Open garden season returns in May – explore ‘breathtaking’ private gardens

St Michael’s Hospice Open Garden season returns on Tuesday May 18th, kicking off with a visit to Benenden. This year’s open gardens span all of Hastings and Rother, with ’60 spectacular gardens’ opening over 16 days, according to the Hospice. Three gardens open their gates in May, including: Benenden on May 18th, Peasmarsh on Tuesday […]

St Michael’s Hospice recruiting Registered Nurses

St Michael’s Hospice has opportunities for registered nurses to pursue a career in palliative care across a variety of ‘challenging and fulfilling roles’ in its in-patient unit, community service and telephone support and advice line. The team provide skilled hands-on nursing care, palliative care assessment, as well as advice and compassionate support ensuring the holistic […]

Police search as valuable cycle and cash stolen in burglary

Police in Hastings are searching for a valuable stolen cycle and cash following a burglary at a flat in St Andrews Square.  The thefts took place early on Friday morning, April 16th, when the valuable mountain bike was stolen from a secure entry area and the flat was broken in to and several hundred pounds in […]

Beat the thief – have your ‘cat’ marked!

Across Sussex the number of catalytic converter thefts has increased with criminals stealing the catalytic converters for the precious metals contained within them – some of it can be worth more than gold. This week Sussex Police officers are at garages across the county offering free catalytic converter forensic marking with SmartWater. SmartWater is a liquid with […]

Hastings International Piano announces live concert with multi-award winning jazz artists Claire Martin OBE and pianist Nikki Iles

Hastings International Piano, the charity responsible for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and the Hastings International Piano Festival announced today the first of it’s live fundraising concerts, which will take place throughout the summer and autumn now that restrictions are being eased. A Spring Celebration of Jazz takes place at 7.30pm on Friday May […]

“…only men can make the change we all need”

by Ann Kramer “We shouldn’t have to be jaywalking alone into our future. We shouldn’t have to hope we get home safe. We should be certain that we will.” That’s how Megan, a local woman and women’s rights activist in her early 20s, finished her powerful testimony at an online vigil for Sarah Everard, whose […]

Jesus has his hair cut

I’m told that Monelli’s Pizzeria on the corner of George Street by the West Hill lift sells rather good sourdough pizza.  Back in the mid-1960s, I once bought plastic dog poo there with my pocket money! Perhaps I should explain.  In those days it was a fancy goods shop selling novelties and items for the beach […]

Was councillor the victim of institutional bullying?

‘Brutish, bullying and intimidating’ is how borough councillor John Rankin has described attacks made on him at a council meeting on Wednesday night while his group leader says it felt like ‘institutional bullying’. Mr Rankin has written to the council’s senior management and senior elected councillors telling them he is reserving the right to seek […]