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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!

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

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.

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