Open garden season returns in May – explore ‘breathtaking’ private gardens

St Michael’s Hospice Open Garden season returns on Tuesday May 18th, kicking off with a visit to Benenden. This year’s open gardens span all of Hastings and Rother, with ’60 spectacular gardens’ opening over 16 days, according to the Hospice. Three gardens open their gates in May, including: Benenden on May 18th, Peasmarsh on Tuesday […]

Hastings International Piano announces live concert with multi-award winning jazz artists Claire Martin OBE and pianist Nikki Iles

Hastings International Piano, the charity responsible for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and the Hastings International Piano Festival announced today the first of it’s live fundraising concerts, which will take place throughout the summer and autumn now that restrictions are being eased. A Spring Celebration of Jazz takes place at 7.30pm on Friday May […]

Jesus has his hair cut

I’m told that Monelli’s Pizzeria on the corner of George Street by the West Hill lift sells rather good sourdough pizza.  Back in the mid-1960s, I once bought plastic dog poo there with my pocket money! Perhaps I should explain.  In those days it was a fancy goods shop selling novelties and items for the beach […]

Seaside Modern: art and life on the beach heralds reopening of Hastings Contemporary

With a grant of more than £200,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund Hastings Contemporary is preparing for its May 27th reopening with renewed enthusiasm. It plans to reopen with what it describes as ‘a spectacular summer blockbuster’; an exhibition called Seaside Modern which celebrates the relationship between artists and the beach from the 1920s to […]

Recovery grant will allow continued cultural impact in ‘our beloved town of Hastings’

A grant of more than £71,000 from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund will allow Hastings International Piano to continue to make ‘a major cultural impact’. That’s according to Managing Director Ian Roberts who says: “We are delighted that Hastings International Piano (HIP) has been awarded a significant grant from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund helping […]

A ‘living, breathing contradiction’ – just one view of our town

When the weather turned nice Tom McCann took his camera, went for a walk and considered all that Hastings means to him. The weather was lovely earlier in the week, for the first time in a very long time you could really feel that things are getting better – like a little bit of June […]

The benefits of sleep – a good night’s rest and how to get one

Jane Midwinter is the founder of HotWomenAtMenopause, an associate trainer with Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace and is a menopause coach. She also writes articles on menopause for women and their employers. Jane’s monthly column, specially written for Hastings in Focus, offers accurate information and support for women and a better understanding of menopause for all. After losing an hour in […]

Arts community celebrates £1.1m Culture Recovery Fund cash boost

The local Arts community has woken up this morning to news of a £1.1m boost from the Culture Recovery Fund. The grants have been awarded to the following organisation in Hastings and Rye: Electric Palace Cinema CIC – £20,147 Kino Digital Ltd – £111,266 Kino-Teatre Ltd – £42,865 Sweet and Dandy – £29,920 Hastings Contemporary […]