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  • Sally-Ann Hart appears to be a popular choice of candidate among her fellow Tories (photo: Sally-Ann Hart Conservative FB page).

    Sally-Ann Hart, centre, appears to be a popular choice of candidate among her fellow Tories (photo: Sally-Ann Hart Conservative FB page).

    Hart selected to stand for Tories, who come under fire from Labour and Lib Dems

    The Conservatives have finally picked their candidate – Rother councillor Sally-Ann Hart. She will be the sole Leave representative, following the Brexit Party’s decision not to contest the seat. Meanwhile Labour has raised the core issue of housing, criticising the government’s starter home policy for producing nothing, while the Lib Dems claim to have made inroads into the Tory vote. Nick Terdre reports. Continue reading…


    Pictures are Powerful

    Pictures are Powerful: a new permanent public artwork for Hastings. You are invited to help support and create a large public artwork, bringing the community together and highlighting the fantastic volunteers of Hastings. Su Barnicoat, Community Development Officer for Hastings Voluntary Action writes.


    Facing up to Climate Reality, Honesty, Disaster and Hope

    Facing up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope

    Jonathan Essex of Green House Think Tank will be giving a talk on a new book called Facing up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope. Hosted by Hastings Green Party, the talk is open to all. Tuesday 26 November at the Pig’s Palace, 37 White Rock, Hastings 7 – 9.00 pm. Julia Hilton writes.


    Cantemus Music at St John's Pevensey Road

    St Cecilia’s Day Vespers – as heard in Venice

    On Saturday 23 November, Cantemusmusic and the Occasional Consort combine for a free concert – St Cecilia’s Day Vespers in Venice, featuring specially arranged music by Antonio Vivaldi and Antonio Lotti at Christ Church, St Leonards, writes Chris Cormack.


    The London Mozart Players are celebrating their 70th anniversary (photo: Kevin Day/LMP).

    London Mozart Players tune up for first concert at Opus

    The London Mozart Players, the UK’s longest-established chamber orchestra, are the new Artists in Residence at Opus Theatre, where they plan to deliver an exciting programme of classical music concerts and outreach work throughout the 2019/20 season. The orchestra’s Cat Fuller explains.



    Having a go at marketing a self-published book part 1 (and literary events from 12 Nov 2019)

    Marketing! The very word sends shivers through me and I don’t think I’m alone. I have looked with increasing desperation at ways to avoid this, but the time has come. In this post Angela J. Phillip sets off down the dreaded road in search of help.


    Steeleye Span, 2019 vintage.

    Steeleye Span celebrate 50 years of pioneering folk rock with Hastings gig

    Pioneering folk rock group Steeleye Span are celebrating 50 years with an anniversary tour. Ahead of their gig at St Mary in the Castle on 21 November, Darren Johnson talks to founder member Maddy Prior.


    "Please use this greenspace respectfully," says the notice. Plans call for 152 dwellings to be built here, although the Local Plan only stipulates 120.

    As Council prepares to sign contract, what’s best for the Bathing Pool site?

    The future of the Bathing Pool site is in possible peril, but it’s all (mostly) a secret until the lease is signed — some time soon. How high will this development go? Bernard McGinley takes a look around Seaside Road and a much-loved open space.



    Kelcie Black plays Emily in A Billion Ways.

    A Billion Ways climate change musical to open at Kino-Teatr

    A brand new musical on climate change starts a three-day run at the Kino-Teatr on 14 November, featuring an impressive cast of local talent. Katy Weitz explains how A Billion Ways was created. Photos by Peter Mould.


    Photo Ben Fairlight Edwards

    Pursuing The Change of Winter III

     A poem by Ben Fairlight Edwards


    Part of the greenway route through Ore Valley (photo: Tony Polain).

    Join the Ore Valley greenway walk this Sunday!

    Come and join Hastings Greenway Group’s last walk of the year this coming Sunday, and see the protected open space which the council plans to transfer to community hands, through which part of the greenway network is set to pass. Nick Terdre reports.



    9 tips for writing dialogue (plus literary events from 5 Nov 2019)

    There are no rules and a hundred ways to do anything. Having said that, there are certainly writing tips from which we can all benefit. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of current advice and gives some examples.


    The pickled boys chorus: Antonio Ulucan da Silva, left, Lucy and Matthew Rayner and Lara Ulucan da Silva.

    Britten and Mozart usher in Hastings Philharmonic’s new season at Christ Church

    Christ Church, St Leonards-on-Sea, Saturday 2 November 2019: Hastings Philharmonic offered Mozart’s Vespers and Britten’s St Nicolas cantata as the principal works in the opening concert of their new season. HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick  was in attendance. Photos by Peter Mould.


    A Brexit Party candidate looks likely in Hastings & Rye following PM Boris Johnson's refusal to play ball with Nigel Farage. (photo: Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Open Governent Licence v3.0).

    Brexit Party candidacy looms in post Rudd Hastings

    So there’ll be no Amber Rudd anywhere in the forthcoming general election, but whoever takes her place looks likely to be facing a Brexit Party opponent. The Labour and Lib Dem candidates have clashed over the Labour council’s regeneration policies. And – guess what? – Ukip is still lurking in the shadows. Nick Terdre provides an election update.



    Derek Jarman at Dungeness © John Cole

    John Cole, Brian Rybolt and Bob Mazzer’s photographic journey

    Gang of Three, part of the 2019 PhotoHastings Festival, is on until 10 November at Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0BU. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.


    Campaigners hand in the petition calling for divestment of the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuel companies (photo: Divest East sussex).

    Climate campaigners dismayed by ESCC’s contradictory stance

    Campaigners were left flabbergasted and angered when East Sussex County Council passed a motion acknowledging that a climate emergency exists but overwhelmingly rejected a motion calling for its pension fund to divest out of fossil fuels. Nick Terdre reports.