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A week in blogging!

WHILST it’s hoped the Hedon Blog continues to interest and inform people about things of relevance to the town, it certainly continues to be a privilege to write the Blog on a daily basis. The Hedon Blog has allowed me to cover events and stories about the town, its characters and people who perhaps wouldn’t always get noticed by mainstream media otherwise.

On Thursday I attended the annual Cake Break at Coronella on Cherry Tree Lane and met Gaynor Jewitt and her mum Shirley Lenton who with Shirley’s husband Frank organise the event every year with other volunteers to raise money for the MS Society. Now in its sixth year the event has become something of a local tradition – perhaps a legend – in the town! With cakes for sale (all donated) and teas and coffees, stalls set up in a marquee and gazebo, the idea is simple enough – but it’s given that extra ‘little bit of something’ because of the enthusiasm of the people involved!

The Hedon Blog  is delighted to publish this photo of Gaynor (sitting centre) and the other volunteers that help make this event happen. And Bravo to them!

Gaynor Jewitt and Cake Break team

The Hedon Blog focuses on Hedon and the surrounding area, but occasionally we venture further afield – and last Monday it was a pleasure to be invited to talk to students on the Journalism and Digital Media course at Hull College. A group of students are working on a project to relaunch a news service for Hull’s fruit market area in the city centre. Course lecturer and tutor John Baron wanted to help introduce them to the world of ‘hyperlocal’ journalism using the Hedon Blog as just one example.

So keep an eye out for hyperfruit.net which is set to feature local news in an area where national media attention will be focussed in the run up to and during Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017.

Scarecrow straw men balesScarecrows are another hobby-horse of the Hedon Blog albeit through the HU12 Online website (Hedon doesn’t yet have a scarecrow festival or trail planned – but watch this space because Hedon Town Council’s events working group is considering the idea). On Sunday morning I went Scarecrow hunting in Preston but had to give up as the heavens opened and I got soaked to the skin in seconds! So not a lot of photos yet, but the Preston Scarecrows are out now around the main village and will be so until the evening of Saturday 5th July 2014

Thorngumbald, Camerton and Ryehill Scarecrow Trail opens for the weekend on Saturday 5th July too – and more scarecrows will be on display in Paull on summer bank holiday 25th August.

Last week ended with the “Evening of Song” by Holderness Grange Choir – and whilst I’ve left these comments under the concert article, I’ll repeat them here:

What a marvellous performance from the Holderness Grange Choir last night!

Whilst I eagerly anticipated listening to “Don’t Stop Believin’!” once again, the whole evening was great with medleys from Andrew Lloyd Webber productions and Lionel Bart’s Oliver, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” being especially memorable – but the knockout performance of the night for me, was “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera, a solo by Emily Tindall – ‘stunning’, ‘jaw-dropping’, ‘awesome’ – whatever terms you might use – it would still be hard to correctly describe the impact of this performance on me!

Congratulations to Gill Hanslip and the Choir – delightful stuff!

Doing the Hedon Blog has its pitfalls – the odd soggy, soaking for example – my wet mobile phone has stopped working until it dries out 😦 – but generally it is a real privilege and pleasure to bring the local news to local people!

Ray Duffill

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