Taking everyone at face value

‘Can archdeacons go to heaven?’ was a question that exercised medieval minds because it was this rank of the clergy – between the parish clergy and the bishop – which dealt with financial matters.  Today’s archdeacons remain concerned with matters of finance and buildings but I hope that the current Archdeacon of Hastings – whose […]

Those in Peril on the Sea

The sad death at sea of Gary Cornelius, one of our fisherman, has rather brought into focus the debt we owe to ‘those who go down to the sea in ships and whose business is in great waters’ to use the Old Testament words of Psalm 107. Living in Hastings and St Leonards grants us […]

Congratulations to the Old Town and its people!

Old Town Week will soon be upon us and I’m looking forward to being involved as an honorary Old Towner for the first time.  It should be a wonderful week of celebration as we emerge from Covid restrictions. We have lots of church-based events planned ranging from our special Old Town Service at St. Clement’s on […]

Direct hit – In memory of those who died when the Swan Inn was destroyed

It will be exactly 78 years ago on Sunday that the historic Swan Inn, a Hastings landmark since the early 14th century, was destroyed by enemy action. It was around lunchtime on Sunday 23rd May 1943 that a Luftwaffe raid caused damage and casualties around the town with 16 people being killed inside the Swan […]

Forgiving and forgetting – genuine forgiveness is not easy

‘I can forgive but I can’t forget.’  Those words attributed to the 19th century American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin) will be familiar to many of us.  Perhaps we have even used them. Offering genuine forgiveness is not easy and it can sometimes be difficult […]

Christians or not we all need hope and hope comes in different ways

Each Sunday during the current Covid-19 lockdown, while churches and places of worship have been forced put a halt to congregational worship, The Reverend Paul Hunt, priest-in-charge in Hastings Old Town, has offered some words of support and an opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges we face. Next Sunday congregational worship will resume and […]

All the lonely people – why we’re all potential Eleanor Rigbys

Each Sunday during the current Covid-19 lockdown, while churches and places of worship have been forced put a halt to congregational worship, The Reverend Paul Hunt, priest-in-charge in Hastings Old Town, will offer some words of support and an opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges we face. There is, I am told, a woman […]

Where is God in the pandemic? The theology behind a fleeting George Street conversation

Each Sunday during the current Covid-19 lockdown, while churches and places of worship have been forced put a halt to congregational worship, The Reverend Paul Hunt, priest-in-charge in Hastings Old Town, will offer some words of support and an opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges we face. It was in a locked-down George Street […]

To live peaceably with all – Quarry Road’s band of brothers

I suspect that most shoppers at ESK in Cambridge Road are unaware that this was once the site of the ABC Cinema.  Older Hastings residents will also remember the Orion Cinema, also in Cambridge Road, and the Gaiety, now the Odeon in Queens Road and the Curzon in Norman Road, St Leonards, now happily resurrected […]