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Saturday 15th June 2019: St. Francis Social & Sports Club Gala Dinner

A mid-year opportunity for all Members and guests to dust off those glad rags and enjoy a 3-course meal with after dinner entertainment.  Tickets are £30 each and are available from Bar Staff.  Tables of 8 and 10 are encouraged.


Here are the results for the May 100 club draw, which took place at the social club on Saturday evening.

May 2019 Draw

1st Prize: Sarah Lannin                     £152

2nd Prize: Steve Branagan                  £76

3rd Prize: Amy Lodge                           £38

4th Prize: John Truran                         £38

Congratulations to all our winners. I have paid Sarah (via Martin Headey) and Amy, as I have their bank account details. I will contact Steve and John to arrange payment of their prizes shortly.

The next draw will take place on or just after Thursday 6th June 2019.

Thursday 6th June 2019:  75th D-Day Anniversary Dinner


A special dinner to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the battle for Normandy.
2 course meal of roast chicken and pear crumble with custard followed by after dinner entertainment by the lovely Angel Delights.   £22 a ticket for our Members who represent our valued regiments.  Buy your tickets at the bar.

Saturday 1st June 2019:  European Cup Final 2019


Sunday 26th May 2019: St. Francis Bowls Club v St. Francis Social Club match friendly


Friday 17th May 2019: Mid Downs Radio Band Night

The annual band night fundraiser for the Princess Royal Hospital Radio.  Come along to support your local radio station and get an earful of great music at the same time!

Here are the results for the May 100 club draw, which took place at the social club on Saturday evening.

May 2019 Draw

1st Prize: Sarah Lannin                     £152

2nd Prize: Steve Branagan                  £76

3rd Prize: Amy Lodge                           £38

4th Prize: John Truran                         £38

Congratulations to all our winners. I have paid Sarah (via Martin Headey) and Amy, as I have their bank account details. I will contact Steve and John to arrange payment of their prizes shortly.

The next draw will take place on or just after Thursday 6th June 2019.

Friday 26th April 2019: Quiz~Bingo Fundraiser


Team “Process of Elimination” pictured here were happy JOINT winners of the Quiz~Bingo Jackpot round last night. They shared the £100 prize pot with team “Dodgy Troosers”.
Both teams generously donated the prize money back to the YoungMinds charity that we fundraise for, bringing the grand total to date of: £1,510.

Thank you William Loveridge for hosting a fun night. Hope you got your batteries sorted!!

Next Quiz~Bingo night is Friday 28th June.

Saturday 13th April 2019: Easter Activities for the Kiddies

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Saturday 21st April 2019: Bowls Club Visitor Morning

Would you like to play bowls?  This is your opportunity to pop along to our bowls club and introduce yourself to the players who will happily chat and show you the ropes.  All they ask is you wear flat shoes.


Thursday 18th April 2019: Wine Tasting Evening


Saturday 13th April 2019: Pool Tournament

St. Francis pool “team with no name” were runners-up in Division One and therefore promoted to the Premiership.  Well done chaps!  As for Gerry’s Team…. what can we say… time to hang up your cap ole chap?!


Sunday 17th March 2019: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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Saturday 16th March 2019: Live music with Jayne – 8pm

Go to the Gallery page for the photos of Goose’s 70th birthday!

Saturday 9th March 2019: Six Nations Rugby Tournament – Round 4


Sunday 3rd March 2019: Frank Dolan Memorial

There is to be a memorial for Frank Dolan at St. Francis Social Club on 3rd March, 12.00 midday. All are invited.

Sunday 24th February 2019: Wilson Cup Memorial Pool Tournament

Saturday 23rd February 2019: Hockey Club Race Night Fundraiser

Friday 22nd February 2019: Quiz~Bingo Fundraiser


Monday 31st December 2018: New Year’s Eve Party – Mark Wright as Elvis


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Friday 28th December 2018: Quiz~Bingo Night ~ FUNDRAISER for St. Francis Social & Sports Club with a £200 CASH JACKPOT ROLLOVER!!


This bi-monthly event had an extra special attraction this month with the £100 rollover from our October quiz. Yes folks… the £200 CASH jackpot was won in December by 2 teams!

Sunday 16th December 2018: Kiddies Christmas Party 1pm – 4pm


  • Craft activity
  • Family participation games – wrap the gift; reindeer toss; musical Christmas puddings
  • Story time with Mrs Claus
  • Disco/Party Dances including all music and disco lights
  • Food in a basket
  • Santa Clause and his elf sharing Christmas

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Tuesday 11th December 2018: Pensioners Christmas Party


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Sunday 9th December 2018: Walking Football Match, Hanbury Stadium


Lots of people are enjoying the walking football matches.

Over 50?  Please indicate your interest by writing your name on the Sign-Up Sheet on the Club noticeboard, or chat to Daran/Murphy for more information.

Wednesday 28th November 2018: Chairman Announcement

Sunday 25th November 2018: YoungMinds Charity Announcement


159 years ago (25th July 1859) St. Francis Hospital opened.  Formerly known with various names such as Sussex County Asylum, Haywards Heath Asylum, Brighton Borough Asylum, Brighton Mental Hospital, Brighton Lunatic Asylum and St Francis Psychiatric Hospital.  In 1995 the hospital was closed, and Southdowns residential Park was eventually borne.

100 years after the hospital was opened, a social club was built.  The Club’s original purpose was somewhere for the Health Authority staff and their friends and relatives to go and relax. Membership is now open to all in the local community and the club has become the biggest and most diverse club in Sussex, which we are very proud of.

Next year is the 60th Anniversary of St. Francis Social & Sports Club (watch this space for news!) and we have selected a mental health organisation as our chosen charity to fundraise for a year.  This charity also has a milestone to celebrate with 2018 being their 25 year anniversary.

YoungMinds was established in 1993 and is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

YoungMinds mission is: We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges.

 “We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.

As the Club’s chosen charity, collection boxes on the bars will be updated in favour of YoungMinds, and the Quiz~Bingo bi-monthly fundraiser will also be in favour of YoungMinds.  If you have any charity events or activities that you would like to donate your monies to, please get in touch!

We at St. Francis Social and Sports Club look forward to your continued support.

Sunday 11th November 2018: Remembrance Sunday


Friday 9th November 2018: Members Night – £2 a pint!!! What more can we say!


21st October 2018: Walking Football Match

Another great game of WALKING FOOTBALL took place on Sunday!

Darren’s team with Tim Dunne as captain, beat Gary’s team with Trevor Philpott as captain.
Result: D Team 5-2 G Team
Paul Breading was man of the match scoring two goals.
It was a good spirited game played by two good teams.
Next game: Sunday 9th December 2018 at Hanbury Stadium

Anyone over 50 that fancies a game, please write your name on the sign up sheet pinned to the Club notice in the foyer.

Friday 19th – 21st October 2018: Mini Beer Festival & Live Music Weekender!


Live Music – Aisle 7


  Aisle 7 performing: What’s Up

Aisle 7 performing: Year 3000

Aisle 7 performing: Torn

Aisle 7 performing: End of the World as we Know It

Aisle 7 performing: Does Your Mother Know + Kids In America

Live Music – Jayne 


and the stars of the show… BEERS!


BIG cheers to our barman Josh Keay for organising these delicious beers for you.

Live Music – Cylvian & Atelier de Soul


Congratulations to Peter King on this impressive achievement.

The Sussex County FA have now given Pete the job to go and look at young Referee’s who have just started in the game.


More good news for the Club! We have a chef 👨‍🍳 😊

Please welcome Paul Radley to the team.


Last week’s roast lamb was delicious

Not only do we have a most delicious Sunday roast to offer our members this weekend, the chef has been busy cooking some old classics for you to accompany the existing menu.  Check out our Specials Menu available on:

Saturday 11.45am – 6.30pm
Sunday 12.00 – 5pm

Don’t forget, pre-order and pay for your roast before Sunday, and qualify for 10% off. Tel. 01444 458 609


Friday 28th September 2018: Friends of St Francis Hospital Reunion


A reunion evening for all staff of all disciplines of the psychiatric service associated with St Francis Psychiatric Hospital and to include those who befriended the service in any way will be held at St Francis Social and Sports Club at 7pm on Friday 28th September 2018.
Written invitations and details of the evening will be sent , over the coming months, to all staff on our database.  Those whose land address we do not have should email Sheila Curran, FOSF Membership Secretary, at  with their contact details please in order to secure an invite. This enables us to plan for catering arrangements etc. on the night.

FOSFH Facebook page

Saturday 22nd September 2018: Live Boxing

  Free to Members.  Guests £2 entry.

Saturday 22nd September 2018: Macmillan Coffee Morning, 12pm – 3pm in the Sports Bar – everyone is welcome

Monday 17th September 2018: Chaz Donohue


The Club is terribly sad to announce the loss of one of our valued staff, Chaz, to a tragic accident. We would like to invite all who can, to come and support Chaz Donohue’s beloved Haywards Heath Town Football Club in a FA Youth Cup match at Hanbury Park tonight (20/09/18) where there will be a minutes applause for Chaz. All monies raised will go to a charity of his family’s choice.
Chaz followed his brother and sister’s footsteps and came to work in the Club 5 years ago initially working in the kitchen before progressing to work behind the bar, Chaz was well known to older members as he was one of the 3rd generation of Donohue’s to be at the Club.
Chaz was hard working, conscientious and a good member of the team always willing to cover other peoples shifts. Initially quiet, his confidence grew and his wonderful sense of humour and wit shone through. Chaz was enjoyed by the members and co workers.
A wonderful individual, taken far too early, will be missed by all at the Club.
I hope you can join us this evening at HHTFC to support this event, and his family.
RIP Chaz. x

Friday 14th September 2018: Summer League Darts Final

Saturday 8th September 2018: The first England match since their excellent world cup performance saw them play against Spain on home soil for the new Nations League tournament.  We were robbed!  England 1 – Spain 2

September 2018:  There’s been a lot of bowls activity this month, and very successful too!  Well done to everyone on their recent achievements.


31st August 2018: Quiz~Bingo Night ~ FUNDRAISER for St. Francis Social & Sports Club


Pay as you go Family Fun sessions at The Princess Royal Pool

Sunday 12th August 2018: Walking Football Match!


The “Walking Football” match will be at the Haywards Heath Football Club ground, Hanbury Park Stadium located off America Lane in Haywards Heath.
After the “game”, we will be firing up the Club BBQ so pop in and indulge in a burger or hotdog!

Go to the Gallery page for all the photos

Saturday 11th August 2018: Live Music – Double Yellow Lines band 


Saturday 4th August 2018: St. Francis Sky Super 6 Soccer Saturday

Wednesday  1st August 2018: St. Francis Social Club annual jolly to Goodwood Races


Thanks to Michelle and Fred for organising.  

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July 2018: St. Francis Social Club Private Hire for Weddings, Christening, Funerals etc


Monday 23rd July 2018: St. Francis Social & Sports Club Annual General Meeting 

Minutes of the meeting will be available here as soon as they are completed.

Sunday 15th July 2018: World Cup Final – France v Croatia


Saturday 14th July 2018: Club Fun Day – fun drills, games, burgers & drinks!



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Wednesday 11th July 2018:  England v Croatia 7pm


Saturday 7th July: Mid Downs Radio Fundraiser Evening, Live Bands and Grand Raffle

Saturday 7th July 2018: World Cup Football – Sweden 0 – 2 England 3pm

  World Cup Semi Finals here we come!!

Tuesday 3rd July 2018: World Cup Football – Columbia v England  7pm


Sunday 24th June 2018: Panama v England  1pm

Friday 22nd June 2018: QUIZ~BINGO FUNDRAISER for 3 defibrillators for our Club


Monday 18th June 2018: World Cup Football – England v Tunisia 7pm


…and the Club went wild!!!

Monday 11th June 2018: World class material working at the Club!

Our Club Treasurer, William Loveridge today achieved 45 years of service at American Express.  This makes Will the longest serving Finance employee in the world and the 6th longest serving employee globally.  Congratulations Willy from all your Club colleagues and members.

Saturday 9th June 2018: Live Music – The 100 Monkeys


Tuesday 5th June 2018: WaterBumps will be running classes on Tuesday afternoons

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We are thrilled to announce that from 5th June 2018 WaterBumps will be running classes on Tuesday afternoons at The Princess Royal Swimming Pool.

Classes last 30 minutes and will run between 13.30 and 14.30.

“Because water is so supportive, it’s perfect for helping to relax and gently exercise both before and after baby is born. “
For more information or to book please email:

Friday 1st June 2018: DJ Ron on the decks – disco tunes all day and adding to our Club fundraiser

World Cup Sweepstakes Draw

Sunday 27th May 2018: St Francis Bowls friendly – Bowls Club v Social Club!

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Saturday 26th May 2018: Champions League Final – Liverpool v Real Madrid


Friday 25th May 2018: Live Music – Cool Britannia 8.30pm


Come on in and try our newly stocked wines!


More impressive youth team football at St. Francis.  Well done boys.

Swim safety at the Club Swimming pool this week

Well done Alice for using your water safety skills to rescue Nick during our “water safety week”.  Our school swimmers were taught reaching rescues, treading water and back floating to name a few life skills taught by our instructors today.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018: WaterBumps Taster Session

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Monday 21st May 2018:  “Kangaroos” charity will be visiting the Bowls Club green


The Kangaroos visit to the Bowls Club went very well.  Approx 12 + 3 carers attended and enjoyed an hour of ‘play with bowls on the green’ followed by refreshments (squash) and attended by the local WSCC councillor.  All in all an hour or so well spent and enjoyed.

Saturday 19th May 2018, 5.15pm: FA Cup Final – Chelsea  v  Manchester United


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“Thank you to everyone who donated to the Starkey Hearing Foundation for my first every marathon run, which was in Manchester. I am very happy to let you know that £675 has been donated and I am delighted lots of you have learnt about the foundation’s fantastic work around the world, changing the lives of so many less fortunate. Well done 😊 x”  /Bryan Tiller

7th May 2018, 7pm: Hockey team first match of the Summer league at Brighton Hockey Club

From Monday 7th May 2018, all BEER prices will increase by 10p per pint, including bottled beer

Saturday 5th May 2018: Screening of Boxing match between Haye v Bellew


Saturday 5th May 2018, 10am: Bowls Club Visitor Morning


Something great is going on with our Youth Football Teams. Here’s another fabulous piece of news….

St Francis Rangers Under 12s 2017/18 Division 2 Runners Up

“These boys have done amazingly well this season and deservedly obtained PROMOTION to Division 1 for next season. They really are a testament to the values coached at St Francis.”


Wednesday 2nd May 2018: Bill Golunski’s funeral and tribute

Wednesday 2nd May 2018: League mixed doubles darts competition

St Francis Rangers U16, 2017/18 Cup Finalist & League Champions

This team are a shining example of the hard work and commitment put in by players, coaches and volunteers for the youth section of St Francis Football Club, which has grown so much from small beginnings.

St Francis Rangers U10s continued their fine season by reaching the final of the Plate competition


SFR U10s continued their fine season by reaching the final of the Plate competition where they faced Cuckfield Cosmos United.  The match was played at Oakwood FC, who put on a great experience for the boys, and it was really nice to see strong support for both teams. On a pitch that both sides agreed was too small, Rangers battled it out with a team two divisions higher, and yet there was no separating them.  Lack of time and space, and pressing from both sides made the game tense, and physical, but SFR stood strong.  Ten minutes of extra time didn’t provide a winner, and so to the lottery of a penalty shootout. Despite some sterling saves and retakes, this time Rangers were the unlucky ones.  Cosmos were very generous in their praise, and what great opponents SFR made.  The lads really stepped up for this match, and all the coaches agreed they were incredibly proud of how the boys played and conducted themselves, a credit to the club, to their parents, and most importantly to themselves.  SFR will be back next season!!!!

Sunday 29th April 2018: The £800 cheque presentation to Support 4 Diabetes (Mid Sussex)

Lorna receiving the donation from St Francis.  Funds raised by Gerry & Phil with their Wilson Cup charity day.

Friday 27th April 2018: QUIZ~BINGO fundraiser for 3 defibrillators for our Club raised £360


Go to the Gallery page for all the photos

Wednesday 25th April: Time 4 Children Charity Quiz Night

“The club was fantastic.  About 50 people came!  It’s the 2nd time we used it for our quiz and everyone is really helpful. We would definitely use the venue again.”

Monday 23rd April: Bowls Season has commenced!

Monday afternoon at the Bowls Club. A friendly member’s “roll-up” which has proved very popular, especially amongst newer members. This is an ideal time for new members to learn the game, get to know other members and make new friends.

Club House: 01444 441 881 (ext: 8563)

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Sunday 22nd April: St Francis Runners London Marathon

Steve & Sarah from the St Francis Runners Club went to London to cheer on the Marathon runners and took this balloon (“S” for Spotting St Francis Runners: Sarah Banks, Siobhan Amer, Daniel Saunders and errr Andy McClusky! LOL

Good luck was wished to all those running and made amazing times on such a hot day.

Daniel Saunders (3:20)

Siobhan Amer  (3:34)

Andrew McCluskey  (3:57)

Sarah Banks  (4:30)


Tuesday 17th April 2018: St Francis Rangers FC

A good result for us.  We won 0-3 away at Storrington!

We picked up Team of the Month for March which was amazing and we have just been awarded Charter Standard by the FA which is fantastic news. Give those lads a huge pat on the back.


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A presentation will be made at the ground at the start of the new season.  Watch this space for more news!

14th April: Grand National Sweepstake

13th April 2018: St. Francis Hockey Club Presentation AND Curry Night

St. Francis Pool Final ~ local derby between Fish Flops & St Francis!


8th April 2018: Annual Darts Competition in memory of Rod Booker


Reigning 2017 Winner does it again!  Congratulations Mark Harwood ~ Rod Booker champion 2018!

7th April 2018: Mid Sussex Darts League Final


2nd April 2018: BIG Pub Darts Games Competition


1st April 2018: Children’s Easter Colouring Competition


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 16th March 2018: Harriers Running Club Presentation Night

17th March 2018: St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – non members must sign in and pay £4


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29th March 2018: Wine Tasting Evening


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Get in touch today:  We would love to hear from you!

Go to our Events Page for what’s still to come at St Francis!

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