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Community news for Whitby for week starting Friday 21 June


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.

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.


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 21, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Sunday, June 23, fun session and EGM at Whitby Leisure Centre, 4-6pm; Monday June 24, beginners riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Tuesday June 25, Art at the Green Lane Centre, 10am-noon; Thursday June 27 Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday June 22, is from and to Sledgates car park. Travel on the 09.35 bus (Arriva X93) to Sledgates.

On Saturday June 29the walk is in the Howardian Hills. Meet at Bulmer at 10am.

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.


Bioblitz at the Pannett Park Museum, 10am-4pm, tomorrow, Saturday June 22. What wildlife have you seen in Whitby? Find out what others have seen. Not sure what it is? Take a photograph and have it identified. Fun activites include owl pellet dissection, rock and fossil roadshow, beginners’ birdwatching walk, family nature walk, wildflower walk, walk in the park, seaweed pressing, pond dipping and more. All free. Further details of the club and its activities available at the 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.

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.


A ceilidh is to be held at the Mission, Haggersgate, Whitby, tonight, 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.

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.

The society will be having cream teas at the home of Susan and Nik Harty, at The Lilacs, Back St Hilda’s Terrace, Whitby, on Sunday July 7, 2-4pm. Entrance £3 includes cream tea plus entry to a prize draw. Tickets from society members or 825616. Proceeds for the RNLI, all welcome.

Fine Arts

Whitby Antique and Fine Arts Society meets on Tuesday July 16 at the Green Lane Centre, Whitby. Katie Chaplin will give a talk entitled Japanese Kimono and Tea Ceremony. The talk starts at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome.

Hinderwell WI

President Mrs C Prudom welcomed everyone to the June meeting. Jerusalem was sung and business got under way.

There were two birthdays, a special greeting was given to Arabell Taylor, it being her 98th birthday.

Mrs B Piggot read the minutes of the last meeting and they were approved. Thanks was given to Mrs Machole for arranging an evening walk which was enjoyed by all who had taken part.

The group lunch was well attended. The quiz, which was held at Middleton Village Hall was a good night. Two teams from Hinderwell WI took part and did very well.

The newsletter was read and discussed. Mrs Flewker-Barker informed members that the savings club was still open. Hinderwell Show takes place on August 9. Stewards will be needed for the event.

Mrs Prudom welcomed speaker Mrs C O’Connor who gave a talk , with slides, on English Cheeses, in which samples were provided for members to take. Mrs Machole thanked Mrs O’Connor for her interesting and tasty talk.

The competition for a single rose was won by A Sutcliffe, second Mrs M Billany, third A Lintott.

The next meeting will be on Monday July 8. Brenda Proctor is guest speaker on The History of Avon Products. The competition is for a beauty hint. Visitors are always welcome. Tea and biscuits are provided, £3 per visitor.

Sleights YCA

The May meeting of Sleights YCA was well attended, with members enjoying an informative, illustrated talk on ‘The History of Whitby Jet’ by Rebecca Tucker.

Rebecca also brought along a variety of Jet jewellery, showing the skill and craftsmanship involved.

As the weather brightened up in the first week of June, members put on their dresses and pearls for the summer outing as guests to Easingwold YCA, where they were invited to a special lunch to celebrate the YCA Pearl Anniversary. The excellent meal was followed by speaker Mrs Thompson, giving a talk entitled, ‘Living at Windsor Castle’. Her husband was Canon there for a number of years and she talked about life in the castle and showed some of the beautiful hats she had worn to attend royal occasions. Programme secretary, Pam Jones, organised the very enjoyable day out.

Forthcoming events include an invite to Goathland YCA on July 4 to hear Hazel Armstrong giving a talk about her involvement with the Associated Country Women of the World and how money donated is spent.

On the July 8 Sleights YCA will be holding its annual strawberry tea at 2.30pm. This year Hannah Dowler, assistant manager of Esk Hall Care Home is kindly hosting the afternoon.

National YCA events of interest are the Great Yorkshire Show, July 9-11, where the YCA will be holding a craft competition. Also on September 4, a fund-raising day will be held in S. Crux Church, York.

There are no monthly meetings in the village hall in July or August. The next meeting will be on September 9.

Guests and new mare welcome. For further details, please contact Secretary, Jeannette Tomlinson on 811331.

Whitby Art Society

Whitby Art Society meets at Sneaton Castle at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Next month’s demonstration, on Wednesday July 10, will now feature Sue Ford, who will demonstrate collage and acrylic techniques. This demonstration was postponed due to bad weather in March. Visitors welcome - £2.

For further information on the Society, membership and events, please visit

Rotary Club

The Endeavour Rotary Club’s AGM marked the end of President Elsie Smith’s year in office, and listed the club’s activities for the year.

As always, much of the work has been to support the local community. Below is just a selection of the work which the club has been involved in.

Bag pack for Rotary charities at Whitby Co-op; Fairways Court barbecue for the residents; Network, painting a furniture storeroom; help for the lady whose Aelfleda Terrace house collapsed; Esk Valley Olympics, support and provision of T-shirts for all contestants; wheelchairs for those in need (via Rotary Foundation); Sister Abba’s Eye Clinic in Africa, collecting pairs of spectacles; Salvation Army, Christmas gifts/ hampers for families in need; Youth Speaks competition, Whitby; British Legion, Poppy Appeal and wreath; Dalewood House café and garden centre; The Empty Chair, bereavement counselling organisation; Mary’s Meals; annual Christmas tree at St Mary’s Church; Rotary Schools Technology Tournament (in partnership with Whitby and District Rotary Club); Music Port International Festival, collecting for Shelter boxes; Great North Air Ambulance; Endeavour Rotary Club display in Whitby Gazette’s window; Heather Hopper Bus Service in the Esk Valley; Design and Build Competition, for Whitby primary schools.

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 11 June: 1 Vicky Hirst and Keith Atkinson, 2 Trevor and Margaret Barrowcliffe, 3 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 4 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 5 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell.

Thursday 13 June: 1 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee.

Hawsker WI

The June meeting was opened by the president and the minutes of the last meeting were read by Chris Hebron.

The autumn council meeting will be at Askham Bryan College on October 19. Members planned a visit to Pannett Park on June 21 at 1.30pm.

The Associated Country Women of the World will have a representative, Hazel Armstrong, to speak on the use of pennies for friendship at Goathland Village Hall on Thursday July 14 at 2pm. Glaisdale WI has invited members to its open meeting to hear a talk on the history of Whitby Jet on Thursday July 11 at the Robinson Institute. On July 3 at 2pm members will meet at Old St Stephen’s Church to see the Heather Gatt exhibition of batik, a Matter of Life and Death.

Birthday flowers were presented to Marion Scott and Hazel Baker. The next meeting of the lunch club will be on July 31 at Coast.Winner of the competition for a photograph of the Yorkshire Coast were first Elizabeth Tindall and second Hazel Dixon.

Treasurer Hazel Dixon gave members a detailed explanation of expenditure over the last few months and how money was raised to maintain a healthy balance in our account.

Chris Sigsworth from Yorkshire Coast Radio gave a talk on the history of the radio station from its launch in November 1993 to the present day, he also told how it was funded by advertising, the work it did in the community for charity and about its website. He was thanked by the president and answered members questions.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday July 9 at 6.30pm at the Lifeboat Station.

Lit and Phil

The popular Lit and Phil lectures had a very good attendance again this May, with Doctor Brigid Ockleton talking about ‘The History of Quilting in the North East of England’. The next lecture is on Wednesday June 26 at 2.15pm and will be Roger Osbourne ‘Why Here? Why Now?’, the industrial revolution in Britain in the 18th Century.

Lealholm WI

Linda welcomed all members to the June meeting.

Doreen, Janet and Anne enjoyed joining in the fun with the Jet Set Dancers at the group rally at Danby.

Fryup WI won the prize for the best thank you card.

Future events: outing to Beamish Museum on August 5, meeting Lealholm car park 9am; Danby Show on the August 14, ideas still in progress; barbecue on August 10, members discussed ticket price and listed what consumables each would bring; Invitation to Goathland Village Hall on Thursday July 4 at 2pm - the guest speaker will enlighten members on the (women in poorer countries) projects that pennies for friendship are used for.

Sue Marshall won the raffle prize. Annette Clarke won the competition for a joke or short funny story, Jenny Hunt second and Fiona Wardell third.

The next meeting is on Monday July 8, guest speaker Lynne Greenwood - Rag Rugs.