Energy training lunch
Energise Sussex Coast is offering free training on your lunch break – with pizza thrown in, too! This short course is suitable for people who work with residents who would benefit from extra support keeping their home warm and healthy.

The module will cover how to easily save money on bills through switching, what grants are available (including free winter home checks and energy efficient measures for qualifying groups) and basic DIY energy-efficient ways to help keep homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

All attendees will receive a free home energy monitor worth £50.

The training is funded by the EU Interreg Climate Active Neighbourhoods project and the Big Energy Saving Network.

• 29th November, 12:00 pm-1:30pm. Free [email protected]
Venue: Energise Sussex Coast, 17a Silchester Mews, Silchester Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0JB

Secret garden award
Hastings-based support charity Education Futures Trust (EFT) has recently been awarded funds by Sussex Lund. The money has been allocated to a new ‘secret garden’ project at The Firs for local families to enjoy. This ambitious project will see the creation of a wildflower meadow and butterfly garden, bird cams and a weather station, plus a stage, storytelling area and seating. CEO Carole Dixon commented: “We are delighted to receive the Sussex Lund award that will allow the development of the Secret Garden, the first funded project at The Firs. Tucked away to the side of the EFT building, we intend to develop a hands-on, environmental experience for young children and family members. Planting will begin in earnest in November when we receive our hedge and tree packs from the Woodland Trust.”

Sussex Lund is a charitable fund offering support to small-scale practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape within Sussex.

• If you are interested in volunteering your time to this and other EFT projects, please contact Charlotte on 01424 722241 / [email protected]
For all the latest news and updates: and Twitter: @EFT_Hastings

Free environmental management workshop
The Steps To Environmental Management (STEM) scheme is designed for businesses that
want to demonstrate they are working to improve their environmental performance and competitiveness.

Giraffe Innovation Ltd, an eco design consultancy, runs three levels of STEM workshops – blue, silver and gold – in East Sussex, ranging from an introduction to the environmental management system (EMS) right up to full implementation. Issues covered include risk, legal compliance and stakeholder values; measuring your company’s environmental impact and performance; implementing an environmental policy and e-management system; and using environmental credentials and policies to create additional business opportunities.

Workshop in Hastings: Steps to Environmental Management Masterclass, Wednesday 5th December, 9:30am –3:30pm, Ocean House, 87-89 London Rd, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6LW.

Hastings Greenway
An innovative network of linked, almost traffic-free routes that everyone can enjoy for leisure, walking and cycling. Starting at Hastings Town Centre, the proposed Greenway will run 10 miles to Ore, Silverhill, Hollington and Mayfield and the Conquest Hospital. 

Hastings Greenway Group AGM is on Wednesday 21st November. Hear the achievements of the past year and learn of our plans for the future. 7.00pm-9.00pm, White Rock Hotel.

• Hastings Greenway Group Facebook page  [email protected]

St Leonards on Sea Conservation Area consultation
Hastings Borough Council is keen to hear your views about the St Leonards conservation area. The consultation will run for six weeks, closing at 4pm on Monday 10th December. You can find it here:

Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration says:  “There will be a drop-in session from 2pm-7pm on Tuesday November 20th at the Kino-Teatr in Norman Road. We encourage online responses but you can see paper copies at both the Tourist Information Centre in Muriel Matters House and at the community contact centre in the Town Hall, where you will also find summary leaflets and comments forms.”

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