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  • Children celebrating World Book Day at The Baird Primary Academy

    Hastings charity gifts over 3,000 books to children in celebration of World Book Day

    To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4 March, Hastings charity Education Futures Trust (EFT) partnered with the National Literacy Trust Hub to gift a total of 3,600 books to children in schools across Hastings. EFT issued the following press release.

    The books were distributed to children to help encourage a love for reading. Education Futures Trust works with families and children across Hastings and St Leonards to assist with their learning, and this project has helped to support children with their reading. Continue reading…

    Hastings’ PreRaphaelite poet: Christina Rossetti (1830-94)

    Christina Rossetti, the renowned Victorian writer, had strong connexions with Hastings. Maureen Connett explains the enduring appeal of a mysterious figure.


    Exploring accessibility in the creative industry

    Today the creative industry remains as important as ever, particularly when so much art is consumed during the pandemic. From streaming Netflix or a performance from the National Theatre, at-home art projects to virtual exhibitions. Art, in all its forms, gives people hope, perspective and an emotional outlet. 


    Sally-Ann Hart declines to back call for key worker pay rise

    Local MP Sally-Ann Hart was happy last week to meet up with key workers and hear their experiences, but declined to sign an open letter to the Chancellor calling for a pay rise for them. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Community interest groups ignored as HBC seeks go-ahead to gate three passage-ways

    Hastings Borough Council’s proposal to gate three public passage-ways which are the scene of anti-social and criminal behaviour are being questioned on behalf of community interest groups whose views were never consulted. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Designers on the Edge…

    ‘EDGE – We Made It’ is an exhibition of contemporary craft by second year students on the Designer Maker BA course at East Sussex College, Hastings. The exhibition runs from 1–8 March and in the absence of a real-world opportunity to exhibit, the student designers have created an online exhibition. Erica Smith spoke to Linda King – one of the 11 students participating in the online show.


    Upcoming launch event for Anti-Racism Day

    The UN’s Anti-Racism Day on 20 March will be preceded by an online launch in Hastings on 2 March organised by Hastings & District Trades Council. Nick Terdre reports.


    Surviving Covid – and learning the lessons

    When he recently contributed a piece on why we should avoid hospitals, hospital worker Brian Bostock confided that he had no direct experience of Covid-19. Now he has, and it was not an experience he wants to repeat.


    Home Office not planning Napier Barracks replica in Hastings, says HBC

    Hastings Borough Council is not aware of any Home Office plans for an accommodation centre for asylum-seekers in the town, the Refugee Buddy Project was relieved to hear when it recently met council representatives. Nick Terdre reports.


    Four seasons: lockdown through the lens

    Life in lockdown changed everything. What we once took for granted: meeting friends, going out for work or leisure, even exchanging pleasantries with strangers – was taken from us. Nearly a year on, our society is still coming to terms with the new normal that replaced these commonplaces. Photographer Josie Barnes and writer Dan Flanagan reflect on the changing seasons in this most turbulent of years.

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    Goodies from The Stag's Doorstep Bakery

    Lockdown takeaway and deliveries: Take 2

    Is this the second or the third lockdown? HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths has lost count – and at times lost her way entirely. Luckily some good Hastings and St Leonards people haven’t and are keeping us cheerful with takeaway food treats. HOT covered this topic in the last lockdown, so these are a few that are either late additions or that we overlooked previously – apologies for that.


    Make a diary date for Census 2021

    There are some things that Covid-19 can’t change, and one of them is the national census, which will soon be upon us. If it seems like only ten years since the last one, that’s because it is. This time round Hastings and Rother have their own engagement manager. Nick Terdre reports.


    Question Time provides useful information while East Sussex health indicators improve

    Welcome light on the latest developments in the local battle against Covid-19 was thrown in Friday’s Question Time on Isolation Station, including news on the imminent roll-out of asymptomatic testing in East Sussex. Meanwhile, as the government unveils its roadmap to normality, the latest East Sussex health statistics indicate substantial improvements. Research and graphics by Russell Hall, text by Nick Terdre.


    Floods of new housing in Hastings

    Members of The Friends of Combe Valley, David Dennis and Elise Liversedge, believe that the future of the Combe Valley Country Park is in peril. They explain here why they are worried about a current planning application which closes for public comment this Friday.



    Censorship and free speech in focus at local PSC meeting

    Issues of censorship and free speech in public discussions of what is happening to Palestine will be in the spotlight at Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (HRPSC) upcoming online meeting, with two frontline journalists adding their experience to the debate. Nick Terdre reports.


    Developer cocks an oversized snook at HBC planners

    Up at Bachelor’s Bump in Ore a new planning row is heating up. A retrospective application is seeking approval for works that were previously refused. Locals are angered by what they see as rogue development. The overbearing house is on a laneside slope and the skyline. The Council have yet to decide what to do. Who will prevail? Bernard McGinley reports from the Country Park borders, with apologies for so many numbers.