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  • Dany Louise canvassing with james Bacon in last May's local elections. Both were elected.

    Dany Louise canvassing with James Bacon in last May’s local elections. Both were elected.

    Councillor resigns from Labour over antisemitism concerns

    Cllr Dany Louise this week resigned from the Labour Party, citing a “huge rise of antisemitism amongst the Party membership.” However she says she will remain a local councillor sitting as an independent. Nick Terdre reports.

    Cllr Dany Louise’s decision to leave the Labour Party reflects at local level dissatisfaction with the party leadership which today led seven MPs to resign from the party over its handling of Brexit and allegations of antisemitism.

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    Gill Knight, far left, with some of the audience at her talk (photo: Laurie Holden).

    Activist gives eye-witness account of life in Palestine

    Hastings resident and activist Gill Knight spoke at a packed Hastings Against War meeting on 5 February about her recent solidarity and fact-finding tour of Palestine. John Enefer reports.

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    Is digital media for you? Try Hastings’ Creative Spring this half-term

    Are you, or do you know anyone, aged 14 to 18, into digital media, and wanting something interesting to do at February half-term? Dominika Hicks runs through the programme for Hastings’ Creative Spring, a great chance to learn about creative media.

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    Exiles’ proud journey home

    Sometimes an outsider’s eye is needed to point up things that we see every day and take somewhat for granted. Hastings and St Leonards, as we know, has always seen an influx of people making their way from elsewhere to the south coast and embedding themselves in the community. But it is not only British people. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spoke to photographer Tom Hunter about his taxi driver project A Journey Home which opens on 9 February at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

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    Practising English on the West Hill. English lessons for young refugees in East Sussex are safe for another year.

    EAL service for school-age refugees reprieved

    Following a change of mind by maintained secondary schools, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) service provided to schools by East Sussex County Council has been saved – at least for a year. The news has been widely welcomed, as Nick Terdre reports.

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    Questions raied in Liverpool. Now Hastings is being exercised by climate change (photo: Matěj Baťha/Wikimedia Commons).

    Climate emergency motion is “meaningless,” say Greens

    Labour’s climate emergency motion, to be debated by the full council at its meeting on Wednesday 13 February, is “meaningless,” according to the Greens, who last month announced their support for the adoption of such a policy by Hastings Borough Council. They are now urging all those who want to see urgent action at local level to attend the meeting at Muriel Matters House. Nick Terdre reports.

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    The amusement park owner wants to build a new path along the east side of the boating lake, a move that is backed by the Foreshore Trust.

    The clarity the Foreshore Trust owes the public is missing

    The Foreshore Trust continues to say nothing about the future of foreshore assets, as the Stade pathway application continues. The proposal seeks to reroute the footpath and give land to the amusement park. Bernard McGinley takes another look at a case lacking in defenders.

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    The unmistakable facade of the Observer building.

    New future about to unfold for Observer building

    A new future is about to open up for the former Observer building in Cambridge Road following the exchange of contracts between White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures and the previous owner. A 10-year project to transform the building is envisaged, with a £10,000 Crowdfunder appeal to help kick-start the work. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Seeing trees in a different light

    Trees are always an interesting subject for artists and photographers. And a very particular depiction of them can be seen at an intriguing exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery. This is not an exhibition concentrating on specific species, more a contemplative riff on the effect of trees on the individual artists. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked co-curator Lucy Bell about how the exhibition, which she and John Stezaker have been talking about for 18 months, came together. 

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    The Jerwood, and arts teaching at school, need a rethink

    Tony Harrison,  a retired teacher, is less than enchanted with the Jerwood Gallery which he feels enshrines elitist values – though the break-up with the Jerwood Foundation offers a chance for a change of direction. HOT welcomes other points of view on this topical matter.

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    Belly dance sensation Ozgen shakes it all about in aid of HFS

    International Master Turkish belly dance sensation Ozgen is coming to Hastings this Valentine’s to perform with Hastings Burlesque and offer workshops to local dancers, in aid of local charity Hastings Furniture Service. Nick Terdre reports.

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    An artistic, dynamic collaboration

    He said, She said is on at the blackShed Gallery, Russet Farm, Redlands Lane, Robertsbridge, East Sussex.TN32 5NG until 16 March, 2019. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4.00pm Saturday 10-.4.30.

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    Sara Lee Trust celebrates Hastings and Rother Therapy Month

    After a successful launch last year, the Sara Trust Lee Trust are once again looking forward to their Hastings and Rother Therapy Month this March. Looking to repeat their previous success, the Trust are seeking therapists and counsellors to volunteer their services in a bid to promote the positive impact therapy and counselling can have one’s mental health and well-being, writes Jordan Dixon.

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    Rod Youngs in town to drum up a storm at Jazz Hastings

    London-based American drummer Rod Youngs, who will be headlining at this month’s Jazz Hastings’ session on 12 February, has been described as one of the most expressive and adept musicians on the current jazz scene. Julian Norridge looks forward to his visit.

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    HBC's full council debates the climate emergency motion under the chairmanship of Mayor Nigel Sinden.

    Climate motion passed by HBC, but Greens disappointed

    Hastings now has a climate emergency policy, following the unanimous approval given by the full council last week. A Tory amendment was voted down, and the Greens, who started the climate emergency ball rolling, declared themselves disappointed with the policy. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Ear-nose-throat-illustration

    The Labour Party has uncovered damning evidence that the proposed shake-up of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services in Hastings will make it less, not more, safe for patients. As opposition to the “unjustified” move mounts among doctors in Hastings and Eastbourne, Labour Party member Rick Dillon shares his concerns.

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    The Sara Lee Trust partners with Look Good Feel Better charity

    For over 20 years, Look Good Feel Better have dedicated themselves to assisting those dealing with the visible side-effects of cancer treatments. The Sara Lee Trust are now looking to bring LGFB’s incredible efforts to Hastings and Rother, and are seeking volunteers to assist with their cause, writes Jordan Dixon

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    New houses going up apace on the Archery Ground in St Leonards.

    Council set to drop tool for boosting affordable housing

    Hastings Borough Council’s plan to introduce a supplementary planning document to encourage the building of more affordable housing is about to be dropped. Meanwhile a planning application shorn of affordable housing has been refused by Rother District Council. Nick Terdre reports.

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