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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.
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Project Hive Is Taking Over Chef & Spice (For One Night Only)

We’ll be taking over on Monday 7th October 2019!

Project Hive will be taking over the multi-award-winning Chef & Spice restaurant on Leicester’s Hinckley Road for one night only on Monday 7th October 2019 after they have kindly agreed to help us with our fundraising efforts.

Offering a truly memorable buffet dining experience with first class service and award-winning food prepared in a live kitchen theatre, it will be a night not to be missed! Our team will also be running a raffle on the night with some fantastic prizes.

You can purchase tickets for the evening by following this link…

We hope to see you all there!

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Scarecrow Sam Is Going On Tour!

Sam, the WWCE scarecrow, is going on tour around some of Leicester’s familiar landmarks in the coming weeks. He’s promoting the Western Park Scarecrow Trail on the 7th & 8th of September. If you spot him out and about, grab a selfie with him and share it on social media.

Meet Sam, the WWCE scarecrow.

We still need scarecrow builders for the event. You can register your scarecrow for the chance to win £100 via our Facebook event page, or direct on the Eventbrite website. Search Western Park Scarecrow Trail.

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Local Children Stage A Spectacular “Trashion Show”

Pupils from Inglehurst, Christ The King and Dovelands Primary Schools joined forces last month and took part in a spectacular “Trashion Show” for their friends and families at New College Leicester in aid of Project Hive. We were delighted to have more than sixty children design, create and then showcase their outfits. They strutted, twirled and high fived an audience of more than 150!

The children were tasked with making something that promoted Recycling, encouraged Reuse and championed Reducing the amount of waste we produce. Each outfit demonstrated style, creativity and innovation – our budding fashion designers of the future! 

Thank you to all the children who took part in the show, the students of New College for giving up their time to do the hair and make-up and for New College itself for the free use of the hall.  Keep your eyes peeled for more next year, even bigger and better!

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Scarecrow Builders Needed!

The first Western Park Scarecrow Trail will be held 7th-8th September 2019.

We are excited to be planning the very first Western Park Scarecrow trail for September this year but what’s a Scarecrow Trail without any scarecrows?

We need our community to get involved and build scarecrows, there is a cash prize of £100 for first place and other prizes for runners up.

The area we are planning to cover with the Scarecrow Trail.

To be eligible to take part in the competition you’ll need to register your entry, you can do this through our Facebook event page or by following this link:

Register before midnight, 31st May 2019 to qualify for early bird rate of £6 (£10 thereafter).

Display your scarecrow in your front garden from 10am, Saturday 7th September until 3pm on Sunday 8th September.

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Pop-Up Tea Room Another Big Success

The Pop-Up Tea room returned to St Anne’s Church Hall on Saturday 16th March. Organised by the local community in aid of Project Hive, the grand total raised by the time the last scone had been munched was an amazing £1413.25!!! We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped organise, bake and eat. We are truly humbled by your efforts.

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We Are Looking For New Team Members

It’s a busy time for us here at WWCE headquarters. We are working hard to finalise the events that will run alongside our crowd funding planned for the spring. At the same time we are starting to go out and meet with local groups and clubs to discuss ideas for the activities that could be available when the project is complete. There are quite often more things to do than people to do them!

With that in mind we are on the look out for some new blood to boost our numbers, bring in fresh ideas and maybe try something they’ve never done before.

Can you spare a little time on a regular or ad hoc basis? Would you like to make a positive and lasting difference to the community? Are you ready to get stuck in and help drive this project forward? No experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude.

If you would like to know more, please contact us here or send us a message on our Facebook page.

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What is Project Hive?

Over the last few weeks, you might have have seen us teasing something for Spring 2019. From today, we are pleased to be able to reveal what’s happening…

With events starting to gather momentum we thought it was about time we gave the project to bring the site of the former Eco House back into use a name of it’s own. Something that will make it identifiable and easier to talk about with your friends, neighbours and the wider community.

We would really appreciate your help spreading the word in a very simple way. We ask that you tell two people. Direct them here, or to our Facebook page. Keep an eye out for details of the launch of our crowdfunding and the community events that will surround it.

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Article in the Western Park Gazette

We are delighted to have had an article published in the latest issue of the Western Park Gazette. It serves as both an introduction for newcomers to WWCE and as a brief catch up as to where we are with the redevelopment of the former Eco House site.

You can download a copy of December’s issue here:

We plan to give you further updates in every issue going forward and more in depth coverage both here and via our social media channels.