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Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday 3 May

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.

Civic Society

Whitby Civic Society meets at Whitby Museum, Pannett Park. If you would like to become a member of the Whitby Civic Society please contact the membership secretary on 811808 for details. More information about the society’s activities can be viewed at

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 23 April: North/South: 1 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 2 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee. East/West: 1 Mary Harland and Jennifer Ratcliffe, 2 Sue Carpenter and Peter Grundy.

Thursday 25 April: 1 Mary Winspear and John Bailey,=2 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, =2 Vicky Hirst and Pauline Armstrong.


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.

Whalers U3A

The May coffee morning will be held on Saturday 18 May at St John Ambulance Hall. Rose Helm a Gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympics will be displaying memorabilia and chatting about her exciting time during the Games.

On Tuesday 21 May the lunch group will meet at the Fylingdales Inn, book at coffee morning or contact Barry Foster. The coach outing on Sunday 14 July is a mystery drive and lunch, book early.

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

Crown Green Bowling and a gardening group are two new opportunities to try something different, get in touch for details or pop along to the coffee morning.


The Whitby Photographic 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.

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.

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 Gordon Henderson will give a talk entitled Roman Medicine (postponed from last month). 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 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 May: Tuesday 7 May, Next Steps 2 in Computing, 2-4pm starts for 10 weeks; 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 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

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.

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.


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, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Thursday, Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


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.


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 6 June, all welcome.


The next walk with the Whitby Ramblers is tomorrow, Saturday 4 May, and 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.

The following week, Saturday 11 May, the walk is from and to Danby. Travel on the 08.50 train returning on the afternoon train arriving at Whitby at 15.43. The other walk scheduled for 11 May around Scaling Dam has been postponed for one week and will now be on 18 May.

More details from the library, Coliseum or Tourist Information Office


Gateway Whitby is holding its second AGM at 1pm on Wednesday 15 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.

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.

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.

Cardiac Support

The Cardiac Support Group next meets on Wednesday 15 May for an update on cardiac care by research nurses from James Cook Hospital. The talk takes place at Kirkham Close Community Centre at 7.30pm. Interested visitors are welcome.

St John Fellowship

It was a disappointing turnout for the beetle drive at the April meeting of the Whitby St John Ambulance when only nine members attended.

Mr Morley won a bottle of wine for the highest score and Mr Roe won chocolate with the lowest score.

Arrangements were discussed for the 25 years celebration lunch to be held in May to commemorate the formation of the Whitby branch of the St John Fellowship,the outing in June and the annual get-together at Thirsk in August. Cost for this will be £4 per person, paid in advance.

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. There will be a variety of stalls including bric-a-brac, book, plants, cake etc. Any items for these will be very welcome.

Aislaby YCA

Twenty-four members attended the April meeting held in the village hall and chaired by Margaret Thompson.

The business included plans for members attending the spring meeting and a trip on the Wensleydale railway in June to celebrate 30 years of the YCA.

Harry Collett entertained, educated and amused members with his talk and slides on A Right Way, A Wrong Way and a Whitby Way. He was thanked by Irene Pearson.

Parkinsons UK

The Whitby Support group meets next Wednesday 8 May at 2pm in Church House, Flowergate. This will be a musical afternoon. Please bring favourite CDs.

Thanks to all who supported the two recent fund-raisers, the quiz and the table sale. Between the two efforts over £1000 was raised which will be sent to the research fund.

Brunswick Centre

Weekly craft fair - crafts, CD, record and table top fair with tearoom open 10am-5pm every Saturday and Sunday at the Whitby Brunswick Centre, Brunswick Street, (between Flowergate and Baxtergate). If you would like a table contact Julie on 07944876549 or contact on Facebook.

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.

Citizens’ Advice

The Citizens’ Advice Bureau is in Church House Centre, Flowergate, Whitby. Open Tuesday and Thursday 10am-3.30pm for general advice. Call in or telephone 605157 at these times for an assessment. Also Friday 10am-1pm for a benefit check drop in service. Telephone advice available Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on 08444 111444 (local rate).


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.


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.