New Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected for Hastings and St Leonards

Old Hastings’ Councillor James Bacon was elected Mayor of Hastings and St Leonards tonight (May 19th) in a unanimous vote by members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) at the Annual Council meeting. Mr Bacon replaced the outgoing Mayor Nigel Sinden, under whom he had served as Deputy Mayor for the previous three years. Replacing Mr […]

Mayor and deputy stay in position for a further year

Hastings’ Mayor Nigel Sinden and his deputy James Bacon will have an additional year in their current roles. Councillor Sinden’s tenure as Mayor would normally have ended at Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) annual meeting in May and as is the tradition Councillor Bacon would have stepped up in to the principal role after two years […]

Deputy Mayor cutting some shapes for the NHS

Hastings Deputy Mayor, Councillor James Bacon is always up for lightening the mood. In recent weeks he has published videos of himself reading stories for children, he got his old Karate suit out of storage and gave us a demonstration of his martial arts skills and now he’s cutting some shapes on the dance floor […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hastings Week poetry competition – there’s still time to enter

You have only two days left to enter this year’s Hastings Week poetry competition. The competition was set up three years ago by James Bacon who is now Hastings’ Deputy Mayor, James says: “I set up the poetry competition because I was inspired by the poems written by my great uncle Sam Bacon, who was […]

Jay’s Alexandra Park memory walk is a huge success

A ‘memory’ walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society held in Alexandra Park on Saturday has smashed its fundraising target. More than 30 people took part in the walk which had set a goal of raising £500, the current total stands at over £700 with further donations still expected to arrive through the ‘just giving’ page […]