As you know Hastings Independent is a volunteer led, not for profit newspaper, offering free community news and information whilst aiming to reflect the towns quirky personality in a positive light. February 2016 will see us celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Since our launch, HIP has been committed to producing a high level of editorial, informative articles and well researched news and discussion. Our hard working volunteers continue to find full and part time employment, in part, due to the experience gained from their time with the paper. Additionally we continue to fulfill our constitution to raise awareness of community issues, promote citizenship and the arts and offer experience in the media industry.

2016 will be a big year for Hastings Independent. The paper will continue to be offered as a free fortnightly news source, however for a minimal fee, you lovely readers now have the opportunity to have HIP delivered to your door by way of a new subscription service.

Hastings Independent is looking to expand its community service during 2016. This will include increasing pagination, more regular sections and the hosting of more local events. To achieve this goal the paper is asking for our readers assistance. The more services HIP can provide, the more experience our volunteers receive. The bigger the paper grows the more revenue is kept within our beloved community.

We are offering the opportunity for our loyal readers to become a Friend of HIP. By doing so you will be showing how important you believe it is to have an independent unbiased information source in your town. You will be a vital element in the papers expansion and receive updates via a monthly e- newsletter.

HIP continues to publish by the way of funding received from valued advertisers who reap the benefits from this most cost effective local marketing vehicle. For this reason, to all our advertisers we sent a huge thank you. However if we are to achieve our expansion targets and offer the community what we believe it deserves from its local media, we are asking our readers to show a little support via a donation.

We thank you for your continued support and wish our readers a great 2016.