Press Releases week beginning 27 August 2018
Help shape your town! Area Action Plan drop-in session
Hastings Borough Council has arranged an extra drop-in session as part of its current 12 week consultation for the Hastings town centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan. This will take place on Saturday 8 September between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House.
Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead councillor for regeneration and culture said, "The purpose of the Area Action Plan is to provide a planning framework for the Hastings town centre and Bohemia area including the provision of new leisure, housing, employment and retail development. The drop-in session is an opportunity to view the plan, ask questions and find out how to submit your comments."
The plan can also be viewed and comments left online at www.hastings.gov.uk/aapconsultation. The draft document is also available to view throughout the 12 week consultation period at the Community Contact Centre, Queens Square, the Tourist Information Centre, Muriel Matters House and Hastings Library.
Dino-tastic day for families at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Held on Tuesday 22 August 2018
Around 1,100 dinosaur fans flocked to see a 35-foot Victorian Iguanodon that visited Hastings Museum & Art Gallery yesterday. This amazing sight was the stage for Emerald Ant's outdoor family theatre performance, "The Iguanodon Restaurant". They told the stories of the earliest fossil hunters, their discoveries and rivalries, inspired by an actual banquet that took place in London in 1853 inside the concrete mould of an Iguanodon!
Deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and council lead for regeneration and culture, Councillor Kim Forward said, "This was a spectacular end to a very busy and popular summer programme for families and young people at the museum, which also included weekly storytelling with Kevin Graal and art workshops with Riz Maslen and Ed Boxall. As always, these events and admission to the museum are all free."
The Iguanodon is Hastings' local dinosaur and the Museum has an important collection of fossil specimens. The show inspired audiences in their geological landscape, fossils and local history, and inside the museum, visitors also got the chance to handle real fossils and make some fun things to take home as a souvenir.
Hastings Bengali Association Summer Festival 2018
The Hastings Bengali Forum held their summer festival at the White Rock Theatre Hastings, on Monday 20 August 2018. Special guests at the event included Cllr Nigel Sinden, Mayor of Hastings, Cllr James Bacon, Deputy Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Abul Kalam Azad, Mayor of Bexhill, Cllr Zulhash Uddin Mayor of Southborough Town Council.
The festival was opened with the National Anthem of Bangladesh 'Amar Sunar Bangla'. The programme was chaired by Abdul Mukith, President of the Hastings Bengali Forum. There were performances of traditional Bengali song and dance; guests were invited to try the lamb curry with rice, provided by Jakasia Choudhury. The afternoon was completed with a dessert competition, won by Hemeda Mukith ,with Asma Akther Lupa placed second, and Sultana Khan in third place.
Councillor Nigel Sinden, mayor of Hastings said, "Once again the Hastings Bengali Association have invited councillors and residents from Hastings and East Sussex to join them and sample traditional food, music, and friendship. Well done to all, and particularly for forging links with all in the community."