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.

You can read the September newslatter by clicking 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.

Isabel Blackman Centre: petition


HOTRA and HVA have prepared a petition to East Sussex County Council, asking them to discuss with local community organisations the transfer of the building to create a resource for older people and the wider community. A paper version of the petition will be available at the meeting on 12th September, and at a table at the Seafood and Wine Festival next weekend (14th-15th September.) You can also sign the petition online by clicking here.

If you would like to learn more about the campaign to save the IBC, you may wish to look at the outline position paper. You can find it by clicking here.


Biddy the Tubman honoured

In a short ceremony on 11 August ,  around 100 people gathered in West Street to remember Biddy the Tubman (inset photo). Cllr James Bacon, Deputy Mayor & Biddy's great great grandson, and Christian Burton,  the President of the Winkle Club, unveiled a blue plaque  in honour of Biddy, who was born and lived on West Street (though nobody seemed to know quite where!) After the unveiling, Phil White and Garry Blakeley serenaded the crowd with a specially written song about Biddy.

Biddy was famous for entertaining Hastings crowds between the wars, and after WWII, with antics in his floating wooden tub. You can watch a YouTube video by clicking here.

Old Town Carnival

Hastings Old Town celebrated its 50th Annual Carnival at the beginning of August, with a now-familiar programme of events spread over a week or so. These two pictures are from the famous (or imfamous) Pram Race, where elaborately-costumed teams compete over a course that runs along George St, the High St and All Saints St. Events were somewhat quieter than usual since Deeday White, the usual man-at-the mic for the week, was having hospital treatment. We all wish him well for a speedy recovery.

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.

AGM minutes
On May 9th we held  the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Hastings Old Town Residents' Association. This was the 520th meeting of HOTRA. Guest Speaker Penny Shimmin, chief executive officer, Sussex Community Development Association,  talked about their history, work and plans. You can read the minutes by clicking here

Hastings Old Town Residents Association

East Hill House
13 Tackleway
East Sussex
TN34 3DE

Dick Edwards, Chairman

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