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Visitors travelling to Battle and Hastings for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings next month are being urged to travel by train.

Kevin Boorman, 1066 Country Marketing manager, explained :- “There is a huge amount going on in Battle and Hastings over the anniversary weekend of 14th/15th/16th October, and we would encourage visitors to travel by train to enjoy these. These include the various ‘Concorde 1066’ events in Battle on Friday 14th October, the battle re-enactment at Battle over the weekend of 15th/16th October, and many events in Hastings on Saturday 15th October which will include two large processions around the town, and extensive road closures.

“The number of people likely to be travelling to these events, particularly over the weekend, means that the roads are likely to be extremely busy. And the seafront closure in Hastings during the Saturday afternoon and evening will add to the congestion.

“We have been working with southeastern who are changing their timetable over the weekend of 15th/16th October so that all trains stop at all stations between Tonbridge and Hastings. This means that all of the stations, including Frant, Stonegate, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Crowhurst and West St Leonards, will get a half hourly service throughout the day and evening on Saturday 15th October, and during the day on Sunday 16th October. And additional trains will run late Saturday evening from Hastings at 2239 and 2309 calling at all stations to Tonbridge too, for those who want to come into Hastings to enjoy our torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks.

“We are very grateful to southeastern for accommodating our request, which will hopefully encourage many visitors from further away to park at Hastings line stations near the A21 and continue their journey to Battle and/or Hastings by train.”

Southeastern’s train services director, Richard Dean said: “We are really pleased to support the local communities in the Hastings and Battle area by providing additional services over the weekend for passengers to travel to the great events taking place. We know they have been very well attended before and we wish them every success this year round marking such a significant anniversary.”


Recruiting now: female  volunteers to become mentors

Award-winning charity, The Girls’ Network, is expanding into Hastings, beginning their mentoring programme with St Richards Catholic College this September. This is part of the charity’s South Coast expansion, as they also expand to Battle, Robertsbridge and Eastbourne.

The Girls’ Network was established in 2013, and matches girls from the least advantaged communities with a professional female mentor over the period of 12 months. The charity aims to inspire and empower girls, giving them access to a network of female role models and opening their eyes to the variety of options and opportunities available to them.

Over the last three years, the mentoring programme has worked with 1,150 girls across London, Brighton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Chichester.

“The Girls’ Network are very excited to be expanding” says Becca Dean, co-founder and Director. “We are very much looking forward to working with St Richards, and expanding our network of professional women into Hastings and surrounding areas. Our mentoring programme has had a phenomenal impact on the girls we have worked with to date, increasing their confidence, resilience and self-motivation, and we can’t wait to work in Hastings to open up even more opportunities to their girls.”

We are actively recruiting female mentors around Hastings as well as Battle, Robertbridge and Eastbourne with training on 19th July. Please head to our website www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/mentoring to apply. We are also interested to hear from groups of women or businesses who would like to train to be mentors as a group at your workplace.

If you are a local business who would like to work with The Girls’ Network in Hastings or the surrounding areas please get in touch. As Charly Young, also co-founder and Director of The Girls’ Network stresses “we believe in the importance of rooting our mentoring programme in the local community, establishing links with professional women who would like to mentor as well as businesses to partner with us. Our mentoring programme helps to nurture mentees’ professional skills, allowing them to become the next generation of successful women in local businesses”

If you would like to find our more or contact The Girls’ Network, please email rosalie@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk 

For media enquiries, case studies and spokespeople, please contact Langley KIng on: langley@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk 

About the Girls’ Network:

The Girls’ Network is an award-winning charity founded by two ex-teachers, Becca Dean and Charly Young, in 2013. It opens up a world of possibility to girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with female mentors from a range of industries, creating the kind of networks they might not have within their own circle of family and friends.

The Girls’ Network has mentored more than 1,000 girls in the last three years, and will be working with 1,200 girls in 2016/17. They work with schools and communities across London, Portsmouth, Brighton and Bournemouth.

They were recently awarded £746,900 from The Big Lottery Fund to allow them to expand their programme into the North of England and transform the lives of more than 5,000 girls over the next 5 years.

The Girls’ Network recently received awards in Portsmouth for ‘Mentor of the Year’ and ‘Biggest Community Impact’, and was listed as an inaugural ‘Diverse Network’ by Inclusive Networks. Charly and Becca were also recognised in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List, 2014.

Partner organisations include Barclays, the Cabinet Office, Portsmouth University, J P Morgan and the Royal Society of Arts.

The Girls’ Network believe that all girls have a right to be able to access the best opportunities available, and should not be limited by gender. It believes girls have the right to high aspirations and knowledge of their self-worth and capacity to shape their world. The Girls’ Network has seen across classrooms, too many girls unable to speak out or express themselves. Both research and its everyday teaching experience shows there to be a real poverty of aspiration and self-worth amongst girls in both mixed and single-sex schools.

For more information, please visit http://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/  Follow us on: facebook.com/thegirlsnetwork, twitter.com/TheGirlsNet




Plans for the 950th anniversary for the Battle of Hastings are under way in the town linked to the most famous conflict in English History. Organisers have said that they’re also planning a military parade through Battle and special church services.

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Thousands of people are expected to take part in this event,  five mayors in the French region of Normandy are also being invited to commemorate the Battle of Hastings. The events aim to mark the significance of the battle which altered the course of history in medieval England and led to the Norman Conquest.

The anniversary will be taking place on October 14th 2016.  On this day in history in 1066 the Battle of Hastings was fought at Senlac Hill in Battle. It is estimated that Harold’s army was made up of about 6000 soldiers and the Norman army numbered about 7000.

If the legends can be believed King Harold was killed when he was shot through the eye with a Norman arrow.  William went onto win the Battle of Hastings and he was crowned King having successfully invaded England.


Calling all women in business:  Lottery funded organisation to support businesswomen launches in Battle.

Working women said they wanted help and advice in building their business, starting a new career, managing team members or just building their self-confidence to take on new tasks and now there’s an organisation set up to do precisely that.

WayfinderWoman is a social enterprise funded by the local community, businesses and the National Lottery with the single aim of providing mutual support for women in business.


Following a successful launch of their website WayfinderWoman.com  and facebook page in January 2014 packed with free resources, they’ve built on the popular WayfinderWoman Clubs in Eastbourne and are now running them in Battle.

Open to any woman of working age, whether you run your own business or are employed, this National Lottery funded WayfinderWoman Club is an opportunity to get together to talk about issues you have in the workplace and gain valuable advice and support.

They have exclusive use of Mrs Burtons Restaurant to run this free, facilitated support group.  So for good conversation, great cakes and fantastic mutual help book your place on the WayfinderWoman Club on 28 October & 25 November 6.00-7.00pm

For more information email Laura Murphy on info@wayfinderwoman.com or phone 0796 957 2964


Thinking of starting a new business or looking for new services and ideas for your existing business? The Business Start-Up show is a good place to go to hear from some of the best entrepreneurs in the UK and see the latest products, services and innovations that are available to business both new and old.


Starting a business then the Business Start Up show will be a good place to get ideas and meet like minded people from all over the UK

The show is at London Olympia on the 28th – 29th November 2013 and along with 250 free seminars covering every aspect of business along with around 350 exhibitors. There are also 10 workshops where you can attend an interactive training session on various business topics.

There will be around 25,000 business owners attending the two day event and the organisers are putting on some networking features so that visitors can also meet each other and potentially partner up or swap services.

The event is completely free and its recommended that you register in advance which will save considerable time when you arrive. The link to register is here.

More details can be found on the shows website here which also includes an online showguide to help visitors plan their day in advance.