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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

Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival 2013

Christmas is a distant memory, spring is some way away, it’s still chilly – but Hastings and St Leonards can look forward to the annual Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival!  Cathy Simpson tells all…. 

Posted 13:37 In: Hastings People Tags: Hastings Fat Tuesday mardi gras Mardi Gras Ball music parade Radiator Arts Seaview Project St Michael’s Hospice umbrellas Women's Institute Xtrax

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
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