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 meeting: Wednesday 20th May 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 on 29th May, and we’re having a Musical Quiz Night on 18th September and a dinner-dance at Bannatynes on 31st October. For a general overview of the Link’s work, the AGM is at St Paul’s School on Sat 20th June, starting with lunch at 12.30.

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

Minutes of Link meeting – 18th March

  Present: Christine Boulton-Lane, Eve Martin, Sue Furness, Liz MacKay, Ray Keene, Richard Homewood (chair), Derek Tomblin, Janet Jarvis, Diane Reed, Sue Furness, Nola McSweeney, Lynn White, Roger Mitchell, Bill Evans, Robin Gray (minutes) Apologies for absence: Richard Lane, John Geater, Paul Cabban, Melanie Bray, Mandy Hinxman, Jaqui Lockwood, Eileen Evans, Edwin Rew Minutes of […]

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Great Quiz Night raises £1785 for Ebola relief

Richard writes: Link Annual Quiz Night a roaring success! Hot on the heels of the Rotary Club quiz night, the Link’s Annual Quiz Night held at William Parker School was a roaring success raising £1785 on top of over £1,000 raised by Nola’s quiz sheet sales. 33 Teams struggled valiantly with Robin’s questions and the […]

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Rotarians raise over £1000 for solar panels for the health centre

Last night St Leonards Rotary Club ran a terrific quiz night at the Elphinstone Sports and Social Club. Twenty-odd teams battled it out, answering John Easter’s clever questions as posed by Michael Foster, the genial quizmaster. Michael valiantly nursed the PA system until it finally gave up the ghost. In the end, old hands The […]

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