New group and new website proves that Edith does have ‘Friends’

Bringing recognition to an otherwise anonymous marble statue in West Marina Gardens has up until now been pretty much a one-man job but Ian Jarman is delighted to announce that all that looks set to change with the launch of a new website and a new organisation called simply Friends of Edith. Earlier in the […]

The power of pictures – providing Hastings with a permanent piece of public art

Hastings Voluntary Action has been supporting local residents for more than 30 years and to celebrate this and also to highlight the amazing efforts of our local community the charity wants to create a permanent ‘photo-mosaic’ artwork that will be sited in Hastings and involve as many of its local volunteers and active community as […]

St Leonards-on-Sea is the place to be – says The Guardian

Is St Leonards really the ‘yin’ to Hastings’ ‘yang’? That was how The Guardian summed up the relationship between the two towns – or are they really two parts of the same town? In answer to the question about St Leonards: what’s going for it? The Guardian feature writer answered that the town has, ‘come of age’. […]

Where’s Wally? And lots of family fun at Hastings Museum in half term

This half-term is going to be jam-packed with fun activities at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Not only will families be able to join the search for Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character, but they will also be able to enjoy free craft activities and paid-for workshops throughout the week. Kim Forward, lead councillor […]

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone – did our council fail to grasp the significance of pier’s 2017 Stirling Prize?

Announcing this year’s winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize judges described it as a ‘modest masterpiece”. This year’s winner was Goldsmith Street in Norwich also described as ‘an architectural marvel’. Judges say it represents what has become a rare breed: streets of terraced homes built directly by the council, rented with secure tenancies at fixed social […]

Campus closure not the end of Hastings’ ambition to be a university town

The story of Hastings’ own university campus is a short one spanning just 14 years from its opening in a former telephone exchange in Havelock Road to its closure this summer. There were great hopes for a homegrown university in the town and overwhelming sadness when it was announced in 2016 that the University of […]

Who knew about Fairlight Glen’s crucial role in the invention of television

In the late 1990s Richard Street chaired Hastings Borough Council’s John Logie Baird working party. It was tasked with looking at the creation of a John Logie Baird/TV museum in the town. Sadly those plans came to nothing but there was a small festival to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Baird’s first patent and the ‘Birthplace […]

Celebrating the town’s vital role in the invention of television

We’re all familiar with the signs on the outskirts of town that tell us Hastings was the ‘birthplace of television’ and any self-respecting general knowledge quiz will ask who invented television and where was he when he did it. Inventor John Logie Baird lived in Linton Crescent and built the first television from items such as scissors, […]