A Multi Use Community Venue

Needing Urgent Repair 

& Restoration

To keep It Open For Public Use


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COMMUNITY ART CAFE & community centre

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His Place Building (Former Robertson Street URC Church Hastings / Cambridge Road Congregational Church Hastings)  Is grade A on the heritage at risk register. The race is now on to save the building and to keep it open for community use. 

This gem of a building is in the custody of His Place Charity 1054331.  We brought this building in November 2013 following it being empty for 2 years in which time pigeons had made there home, the leaking roof had deteriorated further and numerous repairs were required to make it water tight. His Place is a small independent charity relying mainly on volunteers running the activities and events. We cover our costs through hire of facilities, cafe food sales and church giving. We offer many free activities to the public attending this venue which is based in one of the most deprived areas of the country. 

                        This building is a hub for the community and home to:

His Place Community Church

Opus Theatre

His Place Community Art Cafe and Community Centre

Hastings Safe Space

History - This building sits on the site of an earlier Congregational church which was built in 1857. Parts of that structure are still in existence. In the 1950’s it seated 1000 people at time and people attending the morning service were not allowed to return for the evening service.

Designed by local architect – Henry Ward A.R.I.B.A. 1854 – 1927 (Who also designed – Debenhams (Hastings), Town Hall, Observer building.  He also designed Bexhill Town Hall.

Built by - John Howell & Son. It was mainly built in 1884 to 1885 but completed in the 1890’s

Opportunity will be available to help collate the history and record the artefacts associated with this social history.  Want to help call 07944166351 or email hisplaceheritage@gmail.com

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Links will go live on 1st March 2019 please be patient we are all volunteers and have other commitments to manage as well as creating our website and publicity.

Beautiful building in need of urgent stone masonry repair / replacement

The current cost of stone repair required and replacement is £300,000 including the building being specially cleaned to remove the acid that has built up over 130+ years of car fumes, soot, etc much of which occurred during the earlier years when coal fires were used and gas lighting polluted the Hastings air.

You are invited to  adopt a piece of masonry to aid in fundraising for  this need.



Every window in the building has some type of repair required. On the Robertson Street side where the roof leak occurred each window needs to be reshaped as the water has caused the iron structure to expand which has caused the glass pains to loosen, change position and has caused the masonry to crumble. 

The windows on Cambridge Road have to be removed when the masonry is mended and they require new metal grids to be placed over them and the glass requires cleaning with a few pains requiring replacement. It has been estimated that it will take 24 - 36 months to completely restore every window in the building.

The window repairs are quoted at £150,000 including the scaffolding that is required to complete this work. 

Volunteering opportunities 

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   Open days / guided tours

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         Share your knowledge of this heritage

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  Fundraising  / Corporate sponsorship

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