Heart Of Hastings fundraiser with the Liverpool Tressell enthusiasts.


The newly refurbished Opus Theatre, Hastings, in collaboration with Costal Productions and Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust will host a play of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ – based on the Robert Tressell book, performed by the Liverpool Tressell enthusiasts, on Sat 26th August.

For details visit https://www.opustheatre.co.uk/copy-of-events

Tickets available directly from BookBuster in Queens Road or Wow and Flutter, Trinity Street and on the Eventbrite link www.ragged.eventbrite.com

£13 or £11 for concessions. Two shows at 1.30pm and 7pm.

access via stair lift from Robertson Street entry.

Please contact tania@heartofhastings.org.uk for further details.

Spice Up Ore Valley – July 1st, 12 – 5pm

Our next big event plans to be seasonally hot – it’s all about the Chillis and Mushrooms!

Once again the valley will be brought to life by people power, food, drink and music. There will also be a ‘Chilli Cook-off’ competition, Car Boot/Table Sale and an Air Guitar competition. If you want to take part in the Boot Sale or ‘Chilli Cook-off’ competition, please come along to the site any Wednesday (2-4pm) or Saturday (1-3pm) or email Rossana at rossanaleal_2000@yahoo.com

There will be a £5 donation charge for Car Boot/Table Sale spots for people outside the Ore area – for Ore residents it is free.

The program for the day can be viewed here; Program for Spice Up Ore Valley

and the site map here; Sitemap for Spice Up Ore Valley

For event details see our Facebook page event here; Spice Up Ore Valley

POST-EVENT write-up and photos of the event can be seen here; Spice Up Follow Up

Chilli Cook Off guidelines – these guidelines are based on the International Chilli Cook-off regulations.

Contestants cook a chilli con carne or veggie chilli from scratch on site during the event.
If you are cooking with meat, we will supply you with good beef mincemeat in order to comply with food hygiene standards.
You must cook enough for 40 people to judge (v. small taster portions).
You will use uncooked ingredients and must create your taste sensation in under four hours, between 11am and 3pm.
The chilli will then be judged by the attending public and a panel of experts.
The chilli with the highest score wins: Prizes will range from dinner for two at a local restaurant to vouchers for a local shop.

We will supply you with cooking rings, gas and a table – you must bring all the necessary ingredients and utensils for outdoor cooking.

How the Chilli Cook Off will be judged:

• Colour — Does the chilli look appetizing? Does it look bright and colourful or dull and bland?
• Aroma — Does it smell good? Does the aroma make you want to dig in?
• Consistency — How is the meat-to-sauce ratio? It shouldn’t be runny, mushy or overly thick.
• Taste — How is the flavour? Do the ingredients blend well, or is one too overpowering? Does the first bite make you want another one?
• Aftertaste — Once you swallow, is there a spicy taste (“bite”) that stays on your tongue? Is it pleasant?

Cooking on-site

While cook-offs typically allow for pre-mixing of spices and the use of pre-cooked, canned tomatoes, competition chilli is not pre-made. Ingredients must be combined on-site, and meat may not be pre-cooked in any way.

Time limit

All cooks will have the same amount of time to prepare their entries. Contestants will start cooking at the same time, 11.00am with 4 hrs to cook,
Chili volume Contestants should cook a pot of chilli for 40 small portions!


Judging of the entries will be anonymous to prevent any bias (or perceived bias) in judging. Each entry will be assigned a number that will appear on the official judging sheet.

How to make a difference

Offer your support by becoming a lifetime member of the Trust.

A purchase of a single £25 share gives you the right to vote on what we do and how we do it within your community. If you register by Friday 23rd June, you can also vote at our first AGM which takes place on July 1st 2017 at our Spice Up Ore Valley event.

It’s easy to buy a lifetime membership share online from this website. Just go to the Heart of Hastings CLT share offer page and follow the steps. This democratic system ensures that however many shares you buy, you will still only be able to have one vote.

April Fool – FUN with Tressell

Our ” April Fool “fun event sees the launch of the Robert Tressell story through the eyes of the next generation.

Born in an era of strife and hardship Robert arrived in Hastings  aka. Mugsborough, in 1901, where he worked as a sign writer and artisan decorator. Even though educated, he chose the life of the working classes rather than the middle class, and helped shape a fairer society and bring about change.

The Heart of Hastings has identified a need similar to Tressells and created the “Power Station DIY-regen Project”  in response.

We “Celebrate” the ideals of Tressell, his humanity and kindness, his light hearted spirit  and sense of humour in the face of adversity.

Join in our event, have fun, be creative , make new friends  and enjoy the  atmosphere….

Save Saturday, 1st April as your Family Fun Day with something for everyone.

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Invest in sharing and shaping the future

This is a new opportunity for everyone with available funds who would like to invest between £5,000 – £50,000 to help the CLT purchase an initial property in the White Rock Area. If you would like to request our F.A.Q , pledge form and Business Plan document,

please  contact  info@heartofhastings.org.uk  or use the contact form on this website.

Alternatively, we welcome your support of this Community Land Trust and invite  you to become a member and shareholder of the Heart Of Hastings by purchasing a minimum of 1 share at £25 per share – the perfect gift for friends and family who may have fond memories or simply love Hastings.

Please click our links on the right for more details of the investment and becoming a shareholder.

Investors” Collective poised for Launch!…

Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust invites you to join our group of socially conscious investors, supporting a collective investment proposal in local property for the benefit of the Hastings Community.

If you’d like to find out more about the worthwhile benefits of investing with a Community Benefit Society then please make contact with us through our online form or info@heartofhastings.org.uk

Click here to download flyer

What’s Happening in Ore Valley……..

 Some big ideas are shaping up….

Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust is proposing a community self build of housing, work space, the Green-way and other facilities, using a radical approach called “Organisation Workshop” with 80-100 local people directly contributing to making it happen.

The BUD (Bottom UDevelopment) team is growing steadily as local residents get active and interested to play a part in reshaping the old power station site.

What would you like to see happen?..

Your ideas and thoughts are important to us so that we can work together to build the type of development  you feel is most suited to this connecting space within the valley.

It deserves a new start after years of abandonment and neglect.

We need help with many jobs on site working alongside a growing caring group of local people where everyone is welcome.


General opening hours for April:

Monday – 10 to 4pm

Wednesday – 2 to 4pm

Friday – 12 to 4pm

Saturday – 10 to 4pm

We are dependent on our hard-working volunteers, and need at least two people at the site to open it, so these times can vary, and are weather dependent, and will change if there are specific events planned on the same date.

For more information go to the project page here; Ore Valley

Any questions please contact

Sam Kinch,  either On Site or mail    Sam@heartofhastings.org.uk

Please,   Make your voice heard as we start to press ahead with the first round of plans.