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Hastings Police have issued a £150 cheque to Abbeyfield South Downs house in St Leonards-on-Sea to fund the running costs of a minibus.

Posted 21:38 Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Ian McNulty mini bus

St Michael’s Hospice Vintage Fayre this Saturday

Textile artist Claire Buckley is one of many traders getting ready for the St Michael’s Hospice Vintage Fayre this Saturday. Erica Smith went to see what she was making.

Posted 14:55 Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Claire Buckley fair fayre Hastings St Leonards St Michael’s Hospice textiles vintage

Fishing for a sense of place: major new survey

A survey has been launched to find out how the fishing fleet influences the way people feel about Hastings.  

Posted 20:58 Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: fish fisheries FLAG geography of inshore fishing and sustainability GIFS university of greenwich

Justice for Palestine event

Priory Road resident Gill Knight had an eventful three months recently when she swapped Hastings’ West Hill for the West Bank in Palestine.

Posted 14:54 Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Gill Knight Hastings Justice for Palestine
Mrs Jahangeer

St Leonards couple on peace mission to Iran

A few days ago, I spoke to Maya Evans, leader of the first peace delegation to Afghanistan since the West’s invasion of that country in 2001.  A couple of days later, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, I heard from local resident Emily Johns that she and Milan Rai were about to embark on a trip to Iran, also on a personal mission of peace and reconciliation.  All three are residents of St Leonards.

Posted 11:13 Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Emily Johns Iran Milan Rai Mrs Jahangeer peace delegation Zelly Restorick
Preservation Sunday umbrella parade. Photo by Rebecca Gracey

In the thick of the Preservation Sunday Umbrella Parade

Preservation Sunday is part of the five-day

Umbrella Parade is waterproof

Hastings has more than its fair share of festivals and celebrations.  I have never known people more fond of dressing up.  So I suppose the idea of Carnival, with all its implications of costume and general malarkey, was irresistible to the locals.  Think Venetian masks and gondolas, grotesque masks from Cologne’s Faschingszeit or the swaying floats of Rio, writes enthusiastic spectator Antony Mair.

Posted 18:02 Monday, Feb 11, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: antony Mair fat tuesday

Genocide not yet confined to the history books

HOT’s Erica Smith reminds us that Sunday 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. A day that provides us with an opportunity to remember everyone who has suffered on the basis of their race, religious belief, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation. She has recently been working on the design of Alex Ntung’s autobiography, Not My Worst Day. An excerpt is published here.

Posted 23:50 Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Alex Mvuka Ntung Alex Ntung genocide Hastings Holocaust Memorial Day Rwanda St Leonards Tutsi
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