Recents Events

Sun Shines on Garden Full of Delights

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Young talent to Global Fashion Show, all was as bright as the sunshine as 400 celebrated our second annual Garden Full of Delights in the delightful St Leonards Gardens.The innovation and sheer variety of the 40 plus costumes from many cultures exemplified the fun day in the park which gathered the diverse people of St Leonards in a real family atmosphere – grandparents, children and grandchildren.

Jamie the magician wandered through the crowd making balloons into works of art, In2Play gathered the little ones on two vast blue canvases, Janet enticed budding artists to compete with their original posters and local cafés and restaurants fed us with their cakes, scones, Armenian savouries and Indian curries.

MP, Amber Rudd extended her busy schedule to be with us and Councillor Chris Dowling and his wife came for the day as Chair of East Sussex County, while Mayor Kim Forward opened the event with Jeremy Birch our Hastings Council Chair. Beth and Jerrie won first and second prize in the Talent completion, with Behind Closed Doors, a local band, making 3rd prize.

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African New Year Celebration

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african new year 1The snow, ice and freezing temperatures were melted away by that amazing African cuisine and the warmth of friendship, music and cooperation that filled Concordia Hall in St Leonards on Sunday 19th December for the long-awaited African New Year Celebration.

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A Garden Full of Asian Delights


An inter group project of Hastings and District Interfaith Forum in conjunction with Hastings Intercultural Organisation, the Friends of St. Leonards Gardens and Respond Academy Funded by Sussex Community Foundation

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A Successful Leap of Faith

Hindu HIFF launch051008 017People from many faith groups in Hastings and Bexhill packed St Mary in the Castle last Sunday, braving the foul weather to take ‘A Leap of Faith’ – affirming that we can all live together in mutual respect and friendship. It turned into a joyful expression of many faiths in music and dance, and a feeling that something quite special had happened.

The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Maureen Charlesworth, and MP Michael Foster both gave their enthusiastic backing to the event, which was organized by the Hastings & District Interfaith Forum. After an introduction by Steve Manwaring, Habibah Anwar-Bhatti, also of Hastings Voluntary Action, shared how her brainchild had been formed over the last two years with the purpose of allowing the voice of faith groups large and small to be heard by local government and agencies.

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