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Going bananas at the Fairtrade breakfast.

A tasty breakfast kicks off Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight kicked off with a tasty breakfast on Sunday against a background of dismal prospects for sugar cane producers in developing countries. On the programme are a joint event with Global Justice Now and a wine tasting at the De La Warr. Nick Terdre reports.

Global Justice Now held a big event to mark its change of name in London last weekend (photo: Global Justice Now).

Global Justice Now group relaunches in Bexhill

The World Development Movement (WDM) has changed its name to Global Justice Now, and the Bexhill and Hastings branch is holding an event on Friday 27 February to mark the fact. Nick Terdre reports.

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team

Out of the Blue running challenge

Out Of The Blue is a fundraising body established in memory of Will Beckett, who took his own life at Beachy Head in January 2013, at the age of 42. Will’s wife, Kate, has organised a number of different length runs to raise awareness and funds for the charities who have provided valuable support to her and her family since Will’s death. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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UKIP made me go to the pub!

HOT’s Erica Smith finds a good reason to drink beer…

The Conservative cabinet will decide on the bus cuts on 16 December.

County council votes against bus cuts

Swelling ground opposition to East Sussex County Council’s proposals to cut local bus services found an echo in County Hall in Lewes yesterday when the full council voted against implementation. Nick Terdre reports.

MP Greg Barker proved impervious to the lobbying efforts of the local WDM group.

Lobby of local MP proves futile

As a follow-up to their campaign to Stop The Corporate Take-Over of Africa’s Food, members of the Bexhill and Hastings group of the World Development Movement (WDM) met recently with Bexhill and Battle MP Greg Barker. They expressed their grave concerns about the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and the financial support it receives from the UK government. Mr Barker’s main concern, however, was that corporations should get a good return on their investments. The WDM group’s Christina Lucey describes the meeting.

Palestine - a theatre of war according to the war memorial in Alexandra Park.

Palestine – not ours to give

In November 1917, 97 years ago, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, in which it committed itself to “use its best endeavours” to achieve the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign are holding a meeting this week to discuss the effects of British involvement in Palestine, as they explain.

The proposed Queensway Gateway Road between Sedlescombe Road North and Queensway (image: Sea Change Sussex).

CHD wrong on road project, say Sea Change

Sea Change Sussex, the agency applying to build the Queensway Gateway Road, have taken issue with Combe Haven Defenders’ (CHD) representation of the project in yesterday’s article entitled New road set to increase traffic congestion. A spokesman sent HOT the following statement.

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