St Johns Church, St Georges Road, Hessle Road 2015, 2016

21 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

St Johns Church holds good memories for me. It was my Mothers Church and I became both a Choir Boy and a Scout. In recent years I have renewed my connection with the church, at a time when it is being saved and restored, and when so many churches in similar circumstances are closing. It now remains the only Cof E Church on the Western outskirts of Hull. It is a tribute to the Reverend Tony Cotson, that his drive and initiative has restored the Church and its future.

It is also the Fishermen’s Church and holds many memorable items of Hulls Fishing past.

It has been a pleasure to be of help. Firstly in 2015 we have funded the Cafe/ Bar and in 2016 we have paid for the installation of 6 stained glass windows, rescued from the now defunct St Mathews.

Again in 2016 we also helped sponsor the new venture of a children and family worker.

After much delay and following the installation of the six windows Janet and I attended the dedication ceremony, by the lady Bishop of Hull, on the 20th of May 2018

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Holy Trinity Church, Development Project

14 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

When the present development campaign began in 2014 we met the request of Mr Gilliland to help fund him as freelance development director.

Since then our priority is to help other local churches which are somewhat overlooked, whilst the Holy Trinity has the headlines. Nevertheless we strongly support the venture and will keep the position under review.

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Vulcan Boxing Club

14 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

Following a request from Seb Glazer of the Vulcan team for funds, we visited the club, which now is using the same premises formerly used by Hull Fish Trades boxing club.

Everyone seemed enthusiastic and we were pleased to help restore Boxing to Heron Street.

June 2013

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Leadership for Life and Winifred Holtby School

14 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

This was the third payment as agreed to help the progress of Hymers partnership with other Schools such as  Winifred Holtby and concludes our support. David Elstone, Headmaster at Hymers, explained that the programme was now to be incorporated into the Government’s National Citizens Service scheme as part of David Cameron Scheme aimed at Year 11 and 12 pupils and expanded. We are pleased to have been of help.

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Cat Zero Cycle Challenge 2016

15 Jun 2016 | Categories: News | Posted by: Angela

Horncastle Group Plc and W A Horncastle Charitable Trust were proud to support the Cat Zero Cycle Challenge 2016 last weekend.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, approximately 20 cyclists set off on Friday 10th June from Albert Dock in Liverpool, rode over the Pennines on Saturday 11th and finished in Hull for a celebration event and Hog Roast on Sunday 12th.  The Challenge was for each cyclist to raise £500 each towards training and mentoring young people via Cat Zero programmes.   The total raised so far is just over £8,000.

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part and those in support.

If you would like to make a donation towards this, please click on the link below

For more information about the work of Cat Zero, please click here.

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The High Sheriffs’ and Humberside PoliceTribune Trust (Grass Roots Football) 2006 to 2007 (1

29 Sep 2015 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

February 2007

Grass Roots Football began when Kim Hepple and Geoff Ogden encouraged the boys in the Newington area of the city to play football rather than spend evenings intimidating people.

Kim Hepple as local community officer for the council and  despite many misgivings from colleagues working for the Hull Corporation, appointed Frank McKenna.

Frank, tatooed from head to foot had had a very rough childhood but he empathised and understood the young people

Frank, a no nonsense kind of guy, soon had the respect of all concerned, and the scheme took off.

My charity’s involvement came when I was invited to watch a match and discuss the future of the programme.

The programme was an initiative started by Kim Hepple and supported by Geoff Ogden in his role as Director of the High Sheriffs’ and Humberside.

I knew Geoff through as a fellow Rotarian and as a senior Police Officer. I  also knew that he was keen to help young people and had spoken to my Rotary Club on the abuse of drugs etc.

If Geoff and Kim were involved with the right motives I was keen to get involved.

I proposed that we would help.

This was the deal. My charity would give £25,000, if it was matched by another £75,000. This would provide two new coaches, just in case Frank went under the proverbial bus.

It grew so rapidly that at its peak 1,000 boys were playing football, on the all-weather pitches in Walton Street.

Some of the boys showed great talent and Frank organised a trip to Portugal to take part in the Youth International 7 a side Football. One of our the teams came second and the other team won their league and the trophy.

Our support was recognised and others joined the cause.

And, of course, crime fell.


Tony H


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