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 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 ordinary meeting: Wednesday 15th July 2015 in Hastings Town Hall at 6.05. You’ve missed this year’s Quiz Night, I’m afraid, but our friends at St Leonards Rotary Club are planning an evening of African food and music (NB date changed to 10th July), and we’re having a Musical Quiz Night on 18th September and a dinner-dance at Bannatynes on 31st October.

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

If you’d like to contact us, either use the Contact button on this website, or email

Recent news

Another great ‘cheese fest’ at Ashdown House

  Jo Avery and her friends have raised an astonishing £345 for the Link (plus £86.25 in Gift Aid, which shows how important Gift Aid is!). Jo writes on the Ashdown House internal website: Staff at Hastings had a brie-lliant time, at the 2nd staging of the Cheese Fest. This saw staff supply and sample […]

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 20th May 2015

Present: Rebecca Ellis, Femi Gilpin, Yvette John, Yvonne Johnson, Rev René Jarrett, Dorcas Johnson, Mohammed Koroma, Elizabeth Koroma, Edwin Jarrett, Emmanuel Nylander, Janet Siesay, Raymond Georgestone (Sierra Leone Hastings Association (UK); Bill & Eileen Evans, Eve Martin, Tom Collins, Ray Keene, Richard Lane, Richard White, Margaret Mitchell, Roger Mitchell, Richard Homewood (chair), John Geater, Christine […]

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Another great Link football tournament!

Richard writes: Friday saw St Mary’s Star of the Sea footballers victorious in both the boys and girls group matches at the Friendship Link soccer tournament on a rather windswept and chilly Friday afternoon. Jackie and Sue leapt with delight as their teams were presented with the trophies but everyone who participated put in a […]

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