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News from the Community Noticeboard for week starting Friday June 14

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 4 June: the annual Matt Harding teams competition was held: winners: Jennifer Ratcliffe, Dorothy Cass, Keith Atkinson and Vicky Hirst; runners-up: Steve Codling, Frits van der Lee, Sue Cheeseley and Ros Lydall.

Thursday 6 June: 1 Pat Scott and Roger Cohen, 2 Roger and Jenny Holmes, 3 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter.


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 July 11 at Ugglebarnby Church. Meet at the church 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 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.

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 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, June 14, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Monday June 17, coffee morning at InterActive, 10am-noon; beginners riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Thursday June 20 Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday 15 June, is the member’s summer picnic walk from Hawsker to 
Fylingthorpe. Travel on the 09.35 Bus (Arriva X93) to Hawsker.

Next Saturday, 22 June, the walk is from and to Sledgates Car Park. Travel on the 09.35 Bus (Arriva X93) to Sledgates.

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


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.


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.

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.


Calling all Whitby residents – please get involved in the Whitby Naturalists’ centenary event – the Whitby Bioblitz. Come and find out about it at Whitby Museum on Saturday June 22, 10am-4pm. Come and tell experts about wildlife you have seen in Whitby, anything about birds, bees, butterflies, spiders, seaweeds, molluscs, mosses, trees, toadstools, worms, wildflowers and weeds, any naturally occurring organism. If you don’t know what it is, take a photo on your mobile and come and have it identified. There will also be lots of interesting activities such as seaweed collecting and pressing, owl pellet dissection, pond dipping, nature walks and a bird ringing demonstration. For more details see the club’s website at

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.

Lythe Parish Council

Lythe Parish Council has started a new year by re-electing its chairman Christiane Kroebel and Vice-Chairman, Graham Templeton.

The council met 11 times in Lythe Village Hall. The following is a summary of the past year’s activities.

Lythe parish councillors have worked together and have an excellent record of attendance at parish council meetings as well as at area committee meetings of the borough, National Park and county council and have cooperated with SBC, NYCC and local groups on a number of issues.

They have brought to the attention of the local community the problem of dog fouling and animals on the beach by publishing a letter in the parish magazine, placing notices around the village and posting a letter to households in Sandsend where this has been the main problem. The dog warden and caretaker are a welcome sight to keep the area clean.

They attended several meetings to find out about the government’s new idea on neighbourhood plans and how they would be introduced and implemented. However, for small parishes, Lythe has six councillors and one vacancy, it appears to be unrealistic to accomplish.

They are grateful for the vigilance of the local police and their attendance at parish council meetings to give a report on occurrences in and around the area. They wrote several times to the post office and were pleased when Lythe post office re-opened last summer. The Olympic torch coming through Lythe and Sandsend with a good turn-out by both local people and from villagers further away was a welcome sight. As was the Queen’s jubilee event, so well attended with the band paid for by the council. For the duration of the summer holidays two lifeguards were on duty near East Row beck between 10am and 6pm, funded by SBC and RNLI. They look forward to this summer when the guards return.

Over many months, councillors researched and discussed new signage for the villages and improvements on the existing signs. As funds allow, they will renovate or replace some of the signs in the coming year. Also, they will continue to paint or replace benches as and when SBC and the parish’s funds allow. Councillors are continuing to work with SBC and Lythe gardening club to replant the flower beds in Sandsend and have actively supported the twice annual beach clean event to collect and monitor object discarded on the beach or washed up.

Councillors review and respond to planning applications and raise issues if necessary. They kept the precept the same but have a slightly higher amount available this year because of the addition of new houses in the parish that generate additional council tax.

The chairman appreciates the hard work of fellow councillors and the clerk, who co-operate and continue to improve and enhance the parish.

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.

Friends of Pannett

The Friends of Pannett Park will be holding its AGM in the Normanby Room of Whitby Museum on Monday June 24 at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Staithes WI

The June meeting of Staithes WI took the form of a double celebration with members and friends enjoying an outing and lunch at Helmsley on the WI’s 58th birthday and also emulating North Yorkshire East Federation’s Pearl Anniversary celebration which were held recently, also in Helmsley.

The next meeting will be held on Monday July 8 at 7pm in the village hall when the speaker will be Ken Gillance with a talk entitled ‘The Lighter Side of the Law’. The competition is ‘A law I would pass’. Visitors always welcome at a small charge to include refreshments.


A ceilidh is to be held at the Mission, Haggersgate, Whitby, on Friday June 21 at 7.30pm with dancing to the Moorlanders. This may be the last chance to dance to this band as they are moving away.

There will be a pie and peas supper. Tickets £6, children £1.50 from the Mission office on 606578 or churchwardens. Proceeds for church funds, all welcome.

Coffee morning

St Catherine’s Hospice coffee morning is tomorrow, Saturday June 15, 10am-noon at the Flowergate United Reformed Church. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake stall, bric-a-brac and book stall, all welcome.

Sneaton YCA

Members of Sneaton YCA enjoyed a mystery trip in May, a well kept secret.

It was a fine sunny spring evening and after a drive around the countryside ladies arrived at Scalby Manor where staff served a tasty meal. Thanks go to the organiser.

The visiting speaker, Mr D Burke, treated the group to an informative talk, with slides, on York Minster’s special, often hidden gems, history and ongoing repairs which are allowing special tours to get a close-up, to many unseen items. This was followed by refreshments.

There will be a dominoes drive on Tuesday June 18 at 8pm in the Salmon Leap Hotel, Sleights, with a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

The summer trip is on August 7. Contact Mrs R Stubbs for details on 880800.

The next meeting is on Monday July 1 at 7.30pm in Sneaton Village Hall when Mr Botham is giving a talk entitled ‘Botham Family Bakers’. Members please note that the evening competition is for an antique kitchen utensil.

Civic Society

Whitby Civic Society next meets on Tuesday June 25 at 7.15pm at Whitby Museum for a talk by Sarah Stead entitled ‘A Changing Face of Whitby’. This is in conjunction with the Love of Architecture Festival 2013. Admission£2, non-members £2. Tea and coffee available, please use the disabled entrance at the rear. For further details ring 228184.