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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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    Rachel Glittenberg new work preview

    Back in May, Erica Smith interviewed Rachel Glittenberg – one of the artists chosen to exhibit in the Hastings Arts Forum 15 year anniversary show. This week she caught up with Rachel again to find out about her recent work – on show on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December in her pre-Christmas open studio.

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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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    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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    Volunteer with Hastings charity EFT to gain access to work

    If you are looking to volunteer and would like to work in a cafe environment or outdoors in nature, Hastings based support charity, Education Futures Trust (EFT) would love to hear from you. Simone Brookes, Social Media & Publicity Co-ordinator at Education Futures Trust writes.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Watch this space!

    On Monday the White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures offer of £1.25 million for the old Observer Building was accepted. If all goes to plan, by 21 December this year, the OB will have an exciting new future. HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with Beth Woolf from Jericho Road who has been busy working with White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures, buying the Hastings Observer building. 

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    A Penny Pinchers Christmas

    A Penny Pincher’s Christmas is a festive fixture on Hastings Christmas calendar!

    Kate Tym and John Knowles of It’s Not Us Theatre Company are back for the a third year running with their sell-out Christmas show. “Every year we get requests from our audiences to put it on again,” says Kate Tym, “they tell us it wouldn’t be Christmas without A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol and we are more than happy to oblige!” Bevali Francis reports.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Global Justice Bexhill and Hastings, part of Global Justice Now

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Hallelujahs return to Hastings

    In its 90th anniversary year, the Hastings Philharmonic Choir goes back to its roots to perform Handel’s Messiah at Christ Church, St Leonards this Saturday 10 November at 7pm. Back in 1928 and 1929 the Choir performed the Messiah on three separate occasions, these being the Choir’s first three concerts, and the audience still wanted more! Chris Cormack 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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    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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    Letter to my Father

    Interested in Kafka?

    Local resident, Howard Colyer is giving a reading of his translation of Kafka’s Letter to my Father at Printed Matter Bookshop. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks him about his connection with Kafka.

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    Fisheries Bill to be discussed in Parliament today

    The Second Reading of the Fisheries Bill is scheduled in the House of Commons today, Wednesday 21 November. Rick Dillon catches up with the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate, Peter Chowney to see how the Labour Party wants to support the nation’s small boat fishing fleets.

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    Mini Wood Fest at Victorian walled garden

    This free mini festival, as with everything the Bohemia Walled Garden does, is designed to promote our connection with the natural world and all of its bounty. All welcome to come along and enjoy, learn and experience a woodland walk, making nutcrackers, a wood art display, willow basket making, hurdle making, wood games and activities, pruning and hot drinks.

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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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    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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    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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    Launch of Hastings Heritage Trail

    Four Years in the Making! Hastings has an amazing breadth of history in its everyday built environment. Launching on 17 November, the Hastings Heritage Trail celebrates this, taking visitors around 10 central locations that have stayed largely unchanged for at least

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    Hastings Food Hub and Pantry

    The ability of local families to adequately feed themselves was the priority concern at a recent meeting of 15 local community organisations.  The Hastings Food Hub network are dynamic in their efforts to ensure that individuals and families on low incomes are able to access all household essentials that many of us take for granted. 

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    LUX Awards 2018

    Bottle Alley wins national award

    Hastings Borough Council is celebrating after its Bottle Alley lighting scheme won ‘Outdoor lighting project of the year’ award at the prestigious 2018 LUX awards, which took place in London in November.

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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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    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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    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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