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 1999.

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.  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 Jan 15th 2014 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 on Friday 21st March. Book a table from Nola on 01424 751295.  For cryptic crossword addicts, this year’s Orange Quiz Sheet is out: from the Information Centre in Aquila House, or from the Secretary: secretary.hslfl@gmail.com. To give you a flavour (all the answers have a connection with the weather): O unmusical bum! -without a strange cloud in the sky. (12)

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

Recent news

Quiz Night Results

Friday’s Quiz Night 2014 was our best yet. 30 teams – ranging from hardened quiz enthusiasts to kind-hearted but baffled-looking Link supporters – battled it out over 10 rounds, plus a fiendish picture round aimed at those who watch too much TV. Serious quizzers were hoping to unseat the reigning champions, the redoubtable Runners and […]

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Orange Quiz Sheet: the answers and the winners!

This year’s orange quiz sheet raised over £600. Thanks to everyone who sold them for us, and of course to everyone who bought one. We sold a dozen via the Internet, and received 7 sets of answers that way. The Quizmaster tells me that the winners are: Hilary Coote (Hastings) and Pam Robbins (Battle) with […]

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Comic Relief disappointment

I’m afraid that we’ve just been told that our bid for Comic Relief funding has been unsuccessful. It’s true, of course, that Comic Relief gets far more requests for funding than it can satisfy. Still, the focus of our application – providing medical supplies , improving water and sanitation and funding educational outreach work to […]

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