Mink – fashion victims and killers, the Sussex connection

Michael Blencowe is the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Community Wildlife Officer and recently published this piece on the history of mink in Sussex on the Wildlife Trust’s website where there is a fascinating range of news, stories and pictures about the work of the trust. The Wind in the Willows is one of Britain’s most beloved books. […]

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 […]

‘We’re united’ council leader tells cabinet as Bale House saga reaches final chapter

A report recommending the terms of lease and management of the controversial Bale House in Hastings Country park was unanimously approved by Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet when it met on Wednesday. The single storey visitor centre, which took seven years to build and went massively over-budget, eventually costing £1.1million, has been the subject of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stay away from the edge! Council warns of coastline dangers

People visiting East Sussex’s spectacular coastline are being urged to stay safe this spring and summer. The council is reminding visitors of the serious risks the unstable cliffs pose to those getting too close to the edge or walking at the base of the cliffs, and the dangers to beach walkers who risk getting cut […]

Spring has sprung the time for hope and rebirth has arrived!

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. Spring is upon us. Winter – […]


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