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 25th November 2015 in Hastings Town Hall at 6.05. (Please note the change of date!)  We’re having  a dinner-dance at Bannatynes on 31st October. For tickets and info about the dinner-dance, contact Lynn White: – but hurry: you’ll need to reserve a ticket by this Sunday (18th) .

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

Celebrating the good news about Ebola

Christine, Richard and Edwin were invited to join a Celebration group in London on Saturday 7th rejoicing over the WHO announcement that after 42 days SL was Ebola free. They had the privilege and joy to meet Dr Oliver Johnson and some of The Team who were in the front line hospital when Ebola broke […]

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Stop Press! This year’s cryptic Orange Quiz Sheet is out!

Every year we raise several hundreds of £££ with our famous (or infamous) Orange Quiz Sheet. This year the theme is Education – people, places, subjects, activities…from pre-school to university. If you like brain-teasers and cryptic crosswords, you’ll love this.  Anagrams, hidden clues, Spoonerisms, sneaky definitions: it’ll keep you puzzling it all out, for ages. […]

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Minutes of Link meeting of September 30th

Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link Minutes of Ordinary General Meeting of 30th Sept 2015  Present: Eve Martin, Liz MacKay, Christine Boulton-Lane, Lynn White, Richard Homewood (Chair), Janet Jarvis, Derek Tomblin, Roger Mitchell, Edwin Rew, Nola McSweeney, Eileen & Bill Evans, Paul Cabban, Robin Gray (minutes). Apologies for Absence: Cllrs Nigel Sinden and Peter Pragnell, John […]

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