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Friday 16 August edition of the Whitby Gazette

Hinderwell WI

President Mrs C Prudom welcomed members plus two visitors to the August meeting.

Jerusalem was sung and business got under way. Apologies were taken and the minutes of the last meeting were read and duly approved.

Matters arising were discussed and it was confirmed that the theme for the group show would be Dickens’ Hard Times.

Thanks were extended to the ladies that had taken part in the gala week concert.

A letter was read out that had been received from Mrs Proctor, the Avon Lady, who had donated her fee to the AWW and to say how she had enjoyed the evening.

Mrs J Flewker Barker read the report submitted by the representative who attended the AGM in Cardiff. Mrs G Holt gave a very descriptive report on the event. She said it was a very enjoyable trip from the beginning to the end. The speakers at the meeting were interesting and amusing.

After business was concluded Mrs Prudom welcomed Barry Foster. He talked about the famous show business people he had met over the years, starting from his boyhood days helping his grandfather who was stage manager at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

Mrs J Dance thanked Mr Foster for his interesting and amusing talk.

The competition for a pantomime poster was first A Burnside, 2 L Johnson, 3 J Lonsdale.

The next meeting is on Monday September 9. The competition will be a collage from pasta and pulses, no larger than A4. A cookery demonstration will also take place.

Visitors are always welcome for a fee of £3.50 to include refreshments.

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.


The Whitby Photographic Society’s next summer meeting is on Thursday September 12 for a stroll around Sandsend. Meet in the car park at the bottom of Lythe Bank at 6.30pm. In the event of bad weather ring 601107 to see if cancelled.

The final summer meeting is in the Normanby Room at the museum on Thursday September 19 at 6.45pm. The programme and competition secretaries will give a presentation outlining the coming programme of events and details of the competitions to be held.


There will be no regular Parkinson’s support meeting this month. Normal meetings resume on Wednesday September 10 at 2pm in the Church House Centre.


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 6 August: North/South: 1 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 2 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 3 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.

East/West: 1 Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper, 2 Ray Flute and Lucette Vos, 3 Mike Wood and Trevor Stewart.

Thursday 8 August: 1 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 2 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 3 Mary Winspear and John Bailey.


Gateway will 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.

Whitby Whalers

A coffee morning will be held tomorrow, 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 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.


The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday August 17, is from and to Sandsend. Travel on the Arriva 5 bus at 9.46am to Lythe Bank, Sandsend.

On Saturday August 24 the walk is from Glaisdale to Grosmont. Travel on the 8.50am train to Glaisdale returning mid afternoon from Grosmont by bus or train.

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

Friends of Pannett

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

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

Animal fund-raiser

Raw Animal Rescue fund-raiser takes place tomorrow, Saturday August 17 at the Bay Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay.

Music by Partners In Croon starts at 9pm. For more details ring 880583.


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.

Civic Society

The Whitby Civic Society’s next meeting is on Monday August 19 at 7.15pm at the Abbey House (youth hostel). Dr Jack Binns will present The Cholmleys of Whitby Manor – lost manuscripts regarding the civil war and the great siege of Scarborough Castle where Sir High Cholmley was governor. Please note the change of venue. Members and non-members welcome, admission free. Cream teas available at £3. For details ring 228184 or email

Bible Society news

Whitby Action Group has placed its old records in the museum library for safe keeping.

Of most interest to those doing family history research or local history of the 19th Century is the first minute book. This dates from April 1812 when the Auxiliary Bible Society, as it was then known, was inaugurated.

It makes fascinating reading. Many well known men were involved. The Rev George Young was one of the two secretaries, many members of the Sanders banking family were officials as was Robert Campion and many others.

Other interesting books are records of Bibles and other scriptures distributed with details of the type used, the price and the names of recipients.

There are also collecting books with lists of names of donors with many familiar local names and early reports of the activities of the auxiliary.

All the records may be viewed in the library with permission of the librarian.

Newcomers to the area may not know that to celebrate the millennium the Whitby Action Group organised the writing of the Whitby Gospel. The contemporary English version of Luke’s Gospel was used and people from all over the district, plus visitors from this country and distant parts of the world took part.

All their names are listed and each received a small certificate as a memento.

Local artists provided drawings for each chapter and the first verses were written by local calligraphers, as was the introduction. Children from the local schools illustrated two stories from each chapter and many also copied verses.

The beautifully bound Gospel is also in the museum library, together with all the children’s drawings and may be borrowed with permission from the librarian.

Do please avail yourself of the opportunity to show the Whitby Gospel and the drawings for special exhibitions etc. They are ours and deserve to be enjoyed - unfortunately there is nowhere for a permanent display.