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Local History Society

Brompton Local History Society’s first summer excursion was to Bridlington Priory where we were guided round by Barbara Mavis who explained how the building told the story of its history from 1113 to the present day and from medieval floor tiles to the angel roof.

Our next excursion is to the museum at Southburn and the church at Kirkburn on June 5. Everyone is welcome to these events. The arrangement is to meet at 1pm in the square, Brompton.

Bridge Club

The latest results from Scarborough and District Bridge Club.

Monday May 13 (afternoon session). 1 S Foote, G Peckitt 61.9%; 2 Mrs J North, Mrs A Potter 56.48%; 3 Mrs A McGrory, Mrs M Pennell-Ingham 55.56%.

Monday May 13. 1 R Thompson, Mrs E Hodson 58.26%; 2 R Taylor, M Carlile 57.64%; 3 Mrs M Ingham, Mrs P MacFie 57.01%.

Wednesday May 13 (morning session). N/S 1 J Dobinson, M Carlile 61.9%; 2 D Shaw, R Sellers 60.12%; 3 A Stott, Mrs E Garside 59.52%. E/W 1 Mrs M Ingham, Mrs C Donelly 70.24%; 2 Mrs S Carney, Mrs K Rooke 62.5%; 3 Mrs M Buckley, Mrs D Thorpe 58.93%.

Friday May 17. 1 D Lewis, Mrs M Ingham 59.04%; 2 S Roswald, M Wilder 54.44%; 3 R Taylor, P Franks 47.93%.

Historical Aircraft Club

Scarborough Historical Aircraft Club’s latest meeting was one of the most interesting for some time.

With the emphasis now being placed on the Territorial Army by government to supplement the full time Army, Corporal Andy Bell demonstrated to the club the current light arms which are used by today’s forces.

The awesome under slung grenade and assault rifle had the facility to fire rapid bullets at the rate of 800 per minute and fire a 40mm grenade which could be of high explosive, phosphorus or an illumination round.

The LMG (light machine gun) was also an awesome and highly efficient weapon, far removed from the Bren which our older members remembered, and finally the Sig Sauer pistol which has now replaced the Browning pistol.

A most informative night, our next meeting on Tuesday June 11 will be the midsummer lunch at Fledglings Restaurant at the college on Scalby Road.

Probus Club

Scarborough Probus Club had a most enjoyable day trip to Hartlepool Keys.

After a poor weather forecast the sun shone on the coast and we had an excellent journey up to Hartlepool aboard a superb Esk Valley coach. We had the venue virtually to ourselves and coffee and biscuits were provided on arrival with a superb buffet lunch.

A most enjoyable day was spent viewing the historic HMS Trincomalee and the associated museum, our leisurely journey back to Scarborough was then taken via a scenic route through Bilsdale and Helmsley to arrive back at 6.30pm.

Our grateful thanks to Scarborough Rugby Club who allowed us to use their car park for the departure and return.

Wheatcroft WI

At the latest meeting of Wheatcroft WI the president, Mrs Sheila Cripps, introduced the speaker, Mrs Chris Ridley, who brought along eight items from her antiques collection that she would take with her to a desert island. She gave some very interesting background information of each of these items, which included a Georgian silver teapot and a Clarice Cliff jug, and which could be put to good use on the island.

Mrs Ridley judged this month’s competition, ‘something old and interesting’ - the winners were Mrs Marian Firth, Mrs Sally Wharam and Mrs Maureen Whitehouse. Mrs June Biggins won the raffle and refreshments were served by Mrs Gill Braham and Mrs Sally Wharam.

Copies of The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory have been circulated to members of Wheatcroft’s book club and this book will be discussed in June.

Members are planning several outings over the next few weeks, including lunch at Lazenby’s on York Place and a visit to the YMCA Theatre to see a performance of Dear Charles.

The next meeting of Wheatcroft WI will be at 1.45pm on Monday June 3 at South Cliff Methodist Church Hall, when Mr David Chambers will speak about ‘The Life of Grime’. The competition is for a single flower from the garden.

New members are always welcome. For more details contact (01723) 375770.

Philatelic Society

Members and visitors of the Scarborough Philatelic Society were honoured with displays relating to astronomy from Margaret Morris, a celebrated philatelist and competition judge.

First she illustrated aspects of her subject with 16-sheet competition entries of stamps covering eclipses, comets, observatories, Copernicus, and an overview of the scope of astronomy. These sheets contained a huge amount of information, stamps issued by many countries and lessons on how to present competition entries.

During the second part of the evening she illustrated a newer approach to collecting, a combination of postal history and approach to collecting, a combination of postal history and thematic collecting. Her subject concerned 19th century astronomers and contained letters between famous astronomers with data and news of their discoveries, including fascinating details of how Neptune was discovered. Her material also covered almanacs, distant observatories, fundraising for equipment and letters recording sightings. She also showed us the gold medal awarded to Sir John Herschel by the Royal Astronomical Society in 1826.

This was an exceptional evening. The next meeting on June 4 in Scarborough Library at 7pm is the annual meeting. Members will show recent additions to their collections.