Fairies in art at Scarborough Art Gallery

A leading Oxford academic, writer and broadcaster takes the stage at Scarborough Art Gallery later this month to discuss the history of fairies in art.

Diane Purkiss is an English faculty member at Keble College, Oxford, and a published historian. She is the author of Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History, described by The Times as ‘enchanting… witty… full of surprises and delights’. She is currently working on a project on Shakespeare, the supernatural, and Elizabethan magic.

Diane reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph, The Telegraph and The Guardian, and appears frequently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on BBC TV. She also writes children’s books with her teenage son, Michael Dowling, under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt.

Her talk is part of the Friday Lates series of events at Scarborough Art Gallery, and will take place at 7pm on Friday 29 June. The Gallery will be open from 6pm to 10pm for anyone who wants to see the current exhibition Fears, Foes & Faeries, and the talk is included in the standard admission fee of £2 (concessions £1.80 – or free to Open Return Ticket holders).

Record Breaker to carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on the NYMR

With less than a week to go until the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is pleased to announce that they plan to run two engines during the time the Torch is carried on the railway.

Philip Benham, General Manager explains that “We hope to use the streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley – itself a world record holder as the fastest steam engine since the Second World War, at a speed of 112mph in 1959 and the locomotive Green Knight, 75029 as the torch works its way through the heart of the national park on its journey from Whitby to Pickering”

It departs Whitby Station at 10:09 and is due to arrive at 11:34 in Pickering Station. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is extremely privileged to be given the opportunity not only to carry the Olympic Torch from Whitby to Pickering; it is the only Heritage Railway that is lucky enough to be carrying the torch on the footplate. “The community is very much at the heart of the event and we have invited 220 school children from along the line on-board the “Torchbearer” to help us celebrate this fantastic day” said Phillip Benham.

Amongst the invited party will be Rooney Masara a former 1972 British Olympian and his Wife who run Beech Farm Cottages just outside Pickering. Rooney Masara explains “My father took me to the 1948 Olympics when I was 5 years old, I was lucky enough to be in the British Team for the Munich Olympics in 1972 and so as you can imagine I am excited about London 2012 and having the Torch Relay on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.”

The “Torchbearer” train and Whitby Station are not open to the public, and there is limited access to the platform at Pickering Station. Danielle Bradley, Marketing Manager for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway explains “there is no better place to see the Torch in Whitby or Pickering. In Whitby the route runs through the town before entering the station and once it arrives in Pickering it leaves the railway and onto Park Street before passing The Ropery and onto the A170 towards Scarborough where it is in torchbearer mode until the 40mph sign. Anywhere along both routes would be an ideal place to see this monumental event.”

The NYMR will be running to a special timetable on Monday 18th June 2012 between Pickering and Whitby.  The 10.09 service from Whitby and the 12.00 service from Pickering will not be available to the public. Other services are still in operation throughout the day, please check www.nymr.co.uk before you set off on your journey.

Fares are £22.50 for adults, £19.50 for seniors and £11.30 for children for a day rover ticket allowing unlimited travel between Pickering and Whitby.  A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is available for just £45.00. Children under five ride free.

For more information, please call 01751 472508, visit www.nymr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Every effort is made to run to the timetable and to operate all trains with steam unless otherwise advertised. NYMR reserves the right to alter, cancel or suspend services, special events and advertised attractions. NYMR accept no liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused.

PLEASE NOTE: In exceptionally severe weather, please check the latest local travel updates and information on our website www.nymr.co.uk , Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway and twitter @NYMR


18th June Timetable

Pickering dep. 0900 1030 1300 1500
Levisham dep. 0920 1120 1320 1520
Newtondale Halt dep. 1129 1329 1529
Goathland arr. 0945 1146 1346 1546
dep. 0947 1150 1350 1550 1610
Grosmont arr. 1005 1205 1405 1605 1625
dep. 1035 1635
Whitby arr. 1055 1700
Whitby dep. 1100 1400 1730
Grosmont arr. 1120 1422 1750
dep. 1130 1330 1430 1510 1630 1800
Goathland dep. 1150 1350 1450 1525 1650 1815
Newtondale Halt dep. 1203 1403 1503 1703
Levisham dep. 1220 1420 1520 1720 1840
Pickering arr. 1240 1440 1540 1740 1900

Trains run daily until Sunday 4th November 2012

Information regarding parking in Pickering

  • A park and ride service will be operating from Pickering Showground on the A169, to Eastgate Square Car Park. There will be a small charge for this service.
  • The North Yorkshire Moors Railway pay and display car park (£4 all day) is open to the public but with restricted use, please arrive early.
  • On street parking along the route or in parking bays will not be available on the day. The market will be operational and Market Place will also be closed to traffic.
  • A temporary car park is available at Pickering Recreation Club. Follow the signs on Recreation Road, as you enter Pickering on A169. Charges will apply.
  • Pay and Display car parks are available at Vivis Lane, Eastgate Square Car Parks. However, part of these car parks will be restricted use only.

'Fat tax' on unhealthy food must raise prices by 20% to have effect, says study (Guardian)

“Fat taxes” would have to increase the price of unhealthy food and drinks by as much as 20% in order to cut consumption by enough to reduce obesity and other diet-related diseases, experts have said. Such levies should be accompanied by subsidies on healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables to help encourage a significant shift in dietary habits, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

Academics led by Dr Oliver Mytton and Dr Mike Rayner of the Department of Public Health at Oxford University examined the evidence from around the world for what they call health-related food taxes. Denmark has brought in a “fat tax”, Hungary a “junk food tax” and France a tax on all sweetened drinks. Peru intends to add levies to junk food and Ireland may also introduce such taxes. David Cameron last October said the UK should considering following suit.

While it is unclear how such taxes could be brought in and enforced, they could help ensure that poor diet plays less of a role in future in a range of illnesses such as heart disease, type two diabetes and tooth decay, as well as obesity.

Although the less well-off are affected more by health-related food taxes, they may also ultimately benefit because “progressive health gains are expected because poor people consume less healthy food and have a higher incidence of most diet-related diseases, notably cardiovascular disease”, the authors say.

Evidence suggests that bigger health gains result from increasing the price of a broad range of foods rather than a narrow one, and sugary drinks offer the best proof that such a move can be effective. Research in America found that a 35% tax on drinks sweetened with sugar sold in a canteen, which added about 28p to the price, led to a 26% drop in sales. Studies have estimated that a 20% levy on such drinks in the US would cut obesity by 3.5% and that adding 17.5% to the cost of unhealthy food products in the UK could lead to 2,700 fewer deaths from heart disease.

But the food industry attacked the research. “When the whole of the food industry is focused on continuing to give hard-pressed families great tasting food at an affordable price, discussion of adding 20% to food prices seems fanciful if not irresponsible,” said Terry Jones, director of communications for the Food and Drink Federation, which represents food producers and retailers. Firms were working with the Department of Health through its Public Health Responsibility Deal “to make meaningful improvements in public health through pledges in areas such as salt and calorie reduction, and our commitment to improving the health of our employees”, he added.

Anne Milton, the public health minister, said the Department of Health was keeping an eye on all the evidence emerging internationally about such taxes. She defended the policy of relying on voluntary deals with food firms, which critics have criticised as an inadequate substitute for regulation of the food industry. “We are working with food companies through the Responsibility Deal to reduce calories and ensure healthier options are available. We believe that collective voluntary action can deliver real progress quickly,” Milton added.

Upcoming events at the Futurist Theatre 2012

Sat 5th May 7:30pm
The ELO Experience 2012
A “Tribute to Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra” The ELO Experience perform their greatest hits, taking audiences back to the days when these amazing songs were first heard. Two hours of nostalgia with this amazing 7 piece band.
All seats £17.00


Sat 12th May 7:30pm
‘Jive Talkin’ perform The Bee Gees
Accompanied by a live String Section the three leading men, with stunningly convincing vocals, are bringing the Bee Gees Greatest Hits to life. An emotional musical journey in this truly amazing concert!
Seats £17 OAP £15 Child £10


Thurs 17th May 7:30pm
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Replicating perfectly timeless classics, taking you on a nostalgic evening of breathtakingly outstanding musicianship, and all performed in the context where the songs work best – a live stage.
All seats £22.50


Sun 27th May 7:30pm
Gerard Kenny
Novella award winning Singer/Songwriter Gerard Kenny endows this glorious body of songs with his own inimitable warmth and joy. You will never hear them better performed than in The Great American Songbook.
All seats £17.50


Tues 5 June 7:30pm
Stewart Francis: ‘Outstanding in his field’
The star of ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’, embarks on a tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! “A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard” Guardian.
All seats £17.50 (16 years and over)


Thurs 6th Sept 7:30pm
Gary Mullen & The Works
Perform ‘One Night of Queen’. When Gary won the Grand Final of ‘Stars in their eyes’ back in 2000 as the legendary Freddie Mercury, his show, with fantastic lighting, staging and sound, has rocked Queen fans everywhere!
Seats £18 Child £10 Family £52


Thurs 18th Oct 8:00pm
The Hairy Bikes Larger Than Live
“This time it’s going to be bigger, bolder, funnier, and packed with more food and laughs than ever before. We’re not just giving you a show, we’re giving you a real night out. Filled with plenty of surprises, expect the unexpected…”
All seats £25


Thurs 29th Nov 7:30pm
Peter Andre
In the ‘Up Close and Personal’ tour Peter performs live with his band all of his hits including ‘Mysterious Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’. He promises that this will be his best tour yet with a few surprises in store!
Seats £28.50, £45, £55, £65, £75


26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Aug at 7pm
Chuckle Brothers (The return of Pirates of the River Rother 2)
Child £14, Adult £15, Family £52


11th Aug 7:30pm
An Evening of Dirty Dancing (The tribute show)
Seats £18, OAP £16,  Child £10


18th, 19th, 28th, 29th Aug 7.30pm
Cirque Du Ciel’s ‘Shanghi’
The internationally acclaimed production with over 30 amazingly multi-talented and skilled performers, over 500 superb costumes and intricate scenery and lighting will enthral audiences of all ages.
Seats £22.50, £20, £17, Child £12, Family £60


8th & 15th Aug 8:00pm
The Cannon & Ball show
Seats £17, Child £8, Family £42


25th Aug 7:00pm
Ken Dodd ‘Happiness Show’
Seats £19, Child £17


26th Aug 7:30pm
Joe Longthorne
Seats £20, £22.50, Child £5


Mon 10th – Sat 15th Sept
Little Voice
The Olivier award-winning comedy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a sparkling night of music, divas and romance, written and directed by Jim Cartwright. Starring Beverley Callard (Coronation Street), Ray Quinn (Dirty Dancing, X Factor, Dancing On Ice Winner), Joe McGann (Calendar Girls, Upper Hand, The Hanging Gales) and introducing the sensational Jess Robinson as Little Voice.

In this heart-warming tale, shy Little Voice spends most of her time hidden away with her late father’s record collection, perfecting her astonishing impersonations. Her extraordinary talent remains a secret until she is overheard by local talent scout Ray Say. Determined to hit the big time, Ray sets about creating the show of the century with Little Voice as his star. When the big night arrives, Ray is convinced that this is his last chance for fame and fortune. But has anyone asked Little Voice what she wants?

Eves 7:30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2:00pm
Mon all seats £19.50
Wed mat all seats 17.00
Tues – Fri eve £14, £19, £24, £27
Sat mat & eve £17.50, £23.50, £27.50, £29.50

Parties buy 10 get 1 free!


2nd Oct – 6th Oct
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Time Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ANY DREAM WILL DO, CLOSE EVERY DOOR TO ME, and ONE MORE ANGEL.

Evenings 7:30pm / Sat 8:00pm
Matinees Wed 2:00pm / Sat 2:00pm & 5:00pm

Tuesday all seats £20.00, Wed Mat all seats £18.00
Wed-Fri Eves £15, 17.50, £22, £25
Sat Mats & Eve £17.50, £21.50, £25.50, £27.50

Children* £5 OFF any seat! (Except Tues)
(*Under 16 yrs / 1 child per adult)
Parties Buy 10 Get 1 Free! (Cheapest ticket Free)
School Parties: Wed Mat Pupils £9.00. Teacher 1 in 10 Free!

Events this weekend (28th-29th April)

Date Event Location Time
Sat/Sun Fears Foes & Faeries Exhibition Scarborough Art Gallery 10:00 – 17:00
Sat/Sun Festival of Speed Hill Climb Oliver’s Mount Check www.auto66.com
Sat/Sun Titanic – A Centenary Exhibition Scarborough Maritime Centre 11:00-16:00
Sat/Sun Marc Chagall Exhibition Woodend Creative Workspace 09:00-17:00
Sat Guinness Book Record attempts North Bay Miniature Railway 16:30
Sat The Olympic Games YMCA Theatre 19:30
Sat Miles Cain reading and music Taylors Café & Books 20:00-22:00
Sat Sessions: The Big One 2012 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00-01:00
Sat Dino Club Rotunda Museum 10:00-12:00
Sat Billy Fury Story – Halfway to Paradise Futurist Theatre 19:30
Sat Soric String Quartet Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
Sun Murder Mystery Dinner The Glass House Café and Bistro TBC

Health & fitness in the news – 06/04/2012

1. Call to action for World Physical Activity Day 6th April 2012: Help patients get active!
BMJ Group

World Physical Activity Day on the 6th April 2012 is an opportunity for sports and exercise professionals to lead the way on global exercise advice. Every health professional should give exercise advice to patients and the public. The medicine behind exercise as a critical public health intervention is now no longer debatable.

BMJ Group

2. Deaths from womb cancer rise by a fifth: Cancer Research UK

More women are dying from cancer of the womb as diagnoses increase due to obesity, figures have shown.


3. The ‘baloney mass index': Why BMI can give false readings and it means 40% of people in U.S are heavier than first thought
Daily Mail

The obesity epidemic could be far worse than previously realised because of serious flaws in the way body fat is measured, according to a study. Researchers said the Body Mass Index – the formula usually used to determine fat – drastically underestimated how many people should regard themselves as unhealthily overweight or obese.

Daily Mail

4. Only 1 qualified fitness instructor for every 8,000 elderly people in the UK, says The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

Data from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) suggests that an increasing number of older adults in the UK could be at greater risk of injury or long term health complications when exercising.


5. Keep fit to beat blues, elderly told

Keeping fit helps older people avoid mental health problems. The reverse is also true. Older adults who suffer psychological distress are more than four times more likely to experience “physical limitation”, says a study.

Scottish Daily Express

6. How Tai Chi in later life is good for the heart: Elderly who perform exercises lower blood pressure
Daily Mail

Practising the ancient martial art of tai chi can boost elderly people’s hearts, a study has found. Older subjects who regularly performed the traditional Chinese mind-body exercise now enjoyed worldwide were less likely to suffer high blood pressure and were physically stronger.

Daily Mail

7. Why taking a break is good for your health
Red Online

Does this seem like your life? You’re sitting at your desk starting the day, about to trawl through emails etc and before you know it it’s half past five and you haven’t looked up once. Any takers? If so, join the 36 per cent of employees regularly work through lunch without taking a break, and the quarter of us who admit taking no breaks at all during their working day.

According to The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy who is organising Workout at Work Day on Tuesday 19 June, to show people how they can build regular exercise into their day, this lack of movement can play havoc with our health.

Red Online

8. From the Army to boot camp: How ex-soldier made his career dream come true

Dan Smith could not imagine how he was going to survive life in civvy street after serving in the army since he was a teenager.

Today, 15 months after the leap into the unknown, he and his wife Caroline are running their own business, Northern Boot Camp, which provides residential camps for people looking to boost their fitness, lose weight, or transform their lives.


9. Exclusive: Thousands back petition against VAT on sports nutrition supplements ahead of London 2012
Mancunian Matters

Sports nutritionists and health food stores are uniting in a petition against government legislation following the budget – and have nearly 12,000 names in less than three days.

Mancunian Matters

Health & fitness in the news

1. Grab a coffee after the gym? Study finds caffeine and exercise ‘work together to ward off skin cancer’

Caffeine and exercise may work together to ward off skin cancer, research suggests. An early study found the combination reduced the number of skin tumours in cancer-prone mice by 62 per cent.

Daily Mail

2. Warning on Sports Drinks at the desk

Millions are putting their health at risk by downing sports energy drinks – designed for use with intense exercise – while sitting at their desks.


3.’High Doses Of Sugar Is The Same As Poison’ Warns Doctor Robert Lustig
Huffington Post

Dr Robert Lustig has become a pioneer in the war against sugar and believes that all types of the sweet stuff should be taken more seriously and be classed as a toxic health hazard.

Huffington Post

4. LTA chief Roger Draper’s job under scrutiny as funding is cut by Sport England over drop in players
The Telegraph

Roger Draper’s underwhelming performance as the Lawn Tennis Association’s chief executive will come under further scrutiny after Sport England revealed it was cutting £530,000 of tennis funding.

The Telegraph

5. Health special: Fit and flat at every age
Daily Mail

Each age group has to adopt a slightly different approach to eating and exercise for a flat stomach. Here are some general rules…

Daily Mail

6. New ‘Zombies, Run!’ app beats Nike+ to the top of the fitness charts.
Evening Standard

Zombies, Run! is a new app developed by games-designer Adrian Hon and novelist Naomi Alderman, in which you must run or die. The game was launched last month and it has already been downloaded over 100,000 times, beating the Nike+ app to the top of the fitness charts.

Evening Standard

7. Olympic beauty
Evening Standard

As beauty brands race to sign up the stars of Team GB, Emma McCarthy picks the products that guarantee dedicated gym bunnies glowing faces and shiny hair

Evening Standard

Health & fitness in the news – 03/04/2012

1. Last chance to attend world-leading events
Fitpro News

From 19-22 April, FIA’s FIBO event will be held in Essen, Germany. The event includes a networking dinner on 19 April and a fitness, wellness and health tradeshow. Bookings for this event close on 4 April.

To book your free place at FIBO, email Georgia@fia.org.uk

Fitpro News

2. Bannatyne’s fitness empire profits slump

Duncan Bannatyne’s fitness clubs empire suffered a slump in profits last year as the economic downturn took its toll, accounts have revealed. Bannatyne Fitness, which operates 59 clubs, saw pre-tax profits fall to £7.8 million in 2011 from £12m a year earlier.
In their report, directors said they were “disappointed with the results” and said they expected “the industry to remain tough”.


3. Fast food ‘gives you the blues’, study finds

A study showed people who often ate hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza are 51 per cent more likely to develop depression than those who rarely or never ate them.
Those who regularly indulged were also found to be more likely to be single, less active, smoke and work more than 45 hours a week.


4. Spring into shape now: From fitness ‘snacking’ to the three-chew challenge – here’s how to lose that winter flab
Daily Mail

‘One of the big fitness trends is sharing a personal trainer,’ says Matt. ‘I’ve seen an increase in small groups of friends hiring a personal trainer and splitting the cost.’
Gym chain David Lloyd has also launched group personal trainers or ‘GPTs’. ‘You get the benefits of a personal trainer but you share the cost with friends,’ says Anna-Marie Muldowney, of David Lloyd.

Daily Mail

5. Springing into fair weather fitness

Before attacking that Saturday softball game or weekend charity run, experts say, prepare your body for the switch.


6. TV ad shows danger of ‘invisible secondhand smoke’

Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England.


7. I shed 8st after shock of facing a gastric band op
Daily Express

Secretary Hayley Cahalarn was shocked into shedding eight stone after she got so fat her GP offered her a gastric band on the NHS. Hayley, 28, was mortified when she realised she weighed 18 stone and her doctor suggested she needed surgery to lose the flab.

But she refused to go under the knife and lost weight just by eating healthily and joining a gym.

Daily Express

8. Women in UK die years earlier than in much of Europe

Britain’s healthcare system trails the rest of Europe in a number of crucial areas, including female mortality, cancer survival rates, and levels of obesity, according to a study produced for the Government.


Planning permission granted for 5 wind turbines at Crown Spa Hotel



Planning permission has been granted for the creation of 5 wind turbines to be erected on the Crown Spa Hotel roof.  Recently plans were thrown out due to the non-atheistically pleasing design, after a few design modifications the new turbine design has now been passed.

Scarborough Borough Council planning representative J. King stated, “We are quite happy with the re-design and feel it matches with what we believe to be quintessentially Scarborough, we think everyone else will be happy with the results also.” However some locals have hit back stating the meeting shouldn’t have been held behind closed doors Mr J.R. Hartley said “This is going to affect hundreds of people, and they had the brilliant idea of not involving the residents. It’s just mind boggling”

The design mock-up below should hopefully be started in the next two weeks, with work due to finish in a month.

For more information and reaction read the paper tomorrow.