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    Hastings band Haest feature in triple-header at White Rock Theatre

    Hastings band Haest will be appearing alongside pioneers of the grime punk subculture Riskee and The Ridicule and emo/pop duo SKIES at the White Rock Theatre (WRT)  on Friday 29 October. Details below provided by WRT. Continue reading…

    Fat Tuesday launches showcase gigs for emerging local bands

    After a year of Covid closure, Hastings Fat Tuesday is back with a bang, launching its new showcase for emerging local talent and opening ticket sales for February’s Mardi Gras ball. Nick Terdre reports.


    Women’s group invite all to Reclaim The Streets on Saturday

    At 1pm this Saturday, 23 October, local group Women’s Voice is marching through Hastings. All women and supportive men are invited to march with them. Ann Kramer of Women’s Voice tells HOT why the march is so important.


    Give Credit to the Credit Union!

    To celebrate International Credit Union Day on 21st October, Hastings and Rother Credit Union is CrowdFunding to get their vital, affordable lending and popular savings options to more people. Erica Smith sings the praises of this essential service.


    Vigil on Tuesday to protest “harsh” immigration bill

    Hastings Community of Sanctuary, together with Hastings Supports Refugees, is holding a vigil on Tuesday 19 October to express their opposition to the “unprecedented harshness” proposed towards refugees in the Nationality and Borders bill currently before Parliament. Nick Terdre reports.


    Seaview: a Bloomin’ Britannia lovely choir

    Artistic director of Barefoot Opera, Jenny Miller, sings the praises of the Seaview Choir, one of many groups of singers participating in Bloom Britannia – the community opera running from Friday 22–Sunday 24 October at St Mary in the Castle.


    The Big Draw: “Everyone Can Draw!”

    Hastings Arts Forum is once again the local host for The Big Draw on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October, from 10am to 4pm…and it’s FREE!, writes HOT reporter John Cole.


    Fudging the climate emergency

    This week, East Sussex County Council was accused of failing to address climate crisis two years after declaring a Climate Emergency. HOT’s Erica Smith was one of many Hastings residents who donned a two-year old’s birthday party hat and took the train to Lewes to add her voice to the protest.



    Houses earn more than people

    On Saturday, 9 October, Hastings Rental Health held their first public event in Hastings town centre to show the widespread concern over rising rents and the lack of affordable homes in the area. HOT’s Erica Smith reeled when she heard that last year the average house in Hastings ‘earned’ two and a half times the wage of the average local worker.


    Can you help out HOT?

    HOT has been here reporting about Hastings for over a decade now. We have a wide readership – online, through social media re-posts and via our twice a week MailChimp mailouts. What we are not good at is asking for anything in return… so Erica Smith is asking you if you can help HOT by doing one of the following things:


    What’s HOT at the White Rock!

    The White Rock Theatre has now re-opened with an impressive range of live entertainment for the people of Hastings, St Leonards and beyond.  You can find details of all their shows and make bookings on their website. There’s also a brand new online brochure covering shows from now until December. HOT’s Paul Way-Rider takes a look at some of the acts coming up soon.


    Farewell to Fat Sue

    Sue Wood, aka Fat Sue – the owner of the corner shop on Bulverhythe Road that carries her name passed away suddenly on Tuesday. Photographer JJ Waller shares his tribute to her.


    Aldi use aggressive tactics to evict two families

    At 9am on Wednesday 6 October, bailiffs and police came to evict two couples living on ‘the old Stamco site’ off Bexhill Road. The land is now owned by Aldi but has been lying derelict for years. Erica Smith was there to witness the processs.


    In memoriam: Brian Hick

    The music and arts critic Brian Hick, who acted as HOT’s music correspondent for a couple of years, sadly passed away in May after a period of illness. We are grateful to his colleague Stephen Page for permission to reprint his obituary from Lark Reviews, a website dedicated to news and reviews of classical music and poetry set up by Brian and now run by Stephen.


    Sea Change projects under pressure at Selep

    Sea Change Sussex finds itself under pressure at Selep, its major funder, where the accountability board has set challenging demands on three of its current projects, and raised the prospect of withdrawing funding for two of them. Nick Terdre reports.



    Entries invited for Hastings Week Poetry Competition

    If you think you’re a poet but possibly don’t know it, how about entering the Hastings Week Poetry Competition run personally by the mayor? Nick Terdre tells you how.