NHS at 72! The greatest anniversary tribute is staying safe

The National Health Service will be 72 on Sunday after experiencing what many have described as ‘the most challenging year in its history’. As pubs and restaurants plan their re-opening this weekend NHS leaders have been joined by bosses from blue light services and local authorities to urge people to pay a fitting tribute to […]

Dogged campaigners demand council listens before it’s too late

It’s time for for the town’s council to start to listen to local people and their concerns about plans to put housing on the old bathing pool site in West St Leonards. That’s the message from a large group of people who turned out on Saturday morning to sign a petition calling on Hastings Borough […]

Only the beginning – ‘we have so much more work to do’

#BLMHastings Over 1,000 people attended yesterday’s Black Lives Matter rally in Alexandra Park. Speakers challenged those attending to ‘be an ally’ – to be actively anti-racist and to spread the word among their families. One man who attended said later: “It had the feel less of a protest, more of a movement that’s here to […]

Adapting to circumstance… Hastings Jack In The Green goes online to support the NHS

Organisers of Jack In The Green are taking the event online this weekend. “We are very pleased to say that during these difficult times we are looking to bring the town online and together to celebrate our beloved festival, Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green,” Keith Leech, Chair of Trustees Traditional Jack in the Green announced […]

Pause and postpone – the new watchwords in the world of weddings

With no marriages taking place as we make out way through lockdown many small business people who depend on the wedding trade to make their living are suffering. For Helen Pomery, Managing Director of St Leonards based Empirical Events, the organiser of wedding shows across the south of England, it’s about more than just the […]

St Michael’s Hospice gives you moonlight and memories in your own back garden

St Michael’s Hospice is asking its supporters to join in the very first virtual Moonlight and Memories Walk being held during lockdown. Previously hosted under the full moon in June, the popular ten kilometre walk celebrates love, life and friendship and encourages people to remember their loved ones by making dedications – which you might […]

In the spotlight! Providing an oasis of positivity in a desert gloom

Are you a performer? Would you like to be a performer? Do you just want to show off? We’re living in strange times, we’re told we need to stay at home, to isolate ourselves from others, the news is all a bit depressing. At Hastings In Focus we’ve been thinking about what we can do […]