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15th August 2017

Coastal Currents: 'Faceless'

We love taking part in the big Coastal Currents Art Festival that takes place in Hastings. This year our exhibition is called ‘Faceless’ and it is focusing on modern slavery and human trafficking, in connection with the Hastings Anti-Trafficking Hub, which is chaired by King's Church, and which includes local police, council officers and others. The launch event takes place up here in Coffee Box on Thursday 7 September at 6pm. All are welcome. Free entry.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
12:19


5th June 2015

Capturing the tides of local life

The local Coastal Currents Arts Festival is at the heart of the Hastings & St Leonards calendar. It's a fantastic three weeks celebrating the incredible creativity of our town's renowned artistic community, attracting thousands of visitors and tourists. This year, for the first time, King's Church Hastings will be taking part, and Coffee Box at the Hastings Centre are pleased to be hosting their exhibition.

During Coastal Currents, the exhibition will be open to everyone. So whether you're a photographer, painter, illustrator or fine artist – beginner or advanced – King's would love to showcase some of your work at Coffee Box.


The theme of the exhibition is Tides, which will capture the ebb and flow of life in Hastings & 1066 Country. Tides will be a collaborative exhibition of photographic and creative works from artists living in the area, touching on the seasons, the memories, the hopes and the realities of life in our town. This is a brilliant opportunity to participate in this festival that is such a key part of our town.

The brief is simple: produce a single photo or a collection of portraits or scenic photographs, representing your view of the tides of life in Hastings & 1066 Country. For each image or for your collection as a whole, please provide a brief story, memory or hope, explaining your chosen theme. Please bear in mind that some photos will be printed at A3 for the exhibition, so please use the highest resolution settings on your camera and submit uncompressed versions of your photos (RAW if possible). Hand your work in to the Hastings Centre Reception on a CD or memory stick, or email jothurston@kingshastings.org by Friday 31 July.

If your work is selected, it will be displayed in Coffee Box throughout Coastal Currents, including at the King's launch event on Saturday 5 September (more info coming soon). 

King's would love to see your work and showcase some of the outstanding talent from the local community. Other Coastal Current exhibitions will be taking place across Hastings' public spaces between 28 August and 13 September, too, promising a colourful exhibition of creative arts, so note the dates and don't miss this great event in our town.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
16:00


20th May 2015

Try one of the regulars...

From dance to fitness, parties and film nights to King's Church Sunday meetings, the Hastings Centre has plenty happening all week, every week.

On Mondays we host Ridgeway Dance (4-6pm), Fitsteps (7-8pm), Power Hoop (7.30-8.30pm) and St Leonards Bridge Club (6.30-10.30pm).

On Tuesdays, why not try out Totz Klub (10-11.30am), Tomboogie (6-7pm), or visit a local Weight Watchers meeting (5.30pm)?

Wednesdays see us booked up with Tumble Tots (9am-2pm), and more sessions of Ridgeway Dance, Tomboogie and St Leonards Bridge Club.

Or visit us on a Thursday for Street 20 Cricket and more fitness and dance classes – the classes we host include street, modern, ballet and theatre dance.

On Fridays we are home to award-winning Baby Ballet classes (9.45-10.30am), another Bridge Club session from 6.30-10.30pm and King's Church Hastings youth socials most Friday nights from 7.15pm.

We're open on Saturdays with regular charity bootfairs and craft fairs, and Coffee Box is known for hosting parties and film nights, so keep an eye out for these on the Coffee Box website and Facebook page. Throughout the week, Coffee Box is open 10am-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 9.30-11.30am on Saturdays, so pop in for lunch or a coffee on any day that suits you.

Finally, King's Church meets here every Sunday at 10am and 6.30pm for contemporary live music, teaching and the chance to meet with hundreds of local Christians from all walks of life. In the evening meetings, Coffee Box's licensed bar is open, and there are sometimes social events such as BBQs and live music nights. Both meetings are open to everyone. For more information, visit the King's Church website.

There's plenty happening at the Hastings Centre every day, so why not check out one of the regular events? Whether you're with us for bridge or ballet, fitness or film nights, charity bootfairs or church, we look forward to seeing you soon.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
17:00


13th May 2015

Entertainment for all the family

They're back! The EWW American Pro-Wrestling team will visit the Hastings Centre this Saturday night (16 May) for their upcoming event, Eden Rising.

If you enjoyed the last EWW event at the Hastings Centre, you won't want to miss this thrilling entertainment for all the family. Doors open at 6.45pm and the first bell is at 7.30pm. Throughout the night our licensed bar will be open and hot food and snacks will be available from our in-house catering team.

Tickets are on sale now at just £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £25 for a family ticket (two adults and two children.) You can get tickets from the Hastings Centre reception, the Hastings Tourist Information centre, or call the ticket hotline on 07808 218262 today. In the past this event has attracted hundreds of spectators, and our spacious building has its own on-site car park which is free to use from 6pm.

Book your tickets now and don't miss a night of fantastic entertainment for all the family.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
16:30


22nd April 2015

Hustings at the Hastings Centre

In the run-up to the General Election, the Hastings Centre is pleased to be hosting two hustings events giving local people the opportunity to hear about the candidates and their policies.

If you're a member of the local business breakfast, there will be a Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast taking place tomorrow morning (7.30-9.30am on Thursday 23 April), featuring current Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd (Conservative) and local political candidates Nick Perry (Liberal Democrat), Sarah Owen (Labour) and Jake Bowers (Green). If you'd like to attend, the breakfast costs £7 for members or £10 for non-members; please visit the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Additionally, Church Together in Hastings & St Leonards will be holding its hustings event here at 7pm on Tuesday 28 April for local Christians to quiz the candidates about the issues that matter to them. If you'd like an opportunity to hear about different parties' policies or to have your own questions answered, come along to the evening. Questions can be submitted in advance to thelyttles@uwclub.net or to 07730 065680. Please visit the Church Together website for more information.

We're pleased that the Hastings Centre is able to host these important opportunities to find out more about the way our town and local area is being run.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
17:00


10th March 2015

Spring at the Hastings Centre

Whether you're into arts and crafts, or sports and films are your forte, there's plenty for everyone at Hastings Centre this spring.

We hope you enjoyed our charity bootfair on Saturday 14 February. These will continue to run over the next few months, with the next event taking place on Saturday 14 March. And if you enjoy our bootfairs, you'll love our new charity Craft Fairs, starting Saturday 28 March at 10am. These will be run in a similar way but with a specific focus on crafts that can be made, bought and sold. To set up your own table will cost only £10 (or £12 if you require table hire from the building), and entry is free to the public. We're really looking forward to starting these events, which are open to all. For more details, please contact Jackie Moule on 01424 718400, 07938828795 or email andyandjackie.moule@sky.com.

And if you're joining us for the Craft Fair on 28 March, why not stay for our family film night? We were thrilled to see over 70 people join us for our recent free screening of Brave, and this time we'll be showing The Incredibles (PG), taking place at Coffee Box from 5pm. Don't forget that we want to see your best superhero costumes on the evening! Entry is free, doors open at 5pm, cinema-style snacks and drinks will be available and our licensed bar will be open. What better way to spend a Saturday night with the family?

Don't forget that Coffee Box is available for private hire, too! Why not host your own film night, party or family celebration with us? We have plenty of parking space, in-house catering, a licensed bar, and friendly staff who are available to serve at your events. Get in touch with us today!

Easter is only a few weeks away, and King's Church will be celebrating with two family-friendly services at the Hastings Centre on Easter Sunday (5 April). Come along at 10am or 6:30pm for an Easter celebration featuring live music, performances, stories, hot cross buns and, in the morning, a free chocolate egg for every child under 11. This is always great community celebration and we'd love to see you there.

For sports fans, we have plenty of events coming up: the next Hastings Kickboxing Academy Fight Night will be on Saturday 21 March; American Pro-Wrestling will take place on Saturday 16 May; and West Hill Boxing Club will have their tournament on Saturday 30 May. Our last Kickboxing Academy Fight Night was a real success, with nearly 600 spectators from across the country watching the entertainment in our spacious and fully-equipped auditorium, enjoying our in-house catering and visiting the licensed bar at Coffee Box. We were also thrilled to host the last American Pro-Wrestling event, and we're looking forward to more high-energy entertainment in the coming months. For more information and to book your tickets, check out these events in our calendar.

At Hastings Centre, we host a huge range of events and have facilities for all occasions. Call us on 01424 753322, email hello@hastingscentre.co.uk, or better still, come and visit! Pop in for a coffee, visit one of our regular bookings or chat to our staff to see how we can help. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
12:40


12th February 2015

Bootfairs, baby ballet, and Brave!

From family film nights to Valentine's with a twist, we've got the rest of February covered at the Hastings Centre!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Coffee Box's straw poll to choose our next family film. We're excited to announce that during the the February half-term break we'll be showing [drumroll please...] Brave! Following the huge successes of our last two events, we'll be emerging from the winter season with this heart-warming Disney adventure featuring a defiant Scottish princess (PG) on Saturday 21 February. Doors open at 5pm, drinks and snacks are available from our licensed bar, and in keeping with the theme of the evening we want to see your best Scottish costumes! Bring the kids, cousins, aunts, grandmas – we look forward to seeing you here!

And, if you're looking for somewhere to be this Valentine's Day, come to visit our indoor bootfair. We've been hosting regular charity bootfairs on the second Saturday of each month, and with more opportunities to buy, sell, meet new faces and give to worthwhile local causes, why not join us for our next event? Please contact Andy Moule on 01424 718400 or 07711 077212 for more information on running a stall or coming along. We'll be running the fair on Saturday 14 February between 10am-12pm, and all proceeds will go to local charities such as Surviving Christmas, the Snowflake Project, Hope Kitchen and Hastings Foodbank.

Don't forget that the Hastings Centre is a high-quality, versatile venue that can be used for all kinds of events. We have numerous regular bookings taking place across the week, including within Coffee Box. With Baby Ballet, Tumbletots and Totz Klub for the kids; Ridgeway Dance classes running mornings and evenings across the week; Street 20 cricket; various fitness classes including Tomboogie, Fitsteps, Marie Dove Fit Club, Weight Watchers and Power Hoop; St Leonards Bridge Club; and King's Church meetings every Sunday morning and evening, there really is something for everyone.

For more information about our regular bookings, please email hello@hastingscentre.co.uk or call 01424 753322. Alternatively, you can host your own event with us. Why not plan a film night with friends in one of our various rooms, or throw a party in Coffee Box with our licensed bar? Our in-house catering team are available to provide anything from a cold lunch for two to a three-course dinner for 100+ guests, so make an enquiry today.

There's plenty going on at the Hastings Centre this month, and we'd love to see you at one of our events or to host one of yours. Get in touch with us today to see what we can do for you.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
16:33


21st January 2015

Breakfast with the business community

We are pleased to once again be hosting a Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast for the local business community. It takes place on Thursday 29 January and will be a great opportunity to connect and network with individuals involved in businesses across Hastings and 1066 Country, hear from guest speaker Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, about his plans for the year ahead, ask him some questions during a Q&A session, and best of all enjoy a delicious breakfast provided by our in-house catering team!

Entry is £7 per member and £10 per guest, and as usual the event will run between 7.30am and 9.30am. We are looking forward to meeting together and debating issues related to our businesses, networking and seeing what the new year has in store for local businesses. For more information, please visit the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce website.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
18:33


12th December 2014

Christmas carols, free parking and more...

We were delighted to welcome over 100 people who joined us to enjoy our free Christmas family film, Elf, last Saturday afternoon. Festive staff in our on-site cafe, Coffee Box, did a tremendous job of welcoming our guests, providing a spectrum of hot drinks, snacks and Christmas treats in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The licensed bar was open, too, proving that the film didn't just attract the kids!

The film event was one in a series throughout the year, where Coffee Box opens its doors for a free showing of a themed film. Look out for our events in the new year as we will be continuing to show family films at the earlier time of 4pm during the dark winter nights. On Saturday 17 January we'll be screening the family flick Mr Popper's Penguins, starring Jim Carrey, so save the date and bring your friends and family along.

Alternatively, if you're looking for something a little more traditional this weekend, visit Hastings Centre on Sunday (14 December) as King's Church presents The Greatest Gift, a family celebration of Christmas. The afternoon service is fully booked, but there are still spaces for the 7pm service, which will be a great opportunity to bring along your friends and family. This is always a hugely popular Christmas carol service, and we're expecting hundreds of visitors from across the town, and further afield, so book your tickets here now to avoid disappointment.

And, to say thank you to all of our customers over this year, we're offering free parking from Christmas eve to Monday 5 January. If you're using the Conquest Hospital at this time of year, or need to park your car in this area for any reason, please feel free to use it free-of-charge over this period. If you would like to make a donation to local charity Surviving Christmas instead, our parking machines will be set up to collect donations.

Coffee Box is open until 3pm on Tuesday 23 December, so come in and make the most of the Christmas treats until then. It will reopen at 10am on Monday 5 January 2015.

Don't forget to make a note of Hastings Centre events, and sign up for our e-newsletter so that you never miss an opportunity to visit us or use our facilities. We're looking forward to welcoming you at the weekend and over the Christmas period and hope to see you all again in 2015!


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
17:02


26th November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Here at Hastings Centre, we're celebrating the festive season with numerous events and treats which the whole family can enjoy.

First up is our hugely exciting Christmas family film event! Come along to Coffee Box on Saturday 6 December at 4pm, where we'll be showing comedy classic ELF, starring Will Ferrell and James Caan (PG). Entry is completely free, our all-star cast of hot drinks and treats will be available, and with our licensed bar open for the adults, what more could you want this Christmas? Bring your friends and enjoy our warm atmosphere, with comfy sofas, friendly staff and decorations galore!

Then, on Sunday 14 December, King's Church Hastings proudly presents the Greatest Gift, a Christmas celebration for all the family, taking place at Hastings Centre. Featuring traditional carols, contemporary music, mulled wine and festive refreshments, there's something for everyone! This is always a hugely popular event, and we're expecting many visitors from across the town. The event is free, but you do need to book your tickets in advance at kingshastings.org/Christmas to guarantee a seat. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Finally, don't forget that a whole host of Christmassy treats are available at Coffee Box this December! From home-made soup to our speciality hot chocolate menu, we'll have everything you need to celebrate the festive season. Other Christmas-themed treats and drinks will be available for a limited time, including mince pies, stollen and panettone, so make sure you check out our offers over the counter and online, and sign up for our e-newsletter so that you don't miss a single deal.

We're looking forward to welcoming many visitors in this Christmas – make sure you're one of them! The Hastings Centre has a lot to offer, so come along, enjoy our events and check out our deals. We'll be celebrating into the Christmas season and beyond!


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
15:33


21st October 2014

'Thrilling' entertainment

We host a wide variety of events here at the Hastings Centre, which this month has included large kickboxing and wrestling events.

Over 570 people from all over the south, including as far as Plymouth, joined us for the bi-annual Hastings Kickboxing Academy Fight Night on Saturday 11 October. Coffee Box was packed out, the licensed bar was open, and we hosted a night of thrilling entertainment.

Sixteen fights took place over the evening. With a spectacular light show featuring lasers, and a display that almost filled our auditorium to the roof, the atmosphere was electrifying.

Our front-of-house team was on hand to ensure that the whole night ran smoothly. Sound technician Dan Sparks said: "The night was thrilling; I found it really exciting. All you could hear was the crowd shouting and the music was louder than anything we’ve run before."

Stuart Clark, Hastings Centre manager, was also pleased with how the event went, agreeing it was a huge success.

A week later we hosted around 500 people in our main auditorium for an American-style Pro Wrestling event. This also went really well.

To find out more about events running at the Hastings Centre, click here, or to explore hiring a room for your event, click here.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
17:35


25th September 2014

A hearty breakfast with the business community

The Hastings Centre hosted the Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning, with dozens of members of the local business community turning out to hear from local MP Amber Rudd. Amber spoke about her new role in Government and, relatedly, renewable energy and climate change, before answering questions about Scotland, nuclear energy, local transport and her own personal political aspirations.

Local business managers had the opportunity to meet together and network over a scrumptious breakfast prepared by the Hastings Centre’s in-house catering team. It included fresh fruit platters, tasty Danish pastries and smoked bacon in ciabatta.

The hearty breakfast was followed not only by a brief talk from the Hastings & Rye MP, but we also received an update on the rebuilding of Hastings Pier and information about a fund-raising opportunity for St Michael’s Hospice.

“This morning's breakfast was really successful,” said Stuart Clark, Hastings Centre manager. “It was a great opportunity for the community not only to discuss important issues, but to see what we're offering and display the hospitality which has given us a good name in Hastings.”


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
10:22


19th September 2014

Vote YES for new machines

You may have thought the biggest news of the day was the Scottish referendum. Little did you know that new Pay & Display machines have been installed in the Hastings Centre car park!

With their sophisticated design, the new machines are self-powered for improved reliability. There are three machines spaced out across the car park, which can accommodate 160 cars.

We're keeping our low price of just 50p per hour, and we actively encourage drivers to pass on any tickets with unused time. What's more, each parking ticket comes with a voucher for up to £1 off a hot drink in our coffee shop, Coffee Box.

Photo by Tamara Brunton.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
14:06


20th November 2013

Film Night: The Great Escape

The Great EscapeNext week we're hosting a free Film Night in Coffee Box, featuring Steve McQueen classic, The Great Escape. Originally released 50 years ago, in 1963, The Great Escape is about an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II.

The Coffee Box Film Night is on Thursday 28 November, starting at 7pm. Entry is free, our licensed bar will be open, and snacks and speciality coffee and tea will also be available.

See you there!


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
16:18


30th October 2013

Sweets, treats and prizes at Let's Do Business tomorrow!

Visit us at stand 101Pop along to stand 101 to visit the Hastings Centre and Coffee Box at Let's Do Business Hastings tomorrow.

As well as some sweets and treats for you, you can also enter our prize draw for your chance to win lunch for two at Coffee Box, a family ticket to a pro-wrestling event here in November, or free room hire.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
17:07


7th October 2013

Sell out live music event fills Hastings Centre to capacity

1,000 people here for the sold out last leg of Jesus Culture's UK tour 2013A thousand people streamed to the Hastings Centre last night from all across the southeast - some even coming across the channel from France! - for the last leg of Jesus Culture's UK tour.

The internationally renowned Christian worship band from California played tracks from Awakening and Live from New York to a packed-to-capacity auditorium.

Finishing their tour in Hastings after visiting Glasgow, Bradford, Manchester and Bath, the event was the largest of its kind to be held in the Hastings Centre.

You can follow Jesus Culture on Twitter @jesusculture

Image by Chris Johnson Photography


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
11:00


26th September 2013

So, a comedian walks into a church...

Comedy Night with Paul KerensaA large crowd enjoyed a very funny evening with BBC comedy writer Paul Kerensa tonight.

Paul writes for popular sitcoms such as Miranda and Not Going Out, and was on fine stand-up form this evening. From toilets to hospitals, from Cornwall to Macedonia, and from Moses to 10lb babies, no topic was off limits as Paul joked and even sang his way through the evening.

You can follow Paul on Twitter @paulkerensa

Image: Chris Johnson Photography

 


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
22:41


26th September 2013

Sizzling business breakfast

130 enjoying local Chamber of Commerce business breakfastAround 130 people from the local business community enjoyed sizzling sausage sandwiches and an opportunity to 'grill' the local MP at this morning's Chamber of Commerce breakfast here at the Hastings Centre.

After breakfast, which also included Danish pastries, fruit and Greek yoghurt, Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd spoke to the group in a packed Coffee Box, our on-site coffee shop, and was then questioned about the pier, street drinkers, women in business, apprenticeships and infrastructure.

Retired local doctor John Geater then spoke during the community slot about Prime, which seeks to train medical professions around the world in whole-person healthcare.

Jonathan Dolding, head of the Chamber of Commerce, said: "It was great to be in the recently opened Coffee Box at the Hastings Centre, seeing it full of local business people networking over a tasty breakfast, and having the opportunity to question our local MP on a range of business-related subjects."

Hastings Centre manager Stuart Clark said: "It's fantastic to see the local business community here. We're all committed to seeing Hastings and the surrounding areas prosper, and these breakfasts give us a great opportunity to share ideas and gain contacts."


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
10:39


25th September 2013

Breakfast and laughs

We are very excited to be hosting the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast tomorrow morning at 7.30am, with guest speaker Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings & Rye. We're looking forward to networking with local business people, grilling our MP and Tracy's sausage sarnies - YUM!
 
And in the evening we have top BBC gagmeister Paul Kerensa at Hastings Centre for a FREE evening of comedy. Fancy a night out and seeing our new building, then why not come along? Doors and bar open at 7.30pm.


Stuart Clark

Posted by Stuart Clark
12:18


20th September 2013

Welcome to our new website!

Thanks for visiting the new Hastings Centre website. We hope you’ll find all the information you need about this fantastic facility, the rooms available for hire, our commitment to the local community, and the various ways in which we can help to make sure your event here is a great success. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us directly. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hastings Centre. 


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
12:52


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