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 16th Septembere 2015 in Hastings Town Hall at 6.05. You’ve missed this year’s Quiz Night, I’m afraid, but we’re having a Musical Quiz Night on 18th September and a dinner-dance at Bannatynes on 31st October. Please support one or both of these events!

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

Charity Ball – October 31st

Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link  presents an amazing CHARITY BALL in aid of our Twin Town on 31 October 2015 in the Montgomery Suite, Bannatynes Hotel, Hastings. Enjoy good food, great company and fantastic entertainment from London born, Hastings raised, award-winning jazz singer-pianist Liane Carroll and superb local band, The Kites. Bring along friends and […]

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Music Quiz fundraiser on September 18th

MUSIC QUIZ NIGHT – Friday 18 September – Are you a true music buff or just somebody who loves music and just can’t get that tune out of your head! Well come along and see just how much you know at the Friendship Link’s Music Quiz and fundraiser on Friday 18 September at St Paul’s […]

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Rotary Club’s Africa Evening a Great Success

AFRICA EVENING A Great Success! A great time was had by all at the Rotary Club’s Africa Evening at the Elphinstone Sports and Social Club on July 15th. Guests were entertained with African music and singing and dancing by King Masco and his African Dancers. Bruce Forsythe look-a-like Derek Tomblin played his cards right to […]

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