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Solstice yoga on the pier

The druids will be at Stonehenge as usual for the Summer Solstice, but here in Hastings a traditional yoga celebration – the 108 Salutations – will be taking place on the pier, as the sun sets on the longest day of the year. Toby Sargent talks to one of the organisers to see what it’s all about, and whether the ancient ritual of yoga has any place in the 21st century.

Posted 13:30 Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: , , , , , ,
Singing by candelight when the power failed.

New dementia singing clubs across East Sussex

Dementia Support East Sussex, which promotes communal singing as a tool for helping dementia sufferers break through their isolation, has extended its activities with the formation of several new clubs across the region. Nick Terdre reports.

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When the Black Dog bites…

The news of Sally Brampton’s death earlier this month came as a shock to her many friends in Hastings, and many, many more people who only knew her through her journalism. Sally often wrote about depression because she knew about it first hand. Below, Cllr Robert Cooke, Deputy Leader Conservative Group and Councillor for Ashdown Ward writes about his experience of depression.

Posted 17:47 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: , , ,
Starting point: Daniel, third from right, with family and friends outside Brighton pier.

Piers walk raises funds for mental health service

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Posted 12:13 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: , , , ,
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Life-drawings by dementia sufferers at Hastings Arts Forum

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Life-drawing classes bring laughter and fun to relieve dementia darkness

Dementia is not much fun; for the subjects themselves, for their families or for their carers. But drawing has provided a way to cut through the darkness and get people laughing, as Judy Parkinson has found with her Drawing Life classes. A first exhibition of the work will be on view from next weekened, she tells Nick Terdre.

Combating dementia with music-making

Music is a vital lifeline to dementia sufferers whose cruel illness cuts them off from the rest of the world in many ways. This philosophy is the driving force behind the work of Dementia Support East Sussex as they prepare for their second public concert on Saturday. Cliff Slack, chair of the group, talks to Nick Terdre.

Wear it campaign

World AIDS Day and free HIV testing

This World AIDS Day, The Terence Higgins Trust is asking people to “Wear it” – encouraging people to wear their red ribbon and stand together in solidarity for a world where HIV stigma is a thing of the past.

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