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Surviving Christmas volunteers prepare to get packing food and gifts. This photo, from Christmas 2014, shows chef Max Scard in the centre - Max died this year and will be sadly missed, according to chair of trustees Ann Andrews (photo: Surviving Christmas).

Christmas cheer for all in Hastings!

Christmas arrangements are in hand to provide seasonal cheer to those who would otherwise miss out due to tough economic or personal circumstances. Leading the way is Surviving Christmas, which pays tribute to the generosity of people and companies in supporting its work. Nick Terdre reports.

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Transition Town gardening

The Transition Town Hastings team have set some dates to go to St Leonards Warrior Square station – and they’d like some fellow gardeners – beginners through to the thoroughly green-fingered – to come along and help. The plan is to do some clearing, possibly cutting back of brambles, thinning out of any young trees and sorting a compost area. Basically, see what needs doing when people get there – and prepare the area for the coming winter.

Posted 13:08 Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 In: Grassroots Tags: ,
Big Lunch at Christ Church (photo: Barry Cooper).

Big Lunch makes big splash in St Leonards

The Big Lunch was top of the menu last Sunday, with two separate events in St Leonards. A big fan and never one to turn down the chance for good food and good cheer, HOT’s Chris Connelley helped to host the Christ Church edition and explains the recipe. Down below James Bacon reports on the fare at Sonrise Church.

Posted 16:49 Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 In: Grassroots
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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?

Central St Leonards is currently the focus of a lot of positive activities but there are still many aspects of the area in need of urgent attention. Local voluntary group Gensing and Central St Leonards Community Forum (GCSL) are hosting a public meeting this Saturday morning at the Magnet Centre to explore the issues, writes GCSL’s chair, Richard Hull.

Posted 10:05 Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 In: Grassroots
RSPCA Mallydams Wood show off their SPARK award.

SPARK sets out its stall

Working with young people in a voluntary or community group? Specialist help and advice is available from SPARK, who invite interested parties to see what they have to offer this week. Chris Connelley reports.

Posted 15:02 Monday, Nov 18, 2013 In: Grassroots Tags: , , , , ,
A pensive Solomon Curtis as he ponders his new responsibilities.

Solomon Curtis elected youngest Vice Chair of global youth voice organisation.

Solomon is not only the youngest member of the HOT team, but has achieved an outstanding election success – and we offer him our heartiest congratulations!

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Renewing the Seven Streets

A new approach to community

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The Coastal Communities Fund is a new source of grants for the economic regeneration of ailing seaside towns such as Hastings and St Leonards. The minimum size for bids to the fund is £50,000 and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises are being encouraged to apply for a wide range of potential projects, including small-scale sustainable transport improvements and creating new workspaces to grow the local economy.

Posted 14:15 Friday, Feb 24, 2012 In: Grassroots Tags:
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