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Council issues updates on its tourist facilities in the East Riding after new government guidance

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has issued updates on its tourism facilities in the light of the revised government advice issued earlier this week, and offered advice to those thinking of visiting the area in the coming days.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of the council, said : “If people do feel the need to come and visit the East Riding coast this weekend or our Local Nature Reserves, I urge them to observe social distancing at all times, and to be respectful of our local communities, and to be responsible in their actions.

“I must stress that all tourism businesses like hotels, guest houses and most restaurants and cafes remain closed, as do facilities like toilets. Caravan sites are of course also still closed. Visitors should be aware that a trip to the coast this weekend will not offer the usual facilities.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors in the future when all our facilities will be open again, and of course I would remind people that the beauty of the East Riding coast and our Local Nature Reserves will still be there in time to come, for people to enjoy.”

The council has also issued updates about its facilities as follows :

Bridlington Spa:
The UK Government has issued a recent statement on the gradual easing of the current lockdown restrictions.  However, the Government advice does not currently give dates that theatres and venues like Bridlington Spa are able to reopen and is conditional on further progress being made.

All shows that were due to take place in June have been cancelled or rescheduled and our Box Office team is working hard from home to contact customers who are affected by this change.  Our position will be reviewed on Wednesday 1 July, or sooner if government advice changes, and we will continue to keep in contact with up to date information. 

Further information can be found on Bridlington Spa’s social media pages @BridSpa and via the website: www.bridspa.com


South Cliff Holiday Park

The Government advice does not currently give the dates that campsites and touring sites are able to reopen and is conditional on further progress being made. We will continue to liaise with associate organisations to ensure best practice protocols are developed for when we are able to reopen.

Whilst the government has stated that people are now able to travel to various destinations, this does not include holiday homes. South Cliff Holiday Park will not be permitting any customers to enter the park at this time for any reason.

The position will be reviewed on 1 July 2020, or sooner if government advice changes, and we will continue to liaise with customers directly with up to date information.

For customers who have booked holidays with us during this period, the team will be in touch over the next few days to discuss various options.

For customers who do need to contact us on the phone - please be aware that we have a limited service available, and are experiencing a high number of calls.

South Cliff Holiday Park will continue to take bookings for future dates in 2020 and will also continue the offer of booking a holiday in 2021 at 2020 prices with the booking guarantee in place (see website for further details).

Further information can be found on South Cliff’s social media pages at www.facebook.com/southcliffholidaypark and also on the website: www.southcliff.co.uk


Sewerby Hall and Gardens
The updated Government advice does not currently give the dates when historic houses are able to reopen and is conditional on further progress being made. We will continue to ensure best practice protocols are developed for when we are able to reopen.

The park land will remain open for use for daily exercise as previously; however, no other facilities on site are available at this time. This includes toilets.

Our position will be reviewed on 1 July, 2020, or sooner if government advice changes and we will continue to liaise directly with up to date information.

For customers who have booked holidays within our cottages, the team will be in touch over the next few days to discuss various options.

Further information can be found on Sewerby Hall’s social media pages at www.facebook.com/sewerbyhall and also on the website: www.sewerbyhall.co.uk


Coastal Services
The facilities provided by our Coastal Services team remain closed, such as the beach chalets and land train services, and government advice does not confirm when these can reopen and is conditional on further progress being made.

We will continue to ensure best practice is developed for when we are able to reopen.

The foreshore and beaches remain open and we would like to take this opportunity to remind users to maintain social distancing and ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times. We also ask people to pick up after their dogs, and dispose of the waste in the litter bins provided.

All this will continue to be monitored by our team, and government instructions will be reinforced where necessary.

The position will be reviewed on 1 July, 2020, or sooner if government advice changes.

For customers who have booked chalets within the seafront facilities, our team will be in touch over the next few days to discuss various options.

Further information can be found on the website: www.eastridingcoastandcountryside.co.uk


Countryside Access
Our public rights of way and Local Nature Reserves remain open to use for daily exercise purposes – however, planned countryside events are not currently taking place. This will be reviewed on 1 July, 2020 or sooner if government advice changes.

Cycling is great for fun and fitness, but please do not cycle on public footpaths. Please utilise quieter roads, cycle ways and cycle routes, and public bridleways.  Cycling on public footpaths causes safety issues for the increased number of people out walking, spoils their enjoyment and is not permitted by the owners of the land.

Our four disused railway lines in the East Riding offer quieter places to cycle away from cars, and all offer informal or larger car parks.

The East Riding has some great walks. Choose a short walk or something more challenging, but remember to keep two metres away from other people. Plan a walk from home using our Public Rights of Way map to see where there are countryside paths near you. Visit www.walkingtheriding.eastriding.gov.uk

At all times, follow the Countryside Code which has information for dog walkers and etiquette about gates. Please respect other users and the owners of the land and take your litter home.

Further information on our public rights of way and Local Nature Reserves, cycle routes and much more can be found on the website:  www.eastridingcoastandcountryside.co.uk

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East Riding Leisure launch new You Tube channel

Subscribers will be able to view vlogs, short workouts and full workouts. East Riding Leisure will release two full workouts a week, alongside their shorter version classes and vlogs, delivered by their own fully trained fitness instructors.


These will include 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute workouts, offering a mix of cardio, strength, well-being and classes for those less mobile.


Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure, said: “Whether you are a regular, or have never done a class before, you can try them out on our new You Tube channel. You can workout at a time that suits you - morning, lunch-time or evening, there is always something for you to try!”


More content is being added regularly, so keep checking the page for new classes and updates at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIwq6JU9fUBlH1EKTVyB6EA/

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A chance to revisit 'Straw People' online with Active East Riding

The Exhibitions Online section of the new Active East Rising website has added a new exhibition for virtual viewing at home : ‘Straw People’ by Julian Swift.

Originally on display at Beverley Art Gallery in 2018, the exhibition portrays a surreal and intense sensation of mystery and fantasy on the doorstep of our everyday world.

Julian Swift studied at Manchester College of Art in the 1960s, and then spent over 30 years as a graphic designer. His straw-people fantasy came to life in the 1990s when he saw two straw scarecrows in boilersuits in a field in Norfolk appearing to conduct a conversation. He then created a whole straw society invisible to humans, using things which affluent society throws away. The exhibition features mainly oil crayon drawings in gouache.

The straw people scavenge waste from city dwellings, and use it in their own ways, and sometimes they try to infiltrate into human society, like the straw lady who found a winning lottery ticket.

Curator Helena Cox said : “This exhibition proved popular when we had it on display in Beverley ASrt Gallery – it’s very interesting to see the darkly humorous work of Julian Swift, and how it mocks our human ways.”

Alongside his art, Julian has published two books. An autobiography, 'Flying Bricks and Grizzly Bears', captures, in the author's words, "the memories of being brought up in one of the dirtiest back streets in Manchester, and perversely enjoying every minute of it". Julian's other book 'Merlin and his Teapot Eagles' is aimed at small children. He is currently working on a book of fiction linked to the theme of the Straw People.

The exhibition can be viewed on www.ActiveEastRiding.co.uk in the Exhibitions Online section.

Active East Riding is a new website, full of ideas and suggestions for people of all ages during the period when the council’s facilities are closed, allowing people to #stayhomestayactive

Rather than being a period of doing nothing, the council is hoping that people will discover things to do, to learn from and to take part in whilst at home.

Active East Riding has lots of ideas for children and adults - discover things you can do, learn from, and take part in whilst

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Take a trip back in time with Active East Riding

The newly launched Active East Riding website includes 25 videos from East Riding Archives, offering a chance to spend time during lockdown watching footage of the area from days gone by.

Videos to watch include :

The Man with the Notebook : a road safety film from 1946

A Drive Through Beverley around 1964

Happenings in Beverley in the 1960s

A Drive Through Skidby in 1965

The Dawn of Diesel 1957, and Market Weighton Railway Station and its Demolition 1965 (ideal for rail enthusiasts)

Lyons Grocers in Market Weighton 1957

Beverley Races 1973

Collecting Books for the Forces 1944.

Archivist Sam Bartle said : “Everybody is looking for things to do during these strange times, and what better way to spend a bit of time than re-living local history with these wonderful videos!”

Active East Riding can be found at www.ActiveEastRiding.co.uk

It’s a new website, full of ideas and suggestions for people of all ages during the period when the council’s facilities are closed, allowing people to #stayhomestayactive

Rather than being a period of doing nothing, the council is hoping that people will discover things to do, to learn from and to take part in whilst at home.

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Free digital book for children about coronavirus now available through East Riding Libraries

East Riding Libraries are offering free access to a new book for primary school children about the coronavirus and its effects and impacts.

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo and many other books, has illustrated the digital book, ‘Coronavirus : a book for children’, which is free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

The book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for five to nine year olds:

What is the coronavirus?
   • How do you catch the coronavirus?
   • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
   • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
   • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
   • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
   • What can I do to help?
   • What’s going to happen next?
The book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, the publishers have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help the NHS if they find the book useful: www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk

The book can be found at : https://library.eastriding.gov.uk/web/arena/children

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Beverley Art Gallery remains active on social media - get involved!

Beverley Art Gallery is staying active during the lockdown, even though it has to remain closed for the time being, and has launched several campaigns on social media.

Curator Helena Cox explained : “We want to take this time to 'Celebrate Our Artists' - which is the name of our first campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“Every week, I will post about several of the wonderful artists whose work the gallery has exhibited in recent years. The idea is to celebrate the amazing talent of our artists, and revisit all the exhibitions we had over the years. Doing this gives us a chance to express our gratitude to all the artists who worked with us, and also it gives us the opportunity to showcase the amazing breadth of exhibitions and types of art that can be seen at Beverley Art Gallery. Many artists are freelancers and find this time challenging, so applauding them for what they did in Beverley is also our way of giving their work more exposure and courage to get them through this difficult time.”

The second campaign launched last week is a 'Caption Competition'. Every week Beverley Art Gallery will post an image of an artwork from the Gallery's collection and ask the public to come up with the best caption.

Helena Cox added :  “I have to say I was blown away by how inventive our responders were and all of the caption suggestions made me laugh out loud -- isn't this exactly what we need in these challenging times? This also gives us and our visitors a chance to look at the artwork from our collections in a new light and with a humorous perspective. The captions are all collated and we're planning to make them all available either online or maybe even in the gallery once we reopen!”

Follow #BeverleyArtGallery on facebook, twitter, and Instagram.

East Riding Libraries Museums and Archives Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ERidingLMA/

East Riding Libraries Museums and Archives Twitter: @ERidingLMA

Instagram @HelenaCoxCurator

 

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More than 3,000 primary school places allocated for children in the East Riding

Today, Thursday, 16 April 2020, is National Offer Day, the day that parents and carers of children due to start infant, junior and primary schools in September 2020 are advised which school their child has been allocated.

Letters and emails confirming places are being sent out today by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

A total of 3,017 parents and carers living in the East Riding of Yorkshire applied for a place for their child in the reception year at infant or primary schools for September 2020.

Despite the national pandemic which has meant council services have needed to change how they operate to take account of the current lockdown situation, 97.1% of children (2,931) have been allocated the first preference school and 99.2% (2,993) have been allocated a place at one of their three preferences.

Only 0.8% of children (24) could not be allocated a place at a school their parents or carers named as a preference.  Of these, 21 children have been allocated a place by the local authority at their local ‘catchment’ school and three at other schools local to their home address.

49 East Riding children will attend primary and infant schools in other local authority areas, while 191 children resident in other local authority areas will be travelling to East Riding schools.

28 of the 118 primary and infant schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire are oversubscribed – that is they have received more applications for places than the number of places available.

All 416 East Riding residents who applied for their children to start Year 3 at a junior school have been allocated places at the school named as their first preference.

Deborah Myers, the council’s head of children and young people, education and schools, said: “The outcome of this year’s admissions round is astonishing and despite the challenges faced as a result of the global pandemic we have still been able to announce the allocated school for all our children due to start school in September on National Offer Day.

“An achievement of over 97% of families being offered their first choice preference is fantastic.

“Our schools work exceptionally hard to support our East Riding families and have demonstrated this during the current period of significant challenge, they overwhelmingly offer parents and carers what they really want for their children: a good education at a local school.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: "The allocation of school places is an important decision for families and it is excellent news that so many parents and carers have been able to access their first choice of school for their children.

“It is disappointing when a first choice cannot be granted but no child will be required to travel a significant distance where that was not possible.

“I would like to thank the staff at the local authority who have handled such an important and sensitive issue, so timely and effectively during these unprecedented times of national crisis, providing a seamless service for our residents.”

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Active East Riding launched today (8 April) : making it easier to #stay home, stay active

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has today (Wednesday, 8 April) launched Active East Riding - a new website, full of ideas and suggestions for people of all ages during the period when the council’s facilities are closed, allowing people to #stayhomestayactive

Rather than being a period of doing nothing, the council is hoping that people will discover things to do, to learn from and to take part in whilst at home.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It is absolutely essential for our health and wellbeing that we make the most of this enforced time at home, with some people being apart from family and friends. I am delighted that we have been able to put together a variety of ideas for things to do, to appeal to as many people as possible.”

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services, added : “I hope that these ideas will inspire people to try new things and to reduce the anxiety which inevitably comes at times like these. We will be adding many more ideas as time goes by, so please keep revisiting the site!”

The website has launched with ideas for all ages, including:

Online Challenges for Under 5s with Tiny Treasures / Sewerby Squirrels
Enjoy an Online Literature Festival
Watch a range of videos from East Riding Archives
Read eBooks and listen to eAudiobooks
Hear bedtime stories from the children’s library team
Les Mills On Demand : sessions to enjoy at home
Learn how to draw cartoons
Meditations by Mark Williams.
All can be found at  https://www.activeeastriding.co.uk/

People of all ages are also encouraged to join the new Active East Riding Group on Facebook which is accessible through the main East Riding of Yorkshire Council Facebook page. The group will be packed full of ideas and activities to do at home. Users are encouraged to interact with the group and post videos and pictures of themselves participating in the challenges and daily activities.

The range of ideas on Active East Riding will greatly increase as time goes on, and it is designed to be an invaluable resource throughout the coming weeks and months.


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East Riding Libraries have launched an Online Book Club

East Riding Libraries have launched a new virtual book group, Face in a Book Club, where customers can enjoy reading or listening to a selected Book, eBook or eAudiobook and share their views in a Facebook group.

In normal times when libraries are open, Book Clubs are very popular, taking place at East Riding Libraries. They are free to attend, offering the benefits of encouraging people to read, getting reading recommendations, chatting with like-minded people, reducing social isolation,  and books are of course free to borrow from the library.

Now that all libraries are temporarily closed, the new virtual book club is an exciting way of bringing these same benefits to the local online community or those who prefer to read eBooks or eAudiobooks.

The selected book or books can be downloaded up to 500 times simultaneously through the free Borrowbox app, using East Riding Libraries membership, meaning hundreds of people can read the same book at the same time.

The Club launched recently with international bestselling author Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet:

“An honest and human guide to coping with the modern world … Notes on a Nervous Planet is generous, sensible and timely. Reading it will probably be good for your mental health. Especially if you leave your smartphone in another room … Thought-provoking”
Guardian

Exciting titles to be added to the book club are number one bestselling author Liane Moriarty's ‘Big Little Lies’ in eAudiobook format, Kate Morton's 'The Lake House', and children's favourite 'Have Sword Will Travel' by Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

For those wishing to join the Facebook group and the discussion, visit the @ERidingLMA facebook page, click on groups, and join the ‘Face in a Book Group’

To join the library, or find out more about downloading eBooks or eAudio books, visit https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/libraries-online/online-book-club/

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Markets closed – but traders can still deliver to your door

All council-run markets in the East Riding have had to close during the coronavirus lockdown following Government guidance.

But some of your favourite traders are still operating by providing a delivery service to your door during these difficult times.

So residents can still support some of the traders they are used to seeing at markets in Beverley, Bridlington, Pocklington and Cottingham.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which runs the markets in Beverley and Pocklington, has put together a list of those regular traders who are able to deliver food and other goods to residents.

Councillor Mike Stathers, portfolio holder for enhancing communities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “I know some shoppers will be missing the markets and seeing the regular traders at this time, and small businesses like these are suffering.

“However residents can still show support for those traders who are still operating and delivering goods, and we wanted to let people know to show our support for the traders.

“Local businesses that are still open in towns and villages across the East Riding are equally important and they also need our support at this time.”


The market traders below are those East Riding traders still offering a service at the present time.

Residents can also find the list on the council website here: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/news/?entry=5e8763009193451a78797267


East Riding Country Pork


Fresh Meat

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Pattison's

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables


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The Blending Room

Freshly Roasted Coffee (Beans/Freshly Ground)


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The Little Cheese Pantry

Cheese, Crackers, Jams, Chutneys, Honey, Eggs, Oats & Flour


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Ian's Fish Ltd

Fresh Fish & Shellfish


Call: 07976 445669


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Brown's The Greengrocers

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables


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Ashkeys Growers

Bedding Plants & Shrubs


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The Egg Man (Pocklington Mkt)

Fresh Eggs & Honey

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Blooming Pets

Pet Foods for all Animals


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Two C Bakehouse

School style puddings, Cakes, Scotch Eggs & other savoury items (see Menu).


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The Rustic Rover Company

Wood Fired Pizza - Freshly Prepared & either chilled or frozen)


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TC Patisserie

French Bread, Croissants, Tarts, Pies and Patisserie.


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