Volunteers raising funds to keep greenhouse project on track

Volunteers from Alexandra Park Greenhouse in Hastings set up their colourful stall near the park’s cafe on Saturday (August 21st).

The stall attracted plenty of customers and its takings will help to pay running costs for the historic 1930s greenhouse which is being developed as a community hub.

The attraction coincided with the park’s crowning ceremony of Anna Mann and Drew Rogers as last year’s and this year’s respective Hastings May Queens – last year’s crowning was delayed because of the pandemic.

The greenhouse beside St Helens Road was also open on Saturday to sell plants and other produce made by volunteers. The site is open every Saturday from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Carpenter Jason Wright, from Westfield, is preparing sapele, a sustainable African hardwood, to put a new roof on the greenhouse which was derelict for many years until 2013. The roof will be fitted with reinforced glass. The roof restoration work is expected to take about 12 weeks.

Volunteers erect the gazebo over the stall.


Remembering old Humphrey…

Spare a thought for Old Humphrey. In case you are wondering, Old Humphrey was one of the pen names used by George Mogridge, a very popular religious writer in the 19th century and who remains popular in some countries today.  Alas, he is virtually forgotten in Hastings despite Old Humphrey Avenue just off All Saints Street […]