Hastings BID News – March 2018

New office, new numbers
The Hastings BID team have moved office to Rock House. Please note our new address and phone numbers:

Love Hastings Ltd,
2nd Floor, Rock House,
Cambridge Road,
TN34 1DT

Main office: 01424 230149
BCRP (Shopwatch and Barwatch): 01424 230148

Half-term fun at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre

A selection of children’s rides will be in Queen’s Square, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre this Easter half term.

Between Friday 30 March and Saturday 14 April visitors to the shopping centre can enjoy bungee trampolines and tea cup rides from just £2. There will also be a pick’n’mix stall for those with a sweet tooth.

Automata on the Pier
We were pleased to attend the launch of Automata on the Pier and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition, as well as having the opportunity to make our own working model. We highly recommend a visit to this fascinating and unique exhibition, which is free to visit until Sunday 15 April.

Further information is available here.

Borough Wines, Beers, and Books in Robertson Street recently warranted an eight-page feature in the national publication ‘The Wine Merchant’. A great advert for our part of Hastings! Here’s what the magazine had to say…

“It it has the feel of a drop-in cultural centre, a place where locals can call in not just for a bottle or two of Cru Beaujolais, or even a decent saison beer, but maybe pick up some local artwork, or a book about pagan festivals, or just chew the fat with their hosts. If they hit the right evening, they may even discover a bloke in the basement playing free jazz on a saxophone while hitting himself on the head with a tray. Krautrockers Faust were recently here too, anglegrinder and all. Wine is part of the experience, but certainly not the whole experience.”

Has your business generated any good PR for the town? Let us know and we’ll share the good news here.

Industry champions needed for local schools and colleges

Could you give up some time to help raise awareness of the skills and knowledge needed to work in your sector of industry or commerce?

Industry Champions are part of the Enterprise Adviser Network, a national government-funded initiative designed to increase interactions between employers and young people. They support the careers education of students in their development of employability skills.

The network helps schools from across the county find the right person to support them in a range of activities such as mock interviews or workshop sessions linked to business skills training.

If you would like to be added to the database as an Industry Champion, please contact:


Hastings Rowing Club turns 150 years old this year and, to celebrate, it looks like the regatta will be coming back to the town in May.

If your business would like to get involved, either as a sponsor or by putting on some shoreside entertainment please get in touch and we’ll link you up with the organisers.

Christmas lights 2018

We had some great feedback about most of the Christmas lights last year, but we know there’s more improvements we can make to raise the bar even further.

So while it might seem early, the BID team are already looking at plans for next year’s dsiplays.

Awareness training with ‘Discovery’ – a message from Laurie Church, Modern Slavery Community Coordinator

“Discovery is a new partnership being led by Sussex Police to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in Hastings and Rother. Discovery currently has twenty-four partners, one of which is ‘Stop the Traffik’, a global organisation building partnerships across the UK, and raising awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking and how to spot the signs and what to do if a victim is identified.

As part of my community coordinator role at Stop the Traffik I aim to raise awareness and resilience within the Hastings and Rother community.

I hope to do this by bringing together community and voluntary organisations and local businesses. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to hear more about Discovery, or would like to discuss awareness training.

My email is Laurie.church@stopthetraffik.org, alternatively I can be contacted on 07970175696.”

BCRP (Business Crime Reduction Partnership) news

The new DISC reporting website and app is now live, and Shopwatch and Barwatch members have logged on over 650 times already to check on the faces of people known to have been involved in shop theft, violence or anti-social behaviour – and who may have subsequently been excluded from shops and bars in the area.

If you are a member of either scheme and haven’t logged in yet, please check your e-mails for an invite so you can take advantage of the system.

If you can’t find your invite or are interested in becoming a member of Shopwatch or Barwatch, please email bcrp@lovehastings.com.

Remember, there are some valuable benefits to membership, including having access to the radio network and the database of intelligence about known offenders.

Events taking place in the next few days

Here is a small selection of events taking place in the BID area. A full list is available on our website. If your event is not listed, please contact us.

Broken Arrow’s Palace Takeover (two-day ska and punk festival) – Friday/Saturday 23/24 March

Alibi EP launch party at The Carlisle – Friday 23 March

Frankly Sinatra at the White Rock Theatre – Friday 23 March

Comedy Casserole at On The Rocks – Friday 23 March

Town Centre Market – Saturday 24 March

Punka at The Carlisle – Saturday 24 March

Universal Future House at The Owl and Pussycat – Saturday 24 March

Hastings Burlesque at White Rock Theatre – Saturday 24 March

Mad March Quiz at On The Rocks – Saturday 24 March

Kayleigh Ann Band at The General Havelock – Saturday 24 March

Original forty-fivers at The Printworks – Saturday 24 March

Extreme World Wrestling official afterparty at The Brass Monkey – Saturday 24 March

Sam Calver live at The Owl and Pussycat – Saturday 24 March

Flea Market and DJ at The Palace – Sunday 25 March

Sarah and Duck at White Rock Theatre – Sunday 25 March

Did you receive any nuisance marketing calls from the map marketing company we arranged discounted advertising rates with? Did they intimate we had provided contact details? If so please drop a message to office@lovehastings.com to let us know what happened. We have already reprimanded the company for unwarranted sales techniques that have been reported to us, but if there are other examples of them behaving badly we would like to hear about it. We’ll put additional measures in place in future to reduce the risk of something similar happening again.

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