Bid to beat 2019 turnout at New Year swim

HORNSEA Inshore Rescue will be holding its annual New Year’s Day Fun Swim on Saturday, January 1.

In 2019, the event saw more than 130 brave souls dip into the chilly North Sea, watched by more than 2,500 people, all enjoying the spectacle as the swimmers were escorted to the sea’s edge by a Scottish piper and drums.

Organisers say they hope the turnout will beat 2019’s record, and refreshments will be available for swimmers and spectators alike. This year, a piper will again lead the swimmers down to the beach from the Hornsea Inshore Rescue boathouse at noon.

All swimmers will have to register before the event, and Covid precautions will be strictly adhered to.

Sponsorship forms are available from Robinson’s News, Paul’s Barbers and Hampson’s Electric in Newbegin in Hornsea, No 10 in the Market Place and all Hornsea pubs, as well as online at or from [email protected]

Hornsea Inshore Rescue is a totally independent organisation supported solely by donations and grants. It also raises funds by running courses on water safety and offers corporate days where groups can experience a full mock rescue. They also cater for school visits.

For adults they provide the popular fish and chip lunches or suppers for pre-booked groups of up to 50 people who are treated to a presentation on what Hornsea Inshore Rescue does. For more information, call Sue on 07796 257989

Val Wood book competition – the winners

IN LAST week’s edition, the Gazette ran a competition to win two copies of Val Wood’s latest novel, Children of Fortune. The correct answer was The Hungry Tide. Out of all the entries, two lucky winners were drawn – Lynda Lockwood and Clair Moss. Both Lynda and Clair will receive a copy of Children of Fortune, which was being launched as this edition hit the newsstand (November 25).

Children of Fortune is a powerful new saga about family ties, long-held secrets, and the fleeting days of childhood, set in the 19th century. In 1864, following the untimely death of her coldhearted husband, Beatrix and her three children are finally free. While Ambrose has already determined his path in life, eldest son Laurie’s future is less certain. With the responsibility of the family estate on his shoulders, Laurie must decide between staying in Yorkshire to farm the family land and following his dream. Meanwhile, headstrong, and independent Alicia is defying expectation and excelling at school. There she befriends the enigmatic Olivia Snowdon and they quickly become inseparable.

But Olivia’s family past is shrouded in mystery and as the two families grow closer, secrets start to come tumbling out. Children of Fortune is available in all good book shops or from Amazon.

Go green with HEY Credit Union

HEY Credit Union has launched a Green Loan to help people spread the cost of environmentally friendly purchases.

The Green Loan is a personal loan for purchases, large or small, that could include boiler upgrades, a new bicycle, or an electric car. A list of qualifying products and services is available on the credit union’s website.

The loan comes with a discount of up to 15 per cent off the normal loan rates on a credit union loan, and includes the usual benefits, including no setup fees or early settlement penalties. And the credit union will donate a tree to the HEY Woods Forest for every Green Loan that is taken out.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, HEY Credit Union can be reached by phone on 01482 778753, by email on [email protected], online at, or at its Withernsea branch at the Shores Centre in Seaside Road, which is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am to noon.


Fair and fundraising lights trail

A CHRISTMAS Fair at Thorngumbald Village Hall is being held on Saturday, December 4.

The event, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, will officially launch Christmas 2021 in the village. There will be various stalls, as well as Santa in his sleigh, courtesy of the Holderness Lions. A brass band will be playing from 6pm to 6.30pm.

Back for its second year is the Christmas lights trail. Entry forms are available at the post office and pre-school. It costs £1 to enter, and the entry fee needs to be in by Friday, November 26. All money raised will go towards Thorngumbald Pre-School.