LATEST: Hastings Direct agrees to a £1.66 billion takeover

Hastings Group Holdings, the Bexhill-based insurance giant – and major local employer – is set to be taken over in a deal valuing it at £1.66 billion. The company has accepted an approach from Dorset Bidco – a consortium made up of its main shareholder, RMI, and Sampo, the Finnish insurer. There was no mention […]

Health and safety concerns put a stop to Alexandra Park floating lanterns

Just a year ago Hastings Mayor Councillor Nigel Sinden welcomed participants to the annual Hastings Against War ceremony in Alexandra Park to mark the dropping on the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This year on the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped, and giving organisers just two days notice, Hastings Borough Council […]

Good to Go: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery ready to welcome visitors from August 27th

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will be welcoming its first visitors from Thursday?August 27th. The museum has won the coveted Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ certification, recognising it as a ‘Covid secure’ attraction. The?museum will?be?open?each week?from?Thursday to Sunday 10am–12.30pm and 2–5pm.??  The museum’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ status has been achieved by implementing measures […]

It’s only been a year – Donna and Ray have big plans for Sharnfold

It’s a year since a St Leonards couple became the owners of a popular 79 acre tourist attraction just a few miles from their home town and they’ve got big plans for its future. Donna Bull and Ray Grant have invested heavily to boost Sharnfold Farm, situated at Stone Cross between Hailsham and Eastbourne. They’ve totally […]

Sussex Police confirms new Deputy Chief Constable

Julia Chapman has been confirmed as Sussex new Deputy Chief Constable. DCC Chapman joined Sussex Police from Kent in 2019 as the Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, her appointment was announced by Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who formerly held the role. Speaking about her promotion, DCC Chapman said: “I am immensely proud to have […]

Foodie heaven on Hastings Pier as Frankonia comes to town…

Breads and other baked goods, normally supplied only to top London establishments, including the Houses of Parliament, The Ritz and the Savoy are now available on Hastings Pier. The local foodie community and visitors to Hastings Pier will be delighted to learn that at Frankonia Hastings they are now able to enjoy fabulous tasty treats. Surrey-based independent […]