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Council headquarters at Muriel Matters (ex Aquila) House.

Modest tax increase proposed in council budget

Hastings Borough Council has unveiled proposals for its 2017/18 budget, including a £5 a year increase in council tax. In the face of continuing swingeing cuts in government grant, it is working hard to raise additional income, according to council leader, Peter Chowney. Its proposals are now out to consultation. Nick Terdre reports.

Hawling out the Cyril and Lilian Bishop Lifeboat

Saving our legendary lifeboat (I)

Having played a central role in the rescuing of those at peril on the sea, now it is Hasting’s turn to save our legendary lifeboat, the ‘Cyril and Lilian Bishop’. St Mary in the Castle hosts The Ghost of Dunkirk, a film and music event supporting the campaign to restore this former Hastings lifeboat to her original state. The programme features live music from Jiggery Pokery, including a song written for the occasion, along with The Salts, RX Shanty Men, Harmony One and Now and Then. Chandra Masoliver reports.

Ramesh Praggnanandhaa, 11 - the world's youngest International Master (photo: Brendan O'Gorman).

Indian victory at Hastings chess congress

Hastings International Chess Congress (HICC) 2016/17 proved a happy hunting ground for a strong contingent from India, who took first prize, dominated the top boards in the latter stages and produced the prodigy of the tournament. Nick Terdre reports.

The Breath

Catch The Breath at St Mary in the Castle

The Breath, the new band project of former Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer and lyricist Rioghnach Connolly, is coming to St Mary in the Castle: a Music Net Tour presented by Root Music and Band on the Wall. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

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Toby Belch Is Unwell

First Heard presents Toby Belch is Unwell, a darkly comic monologue from John Knowles featuring Sidney Kean and lots of alcohol, as John explains.

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Love Hastings Love Yourself will be holding an event at The Palace Bar on Thursday 2 February as part of a nationwide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day. Sharon Rhodes, the co-ordinator of the event in Hastings is appealing to poets, performers and musicians to sign up for the Open Mike Marathon. Erica Smith grabs 10 minutes to talk to Sharon about her plans for the day.

Call Out for Performers third Hastings Fringe festival 2017. Photo Miranda Gavin

Call Out: Hit the stage for Hastings Fringe Festival 2017

Have you got an original act you want to perform, new writing to showcase, a story to tell, poetry to slam, or music to share? 

Forget winter with an old-school musical Rom Com and a free Martini!

Kino-Teatr goes from La La Land to Wowtown

“It’s January, it’s miserable and I’ve got that irritating song by ’70s band Pilot going around my head… and then I picked up the Kino-Teatr January programme and got strangely fond of the month…” HOT’s Erica Smith raises a Martini to the diverse entertainment available in one Norman Road establishment.

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