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Community news for week starting Friday 17 May

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 May 7: 1 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell, 2 Pat Scott and Jenny Holmes, 3 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 4 Keith Atkinson and Vicky Hirst.

Thursday May 9: 1 Vicky Hirst and Pauline Armstrong, 2 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell.

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).

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

Whalers U3A

The May coffee morning will be held tomorrow, Saturday May 18, 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.

U3A art and craft exhibition will be held from May 28-29 at the Seaman’s Mission from 10am-4pm.

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


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.

fine arts

Whitby Antique and Fine Arts Society meets at the Green Lane Centre, Whitby. The society next meets on Tuesday May 21 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.

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


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.

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 May 17, Bookbinding, 1.30-3.30pm, Big Friday, 7.30pm; Friday May 24, Speaker Karen Lewis, Contemporary Fine Art – Hair Today – Art Tomorrow; Saturday May 25, 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 May 20 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, May 17, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm, today and Sunday, May 19, introductory one evening and two-day sailing course at Scaling Dam; Sunday May 19, swimming at Whitby Leisure Centre, 4-6pm; Monday May 20, beginners’ riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm, coffee morning at InterActive, 10am-noon; Thursday May 23, 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 6 June, all welcome.


On Saturday May 18 there are two walks. The first is from and to Guisborough. Travel on the 08.42 Arriva X93 bus to Guisborough.

The other is a shorter walk around Scaling Dam postponed from May 11. Travel on the 10.42 Arriva X93 bus to Scaling Dam.

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

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.


WhitbyWriters 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.

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 May 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 available from Spantons on Flowergate, Whitby and Harper Brown on the Parade, Whitby. Refreshments available, all 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.

Community Choir

Whitby Community Choir will be taking part in a concert at St Mark’s Church, Scarborough, tomorrow, Saturday May 18 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. For further information contact the musical director Rebecca Gross on 811743, or just turn up.

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 tomorrow, Saturday May 18 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


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.

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.


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.


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


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.