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    NHS campaign launched on its birthday

    To mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, Hastings and Rother campaigners launched a local branch of the national “Keep Our NHS Public” (KONP) campaign. HOT’s Erica Smith was there to mark the occasion. Continue reading…


    ‘Gently Intimate’ evening with Jean Paul

    HOT music correspondent Brian Hick enjoyed an evening of romantic and reflective, then intense, piano music in the sixteenth online concert featuring prizewinners in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

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    Coronavirus statistical update: Leicester hotspot revealed by more detailed data

    Leicester is now in lockdown, but it only became clear that it was a coronavirus hotspot when a glaring deficiency in the provision of local data was remedied. The more detailed data reveal that the extent of infections at local authority level has been underestimated around the country, including in Hastings, Rother and East Sussex. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Battle for legal recognition of humanist marriages goes to High Court

    Humanist couples are taking the government to court in an attempt to oblige it to recognise humanist marriages. The case is supported by Humanists UK and humanist celebrants, including several based in Sussex. Nick Terdre reports.

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    PSC calls for East Sussex pension fund divestments

    Already under pressure due to its fossil fuel investments, East Sussex County Council now faces calls to divest from companies which the Palestine Solidarity Campaign says are involved in violations of Palestinian human rights. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Post-Covid: Fears, Dreams and Choices 3

    Kendal Eaton, author of A Chance for Everyone: The Parallel Non Monetary Economy, concludes his examination of how the world beyond coronavirus could be made a better place. Part 3: Choices.

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    Cycling/walking route among proposals for Hastings in new active travel funding round

    East Sussex County Council is now preparing proposals for the second round of funding under the government’s active travel fund. Grassroots groups in Hastings are proposing a sea front-station walking/cycling route as well as cycle racks in strategic locations. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Robert Bathurst interview with Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Actor Robert Bathurst recently spoke to Emma Chaplin of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to discuss life in lockdown, nature and his frequent visits to Sussex’s natural attractions.

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    An evening in with…Jean Paul Gasparian

    This Friday evening, 3 July, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Jean Paul Gasparian

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    Romantic evening with Garam Cho

    HOT music correspondent Brian Hick enjoyed an evening of romantic piano music in the fifteenth online concert featuring prizewinners in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

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    MP moves into overdrive

    Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart has suddenly gone into overdrive, sending out half a dozen press statements in the last few days. This publication, however, is still waiting for her to respond to enquiries from more than two weeks ago. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Many new signatories for Old Bathing Pool site petition

    Organising anything during the COVID-19 restrictions is difficult, but a petition signing went ahead on the Old Bathing Pool site in West St Leonards on Saturday 20 June. This was organised by Save Our Bathing Site (SOBS) and West Marina Org, both local community groups opposing Hastings Borough Council’s plan for a high-rise, high-density housing development on the site. Bryan Fisher of West Marina Org reports.

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    Stade Saturdays among Foreshore Trust beneficiaries

    The Foreshore Trust has awarded  grants worth more than £45,000 to 11 local projects – including Stade Saturdays – offering a response to the effects of the coronavirus. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Lives in limbo: the injustice of indefinite immigration detention

    A few days ago Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that she has accepted all 30 recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned review. This is a chance to unravel the Hostile Environment, which has destroyed so many lives for so many years, and with it, one of its central pillars, indefinite immigration detention. Felicity Laurence, campaigns lead for Hastings Community of Sanctuary, describes this destructive policy, and the imminent opportunity to end it for good when the new immigration bill is debated in the Commons in the coming days.

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    Committee revolt gives Christ Church its solar panels

    When unstoppable utility meets administrative fixity, something’s got to give. Bernard McGinley, who also took the photos, looks at the Planning Committee’s recent decision to approve the installation of solar panels on the roof of a listed church in Ore against the advice of planners.

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    Vandals target public toilets

    Just a few days after reopening public toilets, several have been vandalised, the council says. It is also just a few days since Conservative councillor Rob Lee criticised the council for being slow to reopen toilets. Nick Terdre reports.

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