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  • Submissions invited for AltPitch festival in March

    The AltPitch Arts and Technology Festival is inviting submissions for its inaugural event online in March. Commissions are on offer for the best entries, and there will also be a live-streamed debate on the future of technology in arts. Nick Terdre reports, images from Pexels.
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    Locally based charity having a global impact

    The name ‘Pestalozzi’ may be known to many local residents and people nationwide. However, does anyone actually know who they are and what they are doing now? This locally based charity – the Pestalozzi International Foundation – has evolved over the years and their alumni continue to have an impact around the world, as their Company Secretary, Stella Keen, reports. 


    Wood People Connective: ‘Favourite Trees’

    This National Tree Week, the Wood People Connective offers you the opportunity to participate in their Online Tree Art Exhibition: “Favourite Trees”. Inspired by the wood wide web, they want us to maintain our connection with the trees and each other. Wood People Connective representative, Beccy McCray writes.


    “Get outside this winter!”

    Have we all lost our connection with the wild? The important lessons to be learned there? The play to be enjoyed? The vital top-up of Vitamin D? Luke Funnell and his team at Project Rewild feels passionately about our connection with the ‘outside world’ – and offers opportunities for both children and adults to experience and explore how it feels to run, dance, play and learn in our beautiful natural environments. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks Luke why he feels so strongly about this issue.


    ESCC urged to accept link between fossil fuels and climate change

Over 90 members of the public from across the country have called on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to tell the truth about climate and fossil fuels, re-submitting three key questions on climate change to the ESCC Full Council meeting on 1 December. These same questions went unanswered at October’s Full Council meeting [1].

 Report from Divest East Sussex [2].


    Campaigners keep pressure on ESCC ahead of Full Council

    As it prepares for the next Full Council meeting on 1 December, East Sussex County Council continues to feel the heat from well-supported campaigns pushing for changes in its pension fund investment policy. Nick Terdre reports.


    Government grant opens way to Christ Church restoration

    Christ Church in St Leonards has received a “life-saving” grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund which will enable it to start a repair programme on its tower and spire. Nick Terdre reports.


    Lizzie Siddall and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the Old Town

    The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood liked Victorian Hastings and the area.  Maureen Connett discusses their star couple, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his muse Lizzie Siddall, who got married in the Old Town.



    Active Travel: ESCC plan out to consultation as DfT announces £175m for new schemes

    While a consultation is under way on East Sussex County Council’s walking and cycling plan, the Department for Transport has announced funding of £175m for projects approved in the second phase of its Emergency Active Travel Fund – together with stringent conditions to be met by councils applying for it. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.



    New twist on the ‘cyberpunk’ Sci-Fi film genre made in Hastings

    VENUS is a short film shot in Hastings, co-written by filmmakers Andrew McGee and Tara Shehata and starring Margaret Clunie (VictoriaLast Christmas). It’s a self-contained short story that they are intending to use as a proof of concept to launch a full-length feature film. VENUS is inspired by cyberpunk classics like Blade Runner and Ex Machina. The film embraces the Sci-Fi genre, while sensitively exploring themes of identity, gender and objectification from a unique perspective. The script was also a


    Funding available for closed businesses through HBC

    Financial support for local businesses obliged to close during the current national lockdown is available through Hastings Borough Council, which has also received funding enabling it to deploy dedicated staff to advise businesses on compliance with Covid-19 provisions. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.


    Calling all local musicians – new paid commission opportunity!

    A new commission is being offered to musicians to undertake community engagement projects in Hastings over Winter 2020-2021.


    Hastings charity helps over 200 children during half-term with food parcel service

    Education Futures Trust (EFT) has been able to help even more children and families in need thanks to support from Hastings Borough Council, reports HOT’s


    Cycling fatalities rose during first month of lockdown

    While cycling blossomed during the first lockdown, so did the number of fatal accidents involving cyclists. Looking at accident figures over the years, it is clear that much needs to be done to bring the safety of cyclists to an acceptable level. The risks run by cyclists also include the damaging effects of inhaling vehicle emissions. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.



    An inside look at the Observer Building

    Embracing historical features, the Observer Building is set to be regenerated, becoming a live, work and leisure space. HOT’s Vicky Huggins takes a tour round the building to find out more: she also took the photos.

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    Local distinctiveness: What is it?

    Local design consultant Ken Davis appreciates the range of architectural styles to be seen around Hastings. But he is concerned that rather than embracing the resulting character of local distinctiveness, planning policy consistently calls for congruency with existing buildings. All photos by the writer.