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Javad learning to play the guitar given to him by friends.

Save Javad from deportation

The local people who have created this petition for the Home Office are totally genuine and trustworthy. Sonia Plato, a recently retired CEO, Sousan Lari, a tutor, and Terry Alexander, also a tutor and one half of the couple who have offered Javad a safe space to be, have sent out the petition in the hope of preventing this young man from being deported to Iran. They are honest and caring people – and I know 100% that this petition can be trusted as real and sincere, writes Zelly Restorick. Their concern for Javad’s safety is genuine. Please read on and sign the petition – and make a difference to the life of this young man and those who care for him and wish for him to stay within the safety of his new family.

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Gardening talk boosts fund-raising for greenhouse restoration project

The project to restore the 1930s greenhouse in Alexandra Park took another step forward when a talk by gardening expert Fergus Garrett raised about £1,000. The presentation by Fergus, head gardener at Great Dixter, Northiam, attracted more than 100 people and also featured an auction and a raffle. Lynda Foy reports on behalf of the greenhouse group.

Rocklands Holiday Home Park

Rocklands: an inspector listens

This is a long article, but it needs to be to thoroughly cover all the details – and it’s also necessary, as so many of our readers care about this subject. Previous articles have generated lots of comments and feedback – and it seems to represent something much bigger that is happening within the town, writes Zelly Restorick. This report is from Chris Hurrell of Save Ecclesbourne Glen (SEG), who attended and gave evidence to the hearing. As you’ll read, I believe you will feel a sense of hope that this was a fair and inclusive hearing – and that the skilled, determined and tenacious group of individuals involved in SEG, who have invested so much energy and time, have truly made an incredible difference to this process. However, many questions concerning Rocklands remain unanswered.

Christian Macadam.

Zoom Arts marks 10th anniversary with Stade Hall exhibition

Zoom Arts, which prides itself on being “non-selective and open to everyone to exhibit their artwork, promoting themselves within the community and gaining confidence and critique,” is celebrating its 10th anniversary with TEN, a major exhibition of members’ work,  at Stade Hall starting on Saturday 30 April. Secretary Kim Hall describes what lies in store.

Carousel horses

Feet on the pier at last!

April 27 2016: the opening of the pier. After snow the day before, the sky in the morning was bright, bright blue. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths grabbed her camera and snuck down to the pier to experience the feeling of feet on the wood, the length and breadth of it.

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The pier on the day it reopened in April 2016. Friends of Hastings Pier's attempts to keep it in community hands now hang in the balance.

The pier is back in business!

Today Hastings pier re-opened to the public following a £15 million process of restoration. It was a ‘soft’ opening, with the celebrations reserved for late May, by which time the first events – open-air film screenings – will have taken place. Nick Terdre reports.

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An Opportunity not to be missed…

Last Friday (29 April) was your opportunity to meet Will Volley, author of The Opportunity,  a graphic novel set in Hastings. He was ‘in conversation’ at the Beacon with HOT’s Erica Smith.

Student protest

Hands off Hastings now!

Over the last few weeks, members of the Students’ Union, Unison and UCU, along with students and members of the community have been working to get the University of Brighton (UoB) to reverse its decision to close the Hastings campus. We have also been coming together to discuss how to move the campaign forward – and we’ve got lots planned. Tom Foy, student community project coordinator (Democracy & Campaigns) at the University of Brighton Students’ Union writes about the upcoming events – and asks us to spread the word.

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