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 14th January 2015 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 is now out: from the Information Centre in Aquila House, or from the Secretary: This year’s cryptic clues will all be about the NHS… Do you like anagrams? How about “O horrid shame of these”(12 letters)?

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

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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Minutes of Link meeting of 28th January 2015

Minutes of the ordinary general meeting of 28th January 2015  Present: Christine Boulton-Lane, Richard Lane, Jacqui Lockwood, Richard Homewood (chair), Edwin Rew, Eve Martin, Janet Jarvis, Lynn White, Eileen & Bill Evans, Roger Mitchell, Nola McSweeney, Liz MacKay, Ray Keene, Cllr Nigel Sinden, Robin Gray (minutes) Apologies for absence: Paul Cabban, Mandy Hinxman, Sue Furness, […]

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Orange Quiz Sheet – the winners and the answers!

Phew, it’s all over! The Quizmaster’s woolly hat has turned up 3 winners from the 18 fully correct entries we received. They are: 1st prize: Hilary Coulson of Pinner, Middlesex 2nd prize: Pam & John Robbins of Battle, East Sussex 3rd prize: Bill Ross of Aberdeen This year we had 79 entries in all,  from […]

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