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SALTBURN’S TOWN TALK Letter from the Editor “All that is required for evil to triumph is for people of good nature to do nothing.” This (slightly modernised) quotation is attributed to the great eighteenth century parliamentarian, Edmund Burke, but it remains even more true today that it was then. One would think that, once great democratic institutions were established, the people could enjoy getting on with their lives, but no. We must remain ever vigilant. That is so sad. When was the last time any readers heard someone say “It’s a free country”? When I was young, everybody said it. Now such a statement would be greeted with derision. And yet those cherished freedoms, once taken for granted, are eroded, not by an enemy from afar, but by our own local and national employees, our servants, the governments. Love, Ian. Mobile Library: at Wilton Bank, on Sycamore Avenue, 3.30-3.55pm on Wednesdays 4th and 18th November and Gresley Court 3.45-4.15pm on November 11th and 25th. Joint service: Saltburn Churches Together is organising the annual joint Advent service to take place at the Methodist Church on Sunday, 29th November at 10.45am. All welcome. A Christmas carol service takes place at Emmanuel church on Sunday, 20th December at 6pm. Church groups will visit local care homes over Christmas to lead residents in singing carols. Saltburn 500 Club Band Concerts: The concerts have now finished. Thank you, everyone, for your support for the concerts. A special thank you to all our helpers, who open and close the bandstand, put out and put away the seats and also to the collector. Without the help of all of you there would be no band concerts in summer. Bandstand helpers: Bill Ashton, Rob Burke, David Craddock, Philip Dolphin, Andy Gibson, Phil Miles, David Parkes, Geoff Robinson, Graham Ramsey, David Smith, Bernard Storey, Ian Stewart, Chris Terry, Paul Tidy, Geoff Watkins, Barry Wood, David Witnants, Ken Dennis, Mark Worland, Richard Else, Steve Kneeshaw, Philip Thomson and collectors Percy Abbott, David Welsy, Frank Long and Harry Morley. Saltburn Christmas Lights: Table Top Sale November 21st at the Community Centre. Help needed, please, on November 10th to remove the lights from storage and transport to the Community Centre, then to prepare the lights ready for the electrician to place in position on Wednesday, 11th November. The Christmas Lights switch on is Saturday, 28th November at 4.30pm. The lights will be switched on by the winner of the Fire Services Poster competition. Marske Band will play at 4pm at the Christmas Tree. MC Stewart MacFarlane MBE. Entertainment on all day and charity and community market 9.30am - 5.00pm. To book a stall contact 01287 624046. Christmas Window Competition to be judged Saturday, 5th December. Would any town organisation like to sponsor a string of Christmas lights or a motif? Saltburn in Bloom ‘Adopt a planter’ on Marine Parade, Thank you Mr and Mrs Gaunt for looking after 2 or 3 planters. Would anyone else like to help?

Send letters, adverts and contributions for the next issue (by Friday, 20th November 2009) to: The Editor, Talk of the Town c/o Real Meals, 4, Station Street, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 1AE. Telephone 01287 623903 or email: The Guisborough and District Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild: are holding their monthly meeting on Saturday, 7th November at 1.45pm in Sunnyfield House, Westgate, Guisborough. The speaker is Caroline Randall and her subject is ‘The Creation of the New Dress and Textile Gallery, Bowes Museum’. Visitors are welcome whether non-sewers, beginners or more experienced stitchers. Car parking is free in the Belmont House car park on Saturday. Contact telephone 01642 477320. Linda Danby A Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, November 8th, from 10am to 3.30pm at the Spa Hotel, Saltburn. There is free admission, any donations will benefit the Air Ambulance Appeal. There will be a variety of crafts on display offering a wide selection of gift ideas for the festive season, including greeting cards, designer knitwear, chocolate treats, jewellery, hand made soaps, hand painted china, pyrography, original artwork, 3d pictures, embroidery, and much more. If successful this may become a regular event next year. Garden Competition: Photos on display in Library Scout Post: Post from Saturday, 28th November to Friday, 18th December will be delivered by 24th December. Posters will be in local shops and boxes will be in Somerfield, the Library, Watsons, Gosnays, Upleatham Street Store and the Coop Service Station. Table Top and Collectors Fair: Thank you to everybody who has supported the Table Top and Collectors Fairs held at Emmanuel Church Hall in aid of Emmanuel Youth Project, a whopping £8,700 has been raised over the last 18 months. The direction of fundraising is being moved to support the Building Project at Emmanuel Hall (see page 51), forthcoming dates include 7th and 21st November. The Church Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday, 22nd November from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Emmanuel Parish, Saltburn, is to close its youth project after four years. Coordinator Mark Brown will be kept on until at least December. The Rev Guy Donegan-Cross said planned building work at the church hall where youth activities are held was among the factors which led to the parish to make the closure decision. Also Christian group Careforce had not enough funding available to pay for a second worker from overseas this year, which has happened since the project started. “We very much appreciate the work Mark has done, breaking new ground. He has got alongside the children and they all love his Cockney accent,” said Mr Donegan-Cross. The parish has largely supported the cost of running the project without outside grants in recent years.

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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 Thurston Printers, 6 Amber Street, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 1DT, Tel: 01287 623756. Proprietor/Editor: Ian Tyas c/o Real Meals, 4 Station Street, Saltburn, TS12 1AE. (Ian Tyas tel: 01287 623903.)


Extracts from Council meetings as reported in local newspapers almost 100 years ago

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In March 1911 it was reported that complaints had been made of carpet beating on the sea banks and Camp Bank. The surveyor was instructed to see that the bye-laws were carried out. April 1911 The Ratepayers’ Association had called attention to an alleged nuisance owing to the donkey being stabled on the banks opposite the Convalescent Home. The surveyor reported that he had spoken to the police, and they had stated that they seldom heard the donkey braying, whilst Mr Goundry mentioned that a few days ago he spoke to several inmates of the Convalescent Home. They had declared that they had no objection to the donkey, and had treated the petition as a farce. The council heard the explanation with amusement; the donkey will remain in its present quarters. It was noted in April 1912 that a new set of harness be bought for the donkey and the cart repainted. September 1911 A visitor erected a tent on the sands without the Council’s consent and refused to pay the fee. It was resolved that payment be demanded. September 1911 A letter from a visitor to the local newspaper read as follows: For natural beauty and attraction there are few English watering places which excel it, and no air with greater sea air in it. On each of my visits, however, I have been upset by the sanitary arrangements. There are fearful stenches in some of the back streets, especially a wide one near the church, which must be a continual source of danger to public health and which I am informed arise from the old fashioned use of

ash pans. In these days of modern drainage and health cleanliness, one is surprised that the public authorities of Saltburn do not alter such a state of things for the reputation of their town as a seaside place and for the good of both residents and visitors. November 1911 The sanitary inspector reported that there were 150 pan closets in the Urban District and the average cost of converting these into water closets would be about £4.15s 0d (Current Cost £360.52). At the outbreak of the war in 1914 the following was published: How Saltburn Folks may help their town and country. If you are a large or small employer of labour, divide work equally among members of your present staff. If possible do not discharge any. Continue the service of domestic servants - do not discharge them. Their relatives may be in more need of the necessities of life than you. If you have laid up a large stock of provisions, sell part to your needy neighbours at cut price, or supply free if your circumstances permit and they cannot pay. Do not hoard gold or food. Purchase foodstuffs weekly or as required. Pay accounts promptly as in ordinary times. Do not draw money needlessly from your bankers. Deposit them with all your surplus money. Be frugal in your diet. Waste nothing. Spend as much money as you can in the employment of useful labour. You are then feeding others. If eligible join His Majesty’s Forces, so that your country may be defended. Be resolute in adversity, restrained in victory. Cath and Tony Lynn

Saltburn Photographic Society On Wednesday, 4th November Ken Biggs FRPS will present an illustrated talk “To F and Beyond” on how he achieved his Fellowship. “More Digital Prints but still a Dummy” is the title of Keith Smith’s talk on Wednesday, 11th November. Professional photographers Mike Kipling, Brian Jobson and John Devlin will tell us about their approach to professional photography under the title “The Three of Us” on Wednesday, 25th November. On Wednesday, 2nd December the title of the presentation is 4

”SPS Four” when four of Saltburn Photographic Society’s experienced members will tell how they achieve their results. Visitors are very welcome at any of our meetings; there will be a small charge for non members. The Society meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the upstairs Methodist Hall, Milton Street, Saltburn There is a lift available. For more information please contact Tony Lynn 01287 622519 or Malcolm Blenkey 01287 652183

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The Real Meals Food Column by Sheila Beswick

Mother Nature’s bounty As I get older I seem to think more about just how amazing nature is. In all seasons it provides crops with flavours that blend perfectly together. In spring we get wild garlic and tender new rosemary shoots, perfect partners for spring lamb and for the season’s very first new potatoes. Anyone who grows their own vegetables gets baby broad beans from an autumn sowing, delicious when hardly bigger than peas. As spring moves into summer nature provides a wealth of salad leaves which we can combine to accompany almost any meal and are more than welcome after all the root vegetables of winter (not that I would turn my nose up at root vegetables at any time of year). Then there are summer fruits which we can mix and match as we please for a simple and refreshing fruit salad. These spring and summer crops need to be eaten as soon as possible after picking. They do not store well although they can be frozen or turned into preserves but to really enjoy their flavour nothing beats eating them when they are very fresh. Then comes autumn. Nature now provides us with tastes and flavours which not only complement each other but come in a form which can be stored for the long winter months when very little can be left in the ground until needed. A fantastic variety of apples has now been picked and carefully packed to store. Properly stored they should last until next year’s apples are ready, though few of us have the facility to keep the quantity we would need. At this time of year also we get vegetables with stronger flavours. Gone are the delicate courgettes, now we have swedes, turnips, celeriac; flavours which match the more robust stews and casseroles of late autumn and winter. If you enjoy game these same vegetables match the deep rich flavours of our autumn and winter game birds. It does seem that much as we try to source foods which are out of season and also try to tame nature we really should try to get back into touch with nature’s cycle because (at least in the northern hemisphere) nature rarely fails us. It really does provide the right foods at the right times and if we are lucky enough to have the space to grow them, all we need to do is start digging. Last weekend we dug up some horseradish. I know that the gardeners amongst you will not approve because it should be left until the first frosts but we had a beautiful beef rib joint which was just crying out for one of those roots so we broke the rules. I’d forgotten just how pungent horseradish is, started grating and within seconds my eyes were streaming and the fumes had taken my breath away – at least I now knew that we had a good crop. When I had got my breath back I returned to the (somewhat tedious) task of grating a little more of the root (carefully). Mixed with a little cream and white wine vinegar it was so much better than ready made. However, I now had lots of leftover horseradish and I have no idea how to store it. It was so good that I really wanted to use it all. Nature to the rescue again. It does seem that Mother Nature has given us perfect 6

partners. There is still good beetroot around so the following evening it was beetroot with horseradish. Two or three of those delicious deep coloured vegetables washed, peeled and grated were cooked down very gently in a little butter and oil then with the addition of a tablespoon or so of horseradish we had the ideal companion to the last few slices of roast beef. The sweetness of the beetroot combined with the earthy fire of horseradish was very good indeed. This does seem to be turning into a tale of leftovers because now I had a couple of beetroot lying in the kitchen looking at me. Fortunately beetroot will keep for a few days. I could have boiled and pickled them but I am no great lover of pickled beetroot and it is only in recent years that I have come to appreciate its rich colour and versatility. Towards the end of the week I felt I could return to those two forlorn looking vegetables staring accusingly at me, and again nature has conspired to give us another perfect pairing. English apples are now all around us – so apple and beetroot. Peel and dice both, roughly equal quantities of each, and tip into a saucepan with some chopped onion and a good knob of butter. Cooked together over a very low light until softened (this may take quite a long time) they were perfect with good pork sausages. I like to add just a teaspoonful of honey towards the end of cooking. It seems to bring out the flavour really well. Any leftovers of this can go into a clean screw-top jar and will keep in the fridge for two or three weeks, although I tend to eat it up in a sandwich filled with a good big dollop and a slice of ham. As beetroot seems (like courgettes) to come in gluts it is good to find different ways to use it. We all know we can boil it, pickle it and make chutney but it also makes a fantastic vegetable when roasted. I love to put a few in the oven if I’m roasting a piece of ham. The sweetness is the perfect foil for the saltiness of the ham. Beetroot and Orange Roast 8 small, raw beetroots, 75g caster sugar, Juice of 1 orange plus grated zest or 75ml bought orange juice, 30ml of a delicately flavoured vegetable oil (e.g. sunflower or rapeseed), ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. 1. Scrub the beetroot and trim the stalks. 2. Cut each beetroot down from stalk to root into 6-8 pieces. 3. Put the orange juice, sugar, orange zest, oil and cinnamon in a pan and heat gently to dissolve the sugar. 4. Add the beetroot and mix well, so all the beetroot is coated with the mixture. 5. Tip into a roasting tin and spread out well so that pieces of beetroot are not overlapping. 6. Bake at 180 degrees C (gas 4) for about 40-45 minutes (depending on size of slices) until the beetroot is very tender and the orange juice has caramelised.

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Performances in the Community Theatre/Hall Wednesday 11th November – Saltburn Community Theatre at 7.30pm Following the highly successful country music concert with George Hamilton IV in 2007, Tony Goodacre invites another of his friends from Nashville to join him in concert HUGH MOFFATT and TONY GOODACRE

Wednesday 18th November until 21st November Saltburn Community Theatre at 7.450pm theatreisreallifeproductions NOWT LIKE THIS IN AMERICA Since the 1980 strike Teesside has seen the decimation of its steel industry. Redundancies were followed by closures. Then the global recession kicked in… Was this going to be the end of a 150 years of iron and steel? NO! 26th August 2009: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council…. welcomed the news from Corus that orders for Teesside Cast Products will allow operations to be extended until the end of October. The fight goes on…… Tickets: £6 (cons £5) from: Saltburn Health Foods (01287 624 622) Regular Events in The Community Hall and Coffee Room

Hugh Moffatt, top singer/songwriter: the writer of hit songs for Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Rodriguez, Merle Haggard, Alabama, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Page, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. “A True Troubadour who has sung his songs all over the world” Tony Goodacre, Britain’s ‘Mr Country Music’: winner of the UK’s first ever Country Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. A country singer for over 50 years, with worldwide appearances including The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tickets £6 each. Phone 01642-479898 or call at Saltburn Health Food Shop 01287 624622 Friday 13th November – Saltburn Community Hall at 7.30pm Saltburn Jazz Night with ZOË GILBY Featuring Guitar - Mark Williams, Double Bass - Andy Champion, Drums - Richard Brown, Trumpet Noel Dennis. Zoë has just finished recording her debut album ‘Make Me Real’ and will be singing some of the tracks as well as beloved jazz standards. All tickets £7.00 available from Saltburn Health Foods 01287 624622. Doors and bar 7pm Supported by Jazzaction Friday 4th December – Saltburn Community Hall at 7.30pm Saltburn Jazz Night’s Annual Xmas Party with THE WEST JESMOND RHYTHM KINGS ‘Red Hot – That’s What’ With Special guest SPATS LANGHAM The Christmas party with the hottest tickets in town! Our annual jazz party is the only place to be seen this month. All tickets £10.00 Available from Saltburn Health Foods 01287 624622 Doors and bar 7pm 8

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If anyone would like to volunteer to help out at any of the film screenings please call 01287 624 997 or make yourself known to the staff at any SCAA Ltd Event. There are no reservations for these films so be early and don’t miss out! Entry to all films is £4.00. There is a Film Society which anyone can join. The annual membership is £5.00 and on production of your membership card entitles you to a reduced entry fee of £2.00 per screening. Membership runs from April to April each year.

Monday 2nd November at 2pm and 7pm ‘Foreign Film Selection’- Czech Republic Of Parents and Children Adapted from the award-winning novel by Emil Haki, Vladimir Michalek’s film tells of the relationship between a retired microbiologist and his 40 year old son. Every week, the father gives a lecture at the zoo, and meets his son outside the penguin house for their weekly walk around the outskirts of Prague, passing through locations that evoke their own poetry and trigger a variety of reflections. There are some superb comic and tender moments on carefully formed observations on love, life and family. Runtime 110mins. Thursday 12th November at 2pm and 7pm THE EDGE OF LOVE Cert 15 Set against a backdrop of London during World War II, THE EDGE OF LOVE tells the story of a love triangle that forms between renowned poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys), his young, sultry wife, Cat (Sienna Miller) and old flame Keira Knightley. Runtime 111mins. Thursday 26th November at 2pm and 7pm VICKY, CHRISTINA, BARCELONA Cert 12 Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to reenter the picture. Starring Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz (Oscar for best supporting actress 2009) Director Woody Allen. Runtime 92mins.

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Two new seats for the Pier

About 40 people gathered on Saltburn pier on Saturday, October 17th to mark the opening of two seats - one in memory of the late Norman Bainbridge, chairman of the Friends of Saltburn Pier. Tony Lynn, chairman, praised Norman’s work in raising money towards the £1.25 million cost of rebuilding the pier in 2001 and its feature lighting. A short remembrance silence was held as widow Mrs Marjorie Bainbridge and her family sat on the seat and enjoyed the view of Huntcliff, the Ship Inn and surfers enjoying the waves on a sunny afternoon. A second seat, presented by the Friends, was also dedicated opened - each cost £800 and were bought by the Friends, one with a contribution from Mrs Bainbridge. Both are made from recycled plastic. A two-day public exhibition of pier photographs including Saltburn’s reconstruction - was visited upstairs in the seafront building opposite the pier by nearly 400 people. The exhibition was organised by Saltburn Photographic Society. Picture by Malcolm Blenkey.

Councillors’ Column That dark cloud hovering above may be the underside of a carbon footprint descending. The shoe size is yet to be agreed upon, as in some eyes it is still some way off and therefore is of indeterminate dimension. For those of a more presbyopic nature, there is greater agreement that it is outsize, possibly a 20. The UK Climate Change Act 2008 has set a carbon emission target reduction of 26% by 2020. During 2008 Redcar & Cleveland used 6.7 MWh of half hourly electricity and therefore has a legal obligation to participate fully in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), a new mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme that begins in April 2010. Thereafter one can interrogate league tables of participants to identify their performance. The cost of scheme compliance for the CRC for R&C in 2010 is an estimated four hundred thousand pounds. If out walking please be advised of the formalization of the movement of the old Right of Way leading up from the shore near the Ship in that it is now finally recognized as being the one following the existing line of part of the Cleveland Way (CW). Incidentally, the footfall (non-carbon) recorded at Saltburn for the CW between January and June increased by 34%, being the greatest for any point along the route. Concern over loss of rights of way with the prospect of a land sale at Hob Hill has been raised, but it would appear

that none would be affected by the proposals, which will be available soon and subject to public consultation. Last month’s reference to speeding has been taken up. Monitoring and enforcement of motor traffic speed will be carried out in response to the concerns of residents. Outside the Saltburn campus speed advisory signs are being considered to control excessive road speed. Residents in the vicinity will be fully consulted before final decisions are made. Magistrates have again been busy fining those refusing to pay fixed penalties for leaving litter in back alleys, dropping cigarette ends and chewing gum or allowing their dogs to foul. The Secretary to the Cabinet has indicated that all national civil servants can soon expect to be allowed to work on after the age of 65 if they so choose. This is a long awaited response to the genuine wish of those who feel that working life should not be arbitrarily dictated by an age barrier. Redcar & Cleveland are not yet ready to deliver this flexibility for their staff. Local councillors meet at the Library every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 11am until 12. Enquiries are welcome. If there is no positive outcome first time round we will still be there if you want to come back again. If you are unable to attend, write to us c/o the library and we will be in touch. Philip Thomson 13

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Building Communities Following on from the hugely popular Robon Dale exhibition Profile Gallery, Saltburn, is set to launch the first winter exhibition of the year, by welcoming the work of photographer Charles Twist and a project entitled ‘Building Communities’. Continuing to focus on issue-led projects, the new Profile exhibition sweeps us across the channel to Paris where Charles’s work focuses upon the architectural significance within the housing development and community of Le Font de Seine. Although only a stones throw from the Eiffel Tower, Charles’s work shuns the traditional bright lights and glamour of the city to focus upon the community of Le Font de Seine, drawing upon the architecture inspired by the optimism of the late 60s, which sadly has slipped into disrepair. Bob Mitchell from PROFILE draws direct comparison from Charles’s work and Teesside today “A major postindustrial north-east has become a blank canvas for architects and town planners. There is, however, a responsibility for those who make the big decisions, as regeneration can have a powerful effect on community, and areas can too quickly slip into disrepair. Communities will always struggle to develop when there is a short life expectancy for the architecture. This is not exclusive to the UK as Charles’s work shows” Charles’s work offers lessons to us all and by focusing on the architecture, captures the natural decay of the tower blocks against the fading architects’ vision offset against the human desire to embellish and personalise our environment. In a strange way, Charles’s pictures could parallel life in the terraces of north-east England and Profile’s latest exhibition offers a rare chance to glimpse an unusual side to Paris. Building Communities can be seen at the gallery from 26th October. Admission is free.


A Statement from the Bank!

Residents may have noticed in recent weeks that there is something astir in the old bank on Milton Street. Those interested in the arts, and there are a great many in Saltburn, will no doubt be pleased to learn that a major arts exhibition space for the region is going to be right here in Saltburn. Co-founder of the project is filmmaker Craig Hornby of Milton Street. He gave Talk of the Town a tour of the building site that will soon become the ‘ArtsBank’. Craig said “Earlier this year I was approached by Bryan Goodall, a successful Middlesbrough businessman. He had been watching clips of my films on Youtube and in particular a film I made in the early 90s about an aid convoy to a Romanian orphanage. By amazing coincidence, he too had been to the very same orphanage and had sent many convoys of aid himself. We met, got on a storm and after watching my ‘A Century in Stone’ film he was keen to get involved in financing new local projects. He encouraged me to expand into premises and I suggested a space not just to make films but show them and exhibit local artwork and put on events etc. He was really enthusiastic. I convinced him Saltburn was the place and showed him the bank. He didn’t hang around, within days he had leased it and within weeks he had bought it!” Bryan said “It’s not everyday you buy a bank but this isn’t about making money. I have lived and worked in Teesside all my life and have wanted for sometime to get involved in something positive and cultural for the area. Like Craig’s films, the bank’s focus is local. We will be promoting local talent on a scale not seen before 16

which we believe the public will appreciate.” Craig and Bryan soon teamed up with Paul Ingram of Brotton. As a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Paul brought an additional wealth of experience most notably as a writer and photographer and the three of them began developing their plans for the bank. Paul added “There is a long legacy of local talent that hasn’t had the breaks or the backing and the public have missed out. We are going to change all that. Artsbank will offer 5 floors of extensive gallery space for all the visual media along with studios for local artists-inresidence. With the old bank counter removed, we now have a sizeable ground floor space that will host films, live music, theatre, talks, poetry you name it. A programme of art classes is also planned for the spacious rooms on the floors above. Bryan concluded “We’re very busy behind the scenes planning our first year of exhibitions and events. We all very much want the place to be accessible and welcoming as well as ambitious and imaginative. We want nobody to walk away without finding something of interest. We will be selling quality affordable art, prints, DVDs, books, cards and if we can help put the area on the map a bit more then we’ve cracked it”. Craig said “We will finally have a landmark arts building with a genuine commitment to the area in a fantastic location here in Saltburn. It will be good for residents, pull in more visitors and that’s got to be good for the town”. ArtsBank will open its doors to the public in April 2010.

Latest News on 1st Saltburn Beer Festival Plans are progressing well for the 1st Saltburn Beer Festival being run by the Cleveland Branch of CAMRA. This will be held in Emmanuel Church Hall on Friday, 13th and Saturday, 14th November from 11.00am until 10:30pm. 20 beers have been ordered, some with an ecclesiastical theme, which are not normally available in this area, so it’s a chance to enjoy something different, along with a couple of ciders, a perry and a selection of local fruit wines. There will be limited edition commemorative festival glasses featuring the above logo, celebrating Saltburn winning the Pier of the Year 2009, which can also be bought in a pack with a specially brewed bottle conditioned beer – an ideal unique Christmas present. There will also be a display of the history of the pier and the local area. We welcome families during the day time session until 6pm. Live evening entertainment will be provided by Fat Medicine on Friday and on Saturday Ian (banjo), Sid (guitar) and Ray (fiddle) who some of you may have seen, and enjoyed, playing locally. As they currently do not have a band name there will be a competition (with prizes!) on Saturday night to help them choose one. Hot and cold food, snacks, soft drinks and our special tombola will also be available. Entrance will be 11:00am-6.00pm £1.50 (CAMRA members free). 6:00pm– 10:30pm £2.50 (CAMRA members £1).

We are doing very well as a U3A group; at September this year we had a total membership of 602. There are about 43 activities available to members, various languages, family history, yoga, walking, tai-chi, mah jong, silk painting etc. If you like the sound of it and are interested in joining, check out our web site This does not include the very popular theatre group or the outings group that we are trying to set up. Also, some of the groups run outings during the year and other members would be welcome to go on these if there are spaces. To run the U3A group takes a lot of work from volunteers, committee members, group leaders, and lots of what we like to call Key Workers behind the scenes, these people make the teas and coffee, put tables out, collect money and greet people on the doors, write the newsletter, hire rooms, plus lots of other things. There are too many to list here. Saltburn U3A would like to thank all these people very sincerely for all their time and effort they put in to make it all run so smoothly. Don’t forget the next coffee morning on 6th November 10.00am in the Saltburn Community Centre. New members are always welcome. You can have a chat, meet new people, and join if you want to. That’s about it for this month, but if you would like to have anything included in my monthly piece, please feel free to contact me on 01642 475649 or Howard Leake, Publicity Officer

New Marske Winners! New Marske were the county winners of this year’s Calor Village of the year, scooping £500 and a further £100 for the Best Community Award. Organiser Vera Rider said that this was only the second time New Marske had entered and last year they were lucky enough to win the Environmental Award. Presentations for this year’s event took place at the Oakdale Centre in Eaglescliffe, organised by the TVRCC on Wednesday, 30th September Judging for the regional finals took place on Thursday, 1st October at the Chapel in New Marske with all the community groups attending along with the Chairman of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council. Decisions will be made on the regional finalists later in October but the efforts put in by all the groups showed the judges what could be achieved when everyone in the village worked together. One of the allotment attendees brought along a chicken and told the judges it was one of his ‘Production Line’. The chicken was well behaved and seemed to enjoy the fuss made of it. All the groups worked very hard to put on their best show and the judges were later

taken around the village to show them the work done by New Marske in Bloom volunteers. It was decided that the £600 would be spent on a website for the village and a steering group has now been formed to work on a Parish Plan. Calor have decided that this was to be the last year they would hold the competition and thanked everyone who had contributed to making it such a success. 17


Once upon a time in the Wapentake by Tim Beswick This column started as my ruminations on local history. I think it’s time to return there by doing a quick summary of what I know of our town’s past. When I write “know” I do mean what I have read and what I have been told, but I also include what I have guessed at, and also what I have imagined. I do not always remember which is which. I could write a book. Perhaps one day I will. For the moment I will just write one short article and see how it goes. I don’t intend to go all the way back. That would take a long time, several hundred millions of years while all the rocks are laid down and the fossils are formed. I’ll just go back some ten thousand years. Round about then, elsewhere in the world, humans were settling down to farm the land and build cities. Soon would come governments and wars, taxation to pay for them, and writing to record it all. But not here. Ten thousand years ago a sheet of ice, hundreds of feet thick, covered the place where we now live. Saltburn was not yet a desirable place to live. The glacier melted. It left behind piles of boulders embedded in clay (imaginatively called “boulder clay”). On top of one of these piles, the town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea was built. Boulder clay is not a very stable foundation to build on, being prone to erosion and landslide. But don’t worry. I’m sure it won’t affect property prices. Once the ice was gone, life returned. Bare rock and boulder clay was worn into dust. Seeds blown by the wind or carried by birds grew in the mineral rich soil, became plants which animals could eat. The dung of the animals and the dying vegetation turned the dust into soil in which other things could grow and which other animals could eat. Then the people arrived, to eat the animals, arriving the same way the animals did: walking across what is now the North Sea (or German Ocean as it was still called a hundred years ago). They left behind their weapons, tools and cooking utensils to be trawled up from the Dogger Bank thousands of years later by bewildered fishermen. Recent research into our DNA suggests that almost all of us inhabiting these islands are descended from this very small group of hunter-gatherers. A lot has happened since: languages and cultures and religions have come and gone; rulers have made laws; merchants have made money; but the people have stayed remarkably the same. Saltburn eventually became ‘by the Sea’ when the last glaciers melted and the waters lapped at the foot of Huntcliff. I suspect what drew the first settlers here would be the seaside. They were not attracted by the possibilities of opening guesthouses or amusement arcades. I think it would have been desperation. There is a suggestion that the first humans evolved as semi-aquatic apes foraging on the shore. I think that some of the early settlers in this land, finding it still pretty bleak and short on things to eat, reverted to the habits of their distant ancestors. Even today if you walk out below the cliffs at low tide you can see millions of mussels. They are, apparently, unfit for human consumption as a result of pollution from Teesside industry. This was at least one problem those early settlers did not have. Shellfish and seaweed would provide some kind of a diet, probably quite a healthy one. They may also have

hunted the seals that gathered on the rocks until recent times. They probably built boats, dug out canoes or coracles made by stretching skins on a wicker frame, and became our first fishermen. (Did women go fishing then? Or did they stay at home to mend the nets and clean the catch? Or put it another way: had the superstition that a woman on board a fishing boat was really bad news already arisen? We don’t know.) I imagine our first Saltburnians scrabbling to survive in almost complete obscurity. Perhaps some local chieftain dwelt nearby, perhaps had his stronghold somewhere on Warsett Hill, and claimed to have some sort of authority over them. Perhaps they had to fight in his wars, as his navy or Marine Corps possibly. Elsewhere great changes were occurring. Agriculture spread across Britain. Not far away the North Yorkshire Moors were intensively farmed. The new agriculturalists built great monuments, henges, standing stones and great mounds of earth, some not very far from here. I don’t see it affecting our humble shore dwellers very much. At some point, in what we call the Bronze Age, a cemetery was created, very close to our modern one. No sign of a settlement has been found nearby, though, and as the huts of wattle and daub that were the usual form of housing at the time leave little trace behind, this is not surprising. Sometimes, on grey, foggy winter days, I imagine Saltburn as a necropolis, a place of the dead, shunned by the living. Even those fisher folk living just under the hill, down by the Ship Inn, would fear that dead place. If need drove them inland they would strike straight up the valley, rowing their little boats as far as they could. One change that almost certainly affected them was that of language. When the inhabitants of the southern part of this island first enter history they are speaking Brythonic, a Celtic language, and the ancestor of Modern Welsh. Quite when our ancestors first started using this is unknown. Nor is it known when it finally ceased to be used. We generally assume it died out as English first arrived. I’m not so sure. Shepherds in North Yorkshire still counted their flocks in numbers very different to our own till well into the Twentieth Century. “Yan, tan, tethera…” is how it begins. That is very close to Welsh. Across the valley where Skinningrove lies is another hill also called, confusingly, on some maps, Warsett. There are two curious place names there: Arthur Fields (surely not that Arthur?) and Down Dinners Farm. In English that’s just silly as the name of a farm. If it were from the Welsh, Dun Dinas, the hill of the fort, it would make sense. And a few, a very few, but important words of Welsh persist in our speech: mam, dad, nan. (And “penguin” but that’s another story.) Anyway, Brythonic was almost certainly what was being spoken on Saltburn beach when the Romans first turned up, probably not to judge Britain in Bloom or go surfing. The Romans in Saltburn is what I should go onto next, but not tonight, no time, no space, and I’m tired. Another time perhaps. 19

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Relocation, Relocation!

Saltburn Primary School opened its doors to the children at the start of the Autumn Term. It has been a very exciting time for us all and we are feeling very proud of our new school – not only have all the primary children and staff come together on one site, but this is also an opportunity to build on our links with SureStart and Huntcliff Secondary School. Our Saltburn Family Group “Drop-In” sessions in our new location at SureStart have proved to be very popular and everybody is welcome. The sessions start at 9.00am and finish at 10.30am, and there is also provision for more confidential talk if needs be with our Community Team. The Grand Opening of Saltburn Learning Campus is to take place on Friday, 20th November at 7.30 pm. We are hosting “An Evening with Gervase Phinn”, popular best selling Yorkshire author and raconteur. This promises to be an entertaining evening and everyone is welcome. Tickets are on sale priced at £14, including complimentary welcoming drink and canapés, and are available from Saltburn Learning Campus main office. (All enquiries to Kerry Emmerson on 01287 621010.) And there is more! Come along and enjoy our Campus Christmas Fair, organised by Huntcliff and Saltburn Primary PTFAs. To be held on Friday, 27th November, from 4.00 to 6.00 pm. Fun for all the family ~ see you there. Janet Richardson


Saltburn Athletic (Junior) FC Update Under 16s The Under 16s have played four Division 4 League games to date recording two victories and two defeats. A 3-2 away victory was recorded against Darlington SC and a 5-2 away win against Seaton Carew ‘B’. Defeats came against Wolviston (4-2) and against Catterick Garrison (11-4). There has been no shortage of goals in the first four League games with an incredible 33 goals scored. Under 15s Since our last update, Saltburn Athletic U 15s have played four more matches (one Cup match and three in the League). The first game was a first round home League Cup tie against Newton Aycliffe SC, a team a division higher than ourselves. This was an entertaining game and Saltburn, though not outplayed, went into half time trailing by two goals to nil. We could just as easily have been two up ourselves such was the balance of this game. Saltburn went three goals down but to their credit the team kept plugging away and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession scored by Sam Clark and a good strike by Steve Hoggard. We had several near misses and certainly deserved an equaliser but this unfortunately did not come, so a 3-2 loss was recorded. A good effort from all the team. Man of the match was right back James Caird. The next three games were all League Division 3 games. First game up was against Acklam. Although we totally dominated this game some of our old failings reappeared when we missed lots of golden chances. But to the team’s credit we eventually got our just reward when a cross by Brad Naughton was superbly headed home by Josh Hudson and a late penalty awarded was easily put away by Alex Whiley. A 2-0 scoreline at the end did not reflect our dominance but due respect is given to Acklam for a battling performance. Man of the match was shared by defenders Elliot Graham and Mark Atkinson. The second game was against much stiffer opposition in the shape of Billingham Town. They, like us, are regarded as possible title contenders. This proved to be a cracking end to end game with Saltburn creating the best chances. Saltburn took the lead through a well worked passing movement which ended with Liam Williams sliding the ball past the keeper. The second half was much the same as the first but a Saltburn error proved costly, providing Billingham with their equaliser. Saltburn were undeterred and towards the end Josh Hudson finally converted a chance. The whistle blew and Saltburn had won 2-1 and just about deserved it. Man of the Match was centre half Charlie Whitfield. The last match to report on was a local derby with New Marske. This was not one of our better performances and we were made to work hard to get a result. New Marske were very determined to get something out of the game and they went about their task trying to unseat Saltburn who were now top of the

League. Both defences gave very little away and chances were few and far between. With neither team able to dominate the game this was always going to be very tight. However, Saltburn eventually took the lead after a goalless first half when top scorer Josh Hudson slid the ball past the keeper after a splendid through ball. New Marske continued to battle and got their deserved equaliser from a corner when the Saltburn goalkeeper tried to punch the ball clear but only assisted the ball into the net. Saltburn kept going and the winner was scored with a few minutes remaining when Alex Whiley controlled the ball outside the penalty box and hit a low shot which had a slight deflection and the ball beat the keeper on his right hand side. The final score was 2-1 to Saltburn. New Marske, to be fair, were unlucky not to get a draw. Again it was the back four of James Caird, Charlie Whitfield, Elliot Graham and Mark Atkinson who were outstanding. Man of the Match went to Alex Whiley who ran himself into the ground and deserved to be rewarded with the winning goal. We are still top of the League but have now got back to back matches against Richmond who are also title contenders. These match reports will come in the next issue. Many thanks to all the parents supporting the team and to those who provide the refreshments at all the games. Thanks also to all the other coaches, Derek Whiley, Adam Bell, Gavin Croll and Darren Graham. Andy Croll, Manager/Coach Under 14s Our season is now well under way. On 20th September we were drawn away to Brinkburn from Division 3 in the League Cup. This proved to be a thrilling match going into extra time. The final score was 2-2 with goals coming from Jacob Waller and Sam Sonnen. The match then had to be decided on penalties, with Saltburn coming out victorious at 5-3. It was then back to League duties with an away game at Beechwood Youth. We went 2-0 ahead with both goals scored by Andy Turton. A lapse of concentration and a twice taken penalty let Beechwood back into the match. The final score was 2-2. The 4th October saw us travel to Division 2 team Billingham Town in the second round of the League Cup. Despite a spirited performance from the lads Billingham’s class shone through and we lost 3-0. Our next match was another away game at Great Ayton. The fixture list has not been kind to us. At half time we were `cruising` at 2-0 up with goals from Joe Turner and Jacob Waller. Unfortunately, in the second half we went to sleep and found ourselves 3-2 down. A wonderful strike from Ben Jacques levelled the scores with the match finishing 3-3. So far, we are very pleased with our progress since being promoted. Let’s hope our good form continues. Martin Fowkes, Team Manager 27

Land sale worry at Hob Hill Saltburn golf club wants to buy grazing land at Hob Hill across the road from its course - and this has led to dogwalkers getting worried. For several decades walkers have roamed the four large fields at Hob Hill, the site of former ironstone mine and Roman burial grounds. Now the 750-member golf club has asked Redcar and Cleveland Council if it would sell the 20-acre field directly opposite the course for a new practice area and public driving range. Saltburn Riding School is also bidding for the field and some other areas of the 40-acre hill. Golf club president Dave Tongue said there would be plenty of rough land available for dog-walkers on Hob Hill. A worried walker has typed two copies of a letter he has received from the council’s disposals manager Helen Stubbs and fixed them to fences. A council spokesman said copies of the letter had been sent to 30 inquirers. Councillor Peter Scott, the council’s cabinet member for corporate resources, said: “We can confirm that a request has been received from Saltburn Golf Club to acquire part of the land at Hob Hill in order to develop a practice range and driving range. “The area requested is partly let under licence to Saltburn Riding School, who have submitted a counter offer for the site and for additional land at Hob Hill. “It is important to stress that the site has not yet been formally declared surplus. This is rough grazing land and not the mown areas currently used by the golf club.” The letter displayed on fences from Ms Stubbs said the land was classed as public open space, but there were at present no public rights of way over the proposed sale areas. “So even if there are paths in regular use they may be closed,” the inquirer was told. Ms Stubbs said a report would be presented to the cabinet on October 27th recommending a way forward. The report would be available on the council website about a week before. But a press statement on October 12th said no date had yet been fixed for the cabinet meeting. It is understood the golf club would move its practice range from its present mown field near the public car park to the new area, near the former BMX track, if they were sold the land. The range is being increasingly used by the golf club for training young golfers with 35 using it in September. This field is also used by families for recreational purposes. Last year nearly half the field was fenced off for use by Huntcliff School for football. Councillor Philip Thomson, of Saltburn, who has received representations about the proposed land sale, said: “There will be an opportunity for local people to express a

Objector Bob Proctor, and Blue, at Hob Hill, Saltburn, where the golf club wants to buy some land. The rough grazing field at left is currently used by the town’s riding school. view on any proposed sale.” Bob Proctor, 65, a retired ICI chemist, said he had written - through the council’s website - to object to the proposed land sale because the area had been a public recreation ground for up to 60 years. “A lot of people use this land and there is a possibility we shall lose it. The proposal has been kept very quiet from Joe Public. I urge people concerned about the idea to write to the council.” Mr Proctor, of Lilac Close, Saltburn, said he walked his border collie Blue over Hob Hill every day. He had also enjoyed playing in the area as a child catching newts and picking brambles. He recalled motor-cycle scrambles were held there in the 1950s and later a BMX track was run on the former rubbish tip. A public riding arena was situated in the top field. Mr Tongue said the golf club’s plans included introducing to golf large numbers of school pupils from a wide area, disabled people, under-privileged youngsters and ladies. “We want to involve the whole community.” Redcar and Cleveland Council hopes its officers’ recommendation about the sale of grazing land at Hob Hill, Saltburn, to will be on its website by the week starting Tuesday, November 17th. The council’s cabinet expects to debate the proposed sale - to either the local golf club or riding school - on November 24th. Talk of the Town has received several anonymous letters from worried residents on this subject.

FRIENDS OF REDCAR MUSIC AND ARTS Following on from the two previous sell out evenings Friends of Redcar Music and Arts are delighted to invite

TEES HOT CLUB again to give us a night of easy listening JAZZ AND BLUES at Redcar Cricket Club on November 28th at 8.00pm. Tickets from 01642 477018 or 470932 £5.00 including quiz and nibbles. There will be a raffle. Lots of easy nearby parking. These premises are fully accessible for wheelchairs. A donation will be made to Help The Heroes. For tickets and further information, ring 01642 477018. 28

New Youth Hostel for Saltburn?

The former Saltburn Junior School in Marske Mill Lane could be converted into a youth hostel, says a local parish councillor. Councillor Jim Wingham made the suggestion at a meeting of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council on October 12th. Members agreed to ask Redcar and Cleveland Council to look into the idea, particularly if it could be viable. So far local people have suggested that the building, which was vacated in the summer holidays when the school moved to its new campus across the road, could be some sort of local museum or heritage centre. The Youth Hostel Association closed its hostel in Victoria Road, Saltburn, about 20 years ago. Shutdown: Saltburn Leisure Centre is to be closed from November 30th to January 4th, 2010, for “essential work” to be carried out. The parish council office, which is situated upstairs at the Leisure Centre, is likely to remain open though the library, fire station and police have all offered to accommodate the office staff if necessary. Committee meetings scheduled for December will be held at the Gleneagles centre, New Marske. New member: John Lambert, of Saltburn, has been coopted to join the council following the resignation of Mrs Marion Jefferson. Award: Mrs Nadean Porritt, of Marske, received a community service award to recognise her voluntary community work, particularly with the Marske partnership. MSRA: The council decided to award Marske Sports and Recreation Association £1,500 towards plans for a new clubhouse. Grants: The council decided on the following grants: White Rose Singers, £250, towards the cost of a portable piano; Marske Bowling Club, £100 towards the maintenance of grass-cutting machines; Friends of the Valley, £200 towards the Pageant of Light on October 25th in Saltburn Valley; Saltburn fire station, £350 towards the cost of building a sleigh for its Christmas lights switch-on activities on Saturday, November 28th. Requests for grants from the following groups were declined: Sir William Turner’s Hospital, Kirkleatham, towards the cost of replacing crockery; Girlguiding UK towards a trip to Switzerland for local guides; New Marske Primary School towards a community Christmas event. Christmas Tree: A competition has started for a poster competition connected with Saltburn’s Christmas tree. The winner will switch on the lights. The closing date is November 6th. Judging will take place the following week. Cycles: A request has been received for the council to improve the cycle path through Hazelgrove allotments. Cockerels: The allotments’ rule book is to be amended to ensure tenants who keep cockerels keep them under control and ensure they are not causing noise nuisance. This amendment follows a complaint concerning New Marske allotments where a tenant has been served with a noise nuisance notice by Redcar and Cleveland Council. November meeting: The full parish council meets in its room above Saltburn Leisure Centre on Monday, November 16th at 7.15pm. The public is welcome. There is an opportunity at the start of meetings for questions to be asked.

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November and the nights are drawing in, Christmas merchandise has been in the shops for weeks and all around the area, communities are putting up lights in preparation for the festive season. It is time to start dreaming about Christmas. And that’s exactly what Saltburn ’53 Drama Group has been doing. And planning a Christmas experience to take place on Sunday, December 6th at 2.30 pm in the Community Centre Hall. Expect a return to traditional Christmases of old and an affirmation of the Christmas spirit in a special reading of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. Enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and other festive treats as you listen to the beautiful music associated with Christmas performed by some ’53 songsters! Join in the singing of favourite community carols. The wonderful wardrobe team are bringing out their finest Victorian and traditional Christmas costumes for ’53 members, young and not-so-young, to parade in. And in the second half of this Christmas extravaganza, there will be readings from the lighter side of the season – humorous poems and stories, with music to match! If all goes well (and the audience has been good) there may also be a visit from a certain white-bearded gentleman in a red suit! All designed to provide a welcome respite from the frantic planning and preparation that goes on at this time of the year, and to welcome in the Christmas season. Tickets (to include refreshments) will be available from Saltburn Health Foods.£5, £4 concessions. 29

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Standing up for Saltburn’s Heritage It was standing room only at a packed-out public meeting at the Saltburn Community Centre on Sunday, 25th October 2009 where residents learned of continuing efforts to stop the McCarthy & Stone development of a 4 storey block of 22 retirement apartments in the grounds of Brockley Hall, Glenside, Saltburn. Sunday’s public meeting was prompted after the planning application was discussed by councillors at a meeting of the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Planning Committee on 14th September 2009. At the Planning Committee meeting, opponents were grateful for the opportunity to speak against the proposals and for the councillors’ decision to consider the development further at a site meeting. However, concerns remain about the development being inappropriate in the Saltburn Conservation Area. The proposed development site is opposite the Valley Gardens and the war memorial, and will be visible from a number of long distance viewpoints. At 15 metres in height and “blocky” in construction, the development would dominate the immediate townscape. It is felt that the design of the building is at odds with its Victorian neighbours, and will use modern and inappropriate materials rather than Victorian white “Pease Brick”, natural sandstone and timber window frames. The development will reduce the qualities that make Saltburn so unique. Granting planning permission for one development sets a precedence for subsequent applications, which could further damage the long-term image and prosperity of Saltburn. The open space at Brockley Hall contributes to the unique character of Saltburn, providing an important setting for its historic buildings. The application will result in one mature tree being felled and the ground lowered by up to 2 metres, risking the loss of other mature trees important to the character of this part of Saltburn. Brockley Hall is a charitable holiday retreat providing affordable Christian holidays. The charity has suffered a recent decline in its visitor numbers, and has turned to the developer and the sale of the grounds to generate funds. Residents believe there are other alternatives. Saltburn has a strong community, a good record of fundraising and many people willing to help Brockley Hall. Strong opposition whas been shown. Significantly 341 letters of objection were received, 1102 people signed the petition, 80 people attended the public meeting on 6th September and 150 people attended the public meeting on 25th October. The public meeting was organised by the Saltburn Civic Society Steering Group who oppose the Brockley Hall development and are trying to establish a Civic Society to protect and enhance Saltburn. At the crowded Saltburn Community Centre, residents listened to presentations by David Knowles, David Matson, Bernard Storey and Tanya Harvey about why the development would be damaging to Saltburn and what was being done to try to stop it, involving a large volume of research, letter writing, working with other residents, distribution of leaflets, working with the press, and discussions with councillors and our MP. It was also made clear that the Saltburn Civic Society Steering Group will meet with the trustees of Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres Ltd who own Brockley Hall. Should trustees agree to a meeting, the Steering Group would like to discuss alternative solutions to financing the

improvement to the accommodation of Brockley Hall, which do not involve the sale of their land to developer McCarthy & Stone and the resulting construction of their inappropriate and widely opposed development. The Saltburn Civic Society Steering Group are not against the modernisation of Brockley Hall and would be keen to seek help from the community of Saltburn to work with the owners of Brockley Hall to achieve improvements in keeping with surrounding properties. They would also be keen to help restore the financial fortunes of the failing charity, but the extension as proposed is unacceptable to local people. David Matson, a Chartered Town Planner living in Saltburn explained that the Council’s own policies require that any development at Brockley Hall should preserve or enhance the Conservation Area. Policy requires that private open spaces in Conservation Areas should be protected where they are important to the townscape, and so, the Council’s own policies show that the application should be refused. David Matson drew attention to the ethical investment policy of the owners of Brockley Hall, Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres Ltd which require that any companies in which they invest “should act with sensitivity to the communities in which they operate.” Local residents hope that Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres Ltd act with sensitivity in Saltburn. He confirmed that an urgent meeting was being sought with the owners of Brockley Hall. Mr Matson described the way Civic Societies led by local people can work to protect and enhance the quality of the environment. He explained that concerns about the Brockley Hall proposals had led to initial work to establish a Civic Society in Saltburn. Mrs Tanya Harvey spoke passionately about her dismay at the proposals and told how angry she was that the town was to lose something so tranquil and good. In its place the community would have foisted on it an ugly building which would detract greatly from all aspects of the local environment. She asked that some people present meet to discuss how public expression of the strength of local feeling can be achieved. There was strong support for her idea of a mass walk through Saltburn in opposition to the development. There were many questions and comments from people attending the meeting. All were opposed to the proposed developments and in favour of the establishment of a Civic Society in Saltburn. The meeting voted unanimously for the establishment of a Saltburn Civic Society. See for further information. 31

Traffic worry near schools The council is acting on a suggestion from campaigners who are worried about traffic dangers near Saltburn’s schools, but mums want more action. Redcar and Cleveland Council is proposing to put up orange flashing beacons with the message ‘20mph when lights flash’ when pupils are going into and out of the new learning campus, which handles nearly 1,000 pupils a day. This takes in a children’s centre, primary school and Huntcliff secondary school, at Marske Mill Lane. Andrew Tunnacliffe, the council’s assistant engineer, said in a consultation letter to nearby residents the signs had been successfully put up near schools in parts of the borough like Redcar Lane, Normanby Road and Ormesby Bank. He commented: “The signs are advisory and are not enforceable.” He said the council had been working with Saltburn’s schools to produce a school travel plan. But campaigner Mrs Jenny Craig, whose three children walk 600 yards from Hob Hill to the primary school, claimed the learning campus had been working on a travel plan since 2006, but it did not address the major problem of a narrow pavement in Marske Mill Lane - “it is less than a metre wide at one point. Why was this problem not tackled as part of the building work at the school, which started that year?” Mrs Craig said at least three wheelchair users and three guide dog users regularly used the pavement at the recently rebuilt Black Bridge, going over a freight railway line. She claimed Network Rail had offered land to the council for a peppercorn rent for building a pavement. She also wanted the council to build a pavement on the school side of Marske Mill Lane near the bridge, which at present has no pavement. “The council has it in their power to make this road safe for pedestrians. It is their moral and civic duty to act


Plans are already being made by some members of your own Redcar and Cleveland Twinning Association to visit our twin town of Troisdorf. They would be most pleased if anyone interested in going, or even being a member, would make their way to the Voyager in Guisborough on 2nd November by 7-30pm. Otherwise simply type Redcar Troisdorf Twinning into your web browser or go direct to redcarclevetwinning/ and fill in the mail box. Tom Williams


Danger’ road campaigner Mrs Jenny Craig with twins Lucy and Emma, five, and Benedict, eight, walking along the unpaved side of Marske Mill Lane at Black Bridge, which she wants to be a pavement. now.” Last month Councillor Mrs Mary Lanigan, the council’s transportation cabinet member, said the council was looking to see if footway widening was possible. In addition it was looking at improving access to the rear of the school. Mr Tunnacliffe said in his letter he was proposing, in addition to the school road sign, to install a vehicleactivated sign - known as a ‘Smiley Sid’ - within the 30mph area round the corner from Marske Mill Lane in Guisborough Road, nearly opposite the golf club. This showed motorists their speed if they were going over the limit. Studies had shown that the signs cut speeds. He asked for comments on the two proposals to reach him at Belmont House, Guisborough, by November 5th.


Norwood, a large house in Albion Terrace, Saltburn, is likely to be converted into eight flats for people with learning difficulties, if a planning application to Redcar and Cleveland Council is approved. The house has been used as a care home for some years by the council, which owns it, but it has been unused for about a year.

Pageant of Light

A record 1,400 people - from toddlers to pensioners - took part in the annual light festival through Saltburn valley on the Sunday evening of October 25th to mark the end of British Summer Time. “It went like clockwork,” said council ranger Helen Taylor, of the borough council’s woodlands centre. “We had enough glowsticks and two fire sculptures, one of the Cheshire Cat and the other of the Mad Hatter, made by local artists Derek and Helen Mosey. Volunteers ran the miniature railway with a large White Rabbit motif on display made by the Friends of the Valley.” Saltburn WI catered for hundreds of visitors at the tearoom by providing refreshments, including hot-dogs and cakes. A stilt walker also provided entertainment.

The Wedding of Katie Simmons and Luke Metcalf

As a honeymoon choice for a Saltburn couple with a keen interest in wildlife, what wilder destination than Borneo? Katie Simmons, eldest daughter of Saltburn auctioneer John Simmons and his wife Victoria, and her groom Luke Metcalf were lured on their three week honeymoon by the expectation of spotting everything they don’t see on their jaunts around the Valley Gardens. Katie, 28, a paediatric intensive care nurse at James Cook University Hospital, helps in the Valley and she also does voluntary work for the Wildlife Trust. She has guinea pigs and fish. Luke, 30, an IT technician and son of retired teachers Bill and Val Metcalf, shares her love of birdwatching. Luke is a trained diver and Katie is learning. They both went to Huntcliff School although three years apart, and Luke went on to university in Newcastle and Katie to Birmingham. Asked where they met, Luke expanded on the wildlife theme: “In a seedy nightclub in Redcar.” They married last month at Saltburn Parish Church with a reception at Grinkle Park Hotel. The chief bridesmaid was Sarah Simmons with Lisa Monkman, Susan Denny, Sally Childs and Laura English, and attendants Katie’s godson Harry English, flowergirl Charlie Ann Neal, and Luke Neal. The groomsmen were Kevin Short and Andrew Brown. The couple will live at The Fairway, Saltburn. 33

Letter to the Editor I feel the need to chuck my two pennyworth into the raging debate regarding the proposed buildings within the grounds of Brockley Hall. Firstly, let me say I support the campaign led by Mr Knowles and have written to the planning department in objection. However, my major concern is not environmental but ultimately a real safety risk to you and me, the residents and visitors to this town. Let me explain my concerns. As we all are sadly aware Saltburn has an ever increasing car parking problem. Recent efforts by the council over the past couple of years appear to have exacerbated the problems and solved nothing. Yellow lines have snaked around our streets and obstacles known as road islands have frequently been erected, often to last only days, but there are less and less places to park. Now it is proposed to build twenty two sheltered homes, using up some of the existing parking spaces within Brockley Hall, and provide this building with no garage space and only nine parking slots. When I suggested this was illogical, to a friend who is a councillor on the planning committee, I was advised that this was within current planning legislation. I suggest this amazing legislation must date back to before Henry Ford. Do the current legislators suppose that pensioners don’t drive? Or perhaps they assume that these poor ‘sheltered’ residents will have no visitors from families, friends, servicemen, healthcare, meals on wheels, deliverymen et al. I think it is fair to say that any prospective resident who can afford to live there will come with wheels and an established support system. This will result in much more roadside parking. Transiting Glenside and Albion Terrace by car


on a sunny Saturday or Sunday when the band is playing is not an easy task and after the construction of this edifice it will be gridlocked. Drivers will become increasingly frustrated, and traffic will be more hazardous to pedestrians. Consequently a greater risk of accident will exist. For the benefit of any planners, this logic is known as ‘risk assessment.’ I believe that the council wish to promote tourism and develop commerce for the regeneration of this town and I applaud the progress made on the sea front. However, how can we regenerate the town at the top of the hill if there is not a public car park and we are the only seaside resort I know of without a coach park? How can we expect tourism to flourish in Saltburn when there is nothing but congested street parking in our town? A free coach park is essential to fulfil our commercial potential. Is there a solution to these problems? I suggest there is. It is apparent that the owners of Brockley Hall wish to release some of their assets to generate capital, so why not publicly purchase the land at a fair market price and convert it to a coach and or car park? The existing walls and trees could remain, access being from the existing gate and the car park landscaped. The area of land to be used for the proposed building would be sufficient to make fifty parking bays. The car park would serve the valley gardens, the woods, the band stand, the theatre and community centre and act as an all day park for the town. Just an idea! If you like it, feel free to suggest it to our councillors. Mike Sellars

Manesty: An Edwardian Villa

Manesty, situated in Marske Mill Lane, has always been a grand property; before part of the grounds were sold off, eight gardeners were employed! We are fortunate that quite a lot is known about its history. From the original plans, which are now hung on an interior wall, the proposed property was described in 1904 as an Edwardian Villa. The foundations were laid in 1905 by the first owner, Major H.R. French, but unfortunately the house was burnt down before completion. Undaunted, the Major arranged rebuilding in 1907-1908 and parts of the exterior bear these two dates. At this time, the house was called The Homestead. The property is remarkable in that there have been no major structural alterations in the last hundred years and we can easily appreciate the vision of the original builder. Current owners, Peter and Gill Nixon, were happy to entertain Major H.R. French’s son in 1980, when he called on a visit from his home in South Africa. He was very pleased to see that the original garden design had not been altered, despite the house having changed hands a number of times. When he returned home, he sent original photographs of the house and gardens when first built. After the death of Major H.R. French, the property was sold for £5,500 in 1920 to Alfred Hutchinson. He had lived next door in a house called Manesty and changed the name of The Homestead to Manesty. The deeds show that in 1944, Edith Isabel Hutchinson sold it to Skinningrove Ironstone Company, but we know that during the war, it was let out as an Officers’ Mess. A bomb that landed nearby blew out the windows, which with empty ammunition boxes, were later found in the cellar. The property was restored after the war, with the windows being replaced. In 1949, the Company sold the house to Richard Mather, who retained it until 1957, when it was bought by Tony Beck. Mr. Beck has also been back to the house and he sent the original plans of the grounds on his return to his home in Jersey. These plans show that in the early 1960s, he sold off the southern part of the garden (which originally extended as far as The Ridge) and two bungalows were built there. In 1967, Malcolm D’Arcy bought the house – having lived four doors away in Trent House and then in November 1977, it was bought by Peter Nixon. The property is clearly of historical interest and in the early 1990s, parts of Manesty became listed. These are

the house itself, the front stone walls, the summerhouse, the garden walls and the greenhouse. The large greenhouse, which was built as a hothouse by Scottish engineers McKenzie and Moncur, had a boiler installed and a cellar. It has had to have its woodwork repaired over a recent four year period, but still performs an excellent function in supporting the growth of fruit and vegetables (unheated!). The greenhouse has five vines, some of which might be originals. There are Black Hamburgh grapes (this variety is the same as the Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace). There is also a green Muscat Alexandra and another vine, which was unnamed, until Peter and Gill sent a sample to Wisley, the Headquarters of the Royal Horticultural Society and they were told it was probably the American Strawberry grape. They all need regular pruning and as the roots are outside, they find their own water. The greenhouse is also full of tomato plants and melons. The garden vegetable plot appears to be in its original position, as when undergrowth was cleared, the established pathways were found below. The plot is overlooked by tall hedges, providing shelter. The lawn in front of the house must once have been used as a tennis court, as the old net posts and line marker were found in the garden. The trees include rarities: Japanese species and various pines, about which Peter has consulted an arborist. Moving round to the front of the well-proportioned house, Peter wonders if the two garages were ever stables, but there are no clues, apart from an old fireplace in one of them. Inside the house, there are beautiful oak doors and the study has floor to ceiling oak panelling and green Edwardian tiles surrounding the fireplace. The heating system is large bore and the radiators are the old school type, slow to heat up, but retaining warmth once fully working. There are big cellars under the house for storage of wine and coal and when the house was rewired, workmen found that they could walk under all floors. When Manesty was built, servants were plentiful and the house still has its original bell system. It seems likely that the part of the house without views was for the servants. Another interesting fact is that there is a large ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms – three to five, perhaps unusual for the time and a forerunner of modern design. I am grateful to Peter and Gill Nixon for sharing their knowledge of Manesty’s history for readers of Talk of the Town. The research has been most interesting. Rosemary Nicholls 35

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As with foods, we come to the question about what we should and should not be drinking. So let’s try to get some idea about what perhaps we should be doing. Like foods, most naturally prepared beverages are OK, but there are a couple of considerations to be borne in mind – tea bags and instant coffees. Tea is graded when it is made, with the highest grade going to those establishments that can afford it. The lowest grade, or dust as it is called, is so fine that it has to be contained in a bag. This dust does also include sweepings. Having seen the floors in the tea factories, I would strongly recommend making tea from good quality leaf! Now, on the other hand, we have instant coffee. Having grown it in Kenya, I can assure you that instant coffee was made from all the beans affected from the likes of Coffee Berry Disease basically, all the damaged and diseased berries. Having told you this, it is still your choice, but I don’t think occasional use of tea bags or instant coffee is going to do any harm, as long as the good quality stuff is used the majority of the time. Despite all the bad press given to it, milk is still a relatively healthy drink, but it would be more healthy if raw. As I have mentioned previously, raw milk from healthy cattle has all the pro-biotics, enzymes and vitamins we need for healthy digestion. Raw milk goes sour quite quickly, but that can be used in cooking and preserves. Pasteurised milk just putrifies! Real beers and ales are full of micro-nutrients, especially the stouts, and as such can be used very effectively for those struggling to get over an illness – as long as it’s not a hangover! Naturally made wines are also full of nutrients and therefore constitute a food. Water is a huge subject. Let’s be clear - tap water in this country is generally drinkable and is at times better than bottled water. Most countries would be glad to have our water! So what is the problem? When we are well - none at all. Health is the ability to withstand disease, and we do have a wonderful mechanism inside us to filter and sort out any toxins. Many years ago, one of my naturopathic colleagues wrote one of the leading books on nutrition stating that we should be drinking 2 litres of water every day when he meant 2 litres of fluids. Most authoritative works since, have copied that same error and therefore it is now a commonly held belief. Many of the problems with drinks are when we are not well, or if we use them addictively they can be a problem to us. We may then need to look at what we are doing. Prof. Steve Russell for The Restoratory 10 Dundas Street West, Saltburn-by-the-Sea. TS12 1BL Tel: 01287 207787, 37


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Sea Fever at the Cons Autumn is well and truly here. At this time of the year I like to look out of the club windows and watch ships butting against the weather as they sail along the coast. It brings back my forty years as a merchant seaman, many spent fighting bad weather in the bitter North Sea. It also brings to mind a verse of John Masefield’s ‘Cargoes’: ‘Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days, With a cargo of Tyne coal, Roadrails, pig-lead, Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.’ Masefield only went to sea for a couple of years before jumping ship in America but he certainly understood the moods and romance of the oceans. However, believe me, the best place to view the autumnal North Sea and its busy traffic is through the club’s binoculars, from the warm and friendly environment of the Cons Club bar, preferably with a pint of the best beer in town in front of you. As the nights get longer and the weather gets colder, I do get a yearning to return to places such as Japan and the South Pacific Islands where I cheerfully misspent my youth, or the South African coast where I had very happy times sailing with a Zulu crew, maybe the Caribbean islands or far up mighty South American rivers into the heart of the continent. This is why ‘Sea Fever’ is my favourite Masefield poem, especially the final verse: ‘I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.’ Then I recall the times we spent fighting typhoons and hurricanes in fear for our lives; the days and sleepless nights of creeping through endless sea fog; the unbearable heat of the Red Sea and Persian Gulf in summer; the everlasting rain of the Monsoon; the biting cold looking for bergs in the North Atlantic; the fatigue of working non stop for days; the pain of being removed from your loved ones for months on end. When I remember this, I am glad the ‘long trick’s over’ but I still enjoy a merry yarn with my fellowrovers in the Cons Club, and long may the sweet dreams continue. The best parts of the club are its members. Our numbers continue to grow month on month. I am ever surprised at their generosity and good fellowship. Our renowned editor Ian, (aka Snow White?) has donated a Chambers Dictionary (which he describes as the best single-volume English Dictionary in the World!) to start a reference library, so I had to wax poetical to prove, to Ian, I am not just an illiterate barking old sea dog. At any time I go into the club I can guarantee 40

good company and lively conversation. A warm, safe and friendly atmosphere is created by our excellent bar staff, led by Joan, who are the most convivial and pretty in Cleveland. Our growing reputation for well kept real ales and beers is a credit to our Steward Joan. Innocent entertainment is often provided by certain members. The diversity of our members and good fellowship that is generated reminds me of the camaraderie I shared with my shipmates at sea and that is high praise. Among October’s new members are a couple of local heroes. David ‘Aldo’ Alderson, the weapons clearance specialist, who lost a leg in Lebanon saving a shepherd from a minefield and returned to work mine clearing a year later, has applied for membership and been awarded honorary status. Aldo tells me he is soon going to work in Afghanistan, we wish him luck and a speedy safe return. Richard Wallis of the RAF Regiment, who has just returned from duty in Afghanistan, has been awarded free club membership under our policy of honouring all serving members of our armed forces and merchant navy. Welcome to the club both of you, we are pleased to have you on board. I noted that David Cameron said in his conference speech that the Conservatives would honour our armed forces. Keep up the good work David, but we in Saltburn are way ahead of you. November dates to note 1st/2nd November. We are having our bar seating reupholstered. We will be open, but expect a little discomfort. (Snooker players will note that the billiard table was re-covered last month.) Saturday 21st November. A coach trip and buffet at Whylam brewery at Hedden-on-the-Wall, leaving the club at 10.00am. Check out their web site at See Joan for further info. Sometime in November you will have the opportunity to meet the brewer, Rob, from Yorkshire Dales Brewery and sample some of their best ales. Watch the notice board for the date and time. I like the American name for the season, ‘Fall’. It seems appropriate as temperatures, rain, and leaves are all falling. Hopefully my sea legs hold out and I don’t fall too, being able to return next month. Mike Sellars, Club President.




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Saltburn Animal Rescue Association. A small charity seeking to rescue and re-home cats and dogs, Tel: 01287 201005 (weekdays only). SARA has many dogs and cats that need new homes. All are clean, healthy, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Good morning Saltburn. My name is Jake and I am really a special case. I have worked all my life for my owner and now when I’m getting old I was dumped. Yes, dumped. I was found by a SARA person and I don’t mind admitting I was in a right old state. I was your homeless person stereotype. I was flea ridden, tatty, starving and rooting in the rubbish for food. I was so starving I was going for size zero. I weighed about half of my ideal weight and as you know, I wasn’t born to be fat in the first place. I would have worked well as a dog anatomy lesson. Of course, you might ask how do they know I worked and wasn’t just a lazy bum? Well, as you can see I’m a lurcher and they are usually bred to work so that’s the first thing. I can’t have been from a “pet” type home else why am I here? Now I’m a bit reluctant to tell the rest because you might think I wouldn’t make a nice housedog but I certainly would indeed! I am house trained, friendly, loving, calm and just dozy, but when I go out for my walk, although I am biddable and not naughty, it is obvious that I have been used to finding out furry creatures and chasing them. Mind you, a chap needs to slow down a bit when he gets to my age and that’s probably why I was retired to the dump. So what does that mean for my future? Well, best there are no small furry creatures in my new home and although I am mega good when out I might need a muzzle just in case. Otherwise I am just about the bestest dog you could get. Like greyhounds I do need exercise but I’m also well trained in being a companion and chilling out. I mentioned just now about my age and yes I am getting on, probably in excess of 10 years old but good

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The Saltburn Profile by Rosemary Nicholls Dorothy Taylor Dorothy Taylor of Pearl Street is so content with life in Saltburn that she takes her holidays at Brockley Hall. “I enjoy the company there,” she says, “and I even met someone staying recently whom I was at school with in the 1930s!” Dorothy was born in Eden Street, to parents John and Gladys Puckrin. John was an iron worker (although he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War) and Gladys was an Infants teacher. Dorothy had a younger sister, Grace and a younger brother, Bill. Her mother’s parents, Thomas and Dorothy Kitching came to Saltburn in 1911, when Thomas was appointed the first High School caretaker. He retired in 1939. Dorothy went to the High School herself from eleven. She left to work in the Middlesbrough 1st District Income Tax Office in 1945. Four years later, she met Harry at a conference for Sunday School teachers in Redcar and they married in 1950 at the Albion Terrace Methodist Church, now Saltburn Community Centre. Harry was working at British Telecom in Middlesbrough, then in Manchester where our Parish Councillor, Joan Guy, was a contemporary employee. Although they first set up home in Middlesbrough, and then in Cheshire, they then moved back to Saltburn to look after Harry’s ailing father. They lived at South View, on the corner of Upleatham and Montrose Streets and then later in a three-bedroomed flat on Marske Road opposite the school. They brought up four children in the town: Grace, now a Methodist minister; John, who has worked for British Youth for Christ and as a Pastor of an independent Church; Peter, a Methodist Minister in New Zealand and Lois, who looks after her family at Topcliffe and embroiders and knits as well. However, in 1986, they took up posts as Deputy Wardens of a sheltered housing scheme run by the Shaftesbury Society at Bournemouth. They settled in there, but the installation of alarm systems in the homes meant that they became redundant and they moved next to Farnborough and then to Boroughbridge. Eventually in 1997, they returned to Saltburn to be near to their daughter, Grace. Sadly, Harry died in 2003, ending fifty-three years of happy marriage. Dorothy has been involved in voluntary work all her life. At Redcar, she worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau and at Farnborough, she served Meals on Wheels and worked in the Christian Bookshop. At Boroughbridge, she volunteered in the Oxfam shop. “I do like to feel useful,” she says. Dorothy also has many hobbies and interests. Since before she went to Bournemouth, she has enjoyed counted cross-stitch and has sewn lots of presents for people. She likes to read Christian books and the classics, which she was introduced to at school. On her shelves, she has old copies of her favourites: Silas Marner, The Dove in the Eagle’s Nest, The Cloister and the Hearth and Kenilworth. She is happy dipping into poetry; her mother loved Walter de la Mare and her father loved narrative poems, such as

the Pied Piper of Hamelin. “I have tried my hand at writing poetry too,” adds Dorothy. At this time of the year, she is making Christmas cards using decoupage. With Grace, she has been to Willersley Castle, a Methodist guest house to learn the craft. But to keep fit, she likes to join the Saltburn Health Walks on a Wednesday morning. “I’m one of the slower ones,” she admits. Dorothy worships at the Leven Street Evangelical Church and plays the piano there for both services on a Sunday. “This Church suits me well, because the people are very keen on preaching the Gospel,” she explains. “We have some marvellous preachers. The congregation is quite small, so I can get to know everyone; I have always been a shy person.” Dorothy was brought up on classical music and enjoys her collection of CDs. She learnt the violin from seven. Her sister learnt the cello and they often played together. Dorothy and Harry have passed their musical skills down to their children. When she was thirteen, Dorothy’s mother started a Methodist Youth Club, which consisted of an hour’s devotional service followed by an hour’s games. She encouraged Dorothy to learn to play the piano for this. As well as keeping up the instrument, Dorothy still sings in a Skelton choir. She and Harry joined it eleven years ago and she has been along to every rehearsal since. The choir puts on concerts at Brockley Hall and elsewhere during the year. Dorothy remembers Saltburn being a much quieter place in her youth. She doesn’t think that children have the same freedom to roam the woods and the fields today. She used to love going primrosing with her grandfather in the Skelton woods, as having started off the school coke boiler at dawn, he had time off later on in the day. She also loved family holidays at Danby, where the family used to take a house for a fortnight. Although she enjoyed going abroad with Harry, especially to Norway, holidays now are nearer home at Brockley Hall. “I’m quite contented,” Dorothy sums up. “I’ve had a good life.” 45

Circles of Heaven by Alan Butler I want to talk this month about something that has become very close to my heart. Actually it would be better to describe it as ‘somethings’ because there are three of them. Not all that far from any of us here in Yorkshire, and just north of Ripon, is what can only be described as one of the wonders of the ancient world, and yet most of us remain blissfully unaware of its existence. I’m talking about three massive henges, known as the Thornborough Array. Just for the record a henge is a circular area of ground, defined by at least one ditch and bank. Their original purpose ‘was’ lost in the mists of time but there are hundreds of them across the length and breadth of the British Isles. Generally speaking they are older than stone circles and what sets the Thornborough examples apart is their sheer, physical size. The Thornborough henges are in a row, roughly east west and they form a line with a very slight deviation in the placement of the centre henge. Each of these structures is so large that Stonehenge could fit into any one of them twenty times, whilst each is also big enough to very comfortably accommodate St Paul’s Cathedral. I’ve been researching the Thornborough henges for a couple of years now and though they were previously a mystery I’ve come to know a great deal about them. It seems certain that they were once naked eye astronomical observatories, carefully built so that the bank tops blotted out the real horizon for anyone standing at the centre of the henge. This allowed detailed study of the heavens across hundreds of years. In addition, the henges are aligned in such a way that their southern entrances pointed to the position of the midwinter sunrise in 3,500 BC and also to the rising point of the brightest star in the heavens – Sirius. When seen from above it becomes obvious that the henges were built as a representation of a particular group of stars in our winter skies, this being Orion’s Belt. Computer modelling shows this copy to be so accurate it beggars belief. We can now demonstrate ‘how’ the henges were planned, using a pendulum to measure the rising time of Orion’s Belt and then turning the pendulum lengths into physical measurements on the ground. Because of the way our view of the sky differs from place to place, we can also show that the henges at Thornborough were not planned at Thornborough itself, but at another giant henge, at Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Now here’s the truly amazing thing. The three most famous pyramids on the Giza Plateau in Egypt are also a representation of Orion’s Belt. They are 1,000 years younger than the Thornborough henges but they were planned using the same techniques. However, they could not have been planned in Egypt and we can demonstrate ‘absolutely’ that the footprint for these most famous pyramids was established here in Yorkshire, at Thornborough! There’s no doubt about it. 46

Someone in Egypt, around 2,500 BC sent representatives to what is now Great Britain, in order to learn ‘how’ to build a copy of Orion’s Belt that would be truly accurate. Why did any of this happen? We simply don’t know. But we can be sure that the three giant henges at Thornborough took decades to plan and to build. When first finished, their banks and ditches were lined with gypsum, a white mineral deliberately quarried for the purpose. They must have been stunning in the sunlight. Great! We have something on our doorstep that is so old it predates just about any other human-inspired structure – anywhere in the world. In its size and planning it eclipses anything else from the ancient world. So, are we erecting a golden fence around it and inviting an incredulous world to come and look at what we have, here in our little islands? Well, actually, no. What we are about to do is to allow a company to dig up the immediate environs of this most incredible structure in order to extract gravel. It’s already been done at Dorchester-onThames, where the giant henge has gone forever. Are we mad? Have we lost our senses? The Thornborough henges were allowing our ancestors an incredible insight into the nature of the heavens and also the size and scale of the Earth a full thousand years before a single stone was quarried or erected in Egypt, and two and a half to three thousand years before Ancient Greece even existed! So what are we doing? We’re allowing it to be destroyed forever! I urge you to go and see Thornborough. Of course you will have to climb over a fence to get to it and so technically you will be committing a trespass. But what’s that against missing the chance of a lifetime, and so close you can get there in an hour or so? What you will see there, especially at the centre henge, is massively impressive even thousands of years after it was built. Some of the banks are still three metres or more high and when you stand at the centre, the sheer scale of the project is breathtaking. I really, seriously don’t understand what is going on in our society that makes us keener to dig up gravel than to preserve something so unique, so absolutely vital to our understanding of our own distant past, that it is without parallel anywhere on the planet. It’s ludicrous, it’s positively insane and if it was in the south of Britain, the gravel-diggers would not be allowed within a mile of the site. It makes my blood boil to think that within my own lifetime this most incredible structure might be under threat. Would the Egyptian government allow sandstone quarrying on the Giza Plateau? Of course it wouldn’t. No other country in the world would ignore something so unique, so incredible. If you want to know more about Thornborough, go to the library and take out our latest book, ‘Before the Pyramids’ by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler. It’s published by Watkins. Then go and see one of the most remarkable feats of engineering and science from the truly ancient world – before it’s too late.




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Saltburn Allotments Association I often wonder what there is to say now it really and truly is winter. Get ahead and start making your Christmas gifts from the produce in your freezer? I guess that’s reasonable advice but not very ‘allotmenty’ is it? So, I had a think and a look and there are, of course, lots of things to be done this month. Some people have artichokes, both globe and Jerusalem. Globe artichokes suffer in winter if we get prolonged frosts. You could protect them with straw or fleece to keep them safe. With Jerusalem artichokes it’s the tall stems that cause the problem as they can get blown over in the wind. You could cut back the stems and leave them on the ground to protect the crop. You can then dig out a few tubers when you want them. Their nutty taste in soups and stews almost makes the cold, dark nights worthwhile. There are plenty of tidying up jobs to be done at this time of year. This includes taking off dead brassica leaves to keep disease at bay, rough digging beds (if you are a digger), digging in green manure, if you sowed any in summer (this gives it a chance to break down over winter) and generally bagging up and getting rid of rubbish. Talking of getting rid of rubbish, we made a bit of money at the recent Farmer’s Market (thanks to everyone who brought along produce and helped out on the stall), which will help to pay for the skips we hired for clearing plots from the results of the recent arson attack. The next Farmers’ Market is on 12th December 2009 and, again, if you have anything we can sell, please bring it along. I know some people really enjoy having fruit trees in their gardens or allotments. There are important things to be done with fruit trees at the moment. Most important is to finish harvesting and, remember, we have a crush and press if you are overwhelmed. It’s time to apply a band of grease around tree trunks (and any posts you have in the ground supporting the trees). The reason for this is that it stops winter moths climbing up trees and laying eggs. When the caterpillars emerge next year, they will eat leaves and flower buds which means that the fruit crops will be reduced significantly. Another fruit job is pruning. As soon as leaves fall and the plants become dormant, fruit bushes and trees can be pruned. This doesn’t include cherries and plums, though. They are better pruned in summer as it is less likely for disease to get into the tree at that time. We have books and magazines in the containers at Hazel Grove that have articles on pruning. The “batty” nature trail was very successful last month and it didn’t rain for the first time during our summer wildlife garden activities. We hope to have another series of events next year and will let you know. Happy winter gardening! Sue 48

Rotary Club News

The District Governor Tony Fairley was impressed with us when we installed a new member during his visit to Saltburn last month. Our long-awaited and warmly welcomed new Rotarian is Andrew Drage, son-in-law of our past president Dave Sadler. He was installed on the anniversary of Saltburn’s inception on 7th October 1926. Andrew has just started a new career as a teacher, and we have already asked him to assist us with his valuable computing skills. You don’t join Rotary for a rest. Governor Fairley was also impressed with Saltburn’s representation at District Conference in Harrogate. We’re only a small club, but a third of the membership and wives, six couples, flew the flag for Saltburn.” There were over 400 delegates at the conference, including our American visitors from the exchange team from Upper New York State who had spent a week in Saltburn, and visited Whitby and York. A surprise highlight was an evening reception at the home of past president Peter Johnson and his wife Daphne. Governor Fairley’s view on recruiting membership is that it’s best if member recruits member, which is what past president Sadler did for us. Next year February 23rd has been designated Rotary Day with activities supporting the End Polio Campaign, with some of the fundraising being matched through the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation. The countries still affected by polio are listed under PAIN – Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria. Governor Fairley told Saltburn: “We want to educate children about polio, what it is and the fact that it still exists - that there’s still a danger just over three hours flying time away from the UK.” He praised Saltburn Rotary’s high profile with the public of Saltburn and district, and said that clubs generally were being asked to get permission to display their activities in a shop for one week next year. There are 1.25million members of Rotary worldwide, so Saltburn’s membership of 18 is just a small part of promoting the Rotary aim of Service Before Self. We are already starting our fundraising efforts for the annual Pensioner’s Christmas Tea Dance for about 100 people which will be held on Friday, 11th December at the Saltburn Parish Church Hall. We’ll be having sealed bucket collections in Saltburn’s Station Square on Saturdays, and also be running tombolas at Flea Markets in the town’s Community Centre. Club President Bob Storey said: “The Christmas Tea Dance lights up the lives of many of our pensioners. I hope that the people of Saltburn and district will be as generous as ever with their giving so that we can maintain the standard of this highlight of our year. It’s a joy to see the happiness it creates, not only for our guests but for the helpers too.” An unprogrammed part of the American team’s visit to Saltburn was the reported elevation of team member Jeremy Matviak to becoming a father of three. Since Jeremy arrived a bachelor, he returned to the USA in his childless state.


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