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  • Midsummer Fish Festival returns this weekend

    This year marks a welcome return for Hastings’ ever-popular Midsummer Fish Festival following a Covid enforced break. Nick Terdre explores what is on offer.
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    The tree that came back from the dead

    Tree correspondent Joan Taylor-Rowan discovers a tree that caused a sensation back in the 1940s.

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    Amnesty Intl and local Palestinian group to host historic first joint meeting in Hastings

    In a significant development for Hastings, Amnesty International and the Hastings’ Palestine solidarity group are to hold their first ever joint meeting on the subject of Israeli Apartheid. Katy Colley writes.

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    Lakwena Maciver: Jump

    From 18 June – 25 September 2022, Hastings Contemporary is proud to present an exhibition of Lakwena Maciver’s Jump paintings, abstract portraits of some of the most inspiring basketball players, both past and present. Dominika Hicks writes.

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    ‘Stilled’ at The Stables

    For the last 10 years, British surrealist Katherine Reekie has been painting imagined still lives. From now until early August she is exhibiting 35 of them in the gallery at The Stables Theatre. Erica Smith talked to the artist about these sculptures-that-don’t-exist.

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    Gilad Atzmon Trio play Jazz Hastings in July

    Award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon will be headlining at the Jazz Hastings July monthly session at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade on Tuesday 5 July, along with his trio featuring two of the best known musicians from the contemporary British jazz scene. Julian Norridge tells us more about this extraordinary musician.

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    Hastings Young Writers seeks submissions for latest anthology

    Hastings Young Writers group is compiling its 2022 anthology and is inviting contributions from anyone aged under 18 years, from Hastings and surrounding areas. Liz Caluori encourages local young writers to submit their creative writing and poetry.

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    It’s Refugee Week all week and all across town!

    This year, Refugee Week (20–26 June) will see a unique series of creative actions and events taking place in multiple locations across Hastings & St Leonards and beyond, which highlight and value the migrant experience, promoting the Refugee Week 2022 theme healing through creativity and conversations. Alex Kempton shares the plethora of events across the town – culminating with the Sanctuary Festival from 11am–7pm at Hastings Museum on Sunday 26 June.

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    The Library of Things

    The Library of Things makes so much common sense. For example, if you need a power tool for a job, how brilliant that you could borrow one and not have to buy one which subsequently isn’t used till the next job comes up maybe in a few years’ time.

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    Celebrate Nana Tsiboe by singing at St Leonards Festival

    Ghanaian-born Nana Tsiboe who died last month was a regular performer at St Leonards Festival. Singers Amber Leafe and Juliet Russell want to bring together a choir over the next three weeks so they can perform some of Nana’s songs at this year’s festival.

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    Disabled access group on platform lifts and being spoken for

    The inclusion of a platform lift in the proposal for a new restaurant on the council-owned site in Harold Place proved controversial. The disabled access group HAVE, as potential users, offer their own views on the matter.

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    HIPCC winner returns for Summer Picnic Concert

    The 2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition winner, Shunta Morimoto, returns for a Summer Picnic Concert at Fairlight Hall on Saturday 2 July.

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    Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

    What’s HOT at the White Rock

    HOT’s Paul Way-Rider takes a look at some of the shows coming up in the next few weeks at the White Rock Theatre.

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    Bob Mazzer by Stephanie Gaunt

    Last chance to see Mazzer at the Museum

    Bob Mazzer’s exhibition has been gracing the walls of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery since January. If you haven’t seen it yet, Erica Smith reminds you to get your skates on because it closes on Sunday 26 June. And, if you want a real treat, book to hear Bob talk about his work on Thursday 23 June.

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    230+ Bexhill residents lobby their councillor to stop funding local pensions with investment in fossil fuels

    On Saturday 11 June, Bexhill South residents gathered outside the De La Warr Pavilion to ask Councillor Ian Hollidge to vote in favour of fossil fuel divestment at the East Sussex County Council (ESCC) pension fund meeting on 20 July. Erica Smith went to see why Councillor Hollidge’s constituents are getting hot under the collar.

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    Marianne North Botanic Garden

    HOT’s Zelly Restorick spotted that there are plans afoot for a Hastings Botanical Garden to be evolved and developed over the coming years. She asks the initiator of the idea, Alexander Wilberforce, some questions to find out more. 

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