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    Pier neglect by the Council damages the town’s attractiveness and ‘offer’

    Hastings Pier is a slum. Supervision rests with Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and its Enforcement team, no doubt hardpressed and under-resourced. The Pier is of exceptional importance to the town’s economy and reputation however. Bernard McGinley reports. Continue reading…


    Treat for the street with Barnaby’s Big Band

    Barnaby Davies will be wheeling out his Big Band to provide a couple of hours of entertainment for passers-by and music-lovers outside Barnaby’s Lounge in Robertson Street on Sunday 26 May, as Nick Terdre explains.


    Bees: swarms and workshop

    Bees are on the move. Jude Montague talks to A Curious Agenda about their upcoming bee workshop on Sunday 19 May and meets Sarah Nixon and her temporary garden swarm.


    Move your body for Mental Health Awareness Week

    Hastings is marking this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week with lots of movement keeping with this year’s theme #MovementForMovement by way of how we know best and that’s to dance! Mental Health advocate Sharon Rhodes shares what’s happening at Hastings Observer Building this Friday night.


    Braycastle Walk’s new Jack in the Green

    Drew ‘Droobie’ Copus has created a new festival themed mural for Hastings on Braycastle Walk. Jude Montague (text) and Jemima Dury (images) admire.


    Songwriting #2 – Tom Cole

    In this occasional series Resonance FM host and songwriter Jude Montague talks to fellow practitioners about their practice and reflects on songwriting. Today Americana writer and performer Tom Cole chooses a song he has written to share some reflections with HOT readers.


    Aurora borealis in Hastings

    Jude Montague and Sarah Milne on the aurora borealis in Hastings


    S’Wonderful: the great Elaine Delmar at Jazz Hastings

    Victoria Kingham records her appreciation of Elaine Delmar’s performance at Jazz Hastings’s May gig.


    Sam Brown, musician, composer and loop-violinist

    Curious Agenda launches new festival

    Jude Montague talks to Curious Agenda founder and director of imagination, Miia Forbes, about what we can expect from this year’s festival, A Curious Town Grows.


    St Anne’s Hollington again threatened with demolition

    Unlike many of the borough’s buildings, St Anne’s church in Chambers Road Hollington is mentioned in the Pevsner authoritative architectural guide. A new planning application continues the threat of demolition. Three previous proposals were reported in HOT. Protection for the church has been nonexistent: no listing, no local listing, e.g. Why did Hastings Borough Council (HBC) not impose Article 4 Direction to save an exceptional building? Bernard McGinley tries to find out.



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    The Dude © John Cole

    John Cole’s Shadow Boxers

    John Cole’s photographic work will be familiar to many Hastings folk through his books about the Hastings fishing community featured in Generations and Sea Dogs, as well as his work being prominently displayed on the net huts around the Stade. He told HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths about a new book he has in gestation called Shadow Boxers, which goes back to the 1970s and ’80s when he spent time in the sweaty boxing gyms and arenas in New York and Jersey.


    Rachel Williams in Gary Willis TV installation

    John Logie Baird and the Invention of Television inspires a new generation of artists

    Artists inspired by John Logie Baird the Hastings-based inventor who was working on ‘seeing by wireless’ one hundred years ago exhibit at the Electro Studios Project Space for the Spirit of Invention festival. Chris Simpson came down from London to co-curate the show with  Jude Montague who talks about the preparations for the festival show and talking to BBC South East Television about the inventor of television.


    Transceiver - picture by Caroline Gregory

    Transceiver performances at the Spirit of Invention exhibition

    The Spirit of Invention exhibition at Electro Studios celebrates John Logie Baird’s amazing inventions. It includes locally built technology from the 1960s amongside new work by artists from Hastings and London. It runs Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May. Jude Montague, who is curating the show alongside Chris Simpson, shares an updated report.


    Beating of the Bounds of All Saints Parish: Saturday 11 May

    Around the Old Town on Saturday 11 May, at 10.30 am, the ancient (if intermittent) ceremony of beating the bounds will be conducted. The Ancient Romans did it. The Scottish and English Borderers do it, and many others. Bernard McGinley explains.


    Tories’ PCC solace and encouraging turnout in the locals

    Some solace for local Conservatives after their poor local election results was provided by Katy Bourne, who came home an easy winner yet again in the election for Sussex police and crime commissioner. Meanwhile estimates show a somewhat higher turnout for last week’s local elections than in recent years. Text by Nick Terdre, graphics by Russell Hall.