Press Releases week beginning 01 October 2018
Speaking up for Hastings
Hastings mayor, and speaker of the Cinque Ports, Cllr Nigel Sinden, hosted 'Speakers Day' in Hastings last Saturday (29th September). There are seven Cinque Ports, and each year, in rotation, the mayor of one of the five head ports and two 'ancient towns' is appointed as speaker. The speaker acts as chairman and principal representative of the Cinque Ports Confederation, and Cllr Sinden took up the role earlier this year, on 21st May.
The Hastings mayor led a procession of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, the Bishop of Dover (the Lord Warden's chaplain), the Admiralty Judge, the Deputy Constable of Dover Castle, the Judge Surrogate, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Cinque Port mayors, town clerks, the Admiralty Sergeant and town sergeants and Simon Corello JP, from St Mary in the Castle to St Clement's Church, in the Old Town.
In all, mayors from Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Hythe, Lydd, New Romney, Margate, Ramsgate, Rye, Sandwich, Tenterden, and Winchelsea attended.
Sussex Brass marched at the head of the procession and played during the church service.
Following the service, the dignitaries paraded back along the seafront to St Mary in the Castle, before making their way to Sussex Coast College, Hastings, for a formal lunch and speeches.
Cllr Sinden said: - "We have had some very good feedback on the day. The procession of dignitaries in their ceremonial robes and regalia looked superb, and the church service was excellent. I was very proud to show Hastings off to our distinguished visitors."
The Lord Warden, the Lord Boyce added: - "Speaker's Day was an outstanding success. Hastings has every reason to be very proud."
Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings staff led a fitness rave at the Jerwood Gallery as part of the Mark Wallinger: The Human Figure in Space exhibition last Thursday. The limited tickets sold out in less than 24 hours, but the lucky few took part in a full rave set up which transformed the Turner Prize winning artist's installation using lighting and UV lamps.
The installation is inspired by the photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), who studied movement and the human form by taking series of photographs of people moving in front of a grid, to track their motion.
Lead councillor for leisure Andy Batsford said,
"Well done to our great Active Hastings team and the Jerwood in such an energising mash up! Culture and keeping fit have produced a really exciting and healthy event. Can't wait to see where our Rave team will turn up next!
A spokesperson for the Jerwood Gallery said,
"Active Hastings brought an amazing energy to the exhibition and made fantastic use of the installation space. It looked really fun, great music and a brilliant way to promote fitness and wellbeing with a bit of culture thrown in!".
A right royal surprise
A group of students from Hastings Youth Council attended a pan Sussex meeting called the Takeover Challenge to discuss mental health issues on 3 October. When they arrived, they were surprised by a couple of extra visitors to the meeting- the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
The visit took place at the Joff Youth Centre, Roderick Avenue in Peacehaven.
The royal couple observed the discussion groups and workshops taking place speaking to those taking part, and spoke privately with young people who had experienced mental health issues themselves.
Fran Brown, Hastings youth councillor said,
"We had an amazing day at East Sussex County Council planning the Takeover Challenge day which gave us lots of ideas. Best of all we got to meet Prince Harry and Meghan. We got to tell them all about the planning day and the running of Hastings Youth Council."
The Takeover Challenge is a national initiative established by the Office of the Children's Commissioner, which encourages organisations to put young people into real life decision-making positions.
In East Sussex the theme for this year's Takeover Challenge day, on November 23, is Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing, with a focus on ways young people can help each other and themselves.
Hastings remembers Hither Green
A remembrance service to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the Hither Green crash will be marked this year by the unveiling of a permanent memorial at Hither Green station. Friends and family members of those who died are invited to attend.
The short service will take place at Hither Green station on 5 November at 11:00. The service will be conducted by two local vicars, Reverend Bridget Shepherd and Reverend Juliet Evans, and Lewisham's Chair of Council, Cllr Jacq Paschoud.
49 people died as a result of the crash near Hither Green station in 1967. The train had started its journey in Hastings, and stopped at various stations on route to London.
The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Nigel Sinden will be attending the service. He said,
"Many of those that perished were from Hastings families; time may pass but our memories of them will forever remain in our hearts and minds".