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BY SIGNING THE PETITION TO SEA SPACE HERE; Petition to Sea Space
Read our Summer Newsletter here –
General opening hours for September:
Wednesday – 2 to 4pm
Saturday – 10 to 4pm
Normally, a few members of the BUD (Bottom Up Development) team will be around to help with questions or to keep you occupied with general tasks on the site if you wish to help out. We are dependent on our hard-working volunteers, and need at least two people at the site to open it, so these times can vary, and will change if there are specific events planned on the same date. All are welcome, but be aware that there are hazards, and children and pets will need to be under your supervision. We have several volunteer opportunities which could lead to paid work and possible affordable housing options. The entrance to the Ore Valley power station site is via Firtree Rd, Hastings, TN34 3TR.
Throughout September we will continue to host PLAY AT THE HEART Children and Young People’s Activities sessions from 1.30 until 3.30 at the Ore Valley site. These sessions are funded and facilitated by Hastings Borough Council. There will be some support staff available. Activities will be mainly task based and designed to help young people to learn skills and enjoy the natural environment of a brownfield site. Families are welcome, but please note children aged 8 years and under MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the session and any under 5’s must be 1:1 with a parent at all times.
Community Planning event – September 20th.
Between 1 and 4pm on Wednesday 20th September, we will host a Community Planning event designed to give everyone input into the construction of our first building onsite – the Homestead. We are currently looking at options for this Homestead to be supplied by Low-Carbon building champions Zedfactory. Zedfactory are leaders in this field and have nearly 20 years experience of building the most advanced and respected eco-homes in the country. This event gives people a chance to have their say and have direct input into the considerations behind the construction of this building. The building is intended as a greeting place, so will most likely include catering facilities, and may go on to supply the components for housing on the site, so will likely include a warehouse area to store these. This event will include an introduction to the project in general, a workshop-style section on the possible layout of the Homestead, a light lunch and a guided walk around the site to identify potential issues.
Read our write-up on this event here
Site activities in the Ore Valley (June, July & August 2017)
We hosted a fundraiser on August 12th for ‘Warming Up The Homeless‘.
Nearly 200 people came along for a fun day out and to support a good cause.
Photos and write-up here
General opening hours for June, July & August:
Wednesday – 2 to 4pm
Saturday – 10 to 4pm
Throughout July & August we will be hosting PLAY AT THE HEART Children and Young People’s Activities sessions from 1.30 until 3.30 at the Ore Valley site. These sessions are funded and facilitated by Hastings Borough Council. There will be some support staff available. Activities will be mainly task based and designed to help young people to learn skills and enjoy the natural environment of a brownfield site. Families are welcome, but please note children aged 8 years and under MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the session and any under 5’s must be 1:1 with a parent at all times.
These sessions will continue throughout July and August as long as we are not holding events on the site on the same day.
Spice Up Ore Valley – July 1st – 12 until 5pm – Free Entry
Our next big event plans to be seasonally hot – it’s all about the Chillis and Mushrooms!
Once again the valley will be brought to life by people power, food, drink and music. There will also be a Car Boot/Table Sale and an Air Guitar competition. If you want to take part, please come along to the site any Wednesday (2-4pm) or Saturday (1-3pm) or email Rossana at email@example.com There will be a £5 donation charge for Car Boot/Table Sale spots for people outside the Ore area – for Ore residents it is free.
The program for the day can be viewed here; Program for Spice Up Ore Valley
and the site map here; Sitemap for Spice Up Ore Valley
For guidelines on our ‘Chilli Cook-off’ visit this link; Chilli Cook-off guidelines
For Facebook page event details visit here; Spice Up Ore Valley
Our write-up and photos of the event can be seen here; Spice Up Follow Up
Site activities in the Ore Valley (May 2017)
The Hastings Botany Group will be doing a full ecological survey of the Power Station Site this month.
There are some details of the group’s first visit here; Hastings Botany Group visit
Further details on later Hastings Botany Group visits can be found here: Ore Valley power station ecology
A local arts group are carrying out a creative workshop on May 17th – full details here; Elemental Earth Event
On May 19th the Dutch Innovation Centre for Schoolbuilding (ICS) will be arriving at the power station site for a tour accompanied by our BUD (Bottom Up Development) team. For more information on the ICS follow this link; ICS This initiative has been set up by ‘Locality’ – a national network which helps groups to set up community led initiatives – for more information see this link; ‘Locality’.
April 22nd – Earth Day Ore Valley
We celebrated Earth Day with some creative, ‘Green’ activities onsite alongside the Hastings Greenway walk and Hastings Sustainable Transport Forum events.
See full details here; Earth Day Ore Valley Facebook event
April 15th, 22nd and 29th – @AdpRiotTour and @L13LightIndustrialWorkshop
The BUD (Bottom Up Development) team will Power Up the generators in the Valley to show the contents of Jimmy Cauty’s containers (The ADP riot tour) each Saturday in April around twilight (8pm) for an hour or so. The containers will then be going on a European tour. @AdpRiotTour @L13LightIndustrialWorkshop
Feel free to join us using either the Firtree Road entrance at TN34 3TR or the Broomgrove Road entrance at TN34 3PN. Please observe any hazard tape boundaries, keep dogs on leads and accompany children under 16, thank you.
Power Up Ore Valley event – April 8th
Our biggest community event so far was held at the old power station site on Saturday April 8th. The Power Up Ore Valley ‘festival’ as many are referring to it now, was a great success, bringing in around 500 people throughout the day – the community has spoken, and the community has indeed Powered Up the Ore Valley.
Despite the pre-event hype of riots in the valley – prompted by the presence of Jimmy Cauty’s mini dystopian landscapes in shipping containers – the old power station site was a scene of fertile creativity. Poets, speakers, DJs, geodome builders, musicians and the community in general created a gentle party atmosphere crowned by the powerful presence of our own dazzling synth duo, the Vile Electrodes.
We had the most incredible feedback after this event – some stating that it was the best event they had ever been to. People had driven all the way from Gloucestershire for the event, and were full of praise afterwards. The young people curating Cauty’s containers had the time of their lives talking to people about art and helping other youngsters to make badges.
This land has already touched many people and there is a lot of excitement about the future possibilities. However, we do need the support of as much of the community as possible to be given the chance to make the most of this land for the local community. We are therefore setting up a live petition, which will appear on this page. It will enable us to show how much support we have for the project. Everyone who signs the petition will strenghen our case.
For photos and comments on the event see the Facebook event page here;
To register your interest or support and to keep up to date with events, please like and follow our Facebook page here; Ore Valley DIY Regen
Site activities in the Ore Valley (April 2017)
Hastings Independent Press article about our big event on April 8th:
For details of this event and to register your interest follow this link:
We are also facilitating and supporting the FUN with Tressell day on April 1st;
General opening hours for April:
Monday – 10 to 4pm
Wednesday – 2 to 4pm
Friday – 12 to 4pm
Saturday – 10 to 4pm
We are dependent on our hard-working volunteers, and need at least two people at the site to open it, so these times can vary, and are weather dependent, and will change if there are specific events planned on the same date.
Site activities in the Ore Valley (March 2017)
The entrance to the Ore Valley power station site is via Firtree Rd, Hastings, TN34 3TR. All are welcome, but be aware that there are hazards, and children and pets will need to be under your supervision. The kettle is always on.
Saturday 18th March sees our big push for recycling, re-using and clearing rubbish out of the old power station site in the valley with our Big Tidy Up supported by Hastings Borough Council. For more details visit this link: Big Tidy Up Someone will be on the site from 10 until 2 at least.
Wednesday 22nd March – General clearing or maintenance duties. Woodworking and or other practical trade opportunities. We will also be clearing for the Hastings Greenway and creating stakes from the wood we cut down to use for other events. Someone will be on the site from 2 until 4 at least – weather dependent though.
Saturday 25th March – General clearing or maintenance duties. Woodworking and or other practical trade opportunities. We will also be clearing for the Hastings Greenway and creating stakes from the wood we cut down to use for other events. Someone will be on the site from 10 until 2 at least – weather dependent though..
Monday 27th March – we are pleased to announce that we have a Waterweek event visiting us. Waterweek article from Hastings Online Times. ‘Pete the Pond’ will share his expertise on a visit to the two ponds on the old power station site. Times are fluid, as the group will be coming here after seeing the ponds in Alexandra Park, but we expect the Waterweek people to be with us between 2 and 3pm.
Wednesday 29th March – General clearing or maintenance duties. Woodworking and or other practical trade opportunities. We will also be clearing for the Hastings Greenway and creating stakes from the wood we cut down to use for other events. Someone will be on the site from 2 until 4 at least – weather dependent though.
Site activities in the Ore Valley (February 2017)
As usual, we are open on Saturday 25th February from 10 until 2. A few members of the BUD (Bottom Up Development) team will be around to help with questions or to keep you occupied with general tasks on the site if you wish to help out. We have LOTS of plans over the next few months, and we welcome anyone who wants to join in with general clearing or maintenance duties, or anyone who has new ideas for events at the site. All are welcome, but be aware that there are hazards, and children and pets will need to be under your supervision. We have some very exciting events planned for April, and several volunteer opportunities as a result. The entrance to the Ore Valley power station site is via Firtree Rd, Hastings, TN34 3TR
Background to the Ore Valley project
The Ore Valley project was set up by, and for, the local community. The current aim is to enable the community to use this open space for different events throughout this year, and involve as many people as possible in order to use the land in a way that benefits the community. Long term, this may involve affordable, sustainable housing and employment opportunities for local people. Events planned, or already carried out, include wildlife walks, green gym tasks, paintballing, rubbish clearing and recycling, BBQs and music, art installations, outdoor films and projections, woodwork and woodland craft lessons.
Changing the story
Ore has a history of being a neglected neighbourhood. It had a brief boom time from 1815–1830 mainly from building labour creating a new visitor destination. Once the road to St. Leonards opened up, Ore Valley was quickly forgotten. It became the site for a large workhouse and all kinds of industrial factories including a coal-fired power station. Then, just as the valley sides were filled with council housing, the employment disappeared and the community became conveniently easy for Hastings to ignore.
This post-industrial isolation partly explains the current deprivation figures. Ore Valley is not only the poorest part of Hastings, but in the poorest 1% of areas in England with local statistics for health, employment, skills and poverty affecting children particularly unacceptable.
There are two massive ex-industrial sites of completely unused space sitting derelict at the heart of the valley, both without public access or particularly diverse wildlife. There have been lots of promises from various agencies over the years but little has changed. The old power station could be the site that makes all the difference, right at the heart of a community that needs the chance, and can most benefit from the outcome.
What can happen —
Something big, for change… built from below by local residents themselves.
There are new ideas from local people in other places about how neighbourhoods can ‘self renovate’ from the bottom up. This approach, known as the Organisation Workshop (OW) could work well here.
The Organisation Workshop is a radical approach first developed in Brazil. It has been used all over the world to help the most ‘excluded’ people to change their environment and their lives. A great example, the only time it has ever been tried in the UK, is Marsh Farm Outreach in Luton. In the Ore Valley we would like to promote an OW scheme which would build a practice house and lay a key section of the ‘Greenway’ route. The 12-week OW would lead directly into a much larger project using all the skills and organisation to build a whole new settlement of up to 60 community ‘self build’ houses and other facilities.
The theory is simple!
A large group of people (40 or 100 or even more) are given the land and the ‘means of production’ (equipment, material, access to expertise). The only thing missing is organisation which they must create themselves. As they do so, they not only transform the land, creating assets for their own community, but the individuals themselves are positively changed as they grow friendships, networks and enterprises.
The Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust is supporting this community opportunity that could be the new ‘Power House’ of the Ore Valley.