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  • The Ore Valley site where the Broomgrove power station once stood.

    The Ore Valley site where the Broomgrove power station once stood.

    Ore Valley site to be sold to Gemselect, Heart of Hastings “bitterly disappointed”

    Sea Space has decided to sell the Ore Valley site to Gemselect, which is looking at a possible development of 66-75 dwellings. The decision means an end to Heart of Hastings’ dream of a community-based development. Nick Terdre reports. Continue reading…


    Child victims of the war in Afghanistan. The UK's military operations are funded by our taxes.

    Council declines to help clarify ‘tax for terrorism’ claim

    Anti-war activist Chris Coverdale wants to query the legality of paying taxes, including council tax, which are used in part to fund military activities – according to a Supreme Court ruling, the government’s military activities may be classifiable as terrorism, and could therefore fall foul of laws outlawing fundraising for terrorist purposes. He has tried, without success, to enlist the help of Hastings Borough Council in clarifying whether paying council tax makes us all potential criminals. Nick Terdre reports.


    Hang In There. Published by Uncollected Press 2019

    John D. Robinson, poet and creator of Holy & Intoxicated Publications UK

    John D. Robinson author of the recently published ‘Hang in There’ talks with HOT’s Chandra Masoliver about seven of his poems, and ways they come from his life.


    Peter Chowney campaigning to keep the Station Plaza Walk-In Centre open earlier this year.

    People’s Vote endorsement boosts Labour candidate

    Labour has received a boost with an endorsement for its candidate Peter Chowney from the People’s Vote campaign, which calls on Remainers to vote tactically. The move is a setback for the Liberal Democrats. Nick Terdre reports.


    Herring Fair 13 061 SM

    Hastings Herring Fair returns next weekend!

    The Hastings Herring Fair is set to return for an eighth year this November 23-24 on the Stade open space. The event will be free to enter and will serve a variety of delectable local fish dishes, as well as offering food and drink stalls and live bands. Festival organiser Stella Landau talks about what to expect in the following press release.


    A white poppy wreath laid at the war memorial in Alexandra Park.

    Hastings Against War holds remembrance ceremony

    On Saturday 9 November Hastings Against War (HAW) held its annual remembrance for all victims of war at the war memorial in Alexandra Park. Local people, including council leader Peter Chowney, gathered to remember the victims, military and civilian alike, before a wreath of white poppies was laid at the memorial. HAW’s John Enefer reports.



    Beard Shave fundraiser for Violet

    The fundraiser is on behalf of little local resident, Violet, who has a rare genetic condition. The last fundraising event – a sponsored head shave – raised over £1000 and the family and friends would really like the next one – a sponsored beard shave, taking place on 23 November 23 – to do the same. Sarah Corrie writes on behalf of Violet and her supporters.



    Pictures are Powerful

    Pictures are Powerful: a new permanent public artwork for Hastings. You are invited to help support and create a large public artwork, bringing the community together and highlighting the fantastic volunteers of Hastings. Su Barnicoat, Community Development Officer for Hastings Voluntary Action writes.


    Facing up to Climate Reality, Honesty, Disaster and Hope

    Facing up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope

    Jonathan Essex of Green House Think Tank will be giving a talk on a new book called Facing up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope. Hosted by Hastings Green Party, the talk is open to all. Tuesday 26 November at the Pig’s Palace, 37 White Rock, Hastings 7 – 9.00 pm. Julia Hilton writes.

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    Sally-Ann Hart appears to be a popular choice of candidate among her fellow Tories (photo: Sally-Ann Hart Conservative FB page).

    Hart selected to stand for Tories, who come under fire from Labour and Lib Dems

    The Conservatives have finally picked their candidate – Rother councillor Sally-Ann Hart. She will be the sole Leave representative, following the Brexit Party’s decision not to contest the seat. Meanwhile Labour has raised the core issue of housing, criticising the government’s starter home policy for producing nothing, while the Lib Dems claim to have made inroads into the Tory vote. Nick Terdre reports.



    Cantemus Music at St John's Pevensey Road

    St Cecilia’s Day Vespers – as heard in Venice

    On Saturday 23 November, Cantemusmusic and the Occasional Consort combine for a free concert – St Cecilia’s Day Vespers in Venice, featuring specially arranged music by Antonio Vivaldi and Antonio Lotti at Christ Church, St Leonards, writes Chris Cormack.


    The London Mozart Players are celebrating their 70th anniversary (photo: Kevin Day/LMP).

    London Mozart Players tune up for first concert at Opus

    The London Mozart Players, the UK’s longest-established chamber orchestra, are the new Artists in Residence at Opus Theatre, where they plan to deliver an exciting programme of classical music concerts and outreach work throughout the 2019/20 season. The orchestra’s Cat Fuller explains.



    Having a go at marketing a self-published book part 1 (and literary events from 12 Nov 2019)

    Marketing! The very word sends shivers through me and I don’t think I’m alone. I have looked with increasing desperation at ways to avoid this, but the time has come. In this post Angela J. Phillip sets off down the dreaded road in search of help.


    Steeleye Span, 2019 vintage.

    Steeleye Span celebrate 50 years of pioneering folk rock with Hastings gig

    Pioneering folk rock group Steeleye Span are celebrating 50 years with an anniversary tour. Ahead of their gig at St Mary in the Castle on 21 November, Darren Johnson talks to founder member Maddy Prior.


    "Please use this greenspace respectfully," says the notice. Plans call for 152 dwellings to be built here, although the Local Plan only stipulates 120.

    As Council prepares to sign contract, what’s best for the Bathing Pool site?

    The future of the Bathing Pool site is in possible peril, but it’s all (mostly) a secret until the lease is signed — some time soon. How high will this development go? Bernard McGinley takes a look around Seaside Road and a much-loved open space.



    Kelcie Black plays Emily in A Billion Ways.

    A Billion Ways climate change musical to open at Kino-Teatr

    A brand new musical on climate change starts a three-day run at the Kino-Teatr on 14 November, featuring an impressive cast of local talent. Katy Weitz explains how A Billion Ways was created. Photos by Peter Mould.