Lockdown laptops – East Sussex is leading the way

Vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in East Sussex have been given a boost to their learning with the arrival of a shipment of over 1,000 free laptops. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) was the first authority in the country to place an order under a Department for Education (DfE) scheme aimed at ensuring pupils can […]

We’re STILL closed – council’s message remains the same: keep Hastings safe!

The message to potential visitors couldn’t be clearer ‘we don’t want you here’. ‘We have one of the lowest infection rates in the whole of England and we intend to do our part to keep it that way…’ Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has emphasised again that the town remains closed to visitors and urges residents […]

Working together to ensure no one goes without – pulling together in a crisis

…providing a robust safety net for those who are hit hardest. Pulling together in a crisis is what the people of Hastings are good at according to Natalie Williams who oversees Hastings Foodbank and pulling together is exactly what they’ve done since the outset of the Covid-19 crisis. Back in March a Community Hub was […]

Mark and the Good Samaritans at the Downtown Diner

Earlier this month we reported on how an opportunist thief had conned his way into the home of an elderly man in Blackman Avenue and made off with cash and bank cards When Mark Straughan from the Downtown Diner in Robertson Street heard about Albert’s plight he decided to do something and set about raising […]

Hastings Museum launches lockdown community art project

Edward Badham’s famous painting of Hastings, Corner House and the Blue Saloon will be the basis for a digital artwork in a project being backed by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. It’s hoped local people will get involved in creating the ‘digital quilt’ as part of #HastingsDigitalMuseum.   The museum is working with artists, Kate Hulme and Carissa Tanton, to create […]

St Leonards man who preyed on the vulnerable jailed for six years

A St Leonards man who befriended elderly and vulnerable victims in order to steal from them has been jailed. Gareth Cooper systematically targeted a number of victims at their home addresses in St Leonards, taking their money and electrical items. In some cases, he used a fictitious story about his ‘dying’ daughter to get their […]