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SALTBURN’S TOWN TALK Letter from the Editor

Last month I mentioned the huge increase in the cost of paper closed ranks, while the other is absurd. One is „feeling the fear and that the situation demanded slimming down the magazine but doing it anyway‟, persevering and struggling and hopefully slightly. There is no denying the reality of this, and yet some winning in the end, while the other is wishful thinking. We people would like to do just that: pretend that the truth is not should respect each other‟s views, and not be intolerant of so. In the week before going to press, a leading economist, an them. However, there are those that believe we can create our expert who knew what he was talking about, accused the own reality, that the Universe bends itself to our will. That‟s government of being „at war with reality!‟ This was an interesting philosophical position but what happens when concerning the latest pledges over the NHS and where the there are two opposing wills? Yes, we have a sense of creating fictitious money was coming from. Actually, I approve of our own destiny but I don‟t believe that those suffering illness being at war with reality but I think there are two ways of or misfortune have brought it on themselves. That would be going about it. One is a courageous act of defiance which unkind. Still, we soldier on, defying reality. Will we win in the leads to a great achievement against all the odds, such as end? Winning today is all that matters. Love, Ian campaigning for justice against corrupt officials who have Send letters, adverts and contributions for the next issue (by Friday, 20th July 2018) to: The Editor, Talk of the Town Saltburn Farmers’ Market Farmers Market and Food c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, Festival: It‟s a fabulous month for foodies! With a Farmers‟ Cleveland, TS12 1AQ. Telephone: 01287 623903 (or email: Market on Saturday, 14th July and a Food Festival on talkofthetownsaltburn@gmail.com). Sunday, 29th July there is no excuse not to come into Talk of the Town can be found on a new Facebook Saltburn and try something new! Both events will be full of address at www.facebook.com/talkofthetownsaltburn. the most amazing foods: meat; vegan; baked goods; wild Telling Our Tales book: As part of the Emmanuel Church 150 mushroom; English wine; desserts alongside great artworks year celebrations I have commissioned a short print-run of and some tasty teas! In addition the festival will showcase Telling our Tales – 17 Bible stories for children and world class street food, music and cookery demonstrations as adults. This small book is now available at £8.95 with all the town centre roads are closed to cars and pedestrians take profits going to Emmanuel Church Funds. The tales are over the town! Check out Saltburn Farmers Market Facebook narrated from the standpoint of a character who features in the page for further details. Bible account but who is not necessarily specifically The Guisborough and District branch of the mentioned. I have attempted to give each story a gentle Embroiderers’ Guild are holding their monthly meeting on spiritual message. The book can be purchased by calling 01287 Saturday, 7th of July at 2pm in Sunnyfield House, Westgate. 626924 and/or my home address – 20 Upleatham St., SaltburnGuisborough. TS14 6BA. Visitors are very welcome and by-the-Sea, TS12 1LP. Roger Elgood admission is £5.00. Car parking is free on Saturday in the Craft Club Busy Fingers: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each council car park behind Belmont House, Rectory Lane, only a month, 1.30 till 3.30pm in the Coffee Room, Saltburn short walk away. The guest speaker is Laura Edgar and her Community Centre. talk is entitled “Textiles - The Fabric of My Life”. For further WI Report: The ladies of Saltburn WI have been very busy information contact Gill on 01642 480344. since our last meeting. We celebrated the royal wedding with a Shop news: Saltburn businesses Rapp‟s Cafe, Grasers, The The Guisborough and District Branch of the cheese and wine garden party, an event enjoyed by everyone Guns Bar and Real Meals have decided to phase out the use Embroiderers’ Guild: The monthly meeting will be held on who attended. We have around Saltburn each Friday Saturday, Visitors are walked very welcome and admission is of single-use plastics wherever possible. morning in sunshine and in rain, met up for coffee and been out £5.00. Car parking is free on Saturday in the council car park Deer dies: A female deer fell to its death at Huntcliff on to supper. The book club had their monthly meeting and craft behind Belmont House, Rectory Lane which is a short walk Sunday, 10th June. Its body was recovered by local fishermen sessions were well attended. We also hosted the De Brus group away. For more information contact Gill on 01642 480344. and disposed of by the council. A worker said it was an rally where we were entertained by Meredith Towne who There is no meeting in June. Sybil Whitton unusual incident though several deer were still killed on local talked to us about “Romance in the Raj”. A very entertaining roads. evening. In the meantime, the new committee met to plan Emmanuel Church Hall Table Top and Collectors’ Sale: We will be back on 7th and 21st July and then 4th and 18th activities for the forthcoming year. Along with many other August. If anyone is interested in booking a stall to have a things we are looking forward to visiting Liverpool to see the clear out contact me on the number below. We are also doing Terracotta army exhibition. Our next meeting is on Thursday, our usual lunches and all day breakfast, fresh home baked 12th July at the Huntcliff Learning complex. New members are cake, pies and scones. Home made refreshments and light always welcome so please come along; you will be made very lunches are on sale all day. FREE ENTRANCE and a warm welcome. T o f i n d o u t mo r e v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e welcome to everyone. With over 26 stall holders, selling lots of bric-a-brac, books, toys, baby goods, and all sorts of www.saltburnbytheseawi.wordpress.com and you can also collectables, there is something for everyone. Contact Denise follow us on facebook. Diane Falla Marshall on 07929 589538. Cover Illustration: Sunset and Saltburn Pier by Alfie Breckon 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, Unit 34a, Lidgate Crescent, Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirkby, West Yorkshire, WF9 3NR. Website: www.dcprintyorkshire.co.uk 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.)

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea Now and Then

Saltburn and beyond, early 2018. Spot the Infinity Bridge at Stockton. Photograph by our daughter Jane.

Above: Station Street. Below: Cat Nab and Huntcliff - spot the changes. Right: Shell Garage, Emmanuel Church and United Bus.

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Saltburn Councillors’ Surgeries Saltburn Councillors‟ Surgeries, each month - all on Saturdays 1st Sat. Library 11-12 Cllr. Craig Hannaway 2nd Sat. Library 11-12 Cllr. Philip Thomson 3rd Sat. Outside Sainsbury‟s Cllr. Stuart Smith 9.30-10.30 and 11.30-12.15 4th Sat. Library 11-12 All Councillors Cllr. Hannaway: 07787 880613. Cllr. Smith: 07557 540628. Cllr. Thomson: 01287 624883.

Tuesday at 10 a.m. Mums & Toddlers At 1.30 p.m. Prayer Meeting At 2.05 p.m. Discussion Group Thursday at 10 a.m. Mums & Toddlers Ladies meeting 2.30 p.m. fortnightly COFFEE MORNINGS Wednesday at 10 a.m. Saturday at 10 a.m. SOUP AND BUN LUNCHES 1st Tuesday the month at 12.30 p.m.

COME AND WORSHIP With us on SUNDAY at 10.45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday School At 10.45 a.m. for all the children. Mid week worship WEDNESDAY AT 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome At any service. Our Church is open From 10 a.m—noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. For Prayer or Sit and have a cup of tea with us.

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Once Upon a Time in the Wapentake My apologies for non-appearance in last month‟s Talk of the Town. Any excuses? Was writing 600 words harder than writing 1200? Yes. Was I on holiday for much of May? Yes… So for this month‟s essay: “What we did on our holidays.” I will not dwell on the Hell on the Earth (with posh shops) that is Stansted Airport, nor the weather (acceptable enough for Saltburn in March, but not quite what we expected in the South of France in May). The impact of a collapsing pound I will also pass over. (And it is still possible to get a decent lunch for under a tenner. I‟ve never understood how the French do it.) Instead I will write about the history of the land at the foothills of the Pyrenees, stretching from near Carcassonne, where we began our journey, to Pau, near where we ended it, from places where Catalan was spoken, to where they sometimes speak Euskera and the Basque beret is worn, by way of the Land of Oc, from the Visigoth Kingdom of Septimania, through Aragon, Aquitaine, Bearn and Navarre, realms that once upon a time existed. It is said that the locals neither knew nor cared whether they were French or Spanish, until August 1914 when those on the wrong side of the border were marched away to war, and are now remembered in every tiny village as the Children of France who died for La Patrie. One of the places we visited was Rennes le Chateau, of which some of you may have heard. At the end of the 19th Century the then poverty stricken

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mountain top village received a new priest who began work restoring the local church. He found something, a document of some kind, which almost overnight made him a very wealthy man. Having redecorated the church in his own fashion, he built himself a house next door (in which he never lived) and a library in the shape of a tower, which he dedicated to Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene, as well as building a road to link the village to the outside world. And the world, in the shape of many famous people, came to the village to visit the priest. What his building work, (apart from the road, which did not impress Sheila) reminded us of was of somewhere not far from here, the Forbidden Corner. Perhaps that is all it was, one eccentric man‟s folly, that provided work for the locals, both in the building and in catering for the tourists. But why the unusual nature of the decoration of the church? The official explanation for the lurid statue of a demon in the doorway is that it is crushed below a stoup of holy water, and therefore a perfectly normal thing to see in a church. I could see no explanation for the large picture of Christ surrounded by his disciples, most of whom seemed to be female. And where did the money come from? Had the Priest found a clue to buried treasure, that of the Knights Templar, or of the Cathars, both groups having made their last stand against Paris and Rome in the hills nearby? Or was it something else he had found, a secret that might undermine the very foundations of our civilisation if it ever became known? Tim Beswick To be continued…


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Councillors’ Column The public meeting of Saltburn Neighbourhood Action Partnership (SNAP) will be held on Wednesday, 11th July, at 6pm in the Library, to consider matters of local interest. One item on the agenda for this meeting is the continuing concern of residents about the poor level of road safety measures in place on the highway running from Milton Street West to the new residential park at Hazelgrove. Although a motion received unanimous support from elected members in full Council on November 17th 2016 to develop solutions to be implemented by the end of the financial year 2018/19, no measures are yet in place. Hopefully officers will be able to explain the current situation in some detail. Continued reports are received about vehicles parked in front of dropped kerbs. This highway infringement carries a fixed penalty of £60. A further SNAP meeting on Wednesday, 18th July at the Community Hall will brainstorm ideas on addressing anti-social behaviour. All interested residents can register at the Library. The 2018/19 budget has now been formally published and may be examined on the R&C website under Budgets. Viewing of Cost Centres gives greater detail and will allow residents to see where the money is spent. This might be the last opportunity to enjoy the current web site as a new one has been designed and its launch is imminent. Some monies might be spent in Saltburn Centre this year as a new source of finance under the heading High Street Support Scheme has been announced. It might assist with funding new shop fronts, enhancing property security,

support for capital elements in businesses setting up and bringing back into use empty upper floors. Businesses can enquire about eligibility on 01642 444494. A Capital Growth fund will also make some funding available under a Heritage title until March 2021. Environmental issues continue to gain support. The announcement of a Tree Tsar has been welcomed and, as he lives just down the road at Hovingham, Redcar & Cleveland might benefit from his guidance, particularly since the Borough does already have a Tree Strategy but needs assistance putting it in to practice. More and more businesses in the town are signing up to the Plastic Free Coastline objectives and are to be congratulated for doing so. A further initiative is anticipated to encourage the owners of bins to bring them back onto their property after being emptied. This may allow a more efficient cleansing of back alleys where, despite investing in new road sweepers, access is restricted by uncollected bins. Embankment reinforcement with sheet piling and subsequent environmental bank building should commence this month at Forest Halt. A sigh of relief from the Saltburn Miniature Railway team will be heard throughout the land after waiting almost five years for this work to be started. An annual very weak weed killer treatment has been applied to pavements. Unfortunately most of this application was further diluted by recent rain. Pavement weeding could become good therapy for residents with free time. Philip Thomson 7


Saltburn Beachwatch After five years as Saltburn Beachwatch (SBW) organiser I have decided to step down and pass on the baton, if thatâ€&#x;s the right metaphor, to someone local, younger and equally passionate about keeping our wonderful beach clean. Over the last five years that I have been SBW organiser there has been a growing awareness amongst people all over the world that we cannot continue to degrade the marine environment by using it as a dumping ground for our waste without there being some major consequences. These may include the collapse of parts of the marine eco-system affecting industries such as Tourism and Fishing and also quite possibly human health. It is therefore heartening to see that over the last five years more and more people are willing to get involved to try and do something about it, for example volunteering at a litterpick, recycling more, using fewer throwaway items, especially plastic, and lobbying parliament through nongovernment organisations and charities like the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage. Over this period not only have we seen an increase in volunteers at SBW but also the growth of local groups: Keeping It Clean At Saltburn, Marske Litter Action Network, Friends of Redcar and recently the Plastic Free Coastline initiative. When I took on this role it was a steep learning curve for me. I was unaware of the extent of the threat to the marine eco-system by plastic items in the sea and on our beaches. I had little understanding of how micro plastic pollution was affecting ocean going fish, mammals and birds and the dangers that they pose to human health. I was only dimly aware of plastic pellets (nurdles) but had no idea that they were escaping into the ocean in the numbers they are. Plastic manufacturers say that spillage of nurdles is less than 1% but this still equates to billions every year. Many sea creatures and birds think they are food as they look and sometimes smell like fish eggs. With plastic production worldwide set to double in the next 10-15 years we need the British Plastics Federation to make sure that their members adhere to their own voluntary code of practise (Operation Clean Sweep) when handling nurdles and to encourage non members to reach the same standards. If this cannot be achieved voluntarily then I believe government should legislate. Plastic microfibers escaping into the ocean via our washing machines was and still is a growing problem. Every time we wash clothing that contains plastic such as Lycra, Nylon, Rayon etc thousands of microfibers are shed and because they cannot be filtered out by water treatment plants they go straight into the sea. These microfibers are being consumed by plankton and moving up the food chain eventually being eaten by us. A filter that would be an integral part of the washer has been invented but manufacturers are reluctant to fit them due to perceived costs and lack of demand, mainly because people are unaware of the problem or how to fix it. Again this may ultimately be a job for legislators. In the future I intend to remain an active volunteer and continue to try to make a difference in marine conservation issues. Lastly I would like to thank all the people who have volunteered to help at SBW litterpicks over the last five years, especially my wife Pam for her support and excellent cookies, all the people who help at registration, Mike Gosnay for sponsoring refreshments, Saltburn 500 club for equipment and insurance, RCBC for permissions and equipment and the editor of this magazine for letting me have my say. Roy Smith

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Friends of Saltburn Library

On July 11th, the second Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm, the Friends will be pleased to welcome Barbara Whalley from the “Premature Baby Unit”. Her talk will cover the many aspects of this heart-warming branch of medicine, all the laughter and the tears these modern day Florence Nightingales have to deal with daily. There will be our usual offering of tea and biscuits. The Friends have recently purchased for the library a book which has caused quite a stir in the literary world. It is entitled “Lost Words” by Robert McFarlane. Anyone who appreciates books that have good paper, good illustrations and good literature will delight in this future classic. In Scotland, the Education Authority gave every one of their schools a copy. So the Friends decided, if that was the case, Saltburn Library should also have a copy. This book is being kept as a Reference Book, not one to borrow. If interested, please enquire at the counter. Other News from the Library The “Summer Reading Challenge” will once again be starting at the end of July. If you are a newcomer to this scheme, I‟m sure the library staff will be able to give you details. However, briefly, six books must be read during the summer holidays and a small encouraging reward given to enthusiastic members for their efforts after each book. Every child completing the course will be invited to a special event. To enrol, ask at the library counter. Also, starting on the 26th July and weekly during the school holidays at 2.00pm on Thursdays, there will be craft sessions for the children run by the library staff. Barbara P. Chaffer

Saltburn Station Gallery Update The gallery would like to announce the arrival of 2 new artists for June and July: Janine Waite with her beautiful Pointillist artworks and Karin Dalbak with her mixed media creations and original watercolours. Also look out for our new range of giftware, candles and garden features for the summer. We are also pleased to announce that the May competition „Go wild in the north east‟ winner is Trevor Shelley with his photograph „Standing Proud‟. And runner up is Helen Brassington‟s photograph of „Catch of the day‟. Regretfully we have lost one of our jewellery makers, Gail Wright (Art of Glass) who sadly passed away recently and will be sorely missed.

Charity Crafters Saltburn Charity Crafters will be meeting on Wednesday, 4th July from 2pm to 4pm in the coffee room at Saltburn Community Hall. Please come and join us if you are interested. You will be welcome to pop in and join us for tea/coffee and biscuits and find out about our current projects. For further info please contact Angie on 01287 205153. 10

Saltburn Evangelical Church (Leven Street Mission) Following Jesus - the Bible our guide

Here for you: WELCOME! Sundays 10.30am & 6.00pm www.saltburnevangelicalchurch.org.uk _________________________________

School summer holidays are approaching. Youngsters cheer. Teachers sigh with relief. Parents might have reservations! What’s on for energetic 7-11s that’s fun, varied, exciting, safe and well-organised? Answer: Marske Community Week: Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August: back for a second year after a great time last summer! Each morning 10.00-12.00: activities for children at the Scout Hut (High Street). Including crafts, games, competitions, challenges, Bible story, free gifts … and gunge a leader! Each afternoon 2.00-4.00: fun for all the family! Meet at the Scout Hut for a range of beach and headland activities (weather permitting) including family games, treasure hunt, sandcastle competition, fossil hunting and a few things you won’t have tried before! This is a free community event, run by Scripture Union (a registered charity with a great track record of youth work) and staffed by local volunteers who have all undergone enhanced DBS checks. Any questions? Contact Neil (01325 722074) or Colin (01642 470745). Visit our website for photos of last summer’s fun. Come and be part of this year’s adventure!


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Friday Friends Charity We are an independent inclusive friendship group based in Saltburn, for people over 18 of all abilities. We welcome new members. July Programme 6th July - Seated Keep Fit to music with trainer Taylor, then Bingo. The afternoon session is drawing decorated initials. 13th July - 10-11 colouring-in. 11 - 12 a talk by Dee from the time bank. Afternoon is sewing a small bag. 20th July - The annual sponsored walk, meeting at the hall at 10, for a walk around Saltburn. Back to the hall for a session on fabric painting. 27th July - Bowling and lunch (if pre-ordered) at Saltburn Bowls Club. Then card making back at the hall. Programmes can be found in Saltburn library. We are a non-profit making group, run by volunteers. We meet on Fridays at Emmanuel Church Hall, Macnay St, Saltburn TS12 1LE. Activity mornings are 1012.30. Arts and Craft afternoons by Caroline 1-4.00pm. First taster session is free then £2 a session or £3 all day to help cover costs. Door money helps to cover costs as we are non-profit making and volunteer run. Carers are always free. Tea/coffee and board games/colouring-in too. We are a friendly group and you‟d be more than welcome! For more info please contact 07833 895 501 (or Thefridayfriends@outlook.com). Friday Friends Registered Charity 1177967 Anjee Charman-Clark, chairperson

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Saltburn in Bloom What lovely warm weather we have enjoyed lately, but for us in the gardening work we do, we really need rain. I know we are never happy! Thankfully our waterer started work on June 18th and is doing his best to keep the floral displays looking good. This is a paid role but sadly we can‟t afford more than 12 weeks. He does a marvellous job and we appreciate his commitment as this is totally separate to his work with the Parish Council. Like so many organisations in the town, Saltburn in Bloom relies heavily on residents and businesses supporting our work. People have been so generous this year and we are very grateful. No money towards any of the costs of the hanging baskets and other floral displays comes from RCBC, but we enjoy a good relationship with them, with co-operation on both sides. Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council are particularly supportive of our work and give us a generous grant towards the floral displays. There is still time for you to contribute financially as donations are always welcome. Just get in touch! Email Saltburn.in.bloom@gmail.com. In May Saltburn in Bloom applied to the local Sainsbury‟s to be their charity of the year and we were delighted to be shortlisted as one of three local charities to be voted for. The other two were 1st Saltburn Scout Group and 3rd Saltburn Brownies. At the time of writing we are all busily galvanizing support as voting closes on 24th June. Whoever wins, a local charity will benefit and all are worthy causes. So, congratulations to the winners! Saltburn in Bloom held a Table Top Sale at the Community Centre on Royal Wedding day in May and made over £400 profit. Thank you to those who helped in any way and to those who came along to show support. We have another Table Top Sale on Saturday, July 21st (10.00 – 4.00) and we hope you will support us again. On Tuesday, 3rd July there will be the formal opening of the newly designed Fossil Garden on Marine Parade near the cliff lift by the Mayor and Mayoress of Redcar and Cleveland at 3.30pm. Invited guests will then have refreshments at the library. Tuesday, 17th July is Judging for Northumbria in Bloom when 3 judges will be escorted around the town by committee members, with a careful route having been planned to show Saltburn at its very best. There are some entries for Special awards and these are Huntcliff Court as a Residential community, Peter and Julie Short‟s front garden on Wilton Bank, Saltburn Station and Zetland Terrace Allotments. Janet Besford has been nominated for a special award in category 2, for community champions. We wish her well as she deserves it. We wish them all luck. Everyone, including the Parish Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, will be working hard to tidy streets and grassy areas as well as gardens. You can help greatly by tidying the area near where you live. The entry to Northumbria is a town entry so let‟s show the fantastic community spirit that we have. 12

Come along and listen to The Lullaby of Saltburn!

Yes it‟s that time of year again! The Saltburn Songsters are well into rehearsals for their annual Summer Concert which this year, will be held at Emmanuel Church, Saltburn on Friday, 6th July 2018 at 7:15pm. This 40 strong Ladies Choir, who do this purely for the love of singing, go from strength to strength every year and the large audiences they attract keep coming back year after year. With medleys from „Les Miserables‟, „The Little Mermaid‟, „Godspell‟ and many more, this concert is not one to be missed. We are also joined by some special surprise guests! Tickets are £7 and are available from 07729 33 22 58 and choir Members. Refreshments will be available. For more information about the Concert, for information on booking us for your special event and for information on joining us, please contact Chairman and Musical Director, Dan Matuszak on 07729 332258 (or at saltburnsongsters@outlook.com).

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Saltburn 500 Club Congratulations go to P Farrell for winning the £100 First Prize in the May 500 Club Prize Draw. Application forms are available at Saltburn library or Jackie‟s Saverstore. We held the Saltburn 500 Club AGM on Wednesday, 6th June. It was very poorly attended, with only the committee turning up! All committee members agreed to retain their posts for the year so the committee is: P Nixon (Chairman), P Laughton (Treasurer), T Welburn (Secretary), P Walton (Membership Secretary), H Lilleker, B Morris, W Reay. A view was expressed that the committee would love to see new people getting involved, which would result in new ideas for the town - if you are interested in doing your bit, please let me know. I run a Friends of Saltburn Facebook page and recently commented that if each house in Saltburn contributed £1 towards the cost of the Christmas lights it would release pressure on Saltburn businesses, who contribute as much as they can, and make fundraising a lot easier. Some people immediately responded and donated monies on the Just Giving page. If you feel that you could make a contribution, you could donate on the Just Giving page, or leave a donation (marked Christmas lights) in the 500 Club jar at Saltburn library. We have held our first meeting of the year to discuss the 2018 Christmas lights parade. Funding of the event is becoming increasingly difficult to find and, unless monies can be raised, we may have to look at cutting back on what happens. At this point in time, we feel that we should be able to hold the parade but may be restricted in what we can offer. Historically, we have always had free access to Santa for the children. It remains our intention to do this but there will be a collecting bucket asking for voluntary donations every penny will come in useful. It looks as though we are in for a summer of patchy weather but it has not deterred the dedicated supporters of the band performances. Each weekend, to date, has been well supported and the standard of music has been excellent. We are still looking for volunteers to help at the bandstand so please let myself or Cllr Thomson know if you could lend a hand. Performances in July are: 1st, Northallerton Silver Band, 7th Marske Junior Band, 8th Hurworth Concert Band, 14th Guisborough Big Band, 15th A Touch of Brass, 22nd South Bank Band, 28th New Horizon and 29th Lockwood Brass Band. Hope you all have a lovely summer. See also page 28. Trevor Welburn Secretary, Saltburn 500 Club/Friends of Saltburn trevor.welburn@btinternet.com

Emmanuel Church’s July breakfast Here‟s reminding everyone that Emmanuel Church‟s final breakfast of this school year will be on July 5th, and will be bigger than ever, in honour of our ongoing 150 celebrations. It would be lovely to see 150 of you there and you may even find some prizes and surprises! Of course for our many regulars there will still be bacon and sausage butties - now was that a brown or a white bun, butter or no butter? And of course there will still be healthy options as well. See you there, Djenane. 14

Saltburn Photographic Society Outdoor meetings at local venues are being held throughout the Summer; non-members are welcome to join us if they wish to have advice on using their photographic equipment. Contact Tony Lynn 01287 622519 for details. Visit Saltburn Library to view members‟ photographic prints on display.


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SALTBURN BLUES CLUB Known for his superb songwriting, acoustic guitar wizardry and warm, soulful vocals, multiple Blues Music Award Winner, DOUG MACLEOD, is our main act on Saturday, July 21st. 2017 Acoustic Artist of the Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist of the Year are his most recent achievements. Over 30 years in the business, the accolades include playing alongside Big Mama Thornton and having his music featured in TV movies and the hit show, In The Heat of The Night. His songs have been covered by many artists, including Albert King and Eva Cassidy. Singing original songs based on his own life and experiences, Doug gives fine performances. He is an Acoustic Blues Master. ADAM SWEET supports. The vocals and guitar of this young blues and roots guitarist are out of the top flight. The Next Thing After Me, You Think You‟re Lonely, The Best Thing She Ever Had – just 3 tracks that show how special Adam Sweet is. Superb Support for this acoustic gig. Reminder: Saltburn‟s 2nd HOWZAT MUSIC FESTIVAL takes place 1pm – 10pm on September 2nd in the Indoor Nets Hall at Saltburn Cricket Club in aid of the RNLI. Seven fabulous acts will perform including THE REVOLUTIONAIRES and the magnificent STUMBLE! Tickets are £25 on the door or £20 if purchased prior to the event. All details can be found at www.howzatmusicfestival.co.uk. Details for July 21st: Venue: Saltburn Cricket Club, Doors: 7.30pm, Tickets: £10 available from www.yorkshireticketshop.co.uk, Destinations Cafe, Saltburn, www.saltburnbluesclub.co.uk and 07960 935263. Still Got The Blues, my radio show, is on Zetland FM every Monday 7pm – 10pm, on line, or you can catch it later on Mixcloud at your own convenience. Just visit the website, www.zetlandfm.co.uk and scroll down to Mixcloud. It‟s 3 hours of the very best of the blues. Harry


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Saltburn, Redcar & Cleveland Philatelic Society Our photo shows one of our guest speakers Keith Waugh with his „thank you certificate on 6th June after a joint presentation with his son Neville. They showed respectively, pre-WW2 Germany‟s Winter Relief Fund, and EUROPA 2013 commemoratives issued worldwide. Our end of season/AGM report will follow next month. Three SR&C entries have been accepted for awards in the UK‟s summer National Philatelic Display Competitions during York Stamp Fair held in the Grandstand (Friday and Saturday, 20th and 21st July). Contacts: Geoff Reynolds (Secretary, 01642 478229); David D. Turner (01287 624736)

Rotary News Rotary Handover 2018 July 1st sees in the new Rotary year and appointed to lead the club for the next 12 months is Paul Chappell, a very experienced and dedicated Rotarian, who will be supported by wife Elspeth, also a very active and valued member of the club. He takes over from John Wilby who, supported by his wife Julie, also a stalwart of the club, has quite simply has had the most fantastic year. New President Paul acknowledges that he has a hard act to follow. He outlined the successes of the last 12 months, the Howzat Music Festival for the Great North Air Ambulance, the Charity Ball, for Cancer Research and the Walk for Defibrillators which combined raised over £12,000, A further £2000 was donated to Rotary Foundation, Rotary‟s own charity supporting overseas causes including the eradication of Polio, £500 to the Salvation Army homeless appeal at Christmas, £400 to Saltburn Athletic‟s under 8 football team, £250 to Saltburn Scouts and many more causes too numerous to mention in the space available. But it is not only about raising money for good causes. We have a vibrant club of men and women who like to enjoy themselves, with outings to Rotary District Conference, Headingley for the Cricket, Bowls, Quoits and Crazy Golf

matches, afternoon Tea, sponsored walks and trips to Whitby just to enjoy each others‟ company in the local hostelries. We look forward to President John‟s outgoing presentation for a full run down of his brilliant year of office. Meanwhile, incoming President Paul intends to follow the “if it ain‟t broke” maxim whilst no doubt including his own very accomplished style on things. Paul is proud to be leading Saltburn Rotary Club for a second time and he has already outlined several ways to tweak the coming programme that will benefit not only the club but also the local & wider community. That programme will start with assisting at Saltburn Footballers Gala Day, assisting with the Rotary North-East Games for the Disabled and members being placed in the stocks at the Saltburn Junior School Summer Picnic where our fabulous Rotakids will charge a fee (for charity) to let others throw wet and sticky things at them. Future events include a Quoits night & bar meal on the moors, an outing to the T20 Cricket at Headingly, the Howzat Music Festival at Saltburn Cricket Club. If you require further information or are interested in joining visit our Website or Facebook pages.

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Cleveland Diving Club The world wide appeal to protect the world oceans (celebrated this year on June 8th) is certainly gaining momentum due in part to the horrifying images, presented on an almost daily basis, of marine life suffering sickening and unnecessary deaths through human pollution and in particular „plastic.‟ In response to the call some of our indomitable members took to the seas, as part of a „Seasearch‟ team, on what was decidedly a very misty Sunday morning, although thankfully the sea was calm. Our happy divers were immediately rewarded with a friendly welcome from a local „dog fish,‟ (photo 1). These creatures are very docile and are unperturbed by divers, preferring to remain on the seabed while they hunt for food, normally at night, so a treat to see one early morning. They are also known as cat sharks and are well distributed around the world. A cat shark‟s egg is known as a „Mermaid‟s Purse‟ because they look like a small bag with curly tendrils at the corners and can sometimes be found washed up on British beaches. Other finds included: a young velvet crab seeking shelter from predators amongst „Dead Man‟s Fingers (a soft coral) that grows around the British coastline (photo 2) and an unusually large and magnificent dog whelk shell, sadly with no one at home (photo 3). It is 25 years since the two North East sites visited were last surveyed by „Seasearch,‟ and in addition to recording the different marine species observed, items of human waste are also recorded. So it was a relief to find no evidence of „plastic waste,‟ although some small items of metal and rope were spotted. „Seasearch,‟ survey information supports the work of the Marine Conservation Society by monitoring changes in marine habitats and providing them with essential data. If you would like to be part of this ocean support system, but need to learn to dive, then why not contact us on 07960 608529 or pop in for a chat any Monday night at 8pm at Saltburn Leisure Centre. June Coomber

`Fun' evening at theatre was spot on Saltburn‟s ‟53 Drama Group pulled out all the stops when difficulties in casting for a play fell through two weeks before the dates booked at the community theatre. Members came up with Spring into Summer, a „fun evening of music and comedy‟ and scored 10 out of 10 for every sketch, totalling 23. They ranged from patriotic songs featuring two halves of the 100-strong audience to a hilarious Olympic aquatic final with four men stripped to the waist. The music was great under Andrew Pierce, who was credited by MC Tony Smith for organising the two evenings on 8th-9th June at a fortnight‟s notice. Strong performances were given by all who took part. I‟ve not laughed so much for years at the comedy, all free of blue jokes. Tony also told audiences that the ‟53 group - going strong after over 60 years of entertaining local theatregoers - had come fourth in a national drama competition. Some 130 groups took part. Well done ‟53! Mike Morrissey 20


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Honor Returns from Malawi Some of you may remember from the February edition of Talk of the Town that I was heading off to Malawi for three months to volunteer on the ICS Programme with the United Nations Association International Service. Thanks to the amazing generosity of family, friends and supporters, I managed to exceed my fundraising target of £800 and duly set off on the 12th February, boarding a flight from Heathrow to Addis Abbaba, and then another on to Malawi‟s capital, Lilongwe, where I spent a week with other volunteers before being dispatched in a dilapidated bus on a long, dusty drive to the town of Dedza, my home for the next three months. At an altitude of 1590m, Dedza is the highest town in Malawi, dominated by the brooding outline of Dedza mountain, of which I had a perfect view from my bedroom window. My host family, headed up by the local Pentecostalist minister, were kindness itself, and I felt privileged to be part of their lives for the time I spent there, despite politely declining to join them in their rather strange religious practices. Although their house was modern, facilities were very basic, with no hot water and frequent power cuts. We were also accompanied everywhere by cockroaches, two of whom even managed to make their way into my luggage for the trip home. However, I surprised myself at how quickly I adapted to the new way of life, although I sometimes struggled with the rather monotonous diet of nsima, the staple food made from ground corn. The project I‟d been assigned to involved working with girls from primary school age to 18, alongside the Centre for Youth Empowerment and Education (CYCE), a local NGO working to empower women and girls by encouraging them to stay in education, and raising awareness of sexual and reproductive health rights. Despite recent changes in the laws banning child marriage, almost 50% of women are married by the age of 18 in Malawi. There are still huge challenges in educating girls to prevent early pregnancies and the transmission of STIs. And harmful cultural rituals involving rape and female genital mutilation (FGM), are still rife in some rural areas. My group delivered „Girls Only Clubs‟ sessions on subjects such as HIV/AIDs, teenage pregnancy prevention, self-esteem and decision-making. We also facilitated Community Dialogue Sessions, allowing women and girls to have their say with local village chiefs about the issues that mattered to them. It was humbling work, and I was reminded on many occasions of just how fortunate I was, as a young woman growing up in the North East of England with access to good education and health services. Indeed, after spending a day in the local „hospital‟ following a crippling episode of food poisoning, I also vowed never to take our beloved NHS for granted ever again! Of course, whilst it was an incredibly rewarding experience, there are elements of development which I

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found disturbing. Malawi is still a country heavily reliant upon overseas aid and importing goods. It hasn‟t yet found a way of enjoying the economic success of some of its neighbours. A key part of the ICS programme involved discussing development, and the different kinds of approaches involved. I firmly believe the way forward is through education, and through change which is enacted by people themselves, rather than through enforced change, which leads to the kind of enduring dependency that the country has experienced for too long. As well as having the opportunity to tackle „real-life‟ issues, however, one of the most rewarding aspects of the programme was in working with a tight-knit team of seven UK and five Malawian volunteers. They became my second family, and we loved being part of the Dedza community. By the end of my three months, I really didn‟t want to leave! It was a fantastic experience, one I will certainly never forget. Living with people who look at the world differently is always eye-opening, but bringing this perspective back to the UK has allowed me to transfer that new perspective into my volunteering here and will undoubtedly enrich my studies when I start my undergraduate degree at the LSE in September. Although the current government is withdrawing funding from the ICS programme - a huge loss, in my opinion, as it enabled youngsters from all walks of life to gain experience of international development as I did there is the long-running VSO programme, available to people of all ages. I‟d urge anyone interested to give it a go. Visit www.vsointernational.org for more info. Finally, I‟d just like to extend a huge thanks to all those wonderful people in Saltburn and further afield who supported my fundraising efforts, either by purchasing the products I made, or simply by making a donation. All the monies raised go towards helping communities I worked with – I hope that you‟ll feel you‟ve made a difference. Honor Wilkinson-Bell 23


News from Book Corner Welcome to the first in a series of articles bringing you all the news from Book Corner, Saltburn‟s independent bookshop. First up, I have two poetry events planned for over the summer. North East poets Harry Gallagher, p.a. morbid and Natalie Scott will be reading from their work on Saturday, 21st July at 12pm. Copies of pamphlets by all three poets will be available to buy on the day, including Harry‟s new collection, „Tan.‟ My second poetry event takes place on Saturday, 4th August, with Marilyn Longstaff and Felicity Manning both reading from their new collections. I‟m very excited to host Book Corner‟s first writing workshops over the summer. The workshops will be led by Saltburn author Carmen Marcus, whose debut novel, „How Saints Die‟, is released in paperback on 5th July. Carmen will run workshops on three consecutive Wednesdays, starting on 1st August. These will deal with planning your work, performing a structural edit, and writing Magical Realism. Please call in the shop or visit the website, www.bookcornershop.co.uk, for full details or to book your place. I am always seeking new members for the Book Corner Book Group, which meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the bookshop. This is a friendly, informal group, and we read books from a variety of genres. Our choice for April was „The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4‟ by Sue Townsend, while our May choice was „Lincoln in the Bardo‟ by George Saunders (last year‟s Booker Prize winner). Two very different books, which led to interesting discussions! Please visit the shop if you would like more information about the book group. We have a wealth of writing talent here in the North East, and at the time of writing I‟m preparing to welcome the Great North Author Tour. To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, four North East children‟s authors will visit six independent bookshops in one day. They will start at Corbridge and finish their tour in Ripon. I‟m very excited about this event, and will report back next month. Thank you for reading, and have a lovely summer filled with books! Jenna

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Kirkleatham Crematorium was packed for the funeral of Ernie Crust, pioneer of the annual Hill Climb held in Saltburn each September. Many attended the refreshment buffet held afterwards in the Spa Hotel, overlooking the road where the event takes place. Redcar-born Ernie, who was 85, was a keen member of Saltburn and District Retired Men‟s Forum, which meets in the town every Monday morning. He also was a regular at Sunday bandstand concerts and monthly sessions of jazz music at the Saltburn community hall. The funeral was, appropriately, held on 6th June, anniversary of the D Day landings in France, as Ernie was a keen WW2 memorabilia collector. Son in law Kevin Robson outlined the life of local historian, harmonica-player and retired ICI worker Ernie. Perhaps he is best remembered locally for campaigning to save the hill climb. This involved political lobbying in the House of Commons. He succeeded in getting MPs to change the law so roads could be closed temporally for timed events like the hill climb. Mike Morrissey

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A Flavour of Whitby Chris Scott Wilson Saltburn author Chris Scott Wilson‟s new book isn‟t quite new. Described previously as “more than a taste, a generous helping of Whitby‟s past,” A Flavour of Whitby was originally published in black & white, but now an expanded edition includes more topics, over 70 illustrations, many of them new colour photographs and also a handy map of the Whitby. Author of the History of Saltburn, also the recent successful non-fiction Backstage Pass: Redcar Jazz Club and the smuggling novel Sunset Be Glory set in Saltburn and on the North Yorkshire coast, Chris explains, “Advances in printing techniques made it possible to revisit this book and breathe fresh life into the pages. Although black & white photographs can be very atmospheric and often dramatic, I think exchanging them for colour, most of which had to be retaken, enhances most of the views.” Chris adds, “There was also new information I had come across, like the soap opera shot in Whitby in the 1970s by the creator of Emmerdale, called Castle Haven which starred Kathy Staff who was later to be Nora Batty in Last Of The Summer Wine. Other nuggets too, like the story of Whitby workhouse.” “History lurks in every footstep taken in the twisted streets and alleys,” Chris explains. “Thankfully, like Saltburn, Whitby has managed to preserve its unique identity and remains a gem of the North Yorkshire coast, always worth a return visit.” A Flavour of Whitby is available at £12.99 from The Book Corner in Saltburn, Whitby Bookshop, Guisborough Bookshop, or by post from the author‟s website (www.chrisscottwilson.co.uk). 27


North York Moors communities challenged to create decorated holidaying sheep for summer tourism campaign

Northern Powergrid invests in Skelton, Saltburn and Marske Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping the lights on across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is investing £3.3 million to improve the infrastructure that powers homes and businesses throughout Skelton, Saltburn and Marske. The investment, which has already started, sees the region‟s electricity distributor carrying out works across the Skelton, Saltburn and Marske which will include laying 21.2 kilometres of underground power cables and replacing 2.83 kilometres of overhead power lines. Northern Powergrid will also build two new substations, refurbish a further nine substations and install 34 remote control smart switching devices at 20 locations which will help automatically restore power for customers quicker if their lights should go off in the future. Work will take place in two main phases. Phase 1 will focus on Skelton, where work is scheduled to take place between now and the end of the year. Phase 2 will focus on Saltburn and Marske and is scheduled to take place between late 2018 and mid-2019. Steve Cammidge, Zone Manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “This £3.3 million investment is positive news for the area. It will help provide a safe, secure and reliable power supply for years to come, increase flexibility and support the area‟s continued economic growth. “As with any construction, there will be some localised disruption while we carry out this investment work; however, all footpaths and roads will be reinstated as quickly as possible. We are committed to working closely with the local communities and local authority to minimise disruption and we will be directly contacting local businesses and residents who may be affected by the work. “We hope that residents and motorists will bear with us as we invest in the area‟s power network.” For further information view Northern Powergrid‟s online investment map – www.northernpowergrid/investments-in-your-area – or call 0800 011 3332.

North York Moors businesses, visitor attractions, schools and community groups are being invited to get involved with a new tourism campaign to make visitors smile and explore more of the National Park‟s moorland, dales and coast. The Sea the Sheep initiative, which kicks off on 1st July, will encourage visitors to see more and stay longer in the National Park during the summer holidays while they hunt for figures of sheep decorated in seaside holiday-mode. The initiative is the brainchild of the North York Moors Tourism Network which organised the very successful Lost Sheep in Pink Jerseys promotion in 2013. It‟s hoped that over 50 seaside-themed sheep will be created by local businesses and community groups and positioned in the National Park for two months from 1st July to the 31st August. Visitors will be encouraged to spot them and share their location using the #SeatheSheep hashtag. Many of the sheep will be located close to walking trails and cycle paths. Susan Briggs director of the Tourism Network explains: “Sheep have always been a very familiar sight throughout the National Park. Centuries ago many of the trails that are still popular with visitors today would once have been used to herd flocks as well as transporting goods, whether legal or smuggled, from ships on the coast and across the moorland to towns further inland. “The Sea the Sheep campaign aims to pick up on this heritage and introduce a level of intrigue for visitors of all ages that helps lead them from the moorland to the coast. We already know from the previous sheep-themed campaign just how creative the local businesses can get. It doesn‟t matter whether it‟s a small knitted figurine of a sheep in a bikini or a life-size statue with a suitcase, hat and sunglasses as long as they bring a smile to visitors‟ faces and encourage them to discover more.” The initiative is being organised on behalf of the National Park as part of its destination activity funded by the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). Those businesses and community groups keen to participate can find out more on www.northyorkmoorstourism.com/sheep including how they notify the Tourism Network of their sheep‟s location for inclusion in promotional activity.

Thanks from the Chairman of 500 Club I would like to thank Phil Walton, our hard working Membership Secretary, for instigating and carrying out the programme of finding new members. Philip Thomson organises the rota of volunteers for the bandstand – we are always short of them and he works very hard to keep the concerts going. Thank you, Philip – we don‟t know how you manage to find the time with your busy Councillor life! Our Secretary, Trevor Welburn, and his right-hand man, Harry Lilleker, spend hours of voluntary labour on the testing, inspection and replacing of the lights before they are 28

put up for Xmas. None of the above would be possible without the fantastic efforts put into fund-raising by our Secretary, Trevor Welburn, and his small team of helpers: the quarterly Table Tops in the Community Centre and the weekly Sunday morning station stalls in particular. Trevor represents the spirit of our Community. Finally, I would express my grateful thanks to the rest of our small Committee namely our very busy Treasurer Philip Laughton, Beryl Morris and Bill Reay. Peter Nixon (Abridged from Chairman‟s AGM Report 6th June 2018)


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Back on track! Carriages are returned to Saltburn Tramway Carriages have been returned to Saltburn Tramway as restoration work continues. The tramway has been closed for repairs and renovation work to ensure it can be enjoyed by holiday-makers for generations to come. The re-opening has been delayed due to severe weather earlier in the year and so further engineering works designed to ensure future disruption is kept to a minimum could take place. Refurbishment work, costing more than £500,000, is being completed in a sympathetic way that remains true to its heritage. Councillor Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Communications, said: “The tramway is one of our most popular attractions and it is great to see the carriages returned. A lot of people have worked extremely hard to make sure this gets done right so it can be enjoyed for years to come.” No reopening date has yet been set for the tramway while work continues but testing is expected to take place in the coming weeks. Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council‟s contractors, Rapid Consulting Engineers, have used local specialist companies wherever possible. The tramway was built in 1884 and is Britain‟s oldest waterbalanced cliff tramway. More than 150,000 visitors use the tramway, or „funicular,‟ every year.

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Saltburn Athletic FC I apologise for not having an article in last month‟s publication but a series of unfortunate events overtook the situation. I am, however, very proud of the club, teams and players and not forgetting parents, of the successes we have had this past season. It all started during our own football gala weekend last year in June when we won four of the six trophies and were runners up in the other two. This season we had seven teams competing in the TJFA league and cup. Four of the teams won their respective divisional titles. Congratulations to the under 10 Sharks, the under 11s, the under 13 Dolphins and the under 14s who all deservedly attended the awards night at Tennis World when they received their trophies and medals. Well done to James Kesterton/Andy Croll of the sharks, Ron Campbell/Dan Bennett of the under 11s, Kev Robinson of the u13s Dolphins and finally Bob Mitchell/Tav Ritson of the under 14s. The under 10 Dolphins finished mid-table but too many draws and a few narrow defeats cost them a higher placing. The under 13 Falcons gave a much improved performance and went from bottom last year to a very respectable mid-table finish. It is with regret that the other u13s team the Seagulls had a poor season, though it must be said they had a strong finish and if they had had a better start perhaps heads might have been thinking in the right place. They did, however, reach a semi final of one of the cups and must be congratulated for this. This team unfortunately has folded and I would like to thank Phil Barnes for all the years of toil he put into this team who previously won promotions up the league system. There is good news and two further age group teams will play their first season at under 8s level and also at under 11s. The manager for the under 8s will be Tim Raynes, a well known figure in these parts, who has returned to the club after several years of absence. The other team will be managed by Will Hopkins-Smith. Thanks to all who have helped the club in the past year and there are too many to mention. New Chairman Dave Sadler presented our annual presentation day on Sunday, 17th June and there was also our annual football gala on Saturday/ Sunday 23rd/24th June. Anyone interested was welcome to have a look at Huntcliff Campus and our own field and changing area at Hob Hill Field. Gala presentations this year was by our club patron Alan Smith, former physiotherapist to the full England football team and recently interviewed on Radio Tees about his previous world cup experiences and the managers he worked under. Alan also is the proud owner of an exact replica of the world cup and this was on show on our gala days. Andy Croll


Happy 1st Birthday Holly Blue On the Weekend of 28th/29th July it’s Holly Blue’s Birthday Weekend Popular Yorkshire Born Author Frank English will be here signing his books Children’s colouring competition with prizes Give-aways 10% Discount off everything with this advert (excluding stamps) We have a large range of Quality Greetings Cards, Wrap, Bags, Balloons, Books, Stationery, Jigsaws, Orchard Toys, Calendars, Diaries & much more. Book Ordering Service, Quarterly Prize Draw & Loyalty Card System 45 Milton Street (Opposite Sainsbury’s Car Park)

Tel: 01287 624283 Happy First Birthday, Holly Blue One Year Old! On the 29th of July „Holly Blue (Cards & Gifts) will be celebrating being in Saltburn for a full year. Shop owner Michael Hampson formerly of The Guisborough Bookshop said it was always going to be a risk setting up a shop of Holly Blue‟s size with the retail sector not performing well in recent years. Mike said, “sometimes you just have to follow your dreams, take that step into the unknown, rather than work for someone else. Obviously I didn‟t do it all alone, I had shed loads of help and continued support from my fiancée Jacqui Buckworth. The shop has just been nominated for a Retas award, the card industry‟s equivalent of the Oscars, in the category of Best Greeting Card Retail Newcomer - North. When this goes to print we will know the outcome, a marvellous achievement for our first year, win or lose.” Positive feedback from customers has been a regular occurrence from the start. Holly Blue‟s loyalty card system has gone down well and we have had 4 winners of our free raffle so far. Juggling the budget has worked well, never spending beyond our means, building the business up step by step. New units have just been installed in the middle of the shop generating quite a lot more shelf space. Over the coming weeks we will be introducing a bargain book section. We also have a bespoke Saltburn jigsaw just in, exclusive to Holly Blue with one of my photographs. What about the future? Well, we are just going to continue trying to grow the business with good old fashioned customer service, to build up our customer base. Described as

an Aladdin‟s cave by many of our customers with cards, gifts, jigsaws, Orchard toys, books & much, much more, we are well worth a look if you haven‟t been in before. The weekend of the 29th being Holly Blue‟s first birthday is very exciting for us, coinciding with an already busy weekend with Saltburn Food Festival. Popular Yorkshire born author Frank English will be signing his books over the two days. There will be give-aways, Children‟s colouring competition with prizes and discounts. Hope to see you all then - don‟t forget to wish us a Happy Birthday! Last but not least can I say a Big Thank You to all Holly Blues customers for all your continued support. 31


The Urgent Repairs Scheme at the Theatre Saltburn Community Theatre are pleased to announce that following a grant from the Urgent Repairs Scheme (by the Wolfson Trust and the Theatre‟s Trust) they are now completely up to date in their fire safety. Following the fire Brigade‟s Fire and Safety Risk Assessment, the building was declared completely safe for public use but it was noted that due to the manual fire alarm system the building was not protected from fire when it was empty which is why it was felt necessary to apply for external funding from The Urgent Repairs Scheme. The Urgent Repairs Scheme is a collaboration between the Wolfson Trust and the Theatre‟s Trust which allows theatres that need urgent repair, and are at risk of closure, to apply for a grant of up to £15,000 to aid their repairs. To qualify for the grant, the theatres must be statutory listed buildings, run a year-round programme of performances and be registered charities. Saltburn Community Theatre was among the first theatres to be given this grant, along with Royal Court Theatre Bacup, and Trinity Centre Bristol. With the grant money the theatre was able to have a complete overhaul of their fire safety system, the emergency lighting and the necessary signage throughout the theatre. To replace the manual fire alarm, the building has been fitted with state-of-the-art detectors which sends a call to three designated people immediately, meaning any fires can be identified and reported as quickly as possible. The emergency lighting has already been put to the

test during one performance when the area had a power-cut. The emergency lighting came into operation and the audience were unaware of any interruption until the house lights were required. The alarm system was still operating and there was no need to alert the emergency services. Work was carried out by AEP (NE) LLP, a local firm based in Kirkleatham that are familiar with upgrading outdated facilities to meet modern requirements. As well as meeting the criteria mentioned above, the theatre had to show that the building is an asset to the local community. Not only is the building an architectural landmark in the town, designed in 1904 by the prominent Scottish architect, George Baines, as a Primitive Methodist church and schoolroom but the theatre is now the only arts centre in East Cleveland. Operating in this way for over 50 years following its closure as a church, it has become a social hub for the town. If it were to close it would be a blow to the area which has already been hit hard economically in recent years. The building is also: home to the resident local amateur dramatic company, ‟53 Drama Group; used to fundraise for charitable groups; a venue for a variety of live performances; available for private hire; and works with Teesside University providing internships to give students „live‟ work experience. There is no denying that the theatre is a vital part of Saltburn‟s community. Thanks to this grant Saltburn Community Theatre can continue their work safely and without worry. Hayley Pink

Saltburn and District Group for Visually Impaired People This month we were joined by Harry Simpson who was there to tell us of his 30-year long career in the Police Force. He told us of the time he realised he wanted to be an officer, rather than the electrician he had trained to be. As a young man he quickly rose through the ranks, reaching Inspector serving in many different departments. Along the way he collected many stories which kept us amused! We only reached the half-way point of his career before we ran out of time. It is a shame that the group is to close as he would have come back to tell us more stories! After retiring from the force Harry worked as a personal trainer and continues today doing chair exercise groups and running the Blues Club and his radio programme on a Monday evening. Time to write that book Harry!

It is time for me to extend my sincere thanks to all those who have supported me in the six years that the group has been running. I hoped it would last six months, so am pleased it kept going this long. My thanks go to the many speakers who gave their time voluntarily to keep us informed of local and national causes/interests. Thanks to Ian for his continued support in publishing my small articles every month, but huge thanks to the visually impaired people that attended the meetings. I have met some lovely people and now we have become friends. It was my original intention to connect some and get them to become integrated more and not feel isolated in their world of low vision. I hope this has been achieved. Goodbye and God bless, Chris Ferguson.

SNAP Open Workshop Wednesday, 18th July Following the public meeting in May to receive an update from the East Cleveland Neighbourhood Policing team on anti-social behaviour activity in Saltburn, residents who attended supported the suggestion of a brain storming workshop to examine the subject in more detail. Accordingly, an evening event has been arranged for Wednesday the 18th July. The Community Hall doors will open at 6pm for a 6.15 start, when residents will be able to participate in a wide ranging examination of this issue and seek to establish 32

a list of actions to be considered to address its future management. Discussion groups will be led by four experienced workers in the field. These open discussions will allow residents to express their own views. The evening will conclude at 8.30pm having agreed a series of action points to be taken forward and addressed over an agreed time period, reporting back to the October SNAP. Residents wishing to take part are encouraged to sign up at Saltburn Library now.


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Hello! We are Eliza and Louis, and we and our friends, Rhubarb and Custard, are looking for forever homes. Currently we live with SARA. Eliza and Louis are a lovely pair of cats who came to SARA through no fault of their own. Eliza is a beautiful midnight coloured female and Louis is a stunning ginger and white lad. As you can see from his photo, Louis loves to stand on his cat tree; while he is posing like this, he will call out for our SARA friends to come and give him a fuss. All the while Eliza just waits patiently in her bed until they arrive with her toys and Dreamies treats which she utterly adores! Eliza and Louis are looking for a home where they will

have safe access to the outdoors and Dreamies of course! Rhubarb and Custard are a very friendly pair of cats who came to SARA when their owner sadly passed away. Rhubarb is about 6 years old and she is black and white, while Custard is a little younger at around 5 years old. He‟s a white coloured male. Custard is very friendly and confident and will spend his time on the cat tree, waiting for our volunteers to come and give him a fuss. Rhubarb is a little more quiet and reserved, she enjoys her comforts and loves snuggling up in her bed, near the radiator. Rhubarb and Custard would like a home where they will get all of the attention they deserve.

SARA fundraising events during July The charity Saving And Rehoming Animals – The Ann Prosser Foundation held their annual Strawberry Tea Afternoon on Sunday, 3rd June 2018. Sainsbury‟s of Saltburn kindly donated a harvest of strawberries and these juicy summer fruits were most tempting and sold in a variety of desserts to waiting customers. Volunteers and supporters added to the feast with mouth watering creations. The Easington Tappers performed indoors, entertaining crowds with their dance routines adorned in colourful costumes. The event was very well attended and a variety of stalls tempted the public to part with their pennies. The total raised was a jaw dropping £876 not least due to the raffle and auction of masterchef standard large cakes made and donated by Dawn McCormick of Redcar. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the afternoon a successful event. Our next event will be the Fun Dog Show –

Saturday, 30th June 2018 – 11am – 4pm at Foxrush Farm, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar TS10 5NJ. All enquiries please ring 01642 488108. Also an Afternoon Cream Tea will be at Rushpool Hall in Saltburn with 20 stalls 1pm – 4pm on Sunday, 8th July 2018. Come along and browse or Tickets for the Cream Teas are £6 from venue or pay at the door. The next monthly meeting of SARA will be held in the TocH premises, Albion Terrace Saltburn, on Wednesday, 4th July 2018, at 7.30pm. New members are very welcome. Sponsorship forms are available from Foxrush Farm, or our charity shop in Guisborough. You can also download and print one from our website (http.//www.s-a -r-a.org,uk). Joy and Mandy Volunteers at SARA 35


150 Years in the Life of Emmanuel 1950 onwards The railway line was as busy as ever with 34 trains a day leaving for Middlesbrough. Starting at 5.01am and running to 11.00pm, with one carriage straight through to Kings Cross if one boarded the 7.50, these 34 rose to 40 by the middle of the decade. Worshipers were active too, a Sunday morning starting with an 8am Holy Communion, a sung Eucharist at 9.45 and Matins at 11, just to get the day going. Bazaars and jumble sales were numerous supplementing collections, donations and legacies to keep the church going. Reverend Pennyman, having served eight years, was drawn to Whitby. Whilst church members were active clergy were few. Harold Ellgood travelled from Scarborough to at least cover Sunday worship during an interregnum. This was not a just a day in a week as the calendar would have indicated but a challenge to rise to, with some 500 parishioners attending on Easter Sunday. The Reverend Sydney Barker would soon arrive from Middlesbrough to sustain the ministry, declaring that church life must be the very soul of our social, industrial and economic life. Activities to involve were encouraged and Kindergarten Sunday School, full Sunday School, the Church Youth Club, the Girls Friendly Society and a Young Wives Fellowship were among many others. This at a time when the Childrenâ€&#x;s Society of the Church of England had 5,000 children in its care. After three years, Stainton in Cleveland beckoned and Sydney was succeeded by Reverend Anthony Smith who 36

wanted six months to assess his new parish at work. His appraisal pulled no punches and led him to conclude that Emmanuel was second-rate. Anthony would set out to make it first-rate, but he could not do this on his own. It would mean everyone working together, him, God and church members. Spiritual matters were at a low ebb and so were the Parish finances, described as being in a deplorable state, with reserves almost used up. Traditional income streams were inadequate to sustain a large church with onerous overheads. Extreme measures were needed, such as using coke breeze to fuel the boilers, but these were not enough. A campaign of planned giving was started with the title of Deo Dante Dedi. 60 parishioners called on 2000 residents asking for financial commitment. Saltburn rallied. Emmanuel was saved for future generations. The Parish Magazine continued publication but as the decade drew to a close a printers strike briefly suspended publication, perhaps a sign of things to come. A community concern was the speed of travel of traffic on Windsor Road. Requests for erection of danger signs, speed control and a reconstruction of the narrow bridge, described by the local press as the danger bridge, were ignored by Northallerton legislators. Commemoration of 150 years of Emmanuel continues with the July Lunchtime Concert on Saturday, 21st welcoming the renowned Saltburn harpist Sarah Paterson, and local soprano Charlotte McLoughlin, who will deliver a programme of truly inspiring music.


BREAKFAST... It’s a privilege to welcome folk of all ages to our free drop in breakfasts. There’s always a good buzz in the hall, as people chat or read the papers. If you have not been before why not call in on Thursday 5th July from 9am at Emmanuel Church Hall. We look forward to seeing you…

FAMILY DROP-IN… The ECHO Family Drop-In offers a great opportunity for families with pre-school children to drop-in on Wednesday afternoons. There’s all sorts of activities available for the children and an opportunity for parents or carers to meet and chat. If you’ve not been before, why not call in before the Drop-In takes a break for the summer holidays.

set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him saying, „Master, master we‟re

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going to drown!‟ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was

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Mrs Juckes is promoted to be Head of Laurence Jackson School! “I‟ve loved all my roles at Huntcliff,” says Mrs Catherine Juckes, currently Head of School, “and I will miss the Saltburn families I have got to know and our wonderful staff. But I am excited by the challenge of leading Laurence Jackson School at Guisborough from September.” Catherine arrived at Huntcliff to be Head of English from a school in Huddersfield in 2005. In 2012, she became an Acting Assistant Head and from February to October 2015, she was Acting Head during the absence of Mr Nic Gibson. Since then she has been promoted to become the permanent Head of School. “The opportunities for development within Huntcliff have been exceptional,” she adds. She comes from a family of teachers. Her grandmother was one of the first of her generation to go to University in the 1920s: she studied Geography at Bristol and then became a teacher. Catherine‟s grandfather was a Headteacher and her mum was a Deputy Headteacher. Catherine herself studied English at Lancaster University. She loves her subject and is proud of the improvement in outcomes while she was Head of English. In 2006, 67% of students gained A* - C grades at GCSE, but by 2012, the number went up to 83%. It has been gratifying to see many go on to take „A‟ level English and degrees in English. Students return to tell her of their successes. She was pleased to be involved in the appointment of a really good team of English teachers and to develop a programme of theatre visits for the students. “We saw lots of Royal Shakespeare Company productions at Newcastle and some plays at York; we took Year 7s to Shakespeare for Kids at Middlesbrough Little Theatre too,” she says. Catherine remembers accompanying students on an Activity Days visit to the French and Belgian battlefields, led by history teacher Miss Hannah Mohon. She was so impressed that she took her family there on a return visit last summer. Part of her senior role at Huntcliff has been leading the School Improvement Team. This has involved her in appointing and bringing on many staff internally. She says it has been a privilege to work with them and pleasing to see many of them go on to promoted posts in other schools. While Catherine is proud of high achieving students, she also values the achievement of her more challenged students, including those with special needs and those looked after by the Local Authority. “Some have really struggled to get their GCSEs and I‟ve been really pleased to help them,” she adds. “We‟ve been justly celebrating the success of our students in creative subjects recently too, with art exhibitions in the atrium and musical showpieces,” she says. Catherine underwent a lot of training as a middle leader at Huntcliff and is coming to the end of her National Professional Qualification for Headship. This has involved focusing on teaching and learning, progress data, human resources, budgetary and premises issues. It gave her the opportunity to visit another secondary school for up to nine days and to work on projects on leadership development in both schools. When she was Head of English and as leader of School Improvement, Catherine was given opportunities by former Headteacher, Mrs Ruth Mayes, to attend meetings of the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body. Since then, she has become a co-opted Campus Governor and believes she has a better understanding of a wide range of strategic issues,

including school finances. Very recently, she has taken up a position as a Governor of Pathways Special School in Grangetown. She is pleased to be able to continue in East Cleveland at Laurence Jackson School; she thinks the school is very much a school for its town, like Huntcliff. The schools have similarities, but what will she miss when she leaves us? “The beautiful view of the sea from my office!” she says; then after further consideration, she continues “I will miss the students I know so well. In many cases, I have taught their brothers and sisters and their cousins. I know so many families in the community. I will be sorry to say goodbye to the staff, whom I‟ve worked with so long and in some instances, shared in their appointments. Some are more long-standing than me and I‟ve learnt a lot from them – teachers such as Mr Richard Allan, former Head of History. Also, I have enjoyed all my jobs in this wonderful building, which is so light and spacious and was designed with input from former students.” She explains that it is easy to feel proud of Huntcliff. She is always full of confidence showing people round with or without notice and they are always very impressed by what they see and hear. “I‟ve enjoyed taking the whole school into the Saltburn community for the annual carol service at Emmanuel Church too. It‟s a lovely tradition,” she adds. “The school has just over five hundred students and they can all fit in the church and into our school hall for assemblies. This helps everyone know each other and everything that‟s going on.” Best wishes for the future leading Laurence Jackson, Catherine and congratulations! Rosemary Nicholls 39


Rocky start to ‘Saltburn shuttle’

News from Saltburn’s ’53 Drama Group

A bus service from Hob Hill to Saltburn pier got off to a rocky start. It was noticed several times that the mini bus was empty. Problems were, first, a sign at the main road/Marske Mill Lane junction merely said, „Saltburn park and ride‟ with an arrow pointing up Marske Mill Lane. It didn‟t explain a free shuttle service was being run while the cliff lift was shut. Second, some signs were torn down by vandals. Third, no times were displayed. After a few days - and complaints to the council - better signs were put up with an all-important arrow pointing from Guisborough Road to the car park opposite the golf club. The „Saltburn Shuttle‟ was run during the half-term holidays each day and then at weekends until mid-June while the cliff lift was closed for major renovations. A council spokesman said: “The council provided free shuttle buses during the school-half term holidays, Bank Holiday weekend and other weekends while the Saltburn Tramway remained closed. Signs for the buses were provided and in cases where they were torn down they were replaced as quickly as possible and extra signage in the form of banners were then installed. The service was also well publicised online with a media release reaching nearly 15,000 people.” The spokesman said the shuttle service would be available from 10.30 to 6pm every 35 minutes and be accessible from Hob Hill car park, Station Street bus stop, top station of Saltburn Cliff Tramway and Bank Foot bus stop at the bottom of Saltburn Bank. The council is not charging passengers for the service. Mike Morrissey

It‟s been a busy few months at Saltburn ‟53 Drama Group. For the second year running, we once again made it through to the Grand Final of the All England Theatre Festival competing against three other incredibly talented groups with an original production - A Tiding of Magpies written and directed by Susan Pierce. More than 300 groups from all over the country enter the competition and so to be in the last four is an incredible achievement. Sadly we didn‟t win the overall prize but Andrew Pierce was presented with the Adjudicator‟s Award for the music and the wardrobe department also received a well-deserved special commendation. And, if that wasn‟t enough, Susan Pierce also won the highly coveted Geoffrey Whitworth trophy – also for the second year running. This is awarded annually to an original play having its first performance in the UK one act festivals administered by the drama associations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. To have won it once is remarkable – twice is unprecedented! Rehearsals are now well underway for Lend me a Tenor by the acclaimed Ken Ludwig. A fast paced farce with eye watering levels of comedy, the show runs from 19th-21st July at Saltburn Community Theatre with tickets available from the venue and SPAR Gosnay‟s. And finally, looking ahead to the autumn, the youth play is the Peter Hall adaptation of Orwell‟s Animal Farm. Thought-provoking and challenging, it nevertheless has darkly comic interludes and an engaging musical score.

What’s Happening at Marske Hall Animal Fun Day - Saturday, 14th July 10am-3pm, Marske Hall. A fun family day out with Police Interceptors from Channel 5, Kirkleatham Owls, Farmyard Flyer, dog shows and dog agility, bouncy castle, animal photographer, refreshments and much more. Free admission, donations welcome. All proceeds will go to help fund activities for the residents of Marske Hall, part of Leonard Cheshire Disability. Search on Facebook for Marske Hall or call 01642 482672.

Appeal: The fundraising team is always looking for tombola and raffle prizes to use at events throughout the year. Simply call into Marske Hall from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Visit www.facebook/marskehall.com. Thank you for your continued support. Funds raised at these events will enhance the lives of people living at Marske Hall. Registered Charity No: 218186. For details of these and other events call 01642 482672 or visit: www.facebook/marskehall.com. Thank you. Kath Bloomfield

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KICAS News Keeping it clean at Saltburn have their Monthly community beach clean on Saturday, 7th July, 11am to 12 noon, all welcome. We provide adult and child size pickers, buckets and gloves. Meet us at the Victorian Shelter, on the lower promenade, next to the mini golf. If you can‟t make the first Saturday of each month beach clean, there are 2 Minute Beach Clean Boards along the lower prom and to be extra eco friendly, use your own bucket to collect in and recycle what you can. At last month‟s beach clean we were thrilled to find that several people had traveled quite a way to join in. Follow us on face book, twitter and Instagram.

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Pride returns to the Cons Club Welcome to the monthly newsletter from the Cons Club. Things are bright at the moment with the weather and the fact that last night England won their first World Cup match. The football is certainly bringing members into the club and a great atmosphere is being created. All World Cup matches are being screened and members and guests can join in the celebrations and have a great time. Looking back at events in June and we held a Quiz, Bingo & Buffet Supper on the 13th. Although we did not quite sell all the tickets there was still a very good turn out and a very good night was had by all. Thanks go to Michelle for setting the quiz, and to Julie Towell for reading out the questions & answers and for calling the bingo. We will now be having a summer break for these events before we start up again in October. A date will be advertised nearer the time. Another event that we held was the wedding reception for two of our members, Lindsey Towell & Tony Crutchley. Following their wedding members and guests started arriving mid-afternoon for a great reception catered for by Michelle, our fantastic stewardess. This was followed by entertainment throughout the night, including a Michael Buble‟ tribute act. Everybody at the club send their best wishes to Lindsey & Tony and wish them every happiness in the future. They are two special people. Moving on to events happening in July and we start with the SLUG (Saltburn Line Users Group) meeting on Tuesday 3rd. Train enthusiasts, especially local line services, are all welcome to attend this monthly meeting which is held upstairs in the function room at 7-15pm. On Saturday, 7th July we are very pleased to have a visit from Simon Clarke MP who will be in attendance at the club from 2-30pm until 4-30pm. All Conservative members in the Tees Valley are welcome to attend and celebrate a successful first year in office. Refreshments will be available and to participate in the food please contact Philip Thomson on pgtuk7@gmail.com to enable us to have a number to cater for. This is followed the following weekend with our LGBT Weekend in celebration of the Gay Pride community which will be held over two days on Saturday, 14th & Sunday, 15th July. Last year‟s event drew in lots of members & guests who had a fantastic time and this year will be no different. On Saturday evening we will be having entertainment and special guests in what promises to be a night not to be missed and on the Sunday there will be food and refreshments in the garden. This event is being supported by Sainsbury‟s and Taste Coffee House (our fantastic next door neighbours). Please support this event to raise money for

charity. Another event raising money for charity and being held in the club is on Thursday, 9th July when we will be holding a „Body Shop Party‟. Everybody is welcome and for more information please contact the club. On the last Friday of the month, 27th, we will be holding our regular „Open Mic Night‟ hosted by Teesside Steve & Liz Bishop. We now draw in regular full house for these events, such is their popularity, so please get there reasonably early to be sure of your seat. The event is held upstairs in the function room and starts at 8pm, everyone is welcome and the entry is free. Names for people wishing to entertain by singing or playing are taken from 7-30pm. On Saturday 28th we are holding a private birthday party from 7-30pm and on Sunday 29th the town is holding its annual Food Festival. On this day we get many visitors and guests, plus lots of our members joining in the festivities of the day. Refreshments will be available from the garden and the club will be opening at 12 noon. Please note that during the World Cup the club will be showing every match. Members & guests are very welcome to attend. Last week you may have noticed that our marquee was blown over during a very windy night. This has never happened before and it certainly came as a surprise. The top of the marquee and a number of the posts will need replacing before it can be used again and it is important that this is done ASAP because, as you can read from the above, we are starting to get a lot of functions that we need to use it for. We also have the Folk Weekend coming up in August so, with this in mind, the replacement parts have already been ordered and should be with us by the end of the week to enable us to have the marquee available for all events. With so much happening at the club the best way to keep up to date is to go to the club‟s Facebook page at „Saltburn Conservative & Unionist Club‟. Remember the regular weekly events which take place and are on the „future events to entertain‟ column below. Happy Hours are from 4-30pm to 7pm midweek and from 3pm to 5pm on weekends. Finally, just an update to let you know that we now have 58 Gins available to buy behind the bar. Please come along and enjoy them. Let the Good Times Be Gin! Wishing you all a very happy July and enjoy any holidays that you may have arranged. Stay healthy and happy, support one another and see you next month. Best wishes, David. David Rigg, Club President Email: davidrigg21@yahoo.co.uk Article financially supported by Saltburn Conservative Club

Saltburn Cons Club: Future Events to entertain in July 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 3rd June: SLUG Meeting (Saltburn Line Users Group) … 7-15pm. Saturday 7th: Visit by Simon Clarke MP. All Conservatives welcome ..2-30pm to 4-30pm. Saturday & Sunday 14th & 15th: Annual LGBT Weekend. (Celebration of Gay Pride) various times. Thursday 19th: Body Shop Party for Charity … check at club for starting time. Friday 27th July: ‘Open Mic Night’ hosted by Teesside Steve & Liz Bishop… 8pm. Saturday 28th: Private Birthday Party Sunday 29th: Saltburn Food festival

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Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council At the recent meeting it was noted that the planning application submitted by the owners of Saltburn Riding Stables for outline permission to build 75 homes had been rejected by the Borough Council Regulatory Committee, as it did not meet the requirements of the Local Plan, which identified this area as a strategic gap between Saltburn and Marske. An appeal may be lodged against this decision. Members recognised the valuable contribution of all volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the Parish on various projects to improve many areas which tourists and residents can enjoy. It was noted that the Cliff Lift bed, recently refurbished by volunteers from Saltburn In Bloom, would be officially opened by the Mayor on 3rd July 2018. Marske Community Partnership are organising the 2nd Scarecrow Festival in Marske, which will take place from Saturday 25th August to September 1st and the theme for 2018 is maritime/nautical/by the seaside. Once again a Scarecrow Trail will take place and trail forms will be available from Sainsbury‟s in Marske. Members agreed that Marske United Football Club would be the first recipient of the Jackie Taylor Memorial

Shield to recognise their sporting achievements over the previous year and their promotion to Division One East of the Northern Premier League. The annual Joe Abrahams allotment competition will be held on Thursday, 26th July. All allotment gardens will be judged and the winners will receive vouchers to spend in the allotment shop. The competition will be judged by Peter Sherry, who is the Grounds Officer for the Borough Council. Future dates for the diary (for more details on each event visit our website): Friday 10th - Sunday 12th August - Saltburn Folk Festival. Sunday 9th September - Saltburn Hill Climb. Please note that a further allotment inspection will take place in Saltburn on the afternoon of Thursday 12th July 2018. Tracy Meadows (Clerk and RFO to the Parish Council) 01287 623477 office@smnmpc.co.uk www.smnmpc.co.uk

Health and Happiness: What do you want to feel? I thought it would be interesting to question why people give themselves challenges, or more specifically perhaps why I choose to give myself added challenges on top of my daily life challenges. For me it is because I feel life is short and I am here to explore as much as I can. It seems to me that what we do in life depends on the first question, why do I think I am here? I mean why do I think I am alive, the big question. What I call the metaphysical question, the purpose for life question, the egg shell and everything else we do is within the framework of that answer, everything else is the egg. If your own answer is you don‟t think about it, you don‟t care, your only interest is paying the bills and getting through each day. Well that is in fact an equally valid answer to the question. Because what you are saying is that for you paying your bills and getting through each day is your sense of purpose or reason for living. All choices, even the choice not to think about something is a choice. And our choices frame what we do. In a very real sense regardless of our choice of purpose all people living are equally valid. There is no better or worse, no hierarchy, though of course you can construct one to suit you if you want to. A politician can not be a politician without people in society to whom the laws are designed for. A writer needs people who spend their time reading etcetera. No one is higher or lower in their aims for life, each is fulfilling their own path and exploring the life they want to, perhaps even the life they set out to explore before they were born. Life purpose defines why we do anything every single day of our lives. In order to get up on a morning and move in any particular direction we have to know where we want to go. Even if where we want to go is only towards whatever is comfortable, a cup of tea and back to bed perhaps. Yet that is still done with a sense of purpose. We are amazing creatures, human beings, because we have the potential to be incredibly good at achieving anything

that we genuinely believe we can achieve. Someone who sets their goals on climbing a mountain they genuinely believe they can, maybe years later can find themselves standing on that top. If you want to become fluent in Spanish you can. If you want to become really fit you can and if you want to become really happy and consistently retain that you can. Strangely to me, not everyone realises they can do that. And even more strange to me, not everyone wants to. Perhaps the vast majority of us are so busy living our lives that we don‟t give the question of purpose to our lives more than a fleeting thought. Fewer still really get clear about what they want to achieve and really go for it and reach it. Yet if you want big experiences in your life, if you want to feel even deeper and richer and incredible feelings, it takes choosing to risk aiming for something. A sense of purpose perhaps, an aim, a mission, an adventure; it has to be something that involves you and doesn‟t require anyone else to accept you or change to accommodate you. Yet if you get clear what it is you want to achieve, there is always support out there and you can push passed your comfort zone and do something totally radical and totally different with your life. You will almost certainly be rewarded by the feeling you get in return for fulfilling what you choose as your purpose. To do it, feel into your intuition about what is really wanted inside of you. Listen to your silence. However far away or difficult it may seem to be, just check with yourself if you can genuinely see yourself achieving it. Once that seed is planted and you go for it consistently, a little bit every day it comes closer. And unbeknown to all of us it‟s quite incredible how much more happiness is waiting out there for us to choose to find inside ourselves. Kendal Aitken Happiness and Wellbeing Coach / Counsellor Contact: coach@happygreenblueeyes.co.uk or 07944 883961 First session free 43


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The Saltburn Profile by Rosemary Nicholls Roger Lobley “My great-grandfather was one of the Trustees of the Saltburn Primitive Methodist Church, which is now the Community Centre,” says Roger Lobley. “He used to live at 1a Back Amber Street and dealt in gold, as well as turning his hand to any job going.” Although Family History Research has revealed the Lobleys‟ origins to be in Wensleydale, they have lived in Saltburn for a long time. So Roger, an only child, was born in the town and was due to start school at the top of Upleatham Street in 1943. However, war-time bombing meant that the children had to be taught in various church halls instead. His time in school was marred by a year of illness and he failed the 11+ exam. Two years later, though, he passed the 13+ exam and transferred to Eston Technical School. “We used to have to do cross-country runs on the black path near the coke ovens in Grangetown,” he remembers, “and we used to nick off on the 64 bus until the teacher got wise to it!” Roger was taught engineering and took the first two years of an Ordinary National Certificate. Then he became an apprentice fitter with ICI and spent his whole working life with the company in various roles. “I did their management training,” he says. When he was twenty-one, ICI entered him for the British Junior Chamber of Commerce Apprentice of the Year Award in the technical category. He didn‟t win, but the result of it was that he was given the opportunity to go to Calcutta to work on the polythene plant for eighteen months. He enjoyed it and was asked to go again to help start up a terylene plant. In 1963, he got married to Jennifer and they had a daughter, Rachel. Rachel lives in Bedale now and has two sons, Ben, who is at University and Kieran, who is travelling in Vietnam. During the 60s, ICI was growing and Roger developed with it. He worked as a draughtsman and then went to the Olefines works as a training manager. He continued studying and became an Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Roger‟s mum was keen for him to have piano lessons and by the age of fifteen, he was playing the Primitive Methodist Chapel organ. He has been accompanying services ever since. He has also been involved on the property side of the Milton Street Methodist Church. “I became the Secretary of the Property Committee, which organised the refurbishment of the organ to its 1905 specification. We„ve renewed the tower and the spire and put in a lift too. In total, since 2000, we have accessed £330,000 of grants for various projects,” he explains. Roger is a keen builder of model boats; he has completed a model of the Circassia, which was the ship he went to India on. He made it from scratch and it took him eight years. “It‟s the engineering bit of me coming out!” he says. Altogether, he has made fifteen – sixteen models, most of which he has given to his family after exhibiting them at Kirkleatham Hall. “I‟ve also been a member and Treasurer of Redcar Model Boat Club,” he adds.

His younger daughter, Sarah, whom he had with his second wife, Lucy, is an art teacher and Head of Year in Newcastle and they have shared their interest in creating pottery. Roger attended night classes at Huntcliff School and Redcar Further Education Centre and developed his skill at making pottery figures. He also has made twentynine night lights for his son-in-law and friends. “I just wanted to do something with my hands,” he says. Roger enjoys reading historical sea novels, such as those by Douglas Reeman. He likes to listen to musical classics, particularly Grieg and Beethoven piano concertos. With regard to playing, he chooses Bach for his piano at home; he believes that music is a way to help others to find God. His garden gives him a lot of pleasure. He has had it landscaped and has a delightful pond and waterfall. The birds on summer evenings draw him outside. Until four years ago, he enjoyed taking part in golf and swimming. He has toyed with the idea of watching play at Saltburn Cricket Club, as he likes watching test cricket, England and Yorkshire. As a youngster, he played football and remembers a game against Lingdale, which Saltburn lost 0 – 19. “So I joined the Scouts instead,” he laughs. Roger was brought up with dogs, but doesn‟t have any pets now. He remembers Pip, a cross between a terrier and a Shetland sheep dog from his youth. Unexpectedly, he kept a dog in India called Tinker for security. When Lucy was alive, she and Roger enjoyed sunbathing at sea on cruises and visited many places, including the Mediterranean and the Azores. More recently, he has travelled with the Just You company to Morocco and the Atlas Mountains, to Portugal, Chile, New Zealand and Fiji. He likes the time he spends in Saltburn too. He is amazed by the friendly and caring nature of people. “I also find the Methodist Church very caring and responsive. It‟s like a family to me!” he says. 45


Loftus ACCORD Walking Group – Wednesday 18th July –

1st Saltburn Scout Group Our annual Group Presentation Evening and AGM was on the 12th June, all Sections were represented and saw the enrolment of Alfie into Cubs having recently „moved-up‟ from Beavers; whilst Gabriel was enrolled into Scouts following his move from Cubs. Beavers, with their numbers steady at 24, continue to get out and about enjoying all the opportunities Saltburn provides to assist in their explorations, ably led by Lindsey and Jo. Many thanks to parents for their support in ensuring adequate adult numbers to ensure the Beavers „outside‟ experience is welcome. Cubs numbers are now at 16 as we welcome Lucas to the Pack. Cubs will be exploring as far as the viaduct, this being linked to their Local Knowledge activities (some Cubs have never seen the structure!) and so their knowledge of the local area is expanded. And they still need to get to the beach and the woods, lots still to see and do in Saltburn area. Scouts have continued to enjoy the getting out and their determination to work hard in the winter months was evident at the AGM; so ensuring being able to get outside in the summer as much as possible. Numbers remain steady with 20 Scouts; two having joined the Army Cadets to pursue a hoped for future career in the armed forces; we wish them well! Another successful year for our Group Executive; and Julie our Treasurer produced an excellent Balance Sheet for the AGM; Lindsey now joins the Group Executive and will prove an excellent addition to the Committee. You will continue to see us out and about till the summer break, but would welcome assistance in all our activities. If you are interested in joining us, please enquire: John G. Hannah – 07811 801627 or johnghannah@yahoo.co.uk

Saltburn Line User Group Next Meeting: Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 at 7.15pm. Meetings at Saltburn Conservative Club are held on the first Tuesday of the month, 19.15pm for a 19.30pm start. As always, all welcome. Talk to Saltburn Line User Group. The Group exists to protect passengers‟ interests. Find us at www.facebook.com/ saltburnlineusergroup Email the secretary on: slugsecretary@virginmedia.com SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LINE 46

There is a free guided walk from Skinningrove to Hummersea Cliffs on Wednesday, 18th July starting from Skinningrove beach car park at 1 pm. Geologist Mr. Alan Simkin will inform us on the rock strata which formed the basis of an important discovery in Ammonite Biostratigraphy. We shall also be able to view the remnants of the former Alum crystallisation house and kiln used for the manufacture of Roman Cement. We shall walk along the shore to Hummersea point and return by the same route to the car park. Walkers are requested to wear wellington boots, bring light refreshments and have waterproof clothing if needed. Skinningrove Lane end is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses. No booking needed; for more information phone 01287 641000 (or email office@loftustc.co.uk).

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The Ups and Downs of Saltburn by Alan Butler As a very young child I once found myself lost on Saltburn beach one extremely busy bank holiday Monday. We were staying at the house of my Aunt Madge in Pearl Street but at about four years of age, even if I had been able to find Pearl Street I remember the cliff seeming as high as Mount Blanc. I stood and looked longingly at the cliff lift but I did not possess the few pennies it would have cost to use it and in any case I was fortunately seen by one of my cousins and rescued from my predicament. In the many years that have passed since, I have lost count of the number of times I have ridden up and down our amazing funicular railway – not so much because I am adverse to climbing the steps but simply because I never lose my love of this amazingly simple but nevertheless ingenious Victorian gadget. Most people interested in the cliff lift will be aware that it works by adding water to a tank below the car that is at the top of the track and that this extra weight supplies the motive force that allows the descending car to pull its companion car, which is not ballasted by water, up the slope. It occurs to me that if a suitable stream could have been accessed at the top of the bank, one might have run the whole system for virtually nothing. How amazing and how wonderful that even during the time British seaside resorts fell right out of favour, Saltburn managed to hang onto the cliff lift – as well as its pier. Last week I was in Saltburn and had an hour to spare, so I spent the time standing below the cliff lift, watching the work taking place to put the cars back on their tracks and when I returned to my office I decided to take a closer look at the vital statistics of George Croydon Marks‟ creation – which has remained generally unaltered since it opened for business on June 28th 1884, meaning that it will be 134 years of age when you read this article. The number of feet for the height and those for the length of the track rang a bell somewhere in my brain and so I did a few calculations and drew out the triangle formed by the track, the height and the actual ground length. What resulted is incredibly close to being a very particular sort of triangle which is known as a „Golden Triangle‟. Golden triangles are special and have two sides which relate to each other in a ratio of 1.618 : 1, which might not sound in the least remarkable until one realises that this ratio is to be found everywhere, from the smallest forms of life and plants on the Earth to the largest and most remote galaxies. Even our distant ancestors were well aware of this ratio and the Ancient Greeks for example incorporated it into their most sacred structures because it seemed to them that the Golden section, as it is also often called, made for a structure that was extremely pleasing to the eye. How they hit upon this ratio is, as far as I can discover, not known but it is to be found in places as diverse as the shell of the giant nautilus and the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower – not to mention the very dimensions of an

average human body. Although the reasons for nature using this ratio for the building of the petals of a plant are now generally understood, this hardly explains the occurrence of the Golden section in its many other forms, from those that are incredibly tiny to ones that are almost imperceptibly vast. Maybe because of these mysteries the Golden section, also called the Golden mean has been venerated by just about every civilization worthy of the name. Did the engineer George Croydon Marks have the slightest idea what he had managed to achieve in the creation of the cliff lift? Whether he did or not he had an illustrious career, not only as an expert in funicular railways and elevators but also as a Member of Parliament and eventually as the 1st Baron Marks. Giving the situation some thought it seems unlikely that Baron Marks could have „avoided‟ creating the Golden triangle, whether he registered its existence or not. The cliff is the height it is – nature made it that way and the lift track could not extend beyond its bottom limit without blocking the path and obstructing the entrance to the pier. In this respect therefore it is not so much the funicular railway that creates the Golden triangle but rather the cliff itself, because the track merely sits upon it. This inevitably means that Saltburn, or at least the section of it close to the top of Saltburn Bank has a Golden cliff, something that I am fairly sure has never been recognized before. Of course the creation of the Cliff lift by George Marks simply replaced an earlier and equally ingenious method of getting people to and from the beach. People had to walk along a narrow bridge until they were directly above the base of the cliff opposite the pier, at which point they were lowered down in a wooden cage, or brought up the same way. This device formed the same Golden triangle as the present Cliff lift – though the other way up. How absolutely appropriate that all the precious stones of the Jewel Streets are arranged at the top of a golden cliff. Henry Pease, who planned and built Saltburn did so because of a waking dream he had. He was taking a stroll along the then deserted cliffs and being of a very religious inclination was thinking about the New Jerusalem described in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Pease wanted Saltburn to be a reflection of the New Jerusalem and this is why the Jewel streets ended up having the names they enjoy – as a reflection of the words of Revelation. I‟ve just checked the passage in question and indeed many precious and semi precious stones are mentioned but the writer of Revelation also makes it plain that the New Jerusalem itself was made of pure gold! At this point I think I had better draw this article to a close because the whole situation is getting seriously weird. But don‟t forget on your next walk to say hello to the golden cliff that leads to the golden sand. 47


Saltburn Allotments Association July‟s going to be a busy month for us. We have our usual stall at the Farmers‟ Market on 14th July and then the Food Festival is on 29th July. For the Food Festival we are going to open up the town centre garden (behind the Market‟s “secret square”) to sell produce, show people what we get up to in there, have some seed sowing activities for families and, possibly, a small treasure hunt. No pumpkins I‟m afraid, because that will be later in the year and at another place. You will probably have realised that the Saltburn Craft and Produce Show has now come to an end. The show committee is in the process of having the various trophies returned at the moment. Next year, it‟s our intention to have various children‟s activities in the town centre garden, to coincide with the Food Festival. This will enable us to use a few of the trophies again. This year, though, any children with odd shaped vegetables should bring them along on the day (Sunday, 29th July) for display. Participants will get something; perhaps someone will win the coveted trophy, if we have it. On the vegetable front, you can still sow lettuce and salad leaves, including chicory, Chinese leaves and oriental leaves, radishes (including winter types such as mooli), spinach, leaf beet, peas, khol rabi and turnips. If you sowed these a month or so ago, you could plant out broccoli, winter cabbages and cauliflowers, sprouts, kale and leeks, to replace your new potatoes which you‟ll be digging up and enjoying. If you didn‟t have the chance to sow these vegetables, have a look around the local nurseries as they will probably have small plants for sale at very reasonable prices. I‟m really short of climbing runner beans and will be hunting for bargains. Despite the slow start to the year, as I mentioned last year, the soft fruit seems to have caught up. My dog and I are having our annual fight over who gets to the strawberries first. I net them from him rather than the birds but saw him yesterday, underneath the net, in the middle of the strawberry bed with a very red mouth and a wicked look in his eye. I remember last year too, I referred to the “June drop”, where lots of small fruits of apples, pears, plums and the like fall from the tree. Well, with that recent storm Hector on June 14th, this should have happened well and truly. It‟s a good thing as it means the remaining fruit will be larger and of better quality. If you still have lots of fruit on your trees, thin them yourself. For apples and pears, thin to leave two healthy, well shaped fruit per cluster and about 4 to 6 inches between each cluster along the branch for eaters and 6 to 9 inches for cookers. Thinning plums in the same way can really improve the quality of the fruit. Happy gardening, Sue 48

Letter to the Editor I should like to comment on the article (about the Marske bridge) by Rosemary Nicholls published in your June issue. Though the article gives a generally accurate picture of the situation some of the points are misleading. The Public meeting which was held in March came about as the culmination of a long campaign by residents to bring this matter to public notice. This campaign was the brainchild of Helena Archer who hand picked the team and she should be given the credit for this. What came out of the meeting was a joint statement from the Borough Council and the residents which has led to the setting up of a steering group of residents, council members and officers who are working together as equal partners to prevent the proposed one way traffic scheme by adopting a workable alternative solution. To date we have had two such meetings under the chairmanship of Councillor Bob Norton and some progress has been made. Network Rail have been invited to the next meeting in July and we may get some definite movement after this. Unfortunately the article has given the wrong impression in the last paragraph. The ball is not in the landowner‟s court but very firmly with ourselves as we have to persuade the landowner/ developer to adopt our alternative solution. There is no guarantee they will do this. They have planning approval to extend the footpath under the rail bridge because this was agreed by RCBC and the landowners prior to the appeal in what is known as a Statement of Common Ground (SoCG). The developer can in very simplistic terms turn round and say why should we adopt an alternative more costly proposal when we already have one agreed and approved which we are entitled to implement. The overturning of the SoCG is the crux of the matter. Peter Finlinson


20 Year Celebration Exhibition Featuring nearly 50 Studio Artists Saltburn Studios and Gallery

We‟re reuniting all of our previous Studio Artists. 30-32 Marske Road has had many different incarnations; it‟s been Medd‟s Bakery, De Bonne Kitchens, even a Surf Board Shop. For the last 20 years it has been home to an Art Gallery and a thriving community of Artists occupying our Studios. We‟re contacting all of our past Studio Artists, so they can be reunited in the form of an exhibition to celebrate our 20 Year Anniversary. The show will feature almost 50 Studio Artists past and present. The Exhibition begins on Saturday, 21st July, 12 noon – 4pm. Our current 17 Studio Artists will be hosting Open Studios too, opening their studios to give you a warm welcome and an opportunity to gain an insight into their arts practice. We are a self-sufficient organisation and our gallery is opened voluntarily every weekend, 12-4pm by our Studio Artists. Saltburn Studios and Gallery 30-32 Marske Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1QG T: 01287 62 60 60 E: info@saltburnstudios.org.uk W: www.saltburnstudios.org.uk Instagram: www.instagram.com/saltburnstudiosandgallery/

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Soroptimist International (SI) is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. SI works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN). Soroptimist International Middlesbrough is a group of friendly, lively and energetic women from all walks of life and of all ages who work together using our various skills and talents to make a difference to the lives of others. We do this through awareness-raising, lobbying, practical help and fund-raising. Meeting on the third Thursday of the month between 7 and 9pm at Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road, Acklam, Middlesbrough, TS5 4JS, we have a speaker for the first hour and this is followed by an opportunity to socialise with each other. Food is available from the cafeteria. Visitors are most welcome to attend any meeting to see if they would like to become a member. Join us and help us to make that difference to women and girls worldwide. www.sigbi.org/middlesbrough Contact: Pam on cooperpageo21@aol.com

Friends of Skelton Old Church are holding an exhibition of wedding dresses of styles worn over the past century together with marriage registers, to include a copy of what is deemed to be the last wedding ever consecrated at Old All Saints, on Christmas Day 1883. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th from 11:00 until 4:00pm. Entrance is free while donations will be gratefully accepted toward the restoration of Hatchments, paintings rescued from the little old church of St. Andrew at Upleatham. Once restored, the paintings will be displayed in Skelton Old Church.

Next Event: WASPI - Women Against State Pension Inequality - A Talk by Kath Sainsbury on Thursday, 19th July 2018 at 7pm Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road, Acklam, Middlesbrough, TS5 4JS. 49


The Saltburn Crossword no 205 set by Dinosaur Across 1 Main Redcar road to another place where Kate ran hall, Mike spread about (11, 4) 7 Another place in Redcar and Cleveland where hunt prone to be spread about (9) 9 Young ox finding drive? (5) 10 Bird aptly named for shovelling? (9) 11 It‟s often stranger than fiction when initially torn right under the handle (5) 12 Reveal one‟s former lover with affectation (6) 13 Employing United States to sling gin (5) 16 European country I insert into spread (5) 18 See 2 Down 22 Momentary flash employs lieutenant to sling around with gin (5) 23 Distance measure when I re-melt, OK? (9) 24 and 5 Down Local road has direction and a place for an event (5, 6) 25 Soldier who might get called up? He strives about after ` regarding abbreviation (9) 26 Saltburn residents‟ place a cheer, I wave some about (7, 4, 4)

Down Name___________________________________ Address_________________________________ ________________________________________ Telephone_______________________________

1 Former much-loved Saltburn shop knew a gent‟s signs spread about (5, 10) 2 and 18 Across Local road rent shop led rat spread about (8, 6) 3 Frightened and far spreading before help (6) 4 Paying no attention, she‟d lees to spread about (8) 5 See 24 Across 6 Saltburn place for events etc and theatre be trance spreading (9, 6) 8 Appendages less than DSS workers (5) 9 Material of USA tinsel found (5) 14 Local hill is Blair kerb renown after removing Len near ingredient (8) 15 Subatomic particle of iron tune disarray (8) 17 Affectionate dog‟s name puts in place a mend (5) 19 Watch backing remit (5) 20 Spanish mountains found in glassier range (6) 21 Hot ionised gas found back in Pam‟s alpines (6)

Solution to Crossword no 204

The winner of last month‟s crossword was Judy Laverick of Exeter Street, Saltburn.

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

Country Outfitters Tel: (01287) 623754 Website: www.dvtownend.com Email: info@dvtownend.com 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.

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Send your completed crossword to: Saltburn Crossword no 205, c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, TS12 1AQ by Friday, 20th July 2018. First correct solution out of the bag wins a £10 voucher kindly donated by Tim and Sheila of Real Meals.


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Talk of the Town July 2018  

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

Talk of the Town July 2018  

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

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