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 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 12th November 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 in March. (Date to be confirmed.) Book a table from Nola on 01424 751295.  For cryptic crossword addicts, this year’s Orange Quiz Sheet will be out in October: from the Information Centre in Aquila House, or from the Secretary: To give you a flavour (last year all the answers had a connection with the weather): O unmusical bum! -without a strange cloud in the sky. (12)  [Without 'a', it was an anagram of cumulo-nimbus.] This year’s cryptic clues will all be about the NHS…

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

Recent news

Ebola campaign

Did you see Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’ documentary on how ebola is affecting villagers in the east of Sierra Leone? It’s a very sobering account of the horror of ebola. The programme is available on-demand at Ebola is now on Hastings’ doorstep. It now seems likely that an isolation centre will be set up […]

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Minutes of Link meeting of 3rd September 2014

Present: Eileen & Bill Evans, Eve Martin, Christine Boulton-Lane, Richard Homewood (chair), Ray Keene, Sue Furness, Many Hinxman, Melanie Bray, Liz MacKay, Nola McSweeney, Derek Tomblin , John Geater, Janet Jarvis, Lynn White, Diane Reed, Robin Gray (minutes)  1. Apologies for absence: Tom Collins, Paul Cabban 2. Minutes of meeting of 11th June & matters […]

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Gala Concert for the Link – Friday October 17th

Hope everyone enjoyed the concert!  I’ll post some photos when I receive them. A huge thank you to Sussex Brass, Vincent Salzfas and his fellow drummer, and the Robertsbridge Community Choir – and Yvonne and her team for the marvellous buffet, as well as to all those who put up posters, left flyers, sold tickets […]

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