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Place in Process at the Discovery Centre

There is nothing permanent except change. Now there’s a phrase. Often attributed to Heraclitus but possibly by some other clever old Greek but whoever said it first they had certainly noticed a key feature of the way the world works.

However much we may crave stasis and continuity (and most of us do really, lets be honest) what we get is change. People, relationships, places, nothing is constant.

A fascinating new exhibition, Place In Process, (at the Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes until April 22nd) and subtitled Landscapes of Present and Past Grimsby and Cleethorpes, reshaped and re-imagined) gives two artists, Cleethorpes born Dale Mackie and Nottingham resident Steven Ingman the chance to explore the changing nature of places in time, whether it’s urban dereliction and decay in central Grimsby or seasonal change in the resort areas of Cleethorpes.

Ingman has a long standing interest in the way in which our relationship with, and understanding of, environmental space is changed by the passage of time. His pictures in this exhibition show iconic places in Cleethorpes including the sea wall, the Fitties, the prom and the big wheel but with emphasis on their appearance in the off season.As he puts it –

“I enjoy the process of trying to understand an environment and its human interaction by exploring it through an inverted perspective. In my previous work I have contemplated the juxtaposition of night and day and derelict spaces in cityscapes. In addition, I am fascinated in the relationship between the natural and the man made world. Within these settings I delve into the layers of human history, change and narrative. I am constantly looking for the hidden stories and through the work I produce I aim to reshape the everyday, allowing the viewer to re-imagine, question and find new meaning..”

Dale Mackie on the other hand draws his inspitration from photographs of old Grimsby, showing buildings we have long since lost, often in the process of destruction. The images on display include the changing map of central Grimsby, a collage of departed businesses including many familiar names, and a series of monochrome drawings of local buildings in the process of neglect and/or demolition.

His pictures are infused with sadness at the losses to the town’s architectural history, particularly during the late 60s and early 70s when so much harm was done to the local environment, most notably in the Bullring area.

As he says himself –

“If I had been born in Grimsby I no doubt would have ventured into some of those old historic buildings the town had to offer. Now all I can do is look at the old photos online and agree with all the comments: “Why did we rip the heart out of Grimsby?”

It’s a fascinating exhibition for anyone with an interest in the way that our area has changed over the past few decades, admission is free and the show runs until April 22nd. For more information check out the Arts Meridian website and Facebook pages.

Golf captains raise thousands for local hospital wards

It’s a proud tradition at Cleethorpes Golf club that each year the captain and lady captain choose a charity to raise money for during the year and this year the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the Pink Rose Suite are the beneficiaries of the club’s fundraising activities.

The club’s charity day raised £6,972 which was split equally between the two departments at the Diana, Princess of Wales hospital and Captain Glenn Wishart, lady captain Susan Colvin and chairman Liz Stones presented the cheques.

Susan said: “As a local golf club, we wanted the money to go to a local charity. We all know family and friends who have been treated at the Pink Rose Suite so it’s close to my heart. Just like the neonatal unit is close with Glenn’s. It feels really nice to be able to help.”

Breastcare survivorship clinical nurse specialist Susan Cooper, who works on the Pink Rose Suite, said: “We have so many patients and the amount of patients who will benefit from this type of charitable donation is huge.”

Glenn’s grandchild was cared for by the NICU team and he chose to donate his half of the funds to that department for that reason. Glenn and Susan presented the cheque to NICU ward sister Emma Spicer.

Emma said: “There have been different types of equipment we have been looking at recently including new cots for babies that are height adjustable, breathing machines, breast milk pumps and we are looking to get some new breastfeeding chairs.”

Community champion for The Health Tree Foundation Laura Gooderham, said: “Thank you so much to Susan and Glenn for having the hospital in their thoughts when choosing who to raise money for. The donations really do go a long way to improve the services we offer to patients. We really appreciate such a generous donation and it’s comforting to know clubs and organisations are supporting their local hospital.”

For more information on supporting your hospital, contact Laura on 03033 304514 or email at laura.gooderham@nhs.net.

CLEETHORPES FUNDRAISING TEAM PRESENT MONEY FOR THE RESPIRATORY UNIT

A dedicated fundraiser and her team have raised money for a department close to her heart following an illness that saw her cared for at Grimsby hospital. After receiving care from the respiratory department, Jean Madin and her team of fundraisers presented a cheque to The Health Tree Foundation at Jean’s local pub, The Market Tavern, in Cleethorpes.

Jean said: “I have been a patient of Dr Richard Chan’s in respiratory for many years and have had half my right lung removed. I wanted to do something for the department. There’s quite a team of us who do our bit so hopefully we have raised enough to go towards some new equipment.”
Her latest effort has seen Jean raise £600 for the respiratory department with the help of her team, including two young, new members: Jessica Terry-Taylor, aged 18 and Courtney Terry-Taylor, aged 15.

Jean also recently raised £1,200 for The Health Tree Foundation’s Rear Into Gear Appeal – a campaign that is raising money for keyhole surgery equipment for patients with bowel cancer or bowel related illnesses at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals.

Jean decided she would become a fundraiser after her father passed away in 2004. Shortly after, she moved to Cleethorpes where she has continued fundraising for a number of local causes.
Jayne Smith, a close friend of Jean’s, moved to the area around the same time as and got on board with her fundraising. Jayne said: “The team is like one big happy family. I had a break from fundraising but it feels great to be back with everyone again. I really missed it.”

Jean added: “We want to continue doing things to help people and we are so lucky we are able to do that living in this area. I cannot thank the people and businesses of Grimsby and Cleethorpes enough. We live in such a generous community.”

Community champion for The Health Tree Foundation, Laura Gooderham, said: “Jean’s dedication and determination is to be admired. She has gone through a rough time herself with illnesses and has still continued to raise money to help others – we are very grateful.”

From left: Jessica Terry-Taylor, Joshua Penny, fundraiser Jean Madin, community champion for HTF Laura Gooderham, Jayne Smith and Courtney Terry-Taylor at The Market Tavern in Cleethorpes.

CURTAIN UP’S 42nd STREET BRINGS SOME BROADWAY GLAMOUR TO THE MEMORIAL HALL

Times are tough on Broadway in 1933 and when word spreads that legendary Julian Marsh is casting for a new show the competition for places in the chorus line is predictably intense. One of the hopefuls is Peggy Sawyer, fresh into town from the Pennsylvania sticks, but when she loses here nerve and misses her audition her prospects don’t look good. Meanwhile Dorothy Brock, a former star who has the lead role thanks to an investment by her current beau Abner Dillon, is probably embarking on a last hurrah.

And so the stage is set for 42nd Street. Not quite the one you remember from the Busby Berkeley film because this stage show only dates from 1980 and has been extensively embellished with great songs of the time, but still a great show and one which has picked up plenty of awards for multiple productions over the last forty years and a fine vehicle for the talent and enthusiasm of the Curtain Up Productions team.

In the skilled hands of Director David Wrightam, choreographer Hayley Wrightam and musical director Keith Weston it’s a terrific, high energy show within a show drama that’s well worth an evening of your time. The lead players are all excellent with special praise going to Ruth Blanchard as the ingenue Peggy and Barb Dowell as the ultra-glamorous Dorothy Brock. Gary Howson’s Julian Marsh is a nice mix of martinet and wistful philosopher and Scott Smith (as juvenile lead Billy Lawlor) does a fantastic job leading the big musical numbers. He’s also resposible for the costumes which brilliantly evoke the colour and energy of 1930s New York.

It’s packed with great songs, the title number being the most famous of course, but also including the incomparable Getting To Be A Habit With Me, We’re In The Money, Young And Healthy and Shuffle Off To Buffalo and some dazzling dance routines and if you’re in the mood to brighten up a dark January evening with some good old fashioned razzmatazz then you couldn’t do better than to head down to meet those dancing feet.

42nd Street is at the Memorial Hall until Friday with tickets available from the box office on 01472 323111

Silversmithing Workshops At Coastal Silver

Coastal, situated on the Meridian Point Arts & Crafts Centre Cleethorpes, is a treasure trove of beautiful things, created by Andrea, John and son Jack with support of the coastal crew. The top dog at Coastal is Flossy the 11 year old Parsons Jack Russell terrier who always seems to steal the show.

Together they create wonderful bespoke silver jewellery and driftwood art incorporating locally found sea glass and much more.

They also run a range of workshops where you can get some hands on experience of the jewellery making process, ideal if you fancy trying something different with your friends, family, partner, children or even your bridesmaids or colleagues.

If you fancy trying out one of their one and a half hour taster sessions then why not give them a call. You’ll have a great time and go home with new skills and a beautiful hand crafted piece made by you.

Stacker Ring Workshop £25
Stacker Bangle Workshop £35
Charm Ring Workshop £30
Charm Bangle Workshop £40
Mens Chunky Ring Workshop £40

This includes all materials, you can choose to do any of the above in the session. Daytime workshops by appointment.

Contact us for availability. Evenings times are from 5pm or 7pm start and there’s free parking at the rear of shop

You can find Coastal at Meridian Point Craft Units, Cleethorpes DN35 0AR, contact them by phone on 07578 266621 or find their website at www.coastalsilver.co.uk

Twinkles Fancy Dress Open Their New Halloween Room

If you’re looking for a great costume for Halloween then may we suggest a trip to Twinkles Fancy Dress​ at the foot of Isaac’s Hill where Kath Twinkle Summers​ has a whole room full of fabulous costumes for you to choose from. It’s a great place to shop if you don’t mind the howling of the undead and the blood dripping down the walls. But you get over that. One of this trio is Kath by the way, so you’ll recognise her easily enough when you visit.

You can find Twinkles at www.twinklesfancydress.com or on Facebook

Dr Feelgood To Headline Cleethorpes Blues Festival

Promoters Solid Entertainments have announced the full line up for the 7th annual Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival which will be returning for to Pleasure Island on Sunday 18th June 2017 and it looks like being quite an event!

There are eleven acts performing over two stages, including, for the first time an acoustic stage) and headliners will be Canvey Island’s favourite sons, Dr Feelgood.
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. They have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.

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In addition to the Feelgoods the Main Street Stage will play host to blues guitarist Aynsley Lister, soul singer Kyla Brox and her band, Alabama singer songwriter Debbie Bond, no nonsense rockers Albany Down and Glasgow-based, contemporary blues band the Brian Rawson Band.

With this calibre of artist stepping on stage, festival goers can expect to see top class live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate a creative mix of Blues, Rock and R&B, with a sprinkling of Soul for good measure!

No need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day either, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone’s taste!

For more information and tickets go to www.solidentertainments.com

ALL ABOARD FOR ANYTHING GOES AT THE MEMORIAL HALL

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It’s 1934 and SS American is about to sail from New York to England with a passenger list containing assorted aristocrats, clergymen, Wall Street magnates and showgirls. Cameras flash. The band plays. But not everyone is all that they seem.

Welcome to Anything Goes – the classic Cole Porter musical currently being presented at the Memorial Hall by Curtain Up Productions under the direction of David Wrightam.

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It’s one of Porter’s greatest shows, much revived and revised over the years, but still possessing the cool art deco shine of the era of the great ocean going liners and packed with sly wit, occasional smut, terrific dancing and of course some of the greatest songs ever written. In its present form it features not only the title number but also You’re The Top, It’s Delovely, Friendship and Let’s Misbehave. You’ll go a long time before you hear this many showstoppers in one night.

The first thing you notice about Curtain Up’s production is how great it looks – both set and costumes have that 1930s glamour down to a tee – and the show is staged with considerable ingenuity, allowing transitions from the deck to cabin interiors with the minimum of fuss and maximum style.

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All the cast are in fine voice, the choreography is a sharp as you could wish and the orchestra, under Keith Weston, approach their task enthusiastically but with enough subtlety to allow the vocals and lyrics to shine through.

As Reno Sweeney, notorious torch singer and femme fatale, Hayley Wrightam almost steals the show and the fact that she doesn’t do so is testament to the fine performances by the cast as a whole with special congratulations going to Andrew Bailey as Moonface Martin – Public Enemy Number 13 and Scott Smith as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, whose duet with Reno to Let’s Misbehave is one of the highlights of the night. Sarah Hagerup as Bonnie is another standout – as mollish a moll as any gangster could ever wish.

Altogether this show is a must see for anyone who loves musicals. Highly recommended.

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Anything Goes is at The Memorial Hall from Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm daily and with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Tickets available from Cleethorpes Tourist Information at Cleethorpes Library or by phone on 01472 323111.

A Glorious Festival Of Flowers At St Peter’s Church

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St Peter’s Church in Cleethorpes is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion they’ve organised a series of events including a marvellous Flower Festival which we were fortunate enough to visit this week.

The celebrations will also include an exhibition by the Great Grimsby Family History Group, which runs from June 8th-17th and features exhibits drawn from local registers of births, marriages and deaths. There are two visits from Dr Alan Dowling who will be giving a talk entitled How Cleethorpes Became A Seaside Resort on June 8th and reading from The Young Visiters By Daisy Ashford on June 15th. Both events are at 2pm.

June also marks the return of the popular St Peter’s concerts which begin on June 10th with young musicians from Thrunscoe Academy playing the cello, singing and Samba drumming and continue through to late August, every Friday from midday until 1pm with a mixture of jazz and classical and even some ukulele music.

Visit the church website at www.stpeterscleethorpes.org.uk for more details and many thanks to everybody at the church who was so helpful when we visited.

CARS AND FASHION FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF STYLE – CLEETHORPES CLASSIC CAR AND VINTAGE FESTIVAL

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Despite opening their gates during one of the worst rain storms of the summer, nobody let the weather get them down at the inaugural Cleethorpes Classic Car and Vintage Festival at Meridian Park on 23rd and 24th August.

Classic style was the order of the day with a fine collection of vehicles, (including one of the few remaining Lloyd cars which were manufactured in Patrick Street, Grimsby).

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There was also a wide range of retro fashion on sale, plenty of great music and a sensational evening show by the Cat’s Pyjamas Burlesque Cooperative. All in all a weekend to remember, and one which we’re hoping to see becoming a regular part of the calendar. Pip pip!

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You can find further pictures from this event in our Web Edition