Press Releases week beginning 24 October 2016
Hastings Honours the Humble Herring
Hastings Herring Fair 05 - 06 November 2016
Organised by Hastings Borough Council and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), the fifth annual Hastings Herring Fair will take place at the Stade Open Space in Hastings over the weekend 05 and 06 November 2016.
"We are pleased to present the Hastings Herring Fair again this year which aims to promote the local herring industry and showcase the versatile herring which is so abundant at this time of year." explained Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for marketing.
"After the successful classes held at the Seafood and Wine Festival, the famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School will be back to deliver cookery classes in the Classroom on the Coast on Saturday 05 November. These special herring taster classes will teach you how to prepare herring and you'll be able to take some home to cook" added Cllr Forward.
There'll be demos from local forager, Sarah Watson of Wild Feast and lots of stalls offering mouth-watering fishy dishes, vegetarian options and plenty of local wine together with a beer festival run by the First in Last Out (FILO) public house and a host of music and entertainment including shanty singers, bands, dance performances and a ceilidh until 4.30pm on Sunday 06 November to top it all off.
"Once again the fair promises to be an exciting weekend full of all things fishy and don't forget this is an undercover event so will not be affected by wet weather! "said Cllr Forward.
The Herring Fair takes place at The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings on Saturday 05 and Sunday 06 November 11am - 4pm both days. Full details of all festival events can be found at http://www.hastingsfestivals.com/herringfair
To avoid disappointment book the Billingsgate Cookery classes in advance. Places are £6 per person, contact Billingsgate directly 020 75173548. Class times are 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm
Young Volunteers Rewarded for Their Hard Work
Hastings Borough Council hosted an awards ceremony for the many young volunteers in Hastings on Monday night (24 October)
Play Hastings, StreetGames, In2Play, Hastings Military preparation college and the Youth Council all came together at the special event at the Stade Hall, Hastings on Monday night (24 October) where Cllr Dawn Poole and the Mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers thanked the volunteers for the time they have given to help at Playdays in the Park and numerous other community events and play sessions over the past year.
Cllr Poole, the council's lead member for leisure said:
"Without the help and commitment from the young volunteers it would be very difficult to run the many events we do so successfully. Their help and constant enthusiasm is invaluable so it's very important that we recognise all the work they do.
"We have seen many of the young people grow in confidence while volunteering; some are currently taking courses and have completed training days under the guidance of our Play Hastings and Street Games teams which will give them useful qualifications for the future and some have become very active in the Youth Council. All this helps to improve self-esteem and creates great role models for other young people in Hastings. It also enables them to add some really excellent experience opportunity to their CV's for future employment.
"Over 50 local young people received awards on the night and our thanks must go to Subway at Hastings College and Hastings town centre Dominos for providing the food and Blue Reef Aquarium who donated entry tickets.
"We would also like to thank Orbit South, AmicusHorizon and Big Local North East Hastings who has contributed financially to our young volunteer's project this summer and enabled us to run such an inclusive scheme".
For information about how to become a volunteer in Play or Sport contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01424 451051
Wartling Close Bridge to be closed for repairs
Wartling Close Bridge in the wooded area close to Church Wood, St Leonards will be temporarily closed on Friday morning 28 October from 08:00 for essential repair work.
To ensure public safety, once closed the old rusty railings will be replaced with a temporary guard rail. When this interim work has been carried out public access will resume across the bridge until a more permanent repair and replacement can be made.
Usdaw: 125 Years Strong new exhibition at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
A pop-up exhibition the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers 'Usdaw: 125 Years Strong' will open to the public from 1 to 30 November 2016 at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
The exhibition reviews Usdaw's social history and showcases campaigns then and now in the areas of safer workplaces, better conditions, improved pay and fairness at work. The exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the rights of shop workers through the years.
"One hundred and twenty five years ago, representatives of workers met in Manchester and Birmingham to establish the trade unions which would, in 1947, amalgamate to become the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers" said Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for leisure. "We are really pleased to be hosting this exhibition as part its tour during 2016 especially with Hastings' history of early socialism and the Robert Tressell connections with the town".
The exhibition opens at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery on 01 November with FREE entrance.
More information of events at Hastings Museum can be found from their website www.hmag.org.uk