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Community news for Whitby from the Friday 23 August edition of the Whitby Gazette


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.


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.

Hawsker WI

The August meeting was opened by the president.

Members were told of an Alzheimer’s and dementia workshop on October 23 at Malton and a visit to FERA (DEFRA) at Sand Hutton on November 11.

Fryup WI invited members to an open meeting on September 11 to a talk about life on a market stall.

Theatre visits were arranged to see Just Like Anthea at Whitby Pavilion on September 19 and to the Pavilion to see Mother of Mine and Paul on September 26.

Names were taken for a trip to Durham on September 4 and to Nunnington Hall to see 1920s-themed Christmas decorations on November 30.

The next meeting of the Luncheon Club is on October 2, venue to be arranged.

Members discussed items needed for staging the group exhibit at the group show. It was also agreed to visit Fledglings for Christmas lunch.

The competition for an iced chocolate cake winners were, 1 Hazel Dixon, 2 Gillian Hodgson. The next competition is for a favourite tea towel.

The ACWW representative Janice Whiteford gave an illustrated talk on what the Pennies for Friendship were used for in other countries, to raise the standard of living by practical support in income-generating projects. She was thanked by the president.

The next meeting on September 10 will be a talk on local history by Marjorie Thompson.

For more information on Hawsker WI contact Chris Hebron on 605973.

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.


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.

There will be a vintage jewellery sale on Sunday August 25 (weather permitting) in the gardens of 12 Royal Crescent, Whitby, from 12.30-4.30pm. All welcome.

The sale on Regatta Sunday raised £223 towards the research fund. Thanks to all who supported.

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

Events for September and October at the Bradbury Centre: Line Dancing, Castleton Village Hall, 10.30-11.30am, Monday September 9; Eskmoors Photography Club, location shoot, 7.30pm, Monday September 9, review session in October; Creative Writing, Tuesday September 10, for six sessions; Musical Theatre Workshop with Madeline Hudson, 7.30pm, Thursday September 12; Friday September 13, 1.30-3.30pm, Peg Loom Taster Session; Friday September 13, 7.30pm, Speakers Night, Life of Grime with David Chambers; Creative iPad Workshops with Claire Ford, 6.30-9.30pm, Tuesday September 17, 6.30-8.30pm on Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; Big Friday at the Bradbury Centre, 7.30pm, Friday September 20 and October 18; Next Steps in Computing with John Ellis, 2-4pm Tuesdays from September 24; Peg Loom Weaving Course, September 27 and October 11 and 25; Bike-IT, 10am, Saturday September 28, 10.30am; Winter Fashion: Style Update, 7.30pm, Thursday October 24; Saturday October 25, 7.30pm, Speakers Night, The life of the Railway Navvy with Malcolm Bisby;

Events at Westerdale Village Hall: History Group Meetings, Monday September 9, The medieval wall paintings of Pickering Church; Monday October 14, WW2 Crash on Warren Moor; Sewing Workshops, Saturday September 14 and October 23; table tennis, 7pm Wednesdays from September 11.

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

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.

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 604190.

Master Point winners in the recent Whitby Bridge Club competitions: Tuesday 13 August: 1 Ray Flute and Lucette Vos, 2 Steve Codling and Frits van der Lee, 3 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 4 Anastasia Potter and David Savage, 5 Vicky Hirst and Keith Atkinson, 6 David Templeman and Prue Turpin.

Thursday 15 August: 1 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North, 2 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 3 Jenny and Roger Holmes.

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).

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

Whitby Whalers

Members will be able to enrol for next year 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.


Whitby Writers Group meets at the Kirkham Centre, Kirkham Close, Whitby, on the first and third Friday of each month at 11am-1pm. New members are welcome. Supportive but pragmatic, members swap constructive criticism of work-in-progress plus tales of selling in the rough world of print. For details contact the chairman on 820278.

Ruswarp WI

A social evening was held for the August meeting and members were kept very much alive with instructions from Kath Harland on gentle musical exercises for joints.

A faith supper was well earned and enjoyed by all.

The tea hostesses were Ann Readman and Margaret Cooke.

The competition winner for sugar tongs was Pat Harrison.

Further details were given for the proposed visit to view the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham in September and a Christmas visit to Nunnington Hall and Helmsley on November 30.

Members were reminded of the group show at Ruswarp Village Hall on September 21 and the group concert at Staithes in October.

Friends of Pannett

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

Aislaby YCA

The July meeting was well attended and plans were made for the annual open show to be held on September 18.

The speaker was Peter White whose talk and DVD was entitled ‘Steaming on’, the program to shape a flourishing and secure North Yorkshire Moors Railway for future generations. The railway is now in its 40th year and the recent addition of trains into Whitby has proved to be very popular.

The YCA meetings are held monthly and are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm in the village hall, new members and guests are always welcome.


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.

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.

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.

Children’s Centre

Mondays, Little Green Fingers, free gardening session, 9.30-11am, Whitby and District Children’s Centre; parent and babies group, 1-3pm, Whitby and District Children’s Centre; Tuesdays, baby massage, 2.30pm, Airy Hill Prefab; Wednesdays, Let’s Play, 1.30-3pm, Whitby and District Children’s Centre; Crafty Fun, 1-3pm, Eastside Community Centre; Thursdays, Chillout, 1-3pm, Airy Hill Prefab; Baby Play, 1-2.30pm, Eastside Community Centre; Fridays, Terrific Toddlers, 1-3pm, Airy Hill Prefab. For details of all events, bookings, times and prices, contact the Children’s Centre on (01609) 533819.

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