Lewes District Churches





‘Helping People into Housing’

Past Events

2nd December 2018 - Ashdown Singers Concert

The concert by the Ashdown Singers on Sunday 2nd December was a great success. The church was full, the music enthralling, the mince pies much appreciated and the retiring collection amazingly generous. The total in the retiring collection was a magnificent 930 which, when gift aid is added and expenses taken off, will amount to 1,035 for HOMELINK.  This is our best ever total.

Thanks are due to all the dignitaries who attended, including the Lord Lieutenant, the Bishop of Lewes, the Chair of the District Council and several councillors, mayors and deputies, with their consorts.
The photo shows Terry Howell, Vice Chair Emeritus, Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Joan Wignall, HOMELINK’s Chair, and the Rt Rev. Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes. 

Some of the local mayors and councillors.  

Coffee and Cake in a Sunlit Garden

How can you beat blue skies, beautiful sunshine, a garden full of lush greenery, wonderful flowers and blossoms, the drifting scent of roses, and views of the South Downs?

Add to that coffee, cakes and good company and you had a real treat!

Thank you John and Jenny for all this - all in aid of HOMELINK. 324 was raised.

Unsung Heroes 2018


Linda and Neil

HOMELINK’s unsung heroes this year were Ethane Ashling-Perry, a trustee and member of our Events Team, and Linda and Neil Fisher, who have filled various HOMELINK roles over a very long period. All three continue to serve with dedication and quiet resolve to help people into housing in our local area. They are pictured here with Bill Shelford, Deputy Lieutenant, and Cllr Stephen Gauntlett, Chair of Lewes District Council.

10th March 2018 - 'OLD TYME MUSIC' evening

HOMELINK supporters stepped back in time to the Edwardian Era for an evening of music and songs. The entertainment was led by violinist Alan Thomas. and his wife Christine, the pianist. The master of ceremonies was Graham Tubb who also performed two song medleys and a Lancashire clog dance. Alan and Christine gave a lovely rendition of Danny Boy and there was plenty of audience participation during the rest of the programme led by Lizzie Jackson. We are most grateful for their talents and services given so generously.

A tasty fish and chip supper with a melon starter was completed by a choice of delicious homemade deserts. Volunteers worked hard to prepare the hall, welcome visitors, serve the food and organise a raffle. Thanks are due to them all for their hard work.

The generous support for this event raised 558 (after expenses) for HOMELINK funds.

16th December 2017 - Archway Choir Concert at St Leonards, Seaford 

The concert was very good, with a huge choir covering a wide range of styles and songs. The audience (a full house) enjoyed mulled wine on arrival, and then, in the interval, wine, tea, or coffee with very tasty tray-bakes.  435 was raised for HOMELINK.

10th December 2017 - Messiah at Ringmer

Messiah at Ringmer This performance came about as the result of a very generous offer from Charlotte Beament and David Shaw, both professional singers. They wished to give something back to the parish whilst they have been part of our church, where they are to be married next September. So they gathered their musician friends together and combined with the St Mary’s choir to perform the Messiah in Ringmer. In addition they wished the concert to be in aid of charity; the PCC chose HOMELINK. The church was packed and 1100 (plus gift aid) was donated.

3rd December 2017 - Ashdown Singers Concert

The Concert, given by the Ashdown Singers in St Thomas More Church, Seaford, was a wonderful way to start the Christmas season. We were presented with an interesting variety of festive choral music, which was much appreciated. Those attending were generous in their donation of 710 in the retiring collection.

Among those present were some of our patrons (The Rt Revd Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes; Maria Caulfield, MP; and Bill Shelford, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, representing the Lord Lieutenant). In addition, many local dignitaries also attended.

After the concert, audience members joined the singers to enjoy tea, coffee and mince pies in the church hall, to round off a splendid afternoon.

Garden Party Success

Entering the hidden world
behind the house at the
Garden Party

Margaret, Chair of our Events Team,
serving cream teas

A big 'Thank you' to all who contributed in any way to the success of the Garden Party, held in the lovely sunlit garden of Pippa and Michael Logan's house in Seaford, on Sunday 2nd July 2017. The lunches and teas were delicious and the musical accompaniment provided by the two bands was much appreciated. There were plenty of stalls, run by the many helpers, with a lot to see and do.

We were delighted to receive 1,216 from the proceeds, with an extra 250, from HOWDENS Joinery Co, to be added to that. We are very grateful to the Logans for running such a successful event and for inviting HOMELINK to be one of the chosen charities.

Annual Meeting 2017

The Annual Meeting on 8th June (the same day as the General Election!) was well attended, despite a change of venue at the last minute when it became apparent that Christ Church would become a polling station. King's Church kindly gathered us in and all was well.

Joan welcomed everyone

and after Al Pickering from King's had led the Opening Prayer

Grace Blaker, a founding trustee
set the scene by comparing the homelessness situation in the 90's with the situation today.
After hearing about the past year from James, our Service Manager and HOMELINK's officers , Andy Chequers from LDC gave a very informative overview of affordable housing provision in Lewes District, both now and into the future. Then there was plenty to view on the big screen, as Joan took us through events past and events to come. Click here for a more detailed (downloadable) account of the meeting.

Concert by the Ashdown Singers - 4th December 2016

We were delighted that the Ashdown Singers were again willing to entertain us at St Thomas More Church in Seaford with their Chritsmas Concert, 'Sing Nowell'. As you can see, the church was full of supporters and well-wishers, including a fine display of chains of office . We were very pleased to welcome the Lord Lieutenant, and his wife; the Bishop of Lewes; the Chair of Lewes District Council and his wife; the Mayors of Seaford, Peacehaven and Telscombe, and the Deputy Mayor of Newhaven, all accompanied by their consorts.

The Ashdown Singers gave their usual splendid performance, led by their new Director, Richard Walshaw. After the concert, Terry Howell thanked the Ashdown Singers on behalf of HOMELINK. He then mentioned the 83 new tenancies financed so far this year, and invited Bishop Richard to bless the work of HOMELINK. After the blessing, we enjoyed mince pies and tea in the hall. The retiring collection raised 550, with an extra 137 to be claimed in gift aid.

Quiz Night

'Thank you so much to all those who supported the Quiz Night in aid of HOMELINK. The sum of 215 was raised, (after expenses were deducted). A generous response.

A happy participant said afterwards: 'If you didn't come you missed a treat! Very good quiz questions with a very tasty ploughman's half-way through is a very pleasant way to spend an evening - and raise funds for HOMELINK, too. Many thanks to the organisers.'

'Tea and Ukelele'

Saturday 16th July 2016 at the Friend's Meeting House, Lewes.

What a great way to spend a sunny summer's afternoon!
Tea and delicious cakes in a lovely setting listening and joining in with fun music!

Many many thanks to all who organised and contributed to the tea and the music, and to all who came and raised a lot of money for HOMELINK!

Annual Meeting - 2016

Over 40 people attended HOMELINK’s Annual Meeting on 26th May 2016. Speakers from HOMELINK, Sussex Pathways, and Lewes District Council Housing Dept shared helpful insights into how their organisations were coping with ever-changing circumstances.

Another “Unsung Hero”

Terry Howell, a founder trustee of HOMELINK and former Chair, receiving a framed certificate from Cllr Ruth O'Keefe, MBE, presented by Mrs Kathy Gore, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, at the Unsung Hero awards. The event was hosted by Ruth at the end of her year as Chair of Lewes District Council. She also gave each unsung hero a cheque for 100 for the charity they represented. Terry is still a HOMELINK Trustee and on the Management Committee.

Result of Music Quiz in Peacehaven

The Mayor of Peacehaven, Robert Robertson, dropped in to a Trustee Meeting to present Joan, HOMELINK's Chair, with a cheque for 214.50, raised at a very lively Music Quiz in Peacehaven in early February 2016. Trustees were delighted and Joan asked the Mayor to pass on thanks to all who organised and supported the event.