Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Festive Shutdown

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the Hastings Trust Resource Centre will be closed over the festive period. We will close our doors following the Festive Bash tomorrow, December 20th, between 12 noon and 3 pm, and then will re-open on Thursday 3rd January.

I wish you all a happy and restful Christmas break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Coonect 2 - The People's £50million

Well done and thanks to everyone for voting in this competition to decide on how £50million Lottery cash will be spent. The winning project was Sustrans Connect2, part of which will improve the Hastings - Bexhill cycle link and which was reported on in an earlier post.

Connect2 answers the growing call for new ways of getting around. It will be a blueprint for reconnecting people to the places they want to go in a more environmentally-friendly way, transforming communities into places that people can take pride in.

The project will make travel healthier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone. It will show how to develop sustainable local travel. The local environment will also benefit from attractive landscaping, seating and public art, to reflect the spirit and identity of the local community.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hastings Trust Festive Bash

Please come along and join us to celebrate the festive season with wine and nibbles at the Resource Centre, 35 Robertson Street on Thursday 20th December from 12 noon to 3pm

Monday, December 10, 2007

Budding Local Photographers To Hold Postcard Exhibition for the Sara Lee Trust

A group of 20 local photography enthusiasts will be displaying their favourite images from in and around Hastings at a forthcoming postcard exhibition to be held at The Creative Media Centre.

The official opening of the exhibition takes place on Thursday 13 December from 7-9pm and the exhibition runs until Thursday 20 December.

More information / press release can be found at:

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Connect2 - People Places Pride

Completing the Hastings - Bexhill Coastal Connection needs your support.

The scheme is part of the Connect2 project which is competing for a £50million grant from the Big Lottery Fund's 'The People's £50 Million Contest'. This is one of four projects competing for the grant. The winning project will be decided by a television vote held over the weekend of 7 - 10 December. You can also vote online at Online voting is open NOW.

Each of the four projects will be featured in ITV programmes in the week commencing 3rd December. Connect2 will feature on Tuesday 4th December.

Connect2 is a national project made up of 79 individual schemes, of which the Hastings - Bexhill Coastal Connection is one. The project aims to improve walking and cycling facilities in local communities across the UK. The Hastings - Bexhill Coastal Connection will become part of the National Cycle Network which runs along the south coast of England.

Without the Big Lottery Fund's money it is unlikely that that Connect2 project can be completed - therefore your vote counts. So make the connection, and cast your vote.

The scheme is supported by East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council and Sustrans. Hastings Urban Bikes is also a key supporter of the scheme and is working with local people to increase involvement and raise awareness.

More information about the scheme can be found at

Think Pink 2007 at Hastings Arts Forum

Now in it's second year, the Arts Forum's hugely successful exhibition of contemporary art by some of the UK's leading gay artists returns to the town. Running until the 6th December the 2007 exhibition features unique art by Pierre Anstis, Andy Bell, Leigh Bowery, Nigel Grimmer, Andrew Logan, Wayne Moraghan, Damien Morrison, Tim Perkins, Shimuzu Matt Smith, Christopher Winter, Andrew Woodyatt, Donald Urquhart and Mauricio Vincenzi.

The event is sponsored by Trade nightclubs and the Terence Higgins Trust and can be viewed at The Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards on Sea. Telephone 01424 201636 for more information or go to

As last year, a donation from the proceeds will be made to the Terence Higgins Trust. Please get involved and support the event and the valuable work of the Forum.

The celebration event is to be held this evening (1st December), World Aids Day, starting at 7.00pm and if last year's event is anything to go by, this year's will be a most inspirational and exciting affair. I hope to see you there.

Congratulations to all involved in putting together a fabulous show, and lots of love to you all.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hastings Trust awards Michael Foster MP

On Tuesday evening I had the honour of presenting Michael Jabez Foster MP with an award for commitment to the local community on behalf of the Development Trusts Association. On only my seventh day in post as the new chief officer at the Trust I felt privileged, but somewhat over-awed, by the occasion. Michael had been nominated for the award by the outgoing Executive Director, Christine Goldschmidt, commending Michael as a key supporter of the work of the Trust and saying that he deserves 'a pat on the back and big hug' for his tireless support of the communities within Hastings and St Leonards. We totally agree with Christine. Michael also took the time to give a private tour of the Houses to myself, my colleague David Jeapes (Skills2Build Manager) and DTA Board member Carolyn Lambert.

Hastings Pier - please note that the structural appraisal report of Hastings Pier is available to view or download from the Hastings Borough Council website although be aware of large file download sizes. The report can also be provided on CD-ROM by the Council . Contact the Projects Team on 01424 451672

Watch this space for news about developments at the Trust and how to get involved in our work.