We welcomed residents and colleagues to a festival weekend of activities at Four Courts Wellbeing Hub in St Leonards, Hastings as part of the townwide annual event known as A Town Explores a Book.
This year, the vibrant community arts festival explored the book The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole.
This two-day event at the hub included interactive art installations such as sound tubes, periscopes and a pebble chime as well as bunting made by local school children. Artwork by Stitch For Change was also displayed. The artwork named, Pandemic Patchwork Stores, is a textile and embroidery project developed in response to the recent public health crisis.
Education Futures Trust brought their popular storytelling tepee and the local children had a great time in the tent enjoying stories and craft activities. The highlight of the day was an incredible programme of music and spoken word performances including music from a talented harp duo.
The festival also marked the launch of a new permanent feature at the Wellbeing Hub, a Book Swap Cupboard sponsored by our contractors, Ecosafe, who made it from recycling doors from the neighbouring tower blocks. We gave away lots of donated books and are looking forward to continuing to do this on a long term basis.
The second day of the festival saw the launch of a new community compost scheme at the hub which has been set up by Hastings Compost Community. Local residents are invited to join this scheme to compost their food waste which once it has been turned into compost will be used at the Hub’s community garden. We celebrated the launch of this fantastic new initiative with a baking competition, children’s craft activities and compost displays.