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Free Online at www.coastalviewandmoornews.co.uk The Community Newspaper for the Towns and Villages of East Cleveland, Redcar & North York Moors, telling the real news and views of the people of our region Coastal View & Moor News Online Issue 110 June 2020

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Celebrating 10 years of Coastal View

Carers’ Week: Young carer tells of life in the lockdown

t’s fair to say that Maddi Joel was never short of something important to do – often involving providing crucial health care for her siblings - even before the lockdown. For Maddi, just 16 and the eldest of eight children, helps care for her four-year-old sister, Pixie, with epilepsy, a baby and her two little brothers. Now she is helping to teach her five-year-old sister school work until she can return to school. Luckily, as well as her mum, Emma, and dad, Lee, who works full-time at a cable company, Maddi has her two other sisters, Makenzie, 15, and Mahlliah, 13, to help. And she also has The Young Carers Group based at The Junction, a council-supported youth charity in her home town of Redcar. “I love the Young Carers group, so much,” says Maddi, who has agreed to help support and publicise national Carers’ Week. “I’ve been going every month since I was ten and you can just play on an X-Box or chill. You can meet other young carers and it’s where I met my best friend.” Maddi explained that the lockdown meant she has had a break from schoolwork as GCSEs are going to be assessed on mocks and coursework. However, she is still helping to teach her younger siblings, especially her five-year-old sister, Paisley, as they are still being given school homework. “It never stops,” smiles Maddi. “There’s always like a million things to do. You have to know what to do if Pixie has a seizure, make sure everyone who has medication gets it, help get everyone to their appointments, cook, clean and then do your homework like everyone else. But, whatever happens, I want to do my A Levels next year, English Literature, Philosophy and Business Studies. After that, I don’t know.”

● FAMILY TIME: Maddi with Pixie on her knee, Harrison, Mahlliah with Preston on her knee, Hadley, Makenzie (Paisley on her knee).

“Yes, she does know,” laughs mum, Emma. “She wants to take over The Junction! She loves it there.” Emma is still breastfeeding her one-year-old and outlined the importance of Maddi keeping an eye on Pixie. “Pixie has to have someone with her if she goes to the toilet or just wants to go her room and read her book,” explains Emma. “And Maddi will always step up. Maddi was due to be doing her GCSEs this year and so her sister, Makenzie, has been sitting with Pixie in the car on the way to school this year. The good thing is the primary school, St Benedict’s, and the secondary, Sacred Heart, are right next to other, I don’t know what we’d do without that.” Emma stressed that herself and Lee do all they can to ensure not much pressure is placed on their three eldest daughters. “We are so proud of them,” she says. “They are

amazing. They very often put their social lives on hold. They’re very patient, very kind and very understanding. But we let them know that they don’t have the main responsibility. It’s still their mum and dad.” As she speaks her phone goes and noise erupts from the family home. Mum and daughter must go back to the hurly burly. Eileen Cowle, Young Carers Services Coordinator at The Junction, said she was proud of Maddi. “She does so much and they’re a wonderful family. Carers’ Week is a really important date on the calendar. All carers are fantastic and need to be recognised and celebrated. But I sometimes think young carers can be forgotten a bit. They are extra special children and young people and we’re so proud of each and every one of them.” Those sentiments were echoed by Councillor Alison Barnes, Cabinet Member for Children. She said: “It was lovely to learn of Maddi and her sisters who do so much to care for their siblings. They are truly fantastic. I’m so pleased that they

attend the Young Carers Support service at The Junction and access the help that is available there. Redcar and Cleveland council recognise how important it is to ensure that our young carers have that space the Junction offers, for advice, peer support and fun activities. Carers week is an opportunity for us all to take a moment to remember people of all ages, who give so much time in their lives to care for others.” The Junction Foundation is a local charity commissioned by Redcar & Cleveland Council to provide a Young Carers Service to children, young people and their families who take on a caring responsibility. It is a support service providing family support, one-to-one emotional support, small focused group work, monthly social activities and school holiday activities. The Junction can be contacted at 01642 756000 or info@thejunctionfoundation.com Find out more about Carers Week at https:// www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/ campaigns/carers-week


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Welcome to Coastal View & Moor News Online Issue 110 W

ell another month has gone by and some lockdown measures have been eased making it easier to see friends and family and even go shopping in more places now; remember to try and shop local in order to support your community and the businesses in it So long as we all keep to the Government’s advice on distancing measures it will start to get easier. More shops are able to open as well as some outdoor facilities and sport is back, albeit behind closed doors. At the time of writing this we will see football is back from this week; something we have missed. In fact the last time we left the house was to go to a football game on March 7th and it will be a long time yet before we will be able to go to another live game. No worries, there’s always TV coverage. We have been catching up with some of our fellow Leeds United mates (Martin, Gerry, Ian and Dave) who we meet up with at Elland Road over the last few weeks on Houseparty. It is great to be able to chat and see them although nothing beats the ‘real thing’ Some day, hopefully sooner rather than later, we will be seeing them in person again. Just a reminder to you all that we can only publish the stories we receive, so that’s down to you. If you have something to say about what’s happening in the area you live we would love to hear from you. We would like to thank our contributors who regularly send us articles ie Wayfarer, Hollie Bush, The Reader, Secret Chef, Judith at Smart Therapies and more recently Cath Jarred at Dog School Training. Then we have

the regular articles from Paul, Rural Crime, Barry Coppinger, PCC and Eileen Cowle from the Junction as well as our regular sport’s writers, Ian, Mark, Andrew and Bill. What they do for Coastal View is invaluable and for this we thank them all! We would not of course ever be able to produce a paper, online or printed without the support of the advertisers who have trusted and stuck by us over the years and especially over the last three months.Thank you all so very much. The good news is that so long as we get the support we need from the advertisers and you keep sending us your stories we may be able to from July publish a printed version of the paper. As it stands, lots of the public buildings who act as outlets for the paper are still closed eg libraries, council buildings etc so it may not be possible to pick a paper up in your regular place but we will do our best to get as many papers out as possible into your homes. This is a big step forward so please bear with us in these unusual times and we will all get there in the end. This month is a milestone in the life of Coastal View; we are celebrating ten years since we started to give our beautiful area their very own community newspaper. Here’s to the next ten years! In the meantime, stay well and safe and we hope you enjoy reading this issue.

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Redcar Racecourse to be Covid-19 testing facility

edcar Racecourse is to be used as a new Covid-19 testing site in a move that will bring testing facilities directly into Redcar and Cleveland. Currently mobile testing sites operate regularly in Hartlepool and at Teesside Park. But soon testing will begin on a regular basis from the central Redcar location. Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, said: “I have been pushing for a test site to come to Redcar & Cleveland and now it's been confirmed. "This is great news for people living in our area. It means they will be able to be safely tested at a reachable location. "As lockdown comes to an end and shops and

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schools begin to open back up, it is vital that we provide safe sites for testing. Hide quoted text "By being able to accurately monitor the virus, we can begin to get back to normal life, safe in the knowledge that the virus can be properly managed.” Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: "This is great news for people living in South Tees. It means a new accessible testing facility will be regularly available to the people of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland. "Testing is a vital part of the Government's plans to reopen up our economy and an important tool in our journey back towards normality."

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Oh brother! Swedish company donates 300 visors to council health visiting team thanks to family connection ●● Marianne Howard, Children’s Health Visitor and Nurse

●● Vicky Robinson in one of the masks

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Swedish paper manufacturer has donated 300 safety visors to the council to support Health Visitors and School Nurses going into families’ homes. The PPE face shields have been donated thanks to Andrew Robinson, originally from Redcar but who is Managing Director at Swedish paper company, Oppboga Bruk. Mr Robinson’s sister, Vicky, is a Health Visitor working with families and when her brother heard she and colleagues were on the frontline he arranged the donation. The visors have a bright NHS rainbow on them so children will be comfortable and at ease when the staff visit family homes and schools. Health Visitors, School Nurses, Early Years Senior Practitioners, Early Years Practitioners and School Nurse Assistants are all continuing to work and visit families in these challenging times, the visors provide added protection and also help children feel less intimidated by PPE. Some of the face shields have also been provided for the council’s social work team.

●● Emma Watson, School Nurse Assistant

Vicky Robinson said: “It feels much safer wearing the visor and it’s great that they don’t look too daunting for the children with the bright colours on. It was really reassuring to get them, especially at the start of the lockdown.” Andrew Robinson explained the company had diversified production during the lockdown and had started making the paper-based visors for UK frontline workers, including the NHS. He said: “We were really happy to make this donation. Obviously, it’s my home area and my sister is a Health Visitor so we have that connection but, more than that, we wanted to contribute, to do our bit at what is a difficult time’’ Councillor Alison Barnes, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “We can’t thank Oppboga Bruk enough. It’s made a real difference to our front line workers as these face shields are helping make sure everyone is safe. I would also like to thank all our wonderful staff out there who have been doing all they can, right through the lockdown, to keep our babies, children and young people safe, healthy and protected.”

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Footprints in the Community launch ‘crafty’ community project

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edcar charity Footprints in the Community have launched a community craft project to bring local people together to share their experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic. Footprints are hoping to create a large piece of artwork, like a patchwork wallhanging, to display in their Footprints Community Cafe on Redcar High Street, when it reopens. They want their supporters, donors, volunteers and local people to all get involved, by designing and making their own patchwork squares to commemorate their individual experience or thoughts about this time. The square could pay tribute to a keyworker or loved one affected by the virus or be based on a personal memory or experience, like a new hobby or unexpected pleasure that helped them through this time. The squares could even depict an aspect of Footprints in the Community or its projects. Footprints in the Community runs a number of projects in Redcar and the surrounding area to support people struggling with poverty and isolation, including Redcar Area Foodbank, Next Step Shop and First Steps, which have continued through the current pandemic. They also run a number of other projects, including craft-based groups like the Men’s and Women’s Shed and ArtSpace, which have all been temporarily paused. Footprints are hoping that the project may also raise some funds for the charity, if people consider making a small donation when they submit their completed square for the project. Pictured working on the patchwork, CEO Ruth Fox said, “We know that for many of our supporters and volunteers, crafting will have helped them through this difficult time, especially if they’re isolated at home. We’re hoping that local people

will join us in making what we hope will be a creative and poignant piece of artwork, that we hope may also raise some funds for our charity”. And you don’t need to be an expert to get involved. Material squares need to be 100% cotton and 7x7inches in overall size (including a half inch seam allowance, making the final square 6x6inches). They can be decorated in a variety of techniques including embroidery, cross-stitch, appliqué or using embellishments. You just need to have a go! You can find more information on how to get involved by visiting the website www. footprintsinthecommunity.co.uk, Facebook/ footprintsredcar or telephoning 01642 484842.


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Former squaddie sets up ‘walk n talk’ mental health awareness group for men in memory of lost friends

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former solider has set up a special group for men to talk about their mental health. Gareth Howell, of Redcar, has established the community in memory of friends he has known in the army and in Redcar who have had mental issues and even taken their own lives. “The idea was just to get people together, talking,” said Gareth who served in the army for 23-and-a-half years and was a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals and has had advice and support from the council. “There was a number of suicides in Redcar last year, so I got the Walk n Talk Facebook group together and we put a few flyers out and 20-odd men turned up for the first walk to Marske and back in March. We’ve had 400 people join the group. There really is a need out there. “Obviously, we haven’t been able to go walking out since. The only time was a single walk with four people absolutely socially distanced. It was because there was one lad who really needed it. The Facebook group is good for lads just having little chats with each other. Of course, we signpost people to mental health experts whenever needed.” Gareth explained he first got involved with the council when he arranged for a memorial bench for servicemen and women to be erected on Redcar’s Esplanade. “I call it my ‘reflecting bench,’ I go to there to think and remember,” said Gareth who joined the army at 16 and today works at Alpek Polyester UK ltd as a Chemical Process Technician

at Wilton. “It is also good as a place for people to remember the ‘modern veterans’ of conflict who can be much younger, as well as those who served in the world wars.” The authority’s Community Health Development team then got in touch with Gareth after he established the group. “They have been great, putting us in touch with a lot of groups and explaining how we can both get support for the group and signpost people to the right place.” Councillor Steve Kay, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Welfare, is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week. He said: “Gareth and the group are doing really brilliant work and it shows the value of just having a chat in a friendly way which can, sometimes, lead to people getting the specialist support they need. There are a lot of groups out there for people who might just need to chat. It can make all the difference in the world. It’s good to talk. “We all need to give thought to our mental health and a little bit of time working on our wellbeing can have a big impact.” If you – or someone you know – needs mental health support, a range of numbers can be found at https:// wecantalk.org/middlesbrough-and-redcar-cleveland A new helpline has alos been established in the Tees Valley for people in distress. Call 0300 0200317. Men in the Redcar area can get in touch with Gareth and other members of the Walk n Talk group at https://www. facebook.com/WNTREDCAR/

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Pot farmers strike again! By Councillor Steve Kay

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or the fourth time in two years Lockwood ward has been despoiled by cannabis growers using our verges as repositories for their spent pot farms. Invariably, this takes the form of numerous plastic bags brimming with fibre. There is rarely any evidence of the plants themselves. I can only guess that the perpetrators are clearing out tired farms, or that they are dumping the evidence because the police are on their trail. In the past, cannabis farmers ●● Cllr Steve Kay puts have hit Dimmingdale Road, Pooh on the Pot Swindale Lane and Smeathorns Road with their left-overs. This time, it was Ridge Road, between Stanghow crossroads and the A171, at Birk Brow. I was alerted by several residents and, on arriving at Ridge Road, I found approximately 30 bags of fibre, not far from the junction with Jenny Frisk Lane and Stanghow Tanks. Surprisingly, nearby, there was another fly-tip of large children’s toys, amongst which was a massive stuffed bear, reminding me of Winnie the Pooh. Were they were dumped by the same offenders? Who knows? At my request, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s ‘Green and Clean’ team swiftly removed both fly-tips. Fly-tippers should note that if they are caught, they will face, at least, a fixed penalty fine of £400. As for pot farmers, the council will pass on any evidence of their identity to the police. Fly-tipping is a costly national disease, ruining the environment. In my opinion, the penalties should be far more severe. Residents with ‘legitimate’ rubbish, like old toys, should take it to the recycling centre, at Dunsdale, which has now reopened, and where you can deposit most unwanted household goods free of charge. (Don’t forget to take evidence, like a council tax bill, proving you are a Redcar & Cleveland resident). If you witness any fly-tipping, please phone Redcar & Cleveland Council on 01642 774774, or contact your ward councillor.


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Have yo Ambitious plan Loftus High S What we Ambitious plans to transform Loftus High is submitted in July. Highlights of the plans include: Street have been revealed. Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council • Bringing a new gym facility to has unveiled its vision for the town as complement the existing leisure centre; part of its multi-million-pound bid for the • Relocating Loftus Library to create a Government’s Future High Streets Fund. new community hub linked to the High Proposed designs, and a fly-through Street; video on the Council’s website, show the • Rejuvenating Coronation Park with exciting plans to create a new market improved lighting, landscaping and a square to hold year-round events, as well play area; as delivering more business space and • Creating more quality housing and homes, more and better car parking, and a improving key gateways; modern facility for the relocation of Loftus • Creating new visitor accommodation Library. and commercial uses in empty buildings; Loftus is one of 100 towns to progress • Creating quality workspace for new and to the second phase of the Government’s existing businesses; Future High Streets Fund, which is aimed • Creating a cultural hub in a disused at transforming high streets across the building; country. If successful, the Council would • Improving key shop fronts in the heart have around £11 million dedicated to the of the town; project through a package of funding. • Improving the town’s appearance with Residents are being encouraged to have gateways, paths, landscaping, lighting their say on the proposals before the bid and paving. Councillor Wayne Davies, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This bid is a fantastic opportunity for our area, so we are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved and have their say. “Our vision is to transform Loftus into a modern market town providing facilities and attractions for residents and a memorable destination for our visitors. “Loftus is close to the Cleveland Way and on a key route from Teesside to Whitby and the North York Moors. Before the pandemic, Loftus had 5,000 vehicles passing through daily, so we could potentially have a thriving visitor economy. “We want to make sure people come to visit and stay here in Loftus, we want to create jobs for local people, and we want out businesses to thrive.” Marshall Best, Chair of Loftus Regeneration Group, said: “This plan provides a transformational step from a past rich in heritage and human endeavour towards a new vision, new opportunities all within surrounding landscape having abundant biodiversity and natural beauty. “The Loftus Regeneration Group represents and serves the best interests of the community and we are delighted to present these plans alongside the council. Over a number of years at consultation meetings we have discussed and agreed these ideas to reflect the views and opinions within the community. “Please make sure you have your say on the future of Loftus High Street.”

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– The Council proposes to landscape the area to provide more car parking spaces a create a flexible space for community events and markets. Earlier this year, we also purchased the former Barclays Ba building and we are currently exploring proposals for t to be restored and converted into a ‘commercial hub’ w some retail opportunities, community services and visi accommodation above.


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Coronation Park’ We see Coronation Park as an opportunity to celebrate a hidden gem in Loftus. We’re proposing a larger lawn in the centre to accommodate larger events. A new tree-lined (and well lit) ‘boulevard’ would lead visitors towards the front of the Youth and Community Centre, and then down a new flight of steps and terraces to Zetland Road in front of Odd Fellows Hall. The Council is proposing to expand the Youth and Community Centre into a contemporary ‘community hub’ with the possible relocation of Loftus Library into the heart of the west end of town.

Car parking’ - You have told us that parking is an issue in Loftus. The Council is proposing an additional 136 car parking spaces which would be spread across the high street. This would be more than double the number of spaces available for residents and visitors.

To have your say, please…

Temperance Square’ – The new contemporary market square is part of a range of improvements to the busy junction and footpaths, to open up the area and provide some space. Proposals for the new square include a leisure facility to complement the existing leisure centre in the town, with fitness studios, a café and a soft play area. Our proposals include converting the former Congregational Church into a vibrant and flexible ‘cultural hub’.

• take the survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LoftusHighStreet; or • visit the council's website at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk; or • visit the council's Twitter (twitter.com/RedcarCleveland) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/redcarcleveland/) pages. Leaflets are also to be delivered through the doors of Loftus residents. The deadline for responses is Friday 26 June at 5pm.


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How a Covid-19 support call team has helped thousands of people deal with problems from grief to food shortage

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early two months on from lockdown. “It was on the second day we had one of our most harrowing calls,” remembers Fran Anderson, Assistant Director for Communities and Health. “It was a grieving family member of a person who had just died of Covid-19 and was really heart-breaking. A baptism of fire. The whole team was involved in making sure this person had the support and advice she needed…we did all we could to help this family in a very difficult situation. It really brought home the importance of what we were doing here.” What Fran and Sue Fenwick, Principal Democratic Services and Scrutiny Officer, were doing was quickly establishing a brand new Covid-19 Community Support Hub, a call centre which has so far made and received well over 3,500 calls to residents and helped in the delivery of nearly 4,00 food parcels. It was a brand-new team at Redcar’s Community Heart building designed to work as one with the food and supplies distribution hub right at the moment the country went into an unprecedented full lock down. Neither had done anything like this before. But, still, they knew they had a wealth of expert council workers ready and willing to help. Colleagues volunteered from all parts of the council, from Children and Families, Adults and Communities, Employment and Benefits, Libraries, Communications, Customer Services and Business Support. By any measure the Community Support Hub has provided crucial support for the people of Redcar and Cleveland. A total of 1,980 calls have been received so far and a further 1,650 made to residents and 3,817 food parcels have been delivered along with other vital supplies. The calls are not always quick, with one person with a complicated problem on the phone for 1 hour and 13minutes the record so far. “We had to learn some important lessons

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A poem by Community Support Hub team member Jan Topham ●● Leader: Sue Fenwick

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In a matter of days The changes began The chamber transformed Helped by Ali & Fran ●● Team Leaders: Fran Anderson and Sue Fenwick quickly,” said Sue, who, with Fran, worked every weekend and every weekday for the first month. “One was making sure you get the right person to talk to the right caller. Another was actually taking the time needed with each person to do as thorough a job as possible.” A small number of calls have been quite challenging. “The worst was someone shouting at a member of the team who had volunteered for the first time - her first day. She was so nervous but handled the caller in an extremely professional manner and is now a really valued member of the team.” Other calls have had a funny side. “One person rang because he wanted us to know that Dettol could stop the coronavirus and it was written on the side of the bottle and we should notify

businesses on the foreshore who can legitimately open to trade cannot have reasonable servicing of their premises. Residents who are disabled cannot access the disabled parking in the car park. With the closure of the Cliff Lift reasonable access for disabled person is not provided. Residents of the Borough, particularly those who reside in urban areas have as much entitlement as any other Borough resident to enjoy the foreshores and beaches of the Borough. Proper planning and management of resources is of the essence. It is easy to say no. It is also unreasonable to say no when reasonable alternative solutions can be put in place. Councillor Thomson has also asked that the Pier car park be changed from a Long Stay car park where vehicles can park for £4 for 10 hours to a Short Stay car park with a two hour limited stay between the hours of 8am and 8pm and a charge of £1 per hour being made. This would bring in legitimate revenue to the community and make better use of a rare asset. Councillor Thomson has requested that The Cat Nab car park be reviewed for opening at the end of June after considered interpretation of R numbers in the Borough. In the meantime he reminded road

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the government,” Sue laughed. It was one of a few laughs and morale boosting moments. The team have a ‘joke of the day,’ there have been two birthdays, and copious amounts of cake have been shared and donated. They even received a donation of Easter eggs as they worked through the bank holidays. “They are just the best group you could hope for,” said Sue, who had her first day off last Friday. Fran wholeheartedly agrees. “Everyone has been superb.” With that Fran and Sue get back to work with the Hub team. They all know there is a long way to go. The nature of the calls has already changed – from early days’ fraught queries from people worried about how to get food and support for isolated people, to more recent calls

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ouncillor Philip Thomson has written to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Cleveland Police to request consideration of the phased opening of foreshore car parks in Saltburn. Councillor Thomson has requested that the Pier car park be opened for Bank Holiday Monday and thereafter. This request is to reflect the increasing number of cars coming in to Saltburn and filling Marine Parade and anywhere on the foreshore area that can be found, particularly the land around the pumping station and on last Sunday all the foreshore area from the Boat Park to the slipway at the Ship Inn. Vehicles were also parked in front of the slipway entrance and up Brotton road. Such parking is hazardous and should not be accepted. Vehicles were reversing on to the main highway between two blind bends, placing pedestrians and other road users at risk. Car parking spaces on Marine Parade have already been to full to capacity and over spilling into the residential areas. Councillor Thomson has also written requesting that enforcement measures be considered both by local authority officers and police officers. There is a duty of care that should be exercised by authorities. Without the Pier car park being open,

Sue’s Angels! Sue got the call Her mission to start A covid call centre In the depth of the heart

users that the Council Hob Hill car park remains open with over 250 spaces at no charge and Sainsbury’s car park has twenty paying spaces that are open for public use every day. Councillor Thomson can be contacted on: 07747 044858 philip.thomson@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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A process in place Helping the Shielding kind The Teams soon grew With the hub in the hall Parcels going out To those who’d give us a call The calls came more varied We continued to support From food, lack of money and the multi vitamin sort The crisis not over yet But we’re still here for you Sue’s little angels “The telephone Crew!”

about access to services. The needs of the public may well change again before the lockdown is over. But the residents of Redcar and Cleveland should be assured whatever happens next, the Community Support Hub Team will be right there at the end of the phone ready and willing to help. Councillor Mary Lanigan, Leader, said: “The Community Support Hub Team has provided a crucial service during what is an unprecedented situation. They have had and made thousands of calls and ensured people have food, supplies and support. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to each and every one of them.” Call 01642 771122 or email support@redcarcleveland.gov.uk for advice and support.


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By Carl Quartermain

nce again dog waste bags have been allowed to pile up on the South Gare Beach entrance; this has been a continual disgrace for years and until now only resolved through the good will of volunteers. As a resident and organiser of Friends of Redcar, I arrange litter picks year in year out, including this area and it’s one that particularly infuriates me along with most others who visit here because it is so selfish and unnecessary. I always feel it ironic that these dog owners drive to the South Gare for the environment and scenic views but then leave it looking like this? We require fresh action from the local authority, not an expectation that community groups and volunteers will deal with it using their time, equipment and vehicles. The mess gathering today is similar to previous years. The worst situation was two years ago when a makeshift bin was put there(see attached). A kind resident who uses the South Gare had the idea to put a makeshift bin here which he would empty to convert the waste for compost. Unfortunately it quickly became too much for this well meaning person and what was left was beyond disgusting as it was never going to be emptied by the authority or the landowner. As it is today, it was very hot and the stench was repulsive. There were flies everywhere and it was hot sweaty work which myself and my wife sorted out for over four hours because we couldn't expect volunteers to do this work. We have cleaned this area up a number of times over the past six years also along with other groups such as Surfers Against Sewage, with businesses and with residents who use the Paddy’s Hole area. Every time there is a growing mound of dog waste varying in size depending on the last time it was cleared.

This year we haven’t had the opportunity because of the lockdown and the risks involved and so these bags have continued to pile up from last year with no hope of being cleared up. I cannot expect volunteers to do this work now we are coming out of the lockdown and I have decided enough is enough. The authority must act on this environment hazard and encourage a long term plan with the land owner and no longer rely on the good will of the people. Questions often asked are; Why does it get like this? This is because of some very selfish people who do not care about the environment they or others walk in. They don't care about the sight or the smell. They don't care about the health risk or that families will come through here with their children sometimes barefoot. They don’t care that eventually somebody else will end up clearing this up most likely volunteers because it won’t be the council. Knowing that there are no bins they still willingly bring dogs down here. I am sure there are many responsible dog owners who are equally angered by this selfishness. Why doesn't the council clean it up? Because it isn't public land and therefore it would be the tax payer paying for a private clean up. The council van will come to pick up collected litter on request as a courtesy to community volunteers for making the effort but strictly speaking it isn't their responsibility. Whose land is it? This land belongs to PD Ports. Potentially the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) may have management rights here too. Jacob Young MP has just been given a free pass onto the STDC board so I have written to him requesting his influence to act. Why dont they put signage and a bin in and get it emptied regularly?

Because PD Ports do not actually want to encourage people onto their land. Putting in bins increases their liability if someone gets injured. Putting in bins would be seen as an invitation and encouragement onto their land. Signage has to come from them or the STDC too but again is it desirable for them to do so? This needs to be readdressed. Why don't they put in CCTV cameras? Because they're not interested in catching anyone doing this. They don't want to spend time and money on cameras, staffing and following up on this anti-social behaviour. If the environment here isn't pleasant it may put people off from what is effectively trespassing. Why doesn't the council take hold of this land into public ownership so it can be managed? They were trying to under the last Labour administration. The last CEO, Amanda Skelton, was working in partnership with PD Ports and STDC amongst many others to take some managerial

control of this site and was working towards creating a visitor destination, including a visitor centre with environmental and wildlife groups. I myself attended numerous meetings to drive this forward. It was the best opportunity this area had to get waste facilities. However this project appears to have been abandoned along with the CEO who was removed last year as a cost cutting exercise by the LibDem/Independent administration. This project was never picked back up and is now dormant and leaderless. Why doesn't the environment agency or environmental officers in the council take action against the landowner? I have written to the cabinet member and copied in the relevant officers and MP to see what action can be taken. I certainly would not expect the council to remove this waste without receiving revenue for doing so either. My request is to approach the landowner and come up with a long term solution.


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New foster carer tells how taking on a teenage boy has “transformed my life for the better”

I knew I might, hopefully, have a good effect on him - but I never thought of the effect he would have on me, how he has transformed my life so much.” These are the words of foster carer Tamlyn, 45, who until last December was enjoying life as a single, professional woman with few responsibilities but is now committed to looking after a once-troubled teenage boy. She is taking part in the council’s latest campaign to encourage more people to consider fostering. “I think I’ve been very lucky to have such a brilliant, young man in James (note: not his real name). I had been doing some respite care, giving people breaks at weekends now and again, and I knew him from that. Then I got a call just a week or so before Christmas. James had crisis in his life. He needed somewhere to stay desperately. “It was an emotional time for him and he was here on Christmas Day. My whole family rallied

round, my mum, my sister and my cousin and we made it fun. My mum is much softer on him than she ever was with me! She smuggles him sweets with his magazines. I have a dog, Bertie, and that definitely helped him settle. He loves that dog.” Tamlyn doesn’t shy away from the challenging side of becoming a foster carer. “I can’t say it has all been plain sailing,” she says, explaining she grew up in a single parent family on a tough estate and is “very aware” of the challenges some of our young people face. “I won’t say nothing is ever wrong or anything like that. For example, he raised his voice to me and we had words about that. But my friends with their own children say much the same. “I am single and have a professional, full time job in corporate finance and so I don’t think I’m what is thought of as a typical foster carer. In fact, I’ve told people at work and they have become interested in fostering knowing you can work at the same time. And James sees me go to work every day and it’s good messages for

Redcar law firm sees surge in will requests during lockdown

●● Gemma Brooke, director and head of conveyancing, wills and probate at Cygnet Law

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ygnet Law in Redcar has seen a rise in requests for wills since the coronavirus lockdown began on 23 March and has had to employ creative solutions to fulfil the demand. Many people have become concerned about estate planning and preparing for the future in light of the recent news about the coronavirus. This has led to a significant rise in enquiries from people looking to put their affairs in order. As wills must be signed by the both the person concerned and two witnesses simultaneously, it is not possible to complete one without some faceto-face contact. This has meant the team at Cygnet Law has needed to work on solutions that ensure all

documents are legally binding whilst adhering to government guidelines on social distancing. Gemma Brooke, director and head of conveyancing, wills and probate, said: “The current circumstances have led to a lot of people contacting us wanting to create wills. We have heard from clients that this has given them a bit of control and offered some peace of mind in these very difficult times. “We’ve created a system where we do the majority of the work remotely, using phone or video conferencing, scanning or posting documents for clients to check, and getting everything as ready as it can be so that as little as possible is done face-to-face. “The team has collected signatures on doorsteps and driveways, while adhering to social distancing rules. It’s not something we’ve ever had to do before, but we’ve just had to think of creative solutions. “For those clients who have preferred to attend our office to sign their wills, our priority has been to ensure that this has been done in a managed and controlled way, adhering to social distancing rules at all times whilst still offering this vital service to our clients” For anyone who would like to discuss creating or updating an existing will they are encouraged to contact the team on 01642 777680 who will be more than happy to assist.

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●● Tamlyne and her dog, Bertie him, for example he needed new tyres for his bike and said, ‘how can we afford it,’ and I could say, ‘well, I work, we can do it.’ “There are days I look back at my old life and think, ‘I could do with a bit of that freedom today.’ But it doesn’t last long because there’s a whole new part of my life now. There’s things we do routinely, like rock climbing or I’ll have a go on his computer games (he is brilliant at them), which I would never, ever have done before. And we have laughs together. He’s a really funny kid. “James is excluded from mainstream school – although he is in a specialist school to get back on track - and has missed out on a lot of education but has made these really big improvements. He does an engineering course and is doing well. He even has a girlfriend now and he is even talking about becoming a policeman, which I don’t think would ever have been the case before. “There’s lots of smaller changes that you notice that mean a lot. This morning he was up 20 minutes early to get to his ‘school’ and was really smart. He also saved up his pocket money for a long time to buy himself new headphones. It doesn’t sound a lot, but it’s great progress for him. “He makes me so proud.” Sam Underwood, the new Panel Chair of the Redcar and Cleveland Fostering Panel, said becoming a foster carer was an extremely serious commitment but brought great satisfaction and rewards. “We never have enough of these wonderful people,” says Sam, a former primary

school headteacher who worked as a teacher in several schools in areas of high deprivation. “If you look at the country as a whole there’s 83,000 to 84,000 children and young people in Local Authority care and that figure has been going up every year for a long time - so it is a crucial role. “I saw for myself the positive benefits of fostering on so many young people when I was a teacher and that’s why I became involved in fostering panels 17 years ago. Being on a foster panel is a chance to find out about people considering becoming foster carers and assess them and I have to say I have met some of the most brilliant, committed people. However, there isn’t a ‘type.’ We need all kinds of people to help look after and support all kinds of young people. Obviously, it isn’t for everyone – but I would urge anyone to give it serious thought.” Councillor Alison Barnes, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “Our most vulnerable children deserve the best and we have some of the most amazing people – just like Tamlyn - who are prepared to give them a chance. It’s really heartwarming to hear how she and James are having such a fantastic effect on each other. Of course, we always need more foster carers and, as Tamlyn says, it does not mean you have to give up work. We just need ordinary, decent people to step forward to be role models for children and young people in our community.” Find out more about becoming a foster carer by calling our foster team on 01642 444087 or visit www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/fostering.


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Virtual Open Event to give a digital peek behind Middlesbrough College’s closed doors exactly they can expect to learn on different courses. Most important students can apply online if they haven’t already done so.” Visitors can also find out more about the fantastic free travel benefits for students, which includes free bus travel to and from College across the East Cleveland region. Teachers from across Middlesbrough College departments – many of them with years of real industry experience – have been delivering courses remotely during the lockdown period. School leavers considering their next steps in education can discover everything Middlesbrough College has to offer on their doorstep, via a virtual open day on Thursday July 2nd between 11:00am – 5:00pm. Middlesbrough College will virtually open its doors so that students and parents can step inside the campus via their laptop or mobile, to see first-hand the various options available which include A Levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships. Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of the Middlesbrough College, explained: “The present situation is causing a lot of

uncertainty and anxiety for school leavers and their parents about what comes next. “That’s why we’ve prepared new virtual ways to keep students and parents informed and show them the exciting range of ways they can train for high quality careers in this region– with skills that are in demand by employers. “They’ll get to have one-on-one conversations via Live Chat with our expert teaching staff – many from industry backgrounds. “They can also take a close look at our facilities, see the college virtually on our 360 degree tours, find out about entry requirements and what

Don’t worry, we are still taking online applications for courses starting in September. We have a place for you.

They are helping learners achieve industry-recognised qualifications, from entry level right up to higher education. Zoe added: “We know it’s an unsettling time, but school leavers should know that we’re looking after their future.” “We are guaranteeing all applicants a place to study with us in September. We know that schools will be calculating your GCSE grades after the cancellation of exams, but please be assured that no matter what your grades are, we can help you achieve your career ambitions and make sure you are enrolled on a course perfect for you.”


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Glorious Gladys is celebrating her 100th Birthday!

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By Erica Legg

ladys Russell celebrated her 100th Birthday on Thursday 11th June. We should have been celebrating with a family party but unfortunately this has had to be cancelled. Instead, her grand daughters and great granddaughter set up a Facebook group 'GloriousGladys' to celebrate Gladys' life, loves and special memories. The group has 200 members and has been a great way to connect family as far away as New Zealand. All members of the family have contributed with photo's and memories, one day we were able to go back six generations, sharing the loveliest, oldest wedding photos and another we have a cheese scone bake-off which Gladys scrutinised and judged. Gladys is very well known in Guisborough and the post office, which she officially opened at the age of 94, offered to keep a mail sack for people

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wanting to send cards and gifts. Gladys frequents many of the coffee shops in town and it is rumoured she often takes a little bottle of brandy to pop in her coffee, her medicine as she calls it, that keeps her young! She is a huge fan of Weatherspoon's where she goes every Tuesday afternoon with her friend, this lock down is really scuppering her social life! A local coffee company have created a two minute video, which will be posted on the group next week to teach all family and friends how to make an Irish coffee, which they could make on her birthday and celebrate at home. A keen music lover and still going to music concerts at 99, Gladys would of loved a message from Callabro on her big day as she once had breakfast with them in Leeds the morning after their concert, but as this seems unlikely, a young lad, Ian James offered to come and sing a few Westlife numbers outside Gladys’ home on the big day. The local MP Simon Clarke asked if he could zoom call Gladys on her big day and Gladys’ large family of four children, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and all the in-laws attempted a zoom call to watch Gladys cut her cake. Gladys has always been a keen walker, she was in a walking group until her 80's and the photo's that we've posted have inspired members of the group to get out walking and not complain about the hills, as said by one member. In 1976, Gladys inherited a Save the Children money box from a close friend; she has been collecting her copper for the charity, who collect them twice a year, for 42 years. In recognition of this the family set-up a Just Giving page for Save the Children, we have been contacted by the local fundraiser who has said that she has requested a letter from the Chief Exec in the UK, this is on its way and the team will be sending a card. The page is currently up to £430 and we are aware that many people put donations in Gladys Birthday cards so we are hoping to reach close to £1000 to add to Gladys loyal support for the charity.

Tees Valley Mayor backs new Tees crossing with £24m

ees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has progressed plans for a new crossing over the River Tees by committing £24m and has urged the government to remain committed to funding the hugely important infrastructure project, despite the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. After two years of work, Mayor Houchen submitted the final business case to the Department for Transport last October. The plan includes a new a two-lane northern viaduct, an extra southbound lane and a widening of the A66 between Teesside Park and the viaduct. The ambitious transformational project was backed by the Government during last year's General Election. In November during a campaign visit to the SubSea Innovation factory Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the Government fully backed the scheme. Mayor Houchen’s funding commitment comes after the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his last Budget a £4.2 billion, five-year transport funding settlements for the eight Mayoral Combined Authorities. As part of this Mayor Houchen is aiming to secure extra transport cash totalling £344.5m. Commenting Mayor Houchen said: “The coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on all our lives and while I remain focused on making sure the health and wellbeing of everyone in Teesside,

Darlington and Hartlepool is protected, we need to make sure we deliver on my plan to make sure our region gets the cash we deserve so we can create more local jobs. “A new crossing is vital so that the hard-working people of our region can quickly and easily get from A to B. It will mean our amazing businesses can focus more on doing what they do so well without having worry about delays and congestion and it will attract more investment and create more jobs if we have better connectivity throughout our region. More investment and more businesses in our region means more good quality, well paid local jobs. That’s why I’m backing this truly transformational project with the cash it needs. “Government has rightly provided unprecedented levels of support in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This support means that when we come through this crisis Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool will be able to move forward once again from a good position. “The Government has been very supportive of a new Tees Crossing, recognising the important role a new crossing over the River Tees would play in boosting our economy. Now more than ever Government needs to remain committed to levelling up our region by improving key infrastructure, which is now going to be even more important once we have defeated this virus.”

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Simon Clarke announces £50m High Street fund Additional pars for Teesside

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imon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: "This fund marks the next step on our country's roadmap to leave lockdown safely. I hope it will make a real difference to high streets across our area, like Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Skelton and Loftus, when they are able to reopen. "We want councils to be able to prepare sensible changes like temporary pedestrianisation of some areas, one way systems and widening pavements to create more space - as well as more intensive cleaning. This new money will help make this possible and I'm delighted to have been able to commission it."

Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, said: "I welcome this funding to help us step towards a return to normal life on our high streets. Over the course of this lockdown period, the vast majority of people have listened to the rules and in the next stage we need to give them the ability to continue to. "As the shops slowly starts to reopen over the coming weeks, this extra cash will mean the council can put in place the steps to help people stay safe and keep their distance. "We want people to be able to start using shops again as soon as it’s confirmed safe, especially our fantastic small businesses who haven’t benefited from an online presence through this difficult period."

‘Lightning’ strikes twice on Swindale Lane

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By Councillor Steve Kay

hey say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but problems apparently

can! On 28th April, I visited Swindale Lane, near our home in Moorsholm, to pile fly-tipped tyres into a convenient place, on the verge, for the council’s ‘Clean and Green’ team to collect. And I put my back out in the process!! (Coastal View & Moor News Issue 109) Then, on Saturday 6th June, a neighbour phoned to tell me an ash tree had fallen across the Lane at what turned out to be the exact location the tyres had been dumped. You couldn’t make it up! As it was the weekend, I knew it unlikely the council could do anything before Monday, so my partner, Christine, and I decided to tackle the problem ourselves. We’d had a storm the night before, so we were expecting the worst. When we arrived at the spot, armed with saws, loppers, cold chisels and a sledgehammer, we saw that, thankfully, the blockage consisted only of branches, protruding about a third of the way across the narrow carriageway. We set too and, at first, made good progress but, as with all jobs, there was a problematic element. In this case, it was a thick, heavy branch, lying tight to the ground, that resisted our assaults by constantly jamming the saw. After struggling on, in the pouring rain, for at least half an hour, Christine suggested bringing the cold chisels and sledgehammer into play. I was dubious, thinking the chisels would get stuck for good. In the end, I gave way, and suddenly, hey presto, there was a loud crack and we’d literally made the breakthrough. Chris, you’re always right,

why don’t I ever learn? With the Lane finally cleared, off we went home, to change our clothes, enjoy a hot bath and wonder what will happen next at that seemingly bewitched, wooded spot, on Swindale Lane. Can lightning strike THRICE in the same place, I wonder…………………………………?


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Short Story By Philip Chisholm

Chapter One: The Portrait of Mary Lyons he old tread worn stairs wound upwards in the centre of the Georgian house up very high into the loft space of the fourth floor. Formerly these rooms would have been servant quarters; now they were full of old cast-off old furniture, an old metal bedstead, a mahogany inlaid wardrobe, several broken chairs, an old dolls’ house, a black bicycle with flat tyres and a large oval topped boarding school trunk initialled Master L Samuel. Opening the chest, it was stuffed with old broad wood carved picture frames; most were gilded though one with a distinctive rosewood veneer was a masterpiece. Held within its mounting was an oil painting of the most endearing face, a beautiful young woman dressed in a white blouse with a large cameo hung on a dark blue velvet choker around a slender neck. Her hand was elevated into an upright pose her elbow upon the chair arm and on her marriage finger a magnificent sapphire engagement ring. Looking further around the loft room, there set within its darkest corner was the same chair as in the painting. It lay discarded covered in dust, its velvet seat coverings were moth-eaten, though the chair itself was still sound. Dr James Churchill placed his discovered painting on the old chair and carried them both down the many stairs into a hive of building and decorating activity taking place throughout the whole body of the house. James was freshly qualified as a GP after several years as a surgeon in Leeds hospital. He had just moved into this splendid house within Stokesley, North Yorkshire where he was to take up the position as a country Doctor within this idyllic quiet country market town. As James reached the bottom of the stairs, he saw

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a bent old lady standing in the large open doorway. She stood at the top of the very old time trodden stone steps, steps that were framed with wrought iron bannisters either side which curled around to join onto smart black-painted railings, these railings were set along the front of the terrace house beside a broad stone flagged pavement. "Hello, can I help you?" James said. "Not really young man, I was just looking. I used to work in this house. Indeed I worked here for fortysix years. I was the old master’s cook being only fourteen years old when I started," said the old lady "How wonderful, my name is Dr Churchill". "Yes I know, you're the talk of the town, You're the first new Doctor in the area for many years. I think everyone will be ill the first day you start work just to take a look at you. “Sorry, my name is Miss Sharples, though everyone called me Maude." "Come in won't you" issued James. "I guess you will be keen to see the old house now it is being redecorated from top to bottom. How long is it since you worked here?” "Thank you, yes young man. It's been several years since I stood in this entrance hall, it has many memories.” It was then that Maude noticed the old painting and the chair. "Why Sir, that's the Master's chair and the portrait of his fiancé Miss Mary Lyons. She was Lord Westerdale's daughter. Where on earth did you find them?” Please Miss Sharples come into the front room, it's the only room finished.” The room overlooked the street through a massive bay window which had two Berjoire armchairs centred by coffee table between them. The floorboards were highly polished with bourne-seal giving off that old manor house traditional aroma. Centred in the room was a beautiful hand woven wool carpet. A large piano was against the wall behind the entrance door, opposite an imposing black marble fireplace inlaid with Wedgwood pictorial tiles focused the room broad dimensions

The fireplace had two very large brown leather masculine looking armchairs set either side of its hearth. "Sit down Miss Sharples; I am afraid I can't offer you a cup of tea as the kitchen is in the throws of being rebuilt." "That's alright Doctor another time perhaps, please call me Miss Maude." "Alright, now then, what can you tell me about the beautiful Miss Mary Lyons?” “Well Sir, I first met Miss Lyons at the Christmas party of 1886 it was the only time we met. Oh Sir the house was beautiful that holiday. A large Christmas tree stood in this bay window and over there the piano was in the same place as yours. That Christmas Eve the families sang in such harmony around it. "How cold it was that Christmas Eve, we had every fire in the house burning including those in our attic quarters. There are twelve fireplaces in the house you know? It was a full-time job for the parlour maid to keep them banked up and burning with heavy scuttles of coal to carry. “Mr Samuel owned the house; he worked as a Consultant Engineer for the steam engine builders in Shildon. His mother and father were staying over that Christmas holiday. I worked for Mrs Samuel at the Big House in Bradford, they made their money as book publishers and printers. “I remember waiting on Mrs Samuel one day, I was a very young girl, and was being taken in a hansom horse-drawn coach to a store called BrownMuffs in Bradford. Such a magnificent emporium, here she met with friends for afternoon tea. It was after that I was deemed suitable to attend the new house in Stokesley for their son. “It was upon that same Christmas eve party that Mr Samuel Junior announced his engagement to Miss Mary Lions. Doctor, his fiancée was just as beautiful as her portrait. We served lots of champagne that Christmas Eve. Lord Westerdale, her father, was an upright charming man who seemed to enjoy the

occasion immensely, though I wasn’t sure that Lady Westerdale was too keen on Mary's suitor. Anyway, all went well on Christmas Day, with so many guests in the house we were run off our feet I can tell you. "On Boxing day they all left very early in the morning for Lord Westerdales' home to attend the 'Boxing day hunt', a tradition in these parts when the Dales farmers turned out on their finest mounts to ride with the hounds. You should have seen the line of fine black horse-drawn coaches set outside as they waited to be loaded that morning. The horse's breath looked like steam coming out of their nostrils in the freezing winter morning chill. Then they were all gone leaving us in frantic activity cleaning the house from top to bottom.” Dr Churchill could see she was enjoying reliving her time within the house through twinkling eyes.


Coastal View & Moor News Online Issue 110 June 2020 “What a feast all the servants had late that afternoon in the back scullery, it was quite a holiday having the evening off and with so much food. Food that all required eating, so much left over from the masters Christmas festivities. It was a handsome occasion I can tell you. Then sir, everything suddenly changed with horrendous consequences. “We had not been expected the Master back that day, so when the coach drew up outside, and he came storming in throwing his hat and coat on the hall table we were taken by surprise. He shot into this room and locked the door; he was in there for hours. “In the end, we placed a tray of food on the hall table, and all went to bed. Next morning we found that the Master had slept through the night in that old chair, surrounding it upon the floor were several pencil sketches he had drawn of Miss Mary. “Eventually, after the Master returned from his commode, he summoned us all and announced that Miss Mary had been killed on the Boxing Day hunt, being thrown from her horse. “It was an awful shock to everyone, one-minute immense enjoyment and a bright future, then suddenly darkness and mourning, mourning which lasted years. Eventually, the Master painted that picture of Miss Mary was it hung on the wall in that corner next to the chimney breast until his death. The Master never married and lived the life as a solitary bachelor. Slowly over the years as his family died out and visitors became sparse we closed off most the rooms in the house. I was the sole remaining servant when he died. So there you have it, Doctor. It has been a lonely house for decades. Are you married, Doctor?” Dr Churchill cleared his throat. “No Miss Maude, I never married, no time. I inherited this house, being a distant relative of your Mr Samuel. It, therefore, seemed the most perfect of towns to practice with an opportunity to take over from your old Dr Fordyce who is retiring, so here I am. Chapter 2: The Practice That first morning as James walked into his new surgery Dr Churchill was greeted by a very efficient receptionist. It was only 7:05 am, and she already had the practice open with two patients in the waiting room to see the Doctor. "Hello, I am," "Yes, you’re Dr Churchill, I have seen you in town, everyone is fascinated to meet you. Dr Forsyth has been here so long, he is now in his late seventies, though you will find him still very fit, he has to be, as you will soon find out. Come this way I will show you around. One minute. "Mr Talbot, Dr Forsyth will see you now”. The reception room was long, with a parquet polished wooden floor leading to a blazing fire, the sides had beautiful tall leather-backed chairs in which one could not help but sit bolt upright upon. A wide glass door at one end sided off to a clinical-looking hallway with black and white tiles laid in a generic pattern upon the floor. Four large mahogany doors lead off the passage with matching thickly moulded surrounds that continued along to the skirting boards. Two of the doors opened into the surgery examination rooms, the others to a dispensary and a toilet washroom in which, one could only describe the plumbing, as amazing. "Here you are, Dr Churchill, this is you, your name has been painted on the door. It was ennobled upon a frosted glass panel in gold leaf, like you, it looks very handsome." She commented. Marjorie blushed as she walked away when as she had realised what she had just said. Dr Churchill did not have much time to look around, other than, he noted he had a roll-top desk beside a high window with two chairs for the patients to sit upon beside the desk, an extended leather examination couch and a glass cabinet with sterilised equipment set upon glass shelves within it. There was a knock on the door, and his first patient walked in. He was surprised to see it was Miss Maude! "Sorry doctor I am not poorly Marjorie your receptionist let me in. I have brought you the kitchen daybook from the old house; it lists all the

meals and receipts from 1880 to 1925. I thought you might like it, its part of the house. I also have baked you some shortcake biscuits; these were the master's favourites.". "Gosh Miss Maude that's wonderful, but you shouldn't have, thank you". James retorted. Chapter 3: The new GP The next knock on his surgery door saw Marjorie with a cup of tea. "I see you have met Miss Maude, what she doesn't know about the gossip of people in Stokesley is not worth knowing. She has been dining out for two weeks in Mary's tea rooms after you invited her in to see the old house. You are now the talk of the town, especially as your a bachelor. Every farmer in the Ridings are lining up their daughter for you. You will see in your post Doctor, you already have several invites for events. Judging the baking and preserves at the Stokesley show. Opening the carnival and judging the May Queen parade, and yes, the most important of them all, an invitation to dinner from Judge Calvert. Now that's a meal you will not want to miss as all the town fathers will be there to give you the once over. Good luck with that" she said, as the door closed behind her. Dr Churchill sat sipping his tea and indulging in a shortcake biscuit looking at the invitations; he had not thought about this side of country life being a town doctor. James had been used to the hustle and bustle of a busy hospital ward, a long shift and straight home to bed. There was another knock at the door and in walked Dr Forsyth. "Are we looking after you, James"? Dr Forsyth spoke in a soft Scottish accent; he had settled into practice in North Yorkshire after serving as a medical surgeon in the Great War. "O' I see you have started to get the invitations already, that's all part of the job I am afraid. I will be joining you to Judge Calvert's dinner party for moral support. Thank goodness it will be my last black tie. Do you have a dinner jacket? Now then, I am off on my rounds will you be joining me today?" Not so much as a question, rather of a command. James found himself driving a large black Daimler car down narrow country lanes into villages with names such as Great Ayton, Stainton, Easby, Busby, Potto, and Whorlton. After a couple of weeks driving the old Doctor around the countryside, the full depth and breadth of the country practice were falling into place. That was until one weekend having been left with the car while Dr Forsyth went away fly fishing, he received a phone call very late in the day. A phone call which had been pushed through to his home from the surgery. "Err that be the doctor"? Bertram here of Greenacres farm Chop Gate. My young boy is very sick, can't keep anything down and he has a fever!" The directions given to the farm did not mean a thing to him. In desperation Dr Churchill got in his car and drove to the village Constables house for help. "Now wait a minute doctor while I get my trousers on and grab my helmet, I will come with you". Constable Fred Chisholm knew the district like the back of his hand and especially all its people within their farm locations. As he got into the car, he said. "I understand we are to have your pleasure at Judge Calvert's dinner party, now that's a pretty do! You will need to be on your best behaviour. They do offer you a drink, but the Judge has given it up, and he is mean to those that still do enjoy a dram. Get my meaning?” It wasn't long before the car drew up outside Mr Bertram's farmhouse, a stone built a flat fronted building with a large door in the middle of tall narrow sash windows either side of the entrance. The house did not have electric light. "In here Doctor". He was given a paraffin lamp. The boy was laid on two chairs pushed together with pillows beneath him; his mother was holding his hand. "What's his name"? "Little Bertie after his father." An examination soon diagnosed acute appendix. "How soon can we get an ambulance here Fred?" Not easily Doctor. “OK, we will take him in my car with his mother, quickly now, we haven't a moment to lose. Where

is the phone, Mr Bertram?" "There is a call box at the end of the lane”. After phoning Hemlington hospital to advise the surgeon that he was bringing in an emergency and their need to prep the theatre, they were underway, and under PC Fred's timely directions, James found himself driving down narrow enclosed lanes, and through farmyards eventually they came out onto a B road set fine directly before the hospital. They rushed little Bertie straight into theatre. James rang through to Marjorie at her home where the phone had been diverted by their operator after his last call out. Despite it being very late she had to know where he was if required for further emergencies. "Thanks for ringing in Doctor, you are wanted at Judge Calvert house immediately, he has had a turn.” Constable Chisholm and James found themselves driving across the North Riding countryside for nearly an hour before reaching Old Skelton Hall. James grabbed his bag and rang the front doorbell, he stood in front of an imposing well proportions mansion set at the end of a half mile driveway. It was answered by the Butler called Mr George. "This way Doctor.” He was lead up an imposing staircase into a massive bedroom, a blazing fire was set in a carved sandstone setting. The Judge was laid on top of his bed. "Ah Doctor Churchill, I had hoped to meet you under better circumstances." "What's the trouble? Judge. "It's my legs, gout I am afraid, I am in so much pain". After an examination James discovered that the Judge had infected ulcers on both his legs. "Now Judge you are in urgent need of hospital attention we need to work on these ulcers immediately before you lose your legs, such is the depth of the infection". "No chance, can't you get a nurse to come in and look after me? After all, I am one of Dr Forsyth’s last private patients. Chapter 4: I nfluenza The weeks lead on into months. Constable Chisholm arranged for a local boy William from the garage to look after the doctor's forays into the countryside as navigator, age seventeen he had grown up in these parts and knew all the shortcuts over the moors. After six months had passed, it came time for Dr Forsyth to retire, that was an event to remember. At the end of his morning surgery he knocked on Dr Churchill's surgery door, much as he had on the first day, poking his head around the door, he said. "That's me done then James, she is all yours and was gone" back to his beloved Highlands, with his dour manner, he would not abide a retirement party or indeed any fuss from his staff or patient. A year passed working on his own, each evening returning to his sizeable empty house. Many a night he would sit in his leather armchair drinking a Malt late at night writing up his notes looking up at the portrait of Mary Lyons. A portrait for some unknown reason he had paid for it to be cleaned and fully restored to expose her translucent porcelain features. Although she had never lived in the house, she took pride of place on the wall exactly where Mr Samuel had hung her, and like him occasionally imposed in ore upon her beauty and ever watching eyes. One day James found himself in the middle of an influenza outbreak. It was a bad one with the old falling ill on mass, on one day alone he had lost five patients, such community loss was extremely painful, he had to attend to a desperate child who did not recover from its illness. He worked flat out for several days with little, if any sleep. When finally he went down with the virus himself, he became ill very quickly, being so desperately tired and run down. Marjorie found him delirious in his bed after he did not answer his phone. Her immediate action was to ring her younger sister Louise a nurse at the Friarage hospital in

15 Northallerton. She arranged with the hospital surgeon a Mr Dickinson for Louise to take extra leave to come and look after Dr Churchill urgently. The days passed as James slowly weakened; a locum doctor came in several times. "All you can do for him now Nurse is keep him warm, try and get some fluids down him." Louise sat through the long nights tending to his needs, on the fifth day she pulled a chair up directly beside his bed, it was an old oak chair one she had brought through from the doctor's study. She held the Doctor’s hand, passionately willing him to recover. It was all she could do for him, by this time he was so frail and so very near to death. If only his fever would break? She thought. Looking at him, he was a handsome man with thick black hair and a dimpled chin. She raised her other hand that had been resting on the chair arm to support her tired head and fell fast asleep. Eventually James deliriously opened his eyes; strong daylight was coming through a crack in the bedroom curtains, a shaft of sunlight fell across the face of a lady sat with her hand raised to her chin the other holding his hand. His vision was blurred as he strained to acquaint himself of such a beauty that sat before him. James spoke. "Mary is that you, how can this be?" Louise awoke to find the doctor looking at her. "James, I am not Mary, you're awake? I am your nurse, you have been very poorly. Come on, let me help to sit you up a little". She bathed his face and hands and gave him a drink of fresh cold water. To her amazement his fever had finally broken, something they had not expected. From then on it took James another week before he was well enough to enjoy a bath on his own, all this time he called his nursemaid Mary. Marjorie from the surgery came round several times with food and to also check up on her sister state of health along with that of the doctors; such had been her efforts on behalf of the resident patient. It was on just such a visit that Miss Maude arrived on the doorstep with a freshly baked chocolate cake. Louise answered the door. Miss Maude froze dropping the cake tin. Marjorie pushed around to see what the commotion was. "Are you alright Miss Maude, you look as if you have seen a ghost”? "I think I have." Looking closely at Louise over the rim of her spectacles, Maude gazed intently at Louise. “Why Miss Maude this is my sister Louise, you had better come in and sit down". They took Miss Maude into the front sitting room which had been closed up throughout Dr Churchill's illness. The sisters both pulled back the large heavy curtains together from either side which hung on rings from the oak poles across the broad bay window. These curtains had been closed; indeed all the curtains in the house had been closed, it was a tradition of the town folks, that when someone within the house was so gravely ill, the house looked close up in anticipation. Turning around they saw Miss Maude motionless pointing up at a portrait beside the fireplace, a picture amplified by the intense light now shining into the once closed up stuffy room. The two sisters gasped out loud in total shock and ore, for there hung upon the wall was the portrait painting of Mary Lions in the perfect likeness of Nurse Louise in every detail… As the doctor slowly recovered it soon became time for Louise to leave and return to the hospital in Northallerton. But Dr James Churchill had other ideas and offered her the position as the practice nurse in his surgery. Four months later they were married, and the townhouse was finally, after half a century, filled with laughter and eventually lots of children. As to their names, the firstborn girl was called Mary. For it was the vision of Louise's face that given him strength. For seeing her sitting in the old chair with her porcelain beauty, a beauty that had brought him back from death's door. ©Philip Chisholm


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Post lockdown plans drawn up in Redcar and Cleveland to improve safety

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lans have been drawn up to safely reopen Redcar and Cleveland’s high streets and to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians as lockdown eases. The Council has received two pots of funding from Government to allow members of the public to have more space and stay within social distancing rules. More than £121,000 will be dedicated to adapting the borough’s main high streets and beach fronts so visitors, shoppers and businesses can be assured of their safety and to make being out and about in the borough’s town centres as pleasant as possible. Initially, the public will see measures such as new signs, street markings and temporary barriers to help people keep their distance. The Council is also consulting with local businesses in the borough’s busiest places such as Guisborough, Redcar and Saltburn to see if and what further physical changes need to be implemented in the coming weeks. This will be continually reviewed. The second pot of funding - worth £86,000 - will be dedicated to delivering projects that will allow cyclists and pedestrians to have more space Plans are focused on providing new routes for cyclists and encouraging residents to walk and cycle where they can, including using a network of existing routes: 1. Reducing through traffic on Wilton Lane between Guisborough and Wilton turning the road into a quiet lane for walking & cycling. This link will allow cyclists to safely join the National Cycle Route 1 (NCR1) network between the Wilton business and industrial site to Redcar town centre; 2. Improving the pedestrian and cycle route between South Bank Railway Station and Flatts Lane Country Park. Councillor Wayne Davies, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming our residents and visitors back to our high streets and for businesses to begin trading again. “Health and safety has to be our main priority during these times, so we will need everyone’s patience and co-operation as we roll out some of these changes. “We are speaking with our local businesses to see what additional practical solutions might be needed so people can visit our seafronts, and shop and visit cafes safely. Of course, we want to encourage people to come and visit our borough, and to spend their money locally, but we need to ensure it is safe for them to do so. “It is also vital that we take the opportunity to make our transport network as accessible as possible to pedestrians and cyclists while at the same time as ensuring we adapt to the new realities of daily life as the lockdown eases. These plans are small part of how we can achieve just that in the months and years ahead.”

New powers for councils to keep cyclists safe • Local Authorities given new tools to crack down on misuse of mandatory cycle lanes • Increasing numbers of cyclists will continue to enjoy car-free cycle lanes • Plans are part of Government work to build a greener, healthier and more resilient transport network

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yclists will have safer journeys thanks to new laws coming into force from 22 June, Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced. Local authorities in England will have new powers to use CCTV to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who park or load illegally in mandatory cycle lanes, putting cyclists at risk of a serious accident. Cars parked on cycle lanes pose problems for cyclists, often forcing them into the flow of traffic. With approved camera devices, it will be easier for those local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to take action against cars illegally parked on mandatory cycle lanes, allowing cyclists to complete their journeys without deviating from their path. This announcement is the latest measure from the Government to develop a greener, healthier and more resilient transport network in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes as part of Bike Week [6-14 June], which will see a range of organisations – led by Cycling UK – encourage everyone to get pedalling to boost their fitness and protect the environment. Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Across the country there has been a surge in the number of people dusting off their old bike from the back of the shed and cycling, or taking journeys on foot, to get from A to B. “Giving local authorities more powers to stop cycle lanes from becoming blocked will make

it safer for cyclists. “These new measures also build on our recent £2bn investment to create a green, healthier legacy and see more people travelling by bicycle or on foot.” This measure will help get more cyclists on the road and alleviate pressure on public transport infrastructure, giving people the confidence to use their bike for more journeys – perhaps for the first time. This news follows the Transport Secretary’s announcement of a £2bn package for cycling and walking last month to help create a greener transport network. This included £225 million for local authorities in England to create pop up cycle lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and bike and bus-only corridors. The public will also be able to benefit from the recently announced bicycle repair scheme, where up to half a million £50 vouchers will be issued to people in England to help get neglected bikes back on the road. • This announcement will not affect fine levels which currently sit at a maximum of £130 in London and £70 elsewhere. • There are two main types of cycle lane: mandatory and advisory. A mandatory cycle lane excludes all other vehicles for all, or part of, the day. It is demarcated by a single unbroken white line on the carriageway, and should be placed in conjunction with upright signs notifying other road users when it is in operation. An advisory cycle lane is marked with a broken white line and without upright traffic signs. These may be used in situations where mandatory lanes would be too restrictive, typically where road width is restricted and motor vehicles might occasionally need to encroach on the lane. • The SI was laid on 29 May and comes into force 22 June.


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Tees Valley Mayor submits key planning application for former SSI steelworks development

n June 1st Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen submitted a planning application to Redcar and Cleveland Council that will spearhead the redevelopment of a key piece of land at the former SSI Steelworks site. The plans will see a new roundabout and road access created for the Grangetown Prairie site – a 150-acre area that is one of the first sections of land to be developed. The development of the new road will also include important improvements to the existing Eston Road. Last month Mayor Houchen announced that Hartlepool-based Seymour Civil Engineering had been appointed to start site clearance and preparation work at the Prairie site, as part of a multi-million contract, and the firm has also been contracted to carry out this latest work. Awarding the contract to the Hartlepool firm, which is providing jobs for local people, emphasises Mayor Houchen’s commitment to give businesses in the Tees Valley the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic. The clearance work began less than a week after the successful outcome of the compulsory purchase inquiry into the former SSI steelworks. The inquiry granted the South Tees Development Corporation powers to purchase the former SSI steelworks, along with a further 112 acres of land, following a threeyear-battle. Eston Road currently provides access into the South Tees Eco-Park and Freight Park from the A66 at Grangetown. As part of the news plans to improve access to the Grangetown Prairie Eston Road will be

widened. Works along the eastern side of Eston Road will create dedicated foot and cycleways, as well as a new four-arm roundabout at the bend in the road, with two new internal access roads into the Prairie site. Mayor Houchen said: “When we won the Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry, I said we wouldn’t be wasting any time and I meant it. In less than a month we’ve appointed a fantastic company from Hartlepool to begin crucial preparation work at the Prairie site and we’ve now submitted a key planning application to unlock the site. “This work will once again be carried out by a local business who employ local people, which is more important than ever due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in because of the coronavirus. We need to do everything we can to support local businesses during this difficult time, and there’s no better way of doing that than giving them work on one of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe. “I’ve always said this redevelopment will be about creating good quality, high skilled local jobs for local people. Having a fantastic local business like Seymour shows it won’t just be the surrounding community that will benefit, it will be the whole of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. “I’m putting the building blocks in place to deliver a brighter future this site, a future that will see the creation of a world-class centre focused on the clean energy, offshore and innovation sectors. “The rusting steel making infrastructure is not just a scar on the landscape, it is a reminder of the 3,000 jobs that were lost when SSI closed in 2015

– something that should never have happened. The redevelopment of the steelworks will create thousands of good quality, high skilled local jobs for local people, and the development of the Prairie site is a key first step in my plan in delivering these jobs.” Councillor Mary Lanigan, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet Lead for Inward Investment, said: “It is a tribute to the hard work of a lot of people for a long time that significant progress is now being made to develop this internationally important industrial site which has the potential to provide thousands of high quality jobs for generations to come. "The big news is the land is now in public control and now more development plans are being made which must, of course, be properly looked at and I am pleased that this application is being submitted to the council for consideration. "We will continue to work with people, organisations and companies in the Tees Valley, the country and around the world to do what it takes to

attract the investment this borough deserves.” Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, said: "It was only a few weeks ago that the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen took control of the former SSI steelworks site following a successful CPO inquiry, along with a number of small pieces of land. Work to clear the site began more or less immediately after that and now we're already working on the infrastructure. "This new road and roundabout are about creating access for the Grangetown Prairie Lane and represent the first step in developing the land, opening Redcar up for investment and - most importantly - bringing thousands of jobs to our area in the coming years. "Coronavirus has hit the UK economy hard but pressing ahead with our ambitions for the site with be key to our local recovery, and Ben Houchen and his team are clearly wasting no time with this. “Having been appointed to the STDC board, I am delighted to be working alongside Ben to help turn this site around for the people of Redcar and the wider borough."

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ummer is the time to be out and about, having fun with your four legged friend so here we have Dog Schools top 10 summer survival tips 1 Always adhere to the country code, close gates and keep dogs on lead around any livestock. Don't risk your dog being shot by a farmer. 2 Be prepared today with ticks and fleas, speak to your vet to get the best treatment, If you find fleas flea comb is the best for removing them, if you find a tick use a tick remover, if you are not confident speak to your vet. do not mess around as this can create an infection for the dog. 3 Watch out for grass snakes, they are blue/green in colourand not easily seen in grass. If your dog is bitten get your vet as soon as possible, do not mess about dealing with it yourself. 4 After your dog has been running around in grass, inspect dogs paws and between toes, around the neck and around legsfor grass seeds, remove as soon as possible as these can migrate into the dog and have become infected, if left there can be fatal consequences. 5 If you going out for the day take a water bottle with can, get lightweight aluminium holders that you can clip onto a rucksack and also a collapsable water dish these are generally lightweight and again can be clicked onto a rucksack.

6 If it's really warm either leave the dog at home or take the dog with you wherever you are going, when the outside temperature is 22 degrees the inside temperature of a car can reach 42 degrees. Don't take risk! Don't leave your dog in the car. 7 Remember to do a pavement check, pavements can become hot for paws, so do the 3 second hand test, place your hand on the floor if it's too hot for you it's too hot for paws. 8 Exercising your dog needs to be done early morning or late evening, during the day the heat is quite intense and this can cause heat stroke, if you are in sure put on a fur coat and run round for half an hour see how you feel .. 9 When out in the country be aware of what your dog is drinking blue green algae on stagnant water can be fatal for dogs, you would need to see a vet immediately. 10 In the home, keep blinds and curtains closed to stop heat build up, this keeps the room cool and the floors cool for the dog to sleep on. Looking for training visit our website www. dogschool.org.uk Want to be part of the dog school? Sign up for our weekly email or quarterly newsletter at dogschool121@gmail.org Stay Safe… Cath And Stan the Collie


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Plans to place Teesside at the forefront of the Government's Track and Trace programme have been praised by MPs

ecently the Government revealed that both Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland will be amongst the 11 areas that will be the very first to be part of the new track and trace programme. Contact tracing is a public health strategy that has been used successfully to combat infectious disease outbreaks across the globe and is key to safely reopening the economy. The new programme will work by tracking down all the contacts of any infected person and then taking action to find out who they've been in contact with to help break the chain of transmission. Both Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland have been identified by the Government as priority areas for the first roll-out of the programme - news that has been met with praise by MPs.

Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: “I am delighted Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland will be one of the trailblazing 11 areas that pilot the new track and trace programme. “This shows our area is at the heart of the Government’s plan to defeat Coronavirus and save lives. “This new system is going to be a key tool to allow us to leave lockdown in a safe and phased manner over the weeks ahead, and it is a big win for our community that we will be getting access from the very beginning.” Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, said: "This decision to place Redcar and Cleveland at the forefront of the Governments new test, track and trace strategy shows the government recognises the unique challenges we face here.

"Our area is being dealt with as a priority to help deal with Coronavirus and to begin our slow return to normality. "Test, track and trace is one of the steps that will enable us to do just that." Cllr Mary Lanigan, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “I am pleased that our region has been chosen as one of the country’s 11 best practice ‘test and trace’ areas, a measure to ensure that information will be shared across the country and which is crucial to the Government’s strategy for controlling the Covid-19 outbreak. “Although the number of cases in Redcar and Cleveland has been relatively low, Covid-19 remains a huge challenge and the health and wellbeing of our residents and visitors is central to everything we do. Hopefully, a successful test and

trace system will mean fewer people will contract Covid-19 and fewer families will lose loved ones to this terrible virus. We will play our full part in sharing best practice to help make this happen.” Tess Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I am delighted to see our Local Authorities will be part of the Government’s new local test and trace programme to combat the coronavirus. “As Mayor, my number one priority is the health, wellbeing and safety of everyone in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. Testing and tracing is essential if we are to defeat the virus and having a local programme to do this is something I have been pushing for. “While testing and tracing is vital, everyone must continue to play their part if we are to beat this deadly virus; so stay alert to keep the spread of the virus under control and save lives.”

Life on the frontline Beyond Housing Diary of a ‘Transformation Challenge’ supports free school officer working with people in crisis meals for local children

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lison Nairn’s working life helping transform the lives of people whose lives are in crisis or in serious trouble is more important than ever during the lockdown. And it has not stopped the mother-ofthree going to people’s homes – while always observing the rules and wearing PPE - to make sure they have the support they need. Ali, 48 of Skelton, explained that she is a member of the Transformation Challenge Team which provides intensive, one-stop support for people with a range of serious problems ranging from mental health problems to drug and alcohol issues to dealing with violence and homelessness. Here is Ali’s diary of a week in her life as a Community Key Worker. Monday Visited a gentleman who had recently lost his job as a contractor and had no money for food or his electricity and was waiting for his Universal Credit application to be processed. I popped round and had a chat to him making sure I adhered to the social distancing advice. One of his main concerns was he thought he would have to get rid of his closest friend - his dog. I reassured him that was not so – he didn’t know that I am the James Herriot of the team and I had even put some dog food in his food parcel too! I then went to visit one of my regular clients who’s currently living in a B&B and was in a situation where they had no money for food. I dropped a food parcel from the Foodbank off shared a few minutes to see how life was going.

Today was all about reassurance and helping the people I met work through their problems together and find solutions. Tuesday One of the services that I have been supporting is the prescription delivery service, so I went to Loftus to pick one up and deliver it to a resident in Redcar. The residents that we provide this service for are really grateful. After I had dropped the prescription off, I visited a client who was applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and needed help with the form. This is an opportunity to help clients understand how to complete these very confusing forms and often when you’re doing something like this it gives them time to relax and share any anxieties. I picked up that she was feeling isolated and having no credit on her phone. We made an arrangement for me to call her daily just to check in – that made her feel much better. Wednesday I met a colleague who, with her Health Improvement team, has been volunteering with Theresa Cave from the Chris Cave Foundation charity who have been supporting families across the borough with food parcels. They are all amazing people! Whilst working on the email helpline I was referring people to a variety of local community groups to get support with shopping, getting food parcels delivered and sometimes just a chat. Being a key worker, I need to have a really good knowledge of services within the area to enable me to signpost effectively and this has changed recently as there is so much community support in the current pandemic that isn’t usually there. Thursday Took some time to work at home catching up with my administrative side of the role…but the calls don’t stop. I had a call from an elderly lady who appeared to be confused but didn’t want to bother anyone. She and her husband both had health issues and I was concerned about them. Working with other professionals both in the council and other agencies it is crucial to keep those strong links so that

we can work together to support residents. I contacted the lady’s landlord Beyond Housing who also had concerns. Their Safeguarding Officer got in touch with the couple and was able to offer some advice and helped the couple get the support they needed. Friday A call from a client who was struggling and asked me to visit. When I arrived, she was really emotional, and this is where the current challenges of social distancing are hard as normally I would be closer to her offering reassurance. It’s much harder from a distance. We had a long chat on her path and it was clear she needed medical advice. I arranged a consultation for her with her GP for the afternoon and went back later to make sure she was ok. On to another two prescriptions to collect and drop off. Whilst on the road, I received a phone call from a concerned Police Community Support Officer. They had found a vulnerable person in the community and they had been taken to a safe place. The vulnerable person is one of our team’s clients therefore we were able to share information with the police were able to keep them safe. One of my last jobs of the week was to do a follow up call to an elderly lady who had been referred through the support email earlier this week as she was feeling very isolated. We had a lovely chat and I will be contacting again next week. At times like this, when people are feeling isolated and experiencing circumstances that are very different, it’s amazing how just that one call can make the difference. Roll on next week. * Councillor Mary Ovens, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is very important work at any time but at a time when so many vulnerable people are under strain it could hardly be more vital. The Transformation Challenge Team have had some very impressive results and Alison – and the whole team – are doing fantastic work under very difficult circumstances and have continued to work on the frontline right through the covid-19 crisis. They deserve the admiration and thanks of all of us.”

●● Rachael Crooks is front, 2nd left with colleagues and other volunteers before setting out to distribute the food packs.

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eyond Housing is supporting a scheme to provide free lunches for local children who are eligible for free school meals, which has been set up by the Ladies of Steel group in partnership with Dormanstown Primary Academy and local volunteers. The Ladies of Steel group has played a significant role within the community for a number of years, delivering weekly youth clubs for local children, parties and community days. Beyond Housing has helped the scheme by donating £450 to fund 300 meals at a cost of £1.50 each. The scheme is currently in its fourth week and the group has secured additional funding to operate for a further two weeks. Beyond Housing Community Connector Rachael Crooks became aware of the project while speaking with local community groups to find out what kind of support they were offering during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Rachael joined group members and volunteers, along with Beyond Housing colleagues Dave Sharp, Jacqueline Dale and Kevin Hughes, to help deliver some of the meals to local households and said: “I really loved taking part in this initiative from Ladies of Steel, which I believe is the only scheme of its kind to be operating in Redcar and Cleveland. It is helping those in hardship through the weekend and it gives families something to look forward to. The mothers I met were all very grateful.” Tracy O’Neill, Executive Director of Customers and Communities at Beyond Housing, added: “I’m pleased that Beyond Housing has had an opportunity to support this very worthwhile scheme which is helping to tackle the issues of family and child poverty, isolation and general wellbeing at this very difficult time.”


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Redcar and Cleveland College launches new course in policing

tudents with their sights set on a career in the police service could soon be able to pick up the skills of their future trade. Redcar and Cleveland College has announced the introduction of a full-time policing course starting this September. The two year programme will offer school leavers the chance to build the knowledge and skills required to become a police officer. One of just a handful of colleges across the region to offer the dedicated pathway, course leader Mark Watts said: “We are excited to be able to bring this opportunity to Redcar and Cleveland. For those with ambitions to join the police it is a chance

to prepare themselves for the real demands of the service.” The full-time programme will run alongside the college’s Public Services courses which offer routeways into a range of uniformed services such as the armed forces, the fire and prison service. Mark said: “By offering a policing pathway we can equip those students who know they want to work in the police with the very specific skills most needed.” The two-year Level 3 Extended Diploma will cover subjects including preparing for a career in the police, leadership, conflict management and teamwork along with optional units such as neighbourhood

policing and crime scene investigation. It will also offer students the chance to develop their physical fitness and get the qualification they need to move on to a university degree in policing. Mark said: “Like the public services course this is a very practical course that will help students to develop transferable skills that will help in all aspects of their life. We want to see our students progress to employment or further study and all of the skills learnt through the course will help towards the entry qualifications and requirements of the police service.” To find out more visit: www.cleveland. ac.uk/fulltime/policing/

Little Annabelle completes Ben Nevis Challenge in aid of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice

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Beyond Housing helps to launch ‘Chalk your Street’ campaign

●● Teaming up on the launch the Chalk your Street challenge are (from left).. Helen Kennedy, Development Officer, Youth Focus North East, Lee Harding, MFC Buss Coordinator, MFC Foundation and Rachael Crooks, Community Connector, Beyond Housing.

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ittle Annabelle Anson has smashed through her fundraising target for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough after completing a lockdown-style Ben Nevis challenge in her own home. Annabelle, aged seven, who lives with her family near Stokesley, climbed 612 flights of stairs over a 12-hour period, raising more than £1,000 for the hospice which provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and children from birth to five years. Kind-hearted Annabelle had originally set out to raise £150, so was delighted when family and friends rallied their support. Annabelle’s mother Kate, a paediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon at the James Cook University Hospital, said Annabelle had been aware of the work of Zoë’s Place through her school, and through the family’s own experience with her younger sister Emma. “Kate said: “Emma was born with Kabuki syndrome, a rare genetic condition, so we very

nearly needed the hospice ourselves. But she spent that much time in and out of hospital when she was younger that we didn’t use Zoë’s Place in the end. But we still learned a lot about the hospice and I can see it from the point of view of a parent, what a lifeline it is to many families, as well a surgeon. Kate added: “Annabelle wanted to do something which was significant enough to justify asking for donations, whilst also being able to complete the challenge indoors. “She rose to the challenge magnificently. By lunch time she was doing so well she decided to do it all in one go rather than over the weekend. Her dad Steve completed the last 100 flights with her. “She ached for a couple of days after but with every donation received she has had a big beaming smile on her face.” Proud Annabelle added: “It was hard work but I’m really glad I did it.” http://www.justgiving.com/AnnabelleAnson

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eyond Housing has helped to launch a colourful campaign to combat social isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chalk your Street Challenge invites East Cleveland residents to draw pavement pictures of their families with extended arms to connect them with similar drawings on neighbouring streets. Messages of thanks are also being written on the pavements for key workers, the NHS and local charity, Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) Foundation. In partnership with Youth Focus North East and MFC Foundation, Beyond Housing has donated more than 600 chalk packs and information sheets to get the project started. Many families across the area have already taken part, along with local children and teachers from Skelton and Lingdale primary schools. Once the artwork has been judged, Youth Focus North East has pledged to work with residents of the winning street to plan, design and deliver a street party for everyone

to enjoy once it is safe to do so, in line with government guidance. Rachael Crooks, Community Connector at Beyond Housing, said: “The response from East Cleveland has been beyond our expectations and we are truly amazed at some of the entries. This collaborative project has really opened our eyes to how such a simplistic idea can have a positive impact. People are truly connecting to others since being given the right opportunity.” Helen Kennedy, Development Officer at Youth Focus North East, said: “Bringing good old-fashioned community spirit to an area that I care about has been fantastic. This is a project which addresses isolation and loneliness for all ages and brings everyone together at a time when it matters most.” Lee Harding from the MFC Foundation added: “At MFC we really loved the idea. To bring people together, celebrate our communities and bring together a positive project and a celebration that we can look forward to is amazing.”


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Hospitals to provide mask and information stations

outh Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is setting up mask and information stations at its main hospital entrances to provide support to patients and visitors. In line with national guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus, face coverings must be worn by all patients and visitors entering hospitals or health services from Monday 15 June. The trust, which runs The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton and a range of community services, is

encouraging patients to bring their own face coverings when attending appointments. If patients don’t have their own face covering, masks will be provided from mask and information stations at main hospital entrances. The mask and information stations will be manned by therapeutic care volunteers from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week, and will be located at: � South Entrance � Bridge Entrance � Women and Children’s Entrance

� Endeavour Unit � Sliding door entrance near the lifts to wards 1 – 12 � Friarage Hospital main reception Beth Swanson, assistant director of nursing - quality and patient safety said: “We are encouraging patients and visitors to bring their own face covering with them such as a mask or scarf and to put this on prior to entering our hospital sites. “If anyone arrives for an appointment without a face covering our volunteers will be on hand to provide a mask as well as helping people find their way around

Hospital laboratory teams lead the way

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abratory teams at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were amongst the first in the country to develop round the clock on-site testing for COVID-19. Dedicated clinicians from the trust’s microbiology team volunteered to change their working hours to quickly set up a service to test patient and staff swabs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At one point the virology lab at The James Cook University Hospital was testing more than 300 samples a day, with the majority of results available in six hours. Sandra Gittins, virology lead biomedical scientist, said: “Our 11 specially trained virology staff now work shifts from 6am until midnight. Biomedical scientists and healthcare science support workers within the bacteriology department then help us out overnight. “I did not have to ask them to work the different shift patterns, they volunteered. It’s been an amazing response.” Therapeutic care volunteers help transport samples from wards to the labs and university students have also been providing support, assisting with specimen preparation prior to the testing process. “The teams have come together like one big family. I’m extremely proud of them,” added Sandra. The James Cook University Hospital was among the first in the region, second only to the public health laboratories in Newcastle, to begin providing diagnostic testing for patients suspected of being infected with COVID-19. Within just seven days the team had set up a fully

operational 24/7 testing and reporting service. Karl Hubbert, operations director, said: “The team regularly test for respiratory diseases and other outbreak scenarios which meant they were fully prepared for COVID-19. “The laboratory initially started testing approximately 30 samples per day and soon expanded this from 400 samples in the first week to over 1,500 samples in subsequent weeks. “The laboratory staff have worked continuously to improve turnaround times which have decreased from over 24 hours to less than six hours. “This has only been possible due to the dedicated commitment of the biomedical scientists and scientific laboratory support worker staff groups who, like other staff groups across the trust, have gone over and beyond their duties often staying late, working flexibly and undertaking additional shifts to ensure results are always turned around as quickly as possible. “Preparing samples, analysing them and looking at test results for coronavirus has become one of the main parts of their day, but the work they do testing for the disease is not too dissimilar to what they have always done throughout their careers. “The ability to test for COVID-19 in-house with timely results has meant that our patients have been able to begin treatment more quickly; this is also really important for the safety of our nurses, doctors and other frontline staff in helping with infection prevention and control and

reducing the spread of this disease.” Any spare capacity has been used to support testing at other local hospitals and care homes and the team will soon start to provide some community testing support as well. Karl added: “Every member of the team is sharing the load, and they are doing it with a smile on their face. I am incredibly proud and thankful to be part of this magnificent team.” The testing process Testing for the presence of COVID-19 has to be done by specialist, skilled staff in a fully equipped and accredited laboratory. It starts with a swab sample taken from deep at the back of the throat or nostril. This is sent to a virology laboratory where a biomedical scientist deactivates it in a safety cabinet (making it safe to work with). They then prepare it for RNA extraction – this occurs in an automated machine. Once the RNA genome of the virus is extracted, the biomedical scientist prepares it for real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. PCR testing detects the RNA genome of COVID-19 and copies it into DNA. It then multiplies and measures that DNA – indicating the amount of virus RNA present in the original sample. A report is prepared by a biomedical scientist monitoring in real time. Depending on the time samples arrive in the laboratory, the capacity of the machinery, the whole process takes around six hours to complete.

Crafters create thousands of NHS scrubs

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ore than 2,000 sets of scrubs and over 7,000 items, including bags and headbands have been sewn by an army of volunteers for staff at The James Cook University Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte Roche, from Marske-by-the-Sea, decided to create the Facebook group called ‘Sewing scrubs for James Cook JCUH’ after she saw a national appeal for scrubs on social media.

The mum of five said it was amazing to be able to help front line staff. “I wanted to help, but knew to make it work it would require organising and teamwork,” she said. “Originally we had about 30 people, but it grew very quickly until we had about 1,400 members across Teesside helping out. “This pandemic has made everybody feel so helpless and so reliant on our amazing NHS, there’s not much that we could do to help, but we could do this. It must be horrendous for the staff working through this, but if we can do anything, however small to make their lives a little easier or more comfortable, then it’s an honour to be able to do that.” Charlotte, who is a maths teacher at Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough and is currently working from home, said her son, William, played a big part in her decision to co-ordinate the sewing group. “I love James Cook Hospital. Having five kids means I’ve had a few unfortunate dealings with the hospital and it’s always been a positive experience, even if it shouldn’t have been. “When William, my youngest son was born in 2017, he was taken from me at a few minutes old as he was a

bit premature and poorly. He was taken to the neonatal unit into intensive care, and then moved to the high dependency unit a few days later. The care was beyond amazing. They (the staff) saved his life, and for that we can never thank the hospital enough.” She added: “This spurred me on more with the sewing thing and although this can never repay what they gave me, it’s my small contribution towards repaying that debt.” Lead therapeutic nurse, Debi McKeown, along with many other members of staff within South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has praised Charlotte and the other volunteers for their help during the pandemic. She said: “We are so grateful to all of the members of Sewing scrubs for James Cook JCUH. They have provided us with a continuous flow of sewn items and it has been so appreciated. They are absolute heroes.” The medical psychology team also expressed their thanks to the group. Don Brechin, head of psychology, said: “Charlotte and her team have been fantastic. They provided us with scrubs at very short notice when we needed them, and even went as far as to make a pair of leopard print scrubs for one of our team.”

the hospital site. “On leaving hospital masks should be removed and disposed of in the bins provided.” Debi McKeown, lead nurse for therapeutic care, said: “As always our amazing volunteers have stepped up to support us with this. We are incredibly lucky to have so much generosity of time from them.” To protect patients, visitors and staff, patient visiting remains suspended on all trust hospital sites with only a few exceptions. For the latest updates visit southtees. nhs.uk.

The NHS is here to support your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

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he coronavirus pandemic has led to fewer people accessing NHS services for a range of conditions, including support with mental health problems, learning disabilities, autism and dementia. Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), providers of mental health and learning disability services across the north of England, are urging people to seek support if they need it. John Lawlor, Chief Executive of CNTW and Chair of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) Mental Health programme said: “We know that many people are understandably worried about catching or spreading the virus. People are also worried about being a ‘burden’ on the NHS system. But the NHS is here to support your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as your physical health. “You shouldn’t put off seeing a doctor about a physical health condition, and the same goes for your mental health: the earlier you seek help, the better.” “We are also working hard with our colleagues across the Integrated Care System to find new ways to support people who are struggling with their mental health as quickly as possible during this crisis. For example, at CNTW we are working alongside TEWV to divert mental health calls away from NHS 111 operators and provide advice to paramedics attending mental health-related calls.” If you need urgent help with your mental health right now, you can use the NHS 111 online service or call 111. If you are concerned about the mental health of your child, please contact your GP or check online self-referral options for under 18 year olds at www.nhs.uk/conditions/ stress-anxiety-depression/ If you’re already being supported by CNTW or TEWV, you should continue to access services as usual, unless you have been told that there have been changes in how support is being provided. Your key worker should discuss with you any changes to the support you’ll be receiving. If you have a learning disability or Autism and need medical help, reasonable adjustments will be made so you get the right care and support. Your local community teams and crisis support lines are still available if you are feeling worried or anxious. Colin Martin, Chief Executive at TEWV added: “It is understandable if you feel you need more mental health support at the moment. Lots of people are facing stress and anxiety about their own health and the health of friends and family; bereavements; financial insecurity, and changes to how they must live and work. Mental health services are still open to provide advice, support and, where needed, care and treatment from our expert professionals. Please speak to your GP or Care Coordinator if you feel you need more support.” The NHS is still here to support your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll give you the care you need.


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er of the badge to local community STREET ART BRINGS COMMUNITIES TOGETHER Working in partnership with Beyond Housing and Youth Focus North East, MFC Foundation have been running a competition where communities were encouraged to chalk their streets. The initiative was designed to bring the communities together in a time where we need each other more than ever. The results were spectacular on and off the pavements as communities from Saltburn to Skelton, Loftus to Lingdale and many in between were given free packs of chalks. Competition results were not known and the time of publication, but one resident, who didn’t want to be named, commented: “Just to be involved was a privilege. We’d like to the thank the Foundation for giving us a chance. The whole street was out, and I’ve never seen that before, it has got everyone talking which is great.

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DONATIONS KEEP FLOODING IN AS CRISIS CONTINUES TO BITE Backed by donations from His Church, Greggs, McVities and Yorkshire Tea, MFC Foundation have been able to sustain delivery levels to many charities and good causes throughout the region, such as the East Cleveland Good Neighbours Scheme.

A new superhero and a rather genteel Disney character have joined forces to help MFC Foundation keep up the free school meals delivery service around East Cleveland. Ironman and Elsa from Frozen joined forces to keep up the good work started by Batman, Superman and friends a few weeks ago, in making sure no-one goes hungry.

CHEF MATEI AND MFC FOUNDATION MAINTAIN DELIVERIES AND KEEP STOMACHS WARM Hot food is something taken for granted by many. But in these strident times nothing can be taken for granted and together with MFC Foundation, Chef Matei Baran is making 70 meals every Friday, with everyone pulling together to ensure delivery.

If you have any questions about MFC Foundation, their services and the way they can help, please e-mail Marc at marc.mcphillips@mfcfoundation.co.uk


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SECTION 153 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008 REGULATION 6 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (CHANGES TO, AND REVOCATION OF, DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDERS) REGULATIONS 2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO MAKE A NON-MATERIAL CHANGE TO THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER: THE DOGGER BANK TEESSIDE A AND B OFFSHORE WIND FARM ORDER 2015 (SI 2015/1592) AS AMENDED BY THE DOGGER BANK TEESSIDE A AND B OFFSHORE WIND FARM AMENDMENT ORDER 2019 (SI 2019/699) 1 An application has been made by Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Project 3 Projco Limited to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to make a non-material change to the above mentioned Development Consent Order (the DCO). 2 The DCO granted development consent to Doggerbank Project 2 Bizco Limited for ‘Project A’ and Doggerbank Project 3 Bizco Limited for ‘Project B’ – two offshore wind turbine generating stations each comprising up to 200 wind turbine generators and associated development in the Dogger Bank Zone and the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland. Doggerbank Project 2 Bizco Limited has been renamed at Companies House as Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Project 3 Projco Limited (Project 3 Projco) and Doggerbank Project 3 Bizco Limited has been renamed at Companies House as Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited (SOWFL). SOWFL has renamed Project B to Sofia Offshore Wind Farm (Sofia). This application is made by Project 3 Projco and relates only to Project A. 3 The application seeks to make non-material changes to the drafting of the DCO to increase the maximum hammer energy for monopiles from 3,000 kJ to 4,000 kJ for the wind turbine generators within Project A. 4 The application documents are available for inspection on the National Infrastructure Planning Portal (Dogger Bank Teesside A and B Offshore Wind Farm page) here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/doggerbank-teesside-a-sofia-offshore-wind-farm-formerly-dogger-bank-teesside-b-project-previously-known-as-dogger-bank-teessideab/?ipcsection=overview. Click on the Documents tab and then click on Decided in the documents navigation area. They are also available on the project websites at: https://doggerbank.com/nmc-application/ 5 A free digital or paper copy of the application documents can also be obtained using the following contact details: Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Project 3 Projco Limited at No. 1 Forbury Place 43 Forbury Road, Reading, United Kingdom, RG1 3JH or at DBCconsents@doggerbankwindfarms.com or on 0141 224 7305. 6 Please send any representations about the application by email to the Planning Inspectorate at DBTeessideAB@planninginspectorate. gov.uk or in writing to: Major Applications & Plans, The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. Please quote reference [Dogger Bank Teesside A] on any correspondence. Please note that any representations received by the Planning Inspectorate in response to the consultation will be handled in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and published on the Planning Inspectorate’s Infrastructure Planning Portal (https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate. gov.uk) with all personal information removed. 7 The deadline for receipt of representations is 29th July 2020. Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Project 3 Projco Limited


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A healthy diet can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol as well as helping you to manage your weight

H By Dr Helen Flaherty, Head of Health Promotion at Heart Research UK

Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure

igh blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels and this increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure affects around 1 in 3 people, however there are usually no symptoms and many people are unaware they have high blood pressure. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it measured. This can be done by your GP or you can use a blood pressure monitor at home. This healthy heart tip explains what high blood pressure is and it provides tips for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

What is high blood pressure?

When blood pressure is measured, two numbers are generated. An ideal blood pressure is 120/80 millimetres of mercury (mmHg). The first number is the systolic blood pressure (higher number), which is the force at which blood is being pumped around your body. Ideally, this will be below 120. A systolic blood pressure of 140 or more is regarded as high. The second number is the diastolic blood pressure

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(lower number) which is the pressure when your heart is at rest, in between beats. Ideally this will be 80 or lower. A diastolic reading of 90 or above is regarded as high. The lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

than 6g a day (1 teaspoon). Look at the amount of salt on food labels and avoid choosing snacks that are high in salt. • Maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of physical activity. You can check whether your body mass index (BMI) is within a healthy range using the online BMI healthy weight calculator from the NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day • Keep your alcohol consumption within the recommended limits of no more than 14 units a week, spread over three or more days • Aim to do 150 minutes of moderate activity (e.g. brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (e.g. running) each week plus some strengthening activities (e.g. lifting weights) at least twice a week.

• Reduce the amount of salt in your diet to no more

Lots more healthy tips, exercises and recipes can be found at heartresearch.org.uk.

What can I do to maintain a healthy blood pressure?

Heart healthy diet

ver seven million people in the UK are living with heart or circulatory disease. By eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical activity, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. A healthy diet can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol as well as helping you to manage your weight. Heart Research UK have some tips to help you reduce your risk of heart disease by improving your diet.

Increase your fibre intake

A diet that is high in fibre can reduce your risk of heart disease. Good sources of fibre include fruit and vegetables, beans and pulses and wholegrain foods, such as granary bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta. Try choosing a wholegrain breakfast cereal, such as muesli, porridge or bran flakes and add some chopped fruit or berries.

Choose healthier fats and oils

Fats and oils are high in calories and it is important

not to consume too much. Different types of fat are present in foods. Saturated and trans fats can increase your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. It is recommended that saturated and trans fats are swapped for small amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats Eating too much can increase your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Examples include • Fatty meats • Hard cheeses • Butter • Cream • Coconut oil Polyunsaturated fats

Small amounts are recommended for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and providing essential fatty acids. Examples: • Oily fish (e.g. salmon) • Walnuts • Seeds (e.g. flaxseeds and sesame seeds) Trans fats Eating too much can increase your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Examples: • Hard margarines • Fried food • Biscuits and cakes Monounsaturated fats Small amounts are recommended for maintaining

healthy cholesterol levels. Examples: • Rapeseed oil • Olives and olive oil • Nuts • Avocados If you eat meat, you could swap fatty meats for fish and lean meats, such as chicken (without skin), as well as cutting away visible fat from fatty meats, such as bacon. Coconut oil is often promoted as a health food, however, it is high in saturated fat and can increase your cholesterol. If you currently cook with coconut oil, you could try switching to rapeseed oil. Reduce your salt consumption Too much salt in your diet can increase your blood pressure and your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Try swapping snacks that are high in salt, such as crisps and salted nuts, for healthier snacks, such as fruit, carrot sticks and hummus, popcorn and unsalted nuts and seeds. Read the food labels to identify snacks that are lower in salt. Try to cut back on the amount of salt used in cooking gradually over time and increase the amount of herbs and spices to add more flavour. Examples of some heart healthy recipes can be found on our website, at heartresearch.org. uk/recipes

Healthier Takeaways obesity in the UK. Takeaway food is often cheap, convenient and tasty, but it also tends to be high in fat, salt and sugar. Regularly consuming takeaways can have a negative impact on your heart health as well as your waistline. Swapping your usual takeaway for a healthier option may be a good way to cut down on fat, salt and sugar. We have some tips to guide you on choosing healthier takeaways.

Choose a food outlet that has healthy options on the menu

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he number of takeaway food outlets has risen in recent years and this may have contributed to the rise in rates of

Compare the menus for takeaway food outlets and try to choose one that provides some healthier options. Some takeaway food outlets list calories on their menus and this can help you to make a healthier choice.

Choose wisely from the menu

Try to avoid foods that are deep fried, such as fish in batter, chips and fried chicken. Swap large deep-pan pizzas and pizzas with stuffed crusts for smaller pizzas. Select lower fat pizza toppings, such as mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn, chicken and ham, rather than pepperoni or extra cheese which are both high in fat.

Keep an eye on portion size

Be careful not to buy too much food when ordering your takeaway. Instead of ordering starters, mains, sides and desserts, why not just have a main course and finish off with some fruit and yoghurt. You could share a dish or freeze a portion of your takeaway for another time to avoid eating too much.

Make your own ‘Fakeaway’ at home Try making healthier versions of your

favourite takeaway dishes at home by finding healthy recipes online. If you can’t live without your favourite takeaway dish, you could try swapping side dishes, such as chips, garlic bread, fried rice or naan bread for brown rice or wholemeal pitta bread that you prepare at home.

Think about what you drink

Rather than buying sugary drinks with your takeaway, try drinking tap water or low calorie drinks instead. If you usually have alcoholic drinks with your takeaway, try to reduce the amount you consume by having a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink and try to choose drinks that have a lower alcohol content. Not only will this reduce your calorie intake, but it may also reduce the cost. You can find plenty more healthy tips and recipes at heartresearch.org.uk


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ByTonia Nixon

e have managed to do all the following with only a skeleton crew of three volunteers. * Supply over 1000 home cooked, nutritional, well balanced, healthy meals to our most vulnerable in Redcar & Cleveland. * Provide period/Incontinence products to over 500 people free of charge * Help a family with moving costs and decorating materials for their new home * Provide a living room carpet, underlay and fitting to a family in need * Collect and distribute a washing machine to a family in Loftus * Supply clothing, shoes, bedding, curtains & toys to over 17 families in need * Provide 56 food parcels free of charge * Set up our second clothing bank in Southbank * Provide over 6000 bottles of water to the ICU Unit at James Cooke Hospital * Supply and deliver over 500 hand creams to Roseberry Park Hospital * Support 2 homeless people by giving them accommodation, food advice and continued support * Provide 2 TV'S, Beds, Wardrobes, Freeview Box, 2 Baby Gates, Fridge, Freezer, 3 Piece Suite, Birthday Cards and presents, Cat & Dog

Food to over 30 people * Recruit 2 new Trustees * 5 Radio Interviews * One mini documentary for The Guardian in London * Support several other charities, CIC's, Community Organisations, Food Banks etc with either funding or products As you can see we have had a lot of work to do and have worked seven days a week over 90 hours a week. This has all been achievable because of the following list of supporters. * The Volunteers, General Public, Family and Friends, Redcar & Cleveland Council,Tony

Mental Health Awareness Week MP opens up about how Teesside beauty spot inspires him when he's feeling low

●● Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, at Saltburn at sunrise

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o mark Mental Health Awareness Week, an MP has opened up about how a Teesside beauty spot gives him inspiration when he's feeling low. Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, has spoken openly on camera about how he deals with feeling down when things seem difficult. Speaking from a deserted Saltburn seafront ahead of sunrise, the 27-year-old spoke about how the Teesside vista helps him put things in perspective. He said: "This week is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme is 'kindness matters'. "I just wanted to share with you one of the things that I do to help reset my mental health. "We all have those difficult days where things just seem low and seem dark. One of the things that I do when I'm feeling like that is I set my alarm really early "I set it about half an hour in advance of sunrise

the next day and I get in my car and I drive to one of the most beautiful places on earth - my favourite place on earth. "And I just sit and watch the sunrise and I think about all the things that matter to me - my friends and my family - the things that are important. "There's just something about the sunrise where it's the end of yesterday, it's the start of today, and there's also something about it which is just like, 'well, it'll happen anyway'. "Whether I'm feeling great, whether I'm feeling naff - the sun's still going to rise, the day's still new, and life moves on. "Anyway, I just thought I'd share that with you. So here's the sunrise at Saltburn." We all have good and bad days. But if you, or someone you know, seems to be feeling overwhelmed and perhaps need somebody to talk to, don't hesitate - help is there. If you need help or support for you, or someone you care about, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mentalhealth-helplines

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Foundation, Anglo American, Sabic, Hutton Carpets,The Chris Cave Foundation, Makro, Mobile Mini, Ballinger Trust, Archer Trust, Boro Walkers Association, Lottery Fund, BBC Radio Tees, Coastal View, Zetland Radio, Caswells Group, Asda especially Hayley Simpson, Middlesbrough Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, The Little Soap House, The Northern Potter. The list is exhausting and if you have not been mentioned we sincerely apologise. We have received over 100 donations and cannot name all the Individuals, you know who you are and we have become firm friends with many of you or even recruited you onto the team from time to time. We will keep you updated as we have very exciting news to come.

Jessie Joe Jacobs calls for measures to help small businesses restart the economy

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essie Joe Jacobs is calling on the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, to show leadership and develop innovative plans to help businesses recover and protect jobs. The unprecedented lockdown has put many businesses under intense financial strain which many will find it difficult to recover from. Helping businesses come back from this will be a challenge unlike any other and while businesses are showing their innovative side that needs to be matched by the Mayor too. Jessie has set out a number of areas where the Mayor could help local businesses reopen and maintain profitability. Firstly, to assist with small grants to help cafes, pubs and restaurants to adapt to the new rules for example in purchasing new outdoor chairs and tables. Secondly, refocusing tourism promotion work on domestic tourists and even Teessiders themselves, helping people to discover some of the quieter hidden corners of the area. Thirdly, a fund to help local food and drink producers reach customers, either through outdoor markets or digital sales platforms. Fourthly, to work with national and local government leaders to temporarily ease up on restrictive planning laws to reduce red tape and allow for innovation and flexibility in the use of outside space for socialising and entertainment Jessie Joe Jacobs said: “If we are to recover from this crisis we need to be bold and ambitious with our plans. We’re seeing innovative plans from other places for pop-up pedestrianisation to allow for pubs and cafes to spread outdoors as well as outdoor markets. Lots of people across Teesside work in hospitality and we need to support those jobs. The big one size fits all business grants of yesterday won’t help kickstart the economy in the way we need. “We have got to be flexible in how we respond to this and things are changing very quickly but the Mayor has to show leadership. We need our economy to grow faster than anywhere else in order to close the gap between us and other areas that existed before this crisis. We’ve got to work doubly hard and that needs leadership

from the Mayor and to use the resources he has to help us recover.” Ben Houchen said: “Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic my number on priority has been the health, wellbeing and safety of everyone in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool and I’ve used all the resources I have to combat the spread of the virus while putting in place a plan for workers, local jobs and wages to restore our way of life. “Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and it was critical in the early days of the crisis that they could quickly and easily access information on how to get government support. So, I established the Tees Valley Business Support helpline, a 24/7 support service that has helped to support over 2000 local companies. “Government support has been hugely important for businesses in our area with a Hartlepool-based firm one of the first in the country to get support through the Governments Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. But what really matters to business is keeping customers. That’s why I setup Tees Valley Buy Local website to connect businesses that were still trading during the pandemic with local people so that our amazing communities could still support them. “When we come through this crisis, and we will, it’s important that we have a plan for jobs and to restore our way of life and that’s exactly the plan I'm implementing, so that I can keep up the progress made so far in delivering the investment and jobs our region rightfully demands. “Our airport is taking off once again, diggers and are already on site working on a major jobs development. This will bring international investment, which in turn will create good local jobs for local workers. And now we have full control of the former SSI steelwork spades are in the ground delivering the first parts of the regeneration of this crucially important site that will deliver thousands of local jobs for local workers.”


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The Junction Foundation

19 Station Road Redcar, TS10 1AN 01642 756000 Charity no: 1125578

Celebrating Young Carers! Carers week 2020, 8th June – 12th June 2020 At The Junction we are passionate about supporting, raising awareness and making young carers visible. There an estimated 700,000 children age 5 – 18 in the UK who are taking on a caring role for a family member. Too often young carers go unrecognised, a ‘Hidden Army’. Lockdown is proving a challenging time for young carers, for some their caring roles have increased and there is little respite. We have been continuing to provide support to Young Carers and their families though 1-1 emotional wellbeing support, online group activities, welfare calls, weekly catch ups and family support. ‘Lockdown Family Activity Packs’ – We have been successful in gaining grants from Tees Valley Community Foundation and Durham Community Foundation to provide activity packs to young carers and their families. These packs are crammed with art and craft materials and games. Over the past 2 weeks, staff from The Junction have volunteered their time to take deliveries, put packs together and get some delivered to young carers homes. Below are some of the art and craft creations the young carers have made and feedback from families on how the packs have benefitted them. We still have some more packs to deliver, unfortunately we are unable to provide packs to all the young carers families, but If you would like to contribute and support us in reducing isolation and bringing families together then please use the JustGiving link.

Mum said that as a family they were over the moon to receive the activity pack and her son was buzzing that he got it, he said to his Mam that he didn't expect anything from us as he never gets any gifts. Mam said his face lit up, he even gave his sister some chalk and she spent time with him drawing on the path.

‘The activity pack was awesome and very good. I thought it was a fantastic gesture and given at the right time, it gave the kids a right boost The Junction cares for us and wants us to make sure we are okay. Since they gave it to me I am very happy, I love playing with the cards. Mum said the kids have been working together with activities and even made an obstacle course outside on the pavement for themselves and all the kids are using it in the street. It really picked them up at a time when they were starting to flag’

Young Carer age 15 - I have created a thank you posted for key workers and other important people in society during this time by using the pens and paper from the junction activity back. It didn’t turn out perfectly but I’m still proud of it.


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19 Station Road Redcar, TS10 1AN 01642 756000 Charity no: 1125578

Dad said they were over the moon as a family to receive the activity pack, they couldn't believe how much activity stuff they received, they have been struggling to purchase items due to the shops been closed. Son is using some of the stuff and daughter is doing her school work with some of it. They all plan on sitting down later together to do some activities. Dad said ‘Top marks to The Junction’

As a family we thought the pack was brilliant and my daughter loved it, Her and her brother were playing all day in the garden with the chalks. As a family we have had a lovely time with the pack, it has come in very handy as we have had so much fun with it, we played snakes and ladders as a family and then we drew round our hands and feet, then coloured them in.

We have made so many memories Thank You so much

As a disabled mum it's fantastic to know The Junction are there for my family.

They really do care and it shows."

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Hollie Bush Writes

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A whimsical look at our area

Rainbow Warriors - a Civil War set-to on Marske Sands

few short months ago I told the story here - researched by local historian Phil Philo about the Battle of Guisborough, a short, sharp but up to now forgotten small encounter between forces of the English Crown and Parliament during the Civil War of the 1640’s. Too small to be a battle proper, but too big to be written off as a mere skirmish, it was part of a grander scheme of things on both sides. For the royalists it was to preserve their hold on power along the North Sea coast and the ports from which their armies in the North could be supplied, and from the parliamentary side, to try and drive a physical wedge into that narrow avenue of supply, both by sea and by interdicting the main routes south along the general line of the Great North Road. Now Phil, not satisfied with resting on his laurels, has now looked into another Civil War encounter in another part of “Coastal View Land” - this time in Marske, now a large suburb of Teesside, but then a a rural and coastal parish and the site of a manor house that was the home of Royalist Colonel Sir William Pennyman and nearby relatives, the Pennyman’s of Ormesby, North Yorkshire.Pennyman and nearby relatives, the Pennyman’s of Ormesby, both in the then North Riding of Yorkshire. Phil’s work has now been published as part of the work he undertakes for the NE Battlefields Trust, and also serves as the narrative for a video that he has made and can be accessed online (details at the foot of this article). Phil says: “The Pennyman family of North Yorkshire were no strangers to civil strife. In the 16th century one of them took part in the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1569 and was executed for his involvement. However, the family’s allegiance to the crown was never in question in the lead-up to and start of the Civil Wars when both the Pennyman’s of Marske and their cousins, the Pennyman’s of Ormesby, raised infantry and cavalry units for the King, with Colonel Sir William Pennyman (1607-1643) of Marske Hall and his cousin Lt.Colonel James Pennyman (1608-79) marching off and serving in the King’s main field army and as part of the Oxford garrison. Sir William’s ageing uncle, James Pennyman (1580-1655) of Ormesby remained in North Yorkshire, but he was far from inactive.” Phil’s work on a defeated royalist is greatly helped by a deposition from the victorious parliamentarians of Cromwell’s Commonwealth, who immediately after the war, started the job of exacting wealth and influence from their former foes - no “Truth and Reconciliation”

● A 1846 engraving of Marske Hall as it was then, set against sea and rolling countryside Committee here! Phil continues: “On 6 August 1646 the case of James Pennyman and his son Sir James Pennyman…‘for opposing the Landing of Cromwell’s soldiers at Marske, from the Rainbow and other ships, in the Summer of 1643…’, was brought before the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents during the Commonwealth. ‘The Delinquency of James Pennyman the father aged 68 years…’ also included that he: executed the royalist Commission of Array and arrayed (recruited and trained, HB) men in nearby Stokesley, North Yorkshire, on 28 January 1643, and subsequently at nearby Guisborough; acted against friends of the parliament; was in arms; had refused to take the Covenant; and allowed his sons to enter the king’s service. In 1646 he was eventually fined £1,200 and in 1650 was forced to sell Sir William Pennyman’s former home, Marske Hall, to the Lowther family. “The specific charge of opposing a parliamentarian landing at Marske is an interesting one. Parliament created a Summer Guard to patrol the North Sea and English Channel in an attempt to stop ships carrying supplies for the Royalists and to counter Royalist warships and privateers. The 2nd rate ship of the line, the Rainbow, commanded by Peter Andrews, was part of that guard. Built at Deptford Dockyard by Peter Pett and originally launched in 1586, she had been originally built as a 480 ton galleon, (100 ft/30m long keel, 32 ft/9.8m beam and depth of hold 12 ft/3.7m) and saw service against the Armada. After 1617 she was reconfigured as a 2nd rate warship of 721 tons, had a crew of 240 men and an armament of 42 guns. She saw service during the Great Civil Wars and also the wars against the Dutch in the 1660s and 70s. On 24 January 1642, the Rainbow had been part of a fleet of eight, ‘…of the King’s ships to be set forth for guarding the seas in the year 1642, estimated for 224 days service…’ Following the Navy’s going over to Parliament, on 24 December 1642, the Committee for the Navy notified the Commissaries of the Navy of the appointment of Herbert Cadman, as boatswain of the Rainbow. The Rainbow was probably the flagship of the squadron that attempted to land Parliamentarian troops at Marske-by-the-Sea, in the summer of 1643, resisted by Pennyman’s retinue.The use of ‘amphibious’ raids from warships was not an unusual tactic. “As recruiting for Newcastle’s northern army continued mainly unmolested in Northumberland and County Durham during 1643, Parliamentarian ships mounted a series of raids along the North East coast, including at Newnham, Cramlington, Holy Island and Haggerston. In the latter Colonel Sir Thomas Haggerston, who was raising regiments for

● The Flagship Prince of Cromw have been broadly similar to the R

the King, was captured by Parliamentarian coastal raiders, put aboard ship and taken as a prisoner to London. “The purpose and circumstances of the raid on Marske by the Sea in late Summer 1643 are unknown. From April 1643 until his death a few months later on 22 August 1643, Sir William Pennyman of Marske Hall, held the important and prestigious post of Governor of the Royalist capital of Oxford. It is possible that the parliamentarians were attempting to capitalise on any confusion arising on the estate and in the village following the death of the lord of the manor. We do know that the raid was successfully opposed not by Sir William Pennyman, but by his uncle James Pennyman of Ormesby (father of Sir William’s cousin and fellow Royalist officer in arms, Sir James), for which James Pennyman had a case made against him, “That in summer 1643 he with some others of the country assembled with such armies as they had to hinder & oppose the seamen from coming ashore at Marske from aboard the Rainbow and other ships.” Although he afterwards submitted to the Parliament, in 1646 he was fined £1,200 for this and his part in the war on the side of the King. “Both Sir William Pennyman of Marske and his cousin Sir James Pennyman of Ormesby were away fighting for the King down south, and the latter’s father, James Pennyman, who by this time was a man of senior years, had probably been left in Cleveland to look after the family interests in the area whilst the younger men folk were away. After Sir William Pennyman’s death in Oxford, his responsibilities for his troops and, eventually, ownership of his estates, passed to the Ormesby Pennyman’s, and certainly after the death of his wife a year later, also in Oxford. “It is possible that the Parliamentarian raid on the Marske estates took place after Sir William’s death in late Summer 1643, both in the knowledge that there were limited supplies of munitions in the area and also in the hope that any uncertainty and low morale at that time could be exploited to the Parliament’s advantage. “We do not know whether simply a show of Royalist strength on the beach at Marske deterred the seamen and soldiers from the Parliamentarian ships from even landing, or whether the landing was physically opposed with pike and musket or even bill hook, and the raiders forced back into their ships’ boats, perhaps with casualties on both sides. The raid was thwarted with seemingly no major ill effects on the local community. “Today, there are many reminders of what the village might have looked like on the day of the attempted landing: from the magnificent listed building Marske Hall, built by the Pennymans and now a care home; the tiny cruck-framed ‘Winkie’s Castle’ on the High Street, one of the


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●● A view of Marske Beach, probably showing the Church Howle bluff where the opponents of a landing would have gathered

last surviving 17th century domestic premises and now the village museum; to the largely unspoilt beach where the attempted landing took place, still part of a beautiful 8 mile expanse of sandy beach from the mouth of the River Tees south down to Huntcliff and some of the highest cliffs on the east coast of England. The High Street runs down to the sea through the ‘howle’, or natural cut in the stray or dunes, from which

heights you can still imagine was vigorously defended by the Royalist estate workers and the redoubtable James Pennyman the elder.” So what we had was a simple stand off between the two forces. From Hollie Bush’s perspective it is odd that the Rainbow did not simply use her cannons and demi-cannons on the assembled forces on the shoreline. This would have been, at comparatively short range, devastating. The

ship was after all, built as a galleon of Queen Elizabeth’s navy and originally commanded by Lord Henry Seymour, a younger son of Edward Seymour, the 1st Duke of Somerset, she had seen action against the Spanish during the Singeing the King of Spain's Beard and in routing the Spanish Armada in 1588. Her capabilities meant that she was, in 1617, almost completely rebuilt at Deptford Dockyard London to the standards of what was called in those days a great ship (now described as a "second rate" a misleading term as 1st rate only included the flagship of fleets), mounting 40 cannons. There would have been no reluctance to fire on the part of the crew if ordered; the Civil War was already a bloody one, and such an encounter would have been seen as par for the course. The Cromwellian “commonwealth” navy was a battle hardened and reliable force, deeply influenced by the revolutionary circumstances of its origins. The new regime saw a large and politically reliable fleet as essential to its survival, and the years after the outbreak of the civil war and after witnessed a rapid build-up and a drastic remodelling of the officer corps, with political and religious radicalism becoming major criteria in the selection of officers. The navy was seen as central to the struggle to win both domestic and foreign recognition for the new regime, and in the wars which followed, and it could have been an appreciation by the ships commander that a slaughter on the sands of Marske might have

31 been utterly counter productive allowing for little to be gained, but a lasting enmity towards the parliamentary cause on the part of local people - people the Cromwellian forces wished to gain support from - to become rooted. All in all, the outcome of the set-to was stalemate, and for the good of all at the time, was probably the wisest end Hollie Bush Phil Philo’s paper, lavishly illustrated and with a reading list for further study, can be accessed here a the Battlefields Trust website https://thebattlefieldtrustnebsouth. wordpress.com/2020/05/12/rainbow-repulsedmarske-1643/?fbclid=IwAR3MFNTJX_3 __4C0O3tQFCXq_mLuFXRMXcf5CrHH6HaNoLsBNpS6bvnb1c The documentary video he has made along with a short narrative poem voiced by Janet Philo can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=C4J-7eu3rXE

Hollie Bush can be contacted directly if readers want to comment on articles, or to suggest topics (the odder, the better) that help to define the East Cleveland we all live in. Email: holliebush@gmx.com

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Increased Focus to fight Rural Crime from PCC Barry Coppinger

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ollowing a number of deliberate blazes on Eston Hills, Cleveland Police has promised to deploy drones, increase police patrols and engage with local young people to combat the problems. In addition to the fires, there have been increased reports of nuisance quad biking and motorbikes as summer approaches and the weather gets warmer. I raised the question of the fires with Chief Constable Richard Lewis at my weekly scrutiny meeting and during a recent meeting of the Tees Rural Crime Task Force. Representatives from police, fire, the Environment Agency and other organisations active in rural areas also attended. A significant part of the discussion was based on how agencies and community groups like Friends of Eston Hills can continue to work closely together to gather intelligence and develop solutions. We confirmed that a coordinated approach with the local authority, Cleveland Fire Brigade and the community will continue in a bid to stamp out the problems. Engagement between neighbourhood policing teams and local young people has been ongoing for some time, after increased reports of antisocial behaviour throughout Greater Eston. We will also be utilising support from the Police Drones, who patrol the hills from above. During the worry of the Covid-19 pandemic, so many of us have been enjoying local beauty spots even more as a way to protect our physical and emotional wellbeing. Sadly, a small minority have also taken the opportunity to deliberately cause damage and engage in antisocial behaviour, including the nuisance use of off-road bikes and quads. Preventing crime on such an expansive area is a challenge – and one that cannot be solved by one agency alone. Through true partnership working we can develop a multi-pronged approach with proactive and preventative measures. I will continue to monitor the police response to the issue and maintain my role of bringing together organisations with the power to make a real difference to communities who enjoy spending time on Eston Hills lawfully. At my request, the Tees Rural Crime Task Force will now meet monthly in order to monitor this and other rural crime issues. https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Newsand-Events/News-Archive/2020/Scrutinysession-reveals-additional-patrols-and-dronesfor-Eston-Hills.aspx VCAS work to protect the Vulnerable While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many communities together, a minority of people have used it as an excuse to prey upon some of the most vulnerable in our society. At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, there were reports of criminals playing on people’s fears by posing as media companies and threatening to cut off access to telephones, internet and television if they didn’t receive immediate payment. There were also reports of fraudsters sending phishing emails claiming to sell PPE such as face masks and hand sanitisers online. Calls about fraud showed a “significant increase” at the height of lockdown – and previous victims are more likely to be targeted, as criminals sell on ’sucker lists’ to other criminal organisations. Staff from Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS,) which is funded by my office, contacted 1,000 previous victims of fraud during lockdown to provide ongoing advice and protection.

Eston Hills on fire

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Through its work, VCAS came into contact with some of Cleveland’s most vulnerable people including carers, the elderly, the terminally ill and those living alone. The calls to previous victims revealed the level of hidden need among the vulnerable - as well as the changing nature of telephone and internet scam during the pandemic. VCAS staff were able to signpost vulnerable people to support with a range of services, from telephone befriending to food banks and home prescription delivery Thanks to the brilliant work of VCAS, some of Cleveland’s most vulnerable people have not only been saved from becoming victims of the scammers again but signposted to extra help. The team gone beyond what would normally be expected of them and they’ve demonstrated the value of working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary agencies. Dave Mead, VCAS Cleveland Manager, said: “Many of the people our staff contacted, felt vulnerable, isolated and afraid. They did not know, who to turn to for help or were convinced they would be a burden if they sought help. “Many were grateful just to talk to someone – and having a conversation with a member of staff from a trusted organisation allowed them to open up and reveal additional needs. “Anyone, who thinks that things are tough for them but worse for other people, and that they don’t want to cause any problems, should pick up the phone. “All agencies are there to offer support – and there’s a lot in place right now. There’s no need to suffer in silence.” The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners recognised VCAS’ work in its In Focus publication, as part of the Making a

Difference: Protecting the Vulnerable during Covid-19 Restrictions campaign. If anyone thinks they are being targeted by scammers, please call VCAS on 0303 040 1099 https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Newsand-Events/News-Archive/2020/Scam-Victimsgiven-Advice-to-avoid-Covid-Criminals.aspx Call for extra Funding to combat violent Crime I’ve just written to Policing Minister Kit Malthouse asking him to look at providing extra funding to tackle serious violence in Cleveland. Cleveland has twice missed out on central government funding to establish a Violence Reduction Unit - despite having some of the highest levels of serious violence per 100,000 population in the country. I raised the issue in a police commissioners’ conference call with Mr Malthouse. After I outlined the challenges facing the area, Mr Malthouse promised to look at the matter again. I have written to the Minister to set out the case for increased funding for Cleveland, the actions Cleveland Police, the Commissioner’s office and partners are already taking and how additional funding can make a significant difference. During the pandemic, my team has continued to work with partners on a Cleveland-wide Serious Violence Prevention Strategy The strategy will develop initiatives to disrupt and eradicate violent behaviour at the earliest opportunity. The number of violent incidents reduced at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown but saw a sudden increase as soon as restrictions were relaxed and more people began to move freely. I’ve urged leaders across the area not to lose sight of the problem, which I consider to be a public health emergency.

It requires a joined-up strategy between police, criminal justice agencies, health, social services and youth intervention agencies - an approach approved at our serious violence summit in February. Cleveland Police do a fantastic job in responding to violent crime, but by that point, another family has been shaken to the core by the serious injury or death of their loved one. And that is before we consider the damaging impact of serious violence on the wider community. We need significant investment to address the root causes of serious violence, to give us the chance to divert and intervene at the earliest opportunity those going down the wrong path. We are drawing together what funding we have to create a team to work with partners on this issue, but my plea to central government remains. We need all the support we can get to reduce the threat of serious violence to our communities. Prior to making our case to Mr Moorhouse, I have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel on two occasions to highlight Cleveland’s lack of funding for serious violence. I wrote to her in August last year and January this year to highlight the problems facing Cleveland. https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Newsand-Events/News-Archive/2020/Minister-tolook-again-at-bid-for-violence-reduction-cashafter-plea-from-PCC.aspx Don’t Forget………. We still have 2 consultations running, to which we would really like you to contribute! 1: Joint Research Project with Teesside University My team is being assisted by academics from Teesside University on a research project to measure public perceptions of policing during Covid-19. The project will also seek views directly from the public on two key themes: • How communities – particularly ‘at risk’ groups – perceive Cleveland Police’s implementation of the Coronavirus Act powers; • How communities would like Cleveland Police and the Commissioner’s Office to engage with them during social distancing, when usual face-to-face engagement is limited. The findings will be used to assist me in my work scrutinising Cleveland Police and will give the Force valuable insight from the public as they drive forward their improvement plans. Contribute to the research by sharing your views via email at communitymailbox@tees. ac.uk 2: Survey into Rural Crime Working with Cleveland Police’s Rural Crime Officer Paul Payne, my office has put together a short survey to measure how rural communities are feeling during the pandemic. Rural communities may have felt more isolated and vulnerable in the past few months – particularly are more people come to our countryside and beaches to enjoy the warmer weather with their families. The results will help my office to develop further solutions to support rural communities and will assist Cleveland Police in the development of their next Cleveland Rural & Wildlife Crime Strategy. Click the link to complete the survey. Please share this web address with any person or agency that you think need to make their voice heard: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ PCCRuralCrimeSurvey/ Barry Coppinger Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland


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ello everyone, and welcome to June’s edition of your Rural Policing page brought to you by me, Paul Payne your rural crime prevention officer. So, are things getting a little better for everyone? I’m personally still having to shield at home, but at least I can now go out for walks which should help, as it seems that those wardrobe fairies have been at my clothes, and things seem to have shrunk since lockdown.. Pesky little blighters!!! Seriously though, I hope you’re all managing, but if you are struggling then please pick up the phone and call a family member, friends, local support charity, and even me. We all need to come together right now, and as we all know its good to talk, so please reach out. I’d also like to wish Lynne and Steve a happy 10th Birthday for the paper. I can remember in the early days my old Insp, Charlie Bell introduced me to them both, and here we are all these years later still writing for and enjoying the wonderful publication. I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to write every month for you all, from the start as a PCSO working East Cleveland to my current role as the forces rural crime prevention officer. Here’s to another 10 more years Tees Rural Crime Forum: Well, even though I and other colleagues are working from home it’s not stopped us from still being proactive and looking out for our rural communities, which is why we held our Tees Rural Crime Forum on Monday 1st June, which was chaired by our PCC Barry Coppinger. As you’ll appreciate we couldn’t get the normal 50+ attendees on one telephone line, so we had key agencies. I sent out a request prior to this to all our rural forum members asking them to send me any questions, issues and concerns they would like me to raise on their behalf, and I’m pleased to say the response was great with a wide range of things put forward. Some of the positive things to come out of the forum where the issues around Eston Hills, and the recent fires, off road vehicles and how all the agencies can work together in these challenging times. As you know, we have made a significant impact over the past couple of years, but we are all aware that we still need to do more to keep up the pressure on these mindless individuals, which is why I’m really pleased to say that when I was writing this piece we have had our Drones, Off Road Bike Unit, local Neighbourhood Officers patrolling with officers from the Fire Brigade and of course our amazing partners in all this, The Friends of Eston Hills, who go above and beyond for #OurHills, and keep all of us focused as they are a tough bunch who fight your corner, and deserve more recognition for their hard work and community spirit they bring to the table, and always rightly holding us to account. I would also encourage anyone to join their Facebook and Twitter pages, just to see their involvement and commitment. We now intend to hold these meetings every month rather than quarterly for the foreseeable future, so I would encourage anyone with concerns, ideas or good news stories (rural only) then please forward them on to me at: ruralcrime.webmail@cleveland.pnn.police.uk the next meeting will be taking place on the 6th July, so if you could get your emails to me by Wednesday the 1st July then that would be appreciated. Remember, you have a voice through the Tees Rural Crime Forum. Rural Survey: As you know both I and the PCC’s office have ran a rural crime survey over the past few months

to gauge your concerns during the lockdown. This has given us a lot of information to deploy resources to the right areas, and helping everyone better understand the impact it’s having on you. I can assure you that patrols, both overt and covert have been carried out, engagement by local Neighbourhood Officers and our Engagement Team has happened, our Special Constabulary are in your rural areas patrolling, stopping vehicles, talking to farmers, landowners and you the rural communities themselves. The survey is due to close at Midnight Sunday the 21st June , so please make your voice count and take 5 minutes to fill it in at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ PCCRuralCrimeSurvey/ As mentioned previously, this will be part of our rural strategy and help focus our resources in the coming months, so this really is an opportunity to have your opinions heard and acted upon. North of England Regional Rural and Wildlife Meeting: Earlier this month I was involved in our monthly conference call to all the forces in the North of England, The NFU, Natural England, the Crown Prosecutions service (CPS), The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, North Yorkshire Moors Nation Park and the RSPCA to discuss various trends, intelligence, operations and best practice. These meetings allow everyone to put forward people of interest committing crime in our rural areas, because as

you’ll know borders mean nothing to them. It also allows us to set up cross border operations, making use of all our Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras as well as the usual neighbourhood policing and rural officers knowledge Having the CPS on-board to run potential and current crimes passed is very useful, and they can also give advice on previous cases we can use to our advantage. Intelligence: As always Intelligence is key for all of us. Without this we can’t be as effective as we would like, which is why I always encourage people to ring 101 to make us aware of any incidents, suspicious activity, and to pass on information. This is all entered and helps people like me to approach supervision and ask for extra resources due to the evidence that you provide. For example, this could be a vehicle in the area that you suspect shouldn’t be there, suspected cannabis farms, poachers etc. So again, please report things, or as a last resort email me at: ruralcrime.webmail@cleveland.pnn.police.uk Special Constabulary: What can I say about these officers, other than thank you. You’ll be aware that the Specials volunteer to be part of Cleveland Police, but have the same powers as a paid officer. Over the years I have built up a great personal and working relationship with these officers who never fail to volunteer in helping our rural

communities, day, night and weekends. Just recently they were involved in proactive patrols of Eston Hills, Guisborough Woods due to recent fires as well as knocking on doors (COVID restrictions observed) and checking out places such as Scaling Dam, Lockwood Beck, Errington Woods, Saltburn Valley Gardens to name a few. They are also looking to help with many more rural operations in the coming weeks an months, so hopefully I can bring you more good news in that time. Crime Prevention Advice: I’m advising members of the public to be vigilant following a number of reported thefts from gardens recently, particularly in the Brotton area. The Force has received 27 reports of thefts from gardens in Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland over the last few weeks. Fencing, garden furniture, planters, solar lights, astro turf and garden ornaments are amongst the items reported to have been stolen. It is believed the thefts have taken place overnight between 6pm and 3am. A woman, 23, was arrested in connection with reported thefts from gardens in the Hartlepool area and a woman, 40, and man, 30, were arrested in connection with a theft from a garden in Middlesbrough. Officers will continue to patrol the hotspot areas affected and I would ask that crime prevention advice is followed in a bid to help prevent more people from becoming victims of these crimes. The following links provide information on how to protect your garden from being targeted and how you can property mark your belongings in case they are ever stolen. Protect your home by protecting your garden: https://bit.ly/2SymGJH Give burglars nowhere to hide: https://bit. ly/3c1SU8b Mark your property to deter burglars: https:// bit.ly/2xAEjBy NFU Rural Crime Prevention Booklet: https://www.nfuonline.com/nfu-online/3730120-nfu-security-guide-a5-lo-res/ Fly Tipping: One of the main issues raised in recent months is one of Fly Tipping, which is a blight to our countryside. If you need to report any incidents of Fly Tipping then please contact Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council at: https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/resident/ Pages/Report-It.aspx or 01642 774774 That’s it for this month, and I hope you find the advice useful. It doesn’t take much effort or expense to improve your own security, and by just making a few simple changes it will deter would be intruders. Please remember to sign up to ‘Rural Watch’ via www.clevelandconnected.co.uk join me on Twitter @ClevelandRural or if you need advice (non emergency) on rural matter please contact me at: ruralcrime.webmail@cleveland. pnn.police.uk Stay safe everyone, and take care of yourself and your wonderful communities as this will be over soon and we can all get back to some normality and carry on with that special bond we all share in keeping our rural communities safe and secure. Kind Regards Paul Payne Rural Crime Prevention Officer Emergency No: 999 Non Emergency No: 101 CrimeStoppers: 0800 555 111


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Wayfarer’s Travels Rethymnon – Crete R

ethymnon, , is a pretty little resort on the north coast of the Greek island of Crete. In the old town, the Venetian Harbour is filled with fishing boats and lined with tavernas. Behind are many beautiful alleys lined with quaint little shops and stalls. Rethymno Lighthouse was built in the 1830s. and to the west is the hilltop Fortezza , a star-shaped, 16th-century citadel. Across the city, the mix of beautiful Venetian mansions, orthodox and catholic churches, mosques, majestic mansions amidst the higgledypiggledy cobbled alleyways create a magical atmosphere. We went last May and the weather was perfectsunshine all week and temperatures averaging 28C during the day. Greek food is very good, in particular the local dish – moussaka. The most popular beers are Mythos Alfa and Fix, all quite good and very cheap - you can get a pint for as little as two euros! Whilst there`s plenty to explore in Rethymnon itself, if you want to venture further afield you can get a local bus to other beautiful resorts such as Chania to the west and Heraklion to the east. Wayfarer

In our next issue Wayfarer sails up the River Gambia to retrace the steps of Kunta Kinte of “Roots” fame. For any further information on this or any other destination, e-mail:- Wayfarer@ntlworld.com

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he harrowing story of one man`s life in North Korea. He was lured back there from Japan to his country of birth only to find himself trapped for six years living under a brutal totalitarian regime. This is the true story of his life there and his subsequent escape over the dangerous Hyesan Yalu river and across the well guarded border into China. The Reader

Ultimate Jamaican BBQ Chicken Tis the season for barbequing.

I find the best (and safest) way to do bbq chicken is to pre cook the chicken prior to putting it on the grill. Try this simple method Serves 2-4 500g chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) 3 tsp jerk chicken powder 100ml ginger beer 100ml quality bbq sauce Method Place the chicken in an oven proof dish Add jerk spice and ginger beer Marinade for at least 2 hours Cover and place in medium oven for 1 hour Remove from oven and allow to cool Set chicken to one side Pour liquid into a pan and reduce by half Put reduced liquor into a small bowl and add bbq sauce. If prepping the night before, store chicken in an air tight container Grilling When grilling chicken, heat chicken first on grill turning often . Cut the thickest piece of meat. or probe to above 80oc Thinly brush on the glaze turning. three or four coats is fine. hef The key to a good bbq I find is not to add the glaze until the cret C e S e Th meat is up to temperature. Bon appetito

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Opening of the Pub!

The Cleveland Bay Redcar By Russ Clark t’s great news that some pubs will be reopening soon and things are slowly returning to normality; but this is going to be the start of the ‘new normal’and sadly some pubs will never reopen. Don’t expect the pub to be the same place you last visited in March as there has had to be a lot of planning and risk assessments before we could even think about opening the doors again, and we aren’t a part of a large chain that does it all for them, we are self-employed so everything is on us. Yes, everyone wants the pubs to open but will customers all come? In reality based on our usual clientele 30% are over 60 and 10% of them are over 70, so they may not feel confident or safe coming back Once we reopen we may only be able to offer outside seating to begin with, so let’s pray for good weather! And then when we are permitted to use indoors we will probably be operating at about a 50% capacity, to enable us to comply with social distancing measures. None of our regular meetings/groups/ activities will be able to restart immediately, however, we do plan on running a socially distanced outside Bingo, (bring your brollies), once we open. We will be possibly be operating on shorter hours to start with, 12 noon till 3pm and 5pm till 10pm Monday to Thursday, 12 noon till 3pm and 4pm till 11pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday 12 till 3pm and 4pm till 10pm, which will enable us to do extra cleaning and sanitise on the afternoon. (closing times may vary). The measures that we are going to set in

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place may not suit some people but it is necessary that we put the safety of our staff and customers first. We will be following guidelines from the government, local licensing, EHO and the brewery to keep our customers, staff and ourselves safe. PPE will be provided to all staff and each staff member will be health checked before entering the building and starting their shift. Once we open we must insist that any member of staff or customer that does-not feel 100% fit and well must NOT come to work/visit us. This is for their safety and the safety of other fellow staff members and customers. People with any respiratory ailments or people with constant or chronic coughs should not attend, (coughing can spread infection quickly and can cover a wide area if not contained, this is a safety issue and nothing personal to the person). There will be hand sanitiser to use upon entering the building but would advise people to use their own as well as face coverings if they so wish. There will be a one way system set in place for movement inside the building and toilets will be unisex with a one in one out policy. These measures must be adhered to at all times. If any children are present they must be accompanied by an adult from the same household. We advise against bringing children in the beginning, but if you have to, bear in mind the playground is not in use and children must remain seated with their parent/guardian at all times. We will be advising people to ring first to see if there is an available table. People may turn up

but may have to wait to be seated, luckily many of you will be used to queueing by now! Orders will be taken via a table service system and/on line ordering, with contactless payment options, along with good old fashioned cash. Once indoor activities are permitted pool and darts may be played, only if it is safe to do so and social distancing can be maintained. We would also advise using your own cues and darts. During the early days of reopening we would like to remind people to be patient, as this is all new territory to us and we need to make sure systems set in place run smoothly to keep a safe

environment for our staff and customers. People who know me know that I am not the most patient person in the world and I truly understand the frustrations on having to queue and wait for things but for now this is going to be the new normal. So the key to us reopening successfully, is for people to respect each other’s boundaries, keep to social distancing, abide by any rules in place, follow any staff direction and be patient. If all the guidelines that are put in place are followed we will survive. If we have to close again we don’t know what the future will hold for us. Stay safe, be kind and respect each other.

Tuesday to Friday 4pm till 7pm Saturday 4pm to 6pm Sunday 12noon till 3pm (Sunday lunches only) Delivery £1 anywhere in Redcar East and £2 to the rest of Redcar, Dormanstown, Marske and New Marske Collection available and we do ask if you are able to collect please do so. Orders taken by phone only 01642475757 Phones answered Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm Sunday from 9.30pm

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Walking Home: Step Into Opera North’s New Series Of Sound Journeys for Lockdown

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ollowing the recent easing of regulations on exercise and time spent outdoors in the UK, Opera Northhas announcedWalking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown, its commission for BBCArtsand Arts Council England’sCulture in Quarantine programme. Building on the Leeds-based company’s history of award-winning and innovative sound walks and installations, five artists will write and recordnew works specifically to be listened to whilst walking. Crossing folk, jazz, Middle Eastern and African traditions, classical and contemporary music, with a tendency to experiment and to break the confines of genre, the contributors are cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe; qanun virtuoso Maya Youssef; oud player and composer KhyamAllami,vocalist, violinist and songwriterAlice Zawadski;and accordionist and experimentalist Martin Green of the folk trio Lau. One of 25 new commissions for Culture in Quarantine,Walking Home is a vibrant cross-section of music-making in Britain today, made by musicians under lockdown for audiences in the same predicament. The series engages with our new context for walking and solitary activity, and each 15-minute piece offers anopportunity to renew our imaginative connections with our environment. “The spark for the Walking Home commissions came from the strange alchemy we found between walker, place and music that was powerfully evident in the past sound journey commissions we have made for the Humber Bridge and River Tyne”, comments Opera North’s

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Head of Projects Jo Nockels. “While these five new walking commissions are on a much more intimate scale, and meant for wherever you are, all five respond to the dynamic of walking, listening through headphones and taking in your surroundings to produce an experience as much created by the listener as by the artists. They might offer a soundtrack to a daily escape from lockdown; intensify the sensations experienced on their chosen route; or conjure up something altogether harder to define.“We are delighted to be working with five such brilliant and varied composer/musicians on this project, each of whom innovates way beyond the boundaries of genre. Together they will form a collection of music that is refreshing, unexpected and individual.” Best known as one third of the visionary folk trio Lau, Martin Green’s reputation as a composer in his own right was cemented by an Ivor Award for his Opera North commission for the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. Evolving over the course of a half-hour walk along the banks of the River Tyne, Aeons was an epic sound work featuring the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and Becky Unthank. His contribution to the series has a dawn or early morning walk in mind. Syrian-born Iraqi oud player KhyamAllami’s haunting installation Requiem for the 21st Century was an Opera North commissionfor the 2019 PRS New Music Biennale, combining microtonal tuning, ancient Arabic musical modes and generative software to produce ever-changing melodic sequences from speakers fitted within an array of decaying ouds. Allami will be writing and recording

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●● Maya Youssef Picture by Sarah Ginn

his sound walk from his current base in Berlin, taking a cinematic approach to the disconcerting atmosphere of urban areasunder lockdown. Born in South Africa and now based in Manchester, cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe moves seamlessly from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers to concerto performances and solo classical recitals. He spent a recent Opera North Resonance residency working

on a new body of solo music for the cello influenced by traditional African instruments. His sound journey will acknowledge the beneficial effects that he has felt from walking over the past weeks. Born and raised in Damascus, Maya Youssef is a virtuoso of the qanun, the distinctive Arabic form of the zither with a history dating back to the nineteenth century BC. She has made her home in the UK following recognition from the Government’s Exceptional Talent programme for her intense and thoughtful music, rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but taking inspiration from Western classical music and jazz. With a background that takes in classical violin, gospel, jazz and folk, AliceZawadzki’s output as soloist and collaborator is prodigious and eclectic. Her second solo album, last year’s Within You is a World of Spring, showcased her mastery of an extraordinary range of styles in an inspired collection of songs. The artists are currently writing and recording their pieces in home studios across the UK and Europe. Along with the other commissions, Walking Homewill be available through broadcast slots across BBC Radio and Television, through podcasts on BBC Sounds, and via the BBC Arts website, continuing with the Culture in Quarantine mission to bring the arts to UK homes despite arts venue closures, social distancing, and UKwide lockdowns.

Marske and New Marske Community Coronavirus Support Service At this difficult time, Please don’t feel that you are alone!! We are community volunteers hoping to make sure that everyone who has to self isolate has the things they need.

We can offer support with :

Shopping for food and essential supplies

Posting letters

Collecting medicines from the pharmacies if they are unable to deliver

Friendly chats on the phone if you are lonely

Please contact our Volunteer helpline on

07515597021 Please note: our care will stop at your door!! We will never ask to come into your home. Please do not invite us in, Stay safe! Our volunteers will never ask you to set up a bank transfer or ask you to make a payment via PayPal, this will be discussed with you on the phone. We will never call on you without you first asking for help, if someone calls saying they are working with us and you are not expecting us, please call the number above ASAP or the police—NEVER them into your home or give any money over. Helplines: The Silver Line 0800 4 70 80 90—Free Confidential support for older people Redcar and Cleveland Mind—01642 296052


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Conservationists bid to discover habits of nationally rare bat V ery little is known about one of Britain’s rarest mammals the Alcathoe bat, after it was first ‘discovered’ in the country 10 years ago, but thanks to the support of energy bar brand, CLIF, conservationists from the North York Moors National Park Authority are looking to change that.. The tiny bat, very similar to the Whiskered and Brandt's Bats, was only confirmed as a separate species in Europe in 2001 following genetic analysis. It was then ‘discovered’ in the UK in 2010 but is thought to have existed here much longer. Thanks to a £10,000 grant from CLIF, the Authority’s Ryevitalise team is soon to embark on an ambitious citizen science project to capture peoples’ interest and develop a deeper understanding of how Alcathoe bats and other species use the habitats, particularly veteran and ancient trees, in and around the project area. This knowledge will help the team to enhance and protect the special area of the Rye catchment now and for future generations. Alexandra Cripps, Ryevitalise Programme Manager, said: “This is a huge boost for our Small and Tall; the Rye’s Bats and Ancient Treesproject. Thanks to CLIF and the ‘National Parks Protectors’ partnershipwe will be ableto engage with the community and partners tocollect vital information we need to inform habitat management practices, enhancing and protecting bat populations and other wildlife in the area for future generations. “We cannot wait to get the project started as volunteers will play a key role in what will be an ambitious landscape scale Citizen Science project. So little is known about the Alcathoe bat that it is currently considered 'Data Deficient' on the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. We really

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he Wildlife Trusts appeal to people’s love of nature following the recent wildfires, vandalism, littering and disturbance to wildlife Thousands of people have enjoyed and sought solace in beautiful countryside and stunning Wildlife Trust nature reserves over the last few weeks. But these places and other attractive beauty spots have taken a battering as the lifting of some lockdown rules coincides with warmer weather leading to a surge of people outdoors. As a result, The Wildlife Trusts – a movement of 46 nature charities across the UK – are reporting a huge increase of damage to reserves and the wildlife that lives there. These include: • Portable BBQs have caused devastating fires across wild areas • Ground-nesting birds eggs and rare plants have been disturbed and trampled by people and dogs • Antisocial behaviour – including littering, using wild places as outdoor toilets and vandalism have been widely reported Some Wildlife Trusts are describing antisocial behaviour on site, including abuse directed towards their staff as the worst they have ever known. The Wildlife Trusts have struggled to cope with the scale of the problems because many staff are furloughed. Steve Ashton, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Manager, says: “We are really pleased that people are finding and

●● The Alcathoe bat Photo Cyril Schönbächler

●● Visiting a veteran tree site NYMNP want to change that and help other bat populations within River Rye catchment area thrive.” David Smith, Senior Marketing Manager at Clif Bar Europe, said:“At CLIF, we are purposeled and are committed to sustaining our people, community, planet, brands and business. Last year we brought these values to the UK with the National Parks partnership and are tremendously

proud of what we have achieved. We are confident that the additional projects, supported through the UK National Parks Protectors Fund, will help ensure that these outstanding landscapes are available for generations to visit and enjoy.” Volunteers, or Citizen Scientists, will be trained to deploy wildlife acoustic detectors in assigned 1km squares for four consecutive nights before

collecting the equipment and sending the data off to be analysed.The project will engage local wildlife enthusiasts, land managers and river users and is an excitingvolunteering opportunity for anyone wishing to learn more about the natural heritage of the area. If you would like to get involved please contact ryevitalise@ northyorkmoors.org.uk

Love and look after it! enjoying wildplaces on their doorstep and we want to encourage people to continue to do so. However, we have had a few issues with visitors wandering off paths, having picnics and barbeques in fragile habitats and an increase in dogs roaming around reserves generally disturbing wildlife on the site.” Lockdown is eased and suddenly people think it’s a great idea to take a barbecue onto our reserves, which are still tinder dry despite recent rain. They leave the barbecue which is too hot to touch and it starts a fire, which, subsequently, spreads. The fires spread quickly and will take wildlife by surprise, destroying nests and killing chicks, and many of the insects they feed on.” He continues: “There has been an increase in people taking their dogs onto reserves leading to increased disturbance along with an issue with dog waste which has led to someone taking on the issue through graffiti on our signs (see picture). We agree with the sentiments of the photographs but not the method. Whoever did this has just created more work for hard pressed Trust staff rather than dealing with the problem. We would be grateful if whoever did cleared up their mess. “We have known about issues with dog mess at Coatham Marsh for quite a while. Not only do people not clear it up, some people for some reason, clear it up into a dog poo bags and then leave it on the site. Coatham Marsh is a nature reserve managed by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust not by Redcar and Cleveland Council. We rely

on funding from our members and grants to help us deliver projects managing sites for both people and wildlife. We don't have the people or funding to clean up after dog owners. Many responsible dog owners do clear up, but the Coatham Marsh area is particularly bad. “And a plea to dog owners, please clear up

after your dog and put it in a bin.” Craig Bennett, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, says: “We have thousands of nature reserves which are vital local havens for people and wildlife; they are wonderful places to have fun with family and friends to walk, rest and enjoy nature. Our natural heritage is priceless and so important for us all – for our health and happiness – but it is fragile. “We’re appealing to everyone to love and look after it. Everyone is welcome as long as they respect our wild places, other visitors and people who work there.” The Wildlife Trusts are asking everyone to love and look after wildlife and wild places by: • Avoid BBQs and fires • Take all your litter home • Keep dogs on leads and pick up dog mess • Park considerately • Cafes and toilets are shut – so limit the length of your visit! • Smile at our staff and volunteers – we’re here to help you enjoy your visit! More information about Tees valley Wildlife Trust can be found on their website www. teeswildlife.org


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North Riding Football League Round up By Andrew Snaith

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By Andrew Snaith

he big news this month was Thirsk Falcons' shock discovery of an arson attack on £8,000 worth of equipment stored at the town's racecourse. The club have quickly set up a GoFundMe account and there have been numerous offers of help, from free security cameras to avoid a repeat to free polo shirts and cash donations from local kit companies. They have raised around £3,000 so far. Stokesley Sports Club are celebrating their centenary year. Despite the Corona crisis, SSC are looking forward to pushing on under new management led by the popular Davy Howe. Experienced former York City winger Bryan Stewart has returned to the club as their marquee signing. Meanwhile their former management team, led by Steve Todd, have moved to new side Nunthorpe FC. Prolific striker Charlie Paterson from Beckett League Sleights is one of their newcomers. Redcar Newmarket have unveiled their smart new Nike home kit (pictured) though, of course, they don't know when they'll get to wear it in NRFL action. Kader, now led by Mark Summersgill, are one of a number of sides to have been awarded pitch preparation funding from the Football Foundation. They are joined by Grangetown and Redcar Town, whose groundsman Graham Rose thanked the club committee on Twitter, saying: “We have seen a lot of work done at the ground over the last few months

with the new fence, supply of materials for the hard standing and now the work behind the scenes to secure grants to improve the pitches. Massive thank you and some very exciting times to come.” In the current climate, some unusual competitions have arisen with Kader narrowly edged out in the North Riding's best badge competition, by Wiggington of the York League. Stockton West End reached the latter group stages of the Hopper & Son online best ground contest, also voted online. They dispensed with Blyth Spartans and Wrexhamcomfortably in the latter case, by over 50%- but found Northern League North Shields too hot to handle. St Marys 1947 have been showing off some smart Subbuteo style representations of their kit from the past 20 years. Several clubs have returned to training, obeying social distance measures and in smaller groups. There was some encouragement from the North Riding FA too: “Firstly, I hope you are all well and staying safe. It is now two months since we were forced into lockdown and the 2019/20 football season came to an end. I, like you, am looking forward to the return of football when the government guidelines allow, although in the short term I am sure that this will look somewhat different to what we are used to. “In normal circumstances we would be preparing to open the club affiliation window for the 2020/21 season; however, given the continued uncertainty about when football will resume we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.

“I can reveal that when the time comes, significant discounts for all clubs in North Riding have been approved by the Board of Directors and we will provide details of these in due course. The Association will do as much as it possibly can to support clubs financially on their return to the game. “In the meantime, please continue to follow the government’s advice around permitted football activity at this current time and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. “A further update on club affiliation will follow when there is hopefully more clarity about the 2020/21 season getting underway.” Steven Wade, Chief Executive of North Riding FA. '

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e have just been given the superb news that we have been awarded a Pitch Maintenance grant from our friends at the Football Foundation and the North Riding CFA. It is greatly appreciated by everyone at Redcar Town, and we would like to thank all those involved at those organisations and the people involved at our end for their hard work to make it possible to access these grants. We would also like to thank both the Football Foundation and the North Riding CFA for all their hard work and support to help our local clubs in these difficult times to make sure our football clubs survive this Pandemic.

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edcar Town U13 Lionesses are looking to add a few players to our squad as they move up to U14 and play 11 aside in the girls’ TJFA division. We train Tuesdays and Thursdays and play matches on Saturday mornings The Lionesses are currently unbeaten sitting in second place this season. School years 8 & 9 this September. If interested, please contact 07580 007131 or 07961 973175 Redcar Town u11 Girls season 2020/21 are looking to recruit girls to strengthen our team for our first season at 9 aside, Criteria is that you must be school year 5 or 6 this coming September. Please get in touch with either Mick 07903 588223 or Sara 07495 185005 for further info.

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hile football worldwide has ground to a halt due to the Coronavirus crisis, Guisborough Town have been very active behind the scenes developing exciting plans to help lay the foundations for a successful future. The cornerstone of its future ambitions is a major new Sponsorship drive to bring much-needed new funding into the club to help drive forward its bold new plans. With all the club’s income streams having dried up, the urgent priority is to generate new funding to put Guisborough Town in the best possible position when the lockdown is finally lifted. Guisborough Town Chairman Don Cowan put things into sharp perspective in a recently-released Open Letter. In it he commented: “At Guisborough, we are as acutely aware anyone of the difficulties and challenges posed during the Coronavirus pandemic. “The current lockdown has had an unprecedented effect on our club, with no football or social club income since the standstill started in March. And no-

one knows yet when this situation will change to a significant extent. “These strange and uniquely challenging times are impacting all of us both as individuals and members of voluntary and community organisations like Guisborough Town Football Club. “While our KGV Stadium has come to a halt as far as football and social activities are concerned, we are nevertheless continuing to work very hard behind the scenes to prepare for the day when we are able to restart our footballing activities across all levels of our club. “Apart from our successful senior side, this activity will include our thriving Junior Section which has over 200 young players of the future and next season we will once again have Ladies and Girls football teams at the KGV.” Don continued: “So despite all the challenges we are facing – there are some exciting opportunities ahead at Guisborough Town Football Club once the lockdown shackles are removed! “To assist with the financial pressures on the club, we have recently launched what has rapidly become a flagship

fundraising scheme – the Guisborough Town 50FIFTY Club. “As the name implies, the proceeds of the scheme are split 50-50 between the club and those people who have signed up for the weekly 50-FIFTY draw. “There are currently approaching 300 entries for the draw and the number continues to grow steadily – but we believe there is the potential to grow this number further beyond 300 and who knows the 500 mark could well be achievable. “The valuable funds being raised each week from the draw are proving crucial in helping us offset the loss of all our other income streams and this will help put is in a good position to hit the ground running so to speak once all the restrictions are finally lifted. “While we fully appreciate these are difficult times for everyone, may I nevertheless make a special appeal to anyone who takes an interest in our football club to please join our 50-FIFTY draw initiative. “It costs only £5 per month per entry (you can have more if you want!) and the draw is made every Saturday (and streamed live around 3pm on our

Facebook platform) with currently around £135 going to the winner and the remainder to the club. “It is easy to join up and pay by monthly Standing Order from your bank –for full

details of how to get involved in this vital fund-raising initiative for Guisborough Town pleasesee the red panel below and also visit our official club Twitter site at: https://twitter.com/guistownfc

The Guisborough Twitter feed also contains important news of another crucial fund-raising drive by the club which was launched in early June. It consists of three levels of sponsorship – Platinum, Gold and Silver. Full details of this vitally important new initiative are as per the following slides:


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What’s happening at Marske United? By Mark Hathaway

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ith still no confirmation as to when the 2020/21 season will commence, it isn’t too much of a surprise to read that there hasn’t been a great deal of Marske United news since the last edition of Coastal View. On the coaching front, Marske United manager Carl Jarrett has added to his team with highly regarded coach Dave McTiernan joining the club from Whitby Town. As well as assisting Head Coach Ian Clark, McTiernan will also be registered as a player and has a huge amount of non-league experience. As well as appearing for Whitby, McTiernan counts Newcastle Blue Star, Harrogate Town and Blyth Spartans among his former clubs. Marske’s only other confirmed signing so far is hugely experienced striker Matty Tymon, who counts Hartlepool United, Workington and, most recently, Whitby among his former clubs. Tymon notched 11 goals in 30 games for Whitby last season and when interviewed by the official

Marske United website recently, he was asked what his ambitions were with Marske United – “Promotion is my goal, this was the reason of joining. I’m looking to be a part of a team with an expectation of winning which has been lacking for the last couple of years for me and with the current squad I see no reason why that can’t be achieved this year as I believe the squad would be strong enough for the playoffs in the division above.” Tymon was also voted in the top 100 players in the first 50 years of the Northern Premier League, citing this as his best achievement in football. Manager Carl Jarrett is still actively trying to improve the squad, so keep an eye out on social media and the official club website https://www.marskeunitedfc.org/ for further news. Off the field, the club have taken delivery of a new building within the Mount Pleasant ground, which will be turned in to a club shop, once football returns. While maintaining strict social distancing rules, some work has commenced at

the ground in terms of tidying up the surrounds of the ground, weeding etc. Fundraising is continuing as Marske look to pay existing bills which would have been covered by the eight remaining league games that were cancelled when the season ended prematurely. The current fund stands at £5,102.55, which is a truly superb effort and the club would like to place on record their thanks to every single person who has donated, allowing bills such as utility bills and pitch care bills to be paid. The fund is still open and if anyone wants to donate, the Club bank account details are:Account: Marske United Football Club Sort Code: 05-07-02 Account Number: 14192631 Reference – Just put your name or leave Blank for Anonymous. Please keep checking the official club website plus Facebook and Twitter for fundraising news, player news and, hopefully, information about when the new season will start.

Whitby Town Round Up By Andrew Snaith

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here have been a number of comings and goings at the Towbar Express Stadium over the past month. Versatile defender Kieran Weledji has joined rivals Scarborough Athletic, due to work commitments taking him to the York area. Centre-half Alex White, who had a tremendous season, has also chosen to stay closer to home by going to Northern League Shildon. Evan Horwood, Town's ex-Hartlepool left-back and popular defender/ forward Luke Bythway, have both gone to another NL side in West Auckland. Striker Matty Tymon was a surprise departure as he moved to NPL First Division North West Marske United. Former first team coach and one of Whitby's highest appearance-makers Dave McTiernan has also moved to Mount Pleasant. Greg Rutherford and Ben Kitchen have been released by the Blues. Whitby chief Chris Hardy has been busy in recruitment too as experienced and prolific striker Jacob Hazel- a St Kitts & Nevis international like dad Des- joins from Frickley Athletic. Centre-half Jameel Ible (pictured) has come in from Pontefract Colliery. The Seasiders' other signings appear distinctly youthful. Right-sided defender Jamie Cobain comes in from West Auckland. The former Newcastle United defender is joined by another ex-Magpie in highly-rated playmaker Mackenzie Heaney (pictured). The youngster was once the subject of a tug of war between England and Scotland after representing both at junior level. Left-back James Martin arrives from Whitley Bay with his fellow ex-Hartlepool United scholar, midfielder Coleby Shepherd, also signing up. The rest of the squad have all signed up for the new campaign; goalkeepers Shane Bland and Danny Dixon; defenders Brad Mills, Jassem Sukar and Danny Rowe; midfielders Matty Dixon, Adam Gell and Corey Roper, plus former Middlesbrough marksman Brad Fewster. Hardy admits he's looking for a couple more too, with defence surely a priority at the current time. The exGuisborough Town manager has also moved to bring in Nathan Haslam, formerly with Whitley Bay and Marske and a former football agent, to replace McTiernan. Lee Bullock remains as assistant and new general manager. As one of a number of fundraising plans, including domino cards and auctions of signed football shirts, Town fans can get a cardboard effigy of themselves added to the 505-seat main stand. They are the first non-League club in this country to follow the example of the big boys, particularly in Germany's Bundesliga. To find out more, go to www.whitbytownfc.com.

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Centre-half Jameel Ible

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t's been a busy month for Sleights Football Club; we now have our new storage area installed, which will house goalposts and other equipment at the AC Building and Property Maintenance Sports Ground. The next phase of plans will include a refurbishment of the clubhouse, including the installation of bench seating in changing rooms and the central social area. Volunteers from the club will then paint the ceilings and walls. Sleights FC received a big boost when the Football Foundation announced a grant of £1,500 from their Pitch Preparation Fund. So while the club's junior and senior sides don't know when they'll next get their boots on, the pitch will be in pristine condition when they do. The money will go on improving drainage and lining the pitch. The club have also applied for a more modern line marking machine to assist their volunteers. The club have been busy fundraising with their 200-strong domino cards on social media. They also agreed to donate the £200 takings from one of those to Thirsk Falcons FC. The Falcons fell victim to a sickening vandalism attack to their facilities and Sleights FC felt it was the least they can do to assist. For more details on fundraising for Sleights FC, visit facebook.com/ sleightsfootballclub or follow @sleightsfc on Twitter.


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Tees Valley to host Cook Islands for Rugby League World Cup 2021 Ben says, it’s great to have such a big event to look forward to next year. It will be the ideal opportunity for us to showcase our region and everything it has to offer. We look forward to welcoming the squad to Rockliffe Hall.” Lee Rust, Darlington Mowden Park’s Managing Director, said: "We're delighted with the news that another global event has made the decision to come to Darlington and the Tees Valley, which is a marker of the fantastic facilities and offering that we have as a region. We look forward to welcoming the Cook Islands and I’m sure the local sporting community will make them feel at home throughout the tournament. 2021 really is shaping up to be an exciting year and this can only add to the list of events to look forward to." Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “Today marks another hugely exciting milestone on the road to Rugby League World Cup 2021 as we celebrate 500 days until the opening fixture at St

● From left, Mowden Park RFC Director of Rugby Danny Brown, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Darlington Council Leader Cllr Heather Scott and Rockliffe Hall’s Managing Director Jason Adams at the announcement

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ees Valley will welcome the Cook Islands men’s international rugby league team for next year’s Rugby League World Cup, it was today (June 10) revealed. The team will be based at Darlington’s Rockliffe Hall hotel and train at the town’s Mowden Park arena less than ten minutes away, while they compete in the sevenweek tournament. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen was joined at Rockliffe Hall by its Managing Director Jason Adams and Mowden Park’s Danny Brown to welcome the announcement, made to mark 500 days until the start of the tournament. The event could give Tees Valley an economic boost of up to £8million, attracting tens of thousands of international rugby fans to the area. The Cook Islands is a self-governing country in the South Pacific Ocean made up of 15 islands. It was named by Russians after Middlesbrough-born Captain James Cook, who visited many of the group’s southern islands. Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will also host a game during the major international competition, with Rugby League World Cup expected to release the fixtures throughout July, with tickets

available on pre-sale from September. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming the Cook Islands to our area for the duration of the tournament, where they’ll be able to take advantage of the exceptional facilities and venues that helped us win our hosting bid. “As well as training and staying here, it will be fantastic to see the team out and about, engaging with our local communities and the next generation of fans to build a legacy of rugby league across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. On top of this, I’m sure they, and our game, will draw thousands of fans from far and wide. “In this difficult and unprecedented time, we need something to look forward to and 2021 is shaping up to be another fantastic year of events that show we’re punching above our weight. From the rescheduled Killers gig at the Riverside and Tom Jones concert at Darlington Arena to the rugby league world cup fixture itself, we’re continuing to get noticed on a global scale. “I hope they are as excited to visit as we are to have them here!” Jason Adams, Rockliffe Hall’s Managing Director, said: “It’s a pleasure to be involved in the Rugby League World Cup and we’re delighted to now find out that we’ll be hosting the Cook Islands. It’s been a challenging time for everybody so like

James' Park in October next year. “Cook Islands’ story is a fantastic one, which I am sure will contribute to them becoming very popular with attendees in 2021. They have brought tremendous passion and vibrancy to rugby league already. As we know, the people of the North East are sports mad and some of the most welcoming in the country, so I am sure the whole of Tees Valley will be excited to adopt the Cook Islands squad as their own. “Our refreshed tournament identity and today’s nation base announcement can serve as an exciting reminder for the people of Tees Valley of what’s to come in 2021 as we continue to build momentum towards what promises to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.” The bid was put together by a partnership of the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, Middlesbrough Football Club, Darlington Mowden Park RFC, MFC Foundation, Middlesbrough Council and Darlington Borough Council.

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