Community projects cash in on Immingham 100

March 1, 2013

For Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham, 2012 was a highly successful year of celebration as the port and town that grew up around it marked their centenary. There was unprecedented support from the Immingham community, highlighted by the port’s immensely popular first-ever open day on July 22 last year – 100 years to the day since King George V officially opened the dock complex. Now the celebrations have drawn to a close the port and town look to the next 100 years, as the incredible amount raised for the Immingham Legacy Fund is put back into the local community.

At 9am today, Friday, 1 March, ABP’s ‘Immingham 100’ team of organisers, led by Port Director John Fitzgerald, ceremonially handed over £121,500 – represented by a huge gold coin suspended from ABP’s Leibherr 944 mechanical handler – to community engagement group OneVoice and community learning centre Oasis Academy Immingham. 

Money for the Legacy Fund was raised with a series of activities celebrating the past, present, and future of the port and town of Immingham. The centenary year began in early February with a banquet for 100 Immingham pensioners and ended with a Christmas party for 100 local schoolchildren, both hosted by Oasis Academy Immingham. Other activities throughout the year included: ‘Follow the Flame’ – a charity abseil following the Olympic flame down Grimsby Dock Tower; Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge; a port community 8-a-side soccer tournament; a 100-hole one-day golf challenge; a golf day; and the Port Open Day.

Oasis Academy will invest its share in supporting literacy in Immingham with the development of a Learning Resource Centre to provide resources and intervention strategies for students with low reading ability. 

Kevin Rowlands, Principal of Oasis Academy Immingham, said: “Our mission is to become a hub of the Immingham community and it has been wonderful that staff and students at the Academy have been so actively involved in the centenary celebrations. Oxbow Coal Ltd’s incredibly generous donation to Immingham 100 provides us with a fantastic opportunity to further support our students in the most fundamental of all skills.”

Other projects which will benefit include an Immingham Community Choir for ages 13 and over, a summer skate school at the Imm-Spiration Skate Park opened last year, and new equipment for Stallingborough Youth Club. An Immingham Fairtrade town initiative has also been established to help achieve fair trade status for the town through many exciting opportunities such as the Immingham 100 Fairtrade community Café and fashion and Fairtrade uniform projects. Funds have also been earmarked for the development of a soft play centre in Immingham.

Elaine Norton, Chair of OneVoice, said: “The focus of the celebrations was on the close link between the Port of Immingham and the town that grew up around it. It’s been an amazing year of celebration and a great example of how working together really does make a difference. The monies from ABP’s fund will allow us to continue the work of OneVoice, encouraging projects which will improve and enrich the quality of life within our local community for many, many years.”

ABP Port Director John Fitzgerald said: “We are all immensely proud of our centenary. One of our aims was to provide a lasting benefit as we move forward into our second century of development. The massive fund we have handed over today will secure the future of a number of community-based projects which will benefit our community for many years. This is a true legacy of our celebration.”

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