District Diary

Thursday March 28, 2013


St Mary’s

Palm crosses were given to worshippers as they arrived for the 10am service of Holy Communion for Palm Sunday, conducted by the vicar. The first lesson, from Isaiah, was read by Rosemary Skelton, the second, from Philippians, by Michael Goode, and the Gospel from St Luke, by Caroline Lester.

Intercessions were led by Audrey Berry, and the vicar’s sermon was about the meaning of Palm Sunday. Sunday Club was held at the vicarage as the hall was unavailable. Before the service began, the vicar presented a faith badge to Brownie Emily Staveley. Easter Day services begin at 5.45am with a sunrise service at Ravenhall. Following that there is a family Easter service at 9am at St Hilda’s, Ravenscar, a Holy Communion service at 10am at St Peter’s, Hackness, 3pm at St Margaret’s, Harwood Dale, and 6.30pm at St Mary’s. These will be the vicar’s last services before her retirement. On Good Friday there is a Taize service at St Mary’s at 6.30pm. On April 7 there is to be a ‘bring and share’ farewell to Liz party at the village hall at 5pm.

Looking forward to May, a concert is planned at Burniston on May 3 with Mark Gay and the Singing Vicars.


Good Friday film

The award winning film Brave will be screened in the village hall at 7.30pm tomorrow. The doors open at 7pm, the admission charge is £5 for all.

Snake Davis

A packed audience were treated to a polished and thoroughly entertaining range of music at last Saturday’s performance by Snake Davis and his support trio. More live music nights are currently being planned for the future.


Church services

Church services over Easter are as follows: At the Church of the Holy Nativity in Westway today there will be a service led by the Rev Waring at 7pm with stripping of the altar. On Saturday there will be the usual Easter Saturday service starting at 7pm and led by the Rev Waring, with the lighting of the new fire and blessing and lighting of the pascal candle, and on Easter Sunday there will be a Holy Communion service led by the Rev Sam Foster, and this takes place at 10.30am.

At the Roman Catholic church, most of the services will take place at St Mary’s in Filey. The Mass of the Lord supper, followed by stripping of the altar and the transfer of the blessed sacrament to the altar of repose will begin at 7pm. Tomorrow the service of the Passion of the Lord and Holy Communion will be at 3pm at St Mary’s, and the vigil mass of Easter will be at Filey on Saturday at 7pm with the lighting and blessing of the new fire, the lighting of the pascal candle and blessing of the water with renewal of baptismal vows. There will be a family mass at St George’s, Moor Lane, on Easter Sunday at 9am. There will also be holy mass of Easter at 8.30am in St Edwards, Avenue Victoria, Filey Road.

Easter closing

The Post Office in High Street will be closed all day tomorrow and all day on Easter Monday, but will open again as usual on Tuesday morning.

The Library and Information Centre will be closed all day tomorrow and Easter Monday, and will also open again at the usual times on Tuesday April 2.

Pop in club

Members of the Pop In Club enjoyed browsing the table top; and bring and buy stalls when they met in the community centre on Tuesday. They also took part in a raffle organised by Norma Rogers and enjoyed a three-course lunch which was prepared and cooked by the resident chef, and served by Judy Fox and helpers. After lunch each member was presented with a small Easter gift before leaving for home.

Stepney and 

Plaxton court

Following the Easter coffee morning and cake stall held yesterday there will be a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion in the lounge from 10.45-11.45am today. Residents and visitors will be very welcome. Coffee before the service and lunch afterwards can be purchased from the café.

St Luke’s

There will be a quiet, reflective service tomorrow for Good Friday from 2-3pm called ‘An Hour Before the Cross’. There will be Passiontide hymns, readings, short meditations and times for prayer and meditation. On Easter Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion and praise at 10am. Everyone will be very welcome at both of these services.


Luncheon club

Members of the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club met for their Easter party and enjoyed a roast pork lunch. Afterwards Mrs Janet Magee organised an Easter crossword puzzle quiz which was won by Barbara’s table. It was good to welcome Brian and Kath Moorfoot back following Brian’s illness. Helpers were Mrs Christine Ashton, Mrs Carole Stephenson, Mrs Kim Canterbury, Mrs Angela Holdsworth, Mrs Jean Brown, Mrs Christine Fenwick, Mrs Kay Miles, Mrs Shirley Hall and Mrs Janet Magee. The next meeting is on Wednesday April 17, meet 12.30pm for 1pm. All are welcome and transport within Sherburn village can be arranged if necessary. Contact Christine on (01944) 711294.

Messy church

The whole church family joined together for Messy Church and enjoyed tea together in the chapel hall. Over 50 children and young people plus all the grown ups made for a very busy evening and it was good to see the chapel so full. After tea our opening worship was led by Mrs Christine Sutherby who told us the story of Easter time and we joined in with ribbons, waving them for the Hosanna and snapping them for the crucify. We then draped all our ribbons over James’ arms as he represented the cross. Then we celebrated when Jesus arose and all the ribbons fell to the floor. Then it was time to get messy. We iced egg-shaped biscuits, decorated plastic eggs with a sweet treat inside them, made Easter cards, decorated an enormous cockerel to remember Peter’s denial of Jesus and made key rings with a cross and coloured beads that told the story of Easter. The Rev Elizabeth led the closing worship when we wrote Post-It note prayers and stuck our sad prayers on the cross and our happy prayers on the empty tomb. Thanks to all the Messy Church team who work so hard to give us this lovely, lively worship time. The next Messy Church is on Saturday May 4, meet at 4.45pm for tea.

St Hilda’s

The church celebrated Holy Communion led by the Rev Simon Wright and assisted with the chalice by Barbara Grice, who, with Betty Flinton, also acted as sidespersons. Organist was Martin Monkman and the epistle was read by Barbara Grice. Coffee was served by Anne and Derrick Collier. Holy Communion on Easter Sunday Morning is at 9.15am when 
the preacher will be Rev Quentin Wilson. Everyone welcome.

Methodist worship

The morning worship for Palm Sunday was led by Mrs Margaret Crofts. The steward was Mrs Elizabeth Aconley, the organist Mr Chris Cade, the welcomer Mrs Christine Pickard and the audio visual was done by Mr Frank Crofts. Liz Aconley read the Gospel message from Luke which told the story of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Mrs Crofts spoke about the fickleness of the crowd. A short sketch ‘Crowd Control’ was acted by Liz Aconley and Chris Cade. The children busied themselves colouring in Palm Sunday pictures. After worship we all enjoyed refreshments in the hall. Worship next week on Easter Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Rosie Coles. Please join us to celebrate the Risen Christ.

You are invited to an Agapé meal at the chapel with Holy Communion tomorrow at 6pm. This will include Holy Communion. The rest of Holy Week activities are printed on the chapel notice board.


YCA meeting

On March 6 the 30th annual meeting and social of the Yorkshire Countywomen’s Association (Wykeham branch) took place at Allerston chapel. The chairperson and 16 members enjoyed a lunch cooked by Mary Kemp and dessert and arrangements by vice-chairperson Vivienne Hughes. Chairperson Jane Megginson spoke, after the minutes had been read, about the interesting and varied programme. The last speaker Rachael Jenkinson gave a very humourous resume of her life and fundraising for St Catherine’s Hospice for which she has raised hundreds of pounds. The existing members of the committee were willing to stand again. No-one else was willing to stand on the committee. There was a unanimous vote to retain all existing members. Three quizzes were enjoyed which ended the meeting on a cheerful note. The next meeting will be a 30th anniversary meal at the Cayley Arms, Allerston, on April 10 at 12.30pm for 1pm.


Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Crossgates Community Association will take place in the community centre on Wednesday April 10, at 7pm.

One of the main items of business on the agenda will be to elect members of the committee who will manage the centre for the next 12 months. The meeting will be followed by the usual social get-together with tea, coffee and biscuits. Everyone is invited to attend, with a warm welcome to newcomers.

Safety crossing

Following a Councillor’s Surgery in the community centre County Cllr David Jeffels made an urgent call to the North Yorkshire County council’s highways department to consider providing a pedestrian crossing at Crossgates.

Cllr Jeffels said crossing what was the old A64 near to the community centre is hazardous for people of all ages – the younger generation reaching bus stops in the mornings to get to school, and older people during the day. The road carries a great deal of traffic, especially heading to the business estate at Eastfield, as well as people heading to town and elsewhere from the Crossgates area.

However, while Cllr Jeffels hopes the scheme could be included in the highways programme, it may be sometime before it could be carried out because of the considerable budget cuts county council are experiencing at present.


Parish council

A meeting of the parish council took place on Monday in Sawdon Village Hall. Usual agenda items were discussed including a police report which highlighted the district as continuing to be a low crime area. Several points were raised under the highways item concentrating mainly on the continuing difficulty with potholes at various points in the village. Cllr Jeffels was present and responded with information as to the work of the county council in trying to remedy this problem. During open forum several concerns were voiced about the continuing vacancy of the village shop and the lack of information about the future of the Cayley Arms. Other items raised in open forum included information about the recent community lunch, the continuing renovation work on the Butts, the first edition of the village newsletter and the recent thefts in the church.

The full minutes of the meeting will be displayed on the village notice boards. The next meeting of the parish council will be held in Brompton Village hall on Monday April 15 at 7.35pm.

Gardening club

A Grand Plant Sale will take place on Easter Monday from 10-11.30am in the village hall. Admission £1.50.

Village ventures

The first community lunch/teas day took place on Wednesday last week in Brompton Village Hall. This was organised by the Village Hall Committee with a much wider group of volunteer helpers. It is supported by Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) in an effort to bring people of all ages together at our hall which is acting as a ‘hub’ for the surrounding area. Tess McMahon from RAY attended and the organisers were pleased that there was a really good turn out, especially in this cold weather. A range of refreshments was served at cost and the only criticisms were that we ran out of tomato soup and of cream for the apple pies. The following day a donation of £5 for cream purchase arrived! A book exchange table proved really popular especially as there was a wide range of books in good condition – more will be welcome next month. The session finishes at 4pm so that parents can call in on their way to school. The three-year-old tester approved the soup, loved the homemade animal biscuits, played with the toys and drew with the colouring materials. Feed back is being collected from those who attend to find out what people want and also to use to help with funding.

Village Ventures is on the third Wednesday of every month excluding August and December. The next is on Wednesday April 17 from 12.30pm. All are welcome from Brompton-by-Sawdon and also from nearby villages of the rural area.

Food box appeal

Donations of tins or other food within a three month ‘use by’ date are being collected at the back of All Saints, Brompton, and at other churches in the benefice. These are being taken to the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough for making up into food boxes or helping with meals for those in need. Anyone may contribute.

Easter at All Saints

Egg rolling at Castle Hill starts at 10.30am with the All Age service in church at 11am. Children will be encouraged to make a (musical) noise during the service, and there will be something for them to do during quiet parts. Refreshments will be served at the back of church during the Churchyard Easter Egg Hunt.


Association meeting

Members of the association council held their monthly meeting at the community centre under the chairmanship of Bryan Coomber. Present were Bryan Bolton, vice-chairman, Moira Audsley, membership secretary, Audrey Morgan, Brenda Martin, Audrey Wilson, vice-president, and two members of the public.

The annual meeting will be held on Wednesday April 17, when a new council will be elected. A newsletter will be distributed shortly inviting nominations and giving details of all the current activities at the centre. Members welcomed an increase in the use of the centre for both one-off meetings and long-term bookings, in particular the Sunday craft markets which were about to start. In the absence of a volunteer to fill the vacancy for a treasurer, Mrs Audsley was thanked for offering to cover the post temporarily. Quotations for the re-wiring of the centre are being sought and the chairman reported that the fire extinguisher certificates were up-to-date and an annual inspection in force. Satisfactory progress reports on the groups were given by Mrs Audsley, Ladies Club, Mrs Martin, keep fit, and Mr Coomber, bingo evenings.

Village council

The next ordinary meeting of the council will be on Tuesday April 2 at 6.30pm in the function room of Poacher’s Barn. Residents are especially invited to attend the annual assembly which will follow at 7.30pm when reports of the council’s work and finances over the past year will be given and time allocated for questions and comment.

Ladies club

At its next meeting on Wednesday, at 7.30pm, the speaker will be June Wilkinson with a demonstration of arranging flowers for the home. New members are always welcomed.

Sing for fun

Members of the singing group will meet again on Wednesday April 10, from 2-3.30pm, and new members will be very welcome. Shirley Holdsworth is the pianist and conductor.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre with Bryan Coomber and Moira Audsley as callers and cashiers. The checkers were Margaret Rogers and Barbara Rodgers. Refreshments were served by May Wayland and Barbara Harwood. A raffle was won by Dorothy Dawson, Anita Wilkinson and Sue Johnson. People from all areas will be welcomed at 7.15pm on Mondays to join in this pleasant social event.


Scalby Wives

We certainly had a taste of chocolate on Monday when Rita Leeman came to Wives to talk about her job as a chocolate taster. It was very entertaining and we all enjoyed sampling the various types of chocolate. We discovered that it does not have to be expensive to be good and that different countries and areas have different flavours. We were all pleased to know that chocolate is good for you. We enjoyed tea, coffee and hot cross buns served by Margaret Jefferson, Enid Rourke and Hilary Thraves.

Methodist church

Tonight there will be a joint communion service at Northstead Methodist Church at 7pm. Tomorrow there will be a joint service at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church, both services will be led by the Rev Clare Stainsby.

On Easter Sunday at Scalby Methodist Church the service at 10.30am will be led by the Rev John Dimmock and this service will include the sacrament of Holy Communion. At 6.30pm there will be a United service for Scarborough Methodist Churches at South Cliff Methodist Church which will include singing by the Scarborough Celebration Singers.

Coffee morning

On Saturday April 6, a coffee morning will be held at Scalby Methodist Church to raise funds in support of the annual Scalby Walk whose chosen charity this year is Ellie’s Fund, the Brain Tumour Trust. Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10am to 12 noon and there will be stalls selling home baking and Fairtrade items. Admission is by donation to the charity. Our next meeting is on April 15 when we need to finalise the arrangements for our annual dinner. Susan Bell will be giving a jewellery demonstration.

Charity walk

It is time to get out your walking boots for the 54th Scalby Charity Walk. It takes place on Easter Monday 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 and fancy dress is always encouraged. 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.


WI meeting

Jane Pearce, the federation ambassador for Denman College, was the speaker at the March meeting of Seamer and Irton WI. Her very interesting talk was accompanied by slides of the beautiful building, gardens, accommodation and communal areas at the college, along with information about the development of Denman and the varied courses it runs. Jean Dixon expressed thanks on behalf of everyone who had enjoyed the presentation. The meeting opened with a welcome to members, visitors and the speaker by president Edna Burton. Business matters and correspondence followed.

The Spring Council meeting will be held at the Spa, Scarborough, at 10.30am on Wednesday April 10, when our delegate Jean Dixon will be accompanied by several other members. The Spring Produce Show will be held at Snainton Village Hall on Saturday April 13, entries to be staged 9-10.30am, doors open at 2pm and all are welcome.

Several members attended a pleasant social evening held at Hutton Buscel at which Wykeham and Hutton Buscel formed a choir led by Sue Hartley, who will continue working with a group choir if members of the other WIs in the group would like to join them. Please let Edna Burton know if you are interested.

The first of the Pearl anniversary lunches at the Feathers, Helmsley, was attended by several members and Enid Plevey cut quite a dash in winning the prize for the most tastefully clad Pearly Queen. Thanks were given to Sue Buck, who for a long time has supplied the milk for refreshments at meetings.

Following a request from the Rainbow Centre, in Scarborough, for donations of food for use in the centre, a donation box will be available at meetings for members to give something as and when they can. The Rainbow Centre is holding a concert on April 6 at 7pm at St Mary’s Parish House, Castle Road, Scarborough, entitled All in an April Evening, and all are welcome.

There will be a talk about the Christmas Shoebox appeal at East and West Ayton WI from 7.15pm on April 2 to which all members are invited. Snainton WI are holding a social evening of games and a quiz on April 25 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Phoenix Drama Productions are presenting Dear Charles, a comedy by Alan Melville, at the YMCA theatre, and anyone wishing to attend at 7.30pm on June 12 should contact a member of the committee. On April 20 there will be a coffee morning at Crossgates Community Centre, raising funds for Scarborough Hospital. Donations of homemade cakes will be gratefully received for the WI cake stall.

Raffle winners were 
Mollie Dobson, Jo Thompson, Pat Wallis, Barbara Kendall and Jan Blower. The competition for a handwritten first verse of Jerusalem was won by Sue Buck.

The next meeting will be a visit to Irton Garden Centre at 7.30pm. There will be no competition, but there will be a box for Rainbow Centre donations.

Children’s egg hunt

The Friends of Seamer Village are organising an Easter egg hunt for the children of the village in the grounds of St Martin’s Church, 10am to noon on Easter Monday. All accompanied children will be welcome, and entry is free.

Planning application

Seamer Parish Council has raised no objections to a planning application by Peter Hopper for a proposed rear extension to 16 Burtondale Road, Crossgates, but has asked Scarborough Council to consider the impact of the development on the neighbours at 14 Burtondale Road.

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. 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.

Easter disco

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

Methodist church

The Sunday service at Seamer Methodist Church was taken by the Rev Martin Calvert, who talked about Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem, how it was a deliberate and planned journey as a challenge to the authority at the time. The service started with a palm cross being placed on the Lenten Cross by Jan Blower, and palm crosses were distributed to the congregation. Doreen Lawson was the organist, Bob Jackman the vestry steward and Kath Baker the welcomer. Margaret Neave took the collection, and refreshments were served by Sheila Gray.

On Sunday there will be a breakfast communion at 8.30am followed by the 10.30am service led by the Rev Mary Jackman. The Lenten cross will be thatched with flowers taken by anyone attending.

St Martin’s

The Rev Richard Firth led a common worship holy communion service at St Martin’s Church on Palm Sunday and read the Passion Gospel. Edna Burton gave a Bible reading and accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard and Helen Stevens assisted with the chalice at communion. Clare Firth and Eddie Burton were sidespersons and Enid Plevey served refreshments.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, presided and led the intercessions at a later modern communion service with the Sunday Club. Lay preacher John Worthy preached, drawing a parallel between Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and His desire to enter our hearts.

Mr Worthy also assisted at communion, during which Mary Otway offered anointing and prayer ministry. Steve 
Raetigg (keyboard) led the sung worship with Jenny Bland (clarinet), Neville Wright (guitar) and John Taylor (drums). Paul McWilliams and Elizabeth Bradley ran the Sunday Club. Gwyneth Riley and Elizabeth Bradley served coffee and Val Goddard was the sidesperson.

On Sunday afternoon there was a joint service with members of the Methodist Church and a walk round the village.

Today there will be an agape bring-and-share meal in the church room at 7pm followed by the stripping of the church altar. There will be a Stations of the Cross service 2-3pm tomorrow. On Sunday there will be a holy communion and baptism service at 9.30am, a modern communion service at 11am and a united service at Crossgates Community Centre at 7pm.

School report

Judging of the traditional decorated Easter egg competition at Seamer and Irton CP School will take place today. All entries have to be clearly labelled with name and class, and placed on the desks in the front entrance.

Parents have been thanked for sponsoring and supporting the Red Nose Day activities at the school which raised about £1,200 for Comic Relief.

Pupil Sophie Boddy has been congratulated on coming fourth in the county swimming finals in Sheffield. Mr Hindle has agreed to run some new after-school clubs after Easter, and these will begin with a Y4 Table Tennis Club.


Over 60s

Mrs Margaret Pattison, chairwoman, welcomed 17 members of the Over 60s Club to the weekly meeting held in the village hall. A domino drive was held and the winners were: 1) Mrs V Poole; 2) Mrs A Greenwood; 3) Mrs D Dawson. The raffle organised by Mrs A Butler was won by Mrs V Poole, Mrs A Greenwood, Mrs A Butler, Mrs A Dolevy, L Woodhead, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs J Knight, Mrs N Feather and Mrs D Colwill. Tea and biscuits were prepared by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Donlevy.

The Over 60s Club meets in the village hall every Thursday at 2pm and are always pleased to welcome new members.

Whist drive

A military whist drive was held in Cayton Village Hall and raised funds for the hall. The MC was Bob Cowton and eight tables were in play. Whist winners: 1) Mr & Mrs J Brownridge, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs M Scott; 2) Mrs P Watson, Mrs V Poole, Mrs A Dowson, H Pulford; 3) (cut table) Mrs D Cook, Mrs S Wardle. The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies and the winners included J Calam, Mrs M Burdock, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs B Richardson, Mrs S Wardle, R Warman, Mrs M Scott, Mrs D Cook, P Richardson, B Cowton, L Woodhead, Mrs M Johnson and J Craggs.

The MC thanked everyone for their support and to all those who had helped in any way with the drive. Thanks were also expressed to Trevor, Mick and Ann for the refreshments, raffle and washing up.

In bloom

Cayton in Bloom have arranged some children’s competitions for 2013. The first one is a painting competition of ‘Plants Pots and Snails’ and the winners were Jack Gilbert (aged four) from Cayton Reception Class. Phoebe Philps (aged five) from Rainbows, Gracie Goodall (aged six) from Rainbows and Joshua Watson Wardman (aged seven) from Cayton School. There were four entries in the Design a Flowerbed Competition and the winner of the George Wilson Shield is Arran Garbutt from Cayton School. All the winners will receive their certificates and vouchers on Saturday April 27, at the Cayton In Bloom’s fundraising table top sale in Jubilee Hall. The presentations will take place at 11.30am. All entries to both these competitions will be on display in JW Tindalls workshop window in Main Street from April 5–12, courtesy of John and Carol Tindall.

The Bloom Group are now busily planning their strategy for preparing the parish for the Yorkshire In Bloom competition spring judging which will take place at 10am on Thursday April 11. The route the judges will use has been planned and details will be available shortly. Part of the planning involves litter picking and in this instance a litter pick will be held on Saturday April 6 meeting up in the Jubilee Hall car park at 10am when the required equipment will be available. It is very much hoped that some residents will be able to turn up and help on this occasion and also, residents are asked if they would kindly make sure the front of their properties is clean and tidy in readiness of the judging. If there is anyone willing to help please give Julie Barber, secretary of Cayton in Bloom, a call when further information can be obtained.

Church services

The Easter weekend services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton will be as follows: Tomorrow, 2-3pm Devotions led by the Rev Graham Waring, Easter Day, 9am communion led by the Rev Sam Foster and 6.15pm Evensong led by Alan Courtney, all very welcome to go along.

Methodist service

The Rev Tania Brosnan led the morning service on Palm Sunday in Cayton Chapel. The Lenten symbol of the palm branch was laid at the Lenten Cross by Dorothy Anfield and Sylvia Britton. Jane Allen was the organist, vestry steward was Margaret Welsh and Carolyn Newton was the welcomer. Palm crosses were distributed to the congregation by Dominic Stabler and Eleanor Haigh. At the close of the service a painting of Scarborough’s South Bay was presented to Tania by Margaret Welsh and Christine Feather in recognition of her all too brief ministry in Cayton.

The Easter services in Cayton Chapel begin today, at 6.30pm, with a service of meditation, prayer and holy communion led by the Rev Tania Brosnan. Tomorrow at 2.30pm the Rev Denise Free will lead in the Shadow of the Cross. The 10.30am service on Easter Day will be led by the Rev Nigel Spencer during which Holy Communion will be celebrated. All very welcome to go to any of the services in Cayton Chapel.

Women’s fellowship

Members of the Women’s Fellowship were welcomed to their recent meeting in Cayton Chapel by Vice President Pauline Hemming. The speaker was the Rev Denise Free who told members of her journey through life from being born in Northumbrland to nursing in Barnsley and then her ministry, now in Scarborough, where she is responsible for Filey, Burton Fleming, Hunmanby and Cayton. Refreshments were served by Majorie Hughs and Joan Dunnell.

The Fellowship will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday at 2.15pm in Cayton Chapel when the speaker will be Mrs Ann Kirkman who will talk on ‘To Serbia and Back’. New members are welcome to go along to any of the Fellowship meetings.


Parish assembly

Any group or local organisation which covers the Irton area and wishes to present a brief report to the village’s annual parish assembly is invited to contact the clerk, Dawn Naylor. If they cannot attend the meeting but would wish to give a written report they should send it to the clerk at irtonpc@btinternet.com.

The assembly will be held on Friday April 19 at 7.30pm in Seamer and Irton Memorial Hall.

At the parish council’s January meeting it was decided by four votes to one to raise its 2013-14 funding requirement, including a Scarborough Council grant of £240, to £6,000.


Bangers and mash

There was a good attendance at the latest ‘Bangers and Mash’ lunch held in aid of village hall funds on Saturday. Winners of the raffle were: Mrs A Austin, John Archer, John Calam, Mary Harrison, Rachel Watson and Angela Wilson.

Assisting were Anne Gabriel, Ruth Armstrong, Sam Hiley, Evelyn Oates, Glynis Davies, Madeline De-la-Porte, Paul Gabriel and Edwin Cooper. The next lunch will be held in the village hall on Saturday April 27.


Monday club

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

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Country market

There will be a large variety of stalls on Saturday April 6, at the first country market of the year in Staintondale Village Hall which will open from 10.30am–2.30pm. The market will feature, for the first time, Croft’s Chocolates, all handmade in Scarborough, tempting truffles, chocolate buttons and chocolate stirrers are just some of the items. The Little Cheese and Wine Shop, bringing their range of delicious cheeses, olives, sun dried tomatoes, pickles, sauces and other exciting foods from their shop in North Street, Scarborough. Hillcrest Juices and Cordials made in Suffield, Browns Free Range Eggs. Also in attendance are Granny Lakes Cakes, Barnard’s Bakery, and the always popular fresh vegetable stall. The Porters with their beautiful cards and bird boxes, Lilly Bee with her range of lovely felted gifts and a fabulous woodturning stall. Outside there will be two great stalls for gardeners – Town End Nurseries and Middlewood Willows sculptures. Refreshments will be on sale throughout the day with delicious homemade soups and freshly made sandwiches, and a terrific range of cakes to enjoy with tea or coffee. For further details please contact Pauline Lloyd on (01723) 870160.

History group

Our advertised speaker, Kate Horne, was unable to come and is now re-scheduled for September. Instead, members Jenny Bartlet and Val Russell spoke about research they had done. Jenny talked about the mining of ganister rock on Stoney Marl Moor from 1916 to 1965. Ganister is a sandstone with a lot of silica in it, and is used to make fire bricks with which to line blast furnaces. At first the rock was found “strewn about on the surface in large quantities” according to George Harland who first worked there having had experience before in this field. It was taken across the moor to the edge of the alum quarry at Ravenscar by horse drawn wagons on rails, then down the quarry side by a counter-weighted system on rails to the railway sidings at the brickworks that had been built in the disused quarry. When all the surface stone was removed, the rock was taken out and broken up by use of explosives, also core samples were taken to find the best deposits. ‘Silica Products’ had a lease on the moor from the owner Mr Strickland, and when the brickyard closed they bought it for access to the railway line to get their ganister to Meltham near Huddersfield and Crook in County Durham for processing. At first, rock was taken out of the ground by hand, but then large machines were employed. In 1935 the horse drawn railway across the moor was closed, and the rock was moved out via the A171 by road to the nearest rail connection until mining finished in 1965.

Val spoke about the local militia in the Napoleonic War. She was offered four letters written from Stow Brow in 1813 by the commanding officer, Sunderland Cooke, by Joan Hartley of Northallerton, whose husband had rescued them from a bonfire outside a solicitor’s office when he was a boy. Joan mentioned a book about militia published by the County Records Office which Val sent for. This included information about the ‘Stainton and Fylingdales Sharpshooters’ – the local militia raised in 1809 when the threat of invasion by Napoleon was at its height. The author gave a reference number for paylists for the men, held at the National Archives, of which Val obtained copies. They listed all the men by name and the commandant Sunderland Cooke. Val discovered that Sunderland was the grandson of the fifth Baronet Cooke of Wheatley near Doncaster, and was in charge of the alum works at Ravenscar (then called Peak) – his family had owned the works since its start. The letters described Sunderland’s problems getting his back pay after the militia was stood down in 1811, and struggling with the bureaucracy relating to accounting for the return of government owned rifles. Copies of the paylists have been given to the Fylingdales Local History Group for their archive, since many of the men were residents of Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingthorpe.

On Tuesday April 16, Robin Lidster will be presenting a lantern show of pictures of lifeboats and shipwrecks near Robin Hood’s Bay, 7.30pm at Staintondale Village Hall. Anyone is welcome to come.

Church news

Easter Sunday will be our vicar, Liz Kitching’s, last Sunday around the parish as she takes her retirement, and she will be visiting all her churches in the course of the day. Her day will start on the battlements in the grounds of Raven Hall Hotel at dawn on Easter Sunday morning. Please meet at 5.45am in the car park for a 6am service. This will be followed by a breakfast to be served from 7am in St Hilda’s Church, and a family service at 9am. The vicar will also take services at Hackness at 10am, Harwood Dale at 3pm and Cloughton at 6.30pm. You are also invited to the Taizé service to be held at Cloughton Church on Good Friday evening at 6.30pm.

The vicar’s farewell party will be in Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall on Sunday April 7 at 5pm. Please sign up and contribute to a bring and share meal.

On Easter Saturday Cloughton Cluster’s oldest regular worshipper, Kath Sutcliffe, will be celebrating her 100th birthday at Cloughton Church Hall from 2-4.30pm. This will also be a bring and share meal, but please - no presents.


Parish council

Cllr T Colling, chairman, Phillips vice-chairman, Tomlinson, Beal, Oakden and Suggitt, and Dawn Naylor, clerk, were present at the recent meeting of East Ayton Parish Council. Apologies were received from Cllr Peacock and Cllr Jeffels.

The minutes of the ordinary meeting held on January 8 and the planning meeting held on February 5, as previously circulated, were approved as a true and correct record of the proceedings. The police report had been previously circulated to members. Matters arising concerned sandbag storage. Due to the inaccessibility of the sandbag store, previously discussed, members agreed that the store should be placed on Derwent Green if possible. The clerk will contact the borough council regarding siting the sandbag store on Derwent Green.

Council meeting

Cllr Jeffels previously sent a written report regarding North Yorkshire County Council/Scarborough Borough Council which included the following items: £6,000 is to be spent on repairs to the estate roads, once weather permits, a meeting in May of NYMNPA regarding the planned potash mine and progress being made on the Leisure and Sports Village Scheme. A letter had been received from NYMNPA regarding a Community Forum event trial. Members agreed that the chairman, Cllr Colling will attend in the first instance. Correspondence. A letter from Dial a Ride had been previously circulated to members advising the council of their services. It was agreed to defer this item to the next agenda when Cllr Peacock could attend and discuss the contents. A letter had been received from a resident complaining about the county council clearing the snow from the roads on the Broadlands Estate. The complainant was concerned that residents are clearing their own driveways for them to be blocked by the snow plough. The clerk had received advice from the county council regarding this problem and was advised that the council have a duty to clear roads when/where possible and could not be responsible for keeping driveways clear. Members agreed that the clerk will contact the resident concerned explaining this. Reports from councillors on outside organisations were received from: Cllr Colling Youth Club, YCMCAC, Ayton Jubilee Committee; Cllr Tomlinson YLCA; Cllr Beal Village Hall; Cllr Suggitt Derwent Valley BRIDGE; Cllr Peacock Patient Participation. The annual assembly will take place on April 23 and a speaker from Derwent Valley BRIDGE will be approached to give a talk. Members were asked to give the clerk their reports by the first week in March. It was agreed that Prontaprint will print the booklets and Basics Plus will deliver.

Heritage group

The newly formed Ayton Heritage Group met at the Derwent Valley Bridge Library on March 20. The meeting was arranged to attract new members, and an enthusiastic group from the community attended and expressed an interest. A talk was given on the rich history and heritage of Ayton and the local surroundings, ranging from nearby archaeological remains, to the many various historical aspects of the village itself, including the recent work taking place at Ayton Castle.

The group hopes to carry out small scale local history projects and research, and put on displays at locations within the village. Later, it is intended to have members and guest speakers give topical talks to the wider community.

Whilst being an independent body, the group bases its activities at Derwent Valley Bridge Library (Ayton) where there is access to the local history archive. They would like to develop the archive further, not just for Ayton but also the surrounding villages that the library serves. If anyone has anything of local historical interest, the group would be only too pleased to see it and record it. The group can be contacted through the library on (01723) 863052, and welcomes new members.

BRIDGE library

Come and join in with all the exciting activities that are taking place at Derwent Valley BRIDGE during Easter: Wednesday April 3 and Wednesday April 10, 2-4pm, Storytime on the Magic Carpet (up to seven years) come and enjoy stories, songs, seasonal crafts and pictures; Friday April 5 and Friday April 12, 2-4pm, Story Zone sessions (over eights), Ayton Castle session on Tuesday April 9, 10.30am-12.30pm (over eights) find out about our local castle, learn about battles and how people lived and draw your own coat of arms. Find us on Facebook and keep up to date with all our activities.

Methodist church

The Sunday morning service at Ayton Methodist church was led by Mr Norman Clark. He spoke about Jesus’ walk to death, and the need for deep prayer at this time. The congregation followed the Palm Sunday and Passion stories, narrated by Michael Carter. The stewards were Ann Thompson and Joyce Taylor. Following the service refreshments were served by Ralph and Liz Fieldhouse. On Good Friday morning the congregations of the Methodist Church and St John the Baptist will hold a joint service and walk of witness, starting at the Ayton Methodist Church at 10am.

Community centre

Just a few residents turned up for darts on Tuesday, but it was a fun night. Jenny 2’s team won and Dorothy Poole was top scorer with 79. Bingo on Wednesday was well attended. Dorothy sold and checked the bingo books. Vera called the numbers and Betty was in charge of the raffle. Shortbread and biscuits donated by Phylis were handed round with tea and coffee in the interval. Each member got a raffle price of their choice.


Produce association

The next meeting of Hunmanby Garden Produce Association will be on Tuesday in the community centre at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Richard Benwell from Kilnwick Walled Garden. New members and visitors are very welcome.

Creative writers

The next meeting is today at 2pm at 3 Wentworth Way.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Easter Sunday the preacher is the Rev Denise Free and will be Holy Communion. The service begins at 10.30am

All Saints

Easter services are 8am, 10.45am and 6.30pm and is Holy Communion.


Easter fair

Members of the Boys’ Brigade, 2nd Scarborough Company, are holding a ‘clearance sale’ coffee morning with bric-a-brac and stalls on Easter Saturday. There will be many bargains up for grabs as they prepare to move out of the church premises to allow building work to commence after Easter. The event runs from 10am to noon at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Community Hall, Wreyfield Drive (off Scalby Road). Admission to the event is £1 to include a drink and hot cross bun. Everyone is welcome.

Northstead methodist

Easter Sunday worship at Northstead Methodist Church includes family communion and the dressing of the cross with spring flowers is at 9.45am (please note the change of time from the normal time of 10.30am). It will be followed by cafe style worship at Wreyfield Drive at 11am.

St Mark’s

The 10am Palm Sunday communion service, with the blessing of palms, was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh, and included the reading of the Passion of Christ. Today, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm, which will include the washing of feet. Tomorrow, 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 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.