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HBC Cabinet to discuss support for Afghan refugees

Hastings Borough Council is set to discuss the council’s commitment to supporting Afghan refugees arriving in this country for resettlement. The matter is on the Cabinet agenda for early January. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 21:30 Wednesday, Dec 22, 2021 In: Local Government Tags: , , , , ,
Robin Hood and Dames

Robin Hood panto at the White Rock Theatre

The White Rock Theatre’s Christmas pantomime is back! Robin Hood marks the return to the magical family pantomime that Hastings’ biggest stage is known for. The show has comedy, beautiful costumes, stunning special effects, dance routines and sets all presented by the same creative team that delivered the pantos Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk.* 

Posted 15:09 Monday, Dec 20, 2021 In: Performance Tags: , ,

Deck the parks with boughs of holly!

Our ‘Tree Correspondent’ Joan Taylor-Rowan continues her exploration of Hastings & St Leonards champion trees. This week, seasonally, we find out more about holly!

Posted 21:58 Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 In: Green Times

What is the point of Local Wildlife Sites?

The question is posed by Richard Price, who notes that many Local Wildlife Sites cannot be protected as they have private owners more interested in developing them than appreciating the flora and fauna. The history of the Clive Vale Local Wildlife Site is a case in point. The writer also took the photos.

Surviving Christmas issues appeal for funds

Surviving Christmas, which has been helping vulnerable and homeless people in the Hastings and Rother districts for many years, plans to hold its usual open-house event on Christmas and Boxing days, but as it faces the prospect of drawing on its reserves for the second year running, is appealing for donations to support its work, as the charity explains.

Hastings turns out for refugees

It was national news recently when it was reported that people on Hastings beach shouted ‘horrible’ abuse as they tried to block the launch of the local lifeboat on the way to assist a small boat in distress carrying refugees. One consequence of this was that donations to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) shot up. Another was that the Council statement on the matter had no Councillors’ names on it.

Community apple orchard planted in Gensing Gardens for National Tree Week

For National Tree Week (27 November-5 December), four local apple trees were planted in Gensing Gardens in St Leonards-on-Sea. The trees were planted by members of Arts On Prescription and children from Christ Church CoE Primary Academy. HOT’s Erica Smith and Joan Taylor-Rowan were there to help welcome the new trees.

Posted 21:22 Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 In: Green Times Tags:
Auctioneer James Endeacott in full voice auctioning a painting at the Hastings Supports Refugees art sale with Stewart Walton enjoying the fun.

Hastings artists support Hastings refugees

Hastings people are never backwards in coming forwards to contribute to those in need. And artists in particular are generous to a fault in putting their creative hands into their studio pockets to help others. Last weekend, they did it again by kindly offering their work for auction to benefit those who have risked unbelievable obstacles to find refuge on our shores. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spoke to Stewart Walton about the logistics and generosity of his fellow artists.

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