District Diary

Thursday March 21, 2013


Groundwork services

Groundwork continues to offer free services to anybody out of work and looking for a job. They will help you update and create your CV, help out with your job search and provide you with all the relevant information you need to improve your chances of getting employment. Groundwork is based at 10 High Street, Eastfield.

Parish council

The monthly meeting of Eastfield Parish Council will take place in the community centre on Monday evening when the public is invited to attend. The meeting will start at 7pm.

Wildlife gardening

A presentation has been organised by the Dell Rangers to be held in the library in High Street, Eastfield, on Tuesday evening from 6-7pm. This presentation will be most interesting and experts will inform people how to use their gardens to the best advantage to attract wildlife. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. It is hoped that as many people as possible will turn up to enjoy the slides and information.


St Laurence’s

Forthcoming services. Sunday March 24 Palm Sunday 8am Holy Communion with the Rev Marion Wright, 10am Holy Communion with Passion reading with the Rev Marion Wright, 6.30pm Evensong with the Rev Graham Waring, 6.30pm film showing The Passion of Christ St Mark’s, 7pm Youth Group.

Holy Week: On Monday March 25 2.30pm Barnabas Group Church Rooms, Monday-Wednesday 11am–3pm Fresh Expressions Labyrinth, Moss Lea Farm, Burniston, 7pm Compline St Luke’s, 7.30pm Easter Meditation with Staxton Singers St Mark’s; Maundy Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion with the Rev Marion Wright, 7.30pm Cafe service and vigil with the Rev Alastair Ferneley Church Rooms; Good Friday 11am Journeying with Jesus church, 2pm An hour before the cross St Luke’s, 3pm Easter Meditation with Staxton Singers Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6.30pm Taize service St Mary’s, Cloughton; Saturday 11am–2pm Fresh Expressions Labyrinth, Moss Lea Farm, Burniston; Easter Day 5.30am Rising of the Son, 8am Holy Communion with the Rev Alastair Ferneley, 10am Family Communion with the Rev Marion Wright, 2pm CTIS Walk St Mary’s.

Methodist church

This week Palm Sunday worship at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Clare Stainsby. There will be no evening service.

On Tuesday March 26 at 11am a service for Holy Week will be held and led by the Rev Clare Stainsby, all are welcome to attend either of these services.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held at Scalby Methodist Church on Saturday April 6 to raise funds in support of the annual Scalby Walk whose chosen charity this year will be Ellie’s Fund. Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10am to noon and there will be stalls selling home baking and Fairtrade items. All welcome to attend and admission is by donation to the charity.

Scalby wives

We had a very interesting talk on Monday given by Audrey Mcilvain about ‘Making the Most of the Third Age’. It was both amusing and informative and stressed the importance of having goals and being positive but also having fun and adventures and generally enjoying life. The meeting was very well attended and the Easter stall was a success.

Refreshments were served by Doreen Tyman , Mary Elleker and Judith Found. ‘A Taste of Chocolate’ is the title of the talk next week given by Rita Leeman.


Whist drive

A whist drive was held in the village hall. The MC was Mr C Calvert, Mr B Goulding and MR W Calvert ran the raffle and the ladies in the kitchen were Mrs B Jackson, Mrs I Calvert, Mrs D Collins and Mrs S Calvert. Winners: 1 Mr B Cowton, Miss C Farnborough, Mr & Mrs E Richardson; 2 Mr A Richardson, Mr P Richardson, Mr B Goulding and Mr W Calvert; 3 Mr D Grace, Mr S Foote, Mr E Stear and Mr R Souter.

Raffle winners: Mrs D Collins, Mrs M Horton, Mrs F Graves, Mr J Craggs, Mr D Grace, Mr A Richardson, Mr E Stear, Mrs D Cooke, Mrs S Wardle, Mr T Wardle, Mrs V Poole,,Mr R Souter, Mrs J Bielby, Mr C Calvert, Mrs B Jackson, Mr W Calvert, Mr B Goulding, Mrs J Smith and Mrs D Wardle. The next domino drive will be on March 22 at 7.30pm.


Gardening club

The Gardening Club held their annual lunch at Walkers Fish Restaurant on Saturday where members tucked into a delicious plate of fish and chips or alternatively, a ham salad. The event was attended by 17 members and was very enjoyable.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm in Brompton by Sawdon Village Hall where Martin Howe will give a talk on topiary. New members will be very welcome.

Plant sale

The Gardening Club will be holding their Annual Grand Plant Sale on April 1 which is Easter Monday. The venue is Brompton by Sawdon Village Hall opening at 10-11.30am. Entry will be £1.50. Come early as the plants go very quickly!

Domino drive

The last domino drive of the current season will be held on Thursday March 28 in Brompton by Sawdon Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Church floor

Repairs are currently underway to the flooring of the north aisle but the remainder of the church is in full use. Many of the wooden setts which make up the floor have been affected by damp and more extensive work will be needed once finances allow. For the moment the areas which were a trip hazard by becoming raised are being rectified. Services are unaffected but on Palm Sunday there will be just one service for the whole benefice. This will start with a Palm Procession from Ruston at 10.40am, followed by a sung Eucharist at Wykeham Church at 11am.


Over 60s

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

Bingo was called by Mrs Pattison and the winners were Mrs J Knight, Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs M Martin, Mrs M Cloves, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs N Feather, Mrs V Poole, Mrs A Greenwood and Mrs J Griffiths. Mrs A Butler organised a raffle which was won by Mrs B Mennell, Mrs N Feather, Mrs S Charlwood, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs M Pattison, Mrs V Poole, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs J Knight, Mrs A Speck and Mrs M Martin. Tea and biscuits were prepared by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Donlevy.

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

Church services

The services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton on Sunday will be 9am communion led by the Rev Sam Foster and at 6.15pm Evensong with Ros O’Toole. At Easter the service on Good Friday March 29 will be devotions from 2–3pm with the Rev Graham Waring. On Easter Sunday March 31, the 9am communion will be led by the Rev Sam Foster with Evensong at 6.15pm with Alan Courtney.

Methodist service

Mrs Patricia Mollon led the morning service in Cayton Chapel on the fifth Sunday of Lent during which readings were given by Joan Dunnell and Julie Barber. The Lenten symbol of the whip was placed at the cross with readings and prayers by Alison Smuck and Sheila Brown. Jane Allen was the organist, Joan Dunnell the vestry steward and Jennifer Atkinson the welcomer.

The 10.30am service on Palm Sunday in Cayton Chapel will be led by the Rev Tania Brosnan. Palm crosses will be given to all the congregation.

The Easter services in Cayton Chapel commence at 6.30pm on Maundy Thursday, March 28, with a service of Meditation, Prayer and Holy Communion led by the Rev Tania Brosnan. At 2.30pm on Good Friday, March 29, the Rev Denise Free will led a service ‘In the Shadow of the Cross’. The 10.30am service on Easter Sunday, March 31, will be led by the Rev Nigel Spencer during which Holy Communion will be celebrated.

A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to go along to any of these services.

Whist drive

A military whist drive was held in Cayton Village Hall and raised funds for the Cayton Over 60s Club. The MC was Bob Cowton and seven tables were in play.

Whist winners: 1 J Craggs, P Richardson, B Calvert, R Souter; 2 Mr & Mrs E Brownridge, Mrs M Scott, Mrs P Johnson; 3 Mr & Mrs P West, Mrs A Cross, L Woodhead.

The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies and the winners included Mrs M Scott, P Richardson, B Cowton, R Warman, Mrs B Richardson, P West, G Harman, Mrs M Johnson, T Davies, W Calvert, Mrs A Cross and R Souter.

Mrs P Watson, on behalf of the Over 60s Club, thanked Bob and Trevor for running the drive, to Ann and helpers for organising the refreshments, the many who donate raffle prizes and to everyone for their support and help in any way.


Music centre

This Saturday March 23 there will be a concert by the Scarborough Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (SAYSO) at Westborough Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 or £5 concessions. For more information contact (01723) 354042.

Red Nose Day

Students and staff embraced the 80s for Red Nose Day at college this year. Leggings, lycra and bright clothing were abundant as was crimped hair, denim and aviator shades all in the name of charity. Many of the staff were able to raid their wardrobes from the first time around although for the students this was a new experience. To raise money there was a hoola hoop competition, a space hopper race, a raffle, a dance performance and a cake sale. There was a great atmosphere on the field as everyone cheered on their favourite “horse” in the space hopper derby with Study Centre Manager, Julie Walkington, triumphantly taking first place. Eighties music in The Hub added to a great atmosphere. The sports students put on a surprise skit which mainly involved lots of crazy dancing and silly costumes to brighten up proceedings. Overall the college raised over £300 for Comic Relief. This is a fantastic achievement thanks to the efforts in particular of the Guidance Support Tutors who organised many of the events.

St Luke’s

The 8am Holy Communion service last Sunday was led by the Rev David Pynn and Alan McKie preached at that service and also led the 10am service of Morning Worship. The Palm Sunday service of Holy Communion at 10 am this Sunday will be led by the Rev Alastair Ferneley when the normal sermon will be replaced by a reading of the Holy Week story and palm crosses will be distributed. The Sunday School will also meet at 10am in the church.


Bloom group

The next work party is scheduled to take place on Tuesday April 2 when the group will be litter picking, anyone willing to help should meet at the Community Hall car park at 6pm. The group has now been informed that the Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be making their spring visit on Thursday April 11 beginning at 1.30pm. Further details will follow in due course.

St Mark’s

The 10am communion service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh. This Sunday there will be services of Holy Communion at 8am and 10am. The 10am service will include the blessing and distribution of palm crosses, and the children’s groups will be joining together to follow their own Stations of the Cross. Crèche facilities will also be available at this service. At 6.30pm there will be a showing of the film ‘The Passion’.

Holy week

On Wednesday at 10am there will be a service of Holy Communion. At 7pm the Staxton Singers will be performing an Easter Meditation. On Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm, there will be a service of Holy Communion with the washing of feet. On Good Friday the church will be open from 12 noon for prayer and reflection. This will be followed at 1.30pm by a Good Friday Meditation. On Easter Sunday at 9am there will be a traditional sung communion service, with the lighting of the Easter candle. At 11am there will be an All Age Celebration service, including Baptisms. This will be followed by an Easter egg hunt on the lawn for the children. Refreshments will be served from 10.30am.

Choir concert

On Friday April 5 at 7.30pm, there will be a concert in St Mark’s Church by 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 contact (01723) 369668.

75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of St Mark’s Church. 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.


WI meeting

The ladies of the WI had to sing for their supper on Tuesday March 5 in the village hall and after a rousing chorus of Jerusalem they were duely rewarded withe a steak pie and pea supper which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Following supper shreiks of laughter and the rolling of dice could be heard as we continued the evening with a few games of beetle. It’s surprising how many different shapes of beetles there are! We had a lovely walk around the snowdrops at Burton Agnes a little on the cold side but well worth the visit and we all warmed up with a delicious bowl of homemade soup in the cafe. The next Derwent Valley social is at Ebberston on Tuesday March 26 when John Flaxton the head gardener from Castle Howard will talk to us. The next meeting is on Tuesday April 2 when Ros Dyson will tell us all about the Christmas shoeboxes, come along and join us even if it is only for the one visit you will be made most welcome.

Parish council

West Ayton Parish Council took place in the Methodist Church Rooms. In attendance were Cllr M Baines, chairman, Cllr S Garbutt, Cllr Y Craig-Lawrence, Cllr P Hutchinson, Cllr M Jay-Hanmer, Cllr M

Almond, clerk Mrs M Walker and P Suggitt from Derwent Valley Bridge Library. Also present for part of the meeting County Cllr D Jeffels and Sgt G Bilton. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr AL Cussons. The chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Mr Michael Almond made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office in front of the Proper Officer and was duly co-opted onto the West Ayton Parish Council and welcomed by everyone. Minutes of the last meeting of February 11 were approved, following correction of one typing error and signed by the chairman.

Public Forum. Cllr Craig-Lawrence reported the faulty street light which was recently replaced had still not been connected. The clerk was directed to report this to NYCC. The chairman requested item 14 be taken next and this was agreed.

Following a discussion between the councillors and Mr P Suggitt representing the library, it was resolved that the sum of £100 pa would be paid by the West Ayton Parish Council in perpetuity to DV Bridge Library in memory of Pat Almond.

This fund would be used to provide a service specifically for children, and linked with poetry/reading/music.

Reports. Information was received from the Police and Crime Commissioner. A written police report had been received and circulated and Sgt Bilton spoke about it explaining the crime statistics and the on-going work being undertaken to monitor speeding and parking problems in the village. There were no questions. The chairman thanked him for attending and he left the meeting at this point. Clerks report. Correspondence received: From borough council, Letter re designation of green spaces requesting information from the council. The clerk informed councillors that this information had been completed by the chairman and submitted to borough council Planning Dept last year. It was resolved that Cllr M Jay–Hanmer would make enquiries about this matter to Planning Dept. Other correspondence included an Invitation to the borough council Big Thank You Awards on April 11 the Spa. From NYMNPA: Confirmation of the Order relating to Bridleway 4 West Ayton at KimlinSlack. From NYCC: Information about North Yorkshire Timber Routes. Notification of the discontinuation of the Scarborough Transport Forum. Information about Street Link. All information was placed in the circulation folder for members to access.

Planning. Three planning applications were received: NYM /2013/007/TN for the Installation of a telecommunications cabinet on Pickering Road by Openreach. The council had no objections to this application. NYM /2013/0069/FL The installation of Upvc windows, door and garage door and guttering at 10, Yedmandale Road. The council had no objections to this application.

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 no EN/12/00327/ BOC. There was still no update on this matter.

In response to the query from the council about the Station House and the proposed review of the Conservation Boundary. Information was received from E Freedman, the Building Conservation Officer at NYMNPA: The consultant who will produce the draft conservation area appraisal has now been appointed and is Woodhall Planning and Conservation from Leeds. Maintenance works in the village. 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. No response was received from NYCC Highways Dept to the complaint about the erosion of the bank in Yedmandale Road. No response was received to the letter sent to Mr Pig about the erosion of the verge outside his property in Garth End Road.

Four quotes for the tree work in the village were tabled for consideration, one for £1020, two for £1750 and one for £2,355. It was resolved the quote £1020 be accepted. The clerk was directed to check with borough council tree officer for approval of the work on the trees near the Weir and Carr Lane, Hall Garth Lane and Garth End Road to be undertaken.

The Draft Newsletter was approved. It will be delivered to every property in the village by Basics Plus and it will be posted on the website.

The Draft Agenda for the Annual Parish Assembly was approved. Feedback from the last Friends of Ayton Castle Group meeting was given by the chairman. Work on site is expected to take three months. The next meeting will be held on April 29 at 1pm at Ye Olde Forge Valley Inne.

The Best Kept Garden Competition was reviewed. It was resolved there will be two categories: Best Front Garden and Best Hanging Baskets/Containers with first, second and third prizes awarded in each category.

The date of the next meeting will be May 13 when the annual council meeting will be held at 7.30pm followed by the ordinary meeting and will be held in the library. This report is based on the draft minutes of the meeting.

YCA meeting

The Ayton branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association met in Ayton Village Hall. The chairman, Mrs Jean Oxley, welcomed members. She read a letter from the Phoenix Drama Group about their next production at the YMCA and then reminded members of details from the newsletter. The annual meeting to be held at Askham Bryan College on May 1. Volunteers are needed to help man the stalls at the Great Yorkshire Show in July. The need to keep items that can be sold at the fundraising event at St Crux Church in York in September. The Ebor Ruggers exhibition in April. The Pearl Anniversary event aboard the Wensleydale Railway to Redmire with lunch included and it is hoped a coach will be available to take members to Leeming for this event. There are two holidays planned, one to the Czech Republic and one to Scotland. Then Mrs Oxley introduced the speaker, Glenys Rowe, who gave a talk on her life as a market trader. She started by telling the meeting she had been a market trader for very close to 25 years and had traded at a number of outdoor markets in the West Riding before moving into a permanent place at one of the Bradford Markets. She had been made redundant and decided to become her own boss and since she has always been a very keen needlewoman selling haberdashery seemed the right thing to do.

She would have to get up at 5.30am to travel to which ever market she was trading at that day, then would not get home again till 6.30pm having to load and unload her vehicle each time. Wind could bring down stalls, bitter cold could keep people away and if the market was not declared shut for the day and the trader did not turn up, they still had to pay half the fee for their stall. Glenys then told the meeting a number of amusing anecdotes about her customers, those coming to buy things such as fringing, lace or buttons and not having any idea of how much they needed and expecting the stall holder to know.

Some customers asked for things that did not exist like tartan sewing cotton and things that the customer couldn’t name so the best thing was ask ‘What does it do?’ She once looked after a baby while running her stall. The market traders took part in fundraising for local charities and dressed up, Glenys made herself a Christmas tree costume. It was a very interesting and comical talk and a vote of thanks was given by Mrs Barbara Hird. Tea and scones were served to members.

The next meeting on April 8 will be slides of Old Ayton presented by Geoff Derrington. Everyone is welcome to join the meeting.

Community centre

Despite the poor weather a good crowd gathered for bingo. Dorothy sold the bingo books and Vera called the numbers. Betty was in charge of the raffle. Lill brought her birthday cake to share with tea in the interval and birthday honours were sung to her. Everyone had a raffle prize. Residents enjoyed a fish, chip and peas supper, followed by strawberry gateau and tea, organised by the committee ladies. Thanks to Darrel (the warden) for bringing the fish and chips, also to Joyce and Ted for doing all the shopping. After supper everyone played bingo.

Methodist church

The Rev Mark Haynes was the preacher for the Sunday morning service at Ayton Methodist Church. In his sermon he spoke about giving without counting the cost, citing the Gospel story about the woman who anointed Christ’s feet with expensive perfume. Although criticised by the disciples for her action, the woman had given all to worship Jesus in this special way. Helen Higgs read from St Luke’s Gospel and the stewards were Helen and Keith Higgs. Walter Cash gave out the hymn books. Following the service refreshments were served by John France. The preacher next Sunday will be Mr Norman Clark.

BRIDGE Library

Easter decorations made and organised by the volunteers are displayed in the children’s section of the library. There are some Easter chicks and rabbits to buy – all with a surprise filling! The Easter coffee morning will be on Wednesday March 27 10.30am–12.30pm and will include the Easter Draw at 12pm. We would love to see you there so come along and bring a friend, a family member or your children.

We are very grateful to the staff at the SPAR in East Ayton who are going to spend the Easter weekend in fancy dress, fundraising on our behalf. The shop provides a service to the whole of the Derwent Valley and beyond and to tourists visiting the area so if you are visiting the SPAR please give generously.

We have lots of new books on a whole range of subjects both fiction and non-fiction, so if you haven’t been to the community library for a little while now is the time to pay a visit.

A new local history group is starting up, using the BRIDGE as its base. The first meeting is on Wednesday March 20. If you are interested please contact the library on (01723) 863052.

The BRIDGE will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday March 27 and will re-open at 10am on Tuesday April 2. This is to fit in with the Easter opening hours of the County Council Library Service which provides us with support during our opening hours.

Country dancing

The class in English Country Dancing continued in the village hall at East Ayton. The class is now closed until after Easter, and will resume on Tuesday April 9 at 7.30pm. Anyone who would like to learn country dancing will be most welcome, as the class not only runs to teach dancing, but is also a great social atmosphere to live music.


Probus club

At the meeting on March 14 the group had an informative talk from John Fawcett of Scarborough reminiscing about his time, for over 20 years, as secretary to the mayor of Scarborough. Probus Club are not a fundraising body but, when they have some spare money in the kitty, they try to support village organisations and at their last meeting voted to make a small contribution to the Hunmanby Drama Club towards new staging equipment. On March 28 it is the annual lunch at Wrangham House, and on April 11 they look forward to hearing from Robert Fields on ‘Whiskey Galore’. New members are very welcome at 10am in Cross Hill Methodist Church.

Spring cafe

The cafe is now open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday between 10am-3pm.

Camera club

The subject of the competition on March 12 was Yorkshire. John Henderson had a clean sweep in the digital image section with first, second and third. Well done to him. In the print section Neil Womersley had first and second places and David Lowe was third. The next competition is Image and Print of the Year, the winning image and print is chosen from the year’s winning entries. This competition is on Tuesday March 26 and new members are very welcome at Hungate Court.

Methodist church

The service on Sunday is a United service with All Saints at Cross Hill Methodist Church, the preacher is Mrs Christine Southerby. 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. Evensong is at 6pm this Sunday.


Meeting cancelled

Muston Parish Council would like to apologise for the cancellation of their March parish meeting. Unfortunately Helen Carter, parish clerk, has had an accident.

Monday club

The next meeting is on Monday April 8, the subject is ‘Gardens and Gardening’, the speaker is Paul Robinson. Meetings take place in the village hall at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are welcome.

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 on the church notice board.


Sing for fun

Members of the singing group met for the monthly session at the community centre and enjoyed an afternoon of singing popular songs from musicals, and some traditional Old English songs. The group will meet again on Wednesday April 10, from 2- 3.30pm, and new members will be very welcome. The fee is £2 which includes refreshment. Shirley Holdsworth is the pianist/conductor and can be contacted on (01723) 582926 for enquiries.

T’ai chi

Serenity reigned at the community centre when Angela Wood, a qualified Black Jacket teacher, led the Monday morning class with explanations of the moves and breathing exercises practised.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre with Bryan Coomber and Janet McNamara as callers and cashiers. The checkers were Margaret Rogers and Christine Hastie. Refreshments were served by Sharon Craggs and Sylvia Ambridge. A raffle run by Audrey Morgan was won by Dorothy Dawson , Joyce Evans and Ann Lowe. Everyone welcome at 7.15pm on Mondays to join in this pleasant social event.

Ladies club

The monthly meeting was held at the community centre when chairman Moira Audsley welcomed members and introduced the speaker, Rachel Jenkinson, author of ‘It Happened to Me’, a humorous life story, who was making a return visit to the club by special request.

Rachel regaled her audience with stories of the highs and lows of growing up in Scarborough’s fishing community with memories of skeining mussels and baiting lines, of lifeboat dramas, of her young love trials for the handsome young fisherman, Colin, whom she eventually married on her 18th birthday and how, on his retirement, they achieved their dream of building a half-size replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour to sail out of Whitby as a passenger boat.

The renowned Maggie Mainprize, MBE, was her mother and Rachel recalled the origins of the Fishermen’s Wives Society which started with the spontaneous idea of a few friends to leave a gift of Christmas provisions on the doorsteps of six local needy people and it progressed to a charity raising thousands of pounds to buy equipment for Scarborough Hospital.

Laughter reigned throughout the evening, especially when Rachel told of the family’s experiences when attending Buckingham Palace after a night at The Savoy.

Maggie Mainprize, overwhelmed by the occasion after receiving her MBE award from the Queen who, to her amazement, apparently knew all about her work, turned her back on the Queen and walked away. Then, suddenly realising her faux pas, Maggie returned to the Queen, curtseyed and withdrew backwards. The Queen led everyone in laughter. Beneath the humour and the self-effacement in her talk members caught a glimpse of one of Scarborough’s treasures and a heartfelt show of thanks was given.

Refreshments were served by Mary Weller, Lesley Metcalfe and Karan Rogers and the raffle winners were Pat Hartley, Rachel Jenkinson, Sandra Buttner, Gill Moss, Brenda Martin, Susan Crookes and Jill Coupland.


WI meeting

The speaker at the meeting on March 14 was Sue Woodall whose talk, “Ladies in Pigs”, was actually a cookery demonstration, showing dishes made with pork (using Red Tractor branded meat). A vote of thanks was given by Val Judge. Minutes of the February meeting were read by Jenny Patterson and a financial report was given by Anne Arnott. A presentation of flowers was made to member Kath Sutcliffe who will celebrate her 100th birthday before the next meeting. A letter of thanks was received from the Rainbow Centre for goods received. The WI are having a table at the table top sale on Sunday March 24 at the village hall, there will be hot cross buns at 10am on Good Friday at Elaine Bramley’s, price £2, and a concert in St Mary’s at 7pm on April 6 featuring a choir from Shropshire. Tickets are £5. Competition winners for an ornamental pig were Sylvia Wastling, Anne Arnott and Deidre Sell. Next month’s guests on April 11 are V Morgan and V Henson, who will give a spinning demonstration, and the competition is for a knitted item.

Snake Davis

This Saturday will see and hear Snake Davis, the renowned musician, live on stage at Burniston Village Hall as part of his ‘Burdon of Paradise’ tour. The entertainment starts at 7.30pm , doors open at 7pm, licensed bar available, entry fee at the door.

Bowling club

A healthy turn out of members and new members registered for the 2013 season at last Saturday’s signing on session. The Ladies’ Captain, Joy Calder, together with John Punter, Men’s Captain, were in attendance to welcome everyone and encourage them to enrol for the various teams and club competitions. Two carpet bowls mats were utilised and there will be more carpet bowls on Thursday March 21 and Saturday March 23 for members to get some pre-season practice.

The green will be opened on Saturday April 6 at 2pm.

Table top sale

The final table top sale before the summer break takes place on Sunday March 24 from 2-4pm in the village hall. Tables can be reserved by contacting Mr Oulton on 870706. Free admission, refreshments available.


St Mary’s

On Sunday March 17 there was a BCP service of Holy Communion at 9.30am conducted by the vicar. The first lesson, from Isaiah was read by Michael Goode, and the Gospel, from St John, by Rosemary Skelton. At 10.15am, Cafe Refresh was presented by the Sunday School, now known as the Sunshine Sunday Club. The theme for the morning was Noah’s Ark, and it was led by Rosemary Oliver. There was a quiz, ‘How well do you know the animal kingdom?’ with questions set by the children. They sang two songs ‘Have you seen the pussycat’ and ‘Mr Noah’. Rosemary Oliver told a story about Noah’s Ark, and the children told not so well known facts about animals. Emily and Charlotte led prayers and the vicar pronounced a final blessing. The mothers of the Sunday Club members served refreshments and the music was by Mike Lester, David Oliver and Thomas Todd. There was also a Traidcraft stall. This Sunday there will be a Holy Communion at 10am.

Mothers Union

The meeting on March 13 opened with the singing of the hymn, ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’. Branch leader Audrey Berry then introduced the speaker, the Rev Sam Foster, who talked about the Eastfield Project - the purchase and refurbishment of the Old Vicarage at Eastfield, which will be a help centre for people with various problems, such as debt, teenage pregnancy and lack of food. In place of the usual tea and biscuits there was a birthday cake for Kath Sutcliffe who celebrates her 100th birthday shortly. Afterwards there was a short business meeting.

Next month there will be a social afternoon instead of a speaker.


Whist drive

Mrs Pam Thompson, organiser of the whist drives held in the village hall since May 2012, wishes to thank everyone that attended, supported, donated prizes and bric-a-brac, and assisted with refreshments to make the series enjoyable. The money raised in total was £660.16 and donated to the Great North Air Ambulance. The next series of whist drives will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month, and in aid of day care and evening clubs held at Mencap, Brookleigh, Scarborough, for adults with learning difficulties. At the recent whist drive held during February in aid of Mencap, the winners were: 1 Bill Calvert, Veda Poole, Richard Souter, Mavis Scott; 2 John Calam, Philip and Jean West.

Winners of the raffle were: Ernie Stear, Carol Dickinson, Jackie Bielby, Jean Bowles, Sarah Wardle, Jim Craggs, Eric Richardson, Mavis Scott, Debbie Cooke.


Quiz time

The quiz ‘change a letter’, run by Sue Pollard, has raised £125 for the Sherburn Garden Club run by Margaret and Steve Walker. The winner was Vickie Newey from Derbyshire. Sue’s new quiz, ‘quiz collection’ in aid of Filey Bowls Club is now available.

Email Sue on suedenym@btinternet.com if you would like a copy or alternatively write to Sue at 29,Elm Grove,Sherburn,Malton YO17 8PF, including £1 and a SAE. Sue has done several of these quizzes for many local charities and the organisations concerned are very grateful for all her efforts.

Village show

The third Sherburn Village Show will be held at the village hall on Sunday August 18. The annual potato competition is underway again and potatoes are on sale now. Please see the community noticeboard for details of the competition and where to get your potatoes. The village show committee would like to express sincere thanks to Sue Pollard who has donated £125 to their funds which was the result from one of the quizzes she organises.

St Hilda’s

There will be a service of Holy Communion (common worship) on Palm Sunday March 24 at 9.15am. This will be led by the Rev Simon Wright. The School’s Easter service will be held in St Hilda’s Church on Wednesday March 27 at 2.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Weekly draw

Playing Field Association Draw results: £75 59 Trevor Pickard, £50 116 Ade Pickard, £25 103 Mrs Rita Worthy.

Methodist news

The morning service of Holy Communion for Passion Sunday, the fifth in Lent, was led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark. The steward was Mrs Elizabeth Aconley, the organist Mr Chris Cade, the welcomer Mrs Jean Brown and the audio visual was prepared by Mr Norman Clark. The Lent Liturgy was read by Mrs Ruth Heron and India and Kiara planted passion flowers in the Easter garden to remind us of the terrible agonies that Jesus suffered for us. The Gospel lesson from the book of John read by Liz Aconley told the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet at Bethany. The Rev Elizabeth told us how God’s love for us was so extravagant and so our love should be for Him. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things as Mary did when she anointed Jesus’ feet with the expensive nard perfume. There was a meditation entitled, ‘Extravagance’. Mrs Kim Canterbury was the communion steward and assisted the Rev Elizabeth as we all took communion together. After worship we enjoyed refreshments in the hall. At the beginning of May the chapel is to take part in a circuit flower festival at Burniston Chapel. A bowl has been placed on the coffee table after worship so that anyone who wishes may leave a small contribution towards the cost of flowers for this.

Family Cinema Club: A good gathering enjoyed the film ‘Free’ . This was organised by Chris and Sandra Cade. The tuck shop was available as usual and a happy time was enjoyed. The next Family Cinema Club will be on Saturday April 20 at 6pm and all are invited.

The hostess at the Tuesday coffee morning from 10-11.30am was Mrs Kim Canterbury and the kind donations for coffee continue to be for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The Rev Elizabeth led the Evening Prayer for Lent and this was followed by the Bible Fellowship led by Mrs Janet Magee.

Messy Church will be held on Saturday March 23 when we will be learning about Easter. Meet for tea at 4.45pm. The service for Palm Sunday March 24 at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Margaret Crofts.

YCA meeting

Twenty fours members attended Sherburn branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association meeting held at Sherburn Village Hall on the March 13. Mrs Lucy Downs, Clarins representative, gave a very informative demonstration and talk on skin care and make up. Mrs Christine Ashton acted as model, and the two formed an amusing double act. All Clarins products are based on skin care and are hypoallergenic. Mrs Ashton felt ready for a night on the town after her beautifying. Mrs Stephenson, chairman gave the vote of thanks. The Scarborough area lunch being organised by Weaverthorpe branch will take place on April 18 at the Expanse Hotel, Bridlington. Thirty members will be attending and a coach has been arranged, the branch will be sharing the coach with members from Rillington branch. When members use their own cars for transporting other members to venues it was agreed unanimously that a charge of £3 will be levied plus a share of any parking fees. This is to recognise the increasing fuel costs.

The summer outing was discussed; Mrs Pat Woodley brought a wide choice of venues. It was decided a final choice will be made next month when more members will be present. The choice will be between a day out in Skipton or a visit to Lotherton Hall.

Correspondence was read out from Central Office, plus YMCA Phoenix Drama, and an invite to attend Sherburn Parish Assembly. The Easter Bonnet competition was won by Mrs Barbara Grice, other competitors were Mrs A Holdsworth, Mrs A Oulton and Mrs B Flinton, the ladies modelled their hats at members request.

The raffle was won by: Mrs Christine Pickard, a basket of fruit, and Mrs Shirley Hall won a box of chocolates. The hostesses for the evening were Mrs Sue Mennell, and Mrs Edith Harrison.

The next meeting is the annual meeting on April 19. The following meeting on May 8 is open to guests and new members at Sherburn Village Hall, 7pm. Mrs Wendy Barker, a retired prison officer, will be giving a talk.


Brushstrokes outing

Members of Seamer Brushstrokes art group had an outing on Friday to the Hepworth Gallery at Wakefield, an opportunity to extend their art studies to sculpture and creations inspired by Barbara Hepworth. Also currently on exhibition is figurative work by Alice Channer and two- and three-dimensional collage creations by Linder Sterling.

Parish council

Seamer Parish Council has expressed sadness at the closure of Seamer Stores, on Main Street. At the council’s March meeting, at Crossgates Community Centre, councillors commented on the excellent and quality service which had been given to residents by Steph and Dave Somers over the years they had run the shop and thanks were expressed for their input into the community.

Thanks were also expressed to Balfour Beatty in recognition of a donation regarding the pipe-laying work which the company has been carrying out in the village. The donation will be used to buy a seat for The Green.

After receiving a report on the work recently undertaken by Scarborough Council in relation to the site off the B1261 Seamer-Crossgates road, which is used by travellers during the horse fair, it was decided to invite all borough councillors to visit the site during the fair and also to request a CCTV camera be installed at The Green during the fair. A similar level of policing of the village as was provided last year is also being sought.

On the question of committee structure, the council appointed Cllr R Murphy as a third member of the Planning and Environment Committee and Cllr S Somers as a third member of the Lighting and Highways Committee. Consideration of appointing a fourth member of all committees was deferred. A community fund grant of £265 towards repair costs is to be made to St Martin’s Church.

Present: Cllr WH Smith, chairman, and Cllrs A Ingham, K Mallender, D Morrison, R Murphy, DE Raine and S Somers, five members of the public and the clerk, Mr A Spencer. The next meeting of the parish council will be at the Memorial Hall, Seamer, on Tuesday April 9, from 7pm. All local residents are welcome to attend.

Methodist church

The Passion Sunday service at Seamer Methodist Church was taken by the Rev Dr Robert Whitfield who spoke of how Lent is a time for journeying as Jesus was on his journey to Jerusalem walking the way of the cross to give himself totally for us. The service began with the Lenten elements placed on the cross by Kath Baker. Doreen Lawson was the organist, Margaret Neave, who also took the collection, was the welcomer, and Bert Blower was the vestry steward. Bob Jackman gave a Bible reading from Isaiah and Brenda Whitfield gave a reading from John.

The Rev Martin Calver will be the preacher at 10.30am on Palm Sunday, and there will also be a joint service with St Martin’s Church at 3pm.

St Martin’s

The Rev Richard Firth led a common worship holy communion service at St Martin’s Church on Passion Sunday, when the theme was recognising the God who is there. In his sermon the Rev Firth spoke about Jesus being revealed as the Son of God. Kate Middleton gave a Bible reading, Jo Thompson assisted with the chalice and Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard. Jean Bell and Doreen Livesey were sidespersons.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led and preached at a later modern worship service with the Sunday Club. Emily Hewitt spoke about the previous day’s New Wine women’s event in Harrogate, attended by 2,000 women including several members of the congregation, and Jean Fiedler read the passage from John about Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet.

John and Sue Grice (guitars) led the sung worship with Jenny Bland (clarinet), Steve Raetigg (keyboard), Neville Wright (guitar) and John Taylor (drums). Emily Hewitt and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club. Val Goddard was the sidesperson and Linda Murray served refreshments.

On Sunday there will be a common worship holy communion service at 9.30am, a modern communion service at 11am and a joint service with members of the Methodist Church at 3pm followed by a walk through the village.

Donations towards flowers to enhance the Easter celebrations will be much appreciated.

Road safety call

North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department is being asked to provide a pedestrian crossing at Crossgates. The call has come from County Cllr David Jeffels following a surgery meeting he held at the area’s community centre on Saturday. “Crossing what was the old A64 road is hazardous for people of all ages - the younger generation reaching bus stops in the morning to get to school, and older people during the day. The road carries a great deal of traffic especially heading to the companies on the Scarborough Business Park at Eastfield as well as people heading to the town and elsewhere from the Crossgates area.”

Cllr Jeffels added that, while he hoped the scheme could be included in the highways programme, it may be some time before it could be carried out because of the considerable budget cuts the county council is experiencing at present.

Recorder group

Jenny Bland is starting a recorder group on Wednesdays at 5.30pm in the Church Room, Main Street. All are welcome to attend, and further information can be obtained from Jenny on (01723) 867822.

Easter 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.

... and Christmas plans

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.

Juke box gala

Seamer Sports Association and Scarborough Football Club are combining to organise a juke box gala night at the association’s clubhouse off Pasture Lane on Easter Saturday, March 30. Records from the Seventies onwards will be available for selection from 7.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Funds raised will be shared by the association and the football club.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Pupil concert

The music students of Frank James will be presenting their annual concert this year on Good Friday in Staintondale Village Hall at 6.30pm. Admission is free, but there will be a collection. The concert will raise money for the charity CLIC Sargent (Cancer and Leukemia in Childhood).

Jumble sale

The jumble sale on Saturday at Staintondale raised £194 for village hall funds, with more money to come from the sale of some left-overs.

Point to point

The annual Point to Point of the Staintondale Hunt will be held on Easter Monday at Charm Park, Wykeham. The first race will be at 1pm. Homemade refreshments will be on sale and there is to be a licensed bar. Bookmakers will be in attendance. There is an entry fee, under-16s free.

Educational charity

In 1980, the former village school in Staintondale was authorised to be sold by the Charity Commissioners and a body of local trustees. The proceeds of the sale were to be invested for young people resident in the neighbourhood of the parish of Staintondale. This investment is now held in the name of the charity, jointly by the trustees and the Charity Commissioners. The trustees are responsible to apply the said income “in promoting the Education, including Social and Physical Training of persons under the age of 25 years who are resident in the Parish of Staintondale, or the neighbourhood thereof”. The original trustees drew up the boundaries of the area considered to be the “neighbourhood”, and these are set out in detail, with a map, in an information leaflet which is obtainable from post offices. This area actually extends both north and south beyond the Staintondale Civil Parish Council boundary, and reflects the catchment area of the former school. It is basically the area bounded by the coast from Stoupe Beck to Hayburn Wyke and inland to the A171 Scarborough to Whitby Road.

Applications should be made in writing by young persons under 25 years of age who live within the qualifying area, setting out why they feel they may be eligible for a grant.

The kind of requests that might be considered could include outward bound courses, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, vocational projects, travel in connection with university courses, specialised training in sports and athletics, “one off” camps, jamborees and international gatherings under the auspices of recognised groups, personal projects, help with the cost of books, and essential equipment for university or further education courses. Any other similar requests will be sympathetically considered. For further information pick up the leaflet from the post office, or ring the secretary, Bruce Normington, on 870758.

Church service

This Sunday there will a service of Holy Communion which will be taken by the Rev Liz Kitching. This will be followed by a lunch. Donations will be kindly received towards a leaving present for the vicar, who retires on Easter Sunday. On that day she will take services in all her churches, finishing at Cloughton at 6.30pm. A leaving party will be held in Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall on Sunday April 7 commencing at 5pm. Bring and share food requested, please.

A rehearsal for the 6.30pm Taize service at Cloughton on Good Friday takes place tomorrow, also at 6.30pm in Cloughton Church.

St Mark’s Church Newby will be showing Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of Christ at 6.30pm this Sunday. All are invited, but please note that it is legally restricted to over 18s only.


Pop in club

Seventeen Snainton and Brompton residents met in Snainton Village Hall on Tuesday March 12 for the fortnightly Pop In. Coffee and biscuits were served by Christine Robinson and Jo Lawrance followed by lunch of liver and bacon casserole with root vegetables, mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage and peas. Followed by blackberry and apple strudel with custard. The next Pop In will be held on Tuesday March 25.