Press Releases: week beginning 02 June 2014
Please note that there were no press releases for week beginning 30 May 2014
Alexandra Park celebrates 150 years
Alexandra Park will be celebrating its 150th anniversary with a Victorian themed family event on Saturday, 14 June.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"This free event for all at the park aims to celebrate the park and its history in true Victorian style and will mirror some of the original events that took place in 1864.
"Events will include a brass band, Punch and Judy, penny farthing cycles, afternoon tea, children's play day, hammer throwing, quoits and a steam boat and model boat display on the boating lake. Visitors are invited to dress up and join in with the Victorian theme on the day."
Organised by Hastings Borough Council together with local community groups, events will start from 12 noon until 5pm on Saturday 14 June in the lower park.
Hastings' Fishy Business in Ostend
Hastings has again been well received at the 'Oostende voor Anker' exhibition.
The event, held on the quayside of the Belgian port, attracted over 300,000 visitors over four days last week. Old residents Tush and Pat Hamilton, famous for their fishermen's rolls, put away their frying pans for once and instead answered questions about the town.
Kevin Boorman, head of marketing said:
"It was great to see so many people at the Hastings stand. Tush and Pat are always a great attraction, but this year it was Tush making nets that drew the crowds. Tush and Pat also brought along their collection of historic ship models, which were very popular. They included one of our old lifeboat the 'Cyril and Lillian Bishop', which took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, just along the coast from Ostend and Tush also took his historic fishmonger's cart, the last one to be used in Hastings. This time it was Hastings the place he was promoting, rather than Hastings' plaice!
"There was also a collection of 'ships in bottles' by local man Bob Arrowsmith, which also attracted a lot of attention."
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for marketing, added:
"Overseas visitors are vitally important to our local economy, and shows like this are a great way of promoting ourselves. We have more visitors from Belgium than any other overseas country, so this sort of event obviously works. Tush and Pat are great ambassadors for us, we are very grateful to them for volunteering to run our stand for us, and show off their collection of historic model boats, their fishmonger's cart and, of course, Tush's net-making skills."
Community art project unveiled at Warrior Square station
Local residents from Southwater unveiled a new community artwork 'The Southwater Biography', at Southeastern's St Leonard's, Warrior Square Station on Monday, 02 June.
The new artwork, composed of four ceramic tile panels and designed by local artists Elise Liversedge and Mary Hooper, commemorates the hard work and contribution of local residents to the regeneration of the area. Commissioned by the Southwater Area Resident's Association (SARA), it tells the story of the Southwater area from 1595 to the modern day.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration said:
"We are pleased to have supported this community arts project which was funded by Awards 4 all.
"Artists Elise and Mary researched and designed the panels working with SARA and design students from the University of Brighton. Local Residents took part in the research and design workshops and contributed family history, memories and photographs for the panels. Hastings Museum and the Library also supported the project together with East Sussex County Council Record Office, The Hastings History House, and local Historians."
The panels were unveiled on platform two and will provide a colourful welcome for passengers using the station.
Natalie Simcox, duty station manager for Southeastern, added:
"We're delighted to be able to host this spectacular artwork at the station. It's very important for us to support our local community and we've worked closely with residents to make sure the project is a success. We've got a host of other initiatives lined up for the future and look forward to working with more local groups to make the station more of a focal point for the community."
Artists Mary Hooper and Elise Liversedge said:
"We hope lots of people will enjoy the Southwater biography panel for many years to come and become fascinated and inspired by the rich history of the area. We wanted to create a landmark that gave another dimension to the Southwater area and wider St Leonards - 'a sense of place' and stronger identity.
"We owe a great deal of thanks for help with the research and source material to Dennis Collins our history Guru and local Historian based at the History House in Courthouse Street, the Museum and Library and local historians and residents. This has been a community project from start to finish and credit for that goes to SARA who steered it through all its stages."
Ocean videographer to give talk at museum
Jamie Craggs from the Horniman Museum, London will be giving a free talk at Hastings Museum and Arts Gallery on Saturday, 07 June.
Come and meet Jamie, Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum, London who will be talking about how all the photographs in the current exhibition at the museum in Hastings 'Rainforest of the Sea' were taken using film, not a digital camera and the challenges and excitement of photographing coral reefs. Jamie took all the photos whilst living and working on the north east coast of Borneo.
This will be a fascinating afternoon for anyone interested in conservation or photography and Jamie will be happy to answer questions about the current exhibition and his work as Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum.
This free talk starts at 2pm at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Bohemia Road, Hastings. Seats on a 'first come, first served' basis.
New play park opens in Ore Valley
As part of the partnership between housing association Orbit South and Hastings Borough Council, a new Play Space has now been developed and opened creating safe, creative play for residents and visitors in the Ore Valley area.
The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Alan Roberts opened the new Play Space at a celebratory event on Wednesday, 28 May.
Cllr Emily Westley, Lead Member for leisure and amenities said:
"It gives me great pleasure to see another Play Space open as I stand down as lead member for leisure and amenities. Play areas are a very important resource for local families and this one provides excellent play facilities in a safe environment.
"The opening celebration attracted over 40 local families with children of all ages who joined in with the many activities provided by the council's Play Hastings team and In2Play. Children took part in treasure hunts, painting and clay, badge making, face painting and sporty challenges.
"Thanks must go to the local ward councillors Cllr Mike Turner and Cllr Warren Davies who have worked so hard to see this to fruition and on the day to Eat@ and the council's Rangers for providing the 'lolly bike' for refreshments."
Catherine Charles, Head of Neighbourhoods for Orbit South, added:
"We are delighted that the new play space has been completed and that people living in the Ore Valley community have this fantastic new resource to enjoy."
Ore Valley Road Play Space will be maintained by the council's Parks and Open Spaces team.
Football tournament secured three teams for London Finals
The StreetGames Hastings Football 5s tournament took place on Saturday, 31 May in Alexandra Park.
The aim of this local tournament was to increase participation in football at a local level and raise aspiration in football for young people aged between 15 and 19 and to encourage young people to enter into the spirit of the World Cup.
The young participants played in group stages and the two top teams played off for the right to be winners. Three teams will now go on to the StreetGames Football Pools finals in London on Sunday, 08 June to represent Hastings.
Volunteers replace steps to Country Park
Volunteers and 1st Hollington Scouts took park in the monthly conservation task day to replace and improve the steps from Tackleway up to the East Hill in Hastings.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities commented:
"The Rangers work with the volunteers and friends of Hastings Country Park to ensure that the green spaces can be used and accessed by all.
"The first Sunday of every month is a conservation task day and work takes place at various sites throughout Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
"At this task day, 1st Hollington Scouts joined the conservation volunteers to learn how to prepare and install a step as part of their conservation badge. The Country Park Nature Reserve covers a massive 853 acres so help from volunteers on these task days is an invaluable asset and our thanks must go to them."
If you would like to volunteer contact the rangers on 01424 451050 or email email@example.com
Annual Council endorses programme of activity for the forthcoming year
Council leader Cllr Jeremy Birch announced that the programme was made up of the policies that Labour put before the people of the town in the local elections and which gained their overwhelming approval.
"Hastings Borough Council will continue to be an interventionist council.
"What's different about us is we don't just believe in administering services, we believe in getting stuck in and trying to change the town and improve it. So, our Grotbuster squad will continue to get stuck in to run-down and derelict properties around the town. We will continue our programme of compulsory purchase of long-term empty homes with 27 more being brought before our July cabinet meeting for action. In July we will also be discussing licensing all privately-rented property at least in those parts of the town where the private rented sector is particularly large."
Cllr Birch also announced new initiatives like the setting up of a confidential tenants hotline so those in living in poor conditions could feel safe to report problems which will the council will then act on, the installation of a solar array on the redundant Pebsham tip to generate electricity and a guarantee of no badger culling on council land.
He promised a new visitor centre for the Country Park, further improvements to the seafront especially the Pier and exciting new plans for White Rock Baths and pledged that everything would be done to ensure our bathing water meets EU standards.
Councillor Birch continued:
"Many people want to know what can be done to make our town more prosperous and to create more jobs for them and their families."
He announced the appointment by the council of an anti-poverty co-ordinator who will bring together all the activities of different organisations in the town to tackle poverty and in addition the appointment of a cultural co-ordinator whose job is to plan and raise the money for a national cultural festival in 2016 - the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
Councillor Birch added:
"Promoting Hastings as a cultural hub brings visitors and income but also is attracting creative businesses and creative individuals to relocate here but equally we want to promote Hastings as a centre for high-tech engineering based on the number of firms we already have in this sector. The council has secured European Assisted Area Status which can offer financial support to businesses growing or moving to the town."
Cllr Birch concluded by reminding councillors of the serious financial challenges facing the council with the loss of 50% of its government grant to fund local services. He asked the people of the town to work with the council to ensure those services they cherish the most and that could bring the most benefit to the town are protected and to let the council know their opinions as makes some difficult decisions.