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SALTBURN’S TOWN TALK Letter from the Editor

Seen here is the front cover of Talk of the Town‟s 2020 calendar with beautiful photographs by Heather Lofthouse. They are available for just £5 each from various outlets in the town, but mainly the wonderful Jackie‟s Saverstore in the Station Buildings. The calendar is essential annual fundraising to help keep the magazine going. Please do buy one! They make lovely Christmas presents too and Jackie also sells A4 envelopes if you want to put one in the post. Costs rise in all aspects of our lives but Talk of the Town has kept its prices stable for quite a few years, despite inflation and more expensive imports, such as paper, due to the weak pound. The magazine will continue to be printed on paper and delivered to every house in Saltburn free of charge. Love, Ian Saltburn Farmers’ Market: is back on Saturday, October 12th with a mix of new traders and old! Check out the new Tasty Tapas Stall in the secret square and enjoy a luxurious hot chocolate from The Tap Garden. Open 9 till 2 in and Send letters, adverts and contributions for the next issue (by around Saltburn town centre. Friday, 18th October 2019) to: The Editor, Talk of the Craft Club Busy Fingers: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each Town c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, month, 1.30 till 3.30pm in the Coffee Room, Saltburn Cleveland, TS12 1AQ. Telephone: 01287 623903 (or email: Community Centre. Saltburn Beer Festival will be held in the SCAA community Talk of the Town can be found on a new Facebook hall on 15th and 16th November 2019. See article on page 20. address at Saltburn Traditional Music Workshops will be meeting on Donkey Path Survey: During September and October a survey Friday 11th and Friday 25th October in the Coffee Room at is being conducted to determine the nature of the current usage the Community Hall. If you enjoy traditional music come of the Donkey Path. Results will help to determine future and join us. We play tunes at a slow and steady pace for Random Stitchers of Cleveland (Embroiderers‟ Guild) are access provision from Marine Parade to the Lower Promenade everyone to join in. Further info from Angie on 01287 and provision of maintenance needs on the pathway. Help is in Saltburn Library this month on 12th June at 2.00pm. See 205153. needed in conducting the survey which is being carried out by Library article on page 10 for further details. Saltburn Studios and Gallery: In our Gallery at the moment S a l t b u r n V a l l e y s C I O . E m a i l c o n t a c t i s is an exhibition featuring all of our 17 Studio Artists entitled for anyone able to offer assistance, „Earth‟. The work on display is themed on the Earth and even for the odd hour or two. includes a large selection of different mediums including WI Report: After our summer break in August, it was a full painting, drawing, paper-cut work, ceramics, mosaics, house for the September meeting of Saltburn WI. In addition to photography, felt making, jewellery, fabric, surface design, our own members we had guests from Monday at Eight and a installation, sculpture and illustration. Our Gallery is open group of ladies from Updale WI In Rosedale. weekends 12-4pm. Our speaker for the evening was Julia Clarke who gave Emmanuel Church Hall Table Top and Collectors’ Sale: us a wonderful cookery demonstration of dishes for „Easy We will be back for our normal sales on 5th and 19th Entertaining‟. Well, she certainly made them look easy and not October then 2nd and 16th November. We are really taking only did she demonstrate, she kept us entertained with amusing off as we are using all three rooms and it‟s really busy. It‟s anecdotes from her B&B business and her own WI activities. In nice that we have a lot of people just wanting a clear out. In an hour she had produced Koulibiac (a salmon kedgeree in this sale we are using three rooms full of stall holders and we plaited puff pastry), chicken with sage and orange, an oriental have also let some charity people in like Friends of Redcar salad bowl and a mixed berry cheesecake. The food looked and Cemetery, different church groups, cancer charities and more. smelt delicious and several ladies were lucky enough to win It‟s helping a lot of people, We are looking forward to seeing dishes in the raffle to take home to enjoy. you all again and thank you all for your support. We are also We have a full month of activities to look forward to doing our usual lunches and all day breakfast, fresh home including Friday walks and supper Club at the end of the baked cake, pies and scones. Home made refreshments and month. Our next meeting is on Thursday, 10th October, 7 pm at light lunches are on sale all day. FREE ENTRANCE and a the Saltburn Learning Centre. New members are always warm welcome to everyone. With over 26 stall holders, welcome so please come along and give us a try; you will be selling lots of bric-a-brac, books, toys, baby goods, and all made very welcome. Full details of all our activities can be sorts of collectables, there is something for everyone. Contact found on our website or you can like us on Facebook. Diane Denise Marshall on 07929 589538. Cover Photograph: Motorbikes from September’s Hill Climb by Kevin Rayson Disclaimer: Talk of the Town tries to make sure the articles and announcements made on its pages are accurate, but views expressed in letters and articles printed in Talk of the Town are not necessarily those of the editor. Any offers in adverts included in Talk of the Town are made by the advertisers; details should be confirmed with them. Always confirm event details with the organisers, in case of alteration or error. Talk of the Town is printed by DC (Yorkshire) Print, Mercury House, Grove Lane, Hemsworth WF9 4BB. Website: Tel: 01977 642331. Proprietor/Editor of Talk of the Town: Ian Tyas c/o Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, TS12 1AQ. (Ian Tyas tel: 01287 623903.)


Images from a high vantage point Photography is a means of recording the changing face of our environment, and choosing a high vantage point can reveal a lot of information, sometimes very dramatic changes. Can you spot them?

From the slopes of Cat Nab, a view of a hunt meet

In the 1960s we were privileged to make the ascent to the top of Emmanuel Church. Looking east towards Huntcliff

The north of Middlesbrough 70 years ago from the top of the Transporter Bridge

Looking west along Windsor Road 1960s, obviously before the smokeless zone law was implemented

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Looking east from a basket hanging from a crane which was a feature at a Saltburn Gala Cath and Tony Lynn

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Once Upon a Time in the Wapentake What I am writing is in the nature of an apology, an apology to someone who died more than forty years ago: my father. Last month I wrote at length about my childhood and about my mother. I never mentioned Dad, without whom none of it would have been possible. First of all there was the garden. I have mentioned the potatoes (a crop which needed a barrow load of well rotted cow muck but with a dairy farm at the end of our road, it only needed dad to wheel it home. Only!), the peas and the rhubarb, but there was also the raspberry canes and (I think) strawberries. And the apple trees (including a Russet, glorious fruit when fresh off the tree, not so only a few hours later), and then there was a mystery tree behind the shed that no-one remembered planting, but which was good both for cooking and eating. And none of it all could have been possible unless my father had gone out to work all the hours the world, and the garden allowed. From what must have been a fairly lowly start in life, (did he really wear out two pairs of shoes looking for work in the thirties?) he had become manager of a wine shop, which he had built up to be one of the best wine merchants in the North West. Especially in the build up to Christmas he seemed to be there twentyfour hours a day, leaving him exhausted when the festivities started. Like many people in his business in those days his ideas about what was wine was rather limited; Reds came from France, Whites from the Rhineland. (Though he did once bring home a stunningly good one from China.) The German connection involved visits to that country where he seemed to have made many friends. Only a few years after the War, this couldn‟t always have been easy. And at the height of the Cold War a present arrived from the Soviet Union, a ballpoint pen and a stand in the

shape of a rocket on a launcher, a thank you for promoting real Russian Vodka. (Most Vodka drunk in the UK in those days was made in Warrington.) I don‟t think he ever wanted to be anyone‟s enemy. As a young kid with a head full of comics, I asked him if he had killed any Germans in the War. He said no and he was glad, because he had no wish to kill someone who might have been the father of a little boy like me. Father was a Gentleman. He always looked the part. (Except when gardening!) When I see a LNER poster from the thirties almost always with an elegant gentleman in a trilby strolling along the prom, trousers pressed immaculately, shoes shining, I think, there‟s Dad, a Gentleman, but no snob. Mother used to be upset with him when he broke off from gardening to chat to the binmen. (They were probably his mates from way back.) On the other hand, he was not terribly impressed by Sir Winston Churchill when he met him at a wine tasting. (Apparently he didn‟t know much about wine.) A true gentleman, as my dad was, is kind, helpful without making a fuss about it, and he tries to understand someone who is different from himself. True gentlemen have really good manners, not the other thing that masquerades as good manners, such as a constantly changing code (which knife to eat your peas with, whether you say toilet, napkin, serviette or lavatory) so that outsiders can be mocked, humiliated and excluded. That is part of the cruelty of the English class system. Real good manners include people, the other thing excludes them. I believe Saltburn to be a town which tries to include us all and hope it will continue to do so. And I hope that Mother and Father, after all they had to go through, would not be too disappointed by the way I turned out. Tim Beswick

Gisburne Bible Display Gisborough Priory Project are delighted to announce that the Gisburne Bible will be on display in Guisborough Library from Thursday, 26th September to Wednesday, 29th October. A total of 17 books once at Gisborough Priory are known to have survived, one of which is this lavishly illuminated and decorated medieval bible. The bible was given to Gisborough Priory after a catastrophic fire in 1289 which destroyed many of the theological books. This special display is only possible thanks to the short-term loan of the bible by St. John‟s College, Cambridge, where the bible is currently held. The display will be officially opened on 26th September by the historian and writer, Philippa Gregory. We would like to thank Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for their support in organising this display. Gisborough Priory Project has worked very hard to bring this beautiful medieval bible back to Guisborough and hope that many people will come to see it and learn more about the fascinating history of Gisborough Priory. Sheila Berry Right: Detail from a border showing a grotesque blowing a trumpet from which hangs a flag. From f.4r of MSC.24, a bible from the Priory of Guisborough, Yorkshire (13th-14th century) © The Master and Fellows of St John‟s College Cambridge


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Councillors’ Column Two important documents have been published focussing on the future of transportation in this area. Firstly, The Tees Valley Combined Authority, which is the local transport authority for Tees Valley, is consulting on its Strategic Transport Plan. This can be viewed in detail at and comments can be made on consultations before the 20th of November. Between now and 2029 £257 million will be invested in projects, which will seek to deliver high-quality, clean, quick, affordable, reliable and safe transport. Good news for most if it is delivered. The report advises that 31% of households have no car. Of those that do, 73% use this means of transport to travel to work. Only 2.1% travel to work by bicycle. 94% of the population apparently live within walking distance of a bus service. Clearly integration of transport links will have to improve if public vehicle usage is to be offered as an alternative. Cost of travel by bus will also have to be reviewed. Most house building has been taking place on the outskirts of towns reducing the likelihood of bus or rail usage in practice. This 50 page document is essential reading to discover the future transport strategy. There are five supplementary documents, one of which is Draft Rail Implementation, in which the rail service to Redcar and Saltburn is projected to increase from 2 trains per hour to 5. This may be deliverable but the TransPennine from Manchester Airport to Redcar which will commence on the 15th of December this year is the only sign of any

increase in actual service in the near future. An hourly service will operate. Unfortunately Redcar Station cannot accommodate any trains standing and the coaches will have to be shunted out of the way meaning two extra closures of the West Dyke Road level crossing per hour during the service schedule. Not good news for Redcar highway vehicle traffic. The possible TransPennine service in to Saltburn is a long way off. Secondly, Redcar & Cleveland has published a Transport for the Future document, emphasising that one of the key priorities of the Corporate Plan is Good Connections. £138 million is allocated for improvements to benefit all transport users, be they on foot, using a bike, bus, train, motorbike or car. The Plan is designed to supplement and work alongside the Tees Valley proposals. This again is a good read. Consultation can be accessed through and will last into December. Discussions continue at local level on traffic management in the town and with one of the concerns about mixed traffic of pedestrians and cyclists on the Lower Promenade and on the Donkey Path leading to Hazelgrove being explored in an attempt to find an amicable solution. As the main tourist season draws to a close Saltburn beach bathing water results have proved to be of an excellent standard from the monitoring information recorded during this period. Another very positive advert for the town. British Summer time ends on the 27th. Philip Thomson 7

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Welcome to three events this month! Runner Beanz, our free new after-school club for youngsters age 8+, launches on Wednesday, 2nd October. Prise your kids away from their screens to enjoy a fun run with friends, followed by a healthy meal and lively chat to get them thinking for themselves about life’s big questions. You can check out all the details and download the parent consent form at: runnerbeanz The question of the Jews: We forget the holocaust at our peril. Some who endured the horrors of the concentration camps are still alive to remind us. And yet anti-semitism is on the rise, fuelling hatred and violence at home and abroad. Sometimes Christianity is called a Western religion. Nonsense: it started in the Middle East. Its roots are Jewish. Jesus was a Jew. On Saturday, 5th October we are planning a special day celebrating and examining the Jewish foundations of our faith. As well as talks and discussion there’ll be Jewish music and food to enjoy. Do join us if you’d like to find out more. For times and details of the programme visit our website. Fair Trade, making sure that growers and producers in the developing world get their fair share of profit from their work, was pioneered by Gateshead-based company Traidcraft. We are running a Traidcraft stall at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, 12th October. Come and visit for fairly-traded food and craft items, tasty treats, catalogues and maybe ideas for Christmas presents! 8

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SOS - Save Our Saltburn

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace You still have time to have your voice heard. We have it on good authority that the decision on the proposed caravan park on the prominent viewpoint opposite Saltburn has been extended yet again, this time at the request of the applicant. Based on previous advice given by the Planning Department we had thought it was likely to be heard by the Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council on Thursday, 3rd October. This shows how contentious this development is. On behalf of more than 2,000 objectors we are asking the question why more time and money is being spent on the bureaucracy of pursuing it, given the recent news of a £30m black hole and rumoured council tax hikes. So opposers to the development must not relax their efforts. For this reason petition sheets are still available in the library and Jackie‟s Saverstore to complete and return. Make sure that your voice is heard; it‟s not too late. Don‟t be in the „if only I had done something‟ group. Even if you are one of the 410 formal objectors to the development, visit or contact the councillors on the Regulatory Committee listed below. Visit them all. Discuss the health and safety of the highway which has had 3 accidents in as many weeks. The concern of future

pressure on our limited car parking in an already saturated area. Tell them that 5 new jobs and fast buck in the pockets of a few businesses is selling the town short for the loss of visual amenity and an historic outlook. Or even the ecological damage on the neighbouring Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the fear of flooding due to increased run-off. Tell them how you feel in your own words. All these things let the Council that govern us know how we, the town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, are feeling about having a caravan village on the most iconic view we have. The times and places for the councillors surgeries can be found on the back pages of this month‟s Redcar & Cleveland free magazine. We have continued to keep you informed of the situation since April, with leaflet drops, meetings, petitions and our regular articles in Talk of the Town. We have met with your MP twice, and attended the parish council meetings, the council AGM, and all the Regulatory Committee meetings where planning proposals are decided. We have written to councillors, contacted all the organisations who oppose this scheme and had innumerable telephone discussions. However, it is your town. Make sure you do what you can in the time that is left. Finally, keep an eye on the R&C website or on our Save our Saltburn facebook page to see when the application is being heard and come along and support us at the Redcar Community Hub. The Save Our Saltburn Action Group and Supporters

A Festival for John The much lamented passing of festival director, John Taylor, last October left the future of Saltburn Folk Festival in doubt. Determined to honour his memory and celebrate his outstanding contribution for well over 40 years to folk music in East Cleveland, a committee was formed to run the festival in just the way John would have wanted. Dogwatch hosted a singaround on Friday afternoon in The Pillar Box, to get everyone in fine voice. Paul Lucas, John‟s right hand man, opened the evening concert with Alan Young, on dulcimer. Dave Ellis, who toured with Bert Jansch, and Boo Howard rounded off the evening in fine style. On Saturday, Feet First Appalachian Clog Dancers, provided street entertainment at the Station Portico. Fylingdales Folk Choir were in fine voice in the Maritime Concert. John always provided an early evening Folk

Concert for the people of Saltburn. Chris, Denny and Emily‟s astonishing musicianship resonated throughout the Methodist Church. Saturday evening‟s highlight was the performance by Bryony, a ground breaking female harmony group, specially reformed for this occasion. The Pierrots, led by Trevor Taylor, in traditional costume, re-enacted seaside entertainment popular up to the 1930s. A packed theatre audience ached with laughter at Les Barker‟s poems such as Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower and whilst experiencing Déjà Vu, a rhyme. The festival ended with the powerful harmonies of The Wilson Family, great friends of John. Judging by the attendance over the weekend and applause at the end, I am sure John would have been immensely proud. Ken Bladen 11

Botton Village Guided Walk

Botton Village with its Camphill Community in beautiful Danby Dale is home to over 150 people, including 90 adults with a learning disability. Hear about its history while visiting food and craft workshops with John Roberts and local guides. This walk is on Sunday, 6th October, starting at 10.30am from Botton Village car park, YO21 2NJ (OS Grid NZ695041); it will finish by 1.00pm. The walk of about two and a half miles includes some moderate gradients and uneven ground; please wear suitable clothing. Dogs are not allowed. The walk is part of the North York Moors National Parkâ€&#x;s A Breath of Fresh Air programme of guided walks. Itâ€&#x;s free of charge; small donations are welco me. Bo ok in g is esse n tia l: go to or phone 01439 772738.


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Saltburn 500 Club Congratulations go to the winners of our September draw: M Bashford £100, C Bird £50, G Nixon £25 and J Handley £10. The vast majority of my time since my last article has been dedicated to raising funds for the Christmas lights and the amount received to date means we are approximately half way towards our target. Chris Ferguson‟s wing walk was postponed to 17th September, which allowed more time for us to publicise it and squeeze a bit more money. The two JustGiving pages we have running currently show a total of £979 (as at 5th September, when I‟m writing this article); however, commission will be deducted from this. A group of ladies organised a coffee morning in the Methodist Hall, raising £300 and the Scarecrow week raised £639. I am currently in negotiations with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and I am hopeful that a generous donation will be made from them. More letters have been sent out to the bigger companies around the area but, to date, have not been fruitful (except late news just in! See other article on page 22, reporting on the generosity of Crystal Galleries in Middlesbrough). A vital part of the fundraising is the Table-top sale held at the portico on a Sunday. To date, the stallholders have raised £1500 and we have a few more to go yet. As mentioned in my last article, the last Community Centre fund-raiser for the

lights is on 12th October. I am due to have further meetings with the electricians to establish which areas of the town are now in the most need of refurbishment. It is hoped that some of the cabling/sockets will hold until 2020 and give us more time to have this essential work done. The last thing I want to do is make a decision on which parts of the town can be lit and which parts will have to stay in darkness. Let‟s hope that the town will be fully lit up again for this year‟s lighting-up parade on 30th November, not far away now! The 2019 Bandstand Summer Season has been successful and attendances have, at times, exceeded our expectations. The supporters of the bands are hardy souls and it will take more than a chill wind to keep them away. The final performance of the season, at the bandstand, will be the Silverwood Band on 29th September. Our thanks go out to all of you who supported the bands and, most importantly, to the volunteers who have given freely of their time to ensure the performances go well. We have a young lady who has the headache of putting the schedule together each year, people who bring out/put back the seating and people who do the vital task of shaking the jar under your noses. Thank you to you all. Trevor Welburn Secretary, Saltburn 500 Club/Friends of Saltburn


Saltburn in Bloom As I write this, I don‟t know how we got on with the Northumbria in Bloom. However, if you‟ve been to the library, looked on our facebook page or spoken to any of us recently, you‟ll know. I hope you‟ll have reason to be pleased, for now though, fingers crossed. However we got on, I‟m sure we will, as in previous years, have our own celebration event to say “thank you” to everyone who helped in any way to make our town look so brilliant this year. The event may be later than usual as we won‟t know how we fared in the Britain in Bloom competition until the end of October and it makes sense to do it all in one fell swoop, as it were. On Saturday, 9th November our next table top sale will take place. This is the nearest we get to Christmas so we will probably be selling Christmassy things such as home made candles using recycled wax (including holy wax from Our Lady of Lourdes), possibly some Christmas preserves and other gifts. If you usually help us out at these events, Sam will be in touch with you. If you aren‟t a “regular” but could give a hand this time, let us know via face book (or email at Gifts, baking, volunteer time, anything (sensible) let us know.

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Amberol Planter 2019 As you‟re probably aware, we‟ve been experimenting with the big, black Amberol planters on Marine Parade as, surprisingly, they are not, universally, found to be attractive. We would really like to know what you thought of our efforts this year and what ideas you might have for us to try in 2020. Again, facebook or email, we‟d love to hear from you. If there are lots of ideas, we‟ll either give a prize to the idea with the most support (provided it‟s polite and achievable), or we‟ll put ideas in a hat and the one drawn out will win a prize. It‟s coming up to the season of good will so have a go and let us know what you think. Smile on, Sue 14

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Talk of the Town’s monthly Pride of Saltburn Award

The winners of this month‟s bouquet of flowers are Adèle and Sally who both work in Cheveux hair salon. They were nominated by Ann Dewing and about them, she says “I would like to nominate Adèle and Sally from Cheveux Hair Salon, for the Pride of Saltburn monthly award. They are always very friendly, considerate and caring to all their customers. On a recent visit I witnessed their incredible kindness towards a lady who had just had an accident, ringing for an ambulance and taking great care of her while they waited for it to come. They are lovely people and a credit to our community.” Thank you, Adèle and Sally, for being you, the Pride of Saltburn. Every month when a nomination is received, a £30 bunch of flowers, kindly donated by Ruby Lilly‟s Florists of Marske, is awarded to someone who has earned admiration, gratitude or love for whatever reason. We invite nominations from readers, to make someone feel special with a bunch of flowers! Send your nominations to Talk of the Town‟s post box at Jackie‟s Saverstore, 8 Station Buildings, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 1AQ or email Ian ( (Please include your name, phone number and the reason you are nominating the person of your choice.) Please also confirm with the nominee that they are willing to receive the award (many people feel shy about it). All the nominations will be read and kept for future use, so even if your choice doesn‟t win this month, they might do so next time. 15

Latin Party at Emmanuel There‟s going to be a distinctly Latino vibe to a charity fundraiser being held for MIND and Doorways Saltburn. On Friday, October 25th at 7pm ECHO, Emmanuel Church Hall will be hosting an all age event which promises Latin Rhythms, Mexican Food and Carnival Masks. Guests are invited to bring their own drinks. The inspiration came from some of Saltburn‟s newest arrivals Betu, from Argentina, and her husband, born in Sheffield. When they were married last year they wanted to create an Argentinian party atmosphere for their reception at Rushpool Hall. Guests of all ages enjoyed the fun so much, that they, along with Mum, Dad and sister Caitlin decided that it would be an excellent idea to repeat the Fiesta and raise money for charity at the same time. MIND is close to all their hearts. A beloved daughter

and sister, Bridget, suffered from severe mental health problems and sadly died in 2007. Bridget also loved dancing. Doorways provides non-judgmental support and a listening ear for local young people. Estelle Reed of DanceFit, Saltburn will get the party started with some demonstration dances from herself and friends and then the floor is yours! So put the date in your diary and get practising your moves. Tickets are £6 adults and £3 children. If you have a favourite funny carnival mask (not scary Halloween) please feel free to bring it along with your choice of drink. Contact 07842 134016 for tickets (or email Please indicate if you would like veggie food when you book.

Munificent Monies for the Meadow The Saltburn Countryside Volunteers are very grateful for a £300 donation from The Teasdale Family, following the recent passing of their father Bill. The collection was made at his funeral and his son Martin, put into words, the reason for choosing our worthy cause. Bill Teasdale 1934-2019 „Born in County Durham and growing up on a smallholding dad always had a love of nature and the outdoors. Bird spotting, wildlife, wildflowers, trees and even the geology of the area, were his passions. Moving to Skelton in 1960, his love of the outdoors grew. The beach one way, through the 16

woods and the moors the other way. He was self taught and had lots of books. His knowledge was unbelievable; he was our David Attenborough, and he wanted all children to learn about the environment and nature. Even when he was terminally ill, he would go for a little walk, always coming back with a can or bottle for the bin. One of his last walks was from Skelton to Saltburn, through the woods, like he had years before, stopping at the meadow and admiring the viaduct. He would be happy his donation from his funeral was going to help preserve nature and educate school children.‟

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On Tuesday, 8th October at 2.15pm in the Redcar East Community Centre on Durham Road, Redcar, the „Quilt Lady‟, Mrs Nona Jenkins, will be returning to show us another collection of the exquisite quilts she has amassed over the years. This time the collection is called, „Women and Children of the Prairies‟ and if it is anything like as good as the last collection she showed us back in April, then the hoped-for returning audience will certainly not be disappointed. A fortnight later, on Tuesday, 22nd October at the same time and venue, we welcome back Peter Morgan, well-known for his work at Tocketts Mill, and he will be taking us back in time to the days when anything Redcar did had to be up-staged by the residents of the adjoining community of Coatham and vice-versa! There was certainly no love lost by either with the other. The gloves were really off with no holds barred! Peter‟s presentation is entitled simply „Redcar and Coatham‟. Admission to each Presentation is £2.50 and visitors are most welcome to come and join us. Further details from Tony Crow on 01642 481544. 19

Letter to the Editor Caravan conundrum I couldn‟t help but chuckle at the old aerial photograph of Saltburn seen on page 30 of your September issue. While I know that the proposed site of caravans or mobile homes on the high ground opposite The Zetland Hotel is a contentious issue at the moment, the image shows that there was no problem in previous times about having caravans on the low ground opposite The Zetland Hotel. As we can see, at that time there was no caravan site by the railway for those wishing to bring their caravans to Saltburn. Unless the photo is positively date-stamped on the rear, it might be taken earlier than the 1950 but I‟m happy to bow to more knowledgeable Saltburn historians! The house I grew up in (and the surrounding houses) at Ox Close in the early 1950s is not there, so it might be that this picture was taken in the mid-to-late 1940s (or earlier than that, of course). The proliferation of tiny rotund caravans and the lack of vehicles on the streets might be a further pointer to an earlier date. I can‟t tell if the miniature railway is there. If it isn‟t, then the picture was taken before 1947. There do seem to be small rowing boats tied up where the station platform would be and so, if that is what they are, then that suggests the railway was not yet there. Paul Sanderson Romney Marsh

Saltburn Photographic Society Wednesday, 9th October Andy Howard “Nature photography Howard‟s Way”. Wednesday 16th October Results of first monthly competition “Open”. Wednesday 23rd October Paul Foster with tips about how he goes about his Natural History Photography. Wednesday 30th October Results of the Moore Trophy and Harry Brittain Trophy. A selection of members‟ work is on display in Saltburn Library; this is changed every two months. Practical night Monday 14th October at 7.00pm. How to facebook SPS and Macro and close up photography. Meetings are held in the upstairs hall, Saltburn Milton Street Methodist Church TS 12 1EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome to any of our meetings, there will be a small charge. For more information, visit our web site or contact Tony Lynn 01287 622519.

Explore and Discover at Guisborough Museum We are a charming, Olde Worlde museum packed with colourful memorabilia of old Guisborough town. Peer into our antique shop windows, see our superb railway model, and much more. Free entry, disabled access, children‟s quiz. Open every Thursday and Saturday until end of October ten till four. Find us in the town centre behind Sunnyfield House on Guisborough main street. Olwen 20

10th SALTBURN BEER FESTIVAL Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November, 2019 Saltburn Community & Arts Association, Albion Terrace, Saltburn, TS12 1JW A charity festival run by volunteers with all proceeds to SCAA Tickets for this popular festival will go on sale on 1st October from SCAA Box Office (01287 624997) and The Spar, 39A Milton Street, Saltburn. Festival opening hours are Fri/Sat 11am-5pm £2, Fri 6:30-11pm £4, Sat 6:3011pm £3. CAMRA members will receive £1 refund on entrance to the festival with a valid membership card. There will be 36 cask conditioned beers, real cider, perry, fruit wines and low alcohol bottled beers. Commemorative glasses and polo/sweat shirts, both featuring the above logo, will be available to buy. There will also be our interesting tombola stall. Kat, who is now Manager of the newly opened Footprints in the Community Cafe in Redcar, will again be producing her wonderful homemade hot and cold food and snacks. More information on and

Saltburn Charity Crafters Saltburn Charity Crafters will be meeting on Wednesday, 2nd October in the Coffee Room at the Community Hall from 2pm to 4pm. Do come and join us for a cuppa and to discover the many projects we are working on. We are a friendly bunch. For further information contact Angie on 01287 205153.

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Friday Friends Friday Friends would like to thank all who took part in our Sponsored walk and also to all who supported us. Together we raised a fantastic £822.00. Friday Friends is an inclusive friendship group based in Saltburn, for people aged over 18. We are a friendly group and welcome people with different abilities. Activities for October Oct 4th 10-12 Seated keep fit with Taylor then afternoon Craft at 1-4pm: A fabric flower broach. Oct 11th 10-12 Come along and meet the Trustees. Afternoon Craft1-4pm: Card making and Silk Painting. Oct 18th 10-12 U3A Ukulele Group, afternoon Craft from 1-4pm: Sew a lavender cat. Oct 25th Bowling and lunch (if pre-ordered) at Saltburn Bowls Club 10-12 followed at the ECHO by Craft 14: A spooky picture. We are a non-profit making group, run by volunteers. We meet on Fridays at Emmanuel Church Hall, McNay Street, Saltburn. Activities are 10-12.30 and arts and crafts 1-4. First session is free to see if you like it then there is a charge of £2.00 per session or £3 all day. Carers are always free. Registered Charity No 1177967. For more information ring 07833 895501 (or email

Saltburn Library News As the dark nights close in, come in and see this month‟s feature stand entitled „Things that go Bump in October‟ – a collection inspired by all things spooky!

DIARY DATES: 9th October 14:00 Simon Harper (Jewellery maker). 10th October 13:00-14:30 „Wartime Tea‟ Free tickets for Senior Citizens of Saltburn (on a first-come-firstserved basis) – please see poster in Library window or call for further details. 11th October 10:00 onwards Health Checks available. Please contact the library on 01287 623584 to book an appointment time.

Half Term Library Activities: 28th Oct – Marske Brass Band event 13:00-14:00. 30th Oct – Great British Library Kids Bake off 13:0014:00. 31st Oct – Harry Potter Halloween event 13:00-14:00. 1st Nov – Countryside Event with Countryside Ranger, Paul Murphy. 30th October Saltburn Library Reading Group (new joiners always welcome).

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8th November Health Checks available. Please contact the library on 01287 623584 to book an appointment time. 27th November Saltburn Library Reading Group (new joiners always welcome). 13th December Health Checks available. Please contact the library on 01287 623584 to book an appointment time. Kelly Rose 22


The young bandleader/guitarist/vocalist entertaining us on 26th October is CONNOR SELBY together with his band. Selected to appear at Wembley Stadium supporting The Who, The Kaiser Chiefs and Imelda May earlier this year, it‟s clear Connor is a rising star. A devotee of EC, Connor cites Eric Clapton as his major influence, particularly when he was with John Mayall, The Bluesbreakers and Cream. But the music of other artists such as Ray Charles and Nick Drake are evident also in the songs he writes, showing he‟s drawn inspiration from a diverse canon of music from the 60s onwards. I‟m pretty confident this will be another fledging artist who will go a long way. The support act is a bluesman who‟s been to Saltburn previously. PISTOL PETE WEARN is a master of the slide guitar and classic English Blues. Music to „drink, dance and stomp to‟ so a lively start to the night. Also this month we have a very special acoustic gig when we welcome back the wonderful Sunjay on Sunday 13th October. This gig will be our second one at Saltburn Conservative Club. Tickets at £8 for SBC members and £10 for guests but tickets are limited to 40 on a first come first served basis. Contact me to book on the number below or email me at Venue: Saltburn Cricket Club. Doors: 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 available from Milo‟s Cafe, Saltburn,, and 07960 935263. A regular reminder that my radio show, Still Got The Blues, goes out on Zetland FM every Monday 7pm – 10pm, on line, or you can catch it later on Mixcloud. Visit the website, and scroll down to Mixcloud. Three hours of the very best of the blues. Harry

Crystal Galleries support Saltburn Christmas Lights Middlesbrough based glass and crystal supplier CRYSTAL GALLERIES are supporting Saltburn in a sparkling way this year. Started in 1983, Crystal Galleries has always been a family owned and run business and currently includes 6 family members in various positions throughout the company with a family ethos very much at its heart. Based in Middlesbrough it employs 67 people from the Tees Valley area. Crystal Galleries are passionate about the area and a strong believer in backing local charities. After hearing that Saltburn‟s Christmas lights needed some extra support to continue the great work they do Jeremy and Joanne Lowes, Managing Directors, immediately offered to donate some glassware to help boost funds. So, at October‟s Farmers‟ market a new sparkling stand will be popping up full of glass crystal giftware perfect for Christmas gifts. The stand will feature a range of crystal gifts from quality wine glasses to glass vases. Jeremy Lowes explained: “The team at Crystal Galleries are really excited to be able to support such a good cause and we are very pleased to be able to offer something extra to such a great local market.”


Cleveland Diving Club Some successes are a result of team work and collaboration but a pinch of providence can take things to a whole new level. Following a week of miserable weather the labours of club members and the kind co-operation of Saltburn Tennis Club, who allowed us the use of their pavilion, the club‟s annual summer barbecue was a great success, being blessed with a wonderfully warm sunny day (see photo). More recently, team work, collaboration and providence have all played an integral part in the club‟s successful application to, „Sport England‟s Small Grants.‟ The Sport England Board has offered Cleveland Divers funding for their current project, a three phased equipment upgrade. The club has had great support for this project and we would like to thank all those who assisted us during the application process. For example, Saltburn Cricket Club, Saltburn Tennis Club, councillors Philip Thomson and Stuart Smith, BSAC, Denny Diving and Steve Mussett, Community Health Development Officer for R&C Borough Council. Your support is greatly appreciated. This much needed upgrading of club equipment is essential to all club members who continue to look forward to some exciting dives in the warm autumn sea temperatures. In addition the club‟s training programme for our current trainees, on all levels, has resumed in earnest. For example, an essential skill divers need to be competent with is the deployment of a „Delayed Surface Marker Buoy‟ (DSMB). Divers are required to carry this device, often nicknamed a sausage because of its shape, during their dive and then deploy it at the start or early during their ascent to the surface, whilst

at the same time maintaining their buoyancy. Once on the surface the upright orange DSMB is highly visible and alerts the skipper or other nearby sea craft, of the diver‟s location so they can be either picked up by the diving boat or avoided by other pleasure craft. Training would-be scuba divers is a rewarding experience for instructors but goes beyond working just as a team as its success is dependent on the all important trust between an instructor and their student. For any would be scuba divers out there the club continues to offer our ever popular 4 week „Try Dive‟ courses throughout the year and we can be contacted via Facebook, „The Diving ClubCleveland‟ or on 07960 608529. June Coomber

Saltburn Athletic FC The new season began on Sunday, 8th September 2019 and the club had eight teams registered to play. This year‟s age groups are at U9, U11, U12(x 2), U13, U15(x 2) and U16s with the U13s, U16s and U15 Falcons playing out of Huntcliff School. The U9s, U11s and the two U12s will play at Hob Hill. The remaining team, the U15 Dolphins playing at St Peter‟s School, Brotton. Although there will be new players the vast majority will be last year‟s players many of whom have played for the club for several years. Updates as usual will be given every month as to the progression of each team, some who have been promoted to

higher divisions with no team having been relegated. Coaches for each team remain the same bar one which is the under 16s when Stephanie Grady and Darren Wise will take over from Bob Mitchell and Phil Barnes who have had to step down due to work commitments. Best of luck to all teams and again I am sure we will get excellent parental support. New spectators are welcome. Kick off times can range from 9.30am to 11.30am for teams up to U13 then from 1.30pm for the older age groups. Hopefully we should have up to four teams at home each week. Fixtures can be located on the TJFA website.

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Oh What a Lovely War “If you want the old battalion, we know where they are… They‟re hanging on the old barbed wire.” These words were sung by British soldiers in the First World War to the tune of John Brown‟s Body. Such blackly comic re-renderings of well-known songs and even hymns were one way the soldiers tried to make a little less unbearable what they had to endure. Other satirical numbers included a version of „Onward Christian Soldiers‟ that starts “Forward Joe Soap‟s army, marching without fear/With our old commander safely in the rear”. These lyrics are part of our unofficial oral history which is still not taught in schools. The officer class disapproved of these subversive versions and tried to suppress them. They didn‟t succeed, but given the relative obscurity of satirical hymns like, „When this lousy war is over‟, instead of „What a friend we have in Jesus‟, they didn‟t entirely fail either. The officers shouldn‟t have worried, because cynicism didn‟t mean cowardice. As the German soldier Erich Remarque pointed out, the innocent idealism of these young men didn‟t survive their first sight of a dead soldier, but they still fought with great courage. In the early 1960s a genius of the British theatre called Joan Littlewood decided to weave these songs into a show with her theatre company, the Theatre Workshop. She had a message to put across about how the soldiers


had been terribly led by their generals and betrayed by national leaders. But she knew the show could not be like a history lesson, as it had to be a good night out. So she had the idea of performing the First World War as if it was an end-of-the-pier show, a lively entertainment through which the realities of the war emerge all the more profoundly because the performance is so life-affirming. The style of the show works so well because it shows us the naïve spirit of optimism of 1914, and how it is shattered by a ruling elite who could view, as Field Marshall Douglas Haig did, (1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE), the loss of another 300,000 men to gain a small amount of territory, as a clever strategic move. So our Saltburn ‟53 production of Oh What a Lovely War has songs and bombs, dancing and death, a live band and explosions, jokes and machine guns, mimes and mines, leapfrogging generals and chorus girls, all held together by a Master of Ceremonies and a lively troop of Pierrot clowns. This way to the First World War, ladies and gentlemen, and kindly remove that dachshund, madam. Saltburn Community Theatre. 16-19th October, 7.30, doors open 6.45. Bar. Raffle. There will also be a food and/or money collection for Saltburn Food Bank. All ages welcome.

Howzat for Saltburn Rotary Saltburn Rotary‟s biggest charity event of the year, The Saltburn Howzat Music Festival took place on a beautiful sunny September day when another terrific audience enjoyed the wonderful surroundings of the Cricket Club and were treated to another fantastic festival of music with 7 magnificent acts taking part. In the days leading up to the festival, the challenge, as always was to transform the nets building in to a suitable concert venue. Rotarians building the stage, transporting tables and chairs from Emmanuel Church (thanks to John Simmons and his van) and Anne Sadler & Rachael Gosnay up the tower blacking out the windows. It was hard work but a lot of laughs. On the day, getting the bands on and off stage at changeover became an art form and expertly done by our Cricket Club colleagues Jonesy & Tribs. The bar staff, Kate and Jan, working from a temporary bar in the nets building were also superb, as were the ladies of the Cricket, Tennis & Bowls sections serving snacks in the kitchen. But work actually started straight after last year‟s event with Harry Simpson, backed by our major sponsor, Saltburn Blues Club, booking top acts to take part. Marshalled by Dave Sadler, members of the Rotary Club sold raffle tickets throughout the summer, while the sponsorship from 46 local businesses, collected by Rotarian Allan Whiley and has again been phenomenal. A massive thank you to all those who were able to donate. This year‟s charitable cause is the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team who I am delighted to say will receive £3,200. So, for the 3rd year running the tremendous Saltburn partnership, between Rotary, the Blues Club and the Cricket

Bowls & Tennis Club has produced the goods. Here‟s to 2020. Winning raffle tickets 1) ticket no. 1377 - £200 cash to Liz Grimes 2) ticket no. 1439 - £100 cash to Lucy Hutchinson (kindly donated back to the Charity) 3) ticket no. 1063 - bottle of Grouse whisky to Ian Tribbick 4) ticket no. 368 - bottle of Gordon`s gin to J Armitage 5) ticket no. 521 - £30 voucher for Trendz Hairdresser to Terry Agar 6) ticket no. 496 - bottle of Bell`s whisky to Nigel Moss 7) ticket no. 1707 - bottle of Beefeater gin to Norma J. from Stockton 8) ticket no. 1803 - presentation set of Middlesbrough F.C. glass tumblers to P Stephenson Dave Sadler 29

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Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council At the recent Parish Council meeting the Chairman presented certificates and trophies to the winners of the annual Joe Abraham Allotments Competition. In Saltburn this was won by Mr and Mrs Taylor on the Hazel Grove site. Woodford Close, Marske won the best overall site in the Parish. The competition was judged by Peter Sherry and Gayle Scott from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Future dates for the diary Saltburn Christmas event will take place on Saturday, 30th November. There will be childrenâ€&#x;s activities and entertainment during the afternoon at the Library. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 5pm and then the local Fire Brigade will lead the parade bringing Father Christmas to his grotto which will be situated in the Station Portico - the theme this year is Disney and fancy dress is 30

encouraged! A colouring/craft competition will be held and the winners will get to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. The event will be hosted by Zetland FM. The annual Parish Council Carol Service will be held in Emmanuel Church, Saltburn on 19th December at 7pm. The Dalesmen Singers will be performing and Marske Junior Brass Band will be providing a musical interlude. This will be followed by light refreshments. As well as invited guests, members of the local community are invited to come along and the event is free. Tracy Meadows (Clerk and RFO to the Parish Council) 01287 623477

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Happy autumn! With the festive season just around the corner, I thought I‟d write an overview of my favourite books of this year. I find myself recommending these books to my customers on a regular basis, so hopefully they‟ll also make excellent Christmas gifts. I‟ll start with my favourite book of the year: The Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston. This wonderful novel follows the adventures of Brian, a struggling poet who decides to write a poem a day for a whole year. Brian frequents a poetry group, where he falls in love with Liz, and finds an arch nemesis in the pretentious Toby Salt. The character of Brian is both poignant and funny, and much of his poetry parodies existing works, with hilarious results. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a fascinating novel. It‟s written in the form of an extended interview, following the rise and fall of a seventies rock band („The Six‟) and Daisy, their lead singer. Each member of the band recalls the events slightly differently, and the novel is a wonderful exploration of creative personalities clashing with dramatic results. I found the ending unexpectedly moving, and still find myself thinking about it months later. Also with a musical theme, but very different, is The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris. This gentle, subtle novel focuses on Grace, a talented cellist who hasn‟t performed in public for many years. Instead, she has become a renowned craftsperson, a maker of cellos. The novel follows her journey to rediscover her music, as well as being a celebration of friendship. The Gifted, the Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe is one of the funniest books I‟ve ever read. A young adult novel with crossover appeal, it‟s told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Sam. Sam sees himself as an „ordinary‟ teenager, and he‟s proud of it. He has good friends and is happy at school. But then his Dad gets rich, and Sam is sent to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented. Everyone at this new school is a wannabe actor, or rock star, or artist, and Sam doesn‟t think he‟ll ever fit in. Then he gets cast in the school play…The book has a brilliant cast of characters. My favourite is Sam‟s Mum. Her poetry recital at dinner had me laughing out loud. That‟s just a few of the wonderful books I‟ve enjoyed this year. I‟ll be back next month with more recommendations. In the meantime, I also wanted to mention two books I‟m particularly excited about, and which I‟ll be stocking at Book Corner. The Secret Commonwealth: The Book Of Dust Volume Two by Philip Pullman is published on 6th October. It takes place around ten years after the original His Dark Materials trilogy concludes, and once again follows the adventures of Lyra, now a young woman. The 5th November sees the publication of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. This is her first novel since The Night Circus, a book with many fans. It sounds every bit as magical and imaginative as her first book. I‟m taking pre-orders for both books. Please do get in touch on 01287 348010 if you would like me to reserve you a copy. Happy reading! Jenna 31

Keeping It Clean At Saltburn A huge thank you to all who attended the Keeping It Clean At Saltburn September Beach Clean. Together we are making a positive difference. We collected a lot of bottles and cans in September, along with cigarette butts and single use plastics. Many items that end up on our beach, start out as litter in the town and get washed onto the beach through drains and rivers. Bearing this in mind, we have placed a Beach Clean board in the town, cared for by Saltburn Station Gallery. Many people don‟t think of cigarette butts as litter, yet the butts can take five years to break down and the toxins are lethal for wildlife. So please, bin your butts. Our next Beach Clean event is Saturday, 5th October, 11 am to 12 noon. We meet at the new Victorian Shelter, next to the mini golf. We provide adult and child size pickers, buckets and gloves. It‟s fun, it‟s free and together we make a positive difference. Together we KICAS!

Saltburn Valleys Autumn Fungus Forays In autumn, the ancient woods found in Saltburn‟s valleys become transformed by the appearance of the fruiting bodies of an impressive array of fungi: multicoloured toadstools, bracket fungi and even crystal jellies! As part of the Saltburn Valleys CIO Ancient Hazel Project, local fungus expert Alan Simkins will be leading two walks to discover just how prolific these ancient oak and hazel woodlands are for fungi. Fungi of Saltburn Gill, is on Thursday, 17th October. 1.30pm. Meet Cat Nab Car Park. Fungi of Riftswood, is on Tuesday, 22nd October. 1.30pm. Meet at Saltburn Valley Gardens Woodland Centre. To book a place call 01287 636382 (or email Wear warm clothes and sensible shoes as the paths may be wet and muddy. Both walks begin at 1.30pm and will last for approximately two hours. These walks are supported by funding from National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Legion Visits Eden Camp Parade Saltburn & District British Legion, attended Eden Camp Parade to honour ex-service personnel on the 5th September. Committee, members and their young Standard Bearer attended this parade at Malton, with pride. Other veterans, associations, Legions and affiliations were also paying their respects at this parade, in the beautiful setting of Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum. Their young Standard Bearer, Harry Lowe, aged 15 simply commented, “They are helping Veterans out, so I‟m paying them back by Standard Bearing!” (Harry was the youngest Standard Bearer in attendance at the Parade.)

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea Golf Club The club has hit the ground running in 2019, its 125th anniversary year. With the appointment of Charlie Bell as its new Club President, fresh with a desire to drive the club forward, comes both opportunity and change. Charlie has made some notable changes early in his tenure, starting with a review of the club‟s policies and procedures to ensure they are fit for purpose in the current golf environment. This initiative has highlighted ways the club needs to move forward with the times to help its sustainability. The executive committee are determined to build upon the solid foundations already in place. The club has an excellent greens team lead by Phil Walshaw. One of the club‟s main objectives is to provide the best golfing experience in the region. This not only incorporates improvements on the course but also on the practice facilities. The club is registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club, and as such, it is important to emphasise to the general public that they are very welcome. The club is part of the community and provides sporting facilities for everyone. We would encourage parents to bring their children along to our coaching sessions and afterwards pop into the club for some food and refreshments. The club welcomes the public to visit our newly renovated facilities for food and drinks. The club is also an excellent event venue for get-togethers and special occasions. As well as undertaking the role of Club President Charlie has also taken on the additional responsibilities of Teesside Union Team Manager. The club is currently in the third division. Charlie will be drawing on his past experience as Manager of Marske United Football Club to help the club achieve its objective of promotion to the First Division. The club has renewed its sponsorship deal with SG Petch for 2019/20. They help fund clothing for the men‟s, ladies and junior teams as well as supporting various activities throughout the year. SG Petch are determined to help make it a great 125th anniversary year for the club. A new club website was launched only a few months ago which showcases what the club has to offer in all its visual glory. Combined with a focus on highly targeted digital marketing we aim to attract new members, new visitors and increase use of the club‟s recently renovated function facilities. The team behind the website are no strangers to golf themselves. Dale Smith, Ben Benoliel and James McCullagh are lifelong members of the club and formed the We Are MODEST digital marketing business in 2018 to help support local businesses, just like Saltburn-by-the-Sea Golf Club. Having played competitive golf at international, county and club level - it‟s fair to say that the team fully understand the golfing world, as well as the current state of the game within the region. Dale Smith, Founder and Director of We Are MODEST said: “We are both proud and hugely excited to be working closely with the golf club on this new digital venture. We know that we have to keep evolving as a club if we want to progress, and we have to drive forward with new ideas and new initiatives to bring more people into this great sport. We‟ve seen a steep drop off in the number of juniors playing golf in this area over the last decade and we need to change that. With what we have planned over the coming months and years, I‟m confident that we can make a difference to the club and the local area and see the game of golf thrive once again.” The club‟s executive committee, responsible for overseeing the operations of the club, has also started to make changes and has a new focus on driving increased revenue lead

by Treasurer John Dunn. “We have a renewed focus and commitment to our members to ensure the club is and remains, financially viable - and the changes we have made early in 2019 will see that we do that over the coming years. We have improved our financial planning and forecasting and we have a real desire to increase the number of visiting golfers to our club. Having spent over half a million pounds on golf course improvements over the last five years we have a product to be proud of and we want more golfers to experience what we have to offer,” said John. In its 125th Anniversary year the club has celebrated by hosting a number of special events: a Trick Shot Exhibition in June and a Hickory Shaft Golf Day in July to name but a few of the events that have been enjoyed over the summer. If all of that wasn‟t enough for one year, the executive committee have listened to the feedback of the membership across the last four months and has now begun to communicate new and relevant club information on a monthly basis via the digital newsletter, linked directly to its members‟ blogs. Another move to ensure the club is digitally focused and progressive whilst ensuring that its members are informed of how their fees are being put to use. Head Professional at Saltburn-by-the-Sea Golf Club, Mike Howes is also excited about what the changes mean for his business. “We‟ve seen big improvements in the facilities at our disposal over the last few years with the introduction of the driving range and practice area and our TrackMan performance analysis system - I‟m delighted to see the club increase the utilisation of those facilities. We now have membership packages to suit all levels of golfer, from juniors, to students, to those looking to play flexible golf whilst still being a member of another club. Brand new for 2019, we have also introduced our Corporate Golf Packages - a real positive for local businesses that want to benefit from what golf can do for their business and building client relationships. We have a lot to offer here at Saltburn-by-the-Sea Golf Club and we want to see more and more people enjoy the facilities,” said Mike. With the anniversary year comes a focus on increasing the membership base across each section within the club, and so far the ladies section has seen huge success from their regular Taster Sessions where ladies thinking about getting into golf can attend a group introductory lesson from the club professional, meet other ladies interested in joining the club as well as get to know existing members over lunch. The concept has seen fantastic uptake over the last six months, and further Taster Sessions will be taking place across May, June and July. 33

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I am happy to announce that 1st Saltburn Scout Group has remained open. I would like to thank all the parents and friends who have volunteered to take on roles within the Beaver and the Cub section. We now have an extra 2 leaders in the Beaver section and 8 new leaders in the Cub section. Congratulations also need to go to Keith who has now completed his wood badge training and is now a fully qualified assistant leader. We would still like some extra leaders on a Thursday night to help assist with Scouts if you can help please get in touch. The Beavers and the Scouts are meeting weekly and the Cub section are currently meeting every fortnight until Christmas. After then our new leaders will have the confidence and experience to run on a week to week basis, after completing a number of training courses in November. I would like to thank Lindsey, Julie and Nash for the support over the last couple of months to ensure the group continued running. We have a couple of fund raising events leading up to Christmas these are: Quiz night (date TBC) and a table top and bottle raffle (14th December). We will also be doing our usual Scout Post the dates are as follows: start date Monday, 25th November 2019 and ends Tuesday, 17th December. Price still frozen at 25p per card. Anyone wanting to join or take out a role within Saltburn Scout Group please get in contact (by email at Rachel

What’s Happening at Marske Hall Craft Fair, Saturday 19 October, 10am-3pm, Marske Hall Enjoy some early Christmas shopping at the popular Marske Hall Craft Fair. A wide range of stalls including country wines, painted pebbles, paper and fabric crafts, homemade jams, jewellery and much more. Refreshments available and raffle. Free entry, donations welcome. All proceeds will go to help fund activities and equipment to enhance the lives of residents of Marske Hall. A limited number of stalls are available to hire. Please contact Sally at the Hall 01642 482672. For details of events at Marske Hall, please call the Hall on 01642 482672 or find us on Facebook www.facebook/ 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/ look out on Facebook for what‟s on in coming months or call the Hall number 01642 482672. Kath Bloomfield 34

Paul Downes

Paul Downes is an English folk guitarist, singer and composer who has played with an impressive list of friends and fellow performers. Paul spent his youth playing classical guitar, rugby, soccer, cricket, the field and looking at maps. He played a solo recital in Westminster Abbey at the age of sixteen and subsequently took up folk music. From the age of 12, Paul‟s best friend was Steve Knightley and, at 16, they met Phil Beer. However, despite these drawbacks, Paul was reasonably well-balanced until, after giving up a promising academic career, he went on the road as a professional musician. As he says, „Was it the women or the curry houses?‟ A few years touring as Downes and Beer all around Europe and the UK, playing sessions on hundreds of albums, four records of their own and two solo sets for Paul they met Bill Zorn and formed the now legendary Arizona Smoke Revue. A meteoric rise into TV, radio, major European festivals, world tours and four albums... and the rest, as they say, is mystery. Paul Downes now still gigs extensively in the UK and USA as a solo artist, has made his third album and enjoys supporting Exeter Rugby Club and getting a suntan. Come and meet Paul on Friday 25th October at Saltburn Theatre. Early bird £10. On the door £12. Doors & Bar 7.30pm. Starts 8pm.


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The charity‟s biggest event of the year – Open Day – was held on Saturday, 7th September. This ever popular event welcomed crowds of supporters and was a great success. To entertain the public the Cleveland Eukes played and sang throughout the afternoon. Whilst outdoors the Fun Dog Show attracted a variety of canines. The Grand Raffle was drawn with 15 luxury prizes given away including the cash prizes of £200, £100 and £50. As always SARA invited other animal charities to the fundraising day including Save Our Strays, Dogs in Distress and Care 4 Cats. The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust made an appearance for the first time and hopefully it will be the first of many. Thanks go to PDSA who attended offering free „dog health checks‟ and advice. Farm tours were on-going during the day giving families an insight into the animals and facilities at Foxrush Farm. Joy and Mandy


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Mind Free Wills Month Make or update your Will for free this October in conjunction with Mind. We‟re determined to be there for everyone experiencing a mental health problem, and we depend on gifts in wills to help us to do this. This October we‟re working with local solicitors to allow anyone aged 55 or over to make or update their will „free of charge‟. And for couples making mirror wills, only one of you needs to be 55. To take part, simply contact one of the participating solicitors using the details on our website mind-free-wills-month from 1st October, mentioning „Mind Free Wills Month‟. Appointments are limited, so book early to avoid missing out. There‟s no obligation to make a gift to Redcar & Cleveland Mind, national Mind or another local Mind in your will, but by choosing to support our work locally or nationally you can help make a better future for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. For further information, please contact the Free Wills Month Office on 0333 022 0396.

The Sermon on the Mount is probably the best-known part of the teaching of Jesus. But what‟s it all about? Is it really possible to live like this, or is it just a beautiful but impractical ideal? This October and November, Churches Together in Saltburn will be running a six-week Thursday evening course which will look at this wonderful section of the Gospel of Matthew, starting on October 3rd. The course will follow the same format that has previously proved very popular and helpful. Each week there‟ll be two 12minute talks by Rev. Geoff Bland, with each talk followed by group discussion, and then some final reflection together to bring the evening to a close. The venue is the main hall at ECHO (behind Emmanuel Church, TS12 1LE) and the start time is 7.30pm with a prompt finish at 8.50pm. Refreshments will be available each evening from 7.00pm. There is no charge and all are welcome, not just church-goers or people from Saltburn! It will be helpful to book in advance, to give us an idea of how many copies of the course booklet to print, but that‟s not essential. It will be fine just to turn up on the first night. To book a place or for information, please contact / 07432 654567. Here are the details of the course outline, showing which section of The Sermon on the Mount we‟ll be looking at each week: October 3 Matthew 5:1-16 Qualities of God‟s Kingdom October 10 Matthew 5:17-48 The Law in God‟s Kingdom October 17 Matthew 6:1-18 Prayer in God‟s Kingdom No meeting October 24 October 31 Matthew 6:19-34 Priorities of God‟s Kingdom November 7 Matthew 7:1-12 Attitudes of God‟s Kingdom November 14 Matthew 7:13-29 Obedience in God‟s Kingdom

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Health and Happiness: Death and living with more aliveness My friend died. One day I was sitting with her and my daughter, my little family, we were sitting with her at the front of her flat on a little patch of green she called her tiny garden. The sun shone warm and we ate strawberries and talked slowly. Time was like warm honey, flowing easily and peacefully. There were few words, more an enjoyable laziness, an energy of comfort and knowing between us that comes with good friends. She had recently, that day maybe, got the results of some tests. She had been in for something quite different but they noticed something unusual. The test came back, something wasn‟t right, it could be cancer. She had had it before, beaten it. Maybe she was hiding her shock but she seemed quite relaxed, perhaps waiting for confirmation or to learn what options she had. Or perhaps with a confidence that she could beat it again. I never had a cup of tea with her or saw her outside again. By the way she talked she seemed to feel she would probably be struggling with this for the next couple of years. But just a few short months later she had gone. I‟ve always rationalised death as an important part of life, a transition not a finality, a release, a letting go and opening to something much larger and more beautiful somehow. A place where words cannot accurately describe the experience yet somehow it feels known by me. I don‟t know though. That much is clear, solid, certain: I don‟t know. Yet what I do feel clear about is that we experience in our present the culmination of what we believe reality to be and that includes death and what we think happens after. If I have a positive picture of death and what happens after, I‟m likely to feel good in my present about it. If I don‟t, I will likely fear it. I found my friend dying so quickly difficult. Perhaps

because she was younger than me and was a really good hearted person, someone who gave lots of herself to everyone she met. I cried when I had not thought I would. I cried mostly I think because I felt sad for myself that I would miss out on her company and so would everyone else. Yet I also saw how her passing inspired me. She inspired me to live more, to buy a ticket to that adventurous dream of a place that I‟ve put off going to for decades, always saying I‟m too busy or something else comes first. She‟s inspired me to get up earlier and dance daily. And as I dance, to appreciate each part of my body and what my body can do. She inspired me to look and touch and smell and contact the world more, to hug people and take more time in that hug to appreciate that it may be the last one. She inspired me to notice what food goes into my body even more. And when running, to appreciate the joy of it, to love what my body can do. She has inspired me to take cold showers to feel reality more starkly. She inspired me to live with more awareness and more aliveness. Some say that when a person dies their own process is ending but for all the other people who knew her or who were effected by her story, for all those people she has given a great gift and their process is beginning. The gift is a learning, a remembering, a heightening, the awareness of the incredible fortune we have to be here, to have the beauty of this nature around us and the opportunity to love, to have friends and others too, people who can love us back. And to love ourselves more and take care of ourselves as much as we can because she reminds us all, it‟s a short life and soon we will not be here to grow and appreciate who we are and the opportunities we have. Kendal Aitken Health and Happy Balance Coaching. Contact: or 07944 883961

We may lose occasionally but we will not be beaten Friday 13th was a bad day indeed for Saltburn Athletic Football Club. Under 9‟s coach Tim Raynes went to our Hob Hill ground to collect some training equipment to find the metal shutters smashed off our training room doors, extensive damage to those doors, CCTV ripped from the outside wall, and the tuck shop broken into with our entire stock stolen. Saltburn Athletic FC has 8 childrens teams between 8 and 14. All funds are raised through the children in the way of subs, bag packs, sponsored events, grants, sponsorship and of course our tuck shop. Coaches, parents, children and Sponsors were saddened and angry beyond words. Early estimates indicate that in terms of damage and lost stock the club may be looking at over £2,000 worth of losses to the club. Cleveland Police attended the scene and took fingerprints and DNA samples from the empty bottles, biscuit packets and the things left behind. CCTV is also being studied in an effort to identify the culprits. However, times of crisis tend to bring out the best in people. And boy did our community respond. Match day came 48 hours later and saw all of our teams playing. Saltburn Leisure Centre allowed us use of their facilities, Seabreeze Fish shop in Redcar donated everything required 38

to get our tuck shop open, and two visiting teams brought prizes to raffle to help raise money. The two Emmas (Sainsbury and Smith), both mums of players, set about raising money for future stock and the donations from Saltburn businesses & residents has been overwhelming. In fact, a magnificent £200 donation came immediately from Saltburn Conservative Club, who were determined to do something to help the children of Saltburn. We have also received numerous kind wishes from other clubs, coaches, parents and players. Thank you seems nowhere near enough but it‟s all we have. And be assured that as a club it has brought us even closer together and stronger for the experience. The title of this article was a quote from a player‟s mum! Finally, we know that other establishments in the town have suffered similar attacks. Please, if anyone knows anything that will help catch those responsible, please don‟t have any false loyalty. This is not high spirits, it is criminal damage and theft and needs to be stopped. Dave Sadler Chairman Saltburn Athletic FC

Successful Summer at the Cons Club Welcome to the monthly article from Saltburn Conservative Club. The summer season has finished and we have now taken down the marquee that was up in the garden, the barbecue has been cleaned down and covered for the last time and the planters are starting to die away. We have had a tremendous summer with many events and occasions taking place, including wedding receptions, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and funeral wakes to name but a few and more dates for functions are booked in to the end of the year. During the last month we held a Quiz, Bingo and Pie & Pea Supper on Wednesday, 4th September, a private birthday party and a presentation by LOTTE on 50 years of manufacturing Polyester given by Malcolm Horne, the Manufacturing Director. This event was due to take place after the date I write this article but we are expecting this evening to be very enlightening, given the present concerns for plastic products and waste, and we are expecting a big audience who will have been given the opportunity to put questions to Mr. Horne during his presentation. Moving on to October events and we start with the SLUG meeting (Saltburn Line Users Group) who have their monthly meeting on Tuesday 1st. All people with an interest in railways, especially the local line services, are welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 7pm and the entry if free. We follow this two days later on Thursday 3rd with the monthly Backgammon night. Everyone is welcome to attend and there are people available to talk you through the rules if you need help. This event is held in the Balmoral Room (upstairs) and runs from 7pm to 9pm and entry is free. We follow this, again two days later, on Saturday 5th with a private Party, again showing the advantage of being a member meaning you can hire the club‟s facilities free of charge. We follow this on Sunday 13th October when Harry Simpson returns with a „Blues Night‟ featuring „Sunjay‟. Tickets for this event are available from Harry priced at £8 for SBC members and £10 for guests by ringing Harry on 07960 935263. This event has been limited to 40 people so don‟t leave it too late to book your ticket. The previous „Blues Night‟ Harry hosted was a great success with the audience greatly appreciating the great music and the superb facilities that the Balmoral Room has to offer, plus the bar. We very much look forward to this event and feel confident we will get more regular bookings in the coming months. On Wednesday 23rd we will be holding a Quiz, Bingo & Buffet Supper with Michelle setting the questions and providing the buffet and Julie Towell asking the questions and calling the bingo. This is a fun filled night you should not miss. Tickets are priced at £4 each and the night starts at 8pm. Purchase your tickets, which are available from the bar, as early as possible as they sell very fast. We conclude the events for October on Friday 25th with the monthly „Open Mic Night‟ hosted by Liz Bishop & friends starting at 8pm. People wishing to play or sing can register with Liz from 7.30pm. This event takes place in the

Balmoral Room and you are advised to come in good time to ensure a seat. The upstairs bar will be open, the entry is free and everybody is welcome. Please support Liz and live music in Saltburn. As I mentioned in a previous article our Charity of the Year is Saltburn Christmas Lights and to date we have raised £355.30. A further event has been arranged for Saturday 30th November when we are holding a „Peaky Blinders‟ themed night, including a Race Night with all monies raised from the Race Night going to Saltburn Christmas Lights meaning we anticipate passing over approx £500 to our Charity of the Year. All members and friends who have contributed in any way receive our sincere thanks; you have been amazing throughout the year by showing your support for everything we have arranged. As you may be aware the newly built refreshment hut of Saltburn football team was broken into mid-September and everything, apart from the hut, was taken or broken. This was a devastating blow for both parents and the children who play in the team. The Conservative Club could not believe what a totally outrageous crime this was to deprive the town‟s children of the facilities, refreshments and football they enjoy every week. We very quickly, and with the greatest pleasure, agreed to donate £200 to give them a helping hand to get back on their feet. When this was announced in the bar as to what we were going to do to help everybody present at the time gave a big round of applause indicating their backing of the support we have given and their condemnation of the crime committed. Regarding club membership please note that from the end of October to the beginning of March 2020 we will no longer be taking new applications for membership. People can still fill in an application form, giving contact information, and leave it with our fantastic bar-staff to place on a waiting list. Any current members who do not pay their subscriptions for 2020 on time will be replaced as a member by the people from the waiting list, subject to approval by the committee. Remember the club „Happy Hours‟ are from 4.30pm to 7pm midweek and from 3pm to 5pm weekends and Bank Holidays. The club draw takes place every Tuesday at 10pm and the Drinks draw and cash rollover is every Sunday at 6pm. We have both BT Sport & Sky Sports so you need never miss any of the big games. Come and join us at the club and feel the atmosphere. Have a great October and stay fit, healthy and happy. Look after yourself, your family and your friends and I look forward to getting in touch again next month when we will have information on all activities leading up to Christmas. Best wishes, David. David Rigg, Club President Email: Article financially supported by Saltburn Conservative Club

Saltburn Cons Club: Future Events to Entertain in October 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 1st: SLUG Meeting (Saltburn Line Users Group)… 7pm Thursday 3rd: Backgammon Club. Everybody welcome to come along... 7pm to 9pm Saturday 5th: Private Party Sunday 13th: Blues Night featuring „Sunjay‟: Tickets £8 for SBC members & £10 for guests. Tickets available from Harry Simpson on 07960 935263. Bar open upstairs. (Limited to 40) Wednesday 23rd: Quiz, Bingo and Pie & Pea Supper. Tickets £4.00 from bar… 8pm Friday 25th: „Open Mic Night‟ hosted by Liz Bishop & Friends. Come and support live music... 8pm Saturday 2nd November: Club Trip to Whitby… (Sold Out)


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Saving And Re-homing Animals THE ANN PROSSER FOUNDATION

A small charity seeking to rescue and re-home cats and dogs, Tel: 01642 488108 (weekdays only, 10am to 2pm). SARA has many dogs and cats that need new homes. All are clean, healthy, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Hello readers! We are Daniel the dog and Poppy and Lola the cats. Daniel is a beautiful, stunning Greyhound with a glossy ebony coat. He‟s about 3 years old and he came to SARA after having retired from racing. Daniel has a lot of energy and loves his long walks around the woods and, but after his initial excitement, he is a delight to walk. Daniel would be looking for a home where he can enjoy snoozing on the settee, as this is what these magnificent and energetic dogs are best at! Because of Daniel‟s racing background, we feel he wouldn‟t be able to live with cats or small animals. This lovely boy could potentially live with another greyhound but, at present, he seems unsure of other breeds. He needs time to develop his social skills. Poppy and Lola are four year old feline sisters. They are both black and white, with big beautiful green eyes, but have different markings on their faces, so it‟s easy to tell them apart. Both cats were quite scared when they first arrived at the centre but they have both soon settled in. Poppy and Lola need to be rehomed together, as we wouldn‟t want to separate them because they love each other‟s company so much and have been together all their lives. We are looking for a home where they can have safe access to the outdoors and would be the only pets in the household. We feel they would make wonderful, loving companions.

SARA fundraising events during October Please note our monthly meetings for SARA supporters are now held in the Cleveland Bay, Ings Road, Redcar on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Bar open, come along on the 1st October to hear all our news and meet new people. Future SARA fund raising events Autumn sale on Saturday, 12th October 10am – 1pm held at Foxrush Farm, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar TS10 5NJ selling assorted items at bargain prices including

clothes, bric-a-brac, jewellery, books, kitchenware, electrical goods, toys, pet wares and much more. Autumn Stroll Sunday 20th October 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Foxrush Farm. Families and dogs invited to take part in a leisurely short walk, ending with hot chocolate and marshmallows and light refreshments free of charge. Participating dogs receive a doggy goody bag. Joy and Mandy Volunteers at SARA 41

A Bicycle Beginning James Moore, an Englishman, won the first ever cycling race in 1868 at the Park Saint-Cloud in Paris. His bicycle had solid rubber tyres. Such events pepper the history of cycling. Baron Karl von Drais invented his running machine in 1817, the first two-wheeled human propelled vehicle, known as a velocipede and subsequently the hobby-horse and the bone shaker as its rigid frame and iron branded wheels did just that to the rider. Draisâ€&#x; velocipede provided the basis in the 1860s for further developments and a French metalworker was inspired to add rotary cranks and pedals to the front-wheel hub, creating the first pedal operated vehicle, a bicycle. Various designs were to follow including a penny farthing. In the 1890s improvements in steering and safety opened up a market, at first to an elite few but steadily to all members of the public, as developments progressed and the cost of cycling became more affordable. The development of a bicycle that was suitable for women had another impact on society. The freedom of movement so gained had a significant affect on female emancipation. The safety bicycle gave women unprecedented mobility and women in the suffragette and feminist movements recognised its transformative power. As the cost of cycling reduced, more and more of the working population were able to afford a bicycle, cycling to work becoming ever more popular. From the early 20th century until after World War II, the roadster constituted most adult bicycles sold. Even with the advent of the 42

motorcycle and automobile, they remained a primary means of adult transport. Major producers in England included Raleigh, BSA, Triumph, Rudge-Whitworth and Hercules, names that have slipped into manufacturing history. This was to change with the increase in the average working wage and the advent of the affordable motor car. Not so in China, where the bicycle became the government approved form of transport and one of the must haves alongside a watch and a sewing machine. The Flying Pigeon was the logo on the front of all bicycles and every household had to have one by order of Deng Xiaoping. In England there was movement away from road cycling as motor car ownership rapidly increased but a change in interest saw a dramatic increase in demand for BMX and mountain bikes. Today cycling is mainly for pleasure but there is a gradual return to cycling for travel to work and to school. Understanding the negative affects on the planet from polluting motor engines has also driven an interest in cycling. As technology is applied to cycling rapid developments have taken place in computer aided design, the use of carbon fibre construction and electronic gear shifting systems making modern bicycles attractive. With cost however being an average price of ÂŁ600 and many in the thousands, it is a purchase to consider. Progress, but the law still does not require a bell to be on a bicycle, let alone for it to be used. Something else to think about. Philip Thomson

ANXIOUS? BY REV ADAM REED We live a time where there seems to be so much written on the theme of identity. Magazines and social media repeatedly encourage us to find ‘the real you’. There are vast amounts written and recorded about different experiences and beliefs around gender and sexuality. The current turmoil within our country over Brexit raises important questions of regional, national and European identity, as well as those of political affiliation. So, it is really no surprise that the evidence seems to point to increased levels of personal and community anxiety across all areas of society. Christians are not immune to these feelings of anxiety, but they do have access to a reality and presence that can calm fears and bring a divine perspective to bear on our daily experiences. Our identity is first and foremost in Jesus Christ, who said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11.28-30)

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4 People Not Profit Farewell Party After 12 amazing years Saltburn‟s premier social justice party starters are bowing out with a final gig. But do not worry we are going out with a bang with our Farewell party on Saturday, 12th of October. The event will be in the Marine, Saltburn and will run from 7.30pm till late and as ever is completely free. With this being such a special night celebrating 12 years of creative and inspiring 4 people not profit events in Saltburn, we have an equally special line up. Headlining with the bombastic Deadbeat at Dawn coming down from Thirsk bringing their unique blend of skapocalyptic gangsta punk! In support will be The Grizwoldz, local lads playing uplifting indie rock, and the acoustic delights of Saltburn‟s own Vic Tosh. And of course to close the night we will have resident DJs Marc Fox & Jonny Da Pigg playing booty shaking drum and bass, plus visual VJ wizardry from Jonny too. What more could you want? So tell all your friends and family and get down and don‟t forget to bring your dancing shoes and get ready to rip up the dance floor one last time at this special 4 People Not profit farewell party!

Clare Singers Reunion Christmas Concert Last Year between Christmas and New Year, a good number of past members of the Clare Singers came together to perform a concert in the United Reformed Church at Redcar and so successfully did it go, that they‟d like to do it again! So, a repeat Christmas Concert is planned for Saturday, 28th December at the same venue. Our Accompanist, Margaret, is delighted that another programme of previously performed, well-known Christmas delights, many requested by our audience to sing again this year, is on the cards. In preparation, choose when you would like to be with us, Monday evening (7.45pm) or Saturday afternoon (3pm), starting 30th September. Folders are allowed at practices and on the Show! Come along this year - I promise you‟ll be amazed just how easily you‟ll remember songs learned years ago! (Last year‟s singers certainly were!) If you were in the group anytime between 1966 and 2016, and would like to be with us this year, then please get in touch with Tony at 01642 481544 (or email clare_singers@ Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours in Music -Tony Crow

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Leading on Adult Social Care in Redcar and Cleveland “I‟m very conscious of the sort of society we want our grandchildren to grow up in,” says Lib Dem Councillor Mary Ovens, new Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care. “I believe we should look after adults in need with this in mind.” Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is committed to its plan to ensure that residents enjoy longer and healthier lives. To this end, Mary leads on adult safeguarding; adult social care; occupational therapy; community and residential reablement; housing adaptations; day opportunities and care homes; learning disabilities; adult and older people‟s mental health; commissioning and contract management and social care payments and income. These responsibilities are carried out despite constant funding pressures and uncertainty about future resources. “The Government‟s Green Paper on Social Care has been delayed and delayed, so we have to work on the assumption that we will have the same funds in years to come,” she says. “But money isn‟t always the answer. We also need to be listening to people and finding the right place for them.” Mary tells me that partnership working with the NHS and with voluntary organisations is a priority: “We must get together to provide services rather than vying with each other,” she explains. She‟s enthusiastic about the programme Transformation Challenge which is being currently piloted. This involves key workers helping vulnerable residents to understand their own needs and to learn how to meet them. People are encouraged to build on their strengths (see “Key workers are focusing on vulnerable adults who are referred by housing bodies, the Local Authority, health services, the Police or education. They receive a very individual, tailor-made service that isn‟t time-constrained,” she says. “Over seven hundred people have been helped since 2017 and some of them have progressed to become advisers themselves.” Mary is pleased that work is beginning on further accommodation on either side of The Dunes Extra Care Housing Scheme on Low Farm Drive in Redcar. The Dunes is a development of sixty-four apartments for rent for the over–55s, managed by Beyond Housing as part of the „Redcare‟ partnership with the Council. Communal social and health facilities are also provided. “The new accommodation will provide twelve homes for people with physical and learning disabilities. Increasing the choice of housing in this way will help people stay in their own homes for longer,” says Mary. In her role, she visits care homes to check that everything is in order and reports back to colleagues. Although she isn‟t a care professional, another pair of eyes can help. Where there are issues, the Council can step in with support. Mary recently attended the induction session of the Care Academy course, which is run in conjunction with Redcar and Cleveland College. This six week programme provides free training for over–18s who are interested in working in the care sector and everyone who completes the course is guaranteed a job interview with a local care company. “The induction session was a good opportunity for people to make sure that the job is right for them,” she says. Strengthening initiatives to keep people healthy and

active is a big part of Mary‟s responsibilities. The Council is working with leisure providers, such as Everyone Active and GPs who are prescribing exercise at local venues for some patients. Further opportunities for gardening are being provided free at a Zetland allotment through Redcar Education Development Centre. The space is wheelchair accessible and available to all from teenagers to adults. Mary is encouraging local social groups such as „Knit and Natter‟ in our libraries to flourish. At the Cleveland Bay in Redcar, there is a waiting list to join a group offering bingo, quizzes and lots of opportunity to socialise. Having had a step-dad who had a carer and a gran who attended a day centre, Mary is particularly interested in reablement, although she believes there will always be some people who need residential care and nursing. She supports initiatives to make public buildings more dementia friendly and says the Council has an officer, Vanessa Newlands, dedicated to giving talks to groups of ten to twenty people on improving provision. To contact Vanessa and her team, please email Since she took up her role last May, Mary has visited mental health charity Redcar and Cleveland Mind and plans to do so again. A lot of the initiatives she has been encouraging place high importance on good mental health. She is concerned though that the world is making more and more use of automated services, when this excludes some older people, for whom a daily trip to the shops is an important part of their social lives. Mary works with professionals to ensure that the transition from children‟s to adult services, especially for those with disabilities, is as smooth as possible. “I‟m very interested in hearing the voices of individuals and in doing our best for them to reach their full potential,” she explains. When I ask Mary what she enjoys about her role, she says: “I like meeting other people. I‟m prepared to talk to anybody and keen on learning their point of view - and we‟ve got a lot we can be proud of in the Borough.” Rosemary Nicholls 45

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I have been „making things‟ for as long as I can remember, though I have to admit that I am not artistically gifted and most of the objects I create are more functional than beautiful. As an example, the garden bench that stands on our patio, which I made a couple of years ago serves its purpose and is so robust it will probably continue to do so for years – but it is never going to be put forward as an example of elegance or timeless design. Nevertheless I keep trying, even if I rarely create anything tangible that pleases me. Occasionally there are exceptions and this has been the case with my latest fad, which has been making leather wrist bands. I am not really one for wearing much in the way of jewellery but for some reason I have always liked the sort of wide leather wristbands favoured by punks and heavy rockers. I have no idea why they appeal to me and sometimes it is best just to accept that we are drawn to an object without ever knowing why. I decided a few months ago that I would try to manufacture some leather wrist bands of my own invention. I did not want to copy what was already out there and in any case there is one aspect of commercially available bands that doesn‟t appeal to me. Although striking, most or all the wide leather bands of this sort are adorned with sharp studs, chains, skulls or other paraphernalia that is of a sort that appears aggressive and designed to keep people away. It seemed to me that a new and different approach might work well and so I gave the matter a lot of thought. How would it be, I wondered, if I turned the whole thing on its head and created wrist bands that carried symbolism that invited people in and which spoke about co -operation and connectedness? As a result what I call „Bench art‟ was born. Using my engineering knowledge as much as any artistic bent I have, I restricted the adornment on my wrist bands to objects that hold things together, rather than forcing them apart. I use screws, nails, paper fasteners, and rivets to make the shiny objects that adorn the bands and in metals such as bright steel, copper, brass and zinc. What has surprised me is that some of the finished leather wrist bands are quite presentable. Of course not everyone would agree but I only really have to please myself. I now wear one or other of these wrist bands almost every day, not out of pride for any small skill I might have in making them but rather to remind me that in our present situation, if there is one thing we need more than any other it is to remind ourselves of our own connectedness and interdependence. I am painfully aware that at the end of all our present political problems we will have to find answers and that all of us might have to compromise in order to move forward – no matter what our personal feelings may be. Those who were friends before need to find that old affection again and we perhaps need to remember the saying attributed to Voltaire. “I may not agree with what you have to say but I would defend to the death your right to say it.” Issues out there in the real world have to be addressed but when they have been, what remains is surely common decency, tolerance and our lasting connection to each other.

The Saltburn Profile Lizi Rae “I‟m a tree-hugger person!” says Saltburn resident Lizi Rae. “I‟m a vegan, I only buy second hand clothes and I try to avoid plastics; I like to be conscious of the environment in my life style.” Lizi was born in Middlesbrough, but brought up in Marske till she was sixteen. She has one brother and one sister. She went to Ings Farm Primary School and Ryehills Secondary School, before studying A level Maths, English Literature, Performing Arts and Biology at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough. She toyed with the idea of pursuing her interest in musical theatre, but decided it wasn‟t for her and opted to take a degree in Accountancy and Finance at Teesside University. Since graduating last year, she has worked at Clive Owen LLP in Darlington, on accounts for small businesses in the Teesside area and is studying to become a Chartered Accountant. She says: “I believe it‟s true that money makes the world go round and I like to encourage people to use it to make positive waves.” When she gets home from work, Lizi enjoys pursuing her interest in singing and songwriting. She started singing at eleven, first in a group at Redcar and then in Saltburn with Jeanette Wainwright. After singing in local bars while still at school, she began to meet talented local artists of all ages and backgrounds and has enjoyed working with others to create music ever since. “Currently I‟m working with piano player Tony Tester, who was been a professional musician for over thirtyfive years. I mainly sing in a jazz and blues style, including covers and original material,” she says. With Tony, Lizi performed at Saltburn Community Theatre after the Saltburn Community and Arts Association AGM last May. Other local performances in the past year have been at Rose and Potter Deli, Marske, The Guns Bar in Milton Street and Shanti Vegetarian Cafe and Bistro at the Earthbeat Centre. Her next keenly awaited appearance in Saltburn will be at the Jazz Night in the Community Hall on 4th October. Lizi also works with the band Second Yellow Down; she is currently writing material with them and some of these songs should be released on local radio soon. Band blues guitarist Ian has been teaching her how to play the guitar during the last year, although she is firm that she‟s just dabbling and isn‟t an accomplished guitarist! Her aim is to enable her to make her own music more easily. Working with Ian and fellow band member Dave has nevertheless been very developmental for Lizi. “My style is very bluesy and soulful,” she explains. “I write lovey-dovey love songs. I have a Facebook page, with some recordings for people to listen to and I put things on there to do with my gigs. Music is what I love doing in my free time, as it just makes me happy!” She likes listening to a variety of music, including Motown, rock, country and acoustic music. Her Dad introduced her to The Eagles and the 1970s is her favourite era. Lizi has put her love for the environment into practice as Treasurer of Saltburn in Bloom for the last two years. Her Mum, who loves flowers, was aware that the

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previous Treasurer was looking to stand down and suggested that Lizi could take up the role. She says she hasn‟t the skill to volunteer with the gardeners, but she has met people she has found really interesting among the committee members. “I‟ve been making all sorts of cool stuff, such as elderflower cordial, recycled candles and chutneys with the Chair, Sue Featherstone, to raise money for Saltburn in Bloom,” she explains. “I save my fruit and vegetable peelings to act as compost for Sue‟s allotment too. If we all work together, we can do good things.” Lizi loves to travel, although she has been studying too hard to go off backpacking round the world. With her family, she has been to Texas to see friends and to Wroclaw, a city on the River Oder in western Poland and Puerto Pollenca in Majorca this year. “I‟ve found that if you choose wisely and plan in advance, you can go all over,” she says. She would love to go to India, because she likes Indian food, which would fit well in to her vegan diet; she would enjoy seeing the tea plantations too. She also thinks the culture is beautiful. Lizi is very fond of animals, feeling very compassionate about them. She used to have two rabbits, but one got eaten by a fox. The other, Alfie, is a small, grey Netherland Dwarf. She has a soft spot for rescue dogs, in particular pit bulls. A friend has some already. “They are the most loving dogs and much misunderstood,” she believes. All her family are dog-mad, she thinks, and her Grandma used to be a breeder. Lizi loves to be out along Saltburn beach and in the woods, especially in the evening as relaxation after work. She references nature in her songs a lot and the beach is one of her main sources of inspiration for writing lyrics. Interested readers can learn more about Lizi‟s music by accessing the following: 47

Saltburn, Redcar & Cleveland Philatelic Society ANYONE REMEMBER THE CONCORDE? The Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that operated from 1976 until 2003. It had a maximum speed of over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1,354mph) or 2,180km/h at cruise altitude, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. It was one of only two supersonic transports to have operated commercially, the other was a Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144, which operated in the late 1970s. Great Britain and France issued several postage stamps and First Day Covers of numerous designs. All are affordable and easily obtainable for collectors. Britain first issued a set of three in 1969 (pre-decimal currency). The 4d was designed by M & Sylvia Goaman, the 9d & 1/6d were designed by David Gentleman. France‟s first issue was a 1F designed and engraved by Claude Durrans and issued on 7th March 1969. A second stamp 1F.70c designed by Paul Langelle and engraved by Pierre Forget was issued 12th January 1976. A more recent stamp for Euros 4.20 was issued by France in 2019. The aircraft was mainly used by wealthy passengers who could afford to pay high prices for speed and luxury. In 1997, a round trip New York - London - New York cost $7,995. After years of an unblemished safety record, tragedy occurred on 25th July 2000 when flight 4590 ran over debris on the runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris causing a burst tyre and rupturing a fuel tank bursting into flames, it crashed into a nearby hotel 2 minutes after takeoff, killing all 109 passengers on board.

Saltburn Line User Group Next Meeting: Tuesday, 1st October 2019 at 7.00pm. Meetings at Saltburn Conservative Club are held on the first Tuesday of the month, and our starting time is now (permanently) 7pm. As always, all welcome. Talk to Saltburn Line User Group. The Group exists to protect passengers‟ interests.

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All Concordes were subsequently grounded and service did not resume again until November 2001 after a £17m safety improvement service. Concorde service ended in 2003. We meet at Redcar East Community Centre, Durham Road, Redcar, TS10 3SB 19.00-21.00. Our next meeting is 2nd October STAMP FAIR, sellers/buyers will attend. On 16th October talk/display POSTAL HISTORY of the CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA. 6th November will be our AUCTION NIGHT. Non-members welcome to all events. Contacts: Geoff Reynolds 01642 478229 Martin Snowdon 01287 622504


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Saltburn Allotments Association September has been dry and we need rain! I am working on how much rainwater I can collect from my sheds. I have a dozen barrels and bins and need to connect the newest before we get much. I plan to spend the winter investigating how to reduce my consumption so I don‟t have to refill them myself next year! No dig gardening in autumn means putting a mulch of compost or manure on beds. This gives the next year‟s crops food for the whole season. If you are planting a new border or taking control of one that is overgrown it‟s good to put a layer of cardboard underneath as this will smother out the weeds below. Tidy up remembering to remove all dead leaves and spent crops, chop and compost all the plant material mixing layers as you go. Ripen last tomatoes; you may have green ones left, so try putting them in a container with a ripening apple or banana to encourage them to ripen or even hang plants upside down in the greenhouse to finish the job. Clean greenhouses when empty using any proprietary cleaner. I prefer one that you can just spray and leave to dry. Harvest the last of your crops and preserve your excess to eat in winter; it‟s fun finding new ways to keep what you have. This year I have purchased a dehydrator! It‟s reduced some of what I keep like strawberries to a very small space! They make a great snack and a tasty add to overnight oats, and I tried it on courgettes this year too! They will pop nicely in to soups and pasta sauces. Move tender plants in to your clean greenhouse for the winter and make sure they are sufficiently insulated against the cold. Dig if you prefer to; you can leave soil turned in larger lumps for the frost to break down. I prefer to use the no dig method or grow green manure crops, some of which you can leave to grow and then turn in to the soil in the spring or choose one that will die in the worst weather, leaving a residue to protect it. This month you can still plant a few things, particularly garlic and overwintering onions, broad beans, cauliflower all year round and winter salad crops like winter density lettuce, Why not sow a patch of wild flowers? People have admired the verges and roundabouts locally… add some of your own! The Festival of Thrift was fantastic and we would like to thank any plot holders that handed us their spare crops to sell and raise funds, as it was a very successful weekend. We even had a little workshop making lavender wands on Sunday on an empty stall next door, which really engaged people! We will be at the farmers‟ market as usual and finally this year‟s Pumpkin Party will be Friday, 25th October in the wildlife garden with soup, cakes and pumpkins to carve, so don‟t forget to come along. Julia

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The mystery of the Buddleia hater has struck again for the third time and again tidied up after themselves; I was quite enjoying the array of butterflies and bees my wild garden was attracting. What is even stranger is that they tidy up after themselves. Whilst it is nice that they tidy up it seems rather bizarre or perhaps it is some pagan religion. Saltburn three valleys continues to grow with more members. I was tasked with contacting Kew Gardens, the woodland trust and Huntcliff School and I have done so. This has been done so we can get the best expert advice for development of the possible tree trail and Arboretum. We want the lower school at Huntcliff to be involved because both ventures will take time and most of the children in the first class will live to be over 100 years old. It could take as long for the arboretum to be complete! My thought is that perhaps the children could plant seeds, or whatever they are, at the school and then they can be transferred at a time when they can survive in the woods. I know my father was very proud of some poplars he planted as a young boy and he saw them develop as he grew older into a fine row of poplars. The heart failure nurse is pleased with my progress and I have their card if I need to contact them but I do rather seem to be doing well. The veins in my legs have been scanned and they are fine, so hopefully it is going to be plain sailing. October is an expensive time for me with the number of birthdays I have to endure and nobody is content these days. Postal orders are an expensive way of giving money but it used to be the only way that the poor could send money through the post. How things have changed. Spud continues to thrive but he doesn‟t like the hot weather so he is now finding cool spots in the house to rest in. He enjoys his nights out on the tiles, but unfortunately he can‟t pass on his genes as he has had the unkindest cut of all. I am still looking for my disc of Skyrim. I know it is in the room I call my study, which is what other people would call the dining room. It was expensive and I am a poor pensioner and I can‟t afford a replacement but Megan informs me that she looked on Amazon and I can get one for about ten pounds. But that is a lot of cans of soup and pints of milk, isn‟t it? I have always been interested in politics but at the moment I am completely confused. The Borough Council is seemingly nearly bankrupt but continues to pay their members their allowances etc which appears to me to be rewarding failure. I have always been of a mind that paramount among local affairs are the well being of the community. Social services, education, the police, and health services all need adequate funding. I must admit that MPs obviously must need their subsidised meals and drinks and free travel first class rather than be in the luggage wagon, as they are not very well paid, poor things. Perhaps they should have their pay lifted to the basic old age pension and if they miss a vote in the house they should lose their benefit for five weeks. We could call this „sanctioning‟. Jim Wingham 49

The Saltburn Crossword no 220 set by Saxton Across 8, 11 and 20 Across Recent local event celebrating frightening the birds? Was it France‟s last club rover in disarray? (8, 9, 8) 9 To reach up to like a church‟s? (6) 10 Protective cover or film‟s family (4) 11 See 8 Across 12 and 14 Across Talk of the Town business advertising arboreal nurture (6, 4, 4) 14 See 12 Across 15 For placing one‟s pint on, met bear bouncing (7) 17 Contented in apple as edited (7) 20 See 8 Across 22 Submissively me? Each kind loving yours at first (6) 23 Without truthfulness tones upset with dishy surround (10) 24 Move a dishcloth when we put Pi back in (4) 25 Finance loses direction for her betrothed (6) 26 Having felt strong sense of wonder hiding back in made war evolve (8)

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1 When a plan goes wrong or when gas explodes in an engine at the wrong moment (8) 2 Knock shock returning nutritious food (if not allergic) (4) 3 He famously invented a burner initially breaking up new sounds enticing naughtiness (6) 4 Dig up the United Nations‟ planet? (7) 5 Place of tarts sounding like they cook good (8) 6 Feel grateful for mobile phone application joining short recording which I consumed (10) 7 Before 1939 Public Relations wear out (3-3) 13 Tackling an itch, itch sang with Roman Catholic cogitating (10) 16 Moves forward, but Dave‟s can is broken (8) 18 Overshadows heavenly body of cess pile pooling (8) 19 Flowers reach their potential (7) 21 Magic potion secretly made by Felix irrationally (6) 22 Chaotic malicious damage of previous Prime Minister sewing a border? (6) 24 Tasty food parcel sounding like kind of rhythmical music? (4)

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Spectacular Sporting Success September has seen big celebrations at Saltburn Cricket, Bowls and Tennis Club following a season of hard work, commitment and teamwork. All our junior teams have done really well. Our U17 team were runners up in the Pallister Cup. The U15, U13, U12, and U11 teams have displayed great skills in bowling, batting and fielding, both at home and away. The U11s have brought home The Ramage Cup to add to the growing collection of trophies. The Senior 3rd team have maintained their Sunday League Premier status. The 2nd X1 won the Division 3 title and the 1st X1 stormed away to win the League title, the Brunton Cup and promotion to Premier League! Of course all players and spectators have been inspired by the Ashes and World Cup games, not least by the determination of Ben Stokes to give every ounce of sporting energy to winning in spectacular style. The club saw hundreds of people attending the two biggest days of cricket with the „100 ball Sunday‟ and the „Finals day.‟ Both days were glorious and enjoyed by all. We chose to enhance the later occasion by officially opening „The Chris Hodgson Terrace‟ with sincere words from the President of North Yorkshire and South Durham league, Chris West. The All Stars programme for youngsters is where it all begins, and classes have been full and attended by boys and girls on Friday evenings. Holiday coaching with Ben Ainsley and Lachlan Kennedy have been full of action, learning and enthusiasm. The use of the Indoor Nets on inclement days meant that all programs have still continued - uninterrupted and without disappointment. We have much to celebrate at our presentation evenings this Autumn and it‟s thanks to each and every member of the club who has given time, effort and support, both this season and over many years, culminating in these great results. Thank you. As the cricket moves to a higher level in April 2020, all sections are moving forward to improve involvement, participation and to raise much needed funds for the exciting year ahead. The red leather cricket balls cost £900 for the season! We have a fund raising initiative to collect small coins, those which get annoyingly stuck in corners of purses and pockets. If you have a dish full of them, we will happily take the weight off you. Just bring a bag (full!) into the club house, leave you details, and a team of youngsters will count it, adding it to the „£20 match ball project.‟ If you have enjoyed cricketing days and would like to sponsor a ball, sit on our sunny terrace and watch it being batted skywards, on a sunny weekend, you‟ll be joining our list of contributors. We‟ll let you know which game you have sponsored. It‟s time to „put the wicket to bed‟. Cricket takes a rest, but the hard work in the background continues, just as it has done for 145 years. „There‟s no sound like that of red leather on willow.‟ Do join us for our big annual fund raising firework display, on Tuesday, November 5th. Food and refreshments available. Gates open 6.00pm. £3 per person entrance. Congratulations and thank you one and all. SCBTC Committee

Why I am so Proud of Saltburn A woman artist was the latest to say it to me at an arts festival not far down the coast: “Oh, I love Saltburn.” I am proud to say that I hear it so often now when I tell people that I live in Saltburn. Many of the people that I work alongside in the criminal courts world have to live in the North Yorkshire commuting corridor between the Crown Courts of Newcastle, Teesside, York and Leeds so they can‟t move in with us, but that doesn‟t stop them joining the thousands who invaded our beaches and gardens in the past few months. Last month my wife and I paddled in the wavelets between Saltburn and Marske, something I have been promising to do for years and which she told friends was something off my Bucket List. Can I tell well-wishers and any ill-wishers that I‟m determined not to kick the bucket soon or even ever, and I don‟t have a list! But one striking feature of our splashing little jaunt was that there weren‟t many people heading for Marske. Hundreds of them were making their way to Saltburn threading through the sunbronzed loungers, sand castles and dogs with a mouthful of green tennis balls. Forty years ago I was selling a flat in the Jewel Streets through an advert in the Yorkshire Post, and I helpfully advised an interested buyer from Leeds that he could arrive by train. A fortnight later after hearing no more I phoned him to ask about his trip to view, and he said scornfully: “I didn‟t even get off the train - what a dump.” He wouldn‟t say that now with one of the Best in Britain masses of flowers on our railway station, and the warmest of welcomes awaiting him. I am so proud of the lovely people who serve Saltburn in our superb independent shops, bars and restaurants and the staff of the Cliff Lift who are proud ambassadors for their mighty machine and our 150 year old pier. Sometimes there have been two photos of Saltburn a week in The Times, and our resident Sunday Times and Spectator columnist Rod Liddle wrote recently that Saltburn is better than Whitby, and he thinks the fish and chips are better at our Sea View restaurant than in Whitby. I am proud of our bus services, four an hour to Middlesbrough and every half hour along the coast to Whitby. And the superb Moors Bus which starts every Sunday morning from Saltburn from May to September whisking walkers and trippers to the moorland gems of Danby, Helmsley and Pickering with local buses taking them beyond. Our Farmers‟ Markets, Food Festival, the Howzat Blues Festival and the Hill Climb and our brilliant Christmas Lights all add to our town‟s appeal. But as one of our wisest Rotarians remarked recently “Saltburn soars above so many other towns and cities because almost everything that we have that others don‟t have is because it‟s done by volunteers.” That‟s another reason why we can all be proud of Saltburn. Peter Holbert 51



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Talk of the Town October 2019  

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Talk of the Town October 2019  

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