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  • The ‘Gone’ installation in Trafalgar Square. Photograph © Anthony Jarman

    XR perform climate change action on Hastings Pier

    On Saturday morning, 11 July, Extinction Rebellion Hastings and St Leonards will temporarily install 1,000 pairs of children’s shoes on Hastings Pier, in a performance installation entitled GONE. Erica Smith checks in with XR’s Felix Lozano to find out more about the installation. Continue reading…


    An evening in with…Eugenio Catone

    This Friday evening, 17 July, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition winner Eugenio Catone

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    Beer bike would add to Hastings’ sea front attractions

    New ideas are needed as we slowly work our way out of Covid. Local design consultant Ken Davis thinks the beer bike, a concept already put into practice on the Continent, could be adapted to Hastings requirements with positive effects.

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    Hastings begins to open up

    Hastings took an important step towards reopening on Saturday as step three of the government’s relaxation of lockdown restrictions came into effect. The council issued a cautious welcome but was pleased to see the West Hill Lift back in operation. New support measures for local businesses were announced by the government today. Nick Terdre reports.

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    JJ Waller’s photographs nail lockdown

    HOT’s Erica Smith was delighted when a review copy of JJ Waller’s latest documentary photography book dropped through the letterbox.

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    HUDG design competition aims to tap into local creativity

    Hastings Urban Design Group has launched a double design competition intended to tap into the town’s creative forces and encourage design distinctiveness. Nick Terdre reports.

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    An evening in with…Samuel Deason

    This Friday evening, 10 July, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Samuel Deason

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    ‘Gently Intimate’ evening with Jean Paul

    HOT music correspondent Brian Hick enjoyed an evening of romantic and reflective, then intense, piano music in the sixteenth online concert featuring prizewinners in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

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    NHS campaign launched on its birthday

    To mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, Hastings and Rother campaigners launched a local branch of the national “Keep Our NHS Public” (KONP) campaign. HOT’s Erica Smith was there to mark the occasion.

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    Coronavirus statistical update: Leicester hotspot revealed by more detailed data

    Leicester is now in lockdown, but it only became clear that it was a coronavirus hotspot when a glaring deficiency in the provision of local data was remedied. The more detailed data reveal that the extent of infections at local authority level has been underestimated around the country, including in Hastings, Rother and East Sussex. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Battle for legal recognition of humanist marriages goes to High Court

    Humanist couples are taking the government to court in an attempt to oblige it to recognise humanist marriages. The case is supported by Humanists UK and humanist celebrants, including several based in Sussex. Nick Terdre reports.

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    PSC calls for East Sussex pension fund divestments

    Already under pressure due to its fossil fuel investments, East Sussex County Council now faces calls to divest from companies which the Palestine Solidarity Campaign says are involved in violations of Palestinian human rights. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Post-Covid: Fears, Dreams and Choices 3

    Kendal Eaton, author of A Chance for Everyone: The Parallel Non Monetary Economy, concludes his examination of how the world beyond coronavirus could be made a better place. Part 3: Choices.

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    Cycling/walking route among proposals for Hastings in new active travel funding round

    East Sussex County Council is now preparing proposals for the second round of funding under the government’s active travel fund. Grassroots groups in Hastings are proposing a sea front-station walking/cycling route as well as cycle racks in strategic locations. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Robert Bathurst interview with Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Actor Robert Bathurst recently spoke to Emma Chaplin of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to discuss life in lockdown, nature and his frequent visits to Sussex’s natural attractions.

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    An evening in with…Jean Paul Gasparian

    This Friday evening, 3 July, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Jean Paul Gasparian

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