Press Releases week beginning 06 July 2015
Hastings, Famously Creative
A competition to find an outstanding piece of work has been won by a year 6 student from All Saints CE Junior Academy in Hastings.
Every year 6 student in the town, who leaves their primary schools this summer, has been busy doing a piece of work that they will take with them to their secondary schools in the autumn.
The work involves English, maths and art, and is on the theme of 'Voyages'. Hastings Borough Council has worked in partnership with the Education Futures Trust to employ local artist, Ed Boxall, to work in every primary school in Hastings.
Each of the secondary schools picked the ten best pieces of work from their year 6 pupils, and a panel of judges then picked their favourite pictures from these, at the judging held at Ark Helenswood School on Friday, 03 July. The judging panel included the Mayor of Hastings; Amber Rudd, MP; Sheena Campbell, content editor of the Hastings Observer; Carole Dixon, chief executive of the Education Futures Trust; Mollie Vint, last year's winner; and Kevin Boorman, marketing manager at Hastings Borough Council.
The panel spent some time on their deliberations, and finally voted Ellie Fry, of All Saints, the winner, with Frankie Ann Parish, of Robsack Academy, the runner-up. Both will now be invited to have tea with the Mayor of Hastings in his parlour in the town hall.
Kevin Boorman, marketing manager at Hastings Borough Council, explained:
"We have been pleased to support this project as part of our 'Famously Hastings' initiative. Last year the students produced some fantastic pieces of work, and we were pleased to be able to show every one, nearly 1,000 in all, at our Seafood ∓ Wine Festival in September.
"This year's work has been quite brilliant too - famously classy, you might say!
"All of the work is going to be bound into massive books, which will be on display at the Jerwood Gallery over the Seafood & Wine Festival weekend of 19th and 20th September."
Artist Ed Boxall said:
"I really enjoy this work, especially as I had already started to explore the theme of 'voyages' myself. It's fantastic to go into so many classrooms and work with so many young people and their enthusiasm is great."
Carole Dixon, Chief Executive of the Education Futures Trust, added:
"This is an inspirational project, and the students produced some exceptional work this year. It really was very difficult indeed trying to choose a winner.
"I am very excited that all the work is going to be on display in the Jerwood Gallery.
"I'm very grateful to Hastings Borough Council for sponsoring this project, to Ed Boxall for his invaluable contribution in the classrooms, to the judges for giving up their time and to the schools and their students for their enthusiasm in supporting this fantastic initiative."
Crowns and Shillings
A book detailing the history of the May Queen in Hastings, 'Crowns and Shillings' has just been published by Barry and Helen Jones.
Barry is a real sweep, and so vital to a real May Queen event, and has attended the May Queen crowning for twenty years. He has organised it with his wife Helen for the last five.
"The May Queen ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Hastings, but one which few people know about. I have been involved with the event for 20 years now and thought it time to do some research. There was a lot of interest in what I was doing, so I thought it would be nice to publish it.
"I was very pleased with the reception we got at the book launch at the Tourist information Centre last Saturday."
Council spokesman Kevin Boorman added:
"Hastings Borough Council has been involved with this event since it started in 1934, and I am very pleased that we have been able to support this event over more than 80 years. It is a really interesting book, and copies can still be bought at the Tourist Information Centre for £9.99."
A Wave of Dreams
Stade Saturdays continues its 2015 season with 'A Wave of Dreams' on the Stade open space in Hastings Old Town at 7.30pm on Saturday, 11 July. Stade Saturdays are produced by Hastings Borough Council.
Louis Aragon's 1924 prose-poem-essay 'A Wave of Dreams' is a compelling first-hand account of the early days of surrealist experimentation in Paris. Aragon vividly explores the encounters with the 'Marvellous' which took the young surrealists to the brink of insanity as a revolutionary new era in art history was born.
Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said:
"This is a fantastic dramatic performance by renowned actor Alex Walker set in evocative soundscapes by musicians extraordinaire Tymon Dogg and Alex Thomas, which really bring the piece alive.
"Also featured will be a screening of film-maker Nichola Bruce's magical interpretation of an extract from the work entitled 'Dreams, Dreams, Dreams' and followed by a performance by Tymon Dogg.
"Tymon Dogg is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist veteran of the legendary Apple and Threshold record labels and was a member of Joe Strummer's Mescaleros. His 40 year career has included collaborations with a wide variety of musicians from Paul McCartney through the Clash to flamenco superstar, the late Enrique Morente. His most recent solo album 'Made of Light' was released on Thin Man Records just last month.
"This promises to be another fantastic Saturday evening on the Stade, and, like all Stade Saturdays performances, is completely free."
Council and NHS to work together for healthy Hastings
Hastings Borough Council is supporting an initiative to work with the NHS to help reduce health inequalities in Hastings.
At its meeting on Monday, 06 July, members of the Cabinet voted unanimously to actively support Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) Healthy Hastings and Rother programme, aimed at improving health and wellbeing locally and addressing long-standing problems of relative poor health in the town.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council, explained:
"I think it is terrible that there are such health inequalities in Hastings. The life expectancy of men within the town can vary by up to eleven years, simply because of where they live, while life expectancy of women is also below the national average.
"The seven most deprived wards in the whole of East Sussex are all in Hastings, and, sadly, this has a real impact on people’s health. Compared to England, Hastings residents have significantly worse life expectancy at birth, and many lifestyle factors are worse, particularly smoking rates, levels of alcohol and substance misuse, and the risk of obesity related illnesses. There are high levels of many chronic diseases, relatively high rates of cancer and high rates of accidents, injuries and falls, and there is also high mental health need.
"Quite simply we cannot allow this to continue, and I am very pleased that Cabinet colleagues tonight all voted to support the developing partnership between the council and Hastings and Rother CCG.
"This work will cover a number of areas, including housing, preventing ill health, developing knowledge and skills in staff to promote health and wellbeing; to work with the most vulnerable groups; and to work with local communities to develop options for health and wellbeing centres in existing community venues.
"I look forward to this work developing over the coming months and years and, most importantly, to improving the health of some of our most vulnerable and deprived communities."
The CCG has invested an initial £5m in the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme. It sets out a blueprint for improving access to healthcare, developing better services for certain types of conditions and kick-starting programmes to encourage and enable local people to live healthier lives.
Dr Roger Elias, chair of the CCG, said:
"Too many local people suffer poor health compared to other areas. The only way to achieve the changes we need here is to work together with partners, so we are delighted with the support demonstrated by Hastings Borough Council. There are many challenges, but we are determined to work side by side with local people and our partners achieve real and lasting improvements to local health and wellbeing."
ROOT 1066 International Festival announced
Hastings Borough Council's plans to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings have received a significant boost with an award of £150,000 from Arts Council England to support a major contemporary arts festival next year.
The ROOT 1066 International Festival will give contemporary artists the opportunity to explore and offer new perspectives on the most famous date in English history.
Council Leader Peter Chowney explained:
"The Battle of Hastings changed the course of history and represents the root of modern English culture. Its legacy can be felt today in numerous ways – and this is what the festival will explore.
"Artists from Hastings and around the UK, and also from Normandy, will contribute work to a festival programme that will run through September 2016, closing on 2 October. Local partners include the Jerwood Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion, Battle Festival and Project Artworks. Confirmed artists include Chris Levine, who will present a spectacular outdoor light and sound installation, and Hastings based filmmaker Andrew Kotting collaborating with writer Iain Sinclair.
An open call for proposals has just been announced with artists from Hastings and beyond encouraged to apply. Full details can be found at www.hastings.gov.uk
The reputation of Hastings as a centre for the highest quality arts and culture continues to grow and the ROOT 1066 International Festival will raise that profile still further whilst offering unique experiences for both local and visiting audiences.
For information contact Polly Gifford, firstname.lastname@example.org