Bid to reopen Ore library is on the right track at last

It’s all looking positive for community plans to reopen Ore library. Campaigners were able to get inside the building yesterday and local councillor Heather Bishop says the well stocked library is in great condition and could reopen tomorrow. At the same time they were able to chat to officials from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) […]

Ore Valley Campus is a ‘model of excellence’

Solar panels on the roof of the Ore Valley Campus of East Sussex College will save over £5,000 a year on energy costs. Hastings MP Amber Rudd is encouraging more schools and businesses to copy the example set by Ore Valley which at one stage this month was generating 76 per cent of its energy […]

Big-Local – making lives ‘a bit brighter’ in North-East Hastings

Residents of North-East Hastings can look forward to another varied programme of activities in the coming months following the awarding of over £14,000 in grants by the resident-led partnership that runs Big Local North-East Hastings. Each year £20,000 is allocated for bids to provide activities for local residents. In this year’s first round, 14 bids […]

Remembering the forgotten army – why it’s finally time for a day of commemoration

There’s an online petition demanding a national day of recognition to commemorate the often overlooked VJ day (Victory in Japan) on August 15th 1945, which marked the real end of the Second World War. Former Hastings Borough Councillor Richard Street has a special reason to feel passionately about the issue and below he explains why. […]

MP’s magical Marshlink tour – it’s the volunteers who make the difference

Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd was given a whistle stop tour of some of the community work being undertaken at some Marshlink stations last Saturday. The tour was organised by John Spencer of Winchelsea, one of the volunteers working for the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, the community interest company which encourages community use of […]

Protecting Ore’s ‘urban green space’

Ore Community Land Trust (OCLT) has been granted £20,200 by Big Local North East Hastings to progress its plans to buy three plots of land in Speckled Wood in Ore. Speckled Wood covers roughly 13 acres of woodland  in the upper Ore Valley which is the last remaining large green lung in the area. For […]

When will the doors of Ore Library finally reopen?

It’s a year since Ore Library closed its doors – the community facility was axed as part of a round of spending cuts by East Sussex County Council (ESCC). Shortly before its closure local Conservatives – during the election campaign for Hastings Borough Council (HBC) – proclaimed they had ‘saved’ the library for the community […]