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Spooky School Party

From 5pm this evening bring your children and come and join us for a Spooky Halloween Party in the Reading Room and Betty Wingham Cafe at The Saltburn School. Entrance for children is only £2 including a soft drink and snack with adults free. There will be a disco, party games, face painting and much more.

We hope to see you there!

For those that are not too halloweened out after tonight you could also drop your kids off to our Halloween Holiday Club which continues on Thursday and Friday.

Scary Halloween Pumpkins

Scary Pumpkins! It’s enough to make you think twice isn’t it? We were very grateful to the boys of the 1st Marske & New Marske Barn Owls Cubs who, with the dedicated supervision of Nick Blackburn and Diane Hopwood, created these scary items for their own Halloween party and we’re kindly donated to us by scout leader Caed Parker to grace our two halloween parties. You have to admit they’re pretty scary no?

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Photography: Caed Parker

Halloween Holiday Club

Halloween Holiday Club

If your children are between 6 and 11 and you fancy something fun and creative for them to do during the Autumn half-term why not consider bringing them along to Katherine Lynas’s Halloween Holiday Club co-hosted with us in the Community Meeting Room at The Saltburn School.

The classes will run from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November (excluding Wednesday) from 10am to 4pm (packed lunch essential), at an affordable £10 per day (including all materials).

Taking the South Gare to Gtsaad

The first sculpture installed at The Alpine Gstaad

Our Artist in Residence, Emily Hesse, is currently working on a commission for a soon to open luxury hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland.

This work is called “In Crowds”, taking its name from the single coloured piece of driftwood representing the individual within a crowd, and is being reproduced in an edition of 40 pieces.

The piece was selected for The Alpina Gstaad after featuring on the Saatchi Online Gallery and was recently selected by Charlotte Bonham-Carter as part of the 100 curators 100 days project run by the gallery.

The sculptures will be leaving Saltburn bound for Switzerland in November ready to grace the walls of the Alpina Gstaad when it opens in December.

Love Your Being Fair

Raw Vegan Food by Dani Mitchell

Raw Vegan Food by Dani Mitchell

On Saturday from 12pm till 4pm the school hosted ‘Love Your Being’, a holistic event run by Dani Mitchell of d. a. n. i. delights.

This was the second full-event run by Moorsholm-based Dani, who is normally a fixture at the Saltburn Farmers Market, so we were glad she picked the school as her venue of choice.

The assembly hall was transformed into a market with various stalls; the cafe was transformed into a specialist raw-vegan food cafe, with Ripping Yarns, of knitting fame putting on a display; the Class 6 Gallery was transformed into a play area like the one found at the Botton Steiner School.

Some of the participants included:

  • Amy Jackson from Field Good farm shop in Dunsdale;
  • Artist Caroline Riley, who ran the juice bar;
  • Leslie Wood, a yoga teacher who taught yoga taster sessions;
  • Paula Jackson, from Stockton, who gave a craft workshop.

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Pictures courtesy of Caed Parker and Peter Neal.

Coming Soon!

Another ‘Love Your Being’ event will be held at The Saltburn School in the beginning of the new year. If you’d like to participate in the event then you can contact Dani directly on danimitchell333@yahoo.com or by calling 07884 045 742.

Volunteer Profile: Katherine Lynas

Katherine Lynas, 32

Name: Katherine Lynas

Age: 32

Where do you live? Saltburn

Interests/hobbies: Making things, drawing, picture books, playing games, and eating cake.

Favourite film: I tend to like Pixar films, and 80’s kids film like Labrynth, The Dark Crystal, and The Princess Bride.

Favourite TV show: Probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Favourite book: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

Favourite holiday spot: New York.

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

Skills: Illustration, running creative workshops for children and adults.

Where did you hear about the project? It was either from Talk of the Town, or my Dad.

How long have you been volunteering at the school? Since the beginning of September. It feels like longer, in a good way!

What sort of work have you been doing at the school? Mostly manning the office and cataloging the books that have been donated.

Why do you volunteer? I think it’s a brilliant project, so I wanted to do something to help. Even if it is only for an afternoon a week.

What do you enjoy about volunteering? Meeting so many interesting people. Everyone has been so welcoming, and positive. It’s a fun place to be.

Level One Urban Street Dance Course

Amanda Nicole School of Dance - All forms of Dance Training in the North East

If you’re interested in Street Dance then the next Level One Urban Street Dance Course starts on Thursday 1st November 2012, at Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus.

The Course is perfect for Dancers, Artists, Teachers and Coaches who wish to gain CPD and knowledge in Street Dance.

Bookings for our course will be closing this week. You can book here.

If this is type of course you’d like to see at the school please let us know.

Thanks to Amanda Drago at the Arts Council for the heads up!

The Big Weekend makes the Press

The Big Weekend, held a few weeks ago at The Saltburn School, attracted media attention from local newspapers The Northern Echo and The Evening Gazette. For anyone who missed it here are the clippings:

Northern Echo

Article in The Northern Echo

Article in The Northern Echo

A NEW community arts centre has been officially opened.

Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, cut the ribbon at The Saltburn School at the weekend.

The building is the site of the former Saltburn junior school, which was abandoned by the local authority in 2009 when Huntcliffe Campus was built across the road.

Arts charity Saltburn Arts made a bid for the school last year and signed a two year lease with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in May to turn the building into a community asset for the town.

The official opening on Friday evening, which was attended by residents of the town, began a full weekend of activities at the centre.

Art exhibitions, drama performances, a pop-up skate park and children’s activities were a few of things on offer for free to Saltburn residents.

For the past few months, volunteers from the area gave thousands of hours of their time to restore the building to a basic standard.

More skilled restoration work was paid for by Government grants, but much of the work was carried out for free by skilled tradesmen.

The building is currently used an event venue and is home to resident artist Emily Hesse and furniture restoration business Peeling Paint.

Peter Neal of Saltburn Arts, said “So many people have given their time and energy to get the project off the ground and all of us are really happy to have got this far.”

Evening Gazette

Article in the Evening Gazette

Article in the Evening Gazette

FIRST CLASS!
Ambitious new community venture launched in fine style

AN ambitious new community project – based in a former school building – is providing new facilities for families.

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop cut the ceremonial ribbon at The Saltburn School – a new community and arts centre on Marske Mill Lane.

The building is at the site of the former Saltburn Junior School, which was abandoned by the local authority in 2009 when Hutcliff Campus was built across the road.

Art exhibitions, drama performances, a pop-up skate park and children’s activities are just a few of the facilities on offer free to Saltburn residents.

Mr Blenkinsop said: “It’s a real honour to support and open The Saltburn School project”

“It has involved the whole community in bringing a local community asset to life once again.”

Arts charity Saltburn Arts made a bid for the school last year.

In May, it signed a two-year lease with Redcar and Cleveland Council to turn the building into an exciting community asset for the town.

The official opening, which was attended by residents of the town, kicked off a weekend of activity at the centre.

Peter Neal, of Saltburn Arts, said: “We’re excited to officially open The Saltburn School.

“Last weekend was a celebration of what has been achieved at the school to date – as well as a taster of what’s to come!”

“So many people have given their time and energy to get this project off the ground.”

The organisers report that the scheme has attracted solid support and interest from the community as a whole.

For the past few months, volunteers from the local area have given thousands of hours of their time to restore the building to a basic standard again.

In addition, skilled restoration work has been paid for by Government grants to add to that carried out for free by tradesmen.

The building is currently being used as an event venue, room hiring space and home to resident artist Emily Hesse and furniture restoration business Peeling Paint.

NALD Futures Fund Application

NALD

So following a meeting between myself, local crime author Jennie Finch, children’s writer Maureen Lynas and her husband Geoff Lynas we decided to establish the Saltburn Literary Society to run under the banner of Saltburn Arts out of the Saltburn Reading Room.

Starting up a new project always requires some funding so alerted by Maureen I submitted an application this Monday for legacy funding from the National Association of Literary Development, which if successful will allow us to establish a weekly meeting of the Saltburn Literary Society, with monthly workshops and an annual publication.

We’ll hear if we’re successful on 16th November 2012. So watch this space!

The Saltburn School Opens it’s Doors

Jean Morag Tea Ladies steal the show

And so it was open…

On Friday, September 28 at approximately 6.30pm The Saltburn School, after weeks of furious preparation by our volunteers, was officially opened by local MP Tom Blenkinsop, assisted by Councillor Denise Bunn, Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland. Local parish councillors, local business owners, and hundreds of members of the public also attended.

Jean Morag Tea Ladies stole the show on the night, interrupting proceedings half way through with their own unique version of an opening ceremony!

The opening evening kicks off events for the Big Weekend! And we’d like to thank everyone attending and hope you all enjoy the weekend’s festivities.

Special thanks to Elisa Duffew who knitted a lovely red ‘ribbon’, in true Saltburn fashion, which was cut by Tom Blenkinsop MP.

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Photography: S. C. Day Photography