District Diary

Thursday March 14, 2013


Parish council

The meeting on March 4 was attended by the full council, County Cllr Andrew Backhouse, County Cllr elect Derek Bastiman, and two members of the general public. There were no apologies, one declaration of interest, and last month’s minutes were accepted with one alteration. The chairman then suspended the meeting for the public open forum, during which Mr Dyson reported on his efforts regarding flood prevention. On behalf of fellow residents he has sought the advice of a drainage consultant and had contact with the county council. Cllr Bastiman introduced himself as our new representative on the county council and – in order to save blushes – imparted the information that our borough council representative Cllr Andrew Backhouse, is to be our next mayor. Cllr Backhouse was pleased to announce that there will be no increase in council tax this year. Cllr Ford drew the council’s attention to a newspaper article regarding eviction notices which had been served on long-term residents by the Duchy of Lancaster. He requested that the council contact the Duchy, indicating their displeasure, and the effect this might have on future relations. Cllr Mrs Readman reported complaints about vehicles parked on grass verges, and a blocked drain outside the playgroup. Cllr Hill announced that the Cloughton banner will be on display at the May meeting, when it is hoped as many people as possible will come and see it. The police reported that local parking issues continue to be monitored, and that camera checks and the automatic number plate recognition system have been carried out along the A171, resulting in a substantial amount of fixed penalty tickets being issued, also the seizure of a number of vehicles, mainly for lack of insurance. Since the last meeting, officers have dealt with three road traffic collisions, including one with a deer on Cloughton Bank, and three requests for welfare checks. Crime figures generally are down compared with the same period last year, although incidences of burglary and violence against the person are up. People are therefore advised to be vigilant at all times.

Council have been informed that there will not be any more paper plans supplied for their consideration. All further planning proposals will be electronically communicated. Councillors feel that they have sufficient portable equipment between them to enable study of the plans together as usual. They have also had another letter from Scarborough Borough Council requesting information on unadopted local green spaces for inclusion in the town plan: councillors could not think of any. There were two planning applications to consider: 1) a proposal with amended details for a dormer window to the front of 24 Littlemoor Close. This again was not approved; 2) a proposal to convert and extend existing outbuildings to create a three-bedroomed annexe at Kirkstones, Mill Lane. No objection was raised.

Accounts were certified as follows: J Marley (annual contract payments) £177.76; St Mary’s Church (hall hire, February) £15; J Marley (web hosting) £32.99; Duchy of Lancaster (bus shelter rent) £42.

The next meeting will be on April 8.

St Mary’s

A 10am service of Holy Communion with Sunday School conducted by the Rev Sam Foster was held last Sunday. The first lesson from I Samuel was read by Mike Lester, the second from Colossians, by Ros O’Toole, and the Gospel from John, by Ellenor Bacon. Intercessions were led by Ros O’Toole, and the sermon was about the love of Jesus, with reference to that moment on the cross when Jesus asked John to look after His mother. The Sunday School children sang a song about Jesus’ love, and posies of daffodils were distributed. Music was by Mike Lester and Rosemary and David Oliver. Two ladies from St Mary’s were confirmed at Scalby church in the evening by the Archbishop of York. This week there will be a 9.30am service of Holy Communion (BCP) and Cafe Refresh with Traidcraft at 10.15am. From March 25-27 there will be a labyrinth in Mike and Josie Woodyatt’s field at Moss Lane, Burniston. The Rev Kitching’s final services on Easter Day will begin with a sunrise at Ravenhall, then Holy Communion at Hackness at 10am, 3pm at Harwood Dale and 6.30pm at Cloughton. A ‘farewell’ bring and share supper will be held at 5pm on April 7 in the village hall.

Village Fund

Now the dust has settled, Cloughton Village Fund Committee would like to thank all performers, back stage crew, make-up artistes, costume makers, sound and lighting crew, front of house, printers, tea makers, friends and helpers for making Humpty Dumpty a fabulous success. Thanks also to Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall for a splendid rehearsal and performance venue. All ages of mainly local residents rose to the occasion and we look forward to seeing the youngsters particularly shining in future years. Yet again Betsy’s Midnight Runners provided the music and played a diverse range of styles. The support we have from the local community and further afield make all the hard work worth while and make the enjoyment greater. All our local pubs support the pantomime and their hospitality after each performance is greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Sue and Stuart Harris at Burniston Post Office for being our Box Office yet again, and the Scarborough News for their coverage.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2014, it will be here in no time at all and the choosing of next years production is under way already. Oh! yes it is!


Methodist church

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, flowers were given to all the women at Burniston Methodist Church at last Sunday’s services. This Sunday’s service will take place at the usual 9.30am, 11am and Sunday at 8pm.

The congregations were reminded about the Easter National Christian Conference (ECG) being held at the Spa from April 2-7. Details can be found on the church website and bookings for children’s events should be made by March 15. There is a 50 per cent discount for all Scarborough residents.

The Lenten Bible study continues each Tuesday until Easter with a Passover meal set for Maundy Thursday March 28 to which anyone is invited from 5.45pm.

An Easter Fair craft and cake stall will be held in aid of Epilepsy Action between 10am-2pm on March 23. Boys Brigade will be providing a car wash for all £5 per car on Saturday March 30.

Bowling club

Saturday is the official start of the new bowling season when members can re-register and sign-on for a variety of teams and club knock out competitions which will be played in the coming summer months.

More members are needed for the busy times ahead and potential newcomers to the sport of bowls are invited to have a pre-season try on the indoor carpet or to ‘have-a go’ on the green using woods provided by the club.

Enrolling starts at 10am, indoor mats will be available and refreshments will be served.

Snake Davis

On Saturday March 23, the village hall hosts the well known saxophonist Snake Davis on his ‘Burdon of Paradise’ tour. This renowned musician has played and recorded with numerous global artists and features in several acclaimed TV adverts. Tickets are available online at www.ruralarts.org or (01723) 870419 to be collected at Burniston Post Office. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Table top

The next table top sale in aid of village hall funds will be Sunday March 24, from 2-4pm. Tables can be reserved on 870706. Free admission with refreshments available.

Film night

Friday March 29, at 7.30pm will see the screening of ‘Brave’ in the village hall, the award winning Disney animation film, everyone 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.

Social lunch

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


St Hilda’s

Barbara Grice led the service and Tony Mok supplied the music on his guitar for the special Mothering Sunday service at St Hilda’s Church.

The reading by Keith Usher was from the Gospel according to St Luke Chapter 9 verses 12b-17 telling the story of the five loaves and two fishes, in recognition of the fact that this Sunday was also known as the five loaves Sunday, as it was the specified gospel reading for the day. The other readings by Barbara Grice were two poems about mothers.

In her talk, Barbara gave a short history of Mothering Sunday from the 16th century to date. After the blessing of the Mother’s Day gifts, firstly the children and then everyone in the congregation was given a small token in remembrance that we are also celebrating the annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A short sketch by the children, with a little help, depicting the six letters of the word “mother” was enacted. Coffee was served by Keith and Jean Usher, who also acted as sidespeople, with help from members of the congregation.

The next service at St Hilda’s is Holy Communion on Sunday March 25 at 9.15am. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly draw

Playing Field Draw: £25 31 Mrs S Atkinson, £15 90 Mr Ken Stonehouse, £5 103 Mrs Rita Worthy.

Methodist news

The service for Mothering Sunday was led by the Rev Nigel Spencer. The welcomer was Mrs Christine Pickard, the steward Mrs Jean Brown, organist Mr Chris Cade. Psalm 8 was read by Mrs Jean Brown and the lesson from Romans by Mrs Kim Canterbury. The Lenten Liturgy was read by Mrs Sandra Cade and Fred planted roses in the Easter Garden. Mrs Joyce Spencer had very kindly made a beautiful simnel cake and the significance of this was explained to us. Joe then gave a small bunch of flowers to everyone to thank all those who care for us especially our mothers. The Rev Spencer spoke of the wonders of God’s creation and the audio visual slides used during his sermon were from a holiday in California. He spoke of our responsibility to care for the wonderful world that God has given us. After the service we all enjoyed coffee and simnel cake. The service of Holy Communion on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark.

The Tuesday coffee morning met in the Hall and the hostess was Mrs Christine Ashton. This meets each week from 10–11.30am. No charge is made for the coffee but any donations are given to charity. At the moment your kind gifts are being given to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Mrs Mary Dickinson ran the come and buy stall for chapel funds and the chapel was open for anyone who wished to have private prayer or light a candle. An Agape meal with Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday March 28 at 6pm will be held in the hall. If you would like to go please let the Rev Elizabeth or one of the stewards know as soon as possible to help with the catering.

Messy Church needs help with a craft activity. Would you please save your empty gravy granule boxes or Pringle tubs – they can be left at the chapel. Don’t forget the Family Cinema Club on Saturday March 16 at 6pm.


Councillor’s surgery

County Cllr David Jeffels is holding a surgery on Saturday, at Crossgates Community Centre. Anyone who cannot attend but has matters to discuss can contact him on (01723) 863395.

Methodist church

The Mothering Sunday service at Seamer Methodist Church was arranged by Ann Newham and Eileen Burn. The vestry steward was John Earnshaw, the welcomers were Jan and Bert Blower and the collection was taken by Margaret Neave. The organist was Doreen Lawson. The service started with the Lenten elements being placed on the cross by Sheila Gray and a prayer being read by Ellie Dudley and Macey Burn. Bible readings were given by Denise Earnshaw and Jan Blower, poems were read by Sylvia Vollans and Eileen Burn, and Mandy Clayton performed a solo. Prayers were led by Margaret Neave and Eileen Burn. During the service spring plants were presented to the congregation by Ellie Dudley, Macey Burn and Cecily Cawood. Coffee and cakes were enjoyed after the service . The Rev Robert Whitfield will be the preacher at 10.30am on Sunday when Holy Communion will be observed.

St Martin’s

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led a common worship communion service at St Martin’s Church on Mothering Sunday, when members of the local Brownies group attended and paraded their banner, took the collection and distributed daffodils to the ladies present. Kieron Middleton gave a presentation on the Prodigal Son, Eddie Burton gave a Bible reading and Edna Burton accompanied singing on the keyboard. Jean Donovan led prayers and assisted with the chalice at holy communion. Clare Firth and Eddie Burton were sidespersons and Clare Firth served refreshments. The Rev McWilliams, also led an 11am modern communion service. Jeff Fiedler led the intercessions, Richard Fuller gave a Bible reading and Paul McWilliams preached on the parable of the Prodigal Son. Gwyneth Riley assisted with the chalice and Emily Hewitt offered anointing and prayer ministry during communion. Richard Fuller led the sung worship with Steve Raetigg (keyboard), Neville Wright (guitar) and John Taylor (drums). Helen Coates and Julie Hall ran the Sunday Club. Emily Hewitt served coffee. Trainee preacher Laura Glass was the speaker at a Word and Worship meeting in the evening.

On Sunday there will be a common worship holy communion service at 9.30am and a modern worship service at 11am.

Fuchsia society

The first meeting of the new session of Scarborough and District Fuchsia and Flower Society will be held on Wednesday at The Old School, Main Street, Seamer. The speaker will be Susan Hopps, from Thirsk, the Radio York gardening presenter. Anyone interested in gardening is invited to attend and to ask questions. The £1 entry fee includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Meetings will continue bi-monthly, in May, July and September, with the annual show in August and the annual meeting in November. Anyone who joins the society at the March meeting will be given a new fuchsia to grow on.

WI meeting

The next meeting of Seamer and Irton WI will be held in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, when a talk on Denman College will be given by Jane Pearce. The competition will be for the first verse of Jerusalem handwritten on a sheet of A4 folded card.

School report

Friday is Red Nose Day and pupils at Seamer and Irton CP School will be marking the occasion by wearing something red and raising money for Comic Relief. A sponsored ‘funba’ (a bit like zumba) session will led by Miss Fail in the playground at 9.45am, weather permitting. If raining it will be done at different times during the morning in the hall. The school is aiming to raise £1,000, having raised over £2,000 for Sports Relief last year.

Mr Donnan’s Monday Guitar Club is cancelled until March 25. The Friends Easter disco on Friday March 22 is in need of volunteers to help run it – contact Mrs O’Neill (01723) 866257, with offers. Donations of Easter eggs for the Friends’ bingo evening on Wednesday March 27 are welcome.

On Tuesday March 26 there will be a meeting, 3.40-4.30pm, for Y6 parents regarding STS, the West Yorkshire visit and secondary school transition. The school closes for Easter on Thursday March 28 and reopens for the summer term on Monday April 15.

Children’s disco

Tickets are available at the Mayfield Hotel, Main Street, Seamer, for a Children’s Easter disco to be held there on Sunday March 31, 3-5pm. The £2.50 charge includes entry, hot dog/burger, drink and a raffle ticket to win an Easter egg.

Pop in club

The Pop In Club met in the community centre on Tuesday when those attending perusing the table top and bring and buy stall, and then took part in a raffle organised by Norma Rogers. They sat down to a three course lunch which was prepared and cooked by the resident chef, and served by Judy Fox and helpers. Anyone is welcome at the club which takes place each Tuesday.

Christmas preparations

St Martin’s Church is appealing for donations of unwanted curtains and other fabrics suitable for making into outfits for kings, shepherds, angels, Mary and Joseph, etc, to be featured in December’s Nativity services.


Wildlife gardening

There is to be a presentation on March 26, 6-7pm in the library in High Street organised by the Dell Rangers which is entitled Gardening For Wildlife. There is no charge for expert advice on turning your garden into a haven for wildlife.


Primary school

The school secretary, Mrs Ann Petch, is receiving donations from all who wish to contribute to the farewell for the retirement of headteacher Mr Neil Davis and the infants’ teacher Mrs Mel Russell. During their years the village school has gone from strength to strength with numbers growing from a low of 27 to 51.

Gardening club

The Grand Plant Sale is on Easter Monday April 1 in Brompton Village Hall from 10-11.30am

Talent show

Brompton’s Got Talent is planned for the evening of Saturday April 20 as part of the village St George’s Day celebrations. More acts are needed. This will be a gentler affair than the television show. We need extra acts – anyone who can contribute in any way will be welcomed. Please let Pamela know on 850918, or contact any member of the Village Hall Committee.

Church news

There will once again be Easter egg rolling on Castle Hill at 10.30am on Easter Day. This is open to all. Bring your own decorated hard boiled eggs. The service follows at 11am. The May Gift Day this year is on May 6. The village hall will be open for refreshments from 10am-2pm, with stalls selling cakes, produce and a plant stall.

There will be an open garden Art Trail on Sunday June 30 and a benefice service with the theme ‘God’s Garden’.

The service this Sunday will be a 9.30am communion with coffee to follow.

Tree planting

Meet this Saturday by the Manor House at 10am if you are able to help with ‘tiny’ tree planting.



Fifty six people enjoyed the curry and quiz night held at Hutton Buscel Village Hall on Friday February 22. The evening was a great success and raised £487 which will go towards the running costs of the BRIDGE. It costs about £5,000 a year to run the BRIDGE so this is a brilliant start. The food was excellent and the quiz was great fun. A big thank you to all who helped in any way and to all who attended and made it such a great evening. There are some wonderful prizes in the Easter Draw with special children’s prizes. The draw will be held at a coffee morning in the library on Wednesday March 27. If you haven’t bought a ‘square’ yet then hurry!

Community centre

Bingo on Wednesday was well attended. Vera called the numbers and in the absence of Dorothy, Nancy checked the winning books. Birthday honours were sung to Marlene and tea and biscuits were served by the committee ladies. There was a coffee morning on Thursday. Ted took the door money and sold the raffle tickets. George collected the lottery money. Coffee and biscuits were served by Betty, Vera and Nancy and everyone got a raffle prize.

Methodist church

The service for Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, was led by Mrs Margaret Crofts who spoke about the fact that close relationships are not always easy. Alison Hoff and Mel Wilkie gave readings from ‘The Message’, a contemporary translation of the Bible. Pots of primulas were given to the congregation to take as gifts for mothers. Following the service refreshments were served by Barbara Barker. The preacher for Sunday will be the Rev Mark Haynes.

St John’s

A well- attended coffee morning organised by Friday Club and with assistance from the SAS Youth Group raised over £175 towards the new sound system and hearing loop to be installed in the church later this year. On Mothering Sunday the Rev Stephen Drury led the 9am Family Communion service and in addition to the 6pm Sung Evensong service there was a Mothering Sunday All Age service in which Friday Club took part. Flowers were distributed at each service. On Sunday there will be a 9am Family Communion service and a 6pm service of Modern Worship with prayers for healing.


Over 60s

The chairwoman, Mrs M Pattison, welcomed 26 members of the Over 60s Club to the weekly meeting in the village hall. Bingo was called by Mrs Pattison and the flyers by Mrs B Rodgers. The winners were Mrs P Watson, Mrs J Knight, L Woodhead, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs B Mennell, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs M Gilkerson, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs B Forcer, Mrs O Ayres, Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs D Dawson and Mrs M Martin. Mrs A Butler organised the raffle which was won by Mrs M Martin, Mrs B Forcer, L Woodhead, Mrs B Mennell, Mrs P Watson, Mrs N Feather, Mrs J Griffiths, Mrs D Dawson, Mrs N Duckworth and Mrs M Scott. Tea and biscuits were prepared by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Donlevy.

Whist drive

A military whist drive was held in Cayton Village Hall and raised funds for the hall. The MC was Bob Cowton and nine tables were in play. Whist winners : 1 J Craggs, P Richardson, B Calvert, R Souter; 2 Mr & Mrs P West, Mrs A Cross, L Woodhead; 3 Mrs V Poole, Mrs A Dowson, T Davies, H Pulford. The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies and the winners included J Craggs, Mrs B Forcer, R Warman, Mrs S Wardle, Mrs C Dickinson, J Calam, Mrs M Johnson, Mrs V Poole, Mrs B Richardson, T Davies, P Richardson, B Cowton, Mrs P Thompson and L Woodhead. The MC thanked everyone for their support and help with the drive; those who donated raffle prizes and those who helped with the refreshments. The helpers included Mrs A Dowson, M O’Pray and helpers from the drive.

Church services

The services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton on Sunday will be 9am communion led by the Rev Ray Smith and 6.15pm Evensong with Philip Newell.

Methodist service

The 10.30am service in Cayton Chapel on the fourth Sunday in Lent and also Mothering Sunday, was led by Mrs Rosie Coles. Jennifer Atkinson and Taylor Atkinson placed the Lenten symbols of the cloak and crown at the base of the cross and gave the Lenten reading. A reading was also given by Christine Feather. At the end of the service the ladies were each given a spring flower posy by the Brownies which had been prepared by Ann Green and Julie Barber.

Jane Allen was the organist, Sandra Haigh the vestry steward and Dorothy Anfield was the welcomer. The 10.30am service on the fifth Sunday of Lent will be led by Mrs Patricia Mollon.

Folk dance

Members of the Scarborough Folk Dance Group are holding one of their winter series of folk dances in Jubilee Hall on Saturday from 7.30–11pm. Music for the dancing will be from the Pied Piper Band and instruction on some of the dances given by Cyril and Sheila Swales. Admission will include a faith supper, and everyone is welcome.

Women’s fellowship

Mrs Dorothy Anfield welcomed the members of the Women’s Fellowship to the recent meeting in Cayton Chapel. Their speaker was the Rev Peter Cross who gave a most informative and inspiring talk on the season of Lent and during the meeting Mrs Anfield gave some Lenten readings. Three hymns were sung accompanied by the Rev Cross on the piano. Tea and biscuits was prepared by Majorie Hughs and Jennifer Atkinson took the collection.

The Fellowship’s next meeting will be held at 2.15pm on Tuesday in Cayton Chapel when they will welcome the Rev Denise Free with ‘An Easter Message’. New members welcome.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Church news

There will be a special visiting preacher this Sunday at St Hilda’s Church, Ravenscar at 10.30am. Richard Pashby, founder, and charity director of the Stepping Stones Ministries, will be talking about the work of this small charity based in Scarborough. It provides shelter, education and love to children and families affected by poverty in rural West Bengal, India. A third of the poor in the in the world live in India. The other projects of this charity include health clinics, clean water and taking aid to cyclone victims. This Sunday there will also be Sunday School. If you would like to take part in an ad hoc choir to lead a Taize service to be held at Cloughton Church on Good Friday at 6.30pm, please contact Rosemary Oliver on 871488. There will be an optional rehearsal on Friday 22 March, also at 6.30pm.

History group

On Tuesday, the speaker at the History Group meeting will be Kate Horne who will give a presentation on the work of the National Trust on its large landholdings on the Yorkshire Coast. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm, and refreshments will be served. Non-members are always welcome.

Jumble sale

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

Village newsletter

The editorship of the Staintondale and Ravenscar village newsletter has now passed from Phil and Colette Hughes to Lisa Williams. In future, please forward any material to Lisa on newsletteryo13@aol.com before the 25th of the month for inclusion in the next month’s edition. Sincere thanks from the community to Phil and Colette who have been editing the newsletter for the last five years. The annual meeting of the newsletter will take place on April 10 at Mountain Ash, Staintondale.


Methodist church

This Sunday morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Miss Laura Glass. There will be no evening service this week.

Charity walk

It is time to get out your walking boots as the date of the 54th Scalby Charity Walk is fast approaching. It takes place on Easter Monday, April 1 and the charity chosen to benefit from the surplus funds this year will be Ellie’s Fund. The Scalby Fair Committee has taken over responsibility for the organisation and are hoping for the usual good turnout. Entry forms are available at the Nags Head, £10 per entrant. The walk is approximately 7 miles long, starting at the Nags Head, Scalby, travelling north through Burniston and Cloughton where the walkers turn around at the Red Lion in Cloughton and return to the starting point at the Nag’s Head via the Coastal Road/Field Lane/Station Road. The participants are required to drink a half pint of beer or soft drink in each of the four pubs en route. There is a good mix of both serious and casual walkers and it is open to young and old, locals and visitors. It is not suitable for younger children under 12 however. There are many trophies to be won.

The Scalby Fair Committee has taken over responsibility for the organisation and are hoping for the usual good turnout. There will be an all day BBQ in the Nags Head 
Yard with live music and a raffle with a chance to win £200.

Scalby wives

A visit to the Stained Glass Centre at Killerby was enjoyed by 38 members of Scalby Wives. In the workshop Val Green showed us some of the many wonderful designs for church windows which she had created and then demonstrated the process of making them. After tea and coffee we were able to browse through the centre which was full of the most beautiful and colourful lamps, mirrors and other pieces of glassware. A most enlightening and enjoyable evening. Next week the speaker is Audrey McIlvain whose talk is entitled ‘Making the most of the Third Age’. Members are reminded that there will be an Easter stall.


Pop in club

Fifteen people met in Snainton Village Hall for the fortnightly meeting of the Pop In Club. After coffee and biscuits they enjoyed a lunch of chicken and ham pie, potatoes boulangere, roast parsnips, mashed carrot and swede and cabbage followed by semolina and poached plums or mince pie and custard. The two raffle prizes were won by Pauline Cooper and Rosemary Mudd. For more details of Pop In please contact Angela on 859843.

WI meeting

Snainton WI met on Tuesday March 5 in Snainton Village Hall with vice president Angela Howgate in the chair. Various business topics were discussed including urging members to attend the spring group meeting at Ebberston on March 26, enter for the Home Economics Spring Show in April, and attend the Spring Council meeting at Scarborough Spa on April 10. A gentle walk for members is planned for April 29 from Snainton to Brompton to raise money for Associated Country Women of the World. Snainton WI darts team was congratulated on getting through to the Federation final and a good luck card had been received from President Prue Butterworth, at present in Australia. The speaker for the evening was Jonathan Botham. His talk was entitled ‘Elizabeth Botham: Her Life and Baking’, and gave an in-depth insight into her early life and how the bakery business had grown and flourished over the years. The April meeting will be held on Tuesday April 9 in Snainton Village Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome.

Stepney and Woodlands

College news

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and Yorkshire Coast College offers many opportunities for apprenticeships. For more information visit the website on www.yorkshirecoastcollege.ac.uk.

There will also be a Higher Education Open Evening on Wednesday from 4-7pm. For more details contact 0800 731 7410.

St Luke’s

The Mothering Sunday service last week was led by the Rev David Pynn who referred to the example of a number of mothers mentioned in the Bible and emphasised that the best of mothers all demonstrate aspects of the way God treats us as his children. The 8am Holy Communion service this Sunday will be led by Rev David Pynn. Alan McKie will lead the 10am service of Morning Worship and he will preach at both services.


St Mark’s

The 10am All Age Parade service for Mothering Sunday was led by Mike Leigh. Flower posies were distributed to all the ladies of the congregation.

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 also be available at this service. 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.

Choir concert

On Friday April 5 at 7.30pm, there will be a concert in St Mark’s Church from the Of One Accord Choir from Shropshire, who sang in Scarborough last year as part of the Queen Street Music Festival. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Alzheimer’s Society: Singing for the Brain. Tickets are £7 (£5 concession) to include refreshments, and can be bought on the door, or by contacting 01723 369668.

75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of St Mark’s Church, and to celebrate this event there will be a celebration weekend and Flower Festival, which will be held from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28. If you have any information or memorabilia about St Mark’s over the years, such as interesting newspaper cuttings or photos, these would be greatly appreciated for use in displays. There is also the opportunity to sponsor one of the flower displays which will be exhibited at the Flower Festival, either for yourself, your business, or perhaps in memory of a loved one. If you can help in any of these ways, please contact Chris Johnson on (01723) 863942.

Red nose day

Today’s Toddler Group session will be a ‘pyjama day’, to raise money for Comic Relief. There will also be a cake sale and raffle. Any contributions of cakes will be much appreciated.


Village council

Members of the village council held their monthly meeting in the function room of Poacher’s Barn under the chairmanship of Cllr Philip King. Present were Cllrs Robert Clough, vice chairman, Avril Gregory, Helen Penney, Peter Southward and Eileen Vickers, council clerk Tony Spencer, County Cllr Brian Simpson, Borough Cllr Simon Green and one member of the public.

Written reports from PCSOs Caroline Richman and Jason Johnson gave the latest crime statistics for the area and an update on the speed checks on Osgodby Lane.

Cllr Gregory reported that all the potholes had been filled and the traffic lights had been repaired. Faulty street lights would be repaired soon. County Cllr Simpson said that large potholes on Eastway would be repaired within the next two weeks. He said that North Yorkshire County Council’s council tax had been frozen for the forthcoming year. He also discussed in the removal of the bus shelter from Priory Place which had not been replaced and it was suggested that the shelter should be resited at the heavily-used stop on Osgodby Lane adjoining Rimington Way. Borough Cllr Green said that Scarborough Borough Council’s tax had also been frozen for the forthcoming year. The county council suggested that a letter should be sent to the owner of the property in Osgodby Lane regarding the water run-off. The county council is to be asked to confirm that the suggested location of a grit bin in Osgodby Close is satisfactory in the view of the highway authority. The chairman said that work on the McCain’s outfall was due to start in April. Scarborough Borough Council has approved the decrease in membership of the village council from eight to seven councillors with immediate effect.

On planning matters, it was noted that the borough council will be consulting the village council by email on any future applications. Cllr Gregory reported that the In Bloom group would be starting work soon and that litter-picking would recommence shortly. The chairman reported on arrangements with Overdale School for the poster competition in relation to anti-dog fouling in the village. A maximum of £50 would be allocated for the provision of prizes, etc, for the competition. The clerk and Cllr Vickers were asked to research and report back on the possible provision of dog waste bag dispensers for use in the village. Cllr Vickers reported on a recent CAP group meeting and also, with Cllr Gregory, on a Scarborough Roads Liaison Committee meeting.

The next ordinary meeting of the council will be on Tuesday April 2 at 6.30pm at Poacher’s Barn, followed by the Annual Assembly at 7.30pm.

Nearly new sale

£141 was raised for Scarborough’s Rainbow Centre at a sale of nearly new clothing, jumble and bric-a-brac at the community centre. The event was organised by Moira Audsley, chairman of the Ladies Club, helped by Mary Weller, Sylvia Grainger, Anne Lever, Jill Coupland, Jill Chapman, Wendy Sellers, Lynne Nightingale and Joyce Dufton.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre with Bryan Coomber and Moira Audsley as callers and cashiers. The checkers were Barbara Rodgers, Janet McNamara and Mrs Ingham. Refreshments were served by Mrs McNamara, Mrs Audsley, Joan Davis and Mrs Ingham. A raffle was won by Mrs Davis, Barbara Harwood and Bernadette Smith.

People from all areas will be welcomed at 7.15pm on Mondays to join in this pleasant social event.

Craft group

A wealth of creative talent is on view on Thursday mornings at the community centre when members of this group bring their individual craft interests to work on and to discuss it with other members. Maureen Picken, who leads the meeting, raised £102 in a raffle for a colourful lined blanket she had knitted for the breast cancer unit at Scarborough Hospital.


Snake Davis

Snake Davis is in concert at the community centre on Sunday at 7pm. An acoustic mix of soul, pop, folk and jazz. Tickets available from Boots chemist or 891516.

WI meeting

The WI annual meeting will be held on Tuesday. This will be the 75th birthday and a celebration for members will be held at 2pm in the community centre. The competition will be the best ‘taste and tell’ dish which will be eaten as part of the celebrations. It is hoped all members can attend.

In bloom

Hunmanby In Bloom are holding a meeting in the community centre on Monday at 7pm. Please support your village, new members always welcome.

Methodist church

The service at Cross Hill on Sunday at 1030am will be led by Rev Denise Free.

All Saints

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. Evensong will return to 6pm this Sunday.


All Saints

Services on the first Sunday of each month will be morning prayers at 9.15am. Morning service on the third Sunday of the month will be at 10am unless otherwise stated.

Meeting cancelled

The Muston Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday March 20 has been cancelled due to ill health of the clerk.