Hastings Winkle Club

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The Winkle Club has enjoyed a very busy summer and has contributed to, or been the organiser of, a number of events within the town and elsewhere.

In June, the club’s committee visited the Hyatt Regency, The Churchill Hotel in Marble Arch, with whom we have a ‘twinning link’ and the managing director presented us with yet another sizeable cheque from the sale of the hotel’s Winkle Up! cocktails which, be warned, are lethal! They give us £1 for every one they sell.

We continue to have a quiz night on the last Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm in the Fishermen’s Institute, All Saints Street and these enjoyable evenings are open to all.

The Winkle Island sculpture and the wishing well opposite continue to provide a useful source of revenue and with the Rotary Club’s help, we are now emptying these on a monthly basis.

In July we held a great event on Pirate Day with Winkle Island being the focal point for a display of film and TV props which proved very popular.

Also in July was our putting event which raised £400 and Winkle Island was the chosen venue for the Carnival Queen’s coronation. We were also privileged to send a delegation to the Lord Warden’s reception at Walmer Castle. Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce is our club’s patron as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

Thinking back to August and the club played an active part as usual in Old Town Carnival Week and we even reintroduced the ancient game of ‘winkle-tossing’, which proved most popular, raising nearly £200 in under two hours.

August 10 was a very special day for our club with our patron, Lord Boyce officially opening the refurbished Winkle Island.

Everyone can now enjoy the new paving, information boards and commemorative seating which provide a suitable setting for Leigh Dyer’s wonderful sculpture. Thanks to all concerned and to the Observer for its coverage of this significant event for both club and town.

At the end of August in our HQ (The Fishermen’s Club), we held a lincolingo evening. Lincolingo is a bit like bingo but with an Old Town twist. The game was invented by local resident Bruce Nicol and is a great fundraising idea. If your organisation would like to give it a try, you can call Bruce on 431376.

September 20/21 saw Winkle Island transformed into Fantasy Island for the weekend of the Seafood and Wine Festival. Bands played for free and we had our usual array of stalls which appealed to all ages. But We desperately needed more helpers.

As autumn approaches, we have our social tomorrow (Saturday) in the Fishermen’s Club, All Saints Street from 7.30pm with a grandrRaffle and the return of the superb band, Loose Ends.

Admission is entirely free and all are welcome. Come and have a really enjoyable evening.

We are giving three talks about the Winkle Club’s history this month and if your club would like a presentation with powerpoint display, please email ianporter@frognal.net.

Dates for your diary: December 13 - Children’s Party. Christmas Day - Carol Singing at Old Hastings House (10.30am). Monday, January 5 - annual supper at the East Hastings Angling Association.

Please have a look at our newly updated website, www.winkleclub.webs.com, for even more information about the historic Hastings Winkle Club.