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The pier on the day it reopened in April 2016. Friends of Hastings Pier's attempts to keep it in community hands now hang in the balance.

Do-or-die time for the pier

The Friends of Hastings Pier (FoHP) have been told they need to prove their ability to raise at least £1 million by next Tuesday to remain in the bidding race. It’s do-or-die time for keeping the pier in community hands. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 13:04 Friday, Apr 20, 2018 In: Grassroots Tags: Friends of Hastings Pier Hastings Pier Shareholders
Council leader Peter Chowney shakes hands with Ian Sier, Ore CLT's special projects officer. Next to him is the group's secretary, Becky Polian, and Heather Bishop, Labour candidate for Ore ward.

Ore CLT takes over parts of Speckled Wood

Ore Community Land Trust have taken ownership of parts of Speckled Wood from the council. As they prepare to receive further plots, work is under way to clear accumulated rubbish on their new land. Nick Terdre reports.

Free Santa's Grotto.

It’s all systems go for Christmas charities

Christmas is a busy time for charities working with homeless people and families short of the resources to provide for themselves at the toughest time of the year. This is especially true for those charities with a Christmas focus, such as Surviving Christmas, which will be providing its usual seasonal hospitality. Another event has been arranged at the YMCA. Nick Terdre (himself a Surviving Christmas volunteer) reports. Photos by Surviving Christmas.

Posted 18:44 Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 In: Grassroots Tags: Child Support Agency Dom's Food Mission Fair Share Hastings Furniture Service HSBC Martin Hyland Morrison's Paul Tablord Saico Sainsbury's Salvation Army Soul Express Sue Evans Surviving Christmas Sussex Coast College Tesco Walker's restaurant Xtrax
The meeting place at the Cafe Grande Rue da Pera - scene of passionate but friendly philosophical debate (photo: Hanik Blackman).

Philosophy and coffee – and more – on the menu at Grand Rue de Pera cafe and shop

Among the varied programme of events at the Grand Rue De Pera shop and cafe on Queen’s Road is the Philosophy Coffee Club. Hanik Blackman has been along for a taste of the debate (not to mention the coffee) and reports back.

Posted 19:54 Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 In: Grassroots Tags: Hanik Blackman Philosophy Coffee Club Shelley Feldman
Sound Waves Community Choir perform at last year's Seaview carol concert.

Carol concert coming as Seaview’s work goes on

As Seaview prepares for its Christmas carol concert, the annual general meeting has learnt how the charity continues to find a way to provide a vital service to homeless and vulnerable people despite reduced government funding. Report by Nick Terdre, photos by John Stiles.

Posted 15:18 Monday, Dec 4, 2017 In: Grassroots Tags: Annie Whelan Big Sleep Chris Whelan Now and then rough sleepers Seaview Sound Waves talent Time To Shine
Peace Pledge Union

White poppies  for peace

Years ago, I bought 100 white peace poppies to give away. I offered one to a man, who refused, telling me of his active military war-time past and his allegiance to the red poppy. However, the white poppy isn’t in competition with, the enemy of, somehow against or anti the red poppy. That’s the whole point. Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 18:01 Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 In: Grassroots Tags: Blue Green Earth Books BOOKBUSTER Peace Pledge Union peace poppies red poppy White Poppies
laurie main

Summer magic on the pier

Among a full programme of entertainment for families and kids on Hastings Pier during the summer holidays, there will be magic courtesy of local prestidigitator Laurie Temple.

Posted 12:10 Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 In: Grassroots Tags: Hastings Pier Keith Rodway Laurie Temple Lifedance magic Sam Wanamaker Tess Daly
old town game1

Underachievement

Local resident, ex-language teacher and inventor, Bruce Nicol, writes about his experience of the classroom, underachieving students, his concerns for the future and his initiatives for change.

Posted 07:32 Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 In: Grassroots Tags: a linco-lingo educational game Bruce Nicol
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