Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link

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Minutes of the Link meeting of 14th September

25 September 2016

Present: Martin Copland, Richard Homewood (chair), Roger Mitchell, Derek Tomblin, Isabel Hodger, Eve Martin, Cllr Nigel Sinden, Bill & Eileen Evans, Lynn White, Nola McSweeney, Ray Keene, Edwin Rew, John […]

Richard congratulates two generations from the winning team: Unit 4 + 2 and a half

The Music Quiz – the result!

17 September 2016

Last night’s music quiz was a great success. Well, everyone enjoyed themselves, Lesley-Ann’s questions were pretty challenging, and we raised a marvellous £550. Thanks to everyone who came to support […]

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Two great fundraisers for the Link

18 July 2016

Fundraising can also be fun!  Friends of Hastings SL have run two events recently which involved raising money and having a good time. Jo Avery organised another of her ‘cheese […]

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MUSIC QUIZ A GREAT SUCCESS RAISING £550 FOR THE SIERRA LEONE FRIENDSHIP LINK. Around 100 people turned out last Friday (16 September) to support the Link's Music Quiz Night. This the second challenging quiz devised for the Link by Lesley Anne Matthews foxed a few people and technology tried to outwit the presenters but it was a roaring hit with most and everybody had a great evening at St Paul's school. Our thanks go to Lesley Anne for the quiz, Head Teacher, Richard White for kindly hosting the event, to the team of people that made it possible and last but not least to those who came along and took on the challenge. Winning team 'Unit 4 plus two and a half' were presented with the cash prize by Richard, our Chairman and presenter on the night and they promptly returned the prize as a donation. That's sportsmanship for you.
All of the money raised will go towards the Link’s work in the Hastings area in Sierra Leone as we continue to help them rebuild their lives after the Ebola outbreak and the serious flooding in the area which followed. Work is continuing to improve health care facilities in the village to tackle some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world and the ravages of disease such as malaria and HIV as well as improve general health care to the community. Work is also underway to re-establish the teacher exchange programme for 14 schools in the UK twinned with schools in Sierra Leone to help raise education standards. The Link is determined to increase its efforts to raise funds to help the community improve their livelihoods and build a sustainable future.
Keep your eyes open for announcements of future fundraising events and do join in.
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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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