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raised of £18,998 target by 35 supporters

Weʼre raising £18,998 to Create a community space in the heart of the most diverse street in Suffolk. Bringing energy/exhibitions/radio/screen printing/workshops etc


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A new community group is turning an empty and much loved Westend Music Shop, on Norwich Road, into ‘The Hive’ a vital community space for arts and social activity.

The HIVE will be a brand-new community and social space on Norwich Rd, the most diverse street in Suffolk, and, not without its stigma. Multi purpose, with many areas including a sizeable garden, it will afford many people to get involved in shaping the vision of the space.

The HIVE is situated in the heart of the most diverse and vibrant street in Suffolk, we are already working with the local community, to make a new social community space for people of all ages to express their creativity and feel safe and supported to do so.

HIVE will offer activities, workshops, events, exhibitions, a radio and the new NO BORDERS podcast from the street, a professional screen printing base to offer people the chance to make cool work, a darkroom, a place to show their work, a screening space for films and installations. Pop up street food Saturdays, and so much more.

The new directors, Cad Taylor, Bopper Rankin, Sarah Nkugwa and Monika Puchala are running a crowd-funder in order to engage everyone and make you feel involved from the start. Your money will allow the basic regeneration of the space, some physical changes to make the space accessible and transform an empty shop space, into THE HIVE - the community space for everyone.

‘’It is important to us that everyone feels that they can contribute and help steer this space, which is why we are making a community board to help with this and give ideas for how the space can be used’’

The directors, bring local knowledge, a different cultural offer and skills to grow and bring people into the space.

Upstairs could be perfect space for creative desk spaces / hot desk usage, small performances, screenings. Kids workshops, youth sessions, talks, small musical gatherings.

We want to be reactive and reflective of what the community need. Though we are not by any means open yet, we have already hosted a small music gathering, with a well-known Kurdish musician, we have had many volunteers and supporters, come and paint, clear, tidy and sort the space.

This is certainly a labour of love and passion to give better opportunities for everyone to connect and have a voice.

This is the start of something exciting that we believe will inspire others to get involved and regenerate empty spaces on our Highstreet.

Our friendly partner organisations Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, Suffolk Refugee Support, Ipswich Community Media, IO radio, OUTLOUD music, Future Female Society, The Smokehouse, have all committed their support and want to be involved - and then hopefully local schools including Westbridge PRU, nearest primary schools.

HIVE will have the community at its heart – and we can only make that happen with your help.

If you want to get involved or have ideas for the space, please email

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  • THE HIVE !3 days ago
    THE HIVE !

    THE HIVE !

    3 days ago

    Amazing opening of show for Frederico Ramos yesterday! So many lovely people. It was the first chance for most people to see The Hive. ! More photos on social media.

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  • THE HIVE !2 months ago
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    THE HIVE !

    2 months ago

    we had our first directors gathering last week, out in the back garden - where Monika, Bopper Cad and Sarah all got to meet and introduce themselves andshare a little bit about their lives. Such an ace team!

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  • THE HIVE !4 months ago
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    4 months ago A video in the space as a brief INTRO :)

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4 months ago

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Page last updated on: 11/29/2021 00.08



  • Barnaby Page

    Barnaby Page

    Nov 27, 2021


  • Anonymous


    Nov 27, 2021

  • Judith and Kevin Goldsmith

    Judith and Kevin Goldsmith

    Nov 25, 2021

    Brilliant initiative. Well done everyone involved x

  • Anonymous


    Nov 24, 2021

  • Caitlin


    Oct 18, 2021

    SO good, can't wait! x


  • Beth and Craig Plumbly

    Beth and Craig Plumbly

    Oct 3, 2021


  • Daisy


    Sep 29, 2021

    Good luck with everything!



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Worked for nearly 2 decades to support & bring good things to Ipswich. SWITCH fringe ,GLOBAL village,Global Rhythms, May Day, Signs of Joy, the Windows Projects, RECREATE, South Street Kids, Norwich Road Celebrations & so much more to come.This is a positive part of the journey!

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