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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Getting close up with seaside highlights of Scarborough days gone by

Julie Baxter with a 1950s summer
dress. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
What links: a Box Brownie camera, an ice cream ‘licker’, theatre souvenirs, postcards and summer dresses from the 30s and 50s?

Answer: a trip to the seaside which provides the focus of the next Collections Close-up at Scarborough Art Gallery on Tuesday 7 July.

Scarborough Museums Trust Collections assistant Julie Baxter takes a look at some highlights of the trust’s seaside items.

Drive-in cinema ready to roll

Scarborough's first drive-in cinema opens on Friday 24 July in Crossgates, Seamer with an evening showing of Grease on Friday 24 July.

People can watch films from their cars with sound provided through the vehicle's FM radio and with drinks and popcorn delivered.

Founded by local entrepreneur Ben Stonehouse, the start-up business has a powerful 4K digital cinema projector and the largest temporary screen in the country. Seven jobs have been created and staff training is under way. Cinema advertising comes appropriately from Pearl & Dean.

Screenings of Dirty Dancing and Jaws have also been lined up.

Further information: www.moonlightcinema.com

Traditional boundary grants offer

Grants are being made available again for restoring, improving and maintaining traditional boundaries in the North York Moors National Park.

The last time the scheme was run from 2013-2014, farmers and landowners in the area benefited from grants worth more than £150,000 to plant and restore hedges and dry stone walls.

These traditional boundaries form a big part of the landscape character, As well as providing markers and shelter for stock, they help reduce soil erosion and provide crucial wildlife habitat across the national park.

To be eligible, the field boundaries must be visible from a public right of way or road. The deadline for applications is 31 August. All work will need to be completed by mid-January 2016. Further information: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/tbs

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Grants help to make wheelchair users' Dales visit more memorable

Wheelchair users wanting to explore the breath-taking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales are being given more information and support to plan their visit.

Two £5,000 grants from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's sustainable development fund have been given to Huddersfield-based Experience Community, which provides films and information about walks and other leisure activities for wheelchair users and the wider community.

Monday, 29 June 2015

River is on course to regain premier salmon crown

salmon conservation River Ure
Ure got it. Salmon Trust director Oliver Leatham fishes on the river.

A North Yorkshire river is close to regaining its crown as one of England’s premier salmon fishing rivers, thanks to an ecological and environmental project that has secured local backing from land owners and businesses.

After six years, the Ure Salmon Trust's efforts to reintroduce the species are paying off with anglers regularly catching salmon weighing in excess of 20lbs.