Grass Routes – breaking down barriers!

Flashes of orange now cut through the running community in Hastings. Grass Routes Trail Running and Outdoor Fitness CIC was founded this summer by director Aimee Whatford, the company aims to address barriers that different people face in accessing outdoor exercise – this includes but is not limited to refugees, BAME and LGBTQ individuals, people […]

Richard Prior – One man’s love enduring love for the oceans

Born and brought up in Hastings where the sea was a perennial backdrop to his life Richard Prior is an adventurer in the true sense; he has motorbiked down to Israel, he has sailed the oceans under sail and he has bought and restored his own craft. Richard says as a child he spent a […]

Those in Peril on the Sea

The sad death at sea of Gary Cornelius, one of our fisherman, has rather brought into focus the debt we owe to ‘those who go down to the sea in ships and whose business is in great waters’ to use the Old Testament words of Psalm 107. Living in Hastings and St Leonards grants us […]

How to strike a balance … at menopause!

It was New Year’s Eve, 2019. I’d been reading about choosing a ‘word of the year’ rather than a ‘new year’s resolution’ – it would apparently help me to focus on what I wanted to create for myself during the coming year. So, after some consideration, palpitations and a hot flush, I chose the word ‘balance’! That […]

Everyday is Christmas for booming Hastings gift business

We may have seen some of the hottest days of the year recently but a subscription gift box company, near Hastings is already gearing up for Christmas and wrapping 24,000 individual gifts for their limited edition 2021 advent calendar.  TreatBox curates beautifully wrapped letterbox gifts that promote self-care and wellbeing.  Each day in the run […]

Looking after strangers when we can’t even look after ourselves

Since he started writing for Hastings In Focus back in 2019 Tom McCann has never been afraid to court controversy. As a young man trying to make his way in the world and facing an ever more ‘hostile’ local housing market he wonders if Hastings Borough Councillors have their priorities the right way round? With […]

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 […]