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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.


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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 ”


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’


Posted by: In: Local, News 25 May 2017 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

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.

Hastings has a variety of events going on over the next few months to keep the town entertained and bring in more tourists to our seaside town.

Here is a list of what is happening in the town between June and September.

Hastings Town and Country Fair

Hastings town and country show

Now in its 8th year this popular family event takes place in pretty Alexandra Park on Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 June. All day entertainment will include the Dog & Duck Show, 1066 Reptile Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.

Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival

Hastings Fringe

The 2nd annual Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival will be taking place from June 14 – June 18. With some of the best established and up and coming circuit comedians bringing previews and working progress shows to some of Hastings favourite venues in the Old Town.

St Leonards Festival

st leonards festival

Back with a brand new look, this event takes place on Friday 30th June (evening only) and Saturday 1st July 2017. There will be activities happening across the town including the Kings Road Market, Street Theatre and Performances, musicians and a beach zone. There will be plenty of family entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this unique and reinvented festival. Don’t miss out!

Hastings Pier Jam

Hastings Pier Jam 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 you can have the opportunity to get your jam on at this lively event at Hastings Pier. The line up includes Gorgon City, Amine Edge & Dance and Redlight. Tickets are available to buy but they’re selling out quickly! The event will be held between 3pm and 11pm but the minimum age to get in is 18. Click here to buy your tickets.

Hastings Beer & Music Festival

Hastings Beer and Music Festival 2017

This is the best music event of the summer and is held in Alexandra Park in Hastings. This event runs between Thursday 6th July until Saturday 8th July 2017. So if you’re looking to have a bit of fun in the sun and enjoy great music, good company and a lovely atmosphere, make sure you get yourself along to this event. The best part is that it’s all for charity! There’s something for everyone, even the kids!

Hastings Pirate Day

Hastings Pirates Day 2017

If you’re up for dressing as a pirate, want to hear some good music and get involved in some awesome entertainment, then don’t miss Hastings Pirate Day on Sunday 16th July 2017. Get yourself to Hastings Old Town for a day of festivities. You can expect a golf competition (pirate themed, of course!), a pirate and craft market, a fancy dress competition and lots more.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

hastings old town carnival

This exciting event takes place from Saturday 29th July until Sunday 6th August 2017. It will include the Pram Race, Sea Boot Race, Bike Race and the spectacular carnival itself. You can expect lots more events throughout that week including competitions for both men and women.

The 2017 bathing season is off to a flying start. Marina beach, St Leonards has been awarded both the coveted Blue Flag award and the Seaside Award and Pelham Beach, Hastings has also been awarded the Seaside Award.

This summer, 68 beaches across England will be flying a Blue Flag Award after meeting the highest standards for cleanliness, facilities and water quality and 117 beaches have been presented with the Seaside Award by Keep Britain Tidy.Hastings Beach

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.

“This is the second year in a row that Marina beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, a fantastic result for Hastings and it reflects the hard work and commitment given by the council and other partners to make this happen” said Aaron Woods, resort manager for Hastings Borough Council.

He added: “We are very proud of our beaches which attract many visitors every year. The Seaside Award and Blue flags will be flying high giving residents and holiday makers in Hastings reassurance that our beaches offer the best facilities and cleanest beaches this summer.”

To find out more about beach facilities in Hastings visit www.hastings.gov.uk or telephone 01424 451111

International super group, Keane, hit the UK music scene in 2004, leaving an indelible imprint on their homeland of 1066 Country in East Sussex. In 2012, ‘Sovereign Light Café’, one of the album tracks from their fifth consecutive chart topping album, Strangeland, name checked many localities in the towns of Battle, Bexhill and Hastings.keane 1066

The Keane Trail was created as an online trail by the Battle Marketing Group. Now the company who helps travellers to create their own travel audio guides, Geotourist, is proud to announce the launch of an audio version of the trail, in collaboration with the 1066 Country Marketing partnership. It is available for smartphones via the free to download Geotourist app.

For fans of Keane, it’s a great way to better understand the impact that the local area had on both the band and their work. For visitors who may be new to Keane’s work, the trails represent a fabulous opportunity to uncover more about this local band and see just how 1066 Country continues to play a key part in the UK’s heritage – from history to popular music culture.

There are three trails, one each in Hastings, Battle and Bexhill and they run from  between 2.4 – 6.8 kms in length. Each takes in points of importance to the band and their journey to music stardom, as well as the locations behind the lyrics of their songs.

Geotourist are delighted that the Keane trails add to the seven other Geotourist tours in the area. With a richly historic tour of Battle, narrated by ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Anton Lesser, bringing the whole town of Battle to life, visitors can access the history of the town beyond the fascinating abbey and 1066 battlefield.

In Hastings, the Geotourist tour brings The Stade fishing and cultural quarter to life and explains just why the iconic black netshops were so important to the day to day life of the town.

The tours of Bexhill’s rich heritage and of Huguenot Rye lift the lid on some surprising local facts that you might miss by simply walking round.

The Geotourist platform means that people can listen to tours in the same way that we now listen to music, through our devices. The free tours can be enjoyed through personal smart phones, meaning you can immerse yourself in the world around you as you move at your own speed. There’s no need to sign up to an organised tour group, making it easy to take a tour in a quiet half hour or to help orientate yourself when (or even before) you arrive in a new place.

With May Bank Holiday on the horizon, these tours are ideal for visitors. Find out more about the tours at geotourist.com and look out for the stickers as you’re walking around.