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 […]

Cut will hit the most vulnerable who have little chance to make themselves heard

Last week we published a column from Jay Kramer about the proposal to shut the English as an Additional Language Service (EALs) across East Sussex. Here Dr Felicity Laurence Chair Hastings Community of Sanctuary explains in more detail not just what the service provides and why she believes it is vitally important that it is […]

Sanctuary in Parliament – working for a fairer immigration policy

Representing Hastings Community of Sanctuary Alex Kempton and I attended the annual Sanctuary in Parliament event earlier this month and met our MP Amber Rudd to discuss the day’s theme – Towards a Fairer Asylum System, writes Dr Felicity Laurence. There were moving accounts from those within the asylum system, music from the Stories of Sanctuary choir, […]