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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.


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

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.

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.


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, July 5, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Monday July 8, beginners’ riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Tuesday July 9, art at Green Lane, 10am-noon; Thursday July 11 Gamers’ Club at Youth Shack, 6.15-10pm.


The Whitby Ramblers’ walk tomorrow, Saturday July 6, is along the Esk Valley walk from and to Castleton. Travel on the 08.45 train to Castleton returning on the train arriving Whitby at 19.07.

On Saturday July 13 the walk is from and to Sandsend. Travel on the Arriva 5 bus at 09.46 to the Hart Inn, Sandsend.

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 August 1, all welcome.

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.

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.

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 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

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).

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.

Places still available on the Yorkshire Lavender trip, Tuesday July 16 - open to all U3A members, includes lunch, talk on Lavender uses, garden visit, leaves Harrison’s Garage at 11.30am, cost £15 - contact Joyce on 07733 615650.

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.

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

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.


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.

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 June 18: North/South: 1 Roger Cohen and Roger Holmes, 2 Sue Carpenter and Jennifer Ratcliffe, 3 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell.

East/West: 1 Frits van der Lee and Steve Codling, 2 Pat Perry and Jenny Holmes, 3 Anastasia Potter and David Savage.

Thursday June 20: 1 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.

Tuesday June 25: 1 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 2Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 3 Vicky Hirst and Keith Atkinson, 4 Lucette Vos and Ray Flute, 5 David Savage and Anastasia Potter.

Thursday June 27: 1 Pauline Armstrong and Pat Reed, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Barbara Todd and Joyce Turner, 4 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.


Parkinson’s Whitby Support Group will meet next Wednesday, July 10, at 2pm for a guided walk round Pannett Park. Meet outside the main doors of the museum. All members and carers welcome.


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.


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.

Friends of Pannett

From Tuesday July 30 until August 31 an exhibition of photos taken in Pannett Park will be held in the Staithes Room of Whitby Museum.

Wednesday July 31 is 
Pannett Day in the park and the Friends of Pannett Park are holding a teddy bears’ picnic from 11am to 3pm. Bring your own picnic or buy one from the park cafe and join in the fun with games, competitions, a treasure hunt and stalls. There will also be a story teller. Don’t forget to bring your bear.

Fine Arts

Whitby Antique and Fine Arts Society next meets on Tuesday July 16 with a change of venue. The meeting will take place in Sleights Village Hall at 7.30pm when Katie Chaplin will be demonstrating the art of Japanese Kimono. Everyone welcome, visitors £3.


Gateway is holding a volunteer day on Thursday July 11. Volunteers will assist in improving the surface of the footpath between the viaduct and Ruswarp. This is in the middle section of the riverside and railway walk/Ruswarp round. Ballast stones will be removed and then laying of cinders to improve the footpath surface of that section. Meet at 10am at Ruswarp Station. Materials and tools will be provided. . Please bring own refreshments.


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.

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


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.

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.