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    Vigil to be held for victims of Christchurch attack outside Hastings Mosque on Friday

    Hastings Community of Sanctuary, Hastings Supports Refugees and Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project have organised a vigil outside the mosque in St Leonards on Friday 22 March. Nick Terdre reports. Continue reading…

    Rossana receives her award from Vanessa Redgrave.

    Hastings woman recognised for work with refugees

    Hastings resident Rossana Leal’s work with refugees has been recognised with an award from UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and Migrants Organise at the WOW Festival in London. Alex Kempton, media and communications lead for Hastings Community of Sanctuary, reports from the event. Photos by Beth Crosland.


    People in glasshouses? Amber Rudd, not so long ago in charge of implementing the Home Office's hostile environment policy towards immigrants, has accused local Labour of anti-semitism.

    Local Labour denies Rudd’s accusations of anti-semitism

    Hastings MP Amber Rudd has accused the local Labour Party of anti-semitism, a charge which the constituency party denies. Meanwhile Ms Rudd’s own Conservative Party has been accused of being institutionally Islamophobic. Nick Terdre reports.


    From Fly Kites Not Drones in 2016.

    HAW renews campaign against use of drones in  warfare

    Hastings Against War continues to campaign against the growing use of drones in warfare with a consciousness-raising evening and the annual Fly Kites Not Drones event on the beach. John Enefer reports.


    The scene in Parliament Square on the occasion of the first strike by school students demanding action to combat global warming.

    Schoolkids take note: schools help fund climate change!

    As thousands of school students from across the UK prepare to take to the streets on Friday (15 March) to demand urgent action on climate change, Divest East Sussex has discovered that over 40 schools and sixth-form colleges in East Sussex are inadvertently funding global warming through their contributions to the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF). Nick Terdre reports.


    Mr Gulzar makes a point on the occasion of the Queue protest, flanked by MP Amber Rudd and right-hand man, or in this case left-hand man, Brett Maclean.

    Hastings pier owner fined for tax offences in Eastbourne

    Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Hastings and Eastbourne piers, has been fined for tax offences deriving from the non payment of Paye and national insurance contributions in connection with his business interests in Eastbourne. Back in Hastings he faces proceedings brought by former pier employees, and has already lost one such case. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Cliff van Coevorden.



    CFTC Director of Services, Jo Egan receiving prize from Tesco Community Champion, Coo Buckley (right) and colleague Kim Smith (left).

    Carers charity wins Tesco prize

    As part of Tescos Bags of Help, Hailsham appeal, local charity Care for the Carers recently received a first prize of £4000. The award will contribute to their efforts in supporting and raising awareness for unpaid carers across East Sussex. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.


    Maxim on the Stade with girlfriend Maria Matveeva, also a pianist.

    Second-placed Maxim Kinasov talks of his life in music

    Maxim Kinasov, aged 25, from Russia, is to be congratulated for winning second prize in the Hastings International Piano Cconcerto Competition, while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also awarded him the well-deserved orchestra’s prize for his rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor, Op 23, in the final. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver had the good fortune to be his host, and over suppers and a glass or two of wine, talked with him about his life in music.



    Dog attacks led to the death of 12 sheep in lamb in the Country Park.

    Dog attacks leave sheep dead in the Country Park

    Twelve sheep, all in lamb, died and others were injured when two out-of-control dogs got into their field on Sunday morning, HBC communications department reports.


    Members of the Bexhill and Hastings branch of Global Justice now campaigning against corporate courts.

    Campaigning against secret corporate courts in Fox’s trade deals

    Campaigners from Global Justice Now were out on the streets of Bexhill at the weekend seeking support to end trade secretary Liam Fox’s attempts to subject us to corporate courts under the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement system in his post Brexit trade deals. Nick Terdre reports.


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    Relaxed mornings at the Jerwood for those with autism

    In conjunction with Aspens, which specialises in autism support, Jerwood Gallery is launching a new programme of Relaxed Mornings for people with autism spectrum conditions. The gallery’s Katie Lineker reports.


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    White Rock Theatre’s spring/ summer season brochure out

    The White Rock Theatre have issued their new brochure for the 2019 spring/summer season, writes HOT’s Paul Way-Rider. It’s also available in digital form so you can have it to hand on any or all of your devices.


    Volunteer working in EFT's Secret Garden.

    Calling all keen gardeners in Hastings and beyond!

    Simone Brookes of the Education Futures Trust has an appeal for all keen gardeners in Hastings and its environs to help build its Secret Garden project.


Semi-Finals, 27 Feb. 2019
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    Audience appeal vs technical virtuosity? A point of view

    As finalists in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition enjoy a brief respite before summoning their forces for a final effort, Brian Hick, editor of Larks Review and a diligent observer of all stages of the competition, offers some thoughts from his seat in the stalls.


    Eric Guo: the 16-year-old may be the youngest ever entrant in the competition.

    Six compete for piano crown

    Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is approaching its climax, with six contestants selected for the final on Friday and Saturday evenings at the White Rock Theatre. Nick Terdre reports, photos by John Cole.


    Energy efficiency is one means of tackling fuel poverty in rented accommodation.

    Trustmark’s energy efficiency event takes aim at fuel poverty

    TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, is today launching a pilot in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards, to improve the quality and energy efficiency of rented accommodation within Hastings and its surrounding area. Laura Bean from the not-for-profit company explains.


    Rebecca Wright as Orlando (photo: Ben Guest).

    All go at the Stables

    It’s all go at the Stables Theatre, which this week sees two performances of Dyad Productions’ gender-bender Orlando. Meanwhile notice of auditions at the end of the month has gone out for John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. Nick Terdre reports.


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    Planning committee proves decisive for pier and Stade

    Would the Stade footpath get a reprieve? Would the Pier sheds be refused permission? Would sound arguments prevail? Of course not — this is Hastings. Observing the planning committee at work, Bernard McGinley gets the Mugsborough Blues.



    Sheep grazing in the westernmost field under consideration by the council for hosting a solar farm.

    Feasibility studies for solar farms are dubbed “reckless”

    The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve have condemned Hastings Borough Council’s “reckless” refusal to listen to advice from Natural England on their proposal to build two solar farms in the Country Park. But the council leader still says that an adverse report from the agency could cause the project to be dropped. Nick Terdre reports.