Partnership with Project Art Works

This is the Hand of Friendship…… doesn’t judge, assume or label. It waits for you to touch it or hold it because it’s just the same as your hand except it’s covered in coloured paint…..

Two prominent Hastings charities have declared an alliance based on shared values and overlapping goals. Through its work in Ore Valley and White Rock, the Heart of Hastings CLT is aware of the need for better community understanding of people with complex needs and mental health challenges. Together with Project Art Works, the country’s leading arts organisation working with people with complex needs, they have pledged their commitment to support the wider community in an ‘open arms, open minds’ approach within the town.

By joining forces and dissolving boundaries, the two organisations and the many individuals within them have pledged to work together to learn and share each other’s worlds, to challenge themselves and support each other, and to take practical joint action that has positive outcomes.

There’s a saying that ‘partnership is the suppression of mutual loathing in pursuit of cash’. According to Jess Steele of Heart of Hastings CLT and Kate Adams of Project Art Works, “this is the opposite – a ‘deep alliance’ based on mutual respect. We choose to work together because we share fundamental values and a driving passion for positive social change.”




The Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust is pleased to announce we are now recruiting for the post of Administrator. This is a full time paid post at £18,000 P/A (three years funding secured).

The successful applicant will act as first point of contact (including on social media) and will provide efficient administration for the organisation as a whole and for our two neighbourhood projects in White Rock and Ore Valley. Working with and supporting a growing team of staff and volunteers, you will be highly organised, able to cope with uncertainty, and excited by our passion and commitment to ‘bottom up development’.

For more information please download the recruitment pack here

To apply please send your CV and a covering statement to Your covering statement should explain what interests you about the role and why you are the best person for this job, with direct reference to the skills, experience and aptitude in the person specification. We look forward to hearing from you by 9am on Monday 18th Sept. Interviews will be held on 28th or 29th Sept and ideally we would like the role to begin early in October 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 Volunteering with us!

We also have a number of volunteering opportunities available on our Ore Valley project and would love to hear from you. To register your interest and request a callback please follow this link and one of our team will get back to you within the week.

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

Tickets available directly from BookBuster in Queens Road or Wow and Flutter, Trinity Street and on the Eventbrite link

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

access via stair lift from Robertson Street entry.

Please contact 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

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


How to make a difference

Investors Collective
Invest £5,000 or more in our loanstock offer. 90% of your investment will be a loan, repayable in 3 years time with 3% interest paid yearly. 10% of the investment will be in the form of community shares which will stay in the CLT long-term.

Please download and complete this application form and either scan and send it to or drop or send the hard copy to Heart of Hastings CLT, Rock House, 49-51 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DT.

Or offer your support by becoming a lifetime member of the Trust.

Heart of Hastings share offer
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.

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.


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.

lottery big-local  in2play

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  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

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

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