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    Covid Spring, Hastings 2020

    As the nation begins to ease out of strict lockdown, Marybeth Haas reflects in images on the juxtaposition of the pandemic forcing our habits to change alongside the unstoppable unfolding of Spring. She sees the pandemic as an opportunity for people to reflect, question and to allow more of their own true nature to come to the forefront, to reassess priorities and to  choose healthier ways of being. Continue reading…

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    Council’s sustainable incubator units given green light

    Hastings Borough Council reports that it has been granted planning permission by the planning committee to build small business incubator units at Churchfield Industrial Estate.


    An evening in with… Gen Li

    This Friday evening, 12 June,  Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Gen Li will join us for a live performance of beautiful music, writes Chris Cormack.


    Active travel groups seize their moment

    The coronavirus crisis has opened up a window of opportunity for proponents of active travel – walking and cycling. With government funding on offer to encourage and facilitate active travel, they are sending their ideas to ESCC, the highways authority, and hoping they are taken on board. Nick Terdre reports.


    Passed or failed? Ten watercolours

    The Coronavirus Pandemic was a test which I failed – and I succeeded. I failed: I drank too much wine, did not clean my flat from top to bottom, did not catch up with my reading, did not practise yoga, nor sort out surplus clothing for the charity shops. Artist and writer Maureen Connett tells us what she did do in lockdown.



    The time for silence has passed

    Tonight, Thursday 4 June at 6.50pm, there will be a silent and socially distanced gathering at Warrior Square in respect of George Floyd, the black man in Minneapolis who was murdered on 25 May by a white police officer. The vigil is also to acknowledge the racism that is still implicit in the United Kingdom. HOT’s Erica Smith reports on the events in Hastings which have happened over the last week and encourages you to attend tonight to show there must be no space for racism in Hastings.


    Flotsam and jetsam

    These photographs were all taken during a lowtide lockdown walk from Pett Level to Hastings by photographer Josie Barnes.


    Post-Covid: Fears, dreams and choices

    Does a new world lie beyond the coronavirus era in which we currently  find ourselves? Kendal Eaton, author of A Chance for Everyone: The Parallel Non Monetary Economy, imagines how it might be.


    On yer bike, Hastings!

    Cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable transport will be boosted by funding made available to local government. HBC says it is working with ESCC to find the best ways to make use of the money – when it arrives. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Lib Dems petition for working party to guide Covid recovery

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the council to set up an inclusive working party to guide the borough’s economic and social recovery from the coronavirus, and have launched a petition to advance its cause. Nick Terdre reports.


    Coronavirus statistical update: Have the five tests been met?

    Further easing of the lockdown which the government introduced today is running into opposition from within the expert circles on which it claims its policy-making is based. To what extent do the latest statistics show that the five tests put forward by prime minister Boris Johnson for deciding that restrictions can be eased are being met? Nick Terdre takes a look.


    Rixiang Huang’s HIP online concert

    Last week’s online concert by prizewinners in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was given by Rixiang Huang. HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick was impressed with how he met the challenge of both pieces.


    An evening in with…Fanya Lin

    This Friday evening, 5 June, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Fanya Lin will join us for a live performance of beautiful music, writes Chris Cormack.


    Making Caring Visible this Carers Week

    Local charity Care for the Carers is highlighting the role of unpaid carers this June.  A week of recognition for carers is coming up to raise awareness of carers, the challenges they face and their vital role looking after people who couldn’t manage without their care. 


    Black Dog Lost

    As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to an end, it seems very relevant to post these words from local novelist, Amanda Nicol, on feeling suicidal. Suicide: a rarely discussed global pandemic. Amanda’s deeply moving experience is unique, but will resonate for anyone who has experienced such feelings and thoughts.

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    Dialogue with a diagnosis

    Amanda Nicol is a local writer and painter, passionate about healing — individual, societal, and environmental. Here she explores her own mental well-being, different approaches and responses to her experiences and how she seeks her own unique path to healing and how this journey continues