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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hastings Museum launches restoration project fundraiser

Spectacular woodcarvings and furnishings in the Durbar Hall of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are in desperate need of repair so hastings Borough Council has teamed up with the Museums Association and Crowdfunder to raise the much needed funds that will pay for the restoration of the last remaining original banquettes. Originally created for the […]

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 […]