Press Releases week beginning 05 November 2018
Hastings is set to remember the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War, with a series of events being held over the weekend of 10 and 11 November.
The official opening of 'Hastings Remembers' at Hastings Museum is at 2.30pm on Saturday 10th November. This exhibition, which runs until 27th January 2019, looks at the impact war has had on Hastings and its communities. Between 2pm and 3.30 pm on 10th November there will be a special afternoon of music and songs to mark the centenary of the Armistice at the museum, with WWI teatime refreshments, music by Sally Layne and a children's poppy activity.
On Armistice Day, which is also Remembrance Sunday this year, Hastings town crier Jon Bartholomew will play the bagpipes at 6am at the war memorial in Alexandra Park, part of a national programme to mark 100 years of remembrance.
The traditional Remembrance Sunday service will also take place at the war memorial in Alexandra Park at 11 am, preceded by the civic procession from the town hall, which leaves at around 10.30. A special commemorative, lit, lamp will be blessed at this, which will be on display at St Clement's Church, in the Old Town, during the day.
It is hoped that the bells of all four church towers in the town (All Saints, Christ Church, Blacklands and Christ Church, St Leonards and St Clement's) will join other churches across the country in ringing at 12.30 to coincide with the nation's tribute as thousands march past the Cenotaph.
The commemorative lamp will be used to light the beacon on the East Hill at 7 pm, and there will then be a torchlight procession along the seafront to the White Rock Theatre, with the lamp being welcomed during the annual remembrance service there, which starts at the earlier time this year of 6.45pm. During this service, town crier Jon Bartholomew will make a cry for peace around the world, again as part of a national programme.
The bells at the Old Town church of All Saint will also ring out from 7.05pm, as the East Hill beacon burns.
Mayor of Hastings Nigel Sinden said,
"I am so pleased that the town is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War in this way. So many people - including many from Hastings, of course - made the ultimate sacrifice in this and other wars, and so many more played a huge part in securing the freedoms we take for granted today."
Hastings Youth Awards-celebrating our local stars!
Last weekend saw the return of the Hastings Youth awards, an annual celebration of our local young people. Over 240 people attended the ceremony.
Award winners included recognition of outstanding youth organisations as well as individuals:
Gizmo Kids, Hastings Woodchips, Hastings and Rother YMCA, Xavier Ralph, Hastings Girl Guiding, Education Futures Trust, Tornado Twirl Stars, U-Th Records, Breadcrumbs, Grace Ridger, Egg Tooth, Play Hastings Play days volunteers, and the Glee Club were all recognised for their talent and contributions to the community.
The event was held at East Sussex College (Sussex Coastal College) on Sunday, 4 November. Parents and friends, as well as local dignitaries attended the evening which featured a wide variety of entertainment. Food was served by the Curry Hut.
Mayor of Hastings councillor Nigel Sinden opened the event, and commented that,
"Hastings Youth Council once again did a wonderful job of planning and delivering an exciting event to showcase the diversity and creativity of the Hastings youth scene."
Hastings Youth Council Chair Jordan Beeney said,
"The Hastings Youth Council is dedicated to improving the Hastings area for the young people in it, and the Hastings Youth Awards are, in a sense, a reflection of that by acknowledging the accomplishments of organisations, groups and individuals who make a positive impact in the community. We help broadcast their aims and contributions to others and help highlight their importance to those who may have never heard of them. It also allows us, in the council the opportunity to be informed by those awarded about how we can help them in the future, such as through the use of grants"
Herring Fair 2018 - Programme of events
Organised by Hastings Borough Council, the seventh annual Hastings Herring Fair will take place at the Stade Open Space in Hastings over the weekend of 17/18 November 2018.
The Hastings fishing fleet have been catching herring off local shores since at least the 1600s, when records began. Come and celebrate the undervalued 'silver darling of the sea' in its many wondrous forms, from bloaters to buckling and kippers, as well as other seasonal local fish.
"The Hastings Herring Fair is always a great event and we're pleased to once again be celebrating this versatile fish," said Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for regeneration and culture.
"CJ Jackson sponsored by Hastings Fish will be here to deliver cooking demonstrations in the Classroom on the Coast on Saturday 17 November. These special classes will teach you how to souse, roll, sour and smoke herrings, with plenty of tastings of course" added Cllr Forward. "And on Sunday 18 November there will be more cooking demonstrations, from St Leonards restaurant The Thai House and cookery consultant and author, Silla Bjerrum.
Throughout both days there will be many stalls offering mouth-watering fish dishes, vegetarian options and local wine, together with a beer festival run by the First in Last out (FILO) public house.
On the stage there will be non-stop live music with a folky flavour, to include shanty singers, bands and a ceilidh dance. In the fishermen's area you'll be able to try your hand at traditional skills such as net making, witness the annual blessing of the nets at 12 noon on Sunday, and find out about local marine archaeology. And in Stade Hall there will be face painting and free craft activities for children.
The Herring Fair takes place at The Stade Open Space, Rock a Nore, Hastings on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November, from 11am to 4pm. Entrance is free, and it is held undercover in a cosy marquee. Full details of all festival events can be found at www.visit1066country.com/fishfestivals.
ORE VILLAGE PRIMARY ACADEMY AND GUESTLING BRADSHAW CHURCH of ENGLAND PRIMARY HELP TO LIST ORE WAR MEMORIAL
PUPILS FROM ORE VILLAGE PRIMARY ACADEMY AND GUESTLING BRADSHAW CHURCH of ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE LAYING A WREATH TO COMMEMORATE THE LISTING AT ORE WAR MEMORIAL ON THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER AT 2PM. PRESS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Pupils at Ore Village Primary Academy and Guestling Bradshaw Church of England Primary in Hastings have successfully helped to list their local war memorial.
Historic England has pledged to protect 2,500 war memorials by 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War. As part of this project, children taking part in Historic England's Heritage Schools Programme are being invited to put their local war memorials forward for listing.
Ore War Memorial in Hastings listed grade II
Councillor Margi O'Callaghan, Heritage champion for Hastings Borough Council said,
"Ore Village Primary Academy and Guestling Bradshaw Church of England Primary are two of the 650 schools around the country involved in this scheme which has been set up to encourage school children to develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance."
"Pupils from both schools worked together to research the names on the Ore War Memorial. Using newspaper articles from The Hastings and St Leonards Observer, they researched the history of the memorial and the men inscribed on it."
The pupils carried out a survey of the war memorial's condition that they uploaded to War Memorials Online with the help of Learning Officer Carlie Silvey, and heard from Rev. Lee Duckett about the vicar who dedicated the memorial in 1921, Rev. W.A. Smith. Working with Helen Spencer, Historic England's Local Heritage Education Manager for the region, they decided to apply to Historic England to consider listing the memorial.
Danny Jayden Hammond and Jared Dobinson from Guestling Bradshaw CEP School said: "We were very grateful for the opportunity to visit the Ore War memorial and are pleased that it will remain safe for years to come."
Marney Phillips and Rubi-Lee Smart, said: "We are pleased that this has happened. It made us realise that the people that died for us have enabled us to live in a more peaceful world."
Dawn Eldridge, teacher, said: "I am very proud that the hard work of the pupils at Guestling Bradshaw CEP School, supported by Helen Spencer from Historic England and Carlie Silvey of the War Memorials Trust has been recognised and rewarded."
Maria, Year 6, Ore Village Primary Academy, said: "It was really interesting learning about all the people who lived in our town. I felt like I was on 'Who do you think you are?' I never knew it was so easy to find out these things."
Rosalind Sheldrake, teacher, said: "Seeing the children take pride in their local area and see them hungry to learn about the people before them was amazing. They were all so respectful and able to share insightful ideas because of how thrilling they found it. I really feel all the children involved were able to take a lot way from the experience."
Carlie Silvey, Learning Officer for War Memorials Trust, said: "It is always a joy to hear when young people are involved in projects and activities linked to their local war memorial and take the first steps to becoming the war memorial custodians of the future. War Memorials Trust was delighted that the pupils from Ore Village Primary Academy and Guestling Bradshaw C of E Primary carried out a condition survey of their local memorial alongside their research into the names that appeared on it and their school roll of honour. The First World War centenary is a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage with local history, especially war memorial heritage and we hope that other schools and youth groups will also take this opportunity to record the condition of their local memorial."
PUPILS FROM ORE VILLAGE PRIMARY ACADEMY AND GUESTLING BRADSHAW CHURCH of ENGLAND PRIMARY WILL BE LAYING A WREATH TO COMMEMORATE THE LISTING AT ORE WAR MEMORIAL, CHRIST CHURCH ON THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER AT 2PM. PRESS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME TO ATTEND. FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:
For advice on how to get your memorial listed or repaired - or both, look at www.historicengland.org.uk/warmemorials
For teaching resources on how to carry out a condition survey of your local war memorial with schoolchildren, visit the Historic England website: https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/education/teaching-activities/doing-a-condition-survey-with-your-class-guidance-for-teachers
The National Heritage List for England is held and managed by Historic England on behalf of the Government and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It identifies the buildings, sites and landscapes which receive special protection, so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.
The List is being added to all the time and we're committed to keeping it up to date. Entries are sometimes removed, for instance if a building no longer meets the criteria for listing. Surprisingly the total number of listed buildings is not known, as a single older entry can sometimes cover a number of individual units, such as a row of terraced houses.