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  • Teams from Heart of Hastings CLT and Project Artworks, standing outside 12 Claremont, Hastings, their latest project gifted to them as a community asset transfer from East Sussex County Council. Photo Jonny Thompson

    Teams from Heart of Hastings CLT and Project Artworks, standing outside 12 Claremont, Hastings, their latest project gifted to them as a community asset transfer from East Sussex County Council. Photo Jonny Thompson

    £2m funding injection for America Ground

    Iconic neighbourhood The America Ground is set to receive £2 million of public funding for an exciting four-year programme to rejuvenate this historic part of Hastings beginning in April 2020.

    The project, being carried out by a partnership of 19 local community organisations, will repurpose derelict buildings as productive community spaces, restore iconic heritage features of the high street and provide a cultural and educational programme for local people and visitors.

    “Heart of Hastings CLT is proud to be leading a team of dedicated people and organisations from our local community to drive forward this exciting work,” commented Rodney Buse, chair of Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust.

    “Our approach is community-led and inclusive. All stakeholders, including Hastings Borough Council, are working in a partnership of equals. We all need to be part of revitalising this unique area and celebrate its fascinating history and independent spirit.” Continue reading…

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    The Mother Lode Project

    You are warmly invited to celebrate the launch of a publication and podcast, produced as part of The Mother Lode Project, a creative peer support programme for mothers experiencing mental health challenges, in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion and Recovery Partners.

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    Specimen Creatura: Katherine Reekie.

    Reekie Collection on display

    The Reekie Collection of paintings is back home in St Leonards after an 18-month tour. Part of Coastal Currents, it will be on display until early November. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Steps To The Sea: James Bloomfield

    St Mary in the Castle is excited that James Bloomfield, a local documentary photographer, will be having an exhibition of new photographs in the Crypt Gallery. The free exhibition ‘Steps to the Sea’ will be on show in the Crypt Gallery from 22 September until 23 October. 

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    The Pledge Project

    The Pledge Project is a simple idea – to get as many people as possible in Hastings, St Leonards & surrounding areas to sign a one sentence pledge saying how they will, in some way, reduce their impact upon the environment.

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    The Big Sleep for Seaview 2019

    The Seaview Project’s annual sponsored sleep to takes place on Friday 27 September, raising awareness and vital funds for some of the town’s most vulnerable people and there are still some boxes left for more sleepers to take part. Sue Burgess writes.  

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    Hastings Greenway Group

    The Hastings Greenway Project is an innovative network of linked almost traffic-free routes, that everyone can enjoy for leisure, amenity and utility walking, as well as cycling. Starting at Hastings Town Centre the Greenway will run 10 miles to Ore, Silverhill, Hollington & Mayfield and the Conquest Hospital. Here’re some up-coming events where the group will have a presence:

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    Hastings to celebrate its first-ever Car Free Day

    Seafront road closure planned for community street party, marking the start of Sustainability on Sea 2019! A stretch of Hastings seafront from Warrior Square gardens to the pier will be closed to traffic on Sunday 22 September to mark World Car Free Day.

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    Sustainability on Sea: over 60 events, gatherings and workshops!

    This is the second Sustainability on Sea (SOS), a nine day festival – and this year it has grown and evolved, including many more events from Winchelsea to Bexhill, all connected by care and concern for our environment, sustainable living and regenerative culture. Firstly, we’ve listed some of the practical workshops and events – and then some of the creative ones. 

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    Musical comedy from Hannah Brackenbury.

    Comedy at the Laughing Stag on Friday

    It’s Laughing Stag comedy night at the Stag Inn this Friday with entertainment from four leading comics and a collection of foodstuffs in aid of Hastings Food Bank, as the organisers explain.

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    Women protesting Cruise Missiles, Hastings Town centre, 1983/4

    Greenham Remembered: an exhibition

    Greenham Remembered: an exhibition

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    Previous Heritage Open Day walk at The Ice House

    Cream Tea, Path Walk and Ice House opening

    You are invited to join a Heritage Open Day walk starting at The Ice House in Summerfield Woods/Horntye Park in Hastings on Sunday 22 September and culminating in a cream tea. Heather Grief writes.

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    How do you know if I’m real? (plus literary events from 17 Sept 2019)

    Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) about to write our news stories, articles and novels? We’ve got cars that drive themselves, planes that no longer need a pilot, fake news to manipulate our voting patterns, so how about stories? Are writers about to be made redundant? Shall we be left at the mercy of algorithms devised by the powerful to lull us into submission to their agendas? Angela J. Phillip investigates (or at least, she says it’s her).

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    Lynda Murray, left, and Deirdre Cartwright (photo: Lynda Murray).

    Lynda Murray’s special jazz guest at Mama Putts

    Local jazz musician Lynda Murray has a special guest for her September spot at Mama Putts – guitarist Deidre Cartwright. Long acquainted, they have both enjoyed interesting and varied careers in jazz, she tells HOT.

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    Decision: Javad stays in the UK!

    Readers of Hastings Online Times have been part of the campaign to support Javad in his quest to remain in the UK – and it is with delight that we update you: Javad has been given permission to stay here. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

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