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C u r i o s i t i e s




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





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


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



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


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


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


A picture of HM The Queen's Winkle brooche



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


The Queen Mum, visiting Winkle Island in 1966


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


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



'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)


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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