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  • The pop-up mobile testing unit run by the Army on the Stade open space (photo: Stephen Kelleher).

    Knotty problem of a mobile testing site for Hastings

    While Hastings Borough Council and its partners review options for an alternative site for the mobile testing unit, the original choice of the Stade open space appears to run counter to one of the key criteria. Nick Terdre reports. Continue reading…


    It’s August – it’s CRAZY! The day is set for a 22 degree high in Hastings with bright sunshine and a light breeze. Lobsterliciously – spread the Lobster Love with LEKIDDO – Lord of The Lobsters! Joyous uplifting pop moves and catchy tunes, Chris Cormack investigates how much fun Jenny Miller’s Barefoot Opera can bring you and your kids.

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    Meet Kate from Teddy Tinker’s

    You can’t miss Teddy Tinker’s Emporium… it’s the bright orange and blue shop on the corner of London Road and Tower Road West in St Leonards. If you haven’t ever stepped through the doors, then, Wow! you are missing a treat. HOT’s Erica Smith dropped by to meet Kate – the woman behind this amazing emporium.

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    HOT Picnic this Sunday

    This Sunday at 2pm, some of the HOT team will be picnic-ing at the south end of Gensing Gardens. If you’d like to meet the team, and find out more about HOT and how you can write articles for HOT or get involved in some other way – please come along!

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    Harry Tryphonos: Minor Sketches

    HOT first connected with Harry Tryphonos through his writing about homelessness in Hastings. We knew he was also an artist – and are very happy to promote his latest exhibition at Hastings Arts Forum: Minor Sketches: An exhibition in a range of media; defying narrative &  commanding a visceral reaction.

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    £2 bn to fund “revolutionary” cycling and walking plan

    The government has announced an ambitious plan for encouraging cycling and walking which could be truly transformative if the rhetoric translates into reality. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Russell Jacobs.

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    A walk to get Esther back on the road

    This Saturday, 1 August, a small group of friends will be walking over 15 miles to raise money for a wheelchair for their friend Esther Fox. The walk will start at 10am from Eastbourne Pier and they hope to finish it around 4pm on Hastings Pier. HOT’s Erica Smith pulled on her hiking boots and caught up with the friends behind the fundraiser.

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    Trevor Jones, classical guitarist, teacher and ex-rock singer – part 2

    In this second article Trevor tells HOT’s Chandra Masoliver what he thinks about life in lockdown, the present political state, and where we are heading.

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    HOT music correspondent Brian Hick enjoyed an evening of mood changes with the nineteenth online concert of piano music featuring prizewinners in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

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    Coronavirus statistical update: localised test and trace still proving problematic

    Despite the deficiencies in data provision shown up by the Leicester outbreak, and government promises to remedy the situation, reports are still indicating that the NHS Test & Trace system is not working as well as it needs to on the ground. Research and graphics by Russell Hall, text by Nick Terdre.

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    Octogenarian celebrates 20 years of caring

    When Hastings resident Jackie Terry spotted an advert looking for people to give vulnerable teenagers a room, she could never have imagined where it would lead. Twenty years on, as she celebrates her 80th birthday, the mother-of-five says she “wouldn’t have missed it for the world”.

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    Change comes to Hastings Arts Forum

    It is with great relief that galleries, pubs and restaurants are now allowed to open. Albeit with social distancing. People have been so desperate for a bit of culture that in London, apparently, it has been difficult to book a time slot to visit. So Hastings Arts Form is open again, in a new guise. HOT’ Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to see and spoke to Martin Bradshaw about the changes.

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    Rock stars with a difference

    Lucy Bell Gallery’s latest show Days of Rock has a collection of images of some of the effervescent 70s and 80s rock stars and photographers who captured that time both on stage and behind the scenes. Out of this pot pourri of images one particular set is markedly different.They are the work of Andrew Catlin, who has captured, in contrast to the exuberance of the stage acts, quiet and reflective moments. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. met up with him to find out more about his practice.

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    Zoom Arts presents: The French Connection

     Zoom Arts members Nick Hill and Agnes Chevalier will unite once again as they present their second show of the year at the Zoom Gallery, Warrior Square Station. The French Connection exhibition will begin next Monday 27 July and continue all week until 8 August, from 10-4pm or by appointment. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

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    Locals protest choice of Stade open space for Covid test site

    The choice of the Stade open space as an occasional coronavirus test centre is to be reviewed following protests from Old Town residents. On the scheduled third day, the test team were moved elsewhere. Nick Terdre reports.

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    A rare evening simply listening without score

    HOT music correspondent Brian Hick faced a real challenge to relish on this evening of piano music in the eighteenth online concert featuring prizewinners in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

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