12694592_10153985581955719_1549408483467998316_oOur volunteers are out distributing our first issue of 2016, and it’s a cracker.

And that’s not all – we’ve only gone and got ourselves a brand new website! It’s updated with all the information you need, on how to contact us, how to volunteer, how to subscribe for home delivery and how to become a Friend of HIP.

But for now, the most pressing matter is to go out and find yourself a copy of issue 46. Here’s a quick round up of what’s waiting for you.

In news we’ve got the latest on the Source Park, an update on the university campus (the less sensational version), and an article on Hastings Against War’s new Stop Trident campaign. We also catch up with Transition Town Hastings about their new community garden at Warrior Square station and Hastings Supports Refugees about their Bird in the Hand campaign, and take a look at the North Bexhill Access Road plans and the Ecclesbourne Glen “bunker”.

In politics we pay a visit to Momentum Hastings’ first meeting, the local branch of a national movement that aims to secure Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister in 2020, and join the Quaker Meeting House in celebrating its 150th anniversary. We also take a look at the Women and Equalities Committee report from a trans perspective, and East Sussex Council’s consultation on library opening times.

In community Chances4Change asks us all to look at how we can be assets to our community and Hastings Humanists invite everyone over for a debate. We have a chuckle at this summer’s Comedy Fringe Festival, a grumble at the rubbish recycling, and a look back at The Advice & Community Hub’s achievements of 2015. We also ask: Are you a Norman? Check the list of surnames and find out if you qualify for an intriguing photography project happening this year.

In food we’ve got mackerel, beetroot, wine, wild cabbage and plenty of scientific research that says you don’t need to go on a fad diet. January’s over anyway, hey.

In business we interview Justus Woolford and Ben Goodman of Goodman Apparel and Barbers, ahead of their one-year anniversary. And in sport, we look at the state of local grassroots football, literally.

In listings we’ve got everything you need to get the best out of Fat Tuesday – we can’t wait!

In reviews we pay a visit to The Hastings Art Forum’s fabulous relaunch and Angela Charles’s exhibition Graze on Grand, and read and reflect on Julian Critchley’s Bowie. And in literature we have poems, song lyrics, LGBT writing workshops and an episode of Sherlock Holmes you definitely haven’t read before.

In art we look at different ways of seeing the town and truly knowing the place, pay homage to David Bowie and the lessons learned from him, catch up on the latest at Pink Lizard Music, and admire the Lord Nelson’s calendar. Last of all, we celebrate Hastings’ most loved cartoonist Martin Honeysett, on the anniversary of his sudden death.

And that’s not even mentioning our excellent regulars! So grab yourself a copy and enjoy. HIP HIP!

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