Worried and isolated youngsters will enjoy a ‘safe space’ and learn new skills

Vulnerable young people who have been ‘forgotten’ during the Covid-19 pandemic will benefit from a cash boost to a local charity. Hastings-based charity Education Futures Trust (EFT) has been awarded a grant of £48,642 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young people at risk of being drawn into violent crime through the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

A stitch in time! MP gets behind St Leonards Makers mask-making effort

Proving she’s a dab hand with a needle and thread local MP Sally-Ann Hart spent a morning last week helping make face masks for local hospitals. Mrs Hart, joined the St Leonards Makers to help with their mammoth effort to make face coverings and masks for hospitals including The Conquest, Rye and Bexhill. These masks […]

Donation centre working flat out as hospice shops reopen

The amazing response to the reopening of St Michael’s Hospice donation centre means that drop-off appointments are fully booked through until September. A spokesman for the hospice told Hastings In Focus: “We’re delighted with the amazing support from the local community since the reopening of the donation centre and the launch of our new donation […]

Boost for business as support programme launches

Companies across East Sussex will have support to boost business, thanks to new funding secured by the county council. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has secured £500,000 which it is hoped will support up to 250 businesses to grow creating more than 100 new jobs in the process. The project, part of South East Business […]

Wunderbar! Hastings Oktoberfest 2020 set to go ahead – get your tickets now!

Great news this week for Hastings Oktoberfest fans as organisers confirm the event is set to go ahead at the new venue of Horntye Park Saturday October 3rd from 2-9pm. In a strange year when the Munich Oktoberfest itself has been cancelled, the staff, entertainers and suppliers of Hastings Oktoberfest really hope that we can […]

Unique alliance keeps track on Country Park cattle

Belted Galloway cattle roam free in Hastings Country Park to help restore threatened heathland and coastal grassland habitats.  Now Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has received support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, to help monitor the grazing cattle. The animals had been fitted with radio tracking collars but the council found the antennae they were using […]

Cash boost for Sussex Police will help create safer streets

Sussex Police will receive almost £900,000 in extra funding as part of the Government’s £25 million Safer Streets Fund to spend on projects in Hastings and Eastbourne. The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the Government’s concerted action to tackle crime, and aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from […]