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    Hastings Hustings on Thursday 27 June

    Hastings Online Times and Hastings Independent Press have joined forces to present a town-centre hustings at the White Rock Theatre on Thursday 27 June. Erica Smith shares the news. Continue reading…

    Peace Camp for Palestine

    Campaigners are planning to hold a 48-hour peace camp outside a local arms company later this month. Gabriel Carlyle reports.


    Picture of a fruit display at Sussex Fruits, Bexhill Road.

    Putting Sussex Fruits on the local food map

    In a rapidly changing world, food security should be top of our agenda. Dee Williams interviews Stewart Desborough from Sussex Fruits – an important part of our local food network.


    Candidates asked to show their commitment to human rights

    Human rights advocates Hastings & Rye Amnesty International are requesting all the parliamentary candidates in the constituency to declare their commitment to upholding international human rights law if elected. Nick Terdre reports.


    Getting ready to vote!

    Hastings Borough Council has issued a call for local residents to make sure they can vote in the general election on Thursday 4 July. As well as being registered, voters are nowadays required to show proof of their identity. Nick Terdre reports, research and graphics by Russell Hall.


    Hastings residents stand up for nature

    Nature lovers from Hastings will be travelling to London on Saturday 22 June to join a march to Restore Nature Now. This protest has been called by a broad coalition of environmental organisations from the RSPB to Extinction Rebellion. Taking place just two weeks before the general election, the aim is to focus politicians’ attention on the urgent need to protect and restore the natural world. Charmian Kenner invites you to join the march.


    Outrage as climate vote delayed yet again

    The East Sussex Pension Fund’s long awaited vote on fossil fuel divestment has been postponed for a third time – and now not take place until September at the earliest. Gabriel Carlyle reports.


    Resisting mould and demolitions

    Local housing campaigners have launched a new petition, are holding a free film screening on Wednesday (19 June) and are staging a protest next Sunday (23 June). Gabriel Carlyle reports.


    Barefoot Opera’s new La Traviata tour begins in St Leonards

    HOT’s Judy Parkinson has packed her opera glasses and cocktail gloves ready for this year’s Barefoot Opera production of Verdi’s La Traviata.


    Popular yard sale returns

    The annual yard sale in Lower Park Road beside Alexandra Park takes place on Saturday 22 June, with part of the proceeds going to charity, as Chris Connelley reports.


    Sanctuary Festival 2024

    Helping to make Our Home a Place of Sanctuary for All. To close Refugee Week in Hastings, Sanctuary Festival brings people together for a day of music, creativity and community – celebrating all the cultures that help make Hastings such a vibrant place to live. This event takes place on Sunday 23 June 2024 from 12-6pm at the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET. Festival organiser and co-chair of Hastings Community of Sanctuary, Polly Gifford, writes.


    Jack in the Green through the eyes of Ella Guru

    Painter Ella Guru has had her Jack in the Green works on show at SEED in Hastings Old Town for the last month. To mark the end of the show, she talks to Jude Montague about her painting and her love of Hastings festival life. 


    Dollimore heads field of eight in Hastings & Rye

    Nominations in Hastings & Rye having closed, voters now know they have a choice of eight candidates when they go to the polls on 4 July. HOT’s Chris Connelley surveys the field, graphics by Russell Hall. Information on candidates standing in Bexhill & Battle is given below.



    Pier bastardisation OK’d by HBC Planning Committee

    On 5 June Hastings Borough Council (HBC)’s Planning Committee decided on the retrospective application for Listed Building Consent (LBC) for plastic fake olde lampposts  on Hastings Pier. The approval was unanimous. That was case HS/LB/24/00047. Will companion case HS/FA/24/00046 for the full application now go to Committee? Time will tell. Bernard McGinley reports on an evening of inconsistency.


    New Jewish group calls for pledges from Parliamentary candidates

    Hastings Jews for Justice, a new Jewish group launched to give voice to those in the community who do not currently feel heard or respected by mainstream political parties or the media, are calling on local parliamentary candidates to adopt five pledges. Nick Terdre reports.


    Hastings assembles, for a people-led approach to the general election

    There’s a general election coming, but does it matter who gets elected? The question is posed by a growing body of people who find themselves alienated by current party politics. On the back of their disillusionment a community assembly has been organised for Sunday 16 June, where fellow citizens are invited to decide for themselves what the priority issues should be. Nick Terdre reports.