Press Releases week beginning 06 November 2017
Turn up on time this year, Hastings tells herring
Organised by Hastings Borough Council, the sixth annual Hastings Herring Fair will take place at the Stade Open Space in Hastings over the weekend of 18 and 19 November 2017.
"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. "Hopefully the herring will be abundant and punctual this year - we've moved the festival slightly later into November after they didn't quite arrive on time last year.
"The famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School will be back to deliver cookery classes in the Classroom on the Coast on Saturday 18 November. These special classes will teach you how to souse, roll, sour and smoke herrings, with plenty of tastings of course, and you'll get a pack of fish and recipes to take home and try at home," added Cllr Forward. "And on Sunday 19 November there will be free demos from St Leonards restaurant The Thai House, and local foraging tutor Sarah Watson of Wild Feast."
Throughout both days there will be 20 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 18 and Sunday 19 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.
To avoid disappointment, book the Billingsgate cookery classes in advance. Tickets cost 15.50 for adults, £8 for children, and are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Breeds Place, opposite the fountain (01424 451111). Classes start at 12noon and 2pm and last 90 minutes.
It's fun to rave at the Y-M-C-A!
A joint project between East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council, "Active Hastings" is holding a Family Fitness Rave at the YMCA in Hastings on Friday 17 November from 6-7pm.
Families from all over the town will be dusting off their neon clothes and practising their rave moves as they get ready to attend an evening of fun, glow sticks and rave paint. The instructors are ready to ramp up the energy with a routine full of old school rave moves and they will have you laughing as you hit the dance floor.
Cllr Andy Batsford, the council's lead member for leisure, said, "What a great way to spend some quality family time; I'll be there with my best dance moves good-to-go-go!"
This time you can bring your whole family (no age restrictions) so there are no excuses! Glow sticks and rave paint will be provided and entry is only £1 per person.
Please be aware that the event will be filmed and photographed.
Young People in the House
On Wednesday 01 November members of Hastings Youth Council (HYC) met Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education at the Department of Education in London. During a discussion about Hastings, the young people gave their views on barriers for young people in education and employment.
Then the young people and the secretary continued the discussion in front of an audience of 50 members of staff made up from directors, managers and officers who work at the Department of Education finishing with a question and answer session.
Hastings has been selected as one of the twelve opportunity areas in which the government has pledged £72 million worth of funding to support local education providers and communities to address the biggest challenges facing young people in social mobility.
Danielle from Hastings Youth Council said "it was good to speak to MP Justine Greening, who makes decisions about our education, and speak of what it's really like to be a young person in Hastings".
The young people then went to the House of Parliament to meet the local MP Amber Rudd in her office. Brandon from Hastings Youth Council commented "It was a great opportunity to meet MP Amber Rudd at her office in parliament and discuss our issues directly with her.
Hastings Will Remember Them
Hastings will remember those who gave their lives for their country in two public events this weekend.
On Remembrance Day (Saturday 11th November) the mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers, will join the Royal British Legion for a short parade and ceremony, and a two minutes silence at 1100, in Priory Meadow, in the town centre.
The following day, Remembrance Sunday (12th November), the borough's remembrance service will take place at the war memorial in Alexandra Park at 1100, following a procession of service units and other organisations from the town hall. Veterans will join the procession en route.
Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers said :- "As conflicts continue around the world, it is right that we remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I am pleased and proud that we are able to mark both Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday here in Hastings."
Criminal damage closes children's playground in Alexandra Park
Part of Alexandra Park lower playground has been closed as considerable damage has been caused to the timber framework that surrounds the play equipment.
Over one hundred timber posts have been pulled out of the ground or snapped in half. Hastings Borough Council is working hard to get the play space back into full use and have carried out temporary repairs in order to keep the lower area open to the public.
Colin Fitzgerald, the council's lead councillor for environment said, "As one of the council's most popular children's playgrounds, such vandalism is particularly upsetting for the many children locally who enjoy playing in Alexandra Park and use it as a place for fresh air and exercise. The senseless idiocy of those who did this has cost the town over £6,000 in repair work."
If you have any information to help find who is responsible for this criminal damage please contact Hastings Police on crime reference number WEB-N96-VH5-6MQ