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Rye & District Lions Club Rye Lions have had a busy few months – both raising money for good causes and having a great time at their social events. Besides attending most local fetes, including Westfield, with their stalls, a very successful Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea event was held in a Rye garden – the latter raising £1,000 which the Lions donated to Rye and District Community Transport. Several other local donations have also made, including £2000 to St. Michael’s Hospice and £600 to The Hospice in the Weald. They sponsored ladies in the Race for Life at Hastings, including two from Westfield. Together with the other Lions clubs in the south-east, a total of £150,000 has been raised for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance towards their target of £250,000 for the equipment needed to operate at night, which will result in saving many lives. Other activities have included a free lunch which was laid on for around 100 seniors from Rye and nearby villages and, for a ship’s crew stranded in Rye Harbour, Rye Lions helped with supplies. Recently they were pleased to host a visit of Lions from Rye, Victoria, Australia - this is the second visit from their “sister” club there, in addition to a visit form Winchelsea, Victoria two years ago. A precedent for Rye Lions is that their new President is of the fairer sex for the first time in their 36 year history when Sue Clay, from Icklesham, was elected. The club has five lady members. As well as having fun raising money for those less fortunate, recent monthly socials have included meals out, a “pot luck” supper, a quiz - which they won - and a barbecue. Any adult interested in the Lions should contact Conrad Freezer on 01797 252921 or visit their website at . The next fund-raising event is the biggest of the year, the Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete on Sunday 25 August. Entry to both events is free, with the Race taking place on the River Rother at 2.30pm and the Fete opening on The Salts in Rye at noon. Chestnut Tree House children's hospice Dover Lane Near Arundel BN18 9PX 01903 871800


Registered charity no. 256789


The only children's hospice in Sussex for children and young adults (0-19 years), from all over the county, with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Chestnut Tree House is a home away from home for sick children and their families. A place to spend quality time together, with care staff on hand to help out when needed, whether practical, physical or emotional.

@ Kent Street :urseries, Kent Street (A21) near Sedlescombe T:33 0SF Call John 0785 120 1233 Bernie 0797 437 5415 or 01424


Charity shops raising vital funds for Chestnut Tree House are in Arundel, Billingshurst, Havant, Hove, Seaford, Worthing, Brighton and two in Eastbourne 20

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