On your marks… get ready… but the council won’t let you go!

While councils across the south east have given the green light for Parkrun events to restart later this month once the current lockdown restrictions are lifted in Hastings the borough council is still refusing to give the go ahead and is asking organisers to meet impossible conditions. Parkrun enthusiast and ward councillor for West St […]

Menopause at Work! Are women getting the support they need?

While every woman’s menopause is different, most women over 50 will have had symptoms that affect their work and for one in three women, those symptoms are severe! Did you know: Women are the fastest growing demographic in the jobs market. Eighty per cent of menopausal women are in work and in fact, around 4.3 […]

New pedestrian crossing on The Ridge

Local people are able to cross a busy road more safely following the recent completion of a new pedestrian crossing on The Ridge. East Sussex Highways installed the pedestrian crossing to the south of the junction with Chowns Hill, providing safer and easier access to St Helen’s church, Hastings Court Oakland Care Home, Hastings Cemetery, […]

How to keep warm next winter

Even though winter is likely to be the last thing on your mind during summer, wintertime is special. There are bonfires, hot chocolate, twinkly lights, and the holiday season. The catch is, it also gets bitterly cold! Staying warm can often feel like a mission, especially if you are trying to cut down on your […]

Hair loss – is there anything we can do about it anyway?

Having our hair ‘done’ should make us feel good. Haircuts and styles give us choices about how we express ourselves. Hair also protects our scalp from sunburn, so it’s not surprising that we may feel anxious and alarmed if our hair starts to thin.  This month I consider whether hair thinning, or hair loss in women is […]

The importance of caring for your skin – think of it as a third kidney

As we leave sunny, cold April and walk into the marvellous month of May, I’m hoping the weather will warm up a little, and I can shed a few layers.  So, this month, it’s all about… skin! Did you know: Our skin is the boundary that protects us from harmful microbes and the elements. It […]

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 […]

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 […]