HASTINGS WINKLE CLUB

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Click here to see the removing of the old winkle sculpture on Winkle Island

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The Winkle Club invites Winston Churchill to its Annual Supper, January 2nd, 1956

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Greeting sent to Sir Winston Churchill on the occasion of the Club's 60th Anniversary  

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Churchill's Golden Winkle can be seen in the Museum Room at Chartwell, in Kent

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A report by the 'Hastings Observer' showing Admiral Lord Michael Boyce's apology letter (and fine) after failing a challenge by Michael Foster MP in the Houses of Parliament

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Plaque commemorating the visit by HM The Queen to Winkle Island to receive her gold winkle brooche by the Club on 9th June 1997

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A picture of HM The Queen's Winkle brooche

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A photo of the Winkle Club's very first Committee - around 1900

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The Queen Mum, visiting Winkle Island in 1966

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Admiral The Lord Boyce OCB, OBE, DL, Lord Warden Of The Cinque Ports is "Winkled Up" by Richard Read, present Chairman of the Winkle Club and Vice-Chairman Richard Stevens, in the presence of Michael Foster MP in 2006

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 Excerpt of an old Winkle Song by E. Bryant & H. David - London, 1924

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 THE WINKLE CLUB CHORUS

'If you should see a vessel in distress

Stand by ... stand by

Render all the aid you can,

Be he man-o'-war or merchantman

Stand by him ...

Throw him out a line,

Take him  in tow

For you might want somebody

To stand by you some day,

You'll never know...'

(This Chorus was adopted by the Club after World War II)

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The President's chain of office, made and presented to the Club by Mr. Julian Ferguson, owner of J.C.F. Jewellery

S o m e   O l d   P h o t o g r a p h s
 
Around 1920's
 
The Club's "Jazz Band"
 
One of the famous Winkle Club outings
 
 
W h a t   t y p e   o f   W i n k l e  ?
Our winkle, as in our logo, is of the bloodsucker common winkle variety, with a flat opening and pointed shell (not strictly a periwinkle). The empty shell is filled with sealing-wax and carried by members at all times. These winkles can be found on Hastings beach.

Sir Winston is made a Member of the Club, Winkle Island, Hastings Old Town (Pathe News, 1955)

 

Please click on the image above to watch the film.

Note: By pressing the ‘I’ button underneath the clip, you will be able to see the film on a bigger screen. Enjoy!

(Film courtesy of the WPA Film Library)

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Hastings Old Town

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