Press Releases week beginning 29 January 2018
Holocaust Memorial Service Success
A packed St Mary in the Castle saw a moving, thought-provoking Holocaust Memorial Day service on Saturday (27th January), the 18th the town has hosted.
The mayor of Hastings, Cllr Judy Rogers, council leader Peter Chowney, Amber Rudd MP and the High Sheriff of East Sussex Mrs Maureen Chowen were among the dignitaries who attended, witnessing some incredibly powerful dancing from The Acromax Performance Group with members of Ark Helenswood Academy Hastings, and St Richard's Catholic College Bexhill. The BISC (Queens University, Canada, based at Herstmonceux Castle) Chamber Choir also performed.
Amber Rudd and new organiser of the event, Dr Shelley Katz, both spoke on the service's theme, 'The Power of Words'.
Dr Katz said :- "It was good to see so many people at the event on Saturday. I was particularly pleased with the number of youngsters prepared to be involved, which bodes well for the future.
"I am very grateful to Hastings Borough Council for their continued support for the event, and to everyone who spoke, performed, helped, and attended."
Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Peter Chowney, added :- "I am glad I was able to attend the Holocaust Memorial Day service on Saturday. It was good to see so many present, and I am pleased that Hastings Borough Council is able to continue to support this very important service, the 18th since Holocaust Memorial Day was first marked in 2001.
"I would like to thank the new organiser, Dr Shelley Katz, who worked so hard to put on such a thought-provoking event. He also had to deal with some last minute programme changes because of illness, but the event went off faultlessly, a real tribute to Dr Katz's professionalism.
"I would also like to thank all of those who took part, particularly the students from St Richard's College, and the Acromax Performance Group, with members of Helenswood Academy, whose performances were incredibly moving, and the BISC students.
"I hadn't realised until the event that Dr Bader, the Canadian philanthropist who bought Herstmonceux Castle in 1992 and gifted it to Queen's University, Ontario, was an Austrian Jew who was sent to England as part of the Kindertransport to escape Nazi persecution. He attended Brighton Technical College before being sent to a Canadian internment camp for European refugees; his wife Isabel taught in Bexhill for many years before they were married. So it was indeed appropriate that a Jewish student attending the Bader International Study Centre lit the candles, and that we had such a strong presence from the BISC at Herstmonceux.
"Hastings Borough Council is one of the few councils that still holds a Holocaust Memorial Day event. I believe it's important that we continue to do this, to remind us of the terrible atrocities of the holocaust that took place within living memory, and how easily irrational hatred can lead to genocide."
Stade given facelift
The area around the historic net shops on the fishermen's beach in the old town has been given a facelift, courtesy of Hastings Borough Council. Weeds and rubbish were cleared from the site, including patches of concrete and other building debris that had accumulated over the years, and the whole area tidied up.
Cllr Peter Chowney, Leader of Hastings Borough Council said, "A weed suppressing mesh was installed over the entire area and this was then covered with shingle from the beach to bring the ground level back to its original height from when the net shops were built. Due to the sensitive nature of the site all of the works in the immediate vicinity of the net shops themselves was done by hand. I'm pleased this work has now been completed, it makes the area look much tidier and more attractive."
Housing boost for Hastings
Hastings Borough Council has welcomed the investment in the town of over £2m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Council leader Peter Chowney said :- "We are very pleased to have received confirmation of the £2.25m funding from Homes England, which was in respect of the bid that we submitted with the developers of the proposed new sports village and housing scheme at Bexhill Road.
"The £2.25m will go some way to meeting the costs of the infrastructure required in order to bring the project forward. In particular it will enable the developers to carry out remediation measures necessary to help prevent future flooding in the area and help safeguard existing residents homes where this has been a constant risk in the past.
"The developers are now looking to secure a major house building partner before seeking the necessary planning approvals required for the project to proceed."
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