Call To Support Rivers Of Life Festival For Hull Estate

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:

Here is our chance to celebrate our heritage and our community, to invite others to come and see who we really are and to feel like we’re part of this vital year in our city. Our hope is that Don’t Miss the Boat will enable our people and groups to do just that – not miss the boat of 2017 because they have not yet been able to engage in cultural activities on their doorstep. We also hope that the Rivers of Life will start their trickle this year and continue to flow strongly in years to come

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:

Our biggest challenge to all these wonderful ideas is to raise the funding. The target is only £4,000 to attract support through the Spacehive website, and we’re grateful to the pledges made to date. There is a minimum donation of £2. This is a great opportunity for the Longhill community to bring some colour to the area and give the area some great activities in 2017

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