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 […]

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 […]

‘Kill the bill’ protestors stage peaceful protest in the park

By Tom McCann Saturday’s dual Stand Up To Racism and Kill The Bill protest in Alexandra Park was a peaceful event during which songs from What a Wonderful World to Stand By Me were sung and speeches made regarding a variety of topics, from the conditions refugees have to live in at Napier Barracks near […]

Democracy Under Occupation – free Zoom meeting will discuss Palestinian elections

The Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign [HRPSC] is to host a free Zoom meeting about the upcoming Palestinian elections on Wednesday April 21st at 7pm titled Palestine: Democracy Under Occupation? It is the first time Palestinians have been invited to the polls in 15 years – a stark contrast with Israel, where a political impasse […]

Hastings part in worldwide day that will ‘Stand Up To Racism’

On Tuesday Hastings Trades Council will launch it’s campaign as part of World Day Against Racism. The online event will feature an impressive line up of speakers including Hollington Councillor Maya Evans, Nadia Sayed of Stand Up to Racism and Wilf Sullivan the TUC Race Equality Officer. On Saturday March 20th an international coalition of […]

Lift the ban – petition being delivered to parliament next week

It is more than a year since both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council voted to support asylum seekers being able to work with county councillors voting unanimously in favour of the move. This councils’ actions followed months of activity in Hastings and St Leonards to raise awareness of the Lift the Ban […]