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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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    Freedom Project in the DRC

    From Hastings to the Congo

    Hastings people were moved by a heart-warming carol-singing fundraiser for vulnerable girls in remote African plateau writes HOT’s  Vanessa Alves.

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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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    Immerse © Nick Snelling

    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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    Hastings Creative Spring

    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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    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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    Constructing a community centre in the Jordan Valley.

    Building for peace: first-hand news from Palestine

    On Tuesday 5 February Gill Knight, of the Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Hastings against War, will give an account of an eventful 10 days she spent in Palestine last October on a solidarity and fact-finding tour. HAW’s John Enefer sets the scene.

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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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    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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    (c) Zoe Sim - Gstaad 2017

    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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    Campaign poster from SaveEALS Facebook page.

    Dismay as ESCC proposes to close English language service for school-age refugees

    East Sussex County Council’s move to close the English as an Additional Language service, a vital resource for school-age refugees, has provoked widespread concern among refugee families and support groups. While possible alternative ways of providing the service are being explored, they are calling on the community to respond to the consultation on the issue, which remains open until Sunday 3 February. Nick Terdre reports.

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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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    Piano competition set to start

    If it’s wet and cold and February, it must be that time of year when brilliant young concert pianists from all around the world descend on Hastings to cheer us all up by taking part in the ever more prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC). Julian Norridge has all the details. Photos by Bob Mazzer.

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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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    Jenny Tonge delivers a clear message on Israel's apartheid state.

    Despite Israel lobby’s efforts, Tonge delivers clear message

    Despite an extensive campaign of intimidation, abuse and vitriol by the pro Israel lobby, Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign succeeded in holding its planned talk by Jenny Tonge on Israel’s apartheid state – a victory, as HPSC says, for freedom of speech. The group’s Laurie Holden reports on the meeting, and describes the strenuous efforts which preceded it to overcome the attempts to disrupt it by the faceless defenders of an unacceptable Israel. Photos by Russell Jacobs.

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    Leonardo Gagliano, General Manager and Jessica Lawrence at Hilton Maidstone present the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Grant to Tony Dart, CEO of Seeing Ear and Luda Vanina-Dart.

    1,000 books for young people with visual impairments

    £6,540 has been awarded by DM Thomas Foundation for Young People to help provide 1,000 books adapted for young people with visual impairments to the National Accessible Library run by Seeing Ear. The foundation reports.

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    Fat Tuesday

    Fat Tuesday call-out for volunteers

    We are now recruiting for volunteers to help us with this year’s Fat Tuesday Festival, now in its 10th anniversary year, writes volunteer coordinator John Knowles.

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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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