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 […]

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 […]

‘Automata’ exhibition begins today at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has partnered with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre to curate an art exhibition of mechanical sculptures known as ‘automata’ in Hastings this summer. The exhibition, titled Ingenious Contraptions, is as much for families as it is for art enthusiasts, with the automata said to capture humour and offer ‘alluring illusions’. They will […]

Adapting to survive – The BBQ Project is the fruit of Gavin’s labour of love

At eight o’clock this morning Gavin Steedman’s dreams were another step closer to fulfilment when at last he was able to invite people inside to enjoy his unique style of cooking. Tom McCann recently met-up with the entrepreneur and discovered a man with vision and a relentless determination to make his business succeed. It’s been […]

Theatre Nation – bringing live theatre back to the Stables

Local professional theatre company Theatre Nation is back with a bang with a wonderful witty live entertainment The Life and Rhymes of Archy and Mehitabel at the Stables Theatre on Thursday May 28th and Friday May 29th at 7.30. It’s a one hour bravura one person show in which veteran actor Patrick Kealey performs over […]

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 […]

The importance of caring for your skin – think of it as a third kidney

As we leave sunny, cold April and walk into the marvellous month of May, I’m hoping the weather will warm up a little, and I can shed a few layers.  So, this month, it’s all about… skin! Did you know: Our skin is the boundary that protects us from harmful microbes and the elements. It […]

Hastings Rock Radio Returns in May

Hastings Rock Radio will return to the airwaves this year on Saturday May 1st for another 28 day broadcast-but this year’s broadcast will be different. The ongoing  Covid-19 crisis means Hastings Rock Radio has had to adapt, and will only be broadcasting online, not on FM as in previous years. Live programmes will start from 6am on May 1st, with the Hastings Rock Radio […]