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Western Park Scarecrow Trail A Big Success

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. 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…

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The Signs They Are A-Changing

The Signs They Are A-Changing

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…

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Project Hive Takes Over Braunstone Parkrun

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.

Scarecrow Trail Sponsors Announced

Scarecrow Trail Sponsors Announced

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!

Filming Our Crowdfunding Video

Filming Our Crowdfunding Video

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…

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Scarecrow Trail Registration Closes

Scarecrow Trail Registration Closes

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!

Keep The Kids Busy This Summer Holiday!

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…

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Two Festivals In One Day

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! 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…

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

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

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…

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Scarecrow Sam Is Going On Tour!

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. 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….

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Local Children Stage A Spectacular “Trashion Show”

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…

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Scarecrow Builders Needed!

Scarecrow Builders Needed!

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. 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:…

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Pop-Up Tea Room Another Big Success

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.

We Are Looking For New Team Members

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…

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What is Project Hive?

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….

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The Benefits Offered By Forest Schools

The Benefits Offered By Forest Schools

Forest Schools are a growing phenomenon in the UK, but what impact does getting children outside of the classroom have on their overall development? Researchers at Loughborough University hope to find out. This is just one of the initiatives we have in mind for the community space at the former Eco House.

Article in the Western Park Gazette

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: http://www.westernparkgazette.co.uk/pdfs/Gazette-Dec-18.pdf We plan to give you further updates in every issue going forward and more in depth coverage both here and via our social…

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