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Big Day Tomorrow

So we’re waiting with pensive breath. Geoff Lynas, Maureen’s husband, has let us know that she’ll be finding out tomorrow if her pot can come off and how much pyhsio she’ll need:

Big, big day tomorrow. The pot comes off and we find out what the damage is. How much physio is required and how much longer Maureen is going to be ‘inconvenienced’/in pain/sleep-deprived. As broken wrists go its been pretty good so far. Obviously nowhere near as good as not having a broken wrist. Maureen’s been counting the sleeps and now its ‘one to go’ she’s very pleased. Further update after the X-Ray and pot removal.

Geoff Lynas

Fingers crossed for Maureen.


All is well and the bone is knitting. Maureen still has some work to do for things to get back to normal but we’re all glad she’s on the mend fully.

Cafe is Open for Business

Back row, L to R: Tammy Guy-Jobson, Margaret Guy-Jobson and Peter Neal.

So after the success of the 1st Saltburn Arts Fair we had so many kind comments about the cafe we’ve decided to open it every weekend form 10am to 4pm for the duration of the summer holidays.

If you haven’t been to the school before, the cafe is at the heart of the building and can be accessed either through the front doors on Marske Road or down the steps from Marske Mill Lane through the playground.

What we serve

To Eat

A selection of home made cakes and biscuits are made every week, varying from £1 to £3.

To Drink

Yorkshire Tea £1
Fairtrade Filter Coffee £1
Various Squashes 50p

We’re child friendly

The cafe is a great place to take the kids. In the adjacent room, which is well on it’s way to becoming the Saltburn Reading Room, we have decided for the duration of the summer to leave up Christine Walkers’ engagement piece of art where children are invited to draw on the walls and floor with chalk. Read more about Christine’s work here.

We also have seating outside in the old playground, which is a sun trap, where you can enjoy a cuppa whilst your children play the old games painted onto the playground including some we don’t even know the name of (so if you do please tell)!


We’d like to thank Tammy Guy-Jobson one of our volunteers for agreeing to run the cafe over the summer weekends. Go Tammy!

Saltburn Arts Fair

Classroom Portraits, by Julian Germain

Classroom Portraits, by Julian Germain

1,000 people, two days. The inaugural Saltburn Arts Fair has to count as the most successful event we’ve ever held in over 30 years as an arts charity. What started as a careless promise that if we had the school we’d be happy to host “an” exhibition, has been transformed, since the 23rd May, along with the building itself, into a lead exhibition by renowned photographer Julian Germain and supported by over a dozen other artists including the inaugural exhibition from our very first artist in residence Emily Hesse.

With only a few days to spare we managed to get the cafe ready so that it was able to be up and running catered and staffed by volunteers including the inestimable Tammy Guy-Jobson and many more. It was such a success that we’ve decided to open the cafe for the rest of the summer holidays.

Many of the exhibiting artists attended the event themselves to talk to the public about their work, including internationally-known photographer Julian Germain, who gave a talk on his Classroom Portraits exhibition on the Saturday.

The weekend was a great success, thank you to everyone who came.


Another Article in The Northern Echo

The Article

The school was featured in The Northern Echo for the second time on Thursday 9th August.

The Article

Former school is now arts facility

VOLUNTEERS spent thousands of hours transforming a derelict school into a community arts facility.

The old Saltburn Junior School has been renovated at a cost of just £1,000 after a roofer, furniture restorer, painter and decorator and hundreds of members of the community pitched in.

Dozens of volunteers worked every day until the early hours to have the centre, in Marske Mill Lane, opened in time for Saltburn’s first arts festival last weekend.

The 1903 neo-Georgian building closed in 2009. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council was considering selling it, but instead was persuaded to transfer it, for a peppercorn rent of £1 a year, to Saltburn Community Arts ASsociation which got the keys on May 23 this year.

Some key renovation work was completed by youngsters who were doing community sentences as ordered by the courts.

However much more work, totalling many thousands of hours, was completed by ordinary members of the public who wanted to help.

Peter Neal, project manager, said: “We literally had people coming in off the street saying, ‘what can I do?’ We would just give them a brush and point them at all a wall. We’ve had people working days cleaning paint off tiles or glue from the floors. It’s been from all sections of the community.”

Mr Neal, said the trustees have received £27,500 in grants from Comic Relief, the Social Investment Fund and the Tees Valley Community Fund.

Community and commercial groups will be able to rent the space in the building or pay in kind. For example, old cabinets that are being used int he cafe were found in another part of the building and have been restored by furniture restoration business Peeling Paint, which will soon be setting up shop in the facility.

The centre will be open every Saturday from the next month and there will be exhibitions, artist residencies and a town archive.

Find out more at

By Chris Webber

Third Community Action Weekend

Joel scrubbing the cafe floor

Joel’s doing a really great job scrubbing that floor!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the third Community Action Weekend on July 28 and 29. We had over 20 adult volunteers (and countless children) give up a large portion of their weekend to help us out.

Jobs done included painting the exhibition spaces, scrubbing the wooden floors of the the ghastly glue, sanding the walls, and of course sweeping the floors and cleaning.

Thank you to all volunteers that helped out, too many to name everyone, which include Caed Parker, Bob Mitchell, Becky Mitchell, Carl Mole, Simon Palmer, Alistair Nixon, Lizzie Brown, Benjamin Woodrow.

Special shout out goes to student Joel, who scrubbed the cafe floor the whole day, not an easy job!