Press Releases: week beginning 21 July 2014
Ping pong pops up!
The StreetGames team took 'pop up' table tennis around Hastings on Thursday, 17 July as part of National Table Tennis Day.
Four venues were chosen across the town and people were able to try their hand at the fast moving sport.
Cllr Judy Rogers, Deputy Mayor of Hastings and Safeguarding and Ethics Manager for Table Tennis England said:
"The events around town were to launch the summer project Ping! This project will be run all over England to promote the rebranding of English Table Tennis Association to 'Table Tennis England'.
"This was a great day and I am really pleased to have been able to support it and raise the profile locally for Table Tennis England."
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for further information about Street Games.
100 years on, Hastings remembers
As the 100th anniversary of the First World War approaches, Hastings Borough Council has announced a number of events which will mark this conflict which changed the world.
From 26 July, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will hold 'Hastings Remembers', an exhibition of local stories of the 'Great War', which will run until 16 November.
On Tuesday, 29 July, as part of Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, there will be a Hastings Remembers 'pop-up' exhibition in the Old Town Hall Museum, in the High Street.
The war started on 04 August 1914, and a service of reflection will be held at 10am at the war memorial in Alexandra Park, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion on Monday, 04 August 2014.
On Monday evening 10pm, Hastings will take part in the national 'Lights Out' initiative. All of the decorative lights on Hastings seafront will turn red, with a single white light moving along them, for one hour.
On Tuesday, 12 August in partnership with Hastings Seniors' Forum, from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Hastings Museum, there will be a morning of refreshment and entertainment as part of 'Hastings Remembers'.
Later in the autumn a series of talks will be held at Hastings Museum, including 'The Last Edwardian Summer' on Saturday, 13h September; 'The Quick And The Dead', an illustrated talk by acclaimed historian Richard van Emden at 2pm on Saturday, 27 September; and 'We Will Not Kill - Conscientious Objectors Of The First World War', a talk by local writer and historian Ann Kramer at 2pm on Saturday, 15 November.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure, said:
"We cannot overestimate the significance of World War One, it literally changed the world and, of course, it changed the lives of so many local people too, and it is only right that we mark the occasion.
"I think the programme of events we have put together is excellent, and I do hope that local residents and visitors will be able to come to the exhibitions and the talks. For more detailed information on all of these exhibitions and talks, please get a free leaflet from the museum in John's Place, the Old Town Hall museum in the High Street, or the Tourist Information Centre in Breeds Place, on the seafront.
"We are especially grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, without whose help this programme would not have been possible."
Award winning loos featured in documentary
Hastings' public loos will feature in a special documentary made by the organisers of the national Loo of the Year awards.
Hastings Borough Council scooped an incredible 17 top awards in the Loo of the Year Awards in 2013 and the organisers decided that the town would be a great place to make their film.
Cllr Dawn Poole lead member for leisure and amenities commented:
"This is great news for us. The Stade public loos won the National Award for Beaches and Judy Pebody, one of our attendants, won both the National Attendant of the Year award and the coveted title of Individual Attendant Team Winner UK for her work at The Stade.
"The organisers were very keen to capture the award winning loos and Judy at work in their promotional film."
The council won 17 awards which means that Hastings is now ranked 3rd in the National Local Authority public toilet 'Premier League' a move from 7th place on the previous year.
Council 'seas' way to bathing water improvements
Bathers are being encouraged to swim at a lifeguarded beach and away from an 'outfall' pipe as one of a number of initiatives to ensure that the sea water at Hastings meets new minimum standards.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure explained:
"Although we currently meet the European standards for sea water bathing, the rules are becoming much stricter.
"Tourism is vitally important to our local economy, and the last thing we want is to have to put warning signs up advising people not to go into the sea, which could happen if we don't meet the new standards.
"One of the main problems is that water from the stream which runs through Alexandra Park, a lovely park in the town, runs into the sea right in the middle of our bathing beach. To make matters worse, our water quality sample is taken very close to that point.
"So, working with partners, we are doing all we can to improve the quality of that water, for example by stopping houses from polluting it with dirty water, and putting new reed beds in the stream to naturally help clean it.
"We want to discourage people from going into the sea near where the stream discharges. So we are putting a small rope and wood barrier along part of the seafront to encourage bathers to use the sea a bit further east, where the water is better. Our lifeguards are based there too, so it really is a better place to enjoy our beach, and sea."