March 2017 issue...
The Great Daffodil Appeal
The beauty of Spring daffodils in our Dales reminds us of loved ones lost and the hard work of the Marie Curie nurses during difficult times in our lives. The Upper Eskdale and Whitby Marie Curie Fundraising Groups are looking for helpers for their Great Daffodil Appeal and there’s a chance to participate and raise money for the charity in a Swimathon at Whitby and Guisborough pools
Also in this month's magazine:
Iron Fest Launch Hard to imagine but the green surroundings of Grosmont, Glaisdale and Rosedale were once home to factories and smoke stacks. ‘IronFest’ launches at the Moors Centre in Danby on 18 March, a major project to protect relics of the area’s nineteenth-century iron-ore mining.
Hidden Valleys Community Project Another new project promises to engage local communities in archaeological and historical research based on the valleys of Kildale, Lonsdale and Westerdale.
Beggar's Bridge Players The Glaisdale panto was a roaring success. Review and photos in this issue.
Barn Owls and Tawny Owls Graham Featherstone finds plenty of owls hunting around moorland villages, and a hibernating moth in his shed.
Mining Geology Tamsyn Naylor reports on Dr Steve Livera's talk on the Jurassic rocks and exploitive industries of the area.
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Beggar's Bridge Players Celebrate 40 Years
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.
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