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HFS's Thrift Fest

HFS’s Thrift Fest

Thrift Fest success

Approx 1,000 people attended and participated in Thrift Fest, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Hastings Furniture Service on 22 September 2018 at the Hastings Centre. Thrift Fest gathered the local groups, clubs and organisations that are helping people live active, rich, creative, fulfilled lives without costing the earth to provide a day of activities for local families.

HFS are really grateful to all the groups and organisations that got involved, the Hastings Centre and Kings Church, and all the people who came along and took part on the day.

The mosaic many hands made

Mosaic Milarky

Mosaic Malarky

One of the many craft-based workshops on offer at Thrift Fest was a mosaic-making session run by local art project, Mosaic Malarky. Using tiles and crockery donated to HFS stores, and with a design based on the HFS logo, the mosaic was put together piece by piece by visitors to the event under the expert eye of Mosaic Malarky founder, Em Frankish Law.

The mosaic has now been grouted and delivered to our Bexhill store where it will be on permanent display as a reminder of the 30th anniversary and the Thrift Fest community event.

Book-Swapping takes off

Book swapping

Book swapping

One of HFS’s newest projects, BookSwapBoxes, is already making an impact in the local community.

Two boxes have been installed so far, one in Rock House, a non-profit co-working space for small creative and digital enterprises, and another outside Pathways, a supported housing service for people with mental health issues.

Both boxes were made from upcycled furniture, and created by HFS workshop tutor, Ron in collaboration with volunteers from each of the organisations.

As well as encouraging people to swap and donate books, HFS are also asking users to provide feedback to help shape the project as it grows.

Work is already underway on a BookSwapBox for Churchwood Primary Academy, and next in line is Eat@ Café in the centre of Alexandra Park. HFS have also been contacted by a number of other individuals and organisations keen to get involved in the project.

Charity of the Year donation

HFS’s 12-month stint as King’s Church’s Charity of the Year has come to an end, and they were absolutely delighted to be given a cheque for £4,200 raised during the church services – and also via a couple of charity donation days in the Hastings Centre car park.

In addition to this generous donation, King’s Church also gave HFS the use of the Hastings Centre for free for their Thrift Fest and were hugely supportive in the organisation, promotion and set up of the event.

Posted 14:09 Monday, Oct 29, 2018 In: Green Times

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