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Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday 10 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 can ring John Smith on 07899 837946.

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.

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 30 April: 1 Pat Scott and Roger Cohen,2 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell, 3 David Savage and Anastasia Potter, 4 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee. Thursday 2 May: 1 Roger Cohen and Pat Scott, 2 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 3 Mo Metcalfe and Sue Cheeseley.


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.

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.


Whitby Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of members’ prints in the Staithes Room of the Art Gallery at Whitby Museum from 1-30 June. Tuesdays to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm and closed Mondays.

The Whitby Photographic Society’s next summer meeting is on Thursday 13 June when Neil Halley and his birds of prey will be giving a demonstration. Meet at the cricket ground at 6.30pm. In the event of bad weather ring 601107 to see if cancelled.

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 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: 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 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.

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


The next walk with the Whitby Ramblers is tomorrow, 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 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.

Friends of Lifeboat

The Friends of Whitby Lifeboat presents an evening of colour beginning with a presentation by Jane Buxton on ‘Colour me Beautiful’ showing how to choose the right colours for yourself. This is followed by Spantons of Whitby ‘Spring colour fashion show’. The second half of the evening will begin with Laura Atkinson of Harper Brown giving a demonstration of the Air Base make-up with a touch of colour. This will all take place at Sneaton Castle, Whitby on Monday 20 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 available from Spantons on Flowergate, Whitby and Harper Brown on the Parade, Whitby. 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.

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.

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) on the last Thursday of each month. For more information call (01723) 342606.

Community Choir

Whitby Community Choir will be taking part in a concert at St Mark’s Church, Scarborough, on Saturday 18 May at 7pm. Moor Voices from Pickering and Barrowcliff Choir from Scarborough will also be taking part in the evening’s entertainment. The choir has been practising some familiar songs and some completely new, written by the musical director Rebecca Gross, as part of the BBC funded music project its is involved with.

The choir 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.


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 Naturalists

There are still a few places available to sign up for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a Soil and Earthworm Survey workshop. This will take place on Saturday 18 May at Pannett Park Museum between 10am and 2.30pm. It will be led by Dr David Jones of Imperial College, London, and the Natural History Museum, who is conducting a research project on how the earthworm, friend of the gardener and important nature recycler, is faring. A talk will be followed by an outdoor session surveying in Pannett Park. Participation is free - sign up please at


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

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.