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.
We’ve been working hard fundraising and we are very happy to say we (that’s the community/public/everyone!) are going to create the Mosaic at Warrior Square Station this summer.
This will consist of 11 days of workshops from 10th-19th July at Zoom Arts (right by the station and the mosaic site).
We would love your help at the workshops.
It would be easy things like: Getting room ready Doing some of the mosaic- most important! Watching that people don’t put their grubby hands on the artwork!!! Keep an eye on things not getting too messy in general Sweeping floor occasionally Keeping table and work area clean & regularly wiped Showing people where toilets are Equipping people with aprons/shirts etc Giving out refreshments
Join us at Warrior Square Gardens on June 2nd 2019 (12-3pm) for our biggest Big Lunch yet!
Simply turn up on the day with your food to share, something to sit on and your favourite game. We usually have a fabulous selection of food and play rounders and other games, depending on what people bring.
It’s a great way to get to know people in the community and it’s free! This is an alcohol free event. Bring the whole family!
The new growing season is upon us and we are looking for keen volunteers to help the team at the community garden in St Leonards Warrior Square train station.
The garden has raised beds for vegetables and lots of fruit tress and bushes where we are growing food that the public can help themselves to. We want to improve the area around the station as well as show how you can eat more sustainably by growing organic foods collectively in the local area.
Generally, we alternate weekly between Saturday (10-1) and Sunday (3-6) but always check the events page before coming to a session!
AZUR Marina Pavilion, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Join a day of inspiration and perspiration at the first showcase event of the Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas Feeling overwhelmed, paralysed, fearful about the future and looking for a way to take action? This is the event for you
We have booked some truly inspirational speakers to tell us about ideas that have proved successful elsewhere to help towns thrive.
You are welcome to just come and listen, but if you are hungry for new ideas and have the energy to work together to adapt them to the Hastings context, you can be part of the treasure. Small pots of money and mentoring are available to support the growth of new community businesses that emerge from this event.
Confirmed inspirers so far are:
Stella Duffy OBE, the creator of Fun Palaces http://funpalaces.co.uk/about/
Melissa Mean from Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol https://kwmc.org.uk/projects/wecanmake/
Hazel Tilley from Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust https://www.granby4streetsclt.co.uk
Alison Paule of Paxton Green Timebank http://www.wearetempo.org/impact2017/
Maff Potts of Camerados https://www.camerados.org
TIMETABLE FOR THE DAY Morning Session (9 – 1) ‘Inspiring Ideas from Elsewhere’. Afternoon Session (2 – 4.45) ‘Making it happen in Hastings’.
Taking it forward Following each Common Treasury showcase event, a Taking-it-Forward period of three months will support the development of new ideas, with guidance and wisdom from the inspirers, a facilitator and a development fund of £6,000. Each group will have the opportunity to discuss what they need to develop the idea and then negotiate with the others how to allocate the fund.
Printed Matter Bookshop & Hastings Green Party are hosting a talk with Guy Standing on the idea of a Basic Income at The Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA. Tuesday, 2nd April. 6pm. £2 entry – on the door.
Shouldn’t everyone receive a stake in society’s wealth? Could we create a fairer world by granting a guaranteed income to all? What would this mean for our health, wealth and happiness? Basic Income is a regular cash transfer from the state, received by all individual citizens.
It is an acknowledgement that everyone plays a part in generating the wealth currently enjoyed only by a few. Political parties across the world are now adopting it as official policy and the idea generates headlines every day. Guy Standing has been at the forefront of thought about Basic Income for the past thirty years, and in this book he covers in authoritative detail its effects on the economy, poverty, work and labour; dissects and disproves the standard arguments against Basic Income; explains what we can learn from pilots across the world and illustrates exactly why a Basic Income has now become such an urgent necessity.
Book available from Printed Matter Bookshop and on the night.
Our latest and exciting project is the creation of a mosaic at the front of St Leonards Warrior Square station, entirely designed and crafted by the community.
This activity will benefit the community in th following ways: · Improve the visual appeal of the area outside the station, for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors · Promote pride & ownership in the area and therefore keeping area safe and clean · Help to improve interpersonal skills & reduce isolation through engaging in the project · Encourage self-confidence and belief in what can be achieved.
have engaged Emma Law, a well established mosaic maker. She will lead
workshops involving schools, the Seaview Wellbeing Centre, Gizmo DIY
Theatre Company and the general public to design and complete the
mosaic. We will also employ Leigh Dyer, a local blacksmith/artist, to
make a movable frame for the mosaic to sit in and be attached to the
The estimated cost for the whole project is around £4,000
(approximately 25% for materials, 50% for the movable frame and 25% for
the professional facilitation). We have already raised £1,500 and are
now looking for contributions to cover the remaining £2,500.
We have the wholehearted approval of Southeastern Train Company and we have conducted a street survey with the local community and immediate neighbourhood, and an online survey, with a unanimous response that it would be a positive addition to the area. We are very excited about this project and aim to have it completed by summer 2019.