It’s all systems go – Ore Library will be reopening thanks to community effort

It’s all systems go to reopen the doors of Ore library, a community facility that’s been lying locked and deserted since May 2018. Yesterday East Sussex County Council’s lead member for resources, Councillor Nick Bennett, approved a proposal to lease the Ore Library building to Ore Community Library Group. The newly-formed group will take on […]

County poised to green-light Ore library reopening plan

It’s all looking good for the reopening of Ore library. Papers made public this morning by East Sussex County Council (ESCC) show that officials are recommending approval of a plan to lease the Ore Library building to the Ore Community Library Group (OCLG). When he considers his decision next Monday, Councillor Nick Bennett ESCC’s lead member […]

It’s great to hear your views… it’s so easy to have your say…

It’s great to read what people think about our stories when they post their comments on social media but more and more of you are taking the chance to comment on our stories in more detail by using the comment facility at the bottom of every story. Here are just a few of the comments […]

Making north-east Hastings a great place to live

The first newsletter from the resident led partnership looking to make north east Hastings a better place to live has been published. In 2012 an organisation called Local Trust received £220 million from the Big Lottery Fund. With that money 150 ‘Big Local’ areas were created in the country and each one was given £1 […]

Innovative methods are restoring native habitats

Frankie Woodgate and her heavy working horses Yser and Tobias returned to Hastings Country Park last week. The traditional method of landscape management involves working horses pulling heavy rollers to ‘bruise’ the bracken. Bruising bracken with horse drawn rollers is an effective, low impact method of reducing the vigour and growth of bracken in hard-to-reach […]

Volunteers – making a difference every day

Volunteers across East Sussex are being thanked for the contributions that they make to their communities every day. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is backing Volunteers Week, which runs from today to until next Thursday and will see events taking place across the county to showcase volunteer opportunities or celebrate the role of existing volunteers. […]

When will Ore’s library doors reopen?

PLANS to reopen five recently closed East Sussex libraries as community-run facilities have taken a step closer to fruition – and Ore library is one of those on the list. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has already agreed to provide books, furniture and shelving to enable Ringmer Library to be reopened as a community library […]

‘Poor choices’ will lead to hardship for those most in need

Protestors were out in force in Lewes on Saturday campaigning against proposed cuts to the East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care budget, cuts that could result in the closure of the Isabel Blackman Centre here in Hastings. The protest was organised by Emily Clarke of Lewes Labour and saw over 40 people meet outside […]

Hastings families urged to make a difference by fostering (video added)

Hundreds of foster carers across East Sussex are transforming the lives of children by offering them a safe and loving home. But with 50 more children waiting for a placement at any one time East Sussex County Council is using Foster Care Fortnight (May 14 – 27) to encourage more people to consider becoming foster […]