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Friends of Pannett

The Friends of Pannett Park will be holding an Easter in the Park event on Saturday 30 March from 11am-2pm. There will be stalls and a wide range of fun things to do including egg rolling, splat the rat, egg hunt and a drawing competition. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Bridge club

Whitby Bridge Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.15pm at Sneaton Castle. Visitors and new members are welcome and more information is available from secretary Roger Holmes on (01947) 604190.

Master Point winners in the recent Whitby Bridge Club competition: Tuesday 12 March: 1Roger Cohen and Roger Holmes, 2 Jenny Holmes and Peter Grundy, 3 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper, 4 Frits van der Lee and Geoff Watson.

Thursday 14 March: 1 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 2 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, =3 Roger and Jenny Holmes, =3 Roger Cohen and Sue Cheeseley.

Whalers U3A

The Lecture Group meets at St John Ambulance Hall at 11am on Tuesday for a talk by Deborah Gillanders entitled Proper Ganseys.

Concert outing to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Wednesday 3 April. To book ring 600963.

Gardening group outing on Monday 8 April to Ripley Castle Gardens. Book at coffee morning.

Friends of lifeboat

The Friends of Whitby Lifeboat presents The Shrewsbury Brass Band at the Whitby Spa Pavilion.

The band plays a wide range of music from classical to songs from the musicals. The evening will be on Saturday 30 March at 7.30pm.

Tickets £8 available from Harper Brown, the lifeboat museum and the lifeboat station. Raffle prizes would be very welcome.

Photographic

Whitby Photographic Society meets in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum on Thursdays at 6.45pm. The next meeting is on Thursday 4 April when Anthony Banes will give a talk entitled Local Families in Local Locations. Non members are very welcome, cost £2.

Fine Arts

Whitby Antique and Fine Arts Society meets at the Green Lane Centre, Whitby. The society next meets on Tuesday 16 April at 7.30pm when Gordon Henderson will give a talk entitled Roman Medicine. New members always welcome, contact Jo Maxwell on 603870.

Bradbury Centre

Regular and on-going courses and activities at the Bradbury Centre on Mondays include Yoga at 9.30am, Armchair Aerobics at 3.15pm, Technogym from 4.15-5.15pm, 5.30-6.30pm, and Games Night at 7pm. On Tuesdays there are play readings at 10.30am, Technogym from 9.15-10.15am, Learn to play Bridge, 6.30pm Tuesdays. Technogym is from 6.15-7.15pm on Wednesdays, Knit and Knatter, 1.30-3.30pm. Art Class, 9.30-11.30am Thursdays, Thursday Get Together, 1.30-3.30pm, free. Technogym from 9.15-10.15am, Fridays. Sunday lunch at noon Sundays is available for non-residents for £5.50 – please book on Friday. Visiting services include ‘Read’ Holy Communion from 10.30am on the first Wednesday of the month, the hairdresser on Wednesday afternoons, the chiropodist on the last Friday of the month, the optician by appointment, and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau on Mondays from 2-4pm. Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Manicure and Indian Head Massage is also available.

Events for March and April: tonight, March speaker Colin Farrington, In The Shadow of the Kestrel 7.30pm; Monday, Bike It, Guisborough Woods, 10am; Wednesday, Memory Loss or Much More? 1.30-3.30pm; Friday 19 April, April speaker, Bill Kitson, Writing: An Incurable Addition 7.30pm; Monday 22 April, Bike It, Guisborough Woods 10am; starting Tuesday 23 April, Slimdown for Summer 6.30-7.30pm; Friday 26 April, Big Friday 7.30pm.

For more details and prices contact the Bradbury Centre on 07967 538800 or email activities@eskmoorscaring.org

Whitby Flower Club

The meeting on Monday at 2pm in Sleights Village Hall is a workshop. For a list of flowers and equipment needed contact Heather on 829222 or Monica on 604881.

Hawsker WI

The March meeting was opened by Chris Hebron and the minutes of the last meeting were taken as read.

The Lunch Club has had a change of venue for this month and will now meet at the Flask Inn on Wednesday. The group lunch is at the Jolly sailor at Moorsholm on 29 May.

Ruswarp WI has invited members on a mystery trip on 26 June.

Various theatre trips are planned including Calendar Girls on Tuesday 2 April and The Sound of Music on 11 May at Whitby Pavilion.

Birthday flowers were presented to Mary Cummins and Margaret Noble.

The group meeting arranged for the group show to be at Ruswarp Village Hall on 21 September.

Members were given a copy of the schedule for the mini show on 8 October.

The monthly competition for a single hyacinth was 1 Hazel Dixon and 2 Ann Edley.

The bulb show results were as follows: bowls daffodils, 1 Elizabeth Tindall, 2 Hazel Dixon, 3 Ann Edley; bowl own choice, 1 Elizabeth Tindall, 2 Hazel Dixon; WI bulb, 1 Hazel Dixon, 2 Carol Hood, 3 Ann Edley.

Leanne Weatherill from The House of Flowers gave a flower arranging demonstration. She was thanked by Chris Hebron and answered members’ questions.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 9 April at 7.15pm when Mark Edwards will give a talk on Whitby Museum. The competition is for a childhood treasure.

For further details call Chris Hebron on 605973 or come to the next meeting, £3, to include supper.

Advocacy

Advocacy Alliance is a registered charity covering the Whitby area. It offers a free and confidential service from professional people for anyone over 18 years and has varied skills and knowledge to help you make your voice heard, find out information, make choices and ensure your rights. It can help by approaching people in authority, making telephone calls, supporting at meetings, writing letters and pursuing complaints. Someone can visit you at home, a meeting room in Whitby or other venue of your choice. For further details or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer advocate, call (01723) 363910.

Badminton

A badminton evening is held every Thursday from 7.30-9.30pm at Fyling Hall School by Whitby Badminton Club. All welcome. Informal free help provided for inexperienced players and people wishing to return to the sport. Lifts can be provided from Whitby. Call Walter 602938 for more details.

Blind Society

Scarborough Blind and Partially Sighted Society offers a mail order or home delivery service to sight impaired people in the Whitby area. Anyone wishing to find out about specialist equipment available should ring the Resource Centre on (01723) 354417 or can visit the centre at 183 Dean Road, Scarborough, open Monday to Thursday, 10am-4pm. The society also provides computer training and fitness facilities at the Resource Centre. The mini-bus is used on Tuesdays to collect clients from Whitby to use the facilities. Contact the centre for more details.

Children’s Centre

Mondays, Little Green Fingers, free gardening session, 9.30-11am, Whitby and District Children’s Centre; parent and babies group, 1-3pm, Whitby and District Children’s Centre; Tuesdays, baby massage, 2.30pm, Airy Hill Prefab; Wednesdays, Let’s Play, 1.30-3pm, Whitby and District Children’s Centre; Crafty Fun, 1-3pm, Eastside Community Centre; Thursdays, Chillout, 1-3pm, Airy Hill Prefab; Baby Play, 1-2.30pm, Eastside Community Centre; Fridays, Terrific Toddlers, 1-3pm, Airy Hill Prefab. For details of all events, bookings, times and prices, contact the Children’s Centre on (01609) 533819.

Country Dancing

Whitby Caledonian Society – country dancing in St John Ambulance Hall every Friday at 8pm. New members always welcome, for details contact Graham Williams on 600281.

Disabled

Anyone wanting to become a member of Whitby DAG, to be included on the mailing list or who would like further information about the organisation, should contact the DAG office on (01947) 821001.

Eastside Centre

Activities at the Eastside Community Centre: Mondays, Baby clinic 9.30-11.30am alternate Mondays, Lizzie Dent, fun and games, 5-6pm; Tuesdays, parent and toddlers 1-2.30pm, Tuesday Club for adults with learning disabilities, 6-8pm; Wednesdays, Brownies 6-7.15pm; Thursdays, baby play 1-2.30pm, Yorkshire Coast Homes drop-in surgery 3-5pm alternative Thursdays, Zumba 6-7pm; Fridays, Let’s Cook 1-2.30pm. The children’s centre is running an under 18 months toddlers’ group for mums and toddlers. Anyone wanting to book a party or a group, please call Lisa O’Brien on 07913 319279.

Whish

Whitby Hidden Impairments Self Help, WHISH, is a support group for all parents, carers, individuals and professionals in the Whitby and District area who have an interest in hidden impairments. For more information, visit the website www.whishgroup.co.uk or email whishsupport@hotmail.com

Alcoholics

Acoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Tuesday and Friday at Sneaton Castle, Whitby at 7.30pm. For instant advice call the national helpline on (0845) 7697555.

Al Anon, for families and friends who have concerns about someone’s drinking, meets at a new venue now on Tuesday nights at 7pm at Sneaton Castle, Whitby. For instant advice call the national helpline on (0207) 4030888.

Gambling

Counselling and support for individuals who are either concerned about their own or someone they care about’s gambling levels. Gamecare’s helpline is 0845 6000133. Local office contact details to arrange counselling is Jo Dexter on 0191 2343486. A counsellor is available at Church House in Flowergate every Tuesday.

Youth Shack

Youth Shack is a drop-in centre for young people in Whitby town centre. Wide-screen TVs, free internet access, pool table. For details contact Debs Stelling on (01609) 536196 or 07870 906648.

Writers

WHITBY Writers Group meets at the Kirkham Centre, Kirkham Close, Whitby, on the first and third Friday of each month at 11am-1pm. New members are welcome. Supportive but pragmatic, members swap constructive criticism of work-in-progress plus tales of selling in the rough world of print. For details contact the chairman on 820278.

Volunteering

Thinking about volunteering to help your community? Whitby Volunteer Centre is now open at Church House, Flowergate. The Volunteer Centre can help you to work out what type of volunteering would suit you and provide information on opportunities. Local voluntary groups and charities are also encouraged to get in touch and make sure the Volunteer Centre has up to date information about volunteering vacancies. For more information call Pam on 605599 or email volunteering.whitby@seachange-community.org. You can find out more about volunteering on www.do-it.org.uk.

Bereavement

Empty Chair Family Bereavement Support Group meets at the Coliseum on the first Thursday of every month between 1.30-3.30pm. The next meeting is on Thursday 4 April, all welcome.

Community Choir

Whitby Community Choir is a mixed voice acapella choir and meets every Wednesday at Flowergate United Reformed Church, 7.15-9.15pm. It sings a wide range of music from around the world. All new members always welcome, especially male voices at present. No experience necessary. For further information contact the musical director Rebecca Gross on 811743, or just turn up.

Family Planning

Family planning clinics are held in the Endeavour Suite at Whitby Hospital on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Probus

Whitby Probus Club meets on the first and third Fridays of the month at Sneaton Castle, Whitby. Are you retired? Enjoy fellowship? The club gives a warm welcome to new members. For details contact GR Mair on 603696.

Residents

West Side Tenants and Residents’ Association meets on the third Thursday of every month. Anyone with any housing-related problems is encouraged to attend the meetings at the Kirkham Centre at 7pm.