District Diary

Thursday February 21, 2013


St Mary’s

A BCP Holy Communion service was held at 9.30am last Sunday, conducted by the vicar. Lesson readers were Mike Goode (Deuteronomy) and Ros O’Toole (St Luke). Cafe Refresh at 10.15am was organised by the Mothers Union on the theme of love and prayer.

Mothers’ union

Enrolling member Audrey Berry opened with the Mothers Union prayer. The hymns, ‘Love Divine’, ‘The God of love my shepherd is’, and ‘Give me joy in my heart’, were sung accompanied by Mike Lester and Rosemary and David Oliver. Des Ramsey read Mary Berry’s favourite prayer, ‘Bless my kitchen’, Penny Richardson read St Paul’s famous description of love from 1 Corinthians 13, Des and Audrey performed a sketch purporting to be a telephone conversation with God, ‘How not to pray’, and the children produced paper treats, with a prayer for someone they love written on each one, and showed a connection with God using Lego men and bricks. Ros O’Toole said a prayer for the parish, and the final blessing was given by the vicar. The Mothers Union held a social afternoon on February 13. Two readings about Heaven were given, then there was an open discussion on the possible nature of Heaven. It was very illuminating to hear people’s thoughts on this. A three-course dinner was held in the church hall on Saturday February 16. The event was organised by Michele Dent and her team, and diners were all dressed in black and white, by previous arrangement. There were two quizzes and a raffle, and a game of ‘stand up, sit down’ bingo was held.


YCA meeting

Thirty two members attended Sherburn branch of Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association at Sherburn Village Hall. Mrs Stephenson, chairman, welcomed three new members, Mrs Kelly, Mrs Hall and Mrs Stewart. Speaker for the afternoon was Mr Bill Fox, Chelsea Pensioner, in full company dress of red coat and peaked cap. Bill had been a resident of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for 12 years, and he would recommend it to any retired army personnel. Admission criteria are, over 65 years of age, no dependents and no army pension. There are 400 residents, although the building originally housed 500, upgrading of facilities now in progress has reduced the space. King Charles II bought 68 acres and Wren designed the original buildings, the work was continued by James I who built the chapel. The infirmary was rebuilt in this century. The pensioners have many opportunities on site to engage in hobbies, gardening, the use of a social club and library. The average age of occupants is 82 and the oldest member is 102-years-old. Bill is chief guide and he told us a lot more about the history as well as anecdotes from his time at the hospital. A very enjoyable and interesting talk, Bill also donated a Chelsea bulldog mascot which was won by Mrs Kelly, she was envied by everyone in the room. Mrs Holdsworth gave the group’s vote of thanks.

General business and correspondence was then discussed, Weaverthorpe branch has invited us to the Scarborough area lunch on April 18 at the Expanse Hotel, Bridlington, final number, payments and menu choices at the next meeting.

Competition. A photo of someone in uniform was won by Mrs Stephenson, 10 members took part. Raffle prizes were won by Mrs Skilbeck and Mrs C Pickard. The next meeting will be March 13, 7-9pm, Sherburn Village Hall, with guest speaker Lucy Simpson who will give a Clarins make up demonstration. New members and guests welcome.

Methodist news

The Bible Fellowship met to continue their study of the book of James led by Mrs Janet Magee. This group meets on alternate Monday evenings at 7pm and new members are all welcome.

Family cinema enjoyed watching Madagascar 3. The tuck shop was open as usual. There is no charge for the film and only minimal charge to cover the cost for sweets. Donations are always welcome. Organisers were Chris and Sandra Cade. The next Family Cinema club will be on Saturday March 16 at 6pm.

The morning worship was led by Mrs Janette Biltcliffe. The steward was Mr Norman Clark, welcomer Mrs Liz Aconley, organist Mr Chris Cade and audio visual Christine Fenwick. The theme of the service was the ‘Temptations of Christ’ and the Gospel reading telling this story was read by Mrs Kim Canterbury. The Lent Liturgy was read by Mrs Janet Magee who placed the first symbol of the thorns into the Easter Garden to remind us of Jesus’ time in the wilderness when He was tempted. Mrs Christine Pickard then read to us from the hymn ‘Forty days and forty nights’. Mrs Biltcliffe preached on how we too are tempted and must resist greed, power and control. The whole church family, not just the children, enjoyed a game which reminded us that Jesus too was human and tempted. After worship we enjoyed refreshments together in the Hall.

Worship next week will be a service of Holy Communion led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark. All are welcome.

Anglican news

There will be a Holy Communion service (common worship) at St Hilda’s Church on Sunday February 24 at 9.15am. This will be led by the Rev Quentin Wilson. A warm welcome is extended to all.

Weekly draw

Playing Field prize winners: £25 Val Slack, £15 Lynda Prest, £5 Steve Hunter.


WI meeting

At the meeting on February 14 Jerusalem was sung as usual. The speaker Mr M Judge, a former air traffic controller, gave a very interesting audio-visual talk on his life and work at Heathrow Airport. Jenny Gospel gave the vote of thanks. Minutes were read by Jenny Patterson and the financial report by Anne Arnott.

On February 22 a Traidcraft stall and cake stall-cum-coffee morning will be held at Cloughton from 10am in conjunction with Big Brew. The federation annual council meeting is on April 10 at the Spa, and the WI Spring Show will be held at Snainton on April 13. This year the federation celebrates its pearl anniversary, and there is to be a pearl lunch at the Three Jolly Sailors on June 11. Winners in the competition for an aeroplane were Jenny Patterson, John Bramley and Bernard Gospel.

The next meeting on March 14, ‘Ladies in pigs’, takes the form of a cooking demonstration, with an opportunity to buy dishes, to which everyone is encouraged to take a friend. Tickets are on sale at £2 each, and the competition is for a pig ornament.

Humpty dumpty

The village hall stage is getting set for next week’s performances of Humpty Dumpty by the Cloughton pantomime performers. The backstage crew have transformed the scenery for nursery rhyme themes and the wardrobe staff have been working overtime. Performances commence on Tuesday February 26 and continue until Saturday March 2, tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (children) and are available at Burniston Post Office.

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 by contacting Mr Oulton on 870706.


St Mark’s

The 10am communion service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh. Guest speaker, James Grieg, spoke on the work of the Leprosy Mission, of which he is the area organiser.

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.

At 6.30pm there will be a Service of Healing, including the laying on of hands. This is based on the healing service of the Iona Community, and all are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday at 10am there will be a service of Holy Communion.

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 at Northstead Methodist Church each Thursday during Lent, starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Parent/toddler group

The group meets in St Mark’s Community Hall every Tuesday and Thursday during term time, from 10-11.30am. Admission is £2 per family.

Folkton and Flixton

YCA meeting

Fifteen ladies of the Folkton and Flixton branch met in the village hall for their first meeting of 2013, the speaker for the afternoon was fellow member Jill Carroll who gave a talk and slide show about her long awaited holiday to Canada with her friend Rhona. Jill was thanked by the chairman Pat Bradley and was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for her homemade cakes and biscuits which are served at the end of every meeting.

The secretary gave an update on what was to come at other branches throughout the next few months. The chairman also informed everyone that she would be standing down at the annual meeting and Linda Thompson reminded members that she was also stepping down as the events organiser, both gave family reasons for their decisions.

The afternoon once again was rounded off with refreshments served by fellow members.

The next meeting will be held in the village hall at 2pm on March 5, Mary Rose D Grisedale will be the speaker, all are welcome even if you are not a member.


Over 60s

Mrs Margaret Pattison, chairwoman, welcomed 23 members of the Over 60s Club to their weekly meeting in the village hall.

Bingo was called by Mrs Pattison, with the flyers by Mrs B Rodgers. The winners were Mrs O Ayres, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs M Martin, Mrs N Feather, Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs J Griffiths, Mrs A Butler, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs M Scott, Mrs D Dawson and A Speck.

Mrs A Butler organised the raffle which was won by Mrs J Newlove, Mrs J Griffiths, Mrs M Scott, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs N Feather, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs P Watson, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs B Mennell, Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs M Martin and Mrs D Dawson.

Tea and biscuits were prepared by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Donlevy.

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

Bowling club

Members of Cayton Bowling Club are seeking new members, and they can be aged from nine to 90. A good time can be had with warm and friendly people. New members would be able to bowl on a superb green and the fees have been kept at less than £1 per week. Indoor and outdoor bowling is £50 per annum with £37.50 for outdoor bowling only. Equipment is available to help anyone get started.

The club are holding a coffee morning in the clubhouse on Cayton Low Road on Saturday March 2 from 10am–12 noon. If you would be interested in having a go at bowling, do please feel free to go along or if you would like further details, please contact Bob or Sue on (01262) 470606.

Day of prayer

The annual Women’s World Day of Prayer service for Cayton, Eastfield and Osgodby will be held this year 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.

Safer neighbourhoods

The North Yorkshire Police Safer Neighbourhood policing team will be in Jubilee Hall on Monday March 4 from 10am–12 noon. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss local issues with the team and it is very much hoped that residents will feel free to go along and have a chat. All welcome.

Church services

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

The next midweek communion service will be held at 7pm on Tuesday February 26 led by the Rev Graham Waring.

Coffee morning

On Saturday there will be a Traidcraft Big Brew event in Cayton Chapel from 10.30am–12 noon.

It is very much hoped that it will be well supported as the proceeds help to support some of the world’s poorest people. Everyone very welcome to go along.

Methodist service

The first Sunday in Lent morning service in Cayton Chapel was led by the Rev Tania Brosnan and during the service Holy Communion was celebrated.

The Lenten symbols of bread and wine were placed at the foot of the cross by Carolyn Newton and Joan Dunnell when they both gave a Lenten reading and prayer. Further readings were given by Victor Doughty and Alison Smuk.

Jane Allen was the organist, Christine Feather the vestry steward and Joan Dunnell was the welcomer.

The second Sunday in Lent service at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Diane Robinson.


Pop in club

Snainton Pop In Luncheon Club met on Tuesday February 12. Fourteen people sat down to mince, gravy and onions, mashed swede and potato and mixed vegetables. We then all had pancakes for pudding.

Our next lunch will be on Tuesday February 26 and then March 12. New residents of Snainton are welcome and if you would like any information please contact Angela Howgate on 859843.


Parish council

A meeting of West Ayton Parish Council took place on Monday February 11 at the Methodist Church Rooms. The meeting was attended by Cllr M Baines, chairman, Cllr S Garbutt, Cllr Y Craig-Lawrence, and clerk Mrs M Walker. Also present for part of the meeting County Cllr D Jeffels, PCSO R Newcombe. Apologies for absence Cllr P Hutchinson, Cllr A L Cussons.

Minutes of the last meeting held on January 14 were approved and signed by the chairman.

During the public forum the erosion of the grass verges by inconsiderate parking of cars in Hall Garth Lane and Yedmandale Road was brought to the notice of the council. It was resolved that a letter will be sent to the owner of the property in Hall Garth Lane and the Yedmandale Road problem will be reported to North Yorkshire County Council Highways again as the whole bank side is in danger of collapsing.

A written police report was received and there were no questions about it. The chairman thanked PCSO Newcombe for attending and he left the meeting at this point.

County Cllr D Jeffels gave a verbal report and addressed the outstanding problems reported to Highways. There was some progress to report about Spikers Hill Quarry and a copy of a recent safety report dated February 6, 2013, from the Environmental Health officers regarding fencing around the edge of the quarry was provided for the parish council files. A new streetlight column has been installed in Hall Garth Lane and this will be connected to the National Powergrid within the next few weeks. The clerk gave her report regarding correspondence from YLCA, NYMNPA and NYCC.

Planning applications received were NYM /2013/007/TN Installation of a telecommunications cabinet on Pickering Road by Openreach and NYM/2013/0062/MEIA Potash Mine.

Decisions notified. The council were previously notified that their complaint about the removal of their fencing in the Cinder Track has now been linked to a primary investigation being carried out by planning officers ref EN/12/00327/BOC. There was no update on this matter.

A reply was received from Scarborough Borough Council in response to a letter giving the views of the council about a proposal to site a new footbridge near Wallis’ Quarry, Forge Valley. A site visit was offered with the officers concerned and they have agreed to do a presentation to the annual parish assembly on April 8, 2013. It was resolved that this offer to visit the site was accepted and it is to be arranged as soon as possible. A letter was received from the borough council informing the council that from March 1 all planning applications would be sent electronically.

Maintenance works in the village were discussed and two quotes have been received. £2,205 for maintenance work on the seats and benches, and £775 for repairs and painting of the two bus shelters were approved and accepted. The contractor is S Elvidge and he informs the council this work will commence when the weather improves.

There was no progress to report about the signage at Yedmandale Road. Cllr Hutchinson has agreed to progress this matter and furnish details to borough council.

It was resolved after further consideration that the quote for the care of the Jubilee tubs was approved. It was also resolved that the tree work will be discussed at the next meeting and arrangements will be decided for this work to be carried out by approved contractors as there was too much for the councillors to undertake themselves as previously agreed.

Funding for the security fence at the village hall was discussed. A quote had been received for £1700. The Village Hall Committee were asking if this could be shared between the two parish councils. Cllr Garbutt had declared an interest in this item and because of this no decision could be reached as the council were not quadrate.

Feedback was received from the last Friends of Ayton Castle Group meeting. A site visit arranged for January 21 had to be cancelled due to snow and was re-scheduled for February 13 when it is hoped the architect who is now appointed will be present. The date of their next meeting is March 4 at the Forge Valley Inn.

There were three applicants for the vacancy for a parish councillor to be considered. It was resolved Michael Almond be co-opted onto the council and this will take place at the start of March meeting.

A decision was taken to link any arrangements for a memorial for Pat Almond with the library. It was resolved that the clerk will liaise with Derwent Valley Bridge Group about the memorial for Pat Almond and this will be placed on the next agenda. The date of the next meeting is Monday March 11 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Room. This report is based on the draft minutes of the meeting.

YCA meeting

Ayton branch of Yorkshire Countrywomen held their recent meeting on Monday February 11. Mrs Jean Oxley welcomed members to the annual meeting of the Ayton branch. The minutes from the previous year were read, approved and signed and there were no matters arising from this.

Miss Jannette Mullineaux, secretary, gave her report. There had been a variety of speakers during the year from the secret life of badgers to the work and history of town criers. Two demonstrations, one of food and the other flower arranging. There had been some fundraising with a table top sale and for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Mrs Janet Singleton has won third place with her flapjacks at the Homecraft competition and Mrs Oxley had won a cup for her poem. Members had enjoyed the ‘posh picnic in the park’ at Burton Agnes when everyone joined a loyal toast to the Queen. Some members had helped at the Ayton Village Gala selling cakes and serving refreshments. Overall it has been a full and enjoyable year.

Mrs Oxley gave her report as chairman about a busy and varied year, she highlighted the Jubilee tea held in May, when the committee organised a ‘street party’ type tea with food and drink that would have been available in the 1950s. Mrs Teare had provided a quiz about the Queen and royal family. There was a time line that took highlights from the last 60 years, and music from the last six decades. She stressed the need to encourage more friends and neighbours to join the YCA. Thanks were expressed to Mrs Teare for organising the coach to visit York, to Mrs Pickering for running the sales table, Mrs Burnett for the raffle, to Mrs Sargeant for sewing blanket squares for the charity Jacobs Well, and all the members of the committee for their help and support.

Mrs Wendy Teare, treasurer, then gave her report detailing the different parts of fundraising and the need to continue with this as costs have risen during the last year. A copy of the accounts were open to anyone who wished to see them. Highlights from the newsletter were then read out especially those events relating to the pearl anniversary of Yorkshire Countrywomen. As there had been no nominations for officers everyone agreed to stay in place for another year. After the formal meeting closed tea was served with a beautiful cake with ‘pearl’ decorations made by Mrs Singleton and enjoyed by all.

Mrs Oxley read her winning poem and then entertained members with verses made famous by Stanley Holloway, Joyce Grenfell and Pam Ayres, a very amusing and lighthearted way to finish the meeting.

The next meeting on March 11 invites Glenys Rowe to talk about ‘Life on a market’ from her working life. Everyone is welcome.

Methodist church

Major M Armistead from the Salvation Army was the preacher at the Sunday morning service at Ayton Methodist Church. He was accompanied by his wife, also a major in the Salvation Army, and spoke about temptation. Everyone is tempted from time to time and sometimes give in because no one is perfect. We must draw on our faith when tested. God’s work must be done God’s way. Bible readings were given by Cathy Ramage and Joyce Taylor who read from Genesis and St Luke’s Gospel respectively. The stewards were Joyce Taylor and Michael and Jean Carter. Following the service refreshments were served by John France.

On Sunday the service will be led by Mrs M Bursell.

St John’s

An evening Ash Wednesday communion service with Imposition of Ashes took place in spite of difficult weather conditions.

Last Sunday’s services were 9am family communion by extension led by reader in training Judith Dean and 6pm modern worship with prayers for healing also led by Judith Dean with a reflection by the vicar the Rev Laura McWilliams.

A five week Lent course ‘Glimpses of God’ organised by the Anglican and Methodist churches in Ayton begins on Thursday February 21 at 7.30pm at West Ayton Methodist Church. On Sunday there will be a 9am family communion service and a 6pm evening praise service.

Stepney and Woodlands

Plaxton court

There will be a charity night spectacular this Sunday February 24 with The Old Town Band, featuring vocals, guitars, mandolin, accordion, washboard, drums and percussion play music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beachboys and Blues music. Tickets are priced £4 with proceeds going to the SANDS charity (stillbirth and neonatal deaths). The bar opens at 7pm and there will be light refreshments and a raffle. For more information contact (01723) 340290.

Dog training

The Scarborough and District All Breeds Dog Training Club will be meeting at St Luke’s Church from Sunday February 24. Registration starts at 1.30pm with classes divided into two sessions, the puppy class and the advanced class, both beginning at 2pm. There will be a refreshment break at 2.50pm and the beginners class and the intermediate class begin at 3pm. For further information contact Jackie (01723) 512707, or Morag 870838 or scarborodogclub@btinternet.com.

St Luke’s

Last week’s 8am service of Holy Communion was led by the Rev Alastair Ferneley and the 10am service of Morning Worship was led by Alan McKie. The 10am Holy Communion service this Sunday will be led by the Rev Ferneley and there will also be a Sunday School meeting in the church at the same time.

For more information about the Sunday School contact Rachel on (01723) 362740 or simply come along on the day.


Sing for fun

The first meeting of this new mixed group was well attended at the community centre with people who were interested in meeting together occasionally to sing popular and favourite songs. Shirley Holdsworth welcomed them and led a discussion on their wishes and plans for the future.

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays March 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 3 from 2-3.30pm. Refreshments are available. It is hoped that new members will join the group, all are welcome.

Gardeners’ evening

Residents are invited by the Osgodby In Bloom team to hear about the Helmsley Walled Garden on Wednesday February 27, at 7pm, at the community centre when the head gardener Mike I’Anson will 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 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 Jan McNamara. The checker was Christine Hastie.

A raffle run by Mandy Taylor was won by Dorothy Dawson and Jennifer Atkinson and refreshments were served by May Wayland and Moira Audsley.

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.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Church news

A service of Holy Communion will be held this Sunday at 11.30am in St Hilda’s Church, Ravenscar. It will be taken by the Rev Liz Kitching.

The local Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at Cober Hill, Cloughton, on Friday March 1, commencing with coffee at 10am. This year it will have a French theme. Anyone can attend - men, women and children.

Cloughton Church will be holding a Traidcraft Big Brew coffee morning tomorrow in the Church and Community Hall from 10-11.30am. All are welcome.

The vicar will be having an “at home” at the Vicarage on Saturday March 16 from 11am-4pm.

A Parish Profile is being compiled to outline all the different kinds of activity in the Cloughton Church Cluster. If you have any digital photographs which you think may be of use, please contact Cloughton churchwarden David Sadler on 870807 or david.sadler1@btinternet.com

Jumble sale

The next jumble sale at Staintondale Village Hall will be on March 16. Apologies for the wrong information last week.


Methodist church

This Sunday at 10.30am morning worship will be led by Mr Roy Pugh. There will be no evening service this week.

On Tuesday the coffee, chat and prayer meeting will be held but please note the change of time for this 1pm instead of 11am (for this week only).

Coffee morning

The next charity coffee morning will be held on Saturday March 2 at Scalby Methodist Church 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 cake stall and Fairtrade stall. Admission will be by donation to the charity.


Parish council

A request for a speed limit and ban on vehicles reversing on the roadway between the Proudfoots store and The Green, on Main Street, was considered by Seamer Parish Council at its February meeting. It was decided to refer the matter to North Yorkshire County Council.

Also to be drawn to the county council’s attention are an unused sign post near the telephone box adjoining The Green and unlit street lights along Seamer Road near the park-and-ride site. County Cllr David Jeffels is to be asked to take up the matter of blocked drains causing flooding on Main Street and Eastgate.

The owners of an overgrown hedge which is obstructing the use of the footpath at Beacon Road are to be asked to cut it back.

Following the review of committee structure at the January meeting, Cllr S Somers was appointed to one of the vacancies on the Planning and Environment Committee and Cllr H Pickles to one of the vacancies on the Lighting and Highways Committee. Consideration of appointing a third member to the Planning and Environment Committee and the Lighting and Highways Committee was deferred to the March meeting together with the possibility of increasing membership of all committees to four.

Mr A Skelton, of Scarborough Council, reported that planning approval for the use of the site on the B1261 Seamer-Crossgates road for the annual travellers’ horse fair for a further three years had been given by the borough council.

Cllr Norman Murphy resigned from the parish council with immediate effect and the vacancy is to be advertised.

Present were: Cllr WH Smith, chairman, and Cllrs H Mallory, H Pickles, DE Raine and S Somers, and Mr Skelton, PC Bilton, nine members of the public and the clerk, Mr A Skelton.

Next meeting is at Crossgates Community Centre on Tuesday March 12 at 7pm.

School news

The head of Seamer and Irton CP School Jonathan Wanless has written to parents seeking their continued support in controlling infection in the school. He points out that some children are more susceptible to serious responses from infectious diseases than others and it is important that the school be informed if children have been diagnosed with chicken pox, shingles or measles.

Parents in any doubt about whether their child should stay away from school because of illness are asked to get in touch for advice based on Health Protection Agency guidance. “Within school,” says Mr Wanless, “we will continue to promote the importance of good hand hygiene as well as to ensure we maintain high standards of hygiene.”

There has been a good response to a proposal for a school band and all children who returned a form expressing interest can be accommodated. The first session will be on Friday 1 March at 12.30pm.

The residential outdoor activities visit to Bewerley Park for Y5 pupils is an annual favourite, and the next visit is planned for October 7-11. It will involve pupils who are currently Y4 pupils. To give parents plenty of time to plan for the financial implications of this visit a parents’ meeting will be held in the school hall on Tuesday March 5 at 3.30pm.

On Red Nose Day, Friday March 15, the school will be raising money to help less fortunate people in this country and abroad, and everyone is asked to wear as much red as possible. A sponsored Funba session (a bit like Zumba) will be led by Miss Fail in the playground at 9.45am – weather permitting. If raining it will be done in the hall at different times during the morning. Parents are invited to join in and sponsorship money will go to Comic Relief.

The school is closed for the half-term break and will reopen on Monday, February 25.

Get bowling

Seamer and District Bowling Club’s enrolment day for the 2013 season is Saturday March 9, 2-4pm. Previous members and anyone interested in trying the sport will be welcome at the Seamer Sports Association Clubhouse, Pasture Lane.

The bowling facility is available for all grades of player and there are opportunities to play league or social bowling. Sampling sessions, coaching and equipment use are offered free of charge. It is a friendly club which holds many social events throughout the year.

Further information from Eddie Bell (01723) 862518 or Melvyn Riley (01723) 890981.

Planning application

Seamer Parish Council has raised no objection to a planning application by James Stockdale Ltd for Re-development of Starr Carr Farm, Malton Road, Seamer, to include erection of workshop and store building, weighbridge, vehicle wash, erection of electronic security gates, extended hardstanding areas for staff, visitor and HGV parking, installation of fuel tank and associated drainage infrastructure.

St Martin’s

The Rev Richard Firth led a common worship holy communion service at St Martin’s Church, on Sunday, and Kieron Middleton preached a sermon on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and that like Him we should not take the easy way out. Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard and Kate Middleton led prayers. Kieron also assisted with the chalice at communion, and Clare Firth, who also served refreshments, and Jeff Fiedler were sidespersons.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led a later service of modern worship when Kieron Middleton again preached on temptation and, with Emily Hewitt, offered prayer ministry and anointing during sung worship which was led by Richard Fuller with Steve Raetigg (keyboard) and John Taylor (drums). Jenny and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club. Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Linda Murray served coffee. 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.

Methodist church

The Rev Elizabeth Clark was the preacher at Seamer Methodist Church on Sunday, when Holy Communion was observed. The service started with the Lenten reading and the placing of the elements on the cross by Eileen Burn. The theme of the sermon was The Temptation of Jesus and was based on readings from Deuteronomy and Luke by Bert Blower and Eileen Burn. Doreen Lawson was the organist, Bert Blower the vestry steward and Jim Lawson the welcomer. Refreshments were served afterwards by Sheila Gray, Jan Blower and Michael King. The preacher at 10.30am on Sunday is Norman Clark.

Hall annual meeting

All Seamer and Irton residents are welcome to attend the annual general meeting of the Memorial Hall Management Committee from 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 26. This will be an opportunity to find out what goes on at the war memorial hall.

Clog dancing

The weekly class in Clog and Garland Dancing resumed in the Memorial Hall last Monday following the spell of bad weather, when some of the dancers were unable to get to practices. However the leader stressed the importance of regular attendance for all dancers as they already had requests for displays in the summer months.

As there were not enough present on Monday the class concentrated on the clog steps only, and members have now gone through the whole course and only need regular practice. More people would be welcome and the class is open to girls and young women. The exercise at this time of the year may be beneficial for many people


Parish council

The monthly meeting of Eastfield Parish Council will take place in the community centre on Monday February 25. All residents are welcome to this meeting which starts at 7pm, and time will be set aside for public questions and concerns to be discussed

Dell seminar

The Rangers are 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, education or heritage this is for you. With expert speakers and demonstrations, activities and useful handouts, you will leave better equipped to make a real difference to your space.

The seminar will take place at Eastfield Community Centre on Thursday March 7 at 9.30am-1pm. If you would like to attend please contact the Dell Rangers on 07563 737704 to obtain a booking form.

Hospitality event

The families of the George Pindar School hospitality and catering students along with the staff are looking forward to a mouth-watering menu on Tuesday March 5, when the annual hospitality event takes place in the Gristhorpe block of the school. The foyer will be transformed into the ‘Ristorante Italiano’ where authentic Italian dishes will be prepared and served by Year 11 GCSE students. Recent lessons have been spent researching and sampling Italian foods, calculating portion sizes and costs as well as working seamlessly as a team to design a menu.

Willow weaving

There will be a day of willow weaving at the library in High Street, tomorrow (Friday) and is suitable for 12 years and over. There will be two sessions, one in the morning from 10am-12 noon and again from 1-3pm. The project has been arranged by the Dell Rangers and is free, but as time is very short it is best to try and book a place. The number to call is 08450349512.

Debating society

In response to interest shown by a group of Year 11 students at George Pindar school, Mrs Raisin is running the first ever debating society, and at their first meeting there was an excellent turn-out of students.

Issues covered were: A 56-year-old grandmother who has been given the death penalty for smuggling cocaine into Indonesia; Should women in Britain be allowed to fight on the front line, over-turning a 1994 rule that prohibited women being engaged in combat roles; Are CRB checks incompatible with our human rights? The following meeting includes debates on: Should corporal punishment be restored to schools after figures reveal there is a rise in violent behaviour towards teachers?; Mothers should stay at home to look after their children; Should euthanasia be legalised in Britain?

University experience

The Year 9s at Pindar School recently enjoyed visits to three local universities - the University of Hull, Scarborough campus; the University of York and York St John University, where they enjoyed taster sessions in university life. Activities and workshops were based around courses available to study, student budgeting and finance, and question and answer sessions with student ambassadors. All the Pindar students enthusiastically took part in the activities and particularly enjoyed the campus tours. They now have a greater understanding of what to expect from university life and have gained valuable experience to help inspire them to see the value of gaining good GCSEs and to think about their post 16 options.

Attendance matters

Research into school attendance show that attendance really does matter, and George Pindar School are working hard to prove this. The whole school attendance is now at 94.5 per cent. Year 7 are leading the way with an overall attendance of 95.2 per cent and the top tutor group at the moment is 7GRA, leading the whole school with an impressive attendance of 97.1 per cent. The school states that 90 per cent attendance is the same as having one day off every two weeks, and the research shows that missing 17 school days in a year will mean a student drops a whole GCSE grade in each of the subjects they have missed.


Final meeting

The final meeting of the Crossgates branch of Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association took place on Wednesday February 13 at 2pm in the Avocet Room at Crossgates Community Centre. Only nine ladies attended of which seven were committee members. Apologies were received from another three, there was no way that the branch could continue to function and it was regretfully decided to close down. Helen Pollin very kindly spoke on behalf of herself and members not present by expressing sincere thanks to all the officials for their work and dedication in running the branch over the years. It was decided that the remaining funds would be split between YCA central office and the Village Hospital Gift Fund for Scarborough Hospital.

There are still some active branches in and around Scarborough and I am sure that you will be warmly welcomed at any of them if you choose to continue with the YCA. Wykeham branch in particular has extended an invitation to their meetings at Hutton Buscel.

Meanwhile some of the ladies have expressed a desire to keep in touch so we are going to try meeting up for lunch on the second Wednesday in a month. This will be notified via a text message to your mobile phone giving details of venue and time and you can then text back your answer. Most of our ladies should receive a letter giving these details but if we have missed anyone and you are interested in this idea then kindly contact Pat Baker on (01723) 862903 for further information. It just remains for me, Pat Baker, as chairman at this last meeting to thank everyone connected with the YCA at Crossgates for all their commitment, help and friendship over the years.

United service

The monthly non-denominational united service will take place in the community centre on Sunday at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to this service and light refreshments will be served afterwards.


Whist drive

A whist drive was held in the village hall. The MC was Mr C Calvert and Mr B Goulding ran the raffle. The ladies in the kitchen were Mrs B Jackson, Mrs D Colins, Mrs S Lawrence, and Mrs S Calvert.

Winners: 1 Mr & Mrs E Richardson, Mr B Cowton and Miss C Farnborough; 2 Mr A Richardson, Mr B Goulding, Mr D Noble and Mr J Craggs; 3 Mr W Calvert, Mrs P Thompson and Mrs S Wardle.

Raffle winners: Mr D Grace, Mrs F Graves, Mr R Souter, Mrs V Poole, Mr A Richardson, Mr P Pither, Mr S Foote, Mr R Warman, Mr B Cowton, Miss C Farnborough, Mr B Goulding, Mr W Calvert, Mrs J Smith, Mrs D Wardle, Mrs J Bielby and Mr J Craggs.


In bloom

Muston in Bloom are very sorry but the Thai Evening scheduled for March 9 has been cancelled due to illness.


In bloom

Hunmanby in Bloom are holding a Big Quiz Night on February 22 at the community centre at 7pm. £5 per person, teams of four to six people, including pie and pea supper (with vegetarian option). Bring your own bottle and glasses! Tickets available from Ellisons, Boots, Hunmanby Opticians, Sue of Hunmanby, Hunmanby Pantry or Jo Simmons on (01723) 890152.

Camera club

At the meeting of February 12 the competition was entitled ‘still life’. Winners in the digital image category were: 1 Shirley Pepper, 2 Barry Robson, 3 John Garvey.

Winners in the print category were: 1 Neil Womersley, 2 Neil Womersley, 3 Tony Parkin.

The next competition is on February 26 and is ‘landscape’. Visit the club’s website www.Hunmanbycameraclub to see some of the winning photos.

Probus club

The club had a very good attendance at the meeting on February 14, when they welcomed a new member to hear Paul Bright of Filey give a most illuminating presentation on the ‘Air War over East Yorkshire in World War Two’. It was a particularly interesting talk since Paul, son of Sid Bright, was born in Hunmanby and attended the village school during the war and was able to describe the exact location of some of the horrifying incidents when enemy planes were brought down and local places bombed.

They look forward to another Filey personality, Mike Fearon, talking about Butlins at Filey on February 28 at 10am in the Cross Hill Church. New members welcome.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher is the Rev Denise Free at the United Service at All Saints. The service begins at 10.45am.

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.


Shrove Tuesday Quiz

The quiz night in the village hall, was enjoyed by about 40 people on Shrove Tuesday. Bob Muir, the regular question master, had spent a lot of time and effort compiling the questions which varied in the degree of challenge they posed the audience. However, everyone who was there now knows, together with a wide range of other facts, just what a ‘pollex’ is (answer: a thumb).

During the interval a pancake supper was prepared and served by members of the Village Hall Committee and wine was available throughout the evening. The sum of £233.95 was raised for Village Hall Funds and will contribute towards the improvements of the landscape at the rear of the hall.

Quiz winners were as follows: 1st prize Anne and John Deehan, Alison and Martin Tubbs; 2nd prize Ruth Marflitt, Sue Peacock, Pat Weddell and Mary Thompson; 3rd prize Marcel Gillou Lynne Heaton, Pamela Shaw Johnson and Hilary Freeman.

Raffle prizes were won by Dorothy Stockill, Mr Farrey, Anne Deehan, Sue Warmington, Finn, Irene Crook, Elizabeth Houlton, Sybil Houlton, Alison Tubbs, Marcel Gillou.

Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes for the evening and a special thank you to Brian Glaves for the wonderful tray of meat which was the first prize in the raffle.

Church news

The Safari Supper total now stands at £955 which will go towards Church Funds.

The service this Sunday, February 24, at All Saints will be an 8am Book of Common Prayer communion.

The Parochial Church Council meets on Tuesday February 26 at the Vicarage at 7pm.

Lent course

The benefice Lent course is being held at Wydale Hall this year. Each session may be attended individually. The second one takes place at 7pm on Thursday February 28 at 7pm.