Press Releases week beginning 25 July 2015
Charity group receive free plants to raise funds
Hastings Borough Council's grounds maintenance contractor The Landscape Group has donated surplus plants to The Parchment Trust Limited and the Friary Gardeners.
Cllr Warren Davies, lead member for environment, leisure and amenities explained:
"Our contractors have done a magnificent job this year with our summer planting schemes and rather than letting the surplus bedding go to waste they wanted to donate it to a worthy cause.
"The Parchment Trust Limited is a registered charity, founded in 1993 to serve people with learning and physical disabilities in East Sussex. They provide opportunities for learning, occupation, socialising and access to the community including Friary Gardeners, a horticultural scheme for people with a variety of disabilities.
"The Friary Gardeners will be able to sell the plants on to raise much needed funds for their charity and we are pleased to be able to support this very worthy cause."
Green flags fly high over Hastings
Three parks in Hastings and St Leonards are among the very best in the UK ? and that's official!
Hastings Country Park, Alexandra Park and St Leonards Gardens were among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award on Thursday, 23 July.
This national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Cllr Warren Davies, lead member for leisure and amenities said:
"We are delighted to receive the Green Flag accolade for excellence year on year as a testament to the quality of our parks in Hastings, a truly exceptional achievement.
"These green spaces are essential to happy, healthy communities and are fundamental to our quality of life and we are proud that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.
"I would like to thank our grounds maintenance contractors, The Landscape Group for their tireless efforts in making our parks and gardens look great and the park managers, staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication which has helped to create these fantastic places for us all to enjoy.
"Next week is Love Parks Week so why not get out there and make the most of these fantastic green spaces we have!"
For more details about green spaces in Hastings visit www.hastings.gov.uk
Honouring Hastings' Heritage
The University of Brighton's Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies is working with Hastings Borough Council to develop a major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help understand the town's heritage.
At the centre will be improvements to the interpretation of Hastings Castle, but the bid will be for much more than that.
Council leader Peter Chowney explained:
"We have a wealth of heritage here in Hastings, and are looking for help to give it the national and international recognition it deserves.
"With next year being the 950th anniversary of the battle which made us famous around the world, there has never been a better time to celebrate this heritage.
"So we have commissioned the University of Brighton to help us develop a new approach to the history and legacy of 1066, and how it relates to our town and we also want to tell the bigger story that explains our rich heritage, and traces its impact through to the present day.
"This will help us develop a new bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the resources to tell our story, including the development of Hastings Castle as a modern visitor attraction.
"The 'ROOT 1066' contemporary arts programme we are developing for next year gives us a fantastic opportunity to bring new perspectives to our heritage story too. We want to ensure that Hastings becomes a real cultural centre, combining the best of contemporary art with its rich heritage."
Dr Deborah Madden of the University of Brighton in Hastings added:
"This is an important and exciting project for us. The University of Brighton has been in Hastings for over ten years now, and during that time we have developed very productive partnerships with local history groups and the heritage sector. There is great potential for the town's heritage to help Hastings thrive as a centre of cultural excellence, and this project will play a key part in that process."
Trustees sign lease to secure St Mary in the Castle
The Trustees of St Mary in the Castle have signed a lease with Hastings Borough Council this week to secure the future of the iconic venue on Hastings seafront.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for regeneration explained:
"The council handed over the venue to Buckswood School in March 2013 on a temporary tenancy while more permanent arrangements were made with the charitable trust taking on the lease.
"Over the last two years extensive building works have been carried out at the venue. Buckswood really have made St Mary in the Castle a cultural destination on the south coast with their focus on youth and education, performing arts, bringing community groups together. They have also developed a fantastic exhibition space and, of course, a café.
"We are now very pleased to be in the position to sign a permanent lease with the board of trustees to secure the future of this superb venue."
Judy Rogers secretary of the board of Trustees added:
"We would like to thank Buckswood School for their support over the past two years and we are very much looking forward to continuing our partnership to the benefit of the people of Hastings and St Mary's itself. This is a fantastic venue, and we hope that residents and visitors alike will continue to support us."