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Last July the ‘anti-terrorist focus desk’ of the City of Westminster police issued a call for members of the public to report any sightings of anarchists immediately. “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy,” they explained, though how that stance made them terrorists or enemies of society was not explained. The move drew such widespread criticism that the police withdrew it (though now it’s the Occupy movement which the Met is branding as terrorist). HOT decided to find out for itself, sending

Posted 10:51 Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 In: Hastings People

Grasping an existential nettle

Grasping an existential nettle

Posted 17:56 Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 In: Hastings People Tags:
Newspaper articles and an educational kit about homosexuality from the early 80s. These relate to the Campaign for Homosexuality (CHE), of which there was an active branch in Hastings. The educational pack was banned from use in local schools. Materials courtesy of Roger Sweetman.

The Rainbow Alliance list tells you what’s worth coming out for!

If you are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rainbow and want to find out more events in the area, I recommend signing up to the Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) email list. They send out regular What’s On events listings. In order to get on the mailing list, send a request to Pam at writes Erica Smith…

Posted 15:46 Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 In: Hastings People
Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender rainbow logo for TubRa

LGBT Hastings

Every now and again, the Hastings Queer Community get together to create a memorable Big Night Out – amongst others, we’ve had Queer on the Pier, Juicy, Another Planet and now a new night at the Tubman. Plus, in the background, Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance continue to organise social events and meet to discuss all aspects of being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. Erica Smith explores the scene…

Posted 20:51 Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 In: Hastings People Tags:
Humanist Celebrant Lesley Arnold-Hopkins

Non-Religious Ceremonies

A growing number of people in the UK would class themselves as having no religious belief. For many non-religious people, places of worship are utilised only for births, deaths, and marriages. But what if atheists, or people who think of themselves as Humanists, would prefer a non-religious ceremony? Joe Fearn decided to find out more, by interviewing East Sussex Humanist Celebrant Lesley Arnold-Hopkins.

Posted 20:40 Friday, Nov 18, 2011 In: Hastings People Tags:

Got a yen for foreign languages?

If you fancy having a natter in French, Spanish or German, pop down to Pissarro’s on a Wednesday night and join in the Polyglot Club.

Posted 17:21 Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 In: Hastings People
Frank's ripping family yarn

Frank’s ripping family yarn

Frank’s ripping family yarn

Posted 17:45 Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 In: Hastings People

My first impression on walking into the office of Mags Pawson (Manager of Ore Community Centre) was ‘how could they ever think of closing down something this busy’. The room looked to be a hive of activity, desks covered with community material and the walls filled with ‘what’s going on’.

Posted 18:38 Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 In: Hastings People
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