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We are still accepting donations to fund our ongoing heritage and conservation work.

21.3.14:
ESTON NAB BOUGHT FOR
£15,000 !

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE BY CHEQUE, PAYABLE TO:
'Friends Of Eston Hills'
c/o
2 Hemble Hill Farm Cottages, Guisborough TS14 8JT
LATEST NEWS:




8.12.14:
Many thanks and a Merry Xmas to Miss Alderson & fab Normanby Primary
who raised £35 for FOEH with a sponsored "Xmas Jumper-thon" !


 
BAN THE BIKES SAY EX-MINERS !
...BACK IN 1966

A topical Gazette article from 1966 about a new problem affecting Eston hills = motorbikes tearing up footpaths! Former miner, Alf Kerrison (brother of Tom who was featured in 'A Century in Stone') and Bill Lawlor argue the toss with Eston councillors who "forsook the warmth and comfort of their astrodome of a council chamber and took to the hills". The "astrodome" incidentally was the then new Eston Town Hall which was demolished last year.

It was interesting to read "the council wish to develop Eston Hills for leisure and as a play area / and are even thinking of making up Jubilee Road to the foot of the hills and making car parking and facilities for people who want to enjoy themselves". That's a tourism no brainer you would think...but not in the planning dept back in the day. Within a decade, Bank Lane linking Jubilee Road to the hills was severed forever by the A174 parkway. Access to the hills was re-routed along two new roads, through an ugly underpass and around a blind corner with no pavement! There was no car park, no facilities and barely a signpost. The public have had to lump this for 40 years now and the non-locals have struggled to find their way. What a pig's ear. If there had been an underpass directly at the top of Jubilee Road leading to a car park, it would have been the obvious location for a visitors centre and easy access to Trustee and a mines heritage trail. The knock-on effect meant that years later, when a centre was built, it was all the way over and across busy Flatts Lane. For the old miners that were still knocking about a decade after the article above was writtten, seeing the parkway tearing across the bottom of the hills must have broke their hearts. Heaven knows what they would think of the hills today..... (CH)


"I have worked under them hills here for 35 years in Eston mines.
Now I have retired I like to walk here with my dog. It is all we have got.
We have worked and fought for it. Now we must see it torn up..."


Alf Kerrison 1900-1982

 

8.12.14:

BBC TEES FEATURE

Thanks to:
Neil Green, Paul Baird
& John Foster



24.11.14:
FOCUS ON ESTON HILLS
AT POLICE HQ


Over 20 local farmers, landowners (that includes us!) and the National Farmers Union have met with Cleveland Police's Rural Crime Team to look at the pressing issues affecting the rural area and what can be done about it.

Eston Hills proved the focus of what was a lengthy and often heated meeting. Farmers spoke of their desperation, of criminal damage, theft, joyriding and shocking abuse to livestock. It turns out that last week's joyriding incident saw four sheep injured, two of which had broken legs and had to be shot. A further two were stolen, one of which was recovered in an Eston street and another that has still not been found. And it gets worse...a few weeks earlier a lamb was thrown off the Nab cliff to its death. This animal cruelty is abhorrent and the stress caused to the farmers, as well as loss of livelihood, cannot go on. These scumbags need to be shopped. The Police pointed out that action is being taken behind the scenes and that motorbike patrols of the hills and surrounding areas are ongoing. They also pointed out that they were talking to The Council and "The Friends of The Nab". I then pushed the case for urgency on blocking access routes for vehicles as we have plans to go after funding for a major heritage/conservation programme. It was agreed that a further meeting be set up soon solely for Eston Hills as it is such a problem hot spot; And that it will also involve the council who incidentally FAILED to send anyone to the meeting today.

All in all, the meeting was a move in the right direction. You can guarantee that the FOEH will be involved every step of the way. Meanwhile we all have to be vigilant. If you see anything up there or know anyone involved in criminal activities, please Call the Police.
Onward! CH

NOV 10th:
JOYRIDING SCUM RUN DOWN SHEEP
Yet more destruction by joyriding scum trespassing on Eston hills. This time it was sheep in fields close to Eston Nab. Two were found dead by the farmer and two were stolen and dumped in Eston itself. If anyone knows anything about this and can help catch these mindless criminals please
CALL THE POLICE on 101

No1 priority for us now is stopping all vehicles trespassing on Eston hills. There can be no major conservation and heritage work until this problem is sorted. We are pleased to report that there are moves involving ourselves, the police and other interested parties to do something serious about it. Thank you for your support.

24.10.14: COMMUNITY AWARD FOR FOEH
FOEH has been presented with a Coastal View-Community Award in recognition of the efforts of all our members and supporters in purchasing the Nab. Many thanks in return to Lynne and Steve of COASTAL VIEW who deserve an award of their own for all their hard work running such a great community paper as well as the awards event. Respect !


MORE NEWS STORIES HERE

29.3.2014:
OFFICIALLY RETURNED TO THE PEOPLE
ESTON NAB RE-OPENING CEREMONY
FULL REPORT & VIDEO HERE

21.3.2014: HISTORY MADE.
ON 21st MARCH 2014, PEN WAS PUT TO PAPER,
MONEY WAS PAID AND HISTORY WAS MADE...
THE PEOPLE BOUGHT THE NAB !

 
 



1st October 2013:
THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS
Lazenby Bank (inc. Eston Nab & SS Castle) is up for sale at £425k.
We, The Friends of Eston Hills, a newly-formed constituted community group,
want to see this stunning 214-acres of wooded hillside

PUBLICLY-OWNED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - AND FOREVER !
Only by thinking BIG can we clean-up, conserve, protect and promote this neglected jewel of
Teesside heritage to the MAX for the community past, present and future...
WANTED: Half a Million - For Half a Mountain !
TO BUY ESTON NAB & LAZENBY BANK AND FUND MAJOR HERITAGE & CONSERVATION PLANS !
This is an opportunity to buy half of Eston hills and prevent it being sold off to another private owner or carved up by several owners. We think they wouldn't have quite the same interests at heart as we have! Although The Nab, SS Castle and much of the woods and footpaths are protected, NOT ALL the site is and ALL the site needs some TLC. If we own it, we can safeguard it all and embark on a major programme of clean up, conservation and access improvements. And if we manage to buy it then lots of media coverage, both local and very possibly national, would follow. And it would greatly boost our chances of landing major backing from the likes of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Imagine an extensive heritage trail across the hills with a landmark Miners' Memorial featuring the names of all 375 men and boys who were killed. Imagine a stunning Eston Hills Exhibition Centre at Conker Wood; Imagine The Cleveland Way being re-routed through the site...

What if the site is sold during the campaign?
It would admittedly be a huge disappointment. Raising £425k will not be easy but it is not impossible. If we can raise more than half then we can at least we can put in an offer. If it is unsuccessful, we can fund our clean up, conservation and heritage plans AND we can still go after grants. Either way, the hills will end up a lot better than they are now. BUT the site is NOT sold yet so let's keep our eyes on THE BIG PRIZE !

We need BIG MONEY NOW to buy the site!
I'm calling on EVERYONE who loves these hills, Teessiders all over the world
and the 16,000 of you who bought my DVD...

YOUR COUNTRY-SIDE NEEDS YOU !
Let's move a mountain and make history - like the miners :-)

Many Thanks,
Craig Hornby
Chair, The Friends of Eston Hills
Director, A Century in Stone
Fellow, National Endowment For Science,
Technology & The Arts (NESTA)

PLEASE DONATE HERE
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ALTERNATELY,
YOU CAN SEND CHEQUES PAYABLE TO :

'Friends Of Eston Hills'
c/o 2 Hemble Hill Farm Cottages, Guisborough TS14 8JT

Any questions regarding the campaign and making a donation, please email:
enquiries@estonhills.info


Thank You !





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