Finally soled and heeled – a very personal tribute to John the Cobbler

Just before Christmas a new bench was officially unveiled at the top of Courthouse Street in memory of John Napier, better known as John The Cobbler. During the ceremony Bishop Peter Wheatley blessed the bench and Jonathan Mendenhall gave an emotional speech with Sandra, John’s partner, being invited to be the first person to sit […]

Hastings on YouTube – just what you need on a wet and windy day

With the weather forecast looking bleak for the remainder of the weekend we’re recommending hibernating in front of a roaring fire with a mug – or a glass – of your favourite tipple and settling down to a selection of videos all with Hastings at their centre. If the weather stays the way it is, […]

Council to ignore petition demanding Isabel Blackman centre be saved

A campaign by local people to halt the closure of the Isabel Blackman centre in Hastings Old Town has failed. And East Sussex County Council (ESCC) appears to be discarding a petition signed by more than 1,500 local people asking for the council to reconsider its decision. A statement issued by ESCC today said: “As […]

No words – just even more great pictures of Hastings…

Photos courtesy of Darren McCann, Mark Dockerill and Sid Saunders Have you taken some great pictures of the Hastings and St Leonards or events that are going on…? Just email them to and we’ll share them with the town. Have you taken some great pictures of the Hastings and St Leonards or events that are going […]

Hastings’ new Shannon class lifeboat welcomed to its new home

The Richard and Caroline Colton arrived in Hastings yesterday the town’s brand new Shannon class lifeboat. Crowds of people flocked to the beach to see the new hi-tech lifeboat arrive after it had gone through extensive trials since July and the local lifeboat crew have undergone extensive training with the new craft. The Shannon is the latest […]

Can Hastings show global community its value?

Does Hastings have what it takes to be a UNESCO world heritage site? Hastings is at the centre of a richly historic area, with a heritage of enormous potential, worthy of conservation. The first harbour development proposal might have been withdrawn but there is still a threat of a revised development coming forward and no […]

Every reason for Hastings to be proud

Hastings mayor, and speaker of the Cinque Ports, Councillor Nigel Sinden, hosted ‘Speakers Day’ in Hastings last Saturday. There are seven Cinque Ports, and each year, in rotation, the mayor of one of the five head ports and two ‘antient towns’ (sic) is appointed as speaker. The speaker acts as chairman and principal representative of […]

Is our town ready to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Is it time that Hastings and St Leonards became a World Heritage Site? That’s the question up for debate later this month at an open meeting being staged by the Hastings and St Leonards Society and according to Julia Hilton of Hastings Green party making such an application could form part of  “a clear vision and framework […]

Harbour and marina plan is dead!

Hastings Green Party hopes its strong campaign opposing the proposed marina and harbour plan for Hastings Old Town may have influenced the decision by the scheme’s backers to withdraw its plans. Hastings Green Party yesterday welcomed the news that the proposal to build a huge marina complex and hundreds of new homes on a platform […]