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Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday 12 April

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.

Cancer Support

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service. A free and confidential information and support service for anyone affected by cancer. This service is available at Whitby Library (upstairs) for monthly sessions. For more information call (01723) 356060.

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.

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.

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 2 April: North/South: 1 Lucette Vos and Ray Flute, 2 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 3 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.

East/West: 1 Sue Carpenter and Peter Grundy, 2 Roger Cohen and Roger Holmes, 3 Mike Wood and Trevor Stewart.

Thursday 4 April: 1 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 2 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper, 3 Sue Cheeseley and Mo Metcalfe.

Whalers U3A

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 Henrietta Byrne will give a talk entitled Land Light. Non members are very welcome, cost £2.

Whitby Art Society

Whitby Art Society meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Sneaton Castle to watch demonstrations of painting and other art forms, meeting from 7-9pm. For more information on membership and demonstrations for this coming year, visit the website at

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

Activities for April: 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

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 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: Sunday, swimming at Whitby Leisure Centre, 6-6pm; Monday, riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Wednesday, coffee morning at InterActive, 10am-noon, beginners riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Thursday, Gamers Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


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 2 May, all welcome.


The Whitby Ramblers next walk is tomorrow, Saturday 13 April and is from and to Grosmont. Travel on the 08.50 train returning on the train arriving at Whitby at 15.43.

The following week Saturday 20 April, the walk is from and to Reasty Bank Top car park near Harwood Dale and is part of the ‘Blue Man’ walk.

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

Civic Society

The Whitby Civic Society monthly talk in March was presented by Mark Sissons, Archivist for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR). The talk highlighed the enormous amount of work that the NYMR has had to undertake since its opening in 1973.

The April meeting will be held on Monday 15 April at the Whitby Museum, Pannett Park at 7.15pm. Sue Boyce of the Whitby Development Trust will present Whitby Heritage, a short film of the harbour and the town followed by a talk on these and the new lottery-funded community heritage projects. Everyone welcome, £2 entry, refreshments available. Further details on 228184.


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.

1 Larpool Lane

1 Larpool Lane, Elderly Person’s Home is having a spring fair tomorrow, Saturday 13 April, at 1.30pm. There will be a tombola, refreshments, cakes and bric-a-brac for sale. Everyone welcome.

Royal Air Force

The Whitby Branch of the Royal Air Force Association, RAFA, met for the April meeting at the Air Cadets’ headquarters behind Caedmon School.

The new chairman, Nicholas Harty, welcomed everyone, read the dedication and thanked those who had gallantly volunteered to take office and save the branch from demotion to a social group instead of a constitutionally run official branch. Members were delighted to know that this had been achieved.

He welcomed the long-serving welfare officer back to health and honorary duties after surgery.

Executive reports were brief as most had only taken office during the previous month, but plans were made for attendance at the National AGM and conference in Eastbourne, supporting a concert by the RAF Swing Band for RNLI Funds, and for a day trip to the RAFA Respite Care Home at Rothbury which the Whitby branch both supports and sometimes benefits from.

Two RAFA widows donated the collection from their husbands’ funerals during the previous year to Rothbury House and suggested visiting to see the facilities there.

The chairman, who is also the Wings Appeal officer, informed members that Sainsbury’s have agreed to allow the group to collect at the Whitby store again in September.

The business meeting was followed by a buffet lunch prepared by members.

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.

Aislaby YCA

There was a good attendance at the 29th annual meeting held in March.

Margaret Thompson, who combines being chairman and secretary, gave her reports.

Irene Williams, treasurer, gave her financial report.

Jane Hall introduced two members of the committee who are hoping to get a memorial for all the poor souls who were lost when the hospital ship, Rohilla, was wrecked near the East Cliff. It happened 100 years ago next year in December.

A faith supper was enjoyed afterwards.

Marine society

The Marine Conservation Society will be holding a beach clean event at Sandsend Beach, tomorrow, 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.


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.


There are still a few tickets available to members for the centenary lunch on Wednesday 24 April at the Saxonville Hotel.

In addition to the meal and pre-lunch drink, there will be a raffle and a presentation by Mike Yates on the early history of the club.

Contact Margaret Cooke on 600917 or Wendy Rayment at the museum desk.

Further details on the club and its activities can be found on the club’s website at

Friends of Pannett

The Friends of Pannett Park will be holding an open meeting on Wednesday 17 April at 2pm in the Normanby Room in Whitby Museum. All welcome.

Sneaton YCA

The pie and mash evening will be held on Monday 22 April not Saturday 27 April. Ring Muriel on 880159 if you would like to attend. The competition winners at the April meeting were Shirley Garbutt, Doreen Marsay, and Pat Charlesworth won the competition for a wooden item. There will be no meeting in May as there will be the mystery trip on Monday 13 May. For pick up times ring Muriel on 880159.


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.

Citizens’ Advice

The Citizens’ Advice Bureau is in Church House Centre, Flowergate, Whitby. Open Tuesday andThursday 10am-3.30pm for general advice. Call in or telephone 605157 at these times for an assessment. Also Monday 2-4pm and Friday 10am-noon for a benefit check drop in service. Telephone advice available Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on 08444 111444 (local rate).

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.

Egton Ladies’ Group

Sheila Macdonald introduced Giles Heron to the open meeting whose subject was Farming with Mary.

It was an talk about how they both became involved in farming and he spoke about some of the many young people that they had helped over the years to set on their life’s journey after leaving education

The next meeting of the group will be an outing to Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey on Wednesday 1st May leaving “Esk View “ at 9am