Transgender News

Trans Pride Hastings to bring trans joy to the town on 27 and 28 July

Graham Robson July 8, 2024

Trans Pride Hastings came into being in February 2023. Victoria and Zed are the company co-directors and co-organisers and in July 2023 they worked with a team of volunteers to deliver 15 events across eight days focusing on community building, support and celebration. This year’s Trans Pride Hastings kicks off with the Big Queer Party […]

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‘ONE FOR THE BOOKS: THE MAUPIN MARATHON’ to be screened at Hastings Rocks International Film Festival 2024 on Saturday, April 13

Graham Robson March 26, 2024

Seaford writer and director Rose Collis is to present her documentary ONE FOR THE BOOKS: THE MAUPIN MARATHON at Hastings Rocks International Film Festival 2024 on Saturday, April 13. In 1984, HM Customs raided the legendary Gay’s the Word bookshop and seized 2,000+ books. They included Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin’s trailblazing novels. The shop’s […]

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“Yes, dear!” Fundraiser for Hastings Pride with iconic Miss Jason at Forbidden Fruit

Graham Robson March 21, 2024

Forbidden Fruit Hastings is to host a glamorous fundraiser for this year’s Hastings Pride with the iconic Miss Jason on Thursday, May 23. All proceeds from the event, which is hosted in partnership with Forbidden Fruit and RBE Associates, will go to Hastings Pride so whether you chose to donate or attend, every penny goes […]

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The Funny Hole: a weekend of unbridled gaiety and whimsy with Jane Dinmore, Boogaloo Stu, Ladypat and John Lee Bird

Graham Robson February 14, 2024

The Funny Hole, an exhibition at the Observer Building in Hastings from April 19-21, will bring together four distinctive artists for a weekend of unbridled gaiety and whimsy. Organisers of the exhibition said: “Presenting collages, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, film and sound work, you are invited to step into the vivid realm of their collective imagination.” […]

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In The South

New research from Shelter shows nearly 27,000 people are recorded as homeless in the South East

Graham Robson January 11, 2023

Brighton & Hove comes out worst, with one in 78 people homeless, one in 107 people are homeless in Hastings, followed by Milton Keynes where one in 122 people are homeless.  

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Community News

Inclusive Brighton church for Hastings

Graham Robson August 22, 2019

MCC or Metropolitan Community Church, is a fully inclusive Christian denomination, founded in the LGBT+ community in Los Angeles in 1968 and rapidly expanding around the world bringing an open and welcoming church to communities who have often been excluded by more conservative churches.

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In The South

Silver Award for Hastings 5 star Boutique B&B

Graham Robson May 18, 2015

Swan House, a 5 star Boutique B&B in Hastings receives national recognition winning the Silver Award in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest House Accommodation of the Year category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 ceremony. The Silver Award at national level is a great achievement and recognises Excellence in Tourism in England.

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National News

1066 Country businesses shortlisted for prestigious ‘Beautiful South Awards’

Besi Besemar November 10, 2014

Swan House boutique B&B, Hastings, Crowhurst Park Holiday Village and Rye Tourist Information Centre are among the South East’s leading tourism businesses to have been chosen for the finals of the Beautiful South Tourism Awards 2014. This year saw over 120 entries from the cream of the tourism industry in the South East submitted, with 61 businesses selected as finalists.

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