Ensuring Hastings offers a place of sanctuary

Local people are being encouraged to extend a hand of friendship and to welcome refugees fleeing Northern France. Between 6.30am and midday on Sunday four boats containing 72 refugees landed on local beaches. They were all brought to Hastings to be medically assessed before being transferred to immigration officials.  Tony Eastaugh, Home Office Director for […]

Maya Evans in conversation about Afghanistan

Click the link above to hear Maya Evans talking about new book, Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war published tomorrow! Hollington’s borough councillor Maya Evans is a renowned campaigner and telling people about how real people are surviving in Afghanistan is her passion. Tomorrow Maya’s new book, Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war and it […]

Call to welcome asylum seekers with ‘warmth and compassion’

It’s time to create legal and safe routes into the UK and avoid the risk of vulnerable people being exploited by unscrupulous gangs and people traffickers. That’s the view of a group of Hastings based charities following the news that 17 people, thought by police to be ‘illegal immigrants’ arrived on the beaches of Hastings […]

Walking towards the better imagined – Refugee Tales

A packed Kino-Teatr in St Leonards was the venue last month for a fitting finale to an incredible five days of walking as this year’s Refugee Tales concluded with an evening of story-telling, laughter and occasionally tears. Almost 70 miles was covered from Brighton to Hastings and more than 150 people joined each day in […]

From Hastings with love… OPEN to all!

There’s a new community creative café and exhibition space set to launch on Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea next week. The official launch of OPEN, a new community endeavour will be marked with a photographic exhibition by local photographer Andrew Grainger. OPEN, at 19 Grand Parade, is opening as a community-run creative café and […]

Local people demand that ban on asylum seekers finding work be lifted

Campaigners in Hastings and St Leonards are calling on the Government to allow people seeking asylum in the UK the right to work. Politicians, campaigners, celebrities and members of the public will gather on Saturday, June 15th to call on the Government to give asylum seekers the right to work in the UK. This gathering […]

Top musicians will headline this year’s Festival by the Lake

Top jazz musicians Sarah Jane Morris and Gwyneth Herbert are headlining at this year’s Festival by the Lake on Sunday June 23rd between noon and 8pm, in the beautiful surroundings of Ashburnham Place, near Battle. Also on the bill are Hastings’ popular Afrobeat band Samaki, Juliet Russell and the Vocal Explosion Choir, Syrian trio Jamal, […]

Recital raises much needed cash for refugee support in Hastings

Last month’s piano recital by Margaret Fingerhut at The Stables Theatre raised almost £1,000 for Hastings Community of Sanctuary. The money will allow the group to further the work it does supporting refugees living locally. The Hastings recital was just one stop on a national tour for Ms Fingerhut. The show called Far from the Home […]