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  • vision boardLocal charity offers volunteers the chance to make a difference!

    The Lottery Awards for All project recently awarded funding to local charity FSN (Fellowship of St Nicholas) to help launch a new volunteer-led project from their central St. Leonards and Hollington Health Hubs. FSN issued this request for volunteers to join their cause.

    The Health Hubs are funded by Hastings and Rother CCG. The funding is designed to promote community resilience by increasing the capacity of local organisations to provide initiatives to engage the public. Continue reading…

    Image provided by Matt at Brighton and Sussex School of Medicine

    Radio Me!

    “That was Barry Manilow with Mandy – now please take your medication…” If you’re a radio listener, you’re used to getting information about the travel and weather – but now you could get personalised medical support, thanks to an innovative new scheme: Radio Me.



    Local screening of Cabaret this Thursday

    As part of a series of screenings at The Pigs Palace on White Rock, the 1972 musical Cabaret will be shown this Thursday, 23rd. All proceeds will go to Seaview. HOT’s Jordan Dixon 


    The Big Lunch 2019

    The Big Lunch 2019! You’re invited!

    The Big Lunch – the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours – is happening on 2 June in Warrior Square (or indoor if it rains). And you’re invited.



    Help out or have some fun at local summer festival!

    This summer, the Little Gate Big Festival is set to rock the rolling countryside nearby Rye. While tickets are going fast, charity and organiser, Little Gate Farm are seeking volunteers and are also offering the chance to win free tickets! HOT’s Jordan Dixon 


    Dead Good film poster image with quote"Everyone should see this" from Emma Thompson

    Are you ready to talk about death?

    We’re very lucky to have the UK’s first Coffin Club here in Hastings. You can meet its founders at a special Dying Matters week Q&A and screening of new film about empowerment in death, Dead Good, on Saturday 18 May, says Annie Waite

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    A section of the Hastings Tapestry.

    Volunteers wanted for Hastings Tapestry exhibition in Rye

    The Hastings Tapestry is going on view at Bridge Point, a new arts centre in Rye, and volunteers are wanted to supervise visitors. Nick Terdre passes on the call.


    Rebecca Ainscough MA © Rebecca Ainscough MA

    St Mary in the Castle announce artist in residence

    The team at St Mary in the Castle is delighted that Rebecca Ainscough MA is their first Artist in Residence. The exhibition ‘Rhythm, Ritual, Rite of Passage’ will be on show in the Crypt Gallery from 17 May until 18 August.


    Work by Elizabeth.

    Exhibition offers window into minds of people living with dementia

    In connection with Dementia Action Week, Drawing Life, the charity which holds life drawing classes with people living with dementia, has arranged an exhibition of work at A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab in St Leonards. Nick Terdre reports.


    View from the Stade by Patricia Bowler.

    ESAC summer show offers visual feast in Stade Hall

    East Sussex Arts Club’s summer exhibition opens next week in Stade Hall, when some 130 or more works are expected to be on show – about the same as the number of years this venerable institution has been in existence, as chairman Julie Marshall explains.


    Eric at the end of last year's walk.

    Eric’s pier walk to raise funds for Conquest Hospital Radio

    For the third time Eric Peckham is undertaking a sponsored walk from Eastbourne pier to Hastings pier to raise money for Conquest Hospital Radio, on which he is a presenter. Nick Terdre listened in on his plan.


    Revenge is tasty for Sweeney Todd. Rehearsal photo by Peter Mould.

    Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd comes to St Mary in the Castle

    Renaissance Theatre, now 10 years old, this week presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd in a fundraiser for St Michael’s Hospice. General secretary Kim Sutton explains what waits in store.


    Optimistic bunch of Greens, with Alexandra Phillips, lead candidate for the South East, second from left, and MP Caroline Lucas, third from right.

    Greens look to carry forward local election boost to EU poll

    The Green Party is hoping the wave of support it enjoyed in the local elections will carry over to next week’s poll for the European Parliament. Their lead candidate for the South East will visit Hastings and St Leonards on Sunday. Nick Terdre reports.



    Labour pans Tory VAT hike hitting green energy schemes

    Just weeks after Parliament declared a climate emergency, the government has raised VAT on solar panels. Rick Dillon of the local Labour Party gets hot under the collar about the Conservative government’s environmental hypocrisy.



    Neil Sellman

    Stables Theatre celebrates 60 years

    A theatre celebrating its 60th anniversary is adding new talents from home and abroad to its repertoire. Lynda Foy writes.