Stepney and Woodlands

Welcome to the new District Diary column for this popular residential area to the north of Scarborough. Your correspondent is David Pynn, 6 Stepney Drive, Scarborough YO12 5DH. If you have news of events taking place in the area, he can be contacted by email at or on (01723) 369687.

SIXTH FORM. Thursday is a crucial day for four students from the Scarborough Sixth Form College. Sophia Bell, Emily Mills, Michael Polson and Khoa Dang Pham will be competing in the prestigious Bank of England Target 2.0 competition in Derby. Next stop if they win this round will be London for the National Final and an opportunity to meet Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England. They had previously won the regional heat when the competition was fierce and they were up against six other schools from the region. They emerged as clear winners and were judged to be “the best economists” on the day. They have been supported throughout by economics teacher, Sue Smith.

The open evening for prospective new students and their parents/carers will be on Wednesday from 5.30-7.30pm. Staff and students will be available to talk about courses beginning in September 2011, and the college facilities and some demonstrations will be on view.

PLAXTON COURT is the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust housing development for “retirement living in Scarborough”, situated off Woodlands Drive just beyond Graham School. The site contains 53 one and two-bedroom apartments and 16 three-bedroom cottages, and offers an extensive range of leisure and social activities. Health and well-being services and care and support are provided when needed. They are keen to develop links with the local community and to offer their facilities to the public where appropriate. There will be a concert by “The Songsters” at 2.30pm in the common room on Thursday. The Songsters are a group of 15 or so ladies who got to know each other when playing bridge together and have now teamed up as a singing group. Everyone is welcome and entry is free of charge although voluntary contributions will be welcome.

The Plaxton Court Café is open to residents and non-residents every day including Sundays from 10am-2.30pm for drinks, homemade cakes and biscuits and cooked lunches.

ST LUKE’S. The service of Holy Communion in the Church of England church at the corner of Stepney Drive and Scalby Road on Sunday February 6 at 10am was led by the Rev Marion Wright. The sermon was one in a series dealing with Christian responses to contemporary problems and issues. Topics covered so far include suffering, women bishops and homosexuality. The Rev Wright spoke about “Money, money, money” and reminded the congregation of the need for fairness and concern for others together with the responsible use of the possessions we have, remembering that they all come ultimately from God. The morning service on Sunday at 10am will be a family service led by the Rev David Pynn on the theme of St Valentine. There will be hymns and songs, readings and stories and everyone of any age will be very welcome.


YOUNG FARMERS. This week’s meeting of Snainton Young Farmers took the form of a quiz between members and advisory members and was attended by 31 members. A team of advisory members took first place. They were Roz, Yvonne and Nick Abbey, Paula Cussons and Kerry Hunter. Second place went to a team of young farmers. They were James Bateman, Sam Rodgers, Ted Hardy, Frankie Beal and Holly Nutt. The quiz was set and run by Sid and Ann Pearson.

TODDLER GROUP. Chatterbox pre-school is now running a toddler group, for any 0 to five-year-old pre-school children. This is in conjunction with Surestart. Parents and carers must remain with their children, although a staff member is available throughout the session. Currently, the session is free, with only a donation for refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and play on Thursday afternoons 1.15-2.45pm, Snainton Village Hall.

PROJECT VOTE. The trustees of Snainton Village Hall have made an application for a grant to Scarborough Borough Council for the installation of CCTV. Snainton residents should have had information through their letterbox giving details of the voting system whereby money is granted for various local schemes. Some voting has already taken place but there is a further chance to add your vote tomorrow at Scarborough Rugby Club, Scalby Road, between 10am-2pm. The projects with the most votes will succeed so please spare a little time to vote for your village hall.

VALE PLAYERS. There are still a few tickets left for the lunchtime performance of Last Tango In Nettledale Bottom on Sunday February 20. Tickets are £10 including a two-course lunch and are available from Sue on (01723) 859170 or Ann on (01723) 859201. The event starts at 1pm in Snainton Village Hall with a bar available from 12.30pm.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

EDUCATIONAL CHARITY. At the end of March the trustees of the Staintondale Education Charity will hold one of their regular meetings to consider applications from qualifying young people in the Staintondale and Ravenscar area for grants to aid their education.

In 1980, the former village school in Staintondale was authorised to be sold by the charity commissioners and a body of local trustees. The proceeds of the sale were to be invested for young people resident in the neighbourhood of the parish of Staintondale, which includes Ravenscar. This investment is now held in the name of the charity, jointly by the trustees and the charity commissioners. The trustees are responsible to apply the said income “in promoting the education, including social and physical training of persons under the age of 25 years who are resident in the parish of Staintondale, or the neighbourhood thereof”.

The original trustees drew up the boundaries of the area considered to be the “neighbourhood”, and these are set out in detail, with a map, in an information leaflet which is obtainable from the Post Office. This area actually extends both north and south beyond the Staintondale Civil Parish Council boundary, and reflects the catchment area of the former school. It is basically the area bounded by the coast from Stoupe Beck to Hayburn Wyke and inland to the A171 Scarborough to Whitby Road.

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

The kind of requests that might be considered could include outward bound courses, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, vocational projects, school trips, travel in connection with university courses, specialised training in sports and athletics, “one off” camps, jamborees and international gatherings under the auspices of recognised groups, personal projects, help with the cost of books and essential equipment for university or further education courses. Any other similar requests will be sympathetically considered.

For further information pick up the leaflet from the post offices or ring the secretary Rory Clarke on 870249.

HISTORY GROUP. The annual meeting of the Staintondale and Ravenscar Local History Group will be held next Tuesday – this year at Ravenscar village hall at 7.30pm. We alternate our annual meetings between the two village halls. We will then be looking at the various maps (mostly copies) in our collection. These date from 1775 and include large scale OS maps from the mid-19th century of Ravenscar and Staintondale. There may also be a quiz with questions about history and places in Yorkshire. All welcome.

CHURCH WORSHIP. On Sunday at 10.30am there will be service of morning worship in the chapel at Raven Hall Hotel as St Hilda’s Church continues to be unusable after the recent flood damage. The service will be taken by the Rev Margaret Doughty.


Scalby Wives. Mrs Alison Annan welcomed 43 members to Monday’s meeting of the Scalby Wives Group. She read out a couple of notices prior to welcoming Mr David Fowler, who gave an interesting insight into Scarborough’s involvement in World War 2. He told how most of the larger hotels were commandeered by the military to provide accommodation for the troops, mainly the RAF. Many of the hotels were damaged during the war but not the Grand Hotel. Apparently if Hitler had been successful and won the war, he would have moved into the Grand Hotel.

Mr Fowler was thanked by Alison. Mesdames Lynne Cooper, Margaret Lisney and Vera Lowery provided tea and coffee.

Next week’s meeting will be a musical evening with Jack and George.

Library Meeting. A meeting was held in our local library branch yesterday at 6pm, to express the need for a library service to remain within Newby and Scalby. The organisers of the meeting were Cllr Derek Bastiman and County Cllr Andrew Backhouse and representatives from the county council were present.

St Laurence’s community rooms weekly activities at this venue include on Mondays: mums and tots meeting at 1pm in term time, Barnabas Bereavement Support which is held on the second and fourth Monday of the month; Tuesdays: Rainbows 5pm, Brownies 6.15pm; Wednesdays: hatha yoga at 1.15pm, afternoon Mother’s Union meeting on the second Wednesday of the month; Thursdays: the community lunch held on second Thursday of the month (October-March), Scrabble Group (September-May) at 2pm, Handbell Ringers practice 7pm, evening Mother’s Union second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm; Friday: pilates at 11am-12 noon, St Laurence’s Luncheon Club 12 noon, first Friday of the month, Scouts 7.30pm, Bell Ringer’s practice 8pm.

St Laurence’s Community Rooms are available to hire for seminars, meetings, clubs, societies, parties and other social events. There is a choice of three rooms, with baby changing and disabled toilet facilities, free kitchen use and plenty of car parking space. For further information please phone Susan Haydon on 364858 or visit the St Laurence’s website.

Church Services. The 8am service of Holy Communion at St Laurence’s will be led by the Rev Alastair Ferneley. At 10.30am the congregation of St Laurence’s will join friends at Scalby Methodist Church when there will be a joint service. The Rev Marion Wright will lead the service of evensong at St Laurence’s at 6.30pm.

Farmer’s Market. The Community Hall Trust and Newby and Scalby in Bloom Committees have arranged a Farmer’s Market which will be held in the Community Hall Car Park (old Parish Hall Car Park) from 2pm onwards every Friday afternoon.

Sweet Pea Committee Further to the sell-out success of the calendars, the committee has now produced a selection of greetings cards and postcards of scenes of Scalby village and its environs from the calendar. These are priced at 99p each and are on sale at the Village Stores, The Yew Tree Cafe in the village and at the Daisy Tea Rooms, Mad Hattie’s Cafe and the Corner Tea Rooms on Scalby Road. Mavis Wild, spokesman for the Committee said ‘We are so grateful for the immense support from the village in our endeavours to fundraise but we are mindful that we need a continuous fundraising effort to meet what it costs to keep our well used toilets open for the public and we thought this idea would appeal to villagers and visitors alike. Of course we are always very grateful to receive any donations and will be delighted to receive throughout the coming year any good digital photographs that anyone may like to submit for selection in next year’s calendar.’ Mavis can be contacted on 01723 369620.