The Hastings Podcast…

Redcently we launched the first edition of The Hastings Podcast and there has been a tremendous response.

Here are just a few of the comments we have received…

  • “…I like it’s rolling, entertaining quality.”
  • “Great selection of guests, covering interesting topics. Brilliant stuff.”
  • “Excellent initiative…”
  • “…masterfully steered and negotiated by yourself and your articulate group…”
  • “Great work!”

This edition features Godfrey Daniel – County Councillor and proud Welshman; Kate Tym – comedian, performer and award-winning celebrant and Carl Denne – Hastings boy born and bred and owner of Hastings Kickboxing Academy.

Along with host Stuart Baillie topics under discussion include growing up in Hastings, the Old Town, St Leonards, Hastings Town Centre, the Seaview Project, the reopening of Ore library and a whole lot more and there are a lot of laughs along the way.

To listen click on the link below…


Hastings In Focus has always been about more than just words and pictures, we have always wanted to do more video and audio, we have always wanted to allow the people of Hastings and St Leonards to tell their own stories in their own words.

There’s no shortage of access to local news these days, social media and digital technologies have seen to that. Sadly too much of what calls itself news is actually just opinion that demonstrates no balance or objectivity.

That’s what Hastings In Focus wants to do differently. We’re not about telling you what we believe you should be thinking, we’ll present a story from all political perspectives and leave you, the reader, to make up your own mind!

First edition of The Hastings Podcast  ‘in the can’. L-r Carl Denne, Kate Tym, Stuart Baillie and Godfrey Daniel.

We also actively look for the positive stories and for the positive angle on a story. As both Carl Denne and Godfrey Daniel point out in the podcast too many people want to talk the town down – we want to talk the town up, we want the good news and the positive stories.

That doesn’t mean we won’t report the negative. Issues like levels of deprivation in Hastings, that we covered last week, are a major factor in the lives of local people and must be aired.

A rapidly growing audience to this website and conversations we have as we go about our work leads us to believe that people like and appreciate the work we are doing and want us to do more of it.

The Hastings Podcast will come to you monthly, we hope you will find it both informative and entertaining – there are more than a few laughs in this first edition.

We also want your input and your feedback. We have some great writing in our archive from people like Irmina Corder, Jack McCann, Julia Hilton and Jay Kramer.

We are evolving and changing all the time and the support we have had for what we are doing and the encouragement we are receiving from you, our readers, encourages us to do more. We can measure our readership per month in the tens of thousands and we predict that by the end of 2019 we will have attracted more than double the number of readers we did in 2018.

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To listen to the podcast click on this link below…


And watch our video about the retirement of Hastings wrestling legend Stu ‘The Dominator’ Allen here…

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