Press Releases week beginning 06 June 2016
Drinking Fountain Restoration
The restoration of an historic drinking water fountain on St Leonards seafront has been marked by Cllr Peter Chowney, the leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Judy Rogers, the mayor of Hastings, and descendants of James Castello, who gave the drinking water fountain to St Leonards in memory of his wife, Edith, who died in 1907.
James Castello lived at No 10 The Mount, named Elliris after his two children Ellis and Iris. During their lifetime Ellis and Iris ensured that the fountain was maintained in good condition. When their four children, James' grandchildren, all of whom attended the commemoration, realised that restoration work was required they approached Hastings Borough Council. The council met just over half of the cost of the work, with the Castello family contributing the rest.
Janet Langdon, 76, James Castello's youngest grandchild, was the driving force behind the restoration work. She said :- "The family is delighted with the work that has been carried out on this drinking water fountain, which has been operational since my grandfather gave it to the town 108 years ago, and continues to be used by passing walkers, cyclists and dogs. Indeed, we believe it has provided drinking water continuously for longer than any other drinking water fountain in the country. Hastings Borough Council has been very supportive, and local stonemasons Burslem, have done a superb job of restoring it."
Cllr Peter Chowney added :- "This has been a great project, and I am very pleased indeed that we were able to work in partnership with the Castello family to restore the fountain. It was good, too, to see all four of James' grandchildren here, five of his six great grandchildren, and one of his five great, great grandchildren. The drinking water fountain has served the town and its visitors well for 108 years, and I am sure it will now continue to do so well into the future."
New for Hastings and Bexhill - 1066 Cycling Festival
1066 Cycling Festival is a brand new free two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will run over the weekend 11 and 12 June in two venues, Hastings and Bexhill.
Organised by Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings team with support from Rother District Council the event will showcase some fantastic cycling events, demonstrations and family fun activities.
On Saturday 11 June the festival will open at 2pm at the Stade Open Space in Hastings with a school and family parade. Other events include a pro BMX demo by The Source, stunt displays by the amazing 3SIXTY bicycle stunt team, a chance to look at Electra bikes and find out why they are so special with Handsome Bicycles and even a best decorated bike competition.
Events finish at the Stade Open Space at 6pm but continue in Bottle Alley, Hastings with the Bottle Alley Bike Bomb. Races start at 7pm at Bottle Alley; to participate register for free at the Pier from midday.
Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for leisure said:
"This is set to be a great new festival that will add to our already vibrant calendar of events. There will be so much to see and do; something for everyone. Come and enjoy the fun and don't forget to bring your decorated bike along and register for the races in the Bottle Alley Bike Bomb!"
The fun continues on Sunday 12 June at the De La Warr Pavilion 11am - 3pm.
Events in Bexhill include free bike maintenance provided by Bexhill Bike Hire, a Coastal Culture Trail ride plus picnic and BMX sessions at Bexhill BMX Track.
Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, said:
"This promises to be a valuable addition to the calendar and will offer lots of fun activities on two wheels which should appeal to people of all ages."
On both days festival visitors will be treated to Rollapaluza where participants can battle it out on bikes over a sprint distance at speeds in excess of 50mph, travel the world during a virtual spin session provided by Freedom Leisure and make free fruit smoothies with a special smoothie bike supplied by Sustrans.
For more information about the festival and to view the full programme visit www.visit1066country.com/cyclingfestival or call Eugenie on 01424 451051
Half Term Fun - Seaside Coastal Quest
Children and families registered at the Jerwood Gallery to set sail on their own special free Coastal Quest along Hastings Seafront last Friday. (03 June)
This new children's play project was run by Hastings Borough Council's Play Hastings Team, Jerwood Gallery, Coastal Culture Trail, and Hastings Pier Charity.
Families started the Coastal Quest by naming their imaginary ship and taking part in the Jerwood's flag workshop. Then, with their trail map they went to a dessert island for pirate hat making, shell painting and sand castle building with the Play Hastings Team.
Further along the quest, they sailed until they reached a play stop for sea monster making. They then anchored their ships at Hastings Pier and enjoyed windmill making and lots of sea themed crafts in the newly opened Birch Room.
Once the quest tasks were all complete the children received a named Coastal Quest certificate.
More of these Coastal Quest events will take place during the summer holidays and it's hoped that Hastings Museum and Art Gallery may be another quest destination.
For more information about these events contact Laura Beerling Play Development Officer Hastings Borough Council 01424 451452 email@example.com
International Children's Day celebrated in Hastings
In 1925 The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed 01 June to be International Children's Day and it has been marked in Hastings this year with a family fun activity day.
Lots of children came together from across the town last week (01 June) to celebrate this special day in Alexandra Park.
Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration and culture who attended the event said:
"This is an important day in Hastings and I was very pleased to have been involved. This is the sixth year that Women's Voice has hosted the event and this year in partnership with the council's Play Hastings Team.
"There was so much to do and it was great to see young local talent and performances from Respond Academy and Gizmo and the Bangladeshi, Chinese and Afghani dance shows at the bandstand.
"Our thanks must go to all the groups and individuals that helped to make the day a success especially the three young compares, performers, stall holders, activity providers and of course all the families that came along to join in.
"International Children's Day in Hastings really did demonstrate that we truly are 'one Hastings, many amazing night voices'."
Circus Geeks present Project Vee at the Stade
Stade Saturdays returns to Hastings with another packed programme of events throughout the summer season from June to October. It's a series of FREE performances organised by Hastings Borough Council that take place at the Stade Open Space in the heart of Hastings Old Town.
Circus Geeks began as a blog about circus skills and has now transformed into an alternative performance company. This Saturday (11 June) Circus Geeks present Project Vee.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for culture explained:
"We are really pleased to fund another Stade Saturdays programme for 2016. The events are all free to residents and visitors and there is always something for everyone in the fun packed scheduled.
"This weekend we will see Project Vee - a two person thirty minute outdoor spectacle. The show combines elements of classic street performance with unusual traditional circus inspired by a legendary Soviet circus act. Humans, steel, concrete and motors meet in the most unlikely ways as Project Vee takes juggling to a new centrifugal dimension!"
There will be two performances 7:30pm and 8:50pm at the Stade Open Space, Hastings.
Visit https://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays for the full Stade Saturday's programme or pick up the programme from the Tourist Information Centre.