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Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

East Cleveland villages fight for improved Police resourcing difficult circumstances I have been impressed with their determination, skilled and tireless hard work in their endeavours to keep our residents safe. "I am pleased that local community leaders and some of our MP”s are highlighting the immediate need for Cleveland Police numbers to be restored to previous levels, as residents, local businesses and victims of crime are concerned that local neighbourhood policing seems to be a thing of the past, as the numbers of police on the beat are smaller. "But success can be achieved. Cleveland Police and PCC Barry Coppinger, have recently worked tirelessly with Redcar and Cleveland Council, Anna Turley MP, the Fire Brigade, Community

Groups and residents of Eston to tackle ASB, arson and other issues on Eston Hills with great success. What has been done there can be done elsewhere. "The Council will continue to work closely with the police on issues across the Borough and urge all local leaders to highlight the need for the Government to bolster Cleveland Police numbers. "This is a difficult time for public services in our region, they all do an amazing and very demanding job every day, and we should be supporting and working with them. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those officers who put their own safety at risk daily to ensure ours “

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iddlesbrough South & East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke showed his support for local residents recently on a rally in Brotton to protest about the lack of visible policing in the East Cleveland area. The rally, organised by The Railway Arms landlord Graham Cutler and Brotton ward Cllr Barry Hunt, attracted well over a 100 people all calling for Cleveland Police to review how it allocates officers across the force area. Graham Cutler opened proceedings with a passionate plea for more policing before handing over to Councillor Hunt. Barry has been at the forefront of many campaigns to improve his East Cleveland home and this one is no different. He dealt fantastically with a couple of hecklers who wanted to make it about Political issues rather than resourcing decisions before acknowledging that he expected the government to play its part as well as the forces leadership. After the event Graham told Coastal View: "We had an absolutely marvellous turnout on the day and it shows we do have a problem out here. It also shows we have an excellent community spirit." Residents heard from Simon Clarke that he had already held meetings with both the Chancellor of the exchequer and the governments policing minister to discuss, amongst other things, the

fact that on some days there are only two police officers covering an area from Guisborough to Staithes and that this is down to how Cleveland Police’s senior team grade the areas they cover. After the event, he said: “It was an incredible display of our community coming together in the way East Cleveland so often delivers. We need to see a fairer distribution of manpower into the villages of the area rather than just into the urban centres of Teesside. I'll be making this case loud and clear to the leadership of the Police and will keep pressing ministers for extra resources. “Our Police officers on the front line do an amazing job but they cannot be expected to be in several places at once. Whilst I fully understand the need to lobby ministers for more resources we cannot just expect extra money to resolve these issues and Cleveland Polices’ senior management must accept the need to review their resourcing decisions to stop short changing our residents. Seeing communities come together like this reminds me of just how incredibly proud I am to be their MP. Together, this is an argument we need to win.” Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said: “Cleveland Police have been victims of Tory austerity, losing hundreds officers in recent years. However under these

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Welcome to Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85


his year seems to have flown by so quickly and it doesn't seem like 12 months since we were preparing for Christmas. In this 72 page issue, our front page story is about how the cuts in police funding have affected neighbourhood policing in our area, but some East Cleveland residents have decided enough is enough! On the opposite page, page 3 you can read about Loftus' first ever Christmas Light turn on event which was very successful with at least 1000 people enjoying the evening. Included in the centre of this issue you will find the amazing 12 page Freebrough Flyer supplement, keeping you up to date with what's happening at the Academy. We are so proud of the partnership we have with Freebrough Academy, which will hopefully continue for a long time to come. This issue is packed full of events in and around the area but please bear in mind, some will have already happened by the time you get your copy of the newspaper and for this we apologise but as we have said before, we have to make a decision as to whether to include them in the chance that some will be able to support. And as usual we have lots of wonderful stories from our local towns and villages, showing what a

great area we live in, as well as six pages full of local sports' news. Christmas in our house is a family affair and a chance to spend some quality time together with our dog Layla and canary Tweetie. There are some who are less fortunate than us and have to spend Christmas alone. There are some who are old and vulnerable who will be lonely this Christmas too. There are some who have recently lost their jobs who may not be able to 'splash out' as they would like so they may be feeling miserable and sad. Spare a thought for all of these people and if you can, spread a little cheer and remember Christmas doesn't have to be about how many presents you give or receive, it's about love and goodwill, that costs absolutely nothing! On page 48 you will see what Marske Community Christmas is doing for their local residents. This is an amazing act of kindness and we applaud John McVeigh of Bede Financial and all the volunteers who will make this fantastic event possible. You will also find on page 37 details of the very popular Marske Christmas event. This is also a time to support your local high streets. Millions of ÂŁs will be spent over the next month or so, so please buy locally

and help your local shops and businesses to survive. We would like to take this opportunity to give season's greetings and thanks to all who make Coastal View possible. Our loyal advertisers who, by advertising, cover all the distribution and printing costs; our extremely hard working distributors who go out in all weathers to make sure the paper gets to you. We must also mention the outlets who allow us to leave Coastal View in areas that we don't cover 100% and the contributors who send us the stories from our communities. But our biggest thanks must go to you our readers, because without you there would be no point. Thank you all for the support and encouragement you have given us for the last seven and a half years and we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year. Stay warm and look after one another and we hope you enjoy reading this issue.

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Festive fairies, elves and Santa help to 'light up' Loftus


hat a night in Loftus when Santa came into Town in style to magically turn on our Christmas lights! With thanks to our local fire brigade for making our special visitors arrival spectacular for all to enjoy! Santa was warmly received by the huge crowds that were in full festive spirit thanks to the musical organ of Harry Thompson, the kiddies entertainment and Santa’s team of wonderful elves giving out sweets and balloons! Meanwhile the adults enjoyed mulled wine and roast chestnuts served by our lovely volunteers June Urban and Paula Limon. Many thanks to Mick at Bells Butchers for roasting the chestnuts and to Richard Willis of Swine Dining for providing the catering equipment. The dance team were warmly welcomed into the town and their performance enjoyed by the crowds. In the Town Hall our festive fairies from Loftus WI were run off their feet serving home baked mince pies, tea, coffee and wine. Many of our Towns businesses remained open to support the event and make the evening special for everyone. The Light Up Loftus team rattled their jars to take the total amount of funds raised on the evening to £365 which already gives us a great start for 2018 Christmas lights!! Thank you to everyone who has supported us during the year and at the event. This event has only been made possible

because of the generosity of the following: - The residents and businesses of Loftus - Loftus Town Council - Loftus WI - Loftus Community Forum - Loftus Fire Brigade - ICL (formerly Cleveland Potash) - Tees Valley Community Fund (supported by the Les Bell family fund) - East Cleveland Villages Big Local - Our Borough Councillors Mary Lanigan and Wayne Davies - Viv Hall - Dave Fitzpatrick and the band the Short and Curlies - And not forgetting Santa and his elves! We thank each and every one of you for making this event one to remember! Light Up Loftus committee are already planning next year's fundraising events which we will announce in the new year, we hope there will be something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you all have fun and raise more money for next years lights in Loftus! We are talking to our Town Council agreeing next year's switch on date, to be announced as soon as possible! Should anyone have any ideas or suggestions for this event please could you contact Loftus Town Council who will pass them on to Light Up Loftus team for consideration by the committee. Light Up Loftus would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you all in 2018!!


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Old folks chill out with help of recycled industrial kitchen units


ld folks attending a lively Redcar gathering can now tuck into a wider selection of lunches thanks to a “tremendous” donation of kitchen equipment by Wilton energy supplier Sembcorp Utilities UK. Three chiller units and a fridge freezer from a former works canteen on the Wilton International site have assisted Redcar Development Trust (RDT) in providing lunches to people attending their Intergenerational Day events. The popular monthly events, organised by RDT at the Coatham Memorial Hall for several years, regularly attract around 200 pensioners. They give older people the chance to leave the isolation of their own homes to chat and make new friends. They also bring different generations closer together, with young volunteers organising the singing, dancing and entertainment.

Frankie Wales, Chief Executive of RDT said: “The recycling of this equipment by Sembcorp is a tremendous gesture and saves our charity a lot of money. More importantly it means we can provide our old people with a wider range of lunchtime options.” Geoff Davis, Facilities Manager for Sembcorp, said: “The works canteens at the Wilton International site are no longer in operation and it has been great to find a new use for this equipment, particularly one that gives such pleasure to so many of our elderly neighbours.” Sembcorp Contractor Controller Charlie Appleyard organised the transfer of the equipment weighing several tonnes - along with Wilton-based transport firm MW Crane Hire Ltd. He is pictured tucking in as Mr Wales looks on and serving the attendees is volunteer Luke Sayers, 16, a member of the Redcar Boxing Club which trains at the hall.



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Simon Clarke MP welcomes Police Commissioner’s concession of extra manpower for East Cleveland but says local people "want and need to see more"


imon Clarke MP has welcomed the news that two additional PCSOs will be allocated to East Cleveland - but warned much more will need to be done to tackle the concerns of local residents. In a letter, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger told Simon he is “happy to confirm that the team in East Cleveland will be augmented by an additional two PCSO’s before Christmas”. (PCSOs are Police Community Support Officers). The letter comes after Simon Clarke

attended a major rally of local people coordinated by Brotton Councillor Barry Hunt and local publican Graham Cutler at The Railway Arms in Brotton. In response to the commissioner’s letter, Simon Clarke said: “I welcome the Commissioner’s acceptance that current levels of police cover in East Cleveland are lacking and that a better distribution of police across the constituency is possible. “However, while this is a welcome move in the right direction, an additional two PCSOs is nothing like enough to

allay the worries and concerns of my East Cleveland constituents. They and I want and need to see more. “I will keep pressing this issue on behalf of my constituents and I intend to take it up with our new Chief Constable when he or she is appointed.” Councillor Barry Hunt said: “When a community comes together to work for a common goal it’s amazing what can be achieved. Any movement forward is a bonus and we’ve known from the day Graham and I first approached Simon about this campaign that he was committed to supporting and delivering results for his constituents. Hopefully this will be the first step of many that we will take together in our fight for fairer policing in East Cleveland.” Publican Graham Cutler said: “This is a small step in the right direction on a huge issue locally. People are fed up with excuses and this shows what can be achieved when we work together as a community. It’s great to see our MP Simon Clarke standing up and delivering for the area." Recently Simon met both the Chancellor and the Police Minister to discuss police resources ahead of funding announcements for key services including the Police in December.

£900 Donation to Teesside Hospice


ew Day Singers were delighted to present a cheque for £900 to Teesside Hospice representative Leanne Irving after their sell out Concert in October. The Saltburn based ladies choir were joined by Northern Accord the male close harmony group to present an stunning musical evening, which also gave the audience an opportunity to sing along too. New Day Singers was formed just eighteen months ago by a small group of women who wanted to continue to sing together despite having lost their choir leader. Paula Day was recruited to lead them. Since then the choir has grown to almost forty members and has raised over £3,000 for charity. “We love to sing, it’s great that we can do that and at the same time raise money for worthy causes”. said choir member Carol Hodgson. New Day Singers will continue their fund raising at their “Early Touch of Christmas Carol Concert on the 2 December at the EarthBeat Centre Saltburn 7 pm . ( tickets from Saltburn Library or The Book Corner Milton Street Saltburn or by calling 07768313804. Proceeds from this concert will go to local charities in Redcar, Saltburn and Marske.


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East Cleveland village takes home national Britain in Bloom award

●● June Murray and Elaine Whitehead receiving Stanghow's Gold Award certificate and Category Winner Trophy from Iolo Williams.


n 27 October, four residents from Stanghow attended the Britain in Bloom presentation ceremony held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno where representatives from the 78 national entries received their awards from Welsh naturalist and television presenter Iolo Willams. The event was hosted by James AlexanderSinclair, one of the foremost garden designers in the United Kingdom. Having taken several years break from competing at this level Stanghow’s In Bloom group were delighted to yet again win a Gold Medal at national level along with the trophy for Best Small Village in Britain. It was a fabulous venue, the entertainment was uplifting and it was a pleasure to meet up with many of the judges who have visited our village in the past. Being awarded a Gold Medal and being the category winner is a wonderful achievement and a reward for all the hours of work our team have put in throughout the last year. Many residents felt our spring bulb display was the best ever as we have added an extra 5000 crocus bulbs as well as trying out some naturalizing tulips to complement our mile of daffodils. Our team already busy preparing plants for next year’s spring displays. Speaking of this year’s success, June Murray, Secretary of Stanghow Residents’ Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted, and so proud that the village has received this recognition. It’s a testament to all the hard work our volunteers do, all year round. “We welcome people into the team at any level, you don’t have to be a seasoned gardener to take part and help out. A retired welder in our village designed and made the Blacksmith statue, and we do a lot of fundraising such as coffee mornings, baking and litter-picking, so it’s a real team effort. “Being a part of Britain in Bloom really helps bring the community together and gets people talking. Ultimately, we all have pride in where we live, so it’s great to share this success with each other as well as the rest of the village and beyond.” Councillor Steve Kay, ward member for Lockwood, said: “Stanghow has again excelled itself in the Britain in Bloom stakes. This small village already has a fantastic record in what is a UK wide competition. "I am delighted that the village has been

invited to take part in the national Champion of Champions competition next year and with all the planning and effort they put in, they deserve to win that too. "Thanks go to Redcar & Cleveland Council and Lockwood Parish Council for their support. "I am proud to represent Stanghow who, along with the other Lockwood villages of Moorsholm and Lingdale, have achieved so much, florally and environmentally, over recent years." This is Stanghow Residents’ Group’s fourth national gold award, as well as previously winning silver gilt. Regionally, for the Northumbria in Bloom competition, the group have taken home eight golds. In 2013, the village won the top prize in the national competition, the Champion of Champions, and has now been invited back to compete in next year’s prestigious awards. June added: "Our group are planning a celebratory Traditional Afternoon Tea which will be held in Stanghow Community Centre on Wednesday 13th December from 3pm-4.30pm." Tickets are available from June Murray (01287 653429) and Elaine Whitehead (01287 659122).




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Friends of Redcar Cemetery

he Friends of Redcar Cemetery would like to thank everyone for their loyal support this year, you have helped to make a difference to our work in the cemetery. We have many events over Christmas, please join us if you can. On December the 8th we are holding a tombola at Morrison’s store, there are many lovely prizes to be won. Bob in if you can between 9am – 6pm. We are also selling calendars featuring images of old Redcar £3.50 On December the 9th we are having a jewellery and toy stall at the Dunes, Low farm Drive, Redcar at their Christmas

Fair 1-4pm. Many other stalls are selling Christmas items. On December the 9th and 10th we are dressing a Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Festival, this year. It is being held in the lovely old St Cuthbert’s Church Kirkleatham Members of our craft group seen here led by Carole have made pledge angels, find out how to get your hands on one. We are having two Christmas trees where you can write a message on waterproof card to be attached to a tree in the Halifax PLC High Street or Roseberry Funeral care, Coatham Road. These messages will be taken to the cemetery Christmas

Skelton Company supports Lifeboat

●● John Queen on the right handing over the model to Fred Brunskill, Chairman of the Zetland Lifeboat Committee.


e had a surprise visit to the Zetland Museum today when Annie and John Queen from Skelton based 'Royal Fibreglassing' called in and made an unique and unusual donation. John has spent much time in making a model of the Zetland LIfeboat and brought it down to the old Boathouse. Winter gives us some time to alter some of the artifacts and displays and we are delighted to receive and include such an usual gift. Originally designed as

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tree and be blessed at the Carol Service on Sunday 10th December at 3 pm in the middle section of the cemetery on Redcar Lane. Please join us at the service which will be led by Father Derek Turnum and the Reverend Canon Rachel Harrison. So wrap up warm, bring a friend and be prepared to

sing carols in this lovely setting. Members of the group will be at all the events to share ideas that the Friends will be working on next year, your ideas will be welcome. An update on the Faith, Hope and Love project will be available. The new newsletter will be ready soon.


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Welcome to our new path L

By Quita Owen

ocal residents joined in with members of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Friends of the KGV Playing Field in Guisborough to celebrate the official opening of the newly restored path through the KGV Jubilee Nature Area. This is something that has long been needed, as the old path became very muddy and almost impassable in winter. At last we have a path that will make the Area more accessible for all, including wheelchair and buggy users. The path was officially opened for us by Helen Towes, from the environmental charity Groundwork North East and Cumbria. Helen was ably assisted by an enthusiastic group of local children, who then enjoyed the new KGV Nature Trail, and a variety of autumn-themed crafts, arranged by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. We were even treated to a selection of blackberry fairy cakes, in keeping with the season, kindly provided by Sue Antrobus from the Wildlife Trust! Jayden Marrison, from the local company, 4Nature, carried out the work in September. The path blends in beautifully with the surroundings, and Jay told us that he had specially selected the material used, from Bowes Moor, to get exactly the right colour. Before Helen cut the ribbon, Sue Antrobus explained to everyone how the path had come about: it had taken a lot of work and persistence from everyone concerned, but we all felt it had been worthwhile. The Friends would like to thank Sue particularly for all her help and encouragement; our local Guisborough councillors, Shelagh Holyoake, Bill Clarke and Dennis Teasdale for their support; both Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Guisborough Town Council for financial help; Jay and 4Nature for doing a great job; Groundwork; our local RCBC community officers, Andy Roberts and Claire Bognar; and not forgetting the Guisborough Litter Picking Group. Our special thanks must go to Tesco, who provided the bulk of the funding for this project, nearly £5000, through their splendid Bags of Help scheme. We would thoroughly recommend this scheme to any small community group looking for funding; it took us three tries, but we got there in the end!

Public Relations & Fundraising Officer Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

The role: to develop and implement CIMMs public relations and fundraising initiatives. The museum is looking for a self-directed individual with experience of public relations and/or fundraising, preferably in the charity sector. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, drive and enthusiasm for promoting a fast growing museum charity are essential. The Museum is dedicated to commemorating and interpreting mining, especially of ironstone, and how it has influenced communities in Cleveland. You will be joining a dedicated, and enthusiastic, team of staff and volunteers at a dynamic museum whose current initiatives will see it grow to over twice the current size, both physically and as a business, in the next five years. For further information and a job description, please contact Jane or Wendy at the museum: Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove, TS13 4AP, 01287 642877 Closing Date: Thursday 7th December, interviews on the 12th December. Terms and conditions: Leave entitlement is 22 days (pro rata) plus public holidays 12 months fixed term Jan 2018 – Dec 2018. Job share will be considered. 35 hours/week £18,000

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Marske Brass Band 1975 The Iron Ore Miners Band of the Cleveland Hills M

By Philip Chisholm

arske Brass Band in January are to celebrate the opening of their new Band

room. We would like to invite as many of the surviving members of the band from decades past, or indeed their relatives and children, Grand Children. The New band room including all the internal fixtures and fitting has cost nearly £20,000. The Bands new hut donated to us by the Marske Sports. Recreational Partnership (MSRP) has been rebuilt from the inside out with new floors, (Thanks to M.J Builders) heating, humidity controlled music library, CCTV, Fire Alarms (Thanks Marske Alarms), complete rewire, decorations, carpets, office equipment and Music rehearsal room stands. We now have a Band Room as inviting as our

happy group of musicians, a band room which replaces the old 1914-18 Marske Aerodrome hut we have used since the 1950’s This is an opportunity to thank our sponsors as well as the band members past and present. If I could ask people who would like to attend to get in touch via my email In particular I am looking for family contacts from people on this old Band photograph from 1972. Whose names are: Left to Right Back Row to Front: Benny Dale. Ron Kay. Paul Derrin. Ces Prouse. Ian Prouse. George Bognor. Karen Kay. Maxi Clarke Jack Kitching. George Ferrier. Jane Morgan. Eileen Prouse. John Prouse. Paul Robinsom. Eric Bringloe. Unknown. Vince Barbour. Johnney Wyatt.

Saltburn's 'top author' republishes book Adrian Beadnell. Les Thomson. Brian Thornton. Malcolm Vodden. Brian Thomson. Anne McNamara. Kevin Kay. Billy Pearse. Ian Richardson. Finally, if any business would like to sponsor the opening of the new Marske by the Sea Brass Band Room and take part in this auspicious community occasion please get in touch.

●● Holding hands Bill and Una Horne hold hands at the Hazelgrove care home, Saltburn. They've been doing this all their decades-long married life.


By Mike Morrissey

na Horne, who is probably Saltburn's most widely-read author, has just had another book reprinted. She showed me a copy in the Hazelgrove care home where she has lived for several months. It is called "The Wartime Nurse," by Maggie Hope, her main nom-de-plume, and is published by Penguin Random House, an international company. It is a Sunday Times best-seller and tells of a young nurse and her romances in the 1950s. This was when Una was a student nurse at Bishop Auckland General hospital. I borrowed one of her 14 Una Horne books at Saltburn library and noted it had been borrowed once a month this year. Not bad for a story-teller whose writing days ended 10 years ago through deteriorating health. Una has lived in Diamond Street with husband Bill since 1995. They moved to the town to be near son Peter, who ran a pine business from Milton Street. Una, 84, is visited by Bill every afternoon and they unashamedly hold hands as she tucks into

a box of fruit like strawberries. They smile a lot and are well-known to the Methodist community at Milton Street. Una was born at Shotton Colliery on the Durham coast and went to Bishop Auckland grammar school. A teacher wrote: "She could become a writer," but it was not until she was in her 50s that she started to write. Her first published work was a story in the Northern Echo. Before that she had been a staff nurse and later kept the books for the family haulage business. She picked up a lot of stories about Durham in the early part of the last century, including life in a workhouse, on the dole and in the coal mines. Romance was at the heart of many of her tales, which have been published by different big firms; two were under the name of Priscilla Page. In one book she acknowledged help given by doctors and retired nurses who provided background information. "I've enjoyed writing the books. They meant carrying out a lot of research to make them feel authentic," said Una, who is a member of Mensa, the exclusive society for people of high intelligence. Her IQ is 157.



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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Skelton through the Ages – a swift view of history By Pam Batts


Skelton Villages Civic Pride

wonderful Community Mosaic has been installed on a semi-derelict site in Skelton thanks to Skelton Villages Civic Pride and kind permission from Skelton and Gilling Estates. The scheme involved developing a wall and border where the mural has been installed and the border is being planted with roses and lavender. Skelton Villages Civic Pride commissioned local community artists Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey renowned for their work to design and produce a Mural depicting the history of Skelton until the present day. The Mural was researched, designed and produced by the combined efforts of the ¬artists, Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Skelton History Group, Redcar and Cleveland Community Development Staff and

members of the community. It was erected in September 2017 in Skelton High Street and forms part of the Skelton Townscape Heritage. The Mural was funded by Skelton and Brotton Parish Council and the planting funded by Tees Valley Community Foundation. • The key elements of the Mosaic Mural begin with medieval times when Skelton Manor was entered into the Domesday Book (a record of the lands of England made in 1086 by order of William 1). • The Arms of the deBrus family who built the Medieval Castle c.11.00-1105 also features. Over the next 650 years or so, the castle was almost certainly enhanced and enlarged by later generations of the deBrus, Fauconberg, Conyers, Trotter and Hall Stevenson families. The castle was pulled down c.1786 and rebuilt c.1787-1810, giving the building

Skelton Townscape Heritage Mosaic Trail

By Pam Batts


Skelton Villages Civic Pride

s part of the Skelton Townscape Heritage scheme a Mosaic trail has been researched, designed and produced by the combined efforts of Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar and Cleveland Council Community Development staff, members of Skelton History Group, pupils from Freebrough Academy, local artists Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey and numerous members of the community who helped to make the mosaics. The first part of the trail has now been completed and plaques have been installed on thirteen properties with kind permission of their owners. The mosaics depict the former use of some of the buildings or the people who lived there of historical interest. 1. 145 High Street, the mosaic depicts the pay booth at which the estate workers used to receive their pay. This row of cottages dates from the same period as the Wharton Arms 2. 101 High Street - The Countryside Florists had previously been a plumbers and a bank. In 1901 it was a hairdresser. 3. The Deli at 85 used to be the home and business premises of a watchmaker/jeweller, namely Mr. George Kings according to the 1891 and 1901 census. 4. In 1891 this was the home of Thomas Willis a wood sawyer, he was employed in the Estate wood yard on Marske Lane. 5. The Old Rectory was built in 1817 and greatly extended in 1857. The mosaic depicts Herbert Mackworth Drake, who was the rector from 1911 to 1920 6. York House, South Terrace known to generations as “Stivvies”. Dr. Stevenson started his practice

here in 1937 and still held surgery in the early 1980`s for his old regulars. 7. The Old Infants School was established in 1874 as the Infants School where generations of Skelton children received their initial education. 8. 4 South Terrace was converted to a hospital to treat casualties of the Boer War from 1899 – 1902. It was again pressed into service as a convalescent home for the wounded of World War 1 as an annex to the Red Cross hospital in Wharton Hall. 9. 54-56 High Street for many years in the 19th century this was a Seed Merchant. It then became the offices of Skelton and Brotton Urban District Council until 1974 10. The Fire Station – from the early Ordnance Survey maps show a Smithy on this site. The original location of the Wharton Arms was also nearby. 11. Ringrose Orchard this was created out of an abandoned market garden by Friends of Skelton Community Orchard. It was opened on 18th May 2016 12. 98 High Street was the home of the milliner Hannah Collier who lived here in 1911 and she would become a voluntary nurse at the Red Cross convalescent hospital in the old Wharton Hall during World War 1. 13. 106 High Street – many of the cottages on this side of the High Street housed estate workers. In 1939 this was the home of Herbert Pigg a Forrester The second half of the trail will be completed in 2018 when a definitive trail guide will be produced. Thanks once again must go to members of Skelton History Group for their extensive research and help with this project and Jo Mead for interviewing home owners. Thanks also go to Josie Bland for designing the excellent interim leaflet which is available in Skelton Library and the Heritage office as well as other shops along the High Street.

we see today. • Agriculture played a pivotal role in Skelton until the creation of the alum works at Slapewath (c.1605-1610) and Selby Hagg (c.1615-1620) the village would have been a rural community. Even after that the character of the village would probably remain unchanged until the opening of the ironstone mines. • The breed of the Cleveland Bay Horse`s origin lies in the pack horses of Yorkshire. In the late Victorian era, the association with the Cleveland area was established and several local gentry and farmers set about putting the breed on a sounder footing. A Cleveland Bay horse can be trained to almost any kind of work; riding, hunting, coachwork, draught work and ploughing. This is a versatile horse with a very even temperament. • A miner represents the Ironstone mining boom which began in Skelton in the 1860`s. There were five local mines namely: Skelton Shaft, Skelton Park, South Skelton, North Skelton and Long Acres with North Skelton being the last working

mine closing in 1964. • Skelton High Street was developed and a new Parish Church built in the 1870`s and 1880`s • The War Memorial reminds us to commemorate those soldiers from Skelton who gave their lives in two World Wars. • The signpost for the Cleveland Way which opened in 1969 runs through Skelton and on its way to the coast. • A Whipping Post still remains on the village green where punishment was metered out to miscreants in full view of the public. • The Community Orchard has been developed by Friends of Skelton Community Orchard on a derelict piece of land by kind permission of Mr. Anthony Wharton. This has now been named Ringrose Orchard in memory of Lady Ringrose Wharton for her work supporting local charities and is open to everyone to visit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. • Old Skelton Infants School was established in 1874 when generations of children from Skelton would receive their primary education there. It was tradition on May Day for the schoolchildren to dance around the Maypole. • A sword dancer is depicted because between the two world wars many local villages had their own sword dancing teams which they performed simply for pleasure. • The planted tub and new trees represent the latest changes to Skelton in 2017. I would personally like to thank local historian Peter Appleton for his research and knowledge.

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Skinningrove Bonfire & Fireworks Display 2017


By John Roberts

aturday 4 November saw one of Skinningrove's best ever shows as spectacular fireworks illuminated the hillsides and a bonfire that represented pigeon fancying in the local area. There's been a theme to all the bonfires in the village since the first one in 1982; this year it was the turn of an activity that's been part of the local landscape for more than a century. In the weeks leading up to 4 November there were guided visits to pigeon lofts and shows at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum that featured archive film of pigeon fancying in the North East of England, together with readings and talks.


Changes to Hospital visitor parking

outh Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is increasing car parking charges at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital to enable further improvements to be made to car parking facilities. In recent months, the Trust has been carrying out a wider review of car parking to address concerns raised by both staff and patients in relation to parking, particularly on the Middlesbrough hospital site. Already a dedicated 1,100 space car park for staff has opened at Prissick Base which, in turn, allowed an additional 236 patient and visitor spaces to be created closer to hospital buildings. Further investment includes replacing car park barriers and introducing new pay machines that accept card payments, to help resolve on-going issues around pay machines being broken, barriers not working correctly and patients and visitors not being able to pay by card. The Trust is also looking at the introduction of parent and child car parking spaces close to children’s outpatients and the maternity reception following feedback from a recent patient survey. The new patient and visitor charges – the first increase in over three years – will be implemented from 1 November and are as follows:

There was also a display at Loftus Library that featured images kindly provided by the mining museum, East Cleveland Image Archive, Teesside Archives, Dawn Holliday, Skinningrove History Group and photographers. Thanks are due to the bonfire committee and history group for their work on these activities; look out for news of a project to highlight the significance of pigeon fancying in our area. The bonfire and fireworks display could not go ahead without donations of money and time, so it's a huge Thank You to the organisations and individuals who gave financial support and many hours as volunteers to make this community event such a great success.

Director of Estates, Procurement & ICT, Kevin Oxley, said: “The money raised from car parking charges supports the significant costs to run, maintain and secure our hospitals car parks and to meet costs in line with increased inflation. Anything we raise over and above that is reinvested back into the Trust for frontline services. “Over the next two years we will invest an additional £600,000 on improving our car parking facilities and while it is never a popular choice to increase our charges, it is necessary.” In 2014, the Trust announced that it would start charging for blue badge holder parking - in line with other Trusts - but held off introducing this charge to enable special pay machines to be installed. Blue badge parking will be a pay and display ticket at a reduced fee of £3 for 24 hours and will be implemented at The James Cook University Hospital in December 2017 and at the Friarage Hospital once building work on The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre is completed next year. A further review of car parking will also take place on our Northallerton site once this work is complete. The Trust is also reminding drivers not to park on double red lines and pavements as this obstructs emergency vehicles and wheelchair access. Car parking charge notices will be issued to anyone not parking in an official space and these will be enforced. Patients referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by their doctor, dentist or another health professional, may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme. More details can be found at healthcosts/pages/travelcosts.aspx


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Saint Leonard's Day celebrated in style in Loftus!



Top class! School declared ‘outstanding’ in all categories

n East Cleveland Primary school has been judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all categories by inspectors. St Joseph’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy in Loftus received a glowing report by Ofsted. It means every primary school in Redcar and Cleveland continues to be rated as ‘good’ or better. Ofsted found St Joseph’s to be outstanding in all areas including: effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development, outcomes for pupils and early years provision. The report said: “The Headteacher, governors and senior leaders have created an ethos of high expectations. Leaders are doggedly determined to eradicate anything that is second best.” Inspectors also said that: governors “bring a range of professional skills,” safeguarding measures of children are effective and that

“pupils’ work demonstrate that teaching over time is outstanding.” Outcomes and results for the children were also found to be outstanding. Alison Toward, Headteacher, said: “This is testimony to a lot of hard work by everyone involved at the school, the governors, teachers, parents, all our staff and, of course, the children themselves. We are delighted but, at the same time, we are determined to progress still further.” Councillor Craig Hannaway, Cabinet Member for Children at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I would like to pay tribute to everyone at what is a wonderful school. Every primary school in the borough is currently rated good or above and the challenge is to maintain those standards and to improve on them.” St Joseph’s became a Voluntary Academy in 2014 and provides education for 145 two to 11-year-olds.

n the evening of Friday 3rd November 2017, a congregation drawn from across East Cleveland and Teesside came to Saint Leonard's Parish Church in Loftus to celebrate Saint Leonard's Day! Regular members of the church community were joined by the Mayor of Loftus, alongside clergy and people visiting form a number of other local parishes. The guest preacher this year was Father Michael Gobbett, the Rector of Whitby, on his first visit to Saint Leonard's Church in Loftus. Saint Leonard's Church Choir ably led the singing and the organ was played by our Director of Music Richard Bendelow. Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus-in-

Cleveland said: "This year's keeping of Saint Leonard's day was another wonderful occasion for our parish and for our church community here in Loftus! Once again our new church choir performed magnificently and their contribution to our worship was greatly appreciated by all who attended. It was also great to welcome clergy and people from across Teesside and North Yorkshire, and it was especially good to welcome Father Michael Gobbett from Whitby as our guest preacher." Further information about the life of the Church of England in Loftus Carlin How and Skinningrove, can be found on our excellent parish website


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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Chinese delegates discover borough’s huge investment opportunities



enior Government delegates from China visited the borough recently to discover more about its vast economic potential. The 13 officials met Leader of the Council, Councillor Sue Jeffrey, and leading council officers to discuss possible investment opportunities. After a presentation at Redcar and Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart in Redcar the delegates were given a view of the possible regeneration and investment sites in the borough. There has been interest from around the world in the economic potential of Redcar and Cleveland since the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) launched a Master Plan for the regeneration of the 4,500-acre industrial site from the former Redcar steelworks

to South Bank. Councillor Jeffrey, who is Vice-Chair of the STDC and has helped develop the Master Plan, said: “It was wonderful to meet the officials from China. They were very impressed with the sheer potential of our borough and could appreciate the very many opportunities we are able to offer businesses from around the world.” Councillor Bob Norton, Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “This shows the level of international interest there is in investing in our area. The regeneration site is one of the biggest in Europe and there is obvious potential there. However, there are also many investment opportunities in other areas of Redcar and Cleveland. We are a very pro-business council and our doors are always open to potential investors.”

Tourism continues to grow in Redcar and Cleveland but more accommodation needed

ourism is continuing to grow in Redcar and Cleveland thanks to an improved events and festivals programme – but more work needs to done to encourage visitors to stay longer. That is the key message from Councillor Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Communications in his Annual Report. Cllr Quartermain presented his report to Borough Council which focused on plans to provide more high quality accommodation to encourage more visitors to stay overnight. The councillor explained that more hotels, quality guest houses as well as glamping, caravanning and camping sites were needed. Latest annual figures for visitor are the best since current records began in 2000 and show that 3,404 million brought £138 million economic benefit. However, the vast majority of the visitors were day trippers and only 300,000 people stayed overnight, with two thirds of those staying with friends or relatives. Cllr Quartermain also highlighted the success of expanding the council’s events and festival programme which are also being attended by more people. The Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham Estate attracted 10,000 more visitors in 2017 than last year; The Robots exhibition at Kirkleatham Museum attracted 23,000 paying customers - thousands more than expected, and the inaugural year of the community-organised East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix cycle race attracted 4,000 visitors.

Cllr Quartermain said: “It is excellent news that our tourism industry is going from strength to strength. We are at the point where we really need more of the quality accommodation that encourages visitors to spend even more time in our beautiful area. Tourism is extremely important for our plans to grow our economy for generations to come.” The tourism industry now provides just under 2,000 jobs in the borough. Contact Cllr Quartermain by email at


Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18


Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Northern Acchord-Charity Chanters

School pupils to go on an odyssey

● School staff and members of staff from organisations including the council, Cleveland Police and Thirteen Group attended the launch of the Heartstone Odyssey project on Monday


upils in ten schools across Redcar and Cleveland will be taught more about tolerance, diversity and challenging hate crime thanks to ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’ project. The project is based on the book ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’ written by Arvan Kumar in 1985 about Chandra and her quest to overcome intolerance, prejudice and racism alongside her allies – the mice – as they look the find the pieces of the Heartstone. Within the plot, the fantasy-based book deals with how historical events affect society’s tolerance of difference and gives opportunities to allow children the opportunity to explore how they would deal with racism or instances of intolerance. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the hate crime pupils may encounter in their lives as well as building community cohesion and integration. Partly funded by Heartstone and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Public


Health team, the project was launched on 13 November and will be going round the ten schools in the coming months. One of the schools involved in the project is Westgarth Primary School in Marske, headteacher Jackie Woodhead said: “I got involved in the project again because I worked with Heartstone 11 years ago at a former school and I really saw a benefit of the course. The project gives an opportunity for young people to raise issues in a safe environment.” The project also feeds in to the successful ‘Love Your Neighbour’ initiative which promotes neighbourliness, and doing good deeds to help communities across the borough. Cllr Christopher Massey, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The Heartstone Odyssey Project has been successful in teaching school pupils about intolerance and prejudice for years and I’m delighted that pupils in Redcar and Cleveland will have the opportunity to read the book and learn more about its key messages.”

Saltburn Learning Campus win against litter

fter a week of deliberation recently, organisation 'Surfers against Sewage' announced Saltburn Learning Campus the winners of the 2017 Be the Change North East Award. Last month, Surfers against Sewage delivered their anti-litter education programme award scheme to over 1500 children. It challenged 6 NE schools, including Saltburn Learning Campus, to recognise that they can play a crucial role in keeping their communities litter-free, healthy and

happy by being the change that they want to see and creating their own 'anti-litter action plan'. Entries were scored on things like reach of the project, messages surrounding it, and implementation. Upper school of Saltburn Primary and lower school of Huntcliff delivered a fantastic PowerPoint presentation to the judging panel, and were announced as the winners last Thursday! Well done to all of those involved. The campus won a trophy and £250 to make their plan a reality.


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● Les McGee, Musical Director of Northern Acchord with Chairman David Percy


orthern Acchord, the areas only Barbershop harmony chorus, held a special concert on behalf of Children in Need recently. A fun musical evening was greatly enjoyed by the audience in St. Mary Magdalene Church, Billingham, and all proceeds will go to this worthy cause. This is just the latest in a sequence of fund raising concerts given by the chorus who use their love of singing as a means of helping others. Several other charities have benefitted from recent concerts including, Teesside Hospice, the

Salvation Army and Christian Aid. The chorus are currently planning another event to be held in spring 2018, for the Marie Curie Foundation. This will be a double bill with the chorus and the Billingham Silver Band and promises to be a night of rich musical entertainment. Northern Acchord support charities by holding events all over our area so for more details watch this space. The chorus rehearses at the Acorn Centre, Acklam Grange School every Tuesday and any men who would like to sing in acapella harmony are welcome to come along.


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Stop this anti-social dumping in Lingdale!

●● RCBC councillor Steve Kay and Lockwood chair Mike Jefferson among the rubbish in back High Street, Lingdale


wo local councillors are determined to stop Lingdale’s streets from becoming unauthorised rubbish tips. Recently, there have been several incidents of large-scale dumping of unwanted furniture and other

rubbish in the back streets behind both sides of High Street, which, up to now, Redcar & Cleveland Council has taken away. Borough councillor Steve Kay explained: “Although I would very much like to see these back streets

brought up to standard and taken over by the council, at present, they remain unadopted. This means, strictly speaking, they are not the responsibility of the council and, with diminishing resources, the council could refuse to collect the rubbish. No resident should assume they can just dump their rubbish in the back street and the council will forever take it away. Also, it should be remembered that the back streets are thoroughfares, open to public use; it is an offence to block them with rubbish, or anything else.” Chairman of Lockwood Parish Council, Mike Jefferson, has been asking housing associations and letting agencies to make it clear to their tenants that indiscriminate dumping will not be tolerated. “Dumping in the back streets on this scale is intolerable and amounts to anti-social behaviour. Both the public sector and private landlords need to send out a clear message that there will be severe consequences for the perpetrators. Irresponsible people

must not be allowed to spoil our village for everyone else.” Councillor Kay added: “The rules about rubbish are simple: what you can’t get in your bins should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Dunsdale, near Guisborough, where most items can be deposited free of charge. “Of course, people who prefer to fly-tip on the highway, rather than visit the Recycling Centre, could well face prosecution.”

Man in a 'million' literally A

By Mike Morrissey

retired vicar, who almost died from a "hole in the heart" when he was two days old, has died at 74. Former Bishop of Whitby the Rt Rev Gordon Bates, called the Rev Eric Norris, a "man in a million" at a celebration funeral service at a wellfilled Emmanuel church, Saltburn, on 9th November. Many people, including wife Audrey, wore red to mark his football club Liverpool. That was also the colour dominating the church hall during a memories' session after the service. The bishop said Eric "had a great life which he enjoyed." Eric and Audrey, who were married for 50 years, retired to Saltburn after spells in different parts of the country, including Boosbeck. Eric helped to take services at Emmanuel and to play an active life in the local community. Their four sons took part in the service. A collection was taken for the South Cleveland Heart Fund, the National CJD Surveillance Unit, the Children's Society and Emmanuel church.

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The Christmas Story 1967

● Picture courtesy of Tyne Tees Television

Quiet community stalwart remembered


By Mike Morrissey

rs Carol Hardy, who died aged 84, was one of Saltburn's "quiet army" of community activists. She was remembered at a service at the Kirkleatham crematorium on 16th November for many of her good works, which included running the weekly Meals on Wheels service throughout the town for the WRVS and training 21 Guide Dogs for the Blind. ● Carol Hardy The amount raised for guide dogs at with guide dogs the crematorium was £220.50. Ingle and Bunty Carol, who was married to retired steel manager Colin Hardy, started a popular luncheon club at the community centre for older residents who appreciated a home-cooked meal. She was a member of several local women's groups including Inner Wheel and Tangent. She also was one of a team of "tea ladies," who helped Saltburn and District Retired Men's Forum to start their weekly meetings with a cuppa. Members held a minute's silence on 13th November to remember her with gratitude. Carol was born at Barnard Castle and moved aged 14 to Skinningrove because of her father's work as a gas engineer. She was educated at a small private school on Marine Parade, Saltburn. She did clerical work at ICI Wilton but left to look after her family of Colette and Richard plus her voluntary activities. The service was led by the Rev Adam Reed, of Emmanuel parish, Saltburn. A collection was taken for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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By Audrey Kirby

rom the beginning of December a display of photos will be shown in Marske Library. The photos and DVD show an important event which took place in Errington School fifty years ago. There was great excitement as the children were rehearsing for the annual nativity play, The Christmas Story. This was heightened when Tyne Tees Television Newcastle came in and filmed the event for the evening epilogue. Many of the hundred children who took part will still be local, and we hope they, their children and grandchildren, will come and see the display, and hopefully rekindle old school friendships. May the spirit of Christmas be with you all in 2017.


Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Steel stories forged over generations to be remembered in a major project and exhibition


project to record and remember the lives of Teesside’s men and women of iron and steel has been given a major boost. Kirkleatham Museum has been awarded £69,800 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to continue working in partnership with Teesside University on preserving the history of the industry, it has been announced. The team will collect memorabilia and stories for an exhibition called Year of Steel at Kirkleatham Museum, near Redcar which will then go on tour. It’s hoped the exhibition will explain not only the local significance of the Teesside steel industry until the time of the closure of Redcar’s SSI steelworks in 2015 but its impact on the world. Work has already started on the project and it is expected the exhibition will open next year. The scheme is being led on behalf of the university by Professor Natasha Vall, Head of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, and Dr Joan Heggie, a Research Fellow and formerly the project manager of the British Steel Archive Project. The academics will work with students, museum staff and members of the public to draft the framework for the oral history project and continue interviewing people from across the community. Councillor Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Cabinet member for Tourism, Culture and Communication, said: “Our proud steel and iron history must never be forgotten. This project is very important to ensuring that history is kept

●● Councillor Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture and Communications; Amanda Skelton, Chair of the SSI Task Force, Dr Joan Heggie, Research Fellow and formerly the project manager of the British Steel Archive Project, Business & Law; Professor Natasha Vall, Head of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law; and Malcolm Armstrong, Cultural Services Manager at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Photograph courtesy of Teesside University. alive and I am especially pleased that the stories of people directly affected by the closure of SSI will be a crucial part of the project. I would like to put on the record my thanks and appreciation to Teesside University who have worked very hard gathering this data over the past year.” Professor Vall said: “We are very pleased that the University has been able to assist this project

with academic expertise and student support and are confident that the exhibition will play a vital role in enshrining the region’s industrial heritage. We are looking forward to further collaborations with Kirkleatham Museum and showcasing the impact Redcar steel has had around the world.” Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said:

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re pleased to support this project which will capture memories and stories of Teesside’s iron and steel industries, and ensure an important part of our region’s heritage is not forgotten.” For more information on Steel Stories contact


Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Success for North Skelton Band


orth Skelton Band competed in the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association contest on the 5th November in Dewsbury Town Hall and came home with not only the 1st place but best instrumentalist & best conductor prizes ! Although the band no longer rehearse in the village we still support the area and have members who reside there. On Sunday 10th December we will be entertaining the crowds with carols and Christmas music again in the lovely little old church in the grounds of Skelton Castle at 2pm The concert last year was a very festive occasion, the church decked out in holly & candlelight and the audience raised the roof with their singing. The band will be competing in the 2nd section from January 2018 and we are looking to recruit a cornet player, Bb bass player and drummer/percussionist ahead of our promotion. We rehearse on Tuesdays & Fridays in Nunthorpe under the baton of our talented M.D. Lewis Wilkinson Interested ? Ring 07880558160 for more information

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oftus and District Flower Club held a Christmas Open Meeting in Skelton Civic Hall, which was well attended. National Demonstrator, Andrew Grisewood made some beautiful Christmas arrangements, which some lucky winners on the raffle took home. The Welcoming Flowers, above, were made up by the Club Chairperson Ann Gullon


Student heads to Africa in bid to help children and young people

student is trading the bracing weather of the North East for the more tropical climes of East Africa in a bid to help children and young people in one of the world’s poorest countries. 18 year old Honor Wilkinson-Bell from Saltburn has been chosen to join a group of volunteers who will be travelling to Malawi in February with the International Service, a charity which supports women, children and disabled people in developing countries across the world. Honor will spend 3 months in Malawi, where she will live with a local family and work alongside volunteers from both the UK and the local community. Explaining why she applied to join the programme, Honor, a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth College in Darlington, said: “When I decided to take a year out before I start my degree at the London School of Economics next September, I wanted to do something that would not only broaden my horizons, but also make a difference to the lives of others. It’s really important that young people like me understand the challenges that other parts of the world face, and although I’m quite apprehensive at the prospect of living in a place that has limited electricity and running water, I’m really looking forward to meeting people and contributing to the amazing work that International Service does across the globe.” During her placement, Honor will be tasked with helping raise awareness of health issues and promoting active citizenship amongst young people. “Part of the challenge will to try and understand how to get important health messages across in a society where average life expectancy is just 55 years and people live on less than 73p a day. Malawi also

has some of Africa’s highest rates of HIV and AIDS.” Before she heads off, Honor has to raise funds which will go directly to help the communities she will be working with. She is planning a series of fundraising events in the run up to Christmas, and has already raised over £100 through the sale of home made jams. A keen artist, Honor is also producing a range of limited edition cards, bags and prints from her own illustrations and in December, she is organising Saltburn’s first-ever ‘ReinDog Walk’ in which dog owners will be invited to a fun walk through Saltburn

woods, with free reindeer antlers and a goody bag for their pets. When she returns to the UK in April, Honor will be visiting schools and community groups across Teesside to raise awareness of International Service’s work and encourage other young people to get involved in overseas development work. Anyone interested in contributing to Honor’s fundraising efforts can find out more on her Justgiving page https:// malawi-honor-wb or via 07768 994436


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Merger brings promise of a bright future

edcar and Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College have announced plans to merge in a dynamic move that promises to bring greater opportunities and services to the area. This exciting development will see the colleges retain their existing campuses and names – as the merger demonstrates the commitment of both colleges to their local communities and the wider Tees Valley. ● From left, Redcar and Cleveland College students Chloe A key aspect of the merger Kendall, Beth Richmond, Amber Thorpe, Jessica Duffy, Tia is to ensure that Redcar and Bowie, Courtney Jenkins and Tia Lancaster Cleveland retains its own college to meet the needs their respective communities, under the proposals, of local people and the local business community. both will continue to offer an extensive further The recent announcement comes as a report education provision. A responsive curriculum will published by education watchdog Ofsted rated reflect the needs of all of the communities that the Redcar and Cleveland College a grade 4. colleges serve, with a wide variety of full and partHowever both colleges, who have been in talks time courses, apprenticeships, higher education for several months, are confident that the merger and professional training courses. will form part of an effective action plan to support As one organisation, both colleges will benefit Redcar and Cleveland College in ensuring a high from shared expertise, resources and best practice quality learning experience. along with enhanced opportunities for future Mark White, Chair of the Stockton Riverside growth. The delivery of an excellent learner and College Board of Governors, said: “With a shared customer experience is at the heart of the merger vision and passion for our local communities as is the growth and performance of both colleges. and the wider Tees Valley, both colleges are Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland confident that the partnership will create greater Council and newly appointed Chair of Redcar opportunities for learners, employers, staff and and Cleveland College Board, said: “This is a stakeholders. really positive development both for the colleges “By working together, we can draw upon each and the area. other’s strengths and deep-rooted knowledge “We are optimistic that with shared values and of our local areas to create a stronger and more ambition the merger of the two colleges will bring resilient college that, whilst always remaining with it further opportunities for all of our students, fully focused on our learners, is better placed to staff and the employers that we work with.” meet the demands of the wider region at a time of Graded Good by Ofsted and with its excellent significant economic regeneration.” partnerships with schools, businesses, the local The timing of the merger follows the formal authorities and universities, Stockton Riverside announcement of the South Tees Development College is well positioned to support the wider Corporation masterplan, a plan to create a worldorganisation to grow and deliver its objectives. class industrial site on the River Tees. The single Welcoming the move, Tees Valley Mayor, Ben biggest development opportunity in the UK, Houchen, said: “It is critical to my plans for the the plan aims to create 20,000 new jobs across Tees Valley that we have excellent, financially Redcar and the Tees Valley and the merger will sustainable further education provision. help position Redcar and Cleveland College as one “I hope that the vision and proven management of the key institutions to service the demand for ability of Stockton Riverside College will make skills and training to support the plan. this merger a success, and I wish them the very With the colleges maintaining a strong presence in best of luck as they deliver their vision and plans

to offer fresh hope for students in Redcar and beyond.” The merger has also been welcomed by leaders of the public and business community. Amanda Skelton, Chief Executive of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said: “The announcement is warmly welcomed by Redcar and Cleveland Council. Our priority is to retain a high quality learning environment in Redcar for the benefit of local young people and adult learners. We look forward to forming a very strong partnership with Stockton Riverside College in the future.” The Sir William Turner Foundation has supported education in Redcar and East Cleveland for over 300 years and has a significant investment in Redcar and Cleveland College. Redcar MP Anna Turley said: “This is good news for further education in Redcar & Cleveland and is an important step forward in making sure our young people can access the best quality education. It will bring an end to the insecurity that has hung over Redcar College, guaranteeing that our borough will retain an FE college and that learners will not have to travel further afield. "Ofsted’s grade 4 rating captures the difficulties the college has been facing and the merger with a strong partner like Stockton Riverside should ensure our young people have the top quality education they deserve. " Having an excellent local FE provider is also crucial if our young people and adult learners are able to take advantage of the big opportunities that are coming to Teesside. From the existing projects by MGT Power and Sirius Minerals, to the potential development on the former SSI site, local people need the high quality training to prepare them for the new jobs on offer. " I look forward to working with the new merged

college to secure the best for our area.” Peter Sotheran, Chair of the Foundation, said: “We are very much looking forward to this exciting new chapter in the college’s history. It will create a completely new set of opportunities for young people in Redcar.” Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Teesside University said: “We very much welcome this partnership and see it as a positive step for the regional college network. “Teesside University has been working in partnership with the Tees Valley further education colleges for more than 20 years in a strategic partnership to meet the needs of the economy and the aspirations of local communities and individuals. “We look forward to working closely with both Stockton Riverside College and Redcar and Cleveland College through this dynamic new partnership and will continue to provide a wide range of progressive routes into higher education for all of their students.” Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “Stockton Riverside College provides many of our young people and adult learners with first class opportunities which help them towards achieving their ambitions for the future. “We are very fortunate to have such a good college in the Borough and wish it well with the merger as it continues to go from strength to strength.” The proposed merger is planned to be complete before the start of the next academic year in August 2018. It will remain business as usual for all students, apprentices and employers who work with the college.


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Cervical Screening now available on evenings and weekends in South Tees Out of Hours GP services

�� Health Improvement Commissioner from Middlesbrough Council Becky James, Lead Nurse at the STAR Service Louise Johnson, and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Health Improvement Commissioner Katrina Jackson at the launch.


omen from Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough are now able to attend their cervical screening appointments on evenings and weekends if convenient, under new arrangements agreed between the two local authorities and the South Tees Out of Hours GP service. A cervical screening, also known as a smear test is a free, simple, routine test available to all women aged 25-64, every 3-5 years. Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing


in the UK yet one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited, normally due to fear or embarrassment or not understanding its importance. Many women are also put off attending due to GP appointments being unavailable at times convenient to them. It is hoped that by allowing women to schedule their appointments on evenings or weekends at one of the 4 Out of Hours practices, this will increase uptake and mean less women are missing appointments. Appointments will be available between

6.30pm -9.30pm Mondays to Fridays and 8.00am-9.30pm on weekends in one of the 4 Out of Hours GP Centres which are : - Redcar Primary Care Hospital - East Cleveland Hospital, Brotton - One Life Centre, Middlesbrough - North Ormesby Health Village Appointments can be made through the patient’s own GP practice for screenings at one of these centres. The centres are also adopting the “No Fear� approach established recently in some GP practices across the area, which aims to remove any fear and embarrassment from cervical screenings. Edward Kunonga, Director of Public Health for Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Councils said: “Cervical screening is the best way for women to protect themselves from cervical cancer. The screening programme saves thousands of lives every year, yet many women do not attend their appointments – we hope that offering more convenient appointment times will make it much easier for women to attend these essential screenings.� Dr Andrew Threadgold, Clinical Director of the Star Service said “Our Service is very keen to provide GP services to the harder to reach patients in the region such as those who work full time or have other commitments. Given the importance of Cervical Screening and its low uptake we are delighted to be able to offer these clinics for our patients and we hope to roll out further services in the future.’� For more information on cervical screening speak to your GP or visit www.

100th patient recruited to pace trial


outh Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has reached an important milestone by recruiting their 100th patient to a leading-edge cancer trial. Two years ago (November 2015), The James Cook University Hospital became the first in the North of England to start recruiting patients to the Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence (PACE) trial. The study is for men who have been diagnosed with organ confined prostate cancer, which means the cancer has not grown outside the prostate gland, and compares conventional radiotherapy or surgery with stereotactic radiotherapy where treatment is delivered over a much shorter period of time. The aim of the trial is to compare the different treatments to find out: • How long men live after each treatment without any sign of their cancer coming back and; • More about the side effects of each treatment The Middlesbrough hospital is currently one of the highest recruiters to the trial across the United Kingdom and is second only to The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust where the study is led. Consultant in Radiotherapy and Oncology, Dr Hans van der Voet, who has consented over 50 of the 100 patients to the trial, said: “This exciting development gives patients the opportunity to receive very sophisticated radiotherapy that, if successful, may revolutionise the way radiotherapy is given.â€? “The enthusiasm for the trial is shared amongst all uro-oncologists in the department. We are delighted to recruit our 100th patient and are extremely grateful to all our patients who have volunteered to participate in this important research.â€? Emma Thompson, Research Radiographer Superintendent, added: “Key to successful recruitment to the PACE trial has been the excellent co-operation across all of our teams employed in the treatment of prostate cancer. “Our urology and oncology departments are extremely trials active and offer patients the best available treatment choices. Our 100th patient who consented said that PACE gave him the opportunity to be offered a cutting edge treatment in addition to helping others and contributing to moving science forward.â€? The PACE trial has proved so popular that it is close to recruiting the national target number of 857 patients almost a year earlier than expected.







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Hospital wedding bells for Jack and Emma

he day after Jack Kane was told he had just weeks to live he got the nurses to lift him out of his wheelchair and put him down on one knee to propose to his partner Emma Clarke. Eight days later after a whirlwind of planning, the bride and groom were married in the chapel at The James Cook University Hospital, surrounded by close friends and family. But the story doesn’t end there... For what doctors thought was a cancerous tumour on Jack’s spine is now suspected to be a very rare neurological condition called Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) which is also known as Devic’s disease. And as Jack gave his emotional speech at the couple’s wedding reception in Billingham Synthonia Club, he was able to deliver the best wedding gift to his delighted guests – the news he wasn’t terminally ill.

It has been a rollercoaster journey for the 23-year-old who, in the space of three months, has gone from working full-time and enjoying the odd game of field hockey as a goalkeeper to losing the use of his legs with the uncertainty he will ever be able to walk again. “I woke up with huge back pain between the shoulder blades and, of course, left it for a week as I suspected a trapped nerve. Every time I moved my neck I was getting shooting pins and needles and hypersensitivity down my legs,” he said. What followed over the coming weeks were several doctors’ appointments with a number of diagnoses given from a trapped nerve and allergic reactions to depression or mental illness. Jack then took a turn for the worse on a family cruise to America and Mexico, spending the entire week dragging his right leg and with agonising pain in his back. The day after arriving home

Patients’ involvement in cancer trial leads to “practice changing” results for NHS

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atients’ involvement in a pioneering cancer trial at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have led to ‘practice changing’ results about how mesothelioma will be treated in the future. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can grow in the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs and is diagnosed most often in the tissue that covers the lungs and lines the internal chest wall. One of the tests for the disease involves putting a thin tube into the chest wall which the doctor can then look inside and remove samples (biopsies) or fluid. However these procedures can cause cancerous skin lumps called nodules to develop along the tract where the tube was put in and to try and stop them developing; patients were often given a type of radiotherapy known as ‘prophylactic irradiation of tracts’ or PIT on their chest wall. The purpose of the PIT study was to determine whether treating the wound from patients’ mesothelioma tests with radiotherapy (or not) helped to prevent or delay small cancer growths (nodules) developing in that area. In total, 17 patients from The James Cook University Hospital were involved in the trail with the results presented at the IASC World Conference on Lung

Cancer in Yokohama, Japan, last month. Dr Talal Mansy, a Medical Oncologist at the Middlesbrough hospital, said: “Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma can sometimes be troubled with spread of their cancer along the tract where their biopsy was taken from which can cause pain and morbidity. “Although many hospitals already gave PIT, we still didn’t know whether the treatment worked because the evidence was limited. The aim of the trial was to see whether this type of radiotherapy could prevent or delay small cancer growths (modules) developing. “What these results have shown is there is no benefit to giving patients prophylactic radiotherapy to the tract site in mesothelioma patients which effectively means, in future, they will not have to go through treatment that will not help them. “This is a practice changing result for the UK - and even worldwide - and I would like to thank all of our patients who took part as they have helped to answer an important question in the treatment of mesothelioma. “I’d also like to thank the research and development team, our research radiographer Emma Thompson and all the radiographers who have helped to make this a success at James Cook.”

he was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees after collapsing in the bathroom. “I was admitted to the spinal ward and had an emergency MRI scan but was subsequently discharged home with a referral letter for neurology,” he said. As his condition worsened, Jack was forced to use crutches and on waking up one morning to find he couldn’t move, was admitted to The James Cook University Hospital by his GP practice. “On the Monday (October 9) I came into hospital I was really ill… I couldn’t move and was in so much pain that they gave me morphine. By Wednesday I’d lost the use of my legs completely and also had loss of sensation in my hands.” Following further tests and multiple MRI scans which indicated a tumour on the spine, Jack and Emma were given the devastating news that he was looking at a couple of months, if not weeks, to live. “It was Friday the 13th ironically but when the news sinks in you’ve got just a few weeks to live, I looked at Emma and thought ‘let’s do this’,” he said. “I was always going to marry her – we’ve known each other for nearly ten years and have been together for the last three. From the day I first met her I knew I wanted to be with her… “So I got my mum to get the ring and the nurses put me down on one knee to propose. We were married eight days later - why waste any time?” With family and friends in full swing trying to sort out a wedding, Jack was preparing himself for a spinal biopsy, involving surgery, but on the day of the procedure a scan revealed the tumour was reducing. Further tests and treatment including more scans, a lumbar puncture and five days of Intravenous Immuoglobulin led to the news that Jack’s condition was more likely to be NMO although clinicians are still working on a definite diagnosis. On 23 October, Jack and Emma tied the knot in the hospital’s chapel after the stunning bride - dressed in a beautiful white gown – was walked down the corridor by her dad and fouryear-old daughter Lola. After the ceremony, and a few hours rest back on ward 27, the happy couple attended their wedding reception at Billingham Synthonia Club, with Jack on strict orders to be back at the hospital by 10pm. He was late, of course, as he couldn’t get a taxi! And while the couple might have to wait a while for a honeymoon, they have been overwhelmed by the love and support they have received from everybody. Emma, who is also 23, said: “The love, support and strength we’ve received from family, friends and people who just heard

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we were getting married has been absolutely overwhelming. “Everyone came together from making food to being gifted the room for our wedding reception. My mum works in the cath labs at the hospital and the staff there supplied us with the wedding cake while the staff on the ward filled Jack’s room with confetti and congratulation banners – some were even at the chapel. “We really can’t thank everyone enough who have been there for us and also helped to make our day so amazing.” “No-one asks to be in this position - what we’ve gone through these last few weeks people don’t go through in a life time – but we stay strong for each other. If Jack’s having a bad day I’ll pick him up and if I’m down, he’s there for me – we’re best friends.” While Jack remains in hospital receiving further treatment and physiotherapy, both he and Emma are optimistic about the future and are currently trying for a baby through IVF treatment. Accounts manager Jack said: “My legs may never come back but there are people worse off than me. I won’t be beaten by something I can’t see. I don’t feel ill – I just can’t walk. “The staff on ward 27 have also been truly amazing right from the beginning – if you’ve a question to ask or if you just need someone there to put a hand on your shoulder, they are there for you. We class them as family.”

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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Footprints in the Community steps into new central premises


ootprints in the Community exists to help reduce isolation and poverty in the Redcar and surrounding areas through its various projects; Foodbank, Next Step Shop, Men’s Shed, First Steps, Footprints Community Café, Lunch Box and Redcar Beacons. Thanks to Big Lottery Reaching Communities funding Footprints

have recently taken on the old Lloyds Bank Building at 10 Queen Street in Redcar. The official opening took place on Friday 24 November when the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland performed the cutting of the ribbon. Ruth Fox, CEO of Footprints in the Community, says: “it’s been a manic few months but we are finally in the building and looking forward to having a bigger and better presence in the local community, and being able to support more people. Our Next Step Shop and Men’s Shed will be based downstairs with our offices and meeting space upstairs”. The Men’s Shed is a typical ‘shed

space’ where men can come along and work on their own projects using the shared tools. It’s a place for men to come together and where they have the opportunity to build friendships. There will also be a ‘clean space’ where men who prefer painting etc can work without the risk of their work being covered in sawdust! The Next Step Shop is often the next step for foodbank clients, but membership is open to those who are struggling to afford to buy everyday food. For £2 per visit members choose ten items of food, with a usual retail value of approximately £10. For more information about any of the Footprints in the Community projects, please phone 01642 484842.

Redcar Older Women's Lobby bring Christmas cheer to 1950's women Food Bank users


edcar Older Women's Lobby -incorporating Women Against State Pension Injustice, are carrying on the fight to persuade the Government to address the injustice caused by the increase in State Pension Age. As the run up to the festive period, we have moved our focus on to more practical matters and have collected and wrapped Scarves, Hats, Gloves, Toiletries, Hot Water Bottles etc and donated them to Redcar Food Bank for them to distribute at Christmas. Such items are things most of us take for granted but for people struggling to afford to 'eat' and 'heat' are a luxury, yet can make a big difference to someone's well being in the winter months. To give you some background as to our aims - we are not against equalisation with men in SP age, however, we were not given adequate notice - many women only find out by word of mouth. Lots of women had already left work to care for partners, grandchildren and elderly parents so this was a bolt out of the blue. Not only have women lost as average of £45,000 each, we are not eligible for a Concessionary Bus Pass, Winter Fuel Allowance or claim Pension Credit. For those carrying on working they are still paying National Insurance contributions, in lots of cases they will have paid N.I. for 50 years by the time they draw their State Pension yet the DWP rules only require 35 years of contributions. But the women suffering the most are those who have lost their partners or livelihoods and find themselves with little or no income until they can claim their State Pension at age 66 or older. This is not just about the 3.5 million women directly affected by the changes it impacts on their families and the local economy. Are you affected by the changes? Want to know more? Come along to our next meeting at Anchor Lodge Coatham Road Redcar TS10 1SS on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 at 6pm, you will be made very welcome. Please feel free to join our Face Book page - Redcar Older Women's Lobby (OWL). We look forward to meeting you.




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Saltburn Beachwatch Two steps forward?


By Roy Smith

his last year has seen the battle against marine pollution intensify; you only have to turn on the TV or open a newspaper to find a story relating to Ocean pollution, the degradation of the environment and the affect this is having on the long term health of our seas and beaches. On the one hand we have the government proposing to phase out plastic micro-beads in grooming products while at the same time doing little to address the use of microbeads in many industrial applications. We have the world’s largest drinks company (Coca Cola) making the right noises about raising the amount of recycled plastics used in its bottles from 40% to 50% by 2020. While this is a step in the right direction during the last year CC produced an extra 1 billion single use throwaway plastic bottles ! Fewer than half the bottles bought last year were collected for recycling with only 7% turned into new plastic bottles due partly because manufacturers complain about the quality of these. While it is to be welcomed that CC have tentatively decided to support a deposit and return

scheme for plastic bottles they have only decided to support this scheme in Britain and Europe whereas plastic marine litter is a global problem. Plastic micro-beads, microfibers and nurdles are mistaken for food by birds, fish and other marine animals. These particles can kill animals not only by causing digestive blockages but also the high concentration of pollutants such as DDT and PCB’s which stick to these micro plastics in seawater. New research has shown that micro plastics are now present in sea salt and tap water and that everyone in Britain has approx 600 pieces of micro-plastic in their bodies with the consequences mostly unknown. As I have reported recently more and more bio plastics which are 100% biodegradable and not made from petro chemicals are being used in the UK food and drinks industry and on the plus side a growing number of outlets in the UK are taking action to ditch plastic amid deep concerns about its effect on the environment . Schemes to curb plastic waste are being introduced by businesses and charities from pub chains and coffee houses to public institutions. Recently the former boss of ASDA has said

that all supermarkets should stop using plastic packaging. Andy Clarke who was CEO for six years said that the billions of pounds invested in recycling plastics has failed and the only solution was for retailers to reject plastics in favour of more sustainable alternatives. Mr Clarke said “ It is vital

that the UK packaging industry and supermarkets work together to turn off the tap”. Saltburn Beachwatch has seen volunteer numbers increase this last year so I would like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters, RCBC, catering and registration

volunteers and all the people who give up two hours of their time to help keep our wonderful beach clean. The next Saltburn Beachwatch litterpick and survey will be on Saturday 16th December from 10am until 12 noon. Meet at the pier car park where everything will be provided.

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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Local politicians give their thoughts on the recent budget Simon Clarke MP welcomes major Budget announcement for Teesside I have asked him to. “Everyone on Teesside can afford to be excited about what this means. The Development Corporation aims to deliver 20,000 skilled jobs over the next 25 years – and we’re now able to set about making it a reality. It really is brilliant and I pay tribute to the Mayor and our allies in Government like the Business Secretary Greg Clark for delivering today.”

Redcar MP Anna Turley's response


n his autumn Budget statement to the House of Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced: “We’ll invest £123 million in the Redcar Steelworks Site to support the ambitious plans of our new Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and my honorable friend for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland who are leading the fight for prosperity in their area” Responding to the Chancellor’s £123 million commitment for the South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke said: “This is hugely positive news for Teesside and marks the beginning of a new era for our local economy. The Government has today put a huge sum behind the redevelopment of the former SSI site, which can unlock the whole vision of Ben Houchen and his team. “With private investors queuing up to bring business both large and small to the Mayoral Development Corporation, the Chancellor has acted decisively to tackle the obstacles to growth and get the site ready for them, just as Ben and

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget announcement on funding for the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said: “The £123 million for the SSI site, as trailed by the Tees Valley Mayor earlier this week, is welcome. But most of it looks to be previously announced basic maintenance funding for keeping the site safe. This should go without saying as the government made the decision to close the site and must bear the safety costs that come with that until the site is redeveloped. "There is nothing new in this announcement that will create new jobs and attract investment. Proper resources need to be put into that task through the South Tees Development Corporation so we can get moving on the ambitious masterplan. It is time to back up warm words and glossy brochures with some real substance and I am disappointed the government don’t seem to have put their money where their mouth was today. The site should be the go-to place for investment in the UK right now and the government needs to invest further to unlock jobs. It is the least they can do for Teesside given their complete failure to save our steel industry. "The Chancellor is obviously desperate for a positive story from this flailing budget but it’s wrong

Anna Turley MP – Statement on the Autumn Budget “The recent Budget saw all the indicators of a strong economy – productivity, business investment, and GDP growth revised down. "A damning indictment of seven years of Conservative rule and a worryingly weak position to be in as we approach Brexit. "We are facing one of the biggest squeezes on living standards in living memory. Real wages have fallen well behind the cost of living and more people are doing insecure jobs. People on Teesside have been bearing the brunt of this squeeze for too long and there was nothing in this budget for them. "More people are becoming reliant on rising levels of personal debt, with Redcar Citizens Advice taking on extra staff to deal with it. The Tory Government’s failure to invest in skills and in infrastructure has hit UK productivity, a key driver of economic growth and wage rises, leaving us well behind other European countries. On top of that, the Government’s haphazard management of the Brexit negotiations is discouraging private sector investment. "A modern industrial strategy is a crucial step towards addressing our country’s weaknesses and we have long been calling for the Government to commit to one. They have finally started to give some detail and there were some welcome announcements today. The increased infrastructure investment for the regions is positive, but with London already sucking up 54% of English infrastructure spending compared to 20.1% for the North, this will be only a drop in the ocean. Some of the funding doesn’t even begin until 2022-3. "Investment in digital industries and electric

cars is also a positive; digital is one of Teesside’s thriving sectors and important for futureproofing our economy. But green technologies like carbon capture and storage were suspiciously absent. Government backing for CCS is a must if our industries are to stay competitive and a commitment to a CCS project here could have brought thousands of jobs to Teesside. I was hoping for a strong commitment today but it didn’t arrive. We can’t afford anymore complacency. "Our call on Teesside for more resources for the police to get more bobbies on our streets has also fallen on deaf ears. The government are still expecting local forces to fund pay rises from existing budgets which only adds to the pressure on frontline police. We also learned this week that despite claiming to protect police budgets, the Government are slashing them by £500m in real terms by 2020. Anti-social behaviour, vandalism and burglaries are just some of the issues causing havoc in Redcar and Cleveland. I fear this will only get worse as funding pressures put neighbourhood policing at risk. This reckless Tory approach to public safety has to stop. "The changes to Universal Credit which include removing the 7 day waiting period applied at the beginning of a claim also do not go anywhere near far enough to fix the flaws in the system. People will still have to wait weeks without any support, at risk of falling into debt and arrears. "This Budget should have relieved the pressure on struggling families and given the economy a much needed shot in the arm. It has failed to do both.”

to use money already committed to Teesside to pretend we are getting a boost.”

Sue Jeffrey, Council Leader

"SSI Cash does not even begin to match the social costs of SSI closure or the long term finance needed to reclaim the site." Speaking after the budget and a meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Sue said: "The budget gave us the first clear indication of the full cost to the British Tax payer of allowing the SSI Steel works to fail. "Far from being the ‘historic settlement’ described by the Tees Valley Mayor the budget has revealed that by April 2022 that cost will have risen to a staggering £0.25bn. "At the time of the closure the government announced £80m of funding for the SSI Task Force. In addition since November 2016 it has been spending around £1.3m per month on keep safe

and security activity and now it has had to allocate a further £117m to keep this work going for the next four years. "This is on top of the cost to the local economy that has resulted from the loss of 2,000 direct jobs and many others in the supply chain." Sue continued: "Whilst I welcome the modest allocation of £5m to kick-start the work of the development corporation, this pales into insignificance when compared to the huge cost of keep-safe and security activity. Government has had no choice but to continue to fund these costs but the majority is lost money and will not deliver one new job on the site. "I called on Government to intervene at the time of the closure to save the plant, the jobs and our steel making industry, but they refused. Over the last two years we have seen the cost to families communities and our local economy, now we are seeing the true cost to the British Tax Payer."


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Welcome news of Government climb down on threatened Welfare Benefit ‘Cap’ for Supported Housing

No mention of social care crisis in budget Redcar and Cleveland Adult Services Cabinet Member


edcar and Cleveland's Labour Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Councillor David Walsh, castigated the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, for 'a total ignoral' of social care for the disabled and elderly in his budget. Councillor Walsh said: "In a Redcar and Cleveland population of 135,000, 29,200 or 22% are now aged over sixty-five. By 2030, this will increase to 36,900 or 27%. Many more people are living into their eighties and nineties, often with long-term health problems or disability and require care. "At present in our Borough, over 1000 adults in residential care are partly or fully funded by the Council and nearly 3,800 receive communitybased services. Last year, 2,900 unpaid carers received respite or some form of support and advice. Redcar and Cleveland takes its responsibilities very seriously, but to carry out this job needs backing from the government "But we heard nothing at

all. Nothing. We were told that a derisory cash offer would be give to the NHS to combat any "winter crisis" but nothing was said about post hospital care, Nothing. "The Government have promised a Green Paper on the crisis on social care and on ways of dealing with the demographic crisis, but even this will not now be released until the ' summer of next year' - a dilatory and uncaring delay in the face of a looming crisis. "We often complain that instead of action from this government we just get words. In this budget we didn't even get any words."


eading members of Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Cabinet welcomed the news of a Government climb down on a long standing threat to “cap’ housing benefits for people living in Supported Housing. Councillor Lynn Pallister, the Council’s Cabinet Member For Health and Housing, said: “ Recently we saw a Tory climb downs on phone charges to access welfare benefits, "Now Mrs May announced another climb down which will remove a threatened planned housing benefit cap on “supported housing" -

specialist housing for the elderly, disabled or for people with learning disability or mental health needs, These are vulnerable people with special housing needs, and to have had this threat hanging over the for the past year was indefensible. “I, and all my colleagues, welcome this new climb down, even if it was forced on the Government.” Councillor David Walsh, Labour Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care added: “We, and local social housing providers like the 13 Group

and Coast and Country Housing, opposed this threat from the start because it did not take into account extra unavoidable costs in that form of housing - for example by the provision of care workers, transport facilities, communal dining or laundry needs for example. "The threat to “cap” benefits to cover such costs could have seen an end to the local investment programme for such housing which has already seen new supported developments in places like Redcar, Eston, Spencerbeck and Loftus. This is welcome news.”

Warning comes as electrical fires account for over a quarter of accidental house fires


leveland Fire Brigade in partnership with leading campaigning charity Electrical Safety First is urging householders to look after their household white goods. The timely call came during Electrical Safety Week where Fire and Rescue Services across the country reach out to their communities to remind them how they can reduce the risk of an electrical fire in their home. Domestic electrical white goods, such as dishwashers, tumble dryers and fridge freezers are one of the leading causes of electrical fires in England. Last year, 1,873 fires were caused by white goods, the equivalent of over five fires per day. Across Teesside, although the number of accidental house fires have reduced, (171 in 2014/15 to 137 in 2016/17) more than a quarter of them are caused by electrical equipment and

a quarter of those are caused by white goods. Cleveland Fire Brigade and Electrical Safety First have some simple tips to help people use the white goods in their homes safely: 1. Always buy from a reputable dealer/ manufacturer and never buy second hand white goods. 2. Always register your appliance with the manufacturer so you can be notified if there’s a problem. Visit www.registermyappliance. 3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 4. If you’re concerned about an appliance in your home, use Electrical Safety First’s online product checker to see if it has been recalled. 5. Visit for advice on using your appliances safely. Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said:

“A high number of fires in Teesside are caused by the misuse of electrical appliances and these can be easily prevented. A house fire can have devastating and long term effects, not only destroying belongings and memories but also putting you and your loved ones at risk. We are urging everybody to follow our simple advice that will help them to stay safe in their homes.” Phil Buckle, Chief Executive at Electrical Safety First commented: “Electricity is the cause of over half of all domestic house fires in England each year. Faulty appliances and installations along with the misuse of electricity are amongst the major causes of these electrical fires, leading to avoidable deaths and injuries. With more than five fires a day in England caused by white goods, the Government needs to take immediate action to reduce this figure.”


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Hollie Bush Writes Not so glad rags I

’m abandoning local history or oddity this month to get a plastic complaint offloaded on you dear readers; a complaint, but also a window into a low level everyday scam that preys on our innate goodwill - especially at this festive time of year. It first hit me some years ago when I’d been away from some time and came back to a mountain of mail Except when I sorted it all out, it emerged that half the mountain was made up of this narrow plastic bags begging for you to put out spare clothing or fabrics ‘for charity’. Ah, sweet charity. Except in many cases it isn’t. The reality is that these door to door clothing collections, many of which purport to be collecting for charities and other good causes, give little if anything to the charities, and some are nothing but downright fraudulent. By law, door-to-door textile collection companies must obtain a licence from the local authority they are operating in and register with the environmental watchdog. Some collections are legitimate, but they are run by commercial companies who reach a donation agreement with the charity featured. All the others are illegal - and it's hard to tell which from which. Despite the threat of legal action and action actually being taken against them, many of these illegal collectors continue to operate so low they are under the radar of enforcement agencies. Some have been caught. An internet search revealed that, for example, one was taken to court in 2013 for operating without a licence while another had its licence revoked for unscrupulous practices. A third company came under fire the same year for using the Save the Children logo on its bags, even though it had no links to the charity. One bag that I picked up sported a big picture of an injured soldier being helped by a comrade and labelled “Hope for Heroes”..It took a minute or so to click that the national charity is “HELP for Heroes” Yes, and before you ask, there is a “Hope for Heroes” group, but it’s a Facebook Group for retired fire-fighters, paramedic first responders and police and based in Billings, New York State - and I don’t think they would be putting out

A whimsical look at our area

plastic bags in East Cleveland. Others (pictured) talk about :"local" Air Ambulance rather that in our case, the Great North Air Ambulance, or a Breast Cancer "Project: with no links to any known Breast Cancer charity. There is serious cash here. The annual value of the worldwide second-hand clothes market is estimated at £2.8 billion. Good-quality unsoiled textiles sell at around £300 per tonne – down from more than £650 three years ago. Some firms donate just £50 per tonne while others hand over a set amount – meaning it could be far less. This chimes with research which shows that in some cases just five percent of the profits from collections run by commercial companies ends up in the hands of good causes. According to the latest available figures, the UK exported more than £380m, or 351,000 tonnes worth of discarded fashion overseas in 2015. That works out as seventy percent of all reused clothing going abroad. I understand that countries like Albania and Bulgaria have chains of commercial shops which sell nothing but good quality used clothing with tags from Marks and Spencer and John Lewis. But that is the top end. A lot of our old clothing goes on even longer journeys. So, much of the UK's donated clothing - along with thousands of tonnes more from the rest of Western Europe and North America - ends up being sold to buyers in developing economies of Africa and parts of Asia, and in so doing give residual income to container companies whose steel boxes would otherwise be carrying empty air. Is this necessarily a bad thing? Yes, says Dr Andrew Brooks, a lecturer in Development Geography at Kings College in London who argues this in his book, “Clothing Poverty” He proposes that the flow of old clothing from the Western world - as well as the availability of cheap, new garments from East Asia - has had a negative effect on local textile industries in many countries. This is particularly so in Sub-Saharan Africa, where a third of all globally donated clothes are sold, he says. Since the 1980s and 90s, used clothing has gained a significant market share across Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Uganda, second-hand garments now account for 81% of all clothing purchases, his research found. Brooks points to Ghana as an example of a country where local industries have been particularly negatively

Saltburn remembers - 400 attend


By Mike Morrissey

ore people than ever attended Saltburn's Remembrance Day service at the refurbished war memorial, off Albion Terrace. Some 400 heard the list of men who gave their lives in both world wars, read out. Representatives of more than 20 local organisations laid wreaths at the memorial, which has been refurbished. Civic leaders led by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, representing The Queen, were present along with dozens of young and old. Among the crowd braving a chilly North Sea wind were 97-year-old war veteran Eddie Straight, of Saltburn, the "Singing Policeman," now a sergeant based at Redcar, Army cadets, scouts, Guides and Rainbows. Among the more than 20 people who placed wreaths at the war memorial was Harry Simpson, of Bristol Avenue, Saltburn, who was thinking of his father who served in Coastal Command, (Catalina flyingboats anti-submarine service), during the WW2. He particularly recalled John Cruickshank VC. who piloted an aircraft when his father could not take part owing to illness. "John won the VC for his part in sinking a German U-boat during a mission in the Atlantic. He spotted a sub on the

surface and went in with a dive, but the depth charges stuck. "So he circled the U-boat and came in again. This time the Germans were ready and were firing directly at the flying boat. Cruickshank's body had 72 wounds mainly to his chest and legs, he was badly injured.He was taken to the rear of the plane and treated for his wounds but refused morphia during the five and half hours flight back to base. "They sank the U-boat and were limping home to Poole, Dorset. The co-pilot needed help with landing and Cruickshank got his crew to place him on the pilot's seat. There was a real danger that the aircraft would be unable to land safely, but his skill brought it back OK. "He was awarded the VC for his bravery and featured in one of the series of TV documentaries which the BBC did under the title For Valour. It is available on YouTube and is well worth watching." Harry wore medals which his father gained for his service in the war. He told a little of the story of John Cruickshank and his father during a keepfit session at Emmanuel church hall on 14th November. Earlier, a well-attended service was held at the Methodist church with vicar the Rev Adam Reed starting his sermon in an unusual and lively way - performing 10 pressups. He led a dozen children and a few adults in linking in with a New Testament reading about physical and spiritual activity.

You are better off donating your unwanted clothes to high street charity shops affected - its textile and clothing employment fell by 80% between 1975 and 2000. Nigeria's 200,000-person textile workforce has also all but disappeared, he says. So, the moral of all this? Well, the simple fact is that your cast off clothing from our area sees all of the money raised going into private pockets and not to good causes as many of us might have been led to believe. You are better off donating your unwanted clothes to high street charity shops, where even if they then resell the clothes to a wholesaler, the charity will be getting all of the money - and that usually includes getting the tax refunded by Gift Aid There’s plenty in Guisborough, Redcar and Saltburn,

and you can choose the charity closest to your heart. True, It might be slightly less convenient than leaving a bag on your doorstep, but at least you know the money raised from the donated clothes is actually going to charity, and not a shyster's pocket. Anyhow, back to local history and curiosity next month and next year. Hollie Bush 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:


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Merry Christmas from Simon Clarke MP & your Redcar and Cleveland Conservative Councillors

Graham Jeffery Hutton

Philip Thomson Saltburn

Steve Turner Longbeck

Caroline Jackson Hutton

Cliff Foggo Skelton

Simon Clarke MP Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland

Dennis Teasdale Guisborough

Norah Cooney Longbeck

Carole Jeffery Westworth

Malcolm Griffiths Brotton

Alma Thrower Hutton

If you would like to contact Simon during the Christmas holidays, please do not hesitate to do so and if you would like to see him at one of his surgeries in the new year he will be holding them across the area, including at Guisborough, Saltburn and Loftus.

For the very latest news please ‘like’; or go to 11 Rectory Lane, Guisborough, TS14 7DJ 01287 204709 South Tees Conservative Association can be contacted at 01287 631928

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Christmas & New Year Greetings




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Double celebrations for North York Moors volunteers

olunteers in the North Yo r k M o o r s a r e celebrating after scooping the top prize in two of the four categories at the National Parks UK Volunteer Awards 2017. Caitlin McCauley, aged 19 from Richmond, North Yorkshire, achieved the accolade of ‘Young Person of the Year’ following her summer of volunteering with the Education Team at the North York Moors National Park Authority. Caitlin dedicated her free time to working with groups of children from in and around the Middlesbrough area, leading them on woodland trails and foraging hunts, as well as teaching skills such as compass-reading and shelter building. The National Park Authority also came top in the ‘Best Project’ category with the Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme – an initiative that sees young families become custodians of their own stretch of the National Trail. On achieving her award, Caitlin, who is currently studying for a degree in zoology at the University of Lincoln, said: “I had such a fantastic summer working with more than 200 children and young people in the North York Moors. My favourite activity was definitely ‘bug hunting’. The children often started out rather squeamish, but by the end of the session were gleefully identifying different species.

● Caitlin McCauley, winner in the ‘Young Person of the Year’ category, receiving her award from writer and television presenter Steve Backshall

● Family of volunteers working on their ‘adopted’ section of the Cleveland Way “I’d urge anybody and everybody to get involved with volunteering. Just find your nearest National Park, get in touch and get out there!” The Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme involves a year’s commitment to walk, report, survey, improve and enjoy a designated section of the 109mile National Trail, ensuring it is well looked after for everyone to enjoy. Tammy Andrews, who oversees the Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme at the North

York Moors National Park, said: “We’re over-the-moon that our work with volunteer families has been recognised at a national level. Working with these dedicated and enthusiastic groups is such a privilege. They really get to know their section well and enjoy seeing how the scenery and wildlife changes through the year.” Also in attendance at the award ceremony was Beaumont family from Danby, who have adopted a 3.4 mile

section of the Cleveland Way from Lordstones to Clay Bank. Jacqui Beaumont said: “The scheme has fostered a shared experience for my husband and I and our four children. My hope is that through our maintenance and regular patrols, we can give something back so that future generations can also enjoy our beautiful area.” The awards were presented by BAFTA-winning adventurer, writer and television presenter Steve Backshall, at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Saturday 18 November. The 2017 National Parks UK Volunteer Awards were supported by Columbia Sportswear and Natural Resources Wales. For more information about the awards and the other prize-winners, please visit: NationalParksVolunteerAwards

Urging Government Support for Inspirational Local Charity


ecently Simon Clarke – MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland – wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ask for grant support for the local charity ‘SWITCH’ (Supporting Women in the Community and Home). SWITCH supports vulnerable or disadvantaged women aged 16 and older in Middlesbrough, Redcar and East Cleveland. The project provides support for unemployed women who may face barriers such as low confidence, low self-esteem and social isolation which have prevented them from being able to work. The aim of SWITCH is to help vulnerable women regain positive control of their life. The SWITCH team also works closely with Nacro Education who provide learning opportunities, particularly in basic Maths and English. Job clubs are held to help women with interview skills, CVs and job searches. Simon met with SWITCH staff and volunteers with the Home Secretary when he invited her to a meeting with local Police and community leaders to tackle antisocial behaviour in Park End this summer. He has since visited the group again to learn more about all the different aspects of their work. SWITCH’s existing Big Lottery funding ceases on 31 March 2018, which may put the charity’s ability to continue operating at risk. In his letter requesting financial support, Simon Clarke told the Home Secretary: “I really don’t have the words to express my admiration for the staff and volunteers at SWITCH, who demonstrate extraordinary compassion, good sense and cheer up everyone with whom they come into contact. They really are the very best of our society. “If there is any scope whatever within the budget of the Home Office or its partner agencies to support a service which is doing such a profound social good, it would be wonderful news and help support a really worthy cause.” Sujata Pant, Faculty Manager of the charity said: “We are really grateful to Simon for the interest and support he has shown in Nacro SWITCH. Any funding he is able to secure from the Home Secretary will help to keep this vital service running.”

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Rural Crime Update


ello and welcome to what will be the Christmas edition of the rural policing page. I’d like to begin by thanking everyone for reading the page over 2017 and I hope that it’s been useful and given you the information to show what Cleveland Police have been doing in relation to rural crime in partnership with yourselves.


Things are moving along nicely at the moment, with the New Year hopefully seeing a big push in tackling rural crime with lots of ideas, projects being discussed by everyone concerned, which will benefit everyone in our communities. 1000 Rural watch members I said at the beginning of the year that I hoped to reach 1000 Rural Watch members by the end of the year via our proactive work, events, rural crime visits and Cleveland Connected messaging system. Well I’m very pleased to announce that we have done this thanks to all your help and support, and I now aim to develop this side of things and make it more proactive again with your help. As you will be aware we carry out many rural operations including Operation Checkpoint where we have used volunteers in the past to be our eyes and ears and I would like to look at this with our Rural Watch members with the benefit being it gets people more involved in their rural communities, as you are the people who know your areas well, and this can only benefit the officers on the ground be more efficient and serve you better.

Eston Hills

As you will know we have been tackling the problems with off road vehicles since the spring in the Eston Hills area with public meetings being held and various initiatives being carried out including signage, patrols, operations, rural target hardening initiatives to name but a few. The good news is that we have seen a 70% reduction in this type of anti-social behaviour, which I think you will agree is a significant figure and shows the hard work that the Police and our partner agencies have put into this over 2017. I can assure you that just because things have reduced we will not be letting up on the issue and plans are already being put in to place for the coming months to keep up the proactive work carried out and to reassure those effected that we are still here and tackling the problem. In the meantime please keep telling your local neighbourhood teams and me where these off road vehicles are coming from, as we all know that they not only blight the hills but also your estates and communities, and without your help which has been excellent in facing this issue things won’t improve which I know having spoken with a lot of you is not what you want as you all take great pride in the areas you live and work in. Please ring 101 even if it’s just to report things so we can build up a picture and hopefully commit more resources to eth issues you face.

When it comes to rural issues then we have a very good working relationship with our neighbours and have found that issues can be quickly dealt with, whether this is a crime or a visit with any force willing to take on the event and deal with professionally.

Northern Regional Rural / Wildlife Meeting In November I attended the Northern Regional Rural / Wildlife meeting held in Northallerton on this occasion where NY was our host with us, Durham, Cumbria, Northumbria, Humberside, and South Yorkshire all attending and sharing ideas, planning rural operations jointly and passing on intelligence of cross border travelling criminals. These are now regular meetings and are proving very useful to all and plans to invite other northern forces along as well as interested partner agencies. This again shows the rural communities that we as a force are tackling rural crime both as a force and in partnership with our fellow colleagues in other forces which can only benefit everyone. Merry Christmas It only remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I hope that Santa brings you all that you wish for. Kind Regards, Paul Payne, Rural Crime Reduction Officer, Rural Affairs.

Ensure that Santa is your only intruder this Christmas!


I have been talking with the NFU in recent weeks about working together on various issues that affect the rural communities, and recently attended a meeting up in Sedgefield talking to farmers and landowners and introducing myself and discussing their concerns and what they would like from Cleveland Police in the future. The meeting was a very positive one and I’m hoping that I can get along to other meetings in all areas of Cleveland in the New Year and build on the already good links and partnerships that I have with you all. I just feel that without talking to yourselves and getting your opinions then we as a force could be tackling the wrong issues in the wrong areas, but by working together we can change that together. So if you know of any future meetings or events that I could come along to meet likeminded people then please let me at:

Tees Rural Crime Forum

We held our Tees Rural Crime Forum on the 6th November in Boosbeck chair by Barry Coppinger the PCC were we had another good turn out from people supporting Cleveland Police in our efforts to tackle rural crime. Superintendent Alison Jackson from our control room was a guest speaker discussing the 101 number and issues of people living on our borders not getting through to the right force. It was explained that on occasions those on the border may get put through to North Yorkshire, but the message will ask if you want this force and by saying no will give you the option to select Cleveland Police. We also have the same dispatch operating systems at North Yorkshire and Durham so if a job was reported to either force but was in the Cleveland area this would simply be passed over to the correct force to deal with.


For my December blog I’m providing you with the twelve crime prevention tips for Christmas. Our local thieves and burglars will be putting their Christmas lists together too, so don’t make it easy for them to get their Christmas shopping done at your expense! Follow my 12 Christmas tips to help keep you safe over the festive period. 1. When parking your vehicle consider using a car park with the Safer Parking Award, signified by a blue tick symbol. When returning to your car - be aware of your surroundings and who is hanging around. Don’t put shopping in your car then resume shopping, someone might be watching and target your car. 2. Remember to remove all valuables from your car, including from the glove box. Remove coats from back seats (the thief doesn’t know whether there is anything under a coat or in the pockets, and may break the window to find out). 3. Keep handbag/wallet with you at all times. 4. Don’t carry large amounts of cash – use cards, Android and Apple Pay, to pay for your purchases when you can. Use cash machines in daylight or before you go out (not late at night). When using cards – cover your PIN number. Don’t tell anyone your PIN number ever! 5. Don’t use social media to tell everyone your Christmas plans. 6. If, like me, you’re likely to socialise at pubs or parties, travel with someone else and use a designated driver or registered taxis. Remember - Stay together. Watch your drink – be aware of drink spiking or drinking beyond your limit. 7. Mark your property. That goes for items outside your home too, including lawnmowers, garden furniture etc. Register your presents, bikes and other items using the www. website. Immobilise helps Police identify the owners of recovered property Check it out, it’s free to use too! 8. Keep presents out of sight. Large piles of gift wrapped goodies under the tree that are visible through a door or window are tempting to thieves. 9. If you have a house alarm, get into the habit of setting it, even at night. Use plug in timers to ‘look in, when you’re out’ 10. Test your smoke alarms. 11. Keep to main roads, well lit and busy areas. 12. If you’re going on holiday over the festive period, ask a friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on your house. Keep safe and stay crime free! I suspect I will be doing my Christmas shopping at 2pm on Christmas Eve, like I do every year! Have a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy New Year! Gerry McBride, Crime Prevention Officer, Cleveland Police


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Making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families I

t is unbelievable that we are coming to the close of 2017; it's been a busy and quite eventful year and we look forward to 2018 and all that it brings. The Junction this year has worked with more children, young people and their families than ever before and remain totally committed to continuing to make a difference now and in the future. From January to November this year we have directly supported 1018 children and young people with 6,791 sessions, including 1 to 1 support, counselling, group work and activities. We aim to make life better for young carers, support children and young people to improve their mental health and build resilience to rise above life’s challenges and we want to see young people unlock their potential and change their lives now and in the future. We must thank Coastal View and Moor News for their continued support and particularly for the tremendous awards' evening last month which helped to raise much needed funds to help us support young carers from our community. Why is supporting young carers important? Young carers can become quite isolated, sometimes have to carry a lot of responsibility and worry about the people they care for. Only natural but it is important to have a break and to build friendships and spend time with other young carers. In the words of young carers: “It lets me forget about my carer role for a while and hang out with friends who are like me.” “Because it helps me get away from troubles at home.” “You get a break from your caring role and meet new friends and meet people with the same feelings as me.” I’d be interested in what readers think about the lives of children and young people in the world today. There is a lot in the news and on social

media about raising awareness of mental ill health and in our experiences children and young people seem to be facing more pressures; perhaps it is the age of technology and social media and the 24/7 culture, the pressure on schools and the relevant uncertainty of jobs and the future. Does a job for life exist anymore? I don’t really think so. What we should be positive about is that young people can be incredibly resilient, dealing with life’s ups and downs and with the support of friends, family and when needed organisations like The Junction can go on to to achieve really positive outcomes. One of my favourite quotes of the year, comes from a young person who was supported by The Junction. “To be honest I’ve never really been interested in my future and I’ve never really cared all that much about it but The Junction have really helped me realise that I could have a really positive future even with my past and I can’t thank you all enough for that.” One of the big developments for The Junction this year is that after many years renting our base in Station Road, Redcar we have committed to purchasing the property giving us a real stake in our community. Buying the property will open up new opportunities for the organisation, which has already started with refurbishing the building and repainting the shop front. “We’ve been looking at ways to improve our organisation’s sustainability for a number of years but it was only recently that the opportunity to buy the building presented itself." - Lawrence McAnelly, Chief Executive of The Junction Lawrence went on to say: “We’ve been renting the building for almost 20 years and have grown steadily as an organisation in that time. Owning our own building will provide opportunities to grow our income further – for example by

●● Peter Gilson of North Star Ventures and Lawrence McAnelly, The Junction. renting out the additional space we have secured – which will allow us to fund work with even more children and young people across Teesside. "I have worked for several years in children and young people’s services, housing and homelessness and I am a Trustee and Chair of the Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency. It was through this work in the local area that I met Northstar Ventures, which backed The Junction’s asset purchase." Peter Gilson, Investment Manager at Northstar Ventures, said: “The Junction has a long history of supporting those in need in Redcar and Cleveland and the wider area. They have ambitious plans to expand their social impact in the next few years and buying their own property will give them the stability to achieve this. “With the North East Social Investment Fund we have a lot of flexibility, meaning we’re able to fund property purchases and to provide working capital, which can be more difficult for traditional

funders. We’ve been working with Lawrence and his team for several years, so it’s fantastic to see them secure a more sustainable future for The Junction.” Lawrence added: “For many of the young people we work with, The Junction is a homeaway-from home. Now that we own our own property we will be able to invest more time and money to making the centre the best place it can be. It also means they know we’re going to be around for a long time to come!”. Exciting times ahead to meet many fresh challenges, Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

St Mary’s Catholic Academy gifted 70 children’s books in celebration of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday


upils at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Redcar and Cleveland will enjoy a set of 70 brand new children’s books and specially designed bookshelves for the new school year. St Mary’s Catholic Academy is one of 70 primary schools across the UK to be gifted the books by six literacy-focused organisations in celebration of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday earlier this year. The Duchess of Cornwall is passionate about children’s literacy and is Patron of the charities and organisations involved in the Duchess’s Bookshelves project - the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl Literary Estate* and the Wicked Young Writer Awards. St Mary’s Catholic Academy was nominated by Beanstalk for commitment to promoting reading for enjoyment. As a school, reading has been a high priority and St Mary’s Catholic Academy are working hard to immerse their children in high quality literature which will in turn have a significant impact upon their levels of attainment as well as their love and enjoyment of reading. The 70 titles for the Duchess’s Bookshelves were chosen after primary schools across the

country nominated the books they love and would like to give as a present. The list includes a wide a range to suit all ages and interests – from classics like A Bear Called Paddington and Matilda to new titles including Gangsta Granny and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The books have been kindly donated by publishers. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was presented

with a set of the 70 books on the special bookshelves at a garden party at Clarence House in July, joined by top children’s authors Malorie Blackman, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Charlie Higson, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson. Many of the books are included in key sponsor Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated

Reader programme, which tests pupils’ reading comprehension with fun, motivational quizzes. The books and specially-designed bookshelves were kindly donated by Peters. Diana Gerald, CEO of BookTrust: “HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has been such a tremendous advocate for children’s reading, and this initiative was a truly fitting way to celebrate her birthday. These wonderful books are a great way to get pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Academy excited about stories and reading. We know that children who enjoy reading are much more likely to read and benefit from the incredible advantages that reading brings, from attainment to confidence, well-being, empathy and knowledge. We are incredibly proud to have HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, a passionate reading and literacy champion, as our Patron.” Lindsay Phelps, Deputy Headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Academy: “The books will go a long way to give our children experience of fantastic authors who they may not have met before. As a school we strive for the best for our children and feel reading and reading for pleasure gives our children a gateway in to a new world.”


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Wayfarer’s Travels

New York – U.S.A.


t was interesting to return to New York after almost 20 years. Little seems to have changed in that time, the huge exception being the sad absence of the Twin Towers now remembered by the two walled outlines of their shadows with cascading waters within. If anything there are less yellow cabs than there were then and no roller skaters dangerously dodging in and out of them. Times Square remains just as busy, however, and just as colourful. I used to go for a morning run around Central Park and say hello to the odd person I passed. Now there`s crowds everywhere and lots of vendors selling maps, bubble making devices, etc. Things were never cheap in America but prices are higher than ever now and not helped by the exchange rate. I got stung for over £10 for a beer. Talking of which there are now more micro breweries than ever, producing

an enormous range of excellent beers. In fact it`s a real ale buff`s dream! Food quality is very good but as to be expected, very expensive. You`ll be lucky to get a decent dinner for less than 75 dollars for two and then they add a regional tax plus between 15% and 20% gratuity. A round trip taking in both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is a must and ferries run every 20 minutes or so. Allow plenty of time as Ellis Island can`t be rushed. I`ve never been a real fan of museums but this little island is an exception. It gives a real insight into the agonies faced by potential immigrants over the years. Ellis Island was the gateway and inspection station for millions of immigrants to the United States from 1892 until 1954. The treatment of potential immigrants was at one time nothing short of inhuman. Families were split up, arrivals stripped naked

● El Hedim square

● Central Park and sprayed with disinfectant en masse, intimately examined and any ailment categories chalked on their coats as part of the classifications which were to follow. Many families had sold up everything to emigrate to the “promised land”. If, for example, a mother was found to have some sort of disability or infection she was returned forthwith to wherever she came from, having to leave her husband and family perhaps forever and now with literally nothing when she`s returned to her home country. Just over the water, the Statue of Liberty is very impressive. It was a gift to America from the French

people in 1886 and represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Last but not least comes the shopping – a vast range of up-market stores. Nice for some but not my cup of tea I`m afraid. Have a nice day !


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By John Fuller

he next monthly meeting of SARA will be held on Wednesday 6th December, at 7.30pm in the TocH premises, Albion Terrace, Saltburn. New members are very welcome. Saturday 9th December –SARA will be holding a Christmas Fayre at Marske Hall, Redcar Road, Marske (Formerly Sir Leonard Cheshire Home). This will be held from 10am to 1pm.There will be a


large variety of stalls, also a raffle. Refreshments will also be on sale. Come along and enjoy the festive event. All the proceeds will go towards giving the animals in our care a lovely Christmas. Sunday 10th December – Once again SARA will be enjoying Carols at Foxrush Farm. Kirkleatham Lane Redcar, from 2pm to 3.30pm. Coffee, mince pies and mulled wine will be available. Come along with family, friends and pets to join in this lovely Christmas event.

Milly is a beautiful eight year old girl who came to S.A.R.A. when her owner sadly passed away. She is a very sweet cat who enjoys spending time in her dome bed but she will come straight out for a fuss when the staff and volunteers go in. Milly has lived as an indoor/outdoor cat so would like to have access to the outdoors when she has settled in.

We look forward to seeing you. TWILIGHT STROLL On Sunday 15th October 2017 SARA held its annual Twilight Stroll. They had a quiet stroll up the lane and back ending up at the memory garden to remember all those friends and animals that have passed. The great amount of support we receive at our events makes it possible for us to help the ever increasing numbers of animals that so desperately need our help. For this we are most grateful.


Tara is a gorgeous little 13 year old terrier mix who came to S.A.R.A. through no fault of her own. Tara is so sweet. She enjoys going for short walks and spending time in the cabin having a cuddle with our volunteers. Tara is looking for a relaxed, quiet home where she can get all the attention she deserves. She would like to be able to go for a play in the garden and for walks as she is still quite an active little lady.

These are just some of the lovely animals looking for new homes at SARA. For more information call Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm 01642 488108 The Foxrush centre is open to the public from Tues to Sun closed Monday 1pm to 3pm. Foxrush Farm, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar TS10 5NJ. Check out the website at


Christmas Day beckons and my main tip for all the poor saps that have to cook the main meal is this. Prepare at least 3 of your side dishes already made and in a format that is microwaveable. So to ease the burden on the day all you have to do is cook the roast whilst that is resting make roasties and make gravy. This is a relatively easy accompaniment for the main event

Mashed potatoes and butternut squash

serves 4 2 lb potatoes peeled and diced 1 lb butternut squash peeled and diced 4 cloves of garlic roasted (place in hot oven in skin for 15 mins and allow to cool) 2 oz butter. boil potatoes and after 5 mins add squash (squash cooks quicker than pots) when soft drain . peel garlic add to potato mix and mash stir in butter and season. When cool place in the dish you want to serve it in, cover with cling film should take about 4-5 mins to re heat and will keep in oven for a good 20 mins. Tip if you want to use prepared mash, cook squash, f drain and add garlic mash and when cool add to potato he Secret Che T and then cover. Bon ape tito


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Local business owners should prepare for pensions spot checks, warns local tax specialist L

ocal business owners should prepare for spot checks on their staff pension schemes a local tax specialist has warned. Mike Turnbull who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Stockton, Darlington , Yarm and Redcar said: “Spot checks are being carried out across the country by the Pensions Regulator to ensure that employers are complying with the new rules on workplace pensions. “Local business owners need to prepare for the short-notice inspections, which will check whether they are automatically enrolling qualifying staff in a company pension scheme and contributing to their pension pot. Every month, the Regulator is announcing a clampdown on new towns and cities, with spot checks already carried out in London, the North West, Midlands, Yorkshire and Scotland. “We’re advising many local businesses, which have now received notices from the Pensions Regulator giving the date from which they must comply with automatic enrolment. Many have planned well in advance and have fully compliant pension schemes up and running already. “But for those employers who are yet to

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hen we are out and about at shows and fairs selling our Naturally Smart Skincare range, it amazes me how few people really understand what ingredients go into cosmetics. Admittedly it doesn’t help that European law insists that ingredients are written in their INCI form – so they can be understood anywhere in Europe. What that actually means, is that they are understood nowhere, as they are in Latin! However, it is definitely worth learning to read labels, and know what it is best to avoid. I mean to say, how many people really want to rub petrol in their skin, however lovely the manufacturers have made it feel and smell? Finding truly natural, nontoxic makeup and personal care products can be difficult! With 90% of the 10,500 different chemicals used in personal care products never evaluated for safety, it's impossible to have peace of mind when our skin is potentially absorbing chemicals that might cause cancer, reproductive problems or other health concerns. It’s even more frustrating to discover that what you might interpret from a label isn’t always what you think: for example some products labelled as organic may only have a very small percentage of the ingredients that are actually organic. And what about water? Water isn’t ever organic, so a cream couldn’t be more than 60% organic, as over half is water. We get around that by using bottled mineral water, but still wouldn’t call our products organic – even though we chose

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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

News from the Local WI’s Saltburn WI


By Diane Falla

ovember looks like being a very busy month for Saltburn WI. There has already been a hectic craft session making decorations for our Christmas tree. At our monthly meeting we welcomed Phil Philo, who gave us a very interesting talk on the voyage of Captain James Cook to the Nootka Sound in Canada. On Monday 13th for World Kindness we are meeting for coffee at Saltburn House. Later in the month we are having a demonstration of a

Christmas flower arrangement and our favourite outing of the year, the mystery trip. All we know is that we need to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, sounds intriguing! We are hosting a Christmas tree exhibition in Emmanuel Church from December 2nd to 16th. We are hoping to have over 20 trees on display so please come along to see them. The church will be open each day from 10am to 4pm. To find out more about our activities visit our website www.saltburnbytheseawi.wordpress. com or follow us on Facebook.

Hutton Lowcross WI


By Pat Bolton

t our November Meeting we welcomed our speaker Helen Ashton , the daughter of one of our members. Following a drama course she had become interested in Circus Skills and had gone on to train as an Arial Artist as well as teaching circus skills and now works mainly in Ireland. She began by getting us all involved in making juggling balls out of rice , barley and balloons and went on to teach us the skills involved in juggling. Helen spoke to us about the history of the circus and how it had developed and changed over the years and showed video of several well known

circus performers in a variety of genres. She also demonstrated tricks with hats, diablo and other circus skills and showed such enthusiasm that many of us were tempted to run away and join the circus. This was a brilliant start to our Christmas season which will include a Christmas Afternoon Tea, Group Carol Service and Post Christmas Meal in January. Our next meeting and Christmas Party will be on 14th December when we will be entertained by Northern Accord, an all male Barber Shop Choir followed by supper provided by members. New members are always welcome and details of all our activities can be found on our website,

Church Services Marske Methodist Church Hummershill Lane December services

3rd 10-30am Mrs L King Gift Service 6-00pm At Zetland Park 10th 10-30am Mrs J Haigh 3-00pm Rev A Harbottle Christingle 17th 10-30am Rev A Harbottle 6-00pm Carol Service 24th 10-30am Rev B Middlemiss 6-00pm At Zetland Park 25th 9-30am Rev A Harbottle 31st 10- 45am At Zetland Park 6-00pm No Service

January Services

7th 10-30am Mrs J Feather 4-00pm Methodist discipleship course at Newcomen 14th 10-30am Rev A Harbottle

Covenant Service 4-00pm Methodist discipleship course at Newcomen 21st !0-30am Mr S Bee 4-00pm Methodist discipleship course at Newcomen 28th 10-30am Mr B Stephenson 4-00pm Methodist discipleship course at Newcomen

February Services

4th 10-30am Rev A Harbottle 6-00pm At Newcomen 11th 10-30am S Dixon 6-00pm At Newcomen 18th 10-30am Mr T Hume 6-00pm At Newcomen 25th 10-30am Rev J Henry Holy Communion 6-00pm At Newcomen

What’s on in Saltburn Spiritualist Church Toc H, Coach House, Albion Terrace, Saltburn TS12 1JW What’s on in Saltburn spiritualist church Toc H, Coach House, Albion Terrace, Saltburn TS12 1JW (further information from booking secretary Jean 07776331333) December 2017 Monday services: 6.30pm Healing: (Free) 7pm Open Circle: (collection) 8.45 Development Group (please ask) Saturday divine services: All begin at 7pm with a free will collection after the service. 2nd Minister Tony Penketh and Karen Wood 9th Linda Finch csnu & Friends with Carols (last service of the year) The committee would like to wish its members and congregations a very happy healthy and spiritual Christmas,

and we look forward to being of service to you all in the New Year. 2018 The committee welcomes you back after the Christmas break, wishing everyone a happy healthy and spiritual New Year. January 2018 Monday services: 6.30pm Healing (free) 7pm Open Circle (collection) 8.45 Development group (please ask) Saturday Divine services: 6th Presidents night Jean Rutter & Linda Finch csnu 13th Susan Robinson Smalley 20th Eddy Quinn A warm welcome awaits you all. All are welcome to all our services. We also welcome applications for membership.

News of events and services at St Nicholas Church, Guisborough- in December. Monday: 4th Mayor of Redcar &Christmas Charity Concert. 7.00pm. ticketed Tuesday: 5th Guisborough Schools Carol Concert. 4.30pm Wed / Thurs: 6th & 7th. A presentation of Raymond Briggs story The Snowman. 6.30pm Tickets £7. The Church choir and Topline will feature in the presentation. (Available Guisborough Bookshop - Chaloner St. Guis. Quickastitch, West Terrace, Redcar.) Saturday: 9th Monthly Craft and Collectables Fair Parish Hall 10am – 3.00pm Crafts and refreshments will offer you a seasonal flavour Sunday: 10th Christingle Service 5.00pm Tues/Wed: 12th &13th. A `Shadow Nativity Concert`, 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. £3. Telling the stories of `Creation` & `The Nativity` through words, song and shadow dramatisation. Tickets contact Sue or Geoff Hill ( 01287 207142). Refreshments and mince pies will follow the performance. Sunday: 17th Nine Lessons and Carols. 6.15pm Sunday: 24th Eucharist Service, 5.00pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Mass Monday: 25th 8.00am Eucharist 10.00am Eucharist. Monday: 25th The St Nicholas Choir will be singing carols on BBC Radio Tees

All Saints Church Skelton The church's Christingle Service will take place on Sunday 10th December at 10.30am Bell ringing practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm. Visiting ringers are always welcome to join us and we are still in need of those over 12yrs of age who might like to learn the art.

Christmas at St. Mark’s

Sunday 17th December 3.00 pm Carol Service Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 8.00am Holy Communion (said) 9.30am Holy Communion (sung) 3.00pm Blessing of the Crib 11.30pm First Eucharist of Christmas Monday 25th December Christmas Day

8.00am Holy Communion (said) 9.30am Holy Communion (sung) Wednesday 27th December 10.00am Holy Communion All are welcome to join us for worship Christingle Service on Sunday 3rd December at 3.00. A family service where Christingles are distributed and a collection is taken for the work of the children’s Society.

Skelton Methodist Community Church Christmas Programme Saturday 2nd December Coffee Morning and Carol Singing in aid of "Action for Children" from 10.00am to 11.30am Saturday 16th December at 7:00pm A Concert of Christmas Music presented by Lockwood Brass. Admission £5. Tickets can be obtained by ringing 01287 650644

Sunday 3rd December Service at 10.30am - Rev Helena Harbottle Sunday 10th December Toy Service at 10:30am - Major F. Mugford Sunday 17th December Service at 10.30am - Mr James Carrolle Sunday 24th December Carol Service at 10:30am - Rev Betty Bell Monday 25th December Service at 9.30am - Rev Helena Harbottle


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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Parkinson’s UK Redcar & District Support Group Do you suffer or care for someone with Parkinson’s disease? Come and join us at our monthly meetings Where you will be welcomed into our friendly atmosphere Our aim is to offer friendship, support and advice We have speakers at our meetings, we also organise social outings Support Group Meetings and Exercise classes held in 25K Community Centre, Ayton Drive, Redcar TS10 4LR Support Group Meeting: No meeting in December 2017. First meeting of 2018 will be Thursday 11th January 2018 this will be an informal meeting. Chair Based Exercises for Parkinson’s sufferers – Tuesdays 1 – 2pm 5th, 12th and 19th December 2017 and resume 9th January 2018 £2 per session Carers are welcome they can enjoy a coffee/tea and a chat in the lounge area. For further details contact Doreen on 01642 471667 or 07900 348518 Stokesley drop in café at Strikes Garden Centre, 8.12.17 and 12.01.18, 10.15am – 11.15am We're the Parkinson's charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Charity No. 258197

The Middleton Choir

(Formerly the Middleton Festival Choir) Golden Jubilee In 2018 it will be 50 years since the late Betty Middleton formed the Middleton Festival Choir. In celebration of this there is to be a Golden Jubilee Concert in Saltburn on Saturday 23 June, 2018. We would like to hear from former members of the choir and would welcome them to join us in this concert. For further information contact Christina at christinahubbard@ or 07955 951833.

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Make your family’s Christmas magical this year with an unmissable adventure into our fabulous underground Grotto to meet our famous festive guest, Santa, who will be visiting the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, on the 9th and 10th of December, from 10am till 3pm. Join us and take part in a wonderful variety of festive family crafts, stalls and activities before going underground where Santa will be handing out presents to deserving children and hearing their wishes for Christmas Day! Visit any time as you’ll be given a timed ticket and visits to Santa run regularly between 10am and 3pm. Santa is very popular, it is advisable to arrive at least an hour before you expect to visit him. Entry is only £3 for children and adults are free, refreshments available. “We are excited to host Santa and his magical grotto again! Last year, children were delighted by the magical experience of meeting Santa in our colourful, festive underground grotto, and we are sure they will enjoy it again this year,” says Jean Banwell, Museum Education Manager “the museum elves work very hard preparing the museum to meet Santa’s exacting standards for twinkling lights and decorations, and this year I think they have excelled themselves.” The mining museum will open for the 2018 season on 12th February 2018; Monday-Friday 10am-3:30pm and Saturday 1-3:30pm. Tours are fully guided and last 1 ½ hours, taking visitors into underground sections of the old Loftus Mine; the last tour leaves at 3.30pm. For more information on this year’s exciting activities, visit our web site, email, or call 01287 642877 and ask for Jean or Wendy

News from the Friends of Saltburn Library Barbara Chaffer The Friends' Christmas tree will join the display at Emmanuel Church on the 1st December. We are proud that our tree will be trimmed by the children of Saltburn guided by local illustrator, Katherine Lynas, and the result of her November Craft Workshop event. Our next fundraiser will be our "Christmas Festival" combined with a Grand Christmas Stall running for three days. We begin on Wednesday 6th December with firm favourites, Liz and Teesside Steve, singing seasonal songs to put us in festive mood starting at 1.45 – 2.45 p.m. Hot drinks and mince pies will welcome you on arrival. On Thursday 7th, local historians, Cath and Tony Lynn, will be presenting " Christmas Scenes" of Saltburn in wintertime over the decades. This will be held at the same time as above with drinks and mince pies to greet you. The Grand Christmas Stall will run for all three days with prizes of gifts for children, adults, beautiful craftwork, festive items and home-baked christmas cakes (un-iced so you can personalise your decoration. The christmas cakes can also be ordered in advance: (please ring 01287 622906 to give your requirements about shape and size.) We hope you will be able to join us at some point in this, our main fundraising event for the library, and any gifts to add to the stall would be most gratefully received. “Tiny Tunes” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10.15 – 10.45 a.m. for the under fives. On Friday afternoons, “Building Bridges” will continue their excellent work, serving tea and refreshments. Also, please make a note of the following closing times over Christmas. The library will shut at 12.30 p.m. on December 23rd and re-open on 3rd January 9.00 a.m. I thought a point of interest to our supporters would be to explain how we have used the donations and monies made from events over the last year. We have subscribed to many of the children's events, including the entertainment available in the library during the Klondike Bike Race.

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Winter Walking Festival

Redcar's Visual Presentation By Tony Crow


By John Roberts

edcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Winter Walking Festival 2018 will run from Monday 29 January to Sunday 4 February. There'll be guided walks in East Cleveland, including one to Mines Wood on Tuesday 30 January. Meet at Cowbar Lane car park (TS13 5DA) for a 10.30am start on a circular walk to the former Grinkle Ironstone Mine then on to Dalehouse and Staithes. On Thursday 1 February it's Handale Abbey Trail: meet

outside Loftus Town Hall for a 10.30am start on a walk to the site of a 12th century abbey. There's also a stroll along Skinningrove Valley Trail on Saturday 3 February, starting outside KasKane cafe (TS13 4AY) at 10.45am. You need to book a place on the festival walks, details of which can be found at www. A booklet will also be available: please phone 01642 496442 or 01287 631132 to find out where to obtain a copy. You can also send an email to walkingfestival@redcar-cleveland.

Redcar & Cleveland’s

Winter Walking Festival 29th January - 4th February 2018 To request a programme of walks email or call 01642 496442 / 496428 Alternatively you can download the programme from walkingfestival Skinningrove history group

On Tuesday December 12th at 2.15 p.m. in the Redcar East Community Centre on Durham Road, Redcar we welcome back Bryan Clare of Guisboirough who will be transporting us across the English Channel to enjoy a 'Springtime in Paris'. We will then take a four week break for the Festive Season before resuming our Meetings on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at the same venue, when Peter Appleton will be returning to give us a Visual Presentation with the unusual title of 'Seven Hundred Years Apart'. This will tell us of the lives of Michael Faraday and Robert de Brus, who made impacts in very different ways. Next up, on Tuesday 23rd January will be Lynn Lamport who will be Visually Presenting,'Luck of the Draw' which also is about two people for whom life was vastly different. One encountered Fame and Good Fortune but the other was nowhere near so lucky. Admission at the door for visitors is £2.50 and all will be very welcome. For further details of the Group's Presentations, please contact 01642 481544

Volunteers Wanted Volunteers wanted to encourage and motivate people with learning difficulties in various activities. Could you make a difference? We will look forward to meeting you. Please contact Julie Hatch Tel 07760343394 or email circlesoflifecic@

American Tribal Style Bellydance A colourful mixture of Middle Eastern folk styles and flamenco. Tribal Marsquers dance group meet to practice 10.15am, Sundays at Gleneagles Centre, New Marske and 4.00pm on Fridays at Earthbeat Centre in Saltburn. It's such fun, so come and join us. Message Val on 07908 005850 or on Tribal Marsquers Facebook Page.

Knit & Natter Skinningrove Group: Christmas Events

Two-day Christmas Fair at Skinningrove Village Hall (behind Post Office) From midday Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December: Prize Bingo, Raffles, Gift Stalls, Crafts and Visit Santa! (£1). Also Seaside Bingo on the Sunday. Everyone welcome. Christmas Carol Concert at Skinningrove Chapel (High Street) With Bilsdale Silver Band 7.00pm Thursday 14 December. Tickets £1 per person, available from the village hall 1 to 3pm Tuesdays or at the door on the night. Free buffet and blanket raffle in the village hall afterwards. All money raised will go to Skinningrove Chapel, OAPs, Bonfire and Village Hall.

Liverton Village News

Out with the old—in with the new. As the 2018 looms many of us have sort out in an effort to de-clutter. On January 13th we are holding the first coffee morning of the new year and we will having rummage tables. Any unwanted gifts or de- cluttered items will be very welcome. The following Saturday—20th is our Burn’s Night celebration. The piper is booked and plans are in place for another fun night. Details later but make a note in your diary—last year was a sell out. Finally, we have won an award from the Northumbria in Bloom “It’s your Neighbourhood.” A representative from the group visited the hall in August and asked many questions about what we did here in the village. This is what their report said. “"Liverton Village THRIVING This small community is to be congratulated on successful fundraising through tombola, domino meetings, whist drives, baking, raffles, a Burns Night celebration, a Market in the hall and a Scarecrow Fest. They liaise with the local authority and help in planting the two and a half thousand Spring bulbs at the village’s entrance. Residents who can’t participate in activities are included by delivering food and refreshments to them. The Facebook page and a newsletter keep people updated on events and fund raising." Will be looking at their recommended areas for development aiming for Level 5 next year “Outstanding.” Find us on Facebook - Liverton Village Hall

Why bother cooking a Christmas Dinner just for one? Make some new friends, and have a great time Brilliant Entertainment Come and join friends at the Marvellous Christmas Lunch Marske Leisure Centre Transport (if required) Meet Father Christmas on Christmas Day from 12.00 until 3.30pm and help us eat our Christmas Dinner at no cost to yourself !

Interested? or do you know someone that may be interested? To book a place or for further information please call into the office of Bede Financial Group / Yorkshire Building Society Agency, Marske office by 18th December.

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Skelton Neighbourhood Action Partnership CORRECTION:

The correct date for the next Skelton Neighbourhood Action Partnership is:- 6th December 2017 2p.m. in Wykeham Court, New Skelton.

Christmas Tree Exhibition

Saltburn WI are hosting a Christmas Tree Exhibition in Emmanuel Church between 2nd16th December 2017. Decorate your own tree with a theme of your own choice. If your group, organisation or business would like to take part contact us at to for more details and confirm your interest.

Art Exhibition

The members of the Lingdale Community Art, who meet weekly at the Lingdale Village Hall have been invited to display some of their art work in an exhibitionof art and craft at Kirkleatham Museum until to 7th January 2018. Go along and have a look and if you would like to join us we meet weekly 2 pm-4pm, Lingdale Village Hall, subscription £2.50, each attendance. Contacts-Jim Marvell 01287 650485 or Anne Lake 01287 560671

Brotton Bowls Club

St. Margaret’s Way Brotton Ladies and Gents are you no longer fit enough for high impact sports? Why not come along and try Bowling? It will give you gentle exercise Make some new Friends. Gets you out of the House Come and have a go you may like it Give us a ring at Brotton Bowls Club 677295 Or ring Dorothy 676994, Josie 676632, Judy 679001 or Pat 651440

What’s on at the Gleneagles Centre, New Marske Mondays 10:30-12:30 Carpet Bowls Mondays 3-4 Tai Chi Tuesday 9:3011:30 Quilting Tuesday (fortnightly) Friendship Group Tuesday 7-8:30 Mens Self Defence Wednesday 9:30 Healthy Living Wednesday (fortnightly) German Wednesday 6:30-7:30 Pilates Thursday 10:30-12:30 Carpet Bowls Thursday (first Thursday) 7pm Yorkshire Countrywomen Thursday (second thursday) 7pm History Group Friday 10-12 Bridge Friday 2-4 Carpet Bowls Sunday 10:30-12 American Tribal Dance Sunday 12:30-2 Dog Obedience Training If you are interested in any of these groups please turn up and ask

Guisborough Methodist Church Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre: Tuesday 5th December from 5pm in Guisborough Methodist Church. Refreshments including mince pies will be served and there will be book and craft stalls, home-made cakes, charity stalls, bric-a-brac and a bran tub. All are welcome.

Tea Dance with George and Marie

Every Wednesday afternoon, 2pm - 4pm at Skelton Civic Hall, Coniston Road, Skelton. Everyone welcome. Suitable for beginners - you don’t even have to dance, just come and listen to the music. Refreshments served! £2.50

Rockulele - ukulele group

Modern music for the uke - Wednesday evenings, beginners 6.10pm, all abilities 7pm at the White House, Marske. £2 per session, all ages and abilities welcome, spare ukes available if you just want to give it a try. New members welcome! Redcar Road Rockulele on Facebook or email

Boxing Day Dip

The Rotary Club of Redcar is pleased to announce that Dippers can now register for this year’s Boxing Day Dip. We invite all people who want to support their chosen charity without deductions being made from their contribution to join this fun event in the sea at Redcar.

Skelton Villages Civic Pride Our Community Environmental Group is seeking new members to help us to improve our villages. If you have some spare time and would like to make new friends and help us with our floral displays or help at our weekly Coffee mornings and other fundraising activities, you can either call our Secretary Pam Batts on 01287653077 or call in the Skelton Heritage Office and leave your details where we can contact you.

Guisborough Town Christmas Festival

Tuesday 5 December Santa Parade starts at 6pm complete with Santa's Reindeer and you can visit Santa's Grotto. Tickets are £2 per child and must be purchased in advance of the event and are available from Sunnyfield House, 36 Westgate. For more information call: 01287 634595

Saltburn. Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing

Join Jane and John on the 1st Tuesday of each month for an afternoon tea dance between 2pm and 4.30pm in the ballroom at The Spa Hotel in Saltburn. Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing. All welcome £3.00 per person. More information contact Jane on 01947 811783.

Come to the monthly meeting of the Official Redcar Arthritis Care Group

The Cadet Hut, Armitage Rd, Redcar TS10 5PZ First Friday in the month @ 2pm Free entry The Redcar Arthritis Care Group provides support to people living with arthritis in the area. We will share our experiences and tips for living with the condition. By the way, we don’t play Bingo or games We fight Arthritis. Refreshments available For more information about the Group, please email or call us on 0207 380 6522

What’s On - Music & Events Lighting Up Christmas

Christmas lights for the village of Carlin How will be lit with ceremony on 3 December at 4 p.m. outside the Community Centre, thanks to the members of C.H.A.P.s (Carlin How and Proud) and local volunteers. Music by the Marske Band will further brighten the event, as will a raffle and tombola inside the Centre, and - of course - the arrival of Father Christmas himself!

Friends of Guisborough Library Are holding a Christmas Coffee morning in the Library on Friday, 8 December between 10.30 am and 12 noon. Come along and join us for tea/coffee, cake and mince pie – we look forward to seeing you.

Charltons Community Centre Available to hire for private parties, functions, meeting etc. Low cost rates -Large hall is £10 per hour, Small hall £8 per hour, Full hall £15 an hour including kitchen. Discount available for residents. We also have our own bouncy castle, disco equipment and film projector all can be hired at low cost prices. Please contact Kath Nolan on 01287 638125 Bingo nights every second Sunday of the month, doors open at 6pm eyes down 6:30pm. Ballroom dancing every week on a Tuesday and Thursday. Spiritual night first Friday of the month. Visit our Facebook page for up to date information.

Winkies Castle Folk Museum 162 High Street, Marske by the Sea, TS11 7NB 01642 775086

A MAGICAL EXPERIeNCE Thursday 14th December 4.30pm – 6.00pm (No need to book)

Loftus And District Flower Club Usually meet on the third Monday of each month, upstairs in Loftus Town Hall, 7.15pm. We have National, and Area Demonstrators from all over the country to come and demonstrate at the club. Members and guests can sit, and enjoy the results of what can be created with flowers and foliage. At the end of the demonstration, while having light refreshments, there is a raffle, with an opportunity to win one of the arrangements. Membership for the Flower Club is £23. Visitors are welcome, entrance, £3. For more information, contact: Ann Gullon 01947 825916 and Barbara Welford 01287 652197.

KTS plus Community Café Every Friday morning school term time only 10.00am- 11.30am You are invited by KTS+ Staff and students to join us at our community café to enjoy fresh made food and to play prize bingo in a clean, hygienic and friendly environment.


Come and join us for a truly Magical Experience. Keep warm by the real coal fire whilst the children meet Santa in our parlour decorated in true traditional style with greenery and lit by candlelight. Exit via our garden which will be transformed into a Fairy garden. £1 per child (includes gift)

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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18 Prices start at £19.15 for matinee seats. If that proves too costly however you would be best served to track down a touring performance of Pocket Panto’s Cinderella. This pop-up touring group are stalwarts of the rural touring scene and can be found entertaining audiences young and old across the region from 14th December. Head to for more details. And if you fancy an alternative to panto then do feel free to stop in and see my own company performing The Elves and The Carpenter. This family festive treat (for audiences 5 to 95!) follows the tale of the much put upon Mrs. Claus who has to set off on a last minute journey to retrieve her renegade Elves before

The world of theatre


By Kate Bramley

s we run up to Christmas the theatre calendar is dominated by the pantomime. It’s a tradition that dates back to the early 18th Century here in Britain and many of the slapstick elements

come from the Commedia de Arte or ‘dumb show’ traditions from that time. The fusion of fairy tale stories with stock characters and comic and dance elements has thrived for over two hundred years and this winter there is no shortage of pantomimes to choose from! York Opera House have Three Bears Productions version of Sleeping Beauty with Antony Costa and Debbie McGee among others, as well as Stewart Wade- of Emmerdale fame - who I worked with on a number of occasions at Hull Truck Theatre and who is a stellar actor and comedian.

Christmas is cancelled! We’re on a national tour throughout December but get back to the wider moors area just ahead of Christmas with 19th Dec Danby Wiske Village Hall, 20th Dec The Cholmeley Hall Brandsby

and then 28th Dec at Sutton Under Whitestonecliffe Village Hall. See for tickets and info. All best wishes of the season to you all! More in the New Year!

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Messiah comes to Guisborough

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What’s on at the Cutty Wren Every Tuesday at The Redcar Borough Park Bowling Club

●● Jim Mageean, Ingrid Temple and Barry Temple ●● Young soloists joined the Guisborough Choral Society at the finale concert of the Guisborough Festival of Song in June. Photo: Brian Gleeson By Steve Duke


or many people it is the greatest masterpiece in the whole of choral music, and certainly one of the most popular. Celebrated local choir, the Guisborough Choral Society, has chosen it as the finale of a hugely-successful 50th anniversary year. On Saturday 9th December in the Methodist Church in Guisborough, the choir will present George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah with full orchestral accompaniment. The choir has also invited four top singers as soloists: Emily Smith, Anna Burford, David Pisaro and D’arcy Bleiker are all well-known and highly thought-of singers at both regional and national levels. Messiah, written in just three weeks in 1741, presents the story of Christ’s coming in a series of carefully-chosen texts from the Authorised Version of the Bible. They are set in a wonderful variety of forms: choruses - often grand, sometimes delicate - such as the famous

“Hallelujah” chorus; stunning solo and duet arias for soprano, alto, tenor or bass; dramatic opera-like recitatives. Messiah is Handel’s supremely iconic work and never loses its power to move and inspire. There is a story that after writing out the Hallelujah chorus, Handel said to his servant with tears in his eyes: “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself seated upon His throne, with His Company of Angels.” Such is the power of myth that has grown up around this work. For the listener, the work is a veritable feast of stunning melodies which never fail to make it a powerful and uplifting musical experience. This unmissable musical event will take place at the Methodist Church, Westgate, Guisborough at 7.30pm on Saturday 9th December. Tickets are available from Greensleeves Music and Guisborough Bookshop in Chaloner Street, Guisborough, or on the door, subject to availability. They cost £10 Adults, £8 concessions and £1 Under-19s.

New Musical Director for Choir


By Steve Duke

fter five very successful years, Angela Bennett stepped down as Musical Director of Guisborough Choral Society after the Guisborough Festival of Song in June this year, so the choir’s December performance of Messiah will be the first under the baton of its new Musical Director, Rebecca Johnson. Rebecca will be well-known to many involved with music on Teesside, perhaps under her maiden name of Rebecca Topping. She was born in the North-East of England and attended the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department at the age of 10. She then studied both cello and piano at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester before accepting a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. During this time she performed regularly across the UK and abroad. After graduating, Rebecca worked as a lounge pianist on cruise ships for a short time before returning to her roots in the North-East. Here she has given a number of popular solo and chamber performances and has recently formed a duo with fellow pianist Alison Gill: they will perform a recital as part of the Hartlepool Music Society in Autumn 2018. Actively engaged in music education, Rebecca has achieved a diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and is currently completing her CME (Certificate of Music Education). She enjoys a wide range of musical endeavours including accompanying, choir leading and delivering concerts and workshops in schools. She particularly enjoys

●● Rebecca Johnson joins Guisborough Choral Society as Musical Director. the work she does with national organisation Streetwise Opera exploring and performing opera with people who have experienced homelessness, as well as her work with musinc, a Teesside-based project leading workshops with young people in challenging circumstances. In addition to playing and delivering music, Rebecca recently set up the new Shine Festival, and currently works at Middlesbrough Town Hall, where she manages the Accompany Programme - activities and events supporting the development of young musicians in the Tees Valley. About her new role, Rebecca says: “I am very excited to have been offered the position of Musical Director of the GCS. I am looking forward to exploring the potential of the choir and enjoying performing some great music together, especially the challenge of the legendary masterpiece that is Messiah “

●● Marie Little


ime to think of the festive season already! And we have some great people booked for the Club – not to mention our regulars! On December 5th we’ll have a night of “Remembering Vin”. This will be a Singers’ and Musicians’ night with the aim of sharing our memories of the much-loved and much missed Vin Garbutt. There’s no need to exaggerate his importance to the folk scene world-wide as much as in Britain and his Teesside home, and I’ve no doubt there’ll be many great songs sung and stories told. “JIB” – Jim Mageean, Ingrid Temple and Barry Temple – will be our guests on December 12th. All three are first class powerful and compelling singers with roots in the great Tyneside folk tradition, but will put their hearts into a good modern song, too. There’ll well known on the scene for their energy and “wall of sound”, so if you like hearty singing and good choruses, get along. Our Christmas Party will be on December 19th. It will be a local singers’ and musicians’ night and I’m sure we can expect a few seasonal songs. We also bring food to share, and it’s always a very special evening. No doubt there’ll be some musical surprises as well! John always says, “Fancy Hats!” so if you have one, give it an airing. We won’t be at the Club on Boxing Day as the Club staff will be enjoying a well-deserved rest. So we meet again on January 2nd, when we welcome Marie Little. A Lancashire lass with an inexhaustible supply of great songs, great laughs and real warmth, she’s the ideal performer to drive away any winter blues. This is a night to look forward to. We have an ordinary “Singers’ and Musicians’ Night” on January 9th. The pattern is always the same – singers get two songs unless we’re very busy, but given the way our performers learn new songs, and, indeed write fine new ones, everything else is uncertain – except that you’ll have a great time and be thoroughly entertained. John picks a Theme for us to fit songs or tunes to from time to time – it’s a good test of our repertoires and often gets us to really learn something we didn’t

quite know or practice something we thought we did! On January 16th it will be “Drive the Cold Winter Away”, which should get us thinking! Back to a Singers’ and Musicians’ Night on the 23rd, but there’ll be a very special night on the 30th January. We celebrate Burns’ Night with the full Haggis, Neaps and Tatties, and we’re delighted to have once again the irrepressible little Scot with the big voice, Tich Frier. There’s no one can perform better on a Burns’ Night, and he brings out all the character of the great poet. Don’t miss this night! Looking ahead, make a note of a Hot Spot with the very popular local singer-songwriter John Drakes on Feb 13th, a Theme of “Songs of Graeme Miles” on the 20th, and as guests those crazy girls Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner on the 27th. More on them later! Recent evenings have gone very well. The ordinary Singarounds are never less than great fun, and the Theme “Songs of the Miners” brought some great songs. And we had a good turn-out for a Hot Spot with the duo Mark Campbell and Linda Taylor from Lincolnshire. They sang some very moving songs, not least Vin Garbutt’s classic “Valley of Tees”. So – we meet every Tuesday at the Redcar Borough Park Bowling Club, Thwaites Lane, off the west side of Redcar Lane, Redcar TS10 2FD. Turn off Redcar Lane at the big red Racecourse sign and we’re down at the bottom, with plenty of parking room. Doors open 7-30 p.m., singing starts about 8 p.m., and we finish at around 11 p.m. (There’s a break for a raffle.) We have a fine bar, well run by the everkind Gemma. We’re always grateful to her and our hosts at the Bowling Club for their kind hospitality. And of course, thanks, as ever to our organiser John Taylor and the many regulars who make the Cutty Wren Folk Club what it is. You can ring John on 01287 622623 for more information or to check if you’re coming from a distance, and we do have a website at www. See you soon! George F

Railway Arms Brotton Sat 02 Dec - T.B.C

New Year's Day - Drew Gerrard

Sat 09 Dec -Jailhouse Jets

Sat 06 Jan - TBC

Sat 16 Dec - Tony Liddle Band

Sat13 Jan - Jamie Harding

Sun 24 Dec - Keith Hammersley

Sat 20 Jan - The Sugar B's

Boxing Day - Robbie Williams Tribute

Sat 27 Jan - The Sub Pops


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Marine Conservation Society launches colourful cartoons to highlight coastal poo-llution issues to take them home and dispose of them responsibly. Huge amounts of dog poo, shrink-wrapped in plastic bags, was found on the UK’s beaches during the MCS Great British Beach Clean in 2016. 792 bags were recorded at 364 beaches by volunteers during just one weekend in September last year. The charity says these numbers don’t show the full scale of the problem; beach clean volunteers don’t record unbagged waste and therefore the total amount of dog poo left by pet owners on our beaches remains unknown. The charity hopes local authorities, businesses, other charities and individuals will download and display the message or share on their social media feeds and shame the 'hangers’ into being more responsible. “We’re delighted that pet owners can enjoy dog friendly beaches and clearly think ahead by carrying poop scoop bags. But please take the bag off the beach and bin it. Leaving a bag full of poo on the beach will result in preserved excrement, protected from the elements for years by a bag which could take a very long time to break down. Dog poo is a source of high levels of bacteria and can lead to reduced water quality, and poses a human health risk,” says Emma Cunningham. Anyone can download the first image from the 'Poos and Don'ts' campaign at: https://www.mcsuk. org/clean-seas/know-your-poos-and-donts MCS will be releasing further graphics with relevant messages at particular times of the year.


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Around The Towns & Villages Redcar




East Redcar Residents` Association. Our next meetings will be on Thursday 7th December, followed by 4th January 2018 in the upstairs meeting room of St. Peter`s Church, Redcar Lane, Redcar. The meeting will start at 7pm and finish by 8.30pm. Everyone welcome to come along. Parkinsons Friendship Group Social/Drop In. We meet on first Thursday of the month in the lounge of the Coatham Lodge, Redcar 2 - 4 pm. On the second Thursday of the month we meet up for lunch (usually in a pub) For both carers and the cared for. It’s a chance to relax with a cup of coffee/tea, piece of cake and to talk to people in the same position. Long term friendships can and do happen. For more information please contact Ann on 01642 482066

Skinningrove Village Hall Weekly Events Mon – OAP Bingo 6pm-7pm Tue - Free for hire Wed - Breakfast Club. Doors open 9am. Served 9am-12pm Thur – Kid’s Craft Night 5pm-6.30pm Fri - Breakfasts 10am-12, Bingo 5pm-6pm Sat - Free to hire Sun - Free to hire

Hillside Patients Participation Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm at Hillside Surgery. This is an informal, open meeting where patients have the opportunity to discuss any issues or ideas they may have regarding the Practice and it’s development. Everyone assured of a warm welcome.

Guisborough Floral Art Club On 13th December are having their annual practical and party night. We meet at 7.30 pm in St Nicholas's Parish Hall, Guisborough. For up to date information visit our Facebook page. Search "Guisborough Flower Club". Afternoon Tea Dance St Nicholas Church Hall Bow Street Guisborough each Thursday 1pm to 3.30pm with interval for tea/coffee & biscuits. Sequence dancing with music provided by Kevin & Val with tuition when necessary. £4 per person. Friendly atmosphere with newcomers welcome. Enquiries: Rita & Tony Morris 01287 281737

Redcar Area Foodbank -Donations can be made at Tesco Redcar and Eston(South Bank) (they top up by 20% in cash) Any Redcar and Cleveland Library (except Laburnum Road Redcar branch). Halifax Bank on Redcar High Street. Coop at Marske. Circles of Life Queen Street Redcar. Any foodbank centre listed on Sainsbury's Ennis Square Dormanstown. St Augustine's Church Warwick Road Redcar (mornings except Mon and Sat which are evenings). Sacred Heart Church Lobster Road Redcar (mornings except Sat 6-7pm). Please note Footprints in the Community Charity which Foodbank is part of has now moved to new Offices along with the Men's Shed and Next Step Shop at 10 Queen Street Redcar TS10 1DY Tel:01642484842 Men's Shed - every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am till 12:30pm and 1pm till 5pm. At 10 Queen Street Redcar TS10 1DY Footprints Community Cafe held every Wednesday at East Cleveland Baptist Church, Park Avenue, Redcar. Excellent food at good prices. All profits from the cafe are fed back into Footprints projects including Redcar Area Foodbank.

New Marske Friendship Group Are you lonely and want to make new friends? Come along to our Friendship Group which is held every other Tuesday at the Gleneagles Centre, New Marske at 2pm. We usually have a speaker, chat, cup of tea, raffle and spend the afternoon in a friendly and caring environment. All welcome

Loftus Loftus Flower Club meet the third Monday of month, upstairs in the Town Hall, starting at 19:15. If you like flowers come along and watch them made into beautiful arrangements. British Legion outreach sessions held 3rd Tuesday of each month in Old Co-op Building. Sessions are run on a drop-in basis between 10am-12 and are open to any veteran and their family. The British Legion can also be contacted using our free helpline number 0808 802 8080 every day between 8am - 8pm or on our easy to use website at: Loftus Town Hall is host to a Tea Dance on the first Tuesday of every month. Doors open at 1.30 for an informal practice session with dancing from 2.00-4.00. Entry is only £1 and this includes a raffle and light refreshments. Loftus WI - Ladies, why not come along and make new friends. Meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm in Loftus Town Hall. New members welcome. For details telephone 01287 644661

Riverside Building New Company Row Skinningrove hosts the following each week. Keep Fit Club – Tue 12.00pm – 1.00pm. Choir – Wed 7.00pm – 9.00pm. All newcomers welcome. Monthly Film Club featuring a Big Screen, Surround Sound HD Experience. Check notice board for details. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.00pm and provide access to computers with internet and office applications free of charge. We also provide full colour Photocopying. Garden Café – Garden café hot drinks and light snacks. See us on Trip Advisor. To find out more or book a room (£5 to £15 per hour) call in at the Riverside Building or call 01287 642508, e-mail at or check us out on Facebook at Skinningrove Riverside.

Saltburn Friday Friends is an inclusive friendship group open to all over 18, we welcome people with different abilities. We have activities inc bowling, drumming, keep fit, singing, bingo, quizzes and arts and crafts. We meet Fridays 10-4, at Emmanuel Church Hall, Macnay Street, Saltburn. 1st session is free (Carers always free). Then £2.50 1 session/£4 all day. Ran by volunteers. 07833895501 All welcome!

Lingdale Lingdale Community Art - We are a group of people from East Cleveland who meet weekly to paint for pleasure. Approximately once a month we have a “ master class” with a variety of art teachers. We meet each Thurs at 2pm until 4pm at Lingdale Village Hall. If you are interested in joining us please contact Jim Marvell on 01287650485 or Anne Lake on 01287 650671

Moorsholm Moorsholm Memorial Hall Moorsholm WI, every 2nd Mon, 7.15pm. Guest speakers, crafts, outings, fun and friendship. All welcome. For more info call Enid McCabe on 01287 660808 Church Hall activities Don’t sit alone at home come and join us at our Social afternoon for bingo, dominoes a good natter and some tea and biscuits. Alternate Thursdays. Craft Class - Weaving, knitting, rag rugging, dye and crafts every Wednesday 7pm-9pm.

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Coffee morning in Skelton Civic Hall every Mon 9.30am until 11.00. Come along and enjoy tea or coffee and some real home baking. All proceeds go to Skelton Villages Civic Pride towards environmental improvements and floral displays. Skelton Library ‘Sharpen your mind’ cake and cuppa session every 4th Friday 10.30am - 12am with a short quiz, reminiscence information and a sing-song to finish. Come along, make new friends, have fun and exercise your brain. Everyone is welcome. ‘Knit & Natter’‘Crafts & Chatter’ every Monday 2pm-4pm.‘Come & Play’ Toddler Play time Monday 9.30am 12.00am. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Do you fancy getting out of the house on a Friday afternoon? Come along to the library and play our board games. We have Dominoes, Scrabble, Chess & more. All for fun! Adult colouring sheets are available if you prefer. Hope to see you soon! For more information: Tel: 01287 650487 Email: Skelton Methodist Community Church, on Castle Grange at Skelton Green, holds a coffee morning on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 11.30am. An Open Church Charity Coffee Morning is held on the 1st Friday every month from 10.00 am - 11.30 am at All Saints’ Church, Skelton. Pop in and enjoy homemade cakes, scones, etc. Skelton History Group meets on the second Friday of each month at 1:30 pm in Skelton Library. Anyone with an interest in the history of the Skelton villages, or in family history, will be warmly welcomed. Skelton Weight Management Group - meet the first Thursday of the month, at 10am, in Skelton Library for a cuppa, and an informal chat. A weigh in is available if required. New Members welcome!


Stanghow Community Centre Coffee morning 10am – 12noon First Saturday in each month Bingo Fortnightly Wednesday evening 7:15 start. For further details of any of the above please phone 01287 650098

Hutton Lowcross WI meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm in Sunnyfield House, Guisborough. We have a monthly guest speaker, crafts, computing, outings, and much more. Come along and see what we do. Visit our web-site

Easington All Saints Coffee Morning. Village Hall – 2nd Saturday in every month. 10am – 12pm. All welcome Easington Village Hall - organised by All Saints PCC, an annual programme of events and activities on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30 p.m., quizzes, games, suppers, and much more - all welcome.

Boosbeck St Aidan’s Church Boosbeck Coffee/open church morning on Thursdays 10am – 12

Liverton Mines St Hilda’s - Cake & Chat last Wed of month 3pm-4pm Coffee Morning on 1st Tues of month 10am -11am. All are welcome.

Brotton Brotton Library ‘Knit & Natter’ every Thurs 2pm-4pm. All welcome to come and have a cuppa and a friendly natter.For more info:Tel: 01287 676342 or e-mail: Brotton_library@ Coffee morning Brotton Methodist Church every Tues & Sat 9.30 - 11.30 Thurs 10-12 Coffee Morning every Wed 10.00am - 11.30am in St. Margaret’s Church, High Street, Brotton. Prize Bingo in aid of Church funds held at KTS+ site, St. Margaret’s Way, Brotton every Tues at 7pm. Brotton Village Hall. Every Thursday Prize Bingo 1.15pm Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month Tea Dance 2pm - 4pm

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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18

Guisborough Hunt Down Hartlepool

Marske Cricket Club


By David Beach

e were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Albert Wood last month aged 87. Albert was one of five brothers to play for Marske C.C., he made his debut for Marske in 1951. With Marske frustrated about joining the closed shop NY & SD League he was persuaded to join Saltburn in 1961 where he became one of the finest wicket keepers to grace the league, many of their scorecards would have many entries, caught or stumped Wood bowled Bainbridge! He scored 1034 runs for Marske at an average of 8.6. Not renowned for his batting he played a part in one of the greatest innings seen in local cricket. Playing at Ashmores in 1952 we were struggling at 24 for 5 when local Butcher Ted Wilson joined Albert at the crease. 21 minutes later Ted had scored 100 with 9 sixes and 8 fours off one of the most formidable attacks in the League, all activities on the sports fields came to a stop to watch the onslaught. When Ted was bowled for 114 the score stood at 146 for 6, Albert had been the perfect foil scoring 6 runs in the partnership and how well he played the part! The game was finally won by 2 wickets when all had seemed lost. He took 95 catches and made 77 stumpings as a wicket keeper where he stood up to the fastest of bowlers on pitches far less predictable than those played on today. At the end of the 1957 season Marske bought an old Army Hut from Marske Camp for £140 and it was Albert who was trusted in leading the volunteers in dismantling the hut, transporting the sections from the camp to Windy Hill Lane then re assembling the building in its new position. His work was successful as the building served us as a Clubhouse and Pavilion for the next 50 years. The tables were turned on Paul Jarvis in our Clubhouse. The Jarvis Family have been based in the Welsh town of Caldicot for many years now but still follow the fortunes of Marske C.C. The Family decided to make the long journey North to hold a surprise 80th Birthday party for Life member Malcolm with family and friends from his long association with Marske C.C. Once Malcolm settled down after the surprise, NY & SD League President had been given permission to interrupt the party with a surprise for Paul, he told the audience how Paul made his debut for Marske C.C. as a 9 year old and was a member of The Marske under 13’s side that won the National Championship in 1978. In 1981 he became the youngest player to represent Yorkshire C.C.C. then going on to represent England. Injuries interrupted his career and he moved to Sussex in 1994 before ending his career with one season at Somerset in 2000. To mark his career the NY & SD League presented Paul with an award to note his induction in to the NY & SD Hall of Fame. Our Junior Coaches did an excellent job in organising our Junior presentation evening. Their quiz proved highly competitive and the Parents played their part by providing a mountain of food which proved too much for a room full of youngsters! A very young under 13 side struggled during the season winning only the one game but their experience should show an improvement next season. Batsman of the Year was Dan Wollaston, Bowler of the Year Ashley Woodcock, Fielder of the Year Jack Dunn, Player of the Year Dan Wollaston, Most improved player Jack Gray and Cole Newton was judged to be the player with the best attitude to the game. The under 11’s had a very good season finishing 3rd in the league and reached the semi final of the cup. Batsman of the Year was Ryan Woodcock, Bowler of the Year Sam Morrison, Fielder of the Year Max Davidson, Player of the Year Matthew Austin, Most improved player Max Gray and Ashton Dawkin was judged to be the player with the best attitude to the game. Negotiations with a young left arm allrounder from Pakistan had been going very well, unfortunately for us his form was such that Pakistan decided to draft him into their Test Development squad which left his availability to us in doubt. So our search for a new overseas professional continues.

Guisborough V Hartlepool Rugby Old Boys at Mayfield Park


bright sunny morning with soft ground opened a perfect day for Guisborough under 16s to reacquaint themselves, after last season, with the H’pool team who boast in excess of 25 players on their squad books – undaunted Guisborough warmed up with 17 players to expect a physical game. Taggart the Poacher! Guisborough win the toss, and decide to kick to H’pool, George Lillystone kicks starts the game, with a short nudge just over the required 10 metres, which is caught and immediately knocked and fed into a ruck won by H’pool, and then they burst forward into their midfield, but Guis’ prop Adam Robinson makes a solid tackle and fells the H’pool ball carrier, Guis’ Nicky Taggart gets good position over the ball and poaches the ball, then feeding it to Jacob Best who offloads to Matthew Dingwall who runs to the right wing as H’pool scramble to recover in retreat, the ball is then fed back into Finlay Sullivan making hard yards into a wall of H’pool forwards but offloads to Guis’ Joe Hunter who takes the ball through the mid field, with 3 H’pool players dragging him to the ground, the ball is then fed to Guis’ Zac Lawton, but with so much frantic activity its knocked on for a H’pool scrum. The ref calls for an uncontested scrum in H’pool favour, having no trained props, H’pool feed the ball out down the left wing, to be well tackled by Guis’ winger Harry Deluce, with the Pool on the floor, not releasing the ball, and then knocked on by Pool the ref awards a scrum to Pool, to the bemusement of the spectators who had witnessed at least two Pool infringements. Guis’ Pack on The Prowl The Pool scrum leads to dangerous possession in Guis’ half, as they stream through the midfield, the Guis’ forward pack eyed up the threat and respond and Pool are halted by a textbook tackle by Adam Robinson taking the Pool player to floor safely, Guis’ gain advantage from Pool not releasing the ball, with George Barraclough exerting pressure at the ruck, Guis’ take the ball with Tristan Hillary forming a pack of attackers, but after being tackled he offloads to Ewen Cameron, whose fast hands zip it to Luke Atkinson then Nicky Taggart forms another attack, but taken to the floor to offload, released to Ewen Cameron, and then Nicky who springs back off the floor, feeding it back to Luke, making short burst of ground then down, feeds it out to Zac into a mass of pool forwards, vigorous ruck by Finlay Sullivan, with excellent ruck support by Jem Stephenson, retaining the ball, fed out to Scott Armstrong, to Jacob Best back into Matthew Dingwall, but a loose ball rebounds off a Guis’ foot, recovered into Guis’ possession with Tristan Hillary running wide to find space left wing to Alex Gill , who is taken to the ground but scrambles to present the ball back to his team, but Guis’ support is slow and H’pool force a line out. Pool Trapped H’pool take the line out and after a second failed attempt to keep it legal, the ref loses patience and awards a scrum to Guis’ , with the ball snatched up Guis’ number 8 Finlay Sullivan, driving his legs assisted by Jem who is taken down by a high tackle, missed by the ref, Finlay manages to feed Zac a great off load, who is well tackled, Ewen recovering fast ball to George L, who draws in a Pool player and then spins the ball wide out and offloads to Scott Armstrong who bursts through and scores a perfect try in the posts, successfully

converted by George Lillystone. Cunning Cameron The rest of the game brought thrilling rugby, including a fantastic line out try by Tristan Hillary, and another from a H’pool scrum which was poorly handled and Guis’ Ewen Cameron popped the ball out the scrum half’s hands, evaded the forward pack and scored one of the most startling tries seen by the spectators, his fox like cunning gaining massive appreciation. Sunday Winner Dinner! Other events of note were Guis’ fly half George Lillystone executing a perfect kick for territory and line out, hammering the ball way out of the ground, and straight into someone’s conservatory, hopefully not disturbing their Sunday dinner too much! Serving up a Guisy’ dinner time surprise for some lucky Pool folk! Guisborough emerged battered and exhausted from a game which was hard fought and by a very physical and well manned tough H’pool side, their efforts to correct their discipline costing them dearly with two players sent to the sin bin in the second half, but every one of the Guis’ squad played their part and the hard working Guisborough team ran away with the victory by final whistle with a final score Guisborough 53 against a Hartlepool 5 Men of the Match Man of the Match award was shared between the Guis’ centre, Matthew Dingwall for his channel play and dynamic support along with Guis’ fly half George Lillystone who controlled the game tempo and helped drive the team towards well ran lineouts. Quillam received the ‘booby award’ due to causing a knock on from a kick off, and he seemed to enjoy his prize, a pickled gherkin which he lovingly shared with his sister! Special mention goes to Guisborough coach Steve Robinson who was seen in the Pool clubhouse hoovering up all the spare food after the match, pie and mushy peas, and then carrying a tray of left over pies to his car to take home saying it was for his dog…. of note, Steve didn’t even own a dog at the time, but has since had to acquire one just to avoid embarrassment. It was clear to all present when it was asked ‘who ate all the pies?’ – It was Steve, and he took the rest home too! Training Guisborough Rugby Junior section is inviting new players from all ages to join our set up, with qualified approachable coaches in a friendly and welcoming club; training sessions are age appropriate and if you have a young rugby prospect, please check our website for coaches contact details. www.pitcheroguisboroughrugby The only kit required is normal P.E. style kit, and boots suitable for muddy conditions, and any warm training clothing as conditions dictate. The older the better, it’s not a fashion show! During the sessions we will explain basic rules, and show some rugby moves, allowing you to build confidence and have fun. Our training venue is the club on Belmangate, Guisborough. With players drawn from all schools, areas and backgrounds – we offer constructive, noncritical coaching- developing a responsible attitude in young people. We draw our players from far and wide because long term, the playing and development options are much wider and supportive, with players from Whitby, Stokesley, Redcar, and most places in between, the social mix is excellent, it really shows how we attract and get the best out of our squads. For lads born in years 2001 or 2002 contact team coach Jeff on text 07505878059, for all other age group coach details, please consult or web page above.

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Season review from a new Promoter's point of view "Only one way this club can go!" This was the theme I was confronted with when asked to take over the reins of the Redcar Bears Speedway club after two seasons at the bottom of the league. Having just retired from the Police Service and with no business experience it was a huge gamble by the club directors but having been around the speedway scene since 1973 I had some idea what the club was missing so why not give it a try? Entertainment was the key. Give the fans something to smile about, a team they could really get behind and send the crowd home wanting more and that's the way we aimed to build up the club prior to the season getting underway. Jitendra (Ben) Duffill was given the task of assembling a competitive and exciting team and that's exactly what he did. Retaining only two of the 2016 side , Dane Jonas B. Andersen and German Tobias Busch, five new English riders were signed and right from the off this created a buzz amongst the fans that was to last to the very last match of the season. Improvements were made around the stadium and the track, a club mascot was born (Smoggy the Bear) and a new attitude lifted the spirits of both fans and staff leading to encouraging turnouts in the first few fixtures at the Media Prima Arena. An early exit from the K.O. Cup and long term injury to Tobias Busch didn't dampen the enthusiasm and the first away win in years , at Scunthorpe , and a thumping of local rivals


Redcar Bears

Redcar Bears promoter's review

he close season is with us again and with no action on the track I feel it is an opportunity to get the thoughts of our new promoter after his first season in charge of the Bears. What a season it's been, I'm sure every Bears supporter will agree that Kevin has been a breath of fresh air at the club. Now over to you Kevin,


Newcastle certainly made the fans happy. A draw away at Workington was spoilt with a home defeat to the same team but another away win , at Berwick, kept up the spirits until the controversial home fixture against Glasgow in June. Fielding a weakened injury hit side and behind by eight points after 9 races the meeting was abandoned after a spectacular crash involving the Bears Argentinian rider Coty Garcia who was flung into the crowd after tangling with a Glasgow rider. The authorities originally stated the match had to be rerun as per the regulations but amazingly changed their minds three days later and awarded the match points to Glasgow! Despite this blow the Bears went on to win their next four matches including another two away wins to put them selves in the top four of the league and dicing with a chance of being in the end of season play-off's. This excitement was to continue with spectacular racing being the norm at home and the Bears being competitive away from Redcar managing to finish runners up in the league's four team tournament at Peterborough and later to be runners up in the pair's competition at Sheffield. Injury's did play a major part in the Bears story and as the season came to its climax with the Bears battling for a top four spot it ultimately took its toll. Despite a valiant effort the Bears just fell short of the end of season play off's but finished a very creditable fifth in the league to achieve their highest league placing in the clubs short history. The season as a whole has to be regarded as a gamble that paid off. A new untried management team with a new side trying a new way of presenting the sport in an effort to bring the club out of the doldrums. By the end of the season the crowd levels were up by an average of 25%, the smiles were back and the fans and club sponsors were happy meaning the new management team had achieved what they set out to do. Roll on 2018! Kevin Keay.

Guisborough Domino League

● Norman Smith Captain of winning team Abbey B, being presented with T.Swinburn Shield from Danny Jones L/Gue Sec

Barker delighted to return to Redcar


James Boothby

en Barker will again lead Redcar’s Championship assault when the tapes rise on the 2018 speedway season next March. The return of the popular Cornishman to the Media Prima Arena was confirmed to an expectant audience in the SG Petch Bears trackside bar on Thursday and greeted with universal approval. “I think the supporters would have lynched me had we not had made sure Ben came back,” stressed team boss Jitendra Duffill. “He was such a big favourite and the only person I wanted as captain next year. “I’m thrilled and Ben was so keen to return that the deal was actually wrapped up some time ago. “We just couldn’t release it until we knew all the full ramifications of last weekend’s promoters conference.” St Austell-based Barker, who scored almost 400 points in 35 appearances last season and claimed over 60% of the fans’ votes to be named ‘Bear of the Year’, was equally enthusiastic, commenting: “I’m really pleased to have everything sorted out as I made it clear from halfway through last season that the only place I wanted to make my future at was Redcar. “The travelling has been really hard but, if you look at it, the Championship is very much a northern league nowadays, so it doesn’t make much difference which club I’m racing for. “If you are a speedway rider from Cornwall, you know you are going to have to travel!

“The people running Redcar really try to make life as easy as possible and the fans have been great - so welcoming - which makes it all worthwhile.” Duffill continued: “Team building is well under way and I would hope to have it finished in the next couple of weeks. “I’m not a million miles away and am just waiting on the decision of a couple of riders.” Bears promoter Kevin Keay was also thrilled with the return of the popular Cornishman: "I'm delighted we have Ben Barker as a Bear again next season as that's all the fans have spoken about since the season finished. The fans have really taken to him and his wholehearted efforts to entertain so we are very pleased to announce him as our first signing for 2018." Keay and Duffill are known to be scouring the globe with a good chance that an established rider, not currently associated with a British club, could shortly be on the way to Teesside.


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Coastal View & Moor News Issue 85 December / January 2017-18


North Riding Football League By Andrew Snaith


t's looking increasingly like a two-horse race at the top of the North Riding Football League Premier Division as just two points separate leaders Boro Rangers from second-placed Fishburn Park. Rangers enjoyed a 3-1 success over fellow North Riding Senior Cup First Round proper rivals Guisborough United, on Saturday 18th November. Skipper Nathan Liddell, Stu Rose and Robbie Keenan notched for Rangers, with United replying through Niall Crawley. Fishburn defeated St Marys 1947 in a seven-goal thriller. The Whitby side netted through Nathan Storr's brace, Sam Richardson's strike and Dan Brown's goal. Mike Hilary and Ryan Mackey hit back for the away side, who also benefited from an own goal.

●● New Marske Lakes United (blue) keep out Great Ayton United Royals in North Riding Football League Division One There was better news for the other Yarm side, Yarm and Eaglescliffe. They enjoyed a third straight victory after a 2-1 win at Redcar Town. Town led through Ryan Maltby, but Sean Mackin levelled just before the break and Daniel Ballantyne headed the winner, on the hour. Staithes had enjoyed backto-back victories going into their trip to BEADS. However, the Middlesbrough outfit were in devastating form with five goals in 21 minutes, early in

the second half, making all the difference. Luke Bennington struck late in the first half, with Karl Liley and Lee Mahon quickly notching second half braces. Kyle Frost added a sixth, 20 minutes from time. Thornaby Dubliners edged a five-goal affair, at Redcar Newmarket. Gary Mitchell, Charlie Raby and Russell Spence found the net for the Dubliners, with Andy Tullock on target twice for the hosts. Only two points separate the

Redcar Athletic Reds Under 13s


By Mark Hathaway

he boys have had an excellent start to the season with just one defeat in their opening nine games. In the TJFA Cup, big wins against Riverside Juniors and Seaton Carew have secured a place in the 3rd Round where they will have a local derby against either Normanby or Grangetown. In the County Cup, Redcar Athletic made the long trip to Acomb, near York, to face Woodthorpe Wanderers. Despite not being anywhere near their best, the lads won 9-1 to make the next round. In the League, the Reds have played 6 games, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1, to sit in 2nd place in the Division 2 TJFA table.

The first game of the season saw the boys travel to Golden Flatts in Hartlepool to play a team relegated from Division 1 the previous season. Despite a terrible start, with the lads 6-1 down after 21 minutes, they showed great character to fightback but the final score was a 9-6 defeat. Since then the boys have gone from strength to strength, beating Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-1, Seaton Carew 13-1 and Cleveland Juniors 7-5. After a 3-3 draw with Bishop Auckland Aces, where the lads showed great character to equalise in the last minute, they travelled to Darlington All-Stars, who are promotion rivals. Yet again, great character was shown and despite being pegged back to 2-2 and 3-3, the game was won 4-3 with another last minute goal.

Re-birth of football in Lingdale Village


fter an absence of two seasons for Lingdale Utd and one season for Lingdale FC, several players from both teams decided to merge and create a new team, and to name it Lingdale Village FC. (Manager Shaun Ferguson, Assistant Managers Brian Combellack and Steven Welford, Secretary Maurice Wright and Chairman Andrew Smith). Lingdale Village Football Club would like to thank the following, without whose help this project would not have been possible: The Football Foundation, East Cleveland Villages Big Local, Lockwood Parish Council, The Community Union, M&J Property Services and Kath & John Stonehouse. Special thanks to Parish Council clerk Mr Martin Stone, also Claire Bognar, Marc Hodgson, Steve Kay, Mike Jefferson, Alan Mitchell (Everyone Active) for their great support. Maurice Wright (Secretary) On the football front….. Early indications are it will be a struggle in the new North riding League. After playing 4 league games and one McMillian Cup match, losing all 5, though three of them narrowly. The first game against Stokesley Reserves saw victory last minute for Stokesley who made it 1-2. The second came against Redcar Athletic Reserves, Lingdale took a

2-0 lead but Redcar came back strongly to win 2-5. Loftus Athletic beat Lingdale soundly 1-5. In the McMillian Cup, we drew St Mary’s from the Premier League, and in a very close fought game they clinched it with a 3-1 victory. Next up was Great Ayton Royals, last year’s Eskvale & Cleveland League winners. They sealed victory 2-0 but after Lingdale hit the post and the Royal’s keeper made some fine saves. Next up were Rosedale Utd in the North Riding Challenge Cup on 7th October, who Lingdale went on to beat 0-8. Next up was Stokesley AR, Lingdale winning this game 0-3. The following game saw Lindgale clinch it with a 3-2 win against New Marske Lakes Utd in the league. The North Riding cup draw 2nd round saw a home draw against the Royal Oak (Scarborough). Lingdale scored after only 10 minutes with a goal from Alex Johnsons, but the Royal Oak hit back with two quick goals to make it 1-2 at half time. Chris Bulmer levelled matters with a well taken penalty and Ryan Peebles made it 3-2 to Lindgale with a clever back header. The man of the match Lewis Henderson struck a right footed shot giving the keeper no chance. This was followed by two quick goals from Lewis to complete his hatrick, final score 6-2. Next up Middlesbrough TSA in the league.

leaders in the First Division too, though Bedale, in second, hold two games in hand, over Redcar Athletic Reserves. Bedale battered Loftus Athletic 7-1, with the hosts 4-0 up inside 18 minutes. Wayne Thompson netted after ten minutes, with David Cooke doubling the visitors' advantage within 60 seconds, before Ross Hodgson added a third, just two minutes later. Cooke made it four on 18 and completed his hat-trick, four minutes into the second half. Shaun Muir scored midway through the second period, for Loftus, but Hodgson's second and a late own goal gave the scoreline a comfortable look. Meanwhile, Athletic enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Stokesley Sports Club Reserves. Alex

Anderson fired twice, with Luke Hartnett and Aaron Dale also scoring. Stokesley's consolation came from Danny Calvert, with the visitors briefly level. 1-1 was fair enough as two more promotion hopefuls, Great Ayton United Royals and New Marske Lakes United battled to a draw. Both goals arrived in the second half and both had a slice of fortune. Ben Marshall's 56th-minute effort deflected up and over the Royals keeper and under the crossbar, for 1-0 Lakes, but, 16 minutes later, an attempted goal-line clearance was diverted past his own keeper by an unlucky Lakes player. Whitby Fishermens enjoyed a welcome home win over Lingdale Village at Lythe.

Dan Brown and Sam Dowey's strikes put the Fishermen two up at half-time. Ryan Braithwaite then extended their advantage, before the visitors brought themselves back into it at 3-2, but Paul Jobling found the top corner for a late winner. In the following Sunday's only game, in the North Riding Under 19 Division, Hartlepool FC defeated bottom club Middleton Rangers, 3-1. Joe Carswell, Jake Turner and Adam Scott found the net for Pools, while Adam Lynas replied for Rangers. There was one match in the North Riding Under 19 Cup Quarter Finals, sadly NRFL Redcar Newmarket slipped out of the competition, 3-0, at home to Polton Under 18s.

Redcar Town FC

North Riding Tees Valley Girls League


By Ian Enderwick

oth our u12 and u13 girls teams were at home Saturday and showed solidarity by joining together for a minutes silence at 11am with the visiting teams Boro Rangers and South Park Rangers. The u12s were playing South Park Rangers and went behind after a minute when a clearance was charged down. We equalised on 24 minutes when Daisy Cook went on a run beat 2 players and shot into the bottom corner. We then went behind 30 seconds later from a well taken move but our heads didn't go down and we equalised 2 minutes later when Mahliah Joel's corner flew direct into the net over the keepers head. Then second half started well and we increased our lead on 16 minutes when Daisy fired in a shot wide on the right which flew past the startled keeper, Two minutes later Daisy battled for the ball in the box and fired into the bottom corner.4-2. It got even better on 21 minutes when Daisy found space in the goal area got her shot away 5-2 and on 27 minutes Daisy set up KC Harbisher to slot home from 5 yards to score her first goal for the team and end the scoring at 6-2. City of York Girls League Redcar Town 3 - 2 Boro Rangers

Our under 13 girls played Boro Rangers in a top of the league clash on Saturday 11th November. And Warriors by name Warriors by nature they battled to a 3-2 victory in a thrilling game. The game started with both teams trying to take control of the game and boro rangers having more of the ball for the first 10 mins until Redcar town got into there rhythm and created three good chances one been a great header from Kellin causing Boro rangers keeper to pull off a great save. Then with 5 minutes to go before half time our captain marvel Kellin popped up again twisting and turning and finishing with a right foot shot putting the home team 1 nil up going into the half time break. Second half started with Boro Rangers pushing for the equaliser and Warriors trying to get the 2nd goal. Disaster struck when the warriors failed to clear a corner and Boro Rangers smashed the ball home to bring the game back to 1-1. Within 5 mins Warriors were back in the lead with a great goal from Emily Grunwell who had worked hard all game chasing the rebound from any spilled shots. Then 17 minutes into second half Warriors went 3-1 up a poor kick out from Boro ranger’s keeper went straight to our player of the match Sophie Dickinson who took the ball on and scored a truly deserving goal. Boro Rangers really went for it in last ten minutes and solid defensive display from our defence and midfield held firm, boro rangers managed to get a consolation goal with 30 seconds left but the game finished 3-2 to the warriors. Overall a great game from both teams



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Vastly-improved Priorymen mount major revival to pull clear of relegation zone


By Bill Perfitt

uisborough Town have fought back strongly after an indifferent start to the season with an unbeaten run of five games pulling themselves well clear of the relegation zone. A hard-earned 2-1 win over Bishop Auckland at the KGV on 18 November lifted the Priorymen up to 15th in the Northern League Division One table, with a healthy 24 points from 19 games – and importantly nine points above the third relegation spot. The revival is a tribute not only to the excellent work of the players out on the pitch but also the hard work of Guisborough Manager Gary Forster and his backroom team who have worked wonders to turn things around. Team boss Gary could barely conceal his delight with his team recent performances but he also counselled caution about getting carried away, commenting: “We are obviously delighted at the improvement in results and performances, but we’ve also got to

realise that the hard work starts now! “We have significantly eased any relegation fears with our recent improved run, but we also know we need to kick on further from here to achieve all the personal targets that we set ourselves before the season’s start. “What has been particularly pleasing lately is that, with the exception of the League Cup game against Northallerton, we are conceding far fewer goals than earlier in the season and the goals are being shared between different scorers - so it doesn’t get much better than that for me as a manager,” purred Gary. Recent highlights have included a 4-2 win at home against Jarrow Roofing followed by a 4-0 win away at Washington. “To keep a clean sheet away from home and score four goals was a real bonus,” Gary added. The KGV stadium witnessed one of the most dramatic games ever seen in mid-November when Division Two leaders Northallerton Town gave Guisborough an almighty fright before the Priorymen progressed to the next round after a penalty shoot-out.

●● Guisborough’s in-form right back Brian Close (fourth from right) climbs high to head clear in the game against Bishop Auckland Picture by Dan Clark Guisborough had looked to be cruising through when leading 3-1 with less than 10 minutes to go. But Northallerton, riding high at the top of Division Two, hit back in an amazing spell with three goals in the 81st, 87th and 91st minutes to take a shock 4-3 lead. But with timing running out up popped former Northallerton defender Matty Lovatt to stab the ball home from Dylan McAvoy’s cross to square things up at 4-4 and break his former club’s hearts. Guisborough won the penalty shoot-out 3-2 to go into the draw for the third round and continue their revival. The uplift in Guisborough’s team performances has also coincided with

a significant increase in attendances at the KGV – against Bishop Auckland the healthy crowd of 170 was the fifth highest that day in the Northern League. All of this has been achieved against the background of a crop of serious long terms injuries to key players, such as right back Bradley Mills, midfielder Lewis Maloney and left back Joe Ferguson. The signing of the vastly experienced play-anywhere Brian Close from West Auckland has proved a master stroke by Gary Forster with several man-ofthe-match performances indicating already that he is an outstanding addition to Guisborough’s injurydepleted squad.

There is now a good balance of youth and experience and with young players like wingers Steve Roberts and Louis Goldsack in brilliant form, the future certainly looks bright for the Priorymen. Off the field too things are on the up, with a highly successful recent Juniors Day attracting a bumper crowd of nearly 350 and former Middlesbrough star Craig Hignett appearing at the KGV to do another of his highly popular Q&A sessions after the Ashington game, which helped swell the attendance that day to 250. Further improvement work has also been made to the KGV clubhouse, thanks mainly to the unstinting work of the club’s willing band of volunteers.

Sleights FC Round Up By Andrew Snaith

After a goal-less first half, the visitors took the lead but SFc levelled through Charlie Patterson. Substitutes Elliot Clark and Taylor Humble then made sure of the victory with a goal each. Man of the Match: Robbie Hurworth Match Sponsor: TNT Fitness SFC: D Humble, C Hurworth, Wilson, Entwistle, Fawcett, Smith (c), R Hurworth, Clarke, Cork-Dove, Henshaw, Patterson. Subs: Clark, Graham, T Humble; not used: Warrior.

Saturday 28th October 2017 Scarborough Junior Cup Scalby Reserves 1-9 Sleights


leights advanced in the Scarborough Junior Cup with a dominant display against Scarborough League Scalby Reserves. Carl Grayson put the visitors ahead, at Caedmon College, however a deflected Elliot Clark cross levelled matters and when Billy Graham fired home his first of the campaign, Sam Leadley and Ed Turner's men had turned the match on its head. However, it was the second half when the game really opened up. Top scorer Jack Henshaw continued his goal rush with four, skipper Charlie Smith added two and substitute Taylor Humble was also on target. Match Sponsor: Steve Mothersdale, Painter & Decorator Sleights FC: D Humble, Warrior, Wilson, Entwistle, Leadley, Smith (c), Cork-Dove, Graham, Clark, Henshaw, Clarke. Subs: Fawcett, T Humble, Jackson. Saturday 4th November North Riding Challenge Cup Lealholm 2-2 Sleights Sleights win 6-5 on penalties Sleights co-player-boss Sam Leadley's strike forced penalties late in this Esk Valley derby at Lealholm, with young keeper Dylan Humble then producing key saves to win the resulting shoot-out. This battle of the Beckett League saw second division Sleights grab the lead midway through the first half. Their man of the match, teenager Will Cork-Dove fired home to break the deadlock. There was then a blow for Leadley and Ed Turner's men with Humble forced off with a knee injury, five minutes before half-time.

Saturday 18th November Sleights 4-2 Snainton Reserves Beckett League Division Two

With no replacement on the bench, defender Adam Entwistle donned the gloves, but was soon beaten, just before the break, as Lealholm levelled. A ball over the top was then converted, early in the second half, as the First Division hosts took the lead for the first time. Sleights laid siege late on and with seconds left, sent Entwistle up for a corner, his shot was deflected into the path of Leadley, who made no mistake, for 2-2. With the competition allowing rolling subs, Humble was able to return to the field before

penalties and it proved a crucial turning point. The 17-year-old parried twice during a marathon 16-kick shoot-out, to ensure a 6-5 victory for the visitors. Turner told "When we went 2-1 down, last year, we'd have collapsed. So it was nice to see us dig in and showed the passion and desire to win. "We stuck together, even having a makeshift keeper in." Sleights FC: D Humble, C Hurworth, Wilson, Leadley, Smith (c), Fawcett, CorkDove, Patterson, Jackson, Clarke, T Humble. Subs: Entwistle, Henshaw, Graham. Saturday 11th November Sleights 3-1 Sinnington Ryedale Hospital Cup Sleights have now lost just one in nine after booking a Ryedale Hospital Cup quarter final with Heslerton. This last win means two First Division sides have been knocked out of cups by Sam Leadley and Ed Turner's men.

Sleights completed an early-season double over league leaders Snainton Reserves, after twice coming from behind, at Caedmon, on Saturday. Sam Leadley & Ed Turner's men went behind early on but levelled before the break through Taylor Humble's deflected cross. However, the Villagers again trailed, soon after the interval, however, Jack Henshaw equalised for a second time, from 20 yards. With 20 minutes remaining, Humble rounded the keeper and scored from a seemingly-impossible angle, with the teenager completing his hat-trick with an 80thminute rocket, from distance. This result leaves Sleights nine points behind their opponents, with five games in hand, in second place. Man of the match: Taylor Humble. Match Sponsor: TNT Fitness Coming fixtures: Saturday 25th November: Sleights v Scalby (Harbour Cup) Saturday 2nd December: Sleights v Hawes United (North Riding Challenge Cup) Saturday 9th December: Sherburn v Sleights (Junior Cup Quarter Final) TBA: Sleights v Heslerton (Ryedale Hospital Cup)


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Highlights and lowlights for Seasiders S

By Mark Hathaway

ince the last edition of Coastal View, Marske United have had a mixed few weeks, with plenty of highlights and a couple of lowlights. First up was the FA Vase game away to Darwen which caused the club a number of issues though in the end the Seasiders made it through to the next round. The game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on the Saturday with Marske fans ready to board the supporters coach. The FA then confirmed that the re-arranged tie must be played by the following Thursday so it was duly arranged for the Tuesday night when it was postponed again. The game was then arranged for the following night, meaning Marske manager Carl Jarrett had just 24 hours to ensure that he had a team to play the game, with players having to put in short notice holidays in order to play. It came as no surprise that at such short notice, Marske could only get a squad of 13 players, which included 43-year old coach Ian Clark and a half fit Matthew Bell. On a pitch that must have only just passed an afternoon inspection, referee Ed Duckworth was in the action within the opening 10 minutes, correctly showing a red card to Darwen left back Callum Hoctor for a twofooted, over the top of the ball lunge on Chay Liddle. Despite their numerical advantage, Marske were unable to test Darwen’s keeper with too much wayward finishing and it was 0-0 at

the break. Marske suffered a blow in the early stages of the second half as Darwen took the lead from a header by Sidi Fofana. However, Marske found a way back into the game when referee Duckworth adjudged that a cross from James Fairley had been handled in the area and Craig Gott made no mistake from the spot. However, Darwen kept going and re-took the lead on 67 minutes when confusion in the Marske defence allowed Matthew Allen to lift a delightful shot over the stranded Robert Dean from fully 40 yards. With their FA Vase dream hanging by a thread, the Seasiders showed true grit and determination to not only equalise but find a winner. First Earl crossed for Fairley to fire home from inside the 6-yard box and then Fairley showed outstanding skill to leave two Darwen players on the floor as he scored from the tightest of angles. There was great support on the night from the 40 or so Marske fans who had made the long 220 miles round trip to Lancashire. The next two games saw two comfortable Marske wins. First, Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare were dispatched at the GER Stadium with 2 goals from Craig Gott and the following Tuesday Marske travelled to Newton Aycliffe and came away with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Danny Earl, on 42 seconds, and two more from Craig Gott. On Saturday 4th November, Consett made the trip to Marske, where the Seasiders put on arguably their best performance of the season, winning 5-1 against a team that

was in 6th place in the table prior to the game. Marske’s scorers were Fairley, Curtis Round, Adam Wheatley, Glen Butterworth and a penalty from Gott, and if it wasn’t for Consett goalkeeper Ross Coombe, the margin of victory would have been even greater. The following Wednesday, Marske made the short journey to Norton to face Billingham Synthonia, where another large following of Seasiders, making up half of the crowd, saw a comfortable 4-0 win, against a Synners side that included a number of exMarske players in Reece Kelly, Wilf Dinsdale, David Hillerby and John Seaton. Once again, the goals were spread around with Glen Butterworth, Leon Carling, Curtis Round and Craig Gott all on the scoresheet with Gott (pictured) scoring for the 8th time in the last 6 games. Up next, was a huge FA Vase 2nd Round tie against old rivals Shildon where a bumper crowed of 431 were treated to an excellent game which was a superb advert for non-league football. After an immaculately observed two minutes silence to commemorate Armistice Day, Marske got off to the best possible start, leading on four minutes when Earl scored from a Fairley cross. Despite dominating for most of the first half, it was Shildon who drew level at the start of the second half when Round fouled Jamie Harwood in the box and Billy Greulich-Smith made no mistake from the spot. With the game flowing from end to end, there were chances for both teams but neither could find a

●● Craig Gott scored in 7 consecutive games in October/ November. (Picture by Jaime Grace Photography) decisive third goal and the game went to extra time. Once again, it was midfield maestro Gott who was the difference, scoring for the 7th game in succession with a majestic finish from 20 yards into the bottom corner, setting up an away tie against Runcorn Linnets in the 3rd Round. Since the FA Vase victory, Marske have lost twice in a row, first 3-2 to North Shields in the League Cup where a five minute spell when they conceded three times costing them dear. The following Saturday, on an incredibly difficult pitch, which cut up from the first minute, Marske were unable to breakdown a resolute Whitley Bay defence, failing to score for the first time this season, with the

Seahorses scoring twice in the last 20 minutes to secure victory. As well as the Runcorn Linnets FA Vase fixture, for which coach travel is available from our friends at Skelton Coaches, Marske also have home games coming up against Dunston UTS, Billingham Synthonia and Jarrow Roofing, before the traditional Boxing Day game at home to Guisborough Town, which kicks off at 11am. Up to date fixtures can be found on the new Marske United website which also provides a list of which games are available to sponsor. Anyone interested in sponsoring a game can contact the club on

Whitby Town Round Up Supporters can keep up with all Whitby Town home and away games via Whitby Town Radio. Available on the free TuneIn Radio app or on the Blues' website: club-media/whitby-town-radio. Contributors including BBC Radio Tees' Andrew Snaith, Whitby Town press officer Paul Connolly, trainee journalist Liam Ryder and 'producer' Lee West. Keep up with the Blues at, by searching Whitby Town FC on Facebook and following @whitbytownfc on Twitter. ●● On-loan York City goalkeeper Ryan Whitley (18). Picture courtesy of Brian Murfield (c) ●● Whitby Town left-back Dan McWilliams is embraced by team-mates after levelling in the FA Trophy, against Marine. Picture courtesy of Brian Murfield (c)


By Andrew Snaith

he Blues continue to struggle in the EvoStik NPL Premier Division. Chris Hardy's men are on a run of ten winless matches, going into the home league clash with Witton Albion on Saturday 25th November. The Seasiders held Hednesford Town, at the Turnbull Ground, in a very open 2-2 draw- John Campbell scoring twice- before tumbling out of the Buildbase FA Trophy, 3-1, at home to Marine. With regular goalkeeper Shane Bland injured, coach Dan Dixon stepped into the breach but immediately found himself breached when

Danny Mitchley nipped in between keeper and defence to round Dixon and slot home, from a long ball down the middle of the Blues' box. Dan McWilliams fired Whitby level, just before half-time, but Mitchley's second, from the penalty spot, and a late finish from distance, saw Town miss out on £3,250 and a place in the competition's second qualifying round. Bland then asked to leave the Blues, stunning them by joining Spennymoor Town, flying high in their first season in the National League North, one division above Whitby. In came on loan 18 year old goalkeeper Ryan Whitley (18) from York City. Whitley debuted in the 0-0 draw

with Stafford Rangers, just Whitby's third clean sheet of the season, in a game they dominated, particularly in the second half. The Blues have drawn Wearside League Redcar Athletic in the North Riding Senior Cup First Round, the match takes place at Green Lane, Redcar, on Wednesday 29th November, at 7.45pm. Following on from Bland's departure, midfielder Davey Carson was released by Town, with ex-Middlesbrough playmaker Junior Mondal, brought in on a month's loan from Bland's new club, Spennymoor. Mondal made his debut as a second half substitute at Nantwich Town. Whitby lost out to a fifth minute Clayton McDonald header, with the returning Matty Tymon missing a 33rd minute penalty.



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Double Bronze success for Oscar in Scottish Championship I

By Paul Bateman

run NEST (Taekwon-Do) North Yorkshire and we have a class in Whitby at the Eskmouth Scouts Hall. Recently we attended the UKTA Scottish Championships 2017 in Motherwell, Scotland where one of our newest students Oscar Barrett from Staithes returned a double Bronze medallist. Oscar has only been doing Taekwon-Do for about three months and just promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow Belt) at the beginning of October. His bronze medals were in two categories, Sparring

and Patterns. We are extremely proud of his achievement, the Under 10’s Yellow Belt group is one of the biggest goups there and to come 3rd in two categories is amazing. As well as our Whitby class we also run classes in in Scarborough, Pickering, Thirsk and Teesside. NEST (Taekwon-Do) North Yorkshire We teach Original ITF Taekwon-Do every Wednesday at the Eskmouth Scouts Hall on Spring Hill in Whitby. 5.30-7.30pm Our facebook page is https://www.facebook. com/nestnorthyorkshire

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he Challenge will consist of 8 teams from Borough Park and 8 challengers Split into two groups, each team will play 11 ends. The winner will be the team with the biggest shots difference. In the event of a tie the team with the highest shots for, will win. The top two teams in each group will play off with the winning team receiving a trophy donated by the Robinson family. Rink fees are being sponsored by the club and pies and peas by the Co-Op Funeral care. Raffle prizes have been donated by local supermarkets. The cost per player which will go to Cancer Research UK will be £10 or £5. It’s your choice! Order of play (11 ends) Group 1 - 10:30 start

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Freebrough Flyer Freebrough Flyer Vol 21 December 2017

Opening the Academy to future potential students


ith PRIDE, we welcomed parents and potential students to our Academy for the Year 6 Open Evening on Tuesday 19 September 2017; it was brilliant to see so many attend to find out what Freebrough Academy has to offer them. Hearing from both the Principal, Mrs Prentice and the Chief Executive Officer of the Teesside Learning Trust, Mrs Halbert, a number of courageous Y7 students also spoke about their experience at the Academy so far and members of the newly formed Freebrough Parliament also shared their journey at the Academy. Parents and students had the opportunity to take part in our treasure hunt which allowed them full access to the Academy, giving them the chance to visit all subject areas. Each subject area also had lessons taking place for which parents could sign up and take part. The activities were wide and varied, for example science experiments and trampolining. Real enthusiasm was shown by parents and students throughout the evening and the feedback from parents was so positive, providing a great end to a fantastic evening. Mr Donnison, Assistant Principal, told us he was extremely happy with how the evening proceeded: “It was a pleasure to welcome into our Academy so many parents and students. The evening was filled with so much fun and genuine enthusiasm, with all involved Daring Greatly.” Our lucky prize winner of the treasure hunt, Shannon from Skelton Primary School was presented with her prize during one of her lessons. Shannon had correctly identified the winning phrase from the treasure hunt, well done Shannon!

● Shannon

Sharing Freebrough’s views in Parliament


ecently, Mrs Douglas, who is a Pastoral Leader at Freebrough Academy and a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador, had the honour of being one of only 10 education professionals in the country who were chosen to meet the Education Select Committee in Parliament. Mrs Douglas explained: “At the meeting, I shared our student’s and staff’s views on mental health and wellbeing, changes to the curriculum, teacher recruitment, and alternative provision. “The meeting was made up of both Labour and Conservative MPs who have a particular interest in education, and following some of the issues that we raised, the Chair is going to start an inquiry. It was very exciting and rather nerve wracking, but it was great that our issues were taken so seriously by those in power.”

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Mathematicians of the future – UKMT Junior Challenge


fter a very hard math’s test which involved a number of multiple choice answers that tested logic, problem solving and breaking down problems, we have the results! Year 7 and 8 students took part in the UKMT Junior Challenge and after the success of our UKMT

Team Challenge, the students were hoping to continue the success. We are very pleased with the results with 17 students placed in the Top 40% nationally of students who took part. They have all received certificates and Freebrough is very proud of their efforts.

Congratulations especially to Luis Y7 who achieved a Gold Award (Top 7% nationally) and also was the best in his year and in the school overall. Mr Laverick, Math’s Teacher told us: “The Math’s faculty are really pleased with the results!” The percentages shown are

where they came out of the people who took the challenge across the UK. i.e. Gold is the top 7% of the people who took the test. The test itself is designed for the most highly able. Gold Award (Top 7% Nationally): Luis Y7 – Also Best in Year and Best in School

A word from our Principal


t gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our Autumn 2017 edition of the Freebrough Flyer. One term into the academic year and we are proud of our achievements so far, which are beautifully illustrated in this edition. The start of this academic year has been positive, following on from yet another successful Y7 transition at the end of last term. We are extremely proud of the level of maturity demonstrated by our youngest students and the fact we were over-subscribed this year. Our Y7 students took this transition period to familiarise themselves with the building and their new teachers, as well as their new peers. We held yet another successful Open Evening on 19 September 2017, again with breath-taking feedback from parents and students. Comments included: “the best”, “I have been immensely impressed with the Academy and staff” and finally “the relationships between students and staff is a real strength”. We were glad that parents could recognise that staff at Freebrough Academy are a team who are dedicated and are passionate in motivating and inspiring high aspirations in our students. As we continue to develop effective parental partnerships we are thrilled with the positive

feedback from parents and students people in our community. regarding our new style parents’ Our ‘Daring Greatly learners evenings, ‘Supporting Success’. demonstrate PRIDE’ ethos and The evenings have provided a values are being embedded across warm and relaxed atmosphere for the Academy. PRIDE stands for parents to gain a useful insight presentation, resilience, independent, into the progress made by their drive and excellence. The essence children, as well as useful advice of daring greatly is that we believe on how to support their learning. that, win or fail, we praise the It has also enabled us to raise the efforts of those for trying rather expectations of work completed at than fearing vulnerability altogether. home or independently to ensure Working as a community we aim that progress is maximised. I am to develop grit and ambition in confident that the ‘Supporting all, so that individuals can fulfil Success’ events will continue to their personal aspirations. Our grow in popularity, which will continue to allow us to develop strong partnerships with families in the community. We were sad to say goodbye to our Y11 students but were delighted with their examination results. Our Progress 8 score was in line with national averages. I look forward to hearing of their future success stories as they embark on post 16 courses and future careers. Freebrough Academy hosted the annual Coastal View Awards. As always it was a memorable and inspirational evening, if not the best to date, where members of our community were awarded and thanked for their contributions to East Cleveland. Lynne and Steve Nichols have created a fabulous community event and paper which enables us to fully appreciate the kindness and dedication of the

Daring Greatly Awards Evening held on 22 November 2017, was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how amazing our students are and the contributions they make to the Academy, the community and their individual achievements. Our students make us proud. As we approach the festive season, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Best wishes Rachel Prentice Principal

Silver Award (Top 20% Nationally): Daniel Y8 – Also Best in Year, Joshua Y7, Robin Y7 BronzeAward (Top 40% Nationally): Macie Y8, Archie Y8, Cameron Y8, Ryan Y8, Jacob Y8, Cameron Y8, Charlotte Y8, Finn Y8, Caitlin Y8, Callum Y7, Lola Y7, Joe Y7, Rowan Y7

Freebrough Flyer Vol 21 December 2017

Freebrough Academy Prom 2017


ear 11 students returned as a year group to celebrate the end of their time at Freebrough Academy at their Prom on Friday 7 July 2017. Arriving in style to Gisborough Hall, dressed in their beautiful ball gowns and smart suits, it was a wonderful occasion, not only for the students but also for their proud families. We want to wish them all good luck and best wishes for the future. For more photos please see the prom photo gallery on our website.



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Peer mentoring builds confidence – A parent’s perspective


e know that as a parent, especially if your child is transitioning from primary to secondary, bullying is something which you may be concerned about. Although at Freebrough Academy bullying is not a major issue, we recognise that it happens, we deal with it swiftly and we want to take every step to reduce its occurrence. Recently we received an email from a parent, thanking staff for the support given to their child who was being bullied. Freebrough Academy dealt with the bullying seriously and the bullying has now stopped. The student has been providing support for a peer who is going through a similar situation, being very kind and supportive, using their experience to positively influence others. We are very proud of this student and we interviewed the parent as they very willingly wanted to share their positive experience and let other parents know. Please note – As this is a sensitive issue we have agreed for this to be anonymous and for names not to be used.

Parent interview

1. Can you tell us about how Freebrough Academy dealt with the bullying?

“Well we discussed it with the main teachers and other relevant staff. Every time something happened we reported it, it was dealt with really quickly. We then had the PCSO come in, the local officer and the anti-bullying officer and it was dealt with. Once that was done the bullying stopped.” 2. How has Freebrough’s support had a long term impact on your child? “It has made a huge impact, they are a lot happier than what they used to be.” 3. How would you describe your child since they received support from Freebrough? “I think their confidence has improved a lot, they are much better than before. They like coming to school, nothing seems to bother them as much now. They have done really well.” 4. How has your child supported their friend who was being bullied? “Always sending her messages and telling her if it doesn’t stop, she needs to report it every time. That it needs to be dealt with and if she needed to speak to them she could speak to them. They were just being really kind and supportive which they might not have had the confidence to do before.”

100% attendance winner!


ur students worked very hard last term to ensure that their attendance was above the Academy target. We are proud of all of our students who had improved their attendance and in addition we had many students who achieved 100% attendance. Last term, students had the opportunity to win an iPad mini if they maintained 100% attendance. Danielle, Y11 student

received the prize after having a fantastic year and in addition to her excellent attendance she has shown grit and determination, improving her academic progress and growing in confidence. Her teachers constantly comment on how kind she is and how hard she works to achieve her goals. Danielle sat her Business exam and achieved the highest grade in her class. Well done Danielle.

5. How happy are you with the support Freebrough gave your child whilst being bullied? “Extremely happy. Really happy.” 6. What advice would you give other parents who might be thinking about sending their child here who are worried about bullying? “I would urge them to speak to the staff and the school. I would also explain my experience and how good my experience was with them. It is peace of mind isn’t it.” Mr Hukin, Head of School Inspiration, also added: “I think that at Freebrough the great thing that we have between parents and Heads of School, is communication throughout – emails, texts, phone calls and that all helps to keep parents informed. Peer mentoring, having the student support someone else is going to help their confidence as they progress throughout the school and that’s what it is all about. “It’s about building resilience, everyone is going to have tough challenges that you have to face in life and so learning how to overcome these obstacles whatever they might be is absolutely vital. “For some young people it might be an academic challenge, such as a

perceived difficulty with a subject and for others it may be a friendship issue, for some it might be bullying. If we can build those skills of being able to overcome such difficulties, to build strategies to deal with these problems and to not give up, then the next time they approach a challenge that they think they might not be able to overcome in the first instance, actually our young people find that they can rely on these skills which they have started to develop so that when they get a bigger challenge they don’t just want to give up. For the future it becomes easier.”

Other information about bullying and what to do… What is bullying?

Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour which is repeated over a period of time and where it is difficult for the person who is being bullied to defend themselves. One fight or disagreement is not necessarily bullying. Friendship issues are very common, especially among girls. Sometimes rumours are spread and others become involved. Although this kind of issue needs dealing with quickly to prevent it from escalating,

it is not bullying. Mediation between students who have fallen out is often very successful.

What can I do if my child is being bullied?

Stay calm, tell your child it is not their fault and you will deal with it together. Children and young people can often become more distressed if they feel that you are powerless or very upset. Try to keep your emotions under control even if bullying brings back bad memories for you. In the first instance, you should contact your child’s tutor at the Academy to report suspected bullying and they will ensure that the matter is dealt with by the appropriate member of staff. You can also contact the Pastoral Leader for your child’s small school. For more information about bullying please visit the Freebrough Against Bullying webpage… Any young person who is feeling intimidated or scared outside of school times should speak to their parent or carer in the first instance. If this is difficult or impossible Childline operates a 24 hour helpline 0800 1111.

Football fans at Friday @ Freebrough visit the Riverside Stadium


s part of the Premier League Kicks project, a group of lucky students from Friday @ Freebrough, along with members of staff, were given free tickets for the home match at the Riverside Stadium. Friday @ Freebrough is a youth club held every Friday, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, giving students somewhere safe to socialise with friends outside of the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities and opportunities. Before kick off the students were given the

opportunity to walk around the pitch and see the Middlesbrough team warm up. It was a brilliant experience for the football fans, with it being for some students their first time at a match! Although the score at the end of the match was Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Norwich City, the students had a fun-filled Tuesday night. “My first ever Boro game, I’ll remember this forever!” – Callum “Gutted that Boro were beaten but had an amazing night!” – Mae

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A Play in a Day


n Friday 16 June 2017, Freebrough welcomed 48 Year 5 primary students from Whitecliffe and Badger Hill to work with our Performing and Creative Arts staff on the fantastic Play in a Day project.

Every year the play is based on a different story and this year it was Snow White. Students choose whether they would like to be part of the cast and act out scenes on stage or part of the art and design team, creating props and backdrops for

the play. The students worked hard all day aiming towards creating a production of ‘Snow White and the Ten Dwarves’. Parents were invited to come along and watch students produce a fantastic performance, showcasing their effort and

amazing talent! All of the students were an absolute delight to work with, polite and creative, bringing so much positive energy to the day. We hope to work with you again soon!

Y3/4 Viking visit

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KS1 Exploring the life of a British navigator

S1 travelled to Stewart Park to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. They had a tour of the museum and learned about Captain Cook’s life and his voyages. Did you know that he created maps of New Zealand and Australia? After the tour, they took part in a range of activities, from creating aboriginal art work, observational drawings, dressing up in costumes inspired by his voyages and writing with feather quills. Amelia Y2, said: “The costumes were funny and the polar bear was really furry!” Ryan Y2, said: “It was amazing! My favourite part was exploring the museum.”

Daisy Y1, said: “I liked dressing up as the polar bear.” Harry F Y1, said: “I liked the monkey head in the museum.” Tilly Y1, said: “I liked the polar bears. I didn’t like the lemon juice because it was sour and made my face go funny.” Mila Y1, said: “I liked dressing up the best.” All of the children have learned so many amazing facts that they have brought back into school to help them with their topic work.

By Eva and Nieve, Badger Hill Academy students

t the Dig, we dug up historical things buried in fake mud. It was great and everyone loved it. After that, my group (Nieve) looked at two trays filled with sand. One of the trays had categories and the other one had farm animal bones. That’s why we needed to guess which type of animal it was. So basically, we pretended we were archaeologists. When we looked around, we saw pictures of Vikings battling and we were allowed to colour pictures of Viking ladies. At the same time, my group (Eva) learnt all about Viking battles. A lady showed us what weapons they used in battles. We even got to hold the weapons. They were so heavy! An interesting fact I learnt was that their throwing axe was not to throw at people, but to throw at walls so that they could climb up them like a ladder. As soon as we had finished at the Dig, we walked to the Jorvik Viking Museum where a man first spoke to us about what we were going to do inside. He told us we were going on a ride. Everyone was so excited! While we were riding around, we saw many different things: people selling shoes or food, a man on a ship, people making cups and bowls, an old lady making clothes, an old lady with a dog, a chicken and a cat, and a rat happily chewing meat. After the ride, a staff member showed us lots of Viking objects; such as: a comb, spoons and

Y5/6 Local important industry By Joseph and Millie-Mae, Badger Hill Academy students


n Tuesday 15 September 2017, Y5 and 6 went on a school trip to Skinningrove Ironstone Museum. We were all split up in to

different groups. Whilst Y5 were on the walk, Y6 were at the Museum. The three activities were the haulage drift, experience (dark room, explosion) and museum. The experience was very dark and a bit scary but it was really

fun. In the background there was a man reading the story about a boy that worked in the mines and what happened to him. The museum staff were showing us the things that the miners wore when the mine opened and how they used to mine the ironstone.

After we ate our lunch, it was our turn for a walk in Skinningrove. We learned a lot of things about Skinningrove’s historical heritage and we saw a lot of different buildings and objects that aren’t there now. We all really enjoyed our visit.


an antler. Once she was finished, we sat down and she explained what the objects were and what they were used for. Finally, we made our way to the coin man. He told us all about Viking money and what you could buy with it. My favourite part was the ride (Eva) and my favourite part was the dig (Nieve). We really enjoyed the visit and would recommend it to everyone.

Also at Badger Hill

e will be running a fundraising event for The Congo Children’s Trust who work to enable children to leave forced employment in cobalt mines and to have an education. This has been particularly interesting to our Y5/6 children who have heard how 200 years ago, children were used in mining here too. The Y4 class had a very informative session about children of their age working in cobalt mining, and were horrified by the conditions they lived and worked in whilst only receiving 8p for a 12-hour shift!



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Y5 Planetarium visit

Skelton News

hat a wonderfully busy and exciting start to the new school year we have all had at Skelton Primary School! The children have quickly settled into their new classes and straight away they have been given the chance to experience a wide range of hands on and practical learning opportunities. From some of our very youngest children in Y1 going on an energetic Autumn nature walk to the local woods to Y2 exploring the sights and sounds of Guisborough Woods. Y4 have already held a wonderfully successful Science Fair for parents, with a staggering 70 parents attending! A big thank you to Mrs Garratt who organised this excellent event which explored the theme, ‘Changing states of Matter.’ Also, a huge thank you to all the parents who came along, your support of school events continues to be amazing! Y5 have enjoyed a fantastic Planetarium experience in school and not to be out done, Y6 have had the opportunity to go and experience the wonderful Eden Camp. This half term we have also held another fabulous Harvest Service at All Saints Church, Skelton and our very talented Y2 pupils have put on a brilliant Harvest assembly for their parents and carers. We are also extremely proud of our Y5/6


here was great excitement in Y5, in anticipation of the arrival of the Planetarium in September. Both pupils and teachers were excited to participate in this experience and it certainly turned out to be a great way to kick start the Y5 topic, ‘Is there anybody out there?’ The pupils were able to experience what it might feel like to be in space and observe the planets and stars. “It was amazing when I saw the stars.”- Faith This experience certainly enthused the pupils and the teachers have been using the theme to influence their Science and Maths teaching. “We’ve been looking at how far the Sun is from the Earth.” - Erin Mr Bearpark was enthusiastic about the practical approach and the chance for the children to show off what they already know. We’re sure that the Y5 children will keep reaching for the stars for the rest of the year!

Y6 take a step back in time


teams who competed in Tag Rugby and Football interschool tournaments last half term, where the pupils gave their very best performances and represented the school brilliantly. Well done to all the children involved.

n a bright and crisp October morning, Y6 set off on a visit to Eden Camp. There was a buzz of excitement on the bus and that certainly wasn’t only in anticipation of their packed lunches! On arrival, pupils had the opportunity to explore the artefacts displayed in the huts, the news room and learn all about what life was like in WW2. Cole enthused: “I enjoyed going in the huts and learning about what it was like to live in the Blitz.” Y6 Team Leader Mrs Norris explained: “The children’s experiences on the day and their new found understanding and knowledge has proved a brilliant stimulus

for Literacy writing in Y6.” This visit has certainly inspired some excellent topic work from the children!

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St Joseph’s scientists

upils at St Joseph’s have turned into scientists this term! Y2 children investigated whether your head/ feet grow as you get older. The children were able to suggest their own ways to solve this problem and were very keen to go around school measuring everyone’s feet and heads. Brooke was very concerned that Mr Scarlet’s feet would be longer than a ruler and thought that he must be a giant. Lucky enough for Brooke, Mr Scarlet’s feet just measured 30cm the same length as a ruler, so she was reassured that we don’t have giant teachers in our school! Y5 attempted to change the state of chocolate and back again. They were given three pieces of chocolate, some tin foil and a lolly stick. They melted the chocolate and moulded it into lollies. They managed to make the chocolate set and enjoyed eating their results.

Let’s get cooking


his half term, the children have been enjoying taking part in a cooking club after school led by Miss Wright. The children have made chicken wraps based on a tasty Mexican dish with chicken, salsa and guacamole. They enjoyed marinating the chicken in herbs and spices and enjoyed making guacamole from scratch. After cooking up an appetite, unfortunately there wasn’t any left to go home because they had already eaten them!



2 travelled to Brotton recently to take part in outdoor activities. One of their favourite activities was working with a partner to guide each other around the woods guessing objects on the way - the tricky part was that one of them was blindfolded so they certainly had to work as a team. The children also had to find aliens with a four-digit number and had to remember the information in order to tell the leader, there was certainly a lot of running back and forth in order to accurately give all of the information needed. It was lovely to see the children working well in their teams throughout the day and supporting each other. The children were again commented on their excellent behaviour and there was certainly a lot of stickers handed out!


My money morning

ll children enjoyed learning about ‘money’ recently. Y3 learnt how to budget; one of our children thought carefully about this and went home and made wooden spinners with her Grandad. She used them to work out the cost of various holidays and told us how, with a few changes, you can have a holiday on any budget. Y4 worked out how much their pets cost them. Y5 tried to work out how to spend their pocket money wisely and Y6 spent a lovely morning investigating where money comes from!

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St Peter’s C of E News KS1 Visit Kirkleatham Museum


o support their current topic about toys, Y1 & 2 children recently visited Kirkleatham Museum. There, they participated in three workshops: Punch and Judy, a history lesson with Mr Pease and a ‘Rich and Poor’ toys session. The educational experience was enhanced when the children were provided with Victorian costumes to wear. The children were delighted to discover that the Rich and Poor Toys session was hands-on and were given the opportunity to play with genuine Victorian toys. The day was completed with the presentation of a Mr Punch collage which had been created by the whole group throughout the day. The visit has inspired the children to complete some great work back in school.

Education without borders


ne of our staff has a friend who is working for Engineers without Borders in India. We arranged a Skype call to him so that he could

show the children around the area where he lives and introduce them to some of his neighbours and their children. Our children had lots of questions to ask about life in India. They began by being interested in the differences between the cultures but ended up discovering that they had many more things in common. They had the same toys, enjoyed the same lessons, got the same homework and read the same books. They all joined in a song together. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Harry Potter are international favourites! It was a wonderful experience for all the children involved.

Eco Green Flag for a record sixth time!


upils and staff at St Peter’s C of E Primary School in Brotton are ‘delighted’ they have


achieved the Green Flag for a record sixth time! Mrs Lawson, Teacher and Eco Coordinator said: “This is a fantastic achievement, I am extremely proud of the Eco Team and the ‘Flower Pots Gardening Club’. I would also like to thank Mrs Selley, who leads the gardening club with School Governor Mr Selley. Many thanks also to former Headteacher Mr Stinson, for his continued support.” Headteacher Mr Unthank said: “When the assessor visited I was proud to watch the children showcase the work they undertake to promote an Eco Friendly environment, not only in and around school but as Eco Ambassadors in the community. The award is true recognition for all the hard work carried out by children and staff on a weekly basis.”

St. Margaret’s Church Flower Festival

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e were delighted to help commemorate the ‘History of Brotton’ in the 125th Anniversary year of St. Margaret’s Church through a Flower Festival. The theme of our display was the history of Education in Brotton from its beginning as Brotton C of E School to the present day here at St. Peter’s C of E Primary School. Mrs Hayden and Mr Unthank enjoyed sifting through all the old photos, registers and log books we still retain, choosing a flavour of the memorabilia from both schools. The Art Club who meet on a Tuesday evening, loved making the paper flowers, inserting periods in history in the centre to erect in pertinent positions within the Lady Chapel where our display could be viewed. It was lovely to watch people of various generations looking through the registers to find themselves or family members from the past. The schools have had a huge influence on many local people’s lives and we continue to do so wherever possible today. Education began in Brotton in 1866 when the foundation stone of the village’s school was laid by R Morrison Esq, a lessee of Brotton Ironstone Mines. The site of the school and the master’s house was given by Miss Jackson, Lady of the Manor, who also donated £150 towards the building costs. The £1000 was raised and the school opened on 04 February 1867. On 04 September 1972, the new St. Peter’s C

of E Primary School opened on Marshall Drive with Head Teacher, Mr William Heseltine and Chair of Governors, Reverend Eric Smits working closely with the Local Authority to make the new site a reality. During that period the school, parents and the local community worked tirelessly to raise money to install a swimming pool in January 1973. The sports hall was built in 2003 with funding from Sport England, this continues to be a fabulous resource. Since 2011, there has been a significant refurbishment programme to improve the learning environment for staff and pupils.

Redcar & Cleveland U11s District Football Team


e were delighted to receive the news that current Y6 pupil Mackenzie has been selected to represent Redcar & Cleveland primary schools as part of the district football team this season. Mackenzie plays on the left side of midfield, has a strong left foot and has an eye for goal! He follows in the footsteps of his footballing family, which has included his Dad, Grandad and Uncles playing regularly in the local area. We wish him all the very best for the season ahead playing games across the North of England.

Tees Valley QuadKids Competition

n Friday 6 October 2017, St Peter’s travelled to Eastbourne Sports Complex in Darlington to attend last year’s rearranged QuadKids Competition. The children qualified for this event last year placing second in the CSSP competition to winners Chandlers Ridge. The QuadKids competition is made up of four athletics events, 400m, 50m sprint, vortex throw and standing long jump. The children performed amazingly well and thoroughly enjoyed their day using the fantastic facilities, the top three schools had some awesome talent and athletes on show.

Derek Butcher Memorial Trophy 2017


Thank you to Alison Raw for organising the event.

n Saturday 7 October 2017, St Peter’s entered a team into this year’s Derek Butcher Memorial Trophy, a competition for schools in East Cleveland to progress to the second round of school games football and showcase the talent that is on offer in schools. St Peter’s drew quite a hard group with neighbouring schools St Joseph’s, Badger Hill, Errington, Saltburn and New Marske. The St Peter’s team were playing really well in all their league games and were looking solid defensively. We managed to win all but one of our games losing to Saltburn

1-0, but still did enough to progress to the final on superior goal difference. The winners of the other league were St Paulinus who we would meet in the final. St Paulinus managed to score and then see out the game 1-0. They were worthy winners and congratulations to the team and their staff. That is four finals in four seasons for St. Peter’s, winning two and being runners up in two. Mr Ormerod was proud of the boys’ team and is sure they will have more success on other occasions during the season.


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Handale Primary News


Handale’s Play Leaders

ver the last few weeks, our fantastic Y6 pupils have been working with Mrs Bell, learning how to be Play Leaders. During an intensive four-hour training course, they have learned what it takes to be effective communicators, how to organise the space they need to work in and how to make play fun for all. At Handale Primary, we have always believed

that our children are talented and have great potential and this has been clearly visible while Y6 have been preparing. We are also committed to Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools Award: Article 29 talks about children having the right to become the best that they can be and we have already seen Y6’s determination to make a success of this project. Well done Y6!

Handale’s Kitchen Garden


Summer Fair 2017

uring the second half of the Summer term, Handale’s school field was transformed into the venue for the annual summer fair - the first one since we moved into our beautiful new building. Attractions included an ice cream van, HM Coastguard, bouncy castles, an extremely loud fire engine and some extremely tasty sausage rolls from Bell’s Butchers, to name but a few!


At one point, we thought we were in for a downpour, but the weather held out and nobody’s spirits were dampened. The fair was very well attended by pupils, families and members of the wider community and the feedback we received was very positive. Our thanks to everyone involved with the organisation for the day, which helped to make it a great success.

Y6 Beach clean

n Thursday 13 July 2017, pupils from Handale’s new Y6 classes walked to Skinningrove beach to participate in a litter pick, alongside Jo from Redcar and Cleveland Council. Linking with our transition topic of the sea, our

children worked hard to help keep our special seafront clean and tidy and more enjoyable for everyone to visit. Everyone worked hard and the beach was a much tidier place when they left to return to school. Well done Y6 - we’re proud of you!


ver the course of the last few years, the Healthy Schools agenda has really gathered momentum at Handale Primary in Loftus. Staff and pupils alike have worked tirelessly and this was recently rewarded by achieving Enhanced Healthy Schools status. School activities have ranged from cooking healthy meals with families to participating in the fluoride varnishing programme and developing Y5 Young Health Champions, to visiting a local farm to find out where our food comes from. The Healthy Schools agenda is always at the heart of what we do at Handale, but it is our firm belief that there is always more that we can achieve and that we should always set ourselves ambitious targets. With this in mind, a short while ago, we applied for funding for a kitchen garden project through the



Beach Day 2017

he following week, on Tuesday 18 July 2017, Handale’s annual beach day took place and what a success it was! We were extremely disappointed to cancel the trip the first time around, so when the sun came out on our rescheduled date, everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief! As well as fantastic weather, we enjoyed fantastic

behaviour from our pupils and everyone had a great day on our beautiful local beach at Skinningrove. It was an amazing sight, seeing so many children on the beach at one time, with frisbees flying and sandcastles being built everywhere you looked. Thank you to everyone who came down to the beach and enjoyed the day with us.

Outdoor and adventurous pupils


n Wednesday 27 September 2017, 12 excited Y1/2 children from Handale journeyed to an outdoor adventure at Marshall Drive playing field, Brotton. The children took part in an obstacle

course, woodland hunt, nightline (wearing blackout goggles) and alien hunt! It’s fair to say the children were exhausted but thoroughly enjoyed their adventure. All children worked well together, as well as with other schools.

Young Health Champions

his year, Y5 at Handale, have been taking part in the Young Health Champion scheme. The children are developing skills and knowledge, so that by the end of the course, they will be able to act as peer mentors, increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and encouraging involvement in activities to promote good health. “I think it’s really good because we are learning lots of stuff about being healthy. I didn’t know how much sugar you could have a day.” – Lydia So far, the children have been investigating fats and sugars, where they learned about the benefits of a healthy balanced diet and recommended daily allowances. They have also had a very informative session looking at the dangers of smoking. “I thought it was pretty awesome and thanks to Gary, my Mum is trying to stop.” – Jason Handale is committed to continuing this valuable


Tesco Bags of Help Fund and we were delighted to discover that our project proposal was chosen as one of the three successful regional bids! Our vision to create the Handale Kitchen Garden on our school grounds, (where pupils, staff and members of our wider community could work together), was publicised in local Tesco stores and our school was recently awarded a grant of £2000. The generous donation from Tesco will allow us to build a poly tunnel and raised beds, where our children will learn through first-hand experience how to grow their own food and then, when the time comes, to harvest and cook it. We are passionate about teaching our children a Healthy Schools message and we believe this project provides us with an amazing opportunity to do so.

programme in future years and we are already in the process of booking next year’s sessions. Our commitment is to create a legacy of healthy attitudes amongst our pupils and to help shape healthier futures for our pupils.

Fantastic footballer alert!

ast half-term, a special young man named Sonny was picked to go to Redcar & Cleveland County football trials. Sonny had to face two difficult trials but came through them with flying colours and was picked to be part of the 13-man squad. The first game took place on Saturday 30 September 2017 against Washington. During the game he showed some excellent passing and dribbling skills but it was in the 45th minute of the game where Sonny changed everything. With the score locked at 2-2 the ball dropped to Sonny on the edge of the box where he took a shot which was blocked, but the ball fell back to Sonny and with a delightful chip, he scored to make the score 3-2. The game ended 4-2 to Redcar & Cleveland and Sonny proved that he is a talented footballer with an excellent attitude - the future is bright for him. Everyone from Handale Primary is extremely proud of him and wishes him the very best for the future.

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KTS Academy News

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Renovating the railway


TS are rightfully celebrating the fact that they have played a big role in helping the inclusive educational and activity centre Beyond Boundaries in Commondale to be shortlisted for a national award for community rail projects. Beyond Boundaries is located at Commondale where their local railway station is situated. KTS and Beyond Boundaries have worked together to renovate the old dilapidated station, host events and build up the students love of the railway. The high point was not just painting

KTS+ Beyond Boundaries


the waiting room but hosting an art festival with a mural unveiled in the waiting room, that has now become a tourist attraction. The students from KTS had their own art work on display at Commondale for the general public to view and many a positive comment was passed about the high standard of work the pupils had produced. The waiting room at Commondale station is well worth a visit and you will be given a warm welcome if you pop in. The school continues to work in partnership with the inclusive centre on a wide variety of fun and exciting projects.

Launch of Dragonfly Enterprise Project


tudents from KTS+ attended a three day residential to Beyond Boundaries. The students took part in lots of outdoor activities from tending to the animals, building


dams and delivering produce to local people. It was an amazing experience for all of the students who participated and they will have the memories and stories to share in years to come.

Hummersea News

ow! What a start to a new academic year we have had at Hummersea. At the end of last year, we all decided that this year would be the year of FUN at Hummersea. With that in mind, every year group must participate in an activity that is not related to the National Curriculum that gets children learning and smiling. So how did this all start? First, and most importantly, we asked children what they wanted to learn about. We have had lots of different ideas, some of which we are saving for later on in the year. However, we have launched some straight into the school. Below are just some of the activities that we have offered to children so far. Reception children wanted to bake cakes. After a long talk, the children decided that the best person to teach them was Mandy and Kristie, our school cooks. One afternoon the reception children worked with our wonderful cooks and made their own cookies. The flavourings were picked by the children - Strawberries and Oats. They tasted wonderful! Y1 children spent the day climbing trees, making dens, toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. You’ve guessed it, they wanted to learn woodland skills. We took all the children to Pickering for the day to experience education in a Woodland School. They all thought it was excellent and came back to Hummersea with beaming smiles. Y2 children wanted to ‘keep fit’.

Apparently ‘keep fit’ is for the more mature generation, the young generation do ‘Glow Stick Zumba’! The children danced, wiggled and glowed the morning away as they learned to Zumba like a professional. Y3 children wanted to go to space. So the next best thing was to make and design rockets. All in all, three different rockets were launched vinegar, coke and water. Although they didn’t quite reach space, many rockets ended up on the school roof. An added


ike McGrother told the story of the Dragonfly Enterprise project through music and then set the students the challenge of creating an inclusive collaborative event that celebrates the school and community through performance and music.

bonus - from the children’s point of view - was that they got covered in vinegar and coke as it propelled the rockets to their lofty heights. Y4 children managed to gain an insight into relaxation. The children spent the day learning Yoga techniques to calm the inner soul. I’m not sure how much calming went on as every time I walked past the room, there were fits of giggles as people kept ending up in heaps on the floor. Once again there were smiles from all.

They have been excitedly planning a festival for the Summer term and are already getting fit for a sponsored walk with Mike to his gig in Saltburn during December, to raise money for their plans. We are introducing new accreditation, Arts Award, to recognise the student’s work.

Y5 children took inspiration from Mary Poppins with ‘let’s go fly a kite’. The children spent many hours making kites and many more hours flying them on the school field. It was lucky that the weather in October was a little windy. They flew wonderfully. I’ve never seen so many kites flying at once in such a small area. Y6 children decided that they wanted to learn how to save lives. As a result, they learned basic first aid from Roseberry Training. The children

learned all the basic skills that they may need to help someone who needs First Aid. They even learned how to use a defibrillator. Fingers crossed they never need to use their learned skills for real. As you can see, we have had a very busy start to the year. We will continue with the ‘Learning and Smiling’ curriculum throughout the year. It only remains for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hummersea Primary.


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Performing and Creative Arts Faculty

Y10 Working not so silently


he Y10 Drama students have been learning about every aspect of producing a performance. Each student chose their own production role, from scriptwriter and director to lights/sound

technician and actor. Having to fulfil their own criteria and ensure that they were working together as a team, the students had to create a performance that was flawless. The performance had to fit the genre of

silent movies and the final performances were absolutely amazing. It was fantastic to see the work that the students had produced working independently within their own production role. Well done Y10!

to discuss, explore and agree on what they want the intention of the performance to be and decided on ‘terrorism is not a religion’.

Students are aiming to challenge the current misconceptions about race, religion and terrorism and they are creating a performance which will be examined for their Unit 2 exam. Drama teacher, Mrs Skidmore told us: “The students have demonstrated such maturity when researching and exploring these themes and it is an absolute honour to be directing the performance that they are working on. A preview evening of the performance for family and friends will be hosted by the students, when they have finished working on the project. Keep up the excellent work!”

Y11 Trying to change the world


he Y11 students are working on their most challenging theme yet – creating a performance about terrorism. Students have had

Y7 Bringing script to life


nergy, enthusiasm and effervescence, are the qualities that the Y7 students have brought to the Drama department! They have been reading and performing extracts from a script, enjoying

how the pain and suffering of bullying can be eased by talking to someone about it. Always bringing energy to every lesson, the students can also discuss and explore very mature issues. Well done to the whole of Y7!

Upcoming Event


On Thursday 7 December 2017, Freebrough Academy will be hosting their annual Christmas Extravaganza. The evening will involve a mixture of performances, arts and craft stalls, games, festive food and a visit from the man himself, Father Christmas. If you would like to rent a stall for the evening, please contact the general office. Tickets are on sale from November 2017.

Luke and Tyrone – Enterprise Champions!

Inside Cleveland Police HQ


e are proud to announce Tyrone and Luke have received the Young People’s Enterprise Award. It was one of many awards, which were presented at the Coastal View & Moor News Community Awards to celebrate the work and achievements of people in the local area. Both students have grown into wonderful young men who have shown grit and determination since joining Post 16 at Freebrough Academy. Tyrone and Luke are hoping to pursue a career in Engineering although through different pathways; Luke aeronautical and Tyrone civil. They are true ambassadors for the Academy and are strong role models for our younger students. We look forward to observing how their careers develop and we wish them the very best of luck in their futures. As always it was a pleasure to hold the awards ceremony in our building on Friday 6 October 2017 and we hope that we will be welcoming everyone back for the 2018 Coastal View Awards!

creating many different characters including police officers, head teachers, news reporters and eye witnesses. The students are currently exploring a script which is all about bullying and


ive lucky Year 7 students had the opportunity to have an insight into life at the Police Headquarters. Watching how the police dogs are trained and finding out how they catch criminals, the students also spent time looking at CCTV cameras that are scattered all over the Cleveland area. Lastly they had

a chance to meet the Police Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, who spoke to the students about their futures. “I loved the dogs and watching the CCTV” – Tyler “I loved the dogs and would like to be a police dog handler” – Ebony “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the headquarters” – Cole

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Gold Ambassador delivers workshop in Parliament to teachers D

Mrs Douglas, Pastoral Leader “On Monday 3 July 2017, I spent the afternoon in Parliament as a Gold Ambassador for their Education Service. I delivered a workshop to the new intake of teachers who are following the programme that I completed last year. I spoke to the teachers about how I achieved Gold Ambassador status, through things such as helping to redesign the Freebrough Parliament, and attending meetings with Student Councils at other schools throughout the area. After the workshop, I enjoyed a reception on the terrace of the Houses of Parliament, and bumped into some famous faces, including Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan, both of whom have been Secretary of State for Education. I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of representing the Academy at such a high profile event.”


Sporting Success at Freebrough

uring PE lessons, staff have been discussing with students the ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ assessment. Staff are encouraging students to think of how they learn in these three areas. Head is related to listening, understanding rules, showing safety, analysing and feeding back to others. Heart relates to how students show PRIDE, how they work with others and their attitude to winning and losing. Hands is the practical side of PE and how well students perform. In all areas students will be graded either Outstanding, Good or Requires Improvement. The Sport and Health faculty would like to share with you a few of the students who have shown, throughout the term, Daring Greatly qualities: • Hannah Y10, is our Superstar Student of the term! Hannah has a positive attitude in Dance, PE and during enrichment sessions. She also has endless amounts of energy and smiles!

• Eva Y7 and Millie Y7 have attended enrichment clubs and taken on the roles of captains for the Y7 netball teams. • Year 10 Dance group (Emmie, Megan, Hannah, Ellecia, Jodie, Lauren, Sophie and Zoe) have begun a joint dance project with KTS Academy focused around tin arts and urban chaos dance. They are working towards a Tees Valley wide performance in March 2018.

• A number of Y7 girls attended a netball festival where they played matches against other schools in the Redcar area showing an abundance of courage. • Congratulations to the Y11 Girls netball team (Rya, Paige, Danni, Lauren, Sophie, Charlotte, Anna and Maisie) who won the Redcar and Cleveland netball tournament at the end of September. • Currently Y7 boys are top of the football league in our local sports partnership. • Josh Y10 who is a wheelchair basketball player for the Titans and was nominated ‘Young Male Achiever’ at the North East Disability Sports Awards 2016, will be helping to deliver a Step into Sport Leadership Training Day for Y9 + students. The workshop will be attended by students from across the area and Josh will be working alongside Katy Storie, who is an English rugby union player. We are so proud that Josh will be there as the area’s local young role model, to help inspire other young people.

Teesside Learning Trust was established in September 2016. It is comprised of four schools, two Primary; Badger Hill and Whitecliffe Primary Academies, and two secondary, Freebrough and Thornaby Academies. We are driven by our shared ambition and values. The children and young people in our Academies are at the heart of what we do. We are passionate about developing outstanding provision that leads to outstanding outcomes. We cannot do that in isolation but through engaging parents, business partners and the local community to be part of the planning and delivery of high quality support to our students. We feel we have the ambition, opportunities, and the system leadership needed to do this across a group of academies.

Presenting our actions to improve our school environment

Our aim is to be an outstanding provider of education. The ethos and vision for our academies is communicated through our high expectations and a culture that accepts no excuses for underperformance. We will:

Raise standards in all of our academies by continually improving the quality of educational provision and life chances of all of our children and young people. Continually improve our capabilities and capacity to ensure that the quality of what we deliver and procure is always of the highest standard. Develop our own high quality teachers and leaders through careful succession planning and high quality professional development. Deliver the best possible central services to academies so heads and principals can use their skills, knowledge and expertise to concentrate on their core purpose, teaching and learning, not on administration. Lead and manage a successful and innovative group of academies, delivering outstanding progress and above average results. Ensure that all of our academies have a positive, calm, well-disciplined and purposeful environment with our pupils taking a pride in themselves and their academy. Develop positive pupil attitudes so they take responsibility for their actions, respect staff, respect other pupils, respect their community and become confident, well-educated and purposeful citizens.


epresenting the Academy, Kurtis and Lacey attended the half termly meeting of the East Cleveland Children’s Council on Tuesday 20 June 2017. Kurtis and Lacey gave a presentation to students from across the area on what we have done over the last term to improve our school environment. Their presentation featured our litter picks, our plans to improve the school toilets, and the development of our very own Eco Team.

The primary and secondary membership of the Trust ensures that we have the expertise and the unique opportunity to address the issues of continuity and progression throughout all stages of education from Early Years through to Post 16. We will ensure that our children and young people have the best foundations for learning, which we build upon at each phase. The Trust is led by a strong and passionate group of members and Trustees who bring a wide range of experience, expertise and commitment to their role. They are passionate about making a difference to the lives of our students and to the communities in which our Academies serve.

Aiming high... Daring to be great

Freebrough Flyer Vol 21 December 2017

Freebrough Flyer

Superstar Students English – Danielle Y11 Danielle always has a super attitude, is always on task, is totally focused and very independent.

Maths – Leah Y8 Leah has shown grit and resilience in every lesson. She is always ready for her lesson, is safe within the classroom and respectful to students and staff. Leah has made the most progress in her class on her latest assessment

Science – Nathan Y10 Nathan always gives 100% effort and shows resilience with his attitude to learning. Nathan takes PRIDE in his science work, and is always ready to learn.

Business and Enterprise – Alice Y9 Alice consistently produces high quality work in her B&E lessons.

Business and Enterprise – Jodie Y10

Religious Studies – Ollie Y11

Ollie always shows grit, drive, determination & excellence to produce her best work.

History – Hannah Y11

The progress Hannah has made since Y7 has been outstanding. Hannah always attends P6 sessions and reads History in her own time. She compliments this by talking subjects through with her family members and staff at school. Hannah displays a genuine interest in the subject and can achieve a great grade at the end of the year.

PE – Hannah Y10 Hannah has a positive attitude in Dance, PE lessons and enrichment. She has endless amount of energy and is always smiling.

Computer Science – Daniel Y9 Daniel is outstanding during every lesson in Computer Science. Hiswork is always of high quality and he is an influential member of the class, who can provide support to his peers.

ICT – Emily Y11

Jodie has a tremendous work ethic and shows grit during her B&E lessons.

Emily consistently produces outstanding work and has made an excellent start to her final year of ICT at Freebrough.

Business and Enterprise – Megan Y10

ICT - Jess Y9

Megan consistently produces high quality work in her B&E lessons.

Jess is a lovely respectful student, who is always ready to answer questions and has made an excellent start to her creative media work.

Business and Enterprise – Mark Y9

Product Design – Matthew Y9

Mark has produced amazing work in his lessons on the topic of branding and promotion. He always has a positive attitude in every lesson.

Matthew has shown PRIDE in the work he has completed and his attention to detail is superb.

Drama – Kurtis Y10

Kurtis is a star in his drama lessons, always looking for ways to improve but it is his enthusiasm, leadership and energy that he displays at Drama Youth Theatre which makes him my superstar student. Kurtis is my Assistant Director, he always organises the groups and helps out with rehearsal. I couldn’t run Drama Youth Theatre without you! Thanks Kurtis and well done! (Nominated by Mrs Skidmore)

Art – Libby Y10 Libby always comes into lesson eager to learn, helps others and shows great resilience.

Geography – Joshua Y11 Joshua has made a fantastic start to Y11 by really focusing on the quality of his explanations and giving detailed answers.

Catering – Millie Y9 Millie produced an excellent presentation and shows PRIDE in her work.

Health and Social Care – Caitlin Y9 Caitlin has a good understanding of the topics and always produces detailed answers to exam questions.

Textiles – Tiegan Y8 Tiegan produces lovely design work and has had a good start to making her textiles project.

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