Press Releases week beginning 04 June 2018
1066 Cycling Festival
The 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. Now in its third year, the festival will take place on Saturday 9 June in Hastings and Sunday 10 June in Bexhill.
The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings team and Active Rother at Rother District Council.
Cllr Andy Batsford, Hastings Borough Council's lead councillor for leisure said: "This is a fantastic family event with so much to see and do. On both days visitors can see Savage Skills Stunt team; bike decorating, bicycle powered smoothie making, and a family friendly bike ride with Sustrans, Get a ProBike wash, check out some brand new designer bikes lots of different competitions, challenges and a raffle. The Source Park trials will be an opportunity to learn from professionals how to ride a BMX bike the right way."
"On Saturday 9 June, activities will take place on the Stade Open Space, Hastings from 10am to 3pm. in Hastings you can have your bike MOT'd by Handsome Bicycles, go on a trail ride, or a 25 mile ride with 1066 Cycle club, learn about SMARTER cycling and see some dizzying tricks and skills at the Source Park."
The fun continues into Sunday 10 June at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. You can see an exhibition of 200 years of bicycles from the Classic Cycle Group and even join them on a short cycle ride around the town. You can venture further on a 12 mile ride with 1066 Cycle Club or embark on the Historic Half hundred, a 50 mile, British Cycling endorsed ride taking in the best views of the 1066 area. There will also be free learn to ride sessions for kids provided by CycleSafe and bike hire and free bike checks from Zigi Bicycles.
Cllr Jim Carroll, Rother District Council's lead member for young people, sport and leisure said: "We're pleased to have been able to support the cycling festival with funding from the council and through Active Rother.
"The event provides a good opportunity for people to get out, enjoy the summer and find out more about cycling which is an excellent way to become more active and to improve your fitness."
Hastings is the plaice to be - Hastings sustainable fish campaign to kick off in September
Hastings Borough Council is developing a Hastings Fish brand for Hastings mixed fishery after securing grant funding from Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). It will be launched at the Seafood and Wine Festival in September, with lots of opportunities to see, taste and buy.
Deputy leader Kim Forward, lead councillor for economic development said, "Hastings fishing fleet uses traditional, sustainable methods to catch fish but the value of this is often unrecognised. The brand will be a 'stamp of approval' so customers will know the fish they are buying is local, sustainable and a premium product. This is as important for residents as for visitors."
She added, "The purpose of the campaign is to create brand awareness, and increase sales of local fish to ensure the sustainability of the Hastings fleet. Hastings is enjoying increased tourist numbers and reputation nationally, and we will make the most of this by championing our unique food offer of Hastings landed fish."
The campaign will develop over the next year, until November 2019. The council will be working with Hastings fishing fleet, fish retailers and wholesalers, 1066 Country Marketing, and restaurants.
RNLI partnership with Hastings Borough Council
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who provide the 'gold standard' of lifesaving at sea, has been appointed by Hastings Borough Council to operate the Hastings beach lifeguard service for three years to 2020, after a successful pilot last year.
Lead councillor for tourism Councillor Kim Forward said, "We have had all three lifeguard stations (Pelham, pier, St Leonards) operational since 26 May, an improvement on last year when only Pelham started at the end of May. Not only are we are delighted to be working in partnership with the RNLI, but we are particularly pleased to be able to offer an enhanced service to our community and our visitors, who can use our beautiful beaches safely. We have already had a lot of positive feedback."
During 2017, RNLI lifeguards attended to 88 different incidents in Hastings, of these 7 required serious medical interventions.
The 'gold standard' of lifeguarding provided by the RNLI includes management, training, equipment and accommodation. The operation has been extended across St. Leonards and, in a separate contract with Rother District Council includes Bexhill and Camber beaches. The agreement includes increased lifeguard provision, longer hours and higher pay for the lifeguards.