Hastings Winkle Club to hold free Christmas party for local children

Hastings Winkle Club is going back to its roots by organising a free Christmas party for kids.

Monday, 15th November 2021, 12:31 pm

The club, a Hastings Institution, was founded 121 years ago with the simple objective of raising enough money to give the children of impoverished fishermen’s families a Christmas Party.

Today the Old Town based Club not only survives but is able to donate money to a whole range of charitable and voluntary local good causes.

The tradition of giving a Christmas Children’s Party is maintained and is able to take place again this year at the Club’s H.Q. The East Hastings Sea Angling Association, The Stade, Old Town.

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The Party is open to children of 4-8 years and is free of charge.

The date is Saturday December 11 and begins with the traditional procession from Winkle Island, in Rock-a-Nore Road,to the party venue on The Stade.

There will be entertainment, party food and a gift from Father Christmas.

Tickets are available on a ‘first come first served’ basis from the Anchor Pub, George Street, The Fishermen’s Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road and Banfield and Pomphrey, Old London Road, Ore.

They can also be obtained via Even rite.

Winkle Club Chairman, Christian Burton, said: “It’s great that we can once again hold the Children’s Christmas Party this year as it maintains such a fundamental part of our historic Club’s history.

“We can guarantee that all the children who come will have a really fun time. We are so grateful to all those who have worked tirelessly to make sure that this festive event happens once more and a good time will be had by one and all.”