Taking everyone at face value

‘Can archdeacons go to heaven?’ was a question that exercised medieval minds because it was this rank of the clergy – between the parish clergy and the bishop – which dealt with financial matters.  Today’s archdeacons remain concerned with matters of finance and buildings but I hope that the current Archdeacon of Hastings – whose […]

Those in Peril on the Sea

The sad death at sea of Gary Cornelius, one of our fisherman, has rather brought into focus the debt we owe to ‘those who go down to the sea in ships and whose business is in great waters’ to use the Old Testament words of Psalm 107. Living in Hastings and St Leonards grants us […]

Six centuries take their toll on Old Town landmark

Salt laden winds are threatening the fabric and future of St Clement’s Church in the Old Town. Built in the 14th century the church survived a near-miss from th Luftwaffe in 1943 but is now suffering from the effects of 600 years of stone erosion. “It’s vital that the stonework is restored now if we […]

Congratulations to the Old Town and its people!

Old Town Week will soon be upon us and I’m looking forward to being involved as an honorary Old Towner for the first time.  It should be a wonderful week of celebration as we emerge from Covid restrictions. We have lots of church-based events planned ranging from our special Old Town Service at St. Clement’s on […]

Old Town Parish pulls out all the stops!

A major restoration of one of England’s finest organs will be celebrated on Monday (July 5th) at All Saints Church in the Old Town The concert will be given by the internationally renowned organist Gordon Stewart who has played in every All Saints concert series for the past 32 years. Last year’s concerts had to be […]

Forgiving and forgetting – genuine forgiveness is not easy

‘I can forgive but I can’t forget.’  Those words attributed to the 19th century American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin) will be familiar to many of us.  Perhaps we have even used them. Offering genuine forgiveness is not easy and it can sometimes be difficult […]

Rolling with the DFLs on a weekender in Hastings!

Employment as a traffic warden and supporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is something of a double whammy as far as social handicaps go.  Having said that, I was on my daily run along the seafront a few days ago when I found myself running alongside a delightful Spurs supporting traffic warden named Jim. Jim was […]

Christians or not we all need hope and hope comes in different ways

Each Sunday during the current Covid-19 lockdown, while churches and places of worship have been forced put a halt to congregational worship, The Reverend Paul Hunt, priest-in-charge in Hastings Old Town, has offered some words of support and an opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges we face. Next Sunday congregational worship will resume and […]

All the lonely people – why we’re all potential Eleanor Rigbys

Each Sunday during the current Covid-19 lockdown, while churches and places of worship have been forced put a halt to congregational worship, The Reverend Paul Hunt, priest-in-charge in Hastings Old Town, will offer some words of support and an opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges we face. There is, I am told, a woman […]