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SALTBURN’S TOWN TALK Letter from the Editor

Merry Christmas to all. It’s a bumper sized magazine this month, the biggest this year. It’s my way of saying thank you to the kind-hearted and generous people of Saltburn who last month helped to make my fundraising concert such a success. The raffle raised £805, sponsorship £558.32 (but about £100 still to collect) and donations given on the day, at the door of the theatre and in the previous weeks a massive £1585.74,

Learn to Bead: would you like to learn how to make exquisite jewellery? Why not join a class and make new friends and enjoy a couple of hours learning a new hobby. To find out more phone 01287 203848.

Saltburn Farmers’ Market is back for a Christmas Special on Saturday, 10th December. Over 25 stalls will have all the Festive trimmings, and include a great mix of seasonal food and drink and local artworks. It’s the season to be jolly, and the fun starts outside Sainsbury’s from 9am to 3pm.

Hob Hill land: A group of people led by Bob Proctor has put in an application to Redcar and Cleveland Council for permission to register land at Hob Hill, Saltburn, as a village or town green. If granted, this would affect plans by the town’s golf club for a training academy on part of the land. The deadline for objections to the council’s planning department at Guisborough is 19th December.

Statue moves: The steel statue of a fisherman, who has stood in Diamond Street outside the ArtsBank for six months, has been moved to Whitby’s pier where it is drawing crowds. It is still for sale at just under £50,000.

Olympics: The Olympic torch will be carried through Saltburn next June on its journey to London and the Games. John Pearson, of local youth project DoorWays, has applied to carry it for a 300 metre stretch and is through to the second round of applicants. Mr Pearson, 58, said he would be training for the run, which he regarded as an honour for Saltburn. The torch weighs 1.5 kilos.

Saltburn Rotary Christmas Carols: The Rotary Club are staging Carols around the Christmas Tree in front of Saltburn Theatre at 7.00pm on Sunday, December 18th. Last year’s event in the snow was like a scene from a Christmas card.

Exhibition: The final town exhibition for Saltburn’s 150th anniversary this year takes place at the community hall on Sunday & Monday 18th and 19th December, all day. Contact Wilma Gardiner-Gill 624997 if you want to display anything.

Saltburn in Bloom have been asked to represent Northumbria in Bloom again but the committee have decided not to enter the national competition next year. Saltburn Christmas lights: Thank you to everyone who has helped fundraise for the lights. Also to all the helpers who prepared the lights. Without all your help there would not be Christmas lights in Saltburn. Also, thank you to the businesses who have paid for Christmas trees and lights on their premises. Outdoor Table Top Sales: in the Station Portico every Sunday from March 4th. To book, call 624046.

making a total of £2,949.06. This greatly helps to safeguard the magazine’s future. See pages 15 and 50 for other great fundraising ideas. In addition I am purchasing some donation boxes for where people can pick up extra copies of the magazine. Special thanks for amazing efforts go to Juli Frazer, Sharon Wilson, Philip Thomson, Jackie of Jackie’s Saverstore, Jackie Taylor, Mike Sellars and Saltburn Library. Love, Ian.

Send letters, adverts and contributions for the next issue (by Friday, 9th December 2011) to: The Editor, Talk of the Town c/o Real Meals, 25 Milton Street, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 1DJ. Telephone: 01287 623903 or email:

Emmanuel Church Hall Table Top and Collectors’ Sale: We have our next Table Top and Collectors Sale at the Emmanuel Church Hall on 3rd and 17th December, from 10am till 4pm. With over 26 stall holders, selling lots of bric-a-brac, books, toys, baby goods and all sorts of collectables, home made produce and a bit of crafts, there is something for everyone. Home made refreshments and light lunches are on sale all day. We are still open even though the building work is going on. We are still able to carry on doing our Table Top Sales as it only affects the outside of the building, and we will continue as long as we need to raise funds. Despite some false rumours about the hall, we are still here serving our community. We will be back on 7th and 21st of January 2012 and we wish every one a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For more information contact Denise Marshall on 07929 589538.

WI Report: The Ladies of the WI met on the 10th November in the Methodist Church, Milton Street, Saltburn. Our speaker was Mr. N. Tate who spoke about the history of Glenhow School. He joined the school as a pupil in 1947 and even produced his old school blazer for us to see! Initially we were told about the development of education from Tudor times through the following centuries and how preparatory schools evolved. In l859 Sir Henry Pease and brother Edward purchased land from Lord Zetland through the Saltburn Improvement Company to build a coastal resort. In l87l a villa was built on Albion Terrace and Tweed Street for a Mr. Briggs; this building was later extended and eventually became Glenhow Preparatory School around 1881. In 1939 the school was requisitioned by the Army for barracks and pupils evacuated to Middleton in Teesdale. In 1943 the school moved to a rented vicarage in Helmsley and returned to Saltburn in 1947. The school finally closed in July 1992 when the building was converted back to residential status. In November members visited Crook Hall, Durham and

Wynyard Hall. A wreath was laid on behalf of members on Remembrance sunday at Saltburn Cenotaph. The Ladies of Saltburn WI meet regularly throughout the

month for social events, craft classes and other activities and new members are most welcome.

Barbara Spanner Cover Illustration: Saltburn’s Christmas Lift by Michelle Thompson

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, 25 Milton Street, Saltburn, TS12 1DJ. (Ian Tyas tel: 01287 623903.)

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