In the spotlight! Providing an oasis of positivity in a desert gloom

Are you a performer? Would you like to be a performer? Do you just want to show off? We’re living in strange times, we’re told we need to stay at home, to isolate ourselves from others, the news is all a bit depressing. At Hastings In Focus we’ve been thinking about what we can do […]

Passionate presenters provide the inspiration at second Common Treasury

What happens when you combine the energy of over 100 local people with five inspiring examples of social change, delivered by a group of passionate presenters, in the awe-inspiring setting of St Mary’s in the Castle? What happens is that people find common ground – weaving a web of new connections by having creative conversations […]

The Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas… part two

Common Treasury Two is coming to Hastings on October 24th. The day will include speakers talking about and demonstrating the inspiring ideas they’ve contributed to thriving communities elsewhere. This time there is a big emphasis on the idea of a ‘circular economy’ with less waste and the sharing of resources like the Library of Things […]

Creative fun for the family this Friday – don’t miss it

If you’re looking for something to do with the family on Friday the Funhouse Festival might be just what you’ve been searching for. For just £12 per child, families can take part in relaxed drop-in sessions making bespoke Fun House memorabilia to take home with them. Smaller-scale workshops can also be booked at no extra […]

Trustees map out their plans for iconic seafront landmark

When you’ve been entrusted with the responsibility for a grade II listed former church built in the neo-classical style in the early 19th century and occupying a high profile position on the seafront you could be excused for being a little apprehensive – the trustees of St Mary in the Castle, however, are far from […]

New chapter to ‘rich and varied history’ as first artist in residence moves in

Rebecca Ainscough has been announced as St Mary in the Castle’s first Artist in Residence and her exhibition opens on Friday. The exhibition Rhythm, Ritual, Rite of Passage will be on show in the Crypt Gallery until August 16th. “We’re so excited to have Rebecca as our first Artist in Residence,” Lead Curator, Thom Kofoed says, […]

Seafront march celebrates 100th anniversary of votes for women

More than 300 women dressed as suffragists or suffragettes, carrying dramatic banners, placards and posters, all of which had been created by local women, marched along Hastings seafront last Saturday writes Ann Kramer. The purpose of this colourful spectacle was to celebrate the 100 year  anniversary of British women winning the vote, after a long and […]