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Hastings gets ready for the season

As we approach Easter and the first warm sunshine brings out the daffodils along with the new season’s tourists, Hastings starts to unfurl for the new season. Our seafront plants always suffer in winter. It’s a hostile environment. But our sustainable planting along the seafront is returning to life, with even the somewhat battered ‘palm trees’ by the pier (they’re Cordylines rather than palms) showing signs of new growth. Hastings Pier is preparing for a programme of spring and summer events, and the new kiosk, run by The Source skateboard park, has now opened there. And there’s a new kiosk opening soon, by the historic weather station half way along the upper promenade, with Calypso kayak hire returning beneath at Easter.

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Louise

Louise Margaret: Perils of 21st parenting

etc’s columnist on why parenthood is all about small victories

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Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

Come on girls, no need to get your knickers in a twist

It is fair to say that, right now, there are plenty of things in the world to get hot under the collar about.

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Katy Bourne

Sussex PCC's video log - Listen Live: Fraud and Elder Exploitation

On Thursday 23 March PCC Katy Bourne will hold the first of four public debates as part of her new 'Listen Live' programme.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

Teaching the value of relationships

In 2010, in my first month as your MP, it was reported that our area had one of the highest rates in southern England of teenage pregnancies. I was clear that, at the heart of tackling this issue, was instilling our young women with the confidence and the knowledge they needed to make the choices which were right for them.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

A struggle worth undertaking

So now we know.  Theresa May has given up crisps for Lent.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

A cleaner, safer Hastings is just the ticket?

At its Cabinet meeting last Monday, Hastings Council agreed a couple of new initiatives to help make the town cleaner and safer.

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Alexia

Alex Rowley on why we can never really have parenting sussed

Alexia Rowley on why the only constant with children is change.

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A Victorian family

Support for bereavement counselling services

My grandmother Nell, who was born into working class London in 1895, was never quite sure how many brothers and sisters she had.

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Ven Dr Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings

An honest look at ourselves

This week many Christians around the world have been celebrating Ash Wednesday.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

Women should ‘Be Bold For Change’

For decades the 8th March has brought people together to fight and campaign for a more inclusive and equal world. International Women’s Day is marked across the globe. It is a time to reflect on what progress has been made and to focus on where more needs to be done.

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Life on Tapp

How can bad drivers exploit a legal loophole to keep on the road?

We are a nation of motorists, a tribe so wedded to the idea of car ownership that we see getting behind the wheel as a human right.
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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

At any rate, it’s a taxing business

Recently, many businesses have expressed concerns about the new round of business rate revaluations, with the boss of Sainsbury’s, Mike Coupe, describing the system as ‘archaic’. While the new revaluations don’t take any more money from businesses overall, they do mean that while some businesses will see their rates bill decrease, others will see bills increase significantly. And as councils are funded by business rates, all this affects how much money councils get to fund services.

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Blaise is concerned that we may lose sight of good old fashioned common sense to mob rule

In the clamour for instant justice we shouldn't give way to mob rule

If I could sum up the 21st Century so far I would describe it as the era during which the world lost respect for almost everything.
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Louise

etc columnist Louise Margaret

Why the good old-fashioned cluttered look will always prevail

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Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne: Hate crime will not be tolerated

Sussex’s police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne on the rise of hate crimes since the Brexit vote.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

Playing a part in humanitarian aid starts on our doorstep

In our communities in Hastings and Rye we can be proud of our commitment to support some of the world’s most vulnerable.

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Small village schools are at risk

Small village schools are at risk of closure because of unfunded costs

On the outskirts of many English towns, adjacent to greenbelt and farmland, you will find small village communities situated around a local school, church and public house (the pub) – and many of these communities have been established for centuries.

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Alexia

etc columnist - Alexia Rowley

Now love really is in the air

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Blaise want to share the pain of getting on the property ladder with his children

By not planning to build we're constructing a crisis for our children

If I had a pound for every time I’ve been told that moving house is the most stressful thing we do, I would have stopped making my own sandwiches years ago.

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