District Diary

Thursday February 14, 2013


Weekly draw

The results of the weekly draw are £25 Jane Webster, £15 Shaun Flinton, £5 Chris Miles.

Coffee morning

Thank you to the few people who supported the Playing Field Association coffee morning. It raised £83.70 (which included a donation) for the development fund. Helpers were P Cousin, Y Slack, V Slack, D Bean and S Bean. The raffle winners were L Windrass, Y Slack, S Stonehouse, B Grice and B Flinton. If anyone has any fundraising ideas please contact Von Slack. We need to raise £25,000-30,000 very quickly to enable us to start building the new community and sports pavilion.

Anglican worship

The morning service at St Hilda’s Church was led by lay minister Mrs Barbara Grice. Recently the congregation have been looking at the letter of Archbishop John Sentamu on the five marks of growing in the church. This was the final week when the topic was ‘Numbers’ – to make disciples and encourage others to make a connection with the church. The lesson was read by Mrs Betty Flinton. Coffee was enjoyed at the end of the service.

School visits

The younger children at Sherburn C of E Primary School have been visiting important places in the village. This has included a visit to both the Parish Church of St Hilda and the Methodist Chapel. At the parish church the children were met by lay minister Mrs Barbara Grice. They saw the font and baptism was explained to them. The lectern which takes the shape of a large brass eagle proved a point of interest and they were allowed to take it in turns to stand in the pulpit. At the altar rail the children, quite spontaneously, knelt down and some asked to say a prayer. They examined the communion chalice and saw the bell ropes and as they left church the bells were pealing. The following week the children visited the Methodist Chapel where the Rev Elizabeth Clark explained about the building and the worship that took place there. She also showed the children the vestments that she wore when she conducted services. The children showed great interest and were full of questions. The differences between the two styles of worship were noted, the smaller font at the chapel, the use of individual glasses for Holy Communion but at both places the children showed great respect for their surroundings in their excellent behaviour.

Methodist news

The Sunday worship was led by the Rev Nigel Spencer who spoke about the Transfiguration of Jesus. The steward was Mrs Jean Brown, the welcomer Mrs Elizabeth Aconley and the organist Mr Chris Cade. The Old Testament lesson from Exodus was read by Liz Aconley and the Gospel by Jean Brown. The Rev Spencer told the children the story of Noah and the Ark with the help of his ‘magic bag’ which somehow changed to show every part of the story. After worship refreshments were served in the hall. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Janette Biltcliffe. We were reminded about the Lent Group which will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm during Lent led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark. The group will be looking together at the book ‘Lent for Everyone’ by Tom Wright. If you would like a copy they are available from the minister at a cost of £4. The Ash Wednesday prayer meeting will be held at 11am. Don’t forget Family Cinema Club on Saturday at 6pm. 

Hutton Buscel

Clerk required

Applications are invited for the post of clerk to the parish council.

The clerk will support an active parish council comprising of seven councillors. The council meets on the first Friday of each month at 7pm in the village Hall. No meetings are held in August/December. The role includes preparing agendas and taking minutes of meetings, dealing with correspondence, planning applications and emails, following up on actions agreed by the council and acting as the Responsible Finance Officer. The remuneration will be for 4.5 hours per week in line with relevant national salary agreements. Experience would be useful but is not essential as the council are prepared to fund suitable training to the successful applicant. The applicant will require computer skills and have access to a computer and printer. Office space for storage of documents/plans will also be required.

The closing date for applications is February 25, 2013. For further information and application form contact Mr R Bastiman Chairman Of Hutton Buscel Parish Council, Mount Pleasant Farm, Dale End, Hutton Buscel YO13 9LR.

Parish council

An Ordinary Parish Council meeting was held on February 1, and was attended by Cllr K Hudson (acting chairman), Cllr J Carruthers, Cllr Barnett, Cllr M Ward, Cllr L Thompson, Cllr D Todd, clerk Mrs M Walker and also present were Mr P Hudson and Mr D Burnley. The chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. The minutes of the last meeting were approved and signed by the chairman.

Mr P Hudson addressed the council and requested permission for all village events to be advertised on the parish council website on the calendar page and the council had no objection to this. Mr Hudson would make arrangements for all information relating to village events to be published.

Nominations were taken for the Community Cup and one nomination was received from Cllr Carruthers for Colin and Margaret Fletcher for their work undertaken in producing photographs for the time capsule and this was unanimously supported by the council and the cup will be awarded to Colin and Margaret Fletcher.

The clerk’s resignation was received and Mrs Walker’s contract will terminate on February 28 2013. An advertisement will be placed on the YLCA website on notice boards and in the library. Closing dates for the application will be February 25 2013, and applications will be considered at the next meeting. Handover of all keys and equipment, records and stationery from the clerk will be undertaken by the end of February.

Enquiries had been made about the possibility of having some recycling bins in the village but Scarborough Borough Council had no plans at present to expand their network.

One planning application was received regarding plans to install a telecommunications cabinet at Pickering Road, West Ayton and the council had no objections.

Two notifications were received from York Potash Ltd, Statutory Public Notice of planning application has been placed on the notice board.

An extension to the existing sand and gravel workings at Wykeham Quarry by Hanson Quarry Products AUK. Planning permission was granted subject to the signing of section 106 legal agreement. The draft of the agreement was received.

Tree work on Foth Hill is to be undertaken later in the year, pot holes at Dale End have been repaired and the problem of road sinking round a manhole cover in Church Lane will be reported.

Cllr Carruthers reported to the full council that she had a meeting with the caretaker and he would be happy to renew the contract for a further year under the same conditions and same rate of pay. A contract would be prepared for signatures at the next meeting.

Items for the next agenda were received these were, to draw up and sign off the caretaker’s contract for 2013-2014, to discuss applications for new clerk, to receive feedback from Cllr Todd’s attendance at Southern Area Parish Forum and the granite kerb edging update from Highways.

The meeting closed at 8pm and the next meeting will be on March 1, at 7pm.


Scalby wives

Inspite of the bitterly cold night there was a good attendance at Scalby Wives on Monday to hear Fred Normandale talk about some ‘Fishing Tales’. He began with his childhood living at the ‘Bottom End’ where his family were fishermen and his playground was the castle and harbour. He learned much about the lives of the men which proved invaluable when he also became a fisherman with a boat of his own. He told really amusing stories about some of the local characters which we all enjoyed very much. Refreshments were served by Sue Emms, Viv Fields and Val Humphries.

There is no meeting next week because of half-term. Our speaker on Monday February 25 will be Dave Barry whose topic is ‘The Other Side of Iran’.

Methodist church

Worship this Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mr Bruce Clark. There will be no evening service.

Coffee morning

The next charity coffee morning to be held at Scalby Methodist Church will be on Saturday March 2, to raise funds for the Scarborough branch of the Parkinsons Society. Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10am to 12 noon and there will be a stall selling home baking and preserves and a Fairtrade stall. Admission is by donation to the charity.


Volunteers needed

Fliers have been distributed in the village asking for volunteers to join a working party from the Village Hall Committee, to help organise a community project to be known as Village Ventures. The first of these ventures is to be a regular community lunch on the third Wednesday of each month and the first of these will be held on Wednesday March 20.

The plan is to provide an ‘open house’ atmosphere from 1-4pm where, for a small charge, local people can come in for lunch or alternatively coffee, tea and cake throughout the afternoon. There are also plans to run a stall selling second-hand children’s clothes and perhaps a book swap table.

A meeting to discuss this project is to be held in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Volunteers who think they may be able to help with the project or who may have ideas to contribute are warmly invited to attend. Offers of help could include joining a rota of helpers for the actual event or offers to do some baking for delivery to the hall on the day.

This project is being supported by Rural Action Yorkshire as part of the North Yorkshire County Council Community Hub Scheme where a focus is being given to bringing new activities and services into rural areas.

Safari supper

Tickets were sold out for the Safari Supper on Saturday February 9. Starters were served in Brompton Village Hall by Shelagh Howell, Gwen Stockill and Katherine Carey. James Peacock together with Mark and Belinda Evans dispensed drinks. Main courses were at six houses in the village. The hosts were our vicar the Rev Stuart Hill and his wife Karen, Jackie Gray and Chris Mudd, Vivien and Maria Bairstow, Mary and Don Jones, Elizabeth and Roger Potts and Julia and Robert Wadsworth. Puddings, coffee and a raffle were at the Manor House with Mark and Belinda Evans. The very enjoyable evening raised over £900 for church funds.

Village hall

Thank you to those who alerted the Village Hall Committee to some tiles coming off the village hall roof. These have now been replaced.

Parish council

The parish council meets on Monday in Brompton Village Hall at 7.35pm. Ron Carey is acting parish clerk until a replacement is found for the new clerk who had to resign due to ill health.

The Butts

A working party under the leadership of Mark Evans which met for a second session on February 9 was attended by 11 helpers. Different groups tidied up the area around the bridges, removed dead branches and vegetation around the ditch by the pumping station, started removing ivy from the chestnut trees, and started removing docks and clearing ditches in the wetland to the west of the beck. 

The long-term plan is to enhance the attraction of the Butts both for visitors and for people who live in the village by keeping it tidy without municipalising it, maintaining the sustainability of the trees through proper maintenance and long-term planning, and to develop ways of widening its attraction to people of all ages.

Advice on management and upkeep wiil be sought from specialists in the management of parkland, wetland and seeding wild flowers.


WI meeting

Angela Howgate welcomed 23 members and two visitors to the February meeting on behalf of our president Prue Butterworth after which, Janet Carr, who has died recently, was remembered. Sue Shutt then read the January minutes and Marilyn Bellinger gave a short report on the enjoyable evening we had with Hutton Buscel and Wykeham WI in which we listened to readings, singing and eating soup and delicious puddings.

Forthcoming events will be the pearl lunch at Helmsley, the spring council meeting at the Spa on Wednesday April 10, the spring show on Saturday April 13, and the federation quiz on May 20.

It was mentioned that Snainton WI is the oldest WI in the federation and we are 95-years-old this year.

Our guest speaker was Fred Normandale, who gave a very entertaining talk entitled ‘Fishy Tales’. The February competition of a memento from the seaside was won by Audrey Ireland with Jenny Mathers second and Christine Robinson in third place. Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday March 5 and our guest speaker will be Jonathan Botham. The hostesses will be M Scrafton, G Moss and N Chiverton.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Jumble sale

A jumble sale will take place in Staintondale Village Hall on Saturday March 16 at 2pm. Jumble may be left at Staintondale Post Office during opening hours, or taken to the village hall from 6pm tomorrow evening. Admission is only 20p, and proceeds will be for village hall funds.

Church news

This Sunday there will be an informal Fairtrade Big Brew Breakfast Service (Café Refresh) led by Ian Popely in St Hilda’s Church, Ravenscar at 10.30am. There will also be Sunday school. All welcome. This is part of Diane Robinson’s Fairtrade Fortnight events to be held all over Scarborough. Cloughton will be having its Big Brew Fairtrade coffee morning on Friday February 22 from 10-11.30am.

Charity support

As part of its ongoing support for the charity Engalynx which supports orphans in Rwanda, the church at Ravenscar is taking part in the ‘A Kid for a Kid’ project. Money is raised to buy a kid goat, which is then handed as a gift to Rwandan orphans who are having to fend for themselves. This project is also being publicised in Scarborough schools by Bruce Clark. If you would like any further information on this worthwhile scheme, please contact Frank or Griselda James on 870003.

History group

At the meeting on Tuesday the speaker will be Howard Carr who will be giving an update on the recent geophysical survey, excavations and archaeological dig at Ravenscar in connection with the Ravenscar Barrows Project.

The group annual meeting will also be held as part of this meeting, which commences at 7.30pm. All are welcome.


School report

Jonathan Wanless, headteacher at Seamer and Irton CP School, has thanked parents for getting their children to school punctually despite the recent bad weather. “There is a clear link between attendance at school and academic progress so it is really important that children have the best possible attendance figures,” he says. The school’s overall attendance is currently 95.5 per cent, but he expects this to improve to the target of over 96 per cent as the weather improves.

Pancakes were available at lunchtime on Shrove Tuesday, before children were taken by their parents to the traditional skipping on Scarborough foreshore. The school will close tomorrow for the half term break and re-open on Monday February 25.

Methodist service

Colin Davies was the preacher at Seamer Methodist Church on Sunday, when his sermon was based on the Bible readings which told of the disciples’ experience when they met Jesus and seeing the truth that Jesus is Lord. Doreen Lawson was the organist, Bob Jackman the vestry steward and Joy Booth the welcomer. Kath Baker and Margaret Neave, who also took the collection, gave Bible readings. Refreshments were served afterwards by Kath Baker, Sheila Gray and Mandy Clayton. The Rev Elizabeth Clark will be the preacher at Sunday’s 10.30am holy communion service.  

St Martin’s

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led a common worship holy communion service at St Martin’s Church, on Sunday, and preached a sermon on the church’s mission statement Jesus Makes the Difference. She said that in the past five years the congregation had trebled but more must be done to expand the mission statement into everyday life. Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard and Eddie Burton gave a Bible reading. Jean Donovan led prayers and assisted with the chalice at communion, and Jean Bell and Edie Mews were sidespersons. In the evening the Rev Geoff Bowell was the speaker at a Word and Worship meeting.

Yesterday (Ash Wednesday) there was an ashing service and on Saturday there will be Open Church, 10am to 12 noon, offering coffee and a chat. On Sunday there will be a common worship holy communion service at 9.30am, and a modern worship service with the Sunday Club at 11am.


Over 60s

The chairwoman, Mrs M Pattison, welcomed 14 members of the Over 60’s Club to their weekly meeting in the village hall.

A domino drive was held, the winners being: 1 Mrs A Donlevy; 2 Mrs D Dawson; 3 Mrs P Watson.

Mrs A Butler organised the raffle which was won by Mrs N Feather, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs D Dawson, Mrs J Newlove, Mrs B Mennell, Mrs M Pattison, Mrs J Knight and Mrs J Griffiths. Tea and biscuits were prepared by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Donlevy.

The Over 60’s Club meets at 2pm every Thursday in Cayton Village Hall and are always very pleased to welcome new members.

Methodist service

The Sunday morning service in Cayton Chapel was led by Roy Pugh and, during the service, readings were given by Christine Feather and Jane Williams.

The organist was Jane Allen, the vestry steward was Joan Dunnell and Margaret Welsh was the welcomer.

The 10.30am service this Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent, will be led by the Rev Tania Brosnan during which Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Whist drive

A military whist drive was held in Cayton Village Hall and raised funds for the Cayton in Bloom Group.

The MC was Bob Cowton and eight tables were in play.

Whist winners: 1 J Calam, R Warman, Mrs P Thompson, Mrs M Johnson; 2 Mrs P Watson, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs V Poole, H Pulford; 3 J Craggs, R Souter, W Calvert, P Richardson.

The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies, the winners included Mrs E Brownridge, Mrs M Scott, R Smith, R Souter, P West, Mrs J West, G Harman, R Warman, Mrs M Johnson, Mrs H Richardson and J Calam.

The refreshments were prepared by Irene Hayton and Liz Hooper, and served with the help of the whist players.

Thanks were extended by the Bloom Group ladies to Bob Cowton and Trevor Davies for running the drive and to anyone who had donated the raffle prizes or had helped in anyway with the drive.

Church services

The services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton on Sunday will be 9am communion led by the Rev Sam Foster and the 6.15pm Evensong will be led by Ros O’Toole.

The next mid-week communion service will be held at 7pm on Tuesday February 24, led by the Rev Graham Waring.

Day of prayer

The Annual Women’s World Day of Prayer service this year will be held in Cayton Methodist Chapel on Friday March 1, at 2.15pm. The service has been prepared by Christian women in France and the theme is ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’. The Rev Margaret Doughty and the local committee of Anglicans, Methodists and Roman Catholics have arranged the service. The speaker will be the Rev Denise Free.

Everyone is very welcome to go along and light refreshments will be served at the end of the service.

Parish council

Cayton Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting in the small room of Jubilee Hall on Tuesday at 7pm. Residents are very welcome to attend.

Women’s fellowship

Mrs Dorothy Anfield led the recent Women’s Fellowship meeting in Cayton Chapel when she welcomed the members, fewer in number due to the adverse weather conditions, together with their speaker the Rev Chris Kirkman. The Rev Kirkman gave a very interesting talk on the history of musical instruments of the bible. Jane Allen was the organist and Jennifer Atkinson the steward.

The Fellowship’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday February 19 at 2.15pm when one of their members, Joan Dunnell, will give a talk on a visit to Vietnam. On this occasion the members will enjoy an anniversary party tea which, regrettably, had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions in January. New members are very welcome to go along to any of the Fellowship meetings.

Stepney and Woodlands

Day of dance

This Saturday at 10am there will be at Day of Dance at the Quaker Meeting House at the corner of Woodlands Drive. This is a special event as part of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women. Participants in the Day of Dance will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and men and women across the globe in opposition to violence against women. You are invited to attend part or all of the day with workshops run by tutors ranging from 5Rhythms Dance, Biomusica, Authentic Movement to Circle Dancing and Movement Medicine. To reserve a place free of charge contact Sophie Robson on (01723) 353256 or onebillionrising.scarborough@gmail.com. Donations on the door will go to the One Billion Rising movement.

St Luke’s

The family communion service last Sunday was led by the Rev Alastair Ferneley. The 8am Holy Communion service this Sunday will be led by the Rev Ferneley and the 10am Morning Worship service will be led by Alan McKie.


YCA meeting

The Forge Valley branch of the YCA had their seasonal meal in January at the Downe Arms, Wykeham. The weather was snowy and icy but the roaring fire inside contributed considerably to the ambiance of the evening. Most members were present, and the delicious food and service was enjoyed by all.

The next meeting will be on February 21, at 7.30pm in the village hall, Wilson’s Lane, Ayton. The speaker will talk about ‘Tales from the Forge’. This sounds like it will be a trip down ‘Nostalgia Avenue’ and should be very interesting. For more information please contact Glenys on 859325 or Liz on 363714.

Methodist church

Paul Midgely led the Sunday morning service at Ayton Methodist Church. The theme of his sermon was ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’, the living Jesus will give you life.

Bible readings were given by Pauline Smith, who read a passage from St Luke’s Gospel and Margaret Crofts, who read from the book of Nehemiah. Prayers of intercession were given by Brian Thomas and the stewards were Cathy Ramage and Bob Thompson. Following the service refreshments were served by Alison Hoff.

This Sunday the morning service will be led by Major Armistead from the Salvation Army.

Community centre

It was bingo on Wednesday when a crowd gathered after the bad weather. Dorothy sold the bingo books and Ted called the numbers. Nancy sold the raffle tickets and Dorothy and Vera drew the raffle. Jenny provided chocolate cake to have with the tea in the interval.

On Thursday it was coffee morning. Ted collected the door money and George collected the lottery money. Vera sold her homemade cakes for club funds. Coffee and biscuits were served by the committee ladies. Everyone got a raffle prize. Darrel, the warden, told of the death of Alf Scales at the age of 102. He was one of the first residents of Glaves Close, but had been in a care home for two years.

St John’s

The 9am family communion service was led by the Rev Stephen Drury who preached on the mission of the church. Readings were by Steve Chittock, Vicki Gamesby led the intercessions and Val Carr assisted with the chalice.

The 6pm sung evensong service had symbols of Lent as its theme. Gordon Young read the lessons and Marianne Scales was sidesperson, the organist was Cliff Walker.

Services on Sunday are Family Communion at 9am and Modern Worship.

WI meeting

After all the delights of Christmas it was thought that a few exercises would be in order for the February WI meeting. Despite the snow falling all afternoon 23 members braved the cold and slippery pathways to try and shed a few pounds. The exercises were led by Jean Carter and were set so all members could partake at their own level. It was a fun evening and all seemed to benefit from joining in and even had time to have a laugh. The exercises were finished with relaxation time and I’m sure some quiet snoring could be heard. The mid-month coffee morning will be on Monday at Walkers at 10.30am. A trip to Burton Agnes has been arranged on Tuesday February 26, leaving the car park in front of the village hall at 10.30am. Lifts can be arranged so if you would like to go and need a lift contact Jean Carter. The raffle was won by Doreen Turner, Sandra Austin and Lilian Swain. The Derwent Valley WIs have a social evening on March 26, at Ebberston at 7.15pm in the village hall when the speaker will be John Flaxton from Castle Howard, and at Snainton on Thursday April 25 at 7pm in the village hall for a fun evening. The annual meeting will be at the Spa on Wednesday April 10. As you can see a very varied and enjoyable time for members so if you would like to join us come along to the next meeting at 7.15pm in the village hall on Tuesday March 5 when you will be made most welcome.


St Mark’s

The 10am communion service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh, when Margaret Arnall spoke on ‘Partnership’. 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 Wednesday at 10am there will be a service of Holy Communion.

Bereavement service

This Sunday there will be a special service to remember those who have died. There will be music and readings, as well as the chance to light candles for those we love, but see no longer. The service starts at 3pm, and all are welcome.

Lent course

Why mission? Why here? Why now? There will be a chance to explore these and other questions in a unique Lent course being run by churches around Barrowcliff. The course will take place on Thursdays, beginning on February 21, starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Inn step

This is a group that meets to chat about life and walking ‘in step’ with Christ. The group will meet in the Albert pub in North Marine Road on Wednesday from 7.30-9pm.

Community choir

Barrowcliff Community Choir meets on Thursday afternoons from 4-5pm in the community hall. It is free to join, but there is a suggested donation of £2 per adult, (children free), to cover costs. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served from 3.30pm.


Village council

Councillors held their monthly meeting in the function room of the Poacher’s Barn under the chairmanship of Cllr Philip King. Present were Cllrs Robert Clough, vice-chairman, Alan Gregory, Avril Gregory, Helen Penney and Peter Southward, council clerk Tony Spencer and Borough Cllr Simon Green. PCSO Caroline Richman was also present and reported on the latest crime statistics for the area and said that speed checks had been carried out in the village.

Borough Cllr Green said that, following the village council’s request, Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet had recommended to full council that the number of councillors for Osgodby should be reduced from eight to seven.

The provision of planters by residents of the old Filey Road was discussed. The clerk was asked to prepare a draft licence for signature by the residents in relation to this provision and then submit an application for a licence to North Yorkshire County Council.

The council considered an email from the county council regarding a request for a grit bin which indicated that they would not fund a grit bin on a 50/50 basis with the village council. It was resolved that the applicant for the bin should be advised that, despite a bin already being in place near the junction of Osgodby Crescent and Osgodby Way, they should be prepared to purchase a bin subject to purchasing the grit bin contents on an ongoing basis; this is also to be subject to the county council agreeing to a suitable site for the bin. The council decided not to make any nomination for the Borough’s Big Thank You Awards 2013 on this occasion. A claim form has been submitted to the council’s insurers in relation to the damaged noticeboard adjacent to Poacher’s Barn.

The council considered a request from Wheatcroft Pre-School Playgroup to place advertisements on its noticeboards. The group is to be advised that the council is unable to accede to the request at the present time due to restrictions on noticeboard space following the damage to the board outside Poacher’s Barn, but they may wish to approach the In Bloom group or the community association who both have noticeboards in the village.

Cllr Avril Gregory said that faulty street lights had been reported to North Yorkshire County Council and potholes had been repaired. Dog fouling was discussed and it was reported that a dog owner had recently verbally abused a resident following his spaniel-type dog fouling her property. Councillors were asked to be vigilant and report the matter to the dog warden on identification of the offending dog owner. A loose lamp column in Osgodby Hall Road and barriers left behind in Osgodby Lane by the gas contractors were to be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Cllr Green spoke about the current position of the further landslip at Knipe Point.

The next ordinary meeting of the council will be on Tuesday March 5, at 7.30pm in the function room of Poacher’s Barn. Details of the agenda will be posted on the village noticeboards and time is allocated for questions and comment from the public whose attendance is welcomed.

Gardeners’ evening

The Osgodby In Bloom team invites everyone to the community centre on Wednesday February 27, at 7pm, to hear Mike I’Anson, head gardener of the Helmsley Walled Garden, speak about the history and development of the project. This will be followed by a question and answer session. Bookings are now being taken by Maggie on (01723) 585719 for a limited number of tickets at £4 which will include refreshments.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre by Bryan Coomber. The callers and the cashiers were Mr Coomber and Moira Audsley. Margaret Rogers and Christine Hastie were the checkers.

A raffle was won by Joan Davis, Sue Johnson 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.

Treasurer vacancy

The Community Association Council is looking for a volunteer to look after its finances. This involves recording the weekly income and expenditure of the association and reporting to a monthly meeting. For further information, please contact (01723) 582293.

Craft group

Members of the craft group met at the community centre under the leadership of Maureen Picken. They discussed their personal interests and current work which includes crocheting and knitting toys and garments, cross-stitching, sewing and card-making. They are also knitting tops for babies with AIDS in Africa and squares for blankets. The group meets on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon.

Creative writers

Anyone interested in writing for pleasure or profit is invited to join the Scarborough Creative Writers’ Discussion Group on Thursdays from 1.30-4.30pm at the community centre. The group is led by Shirley Durrant.


Methodist church

The Rev Peter Cross started the first of a series of weekly Lenten discussion groups last Tuesday at Burniston Methodist Church. Anyone is very welcome to join on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm.

A bric-a-brac and jumble sale is being held at chapel on Saturday, 1-3pm by the Urban Saints Rebuild South Africa group. Any donations of jumble etc can be left at the chapel.

The following Saturday February 23, will be the first car wash of the year organised by the chapel’s Boys Brigade group, 10am-2pm.

This Sunday’s 9.30am and 11am services will include Holy Communion and being the third Sunday in the month, Sunday at 8pm will also be held.

Bowls club

Last Saturday’s entertainment evening organised by the Bowls Club proved to be very enjoyable with a table quiz, raffle, roll a coin competition and a wide variety of songs by John Hollings. An appetising and plentiful buffet was once again provided and the evening was rounded off with a dancing display by the committee.

Table top sale

The next table top sale in the village hall will be held this Sunday from 2-4pm with free admission to all buyers and browsers. Tables can be booked on 870706.


St Mary’s

A service of Holy Communion with Sunday School was held at 10am last Sunday, conducted by the Rev Ros Walser. The first lesson, from Isaiah, and the Gospel, from St Matthew, were read by Caroline Lester, who also led Intercessions. The second lesson, from Romans, was read by Ros O’Toole, and the sermon was on ways of attracting more people to church. Music was by Mike Lester and Rosemary and David Oliver. This Sunday there will be a BCP service of Holy Communion at 9.30am, then Cafe Refresh at 10.15am in the hall, organised by the Mothers Union: Traidcraft goods will be available. On February 22, in place of St Mary’s Market, Cloughton coffee morning will be held in the hall from 10am to 11.30am. Any stall holders who wish to display their goods will be welcome.


Monthly draw

Winners of the recent monthly draw held in aid of village hall funds were Mrs Aimee Toze £30, Mrs Sarah Wardle £20, Mrs Dorne Scott-Hawkin £10. The next draw will be made on Friday March 8.

Bangers and mash

The next ‘Bangers and Mash’ lunch will be held in the village hall on Saturday February 23, at 12.30pm. The cost is £3 for adults and £2 for children. There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy a good 
lunch and lovely social occasion.


History group

The group will be holding its February meeting on Saturday at 2.30pm in the community centre. Always very interesting and new members welcome.

In bloom

The group are holding a Big Quiz night on February 22, at the community centre at 7pm. The cost is £5 per person, teams of four to six people, including pie and pea supper (and vegetarian option). Bring your own bottle and glasses! Tickets available from Ellisons, Boots, Hunmanby Opticians, Sue of Hunmanby and Hunmanby Pantry or Jo Simmons on (017233) 890152. They are also holding a meeting at Hungate Court on Monday at 7pm. Please support your village, new members always welcome.

Craft group

The craft group meets once a month in the community centre at 2pm. There is a meeting on Wednesday. New members are welcome, come along and join the group.

Safer neighbourhoods

Police and Crime Commissioner Surgery takes place tomorrow, 12 noon to 2pm in Filey. There are still some places left at Julia Mulligan’s surgery at the Evron Centre, please contact (01765) 641839 to book your 15 minute appointment to discuss any crime or community safety concerns.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher is Miss J Dark, the service begins at 10.30am.

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 .

Community centre

Thursday am Baby Clinic, pm Silver Band; Friday am Pop In, pm Jazz Club; Saturday History Group; Sunday am Silver Band; Monday pm Art Group, The Band; Tuesday pm WI; Wednesday am Quilting Craft Class.


Parish council

The next parish council meeting will take place on Wednesday 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.


Pindar success

George Pindar School now feel they are going in the right direction. The officially verified school data published recently shows just how much the school has improved. Two key indicators are particularly pleasing when compared to other local schools. The first is the crucial academic indicator of 5A*-C including English and mathematics, which increasing numbers of students at Pindar are obtaining. The second is overall attendance without which no student can make good progress. The percentage of student achieving 5A*-C including maths and English at George Pindar was 59 per cent, the highest being 68 per cent at St Augustine’s. The overall absence percentage at Pindar was 6.0 per cent, the lowest being 5.3 per cent at St Augustine’s. The school in general are saying a huge ‘well done’ to the former Year 11 students for all their hard work and effort, but also to the parents and carers for the support they are giving to the school, all the current students who are responsible for the impressive attendance figures, and not at least all the staff who are making all this possible. The school will not be satisfied until they are top of both lists, but they are getting there. The overall attendance at George Pindar school is 94.51 per cent. The recent bad weather seemed to have hit hard and, unfortunately they are now at their lowest point since starting in September. They are now working really hard at lifting back up towards their target of 95.5 per cent.

Pop in club

The Pop In Club met in the community centre on Tuesday and all those attending had a lovely surprise, in addition to the table top and bring and buy, and the raffle organised by Norma Rogers. The company sat down to a three-course lunch with cottage pie for the main course and pancakes for the dessert, cooked by the resident chef and served by Judy Fox and helpers. In addition to this each diner received a Valentine’s gift, there were roses for the ladies and chocolates for the men.

Knitting group

The Knit and Natter group met in the community centre on Friday afternoon and kept busy with their knitting needles, during which they also found time to have a break for a friendly chat over light refreshments.

Parish council

The recent meeting of Eastfield Parish Council held in the community centre on January 28 was chaired by Cllr Brian Simpson and others present were the clerk Mr V Simpson, Cllrs Mrs Gerada, C Parsons, G Elliot, G Evans, E Vickers, Y Zegstroo, A Jackson and C Cooper. Others also present were Mr D Archer and W Whitmore from the borough council, Ms P Broadbent from Keepmoat, Sgt Millington and PC Charlton from Scarborough police and one member of the public. Apologies were received from Cllr White and Mrs T White.

The chairman presented his report and in addition also reported that the Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Watch scheme was not operating at present, but a meeting was being arranged in due course to organise a new operating committee.

Regarding the minutes of the previous council meeting Cllr Gerada proposed that two amendments be made: 1) to add “Cllr Simpson advised that the parish council had nothing to do with deciding NHW co-ordinators; 2) “Cllr Gerada asked whether Eastfield Junior Dancers could perform at the Christmas events, but was informed by Cllr Parsons that entertainment had already been arranged for both events.” These amendments were seconded by Cllr Jackson and the minutes as amended be accepted and were signed accordingly.

Cllr Simpson then introduced Mr David Archer and Ms Paula Broadbent who were to give a presentation on The Way Forward for Eastfield Regeneration. Mr Archer gave a brief update as to where the project had reached but also mentioned that this was a long term project and that Keepmoat would work along side the developers to bring it to fruition. Discussions were at present taking place with various partners to draw up legal partnership agreements, and unusually, profits from the sale of borough council land would be ring-fenced for use to benefit Eastfield. Mr Whitmore was asked to update the council on the results of the borough council Planning Committee meeting that had been held that day. He advised the council that solicitors were currently working on the conditions imposed on the outline plan and legal agreements were now awaited. He also mentioned that the plans for the Care Scheme had been approved with a number of conditions. It was also mentioned that the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) had signed up to the scheme and they were under pressure to spend or allocate funds by the end of March 2013. Ms Broadbent then explained the role of Keepmoat, and confirmed that they were in it for the long term. She said that the Neighbourhood Plan had been recognised Countrywide, but that it was a vision and therefore may change. There now needed a Masterplan to link Eastfield with Middle Deepdale and a partnership would established as a vehicle to achieve these results. It was also stated that the parish council would be briefed on the various changes taking place. A number of questions were asked, especially about the drainage situation and it was confirmed that Yorkshire Water was responsible for the foul water drainage, and the Environment Agency, along with other partners, were responsible for the surface water. The three speakers were then thanked for their presentation.

PC Charlton then went through the police report which had been forwarded to councillors prior to the meeting, and it was noted that crime figures had decreased by 14 since the same period last year. He mentioned the use of the restorative justice programme and confirmed that they were involved in the drink/drive scheme over the Christmas period. A query about a property in Dunn Grove was noted by the officers, and they were also asked about the arrest rate. PC Charlton said he did not have the figures to hand but it was around 46 per cent. A problem with people ‘lamping’ on The Dell was noted and a question was answered about the procedure used when stopping vehicles. Sgt Millington also explained that changes were due to come into force in April and it was expected that one police constable would be lost but to PCSOs would be established, but was not sure where they would be based. Sgt Millington also mentioned he was moving into Scarborough and thanked the parish council for their support during his time based at Eastfield. Cllr Simpson thanked him on behalf of the parish council.

The chairman was to take up with the county council the use of grit bins, and also the re-painting of newly surfaced roads. Cllr Parsons said she had recently reported 14 street lights not working but was pleased to note they had all been repaired. Suggestions for placing new grit bins were mentioned, and it was reported two volunteers had come forward to act as snow wardens.

Cllrs Simpson, Evans and Zegstroo had submitted reports prior to the meeting, Cllr Evans explained his report about the CESP meeting but said there was currently a problem with the lack of funding. Cllr Simpson answered a question about IEE, and there were no questions for Cllr Zegstroo.

The clerk gave a breakdown of the usage of the Boxing Day bus, and Cllr Parsons reported on the two Christmas functions. She said the older peoples’ party had gone down well but also said in future for those people unable to leave their homes for whatever reason she felt a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service might be considered. The children’s party however was not as successful, and she felt there ought to be a re-think for this year.

On finance, it was to approve the payment as set out in Schedule 1 (total £19,107.46) it was resolved 8 for and 1 against that they be approved. To confirm the approved funding requirements of £66,000 for 2013/14 and the acceptance of the grant from the borough council of £25,580. Cllr Simpson proposed that the parish council accept the grant. The clerk explained that in accepting the grant the precept would be reduced £40,420 and if, in future years, the borough council stopped giving the grant and the parish council was ‘capped’ then that would be the figure the parish council would start at, and possible run the risk of a referendum if a large increase was required. There followed a healthy debate and the proposal was seconded by Cllr Gerada that the parish council accept the grant from the borough council.

A discussion then took place on whether the parish council should implement the General Power of Competence and if so, to decide rules for its operation. The clerk explained the criteria for using the GPC and it was resolved unanimously that it be implemented. It was also agreed that the rules for its operation be drawn up by the Finance and Policy Committee at its next meeting.

Regarding the suggestion of the purchase of a footpath gritting machine for use by the snow clearing volunteers, the background was explained by Cllr Simpson. There were however, concerns about cost, storage, insurance and usage amongst other things, and it was agreed that the clerk obtain answers to these concerns and it be discussed further at the appropriate committee.

A discussion also took place about the removal of the CCTV camera from Overdale and replace it in the High Street. It was suggested that the council was not getting value for money from its current location. Questions about its proposed new location were raised and whether the county council’s proposal to turn off street lights would affect its usage. It was agreed that the camera be moved and that its new location be referred to Safer Communities/police for a decision.

It was explained that the councillors’ surgeries held at the library were not working, and it was suggested they be held quarterly, possible at Poppies on a Saturday morning, tea/coffee being provided and councillors attend on a rota basis. It was felt that every two months would be better but not on a Saturday and there was also concerns as to whether refreshment would entice residents out. Some councillors were against a rota system as some residents could not attend due to work commitments. It was agreed therefore that the chairman and clerk draw up a provisional rota for discussion at the next meeting.

There was wide felt feeling against the idea of the council having a Facebook account so it was unanimously agreed not to open an account.

A letter from Eastfield Community Association was received advising of an increase in rental with effect from February 4 and the clerk explained the new charges.

The next meeting of the full council will take place on Monday February 25, at 7pm in the community centre.