Saturday, 4 July 2015

Council Confirm Arrangements For 2015 Horse Fair

Seamer Horse Fair by Bryan Ledgard

Scarborough Borough Council, in conjunction with North Yorkshire Police, has finalised arrangements for this year's horse fair, which will take place in the Seamer area of Scarborough on Wednesday 15 July.

This year's horse fair site is the same field as last year, located just off the B1261 between Seamer and Crossgates. The site will be open to travellers attending the annual horse fair from 5.00am on Saturday 11 July until 6.00pm on Wednesday 15 July.

Facilities will be provided for the travellers including the provision of an onsite water supply via standpipes and a horse trough in the adjacent dell, as well as portable toilets and a daily refuse collection service. Travellers will be charged a fee for staying on the site.

Stall holders will also be charged a fee of £60 per stall, which will permit them to trade on the day of the horse fair.

The council is once again employing site managers who will be on site 24 hours a day for the entire time the site is open. They will collect site fees from travellers, ensure the site is managed safely, ensure that site rules are adhered to and that disturbance to local residents is kept to a minimum. Like last year, closed circuit television (CCTV) will assist in the monitoring of the site on a round the clock basis.

Local residents should be reassured that North Yorkshire Police will once again be providing support as appropriate to partner agencies to ensure that the event is managed safely.

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards will visit the site to check traders are acting legally and responsibly and the RSPCA will attend to ensure the welfare of horses and other animals.

Residents wanting further information about the horse fair should get in touch with the appropriate agency below:
  • North Yorkshire Police non-emergencies - dial 101 
  • Scarborough Borough Council - dial 01723 232323 (office hours only) and 01723 351558 (out of hours).
  • North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards Business Advice line – dial 01609 534868.
Travellers wanting further information about attending the horse fair should visit:

Main photo: Some rights reserved by Bryan Ledgard

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Lobsters, Whales, Lion Fish & Cloud Collecting – It Must Be Seafest 2015

Lionel and Leona the Lion Fish

A dazzling array of maritime-themed street theatre, arts and music will entertain visitors at this years' Scarborough Seafest taking place from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July.

There'll be Talking Birds' spectacular Whale, a unique wheeled aluminium leviathan mini-theatre hosting a three-minute one-man show; Lionel and Leona the Lion Fish from Artemis Productions; local puppeteers Animated Objects, with Doris and the Deep; and a walkabout Lobster à la Cart from Artizani Streeth Theatre.

Music will include headliners Hope and Social, stars of last year's Yorkshire Festival; a mass ukulele busk led by Some Like it Ossett; samba from Leeds-based Honeydrum World Music, and Salsa by the Sea.

A Firm of Poets will give readings in the main marquee, where there'll also be art drop-in sessions for children and storytelling from the Cloud Collector.

Rockpooling, fossil hunting sessions and other activities will also be on offer from local company Hidden Horizons.

This year's arts and music events are again being co-ordinated by Scarborough's arts and cultural development agency, Create, with funding from Arts Council England.

Other Seafest attractions include a line-up of top chefs from around the region giving cookery demonstrations, a full programme of music headed by DJ Tooley, and the traditional blessing of the boats.

Events will be centred on Scarborough's West Pier and along the seafront.

Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
"Seafest is going from strength to strength. We're now in our 17th year, and each year, more and more people are coming along to find out more about our maritime heritage, and enjoy some fantastic entertainment at the same time."
Councillor Janet Jefferson, Chair of the Seafest steering group, said:
"The Seafest steering group would like to thank the many sponsors, and the support of all the members and volunteers whose hard work makes this annual event sustainable. Seafest celebrates and raises awareness of the sea and all it has provided to our community and tourism generally, with an emphasis on cooking, music and exhibitions."
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Woodend Unplugged with Andrew Duhon

Andrew Duhon
Experience 'Woodend Unplugged' on Friday 17th July featuring New Orleans songwriter Andrew Duhon.

Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. Duhon has released 3 recordings, the latest of which, 'The Moorings', was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 for 'Best Engineered Album'.

Speaking of Andrew, Grammy Award Winning Producer Trina Shoemaker said:
"With his cards to his chest and his heart on his sleeve, Andrew brings us his stories, in a voice as full as any I've heard, breathing life and truth into his songs."
Andrew will be joined by Gracie Falls a blues, country, songwriter artist from York

Tickets cost £8. To book call 01723 384500 or email

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An Evening of Stephen Joseph: Illustrated Talk At Scarborough Art Gallery

Stephen Joseph

The life and work of theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph comes under the spotlight at Scarborough Art Gallery next month.

Author and theatre expert Paul Elsam is giving an illustrated evening talk about Joseph, the man who brought theatre-in-the-round to this country, set up what is now the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and first encouraged a young Alan Ayckbourn to write.

Paul Elsam trained as an actor in Manchester, and has gone on to act, direct and teach, both here and in the USA.

Living and working in Scarborough from 1993, Paul heard Alan Ayckbourn speak often of Stephen Joseph as his mentor; yet hardly anyone else seemed to know who Joseph was.

Paul set out to fill in some gaps in the historical record, and in 2010 he completed a PhD on the work and legacy of Stephen Joseph. This research was later published by Bloomsbury as Stephen Joseph – Theatre Pioneer and Provocateur.

In Paul's view Stephen was a theatre revolutionary – bringing theatre-in-the-round to the UK, and giving space and encouragement to other innovators including Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter and verbatim theatre pioneer Peter Cheeseman. As Alan Ayckbourn explains in the foreword to Paul's book, Joseph was above all a teacher – but a teacher who 'threatened at any moment to blow up the classroom'.

Paul currently lectures at Teesside University, and teaches acting at ALRA North drama school. He is author of the bestselling Methuen handbook Acting Characters.

Tickets for the talk are £5.00, and it will last around an hour. Places are limited, so booking is recommended. To book, or for further information, please call the Art Gallery on 01723 374753.

The talk is part of a programme of events around SJT at 60 (11 July to 13 September), an exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery celebrating the 60th anniversary of Scarborough's world-famous theatre. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, plus Bank Holidays.

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Have Choco-lots of Fun at Amelia's Chocolate Workshops This Summer


Amelia's Chocolate Workshops are back for the summer, giving kids (and adults) the chance to discover the story of chocolate by making a tasty treat of their own to take home - If they last that long!

This time chocolate lovers will be making a chocolate treasure chest - and the treasure to go in it. The 'Under the Sea Treasure Workshops' last about an hour and are suited to anyone over 5 years old. There's also a place where parents can enjoy a coffee whilst the kids are entertained.

Speaking about her latest workshops Amelia said:

"If you like chocolate and you like making stuff then you will love our workshops. It's great fun because it's chocolate, you make it yourself and then you get to eat it too!"

One previous customer said of the workshops:

"I took my nieces and son to one of Amelia's workshops in the school holidays, they all had a fantastic time and cannot wait to do another. It really was value for money and Amelia is amazing with the children. If you are thinking of attending a workshop then do not hesitate as you will not be disappointed."

The Under the Sea Treasure Workshops will be held every Thursday and Friday throughout the summer holidays and cost £10 per person. To book visit or call 01723 447110.

If you're looking for a gift or just want to spoil yourself, visit Amelia's Chocolate on Victoria Road or buy online at

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Vulcan Photobomber: Unexpected Guest Gatecrashes Scarborough Wedding

Vulcan Bomber Wedding - Photos © 2015 Mark Tierney

Newlyweds Jonny and Emily Smith had an unexpected guest at their wedding last weekend as the world's only airworthy Vulcan bomber performed a flypast over Scarborough Spa's open air Suncourt on Saturday.

The iconic, delta winged nuclear bomber aircraft was making an appearance as part of Scarborough Armed Forces Day, but was inadvertently caught on camera by wedding photographer Mark Tierney.

Vulcan Bomber Wedding - Photos © 2015 Mark Tierney

Mrs Smith, a doctor, said:
"I'm pleased to say the plane flew over as my bridesmaids walked down the aisle. It disappeared and then came back as I stepped on to the altar, so I did get some of the attention."
"Everybody was laughing at what we were seeing. It flew right through Scarborough Bay, it was pretty spectacular."
Town planner Mr Smith, 30, said:
"The registrar told us in the morning that the Vulcan would be flying over. We feel very, very lucky to have had that at our wedding. They said they felt lucky to have had the display at their wedding, adding it made the day even more special" 
"Luckily it was all at the beginning of the ceremony so it didn't affect anything. It was very loud." 
'It flew overhead, it was pretty impressive. Not everyone can say they've had a flypast at their wedding." 
"It became a special feature of our wedding, everybody was talking about it all day and I'm sure it will be something that nobody will forget."

Jonny & Emily Smith's Wedding, Scarborough - Photos © 2015 Mark Tierney

Photo credit: Tierney Photography 

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Plans For £1bn Potash Mine in North York Moors APPROVED

York Potash Project Diagram

Plans for a £1bn potash mine in the North York Moors have been approved.

This latest news comes despite environment and amenity organisations urging North York Moors National Park Authority to reject the application due to concerns about the potential damage to the countryside and tourism industry.

The development of the proposed potash mine for Sirius Minerals Plc, known as the York Potash Project, represents the biggest inward investment for many decades in the area and would create an unprecedented economic opportunity for the Borough of Scarborough and Ryedale.

The mine, which will be under land near Whitby the size of 18 thousand football pitches, will create 1000 jobs and is predicted to transform North Yorkshire's economy.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
"I am absolutely delighted that the North York Moors National Park has taken the bold decision today to approve the planning application for the potash mine. This is a momentous decision by the authority, which will have a hugely beneficial effect for decades to come on our borough, the wider region and the UK economy in terms of job creation, investment, income generation and a wealth of business opportunities." 
"We now look forward to working with York Potash and other partners to maximise the benefits for our area as the project progresses to the pre-construction and build phases."
In a statement on their website York Potash say:
"We intend to build the first potash mine in the UK for over 40 years – a plan for North Yorkshire that has both local and national significance. A state-of-the-art new mine to extract polyhalite, a unique multi-nutrient form of potash, will not only safeguard UK supplies, but will also boost the local, regional and UK national economies. It will create jobs, help improve skills in the region and contribute to people’s prosperity for generations to come." 
"We have already made significant progress towards delivering this vision. Our exploration programme has confirmed that the Project area has the world’s thickest and highest grade of polyhalite and we’re now undertaking a planning process for one of the world’s most innovatively designed low impact mining operations." 
"Ensuring that the people of North Yorkshire directly benefit from this project is very important to us. Work with schools, colleges and universities has already commenced to ensure that young people can understand the types of jobs that will be available and the skills and qualifications required to fulfil these roles. In addition we have demonstrated our long-term support for local projects with the launch of the York Potash Foundation." 
"We hope we can count on your support in delivering this important project."

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#IAMWOMAN Craft Day Hailed a Success

#iamwoman Get Crafty - photo courtesy of Dan Abell

Women from Scarborough were able to 'get crafty' as part of a year-long project, giving women a voice through art, culture and creativity.

Following the launch of #IAMWOMAN on International Women’s Day, the first community event was held on Monday 22 June at The Summit in St Nicholas Street.

The event began with a Crafty Lunch. While staff at The Summit and The Trefoil Guild served food and drinks, a range of craft activities were available with skilled volunteers on hand to assist anyone who needed a helping hand. Wet felting proved particularly popular and there were some beautiful felt pictures by the end of lunch.

The craft activities remained available throughout the day but the focus for the rest of the event was on textiles and dress-making as those attending worked towards the evening's 'Rags to Richness' fashion parade.

Since the launch event of #IAMWOMAN in March, bags of rags have been available for collections from Miss Elainey's, a charity boutique that supports women's services in the Scarborough area, with the challenge of turning the rags into a garment, which tells a story.

Each bag came with a woman's story and the recipients had the option of telling the given story or one of their own. Throughout the day, a number of individuals and groups delivered garments which they had previously completed, including a couple created by women who attended a workshop run by Carol Eaves at Material Moves.

Most of the garments were created over the course of the afternoon as clusters of people gathered around sewing machines and tables to work on transforming their rags.

One of the organisers of the event, Julie Hay, North Yorkshire County Council's Community Cohesion Worker, said:
"One of the best parts of the event for me was watching so many women, who had never met before, coming together as they ate, drank and stitched. Not only did they share the stories behind their garments, but they told their own amazing stories. It was a privilege to see relationships being formed and strengthened through the power of story."
The climax of the event was the 'Rags to Richness' fashion parade, which saw the textile workshop space in The Summit turned into a professional catwalk scene by the Kingdom Faith team. There were 12 garments in the show with some modelled by their creators and others worn by a handful of willing volunteers. As each model took to the catwalk, the story of the garment was told.

The fashion show was judged by Scarborough Borough Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Hilary Jones, and The Trefoil Guild. The overall winner was The Youth Angels.

The dress was a collaborative piece of work by the whole youth group, telling the story of one of the teenage girls in the group. The white breast area of the dress depicted innocence with a large black sash around the waist symbolising a traumatic life-changing event, leading down to a skirt which displayed an array of textile images all showing other life-events and experiences, which helped to put the ugliness of the trauma into the past, while never being able to erase it. This story of trauma and abuse, giving way to a future empowerment, was a common theme throughout the evening with the majority illustrating experiences of some form of abuse.

One of those attending the event said:
"I only called in for an hour to find out more about using a sewing machine but I was enjoying myself so much that I stayed for the full seven hours."
Another of those that attended added:
"I've made some great new friends today and now have the confidence to go away and do some dress-making on my own."
The event was the brainchild of Jo Purdy from The Cambridge Centre and Sandra Rees, Scarborough Borough Council Community Safety and Safeguarding Manager. The event itself was delivered in partnership with Kingdom Faith, Miss Elainey’s, Hull University (Scarborough Campus), CaVCA, The Trefoil Guild, Barrowcliff Angels, local Guides and a number of independent artists. It was financially supported by North Yorkshire County Council's Stronger Communities.

#IAMWOMAN is a project which aims to bring together women across the region from all backgrounds, providing them with a platform to tell their stories through arts, crafts and cultural events. In the long-term, the vision is to build bridges, grow relationships and encourage greater community cohesion. There will be more events coming soon.

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Soprano Debra Morley Joins The Spa Orchestra For 'A Night in Vienna'

Soprano Debra Morley

The Scarborough Spa Orchestra's biggest audience every year is for their concert of Johann Strauss and other Viennese music on New Year's Day when up to a thousand people pack the Spa Grand Hall.  This music has always been popular, but in recent years the appearance of Andre Rieu has made it even more so with his sell-out concerts and chart-topping recordings.

A similar concert is promised on Thursday 2nd July at 7.45pm, when the music of Strauss and company will be played by the orchestra with the added bonus of a vocalist.

Debra Morley's extensive experience has taken her from Gilbert and Sullivan (including the D'Oyly Carte Company) to the Edinburgh Festival and London's Royal Albert Hall.  Abroad, she has toured throughout Europe and as far away as Japan.

Debra is well known to Spa audiences and will add to the programme of Strauss waltzes with her singing of well-known songs including those of the ever popular Franz Lehar.  The evening will end with a great selection from Lehar's most famous operetta The Merry Widow.

One of Johann Strauss's most familiar waltzes, Voices of Spring, will be given an extra touch when Debra joins the orchestra in a rarely heard vocal version.

Lively overtures, lilting waltzes, exciting polkas and the well-known melodies of the songs make this an evening of great variety and guaranteed light musical entertainment.

Tickets for 'Reel Music' are priced at £11, with children going free with a paying adult. Tickets are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Scarborough's Humble Bee Farm Nominated For A White Rose Award

Humble Bee Farm

An innovative holiday business near Scarborough is a finalist in this year's prestigious White Rose Awards.

Humble Bee Farm has made it to the last six in the Caravan Holiday Park & Holiday Village Award category.

The family-owned business is located just outside Flixton, between Scarborough and Filey and includes a campsite, 16 Wigwams and three holiday cottages at its working farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Run by John and Julia Warters, the site is open all year and it is the first time the family-run business been nominated for the awards ceremony, which takes place later this year.

Mrs Warters said:
"We are delighted to made it to the final six for this category! We always strive for excellent customer service and our campsite and Wigwams are ideal for a family break away from the hustle and bustle." 
"One of our unique selling points is that we are a working farm so guests can see us tending the animals, harvesting the crops and looking after the landscape. And guests can even help themselves to a tasty fresh egg for breakfast from our free range hens - this is popular with all age groups!"
Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, the White Rose Awards celebrate the best of Yorkshire's tourism businesses and organisations. A full list of this year's finalists can be found at

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