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Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday 19 April

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 competitions:

Tuesday 9 April: North/South: 1 Roger Cohen and Roger Holmes, 2 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 3 Anastasia Potter and David Savage. East/West: 1 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 2 Ray Flute and Lucette Vos, 3 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper.

Thursday 11 April: 1 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper,2. Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Roger and Jenny Holmes, 4 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell.

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 tomorrow, 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 U3A are now looking forward to spring weather and getting out and about on several of their events. A new gardening group will include visits to gardens, contact Joyce Stangoe and Barbara Bagnall. If you would like the challenge of Crown Green Bowling a new group would welcome you, contact Ted Davies for details.

A bus outing will provide a bit of intrigue and food, join the mystery drive and Sunday lunch on 14 July - book early.

The Sunday lunch on 21 May will be at The Fylingdales Inn, book at coffee morning.

The May coffee morning is on 18 May St John Ambulance Hall, free tea and coffee.

Rose Helm a Gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympics will be displaying memorabilia and chatting about her exciting time during The Games.


Whitby Photographic Society meets in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum on Thursdays at 6.45pm. The meeting next week, 25 April, will be the annual competition, Tranquil, Colour, All Creatures Great and Small, up to two images per category. 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 21 May at 7.30pm when Allan Willby will give a talk entitled Cleveland Curiosities. 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.

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: today, riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Sunday, fun session at Whitby Leisure Centre, 4-6pm; Monday, riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Wednesday, beginners riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Thursday, Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack.


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.


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


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

On Wednesday 24 April there is another of the easier walks. This one is from Burniston along the Cleveland Way towards Scarborough. Travel on the 09.35 Arriva X93 bus to Burniston. Return is on the X93 from Scarborough.

The following week, 27 April, the walk is from the Falcon Inn to Robin Hood’s Bay. Travel on the 09.35 Arriva X93 bus to The Falcon Inn. Return is on the X93 from Robin Hood’s Bay.

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

Hawsker WI

The April meeting was opened by the president and the minutes of the last meeting were read by Chris Hebron.

Theatre trips planned were to the Sound of Music at the Pavilion and The Time of My Life and Muddy Cows at Scarborough.

Fryup WI invited members to its open meeting on 8 May to a talk on chocolate and patisserie. There will be a dominoes drive at Ugthorpe on 23 April at 7.30pm.

Birthday flowers were presented to Brenda Emmerson, Ann Mitchell and Beryl Thompson.

The resolution, ‘The decline of our high streets’ to be voted on at the AGM was discussed.

The next meeting of the lunch club will be on 5 June at the Forge at Aislaby.

Winners of the competition for a childhood treasure were first Hazel Baker and second Chris Hebron.

Speaker, Mark Edwards, honorary keeper of Whitby Museum, gave a talk on the history of the museum and how it has changed over the years. This was accompanied by slides that showed alteration and expansion of the building. Following this members were shown slides of several exhibits and given information on them. He was thanked by the president and answered members’ questions.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 14 May when Beryl Thompson will give a demonstration of needle felting - members are asked to bring a small piece of sponge. The competition is a sheep related item. Anyone wishing to be a member should contact Chris Hebron on 605973 or come to a meeting.

Staithes WI

Veronica Foster, president, welcomed members to the April meeting held in her home due to technical difficulties at the village hall.

The newsletter was discussed and names were taken for the group quiz.

The menu for the group lunch was available as was the schedule for the group show.

An invitation was received to attend a meeting of Loftus WI when the speaker would be Mick Emery.

Federation raffle tickets were available. Tickets for the Sound of Music at Whitby Pavilion were also available.

The financial report was given with the news that the coffee morning had raised £148.

Speaker was Yvonne Lawson who gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘Highs and Lows of Two Seagull Chicks’, following the development of the two chicks from falling from the next to their first flight.

The competition for a wildlife photograph was won by Eva Harris, who also won the prize of the night.

Next month’s meeting is resolution night and Beatrice Jackson, who could not attend the March meeting, is the speaker. Her subject is ‘Bags and Bits’. There will be two competitions that night - a home-made brooch and a pretty plate.

Lealholm WI

Linda thanked all the volunteers who helped with the litter pick and also Janet for the lovely lunch she gave afterwards.

She also thanked the darts team and supporters - Lealholm came runners-up with Fryup taking first place. Lealholm also did well with quite a number picking up raffle prizes.

Lealholm was well represented at Helmsley for the pearl lunch in yet more wintry conditions. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the speaker was very interesting with a slide show on pearls throughout history.

On Tuesday 23 April at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Hall, Ugthorpe, there will be a faith supper. Members who wish to renew or obtain the food hygiene certificate, names are now being taken. No date has been given when the training will take place.

Hunley Hall Golf Club will be the venue for a flower demonstration, followed by lunch on 29 April, 10.30am-2.30pm, cost £19, names now being taken. Group WI lunch will be at Grinkle Park Hotel on 25 June, £19.95, names now being taken.

Invitation to Lealholm members from Fryup WI on 8 May, guest speaker Carla King on Chocolate and Patisserie .

Sound of Music on 9 May, names are being taken.

The NFWI is holding information sessions (to find out what they do) in London on 16 and 17 October. There will be two sessions on each day. Names will be taken at next meeting.

Any suggestions for the August outing, please pass on to Enid.

Abbeyfield coffee morning on 4 May at The Eskmoor Centre, Castleton. A celebration of wedding dresses, floral displays and memorabilia at St Thomas’ Church, Glaisdale, on 4, 5 and 6 May.

Make a note of the date for the barbeque - Saturday 10 August. Tina Whitwell won the raffle and Annette Clarke won the competition for a safe driving tip.

The next meeting is on 13 May 13 and guest speaker is Catherine Hood on Visiting and Teaching in China. The competition, something relevant to China - also group rally competition is for a homemade thank you card.

Members are reminded to keep an account of all the walking they are doing.

Whitby Beekeepers

Whitby Beekepers is having a beginners’ open day at Dalehouse, near Staithes, on Sunday 21 April at 2.30pm.

This will be the first apiary or outdoor meeting of the season. The open day is intended to give opportunity for those who are thinking of becoming beekeepers or those who would just like to see the fascinating inside of a beehive, meet the Queen Bee, see her workers and the young developing bees.

Members of Whitby Beekeepers Association will be around to answer all questions. There will be plenty of protective clothing available and there will be visits to see the bees in small groups so there is plenty of opportunity to get up close. There are no age restrictions but sensible shoes and trousers should be worn. In the case of bad weather this will be held Hinderwell Old School.

Further details can be found on the web site including contact details.


Gateway Whitby is holding its second AGM at 1pm on Wednesday 15th May at the Brunswick Centre on Brunswick Street, Whitby. There will be a report on progress made during the past year and Friends of Gateway are welcome. Anyone is also welcomed who is interested in what Gateway is achieving in the area and its plans for the future. For further information, please visit or telephone Sandra Smith on 820025.

Lit and Phil Society

The Literary and Philosophical Society enjoyed another excellent lecture in March, given by Mike Yates - An Historical walk down Spital Bridge and Lower Church Street.

His lecture gave a description of buildings and their use in Lower Church Street and the Spital Bridge area of Whitby.

The next lecture will be on Wednesday 24 April at 2.15pm in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum.

It will be A History of Whitby and Pickering Railway through to modern times, given by Mark Sissons (archivist NYMR).