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Little Ridge Primary School participants in Beat The Street

Beat The Street returns for 2018

Beat The Street, the immensely popular walking and cycling game that encourages schools, businesses, community groups, friends, neighbours and families to spur each other one and compete to get more active in their community returns to East Sussex this summer. Niall Norbury writes.

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Only two weeks to save Hastings Pier!

The pier is now up for sale to a commercial buyer: the last time this happened it was left to decay and was eventually abandoned. Erica Smith reminds us to show our support for keeping the pier run by the community.

Neptune's Lair - one of the ideas for new activities on the pier which was presented at the public meeting (photo: Sid Saunders).

Pier friends’ bank holiday fundraising stymied

The Friends of Hastings Pier have been given more time to demonstrate their ability to fund their bid but plans to use one of the kiosks on the pier as a base for publicising the fundraising campaign over the bank holiday weekend have been rejected. Nick Terdre reports.

Greenway enthusiasts get ready for a stroll in the Country Park.

Walking and cycling funding cut draws protest

Hastings Greenway Group (HGG) has delivered a strong protest against East Sussex County Council’s decision to halve the budget for a package of walking and cycling routes in order to provide more money for road building, the latest in a series of walking and cycling commitments which have failed to materialise. Meanwhile the group has arranged a walk along the Ore Valley stretch of the proposed greenway route. Nick Terdre reports.

Take action to save local music service

Urgent! East Sussex Music Service under threat

East Sussex County Council is proposing to cut instrumental teaching from the East Sussex Music Service (ESMS), affecting the tuition of over 3,000 children. Local resident and mother, Andrea Needham writes passionately about the vital importance of the Music Service and urges you to take action to oppose the cut – urgently – as the vote is next Monday (30 April).

Plastic plastic plastic everywhere.

Plastic Drop Week

Do you buy veg and fruit and other items that have been clingfilmed? Shrink-wrapped? Wrapped in plastic bags? Starting from next weekend and marking the beginning of Zero Waste Week, here’s something you can do to draw attention to the vast amounts of plastic packaging used at your local supermarket. This message has been circulated via Transition Town Hastings on behalf of Rachel Lowden.

Born To Be: encouraging more diversity in universities

Born To Be

A new higher education initiative launching in Hastings – Born To Be – will dispel university myths and support families. Hastings has been chosen as the launch town of a brand new university initiative asking local parents to sign up to receive a free University Taster Pack.

Festival By The Lake raising funds for Hastings Supports Refugees

Top musicians support festival welcoming refugees to Hastings

Award winning jazz musicians Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris, and poet John Hegley, are among the artists appearing at Festival by the Lake on Sunday 24 June, 12 – 8pm in the beautiful surroundings of Ashburnham Place, near Battle, East Sussex.

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