From Swan Gardens to the Sea

Old Town residents Brian and Bob are the volunteers who regularly remove the drug paraphernalia and broken vodka bottles left by teenagers in Swan Gardens at the bottom of the High Street.  The Gardens are currently suffering from a plague of brown tail moth caterpillers and are therefore out-of-bounds but that doesn’t stop the drug […]

What a beautiful town we live in… The sun has got his hat on!

All photos by Peter Norman The sun came out of hiding over the last weekend after a mixed midweek and with it came beautiful weather, making for a lovely weekend to finally, fully kickstart the summer–and in good timing, too, coinciding with the beginning of the European Championships where England started well with a win […]

Celebrating Eid on Ascension Day

George Street has been the scene of my theological musings before and on the May 13th I was on my way to St Clement’s to take a service for Ascension Day when I noticed a Muslim family celebrating Eid with a meal at the Whistle Trago Restaurant.  I wished them a happy Eid and pointed […]

Direct hit – In memory of those who died when the Swan Inn was destroyed

It will be exactly 78 years ago on Sunday that the historic Swan Inn, a Hastings landmark since the early 14th century, was destroyed by enemy action. It was around lunchtime on Sunday 23rd May 1943 that a Luftwaffe raid caused damage and casualties around the town with 16 people being killed inside the Swan […]

Why St Leonards-on-Sea really is THE place to be

An awful lot is being written about West St Leonards; about the anger local people feel at what they believe is the borough council’s refusal to listen to them and to consider their ideas for the future shape of their community. There’s no shortage of ideas on how their corner of the borough could be […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]