The Observer Building, Hastings

by Adam Clements in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st June 2019 we successfully raised £10,185 with 241 supporters in 112 days

Creating a hopeful future for this Hastings icon after 34 years of dereliction

by Adam Clements in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

1328 who do we appreciate?

You, that's who! Thank you so much to our pioneer crowd funder buddies, and good running to anyone joining the Hastings Half Marathon next weekend. 

Good luck with the last days, hours and minutes of prep!

We have raised £1328 so far and we have 20 days left to reach our £10,000 target. 

Please share the crowd funder link, and help to:

  • fund early essential building works
  • provide capped-rent spaces to local businesses
  • protect this important iconic building in your neighbourhood
  • help us leverage the investment needed to fully resuscitate this precious building by showing bigger funders that local people care 

This week we have been sharing pictures of the Observer Building in its heyday, and asking people for their personal stories. Here are some of the lovely stories we have heard:

This is Bob Chenery, working in the Machine Room: here are some stories from friends and family via Facebook:

His Dad worked in the binding room Fred Chenery and Edna Chenery his mother worked in accounts. My Dad Bill Biggs worked on the Litho printing before he moved on to the Sunday People in London. 

- Denise Chenery

I used to work in the Bindery with Fred Chenery, a really nice man - that would have been 1963. I stayed in the Bindery then moved into Work Study when my apprenticeship finished in 1968. Finally escaped to work in the NHS in January 1974. In 1963 I formed a group called The Confederates who went on to play all over the country and 3 of us are still performing. I remember well playing at two of the FJP Christmas dances at the White Rock Theatre, that would have been 1964 and 1965 I think, very boozy events! In the group's first year we had no transport and needed way of getting our gear to and from gigs - Fred offered to be our Roadie, (ha ha) and we formed a strong friendship, he, the group members and his black Morris Traveler, good job we didn't have much gear - Great days! 

- Peter Millington

My dad Jim Rogers also worked in the machine room with Bob Chinery, Vic Chalcraft, et al. My dad worked on the Lithos and Heidelberg machines.

- Jane Hurt

My mum Grace Knight worked for F. J Parsons in the 60s in the binding dept

- Glynis Phillips

Follow our Facebook page and watch out for historical references every Thursday.

Thanks OB buddies. Have a lovely weekend!


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Give yourself a pat on the back!

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£5 or more

Your name as part of wall art in the OB

For a minimum of £5 donation, you see your name become a permanent part of a piece of wall art inside the Observer Building. A textile artist is currently being chosen from a pool of interested local practitioners.

£10 or more

26 of 100 claimed

Become part of our window display

100 chances to add your likeness to our ‘Sergeant Pepper’ style wall paper decorating the wall in our window display. Details of how to claim to follow after 4 May.

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Bookbuster! £5 book vouchers

Bookbuster is offering £5 book vouchers, we have 5 available, redeemable against any in-stock items at Bookbuster Queens Road

£15 or more

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Creation time in the OB

10 places for artists/creatives on a 4-hour session of ‘creating’ inside the 34 year derelict Observer Building. Work to be selected from this pool for an exhibition in an empty space inside the OB in September 2019.

£15 or more

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Creation Time at the OB - FIVE MORE ADDED!

5 places for artists/creatives on a 4-hour session of ‘creating’ inside the 34 year derelict Observer Building. Work to be selected from this pool for an exhibition in an empty space inside the OB in September 2019.

£20 or more

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Tour - Past, present & future of America Ground

15 places on an exclusive tour of the America Ground and Trinity Triangle with local historian, Steve Peak, and social entrepreneur and PhD student, Jess Steele, for a unique insight into the past, present and future of this iconic heritage neighbourhood. Tour will take place on Saturday 22nd June: more details on receipt of reward.

£20 or more

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Bookbuster! £10 book vouchers

Bookbuster is offering £10 book vouchers, we have 2 available, redeemable against any in-stock items at Bookbuster Queens Road

£30 or more

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Reclaimed Robin

Harbor are also offering six reclaimed wooden Robins. Beautifully carved and carefully painted by local craftsmen.

£50 or more

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Cut and blow dry from Yard + Quarter

You may have heard of James Nash and his haircuts in The Snug at The Crown pub on All Saints in Hastings’ Old Town. He has made a name for himself as a creative and down-to-earth hairdresser, with an excellent eye for style and design. He is offering his excellent skills to the crowdfunder – please do support us and get styled at the same time!

£60 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Nest Hut from Harbor

Local contemporary furniture makers Harbor create beautiful pieces of furniture out of reclaimed wood. Pledge £60 for one of their gorgeous Nest Huts: a birdbox with a distinctly Hastings character. One and two storey Nest Huts on offer.

£60 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£60 course for two at Tommy's Pizzeria

Tommy’s Pizzeria were so keen on the Observer Building and everything it stands for that they have offered us a place at their sparkly new tables once they reopen in Spring 2019. Grab a VIP seat with a slap-up meal to boot.

£120 or more

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Two courses for four at Tommy's Pizzeria

Tommy’s Pizzeria were so keen on the Observer Building and everything it stands for that they have offered us a place at their sparkly new tables once they reopen in Spring 2019. Grab a VIP seat with a slap-up meal to boot.

£200 or more

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Photoshoot

For a donation of £200 you can have a full hour of portrait or event photography by Rock House tenant and published (‘Humans of London’) photographer Cathy Teesdale. This includes an optimised slideshow gallery collection of all the best shots, and your choice of 5 hi-res jpegs to keep and print from.

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Video Production

In return for a £1000 donation, Rock House tenant Adam Clements (Tree Tunnel) will produce a 1-2 minute documentary-style video for you or your business. Adam also made our excellent Crowdfunder video.

£5,000 or more

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Limited Edition Art

For a £5000 donation (OBO), you will receive one of a run of just 3 art prints by Paul Hamlyn award-winning local artist Becky Beasley, exclusive to backers of this project!


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