CHINESE celebrations. Children attending Eastgate Preschool have welcomed the Chinese New Year of The Rabbit which involved opening their “lucky” red envelopes, which are traditionally given to Chinese children and contain money to bring good luck, good health and prosperity for the new year.

As it is the year of the rabbit, the children were visited by a real rabbit.

They also prepared and cooked Chinese dumplings served with sweet chilli and soy sauce dips and eaten with noodles and egg fried rice.

The children decorated their home corner in Seamer Methodist Church Hall with red and gold material plus ribbons, traditional Chinese New Year colours, and home-made lanterns and fans.

Chinese music was played, while the children and staff performed a dragon dance with a dragon head they had created.

The preschool hopes to continue the Chinese New Year theme for the 15 days of the festival.

funding scheme. Seamer, Irton and Crossgates residents are being urged to support village projects in a Scarborough Council Voice Your Choice scheme which, for the first time, gives rural area residents the chance to decide how £74,000 of public money should be spent.

Organisations within the council’s central rural area have submitted applications to fund projects which can be viewed at Scarborough Rugby Club tomorrow, 10am-2pm.

Among the 28 applications are three from Seamer.

The cricket club is hoping for a grant of £3,000 towards a set of cricket covers which would ensure that more members could play. It is a Clubmark club (a national qualification) providing a safe environment for anyone to enjoy the game from under-11 level up to veteran stage.

The Methodist Church hopes for a grant towards the cost of providing an inside toilet for use by disabled people, and St Martin’s Church is seeking £10,000 towards essential maintenance work costing £240,000.

Anyone over 11 years of age who visits tomorrow’s project viewings will be able to vote on which schemes they support. The votes will be counted by officers of Scarborough Council and the results will be available by Friday February 18.

ST MARTIN’S. The Rev Richard Firth led a 9.30am common worship communion service at St Martin’s Church, on Sunday, Jo Thompson gave a Bible reading and Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard. Jean Austin assisted with the chalice. Enid Plevey and Christine Barrowcliff were sidespersons.

The Rev Laura McWilliams led an 11am modern worship service with the Sunday Club. Paul McWilliams gave a talk and Elizabeth Bradley gave a Bible reading.

Sung worship was led by Richard Fuller with Rob Magowan (bass), Angela Magowan and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club, Val Goddard was the sidesperson and Emily Hewitt served coffee and sold cakes in aid of a fund for a new sound system.

On Sunday there will be a 9.30am common worship communion service, an 11am modern communion service with the Sunday Club, and a 7pm Word and Worship meeting with Methodist minister the Rev Geoff Bowell.

METHODIST church. On Sunday morning Diane Robinson led worship at Seamer Methodist Church when the theme was Matthew’s Gospel – Salt and Light. The vestry steward was John Earnshaw, the door steward Kath Baker, the organist Helen Bowell. Denise Earnshaw, Diane Robinson and Mandy Clayton gave Bible readings. Refreshments were served by Mandy Clayton and Jean Berrington.

The monthly coffee morning will be held tomorrow from 10.30am and Sunday’s 10.30am worship will be led by the Rev Geoff Bowell.

SANTA JACKPOT. Seamer vicar the Rev Laura McWilliams has thanked all who assisted Santa when he visited Irton Garden Centre in the run-up to Christmas and helped to raise £670 for St Martin’s Church funds.

MEMORIAL HALL. All residents of Seamer, Irton and Crossgates are welcome to attend the annual meeting of the Seamer and Irton Memorial Hall Management Committee and to look round the facilities the hall offers. The meeting will be held from 7.30pm on Tuesday February 22.

SCHOOL HELPERS. Seamer and Irton CP School has a number of parent helpers in school every week who assist in classes. The school is looking for someone able to help in the outdoor classroom on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, and anyone interested is invited to apply at the school.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are again being collected to help provide sports and PE equipment. The school closes on Friday February 18 and will reopen on Tuesday March 1. The computer club will re-start on March 2.

WI meeting. The next meeting of Seamer and Irton Women’s Institute is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when the speaker will be Dorothy Morrison with slides of Seamer in the 1980s. The competition is for a 6x4 inch photo of a coastal scene.

Seamer WI is the host institute for the Derwent Valley spring group meeting to be held on March 22 at Seamer Memorial Hall at 7.15pm. The speaker will be Mary Fox with a talk entitled “Do you remember?”

church CONCERT. The James Aconley concert planned for St Martin’s Church in December and postponed because of the bad weather has been rearranged for Saturday February 19. A few tickets are still available from Anne Luke on (01723) 865925.

PLANT SOCIETY. The February meeting of the Yorkshire Pelargonium and Geranium Society on Sunday February 27 will host guest speaker Tony Cleaver of York, who will speak on the hidden gardens of Great Britian. For further information please contact secretary Ron Ward on (01723) 355656.


whist drive. A whist drive was held in the village hall. Mr J Bielby was the MC and ran the raffle. The ladies in the kitchen were Mrs J Bielby, Miss S Coulson and Mrs C Dickinson.

The whist winners were: 1 Mr E Stear, Mrs J Wilson-Stear, Mrs J Bowles and Mr S Foote; 2 Mr P Richardson, Mr A Richardson, Mr B Goulding and Mr D Noble; 3 Mrs F Graves, Mr W Calvert and Mrs V Poole.

Raffle winners: Mrs F Graves, Mr P Richardson, Mr R Warman, Mr D Noble, Mr A Richardson, Mr J Craggs, Mr B Goulding, Mrs J Bowles, Mrs J Wilson-Stear, Mrs D Wardle, Mr S Foote, Miss V Cook, Mrs D Cook and Mrs J Smith.

village hall. Hackness Village Hall Committee have applied for a grant towards the purchase of new chairs for the hall and a meeting is to be held at the Rugby Club on Scalby Road tomorrow from 10am to 12pm noon. It will very much help the application if as many people as possible could attend and show support for the application and vote in favour.


letters draw. Sherburn Football Club Letters Draw week ending January 29. Letters – JXZ, no winner.

Bingo session. Held in the village hall raised £107 for hall funds. Prizes were bought by Jane Pinder who set out the room with the help of Barbara Grice, who also organised the raffle and acted as checker along with Adele Mattinson. Betty Flinton sold tickets and refreshments were served by Alison Oulton and helpers. Caller was Yvonne Slack, who also ran the Bonus Ball Competition which was won by Doreen Sleightholme, Harry Pickard, Sarah Wardle and Adele Mattinson. Raffle winners included: Doreen Sleightholme, Mary Levitt, Alison Oulton, Sarah Wardle, Kate Allison, Grace Pinder, Adele Mattinson, Linda Folwell, Helen, Barbara Grice and Debbie Colling. The next bingo is on Monday February 21 in the village hall at 7.15pm in aid of Sherburn playing field.

Wedding Exhibition. In addition to the exhibition of wedding dresses in the church on May 1 and 2, it is hoped to hold an exhibition of old wedding photographs in the village hall where refreshments will also be available. The benefice committee will be extremely grateful for any old photographs (one has been offered from 1896) which will be copied and returned immediately to the owners – a date or approximate date of the wedding concerned would be appreciated. St Mary’s Church at Thirsk have kindly offered the loan of 30 dummies on which to display the dresses together with cloths on which they can stand without getting dirty. Exhibitors are being asked if they would like to arrange the display of their own dress, but there will be a team of “dummy dressers” who will work on the Saturday preparing and arranging the display. Anyone who would like to assist in this way, or alternatively has a couple of hours to spare on either the Sunday or Monday to help, either in the church or more particularly in the village hall, will be most welcome. Please contact either Philip Richardson at Thorpe Bassett or Barbara Grice on (01944) 711038, or any member of your own Parochial Church Council, who will be able to pass on the information.


st Mary’s. A service of Holy Communion at 8am was conducted by the vicar last Sunday. Audrey Berry read the first lesson from Judges 7, about Gideon’s victory over the Midianites, and the vicar read the Gospel from St Matthew, containing the well-known words, “Ye are the salt of the earth” and also preached on it. Ros O’Toole conducted the Morning Worship service at 10am and the readings were from Isaiah and 1 Corinthians. This Sunday there will be Holy Communion, with Sunday School, at 10am and in the evening there will be a Twilight Taize service at St Mary’s, Scarborough, in which some Cloughton and Burniston members are taking part. Parishioners are reminded about the soup and sandwich lunch at 36 Stone Quarry Road on February 19.


POP INS. The menu at a well-attended session last week was steak and kidney pie with sauted potatoes, turnip and peas, followed by apple crumble and custard, tea or coffee. Bingo was played with caller Audrey and the book stall was patronised as usual.


Quiz night. Quiz master Alan Heelbeck presented a challenging programme of questions and pictures for another good assembly in the sports club on Saturday evening. The winners of the general quiz and £20 were Geoff’s Gang comprising Geoff Ridsdale, Paul Dawson, Keith Johnson and Chris Outhart. Winners of the picture quiz was Sue’s Angels including Chris Dalby, Tracey Burrows, Kerry and Sue Ridsdale.

Winner of the raffle and £5 was Tracey Burrows but unfortunately she failed to call the cards right for £160 and £20, as did Ernie Alway for £80, Grace Witty for £40, Chloe Jackson for £10 and Kerry Ridsdale for £5. Kerry was more fortunate when chasing the ace and winning £10 at the first attempt.

For calling the cards right at the next quiz on Saturday March 5, the amount will be £170.