Press Releases week beginning 24 April 2017
Morris Dancers to Enjoy May Day Lift
Morris dancers and spectators will get an early morning lift on Monday 1st May, as Hastings Borough Council will be opening the town's West Hill Lift at 0440 for the 'dancing at dawn' event.
Kevin Boorman, the council's marketing manager, explained :- "Morris dancers have 'danced at dawn' on 1st May, on Ladies Parlour on the West Hill, for many years. This year, because 1st May Day coincides with the May Day bank holiday, we are expecting a lot more Morris dancers than usual, as they will be here for 'Jack In The Green'. And we are expecting more spectators too.
"So to show our support for the event, which starts around 0500, our West Hill lift will open at 0440, allowing those Morris dancers staying in the Old Town to have an easier journey up the hill!
"Morris dancers in Morris kit will travel free, spectators pay the usual fare :- there's no early morning premium!
"The West Hill lift is 126 years old, and is one of the oldest railways in the world still using its original carriages. Dancing at dawn as the sun rises on 1st May is an old tradition too, and we're pleased to be able to open the lift early to allow Morris dancers to get to Ladies Parlour rather than climb the 100+ steps to the top!"
Sports For All Festival Success
A group of specialised sports clubs and coaches came together on Saturday 15 April in Hastings to support the Sport For All Festival; an inclusive sports festival delivered by Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother in partnership with local voluntary organisation PODS1066.
The festival showcased local inclusive coaching talent and gave a full day of free sporting and physical activities to children and adults with disability. The event was well attended and enabled people to find out more about the inclusive sporting activities on offer in Hastings and Rother.
Supporting clubs and coaches who participated on the day were Westerleigh Judokwai, The 1066 Specials FC, Shaun Creasey of Cooden Beach Golf Club, Adam Field Tennis, Sussex Cricket, Whitehouse Sports Coaching and Funk Fusion, who all provide weekly inclusive activities throughout the year.
For more information about these activities and the Sports For All project or how to get involved if you are a club or coach please contact the council's inclusive sports and physical activity worker Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org.
1066 Walking Festival - 13 to 21 May
The 1066 Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 13 May to Sunday 21 May across 1066 country.
Organised by Visit 1066 Country Marketing in partnership with Active Hastings and Rother, the 1066 Walking Festival offers nine days of guided urban and country walks to suit all abilities.
The Walking Festival is an excellent way to explore the area, bring people together and get some great exercise! Walking is a fantastic way to get and stay healthy and as it's easy to fit into everyday life; walking to work and to the shops and, people who walk tend to keep it up. Walking is already one of the most popular physical activities. It's open to everyone and it's perfect for people who have poor health, or don't fancy intense exercise.
The 1066 Walking Festival includes short walks for the whole family, pushchair and wheelchair routes, tougher treks lasting several hours and themed wildlife and history walks.
Contributors to the festival programme include Battle, Bexhill, Rother and Hastings Ramblers, Hastings Borough Council's Country Park Rangers, National Trust, Old Hastings Preservation Society, RSPCA Mallydams Woods, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV).
Some walks require booking and some you can just turn up. For full details about each programmed festival walk visit: Visit1066country.com/walkingfestival