Press Releases week beginning 17 October 2016
Hastings Hosts the 64th National Town Criers Championship
The 64th National Town Criers' Championship took place on Saturday 15 October at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings.
Fourteen criers from all over the country took part in this annual, colourful event and they were judged on their volume, diction, clarity and inflection together with their fit of costume, bearing, overall appearance and use of historically relevant groups.
The competition was held over 2 heats which consisted of their Home Cry and one written on the subject '1066 and all That'.
"We were very pleased to welcome all the criers to Hastings this year for the national event but also as part of our 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings celebrations" said Judy Rogers, mayor of Hastings who attended the event. "It was great to see so many attend and stay for the rest of the day to take part in other events in the town organised for Hastings Week" she added.
This year's overall winner with only one point ahead was Alistair Chisholm from Dorchester with Ken Knowles from Lichfield in second place and Dev Hobson from Middlewich in third place. Robert Needham from Colchester won the best dressed award and Maureen Taunton representing Newport and Stafford won the best dressed consort.
Council Sports Coach Wins Community Award
The 1066 Community Awards took place last week in Hastings at St Mary in the Castle to recognise the unsung community heroes of 1066 Country.
"Our congratulations must go to Eugenie Demeza the council's Active Hastings Operations Coordinator for winning Best Coach. We are really pleased to see a member of staff recognised for her tireless commitment to the work she does for the good of residents and visitors to our town" said Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for leisure.
"Unfortunately Eugenie couldn't attend the awards ceremony as she was busy coaching but her mum received the award on her behalf. Well done Eugenie!" added Cllr Poole.
Active Hastings works with local providers of physical activity to give easy, fun ways to get physically active. Activities are on offer for all ages and abilities from walks in the park to acrobatics and netball to tai chi.
The current programme can be viewed: Active Hastings Autumn Programme
St Leonards' Shops Win Design Awards
The Central St Leonards Town Team hosted a reception last week to recognise and reward businesses in St Leonards that are making the most of their retail frontages and firmly placing shopping in St Leonards back on the map after years of decline.
Supported and funded by Hastings Borough Council, with sponsorship from the Co-op, awards were made to over 35 of St Leonards' finest retailers, bars, restaurants and commercial businesses.
"It was great to see so many businesses represented at these awards and all of them worked so hard to make the most of their shop front. Gold, silver and bronze awards were given and recognition was given to those that bring something extra to the area" said Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for regeneration who attended the awards ceremony at The Royal Victoria Hotel.
She added: "St Leonards really is on the up and it's down to businesses like these with the support from the Town Team that are making the difference. Congratulations to you all!"
Gold winners included Shop, Relax Restaurant, Half Man Half Burger, The Wine Shed, Spread Eagle Tattoo, Calneva, Bobo Flowers and Kino-Teatr.
Plans To Be Developed To Tackle Crime In St Leonards
Plans to tackle crime in St Leonards are being developed following a meeting called by Hastings Borough Council.
The meeting last Friday (14th October) was attended by the leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Peter Chowney; local ward councillors; Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd; the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne; a Sussex Police team ted by Asst Chief Constable Laurence Taylor, who is responsible for local policing and public protection; and members of the local community.
Cllr Peter Chowney said :- "It was an excellent meeting. I am pleased that the issue of crime in the Kings Road area of St Leonards is being taken seriously by all of the organisations involved in the prevention of crime in this area. We will now be working closely with all our partners to develop an action plan that will help deal with the various issues identified at the meeting. We will produce this as soon as possible."
Amber Rudd MP added :- "I was pleased to be able to attend the meeting last Friday, and hear first hand the concerns of local councillors and the local community. I look forward to seeing the action plan which I am sure will give us a clear way forward, and help allay the local fears of crime."
ACC Laurence Taylor said :- "I know Hastings well, and understand how important it is to deal with the concerns held by the local community here, a focus which currently relates to crimes committed by some young people. We are committed to appointing a police officer to act as a youth liaison with partners in Hastings. They will concentrate their efforts in St Leonards initially."
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said :-"I know from frequent visits to St Leonards that crime, particularly antisocial behaviour, is a real concern for local residents and businesses. That is why I have financially supported various community initiatives in the area and have even backed the opening of a new police community hub. It is also why I have maintained funding to the Council's community safety partnership at the same level for the past four years. My Youth Commission has also made recommendations that have helped to improve relations between young people and the police.
"I will continue to work hard to ensure that Sussex Police do all that is required of them in the action plan that is being developed. I also welcome the Council's commitment to this plan and their acknowledgement that the police cannot tackle this problem alone."
Hastings will mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster on Friday 21th October
The mayor and council leader will lead a short procession from the Town Hall to Queens Square, outside Priory Meadow, where a minute's silence will be observed at 9.15am.
In 1966, a waste tip collapsed at a coal mine in the Welsh village of Aberfan. The resulting landslide hit Pantglas Junior School just after the pupils had gone inside for morning lessons, on the last day before the autumn half term. In all 116 children and 28 adults died.
A spokesperson for Hastings Borough Council said: "Our hearts go out to the relatives of those who died in Aberfan 50 years ago, and we send them our respects and our solidarity,"