The Hastings Community House registered the idea for the ‘World’s Longest Toy Snake’ with Guinness World Records in September 2011. After the success of their ‘Tea Cozy Extravaganza project, local crafters were seeking a new challenge and the idea to attempt a “craft based” world record for Westernport was born. The current World Record of 1281.8 metres was held by a New Zealand school since September 2000.
The project took over 18 months and 300 pre-schools, primary and secondary schools and other community groups participated in the effort; Balnarring Pre-school, Balnarring Primary, Bittern Pre-school, Bittern Primary, Crib Point Primary, St Josephs Primary, Flinders Christian Community College, Hastings Primary School, Westpark Primary School, Perseverance Primary School, French Island, Red Hill Consolidated Primary, Somers Primary, Somerville Secondary, Somerville Rise Primary, St Mary’s Primary , Tyabb Primary, Tyabb Railway Primary and Western Port Secondary College.
Groups: The McClelland Spinners & Weavers, Balnarring CWA, Bittern & Western Port Probus, South Care Lodge Hastings, PAST Disability Services Hastings and Somerville St John’s Knitting Group.
The project captured the curiosity of the community and was auspicious that the project came to fruition in 2013, Chinese Year of the Snake, formally measuring 1768 metres on March 22. It represents an outstanding community contribution and secured the honour for Hastings and the greater Western Port.
The future of the snake?
Plans are under way to begin de construction of the snake ion term 4 2013. Local playgroups and kinders have expressed interest in converting the snakes into smaller lengths and adding features to create door stops and stuffed toys to use as fund raisers for their organization.
We will also be working closely with local primary schools to convert some pieces into sensory snakes which are educational aids in the shape of soft weighted snakes that are useful as calming tools for agitated children. We have converted three of the lengths into these sensory snakes for Hastings primary School who have reported a great success with the items.
We will also be donating the snakes beautiful tail section back to the schools that created it for display along with their World Record Contribution Certificate.
The snake also has a face book page where all suggestions as to how we can utilize it best for the Community are welcomed.
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Lisa Glover, Manager, Hastings Community House, 185 High St, Hastings, PH: 59 79 2918 or email Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org