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Community news for week commencing June 7


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

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 28 May: 1 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 2 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 3 Roger Holmes and Roger Cohen, 4 Trevor and Margaret Barrowcliffe, 5 Karen Sewell and Mo Metcalfe.

Thursday 30 May: 1 Anastasia Potter and Sue Carpenter, 2 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 3 Roger Cohen and Pat Scott.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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: 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


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.

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, June 7, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Sunday June 9, swimming at Whitby Leisure Centre, 4-6pm; Monday June 10, beginners riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Thursday June 13 Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.

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.


The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday 8 June, is from and to Goathland. Meet outside the Mallyan Spout Hotel at 9.45am.

There is a shorter walk on Wednesday June 12 from the Falcon Inn to Fylingthorpe via Ravenscar. Travel on the 9.35am bus (Arriva X93) to the Falcon Inn.

Next Saturday, 15 June, is the member’s summer picnic walk from Hawsker to Fylingthorpe. Travel on the 9.35am bus (Arriva X93) to Hawsker.

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


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.


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 July 4, all welcome.

Cardiac Support

Whitby Cardiac Support Group meets at Kirkham Close Community Centre on Wednesday June 19 at 7.30pm for a social evening. The meeting on Wednesday July 17 will be in the form of an outing to Wolds Way Lavender Fields, leaving the centre at noon.


Fancy finding out what an owl had for its supper - or breakfast? Tanya Eyre of the Hawk and Owl Trust will be dissecting owl pellets during the Nats Bioblitz in just two weeks’ time, at the museum on Saturday June 22. This will be just one of several exciting natural history events on that day. The Nats would like as many Whitby people as possible to get involved.

Meanwhile, Nats members are invited to join Tanya on Sunday June 9 for a three-hour wildlife walk. Meet at Jugger Howe layby, one mile south of the Flask Inn at 10am.

Further details of the Bioblitz and the Whitby Naturalists can be found on the Club’s website at

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).

Parkinsons UK

The Whitby Support Group will meet in the Church House Centre, Flowergate, at 2pm, Wednesday June 12. The speaker will be Lesley Metcalfe, Whitby Hospital OT Department.

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 07944 876549 or contact on Facebook.


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.

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.

treasure hunt

Olga’s annual walking family treasure hunt, hosted by the Whitby and District Rifle Club, is taking place on Friday June 28.

Staggered starts from 7.15pm will enable teams to follow a list of written clues which takes participants for a gentle stroll around Whitby. It is hoped that children will bring their families and enjoy a family night out.

There will be a pie and peas supper but please indicate if a vegetarian option is needed.

Entertainment by Keith Swales with prizes for children in fancy dress.

Tickets on sale from club members or behind the bar, adults £4, children under 14 £1. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


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.