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In September 2016 the world renowned light artist Chris Levine came to Hastings to put on a spectacular laser show for the ROOT 1066 International Festival.

Hastings company Beaming went behind the scenes of Chris’s iy_Project show to discover how the installation was put together and what it was seeking to achieve.

Check out the video here

This Sunday and Monday sees the culmination of a large scale community arts project for ROOT 1066.  Developed by the Craftivist Network and artist Caroline Le Breton, and coordinated by Culture Shift, the project has involved many different organisations working towards a big event at the Stade Open Space, Hastings and an art installation of 500 arrows in the Stade Hall.

Each organisation has been working on arrows, spear heads, placards and banners to form part of the ‘Movement’. The arrows reference the things people value most or the direction people want in their lives.

Groups involved include Autism Sussex, Active Arts and Open Door at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap, Hastings Furniture Service, Beeching Park and Conquest Day Centres, Greenwood Respite Hotel, Little Gate Farm, Seaview, Parchment Trust, Glyne Gap Faculty.

The event on Sunday 2 October will start with a procession from the pier at 1pm with the Stade event starting at 2pm. There will be performances from Open Door drummers, Seaview Choir, Hastings Voice Squad and Delta 7. The performance area is being managed by Rhythmix, who will also be offering short taster workshops at the end of the afternoon. In addition Autism Sussex will be selling cakes and hot drinks and there will be a chance to make your own arrow or flying bird.

The installation will remain open on Monday 3 October from 10.30-4.00pm

Craftivist group are a network of organisations working across Hastings and Rother, who have been working together to promote the value of arts and crafts with vulnerable people and finding opportunities to sell work and set up small micro enterprises, such as Go Pots at Autism Sussex.

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.”


Hastings Borough Council is looking for volunteers to sit on its grants advisory panel. This gives advice to the council’s charity committee on how surplus income from the Foreshore Trust should be distributed.

Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, who chairs the charity committee, explained :- “As a charity, the Foreshore Trust wants to help the local community, and giving grants to local groups is one way we can do this.

“We are looking for more volunteers to join our existing panel. It meets around four times a year, and other meetings may be called. We are particularly looking for people with a knowledge of the local voluntary and charitable sector.

“Anyone interested should contact our chief legal officer Chris Barkshire-Jones on Hastings (01424) 451751, email cbarkshire-jones@hastings.gov.uk


Hastings Borough Council in its aims to support local businesses and increase jobs in the town has invested in the build of a new factory unit at Castleham Industrial Estate, Hastings.

Built by Westridge Construction Ltd the new unit due for completion at the end of this year will provide much needed extra space for a local business already operating from other units in the area, BD Foods.

Hastings Borough Council’s leader, Cllr Peter Chowney recently attended the ‘topping out’ ceremony; the age old tradition of bestowing luck and thanks to builders when a structure reaches its topmost point. He commented: “This unit is a great addition to the offer at Castleham and we are very pleased that BD Foods will be the new tenants. They currently occupy eight units at Castleham and this one will enable them to expand their food production, creating 50 new jobs in the process.”

BD Foods plan to start working from the unit in the New Year.

Interpreting the Bayeux Tapestry 

Join Gale Owen-Crocker, Professor Emerita of The University of Manchester, as she interprets this extraordinary example of Anglo-Norman art and workmanship. Learn about the battle that transformed England’s culture and heritage, as told by those that were there at the time – and also about the other elements of 11th century life portrayed: political propaganda, mundane objects and day-to-day living.

The talk will take place on Thursday 29 September, 2pm to 3.30pm (doors open at 1.30pm) at St Mary in the Castle. Tickets are £15, and available via stmaryinthecastle.co.uk.

There will also be a chance to view the Medieval Mosaic, a complete recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which is on display in the Crypt of St Mary in the Castle. Comprising 3,000,000 pieces of spring steel, it holds the Guinness World Record as the largest steel mosaic.

An Evening with Marcus Harvey 

Margaret Thatcher, Myra Hindley and Tony Blair are just three of the Inselaffe – meaning ‘island monkeys’ who feature in Marcus Harvey’s irreverent show currently at the Jerwood Gallery (ends 16 October). The work forges motifs and emblems of Britishness, such as military memorabilia and joke shop knick-knacks, into collaged portraits of historical figures.

Meet the man behind this array of tongue-in-cheek exhibition on Friday 30 September at 7pm, at the Jerwood Gallery. Tickets are £10 per person (£8 for members), and booking is essential. To book, call 01424 728377.

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news visit 1066contemporary.com, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.



Hastings 13th annual seafood & wine festival has been hailed as a huge success, attracting around 20 000 visitors to Hastings Old Town over last weekend (Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th October). The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council, and showcases the very best in local produce.

Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney, who opened the festival on Saturday morning with Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers, explained: – “The event started in a quarter of the old coach park, and has grown ever since.

“Around 20 000 people came to the Stade last weekend, with visitors from across the UK and beyond joining local residents for the biggest seafood & wine festival we’ve ever had. The feedback has been fantastic, with stallholders describing it as ‘excellent’ and ‘tremendous’. One said it is the best event he does in the year, even taking into account the London shows he attends, and another, who increased his stock by 50% on last year, was sold out by mid-afternoon Saturday. He spent most of the night making more.

“It was Norman and Saxon themed this year, for obvious reasons, and it was good to see the stallholders joining into the spirit of the event. ‘Coast’ – the Sussex Coast College Hastings catering team – won the best dressed stall competition, and looked resplendent in their mediaeval-looking costumes.

“The event does cost the council a significant amount of money to put on, but we consider it a worthwhile investment because of the benefit it brings to our local economy. Few other resorts can have been as busy as we are on the third weekend in September!”


The cartoons of much loved Hastings cartoonist Martin Honeysett are the subject of a new exhibition A Taste of Honeysett at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Martin Honeysett was a leading satirical cartoonist and illustrator with an acerbic sense of humour and a gift for the gag.

During a career spanning four decades Honeysett worked for magazines and newspapers  including, among others, Punch, The New Statesman, Private Eye, The Oldie, The Sunday Telegraph and The Observer, providing instantly recognisable cartoons which seemed to encapsulate all the casual cruelty, greed and stupidity of the modern age.

Honeysett won awards at cartoon festivals in Europe and Japan, and his cartoons and paintings appeared in exhibitions at public galleries such as Chris Beetles in St James’s. Examples of his work are held in public collections including the Cartoon Art Trust and the V&A.

The new exhibition was opened on Thursday night (15 September) by Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for culture, she commented:

“Martin lived in Hastings for over 25 years and contributed greatly to the social and cultural life of the town so we are very excited to showcase Martin’s work in collaboration with Penny Precious, at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery as part of Hastings and 1066 Cartoon Festival.”

A Taste of Honeysett exhibition runs from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 08 January at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery with free entrance.


havelock place hastingsCompanies can now get top quality new offices in East Sussex on ultra-flexible terms in a pioneering move to address the Brexit market.

As part of the economic development programme for the area, Sea Change Sussex has introduced a three-month notice period in its leases which, innovatively, can be served by occupiers at any time. This is designed to provide an exceptional degree of flexibility for companies facing unknown market conditions as the UK plans its EU withdrawal.

These new terms are available as part of three-year leases for Sea Change’s small and medium offices in:

  • Havelock Place, Hastings: the high-quality development in the Priory Quarter town centre business district, with eligible units from 541 to 1,659 sq ft
  • Pacific House, Eastbourne: the contemporary new business centre in Sovereign Harbour, with units available from 627 sq ft upwards
  • A forthcoming business centre on the Bexhill Enterprise Park, with units from 600 sq ft upwards pre-letting now.

John Shaw, CEO of Sea Change Sussex, says: “Companies are telling us they still want to invest and grow following the EU referendum, but they feel the economic road ahead will be less certain for some time. So we’ve introduced new leases which means they can have the quality of new premises they want along with an extremely high level of flexibility to react to market conditions as they unfold.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Sea Change’s offices and its new ultra-flexible leases should contact one of the company’s agents:

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With the ROOT 1066 International Festival now in full swing, here’s your guide to what’s happening over the coming week.

Edith – a pilgrimage and film
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September

This weekend, see King Harold reunited with his common-law wife Edith, whose weathered statue mourns him still in Grosvenor Gardens, St Leonards. Film maker Andrew Kötting and author Iain Sinclair walked a 100-mile pilgrimage from Waltham Abbey to St Leonards, via Battle Abbey where Harold fell, symbolically reconnecting the lovers after 950 years of separation.

You can see the film, with a special live performance, on Saturday 17 September, 8pm at Kino Teatr, £10. Or, visit Grosvenor gardens on Sunday 18 September to see your own personal 5-minute version, as the Flat Pack Castle becomes a two-seater cinema for the day. 11am to 4pm, free.

Artist talks – John Cole and Hew Lock
Saturday 17 September

Also this weekend, there are two artist talks. John Cole, the photographer behind the portraits currently hanging among the net huts, will be in conversation with the Fishermen’s Protection Society on Saturday 17 September at 2pm at the Stade Hall. Entrance is free but space is limited.

Meanwhile, Hew Lock will be discussing his 2011 work, For Those in Peril on the Sea – which inspired the exhibition that will be on display at Electro Studios Project Space on 1 and 2 October. The talk will take place on Saturday 17 September at 2pm at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. Tickets cost £5.

Feast of the Dead – a medieval banquet
Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 September

If that’s tickled your appetite, how about a medieval feast to see you through the week? Every evening from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25, the Stade Hall will be playing host to Feast of the Dead. Part banquet, part theatre, participants will be served an authentic 11th century three-course meal, while interacting with the ghosts of the battlefield. Tickets cost £25/£18, or £15 for the Wednesday preview, and vegetarian and vegan options are available. Book at: http://bit.ly/2cWPSHf.

Clash! – a choral spectacle
Saturday 24 September

Next weekend, don’t miss Clash!, a unique musical event involving seven local choirs, who will converge in the cathedral-like atrium of Sussex Coast College. Poets and spoken word artists have collaborated with composers from across the South East to create a musical ‘tapestry’ in response to the Bayeux Tapestry’s narration of the great Battle of 1066. Performances take place at 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 24 September. Tickets cost £7/£5 – go to barefootopera.com/tickets/clash-24th-sept.

Buoys Boys – new exhibition opens at the De La Warr
Opens Saturday 24 September

Leading British artist Fiona Banner presents an immersive installation exploring her ongoing interest in language and its limitations. The exhibition, which takes place both inside and outside of the De La Warr Pavilion, incorporates a series of inflatable full stops from different fonts blown up to human scale. The exhibition is open from Saturday 24 September to Sunday 8 January and entry is free.  There will be an artist’s talk at 11am on Saturday 24 September – tickets are £7/£5/£3.50 from dlwp.com.

DRIFT – how do you navigate a place?
Guided walk Saturday 24 September

This inclusive artwork that reveals how young people with complex needs experience the world in different ways. From now until Sunday 16 October, you can find sound and video installations at three different locations around the town – Warrior Square station ticket office, Bottle Alley, and in the East Hill Lift top station. Join participants for a free guided walk on Saturday 24 September – meet at Warrior Square Station at 11am.–

For more information on these events and many more, visit 1066contemporary.com.

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.