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  • Photo from PRIDE March 2018

    Photo from PRIDE March 2018

    Local Rainbow Alliance seeks artists

    Are you a singer-songwriter, acoustic music act, poet or comedian in the local LGBT community? Are you an LGBT artist who would like the opportunity to display or talk about your original artwork, books or sculpture? The Arts Tent team for the Hastings & Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) is hosting ‘QUILTBAG’** – a celebration of LGBT Arts at Hastings Pride 2019 on Sunday 25th August – and would like to hear from you! Steph Bennion writes. Continue reading…

    SOS 2019

    Be part of Sustainability on Sea 2019

    The time has come for businesses and local groups to get involved with our eco-friendly festival: Sustainability on Sea. 


    Meet local co-operative members during Co-op Fortnight

    Meet the co-ops

    Co-operatives up and down the country are coming together in two weeks of unity during national Co-op Fortnight (24 June to 7 July). Local co-ops in Hastings and St Leonards – Trinity Wholefoods, Energise Sussex Coast, Walden Pond and Wave – are joining a nationwide drive to bring people and communities together by holding a drop-in afternoon. Felix Lozano writes.


    Short-snouted seahorse. Copyright Joelle GUYOT.

    Added protection for Hastings’ marine life

    In July 2018, Erica Smith and Nick Terdre wrote for HOT about the consultation for deciding on future Marine Conservation Zone designations. The designation in question, named Beachy Head East, has now been confirmed as of 31 May 2019. The area stretches from Eastbourne to Hastings Pier, going out into the Channel just after the Sovereign lighthouse – an excellent local spot for divers. Anton Hack of Biodiversity Hastings writes.


    Image Sussex Air

    Burn ‘clean’ and improve air quality

    Residents who burn wood or other solid fuels to heat their homes will be encouraged to cut down their use or switch to less polluting alternatives under a project running across Sussex. A message delivered on behalf of Sussex Air.


    Dr Khader speaking at a PSC event in Hastings in 2014.

    Invite to remembrance of Al Nakba in Hastings Mosque

    In an event jointly organised with Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hastings’ Mosque in Mercatoria invites all members of the community to join them this Sunday, 16 June, to commemorate Al Nakba, when Palestinians were expelled or fled their homes. Kate Colley, chair of HRPSC, explains.

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    Lift the Ban campaigners outside the Houses of Parliament (photo: Refugee Action).

    Local day of action against ban on asylum-seekers working

    Local Lift the Ban campaigners will be participating in a nationwide day of action on Saturday to call on the government to give asylum-seekers the right to work. There will be stalls in Hastings and St Leonards during the day and an evening event, One Hastings, Many Voices, to encourage public support. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Photo A Jobson

    East Hill Greenway walk to Fire Hills

    Last Saturday, (1 June) local resident and artist, Amanda Jobson, walked the Hastings Greenway route through the East Hills. Here’s her account of the experience. 


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    ICO upholds complaint over HBC handling of FoI requests

    The Information Commissioner’s Office has upheld a complaint concerning the time taken by Hastings Borough Council to respond to Freedom of Information requests and directed it to review its procedures. Data supplied by the council shows a worsening trend in response times. Nick Terdre reports.



    Citizens' Assembly

    Need for local Citizens’ Assembly

    The council has made a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. What next? asks Julia Hilton from Hastings Green Party. Back in February – thanks in part to pressure from the local Green Party and their open letter calling on the council to declare a climate emergency – Hastings Council committed to making our town carbon neutral by 2030. The council has since appointed Maya Evans as ‘climate champion’ with responsibility for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. It has, however, allocated no money or resources to the task.



    Beccy McCray

    ‘When The Oak Spoke’

    ‘When The Oak Spoke’ is a socially engaged art commission led by local visual artist, Beccy McCray for Wadhurst Culture: a community arts charity in Wadhurst in East Sussex. This year-long project reveals invisible forms of woodland communication and gives trees a voice – especially the oak, an important symbol of Wadhurst. 


    Mark and Richard Ball, 1991.

    Fishing for Generations

    When I first came down to Hastings from London in 1991 to photograph the fishing community, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, says photographer John Cole. I wandered along the Stade asking fishermen if I could take their photos and, although many said yes, attempts at further conversation were generally futile. But I persisted and eventually won the trust of the men and women working in what is proportionally the UK’s second most dangerous profession.


    Really Independent Bookshop Week Jun 15 - 22

    Bookchat – ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ (and events June 11 onwards)

    Here is the events and news section that was previously underneath the main feature in Angela J. Phillip’s Hastings Bookchat. It’s now separate because people said they couldn’t find it. Please post comments if you would like further changes. Thanks for your feedback.



    The Science of Fate by Hannah Critchlow

    ‘The Science of Fate’ and how to grow your brain

    Why did I do that? Will my child avoid drugs? How can I stop eating too much? Can I avoid Alzheimer’s? Angela J. Phillip discusses the latest findings presented by neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow in her recently released book.


    Destroyed house in the south of Sanaa

    Stop Arming Saudi! A Hastings Against War talk

    With the war in Yemen continuing, and a prediction from the UN that this small Arab state could face the worst famine in 100 years, (1) there was a timely talk in Hastings on 4 June about the background to the current war and Britain’s involvement. John Enefer writes.


    Image provided by Sarah James

    Dream Camp

    A tiny sleep festival at the very edge of Sussex. If you have problems sleeping, rarely recall your dreams and would like to experience an intensely relaxing weekend, come and check out our Dream Camp. A total digital detox and sleep hygiene bootcamp that will leave you refreshed and recharged – and hopefully with some new insight. Sarah Janes writes.