Life in Hastings, Sierra Leone

About the Friendship Link

The Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link connects the peoples of Hastings, UK and Hastings, Sierra Leone to promote reconstruction and friendship. It raises money through events and donations to help rebuild Hastings, SL following its devastation in 1997 during the Sierra Leonean civil war. The Link also promotes official twinning, informal exchanges and school-to-school links.

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Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link. We’re a registered charity: nº 1127137. The Link works to further the friendship that has existed between the seaside town of Hastings in East Sussex and the village of Hastings in Sierra Leone since 2001.

Please use the menu on the right to find out more about Hastings and Sierra Leone, about the history of the link leading up to the official twinning of the two towns, about the ways that Hastings UK is helping its Sierra Leonean namesake, and about past and future events. Our current big project is helping the villagers to extend and refurbish the little health centre (an emergency maternity & obstetric unit) and to provide medical equipment and supplies, especially now that EBOLA has hit the village. We’re very proud of our numerous school-to-school links, too, and organise teacher exchanges each year. We’re always trying to raise funds, of course. This year’s Quiz Night raised nearly £2000. But the health centre project needs a lot more money.   If you have any ideas for raising money on  our behalf (at your place of worship, club or workplace?) or know of any funding streams we may not have applied to, please let us know!

We would be delighted to hear from you, to see you at our meetings, and to have your support. Next meeting: Wednesday 14th January 2015 in Hastings Town Hall at 6.05. If you enjoy quiz nights, we have a big one (some say it’s the best in Hastings!) at St Paul’s School, St Leonards in March. (Date to be confirmed.) Book a table from Nola on 01424 751295.  For cryptic crossword addicts, this year’s Orange Quiz Sheet is now out: from the Information Centre in Aquila House, or from the Secretary: secretary.hslfl@gmail.com. This year’s cryptic clues will all be about the NHS… Do you like anagrams? How about “O horrid shame of these”(12 letters)?

Please come back and visit this site often – we try as hard as we can to keep it up to date.

Recent news

Minutes of latest Link meeting (Nov 20th)

Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link Minutes of the Ordinary General Meeting of 20th November 2014   Present: Jacqui Lockwood, Richard Homewood (chair), David Turner, Christine Boulton-Lane, Richard Lane, Ray Keene, Lynn White, Sue Furness, Eve Martin, Edwin Rew, Roger Mitchell, Mandy Hinxman, Diane Reed, Janet Jarvis, Nola McSweeney, Derek Tomblin, Liz MacKay, Melanie Bray, Eileen […]

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Ebola Campaign: our Chairman (and others) for the high jump

  Here is Richard’s account of their amazing jump to raise funds to fight Ebola in Hastings SL. (If you didn’t get around to sponsoring them, there’s still time!)       Well we finally did it! Fifth time lucky for the five of us (Richard Homewood, Matt and Hollie Lockwood and Richard and Ellen […]

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Fundraising Cheese Fest – whatever next?

Jo Avery (a work colleague of Roger Reed who is married to Diane, one of our teachers) ran a Cheese Fest last week at the Department for Transport, where they work. Jo writes: “People made cheese scones, straws, brought in all different sorts of cheeses and someone even made homemade cheese! My friend came up […]

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