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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!

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:

Volunteer Profile: Lizzie Brown

Lizzie Brown

Name: Lizzie Brown

Age: 25

Lives: On the Jewel Streets, Saltburn

Interests/hobbies: Photography, music, people, walking, art, painting, gardening, Northern Lights (where I work) the list goes on.

Favourite film: The Labyrinth

Favourite TV show: Silent Witness

Favourite book: The Crow Road, Ian Banks

Favourite holiday spot:

I’m going to stick to my roots (as I’ve not holidayed much recently) and go for wee place in the West Coast of Scotland called Tayvallich. It’s an absolutely stunning place, with clear sparkling skies at night and delightful memories at every turn.

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

I would definitely give my family money as they have been a lifetime of generous to me, take myself and my boyfriend away on a holiday and buy a large amount of stock from Northern Lights Interiors. I have my eye on a few chandeliers etc.


I’m pretty good at making cocktails, and playing the bass.

Where did you hear about the project?

I heard via Peter Neal when he was writing the the bid.

How long have you been volunteering at the school?

Since work first started, whenever I was free for a bit of happy volunteering graft!

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

Painting, scraping, de-nailing, vacuming, sweeping, de- littering. Basically anything I was able to do to help. Tile scraping with Danielle being the highlight. It’s amazing to see them now!

Why do you volunteer?

Because I think volunteering is a wonderful thing to do. People have been so caring and welcoming ever since I moved to Saltburn last September and through volunteering it is one way for me to say thank you.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

I enjoy the feeling you get when you see the outcome of your hard graft and the benefits, even if a little, it will bring to the project and the community.

Book Appeal

Old Books

In the Reading Room adjacent to the new Saltburn Schol Cafe we are setting up a new community Library inspired by the world wide phenomenon of Book Crossing.

Our idea is simple – you donate a book, or a magazine even, – and in return you get one back. If you leave your name you’ll then be able to see what happens to your book and follow it’s journey. It certainly works out a lot cheaper than buying them new from Waterstones!

In order for us to make this possible we need to build a stock collection of books. This is where we need your help.

We are looking for:

  • childrens books;
  • romances;
  • textbooks;
  • biographies;
  • novels;
  • old magazines;
  • fiction;
  • non-fiction;
  • dictionaries;
  • you name it.

This is your chance to give those dusty old books a new lease of life!

To donate, please bring books to the school on weekends from 10am to 4pm. Alternatively, if you don’t have transport but would like to donate please contact 07957942266.

Community Gardening Update

Thanks to gardening renovation co-ordinator Elisa Duffew and all the volunteers who came to help out for the first Community Gardening Day on August 12.

Those that came helped Elisa to make a start on clearing weeds from what will be the Community Garden & Allotment

This Sunday, August 19, another Community Gardening Day is planned from 12pm to 4pm. This time volunteers will be tilling the soil in the community herb garden at the front of the school and also trimming back the overgrown hedge nearby. If you fancy giving us a hand contact Elisa Duffew on 07986131106 or 01287-622946.


As well as needing volunteers this Sunday, we also need tools such as spades and hedge trimming equipment (loppers!).

Do you have any gardening tools we could borrow/have? If so please drop off at the school any day from 10am to 4pm.

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!


The Saltburn School in the Evening Gazette

Much to our delight The Saltburn School was featured in the Evening Gazette today.

On the top picture, from left to right, are volunteers: Tammy Guy-Jobson; Margaret Guy-Jobson; Emily Hesse; Wendy Walker; Rachael Ward; Danielle Baker; Peter Neal and Paul Klews.

Rachael Ward, Emily Hesse and Margaret Guy-Jobson are shown swinging from the ropes in the middle shot and Danielle Baker can be seen hard at work in the shot on the right.

The Article

School getting set for it’s fresh start
Charity helps with transformation of site

AN abandoned school building is being turned into a centre for sport, people and the arts thanks to community-based charity.

The Saltburn Community & Arts Association is leading the project at Saltburn Junior School, in Marske Mill Lane.

The group is working with the local community to create the new centre.

Saltburn Junior School was built in 1903 and designed in the Neo-Georgian style by Sir Edwin Cooper. It was abandoned in 2009 when pupils moved to the newly built Huntcliff school campus.

Last year the association put forward a community asset transfer bid, on behalf of the community, to transfer the school from Redcar and Cleveland Council to local ownership.

In May this year a two-year licence agreement was signed and the past eight weeks have been spent renovating the building.

The school will host the town’s first arts festival and other plans include the development of performance and rehearsal space, exhibitions space, artist residences, a cafe, a town archive and skate park.

With the help of a £19,520 grant from the Community Builders Feasibility Fund they have managed to get the ball rolling – paying for vital surveys to be done.

The association needs to raise £22,000 for the first phase, which will pay for renovation of radiators, windows, floors and walls, as well as stocking a new cafe.

So far two community action weekends have taken place, where volunteers and residents have worked on improving the building. Volunteers from the local area who are looking for work have also given up their time.

Photography graduate Caed Parker, 25, said “I’ve been doing stuff like plastering walls, painting, all of the things to do with renovating a listed building.”

Peter Neal, a board member of Saltburn Community and Arts Association, said, “You will be able to just drop in, have a cup of coffee at the cafe, go to a class, or look at some art on your way back from the shops.”

By Sophie Barley

Thanks to the Saltburn Rotary Club

Rotary-LogoI’d like to thank the Saltburn Rotary Club for inviting me to dinner last night to keep them abreast of developments at The Saltburn School. We’re very grateful for their support!

And of course for putting us in touch with members Daz and Lynne Taylor who have been volunteering at the school.

Murray v The Saltburn School

Andy Murray

Andy Murray may have dashed our hopes of a Brit winning Wimbledon this weekend, but the generous British spirit won outright at The Saltburn School. Several members of the community came out to help us for the second Community Action Weekend.

On Saturday the school was buzzing with activity – several rooms, which will be used as exhibition space for the arts fair next month, were given some tlc by volunteers.

Margaret, Maureen and Lily

Margaret, Maureen and Lily

The first two volunteers to come through the door were Maureen Lynas, from Saltburn, and Margaret Guy-Jobson from Stokesley. They spent a good few hours scraping the old blue paint off the walls of one of the rooms, ready for a new lick of paint. They were helped by eight-year-old Lily Hesse, from Saltburn.

Across the hall James Beighton and Emily Hesse did their best to scrub the glue off the floor of the new drama rehearsal space.

Emily Hesse and James Beighton

Emily Hesse and James Beighton

At midday Stuart Boulton, a photographer from The Northern Echo, came in to take a few shots for an article about The Saltburn School.

Later in the day Daz and Lynne Naylor, a couple from Saltburn, came in to help. Lynne helped scrape the walls and Daz filled in the holes in the hallway walls with plaster.

Meanwhile Wendy Walker and Paul Clews, who own Peeling Paint, a hand painted furniture business, were hard at work in their new residency space in of the building’s wings. They are currently repainting some old cabinets that were found in one of the former classrooms. The cabinets, which will be painted grey and blue, will be used in the new cafe. The cabinets will be ‘distressed’ so that bits of the original red colour can be seen peeping through, harking back to the past.

Cabinets being prepared by Peeling Paint.

Cabinets being prepared by Peeling Paint.

On Sunday we had the help of the probation team, who lifted up the concrete paving slabs from the front left of the building, revealing the earth underneath. A community herb garden will be planted there in the coming months. The team also dug up weeds from the flowerbeds. Thanks boys!

A lot of work was done in the afternoon by various members of the public who came in for the odd hour here and there. Cleaning, sweeping, sanding – many jobs!

Shane, Tilly and Max Wreford-Sinnott

Shane, Tilly and Max Wreford-Sinnott

Shane Wreford-Sinnott and his daughter Tilly Wreford-Sinnott, 8, and son Max Wreford-Sinnott, 13, did a grand job scrubbing the glue off the floor in the new drama rehearsal space in the afternoon, staying for a good few hours.

Thanks to everyone who helped out. Game, Set, Match.


Volunteer Profile: Rachael Ward

Rachael Ward

Rachel Ward helping to prepare the Community Meeting Room for use.

Rachael Ward, 27, resident of Saltburn, explained in her own words how she has found volunteering at The Saltburn School:

I have been volunteering at Salburn school for the past few weeks and have loved every minute of it…

I can’t say I have ever been a DIY girl but my new favourite job is finding nails poking out of floors and pulling them out. I can just completely zone out and I hope to have burnt a few calories in the process!

The next on my list of new DIY talents is ‘filling’, I’m not sure if this is the technical term, but in a nutshell I fill in holes in walls to make them good as new again, ready for a lick of paint and hey presto! I think I need to invest in a tool belt as my list of DIY-ing talents at this rate is going to be endless.

I’m really looking forward to seeing more floors being varnished and more walls being painted and helping along the way… but above all else I’m looking forward to seeing the school being used to its full potential and being around for generations to come.

It’s really wonderful that the school is being restored and not just being knocked down to build some soulless development. The stories and the memories of the past can be added to and not just dusted under the carpet (although there’s not much chance of that if i’m around with the hoover!).

Follow Rachel as she volunteers at the school by clicking here.