Press Releases week beginning 30 July 2018
Enterprising brothers win prestigious award
Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex visited the Source Park in Hastings on (Thursday July 19th) to present the business with the Queen's Awards For Enterprise: International Trade, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
The presentation made to the company founders Richard and Marc Moore was also attended by the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Peter Pragnell and the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Nigel Sinden, as well as proud employees, friends, family and customers. This award allows the company to fly the Queens Award flag as well as using the Queens Award marks until April 2023.
Richard Moore, Managing Director, said:- "It was such a huge honour to be awarded a Queens Award - it is by far the most prestigious business accolade you can get, and it's a great reflection of the hard work of all of our team"
His brother Marc Moore, Sales Director, added:- "We were really honoured to receive this award for our export business which is growing rapidly and now represents over half of our sales. The Source Park and Hastings feature heavily in all our overseas marketing and we're grateful to for this opportunity to receive this award on behalf of our staff."
Cllr Nigel Sinden, the mayor of Hastings, was proud to be invited. He said:- "Winning this award is a major achievement. It is really deserved, and I pay tribute to Richard and Marc, who started this now multimillion pound business, providing much-needed employment, from their bedroom. This award recognises just what they, and their team, have done in just 15 years.
Wheelie, wheelie good!
Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings team are staffing the seaside cycle hire hut this summer with adult bikes, balance bikes, adult electric bikes and powered trike to hire; they will also be hiring out deck chairs for visitor and residents.
Councillor Andy Batsford, spokesperson for leisure and sports development said, 'What I love about this project is we are taking a traditional cycle and deckchair hire providing all those things a exciting family seaside town should offer and then adding on top with our amazing sports and leisure team will be encouraging local people to get active so come down and get cycling"
The seaside cycle hire hut is open 7 days a week 12noon to 6pm until 3 September. The Active Hastings team will also be leading a series of rides along the seafront during the summer, starting Monday 6 August. Meet at 10.00 at the cycle hut, and only £3 for an hours ride along the seafront. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential, for more information about this, please email Active Hastings on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01424 451051. Or look at the website
Costs of bike hire are from £5. When hiring a bike, photographic ID (e.g. driving license or passport) will be needed.
The seaside cycle hire hut is located next to Pelham Crescent car park, near the adventure golf.
Town centre tidy up
The clean-up of the paving and repainting of doorways of the Town Hall on Station Road has just been completed. Vandalism has been blighting the area for over three years, now cleaned away, and in addition two new gates have been installed. Businesses in the area, particularly The Body Shop, Smoke Mart staff, and Thomas Cook are delighted.
Lead councillor for the environment Colin Fitzgerald said, "Hastings Borough Council's community safety team and the Hastings business crime reduction partnership (BRCP) have been working with town centre businesses to improve the area around Middle Street and adjoining properties. The improvements will greatly reduce antisocial behaviour and drug use as well as improve safety in the area. Particular thanks to Barclays bank, the Body Shop, Smoke Mart and Thomas Cook and council staff for their assistance."
The Hastings Community Safety team have been working with the businesses in the centre of town to gate the rear of the Body Shop and Bank Buildings, and a second gate has been fitted to the fire escape of Thomas Cook.
These gates have been installed to prevent further littering, fly-tipping, and overnight sleeping on the steps of Thomas Cook as well as other anti-social activities.
This project was supported by the Business Crime Reduction Partnership, and Sussex Police, who have worked hard to deter further vandalism, and Hastings Borough Council who organised the environmental cleaning and repainting of the Town Hall doorways.
It's your round
If you have ever been in the awkward situation where it is your round and you don't have the means of getting the drinks back to your table, Hastings Borough Council may have the answer!
Our new festival mug is made from 100% recycled plastic, but cleverly, the handle is stackable, allowing you to transport many pints back to your friends.
Colin Fitzgerald, lead Councillor for the environment said, "These mugs are a great way for us to honour our commitment to eliminating single use plastic from our town. They are only a pound each, and we will be selling them at the Seafood and Wine Festival in September and the Herring Festival in November. But you can get yours now at the Hastings tourist information centre and use it all summer."
Summer Family fun at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Hastings Borough Council's museum and art gallery has loads of FREE exciting family events at the museum this summer! All ages are welcome to come and join us as we travel the world each week with fantastic stories told by Kevin Graal or stomp your way into the museum for our special outdoor theatre performance featuring a 35ft Victorian Iguanodon!
Lead Councillor for Culture, Kim Forward said, "We are delighted to offer this fantastic free season of events to the community of Hastings. The museum and art gallery has something to offer everyone with historic collections, architecture, local history, children's activities and visual art, but these summer activities are really something special, and all free, as is entrance to the museum."
Here, there and everywhere - FREE family storytelling and craft
Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 August, 10.30-12noon. Join storyteller Kevin Graal for an exciting exploration of traditional stories from around the world linked to objects in the museum's collection. Then take away a creative souvenir of your visit made by your very own hands.
Dinosaur Day featuring THE IGUANODON RESTAURANT an outdoor family theatre performance by Emerald Ant
22nd August 10-3pm with performances starting at 11.30 and 2pm. FREE family craft activity all day. Please feel free to bring a picnic, but if you do, please also bring an extra carrier bag so that you can take your waste home with you.
Imagine it's New Year's Eve 1853, in Crystal Palace Park, and a group of leading professors and palaeontologists are holding a sumptuous banquet in an unusual venue; inside the concrete mould of an Iguanodon.
Guests will feast on fossil-fuelled fun with a julienne of joviality, and a dessert of dinosaur delight! A highly visual, funny and peculiar, fast moving historical romp of a 35-minute show, The Iguanodon Restaurant is inspired by this extraordinary real-life event, and it takes place inside a massive 35 foot beast!
Emerald Ant's new show inspires audiences in their geological landscape, fossils and local history. Based on events from 1812 to 1860, which saw a rapid growth in scientific discovery, we travel at rollicking speed from Dorset to Sussex and Kent to witness momentous fossil discoveries, and finally to Crystal Palace, where our iguanodon still stands.
Over an outrageously indulgent feast, the guests; famous dinosaur hunters and pioneering geologists, William Buckland, Gideon Mantell, Mary Anning and Richard Owen, compete over their amazing fossil finds, and wrangle over interpretations: Is it a bird? Or a giant fish? Or maybe an ancient crocodile? They debate questions around extinction and evolution; How come dinosaurs no longer exist? What is the stone beneath our feet telling us about the world and our place in it?
Inside the museum there'll be real dinosaur bones to handle and dino craft activities.
Hastings Hawaiian connection
Hastings recently hosted some students from the University of Hawaii. They were in England to study archives relating to an education programme instigated by King Kalakaua. They were met at Hastings station by Mayor of Hastings Councillor Nigel Sinden, Anne Scott and Marylin Saklatval from Friends of Hastings Cemetery, and accompanied for their visit to the grave of Dr. Matthew Everard Puakahakoililanimanuia Makalua, who is buried at Hastings cemetery.
Dr. Makalua was a recipient of the grant funding started by King Kalakaua of Hawaii, at the end of the 19th century to enable young Hawaiians to study in Great Britain. King Kalakaua met Thomas and Annie Brassey during the voyage of the 'Sunbeam'. He later visited them and Hastings in 1881 when on his world tour.
Matthew Makalua came to England in 1882 and started at a prep school before training as a doctor. He was the first native Hawaiian to qualify as a doctor. When qualified, Dr Makalua came to practice in St Leonards at 37 Pevensey Road. He met and married Miss Annie Clementina Dewar, the daughter of Reverend David Erskine Dewar and Elizabeth Ann Fane Parry, on 27 August 1888.
Dr Makalua was a highly respected man and was noted for his philanthropy; both he and his wife Annie were concerned with the welfare of the poor. He originated the scheme to collect tinfoil for the Druid's Tinfoil Cot in the Royal East Sussex Hospital. He was medical officer of the L.G.O.C. (London General Omnibus Company) Convalescent home, Caple-ne-Ferne. Dr Makalua never returned to Hawaii. He died in 1929.
The mayor said, "It was an honour to be part of this very moving ceremony at the graveside of Dr Makalua. The students brought water and sand from Hawaii and covered the grave with the Hawaiian flag [the only American state to have the flag of a foreign country on it, in this case our Union flag] and masses of flowers while singing Hawaiian songs."
The party then returned to the seafront as they desperately missed 'The ocean', however they decided not to take a dip in the chillier waters of the English Channel!
If you want to know more about Dr Makalua you can find him on https://friendsofhastingscemetery.org.uk/ website.