Taking everyone at face value

‘Can archdeacons go to heaven?’ was a question that exercised medieval minds because it was this rank of the clergy – between the parish clergy and the bishop – which dealt with financial matters.  Today’s archdeacons remain concerned with matters of finance and buildings but I hope that the current Archdeacon of Hastings – whose […]

Looking after strangers when we can’t even look after ourselves

Since he started writing for Hastings In Focus back in 2019 Tom McCann has never been afraid to court controversy. As a young man trying to make his way in the world and facing an ever more ‘hostile’ local housing market he wonders if Hastings Borough Councillors have their priorities the right way round? With […]

Whatever happened to the Memorial Clock?

Those of you who are old enough to have been around may well remember the Memorial Clock writes Tom McCann. Commissioned after Prince Albert’s death from typhoid in 1861, the Albert Memorial clock tower was designed by Liverpudlian Edward Heffer. There had been a contest to find a designer and Heffer beat off competition from […]

How Queen Victoria was hit by enemy fire in Hastings

Hastings and St Leonards are full of quirky statues and historical artefacts, Tom McCann has been looking in to the history of some of them Erected in 1902, a year after her death and unveiled by the Marquess of Abergavenny, the town mayor and other famous locals, the statue of Queen Victoria in Warrior Square […]

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 […]