District Diary

Thursday April 4, 2013


100th birthday

An open day/party was held in the church hall on March 30 to celebrate Kath Sutcliffe’s 100th birthday. More than 75 people attended the celebrations for this most popular lady, who received a congratulating card from the Queen, also a lovely personal letter from the Archbishop of York, who had met Kath previously, wishing her well, congratulating her on her 77 years as a Mothers’ Union member, and thanking her for her lifelong service to the church. The vicar read out Archbishop Sentamu’s letter to the assembled company.

St Mary’s

The vicar’s last service before her retirement was a 6.30pm Holy Communion for Easter, during which she preached about God’s love for us all. Ellenor Bacon read the first lesson from Isaiah, Ros O’Toole read the second, from Acts, and Michael Goode read the Gospel from St John. The music was by Michael Lester and Rosemary and David Oliver. This Sunday there will be a morning service conducted by Ros O’Toole, and there is to be a “farewell to Liz”, bring-and-share lunch party at 5pm in the village hall.


Wandales service

The next public service will be held on Monday at 2.30pm in the Residents Lounge, conducted by Ros O’Toole. Refreshments will be available, and everyone is welcome as usual.

Film night

On Monday at 7pm, the film ‘Lad – A Yorkshire Story’ will be shown in the village hall. The film is a Rural Arts sponsored production and tickets cost £5, pay at the 

Bowling club

The opening of the green for the 2013 season will be at 2pm on Saturday and all members and prospective new members are invited to polish their woods and enjoy the day.


Parish council

Cllr PE Green presided at the recent meeting of the parish council, other councillors in attendance were – P Reeve, A Jeffels, J Heath, J Napthine, J Reeve, C Wilkinson, and District Cllr J Raper. Apologies were received from M De-la-Porte and County Cllr J Sanderson.

It was noted that the tree pack had been delivered and required planting as quickly as possible. Members of the conservation volunteers were to be asked to assist with the planting. The six flower tubs will be delivered when weather conditions improve, and bulbs are to be planted around the village. Early signs would suggest there will be a good display of daffodils on the grass verges on Woldgate. Improvements to the condition of Beacon pond will commence soon. To assist with future development, it was suggested that a Neighbourhood Plan should be created. Investigations are to be made to determine if funding or advice would be available. It was agreed that funding to the value of £552, should be given to the Youth Club, now that details of equipment had been provided. The parish council is to continue paying for hire of the hall for youth club activities.

Following the recent parish assembly, it was agreed that the condition of the street lights should be investigated to determine their effectiveness, and determine if additional lights were required. One area due to visibility problems, was in the vicinity of the A64-B1249 Staxton Hill junction.

Information received from the District Council, indicated that the disused Methodist Church complies with current planning control requirements. Information had been received from county council, relating to grass cutting and the contractor for the 2013 season. An application had been refused for a 50.9 metre wind turbine for Willerby Pig Farms Ltd. Staxton village signs on the north and west approaches are missing, this matter is to be reported to the appropriate authority. Projects that could benefit the community by funding included the youth club, the school green adjacent to the war memorial, and lighting, providing it met with necessary criteria. The fouling of footways by dogs, has been a scourge throughout the village during the dark months of winter. Residents should have no hesitation in reporting irresponsible owners to the dog warden Brian Dunne on (01653) 600666. Mr N Blanchard has been co-opted to fill the vacancy on the parish council.

School news

Following the Easter break the school will reopen on Monday April 15. On Wednesday April 17 and 24 there will be an NSPCC assembly and workshops for Years 5 and 6. It is essential that all children are present from Monday May 13 to May 16 for the end of Key Stage 2, Year 6 tests. Also during May will be a visit to the Barbican Theatre at York for children of Years 3, 4 and 5. Commencing September 2013 the school will open as usual at 8.50am, however it will close at the earlier time of 3.20pm. This will be to enable children that travel by the school bus, to arrive home before darkness falls during the winter months. The lunch time arrangements will remain the same. Parents wishing to discuss the above can do so by contacting the school. Access to the premises during the school day could soon benefit from the erection of additional fencing on the path leading to the office. Visitors during the school day will be required to use the side gate near the school playing field. All other gates will be secured with padlocks between the hours of 9.15am and 3.10pm. 


Fish and chip lunch

The fish and chip lunch sponsored by the Lions was held in the chapel hall. There were also deliveries of a meal to housebound folk in the village. Mr Bill Thompson, Mr Philip Richardson, Mrs Denise Richardson, Mrs Sandra Cade and Mrs Angela Holdsworth were the helpers and organisers. After lunch was the Silver Screen Cinema when we watched ‘Amazing Grace’. This was the last fish and chip lunch until October. Our grateful thanks to the Lions and all who have helped them but a special mention must be made of the lovely puddings Denise has made for us. This has been a lovely opportunity to share a meal and then watch a film. Silver Screen however will be carrying on. This gives an opportunity to come and enjoy watching a film and have a cuppa together. The next Silver Screen will be on Wednesday April 22 at 2pm. All are welcome.

St Hilda’s

St Hilda’s was the venue for the Sherburn C of E School special Easter assembly led by Lay Minister Mrs Barbara Grice. Television news 24 came live to Sherburn with reporters covering the life changing events in Jerusalem. Our reporter spoke to crowds about the Palm Sunday procession telling of the waving of palms and shouting of the crowd.

A report came from Gethsemane telling of Jesus’ arrest. We heard of the crucifixion but there was also the wonderful, but amazing, news of the Risen Christ and the empty tomb. Four wonderful presentations by the children who brought 
alive the story of Easter. After the service the children received not one but two Easter eggs. One was from FOSS (Friends of Sherburn School) and another from the church.

Methodist news

The evening prayer for Lent was led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark and was followed by Bible Fellowship led by Mrs Janet Magee when we continued with our study of the book of James.

The hostess for the weekly coffee morning was Mrs Jean Brown and your kind donations for coffee continue to be given to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. This group meets every Tuesday morning in the chapel hall from 10-11.30am and all are invited to come along.

The chapel is also available for private prayer or to light a candle during this time. The Rev Elizabeth led the Lenten book group as they studied ‘Lent for everyone’ and looked at the readings for the week. Sherburn chapel visited the chapel at Ayton to join in a Taize service led by Mr Norman Clark. As well as the words and music the beautiful display prepared by the Rev Elizabeth gave a wonderful opportunity for reflection. We were able to join in with the singing or just sit quietly taking in the words. A blessed time of refreshment – thank you Elizabeth and Norman for leading this special time.


Life-changing trip

St Martin’s Church member Luke Bland is planning to visit Swaziland in 2015 as a member of a Scalby School party. Luke is 14, and while in Swaziland he will be helping to build a school as well as having the opportunity to go on treks and explore the area. He needs to raise over £2,000 for what he describes as “a life-changing trip”.

He has already raised about £400, with a big contribution coming from a sponsored 44 mile bike ride, Scarborough to Whitby and back. Other things he is hoping to organise include film nights, bring-and-share lunches, table top sales and car washes. A new recorder group has been started by his mother, Jenny Bland, at 5.30pm on Wednesdays in the Church Room, Main Street, Seamer. All are welcome to attend, and further information can be obtained from Jenny (01723) 867822. The sessions are free, but any donations received will go towards Luke’s trip to Swaziland.

Easter egg hunt

Seamer children were busy on Easter Monday taking part in an Easter egg hunt organised by the Friends of Seamer Village in the grounds of St Martin’s Church. There was 
no charge for the event and every child received a free 

Methodist church

On Easter morning at 8.30am members of Seamer chapel were joined by friends from Ayton chapel to celebrate a Holy Communion breakfast led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark. Norman Clark accompanied the singing on the keyboard, and fellowship was enjoyed by all present.

The 10.30am service was led by the Rev Mary Jackman and started with a reading by Margaret Neave after which the Lenten cross was decorated with flowers by members of the congregation. Jim Lawson gave a Bible reading and Margaret Neave took the collection. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Bert Blower and the welcomer Joy Booth.

In her sermon Mary Jackman spoke of how the disciples thought that the crucifixion was the end of their time with Jesus – they didn’t expect the resurrection which revealed to them that Jesus was the son of God. She went on to say how Easter is the day that changed everything - Jesus, the disciples and the world - and gave us a positive future beyond the grave. Refreshments were served afterwards by Mandy Clayton and Kath Baker.

Mrs Muriel Rayner will be the preacher at Sunday’s 10.30am service.

St Martin’s

A Maundy Thursday agape bring-and-share meal in the church room was enjoyed by members of St Martin’s Church, with the traditional stripping of the church altar following. The Rev Richard Firth led a Stations of the Cross service on Good Friday afternoon.

Sunday’s early holy communion service included the baptism by the Rev Firth of his grandson Toby Richard Watson, son of Rachel and Andrew, with members of the family and friends taking part. Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard, Kieron Middleton and Jeff Fiedler assisted with the chalice and Doreen Livesey, Elizabeth Chapman and Eddie Burton were sidespersons. Clare Firth served refreshments.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led and presided over an 11am service when churchwarden Mary Otway read the account of the empty tomb from John’s Gospel and reader John Wells, from St Mary’s, preached a reminder that however harrowing a time we might be enduring Easter will follow Good Friday, and that we are brothers with Christ and can look forward to the same inheritance.

Jeff Fiedler led the intercessions and Julie Hall assisted with the chalice. John Wells and Mrs Otway offered anointing and prayer ministry during communion. Richard Fuller led the sung worship with Emily Hewittt (vocals), Steve Raetigg (keyboard), Neville Wright (guitar), and John Taylor (drums). Jenny and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club. Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Julie Hall served coffee. There was a united service at Crossgates Community Centre in the evening.

On Sunday, at 9.30am, there will be a BCP communion service, an 11am service with the Sunday Club including the baptism of Grace Wilson, daughter of Mel and Jonathan, and a 3.30pm Messy Church offering art, crafts and games for all the family.

School break

Seamer and Irton CP School is closed for the Easter break and will reopen for the summer term on Monday April 15.

Hospital gift day

The Scarborough area hospital gift day will be held at Crossgates Community Centre 10.30am to noon on Saturday April 20. Members of St Martin’s Church are again running the toiletries stall and there is a basket at the back of church for donations.

Parish council

The next meeting of Seamer Parish Council will be held in Seamer and Irton Memorial Hall from 7pm on Tuesday.


Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held at Scalby Methodist Church on Saturday to raise funds for the annual Scalby Walk – chosen charity this year Ellie’s Fund – Brain Tumour Trust. Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10am to 12 noon and there will be a cake stall and Fairtrade stall. Admission is by donation to the charity. All welcome to attend.

NSPCC fundraiser

Organisers of a coffee morning with an Easter theme were thrilled to raise £906.25 for the NSPCC. Doreen Gridley kindly opened her home for the event and the Scalby branch of the NSPCC provided coffee and hot cross buns. Entrance was by donation, there were brisk sales of raffle tickets and the stalls offered quality gifts, bric-a-brac, and the ever popular home-baking stall which sold out of flans, cakes, biscuits and preserves. Co-chairman Judith Stevens said the group was blessed with a dry bright morning. Everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves and were very pleased to see such a constant flow of supporters. We thank Doreen for inviting us to hold our event in her home, we thank the management of the Rosette for kindly allowing us the use of the Rosette car park that morning, and we thank all our generous supporters either for their attendance or for their donations. We are thrilled to have raised such a wonderful amount for our society.

WI meeting

Scarborough’s maritime history was on the agenda at the last meeting of the Scalby and Newby Women’s Institute when Lindy Rowley gave a fascinating account of the connections between this town and seafaring events. She explained how the first memorabilia came into her possession and how the centre was formed in 2004. This archive of photographs, newspaper cuttings and objects connected to the sea has now grown to 600 items. Members were able to study display boards depicting the bombardment of Scarborough and also see the different knitting patterns of the ganseys worn by fishermen. Lindy was thanked for an interesting and informative talk on the importance of saving our maritime history. After a break for tea and coffee, business matters were discussed. The secretary reported that the date for the cookery demonstration had been put back to October and the bulbs catalogues were available to those wanting to place an order. Ten members will be attending the spring council meeting at the Spa on Wednesday. The president urged members to take part in the spring show in Snainton on April 13. So far 21 members have shown an interest in the pearl lunch at the Three Jolly Sailors in June. The ‘Catch Up’ group again met at the Palm Court Hotel for coffee and a chat. The next meeting will be on Friday April 18, at 12 noon at the same venue. On Tuesday April 23 the ‘Strollers’ group will take the bus to Pickering to look at antiques and, weather permitting, enjoy a stroll. Interested members should meet outside the railway station to catch the 128 bus for 10.05am. Yvonne Spencer reported on forthcoming holidays and the balances due. Please note the May meeting is on Monday May 20, NOT May 27. The next craft afternoon will take place at the home of the president on Tuesday April 16, at 2pm. The next general meeting will be at the Friends’ Meeting House on Monday April 29 where friends and guests will be welcome. Contact numbers are president 375908 and secretary 360939.


Domino drive

The last domino drive for the winter season has been held in the Village Hall. There were 11 tables and the usual wonderful array of prizes. The evening was hosted by David Mudd who thanked everyone for their support and announced that the domino drives had raised over a £1000 during the current series. He has been assisted all season by Elaine and Fiona Mudd. Vinny Allison and Sue Cook have generally been in charge of the refreshments but unfortunately were unable to be there for the last evening. Refreshments on this evening were served by Ann Tidd and Di Ford.

Domino winners were John Ward with a score of 120 and who also one the accumulator prize. Alan Fletcher (2nd in the accumulator) John Stevenson, David Cowton, Carol Aconley, Geof Wilson, Robin King, Erica Perrin, Margaret Thompson, David Aconley, Edwin 
Vasey, Grace Mithell, Barry Simpson, Caroline Robinson, Fiona Mudd, Ray 

Raffle prize winners were Margaret King, Julisan Gospel, Dorothy Pennock, Elsie Grayson, Kathleen Vasey, Lois Rex, Erica Perrin, Carol Aconley, Barry Simpson, Caroline Robinson, Margaret Truran, Di Ford, John Cockerill, David Aconley, Chester Brown, Grace Mitchell, Shirley Hildreth, Stuart Warriner

School news

The final assembly of the Spring Term at the Community Primary School was packed with pupils, ex-pupils, parents and governors saying farewell to Mr Neil Davis the retiring Headteacher, and to Mrs Mel Russell, the retiring Foundation Stage Teacher. An evening party was also held at the Downe Arms.

All Saints

Easter egg rolling took place in the sunshine on Castle Hill by kind permission of Ashley Mudd. The course was altered so as to roll the eggs down the Southeast facing slope due to an excess of mole hills forming an obstacle course on the usual route. The children had produced a wonderful variety of decorated eggs, and the winner of the race was Abigail Mudd.

Church was full for an all age service conducted by Revd. Stuart Hill. Mrs Helen Wright led the children’s musical contributions and gave the reading from a Children’s Bible, Mr. Terry Cartlidge was the organist and Dr Mary Jones led the intercessions. Eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt were hidden by Mrs Shelagh Howell. Refreshments were provided by Mrs Jackie Grey, Mrs. Jenny Worsley,Mrs Belinda Evans, Mrs Helen Wright and Dr Mary Jones.

Assistance with serving was also given by Mrs Pamela Shaw Johnston and Dr Elizabeth Potts.

The service next Sunday (7th) will be an 11am Eucharist and all are welcome. The colouring table will be kept by the Children’s Altar.


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 Audrey Morgan and Kate Ingham. A raffle was won by Audrey Hughes, May Morris and Anita Wilkinson.

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


Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Crossgates Community Association will take place in the community centre on Wednesday, starting at 

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 
more than welcome to 
attend, and especially any recent new residents in the area.

Village gift day

A coffee morning to raise funds for patients’ needs at Scarborough Hospital is being held at Crossgates Community Centre on Saturday April 20 from 10.30am. Residents of Crossgates and Seamer are again joining together for this annual event for the Scarborough Hospital Village Gift Day.


Pop in club

The Pop In club will resume its meetings on Tuesday, when anyone is welcome to attend at the community centre from about 10.30am. There is a bring and buy stall, and a table top sale, and for £4 you will be treated to a three course lunch which is prepare and cooked by the resident chef, and will be served by Judy Fox and her helpers. There will also be a raffle organised by Norma Rogers.


Over 60s

Mrs Margaret Pattison, Chairwoman, welcomed 24 members of the Over 60’s Club to their weekly meeting in the Village Hall.

Bingo was called by Mrs Pattison and the flyers by Mrs B Rodgers. The winners were Mrs N Feather, L Woodhead, Mrs M Martin, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs J Knight, Mrs D Dawson, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs M Pattison, Mrs J Mason and Mrs M Cloves.

Mrs A Butler organised the raffle which was won by Mrs S Charlwood, Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs A Butler, Mrs M Dowson, Mrs J Mason, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs M Pattison, Mrs B Rodger, Mrs A Parsons, Mrs M Martin, L Woodhead, Mrs N Feather and Mrs M Cloves. Tea and hot cross buns were served by Mrs A Butler, Mrs A Donlevy and Mrs N Feather.

Whist drive

Cayton Cricket Club held a Military Whist Drive in Cayton Village Hall in aid of Club funds.

The MC was Bob Cowton and 8 tables were in play.

Whist winners :- 1) J Calam, R Warman, Mrs J Stewart, Mrs M Johnson, 2) Mrs V Poole, Mrs P Watson, Mrs A Dowson, H Pulford, 3) (cut table) Mrs S Wardle, Mrs D Cook, Mrs P Thompson

The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies and the winners included Mrs V Poole, P Richardson, Mrs A Dowson, G Harman, Mrs P Johnson, Mrs M Johnson, Mrs S Wardle, J Craggs, Mrs D Cook, E Barker, W Calvert, R Souter, T Davies, Mrs E Brownridge and Mrs J West.

The MC thanked Trevor and Ann for the raffle and refreshments, Mr and Mrs E Barker for the washing up; to everyone for their support and help with the drive and to those who donated prizes for the raffle.

Church services

The services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton on Sunday will be: 9am communion led by the Rev David Ford and 6.15pm Evensong led by Margaret Arnall.

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

Methodist service

The morning service on Easter Sunday in Cayton Chapel was led by the Rev Nigel Spencer during which Holy Communion was celebrated.

Readings were given by Carolyn Newton and Christine Feather. The Lenten Symbols were removed from the cross by the Rev Spencer assisted by Victor Doughty. The cross was then thatched with spring flowers by the congregation.

An arrangement was presented by Jennifer Atkinson to Victor Doughty in recognition of he and his wife, the Rev Margaret Doughty, leaving the area in the near future.

Special greetings were given to Pete and Christine Feather on their golden wedding anniversary. Jane Allen was the organist, Christine Feather the vestry steward and Carolyn Newton the welcomer.

Following the service refreshments were served by Ann Green and Julie Barber including fresh scones made by Sylvia Britton and very much enjoyed.

The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Mr G Whitehead.

Bloom group

At the Bloom Group’s last meeting a lot of time was spent discussing and organising for Cayton’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition spring judging day due to take place on April 11.

After much work by our members around the village in preparation for the visiting judges, the Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom Committee have decided to cancel all spring judging this year due to the adverse weather conditions throughout Yorkshire meaning many areas have not had time to prepare as is the case with many of our private gardens that are inspected by the judges.

This means that the group will now only get one shot at winning the event in our category with the summer judging scheduled to take place on Thursday July 11.

As this will put pressure on Cayton’s declining group we would welcome help from anybody who would be willing to give an hour or two of their time now and again to help with maintenance of flower beds, the planting up of hanging baskets, litter picks or help with fundraising. In the meantime the litter pick planned on Saturday, meeting up at Jubilee Hall car park at 10am, will still take place and any help will be very gratefully accepted.

The group has to raise around £5,000 per year to maintain the standard we require and we are most thankful to our local sponsors and the community for support.

If you feel you would be willing to help in any way please contact the chairman on (01723) 449248 or secretary on (01723) 583862.

Langdale End

Domino drive

A domino drive was held in the village hall. Mr W Calvert was the MC and ran the raffle. 
The ladies in the kitchen were Mrs B Jackson and Mrs S Calvert.

Domino winners – children: 1st Luke Calvert, 2nd Philippa Jackson, 3rd Amy Matthewson, Lowest, Georgina Calvert; adult winners: 1st Mrs F Graves, 2nd Mrs M Horton, 3rd Mrs R Bland, lowest Mr W Calvert.

Raffle winners: M Horton, I Calvert, Philippa Jackson, F Graves, V Poole, C Calvert, Abigail Poole, Amy Matthewson, Liam Calvert, N Jackson, Aron Calvert, R Hepworth, R Bland, R Souter and B Bland.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Country market

This Saturday there will be a spring-themed country market in Staintondale Village Hall from 10.30am-2.30pm. There will be a wide range of stalls, including chocolates, delicatessen products, bread, cakes, vegetables, home baking, fresh eggs, plants, juices and cordials, willow products and other gifts. Refreshments and light lunches will be available throughout the day.

Church service

The service at St Hilda’s Church this Sunday will be led by Ian Popely, and there will be a Sunday school. St John’s Church in Staintondale is now opening again for services after its winter hibernation, and the first service there will be at 10.30am on Sunday April 14. There will be a farewell party for the vicar in Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall on Sunday at 5pm. Food on a bring and share basis, and you are invited to bring your own bottle. Following the retirement of the vicar, who is not to be replaced, it is assumed that for the next few months the order and times of services will continue with the pattern as before. It is expected that the Rev Alastair Ferneley from St Laurence’s Church, Scalby will be overseeing this parish, but final decisions are yet to be confirmed. Ian Popely will continue his role as lay reader, and our Methodist Minister will continue to be the Rev Peter Cross. In the meantime, if you have any queries about weddings, baptisms or funerals, please contact our rural dean, the Rev David Pynn on 369687 or 07980 922208.

There will be a meeting at Cloughton on April 29 to discuss the future of the churches with the rural dean. All interested parties are invited.

Table tennis

The weekly Monday evening table tennis sessions have now resumed at Staintondale Village Hall. Games start at 7.30pm.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the village newsletter will be held at Mountain Ash, Staintondale, on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Please submit any newsletter material to Lisa Williams at Moorland House, Staintondale by the 25th of the preceding month, or email to newsletteryo13@aol.com.


Church service

The Rev Elizabeth Clark conducted Easter Sunday service of Holy Communion at Ayton Methodist Church. As part of the sermon a reading, ‘Resurrection Remembrances- His work finished, ours begin’ was given by Ann Thompson, Michael Carter, Helen and Keith Higgs. Jean Carter gave a reading from St Luke’s Gospel. The stewards for the day were Jean and Michaela Carter and Cathy Ramage gave out hymn books. On Sunday the 10.45am service takes the form of ‘Songs of Praise’.

Community centre

Ted and his ladies had a good night at darts on Tuesday. Jenny’s team won again with a score of 3–0 and everyone had a good time.

Bingo was on Wednesday, when 14 members played. Dorothy sold the books and Vera called the numbers. Tea and biscuits were served by Dorothy, Nancy, Betty and Vera. Betty was in charge of the raffle and everyone chose a raffle prize. Easter coffee morning was well attended. Ted took the door money and sold raffle tickets. Coffee and hot crossed buns were served by the committee. There was a decorated egg competition, judged by Helen from Yorkshire Coast Homes and the winners were Nancy in first place, Jenny in second place and Betty in third place. An Easter raffle was held and Vera won a chocolate egg, Phyllis won cider and Dorothy won a teddy bear.

Coffee morning

Ayton Methodist Church is holding a coffee morning on Saturday, April 13 in the Church School Room. It takes place from 10am until noon and everyone is welcome.

BRIDGE library

It was a full house at the Easter coffee morning on Wednesday March 27 when library supporters, old and new, enjoyed a wonderful selection of homemade cakes and biscuits and hot cross buns. The Easter Draw was the main attraction with two magnificent hampers, a huge cuddly duck and other children’s prizes and lots of Easter eggs. The prize winners were S Turner, P Bedford, M Oakden, V Carr, J Edwards, H Fortnum, L Walton, M Partington, C Derrington and Y Smith. The beautiful knitted Easter chicks, ducks and egg cosies sold out and even the final ‘ugly duckling’ found a good home. Grateful thanks for all the support that received from volunteers and from the local community to make our Easter fundraising activities such an enjoyable success. Don’t forget that there is a programme of holiday activities running this week and next. Storytime on the Magic Carpet (for up to seven years) is on Wednesday from 2-4pm. Story Zone for over eights is tomorrow and on Friday April 12 from 2-4pm (both days). A special session for the over eights about Ayton Castle when they will be able to find out about our local castle, learn about battles and how people lived and draw their own coat of arms will be on Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Did you spot all the different book characters in the Spar shop over the Easter weekend? The staff were all in fancy dress to raise money for the BRIDGE. A big thank you for their enthusiasm and imagination.

London marathon

Claire Coupland, whose home is in Ayton, will be running the London Marathon this month, and is still appealing for sponsors. She is raising money for the charity Children with Cancer in memory of her younger brother, who died of the disease in 2006 at the age of 13. Although Claire lives and works in London at the moment she is attempting the run this month to boost her funds, after she raised over £1,200 in early March by organising a barn dance in the village hall. Anyone who would like to sponsor Claire for the marathon can contact her on 07811 629932. 


Probus club

There was an excellent attendance of members, their wives and former members’ widows at the annual lunch on Thursday March 28 at Wrangham House Hotel. Long standing member Fred Driver proposed the loyal toast and chairman Bob Alders thanked John Ingham for again managing to organise the lunch after six years experience of doing so. Bob also said how pleased he was to see the group are keeping their membership above 30 and hoped that more retired men living in or around Hunmanby will join such a happy band.

On Thursday April 11 the group look forward to Robert Field talking about whiskey. Coffee at 10am in the Methodist Church, Cross Hill.

Camera club

The meeting on Tuesday March 26 was the last competition of the photographic year. All the group’s winning photographs for the year were judged to find the image or print of the year.

The winner of Image of the Year is John Henderson and the winner of Print of the Year is Geoffrey Cappleman. All winning photographs can be seen on the website.

The group begins again in September.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher is the Rev John B McCarthy, the service begins at 10.30am. On Saturday there is a coffee morning at Cross Hill from 10-11.30am there will be a book stall, bric-a-brac and cake stall etc, all welcome.

All Saints

Services are at 8am on the first Sunday of the month which is a BCP ‘said’ service without hymns, at 10.45am on the first Sunday of the month is a family service – an informal mixture of music styles. There isn’t a sermon, but a fun talk for everybody, and evensong is at 6.30pm.

Teddy Edward time

This is an informal service for parents and grandparents and their toddlers. They have a short story, sing songs, and say prayers. After the service the children play while adults have tea or coffee and a chat. The service is at 9.30am during term time.


Monday club

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

All Saints

The service on Sunday will be morning prayer at 10am.