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A Field of Dreams at The Cons Club

Did you ever see the 1989 film ‘A field of dreams’? If not, you should dig it out, it is still worth watching, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta. It tells a wonderful story of making a dream come true. In the film, a farmer is inspired by a voice he hears telling him ‘If you build it they will come’. I have borrowed the quote while reflecting on the building of a stage in our back room. Although there is still work to be done, we built it and they came in spades. We built the stage and the first night it was used by a host of musicians celebrating Ian and Denny Sharp’s wedding. Ian, (the world’s best banjo player), Sid and friends play casually most Sunday nights in our back room. Every Friday night the stage is packed with the best musical talent for Saltburn Open Acoustic Platform and in the last few weeks every seat in the room has been taken. The stage has made a huge difference and as I like to say, ‘We built it and they came to perform on our field of dreams’. For some, performing on our little stage in front of a happy appreciative audience is the beginning of dreams coming true. If you are computerised, look up Facebook SOAP (Saltburn Open Acoustic Platform) and see the videos of our artists, posted every week by Teesside Steve. You will see what I mean. Our club continues to thrive. We welcome about a

dozen new members every month. The Sunday beer draw is very popular, last week 32 pints of beer were won and the cash roll over reached £200 for the first time ever, going up £10 every week, I am sure it will be won before Christmas. Members should watch out for our special Christmas draw with prizes of an 8 gallon keg of beer and £150 in cash. A new touch screen cash till has been installed as part of our members loyalty card scheme to start 1st January 2012. Members may start renewing their subs of £10 in December to ensure they have their new discount/membership card in time. Julie’s Quiz night has gained some new followers and takes place every 2nd Wednesday, (14th and 28th December). Tuesday night draws are also improving in popularity, maybe because we now have Gene Jarred’s Band practising most Tuesday nights in the back room. If you are a resident of Saltburn, you will know that we

are having an ever increasing parking problem. Already sneaky yellow lines appear to have snaked their way around most of our curbs, even where they have no apparent business to be. Now they have been joined by insidious white lines leaping out all over to frustrate drivers who are not sure what they mean. Now to make matters worse we have been invaded by non mobile motor homes. Have you got one on your street? They seem to be everywhere, like a stealth infestation. They don’t move, no one lives in them, they have flat tyres and moss growing around their moist bits. They sit on blind bends, like the beast on Albion Terrace, which has been there for months and is an accident waiting to happen. I am pleased to report that the bright pink advertising hoarding disguised as a taxi, which occupied a much needed parking spot on Windsor Road, outside the community centre, for about a month, has been recycled. If you object to the parking situation in Saltburn, don’t tell me, but write to your district councillor; I am sure they value your vote and will spring into action. Here ends my rant or in the words of Dylan Thomas: ‘Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light’. Maybe Dylan also suffered from S.A.D.? To end on a brighter note I offer you the words of a

tramp: ‘No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare’ (William Henry Davies).

May I on behalf of Michelle, our staff and the

committee of the club wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We hope to be blessed with your company in the club over the festive season.

Mike Sellars, Club President.

Email: Mobile 07796 990526

This article is financially supported by Saltburn Conservative and Unionist Club.

Last orders for the Valley Garden Tea Rooms?

Friday, 4th November could have been the final day for Saltburn’s much loved tearooms in the Valley Gardens. This year they will close “for the winter season” and it is not known when they will reopen, if at all. Sources within Redcar and Cleveland Council have suggested the future for the tearooms will lie with a private firm and it is expected the project will be put out to tender. In November visitors and customers were unanimous in their condemnation of the move. Mr and Mrs Challenor from Eston have

used the tearooms for many years and said it was one of the reasons they came to Saltburn so often. John and Carol Skelton from Normanby have been

visiting for over ten years and were baffled by the proposals. “It seems ridiculous,” they said. “It is so popular and well used. It’s a lovely place to meet people, the food is good and so are the prices. I doubt we will visit nearly as often in future.” This sentiment was echoed by John and Linda Sweeting from Skelton who added, “There aren’t many dog-friendly

places around now. In the winter we sit under the front shelter and have a cup of tea. We meet our friends here and all the dogs know one another. It’s normally open all winter and I know we will miss it.” A number of remarks left in the visitors’ book

are considerably less polite about the closure. As well as providing a warm welcome, good

food and a much appreciated place to rest the tearooms also offer invaluable work and experience to users of the Learning Disability service. This type of provision is supposedly exempt from cutbacks but it seems this may be one of the exceptions. Martyn, for example, has worked there since 2008 and says he is

very happy there. The move to close the tearooms comes despite repeated

assurances it would remain open. In a statement last April the Council said, “Despite rumours I can assure you that there are no plans to close the Tea Rooms or Woodland Centre”. Sadly it seems this is no longer the case. See another article on page 34.

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