Rescue unloved furniture

Make a New Year Resolution to boost your wellbeing and rescue an unloved piece of furniture with our January Furniture Restoration course.

Join a friendly small group and work with our supportive tutor to learn new skills. You’ll find out how to use tools safely, sand down, repair and restore a small piece of furniture from our store to take home.

Wednesdays for 4 weeks from 9th Jan 2019 9.30am – 4pm at HFS Bexhill.

This is a free course – pay just £5 deposit to book a place in-store.

Thrift Fest is this Saturday!

The big day is Saturday 22nd September!

We’re celebrating 30 years of furniture reuse with a whole day of community activities at the Hastings Centre on the Ridge (opposite Conquest Hospital).

Please join us and have fun making, doing and trying new activities that don’t cost the earth!

Free advance tickets are available until the end of Friday on Eventbrite, or you can pay just £1 per adult on the door.

The programme and ticket link are on our website here.

Learn to love

Our Decorating Skills course starts on 15th February, and Advanced Carpentry on 14th.  You may not meet your Valentine at the HFS workshop but we reckon we can teach you how to love decorating!

With fantastic wallpapers donated by Brewers and tools from Trade Paints, the workshop is well-stocked.  Tutor Ron can’t wait to share his tips and tricks for getting a perfect finish when you decorate a room.  Choosing the right tools for the job, preparing walls and surfaces for decoration including painting and wallpapering.  Learn how to hang paper, match patterns, trim edges, and work around objects like sockets and light switches.

The course runs for 4 weeks at our Bexhill workshop.

Read more about the course and how to book. 

New Year courses

There’s still time to grab a place on one of our New Year courses.

Whether you fancy trying carpentry for the first time, want to polish up your furniture restoration skills or learn how to put up wallpaper, our courses cover practical skills you can use at home.

We run supportive, friendly, small groups of adults so it’s easy to join in and enjoy the experience.

Read more here and enroll at an HFS store.

Workshop start dates from Jan 2018
Sessions are weekly for 4 weeks unless otherwise stated
Restore: furniture restoration Weds 10th Jan
Recover: upholstery Weds 10th Jan
Decorate: wallpapering skills Thurs 15th Feb
Revamp: paint effects Thurs 11th Jan
Woodwork: carpentry for beginners Thurs 11th Jan
Woodwork: advanced carpentry Weds 14th Feb
Read more here and enroll at an HFS store.

paint brushes, crafts, courses

New course dates

paint brushes, crafts, coursesBook your place today for our free / low-cost workshops in Hastings & Bexhill. We are offering:

Furniture Restoration 

Beginners Carpentry

Advanced Carpentry

Paint Effects on furniture

Mixed Crafts with upcycled materials

Upholstery for Beginners

Our workshops are a great place to learn new, practical skills in a small friendly group. All courses are 20 hours, over either 4 or 6 days, and usually run on the same day each week.

Course dates, fees and more info here.

WoW van visits

Our Workshop On Wheels has been visiting a group of women at the Oasis community project in Ore.

Everyone had a great time learning more about DIY, carpentry and furniture restoration with our tutor Ron and completing their own projects.

The van is moving on to visit a group at Working Wonders this month – helping them sand down and restore the benches in their community allotment.

If you’d like the van to visit your neighbourhood group in Hastings and Rother, do get in touch, we’ll see what we can do!

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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.

Read more.

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.

Spring 2017 workshop dates

spring-17-training-datesOur springtime workshop dates are now available!

Join a small, supportive group to enjoy decoupage, furniture restoration, carpentry or paint effects at one of our workshops in Hastings or Bexhill.

Free or low cost – discounts for low income households. All materials and tools provided.

Make something special to take home with pride.

See the calendar and joining info here.

 

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