Bag Packing at ESK Store

Posted on November 22, 2017at 9:29 am

Every year ESK kindly permit Eastbourne AM Rotarians to attend the opening of their Christmas Extravaganza and help busy shoppers pack bags at the checkout. The bags are provided free of charge by ESK and all donations collected from the public go the Rotary charities.

This year there was a great turnout of shoppers and Rotarians too, manning the tills from 9 till 5 on a rota basis.


We were fortunate to have the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Pat Hearn, her escort and local MP Steven Lloyd attend.


A total in excess of £500 was collected on the day. Many, many thanks to Bob Beevis, owner of ESK for his generosity and warm welcome.

Look at the wording on the on the loo rolls that our Rotarian David Barker is holding!



Joint Breakfast with Interact Club

Posted on November 03, 2017at 10:40 am

Back to school today when Eastbourne AM Rotary Club held their weekly breakfast meeting with the Ratton School Interact Club.


The breakfast was well attended by rotarians and Interact members with a superb breakfast served up by the school catering staff. Our local MP, Stephen Lloyd was also in attendance. It was the ideal opportunity to officially hand over the presidential jewel from Past President Luke Drakeley to incoming President Benny Norris.

RNLI Receive Donation from Lighthouse Walk

Posted on November 03, 2017at 9:17 am

Alan Young from Eastbourne AM Rotary Club presented a cheque  for £500 to Terry Colbran, Eastbourne lifeboat’s Community Safety Officer. The money was raised via the Annual Beachy Head Lighthouse Walk when over 700 participants took advantage of the spring tides to walk from Holywell to the Beachy Head lighthouse and back.

Raynet Cheque Presentation

Posted on October 20, 2017at 5:50 pm

Chris Brenchley, President of the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM, is pictured presenting a cheque for £250 to Alan Young of RAYNET in recognition of their support for our club’s annual Lighthouse Walk earlier this year. RAYNET is the UK’s only national voluntary communications service provided for the community and any Emergency organisation that requires our assistance E.g. Emergency Planning Officers, Police, Ambulance SJAB or Red Cross by licensed radio amateurs. Some 2000 members/volunteers provide communication assistance on many hundreds of events each year, and our club is very grateful for the support provided to help ensure the safety of the walkers.

Macmillan Breakfast at Brewers

Posted on September 30, 2017at 10:43 am

Raising money for Macmillan yesterday morning at Brewers in Eastbourne. Thank you everyone for your help. £500 raised so far! Thank you Brewers for hosting us.

German Contact Club Visit

Posted on September 28, 2017at 8:21 pm

A fantastic weekend 21-24 September entertaining friends from our German contact club, Pirmasens.  This included visits to Hever Castle & Rye (pictured) concluding with a lovely meal provided by Luca and his team at Pomodoro e Mozzarella



Breakaway 2017

Posted on September 28, 2017at 5:58 pm

The weekend of 15th to 17th September saw this year’s Breakaway event take place at Lodge Hill, a specially adapted, fully accessible children’s centre in West Sussex where specialist staff run an action packed programme of various challenges and fun activities for young people. They can experience abseiling, canoeing, zip wire, archery, rifle shooting, swimming, team games and much moreFor many it is the only opportunity of a holiday during the year.

Members of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club were in attendance and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we were able to take some 20 young people away for the weekend

Every year since 2007 this special project has been jointly organised and run by Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM together with SASBAH. Breakaway provides fun and exciting residential breaks for those with any physical and/or learning disabilities where they have new experiences and spend time with others in a similar situation. It is often the only opportunity they have to be away from home, meet new people, try new and challenging activities and not be judged.



President’s Update

Posted on January 20, 2017at 8:18 am

The Win a Car cheque for £525 was presented to Beth and I at the Arndale Centre, well done all who manned the stand on the 24th Dec 2016. David Barker has applied for AM to have a slot for 2017.

Win a car cheque

19th Jan 2017 – We have received £500 cheque from The Wintershall Charity Rock Concert which is wonderful and it is down to Graham who made the application. Bravo Graham. We are considering applying again for 2017.

26th Jan 2017 Burns Night – The Members of Eastbourne Sovereign Rotary Club warmly invite you, all the Members of Eastbourne AM and their partners to their Burn’s Night event at The Langham Hotel, Eastbourne, on Thursday 26th January7pm for 7.30pm. This will be a Black-Tie event, £25pp, Dinner, Piper, Haggis and address. Please let the Secretary know ASAP, Freda Hampson Tel 01323 841171 or email:

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President’s Update

Posted on December 13, 2016at 9:30 am

7th Dec – The Rotary Am Kids Bede’s Christmas party went very well indeed with over 90 attending and many of the club members helping, Rom said “Thanks to all the Sasbah family for a great evening last night…… Eastbourne AM Rotary club for food and decorations…… Thanks to Fondue au Chocolat for chocolate fountain, Bede’s Prep School for the venue, Michael Reynolds for the music and lastly the Sea Gypsies for entertaining us!! Was a good party and season’s greetings to you all !!


11th Dec – Tree of Light – Remember a loved one this Christmas. Dedication takes place on Sunday, 11th December 2016 at Congress Theatre Foyer, Eastbourne 4pm. Hope to see many of you there.

24th Dec – Win A Car – at the Arndale Centre, such fun on Christmas Eve, hope you enjoy your time there if you are slotted in on the day.


Breakfast with Interact Club

Posted on September 23, 2016at 4:08 pm


Eastbourne AM held their breakfast meeting at Ratton School with Interact members and presented Nick Morris with a Rotary Service Recognition Award. MP
Caroline Ansell attended too.

Charity Golf Day

Posted on July 21, 2016at 4:46 pm

EASTBOURNE AM Rotary Club staged a very successful charity Golf Day held at Willingdon Golf Club.

L to R - Roger Clark, Eastbourne AM Rotarians Hilary Lewis and Geoff Fitch

Overall winner was Roger Clark from Heathfield Rotary Club with 35 points.

The winners of the team event were Roger Cark and Mark Garnet, also from Heathfield, with a combined score of 62 points.

The longest drive was won by Dave Shepherd from the Rotary club of Minster on Sea. Roger Clark was nearest the pin on the 5th hole, bringing his total of prizes to three. Mark Poulton from Hunt Commercial won nearest the pin on the 17th.

A total of 26 golfers played including teams from local businesses.

Organisers would like to thank Leaders Waterside, Property Rentals, Domestic Appliance Repairs of Eastbourne and Homes4Let.

The club made a profit of £500 on the day which will go towards local charities it supports.

Interact Community Fair

Posted on July 14, 2016at 9:36 am

RATTON Academy staged its Community Fair on Saturday, in association with Eastbourne AM Rotary Club and student Interact members.

Interact Fair

Around 800 people are estimated to have visited during the day, and guest of honour at noon was Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell.

The concept came from Ratton students, who carried out most of the work, inviting stall holders and publicising the event.

Ms Ansell said: “It was great fun and I very much enjoyed the fencing and Irish dancing demonstrations and the fabulous company of my host, Jemima Hadland who told me so much about the school while we ran into daleks and ghostbusters!”

AM manned its Shelter Box for the day.

Daily Mail Reports on Lighthouse Walk

Posted on July 07, 2016at 11:48 am

An article appeared in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Mail. Follow this link to read it!

Daily Mail Tuesday 6th July


Beachy Head Lighthouse Walk 2016

Posted on July 04, 2016at 9:08 am

Walkers at the lighthouseTHIS was the amazing scene at Beachy Head Lighthouse as around 900 walkers took advantage of a rare opportunity when a low spring tide occurs at the right time and during daylight hours.

The walk was originally started in 2011 when it emerged that owner Trinity House decided not to re-paint the famous Beachy Head Lighthouse in Eastbourne and allow it to slowly fade to its original grey granite colour.

The reason was the stripes were no longer required to aid ships’ navigation.

This caused some controversy nationwide and a fundraising campaign was launched, including a feature on BBC1’s Countryfile programme, to raise £45,000.

Work on the painting finally began in September 2013 after the target was reached, and some of the money was raised by staging the walk from the foot of the Downs in Eastbourne to the lighthouse and back.

Such was the popularity of the Beachy Head Lighthouse Challenge that it has now become an annual event, and this year’s walk was the fourth.

It is organised by Eastbourne AM Rotary Club and campaign group Save the Stripes.

Organiser Rotarian Martin Wellings said: “It was an amazing afternoon and we were fortunate to have been blessed with fine weather.Walkers at the lighthouse

“There was no doubt that people were enjoying themselves, and it was quite a challenge getting everyone there and back by the time the tide was due to come back in.

“It is quite staggering to think how this walk has developed over the four years. From something quite small it has expanded greatly, and next year we would love to hit the 1000 mark – weather permitting of course.

“We were greatly supported by volunteers from St John Ambulance and Raynet, the Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network. It was a memorable day.”

Walkers paid for the privilege of taking part, and organisers hope they will exceed the £3,000 raised last year.

A third of the money raised goes into a fund to repaint the stripes again when needed in the future, while the rest is donated to local charities by the Rotary club.

Walkers at the lighthouse

Breakaway Fund Appeal

Posted on June 23, 2016at 1:12 pm

A COMMUNITY group has launched a £6,000 fundraising appeal to send 24 disabled young people from across Sussex on a special weekend holiday.

Eastbourne AM Rotary Club is funding the three-day residential break called Breakaway in September at Lodge Hill Centre at Watersfield, near Pulborough, in West Sussex, The cost of the holiday is £250 for each young person – and now the Rotarians are asking the people of Sussex to sponsor a child.

Fred Cox, Past President of Eastbourne AM, said the trip is just amazing.

He said: ‘We have been running Breakaway for a number of years now, and it really is very special because it gives the 24 people a holiday while at the same time giving the parents and carers, and the wider family, much needed respite care.

‘It is such a happy time, and by the time you include the specialist nurses, volunteers, Rotarians and friends, it can amount to more than 70 people.

‘Last year the total number was 72 – and that was 72 people having a great holiday, bonding together, having fun, sharing experiences and doing activities they never thought they could do.

‘It runs from Friday morning to Sunday evening and it really is non-stop. One minute the disabled young people can be abseiling, the next minute they could be tunnelling, the next minute they could be having lunch.

‘It is a great success, and the challenge is to raise the £6,000 that we need.’


The Rotary Club works in partnership for this project with the charity SASBAH – the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus- which has bases at Gun Hill, Chiddingly, in East Sussex and Worthing in West Sussex.

CEO Rom Sanglaji – also a Rotarian – said: ‘Breakaway is very special. Some of the people who go are from our charity, and some are from a similar charity in Kent.

He said: ‘We like this to be inclusive so we invite service users from across Sussex, and please never underestimate the importance of this weekend break, both for those who go and those who stay behind at home and can have a break from day to day life caring for others.’

A fundraising dinner at the Cavendish Hotel in Eastbourne has raised £1782 towards Breakaway 2016.

If you would like to sponsor a child, or make a donation, then please email

Charity Dinner at Cavendish Hotel

Posted on June 23, 2016at 1:09 pm

EASTBOURNE AM held a charity dinner at the Cavendish Hotel and raised £1782 for its annual Breakaway holiday.

More than 70 members and guests attended, and there was a charity raffle and auction.

Breakaway is the club’s annual holiday for the disabled, and it costs £6000 to run every year.

Tunnelling at Breakaway 2015

Breakaway Charity Breakfast

Posted on June 23, 2016at 1:06 pm

EASTBOURNE AM Rotary Club organised a charity breakfast on Friday morning at the Mansion Lions Hotel.

Around 70 people were present and the guest speaker was borough council leader David Tutt, who updated everyone on the exciting plans for Eastbourne.

He spoke about the £85 million Arndale Centre extension, the new restaurant planned on the Wish Tower site, and developments along Seaside up to Princes Park.

The breakfast was in aid of Breakaway – one of AM’s annual commitments when it funds a holiday for a group of young disabled people.

The holiday costs a total of £6,000 and this breakfast raised £502 because Mansion owner Sheikh Abid-Gulzar provided all the breakfast – food and drink – completely free of charge. There was also a raffle.

Fred Cox from AM said: “It was a great success and we were grateful to everyone who turned up from 7am. As ever, many, many thanks to Mr G for making it all possible. His generosity is endless and we appreciate it.’


Pictured: Sheikh Abid Gulzar with breakfast guest Sheena Bourn, an artist.

Eastbourne AM teams win the Egg Race!

Posted on May 16, 2016at 12:54 pm

eggONCE again the Eastbourne AM team won the Egg Race – an annual event organised by the Sovereign Rotary Club.

Patrick Trowell was our leader, and the event was held at East Dean Village Hall.

Well done team!



Eastbourne AM’s day with the Bluebells

Posted on May 16, 2016at 12:50 pm

valWE were very lucky – thanks to David Barker – to be able to raise money at this year’s Bluebell Walk at Arlington.

Members and friends took over catering for the day – the sun shone and we raised around £1100.

We were delighted. It was a great day………..

Eastbourne AM welcomes youth visitors from Germany

Posted on May 16, 2016at 12:47 pm

WE were honoured to host a group of German teenagers for one week – friends of our host Rotary club in Germany.

Chris Purcell led on this for club, it was a great success, and I know that they loved the occasion, and everything that was planned.

A great success on both sides!


Eastbourne MP joins AM members and Interact

Posted on May 16, 2016at 12:34 pm

WE staged breakfast at Ratton Academy so that we could join with our Interactors. MP Caroline Ansell was present for the very successful occasion.

Laura Czyzowska is the new Interact president replacing Fletcher Burton who did a great job.


Eastbourne AM plays leading role again in Tree of Light

Posted on March 07, 2016at 9:20 am

FIVE charities received a cash boost thanks to the Rotary Tree of Light event, now in its 16th year.

East Sussex Cruse, The Salvation Army, Embrace, Children’s Respite Trust and Eastbourne Area RDA Group all benefitted from the £7,500 raised.

Rotarians from the five Rotary Clubs in Eastbourne were on hand at Brewers on Wednesday to hand over cheques to each charity.

tree1 tree2 tree3Rotarian Melanie Adams said, “I would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors and supporters whose generosity has enabled the Rotary Clubs to make these donations to such worthwhile charities working in our local community”.

Eastbourne AM celebrates 15 years

Posted on March 07, 2016at 9:11 am

EASTBOURNE AM Rotary Club celebrated its 15th anniversary with a birthday party in the Ocean Suite on Eastbourne Pier.

The club started in 2001 and Melanie Adams was the founder president. Today it has 30 members, an equal mixture of both men and woman.

It meets every Friday for breakfast at Chalk Farm, and is holding a recruitment evening on Wednesday March 23 5-7pm for potential new members. Log onto to register your interest.am1 am2 am3 am4 am7

Eastbourne AM Rotary Club to celebrate 15th birthday party on February 27

Posted on February 22, 2016at 9:12 am

EASTBOURNE AM Rotary Club is marking its 15th birthday next week with a celebration dinner in the Ocean Suite on Eastbourne Pier.

The group’s first unofficial meeting – back in 2000 – was at the David Lloyd restaurant in Hampden Park, and the club chartered in 2001 at what was then the CASA bar in Terminus Road.

They met for a while at the former Stickie Fingers in South Street before moving to the Chalk Farm Hotel in Coopers Hill, Willingdon, where members gather for breakfast every Friday at 7.30am.

Until recent years, Rotary was seen as a men-only organisation, but AM chose a woman to be its first president 15 years ago – Melanie Adams, who works at Brewers and runs The Rattonians with husband Mark.

The dinner – on Saturday February 27 at 7.30pm on the Pier – will reflect on what the club has achieved in the 15 years.

Past  President Hilary Lewis, who is now Assistant District Governor, said, “When AM set up there were already three other Rotary clubs in the town and it was not felt there was enough room for four. Yet now there are five clubs.

‘Eastbourne AM has always been a little bit different. We are a very informal club and we have as many – if not more – women as men, which certainly cannot be said of many Rotary clubs.

‘It was crucial that for the club to succeed the first President had to be a success, and Melanie played a leading role in putting Eastbourne AM firmly on the Rotary map.

‘’She provided great leadership, promoting the club at every opportunity, and opening doors for members to take part in activities helping others, both locally and abroad.”

The club now has 30 members and supports a number of charities, including SASBAH, The Quicken Trust, Refuge, The Jaipur Limb Project, and  ICC Missions, and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

It is probably best known in town for organising the annual Beachy Head Lighthouse Walk, under the stewardship of Rotarian Martin Wellings.

Hilary added, “Service above self is the motto of Rotary and that is what we do. We also provide a social element for members, and the whole philosophy of Eastbourne AM is fun and enjoyment.”

Eastbourne AM supports ICC Missions

Posted on January 30, 2016at 6:36 pm


EASTBOURNE AM has donated £443 to ICC Missions, and Peter Martin is pictured (right) receiving the cheque from Mike Wadey.

Mike and wife Rachel are both ex-members of AM but remain firm friends of the club.

They host the AM Wishing Well at the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, and this year the visitors put in coins which added up to £886. Amazing.


Eastbourne AM supports Eastbourne Lions Club

Posted on January 30, 2016at 6:31 pm

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Eastbourne Lions Club held their 48th Charter night dinner at the Langham Hotel – and four members of Eastbourne AM were pleased to attend in support.

They were President Peter Lindsey, Hilary Lewis, Rom Sanglaji and Beth Robertson.

AM would be very keen to work together with other such organisations in the town on worthwhile projects.

Eastbourne AM supports REFUGE at Christmas

Posted on December 27, 2015at 2:22 pm



ONCE again we have donated 9 sets of hampers to the REFUGE home in Eastbourne, something we have been doing since 2004.

Refuge supports 3,000 women and children on any given day through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.

Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner every week in England and Wales – leaving two families every week bereaved due to domestic violence. Refuge supports families who have lost a loved one to domestic violence.

Refuge’s award winning campaigns aim to educate the general public and ultimately prevent domestic violence by ensuring that women have the information and support they need to plan a safe escape.

The club is delighted to once again be supporting this amazing and very worthwhile charity.



Eastbourne AM takes part in Win a Car in the Arndale Centre

Posted on December 27, 2015at 2:17 pm


ONCE again we were lucky to have the Christmas Eve slot for Win a Car 2015!

Now in its 16th year, the annual charity event raised £3,200 in its first ten days with another five weeks to go until the winning ticket was drawn on Christmas Eve when one lucky winner will receive a phone call to tell them that a brand new £7,000 Suzuki Celerio will be theirs for Christmas.

A total of 48 charities will benefit from this year’s event with each one selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause. So, whatever the charity raises that day is theirs because there are no administration charges for the event.

Since the event began in 2000, an amazing £271,000 has been raised for local charities.

Eastbourne Arndale Centre Manager Bill Plumridge said: “This year we want to raise more than ever and so it’s fantastic to see that the tickets sales have gone so well in the first ten days.”

In 2014, the event raised more than £21,000 in its 48 days of selling tickets, but this year the aim is to exceed that total so that charities can take home even more money.

Eastbourne AM attends Sovereign’s Xmas evening

Posted on December 27, 2015at 2:10 pm

A GROUP from AM joined the Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign for their annual Xmas dinner at the Chatsworth Hotel.

Guest speaker was Howard Wardle from Eastbourne Foodbank, and the RC of Eastbourne Sovereign donated £500 to this very worthwhile cause.



Lynda Dean’s funeral, Monday December 7, 2015

Posted on December 03, 2015at 6:25 pm

The funeral service will take place at St Mary’s Church, Old Town, Eastbourne at 12.30 on Monday 7th December of our beloved member Lynda Dean.

There will follow a private reception at The Grand Hotel.

Eastbourne AM sends its deepest love and sympathies to Dave and the family. The club will be honoured to attend the funeral.

We loved our one and only Deano! Dave-Lyn-300x225