Mayor launches the Winkle Club appeal

Mayor Xmas Appeal SUS-150511-072550001
Mayor Xmas Appeal SUS-150511-072550001

Mayor Bruce Dowling completed the first remembrance card to be placed into the message box for a special Winkle Club Christmas Event under the title of ‘Christmas Time To Remember.’

The appeal was launched at the recent Priscilla MacBean film show at East Hastings Sea Angling Association.

The Winkle Club Christmas Remembrance Procession is to be held at 6.30pm on Saturday 19th December 2015.

The idea is to commemorate and recall those who served in the Lifeboat Service (RNLI) locally or loved-ones who were fishermen, coastguards or Winkle Club members.

Vice Chairman of Hastings Winkle Club, Richard Stevens said: “In order to collate the details of those to be remembered, boxes have been placed in the Lifeboat Station Shop, The Fishermen’s Museum (Rock-a Nore Road),The Fishermans Institute (All Saints Street) the Fishermen’s Protection Society and at John the Cobblers in the High Street.

“Cards are available to complete with the names of those who served and a space will be provided for an individual message to recall the loved-one and/or family member to be recalled in this way. Eventually all the cards will be tied on to Trees of Messages which will be placed on Winkle Island.”

The Christmas Remembrance Procession will begin with a lantern lit procession from the Priscilla MacBean site in Old London Road down All Saints Street to Winkle Island. The procession will be lead by a lone piper and representatives of the organisations concerned will follow on. There will then be an Act of Remembrance and Carol Singing on Winkle Island.

If anyone cannot access a ‘Remembrance Message Box,’ details can be left on the Winkle Club’s web or Facebook site or by emailing emailing: or by phoning 07974081582. A card then will be completed by one of the Winkle Club Team.

Pauline Lindsay, Chair of the Fundraising and Promotions sub Committee said: “Christmas is a special time for us all and we want to give family members the opportunity to remember seafarers, lifeboat men, coastguards and Winklers who are no longer with us.”

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