Sauce gives arts festival the freedom to go digital all year round

Smart tech specialist Sauce is helping reinvent Hull’s biggest arts festival as an interactive, year-round digital experience. Freedom Festival will not go ahead in its normal format this year after large public gatherings were banned because of Covid-19. Established in 2007, Freedom Festival has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading and most innovative cultural and arts events. It celebrates Hull’s independent spirit through artistic and cultural expression, bringing renowned national and international…

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An outdoor opera is heading to Hull Marina this summer
Whistle Stop Hansel and Gretel

An outdoor opera is heading to Hull Marina this summer

An outdoor and socially distanced opera is taking place at Stage@TheDock on Hull Marina in September. Hansel and Gretel, from Whistle Stop Opera, will retell the fairy tale of two hungry children, lost in the woods, and a gingerbread cottage that hides a scary secret. Devised by John Savournin for four singers and accordion, social distancing will be in place for audience members and performers, and a limited number of tickets will be on sale in accordance…

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New resources to help children returning to school

New resources have been developed to help children returning to school life. HeadStart Hull, along with Barnardo’s, have consulted children of primary school age to find out about their concerns, and helped to address these in new guides; Stepping into Secondary School and Returning to School Life After Lockdown. The Stepping into Secondary School guide is designed to help children to explore their thoughts and feelings about the move to secondary school, so they can…

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Future Shift redundancy support programme

TimeBank Hull & East Riding is launching a programme of support for people who have lost work, or are worried they may be about to, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The programme, Future Shift, will include group support sessions covering a range of topics relevant to redundancy including staying well, working through anxiety and managing finances. In addition, life coaches and mentors will provide tailored one to one support around visioning and goal…

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Back to School Safely

Schools in Hull are preparing to welcome back all pupils, with additional safety measures in place.Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning and skills said: “Returning to school is a priority for education and it will be good for the wellbeing of children and young people in the city, giving them the opportunity to socialise with others.“A phenomenal amount of careful thought and planning has taken place by schools in conjunction with advice from Public…

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5th Hull and 1st Howden BBGA (Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association)

At the current time, just like other youth groups and activities, 5th Hull and 1st Howden BBGA (Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association) can’t physically meet but we are still staying in touch! Young people are receiving BBatHome resources digitally each week and sharing photos and videos of themselves completing them. We are also holding weekly Zoom meetings for each age group! Zoom family quizzes and Kahoots are really popular too! The members are still earning…

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Now is the time to buy: Local housebuilder sees growth in market confidence amidst easing of lockdown regulations

12 August 2020: Local housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, is urging potential home buyers to act fast as figures suggest that confidence in home buying is increasing as the UK begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions. From the week the Government announced lockdown regulations (23rd March 2020) compared to recent figures from mid-June, Barratt Homes Yorkshire East has witnessed over a 218%1 increase in website visits from prospective buyers, reflecting growing confidence and interest in the…

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Ethical Business Growing in Hull
photos were by Christopher McNally.

Ethical Business Growing in Hull

Despite all the problems 2020 has been throwing at us, ethical shopping is continuing to grow in Hull. On Saturday, 25th July, Julie and Richard of the Fair Trade shop Near & Fair were joined by the Lord Mayor of Hull to cut the ribbon to their shop's new, much larger home in one of Trinity Market’s biggest non-food retail units.Social distancing rules dictated that a large crowd could not gather in the space outside…

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Heroic Hull catering staff feed city during Covid-19 pandemic

Hull catering staff, who have supplied thousands of meals to school children and the city’s most vulnerable throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, have been praised for their “heroic” efforts. Over the summer holidays, Hull Catering continues to feed thousands of children as part of the Hull City Council Healthy Holiday Scheme, where children get a healthy packed lunch containing a wholemeal sandwich, fresh fruit and salad every day of the holidays. The scheme supplies around 450…

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Children to receive a free book every month through Dolly Parton scheme

Hull City council has allocated £88,500 funding for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library scheme to be rolled out to eligible two year olds in Hull during the next academic year. From September, over 1,500 children eligible to receive the two year old early education entitlement will receive a free book every month through the scheme. Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning and skills said: “The reading age of children entering school in Hull is…

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New Venue, “Social” on Humber Street Announce Opening

“Social” the newly revamped venue on Humber Street, formerly known as Fruit, will open its doors to the public for the first time on Friday August 14th Social will be operated by Sesh Events UK, which runs the hugely popular annual Humber Street Sesh grassroots festival, as well as The Sesh Weekly music nights and Made in Hull, Trinity Live and Hull City Sesh Events. Original plans to open in April this year with a…

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