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Wreath laying
Members recently visited the National Arboretum and Memorial at Alrewas and laid a wreath in memory of the fallen.  Picture shows President Therese at the Memorial with some of the members.

Pictured above is President Therese Mahindrakar with James Beeching at the formal presentation to St Michael’s Hospice of the proceeds
of the Christmas collections at Tescos and Morrisons.
Over the past few years our overall donations to the Hospice have exceeded £86,000.

Members had an enjoyable evening at the Black Horse at Telham playing Skittles. Our picture shows  the devastation from just one roll – many competitors, of course,  secured Strikes!

President Therese with District Governor Chris Brenchly attended a recent meeting

B H at Tescos
 Rotarian Bryan Hunter, ex paratrooper,
collecting for the British Legion at Tesco, Hastings.

Esther Fox
Esther enjoying her new wheel chair in her parents’ garden.
The Club made a small contribution towards the £14k cost.

Leonie Quirk

We are very pleased to report that in the Rotary Young Writers Competition Leonie Quirk, who was one of our winners in the local Schools competition, went forward to the District final and was placed second in the Junior section. Our picture shows Leonie with her certificate plus a very proud Mum.

Cycle Ride: The Club may have had to abandon the proposed rides for April 2021 . However a determined band of cyclists from Blackboys Peddlars decided that a ride could take place for them and organised an event on 6th June for their club enjoying a barbecue on the beach near Cooden .  The Rotary Club’s Samaritan fund received a generous donation as a result and  entrants were awarded medals for their efforts.

Brick Boat at Bexhill Road
after recent mowing and weeding by members

Young Writers Competition 2021

The  Club has organised a recent event for local primary schools which is part of a national competition  to find promising young local writers. This year’s theme was “My Happiest Day” and pupils from Little Ridge School and St. Paul's Church of England Academy took part. The individual winners were presented with book tokens by Club President Theresa Mahindrakar  and each school also received a cash donation.  The individual winners now go forward to the regional final in the summer.

 Pictured below is the winner from Little Ridge School, Tallulah Norton Channer with our President Theresa Mahindrakar, and the second photograph  shows the President with  the winner from St. Paul's Academy Leonie Quirk.

Young Writer
Tallulah Norton Channer

Young Writer
Leonie Quirk

6th September Wine & Cheese afternoon:

Wine & Cheese afternoon
President Terry with Doug and Lloyd

Wine & Cheese afternoon
Host Ian with members

Wine & Cheese afternoon
President Terry with members some even drinking squash

Members tidying up around Brick Boat
in Bexhill Road near Glyne Gap

It would seem  that someone appeared to be
taking it easy with the weeding!

TM Induction

New President Therese Mahindrakar MBE JP with past
President Chris Hamson at her recent induction

Darryl Johnston with Jim Samuelson who gave the Club an interesting talk recently on his experiences in Nicaragua and Costa Rica where he was a project leader with Raleigh International.

Darryl Johnston and Terry Mahindrakar with James Beeching of St Michael’s Hospice receiving £3,500 donation made from the 2019 Cycle Ride. This took place at a recent meeting.


Hastings Street Pastors

At a recent meeting of the Club a talk was given by Martin West of Hastings Street Pastors explaining the work that organisation do in Hastings in helping those in need in the Town centre and Hastings Old Town.  Mostly their work is done late at night or in the early hours.  A cheque for £250 was presented by Darryl Johnston to Martin in support of the work the group undertake.

Members waiting to dine following
recent visit to Harvey's Brewery in Lewes

Members inspecting the rebuild of the Jean Bart on
recent visit to Gravelines in France.

Kerry Evans
President Darryl Johnston presenting cheque to
Kerry Evans of Sara Lee Trust at recent meeting