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Hull Hub

Issue 19

Inside: The people of Hull & surrounding areas share their story, news, history and much more


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Copyright Kurt Hoyle

No act of Kindness No Matter how Small is ever wasted - Aesop

Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness. - Leo Tolstoy


Join us in celebrating the good works of the every

day people of Hull. These Heroes of Hull are making

a huge difference in our city every day


Catch up with the achievements of our kids! See

how they’re excelling in this new normal, and

letting their talents shine across the nation


With Coronavirus still affecting businesses everywhere,

see how many are joining the fight against

covid-19 and adapting to the huge changes


WIssue 19elcome


Whether young, old, or inbetween The Hull

Hub strives to offer something for everyone. Our

dedicated and expert Editorial Team hold family values

and community issues close to our hearts and believe

that The Hull Hub is the perfect way to incorporate not

just news that matters to our community, but to bring

a sense of community through our inspirational, feelgood




this edition

meet the team

Goddess Genius In

Charge - Jayne Bentley

Design Rockstar -

Olivia Walz


Chief Walnut Whip -

Lyn Davies

Network Magician -

Nevenka Fenwick

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Do you have a story, photo, or act of kindess that you’d

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Community News

Stories from the

people of Hull

Know your City

The School Scoop

Health & Fitness



Queen of Marketing -

Sarah Sparke

Artistic Ninja -

Kurt Hoyle


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with Special Guests



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Does living near cows make us happy?

From gatecrashing picnics to grazing in

the gardens of Beverley residents, the

free-roaming cattle on the town’s Westwood

pastureland are hard to ignore.

Earlier this summer young bullocks were

captured on camera as they visited neighbouring

streets and gardens, and there is no

doubt that they are integral part of Beverley’s

heritage, with grazing being a tradition for

hundreds of years.

Now local residents are being encouraged to

consider the effect that living near cows has

on their lives, how it affects their relationship

to nature, how they think about animals and

the environment generally.

A series of in-person public events and online

resources has been developed to address

whether living near cows makes us happier

and will shine a light on the ‘hidden’ stories

of farmers, cows and sheep in East Yorkshire.

Upcoming events, which are part of a sixmonth

public programme examining the

lives, stories and experiences of British

sheep, cows and farmers from 1947 to the

present day, include:

Film screening at Beverley Guildhall - Friday

10 September. A portrait of the Westwood

filmed by photographer Michele Allen will

be screened to highlight the relationship the

cows have with their local communities. The

film, which will be screened on a loop in the

Guildhall’s courtroom, features Zowie Bell –

the Westwood’s first female pasture warden.

Market stall at Beverley Market - Saturday 11

September. Members of the public are invited

to share their own stories and experiences

and meet artists and researchers working

on the project. Visitors will be able to look

through archive collections of farming life

from the Museum of English Rural Life and

will receive free copies of artist publications

and FIELDS newspaper.

The public events are part of FIELD, a fouryear

research project (2018-2022) investigating

the past, present and future of livestock

disease. The University of Hull is one of six

partners, working alongside the University of

Lincoln, the University of Newcastle, Leeds

Trinity University, the University of Glasgow,

and the University of Edinburgh in partnership

with the Museum of English Rural Life

(MERL), and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

This project, which focuses on livestock and

farmers from across the North of England,

brings together a team of social scientists,

historians, artists, economists and epidemiologists

from across the UK to explore how

livestock disease is influenced by nature and

culture, science and society, and by the actions

of humans and livestock.

Three commissioned artists from the UK and

Ireland have created work that explores the

unseen and overlooked lives of farmers, cows

and sheep from across East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire,

Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland.

Using film, photography, technology and

responses to the Museum of English Rural

Life’s collections, the artists have created

work that seeks to inspire the public to reflect

on their relationship with cows, sheep,

farmers and farming.

To find out more about the contributing artists,

please visit:


Starlight Stride – Who are you striding for?

Stride to remember, stride

to say thanks, stride for Dove

House. People from all over the

city came together to remember

their loved ones, celebrate their

local community and to raise

funds for their local hospice.

People joined the party, walking

the 5k or 10k route around

Hull city centre, lighting up the

streets together. The pre-walk

party got everyone warmed up

before setting off from Prince’s

Quay. All walkers received a

t-shirt and a bright neon accessory

to wear on the night,

as well as a medal when they

crossed the finish line.

Karinda Martine, Head of Communications

and Events, at the

hospice said: “We were so excited

to bring the Starlight Stride

back after cancelling the event

in 2021. The Starlight Stride is a

fantastic opportunity to join together

with family and friends

and enjoy a night-time walk in

our beautiful city, whilst raising

vital funds for Dove House too.

The Coronavirus pandemic

had a huge impact on the hospice’s

ability to raise funds, with

events and activities cancelled

and our retail shops shut for

much of last year. Dove House

got through these worrying

months with the support of

the local community and people

from across the region in

joining us to celebrate all we

have been through in the last 18

months and to help raise funds

that will mean the hospice

doors stay open for everyone

who needs our specialist care.”

Dove House provides expert

specialist care to adults in Hull

and East Yorkshire with progressive

life limiting illnesses.

The patient and their family are

at the centre of the care provided

by a multi-disciplinary team

who go the extra mile to provide

moments that truly matter.

Giant tentacle installation draws ‘kraken’ numbers to city centre

Hull Kraken brought the streets

and buildings of Hull to life this

summer, helping to drive more

than 2.4 million visitors to the city.

Unleashed on the Hull Maritime

Museum, Princes Quay, Trinity

Market, the old M&S building

on Whitefriargate and the Spurn

Lightship, this was the largest

city-wide tentacle installation delivered

by the artistic company,

Design in Air, and the first time a

Kraken took over a ship. A nest of

eggs was also on display at Monument

Bridge. The tentacle takeover

marked the start of a series

of major events for the Hull: Yorkshire's

Maritime City project.

Humber Job Hub CIC was established

in 2018 by Angela Harraway

Cert REC FIRP and Fellow Member

of the Institute of Recruitment

Professionals who has over

20 years’ experience working in

the recruitment sector supporting

employers and job hunters across

all industries. Having watched

recruitment methods change in

response to emerging online recruitment

platforms, she recognised

a growing need to help people

facing unemployment or those

already out of work to develop the

skills they need to compete effectively

in the job market.

Angela identified that whole sections

of society had never produced

a CV, had to apply for a job

or attend interviews and, on facing

unemployment and starting a job

Humber Job Hub CIC

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search, they simply had no idea

where to begin or who they could

turn to for practical help and advice.

This included lone parents or

carers returning to the workplace,

ethnic minorities, younger people

leaving education, people in insecure

or zero-hour contracts and

older people, including those over

50 who are in a difficult bracket in

which they are too young to claim

their pension but may be considered

too old or experienced for

many jobs. Humber Job Hub CIC

was established to change this.




with Darren Lethem - Freelance Radio & Stage Host

Hello I am back. Not only in writing the column but back to doing some actual work again. It has

been a very long road which we have all been down, and we aren’t at our final destination yet, but

we are starting to get back to some sort of normality, which for me means hosting events again.

Tribfest has always been my favourite

weekend of the year; it is the World’s

Largest Tribute Band Festival and takes

place in the grounds of Sledmere House

every August. I have been fortunate to

host the main stage every year since its

inception in 2008 and have seen it grow

from one stage to the 8 stage set up it is

now. We have something for everyone,

unsigned marquee, acoustic tent, comedy tent, kid zone and much more besides.

It really is great for the whole family.

I must admit I was a tad apprehensive about getting up in front of a few thousand

people again after such a long hiatus, those around me said I was quiet, most unusual.

Anyway on the Thursday evening I welcomed the crowd for the first time

that weekend and the response was wonderful. Loud cheers, smiling faces and

looks of relief on the faces. I don’t deny I had a tear in my eye and the loud exhale

of joy I gave coming off stage was not

the last of the week.

What followed were 4 days and 4 nights

on wonderful bands covering all ages,

all genres and all decades. Thursday

is normally just a night for people to

get themselves sorted so we just have

3 acts on the main stage each doing

between an hour and ninety minutes

each. We got off to a flyer. Wrong Jovi

got us underway and it wasn’t long before the masses in front of our giant stage

were singing, dancing and enjoying themselves. People certainly wanted to

make up for lost time. They were followed by an act we usually have closing proceedings

on the Sunday night in the VIP tent, Ultra 90s. A high energy act who get

through around 35 90s hits within an hour and a half. They absolutely smashed

it, the crowd loved them and we have already booked them for next year again.

Friday lunchtime usually starts off with the winner of the Hull Daily Mail Star

Search but, obviously, it wasn’t held earlier this year so the reigning champion,

Jessika Mae came back to perform again and

she was brilliant as ever. We saw tribute acts to

the likes of Ed Sheeran, Adele, Chic and Stone

Roses before night started to fall and we had

our last two acts of the day. Gary Ryan as Neil

Diamond and Terry Nash as Meat Loaf were

both Stars In Their Eyes winners who bare

an uncanny resemblance to the acts they pay

homage too and boy can they perform. Gary

got the whole crowd singing Sweet Caroline

that there was a surge of people come rushing from other tents to join in. Whilst

Terry ended his set at midnight with the song that is a must have on Hull karaoke

machines, ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’. The crowd adored it.

Saturday we were hit by some rain but the crowd didn’t let it deter them, far

from it. They lapped it up and carried on enjoying themselves whilst the likes of

Kopycat Killers, Jonny 2 Bad (UB40) and Love Distraction (Human League) belted

out the music. Sunday they were back for more. They wanted to make sure they

enjoyed every moment. We ended on Sunday

night with a couple of Tribfest favourites,

ABBA Revival and The Bohemians who ended

on We Are The Champions as fireworks exploded

over Sledmere House. I brought Festival

Director, Ed Faulkner on stage to say a few

words and the crowd gave him such a rapturous

applause, Eddy was speechless and teary.

But he had done it.

We didn’t pretend that the last 18 months didn’t

happen, in fact we held a beautifully respected

minutes applause in memory of those we had

lost and screened pictures of those sadly no

longer with us. But the mood and the feeling from the crowd was “we need this”

and they certainly made sure they enjoyed it too. A wonderful few days away but

a lifetime of great memories.

University of Hull commits to creating a hedgehog friendly campus

The University of Hull has pledged to create a hedgehog friendly campus by signing up to a national

scheme which aims to protect the animal’s population.

The Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative encourages universities, schools, and colleges across the country

to make improvements to campus grounds, creating safe and secure spaces for hedgehogs to live.

A team of students and staff are supporting the campaign by becoming Hedgehog Champions for the

University and recruiting enthusiastic staff and students to get involved and become Hedgehog Ambassadors.

A team of students and staff at the University are supporting the campaign and are currently working

towards a Bronze accreditation that recognises significant improvements made.

The initiative forms part of the university’s wider strategy to increase biodiversity on campus and become

a more sustainable organisation, with the aim of being a carbon neutral campus by 2027.

Dr Lesley Morrell, Associate Dean for Education (Faculty of Science and Engineering), said: “As a team,

we are excited to be taking part in the Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign to drive positive change in


“By joining the scheme, we are taking responsibility and pledging to make our university campus a safe and welcoming environment for hedgehogs seeking shelter.

“The initiative is entirely free, and in the early stages focuses on raising awareness about some of the threats and dangers hedgehogs face in everyday life.”

To achieve Bronze accreditation, the University of Hull must meet 10 criteria set out by the initiative. The team hopes to complete this first step by the end of the year.

Actions already completed include installing bug houses around campus and attaching hedgehog awareness stickers on strimmers.


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Comics And Annuals - Shaun French

Before the era of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and those other electronic time-wasting sites, us kids in the 70’s had to find

our entertainment in the comforting world of comics. Our dad’s usually guarded the TV and its three (THREE!) channels

ferociously, watching Ask The Family, The Holiday Programme, Nationwide and other dull early evening progammes, so

this was when my love of comics was really born.

Back in the mid to late 1970s, there were literally dozens of comics to choose from, beginning with the old favourites “The

Beano” and “The Dandy” and many others, with such arresting names as “Whizzer And Chips”, “Beezer”, “Sparky” and

“Topper”. These were comics of a gentle era, where mischievous kids would play pranks and japes on their parents and

teachers, usually resulting in a bit of a whack across the backside with a cane and a shout of “Yaroo!” from the unfortunate character on the end

of the punishment.

The characters in these comics became household figures and their names still live on as figureheads of those publications. Dennis The Menace

was the big name in the Beano. Dennis was a prank-pulling boy with a distinctive black and red striped

jumper, shorts, a shock of black hair and a trusty sidekick dog called Gnasher who sported a similar

bushy coat. These two would get into trouble constantly, picking on a poor lad called Walter The Softy

– although Dennis often came off worse for his actions. When you come to think of it, Dennis was a bit

of a malicious bully and would have been sent for counselling or something nowadays.

The Dandy had a fantastic array of characters and was probably my favourite comic of

that era. There was Desperate Dan, a strong cowboy figure with a fondness for cowpie,

Beryl the Peril – a female version of Dennis The Menace with a similar penchant

for mischief and mayhem and Brassneck, a robot schoolboy, Korky the Kat and many

other wonderful creations. I had a huge stack under the bed, much thumbed and dogeared,

but always reverently put back when they’d been read. Sadly, these comics

were thrown out sometime around the time I discovered I could get into The Green

Gingerman pub at 15 and wore alarming shirts with big collars. Anyway, that’s for

another time.

Nowadays, comics have to give away a piece of plastic landfill, cunningly described

as a “toy” on their cover in order to entice kids to buy the magazines, and the prices

of these magazine would have bought you a three-piece suite back in the seventies

Publications like The Beano rarely gave away anything, apart from perhaps a cut-out

and keep facemask of Dennis on the back cover to surprise your parents with. If there

was a brand-new comic coming out, they might put something on the cover to get you

to part with your 7p, such as a flying saucer toy or miniature sliding number puzzle, but

the real joy was reading the comic, discovering the new characters and then reading it

over again, passing it to your friends and getting one of theirs in return.

The artwork in the comics was superb, all the strips were hand-drawn and coloured,

and if the comic had just come out, it left you with satisfyingly dark fingertips from the

ink which you would inadvertently transfer onto door-frames, tablecloths and walls,

making your mum wield a dishcloth, tutting all the while.

The comics I’ve mentioned above were a gentle distraction, creating fantasy worlds of

simple times where schoolmasters wore mortar-boards and capes and were always

carrying a cane to whack any child throwing a paper plane or firing ink-bombs with a

wooden ruler.

But there were also comics for the more action-minded child, depicting war, battles,

covert spying, and other paramilitary activities. These comics came with suitably

macho names such as “Action”, “Warlord” and “Kill And Maim Your Enemies With

Bullets and Sticks”. Actually, I might have made that last one up, but these comics

Volunteers across Hull and East Riding praised for their invaluable contribution

to the vaccination rollout

HEY Smile Foundation volunteers across Hull and East

Riding of Yorkshire are being praised for their invaluable

contribution to the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.

Over 380,000 people have been double vaccinated

throughout Hull and East Riding and health bosses

say that none of this would have been possible without

those volunteers who have given up thousands of hours

of their own time to assist GPs and practice staff to get

people the lifesaving COVID-19 jab.

To date, over 500 vaccine volunteers worked a total of

21,500 hours helping the community to gain protection

in 24 sites across Hull and East Riding. Vaccines are still

available at both Primary Care Network and Community

Pharmacy sites across Hull and East Riding and on the

health and wellbeing bus.

Jenny Preston, Programme Manager – Volunteering,

Smile said: “It has been a pleasure working with the volunteers

on the vaccine response programme, and we’re

delighted to be involved.

“What is underestimated is the power of volunteering

to the volunteer themselves, and we’ve had some lovely

stories of friendships being formed whilst volunteering.”

Speaking about his volunteering experience, Stephen

Pardon, from Beverley said: “I’ve not volunteered before

but if I’d been asked what volunteering means to me, I

would now say making a positive difference however

small that difference is.

“I initially wanted to volunteer to be a part of, albeit a

very small part, of the vaccination programme, but I

have found it so rewarding and have met so many interesting

people, that I now volunteer in other ways as well

both with Smile and other organisations.”

Emma Latimer, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning

Group (CCG) Interim Accountable Officer

and Hull CCG Accountable Officer said: “Hull and East

Riding CCGs would like to extend their appreciation to

the SMILE Foundation, and in particular, Jenny Preston,

who co-ordinated the whole volunteering programme

at extremely short notice. We cannot thank our Smile

volunteers enough for their continued help and support

were unashamedly violent and had heroic

characters who never got shot, massacred

hundreds of foes and usually were given

medals for their endeavours at the end of

the story.

These testosterone-fuelled comics never

interested me as a child; I preferred to

read about apple-scrumping (fruit theft if you will), Building forts and getting stuck up

trees. The characters in these comic strips pretty much had the same adventures every

week, wore the same clothes and never aged. Dennis The Menace is actually 70 years

old as I write this and no doubt still carries a catapult, still chucks custard pies at poor

Walter and is probably on the end of a cane across the backside for his efforts.

Close your eyes now and pretend it’s December because I’m going to take you forward

slightly to Christmas in the seventies and those sacred books that were under every

child’s Christmas tree – the ANNUAL.

Annuals were beautifully created hardback book versions of the comics and they

appeared in shops in December. They had a lovely Christmassy picture on the cover

and lots of pages featuring your favourite characters, usually with a festive theme and

always ended the comic strip with your character eating a huge Christmas dinner and

saying, “Merry Christmas Readers!”

Annuals always contained puzzle pages, quizzes and a lot more, so these books weren’t

cheap, but they looked great on your shelf - you would pull one down and read it again

and again. The Christmas Annual was always one of my favourite presents and I would

see how long I could resist before cracking open that stiff cover and breathing in that

scent of new paper and ink. Usually this was just after Christmas dinner while Dad was

watching the James Bond film and mum was snoozing off a couple of Advocaats and

a Babycham. If you made a Christmas list as a child of the seventies, the annual was

always on there somewhere along with selection boxes, chemistry sets and lights for

your bike.

Next time: TV and Cinema.

of the vaccination

programme in Hull

and East Riding.

We would not have

been able to run

the programme

without our committed

team of

volunteers, who

not only provided a friendly welcome in the earlier days

for elderly patients who weren’t otherwise able to leave

home due to shielding but went over and above to help

reassure people, demonstrate the correct way to fit face

masks, how to socially distance, assist in taking temperatures

and much more.”

People can book a vaccination by calling 119 or visiting

the National Booking Service. Alternatively, they can pop

along to a walk-in centre. Visit Hull CCG’s website or

East Riding CCG’s website to find out where and when.

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Younger children back at school,

older ones at uni, and the shops

filling up with Christmas tinsel already!

Where has this year gone?!

For us, this is the time of year we

have to get ready for the Christmas

rush. Not just in the salon (have you

made your Christmas appointment

yet?) but mainly with all of the products.

Our Christmas ranges were all decided

and put into production at

the beginning of the year so now we

are busy with photoshoots, videoing

and educational conferences to

promote them nationwide.

The biggest training conference of

the year was at a football stadium

in the heart of England. We set up a

large stand to showcase all of our

products and for 4 days welcomed

the managers and sales consultants

from Boots stores nationwide.

Our stand proved the most popular

in the room, with a queue forming

each day! The consultants love the

products we are launching – because

we use the products in the

salon every day, they know they can

sell the with total confidence. The

new products include a large, heated

brush to fake a salon blow dry, a

wide straightener for longer thicker

hair, plus some brand new to market

stylers to help turn heads at all

of the Christmas


One of our

most popular

products all

year round is

our mermaid

waver from the

pick and mix

range. Mermaid


are not just for

summer – they

are bang on

trend, perfect

for the party season, and so easy to


To get the look, all you need is the

pick and mix handle, the mermaid

attachment, and some heat protection

spray. Lock the mermaid attachment

in the handle and while

it’s heating up take a section of

hair and spray with heat protection

spray. Clamp the mermaid waver in

the section close to the roots, hold

for a few seconds, and unclamp. Do

this through the rest of the section

and then repeat through the rest of

your hair.

“The consultants love the

products we are launching

– because we use

the products in the salon

every day, they know they

can sell the with total


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Public Helps Shed New Light on Hull Airship Crash

A crowdsourcing project commissioned by Historic

England to commemorate the 100th anniversary of

the Hull airship crash has unearthed a wealth of fascinating

contributions from the families of survivors,

casualties and witnesses of the tragedy.

On 24 August 1921, airship R.38/ZR-2 exploded and

crashed into the River Humber in front of thousands

of onlookers in Hull, killing 44 of its 49-strong British

and American crew. The R.38/ZR-2 was built at Cardington

in Bedfordshire, but was based at Howden, East

Riding for its last test flights before being sold to the

United States Navy.

While returning to Howden along the Humber, a final

test of extreme movements to the airship’s steering to

simulate the stresses of bad weather caused the light

structure to break apart, resulting in catastrophe.

Through the Historic England-funded project, led by

heritage consultancy Fjordr, a national public call-out

went out in May for materials relating to this tragic

episode in aviation history. Over the past few months,

the project has received more than 40 contributions,

which have been catalogued by volunteers from the

Carnegie Heritage Centre in Hull. The submissions

from across the UK include photographs, documents

and memorabilia, which will form part of a new online

collection about the crash and its victims.

Ian Simpson contacted the Carnegie Heritage Centre

with documents relating to the death and commemoration

of his great uncle, Richard Withington.

According to the family, Richard managed to parachute

from the falling airship but drowned in the Humber as

he could not swim. Ian’s documents include: the original

telegram informing Richard’s parents of his death;

the order of service from a Memorial Service held at

Howden Church on 31 August 1921, and invitations to

the unveiling of the R.38 Memorial at the Royal Aeronautical

Society in London in June 1925.

Two people got in touch separately about Walter Potter,

one of only five men to survive the crash.

Walter Potter’s granddaughter Sonia Potts recounted

that his family had wanted him to leave the forces

after his narrow escape, but he went on to crew the

R.101 and was sadly killed when that airship crashed in

France in October 1930. Potter’s great-niece Christine

Moore sent over some photographs of him, including

one at the 1924 dedication of the Grade II listed Memorial

in Western Cemetery, Hull.

Survivors from R.38/ZR-2 – Flight Lieutenant A H

Wann; H Bateman (National Physical Laboratory); and

Corporal W Potter – at the dedication of Memorial in

Hull Western Cemetery, 1924. © Christine Moore

These contributions have helped to shed light on the

human stories behind this century-old tragedy and

reveal how family stories are passed on and kept alive

through the generations.

Thanks to the contributors, these illuminating documents,

photos and stories will provide a long-lasting

public legacy. Keith Emerick, Inspector of Ancient

Monuments Historic England

Several people passed on family stories about the

crash written down by their relatives.

Edwin Piercy passed on the recollections of John

Piercy, who passed away in 1983. He had been playing

football when he saw the airship split in two whilst

it was turning. Like many, he ran to the Victoria Pier

where he saw two of the survivors come ashore.

Valerie Wise shared a handwritten note from her father,

G E Hatfield, who was 13 years old at the time

and was also playing football in the street. He and his

friends stopped to watch the airship overhead and

then heard the explosion. G E Hatfield’s own father,

George Hatfield, was Master of a Humber Conservancy

vessel, which was first on the scene and took the

bodies of two casualties aboard.

The Carnegie Heritage Centre

was also contacted by several

people with souvenirs from the


Colin Crawforth from Lancashire

owns a pair of candlesticks

cast from aluminium salvaged

from the airship. Colin was born

in Hull and they were passed

down to him from his grandfather.

The candlesticks have the following details – R38/

Z.R.2 AUG 24TH 1921 CA HILL & Co HULL – cast into

their base.

Rob Woods from Kent sent

photographs of a small

wheel in a bracket that had

been turned into a souvenir.

This was handed down

to him by his grandfather,

William Woods, who lived

in the Hessle Road area of

Hull all his life. The wheel

is mounted on a block of

wood with a plaque that

bears the inscription: R.38 AUG. 24 1921. The bracket is

stamped ‘No. 1’ and is thought to have formed part of

the controls used to navigate the airship.

The range of stories and items that people have brought

to our attention is fantastic and often very touching.

These personal connections underline the impact on

the families of the crew, the spectacle that the airship

presented over Hull, and the profound shock of the

crash to those that witnessed it.

We are hugely grateful for people’s contributions to

understanding the significance of R.38/ZR-2.

The Carnegie Heritage Centre are still collecting

memorabilia from this event so if anyone has items

they would like to share please get in touch with Liz

Shepherd email carnegiehull@hotmail.co.uk or ring

01482 561216. Items will be photographed and details

taken of who owns them. These will be added to the

collection of items which will be put onto the web site

so everyone can read about the event, see photos of

the airship and the wreckage plus details of the crew

and photos of the artifacts made from the wreckage.

HullBID promises five more years of positive support for businesses after ballot success

HullBID will continue

its work for another

five years after securing

an emphatic win

in its latest renewal


The BID, which was set

up in 2006, gained 81

per cent of votes cast

in the ballot of member

businesses in Hull

city centre. The ballot

also returned a majority

of nearly 87 per cent

in terms of the rateable value of business premises which took part in the vote.

HullBID’s renewal target was a 50% majority in each category.

Jim Harris, chair of the HullBID board of directors and manager of St Stephen’s

Shopping Centre in Hull, said: “This is a fantastic result, especially in the light of

the existing circumstances, and a great endorsement from our members who

have been through similarly difficult times yet who still felt the contribution in

the past and going forward of HullBID is more worthwhile than ever.”

Kathryn Shillito, HullBID Executive Director, thanked businesses for delivering

such strong support.

She said: “I am very grateful to the members who have turned out to vote for us

and the strong majority shows their determination for HullBID to continue.

“We have always had a robust business plan each year but the past 18 months

have proved particularly difficult for businesses and we turned our attention to

driving them to grants and other financial support when it really mattered. The

operational team were still out keeping a check on buildings and making sure

cleanliness was maintained.

“We have already taken steps to ensure that the next five years will bring positive

results for businesses but the really important point is that as an organisation we

are here to offer independent support. We are, and we continue to be, the glue

that pulls businesses together to work with public bodies.

“We cannot work singularly and will continue to build our relationships with

businesses and partners, and concentrate our efforts working with them to progress

the city centre as we share the same vision.”

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Bert’s expansion brings small plate pasta and gelato

dining to the Fruit Market

A popular restaurant in Hull’s Fruit Market

is expanding its offer into new premises,

bringing irresistible small plate pasta dishes

and mouth-watering gelato to the bustling

independent community.

Bert’s Pizza and Gelato opened three years

ago in a prime location overlooking the

Stage @TheDock amphitheatre.

Following its success and that of its sister

restaurant, Bert’s Pizzeria in Brandesburton,

East Yorkshire, the family-owned

business is now expanding further to open

Bert’s Pasta and Bar at 1 Humber Street in

a renovated 1,200 sq ft building opposite

Thieving Harry’s café.

The new venue will include a stunning central

circular bar area where customers can

share fresh small plate pasta dishes over

a glass of wine in a relaxed atmosphere.

Meanwhile, a choice of 16 flavours of gelato

will be served within the restaurant and

through a hatch to passers-by, along with

waffles and milkshakes.

Bert’s Pasta and Bar will have seating for up

to 40 customers inside and up to 60 covers

for al fresco dining overlooking Hull’s stunning

marina. It is expected to open its doors

at the end of September, creating at least 10

new full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs

in kitchen and front of house roles.

Ellie Mewburn, owner and manager of all

three Bert’s establishments – named after

her grandfather Robert (Bert) Mewburn –

said: “We’ve been made to feel so welcome

by the Fruit Market community since we

moved in and it’s definitely the place to be

in Hull, so we’re incredibly excited to be expanding

with this new venture.

“People come to the Fruit Market for something

different and there’s nothing like

Bert’s Pasta and Bar in the city, so it will

complement the area perfectly.

“We’ve extensively researched pasta bars in

London and have taken the best elements

of these, bringing them all together with

our own unique style.

“We love the small plate concept and are

confident people will be blown away by the

delicious dishes we’ll be serving up.”

The ambience at Bert’s Pasta and Bar will

be intimate and suited to friends, couples

and smaller groups sharing three to four

pasta dishes between two, choosing from a

small menu comprising of about nine dishes,

changing seasonally.

Jump Inc brings urban playground fun to

Beverley’s Flemingate centre

Urban playground operator

Jump Inc is coming to Beverley’s

Flemingate centre.

Jump Inc’s owner, Futures Leisure

Limited, is to open its sixth

inflatable play park at Flemingate,

with exciting plans to invest

£300,000 to rapidly expand the


Futures Leisure Limited operates

Jump Inc-branded indoor urban

playgrounds in Sheffield, Rotherham,

Leeds and Lincoln, as well

as a Rebound Revolution centre

in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

The sites provide a playground

for adults, teenagers and children

offering “spring-loaded” fun and

exercise with trampolines, ninja

obstacle courses, giant airbags,

tumble tracks, parkour ramps,

slam dunk lanes and interactive


Jump Inc is now taking over a

14,000 sq ft unit, currently occupied

by Inflata Nation, from September

5. The Jump Inc team and

contractors will then re-brand

the venue and carry out various

upgrades, including changes to

the interior design, customer

service and café menu, as well as

the addition of exciting new sessions

and special offers.

Jump Inc will also establish a new

bookings page for the venue before

it relaunches under the new

ownership on September 13 and

will then be open seven days a

week, with all existing staff being


Later this autumn Jump Inc plans

to expand into an adjoining unit

at Flemingate and introduce exciting

new activities, including

a ninja zone, trampoline zone,

multi-level soft play and zip lines.

Once this expansion is complete,

the combined unit will provide

18,000 sq ft of wall-to-wall

thrill-seeking activities and become

the first venue of its kind in

East Yorkshire.

Emma Towse-Bertram, Head

of Marketing at Jump Inc, said:

“We’re really looking forward to

putting our own stamp on things.

Every Jump Inc park is totally

unique, offering a range of entertainment

under one roof, from

air bags, to wipe out, walk the

wall, performance trampoline

beds, inflatable slides, ninja, and,

now, soft play.

“We’re super-excited to expand

into East Yorkshire and we have

some really fantastic plans ahead.

“One of our priorities is to improve

engagement with the other

businesses at Flemingate and

work with the local community to

build stronger partnerships and

excitement around the brand.”

Law firm marks milestone by sharing “in camera”

interviews with colleagues

A law firm which is celebrating its 180th anniversary is

turning to a combination of tradition and technology to

share the stories of its rich history.

Rollits still has copies of the hardback book published

in 1991 by the then Senior Partner Tom Farrell to celebrate

150 years of the firm. Thirty years on the practice

is adding to the archive by filming interviews with

members of its team from offices in Hull and York.

The book charts the progress of the firm’s partners

over the years and includes references to specific cases

which show how the practice and the profession have


It tells how Bede Farrell was admitted as a Solicitor in

January 1905 and within days was in court supporting

Arthur Rollit in defending a butcher and his assistant

on a charge of selling diseased meat.

Four years later Bede worked on a high-profile case

involving allegations of child cruelty against a wellknown

and highly respected clergyman and his wife.

The firm still has a letter sent to Hugh Farrell in 1924


from an eager executioner


his services at the

hanging of a man.

The book notes

that the offer was

made even before

the accused had

been sentenced –

or even tried and

found guilty!

The name has also

changed, from Rollits when it was founded to Rollit and

Farrell in 1916 and Rollit, Farrell and Bladon in 1934, reverting

back to Rollits in 2001.

Along the way the firm has also played a significant

part in society and the wider profession, with partners

and staff holding senior positions with a range of legal,

business and community organisations.

Victory Leisure Homes

announces significant appointment

Hull-based luxury holiday homes manufacturer,

Victory Leisure Homes, continues to strengthen its

leadership team with the appointment of Jamie Kirk

as its commercial director.

Jamie – who has over 15 years’ experience in holiday

home manufacturing - returns ‘home’ to Victory

Leisure Homes, having previously held the title of

regional sales manager between 2011 – 2017, as the

business continues to realise its bold and ambitious

growth plans.

Jamie said: “Returning to Victory to take on the

commercial director role is really exciting, perhaps

in part because I was here when our journey first

started and now I’m back as the company sets out

on a new chapter;

one which has the

potential to not

only transform the

business itself but

will affect the wider

industry too.”

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Founding members to share stories from 25 years ago as Women in Business

celebrates silver jubilee

A group which was formed more than 25 years ago

to bring together women holding senior roles in the

Hull and East Yorkshire business community has

turned back the clock for a belated silver jubilee celebration.

The current members of Women in Business welcomed

six of the people who launched the group in

1994 to enable women to support each other professionally

and socially.

The founding members took to the stage at Beverley

Barn to talk about why they felt the need to launch

the organisation and how it developed into one of the

region’s leading business groups for women, with its

Women of Achievement Awards now established as a

major event.

Natalie Houfe, the current Chair of Women in Business,

said: “When the group was set up Hull was a

different world and this informal uplifting chat, by

the founding members, has given people an informative

and at times hilarious insight into the business

world at that time.

“These ladies have some amusing politically incorrect

stories, bags of personality and business savvy

and it was an entertaining and inspirational night,

as they told us about the challenges of setting up

Women In Business and the Women Of Achievement


“Those early years laid the foundation for what is

now one of the most popular and well attended business

events in the East Riding. This was a wonderful

opportunity to learn more about Women in Business

and to meet new and founding members.”

Plans to hold the anniversary event in 2020 were

disrupted by the pandemic but members pulled together

to make the rearranged occasion one to remember.

Welcome drinks were provided by Alice Maltby of

Little Wold Vineyard. Violinist Louise Sanderson performed

at the event and Judy Newlove of Sugar ‘n’

Spice made a 25th anniversary cake. Helen Jackson

of Rosebud Flowers provided floral centrepieces and

Ellie Birch of Elliegantly Made made everyone handmade


The celebration also raised funds for HER Breast

Friends and included an introduction to the charity

from its chair, Pam Trays.

Natalie added: “Everyone has been so enthusiastic

and generous in supporting Women in Business and

HER Breast Friends and doing something positive

for the business community. It’s great to be part of

this and is exactly what WIB is about.”

Business Centre boss says changing

workspace trends can breathe life

back into high streets

One of the region’s leading

business centres is

ticking all the boxes for

people seeking work,

rest and play solutions

on their doorstep in a

post-Covid world.

Freya Cross, Business

and Corporate Manager

at The Deep, said the rest

of Hull city centre is also

well-placed to benefit

from the trend towards a

“live-work location” and

a “lifestyle office”.

Freya said: “The message

to landlords who feel as

though they are lumbered

with vacant units

is that we can all work together

to meet the needs

of people who want to

work, rest and play without

having to travel very

far. These were identified

before the pandemic

struck, and they

have been brought into

sharper focus during the

last 18 months.

“Workspace in town and

city centres is not a new

concept; it is a growth

industry. The challenge

is to let people work in

places where they want

to be as opposed to

where they need to be.”

Freya, who has worked

in the flexible workspace

sector for more than 30

years and opened The

Deep Business Centre in

2000, is also the Chair of

the Flexible Space Association

(FlexSA) and led a

debate on current trends

at the organisation’s recent

annual conference

in London.

Largest ever intake of Spencer Group apprentices all secure full-time positions

The largest ever intake of apprentices taken on by engineering

specialist Spencer Group have all now secured

full-time positions with the company.

Hull-based Spencer Group hired 14 apprentices two

years ago, with the full cohort of 18-year-olds coming

from the city’s employer-led school, Ron Dearing University

Technical College (UTC).

Now, having completed their two-year apprenticeships,

all 14 have started permanent, full-time trainee

positions with Spencer Group across a range of different

departments of the business.

Spencer Group has also just taken on another nine

apprentices, in addition to the five that were recruited

last year, meaning it has hired a total of 28 under

its apprenticeship programme in just two years – all

coming from Ron Dearing UTC.

Spencer Group, which is one of Ron Dearing UTC’s

Founding Partners, is committed to taking on a new

group of apprentices from the pioneering school each

year as part of its succession planning and growth.

Charlie Spencer OBE, Executive Chairman and founder

of Spencer Group, said: “We’re absolutely delighted

to have taken on every single one of the apprentices

we recruited two years ago in a permanent, full-time


“Each of them has been selected by the specific team

they are going to be working within and I think that

speaks volumes about the quality of the apprentices

we are hiring from Ron Dearing UTC.

“They are all at the required academic level, have excellent

technical and employability skills and, perhaps

most importantly, have a brilliant attitude.

“We will be taking on a new group of apprentices from

Ron Dearing UTC each year as this is a proven pipeline

of future talent for us as our business continues

to grow.”

Based at Humber Quays on Hull Marina, Spencer

Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned, multi-disciplinary

engineering businesses, with a directly-employed

workforce of over 250.

Every apprentice that secures a permanent position

with Spencer Group continues their academic development

by studying up to degree level with one of the

company’s education partners. They are also given the

option of studying for a master’s degree.

Food delivery firm flips its business

model as it opens new restaurant

The man behind Hull’s first independent hot food

online delivery platform has opened a restaurant of

his own – but he won’t be doing deliveries!

Jack Hanman launched Hull’s Kitchens in 2020 after

paying more than £40,000 in commission for national

brands to deliver food from his first restaurant,

Temptation in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull.

Hull’s Kitchens did so well that Jack then closed

Temptation to focus on plans to franchise the new

brand. That is still his aim, with the service now also

operating in Scunthorpe, but Jack has now launched

a new venture, with Holy Brunch opening at Paragon

Arcade in Hull.

Holy Brunch has created a mix of five full-time and

part-time jobs on top of the three people employed

by Hull’s Kitchens. Jack promises to offer an array

of new ideas for brunch, drawing on the inspiration

and expertise of a Michelin Star chef who is providing

consultancy services.

Jack said: “I just love brunch. I never eat breakfast. I

like to eat at about midday and I like a decent brunch.

“Holy Brunch came about because I am quite an avid

foodie and I spend a lot of time in and around the city

centre, where we have our Hull’s Kitchens office. But

I find it frustrating because I just don’t think there

are enough independent restaurants doing something

different and out of the ordinary.”

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She skews her head and conjures

through squinted eyes, the image

of a soldier. A male soldier in khaki

uniform. The mirror also reflects the

writer, the journalist, a reporter of

events destined to find their way into

the annals of British History. She will go

to France. She smiles and registers the

irony. It is undoubtedly a feminine face.

In the main theatre of war on the

Western front she lays mines by day

and writes long into the night, until

the dawn reminds her that once again

she hasn’t slept. Lack of sleep and the

demands to secret her identity are

taking their toll. Boot polish rubbed

into self-inflicted razor burns, in her

effort to emulate male stubble, has

caused open and infected abrasions.

If they go untreated she may die and

yet seeking medical attention will

undoubtedly put her comrades at risk.

Ultimately she has no choice - she must

give herself up. Placed under arrest she

is accused of being a prostitute and a

spy and is forced to swear she will not

submit her writings for publication.

Lynda Harrison


Writer, Award

Winning Actor.

Member of Hull Collective:


of Words

Incarceration for thirty eight years has

led her to renounce all suffering, all

feeling. Yet if someone cared to search

behind the eyes that still see but offer

no emotion, they would find the flimsy

remnants of a former life - a derelict

factory that once manufactured words

in abundance that nurtured details

and sculpted stories for greedy eyes

to devour and receptive minds to

absorb. Words were her lovers. Now

they are strewn across a desolate floor

- abandoned. She sees them now as


jumbled intruders which her lips cannot

form and her voice cannot speak. Today

is her birthday and something distinct

and decided about it has enabled her to

withdraw a moment of clarity from her

tortured mind - a voice she has been

longing to hear, calm and serene, ‘It is

today. You have survived too long on a

cruel battlefield’.



4TH OCTOBER 1899 - 4TH


Recumbent, she floats through the

derelict factory where her lovers

one by one, to honour and express

their admiration, concentrate into

an ordered pile. She tries to pluck at

the one which has promoted itself to

the top, but it playfully escapes her

fingers and dances seductively. Her

eyes grow wide in response and reflect

the thousands of stars in the sky, their

twinkle beckoning, “Come join us”. The

elusive word at last surrenders to her

wanting hand where eyes welling tears

of joy can read it - but she knows in her

heart it is her voice that must speak

the word - to make it happen. Here

is the lover she has long awaited and

wrapped in the breath of a whisper she

speaks what is written. “Peace”.

The rest of her lovers, exhilarated,

flutter up in amongst the stars and

cascade down as angel feathers to fly

her beautiful soul to heaven.




The decision to have a time ball was

discussed in October 1914, when Councillor

Johnson appeared before the Hull

Corporation Property Committee to

propose the ball; he suggested it would

cost £100 plus £25 builder’s costs.

It would be fitted by Shaw, of Storey


The time ball would be a timekeeping

device for Hull residents and would rise

up the pole until noon when it would

drop at midday. It would be seen from

the River Hull and therefore particularly

useful to the shipping community who

could set their time keeping devices to it.

Not everyone liked the idea, Sir Alfred

Gelder, M.P. Alderman Jarman, Alderman

Gillett, and many others spoke

against the time ball. The main argument

against the creation and instillation

of the time ball was its cost; many

thought the money could be spent elsewhere

in Hull.

When the decision was granted to install

the time ball it still wasn’t plain sailing.

During its instillation Mr. Alexander

Young, who was charged with being the

sculptor on the tower on which the time

ball was to be mounted was found dead

130 feet up on the scaffold by his own

son. It is believed that Mr. Young suffered

a fall from the higher portions of

the tower to the spot where he was discovered.

An autopsy revealed that a Mr

Young had suffered a heart attack which

caused him to fall.

Despite the Guildhall housing the time

ball the Hull Corporation did not wish to

participate in its operation, they opted

instead to pay the Post Office opposite

the princely sum of £5 per year to operate

the time ball. This also led to some

opposition about the time ball and the

need for such a device in Hull. By October

1915 there was still no sign of the

actual time ball in its planned position.

In July 1920 the time ball had still not

been installed, the Hull Architect, Mr.

Wheeldon, was called before the Hull

Corporation Property Committee to

testify as to what was holding up the

scheme. He blamed the outbreak of war,

lack of materials, and damp weather in

Hull for damaging some of the machinery

that operated the ball.

By April 1921 the Post Office had demanded

that £5 was not enough and

that £7 10s was the required sum for the

operation of the time ball. The Property

Committee also stated that the time ball,

which was made of copper, had to be regilded

but the committee voted against

this, partly due to cost, partly due to the

ball being so high!

In its first year of operations, 1921, it cost

£30 to operate the time ball. This was £25

over the initial budget for the device.

On October 29th 1921 the time ball motor

was removed and taken to the Hull

Corporation stores, the time ball was no

longer in operation, it lasted less than a

year, went over budget, suffered numerous

technical problems, and led to fierce

arguments in the chambers at Guildhall,

as well as a long standing argument with

the Post Office over its operation and the

costs of doing so.

No historical facts about an artefact in

Hull would be complete without some

myths attached to the object. The time

ball is no exception. Among them were

that the time ball was used to measure

the tides, when the tide was high, the ball

would rise, but this was false.

It was believed that the ball housed the

plans for Guildhall and other documents

thus keeping them safe, but this was also

false. It was also believed that the time

ball and its mast were actually created

as lightening conductors, this is also

false, various lightening conductors can

be found around the Guildhall and none

appear to be connected to the time ball.

Guildhall Time Ball reclaims its home on

Hull’s skyline

Using a 72m fully-extended

crane, the Time Ball, which is

finished in 23 ½ carat, double

thickness, English gold leaf,

weighing 50kgs and is 42”

(106cms) in diameter was installed

on the clock tower of

The Guildhall.

As one of only a handful remaining

in the country, the

Time Ball will be brought

back into full working order

in spring 2022, marking

100 years since the ball last


Kickstarter project for Dr. Alec Gill’s book of archive photos

- By Catherine Derrick

Dr. Alec Gill is launching a crowd funding campaign

to raise funds for a new book which celebrates his

photographic study of Hull’s Hessle Road fishing


The book shows the cultural and social history of

Hull’s fishing community through a photographic

lens. It will be edited by Hull born Iranzu Baker

who has reviewed Alec’s collection of 6,600 black

and white images, which date from the 1970s to the


The Kickstarter Project was launched on Tuesday,

7th September. To donate money towards this book

please use the following link:


Hessle Road photos taken by Dr. Alec Gill 50 years ago


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need to feeling safe and connected to others has dominated public


Yoga Places Us in Touch with our Bodies

Being in touch with our bodies lets us know we are safe to engage

with others, makes us more aware of how to take better care of

ourselves, and how to practice emotionally healthy boundaries,

including with those at work. This also means we can also better

relate to, and care for others.

Yoga is Embodiment

Yoga allows us to experience the sense of our bodies, and many

Yoga poses allow us to feel grounded. This helps us to feel secure,

confident, and more empowered. When we feel anxious, we tend

to lose connection with our bodies and a sense of ourselves, living

mainly in our heads.

Boundary Exercise - Tuning into The Back Body

This exercise can give us a sense of our own personal strength.

The front of the body is softer, but our back has a firmer, more

protective structure. It also helps us to regulate our Vagus Nerve

by practicing mindful body awareness:

In a seated position, back against a chair, perhaps try to notice the

back of your body and where the chair supports your spine. Maybe

notice how the seat supports your hips and the back of your legs.

Possibly try to feel your feet on the ground. Perhaps try to notice

how your spine is tall and strong. Maybe imagine that there is

strength in your spine coming from each stacked vertebrae giving

it a sense of stability and

support. Perhaps notice

how the floor and the

chair is supporting the

weight of your body so

it can rest. How does

your body respond to

these points of contact?

Are there places where

your body accepts the

support and rest? Are

there places where your

body collapses into

the support? Are there

places where your body

tenses away from what

is holding you? Where is

your body resisting that

assistance from the chair

and floor? See if you

can just maybe notice

without judgement the back of your body, your shell or shield, the

boundary that protects and supports you and your backbone that

enables you to stand tall and confident.

As you come out of this practice, take a moment to check in and

notice how you feel emotionally.

Tristessa Moore is a registered Yoga Therapist and Traumasensitive

Practitioner: www.yogatherapyhull.co.uk.

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could it help on your road to recovery?

with Fran Dunning

Sugar, energy drinks, shopping and mobile phones, just a few of the things we can become addicted to. Then, there are the

habits we usually associate with addiction — drinking, smoking, taking drugs and gambling. But does hypnotherapy have

a place on the road to recovery?

What is addiction?

According to the NHS, an addiction is “not having control over doing, taking or

using something to the point where it could be harmful to you”. An addiction is not

only physical; it’s psychological.

Can hypnotherapy help?

Yes, although it’s not a ‘one-stop shop’.3 Hypnotherapy for drug and alcohol use

disorder, for example, works alongside other treatments and can enable the journey

to becoming habit-free more manageable.

During hypnotherapy, clients experience hypnosis, a state of trance where the

mind is more open to suggestion. Trance also induces exceptional focus and eliminates

distractions. As the client, you will feel complete relaxation and have full

control over your actions throughout. During hypnosis, individuals can be more

suggestible; this means your therapist could reframe your attitude to overcoming

your addiction or help to increase your willpower to make the journey more


Stoptober: an opportunity to quit any addiction?

With Stoptober just around the corner, we turn our attention to smoking and nicotine

addiction. But moreover, for the past 18 months, times haven’t been normal.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact, we’ve all been subject to

potentially higher levels of stress, possibly leading to some harmful coping mechanisms.

There was a marked increase in individuals drinking more as the pandemic took

hold and lockdowns came into force, with drinking levels in June 2021 not back

to pre-pandemic numbers. Gaming addiction in children increased, or alternatively,

disorders that were already present

were made worse by young people

spending more time at home. Plus, early

findings in some studies identified an

increase in drug use in response to the


According to the British Lung Foundation,

your chances of completely stopping

smoking are five times better if you

quit for 28 days straight. Whatever habit

you’re trying to beat, hypnotherapy

could increase your chances of success further. Whether through developing willpower,

improving your mental health (resulting in less reliance on your addiction),

or visualising yourself experiencing positive outcomes, you’ve got an additional

helping hand.

Fran Dunning is a qualified hypnotherapist and mindfulness coach with 20 year’s

experience. Contact Fran on 07973 819867 or email change@francesdunning.com

if you’d like to find how hypnotherapy could help you. Alternatively, visit Fran’s

website at https://www.francesdunning.com. Fran runs free 30-minute online

mindfulness sessions on Wednesday evenings from 7.15 pm.

Please see your GP for further information and advice on your specific addiction

before consulting a hypnotherapist to support your recovery. If you experience

personality disorders or psychosis, you should not consider hypnotherapy as a

treatment option.

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Part Five: Diversity of our UK

Every place name is blessed with a colourful history and mystery – especially

the latter. But that does not matter. We can fill in the gaps with our creative

imaginations and, hopefully, educated guesswork!

In previous Hull Hub articles, I focussed upon local places. Now, I want to

go further afield. After all the Covid pandemic lockdowns, I feel the need to

‘spread my wings’ and travel off to other places. But for this issue, it will not

be overseas; instead we’ll have a staycation and explore our British roots.

That is, the etymology of the names for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Although they are bunched together as the United Kingdom, their name

origins are diverse. We begin, however, with Britannia.

RULE BRITANNIA: Wave Farewell to Britain

Native Britons were good at naming places, but appalling at writing them

down or recording their origin. We have to rely on European scholars – this

time, the Greeks. Well before Christ (325 BC), the Greeks sent an explorer (Pytheas)

to investigate an odd collection of islands northwest of Continental


The easiest way by boat was, of course, across the narrow channel from Calais.

A traveller’s first glimpse from that approach is the magnificent and awe-inspiring

white cliffs. The Indo-European

word for white is alba (also applied to

the Alps) and why the whole of Britain

is sometimes referred to as Albion or

Albany. Nowadays, Alba is primarily

linked to Scotland – a long way from


When the Greeks actually met up with

the Celtic natives of these islands, the

overriding colour was blue. It is believed

that the Celts painted or tattooed their

bodies with blue woad paint. Indeed,

they called themselves ‘the painted

ones’. The Celtic word for that practice

was ‘Pretani’. This word subsequently

appeared in certain Greek text (Diodonus,

Marcian) describing the country

and people of the Prettanic Isles.

When Julius Caesar came along a couple

of centuries later (55 BC), however,

he followed the Latin pattern of substituting

the Greek ‘P’ with a ‘B’ and

the islands became known thereafter as Britain. And, as the Romans were in

charge for the next four hundred years, who was going to argue with them –

least of all the native Britons.

Generally, in any discussion about Great Britain, people sometimes ask “What

about Brittany in France?” They wonder if there is a link and which came

first? There were always long established links between Celtic Britain and the

Celts throughout Europe. The Gauls and Britons regularly traded across the

channel and families inter-married. But Brittany only came into existence as

a result of the invading Teutonic tribes.

TEUTONIC TRIBES: The First Great Migration

It is worth repeating that, due to a lack of written records and the chaos of

the terrible times, the history is not clear. During mid-400 AD, the whole of

Europe was in turmoil and fear. Attila the Hun was leading a blood-curdling

invasion from the east. No one was safe. Even the once mighty Roman army

suffered defeat at the hands of the Hun. Teutonic / Germanic tribes such as

the Franks, Vandals, Goths, Lombards, and our Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and

Friesians spread far and wide – in a panic. Attila triggered off what academics

call the first Great Migration (400-800 AD). It was a ‘domino effect’ as the

Teutonic tribes (and others) fled, thus transforming the map of Europe. It was

a mass migration of refugees who grew into invading warriors of occupation.

The events that took place in Europe between the Teutons and Celts, set the

tragic scene that later repeated itself within British shores. But on the wider

front, I became fascinated by the Teutonic tribes and how they shaped the

Europe we know today. For instance, it was the Vandals who sacked Rome (455

AD) – attacking from the south. The Lombards (or

‘long beards’) established Lombardy in Italy (568 Dr. Alec Gill MBE


Various Germanic groups had a long tradition

of beating up the Celts, chasing them off their land and pushing them out

towards the western fringes of Europe. The Franks did this with the Celtic

Gauls from 300 AD onwards. The once

fiery Celts had been cultivated and

over-protected by the Roman military.

So Gaul fell relatively easily. Thus, that

is how France was given its name by the

Franks. The French currency, likewise,

was once known as the French franc.

So the French, like the English, have

deep-rooted Teutonic DNA in their


Some speculate that the name Franks

means ‘fierce’ or ‘javelin’. Today, when

we are ‘frank with someone’ we are said

to be pointed, honest, direct and blunt

in what we tell them – it might indeed

be painful to hear what is said. Similarly,

‘Saxon’ is derived from the name for

a knife or dagger. But what about the

name Angles and their origins?

STAYING ALIVE: On the Run from the


Let’s look at England itself. Why does it have that name? I believe this place

name is a misnomer. I will explore why with a convoluted meandering explanation

– and suggest a startling alternative (even if it is a bit tongue-incheek).

The Angles originally began their days in Germany from what is now called

Schleswig-Holstein – quite a mouthful – no wonder the Angles decided to

leave! We inherited the name England from the Angles, but how did their

name arise?

Geographically, the Angles earliest abode was at the bottom bit where the

phallic-looking Denmark is today. Part of this north pointing landmass is still

called Jutland – because it juts between Norway on the left and Sweden to the

right. Even the Jutes joined with the Angles, Saxons and Friesians heading

seaward and westward on the run from the Hun.

But long before Attila was a glint in anyone’s eyes, how did the Angles end

up being called Angles? The answer is obvious when you think about it. The

Angles got their name from an angle – a bit like a 90ᵒ-degree angle we did at

school. Remember? A square has four 90ᵒ right angles (4 x 90ᵒ = 360ᵒ). But

for our exploration, we are only interested in the 90ᵒ angle at the bottom

right-hand corner. Now if we combine geography and geometry, you can see

that the same right-hand

corner can be placed

where the Angles began

– see sketch of the Angles

first homeland. That is one

reason why the Angles became

Angles. But that is

only partly correct.

I opt for another possible

explanation - or guesswork.

Place names often go

back to the year dot – often

long before writing was

invented. A key element in

primitive times was dayto-day

survival. As a struggling

tribe, the Angles had

to eat. Being on the coast

of the North Sea, fish was

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in abundance and the easiest source of food to get. The Angles used hooks to

catch fish. Hooks are also shaped at an angle. You can see my drift here! Yes,

the Angles were anglers. So that is a double explanation of where and how the

Angles got their name as a Teutonic tribe.

They had boats, they were fishermen. So when Attila was on the rampage and

heading in their direction, the Angles took to the sea with their families and

sailed towards Britain. The Angles were drawn toward two major water inlets

on the east coast. The Wash was extremely attractive. Thus we have the Anglia

region with its fishing ports of Boston, Lowestoft, Yarmouth and others.

The second significant inlet for the Angles was the Humber Estuary with its

tributaries of the Freshney, Ancholme, Trent, Ouse and Hull rivers. Through

their sailing and fishing skills, the Angles soon settled into their new country.

Perhaps more significantly, the Angles gave their name to this country. No

wonder people sing of “The Fishermen of England”. Then again, coming from

Hull, I would highlight that, wouldn’t I?

ENGLAND: What’s in a Name?

Once the Angles and Saxons began arriving in Britain, they continued the

long-standing tradition of Germanic tribes attacking, killing, stealing land, and

forcing the Celtic natives to migrate westwards to the rugged regions of Britain.

Let’s take a closer look at where the newcomers settled. Primarily, the Angles

took over large tracks of the north: Northumberland, Lincolnshire, and East

Anglia. West Anglia might have been absorbed into Mercia. This name means

‘border people’. One Mercian king was Offa who is better known for building his

dyke to help keep out the Welsh.

The real control of England, however, took place in the south around the

Thames Estuary. The powerhouse then (and still is) in the capital. The counties

around London were those of greatest influence. Apart from Kent, which was

taken over by the Danes from Jutland, it was the Saxons in the driving seat. This

is evident by a quick glance at the major county names of the Saxons in Essex

(east), Sussex (south), Middlesex (middle) and Wessex (west). The ‘-sex’ suffix in

the place names is a direct link to the Saxons. It seems odd that the ‘sax’ of the

Saxons became ‘sex’ in these county names.

Given that the command of the country was in Saxon hands, I question why

England was named after the Angles and not the Saxons. Following the logic of

naming the counties with the ‘–sex’ suffix, then our country could have ended

up being called Sexland. What about it? Shall we begin a campaign to re-name

England as Sexland? Answers on a postcard…. Just a thought!

WALES: The Natural-born Britons

The origin of the name Wales – as

with most places – followed a varied

route. One of the first elements

to highlight is that Wales is not the

Welsh name for themselves. It was,

indeed, imposed upon them by

their Teutonic usurpers. Enemies

rarely give positive names to their


There is a powerful precedent

from history. The Greek word for

non-Greeks was also derogatory.

Because they could not understand

what foreigners were saying, the

Greeks called them ‘barbaros’. This

was because foreigners reminded

them of bleating sheep – as in “Bah, bah black sheep, have you any wool?” Thus,

we have English words such as barbaric, barbarian, Barbary Coast.

According to some sources, the name Wales originated long before the emergence

of the English language. In 500 BC, the Teutonic word for a foreigner or

stranger was ‘volcae’. Over time, both the spelling and pronunciation changed

as it went from generation to generation. So by the time of the Anglo-Saxon

occupation of Britain (c450 AD), the word had become ‘wealas’ when they described

the British Celts. The ‘wall’ in Cornwall also stands for foreigner. The

‘corn’ prefix means ‘horn’ or ‘headland’. One Cornish Iron Age tribe referred to

themselves as ‘the

peninsula people’.

The invaders,

therefore, took a

bit of a liberty to

designate the native

Welsh as foreigners.

But, as is

well known, it is

the victors who write the history books (as we saw in Roman Britain). In later

decades, the word Wales also came to mean ‘the other’ or even ‘slave’.

Today, however, Welsh speakers use the word ‘Cymru’ to describe their own

nationality. It means ‘fellow countryman’ or ‘friend’. The Welsh language was

only given official status in 2011.

SCOTLAND: Alba the Brave

At my secondary-modern school (late-1950s),

I was falsely taught that Scotland was named

after the Scoti tribe who originally came from

Ireland. The Scots kicked out the native Picts

and renamed the land after themselves. My recent

research, however, paints a different picture.

Yes, the Picts did occupy northern Britain.

The Romans described the Picti as ‘the painted

ones’ – like in the word for ‘picture’. There is no

mention of blue woad paint though.

The Picts were no pushover when it came to

standing up for themselves. They certainly

held off the Roman armies who gave up trying

to beat them. Instead, they built Hadrian’s

and Antonine’s Walls to keep the Picts out and

penned in – but with only limited success.

A few centuries later, the Angles invaded the

Picts. They only tried once, got beaten to pulp

and did not come back for a second round. This

was on Saturday 2 March 685 AD – around 3 o’clock in the afternoon to be exact!

The Angles fell for the oldest trick in the battle book. The Picts pretended to run

away, the Angles chased after them and were well-and-truly beaten in a preplanned

ambush at Dun Nechtain (possibly in Angus).

The Scoti tribe, however, adopted a more subtle strategy than the Angles. First

of all, let’s sort out the dubious name of the Scoti before going any further.

‘Scoti’ was a crude nickname given to them by the Romans – a racial slur which

described them as comical pirates trying to infiltrate Roman Britain from

Ireland. It is believed that Scoti only applied to a tiny grouping who were ‘cut

off’ and even outsiders within Gaelic Ireland – implying a buffoon or laughing

stock – or a non-Gaelic tribe. The Romans, however, erroneously applied the

term Scoti to the whole of the Gaelic-speaking people. A big mistake according

to some academics.

In effect, it was the Gaelic Irish who ended up taking over northern Britain –

not the minor Scoti tribe. Traditionally, the Gaels and Picts were regular traders

with each other and Gaelic settlements were often established and spread

throughout the land of the Picts (on a friendly, non-aggressive basis). Through

the process of gradual migration, inter-marriage and joint kingships over the

decades, the Gaelic branch gradually superseded the Picts and gained full

power and control. Thus, as with England, the country was mis-named Scotland.

One could even ask: Should Scotland be re-named Gaeland? Answers on

a postcard… I like to support the Royal Mail.

IRELAND: The Luck of the Irish

Each country has various names at different times and within a variety of contexts.

The name for Ireland, however, is the oldest one in this set and the simplest

to explain. It probably pre-dates the Celts / Gaels and stems from mythology.

Éiru was a Matron Goddess from the Pagan period. Despite various transformations

over time, the core element of the name Éire seems to have held:

Greek (Iouernia);

Latin (Iuverna);

Caesar (Hibernia);

English (Ireland).

But perhaps the

poets have the

best name when

they call Éire ‘The

Emerald Isles’.

Overall then, it

could be concluded

that the present-day

names of

England, Wales and Scotland are each based upon a false premise. Only the

Irish Éire has come through the ‘whips and scorns of time’ and retained its own

homespun name. Only one in four has done that – it seems as lucky as finding

a four-leaf clover.

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The charity behind a campaign to raise £8.5 million to provide a Molecular Imaging Research

(MIR) Centre at Castle Hill Hospital has received a £3,000 boost from the UK’s

largest independent car retailer.

Staff at the York branch of Arnold Clark handed over the donation from the company’s

community programme to support the Daisy Appeal, which has already raised more

than £20m to fund cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities

for patients in the Humber region.

Martin Ralph, General Manager Arnold Clark York Motorstore, said: “Thank you to all

of those at the Daisy Appeal who continue to do incredible work, transforming medical

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“At Arnold Clark, we believe in helping the communities in which we work and, through

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Arnold Clark has built a nationwide network of more than 200 dealerships as well as

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Claire Levy, Fundraiser for the Daisy Appeal, contacted the company after hearing

about its commitment to improving the communities in which it works by supporting

charities and local businesses.

Claire said: “I explained how the Daisy Appeal has already raised millions of pounds

to fund research, facilities and equipment and I was delighted that the team at Arnold

Clark felt able to support it.

“We have now raised £7.5m towards

our target for the new

MIR centre which will enable

the delivery of radioactive

tracers quickly and effectively

to individual patients right

next door in the Jack Brignall

PET-CT Scanning Centre.

“Currently the tracers are delivered

from West Yorkshire

and the ability to produce our

own will be transformative for patients – they will be able to have scans more quickly for

cancer as well as for heart disease and some forms of dementia. It will lead to quicker

and earlier diagnosis and treatment.

“Along the way we have had support from families, individuals, community organisations

and, increasingly, from businesses which are eager to contribute to causes that

can benefit customers, colleagues and the wider public. We are extremely grateful for

the donation from Arnold Clark and for their help in raising awareness of the work of

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out for a winter season somewhere from Heathrow, just a few days after the horrific

Lockerbie bombing. After passing through security, all passengers had to

then go into a hanger and physically identify their own luggage, to ensure nothing

was loaded onto the aircraft that didn’t actually belong to a passenger. Totally

oblivious to everyone else’s suitcases, I still recall thinking to myself “the plane

can’t possibly take off with the weight of my flight cases?”

Anyway – back to my summer’s in Kavos. Given that I’d driven there in my 1980 registered

Ford Cortina (through France to southern Italy where it was a short overnight

ferry to Corfu - getting locked out of my car in the snow at the southern end of

the Mont Blanc tunnel on the way – but that’s a different story), I had considerably

more luggage room, and had taken more records than I might have, had I been

flying. Including my Christmas

collection. So once the season

got under way, roughly every

fortnight as the happy holiday

makers moved on, we’d have a

Christmas party night in “The

Cotton Club” bar where I was

working. And this wasn’t just

a bit of Shakin’ Stevens, Slade,

and Band Aid… I mean we really

went to town with tinsel

and all the trimmings. These

Christmas parties were a tremendous

success and none of

with Sean Bell - Script Writer, Radio Producer, Voice-Over, DJ, Scout Leader, & Outdoors InstructoR

the other DJ’s had thought to take their

Christmas tunes with them, so no other

venue could compete, nor touch us.

Changing subject for a moment –

please bear with dear reader… with

Hessle Scout Group, whenever we organise

a big camp, it always follows a

theme. Over the years we’ve had X Factor

and Scouts Got Talent, James Bond,

Scouts Are Celebrities – Get Me Out of

Here, cops & robbers, Harry Potter,

medieval and tropical beach themes,

to name just a few. And now, back to “a

mid-summer’s Christmas” …

2018, myself and a few fellow Scout

leaders were sat in our “training room” – aka Marquis Of Granby in Hessle Square –

discussing upcoming events and I happened to mention about my Kavos Christmas

parties. And that’s when our plan all fell into place – the next joint camp with Hessle’s

Navajo and Apache Scout Troops would be a mid-summer’s Christmas party.

Ideas were getting thrown into the pot – and as the night went on, strangely they

became more absurd and ambitious – but, before last orders, we had a pretty good

idea as to what we’d do.

Come the actual weekend, parents dropped their Scouts off at a huge, green field

site we use, just outside Scunthorpe. We’d already lined the back wall of our mess

tent with brick wall paper and we’d built a fireplace. To a backdrop of non-stop

Christmas songs, our Scouts made stockings on the Friday night which they hung

on or placed near to the Christmas tree, and before the next morning each had

magically been stuffed with a small selection of sweets, little novelties, and an orange

too. With around 10 leaders on camp (uniform switched for Christmas jumpers)

looking after around 40 odd (?) Scouts, we all enjoyed a range of fun activities,

cleverly weaving a festive flavour into many of their favourite activities. And then,

Saturday evening, it came to Christmas dinner. Our leader Sam had been tasked

with providing a FULL Christmas dinner for around 50 people. In the middle of

a field. With no kitchen, nor electricity. Under her guidance a small army of Santa’s

little helpers pulled it together, with chicken being cooked on BBQ’s, potatoes

being roasted over camp cookers, alongside vegetables being boiled too. She even

managed to get perfect Yorkshire puddings and, ever the perfectionist – and purest

– even the gravy, pudding, and brandy sauce (minus the brandy) was all freshly

prepared. It was all served up on time, and hot.

With Christmas songs and music, the weekend continued and was a great success,

then to round things off, we finished with a traditionally timely panto’ – oh yes we

did! Being a script writer, I’d condensed the story of Cinderella into round about

half an hour, which was performed – script in hand - by all the leaders in complete

panto’ attire that we’d managed to acquire, including the horse! We could see how

much our Scouts had enjoyed themselves, as we had too. Though it WAS a lot of

hard work – both the preparation and running the camp, it was also worth it. Who’d

have thought… An idea I had in Corfu almost 30 years previous would influence a

weekend away with Hessle Scouts decades on. I’m sure we – leaders and young

people - were all pleased it did though?

Sarah & Oliver reach for the sky!

On the morning of Sunday 5th, September Sarah took off to the K2 Building in Hull

to undertake an Abseil for the Charity

Aim Higher.

Aim Higher raise vital funds for families

with children that have Autism and other

needs such as mental health issues. They

use the money raised to provide awareness,

training rest bite and all-inclusive

family fun days. Sarah who works for

Evoke Technologies was greatly supported

by her colleagues, friends and family.

Sarah and her son Oliver 13 took on the

abseil with 19 other individuals on a gloriously

sunny day. And though her anxiety

was through the roof.

You can still donate https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahSparke5


Hull Saints Football Club

Hull Saints Football Club was formed in

2013 and has a unique background. Initially

the club competed in the Yorkshire Christian

League but since 2020-21 season competes

in the East Riding Counties League.

From its foundation as a church connect

group the club has developed into a growing

community club with fa charter standard


The new kits for the season ahead were

produced by local business Lammy Sports

and their logo appropriately is a rams head,

making it the perfect partnership.

The club also promotes the connection to

the city of Hull and now sports the crown

symbol down the arms and side of shorts

as well as throughout the stripes of the blue

and white away kit.

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We are successfully claiming compensation for HULL workers who transferred

OUT of their work pension scheme.

Many HULL workers were advised to transfer out of their work pension to a private scheme which paid

considerably less! This was bad advice and many retired HULL workers or their widows have lost out!

Example 1 - £32,000

Mr M. from HESSLE finished at the DOCKS in 1987.

After he left, he was advised by a salesman from

PRUDENTIAL to transfer his pension to them. When he

retired he noticed he was getting less than his friends


Compensation £32,721.

Example 2 - £41,000

Mr H. from COTTINGHAM worked at KINGSTON

COMMUNICATIONS. After he finished there in 1992,

he was advised by a sales agent from SCOTTISH

AMICABLE to transfer his works pension to them.

He was promised a better return which wasn’t true.

Compensation £41,391.

Example 3 - £95,000

Mr P. an engineer from SOUTHCOATES worked at


persuaded by an agent of ABBEY LIFE to transfer his

miners pension to them. When he retired he realised he

was getting less than his friends who kept their electricity

supply pension. Compensation £95,359.

Example 5 - £47,000


In 1992 he was persuaded by a sales agent of PEARL

ASSURANCE (now Phoenix Life) to transfer his pension to

them. When he retired he realised he was getting a much

lower pension than his friends who stayed in the works

scheme. Compensation £47,143.

Example 7 - £61,000

Mr M. from NORTH FERRIBY worked for the LOCAL

GOVERNMENT. In 1995 he was advised by an agent from

SCOTTISH AMICABLE to transfer his pension to them. When

he retired he realised he was getting a much lower pension

than his friends who kept their local government pension

scheme. Compensation £61,756.

In the 1980’s and 90’s many Hull workers

were persuaded by sales agents to

transfer OUT of their work pension on

the promise of a better return.

However, this wasn’t true.

Dock Workers • J.R. Rix • Reckitt

& Colman • Seven Seas • Hull City

Transport • Armed Forces • North

Sea Ferries • NHS • Teachers

• British Petroleum • Shipping

• Ship Repair • British Steel

• British Rail • British Gas

• Power Stations

• Local Government • Miners

Example 4 - £66,000

Mr C. from BROUGH was made redundant from

BRITISH AEROSPACE at the end of the 1980’s. After he

finished, he was advised by an agent of BRITANNIC to

transfer his works pension to them. When he retired he

realised he was getting less than his friends who kept

their works pension. Compensation £66,649.

Example 6 - £48,000

Mr G. from THE AVENUES worked for SMITH & NEPHEW.

In 1993 he was persuaded by an independent financial

advisor to transfer his pension to STANDARD LIFE. When

he retired he noticed he was getting less than his friends

who kept the Smith & Nephew pension.

Compensation £48,000.

Example 8 - £35,000

Mr D. from KINGSWOOD was a bus driver for HULL CITY

TRANSPORT. In 1996 an agent from SUN LIFE (now

Aviva) advised him to transfer his pension to them. When

he retired he realised his pension was much lower than

his friends who stayed in the local authority pension

scheme. Compensation £35,941.

If you know anyone this might apply to, please pass on this information.

If you transferred out of a work

pension scheme and would like

a FREE REVIEW, please either

call us on FREEPHONE:

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Oliver sets himself another challenge! - By Talia Peters

Earlier this year I wrote about an amazing young man Oliver

who is autistic. He was so upset with all the rubbish

people kept dropping around his beautiful village of Halsham,

he decided that he wanted to make a difference.

He got his family together and they spent hours around

the village picking up all the little that had been left or

dropped in the grass verges.

Well, Oliver set himself another challenge. The challenge

was to ride his new trike, and raise money for the Kerry

Key Foundation, which is close to a lot of people’s hearts.

Kerry was local to our area. I personally knew Kerry, who

sadly passed away after battling cancer for years.

Oliver set himself a challenge of riding 5km on his trike,

around his village of Halsham while raising money for

The Kerry Key Foundation. Oliver’s

family set up a ‘Just Giving’ page and set

a target of £200.00. Oliver had already

raised over £800.00 before the 5km bike

ride took place.

The day came and Oliver pushed himself right to the

very end with his family around, cheering him on. Oliver

wasn’t going to let his condition stop him achieving what

he set out to do! He completed his 5km bike ride and ended

up raising a massive £1241.56 with £205.00 in gift aid.

Oliver and his family were so overwhelmed with all who

donated money.

I can’t to see what Oliver has planned for his next challenge,

as nothing stops this amazing young man!

University of Hull climbs 19 places in 2022 Guardian University Rankings

The University of Hull has risen 19 places in the 2022

Guardian University Rankings.

The University, up to 53rd in the table from 72nd

last year, has celebrated a second strong year in the

prestigious national rankings, and has now climbed

a total of 42 places in the last two years.

Four courses ranked in the top 10 nationally –

American Studies, Physics, Earth & Marine Sciences

and Education.

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University

of Hull, said: “Our rise in this year’s ranking

is wonderful news, as we prepare to welcome new

and returning students to campus for the start of

the 2021/22 Academic Year.

“The fact that the University has risen 19 places, in

what has been such a challenging year for students

and staff alike, is testament to the strength of our

community here at Hull.

“The last 18 months has seen the University evolve

and respond to adversity like never before, and this

success is evidence that the University of Hull can

thrive despite the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

“I would like to thank all of our students and staff

at the University, who have made this result possible,

for their continued hard work, dedication and


“We know the hard work does not end here, and are

committed to building further on this positive progress.”

This is the University’s highest position in The

Guardian’s league table since 2010, when Hull was

ranked 52nd.

Across the last three Guardian University Rankings

publications, the University has climbed 53 places

– the greatest increase of any university during the


American Studies ranked 1st out of 9 institutions

nationally, with Physics placing 7th out of 44.

Earth & Marine Sciences ranked 9th out of a total

36 institutions, as Education also made the top 10,

placing 9th out of 83.

The Guardian rans universities and institutions

across a variety of fields.

Course satisfaction, student to staff ratio, spend per

student, average entry tariff, value added and career

prospects were all examined as part of the 2022


Overall, 80.6 per cent of students said they were satisfied

with their course, with 82.2 per cent satisfied

with teaching.

To view the full 2022 Guardian University Rankings,

visit https://www.theguardian.com/education/series/guardian-university-guide-2022.

Back to school wellbeing boost for pupils

and teachers

Pupils and teachers in Hull

have returned to full-time

education better equipped

to deal with the impacts of

Covid thanks to a programme

which has been designed to

boost emotional wellbeing

and mental health support in

schools and colleges.

Working in partnership with

Hull Clinical Commissioning

Group (CCG), Children and

Adolescent Mental Health

Services (CAMHS) and voluntary

and community sector

partners, HeadStart Hull developed

a Covid Recovery and

Restoration Plan for Children

and Young People’s mental


The plan, which was developed

in consultation with

young people, parents and

schools, included the implementation

of Wellbeing for

Education Return, a Department

for Education commissioned

programme. The

programme, for which Hull

City Council received a grant

of £34,443, is a training programme

run by mental health

experts, to help improve how

schools and colleges respond

to the emotional impact of the

pandemic on their students

and staff.

The programme aims to help

support pupil’s emotional

wellbeing, resilience and recovery

and to prevent longerterm

mental health problems

developing, as well as helping

to manage and support those

who have pre-existing difficulties

that may have been exacerbated

by coronavirus.

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Boxer-turned-businessman Tommy Coyle repeated

his gesture of a year ago by giving out

school uniforms at his gym, the Coyle Sports

Academy, in Geneva Way, Hull.

Families were invited to turn up at the gym between

11am and 1pm to collect the items which

included all the basics for children up to the age

of 16.

Tommy, who won the Commonwealth lightweight

title in 2018, retired in 2019 to launch his

Boxclever community project and focus on the

transition from boxing to business.

His company, Coyle Health and Wellbeing, now

operates three gyms in Hull and earlier this

year announced its second deal with Siemens

Gamesa, with a four-year agreement to provide

a health and wellbeing programme to more

than 750 staff at the factory in the city.

Throughout Tommy’s boxing and business careers

he has demonstrated a strong commitment

to the people and causes in his home city.

With families once again facing the challenge of

buying school uniforms in difficult times, he has

stepped up again under the Coyle Sports Community

programme, which is part of the Tommy

Coyle Foundation.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always

hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

- Roald Dahl

Tommy Coyle helps hard-pressed families with school uniform give-away

The school uniform project is supported by

Tommy’s three brothers Lewie, a player at Hull

City, Joe, who runs his own JC60 professional

golf coaching business, and Rocco, a student

who is pursuing a career in football.

Further support has come from Morrisons,

who provided many items free of charge and

applied a 15 per cent discount on the price of

the rest, Transwaste, who have made a donation,

and Sewell Group, which has provided the

Coyle Sports Academy premises free of charge

for more than five years and will host the giveaway


Paul Hornshaw of Transwaste said: “Education

is super-important and we are delighted to

support this initiative.”

Broadacre Primary School celebrates opening of sporting


The new £8.2million Broadacre

Primary School building

has reached another milestone

in its construction phase, with

the opening of the multi-usegames-area


Partners celebrated with a

‘MUGA official opening’ involving

all the staff and pupils from

the school, with special guest

mascot, Roary the Tiger.

Lisa Staines, Executive Head at

Broadacre Primary School said:

“We got the whole school involved

in a full day of sporting

activities on the new games area.

Pupils surrounded the football

pitches whilst they watched

and created their own spectator

banners to cheer their peers on.

The children were so excited to

be handed their certificates and

trophies by Roary the Tiger!”

Esteem General Manager, Gavin

Barley, added: “Working with

Hull City Council and Sewell

Construction on another engaging

event has been a pleasure.

The process instils such a sense

of pride in the whole team, especially

when we see the excited

faces of those it means the most

to – the pupils.”

The completion of the school

will provide 630 pupil places,

210 more places than the existing

building, and incorporating a

10-place purpose-built space for

children with Autistic Spectrum

Condition, a 52-place nursery, as

well as enhanced external spaces

and teaching areas.

First cohort of Paramedic Science students

graduate from University of Hull

Innovative 3D teaching tool to help educate students about

organ donation

The University of Hull’s first

ever cohort of Paramedic Science

students, who have celebrated

their success this week

at graduation, are set to provide

a boost to local NHS and

healthcare services.

The graduation ceremonies

took place from Tuesday to

Thursday and saw a total of

2,280 students graduating from

the Class of 2020 including

more than 600 healthcare students

– many of whom worked

on the COVID-19 frontline.

The graduation celebrations,

at the Bonus Arena in Hull,

demonstrate how the University

is developing skilled,

knowledgeable, and compassionate

healthcare professionals

who provide a high-level of

quality care to members of the


The extent of the University’s

healthcare courses continues

to grow with the University

now offering a range of healthcare

apprenticeships, and the

introduction of a Physiotherapy

degree in 2020 to tackle regional

staff shortages.

The Class of 2020’s Paramedic

Science students have all

successfully qualified as registered

paramedics, many of

whom are serving the local

community with the Yorkshire

Ambulance Service. They have

all been successful in finding

full-time roles.

Our graduates make an outstanding

contribution to improving

the health of the people

in our region and beyond,

evidenced by the fact that for

two consecutive years 100%

of nursing, midwifery and

medical graduates are in employment

or further education

within 15 months.

School children are to benefit from the latest

design innovation to learn about the importance

of organ donation in saving lives.

Specialist Nurses in organ donation, based

at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital,

will use a 3D interactive torso with removable

organs including the heart, liver,

pancreas and gall bladder, when they tour

schools across Hull and the East Riding to

explain their work.

The 3D torso, which cost more than £3,000,

was funded as part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s

mission to promote education and

awareness about the importance of organ

donation and was created by the design

team at Aura Innovation Centre, part of the

University of Hull.

Children and young people are set to take

centre stage as the main theme of this year’s

Organ Donation Week.

Fay Turner, Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation,

said: “We’re very grateful to the team at

Aura who worked with our specifications to

create this fabulous teaching tool to support

our education work.

“The teaching tool has arrived in a very

timely manner as Organ Donation Week 2021

aims to inspire millions of family conversations

and registrations by putting children

and young people at the heart of our message.

“It will encourage organ donation conversations

across the generations and really press

home the ‘leave them certain’ message.”

“Previously, we have had to rely on videos

and photographs but our new teaching tool

will encourage the students to take out the

organs, feel what they’re like and understand

how each one functions.

“It will provide students with valuable

hands-on learning so they can understand

exactly how important our organs are – and,

therefore, why we need organ donation to

save people’s lives.”

As well as focusing on stories of children who

have received or donated organs, Organ Donation

Week will shine a national spotlight

on the importance of education, with blood,

organ and stem cell donation now part of the

school PHSE curriculum for young people in

Key Stage 3 and 4.

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Ideal Heating prepares for green growth with £16m

investment in Hull site

Ideal Heating has announced a £16m

investment in the expansion of its National

Avenue manufacturing site in Hull

as it prepares to increase production of

low-carbon heating products.

Founded over a hundred years ago, the

firm is a market leader in high-performance

heating solutions for domestic

and commercial markets. It employs over

750 people in Hull and a further 250 elsewhere

in the UK.

Working alongside leading construction

business Britcon and consulting engineers

GGP Consult, the programme will

more than double the size of Ideal’s existing

warehouse and treble its capacity,

allowing the site to significantly increase

production over the coming years.

The work will also include the construction

of a new office building for warehouse

colleagues and a new access road

from National Avenue to the site.

Jason Speedy, chief operations officer

at Ideal Heating, said: “The investment

we’re announcing today is part of a wider,

ambitious plan to significantly grow our

business through the introduction of low

carbon products for the future.

“While we may be best-known today for

our range of efficient gas boilers, we’re

also leading the way in the development

and production of low-carbon heating

solutions such as heat pumps and hydrogen


“We’re delighted that the expansion of

our National Avenue site will enable us

to step up production of these and other

innovative new heating technologies, reinforcing

our well-established green credentials

and creating more high-quality

jobs in the city.”

In 2019 Ideal Heating became the world’s

first boiler manufacturer to be certified

to ISO 50001 for energy management,

achieving this international standard

through measures including the use of

renewable materials and energy resources

in its design and production process.

For more information on Ideal Heating,

visit www.idealheating.com.

Fifty hospital staff support WISHH ‘By Your Side’ Appeal

Hull Hospital’s doctors, nurses

and other NHS staff are going to

be part of history in the making,

whilst supporting our new ‘By Your

Side’ Appeal, as they take part in the

World’s Largest Marathon, involving

100,000 people globally.

An incredible team of 50 staff

working in departments such as

neurosurgery, cardiology, ophthalmology,

physiotherapy, security,

administration, paediatrics, and

theatres at Hull Royal Infirmary

and Castle Hill Hospital, have dedicated

months of training to for the

Virtual London Marathon on the

3rd October.

The beauty of the Virtual London

Marathon is that runners can take

part in their own time, pace, and at

a location of their choosing over a

period of 24 hours on the 3rd October.

The funds raised will help the

WISHH ‘By Your Side’ Appeal as we

enhance the family accommodation

for parents and carers as part

of a major redevelopment project at

Hull Royal Infirmary. The project

includes expanding the number of

family rooms for parents and carers

of the area’s sickest babies and

children that are being cared for at

the hospital.

Junior Doctor, Lydia Edwards said:

“After experiencing the fantastic

work done by Hull Hospitals first

hand as a wonderful Cardiologist

saved my father’s life, - I feel very

proud to be a part of #TeamWISHH

running the Virtual London Marathon.

To know that the money we

are raising will be going towards

this fantastic appeal which makes

running the marathon feel even

more important!”

Amanda Fordham, Resuscitation

Officer said, “I’ve ran on and off

for over 10 years, originally taking

up running after completing

NHS couch to 5k. I regularly run

with friends from my running club

‘Friends and Runners’ - everyone

is so encouraging and the group

helped motivate me especially over

lockdown. I have also been inspired

by team mates at Humber Triathletes.

I ran every day throughout

January and was keen to take on the

challenge of running a marathon to

support our hospital charity. My

longest run to date is 19 miles but

currently enjoying the taper! I can’t

wait until the 3rd October.”

Many of us know about the

soothing qualities of craft and

how wonderful it is to be around other

like-minded people. Well, here at Life

and Loom Textile Studio, we combine the two.

Primarily specialising in weaving, we encourage all

sorts of craft activities for people to do in the relaxing

atmosphere of our Boulevard based studio.

For those looking to gradually feeling comfortable around

others again, we offer weekly membership to the studio, where

you can use the equipment and materials on offer at your leisure,

with help and support from the studio tutor. For those looking for

group activities, we have workshops running through the summer

with everything from wild flower dyeing to tea towel weaving on

offer. If you love the idea of completing a weaving project or

borrowing the studio equipment, we run a loom loan service

alongside our other activities, where you can connect with the studio

tutor Alix via zoom to get your project started from the comfort of

your home.

This summer is also exciting because we’ll be opening up the

studio for 5 evening weaving sessions (Weavenings!). These

sessions are perfect for those thinking of joining our

membership, attending a workshop, having a go at a new

craft, loaning a loom, or just curious about what we get up

to all day in our little yellow studio!

All information about the activities mentioned

above are available on the Life and Loom

website and via the socials.

Give us a follow!


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Benefits of pets

with Dawn O’Donoghue

Most of us have endured the recent difficult period and have emerged as the restrictions have

lifted. Some of us have been involved in lockdowns, being furloughed or unable to work due to closures. We

have lived in a time of fear, stress and anxiety, of daily uncertainty or constant pressure. For many this has been

overwhelming and, despite the change that vaccinations have brought, some people are still feeling the after

affects of isolation or simply a reduced amount of personal freedom.

During these

months of loneliness

and a removal

from ‘normality’

people have been

reaching out for

companionship. A

phone call or Zoom

just isn’t enough

to fulfil our basic

human needs and

in many cases, people have sought to rebalance their

lives in the most fundamental way possible. Just as our

ancestors encouraged dogs into their caves, we have

opened our doors (and hearts) to our animal friends.

Caring for something else other than our self ensures

our survival. It is well documented that working as a volunteer

or simply supporting a neighbour during a crises,

helps our own mental health. Putting the needs of

others before ours, even smiling at a stranger can give

us a sense of achievement and connection. However,

it isn’t always possible to do this especially when your

world shrinks to the size of your street or even your own


So, in an effort to give meaning to our lives, fundamentally

give ourselves or our family a reason to get out of

bed, go for a walk or simply have something to look after

– many have turned to adopting a pet. Globally, animal

charities have reported a rise in adoptions (usually cats

and dogs) and certainly in my village I have never seen

so many dogs going for a walk.

So why do we choose animas as companions?

In the first instance, it was quite clear that we needed to

avoid contact with other humans to avoid Covid 19 and

also reduce the risk of spreading it to others. Although

there were reported cases of some animal to human

cross contamination, these were never really proved or

explained. The subconscious thought processes being…

if a human is unsafe I will have an animal as my companion.

And the benefits of keeping a pet are huge.

Obviously, top of the leader board, is that pets give you

a reason to carry on. By having something that depends

on you to provide food, exercise and loving care, it actually

strengthens your mental health and ultimately gives

you a purpose in life. Let’s face it…they don’t let you lay

in bed all day! Pets actually give structure and routine

to the day, especially when we all forgot what day it was

during lockdown one. And, if you have ever attempted a

‘lay in’ when you have a cat or a dog…you will know that

this is impossible.

Alongside this is the fact that most animals engage you

in moving about even if it is to open the door to let the

cat in and out. Dogs (no matter how small) will need a

daily walk for their own mental health and going outside

with our animals actually increases our own resilience,

ensures we get fresh air and exercise but more importantly

we connect with nature – which is paramount to

our own health. Taking your dog for a run or play in a

local park or field, allows them their much needed activity

time but also ensures you get out there too. Don’t

pay for a personal trainer when your dog can help you

move your muscles just as good. This is exercise at its

best – fun throwing a ball for a dog to run for or a cat to

chase, bending, walking, running…all add up to losing

those extra lockdown inches.

Pets can also help you with human interaction too. Dog

walkers in particular stop to discuss their animal or

simply say hello whilst out and about. In many cases,

people join forces and take their animals out together.

What a great way to find a new friend. In some instances,

pets make you feel safe outside the home (very useful

for anxiety driven agoraphobia) or inside the home,

you are able to sleep more soundly because they are on

guard rather than you listening for every sound.

Pets also ensure that you don’t feel quite as lonely. They

are generally intuitive and use your body language, tone

of voice and facial expressions to gauge your mood.

They sense when you are feeling depressed or sad, they

will seek you out for a cuddle or simply place their paw

on your knee. They force you to connect with something

beyond yourself and should be regarded as living therapists.

Plus, they love you unconditionally, are always

pleased when you come home to them and will listen to

your sorrows without complaint.

Scientifically, caring for a cat or dog reduces stress

and anxiety through sensory relief. The simple act of

stroking a cat or dog, cuddling a guinea pig or simply

watching your fish swimming around, actually reduces

your blood pressure, slows the heart rate and alters the

chemical composition of the body to ensure that cholesterol

and triglyceride levels are reduced. All this improves

your cardio vascular system and pet owners are

less likely to suffer from heart problems.

Recent research suggests that having a pet eases symptoms

of depression and can assist in the recovery of

bipolar disorders and PTSD. Hospitals, Prisons and

Schools are using animals to support recovery, diminish

aggression and help calm behavioural problems. In

many cases, it is documented that animals can support

children with spectrum disorders or learning issues.

They increase communication skills and allow the child

to connect with the world when this is often difficult.

Research (University of California) also suggests that

Alzheimer patients benefit from the inclusion of animals

in their life. Overall, it was found that patients suffered

less stress and emotional outbursts if a dog or cat

was in the home. Investigations have proved that people

of later years, improve their social, emotional and cognitive

abilities through the petting and care of animals.

Consequently, some residential homes are now introducing

pets and have reported that their residents are

generally happier when they are around. I even know

of a Yorkshire residential home introducing a sheep to

their clients with amazing results.

Of course, with the reduction of stress levels, your immune

system will improve. A real benefit in pandemic

times. And whilst you might think that pets are generally

dirt spreaders (and lets face it they do bring dirt and

germs into the house) let me reassure you. Exposure to

germs actually strengthens the immune system. In fact,

people who keep pets are less likely to suffer from general

colds or other mild illnesses. Research also suggests

that babies and children, raised in a pet friendly home,

are generally healthier and have stronger immune systems

to their pet-free peers.

And on the subject of children and animals, having a

pet teaches your child how to care for something, to be

responsible for something other than themselves. Not

only do they learn practical skills but they also learn

how to nurture another living thing. Their capacity for

empathy improves and, when the inevitable happens,

they learn how to grieve…something that we forget is as

important in understanding the cycle of life. Evidence

supports the theory that pets are beneficial in children’s

lives, that they are more able to build better relationships

with others, that verbal skills improve and they are

generally calmer in later life.

I would offer a word of caution here. Pets can be very

expensive and are often time consuming. Please consider

the financial impact of getting an animal companion,

also the time you will need to make your dog or cat happy

(if you work long hours then maybe fish would be a

better option) and, if you don’t or can’t have an animal

permanently in your life then volunteer your services at

a local rescue kennel. You will still get many of the benefits

(and they always need cat cuddlers and dog walkers)

but will not put you or your pet in a difficult home


Meanwhile, please give your animal a hug (or extra flake

of food if you have fish) from me. I love my animals and

can’t imagine life without them.

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Our local kids making a difference.

Crusaders Sword Club Hull

Congratulations to Meredith on achieving her

British Fencing Grade 1 in Foil.


If you can dream it, you can do it - Walt Disney

Yorkshire Air Cadets take to the skies to earn their ‘Blue Wings’ gliding badge

RAF Air cadets have been celebrating after taking to the

skies over Yorkshire to earn their Blue Wings gliding


RAF Air cadets have been celebrating after taking to the

skies over Yorkshire to earn their Blue Wings gliding


Pictured are Flight Sergeant Anna Cross and Sergeant Hilal

Al-Asfar from Hull who were among the cadets from

Driffield, Hornsea and Hull Squadrons enjoying their

first flights in a glider, thanks to 645 Volunteer Gliding

Squadron at RAF Topcliffe in North Yorkshire.

Teaching cadets

During a fun-filled day with the squadron, they were

taught all the safety procedures they needed to know before

they got into one of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets Viking

gliders, and were towed up and away over the stunning

North Yorkshire countryside. Once in the air they

enjoyed superb views over the Vale of York and towards

Sutton Bank with its famous White Horse.

At the end of the day, they were each awarded their Blue

Wing gliding badge in recognition of the new skills they

had learned.

Back in the air

Flight Lieutenant Adam Waudby, Central & East Yorkshire

Wing’s aviation Officer said: “Getting our cadets airborne

is just one of the many activities available to Air Cadets –

but it’s certainly our focus. It’s great to see our glider fleet

back in the air – and providing new skills and training to

the cadets.”

Eleanor Hancock

...has been awarded a special badge from Brownies

for climbing two mountains. They have taken

her picture and are writing a piece about Cholangiocarcinoma

and how our family has dealt with


Archbishop Sentamu Academy

*Scholar of the Week* Elise - Y8

Elise has shown an excellent attitude

since returning to the academy

this term, receiving over 60

positive stamps this week as well

as having zero behaviour points.

Well done Elise, keep it up!

“Tonight, our Y7 Girls were the Champions of their league in the Hull

Schools Netball Tournament!

The girls played some fantastic Netball and demonstrated outstanding

attitudes throughout! They were an absolute credit to the academy -

well done, girls!” Miss Fairbank


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WHAT’s been going on?

Things you may have missed from around our city

Yorkshire RFU Centre of Excellence

The relaxation of covid restrictions

allowed the Yorkshire

RFU to open up the

trials for the Yorkshire RFU

Centre of Excellence. High

numbers of girls took part in

nominations followed by trials

for a place and opportunity

to begin the pathway of

development to higher rugby.

Massive congratulations

must be given to Hull Ionians

U18 girls with 5 players gaining

a place, this is an exceptionally

high number made

all the more impressive as 4

of the girls are only just starting

out in the age range showing that there are exciting times ahead for the girls section.

Players Elsbeth Innes, Ruby Wiggins, Kaya Acton, Ella Acton & Bethan Candlin will join

the programme and special note to Elsbeth Innes who has been selected for a higher

pathway and is now taking part in England trials.

Photography exhibition has a ‘new look’

The Viewfinder Photographic Society’s (VPS)

annual exhibition gets underway once again in

October in a newly refurbished Skidby Village

Hall after the coronavirus pandemic forced the

cancellation of the event back in 2020.

David Marshall, VPS Chairman said:

“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our exhibition

after the disappointment of having to

cancel it last year. We’ve worked closely with the

Village Hall Committee to ensure that everyone

will feel safe while they enjoy browsing members’

recent photographs in our ‘new look’ venue.”

Figures show that visitor numbers have steadily

increased over the years and the exhibition

has established itself as a popular community

event, attracting people of all ages who like to

come and browse the pictures, vote for their favourite

images and sometimes buy a gift from

one of the stalls selling cards and prints. Once

again, the Society has also been invited to take

the display to Lockington Village Hall for visitors

to enjoy, so anyone that can’t see the exhibition

in Skidby will have another opportunity

in the East Riding the following weekend.

The club, which has a waiting list, provides a

place for members to learn more about their

photography by being with others who share

L - R: Elsbeth Innes, Ella Acton, Kaya Acton, Bethan Candlin,

Ruby Wiggins

their passion.

Exhibition opening times: Friday 8th October

2021 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 9th October

2021 10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 10th October

2021 10.00am – 5.00pm

Castleford RUFC U18 Girls - 0 V Hull Ionians RUFC

U18 Girls - 24

The weekend brought the first

game of the new season after a long

spell for the girls waiting to get

back to rugby. A new season brings

new girls moving up age groups as

the U15 girls from last season move

into the U18’s girl’s team and merge

with an already established team.

There is certainly an air of excitement

around this seasons U18 girls

team with rumours from other

clubs that they are a team to beat.

Castleford were confident going

into the match, having convincingly

won their opening game the

week before but Ionians looked

strong from the start and pushed

Castleford to their own line. Ionians

were strong in line speed,

reducing the space for Castleford,

frustrating them and not allowing

them to become organised.

The game was to and fro with Hull

dominant in the first half and the

opening try coming from scrum

half Ella Acton using the blindside

from the scrum combined with her

speed to open up the scoreline.

Despite some good backs work

from the home side, Hull soon

found themselves camped on the

Castleford try line, the forwards

really showing team work supporting

one another to drive at the line

over and over till eventually the

Castleford defence were beaten by

Bethan Candlin going over in the

corner for the second of the game.

The home team did not let their

heads go down, this is a well-established

side who were full of

comeback spirit making the game

an exciting spectacle of attack and

counter attack. Unlucky for them

though, Kaya Acton is always on

the lookout for an opportunity and

a well-timed interception left her

an open field, with speed to rival

her sister, she sped away to score

under the sticks. Score at half time

0 – 17.

The second half continued in the

same vein but with a more determined

home side. Hull though

continued to dominate the rucks

and punished the home side by

looking just as good defensively as

they were in attacking play. It was

a day for the Ionian twins as Aimee

Owen from the other set of twins

in the team scooped up a Castleford

missed pass and executed her

chance well to score Ionians final

try. The game was rounded off by

the final twin Emma Owen completing

the score with a conversion,

her second of the game.

Final score 0 – 24.

Player of the Match: The team

Hull Ionians girls section are looking

for new players, particularly in

our U13 & U15 age groups. If you are

interested in playing girls rugby, no

experience needed, please contact

Marie Frayne on 07903 766782.

Some of the Region’s Brightest Stars at Inner City Sesh

Inner City Sesh, one of the biggest events to take place

in the city this year, shone a light on the region’s best

emerging musicians and artists. The team behind

Humber Street Sesh, which was cancelled earlier this

year, were delighted to be partnered by HCC to bring

Inner City Sesh to Queens Gardens. The 15,000 capacity

festival showcased some of the finest homegrown talent

across 4 music stages. Acts included Chiedu Oraka,

Hull’s grime-influenced rapper. Life, the hugely popular

post-punk four piece from Hull, and Endoflevelbaddie,

the original party starter, amongst many other


Mark Page, Festival Director said “We’re really proud of

the line-up we put together for this festival. Despite a

tough 18 months,

some of the region’s

best bands

and acts have

flourished creatively

and achieved some great recognition. To get them

all into one field this summer was amazing.”

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Even More


East Yorkshire families give the gift of life to others

Twenty-one husbands, wives, sons and

daughters in East Yorkshire have been

given a second chance of life thanks to the

courage of bereaved families.

Between April 2020 and March this year,

14 families agreed to donate the organs

of their loved ones when they discovered

there was no hope of them surviving

illness or injury.

Thanks to those people who had shared

their wishes with their families for what

should happen in the event of their

deaths, 21 people were able to receive

life-saving or life-changing transplants.

This week is Organ Donation Awareness

Week, which will run until Sunday,

Fay Turner, Specialist Nurse in Organ

Donation, said: “We want to say a massive

thank you to the families who know what


their loved ones would have wanted to

happen in the event of their deaths.

“Their selflessness in the face of their

grief means 21 people have a chance to

spend longer with their families and the

people who love them, or to live pain-free


“We owe them a huge debt of gratitude

and, on behalf of us and the people who

have a received an organ, we thank them

for all they have done to help us.”

The message of this year’s Organ Donation

Awareness Week is “Leave Them

Certain”. The national spotlight is also

highlighting the importance of education,

with blood, organ and stem cell donation

now part of the school PHSE curriculum

for young people in Key Stage 3 and 4.

To mark the event in our area, staff at Hull

University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

who work in the hospital restaurants,

post room, general offices and reception

desks will be wearing bright pink organ

donation t-shirts.

Hull City Council’s buildings in Queen

Victoria Square will light up pink along

with The Deep, St Stephen’s shopping

mall and other key landmarks in the city.

Hull 4 Heroes able to respond quicker with new

corporate card solution

Hull based financial technology firm Expensemate

has given Hull 4 Heroes the

ability to respond quicker to veterans’

needs with three pre-paid cards, which

speed up and monitor the transactions

that are essential to running the charity.

Expensemate, which is part of the Rix

Group, launched the only corporate expense

card to offer credit in 2020. They

have gifted the charity with three of their

pre-paid cards - worth £252 a year in usual

fees - to enable members of the Hull 4 Heroes

team to respond quickly when supporting


Paul Matson, chairman and founder of

Hull 4 Heroes, said: “This is such a great

system for us as it really takes the hassle

out of getting hold of the things we need.

Before Expensemate, we were working

with just one card and found ourselves

having to move it around the city – it really

slowed us down.

“Now we have these cards it’s making a

difference already. Each card has a budget

and then we can track what’s being spent

via the app. It means we’re able to serve

our veteran community so much more efficiently.

“I’m so grateful for the team at Expensemate

who thought of giving us this opportunity

and showing their support for what

we’re doing here on a daily basis.”

In addition to supplying the cards and

unique expenses-tracking software, Expensemate’s

parent company JR Rix and

Sons have also added £1,000 to the ongoing

Veterans Village campaign.

Harry Rix, founder of Expensemate, said:

“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to support

Hull4Heroes and the work they do in

supporting our service veterans in Hull

and the surrounding area.

“Our card systems – both the credit-based

and pre-paid cards – really do give people

the chance to make things happen quickly

and efficiently, and, when time is money,

that’s a really valuable factor that can make

a huge difference.”

From Our Community

Teenage Cancer Unit sets up new wig service for

young people

Hospital staff caring for young people

with cancer are launching a new service

to help them when they lose their


The Teenage Cancer Unit at Castle

Hill Hospital is teaming up with the

Living With and Beyond Cancer team

at the Queen’s Centre to set up a new

wig service.

Young people who come to the unit

for treatment will now be able to purchase

wigs in modern styles and in

vibrant colors including ombre, blue

and purple to help boost their morale

if their hair falls out during treatment.

Claire Swift, Clinical Nurse Specialist

at the Teenage Cancer Unit, said:

“Losing your hair during treatment

for cancer can be traumatic for everyone

but it’s especially difficult for

young people.

“This new service can make someone

feel better about themselves when

East Riding Council has approved plans

for a solar panel field to generate energy

for Castle Hill Hospital.

Known as “ground mounted solar photovoltaic

array”, the development will cover

7.7 hectares, including access roads, on

land south of Castle Road in Cottingham.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS

Trust plans to erect almost 11,000 solar

panels to generate a third of the total energy

requirements of Castle Hill Hospital,

meeting all of its daytime requirements

in the summer.

Landscaping will be used to screen the

development and protect wildlife, with

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they’re already going through so


Claire and Youth Support Co-ordinator

Charlene Kent realised there was

a need for the service after referring

their patients to the Living With and

Beyond Cancer team at the Queen’s


Charlene said: “They have a wigs service

but the wigs they have were not

really age-appropriate for the people

we look after in our unit.”

Working with Sarah Guest from the

Living With and Beyond Cancer team,

they were given some free samples

of modern hairstyles from Welsh wig

company Lush to pass onto patients

for feedback.

Charlene said: “They loved them

so we knew this was something we

wanted to do.”

The team has purchased a small

number of wigs from the company

and patients have added to the stock

by donating wigs they no longer need.

Patients will be able to purchase a wig

for £15 with available packages including

the wig, a wig stand, hair brush

and products to wash, condition and

style the wig.

Jane Griffin, who volunteers for the

Living With and Beyond Cancer team,

will help them choose the wig that

suits them best, fit it and show them

how to care for their new hairstyle.

*If you have a wig suitable for a teenager

or young person that you would

like to donate, please contact the team

on:01482 461091/01482 461326 .

Work begins on solar panel field to power

Castle Hill Hospital

information boards put up around the

site to inform people living near the hospital

about our environmental plans.

Construction work on the field is now

under way with the solar panels expected

to be generating energy by the end of the



stay safe and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Investment Fraud – don’t let your hard earned savings end up

funding someone else’s lifestyle

In our ongoing campaign to protect our communities

from fraud we are warning people

of the dangers of Investment fraud.

Sergeant Ben Robinson from our Economic

Crime Unit said, “We know people want to

make their money work for them and people

often look for a quick return on their investment.

“But how can you tell if the person or company

you are dealing with are acting in your

best interest and will actually invest your

money properly?

“How can you know if they are not fraudsters

looking to scam you out of your hard-earned


“We have received a number of recent reports

of investment scams in our area and I

want to warn people to be on their guard and

check the legitimacy of the people they are

dealing with before they hand over one penny

of their money.

“I know there is lots of useful information

online but we have gathered some general

fraud prevention information together here

to hopefully save anyone losing money they

think they are investing.

“Remember if something seems too good to

be true, it generally is.

“If you think you have been a victim of Investment

fraud don’t keep it to yourself – tell

Action Fraud – together we can help protect

our community and their money.”

What is financial investment fraud?

There are many different types of investment

fraud. They usually involve people being

contacted via social media or directly over

the phone and being persuaded to invest in a

scheme or product.

Often the schemes seem a great way to make

your money grow but are actually worthless

or do not even exist.

Once the caller has received their payment,

they cut all contact and the money is gone.

One of the schemes seen recently the news

both locally, nationally and internationally is

a Ponzi scheme.

Ponzi schemes are ‘get rich quick’ investment

scams which pay returns to investors

from their own money, or from money paid

in by subsequent investors. There is no actual

investment scheme as the fraudsters siphon

off the money for themselves.

For more information about how to invest

safely, please go to: https://www.fca.org.uk/


You can also contact the FCA’s consumer

helpline on 0800 111 6768 or report suspicious

businesses or individuals by using the

reporting form on their website.

Humberside Police wins Silver Award for

UK Police Service of the Year 2021

Chief Constable Freeman is

delighted to announce that

Humberside Police has been

recognised as the Silver winner

for the UK Police Service of the

Year Award at this year’s iESE

Public Sector Awards. The accolade,

which was awarded to

Humberside Police at a ceremony

in London last night, marks

four years of hard work and a

complete transformation of the

Force, which serves the communities

of Hull, East Yorkshire,

North Lincolnshire and North

East Lincolnshire.

The award is given to a Police

Force that show outstanding

transformation – with three

forces making it to the final last

night. Essex (Gold), Humberside

(Silver) and South Wales Police

(Bronze) were the winners.

Since 2017, Humberside Police

has been on a major transformational

journey, moving from

an organisation which required

improvement, to one that has

been graded Good across all areas

in its last inspection.

The team was congratulated for

its work on recruiting an additional

600 officers since 2017,

its best-in-class call handling,

which is surpassing all national

benchmarks and expectations,

the improving of confidence

levels among its communities

and its renewed focus on the

victims of crime and how they

are better supported. The force

has also gone from having the

highest levels of low morale

across all 45 UK Police Services,

to being the best.

Chief Constable Freeman, commented:

“When I took on the role of

Chief Constable in 2017, it was

clear a period of challenging

transformation was ahead of us.

The force needed to better support

its staff and better serve its

communities. While we are still

very much on that journey, this

award is recognition that we’re

doing the right thing and making

headway in becoming the

outstanding force I know we can


“This accolade is the culmination

of efforts from across the

entire team at Humberside Police.

We should all feel proud for

what we have achieved to date,

it has been a complete cultural

change at every level, and I’d like

to thank the staff for their continued

support, without which,

the transformation we’ve seen

would not have been possible.”

Hull Royal Infirmary staff train for major chemical spill

Hospital emergency teams sprang into

action today as part of their training for a

major chemical spill in the city.

Porters, staff from the Emergency Department

and security teams worked together

to ensure five casualties received the best

possible care after the mock accident.

Operation Hoddle was set up by Hull University

Teaching Hospitals (HUTH) to test

staff’s response to a chemical or hazardous

waste accident.

David Roney, Head of Emergency Planning,

said: “The exercise is about testing

our response to any chemical or hazardous

waste incident. It’s particularly relevant to

us because we have so many refineries and

factories within the area.

“We have to train and practice for the time

when we might have to use that equipment

for real.”

A decontamination tent was set up at the

side of Hull Royal infirmary’s Emergency

Department so staff from the hospital’s

Emergency Department, dressed in powered

respirator protective suits (PRPS)

were able to treat their injuries in the safest

possible environment.

Security Investigations Officer David

Liddle, Clinical Administrator Cameron

Walker, who works in Suite 36, James Garnett,

a clinical administrator in the Department

of Medical Elderly, Donna Major,

manager of the Hull Institute of Learning

and Simulation (HILS), and Emily Clappison,

an Administrator in Clinical Skills, all

volunteered to act as casualties.

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Tourette’s Wars: Episode V - The Tic Strikes Back

When I was first diagnosed with the condition, I was told that the average human inhabits around two tics

and even then, the majority are unnoticeable. I, on the other hand, had collected a grand total of “sixteen

tics”. “Collected” like Pokémon in my Pokédex of tics.

The sniffing; the blinking; the abdominal tense. All tics

that made the condition shine enough for us to seek

medical attention. I knew that was a lot to handle but I

composed myself well and continued with my life.

Over the next few years, I would start to see that number

decreasing, or at least becoming so unnoticeable that they show no effect. The

sniffing tic? vanished. The abdominal tense? non-existent. The blinking however,

transitioned into widening my eyes opposed to closing them. Fortunately for me,

my Tourette’s is barely visual and that causes me to occasionally forget that I’m

even doing it. The only people that notice it are the people who worry. People like

my family and my girlfriend question my health whenever they see the slightest

increase in the frequency of my tics. It’s a pain but I’m glad they’re there.

Around the time I turned twenty, it was a rare occasion that I would be affected by

the condition to the extent of having a fit of tics (these fits include severe stomach,

back, neck, and/or headaches). But, with age comes responsibility. I had a lot more

pressure on my shoulders that then caused stress, anxiety and, when I’m stressed,

along came the cavalry of twitches. The more I thought about what I needed to do

to survive, the more I couldn’t control my actions.

An endless cycle of overthinking, worrying, stressing, panicking, and twitching. A

constant loop of negative emotions, fused together to cause a domino-like effect

on my tics. Regarding my tics, I find that when I do an action or movement that I

By Danny


like, I tend to fixate on it too much. Thus, developing a new tic that I have minimal

control over.

Over the past few weeks, I have redeveloped a tic that affects my breathing. This

specific twitch causes me to tense my pectoral area which causes bumps in the

way I breathe. Irregular breathing can cause me severe chest pains and uncontrollable

anxiety. It is a constant feeling of attempted regurgitation and it’s becoming

more severe by the day. Usually, I can relax enough or I’m busy enough

to counter-focus onto another activity, or work, so I don’t think about how it is

rapidly advancing.

Now that I feel a new sensation, I feel something else brewing. Something that I’ve

never faced in my 13-year-long battle against the condition and even the thought

of it terrifies me to my core…

Stay around for the next post

where I get deep into this

new territory and I hope you

can feel the intensity behind

my words.

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All About My Month...

- By Louisa Whittles

My month has been a bit stressful!

After the six weeks of summer

holidays I started school as a year

8! In year 7 I wasn’t able to move

around, so the teachers came to

us and we were in the same classroom

all day. But now I have to

move around, and I’m not going

to lie to you - I was terrified of

getting lost, even though we had a

tour at the end of year 7. I’ve had a

lot of sleeps since then!

When I got to school, it wasn’t

even that bad

though because I wasn’t walking

around on my own, getting lost.

I found the people that were in

the same class as me and walked

around with them. Eventually,

I knew where all of my classes

were and I am now two weeks in

and not scared about getting lost.

Lots of people think that change

is a bad thing, but it isn’t really.

You’re just going into the unknown,

which isn’t always bad

unless you make it bad! It’s not

just me having a big change

though. My sister, Jessica, has

had more of a change than me.

She has moved to a sixth-form

now and is out of the village, taking

buses and taking a big step


Sometimes we have to stop looking

back and look forward to the

future in a fun way. It’s all part of

the journey of life. Like my Primary

School teacher always taught

me, “put can’t in your pocket and

bring out try!” Anyway, that’s all I

have to tell you this month! Bye!


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Hedon is a Norman town which was founded around 1130. It was an ideal site

to create a port as it lay at the head of a navigable waterway leading to the River

Humber. It quickly became a port and market town of great importance. A Royal

Mint was set up around 1154 and silver Hedon pennies were made bearing

the image of King Stephen. The Royal Charters of 1158 gave the burgesses of

the town privileges equal to those enjoyed by the citizens of York and Lincoln.

Hedon was the main port for South Holderness between the 12th and 13th centuries

and was once the 11th largest port in England. At one time it had four

churches and two MPs. Hedon’s trade and importance declined with the building

of larger ships which were unable to sail up and

down the narrow Haven and with the development

of the port of Hull, which was then called Wyke.

HEdon town hall

Hedon Town Hall is situated on St. Augustine’s Gate

and was built in 1693 by Henry Guy, an illustrious

MP for Hedon. His impressive coat of arms lies over

the door. Henry Guy also presented The Great Mace to the Town in 1669 and

it is now the oldest surviving mace in the country. The town hall also holds a

fine collection of silver and a silver Hedon penny which is one of only three in



Market Hill was the original town centre of Hedon.

On it stands St Augustine’s Church, which dates

from around 1180 and is known locally as “The King

of Holderness.” The original town hall also stood

on Market Hill. This building had a courthouse on

the top floor, shops on the ground floor and cells below the ground. Located

nearby, were the pillory, stocks and ducking stool. Bull baiting also took place

there. A school was later built on Market Hill for the children of freemen but

closed in 1883. The town centre was relocated to the Market Place before 1700,

although fairs and travelling theatres still visited the site. A cattle market was

held at the location, every two weeks but was closed in 1866, after an outbreak

of cattle plague.


Old Hall is situated at the end of Fletcher Gate and

was built around 1620 for solicitor Henry Waterland

who was Mayor of Hedon several times. His brother

was Daniel Waterland, Archdeacon of York. Old Hall

once had an avenue of elm trees leading to its front door with substantial land

attached. It was purchased by Mr Arthur Fewson in 1882, who set up a successful

stud farm and achieved international success with his prize horses. He was

the Mayor of Hedon for three successive years and died in 1914. Fewson Garth

in Hedon was named after him.

Soldiers were billeted to Old Hall during the First World War and Second World

War. Between the wars, the property was divided into flats and the elm trees

were removed. The property was later used as a haulage business and one of

the front rooms was used as a shop. Old Hall was restored some years ago and

is now a Grade II listed building.


On 22nd August, 1917, there was a Zeppelin Raid on Hedon.

At 1 am, the German airship L.41 commanded by

Hauptman Kuno Manger, dropped five bombs on Hedon.

One bomb fell in a field about 400 yards south of St

Augustine’s Church. The rest fell around Baxtergate and

one man was slightly injured. The Primitive Methodist

Chapel built in 1873, was damaged beyond repair and the

doors and windows of eleven dwellings and the Roman

Catholic Church were blown in. The YMCA hut on the Burstwick Road was also

seriously damaged. A new chapel was built on

Hull Road in 1923, to replace the one that had been bombed.


Painter’s Cottages in Souttergate, date from 1562

and are some of the oldest properties in Hedon.

They were bequeathed by George Painter, a

Chantry Priest at Holy Trinity Church in Hull to

provide accommodation for three poor men or



by Catherine Derrick

women of the town. They received three pence a week, six hundredweight of

peat or turves and half a cauldron of Newcastle coal free every year.

In later years, the properties were converted into two cottages in order to provide

more spacious accommodation.


Hedon Railway Station was built to the north of Hedon and The Hull and Holderness

Railway opened on 27th June 1854. It ran between Withernsea and Hull

Victoria Dock Station and stopped at many local stations on its eighteen mile

route. Holidaymakers now had easy access to the coast and the popularity and

population of Withernsea boomed. The line

also carried workers and goods and at one

time there were more than ten trains a day.

The popularity of the railway eventually declined

and the line closed to passengers in

1964 but remained open to freight until 1968.

The track was removed and replaced and a

footpath and cycle track stand in its place.


Hedon Park Racecourse opened in 1888 and was located between Saltend and

Hedon. At one time it had the longest racing straight in the country. A railway

station was built to serve the racecourse, which

adjoined the Hull to Withernsea line. It had no

timetable and only operated on race days. The

racecourse held its final meeting in September

1909 and the railway station closed. It briefly reopened

as Hedon Halt for a few months in 1948,

when the site was used as a speedway track.


After its popularity waned, Hedon Racecourse

was used as an airfield. The first person to fly

to and from the grassy area was Gustav Hamel

in 1912. Large crowds gathered to marvel at his

new invention, a Bleriot monoplane and he was

greeted by the Mayors of Hull and Hedon. Gustav

was also known as the first flying postman in Britain after carrying letters

and cards between Windsor and Hendon. With the outbreak of the First World

War in 1914, civil flying ceased and the airfield was used as a night landing airfield

by The Royal Flying Corps.

In 1929, the aerodrome was opened by Prince George, Duke of Kent as the Hull

Muncipal Airport and the Aero Club was also founded that year. In 1931, The

Civilian Company began building aeroplanes at the site. Five Coupe aeroplanes

were constructed and one of these planes was flying until recently. Commercial

flying began in July 1933, when a daily service was introduced between Hull

and Waltham near Grimsby. In June 1934, a service was contracted to The Royal

Mail which linked Amsterdam, Hull and Liverpool.

During the Second World War, Hedon Aerodrome was not used as a war airfield

because of its close proximity to the chemical works and oil tanks at Saltend.

Instead it was used to fly anti-aircraft barrage balloons and old cars were piled

up on the airfield to prevent enemy aircraft from landing. The airfield was not

used for flights again and briefly became a speedway track in 1948.

In July 2017, a plaque was installed at the nearby

Kingstown Hotel to commemorate the memory

of the airfield.


Hull born Amy Johnson became the first woman

to fly solo from England to Australia in May,

1930. On 11th August, 1930, shortly after her record

breaking flight, Amy landed at Hedon Aerodrome in her de Havilland

Gipsy Moth biplane named Jason. The Mayor and Mayoress were waiting to

greet her and crowds lined the streets. She then made her way to a welcoming

parade in Hull to receive the freedom of the city. This was Amy’s second visit to

Hedon Aerodrome as she attended the opening of Hull Aero Club’s clubhouse

with her fiancée Jim Mollinson when she was relatively unknown.

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Alec Gill sorting out his files to send to the History Centre

Hull historian Dr. Alec Gill has donated his archive research

material to the Hull History Centre - By Catherine Derrick

Leading Hull historian Dr. Alec Gill MBE has

donated 50 years worth of archive material

on Hull’s Hessle Road community to the

Hull History Centre to ensure its long term

future and availability to future generations.

Detailed interviews were conducted with

Hessle Road fishing families by Alec and

hundreds of images were gathered from

them and from others. Alec who is a photographer

and has a degree in psychology,

describes himself as “A psychologist with

a camera” and aimed to take pictures of

everyday life. Alec believes he has captured

an in-depth insight into the dynamic culture

of the Hessle Road community through

his archive collection.

Alec who is nearly 75, said “Rather than just

leave my Hessle Road archive material for

others to sort out after I’m gone, I wanted to

do it myself and enjoy the process of putting

it in order and handing it on for posterity.”

Alec took his very first photograph as part of

his photo documentary study of the Hessle

Road fishing community in 1971. His writing

career as an historian began after displaying

some Hessle Road prints at a Hull

University exhibition in 1981. Gary Sargeant,

the graphic designer at the campus, curated

the show and asked Alec to write a book to

go with his sketches around Hull’s fishing

community. More books and exhibitions by

Alec were to follow, as well as videos, films,

talks and articles. Alec also held a successful

photo exhibition “The Hessle Roaders” as

part of Hull City of Culture in 2017.

There are 89 boxes of archive material

which have now been delivered to the Hull

History Centre. The staff will begin to catalogue

the archive, which will be made available

to the public in 2022.

Alec Gill (on the left) delivering files to the Hull History

Centre with his brother, Ian Gill

New Campaign to Support Mental Health for the Armed Forces


A new regional campaign to support the mental

health of Armed Forces personnel and their

families in Hull and East Yorkshire begins today

(Monday, 20 September).

The campaign highlights the range of mental

health services that are available across the region

for any person who serves or has served in

the Armed Forces, and their families. It encourages

those who are concerned about or struggling

with their mental health to access the support


The initiative launches as recent developments

in Afghanistan increase concerns around the

potential mental health impacts for veterans.

Family and friends of Armed Services personnel

are also urged to be vigilant regarding their

loved ones’ mental health and encourage them

to use support if needed, as well as seeking support

themselves if they too need help.

A new website, www.HullandEastYorkshireVeteranSupport.co.uk

– launched as part of the

campaign – details all the mental health support

services that are available in Hull and East Yorkshire

for veterans, serving personnel, reservists

and their families. A social media toolkit and

digital leaflet created for local military charities

will help promote the support available and

raise awareness of the importance of getting

support with mental health.

Veterans are also advised to inform their GP of

their service in the Armed Forces as this opens

up access to even more ex-forces’ care and

treatment services.

A new campaign to support the mental health of

Armed Forces personnel in Hull and East Yorkshire

begins today. Pictured: military personnel

outside the Veterans Community Hub

The campaign is a Hull and East Riding-wide initiative

by Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire

Council, NHS Hull CCG, NHS East Riding

of Yorkshire CCG and regional military support

groups and charities such as Hull 4 Heroes and

East Yorkshire SSAFA.

Current or ex-military personnel who are worried

about their health have access to a range of

dedicated health services in Hull and East Yorkshire

that can help. Local services offer those

who have served in the Armed Forces care and

treatment for a range of mental and physical

health conditions. They’re provided by military

and civilian experts to help ensure that clients

receive care by people who understand their

health needs and Armed Forces experiences.

For further information visit www.Hulland-


WISHH Charity Launches £40,000 By

Your Side Appeal

Hull Hospitals are here, by

your side when you need

them, from the delivery of exceptional

care, to supporting

families and loved ones. They

are a team we can truly depend

on when we need them

most. Many of us will have

our own story to tell on how

hospital staff have touched

our lives and gone above and

beyond to make a difference.

WISHH, the official charity of

Hull Hospitals, has launched

a new ‘By Your Side Appeal’

to raise £40,000 to enhance

parental accommodation as

part of a major redevelopment

project at Hull Royal Infirmary.

The project includes

expanding the number of

family rooms for parents and

carers of the area’s sickest

children that are being cared

for at the hospital.

The WISHH Charity is asking

members of our community,

local businesses and

fundraisers to get involved

in this appeal to ensure the

new rooms provided are as

welcoming and comfortable

as possible for families, to

include furnishings and distraction

items for siblings,

making it a home-from home

environment, during such

challenging times.

The campaign launch has received

a fantastic start with

Home Bargains providing

an initial sum of £12,000 in

support. They have committed

to continue fundraising

across their stores in Hull and


To support the appeal visit:

rebrand.ly/ByYourSide Just

Giving Page. Donations can

also be made via cheque made

payable to WISHH Charity,

posted to WISHH By Your

Side Appeal, WISHH Office,

First Floor Administration

Building, Castle Hill Hospital,

Castle Road, Cottingham,

HU16 5JQ. Donations can also

be made via Bacs transfer,

contact the WISHH team for

further information hyp-tr.

hellowishh@nhs.net or call

us on 01482 622299.


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Thanks to Mecca

Bingo for the very

generous donation

of food trays for the

Hull Sunday Soup


Dean Hoggard Bem

Holderness Hedgehog Hospital

Look who came to see us today!

Katie popped by to tell us

the grand total she raised by

shaving her hair off.

The final amount was £866!!

That’s an amazing amount

and thank you to Katie for

choosing us and to everyone

who donated.

We are completely self funded

and rely on donations, they

allow us continue and they

really do make such a difference.

Alan Bowmaster

23 years ago Alan had a stroke and was forced to retire,

finding little or no local stroke services in the Hull and East

Yorkshire area, he has dedicated his life to improving the

lives of stroke survivors and their carers, not only has he

founded a number of stroke groups, he lobbies for local and

national support for stroke survivors, he is the chairman of

the freedom stroke group, the largest stroke group in East

Yorkshire, his dedication is tremendous, and even more so

considering he is a stroke survivor himself, he never gets

the recognition he deserves, give this man a pat on the back.

Dean is head of the local charity Life For

A Kid and does so much to help local disabled

children with vital equipment they

need and everyday necessities. As well as

been part of the rugby league All Stars. A

big thank you Dean!

Dean Hoggard founded Life for a kid

foundation in 2009, his charity rasies

money for equipment to help children

lead a better life, life saving operations

and a sensory room with soft play, ball

pool and a sensory garden. This equipment

costs alot of money for children who

need it most.

Life for a Kid Foundation was set up in

March 2009 with the aim of helping children

under the age of 16 by offering funds and equipment to help them lead a better life,

also to help children who require life saving or Life Changing operations.

The Foundation was set up on the back of the fundraising efforts of the Great Britain Rugby

League All Stars www.allstarsrugby.co.uk

Life For A Kid aims to promote physical and mental health and relieve sickness amongst

children, young people, their families and carers in particular but not exclusively through

the provision of financial assistance, support, education and practical advice.

Lewis The NHS Therapy Dog

Last year Myself & Lewis got

nominated for the NHS Golden

Hearts Award, yet due to the

Covid situation it was cancelled.

Well on today’s visit to see the

children the news was broken

that he indeed won the award

and was presented with this

glass plate. Who’s a good boy?

“NHS Outstanding Volunteer

award winners 2020” Means the

world, thank you Acorn Ward

xxxxx David & Lewis

Andys Man Club, Hull

Fantastic day creating awareness at

the suicide prevention tournament.

congratulations to the winners

Rowdy Howdy Allstars and the

runner ups Tanznbeer FC went to

penalties but played in great spirit.

Everyone a winner thank you all

involved and thank you for inviting

Andys Man Club.



Thanks to the lovely young ladies

from The Dog House Grooming

salon who came along and

donated their precious time to

pamper our pets. Making our

dogs feel loved and beautiful. Our

volunteer heros thank you!


Over the bank holiday weekend

the lovely ladies from the Ship Inn

Keyingham held a family fun day

in aid of Hull4Heroes. Some of our

team went down and said it was an

amazing day. The Two Hull 4 Heroes

Dave’s went down this week to pick

up the proceeds and were presented

with a massive £1019.28. Thank

you so much ladies and all of your

customers for your support!

Emmaus Hull & East Riding

As this week is National Organ Donation

week we want to give a big shout out to

our Progression worker Sue. 6 years ago

today Sue donated one of her kidneys to

a family member who was in full kidney

failure due to a genetic condition. Sue

said ‘When I found out that my sister was

in need of a kidney transplant I immediately

offered to donate. I was healthy and

fit and the transplant nurses gave me so

much information about the procedure,

recovery and after care, they were fantastic.

If I had another spare kidney I would

do it again!’

You can find out more information

on becoming a living donor at https://


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