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Saltburn receives 50k in grants!

Saltburn Community & Arts Association is grateful to the continued support of both The Saltburn School and the Saltburn Community Theatre and Hall by the Tees Valley Community Foundation, who have through the Community Foundation and Comic Relief this year provided us with just over £8,000 of funding for new tables and chairs for both our buildings!

To read more about how they’ve also helped other groups please click here.



The Reading Room Takes Shape

So after months of storage in the old boys toilets in preparation for the grand opening we’ve finally managed to move it into the Reading Room where it’ll permanently live, holding the books we launched an appeal for back in August and have been flooding in ever since.

Paul prepares the bookcasePaul prepares the bookcase.

Wendy from Peeling Paint has kindly undercoated the bookcase and it’ll be painted to match the colour scheme of the Betty Wingham Cafe. In the picture you can see Paul, Wendy’s partner, figuring out how to fix the bookshelf permanently to the wall of the Reading Room.

We’ll look forward to seeing you all at the grand opening in under a week!

Are you ready to Jive?

The Band's Ready

So the scene is set for tonight’s Rotary fundraiser for the school. The only question is are you ready to Jive? Doors open at 7pm and there are still some tickets for what promises to be a fantastic night.

All we need is audience!

Hedge Bid Successful

The Saltburn School straddles the two main highways into Saltburn, one along the coastal road and the other inland from Guisborough. As we learnt at the inaugural Saltburn Arts Fair the bank running down Marske Road is the perfect site for sculpture, providing attention to the school and acting as a catalyst for people to stop and pop in.

To capitalise on this strength we have decided to place a permanent sculpture park along the bank stretching between the school and the old caretaker’s cottage along Marske Road. In the long run we would like to see a series of semi-permanent and changing exhibitions to excite and involve people who would otherwise simply drive through Saltburn.

You might remember earlier in the year we placed a bid to the Woodland Trust for 120 meteres of hedgerow being given away in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. A little over a week ago we found out we’d be granted the hedge. So we’ve begun preparations to make way for the new hedgerow and the sculpture park it’ll frame; including:

  • trimming the overgrown hedge infront of the old basketball court to three foot so we could bring it under control and remove some of the undergrowth, as well as exposing an old fence;
  • we’ve had the old fence, left in place when the new palatine fence was erected, removed to clear way for the pathway that will frame the sculpture park;

The new pathway will weave in-between existing hedgerow and new plants added as part of the jubilee hedge. It needs to be set this far back to accomodate wheelchairs users due to the slope of the bank. As part of this work we also had all but one of the row of sycamores felled, with one remaining whilst a bird is nesting, as they blocked the starting point of the planned pathway.

The majority of the new hedgerow will be planted in place of the galvanised fence that currently borders the front of the school. This will allow us to join up the original hawthorn trees and will involve the removal of the large sycamore. The new hedgerow will be arriving between 5th and 10th November and we will need volunteers to match the 420 plants we’ll receive to come together and help to plant the hedge.

To find out more about the hedgerow that’s coming see here, you can even buy us some more trees here. Our thanks to Peter Neal, Elisa Duffew and the Friends of the Valley for their help with this bid.

Appeal for Classroom Photographs

If you used to come to the Saltburn School we’d like it very much if you could lend us your old class photographs so we can scan them, print them and display them as part of our first exhibition, called ‘Portraits from the Past’, which will open on Friday night on 28th September during the Big Weekend.

Our appeal is open for the twelve weeks of the exhibition – however it would be great if we could get a decent amount of photographs together in time for the Big Weekend.

Photographs can be dropped off any time between 10am and 4pm at the school – 7 days a week. They can then be collected when they have been scanned (approximately a week later).

Saltburn resident Stuart Worton will be curating the exhibition.

Any photographs will be greatly appreciated!

Volunteer Profile: Tom Watts

Tom Watts, 23

Name: Tom Watts

Age: 23

Where do you live? Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Interests/hobbies: Sports/travel/reading

Favourite film: I’d say probably Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. Just kidding, maybe Gladiator.

Favourite TV show: Match of the Day

Favourite book: The Hitchhikers Gudie to the Galaxy

Favourite holiday spot:

Lake Bled, Slovenia. It’s this clear blue lake, an island in the middle of it with a church on the island, and a high cliff face on one side of the lake with a Castle on the top of the cliff. And snow capped mountains on all sides. It’s the most picturesque place I’ve ever seen.

If you were given £50,000, how would you spend it?

I would donate it all to the school project of course! But apart from that, I think I would buy a new car as I’m learning to drive at the moment.


That’s a tough one. Jack of all trades, I guess!

Where did you hear about the project?

I think I was just walking past the school and went in to have a look at what was going on.

How long have you been volunteering at the school?

About a month.

What sort of work have you been doing at the school?

Mostly lots of typing, cataloging, databases. All that kind of stuff, but anything I can do to help really.

Why do you volunteer?

Well it’s just nice to be doing something useful, and doing something that contributes towards the community in some way. I used to go to the old school so I’m happy that something is happening with it now and that I can be a part of it.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

One thing I’m looking at right now is applying for funding to turn the old school yard into a multi-use sports/games area. The idea is maybe two five-a-side football pitches that can also be used for other sports like netball, cricket or even archery. I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops. I love sport myself and it would be great for there to be something like that for the local area, because at the moment there are no other outdoor sports facilities in Saltburn and even the field opposite the golf course is closed off. So hopefully that can happen and it will encourage people to exercise more and play sport, maybe even people who otherwise might not get involved. That would be fantastic.

Off the Wall

Plaster Sculpture

Artist in Residence Emily Hesse created this temporary installation for us from pieces of plaster chipped from the walls of The Studio.

Donation from Be All You Can

The new tables and chairs from Be All You Can

This week we had a donation of 32 chairs and 4 tables from our delighful director Sue Anderson who runs Be All You Can at Rigwood house, on the other side of Saltburn bank.

When Sue and her partner Bernie established Be All You Can at Rigwood they relied on the good will of people who donated them furniture and other things to help them start out and now they’re returning the favour.

These are the first tables we have and the first chairs beyond the cafe so we’ll use them in the meeting room, which will enable us to begin to use this as a hireable space (which is great!).

Our thanks go to Graham Neal for transporting the chairs and tables to us: