Northallerton to host ‘Fleecetonbury’ music festival for the first time

Northallerton based music festival ‘Fleecetonbury’ is this month set to open its gates for the very first time.

The inaugural year of the festival will play host to 17 of the UK’s best un-signed indie and alternative rock-bands, split over three stages on two separate days.

Rising indie stars The Sherlocks will headline the first night of the festival with Watford rock band The Spitfires – fronted by Paul Weller-esque Billy Sullivan – closing on the Sunday.

Fleecetonbury line-up

Fleecetonbury line-up

Organisers of the event Nev and Michelle Craggs have enjoyed recent success hosting live music in local pubs.

Nev said: “I’ve always wanted to host my own music festival and things have blew up in the last year or so, now is the perfect time to take that chance.”

“We’ve been hosting gigs in the Town Hall and also The Fleece Inn. It’s crazy because they’ve started to be recognised as proper live venues.

“I was in York watching The Sherlocks and people were coming up to me saying you’re Nev from the Fleece aren’t you?”

When asked about the festival being exclusive to ‘unsigned bands’ Nev told me: “That’s just my thing, we’re always going to keep it that way.

“All of the bands have been playing at my pubs and it’s fantastic watching them get bigger and better.

“When I went to see The Sherlock’s last week– who I first saw about three years ago – I told Michael (the bands manager) – this lot have just turned from boys to men.

“This will be the last time you’ll ever be able to see The Sherlocks in a place like this –things are booming for them.

The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks

“All the bands that are coming to Fleecetonbury are brilliant and have a huge future ahead of them. The likes of The Tapestry and Casual Agenda, all of them, I can’t stress enough how good they are.

“Because I’ve been good to them and they’ve been great with me they all agreed to come back and play the festival – and that’s a good feeling.”

And Nev’s not alone with his thoughts in regards to this.

Pedro, lead singer of the band Casual Agenda, hyped by Nev for their sounds similar to Weller, Dylan, Arctic monkeys and Kasabain, said:

“If I had a hat I’d take it off to Nev and Michelle.

“It’s not hard to put on gigs for bands but for some reason it seems to be in most places, these guys are great – if everyone mucks in together there’s a benefit for all.

He also added: “I’ve always enjoyed playing Northallerton, the folks up they’re in for a treat with our set – something old – something new.”

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You can listen to Casual Agenda here

The festival will take place on the weekend of March 26 & 27; It will be hosted at The Fleece inn, Northallerton Town Hall and also an outdoor stage – weather permitting.

Tickets can be bought at SeeTickets and are priced £17.50 per day or £30 for the two-day special.

Camping is also available.

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Secret millionaire inspires budding Teesside Entrepreneurs

Secret Millionaire: Carl Hopkins reading his copy of Tside

Secret Millionaire: Carl Hopkins reading his copy of Tside

Secret Millionaire and serial entrepreneur Carl Hopkins  visited Teesside University to share the secrets of his success with students.

The event was organised by Andy Price, the Universitys’ Head of Enterprise Development, to give students valuable insight into running their own business.

Carl became famous during his appearance on the hit Channel 4 TV series The Secret Millionaire.

The programme, filmed in the North-East town of Easington, saw Carl going undercover to find worthwhile causes to give his money to.

It resulted in him giving £42,000 of his own money to some of the people he met.

His business journey started long before his appearance on the show and it was not as straight forward as it first appears.

Mr Hopkins started life on a council estate and he told us that he has often been referred to as lucky in terms of his success.

This is not a term that sits well with him. It is evident once you have heard the real Carl Hopkins story that luck is only a miniscule part of the puzzle.

Sheer grit, determination, self-reliance and belief and the ability to take calculated risks have got him where he is today.

He said: “Lots of people say I have been lucky but that’s a view point and it’s not the real journey.”

“It suggests that the individual hasn’t had anything to do with it. I talk about how it affected my first marriage, seeing my son, getting into more debt than I have even been in in my life. It was tough.

“It was about sticking at it, it was about self-belief.”

His first job at 19 was not what he thought he would have done. As a talented artist he finished at art college with hopes of  this as a career.

Instead, he got a job working for JDA, a direct marketing company as a Junior Designer.

The company experienced a huge growth during his time there and he rapidly progressed through the ranks eventually taking over as MD in 2000.

He took the business from strength to strength and the turnover of the business from £9.6 million to £19.6 million.

Carl sold the business years later just before the recession, this could be the one time luck played a part.

Throughout the fascinating presentation he shared his personal life timeline but also what was going on in the world around him at each key point.

It is this global commercial awareness that surely helps him make some of the challenging decisions he has had to face.

One of his key pieces of advice is constantly be thinking about what value you can add to everything you do.

He said: “I have never approached my career or my business thinking how will this benefit me.”

“I think that anyone who does that will fail. If you go in there thinking how can our business benefit the customers then you will succeed.

“I think it is important to always have a plan. Even now I always have a two year plan of what I want to achieve.”

He explained to me that he always had a sense of being an observer during his youth. He wasn’t interested in the same things as his contemporaries on the estate as a teenager.

He said: “I had this interest where I wasn’t really good at anything else but I was that little bit better at art and you cling to things like that. I never really got into trouble.”

The entrepreneur from Yorkshire was refreshingly candid and did not shy away from sharing the tougher parts of his journey. He was keen for everyone to understand that running your own business is tough and not for the faint-hearted.

He credits the breakdown of his first marriage with the long hours we worked, often in different countries at the time when his first son was born.

He explained that he has often had to borrow money when he had very little to his name, even joking that he is “very good at spending other people’s money.”

Interestingly he never saw any of these investments as a risk.

He said: “I never put in any money that I couldn’t afford to lose.”

He recalls nipping out of his house to look at a new housing development and coming back having bought four houses.

Carl currently helps his wife Stefanie with her successful business Faith PR which is growing every year.

The couple have also launched their own business to business magazine and Carl has been involved with mentoring and The Princes Initiative, which supports the over 50’s starting their own business, as well as owning a coffee shop.

His work now is very much about inspiring others to get into business, motivational speaking and bespoke business consultancy work through his business Kloog.

Amongst all that, he has managed to set aside some time one day per week for his beloved art.

It seems that after all his impressive achievements he has found life balance and is able to enjoy the rewards of all of his hard work.

The event was extremely well received and Hopkins received a rapturous applause and many questions from eager students.

Andy Price said: “It was a great event and I think everyone got something useful out of it.”

“The University is very supportive of students who are interested in starting their own business and there is lots of support available.”

If you are a student at Teesside and you are interested in starting your own business email for more information on the support they can offer.

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Teesside residents march for freedom



A group of Teesside residents took to the streets  to protest for Palestinian freedom.

The team, Teesside Against Racism, Islamophobia and Fascism (TARIF) are campaigning to raise awareness and donations for Palestinian sufferers.

Raising over £165, TARIF plan to give all donations to Palestinian charities.

They’ve also spoke up against the current Syrian crisis,  vowing to educate Teesside citizens of the truth behind what they read in the media.

Jolande Mace, joint head of TARIF, says the main problem with the Palestinian crisis is an inaccuracy in reporting.

Jolande Mace and Saeed Ahmed, leaders of TARIF

Jolande Mace and Saeed Ahmed, leaders of TARIF

She said: “No one can actually get into Palestine due to closed roads and restrictions. So, as Israel owns such a big portion of the media, we only hear one side.”

“If TARIF helps change at least one person’s mind then I’ve achieved what I set out to do.”

Palestinians have been resisting apartheid since 1967. Since then they’ve failed to reach a peace agreement and mutual recognition on borders, water supply and freedom.

Last week, Jerusalem Post reported that Palestine ranked 195th in an International Network on children’s access to justice.

This survey included how effectively children defend themselves and gain access to legal resources.

“The refugee crisis is something that’s very dear to my heart.” says Jolande, 37.

CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE: The protest included speeches and leafleting

CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE: The protest included speeches and leafleting

“I was raised in several war torn African states. I fled Sudan due to a civil war and Algeria because of a terrorist insurgence.

“I owe my life to the kindness of others.

“That’s why, ethically, I can’t stand by and watch this happen. I need to do something, I need to use my voice.”

According to a United Nations report, 2014 Palestinian death tolls were the highest since 1967. This included 2,220 citizens and 513 children.

TARIF believes that if they help teach Teesside what’s going on it’ll enforce a positive change.

“The main way to get involved is by research, using your social media voice and, most importantly, not believing everything you read in the media.” adds Jolande.


“If the current Israeli regime continues there will be no more Palestine and that’s a scary enough thought.”


Follow TARIF’s protests on Facebook.

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Peeling back the curtain on the Orange Pip Market

orangepipAN EXCITING new artisan food market with a twist is opening in Middlesbrough.

The Orange Pip market will include locally sourced art, craft and live entertainment.

The Middlesbrough Council backed project, planned for Baker Street, is being managed by lead local curator Nicky Peacock.

Nicky, who is also a freelance artist, has been curating exhibitions, live performances and films over the last 20 years.

 Teesside’s cultural hub is booming particularly in Middlesbrough.

Flurries of independent cafes, tea houses, vintage shops and breweries are appearing all around town, pointing to the fact that Teesside is certainly more cultural now than it ever has been.

After Love Middlesbrough announced plans to regenerate Bedford Street as it had Baker Street, much of the local community are pretty excited to see what businesses will be coming to Middlesbrough’s high street this year.

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Nicky Peacock

Having heard about this exciting new addition to Baker Street, the heart of Middlesbrough’s regeneration, tside talked to Nicky to see what we could expect of Orange Pip Market and more.

How did Orange Pip Market come about?

NP: “I was working with Middlesbrough Council as a freelancer with the arts and events team on a variety of different art and dance events.

“Middlesbrough Council then told me they wanted to put on an outdoor market, so they asked me if I could compile a research and feasibility study for them.

“The idea was pretty shapeless when it was brought to me, which was something of a gift. I researched into different demographics, who I thought our customer would be, and I’ve researched a lot of other places.

“And of course lots of different foods, as I am a massive foodie fan. But more than anything we want this to be a bit different, not just a standard outdoor market.”

What influenced your thinking when curating this Market?

NP: “I spent last summer in New York and I went to the Brooklyn Flea Market and their artisan offshoot the Smorgasburg market.  I was so impressed by what I saw and the food they had at the market was phenomenal.

“But more than that was the vibe, so informal, laid-back and fun. I thought to myself, well I’ve saw beautiful organic food markets in New York, Paris, London why wouldn’t Middlesbrough be ready for one?

“So I began by cherry picking the most exciting elements of international outdoor markets and places like Boiler Shop Steamer in Newcastle and slowly tailor it to something that would really suit Middlesbrough and the people who live here”

So what else can people expect from Orange Pip market aside from a place to get the best authentic artisan food?

NP: “The market will run all the way down Baker Street, but there will be cafe and beer stalls running in between the shops.

“We’re in the middle of securing with The Twisted Lip and other local microbreweries so local business can be part of the market. Obviously this means people who wish to drink, would be drinking out of plastic cups as you would at any live event.

“I’m also buying antique unwanted furniture from abandoned colleges, I want people to be comfy and stay all day.

“We will also be hosting live entertainment from local band Green Fuzz (psychedelic garage punk) oh, and they’ll also be a girl offering to braid your hair, what more could you want?”

Can you please disclose what sort of business people can expect to be opening on Bedford Street, Middlesbrough this year?

NP: “Various businesses are starting up singularly but Bedford Street will be officially up and running by the end of March.

“It’s poised to be a place for leisure, food and drink as Baker Street caters more to the lifestyle outlets such as vintage shops and barber shops.

“The Curing House will be a charcuterie selling lovely home cured meats such as salami and chorizo and so on.

“There’s also going to be an excellent stone baked pizza parlour opening up, but the one I’m most looking forward to opening is the Nut Hatch, which is going to be a spirit and cocktail bar.

“I’m sure I won’t be the only one looking forward to that to.”

Orange Pip Market will open Saturday  May  28 and will run on the last Saturday of every month from 12noon to 7pm.

As the year goes on and the nights get darker Orange Pip hopes to exhibit light artists, more bands and even films.

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Cleveland sees rise in number of reported rapes

Image used with permission from Pixabay.

Image used with permission from Pixabay.

The number of rapes reported in Cleveland has increased dramatically since 2012.

In the past year 114 rapes were reported, showing an almost 90% increase on the previous year, with 61 reported rapes.

The statistics come from Freedom of Information requests to the Crown Prosecution Service and Cleveland Police.

Dilys Davy, chief executive of Arch North East, which aims to support victims of sexual assault, explained that despite the rise in reports, it does not necessarily mean more people are being raped.

She said:“People have more faith in the criminal justice system and police.

“Since incidents like the Jimmy Savile investigation, police are recording better and there is more support for victims of sexual violence than there used to be.”

This support includes more voluntary organisations, more awareness, and a faster response time, meaning victims would not need to relive the experience in court up to two years later.

The statistics show that the increase in Cleveland is far higher than the national rise in reported rapes, which was 31% in the past year- its highest point in ten years.

The number of reports in 2013/12 was a smaller increase on the preceding year, which was 15%, with 53 reports.

As the Freedom of Information statistics show, for the year 2012/13 there were 50 female victims and three male victims.

Of these 53 reports one ended with a caution, 13 people were charged, three received summons, 32 remain undetected and four were classed as no crime.

In response Cleveland Police said:  “When a rape is reported to the police all such allegations would result in an officer attending and all would be investigated.”

In the following year 2013/14 there were 59 female victims and two male victims.

Of these 15 were charged, four were classed as no crime, 41 remain undetected and one case is still live.

The statistics provide interesting figures, following suggestions that many male victims refuse to speak out in fear of being ignored.

It is estimated that male survivors account for at least 12% of sexual assaults each year  and this has led to new funding and more open discussions about the issue.

This includes more sexual assault storylines on television focusing on male victims, such as a plot line in this year’s season of the television show Outlander.

In the year 2014/15 there were 106 female victims and eight male victims.

Eight were charged, eight were classed as no crime, 18 are still live, 79 remain undetected and the status of one case is unknown.

Despite the rising trend in the number of rapes reported, the number of prosecutions remains fairly consistent over the years investigated.

From statistics supplied by the Crown Prosecution Service there were 47 rape flagged prosecutions for male defendants, and one rape flagged prosecution for a female defendant in the year 2012/13 in the region of Cleveland.

Of these, 29 ended with convictions. In 2013/14 there were 58 prosecutions, 31 of which ended in a conviction. In the year 2014/15 there were 48 prosecutions, with 23 ending in a conviction.

A spokeswoman from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s communication unit highlighted the introduction of Domestic Violence Protection Notices in August 2014, which enable better protection for victims of domestic abuse, and the introduction of Clare’s Law.

She said: “The scheme to allow people to find out from police if their partner has a history of domestic abuse was brought in in March last year to protect any vulnerable people from abuse and again this has proved a valuable aid in protecting women from either physical or mental attack.”

The initiative is named after Clare Wood who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend, who had a history of domestic violence.

She added: “This year we have set up workforce champions in a variety of organisations in the hope that along with the support services already available – there will be someone within a person’s own workplace environment – regardless of whether the victim is male or female – who will be available for them to confide in.”

The result has been that an increasing number of victims feel more confident in reporting their attacks, with more systems in place to support them through the traumatic aftermath.

An increasingly public discussion about the frequency of sexual assaults and domestic abuse targeting both men and women has contributed to the rise in rapes being reported, as people become more confident in reporting their abusers and coming forward for help and support.

The Police and Crime Commissioner highlighted this rise in confidence saying: “All this additional support is enabling victims of domestic abuse to gain confidence in reporting issues to the police and clearer signposting of support agencies means there are several routes they can access to gain help in reporting such abuse.”

Victims of sexual assault have the added safety of automatic anonymity from the moment the attack is reported, meaning they can rest assured that they can make a report while avoiding the publicity that can sometimes follow making a report to police.

A number of groups, including feminist organisations and sexual assault support services have long campaigned for a more open discussion of the impact of rape, and the need for a safer environment in which survivors can feel more confident about coming forward to report their attackers.

These recent statistics suggest that the campaigns are working.

However, the work is not over.  Many men and women still suffer in silence, and more needs to be done to ensure not only that victims feel safe enough to speak out, but also to prevent so many sexual assaults occurring in the first place.


Anybody affected by this story can contact a number of services which assist victims of sexual assault:

Arch North East:

HOPE Groups:

Harbour Support Services:

The Survivors Trust:

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The rise of UK Blogging: Through the eyes of a Middlesbrough blogger.

Blogging is the newest and trendiest way of sharing your views or sharing your life.

With more people deciding to share snippets of their lives than ever, Blogging is certainly the trendiest way to share parts of your life.

Sharing your life via the internet has become more and more popular and over the past few years, with the number of people creating blogs has increased massively.

There are many different types of blogs circulating the internet.

From beauty blogs to film review blogs, there is something for everyone.

Most popular, being the fashion and beauty blogs.

Teesside University student, Megan Lillie, 22, also known as, Thumbelina Lillie to the blogging world, set up her beauty blog in 2012.

Megan Lille, also known as, Thumbelina Lilie

Megan Lille, also known as, Thumbelina Lillie.

Since then, her blog reaches thousands of views each week, and not mention, winning a Cosmopolitan Award for it.

Megan decided to set up her own Blog while taking a gap year as, she needed something to fulfil the time, alongside a part time job.

Megan said: “I had read blogs for around six months whilst studying in college, I had found my first one through someone’s Instagram account and became hooked almost immediately.”

“I have always been a creative person in different aspects of my life, and my blog allows me to have a place to share my creativity with others.

“My blog has given me a whole host of new skills. I loved the writing aspect of it, writing is always something that I have loved. But I have learned to love photography and learning about cameras, as well as the editing process that goes alongside it.”

Blogging has quadrupled over the past few years, with new people adding to the blogging community each week.

It has become popular to all types of people, with a mixture of blogs becoming more popular than others, hitting over hundreds of thousands of page views a month.

“Blogging has grown tenfold to what it was when I first started. I love blogging now as much as did back then. The community is absolutely fabulous-everyone is so lovely,” Megan said.

Some of the more “popular” bloggers have even made a business over their own Blogs.

Newly famed ‘celebrities’ have come out of the blogging scene such as, Zoe Sugg, also known as ‘Zoella. Who has built an empire of merchandise since hitting the big time with her Blog alongside, Youtube.

Megan said: “I think it’s incredible that bloggers can make businesses out of themselves and their talents, as well as transferring skills in other ways like product lines and merchandise.”

Blogging is very much today’s news, and it looks set to rise even more in 2016.

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Mentoring future designers :Post from Tees Made

We recently held the 2nd of three mentoring sessions with year 12 and 13 students from The King’s Academy. 3rd year product design students gave help and advice with the development of their  college projects. As part of the visit they also had a digital illustration workshop where they learnt how to use PhotoShop as a rendering tool and produced some great work. The next session in early April will see the Kings Academy students bring in their final designs solutions in model form for a final critique.


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Disney comes to Teesside University

Disney and other top animators, game designers and film visual effects companies descended on Teesside University for a week of talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games saw speakers from Disney, Sony, Blizzard and many others  talk with students from the University.

Renato Dos Anjos from Disney brought his latest project, Zootropolis, and allowed students an advance viewing several weeks before the international premier.

Gabrielle Kent, Festival Organiser and Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Development at Teesside University, said: “We are delighted to have Renato in attendance at this year’s Animex to give a behind the scenes look at the development of a feature that hasn’t even reached the UK yet.”


James Barker interviewing Elizabeth Rega

It was not just animators and directors who attended the festival.

Elizabeth Rega, Consultant of Animation with Disney and also Professor of Anatomy for Western University in California, has been a number of times.

She spoke with students about facial expressions and said that she always looks forward to sitting in on other speakers.

“I’m very excited for the other talks. The motion capture talk, I’m very excited for this. As well as the Zootropolis premier,” She said.

“There’s going to be some very remarkable work there and it’s amazing that we get the premier, seven weeks before it’s actually released and here it is premiering in Middlesbrough.”


Disney’s Dan Lund talking about ‘Aria for a Cow’

Dan Lund, the Director of Disney’s short film “Aria for a cow”, explained that he had previous students who haD attended Animex help create his new film and wanted to come back to show off the results.

But he also enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the event.

He said: “You ask anyone who has been to Animex before. It is like a family reunion.”

“Even if I am meeting people who I’ve never met before, but has been here before, we all have the same vibe of wanting to come here and hang out with the other speakers.

“Tonight we get to hang out with the students, which is so cool and a unique experience.”


Stephanie Dominguez, background artist for ‘Aria for a Cow’

The project was also helped by background artist, Stephanie Dominguez. She came to Animex in 2014 and is new to the industry.

She said: “I definitely want to come back again. The main point (about Animex) is networking.”

“You get to meet everyone from the industry and all the students. I’m only a few steps further from the students but it is always good to see what is coming next.”


VFX overlays for the film ‘The Martian’

Pascal Etangsale, from ‘The Moving Picture Company’, came to Teesside and spoke with the students about his visual effects used on ‘The Martian’ film.

He said: “Creating the bridge between the people who are actually working in the industry and people who want to work, is very important.”

“It motivates people and takes away the formalities that you may encounter. So it’s great that you allow people to get into a networking relaxed context.”

Animex is now 16 years old and was a chance for people to see what direction the industry is moving in, to network with companies and make contacts for prospective employers.

Each speaker was interviewed after their talks and those interviews can be seen on the official YouTube channel or the Facebook page.

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