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  • On the second Friday August The Burry Man, decorated in burrs walks the boundaris of south Queensferry, Lothian calling in pubs on his way.

    On the second Friday of August the Burry Man, decorated in burrs, walks the boundaries of South Queensferry, Lothian, calling in pubs along the way. Here John (Jacko) Hart – underneath the burrs – is taking a break with his helpers Billy Scott and David Scott in South Queensferry Ex Servicemans Club. Hart was the local grave digger in 1971.

    Celebrating British folk traditions

    Like other galleries which have been unlocked, Lucy Bell Gallery has opened its door again with a suitable May exhibition of idiosyncratic British customs and traditions. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to learn more about and to wonder at the extraordinary antics of the British. Continue reading…

    Break your lockdown blues with a FREE course at Southwater Community Centre

    Hastings Access to Venues and Events (HAVE) are running four weeks of free classes starting on Tues 18 May, at the new HAVE Hub in Southwater Community Centre, Stainsby Street, St Leonards-on-Sea.


    Palestine solidarity group to hold rally against ‘Israeli violence and ethnic cleansing’

    The Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Group (HRPSG) will hold a rally this Saturday (15 May). It will be both a Nakba Day commemoration event and a protest against the brutal Israeli police violence against worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque and the ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign in East Jerusalem, as they say.


    Pop-up vax clinics in Hastings

    New opportunities for getting vaccinated in Hastings are becoming available with a programme of pop-up clinics arranged by Sussex Health and Care Partnership through May. Nick Terdre reports.


    PR: what difference would it make?

    Would proportional representation have made a difference to the outcome of last week’s HBC election? James Prentice, lead researcher for Capture Politics, a local research organisation specialising in data analysis and interpretation, has mashed the numbers to throw light on the matter.



    Project Art Works collective is shortlisted for the Turner Prize

    The recently announced Turner Prize shortlist consists of five art collectives including Hastings-based Project Art Works. Erica Smith salutes this inspiring and vibrant group.


    Tory gains and breakthrough for Greens in Hastings as Labour vote shrinks

    Judgement day for Labour in Hastings: the party loses half of its borough council seats up for election to a Tory surge while jubilant  Greens gain a historic first seat. Chris Connelley casts an eye over the results, identifying the winners and losers in this year’s battle for the local council.



    53 County Council candidates sign pledge for fossil fuel divestment

    53 candidates for the 6 May elections to East Sussex County Council (ESCC) have signed a climate action pledge, committing themselves to supporting the divestment of the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels – the Conservatives are only main political party with no signatories in East Sussex. The East Sussex Pension Fund, which is administered by East Sussex County Council, currently has over £70m of local people’s pension monies invested in the giant oil and gas companies like Shell and BP. Erica Smith looks at which candidates in the Hastings area have signed the pledge.


    Police numbers divide PCC candidates

    Police numbers – are they up or down? – are a leading source of disagreement among candidates for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. Nick Terdre offers a brief guide.

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    Fat Sue’s gets a JJ Waller make-over

    Whilst the DFL Facebook page might be all of a flutter about whether Waitrose is moving to Hastings, JJ Waller has his heart set on a very different consumer outlet. Erica Smith visited Fat Sue’s Cornershop in Bulverhythe Road to see what documentary photographer JJ Waller has been up to in West St Leonards.


    Rollercoaster induces nausea over the Stade Amusement Park

    The rollercoaster that has arisen by the Boating Lake on the Old Town seafront does not have planning permission, or an application, and wasn’t even notified to Hastings Borough Council (HBC) or the Foreshore Trust (FT).  Do Permitted Development Rights (PDR) apply? What about the issues of the perimeter fence and the footpath, so controversial a few years ago?  Will the Council or the FT take action?  Bernard McGinley looks at another fine mess, and also took the photos.



    Patmore puts Tory case against Labour’s handling of HBC

    Andy Patmore, new leader of the Tory HBC group, explains where he thinks Labour’s leadership of HBC has gone wrong, as the party looks to improve its minority representation on Hastings Borough Council and maintain its majority on East Sussex County Council. Meanwhile it has moved to dissociate itself from what has been called a “racist” tweet by one of its candidates. Nick Terdre reports.



    The Green Shoots of Spring

    Ore in Bloom’s ‘The Green Shoots of Spring’ offers a fabulous opportunity to beginner gardeners and the longer term green-fingered, who feel they can still learn something! Plus, lots of encouragement to get outside and into nature. HOT’s Zelly Restorick speaks to Anna Locke, local permaculture and ecological gardener.


    Urgent help needed for ‘Bottles From…’

    ‘Bottles From…’ is a one-of-a-kind environmental project, catalysed by the government’s proposal to include a Deposit Return Scheme for drinking containers in the coming Environmental Bill. We are urged by Andy Dinsdale, executive director for Strandliners, a local community interest company (CIC), to record any glass or plastic drinking bottles and metal cans we see in our rural and urban environments and send our information to them by 31 May. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.


    Party positions polarised in West St Leonards

    As the local election campaign enters its final phase, Chris Connelley takes the political temperature in West St Leonards, where two major planning issues are polarising party positions.


    Greens aim to break electoral duck in Hastings and East Sussex

    Encouraged as their politics pull in increasing numbers of new members and supporters, local Greens are contesting all Hastings wards and most East Sussex divisions in the hope of finally winning seats. Nick Terdre asked where they stand on major issues of local interest. All photos courtesy of the Green Party.