Hastings Winkle Club’s Christmas Tree of Gratitude & Seasons Greetings.
The historic 120 year old, Hastings Winkle Club which is based in the Old Town of Hastings has seen many of its fundraising plans being cancelled or at best postponed due to the Covid pandemic.
Along with many other charities, the Winkle Club has seen a sharp downturn in its income during this extraordinary year.
Nonetheless the Club still managed to make small donations to several local good causes as well as to The Friends of the Conquest Hospital, The Hastings Foodbank and Surviving Christmas.
On Winkle Island in Hastings Old Town, The Winkle Club installed a Christmas Tree of Gratitude and Glad Tidings which they hope will bring good cheer to the whole community.
The Tree was both grown and the whole project organized by Winkle Club Stalwart and Old Town Carnival President, Bill Wicking who had the idea of decorating it with not only the traditional lights etc. but also with messages of gratitude to all who have helped our communities through this very difficult and challenging year.
Hastings Winkle Club Chairman, Christian Burton, said ‘ We hope that this ‘Christmas Tree of Thanks’ will brighten up Christmas a little for all those who see it and be a public display of gratitude for the support network we all depend on in such difficult times.’
Winkle Club President, Richard Stevens, added ‘ Our Historic Club is run entirely by volunteers and this project shows the determination of our membership to continue its long tradition of helping local good causes and showing support for our community even as we all battle against the current crisis.’
The Club also plans to sing Christmas carols outside Old Hastings House Residential Home which is located at the top of the High Street, on Christmas Day with a socially-distanced Choir.
This is another tradition which goes back some 40 years. The only difference this Christmas will be that the Winkle Choir will not be able to sing inside the building but residents will watch and hopefully hear the carol singing from their lounge windows.
The historic 120 year old Hastings Winkle Club held its own socially-distanced Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday 8th at Winkle Island in Hastings Old Town.
Wreaths were laid and the 2 minutes silence observed. Only senior members of the club were permitted to attend in line with the current lockdown restrictions.
Chairman, Christian Burton, read the poems “In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow” and “For the Fallen”“In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, fly”Scarce heard amid the guns below.”JOHN McCRAE
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Winkle Club President, Richard Stevens recited The Kohima Epitaph
“When you go home, Tell them of us and say,
For their tomorrow, We gave our today.”
JOHN MAXWELL EDMONDS
I hope you are keeping well in these difficult times. As you will appreciate up until this month the club has not been able to hold any functions or do any fundraising this year due to the current restrictions.It was, therefore, a relief and a joy to be able to hold our annual crazy putting event during Hastings old town week. This was a fun event which raised around £300 for the charity.Thanks to all members who took part.As a result of the restrictions we have not been sending out our seasonal newsletters as there was very little to report.However, I can give you an update of what has been going on behind the scenes.You will be aware that our former President, Sir Kenneth Warren, sadly passed away in June 2019. A number of us attended his memorial service in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey on Thursday 30th January 2020.A plaque has been made in his honour and this will be placed on one of the benches on Winkle Island in due course. Once we are able to hold a ceremony his family will be invited to attend along with Winkle club members.I am very pleased to report that Richard Stevens has been elected as our new President.After many years of loyal service, Ian Porter has stood down as our Treasurer. Having worked alongside Ian for the past few years I have seen how dedicated and diligent he has been in the post and we wish him well with his retirement.Our new Treasurer is Roger Williams who has been a club member for over 40 years and a member of the committee. We wish him all the best.Sadly we haven’t been able to hold our annual donations evening this year. The club have prioritised its donations to those most in need this year. A sum of £5000 was given to the Conquest hospital for the staffs welfare and £1000 was donated to the foodbank.Looking ahead we have booked our annual supper night for Friday 7th January and we are expecting the annual Children’s party to take place. We have also booked the music festival for 2021. Details to follow in due course.We have had a number of new members wanting to join and we will be holding a mass induction as soon as possible.The clubs future is looking bright and the committee, lead by our enthusiastic Chairman Christian Burton, are working hard to ensure the clubs proud 120 year history is continued.Kind regards and Winkle up!
Reg WoodHon Secretary