A campaign to bring a flavour of City of Culture 2017 to Hull’s Longhill Estate with a special summer festival has been launched by the community’s St Margaret’s Welcome Centre, supported by the citywide church group, Believe in Hull, but the organisers have a race against time to secure crucial funding.
The Don’t Miss the Boat initiative aims to raise £4,000. However, there is just one month to bring in the money through the crowdfunding website, Spacehive, which helps support local projects.
The aim is to celebrate Longhill’s theme of Rivers of Life, as the area’s streets are all named after rivers. Bringing community groups, schools and neighbourhoods together, the idea is to decorate the streets, make art, have a party and build a legacy for the environment. This would be a boat-shaped raised bed for planting vegetables and flowers outside St Margaret’s Welcome Centre. Whilst celebrating all that 2017 has already brought to the city, community leaders have also come to realise that many from Longhill have not yet engaged.
The project will also bring a big emphasis of rivers to the community Summer Fayre on 22nd July. That day there will be a model boat competition which will be judged at 2.00pm. Two large boats will be built between 11.00am – 2.00pm, the wooden one which will be kept and a larger cardboard one. There will be a chance to destroy the large boat at a children’s street party after the Fayre. A competition is also planned to decorate the lamp-posts down Shannon Road one day in the autumn.
Rev Trisha Wick, Pioneer Minister at Longhill, says:
The church which runs St Margaret’s Welcome Centre, Shannon Road, is planning a Longhill Songs of Praise on 19th July and the theme will carry on to the Harvest Service in October, decorating the Centre with fish, nets, boats etc.
Cathy Westby, Community Development Worker with Believe in Hull, says:
To help, please visit this website: https://www.spacehive.com/dontmissthrboatlonghill?searchText=longhill