Category Archives: Rotary Club of Hailsham

Hailsham Ahoy! Members visit new Eastbourne Lifeboat – none overboard!

She’s big, at over 16 metres, she’s bright in corporate orange and navy blue, she’s new, and her name is ‘Diamond Jubilee’. Who is she?

Hailsham - lifeboat roy. sov. comped

Although not the closest club to Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour where she is moored RC Hailsham have had a continuing relationship with the Eastbourne Lifeboat station. The coxwain visited the club in 2010 and now the club have just had a ‘return match’ and inspection visit to the new Tamar Class boat that the station received last year, actually, just in time for the Diamond Jubilee, and it was Eastbourne station that was given the honour of escorting the royal party on the water pagent down the Thames.

In case you thought that Eastbourne was just too sedate a resort to have an actual lifeboat, it is always int the top five of UK and Irish launchings. Whether it is a sick crewman off one of the many ships in the channel or a holiday-maker who has got into difficulty. The new lifeboat was funded exclusively from local donations and cost a bit over 2.7 million pounds. She is state-of-the-art in all departments. The engineer can open sea valves, and other things from touch-screen switces on his console, at his seat. The coxswain, (in the RNLI they’re not ‘skippers’) too has a control screen in both his positions, in the cabin and ‘on the bridge’. The RNLI is one of only two maritime rescue services that are totally charity-funded, the Dutch being the other. And they are proud to remain that way. Hailsham club are pleased to see the result of their contributions too! Thank you for showing us round.

Hailsham - lifeboat crew, comped

Sussex Rotary Clubs welcome President and District Governor at ‘Showcase’

press release – ‘Showcase’ event 3 3 12- Francis Hodge


‘Showcase’ is the name of the Rotary Awareness event held in the Arndale Centre Eastbourne on Saturday 25th February and Wednesday 29th February. On Wednesday, the display and Presidents of all the clubs represented were visited by the U.K. Rotary President Ray Burman, and District 1120 Governor Lynn Mitchell.

The Showcase event was an opportunity for the twelve Rotary clubs in the area to show what achievements they had made in the last year, and to continue the ‘#End Polio Now’ campaign which has raised over 200 million dollars worldwide in the last four years.

The twelve clubs from Hastings to Eastbourne, and including Battle, Heathfield and Hailsham have over 350 members and are involved in both local and overseas fund-raising and charitable projects, which were clearly illustrated.

Also on show was a ‘Shelterbox’ tent and equipment.  This is a British Rotary initiative to supply accommodation for disaster victims, which is strongly supported by clubs in the Sussex area.

During the two days, members of the public talked to Rotarians about their voluntary work, and contributed to the fund raising appeal.

(Presidents in the line-up were:  Lloyd Hammer, Battle; Michael Garner, Beachy Head; Simon Dodds, Eastbourne; Hilary Lewis, Eastbourne a.m.; John Cheeseman, Eastbourne Sovereign;  David Ashdown, Hailsham; Brion Purdey, Hastings; Trevor Goldsmith, Heathfield; Tony Leslie, St. Leonards; Robin Poll, Senlac; Peter Thomas, Sovereign Harbour, Liz Wilton, Area Governor)

FH – 2.3.12