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5 June 1940 the Lily Bish's return from Dunkirk

Saving our legendary lifeboat II

This is the second part of HOT’s Chandra Masoliver‘s interview with Dee-Day White and John ‘Tush’ Hamilton, timed to coincide with the film showing and concert this Friday 20 January at St Mary in the Castle, raising funds for the restoration of the former Hastings lifeboat, the ‘Cyril and Lilian Bishop’, known as the ‘Lily Bish’. (See link below for Chandra’s first article.)

Hawling out the Cyril and Lilian Bishop Lifeboat

Saving our legendary lifeboat (I)

Having played a central role in the rescuing of those at peril on the sea, now it is Hasting’s turn to save our legendary lifeboat, the ‘Cyril and Lilian Bishop’. St Mary in the Castle hosts The Ghost of Dunkirk, a film and music event supporting the campaign to restore this former Hastings lifeboat to her original state. The programme features live music from Jiggery Pokery, including a song written for the occasion, along with The Salts, RX Shanty Men, Harmony One and Now and Then. Chandra Masoliver reports.

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Southern Rail or RMT – who cares?

Last month Sandra went to support the RMT strikers at Hastings station for the first time. As a wheelchair user, she’s very worried about the Driver-Only-Operated train policy, because she can foresee that if trains can be operated by the driver alone, the chances are that the role of the guard/conductor/second person on the train will be eroded in favour of profits. Here Sandra tells her heartwarming story for you in the face of adverse travel circumstances.

Hastings Supports Refugees in the town centre.

Vigil for Aleppo this Saturday

Along with others around the globe, Hastings Supports Refugees (HSR) has organised a public vigil for the people in Aleppo in Syria. Local resident and HSR member Jamie Osborn has asked HOT to promote this gathering, in the hope that as many of us as possible will come along to show we care. Zelly Restorick writes.

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No faith In Trident

St Leonards-on-Sea resident, John Lynes, along with his fellow No Faith In Trident campaigners, Hannah Brock, Gillian Lawrence, Sam Donaldson and Ellis Brooks, are charged with ‘aggravated trespass’ at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Burghfield where nuclear warheads are assembled. Others would label their action as ‘a non-violent protest against an illegal and immoral weapon of mass destruction’. Their trial takes place this week at Reading Magistrates’ Court. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

Members of Fossil Free Hastings pose outside Hastings Weather Station with a copy of the WMO report. The graph shows global temperature changes since 1880 (photo: FFH).

Divestment advice for pension committee

Divestment campaigners from Hastings and elsewhere in East Sussex stepped up their campaign to persuade the East Sussex Pension Committee to switch funds out of fossil fuels by sending the latest findings of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to committee chairman, Richard Stogden. Nick Terdre reports.

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On guard!

Southern rail workers have gone on strike again as part of a long running dispute over proposed changes to the role of train conductors. HOT’s Erica Smith went to show her support for the strikers.

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The Girls’ Network

A mentoring charity, which aims to raise the aspirations of girls from the least advantaged communities, is rapidly growing in East Sussex. The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14 to 19 to be ambitious and reach their potential by matching them with a professional female mentor. The Girls’ Network Manager for Sussex and South London, Toni Goodall, writes. 

Posted 18:19 Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 In: Campaigns Tags: , , ,
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