Well the weather may not have lived up to its reputation last month but Chamber members certainly did with their generosity shining through.
A very busy month kicked off with one of June’s few sunny days and a fantastic fund raising event in aid of local charity St Michael’s Hospice. In the beautiful surroundings of the Hospice gardens we were treated to a wonderful evening in the warm June sunshine.
Darran Penfold, Trust and Fundraiser for St Michael’s said: ‘The event was a great opportunity for local businesses to come together in an informal setting to enjoy each other’s company, alongside good food and drink. Most importantly the event raised over £1,100 for St Michael’s Hospice’s Phoenix Appeal and we are delighted that so many local businesses were able to attend on the night and also donate some amazing prizes for our Tree of Gifts. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.”
At our usual monthly networking meeting a packed agenda, with 4 speakers, covered a wide range of topics, all of which went to highlight the vibrancy and fabulous work that goes on to help the area.
After 20 years globetrotting, in the international insurance field, local boy ‘made good’, Richard Hoskins, told us how he’d returned home to help lead the largest local private sector employer, Hastings Direct. With his colleague Jay Wootten they ran through their wide range of community engagement and desire to engage further with the Chamber.
Simon Opie, CEO of Hastings Pier followed with an entertaining review on their journey so far and exciting plans for the future following the recent re-opening of this grand old lady.
We then heard from Glyn Farrow, from 111 Collectiff, who are commissioned to run the St Leonards Festival for the next 2 years, to tell us about their development plans for 2016 and 2017.
And finally, Polly Gifford rounded off the packed agenda with exciting news about events planned for the ROOT 1066 Festival launch in September, which will include a joint event with the Chamber at the opening event on 10th September. More details are to follow on how we will be treated to an amazing light show from Chris Levine and the unveiling of Hastings based artist and blacksmith, Leigh Dyer’s public sculpture made in forged steel of the prow of a Norman longboat.
Our next meeting is on 21st July when we welcome recently appointed Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to tell us about how they are, and will, be supporting the business community locally. For full details please visit our events page on www.hastingschamber.co.uk