From land and sea the iconic structure that defines the St Leonards seafront

Stuart Baillie finds out about the history of a building that has always intrigued him…  I was standing on top of the East Hill at the weekend showing some friends who were visiting the town some of the landmarks of the area. They pointed west and asked, ‘what’s that?’ What they were asking about was of course Marine […]

No need for boredom to set in during this year’s summer holidays

With local schools due to break up for the summer holidays in the next few days it’s good to know there’s a whole summer’s worth of fantastic free activities on offer across the town. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is offering at least two free events every week of the summer holidays. Although the summer is […]

Is tonight’s gig the end of the pier show?

Is it the end of the line for Friends of Hastings Pier’s attempt to keep the town’s award winning pier under community control? There is to be a protest on the pier from 6pm tonight (Wednesday) organised by the pier’s staff. Staff who have been keeping the pier running while it has been in administration […]

Innovative methods are restoring native habitats

Frankie Woodgate and her heavy working horses Yser and Tobias returned to Hastings Country Park last week. The traditional method of landscape management involves working horses pulling heavy rollers to ‘bruise’ the bracken. Bruising bracken with horse drawn rollers is an effective, low impact method of reducing the vigour and growth of bracken in hard-to-reach […]

Time is ticking away with £100,000 still needed

Hastings Pier was back on TV at the weekend as BBC reporter Charlie Rose came to town town get an update on progress. And he heard good news about progress towards raising the money that gives Friends of Hastings Pier a fighting chance to keep the award winning Victorian structure under community control when the […]

Big names line up to support music tuition in local schools

East Sussex Music Service is celebrating its 84th year; it delivers music lessons to around 7,000 children in schools across the county every year and around 1,000 children, aged between four and 18, attend area music centres each week. East Sussex County Council recently announced that plans are being made to close the music instrumental service by […]

There is a plan for Hastings Pier… and here it is

Every time we run a story on Hastings Pier we always attach a link to the creative vision that Friends of Hastings Pier has drawn up. Adam Wide, the man who has drafted the creative plan, has huge experience in his field. But perhaps because that link is always at the bottom of our story […]

Phew – what a scorcher it was (in more ways than one)

Could Hastings be set to have a scorching hot summer of trade and tourism? If the momentum of this year’s May Day celebrations are anything to go by then that is certainly on the cards. Last Monday around 45,000 bikes came to Hastings, and during the morning there were 5,000 people per hour arriving at […]

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