Inside this week’s Hastings Observer (November 25)


This week’s edition of the Hastings Observer is on sale today (Friday, November 25) and here’s what you can find inside:

We lead on an ambitious plan to build up to 50 affordable new homes on a derelict former power station in Ore Valley. The proposal, headed by the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, hopes to be entirely community-led and is calling on the public to get involved in the project.

Other news inside this week’s edition includes the theft of a life-saving public access defibrillator from Alexandra Park for the second time, a ‘possible arson’ which destroyed two caravans at a holiday park and a family whose Christmas has been ruined after Storm Angus devastated their flat.

But it’s not all doom and gloom - we also carry a story about a St Leonards school being crowned the happiest in the UK.

The festive season is well and truly upon us and in today’s edition, there are two pages of photographs from Priory Meadow’s Christmas lights switch-on with Santa. There’s also details of switch-on events in Westfield and a couple’s annual Winter Wonderland in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

The paper also includes a page of pictures from the schools’ cross-country event, ARK sixth form’s open evening and photographs from various Children in Need fundraisers across the area.

This week’s edition also sees the launch of the Drive for Justice campaign, calling for tougher punishments for people who cause death by dangerous driving. We run a double-page feature on the campaign with a heartbreaking East Sussex case study.

Nine pages of sports leads on Hastings and Bexhill Rugby Club’s bid for the league title, with the side hoping to take a step closer to victory in a top-of-the-table clash this weekend.

The paper also runs the usual court lists, letters pages, essential information, puzzles and event listings, while two pages of nostalgia takes a look at the history of the Palace Hotel and Bars.

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