Comedy talk raises over £700

Mark Thomas comedian campaigner writer talk for HFS at St Mary in the Castle HastingsWe are really grateful to our patron, Mark Thomas, for offering to give a talk for HFS at St Mary in the Castle. Mark is a steadfast supporter of HFS and it’s fantastic for a local charity to have such a committed and active patron.

Mark says “Dealing with the very unsexy issue of providing furniture for poor people, HFS is a magnificent group.”

The event was a huge success and the capacity audience enjoyed Mark’s talk about his career, comedy, mischief and campaigning.

Mark also asked HFS to run a stall at his Red Shed show in the evening and his lovely audience donated generously to both HFS and the Orgreave Justice Campaign.

Altogether the day raised over £700 which will help us equip our new “Workshop on Wheels” van – more of this soon!

Carpentry course starting soon

restoration-02Learn how to use tools safely and make some items from scratch from reused bed-slats. If you have a carpentry project idea in mind, get it done with advice from our expert Ron.

Starts Weds 16th November and runs for 6 weeks 10-1 at HFS Bexhill.

This is a Community Learning course. The fee is £60 but if your household receives means-tested benefits or working tax credits it is FREE.

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Mark Thomas talk for HFS

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Mark is coming to Hastings on 9th November.

Our afternoon event will be a talk about comedy, art, politics and mischief in the St Marys Cafe and Bar, followed by a Q & A. All proceeds to HFS.

Mark is performing his award-winning Red Shed show in the auditorium in the evening too – don’t miss it.

Tickets for the afternoon talk are £10 and all proceeds go to HFS. Tickets are available online and from the SMIC box office in person.

 

Have a Crafty Christmas

dsc_0053Our Crafty Christmas course starts on 8th November at the Hastings workshop. 6 weeks of handmade fun including making garlands, snowflakes and lots of other seasonal stuff. We reuse and recycle lots of materials in our workshops.

The workshops provide a way to learn new skills and spend time with a small supportive group of people, boosting confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing.

Our workshops are free and include materials, use of our tools and so on. You simply pay £5 deposit when you book your place and this is refunded as long as you attend.

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Movement community art project for Root 1066

HFS took part in a huge community art event, alongside 12 other local community groups, as part of the Root 1066 Festival in Hastings.

Participants took part in a procession along the seafront, carrying hand-made arrows and gathered at The Stade to celebrate the completion of a huge art installation made by vulnerable adults in Hastings and Rother. The installation was made of hundreds of arrows made by groups in Hastings and Rother. Each arrow was decorated underneath with the hopes and wishes of the participants.

There are more photos on the Craftivists network webpage – click here to visit.

office furniture sign at HFS Bexhill

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office furniture sign at HFS Bexhill

Office furniture

HFS Bexhill has a huge Office Furniture department. Pick up an affordable reused desk, chair, filing cabinet and get your studies organised!

The store in London Road, Bexhill has a variety of items in stock, from small computer tables through to huge corner desks.

If you are a Full-Time student bring proof of your enrollment for 10% off + free local delivery (Hastings Borough or Rother District areas).

If your household receives means-tested benefits such as Working Tax Credit or Housing Benefit, bring proof of this for 30% off and free local delivery.

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pop-up bookshop needs a new home

free books how it worksOur team of bookshop volunteers is still searching for a new home for the project in Bexhill.

The pop-up bookshop reused thousands of books and encouraged people to read. The friendly volunteers also provided a welcoming place for people to pop in for a chat. People gave donations for their books which raised funds for our craft and DIY sessions at local Refuges.

Meanwhile, the shop they used was kept open, used and aired and the owner quickly found a commercial tenant.

The team is looking for an empty shop in Bexhill to continue the project – please get in touch if you’re able to help.

learners admire their finished furniture restoration

Come to our wellmaking workshops!

DSC00634People have been really enjoying our Wellmaking Workshops – 6 sessions of creative fun, learning new skills and making friends.

Comments so far: “I think the workshops have really boosted my wellbeing. I feel much more confident and look forward to coming out to the workshop each week. I’m very proud of what I’ve made.”

There are more workshops coming up in DIY Essentials, Paint Effects and Carpentry so book your place now!

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The Big Issue cover design

HFS in the Big Issue!

The Big sales <a style=prozac online Issue cover design” width=”214″ height=”300″ />HFS is featured in a special Creative Activism edition of The Big sales prozac online Issue this month.

Our wonderful patron Mark Thomas is interviewed and cites several ideas and examples of community action, including HFS. We’re so proud!

Click to go to The Big sales prozac online Issue website and read the full article.