A Space For Social Change

By Kate Jaggers 

There are SO many awesome creative people in this wonderful town, all with their own exceptional talent, drive and amazing projects on the go. Our aim at Crippled Badger is to make a creative community space with some essential media facilities like free meeting rooms and podcasting facilities where we can all come together, exchange ideas, record and celebrate this great output. By uniting, it is possible to have a bigger impact on society that all these individuals involved, working so hard, truly deserve. The staff of Hastings Independent Press, as the cultural voice of our community, are among them. Our café bar serves coffee and must-try home-made mango lemonade. On the cooking front we house many young chef talents, and give them a platform to shine, experimenting with the latest street food. We also provide a more permanent space for small businesses such as vegan cake producers Cherry Cart, who have previously had to rely on ad hoc local markets. We undertake to donate 10% of profits from the café and bar towards social change projects.

Andrew Hartston at work

This month we are highlighting the great work of Dom’s Food Mission through a series of artwork pieces by local artist Andrew Harston. The portrait exhibition capturesthe faces of the varied selection of people increasingly reliant on food aid as they visit Dom’s distribution points. The aim is to raise awareness of such essential projects in our community and of how people can get involved in them. The co- working space is not just about working either. Our aim is to have a whole lot of fun too, in accordance with the spirit of this area, we have some amazing live talks and entertainment we are planning too….

Edit: on the venue’s name, Kate says ‘It all comes from my daughter, she’s 11, aspires to be a vet, and gets very upset with the amount of road kill we see on the regular journey we do to Kent to her father’s house. We decided to do something positive about this and I said the next business I do will be about helping animals and / or people more.

‘The Crippled Badger signifies those around us that need support, in this modern age of tech and time poor individuals we spend too long looking at our phones, social media and looking forward. Crippled Badger is all about taking time to celebrate what we have in our community and looking round you and helping those that may need a little support hence we donate 10% of all profits to social change projects, currently Dom’s
Food Mission.

‘It refers to the very helpless animal that no-one ever stops to help, no-one. It has zero association with any humans or plus disabled community.’

Crippled Badger is open daily from 10am (except Thursdays) at 67 Eversfield Place, TN37 6DB. Learn more on Instagram.

Kate Jaggers is also founder of the art and design-led guesthouse, Ruby’s Rooms, at 54 Eversfield Place.

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