Press Releases week beginning 26 June 2017
One Minute's Silence For Finsbury Park Mosque Attack Victim, Monday, At 12 Noon
Hastings Borough Council will be joining the national one minute's silence for the victim of the Finsbury Park mosque attack at 12 noon Monday (Monday 26th June).
The mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers, will lead a civic party from the town hall (community contact centre) to Queens Square, leaving just before 1200.
Midsummer Fish Festival returns
Hastings Midsummer Fish Festival is back for a fourth year. The event takes place on 8 and 9 July on the Stade open space, with tickets costing £1 in advance or £2 on the gate (under 18s free).
The Midsummer Fish Festival was introduced by Hastings Borough Council after the success of the Seafood and Wine Festival and Herring Fair and is part of a summer of great events on the Stade. It's a celebration of local seasonal fish, food and drink producers, and great live music.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council and lead member for regeneration and culture, said: "The Midsummer Fish Festival is always popular with both locals and visitors.
"There will be a great selection of food including veggie options and drink from local restaurants, street vendors, bakeries, and wine producers. The FILO brewery will be running a beer festival and there will also be delicious gifts to take home. Our local fishing fleet will be showcasing their skills and getting messy with fish printing.
"The festival will open with the beautiful sounds of soprano Thomasin Trezise, accompanied by Steve Accordion and Mike Hatchard. Then talented young vocalists Patch of Harmony will take the stage - you may remember them for their success at the Hastings Music Festival in March. Next up it's Appalachian songs from Pocketsize, 'ramblings and melodies' from Sean Fennessy and Friends, Bowie covers and original songs from Zachary Dogwood, and the sounds of the sixties from The Kytes.
"On Sunday we kick off with blues and folk from The Kayleigh Ann Band, then British Country from The Fat Cat Band, retro Latino swing from Violet Jive and festival favourites Jiggery Pokery, with their great songs about Hastings.
"There will be cooking demonstrations in Classroom on the Coast, the unique seafood training kitchen based within the Stade Hall. On Saturday CJ Jackson from Billingsgate Seafood Training School will be demonstrating fish preparation skills, then Paul Webbe, owner and chef of Webbe's and the Wild Mushroom will show you how to make one of his tasty seafood creations. On Sunday Sussex Coast College catering lecturer Steve Slade will show you how to make a delicious fish dish, then Olly Dawson from Olly's Fish Shack will show you how to cook your own street food with Hastings fish.
"Children can also be entertained in the Stade Hall where there will be craft activities of a fishy nature, as well as free face painting from local expert Clare's Face Painting.
"The Midsummer Fish Fest was set up to promote Hastings Fishing Fleet, so after enjoying the festival fun, why not take a wander round the net huts, speak to the Fishermen's Protection Society and get inspired to buy, and cook with, locally caught, seasonal fish."
The Midsummer Fish Festival was originally a free festival funded by the European Local Fisheries Fund, through the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). That funding has now ended, so a small entrance fee has been introduced to allow the festival to continue. Wristbands for the whole weekend cost £1 from the Tourist Information Centre in Breeds Place (on the seafront, by the fountain), or £2 on the gate. Under 18s go free.
For more information see: www.visit1066country.com/fishfestivals
Hastings Museum welcomes donations to its collection
Hastings Borough Council's museums committee, which meets quarterly and is made up of councillors and volunteers, was pleased to accept donations of some interesting items at its recent meeting.
Cllr Kim Forward, the council's deputy leader and lead member for regeneration and culture said :- "I would like to thank the volunteers who sit on the committee, and who are Hastings & St Leonards Museum Association members, for their continued passion and commitment.
"Amongst the recent donations was an old guidebook of Hastings sent to the museum from Germany by the granddaughter of the original owner who bought it on a visit to Hastings in the 1890s!
"We also received a copy of some byelaws regulating the employment of children in Hastings from 1913 and several children's evacuation leaflets and labels from World War 2.
"We are lucky to receive so many interesting items and thank those who have donated and who continue to donate items. It shows what a rich history we have in the town."
Each donor receives a certificate of thanks as recognition for their contribution.
Life's A Beach In Hastings
Beaches in Hastings have been recognised for their high quality.
Marina beach in St Leonards has been awarded both the coveted Blue Flag and the Seaside Award, and Pelham Beach in Hastings has received the Seaside Award. The awards recognise and reward beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet water quality guidelines.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for regeneration and culture at Hastings Borough Council said "I am very proud of our popular beaches and the hard work and commitment of our staff and our partners that keeps them at such a high standard. I am delighted that for the second year running we have received these prestigious awards . The Seaside Award and Blue Flags will be flying high along our seafront this summer reassuring residents and visitors that our beaches are clean and offer the best facilities."
To find out more about beach facilities in Hastings and St Leonards please visit https://www.hastings.gov.uk/coastlinebeaches/