Hornsea town of Culture 2017

Let’s go Hornsea was delighted by the attendance at the meeting on 11th January to discuss possible events to run alongside this year’s Hull’s City of Culture celebration.  Representatives from a number of groups came along and spoke about their plans.

The Mayor Lee Walton began by announcing plans for a 40 mile Mayor Charity Cycle Sportif on Saturday 6th May, with a fixed route starting and finishing at the Floral Hall.  Proceeds will go to his chosen charity for the year- Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  Insurance can be obtained through British Cycling.

Hornsea Lions have commissioned a bandstand for the Memorial Gardens which will hopefully be completed by end of March 2017.  Hornsea Lions will commemorate 50 years and International Lions 100 years this year.  A series of community festival events are planned for the year commencing on Sunday 28th May with brass bands, Sunday 9th July – Andrini Sisters; Sunday 6th August Brass Bands etc; Hornsea Bike Event (Sunday 27th Aug); Sunday 3rd September – Singers and Bands.  A community event at Floral Hall is also planned (with Tre Amici and other artists) for Friday 21st April.  If Lottery funding can be obtained to cover cost of the acts it is hoped this will be free for local people who are not usually able to attend such an event.  It is hoped that other organisations will come together to organise next year’s events.

Carnival: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July  It is intended to build on the success of last year’s Carnival and there is a wide ‘Culture’ brief for the parade and over the weekend.  As well as the usual fireworks, music, fairground rides etc. there will be a marquee for local artists to show case their work and around the park to capture images of the weekend.  There will be lots of advertising via Facebook, Community News, The Gazette and Daily Mail.

The Sailing Club have no particular events planned to coincide with City of Culture but the club will repeat their Open Weekend on 3 – 4 June, which is a free event.  Other events include a Regatta 9 – 10 September and the Rugby Club Rowing Regatta (date TBA).

The Ukulele group offered to attend the Sailing Club Open Weekend and it was thought that other entertainment/ art organisations may wish to get involved in some way.

The Art group will be exhibiting 25 July – 5 August in the Masonic Hall and a second exhibition ‘Faces of Hull’ in the Bowls Club in November (date TBA).  There will also be Open Days, probably at the Bowls Club and the group is hoping to do work in local residential homes.  The group meets on the third Friday of the month in the Catholic Church Hall.  The group may also be interested in getting involved with other local events.  There are pictures of unusual views of Hornsea which could possibly be used for a Treasure Hunt type event.

The Bike Event under the Season ‘Freedom’ will take place on Sunday 27th August with a Ride In etc, as https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/prix-viagra-pharmacie/ last year.  Charities to benefit are Yorkshire Air Ambulance, autistic charity and Bikers Against Bullying.  They are hoping to hold a small event on Saturday 26th August for autistic children.

The Ukelele Group will take part in a variety of events and are always willing to participate in other organisations’ events if invited, e.g. Lights Night (Friday 24 November) and Hornsea Carnival.  It was suggested that Hornsea Choir and Village Voices (Sue Finn) may be interested in joining up for other events.  The group is hoping to bring back ‘The Messiah’ on Saturday 25th November at St Nicholas Church. 21/22 April Skipsea Ukulele Festival.

Anne explained that the Floral Hall does not put on events itself but charges others to do so.  Special rates are charged for charities.  It is not known if/what other events connected to the City of Culture may be scheduled to take place at the Floral Hall.

Those present discussed the possibility of Hornsea Museum hosting a ‘Made In Hornsea’ event sometime during the February half term as this is the City of Culture theme for the first quarter of the year.  This could include items already on display, of course including the Hornsea Pottery collection, but could also showcase local art, music, theatre, poetry and have a variety of art/ craft demonstrations/ workshops of some sort.  At a meeting with the Museum directors the following Tuesday LGH members learnt that the museum will be hosting a big event on Mayday, Monday 1st May 2017 along similar lines.  Although they already have a number of ideas planned they would be very interested to hear from any groups or individuals that could or would like to assist.  They are looking for assistance with a variety of workshops and demonstrations covering village life particularly.  If anyone could help with pottery, farming, woodworking, cooking or dairy skills or indeed anything relating to the railway, seaside, children’s games, folk music or Morris dancing Louise would be pleased to hear from you via email hornseamuseum@tiscali.co.uk.

Let’s Go Hornsea will also be repeating the highly popular WWI event, showcasing all the groups and clubs in the town at the Floral Hall.  This year it will be held on Sunday 9th April.  Secretary Jan Harris will be inviting other organisations and groups in the town and will send out more specific information on this shortly.  Just put the date in your diary for now.

The next LGH meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 7th February, 7.30 in the Town Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting but it is suggested that organisations who may wish to work with other groups on an event should contact them directly.

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