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  • Lynne Page rehearses new moves with Royal Ballet artists Francisco Seranno & Leticia Dias for Wingspan (photo: Lynne Page).

    Catch her in Rye

    What do Shostakovich, Debussy and Ravel have in common with Elbow? Lynne Page has put together an exquisite cast of performers for some specially produced dance theatre, entitled ‘Wingspan,’ to be held at Bridgepoint, the new creative arts complex in Rye, celebrating the tenacity of the human spirit in this extraordinary time. The music is an inspired combination of Shostakovich, Debussy, Ravel and Elbow, writes Chris Cormack. Continue reading…


    Foreshore team tackles seabed obstruction

    Members of Hastings Borough Council’s foreshore team sprang into action after paddleboarders reported potentially dangerous material on the seabed, exposed at low tide just east of the pier. Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the foreshore, explains what happened.

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    New six-a-side football season

    A new six-a-side football season is about to kick off at Horntye Park, and the organisers are looking for more clubs to participate.

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    MP reaffirms support for West St Leonards campaign

    Local residents opposed to the council’s plan for a large housing development on the old bathing pool site in West St Leonards met last weekend with local MP Sally-Ann Hart, who, they report, supports their campaign. After lengthy delays the council has yet to sign an exclusivity deal with its chosen developer. Bryan Fisher of Save Our Bathing Site (SOBS) provides an update. 

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    Sussex Wildlife Trust response to Coronavirus

    As the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve recently held its first guided walk in several months, the Sussex Wildlife Trust recently announced that they have achieved the official UK Tourism ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry and consumer mark as they slowly begin to re-open their facilities and limited events to the public. The trust recently released the following announcement.

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    Coronavirus statistical update: cases on the rise locally and nationally

    Covid-19 is on the increase, in Hastings, elsewhere in East Sussex and nationally. At a time when the testing regime is crucially needed to track and contain the spread of the disease, limitations are appearing. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Meet: Jender Anomie

    HOT’s Claudine Eccleston spotted Jender and her mysterious friend at Tommy’s Pizza on Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. With such a strong unique look, more information was required…

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    Welcome back to newly normal!

    Until I visited an Oxford Lieder recital at Fairlight Hall last Saturday evening, I didn’t realise how much I have been missing live music in the good old way (but still subject to social distancing). Now the Hastings Philharmonic are also back to work with a whole programme, a minimum of six events to delight us – a leap of faith in these difficult times, writes Chris Cormack.

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    Lockdown photo exhibition spotlights town’s resilience

    A photographic exhibition recording the lockdown experiences of Battle residents has launched. The display of over 50 pictures This is Our Battle by local photographer Darren Buss is taking place in the open air, using the town itself as a gallery. Alison Steel, media contact for the exhibition, reports.

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    Hastings bar reopens after Covid closure

    One of the three Hastings bars forced to shut after a customer contracted Covid-19 reopened this week. With new cases being regularly confirmed in the town, the council has urged citizens to follow official guidance. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.

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    HBC rebuts Lee’s claims over failure of full council to meet

    The Labour leadership of Hastings Borough Council has rebutted criticisms from Cllr Rob Lee, leader of the Conservative group, of its failure to hold a meeting of the full council since March. Nick Terdre reports.

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    New shows at Zoom’s Warrior Square gallery and Oscar’s

    Two new shows provide more momentum to the revival of the visual arts in Hastings. Anna Bachène will open a new exhibition at the Zooms Arts gallery at Warrior Square station next week, while Nick Hill already has an exhibition under way at Oscar’s on the Square. Nick Terdre reports.

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    EV charging points on the rise

    Hastings Borough Council’s Cabinet has allocated funding for the installation of new EV charging points in the town, in line with its climate change strategy. New charging points have also been installed in Morrisons car park as part of a national roll-out. Nick Terdre reports.

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    A review of Full Stop: an anthology

    Full Stop is an anthology of creative writing by children and young people in Hastings and the surrounding area written during the 2020 lockdown. Writers from as young as three contributed to this little book of surprises, writes HOT’S

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    Bunker planning application makes independent remeasurement a live issue

    With its latest planning application, Rocklands Caravan Park is seeking to go round (or supersede) the Planning Inspector’s decision regarding the notorious ‘Bunker’ beside Hastings Country Park. Will Hastings Borough Council (HBC) require remeasurement of the misshapen building before deciding on the application, to know what it’s dealing with? What about the other works on site? Bernard McGinley tries to find out, again.

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