Press Releases week beginning 11 July 2016
Art Car Boot Fair at the Stade
This Saturday (16 July) there is a unique opportunity to buy art from a very special car boot sale at the Stade Open Space, Hastings as part of the Stade Saturdays programme of events.
The Art Car Boot Fair is an original idea by Karen Ashton and has been developed by Karen and her sister Helen Hayward in London since 2004. Their aim is for the Art Car Boot Fair to be a day when artists let their hair down and for all-comers to engage with art in a totally informal way, and to pick up some real art bargains to boot!
“This is your chance to buy a one-off piece of art direct from the artist – some of them very big names indeed, such as Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for culture.
“Car boots will open at 12 noon, overflowing with local and London talents including an exciting new collaboration with Marcus Harvey whose exhibition opens on Saturday at the Jerwood Gallery. There will also be Hastings exclusive prints from Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Keith Coventry, Gavin Turk, plus a talking Chicken Town hand- print from John Cooper Clarke and hand painted album covers containing the latest vinyl release from Turner prize winning artist Martin Creed & Band who will also be performing live” added Cllr Poole.
The Art Car Boot Fair takes place at the Stade Open Space Hastings on Saturday 16 July - 12 noon - 4 pm. Entry is £3.00 (free after 3pm)
Participation in the Art Car Boot Fair is by invitation only.
Local lads selected to attend Public Health Event
Four young people have been selected from Hastings Borough Council’s StreetGames to attend a public health event and be part of a 30 strong young people’s group to meet and discuss health issues with Public Health England.
All four attended the ‘Have Your Say’ workshop and were invited to an event in London on 9 July with Public Health England.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for leisure explained:
“Have Your Say is the youth voice for public health and it helps to influence a change in policy and procedure nationally on health, wellbeing and physical activity. We are very pleased that four young people have been chosen from Hastings to be part of this 30 strong group to represent and put forward ideas about health and wellbeing – they should be very proud of themselves!”
Connor, Andrew, Aiden and Toby are all aged between 17 and 18 years and participate locally in the council’s StreetGames project.
To find out more about StreetGames visit www.activehastings.org.uk
Eid celebrated in Hastings
Scores of local families descended upon Alexandra Park on Sunday to take part in festivities marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The Eid al-Fitr celebration was organised by the Kids and Muslim Mums Group (KAMM) with support from Hastings Borough Council.
Cllr Judy Rogers, Mayor of Hastings opened the event, she explained:
“Despite the weather, it was great to see so many families at the festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan. We enjoyed listening to Arab music, children singing, reciting the Quran and reading poetry. Delicious food and crafts were also on offer for all to appreciate.
“Events like this are important to us and the town; it demonstrates that we really are ‘one Hastings with many voices’.
Local ward councillor Warren Davies also attended the festival and recited a poem by Sheikh Abu Said in honour of an event that brought people together.
Hannah Almoosavi, from KAMM the organisers of the event added:
“We all had a very enjoyable time and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Hastings Borough Council for their support, it is very much appreciated.”
KAMM is a not-for-profit educational group that has been active in the Hastings’ community since 2002. Its members take part in various Hastings-based events and activities that promote multi-cultural integration through support for women and children’s education and well-being.
Blacksmiths on the Beach attracts 6,000 spectators
Six thousand people visited Hastings beach last weekend (8-10 July) to watch blacksmiths from all over the country hot-forging pieces of a new sculpture. Ten mobile forges were set up on the Stade Open Space, where people could see the blacksmiths at work with their hammers and anvils. The fully safe children’s forge also proved very popular.
The free three-day event was part of the ROOT1066 Festival of Contemporary Arts, inspired by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, and was organised by local sculptor Leigh Dyer, in collaboration with the British Artist Blacksmiths Association.
“This was a wonderful combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern art, people were enthralled by the blacksmiths at work,” said Cllr Peter Chowney, the leader of Hastings Borough Council. “The heat, smell and sound were intense, and the skills on show were truly impressive. The sculpture will be a beautiful addition to our seafront when it’s finished.”
The sculpture – ‘The Landing’ – will be assembled over the summer and unveiled on 10 September, rising like the prow of a Norman longboat from the shingle on Hastings seafront, by Albert Place. It will incorporate a time capsule of letters from local people, to be opened in 2066 on the 1000th anniversary.
The British Artist Blacksmiths Association has created collaborative public artworks around the UK – such as the Blacksmith’s Needle on the Quayside in Newcastle, and the International Pillar of Friendship in Ironbridge. In September, they will be travelling to Ypres in Belgium to work on a commemorative Poppy Cenotaph.
ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. Blacksmiths on the Beach has been sponsored by Birchwood Ford, and many local people and companies have supported the building of The Landing through a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Hastings and Rother i-Rock launches in Hastings
i-Rock a new service for 14 -25 year olds has been launched in Hastings this week (Monday 11 July).
The new service based at Rock House, Cambridge Road offers young people help and advice with issues including, emotional wellbeing, mental health, education, employment and housing.
“I really welcome this project which is a vital link to the many services which can help with the wellbeing of young people and I am pleased that the Clinical Commissioning Group recognises the priority” said Cllr Sue Beaney, Hastings Borough Council’s mental health champion.
She added: “As a psychotherapist practising locally I am increasingly receiving referrals for younger teens and am glad the age range has been reduced to 14. It is around this age that many young people begin to suffer from uncertainties and pressure and feel alone and unsupported. i-Rock offers services that will help young people to make sense of an increasingly unstable world and hopefully prevent the development of more serious mental health conditions”.
The wellbeing of young people in Hastings and Rother is of key importance to the Hastings Youth Council. They have been involved with the consultation process for this new service and were pleased to attend the launch and to support this project.
The service is open three days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am – 7pm on a drop-in basis.
Local schools attend Hastings Safety in Action event
Primary school children from across the borough have taken part in a Safety in Action event at Bohemia Road Fire station this week (11- 15 July)
This partnership project co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was funded by East Sussex County Council Public Health, the Safer Hastings Partnership and Hastings Lions Club.
Cllr Warren Davies, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for environment and safety attended the event. He said: “It was great to see so many schools taking the opportunity to attend this very informative local event. The aim was to teach children aged 10-11 years, how to deal with or avoid life threatening situations”.
“Different scenarios were set up and pupils were able to participate and learn from the group activities, including how to make a call to the emergency services and what information they need to make that call and safety issues around water and railways”.
“We would like to thank all the agencies, sponsors and volunteers that have worked together at this event to teach our children important lessons about keeping safe.”
Agencies delivering the scenarios included East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards, Southern Rail, Hastings Borough Council and UK Power networks.