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  • Elsie-Rose receives her cheque in the Dolphin Inn’ l to r Mark Little, Jason Carrick, Elsie-Rose, Karen Holewell, Kerry Phillips, Paul Stanley. Photo Chandra Masoliver

    Elsie-Rose receives her cheque in the Dolphin Inn. L to R: Mark Little, Jason Carrick, Elsie-Rose, Karen Holewell, Kerry Phillips, Paul Stanley. Photo Chandra Masoliver

    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. Continue reading…


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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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    Seaview Christmas events

    The Seaview Project is the only organisation of its kind locally, supporting people on the margins of society in Hastings and St Leonards and the wider area. With Christmas coming, they have two events coming up: a carol concert and an afternoon of entertainment. You’re very welcome to attend.

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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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    The Storm Will Pass

    The Storm Will Pass

    The Storm Will Pass, The Spring Will Come. An exhibition of recycled and reassembled ceramic artworks by Susan Elliott. John Knowles writes.

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    Me. Myself and Others

    Me, Myselfie & Others

    You are warmly invited to attend the premiere of Me, Myselfie & Others, a film created by young people at Hastings Academy as part of an aGender Education project in partnership with The Eggtooth Project, funded by Hastings & Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund.

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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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    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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    Great news for 1066 Local Energy campaign

    After long negotiations and discussions, the directors of Ore Campus of East Sussex College Hastings have said ‘Yes’ to the installation of solar panels on their roof. Fantastic news, marking the first big success of the 1066 Local Energy Campaign. HOT’s Zelly Restorick spoke to Richard Watson of Energise Sussex Coast, one of the partner organisations involved in the project.

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    Get Inspired! Get Involved!

    Fascinating educational and creative courses for adults. The Hastings area is a great place to live if you want to expand or share your knowledge and make new friends.

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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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    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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    Success of Ore Synthesizer Club

    Performing recently at The Printworks to an absorbed and enthusiastic audience, The Ore Synthesizer Club (OSC) used synthesized sound and carefully prepared projected visuals in their “Overtures – A Compendium of Love”. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

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    8th Hastings Storytelling Festival a huge success

    Hastings eighth annual Storytelling Festival came to an end last weekend after a week of some wet and windy but very successful events across town. This year’s festival explored Hastings in a variety of creative ways. 

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    Jack and the Beanstalk – the facts!

    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. Here are a few facts you may not know about the panto and its production at the White Rock Theatre, writes HOT’s Paul Way-Rider.

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    Drawing Life

    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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    Andrew Kötting’s trilogy: Earthworks

    Andrew Kötting, Hastings’ master of magical realism, will be showing his film trilogy, ‘Earthworks’ on Saturday 17 November at the Towner Art Gallery Cinema: an all-day event, starting at 11am, in conjunction with Brighton Cinecity.

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    Global Justice protest local links to US child detention

    Activists from Global Justice Bexhill and Hastings have stated their intention to protest on Friday 23 November at 9am outside the offices of Hastings firm, General Dynamics UK on Castleham Road, St Leonards over the role of its parent company in the detention of refugee children in the United States, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. A letter has gone from the local group  to the CEO/ Managing Director requesting a meeting to discuss their concerns. 

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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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    Lighten up for Christmas!

    The Kings Road lights will be switched on by St Leonards’ favourite celebrity, the fabulous and charming Maria McErlane. Lighting up time is 4.30pm on Saturday 1 December – a wonderful way to end the Frost Fair. Erica Smith gets ready for the big switch on.

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    Global Justice demonstrates great concern at General Dynamics

    On Friday morning, 23 November, a group of assorted engineers, architects, farmers, teachers and scientists lead by Global Justice Now members and supported by anti-war campaigners from Hastings against War assembled outside General Dynamics in Castleham Road, Hastings. They had informed the company in advance and asked to speak to the Director about grave concerns they have about their parent General Dynamics Corporation in USA. There had been no reply from the Director, but information that he had a previous engagement. Nobody came to meet them, but they were promised a meeting soon.

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    Nature, disconnection and depression

    Depression is on the increase. Around the globe, more than a million people commit suicide every year. Is this a very human, very real and honest response to what is happening around the planet and our disconnection from the natural world on which we all rely? HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

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    The rapid return of long-shore drift

    HOT received an impassioned plea from Banksy fan, Tony May, pointing out that whilst Banksy’s iconic image had been dug out from the pebbly beach earlier this year, last weekend’s storms have filled in the hollow that had been scooped out.

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    Austerity and Cuts Advice and Support Group

    Austerity and Cuts Advice and Support Group will meet on Wednesday mornings weekly between 10am – 1pm at the Friends Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings near the centre of town. The first meeting is on the 21 November 2018. June Knight writes.

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    Poet Penny Pepper Pops Up

    Tomorrow night (Thursday 15 November), Penny Pepper will be reading from her new collection of poetry at Book Buster in Queen’s Road. Erica Smith tells us why we should get down to see her perform.

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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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    Clay Culture Trail 2018

    Clay Culture Trail 2018

    Clay Culture is a group of ceramicists and potters working in Hastings & St Leonards. The range of their work crosses a wide and diverse spectrum; from the sculptural to the functional. In their annual Clay Culture Trail 2018 of open studios, the artists  offer you a vision of the rich diversity of contemporary ceramics in the area.

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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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    Adult only panto

    Rubbed! Aladdin’s Lamp just got camp

    “We’ve been hard at work at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), like demented elves in a stolen goods Christmas grotto creating a new adult-only panto for 2018 and this years twisted offering is… Rubbed! Aladdins Lamp just got camp.” Catia Ciarico, Programme Manager and Producer for RVT writes.

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    Carers' Rights Day

    Carers’ Rights Day 2018

    Are you a carer? Do you know your rights? Care for the Carers is getting ready for Carers’ Rights Day 2018, a national campaign taking place on Friday 30 November which will bring organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights.

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    Transition Town news: November

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Transition Town Hastings: the group was established to respond to the challenges of climate change, over-dependence on fossil fuels and economic instability; to support affiliated groups; to provide practical examples of sustainable living; to promote knowledge-sharing, raise awareness and encourage community participation and well-being. It is an unincorporated, non political organisation relying on a committed group of volunteers. Please scroll down to read news for November from the TTH network of affiliated groups.

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    If anyone can, Khadija Khan can!

    A year ago was a terrible time for my friends Khadija and Brad. On his 45th birthday, Brad had a heart attack from which he never recovered… HOT’s Erica Smith shares with us a tale of re-creation and introduces Hastings’ newest artist, Khadija Khan.

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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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    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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    Saturday 8 December is Ince Day

    Comedian Robin Ince is performing in both St Leonards AND Hastings this coming Saturday, 8 December. His national tour of independent shops includes an appearance at The Bookkeeper at 2pm and Wow and Flutter at 6.30pm. Erica Smith spoke to Bookkeepers’ Carol Dennard.

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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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