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Sewerby Hall & Gardens Celebrates Message to the Sea Event

Sewerby Hall and Gardens celebrates the 300th year with ‘Message to the Sea’ family arts events on Sunday, 31 August 2014. 

The event opens at 9.30am with activities starting from 10am.

Sewerby Hall and local group Rusticus Arts are offering an action-packed day of creative fun inspired by the ocean for families to enjoy together. With activities provided by the ever-popular Sewerby Pirate and friends – including the naughty Mermaid Princess and Polly Kettle from Nursery Rhyme land, visitors will have the opportunity to get involved in a whole host of crazy adventures which celebrate the stunning cliff-top location of Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Visitors will also be able to dress up in the underwater area or help Scrapstore Hull to create a giant seashore out of all the rubbish that gets left behind! The day will culminate in a procession and finale at approximately 3pm which includes special feathered guests from the Premier Racing Pigeon Stud, Patrington.

Rebecca Jenkins, of Rusticus Arts said: “We have been creating gentle mayhem in the grounds at Sewerby Hall for the last few years and are delighted to be offering it on a bigger and more boisterous scale in our ‘Message to the Sea’ event.”

The event also offers a ‘Discovery Zone’ in which visitors can find out more about some of the organisations who celebrate and protect our coast, with activities provided by the RSPB, Bridlington Harbour Museum, the Holdnerness Fishing Industry Group, the RNLI, Steve Race Wildlife Photography, and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who will be providing seashore crafts all day and leading a seashore safari down Sewerby steps to the beach at 2pm.

Music is being provided by the East Yorkshire based Cornucopia Festival and local choir ‘Coastal Voices’.
Marie Gascoigne, Facilities Manager at Sewerby Hall said: “We are delighted to be working with Rusticus to provide this unique experience for families and look forward to welcoming new and familiar visitors alike. Visitors will also be able to take advantage of our extensively extended Clock Tower Café and see inside the hall which will be newly opened after our Heritage Lottery funded extensive refurbishment.”
All activities are free with the standard admission charge.

Some events are drop-in all day. Others will be bookable on the day at the Rusticus Tent – there is no advance booking for events – get there early to avoid disappointment. Make sure that you are dressed for the great outdoors.
Standard Admission charges to Sewerby Hall and Gardens: Adult £5.50 Child 3-15 yrs £3.70. Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £17.50. Over 60’s £4.90. Admission includes access to the estate, hall, zoo and gardens and all ‘Message to the Sea’ activities.

For more information call (01262) 673769 or visit

Sky Ride Local in Your Area - Still time to register

This summer is all about cycling, as the Tour De France returned to British Soil in July, but it doesn’t stop there. There is still time to sign up to free Sky Ride Local bike ride this summer.

British Cycling have found the best routes, trained up ride leaders to guide and support you, and picked some cracking places to visit around the East Riding. With three different levels, there is something for everyone – whether you are building your confidence or looking to stretch your legs on a cycling challenge.
Sky Ride Local has already been successful in the East Riding this summer, with places being filled weekly on each ride. There have already been 12 rides that have taken place in the East Riding, all have been popular.

Visit to find a ride near you and to book your free place.

Upcoming rides in the Driffield area include:




Ride Level

3 August, 2pm

‘The Driffield Drift’, Driffield Leisure Centre

Steady (8 miles)

7 September, 10am

‘Driffield Bimble’, 5 Riverhead, Driffield

Steady (18 miles)

Beverley Community Museum Officially Opened

The refurbished Beverley Community Museum in the Guildhall has been officially opened by the chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Pat O’Neil.

The refurbishment was funded by a £20,000 grant from Arts Council England, as part of the Joining up the Humber Museums Project, and the money has allowed the installation of new LED lighting in the museum, along with a much ‘lighter and brighter’ feel, together with new bespoke furniture and an opportunity to display new exhibitions.

The museum has reopened with a display called ‘Tales of the Town’, which gives Beverley residents a chance to find out much more about the history and development of their town. It includes an exhibition called ‘Keeping the home fires burning’ – how the First World War affected Beverley.

The other newly furnished room in the Community Museum features a new permanent exhibition called ‘Shaping Beverley : how 1300 years of history have shaped the town’. There are plenty of photographs of the town past and present and stories of how the town has changed over the years as its previous industrial heritage gave way to a more residential and tourism-based focus. The exhibition also includes many objects from the Guildhall’s social history collection, and a fascinating chance to overlay maps to see graphically how the town has developed.

Guildhall curator Fiona Jenkinson said : “ We want local people to help develop this exhibition by bringing in their own photographs of the town and their own memories to add to the collection. The more we can get, the more and more fascinating this new exhibition will become.”

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said : “I am delighted with this refurbishment of the Community Museum, and the efforts of Fiona and her team to produce a truly fascinating exhibition which adds a great deal to the visitor experience at Beverley Guildhall.”

The Community Museum is part of Beverley Guildhall, and is open – free of charge – on Fridays all year round from 10am – 4pm, and on Wednesdays until late October from 10am – 4pm. There will be an additional opening on Saturday 16 August from 10am – 4 pm to give visitors an extra chance to see the new exhibitions. A visit includes the chance to see the museum, the old Court Room (as featured on ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ on BBC1 last Christmas), and the Georgian period rooms upstairs.

6.3 million Scheme at Kings Mill School in Driffield

A 6.3million scheme to re-build Kings Mill School at Driffield has got underway.

The major re-development project will be carried out in two phases, enabling the special school to remain open throughout.

Some pupils will be transferred temporarily into accommodation at other nearby schools while the work is underway.

Temporary accommodation has been created at the former Gembling Primary School, and additional classroom space is already available at Driffield School for older pupils.

The first phase of construction work on the Kings Mill site will see the creation of a two-storey building which houses classrooms, dining facilities, hall and a hydrotherapy pool.

This phase, which is on an adjacent former factory site, also includes the remodelling of the former infants’ building to create circulation and administration areas.

The work will be carried out by Interserve Construction Ltd, under the council’s YORbuild Framework agreement. It is due to be completed next summer.

The second phase will see the demolition of the existing classroom building and its replacement with a new single-storey classroom block. This work is due to be completed in summer 2016.

The school’s residential block will remain unaltered and in use throughout the redevelopment.
The pupils at Kings Mill have severe or profound learning difficulties.

A recent link-up with Driffield School enabled Kings Mill to offer places for post-16 pupils for the first time. The project will provide all the facilities that a special school needs for pupils up to 19 years of age, and in time a small number aged up to 25 years, in line with government standards for new schools.

The buildings are designed to include energy efficient floors, walls and roofs, along with energy efficient electrical and mechanical installations. In addition, the principal energy source for heating will be a ground source heat pump that uses the heat energy from underground strata.

The work is being funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s capital maintenance budget and Basic Need funding from the Government.

It is one of a number of major building projects getting underway at East Riding schools.
A £1.9million repairs and maintenance package has just got underway at South Holderness Technology College. This involves re-roofing and the replacement of windows, cladding and external doors on the Lower School building.

The work is being carried out by Hall Construction Group Ltd with funding from the council’s revenue savings carried forward from 2012-13. Similar works have recently been completed at Beverley Longcroft School and Hornsea School.

Major building work is also currently underway at Goole High School, where a new three-storey teaching block will be completed in June 2015. After this, the original listed building will be refurbished.

The total cost of the scheme is £10.1million, which has been procured by the Education Funding Agency, part of the Department for Education, as part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

Major schemes are also due to start in the next few months at three other secondary schools in the PSBP – Hessle High, Withernsea High and Wolfreton Schools.

Mrs Gail Lawton, headteacher of Kings Mill School, said: “We are all extremely excited now that the new build has started. At the end of the project we will have a state-of-the-art building which will greatly improve our current facilities. These will include a new hydrotherapy pool with built-in moving and handling equipment, a rebound therapy room, larger, lighter teaching areas and a separate dining area and hall/indoor sports area.

“Kings Mill has continued to be a popular over-subscribed school in spite of very outdated facilities, so we look forward to being able to enhance our provision.

“We know that the next two years will be a challenge for us all as we manage the school on three different sites but we recognise that it will be worth the pain for the gain of a new purpose-built school which will be a flagship for the East Riding.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “It is excellent that this council can contribute significant funding to enable extensive works to be carried out at Kings Mill and South Holderness Schools at a time of greatly reducing budgets – this is down to prudent financial management by members and officers.

“We are also contributing £3million in additional funds to enable enhancements to the Government-funded schemes at Withernsea and Wolfreton Schools. Children and young people from across the East Riding will see some fantastic improvements in their learning environments as a result of this investment, and I am particularly pleased that our more vulnerable pupils at Kings Mill will benefit the most.”


Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Presentation

Over 100 young people from all over the East Riding received their bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at a presentation ceremony.

The awards were presented by the vice chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Peter Turner; Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education; and Sue Emmerson, Duke of Edinburgh’s award operations manager for the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The award was launched over 50 years ago by the Duke of Edinburgh, in order to provide young people with positive activities which contribute to their communities.

Young people can be involved from ages 14 to 24 years old, who want to do something different, adventurous and have fun.

Participants undertake a volunteering activity, a hobby or skill, a physical activity and participate in an expedition.

There are different time-scales for each level but mostly it involves a minimum of one hour a week for each section. At gold level, young people take part in a residential activity, often helping others or learning a new skill.

The award has been shown to make young people stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for colleges, universities and employment opportunities.

For further information about the award, contact Lynn Harris at

Booklet Launched For Parents Warning of Dangers of Legal Highs

A new information booklet aimed at giving parents and carers more understanding about “legal highs” has been launched.

The booklet, which has been produced by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public health team, is designed to inform parents and carers about the dangers of novel psychoactive substances (NPS).
NPS is the name given to substances made from assorted herbal extracts and synthetic chemicals designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs and since 2009 around 200 new drugs have been identified, with MCat probably being one of the most well-known.

The booklet advises parents and carers about the effects and risks of different substances as well as how to deal with drugs as a parent.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Calling this group of drugs “legal highs” can confuse people. In fact, some of the more common or dangerous ones have been made illegal.

“Some people think “legal” means safe but that isn’t the case. These drugs have not been tested and there is no way of knowing what is in each different drug, if any of the ingredients are safe for people to use, what effects they may have on your body or if they are legal in the UK.

“Although it is not against the law to sell NPS they cannot be sold for human consumption although sellers get round this by labelling them with terms such as research chemicals, plant food, bath salts or herbal incense, leading to confusion for young people and their families.

“This booklet is aimed at arming parents and carers with the information they need to make sure their children are safe as well as giving vital numbers for where to get help and advice.”

The booklets have been distributed via youth and family support teams but anyone who would like a copy should contact Laurie Fergusson from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public health team, on (01482) 391418 or email

Business Support Events at Pocklington and Goole

Businesses across the East Riding are benefitting from investment by the council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with a grant of £4.4m, to collaboratively help small and medium sized enterprises take advantage of digital technologies enabled by faster broadband. 

The Broadband East Riding project has developed a FREE business support programme, which helps eligible businesses to learn about and exploit advanced technology and discover the opportunities that high-speed broadband can offer.

The programme includes the expertise and guidance of a dedicated business adviser providing one-to-one advice, combined with an external Search Engine Optimisation Audit, which includes an action plan to take forward. Various workshops and training courses are also been provided that cover a range of topics devised to get the most out of being connected and to assist with business growth.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “Having access to the internet is an important aspect of modern life with many of us using it on a daily basis to keep in contact with family and friends or commercially, with many businesses requiring a secure, reliable and faster connection in order to compete and trade.

“The Broadband East Riding business support scheme will help eligible businesses get the most out of modern technology and embrace the opportunities presented by high-speed broadband.”
The Broadband Business Support Programme currently still has spaces available on the following FREE workshops for business:

• Twitter for Business on Monday, 11 August 2014 at 12.30pm – 4.30pm
• Linkedin for Business on Wednesday, 13 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Cloud Computing on Tuesday, 19 August at 12.30pm – 4.30pm

• Social Media Basics for Business on Tuesday, 12 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Facebook for Business on Thursday, 14 August at 12.30pm – 4.30pm
• Twitter for Business on Wednesday, 20 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Linkedin for Business on Tuesday, 26 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Cloud Computing on Thursday, 28 August at 12.30pm – 4.30pm
• Search Engine Optimisation on Tuesday, 2 September at 9.30am – 1.30pm

Places on the workshops are free, but priority will be given to businesses that are eligible and that have registered with the programme.

For more information on the business support that is available and to register an interest, visit 


Students secure work through Beverley bypass course

Students who are learning their trade as part of the construction of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s £22million Beverley Integrated Transport Plan have secured job offers before they have even finished their studies.

Learners are developing new skills quickly as they undertake practical lessons on-site, with classroom elements being delivered in the Balfour Beatty site office and other elements at East Riding College’s Beverley campus.

They are working towards the Level Two Diploma in General Construction Operations and improving their essential skills in maths and English. They will also gain the Construction Skills Card Scheme, the industry standard for on-site workers.

Tutor Dave Symonds said: “I’m really, really pleased with how they have developed. It’s so valuable for them to be learning their skills on a real construction site and also to see how a major project takes shape over time.

“They have been really committed to the course and some of the learners have already had job offers or begun working part-time while they complete their studies.”

Student Chris Long, 28, from Driffield, said the course had given him a new lease of life after suffering with depression, which resulted in him leaving his previous job, over the past year.

He said: “It’s given me a purpose in my life and I’m enjoying it. I definitely see myself going into the construction industry but I’m going to keep my options open and decide later whether I go onto the level three course or into work.

“I had basic labouring experience and this course has taught me a lot more in depth and in different subject fields.”

Neil Beck, Operations Director, Balfour Beatty said; “We are delighted to have been able to offer this on-site experience to students from East Riding College. On all Balfour Beatty sites we look to engage with local colleges and schools to open up our sites and provide valuable learning experience to those interested in a career in construction. During the bid stage for the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan we created a detailed Employment and Skills Plan with East Riding College to ensure we maximised the opportunities for learners throughout the project.”

The learners were given access to the course through a partnership between the College and Jobcentre Plus and a link-up with main contractor, Balfour Beatty who have given the College exclusive access to the construction site.

Opportunities with local colleges and training providers, such as placements and site visits, are a standard Employment and Skills Plan requirement for any tender under East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s framework.

The continued partnership work between East Riding College and Jobcentre Plus aims to provide the necessary training required by local people to meet the needs of the labour market.

Susie Walmsley, provision manager from Jobcentre Plus, said, “Civil engineering and general construction operatives are two of the projected growth areas within the construction industry over the next five years and we are thrilled that our customers are able to access this excellent opportunity to gain not only a Level Two Diploma in General Construction Operations through the College but also receive support from the main contractor, Balfour Beatty.

“Feedback from our customers has been really positive and hopefully this will be just the help they needed to start them off on a long career within the industry.”

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I welcome this excellent initiative between East Riding College and Balfour Beatty to allow local young people to develop their skills and gain practical experience of the construction industry. It is very pleasing that this scheme, which will provide a much improved transport infrastructure for Beverley, is also providing these unrivalled training opportunities.”

For more information about East Riding College courses, go to or call 0845 120 0037.

Sewerby Hall Countdown to Reopening on 9th August

The final stages of the £2.6 million project to restore Sewerby Hall are now underway. East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s contractor for the project, William Birch & Sons, has now completed the restoration works to take the hall back to how it would have looked during the country house’s heyday of 1910. 

Over the next few weeks, the focus of the restoration will turn to the installation of furniture, paintings and historical artefacts to recreate the look and feel of this beautiful country house. The museum curator at the hall has brought together furniture and artefacts from the Victoria and Albert Museum, in combination with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s collections, to recreate the style of the house as it was.

Max Donnelly, Curator of 19th-Century Furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, said: ‘We are delighted to be loaning 40 objects from the V&A’s collection to help recreate the look of Sewerby Hall in 1910. The V&A has been working on the project for five years, and I am looking forward to seeing so many important objects from the Museum’s collection in place. We hope that the furniture will help bring alive the history of Sewerby Hall for visitors to this fine building.’

This year is very special for Sewerby Hall and Gardens and will see the house celebrate its 300th birthday. In its three centuries, the house has evolved from a small Georgian villa into a resplendent country house with unrivalled sea views.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, congratulated William Birch & Sons on the work. He believes that the investment made by the council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just under £1 million, will strengthen Sewerby’s reputation as ‘the jewel in the East Riding’s crown’.

He said: “The contractor has a track record of historical restoration work and has done a first-class job on the restoration of the hall.

“Thanks to prudent financial management, the council is able to invest in its assets and the money being spent on Sewerby Hall reflects its importance as a tourist attraction and heritage asset. We are looking forward to opening the hall's doors on Saturday, 9 August and it will certainly be a must-visit for all families during the school summer holidays.”

Paul Goyea, managing director of William Birch & Sons, said: “We have been working with the project team for over 18 months now at Sewerby Hall and have gained a real appreciation of the importance of the Estate to the region.

William Birch & Sons has been restoring and refurbishing buildings since 1874 and in the year Sewerby Hall celebrates its 300th birthday we celebrate our 140th year of being in business.

Whilst we have some catching up to do to reach 300 years, it is fair to say that we are both very proud of the achievements to date at the Estate and we look forward to unveiling this next phase of the project later this year to mark the occasion.”

For further information about Sewerby Hall and Gardens, visit



Flamborough Resident Receives Criminal Record for Benefit Fraud

A resident from Flamborough has received a criminal record after fraudulently claiming over £7,000 in benefits.

David Turton, 70, formerly of Tower Street, Flamborough, appeared at Bridlington Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to failing to promptly notify East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to council tax benefit and pension credits.

The case was brought to court following information passed to East Riding of Yorkshire Council under the National Fraud Initiative* that identified that David Turton had failed to declare that he had been working as a taxi driver.

Bridlington Magistrates sentenced Turton to a three year order of conditional discharge. He also has to repay the £7,295.95 he fraudulently claimed between June 2010 and August 2013.

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation and enforcement manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “ The public of the East Riding of Yorkshire are ultimately the victims of this type of fraud. If you are aware of any fraud being committed against the council, be it benefit fraud, tenancy fraud or council tax fraud, please ring us with your concerns and we will look into it.”

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or email 

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