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  • Amber Rudd campaigning in the town centre (photo: Amber Rudd's Facebook page).

    Happier days: Amber Rudd campaigning in the town centre (photo: Amber Rudd MP Facebook page).

    Rudd’s resignation gives Tories election headache

    Amber Rudd’s surprise resignation from the government at the weekend bars her from standing in Hastings & Rye in the coming general election, leaving the Tories with a large hole to fill. Nick Terdre reports.

    Amber Rudd’s resignation as work and pensions secretary and surrender of the Tory whip rules her out from standing as the Conservative candidate for Hastings & Rye in the forthcoming general election. Continue reading…


    Code 17 by Francis Booth

    Interviews with writers: Francis Booth – Code 17 thrillers and much much more

    Francis Booth, a highly acclaimed writer based in St Leonards has more than twenty titles to his name. This year he has published two new thrillers: Code 17 and Code 17.2. Angela J. Phillip goes to see him to find out more.


    Rye Harbour Entry Storm by Guy Cuming RA

    Fred Cuming RA at Rye Festival

    Bridgepoint, Rye are delighted to host an exhibition of work by Fred Cuming RA to support the Rye Arts Festival’s education programme. To celebrate nearly 90 years, 50 years based in the area, Cuming has chosen a selection of paintings and sketches, including his sketches for a portrait of Stephen Hawking.


    Celebrating 10 years

    Bohemia Walled Garden: 10 year celebration

    In 2009, a group of local people discovered a hidden jewel underneath brambles and weeds in Summerfields Wood and over the next 10 years, they turned it into a thriving community garden. Chairman, John Freedman writes.


    Trevor Moss, Danny Wilson and Hannah Lou

    ‘There’s Something Happening Here’

    Highly acclaimed husband and wife duo Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou and award-winning singer songwriter Danny George Wilson have announced a joint headline tour of the UK for September and October – and they’ll be at the Electric Place Cinema on Friday 4 October 2019. Tickets £10.


    Global Climate Strike

    Global Strike: 20 September

    In allegiance with the Youth Strike for Climate Change, from 20-27 September, you are invited to participate in the Global Climate Strike.


    Car Free Day

    Car Free Day: Volunteers needed!

    Car Free Day is part of Sustainability on Sea (SOS) in Hastings and St Leonards on Sea. Taking place on 22 September, your help and support is needed on the day. 


    Muso Bango (Ladies With Drums)

    Drum circle to raise funds for African women

    Alison Surridge, a drumming master trained by Djembe African nationals, is running a drumming circle at Lizzie May’s African fundraising night at Cambridge Hall at 7pm on Saturday 5 October, opposite ESK in Cambridge Road in Hastings.


    Published by Repeater Books

    ‘Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation’

    Printed Matter bookshop will be jointly hosting the book launch of ‘Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation’ with Grace Blakeley and Hastings Momentum at St Mary in the Castle, Wednesday, 18 September. 6pm. £2 Door entry. Lee Humphries writes.


    Hastings Quakers display their banner (photo: Hastings Quakers).

    Hastings Quakers arrested as arms fair set-up delayed

    Hastings Quakers were among a large number of protesters arrested during a day of non violent action against one of the world’s largest arms fairs in London,as the local group report.


    Installation of solar panels on the roof of Ore College, another ESC project backed by community shares (photo: ESC).

    ESC launch community share offer for solar panel projects

    Energise Sussex Coast is launching a new community share offer to fund the installation of solar panels on the roofs of five schools in Hastings. The offer will be launched at a meeting at St Leonards Academy on Wednesday 18 September. Nick Terdre reports.


    Members of the XR crew on their way to De La Warr  in Bexhill.

    XR crew and Polly Higgins voyage to DLWP Festival of the Sea

    The Hastings and St Leonards Extinction Rebellion (XR) crew made another voyage with their infamous pink ‘Polly Higgins’ boat on Sunday 8 September, carrying the vessel – all the way from St Leonards to the De La Warr Pavilion for their Festival of the Sea – on foot. Lizzie May writes.


    Christine St. John as Bette Davis © Alain Landes

    Bette Davis comes to Hastings

    What do the Electric Palace in Hastings, Hollywood legend Bette Davis, and an Ethiopian choreographer, have in common, you might ask? Glenys Jacques (pictured left) explains the connection…


    From Pablo Allison's The Light of the Beast exhibition.

    Central Americans take the train in search for a new life

    The creative cafe and gallery OPEN is hosting an exhibition of photos by Pablo Allison on Central American migrants taking the train in their quest to reach the US. Nick Terdre reports.


    New Writing South prize winners: L-R: Andrea Samuelson; Antony Mair; NWS chief executive Lesley Wood and Glyn Carter.

    East Sussex writers triumph in international competition (and literary events from 10 Sept 2019)

    Writers from Bexhill, Hastings and St Leonards fought off stiff international competition to pick up key prizes in Hastings Literary Festival’s 2019 competition, which featured short story, poetry and flash fiction categories reports Alison Steel from Hastings Litfest.


    Walkers outside the Filo for the 2018 event (photo: LLST).

    Hastings lawyers step out to promote access to justice

    On Monday 9 September lawyers from Hastings along with colleagues and friends will be taking part in the annual Hastings legal walk to support local free legal advice centres. Nick Terdre reports.