Tender process opens for Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball restoration

Contractors are being invited to be involved in restoring one of the UK’s last remaining Time Balls, reflecting the importance of maritime timekeeping, the link with navigation and the need to fix longitude from the John Harrison period (1720s) to the present.Companies have the opportunity to submit tenders to become the Principal Contractor to undertake a comprehensive restoration of the Guildhall tower including removing the existing replica ball and installing a new fully working one. Other elements of works include replacing the internal mechanism, renovating to parts of the clock tower and its historic stonework, lantern and iron step repairs and a new electrical…

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How to care for your pets staying at home and social distancing

The RSPCA is encouraging pet owners to think about how they will care for their animals if they need to stay at home with suspected symptoms of coronavirus. The latest Government guidance advises everyone to carry out ‘social distancing’ in order to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect vulnerable members of the community. As a result of this advice the Government has said that people can go out for a walk if they stay two metres away from people.”. RSPCA animal welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines, said: “There’s no evidence to suggest that pets can be carriers of coronavirus or can become ill…

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To support local families coping with the effects of Coronavirus


A small act of kindness that can make a huge difference to families in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire In response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on local communities, Viking FM’s Cash for Kids is today launching an urgent new appeal to help those families in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who need it most. Relying on donations from listeners and locals, the Cash for Kids Appeal will build a fund from which grants will help families help cope, such as covering basic essentials including food & heating.  The appeal is aimed at the most vulnerable within our community who may be feeling the direct impact…

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Local housebuilder contributes £1,800 to honour Hull hero, Jack Harrison

Five-star housebuilder, Barratt Homes Yorkshire East, continues to honour fallen war hero, Jack Harrison, at its aptly named Poppy Fields development in Cottingham, with a £1,800 donation toward a statue in his memory. The recent contribution to the Jack Harrison statue has been raised by Barratt Homes through an ongoing pledge to donate £100 for each new home sold at its Poppy Fields development in Cottingham between Remembrance Sunday and Christmas in 2019, combined with a £1,000 donation from the business’ Community Fund scheme.  The Poppy Fields development, where the fundraising took place, was respectfully named with the World Wars in mind - taking…

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KCOM- Covid-19: We’re removing data limits for homeworking tasks

We all know that Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is causing a lot of disruption and uncertainly in our daily lives right now.For many it could mean having to work from home for a period of time.That’s why we’re writing to let you know that from 19 March, the data you use when carrying out typical online activities related to home working won’t count towards the data usage limit that’s part of your broadband package. We’ll review this at the end of each month and let you know if our approach changes.At KCOM we’re committed to our community and we’re doing as much as we can to…

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Become a champion on the pitch for Dove House Hospice

Goals Hull are hosting a Charity World Cup on Saturday 7th March 2020 in aid of Dove House Hospice and are looking for 32 teams to take part in the first ever edition of this event. The day will teams squaring off against each other on the pitch whilst there shall be raffles, games and lots more for spectators. Dan Clipson, Regional Fundraiser at Dove House Hospice said, “We are very appreciative towards Goals Hull for hosting the first ever Charity World Cup and look forward to it being a great success for the hospice. Whether you are looking to enter a team of…

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Beal staff among first residents of fast-selling Beverley development

The first residents have moved into an in-demand Beal Homes development in Beverley, including members of the award-winning housebuilder’s own staff. Residents are settling into their new homes at St. John’s Fold, in the shadow of Beverley Minster and close to the heart of the historic market town, which is Beal’s fastest-selling development ever. They include three Beal staff members who have chosen to make St. John’s Fold their home – Customer Selections Manager Steve Arnold and his wife Sara; Kitchen Installer Carl Patrick and partner Caroline Williams; and Senior Architectural Technician Jo-Anne Smith and husband Clayton. Like many buyers at St. John’s Fold,…

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Humber Bridge works shortlisted for top engineering award

A project to increase the life expectancy of Humber Bridge has been shortlisted for a prestigious civil engineering award. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced that the Humber Bridge hanger replacement and testing project has been shortlisted for recognition in its 2020 Yorkshire and Humber Awards. The iconic Grade 1 listed Humber Bridge was once the world’s longest suspension bridge and works by the Spencer Group to inspect, maintain, replace and test the hangers, which included the creation of a bespoke access gantry, has now completed. Joe DiMauro, site agent at Spencer Group, said: “When the bridge was built, the hangers were…

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Law firm Rollits hires senior specialist property lawyer

Law firm Rollits has appointed leading property lawyer Lynne Webster to its existing team of property law experts. Prior to joining Rollits, solicitor Lynne established her regional reputation working in the Leeds legal marketplace. and brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the commercial property sector. She will use her expertise to advise clients on property investment and property development matters  including site assembly, development agreements, option agreements, overage, conditional purchase contracts, Landlord and Tenant and estate management. As a result of Lynne’s appointment, Rollits – which has offices in Hull and York – now has an impressive team of nine qualified property…

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New unit opens for patients well enough to ‘step down’ from hospital care

A new social care unit, the first of its kind in the country to help patients regain independence after stays in hospital, has been set up at Castle Hill Hospital The 14-bed facility, set up by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will help people who are well enough to ‘step down’ from the intensive support provided by Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust but can’t go home until out-of-hospital support is in place. The East Riding Social Care Suite aims to reduce pressure on both Hull Royal infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital by providing additional capacity for people who need a little more support.…

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Castle Hill nurse Justin shares experience of refugee camp with school children

A man who spent seven years in a refugee camp before becoming a nurse at Castle Hill Hospital has shared his experience with children from an East Yorkshire primary school. Justin Mwange fled to Zambia with his family from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and spent seven years living without hope before he was granted refugee status and moved to Hull. Now, after qualifying as a nurse this summer and joining Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Justin has gone to Newport Primary near Brough to share his experiences with Years 4 and 5. Justin said: “I was very pleased to go to…

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Hull Maritime Museum says a temporary farewell

Hull’s much loved Maritime Museum will close its doors on Sunday 19 January 2020 for the start of works to deliver an £11m major refurbishment.This first element of the Hull’s maritime project will commence as work to the main entrance get underway. With support from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund and significant donations from visitors, a new access ramp and stairs, improving the experience for all its visitors, are to be installed.The new ramp at the front entrance will complement the museum’s façade as well as offering an improved welcome for more people, providing all visitors with the same high quality experience.…

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Viola Trust to deliver message in a bottle to Her Majesty’s Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

A bottle of gin hand-made in Hull by a multi award-winning distillery is on its way to the Falkland Islands as a gift from an historic charity which is working to bring back an historic steam trawler back to the city. Also being delivered is a message in a bottle signed by the Lord Mayor of Hull, a trustee of the Viola campaign and around 50 people who attended a celebration launch of the new commemorative gin at 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar in Hull. Dr Robb Robinson, a maritime historian and member of the Viola Trust, is en-route now to Port Stanley with…

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Families urged to bring in their own bottles in line with infection control rules

Families are being asked to bring their own bottles and formula milk into hospital to reduce the risk of infection among newborn babies. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is advising parents-to-be that it will no longer be providing bottles or teats if they opt to bottle-feed their babies. The change is being introduced to follow infection control guidance and to protect all infants on the wards at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital.  Janet Cairns, Head of Midwifery, said: “If parents opt to bottle feed their babies, we’re asking them to bring in small, prepared single-use feeds as we will no longer hold a…

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East Yorkshire companies fund ‘Project Christmas’ for children’s ward

Construction teams have worked hard to ensure the new areas are completed in time for Christmas. As well as managing the project, members of the Capital Development team also collected presents to hand out to children who were on the work while the work was taking place. Julia Harrison-Mizon, Operations Director for family and women’s services, said: “Thanks to our Capital Development team,  we have excellent relationships with the companies in the city and they did not hesitate to offer their help when they heard about our plans. “We are extremely grateful to them for stepping in to offer their services for free. “Thanks…

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Major transformation of Hull Royal’s ground floor

A £1.5m transformation of Hull Royal Infirmary’s ground floor to ensure patients are seen by the right health professional in the shortest possible time will be completed this month. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has undertaken a major project to expand its assessment and diagnostic area and introduce a new patient streaming area to ensure people are directed to the correct service as soon as they arrive at Hull Royal Infirmary. Construction work of the ground floor projects will be completed today, with the transformation opening for patients on Monday. A new front entrance allowing people to come straight to the Emergency Care…

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New health card launched to support care leavers

NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have this month launched a new ‘Handy Health Guide’ to support young people leaving care to know where to access medical treatment and how to look after their mental health and wellbeing.  The card, brain child of Tom, AGE, one of the care leavers actively involved with the Hull City Council Care Leaver team aims to help young people who have spent time in Local Authority Care navigate the often confusing health service. Angie Rawling, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children at NHS Hull CCG said: “we’ve been incredibly fortunate that through our work with care leavers we have…

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Give Young People Their Chance to Dance!

Students who attend East Yorkshire schools and youth groups have an exciting opportunity to showcase their creativity through dance thanks to an upcoming competition. Chance to Dance is a new performance challenge scheduled for Spring 2020, brought to the region by local businesses Drunk Animal Creative Studio and National Events Support. The aim of the competition is to celebrate student participation in performing arts whilst creating inspiring productions. The event has been designed through consultation with schools in the region, in the absence of the recently dissolved and much-loved Rock Challenge. Children and young people will showcase their skills such as choreography, set building…

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