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Classic Car Boot Stall

vw camper, red, vw fire engine, firefighter selfie, charityOur stall at the Classic Car Boot Sale was a great success.

On 8-9th July designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway organised the event to transform Hastings Pier with extra special vehicles and vintage treasures.

One of our supporters brought his lovely vintage VW fire engine to accompany our stall. Kids (of all ages) loved the vehicle and took “firefighter selfies”

Our stall featured many of the small vintage finds in our stores. Many visitors were surprised to see the range of goods available from HFS stores, and very pleased with our prices – we hope they’ll become regular customers!

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Bedhead Benches

Our workshop team has been working on an exciting new project to reuse and upcycle unwanted bed-heads into fabulous benches for the home and garden.

Sometimes we collect bed frames that can’t be reused because parts are missing but we don’t want the wood to go to waste. These benches use up the heads, ends and slats of the bed-frames to make an attractive new piece of furniture.

It’s been a fun challenge for our workshop team. Our expert Ron has helped the volunteers to figure out how to reuse the wood and make strong sturdy bench seats. Our volunteers are local people who have enjoyed HFS courses and want to do more carpentry, restoration and painting as part of the team. Pauline, Heidi, Percival, Phil and Victor have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we are really proud of the stunning results.

Each bench is unique. There are children’s benches as well as full-size and we have painted several in fun bright colours.

Child-size benches are £70 full price (£45 benefit discount price) and adult-size ones are up to £195 (£145 discount price).

The benches will be on sale at our Bexhill store from Friday 28th April.

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Learn skills and make items to take home with pride!

Small supportive groups of adults—no experience needed.

Tools & materials provided.

 

Mixed Crafts   Tues 4th April   6 mornings 10-1.30   Hastings

Carpentry    Thurs 13th April    6 mornings 10-1.30   Bexhill

Upholstery    Weds 19th April   6 mornings 10-1.30  Hastings

Mixed Crafts   Thursday 11th May   6 mornings 10-1.30  Hastings

Shabby Chic Paint Effects    Tues 9th May     6 mornings 10-1.30  Hastings

Furniture Restoration     Thurs 25th May     6 mornings 10-1.30  Bexhill

Upholstery     Saturday 27th May   4 days 10-3      Hastings

 

Course fees are £60 per course. Free for people in receipt of means-tested benefits.

Pay a refundable deposit to book your place.

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Welcome the WoW van!

wow-at-four-courts-mediumWe’re excited to be launching our ‘Workshop on Wheels’ – making DIY and craft activities accessible to people in a wide range of community venues and neighbourhoods around Hastings and Rother.

The large WoW van has been customised with workbenches and tool cupboards so that our skilled tutors can take the workshop to visit groups of people and provide practical activities such as repairing furniture, making items from scrap wood and craft projects.

Having run workshops and courses at our stores in Hastings and Bexhill for many years, we are excited to have found a way to take some of these activities out into the community so that more people can enjoy taking part without the difficulty or expense of travelling to us.

The positive impact of making activities on health and wellbeing is well documented, and we hope that the small neighbourhood groups will be a great way for people to meet up with their neighbours as well as getting to know new people in their area. Our in-store workshops have taught us that, for many people, making or repairing something for their home is a deeply meaningful activity that increases their confidence and gives them a more positive outlook on life.

The WoW project has been supported by the Hastings and Rother CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), allowing the workshop sessions to be offered totally free of charge to local residents.

The interior of the WoW van has been kitted out with funds raised by HFS patron Mark Thomas at a pre-gig talk at St Mary’s in the Castle in November last year.

First stops on the WoW van’s journey will be:

  • Four Courts Community Centre on Stonehouse Drive
  • Robsack Centre in Bodiam Drive

The workshops will run every Friday at 10am and 1.30pm respectively for four weeks starting from February 10th. Future venues and dates will be added to our workshop calendar throughout the year so watch out for WoW popping up somewhere near you!

To take part, just come and say hello to our team with the WoW van at your nearest location.