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The Whitby Photographic Society’s 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.


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 October 3, all welcome.


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.

Bradbury Centre

Events for September and October at the Bradbury Centre: 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: 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

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 3 September: 1 Dorothy Cass and Maureen Eglon, 2 Vicky Hirst and Keith Atkinson, 3 Sue Cheeseley and Jan Walker, 4 Roger Cohen and Roger Holmes, =5 Ray Flute and Lucette Vos, =5 Geoff Watson and Frits van der Lee.

Thursday 5 September: 1 Anastasia Potter and Sue Carpenter, 2 Bernard Swalwell and Joyce North.

Whitby Whalers

The AGM of Whitby U3A was held this month and was well attended.

This was followed by a talk from Ian Wright entitled By Royal Appointment.

The next coffee morning for the U3A is on Saturday September 21 and is the enrolment date for the forthcoming year.

With many varied groups and one or two new additions, in total around 30, don’t miss a good chance to be part of a learning group you wish to enrol for. Subscriptions remain at £10.

Enrolment takes place at St John Ambulance Hall from 10am with free tea and coffee served.

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.

Whitby Ramblers

The Whitby Ramblers walk tomorrow, Saturday 14 September, will be from and to Bank Foot (GR 592060). Meet at 10am. There is no suitable public transport available for this walk.

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


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.

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.

Whitby Civic Society’s August meeting was held at Abbey House (Youth Hostel).

‘The Chomleys of Whitby Manor - lost manuscripts regarding the Civil War and the Great Siege of Scarborough Castle where Sir Hugh Chomley was governor’ was presented by Dr Jack Binns. This continued the story from a previous talk by the same speaker.

Cream scones and tea were available in the refectory after the talk.

The Heritage Open Weekend is tomorrow, Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, at various times and venues.

The October meeting will return to the usual venue at Whitby Museum on Monday October 16, at 7.15pm. The theme ‘Bringing History to Life’ will be factually based, visually beautiful, local videos including vintage footage from 1930s and 1960s of Whitby’s changing coastline presented by Norman Scholes of Bay Video Productions. Please use accessible entrance at the rear. Also in the programme is a beach clean and another popular ‘Give and Take’ event.

Whitby Flower Club

The next demonstration in Sleights Village Hall will be by Mildred Stafford on Monday September 23 at 2pm. Members are invited to bring containers, etc, for the bring and buy stall.

Please note that there will have to be a change of venue for the October meeting. Details later.

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

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).


Gateway is holding a volunteer day on Thursday September 19.

Volunteers will help to continue the improvement of the footpath between the viaduct and Ruswarp.

Meet at 10am at Coates Marine at the southern end of the marina car park. Materials and tools will be provided. We look forward to welcoming several people to help us.

Please bring your own refreshments.

For more information visit or phone Sandra Smith on 820025.

Luncheon Club

Whitby Conservative Ladies’ Luncheon Club meets on Thursday September 26 at the Saxonville Hotel at noon for lunch at 12.30pm. New members and visitors are welcome. The luncheon club meets on the last Thursday of every month, January to March and September to December. For further details contact Mrs B Veitch on 602230 or Mrs M Marshall on 605249.

Whitby Fit Tots

Fun, physical play sessions for under fives and their parent /carers. Every term time Tuesday mornings from 10.15am to 11.15am in the Whitby Pavilion Activity Hall, £3 per child per session. Ring InterActive on 601259.

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

Cardiac Support

The next meeting of the Whitby Cardiac Support Group is on Wednesday September 18 at Kirkham Close Community Centre and is a members’ social.

The October one is on the 16th and will be a talk on hand bell ringing.

Craft fair

St Ninian’s Church in Baxtergate, Whitby, will be having a craft fair this weekend, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. There will be several tables with an assortment of locally hand-made gifts. Further dates to follow, all welcome.

Coffee Morning

Coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday September 14, at the Flowergate United Reformed Church, 10am-noon. Raffle, tombola, cake stall, bric-a-brac and book stall. Proceeds for St Catherine’s Hospice, 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.


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