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Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday 5 April


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.

Marine society

The Marine Conservation Society will be holding a beach clean event at Sandsend Beach on Saturday 13 April. The meeting point will be at 10.30am near the Sandside Cafe, ending around 12.30pm. People are welcome to come along for as much or as little time as they want. Wear sturdy shoes, latex gloves, bags and litter pickers are provided.

For further details email or ring 07909 897867.


If your group needs a minibus, then contact the GNCT Minibus Brokerage on 602982 or 606440. The group is part of the Whitby Good Neighbours Community Transport.


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.


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.

Bible Society

The Whitby Action Group of the Bible Society invites everyone for a coffee in the comfortable, friendly atmosphere of the Saxonville Hotel for its annual coffee morning. This will take place on Wednesday 17 April from 10am-noon. There will also 
be a raffle and bring and buy stall.

During the 200th anniversary year, which has just ended, the group has raised £820.87 for the work of the Bible Society.

Parkinsons UK

The Whitby support group meeting this month will be replaced by an outing on Thursday 11 April. Leaving Harrison’s at 11am.

On Wednesday 17 April there will be a quiz night in aid of funds at the Conservative Club, starting at 7.30pm. Ring 600871 to register a team and order supper.

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 26 March: North/South: 1 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 2 Sue Carpenter and Peter Grundy, 3 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper.

East/West: 1 David Savage and Anastasia Potter, 2 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 3 Mary Winspear and Joan Hewitt.

Thursday 28 March: 1 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell, 2 Jenny and Roger Holmes.


Alcoholics 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.

Whalers U3A

Gardening group outing on Tuesday 9 April (please note corrected date) to Ripley Castle Gardens.

The Lecture Group meets on Tuesday 23 April for a talk by Edwin Newlyn entitled The History of St Mary’s Church. Meet at St Mary’s. The bus leaves the station at 9.25am.

The next coffee morning is on Saturday 20 April at St John Ambulance Hall when there will be a display by the keep fit class and a craft stall.

The next theatre outing will be on Wednesday 24 April for an evening performance at the Stephen Joseph, Scarborough. The Northern Broadsides Company presents Rutherford and Son.


Whitby Photographic Society meets in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum on Thursdays at 6.45pm. At the meeting on Thursday 11 April Val Burdis will give a talk entitled A/V Miscellany. 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 April: Friday 19 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

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.


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.

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.

Whitby Mind

Looking to help other people in your community? Want to be a friend making a difference? Seeking fun activities and a worthwhile use of time? Mind in Whitby is looking for you. For more information about becoming a volunteer in your area ring Pat Abbs on 0845 6034723 (local call rate). The Whitby drop-in is at Whitby Evangelical Church on Skinner Street. It is open on Mondays (except bank holidays) from 12.30-3.30pm, tea and coffee available and it is a chance to socialise and make friends. Anyone can simply drop-in, turn up on the day or ring the office telephone number on 0845 6034723 to arrange a visit.

Sneaton YCA

Muriel Spenceley welcomed members to the April meeting. On her first time as treasurer, Carol Duke, did a good and clear report. Well done Carol.

Ann Hodgson, secretary, read last month’s minutes.

Members’ pie and mash evening on 27 April at 7.30pm. Ring Muriel if you wish to attend. Bingo and raffle prizes needed.

The mystery trip is on Monday 13 May and there will be dominoes at the Salmon Leap on 18 June at 8pm.

The raffle was won by Shirley Garby, an Easter basket, very well made by Barbara Richardson, who also baked Easter buns.

The competition for a wooden item was won by Pat Charles, Doreen Marsey and Jean Prior. The 100 point competition was won by Joyce Hewison and Ann Hodgson.

Alan Spenceley spoke about his holidays abroad, photographing alpine flowers and scenery, a very interesting talk.

Ruth Stubbs gave the vote of thanks and the next meeting is on the first Monday in May, new members welcome.


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: Tuesday, riding fun day at Borrowby, 10am-1pm; Thursday, Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.

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.


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 which takes place from Tuesday to Thursday. 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, 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.

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.


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.


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 You can find out more about volunteering on