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Erica says: “Do something!”

HOT’s Erica Smith has been a stalwart of this town for many many years, creating, encouraging, campaigning, initiating, catalysing, inputting and participating – all from a place of sincere love and genuine passion for this town that’s been her home, work and play location for nearly two decades. HOT colleague, Zelly Restorick, speaks to Erica about the exhibition and series of events, Protest and Thrive at Hastings Arts Forum.

Aleister Crowley

Was Crowley the “Wickedest Man in the World”?

Why has no Blue Plaque been awarded to Aleister Crowley – self-styled “The Beast 666”? Perhaps we may understand why when we hear that the popular press described this charismatic character as “The Wickedest Man in the World”. Gilly Metcalfe writes.

Photo: Harry Tryphonos

Humanising homelessness

Harry Tryphonos felt catalysed to write an article about homelessness after seeing the number of homeless people in the Hastings area and the south coast generally – and an awareness of the increasing reliance on charitable causes rather than social schemes to help people.

Posted 15:05 Monday, Oct 15, 2018 In: Hastings People Tags: , ,
Jess Steele

Regeneration from the bottom up

Hastings Green Party will be hosting a free talk on Thursday 25 October about how regeneration must be done in collaboration with local people, rather than being imposed from the top down. The talk, ‘Darning the Fabric: regeneration from the bottom up’, will be given by Jess Steele, a community activist and social entrepreneur based in Hastings. Jess is a founder director of the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, supporting community regeneration in the White Rock and Ore Valley areas.

Multiple colours, multiple stories

Shopkeepers of the World

Art installations in charity shops across St Leonards and Bexhill as part of Coastal Currents till 30 Sept. 

Bengali Festival 2018

Bengali Festival celebrations

Celebrating the wonderfully diverse culture of Hastings and St Leonards. The Hastings Bengali Forum held their summer festival at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings on Monday 20 August 2018.

HAVE members

HAVE network: access for us all

HAVE (Hastings Access to Venues and Events) is a local group advocating for ‘disability access to all creative stuff’. They work to collaborate with all creatives, events and venues, requesting that they think about access for all disabled people: wheelchair users, visually/hearing impaired people, those with mobility issues, mental health issues, learning difficulties and who are neuro-diverse. Penny Pepper writes.

Posted 08:21 Friday, Aug 17, 2018 In: Hastings People Tags: , ,
Terry and Javad

Javad update: your support needed

Javad is a young autistic man from Iran, whose life story HOT has been following and sharing with you. Taken in by Terry and Stuart Alexander, nurtured by them and their friends, Javad continues to be threatened by deportation. His case is going to court on Monday – and Terry asks for our counting support. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

Posted 20:46 Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 In: Hastings People Tags: ,
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