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 since EBOLA 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 3rd February 2016 at Aquila House (not the Town Hall!)

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

Orange Quiz Sheet – the answers!

As promised, here are the answers to the orange quiz sheet.  To find the answers and explanations, click on  Click on Quiz sheet 2016 answers There were 18 completely correct entries. The Quizmaster put the names into the woolly hat and drew: 1st Prize Ralph & Sally Thompson (Hastings), 2nd Prize Katherine Walker (Cheltenham), 3rd […]

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance

Every year our London-based Sierra Leonean friends organise a dinner dance around Valentine’s Day to commemorate the twinning of the two Hastings which took place on Valentine’s Day in  2007. It’s always an evening of lively Sierra Leonean music, dancing and entertainment, and a very nice meal. The raffle prizes are spectacular. I attach their […]

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Minutes of meeting of 25th November 2015

Present: Paul Cabban, Nola McSweeney, Lynn White, Christine Boulton-Lane, Edwin Rew, Richard Homewood (chair), Derek Tomblin, Eileen & Bill Evans, Ray Keene, Robin Gray (minutes) Apologies for absence: Cllrs Nigel Sinden, Peter Pragnell; Janet Jarvis, Sue Furness, Roger Mitchell, Liz MacKay, Jacqui Lockwood Minutes of meeting of 30th Sept and matters arising: Robin apologised for […]

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