The work continues; by the time the structural work is finished there’ll be around 72,000 metres of new timber, 11 new structural piles and 500 deck beams and 350 lattice girders will have been replaced.

You can watch the changes happening live via the Pier webcam.

Annual General Meeting – 25th April 2015

A few share-holders have contacted us to say that they have not received any communication from us. If you are a share-holder and have not had any emails from us then please contact the Charity at community.shares@hpcharity.co.uk

Our first ever AGM as a Community Benefit Society was held on Saturday 25th April at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, just across the promenade from the pier itself.

More than 350 shareholders registered for the event, needed to formally approve the Board’s report and financial accounts for 2014, and to see a number of presentations on the progress of the project to date and future plans. We were also delighted to able to invite all attendees on to the Pier at the end of the meeting.

John Lovering chaired the meeting, conducted in exemplary style and a real sense of pride and achievement was evident across the room. The meeting was characterised by a very positive and constructive atmosphere with honest, open conversations and many suggestions from the floor that we will certainly follow up.

For the presentations, we wanted to give details on both the progress of the construction project and the huge range of events and activities that we have already delivered. The success of this activity programme is critical to keeping our side of our contract with the Heritage Lottery Fund. Such activities was one of the most important factors in securing £11.4 million of lottery funding so I was very proud to be able to make shareholders aware of just how much has already been achieved. We then spent some time looking forward to when the Pier will be open and our plans for making it a major success.

There are three videos covering each of these elements of the presentation and these are now available to view by following the link below.

The icing on the cake though was the opportunity to get onto the Pier and walk more than half its length on the newly restored structure and decking. BBC South East were also on hand to capture this historic occasion. The response was overwhelmingly positive from everyone who took up the chance to see progress at first hand and to connect with sea and sky.

I want to thank all those many shareholders who took the trouble to talk to me and members of our team to express their appreciation of the event. And I also want to thank the White Rock Theatre team and our own superb volunteers, for making the event run so smoothly.

Finally i would just like to say how encouraged I was that we have made another major step towards restoring Hastings Pier to the local – and wider – community with the support of our many important stakeholders, including shareholders and funders.

We all look forward to the continued, and successful, development of our unique enterprise.

Simon Opie
CEO – Hastings Pier Charity

Watch the AGM presentation videos on Hastings Pier Charity’s Youtube channel

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A great deal of work, enormous local, regional and national support and very substantial financial awards have enabled this project to take shape. The following organizations have been, and will continue to be, vital to the economic health and success of this project: