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From the 30 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.


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.


The next Parkinson’s support meeting is on Wednesday September 10 at 2pm in the Church House Centre.


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 2-2.45pm and Games Night at 7pm. Whist drive, second Monday of the month, 1.45pm, Castleton Village Hall. On Tuesdays there are play readings at 10.30am, Technogym from 9.15-10.15am and Learn to play Bridge, 6.30pm. Technogym is from 6.15-7.15pm on Wednesdays, Knit and Knatter, 1.30-3.30pm (free), and Eskmoors Ukulele Club 7-9pm at The Fox and Hounds, Ainthorpe (free). Art Class, 9.30-11.30am, Thursdays, (taster session free), Thursday Get Together, 1.30-3.30pm, (free). Technogym from 9.15-10.15am, Fridays, for 6 weeks. Sunday lunch at noon on Sundays is available for non-residents - 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.


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

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 20 August: The annual competition for the Regatta Trophy was held with a Balanced Pairs competition. 1 (trophy winners) Bernard Swalwell and Mary Winspear, 2 Karen Sewell and Joyce North, 3 Chris Roberts and Anastasia Potter, 4 Pat Scott and Sybil Harrison.

Thursday 22 August: 1 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee, 2 Vicky Hirst and Keith Atkinson, 3 Sue Carpenter and Anastasia Potter, 4 Mary Winspear and John Bailey.

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’.

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

Whitby Ramblers

The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday August 31, is a change from the published programme. The walk will now commence and finish at Grosmont and will be via Mallyan Spout, Wheeldale and Beck Hole. Travel on the 8.50am train to Grosmont returning mid afternoon from Grosmont by bus or train.

On Saturday September 7 the walk is from Brotton to Runswick Bay. Travel on the 8.56am Arriva bus 5 to Brotton returning by bus from either Staithes or Runswick Bay. This walk was previously programmed for September 14.More details from the Library, Coliseum or Tourist Information Office.

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.

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).

Fryup WI

Vice president Enid Raw presided at the August meeting and she started the evening by welcoming everybody, especially Cora Weir who had been absent through illness.

Special wishes to Dorothy Dowson who had her 90th birthday since the last meeting in June. The summer outing to Castle Howard in July had been a great success.

Danby Show had taken place earlier in the day. Thanks were expressed to all those who had helped in making the WI entry in the ‘Summer Barbecue’ category such an imaginative and fun entry – congratulations to Lealholm WI on its win.

There was an invitation to Eskmoors open evening in September.

Mary Smith asked if the secretary would be willing to send a letter to the local MP regarding the crisis which is affecting country doctors. Ann is willing to do this.

Speaker for the evening was Simon Duffin who gave a talk entitled Tea and Coffee East of the Mississippi. The competition was won by Dot Snaith and hostesses for the evening were Greta Harrison and Kath Winspear.

Next month’s meeting is to be an open meeting with a talk entitled Life on a Market Stall. Members are asked to bring extra supper, together with additional raffle prizes.

St John Fellowship

Nine members from Whitby St John Fellowship attended the North Yorkshire and Teesside annual get-together at St John headquarters, Thirsk.

They were joined by fellowship groups from North Yorkshire and Teesside, also members from national headquarters in London.

A raffle was held and £146 was raised for the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

Members from the Whitby branch served refreshments and organised the raffle.

The next meeting of the Whitby group is on Wednesday September 11 at 2.30pm in St John Ambulance headquarters, Union Place, Back St Hilda’s Terrace, Whitby. The speaker is Alan Gardiner.

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.

Civic Society

Whitby Civic Society’s September meeting will be at Whitby Museum on Monday September 16 at 7.15pm.

Norman Scholes of Bay Video Productions will be giving a talk entitled Bringing History to Life and is factually based, and includes local history videos including archive footage from the 1930s and 1960s of Whitby’s changing coastline.

Entrance is £1 for members and £2 for non-members. Tea and coffee will be available.

For further details ring 228184.

Athletic Club show

Staithes Athletic Club held its 32nd annual garden produce show on August 25.

Entries though down in numbers due to a difficult growing season and some regular exhibitors being unable to take part, were of a high standard.

The flower classes were particularly good with some outstanding gladioli, dahlias and chrysanthemums.

Mr T Legg was the most successful exhibitor winning best in show for both flowers and vegetables.

Other prize winners included Mr P Dodsworth, Mr a Legg, Mr G Wren, Mr R Pearson and Mrs V Thompson.

The judges, who did sterling work, were Mr D Gibson and Mr B Richardson.


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.


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.