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    How to take a Covid-19 test

    HOT’s Erica Smith recently drove to Brighton and Hove Albion football ground in order to take a Covid-19 test. She thought it might be useful to others to share her experience. Continue reading…


    Hastings Green Party demands end to local pesticide spraying

    Petition launched against ‘probably carcinogenic’ pesticide being used in the town. 

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    Museum call out for freelancers

    The team at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG) is launching their second callout for freelancers to help support #HastingsDigitalMuseum. Hastings Digital Museum runs across Hastings Museum & Art Gallery’s social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

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    Global Conversations

    Composer & Opus Theatre founder, Polo Piatti and star pianist & Opus patron, Oliver Poole will be sharing their thoughts in this crucial time for the arts with three very special guests: Classic Brit Award Nominee singer Carly Paoli, ‘EMMA For Peace’ founder Paolo Petrocelli and conductor & impresario Gianluca Marciano.

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    The Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas: 4

    The Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas. Imagining life beyond lockdown. Our weekly community conversation on Isolation Station Hastings.

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    St Leonards Festival head-piece at Hastings Arts Forum

    Local stained glass artist Alan Wright has recently installed this beautiful Marine Court head-piece in the window of Hastings Arts Forum on Marina in St Leonards. The carnival mask/head-piece was made for St Leonards Festival carnival parade in 2007 – for the first carnival parade which was in the second year of St Leonards Festival. Below, Alan tells us more about the head-piece.

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    Hastings community creates food safety net for residents in need

    Hastings Voluntary Action recently released the following press release applauding the efforts of a number of local community groups, who have united in order to feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Testing facilities improve but testing statistics still confuse

    Life for key workers living locally who need testing for coronavirus has been made easier by the opening of a drive-through testing centre in Bexhill. Meanwhile the government is to provide funding to local authorities as it prepares to move into test-and-trace operations. However, the true testing capacity appears to a lot less than the government claims. Nick Terdre reports.

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    An evening in with…Rixiang Huang online

    This Friday evening, 29 May, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Rixiang Huang will join us for a live performance of beautiful music, writes Chris Cormack.

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    Virtual council meetings start this week!

    Council meetings are about to resume, but on a virtual basis while live public gatherings remain forbidden. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Spirits raised by Yuanfan Yang

    HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick had his spirits raised by the latest concert in Hastings International Piano’s online series An Evening In With…

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    Coronavirus statistical update: Numbers falling but R value needs to be reduced

    While key parameters, including number of new cases and deaths, continue to show improvement, the reproduction rate, or R value, is not favourable for a move to a more relaxed alert level. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Lockdown brings tough times for Hastings’ business sector

    How is Hastings’ business sector doing during the coronavirus emergency? Are companies managing to access the support offered by the government? Is it enough to guarantee their survival in what is shaping up to be the worst recession in the last 300 years? Nick Terdre spoke to Sean Dennis, director of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and chief executive officer of Let’s Do Business Group.

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    Why the Tories cannot be trusted with our NHS

    An assessment of how well the government has handled the coronavirus emergency will certainly be needed – but now is not the time, according to many voices. Michael Madden begs to differ, arguing that the controlling forces within the government are dedicated to the privatisation of the NHS and its subordination to market forces.

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    Council encourages residents to take part in ‘No Mow May’

    In a bid to help tackle climate change Hastings Borough Council is encouraging residents to do their part by not doing anything at all! Though many have time on their hands and the weather currently on their side, the council has issued a release hoping that residents will neglect their lawns for this month in order to support pollinating insects and do their part for the environment.

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    Hastings International Piano announces a bold start for 2021

    The organisers of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition have taken the bold step of investing yet more money in this event to make it even more attractive to contestants and public alike. Given the vagaries of Covid 19, it could be just what the town of Hastings needs to revive live music in our town after lockdown, writes Chris Cormack.

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