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Hastings Pier have announced that pioneering UK Grime act Dizzee Rascal will be playing in Hastings for the first time ever on the Pier on September 16th to open the weekender that also sees Happy Mondays & Levellers performing.

With four number one singles, four top ten albums, a Mercury Prize, a performance at the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012 and collaborations with both Calvin Harris and DJ Fresh under his belt, Dizzee Rascal has become a key name in both the UK garage scene and the international pop market.

His live show has drawn crowds from all around the world, and after a run of festival performances this summer, the Hastings Pier show is sure to be an epic affair and if this alone isn’t enticing enough, the support bill for the Dizzee Rascal show is set to be equally as incredible and is scheduled to be announced soon.

Following Dizzee Rascal’s performance on Friday night, The Happy Mondays are set to perform ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in it’s entirety for it’s 25th anniversary on Saturday September 17th, plus a selection of greatest hits. Support on the night will come from The Orb performing ‘Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld’ in full, also for it’s 25th anniversary; and Formation, one of the most exciting new indie electronica acts of the moment.

Sunday 18th September will see Levellers perform ‘Levelling the Land’ for it’s 25th anniversary, plus a selection of greatest hits; with support from Turin Brakers who recently released their seventh album ‘Lost Property’; and the Nottingham folk-punk outfit Ferocious Dog.

Hastings advertising sales agency i-Jam Media,  have announced that they are working again this year with the prestigious TEDxBrighton event.

The Brighton TEDx talks are independently organised by a volunteer team and have grown rapidly over the last few years and is now a sell-out event with over 1000 delegates attending the event, which is held at the Brighton Dome. The delegates themselves come from a wide range of industries from tech start-ups to global corporations and the public sector and anyone in technology, education and design (which, incidentally, is what TED stands for) will be there to hear the speakers talk on a whole range of diverse topics.

The one-day event is held on the 28th October.

If you are interested in going along then please visit their website here where you can find out about who is speaking and where to get tickets. Likewise, if your business could benefit from being associated with TEDxBrighton then please call i-Jam Media today on 01424 205481 or visit their website here. There are opportunities to find out about sponsorship and advertising on the day to the delegates.

The first point to emphasise today is that it’s business as usual and trade mark and design owners should not panic – European Union Trade Marks (EUTM) and Registered Community Designs (RCD) remain valid in the UK and there is no immediate loss of IP protection. Once we actually leave to EU, that position will presumably change, but that is probably two years hence. Meanwhile, the many UK companies and traders who have only filed EU Trade Marks should consider filing for a UK Trade Mark; these are inexpensive and quick to register, but don’t delay. We are happy help you with your requirements.

Design registration is slightly more complex, and best discussed. The European Patent Office (EPO) is not an EU institution, so there will be no change there, but presumably the EU Patent, when it comes into being, would be treated as another overseas application.

We do not know when the exit will actually happen but once the UK officially notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the clock starts ticking and the negotiations need to be completed within two years. The two-year period can be extended but only if all the other 27 EU countries agree.

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office will continue to work with the EU Intellectual Property Office; we will no longer be around the table when final decisions are taken, and this will impact on our IP law, but we can assume that co-operation will continue, as it does with other major IP countries. Whilst IP rights are limited to a particular territory, as a profession, our horizons have always been international.

Our professional body, ITMA, will be calling on the UK Government to ensure that UK practitioners remain entitled to represent clients before the European Union Intellectual Property Office, but we will also be setting up an office within the EU to ensure that we are able to do this.

Do seek professional advice on how you take you intellectual properties forward; there are many pitfalls that can easily be avoided with a bit of know-how. Call us on 01424 205448 or 07968 845 426, or email lockharthastings@btconnect.com


The third Hastings Fish Fest has been hailed as another great success.Mayor cutting ribbon IMG_4826  SM Tracy Hobden

Held on the Stade Open Space, in Hastings historic Old Town, last weekend (Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th June), the festival attracted around 25 different stalls, and some great musical entertainment.

Hastings Borough Council organised the event, and Cllr Kim Forward, deputy council leader and lead member for marketing, explained :- “We love our events in Hastings. Tourism is big business for the town, worth around £260m to the local economy and supporting well over 5000 jobs, and visitors and residents alike love our events. This one is particularly special as it celebrates our local fishing heritage, and takes place almost literally on our fishing beach.

“I was delighted to officially open the festival, and then look around the many stalls. The atmosphere was fantastic, with many thousands of visitors enjoying themselves. I’ve heard some great reports about it over the weekend, from both stallholders and visitors. One visitor from Swindon apparently enjoyed themselves so much they’re coming back specially for our Seafood & Wine Festival in September. The music and entertainment was also superb, to suit a wide range of tastes, from Lumpy and the Lumpettes through to Mad Jack’s Morris!

“I’d like to thank all stallholders for taking part, and also the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society, who helped ‘dress’ the marquee with a boat and nets, and also put on a great display and children’s’ activity

“Our next fish festival is ‘Seafood & Wine’, over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th September, and I’m already looking forward to that.”

Blacksmiths from all over the country will converge on Hastings on the weekend of 8, 9, 10 July, for a live forging event at the Stade Open Space, as part of the ROOT1066 Festival of Contemporary Arts, inspired by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Hastings-based sculptor Leigh Dyer, in collaboration with the British Artist Blacksmiths Association, will produce parts for a new piece of public art.

“We’re delighted to welcome the British Artist Blacksmiths to Hastings for this event,” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for culture. “Leigh’s work is iconic in Hastings – for those who don’t know, he’s behind the chess sculptures at Butler’s Gap, the winkle on Winkle Island, and many more landmarks around the town. This collaboration is sure to create something wonderful.”

The free event will include opportunities to try your hand at forging, including a fully safe children’s forge. The blacksmiths will be at work from midday to 6pm on Friday, 9am to 7pm on Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.

The sculpture – ‘The Landing’ – will be unveiled in September, when it will “rise like the prow of a Norman longboat from the shingle” on Hastings seafront, by Albert Place. It will incorporate a time capsule of letters from local people, to be opened in 2066 on the 1,000th anniversary.

The British Artist Blacksmiths Association has created collaborative public artworks around the UK – such as the Blacksmith’s Needle on the Quayside in Newcastle, and the International Pillar of Friendship in Ironbridge. In September, they will be travelling to Ypres in Belgium to work on a commemorative Poppy Cenotaph.

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund.  Blacksmiths on the Beach has been sponsored by Birchwood Ford, and many local people and companies have supported the building of The Landing through a successful crowdfunding campaign.

For the latest news visit www.1066contemporary.com, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066. Brochures will be published in July.

For holiday makers at the moment it seems that more and more people are no longer booking a week in the sun and choosing to pack up their suitcases and come to Hastings and enjoy what our lovely local town has to offer. Hastings-1

This week Hastings has once again had another brilliant article written by Lucy in her travel blog On The Luce.

Check out the full article here


Five schools across Hastings took part in the May Walk to School Week challenge, organised for local schools by Hastings Borough council’s Active Hastings team.

During May 400,000 pupils across England, Scotland and Wales swapped their usual school run car journey on four wheels for two feet during the week-long challenge.

Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for leisure said:

“The health of young people in Hastings is really important. Walking to school is a great way to get the daily exercise young people need and this combined with fresh air makes pupils more alert and ready to learn in class.

“We are trying to encourage as many families as possible to include walking to school as part of their weekly exercise regime and it will also help to relieve traffic congestion that so many schools experience.

“Ore Village Primary Academy did really well in the walk to school challenge with the highest uptake of children walking to school for the week 16 – 20 May. Our congratulations go to them for such a great achievement – well done!”

The pupils were presented with a special Walk to School week trophy in their assembly (20 June) and five free lunchtime activities to be delivered by Active Hastings.

Active Hastings are encouraging schools to work with Living Streets and their WOW campaign; Walk Once a Week. WOW rewards primary school pupils who walk to school at least once a week with a monthly collectable badge. The badges are designed by pupils and are made from recycled yoghurt pots!

It’s fun and easy to join the WOW campaign and only takes a few minutes of a teacher’s day to make a big difference, logging journeys and awarding badges.

To find out more about walking to school contact Alan Foster, Active Hastings afoster@hastings.gov.uk


As part of the Stade Saturdays programme funded by Hastings Borough Council, Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band will be performing this Saturday 25 June from 6pm at the Stade Open Space.

The Old Time Jazz Band is a group of musicians hailing from London and Hastings who perform tunes from early jazz.

Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for culture and leisure explained:

“The Old Time Jazz Band celebrates the great tradition of jazz song. They perform jazz with a coolness that is laid back yet sets the pulse racing. Their repertoire consists of tunes from the early years of jazz’s inception up until the 1940’s taking in the blues, New Orleans, black vaudeville, Louis, Ella and Billie.

“It’s one not to miss and of course, like all Stade Saturdays events it’s FREE!”

The band comprises Fumi Okiji, Idris Rahman, Ben Davies, Stuart Hall and Roy Dodds all of whom play with the foremost names of the English jazz scene. They have built up a faithful London following over the past couple of years and have played at many jazz clubs including the Vortex, St James Theatre, the Oxford, the Spice of Life and at the Crypt’s Camberwell Jazz Festival.

Visit http://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays for the full Stade Saturday’s programme or pick up the programme from the Tourist Information Centre.

The Battle of Hastings may be the most famous date in British history, but a lot has happened in the 950 years since. To mark the anniversary and as part of the ROOT1066 Festival of Contemporary Arts, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery will be opening a new, permanent display of its local history collections, from 1066 up to the present day.

Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for culture explained:

“The idea for the exhibition was to take 66 Objects that represent key stories that portray some of the people, some of the places and some of the events, both national and local; those that have really shaped the town of Hastings.

“950 years is a long time with a lot of history to cover and 66 objects is actually a lot of objects to look at! In the new exhibition we’ve included some objects and some events that have national significance such as the Spanish Armada and the first and second world wars but we’ve also included events that are very particular to Hastings

“As far as possible we have tried to put people at the centre of the story from local characters like the 11th century moneyer Dunninc and medieval Godfrey the Scrivener, to those who have had an international impact, like Robert Tressell and John Logie Baird.

All sorts of objects have been selected, from everyday items to coronation costume. Cllr Poole is putting in the third object in its case.  It’s a wine jug that dates from around 1100, which was excavated at Hastings Castle.  The base has signs of blackening, showing that the wine was probably heated over an open fire.  Wine became increasingly popular after the Norman Conquest and the Domesday Book records many newly-planted vineyards for the Norman rulers.

The new display will be open from Saturday 25 June at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Museum opening times: April to October – Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday 12 noon-5pm.  Entry is free.