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  • The Tories' Sally-Ann Hart acknowledges her victory.

    The Tories’ Sally-Ann Hart acknowledges her victory.

    Sally-Ann Hart wins Hastings & Rye seat for the Tories

    In the end this was an election dominated by Brexit, in Hastings & Rye as elsewhere across the country, and the Conservative candidate Sally-Ann Hart was elected to Parliament with an ample majority. Nick Terdre reports.

    At Horntye Park, where the count took place, there were some technical glitches with verification of the votes – checking the numbers of ballots cast – which meant that it wasn’t until well after 4am that the result was declared. Continue reading…


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    Poll points to narrow win for Tories in Hastings & Rye

    The Conservatives are heading for a narrow victory over Labour in Hastings & Rye according to the latest YouGov poll, while the Liberal Democrats look to be suffering a serious squeeze. Nick Terdre reports.



    Chipped Pearls Book Cover

    Crime detectives in fiction are, in the main, universally flawed: booze, womanising, personality disorders are rife. And those are the men. There is also a strong posse of women detectives with their own issues and another one is joining the throng; Elvira Slate. She is sassy, stylish, a criminal, bright and living in 1940s jazz age and time of the glamorous Hollywood super stardom. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths met up with Helen Jacey, Elvira’s creator to talk about her and the wonderful noir world of sleuthdom.


    Paul Crosland, left, and friend.

    Independent Crosland lays out his concerns, including 5G

    Independent candidate Paul Crosland has laid out the concerns that persuaded him to stand in the general election in a leaflet delivered around the constituency. Three main matters – the rollout of 5G, grassroots environmentalism and breaking the mould of UK politics – dominate his platform. Nick Terdre provides a brief resume.

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    Hart in hot water at hustings while Corbyn pays a visit

    As the general election campaign enters its final phase, Tory candidate Sally-Ann Hart has found herself in hot water over her apparent support for a suggestion that disabled people should be paid less than the minimum wage. Meanwhile Labour’s Peter Chowney has had party leader Jeremy Corbyn and actor Steve Coogan in town supporting his campaign. The Lib Dems blame government policies for the high rate of small business failures in the last three years. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Old Movies Saved My Life

    Remember the days before we forgot the true meaning of Christmas – like watching Gone with The Wind after too much pudding? Comedian Mel Byron does, says Annie Waite.


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    O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane at Jazz Hastings

    An established giant of the UK Jazz scene and a young ‘firebrand’ will be coming together at the next Jazz Hastings session on Tuesday 17 December playing numbers from their new CD. Julian Norridge provides the background.


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    A book for Christmas? (plus literary events from 10 Dec 2019)

    Go on! Get a glass of wine and put your feet up. Thriller or quiz or something to read to the kids? Whether you ‘re looking for a challenge, some comfort or a complete escape, Angela J. Phillip offers some suggestions.


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    Retro Games at St Mary in the Castle

    St Mary in the Castle held a Retro Games Night that featured many classic consoles and games.


    CHRISTMAS PAST FROM ëTHE TELLINGí @ Kino Teatr, Hastings 
Sunday 26th November 2017, info: , 
Clare Norburn soprano;  Ariane Prussner mezzo, percussion;  Kaisa Pulkkinen harp & recorder;  Patience Tomlinson actor 

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    Hear the stories behind the carols, from The Telling

    Does the origin of carols interest you? Acclaimed medieval group The Telling bring the stories behind the earliest carols from the Middle Ages and traditional carols from across Europe to St Clement’s Church on Sunday 15 December.


    Sandwiched between conductor , left, and pianist Thomas Pandolfi, Polo Piatti takes a bow following the world premiere of his new piano work.

    Standing ovation for world premiere of Piatti’s piano work

    Hastings-based composer Polo Piatti in conversation with HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick after receiving a standing ovation at the world premiere of his new piano work.


    Grant Shapps has pledged to prioritise a fast train service between Hastings and London - but what would be the cost of upgrading the Marshlink, at present served by Southern's two-coach service, and other rail infrastructure, to accommodate Javelin trains, asks Peter Chowney?

    Tories under fire on rail pledge and Brexit effects on NHS

    Labour’s parliamentary candidate Peter Chowney has questioned Grant Shapps’ pledge to prioritise the introduction of a fast train service between Hastings and London if the Tories are re-elected. Meanwhile the Lib Dems has revealed figures showing increasing numbers of EU nationals deserting the NHS since the Brexit vote. Nick Terdre reports.



    The Sweet's current line-up: from left, Bruce Bisland (drums, vocals), Lee Small (bass, vocals), Paul Manzi (lead vocals) and Andy Scott (lead guitar), vocals).

    Sweet thoughts from Andy Scott ahead of Bexhill gig

    Ahead of their gig at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion on 21 December, Darren Johnson talks to the Sweet’s Andy Scott who, along with Brian Connolly, Mick Tucker and Steve Priest, was part of the classic 1970s line-up and continues with the band to this day.



    Interview with Louise Illig-Mooncie, author of ‘Encounter Between Two Worlds’ (plus literary events from 3 December 2019)

    German-born Louise Illig Mooncie has written about the coming to terms with her country’s uneasy past. Her spiritual journey has taken her to the UK, India and Ireland and she shares her experiences in the book Encounter Between Two Worlds. She talks to Angela J. Phillip about her journey.



    A Christmas Celebration with Joe Stilgoe

    The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition recently issued the following 


    From Seaview's carol concert last year.

    Seaview’s Christmas Carol Concert

    You are invited to Seaview’s classic carol concert, one of the highlights of our local festive season. Seaview supports people with complex needs who find themselves living on the edges of our society. All donations collected will go direct to Seaview’s services. Photos of last year’s carol concert by John Stiles.