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Community Noticeboard for week commencing Friday 24 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 14 May: 1 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell, =2 Roger Cohen and Roger Holmes,=2 Mary Winspear and Anastasia Potter, =4 Sue Carpenter and Peter Grundy, =4 Mo Metcalfe and Karen Sewell. Thursday 16 May: 1 Anastasia Potter and Sue Carpenter, 2 Geoff Watson and Mike Wood, 3 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.

Hawsker WI

The May meeting was opened by the president and the minutes of the last meeting were taken as read.

Members arranged to visit St Stephen’s Old Church on 1 June to see Heather Gatt’s exhibition of Batik work and to visit Pannett Park on 21 June at 1.30pm to see the exhibition by the Fylingdales Group of Artists.

The resolution regarding the decline of the high street and support for local shops was discussed and members agreed that the president would make a decision on the day. The group show effort to depict a Charles Dickens book was discussed. Members also voted in favour of going to Mr Chips after the July meeting on the Whitby Lifeboat.

Birthday flowers were given to Rose Duck and the winner of the competition for a sheep-related item was Helen Innis, second Elizabeth Tindall.

Beryl Thompson showed members how to do needle felting, showing how to make the basic body shape and how to personalise it using dyed pieces of fleece. The resulting figures of ladies, snowmen etc, looked very good and Beryl was thanked by members for an enjoyable evening learning a new craft.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 11 June when a member of Yorkshire Coast Radio will give a talk. The competition will be a photograph of the Yorkshire coast, members’ own work. For details on Hawsker WI contact Chris Hebron on 605973.

Staithes WI

Members were welcomed by president Veronica Foster who asked for a minute’s silence in memory of two late members.

Correspondence included two invitations to open meetings, one at Loftus, and the other at Glaisdale. Federation raffle tickets were available for sale. The monthly letter was discussed and the financial report was received by members. The group show, to be held in September, was discussed and the co-operative entry was decided upon.

Names were taken for the group lunch. Final arrangements were made for the Staithes WI team entered in the federation quiz. Suggestions were put forward for the WI birthday lunch and outing next month. Members took bundles of envelopes to be distributed for donations to Christian Aid.

Business was followed by a demonstration of felt making by Margaret Jackson, who shoed many articles, including clothing, made from the felt she had made previously.

The next meeting will be on 8 July when the speaker will be Ken Gillance on The Lighter Side of the Law. Visitors welcome at a small charge to include refreshments.

Whalers U3A

The Gardening group are visiting a National Garden Scheme garden at Seaton Ross on Tuesday May 28. The coach first pick up will be at Harrison’s Garage at 11pm. Bring own lunch. For details contact Joyce on 07733 625650.

Members enjoyed a busy coffee morning which included dancing from the dance group, a plant sale, and a display of Olympic memorabilia. Thanks to everyone who attended on what was a very wet morning.

Enrolment for the new season will be on September 21 or before at coffee mornings. The next coffee morning is on Saturday 15 June in st John Ambulance Hall.

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


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.

Fine Arts

Whitby Antique and Fine Arts Society meets on Tuesday 18 June at the Green Lane Centre, Whitby. Two women painters will be the subject of a talk by Alex Purves. Lady Butler was a beautiful Victorian whose subjects were the ugly confusion of war. Dame Laura Knight, in contrast, was fascinated by the theatre, ballet, circuses and depicting the life of fishing people she lived amongst in Staithes and St Ives. Their relationship with the Royal Academy is an interesting story as only one of the ladies was accepted as an exhibitor. The talk starts at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome.

Aislaby YCA

Margaret Thompson chaired the May meeting which was well attended.

Arrangements were made for the forthcoming charity coffee evening which will be held in the village hall on TuesdayJune 11 at 6.30pm. There will be a raffle, tombola, cakes and bring and buy.

Speaker was Rose Helm who shared her experiences and memories of her time as a ‘Games Maker’ at the 2012 Olympic Games. Her enthusiasm was obvious as she recalled events from her selection interview in Newcastle in 2010, to meeting and greeting competitors at Heathrow airport saying farewell to fellow volunteers at the end of the games.

Glaisdale WI

The May meeting of Glaisdale WI was held in the Robinson Institute with Vicky Ford in the chair.

Items for discussion included the various arrangements for the May village walk, the races, the August outing, Glaisdale Open Gardens, for which the group will be organising the catering (June 29/30), the bowls and other forthcoming events.

Vicky reported on ‘the group huddle’ which has already resulted in an evening walk organised for June 19.

Karen Doncaster has been working on a website which is progressing well. Members voted to give a donation again to the Esk Valley Theatre this year.

Members then welcomed Judy Ward to give a talk about the importance of colour and style in clothing.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday June 13 with a talk from the Alzheimer’s Society. The competition is for a memory tip.

There will be an open meeting on July 11 when Rebecca Tucker and Sally Robinson of Hammond’s Jewellers will give a talk entitled The History of Jet. The competition is for a piece of jewellery.

Lealholm WI

Linda, president, welcomed everyone. The minutes were read by Anne and approved. Debbie went as delegate to the spring council meeting and gave a full and interesting report.

All those who went to the Sound Of Music had thoroughly enjoyed their night out, it was an excellent performance.

Names were taken for the food science cooking demonstration at the Royal York Hotel on Saturday July 4, 2015.

Group lunch at Grinkle Park on June 25, noon for 12.30pm. A menu was given for those attending.

The annual outing is on August 5. Members discussed options available and it was decided to go to Beamish Museum followed by a meal at The Board Inn. Enid has been pricing up coach travel.

The Food Hygiene Certificate is now available for members to complete on line.

Debbie has completed her moogle training and is willing to pass on her knowledge to other members. Several members have made arrangements with Debbie for June 4 at 7.30pm. Glaisdale WI has been presented with its 85th anniversary certificate. Rose brought her Olympic rings for everyone to mark all miles walked, so far everyone is doing well. The midsummer safari supper is on Friday June 21, £15 per head.

Abbeyfield garden fete is on Saturday June 8m, 2-4pm.

The raffle was won by Tina Whitwell. The competition for a home-made thank you card was won by Linda Elders. The competition - something relevant to China - was won by Jenny Redway.

The next meeting is on Monday June 10, when Ken Gillance will give a talk entitled The Lighter Side of the Law.

Ugthorpe WI

The May meeting was held in Christ Church Hall with Barbara Rutter presiding.

She introduced Richard Pottas, assisted by Helen, who gave a talk about art, how it had developed and the journey it had been on, showing examples of this along the way. He was thanked by Judith Clarke.

A business meeting followed. Reports were given on the group dominoes drive and spring council meeting where members were presented with a darts shield. Names were taken for the group rally, group lunch and a trip to the Himalayan Gardens.

There was an invitation from Glaisdale WI to the July meeting.

Supper hostesses were Alison Hodgson, Debbie Parkes and Janice Trott. The competition for a seaside item was won by Barbara.

Bradbury Centre

Activities for May: Friday May 24, Speaker Karen Lewis, Contemporary Fine Art – Hair Today – Art Tomorrow; Saturday May 25, Family Bike-it, 10am. June: 2 June, 2pm, Queen’s Coronation safari tea; Friday 7 June, June Speaker, Jutta Marshall, My Childhood Under Hitler, 7.30pm; Eskmoors Photography Club, 7.30pm; Friday June 14, Big Friday Film, 7.30pm.

For more details and prices contact the Bradbury Centre on 07967 538800 email


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 24, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Sunday 26 May, fun session at the Leisure Centre, 4-6pm.


Tomorrow, Saturday May 25, the walk is from and to Castleton. Travel on the 08.50 train from Whitby to Castleton returning by train arriving at Whitby at 15.43.

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

Whitby Naturalists

Last Saturday morning’s pouring rain brought lots of wriggling earthworms to the surface in Pannett Park, right on cue for the earthworm survey and workshop led for the Naturalists by Dr David Jones of the Natural History Museum and Imperial College London.

The practical survey session was preceded by an entertaining and informative talk, so not only was the workshop an enjoyable experience but Whitby now has an entry on national earthworm distribution maps.

The survey method will be demonstrated at the Bioblitz in June - do look out for that.

A botany walk in the Goathland/Beck Hole area led by Wendy English takes place tomorrow, May 25. Meet at the NP Car Park in Goathland at 1.30pm.

Further details on the club’s activities, including the Bioblitz on the June 21/22, can be found on the club’s website,

Whitby DAG

Whitby, Scarborough and Ryedale DAG supports disabled people to lead independent lives.

Afternoon tea in aid of DAG funds will be held at Susan and Nik Harty’s home, The Lilacs, Back St Hilda’s Terrace, Whitby, on Saturday June 1 from noon. Entrance, £3, includes a cup of tea or coffee, cream scone or cake. Tickets from the DAG office at Church House or on the gate.

The house and part of the garden are accessible and there is a downstairs toilet with grab rails. Nearest parking is at the bottom of St Hilda’s Terrace or West Cliff car park.


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.