Press Releases week beginning 11 January 2016
Hastings Remembers :- Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
Hastings Borough Council will host its annual Holocaust Memorial Day service at 1100 on Saturday 30th January at St Mary in the Castle.
Organiser Brian Linke explained: - "The Holocaust Memorial Service is an opportunity for everyone to take the time to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. By remembering those who suffered, we learn the lessons of the past and challenge ourselves to work to end discrimination and hatred.
"We are looking forward to our local community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides.
"This year's service will have a talk by the Emeritus Archbishop of Southwark on the theme 'Don't Stand By'. Other participants using the theme will include the Acromax Performance Group working with Ark Helenswood Academy while St Richard's College will give their interpretation of "First They Came". Frances Elson will tell us the story of her family in "Escape to Auschwitz", while music will be provided by Opera South East. We are very grateful to all those taking part in the service for their support.
"By listening to these stories we can understand the need to work together to create a society which is free from discrimination and hatred :- learning lessons from the past creates a better future.
"The service is open to everyone, and admission is free but by ticket only. Tickets must be obtained in advance, and are available from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Hastings Library and Bexhill Library."
Hastings United team up with council's StreetGames
Hastings Borough Council and Hastings United Football Club have teamed up to deliver a new project called Hastings United in the Community. The project will provide low cost football coaching within local schools and the community.
A launch event was held last Saturday (09 January) at the Pilot Field which was attended by young footballers, club members, local councillors and other dignitaries.
Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for regeneration, who attended the event explained:
"The aim of the project is to get young people active and back into grassroots football in a fun way with the help and support of the local football club, Hastings United.
"All coaches will be FA (Football Association) qualified and will work closely with the club. As part of the programme, the club will offer match day experiences for some of the young people taking part such as meeting with players, watching games and when conditions and availability allow, a chance to have a run out on the award winning Pilot Field pitch.
"For those that want to get into coaching there will be opportunities to work with coaches and mentors who will help them towards various qualifications within the sporting sector. And, the project will set up school holiday programmes and 6 a side competitions across the borough.
"This is an exciting project for local young people and we are delighted to be a partner."
David Ormerod, Chairman of Hastings United Football Club said:
"The club are very pleased to be a partner with Hastings Borough Council's StreetGames, in a community scheme that is based around young people and local schools.
"The project is a positive stepping stone for the club in its desire to build closer and more positive links with Hastings Borough Council and the community in general and compliments well with the club's already in place football academy partnership".
Please note that we have been advised that the planning inspector who was appointed to undertake the 'Rocklands' appeal hearing next week has been taken ill. The hearing is therefore postponed until we hear further from the Planning Inspectorate.