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Sneaton YCA

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’.


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.


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 .


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 September 5, all welcome.

Bradbury Centre

The Bradbury Centre has two volunteer vacancies starting in September.

Book Group Co-ordinator: there are a small number of readers who enjoy meeting monthly to share their thoughts on previous books and plan future reading. The role includes meeting with the Book Club each month and prompting discussions, agreeing future reading between members and ordering books.

Experience knitter: There is a small group of knitters who would like to get together for an hour or so each week/fortnight. They are in need of someone with knitting experience to help.

Contact Debbie on 07970 955407 for more information.

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

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


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.

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.

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 July 23: 1 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 2 Mike Wood and Lyn van der Lee, 3. Ray Flute and Lucette Vos,4 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 5 Peter Grundy and Sue Carpenter, 6 Mary Winspear and Joan Hewitt.

Thursday 25 July: 1 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 2 Roger Cohen and Pat Scott, 3 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 4 Joyce North and Bernard Swalwell.


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.

Friends of Pannett

An exhibition of photos taken in Pannett Park will be held in the Staithes room of Whitby Museum until August 31.

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.

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.


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.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Whitby Endeavour is holding a summer fair in Goathland Village Hall and grounds, on Sunday August 4 between 10am-4pm, to raise money for Martin House and Zoe’s Place, two children’s hospices. Features children’s entertainments, tombola, food and craft stalls, refreshments. All welcome. Lots to see and do. Entry free.

Lealholm WI

The ladies of Lealholm WI have taken on a challenge from Rose Helm, a volunteer gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympics.

The lasting legacy of the games is to get people, young and old, into sport and fitness. Lealholm ladies are walking a total of 2012 miles. At the monthly meetings the miles are recorded on the Olympic rings, each ring coloured in when 402.4 miles have been completed. In true WI spirit the challenge is almost complete with only one ring left to colour in. The final miles will be walked as a group WI event.

Rose spoke to the group about her volunteering experience at the July meeting.

The Olympic rings are placed in the Ley Hall with information about the challenge. Any groups wishing to take up an Olympic challenge should contact Rose on 810473.

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.

Whitby U3A

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday August 17 at St John Ambulance Hall, Whitby, at 10am. Members will be able to enrol for next year as well as the enrolment day on Saturday September 21. Subscriptions remain at £10. New members wishing to join or wanting further details can call in for coffee or ring 810473.

A social evening is planned for October 11 at 7.30pm at Whitby Rifle Club. Tickets £3, see newsletter for details.

Whitby U3A is always looking for new group leaders and welcome anyone who may be able to help run a new group. Contact chairman Barry on 604881.

The AGM will take place on Monday September 2 at 2pm in St John Ambulance Hall. The guest speaker will be Ian Wright, ‘By Royal Appointment’.

Thanks go to the hard working committee during the last year and also to group leaders for their continued support and hard work. The new curriculum is now available.

New committee members are being sought and can shadow a current committee member to learn the roles involved – which can be fun.

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 weekdays, 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


Members have the opportunity to visit the smallholding, Rosedale Intake, at Danby tomorrow, Saturday August 3.

Ten years ago the owners entered it for ‘Countryside Stewardship’ which has allowed for various kinds of environmentally friendly initiatives. Meadow enhancement, woodland management, various water and other features of interest will be shown and explained, along with aspects of its geological history. Meet near the village’s stone sign at the top of the hill going down into Danby (GR NZ 706093) at 2pm.

Further details of the club and its activities are available on the website,

Glaisdale WI

The July open meeting was well attended with nearly 20 extra visitors.

The meeting opened with Jerusalem. Various business items were discussed including plans for a visit to the races in York and the August outing to Scampston. It was announced that the Glaisdale Tearoom is now open.

Members were thanked for their efforts in catering for the Glaisdale Open Gardens, over £3,800 was raised and a meeting will be held shortly to allocate funds to local charities and the air ambulances.

The threat to local surgeries was discussed and it was decided to write to both the federation and the NFWI asking for their support in upholding basic medical care in rural areas.

The group has bought a projector for the use of the WI and three members will be trained in its use.

The Beggar’s Bridge board is finally ready and members are liaising with the parks as to when it will be put up. This will be announced as soon as a date is agreed.

The speakers this month from Hamond’s jewellers, Whitby, were welcomed. They spoke on ‘The History of Jet’.

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.


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.