District Diary

Thursday May 23, 2013


Parish council

The annual meeting on May 13 was attended by six members of the public. Apologies were received from County Cllr Bastiman, Borough Cllr Backhouse, and Parish Cllrs Baker and Ford.

The chairman gave his report mentioning the refusal of the Duchy’s plan for the village, against which refusal the Duchy has so far not appealed, also the reduction in flooding danger following the digging out and cleaning of the beck. The Christmas lights competition was successful, but a little more enthusiasm for decorating would be appreciated.

The chairman thanked councillors for their work throughout the year, and praised the community spirit of villagers who had helped each other with snow clearance during the winter. A request was made by Catherine Preston for approval of the proposed youth support service, run by North Yorkshire County Council, which aims to provide activities for young people in an effort to get them away from their X-boxes and joining in other things. She will contact sports clubs and any providers of accommodation, and her team is ready to offer information and advice to help young people understand about things that affect them. Councillors were all in favour of this scheme. Reports were received from Cloughton Brownies who have had a successful year, with 18 members at present. They celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and are now looking forward to a centenary celebration. Cloughton Cricket Club have also had some good news, with the first team’s return to the Beckett League’s Premier Division, and the second team retaining their position in the Beckett League. But the 2012 season, as for many clubs, was quite hard work, with the shocking weather causing about 50 per cent of games to be cancelled. Also there are worrying signs that interest in the game may be declining particularly at a junior level. However, Cloughton Cricket Club hopes to run a separate Under-13s side next year, although it was not possible this year. Financially the club has survived well, through its fundraisers and the support of the local community. There is always room for more volunteers, particularly to help with teas. A brief report was given from Cloughton Village Fund, commenting on the success of their annual pantomime. The police report was little changed from last month with the top priorities being safer roads, poaching, fly-tipping and dogfouling. Local parking issues continue to be monitored and officers have been carrying out static speed camera checks at various locations along the A171 as before. Since last month officers have dealt with nuisance motorcyclists at the side of the church and cemetery, and a damaged window on Mill Lane, as well as dealing with everyday and crime-related incidents. Crime figures are very slightly down in comparison with this time last year. Cllr Mrs Readman reported that the village hall was thriving, with lots of bookings, and the committee were looking forward to having the kitchen re-furbished. The village Sports Day is to be held on July 7. Cllr Gay reported on the success of his Ratpack group, and his pleasure that they had been invited to play at the new Lord Mayor’s inauguration. Cllr Hill said that the Scarborough and District Sports Council were looking for names of people to receive awards. Names can be submitted any time now. There were some interesting offerings “from the floor”. Mr Heath asked where the council’s accounts could be seen, and the clerk replied that they were always shown on the website, whereupon Mr Rogers stated that he had “trawled” set website and was unable to find anything! Dog fouling was said to be still a real problem, that was really annoying people, but the chairman said they were still awaiting appropriate signs from the borough council. Questions were asked about the playground; the Duchy are to be asked for the precise duration of their lease, before the council can act. Mr Heath asked for more police involvement in the matter of speeding through the village, also for a “slow” notice below the church on the north-bound carriageway, for traffic 
approaching the village. Apparently there was one there before the recent roadworks. County Highways are to be asked to replace it.

Council elections. Cllr Couch is to continue as chairman, with Cllr Mrs Readman as vice chairman, and the council representatives on other councils, committees etc, were re-elected en bloc.

Planning decisions. No new applications were received, Other applications had all been granted, ie proposed conversion of outbuilding/store to form holiday cottage at Cedar Shingles; extension of time limit on extant consent at Cloughton Fields, Station Lane, and erection of a dormer window to front, at 24 Littlemoor Close.

Finance. 1) 2012/2013 accounts were accepted and signed; 2) Mr R Carey re-appointed as internal auditor for 2013/2014; 3) Payment by monthly standing order of £290 from May 15 2013, to February 15 2014, to N Barnes, for village verge/gardening work; 4) Accounts certified as follows: R Carey (internal audit 2012-2013) £30; St Mary’s Church, Cloughton (contribution to churchyard maintenance 2013/2014) £199; Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall (contribution to ground maintenance 2013/2014) £725; Broker Network Ltd (2013-2014 insurance) £428.86; St Mary’s Church (hall hire April) £11.15.

Next meeting is on June 3.

St Mary’s

A BCP service of Holy Communion was held at 9.30am last Sunday conducted by the Rev Alastair Ferneley. Cafe Refresh was held in the hall at 10.15am, presented by the Thursday Discussion group. Des Ramsay gave the welcome and Rosemary Skelton read a Bible passage. The hymn, ‘Father, Lord of all Creation,’ was sung, then there was a sketch about the coming of the Holy Spirit, followed by a quiz, and a poem by Adrian Plath, read by Des. Audrey Berry said a prayer, then everyone joined in the hymn, ‘You shall go out with joy,’ before the Rev Ferneley gave the final blessing. Music was provided by Michael Lester and Rosemary and David Oliver; and there was a Traidcraft stall. This Sunday there will be Holy Communion and Sunday School at 10am. The Holy Beetle Drive with cream tea last Wednesday was well attended, much enjoyed, and raised £210 for church funds.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Church service

A service of Holy Communion will be conducted this Sunday by the Rev Peter Cross at St John’s Church at 10.30am. Please note that 10.30am is the new time for fourth Sunday of the month services.

Cream tea

Mr and Mrs Williams invite you to a cream tea at Moorland House, Rudda Lane, on Saturday June 1, from 2.30-5pm. See the model trains, and bring your teddy for a parachute jump. There will be stalls, a tombola and a cake stall, for which donations of cakes would be very welcome. This event is to raise money for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Fun dog show

The Pony Club is holding a Fun Dog Show in Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall on Sunday June 2. Entries will be taken from 1.30pm and the showing will start at 2pm; entries £2 per class. There will be a Doggy Tombola and refreshments will be available. Classes are for bonniest bitch, handsomest dog, best puppy (12 months and under), best veteran (nine years and over), best rescue dog, best terrier, best crossbreed, best trick, waggiest tail, dog most like its owner, child handler, best biscuit catcher, retrieve a sausage, fancy dress, and agility course. All prize winners to compete in the championship. Details from Louise on 871469.


Committee meeting

At the annual meeting of the Village Hall Committee Mrs G Davies presided, also in attendance were, Mrs E Oates, Mrs R Armstrong, Miss M 
De-la-Porte, Mrs J Keegan, Mrs A Gabriel, Mr P Gabriel, Mr J Napthine, Mr E Cooper. Apologies were received from Mrs V Boyes, Miss S Hiley.

In her summary of the past year, the chairman stated that long term bookings and the monthly draw remain an integral part of the income. The bangers and mash lunches have proved to be not only a fundraiser but also a good social occasion. Investment in new kitchen equipment is a positive move, easing the workload, but still maintaining standards. Remedial work to the floor in the hall and new shelving in the store room was now complete. The trees in the hall at Christmas had added to the spirit of the occasion and had been easier to put up than the mass of ceiling decorations. The new venture of singing carols at the Beacon, followed by free refreshments in the hall, proved to be a success and a pointer for the future.

The treasurer reported, that despite unforeseen expenditure, there was a still a profit on the year’s endeavours. Due to constant fundraising by the committee, the balance at the bank had been maintained.

The officials elected were, Mr E Cooper president and secretary, Mrs G Davies chairman, Mrs A Gabriel vice chairman, Mr P Gabriel treasurer Mrs J Keegan bookings and events. The committee Mrs E Oates, Mrs R Armstrong, Miss M De-la-Porte, Miss S Hiley, Mrs V Boyes, Mr J Napthine, Mr J Heath.

It was agreed that hire charges would remain the same. The amended constitution as presented, was adopted as from Monday May 13 2013. Membership of the monthly draw is now 154. The Housing Association is to be reminded that the rent for lease of the land for the garages is still outstanding.

Final arrangements were made for the last bangers and mash lunch of the present series, to be held on Saturday June 1 commencing at 12.30pm. It was decided that the hall will be decorated with bunting, old photographs taken when the hall was opened will be on display, and the theme will be the 60th year celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation, and the 75th anniversary of the opening of the village hall.

It was agreed that a meeting should be held with representatives of the Youth Club, to discuss storage arrangements of containers and equipment. It was agreed that in future the best crockery can only be hired out if it is used in the hall. A new dishwasher is to be purchased and should be installed before the next lunch is held. Outstanding accounts were paid and estimates are to be obtained for internal decoration of the hall.

Songs of Praise

Celebration of the Queen’s 60th anniversary will continue with joyful hymns and readings to suit the occasion, in a special Songs of Praise in St Peter’s Church on Sunday June 2, commencing at 2pm. Following the service the celebrations will continue with a picnic in a marquee at Willerby Croft. Families are invited to this special event.

Whist drive

At the recent whist drive organised by Mrs P Thompson and held in the village hall, the winners with a score of 51 were table 1: Jim Craggs, Sarah Wardle, Peter Richardson and Frank; 2 John Calam, Bill Calvert, Richard Souter, Veda Poole; 3 Pam Thompson, Howard, Jean West, Mavis Scott.

Winners of the raffle were John Calam, Sarah Wardle, Bill Calvert, Peter Richardson, Mavis Scott, Richard Souter. A sum of £40 was raised for Mencap. Thanks to everyone that supported and assisted at the event. The next whist drive is this Saturday from 7.30pm.


Community centre

It was a laugh a minute at Tuesday’s darts. Jenny was the scorer and also the top scorer of the night with 101. Bingo on Wednesday was well attended. Vera sold the books and Dorothy checked the winning books. Betty ran the raffle which was drawn by Vera and Dorothy. Dorothy took her birthday cakes to have with tea in the interval and everyone sang Happy Birthday to her. Numbers at this week’s coffee morning were down, but those there enjoyed a chat. Coffee and biscuits were serve by the committee ladies. Ted took the door money and sold raffle tickets and everyone got a raffle prize.

Methodist church

The 10.45am service was led by the Rev Elizabeth Clark who spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as promised by Jesus, an advocate to give hope which all can receive. Cathy Ramage gave a reading from the Book of Ezekiel and Alison Hoff read a passage for Acts. The stewards for the day were Helen and Keith Higgs and Joyce Taylor gave out the Hymn Books. Following the service refreshments were served by John France. The coming weekend is the church’s anniversary and the Sunday morning service will be led by Barry Morley. As part of the celebrations there will be a concert on Saturday given by Graham Community Choir. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper.

St John’s

The 9am family communion service was led by reader in training Judith Dean and the vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams gave the sermon. On Saturday May 18 the marriage took place between Tony John Herrington and Amanda Jane Ward. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev Stephen Drury. Next Sunday’s services are family communion at 9am and evening praise at 6pm.

On Saturday June 1, a ‘Ritz style’ afternoon tea will be held in the Church Room. The event will take place between 2.30-4.30pm with piano entertainment by John Haslam. The cost will be £5 and proceeds will go to church funds.

Country dancing

Following the May Day holiday, the class in English Country Dancing resumed in the village hall on Tuesday. There were two dances performed from around the 16th century, and the remainder of the evening was made up with social and more recent community dances, with Mrs Barbara Welford accompanying on the piano. The class continues each Tuesday evening when any new dancers would be most welcome, but there will be no class on June 4, due to the WI meeting.


Monthly service

The monthly non-denominational ecumenical service will take place in the community centre on Sunday, at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served after the service.


Holiday closing

The Post Office in High Street will be closed on Monday, Spring Bank Holiday. It will be open as usual on Saturday morning, and will re-open again at the usual time on Tuesday. Likewise the Library and Information Centre will also be open as usual on Saturday morning, but will be closed all day on Monday. It will open again at the usual times on Tuesday.

Churches together

The Church of the Holy Nativity in Westway was full with people of all denominations on Sunday evening when Churches Together in Scarborough held a United Service for Pentecost Sunday. The Rev Samantha Foster conducted the service and the preacher was the Rev David Nellist, and prayers and readings were given by lay members representing the various churches. David spoke of the purpose of Pentecost, giving power, strength and stability to the early church, and of Jesus’ command to “be my witness”, which is still the purpose of the church today.

Ministers present included the chairman of CTIS, the Rev Jason McCullagh (St Andrew’s), Capt Paul Robinson (Salvation Army), the Rev Michael Leigh (St Mark’s), the Rev David Nellist (Pentecostal), the Rev Sam Foster (Fresh Expressions and the Holy Nativity), the Rev Helen Dean (St John’s Church for the Deaf), the Rev Michael Glover (Ebenezer Baptist), the Rev David Pynn (St Laurence and St Luke’s), the Rev Geoff Bowell (Scarborough Christian Fellowship), the Rev Martin Dunning (St Mary’s), the Rev Laura McWilliams (St Martin’s, Seamer). The Rev Sam Foster spoke about the Social Action Project which is being developed for Eastfield with Cayton parish, which is to be housed in the former vicarage next door to the church. People from different churches and types of worship, and other organisations, have been involved in renovating this property, which has been empty and boarded up for the past four years. It will be re-named Westway Open Arms and will be a social action centre, similar to the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough, offering help with unemployment, teenage pregnancy, debt advice and ‘signposting’ to various sources of assistance, as well as being a drop-in centre with tea and coffee available. There will be a dedicated prayer room, a midweek communion service, as well as a volunteer service cadet project and a ‘jamming session’ youth club. Westway Open Arms will operate along the lines of the Rainbow Centre, which has provided much help in setting it up. The launch is expected to take place in September. Three of the ministers carried out anointing at the service, to which most of the congregation went forward.

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. A raffle was also organised by Norma Rogers, and a three-course lunch was also enjoyed which was prepared and cooked by Peter, the resident chef, and served by members of the committee. Anyone is welcome to attend the club on any Tuesday from 11am-1pm, and the lunch is available at £4 per head, and £2 for children.


Weekly draw

The Playing Field Association Draw: £25 (13) Ray Hall, £15 (127) Ali Haldenby, £5 (36) Paul Mattinson.

Quiz night

The winners of the quiz at the East Riding were Sue and Rich who donated the prize money of £24 to Filey Bowls Club. The proceeds from the raffle were donated to Sherburn Youth Club who received £26. The next quiz is on Thursday June 20 at 8pm and a pie and pea supper will be available for £3. All are welcome to come along and enjoy this fun social time together.

St Hilda’s

The next service will be Holy Communion on Sunday at 9.15am when the Rev Quentin Wilson will officiate.

Letters draw

The letters for the Football Club Letters Draw on Saturday May 18 were GIM. There was no winner so next week’s rollover total is £120.

Coffee morning

The annual united Christian Aid coffee morning was held in the Chapel Hall when Mrs Ann Collier received the envelopes and donations on behalf of Christian Aid. The hostess for coffee was Mrs Elizabeth Aconley. The name the teddy competition was won by Mrs Judith Ruston. The treasure hunt and food parcel were both won by Mrs Stella Boyes. The sum of £313.10 was made, but if you still wish to give please let Mrs Collier have your envelope as soon as possible. Thank you all so much for your generosity.

Luncheon club

It was good to welcome to new members, John and Rosemary, to the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club. After a lovely lunch the Rev Sam Hall spoke to us about the Eastfield Project. She spoke of how the project aimed to help people in need, be that through debt advice, practical help or a chat over coffee in the drop in centre. The before and after pictures of Westway House where the project is based spoke volumes of the hard work of the volunteers involved in this project. The club were delighted to give Sam a donation to the work and Stella very kindly donated the food parcel that she had won at the coffee morning. We have very kindly been given scarves to sell for our Shoebox Appeal and these were very popular. Birthday greetings were sung to Jean and Bill. Mrs Barbara Grice gave a vote of thanks for the work of the kitchen staff. Helpers were Christine Ashton, Shirley Hall, Carol Stephenson, Angela Holdsworth, Janet Magee, Kay Miles and John Robinson. The next Luncheon Club is on Wednesday June 19, meet 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport in Sherburn village can be arranged, contact Christine on (01944) 711294.

Methodist news

The worship for Pentecost Sunday took the form of a Pentecost Praise Party for the birthday of the Christian Church. This was led by Mrs Jean Brown and Mrs Christine Fenwick. George, Winnie and Evie told us what made a good party – games, presents, music and birthday cake and these elements were included in the worship. Norman Clark read us the story of the first Pentecost when the disciples received the Holy Spirit and were empowered to begin the Christian Church. Chris Cade played the organ for the lively singing and Janet Tebb operated the audio visual equipment. The welcomers were Christine Pickard and Liz Aconley and the opportunity was given to be anointed with oil for God’s service. The birthday present box contained balloons which were useless until George managed to blow them up. The children iced a lovely birthday cake made by Sandra Cade and we shared it at the party lunch afterwards. The worship next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mr Gordon Whitehead. All are welcome.

Family Cinema Club met and enjoyed watching, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang interspersed of course with popcorn and ice creams.


Parish council

Newby and Scalby’s annual parish council took place on Wednesday May 8. Present were Cllrs TW Miller (outgoing chairman), Cllrs D Bastiman, Mrs E Black, W Black, S Foote, S Gething, Mrs G Kendall, R Pickersgill, Mrs C Snow, R Thompson, A Tyson, and B Watson. Also in attendance were County Cllr A Backhouse, P Afford (Scalby Football Club), P Staveley (In Bloom), Mrs J Marley (clerk).

Cllr Mrs G Kendall was elected chairman for the forthcoming year and Cllr R Thompson was elected vice chairman. Cllr Bastiman was congratulated on his election to county councillor for Scalby and The Coast.

County Cllr Backhouse reported work to start converting streetlights in Newby to part-night lighting would begin on May 24. He had asked for various highway work to be carried out on Moor Lane (marking out of bus stops or single yellow line and repair of cracks in pavement) and re-surfacing of part of Coldyhill Lane from the Scalby Road junction to the pedestrian crossing was under consideration by North Yorkshire County Council Highways.

Newby and Scalby In Bloom Group were to hold a plant and cake sale at the Rosette on June 8. The missing fencing at Cumboots Quarry had been replaced. A survey of trees on parish council land had recommended remedial works at Cumboots Quarry and Low Street and estimates have been requested from contractors. Cllrs Thompson and Watson were nominated for the parish vacancies on the NYCC Area Committee. Problems with parking towards the Proudfoot end of Coldyhill Lane had been raised at a recent CAP meeting and Highways are to be asked for a single yellow line Traffic Regulation Order which will restrict parking Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

The 2012/13 annual accounts were approved, as was the Internal Auditor’s report and the annual return for the External Auditor. The biennial visit to Pornic (Scalby’s twin town) takes place in early June and Cllr Thompson is to attend as the parish council’s representative.

There were no objections to planning applications for a garage and store at 2 Hay Lane, a cloakroom extension at 15 Scalby Beck Road or a conservatory extension at 521 Scalby Road. The borough council had granted planning consent for a garage extension at 6 Beech Drive, garage and rear extensions at 28 Hackness Drive and a garage at 24a High Mill Drive.

The next meeting is Wednesday June 12 at 7pm in the committee room at Scalby Community Hall – parishioners are welcome to attend. Fur-0ther parish council information is on their website at www.newbyandscalbypc.org.uk.

St Mark’s

The 10am communion service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh, and included the marriage blessing of Freda and Geoff Boreman.

This Sunday, Trinity Sunday, there will be services of Holy Communion at 8am and 10am. The 10am service includes JAM Club for children aged up to seven years, Stepping Stones for children aged eight to 10 and Y-Zone for older children. Crèche facilities will be available for children under four years.

At 6.30pm there will be a Service of Healing, including the laying on of hands. This is based on the healing service of the Iona Community, and all are welcome to attend. On Wednesday there is a service of Holy Communion at 10am.

Discussion group

The discussion group takes place on Wednesdays at 11am in the Community Hall, and is repeated on Thursdays at 7pm in the Upper Room. The topic for discussion will be Joel Edwards’ book ‘Falling Back on God’, and the subject for next week will be ‘Hope to Trust’.

Pop in group

The Pop-in group will be meeting in St Mark’s Community Hall 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.

Community choir

Barrowcliffe Community Choir meets on Thursday afternoons from 4-5pm in the Community Hall. It is free to join, but there is a suggested donation of £2 per adult, (children free), to cover costs. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served from 3.30pm.


Methodist church

The morning service this Sunday at 10.30am will be a joint service with congregations of Northstead and Wreyfield Drive Methodist Churches at Northstead Church. There will be no evening service at Scalby Methodist Church this week.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held at Scalby Methodist Church on Saturday June 1 to raise funds in support of Action for Children. Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10am to 12 noon and there will be stalls selling Fairtrade items and home baking. All welcome, admission is by donation to the charity.

WI report

Members of the Scalby and Newby Women’s Institute were transported to the Far East, Africa, Venice and the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show at their meeting on May 20 when Robert Child showed slides of the places he has visited. The president announced the dates of the open days at Denman College and the WI headquarters in London. The Strollers met at Scalby Community Hall on Wednesday May 22 for a bluebell walk at Falling Foss, and the Catch Up meeting will again be held at the Palm Court Hotel on Friday June 7 at 12 noon. Yvonne Spencer gave an account of the holiday to Tenby and announced the final payments for the holiday to Portugal and the visit to Tatton Park. Twenty-four members have booked to attend the Pearl Lunch at the Three Jolly Sailors, Burniston, on the June 11 which will include a speaker. A visit to the Street Youth and Community Centre has been arranged for Monday June 10 at 6.45pm. Members were informed that another visit would be arranged if this one was oversubscribed. The craft afternoon this month will take place at the home of Veronica England from 2-4pm and in June at the home of Angela Normandale. Members have been invited by the Burniston and Cloughton WI to join them in learning about the Moodle which will be demonstrated by a member of the Thirsk office on Wednesday June 19 at 2.30pm in Burniston Village Hall. A short talk on the benefits of tai chi was given by Angela Taylor. Anyone wishing to learn more about our group should telephone the president on 375908 or the secretary on 360939.


Methodist church

Pentecost Sunday was cele-brated by services of Holy Communion led by the Rev Peter Cross at 9.30am and 11am. The Sunday at 8pm service taken by the 16 to 20 year group continued with the theme, looking at the importance of community and relationships within Christian living. Friends and family filled the church on Monday evening for the Boys Brigade annual presentation of awards.

The church’s annual meeting will take place on June 2. Advance notice was given of The Missions Weekend to be held on June 15-16 when Fairtrade will be the theme, starting with a great Fairtrade Bake Off on the Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Please see website for further details of all activities taking place at www.burnistonchurch.org.uk.


Village council

The annual meeting was held in the function room of Poacher’s Barn. Present were Cllrs Robert Clough, Alan Gregory, Avril Gregory, Philip King, Helen Penney, Peter Southward and Eileen Vickers, council clerk Tony Spencer, Borough Cllr Simon Green, PC Phil Charlton and one member of the public.

Cllr King was appointed chairman for the year and signed the declaration of acceptance of office in the presence of the clerk as proper officer. Cllr Clough was appointed vice-chairman. The following appointments to the village council committees were made: planning – Cllrs Vickers (chairman), Avril Gregory and Clough; amenities and environment – Cllrs Avril Gregory (chairman), Alan Gregory and Penney; finance – Cllrs Clough (chairman), Vickers and Alan Gregory.

Representatives on outside bodies were appointed as follows: Southern Area Community and Police Liaison Committee, Cllr Vickers; Road Liaison Committee – Cllrs Avril Gregory and Penney; Yorkshire Local Councils Association – Cllrs Vickers and Avril Gregory; Memorial Garden Group – Cllr Alan Gregory.

It was resolved that the times and dates of meetings should be at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except August, in the function room of Poacher’s Barn.

PC Charlton introduced himself as the new beat manager for the area and reported on the latest crime statistics.

Arising from the recent council coffee morning, the matter of introducing village walkabouts by councillors was discussed. It was agreed that these could enable greater engagement with parishioners and they would be implemented from September.

Borough Cllr Green reported that work to the outfall at Cornelian Bay was continuing on track. A written report was received from County Cllr Tony Randerson.

In the open forum, the matter of a complaint made last September to borough council against a councillor was raised and it was reported that this had now been resolved without any action being taken by borough council and that the councillor had therefore been exonerated.

Cllr Alan Gregory said that grass seed had been sown in the Memorial Garden and the perennials were doing well.

Regarding the provision of a grit bin in Osgodby Close, concern was expressed that responsibility for filling the bin would rest only with one resident as two neighbours had indicated at the recent annual assembly that they would not be contributing to the provision of grit for the proposed bin.

The council considered an email from North Yorkshire County Council indicating that it would not supply a bus shelter for Osgodby Lane. The county council is to be reminded that the village council was not looking for a new shelter but merely the return of the one taken away by the county council.

It was noted that the first half of the precept for 2013/2014 in the sum of £2985 had been received and banked. It was agreed that a sum of £50 should be given to Osgodby In Bloom to enable it to reinstate the site of the garden area near the new notice board adjoining the Poacher’s Barn.

The next ordinary meeting of the council will be on Tuesday June 4, at 7.30pm at Poacher’s Barn.

Community library

The community association invites all residents to borrow books from its library shelves which hold a good selection of modern novels, biographies and general non-fiction with a regular turnover of titles donated by residents. Books can be borrowed for 20p at any meeting and on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon and on Fridays from 7pm to 8pm when group leaders will welcome borrowers.

Neighbourhood Watch

A spate of thefts of garden ornaments and equipment from properties in the village has been reported this week. It is suggested that residents should be alert, photograph items of value and report any suspicious activity to police.

Bingo evening

A bingo evening was run at the community centre with Bryan Coomber and Janet McNamara as callers, Mr Coomber and Jean Pemberton as cashiers and Margaret Rogers and Christine Hastie as checkers. Refreshments were served by Moira Audsley and Ann Lowe. A raffle run by Mrs Hastie was won by Jennifer Atkinson, Mrs Pemberton and Joan Davis. People from all areas will be welcomed at 7.15pm on Mondays to join in this pleasant social event.


Parish council

Seamer Parish Council is to ask North Riding County Council to introduce parking restrictions, including disabled parking, on both sides of the road near the former Seamer Stores, off Main Street. This is to ensure that it is kept clear for residents’ access and for emergency vehicles.

This was decided at the annual meeting of the council held at Crossgates Community Centre, when it was also reported that following action by the county council the Yorkshire Coastliner 843 bus service would continue to serve Seamer and Crossgates as in the past.

It was noted that there had been no recent applications for grants from the community fund. Any future applicants will be asked to fully clarify their submissions and to include specific costings, and any successful applications will be given appropriate publicity.

Cllr Dorothy Morrison has been asked to inspect the Jubilee allotments for overgrown plots so that any necessary action can be taken for appropriate maintenance.

The county council is to be asked to repair a sign on Pasture Lane near Eastgate and a broken bollard outside the fish and chip shop on Main Street and to clear blocked gullies on Main Street. Cllr Kate Mallender reported that the work on the Old School House was completed. Cllr Morrison reported that various pot-holes required repair and that the lights on the new roundabout were still not lit, and these are to be reported to the county council.

It being the annual meeting, Cllr WH Smith was appointed chairman and Cllr Hayley Pickles vice-chairman for 2013-14. The chairman’s allowance was fixed at £110, and he is an ex-officio member of all committees.

Committee membership: Finance, Cllrs Anthony Ingham (chairman), Mallender and David Raine; Land and Property, Cllrs Mallender (chairman), Morrison and Ingham; Planning and Environment, Cllrs Raine (chairman), Stephanie Somers and Roxanne Murphy; Lighting and Highways, Cllrs Morrison (chairman), Pickles and Somers.

Representatives on outside bodies: St Martin’s Church Restoration Committee, Cllr Raine; Crossgates Community Association, Cllr Murphy; Seamer Sports Association, Cllr Smith; Yorkshire Local Councils Association, Cllrs Ingham and Morrison; Seamer Youth Club Management Committee, Cllr Mallender; Memorial Hall Management Committee, Cllr Raine; Roads Liaison Committee, Cllrs Pickles and Morrison; Police Liaison Committee, Cllr Morrison; and Methodist Church, Cllr Pickles.

Parish council meetings will be on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7pm, as follows: June 11, Memorial Hall; July 9, Crossgates CC; Aug 13, Memorial Hall; Sept 10, Crossgates CC; Oct 8, Memorial Hall; Nov 12, Crossgates CC; Dec 10, Memorial Hall; Jan 14, Crossgates CC; Feb 11, Memorial Hall; March 11 Crossgates CC; Apr 8, Memorial Hall; May 13, Crossgates CC (annual meeting). The annual assembly will be held in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday April 15 with a 7.30pm start.

Present: Cllr WH Smith (chairman) and Cllrs A Ingham, K Mallender, D Morrison, R Murphy, H Pickles, DE Raine and S Somers, PCSO M Braidley, Mr G Pickering (of Scarborough Council), eight members of the public and the clerk, Mr Tony Spencer.

Methodist church

Mr Paul Midgley was the preacher at Seamer Methodist Church on Sunday and spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit and how Jesus said he is the vine and we are the branches and we need to be connected. He also said our relationship with God is the most important thing of all.

Doreen Lawson was the organist, and Bert Blower was the vestry steward. Jean Berrington was the welcomer and Margaret Neave took the collection. Readings were given by Kath Baker and Denise Earnshaw. Refreshments were served after the service by Sheila Gray and Mandy Clayton.

Mr Bruce Clark will be the preacher at Sunday’s 10.30am service.

St Martin’s

On Pentecost Sunday at a common worship communion service at St Martin’s Church, assistant minister the Rev Richard Firth preached on understanding the spirit of God. Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard, Kieron Middleton gave a Bible reading and Kate Middleton led prayers. Members of the congregation were anointed with oil by the Rev Firth and he dedicated a candle stand purchased in memory of Christine Barrowcliff. Helen Stevens assisted with the chalice at communion and served refreshments afterwards. Doreen Livesey and Elizabeth Chapman were sidespersons.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, later led a service of modern worship and also led the intercessions. She preached on the gift of the Holy Spirit from the account of Pentecost in Acts which was read by Richard Fuller, who also led the sung worship with Emily Hewitt (vocals) and John Taylor (drums). Julie Hall and Mary Otway offered prayer ministry and anointing during the worship. Helen Stevens and Elizabeth Bradley, who also served refreshments, ran the Sunday Club.

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

Treasure hunt

Friends of Seamer Village are to hold a village treasure hunt on Monday, which is billed as “a family affair giving an opportunity to get to know your village”. Starting at the Mayfield Hotel between 4pm and 5pm, it will last about two hours. The hunt will involve a walk round the village and will finish at the Mayfield so anyone taking part can have a meal or refreshments afterwards, at their own expense. Entry into the treasure hunt is £5 per team of up to five members and there will be prizes. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the village, and further information is available from Vanessa (01723) 865134

Clog dancers

The White Rose clog and garland dancers, who meet at Seamer Memorial Hall, visited Slingsby to take part in the annual Village May Day celebrations when, on a warm, sunny afternoon, hundreds of people from all over the country, and some from abroad, surrounded the village green. There were also stalls with a variety of products for sale, and competitions. The children from the village school started the entertainment by performing several figures around the Maypole in the centre of the green. The garland dancers then performed four garland dances and two members danced the ‘clog’. In between these performances a brass band played popular music. The performers were later entertained to tea in the church rooms, provided by the ladies from the village.

WI meeting

Seamer and Irton Women’s Institute members met for the May meeting at the usual venue, the Memorial Hall in Seamer. President Edna Burton welcomed Jenny, a visitor, and the guest speaker, Robert Child.

The previous meeting had been a visit to Irton Garden Centre, which everyone agreed was a great evening out at which all attending were generously given refreshments on the house, much appreciated by all.

The hospital coffee morning held at Crossgates Community Centre was a great success, being well supported by members who gave their time to help, donated cakes or gave donations when they were unable to take part. The hospital will soon be launching an appeal for a bereavement suite to be sited at the maternity unit, this will start at the beginning of June.

In 2015, there is to be a Centenary Lecture in York by a well known chef, with a free lunch. Jean Dixon, the branch delegate gave a succinct account of the Spring Council meeting at Scarborough Spa, enabling all who did not attend to get a real flavour of the day.

The group social on June 7 will be a beetle drive in the Memorial Hall with £1 entrance fee. The visit to the YMCA theatre is on June 12.

Photographer Robert Child then gave his presentation entitled ‘A musical trip around the world’, which had everyone fascinated. The slide shows set to appropriate music were so relaxing and professional and all present were envious of Robert’s photographic skills. He was thanked by Mollie Dobson.

Raffle winners were Enid Plevey, Angela Wilson, Sheila Wilson and Liz Ibbetson, and the competition for a mounted photograph of a WI activity was won by Jan Braidley. The next meeting on June 19 will hear a talk by Julie Fletcher on Hatha Yoga, and the competition will be A Thought for the Day.


Village Ventures

Jackie Grey and her team served lunches in Brompton Village Hall on May 15. The menu included quiche and a variety of salads with lovely little puddings to follow, along with Viennese biscuits and fruit. There were enough Viennese biscuits left over for the youngsters who dropped in later. It was once again a very enjoyable session and will be repeated on June 19, the third Wednesday in June. The same team will be on duty and plan a chicken and a vegetable dish. All are welcome. Although the food is charged at cost it still makes a profit for the village hall funds thanks to the volunteer helpers.

Village hall funds

Di Ford and Mary Jones have recently donated £208.56 earned from writing this column to Village Hall Funds. They continue to welcome items of news from individuals and organisations related to Brompton-by-Sawdon.

Church news

Pupils from Gladstone Road School visited All Saints on Monday to find out about the church’s history, especially as it was the site of William Wordsworth’s wedding, and the village where Sir George Cayley invented the flying machine. This Sunday there will be an 8am communion service using the Book of Common Prayer.

Gardening club

The next meeting of Brompton-by-Sawdon and District Gardening Club will be on Wednesday when Doug Stewart will speak about ‘10 ways to a better garden.


Parish council

At the annual meeting of Snainton Parish Council, Cllr T Abbey was re elected as chairman and gave the following annual report.

At the end of another year our parish council remains the same, with the exception of our parish clerk. This year Ron Carey left us and we are now joined by our new clerk, Mr James Ingham. Ron will be missed by us and also by Brompton Parish Council.

At the beginning of our year we had the Jubilee celebrations, the Victory field was packed with people enjoying a great day. All this of course was only possible because of the hard work and dedication of the people who organised the day, a special thanks to them. At around the same time as the Jubilee our village map was placed outside the Reading Room.

The map itself had been drawn by Sue Jackson with the addition of photographs supplied by the late David Simpson, It was framed by Anthony Shackleton and paid for by way of a generous bequest.

This year we have had some repair work done to the Reading Room, mostly as a result of heavy rain. The roof was fixed and the thresholds raised. The stonework at the front was also badly eroded and had to be cut out and replaced. Our Reading Room is a village asset and needs to be looked after.

We have also spent some time tidying up the cemetery. This has been in the form of removing the old shed and having the waste earth taken away. This has had the effect of opening up the turning area and extending the access and egress, which makes it much easier for motor vehicles to manoeuvre.

Last year we bought extra grit bins from North Yorkshire County Council. These extra bins are paid for and replenished at the parish council’s expense but I am sure that you will agree that in the light of the winters that we now have, they are well worth it. The material used to fill the bins is a mixture of salt and grit as it was found that due to the very low temperatures that we now experience, the salt ceased to be of any use but the grit still reduces the likelihood of slipping and gives vehicles more traction.

We have continued to offer our small grant scheme to organisations within the parish. These grants we hope will help to perpetuate the service that these groups provide, and of course the many benefits which the diversity of clubs and groups bring. A grant was also made to the Bridge Library as it was agreed that a library offers a service to the overall community, which is special and unique and must not be allowed to fail.

On the subject of failure, as a council we did everything we could to prevent the closure of the fire station. This included writing to all of the 16 councillors who made up the committee whose responsibility it was to decide on closure. We attended the final meeting at Easingwold where last gasp arguments were put forward by councillors and the fire brigades union, one of which was the importance of response times. These points were dismissed and the decision to close was voted through unanimously. It appeared to be a foregone conclusion and that the meeting was just an elaborate charade. The unfortunate thing is that we were correct and they were wrong as was emphatically proven with the fire at Glaves the Butchers. It took nearly half an hour for a fire appliance to arrive. Then, to add insult to injury, they could not wait to put up the ‘For Sale’ sign outside the fire station.

At our monthly council meetings we are joined by a representative of the police. They listen to our concerns and update us on current issues and the results of any previous crimes. The main areas of crime, which chiefly concern us at the moment, are metal and diesel theft, poaching, speeding and dog fouling. The latter is so easy to prevent and is perpetuated by a very few antisocial people. The solution is simple: pick it up and dispose of it responsibly. Please don’t do what some do and put it in a bag then throw away the bag, the bags do not degrade and doing this is worse than leaving the stuff where it is. Fortunately, our crime figures are very low and long may that situation remain.

Finally I would like to thank all those people who help to look after our village and those parishioners who make their properties and gardens look so attractive, it really does make a difference.


Annual show

The Garden and Produce Association will be holding their 68th Annual Show on Sunday August 4. Schedules are now available at The Cottage, Cross Hill, Hunmanby; Reighton Nurseries; The Spring Cafe, Stonegate, Hunmanby; The Post Office, Bridlington Street, Hunmanby; Eastfield Garden Centre, Bridlington; Roanne Nurseries, Kilham, or on (01723) 892286.

In bloom

Hunmanby in Bloom is holding a plant sale this Saturday at Bayley Gardens, Bridlington Street, from 9.30am-12.30pm. There will plant stalls, cake stalls and a tombola.

Mobile library

The mobile library will be at the White Swan car park on Saturday at 10am to 12 noon.

Methodist church

Cross Hill Methodist Church’s Sunday service is a joint service at All Saints at 10.30am. The preacher is Dr Margaret Pawson and the Rev Jeff Hatton.

All Saints

Services are at 8am. The fourth Sunday of the month is a joint service with Cross Hill Methodist Church at 10.45am and Evensong is at 6.30pm.


Village meeting

The annual parish meeting was chaired by Brian Stevenson. All members of the parish council were in attendance, County Cllr John Blackburn and the clerk along with six members of the public who represented various groups in the village. Apologies had been received from Scarborough Borough Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff.

The chairman welcomed and thanked everyone for attending. He congratulated John Blackburn on being re-elected as county councillor and congratulations were also made to Godfrey Allanson for 40 years as a Scarborough borough councillor.

Reports were received from Cllrs Blackburn and Allanson for their respective roles.

Brian Stevenson reported he was honoured to have served another term as chairman of the parish council. He thanked all those involved with organising the Mill Wheel on the green to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Gordon Jackson and Jackie Town were in attendance from Muston in Bloom. Jackie reported a reasonably quiet year as the group had decided not to enter the Yorkshire in Bloom competition because they are a very small group, and the judges want more and more projects which the group cannot keep up with. The June Fun Day to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was held with the help of sponsorship from Bryan Fisk of Bridlington Caravans, Muston Millennium Committee and a grant from the Mayoress’s fund. Other events had been cancelled due to the weather or ill health of the organisers. The group will continue to maintain the existing planting; the tubs on the little green will shortly be replaced by a sustainable bed similar to those on the A165. They hope that villagers will continue to help Muston’s appearance by keeping their own looking attractive and thanked everyone who does support their events and help out with occasional litter picking and watering etc.

Godfrey Allanson and Kay Dews were in attendance from Muston Millennium Committee. Kay reported a quiz night with pie and pea supper had been held in April and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Party in June. Food was prepared and supplied by residents of Muston and an estimated 200 people attended. Every child either living in the village or related to a resident was presented with a commemorative coin to mark the occasion and every household in Muston was presented with a commemorative tin of biscuits. The Scarecrow Festival had to be cancelled due to the waterlogged condition of both the village green and the car park field but a ‘disappointment party’ was still held. In November a French evening was held and in December a successful Christmas party with a pantomime. A Christmas lunch for villagers aged 60 and over was held at the Ship Inn. Over 40 people attended and it was judged a great success; another quiz night was held in March. Plans are well under way for this year’s Scarecrow Festival.

Jewel Skelton and Doreen Flood were in attendance from Muston Monday Club. Doreen reported they meet in the village hall in the first Monday of the month at 7pm for 7.30pm between October and June. A speaker was followed by tea/coffee and biscuits for six of the meetings. In December a Christmas meal is enjoyed at various local restaurants, in May they have an outing. The most recent being on Monday May 13 to Durham and Beamish and the annual meeting is held in June. In order to increase membership the group has opened up to male members having been originally formed for ladies. It has a membership of 19 of which eight are non-Muston residents. The group is always looking for new members and it is hoped more people from the village will feel that they are able to join.

Stuart Chalmers reported Muston Cricket Club continues to prosper. They have two Saturday and one Evening League teams. They have junior members but no junior team. Players are mainly residents with a few outsiders. Andrew Marson has allowed improvements to be made to the square and outfield; these have been made with the aid of grants and donations. A new pavilion is their next aim.

Keith Warters reported for Muston Village Hall. A small committee working to improve the facilities at the hall. New toilets were installed recently and new windows. A grant has been secured from the cluster for painting inside and outside. They are grateful to the Millennium Committee for their donations. He thanked Malcolm Johnson for all the work he does as secretary. Forthcoming fundraising events are Monday, a car boot sale in Mr and Mrs Winters’ paddock, and June 16, a sponsored walk jointly with Diabetes UK. The chairman thanked everyone for attending and giving their reports.


Over 60s

Mrs Margaret Pattison, chairwoman, welcomed 22 members of the Over 60s Club to the weekly meeting in the village hall.

Bingo was called by Mrs Pattison and the flyers by Mrs B Rodgers. The winners were Mrs M Martin, Mrs J Knight, Mrs M Scott, Mrs N Feather, Mrs V Poole, Mrs O Ayres, Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs A Greenwood, Mrs M Pattison and Mrs A Speck.

Mrs A Butler organised the raffle and the winners were Mrs A Donlevy, Mrs A Dowson, Mrs A Greenwood, Mrs A Parsons, Mrs B Rodgers, Mrs N Feather, Mrs J Griffiths, Mrs D Dawson, Mrs M Martin, Mrs V Poole, Mrs D Colwill and Mrs B Forcer.

Tea and biscuits were served by Mrs A Butler and Mrs A Donlevy.

The Over 60s are always very pleased to welcome new members to their meetings held every Thursday at 2pm in Cayton Village Hall.

Church services

The services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton, on Sunday will be 9am communion with the Rev Sam Foster and at 6.15pm Evensong with Ros O’Toole.

The Rev Phil White will be licensed as Priest in Charge of the Parish of Cayton with Eastfield, covering the churches of St John the Baptist, Cayton and the Church of the Holy Nativity, Eastfield. It is a half-time post as Phil White also holds a similar post at St James’ Church, Seamer Road, Scarborough.

The service will be led by the Right Rev Richard Michael Cokayne Frith, Bishop of Hull, and will take place at the Church of the Holy Nativity, Eastfield, on Thursday June 6 at 7.30pm. All are very welcome to attend.

Parish council

Following the resignation of Cllr Anthony Robinson there is a vacancy for a councillor on Cayton Parish Council.

Applications are invited from persons interested in being co-opted as a member of the council. No experience is necessary but just a desire to get involved and make a difference. Full council meetings are held at 7pm on the third Tuesday monthly.

The new member will be involved with other parish council committees/working groups and meetings for these are usually held early morning or early evening on weekdays. Attendance at outside meetings/events organised by the parish council, eg bonfire, carol singing, etc will be required – ultimately how much time is involved depends on how much you want to get involved and have time available to do so.

If you are interested and want more information, please contact the clerk, Helen Carter, on 582492 or email caytonparish@btconnect.com.

Methodist service

On Sunday the welcome and call to worship in Cayton Chapel was given by Margaret Welsh, together with the welcoming prayer.

A drama sketch of a telephone conversation that sets the scene for the reading of Act 2 v 1-21 by Margaret Welsh with Julie Barber and Christine Feather acting the parts of the two people on the telephone.

The offering and prayers of intercession were given by Christine Feather to be followed by the reading of Psalm 104 by the Rev Nigel Spencer.

This was followed by Jennifer Atkinson singing ‘Come Down All Love Divine’ with Jane Williams then reading John 14 v 18-27.

A drama ‘Filled with the Spirit’ was a dramatised reading of Act 2 by Carolyn Newton, Sue Simmons and Alison Smuk.

Ann Green gave a brief talk whilst the congregation blew balloons up to symbolise the Holy Spirit, and this was followed by the singing group performing ‘O God Burning Cleansing Flame Send the Fire’. The service concluded with the singing of a hymn and sending out prayer by Ann Green.

Jane Allen was the organist, Margaret Welsh the vestry steward and Sue Simmons was the welcomer.

The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Mrs N Warner.

Vintage working day

This is an early notification that the annual Vintage Working Day and Ploughing Match organised by Eddie Brown and Terry Oakley will be held at Mill Lane, Cayton Bay, on Saturday July 27 from 9am.