Hello everyone, we thought we would take a moment to update you all on the progress of Project Hive during these challenging times…
It’s safe to say that the last couple of months haven’t really gone the way we had envisioned them to when we were planning 2020. Coming off the back of a very successful 2019, we were hoping to go full steam ahead and get things physically moving with the building this year. As the ongoing situation has developed, we quickly realised that many of the plans we had would need to go on the back burner.
As we write this, we still aren’t sure how things are going to play out, so making firm plans is next to impossible and announcing anything specific a fools errand. The important thing to remember is that this is temporary, it will pass. The great community events run by us and other groups that so many come out to enjoy will return. What has been hugely heartening is the way that our community, the very reason we exist, has rallied around and strengthened its bonds despite the limitations to us actually being together. It has galvanised our determination to see this project through to completion and to give this community the new space it deserves, to be together.
Stay safe everyone and we look forward to seeing you all soon…
We did it! The target for crowd funding has been reached and passed! Since the start of September a massive £27,267 has been raised. Thank you.
That “we” includes anyone who has supported this endeavour, you are all a part of the journey we are now on together. Whether you have pledged directly via the Spacehive website, bought a cake, decorated and rolled a pumpkin, made a scarecrow or walked the trail, eaten a curry, swapped Pokemon cards, not worn school uniform or danced the night away at the Christmas Party. The whole WWCE team have been truly humbled by the enthusiasm that the community repeatedly shows for fund raising events, many of which we were running for the first time.
We have been told that Project Hive is a great example of positive community activism in action. The result will be a new space that allows even more activities that bring people together from across our whole community. We now have the funding to complete the designs and surveys to the point of formal planning going in by the middle of February.
It doesn’t end here, our sights are already set on the next milestone towards the building opening it’s doors.
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.
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.
The event raised £200 towards our crowdfund, another step closer to our target. Thank you to everyone that came along.
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.
Keep an eye out for the interview to air during their bulletins on Tuesday 17th December on BBC One.
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!
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.
We unveiled our current concept art for the building, which is based on what you said you wanted to use the building for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The event raised £1700 for Project Hive, a great start to our crowdfunding period.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After 129 days, registration for the first Western Park Scarecrow Trail has now closed. Now the fun part begins. We look forward to seeing just how creative our community is when the trail opens on Saturday 7th September. See you there!