Press Releases week beginning 09 October 2017
Hastings Youth Council Youth awards evening
On Thursday 5 October Hastings Youth Council met with the Hastings Borough Councillor deputy leader Councillor Kim Forward. It was a great opportunity for the new youth councillor members to meet with her and discuss their plans. The meeting was the first full youth council meeting since the newly elected youth councillors came into post in September. The youth council now has 25 active members who represent the young people of Hastings.
Cllr Kim Forward said :- "I think it's really great that we have such an enthusiastic youth council, who are clearly passionate about their work. The youth council are recognised by many organisations and are regularly asked for their opinions on projects and initiatives in Hastings'. I was pleased to be able to meet them, and learn about their plans for the future.
Kieran, press officer for Hastings Youth Council, explained:-"A lot of planning has gone in to this year's Hastings Youth Awards, nominations are open at www.HastingsYouthAwards.org until 27 October, and we expect the event to be even bigger than last year. It will be taking place at the Sussex Coast College on the 5th of November from 4 to 6 pm". The Hastings Youth Manifesto is currently being drafted.
World War I Remembered At Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
A free exhibition on local stories of the First World War is underway at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Councillor Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration and culture explained, "Each year the museum has been highlighting a key theme, alongside ongoing research into the impact the war had on the people and communities of Hastings. This year, they've been looking at the war Beyond the Western Front and how, by involving over 40% of the world's population from so many different countries and nationalities, a simple European conflict was turned into the first true 'World War'."
She added, "The new exhibition reveals the extent of its impact beyond France and Belgium, and how these events helped to shape the world we live in today. It will also show how far afield Hastings' men and women served and they hope that more local stories will come to light as a result."
One example is William Mepham, a former stone mason who enlisted in the regular army in 1910. When war was declared, he'd already served in India for four years before travelling to Mesopotamia in 1915, where he spent the majority of the war. Driver Mepham kept a diary in which he recorded his experiences, from their camp near Basra and the advance up the Tigris to Baghdad. The museum has this diary, as well as newspaper clippings and demobilisation papers in its collection.
Another local story relates to Earl Brassey, former MP for Hastings, who fitted up his luxury yacht, the 'Sunbeam' as a hospital ship in 1915 and, at the age of 79, headed for the Dardanelles in it to provide support for the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign.
A selection of wartime propaganda posters from the museum's collection will also be on display at the exhibition, which runs until the end of December. This event is part of Hastings Remembers: Local Stories of the First World War, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and now in its fourth year. If you have a story to share about an ancestor who served in World War I, please tell Hastings Museum and Art Gallery http://www.hmag.org.uk/aboutus/contactform/
Entrance to Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is free.
Free half term family activity day at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is holding a free family activity day on Tuesday 24 October from 10am until 3pm with a First World War theme.
Hastings Borough Councillor Kim Forward, lead member for regeneration and culture said, "Family activity days are always very popular, with a great mix of history and arts and crafts. There will also be the chance to handle real objects, dressing up and a musician to teach all the hits for a 1914-18 sing-along; come along and join in the fun!"
There is no need to book; families can just drop in anytime. Entrance to the museum and all activities are free and pre-schoolers are definitely welcome!
Intercultural football tournament remembers Mohammed al-Majed
This year's Hastings Intercultural Organisation football tournament took place on Sunday 8 October 2017 at Alexandra Park.
The event was in memory of Mohammed al-Majed a Qatari student who died in Hastings in a racist attack in 2008. The tournament was funded by Hastings Borough Council to promote cohesion and health among the many people in our borough. Leader of the council Peter Chowney said, "The tournament celebrates the cultural diversity of Hastings, bringing together teams from different cultural groups, cross-cultural teams, and women's teams too. In recent years, Hastings has become increasingly diverse, with 55 languages now spoken in the borough, and Hastings offering refuge and friendship to many people escaping war and turmoil in their own countries, who have settled here and helped the town's regeneration. Once more, it's an example of 'one Hastings, many voices', and how people from many different countries and cultures have enriched our town by making it their home."
Over 100 players made up the 12 teams that took part with many players from the local community including British, Bangladesh, Afghan, Kurdish, Zimbabwe, Uganda, French, Russian, Turkish, and many more.
The overall winners were Sweaty Boyz with Oddballs United finishing second in a thrilling final.
Nick, a young man from Hastings who took part in the tournament stated "it was brilliant to play football in Alexandra Park with my friends and meet new people, the event was well organised and I can't wait to play again next year".
World mental health day is the 10th October and Hastings Youth Council part funded a project about spraying artwork on the holdings near Priory Square, as a means of promoting good mental health and speaking up about it through public self-expression. Hastings Borough Councillor Sue Beaney, mental health champion said, "Street art can be a fantastic way for people, particularly young people, to express themselves creatively and to achieve pride in themselves and in their home environment in the right place of course!".
Couple fined for operating an illegal business in a residential area
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Sean and Sylvia Fullick of Wishing Tree North for a breach of a planning enforcement notice. The council told the couple to stop using their land to repair cars, and asked them to remove the cars and car parts but they continued to operate their business, despite repeated warnings.
Deputy leader Cllr Kim Forward, said, "Hastings Borough Council is committed to ensuring that the quality of the lives of its residents and their environment is improved. In this case, complaints had been received about the use of a residential property for car repair and the owners chose to ignore advice to stop so an enforcement notice was served. This too was ignored and the use continued which left the council no alternative but to prosecute."
She added, "I am delighted that the hard work of our officers has paid off and that the magistrates have upheld our position by convicting the defendants. It sends a clear message that unauthorised activity of this sort which negatively impacts on our residents will not be tolerated."
The Fullicks were fined a total of £725 including costs.
White Ribbon Day 25 November 2017
Is your organisation planning an activity to mark White Ribbon Day? John Whittington, Hastings Borough Council's White Ribbon campaign coordinator would like to know. Agencies and partnerships across the country are marking the day with a minute's silence, or asking sports event participants to make a personal pledge to help end domestic violence at the beginning of a match, or raising awareness with an activity. The national statistics make grim reading:
- Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner (Office of National Statistics, 2015) - one woman killed every three days
- Every minute police in the UK receive a domestic assistance call - yet only 35% of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police (Stanko, 2000 & Home Office, 2002)
- 62% of children in households where domestic violence is happening are also directly harmed (SafeLives, 2015)
- 30% of domestic violence either starts or will intensify during pregnancy (Department of Health report, October 2004)
- The costs to services (Criminal Justice System, health, social services, housing, civil legal) amount to £3.8 billion per year
Cllr Colin Fitzgerald said, "In 2016/17 in Hastings there were 957 domestic abuse related crimes recorded, 25% of crime in Hastings. This is an appalling local statistic; please support this campaign by making a public pledge either through your organisation, or on 25 November in Hastings Town centre by making a personal pledge to end domestic violence."
The local White Ribbon campaign is coordinating activities and has a media campaign planned for November. Follow Hastings Borough Council on Facebook for campaign updates. Please contact John Whittington, White Ribbon campaign coordinator and community safety manager on 01424 45 14 38 or 01424 45 14 37 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hastings :- Licensed To Improve Rented Housing
Hastings Borough Council is to introduce an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (bedsits, etc.).
At its meeting on Monday (9th October), the cabinet agreed unanimously to introduce the scheme for all houses in multiple operation in the four central wards of Braybrooke, Castle, Central St Leonards and Gensing from May next year.
The council's lead member for housing, Cllr Andy Batsford, explained :- "Hastings has a large number of homes that are privately rented. Whilst some of these are excellent, others are not, and we are determined to improve the living conditions for our residents who live in poor accommodation.
"Much of the poor housing is in the large converted Victorian homes in the centres of Hastings and St Leonards, which is why we are introducing this additional licensing scheme in these areas.
"The scheme will cover heating, washing facilities, kitchen facilities, the amount of living space available, lighting, rubbish storage and disposal, cleaning, security, and fire safety.
"As a result, many more of our residents will live in safer, better homes, and I am proud that our cabinet unanimously voted for the scheme on Monday."
Coast to Coast in support of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link
He's at it again! After raising over £4500 running the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara last year our patron and most determined fundraiser Dain Jensen and his friends set off on Friday 6 October on their latest adventure in support of the Friendship Link to walk Coast to Coast. Just before leaving for his latest extreme challenge Dain said:
"Every year I try to complete some relatively difficult challenge to raise money for one of our chosen charities. This year it's the coast to coast walk from St Bees in the west to Robin Hood's Bay in the east, 192 miles in 8 days, so nearly a marathon every day. We are raising money once again for thee Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, after another terrible time for the people of Sierra Leone recently."
By the end of day two Dain and his team mates, (Seth East. Ross Garnett and Sam North) had faced mist and rain as they battle on to complete the Coast to Coast walk in 8 days rather than the 14 days most people take. Updating us on the walk so far Dain said
"I'm not surprised people can take 14 days to complete it, it's really quite hard, navigation was proving tricky in the mist and rain but we've managed not to get lost so far!"
That's saying something for somebody who ran 156 miles across the Sahara Desert! Day one saw them set off from St Bees and face two big climbs on their way to Honister for a well-earned rest after walking 27 miles. Day two saw them facing mist and rain as they took on two more challenging giant climbs across the Lake District to Patterdale completing another 18 miles, leaving 6 days and 111miles to go.
Richard Homewood, Chairman of the Friendship Link said,
"The Link would like to express its gratitude to Dain and his team for their commitment and dedication to fundraising on behalf of the Link. We would also like to thank all of those who have sponsored him on this occasion and in the past. Every penny of the money raised reaches the people of Hastings, Sierra Leone and we have been pleased to be able to help those affected by the recent mudslides in the area. Your generous donations can make a real difference to people's lives."
It's not too late to Sponsor Dain and his team, if you'd like to sponsor them and help him beat his previous total please follow the link below;
Find out more about the Friendship Link and the work it is doing in Hastings, Sierra Leone at our website: