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.
To celebrate our 3 decades of furntiure reuse, HFS is hosting “Thrift Fest” at the Hastings Centre on Saturday 22nd September, where we will launch a crowd-sourced Thrifty Tips book.
Thrift Fest is a day showcasing way to live a fun-filled, creative, active, rich life without costing the earth. The day will be packed full of activities, workshops and entertainment provided by local community groups, reflecting the ethos of HFS: DIY, reuse, upcycling, sharing practical skills, and being active in the community.
Have you got a thrifty tip to share? Individuals and organisations that successfully submit a Thrifty Tip for the book will be named in print and receive a free copy at Thrift Fest.
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.
We need you to tell us about your work space needs in a short online survey.
If you have been looking for space to start an enterprise, make a change from working at home, use as a creative studio, or even re-locate an existing small business, we want to get your views about the things that would make a work space attractive for you.
Your feedback will inform the plans for redeveloping our Bexhill site, extending the buildings to create units for people to rent for work, and help us apply for funding to make it happen one day.
There isn’t any space available at the moment, we need your views to help make a case for it.
Our 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.