Press Releases week beginning 02 March 2015
New Apprenticeship Campaign Launch
Hastings Borough and Rother District Councils will be launching the 'You're Hired East Sussex' apprenticeship campaign in Hastings at the Stade Hall, on Monday 09 March between 5.30 and 7.30pm.
You're Hired East Sussex is a five month, county-wide campaign to find 500 employers who will make a pledge to take on an apprentice. The campaign also seeks to support 500 work-ready young people into apprenticeships.
The launch events are taking place during National Apprenticeship Week at Eastbourne Town Hall, Lewes Town Hall and the Stade Hall in Hastings.
Cllr Peter Chowney,lead member for regeneration said:
"This is an opportunity for businesses to make a pledge to take on an apprentice or to simply find out more about what apprenticeships can do for your business. It’s also an opportunity to chat to other employers, apprentices and apprentice training providers."
Cllr Carl Maynard, Leader of Rother District Council, added:
"Apprenticeships offer businesses a great opportunity to develop a well-trained workforce, while giving apprentices the chance to get the training they need to fully contribute to a company. I would urge as many local business people as possible to come along to the event and find out more about how they can benefit."
You're Hired East Sussex is backed by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, district and borough councils, training providers, Colleges, Association of Chambers, Federation of Small Businesses, Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex.
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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery wins £33,000 funding
Twenty four museums across the South East are to benefit from an investment of more than £3.1million as the Arts Council announces the successful applicants to the Museums resilience fund and Hastings Museum and Arts Gallery have secured a £33,000 share of this.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"This is really excellent news for the Museum. With the support of the £33,000 grant funding from the Arts Council, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will undertake a thorough review of how it works, including governance, income generation, audience engagement, workforce development and its exhibition and activity programme.
"The review will support the museum to plan ahead and this grant money will help to ensure resilience and continued success in these very difficult financial times so that visitors can continue to enjoy the many varied collections and exhibits at the museum."
Saturday, 07 March sees a new exhibition opening. Voyage - Paintings by Marine Artist Louis Dodd will be brought together for the first time, alongside archive material, ships plans and models. The exhibition will run until 05 June.
Cabinet agree town's play strategy
Hastings Borough Council's Cabinet agreed a refreshed play strategy at its meeting on Monday, 02 March.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for amenities, resort and leisure explained:
"This strategy recognises every child has a right to play and sets out how we plan to maximise the number of children having a safe, good quality play area within a 600 metre straight line distance from their home.
"The strategy has been developed in partnership with AmicusHorizon and Orbit South Housing Association who each have a role in delivering quality play spaces for children in Hastings.
"A number of play areas have been developed or significantly improved since this strategy was initiated in 2011. Five new equipped play spaces have been built, two previously low rated equipped play spaces have been upgraded to a good rating and all good rated equipped play spaces assessed in 2011 have been retained.
"The aim will be to continue these improvements despite a challenging financial climate. Areas which have been identified for investment are Carnoustie Close, Kensington Close, Hare Way and Highwater View. AmicusHorizon and Orbit will review and prioritise their sites with AmicusHorizon looking to improve Farley Bank.
"Community involvement and joint working with other organisations to obtain funding is key to this strategy and children and young people are a vital part of the planning and design process enabling them to create play spaces for the future."
More history in the making as Commonwealth flies high
More than 730 Commonwealth Flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries and on Monday, 09 March - Commonwealth Day 2015.
Heads of State and Prime Ministers; Lord Mayors and Mayors; Town Councils and Local Authorities; school children and college students; 'members of Girlguiding' and Scouts from around the UK and Commonwealth; Sea, Army, and Air Cadets; charities and community groups; Commonwealth Ex-Servicemen and major shipping lines, and many others around the world will join to raise more than 730 Commonwealth Flags at 10.00hrs on Monday 9 March 2015 in a shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.
This unique initiative, now in its second year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.
A special message of good wishes from Her Majesty The Queen to all those taking part will be read out to those attending the 730 individual flag raising events, before the raising of each flag that morning.
In Hastings the Flag will be raised at 10am at the front of the Town Hall, by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers. Participants wishing to join the short parade from Costa Coffee shop to the Town Hall should be in place by 9.45am.
Halaevalu Mangisi Palu, Chief Commissioner (GGAKT) said:
"In Tonga, where time begins, the Girl Guides Association of the Kingdom of Tonga (GGAKT) are humbled to be granted the honour to be the first country in the world to raise the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs on 09 March 2015, leading the youth of the Commonwealth in this unique, historic, global event that morning. We are indeed very happy and look forward to the day, and are determined with the youth of Tonga to embrace with passion our involvement in support of the Commonwealth Charter, which should empower each and everyone of us to be better citizens of the World. We salute the Commonwealth Nations, to which we stay indebted, for all forms of assistance to her family of nations, including our small Island Kingdom. 'Of a atu."
For the first time in maritime history, the Commonwealth Flag will be raised onboard all ships belonging to the fleets of the world's leading cruise lines, P&O and Cunard Line, wherever they may be travelling in the world that morning.
In the capital cities of Commonwealth countries ex-services organisations will raise the Flag at 10.00hrs on Commonwealth Day, including in London led by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League. Their participation will provide stirring scenes of pan-Commonwealth solidarity within the rich diversity of Commonwealth identity.
Scouts in The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be raising the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs local time on 9 March, joining thousands of other young people around the Commonwealth to celebrate and the launch of this year's special theme: 'A Young Commonwealth'.
In Norfolk, UK, all 22 town councils are taking part, and will be raising Commonwealth Flags at significant locations across the county through the generous financial support from Nwes.
A personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation, will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs. In a common act of witness around the globe members of this great family of nations will reaffirm the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development, and respect for diversity.
In an imaginative international partnership charity teams from 'Fields of Life', a charity linking Northern Ireland and Uganda, will mark the day by taking the Commonwealth Flag to the tops of the four highest national peaks of the United Kingdom: Scafell Pike in England; Ben Nevis in Scotland; Mount Snowdon in Wales; and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland. They will also raise the Flag in five schools, one in each of the five Regions of Uganda. These endeavours will raise funds and awareness of their worthy cause.
For the first time, Cadets from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets will be participating in 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' on 09 March 2015. Commonwealth Flags will be flown by Air Cadets in each of the six Regions of the Air Training Corps, especially as there are close ties between Air Cadets in the UK and Cadets in other Commonwealth countries, and Cadets will be proud to celebrate the values of the Commonwealth on 09 March 2015.
Commonwealth Flags will be flown at many locations of special significance including at six locations on the Island of the Republic of Malta; in Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote of the United Kingdom Overseas Territory; in St. David's in Pembrokeshire, the westernmost city in Wales; in Carlisle in Cumbria, the northernmost city in England; in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the easternmost town in England; in Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland; at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula; at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf; and at King Edward Point and on Bird Island in South Georgia. The list of local Flag raising ceremonies and imaginative locations continues to grow.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR - Pageant-master, 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth', said:
"I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries. We are only in our second year, and the involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future.
I am especially delighted that Doodle, a new, and up and coming UK company has joined this project as our sponsor of the Flag Pole and Commonwealth Flag being located outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, London, that will raised just before the start of the Commonwealth Observance there that day."
Tim Robinson, Chief Executive of Doddle said:
"Doddle is proud to be flying the flag for the Commonwealth and involved in the celebrations. The occasion marks our own milestone with the launch of international deliveries, making it easier for people to stay connected by sending parcels within the Commonwealth and around the world. We will be passing on this piece of history, the 2015 Commonwealth Flag, to one of our customers following the event."
His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said:
"Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities - wherever they live, learn or work - to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.
"All our citizens, particularly the young, can express appreciation for the Commonwealth and the values for which it stands as set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the rich opportunities it offers for mutual support towards more inclusive social and more equitable economic progress."