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Values – What’s important?

We are discovering the values of the communities who worked hard together, and would support each other without thinking. Having something in common seems to be a theme running through these communities. The mining of iron stone in our Cleveland hills is one such community, also our local fishing communities of years gone by; sharing many things in common and generating core values.

Hopefully the learning will be that its part of who we are; the intention is to include young people in the gathering of information and piecing together the programme.
Areas to explore and include in the module:

Cleveland Iron stone mining museum and surrounding mining structures

Folk music (Vin Garbutt local singer/ song writer)

Games/ pastimes/ life styles in the mining period

Story telling

Film making – fact & fiction


Some drama/ role play
As background information is brought together and values identified, we will evaluate how best to share this with others.

The Life-Skills Labyrinth educational software programme, has worked well and at this stage it is thought that Community Values could also be shared through a similar package; available to secondary schools, youth training organisations and those working on a one to one basis with young people.

Expected time scale for this is project 6-months. As an after thought, we may include fishing communities just in case we run short of material.


The Journey

Staithes – North Yorkshire


Going down the Mine


Rock Face


A Jurassic Coastline

Update Sept 2013

Report 02
Values and Beliefs –
The things that are important to us and the things we believe to be true.

What we have done: Folk Music
The poets and the song writers seem to have an ability to see a much bigger picture, from where we stand.
Story telling used to be so important to us, recording our past, our ways and the stories that teach our younger generation. Families and communities would tell of the old times and people, over and over again. We wonder whether the old stories are now fading out, how will we remember to record and replay; will we continue to sing the song.
The song/ story perpetuates the event, we remember the stories best when held within the music. Often these songs define identity of both individuals and communities.
Songs about struggle: daily work/ humour/ freedom/ Love/ the local hero/ being proud of our heritage. Times were hard, dangerous and often unbearable. The song sustains us within the difficulty and teaches us for another day.
You feel the passion, emotion of the song: inspiring/ motivational/ assuring. The song comes from the soul, there is a spirituality within the words, music and rhythm that reaches the soul of the listener and reaches across the years. It tells of where we come from, our roots, our belonging; and in our struggle, that there is something better.
Part of our journey is to pass it on!




Travelling drift with young child


Skinningrove from the Cliffs

Update August 2013
Intro: Values and Beliefs –
The things that are important to us and the things we believe to be true.

This learning programme has been put together using our local heritage of both the ironstone mining, and fishing communities of the North East Coast of England. It may be possible to consider your own heritage and the changes in your local communities. What affected change in your area, in a way that people lived and understood their boundaries/ rules?
The intention is for this programme is to be available for youth groups and schools to use; the programme will also be accredited through NOCN, AQA or similar certified body.
What we have done:

Background research has been carried out relating to historical events that have shaped our local communities.
Young people have come on board and explored the things that they regard as important; friends seem to figure quite high in most cases. Mobile phones are also mentioned and I wonder if that is how people view the world today, through their mobile phone for contacts, appointments, Internet & social media (do we believe all we experience through our mobile phone)? It took a while to filter the initial comments and get down to what was really important: being part of something (belonging)/ money (being able to manage their needs)/ feeling safe (stability)/ helping others (responsibility)/ considering others (respect).
Visit with young people to the Ironstone Mining Museum Skinningrove.
Stepping into a drift mine and listening to the stories of how it became, and used to be was exciting for both the leaders and young people.
Going down the mine:

On the discovery of iron ore, workers were needed and they came from far and near; local coal miners from Durham, tin miners from Cornwall and furnace men from Ireland. Many walked for miles to get work and lived wherever they could. At its peak, this was called “Ironopolis” and resembled the California gold-rush.
Middlesbrough had begun with only a handful of farms but with the new railway bringing export coal to the ships, the population grew to over 5,000 creating a new town. This increased again to 74,000 with our immigrant miners and iron workers.
We explored what we mean by change and how that can be either sudden as with the discovery of ironstone, or very gradual in the case of the fishing communities.
Visit to Staithes and stories from Bill who has lived there all his life. Once a thriving fishing village with many Herring houses along the river bank; Staithes is also a great place to find fossils as the rock dates back 150-60 million years. We heard how superstition often stopped the fishermen going out to sea, fearful of how they might have disturbed the balance of things. They had a simple life that changed little over the years and their lack of understanding gave way to belief in what we would now regard as nonsense.
Time has been spent on looking at these differences of speed of change and how people adapted to change. People seemed to hold well together during times of change, supporting one another and respecting each ones place.
Next step:

Piecing together what we have learnt about the people, their values and beliefs; what are our values and how different are they to our ancestors. Is it all about how the world is now, or could their values be important to us – how might the world look?


Staithes – a path between two cottages

Vin Garbutt