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Lila becomes first winner of young writers’ cup

Lila Katz, age 12, has become the first winner of the Anne Hooker Cup, an annual award recognising the member of the Hastings Young Writers group who has made the most impressive progress with their writing. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 18:18 Thursday, Mar 31, 2022 In: Young People Tags: , , ,

Wheelchairs win in Harold Place application refusal  

The controversial restaurant that Hastings Borough Council (HBC) applied to itself to build was voted down 7 – 1, with 2 abstentions.  Bernard McGinley reports on planning disarray, and the platform lift the planning committee finally deemed ‘unsuitable’. 

Paul Barnett elected new Labour leader in Hastings

Just over a month before local elections, local Labour has elected Cllr Paul Barnett as its new group leader. While waiting to be endorsed as council leader, he will be in the forefront when Labour launches its election campaign in the town centre on Saturday. Nick Terdre reports.

Beatles Day back in the flesh this Sunday!

Hastings Beatles Day is back with us on Sunday 3 April, when the spaces of the White Rock Theatre will once more resound to the songs of the Fab Four. There will be new features including a music-making session for youngsters, and the takings will go to support local charity Sara Lee Trust. Nick Terdre reports, all photos by Tony Ham from Beatles Day 2019.

Trish Clowes at Jazz Hastings

Jazz Hastings presents saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes, and her band My Iris, at their gig on Tuesday 5 April. Julian Norridge describes her illustrious CV.

Posted 18:52 Monday, Mar 28, 2022 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,

Council’s call to protect green spaces meets scepticism

Hastings Borough Council has scrapped plans to sell Tilekiln Fields in Hollington to Hastings United Football Club for redevelopment as its new football stadium. Its justification of the move – that green spaces need to be protected – was met with scepticism in some quarters. Nick Terdre reports.

Good news for Gensing Gardens

On Friday 25 March, local residents, Councillors and the ATownExploresABook team gathered to mark the 150th anniversary of Gensing Gardens. HOT’s Erica Smith, who is also involved with ATownExploresABook, was there to share the plans for celebration through the spring and summer.

Posted 21:57 Sunday, Mar 27, 2022 In: Community Arts

‘Pangaea’: a personal response to refugees arriving on our beaches

‘Pangaea’, conceived as a club night of global sounds to raise money for Hastings Supports Refugees (HSR), was Jaen Loftin‘s personal response “to the arrival of traumatised refugees on the beaches where I live, it was such a reality check. Women and children fleeing war and terror arriving here on our beaches”. Pangaea raised not only awareness of this situation, but over £1,200 too. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Jaen some questions about the event and Polly Gifford tells us about HSR. All photos: Billy Collins.

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