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Open meetings are normally held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month
at Hastings Quaker Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings, TN34 1SA
(behind Priory Meadow car park).
Ground floor - wheelchair accessible - all welcome!
Public meetings in the Meeting House have been temporarily suspended during the coronavirus lockdown.

Remembering Hiroshima

Photo: Mark Bishop
As in previous years,supporters of Hastings against War gathered in Alexandra Park, Hastings, on Hiroshima Day 6th August, to commemorate the anniversary of the dropping of the first nuclear bomb, and to uphold the Japanese tradition of floating lanterns at sunset.
Photo: Stewart Rayment
Our guest speakers were Hastings Borough Councillors Margi O'Callaghan and Nigel Sinden. Margi O'Callaghan, our deputy mayor, said she was proud to have worked with Cllr Maya Evans on getting a motion passed in Council in 2020 which endorsed the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). In backing the treaty Hastings joined other municipalities around the world including Paris, Berlin, Edinburgh and Philadelphia.
It is important to remember the atomic bombings because if the memory is kept alive it becomes less likely such devastation will be repeated.
Cllr Nigel Finden
(photo: Stewart Rayment)
Nigel Sinden spoke about the bombing of Nagasaki. The bomb was dropped above a valley in the port city. This had the effect of increasing the devastation in that confined area. The Americans, having already used a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, wanted to test a plutonium bomb; Nagasaki was, in effect, the testing ground for this devastating new explosive.
In past years the ceremony in Hastings has involved launching traditional Japanese floating lanterns on the main lake in Alexandra Park but increased restrictions over the last two years have seen the lanterns being placed round the edge of the water, becoming more conspicuous after sunset. This year hundreds of electric candles were placed with the lanterns to encircle the lake.

Nuclear Weapons are Illegal!

UN colours in Bottle Alley
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into force on 22 January 2021.
It makes the possession of nuclear weapons illegal. The UK is now in breach of International Law until we dispose of our nuclear weapons. See letter to Boris Johnson, signed on behalf of Hastings against War and other peace groups.

On the day the Treaty entered into force the blue and white colours of the UN shone in Bottle Alley as the council marked the day in a Covid-secure way. Two of our Hastings Councillors who spoke in favour of the Council Motion last year, Maya Evans and Margi O'Callaghan, publicized the Ban coming into force at a busy Silverhill intersection, parading the UN flag and a flag of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was pivotal in the treaty happening.

Margi said -
'I was happy to fly the UN flag today in Silverhill to mark the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Keeping a peaceful and nuclear free world is important to me and it was imperative that this was marked within my community.'

Join Hastings against War in rejecting Trident and urging our government to take the lead in abandoning our nuclear arsenal.

Hastings and Ukraine

The Russian attack of Ukraine caused a general collapse in share prices, but not for General Dynamics, the arms firm with a factory in Hastings. General Dynamics shares have peaked at the prospect of exports of tanks and other equipment to Eastern Europe.
Hastings against War is ashamed.

Remembrance weekend

The pandemic lockdown prevented Hastings against War from gathering at the war memorial for Remembrance weekend. Instead a few of us quietly placed our usual wreath of white poppies at the foot of the memorial on 7th November.

The Hands Up Project

Our first Zoom meeting, on Tuesday 6th October 2020, was a joint meeting with Hastings & Rother Interfaith Forum.

Adrian Underhill introduced the Hands Up Project for children in Gaza and the West Bank.

Click here for more information on his much appreciated talk.


Take a look at our new web page on refugees and asylum seekers.

A Tribute to Lorna Sinclair (1946-2020)

Kite-making with Lorna
We gratefully recall the life of Lorna Sinclair, who passed away on 23rd June 2020. She was a faithful supporter of Hastings against War, Extinction Rebellion and Palestinian causes.

Lorna was a fun-loving person who enjoyed music, and actively and loyally supported local jazz groups.

She was resilient and resourceful, refusing to allow poor mobility to prevent her from taking a full part in our outdoor activities, including white poppy and Hiroshima remembrance events, which could mean walking over rough ground in the park.

We remember especially her skill at handicrafts, teaching us patiently to fold paper cranes at the St Leonards Festival, and assembling floating lanterns for Hiroshima.

She will not be forgotten.

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Our Mission

Hastings Against War (HAW) was formed in February 2003 in response to the growing threat of a US/UK invasion of Iraq. Since then we have organised countless information stalls, film screenings, talks, and street actions, as well as an art exhibition, benefit concerts and a major conference at the White Rock Theatre - 'Waging War, Making Peace'.
We have worked to raise awareness of the human cost of UK/US policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, exposing the often hidden facts about civilian casualties and corporate profiteering. We've campaigned against the arms trade which profits from war and against Israel's repression of Palestinians. Each year HAW participates in 'Fly Kites Not Drones', an international event begun by young peace activists in Afghanistan in response to their younger brothers and sisters being too afraid to fly kites because of the threat of drone attacks.

Also part of HAW's annual calendar is a ceremony in November to remember all victims of war, and an event commemorating the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Past and present HAW members have visited Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraqi Kurdistan, working in solidarity with local people living with the effects of conflict.

Our current focus is campaigning against the arms trade, against armed drones and against the renewal of Trident, the UK's nuclear weapon system, which has a potential for destruction far greater than that unleashed on Hiroshima.