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 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: 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

Latest on the ebola situation

As far as we know (20th August), there have not been any cases of ebola in Hastings SL, though Sallu and his team are very worried and are doing their best to be ready, and to educate the public about what they can do. We at the Link will do our best to respond to […]

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Family BBQ in the woods at Hastings : Saturday 12th July

We had a great time in St Helen’s Woods on July 12th. The weather was looking very threatening and we nearly cancelled, but in fact the sun came out at 3 o’clock and everything was perfect. A whole coachload of our SL friends from London & Essex came down, and everyone had a good time. […]

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Minutes of ordinary general meeting of June 11th

Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link Ordinary general meeting 11th June 2014-06-13 MINUTES     Present: Melanie Bray, Christine Boulton-Lane, Edwin Rew, Eileen Evans, Liz MacKay, Derek Tomblin (chair) Nola McSweeney, Diane Reed, Roger Mitchell, Cllr Nigel Sinden, Michael Foster, Lynn White, Robin Gray (minutes)   1. Apologies for Absence: Gillian Rubi, Cllrs Peter Pragnell and […]

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