Press Releases week beginning 29 October 2018
Hastings Remembers and "They lived here" WWI schools project
Historic England and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are working with schools in Hastings on a special project to remember local people involved in the First World War. The project is part of the national Heritage Schools Programme.
Kim Forward, deputy leader and lead councillor for culture explained,
"The project was launched at a free training day for teachers held at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in April. Teachers found out about the history of the area and how to make the most of the museum's collections with Learning Officer, Samantha Smith. Historic England's Local Heritage Education Manager, Helen Spencer, took the group on a heritage trail from the museum to demonstrate 'doorstep heritage.'"
"Enthused by the training some of the schools decided to get involved in a project linked to the Centenary of the First World War. The 'They Lived Here' project complements the Hastings Remembers exhibition. Schools are researching their local roll of honour or war memorial and creating a commemorative page for each person they have researched. Their work will be put in a scrapbook that will be displayed during the exhibition."
Schools have visited their local memorial to see the names and carry out a condition survey using resources created by Historic England and War Memorials Trust. They have put their surveys on the War Memorials Online website.
Hastings Museum has a new collection of banners and handling boxes to help pupils understand the local stories of the First World War. The boxes contain replica objects and clothing and original archive documents such as letters and postcards. These are free for schools to loan and are already proving extremely popular.
Pupils are using the website (http://www.ww1rollofhonour.co.uk/) run by Kieron Pelling to find out about local people. Kieron has searched the Hastings and St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser for images of men and women who served in the war. There are now more than 5,250 wartime photographs on the site. The images help children to connect with events 100 years ago. Kieron found a 1915 'For Merit' card that would have been displayed in homes across the area. It showed that someone there was "Serving his King and Country". With the support of the East Sussex Archive and Historic England, Kieron has created a new card based on the original design.
They Lived Here cards can be displayed to remember someone local who served in the war. Schools will be sending out copies of their work, with one of the cards, to the addresses of the people they have studied. They would like the occupants to display the card in the run up to the Armistice. Schools will not be able to research everyone so they are asking the local community to get involved.
They Lived Here cards can be picked up at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings History House, The Shipwreck Museum or The Fishermen's Museum. They can also be found on Kieron's website (http://www.ww1rollofhonour.co.uk/index.php/they-lived-here-project/).
A list of names on Hastings War Memorial is also available (http://www.ww1rollofhonour.co.uk), along with details of other Sussex memorials (http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/).
Lois Gyves, Heritage Schools Programme Manager said,
"Historic England is extremely impressed by the commitment of Hastings Museum and local schools in ensuring young people and the community have the opportunity to engage with the commemoration of the end of the First World War."
"This moving and inspiring project echoes the community engagement and respect for those serving their country in Hastings and St Leonards over 100 years ago. It gives young people and local residents an opportunity to connect with the past, and to honour the sacrifices so many people made."
Have Your Say-St Leonards' Conservation Area Consultation
Hastings Borough Council is keen to hear your views about the St Leonards' conservation area. The consultation will run for six weeks closing at 4pm on Monday December 10th. You can find it here: www.hastings.gov.uk/StLCAA
Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration said:
"There will be a drop in session from 2pm-7pm on Tuesday November 20th at the Kino-Teatr in Norman Road. We encourage online responses but you can see paper copies at both the tourist information centre in Muriel Matters House and at the community contact centre in the Town Hall where you will also find summary leaflets and comments forms. Please take some time to have a look at the consultation and tell us what you think."
Director's visit CHARTs possibilities for Hastings and Bexhill
Representatives from Hastings Borough Council were delighted to host Julia Sweeney, Director of European Programmes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to visit to the Connecting Hastings and Rother Together (CHART) Programme.
CHART is a Community-led Local Development Programme with access to some £2.8m of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) to support projects that bring a fresh approach to tackling deep-rooted problems in deprived communities within Hastings and Bexhill.
Organisations can apply for funding to create programmes that will help people in these areas to find and keep jobs, including setting up their own business.
Julia and her colleagues met with the CHART Programme Team and local charity Fellowship of St Nicholas, to discuss barriers to employment and business growth experienced by people within the CHART area. They also visited a possible site for development at the Castleham Industrial estate during their tour of Central St Leonards and Hollington.
Cllr Kim Forward, Chair of the CHART Local Action Group Board, said,
"We were pleased to welcome Julia and share some of the challenges people living in the CHART areas experience. This programme will give organisations the chance to help those from our most deprived communities so that they can benefit from the success and regeneration of our town."
Julia Sweeney, Director of European Programmes, said,
"It was great to meet the CHART team and local partners as the programme nears delivery. Initiatives developed through organisations that connect to their communities can make a real and lasting difference to people and places. I hope the funding will make a lasting contribution to the people of Hastings and Rother."
Beautiful South Tourism Excellence Awards 2018
1066 Country finalists announced
After six months of deliberation and 121 entries from exceptional tourism businesses across the South and South East, the judges have announced the finalists in the prestigious 2018/19 Beautiful South Awards, organised by Tourism South East. Stewart Drew, the chair of 1066 Country Marketing, said :- " We are delighted that an unprecedented number of our 1066 Country Marketing Partnership businesses have reached the finals this year.
"All three of the finalists in the best B&B and Guest House Accommodation of the Year category are from right here in 1066 Country, proof of the great wealth of top quality accommodation in our lovely corner of Sussex.
"We congratulate Boreham House in Boreham Street, Coast B&B in Bexhill and The Laindons in Hastings for this remarkable achievement and wish them well on the night."
Joining the three guest houses in the Glamping Business of the Year category is Swallowtail Hill, a beautiful farm, run purely for conservation, set deep in stunning Sussex countryside near Beckley.
Last but not least, Source Skate Park, Hastings, the biggest underground skate park in the world and a huge success story since it opened in early 2016 on Hastings seafront, is a finalist in the Tourism Experience of the Year category.
Piero and Lucia Mazzoni owners of Coast Bed & Breakfast said,' We are proud to have been shortlisted for the finals of the Beautiful South Tourism Awards and would like to thank all who have supported us'.
Karen and Malcolm Twist said: "We are delighted to have reached the finals of the 2018 Beautiful South Tourism Awards, just a year after we took over The Laindons. This is a fantastic reflection of our team's hard work and excellent standards while striving to give all our guests a level of hospitality that exceeds their expectations'.
Sara Parker, owner of Boreham House, Boreham Street said,' We are so pleased to be chosen as one of only three finalists for this prestigious award'.
All entrants came through a selection process that involved being shortlisted from entry forms and then mystery shopped by expert independent judges. 73 finalists, along with 18 businesses that are recognised with highly commended certificates, have made it to the prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on the 5th December when they will learn whether they have won gold, silver or bronze.
Here in 1066 Country we've got the champagne on ice!