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Beaches in Hastings have been recognised for their high quality.

Marina beach in St Leonards has been awarded both the coveted Blue Flag and the Seaside Award, and Pelham Beach in Hastings has received the Seaside Award. The awards recognise and reward beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet water quality guidelines.

Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for regeneration and culture at Hastings Borough Council said “I am very proud of our popular beaches and the hard work and commitment of our staff and our partners that keeps them at such a high standard. I am delighted that for the second year running we have received these prestigious awards . The Seaside Award and Blue Flags will be flying high along our seafront this summer reassuring residents and visitors that our beaches are clean and offer the best facilities.”

To find out more about beach facilities in Hastings and St Leonards please visit http://www.hastings.gov.uk/coastlinebeaches/


Hastings Borough Council’s museums committee, which meets quarterly and is made up of councillors and volunteers, was pleased to accept donations of some interesting items at its recent meeting.

Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s deputy leader and lead member for regeneration and culture said :- “I would like to thank the volunteers who sit on the committee, and who are Hastings & St Leonards Museum Association members, for their continued passion and commitment.

“Amongst the recent donations was an old guidebook of Hastings sent to the museum from Germany by the granddaughter of the original owner who bought it on a visit to Hastings in the 1890s!

“We also received a copy of some byelaws regulating the employment of children in Hastings from 1913 and several children’s evacuation leaflets and labels from World War 2.

“We are lucky to receive so many interesting items and thank those who have donated and who continue to donate items. It shows what a rich history we have in the town.”

Each donor receives a certificate of thanks as recognition for their contribution.


Posted by: In: Local, News 28 Jun 2017 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

The Boom Active team is made up of a group of passionate PE specialist who thrive on creating innovative and ultimately fun ways of getting children active. We are all local coaches and believe that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy and flourish within a sport whilst playing in a safe and happy environment.HP-FunkySportsDayx600

The school Summer holidays are fast approaching and working parents maybe struggling to find childcare or things for their children to do during the six week period. Boom is here to help with their holiday clubs.

“The Boom Active multisports programme is all about getting fit having fun and making new friends. Each day the children take part in different sports ,set around that day’s theme. With group challenges , football , cheerleading obstacle courses , dodgeball and many more activities included . As a team we are fully confident every child will be bursting to come back for more. Children can attend a full day or Half day from 8.30am – 4pm www.boomactive.co.uk / OFSTED registered ”


Award winning composer, Gwyneth Herbert performs at Stade Saturdays this weekend (Saturday 24th June).

Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for Regeneration and Culture said:

“Following on from last weekend’s fantastic funky bike band LaDinamo and Liane Carrol’s virtuoso performance in the Hastings Jazz and Blues Festival, this week’s Stade Saturdays features another spectacular musical performance by our own internationally renowned singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert.

“This weekend’s concert by Gwyneth is going to be another highlight as she’s freshly returned to Hastings from a triumphant gig last Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam”.

“Gwyneth is a talented composer, lyricist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. She has released six critically-acclaimed albums and toured across the world, sharing stages with artists such as Boy George and Amy Winehouse so we’re very excited to have her perform in Hastings. Gwyneth’s performance will start at 7.30pm on Saturday.

“Stade Saturdays is a series of free performances run by Hastings Borough Council that takes place from June to October on the Stade Open Space, just next to the Jerwood Gallery in the Old Town. Now in its sixth year, the ever popular summer series shows no sign of letting up on its quirky mix of oddball street circus and musical excellence, with forthcoming shows from the likes of Skinny Lister and the hit of the 2016 season, Cirque du Platzak.”

For further details see https://www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/stade-saturdays


Critical care patients in the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, have access to new tablet computers to help keep them occupied during their recovery thanks to the generosity of town cable management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex.

The donation of the five Hudl tablets was championed by company Group Personnel Manager Steve Baldry, who was recently cared for in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit following a sudden cardiac arrest. While there he used an old tablet computer to catch up on news, contact friends and watch movies. However, it was not ideal so he wanted future patients to have a better experience and show his thanks to the unit for saving his life.

Pauline Simes Lead Nurse Critical Care said: “These new tablets will provide entertainment and a distraction for patients. Ventilated patients who are unable to talk will be able to communicate with staff by touching a picture or spelling out a word via the touch screen. We are extremely grateful to Steve and Marshall-Tufflex for this marvellous donation and it was wonderful to see Steve looking so well. Thank you.”

Steve is also encouraging everyone to learn CPR, which can more than double the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims. He said: “There are approximately 60,000 cardiac arrests each year in the UK and only 10% of people survive. Response to a sudden cardiac arrest is a top priority for emergency services and they do all they can to get there as fast as possible. Unfortunately they often arrive to find people standing round, not knowing what to do. My message to everyone is to know how to recognise a cardiac arrest and how to deliver CPR. You may also want to lobby your local sports facilities, work place etc to install an AED (automated external defibrillator); CPR with early defibrillation can triple the chance of survival.

“Early recognition, calling 999 and early bystander CPR with early defibrillation will make a huge difference. I was lucky enough to receive these things and am still here to tell the tale,” added Steve.

Marshall-Tufflex has long been a supporter of the Conquest Hospital, donating equipment worth many thousands of pounds from its charitable trust, which has given some £750,000 to good causes locally and nationally over the last 10 years.


The 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will take place on Saturday 17 in Hastings and Sunday 18 June in Bexhill.

The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council’s Active Hastings team in partnership with Active Rother at Rother District Council.

Cllr Andy Batsford, the council’s lead member 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 with Treasure Tots, have your bike MOT’d by Handsome Bicycles, make bike powered smoothies with Sustrans and  try the Freedom Leisure Challenge. Pav Bryan will also be sharing cycling and nutrition tips.”

“Thanks must go Stade Saturdays and Coasters for funding La Dinamo Funky Bike Band who are parading along the seafront and performing on the Stade Open Space and Hastings Lions Club for funding Rollapauza in Hastings where you can battle it out on static bikes at speeds in excess of 50 miles an hour”.

On Saturday 17 activities will take place on the Stade Open Space, Hastings between 11am to 3pm. The Source Park will showcase BMX demos at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. A 50 mile bike ride will take in some of the best of 1066 country in Handsome Bicycles Historic Half Hundred and the Bottle Alley Bike Bomb (next to the Pier) will start at 7pm.

The fun continues on Sunday 18 at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill with events including The Brompton Challenge, Local Modern Vintage ride around Bexhill led by Classic Cycle Club and 1066 Coastal Cultural Trail Ride and Picnic led by Bexhill Wheelers.

For more information and to view the full festival programme visit www.visit1066country.com/cyclingfestival or call Eugenie on 01424 451051

Hastings Borough Council is consulting on changes to the town centre conservation areas.

Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for planning, explained :- “We are proposing combining a number of existing conservation areas in Hastings town centre to a single area, together with a number of new extensions.

“In addition, we are recommending a number of initiatives for managing the new area.

“We are encouraging everyone who lives or works in, or visits, our town centre to let us have their comments on our proposals. The consultation period will close on Friday 21 July.”

To find out more, including how and where to submit comments, visit the Council’s website at: hastings.gov.uk/hccaconsultation’


The latest attraction on Hastings seafront has been opened by council leader Peter Chowney.

‘The Picnic Box’ is a refreshment kiosk situated above Bottle Alley, by the weather station to the west of Hastings Pier. It is decorated on one side by a mosaic mural by local artist Emma Harding.

Cllr Peter Chowney explained :- “We’ve got a superb seafront here in Hastings, but we have had complaints in the past that it doesn’t have the refreshment kiosks that other seafronts have. We’re now putting that right!

“The Source opened their kiosk east of the pier in March, and I am now delighted that we have a kiosk to the west of the pier too. The Picnic Box is half way between Warrior Square and the pier, by the weather station. It is a great addition to the seafront for local residents and visitors and, of course, generates some useful income for the council too.

“And the mural is superb, I could make out a number of local characters, including jazz singer Liane Carroll.”

The Picnic Box is run by three generations of the same family, Diane Rann, her daughter Carly Gurney and granddaughter Georgia Hall.

Carly said :- “This is a really great spot, with fantastic views along the seafront, from beyond the pier to the Old Town and to Beachy Head.

“We’re looking forward to a great summer, hoping to tempt customers with our speciality Bubble Tea. And we haven’t forgotten our four-legged friends, as we sell frozen yogurt for dogs!”


What is “Making Tax Digital”?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a government initiative to modernise HMRC’s tax system, with the aim of making the whole process of administrating tax simpler and more efficient. All of your tax information will be in one place (your digital account) and you will be able to pay tax based on your business activity during the year and you can upload and update your tax account in real time.

Will it affect me?

If you own a business, you are self-employed or a landlord and you pay income tax, national insurance, VAT or corporation tax then it is quite likely you will be affected. This means you will be required to keep track of your tax affairs digitally using MTD compatible software, and to update HMRC at least quarterly via your digital tax account. Eventually this will abolish the annual tax return. This will be the law and there will be penalties for non- compliance.

What do I have to do?

You will need to open and log into your digital account. Everyone will be allocated one through the current Government Gateway. Then you will need to ensure your accounting software can update this account at least quarterly. For most businesses this means a move away from desktop and onto Cloud based accounting software. You are required to choose digital (Cloud) software to maintain your business records and to provide updates of information to HMRC. You will be prompted to send summary updates directly to HMRC – quarterly updates will need to be submitted within a month of quarter end, and an end of year activity report will be due within nine months of the end of the accounting year.

Your accountant can advise you on the software you will need and how to comply with the new quarterly reporting requirements.

When is all this happening?

MTD starts with unincorporated businesses for accounting periods commencing on or after 6 April 2018. There are various dates after this when other types of businesses have to comply.

What’s next?

Your accountant should contact you through 2017 to prepare you and get you ready for Digital Tax well in advance. In the meantime, if you want to discuss how this affects you and your business please contact us.


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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution will launch its ‘gold standard’ lifeguard service at Hastings this weekend – the first time in history the charity has provided lifeguards for the town’s beaches. 

For the peak summer season an additional two beaches in Hastings will be covered by RNLI lifeguards. Pelham West will see a seven day a week service (10am – 6pm) from Saturday 8 July – Sunday 3 September, as will Marina St Leonards Beach.Pier white rock area IMG_6650 SM

RNLI lifeguards receive world class training and equipment, are taught a variety of life-saving techniques and have advanced first aid skills and a detailed knowledge of the local risks and hazards at each of the beaches they patrol.

The Hastings lifeguards, clad in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms, will use a range of life-saving equipment including rescue boards and rescue tubes. They will also be on hand to offer advice on how to stay safe in the water.

‘Our lifeguards are highly skilled and undergo a rigorous programme of training so they are ready to help prevent incidents and to respond rapidly if people get into difficulty in the water,’ said Allen Head, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager.

‘A key part of their work is prevention,  so they will be asking people to respect the water and will be offering advice on how to stay safe by learning about currents, tides and other local dangers,’ he added.

Hastings Borough Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said: ‘We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the RNLI here in Hastings as they provide the ‘gold standard’ in beach lifeguarding. This is for a one-season trial initially and we look forward to seeing the results of this pilot at the end of the summer.’

The previous service run by Hastings Borough Council was supported by the Hastings and St Leonards Voluntary Lifeguard Club and the RNLI is hoping to work closely with the club in the future.

The roll-out of RNLI lifeguards at Hastings is part of a wider initiative by the RNLI to provide lifeguards in East Sussex. Earlier this month lifeguards began patrolling at Camber Sands Central Beach and will also be offering the service for the peak summer season at Camber Sands West and Bexhill-on-Sea beaches.

In 2016, RNLI lifeguards on 227 beaches around the UK dealt with 17,414 incidents and helped 20,538 people. Incidents ranged from slips, trips and stings to more serious water rescues. In total they saved 127 lives.