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 […]

Hastings receives funding to help welcome visitors back safely

Hastings is set to receive £229,000 in Welcome Back Funding to support the town’s pandemic recovery and encourage people back safely. It’s Hastings’ share of the government’s £56 million Welcome Back Fund, which has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund. It will allow local authorities to put in place measures to create and promote a safe […]

Grab–a–jab in Broomgrove… no appointment necessary!

Still needing to get yourself vaccinated against Covid-19? There’s a pop-up vaccination centre opening on Wednesday (July 28th) at the Broomgrove Centre from 3.30pm until 6.30pm offering the Pfizer vaccination and able to provide both first and second jabs. Baird Councillor Robert Cooke hopes as many people as possible will make use of the facility […]

Book a test! Hastings residents urged to book a test for any virus concern

Hastings residents are being urged to book a Covid test if they suspect they may have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, as infection rates rise in the borough. Concern about the rise in cases and high transmission rates has prompted public health advice that anyone who thinks they may have been in close contact […]

On your marks… get ready… but the council won’t let you go!

While councils across the south east have given the green light for Parkrun events to restart later this month once the current lockdown restrictions are lifted in Hastings the borough council is still refusing to give the go ahead and is asking organisers to meet impossible conditions. Parkrun enthusiast and ward councillor for West St […]

How to keep warm next winter

Even though winter is likely to be the last thing on your mind during summer, wintertime is special. There are bonfires, hot chocolate, twinkly lights, and the holiday season. The catch is, it also gets bitterly cold! Staying warm can often feel like a mission, especially if you are trying to cut down on your […]

Coming together together to help the homeless

A coalition of councils and voluntary organisations are working together on a new initiative to support the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The ‘Live, Work, Thrive Project’ will be headed by Hastings Borough Council (HBC), Rother District Council (RDC), Education Futures Trust, Fellowship of St Nicholas and Sussex Community Development Association. The initiative’s […]

Call to action – chance for local women to have their say on health

Reshaping women’s healthcare is a is the subject of a new government consultation and Hastings and Rye MP, Sally-Ann Hart, is encouraging women across the constituency to have their say by coming forward to share their experiences The first of its kind, the Women’s Health Strategy will address women’s health in England over the course […]

Local mum with a big HEART wins worldwide recognition for her Covid efforts

Kim Batty, the Hastings-based single parent who co-founded the town’s mutual aid support group HEART, has been recognised for her work with a global award from the international media giant Nationbuilder. Hailed by the firm as an ‘#Everyday Leader’, Kim set up HEART at the start of the Covid pandemic, recruiting a team of over […]