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Community Notices for week starting Friday 29 March

Friends of Pannett

The Friends of Pannett Park will be holding an Easter in the Park event tomorrow 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. As a safeguard against the predicted cold weather the activities and stalls will now be held in the museum, in the Normanby Room.

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 19 March: 1 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 2 Maureen Eglon and Dorothy Cass, 3 Jennifer Smith and Marjorie Mackenzie, 4 Karen Sewell and Mo Metcalfe, 5 Lucette Vos and Ray Flute. Thursday 21 March: 1 Roger Holmes and Roger Cohen, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.

Whalers U3A

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

Gardening group outing on Tuesday 9 April (please note corrected date) 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 tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets, £8, available from Harper Brown, the lifeboat museum and the lifeboat station. Raffle prizes would be very welcome.


Whitby Photographic Society meets in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum on Thursdays at 6.45pm. At the meeting on Thursday 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

Events for April: Friday 19 April, April speaker, Bill Kitson, Writing: An Incurable Addiction 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

Whitby Flower Club

The next demonstration in Sleights Village Hall will be by Marjorie Moore on Monday 22 April at 2pm entitled ‘Let’s Go’.

To join Whitby Flower Club or to attend the occasional meeting contact Heather on 829222 or Monica on 604881 for more information.

Hinderwell WI

President, Chris Prudom, welcomed members to the March meeting.

Secretary, Mrs B Piggott, read the minutes of the last meeting which were approved.

There were six birthdays this month and cards were given out, along with best wishes, to the recipients.

Matters arising: a computer day at Thirsk on 19 April, any member wishing to attend is to let Mrs Prudom know - the afternoon session is from 1.30-4pm; a delegate is needed for the spring council meeting on 10 April at The Spa, Scarborough; the group lunch this year is to be held at the Jolly Sailors Inn on the Guisborough Moor Road, on 29 May at noon.

Business over, the guest speakers for the evening were Sean Gilpin and Chris Manship, who gave a talk and demonstration on the making of violins.

Thanks were extended to the guests by Ann Burnsides for a very enlightening talk and demonstration.

The competition for a decorated egg was 1 S Hunt-Brown, 2 J Lonsdale, 3 Y Barber.

The next meeting is to be held on Monday 8 April at M&Co, Whitby, where a fashion show will be held. There will be no competition this month. Members will be allowed to bring a friend to this meeting.

St John Fellowship

The February meeting of the Whitby branch of the St John Ambulance Fellowship was an AGM and was held at St John Ambulance headquarters, Back St Hilda’s Terrace.

Chairperson Gwenyth Hodgsoned opened the meeting, welcoming everyone.

The minutes were read by vice-chair Jane Welford and signed as a true record. Claudine Metcalfe, secretary, stated that the number of voluntary hours carried out by members was down on previous years. She thought members were not keeping records of the voluntary hours they had done.

Treasurer, Alan Hodgson, presented a satisfactory financial statement.

Chairperson Gwenyth Hodgson thanked all speakers, members, committee and everyone who had supported the fellowship during the year.

Owing to no new nominations, the current representatives are chair Gwenyth Hodgson, vice-chair Jane Welford, secretary Claudine Metcalfe, treasurer Alan Hodgson and committee members June Howard. Bill Hodgson resigned from the committee owing to health reasons. He was thanked for his dedicated support.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 10 April at 2.30pm in the St John Ambulance Hall when a beetle drive will be held.

Advance notice to all members that the gardens of Mulgrave Castle, Lythe, will be open in aid of Whitby St John Ambulance on Sunday 2 June.

Former members of St John Ambulance are always welcome.

Cardiac Support

At the March meeting Mark Dawson gave a talk on astronomy.

The AGM is on Wednesday 17 April, followed by a talk by Amelia Scholey on heart conditions in young people, taking place at 7.30pm at Kirkham Close Centre.

New members always welcome.

Ugthorpe WI

The March meeting was held in Christ Church Hall with Barbara Rutter presiding.

After the singing of Jerusalem the creed was read by Kath Gard, the minutes were agreed and signed.

Congratulations were expressed to the team of Barbara, Irene, Janice and Myra who won the federation darts.

Arrangements were made for the spring council meeting and the pearl lunch. Names were taken for the federation quiz.

Barabara then handed over to Ursula Darley and Florence Cornforth for the members’ night.

The minutes were read from last year and then members were introduced to Gay and John Whiteley who gave a talk about how they raise funds for CAFOD, by Gay making articles of bead-work and John doing his wood turning. They brought examples of their work for members to see. They were thanked by Ursula.

The competition for a plant was won by Carol Tasker. Supper was served by Emma Chapman and Kate Cornforth.

Glaisdale WI

The original meeting at Bank House Farm was cancelled because of the snow, so a short meeting was held at the institute. It is hoped to be able to go to Bank House in September instead.

Members discussed arrangements necessary for the upcoming federation walk in May and congratulations go to Ugthorpe for their victory at the federation darts.

Betty Hoggarth said that the Open Gardens will be held again this year on 29/30 June and has asked if the WI will coordinate refreshments. A volunteer rota list will go out, with a leaflet drop in village to ask for extra volunteers.

Instead of the usual talk there was an impromptu dominoes drive.

The next meeting on Thursday 11 April will be Ruth Hutchinson on ‘My life with eggs’. Ruth is an experienced egg decorator, Fabergé style. The competition is a decorated Easter egg (hard boiled) and the supper hostess are Julie Lake, Karen Doncaster and Rose Brown.

Fryupdales WI

Finally, after the cancellation of February’s meeting and a week’s delay in March due to snow, Fryupdales WI met in the village hall.

Teresa Dodsworth, Joy Dowson, Claire Woolf, Cora Weir and Tina Allan weren’t able to attend and sent apologies.

President, Mary Smith, welcomed everybody and congratulated the darts team who had won the group darts match on the previous Tuesday, playing a blinder of a game and winning the trophy for the first time in 21 years. Well done to the team who were Carole Ridsdale, (captain), Sandra Raw and Fay Gillanders.

Mary complimented Claire Woolf on another super programme and it was brought to the notice of the members that the picture Claire chose for the cover was a print from a painting of Great Fryupdale by WI member, Dot MacDonald.

Forthcoming events at Whitby Musical Theatre and Whitby Amateur Dramatic Society were noted as were details of bursary applications for courses at Denman College.

The Danby Show WI competition theme being ‘A Summer Barbeque’ set inventive minds racing, before the spring council meeting, group dominoes drive and group summer lunch were discussed.

For the summer outing everybody was keen on the open gardens, about which Joy Dowson as social secretary will make further enquiries.

The date of the walk is Wednesday 8 May and currently the plan is to drive to Danby, park at the station and board the train bound for Commondale. Here the strollers will alight and walk back to Danby, via a hearty lunch at Castleton. The final details will be arranged at the April meeting.

Sue Pilkington-Hanna reminded everyone of the Batik Workshop in April which is being held in the local vicinity, Whitby, and run by Heather Gatt; members were encouraged to sign up.

Speaker for the evening was Barry, from Wiltshire Farm Foods, who gave his talk and delicious tasting session before generously declining expenses suggesting they be donated to a charity of choice. (The NeoNatal Unit at James Cook University Hospital).

The competition was won by Dorothy Dowson and hostesses for the evening were Sandra Raw and Kath Winspear.

All welcome at the next meeting on Wednesday 10 April at 7.15pm in Fryupdales Village Hall, weather permitting.


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 or email

Activities for this week: today, riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Tuesday, riding fun day at Borrowby, 10am-1pm; Thursday, Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-9pm.


There are still a few places left for three days of fun activities on the InterActive Easter Playscheme for five to 11 year olds, at Stakesby School from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 April.

Cost £25. For more information or to book a place, ring InterActive on 601259.


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.


The Whitby Ramblers are having a break over Easter. The walks recommence on Saturday 6 April at Sutton Bank car park with a 13-mile walk. Meet at the National Park visitor centre car park at 10am.

More details from the library, Coliseum or Tourist Information Office.

Sleights YCA

The March meeting was well attended and opened by chairman, Kathryn Jones.

Friend and member, Barbara Thompson was remembered during a shared silence. Barbara had been a keen member of the YCA and over the years taken an active part serving on various committees including county chairman, chairman and treasurer for the North Riding branch and treasurer for the Sleights branch. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Jeannette Tomlinson, secretary, read the minutes and discussed details of forth coming events. Alison, from Capello, gave an informative talk on the vast range of beauty treatments and therapies available at the salons in Whitby and Sleights and the training and qualifications involved. A vote of thanks was given by Pam Jones.

Refreshments were served by Beryl Nicholson and a raffle was organised by Annette Fletcher.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 8 April at 2pm in Sleights Village Hall. A speaker from the Methodist Asylum Centre in Middlesbrough will be talking about a project in Malawi. Members are invited to donate any unwanted sewing or knitting materials, including hand sewing machines. New members and guests are welcome. For details please contact Jeannette Tomlinson on 811331.