Welcome to His Place Art Cafe and Community Centre. You will find that we are a unique venue. We welcome everyone here inlcluding the dog or cat. You will find at the bottom of this page the posters advertising the current acitvtiies. You are welcome to download and share those.
His Place is small charity in Hastings, we are a faith based organisation that provides a safe social place for the general public to access. Our venue includes a community centre, art cafe, church and is home also to OPUS Theatre. We are a not for profit organisation - all the income from our activites is ploud back into providing more services to the community.
You will not find a more friendly venue, who's whole aim is to reduce isolation, provide friendship, and activites for all ages. The cafe is staffed and run by a small group of volunteers - most who were once customers of the facitlity. To volunteer with us you don't have to be part of the His Place Community Church or any other faith organisation - our only requirment is that you wish to serve the wider community, are commited and respect the organisation and all our customers.
We are home to a number of external organisations who runn their activities from our premises including 'Hastings Safe Space' (NHS initiative), 1066 Crafters, OPUS Theatre. If you would like to find out about the church or OPUS Theatre please use the links to be re-direted to their websites His Place Community Church / Opus Theatre . If your intrested in helping to save the building and therefore all the work for the community you will find out about our restoration project and the urgent structual work on the following site Hastings Community Heritage
Activities: we have a variety of spaces within the cafe from which orgnaised activities take place as well as providing space for customers to chill out and enjoy there own social time using the free activities available such as board games, colouring books, reading books etc. Most of our workshops / activity sessions are free. Those that are not are pocket money prices.
Food: We have a varied menu which includes, snacks, cooked breakfast, hot meals, deserts and cakes. We have vegan and vegitarian options and try to cater for all allergies. If you don't like the menu don't leave just ask and see what we can sort for you. We are open to suggetions.
Art work for sale: we have local artists paintings decorating our walls. Most pieces are for sale, some are available in print format. The sale of which a percentage of the sale price goes to the building restoration fund.
Access: we have a portable ramp for access to the cafe, there is a hand rail also and under that is the bell should you require support to get into the building. Small scooter are able to access the venue also. In the hall we have a electric desk should you require it. As well as arm chair and recliner sofa. There are a variety of chairs for use including some with arms that are in the hall but can be brought into the cafe should you require them. Regarding toilet faciliites. If you require an accessible toilet there is an ambulant toilet with grab rail in the ladies and the disable toilet has a changing couch and pull down grab rail. If you require help to access please ask at the counter. In the event that a even higher toilet required please ask at the counter for the raised toilet frame to be brought down from church floor.
WHAT'S ON POSTERS FOR YOU TO PRINT AND SHARE
Please call if you would like further information 07944166351 or drop into the cafe and ask to speak with Caroline.
OUR BUILDING IS AT RISK DUE TO IT'S AGE AND THE DECAY
Heritage Building at Risk in Hastings, East Sussex. (Grade A on the Heritage at Risk Register - now known as His Place Community Church, which includes the cafe and OPUS Theatre usage.) Robertson Street Former United Reformed Church (Formally Congregational Church) The first church on this site dates from 1857 and we still have some of the original structure.
This building opened 1885 following the work of architect Henry Ward. Our aim was and still is to restore this building and collate the history for the future generations resulting in this building remains a church as well as community venue for all for anouther 100+ years. We have during the time we have owned it mended the roof, installed fire alarm system, refurbished the ground floor and completed various plastering and rising damp work. Majoirity of which was done wihtout asking for grants or public support.
Now though there are serious window repairs and masonry repairs that need to be completed within the next 3 years and we have failed for the second time to secure a Heritage Lottery Grant.
In 2016 the masonry and window repairs were quoted at costing £250,000 in 2018 the cost of repairs due to the stone being rear and the extra damage to window which will have to be removed when the stone is repaired had risen to £400,000 with Heritage grants we would have to make capital changes and arrange education and other community based activities and pay a number of professionals to oversea the project which are non negotiable with grants therefore we would have to apply for in the region of £800,000. Our preference is to get the urgent repairs done as soon as possible and if we can do that without accessing grants which is a long process we will. WE WILL NOT GIVE UP
What you can do to make a difference and help us repair and restore this gem of a building for the community ? Use the facilitates of His Place Art Café and Community Centre - which is one of of income streams
(Accessible by Robertson Street.) Support OPUS Theatre (access vie Cambridge Road Entrance, Pray for the building to not decay further and for funds to be generated by what ever means, Fund raise for us with the knowledge of all donations and fundraising being solely for the repair and restoration project. If you wish to donate your support would be greatfully recived as every penny small or large will make a difference.
Apart from the church activities these are the income generators that help maintain this building. We don’t have government funding or any other incomes. We are a volunteer lead charity and everyone involved in this place wants us to keep it going for as many years ahead as possible to provide a service to the community as was the intention of the original owners from 1885.
If you have a desire to support through volunteering, fund raising, supporting with maintenance work that we are allowed to undertake ourselves under the guidance of Rev Chris Sears MBE then please get in touch.
The Stained Glass window repairs will take two and half years due to the time it takes to remove every piece fill in the gaps, straighten the iron work, re colour and put back in place. The stone masonry will be completed within 3 months of it being started.
We have a short time left with the current planning permission which in itself took a year to get permission for therefore we would rather get this work started before that permission finishes as the beautiful sea air will continue to decay the building until it has been washed of all the chemicals from the soot during the war years and since then the fumes from cars.
Open days coming soon to show the public this beautiful building and the work required.