Welcome to the website for Big Local North East Hastings.  Big Local lets local residents decide how they want to spend £1 million over the next 10 years.

This website will tell you about Big Local, the area and the plans of the resident-led partnership which manages the spending programme.

To find out what is happening in our area generally, please click here to visit the Ore Community website or like our Facebook page - Big Local North East Hastings.

Free Summer Programme 2017 in the Big Local area​

Big Local has worked with Hastings Borough Council and Optivo Housing Association to ensure that there are regular, free play and street games sessions for children of all ages throughout the Big Local area.  We have provided funds to boost the Council's summer programme so that there will be more for children to do in the Big Local area.  The Council's booklet "Active Hastings Summer Programme" tells you about all provision in the town.  Click on the Upcoming Events tab above for details of what's happening in the Big Local area. If you'd like further details call Active Hastings on 01424 451051 or email activehastings@hastings.gov.uk

Street Games and Play Sessions 

Mondays 7, 14 and 21 August 

Hughenden Road Pocket Park            1-2.30 pm

Harkness Drive Street Play                 3.30 – 5.00

Farley Bank MUGA (football session) 5.30 – 6.30 

Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August

Adventure Playground Street Bites (weekly free sessions of food, exercise and now a spray paint work shop for 11 to 16 year olds living in the local area)  12-5 pm

Thursdays 10, 17, 24, 31 August

Waterside Close Play Space                3.30- 5.00

Fridays 11, 18, 25 August

Mendip Gardens                                 10.00 -11.30

Rock Lane Play Space                        12.00 -1.30

Farley Bank MUGA                              2.30- 4.00

Play sessions

Saturdays, 05 August, 12 August, 19 August, 26 August, 02 September, 09 September, 16 September, 23 September, 30 September at 1.30- 3.30

Heart of Hastings site (the former power station site in Broomgrove) - Free play sessions for families- under 8’s must be with an adult and under 5’s must have 1:1 adult supervision on site.

Family Fun Day at Broomgrove Community Centre

Friday 18 August 11- 3pm at Broomgrove Community Centre.

And finally...

Big Local will also be holding it's summer fun day at the Adventure Playground in Upper Broomgrove Road on Saturday 26th August.  Watch this space for updates.


Round 1 of Big Local’s Small Grants scheme is now open!

  • Grants of up to £1066 available

  • Open to constituted groups, charities and social enterprises

  • Deadline for applications is Monday 21 August 2017

  • Guidance and application form available on the Small Grants page.  Just click here http://www.biglocalnortheasthastings.org.uk/node/54

Big Local North East Hastings is on the move!

From 01 July 2017, the Big Local office will be based within the offices of Hastings Voluntary Action.

This has come about because the Resident Led Partnership has decided to change the Locally Trusted Organisation (LTO).  The LTO manages the finances, enables the partnership to offer grants and contracts, and provides general support in the development of the partnership and delivery of its action plan.

From 2014-17, Orbit Housing Association fulfilled the role of LTO and supported the Resident Led Partnership in developing and delivering its first three-year action plan.  A lot has been learned in this period

The partnership is now embarking on the next stage in its development.  It has just launched its new three-year action plan that will run until 2020.  However, further challenges lie ahead and the partnership has decided that it now needs different expertise, particularly in reaching local residents and encouraging their participation.

Hastings Voluntary Action been appointed as the new LTO from 01 July and we look forward to working with them.

We would like to thank Orbit, in particular, Community Investment Manager, Craig Atkins, for the support and facilities provided in our early years.

New Contact Details - From 01 July 2017


Big Local

c/o Hastings Voluntary Action

Jackson Hall

Portland Place


TN34 1QN

Tel: 01424 444010 –Ask for Big Local

The new Big Local plan for 2017-20 was endorsed by our funder Local Trust on 12th May 2017.  The plan was created by the resident led partnership following a community consultation conducted by a local consortium led by Nick Wates Associates.

Click here to view the new plan and the consultation document. http://www.biglocalnortheasthastings.org.uk/node/58

Annual General Meeting 2017

Big Local's Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 10th May at the Bridge Community Centre.  Pat Simnett, Chair of the Resident Led Partnership, gave her report on the achievements of the past year and is attached below.  Minutes to follow shortly.

The partnership for the coming year was endorsed by the meeting.  It includes two new members and two members who had to be-relected under out Terms of Reference.  The new partnership is shown in the attachment below

Amendments to the Terms of Reference were agreed and the revised document is shown below, as are the minutes of the meeting.

Come and join us!

We are seeking more residents to join the Big Local Resident Led Partnership.  You don’t need any special experience but you should live in the Big Local area and care about what happens to it and the people living in it.  The partnership is a small, friendly group who are all keen to see improvements in the area.  Joining the partnership means attending a monthly meeting (held in the early evening and in the Big Local area) and together with other residents overseeing the delivery of our new action plan.  There are opportunities to get involved with other activities, if you are interested.

For more information contact Jan Papworth, our Community Development Worker on 01424 444010 or email jan@hvauk.org.

Expenses for volunteers

Our expenses policy and claim form is available by clicking here.

Local Trust

Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust.  Catch up here with the latest Local Trust news, including what’s happening in 150 Big Local areas across England by clicking here

In April 2016 Local Trust brought in its first independent evaluators.  Their job was to assess how well things were going – to look at areas' progress and whether Big Local partnerships across the country are starting to make a difference, and what kinds of things have helped and hindered areas in their Big Local journeys.  The big question was – is Big Local working?  To answer that and lots of other questions, the independent evaluators heard from over 400 of the people most involved in making Big Local happen and studied the progress being made in more than 100 Big Local areas.   You can read the key findings and the full report on the Local Trust website by clicking here.  To read Local Trust's April 2015 update on learning and research click here.