District Diary

Thursday February 7, 2013


Methodist church

Despite the unpredictable weather, over 20 members of Burniston Methodist Church did manage to make it to St Hilda’s, Ravenscar, last Saturday for an Away Day. However, this was treated as a bit of a trial run so that as many as possible can participate when it will be held again later in the year.

The usual 9.30am, 11am and Sunday at 8pm services took place on Sunday with thanks being given for one of the congregation’s older friends who has recently died and a birthday cake being presented to another of the senior members of the congregation after the early morning service.

A fundraising activity for a group of young people and adults who will be going as part of a larger national group with Urban Saints to build a house for a family in the township of Botleng, South Africa, (July 2014) begins on Saturday February 16, at 1pm, at the chapel, with a massive jumble and bric-a-brac sale. Donations can be left at the chapel any time between now and then. For further information of this and all other activities please see the chapel website www.burnistonchurch.org.

Table top

The next table top sale will be held in the village hall on Sunday February 17, from 2-4pm, with free admission to all buyers. Tables can be reserved by contacting Mr Oulton on 870706 Mr Oulton.

Bowls club

An ‘Evening of Entertainment’ with the versatile Mr John Hollings has been organised by the Bowls Club on Saturday at 7pm. With bar, refreshments and raffle, everyone is invited to join the fun, for tickets pay at the door.


Village hall

Mrs G Davies presided at the recent meeting of the Village Hall Committee, also present were, Mrs A Gabriel, Mrs M De-la-Porte, Mrs R Armstrong, Mrs S Hiley, Mrs J Keegan, Mr P Gabriel, Mr E Cooper. The chairman welcomed Mr J Heath onto the committee. Apologies were received from Mrs E Oates, Mrs V Boyes and Mr J Napthine.

It was reported that membership of the monthly draw remains at 154. The treasurer presented the accounts, though expenditure was up since the last meeting the balance remained near normal. New assets had included the installation of two new cameras and the security system up-graded, the purchase of a new refrigerator and chest freezer. Members were pleased with the support at the last ‘Bangers and Mash’ lunch, support had remained sound despite poor weather conditions. The next lunch that should have been held on Saturday February 23, will now be held on a later date yet to be announced.

It was agreed that prior to Christmas, the ‘Carols at the Beacon’, with refreshments later in the village hall had been a great success. It was agreed that with one or two minor adjustments the event should be repeated this year, on Saturday December 14, at 6pm. It was decided that the Christmas trees attached to the wall of the main hall, and decorated by different individuals and organisations had been well received and a good idea to be developed.

Following a recent private party by teenagers, the hall had been left in an unsatisfactory condition, it was agreed that in future, a deposit would have to be paid when the booking was made to cover the cost of the cleaning. The hirer to be informed.

Some surplus equipment had been removed from the storeroom. As soon as possible shelves will be erected to assist with storage. It was decided that a new contract should be signed with Opus for supplying electricity. The PAT testing of all electrical appliances and equipment is again due, and will be carried out shortly. It was decided that when the premises are booked, preparation and clearing time should be included in the hire charge.

Following a request for a key to the premises by a resident, it was announced that it has been the policy of the committee for a number of years, that all keys for opening the doors to the main entrance would be numbered, and issued only to signatories. This policy is to continue.

Quiz night

The latest quiz in the series was held in the sports club on Saturday evening, when quiz master Alan Heelbeck set a challenging set of questions. The winners of £20 and the general quiz were the ‘Willerby Wasters’ comprising of Andrew Wharton with Becky and Michael Norris. Winners of the picture quiz and £12, were ‘Sue’s Angels’ including Sue and Geoff Ridsdale, Chris Dalby and Keith Johnson.

Winner of the raffle and £5 was Andrea Halifax but she failed to call the cards for £120, as did Arran Oldroyd £80, Chris Dalby £40, Mrs Catherine Hardwick £20, Peter Watson for £10 and £5. Thanks to Calum Johnson for assisting with forms and the raffle, and to Sue Ridsdale for providing a buffet supper. The next quiz will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday March 2. 


Gardening club

The first meeting of Brompton and District Gardening Club was held in Brompton Village Hall on Wednesday January 30, where a delightful talk was given by Sheila Johnson about Yorkshire in Bloom, the voluntary organisation that organises the regional Britain in Bloom Campaign in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Sheila spoke about the annual competition that encourages people in their communities to make a positive and lasting improvement to their local environment for the benefit of local people and, Sheil said: “It is not just about planting flowers and hanging baskets.” Her slide presentation gave a welcome burst of colour to a gloomy January evening illustrating the variety of schemes that people have carried out. Refreshments were served by Mr and Mrs C Evans.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday February 27, at 7.30pm, when the speaker for the evening will be Steve Wright on the ‘Vegetable Garden’.

Shrove Tuesday quiz

A Shrove Tuesday quiz will be held on Tuesday in Brompton Village Hall, at 7pm. It will be hosted by local quizmaster Bob Muir and admission will be £4 per person to include a pancake supper with tea or coffee. People will be welcome to bring their own bottle of wine (glasses provided). Teams of four suggested which can be made up on the night if necessary.

Church service

There will be an 11am morning prayer service at All Saints on Sunday. All are welcome.

Butts working party

All those who are able to help with the maintenance of the Butts are asked to meet outside Keeper Cottage at 10am on Saturday.


Messy church

We all enjoyed our tea together in the hall before moving into chapel for the opening worship to learn about how God created our world. This was led by Mrs Janette Biltcliffe who, helped by the young people, made up a jigsaw telling the story. You can see the finished puzzle in the porch window of the chapel. Then it was ‘messy’ time. We made frog blowers, animal sun catchers, decorated animal cupcakes, and a creation spinning wheel. The beautiful creation frieze is on the wall in the chapel hall – call into the coffee morning on Tuesday morning to see it. We met back in the church again when the Rev Elizabeth Clark lit a candle to remind us that this was God’s time. After singing a song which included all our names and saying thank you to God for all the wonderful things we had heard about, it was time for home. Thanks to all the team who work so hard so that we can enjoy this different style of worship. The next Messy Church is on Saturday March 23, starting with tea at 4.45pm when the theme will be Easter Praise. Everyone is very welcome to come along.

Senior lunch

Senior citizens met for a lovely lunch of fish and chips subsidised by the Lions. Those who were unable to come to the chapel hall had their meal delivered to them by Mr Bill Thompson. After the meal we attended our Silver Screen Cinema Club to watch ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Helpers were Mrs Denise Richardson and Mrs Sandra Cade, who was also our projectionist for the day. The next meal and Silver Screen will be on Wednesday February 27. The meal is at 1pm followed by a film at 2pm. Come for either or both. You need to book your fish and chips which can be done at the chapel coffee morning, the Luncheon Club or ring Christine on (01944) 711294. Delivery can be arranged for anyone housebound who lives within the Sherburn village area.

Methodist church

The worship on Sunday morning was led by Mrs Jean Brown and Mrs Christine Fenwick. The organist was Mrs Janet Magee, steward Mrs Elizabeth Aconley and audio visual operator Mrs Janet Tebb. The theme of the worship was God’s love for us in Jesus and the readers were Mrs Mary Dickinson and Mrs Liz Aconley. The children made cards for everyone that reminded us to smile because Jesus loves us. After the service fellowship continued over coffee in the hall. The preacher next Sunday at 10.30am will be the Rev Nigel Spencer. All are welcome to come along.

St Hilda’s

Morning service will be held at St Hilda’s on Sunday February 10 at 10.30am led by lay minister Mrs Barbara Grice. An open invitation is given to all.

Weekly draw

The results of the Playing Field Association weekly draw are £25 Craig Sanderson: £15 Lee Metcalfe: £5 Sue Stonehouse. The next event to raise funds for the Playing Field Association is a coffee morning to be held in the village hall on Saturday February 9 at 10am. There will be a raffle and tombola and all the usual stalls.


Epiphany theme

Epiphany and its meaning was the theme led by the Rev Laura McWilliams at the inter-denominational service for the first meeting of the new year held in Crossgates Community Centre.

Hymns accompanied on the keyboard by Helen Bowell were especially chosen by a reading from the Bible given by Jean Donovan. Several people took part in a time of open prayer.

The social time for refreshments was organised by Margaret Neave, Helen Pollin, and Ann and Philip Johnson.

The February meeting will again be led by the Rev McWilliams with the theme Preparing for Lent to take place on Sunday February 24, at 7pm.


Finance meeting

There will be a meeting of the Finance Policy and Development Committee of the parish council on Monday. This meeting will take place in the community centre starting at 9.30am, and members of the public are invited to attend. On the agenda is a review of the Grants Register for the period April 1, 2012, to January 31, 2013; a review of the accounts for the period April 1, 2012, to January 31, 2013. Also the committee will receive and consider grant applications from Eastfield Community Association for new window blinds, £750; Eastfield Cooking Group for the purchase of equipment, £450; New Eastfield Residents Association towards printing costs for newsletter (two issues) £220. The meeting will also receive reports from Eastfield Community Association regarding the provision of a projector and screen. They will also consider the funding for additional grit bins throughout Eastfield, and consider outstanding funding from 2012/13 precept. They will also discuss and create a policy for use of funds under the general power of competence.

Dell seminar

Following the success of the Del-ve into Nature project at Eastfield Dell, the rangers are now holding a free seminar to look at how the park has been transformed from a neglected dump to a dynamic source for wildlife and people alike.

If you have an open space or know someone who has, however big or small, and would like to improve it for biodiversity, access, education, heritage or events, this is for you. With expert speakers and demonstrations, activities and useful hand-outs, you are likely to leave much better-equipped to make a real difference to your space.

The seminar will take place at Eastfield Community Centre on Thursday March 7, starting at 9.30am to 1pm. If this is of interest and you would like to attend please contact the Dell Ranger on 07563 737704 to obtain a booking form.

Dell survey

The Dell Rangers would like to hear what people think of the Dell and its activities, and invites everyone to log on to the following link and complete the questionnaire which doesn’t take long http.//www.surveymonkey.com/s/NDYRBMY. This will give you an opportunity to give valuable feedback, which the Rangers will appreciate.

Pop in club

The Pop In Club met in the community centre on Tuesday when members were glad to get back after the poor weather recently. They perused the table top and the bring and buy, and then enjoyed a three course lunch which was prepared and cooked by the resident chef and served by Judy Fox and helpers. A raffle was also organised by Norma Rogers.

Hairdressing project

The hairdressing students at Pindar School recently enjoyed a ‘Hair through the ages’ project over a four week period. They had been researching using a wide range of methods to look at the different styles and fashions that have influenced today’s hair styles, starting from the Egyptians to the present day, which took a great deal of time and effort. students designed presentations on their chosen eras to complement their ‘Total Look’, and will be show casing their look at open evenings and option fairs to be held at the school, wearing flares and platforms to Grease mania and glam rock, as well as making a DVD.

One of the tutors said: “Some of the students found it really challenging to recreate their chosen look, however through perseverance they were able to capture their look perfectly,” while another said, “I think it is a very interesting topic for the students to study as it brings to life the saying ‘what goes around comes around’, as many styles tend to re-invent themselves.”


St Laurence’s

This Sunday: 8am Holy Communion with the Rev Alastair Ferneley, 10am Holy Communion with the Rev Marion Wright, 6.30pm Evensong with the Rev Graham Waring in Church Rooms, 7pm Youth Group; Tuesday: 11am coffee, chat and prayer at Scalby Methodist Church; Ash Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion with the Rev Alastair Ferneley, 2.30pm Mothers’ Union annual meeting and faith tea in Church Rooms, 7.30pm Ash Wednesday service with the Revs Alastair Ferneley and Clare Stainsby at Scalby Methodist Church; Thursday: 12.30pm Community Lunch the Rev Phil White will speak on Bungoma (please sign the list at the back of church by Sunday) Church Rooms, 2.30pm Prayer Group at 16 Hall Park Grove, 7.30pm Mothers’ Union annual meeting and ‘A trip down Route 66’ with Gill Bradley at 37 Red Scar Drive.

Also please note that the Women’s World Day of Prayer annual service is being held in the Salvation Army Citadel, Alma Square, on March 1.

Scalby wives

We were given an insight into the work of a North York Moors National Park Ranger at Scalby Wives on Monday. Senior Ranger David Smith gave an illustrated talk on the many projects the authority is involved with. Flood management at Pickering, Sinnington and the Hole of Horcum, the Daffodil Trail at Farndale and the old Iron Works around Rosedale are some of their many and varied activities. The tea ladies were Val Kirby, Jenny Stainthorpe and Sue Tipple. Next week our speaker will be Fred Normandale who will be telling us some ‘Fishing Tales’.


School report

Parents of children attending Seamer and Irton CP School whose children will be taking part in the skipping on Scarborough foreshore on Shrove Tuesday February 12, have been asked to collect them from school at 1.30pm and to inform the school by letter beforehand.

Wednesday March 6 will be Tudor Day at the school and class KS2 will be visited by Henry VIII. To make it as authentic as possible, children are invited to wear Tudor costumes on that day.

From today those parents who help their children get ready for football should use the side entrance – through the old SKIDS gate – instead of the main entrance. The area with the benches will be the best area to assist with football boots, etc.

On Wednesday there will be an RNLI Water Safety presentations for KS2 and on Friday February 15 a Big Sing at The Spa for Y4 pupils.

St Martin’s

Income does not cover outgoings at St Martin’s Church, Parochial Church Council treasurer Jo Taylor has pointed out in The New Link, the church’s monthly magazine. Her 2013 budget to be sent to the diocese shows income expected to be £40,387 and outgoings £41,633.

To help keep down heating costs for the 900-year-old church, she suggests the congregation might wear an extra layer of clothing when attending church during cold snaps as have been experienced recently.

The Rev Richard Firth led a 9.30am BCP holy communion service at St Martin’s on Sunday and preached a sermon on Influence. Enid Plevey gave a Bible reading and Edna Burton accompanied singing on the keyboard. Jeff Fiedler assisted with the chalice, Carol Beswick and Enid Plevey were sidespersons, and Helen Stevens served refreshments.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led the 11am modern worship service with the Sunday Club, led the intercessions and preached on how we can be an influence for love and goodness in the world. Paul McWilliams gave a Bible reading, Richard Fuller led the sung worship with Neville Wright (guitar); and the vicar and Mary Otway offered anointing and prayer ministry during the worship. Helen Coates and Jean Donovan ran the Sunday Club. Linda Murray was the sidesperson and Julie Hall served coffee.

A Messy Church with art, craft and games for all the family was held in the church room in the afternoon

On Sunday there will be a common worship holy communion service at 9.30am, and a modern communion service with the Sunday Club at 11am. The 7pm Word and Worship meeting will have the Rev Geoff Bowell as speaker.

Methodist service

The Rev Brian Fitzpatrick was the preacher at Seamer Methodist Church on Sunday, and spoke of how God’s love for us is unique and special. It is indispensable and is not conditional, it is a love that lasts forever and is above and beyond any human love. Doreen Lawson was the organist, John Earnshaw the vestry steward and Kath Baker the welcomer. Margaret Neave took the collection and Denise Earnshaw and Bert Blower gave Bible readings. Refreshments were served by Sheila Gray and Joy Booth.

The monthly coffee morning will be held on Saturday from 10.30am, and Colin Davies will be the preacher at Sunday’s 10.30am service.

Village friends

The first fundraising event of the year for the Friends of Seamer Village group will be a coffee and cakes afternoon in the Memorial Hall, 2-4pm on Saturday February 16. Admission at £1 will include coffee or tea and a cake. There will also be a raffle and cake stall.

The group keeps a watching brief on the village, including The Green, footpaths and open areas, and membership is open to all who live in the village and want to help in keeping it a pleasant place to live. Events to be planned throughout the year aim to increase a sense of community.

Mothers’ Union

The annual meeting of St Martin’s Church Mothers’ Union will be held in the church room from 2.15pm on Tuesday.

Parish council

The next meeting of Seamer Parish Council will be held in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, from 7pm. All local residents are welcome to attend.


St Mary’s

The services last Sunday were Holy Communion at the vicarage at 8am, conducted by the vicar at which Audrey Berry read the lesson from St Mark, and morning worship in church at 10am, conducted by Ros O’Toole. This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion with Sunday School in church at 10am.


Sing for fun

People from all areas are invited to come along to an open meeting at the community centre on Wednesday at 2pm, to meet with others who have expressed their interest in meeting together occasionally to sing their favourite popular songs.

Shirley Holdsworth looks forward to meeting them and making plans together for the furtherance of the group. The Community Association Council is grateful for her leadership and also to John Bisset and Ken Eastwood for the loan and gift, respectively, of Yamaha keyboards.

In bloom

The annual general meeting of the group was held at the community centre. Present were Bryan Bolton, Gill Sowman, Rosemary Bryan, Jill Chapman, Peter Hemmingham, Carol Robinson, Alex Pinchon of Overdale School, Steve and Maggie Byrne, Paul and Bronwyn Goodwin, Tony and Wendy Sellers and two members of the public.

Mr Bolton presented a satisfactory financial report following successful fundraising and several generous donations in the past year.

A written report was received from the retiring chairman, Roger Pledger, in which he thanked all the members for their hard work to keep the village looking good in a year of difficult weather conditions. The Good Garden certificates had been received by the recipients with both surprise and pleasure that their efforts had been recognised.

Mr Pledger said that the damaged trees in the carnival field had been replaced and a special tree to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee had been planted in the triangle near the Osgodby Lane bridge in collaboration with the community association and the village council.

The following appointments for the forthcoming year were made: chairman, Peter Hemmingham; vice-chairman, Gill Sowman; secretary, Lynne King; treasurer, Bryan Bolton; head of works, Gill Sowman; events officer, Maggie Byrne; non-executive committee members, Carol Robinson, Roger Pledger, Alex Pinchon, Don Chapman, Jill Chapman and Steve Byrne.

Mr Hemmingham, the new chairman, looked forward to another successful year without the stress of entering the Yorkshire In Bloom competition and assured everyone that their work contributes directly to making Osgodby the beautiful village it has become, respected and enjoyed by all its residents. The evening ended with wine and cheese refreshments.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre by Bryan Coomber. The callers and the cashiers were Mr Coomber and Jan McNamara. Margaret Rogers and Christine Hastie were the checkers. A raffle was won by Dorothy Dawson, Mrs Hastie and Mrs Rogers and refreshments were served by Mrs Hastie. People from all areas are invited to join the group on Monday evenings at 7.15pm for this pleasant social event at the community centre.


St John’s

The 9am Family Communion service was led by the Rev Stephen Drury who preached on influence. Readings from the Bible were given by Yvonne Quinsey and Geoff Derrington assisted with chalice. Pam Young was organist.

The theme for both the 10.45am All Age service and the 6pm Evening Praise service was the presentation of Christ in the temple (Candlemas).

Sunday services are Family Communion at 9am and Sung Evensong at 6pm. On Wednesday there will be an Ash Wednesday service at 7.30pm to mark the beginning of Lent.

Methodist church

The Sunday morning service of Holy Communion was led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark. In her sermon she spoke about Candlemas, and the significance of light. Jesus is the Light of the World, a beacon of hope that shows that God is in control. Bible readings were given by Keith Higgs, reading from the book of Malachi and Dinah Veall who read from St Luke’s Gospel. The Rev Clark presided at Holy Communion and was assisted by Jean Letten.

The stewards were Joyce Taylor and Keith and Helen Higgs. Following the service refreshments were served by Michael and Jean Carter. On Sunday the 10.45am service will be led by Mr Paul Midgley.

Country dancing

The class in English Country Dancing resumed last week with a good attendance, classes were missed for two weeks due to the inclement weather conditions. Dances from varied selections, some stately from about the 16th century were taught by Cyril Swales, and other social dances were conducted by Sheila Swales, with Mrs Barbara Welford accompanying on the piano.

The class will continue next Tuesday in the village hall in Wilsons Lane, where any new potential dancers will be welcomed. Arrangements are also well in hand for the centenary celebrations being held later this month and April, at the Town Hall and the Spa complex.


St Mark’s

The 10am All Age service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh, when Daisy Butcher was baptised.

This Sunday there will be services of Holy Communion at 8am and 10am. The 10am service includes JAM Club for primary age children, and Y-Zone for older children. Crèche facilities will be available for children under four years.

On Ash Wednesday at 10am and 7.30pm there will be services of Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes.

Pancake party

On Shrove Tuesday, in the Community Hall, there will be a pancake party with traditional games and dancing for parents, carers and children, plus lots of pancakes to eat! The party starts at 4pm and finishes at 5.30pm.

WI meeting

At the first meeting in the New Year members of the Scalby and Newby Women’s Institute followed the ‘thrills and spills’ of Lauren Forsyth who was chosen to take part in the opening of the 2012 Paralympics. Lauren explained how she had been chosen to participate and the rigorous rehearsals needed to make it the spectacle that we witnessed on television. Through Lauren members were able to grasp the feeling of appearing before thousands of people on such an auspices occasion. The president, Anne Morley, welcomed everyone to the meeting, including three new members. The secretary, Pam Caton, announced that Denman College was not going to close and that other ways of saving money are being considered. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the North Yorkshire East Federation, a pearl anniversary lunch will be held at The Feathers, Helmsley, on March 6 and 20. There will also be an anniversary lunch at the Three Jolly Sailors on June 11 with a speaker. Three members of this WI will be attending the annual meeting in Cardiff as observers. February’s newsletter was on display showing events and outings planned by the NYEF. Yvonne Spencer announced details of the holidays planned for this year which are: May 13 to Tenby for four nights DBB; July 26 to Tatton Park Flower Show for two nights DBB, and November 17 to see the Thursford Christmas Spectacular for one night DBB. Holidays to Jersey and Kerala are being considered for 2014. An outing to the Burton Agnes Snowdrop Walk has been organised for Tuesday. Members should meet at the Scalby Community Hall where transport will be arranged. A new enterprise, the Catch Up group will meet on Friday February 15, at the Palm Court Hotel, at 12 noon. The Craft Group will meet on the third Tuesday in the month from 2-4pm. February’s meeting will take place at the home of Veronica England on February 19.

Ros Rowntree reported on the Produce and Craft Show which will be held at Snainton on April 13. Entry forms and fees should be handed in by March 25. The Annual Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday April 10, at the Spa, Scarborough. The next meeting will be held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Quaker Close, Scarborough, on Monday February 25, at 7pm. Friends and guests will be most welcome. For further information please contact Anne 375908 and Pam 360939.

Stepney and Woodlands

Open evening

The Sixth Form College open evening will be on Wednesday from 6-7.30pm. Everyone interested in courses beginning in September 2013 is invited to visit. The college has responded to recent stories in the national press which have reported that, “a quarter of schools have no A-level pupils with top grades” with Michael Gove claiming that the school system is failing pupils. The college has responded by saying: “In Scarborough this is definitely not the case with 75 per cent of Scarborough Sixth Form students successfully going onto university and 20 per cent of these being Russell Group universities. These are all really positive indicators that students in Scarborough can and do achieve the AAB grades that Michael Gove is focusing on. In fact the A-level pass rate for Sixth Form in 2012 was 99 per cent with 51 per cent gaining A* to B grades.”

Sixth Form College Principal, Marcus Towse commented: “As a college we have excellent exam results with former students progressing to a diversity of careers such as barrister, primary school teacher, or physics professor. We encourage our students to take subjects that they enjoy and will excel in and which will ultimately help them to achieve their career goal whether that goal is to attend a Russell Group university or otherwise.”

St Luke’s

The Holy Communion service last Sunday morning was led by the Rev David Pynn and the preacher was Alan McKie, who spoke about the importance of the influence of the church in the wider community and in social action. The 10am Family Communion service this Sunday will be led by the Rev Alastair Ferneley.


Whist drive

A whist drive was held in the village hall. The MC was Mr W Calvert, Mrs Jane Wilson-Stear ran the raffle and the ladies in the kitchen were Miss S Coulson, Mrs Jane Wilson-Stear.

Whist winners: 1st Mr B Cowton, Miss C Farnborough, Mr & Mrs E Richardson; 2nd Mr R Warman, Mrs J Smith, Mr & Mrs T Wardle; 3rd Mrs J Bielby, Mr A Richardson, Mr B Goulding and Mrs S Wardle.

Raffle winners: Mrs J Bowles, Mrs J Bielby, Mrs J Smith, Mr R Souter, Mr J Craggs, Mrs P Johnson, Mr B Goulding, Mr T Wardle, Mrs D Wardle, Mr R Warman, Mrs V Poole, Mr S Foote.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Parish council

Cllr Frank James took the chair at the January meeting of the Staintondale and Ravenscar Parish Council held in Ravenscar Village Hall on January 17. Present also were Cllrs Ms C Broadhurst, S Darrington, B Normington, Mrs V Russell and W Terry, parish clerk Mrs J Marley, PC 595 Bilton, one member of the press, and one member of the public. There was an apology from Cllr E Morgan – prior commitment.

There were no declarations of interest, and the minutes of the previous meeting were approved and signed by the chairman.

There were no matters raised in the public open forum.

A police report was received, and additional information was given by PC Bilton, including the new registration scheme for scrap dealers.

Cllr Darrington reported on the latest Coastal Forum meeting where items discussed had included wind farms, a rural broadband initiative, and the new potash mine at Sneaton.

Cllr James reported that all council chairmen had been invited by York Potash to a meeting at the Falcon Inn on January 23.

Cllr Normington reported that the police were aware of problems with highway visibility as a result of vehicles parked on the brow of a hill at Cloughton Newlands.

Correspondence. The Borough Council Central Area Committee would be meeting at 7pm at St Mark’s, Newby, on January 22; Cllr Mrs Russell agreed to try to attend.

Cllr Darrington would attend a Coastal Forum meeting at 7pm at Hawsker on February 26.

A letter from the National Park about a community forum event in October was noted.

Highway Matters. Cllr Mrs Russell explained that the Ravenscar litter bins were not emptied over the Christmas period, and that they needed emptying during school holidays. The bin at Raven Hall corner was still a small one. The clerk will contact the borough council and ask them to liaise with Mrs Russell over these matters.

The faulty street light at Station Square was reported to the county council by the clerk on December 14.

Planning applications received. There were no objections to the retrospective application for an agricultural livestock building at Grange Farm, Staintondale, providing it was well-screened.

An application to site six camping pods and access track at the Falcon Inn was also agreed with no objections.

It was noted that the decisions to demolish an existing conservatory and erect an extension at Whitestone Farm, and the timber chalets at the Falcon Inn with associated access and landscaping had been granted.

The following accounts were approved for payment. a) Ravenscar Village Hall for hall hire £10; b) T Harland for verge cutting £930; c) J Marley for domain name renewal £7.99; d) Burniston Parish Council for printing/copying 15/2/12 - 6/12/12 £24.36.

The magazine ‘Clerks and Councils Direct’ was put into circulation, and the date of the next meeting was confirmed as Thursday March 21, at Staintondale Village Hall.

Church news

A service of Morning Worship will be held on Sunday at St Hilda’s Church at 10.30am. It will be led by Ian Popely.

There will be a meeting of the Church Council, including the annual meeting in the Ingrid Flute Gallery tonight at 7.15pm. Included will be reports from all aspects of the life of the church.

Police plan

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, has released a draft plan for North Yorkshire under the heading ‘Be safe, feel safe’.

The draft is now open for public consultation and the public are invited to submit comment, criticism and feedback. The plan can then be amended where thought necessary, and the final version will be published towards the end of March. Full details can be found on the website www.crimeplan.org.uk or leaflets can be had from libraries, police stations and other public buildings.


Over 60s

Mrs M Pattison, chairwoman, welcomed 28 members of the Over 60s Club to their meeting in the village hall when they enjoyed their New Year buffet for which Mrs Janet Lee was thanked for the most enjoyable spread.

A raffle had been organised by Mrs A Butler with numerous prizes and with the lucky ticket number being won by Mrs O Ayres.

Bingo was then called by Mrs Pattison with the winners being Mrs B Mennell, A Speck, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs P Watson, Mrs B Forcer, Mrs M Martin, Mrs V Poole, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs O Ayres and Mrs A Donlevy.

Teas and coffees were prepared by Mrs A Donlevy and Mrs A Dowson.

Whist drive

A military whist drive was held in Cayton Village Hall and raised funds for Cayton Cricket Club.

The MC was Bob Cowton and eight tables were in play. Whist winners: 1 (cut table) Mrs S Wardle; 2 Mr and Mrs E Richardson, G Harman, B Cowton; 3 Mrs P Watson, Mrs V Poole, Mrs A Dowson, T Davies.

The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies and the winners included Mrs S Wardle, B Cowton, P Richardson, Mrs P Johnson, E Barker, W Calvert, J Calam, Mrs B Richardson, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs M Johnson, Mrs E Brownridge, Mrs J West, Mrs P Watson, R Souter, L Woodhead, Mrs H Richardson, Mrs W Walton and T Davies.

The refreshments were prepared by Mrs A Dowson and Mr and Mrs E Barker and served by whist players.

Thanks were expressed to the many for their help with the raffle and refreshments, those who donated prizes and to everyone for their support of the drive.

Methodist service

The Sunday morning covenant service, including Holy Communion, held in Cayton Chapel was led by the Rev Denise Free. During the service readings were given by Margaret Welsh and Joan Dunnell.

Jane Allen was the organist, Margaret Welsh the vestry steward, Christine Feather the communion steward and Carolyn Newton was the welcomer.

The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Roy Pugh.

On Saturday February 23, a Fairtrade coffee morning will be held in the chapel – further details to be advised.

Church services

The services in St John the Baptist Church on Sunday will be communion at 9am led by the Rev Sam Foster and Evensong at 6.15pm led by Alan Courtney.

The next mid-week communion will be held on Tuesday at 7pm led by the Rev Graham Waring.

Bloom group

Cayton in Bloom are holding their monthly meeting in the small room of Jubilee Hall on Tuesday at 7pm which will be chaired by their new chairman, Geoff Coates.

It will be a busy meeting as the agenda includes making arrangements to start preparing for the spring judging for the 2013 Yorkshire In Bloom competition which is due to take place on a date yet to be ascertained in late March – early April.

Fundraising will also be high on the agenda. The group has got smaller and if there is anyone who would like to offer their help with the group’s endeavours, do please feel free to go along to this meeting or, in fact, any of their monthly meetings and offer your help.


Parish council

The next parish council meeting will take place on February 20, at 7pm, in the village hall. Members of the public are welcome.

All Saints

Services on the first Sunday of each month will be morning prayer at 9.15am. Morning service on the third Sunday of the month will be at 10am. All other services are at 9.15am unless otherwise stated on the church notice board.


Probus club

The group were pleased to welcome back Alan Nightingale after surgery and convalescence, but sorry to learn that David Howarth, a regular member for many years, has had to move to The Willows. The group will miss him.

Bob Alders entertained them by relating his experiences when managing a game fishery in Shropshire and impressing on them the differences between salmon, sea trout, brown and rainbow trout, unfortunately they were unable to sample any! On February 14 the group looks forward to Paul Bright on ‘Yorkshire and the Battle of Britain and the Muston Dornier’.

New members are very welcome at Cross Hill at 10am.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher is the Rev Peter Kindleysides. The service begins at 10.30am and is Holy Communion and ‘Something Different’.

Community centre

Thursday: am Baby Clinic, pm Silver Band; Friday: am Pop In; pm Jazz Club; Saturday: am Silver Band; Monday: pm Art Group, The Band.

All Saints

All services are held at 8am and 10.45am except the second Sunday of the month when there is no 8am service. The fourth Sunday of the month is usually a united service with Cross Hill Methodist Church alternating venues. There is a Praise Hour at 5pm every third Sunday. At present there is no Evensong but there is a service at 4pm each Sunday afternoon until the first Sunday in March when Evensong will return to 6pm.