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So Create A Difference!

Do you want to get more involved in the architectural and planning process for Hastings that will shape the town’s future?  In particular are you interested in the future of the seafront, which is subject of a current consultation process by Hastings Borough Council? Hastings Urban Design Group (HUDG) and Hastings Trust are following up on the popular ‘pop-up’ exhibition of imaginative architectural designs for sites throughout Hastings and St Leonards with a  seminar, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 17:01 Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: Chris Lewcock Hastings Trust Hastings Urban Design Group (HUDG) seafront strategy

World-class BMX and skate facility on seafront

After 17 years lying vacant, a £1.17m funding package is now in place to renovate the White Rock Baths and convert it into a world class BMX and skateboarding facility. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) will soon start work to restore the huge but near-derelict old baths under the promenade to make the building usable, following which it will be fitted out by the instigators of the project, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Sunday at the Sanctuary

This Sunday, 24 August, Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary hosts their annual Open Day. From noon ’til five, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, you can visit all the animals and birds who’ve been offered a safe haven by Barby Keel and her hard-working team of mainly volunteers, have some lunch, play the tombola, visit the various stalls and generally support a very worthy local cause.

Posted 11:50 Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: Barby Keel Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary birds haven Rhian Thomas Summer Open Day Zelly Restorick

6,000-mile walker calls in at Hastings RNLI

Early this month Alexander Ellis-Roswell set out from Canterbury on a 6,000-mile walk around the coast of Britain to raise funds for the RNLI Lifeboats. After passing through Hastings last week

Posted 19:54 Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: Alexander Ellis-Roswell Despo Plato's cafe RNLI Royal Standard
One of the enchanted creatures at Mallydams Wood

Magical Mallydams

Apart from dropping off injured birds of various varieties, I’ve not been to the RSPCA Mallydams Centre at Fairlight to explore the acres of land they have there.  The summer Open Wood Day gave me the opportunity – and I’m glad I went along, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

Posted 16:18 Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: conservation Fairlight Mallydams Open Wood Days 2014 RSPCA RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Sanctuary
Labyrinth Community Bike Workshops

The Big Bike Party

The Labyrinth Community Bike Workshop are excited to be holding the ‘Bottle Alley Bike Bomb’, following The Big Bike Party day event held outside The Lab on Saturday 6 September as part of Coastal Currents and they’re looking for biking enthusiasts to take part, spectators to watch and encourage – and volunteers to help them out with the organisation.

Posted 10:25 Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: Bottle Alley Bike Bomb Labyrinth Community Bike Workshop The Big Bike Party
The Pocket Park, Hughenden Road Hastings

Party in the Pocket Park

This Sunday, you are invited to attend The Party in the Pocket Park on Hughenden Road in Hastings to celebrate its recent transformation from grotty uncared for area to a beautiful park, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. The Pocket Park is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when a group of local individuals and organisations combine forces, energy and initiative with the goal of regeneration in their minds.

Posted 10:07 Friday, Jul 25, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: Arthur and Doreen Green Fund Better Braybrooke Hughenden Road Pocket Park Zelly Restorick
Cooperation [Photo by ZR]

Choosing to cooperate

As part of Co-operative Fortnight [19 June–3 July], a group of local people gathered at The White Rock Hotel to share their experiences and explore the pros and cons of co-operative living and working. With Hastings Online Times about to step towards a co-operative working structure, HOT’s Zelly Restorick went along to learn more.

Posted 16:04 Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 In: Home Ground Tags: Cooperatives UK Emily Johns Milan Rai Radical Routes Rhian Thomas Seeds For Change Trinity Wholefoods Wave Graphic Design Zelly Restorick
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