events, these are social
occasions with the minimum of formality.  For further details about the Twinning, please contact Jenny Williams on 01892 783427.

OPEN GARDEN & PLANT FAIR Wednesday 2nd May 10-3pm at Boldshaves, Woodchurch, nr. Tenterden, Kent TN26 3RA  Entrance £6 on the gate, refreshments and light lunches available. A beautiful 7 acre garden south facing with wonderful views. Any queries email:  info@gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk  Charity No. 255066

MINI MARKET: will be held at the Methodist Church on Saturday, 5th May from 9.30 to 11am.  We look forward to seeing you then.

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.

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

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