On Saturday 10th February, Hastings Access to Venues and Events launched their first quarterly newsletter. It grew out of their informal Facebook group and other longstanding efforts to publicise the essential value of disabled access to Hastings’ varied townscape.

The group’s activities include campaigning against impossibly designed toilets and investing in tools for local disabled persons such as a moveable access ramp, but they ultimately focus on getting out into the community and being a presence at venues and festivals, demanding fair entry.

The newsletter reports on such activities, listing both best and worst accessed events and showing how members of HAVE have managed to get involved regardless. This first letter mentions Jack-in-the-Green, Burlesque at the Palace, Hastings United FC and what’s coming next.

The founders of the group are Penny Pepper, Kev Towner and Theresa Hodge. Writer, poet and performer Penny Pepper edits the newsletter and will be running a free workshop on spoken word performance skills later in the Spring at the Stade Hall. The first newsletter has been funded by the Sussex Community Foundation and Disability Inclusion CIC, run by Theresa Hodge.

Writers and concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the group to help with their work. Apart from the Facebook group, email  or phone 0333 577 9874.


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