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MARCH 2019



SALTBURN’S TOWN TALK Letter from the Editor

I was informed recently that Redcar and Cleveland Borough especially when you hear about the shameful practices of some Council have achieved 46% recycling while the other 54% other councils, so well done R&CBC! Let‟s hope that these goes to an incinerator to generate electricity, so at least it‟s percentages can swap places in the near future. Love, Ian put to some useful purpose. Absolutely none of it goes to Send letters, adverts and contributions for the next issue (by landfill or is shipped abroad. I think that‟s quite impressive, Friday, 15th March 2019) to: The Editor, Talk of the Town Saltburn Farmers’ Market returns on Saturday, 9th of c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, March in and around Saltburn town centre. It looks like we Cleveland, TS12 1AQ. Telephone: 01287 623903 (or email: will be back to full strength including the return of February‟s special guest „The Little Korean‟. The Authentic Korean food Talk of the Town can be found on a new Facebook cooked by Matthew and his partner Bohaw was so popular address at with shoppers in February that they can‟t wait to come back Irish Night: Irish dishes - and music - will be on offer when with even more in March. Alongside Korean we will have Saltburn‟s Our Lady of Lourdes parish, holds its annual dinner Spanish, Russian, Ghanaian, Italian and the best of British - at the town‟s golf club on Friday, 15th March. Tickets are £20 all made locally and packed with local produce! The Market from the church. Guinness will be used in some of the dishes. runs 9 till 2, so be sure to allow plenty of time to enjoy the Craft Club Busy Fingers: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each town and our local surroundings. month, 1.30 till 3.30pm in the Coffee Room, Saltburn Saltburn Friends of the Valley Ltd are holding their Annual Community Centre. General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, March 18th at 6.30pm Saltburn Traditional Music Workshops: Do you play a at Saltburn Woodland Centre. This meeting is for members melody instrument? Are you interested in playing traditional and the general public. Please note that this is a new date music of the British Isles? If so please come and join us. We from the one published last month. will be meeting on Friday 8th and Friday 22nd March from Random Stitchers of Cleveland (Embroiderer's Guild) are 2pm to 4pm in the Coffee Room at the Community holding their monthly meeting on Saturday, 2nd of March in Hall. Please contact Angie on 01287 205153 for a natter to find Sunnyfield House, Westgate, Guisborough, TS14 6BA at out more. 2pm. The speaker is Shirley Sherris and her talk is entitled Saltburn Charity Crafters: will be meeting on Wednesday, „Textiles Influenced By Rome Visit‟. Visitors are welcome 6th March from 2pm to 4pm in the Community Hall. If you are and admission is £5.00. Car parking is free on Saturday in the interested please pop in for a cuppa and find out what we will council car park behind Belmont House on Rectory Lane. be doing during the year. Also, see page 12 for more details The guest speaker for April is Priscilla Edwards who about the Big Tea Cosy appeal for Breast Cancer on 13th will be talking about „Make Do and Mend - Stitching in March in the Scout Hut. Nostalgia‟. The meeting will be held on Saturday, 6th April at Saltburn Studios and Gallery: Our Gallery will reopen on 2pm in the same venue. Saturday, 16th March with the Art Beyond Sight exhibition of If you are quick you can catch our exhibition in the work by visually impaired artists. This is an important Python Gallery, Royal Middlehaven House, Gosford Street, exhibition demonstrating how to make visual art work more Middlesbrough. TS2 1BB. Monday to Friday 9.30 - 4.30. It accessible for those with sight loss. Come and experience art runs until March 8th 2019 and is entitled The Natural World. for all the senses! The artwork has been produced during For further information contact Gill on 01642 480344 (or see sessions with Studio Artists Pam Bennett and Sophie Bishop. our website We‟re open every weekend from 12-4pm. Sybil Whitton WI Report: We have kept our members busy again this Emmanuel Church Hall Table Top and Collectors’ Sale: month. The Jet Set Border Morris Dancers entertained us at We will be back on 2nd and 16th March and then 6th April our meeting dancing to the drum, whistle and and 20th April. We have had a fantastic start to the new year accordion. Members were then invited to take part in a dance; and lots of new people just wanting to have a good sort out. If they did really well, no accidents with those sticks! We love anyone would like to book a table just give me a call. We food at WI, so we have a new activity where we just taste a have also been using the other rooms as an overspill - it‟s themed food and swap recipes, yummy! Supper club always such a lovely warm and friendly place. We are looking has a good turnout, book club also meets for supper and our forward to seeing you all again and thank you all for your walking group includes a coffee stop. Walking netball is open support. We are also doing our usual lunches and all day to non-members and we have had a good response from breakfast, fresh home baked cake, pies and scones. Home Saltburn ladies. It‟s the fastest hour in the week, non-stop made refreshments and light lunches are on sale all day. laughter. If you‟d like to join us at WI you‟ll get a really warm FREE ENTRANCE and a warm welcome to everyone. With welcome at Saltburn Learning Campus. We will be having a over 26 stall holders, selling lots of bric-a-brac, books, toys, f r i e n d l y q u i z n e x t m o n t h (find us at baby goods, and all sorts of collectables, there is something for everyone. Contact Denise Marshall on 07929 589538. Lynn Cover Photograph: The Ship Inn from the Rocky Foreshore by Heather Lofthouse Disclaimer: Talk of the Town tries to make sure the articles and announcements made on its pages are accurate, but views expressed in letters and articles printed in Talk of the Town are not necessarily those of the editor. Any offers in adverts included in Talk of the Town are made by the advertisers; details should be confirmed with them. Always confirm event details with the organisers, in case of alteration or error. Talk of the Town is printed by DC (Yorkshire) Print, Mercury House, Grove Lane, Hemsworth WF9 4BB. Website: Tel: 01977 642331. Proprietor/Editor of Talk of the Town: Ian Tyas c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, TS12 1AQ. (Ian Tyas tel: 01287 623903.)


Saltburn-by-the-Sea Pier: a survivor In May 1869 a fifteenhundred-foot long pier was opened to the public, 150 years later, there is still a pier at Saltburn-by-theSea. Despite the hostile environment it inhabits, many incidents and threats to its existence over the years the pier has survived, albeit at a much shorter length. A celebration will be held to acknowledge the anniversary on Saturday. May 11th 2019. Watch out for further information. In the same year the pier opened to the public, the Bridge across the Glen (the halfpenny bridge) opened and the British School in Upleatham Street opened, both now just a memory.

A stormy sea in 1953

A view of the pier from Cart Bank

The pier nearing completion

Removal of damaged pier end 1974 4

Damage caused by the sailing ship Ovenbeg which came ashore in stormy conditions 1924

Pier Queen 1954 Sally Annea at the reopening of the Pier 2001 Rebuilding the pier on new foundations circa 2000

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Once Upon a Time in the Wapentake There is much to worry about now so this month‟s grumble may seem trivial. So let‟s just call it light relief. “Why we all love kohlrabi.” “This summer we‟ll all be wearing yellow.” “Now we‟re all pawns of the Amazon algorithms.” “We must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality and increase our mass.” Four statements with one thing in common: the use of the word „We‟. And, whenever I see that word, I find myself asking, „Who?‟ Who exactly is „We‟? It‟s not me or, usually, anyone I know. We are not, somehow, included in this „We‟. So what is going on? The first two quotes (which I‟ve made up) are typical of what are called „Life Style‟ features, articles telling us what we should be wearing, eating, watching, reading, thinking, which always make me feel “I‟ll make my own mind up, thanks”. However, there must be some people who really don‟t know what they want, except they want to know what they are supposed to be wanting. Some of them must have enough money to buy the ludicrously over-priced items that are being promoted. There is a word (technically an acronym) about at the moment: FOMO, Fear of Missing Out. The thing itself is not new. I remember in my late teens, early twenties being sure that the action was always somewhere else, someone else‟s party, a different club, or in some other city a thousand miles away. In the late sixties there was a pub in Cheshire that had absolutely nothing going for it. It was miles from anywhere, the beer was undrinkable, the service unenthusiastic, and it was packed out every single

night. Everybody went there, and, if you didn‟t, there was always a chance you might be missing something that everybody else had not. What is different now is that the power of FOMO has been monetised. Making people feel that, if they don‟t use the right deodorant or eat in the right café, they won‟t be able to have the fabulous life style that the professional influencers enjoy, has now become a multibillion business. The third quote, a genuine one from The Guardian, is a little different. I don‟t really understand it, so I don‟t know whether I‟m a pawn or not. But I think I understand why the paper wants to think „we‟ all are. The traditional media is in a fight to the death with Amazon, Google and Facebook. There‟s not enough revenue around to keep everybody solvent. As it happens, I don‟t need persuading that the Internet corporations are a threat to civilisation as we know it, but I guess not everybody‟s convinced. The fourth quote is also genuine from a genuine Defence Minister, defending his plans to deploy the Royal Navy to the Far East. Apparently „we‟ have to do this to stop the Chinese from gaining control of the South China Sea. Am I alone in thinking that the Chinese have as much right in that sea as the Royal Navy has in the waters off Saltburn? Or in not particularly wanting to enhance my lethality nor increase my mass? Actually I could do with putting on a bit of weight, but that‟s just me, not all of „Us‟. Tim Beswick

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On Tuesday, 12th March in the Redcar East Community Centre on Durham Road at 2.15pm we welcome back one of our very popular presenters, Lynn Lamport, who this time will be taking us back a couple of hundred years, to let us in on the „goings-on‟ at the theatre scene of the 18th Century. Her presentation is called „Scandals of an 18th Century Audience‟. By all accounts, not all the acting was on stage! A fortnight later at the same venue and time, we welcome back Mr Ian Goodman who this time will put us in the picture with regard to „Changes in the Legal System‟. He will bring us up-to-date with important legislation which affects all our lives, but done so in his interesting and informative way. At the end of his presentation and for those who wish to learn more about our group, we shall be holding a short AGM. Admission to each Presentation is £2.50 and visitors are very welcome. Advance Notice! Particularly to those who came and were disappointed last year when Mrs Nona Jenkins was unable to come (due to illness) and show us her wonderful display of quilts; she will be coming to our special extra meeting on 9th April. Tony Crow


Wednesday, 6th March is the 4th Annual competition (Natural World) results. Wednesday, 13th March Alan and Pat Porrett present the “Flowering Desert”, a tale of photography in South Africa. Wednesday, 20th March Param Sandhu with an Indian Wildlife presentation. Wednesday, 27th March Frank Sanderson Knockout competition. A selection of members‟ work is on display in Saltburn Library; this is changed every other month. The next practical night is Monday, 18th March with camera focussing modes by Alan Meek and camera and Photoshop techniques by Dave Sanderson. Non-members are very welcome to attend this event; there is a small charge. Note this meeting starts at 7.00pm. Meetings are held in the upstairs hall, Saltburn Milton Street Methodist Church TS12 1EB at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to any of our meetings; there will be a small charge. For more information, visit our web site or contact Tony Lynn on 01287 622519.

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Saltburn Pier 150th Anniversary Celebrations

In May this year it will be 150 years since the first opening of Saltburn’s Pier - the only remaining pier in Yorkshire. This is to be appropriately celebrated with a wide range of activities and events on the beach and lower prom including end-of-the-pier entertainment and competitions. The festivities will continue in the town with a focus on displays of Pier Art, Photography exhibitions, fun activities and lots of themed food & drink. As evening draws in, the Pier will be lit up, set to music, for a fabulous finale! The date for these events in May will be arranged next month. Saltburn’s Neighbourhood Action Group (SNAP) are working closely with, amongst others, Redcar & Cleveland Council Events Team, to create a truly community -led and inspired day of events for everyone to enjoy whether resident or visitor. One of our aims is to create a photograph of the Pier complete with 150 Victorian (or Edwardian) ‘costumed’ individuals. If you have a costume and would like to be a part of this picture, please go along to the Library, where you will find a ‘sign-up’ form, and we will be in touch. We are also looking to involve in the commemorations, three Saltburn-born oldest living individuals. If you, or someone you know, are over 90 and born in Saltburn, we would love to hear from you to discuss how you or they could be involved. Please contact SNAP’s Saltburn Pier 150 Celebrations Lead, Dawn Rowley by email (

Councillors’ Column The ‘Ides’ will fall this month on the 15th, a significant date in 44BC which would become a world changer. Once recognised as a date signifying a new year and associated with celebrations and rejoicing and subsequently immortalised by a particular playwright as a day to be avoided. Fast forward several decades and a more radical world changing event occurred. In preparing for his ministry, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness. Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent, forty days allowing a time of self examination and reflection in the preparation for Easter. Some observe this as a period of fasting, or giving up a part of their normal way of living, whilst some take the opportunity to consider service in the community. Residents of Saltburn are well placed to understand the essence of volunteering and many do generously give of their time already, although there is always opportunity for further service to be rendered. There is indeed much still to do as the ‘State’, be it deemed as a national or local entity, reduces its financial input. Thus, the community contribution becomes not only more important but it brings with it a personal touch that is missing in bureaucracy. We can all help in our own different ways. One example might be the rebuilding of the footbridge beside Cat Nab, destroyed in the Great Flood of September 2013. The original bill of £10,000 will be reduced to £3,800 by

using ‘in house’ expertise and local volunteer labour. Another example might be those who Befriend. There is no value that can sensibly be put on that. Yellow lines will shortly be going down within the town. These are in response to residents’ requests to improve road and pedestrian safety. Yellow lines will be taken up within the town as a result of an individual request. These lines, put down before paint became a scarce commodity, will free up some 27 vehicle spaces on the highway in Dundas Street West and Milton Street assisting residents and visitors to find additional parking space. At last, there seems to be general officer agreement that the junction of Marine Parade and Milton Street West does actually need to be redesigned! A study will be initiated to formulate a new layout which will address the inadequate, confusing and hazardous layout currently in place. Planning has finally got under way to celebrate the Saltburn Pier coming of age, being 150 years old. The celebrations will focus primarily on a date in May, to be arranged and confirmed next month, but probably Saturday, 11th. There is no actual record of the formal opening of the pier. Any researchers who have midnight oil to burn are invited to identify any such day. Whilst there will be a formal input from Redcar & Cleveland this celebration is an opportunity for members of the Saltburn community to volunteer their time and skills to ensure this will be a good day. Undoubted success should engender an annual Pier Day. Philip Thomson 7

Saltburn Athletic FC Under 8s This age group, in their first season, are on a learning curve and their progression has been noted. Although wins are not regular the scores and overall play has improved under the coaching of Tim Raynes. Well done to the players for the determination to improve. Under 10s This being a first season for this age group also, and having to start at the bottom division, have done very well indeed with only one loss so far this season. It has become a battle with Catterick for top spot. Although some of the squad have played in the league previously most of the squad are new and all credit to coach Mark Grayson and to the players and honours should follow. Under 11 Seahawks This also being a new team have also done well and their improvement under Will Hopkin and Matty Dobson shows when you look at the results from early season to what they are achieving now. Under 11 Sharks This is not a new side but have developed well under the coaching of James Kesterton and Andy Croll and their current position at the top in the division is down to the players responding to the coaches and the style of play advocated by the said coaches is rearing success. Having only lost one game this season they are well placed for honours. Under 12s Another season of apparent success although not yet guaranteed for promotion as they will need to either draw or win their last remaining game to ensure promotion. Having drawn against nearest rivals Kader 3-3 and then having beaten Greatham 2-1 itâ€&#x;s all to play for in the return game against Kader at home later this month. Coached by Ron Campbell, Dan Bennett and Gary Summerfield they have enjoyed another excellent season and fingers crossed for their last game to come. Under 14 Falcons After a poor start to the season they are now on a winning streak and climbing their division, though promotion is beyond them. A recent 6-4 win against Fishburn has meant a run including four wins and two draws with an odd defeat, and they have climbed to mid table. Coach Rick Day is feeling much better than he did after early season defeats left him wondering. Under 14 Dolphins Having had such a good cup run meant they are behind in the league games played. However, two wins against Cleveland Juniors Sharks 2-1 and Bishop Auckland St Marys 5-2 have resulted in a climb up the division to 2nd place though they are some way off the leading team. Coach Kev Robinson has certainly got his team playing well and best of luck to the forthcoming cup game in March. Under 15s They are still in contention as they lie third in their division. After beating Darlington 21st Allstars away 4-2 they were unable to repeat a victory at home against the same opponents when drawing 2-2 which has put a slight dent in the quest for runners up spot. Still, coaches Bob Mitchell and Phil Barnes will endeavour to try and get the side going again and hopefully get that runners up spot. The dates have now been set for our football gala day and will take place on the 8th and 9th June. We have had to change the dates three times because of certain issues so hopefully we are now all go. Some of our teams are likely to have finished in February but for most the season will end in March provided the weather is kind. Our presentation day for all teams will take place on Sunday, 19th May at Saltburn Cricket Club. Andy Croll 8

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Saltburn Library News The month of March usually heralds a time to look ahead… we are currently addressing this in a poignant manner through our promotion of the book The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell. Published in January this year, it is described as “A moving, funny, heart warming tale of love and friendship, for anyone who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Keeper of Lost Things and Three Things about Elsie.” Please come in and check out our themed display as well as browse our extensive selection of literature featuring elderly protagonists. We are still trying to promote our Knit & Knatter Group which meets alternate Thursdays at 10:30 in the library (future dates 14.02.19, 28.02.19, 14.03.19 …then every other week). A casual, encouraging environment to share ideas and generally enjoy knitting whatever your level whilst having a natter! Other diary dates 04.03.19 1-2:00pm Free talk Vegan/Cruelty Free Skin & Body Care by Sacha „Tropics & Body Skincare‟ 27.03.19 10:30am Library Reading Group meeting – The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte 08.04.19 1-4:00pm Easter Holidays Children‟s PDSA Event “Animal Heroes” 12.04.19 1-2:00pm Kids Easter Craft Event 15.04.19 1-2:00pm SARA Event (local animal charity) 17.04.19 1-2:00pm Easter Trail & Crafts 24.04.19 10:30am Library Reading Group meeting 24.04.19 1-2:00pm Vegan Cooking Talk & Demo Looking ahead dates May – 150 Years of Saltburn Pier celebration (Library display) Tour De Yorkshire (Library display celebrating the cycle race) June – 50th Anniversary Cleveland Way (Redcar & Cleveland Walking Festival) 03.06.19 11-12 pm Talk hosted by Countryside Team on walking The Cleveland Way August – Summer holidays kids crafts and events (TBC) Kelly Rose

Pier 150th Anniversary Celebrations Victorian Scarecrow Event For the 150th Anniversary year of Saltburn pier we are looking at joining in the Scarecrow Festivals with other surrounding towns and villages by creating a Scarecrow Trail this August (Monday the 12th to Sunday the 18th). Any groups, businesses or individuals wishing to make a Scarecrow and join in the Trail can you please e ma i l u s t o r e g i s t e r y o u r i n t e r e s t ( a t This will allow us to assess viability and answer any queries you may have. We can then move forwards with planning etc. Friday Friends are having a display/session on how to make a Scarecrow on Friday the 8th of March from 1 till 3pm. Venue is Emmanuel Church Hall, Saltburn. Hope to see you there, Maria. 10

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Saltburn 500 Club Congratulations go to B Jefferson for winning the £100 First Prize in the February 500 Club draw. I am a member of the committee that organises the Christmas lighting-up parade each year and would like help and advice from you. We are always looking for new ideas while, at the same time, maintaining the traditional theme for the parade. We were extremely grateful to Harry Thomson for the provision of the festive music played on the organ just across from the main Christmas tree. This offered something different and the view of the committee was that it went down very well with the people who attended the switch-on. Again, many thanks go to Harry for his work in ensuring there was an increased Christmas atmosphere in the town. We receive various comments about the parade but rarely receive any suggestions on how we can improve. Please let us know, or, if possible join the committee! While I am talking about Christmas, there had been a suggestion to stop having the Christmas trees placed around the town in order to save money. However, the committee of Saltburn 500 Club/Friends of Saltburn have decided that the trees will remain a part of Saltburn‟s decorations as they set Saltburn apart from other towns and villages in the area. Having walked around the town with the electricians, the amount of work required in replacing outside cabling and fittings is quite frightening. A lot of the cables and fittings are over 25 years old and well passed the sell-by date. We have only recently had to raise thousands of pounds to convert the town to LED. We now have to start all over again to bring the power supply up to a good standard. The Friends of Saltburn have started a JustGiving page and we are hoping that this will be shared by you all on social media (as well as making your donation!). Let‟s live in hope that, if you all share it on social media, a secret millionaire may want to make a generous donation. I can only apologise for the delay in releasing the schedule of Summer 2019 Bandstand performances. The lady who organises the schedule for us is trying to arrange suitable dates for two bands, who found that they could not meet the original dates offered. I know from first hand how difficult it is to put together this schedule and can only ask for your patience - everything possible is being done to get the schedule out. We would be extremely grateful if you could offer some of your time volunteering to bring out and strike the seating for each performance and/or collecting monies at the performances. If you can help, please contact myself or Cllr Philip Thomson. This year sees the 150th anniversary of Saltburn pier and the committee of Saltburn 500 Club/Friends of Saltburn have already expressed an interest in funding various activities. The adopted date for celebrations is 11th May and details will be forthcoming from the people who are working along with Redcar & Cleveland Council. I hope the day is blessed with lovely weather and you all come out to celebrate the anniversary of Saltburn‟s pride and joy.

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Saltburn in Bloom I‟m sure you‟ll be glad to hear that our quiz night in the Cricket Club on Valentine‟s Day was a great success and enjoyed by all. There were forty-four people there, including some new faces, which was lovely. It was a keen contest with a three way tie at the end. The winners all knew that Saltburn Pier will be 150 years old this year. The event raised £179 in total, with a profit of £139 after expenses. My thanks to all who took part and especially to Dave and Lynda Parkes who take on the running of our quizzes mainly singlehandedly. The last few days have been sunny and mild, really spring-like and the snowdrops and crocuses are coming into their own around Saltburn. There are even some daffodils out. This, of course, begs the question of whether there will still be daffodils in bloom when the Northumbria in Bloom judges visit in spring. We like them to see a good display if possible. Even more though, we like those of you who live, work and visit Saltburn to enjoy them. If you do enjoy Saltburn‟s floral displays and have a little bit of spare time, the gardening team will be starting again in March on Wednesday mornings. We need some new people to keep the momentum going. You don‟t need to know much at all, just be willing to meet up with likeminded people and have a good time. We have a refreshments break at half time with drinks and biscuits. You can find us on facebook where there are lots of pictures or you can e-mail Soon we will be thinking about hanging baskets again and sending them off to the nursery that plants them up for us. Also, our minds have turned to sponsorship. All our usual, annual letters have been sent out to residents who have sponsored displays around Saltburn in the past (by displays I mean hanging baskets, tubs and planters). Our sponsorship secretary, Sam is visiting shops to talk to them about sponsoring. If you‟ve sponsored before and you know what you are doing, it‟s easy, you can drop the form off with your money into Saltburn in Bloom‟s post box on the library counter adjacent to “our” bit of wall. If you are new to sponsoring and would like to do this for yourself or a loved one, again, e-mail us at If you have a gardening group that has been improving a patch of land separately from Saltburn in Bloom, you could join the Royal Horticultural Society‟s (RHS) It‟s Your Neighbourhood scheme. It‟s easy and relaxed and every group gets a visit from a Northumbria in Bloom judge and a certificate. It‟s a way to say thank you to the people who have been involved and for all their hard work and the judges will have ideas to share on ways to make your patch even better, if that‟s possible. If you need to fundraise for what you‟re doing, adding that you have an It‟s Your Neighbourhood Certificate from the RHS can help. Whatever you are doing, enjoy it while the weather‟s better. Sue 12

Big Tea Cosy Appeal As well as their normal meeting on Wednesday, 6th March, Saltburn Charity Crafters will be getting involved as part of the Big Tea Cosy appeal for Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire Branch, when there will be a „drop in for tea and cake‟ afternoon in the Scout Hut on Wednesday, 13th March from 1pm to 5pm. Bring your friends, sit and natter, or knit and natter. There will be help available for those wishing to learn to knit, also instructions and easy patterns to get you started. Just bring wool and needles. Let‟s have a great afternoon and raise lots of money for this worthwhile cause. Look out for more events in Saltburn during the month. Further information from Angie on 01287 205153.

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A Night at the Oscars? Awardwinning drama at Saltburn Drama Festival 2019 Since the drama festival‟s inception nearly 30 years ago, the team that runs it have developed a wealth of experience to cover all sorts of problems that develop and can quickly deal with crises as they arise. Philip Thomson and Sue Sellars were the original organisers of this event and over the years we still hold on to the hopes and aspirations that were present in that inaugural festival. We want to promote drama from groups across the Northern region. At the forefront of this is our affiliation to the All England Theatre Festival organisation. The AETF offer support and guidance to all first round festivals and, as the calendar approaches the English and British Finals, their assistance is invaluable. This year, the British Final is to be held in the Northern Region in Harrogate at the Harrogate Theatre. However, it‟s a journey and a half to get there. The winner at the first round stage in Saltburn goes forward to the Area final at Washington Arts Centre on the 4th and 5th of May and that winner goes to Maidenhead on 8th June to the English Final. The British Final takes place on the 5th and 6th of July and is being organised and hosted by a firm friend of Saltburn ‟53 Drama Group and Saltburn Drama Festival, Ian Clarke, Chair of the All England Theatre Festival. . This year, our particular challenge is the fact that, for a variety of reasons, many of our usual entrants to the festival are unable to take part. So we have a mini-Festival for our audiences, over two nights on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March. On the 14th, Saltburn ‟53 will perform their play, „The Owls know the Fate of our Bones‟ by Susan Pierce and on Friday 15th we are delighted to be welcoming back Bananadrama with another original piece of writing from Shari Gledhill. Shari has penned a play called „Forgive Our Foolish Ways‟ which offers mystery and secrets in a church one stormy night. To make the most of the time available, our adjudicator for this year, Robert Meadows, will be giving a slightly longer feedback after each group performs and on Friday, the play will be followed by an entertainment then final adjudication and Awards! Please come along and support this event; tickets for each individual night are £8.00 and £6.00 for concessions. However, if you would like to attend both nights, we are offering a „Two for a Tenner‟ ticket, valid for both evenings.


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Litter picking from Saltburn to Sri Lanka I thought readers may be interested in my unusual litter pick while on holiday in Sri Lanka. I was strolling along the beach when I noticed a plastic bag in the sea, I waded in to collect it as I, like many other people, am very concerned about the plastic waste in our oceans and the damage it does to our wildlife. I then continued but as I walked I started to pick up more plastic and waste from the beach. Three sacks later I hoped I had helped a little. When we moved to Saltburn in 2014 we enjoyed joining in with the quarterly litter picks but unfortunately my husband had to retire early due to a sudden deterioration in his health at work so we could no longer join in. The litter I collected in Sri Lanka was the same as in Saltburn - plastic bottles, fishing net, baby buds, straws, ice cream spoons, foot wear, nappies, plastic bags and

Notice of Annual general Meeting Thursday 7th March 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the Redcar and Cleveland Twinning Association will be held at the Redcar Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar TS10 1TD on Thursday, 7th March 2019, hosted by the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland Councillor Dennis Teasdale. All members and anyone else interested to learn about the Twinning Association are invited to meet from 6.30pm for a prompt start at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available. New members are always welcome. This

even a toothbrush and toothpaste. The traders on the beach thanked me but I wished they would join in as the beach is not far from a turtle hatchery. In England we are trying very hard to eradicate plastic straws but in the hotels abroad the message is not getting through. However, I did get a cuddle from Monica the elephant which I will take as a Thanks. Val Crooks

year there are Committee vacancies for a new Chair and Vice-Chair to take the Association forward into its 30th year. Redcar and Cleveland has been twinned with Troisdorf in Germany, close to Cologne & Bonn, since 1990. Please join us to help maintain the strong links we have with our German twin town for many years to come. We are looking forward to hosting a visit by our Troisdorf friends in September 2019. See: for more information

Entertainment by American Tribal Style Dancers Residents of Nunthorpe Residential Home were the latest people to be entertained by dancers of Tribal Marsquers and Saltburn U3A ATS plus singer Frank Dickinson. Both the dance groups practise in Saltburn and dance for a variety of organisations. Nunthorpe Residential Home was the second of three venues we supported last month. And already we have bookings for March, April and May. Our style is fun and colourful. Dancing is very sociable and helps with mobility, balance and co-ordination. Of course we love dressing up too! So if youâ€&#x;d like to give it a try come to Saltburnâ€&#x;s Earthbeat Centre and try it out at 2 free lessons either Mondays 2.30 to 4pm, or Sundays 10am-11am. For more information or to book your free lessons please ring or text Val on 07908 005850. 14

Brotton Library Knit and Natter Group We are a small group making items for charity whilst sharing skills and friendship. It is free to come to the group. We have a few regular members and would welcome more. Thursday afternoon 2pm till 4pm in Brotton library (attached to Freebrough Academy). Deborah

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Saltburn, Redcar & Cleveland Philatelic Society and April’s NEPA report

We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Redcar Community Centre. Next month‟s meetings are: 4th April: Display by North East England Philatelic Association (NEPA) President Keith Mitchell. 18th April Members‟ Night. Saturday 28th April is NEPA‟s 69th Annual Convention (10am-4pm) held on at Bowburn Community Centre, Durham DH6 5AT. The photo shows part of the dealer‟s area at the last year‟s NEPA Convention. The event is always well attended by dealers (2017 had 14), buying and selling postcards, stamps and postal history. Many of the 16 NE philatelic societies enter display competitions to be judged against ABPS criteria, ie national standards. SR&CPS has submitted three frames of 16-sheet entries: Aerophilatelic – Zeppelins; Great Britain – the embossed QV head of 1841; British Commonwealth – QV India. Contacts: Geoff Reynolds (Secretary, 01642 478229) David D. Turner (01287 624736) 16

Easter Saltburn Stars Prize Draw Following on from the success of the Christmas Saltburn Stars promotion (see February issue of Talk of the Town), March sees the start of the next prize draw promotion, for Easter! If you did happen to miss the Christmas draw, be sure to enter the Easter one. We‟re bigger and better with more businesses involved, meaning a bigger prize. If you did enter our Christmas promotion, this is an opportunity to do it all over again! Twenty-seven of Saltburn‟s fabulous independent businesses have donated either a product from their lovely store, or a voucher for their services, coming together to create a hamper worth over £400. It‟s easy to enter too. You simply have to shop local. From Saturday March 23rd, you can pick up a Saltburn Stars card at any of the businesses taking part in the draw. These are listed on the advert here in Talk of the Town and on our website. Each business will also be displaying a poster in their shop window which also has a full list of who‟s taking part. Now to start collecting your stamps! Each card features six blank stars. To complete one star spend at least £6 in a single purchase with one of the retailers and ask them to stamp your card. The card needs to have 6 stamps from 6 different places to be a valid entry. When you‟ve completed your last

star, hand it in with your name and contact details. You can complete as many cards for as many entries as you like, so long as they‟re handed in complete by 4pm on Saturday April 13th. With a wide range of different outlets, we‟re sure you‟ll find it easy to fill your six stars. You can enjoy coffee and cake, a bottle of wine, some handmade chocolate, treat your dog to a chew toy, stock up on incense, tarot or crystals, or even buy your Sunday joint of meat. Saltburn has such a fantastic array of independent shops that there are sure to be six places for you to shop to get that entry completed, or perhaps more than one! With Mother‟s Day on March 31st, you could be getting that special gift and earning your stars at the same time. And of course there‟s Easter to plan for too! It doesn‟t all have to be chocolate eggs. The lucky winner will be chosen at random from all completed entries shortly after the closing date of April 13th, with the winner announced on our Facebook page, in the May issue of Talk of the Town magazine, and on our website too, where you can also find all the details of the prize draw. Happy shopping and good luck! Facebook: @discoversaltburn Website: 17

Saltburn Station Gallery We are proud to announce new artists coming to the gallery. We welcome Andrea Boyd with her unique abstract creations. Modern and vibrant pieces made from coloured metallic poured resin and concrete moulds. Fantastic additions to the home through the artwork and practical side, with clocks and coffee tables. We are also installing the first part of a Cleveland Way series of artworks by Ian Dougill, a series of studies made whilst walking the Cleveland Way. From the Skelton hills, to Huntcliff and to Staithes. He captures the beautiful landscape we are so lucky to have through his mark-making skills. The second half of the series is still to come, covering Staithes to Whitby, which will coincide with Cleveland Way‟s 50th anniversary this year. Saltburn Station Gallery now offers a new loyalty card to its returning customers, so we can give something back for all the support we have received. Also look out for new artists and our spring and summer stock. Sean

Saltburn Miniature Railway’s Winter Update As you all know the railway is closed until Easter for its winter maintenance. We in the meantime have been busy as the locomotives are now undergoing their service schedules and our steam engine has passed its yearly steam test conducted by an independent inspector. This is a whole day‟s test including a cold test of the boiler with all of the fittings removed and then under steam to test items such as the injectors and safety valves. The picture shows our chief fabricator with his apprentice, completing the fence at Forest Halt. In fact the railway maintains all of the track fencing plus both stations all at the railway‟s own time and expense which indeed is quite some achievement. Maintenance is an ongoing costly business as all aspects have to meet our high standards. This can be seen at the Cat Nab curve where last year we laid new sleepers and new rail. This year we are continuing with a further 160 feet of heavier gauge rail to eliminate the small twists that occurred with the lighter shorter sections. Last year was the best ever for the railway with some forty thousand passengers. We also had 53 school charters whereby the schools come to Saltburn for a grand day out on the train with a picnic either on the beach or in the valley gardens. We must also not forget our wedding where the bride and groom had a ceremony on the pier before riding with guests on the steam train up the valley for a reception at the Victorian Tea Rooms. All in all it has been a splendid and rewarding year both for the Railway and all of the volunteers. Robert Proctor (chairman)

Learning to Love Saltburn’s Woodlands Saltburn is framed by woodland in the three steep sided coastal denes of Hazel Grove, Skelton Beck and Saltburn Gill. What many people don‟t realise is that this woodland makes a nationally significant area of ancient semi natural woodland or replanted ancient woodlands. There have probably been woods in these valleys since the last ice age. The Saltburn Valleys CIO is about to begin a new project to get people to have a new look at the wooded valleys through the history and ecology of the hazel tree. The Saltburn Valleys once contained extensive hazel coppices which, in bygone days, played an important role in the local economy from lobsterpots, to baskets for coal mines, to baking bread. Hazel is also a tree associated with magic and mythology. The Ancient Hazel project will be delivered with the help of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and supported by funding from National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Saltburn Valley CIO is working to promote the conservation, protection, preservation and improvement of the land, gardens, woodlands, walkways, play areas, waterways, wildlife and natural environment, historic monuments and properties in the three Saltburn Valleys. “Our project aim is to raise awareness of the biodiversity of the valleys and for people to learn about the heritage of the woodlands,” said Philip Thomson, Chairman of Saltburn Valleys CIO. “By working with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, we will have a year long programme of fun and engaging participatory activities around the theme of the hazel, its importance to local people and its place in woodland management. Everything from coppicing events, spring flower walks, creative writing in the woods, hazel magic for children, hazel 18

planting, working with hazel and more.” The project will start in March with the opportunity to visit the areas of remaining hazel coppice in Saltburn Gill under the guidance of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust‟s Reserves Officer Dan van den Toorn. People will learn about the role of coppicing in woodland management, the ecology of the hazel tree, hazel in the local economy, and be able to try their hand at coppicing. Get your coats on and come and visit woodland management in practice! Keep your eyes open for details of this event or become a member using the email below to receive updates on what‟s happening in the Valleys. “The Saltburn Valleys CIO is a relatively new organisation so the funding will help us train and engage new volunteers and build our capacity as an organisation to engage the local community with the heritage on their doorstep. We are particularly interested in finding a volunteer that could actively help with social media and event promotion work for the project,” said Philip Thomson. If you think you could help, please contact us (on The Saltburn Valleys are defined as the areas of public open space and woodlands situated in and around Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire which include Hazel Grove, Saltburn Valley Gardens, Saltburn Gill and a series of attached woodlands. The charity is working to promote the conservation, protection, preservation and improvement of the land, gardens, woodlands, walkways, play areas, waterways, wildlife and natural environment, historic monuments and properties in the three Saltburn Valleys.

Friday Friends Friday Friends is an inclusive friendship group based in Saltburn, for people aged over 18. We are a friendly group and welcome people with different abilities.

March programme 1st March Seated keep fit with Taylor/Bingo 10- 12. Then 1-4pm paper quilling a picture frame and 1.15 Tai Chi with Terry. 8th March Sing-along with Ian on Guitar or a morning at Milo‟s computers 10-12. 1-4pm Art a swirly abstract pattern. Also learn with Pam how to make a Scarecrow for the 150th Celebration of Saltburn Pier. 15th March Healthy Eating with Environment City 10-1 and 1-4pm make a shopping bag from a tea towel. 22nd March a Coach trip to Hollywood Bowl Bowling alley. 29th March Bowling and lunch (if pre-ordered) at Saltburn Bowls Club 10-12 followed by 1-4pm Decorative Initials and Tai Chi with Terry at 1.15. We are a non-profit making group, run by volunteers. We meet on Fridays at Emmanuel Church Hall, McNay Street, Saltburn. Activities are 10-12.30 and arts and crafts 1-4. First session is free to see if you like it then there is a charge of £2.00 per session or £3 all day. Carers are always free. For more information ring 07833 895 501 (or email Registered Charity No 1177967. Keith Bowers, chairperson


SALTBURN BLUES CLUB There is much to enjoy in promoting The Blues in my home town. The music itself, of course, the performers and their back stories, the camaraderie of the regulars, the visitors and knowing that you‟ve brought some real enjoyment to those who‟ve come along to the gig. The audience‟s reaction to a recent performer, David Broad, absolutely made my night… and his! So, on to Saturday, March 30th and The JOHN VERITY BAND. John, latterly frontman of 70s band, Argent (Hold Your Head Up), and contemporary of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin back in pop music‟s heyday, is headlining, joined by Liam James Gray on drums and Bob Skeat (Wishbone Ash) on bass. Since „Blue to My Soul‟ (which went straight to No 4 in the IBBA charts in November 2017) was released, the band has toured non-stop, wowing audiences throughout the UK and lining up gigs and festivals well into 2020. Seasoned class. CHRIS JAMES is supporting. Yes, he was with us last month alongside Martin Fletcher, but there will be no complaints at his consecutive gigs appearance because we all love him! Venue: Saltburn Cricket Club Doors: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 available from Milo‟s Cafe, Saltburn,, and 07960 935263. Still Got The Blues goes out on Zetland FM every Monday 7pm – 10pm, on line, or you can catch it later on Mixcloud. Visit the website, and scroll down to Mixcloud. 3 hours of the very best of the blues. Harry



Cleveland Diving Club The pull of the ocean attracts scuba divers for many reasons, not only for the challenge and „fun‟ of it, but also to be able to indulge their passions such as marine creature appreciation, aquatic photography, and shipwreck diving. The popularity of wreck diving, for some, is the „love of all things mechanical.‟ For others, however, it‟s the allure of the secrets that the wounded ship may give up, particularly ancient shipwrecks. Much can be learned from these archaeological time capsules of the sea such as our historical past, age-old seamanship, one-time merchant trade, bygone boat building skills and sea warfare. Respect is the first rule of wreck diving as many wrecks are the graves of those lost at sea. Respect also for potential hazards that careless dive management can incur. Therefore a pre-dive safety briefing of the ship‟s layout and current status is a must for divers to get the most out of their dive. Exploring this silent world of derelict cabins, discarded stairways, desolate passages and deserted decks, is captivating and enthralling as the imagination tries to perceive the day-to-day life of the ship‟s crew and passengers. Different parts of a ship‟s structure can withstand the toll of unceasing wave action and provide navigation points for the diver. For example, the keel, the backbone of the ship, runs from stern (back) to bow (front) of the ship. The prop-shaft is attached to the ship‟s propeller and extends to its engine encased within a girded tunnel which, if present, divers can swim through. Mid-ship components such as boilers, engine sections and bridge can also subsist, frequently offering protection from predators for fish, lobsters or octopus. The ship‟s plates (sides) are more prone to erosion, however. If the hold remains intact, it may well contain elements of its cargo, exciting the animated diver who will forage among the corroded debris seeking out unique or distinctive treasures. The discerning diver will respect and uphold maritime law, „look but do not take,‟ recording their memories with photographs or videos.

Upturned deck of the Thistlegorm, (1940) Red Sea

Prop shaft of the Dimitris (1918) off Redcar

Wheel structures of the Clavering off Redcar

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No two wrecks are the same and in recent years there has been a significant increase in ships being sunk to provide artificial reefs and places of interest for scuba divers. So, if you think wreck diving may be your „thing,‟ or not and you just want to learn to scuba dive then contact us via Facebook, „The Diving Club-Cleveland‟ or on 07960 608529 for more information. June Coomber


What Is Silent, Painless And Can Ruin Your Life? Glaucoma. It‟s an eye condition that nearly half a million people in the UK suffer from. You are most at risk after the age of 40. The good thing is, in many cases, if it‟s seen early enough, this horrible eye condition can be stopped in its tracks. However, most people don‟t have regular eye tests. Not going to the Dentist is one thing (you can always eat with false teeth) but neglecting the Opticians is another (you can’t see with false eyes!) My name is John Prouse, I‟m an Optician and I do a home visit eye test service especially for people who struggle to leave their home or you can visit me at my practice. Either way, don‟t risk spoiling your vision and your life. Call 01287 644211 or visit for your free over 40 eye test.


Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council At the recent Parish Council meeting members were advised that the proposal to limit vehicle waiting times at Marine Parade, Dundas Street East/West, Milton Street and Station Square, Saltburn would not be implemented. Some of the proposed restrictions such as double yellow lines, no loading and a designated bus/coach drop off point had been approved in the interests of road safety. An update was given on the Be Like Tom defibrillator project. Further units are now in place outside the Echo Building, Cricket Club and Co-op petrol station. Three more units will be installed outside Saltburn Library, Surf‟s Up and Boots Chemist. Heartstart training sessions have been arranged on effective CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators, to be held at Saltburn Cricket Club, starting at 6.30pm on 28th March, 18th April and 9th May. Anyone interested in attending one of the free sessions should book a place by contacting the Parish Council office or the Cricket Club direct. Places are limited so please book early. Representatives from East Cleveland Big Local attended the meeting to give details on this year‟s East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix bike race which will be held

on Sunday, 14th April 2019. The event will start earlier this year as a ladies race is being held in the morning (9am starting at Guisborough). The organisers are looking for Race Ambassadors to assist on the day - further details can be found on our website. A reminder that the Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Thursday, 14th March 2019 at 6.30pm at the Gleneagles Centre, New Marske and Barry Coppinger, Cleveland‟s Police and Crime Commissioner will be in attendance. Members of the public are invited to attend; light refreshments will be served. The Borough Council have advised that Cat Nab toilets will be shut for refurbishment from Monday, 25th February and it is intended that the work will be complete prior to the Easter Holidays. Alternative facilities are available on Saltburn Promenade. Tracy Meadows (Clerk and RFO to the Parish Council) 01287 623477

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Joseph‟s technicolour dressing gowns were knitted by care home residents in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, created the gowns for elderly people to keep warm this winter in their own homes. They were taking part in a Knit for Peace UK initiative, which encourages knitters to produce items for those in need. The care home residents chose to make dressing gowns by knitting six by six inch squares and then attaching them together to create the finished piece. The gowns take 114 squares to produce, as well as a knitted belt to match. The residents described the finished gowns as “Joseph‟s coat of many colours”, according to Hazelgrove Court Care Home manager Tina Temple. She said: “It‟s really important for us to continue to involve residents in activities that help the wider community. “They all love to knit and were very impressed in the finished dressing gown.” The home‟s activities coordinator, Sharon Lewis, found out about Knit for Peace UK when she was looking for a community project to involve the residents in. There are many keen knitters living at the home, so the residents were pleased to get involved with the initiative. Resident Joyce Baxtrum said: “We‟ve been doing this for weeks and I‟m really proud of myself. The dressing gowns look great.” After trying on one of the gowns, fellow resident Joyce Tibbertt said: “It‟s so warm. I don‟t want to take it off.” Sharon Lewis added: “It‟s lovely to do something for the community and that will make a difference in someone‟s life.” 25

Digital Surrender and Detox Our lives are so busy that we often forget to give ourselves the gift of time and devotion. This priceless gift invites us to see the world and our loved ones with fresh eyes and renewed joy and compassion. This year why not give yourself this gift, and do something special for yourself. Join me on a weekend detox with digital surrender. No phone, laptop or tablet. Just you being in the moment again and being present with your family and friends. Just some of the benefits of digitally detoxing include: 1. Improve Your Overall Mood Studies have discovered that the more time you spend on a social media site, the more likely you are to develop depression. In other words, if you‟ve been feeling highly anxious, stressed out or depressed, this is a good time to take a social media detox. It may feel weird at first, but your overall mood should begin to improve as you stay away from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. 2. You are not missing out, so don’t worry Computer World has pointed out that social media is engineered to be as addictive as crack cocaine. This isn‟t just hyperbole; when you first stop using social media, you can expect to feel withdrawal symptoms. Scientists say that this is due to the naturally ingrained fear of missing out. FOMO 3. Reconnect with the Real World The good news is that even if you‟re an introvert and uncomfortable with a lot of in-person interaction, you can boost your mood by simply going out in public. Take yourself to your favourite park or restaurant if you prefer to be alone. 4. Begin Living in the Moment Use all of your senses to smell, touch, taste, see and hear life around you. 5. Gain a Lot of Free Time Not checking your phone, looking at the TV or being on your laptop will give lots more time to detox, maybe plan some things; yoga, running, walking, visiting family and friends, reading something you have been to for a long time.

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Saltburn 1946 A friend from my teenage years in Saltburn (the late 1960s) recently sent me this holiday booklet she‟d found in her late mother‟s effects. Slightly smaller than what we know nowadays as A5, it‟s a 44-page holiday guide for Saltburn and Marske that was printed in 1946, the year after the war ended. The booklet‟s main purpose seems to be to rejuvenate the local economy after nearly six years of war. It carries almost 40 adverts for local businesses, mixed in with a description of the area and reasons why you might want to take your family there for a holiday. The booklet is a triumph of the copy-writer‟s art, because there are practically no reasons at all. Basically, you could look forward to walking somewhere. This could be the beach, the woods or a cliff path. Standing for a moment at wherever you eventually found yourself and having a look around, you would then walk back. The invigorating joys of strolling out along the pier are highlighted, and a few amusing thoughts are given on why people love to do so… though this excitement is then counterbalanced by the news that the pier is actually closed. “Still licking its war wounds” is the reason given – a suggestion there that Our Pier “did its bit” – and then, helpfully, “but repairs are in hand and it may be open for the 1947 season”. Well, it wasn‟t; it reopened in 1952. No mention of the miniature railway, since that wouldn‟t open until the year after the booklet was published. All the businesses who advertised were familiar names to me over 20 years later when I was growing up there, every one of them still going strong as the 1960s came to an end. Most are gone now. The phone numbers are usually just two numerals, very occasionally three (presumably Johnnie-come-latelies to the idea of a business telephone). But many shops don‟t give a phone number at all, either because they didn‟t have a phone or because their customers were very unlikely to have a phone themselves to make a call. A feature of the booklet is a large fold-out street map of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske and we can see that, at this time, Saltburn‟s westward reach towards Marske ends at The Chine. An appealing quirk is that while the interior pages are on decent paper with black-and-white photos, the cover is hardwearing wartime utility card. The coarse quality means that printing photos on it is fruitless (hence the three-colour design you see here), but the two adverts on the inside of the cover nevertheless do have photographs… actual photographs printed separately, cut out and stuck on with glue. There‟s no way of telling how many of these booklets were printed, but someone must have had to sit down with a box of them, plus a box of cutout photographs and a pot of glue, and stick two photos into each copy. There are three more pages shown opposite. Paul Sanderson 28

Health and Happiness: Who’s Intelligent? I am not an intelligent man. I mean honestly in terms of looking at traditional intelligence I am not an intelligent fellow. I mean I have a degree and diplomas and letters behind my name but shhh don‟t tell the children... most of it I blagged my way through. What I mean is passing exams is largely a game: if you learn how to play the game then you can get a big tick, if you don‟t you get a big cross. (As I did when I wrote in my A levels about why I didn‟t think exams were a good way of judging people. I thought it was a very mature critic. I got a „U‟, the lowest mark you can get!) Traditional intelligence measurements are all about value signalling in my view, it is all about hoop jumping and education organisations perpetuating the myth that what those at the top of the tree have excelled in is what you should value too. It hardly matters that the teachers themselves are often not happy or fulfilled and they will be role modelling that too whether they like it or not. So maybe we could consider expanding what we tell children intelligence means? What about making clear to them that it includes being aware of what we eat and drink and how our intake affects us emotionally and physically and how addictions are affecting us all, phones and sugar both included. How about expanding the concept into how we cope with stress on one hand and depression on the other and what is sometimes called our emotional intelligence. And how regular exercise plays such a big role as does our ability to train our thinking to focus on appreciation rather than criticism. Let‟s explain to children that intelligence really includes all we learn about the world and alongside this is the intelligence needed for self-awareness. Then let‟s add this other vital factor, like the catalyst in a chemical experiment: self-honesty.

We have tricky minds that want to distract us often from our deeper heartfelt goals. Having a few glasses of alcohol can seem a lot easier than facing why we are feeling down. Making jokes all the time can be a way to hide our emotions. TV and screens are a way of focussing outwards from ourselves rather than reflecting inwards. Distraction is all around us more and more beckoning us for attention. And being constantly busy is the modern day excuse for not finding time to check in with ourselves. Our minds can easily justify why they have to juggle many things at once and why that leaves little time for quiet times with ourselves. Yet what might we be trying to avoid? If we want to understand our happiness and how to cultivate it and make it sustainable for our long term future we are not going to do that if we continually distract ourselves. Self-honesty is crucial in being self-aware and being self-aware I think is a massive part of intelligence. It doesn‟t really matter if you have all the qualifications in the world, a high status job or loads of superficial friends, if we are not really fulfilled and happy deep down, that all means very little. So let‟s start being intelligent enough with ourselves to sit still, with no distractions, to contact ourselves in silence? Then let‟s have the honesty to say how we really feel, what troubles us or what turns us on or what feels missing and unfulfilled. Let‟s say what is real to us and acknowledge if we struggling. And let‟s be honest and courageous and intelligent enough to ask for help if we can feel that that would support us. Kendal Aitken Mental Health and Happiness Training Individuals and Groups. Contact: or 07944 883961 29

Seaside Folk Following its Winter break, Seaside Folk is returning to SC&AA. The first season of Friday evening concerts proved to be a great success and were enjoyed by an ever-increasing audience of folk enthusiasts and people who simply recognised that good live music is decidedly better than staying in for the night. The concerts are again going to be held in the Schoolroom at the Centre on the third Friday of the month (or near enough the third Friday); a booklet showing the full programme of the artists appearing this year is now available and the listing is the sort of line-up that would make for a great Festival. It is a mixture of well-established performers, up and coming ones and good friends of the Teesside Folk scene. It is also a blend of solo musicians, a cappella singing groups and folk duos, all singing both contemporary and traditional material. Two things they share is talent and a commitment to singing about things that matter – that can just as easily be an enthusiasm for a lady cyclist as it is as a comment on our industrial past. Following the vernal equinox, the concerts begin on Friday, 22nd March with Martyn Wyndham-Read who will be as welcome as spring itself. He has been performing since the late 60s and was one of those singers who was adopted by the Teesside folk scene and has remained a regular performer here ever since. Some of us first recall seeing him in the upstairs room at The Royal in Redcar when The Cutty Wren introduced us to the cream of British Folk; Martyn was, indeed, one of the singers who came back to join Johnny Taylor to celebrate 50 years of The Cutty in 2015. It is, perhaps, appropriate at this point to pay tribute to John who was responsible for bringing joy to a lot of people in the area – he would have been first in the queue to get tickets to see his mate Martyn. Martyn was born in Sussex but left his mother‟s farm in his late teens to head off with his guitar to Australia. It was while he was there, working on a sheep farm as a Jackeroo at Emu Springs, that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands and became captivated by these (if you ask him, he‟ll explain). This interest in the origin of songs and the reasoning behind them has stayed with him throughout his long career. On his return, in 1967, he met up with Bert Lloyd who was one of the leading lights of the folk revival in Britain. It was through Bert that he recorded on the Topic label and later with Bill Leader continued as one of the leading recording artists of his generation. He has worked with some of the great names on the folk circuit including Ewan MacColl, Tom Paxton, Shirley Collins, Eric Bogle…He has also championed the writing of the Australian poet, Henry Lawson and Teesside‟s own Graeme Miles. So, forty albums and fifty years later, Martyn will be our first visitor to Seaside Folk this year. Some may remember that he exhibited his own idiosyncratic coloured drawings in the SCA2gallery three years ago which evidenced a different version of this gentle, calm and consummate performer. 30


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KICAS News We are so fortunate in Saltburn, we have a wonderful community and many voluntary groups who actively help to make our town the jewel that it is. In the last couple of years that Keeping It Clean At Saltburn have been active, we have seen how the actions of individuals can have a huge positive effect on our community. We have had, and continue to have, fantastic support. Let‟s be proud of all we are doing, it‟s pretty special. We have had a great offer from Janet, owner of Milo‟s Cafe Bar on Station Street, who wants to support KICAS beach clean volunteers by offering discount vouchers towards a coffee or tea. We‟ll be handing these out at our next beach clean. Thank you Milo‟s. We have 2minute beach clean boards on the lower promenade which need to have “guardians” to look after

them; each day putting them out and taking them in. Thank you to the staff at the Pier Amusements and the Surf School team for taking on this important role. Initially we had plastic bags with the boards for collecting litter, but it didn‟t sit well with us as we are aware of the problems with single use plastics. So now we are trialing re-usable bags which we have made from recycled materials. Hopefully they will be well used and returned to the boards after use. Our next beach clean will be on Saturday 2nd March. We will meet at 11am, next to Marshall‟s Beach Huts. We will advertise this on our social media pages, so please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Together we can KICAS.

Bright corner A mystery flower trough brightened up a corner of Saltburn‟s town centre last month. The box, which was packed with artificial yellow and purple stems, would have given way soon to tulips which had been planted in between the false flowers. “It‟s rather nice,” said Marske visitor Deborah Read (pictured). “It brightens up the cobble stones by the pizza outlet.” The corner was turning right off the station precinct and Milton Street. But not everyone was happy. Some felt the trough was a potential danger from pedestrians tripping over it. Local shops asked by us said they did not know who tended the flowers. But at least it was a bright spot in the winter gloom. Unfortunately, after the trough had been in place for over a fortnight it vanished during the week starting 11th February. Mike Morrissey 32

HMS Saltburn - Part 2 Continued from the November 2018 issue After further investigation and a meeting with Saltburn resident Frank Cook, I have been able to discover more information regarding our special minesweeper (one of 87 built) named after the town and built in 1918. Frank published the original article on HMS Saltburn in The Talk of the Town late 2006 when he was able to show there were 3 different versions of the minesweeper as new technologies were added and his drawings are still on display in the Marine and Saltburn House (see photograph attached). The picture of the ship dated 1937 shows why this type of minesweeper was known as a `Smokey Joe` due to the volumes of black smoke from the coal fire burner. Having been built by Murdoch and Murray in Glasgow the minesweeper was launched 9th October 1918 and completed 31st December 1918. It was disarmed in 1934 and then re-armed in 1942 with further guns added in 1944. Sadly after damage caused by collisions with other vessels in 1944 and again by obstructions in bad weather in October 1945 it was holed and flooded and not worth repairing so was cannibalised for spare parts and sold on 16th November 1946 to be scrapped but was stranded on rocks off Hartland Point, North Devon in December 1946 when breaking tow in a storm. HMS Saltburn had been used to conduct the seagoing trials of the earliest radar in the detection of aircraft but as experiments continued it was found she was too small and having to share her with the Navigation School proved untenable and she was sadly replaced. We do know that the ship came home to Saltburn during the summer of 1934 when the town held a `Navy Week` which drew many hundreds of visitors to the resort and it is estimated that over 2000 members of the public inspected the vessel during her 4 day stay with small pleasure craft being used to ferry passengers from the beach to the ship and back. In return the town set themselves out to entertain the officers and crew in royal fashion with football and cricket matches being played between the crew and local residents (see the photograph of a crew member with his ship`s cap). The records show one casualty aboard the ship was Ordinary Seaman Mortimer A Jenkins (J7919) who died as the result of an accident on 4th August 1919 but no further details are known. My very grateful thanks to local ship`s historian, Frank Cook, for providing photographs and additional history details for our very own minesweeper built 100 years ago, as I am fully aware of how much time he spent researching the Royal Navy archives to provide us with this amazing record. Allan Whiley 33

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Come and join us for an Owl Prowl You may not know it but East Cleveland is a fantastic place for owls. Over the course of a year all of the five UK species of owl can be found here. Getting out for a night walk in the woods and listening to owls is a magical experience! Join Kenny Crooks our wildlife expert on a nocturnal walk to learn how to identify these birds by sight and sound and learn about their behaviour and ecology. If you are lucky you may see or hear more than one type of owl and some other nocturnal wildlife too! All of the walks listed include walking over some rough terrain, including potentially muddy and slippery surfaces in poor lighting. Participants will, therefore, need to have good mobility and suitable footwear. The walks are designed for the quiet observation of owls, therefore participants should be prepared to stand outdoors quietly for 10-20 minutes at a time. These walks start at 7.15pm prompt and end at about 9.00pm. Finish times are approximate, as if we are experiencing good wildlife encounters and people want to continue we will do so. We do not want to disturb our subjects, so we may have to wait until the animals have left the area before we start to leave, so as not to upset their routines and foraging. These evenings are suitable for children aged 15 and over (please note this is a mainly quiet activity). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear warm sensible clothes, preferably dark and non-rustling, and suitable footwear. Participants need to bring their own torches. We recommend the use of head torches. No dogs or flash cameras please: we don‟t want to scare the birds and other wildlife. These owl prowls are part of our Nest Box Network Project which is assisting barn owls across East Cleveland supported by funding from Northumbrian Water‟s Branch Out Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Booking is required. Too large a group makes it harder to call in owls. We are limiting attendance to twelve persons per owl prowl. We ask that you only attend one event so that others have an opportunity to participate. If, after booking, you cannot attend an event for any reason please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to other people. To book a place or for more information please call 01287 636382 (or email Events may be postponed due to poor weather conditions on the day. In the event of a postponement a new

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date will be offered. All locations are chosen to give a good chance of observing wild animals, but in wildlife watching nothing can be guaranteed. Suggested donation: £3.00 per person. Payment on arrival please. Margrove Valley Owl Prowl Meet: Margrove Heritage Centre. When: Thursday 4th April 2019, 7.15pm prompt. Loftus Coast Owl Prowl Meet: North Road Car Park, Loftus. When: Thursday 11th April 2019, 7.15pm prompt.

Rotary News The 2019 Rotary programme is starting to gather pace. February saw the club hold their first Tombola of the year in the Community Centre the proceeds being for local charities. This was followed by our annual “black tie” President‟s night at Hunley Hall which was, as always, a great success and a fitting occasion to celebrate President Paul Chappell‟s year of office. All of this was in addition to a vibrant series of weekly meetings which included from speakers Whippet Up & Sirius We are now looking forward to March and our main event is a Race Night at Saltburn Cricket Club, again to

raise funds for Rotary Charities. Tickets are £3 and can be obtained through our Facebook page or from Saltburn Cricket Club (622761). In May will be our now very successful annual “Afternoon Tea Party” in aid of Polio Eradication and tickets are now on sale for our Howzat music festival in September. There are again 7 magnificent bands and this year the proceeds will be donated to Cleveland Mountain Recue Team. If you require further information or are interested in joining visit our Website or Facebook pages. Dave Sadler 35

Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes foot pain in the heel and instep region. Pain usually develops gradually and initially doesn‟t limit day to day activities or sport. However, it can build up to the point where getting out of bed in the mornings is a very painful experience. This severe pain usually settles with a bit of early morning hobbling around, but then becomes troublesome when walking and running and is particularly limiting when pushing off quickly through the foot. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that is attached to the bottom of the heel bone and then spreads down the sole of the foot, to attach into the toes. It supports the instep of the foot and acts like a spring, being tensioned when walking as the toes are pushed into the floor when the heel lifts and then releasing its elastic energy to help propel the body forwards. Getting rid of plantar fascia pain can be a lengthy business. Many treatment approaches have been advocated but no single one stands out. However, the most popular feature of management strategies is stretching. This can be done in a number of ways and when performed consistently over several months can significantly reduce pain. How stretching works though isn‟t clear. When you consider that the plantar fascia is made of very tough connective tissue, you realize that this “stretching” approach almost certainly does not physically elongate the plantar fascia. Bearing in mind that the job of the plantar fascia is to provide stability to the foot, it probably wouldn‟t be a good idea to stretch the thing out - even if you could. So if these exercises don‟t lengthen the plantar fascia, but they reduce pain, what mechanisms are in play? There isn‟t a definitive answer to this, but research has shown that exercises with a “strengthening” element also reduce plantar fascia pain and do so in a shorter time frame than stretching alone. One hypothesis is that both types of exercise produce changes in the structure of the plantar fascia, which result in it being able to tolerate more load before pain is produced. More research will be needed before we know what the ideal combination of exercises are to reduce and to eliminate plantar fascia pain. Philip & Pauline Newton Chartered & Health Care Professions Council Registered Physiotherapists Newton Physiotherapy, 01287 767287


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Zetland Lifeboat Museum Monday, 26th November last year was a big day in the history of Redcar‟s historic Zetland Lifeboat; for the first time in more than 50 years, she left her home at the Museum on Redcar‟s seafront and was taken to secure premises on Teesside, kindly provided by AV Dawson Ltd, where she will undergo sympathetic conservation work and repainting. Zetland Museum‟s chairperson, Janette Picknett, said, “The Zetland Lifeboat is now 216 years old, served the people of Redcar for almost 80 years, and is now in need of some careful conservation work. It‟s needed to make sure she is in good, sound condition to be displayed for many future generations. The boat is of great national and international significance, being the oldest existing lifeboat in the world, having saved over 500 lives, and representing the very start of the lifeboats on our coasts.” The photograph shows the Zetland Lifeboat safely unloaded at AV Dawson‟s, the secure premises on Teesside. The work is expected to take approximately four months, in order that the Lifeboat can return to the Museum in time for re-opening at Easter 2019. Janette continued: “We‟d like to thank the

hauliers, GCS Johnson of Richmond, for their very professional handling of the Lifeboat, AV Dawson Ltd for the secure premises and Redcar boatbuilder Tony Young for his help with the conservation work.” “We will be having some fundraising events during the year to help us cover the costs associated with our project. The first of these was a concert by the Marske Fishermen‟s Choir on Friday, 15th February.” 37

Used Stamps for Charity There is a box in Saltburn Library for used postage stamps which are a valuable source of income to a number of charities. Please drop your stamps in the library. Many thanks for your support. There is also a box in Marske Library. Eric Matson (volunteer), 25 High Street, Skelton, Tel: 07985 767587


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Hello! This month from SARA are Jimmy the dog and Smudge the cat. Jimmy is an utterly gorgeous 15 month old Saluki cross, he is an attractive sandy colour with long legs and alert face. He came to live at SARA following a change in his owner‟s circumstances. Jimmy is a very fit and active young man. He loves to gallop and race around in the pen and enjoys his walks with other dogs. Jimmy knows basic commands and will also happily play fetch with our staff and volunteers. Jimmy would be best homed with another dog as he loves to play and enjoys companionship. Jimmy could possibly live with older children and would need a home with no small animals, as „sighthounds‟ sometimes

like to play chase. Smudge is a attractive white and tabby lad and he is about 8 years old. He sadly also came to SARA following a change in his owner‟s circumstances. Smudge is very chilled out and loves nothing more than to snooze throughout the day, but he soon wakes up when our highly trained cat „cuddlers‟ come in, as he really loves attention and a good fuss, and spending time with people. Smudge is ideally looking for a quiet home where he can get all the attention, the fussing and TLC he needs. Smudge would have to be an only pet, and would be okay in a home with older children - over 8 years and familiar with cats.

SARA Fundraising events New venue for the monthly meeting: As from March 2nd the monthly meeting normally held at the TocH Saltburn will have a new venue at The Cleveland Bay, Ings Road in Redcar. Usual time of 7:30pm, usual day of the 1st Wednesday of each month. All are welcome. Our Easter Fayre is on April 20th, 10am at Marske Hall, an enjoyable event with many SARA stalls and Easter activities for all. Dogs welcome. Easter bonnet parade and Easter egg tombola during the day. There will be light refreshments available Come along on April 13th, at 7.30pm and have a great night out. Neil Diamondo is a comedy tribute act who

will be live at Saltburn Golf Club. Tickets can be purchased from Foxrush Farm, Saltburn Golf Club and SARA‟s charity shop in Guisborough. Tickets are £8.00. Come along on May 11th, 10am at Foxrush and grab a bargain. bric-a-brac, bedding, clothes and lots, lots more. Refreshments will be available. Join in our annual Spring Stroll on May 6th at 11am, along Redcar stray. It‟s a chance to have a bracing walk along the gorgeous coastline with other dog walkers meeting old friends and new. There will be doggy bags for dogs and presents for humans who participate. All funds raised help SARA continue to help animals. 39

Double Yellow Lines a ‘Compromise’ Council chiefs have agreed a compromise solution to the threat of the double yellow lines row which split the town last month. Redcar and Cleveland has agreed in principle to withdraw plans to restrict parking in the town centre, but will introduce double yellow lines on some corners considered to be dangerous. Here are some comments gathered before the decision was made in early February: Many people were agreed „something needs to be done‟ about the lack of car parking spaces, but the big question is what? A plan to bring in charges was roundly beaten off about six years ago. The row turned a bit personal with one poster on a Milton Street lamppost referring to “plans to sneakily put yellow lines in Milton Street.‟ This poster was anonymous. A council official said 173 people had written in with points, mostly against the plans. A senior engineer was to evaluate them and put them to cabinet member Councillor Bob Norton for a decision. Saltburn views included: Lorna Jackson, of Real Meals, Milton Street, said: “Extra provision of parking is needed before restrictions are imposed.” Michael Gosnay, who runs the butchers and Spar shops in Milton Street, said he had put in an official objection to proposals. Keith Muir, of Keith Sports, Milton Street, urged the 40

council to “leave things alone.” He said he had not met anyone in favour. “It will be the death of some shops,” he added. Resident Craig Hornby, of Milton Street, called the idea „a disaster‟ while a Garnet Street resident, who declined to give her name, said residents‟ parking permits would be best. Jennie Finch, of Garnet Street, said: “Parking is already limited. Life would be impossible for residents if there were further restrictions.” Jennie, who is a local author, complained that campervans were parking in the jewel streets and she feared more would move in (from Marine Parade, their favourite overnight parking spot) if the bans came in. The Yellow Lines poster, which was tied to a lamppost near Garnet Street, claimed the idea was all to “make space for some tourists to walk down to the sea front. What about the residents?” When Saltburn Neighbourhood Action Partnership (made up of residents and councillors) met on 23rd January several suggestions and comments were made from the 50 present. They included fears that campervans might be moved to the other side of Marine Parade if a ban was imposed on one side. Footnote: Work is expected to start in April on improving the Hob Hill car park so a park-and-ride scheme can be introduced on events days. Mike Morrissey

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Traditional Victorian Condiments Here we have three different traditional condiments. The Yorkshire Original Hendersonâ€&#x;s Relish, made in Sheffield since 1885 to a secret recipe adds spice and flavour to any dish and is also gluten-free and Vegetarian Society approved. Geo Watkins Mushroom Ketchup was the secret of success for many Victorian cooks. This rich cooking ingredient can be used in soups, sauces or gravy to enrich flavour and is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Geo Watkins Anchovy Sauce is a traditional seasoning which can be used to enhance not only fish dishes but is also great added to pizza or scrambled eggs. 42

The Police and Crime Commissioner wins half a million to prevent youth offending Proposals to prevent youth offending, drawn up by Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, have been awarded £546,250 by the Government. He says: “This represents a significant step in our efforts to reduce youth offending and I want to pay tribute to the team who put this compelling bid together; clearly the Home Secretary has been impressed.” I spoke to Barry and Rachelle Kipling, the Commissioner‟s Officer for Victims, about the successful bid. We were joined by Paul Robinson, who is studying for a Ph.D at Teesside University. “I‟m looking at the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner, resident engagement and consultation,” he explained. There was short notice of the national competition for the funding, but Cleveland is one of twenty-nine successful areas. Barry feels that it‟s important to grab opportunities with both hands: “We have high levels of crime and deprivation here,” he says. “Eight years of austerity and cuts in public services have led to fewer resources being available to face problems, so this money is very welcome.” The bid focused on prevention of youth offending, early intervention, targeted intervention and those young people entering the criminal justice system for the first time. Barry refers to the misbehaviour in Saltburn in Spring 2018: “The newly awarded funds will help us reach out to vulnerable youngsters across Cleveland, which will be of indirect benefit to the people of Saltburn.” Rachelle provided details of how the money will be used to enhance existing work. Mentors will be trained within secondary schools. Following this training, their role will be to upskill young people, so that they will be able to safely challenge any negative behaviour, such as bullying, that confronts them. In addition to this, youth workers will be deployed in hot spot locations, where it is thought that young people are likely to commit anti-social acts. “The work of the current youth offending service will be enhanced by the adoption of a holistic family approach,” Rachelle continues. “We want to prevent younger siblings copying offending behaviour and to prevent escalation taking place.” There will be close attention to those arrested for the first time, with staff trying to understand the reasons why the young people have offended. Are drugs, alcohol or financial difficulties behind the crimes? This work will increase appreciation of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on behaviour, enabling staff to intervene at an early stage. Also built in will be a Cleveland Youth Intervention and Prevention Co-ordinator. The person appointed will coordinate delivery and the development of a Cleveland-wide Serious Violence Strategy in partnership with education, health, criminal justice, social services and youth services to embed best practice. As part of the application process, the team had to agree to participate in the Home Office Independent Evaluation process. “Everything will be monitored to see what works and what doesn‟t and what learning can be used for the future,” adds Rachelle. The funding will be received by the Police and Crime Commissioner and then passported to local councils. Redcar and Cleveland Council will offer the money to the voluntary

community sector, whose workers will go out into the areas where the young people are to be found, for example Saltburn‟s Valley Gardens. The project will build on the early intervention work that Barry is already encouraging. “As part of early intervention, we try to divert youngsters to youth clubs, boxing, arts and crafts and musical activities,” he says. “I fund an Early Intervention Co-ordinator in each of the four Cleveland boroughs; their job is to work with families whose children are at risk of offending and who need support with parenting. They work with school and the young person to keep them in education.” He funds an anti-racism organisation, „Show Racism the Red Card‟ to come into our primary schools. It works with Middlesbrough Football Club, taking schoolchildren into Riverside Stadium and footballers into schools. This leads the children to have more understanding of the importance of positive behaviour. A Victim Care and Advice Service has been commissioned by Barry. “This is a free, independent and confidential service for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour,” he explains. “Emotional and practical support is available and people can access this, even if they haven‟t reported the problem to the Police.” Mindful of the effect of trauma on young children, Barry has introduced an appeal to the knitters of Teesside to create soft toys to be given to youngsters by the Police and other services at times of distress. Over eight hundred have been created (see picture above for examples). A suggested knitting pattern is even on the Police and Crime Commissioner‟s website, although Barry is keen to encourage original designs to appeal to a wide range of children. Barry says: “I‟m extremely grateful to generous individuals already involved in the project for kick-starting our campaign. The toys will be a small comfort to some of the most vulnerable children in the criminal justice system who are bewildered and frightened by the situation they find themselves in, through no fault of their own.” Well done knitters and Barry too! Rosemary Nicholls 43

March into the Cons Club Welcome to the monthly article from Saltburn Conservative Club. I am writing this report on Valentine‟s Day and once again the postman forgot to call with my cards. Renewal of membership for 2019 closed on February 28th so if you have failed to pay your subscription you are no longer a member of the club. We have been taking subscriptions for 2019 since mid-December, meaning you have had a considerable time to re-join. Looking back to events in February and the Quiz, Bingo and Pie & Pea Supper held on Wednesday 20th will have been a brilliant night, full of laughter and nothing serious. Tickets for this event sold out a week before taking place which once again shows the fantastic support we always receive from members for every event we put on. Also sold out is the club trip to Richmond on Good Friday; even though we put on an extra coach the places were snapped up very quickly. Sadly I have to report that one of our fantastic bar-staff has passed away. Tracy Langley / Stone was not a big person in height but she was very big in heart, commitment, and enthusiasm. She was a very well-liked person who became the best of friends with many of the members of the club, a lot of whom attended her funeral. She will always be remembered for her smile and friendship and will be badly missed by all who knew her. Moving on to events in March and on Tuesday 5th we are hosting the return visit to the club, as promised last year, of the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley Ben Houchen, who will report on his progress since his last visit (which has been outstanding). The meeting is open to all members of the Conservative Club and also members of SLUG (Saltburn Line Users Group) and their friends, as the meeting takes place on what would have been the SLUG monthly meeting night. A full house is expected (75 people) for this event which will be held in the upstairs function room. Make sure you arrive early to get a seat. With the main interests currently very much transportation focused, with transport integration being important plus the provision of appropriate infrastructure being in place, it would be very helpful to have updates on all matters transport related, plus anything that is topical and relevant to Saltburn and East Cleveland. The Chairman for the evening is Philip Thomson and the evening starts at 7pm. Any questions for Ben that we receive in advance will be forwarded to him for inclusion. Ben will be speaking for approx 45 minutes followed by a questions and answers session from the audience. Another first for the club is a monthly social Backgammon evening. The first meet, greet and play evening is on Thursday, 7th March from 7pm to 9pm. These events will continue throughout the year on the first Thursday of every month. Let us know you are coming if you can, to

enable us to arrange spare boards, or please bring your own. It‟s Fun, Friendly & Free. The organised events for the month finish on Friday, 29th March with the „Open Mic Night‟ hosted by Liz Bishop & friends. The names of people wishing to play or sing are taken from 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm. Please come along and support Liz: she‟s brilliant. Live music at its best in the upstairs function room. Free entry. As promised I can now give you an update on alterations and improvements taking place within the club. All work arranged has been approved by the Council with whom we work closely. This enables us to operate within the stipulations and parameters we are given. A new bar is in the process of being fitted into the function room with part of the wall adjoining the old office having had an opening made in it to fit the bar serving area. The old office will be made into two areas with the bar at the front serving the function room and a cold food preparation area at the back. Soundproofing will be fitted in the function room and bar, including under the flooring. This bar will be fitted with a roller shutter. To date we have purchased eight Chesterfields, with tables and seating to follow. The decorating will follow the theme in the bar with regard to wallpaper, table lamps, wall lights and flooring. Another problem we have overcome recently is the addition of a new line and modem fitted in the bar to overcome difficulties we have been having with the WiFi connections. (The new WiFi password is posted on the club notice board.) A new telephone has also been fitted in the bar (new number: 01287 622091). Remember we show all the top sporting events on our televisions with Sky Sport & BT Sport both midweek and at weekends. All people who have re-joined for this year can buy their beer at £2.20p a pint during „Happy Hours‟ which are from 4.30pm to 7pm midweek and from 3pm to 7pm weekends and Bank Holidays. Remember also that only members are eligible to win the Beer Draw money rollover drawn every Sunday at 6pm with the money rising by £25 each week if not won. Members can also hire rooms free of charges for such events as birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, wedding receptions, funeral wakes etc. When all alterations and improvements have been completed in the function room we will have a venue fit for any occasion. Remember the AGM is on Monday, 1st April in the upstairs function room. That‟s all for now. Enjoy the glorious weather we are having as I write this article. Stay safe, healthy and happy and may March be a good month for us all. David David Rigg, Club President Email : Article financially supported by Saltburn Conservative Club

Saltburn Cons Club: Future Events to Entertain in March Every Tuesday: Club Draw Nights for Meat Voucher, Wines & Chocolates… 10pm. Every Sunday: Drinks Draw & Cash Rollover. Increases by £25 each week if not won… 6pm. Saturday Afternoons: A get-together by „The Conmen‟ Americana Musicians Jam sessions... 3pm. Tuesday 5th: Return to the club of the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley BEN HOUCHEN. Updates and reports of progress made since his visit a year ago. Plus questions & answers session. Thursday 7th: Backgammon (first meet, greet & play)… 7pm to 9pm Friday 29th: „Open Mic Night‟ hosted by Liz Bishop & Friends… 8pm 44

Letters to the Editor Parking: I would just like to thank everybody who objected by email to the council‟s plans. I have not heard any precise numbers mentioned but I believe there were 98% objections to the new parking restrictions that the council was trying to bring into place in Saltburn. And that‟s the second time. The town got together again as a group to show their strength and determination not to let it happen. I would like to thank Thurston Printers who printed the leaflets for free and everyone who volunteered to deliver them and the shops which displayed them. Well done. Now let‟s see if the council is going to create the extra parking spaces that were spoken about in the meeting. We will see. Saltburn always seems to be at the back of the queue went it comes to council expenditure. That‟s sad as it‟s the secret jewel on the north east coast. DVT Unspoilt Saltburn: After one year of residence in Saltburn I am happy to confirm my decision as a good one to move „by-the-Sea‟ for the last decade or so of my retirement years. Saltburn has all those features that make a town a desirable place to be. Descriptions like unspoilt, friendly, relatively less polluted than inland, easy access to travel, helpful people, access to activities which suit all tastes which includes the variety of excellence in cafes, restaurants and welcoming public houses. When you have a gem like Saltburn to live in or visit then effort, time and expense by those with authority to do so on matters such as reclaiming and restoring the quality of Saltburn‟s Victorian heritage should be rewarded with a public response of support and integrity. It is always „unspoilt‟ that is mentioned at the top of people‟s list of why Saltburn is a favourite place to be. Without doubt the KICAS work on the beach deserves respect. Which brings me to the only negative aspect of Saltburn that I feel after one year here: if only the town was as clean as the beach. Rubbish is redistributed by the weather but cigarette ends and dog dirt stays where it is dropped, and too rarely in the bins provided. On a recent visit to Nerja in Spain it seems that humans and dogs are careless there as well, but it was a joy to walk down the main streets early morning after local shops and businesses had swept and scrubbed their bit of pavement front. How about our council offering incentives to our public houses and related businesses by reducing rates for regularly cleaning up frontages? Or is that too much to dream for? Name withheld by agreement Editor adds: There is so much dog dirt on the pavements in Saltburn that whenever I walk around town my eyes are „glued‟ to the ground. I would rather be walking with my back straight and presenting a smiling face to the world but if I don‟t concentrate intensely on where I am putting my feet I will either step in dog dirt or fall flat on my face because I had failed to notice a bump or depression in my path. And I can tell you, it really hurts when you hit the pavement even if nothing is damaged except one‟s ego. We have a dog and I am proud to be seen cleaning up its mess. I don‟t understand why not everyone else does.

A Balanced View by Alan Butler

In line with medical advice I decided after Christmas that the time had come to shed more than a few pounds in weight. What I failed to do was to check my weight at the time I started and it was probably a couple of weeks before I got round to doing so. Part of the reason I had avoided the scales in the bathroom was that I have never really trusted them. They are really old and were probably designed and produced by the Leonardo da Vinci bathroom scale company. What is really annoying about them is that wherever one puts them in the bathroom, a different result is achieved, sometimes many pounds askew from the reading elsewhere. This was not such a bad thing when I was trying to fool myself about my weight because I always knew where to take the scales in the bathroom in order to get a more complimentary result but now I really am losing weight, I don‟t want to be told that I am heavier than I actually am and the stupid scales simply would not play ball – even when I took them out of the bathroom and to other parts of the house. Okay, I thought, we will invest in a new set of bathroom scales – ones that don‟t depend on the weird mechanical ensemble within our present scales. Arriving back from town I tempered my patience until bath time and then got on the new shiny, glass topped digital scales. Imagine my surprise and my annoyance upon discovering that the digital scales pronounced me to be several pounds heavier than the highest result from the old scales (which by this time Kate had put outside to be thrown away). We recovered them immediately and brought them back upstairs in order to carry out a whole series of comparisons – in order to try and work out what my true weight actually was. The whole thing proved to be useless because the new scales also varied according to where they were standing. I could not make myself as light as I thought I ought to be, not even if I leant forward at an acute angle or crouched down on the scales like a frog. Nothing worked and I was stuck with being fat – even though my belt was two holes tighter than it used to be. Should I take the new scales back to the shop and demand a refund? I thought about it but decided that as long as I left them in the same place, they ought to remain consistent with themselves and in a way it didn‟t matter what they said, as long as a week later they registered less weight, proving that my diet was working. I was eating fewer calories per day than Kate thought was good for me, so I was convinced I should see a marked difference the following week. Imagine my horror and my annoyance to find myself two pounds heavier as far as the scales were concerned. And what makes matters worse is that they creak when I step down from them, and it sounds like a deliberate laugh at my expense. I resisted the urge to throw them out of the window and as it turned out I had the last laugh. I went to the doctor‟s this morning and used their NHS quality scales. It turns out I have lost twice the weight I thought I had and am half way to my objective. So ya boo sucks to the bathroom scales and on with the diet. 45

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Music for Maintenance! There will be a concert in Emmanuel Churchâ€&#x;s Echo on Friday, March 15th (doors at 7, starting at 7.30pm), with the proceeds being shared between Echo and the urgent repair fund of Saltburn Methodist Church. Well known and well loved local musicians, Maggie Camp and Terry Dickinson, will host an evening of music featuring various styles with an emphasis on country music; there will even be an opportunity for a dance or two! Entry is ÂŁ5 on the door; bring a bottle but light refreshments are included. This promises to be a lovely relaxing evening so please come and join us. Djenane 46

The Saltburn Profile by Rosemary Nicholls Caroline Domingo “I never tire of looking out of my window at the wonderful view of the Valley Gardens,” says Caroline Domingo, who has made her home very happily in Saltburn. After thirty years living in the flat, landlocked state of Indiana, USA, she enjoys our local features of hills and sea. Caroline's father was in Control Commission in Berlin after the War and she was born in 1949 in Spandau Hospital, next to the prison where Rudolf Hess was being held. Before she was one year old, her mother brought her back to the UK through the Russian sector. She was told later that because she was a cute baby, the Russians waved them through to the front of the queue. Her parents had made many German friends and they kept in touch over the years. The family settled in Sheffield and Caroline learnt German at school; then when she was a teenager, they went back to visit. “It was a very moving reunion,” she remembers. At her state school in Sheffield, she was encouraged to sit an entrance exam for Cambridge University. She was surprised to be offered a place at New Hall, a women's college trying to achieve a more diverse membership and became the first person in her family to go to University. She studied Philosophy and English Literature. “It was an interesting experience,” she says. “There were ten men to every woman in the University and most students were from a higher social class and wealthier families than mine.” She remembers visiting the novelist E.M. Forster, who was nearly ninety at the time, but very keen to meet undergraduates. “I wanted to tell him how much I admired him,” she adds, “but he would have none of it. He kept asking me about myself.” After returning to Sheffield, she met her future husband, a Filipino American and moved to the USA. Her daughter was born there. Caroline worked in publications and became politically active. She joined the national pro-union group Jobs with Justice and local peace and anti-racist movements and demonstrated against the Ku Klux Klan. “The comrades in Indiana were wonderful, serious and humane. They were on the side of oppressed people and I was proud to work with them,” she says. “We also had a lot of fun!” Unfortunately, the marriage didn't last and Caroline considered returning to the UK. However, she had three parttime jobs and decided her best chance was to develop a career in the USA. As a former working single mother, often very short of money, she has great empathy with people who struggle to put food on the table and pay for utilities in the UK today. After some lean years, she eventually secured a fulltime job as a copy editor and later as communications director at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, where she worked until retirement in 2009. “I have great respect for the Midwest and Indiana in particular and I'm still in touch with the team at the University,” she says. Her daughter, Antonia, is now working in Pennsylvania as an attorney with the United Steelworkers Union and Caroline is very proud of her. When Caroline retired, Antonia encouraged her to follow her dream of returning to Yorkshire and they visit each other as often as funds allow. “A friend I have had since we were eleven lives in Whitby and she offered to help me buy a home. I knew I

wanted to be by the sea, so she suggested Saltburn, which I had never visited before. I came on a dismal day, but it was love at first sight,” Caroline says. Getting involved with Saltburn life is very important to her. She loves studying Latin and Russian Literature (in translation) with the U3A. She enjoys Saltburn Folk Festival and joined Saltburn Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn became Leader. She is a member of the group of Befrienders of asylum seekers and refugees housed locally and volunteers at their social events. She likes to explore our area and says that Teesside has been a revelation to her. She walks in the woods and on the moors. In 2011, she applied to take on a rescue cat and passed an interview with the RSPCA, leading to the placement of Lux, who is now seven years old. “She is called Lux after the Socialist heroine, Rosa Luxembourg and Lux is also Latin for light,” she explains. Caroline loves music, appreciating the local folk tradition and the visits to the area of many fine musicians. She reads voraciously from the classics to contemporary literature to relaxing with mysteries. But she says: ”There should be more Socialist detective novels.” She continues to work as a freelance copy editor in order to earn money for trips abroad. “Some of the editing is quite routine,” she says. “But some assignments are really challenging. For instance last year I helped a Mexican American scholar craft a petition to the United Nations to urge support for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Mexico.” Caroline travelled to Buenos Aires when Antonia spent a year there and has visited Mexico, Chile and European countries. But despite the lure of travel, there‟s nowhere that she‟d rather be than Saltburn! 47

1st Saltburn Scout Group As the Sections closed for the February half term break, we reflected on a pleasant start to the year (only had to cancel one evening session owing to the un-expected and abrupt snow). The lighter nights indicate the arrival of spring and a chance to get outside, again! Beaver numbers remain steady at 20 members; four are due to „move -up‟ during this break; and the colony will welcome, Drew, Lukas, Ralph and Oscar; with Alexander, Alfred, Ethan and Nate heading for Cubs. They have been busy creating again; producing „fat balls‟ for bird feeders. Beavers love making them, Leaders are unsure as to how much parents welcome the arrival of such gifts; but great fun is had by all creating these items. James is settling in well as a Section Assistant; he appears to be enjoying working with the Beavers. Cubs will rise to 20 members after the break, being joined by four former Beavers, Matthew having moved later than intended (other activities had to be re-organised to suit his Scouting commitment) and the departure of a Cub owing to other pastimes and after school clubs. Cubs enjoyed the trip to the Pantomime „Sinbad the Sailor‟ at Whitby; as well as the bus trip to achieve the outing. The majority of the Cubs are currently undertaking their Personal Challenges (a two challenge activity which involves Cubs tackling an activity or undertaking they find difficulty with. This can involve even mundane activities that sometimes parents would like them to improve at or even undertake; as well as something within Scouting that assists Leaders. Scouts continue with the Emergency Aid Activity Badge and pioneering (creating „useful‟ objects with ropes and timbers, but are also preparing (if that is the correct word) for their District Scout Quiz in March. As previous winners (twice) and runners-up they have a reputation to live up to! The Group‟s improvements to kitchen are almost complete; and we now have the benefit of the coat hooks in the entrance hall so coats are not littering every surface in the main room and less likely to be forgotten as the young people depart. Many parents are continuing to assist with all Sections in their activities; if you can offer assistance or are interested in joining us, you would be very welcome. John G. Hannah – 07811 801627 or

Saltburn Line User Group Next Meeting: Tuesday, 5th March 2019 at 7.00pm. We have a speaker - the mayor Ben Houchen - who will be talking on transportation matters, especially rail. Meetings at Saltburn Conservative Club are held on the first Tuesday of the month, our starting time is now (permanently) 7pm. As always, all welcome. Talk to Saltburn Line User Group. The Group exists to protect passengers‟ interests. Find us at saltburnlineusergroup Email the secretary on:


The 9-5 runners hit mud in Saltburn Some 500 men and women spent Sunday, 10th February running through mud in East Cleveland, starting and finishing in Saltburn. It was a 9am to 5pm marathon with runners, aged up to 70 from all over the north of England competing in a Hard Moors 110 event. It was the first of seven similar events held so far this year by running enthusiasts throughout the country. Women made up nearly half the runners. Shirley Steele, who organised the event with husband Jonathan, of Tadcaster, said at the Saltburn leisure centre hall used by Hard Moors: “We must be mad, but we love running through mud in the country.” She thanked local people who co-operated with the runners. Their route took in Skinningrove along the Cleveland Way and inland to Guisborough woods and Birk Brow, then back through Skelton woods along Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn, to the leisure centre. Applause greeted mud-splattered runners as they arrived at the HQ in the hall adjoining the sports centre. Saltburn‟s next date for hosting the run will be on the May Spring bank holiday 27th May. Local bed-and-breakfast houses will be looking forward to another busy weekend. Entrants can tackle either the marathon, a half-marathon or 10 kilometres. Last year runners donated £1,500 each to mountain rescue teams in Cleveland and Scarborough. Mike Morrissey


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Saltburn Allotments Association Spring is here and the growing season begins as the weather and soil warm up. This is the time that gets us through the dark winter months! I keep checking tomatoes, chillies and broad beans etc. potting on as soon as they are ready to keep them growing on and beginning to sow things outside. Prepare your seed beds if you haven‟t already; I have had cloches on the ground to accelerate the warming of the soil. You can keep them on if the weather is a little cold as of course it can be! The Beast from the east was in March last year! I am planting lots of things now like peas, cabbage, broccoli, caulis, salad crops, herbs (you may get away with a couple of hardy ones like chives and parsley outside towards the end of the month) and root crops. Lots of these can go in to a seed bed ready to be transplanted in a few weeks to their final growing position. Check out your seed packets to see what will grow best now. Always label your seedlings even if you think you will be able to identify them as you are likely to forget if you have a few … Earlier sowings may be ready to plant out; they may need fleece or cloche protection if it gets too chilly so watch the weather closely. Keep an eye on your greenhouse too as days can be very warm. Ensure you ventilate the greenhouse sufficiently by opening the door or window. Give your plants enough room and do not crowd them otherwise you may get problems with fungal disease. You can start to put in your seed potatoes this month unless your soil is very cold or wet then wait until the end of the month. I usually start off the early ones around Eastertime as they need about 12 weeks growing before picking. You may wish to dig a trench about a foot deep and fill with compost to enrich the ground for runner beans and hold more water underneath the plants as they need lots. If you are „no dig‟ like me you can mulch the bed well with compost to help which will do the same. Both methods do help. You can now plant asparagus crowns if you intend to in weed-free ground, and if you already have some you should weed well now and mulch to feed for the new season. Prepare your supports for peas and beans, wigwams, posts or frames before you need them. Make sure they are sufficiently strong to withstand wind and weather when covered with growth! We are open every Sunday for rent collection and to sell seed, compost and fertilisers at the containers, and will be hosting the first stall of the year for us on the farmers‟ market this month. We will have an assortment of seedlings, and available crops for sale, so come along and see us there. Julia

The Muses of Jim At last, common sense has played its part and the parking bans which were proposed have been rejected. But I think much work has to be done to cater for commuters from East Cleveland; people who travel from outside Saltburn to work in Saltburn and as far as from Doncaster and Newcastle to commute elsewhere from Saltburn, need to have their parking needs catered for. On a personal matter, I had a funny turn on Monday, ending up in hospital again. But this time I was accompanied by my family. I survived all the tests and they released me at 7 at night. So it got me thinking about my future so I have decided not to stand for the Borough anymore as the people of Saltburn, having rejected me three times, have showed their common sense. But I am going to stand for the Parish again, but this time because I am not fit enough to deliver a leaflet, I am not going to produce one. That is the Yorkshire in my blood, saving money! So, I am trusting to the people of Saltburn to support me. An old friend from college made contact over Christmas. He is going to come to Saltburn and visit me as soon as we can arrange it. It will be nice to see him again and to talk about old times. He was the head of the students union and I was one of his minions on the board looking after the day students. We spent many an enjoyable day at conferences causing havoc. So some things don‟t change! Spud welcomed me back when I returned home from hospital but he was soon disgusted that on the following day I was in and out because I had three meetings and the clerk of the council told me off for attending full council. But I felt all right apart from being rather tired. So, I rang her up the next day and told her I was all right. I can‟t repeat what she said. It is nice to see the new faces in the top club as it does give value for money and its guest beers are excellent. But, unfortunately, I am not allowed to participate as I have a limit because of my heart condition. I have to limit the amount of liquid that I can drink in a day. Which does help me to save money, I suppose, which I have to hide about the house so my children can‟t find it. Because once I have finally crossed over, they will sling all my prized books and photographs in a skip. Just like their mother did with my rugby boots, my miner‟s hat, a flint I found in the valley gardens and a piece of Roman black pottery that I found at Boroughbridge that had a thumb print of the potter. I tried my police contacts when I worked at Farndale to tell me any information that they could find out for me but they wouldn‟t. I have just noticed I have two maps to hang up on the wall. One is of Victorian York and one is of Pontefract that Father Christmas recently brought me. I noticed with surprise that the Pontefract one had Acton Hall Colliery on it. That is the last pit I worked in underground and I realised for the first time exactly where it was. I always thought it was on the other side of Featherstone. My youngest daughter‟s husband couldn‟t believe it when I told him. Jim Wingham and Spud 49

The Saltburn Crossword no 213 set by Advena Across 7 Teesmouth feature constructed with opposite of north faulty gear (9) 8 Saint briefly connects with sailors‟ grog to play a ukulele like this (5) 9 A designer transforming the arctic (9) 10 Initially Eddie can‟t unwind to perform the play (5) 12 Fish where birds rest (5) 14 We hear this local village provides residence where the heather grows (9) 16 Redcar initially joined by rail haphazardly to this Saltburn hub (7) 18 Obtain one twelfth of a ream of paper we hear (7) 20 Definitely a fool in front, rudely shambolic (9) 21 Written bylaws within the Welsh resort (5) 24 Saltburn‟s first place in a musical phase (5) 25 Heard bank is realigned to keep the car stationary (9) 27 Peter, initially uniting with an aristocrat, named a Saltburn street (5) 28 See 13 Down

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1 The origin we hear of an addition to the meal (6) 2 Engrave with secret change included (4) 3 The ornamental stone looks like it can bar the way (5) 4 Replaces horsepower? Rot, cart reverses (7) 5 and 22 Down No brick built home for this Saltburn fresh food outlet (10, 6) 6 Well built, powerful curs maul dreadfully (8) 11 Upright inside an obtuse rectangle (5) 13 and 28 Across Unusual rare Welsh jet curlers from this Saltburn town centre outlet (10, 9) 15 Made a mistake in the offer reduction (5) 17 Offended by unlisted chaos (8) 19 Delighted by entreaties put to the editor briefly (7) 22 See 5 Down 23 Is this reptile able to put two and two together? (6) 26 Regulation first of all, rarely used laws excepted (4)

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The winner of last month‟s crossword was Kathleen Ward of Randolph Street, Saltburn.

D. V. Townend & Co 8 Dundas Street East, Saltburn TS12 1AH

Country Outfitters Tel: (01287) 623754 Website: Email: Specialising in practical but stylish leisure and outdoor wear, we also stock a wide range of accessories, gifts and leather items from the most famous brands including Aigle, Magee, Seasalt and Tumble & Hide.


Send your completed crossword to: Saltburn Crossword no 213, c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, TS12 1AQ by Friday, 15th March 2019. First correct solution out of the bag wins a £10 voucher kindly donated by Tim and Sheila of Real Meals.

The Vista Mar New refurbishment. New look restaurant. New look lounge, New dog friendly lounge. New menu. Following an extensive refurbishment, we are pleased to announce that our new look sea view restaurant is now open and serving a huge range of new and exciting Tapas dishes. With Mediterranean specialities from Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal & Cyprus, we have something for every taste. We have even included a traditional local pub lunch menu, which includes Parmos, fish & chips and several vegan and vegetarian options. We have extended our opening hours, and are now open 7 days a week and also serve food 7 days a week. Our new dog friendly lounge is proving a popular addition. We will be adding a new entrance to the pub for dog owners, Hopefully this will accommodate both dog lovers and those that have expressed their feeling about dogs in the bar area. Our new restaurant welcomes families, and well behaved supervised children are welcome in all public areas except on the restaurant terrace. This restriction was put in place for safety reasons. Phase two of our refurbishment will begin within the next few weeks and will include new outside furniture, extensive planting and a general overhaul of the outside areas in preparation of the summer season.

Valentine’s Day SPECIAL MEZE offer – Around 10 dishes carefully selected from our Tapas menu by our Chef Bottle of Prosecco £50 per couple ( booking only )

We are hiring – We are looking for experienced staff for the new season. Chef, bar staff and table service staff. MUST have extensive experience; Apply with CV to: The owner Vista Mar, Saltburn Bank, Saltburn. TS12 1HH.



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Talk of the Town March 2019  

Saltburn by the Sea's free, monthly, community magazine.

Talk of the Town March 2019  

Saltburn by the Sea's free, monthly, community magazine.

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