Hull to host Fiji in Rugby League World Cup 2021

With 500 days to go until the opening fixture of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, tournament organisers have announced that Hull will act as the training base for Fiji’s men’s team. Hull’s passionate rugby league fans will welcome the 2017 semi-finalists to the KCOM Stadium, which will host two men’s games, including a quarter-final, in the tournament. Councillor Dave Craker, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “We are incredibly proud…

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Hull City Council to buy Age UK Hull’s Bradbury House building

Hull City Council has agreed to buy Bradbury House in Porter Street, Hull.The building has been used as the headquarters of charity Age UK Hull since it was built in 2001. The charity is to relocate to a more prominent city centre location in summer. The building has been closed to the public since Tuesday 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The acquisition will allow the local authority to move staff from older properties…

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University of Hull climbs 17 places in the Complete University Guide 2021

The University of Hull has risen 17 places in the Complete University Guide 2021 rankings. Published on June 9, the rankings see the University singled out as one of the biggest risers in the UK, climbing from 81st to 64th in the table. The University of Hull is now jointly ranked in 64th place with the University of the West of England, Bristol and – along with Arts University Bournemouth – is one of the two…

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BYGONE STREET GAMES by Alec Gill PART ONE (of Two): “Foggy First”

Virtual games seem to have replaced street games. Technology has always influenced the way society is shaped and individuals behave. Nothing stayed the same. The day it does is the end of progress. Now and again, however, it is good to reflect upon the past. So let’s take a look at the games kids played in the streets of Hull in bygone times. Timewise, I have focussed upon the “good old days” between the post-WWII…

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SHIVER MY TIMBERS! MARITIME SAYINGS used by LANDLUBBERS in EVERYDAY SPEECH ALEC GILL

Since the start of The Hull Hub, I have written articles for every issue (bar one). These mainly centred upon superstitions – especially ones revolving around Hull’s Arctic Trawling days. It’s time for a change. Another topic close to my heart is our rich English language. We are very fortunate having English as our Mother Tongue. We have such a vast vocabulary – many words to say the same thing in a variety of different…

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LUCKY BLACK CAT: Nine Lives Dr Alec Gill MBE

Why is it that only the British believe in ‘Lucky Black Cats’? Most foreign seafarers (including USA mariners) prefer a white cat aboard their ships. Cats spark off contradictory reactions in all sorts of areas. In Wales, if a black cat crosses your path, it was best to stroke it for good luck. A Yorkshire landlady boasted that she was non-superstitious; but if ever she received a postcard depicting a black cat, she dare not…

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Something Old, Something New… Dr. ALEC GILL MBE

WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS There are critical times in many people’s lives such as birth, marriage and death – or, as we say in Hull, “Hatched, Matched and Dispatched”. Superstitions are drawn to these key life events like bees to a honeypot. In this summer issue of Hull Hub, therefore, I would like to highlight the variety of folklore beliefs and traditions surrounding weddings and the honeymoon. The bride is more central then the groom – so…

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HOME, SWEET OMENS: A Fun Meander through an Old-fashioned Superstitious Household by Dr. ALEC GILL MBE

INTRODUCTION: Homespun Religion  Superstitions once inhabited every corner of many old-fashioned homes – especially in Hull, once the greatest deep-sea fishing port in the world. Taboo beliefs were not just a once-a-week activity but saturated every moment; and every nook and cranny of the home. In that sense, superstition was very much a homespun religion. It came from within the home rather than being imposed upon it by some outside religious order.  This article follows…

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APRIL ANTICS: And Hull’s Unique Tomfoolery

APRIL FOOLS’ and LEGGING-UP DAY April 2019 is a peculiar month. It is riddled with trickery, religion, and superstition. That is, April Fool pranks, Easter in the Christian calendar, and pagan undercurrents. Let’s start with the First of April – commonly known as Fools’ (or All Fools’) Day and, in Hull after twelve noon, Legging-up Day – a different kind of ‘leg-pulling’. April Fool is fun – for some, not everyone. It depends which end…

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The Mad Month of March: From White Rabbits to Mother’s Day

Dr Alec Gill MBE Should Hull re-brand itself as ‘Superstition City’? Why not make this a powerful USP (Unique Selling Point) for the port? After all, superstitions are universal and there is the old expression: “Of all seafarers, there are none more superstitious than fishermen”. Fishing is at the heart of Hull’s cultural heritage. It is still the world’s most perilous job – an extreme occupation – with a high loss of life. Crewmen battled…

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Protecting vulnerable people through #OpGalaxy

As Operation Galaxy continues with officers and staff across the force coming together to ensure that the Humberside Police area is a hostile place for criminals, we are also focused on protecting vulnerable people. You may have heard us use the phrase ‘protecting vulnerable people’ a lot, but have you ever wondered exactly what we mean by it? There are many people that we come across in our work that are vulnerable and need our…

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Retired Inspector volunteers to inspire next generation

Jayne Broughton, a retired Inspector has returned as one of our fabulous Cadet leaders.  Here at Humberside Police, we have cadets aged between 15 and 18 from across the whole force area. As well as helping at events and training, they attend a weekly session where they learn more about the force and the different teams we have and how we work. This wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant volunteers who give their time, every…

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Car parks will begin charging from Monday 15 June

Hull City Council is to reintroduce charges in its car parks across the city from Monday 15 June.It comes after charges for on-street car parking were introduced from Monday 18 May.Short-stay and long-stay sites including Albion Street, Lowgate, History Centre, Tower Street and Trippet Street, Osborne Street, George Street, Pryme Street, Francis Street and the ice arena will resume charging for parking from Monday 15 June.A number of signs encouraging people to observe two-metre social…

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80-year-old dedicates over 35 years volunteering for the police

Meet the woman who has given over 35 years to volunteering for the police. Carole Tyler is a remarkable woman. At 80-years-old she spends her days volunteering for a range of organisations including The British Legion, The Women’s Royal Army Corps Association and both Humberside and Lincolnshire police. Carole’s interest in the police force began when she was just a child growing up in Grimsby. With a father who worked as an officer in Leicester…

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Reaching out to victims of domestic abuse

As lockdown restrictions ease, we’re reaching out to victims of domestic abuse to encourage them to get in touch so that we can help. Protecting victims – no matter what their gender or relationship to their abuser – continues to be one of our highest priorities. And while we’re doing everything we can to help and support those we know to be at risk, we’re concerned that there are other victims out there who have…

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NSPCC Look Say Sing Play campaign helps young families through lockdown

Success of NSPCC baby brain-building campaign for parents under 2s in Hull to be rolled out nationallyCharity hosted virtual focus group with parents & Early Years Practitioner to reveal success so farUnveiled new weekly series of short YouTube films for parents A baby brain-building campaign for parents under 2s has proven so successful in Hull that the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play is to be rolled out nationally. Hull was one of the first areas…

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East Park named best free day out in East Yorkshire at Mumbler awards

East Park has been named the best local free day out in the Hull and East Riding Mumbler awards. The park in Holderness Road pipped the Streetlife Museum into second place in the parenting community group’s first Family Awards, celebrating the best things to do for families in East Yorkshire. Voting took place in January and February and results were due to be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 20 March before the event was cancelled…

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One hundred maritime objects chosen to feature in People’s Choice exhibition

Thousands of votes have been cast by the public to select 100 objects that feature in a new exhibition at the refurbished Hull Maritime Museum, joining many hundreds more as part of the new exciting displays. The People’s Choice exhibition will see some objects go on display for the first time. In the last three months 200 objects have competed for a place in the new exhibition. More than 10,900 online votes via Facebook, Twitter…

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‘COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our volunteers service’ National Volunteers Week is being celebrated a little differently at Hull Hospitals this year

It’s national Volunteers Week, and under normal circumstances, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust would be thanking its475-strong army of volunteers this week with the usual cream tea celebration. But with coronavirus still very much doing the rounds, the situation is anything but normal, and this has massively affected how the voluntary service has been running across Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. Rachael Hardcastle-Pearce, volunteering lead for the trust’s patient experience team explains:…

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National Police Chiefs’ Council statement – UK police stand with those appalled by George Floyd death

UK police leaders have come together and published a statement about George Floyd’s death.  Chief constables from forces across the country, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the chief executive of the College of Policing and the President of the Police Superintendents’ Association have spoken following the death of George Floyd and the events that have followed in the United States. They said: “We stand alongside all those across the globe who are…

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