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Community news from the Whitby district for week starting Friday 28 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.


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 Flower Club

The next demonstration in Sleights Village Hall will be by Kath Gibson on Monday July 22 at 2pm. 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: Tuesday July 2, Art at Green Lane, 10am-noon; Wednesday July 3, coffee morning at InterActive, 10am-noon; Thursday July 4 Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday June 29, is in the Howardian Hills. Meet at Bulmer at 10am.

Next Wednesday, July 3, there is one of the shorter walks, this time around Fylingthorpe. Travel on the 09.35 X93 Bus to Fylingthorpe.

Next Saturday, July 6, the walk is from and to Castleton. Travel on the 08.45 train to Castleton returning on the train arriving Whitby at 19.07.

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.

Treasure Hunt

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

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.

Civic Society

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.

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.

Ugthorpe WI

The June meeting was held in St Anne’s Hall with Barbara Rutter presiding.

The minutes were read and agreed, notices were given out. Invitations were received from Glaisdale regarding a walk, Farndale lunch and Associated Country Women of the World to its open meeting.

Barbara introduced Heather Waring who gave a demonstration of making felt and using it to make pictures, handbags, hats and figures. Heather modelled the hat showing how the pictures were put together giving helpful advice to anyone who wanted to give it a try. She was thanked by Ursula Darley.

Supper hostesses were Frances Hill, Danielle Parkin and Kath Chadwick. The competition for a collage was won by Kath Gard.

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.

Glaisdale WI

At this month’s meeting, various plans were reviewed for theatre trips, a race meeting and the August outing to Scampston Hall and gardens.

The group rally in May was attended by six members, all joined in with Morris dancing and had a good time.

Glaisdale won the group competition with a thank you card. The Group bowls competition was cancelled because of a lack of teams.

The website is more or less ready to go, and members were asked to check it out if they use the internet and to give feedback. It was agreed to buy a projector for speakers to use.

The speaker this month was Helen Williams from the Alzheimer’s Society for the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area. The talk was both informative and moving and all could relate to much of what she had told knowing relatives and friends who were struggling and had struggled with such issues.

The next meeting is on Thursday July 11 and is an open meeting. The speakers will be Rebecca Tucker and Sally Robinson of Hammond’s Jewellers, entitled The History of Jet. The competition is for a piece of jewellery.

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

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: Saturday June 29, Family Bike-it, Robin Hood’s Bay, 10am. July:Monday July 8, 7.30pm, Eskmoors Photography Club; Thursday July 11, 7.30pm, The Spirit of ‘45, film by Ken Loach; Friday July 12, Techno Trek, 10.30am; Friday July 19, 7.30pm Big Friday; Thursday July 30, 7.30pm, National Parks, Local Treasures, an illustrated talk by Bernie McLinden, Head of Park Management at the North York Moors National Park.

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


Thanks to all who supported the Bioblitz last weekend and all who contributed to the recording of more than 200 species of wildlife spotted in Whitby in the 24 hour period. A special thanks also to the Gazette team for their support and publicity.

The Centenary Fungi Exhibition in the Museum continues until November - do visit and keep track of the state of the Whitby jelly.

Jane Ellis and George Featherstone will be leading a three-mile walk tomorrow, Saturday June 29, discovering the Castleton sand quarries, railway incline and a secret World War II local defence base. Meet at grid reference 712102, south of Clitherbeck Farm entrance on the Danby road from the A171 at 2pm.

Further details of the club and its activities can be found on the website at

Whitby Whalers

The next coffee morning will be on Saturday July 20.

There will also be a coffee morning on August 17. Members can enrol at these coffee mornings as well as the enrolment day on Saturday September 21, yearly subscription £10.

The gardening group still has a few places available for the trip to Yorkshire Lavender on July 16, 11.30am-5.30pm. Contact Joyce Stangoe as soon a possible.

Group leaders are invited to the committee meeting on Monday July 1 at 2pm at Marton Court.

A new form is available to U3A members it is for members to have on their person showing any medical conditions and medication, which maybe useful information in an emergency situation. See Derek Redfearn at the coffee mornings for details.

The day trip on Thursday September 26 is proving very popular, book early with Barry to avoid disappointment. This day out visits Saltaire Village Salts Mill, and lkley Fare cost £8.

New members wishing to join U3A for the new year starting in September are welcome, pop in to a coffee morning for any information, held at St John Ambulance Hall, Whitby.

Guide Dogs quiz

The Whitby branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is holding a quiz night at the Conservative Club on Wednesday July 17 at 7.30pm. Cost £5 for a team of four people, with optional pie and peas supper at £3. To enter a team contact Ann on 604065 or Marjorie on 604317 before the closing date of July 10.

strawberry teas

Flowergate United Reformed Church will host a strawberry tea on Tuesday July 2 from 2-4pm. There will be a raffle and stall. Proceeds are for the Bible Society’s work in Cambodia where the church is growing very rapidly and there is a great demand for the scriptures.


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.

Coliseum Centre

New to computers and the Internet? Courses are now enrolling at the Coliseum Centre, aimed to provide beginners with the confidence and skills to use a computer. Learning tailored to your needs in a friendly, informal environment. Internet café open weekday,s Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Wireless connection also available.

Regular theatre events including comedy, music, exhibitions and clairvoyancy evenings.

See website for details, prices and bookings or ring 825000 or email

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.