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Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday 26 April

regatta fund-raiser

The first-ever Whitby Regatta quiz evening is to be held at the Whitby Conservative Club on Wednesday 15 May 7.45pm. Anyone who would be interested in entering a team and has not already done so can ring John Smith on 07899 837946.

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 16 April: North/South: 1 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper, 2 Sue Carpenter and Peter Grundy, 3 Dorothy Denny and Lyn van der Lee.

East/West: 1 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 2 Jenny Holmes and Pat Perry, 3 Chris Roberts and John Bailey.

Thursday 18 April: 1 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Sue Cheeseley and Mo Metcalfe, 4 Roger and Jenny Holmes.

Whalers U3A

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 Tuesday 21 May at 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.

Is there anyone who would give two hours a week of their time to teach desperate U3A members at their art class, even if it is once or twice a month. Please contact Sue Steele on 605618.


Whitby Photographic Society meets in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum on Thursdays at 6.45pm. The meeting on Thursday 2 May is the AGM. Non members are very welcome, cost £2.

The society’s next summer meeting is on Thursday 9 May and will be a walk around Whitby. Meet in Market Square at 6.30pm. Bring cameras to photograph what is seen as the walk takes place. In the event of bad weather ring 601107 to see if cancelled.


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.

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

Activities for April: Friday 26 April, Big Friday 7.30pm.

Activities for May: Friday 10 May, Speaker Judy Bell, From Farming to Traditional Yorkshire Cheese Making; Monday 13 May, Eskmoors Photography Club, 7.30pm; Tuesday 14 May, Creative Writing Group, 2-3.30pm; Friday 17 May, Bookbinding, 1.30-3.30pm, Big Friday, 7.30pm; Friday 24 May, Speaker Karen Lewis, Contemporary Fine Art – Hair Today – Art Tomorrow; 25 May, Family Bike-it, 10am.

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 Irene Parker on Monday, 20 May at 2pm entitled ‘All Shapes and Sizes’. Please note this is the third Monday of the month. For more information about Whitby Flower Club contact Heather on 829222 or Monica on 604881.


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.


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; Monday, riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm.


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 next walk with the Whitby Ramblers is tomorrow, Saturday 27 April, and is from the Falcon Inn to Robin Hood’s Bay. Travel on the 09.35 Bus (Arriva X93) to The Falcon Inn.

On Saturday 4 May the walk is from Loftus to Sandsend along the Cleveland Way. There is the option of shortening the walk at either Staithes or Runswick Bay. Travel on the 08.56 Bus (Arriva 5) to Loftus.

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


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.

Friends of Lifeboat

The Friends of Whitby Lifeboat presents ‘Colours of Spring’ - Spantons of Whitby will be holding a fashion show, and Jane Buxton, representing ‘Colour Me Beautiful’, will be giving a presentation on how colours can enhance your looks. Also, Laura Atkinson from Harper Brown will be giving a demonstration on the air base make up technique. This will all take place at Sneaton Castle, Whitby on Monday 20 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 available from Spantons and Harper Brown. Refreshments available, all welcome.

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.

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.


Parkinson Awareness Week - a quiz night was held at the Conservative Club in aid of Parkinson UK, Angela Goodberry was the quiz master.

The event was successful and well supported and a sum of £472.30 was raised, which will be sent to Parkinson Research. Thanks go to the Conservative Club Committee for making their premises available and thanks go to the many people who supported.

Morag Elliott, ably assisted by Dorothy Denny and friends, ran a bric-a-brac stall for Parkinson UK outside Church House. The response was generous and a total of £551 was raised, again for Parkinson Research.


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

Glaisdale WI

At the April meeting members discussed various plans for the future - darts, bowls, the group lunch, village walk, the races, The Sound of Music and the possible August outing all coming under review.

Hanneke reported back from the NYE Spring meeting at which the group was presented with a 85th anniversary certificate and one of the group’s members, Denise Davidson and her husband Neil, gave a talk about St Helena. This year’s resolution was read and was passed with a majority vote.

Vicky reported back on her recent visit to Denman college, Highclere and Blenheim complete with bus breakdown en route.

Members then welcomed speaker Ruth Hutchinson, a former member, who gave a talk entitled My Life with Eggs.

In 1976, a speaker gave a talk on decorated eggs at Glaisdale WI and this inspired Ruth and her cousin, Peggy Tate, to take up the hobby.

She concluded her talk by kindly donating an egg to the raffle which was won by Avril Mortimer who was celebrating her birthday.


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.

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.


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.


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.