Our Regions

Contact list for Sussex

Bob Rogers
Tel: 01903 785046
Ann Holt
Alexander Fleming
Honorary president
Mick Cleary

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Sussex Wooden Spoon became an autonomous region within Wooden Spoon in November 2005 having previously been part of the Surrey & Sussex Region. Working with the strong support of the Sussex rugby community to harness the spirit and values that exist within rugby, we aim to give disadvantaged youngsters living in Sussex a chance to live happy fulfilled lives regardless of the challenges they may face. To date, we have raised in excess of £250,000 and all over the Sussex Region there are disadvantaged children and young people enjoying the facilities we have been able to provide. It is extremely rewarding to see the excitement and delight in their faces and to hear how they have gained physically, mentally and in developing their social skills.


Upcoming Events in Sussex

Project List

Applicant organisation Project name Project classification Date opened Wooden Spoon's commitment
Sussex Sailability Dinghy Transport In Progress £11,600
Oak Grove College Soft Play Room Soft Play / R&R Rooms In Progress £7,000
Step by Step Playground equipment Playgrounds 31 Mar 04 £10,200
Chailey Heritage School, Fit-out new Living Skills Area at special school Equipment and Activity Aids 14 Oct 08 £25,000
Fellowship of St. Nicholas Fellowship of St. Nicholas, Sports Area Sports and Activity Areas 11 May 09 £45,000
Patcham House School Digital Activity Zone Equipment and Activity Aids 4 May 10 £25,000
Hazel Court School Play Area Playgrounds 8 Nov 11 £14,180
Queen Elizabeth II School Hydrotherapy Pool Buildings & Extensions 15 Nov 11 £19,500
Autism Sussex Sensory Room Sensory Gardens / Rooms 20 Mar 12 £10,400
Brighton Youth Centre Wheelchair Lift Equipment and Activity Aids 16 Apr 12 £9,500
St Anthony's School Trim Trail Equipment and Activity Aids 6 Nov 12 £5,000
Step by Step Outdoor Games Area Playgrounds 6 Dec 12 £16,000
Ferring Country Centre Small Animal Pavilion Buildings & Extensions 25 Apr 13 £14,000
Whoopsadaisy Kitchen Buildings & Extensions 9 Dec 13 £3,900
St John's School Sensory Room Sensory Gardens / Rooms 15 Jan 14 £15,760
Woodlands Meed School Sensory Garden Sensory Gardens / Rooms 4 Jun 14 £8,500
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Fundraising Activities.

Our fund raising activities are wide ranging and we try to ensure a variety of events to attract support from a wide audience. Support has been forthcoming from:

• Marathon runners
• Mountain climbers
• Golfers
• Greyhound Racing Enthusiasts
• Supporters who Lunch, fans of Cricket and lovers of Fish and Chips
• Various events organized by Sussex Rugby Clubs
• Donations from both rugby clubs and individuals
• Hopefully from Horse Racing enthusiasts in June 2013

We are constantly looking to broaden further our range of events so all ideas would be welcome.

Review of Recent Events.

The Christmas Lunch on Brighton Pier, held on 13th December 2012, has developed into an annual event and 160 Spoon members, supporters and guests sat down in Brighton Pier's Palm Court Restaurant for Sussex Spoon's three course Fish & Chip Spectacular. David Trick provided the entertainment and over £5,000 was raised.

Step by Step Project - On 6th December 2012 supporters of Sussex Wooden Spoon, gathered the Step by Step Special Needs School in Sharpthorne, near East Grinstead, with school staff, parents and friends to see Justin Bishop, ex London Irish and Ireland rugby international and now coach at East Grinstead RFC, open the region's latest £16,000 Play Area project.

St Anthony's Project Opening - On 6th November 2012 ex England rugby International Andy Gomarsall formally opened a new Trim Trail Playground at St Anthony's Special Needs School in Chichester. He was accompanied by Sussex Spoon Chairman Bob Rogers and members of Wooden Spoon Sussex committee.

A Night at the Dogs was hosted at Hove Greyhound Stadium on 1st November 2012. Over 100 guests enjoyed a three course meal while watching the racing. A huge thank you is due to all who attended and particularly those that sponsored races and dogs. We should also thank the Stadium authorities for allowing a bucket collection at the end of the evening and those punters lucky enough to have sufficient funds left to support us. Overall the evening generated over £2,200.

Thank you...

Thank you to the following clubs for their help and support in putting Spoon on the map in Sussex:
Barns Green, Bognor, Brighton, Brighton University, Chichester, Crowborough, Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Hastings & Bexhill, Haywards Heath, Heathfield & Waldron, Holbrook, Horsham, Hove, Lewes, Norfolk Arms, Old Brightonians, Pulborough, Seaford, Uckfield and Worthing.

If your club can offer support to Spoon in any way then please contact Ann Holt (annholt1@hotmail.com)

In addition to the Clubs, Wooden Spoon is also indebted to the Sussex Society of RFU Referees and the Sussex RFU in helping our charity. The end of season Sussex Clubs Curry Night has adopted Spoon as the charity of the evening and we have also been able to raise money from Sussex home games in the County Championships.

In the coming months we are looking to work more closely with the Director of Women's rugby and the Schools section of the County RFU. We have also received support from a number of companies that have kindly either nominated Sussex Spoon as their charity or made generous donations and special thanks goes to them.

The Next Committee Meeting.

The Sussex Committee likes to get out and about and hold meetings across the county. All members and interested parties are welcome. The next Committee Meeting is on 29th October 2014.

Please contact the Chairman Bob Rogers (H 01903 785046, E bobrogers@therfu.com) or Sandy Fleming (Home 01444 414477 E sandyjfleming@aol.com) if you want to learn more about what we do or if you wish to become more involved.

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