Press Releases: week beginning 14 July 2014
Hastings Shanty Festival
The Hastings Shanty Festival returns on Saturday, 19 July at the Stade Open Space.
Now in its third year, the Hastings Shanty Festival has become one of the key events in the town’s calendar and the Stade Saturdays programme.
The festival will feature Graeme Knights, Jim Mageean, Bosun's Call, Titus, Kerry and Mandy, Chris and Dom and the Hastings Shanty Singers.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration said:
"Once again a selection of the country's finest performers of traditional sea shanties will descend upon Hastings seafront including our own wonderful Hastings Shanty Singers, whom many will know well from their regular Thursday night sessions at the Stag in All Saints Street.
"The festival starts with an opening singaround concert at the Stag in All Saints Street, Hastings on Friday, 18 July from 8:30pm.
"On Saturday there will be family entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening. This year this free event will take place on two sites from 1pm at the Fisherman's Museum and then from 7.30pm at the Stade Open Space."
For more information about the festival, telephone 01424 436182.
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for the full Stade Saturday's programme of events.
Conservation group help to protect trees in public gardens
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) has given their time and expertise to help protect a group of significant trees in Gensing Gardens, St Leonards that have been badly damaged by dogs.
The group of trees, known as The Lime Circle was planted on 01 January 1993 to mark the forming of The Maastricht Treaty which led to the single currency as well as the setting up of a vast free trade zone, have sustained extensive damage.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"In the past eight weeks many newly planted trees, not just The Lime Circle in Gensing Gardens have been either damaged or destroyed by dogs biting and clawing the lower stem of the tree up to a height of approx 1.5m. The removal of the trees' bark and vascular system leads to the eventual death of the tree, a process that takes approx two years from the time of damage.
"To combat destruction of the trees in Gensing Gardens we have asked the TCV to make up cages that will protect the tree stem from further dog attack. In addition the TCV have undertaken some pruning that will improve views through The Lime Circle. We will monitor the effectiveness of these measures closely through regular ranger patrols.
"Thanks must be given to the TCV for their assistance and support with this which will help to protect the Gardens for the local community to enjoy."
Tim Hills, area manager The Conservation Volunteers added:
"It's a shame that these fine trees have been damaged by the thoughtless behaviour of a few individuals but we're delighted that our volunteers have been able to help the council take these preventative measures to ensure that no further damage occurs. If anyone would like to join our dedicated band please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Hastings welcomes new Anti Poverty Coordinator
A new anti- poverty coordinator has been taken on by Hastings Borough Council to help to address some of the many issues that affect people in the town.
The council believe that local people have the right to enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing, warmth and health care and employment. They also believe that they should have access to all council services and have a say in how local resources and services are delivered and to be involved in their community.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for housing and community services explained:
"The causes and effects of living in poverty are multi-layered and there is no one solution for all circumstances. As organisations alone we will not eradicate poverty, but we can intervene in the cycle of poverty, and help people experiencing poverty to have more influence and control over their futures.
"People living on low incomes in our communities find it hard to access advice, facilities and afford opportunities that others take for granted.
"We are now pleased to welcome Annalise Elam our Anti Poverty Co-ordinator. Annalise will be working with council officers and partner organisations to ensure the council's anti poverty objectives are met. Our objectives are to dispel the myths about poverty, help people to manage poverty, help people to escape poverty and help prevent and minimise poverty.
"The council has a duty of care to its residents to ensure people facing hardship receive the best possible support and Annalise will be working with partners such as the Local Strategic Partnership to make this happen."
Annalise is developing resources to develop people's understanding of poverty in Hastings and she invites people working for local organisations to get in touch and make links to develop anti-poverty work.
Annalise can be contacted by email at email@example.com or 01424 451 354 (Wednesday to Friday).
Local church wins Sussex Heritage Trust Award
Hastings Borough Council has been awarded a prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the restoration of Old St Helens Church in Ore.
The award, under the Public and Community Award category, is in recognition of the work to restore the ruined remains of the church and provide facilities for the community, educational use and public viewing.
The Church is an ancient scheduled monument with parts dating back to just after the Battle of Hastings. The restoration project was funded two years ago largely through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, alongside a grant from English Heritage with additional funding from Hastings Borough Council and other local benefactors.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities commented:
"The council took on the care of the church and churchyard after the completion of the conservation and we work closely with the Friends of Old St Helen’s Church and Friary Gardeners to ensure its future.
"Receiving this award is great news for the monument, one of the oldest and most historically significant buildings in Hastings, and a well deserved reward for all those that have been involved in the conservation and the ongoing care and maintenance.
"We must thank all the volunteers that continue to give their time to retain this magnificent piece of history in our town."
Easier way to pay for parking
Hastings Borough Council has installed new machines at Pelham Place and Rock-a-Nore car parks that accept debit card payments as well as cash for parking.
Cllr John Hodges chair of the council's Charity Committee which is responsible for the Foreshore Trust, commented:
"These machines, funded by the Foreshore Trust, will take the hassle out of needing cash to park in our long stay car parks on the seafront.
"Fewer and fewer people carry cash these days so being able to pay by debit card brings the payment system right up to date and is so much more convenient for residents and visitors to the town."