PEOPLES Issue 49 March/April 2017
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Well the sun has been shining, the daffodils are nodding gently in the breeze and it looks like we’ve finally shaken off the winter. It’s got to be good news. In this issue we’ve got some pictures and a report from the YMCA Humber Sleep Over and coverage of the local elections to the Young People’s Parliament. There’s news about another fascinating art installation in Grimsby Minster and a visit to the Immingham Museum. If you haven’t been already we suggest you pay them a visit.
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To celebrate their fifth anniversary Anarchy Entertainments are promoting an all dayer at The Yardbirds on Saturday July 1st with twelve great bands over ten hours, including Hung Like Hanratty, Ming City Rockers, The SoapGirls, Riggots, The Zipheads and many more. ÂŁ10 early bird tickets are available which has got to be great value! If that seems like a long way away then don't forget that the same venue will also play host to South Yorkshire alt rockers Hands Off Gretel on March 30th and the legendary 999 on May 19th. Great gigs one and all and you can get more details from www.anarchyentertainment.co.uk
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HEART SKIPPING A BEAT? OLLY MURS ON THE WAY TO MARKET RASEN RACES
here was a time, not so long ago, when the only time major music artists ever came to these parts was if they’d been blown off course by bad weather while migrating between warmer climates but nowadays the great Lincolnshire pop music drought seems to have come to an end. In the last couple of years we’ve had visits from Sir Elton John at the Lincolnshire Showground, Tom Jones and Jess Glynne at Market Rasen Racecourse, Example and Simple Minds at Grimsby Auditorium. It’s not stopping there however and we’ve got plenty to look forward to in 2017 including Sir Cliff Richard at Lincoln Castle in June and everybody’s favourite heart beat skipping X-Factor winner Olly Murs who will play a purpose built arena at Market Rasen racecourse on June 2nd. Olly has had a great 2016 and his fourth successive No.1 Album - 24 HRS - has made him officially the most successful solo artist ever to come from the X Factor. New single Years And Years is the album’s centre piece; an expansive, explosive, spine tingling belter and follows the radio favourites You Don’t Know Love and Grow Up which Olly recently performed on the X Factor. Tickets are on sale and you can book and get more information at marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk. Should be a fantastic night to remember. We’ll see you there!
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ART IN THE MINSTER PRESENTS ORDINALIA BY TRACEY HOLLAND
Housed inside each lamp are looped films playing on small screens placed behind the glass of the lamp. The title Ordinalia is taken from the name of the 12th century Cornish mystery play. The films in the central triptych of synchronised lamps refer to the Legend of the Holy Rood (or Cross), originating from the seeds of the Tree of Life Grimsby Minster has played host to some planted in Adamâ€™s mouth which grew into saplings fascinating exhibitions over the past few months as and become the three holy trees, ending at the part of the Art In The Minster programme and the Crucifixion. fourth and final exhibition of the series, Ordinalia by the artist Tracey Holland, will be on show from The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Friday Wednesday 8th March until Wednesday 5th April. 9.30am to 2.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm This atmospheric and work is made up of 12 (closing 1.30pm Saturday 25th March). Admission maritime and railway lamps suspended within the is free. high altar at Grimsby Minster.
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wimathon is the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in to raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families. 2017 is the Swimathon’s 30th anniversary. It began in 1986 as a pilot programme for swimmers in London only. Since the launch of the annual event in 1988, nearly 700,000 participants have taken part and £46 million has been raised and distributed to 36 different charities. Gary Burr, Community Fundraiser Marie Curie, says “We’re looking
for swimmers to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet. In 2015, 22,600 swimmers took part and helped raise a brilliant £1.9 million for Marie Curie – a fantastic achievement but one we are hoping to beat this year.” In our area the event is taking place within Lincs Inspire pools on: Saturday 8th April at Immingham Swimming Pool from 1:30pm to 5pm and Sunday 9th April at Grimsby Leisure Centre from 4pm to 9pm Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Marie Curie. For further information about Swimathon including how to sign up visit: www.swimathon.org
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Last year, Marie Curie cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK. If you have questions about terminal illness, need support or just want to talk, call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. It’s for anyone affected by terminal illness, including family and friends.
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ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR THE MAYOR’S CHARITY CHALLENGE?
f you’d like to be part of a fantastic charity event over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday April 29th to Monday May 1st) you’ll be delighted to hear about The Mayor’s Charity Challenge which promises a weekend of exercise, fun and physical challenges, covering the whole borough from Immingham to Wold Newton and all points between. Setting out from the Meridian marker in Cleethorpes, the Mayor and her team will cycle the length and breadth of the borough, accompanied by a team of helpers and performing challenges along the way. Challenges will be set by local individuals and businesses
and if you’ve got any ideas then the organisers would love to hear from you. Along the way there’ll be plenty of opportunities to raise money for vital local charities, including the Nidd Diabetes Fund (established in memory of local jeweller John Nidd) and the Cat Zero programme, as well as raising awareness of the important issues surrounding both causes and, of course, the health and lifestyle benefits of cycling. The Health Tree Foundation, formerly the Scartho Road Hospital Charity, will also be involved and will be attending many of the weekend’s events and challenges, accompanied by their new mascot, Scrubs the Bear. There’ll also be a Go Ride session for kids at St Hugh’s Hospital and a
young people’s biathlon at St James School. Additionally community groups along the route are being encouraged to organise events to celebrate the weekend, including offering refreshments or setting challenges for the Mayor and her team to complete. Speaking at the launch the head of St James’ School, Dr John Price said that North East Lincolnshire is a fantastic area for cycling and running and that the event will help raise awareness of the joys of cycling on the Wolds and bring people into the area. The event has a fundraising target of at least £10,000 and the Mayor explained the importance of the two charities which are close to her heart. “I feel that we have a responsibility to do more”, she said. “I want this event to help bring the community together and to be a success for everyone. I would like it to be a part of the legacy of my year as Mayor”. If you’d like to get involved with the Mayor’s Charity Challenge contact Grimsby Town Hall or phone 01472 324109.
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Following his intuition all the way to Meridian Park this summer, the one and only
CRAIG DAVID WITH SUPPORT FROM SIGMA MERIDIAN SHOWGROUND FRIDAY 14TH JULY 2017!
t’s not too often that we get genuine A-listers in town so it’s really exciting that this summer Cleethorpes Meridian Park will play host to UK Garage pioneer and multimillion seller, Craig David.
The Southampton born singer has achieved a lot in his ten year career. With over 13 million record sales, 2 number ones, 14 top ten hits, huge success in America and sold out shows across the world, Craig David is one of the UK music scene’s most successful male solo artists, and somehow he has managed to achieve all this commercial success without ever losing his professional credibility. Years before Disclosure, Rudimental or Clean Bandit arrived on Radio 1, Craig brought everything from UK garage, to stripped back acoustics and electroedged R&B to the UK charts. His 14 top 10 singles, include Fill Me In, 7 Days, Walking Away, What’s Your Flava, Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance), and the incredible duet with Sting, Rise And Fall. They established David as an indisputable commercial success, and proved that British urban music had the power to go pop. He’s also a UN Goodwill Ambassador was part of the celebrity Desert Trek team who walked 100km across the Northern Kenya desert to raise awareness and money for Comic Relief in February 2011.
2016 saw David make a return to the charts. His recent single, When The Bassline Drops, a collaboration with grime artist Big Narstie entered the Official UK Top 10 six weeks after release and has now sold over 300,000 copies, remaining in the top 40 singles chart for over 3 months. His follow up single, Nothing Like This, a collaboration with dance duo Blonde, has already shot straight into the iTunes chart at #6 and has debuted at #4 in the Official UK Chart. With the release of his first studio album in seven years, Following My Intuition, Craig is back out on the road this summer, playing major festivals and gigs up and down the country and he’ll be in Cleethorpes at the Meridian Showground on Friday 14th July with support from DJ and producer duo Sigma. It’s going to be a great night and definitely not one to be missed! For tickets go to www.seetickets.com For more information go to the Meridian Park Facebook page.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary editions! There’s nothing that helps a child succeed at school quite so much as a love of reading. Once they’ve discovered the wonderful worlds that lie within books there’s nothing that’ll stop them from seeking out new volumes, new stories, new adventures. This year sees the twentieth anniversary of one of the most popular children’s books ever written, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. From an idea born on a train journey to its creation in a small cafe in Edinburgh, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone started a global phenomenon. It has sold over 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages, inspired a major movie franchise, a spellbinding theatre production and
captivated readers of all ages for twenty years. Monday 26th June 2017 will be a day to remember for Harry Potter fans old and new and to celebrate the anniversary there will be new hardback and paperback editions, available in the colours of each of the houses of Hogwarts. Now if that isn’t guaranteed to get your kids reading then we don’t know what will.
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ituated only a couple of miles from the town centre and ideally placed for the Grimsby Institute or the Diana, Princess of Wales hospital, The Beeches Hotel, Restaurant & Bar is the perfect base for exploring the local area. It also offers first class facilities and ample free parking so whether you need a stylish wedding venue, a well equipped conference facility or a restaurant offering great food and excellent value, The Beeches Hotel, Restaurant & Bar is just what you’re looking for. The hotel has eighteen en suite rooms, all with flat screen television and there’s free Wi-fi throughout so you can keep up to date with all your work and social obligations. There’s also an excellent restaurant and bar that’s open to guests and non guests alike and a beautiful garden terrace that makes The Beeches an ideal venue for a relaxing afternoon tea or for winding down after work. The Beeches is an ideal venue for functions. Whether it’s a business event or a social gathering, a wedding or a family get together the staff at The Beeches will make sure your event is a big success. In the conservatory you’ll find the perfect setting for smaller more intimate functions such as lunch or dinner occasions and for larger functions why not take over the whole ground floor, including the use of the bar and lounge and main dining room, as well as the conservatory. There’s even room to put up a marquee in the garden if you’re intending to party in style! The Manager will be pleased to show you around and help you plan the perfect event for your special occasion plus discuss menus to suit your taste or budget, so if you’re looking for stylish accommodation or an excellent event venue why not give the Beeches a call on 01472 278830 and see what they have on offer. They’ll make you feel right at home!
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New artwork at Fusion Creative depicts St Martin sharing his cloak
usion Creative have now been based at St Martin’s Church on Scartho Road for more than a year and as part of the Pilot Project, Lincs Inspire committed funding towards the production of an original piece of artwork to celebrate their moving into their new home. Our picture shows the unveiling of the finished piece, created by artist Vivienne May. Titled ‘The Sharing’ it is a representation of the story of St Martin who was famous for his acts of compassion to people outside of the mainstream of ordinary society. On seeing a beggar freezing by the road, he tore his own cloak in two, keeping enough of the garment to protect himself from the bitter weather and giving the beggar protection as well. Vivienne’s sculpture represents this gesture of sharing, compassion and concern for others’ well being. The Fusion Creative project at St Martin’s has the principles of sharing and reaching out to the community at its heart and the sculpture is intended to reflect those values. The artwork now stands proudly in the entrance of St Martin’s and is a beautiful reminder of the compassion and care demonstrated to others and its importance to our community and wider society. For more information about activities at St Martin’s go to www.fusioncreative.org.uk or find them on Facebook.
Picture: Josie Moon (left) and Vivienne May (right) present the new sculpture to church wardens Lorna Sharpe and Margaret Ambler
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Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 2017 P
romoters Solid Entertainments have announced the full line up for the 7th annual Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival which will be returning for to Pleasure Island on Sunday 18th June 2017 and it looks like being quite an event!
On this page clockwise from top: Dr Feelgood, Albany Down, Aynsley Lister. Overleaf : Debbie Bond,Kyla Brox, The Brian Rawson Band.
There are eleven acts performing over two stages, and headliners will be Canvey Islandâ€™s favourite sons, Dr Feelgood. Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. They have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first gold record. In addition to the Feelgoods the Main Street Stage will play host to blues guitarist Aynsley Lister, soul singer Kyla Brox and her band, Alabama singer songwriter Debbie Bond, no nonsense rockers Albany Down
and Glasgow-based, contemporary blues band the Brian Rawson Band. With this calibre of artist stepping on stage, festival goers can expect to see top class live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate a creative mix of Blues, Rock and R&B, with a sprinkling of Soul for good measure! No need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day either, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone's taste! For more information and tickets go to www.cleethorpesbluesfestival.co.uk
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ritish soul legends Soul II Soul are best known for their 1989 UK chart topper and US Top 5 hit Back to Life (However Do You Want Me), and Keep On Movin’ which reached number 5 in the UK and number 11 in the US. They’ve also won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for five Brit Awards – twice for Best British Group. In a nearly thirty year career they’ve sold over 10 million albums, performed in more 20 countries, and appeared at some of the most famous venues in the world including Wembley and New York’s Universal Ample Theatre. Back to Life was featured in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2008 there was royal recognition for the Funki Dreds when, after thirty years of dedication, Jazzie was awarded an OBE for services to music, the first sound man to be honoured by Her Majesty the Queen. Later that year Jazzie won the Ivor Novello Award for inspiration, and as he stepped up to accept the trophy he was announced as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”. 2012 saw Soul II Soul receive the PRS for Music Heritage Award with a special plaque erected on The Electric (formerly The Fridge) in Brixton, where the group played their first live gig in 1991. After plenty of personnel changes the current line up comprises original members Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler and for 2017 they’re back out on a tour which will take them to The Engine Shed Lincoln on Friday 12th May alongside the British jazz funk supremos the James Taylor Quartet. The evening will conclude with a DJ set from Jazzie B himself. It promises to b e a great evening - expect all the hits and then some. For further information go to www.engineshed.co.uk.
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KEEPING FIT WITH WALKING FOOTBALL Retirement can mark the beginning of the happiest time of your life but it can also present a range of problems including staying fit and healthy. Experts like Grimsby Lifts and the Mobility Centre can help eliminate some of the worst effects and for many people owning a dog, or if that’s too much then maybe offering holiday accommodation for one, can be the answer. Try taking a look at Barking Mad on the page opposite if it sounds like it might suit you. For others swimming of exercise classes might suit best but one of the most popular options nowadays is walking football. Walking football is football in which running, jogging and sprinting are not permitted. Free kicks are given to the opposition when an opponent breaks into anything other than a fast stride. Who is it for? Well it’s for anybody who wants to play football at a slower pace. Usually it is played by people aged 50 plus but it can suit just about anyone. Walking football is great for people who want to continue playing football at a pace that suits them.
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HOUGH’S of Lincolnshire FINALISTS AT THE BRITISH COACH TOURISM AWARDS 2017 With light nights and warmer weather on the horizon now is the time to start thinking about treating yourself to a well earned break. We still have a great selection of 5 day Spring Specials to Scotland and The Cotswolds in March and April from just £129 pp. Give us a call for more details.
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Includes 4 nights DBB at the very popular Grand Burstin Hotel renowned for its entertainment. Excursions include 5 days Canterbury, Rochester, per person Maidstone, Rye & Rye Market.
MURDER, MYSTERY & MAYHEM There’s been a murder. Can you solve the mystery? Includes one night DBB at the 4* Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor with free time in Windsor 2 days & Grantham en route. Entertainment takes per person place during dinner.
Includes 3 nights DBB at the 4* Best Western Plus Stoke on Trent Moat House, visits to Shugborough Hall & Estate to include a 4 days light lunch and The World of Wedgwood.
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Includes 4 nights DBB at the 4* Hallmark Hotel Derby, visits to Chatsworth House and Crich Tramway Village and free time in Derby, 5 days calling at Bakewell and Chesterﬁeld en per person route.
STRATFORD & WARWICK 2 DAY SPECIAL
This great value 2 day break includes one night DBB at the Royal Court Hotel, 2 days Coventry with free time in Stratford upon Avon & Warwick. per person
BOURNEMOUTH & ABBOTSBURY
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HARROGATE SPRING FLOWER SHOW 23rd April - £29
CITY OF CHESTER 7th June - £16
CASTLE HOWARD & GARDENS 25th May - £25 (inc admission)
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PICKERING, NORTH YORK MOORS 1st June - £14
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DUNOON & THE COWAL PENINSULA 29th May for 5 days - £269 & SRS £32 STAFFORDSHIRE & SHREWSBURY 29th May for 5 days - £239
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t won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has had the pleasure of travelling with them, but we’re pleased to tell you that Hough’s of Lincolnshire have been nominated for a major prize at this year’s British Coach Tourism Awards. It’s a well deserved tribute to the exceptional service offered by this friendly, family run company which has been in operation for a little over ten years since owners Richard and Rosina Hough sold their house and bought their first coach. At first they just did work for other operators but the turning point came when the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel in Perthshire rang to offer a 5 day tour which was advertised and sold out the same evening. The mailing list which, up to then stood at 25 went up to 250 that night. This led to 2 more tours that year including a Christmas trip which also sold out. The company now operates around 130 tours a year and the mailing list consists of over six thousand addresses – not bad in 10 years! Hough’s now own five coaches and offer a variety of holidays from 2 to 8 days duration both in Britain and on the Continent. In addition there’s a huge variety of day trips on offer so something for everyone. The drivers are all friendly, helpful and caring and the company never use feeder coaches, just operating a local pick up route. The Coach Tourism Awards are held on the March 22nd at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham so fingers crossed for the Hough’s team! Best of luck. We’ll let you know how they get on in our next issue.
Images left; Favourite destinations for Hough’s tours include Bletchley Park, the Lake District and London.
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IMMINGHAM MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTRE A FASCINATING COLLECTION
Immingham Museum was established in 1970 and after residing at a number of venues in the town it has now found a permanent home in the Civic Centre next to the library. Staffed and organised by volunteers it’s a loving tribute to the history of the town. Inside there’s a fascinating collection covering everything from the Pilgrim Fathers to the construction of the Docks, the arrival of the Great Central Railway and the emergence of Tin Town. There are Roman artefacts, an Edwardian apothecary shop, a 1950s grocers and a remarkable collection of kitchen and laundry equipment that will have the kids guessing for hours. And when you tell them we’re not sure that they’ll believe you. Our favourite has to be the diving costume with the huge helmet and the two model railway layouts which represent the original Immingham Docks Coaling system. Something for the inner child in every Dad. We had a great visit there recently to take some pictures for a new educational project and you can be sure we’ll be going again soon. Immingham Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Admission is by donation. More information at www. imminghammuseum.org. Keep your eye open for their regular special exhibitions – we’ll do our best to keep you posted.
CLEETHORPES WELCOMES BACK THE GOOD TIMES! It’s been an exciting couple of years in Cleethorpes. There’ve been music festivals, the national Armed Forces Weekend and excellent events like the Colour Run and It’s A Knockout. The town has been favourably reviewed in the national press and Sea View Street was nominated for, and only narrowly failed to win a national Great British High Street Award. St Peter’s Avenue is looking good too with new retailers and plenty of festivities to mark the 150th Anniversary celebrations at St Peter’s Church. It’s been a welcome turnaround in fortunes for the town which had been criticised in the past for being a little the worse for wear but now that the corner has been turned we’re confident that the next few years will see continued improvement.
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP: BARNET’S HAIRDRESSERS There’s a new name above the door at Barnets hairdressers in Sea View Street since Julie Whotton has taken over. Julie has worked at the shop for several years so she knows all the regulars and staff really well and she’s confident that she and her team will continue to provide the excellent service that Barnets customers have enjoyed in the past. Best of luck from us – we’re sure you’ll be a huge success!
Barnets of Sea View has been one of our favourite gentleman’s hairdressers for a long time and we’ve no doubt that it will continue to be so now that former stylist Julie Whotton has taken over as the new owner. She isn’t planning any major changes however. “We have an excellent customer base who seem to like what we do” Julie explains, “so we we must be doing something right.” How does she feel about stepping up to become proprietor of her own business? “It’s a really exciting time but I’m lucky because I have exceptional staff to rely on. We’ve been together for years and we all get on really well so it’s like going to work to see your friends. You’ll sometimes hear people say that women don’t work well together but don’t you believe a word of it. A team of strong, able women is the best team there is!”
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A&D Curtains A&D Curtains’ shop is bursting at the seams with top quality fabrics and home furnishings from big brands like Iliv, Clarke and Clarke, Belﬁeld and Ashley Wilde many with co-ordinating wallpapers. They also stock an impressive variety of nets and voiles, tracks, poles and accessories. So if you’re thinking about trying a new look for your home why not make A&D Curtains your ﬁrst port of call and make your view a bit more beautiful?
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A Good Yarn knitting, crochet and so much more Cambridge St, Cleethorpes 01472 508707 www.agoodyarn.co.uk
A Good Yarn is a wool shop and so much more! It’s also a hub for everyone who loves knitting, whether they’re beginners or more experienced. There are knitting and crochet workshops, a regular crochet and knit club and a range of monthly activities which have covered techniques including beaded and lace knitting and finishing techniques. Kate Roberts is the owner and she’s a dedicated knitter with a real passion for her craft who likes nothing better than helping newcomers to learn the basics and she’s very excited at the moment because A Good Yarn has been nominated in the Best Local Independent Yarn Store: North Of England category in the British Knitting Awards 2016! Whether you’re a novice or an expert there’s sure to be something for you at A Good Yarn - just pop in and have a chat with Kate and her team and let’s get those needles clicking.
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FREEMAN STREET Things are looking up on Freeman Street and Cleethorpe Road these days. There are plenty of new retailers opening up and the market looks great after its multi million pound overhaul. There always seem to be a bustle about the area now that wasn’t there before and when work on the tower blocks is complete and we have a whole new skyline then it should really be something.
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We’ve pointed out before that Grimsby Sewing and Knitting is one of those TARDISlike shops that seem to be bigger inside than out – well now it’s even more true because proprietors Paul and Linda Haynes have expanded their empire to include the shop next door – giving them four shop widths of space to fill with top quality haberdashery. The new shop is exclusively devoted to woolcrafts and stocks a fantastic range of yarns from top names like King Cole, Stylecraft, Woolcraft, Cygnet and Sirdar plus needles, hooks, patterns and everything you might need to get the most out of your craft. They’re always happy to give advice too, so if you’re new to the world of woolcraft just drop in one day for a chat and they’ll sort you out with all you need to get started on a project that’s affordable and achievable too!
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ere’s a seasonal thought. What would it have been like if Christmas had come and gone when you were a child without you receiving any presents at all? Pretty bad we reckon. And yes we do know it’s early March but for some people the task of brightening up Christmas for children all around the world is a twelve month challenge. The charity Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s Purse is the biggest children’s Christmas charity in the world. In 2016 they delivered 882,647 shoebox gifts to 17 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Their Grimsby Branch is at the Ice House Christian Centre on Victor Street and meets every Wednesday from 10am-3pm. They welcome volunteers and donations of recycling goods to help them get their shoebox gifts ready. The list of items they collect is too long to give here but includes craft materials, pens and pencils, video cases, wools and yarns, knitted toys and puppets, toiletries and small games.
They also collect ties which they make into wonderful gift sets – you may have seen them on television recently when the team were sent a tie by local celebrity presenter Peter Levy. If you have time to spare to help or items to donate you can get in touch with the OCC Grimsby team via their Facebook page or by ringing Denise on 07790 609033. And you can be sure that your efforts will make children’s lives happier all over the world on Christmas Day.
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DIRTY DUSTING BRINGS A NIGHT OF LAUGHTER TO THE CAXTONS If you enjoy a great night out, oodles of laughs and a little bit of sauce then the Caxtons production of Dirty Dusting, should be right up your street. It tells the story of three cleaners, threatened with redundancy, who decide to set up a phone sex line. They’ve got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience – some more than others mind you so provided Elsie can teach the other two a few new tricks there’s no reason why they can’t get rich quick provided they can keep it secret from their family. More information at www.caxtontheatre.com. Tickets can be purchased via the website or from NELC Tourist Information Centres on 01472 323111
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 18th March THE SOUNDS OF SIMON: A TRIBUTE TO SIMON AND GARFUNKEL Saturday 22nd April to Saturday 29th April DIRTY DUSTING written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood directed by John Solley Tuesday 2nd May to Wednesday 3rd May STEPTOE AND SON written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Saturday 3rd June to Saturday 10th June NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH written by Alan Ayckbourn directed by Debra West Saturday 15th July to Saturday 22nd July BOEING BOEING written by Marc Camoletti directed by Brian Blakey Saturday 29th July COMEDY TRIPLE BILL presented by the Baroque Theatre Company
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! DINOSAURS ON THE WAY TO BRIGG There’ll be some Jurassic fun in Brigg on Saturday April 8th when actor and entertainer Dommy B brings Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs! to the Brigg & District Servicemen’s Club. It’s an engaging and hilarious poetry show for children and families about a young troll girl who finds herself defending her town from deadly dinosaurs! Recruiting allies – a powerful goblin wizard and a snotty, bogey blowing dragon – does she have what it takes to save the day? There’ll be rhymes, silliness and a lot of joining in as the audience help Dommy B deal with the deadly dinosaurs for good. The audience will guide the action as Dommy B improvises around their suggestions, creating a whole world on stage with only his words and a pen and paper. This imaginative and charming show has toured around theatres, festivals and schools, delighting children and presenting them with lovable, accessible poetry. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children, payable on the door. You can pre-book your tickets by calling 01652 658995 or by popping in to the Brigg Tourist Information Office. You can find out more at the Brigg Council website www. briggmarkettown. co.uk
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WILTON RD JUST WHAT YOU NEED AND ALWAYS AT FANTASTIC PRICES!
Whatever you’re looking for, whatever you need, you shouldn’t make a decision before taking up a trip up to Wilton Road. It’s a fascinating place with an extraordinary variety of businesses to choose from including several of our favourites. Ticker-T-Boo is a discount warehouse with a huge range of goods on offer at great prices and upstairs they’ve got a superb range of oak and oak veneer furniture and some of the blingiest homewares you’ve ever seen. Just round the corner is Kitchen Mill, where you can get everything from a door swap to a complete bespoke luxury kitchen, and Graham Chapman Classic Cars whose Car Corner premises is also home to Vintage Lincs, the fabulous vintage style emporium complete with our favourite cafe. Not forgetting Millman’s travel of course and dozens of other businesses selling everything from jewellery to bicycles and plants to plumbing. As we said at the start - whatever you need you can probably find it down Wilton Road.
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f you’re fit and fearless with a yearning for the thrills of high energy contact sport then you’re exactly the kind of person that Cleethorpes Rugby Club are looking for. The club operates a mix of senior, junior and mini teams and nobody needs to feel left out because there are teams for girls and ladies too so everybody can join in. The club was founded in 1979 to promote the game of rugby in the Cleethorpes area and to provide entertainment and social events for the benefit of its members and it has fulfilled these aims successfully for nearly forty years.
Although rugby generally has seen a decline in popularity over the last ten years the club has continued to go from strength to strength and members also do a lot of great work for local charities including organising rugby fun days, taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge and even posing for the occasional saucy calendar. They’re always keen to welcome new players of all ages and if you think rugby might be for you there’s more information available on the club’s Facebook page and at www.pitchero.com/clubs/cleethorpes.
Grimsby Carpet Binding Services
Grimsby Carpet Binding Services are experts at turning your carpet off cuts into rugs and stair runners and with prices from 65p/ft they’re great value too! Caravan rugs are a speciality. Pick up and delivery can be arranged if required and in most cases finished items can be delivered next day!
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ou’re probably familiar with Ticker-T-Boo, everybody’s favourite discount shop, up at the back of the Wilton Road Estate. It’s one of those places that manage to be constantly surprising, with everything from door mats to pet foods and from toolkits to kitchen equipment, all top quality and all at amazingly low prices. 10% OFF What might come as a surprise is that the upstairs H CARPETS WIT at their shop is given over to a fantastic range of furniture, in oak and oak veneer, plus rugs, carpets THIS MAG! and ornaments galore. There are stylish bedrooms and living rooms and ultra fashionable grey shaker style dining room cabinets. Ticker-T-Boo also specialise in those touches of bling that give your home some real celebrity chic, so if you’re in the market for a life size Buddha or a big silver rhino then this is the place to be! In fact Ticker-T-Boo have just about everything you might need to furnish your home with comfort and elegance and without breaking the bank so before you buy furniture make sure you pay them a visit. You’ll be glad you did.
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A night in the cold in support of housing justice .....
THE YMCA HUMBER SLEEP EASY 2017 I
t’s Friday evening in Freshney Place. The customers and shop staff have gone home. The shutters have been lowered. The builders have shut down for the night. Everywhere is quiet. Everywhere other than Level 6 of the West Car Park that is. There it’s a hive of activity, the empty building echoing to the sound of unfurling duct tape and the vigorous folding of cardboard as more than seventy volunteers work to construct their accommodation for the night from boxes and plastic sheeting. And although they’re under the cover of a roof there are big open windows on all sides so it’s still pretty cold. Certainly not a place you’d choose to stay the night without a very good reason. Welcome to the YMCA Humber’s Sleep Easy 2017. The Sleep Easy began in 2011 and since then it has raised more than £125,000 for the YMCA and other charities. At the time of writing £4,000 has been collected from this year’s event and there’s lots more on the way. If you’d like to donate then there are contact details below. This is the fourth year that Freshney Place has played host to the event. Food and drink has been generously provided by Tesco. But it’s still going to be a tough old night and when we visit there are some serious construction projects underway. There’s a wide variety of styles of build on show, from the simple but effective Toblerone favoured by bank manager Simon Smith (a veteran of four Sleep Easys) through stockades that look as if they were designed to repel nocturnal ambush rather than keep out the cold. At one end of the car park a magnificent nine person bivouac has been constructed by a team from Rotaract, while several others feature silver foil, neat windows and even eviction notices. Everyone looks like they’re enjoying themselves but there’s also a commendable seriousness about the event. Talking to some of the participants I get an idea of how serious people are about this project and how committed to working to eliminate the suffering caused by homelessness. Simon Smith explains that it’s the raising of money and awareness that motivates him to spend the night in the cold while mother and daughter team Louise Zaremba and
Augustine Harsent stress that homelessness is an issue that everyone should care about because it could happen to anyone. Jonathan Byrne, YMCA Humber’s Events and Marketing Lead explains why the Sleep Easy is so important. “The support for Sleep Easy has been incredible over the past six years but regrettably the problem of youth homelessness is one that is worsening. Rising rents, a lack of affordable housing and welfare support cuts mean that it is increasingly hard for young people to thrive in independent living. We house over a hundred young people each night of the year and without places like YMCA, they would have nowhere to live.” “As a YMCA, it is our dream to one day be able to build a multipurpose campus style project that provides all the opportunities that young people need to belong, contribute and thrive in their local community and with the support of the public and businesses through events like Sleep Easy, we believe that we can turn that dream into reality.” You can find more information about Sleep Easy and the work of YMCA Humber by visiting www.sleep-easy. co.uk. For further information call Jonathan Byrne on 01472 359 621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweet teeth at the ready! Time for some
aster is on its way and the shops have been full of chocolate eggs since the day after Christmas - so you’ve had plenty of time to choose what you’ll be giving to your nearest and dearest this year, although of course we’d recommend that you take a look at what’s on offer down at Sweet Indulgence in St Peter’s Avenue before you make a final decision. Eggs have been a part of Easter festivities for a long time and they were popular even in preChristian times. Decorated ostrich eggs more than five thousand years old have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and some examples from Africa are thought to go back tens of thousands of years! In the Christian tradition the giving of eggs at Easter celebrates new life, recalling that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. The empty shell is said to represent the empty tomb from which he emerged. There is a wide variety of decoration techniques in use around the world. In the Orthodox church eggs are usually dyed red to symbolise the blood of Christ, while in Eastern
Europe a batik wax resist process is use to add bright colours to the shells. And once you’ve decorated your eggs what to do you do with them? In Germany they tie them with ribbon (easier said than done we reckon) and hang them from trees. Can’t see that catching on round here. In many countries parents tell their children the Easter Bunny has hidden their chocolate eggs and they race to find them round the house or garden. Meanwhile the parents sit in the house eating all the eggs themselves and laughing deviously. In the United States egg rolling is a popular Easter game and one of the most well known events is held annually on the White House lawn with children and parents pushing their eggs across the grass with wooden spoons under the watchful eye of the President.
In many countries there is a tradition of egg battling where children hold the eggs and smash them together with the least damaged egg being declared the winner. In the North of England this is called egg tapping or egg jarping and the eggs are called Pace eggs. There are also dancing celebrations where eggs are scattered on the ground and children and adults attempt to dance through them without causing any damage. If you fancy pushing the boat out this year you might care there are plenty of claimants to the title of World’s Most Expensive Easter Egg. Most are really jewellery but the priciest real chocolate egg is the Giant Golden Speckled egg by William Curley, priced at £7,000 and full of chocolates with flavours like Japanese black vinegar, and juniper and cassis. And if that’s not enough there’s a hand carved $66,000 Easter Bunny with diamond eyes. Sounds perfect, we’ll have two.
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unsthorpe Stories is a local history project backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and organised by Fusion Creative, the urban arts project whose move into St Martin’s Church (at the junction of Sutcliffe Avenue and Scartho Road) a year ago has been a huge success. According to Project Co-ordinator Josie Moon: “Ever since Fusion moved into St Martin’s late last year we’ve felt that there was scope for a really good local history project. We knew there had been some great work done by a few dedicated community historians in the past, but we felt we could begin some conversations that would empower people to tell their stories in an honest, thought provoking and interesting way.” The project launched at Centre4 with an event highlighting the role of local history within communities, which included presentations by writer Brian Lavery, whose acclaimed book The Headscarf Revolutionaries tells the story of Hull’s Triple Trawler Disaster in 1968, which sparked a fishwives' uprising and Nick Triplow, whose books The Women They Left Behind and Distant Water tell the stories of the trawlermen of Grimsby and the women and communities who supported them.
Are you a resident or a former resident of the Nunsthorpe or Bradley Park? Did you attend any of the area’s schools? Do you have memories to share or stories to tell?
Nunsthorpe Stories is a new local history project aiming to collect and preserve real people’s experiences of the Nunsthorpe and it’s your chance to get involved.
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MEETING THE CANDIDATES FOR
THE UNITED KINGDOM YOUTH PARLIAMENT AT GRIMSBY TOWN HALL
t seems like barely a day goes by these days without a news story about bad things done by young people, so it’s refreshing to hear a good news story from time to time and when we received an invitation to go to Grimsby Town Hall to meet the candidates for the role of our area’s representative in the UK Youth Parliament and their deputies we jumped at the chance. The UK Youth Parliament has more than 360 members, elected in annually throughout the UK. Any young person aged 11-18 can stand or vote. In the past two years one million young people have voted in UK Youth Parliament elections. Once elected MYPs organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. All MYPs have the opportunity to meet once a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting where members come together to take part in workshops, debate, create and change national manifesto policy, and network. It takes place on a university campus over three days. The event includes keynote speeches from political figures, followed by question and answer sessions.
In our area there are three teams, each made up of a candidate and a deputy, standing for election and they’ll be voted on by students at local schools and colleges. Our picture shows the candidates and deputies on the Town Hall staircase. Each team has a set of issues on which they are campaigning including the incorporation of Curriculum For Life, (which involves life skills, finance and politics) into the schools’ syllabus, access to reasonably priced transport for young people, and issues related to body image. According to Pippa Curtin, Voice and Influence Practitioner at the NELC Young People’s Support Service, “The UK Youth Parliament has been enabling young people to have their voices heard at a national level since 2000. It is an amazing opportunity for young people to engage in politics and democracy, whether they are standing to be elected or voting for the team they would like to represent young people. The team elected will start their 2 year term in March 2017 and will have the opportunity to represent young people from North East Lincolnshire through regional conventions an annual sitting an annual ballot on issues important to young people and debates held in the House of Commons every year.” Regardless of which team wins the election we’d like to wish them all the best for the future and we’ve no doubt that, one way or another, they’re all headed for success. If you’d like to find out more about the United Kingdom Youth Parliament in North East Lincolnshire contact Pippa Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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