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NEXT Talk at Ore Centre

Weds 10th October, 2018

The Unveiling of St Matthews Gardens: The Secrets Revealed 

 by Jackie Patton     

It started with Jackie’s interest in the history of her own house in St Matthews Gardens, St Leonards, and developed into much wider research into the families which occupied the neighbouring properties. Still a sought-after area of the town, the Gardens were originally the homes of affluence attracting a world-wide appeal.

Jackie’s talk may well inspire you to undertake your own  research into the history of your own house …

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St Matthews Gardens, St Leonards, c1905. The houses surround a private, residents-only, garden.

Our WWI Centenary Project is now well underway

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What did the survivors return to?

The Electoral Reform Act which not only allowed women a vote but extended the franchise for men also

 Changing roles in women’s employment and shortage of jobs generally

A rapidly changing class system

An upsurge in the emigration of young women who had found Canadian  US husbands

Food and commodity shortages

A flu epidemic which killed more than the War itself.

 Come and see how you can help build these stories from your own ancestry.


 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


A Foolish Fun Family Quiz for all ages 5-105

Friday 3rd August (Old Town Week) 2018 – from 3- 5 pm (doors 2:30 pm)

Teams up to 6 but must include at least 2 juniors and 2 adults

Tombola – Junior Spot Prizes – Refreshments

£2 adults / £1.50 Juniors


Our Regular Evening Fun Quiz

starting 7.30 pm (doors 7 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

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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)