Forgiving and forgetting – genuine forgiveness is not easy

‘I can forgive but I can’t forget.’  Those words attributed to the 19th century American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin) will be familiar to many of us.  Perhaps we have even used them. Offering genuine forgiveness is not easy and it can sometimes be difficult […]

Bringing Hastings history to life and putting it back to work

Is your’s a creative business and would you like to be in at the start of the development of what is being called an ‘exciting neighbourhood community project’. With works on the Lower Alley, Claremont set to be completed in April social enterprise developer White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures (WRNV) is now looking for local creative […]

Be the light in the darkness – Holocaust Memorial Day goes online

Yesterday‘s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony was streamed online for the first time, among those speaking was Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart – here’s what she had to say. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) was established in 2000 and is marked on January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp […]

Through the lens of Sid Saunders

Local photographer Sid Saunders took himself for a walk with his camera yesterday morning and caught some wonderful photographs, with Sid’s permission we publish a selection of them here. Sid says: “I had a early walk in the Old Roar Gill and Coronation Wood ending up in Alexandra Park with a cold wind blowing around […]

White Rock Baths – those were the days my friend

In the past we have brought you collections of old photographs of memorable buildings in and around the town which were the work of Derelict in the UK . Today we have pictures from one of the town’s most iconic underground sites which have been provided by Modernity Mark and you can find more of […]

The infamy of Aleister Crowley – it’s not just in Hastings where The Great Beast still casts his shadow

There’s nothing like a ghost story for Christmas so we thought we’d bring you one and who better to focus on than The Great Beast the man who put a curse on Hastings – Aleister Crowley. We wrote a feature all about Crowley earlier this year and you can find it here… https://www.hastingsinfocus.co.uk/2020/07/28/crowleys-curse-you-can-check-out-any-time-you-like-but-you-can-never-leave/ Crowley spent […]

A Meditation for Christmas

“Let us go now to Bethlehem” (Luke 2.15) A Meditation for Christmas By The Rev Paul Hunt Part-time priest-in-charge of St. Clement’s and All Saints in Hastings Old Town. It is Christmas once again. Each year, in our hearts and in our minds, we go to Bethlehem. But why do we make our annual pilgrimage? Is it […]