We’re very happy to announce that we’ve secured two small grants from the Transition Network via The National Lottery Community Fund.
Our Warrior Square Station community garden project has needed more visibility within the local community. Passers-by are always complimentary but forever asking who’s responsible. To help better communicate who we are and what we do (and why), the first successful Bounce Forward grant will pay for the installation of a community noticeboard. As well as raising awareness of the garden, it will promote the garden sessions to potential volunteers, and advertise other town-wide activities promoting more sustainable living locally.
In the spirit of supporting a circular economy – an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources – TTH’s second successful Bounce Forward grant is going to help them initiate a brand-new-to-town event – a Jumble Trail. As its name suggests, a Jumble Trail is a community-based, neighbourhood-led jumble sale where a ‘treasure map’ helps local residents buy, sell or trade their pre-loved stuff in the convenient location of their own front garden. The first Jumble Trail will hopefully take place as a prelude to our flagship event, Sustainability on Sea 2021, next autumn.
The local council are proposing a 5 storey development, to house 152 units, which the West Marina Group believe is unacceptable and overlooks the massive potential the site has to offer. There are already several sites in the immediate area with planning permission sitting dormant and also the large area of land adjacent to the site is already earmarked for residential development.
The West Marina Group are petitioning the council to genuinely and urgently engage with the local community in West St Leonards and other interested parties to develop a clear community-led action plan for the former Bathing Pool site and the area around it.
The printed programme is hot off the press! Look out for it around town over the coming weeks or download a PDF version here. SoS_Programme_digital Download
With more than 60 events and activities across 9 days the
festival spans Hastings and Rother, from Winchelsea in the East to Bexhill in
With each event taking a different approach to promoting a
sustainable future the programme has something for all ages and many activities
are free to attend.
Highlights include the Car Free Day street party (Sunday
22nd September, 12pm until 6pm) as Hastings marks the international event for
the first time, turning the seafront road into community space for socialising,
alfresco dining, entertainment and play.
The festival culminates in The Big Green Fair at the Stade
(Sunday 29th September, 11:00am – 6:00pm) bringing together a wide range of
local stallholders in an ethical marketplace, a programme of talks on
sustainability issues, craft and culinary workshops, great food, entertainment
and info stands for various local environmental campaigns.
We’re celebrating the completion and final installation of the seaside themed mosaic created by the community. We are having a little celebration on Saturday 24th Aug from 3-5pm in front of Warrior Square Station, come with your smiles and we will supply refreshments. If it’s raining we will be in Zoom Arts.
We’ve made a start on the community mosaic, involving local school children, Gizmos children’s club, clients from the Seaview Centre and volunteer local residents. Here are some photos to give you a flavour of how it’s looking.
There is still a lot to do! Please help us complete this lovely piece of community artwork – lots of times you can pop into Zoom Arts this week: Mon 15 July 2.30–4.30pm Tue 16 July 1.30–4.00pm Wed 17 July 2.30–4.30pm Thu 18 July 2.30–4.30pm Fri 19 July 10.00–12.30pm and 1.30–4.00pm
The time has come for businesses and local groups to get involved with our eco-friendly festival: Sustainability on Sea.The festival will take place between Saturday 21st-Sunday 29th September 2019, culminating in an all-day Big Green Fair with stall holders, information stands, talks, activities for children and entertainment.
The theme this year
will be “What we can do” showcasing the meaningful things we can
all do to live more sustainably.
Last year we had a whole mix of events from speaker
events, beach cleans, walks, bike rides, work- shops and family fun days.
It’s a chance for individuals to share their interests and get others involved,
for businesses to organise
events to bring new customers through the door and for green organisations to showcase what they do.
We welcome all ideas! Here’s some more inspiration:
A day of learning about climate change at a
youth group or school.
Planting a community space.
Walks and cycle rides.
Litter picks and tackling plastic waste.
A day of sustainable food at your café.
Plant based food cookery lessons.
Launching a campaign.
Eco fashion show.
What people thought of last year’s
Sustainability on Sea Festival:
“Well organised lots of information” “Great! Lots of useful info, goodies and optimism” “All stalls very interesting – not too texty or selling” “Loads for kids, very interested in electricity and bikes” “Really useful – good to see a very diverse range of groups” “Absolutely excellent! Lovely to see the level of optimism” “10/10 would come again”
We’ve had an extremely positive response to our call out already. Local people are very aware of the issues around climate change and are keen to get involved in the festival.