Women in right royal do

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THE QUEEN’S Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with a ‘Right Royal Do’ by women from Wealden District who are members of Eastbourne Soroptimists club.

A slap-up meal of cottage pie and apple pie was tackled by 23 women at the King’s Head in Horsebridge on April 16.

Some members who had memories of the Queen’s coronation spoke about their experiences and showed some of their souvenirs including books and a handkerchief. A royal quiz organised by President Barbara Stanbury proved very challenging and amusing.

A beach clean challenge was tackled by the group with a beach clean at Pinnacle Point on March 17.

Cold, wet and blustery weather did not stop six Soroptimists picking up plastic drinks bottles, food containers, tangled fishing line and tangled nets and an assortment of car parts – as well as a bucket, a glove, a broom and two empty oil drums.

The Marine Conservation Society, who co-ordinate the beach cleans nationwide, report a seven per cent increase in fishing litter which can be fatal to marine mammals. Research is currently underway to investigate the presence and concentrations of ingested micro plastics in mussels and lugworms.

The Beach cleans began in 2002 when the Club adopted the beach at Pinnacle Point which is popular for barbecues but is difficult for the local council to clean. Members clean around 100 metres of beach three times each year and usually clear away up to seven bags of rubbish.

Eastbourne Soroptimists club, with members throughout the Eastbourne and Wealden area including Hailsham, Polegate, Willingdon and Seaford, is part of Soroptimist International, a world-wide women’s organisation.