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A Pair of Christmas Fayres

2011 December 10
by Gadding About

Today will be an exciting day for Christmas shopping in Saltburn. Whether you are looking for the perfect Christmas present or some delicious food for your Christmas table this year you’ll be in luck.

Saltburn Farmers Market will return for it’s final market of the year from 08:00 in Saltburn Station Square.

Sitting Room Events will be hosting it’s second Vintage fayre in Saltburn Community Hall from 10:00 to 16:00.


Saltburn Christmas Extravaganza

2011 November 26
by Gadding About

From 09:30 this morning a Charity Community Market will be running in the station square as the start of the 500 Club’s Saltburn Christmas Extravaganza.

For children there will be a punch and judy show, free face painting, clowns, all leading up to the Santa Parade, courtesy of Saltburn Fire Service and the switching on the town Christmas lights at 17:00.

So enjoy!

36 Christmas Trees for Saltburn

2011 November 22
by Gadding About

Saltburn 500 in association with Saltburn Business Association and other businesses in town will today be putting up no less than thirty-five small Christmas trees on their dedicated holders throughout Saltburn. The main Saltburn Christmas Tree will also arrive to be positioned opposite Saltburn Arts and Chocolines on Albion Terrace in preparation for the big lights turn-on planned for this Saturday.

Unveiling of the 4th Commemorative Mosaic

2011 November 16
by Gadding About

The unveiling of the 4th commemorative moasic organised by the Saltburn 150 Committee, will be undertaken this afternoon at 16:00 opposite the Saltburn train station.

Allotment Association raises almost £200 at Saltburn Farmers’ Market

2011 November 13
by Gadding About

Glorious autumn sunshine brought shoppers out in force to Saltburn Farmers’ Market on Saturday, and helped the town’s Allotment Association raise almost £200 after their special winter warming soup sold out before lunchtime.

Allotment holders Denise Bollands & Sue Featherstone.

Allotment holders Denise Bollands & Sue Featherstone at the end of a busy day.

Allotment Association secretary Sue Featherstone said:

“We’ve had a fantastic day, and made a profit of just short of £200 from our regular monthly stall.

“This was largely thanks to sales of our delicious Farmers’ Market soups, both of which sold out before lunchtime.

“And while people were waiting to be served, they also took time to see what else we had to offer on our stall.

“This included chutneys and jams made from allotment holders’ ingredients, fresh vegetables picked on the morning of the Market itself, and some lovely mossy baskets filled with winter flowers.

“The mossy baskets were made by learners from our ‘Grow & Learn’ allotment garden training course, and funds raised from their sale will go towards next year’s course. The rest of our profits will go to benefit our plotholders.

“We currently have 160 allotments, with at least two-thirds of each garden used solely to grow fresh fruit & veg, and I think the Farmers’ Market is a great place to come and buy good quality locally produced seasonal food.”

Saltburn Farmers' Market - 12 Nov 2011

Market organiser Lorna Jackson said:

“It’s been a wonderful day. The sun shone and showed the Market at its best, and the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic all day long.”

Saltburn Farmers’ Market set for Winter Warmer

2011 November 12
by Gadding About
Saltburn Farmers' Market Spicy Soup

Lorna Jackson of Real Meals and Sue Featherson of the Saltburn Allotment Association

Shoppers at Saltburn’s popular monthly Farmers’ Market can help keep the chills at bay and raise funds for the town’s Allotment Association by enjoying a bowl of winter warming soup on Saturday 12 November.

Market organiser Lorna Jackson from Saltburn’s Real Meals Deli and allotment holder Emily Stewart will be making a Spicy Farmers’ Market Soup using fresh ingredients from the Market itself – and all profits raised from the day’s soup sales will be used to help maintain and improve the town’s 160 allotments.

Lorna Jackson said:

“We’re really looking forward to this. We’ll be making the soup using ingredients from the Market, including fresh seasonal veg from the local allotments.

“Saltburn’s allotments are literally just a few hundred yards up the road from the Market, so it really doesn’t get any fresher or more local than that!”

Allotment Association secretary Sue Featherstone said:

“We love the Farmer’s Market, and have a stall every month to raise funds to help maintain and improve the allotments.

“We currently have 160 allotments, with at least two-thirds of each garden used solely to grow fresh fruit & veg, and I think the Farmers’ Market is a great place to come and buy good quality locally produced seasonal food.”

Adding a seasonal foodie tip, Sue said:

“This is also a great time of year to catch parsnips at their best. The first frost brings the sweetest parsnips, with the frost converting the starch into sugar. So the soup is going to be a proper treat.”

Saltburn Farmers’ Market features over 25 stalls including a great mix of locally produced seasonal food, drink and artworks, and will take place outside Sainsbury’s, near Saltburn Railway Station, between 09:00 – 15:– on Saturday 12 November.

Spicy Farmers’ Market Soup

High in fibre, low in fat. Serves 4.


  • Half tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded & finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • half tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 parsnip, cut into chunks
  • 200g butternut squash and/or pumpkin, cut into chunks
  • 200g sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Heat a glug of Olive Oil in a deep, heavy bottomed pan. Fry the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chillies, bay leaf, cloves and turmeric until fragrant and the seeds start to crackle (30 secs).
  • Tip in the onion and garlic, and cook for 5-8 mins until soft. Stir in the parsnip, butternut and sweet potato and mix thoroughly, making sure the vegetables are fully coated with the oil and spices. Sprinkle in the paprika, ground coriander and seasoning, and stir again.
  • Add tomatoes and about 1.5 litres of water. Bring to the boil then turn down and simmer until the vegetables are tender (about 30 mins). When almost cooked, stir in the chopped coriander, ginger and lemon juice. (If you prefer a smoother soup, blend it before adding coriander, etc).

You could substitute any root vegetable for the parsnip – and pumpkin or squash will give great tasting soups.

Fairtrade Event at Emmanuel Church

2011 November 12
by Michael Morrisey

Annette Adams with an Advent Calendar

A Fairtrade Fair “department store” takes place at Emmanuel hall, off Windsor Road, Saltburn, on Saturday 12th November from 10:00 to 16:00 when among items on sale will be Christian Christmas cards.

“These are becoming hard to find in ordinary shops so we are stocking some for our fair. We’ll also be selling Advent calendars, which are popular,”

said organiser Annette Adams, of Saltburn.

The fair will also feature a wide range of gifts. Refreshments will be available, proceeds of which go to the church hall renovation fund.

Bach Marathon

2011 November 12
by Michael Morrisey

Nearly 200 people called in to see Ian Tyas, editor/owner of Saltburn’s monthly magazine Talk of the Town play Bach on a grand piano at the community theatre last Saturday.

More than £2,000 was raised, mostly in donations, to keep the magazine going. Saltburn Rotary Club helped with a raffle. Businesses throughout Saltburn, East Cleveland and Marske gave prizes.

Three members of the theatre audience sat throughout the four-hour performance which included only two five-minute breaks.

A grateful Ian Tyas said that his hands still hurt two days after his “Bach busk.” He said the money raised would pay for printing one issue of the magazine, which is distributed free to 4,500 homes mostly in Saltburn.

Editor busks with Bach

2011 November 4
by Michael Morrisey

Community magazine editor Ian Tyas is to “busk with Bach” to raise money to keep Saltburn’s monthly magazine Talk of the Town going.

The five-hour marathon featuring Bach’s famous “48” selection will be held in Saltburn community theatre on Saturday November 5 from 13:00 to 18:00.

“I’ll be busking – `begging’ if you like (there’s no dignity in being editor of Talk of the Town) – for funds to save the magazine,” he has told the 4,500 readers.

Ian, 56, has owned and run the publication for nine years,

“it’s been a constant struggle to make ends meet.”

Local fans led by community activist Mike Sellars are forming a “friends” group to help the magazine to survive.

Saltburn Christmas Lights Being Prepared

2011 November 2
by Gadding About

Yes. It’s that time of year already and all yesterday afternoon Jackie Taylor was marshalling the volunteers of the Saltburn 500 Club and with the kind hospitality of Saltburn Arts preparing the Christmas Lights to be put up around Saltburn for the festive season.

Whilst volunteers busied themselves around her, Jackie kindly gave me the background about how this came to be an annual event,

Around the turn of the 1990s the council decided that it could no longer afford to put up Christmas Lights across the borough and I was approached by a local councillor who said that they’d be throwing out the lights they had. So I thought that we could use them and I went over to take my pick of what they had.

A few weeks later I received another call saying they were just going to throw out the remainder, so off we went again and rather than them go to waste we took everything they had left.

Since then the 500 Club have worked with businesses, charities and other organisations to ensure that Saltburn looks as festive as possible each year. Working come rain, sleet or snow, their tireless voluntary efforts make Saltburn proud every year.