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Happy Birthday to the Fellowship of St Nicholas!

July 22, 2009

FSNOn Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Brickwall Hotel in Sedlescombe to join the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Fellowship of St Nicholas.

It was very interesting to rub shoulders with some of ‘the great and the good of the area’ as one wag had it.

I don’t think I qualified as either, but I was very pleased to be the guest of the Freeman of Hastings Borough – Pam Brown.

I was glad to be there to help celebrate this anniversary not just because the Fellowship has, as its patron, a very well-named saint, but because it has done such wonderful and important work over the years, with some of the most deprived families in an area which is considered one of the poorest in the South East of England.

From the website, I have gleaned the following about the Fellowship’s founding aims:

‘Its purpose was to retain and develop homes for boys and later girls whose parents for various reasons were unable to look after them. From 1939 until late 1985 FSN continued this work in its homes based in Hastings and St. Leonards. Staff lived with the children sometimes bringing them up alongside their own children.

‘From 1985 FSN moved away from running children’s homes and responded to new needs and by developing a range of community based services.’

FSN now runs a host of different services for children – many of whom will be from families which are the hardest for helping services to reach. 

Please consider sending a donation, so that their work can continue for another 70 years.

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