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THE Winkle Club has a number of key events to look forward to in its summer schedule and we hope that these will be well supported as they are all in a good cause.

July 20 is Pirate Day and on Winkle Island you will find it transformed into a film set with all kinds of familiar objects from TV and screen. Come along and have a look.

There will also be our usual stalls providing fun for all ages. On Wednesday, July 30 we are holding the Annual Putting Event at the Seafront Adventure Golf Courses from 6pm. There are trophies for the winners and prizes for the runners-up. All ages welcome. Have an enjoyable evening and raise some money for the club at the same time.

Also in Carnival Week, we are staging The Great Winkle Challenge on Winkle Island on Sunday, August 3 at 3pm. Don’t worry, you wont be asked to eat the winkles but simply toss them in to different sized containers. Again there will be prizes for the senior and junior winners. This game used to be played more than 100 years ago so we thought it about time that it was revived.

Come and try your luck and test your winkle skills.

Sunday, August 10 is a real milestone for our club as we ask our patron, Admiral of the Fleet, the Lord Boyce, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, to officially open the refurbished Winkle Island at 1pm. Brother Aelred Partridge will dedicate the new commemorative seating and the Town Crier will be officiating. Please gather on the Island at 12.45pm or join the procession from the Fishermen’s Club in All Saints Street. This should be both a colourful and memorable occasion.

On Saturday, August 30 in the Fishermen’s Club, All Saints Street from 7pm, we are hosting an evening of Linco-Lingo which is an Old Town Bingo Game invented by Bruce Nicholl who will explain all on the night. Come and have an evening with a difference and help us to boost our funds,

Looking forward to September, we have our Fantasy Island event on Winkle Island over the weekend of the Seafood and Wine Festival (September 20/21) and we are looking for local bands or entertainers to take to the stage for an hour or so to help us raise money for local good causes. If you can help in any way even by shaking a collecting bucket during our various events, please contact our treasurer, Ian Porter on 07974 081582 or via our website: winkleclub@btinternet.com. Thank you.

Finally, the Winkle Club was very glad to be able to help the Old Town Fire victims in a small but important way. We can only respond like this if the money keeps coming in. Please continue to support this ancient Old Town charity which in turn is there to help local good causes.