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Community news for Whitby for week commencing Friday 31 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 21 May: The annual competition for the Jim Thompson Individual Trophy was held. Results were: 1. (trophy winner) David Templeman, 2 Joan Hewitt, =3 Karen Sewell, =3 Trevor Barrowcliffe, =3 Joyce North, =3 Roger Holmes, =7 Bernard Swalwell, =7 Sue Cheeseley, 9 Vicky Hirst, 10 Mary Winspear, 11 Chris Roberts.

Thursday 23 May: 1 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Mary Winspear and John Bailey.

Whalers U3A

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


Whitby Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of members’ prints in the Staithes Room of the Art Gallery at Whitby Museum from June 1-30. Tuesdays to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm and closed Mondays. The Whitby Photographic Society’s next summer meeting is on Thursday June 13 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.

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.

Fine Arts

Whitby Antique and Fine Arts Society meets on Tuesday June 18 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.

Hinderwell WI

President Mrs C Prudom welcomed members and visitors.

Jerusalem was sung and business got underway.

There were two birthdays this month and cards and best wishes were given to the two members.

Apologies were taken, the newsletter was read and discussed.

Matters arising: the WI singers had an enjoyable evening at Cober Hill at which a fee of £50 was given. It was agreed that half would be given to Multiple Sclerosis and half towards music sheets and photocopying etc.

Mrs Flewker-Barker took names of members wishing to attend an open meeting at Loftus WI on June 11 to hear the guest speaker Nick Emery, the son of comedian Dick Emery, giving an insight into his life.

A report sent in by Sally Nedley on the spring council meeting which she attended in Scarborough was read. She described how interesting the meeting had been and what an enjoyable day it was.

Mrs Prudom welcomed the speaker Jennifer Patterson who gave a talk on being a show judge. After an enlightening talk Mary Harland thanked Mrs Patterson.

The competition for cheese scones was won by P Harrison, second S Glasby, third C Prudom.

The next meeting is on Monday June 10. The speaker will be Catherine O’Connor on English Cheeses. The competition is for a single rose.

Visitors always welcome.


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.

Civic Society

The May meeting of Whitby Civic Society was held at the museum in Pannett Park.

About 30 members and friends attended to hear Derek Green, the new conservation officer for Scarborough Borough Council, giving a presentation on the ‘Conservation Area Appraisal of Whitby’ followed by a forum for questions and comments.

Details and maps can be seen on the borough website, or at the Whitby Tourist Information Office. Deadline for comments to has been extended to today, May 31.

The next meeting will be part of ‘Love Architecture Week - June 21-30’ and will be held in the usual venue at 7.15pm but please note that it will be on Tuesday, June 25 instead of Monday. Sarah Stead - Architect, RIBA charter member, presents ‘A changing face of Whitby: current design trends and developments against a background of Whitby’s architectural history and the influence of Sarah’s work.’ Light refreshments available. Use accessible entrance at the rear of the museum. Members £1, non-members £2.

Whitby Flower Club

The next demonstration in Sleights Village Hall will be by Jan Travis on Monday June 24, at 2pm entitled ‘This, That, and a Bit of Tat’.

For more information about Whitby Flower Club contact Heather on 829222 or Monica on 604881.

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.

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 Sundays 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 June: June 2, 2pm, Queen’s Coronation safari tea; Friday June 7, June Speaker, Jutta Marshall, My Childhood Under Hitler, 7.30pm; Eskmoors Photography Club, 7.30pm; Friday June 14, Big Friday Film, 7.30pm; Saturday June 29, Family Bike-it, Robin Hood’s Bay, 10am.

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; Monday June 3, beginners’ riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm, Wednesday June 5, coffee morning at InterActive, 10am-noon; Thursday June 6, Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


The Whitby Ramblers have two walks tomorrow, Saturday June 1.

The longer one is from and to the car park at Scalby near Scarborough. Meet at the car park at 9.30am. Please note that the start time is a change from the published programme although the walk remains the same.

The second walk is a shorter one from Commondale to Danby. Travel on the 8.50am train to Commondale returning on the train arriving at Whitby at 3.43pm.

Next week, Saturday June 8, the walk is from and to Goathland. Meet outside the Mallyan Spout Hotel at 9.45am.

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

Whitby Naturalists

The weather couldn’t have been kinder to the Whitby Naturalists for the first summer walk last Saturday.

The Goathland area was at its attractive best on a glorious afternoon as the Naturalists explored the botanical delights of the old rail trail to Beck Hole. The earlier rain had benefited Mallyan Spout, and a grey wagtail kindly put in an appearance to welcome them there.

Thanks to Wendy English for a great afternoon, and apologies to anyone who was caught out by the sudden change in Coastliner’s timetable.

Only three weeks to the Naturalists’ next big centenary event, the Bioblitz, when it is hoped as many Whitby residents as possible will participate in several interesting activities as well as helping record a massive number of local wildlife species - look out for details around town and on the website at

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 June 6, all welcome.

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.