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 […]

Direct hit – In memory of those who died when the Swan Inn was destroyed

It will be exactly 78 years ago on Sunday that the historic Swan Inn, a Hastings landmark since the early 14th century, was destroyed by enemy action. It was around lunchtime on Sunday 23rd May 1943 that a Luftwaffe raid caused damage and casualties around the town with 16 people being killed inside the Swan […]

Why St Leonards-on-Sea really is THE place to be

An awful lot is being written about West St Leonards; about the anger local people feel at what they believe is the borough council’s refusal to listen to them and to consider their ideas for the future shape of their community. There’s no shortage of ideas on how their corner of the borough could be […]

Jesus has his hair cut

I’m told that Monelli’s Pizzeria on the corner of George Street by the West Hill lift sells rather good sourdough pizza.  Back in the mid-1960s, I once bought plastic dog poo there with my pocket money! Perhaps I should explain.  In those days it was a fancy goods shop selling novelties and items for the beach […]

Seaside Modern: art and life on the beach heralds reopening of Hastings Contemporary

With a grant of more than £200,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund Hastings Contemporary is preparing for its May 27th reopening with renewed enthusiasm. It plans to reopen with what it describes as ‘a spectacular summer blockbuster’; an exhibition called Seaside Modern which celebrates the relationship between artists and the beach from the 1920s to […]

A ‘living, breathing contradiction’ – just one view of our town

When the weather turned nice Tom McCann took his camera, went for a walk and considered all that Hastings means to him. The weather was lovely earlier in the week, for the first time in a very long time you could really feel that things are getting better – like a little bit of June […]

Arts community celebrates £1.1m Culture Recovery Fund cash boost

The local Arts community has woken up this morning to news of a £1.1m boost from the Culture Recovery Fund. The grants have been awarded to the following organisation in Hastings and Rye: Electric Palace Cinema CIC – £20,147 Kino Digital Ltd – £111,266 Kino-Teatre Ltd – £42,865 Sweet and Dandy – £29,920 Hastings Contemporary […]

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery launches new virtual exhibition

On Saturday Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will open its new exhibition What’s in the Box? Exploring Natural Science Collections – virtually of course. This is the first of three What’s in the Box projects, with the initial Exploring Natural Science Collections comprising of the museum collections and a community engagement project with East Sussex […]