Press Releases week beginning 08 August 2016
Play Days in the Park 2016
Hundreds of children enjoyed free games and activities at Play Days in Alexandra Park to celebrate the start of their summer holidays.
The events, hosted by Hastings Borough Council's Play Hastings Team saw families flocking to the park, despite the poor weather, to join in the fun on Wednesday 27 July and Wednesday 03 August.
Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for leisure explained:
"It was great to see so many families in the park enjoying the free play and sports and games on offer. Activities included arts and crafts, sumo suits, pirate play, water play and water slide, tree climbing, woodwork, dressing up, marble runs, mud pies and much, much more.
We would like to say a big thank you to Hastings Round Table for funding the bungee run, Colossal Events for the sumo suits and large garden games and the Inside Out Theatre Company for providing pirate play. Thank you also to Stamco for donating wood, Hastings Fire and Rescue Service for lending us the inflatable goal, South East Stars for providing the tumble track and Hastings Kick Boxing Academy and Sedlescombe Golf Club for providing free workshops.
"Our thanks must also go to all those that help to make our Play Days events so successful. These groups include In2play, Active Hastings and Street Games, Hastings and St Leonards Children's Centres, Horizons CIC, Athelstan Nursery, the Youth Council, the council's ranger service, Hastings Army Cadets all stall holders and activity providers and of course all the young volunteers."
This year over 38 young volunteers aged between 13 and 17 donated their free time to attend play training and then support the play activities at the event. The volunteers were recruited through town wide street play sessions supported by Orbit South, AmicusHorizon and North East Hastings Big Local.
Get involved with Marcus Harvey: Inselaffe at Jerwood Gallery
All the family can get involved in the critically acclaimed new Marcus Harvey exhibition at Hastings' Jerwood Gallery this autumn, through six special ROOT1066 workshops.
Entitled Inselaffe, the exhibition (on until 16 October) is a series of tough, but humorous, sculptures and paintings that forge motifs and emblems relating to notions of Britishness and embroiled history such as militaria and joke shop knick-knacks into collaged portraits of historical figures; from Nelson to Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon to Tony Blair. The resulting exhibition is unapologetic and powerful, political yet ambiguous, reflecting Harvey's concerns with subjects such as national identity and masculinity.
Jerwood Gallery director Liz Gilmore says "It's an enormous privilege to be working with Marcus Harvey in this important year for Hastings - the 950 anniversary of 1066. The exhibition will combine some monumental new works alongside key historical pieces, showing Harvey's significant contribution to British art."
FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER: EMILY HEDLEY - TOWNSCAPE TAPESTRY (CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP, 12.30-4.30pm)
Join Artist Educator Emily Hedley for a junk modelling extravaganza, celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the Inselaffe exhibition, and transform the studio walls into a 3D installation of Hastings town! Use paint, collage and junk modelling to create a collaborative townscape, inspired by Marcus Harvey's bas relief painting style, where 3D forms emerge from painted and photographic backdrops. This workshop is suitable for 4-11 yr olds and costs £1.50 per child.
SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER: SARAH CIACCI - INTERPRETING MARCUS HARVEY (2-4pm)
Marcus Harvey's work undoubtedly provokes a response, being rich in political, social and artistic references. Sarah will help to unpick some of these references, beginning with a short talk introducing the artist and examining some of the themes found in his work before moving into the galleries to analyse the pieces in more depth. You will have time to explore the exhibition on your own or in small groups and to gather your thoughts before coming back together to discuss selected works in more detail. This workshop is suitable for over 16s and costs £4 per person.
SATURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER: INSPIRED BY MARCUS HARVEY - PECULIARLY HASTINGS PORTRAITS (11.30-4pm)
Harvey's most recent work forges motifs and emblems of Britishness, such as military memorabilia and joke shop knick-knacks into collaged portraits of historical figures. His exhibition name 'Inselaffe' is derived from a tongue-in-cheek theory that evolution must have stalled in the UK, as British people behave in such a yobbish manner. You can create a collage portrait in either 2D or 3D in this workshop. The materials used will reflect what you know about the sitter. Your selected muse can be a yob or a well-known person (or both!), and they can be alive or deceased - but they must be from Hastings! This workshop is suitable for over 16s and costs £8 per person.
SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER: ANDY WILLARD - RANDOM STORY GENERATOR (CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP, 1-4pm)
Following the success of his great grandfather's prototype Random Story Generator, launched in 1872, Professor Andrew Willard brings the new and updated Generator to Jerwood Gallery for the very first time. Expect to have your imagination stimulated, your mind expanded and your creativity invigorated by this wondrous and unpredictable machine and its operator! Discover skills you never knew you had and take part in producing exclusive, Inselaffe-inspired stories that will thrill and entertain for years to come. This workshop is suitable for under 10s and costs £1.50 per child.
FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER: AN EVENING WITH MARCUS HARVEY (from 6.30pm)
Join us for An Evening with Marcus Harvey to hear the artist himself talk in detail about his largest UK solo public gallery exhibition to date and for an insight into his artistic practice. Tickets are £10 per person (£8 for Jerwood Gallery Members) and include a glass of wine.
SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER: HERMIONE ALLSOPP - IMAGINARY ISLANDS (CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP, 2-4pm)
Hermione will help you create large-scale art works of imaginary islands using collage, photographic prints and paint, inspired by the paintings in Inselaffe. Participants will invent caricatures and hybrid characters to inhabit these new worlds. The workshop will playfully explore the relationship between photography, painting and sculpture, what it means to be an island nation and the impact it has had on our identity and history. This event is suitable for 8-12 year olds and costs £1.50 per child.
SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER: STEPHANIE RUBIN - PLASTER MEMORABILIA (CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP, 1-4pm)
Inspired by Marcus Harvey's tough, but humorous, ceramic sculptures, create your own collaged composition using bas relief templates of typical British memorabilia, air drying clay and hand modelling techniques - taking a piece constructed from multiple elements home to dry and colour. Choose your own historic figure or even a family member to turn into a Harvey-esque portrait. This workshop is suitable for 6-12 year olds and costs £1.50 per child.
Booking is essential for all these events as places are limited. To book, please call 01424 728377 during gallery opening hours (Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm).
Brass Band Orchestra to Perform for Stade Saturdays
De Verenigde Vrienden Melden Orchestra will perform in Hastings as part of the weekly summer Stade Saturdays programme of events this Saturday, 13 August.
To celebrate cross-European accord, this 36-strong brass band orchestra, conducted by Davy Bonnarens, was formed in 1944 and is made up of community members from the Hastings twin town of Oudenaarde in Belgium.
"Marking a special free event between our twin towns Oudenaarde and Hastings this promises to be a fantastic evening" said Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for culture.
"The orchestra presents a mix of popular classical numbers and up-tempo pop classics in the style of the legendary James Last and his orchestra", added Cllr Poole.
The performance starts at the Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings at 7.30pm on Saturday 13 August.
To see the full Stade Saturdays programme of events visit: https://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays or pick up a programme from the Tourist Information Centre.
Property owner fined for breach of enforcement notice
A property owner from St Leonards was found guilty at Eastbourne Magistrates Court last Friday (05 August 2016) for a breach of enforcement notice.
Pavel Curzen failed to comply with an enforcement notice served on him by Hastings Borough Council on 16 September 2015 under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by Part 1 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.
As owner of the land at, 22 Charles Road, Hastings, Mr Curzen failed to reinstate the boundary balustrade and entrance path to its original state in terms of appearance colours and materials by the required date, 18th February 2016.
Curzen pleaded guilty and was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £342 with a victim surcharge of £20.
Got 2 Minutes? Make a difference with a 2 minute beach clean
#2minutebeachclean is a project that started in Cornwall by Martin Dorey and is rapidly sweeping across the world and, Hastings has now adopted the scheme.
38 million drinks bottles are thrown away every day in the UK. 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals die each year due to marine litter.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for the foreshore explained:
"This project is about raising awareness of the scale, source and impact of marine litter. It is destroying our oceans.
"We want to encourage people that use our beaches to get involved. Plastic doesn't biodegrade; it shouldn't be on the beach. It breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces called micro plastics, gets mistaken for food and so kills wildlife.
"Every piece of plastic removed from the beach no matter how big or small will no longer be a threat to the marine environment, it will not be ingested by wildlife, won't attract toxins and it won't strangle a seabird or sea mammal."
Hastings Borough Council has sited litter pickers and bags at the Lifeguard Station at Pelham Place, the Beach Office at Marina and the Blue Reef Aquarium at Rock-a-Nore for anyone to use. Take 2 minutes to collect what you can and return the litter and litter picker to the site.
"So if you're on the beach or just taking a stroll along the prom, spare 2 minutes to help with this project. Even if you bag just one plastic bottle it all helps. You could even take part in the social media campaign 'Pick it - snap it - tag it' by uploading your images to #2minutebeachclean via Twitter or Instagram. Come on, get involved, take 2 minutes to make a difference to your beach and the environment" added Cllr Poole.
More information can be found at http://beachclean.net/
Hastings Company Fined for Unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation
A Hastings company has been found guilty of failing to license a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
The company secretary of 33 Kenilworth Road RTM Company Limited registered at 18 St Andrews Square, Hastings was summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Friday 05 August 2016 for managing an HMO between 24 December 2015 and 19 April 2016 at the same address in Kenilworth Road without the required license under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004.
Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for housing explained:
"The council has a duty to protect tenants from rogue landlords and ensure that people have decent homes to live in. It's unfair to the responsible landlords if others avoid licensing controls which are there to set agreed standards that they all should meet.
"This company ignored reasonable requests from the council to licence the property and therefore it was necessary to pursue formal action through the Courts. We will continue to seek out unlicensed properties and prosecute owners who ignore requests to licence their properties."
33 Kenilworth Road RTM Company Limited did not attend court but was proven guilty in absence. They were fined £2000 and ordered to pay costs £441 with a victim surcharge £200.
Property Owner in Hastings Prosecuted
The owner of a property in Cambridge Road, Hastings was prosecuted at Eastbourne magistrate's court on Friday 05 August 2016 for failing to comply with a section 215 notice served by Hastings Borough Council's planning enforcement team under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Mr Colin Foy, the property owner, was served the notice on 15 February 2016 by the council requiring that within three months of 23 March 2016 certain works were undertaken to improve the property in Cambridge Road.
The required works included hacking off and re-rendering and painting of all render, woodwork and metalwork.
Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for development control said:
"The section 215 notice gives councils the power to deal with untidy land and dilapidated buildings, by getting owners to improve them. If they don't, they get a fine, but still have to do the work as well.
"The notice was served on Mr Foy by the council's planning enforcement team in February 2016 and despite warnings he failed to make the necessary property improvements.
"We take issues of this nature very seriously indeed and will prosecute if residents ignore our warnings."
Mr Foy failed to attend court and was found guilty in absence. He was fined £500 with costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £50