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Orange Quiz Sheet – the answers!

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

As promised, here are the answers to the orange quiz sheet.  To find the answers and explanations, click on  Click on Quiz sheet 2016 answers

There were 18 completely correct entries. The Quizmaster put the names into the woolly hat and drew: 1st Prize Ralph & Sally Thompson (Hastings), 2nd Prize Katherine Walker (Cheltenham), 3rd Prize Brian Doble (Hastings).  We’ll be in touch with the prize-winners.  The quiz sheet raised over £600 – thanks partly to the kind people who sent more than £1. Thank you, everyone who bought an orange sheet, even if you didn’t submit an entry. I hope you enjoyed the challenge.

If you live in the Hastings area, there’s our big Quiz Night on March 11th t 7.30 at William Parker School, Parkstone Road. There are a few tables left – contact Nola on 01424 751295. Some people say it’s the best quiz night in town… The need is certainly huge. Three Link members are going to spend some time in Hastings SL later in February, so we should get a clearer idea of what the villagers’ top priorities are in the wake of the Ebola crisis.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Every year our London-based Sierra Leonean friends organise a dinner dance around Valentine’s Day to commemorate the twinning of the two Hastings which took place on Valentine’s Day in  2007. It’s always an evening of lively Sierra Leonean music, dancing and entertainment, and a very nice meal. The raffle prizes are spectacular. I attach their Association’s flyer giving all the details. As you see, it takes place on Saturday 13th February this year.
The flyer gives contact details if you want to secure a ticket quickly.Microsoft Word - Valentine's Day flyer.docx

Kind regards
Robin

Robin Gray
Hon Sec, Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link

Minutes of meeting of 25th November 2015

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Present: Paul Cabban, Nola McSweeney, Lynn White, Christine Boulton-Lane, Edwin Rew, Richard Homewood (chair), Derek Tomblin, Eileen & Bill Evans, Ray Keene, Robin Gray (minutes)

  1. Apologies for absence: Cllrs Nigel Sinden, Peter Pragnell; Janet Jarvis, Sue Furness, Roger Mitchell, Liz MacKay, Jacqui Lockwood
  1. Minutes of meeting of 30th Sept and matters arising: Robin apologised for omitting Ray from the list of those present.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: Ray reported on the funds that are available for current and future projects. Regarding income, he remarked that the figure of £683.75 includes a generous gift of £500 from the German engineering firm of Hermes Technologie. £727.89 has been collected by pupils at Robertsbridge College for the Ebola fund – we will be able to use it in supporting the community as it struggles to recover from the epidemic. So far, loading and shipping the container has cost £2600. At the moment it is stuck in the port at Freetown while issues around customs duty are resolved. In 2012 we paid about £1700 in such duty; in 2014 £1574. We have been trying to get the duty waived this time, but there are administrative complications. Richard will write to the Permanent Secretary of SL’s Social Welfare Department, but it was agreed that if we can’t get the duty waived quickly, Derek is authorised to organise payment in order to get the container moved on before the contents are pilfered.
  1. Schools Report: Roger had kindly submitted these notes in advance of the meeting:
    ·         All our partner schools in SL were represented in the container. Francis has been fully briefed to gather teachers to receive. You may know by then from Yvette that all has gone as planned – let’s hope so.
    ·         East Sussex has agreed that teachers can now visit SL again, with ebola-related risks added to our risk assessments, and we can receive partners back. However, all grants were recalled by the British Council. All schools have been asked to consider whether they can fund an exchange, or at least a visit, out of their own resources. I have asked for decisions by Dec 8th when we hold our next teachers’ meeting.
    ·         We do not know the details of any future grant system from the British Council. Notice of this seems to have been delayed until the new year.
    ·         All schools have been asked to produce pupil work for me to take to SL in February. Francis has been asked to notify our partners that I will want to bring similar material back. Schools have been encouraged to do work around the theme of Human Rights Day on Dec 10.
    ·         Mandy Hinxman (late of Little Ridge) is biding her time at All Saints hoping that she will be able to bring her new school into a partnership. The obvious link is to join with the Dudley/Edest partnership since All Saints take all their KS2 pupils from Dudley. Edest, I believe, hopes to develop into taking older children.
    ·         In January I intend to start the process of organising the annual schools’ Soccer Tournament.
    ·         From time to time I am invited to take Assemblies to keep interest alive. Most recently at ARK Little Ridge.
    ·         Ian McCrae, the Head at Ore Village Primary Academy, is still keen to develop a link with Maynard School in Kossoh Town. Hannah Paines, who would have taken that forward, is no longer employed there. Ian is seeking new person to head up the link. This will be our 13th partnership once it is established.
  1. Health (a) Update: Christine spoke briefly to a report she had prepared, covering in particular the container recently sent out; giving information about the activities of Concern Worldwide, which has been carrying out building work at the health centre; and giving a picture of what life is like for Sallu and his team, and of the current initiatives in which they are involved.   – See Annex A for the full text. Christine now has contact details for Concern Worldwide, so that we should be able to keep abreast of anything they may be doing at the health centre, if only to ensure there is no duplication of effort.                                                     (b) Lighting. Derek reported that a contract has now been signed between St Leonards Rotary Club and Emannuel Tucker, a professional electrician, to rewire the health centre, putting in additional sockets and LED lights. Sallu will witness the Certificate of Compliance, and Christine will be trained to check that the system is as specified, when she visits in February. The cost is $6000, or about £4000, with Rotary providing around £3000 and the Link (with the help of an anonymous donor) providing the rest. The work should start on Monday 30th November.
  1. Fundraising events: (a) Dinner dance. Everyone agrees it was hugely enjoyable. It raised over £2500.

(b) Rotary Club’s Murder Mystery Evening. Very successful: it took the Rotarians about £1000 nearer to their target for the health centre rewiring. The formula was one that we could easily use, ourselves, at some future point.

(c) Orange Quiz Sheets. Going well, though Nola is not sure that we’ll reach the total of sheets that we sold last year. Please push sales amongst your friends/ at work/ at your church etc. Supplies available from Robin (secretary.hslfl@gmail.com) or Nola (01424 751295), or sheets are on sale at the Tourist Office (Aquila House).

(d) Other ideas. The big Quiz Night is scheduled for 11th March. We are extremely fortunate that we can use St Paul’s school hall, though Roger and Nola have made strenuous efforts top secure the Phœnix Arts Centre at William Parker (larger, better parking) – however, as yet without success. Nola will also enquire about the facilities and availability of the hall at the St Leonards Academy. There was a brief discussion about inviting Will Pooley down, to talk about his experiences in SL during the ebola epidemic. It is unlikely that that would be much of a fundraiser, though extremely interesting. Lynn is looking into the possibility of a wine-tasting evening. Nola has been indirectly in touch with Jo Brand, who is too heavily committed elsewhere to do anything in the immediate future, but has promised to keep us in mind. We know that Lesley-Ann Matthews would be happy to do us another music quiz, though that would no doubt be an autumn event. The idea of repeating the jumble sale was raised, but no decision was taken.

  1. Draft Strategy: Richard presented an updated version, modified in the light of discussions that the Trustees have had. We hope to meet with our London friends on 16th January in order to get their reactions and input, and to ask for their help about the best ways to consult the villagers and to communicate with, and involve, the Headman. Robin will attach the revised version of the Draft Strategy to these minutes when they are emailed and when they appear on the Link website. Richard will strengthen references throughout the strategy to issues that are relevant to the new Sustainable Development Goals (that have replaced the Millennium Development Goals). Expressing our objectives in terms of SDGs is bound to help us when applying for funding.

With reference to the Creating Livelihoods strand, Edwin urged that the land attached to the health centre be put to productive use: chickens, goats perhaps, vegetables. Christine has already sent out seeds and tools. She will discuss possibilities with Sallu and his superiors. Perhaps Mr Williams, a local gardening expert, can be involved. Richard has a contact doing exactly this kind of work in India. Paul thought this might be Laurie Green, retired Bishop of Bradwell.

 8. Any Other Business: (1) Christine reported that the Bexhill Rotarians are very likely to raise some funds for the Link.

(2) Richard Lane will be able to progress legal registration of the Twin Towns Centre when he is out there with the group in February. Lynn was anxious that the TTC should be better used than it is. Perhaps as an orphanage? Richard thought we could easily run a campaign to fund an orphanage if the Hastings SL community wanted that and would support it. (We know that Francis Mason is trying to set up an orphanage elsewhere.) Certainly, the TTC needs an active management committee involving the Hastings Association (SL Branch), the other main players in the village, the tribal heads etc. If such a group came up with their own plan for the TTC, we could help raise funds. Lynn suggested a scheme of sponsorship of individual children, perhaps something we could focus on for the Link’s 10th anniversary in 2017.

(3) The website . Robin’s son is happy for his firm to modernise our website, at no cost to us. We looked at some examples of more recent website design. See www.waterloopartnership.co.uk and www.gooddoctors.org.uk. If you have ideas about what makes a good website, please contact Richard, Robin or Edwin (ecrhastings@aol.com), who are taking this forward.

  1. Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 6.05 on the Fifth Floor of Aquila House. As you may know, the Town Hall is being phased out as a venue for meetings. Please approach Aquila House from the REAR – I (or someone) will be at the door ready to let you in. Parking is in Wellington Square or in the Castle Hill Road car-park.

Robin Gray

Annex A :

HSLFL HEALTH CENTRE SUB COMMITTEE

November, 2015

The Health sub-committee have met only informally since the last Ordinary Link meeting in order to discuss and source the items to be obtained for the Health Centre. Subsequently, 54 boxes/items together with 24 chairs were sent in the container which has arrived in Freetown. Included in the consignment were gowns, gloves, syringes and instruments, dressings, bedpans, hospital beds, fans, lights, taps, sinks, medical books, treatment tables, examination couches and bins. We also sent a small generator. It is hoped to purchase further items required during the visit in February with the money which has already been agreed to be used for this purpose.

Members of the sub-Committee have travelled many miles – including Yorkshire and Somerset – in order to source items at the best possible price. Special thanks are due to Dr. Chris Chinnery, Liz Mackay and Eve Martin for all their hard work and to Liz for the use of her Mother’s garage for storage. We are also very grateful to members of staff at the Conquest Hospital for the many things they have supplied for use at the Health Centre.

I was very grateful for the help of Ray, Derek, Roger and Edwin at the Storage Unit to perform the arduous task of receiving, sorting, packing, labelling and listing not only goods destined for the Health Centre but also the Schools in Hastings – their only reward being my company and a large tub of chocolates!

Concern Worldwide have provided a drainage channel around the building, two showers for the patients and a sharps pit. Piped running water in the unit was achieved but Sallu now reports that there is a technical problem with the connection and there has been no supply for some weeks. The hand pump is the only source of water. We are hoping to be able to liaise with Concern Worldwide over any further work that may be undertaken.

Sallu and the staff have been very busy continuing to provide medical, maternity services and the immunisation programmes with the help of the Helen Keller Organisation. He has over the past two weeks been part of a team providing the seven modules on a course developed by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; part of the course was delivered at the Health Centre in Hastings.

Today Sallu is meeting with representatives of both Hastings and Grafton from all walks of life to elect Community Development Committees to spear head and implement any. UNICEF and WHO community activities in the future. The representation includes teachers, Headmen/women, Health workers, and Youth groups

The Staff at the Health Centre are very grateful for all that is being done to help them and look forward to the rewiring of the Centre which is being paid for by St. Leonards Rotary and which will hopefully enable some of the equipment that we have provided to be used properly. Only last weekend Sallu was suturing a wound of a five year old child who had been hit by a motor bike with only the light from his phone. Fortunately the electricity was restored soon afterwards

Edwin, Richard and I had the privilege of celebrating Sierra Leone becoming Ebola-free recently in London with Doctor Oliver Johnson and a number of his colleagues who had worked prior and during the Ebola crisis at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown. An amazing evening in a Sierra Leone restaurant on an auspicious date in the history of our friends

CDB

25.11.15

Celebrating the good news about Ebola

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Christine, Richard and Edwin were invited to join a Celebration group
in London on Saturday 7th rejoicing over the WHO announcement that after
42 days SL was Ebola free.
They had the privilege and joy to meet Dr Oliver Johnson and some
of The Team who were in the front line hospital when Ebola broke out.

Dr Oliver Johnson

Dr Oliver Johnson


Stop Press! This year’s cryptic Orange Quiz Sheet is out!

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Every year we raise several hundreds of £££ with our famous (or infamous) Orange Quiz Sheet. This year the theme is Education – people, places, subjects, activities…from pre-school to university. If you like brain-teasers and cryptic crosswords, you’ll love this.  Anagrams, hidden clues, Spoonerisms, sneaky definitions: it’ll keep you puzzling it all out, for ages. Just the thing for the family to put its collective heads together over, at Christmas.  The sheets (only £1) will be available from the Tourist Information Office, or from Link regular members, especially Nola (nolaandjim@talktalk.net or 01424 751295) or Robin (secretary.hslfl@gmail.com  or 01424 436603).

Music Quiz fundraiser a great success

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We had a great MUSIC QUIZ NIGHT recently, with the questions set by Lesley-Ann Matthews. 17 teams battled it out to show off the breadth (or otherwise) of their musical knowledge. Richard kept things going at a cracking pace with great good humour. Michael, in his inimitable style, auctioned a very nice watercolour that artist Keith Collins had donated.

The Winners!

         The Winners with Lesley-Ann (far right)

After expenses, the evening raised a healthy £558. The winners were ‘Grinling Gibbons’, who just pipped ‘Unit 4 + 1/2’ after a nail-biting finish and a sudden death tie-break question. Our thanks to everyone who came, and to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening a success. Look out for our Big Quiz Night in February or March 2016!

Rotary Club’s Africa Evening a Great Success

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

AFRICA EVENING A Great Success! A great time was had by all at the Rotary Club’s Africa Evening at the Elphinstone Sports and Social Club on July 15th. Guests were entertained with African music and singing and dancing by King Masco and his African Dancers. Bruce Forsythe look-a-like Derek Tomblin played his cards right to help raise funds for the Rotary Club’s Health Centre project. Yvonne Johnson and colleagues from London provided a banquet of traditional Sierra Leone food

In full swing

In full swing

 

King Masco shows us how it's done

King Masco shows us how it’s done

Play Your Cards Right with Derek and Miki

Play Your Cards Right with Derek and Miki

. Funds raised will go toward re-instating and improving the lighting and power supply to the Health Centre in Hastings, Sierra Leone and our thanks go to Eric and his colleagues at the Rotary Club for their efforts. Thanks also to Yvonne and co for the excellent food!

Minutes of the Link meeting of 15th July

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Present

Richard Homewood (Chair), Christine Boulton-Lane, Nola McSweeney, Edwin Rew, Bill Evans, Ray Keene, Cllr Nigel Sinden, Diane Reed, Janet Jarvis, Roger Mitchell, Eve Martin, Liz MacKay, James Bacon, John Geater, Tanya Kavanagh, Sue Furness (minutes).

Apologies for Absence

Robin Gray, Lynn White, Derek Tomblin & Jacqui Lockwood.

Minutes of OGM of 20th May and Matters arising

Minutes were agreed and any matters arising would be covered by the agenda.

Treasurer’s Report

Ray outlined the Treasurer’s Report. There had been membership fees (£50) paid by the London group and donations including money raised at the BBQ at the White’s house. Total funds £27477.10. Ray confirmed the Gold account (£14770.10) is purely for the Health Centre. (further details under ‘Health’)

Schools’ Report

Roger reported that the IPC meeting had been held earlier today. This was the last meeting of the year and the children judged their poetry. The IPC meetings are seen as an important way to keep the links strong. An article had appeared in the Hastings Observer reporting the IPC children meeting with the Mayor about the twin sign.

The Sierra Leone football tournament had been a great success, with St Mary Star of the Sea sweeping the board.

It was agreed that Theresa Bennett should be thanked for her organisation of the event. Roger to contact Ken Barne to source a gift up to £25 for Theresa along with a letter of thanks.

OVPA are now twinned with Maynard School in Kossoh Town. Mandy Hinxman is moving from Little Ridge to All Saints. The link will be managed by another member of staff at Little Ridge. St Leonards Academy – Roger is to meet Jenny Jones regarding who will continue the link there as Lewis has been promoted and Melinda is now a full time mother.

There will be no teacher exchanges next year due to the Ebola crisis although it may be possible for others.

At least 5 schools have equipment for the container.   Roger will try again to contact Richard White for a date for schools to move their boxes to St Pauls.

Communication with Francis has improved and he has been meeting with his link teachers. It is very difficult for them – morale is very low.

James Bacon thanked Roger for his recent talk at Blacklands.

Health Report

Update

Christine briefly outlined the Health report (attached) from their meeting on 22nd June. She drew attention to the fact that Melanie Bray was no longer part of the Link and thanked her for her contribution.

The Health committee had met again yesterday and decided that although most of their ‘wish list’ could be purchased here, some things would be better to be purchased in Sierra Leone.   After Ebola, it is like starting from scratch and a real opportunity for us to do something. John Geater stated that more than 80 health workers in SL had been lost to Ebola and there was a reluctance to train to work in the health sector. Any child mortality gains over the last 10 years had been wiped out.

A discussion took place on committed funds from the Gold account and whether monies to be spent could be increased.

It was agreed that money to be spent by the Health committee in the UK could be increased from £2,500 to £3,500.

It was agreed that money to be spent in SL could be increased from £2,500 to £3,500. (Proposed by ER and seconded by JG).

Other funds committed from the Gold account – £1000 towards container cost and £3,500 for rewiring, leaving £3270.

It was agreed that photos were the best way of confirming what equipment had been purchased for the Health Centre from funds sent to SL .

Ray Keene stated he had received a letter about policies and procedures re payments to other counties. RH said we needed to be conscious that money going abroad is scrutinised by the authorities in connection with their counter-terrorism activity.

Liz mentioned the problems of IT equipment sent out being stolen. – Nigel will talk to IT dept at HBC re advice for security attachments.

Solar Panels

RH reported that he and Link colleagues had met with the Rotary club. The cost of a full solar power installation for the Health Centre would be £17-18K and there was a worry about the capability to maintain the system and maintenance costs. The logical conclusion would be to concentrate on rewiring so it is safe, use mains electricity and sorting out the generator as a back up for essential equipment. Rotary Club are focused on raising money for this.

RH has asked for quote on a small scale emergency lighting system run by solar energy (waiting for reply).

Outstanding electricity bills have now been paid so the Health Centre has power.

Fundraising & Future Events

The Rotary club dance had been very successful. Unsure as to how much money was raised.

Musical Quiz – 18th September

This will be held at St Pauls – the committee were urged to support it.

Charity Ball

31st October – this needs to be promoted. RH handed out flyers and poster. Need to encourage people outside the group to buy a table – an opportunity to introduce new people. Lynn is leading the organisation and the sub group will meet on 29th July. Raffle prizes needed!

Orange Quiz Sheets

Nola would like someone else to take over the orange quiz sheets (or at least help!).   RH asked everyone to think about it.

Ideas

JG suggested carol singing.

JB suggested a float for the Hastings Carnival for 2016.

Cake sales.

Christine said she would like to host a garden party.

Nola suggested another quiz next year, maybe in the autumn.

Draft Link Strategy (Click here to read it in full or to download)

RH spoke about the impact of Ebola on schools. Education is the key to creating a sustainable future – we must help them help themselves. He outlined the draft link strategy which focused on four three key strands, education, creating employment and business opportunities, health and communication – Christine had input into the health aspect and Roger into the education side. RW and SF were also going to comment on the education side. Yvonne would be helping with consultation with the Hastings community in SL. We need to know and understand their priorities.   He stressed that if the link is to go on successfully, evolve and grow it needs a clear strategy which it can promote and publicise. RH asked all members to read through and give feedback at the next meeting but a vision for the future is essential if we are to continue to attract donations and potentially corporate sponsorship from local businesses such as Hastings Direct and/or Link Signs.

JG spoke of the need to have a ‘contract’ with SL – discuss their needs with them and create a partnership.

ER asked whether the Headman had been consulted. It was agreed that it would be really helpful if we could engage in a dialogue with him.

RH said Yvonne and Yvette were working on exchanging ideas with SL – may be through Cecil Coker, Sam French and others in the first instance .

Christine talked about raising the profile of the link and the town twinning. JB suggested a presentation at the Hastings Chamber of Commerce or other events.

RH and JB to meet to discuss how communication channels can be exploited and marketing opportunities.

Any Other Business

Thanksgiving

13th September, usual venue.

Container

RM to contact RW re storage.

RH will contact the council re storage unit.

RH to also contact Yvonne re lead time.

Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday 16th September at 18.05 in the Town Hall.

 

HSLFL HEALTH CENTRE SUB COMMITTEE

NOTES OF MEETING HELD ON 22nd JUNE, 2015

 

 

  1. We again considered the list of equipment needed for the Health Centre, comparing the prices of items both in Sierra Leone and UK. We have agreed to purchase items including sphygmomanometers, stacking chairs and beds/mattresses. Liz and Chris will lead on this and request reimbursement from our Treasurer (initially up to £1,000 each). We have agreed that we will make purchases by the end of July in the hope that the Container will be arranged soon after that date. It was hoped that some money would be sent at that time to enable the purchase of some equipment that would be better sourced in SL and that we would be able to assist with the purchase of the remaining items when the next visit is made.
  2. Consideration was given to the section of the draft Strategy for the Link concerning Health. It was agreed that members of the sub-Committee would consider it and report back at the next meeting. An initial statement was that we should be asking the Staff at the Health Centre what assistance they would want from us and that it might be that concentration on Child Health including a dedicated ward for the treatment of babies/children might be the way forward.
  3. Disappointment was raised about the news that the ultrasound equipment had not been able to be used because of the unstable electrical voltage and Christine was asked to ascertain whether either a surge protector, dedicated small generator or an invertor would assist in enabling the use of this lifesaving equipment.

 

  1. Melanie Bray announced that she would no longer be a part of the Link although was happy to attend fund raisers. Christine thanked her for all the work that she had done for us and said she would be welcome to come to our meetings as and when she wished.

 

  1. It was agreed that we would meet again on TUESDAY, 14TH JULY at 11.00am at Glenwood.

 

 

NOTES OF MEETING HELD ON 14th JULY, 2015

This was an interim meeting primarily to discuss the purchases that were being made for the Health Centre.

 

  1. A number of items from the list of equipment required had been purchased and a number of items given free of charge, including such items as 2 laptop computers, 2 desktop computers and 25 chairs from the Conquest Hospital. It was felt that we needed to know when the container would be going as we would experience difficulty in storing items that had been given or purchased. The team felt that some items would be better purchased in Sierra Leone and would therefore wish that money would be available for this and a request was made for further funds to be made available for purchases prior to collection for shipment and it was hoped that the Trustees would agree to set a figure for both these requests.

 

  1. It was suggested that smoke damaged items might be available from the Hospice and an approach to the Hospice could prove fruitful.

 

  1. John Geater brought to our attention the recent report in the Lancet Global Health and stated that it was more important than ever before that in the aftermath of Ebola we should be helping the Hastings Health Centre in every way possible.

 

 

  1. It was agreed that we would meet again on MONDAY, 17TH August at 9.30am at Glenwood, SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION.

CBL

14.7.15

 

 

 

 

Another great ‘cheese fest’ at Ashdown House

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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Jo Avery and her friends have raised an astonishing £345 for the Link (plus £86.25 in Gift Aid, which shows how important Gift Aid is!). Jo writes on the Ashdown House internal website:
Staff at Hastings had a brie-lliant time, at the 2nd staging of the Cheese Fest. This saw staff supply and sample all sorts of cheese related fare. Just some on offer this year were;- Cambozola, Wensleydale with Cranberries, and specialist Sussex cheeses, a variety of homemade cheese scones and straws, cheese crisps, chutneys and accompanying savoury biscuits. A new attraction for 2015 was ‘guess the cheesy grin’ from photos of the Permanent Secretary, Director Generals in amongst celebrities.
There was a raffle of cheese related goods, including support from local businesses, from the Electric Palace Cinema and Penbuckles (cheese tasting session for two with glass of wine), and in total £345 was raised for the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship link. This charity connects the people of Hastings UK and Hastings Sierra Leone to promote reconstruction and friendship. It raises money through events and donations to help build Hastings Sierra Leone following its devastation in 1997 during the Sierra Leonean civil war. The link also promotes official twinning, informal exchanges and school to school links. http://www.hastingshastings.org.uk/

We’re very grateful to Jo and her helpers – and very impressed by their ingenuity. If anyone fancies doing something at work on behalf of the Link, we can provide leaflets so that people know exactly what it is they’re supporting.

Another great Link football tournament!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Richard writes:

The Link's info stand (with the new banner)

The Link’s info stand (with the new banner)

Friday saw St Mary’s Star of the Sea footballers victorious in both the boys and girls group matches at the Friendship Link soccer tournament on a rather windswept and chilly Friday afternoon. Jackie and Sue leapt with delight as their teams were presented with the trophies but everyone who participated put in a huge effort and all received well deserved tournament Medals kindly donated by Eve Martin and presented by Deputy Mayor, Judy Rogers.
It was a huge success even though our friends from Sierra Leone were unable to attend due to the Ebola outbreak. Our thanks must go to Roger and Theresa for organising the event, to Ken Dullaway and his FA Youth Council Team for their help and the Sierra Leone Association members from London who travelled down with African food for the event.   Well done everyone!

Cheering the boys & girls on

Cheering the boys & girls on