A semi-regular round-up of everything going on in the Hastings Commons 

By Andrew Myers

WHAT IS HASTINGS COMMONS?

It’s an ecosystem of organisations working together – Heart of Hastings, White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures, Jericho Road Solutions, Leisure & Learning, and Project Art Works (among others). 

Most importantly, it’s an ethos – community-led regeneration. To create vibrant spaces and homes that are owned by the community, managed collaboratively and affordable forever.

WHAT’S GOING ON THEN?

You may remember the grand opening of the Common Room (27 Cambridge Road) on 10 September – it’s been a roaring success since then! Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the Common Room is open to everyone as a public living room Tuesday to Saturday from 12-4pm. 

It’s also available to hire in the mornings and evenings – contact [email protected] to enquire.

On Thursdays, Energise Sussex Coast and Transition Town Hastings are co-hosting a Green Room at the Common Room from 12-4pm. It’s a space where anyone can drop in, meet, discuss and share their ideas, projects and suggestions for making our town future fit and climate resilient.

Fridays are Crafty Fridays, where you’re welcome to come along and knit, crochet and chat in good company. Great opportunity to share skills. And the last Friday of the month is Make and Mend – a cross between a craft group and a repair café. Come and learn how to fix your own stuff – everything from darning your own socks to fixing a small radio! Find @MaMBexhill on Facebook for more details.

Jay’s Jams – From 20 Nov, this will happen most Saturdays from 12-4pm in The Common Room. Jay will bring a couple of amps and a couple of guitars, and hopefully others will bring their own stuff. It won’t be loud, it will just be a bunch of musicians, of any ability or age, coming together instead of playing alone at home, for free, where they don’t have to pay for lessons or have the expectations or pressures that come with playing in a band. Everyone welcome!

Also based at the Common Room is the Hastings Library of Things – a magic cupboard full of things to borrow, use and return to be used again. The library has power tools, camping gear, sewing machines, steam cleaners, puzzles and kitchenware. 

It is a community project run by volunteer members. Membership is £3 a year, for unlimited borrowing. The Library is open Wednesdays 5-6pm, Fridays 12-4pm and Saturdays 12-4pm. More details at hastingslot.myturn.com

Find the Hastings Commons on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or drop into the Common Room for a cup of tea and chat – at 27-29 Cambridge Road (opposite ESK). 


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