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 […]

A Christmas unlike any other?

Christmas 2020 will most certainly be unlike any other Christmas in our experience.  In the Old Town our Carol Service has been cancelled because congregational singing is not allowed. Our ‘Midnight Mass’ at All Saints is now at 7pm because we cannot ensure the social distancing necessary for the larger congregation that a midnight service attracts. The […]

Falling in love with the everyday objects around us

Celebrating the objects we love will be the theme of an exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery early in the new year. The Looking at Things project has been developed by ExploreTheArch theatre company with students from Hastings and Bexhill Mencap. The students have been exploring the relationship between themselves and the objects that […]