Press Releases week beginning 03 September 2018
The Mayor and deputy Mayor awarded prizes to Harry and Amelia Dean for their hard work at the Hastings old town fancy dress litter pick, one of the events at this year's old town carnival. The Mayor, councillor Nigel Sinden said, "Congratulations to Harry and Amelia-Jean Gillam for winning 1st and 2nd prize for the litter picking event". It was a great community effort and good fun too!"
Crematorium service recognised
A recent inspection of the Hastings Borough Council crematorium stated that "From the observations made during the inspection the crematorium appears to operate exceptionally well, and adheres to statutory requirements in respect of the cremation regulations along with the code of Cremation Practice."
The report also noted the high calibre service to the bereaved, and noted the enthusiasm and dedication of the team.
Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for environmental services said, "Vital services like the crematorium can sometimes get overlooked, and so I am particularly happy to commend the staff for the excellent service they give to the town."
We all have a favourite park and now's the time to vote for yours
Vote for your favourite park in Hastings.
The experts have had their say and in July Alexandra Park, the Country Park, and St Leonards gardens were given a prestigious Green Flag Award.
Now, the Award Scheme is asking the nation to have its say and decide which parks and green spaces should receive the People's Choice Award for being the UK's favourites.
Whether you enjoy visiting a park or green space to play football, walk the dog, exercise or simply get away from the hustle and bustle, if you think your favourite deserves to be in the top 10 People's Choice then cast your vote.
All you have to do is go to www.greenflagaward.org find your park on the winners map and click the voting button. Once you've registered your vote, why not encourage others to get involved too through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.
Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the environment said, "Our parks are fantastic places for all our residents and visitors to enjoy all year round. The council is extremely proud to again receive green flag awards for three outstanding parks in the town. The hardest part is choosing which one I like best!
Voting opens 1 September and closes 30 September, with the top 10 sites being announced on 16 October.
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager said: This year 1883 parks and green spaces met the tough standards demanded by our Green Flag Award Judges but we want to know which parks the UK public love the most.
"The People's Choice award is a chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. If it's worth shouting about, make your voice heard and vote now."
Hastings Borough Council Community Partnership Fund (CPF) 2019-21
Hastings Borough Council would like voluntary and community groups that work for the benefit of people in Hastings to make applications for funding under the CPF programme by 12 noon on 18th October 18.
Deputy leader Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration and development said,
"We are seeking to protect and support some of our most vulnerable people through the Community Partnership fund programme. Public sector cuts mean that many people find themselves with very little or no support and guidance at a time when they need it most. The voluntary and community organisations who deliver the programme will be expected to show the impact clearly through careful monitoring."
The council's CPF programme priorities are as follows:
- Housing, legal, welfare and debt advice
- Domestic violence support
- Provision of advice and support to community organisations (voluntary sector infrastructure support)
- Rough sleepers outreach support
- Advice and support to migrant and newly settled communities
Broad criteria are provided for each area for grant funding. For details of the criteria and funding available, please see documents below. More details can be found on the Community Partnership Fund page.
For a copy of the CPF application form please email CPFGrants@hastings.gov.uk
Summer holidays might be over, but that certainly doesn't mean the programme of events in Hastings ends. There's still plenty to do as autumn approaches.
There's the Coastal Currents visual arts festival, which continues throughout September. The festival began as a Hastings Council initiative. Now in its twentieth year, it's grown into an independent, nationally-recognised visual arts festival, funded from many different sources. Once again, there's a whole month of curated events, installations, and artworks in and around Hastings. One of the highlights is the Open Studios weekends, with dozens of artists' studios across Hastings, St Leonards, and beyond participating in the programme. Open Studios continues this coming weekend, showcasing the amazing variety and quality of artists we have working locally.
There are various artworks around town to enjoy too, from a new mural in Queen's Road and a decorated shelter on the West Hill, to a car in Rock-a-Nore car park filled with the tideline of the beach. And there are performances, video and film events, exhibitions and more.
Programmes are available at the Tourist Information Centre and various shops and galleries, or you can download it from the Coastal Currents website.
And don't miss what has become one of the biggest Hastings festivals, the council-run Seafood and Wine Festival, on 14th-16th September. Enjoy seafood caught off the shores of Hastings with wine from local vineyards and retailers, along with many other tasty treats from local restaurants and producers. There's non-stop live music, family entertainment, hands-on cooking demonstrations and beer from a local microbrewery. Wristbands for the whole weekend cost £3 on the gate, £2 in advance from the Tourist Information Centre (children are free).
The spectacular 'Battle of Hastings' international BMX tournament is taking place this weekend at The Source, or there's the International Composers' Festival, another world-class event, which begins with a concert at the Opus Theatre in Cambridge Road on 21st September. Or how about the first-ever Hastings Steampunk Festival, at Horntye Sports Centre on 16th September? There's the Photo Hastings festival that stretches right through to November, and of course, Stade Saturdays events continue throughout September, on the Stade Open Space.
But it doesn't even end with September - looking forward to October there's Hastings Week, with the Classic Car Show, Sprat and Winkle Run of historic commercial vehicles, and of course the anarchic and slightly scary bonfire procession, and firework display. There's also the Black Huts Poetry Festival, Oktoberfest, AfriKàBa celebrating Black History Month … and even more.
But while we're celebrating this astonishing cultural cornucopia and the many local volunteers who make all this possible, let's remember Ion Castro, who sadly died last week. Ion had been involved in organising Hastings Week and Hastings Carnival. He wrote a two-page spread for this paper every week, illustrated by his huge archive of Hastings historic photographs. He was a key member of the Hastings Trolleybus Preservation Society, looking after and driving 'Happy Harold', the unique 1928 Hastings open-top trolleybus that's often seen at local events. Ion is irreplaceable - he'll be sadly missed by many of us, a true supporter of Hastings and everything that makes it special.
So enjoy September and everything that's still to come as summer fades away. But raise a glass to Ion and remember all the Hastings characters that have made our town the beautiful, creative, eclectic, and eccentric place we all love.