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8th November

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 blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The 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.”

LAURENCE BINYON

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

18th August

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