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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

    00CorbynOn 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. Continue reading…


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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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    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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    Cricketing ghosts and heroes of Priory Meadow

    Local resident and cricket enthusiast, Michael Gould recalls the glories of the unique seaside cricket ground that once stood on the site of the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre – and anticipates a shining future for the young guns of Hastings & St. Leonards Priory Cricket Club, the “Community Club.”

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    Solar panels in the Country Park – ecology or politics? II

    Hastings Borough Council passed a resolution at the Cabinet meeting on 7 January to spend up to £80,000 investigating whether to install 10 acres of solar panels in two arrays in Hastings Country Park. A third array is proposed for Upper Wilting Farm in Crowhurst. In her second interview on the matter, HOT’s Chandra Masoliver talks to  Michael Moor, chair of The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, which has strenuously opposed the development.

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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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    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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    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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    All eyes on the board as the 95th Hastings International Chess Congress gets under way.

    Gormally takes sole chess lead

    The 94th Hastings International Chess Congress is approaching its climax this weekend, with over 300 players taking part in its host of tournaments. In the Masters an English grandmaster has taken the lead with three rounds to go. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Brendan O’ Gorman except where noted.

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    Campaign for fairer refugee policy goes to Parliament

    Moves to reform some of the unfairest elements of the UK’s policy towards refugees seeking asylum took a step forward at the annual Sanctuary in Parliament event hosted by the national City of Sanctuary movement and attended by Alex Kempton and Felicity Laurence from Hastings Community of Sanctuary. Felicity Laurence, chair of the Hastings group, who provided a vivid account of the ‘hostile environment’ underlying Home Office policy towards immigrants in a previous article, explains the new proposals.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Locals kayak over the channel in aid of Elsie-Rose charity

    On Tuesday 1 August 2018, Mark Little and Jason Carrick of the Dolphin Inn, fisherman Paul Stanley and care worker Kerry Phillips all set off for Dungeness to kayak over to Boulogne to raise money for the Elsie-Rose and Friends Foundation. Last Thursday 30 November, before the usual Dolphin Inn quiz night, four year old Elsie-Rose was presented with a cheque for £3,253! HOT’s Chandra Masoliver asked the intrepid paddlers to tell their story.

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    Bottle Alley wins national award

    Hastings Borough Council is celebrating after its Bottle Alley lighting scheme won ‘Outdoor lighting project of the year’ award at the prestigious 2018 LUX awards, which took place in London in November.

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    Piano Competition 2019 seeks volunteers

    The organisers of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, increasingly regarded as an important fixture in the country’s musical calendar, are looking for more volunteers to help in this exciting and prestigious event. Hannah Deeble writes.

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    No-go area: Hastings pier is expected to remain closed until March.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    A Penny Pinchers Christmas

    A Penny Pincher’s Christmas is a festive fixture on Hastings Christmas calendar!

    Kate Tym and John Knowles of It’s Not Us Theatre Company are back for the a third year running with their sell-out Christmas show. “Every year we get requests from our audiences to put it on again,” says Kate Tym, “they tell us it wouldn’t be Christmas without A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol and we are more than happy to oblige!” Bevali Francis reports.

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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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    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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    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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    Surviving Christmas in top gear

    This week the Surviving Christmas charity is in top gear, with a focus on packing and delivering hampers across Hastings and Rother ahead of opening its doors on Christmas and Boxing days to provide festive hospitality to those who would otherwise miss out. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Surviving Christmas.

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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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    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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    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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    Last years Christingle Service

    Christmas is coming!

    Holy Trinity Hastings (HTH) welcomes the local community to come together and celebrate Christmas with festive worship and fun.

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    THE PURSUIT OF SHADOWS

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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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    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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    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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    Hexagonal play the Kino-Teatr

    Featuring internationally recognised musicians, Hastings-based jazz band Hexagonal get around, but on Friday 7 December they are back in town to play a gig at the Kino-Teatr in St Leonards. Julian Norridge reports.

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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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