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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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    Questions raied in Liverpool. Now Hastings is being exercised by climate change (photo: Matěj Baťha/Wikimedia Commons).

    Climate emergency motion is “meaningless,” say Greens

    Labour’s climate emergency motion, to be debated by the full council at its meeting on Wednesday 13 February, is “meaningless,” according to the Greens, who last month announced their support for the adoption of such a policy by Hastings Borough Council. They are now urging all those who want to see urgent action at local level to attend the meeting at Muriel Matters House. 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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    Sara Lee Trust celebrates Hastings and Rother Therapy Month

    After a successful launch last year, the Sara Trust Lee Trust are once again looking forward to their Hastings and Rother Therapy Month this March. Looking to repeat their previous success, the Trust are seeking therapists and counsellors to volunteer their services in a bid to promote the positive impact therapy and counselling can have one’s mental health and well-being, writes Jordan Dixon.

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    What’s HOT at the White Rock

    HOT’s Paul Way-Rider takes a look at some of the White Rock Theatre’s programme for the next couple of months and beyond including shows from Ricky Gervais and UB40.

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    The Labour Party has uncovered damning evidence that the proposed shake-up of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services in Hastings will make it less, not more, safe for patients. As opposition to the “unjustified” move mounts among doctors in Hastings and Eastbourne, Labour Party member Rick Dillon shares his concerns.

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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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    Exiles’ proud journey home

    Sometimes an outsider’s eye is needed to point up things that we see every day and take somewhat for granted. Hastings and St Leonards, as we know, has always seen an influx of people making their way from elsewhere to the south coast and embedding themselves in the community. But it is not only British people. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spoke to photographer Tom Hunter about his taxi driver project A Journey Home which opens on 9 February at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Sara Lee Trust partners with Look Good Feel Better charity

    For over 20 years, Look Good Feel Better have dedicated themselves to assisting those dealing with the visible side-effects of cancer treatments. The Sara Lee Trust are now looking to bring LGFB’s incredible efforts to Hastings and Rother, and are seeking volunteers to assist with their cause, writes Jordan Dixon

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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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    The Jerwood Gallery is currently the home of the Jerwood Foundation’s collection of 20th and 21st Century British Art

    All change at Jerwood Gallery?

    Last weekend the news broke in the national papers that changes were afoot at the Jerwood Gallery, which appears to be set to lose the collection provided by the Jerwood Foundation. HOT asked Jerwood Gallery trustee, Esther Fox, to give her side of the story.

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    Belly dance sensation Ozgen shakes it all about in aid of HFS

    International Master Turkish belly dance sensation Ozgen is coming to Hastings this Valentine’s to perform with Hastings Burlesque and offer workshops to local dancers, in aid of local charity Hastings Furniture Service. Nick Terdre reports.

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