Saturday, 28 March 2015

Local Gallery Hosts Exhibition Featuring Images of “Lost Bicycles”

Lost Bikes Exhibition

To tie in with the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire Aakschipper Images will be holding an exhibition featuring images of “Lost Bicycles”

The bicycle is once again a main feature in our 21st century society, both as a means of cheap and accessible transport and as a personal sporting choice. However many bicycles are not cherished, many lie around our local landscapes abandoned, neglected and forgotten.

This exhibition features images of these lost bicycles, some in a distressed state, some abandoned and some still, very, very active.

Approved by Welcome To Yorkshire as a part of their Tour De Yorkshire Festival, the exhibition can be found on their web site at

The exhibition is in the Aakschipper Images Gallery on Scarborough’s West Pier from 30th March to 3rd May. There is no admission charge.

Aakschipper Images Gallery was opened five years ago by Leeds born Graham Rhodes to exhibit a selection of his unique photographic art. The gallery is in an unusual location, above the public conveniences, halfway along Scarborough’s West Pier in a grade-two listed building that once housed a company buying and selling fish. In the last four years, despite the recession, Graham has sold over one thousand of his framed photographic art images.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Two More Locals Prosecuted For Dog Fouling Offenses

Dog Fouling

Following investigations by the Dog Warden Service at Scarborough Borough Council, two cases for dog fouling offences were dealt with at Scarborough Magistrates Court earlier this month. Both offenders failed to appear at court and the cases were proven in their absence.

A male resident of Castle Road, Scarborough, was found guilty of two separate offences of being in charge of a dog and failing to pick up dog faeces in Royal Albert Park on 24 November 2014 and on Mulgrave Terrace on 29 January this year. He was fined a total of £300 and ordered to pay costs of £240 with a victim surcharge of £20.

A female resident of Albert Street, Scarborough, was found guilty of an offence of being in charge of a dog and failing to pick up dog faeces in Clarence Gardens on 27 November 2014. She was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £120 with a victim surcharge of £20.

These latest successes come soon after another proven dog fouling case for the council in February when Steve Austin of Ramsey Street, Scarborough was found guilty of being in charge of a dog and failing to pick up dog faeces.

Russell Camm, Scarborough Borough Council Dog Warden said:
"We view dog fouling as one of our main priorities and will continue to not only proactively target problem areas, but also robustly enforce the legislation throughout the whole of the borough. It is clear that the majority of dog owners behave responsibly with their dogs,although there is an irresponsible minority that do not. We encourage people to report any incidents of dog fouling to us so that we can look to pursue the culprits and where possible, deal with them with the full power of the law." 
"We would like to remind dog owners that under the Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2012 for the Borough of Scarborough, it is an offence to allow a dog to foul in any area open to the public, without the person who is in charge of the dog clearing up the mess immediately."
Incidents of dog fouling can be reported by visiting and using the ‘do it online’ facility, by email to or by calling 01723 232323.

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Award-Winning Edinburgh Fringe Show 300-1 Returns to Stephen Joseph Theatre


Fresh from a US and Canadian tour, Matt Panesh is back on the UK circuit and will perform his award-winning Edinburgh Fringe show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in April.

Following performances of Love Hurts Actually and Murder Mystery, Matt Panesh, also known as the comedy rhymester Monkey Poet, returns to the SJT in 300 to 1.

The show won the Three Weeks' Editor's Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and with 3000 eligible shows and 10 awards, poetically, the odds against it were 300-1.

300 to 1 was developed at the SJT last summer by Matt Panesh and director Gareth Armstrong through the theatre's Artist Residency scheme which supports the creation of new writing, it now comes back to be performed on the McCarthy stage. After the interval there will also be a bonus stand-up poetry show as the hard-hitting and cheek-achingly funny Monkey Poet delivers an electrifying set.

Matt Panesh said:
"The experience of being in a working theatre to develop my own show had a profound effect. The resulting show won me my first award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it's the show I'm proudest of. There's no doubt working at the Stephen Joseph was crucial in that."
300 to 1 can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Tuesday 14 April at 7.45pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to £15, are available online at and from the Box Office on 01723 370541. Under 30s’ tickets at £6 are available in person from the Box Office on proof of ID. Suitable for ages 16+.
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Scarborough Council Pilots New Software to Combat Fraud Across Borough

New software purchased by Scarborough Borough Council is being used to develop a data hub to combat fraud across the borough.

Following a successful funding bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the council was awarded £169,500 to fund the ‘Fraud Hub’ for a two year pilot.

The hub aims to reduce a number of different types of fraud, including council tax, NNDR (business rates), tenancy, right to buy, employment and procurement.

To support a culture of shared data analysis, the council, together with Yorkshire Coast Homes, other housing partners, North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group and the Safer Communities team, will each upload the data they hold to the Fraud Hub. This information can then be cross checked to give an improved picture of areas and individuals.

Tackling tenancy fraud is a key target for the council and housing providers and it is hoped that the hub will increase the ability to recover social housing stock more quickly from those who have claimed it dishonestly so it can be re-let to people in real need.

Alison Johnson, Scarborough Borough Council Audit Manager said:
"We want the hub to provide a visible, innovative and joined-up response to reassure the public that fraudulent activity is being addressed and that organisations are working more efficiently to eliminate duplication, but more importantly fill in the gaps in information that can sometimes hinder their operational effectiveness."
As well as making it easier for organisations to detect fraud, the hub will also help to combat other types of crime and address financial vulnerability.

Rachel Hartley, Scarborough Borough Council Counter Fraud Team Leader said:
"We already have close links with North Yorkshire Police with a successful record of working together to address crime, threat and potential harm. The police have recently commissioned a very positive report on the effectiveness of shared intelligence. There are close connections between tenancy fraud and other forms of crime, anti-social behaviour and vulnerability and the hub will allow us to build on the joint working we already do, to address the fears and concerns in these areas."
The software behind the Fraud Hub has been developed by local authority fraud professionals, so the council is confident in its capabilities and what results it will be able to deliver.

The council’s ambition beyond the two year pilot is for the Fraud Hub to expand to include other public and private sector organisations. As well as helping to fund the hub in the future, it will give those organisations involved a real opportunity to tackle, head on, fraudulent activity and help to improve the community as a whole.

The council encourages anyone who suspects cases of council tax, business rates, tenancy or right to buy fraud to report it to the Fraud Hotline on 0800 056 8154.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Opportunity to be a Tour de Yorkshire Volunteer

Tour Makers

Scarborough Borough Council is looking to give residents the opportunity to be involved in the Tour de Yorkshire by becoming official volunteers in their area.

Race organiser, Welcome to Yorkshire, has already called on the services of Tour Makers who helped make last year’s Tour de France such a resounding success.

The council also wants to make sure people have the opportunity to be part of Stage One of this year’s eagerly anticipated event on Friday 1 May.

It’s thought many people from this part of the region had put their names forward to become Tour Makers last year, but decided not to pursue the opportunity further when the route of the Tour de France was announced and towns like Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington were not able to be accommodated.

Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director and Scarborough Borough Council Tourism Manager, Janet Deacon, said:

"We really want to give local people in every town and village on the route of the Tour de Yorkshire this special opportunity to become a Tour de Yorkshire volunteer."

"The army of Tour Makers chosen for last year’s Tour de France were a massive part of the success story and their role in giving hundreds of thousands of spectators a warm Yorkshire welcome cannot be understated."

"There are people from our part of the world who missed out last year who I know are keen to be a part of the race so this is a great chance for local residents to get involved in a world-class cycle race, right on their own doorsteps.”

Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire starts in Bridlington and moves on to Hunmanby, Cayton, Eastfield, Seamer and East Ayton. Some of the world’s top cyclists will then carve a route through Dalby Forest before they sweep through Thornton le Dale, Pickering and Riders then head to the picturesque Esk Valley, negotiating a route through Castleton,

Danby, Glaisdale, Egton, Grosmont and Sleights before Whitby comes into view. It’s then on to Robin Hood’s Bay, Cloughton and Burniston before a spectacular end to the first day’s racing in Scarborough.

The full route can be viewed on the official website Tour de Yorkshire volunteers will take on roles including flag marshalling, route marshalling and supervising. For full details, including information about how to apply, go to the Tour de Yorkshire website

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Comedy Legend Jasper Carrott to Bring New Tour to Scarborough Spa

Jasper Carrott

Comedy Legend Jasper Carrott is to visit Scarborough Spa as part of his first stand-up tour in 16 years.

The Brummie comic is hitting the road later this year with his 'Stand Up And Rock' tour and will perform at The Spa's Grand Hall on Wednesday 18 November.

Stand Up And Rock, his first tour since the late nineties, does what it says on the tin: Jasper is back to his very best, mic in hand regaling the audience with his inimitable stand-up routines before introducing his musical compatriots that have been rockin' audiences all over the world.

As well as giving the crowd a giggle, Jasper will team up with long time mate Bev Bevan, who is known around the world as the drummer with ELO, Joy Strachan Brain from folk band Quill and The Move's Geoff Turton and Trevor Burton.

Jasper commented:

"The idea came to me a few years ago. A show with a few of my talented mates that mixes my stand up and fantastic music."

"We put it out locally in Birmingham last year and everyone from the audience to the performers on stage had a brilliant time, so much so that we wanted to do it again and do a few more gigs. We are looking forward to hitting the road and visiting the wonderful Yorkshire Coast."

Throughout his career he has been a mainstay or, as he became known, the Godfather of British Comedy.  His numerous television shows and series kept him at the forefront of British television viewing and his concert tours have taken him across the globe.

Awards and accolades have followed Jasper throughout his career including BBC TV Personality of the Year and the British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.  In recognition of his outstanding work for charity, Jasper was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Year's Honours List in 2003.

Jasper is the fourth comedian set to play The Spa's Grand Hall this November with Jimmy Carr (7 November), Bill Bailey (11 & 12 November) and Noel Fielding (21 November) all booked to visit the seaside venue.

Stewart Lee (15 May), Alan Carr (10 July) & Roy Chubby Brown (1 August) will also be appearing during the summer months as will Omid Djailli who will be reading his memoirs as part of the Books By The Beach festival on Friday 17 April.

Jo Ager, The Spa’s General Manager added:

"Jasper is another great name to add to an already impressive bill of comedians this year and performing alongside such talented musicians means both comedy and music fans are set for a great show."

Tickets for Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock - with Bev Bevan Band & Guests go on sale on Friday 27 March at 9am priced at £25 each from The Spa Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Award Winning Magician Joins 'Variety Extravaganza' at Scarborough Spa

The Best of British The Variety Extravaganza

Visitors to Scarborough Spa will be treated to an evening of traditional variety with a modern twist on 4th April, as ‘The Best of British – The Variety Extravaganza’ rolls into town.

As well as a long list of acts already confirmed stars magician Richard Griffin has now been added to the line up.

Known as 'The Unspeakable Musician' his act contains no dialogue what so ever, allowing the magic to 'speak for itself!'

Richard is known for his technical knowledge and he isn't shy of showcasing this in the upcoming performance. With spectacular illusions and theatrical effects it promises to have both adults and children on the edge of their seats.

It was on a holiday trip with his parents when Richard first became fascinated with magic and by the age of 14 he was already entertaining local children in his hometown of Enfield, London.

From 1989 he crafted his skills whilst performing in several well-known local stores including Harrods, Hamleys and Marvin's Magic. By the age of 17 he had won 'The Magic Circle's prestigious Young Magician of the Year', shortly followed by 'The International Brotherhood of Magicians Silver Shield'.

Richard has starred in various TV shows and supported a host of British headliners including Brian Conley, Mike Reid, David Essex and even Mr Blobby!

Richard joins the much loved Britain’s Got Talent star and pantomime favourite Kevin Cruise along with a host of well-known favourites including West End Singers Sion Lloyd and Catherine Milson and lead singer from The John Miller Orchestra Fiona Page.

The line-up is supported with 30 performers from Scarborough’s Twilight Productions so it’s sure to be an all singing all dancing variety show.

'The Best of British - The Variety Extravaganza' comes to Scarborough Spa on Saturday 4th April with curtains opening at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £15.50 for adults, £14.50 for concessions, £45 for a family of four and £56 for a family of five.

All tickets are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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