December 2017 issue...
The cover picture this month is a snowy scene of Delves bank above Egton, one of the photos collected by Revival North Yorkshire in the Egton Remembers Project. Thanks to this project, photographs and memories of this area will be saved for people wondering what life used to be like in the Esk Valley.
Also in this month's magazine:
Snowman at Hamer The ruin of Hamer House Inn on Egton High Moor has all but disappeared but its stories live on, including the snowman who arrived during a snow storm...
Young Ranger Zach Haynes of Northallerton has been awarded 'Young Ranger of the Year' by the North York Moors National Park.
Seeing is Not Always Believing Mike Pickard describes his 'retirement' in the Esk Valley which has involved competing in the International Illusion of the Year contest.
Wolves Are Coming For You Judy Bridge reviews an extraordinary tour de force at Danby Village Hall.
The Siskin Mike Gray observes Siskins in the garden.
Seatrout and Salmon Graham Featherstone reports on spawning in the becks.
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A ‘scope’ is not just for Christmas . . .
Thinking of investing in some form of astronomical equipment this Christmas? There is now a huge and bewildering selection of items to choose from. Click here for are a few thoughts and tips from Mark Dawson of Whitby & District Astronomical Society.
Pick of the Past...
‘Seated Figure’, a 3-metre high painted bronze sculpture by Sean Henry, was erected on Castleton Rigg, near Westerdale on the North York Moors, in June this summer. This is the first public sculpture to be placed within the North York Moors National Park. Commissioned by the David Ross Foundation it will stay in place for five years. The artwork is accessible to the public. It stands on top of Castleton Rigg on land owned by David Ross (co-founder of Carphonewarehouse). You can see the sculpture from the Blakey Ridge road from Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole, and reach it by foot: a half-mile walk over moorland from the road. For more information about Sean Henry’s work, see his website: www.seanhenry.com.
An exciting future awaits Debbie Raw, a young chef from Fryup who has made a name for herself on the BBC programme ‘Further Back in Time for Dinner’. Debbie won the nation’s hearts while playing the role of a maid in the 1900s.
Nothing is more effective at welding a small rural community together than a flourishing amateur dramatic society. Glaisdale's Beggar’s Bridge Players are no exception and in February the group took to the stage to celebrate 40 years of performances. With characteristic enthusiasm, the cast entertained the audience at The Robinson Institute for three separate performances of 'Aladdin', ably assisted by local band, The Middle Aged Kicks. The play was directed by Rob Smith and the script was by Dianne Whisker.
Staithes Festival: art, music, heritage, Light Shows and Dark Matter
The third day of the Tour de Yorkshire 1916, from Middlesbrough to Scarborough, passed through the Esk Valley. Limber Hill at Glaisdale, shown here, proved a tough climb. Finishing first in Scarborough was Frenchman Thomas Voeckler of Team Direct Energie, the overall winner, and Irishman Nicolas Roche of Team Sky a close second in the sprint finish and overall standings.
More than 60 people gathered at Lealholm’s War Memorial on the night of 4 August 2014, to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The Royal British Legion encouraged people all across the country to participate in their Lights Out campaign, which was inspired by the famous remark attributed to Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of war: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’
Esk Valley Theatre Success
The Esk Valley Theatre celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014 with the production ‘One for the Road’ by award-winning playwright Willy Russell. The Esk Valley Theatre brings professional theatre to the rural community and draws theatre-goers from far and wide. Watch out for other events by the Company throughout the year: they are always a treat. More information at www.eskvalleytheatre.co.uk and in this short film of one of their summer plays:
Threatened Closure of Public Toilets
Scarborough Borough Council plans to close the public toilets in Esk Valley villages including Castleton, Danby, Egton Bridge, Glaisdale, Grosmont, Lealholm; also in Ruswarp, Robin Hood’s Bay and Runswick Bay. At the same time the Council seeks to increase the number of visitors to the area. If you are concerned about the removal of public toilets in the villages, there is a petition you can sign here.
James Cook Station open – Esk Valley Railway
James Cook Station is open for service on the Esk Valley line – giving rail access to the Middlesbrough hospital for anyone living or staying in the Esk Valley. Four trains a day, in each direction, connect the stations along the Esk Valley as far as Whitby. The Esk Valley Railway Development Company advocates a more frequent service. To voice your support, please email EVRDC saying why an improved service is so important to the Esk Valley and Whitby communities.
Lewis Hunton – Project Go-ahead!
The North East Yorkshire Geology Trust secured £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and partners for a two-year project to explore and celebrate the geological and industrial heritage of Loftus, birthplace of Lewis Hunton (1814–1838) who made a critical advance in a sub-discipline of geology that is still relevant today.
Loss of National Park Champion
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