District Diary

Thursday April 18


WI meeting

The guests at the meeting on April 11 were Mesdames V Henson and V Morgan from Ravenscar, who gave a demonstration of spinning using animal hair, and making various items, including slippers. They also brought along a greyhound for company. Most of the ladies had a go themselves. A vote of thanks was given by Audrey Berry. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Jenny Patterson, and a financial report given by Marlene Revell. Menus were circulated for the pearl anniversary lunch at the Three Jolly Sailors on June 11. There is to be a visit to the YMCA if an arrangement can be made to see a production of Alan Melville’s ‘Dear Charles’, which is to be presented by Phoenix Drama from June 14-17 with a matinee on Saturday. Tickets are £7. Competition winners for a knitted item were Jenny Patterson, Yvonne Dennis and Anne Arnott. At the next meeting on May 9, resolutions will be discussed, with particular reference to the decline of High Street shops. The competition is for a picture postcard.


Parish council

The meeting on April 8 was attended by five members of the council, Borough/County Cllr Andrew Backhouse, PC Graham Bilton and five members of the general public. There were no declarations of interest. During the public open forum, Mr Jim Lawson read out a list of complaints and suggestions for improvement of the main village street, part of the A171. He believed that as this was an important footpath, used by many people every day, a much better impression should be given than was the case at present. The path was so narrow in places that it was dangerous, especially in snowy and icy conditions, being at the side of a very busy main road was not cleaned often enough - the last recorded time being in November 2012 - and there was a lack of litter bins. Mr Lawson suggested among other things, the planting of more flower bulbs, removal of overhanging vegetation and asking Scarborough Council for more help, gritting footpaths in icy conditions. Discussion of this item was deferred to a later meeting. There was also an update from Mr Dyson, representing Court Green Farm Residents’ Association on the situation regarding flooding of the Court Green properties. There has been a meeting between the landowner and North Yorkshire County Council. The landowner [the Duchy of Lancaster] agreed to remove the build up of track and generally tidy up, although it was not the cause of the problem.

Reports were received from councillors, firstly Cllr Gay who had been approached by residents edgy about cars parked in pavements and dog fouling. He was told that council is still awaiting signs from the borough council, and was advised that a direct approach would be more effective and a borough councillor was present! He also asked about 18 High Street, and about the drystone wall from Littlemoor Close to the cricket fields, which is not in a good state of repair. Cllr Baker referred to the mess left on the road after repairs and Cllr Couch reported that drainage on the railway line was completed south of Cloughton, and the Friends of the Railway were working to make the old railway more interesting for children, and more “people friendly”.

Borough Cllr Backhouse reported that the borough council are awaiting the result of discussions on the benefits system. Yorkshire Coast Homes have put together a good video explaining the system. The Citizens’ Advice Bureau have been given an increase in their grant to enable them to cope with poverty issues, and greater use is being made for the food bank. PC Bilton reported that the top police priorities remain: 1 Safer roads; 2 Poaching; 3 Fly tipping and dog fouling. Static speed checks along the A171 are continuing and are getting results. Crime figures generally are down in comparison with the same period last year, although there has been an increase in incidents of burglary. There has also been an incident of criminal damage at the Bowls Club, tiles being removed. Officers have dealt with one road traffic collision, two requests for welfare checks, and one animal issue since the last meeting. There have been no planning proposals to discuss since the March meeting. The proposal to convert an existing outbuilding to create an annexe at Kirkstones, Mill Lane, has been withdrawn - reason unknown.

Accounts were certified as follows: YLCA (2013-14 annual subscription) £257; St Mary’s Church (hall hire, March) £15.

The annual parish meeting takes place on May 13 at 7pm and the Cloughton Banner will be on display.

Marrow competition

After more than 40 years, when he has organised a competition for the largest and heaviest marrow, and subsequent seed-search, for charity, Mr Alan Readman is now looking for a successor to carry on his work. He will still help and has no intention of leaving a new organiser to ‘jump in at the deep end’ as it were, but wishes to be free to carry out his other charitable enterprises. The marrows should be growing now and ready for weighing in October. Trophies won last year should be returned either to the public house frequented by the winner or directly to Alan Readman, who can be contacted on (01723) 870376.

St Mary’s

A service of Holy Communion was conducted at 10am on April 14 by the Rev Sam Foster. The first lesson, from Acts was read by Peter Thompson, the second, from Revelations, by Ellenor Bacon, and the Gospel, from St John, by Caroline Lester. Intercessions were led by Ros O’Toole. The Rev Foster’s sermon was about Peter. This week, the services are BCP Holy Communion at 9.30am probably conducted by the Rev Mike Leigh, and Cafe Refresh at 10.15am in the hall, organised by the Seekers group.


Fire in the village

Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire which occurred at Glaves the Butchers last Friday. The barn which housed the office and storage area was destroyed. The shop and preparation area are undamaged and the business expects to be open by Wednesday April 17.

New headteacher

Brompton and Sawdon Community Primary School welcomes their new headteacher, Mrs Helen Isaac, this week. Mrs Isaac moves to our school from Lythe Primary School near Whitby. She enjoys mountain biking, music and comedy. Mr Davis, the retiring headteacher, was renowned by his pupils for his jokes so they are waiting to see if the tradition continues!

Church service

The service at All Saints this Sunday is a 9.30am communion with coffee and tea to follow.


Methodist church

Sunday morning worship this week at 10.30am will be led by Mr Colin Davis. There will be no evening service.

On Tuesday the Coffee, Chat and Prayer meeting will be held at 11am, this is a fairly new venture and it is an opportunity to call in and have a coffee and a chat, all welcome.


Gift day

The communities of Seamer and Crossgates will again join together on Saturday to host the Hospital Gift Day, which will take place in the community centre. This will take the form of a coffee morning and will run from 10.30am until 12 noon. Everyone is invited when coffee and tea with biscuits will be available, and there will also be a raffle. This event raises funds for the patients’ amenities at the hospital.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of Crossgates Community Association took place in the avocet room at the centre on April 10, when Cllr WH Smith presided. Others in attendance were treasurer Jayne Roberts, booking secretary/secretary Beryl Lufkin, and other committee members Mary Bird, Jackie Powell, Clare Archer, Roy Robinson, Trevor Hanlon, and Jim Henstock. Apologies for absence were received from Michael Jefferson, who is also a member of the committee. During the meeting Jim Henstock stated he wished to stand down from the committee, temporarily, due to ill health. He was thanked by the chairman for his input over the years with the hope that in a short while his health will improve enabling him to further assist.

A report was given by the chairman, expressing regret at the resignation from the committee of June Leesing, through ill health.

He said he wanted to give thanks as she had been a longstanding and excellent committee member who had given a lot of time in support of the centre.

He continued by saying a new kitchen and two new external doors had been supplied and fitted free, courtesy of Howden Joinery. Tiles had also been supplied, free of charge, from Direct Tiles of Scarborough, all of which had been very much appreciated. The kitchen had also been decorated, said Mr Smith, which had been paid for by Seamer Parish Council. He also thanked Ben Lufkin for painting the store room.

The chairman also thanked the committee members, and other helpers for their assistance over the past year. Reports were given by treasurer, the booking secretary/secretary which indicated bookings were slightly up which enabled the centre to show a small plus in the accounts, indicating a watchful eye is kept by the committee on its finances. Reports were also received from most of the user groups, which were all well received and appreciated.

Further items discussed were theft of outside plants, security cameras, community centre website and auto internal lighting.

All the existing committee members, in their respective offices, indicated their willingness to fulfil their role for a further 12 months with the welcome addition of Mr Bob Jackman representing Churches Together. All were unanimously voted into office. Following the meeting refreshments were supplied by the committee and enjoyed by all.


Parish assembly

The annual parish assembly will take place in the community centre tonight, Thursday April 18. The meeting which starts at 6.30pm is open to anyone in the parish of Eastfield, and there will be speakers and presentations during the evening.

Council vacancies

There are now two vacancies in the Eastway Ward of the Parish Council, and an election will take place to try and fill these. The election will be held on Thursday May 16 and the Polling Station will be open from 7am until 10pm.

Pop in club

The Pop In Club met in the community centre on Tuesday when members enjoyed browsing the bring and buy and table top goods, after which they sat down to a three course lunch which was prepared and cooked by the resident chef and served by Judy Fox and helpers. A raffle also took place, organised by Norma Rogers.

Groundwork services

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


YCA meeting

Thirty three members attended the Sherburn branch of Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association annual meeting on April 10, at Sherburn Village Hall.

The evening started with a splendid supper provided by members, which was followed by entertainment organised by Mrs Barbara Grice. Prizes were won by Mrs Jean Barron and Mrs Audrey Corbett. The raffle later on was won by Mrs Avril Jackson.

Following approval of the 2012 AGM minutes, correspondence from Central Office and other branches were read out.

Chairman Mrs Carol Stephenson announced the overall annual winners of our competitions throughout the year. First place Mrs Angela Holdsworth with 62 points, then Mrs Betty Flinton with 61 points finally Mrs Alison Oulton with 57 points.

Scarborough Area Lunch on April 18 will be attended by 30 members, pickup time from Sherburn Village Hall at 11.15am.

The summer outing will be to Lotherton Hall, leaving at 10am on July 17, with a meal early evening at Church Fenton. Other local branches will be invited to join us as on previous occasions.

Chairman Mrs Carol Stephenson, secretary Mrs Wendy Rabnett and treasurer Miss Pam Heath each gave a report on the past year’s achievements. Special mention was made of supporting officers, Mrs Jean Barron speakers secretary, Mrs Pat Woodley outings organiser, Mrs Yvonne Sedman provisions, Mrs Betty Skelton completions secretary. All officers agreed to stand for another year, proposed Mrs B Grice, second Mrs A Oulton, all agreed. Mrs Flinton is to step down as representative on the Village Hall Committee, Mrs Carol Stephenson to take her place.

The next meeting is on May 8, 7-9pm, at the village hall the speaker is Wendy Barker, retired prison officer. Competition for a spring flower arrangement. New members and guest welcome.

Committee meeting

The annual meeting followed by an ordinary meeting was held on Monday April 8 in the village hall. Previous minutes were agreed and signed. The committee were delighted to welcome Steve Walker treasurer following his recent illness and thanks were expressed for his work for us. Unfortunately he had to report a slight loss overall even though the hall was very well used and an income and expenditure sheet was circulated. Bookings secretary Tina Dobson told us that bookings were good but Thursdays were still available. The secretary reported on the success of the jubilee celebrations and also the illuminated Christmas tree. Thanks were expressed to the cleaner as we have had a lot of comments expressed on the cleanliness of the hall. It was disappointing that the bingo evenings had ceased due to the poor attendance. The car boot sale had been a success with 22 cars turning up despite the very poor weather. Village Hall Committee members are: Sherburn Parish Council Alison Oulton, Playing Field Association Yvonne Slack, Youth Club Val Slack, Cricket Club Nick Dobson, Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association Betty Flinton, St Hilda’s Church Barbara Grice, Methodist Church Christine Fenwick, Sherburn CofE School Tina Dobson who has taken over from Heather Radcliffe. Village reps are Chris Miles and Steve Walker. The officers were re-elected en bloc.

Quotes had been received for the grass cutting and garden maintenance and Ian Stabler had been asked to do the work. A quote had been received from Mr Skilbeck for the work required on the fencing and this had been accepted and work would start as soon as the weather allowed. Yvonne Slack expressed her wish to retire as secretary and said that someone had been interested but had not yet confirmed. Barbara Grice thanked Yvonne for all her hard work on the village hall’s behalf.

As the village hall electric clock needed replacing it was agreed that a battery clock be acquired. The Fire Risk Assessment was attended to by chair Chris Miles. Fundraising was discussed and a table top sale at the village hall was planned for Bank Holiday Monday August 26 from 1-4pm. To book a table at a cost of £5 contact Yvonne Slack on (01944) 710728. There was discussion on holding a musical evening with refreshments and Barbara Grice said she would look into this. A treasure hunt was suggested and it was thought that a decision would be deferred until we had decided about the musical evening. The next meeting was arranged for Monday June 24 at 7pm in the village hall.

The village hall has vacancies on its committee for village representatives. Could this be you? If you would like to help contact Yvonne on 710728.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Playing Field Association will be held on Friday April 19 at 6.30pm in the playing field portakabin and followed by the general meeting. The committee would like to see as many people as possible attending this meeting. This is an important time as final arrangements are to be made for the start of the new building programme which has been so long awaited by everyone. Volunteers are needed! There will be so much still to do – decorating, joinery, and landscaping to name just a few. Please come and offer your support for this is YOUR community project.

Playing Field Association Draw: £25 (128) Sandy Jack, £15 (2) Angela Best, £5 (107) Betty Flinton.

Methodist news

The morning worship was led by Mr Norman Clark. The steward was Liz Aconley who also operated the audio visual equipment. The organist was Chris Cade and Sandra Cade read the lesson from John’s Gospel.

The children had a story about a boy who was watching when Jesus barbecued fish on the beach. Then they made a model about the story. Kim Canterbury read a reflection and Chris Cade read ‘Peter’s story’. Mr Clark spoke of the reinstating of Peter and although he was just an ordinary fisherman he had to tell the Good News of God’s love to others. Also that God would do the same for us and also expects us to spread the message too. After worship we enjoyed refreshments in the hall. Next week there is a change to the Circuit Plan. As the Rev Peter Kindleysides is unwell Mr Norman Clark will lead worship again at 10.30am. Please remember Peter and his wife Elsie in your prayers.

The hostess for the coffee morning was Mrs Kim Canterbury and £54.30 was added to the gift for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

This included a very generous donation in memory of Mrs Iris Poulter and we thank her family for thinking of this work at this sad time for them. Don’t forget the Family 
Cinema Club on Saturday at 6pm.

St Hilda’s

Lay Minister Barbara Grice led the morning service held in St Hilda’s Church. Tony Mok supplied the music on his guitar and the epistle was read by Betty Flinton. The second reading was a poem ‘Thou art, My God’ written by Sir Thomas Moore. The theme of the talk was ‘Hero worship’ and the service was interspersed with four rousing hymns of praise – ‘All people that on earth do dwell’, ‘To God be the Glory’, ‘Blessed Assurance’ and ‘O Lord my God’ (How Great Thou art). Coffee was served by Keith and Jean Usher with helpers. The next service at St Hilda’s Church is the celebration of Holy Communion on Sunday April 28, when the Rev Quentin Wilson will officiate.


St Mark’s

The 10am communion service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh, and included the Baptism of Leo Maughan.

This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and at 10am a service of morning prayer. The 10am service includes JAM Club for primary age children, and Y-zone for older children. Crèche facilities will also be available at this service. On Wednesday at 10am there will be a service of Holy Communion.

Annual meeting

The annual parochial church meeting will be held in the community hall, following the 10am service. All are invited to attend this important meeting.

Pop in group

The Pop In group will be meeting in St Mark’s Community Hall for the next three months, whilst there are building works at Wreyfield Church.

The group meets every Monday morning for coffee, games and chat, and finishes with a cooked lunch. If you would like to come along, please ‘pop-in’ on Monday morning, or speak to Pam Caton on 363939 for more information.

75th anniversary

This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the building of St Mark’s Church. To celebrate we are holding a weekend of events, from April 26-28, including a Flower Festival with the theme of ‘celebration’. This will be opened by the deputy mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Andrew Backhouse, at a cheese and wine evening on Friday April 26. The band Simply Brass will also be performing at the opening ceremony.

On Saturday April 27, the church will be open all day for the viewing of the flowers, and there will also be displays in the community hall featuring the life and times of the church, with photographs both old and new. There will be craft activities for the children in the community hall, and entertainment in the church during the afternoon, when Barrowcliff Community Choir will be performing. Refreshments will be available all day.

At 5.30pm there will be a ‘bring and share’ supper in the hall, which will be followed at 7pm by a family ceilidh, with the Bedlam Band.

On Sunday April 28 we shall be holding a special thanksgiving Eucharist, with guest preacher the Ven David Butterfield, Archdeacon of the East Riding.

The service will also be attended by former vicars of the church and their wives. The service will be followed by a celebration lunch for 
members of the congregation.

Tickets for both the cheese and wine evening and the buffet lunch are available from Chris Johnson on (01723) 863942.


YCA meeting

The Ayton branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen met at Ayton Village Hall on Monday April 8. Mrs Jean Oxley welcomed members and visitors.

She reminded members that the next meeting on Monday May 13 will not be the usual meeting but a tea party in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and tombola prizes are needed for this and can be given to any member of the committee.

Notes from the Newsletter were read out. The annual meeting on May 1 at Askham Bryan College from 10.45am-4pm with a presentation by the Yorkshire Film Archive. The pearl anniversary service in York Minster on June 26 will start at 11am. There is a pearl anniversary quiz £1 from Muriel Fildes.

The Great Yorkshire Show July 9–11 still needs volunteers to run the stalls.

The pearl anniversary event on June 21 is a ride on the Wensleydale Railway from Leeming Station through Wensleydale to Redmire and back. Tea, coffee and biscuits with a buffet lunch included, family and friends are invited to join this outing. There has been no centrally organised day to celebrate Yorkshire Day on August 1 this year because of the pearl anniversary events. Mrs Teare, treasurer, said she thought it a shame there would be no celebration for this day and asked if the branch could organise something. A suggestion for a walk and tea was made and arrangement for this will be made.

Mrs Oxley then introduced Mr Geoff Derrington who showed slides of old Ayton. He took us on a tour of East and West Ayton by streets and public buildings, the church and chapels, the railway station and showed the different views taken over the years that have changed either with buildings being added to the landscape or being removed. There were illustrations from the more industrial life of the villagers in Forge Valley hundreds of years ago.

Some of the pictures shown were copies of those held in the Philip Drury collection at the Derwent Valley Bridge library in West Ayton and can be viewed there. Mr Derrington asked if anyone had old photographs, postcards, paintings or drawings he could loan to copy them and add to his collection and the library collection. Many of those watching could remember buildings and people shown in the photographs and illustrations, it was a very entertaining and interesting afternoon. Mrs Oxley gave a vote of thanks to Mr Derrington. Everyone then enjoyed tea and biscuits and talking about old times.

As mentioned before the next meeting date Monday May 13 will not be a normal meeting but a tea party to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care 2-4pm, £1.50 to include refreshments, there will be a tombola and sales table. Everyone is welcome.

Parish council

Present at the recent meeting of East Ayton Parish Council were Cllr T Colling, chairman, Phillips, vice-chairman, Tomlinson, Beal, Oakden, Peacock and Suggitt. Also present were PC Bilton and Dawn Naylor, clerk. The minutes of the ordinary meeting held on February 12 and the planning meeting held on February 25 were approved.

The police report had been previously circulated to members and PC Bilton clarified points from the report. The council advised PC Bilton of a number of incidents regarding a dog in East Ayton. PC Bilton will monitor the situation.

A letter was received from Scarborough Borough Council regarding designation of local green spaces. Members discussed suitable areas and agreed that the following areas would be put forward: Robinsons Green, Beck Hill, Derwent Green. It was resolved that these areas would be put forward as local green space.

Cllr Oakden reported that the benches on Derwent Green are in need of repair/removal. The clerk will check the ownership of the seats and if they belong to the parish council Cllr Beal agreed to make the necessary arrangements for repair/removal. Cllr Oakden also reported that debris had been placed in the hedging at Derwent Green. It was agreed that the clerk will contact a contractor to remove the debris.

A discussion took place regarding the provision of prescription services due to the changes in funding. Cllr Peacock explained that the Patient Participation Group was looking into this and he will report back to the parish council when the findings were received.

Cllr Peacock discussed the work of Dial-a-Ride and explained that the Patient Participation Group is involved with them and other organisations including Ryedale Volunteer Scheme and Scarborough/Whitby Volunteer Scheme. All schemes are trying to recruit members to assist.

A letter had been received from a resident along with photographs showing parking obstructions on Betton Rise. PC Bilton advised that as Betton Rise was unadopted the road was not subject to parking restrictions; he stated that from the photographs shown he did not believe that an obstruction had occurred. PC

Bilton asked the clerk to send him a copy of the number plates so that he could do a check if a future obstruction occurred. The clerk will contact the writer of the letter explaining. The chairman had received a verbal complaint from a resident regarding parking issues on Carr Lane. PC Bilton advised that if an obstruction is seen by the police they will raise a ticket for the offending vehicle. This area will be monitored.

Reports were received from the following members on outside organisations. Cllr Oakden Friends of Ayton Castle, Cllr Peacock Patient Participation Group, Cllr Beal Village Hall Committee, Cllr Colling Derwent Valley Children’s Centre,

Youth club

The clerk advised members that she had reported the recent vandalism of the pinfold wall to the police and had made an insurance claim against the loss. The clerk had contacted Mr Stephen Pickering to give a quote for the works (£440 approximately) members agreed to this quote. The clerk advised members of the insurance policy and which areas were covered. Members agreed that the council are adequately insured but wish for the clerk to check if the pinfold gate was covered.

BRIDGE library

Last Wednesday an audience of 33 enjoyed an enthralling talk by author Felicity Davis based on her book Guard a Silver Sixpence’. The book tells the story of Felicity’s quest to find out the secrets from the past that influenced her family through the next four generations and produced the five strong women that had such a profound effect on her own life. Volunteers served refreshments while Felicity signed books; the evening was part of the Scarborough Literature Festival Fringe events programme. In view of the success of this, our first such venture, we are intending to put together a programme of regular talks. Watch out for more news.

In celebration of World Book Night on April 23 we are extending our usual Tuesday evening opening time to 8pm. Join us for free books, buns, tea and coffee and celebrate the joy of reading. You can take away one of the free World Book Night titles either to enjoy yourself or ‘give’ to friends or family. Everyone in the community is welcome so bring along a friend who may be new to reading and show them what they are missing. And remember we are open every Tuesday evening until 7pm so continue your World Book Night experience into the next week by making Tuesday night library night!

We will also be distributing free books around the community to encourage people to take up and keep reading at local keep fit sessions in East Ayton and Allerston, at Storytime, to the Downe Arms, Wykeham and East Ayton Parish Council Assembly.

Methodist church

The service at Ayton Methodist Church on Sunday was led by Christine Fenwick and Jean Brown and the theme of the service was Peter’s denial of Jesus. Bible readings of the story from St John’s Gospel were read by Ann and Bob Thompson. The stewards for the day were Helen Higgs and Ann Thompson. Following the service refreshments were served by Alison Hoff.

This Sunday the morning service will be conducted by the Rev Elizabeth Clark.

Community centre

It was a fun darts night on Tuesday at Glaves Close Community Centre. Jenny was the scorer and her team won with a score of 2–1. Nancy was top scorer of the evening with 126. In the interval Ted made tea for the ladies.

Wednesday’s bingo was well attended. Vera sold the bingo books and called the numbers and Dorothy checked the winning books. Betty sold raffle tickets which were drawn by Vera and Dorothy and everyone had a prize. Nancy took her birthday cake to share with the tea in the interval and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. A fish and chip supper followed by a quiz is being organised for later this month.

New signs

Signs urging dog owners to be more considerate are being erected at West Ayton following complaints from residents and the parish council about dog fouling.

Cllr David Jeffels and the parish authority pursued the matter with Scarborough Council’s environmental health department following complaints voiced at last week’s annual parish assembly.

In addition, Cllr Jeffels has suggested the possibility of school children being involved in a painting competition to produce a poster which would be laminated by the borough council and used to highlight the dog fouling problem. He has offered to provide a book token to the winning entrant.

Class resumes

English country dancing resumed last week after the Easter break, and there was a reasonable attendance, dances were performed from several collections, some dating back to the 16th century. But there were also more recent community and fun dances included in the programme by Sheila and Cyril Swales, with Barbara Welford as the accompanist on the piano. Members of the class are looking forward to attending the Centenary Celebration evening of the Scarborough Folk Dance Group which takes place at the Spa complex on Saturday evening.

The class continues each Tuesday from 7.30-9.30pm except for May 7, all welcome.


Parish council

Arrangements for the early arrival of those attending the annual travellers’ horse fair were approved by Seamer Parish Council at its April meeting in the Memorial Hall.

Mr G Pickering, of Scarborough Council, had reported that a 5am opening time for the site on the B1261 Seamer-Crossgates road had been suggested and the parish council raised no objection to that trial arrangement. Councillors also asked that the police be informed of the vulnerability of children attending and leaving school during the travellers’ visit and to ensure that they are not at risk at those times.

Borough councillors are also to be invited to attend during the travellers’ stay so that they will be aware of the impact the horse fair visitors have on the local community.

Cllr Hayley Pickles reported on the need to cut back hedges overhanging the highway at Chew Lane near the railway station, and this is to be referred to North Yorkshire County Council.

County Cllr David Jeffels reported that Long Lane was to be closed temporarily during July and that county council gully cleaning vehicles were soon to be employed in the area.

As there have been no requests for an election to fill the vacancy on the parish council the vacancy is to be advertised for membership by co-option.

Present: Cllr WH Smith, chairman, and Cllrs R Murphy, H Pickles, DE Raine and S Somers, County Cllr D Jeffels, PC G Bilton, Mr G Pickering, five members of the public and the clerk A Spencer.

The next meeting is at Crossgates Community Centre, from 7pm on Tuesday May 14.

St Martin’s

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led worship at Sunday’s 9.30am common worship communion service at St Martin’s Church, and preached on reaching God through Jesus Christ. Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard and also gave a Bible reading. Jean Donovan led intercessions and assisted with the chalice at communion and Clare Firth and Eddie Burton were sidespersons. Enid Plevey served refreshments.

The Rev McWilliams also presided and preached at the 11am service when Paul McWilliams led the intercessions. Richard Fuller gave a Bible reading from John’s gospel about the appearance of the risen Jesus to his disciples in the Upper Room. Val Goddard assisted with the chalice at communion and Emily Hewitt offered anointing and prayer ministry during communion. Richard Fuller also led the sung worship with Steve Raetigg (keyboard) and John Taylor (drums). Jean Donovan and Wendy Haslam ran the Sunday Club. Julie Hall served coffee and Val Goddard was the sidesperson.

On Sunday at 9.30am, there will be a common worship communion service and an 11am modern worship service with the Sunday Club.

Methodist church

The Rev Elizabeth Clark led worship at Seamer Methodist Church on Sunday, and in her sermon spoke about the disciples not recognising the risen Jesus and their need to do normal and familiar things. She also spoke of Peter being ready to go through difficult situations for better or worse in his love for Jesus.

Doreen Lawson was the organist, Bert Blower the welcomer and Bob Jackman the vestry steward. Margaret Neave took the collection and Denise Earnshaw read from the book of Revelation and Bob Jackman read from John’s gospel. During the service Doreen Lawson was welcomed as a member of the church and was presented with a Bible by Bob Jackman. Refreshments were served afterwards by Joy Booth and Sheila Gray. Mrs Patricia Mollon will lead worship at the coming Sunday’s 10.30am service.

Hospital gift day

The Scarborough area Hospital Gift Day will be held at Crossgates Community Centre 10.30am to 12 noon on Saturday. Members of St Martin’s Church are again running the toiletries stall and Seamer and Irton Women’s Institute is inviting donations of homemade cakes for the WI cake stall.


Over 60s

Mrs M Pattison, chairwoman, welcomed 12 members of the Over 60s Club at their weekly meeting in the village hall.

A ‘fun’ game of dominoes was held with the winners being: 1 Mrs J Knight, 2 Mrs M Pattison, 3 Mrs N Duckworth.

The winners of the raffle organised by Mrs A Butler were Mrs J Griffiths, Mrs J Knight, Mrs P Watson, Mrs D Colwill, Mrs N Duckworth, Mrs A Stangoe, Mrs A Dowson and Mrs M Martin. Tea and biscuits were served by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Dowson.

The Over 60s Club meets at 2pm every Thursday in Cayton Village Hall 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 Cayton Over 60s Club.

The MC was Bob Cowton and eight tables were in play. Whist winners: 1 Mr & Mrs E Richardson, G Harman, B Cowton; 2 Mrs P Johnson, Mrs M Scott, Mr and Mrs J Brownridge; 3 J Craggs, P Richardson, R Souter, W Calvert.

The raffle was organised by Trevor Davies and the winners included Mrs A Dowson, R Warman, Mrs J West, J Calam, L Woodhead, T Davies, G Harman, Mrs P Johnson, Mrs D Cook, W Calvert, Mrs B Richardson, Mrs M Scott, P West, P Richardson and H Pulford.

Mrs Phyllis Watson gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the Over 60s Club to Bob and Trevor for running the drive; to Ann and her many helpers with the refreshments and washing up; and to everyone for their help and support.

Methodist service

The Sunday morning service in Cayton Chapel was led by the Rev M Calver. The Rev Calver was the organist, Margaret Welsh the vestry steward and the welcomer was Jennifer Atkinson. The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Mr Michael Fearon.

Church services

The services on Sunday at St John the Baptist Church, Cayton will be 9am communion with the Rev Rod Fereday, and Evensong at 6.15pm with Alan Courtney.

The next midweek communion service will be held on Tuesday April 23 at 7pm led by the Rev Graham Waring.

Spring fair

A Spring Fair is being held in Cayton Jubilee Hall on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

The Scarborough Friends of Martin House Hospice for Children is planning this fundraising event when there will be a raffle, tombola, together with various stalls including cakes, books and accessories. Admission is £1, including coffee and biscuits, and tickets are available on the door or (01723) 354366. Everyone welcome to go along and support this worthy cause.

Bloom group

Cayton in Bloom are organising their next fundraising event which will be a table top sale on Saturday April 27 from 10am–1pm in Jubilee Hall. The event will include a fundraising tombola together with bric-a-brac and book stalls. Refreshments will be available and admission is free. There is ample free car parking behind the hall. There are just a few tables available for £6 each, please contact Liz Hooper on (01723) 584332 if you would like to book one.

It is very much hoped that there will be plenty of support on this occasion.


Ladies Club

Moira Audsley welcomed 23 members to their monthly meeting at the community centre and introduced florist June Wilkinson on her third visit to the club.

Focusing on flowers for the home for special occasions, June created four displays with varying textures, colours and heights which a busy working woman would find easy to assemble. The flowers were raffled and won by Judy Lawrence, Joyce Evans, Mavis Williams and Lynn King. The proceeds were given to June for flowers for the arrangements she creates at St Catherine’s Hospice and Moira thanked her for an inspiring talk and demonstration.

The monthly raffle was won by Mavis Williams, Lynne Nightingale, Gill Moss, Anne Lever, June Wilkinson, Brenda Martin and Lesley Metcalfe.

Refreshments were served by Jill Chapman and Carol Robinson, the cashier was Gill Sowman and the raffle prizes were bought by Mary Weller, Lesley Metcalfe and Karan Rogers.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday May 1 at 7.30pm, when Nick Henderson’s talk is entitled ‘The past, the present and the future’. New members are always welcome.

Scam warning

Residents are warned of a current scam which involves a telephone call from someone purporting to be calling from NatWest informing them of a problem with their account. A return call to secure the account is requested to a West Yorkshire number giving name and address and account number. The call should be terminated immediately and the bank’s branch informed.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre with Bryan Coomber and Janet McNamara as callers and cashiers. The checkers were Christine Hastie and Margaret Rogers. Refreshments were served by Audrey Morgan and Mrs Hastie. A raffle was won by Moira Audsley, Mrs Hastie and. Mary Morris.

Everyone is welcome at 7.15pm on Mondays to join in this pleasant social event.

Craft group

An open invitation is extended to any residents interested to attend a feltwork talk and exhibition by Emma Hodgson on Wednesday May 1, from 10 am to 12noon. The event has been arranged by Anne Lever. The admission charge is £3 and will include refreshments.


Probus club

On Thursday April 11 the group had a most enjoyable and informative talk from Robert Field who is the son of Roy, Probus Club treasurer, (also well known in the Magic Circle).

Robert briefly told them of his career to date and that of William Grant who founded the famous company with which Robert is associated, before very succinctly describing the different whiskeys, the distillery’s process and market.

Since their meeting was held in Methodist Church premises any sampling of the product waited until members could assemble in a near by property offered by a good friend of Probus members.

On April 25 Isobel Stirk is to talk about Branwell Bronte. Retired gentlemen are welcome to come to the club’s meetings at Cross Hill Methodist Church every other Thursday at 10am.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher is the Rev Chris Kirkman and is Holy Communion. The service begins at 10.30am.

All Saints 
Services are at 8am, on the fourth Sunday of the month is morning worship at 10.45am and lasts for about one hour and Evensong is at 6.30pm.

Teddy Edward time

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 a cuppa and chat. The service is at 9.30am during term time.


Monday club

The outing on Monday May 13 is to Durham and Beamish. The cost to Durham is £13 and Beamish £23, which includes £10 senior citizen admission rate.

If interested please contact Doreen Flood (01723) 512398 or Angela Jackson (01723) 513424. There are 10 seats available.

All Saints

Morning service this Sunday is at 10am.