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Wine tasting event

20 June 2016

If you fancy an interesting and extremely enjoyable evening out, Lynn is organising a wine tasting event at St Paul’s School on Saturday 16th July. Ted Bacon is a great […]

Minutes of the 2016 AGM

11 June 2016

  Minutes of the HSLFL AGM – Held at Guestling Bradshaw Primary School on Friday 27th May, 2016 Present Richard Homewood (Chairman) Roger & Margaret Mitchell Sue Furness (minutes), Corinne […]

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Our own Eddie Izzard!

2 April 2016

Local businessman Dain Jensen (and one of the Link’s three Patrons) is about to brave the desert heat to raise funds for our Twin Town, Hastings in Sierra Leone. Dain, […]

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Wine Tasting Evening fundraising event
Come along and join us to learn more about wines, their origins and characteristics and try some quality wines courtesy of The Essential Wine School. Ted Bacon will guide you through the minefield of wines and let you try 8 quality wines from around the world accompanied by snacks and great company. It will of course also help raise funds for the Friendship LInk. Places are limited to 30 and are going fast. Great value at £25 per person. To book contact Lynn White on 01424 853356, lynnwhi@live.co.uk
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SIERRA LEONE TEACHER EXCHANGE VISITS START AGAIN
Last week saw the much anticipated start of teacher exchange visits when Letitia and Esther flew in from Sierra Leone to spend time in their twinned schools here in Hastings UK. As well as spending time teaching in school they had a busy programme of activities, arranged by Roger which culminated with the Football Tournament and the Link’s Annual General Meeting. On Saturday they visited London on their way back to Heathrow for their flight home. The twinning programme is gaining strength again with more schools coming on board and it is really encouraging after the uncertainties of its future during the Ebola outbreak. Early discussions are already underway about the return visit to Sierra Leone next February and it is hoped that a number of teachers will be able to visit their partner schools in Hastings SL.
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BUSY AND HUGELY SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR HSLFL! Yesterday proved to be a very busy but hugely successful day for the Friendship Link. The culmination of a the week for our visitors from Sierra Leone, Letiti...

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BUSY AND HUGELY SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR HSLFL!
Yesterday proved to be a very busy but hugely successful day for the Friendship Link. The culmination of a the week for our visitors from Sierra Leone, Letitia and Esther, saw the Annual Football Tournament have its most successful year yet with 18 teams from 9 schools (9 boys teams and 9 girls teams). The glorious sunshine made the day and everybody had a fantastic afternoon. Mayor Judy Rogers accompanied Roger to present the medals (kindly donated by Eve Martin) and the trophies for the winning teams. Blacklands won the girls competition and West St Leonards Primary Academy the boys competition. Our thanks must go to Roger Mitchell for organising the event, to Theresa Bennett for her support in coordinating the games and keeping the children in line and to Ken Dullaway and his FA Youth Council team for their help and the Sierra Leone Association Members from London who once again travelled down with African food for the event.
Congratulations to everyone who took part. Well done everyone.
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A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE – A Message from Dain

Dain Jensen and his pals, Adam and Paul are recovering well after completing what is billed as "the toughest foot race on earth". The Marathon des Sables, a 156 mile ultra marathon held over six days in the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco certainly lived up to its reputation with 60 of the 1200 runners dropping out after the first day. Some 134 had pulled out by the finish.

Dain, recovering well from his blisters and still dusting off the sand said:

“For me, the experience and the highs, out-weighed the lows. The stunning scenery, sand dunes as big as the downs, thousand metre mountains to scale, and running alone at night, under a sea of stars with nothing but the crickets, moths and your thoughts for company are something I shall not forget. Then there were the humbling moments, like seeing Duncan Slater, a double amputee, cross the line after 84 kilometres on his prosthetic legs and crutches!! ”

It was all about determination and commitment and Dain was running the race with Adam to raise funds for the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link and supporters had been following his progress and willing him on. For Dain it was also a life changing experience. He lost several stones whilst training and even more during the race. The training paid off because he came a respectable 385th out of the 1200 runners. Dain went on to say:

“To actually finish it was the objective in the end, its less about the physical strength and more about the mental strength. I can highly recommend it, as long as you're not someone who's worried about living in a sandstorm and not washing for a week!! No five star hotels, showers or ice baths to aid recovery here! Our accommodation was very basic with eight of us sharing a very simple tent”

Richard Homewood, Chair of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, said:

“We are immensely proud of Dain and extremely grateful for his efforts to raise funds for our projects in Hastings, Sierra Leone which include work to support the Health Centre and schools in an area with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world and very poor schools. We will ensure that every penny Dain raises reaches the community in Sierra Leone and is put to good use. Dain is nearly half way to his target and we would encourage everybody to recognise his efforts.”

Dain was keen to thank his supporters and encourage more people to support the Friendship Link’s efforts:

“I would just like to say a big thank you to all those who have donated to a cause which is close to my heart and was my motivation during the gruelling six days. I would also remind those who have promised and have yet to do so that there is still time to donate by logging on to the website at
mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/dainjensen1

“And finally, thanks to those who helped me with my preparation and training.
Adam Slater for convincing me to sign up in the first place.
Lester Keates for helping to put together a training programme.
Rory Coleman for his advice on kit, toe-strapping and most importantly, how to enjoy running a marathon.
The guys, and girl, from tent 149 for their humour and banter.
Ash and the team from Brighton University sports science department.
And last, but by no means least, Fiona for supporting and putting up with me!!
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A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE – A Message from Dain Dain Jensen and his pals, Adam and Paul are recovering well after completing what is billed as "the toughest foot race on earth". The Marathon des ...

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