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Pokemon Event Proves Popular

On Sunday 12th January we held a Pokemon & Friends Trading card swap event at The Hub in New Parks, a new venue for us. It was great to see some new faces amongst the attendees along with many of our regular supporters.

Furious Swapping Action

Alongside a busy afternoon of card swapping, there were lots more activites to keep people entertained. A tombola, guess how many Pokeballs in the jar, tin can knock down, pin the tail on the Pikachu and target practice game provided plenty of laughs. There was also a Pokemon cartoon marathon to chill out to and refreshments to keep energy levels topped up.

Another Step Closer To Our Target.

The event raised £200 towards our crowdfund, another step closer to our target. Thank you to everyone that came along.

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Project Hive On The BBC

On Monday 16th January we met up with Amy Payne from BBC East Midlands Today to record an interview about Project Hive. This is a massive milestone for the project and will help us reach further than ever before with the crowdfund campaign.

Our Anna talks with Amy Payne

Keep an eye out for the interview to air during their bulletins on Tuesday 17th December on BBC One.

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Christmas Party Fizzes

The Project Hive Christmas Party

Saturday 30th November saw us celebrate the start of this year’s Christmas party season with the Project Hive Christmas Party. Over 100 people partied hard at St Anne’s Church Hall, which had recieved a festive makeover. Entertaiment for the evening was provided by local DJ Tony Booth and Singing duo The Quirks. We raised £2250 towards the crowdfunding campaign on the night!

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Public Meeting

We held a public meeting on the evening of 6th November to outline our vision for the future of the former Eco House site. The meeting was attended by members of the public, local councillors and our architect. We were also joined by Parmar Properties to briefy outline their plans for the rest of the brownfield land along the Hinckley Road edge of Western Park.

Our architect outlines the current plan for the former Eco Hose site.

We unveiled our current concept art for the building, which is based on what you said you wanted to use the building for.

An updated image of how we plan the building to look.

All of this work can ONLY be achieved with your help. Crowdfunding for the initial work on the project continues at www.spacehive.com/project-hive.

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Leave A Permanent Reminder Of Your Support

Did you know that we are offering physical rewards to those who pledge £50 and over to our crowdfund campaign before 15th December? You can leave a permanent reminder of your support for Project Hive for yourself, your family or in memory of a loved one.

A pledge of £50 will be rewrded with a personalised vinyl sticker.

Visit www.spacehive.com/project-hive and in a few clicks you can be a part of something amazing that will bring people together and create a lasting legacy for the community.

A £100 pledge will be rewarded with a personalised brick to feature as part of the build.

For £500 we are also offering the chance to have a paving slab personalised and featured within the grounds.

Smaller pledges are just as valuable to us as every pound counts and we have to hit our target to recieve any of the funding this campaign will bring. Please pledge WHATEVER you can.

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Oh, What A Night!

Our Chef & Spice Takeover was a sell out and turned into a lively affair. We raised a total of £1,729 towards Project Hive on the night, a great start to our crowdfund. We marked the occasion with with a huge raffle and a competition to be the first person there the pledge on our crowdfund page.

A lively time was had at Chef & Spice!
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Come Along To Our Public Meeting On 6th November

We will be holding a public consultation meeting at Dovelands Primary School on Wednesday 6th November at 7:30pm and we would like as many local residents and stakeholders as possible to come along.

During the meeting, you will have the chance to hear our vision for the new community space on the derelict Eco House site; see the initial plans for what the space will look like and talk with us about your views on the project, plus find out more about how you can support us as we embark on our crowdfund period.

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Announcing The Start Of Our Crowdfund Period.

In a joint partnership, Parmar Properties and the Western Ward Community Enterprise have entered into an agreement with Leicester City Council.This is a significant step forwards for us as we can now proceed to the next stage of our project with further fund raising and the initial stages of the design phase for the redevelopment of the Eco House site.

Our crowdfund period begins now, and will run until December.

The target for this stage is £26k. It’s vital we can demonstrate that a significant number of people are behind Project Hive during this time. When we hit this initial target, we will be able to show national funding providers that there is wide scale public support and obtain the capital costs (estimated £400k) we will need to complete the redevelopment.

Please visit our crowdfund page:www.spacehive.com/project-hive and pledge whatever you can. Larger contributions will be rewarded with permanent, personalised feature as part  of the build. £50 pledges will recieve an individualised vinyl wall sticker as part of the decoration of the interior of the building. £100 pledges will have an engraved brick and £500 an engraved paving slab incorperated in the grounds of the completed project. 

It is important to us that we continue the ethos of the original Eco House and make sure both the building and its construction have minimal impact on the environment. Our  design plans include installing solar panelling, a grey water recovery system and an air-sourced heat pump. Therefore, we are asking for pledges towards a feasibility study to include: early design stages, a tree survey, a quantity surveyor and a solicitor. 

Your support will mean that these key components are in place from day one and are fully integrated into the structure of the building.

Let’s not have this building stand empty and derelict any longer. Let’s bring the space alive: support Project Hive!

We have reached the stage where we are able to crowdfund for Project Hive!
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Western Park Scarecrow Trail A Big Success

The weekend of the 7th and 8th of September saw the staging of the very first Western Park Scarecrow Trail. Over the two days the Western Park community welcomed around one thousand participants to follow the trail.

There were scarecrows of all shapes and sizes.

The trail featured in the Leicester Mercury on the Friday before it started and we were joined by BBC Radio Leicester on the Sunday morning as part of their Clueless competition.

More colourful creations.

The event raised £1700 for Project Hive, a great start to our crowdfunding period.

The range of ideas was incredible.

The top three entries, as voted for by the public were: 1st “Yellow Brick Road”, 2nd “Diver On A Hedge” and 3rd “Laurel & Hardy The Music Box”

The top three scarecrows, as voted for by the public and BBC Radio Leicester’s presenter meets our Scarecrow Wedding.

It was lovely to see so many people out and about and talking to one another over the weekend. We had so much positive feedback and lots of requests for information about both Project Hive and how they could enter the trail next year. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who built scarecrows, our generous sponsors, Dovelands School for hosting the start point and, most of all, the lovely people that came out and followed the trail. Next up, the Chef & Spice Takeover night on October 7th.

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The Signs They Are A-Changing

From start to finish, the changing of the signs.

If you have walked or driven past Western Park along Hinckley Road recently, you may have noticed something looks a little different.

Last Saturday we finally managed to put up our sign in place of the tired looking Eco House one that has been slowly disappearing into the hedgerow over the last few years. We gave the hedge a good trim too.

For us it’s an important moment. We can finally broadcast to anyone that comes past the site, not just those we have been lucky enough to meet with, that something is happening. That it’s days of being a magnet for anti-social behaviour are coming to an end. It feels like a very long time since we held the first public meeting to announce our intentions. Keep your eyes peeled for news about the date of a follow-up meeting that will bring everyone up to date with events very soon.

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Project Hive Takes Over Braunstone Parkrun

On Saturday 31st August, members of Project Hive together with friends and family members assembled on Braunstone Park at a time many of them would usually still be in their pyjamas. They were there to volunteer as marshals for that week’s Parkrun, and to talk with the runners about Project Hive and our upcoming events. It was great to meet so many new faces.

Hivers Assemble!
Sam the scarecrow gets in on the action.
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Scarecrow Trail Sponsors Announced

The four local businesses that are sponsoring the Scarecrow Trail for 2019.

We are delighted to announce our generous local sponsors for the first year of the Western Park Scarecrow Trail which runs on September 7th and 8th starting from the playground at Dovelands School. You will be able to buy a guide to the locations of the 62 scarecrows from here between 10am and 3pm on both days. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Filming Our Crowdfunding Video

Say CHEESE! everyone…

On 2nd August we assembled a group of enthusiastic volunteers from the local community to help of with the filming of our crowdfunding video. They were joined by our local PCSO Sally Morgan, Councillor Susan Barton and BBC Radio Leicester’s Tim Parker.

You will be able to see the results very soon when we premiere the video to coincide with the official launch.

In the meantime, everyone at WWCE would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that was there on the day and those who helped with additional filming in the following days.

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Keep The Kids Busy This Summer Holiday!

Are you looking for something to keep the kids out of trouble this summer holiday? Something to get them off a computer game and away from a TV screen? Why not build a scarecrow and grab your chance to win £100? Just make sure you register to enter the Western Park Scarecrow Trail before the end of July, then you’ve got all of the summer holiday to build your magnificent creation for entry on the weekend of 7th & 8th September.

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Two Festivals In One Day

Saturday 22nd June turned out to be very busy day for the WWCE team, we were at two local festivals, meeting new faces and spreading the word about Project Hive, simultaneously!

Setting up for the West Gate Family Festival.

West Gate School held their Family Festival from 12pm until 3pm. For us this was an important chance to introduce ourselves and Project Hive to a new audience of potential users for the inclusive community space we plan to create. It was also a great chance to establish links to some of the teaching team which we look forward to strengthening in the future.

Scarecrow Sam meets pupils from Dovelands Primary.

Meanwhile, Scarecrow Sam was meeting parents and pupils (and Mr Walker) at Dovelands Primary’s Summer Fayre. We were there to promote the upcoming Western Park Scarecrow Trail and to update everyone on the latest developments with Project Hive. There were lots of questions on how exactly you go about building a scarecrow and what are the secrets of successful stuffing. Sam was more than happy to demonstrate. We can’t wait to see what the local community creates when the trail arrives on the 7th and 8th of September. Remember, your chance to register closes at midnight on July 31st. Don’t miss out!

Mr Walker meets Scarecrow Sam.