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    Jeremy Corbyn addressing the rally in Warrior Square in July 2017

    Corbyn in Hastings to consult about NHS and social care

    On Thursday 17 January, Hastings will host a consultation event to feed into Labour Party policy. The subject will be the NHS and social care. There will be two parts to the event – a rally at 10am with addresses by Jeremy Corbyn and other speakers, followed by a more focused consultation event in the afternoon. Local Labour Party member Erica Smith reports.
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    Six-way tie for chess trophy

    Six players shared first place in the Masters tournament at Hastings International Chess Congress, after a draw dashed Danny Gormally’s hopes of running out sole winner. Meanwhile the Horntye trustees have confirmed that the venue will remain available for the town’s prestigious chess event for the indefinite future. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Matthew Carr.

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    Success of Ore Synthesizer Club

    Performing recently at The Printworks to an absorbed and enthusiastic audience, The Ore Synthesizer Club (OSC) used synthesized sound and carefully prepared projected visuals in their “Overtures – A Compendium of Love”. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

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    Jack and the Beanstalk – the facts updated!

    The popular family tradition of Christmas pantomime is always a regular event at Hastings White Rock Theatre (WRT). This year Jack and the Beanstalk is the WRT’s annual festive entertainment. HOT’s Paul Way-Rider has received photos from the WRT of the well received show which started its run earlier this month and are featured below.

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    Young Electrics host ‘mystery’ screenings at Electric Palace

    Meet the ‘Young Electrics’, a new group of 10 young people from around the Hastings area who convene at the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings Old Town to learn about film programming, explains Annie Waite.

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    Rare new tree for Alexandra Park

    A wollemi pine, an historic tree, has been planted in Alexandra Park in Hastings, a green space that is renowned for its collection of trees, both rare and common. Over 2000 trees of about 400 different kinds (including forms and cultivars) grow in the park, and there are more in the adjacent woods.

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    Saturday 8 December is Ince Day

    Comedian Robin Ince is performing in both St Leonards AND Hastings this coming Saturday, 8 December. His national tour of independent shops includes an appearance at The Bookkeeper at 2pm and Wow and Flutter at 6.30pm. Erica Smith spoke to Bookkeepers’ Carol Dennard.

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    Even little children know that the Walk-in Centre is an essential service

    Sat 1 Dec: show you care about the Walk-in Centre

    This Saturday at 1pm, you are invited to the fourth gathering outside the Walk-in Centre at Station Plaza, Hastings. HOT’s Erica Smith explains why she will be back at station plaza this Saturday.

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    The film, A Bold Peace

    A Bold Peace

    Hastings Against War invites you to our screening of A Bold Peace (2016), a documentary about Costa Rica’s path to demilitarisation. In a country with no military, another way to live beckons to the world… Rona Drennen writes.

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    Time to declare a Climate Emergency in Hastings

    In the light of the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5o C, cities and towns across the country are declaring a climate emergency. I think it is time that Hastings did as well. Julia Hilton from Hastings Green Party writes – and explains at the end of this article what you can do to support a declaration.

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    ‘V’ – the poem they tried to ban

    ‘V’ is a poem of its time which has found a voice in these troubled and divided times, writes John Knowles of Fetch Theatre.

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    HFS launches mobile training

    With the support of Sussex Freemasons, Hastings Furniture Services has set up a mobile workshop to take training opportunities to people unable to come to them, as the charity reports.

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    Add your wishes for Hastings to the Magic  Xmas Tree

    Hastings and Rye Labour Party will be in Hastings Town Centre tomorrow, Thursday 20 December, inviting you to add your three wishes for Hastings to their ‘Magic Money Tree’. HOT’s (and Labour’s) Erica Smith peeps inside its branches.

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    Global Justice demonstrates great concern at General Dynamics

    On Friday morning, 23 November, a group of assorted engineers, architects, farmers, teachers and scientists lead by Global Justice Now members and supported by anti-war campaigners from Hastings against War assembled outside General Dynamics in Castleham Road, Hastings. They had informed the company in advance and asked to speak to the Director about grave concerns they have about their parent General Dynamics Corporation in USA. There had been no reply from the Director, but information that he had a previous engagement. Nobody came to meet them, but they were promised a meeting soon.

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    Hastings social enterprise funding marks a UK first

    The Work People (also known as Hastings Works) is the first social enterprise in the UK to benefit from the newly-created Community Impact Partnership (CIP) fund. Based in Hastings in East Sussex, The Work People will benefit from £107,000 to take its business to the next stage of its development.

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    Drawing Life exhibition

    An exhibition of selected works by people living with dementia is at the Kino Teatr, Norman Road, St Leonards at 4 – 8 pm on Friday 30 November, and from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 1 December. The organisers would love to see you there. 

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    Council’s solar farms scheme faces Natural England test

    Hastings Borough Council’s Cabinet has decided to give priority to consulting Natural England on its plan to locate solar farms in the Country Park – if the agency gives the thumbs down, the plan will not be able to proceed. Objectors attended the meeting in some numbers, just one indication that the plan is proving controversial. The Greens are holding a public meeting this evening, Thursday 10th, to discuss it. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Nish Kumar at the De La Warr Pavilion

    Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show – It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves – on a nationwide tour of the UK.  He will be stopping off at the De La Warr Pavilion on 31 January, writes the DLWP’s Dominika Hicks.

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    Tina May at Jazz Hastings

    The legendary Tina May, one of the UK’s most renowned and respected jazz vocalists, will be starring in Jazz Hastings January session at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade on Tuesday 15 January. Julian Norridge rolls out the red carpet.

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    Arts and Crafts at St Marys

    Artisan and Craft Beer Festival at St Marys

    St Mary in the Castle are hosting their first ever Artisan and Craft Beer Festival, alongside a Christmas market in the Crypt on 22 December. There will be live music from Suspect (Hastings Beer Festival headliners) and projections of winter sports, as well as a selection of some of the best craft beer in East Sussex.

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    Come and support the pier!

    Supporters of the pier are invited to a community gathering on Saturday morning to “demonstrate that we love Hastings Pier!”The event follows on the announcement that the pier will be closed until March for repair work. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.

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    Wild Hastings photography exhibition at the station

    Wild Hastings features the work of PhotoHastings members Rose Biela, Ian Grant, Marybeth Haas and Andrew Moran and is part of the 2018 PH season of events. Marybeth Haas shares her vision for curating this free and accessible exhibition at Hastings Rail Station on now until 31 January 2019.

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    Clay Culture Trail 2018

    Clay Culture Trail 2018

    Clay Culture is a group of ceramicists and potters working in Hastings & St Leonards. The range of their work crosses a wide and diverse spectrum; from the sculptural to the functional. In their annual Clay Culture Trail 2018 of open studios, the artists  offer you a vision of the rich diversity of contemporary ceramics in the area.

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    Surviving the Streets to provide Christmas cheer at the Y Centre

    The Y Centre will be open over Christmas as local charity Surviving the Streets provides seasonal cheer for the homeless, the lonely, the elderly and anyone unable to provide for themselves. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Rachel Glittenberg new work preview

    Back in May, Erica Smith interviewed Rachel Glittenberg – one of the artists chosen to exhibit in the Hastings Arts Forum 15 year anniversary show. This week she caught up with Rachel again to find out about her recent work – on show on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December in her pre-Christmas open studio.

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    How to support Palestine

    As life under Israel’s occupation becomes intolerable for Palestinians, Laurie Holden of the local Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) gives a few pointers as to how the local community can show solidarity.

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    THE PURSUIT OF SHADOWS

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    The peir's owner is seeking planning permission for the ice cream shop, which was installed without permission, and four new kiosks.

    Pier friends opt for new role

    Nearly six months on since the pier passed into private hands, the Friends of Hastings Pier have decided they still want to be involved in helping to ensure the pier’s long-term future. They would like to cultivate a constructive relationship with the new owner but also to perform a watchdog function over matters such as maintenance which are essential to the survival of the iconic structure. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Santa says "Save the Walk-in Centre!"

    Support for Walk-in Centre stays strong

    Despite wind and rain, last Saturday’s Walk-in Centre protest was well-supported and showed how much community support there is for this valuable service. HOT’s Erica Smith reports back.

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    Car park charges are set to rise under the council's new budget (photo: Russell Jacobs).

    HBC draws on £1.8m reserves to achieve balanced budget

    It’s a tough task again at budget time for Hastings Borough Council to balance the books as government policy increasingly forces it to find its own income. For the second year running there will be a deficit of income against expenditure which will have to be covered from the reserves. Both the budget and the corporate plan for 2019/20 are available on the council’s website and residents are invited to comment on both. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Seaview Christmas events

    The Seaview Project is the only organisation of its kind locally, supporting people on the margins of society in Hastings and St Leonards and the wider area. With Christmas coming, they have two events coming up: a carol concert and an afternoon of entertainment. You’re very welcome to attend.

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    Launch of 1066 Local Energy share offer

    Hastings will see its first ever community energy investment offer go live this week with residents able to buy shares to fund 250 kilowatts of solar (roughly 1066 panels) on the roof of the Ore campus of East Sussex Coast College. Kate Meakin from the 1066 Local Energy campaign writes.

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    Patmore: why I opposed solar farms proposal at Cabinet

    At last week’s Cabinet meeting Conservative councillor Andy Patmore, together with his colleague Cllr Rob Lee, voted against the motion to authorise feasibility studies costing £80,000 for the ground-mounted solar farms proposed by the council for the Country Park. Here he explains his reasons for doing so, and why he thinks it is crucial to seek Natural England’s comments on the proposal as the next step – a move which was approved as an amendment.

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    Gen Li, finalist in last year's Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

    Gen Li to give winter recital

    Chinese pianist Gen Li, who thrilled the audience at the final of last year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition with his rendition of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, will be performing in Hastings once again this month. Julian Norridge sets the scene.

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    Jazz Hastings December gig

    Jazz Hastings has a real Christmas treat in store for its next session: celebrated jazz singer Claire Martin, ranked by Jazz Times USA as “among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”, will be appearing alongside fabled guitarist, Jim Mullen on Tuesday 4 December at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade. Julian Norridge writes.

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    Solar panels in Hastings Country Park – ecology or politics?

    Hastings Borough Council (HBC), with its majority of Labour councillors, has proposed to put two arrays of solar panels in the Country Park and one at Upper Wilting Farm in Crowhurst. Amber Rudd, Hastings and Rye Conservative MP, has launched a petition against this. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver asks Julia Hilton, spokesperson for Hastings Green Party, for her thoughts on the ecological and political issues involved.

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    Great news for 1066 Local Energy campaign

    After long negotiations and discussions, the directors of Ore Campus of East Sussex College Hastings have said ‘Yes’ to the installation of solar panels on their roof. Fantastic news, marking the first big success of the 1066 Local Energy Campaign. HOT’s Zelly Restorick spoke to Richard Watson of Energise Sussex Coast, one of the partner organisations involved in the project.

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