Old Town Parish pulls out all the stops!

A major restoration of one of England’s finest organs will be celebrated on Monday (July 5th) at All Saints Church in the Old Town The concert will be given by the internationally renowned organist Gordon Stewart who has played in every All Saints concert series for the past 32 years. Last year’s concerts had to be […]

The history and legacy of slave-ownership in Sussex

Hastings Stand Up To Racism group is hosting a round table discussion tomorrow night (June 30th) to explore the histories and legacies of slave-ownership in Sussex – including ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller – and explain why Sussex is ‘not innocent’ when it comes to colonial slavery. The meeting will also examine the resistance to slavery and some of […]

Costs of keeping Buckshole Reservoir safe put big strain on council finances

Urgent safety improvements to Buckshole Reservoir in Alexandra Park still haven’t been completed despite approval to do so being given more than a year ago in January 2020. And the works are now set to cost more than originally planned. Members of Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) ruling cabinet heard at a meeting earlier this month […]

Councillors’ decision on town centre bar expected next week

Fifty-eight pages of police reports were put in front of councillors this week as they considered the future of Crowley’s in Havelock Road. Hastings Borough Council’s Licensing Committee agenda was dominated by what to do about Crowley’s. Among the pages of reports were details of repeated cases of over-intoxication, two reported incidents of sexual assault […]

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 […]