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Upper Wilting after the chainsaws. David Bastin

Documenting the destruction

A new exhibition in Hastings town centre by Artists and Combe Valley, an independent artists led group, captures the stunning Combe Haven Valley both before the trees were cut down late last summer to make way for the building of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) and in the aftermath, writes Sylvia Worthy.

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Bexhill prepares for Fairtrade fashion show

Having concluded a successful Fairtrade Fortnight earlier this month, Bexhill is now looking forward to a Fairtrade fashion show on Friday.

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The march that nearly succeeded

Tuesday 19 March marks the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by the US with the UK government as its principal supporter and a large part of the British population opposing. The highlight of the anti-war movement was the biggest protest march London has ever seen, when around one million people took to the streets of the capital to voice their protest. Ian Sinclair has written a fascinating oral history of the event which he launched in Hastings. Nick Terdre went along.

Posted 19:16 Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 In: Campaigns Tags: , ,
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New Archery Ground proposals to be aired

Gladedale is preparing new plans for the development of the Archery Ground site in St Leonards. In the next few days there will be an exhibition of its proposals and a chance for stakeholders to give their responses. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 13:11 Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 In: Home Ground Tags: , , ,
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Libraries services – use them or lose them!

East Sussex County Council is at an advanced consultation stage for its project to improve library services in Hastings by means of a major refurbishment of the existing central library at the Brassey Institute and the next door premises at 12 Claremont which would bring together the children’s and adult library under one roof. With falling library visitors seemingly a long term trend, it is important that Hastings people focus on why they need library services in the 21st century and express their views as to how these facilities may be used more effectively – use them (or lose them!). The Music Libraries Action Group (MULAG) has a vision that deserves consideration, thinks Chris Cormack.

Posted 18:31 Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 In: Campaigns Tags: , ,
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Local residents blow whistles in the snow to stop the Link Road

Today, Monday 11 March, opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) braved the snow to blow whistles outside the local Department for Transport (DfT) office in Hastings – and leafleted workers going into the DfT’s Information Rights. The action launched a call for DfT workers to “Blow the Whistle on the Link Road” by leaking the Department’s blacked-out recommendations about whether or not to fund the £100m project. HOT’s Erica Smith applauds the campaigners for another creative protest.

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Coastal Space? Whatever happened to Local Space?

The council has joined forces with local housing association AmicusHorizon to create a social regeneration project known as Coastal Space. This follows the withdrawal of Newham-based housing association Local Space from its much-heralded £2 million partnership with HBC, which had been designed to achieve very similar goals. Below we briefly relay HBC’s press release about the new link with AmicusHorizon, but keep your eye on HOT for the full story behind the departure of Local Space.

Posted 11:23 Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 In: Home Ground Tags: , , , , ,
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Creative mastery

The Mastery workshop is coming to Hastings.  I’ve long been curious about The Mastery workshops, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, having seen notices publicising them over the years – and when someone suggested HOT speak to workshop leader, Christine Kimberley, I volunteered.

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