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    Local church goes online

    Holy Trinity Hastings (HTH), located on America Ground in the centre of Hastings, have announced that they will be hosting Sunday services online, writes Vanessa Alves. Continue reading…

    Maxim Kinasov takes a bow after his finals' performance in the 2019 HIPCC (photo: John Cole).

    An evening in with HIPCC prizewinner Maxim Kinasov

    In the days of the coronavirus, we cannot attend live music performances, but we can turn to the web. Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has launched a series of short online concerts to help fill the gap. Competition prizewinner Maxim Kinasov will be performing Franck-Bauer and Rachmaninov tomorrow, Friday, evening at 7pm. Nick Terdre reports.


    The council will not hold public meetings, like this one in February 2019, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

    Council votes itself new powers to continue making decisions in the days of coronavirus

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the council last week voted in emergency powers to enable it to continue making important decisions. Public meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Nick Terdre reports.

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    A rehearsal in early March of Jessica Swale's play Blue Stockings, which had be due to open in early April but has now been suspended.

    As theatres go dark, Stables chair looks for light at the end of the tunnel

    As theatres everywhere are closed down for the duration of the pandemic, Brian Hick spoke to Neil Sellman, chair of the Stables Theatre, on the effect the closure is having on them and their future plans.



    Loneliness, comfort and a little science fiction (plus local literary info)

    Our lives have taken a surreal turn as though we’ve suddenly stepped into a science fiction movie that we weren’t expecting. Here are some books to read while we are self-isolating or looking after others – researched by Angela J. Phillip.


    The White Rock Theatre

    White Rock Theatre – performances suspended

    Following the recent announcement from the government, performances at Hastings White Rock Theatre have been suspended until further notice, the management tells HOT.



    Arson at the Labour Party building: a personal response

    Hastings Online Times writer Erica Smith gives her reaction to the fire at the Hastings and Rye Labour Party office.


    Illustration by Michelle Donovan (Creative Commons)

    Hastings moves towards lockdown

    Covid-19 has hit Hastings, taking its toll of our social, cultural, economic and political lives. Nick Terdre attempts a brief resume of the extent to which the town has shut down.



    Meet Gen-Zedder Brandon Relph

    19-year-old Brandon Relph is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and the world’s leading youth specialist. He is currently the CEO of Studio BE – a disruptive technology and production company that lives in the intercept of traditional and digital media, focusing on the under-24 market. He was formerly the youngest CEO in the UK, (for a year and a half). This is why Anastasia Witts invited him to participate in The Platform arts and technology conference which was due to open the #AltPitch Festival. Sadly, The Platform has had to be postponed to later this year because of Covid-19, but HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with Brandon in cyberspace to learn what makes him tick.



    Comfort food – Part 1 (plus local literary info)

    Do you  need a change from nordic noir or, as things are at the moment, global noir? Coronavirus means that we’re all in this together, but ironically, it’s the kind of shared experience that we are going to survive best if we stay on our own. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of some good books to lift our spirits. Time to stock up. Might be just as good as pasta and baked beans – and equally as necessary.


    Labour Party headquarters in Bohemia Road following the fire on the first floor (photo: Hastings Labour Party).

    Suspected arson at Labour’s Bohemia Road headquarters

    Police are investigating a fire at Hastings Labour Party headquarters on Tuesday evening, an incident they say they are treating as suspicious. Nick Terdre reports.


    Partners in tackling the impact of climate change: Julia Hilton, ESC, left, Cllrs Peter Chowney and Maya Evans, and Richard Watson, ESC.

    HBC and ESC sign landmark pact to tackle climate change

    Hastings Borough Council and Energise Sussex Coast have signed a landmark agreement to work in partnership to tackle the impact of climate change in the town, as the council’s communications department explains in a statement.


    Caroline Lucas will be back in Hastings this month (photo: Hastings Green Party).

    Caroline Lucas to launch local Greens’ election campaign

    Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, will return to Hastings in late March to launch the party’s local election campaign in which the Greens will stand candidates in all wards. Nick Terdre reports.


    Highlands Gardens, part of Vanderleigh Benjamin Crake's contribution to the heritage of St Leonards.

    VB Crake and his contribution to the heritage of St Leonards

    In a talk on Sunday 22 March under the auspices of the Burtons’ St Leonards Society, Christopher Maxwell-Stewart will throw light on Vandeleur Benjamin Crake, who followed in the footsteps of the Burtons with his contributions to the architectural and cultural heritage of St Leonards.


    Theatre Nations' Waiting for Godot

    Theatre Nation does Beckett

    Hastings-based company Theatre Nation brings Samuel Beckett to Sussex later this month. Waiting for Godot, the company’s third major production, opens at the White Rock Theatre on 25 and 26 March, before moving on to tour the country. Here A. Vasudevan talks all things Godot with producer Tom Daldry.


    St Derek of Dungeness (1991). Image © Ed Sykes

    Derek Jarman in all his glory

    ‘Friends of Derek’, the latest exhibition at Norman Road’s Lucy Bell Gallery, is a joyous celebration of the filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman, writes A. Vasudevan