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Rye Station is holding a small yet nostalgic exhibition of train and station memorabilia from the 20th February until 2nd April 2017

Local resident Stuart Searle has loaned the exhibits to provoke memories for travellers along the Marshlink line.

Kevin Barry, the Community Rail Development Officer for the Marshlink line said :- “ Stuart has been collecting train and station memorabilia for many years, he used to be work along the Marshlink line and is very knowledgeable of its history. The hardest part of organizing this exhibition was not what to put on display but what to leave out! With much more available it means we can hold these exhibitions on a regular basis.”

Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink community rail partnership, added :- “Rye is a lovely, traditional station, and Stuart’s memorabilia is just perfect here, and very nostalgic. We’re very grateful to Stuart for lending us some of his collection, and to Kevin Barry for the work he has done to put this fantastic exhibition on.

“At 1200 on Monday 20th February, the Mayor of Rye will officially open the display and we are hoping Stuart will be able to attend, and talk about his collection.”


The Checkatrade.com Expo returns to the  Azur at the Marina Pavilion in St. Leonards on sea on Friday 17th March starting at 10am.

This year’s event will be attended by the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, The Mayor of Eastbourne and the founder and CEO of the Checkatrade.com group of companies Kevin Byrne.

Checkatrade.com is the official partner to East Sussex Trading Standards Authority  and are proud to have a presence in the County.

The Checkatrade.com group of companies are responsible for contributing  £2.8 Billion pounds per annum to the UK economy.

The event is a B2B, B2C, B2G and B2E  event and will boast other high profile visitors throughout the day.

All day networking combined with the latest products and services on offer makes the Checkatrade.com Expo the ideal event to attend if you are in the trade.

We’ve also been told that there are a few exhibition stands remaining and a high media presence confirmed so if you want to be part of the bigger, better and bolder  Checkatrade.com Expo then contact Lord Brett McLean for further details.

If you’re thinking about setting up or moving your business to St. Leonards on Sea, Hastings or Eastbourne and are looking for the minimum of hassle in set up and want ongoing management then check out this video to see why having your business in these locations will not only provide a prime location it will also provide you with a great work/life balance.

If you want to know more then visit their site here.

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Music first Audio is one of the hidden gem companies based in the Innovation Centre at St Leonards on Sea.

They are internationally recognized in the Music Industry for their high-end products which are manufactured to a world class level.

Their latest awards include; 

Hi Fi Magazine – Best Sound at Show Alan Sircom April 2016 

Hi Fi Critic Vol 10/No 2 “ and the sound quality winner is Music First Audio” – April – June 2016

The ear.net

“Product of the year 2015” – Jason Kennedy

AV Showroom

Gold Show Award “Best Sound” – 2014

 Music First Audio founder Jonathan Billington has been manufacturing award winning Hi-Fi from our workshops at the Innovation Center premise’s for a number of years now. Their demonstration studio now has its own website at http://www.musicfirststudio.co.uk/

The Music First Audio Classic Pre Amplifier was introduced in 2003 and positioned itself at the very heart of a true high end hi-fi systems. The Classic V2, Reference and Baby Reference pre amplifiers followed and the awards kept coming.

Now the Music First Audio product range includes the passive moving coil cartridge step up transformers and recently the introduction of the active transistor and valve, Classic and Reference, MM Phono Amplifiers.

Music First Audio is owned and run by Mr. Jonathan Billington (BSc. Hons). Music First Audio products are manufactured by the family firm Stevens & Billington Ltd. A family, with an audio history going back to the late 1940’s.

Sample the Luxury Experience of Sound 

Enjoy an afternoon or evening audition exclusively by appointment. From a single person to groups of 10. Select from a number of sources and both valve and transistor amplification. A number of speakers are available from Graham Audio LS5/9’s, Audio Note (UK) K’s, Quad ESL 63’s and Howes Acoustics ¼ waves fitted with Voxativ drivers.

The room, treated with damping materials from Blue Frog Audio, has ambient lighting and will be a relaxing yet exciting experience. A wonderful opportunity to experience high-end hi-fi from some of the world’s great manufactures. Hear many of the components used by Music First Audio at shows from around the world.

Jonathan has extended an invite to visit their studio at any time to hear some great sounds. Come down to Studio 1 or 2 at the Innovation Centre and all are welcome.


The annual May Day bikes came to Hastings and for enthusiasts it was a day to remember. The turnout was massive considering the weather wasn’t great but the crowds came out from all over to witness and celebrate motorcycle culture. Check out the pictures we took to see for yourself.


Hastings Business Operations Ltd’s new Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park gets showcased by Smokescreen Visuals who recently moved in to the building. The building itself is nearly identical to the new Bexhill Enterprise park which many of you may have seen if you’ve driven down the new Bexhill Bypass. Now you can see what it looks like from the outside from all angles. Enjoy!

Hastings based Events Office are getting ready for their next business exhibition which is called Business Forum Live.

The event is being held in Folkstone and gives companies from all over the South East a chance to engage and do business with companies from France.

The Exhibition itself promises to have people with real purchasing power attending and should be a great event for networking with businesses across Sussex, Kent and France. It’s not just an exhibition as there will a one day conference as well.

The conference attached to the exhibition is  called Channel Connections and is a European funded one day conference is running at the same venue in the Channel Suite. Speakers include, Richard Ashworth MEP and David Seall chairman of the IoD. This important conference on the European circuit will feed directly into governmental decisions regarding the In/Out Referendum so you can be apart of this too.

Business Forum Live is opens at 10am on the 14th April 2016. The address for the event is The Grand Hall, Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ

If you would like to register to attend or may consider exhibiting there then you can call Events Office today on 01424 441833. Alternatively you can visit the site for more information here.


Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, will be holding a summit to enable members of the public to hear from politicians and industry leaders about plans to improve and upgrade local transport services.

Roads Minister, Andrew Jones MP, will be this year’s keynote speaker and he will discuss investment in the area’s roads, including the A21. Attendees will also be updated by Highways England on the progress of A21 improvement works.

Recently, several constituents have contacted Amber about their experiences of service issues with Southern and Southeastern trains. This event will provide an opportunity to hear directly from and to ask questions to the Chief Executive Officer of GTR – the company which operates the Southern franchise – and the Managing Directors of both Southern and Southeastern.

In addition, a representative of Network Rail will discuss proposals to electrify the Marshlink for High Speed Rail, and the Managing Director of Stagecoach South East will set out plans to improve local bus services.

Amber commented: “With this summit, I am looking to build on the successes of past years which brought us major steps forward with campaigns to develop our area’s rail services. This event will add to the work of councils, businesses, MPs, transport campaigners and members of the public who have pushed for better infrastructure and transport provision in our area – from the major projects of dualling the A21 and campaigning for High Speed Rail, to the improvements which can be made to our everyday bus and train journeys.”

The summit which has been running for three years will be held at Sussex Coast College, Hastings on Friday 18 March 2016 and it will begin at 10:00am, with arrivals welcome from 9:30am and the summit’s conclusion by 12:00pm.

If you would like to attend, you can register online at www.amberrudd.co.uk,  email amber.rudd.mp@parliament.uk, or call 01424 716756.

The annual Hastings jobs fair returns on the 26th February 2016 and is being held at Sussex Coast College.

Local MP Amber Rudd has run the free entry jobs fair for the past five years and this year alongside jobs on offer they are also focusing on apprenticeships.

So far there are 25 companies and organizations attending so will be a great day for those that are looking for work or are interested in being an apprentice.

If you are looking to employ or offer an apprentice position within your company, then you may also be able to exhibit on the day. You can call the event organizers, Events Office on 01424 441833.

Alternatively you can have a look on the events site here.

The hit dinner party series, Come Dine With Me is back with a new series and are on the hunt for contestants from the Hastings and Bexhill area.

If you’ve never seen the show before it goes like this: Over five days, five strangers take turns to cook for each other get voted on by their peers to win a £1000 cash prize at the end of the week.

If you or anyone else are from Hastings, Bexhill, Rye & surrounding areas thinks they’ve got what it takes to win to the prize money then all you need to do is get in touch with the shows organisers either by email (Free) cdwm@itv.com or you can call 0871 244 4142 (Callers from a BT landline will be charged a set up fee of 14p per call plus 10p per minute. Calls from other networks may be higher
and from mobiles will cost considerably more.)

Either way you need to be quick as shooting is scheduled from Feb 7th to Feb 12th 2016.

Oh and one more thing, to be on Come Dine Witb Me contestants have to over 18 years of age.