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  • Members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra working with pupils at St Richards.

    Members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra working with pupils at St Richards.

    National Youth Jazz Orchestra links up with piano festival

    As its inaugural season approaches, Hastings International Piano Festival has gone into partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) to provide a platform for the orchestra’s ambitious 2020 educational offer. Nick Terdre reports. Continue reading…


    How to use food as medicine – part 1 (plus literary events from 21 Jan 2020)

    Is there food for specific health conditions? Does it work? What kind of food should we eat?  And how much? What about recipes? Books about food and health are today’s bestsellers so Angela J. Phillip goes in search of answers.


    Representatives of the five consultants working on the project gave an update on their work to the planning forum.

    Bulverhythe planning forum leaves questions unanswered

    An update on the council’s proposed housing development on Bulverhythe recreation ground were provided at a pre-application planning forum this week. But although planning permission is expected to be sought in the spring, much about the project remains undecided, and many concerns raised by local residents are yet to be answered. Nick Terdre reports.




    Meet Esther Fox: a very real VR artist

    On Friday 20 March, Esther Fox will be one of the keynote speakers at The Platform – the launch event of the AltPitch arts and technology festival. Whilst all the contributors to the festival programme have national (and international) reputations, Esther Fox is unique in being the only one born and bred in Hastings. HOT’s Erica Smith visits her old friend and finds out how her art practice has developed over two decades.


    Walking the walk: a stroll along part of the proposed greenway network in Hastings (photo: Tony Polain).

    Greenway folk and others get ready for fresh campaigning

    Walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable locomotion are in focus as Hastings Greenway Group holds its agm and calls for the reinstatement of £3m diverted by the county council from walking and cycling purposes, and a meeting is called to set up a local branch of the Living Streets movement. Nick Terdre reports.


    Field on the north side of Fairlight Road which is under consideration for the council's solar farms scheme.

    Possible sites for council’s solar farms scheme reduced to two

    Having eliminated two of the potential sites for its proposed solar farms scheme, Hastings Borough Council is now left with two remaining options, both in Hastings Country Park. While Natural England’s views on the environmental suitability of the two sites are being sought, the Friends of Hastings Country Park have reiterated their opposition to the scheme. Nick Terdre reports.



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    ‘At a Stroke’ by Harold Lawrence – a survivor’s tale told with  hope and humour (plus literary events from 14 Jan 2020)

    He couldn’t believe it. Harold Lawrence had had a stroke. In an instant, his normal, busy life was transformed into a frightening, uncertain place that was hard to deal with. He talks to Angela J. Phillip about his decision to write about the journey.

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    The lower tier of Bulverhythe recreation ground, where the council plans a large housing development, is regularly subject to flooding.

    Planning forum on Bulverhythe housing scheme this Monday

    A planning pre-application forum is to be held on Monday 13 January in connection with Hastings Borough Council’s plans for an extensive housing development on the Bulverhythe recreation ground. Bernard McGinley reports.


    Magesh Chandran Panchanathan, left, on his way to the half point which secured him the Masters title in the final round against fellow grandmaster GA Stany.

    Panchanathan wins, but chess congress faces having to find new venue

    Hastings International Chess Congress went well under its new sponsor, with the added bonus of a clear winner in the Masters – India’s Magesh Chandran Panchanathan. But a shadow hangs over its future as it faces the prospect of having to find a new venue for future editions. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Brendan O’Gorman.



    Have you been to the library lately? (plus literary events from Jan 7, 2020)

    Sex, power and money – yes, please! A list of the latest must-read books, new DVDs, the East Sussex Children’s Book Award, Supernova magnification and software for the blind and partially sighted  – this is the news from East Sussex County Council. And there’s an app for your phone so you can stay in touch and manage your membership wherever you are.


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    Council ‘vision’ threatens White Rock Gardens

    Members and officers of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) have a ‘vision’ of disposing of the green spaces that are the glory of St Leonards & Hastings.  Central government meanwhile is proclaiming the merits of garden towns. Bernard McGinley wonders what’s going on, and how much space is at risk.



    Indian GM Panchanathan on his way to beating Erik van den Doel of Holland in the sixth round of the Masters tournament.

    Fresh lease of life for Hastings’ prestigious chess tournament

    After six rounds of the Masters tournament at Hastings International Chess Congress, Indian Grandmaster Magesh Chandran Panchanathan is in the sole lead. The tournament is enjoying a fresh lease of life with a new sponsor and a big increase in the number of participants. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Brendan O’Gorman.



    Plot matters (plus literary events from 1 Jan 2020)

    Why do we tell stories? Why do we listen to them, watch them, read them? The plot is at the heart of things.  How do you devise one to keep your readers gripped? In a good novel, there  are endless ups and downs as well as unexpected twists. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of how to construct a perfect plot.



    Happy Christmas! Whoops – careful with that book gift (plus literary events from 24 December 2019)

    A book can be the best gift ever, but there are pitfalls. Angela J. Phillip offers brief comments on five questions raised by an article from The Guardian on the etiquette of giving books.


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    ‘Climate Crisis’ Christmas cards greet Hastings and Rye MP

    Extinction Rebellion (XR) may seem ‘extreme’ to some, but members of Extinction Rebellion Hastings and St Leonards say that they’re taking necessary and proportionate non-violent direct action in the face of an existential threat, one which many governments around the world are effectively ignoring. With this in mind, they sent some 

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