For everyone living and working in the Old Town
Stay informed

Stay up to date on everything that's happening in the Old Town: click here to download the latest Parish News.

Keep in touch with your committee's decisions  by reading the minutes of our latest meeting here.

Report Street Problems

roadupClick here to go to East Sussex Highways, where you can report problems such as potholes, broken paving slabs and blinking street lights.

Your resident's association needs your help! Both HOTRA Chairman Dick Edwards and Secretary/Webmaster Richard Platt are standing down, due to other committments. Committee member Jill  Bradley has stepped in as secretary, but we quickly need to find volunteers to take over the Dick and Richard's other responsibilities.

The chairman is responsible for the day-t0-day running of the organisation. As well as actually chairing monthly meeting, they compile a tri-annual newsletter, and act as the face of HOTRA in dealing with the public and with other organisations.

The Webmaster's role in HOTRA is to maintain the website, and send out occasional emails to members. Anyone who  has computer skills and experience of maintaining web pages could do this, but a knowledge of Wordpress and Mailchimp would be an advantage.

If you have recently retired,  moved to Hastings, or just want to get more involved with the local community, either of these roles is a great way of getting to know your neighbours and to keep in touch with what's going on locally.

If you think you could help, please please get in touch with Dick using the contact page (at the right of the menu at the top of the page.)

East Sussex fire and rescue

Residents will be aware that HOTRA have been pressing EAST Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to purchase smaller size fire appliances since 2003. It was a surprise to learn that West S.F.R.S. had failed its Home Office inspection in every area. Currently there is a small working group at Bohemia Road looking at our request. HOTRA is convinced that our firefighters should have the best possible range of equipment to help them to do their job.

Your councillors

If you live in Hastings Old Town, your Borough Councillors are James Bacon and Dany Louise. To email James click here  or Dany here. You can contact your East Sussex County Councillor Tania Charman by clicking here.  For regular updates on what is happening in the Old Hastings Ward, as well as information on upcoming events, please visit and 'like'  James' Facebook page.


All offers of support considered!
Living in the Old Town we know that all sorts of fundraising ideas are tried. So in a nod to St Valentine Janie Watson is now Mrs Kisses. During the 2 weeks leading up to 14th February Janie will often be found outside the Isabel Blackman Centre in Winding Street. For a donation of £1 to the Isabel Blackman Centre Purchase Appeal you can enjoy a kiss.
[Janie’s last efforts raised over £300 for a local child’s urgent medical need]

Isabel Blackman Centre Purchase Appeal

Stage 1 Pledge
A consortium of charities and voluntary groups consisting of Hastings Voluntary Action, Age UK East Sussex, Sussex Community Foundation, Hastings Seniors Forum and Hastings Old Town Residents Association have been working on plans to buy the IBC. Since its closure by East Sussex County Council on 31st March, adult social care provision has been badly affected. The impact on individuals and their families has been far reaching and negative. Our plan is to serve the whole of Hastings and the surrounding villages.
The purchase price is £500,000 + £100,000 VAT + about £20,000 in legal costs – a total of £620,000. Conversations with various groups and individuals have led to promises of just over £400,000. So this Pledge Appeal is asking you to help meet the balance of £220,000.
Stage 1 Action
Please email me dick@hotra.org.uk or write to me at 13 Tackleway Hastings TN34 3DE to let us know the amount of your pledge. PLEASE SEND NO MONEY NOW. We just need to know the total available so we can proceed to the point of purchase.
Stage 2
You will receive a letter in February / March asking you to make your promised payment. All payments will go to H.V.A. into a dedicated account. HVA meet all the statutory requirements to comply with financial regulations. We hope to raise the balance by March. Once completed our plan is to open the IBC on 2 days per week with a Friendship Club including lunches. This will cost about £35,000 per year. After that we will offer many more services. The range will cater for the wider community as well as our important older citizens.
Any questions or comments please let me know. Let us together turn the IBC into a centre for older citizens and the whole town.
Dick Edwards M.B.E.


HOTRA Subscriptions
In early January our New Year newsletter will be delivered to every Old Town letterbox. This time it will include a form to urge you pay your subscriptions. These have been increased to £15 per person – the first increase in 10 years.

Hastings Old Town Residents Association

East Hill House
13 Tackleway
East Sussex
TN34 3DE

Dick Edwards, Chairman

01424-437069 —