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Sneaton WI

The well attended July meeting was treated to a an interested talk, illustrated by slides, by Mr J Botham, entitled ‘Elizabeth Botham and her Bakery’.

Ruth Stubbs thanked the speaker for a captivating history of the bakery and Whitby history.

The monthly competition, judged by Mr Botham, for an antique kitchen utensil, winner Mrs M Marsay.

No meeting in August, it is the annual day trip on Wednesday August 7. There are a few places left so anyone interested should contact Mrs R Stubbs on 880800 for more information.

At the meeting on Monday September 2 there will be a talk by P Bulmer on Quilting at 7.30pm in the village hall, visitors welcome. Competition on the night is ‘A Small Patchwork Item’.

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 Photographic Society’s next summer meeting is on Thursday August 8 for a stroll around Pannett Park. Meet in the park at 6.30pm. In the event of bad weather ring 601107 to see if cancelled.

Whitby Flower Club

There will be no Flower Club demonstration in August.

For information about Whitby Flower Club, contact Heather on 829222 or Monica on 604881 .


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.


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 26, advanced riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Sunday July 28, fun sessions and EGM at Whitby Leisure Centre, 4-6pm; Monday July 29, beginners’ riding at Borrowby, 6-7pm; Tuesday July 30, art at Green Lane, 10am-noon.

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.


The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday 27 July, the walk is in the Rosedale area. Meet at 09.30am at the car park at Rosedale Chimney Bank Top.

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

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.


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.

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: Tuesday 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. August: Monday, 12 August, 7.30pm, Photography Club.

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

Whitby Whalers

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

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.


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.

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 16 July: 1 Vicky Hirst and Keith Atkinson, 2 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 3 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 4. Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 5 Karen Sewell and Mo Metcalfe, 6 Sue Carpenter and Peter Grundy.

Thursday 18 July: 1 Barbara Todd and Joyce Turner, 2 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 3 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 4 Mary Winspear and John Bailey.

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.


Mrs C Prudom, president, presided at the July meeting.

Jerusalem was sung and business got under way. Apologies were taken and birthday cards were given out, of which there were seven this month. Mrs B Piggott read the minutes of the last meeting which were approved.

Matters arising were discussed, one item being the forthcoming Endeavour Group Show to be held at Ruswarp Village Hall on September 21.

Four members attended a talk given at Goathland Village Hall and how and where funds collected for ACWW are spent.

The guest speaker was welcomed. Brenda Proctor gave a talk on the history of Avon products. Mrs B Piggott gave the vote of thanks on behalf of members who recalled buying their first cosmetics from the ‘Avon Lady’.

The competition for a beauty hint winner was Mrs L Macholc , second Mrs J Lonsdale, third Mrs A Burnside.

The next meeting will take place on August 5. The speaker will be Barry Foster, Encounters with the Famous. The competition is for a pantomime poster.

Visitors are always welcome, £3.50 to include refreshments.


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.

garden party

There is a Community Garden Party at Thorpe Hall, Fylingthorpe, on Wednesday August 14 from 1-5pm.

Free entry to this lovely garden by kind permission of the owners.

Refreshments available and stalls supporting a variety of charities. All welcome.

The event is organised by Churches Together.

Lealholm WI

Cynthia welcomed everyone to the July meeting and hoped president Linda was enjoying a wonderful holiday.

Six members had attended the group lunch at Grinkle Park and enjoyed the outing.

The outing to Beamish Museum is on Monday August 5, meeting at Lealholm car park at 9am where the coach will be waiting. Back by 6.30pm, meal booked at The Board.

Anne and Debbie attended the group walk of approximately five miles, well done ladies, more miles to add to the Olympic rings. Rose suggested that members try to complete the rings by having a group walk. A provisional date has been set of August 7, route yet to be decided but it will be approximately five miles.

Debbie was selling tickets for the barbecue which is on Saturday August 10, helpers required for setting up from 1.30pm.

Danby show is on August 14, progress is being made for the WI stand.

The group has received two invitations. Eskmoor WI on September 4 at 7.30pm at Castleton Village Hall with the Singing for Pleasure Group Choir; Fryup WI on September 11 at 7.45pm, guest speaker Glenys Rowe, ‘Life on a Market Stall’.

There were two reports. One a survey on Denman College, the other was the NFWI action campaign for more midwives. Both reports available to take home and read.

The application for Lottery funding for the Ley Hall is progressing and a visit will be made to the hall on the July 26.

The competition was won by Pam Newton and the raffle was won by Enid Lonsdale.

Next month will be the outing to Beamish Museum.

The meeting on September 9 will be with guest speaker, Phillip Benham of the North York Moors Railway.

Civic Society

Whitby Civic Society meets at Whitby Museum, Pannett Park. If you would like to become a member of the Whitby Civic Society please contact the membership secretary on 811808 for details. More information about the society’s activities can be viewed at

Sneaton Castle

A drop in afternoon at Sneaton Castle is to help the Sisters raise money towards a new vehicle for their work in Ghana. This takes place tomorrow, Saturday July 27, noon-5pm, where there will 
be stalls including cakes, plants, jams and books. All welcome.


Gateway is holding a volunteer day on Tuesday August 6. Volunteers will help to continue the improvement of the footpath between the viaduct and Ruswarp. Meet at 10am at Ruswarp Station. Materials and tools will be provided. Please bring own refreshments.

Gateway have a table at the Whitby car boot sale on Sunday August 18. Any donations will be much appreciated. Call Geoff Wilson on 604811 for details.

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. This Sunday, July 28, there will be a vintage fair.

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

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.