February 2017 issue...
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 will take to the stage to celebrate 40 years since their first performance.
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Historic Year Ahead Daphne Jackson reports on challenges ahead for the farming community.
Bracket Fungi and Dippers Graham Featherstone on a walk around Arncliffe Woods hears the heavenly song of Dippers and finds a fantastic array of fungi.
Dark Skies Festival Star gazing and other sky related events will take place all round the National Park this month. In this issue Mark Dawson of Whitby & District Astronomical Society describes the dazzling 'Dog Star', Sirius, which always attracts attention at this time of year.
Lease Rigg Roman Camp Tamsyn Naylor brings to our attention the Roman Camp at Lease Rigg near Grosmont, excavated between 1945 and 1958.
This Exploited Land of Iron Paul Wood reports on a recent meeting to discuss the inclusion of past ironstone activity in Glaisdale in the landscape partnership scheme led by the National Park.
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Pick of the Past...
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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