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Last Month’s Talk at Ore Centre (9th May) The Mysterious Mr Wingrove: a tale of lies and deceit by Linda Smith (HRFHS Secretary)

Linda’s story of how she discovered a relative nobody seemed to know about who had taken great steps to cover his tracks. It was packed with brick walls and dead ends which followed a chance conversation at a family funeral. Linda’s tenacity and patience uncovered the real truth and served as a masterclass to us fellow family researchers.  

NEXT Talk at Ore Centre

Weds 13th June, 2018The HRFHS AGM 

 Although it concerns the business of the Society over the last year and is, of course part of our accountability to members and the Community, this is an open meeting and non-members are welcome to come along and find out what we have been doing and , more importantly what we plan to do over the coming months.
There will be a surprise activity to liven up the proceedings. And “For one night only” entry and refreshments are free.   

 Open to Members and Non-Members

Starting 7:30 p.m. – Ore Community Centre, Old London Road, Ore, Hastings

Our Next Foolish Fun Quiz

at All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Street, Hastings

will be the Friday of Old Town Week 2018 – starting 7.30 pm  

Get a team together or come along and join others

Teams  up to 6 at £2.50 per head

Jointly organised by HRFHS & Two Towers Trust

And … for the First Time Ever

A Foolish Fun Family Quiz for all ages 5-105

Watch this page for full details

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To mark the 100 years since the end of World War I, we are working with Hastings Museum, Hastings Borough Council and other local groups to produce a variety of ways to commemorate this event that changed the World.

If you are a regular visitor to this site, you may have looked at the regular feature which lists the Hastings & Rother casualties each month 100 years ago. It also provides a short biography of one of those heroes who gave their lives to represent the many and show that there families and friends were also devastatingly affected.

We should very much like anyone with a story to tell of a relative involved in the 1914-1918 conflict to add it to the archive we are gathering. This is not just Hastings people and not just those who lost their lives. We should like to record the stories of ANYONE, male or female, young or old, British or from elsewhere. And it is not just for the War years. The aftermath created turmoil for those who survived. What happened to those returning with terrible injuries? What was it like for the women and their struggle to be finally recognised? What happened to the “War Brides” who left their families here and sailed to Canada or USA? What was it like to be in the totally new social setting that evolved?

If you have a story, please get in touch through our contacts. We do not know at this point exactly what will be produced to contribute to the final commemoration in November … it all depends upon you.


Regular Talks – 2nd Wednesday of EVERY month

Wide range of topics of local and family history interest

Ore Community Centre, Ore Village, Hastings 7.30 p.m. 

 Research Room

Open Thursdays & Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 12:30

For general enquiries and help – come and talk to us about your family!

(not open on the Saturday of Bank Holiday week-ends)