Whitby Whaler



Next Coffee Morning July 20th 2019 @ 10am

Unlimited cups of coffee and biscuits, 50p

(If you would like to take a table during 2019 please speak to Jim on 07486975079, or Trevor on 600963, and a date will be arranged for you.)

Chairman: Trevor Barrowcliffe 01947 600963
Secretary: Clair Stones 01947 604451
Treasurer: Janice Shade 01947 810746
Membership: Pat Headley 01947 603648
Curriculum Organiser: Moira Ferguson 07835 381921
Publicity Officer: Jim Griffin 01947 605671
Outings Organiser: Anne Jackson 01947 810590
Newsletter Editor Frances Hilson 01947 228537
Website Colin Rutland 01947 604019

Check out our Facebook page , Whitby Whaler U3A and “like” it, and send anything for the Website to Colin Rutland, as above.

Items to go in the newsletter can be emailed to me at francesmike43@aol.com and the deadline is the Monday before a coffee morning.

Newsletters can also be collected at: Library, Coliseum, Green Lanes, Church House and Tourist Information Centre

Dates for your diary

Here’s a reminder of the events which are planned to fill the gap when some of our regular groups take a summer break:

On Wednesday July 10th at 2.30 p.m. there will be a Quiz afternoon at the Spa Pavilion, with afternoon tea. Tables will consist of 6 to a maximum of 8 people so why not get together to make up a team representing any group you usually go to? You can of course come alone when there will be a team you can join. The cost will be £8 per person and you need to book in advance. See Clair Stones at the coffee morning or phone her on 01947 604451 for tickets.

On July 17th, following their popular event last year, Neil Kershaw and his family are planning another Car Treasure Hunt. It will start from Endeavour Wharf off Lansdowne Road in Whitby and finish at a “hostelry you will discover when you get there”. More details will be available from Neil at the coffee morning.

Two walks are planned to suit all levels of ability.

On Monday July 22nd Don Readman will lead a “Summer Walk with Views”, starting at 10am. Park on the roadside near the Mallyan Spout Hotel in Goathland, and the walk will be three and a half miles long, climbing gently to Hunt House, then via Hazel Head Farm, Hollin House Farm, and New Wath Farm back to the starting point. Don has emphasised that there will be no steep climbs and it won’t be as hard as Ramblers walks, but you will need boots or strong shoes. After the walk there will be the opportunity for lunch at the Mallyan Spout Restaurant, £15 per person for 2 courses plus coffee or tea. Contact Don on 01947 820245 if you would like to go.

On Monday July 29th, Pat Headley will be taking a group by coach to Dalby Forest, where there are many lovely walks to suit all levels. Contact Pat at a coffee morning or on 01947 603648 if you would like to take part.

A Summer Garden Walk and Cream Tea afternoon has been arranged by Joyce Stangoe for Monday 5th August. Starting at Abbeville Avenue, via Saxon Road, it will finish at White Point Court Gardens where tea will be served. There is a small charge of £5 and please note there is no parking available at Abbeville Avenue. Speak to Joyce at the coffee morning or by phoning 07868 956919 if you would like to go.

Don’t forget to make a note of Registration Day – Friday September 6th at the Spa Pavilion. You can register for next year anytime from now on if you can’t make it then. Just speak to Pat Headley at the coffee morning or by phone.

Group news

The Pub Lunch group will meet next Tuesday, June 18th, at 12.30 pm in The Witching Post at Egton.

Then in July the venue is to be The White House on Whitby West Cliff, that’s at 12 for 12.30 on Tuesday July 16th. Speak to Mike Hilson on 01947 228537 if you want to know more.

The Barn Dance Group will be in the Spa Pavilion on Friday June 21st and then again on Friday July 12th, from 2 to 4 pm. Come and have a bit of fun with live music and full instructions thrown in. Sessions cost £2.50 and Gaynor can give you more information on 01947 611827.

The Gardening Group have an outing on Wednesday July 3rd to Thornton Hall Gardens, recently featured on Gardener’s World. There will be a lunch stop at Mainsgill Farm ( which is also an extended shopping outlet) on the way. The cost is £26 which includes everything, and there are still a few places available. Speak to Joyce Stangoe at the coffee morning or by phoning 07868 956919 if you are interested.

Reminder – the last Lecture in the current season will be on Tuesday, June 18th, and will be given by Debbie Hogarth. Her subject is “The Hornes and the Whitby Gazette”. That’s in the St John Ambulance Hall at 10 am.

There will be a concert outing organised by the Music Appreciation Group on Saturday July 13th. The Scarborough Symphony Orchestra will play Beethoven’s Egmont overture, Neilsen’s Piano Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. There are still seats available on the coach which leaves Harrison’s Garage at 5.30 pm and costs £8, and then we purchase tickets on the door for £9.50. You can book at the coffee morning or by phoning Trevor Barrowcliffe after June 20th if you would like to go.

The Weekend Group met recently and made plans for lots of outings in the next few months, mostly including Sunday lunch. They are intending to visit Thornton-le-Dale on Sunday June 30th, and lunch will be followed by a stroll led by one of the Group’s members round this pretty village.

They will welcome anyone who would like to join them even if you are not a regular member of the group.
There may also be a visit to Botton Village Open Day on July 8th.

The group will have to arrange an alternative venue for the regular Saturday morning coffee meeting on July 6th as the Spa Pavilion will not be available. Maureen Osborne is the contact and you can phone her on 01947 605141.

A trip has been arranged to Sunderland Air Show on Saturday July 27th and there are still places available on the coach. It will leave here at 9 am and the cost is £11. See Pam or Alan Boland at the coffee morning if you would like to go, or phone them on 07954 165323.

There is an excursion to Aysgarth Falls planned for Tuesday August 13th, a summer trip that might appeal to walkers, photographers, anyone who wants a day out in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Contact Pam and Alan as above.

Whitby Whaler 3rd Age Stage Group needs YOU!

The Group ready to march on to a Pop-up Theatre at our last coffee morning, for a preview of their new production, “Mum’s Army”. They would welcome more actors and helpers behind the scenes, to join in the rehearsals for this show, phone Jan on 07949264022 .

Driving Assessments

Neil Kershaw has arranged 2 evenings with volunteers from the Institute of Advanced Motorists. They will go with you for a short drive round Whitby in your car and then offer tips to improve your driving skills.

There is no cost and the dates are July 24th and August 28th, meeting at Whitby Rifle Club at 6 pm. You need to book with Neil if you want to take part.

And finally…. An update from our Chairman, Trevor Barrowcliffe, on several of the things discussed in Committee recently:

Spreading the word – we have recruited a volunteer in each of 20 outlying villages around Whitby who has agreed to act as an “ambassador” to raise the profile of U3A in their area.

They met in March and were supplied with material to encourage new members to join us.

East Coast Network – This is a new group of local U3As, Scarborough, Filey, Bridlington, Ryedale and ourselves. We hosted a meeting in May of representatives from all these groups, with the idea being that it will be useful to share information and ideas, and perhaps organising some joint activities.

I have already invited the other U3As to our quiz.