Press Releases week beginning 18 September 2017
Big Sleep to make a difference
Councillors and officers of Hastings Borough Council will be taking part in Seaview's Big Sleep by sleeping rough in cardboard boxes to raise money for Seaview.
Cllr Andy Batsford, portfolio holder for housing said" the Big Sleep has become a great annual event that raises much needed money for the Seaview project , the work it does with the most vulnerable members of our community and to highlight the issue of homelessness that Hastings Council takes very seriously.
He added that, "It cannot be underestimated the massive impact sleeping rough has on individuals health and mental wellbeing, while placing them in a dangerous position to be exploited or become a victim of crime. I am proud of the members and officers that are supporting the Big Sleep. Please help them raise a good amount of money for such an important charity. "
The event takes place at the Stade Open Space overnight on Friday/Saturday 22/23 September 2017, from 7:30 pm Friday to 7:00 am Saturday.
This year the Big Sleep Live music event will be supporting the Big Sleep, and will run from 8pm to 10pm and includes Dr Savage, The Rufus Stone Band and King Size Slim. The public are invited to come and support the event and contributions can be made via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hastingscouncil1
Saturday 23 September 2 pm - 7 pm
THE LANTERN SOCIETY PRESENTS
Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou's legendary acoustic club 'The Lantern Society' hosts an afternoon of the finest folk, acoustic and roots music, at the Stade this Saturday, featuring acts from the London and Hastings Clubs, including special guests; Jason McNiff, Paul McClure, The Siobhan Parr Trio, Lily Ramona, Martin Ledner, and Otti Albietz and Pepe Belmonte.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead member for regeneration and culture said, "Stade Saturdays continue to amaze and delight audiences. These free performances, which carry on through October keep the festival feeling going strong!"
Music everywhere with Music Month
The second ever Music Month continues across Hastings and Rother up until the Halloween celebrations of 31st October, and the great musical events just keep on coming right across the region.
The 46th Rye Arts Festival started on 16th September and continues until 1st October, concentrating on the Classical end of the musical spectrum, but with much more besides.
In Battle the very well respected Battle Festival takes place throughout October, ending on the 31st, the highlight of which is probably the recently announced gig by Mt Desolation, featuring Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin of Keane, on 21st October at St Mary's Church in the town. Tickets are expected to sell very quickly for this exclusive gig.
Not to be outdone the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill has a great selection of gigs during Music Month, including Dweezil Zappa, Grizzly Bear, Public Service Broadcasting and Nick Mulvey.
In Hastings venues across the town are getting into the Music Month spirit.
The White Rock Theatre plays host to Lulu on 10th October, and American rockers WASP on the 12th.
St Mary In The Castle features a rare UK gig by Malian guitarist Habib Koité on 22nd October.
Hastings band Kid Kapichi launch their much anticipated EP at The Carlisle, ably supported by Nova Twins, on Saturday, 30th September.
The recently relaunched Black Market VIP venue in George St, carries on with its series of big name gigs with Andy Bennet of Ocean Colour Scene on 14th October, John Power of Cast on the 15th, and Dodgy (unplugged) on the 27th.
For the younger audience members, the Brass Monkey, in Havelock Road, continue their Hastings Live 14+ gigs on Thursday evening throughout the October.
And let's not forget Voodoo Fest at The Palace, including the now infamous procession through Hastings town centre on Halloween itself.
The perfect ending to an action packed month, and a bit of wonderful local music.
One of the people behind Music Month, Andy Gunton, said "Just because the summer season has ended doesn't mean that Hastings and Rother isn't still open for business, especially where musical entertainment is concerned. The music scene in the area is a year round attraction, as any local will tell you, and the events during Music Month go a long way in proving that."
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council commented, "We are delighted to support Music Month. It is exciting to see the wealth of talent in the town, and heartening to see so many local volunteers coordinating the events. Hastings and 1066 Country rightly has a great reputation for things to do, and these out of season events are great for local residents , visitors, and the local economy."
Plans are already being made for Music Month 3 in early 2018.
For more information about music events taking place during Music Month, visit the official website: www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/music-month.
Hastings Youth Council discusses employment futures with the DFE
Hastings Youth Council met with the Permanent Secretary, Jonathan Slater, head of the Department for Education and chief policy adviser to the Secretary of State and the ministerial team on Thursday 14th September.
The young people spoke about the challenges and issues that young people face in Hastings to higher education and employment.
Jonathon Slater commented on his visit. "It was great to hear about the work employers, schools, East Sussex County Council and the Carer's and Enterprise Company (CEC) are doing in partnership to connect young people with job opportunities in Hastings. It was a pleasure to hear from some of those young people - members of the Hastings Youth Council shared some great thoughts, and I'm inspired to hear from such an articulate, insightful and clearly talented group of young people.
Brandon, Hastings Youth Council member said, "Today was a great opportunity to get my voice heard by important organisations rather than just my mum. I am a young man from Hastings and belong to Hasting Youth Council. I never thought I would be able to talk about my future; I'm not the best academically but can learn if it's hands on. I really want to be a chippy. Hopefully next year I can do an apprenticeship as a chippy."
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader and lead member for Regeneration and Culture at Hastings Borough Council said that, "Hastings Youth Council has shown again their commitment to be heard at the highest level and speak up for the young people in our town. Higher education and jobs are very important issues and need addressing to help our young people. Hastings Borough Council is fully committed to helping young people in our town."
Grotbusters strike again!
One of Hastings Borough Council's best-known initiatives goes from strength to strength.
The council launched its 'Grotbusters' initiative in 2000 as a response to the town's high number of run down and derelict buildings. It uses a piece of planning law (Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) to approach landowners to ask them to tidy up and improve the look of their properties. If property owners fail to do so, they can be served with an Enforcement Notice, which can lead to a prosecution and fine, initially of up to £1,000, then a cumulative fine of £100 a day if they do not do the work.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Chowney said, "We want our seafront to reflect well on our wonderful town and we expect property owners to look after their buildings. We make no apology for fining irresponsible property owners who let their properties fall into disrepair."
Cllr Chowney added, "The seafront has improved dramatically over the last seventeen years, and we were pleased to see more work still taking place as a result of Grotbuster enforcement. Nevertheless, we were able to identify more where warning notices will be served. Since 2000, we've improved 830 buildings, structures and land through the Grotbusters process. Hastings Council has offered advice to Government, other councils and various organisations on how to implement similar strategies."
If you have a derelict property where you live, report it via the 'My Hastings' online form to the council's website my.hastings.gov.uk/
New exhibitions at Hastings Museum show that there's more to see there than history
Changing Places (until 29 October) and Cash, Clash and Climate (until 12 November) are two new exhibitions at Hastings museum and art gallery. Cash, Clash and Climate is part of the Coastal Currents arts festival. Changing Places stops at Hastings as part of a national tour of artists' video, curated by the arts organisation Film and Video Umbrella. Hastings museum and art gallery is one of eight venues on this tour and is hosting two contemporary artworks amongst its historic collection - a large-scale video projection showing an abandoned power station in the north of India, and a newly commissioned installation of objects and sound that is inspired by the museum's colonial artefacts and their collector Lady Brassey.
Cllr Kim Forward, Deputy Leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead member for Regeneration and Culture said,
"We are so proud of Hastings museum and art gallery and its success in gaining exhibitions such as this, which continue to be free to the public. We are delighted to be a key partner in this innovative tour curated by Film and Video Umbrella (FVU). "Changing Places enables us to bring to Hastings high-calibre contemporary artworks that link with the museum's fine historic collections and associations with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Cash Clash and Climate has a particular local resonance for us, and I am delighted that locally based Maslen and Mehra have chosen the Hastings museum and art gallery for their installation."
Changing Places was developed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of India's independence and Partition.
Maslen & Mehra have created the framework Cash, Clash and Climate to ask questions about the complexities of living today and they invite viewers to follow their train of thought. They are based in St Leonards, so the museum is particularly pleased to show their work at the Hastings museum and art gallery as part of the Coastal Currents festival. The installation includes a large plate, 'Natural Capital', which is based on one of the museum's collection highlights, a 16th century Italian majolica dish.
Entrance to the museum is free.
Fantastic Fish Festival
The 12th Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival has been hailed as a resounding success, attracting around 20 000 visitors to Hastings Old Town over last weekend (16th/17th September).
The event was organised by Hastings Borough Council. Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council and lead member for regeneration, who opened the festival on Saturday morning with Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers, explained :- "Yet again we've had another fantastic fish festival, with some really positive comments received from both visitors and traders. A number of traders sold their entire weekend's supply of stock on the Saturday, despite the heavy showers we had in the afternoon, and had to replenish their stalls overnight in readiness for Sunday.
"Around 20 000 people came to the Stade last weekend, with visitors from across the UK and beyond joining local residents for the biggest seafood & wine festival we've ever had. We even had a London-based company running a coach to the event.
"The music has been fantastic too, with a great selection of musicians performing over the weekend.
"The event has truly established itself as one of the biggest in our calendar, and I'd like to thank everyone involved in organising it, and our many traders and visitors for supporting it.
"Even though we now have to make a small admission charge, we still don't cover all of our costs, but we consider it a worthwhile investment because of the benefit it brings to our local economy. Few other resorts can have been as busy as we are on the third weekend in September!"