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What about a Business “Freegle” to Boost Hastings?

Hastings is strong on self-help, mix and match and patch and repair to solve its day to day problems of making do. Self-help organisations,  such as Freegle, Hastings Creatives and Hastings Network help small businesses, micro-businesses and the voluntary sector that make up Hastings’ creative community to network and exchange resources and expertise. What if a new initiative could bring extra resources and expertise into this sector, care of “our bank”, the nationalised Lloyds Banking Group?,  writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 12:51 Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 In: Hastings People
Fran McKeown

Continuing connections with Fran

I would like to say a huge, sincere and hearty ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who said my words about Fran McKeown were a fitting tribute to such a well-liked, respected and admired person, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.  It’s also been extremely heart-warming to read the other personal tributes that have been written about her and to get some insights into her life.

Posted 11:44 Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Fran McKeown

Lucy McEwen from the young people’s organisation Respond Academy tells HOT readers what’s been going on with the new Girlzwhat! group.

Posted 20:25 Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Girlzwhat! Hastings Lucy McEwen Respond Academy St Leonards young people
Kumar Lama

Who’s the torturer?

Milan Rai, editor of Peace News shares his thoughts about the recent arrest of a Nepali former soldier in St Leonards.

Posted 19:29 In: Hastings People Tags: Colonel Kumar Lama Milan Rai Nepali war crimes

A Great Time to Start Freegling

Ever wondered what to do with all that stuff you don’t want anymore? Wonder no more! There’s no need to throw away unwanted Christmas presents or household clutter.

Posted 11:11 Friday, Jan 4, 2013 In: Hastings People
Fran McKeown

The news of Fran McKeown’s sudden death on Christmas Day came as a huge shock, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.  Paddling in the sea on Christmas morning, she was caught off guard by a wave, sweeping her further out to sea, where she collided with a groyne. Attempts were made to resuscitate her, but she died later that evening from her injuries. 

Posted 09:58 Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: Christmas Day Fran McKeown Hastings Voluntary Action Inside out
surviving xmas logo

Before I heard of the amazing work of Surviving Christmas, Hastings, writes Beth Davies, I thought that the Season of Goodwill had died alongside Ebenezer Scrooge. However, since 1985 this local charity has been helping the vulnerable people of Hastings, St Leonards and Rother, providing food and company over the Christmas period, delivering hampers and despatching vouchers to local people in need.

Posted 12:15 Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 In: Hastings People Tags: alone Christmas homeless Surviving Christmas Tubman
Soli House of Commons

Inspiring an aspiring generation

My first meeting with fellow HOT journalist, Solomon Curtis, was at a gathering of the HOT clan a few weeks ago, where I discovered that he was also a Member of Youth Parliament, writes Zelly Restorick

Posted 09:10 Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 In: Hastings People Tags: education government House of Commons ID cards politics Solomon Curtis transport young people
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