Press Releases week beginning 01 August 2016
EU SHINEs on Hastings
Hastings has been awarded a second European Union funded grant to help improve housing conditions in the town, this time in St Leonards. The first project, ‘Climate Active Neighbourhood’, was approved earlier this year for the Ore Valley area.
In Hastings, partners include Hastings Borough Council, Amicus Horizon, and Energise Sussex Coast.
SHINE (Sustainable Houses in Inclusive Neighbourhoods) includes 15 partners from France, Belgium, the Netherlands as well as the UK, with Brighton & Hove City Council also participating. The funding is from the Interreg 2 Seas Programme.
The total value to Hastings, at current exchange rates, is around £1.77m.
Cllr Kim Forward lead member for housing at Hastings Borough Council, said:
“This is excellent news for the town. It will benefit particularly disadvantaged parts of St Leonards by tackling fuel poverty through introducing carbon dioxide reduction and low carbon technologies. The project will target residential areas where housing quality is poor and less energy efficient, particularly in the private rented sector but also include those who own their homes as well as local residents in social housing.
“The project includes energy efficient improvements to 200 homes, an energy advice ‘pop-up’ service, campaigns to improve energy efficiency, provide energy advice, and energy kits or smart meters to 600 homes.
“Local residents and tenants will see real benefits from the project because of lower energy bills, while everybody will benefit in the long term through a reduction in our carbon footprint. This really is a win, win scheme, and I am delighted that we were successful in winning this funding. I look forward to seeing the promised improvements.”
Summer Fit in St Leonards
Hastings Borough Council’s Active Hastings team held a Summer Fit event in Warrior Square Gardens last week to highlight fitness classes available to residents in the local area.
Taster classes were on offer including Pilates, circuit training, body tone and legs, bums and tums for adults.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for leisure attended the event, she commented:
“The aim of this event last Saturday was to let residents in St Leonards know about the varied programme of physical activities available on a weekly basis in the local area.
“Active Hastings facilitate a huge selection of activities for everyone from the age of 18 up in a variety of locations including community centres, parks and gardens.
It was great to see so many people turn up and take part on the day and we encourage everyone to get involved and join in with an activity”.
Full details of the Active Hastings programme can be found at www.activehastings.org.uk or contact Georges 01424 451051 or email email@example.com
Picnic and Play – More Family Holiday Fun
Free play and sports for all ages continues at Hughenden Pocket Park and Linton Gardens.
Organised by Hastings Borough Council’s Play Hastings team, play continues through the holiday period at these two pocket parks.
“Following on from the successful Play Days in the Park we are really pleased to offer more family play in two of our smaller green spaces” said Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for play.
“There will be so many free activities for families to get stuck into including treasure hunts, seed planting, clay, crafts, football and badminton and much, much more. Activities are being delivered by the council’s Play Hastings and StreetGames team on Mondays 8, 15 and 22 August at Hughenden Road Pocket Park 12.30 – 3pm and on Wednesdays 10, 17 and 24 August at Linton Gardens 11am - 1.30pm. No need to book, just come along with a picnic and join in the fun!” added Cllr Poole.
Councillor Sue Beaney of the Better Braybrooke Residents' Association commented:
"I welcome this opportunity to invite more people to discover the delights of Linton Gardens – it’s a hidden gem! The park is tucked away and deserves to be appreciated for what it is - a quiet retreat for all ages close to the town centre."
“We look forward to seeing lots of families here during August, there’s so much to do” she added.
These picnic and play days are funded by Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). All children under 8 years of age must be with an adult to stay and play.
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Battle of the Somme – Special Screening at Hastings Museum
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting a special screening of this film to mark the 100th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a special screening of the landmark film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ at Hastings Museum on Wednesday 10 August, 100 years to the day since it went on general release.
Hoping to celebrate the moment when British troops would turn the tide of the war, cameramen were allowed at the Front for the first time. The footage was shot during two weeks in July by Geoffrey Malins and John B McDowell. The film was a real blockbuster and was seen by around 22 million people, setting an unbroken box-office record.
Malins is of particular local interest as he was born in Hastings and traded as a photographer in Queens Road before moving into film work. He received an OBE for his wartime filming.
Cllr Dawn Poole lead member for leisure and culture at Hastings Borough Council commented:
“This is a great opportunity to see one of the most important war films ever made, with the added significance that it’s to be shown in the cameraman’s home town, Hastings. It’s amazing that we have such a link with a film that not only defined how the conflict has been viewed ever since, but which also opened up debates about war propaganda and media censorship that continues today.”
The film is part of Stage, Screen & Trench, an exhibition brought to the Museum as part of Hastings Remembers: Local Stories of the First World War, the Museum’s 5-year centenary project.
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the Museum reception. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. The Stage, Screen & Trench display continues until 4 September with free entry.
Schoolchildren paint 1,500 stones for King Harold’s grave
Hundreds of children across 1066 Country have been painting stones gold, as preparations intensify for the ROOT 1066 Festival, inspired by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
The story goes (one version of the story, at least) that after King Harold’s death his mother offered his weight in gold to William the Conqueror in exchange for her son’s body. But William refused, and Harold was buried beneath a cairn of stones on Pevensey beach. This has inspired Normandy artist Alice Schÿler Mallet to make a new artwork in the grounds of Pevensey Castle.
So far children from six primary schools have painted over 1,500 stones for the piece. To help paint the remaining 1,000, come to the stand outside Stade Hall on Monday 29 August. The installation, Harold’s Grave: His Weight in Gold, will be at Pevensey Castle from 7 September to 1 October.
iy_project: laser sites chosen
World-renowned light artist Chris Levine visited Hastings recently to map out the best sites to position the lasers for a spectacular immersive light and sound installation taking place on Hastings Pier on Saturday 10 September. The show will be visible all along the beach and promenade, as well as from the East and West Hills.
To help people get home afterwards, the East and West Hill lifts will be staying open until 10pm and Southeastern will be extending their 22.50 train service, which usually terminates at Tonbridge, to call at all principal stations through to Charing Cross.
The iy_project has been kindly supported by local high-speed internet provider Beaming.
PUSH: a community opera
In Battle, rehearsals are well under way for a powerful new opera, PUSH, a story of our times tracing themes of hope, togetherness, separation and fear. Last month saw the first all-performers full rehearsal, bringing together soloists from Glyndebourne, musicians from some of the UK’s major orchestras, and 250 children and adults from across 1066 Country.
PUSH makes its world premiere on Saturday 1 October at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, followed by a semi-staged version in Battle on Saturday 8 October 2016.
Hastings Speaks: a sneak preview
At Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, the Story of Hastings in 66 Objects exhibition is now open. Plus, until Monday 8 August you can see a sneak preview of Hastings Speaks: A Day in the Life of a Town. Meanwhile, the Hastings Speaks team are sorting through over 1,000 diary entries for the full exhibition, which will take place at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery from 13 September to 4 October. There will also be a live event at the Albion pub on 28 September, and a published anthology.
Hastings Speaks has been kindly supported by Martel Colour Print.
ROOT 1066 brochures are available from the Tourist Information Centre and many other venues, and can be downloaded from 1066contemporary.com. The ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.
Council supports 14 local community organisations to celebrate 1066 Anniversary.
Hastings Borough Council announces the organisations that were successful in their bid for the £30,000 Anniversary Community Grants Fund 2016
The 1066 Anniversary Community Grants Fund 2016 grants scheme was set up to help the communities of Hastings mark the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings. The fund is to help local community groups to hold their own events or projects as part of the town’s anniversary activities.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for regeneration explained:
“A particular focus for this one-off grants programme was to support activities in more isolated and disadvantaged communities where the main 950th anniversary programme of events will not be staged.
“We wanted the fund to support a range of projects which enabled people to mark the anniversary in any way that included cultural or community events, educational activities or more permanent memorials. The activities were for small groups and schools and had to take place during 2016 within the borough of Hastings”.
The funds were hugely oversubscribed but finally fourteen organisations and groups were selected to benefit from the £30,000 fund.
The grants ranged from £500 to St Leonards Primary Academy for an educational school trip to Battle Abbey and up to £2640 awarded to Women’s Voice for Echoing Jeremy Birch's One Hastings Many Voices. Their aim is to encourage social cohesion using cooking to bring women together to share skills and learn about which types of food were eaten in 1066. And, £3000 was awarded to aGender for a 1066 Anniversary Steam Print Spectacular; following the battles of 1066 -2016 and how to resolve them a series of print-making workshops where people’s creations will be shown at the Stade as part of Hastings Cartoon Festival.
“We are delighted that so many groups and organisations were keen to get involved with the 950th celebrations and look forward to seeing all the winning projects come to fruition” added Cllr Poole.
Hastings Museum Secures funding from the Arts Council Museum Resilience Fund
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery has been successful in its bid to the Museum Resilience Fund for £85,000 to support its future development and sustainability.
The Museum resilience fund supports museums in adapting to economic, environmental and social change so that they can continue to deliver high quality work and become more sustainable and resilient businesses. The investment complements the Arts Council’s investment in Major partner museums and recognises that excellence and the potential for excellence can be found in museums of all sizes.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for culture at Hastings Borough Council explained:
“This is fantastic news for Hastings and the future of the museum. The £85,000 fund will finance a project called ‘Finding our Place 2’. This will see Hastings Museum & Art Gallery transform its identity and visibility, both to the public and internally to staff.
“The project will focus on four core areas of work: marketing and promotion, audience development and engagement, business development and a review of the collection strategy.
“We want to continue to offer residents and visitors to Hastings an exceptional museum that is modern and sustainable. This will be an 18-month project which will start in October this year to April 2018 and we very much look forward to seeing the results.”
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery were one of 94 museums nationally to receive part of the £12m pot given out by the Arts Council’s Museum Resilience Fund with 6 museums benefitting in the Sussex, Surrey and Kent region.