Press Releases week beginning 15 October 2018
Hastings Fish delivers at a chef Discovery Day
Hastings Fish brand held a Discovery Day at the Stade in Hastings old town last week for visiting regional chefs.
The chefs toured the area and visited local fishmongers. Then, they went to the Hastings fish market to see the Hastings catch processed for sale. To finish the visit, the chefs had a masterclass in fish cutting at the classroom on the coast with Tush Hamilton, a member of the master guild of fishmongers at Fishmongers Hall, and Yasmin Ornsby, of the Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society. Though retired now, Tush enjoys sharing his knowledge and history of the area to promote the fishery and support the fishermen.
CJ Jackson, chief executive of the Billingsgate Seafood School, organised the event on behalf of Hastings Fish. She explained,
"The idea is to get the businesses who buy fish, locally and nationally to become familiar with Hastings-the fish and the quality of the catch-as well as learn more about the area."
Several chefs from the Hilton Hotel group attended the Discovery Day. Executive chef at the Brighton Hilton Kurt Cutajar said,
"What can I say? The day was amazing and really informative. All the chefs really enjoyed it, Yasmin and Tush have great knowledge of the Hastings Fisheries and are a great asset and the fish quality is fantastic."
Hurrah for Hastings Week
Hastings has just celebrated one of its best ever Hastings Weeks. The town has celebrated the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings annually on the 14th October since 1968, following on from the hugely successful 900th anniversary in 1966.
This year, unusually, the week finished on Hastings Day, and so ran from Saturday 6th until Sunday 14th October.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, and councillor responsible for marketing, explained :- "Hastings Week has grown and grown over the years, and now includes a wide range of activities. Some are organised by the council, but many, like the fantastic torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks, are organised by volunteers.
"From the opening ceremony on 6th October through to the 'reflections' closing event on Hastings Day there have been dozens of things to do, for residents and visitors.
"I can't list all of them, but they include the classic car show, itself now a classic, the vintage motorbike and commercial vehicle shows, numerous talks and tours, and, of course, the 66th national town criers championship on Saturday, with prizes generously donated by the Hastings & St Leonards Society. I was really pleased this year that the winner was Eliza Mowe, of Barnoldswick, Lancashire, our very first ever female winner.
"Also on Saturday, of course, were the torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks, which must have been one of the best displays we have ever seen. I've heard really great feedback on the procession and fireworks, and all credit for organising this must go to Hastings Borough Bonfire Society, and Renegade Pyrotechnics, themselves all volunteers.
"One of the last events of the week, on Hastings Day of course, was the Award of the Order of 1066, and I was delighted that it went to Eve Martin, herself a former councillor here, and great community champion.
"So a great week, and I must once again thank everyone involved with helping to organise it, particularly the very many volunteers."
Hastings man receives national award for work tackling underage drinking
John Whittington, Community Safety Manager at Hastings Borough Council, has received the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) award for innovation for his work tackling underage drinking. He received the award from CAP chair Derek Lewis at the annual CAP celebration event which this year took place at the Welsh Assembly.
Derek Lewis said,
"The Hastings Ore CAP has taken an innovative, multi-agency approach to reducing underage drinking and anti-social behaviour, including working closely with local schools, inviting students to its meetings and encouraging take up of the Royal Society of Public Health Young Health Champions scheme. Of particular note is its work with East Sussex Public Health, which commissioned a social marketing intervention, called Think Again Now which aimed to tackle parental supply of alcohol. Pre and post evaluations showed it successfully increased parents' knowledge of the facts relating to alcohol harm and debunked many myths about supplying alcohol to children. John has been the driving force behind the CAP's success in Hastings, Ore, and I am delighted to present him with this award."
Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the environment and safety said,
"This is an important initiative for our town, and I am delighted that the Hastings Ore CAP has been recognized for their work."
CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. Its 2018 annual report, launched at the event, shows how this innovative partnership approach has positive impacts on underage drinking, anti-social behaviour, litter, residents' feelings of safety and underage/proxy alcohol purchase around the UK.
Derek Lewis added: "In spite of welcome evidence that fewer young people are drinking alcohol, British children are still more likely to binge drink and get drunk than children in most other European countries. Regular and/or excessive drinking can be seriously damaging to their health and development while increasing the risk of excessive consumption in later life. CAPs offer an evidence based, proportionate and locally tailored response to underage alcohol problems."