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2009 Christmas Party

celebrating 10 yearsThe Annual Lark in the Park Christmas Party, which was held at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne, was another success. It is with great thanks to our sponsor Sanders Property Management that the event was held.

Not forgetting either to thank Asda for providing the food and drink and some of the gifts for the youngsters, Sussex Downs College for providing 40 students to assist in looking after the youngsters to take part in the party, and also Sussex Cars for getting the children and young people there; that the event was a success.

Nearly 70 children and young adults with special needs and disabilities partied the afternoon away with a disco provided by Graham Batchelor. Dancing was enjoyed by all present, and there was also a Snowman, Father Christmas and also the Sovereign Squirrel to be seen dancing along with the children and young adults. The Mayor and Mayoress of Eastbourne also came along and enjoyed the festivities.

The afternoon’s festivities culminated with a visit to see Father Christmas, who gave everyone there a parcel and goodie bag to take home.

The Lark in the Park Team would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas.

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Brewers Ltd donate £1276 to Lark in the Park Charitable Trust

Local charity for children with special needs has had its coffers boosted thanks to Brewers Ltd.

A cheque for £1276 was presented to Steve Reynolds, Director of Lark in the Park, by Tony Guarino (Sales Manager) and Kevin Dobbs (Area Manager) of Brewers Ltd.

The company had raised the funds at their Christmas party and this was then match funded by the Directors of the company.

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Lark in the Park is also bringing back its Funday this summer. On the 26th June 2010 at the Seaside Recreation Ground there will be entertainment, stalls, refreshments and a funfair. For more details see out website .

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Town Gears Up For Summer Carnival & Lark In The Park

Hailsham will be filled with local pride on Saturday 19th June as the town welcomes the prestigious street Carnival Procession and Lark In The Park Festival. Organised by the Lark in the Park Charitable Trust in partnership with Hailsham Town Council, the event, incorporating a cartoon theme this year, promises to be full of fun, excitement and activities for all ages.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Robin Kempe, will open the proceedings just before the carnival procession, which departs from London Road at 2pm and follows a route through the High Street, on to the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields, where the Mayor will officially open the Lark In The Park event. A rolling road closure will take place along the procession route.

Among the diversions on offer at the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields are live music, craft and charity stalls, competitions and many other activities. There will also be a funfair open until late, and a Floral Arrangement Show will be held at the adjoining Hailsham East Community Centre at Vega Close.

A percentage of all funds raised on the day will go to the Lark In The Park Charitable Trust and to many other charities taking part.

Councillor John Puttick, town councilor and a member of the Hailsham Carnival Committee, promises something even bigger and better than last summer:
“Hailsham’s summer festivities get bigger and bigger every year. The turnout last year was excellent and, with an impressive line-up of attractions for the whole family, Lark In The Park is due to be one event that is getting the town motivated for an amazing summer day out!”

“It has once again been a pleasure to work with and support the Lark In The Park Charitable Trust who have worked tremendously hard in organising the festival, and I would encourage the local community to come along, get involved and enjoy the spectacle.”

The Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Robin Kempe said, “Now in its second year in Hailsham, I’m sure the festival will be a hit again this next month and a fun and engaging opportunity for all those who take part. We mustn’t forget that Lark In The Park is also an important fundraising event for many local charities.”

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Stephen Lloyd MP joins the Lark in the Park Team

Lark in the Park Charitable Trust are honoured to have Stephen Lloyd MP join the charity as
another Patron. He is a very kind and caring person who has a great interest in children and young adults with special needs and will be a great asset to the charity. Stephen Lloyd MP said, “It was a real privilege to be asked by Lark in the Park to become a Patron. The charity has been going for well over 10 years and has risen in excess of £100,000 for children with special needs. Steve Reynolds the founder is a man with a mission – to transform the lives of others. I can sign up to that!”

Lark in the Park is dedicated to supplying respite holidays and many children over the years have benefited. Not only does it give the children a break, but also allows the parents and carers a chance to recharge their batteries. Lark in the Park, a registered charity, works in conjunction with Social Services and other organisations, to provide the holidays. In addition to this Lark in the Park holds an annual Christmas Party for up to 150 children and young people with special needs, and also runs the Hailsham Carnival. We are very grateful to sponsorship from Asda for these events.

Dates for Your Diary ~
Hailsham Carnival Queen Coronation Night – 16th April 2011
Hailsham Carnival – 18th June 2011
Lark in the Park Funday at Seaside Rec – 25th June 2011

Our website holds further information and is updated regularly

Contact Details
Steve Reynolds (Mr) Director –
Sarah Slaughter (Mrs) Secretary – 01323 438743


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Lark in the Park Christmas Party

Another wonderful year and another wonderful party they seem to get better and better as
the years go on!

The children were collected from their schools by Sussex Cars, and were greeted at the
door by Santa assisted by a teddy bear.

Once inside students from Sussex Downs college looked after them and made sure that they
could participate and enjoy the party, they enjoyed the party as much as the children.

A party tea was laid on by a great team of Theresa and Julie from Asda who ensured that
all the children were catered for and drinks supplied, including those on special diets.
The parents and carers were also supplied with refreshments, and also sandwiches thanks
to Julie at Enjoy! Café.

Entertainment was supplied by Big G disco and also Jo the Balloon lady. It really is
wonderful to see the children dancing and doing the hokey-cokey round the floor, and
taking part together.

A Christmas Party is not complete without a visit from Santa, who came along and also
danced with the children. Each child was able to visit Santa in his grotto and everyone
received a gift as they left the party.

Last but by no means least we must thank the staff at the Winter Gardens for their help
in getting the party ready, and also the committee and volunteers who made this event
happen, including St. John Ambulance. We are all looking forward to the next one!!

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Children’s Christmas Party 2012

Where could you go to see people up to 25 years old still believing in Father Christmas??
To the Lark in the Park Special Needs Christmas Party of course.

We have been holding this party for years now and it still holds the mystical magic where
the children can lose themselves in a wonderland of fun and make believe.

In all the years I have been doing this it never ceases to amaze me how excited the children
are when they come to the party, the joy on their faces says it all. Father Christmas-Lark in
the Park Bear and Snowman are at the entrance to greet them and once inside they are safe
to enjoy the magic of Christmas with no one to judge them.

As always we are very grateful to Tracy and all her students from the Sussex Downs
college who do a marvellous job of looking after the children. And of course Theresa and
Julie from ASDA who very generously supply and serve the food and drinks, and also
Sussex Cars for getting the children there.

The music and fun once again is supplied by Graham Bachelor and our guests this year
were the Mayor of Eastbourne Mike and his wife Linda and one of our Patrons Dec
Cluskey both bravely had their faces painted by Tickles Face Painting.

The Crafty Ladies who make crafts and fundraise for us very generously made important
part of the party possible, that was supplying all the Christmas presents for the children.

And after a very busy party the children are getting exited as they line up to see Santa…

Another party over and everyone’s happy


Steve Reynolds

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Lark in the Park’s funding from South East Water

Special needs children in the Eastbourne area are to be treated to a holiday funded by South East Water’s Community Chest Fund.

The charity Lark in the Park, which has organised the holidays for the past 14 years, was chosen by a panel of staff to receive £1,500 to send three children and their families away for a break.

South East Water panel member Michelle Blanch, who works as a Production Technician based at the Company’s Barcombe Water Treatment Works, said how impressed she was by the work it was carrying out.
“The decision to select which charities and community groups were to benefit was difficult as we received 96 applications from across our supply area of parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire totalling £164,883.90.

“Lark in the Park struck a chord with us all as we appreciate how stressful it can be to look after
children with special needs. Every penny the charity collects goes directly to the children.”

Steve Reynolds, Director of Lark in the Park, said: “As a very small charity we find it hard work
fundraising. This donation from South East Water’s Community Chest Fund will pay for three
families to have a much needed break and is very gratefully received.”

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Lark in the Park Charitable Trust rewarded in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Lark in the Park has been awarded £1000 in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in
the Hastings Community.
Following votes from members of the public Lark in the Park has been awarded a
grant from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

  • Lark in the Park – Stephanie’s House
  • What it does: Provision of a holiday home to enable families who have children with
    special needs access to a holiday, but to not be too far from home.
  • The difference it will make: This can be a stepping stone to enabling the child to be
    able to deal with new situations easier, the child can also benefit from being part of a
    small community atmosphere. This in turn reflects on their outlook on returning
    from the holiday. It also benefits the family to be able to enjoy a holiday, something
    that may well have been impossible before due to traveling distances, new places,
    cost etc. Having a holiday close to home means that if it is all not going too well for
    the child with special needs, then home isn’t too far away.

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England,
Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive
impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to 1,400 local good causes in
350 communities.
Nearly 1.5 million votes were cast for good causes across the country during the
voting that took place between 2 September and 10 October. Over 700,000 people
will be benefit either directly or indirectly from the good work the 1,400 good causes
across the country will be able to deliver as a result of receiving a Community Fund
2014 award.

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