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Hastings set for tourism boost this year

A recently published poll reveals that Hastings comes sixth in Britain as the town or city most likely to attract visitors this summer. Toby Sargent looks at the findings and discovers some surprising winners and losers among the runners and riders.

Posted 15:29 Wednesday, May 11, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: , , , , ,
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Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust

Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust invites you to a special event to discuss the potential for collective investment in local property for the benefit of the local community. 

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Gardening talk boosts fund-raising for greenhouse restoration project

The project to restore the 1930s greenhouse in Alexandra Park took another step forward when a talk by gardening expert Fergus Garrett raised about £1,000. The presentation by Fergus, head gardener at Great Dixter, Northiam, attracted more than 100 people and also featured an auction and a raffle. Lynda Foy reports on behalf of the greenhouse group.

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Feet on the pier at last!

April 27 2016: the opening of the pier. After snow the day before, the sky in the morning was bright, bright blue. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths grabbed her camera and snuck down to the pier to experience the feeling of feet on the wood, the length and breadth of it.

Posted 20:21 Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: , ,
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.

The pier is back in business!

Today Hastings pier re-opened to the public following a £15 million process of restoration. It was a ‘soft’ opening, with the celebrations reserved for late May, by which time the first events – open-air film screenings – will have taken place. Nick Terdre reports.

Student protest

Hands off Hastings now!

Over the last few weeks, members of the Students’ Union, Unison and UCU, along with students and members of the community have been working to get the University of Brighton (UoB) to reverse its decision to close the Hastings campus. We have also been coming together to discuss how to move the campaign forward – and we’ve got lots planned. Tom Foy, student community project coordinator (Democracy & Campaigns) at the University of Brighton Students’ Union writes about the upcoming events – and asks us to spread the word.

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Early morning walk

A collared dove, chest puffed out and pink, coos on a sycamore branch above as I stride down the hill to the Promenade. Roz Cran has been inspired by the Dawn Walk essays on Radio 3 and the book ‘Wanderlust’ by Rebecca Solnit, to set out early and walk from St. Leonards on Sea to Bexhill. 

Posted 17:38 Monday, Apr 18, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags:
Yella in King's Road is seeking an alcohol licence (photo: Nick Terdre).

Another booze outlet in central St Leonards?

Following on the controversy last year concerning the granting of an off-licence for the large shop on the corner of London Road and Norman Road, another alcohol application has been made in the area. Bernard McGinley reports on how our very own saturation zone may be about to become even more saturated.

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