Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sainsbury's New Store Opens

Sainsbury’s opened the doors to a new store in Saltburn today, creating 39 new jobs. The former Somerfield store, which Sainsbury’s has expanded to add services and shop space, was opened by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Ray Goddard.
All 52 members of the Somerfield team were retained at the new 11,000 sq ft store, which has been extended to incorporate more fresh food and an increased range of produce, a deli, bakery and hot food to go. It will also sell CDs, DVDs and games in addition to offering an ATM machine, 118 parking spaces and as of next week, fish and meat counters.
As always, Sainsbury’s will be working hard to become part of the community through its Local Charity programme as well as linking with schools and organisations throughout the year. The store has already started building a relationship with Saltburn Learning Campus, and has donated £500 towards buying hanging baskets and a raffle donation for Saltburn in Bloom.
The store’s manager is Michael Watkiss, who has worked for Sainsbury’s for 28 years and is the former manager of the Northallerton branch. He said: “We’re delighted to be bringing not only more jobs to Saltburn, but also more choice than customers have previously had in this location. It’s fantastic to be a part of Saltburn and we’re looking forward to working closely with the community in things such as the upcoming folk festival. We’re looking forward to getting to know our customers and the town over the coming months.”
The Saltburn store address is: Milton Street, Saltburn by the Sea, Redcar, Cleveland, TS12 1AE
Telephone: 01287 704701
Opening hours are Monday-Friday 08.00-22.00, Saturday 08.00-21.00, and Sunday 10.00-16.00.

Saltburn's 'White Elephant' is now fully occupied and open for business.

The White House building, opposite the pier, is now fully occupied, the final business unit having been opened in May.
Originally built through a £1 million Rural Challenge Scheme run by the Conservative Government in the mid 1990's, the building, which has been ready for use since 2002, has suffered numerous problems and has recently undergone a major repair and maintainance programme.
The final unit, 'Surf's Up', has been taken on by Vic Vernon, whose family has been working at Saltburn Beach for decades. The unit has been opened as an ice cream parlour and cafe.
'Surf's Up' shares the White House building with 'Charlie Don't Surf', a physical training operation and shop selling power kites, beach toys and camping gear, and 'The Sea View' fish restaurant and takeaway.
In addition, surfers have a toilet block and the Redcar and Cleveland Council runs a community room on the top floor. The key can be booked through the council's call centre on 01642 774774.

Laid Back Lunch

FoodFirst, The Allotments Association and the Community Meal Group are working together to host a Town Meal in Saltburn on Sunday, 12th September. The aim is to have a themed walk from town to the Wildlife Garden where the meal will take place. Everyone is welcome to join in and if you, or your group, would like to be involved in the planning please see Sue Featherstone at the allotment containers on a Sunday morning or email Rose on
All Welcome.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Soap Star on Saltburn Stage

A soap star is due to grace the stage in a new theatre show in Saltburn.

Roberta Kerr, of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Brookside and The Archers, is due to star alongside Gerry Hinks in Elsie & Norm’s Macbeth.

The comedy will be performed at Saltburn Community Theatre on Thursday, June 17, at 7.30pm. There’ll also be a chance for a member of the audience to join in.

Tickets are £9 from Saltburn Health Foods, in Station Square. You can also call 07986122300 or email

For further details visit

Saltburn Farmer's Market - World Cup Special

Inspired by England kicking-off their World Cup campaign against the USA on the same day, stallholders at Saltburn's bustling Farmers' Market are bringing out the bunting for a World Cup Special this Saturday along with a clutch of brand new World Cup treats.

Market co-ordinator Lorna Jackson said: "Saltburn Farmers Market has a real community ethos - a day for everyone to get into the spirit of things - and what's better at bringing people together than England having a fantastic World Cup? So we thought we'd get stuck in and give our June Market a real footballing flavour to help set the scene."

Standing alongside the Market's ever-popular mix of organic meat, game, fish, cheese, organic fruit and vegetables, wine, pies, cakes and craft works, Lorna highlighted some of the stallholders' special World Cup wonders.

Lorna said: "Fancy Fudge love Peter Crouch and have created 'Crouch' s Cranberry Fudge,' a tall fancy white chocolate fudge, with a cranberry topping forming the cross of St George.

Real Meals are going straight to the top with a Fabio Capello World Cup Pie. That's a Veal and Ham Pie to you and me - a tradition amongst Italians - and definitely something to munch your way through while watching the match.

Cottage Cakes are making a special 'Rooney's Raspberry Tart,' and Ledston Game have come up with a gorgeous Game & Chilli Sausage - definitely one for the bbq!

And, if we're looking at the cup itself, Saltburn based Dragonfly Bakery have come up with a top bunch of World Cup cupcakes - a bag of your 'favourite four' cup cakes tied in World Cup ribbons.

Basically, we reckon the more you eat, the better chance England have of winning. Call it a good luck charm, but that'll be our motto for the day and we're sticking with it," said Lorna.

"As ever, we'll have a great family atmosphere, and we're looking forward to another fantastic day. So hop on the train to Saltburn and join the fun."

Saltburn Farmers' Market 'World Cup Special' takes place in Saltburn Portico, near Saltburn Railway Station, between 9am-3pm on Saturday June 12.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Saltburn Mortuary and Smugglers Centre

The council have suggested having a glass door on the mortuary with a light inside and appropriate signage until such time as a scheme for the whole area is carried out. A boat has been donated by Paul Stevenson of Castlegate Marine,Stockton.
The Smugglers Centre remains closed. The current lease expires in about 18 months and attempts are being made to set up a Friends Group to hopefully work with the council to attempt to re-open the museum. Forms are available from Mike Gosnay (Spar, Saltburn)for expressions of support.