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  • Greens campaigning in last year's local elections: Andrea Needham, left, Julia Hilton and, right, MP Caroline Lucas (photo: Green Party).

    Greens campaigning in last year’s local elections: Andrea Needham, left, Julia Hilton and, right, MP Caroline Lucas (photo: Green Party).

    Greens decide not to stand a candidate, Tories yet to choose

    The Greens have decided not to stand a candidate in the general election but to concentrate their efforts on next May’s local elections. Meanwhile the Tories have yet to officially decide who will replace Amber Rudd, and the Brexit candidate withdraws. Nick Terdre reports. Continue reading…


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    Molly Townson tribute at White Rock Theatre this Sunday

    Hastings International Music Festival is holding a musical evening in celebration of the life of former chairman Molly Townson at the White Rock Theatre on Sunday 27 October.



    3 Kinds of Writing Therapy (plus literary events from 22 October 2019)

    Smiling is not what most of us feel like doing when something bad has happened and we may never come to the conclusion that we should smile about it, but writing is for everyone and it can ease our troubles. You can express your anger or your sadness, your pain or your delight. It matters how you feel and it will help to write it down to get it outside of you so you can have a look – and then change, move on. Angela J. Phillip investigates 3 kinds of writing therapy.


    Simon Russell Beale takes part in Beloved Clara, a HIPCC fundraiser (photo: HIPCC).

    Famous musical love triangle featured in HIPCC outreach fundraiser

    On Sunday 10 November Beloved Clara – A Tale of Love and Loss will be presented at St Mary in the Castle with award-winning British actors Lesley Sharp and Sir Simon Russell Beale and  pianist Lucy Parham. The event is a fundraiser for the ambitious outreach programme planned by the organiser of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, as HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick explains.


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    One closed Country Park footpath to be reopened

    One of the public footpaths in Hastings Country Park which has been closed for several years because of landslips in Ecclesbourne Glen is to be reopened in November, says East Sussex County Council. Nick Terdre reports.



    Plastication Imagination photography on Hastings seafront

    Marybeth Haas shares her thoughts and ideas behind this series of six images, currently exhibited on advertising boards on Hastings promenade, a Coastal Currents and Photo Hastings event running until 27 October.


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    Discover Rye Harbour Project receives huge grant from National Lottery Heritage Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund recently awarded the Sussex Wildlife Trust a generous grant of over half a million pounds. The funds will contribute to their Discover Rye Harbour Project and help transform the way visitors engage with the natural and cultural heritage of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The Sussex Wildlife Trust thanks those who made the grant possible and looks ahead to the Reserve’s 50th anniversary.


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    Skateboarding films triple bill at Electric Palace

    “Fall. Get back up,” says the encouraging skateboarding mantra on the movie poster for Jonah Hill’s touching debut film triumph, Mid90s, which you can see on Friday 25 October at Electric Palace cinema. The film is screening as part of a triple bill of skateboarding-themed films, including two local short films, one of which spans 35 years of the Hastings skate scene, says Annie Waite.



    Photohastings’ season of photography

    October sees commencement of the Photohastings 2019 season of photography, which runs through October and November, Andrew Moran (Co-chair of Photohastings) reports.


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    2 Great Sci-fi books with a difference (plus literary events from 15 Oct 2019)

    Sci-fi books are not always about strange-looking aliens with whom earthlings are about to do battle. Angela J. Phillip briefly reviews two novels that could be said to be sci-fi but that don’t always feel as though they are. Each one offers a powerful comment on human beings and how we might develop. Each one is a thought-provoking read.


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    The environment and quality of our lives

    The theme of Hastings Voluntary Action’s next community network gathering will be the environment: ‘How can improving the environment benefit our health and quality of life?” Please spread the word. Julia Hilton writes.


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    TLC needed for community garden

    Transition Town Hastings (TTH) volunteers have created a beautiful community garden at St Leonards Warrior Square Station for everyone to enjoy and to feel able to help themselves to the produce. However, they really could do with some more help in maintaining and nurturing the garden!



    Strandliners release October newsletter

    ‘Cleaner Rivers, Cleaner Seas’ is the motto of local volunteer-driven company Strandliners CIC who have issued their latest newsletter, detailing their recent efforts to keep our local beaches and rivers clean and highlighting some upcoming events. HOT’s Jordan Dixon


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    Michael Madden: thoughts on visual art, politics and the planet (2)

    Michael Madden: painter, sculptor, restorer, environmental campaigner and Hastings resident, talks with HOT’s Chandra Masoliver about his life, work, the Labour Party and the state of the planet. 



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    Conversations without words

    This Saturday sees the opening of a one-month long visual conversation between four artists. Erica Smith visited Solaris gallery in Norman Road, St Leonards to listen to the pictures talk.


    Labour Party members canvassing for a new job centre in Rye (photo: CLT).

    New job centre for Rye under study, says DWP

    Labour’s campaign to get a job centre reopened in Rye has gained a lot of local support though it has yet to persuade the authorities, though the DWP confirms that studies are under way. Nick Terdre reports.

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