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Commons bills offers glimmer of hope for legalisation of humanist weddings

Following the failure of a High Court application this summer to secure legal status for humanist weddings, a private member’s bill is now seeking the same end in the Commons. If this also fails, it is likely humanists will have to wait at least until 2023, when the Government is expected to implement recommendations for changes in wedding law from the Law Commission. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 18:35 Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Crispin Blunt Law Commission Nick Terdre Rehman Chishti Richy Thompson weddings

Fuel poverty and energy debt advice available for households hit by Covid

Much needed advice for local households in fuel poverty and energy debt as a result of the Covid pandemic is now available thanks to a grant from British Gas Energy Trust to Hastings Advice & Representation Centre and Energise South Coast. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:17 Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: advice Covid Energise Sussex Coast Hastings Advice & Representation Jacky Everard Kate Meakin

This is Not Love

As part of the lead-up to White Ribbon Day on 25 November, Women’s Voice is keen to highlight the reality of domestic abuse and coercive control. To do this, Women’s Voice is asking whether there are women locally who would be willing to share their experiences of domestic abuse. Ann Kramer explains the initiative.

Posted 17:54 Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: ann kramer Domestic Violence This is not love Women's Voice

We Are Here: Black History Month in Hastings and St Leonards

It’s October, and therefore Black History Month. But a lot is different this year, not only in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Covid pandemic, but also as the organisers question whether the interests and contributions of black people should be centre stage for just one month in the year. Cllr Maya Evans, writing in a personal capacity, discusses the issues and describes Black History Month’s programme for Hastings and St Leonards.

Posted 20:18 Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Anna-Maria Nabirye Black History Month claudine Eccleston Covid Dawn Dublin Maya Evans Walk With Us We Are Here

Hands Up Project connects children across the globe

Last week, Hastings Against War and the Hastings and District Interfaith forum presented an online talk via Zoom discussing their Hands Up Project; an initiative to help put the children of war-torn Garza in touch with their young peers overseas. John Enefer details the encouraging enthusiasm displayed by many locals residents who took part.

Pension questions for ESCC

East Sussex County Council faces questions from more than 80 people about its pension fund’s investments in fossil fuel companies. Research has found none of the fossil fuel companies have policies that are aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Nick Terdre reports.

HBC secures green homes grant on behalf of East Sussex

On behalf of East Sussex councils Hastings Borough Council has secured nearly £1m from the government’s Green Homes Grant fund to help households living in fuel poverty with home energy efficiency improvements. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 09:03 Friday, Oct 9, 2020 In: Energy Tags: Andy Batsford East Sussex Warm Home Check Service HBC Green Homes Grant Next Steps Nick Terdre Optivo RetrofitWorks rough sleepers

Busy month for local refugee support groups

October is a month of action on various fronts for local refugee support groups, including a food collection this coming weekend, a poster campaign around town and the delivery of a petition urging the government to lift the ban on asylum seekers working – all this against the background of the Home Secretary’s announcement that she plans to reform the “broken” asylum system. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 21:58 Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 In: Politics Tags: Community of Sanctuary Felicity Laurence Nick Terdre Priti Patel refugees Safwa Chowduhry Sally-Ann Hart
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