Whitby Whaler


NEWSLETTER - March 2020

The March Coffee Morning has been cancelled.

The coronavirus is obviously on everyone’s mind at the moment, particularly as most of us come in the category the government has designated as at risk because of our age, and some with underlying health conditions have reason for greater concern. So the decision has been taken to cancel this month’s coffee morning. The safety of members is of paramount importance. Who knows what will happen from here on, we shall need to listen to government advice as to when we can start things again.
Leaders of groups will use their discretion as to whether they cancel their own group meetings, and some have already done so – details below. Check with your group leader what is happening. The advice if you do continue to meet is to follow the Public Health guidelines, wash your hands thoroughly before going into a meeting and when you get home afterwards; don’t go if you are feeling unwell or if you have recently returned from a part of the world where the virus is especially active.
If you know someone who will be particularly isolated by their usual meetings being cancelled, perhaps because they live alone and are less mobile or are not well, maybe you could keep in touch and help where necessary.

Groups which have decided not to meet include History which will hope to start again after Easter on April 23rd; Discussion; Philosophy; and Recorders. Sequence Dancing will meet on Friday March 13th but then not until further notice. Walking Netball and Walking Cricket have been cancelled. The activities of the gardening group, outings and lecture, will not now take place, and Jan will refund money paid when it becomes possible. The outings to The Royal Armouries in Leeds, and to Sewerby Hall have been cancelled.

These are only ones I have been told about, there may be others. The best way to find out what your group is doing is to contact your Group Leader. St John Ambulance Hall will close from March 28th and the Kirkham centre is already closed and is being deep-cleaned.

While government advice is that we should go for social distancing rather than actual isolation there seems no reason why walking groups can’t continue if they wish to, and the Rambling group at least intends to keep walking.

The next monthly Lecture, on Tuesday March 17th, will take place but who knows after that. Facebook and the website will be good places to check for up to date information.
Some groups meet monthly and things may change before their next meeting so keep an ear open for developments.

A limited number of newsletters will be printed and can be collected from the Library, the Colosseum, the TIC, Church House in Flowergate, and Green Lanes Community Centre. We know that most members receive it by e-mail, but as there is no coffee morning, if you know someone who doesn’t have email, please could you pass information on.

Now for a few happier things!

Didn’t the Third Age Stagers do well, with their two performances of the Murder Mystery being enjoyed by many of us? Congratulations to all who were involved. Building on the success of the Murder Mystery where members overcame any fears of stage fright, grew in confidence and had a lot of fun amusing and entertaining two audiences, a new project is being worked up for June. It is a short piece about Whitby that is being developed and written by group members, so it is a great time for any new members to come along and see what the group gets up to. They meet at the Rifle Club every Tuesday 10 to 12, or you can contact Jan Jennings on 07949264022 for more information.

On the same theme, the back stage team of the 3rd Age Stagers would greatly appreciate it if a Sound Engineer with some experience of stage shows, microphones and music would come forward and join them. Surely amongst our 760 or so members we have someone who knows about such things!? Also the group would welcome feedback, especially regarding venue, catering, table arrangements, any other things you feel could have been improved. Is an event like this in winter best in the evening or afternoon for example? E-mail your thoughts and ideas to Michael Menier at menierms@yahoo.com
Or contact Jan Jennings who leads the group on 07949264022.

Captain Cook Event - This summer we are hosting a two-day event based on the history of Captain Cook, his voyages and life in this area. This is being held jointly with the Yorkshire and Humber Region and we will be welcoming guests from all over the region, as well as a few from further afield. Although most of our members will know a lot about Captain Cook, there may be some members who have only recently moved into the area and would like to know more. The dates are 24th and 25th June, and the event is now open to all our members if they wish to register. Cost is £60 per delegate, and this includes lectures and films about Captain Cook, visits to the Cook Museum in Whitby, the Birthplace Museum in Marton, and the School Museum in Great Ayton. Two lunches are included, as well as entry to the social evening, with entertainment and dinner (see below).

Further information and application forms can be downloaded from our website, or by contacting Trevor Barrowcliffe on 01947 600963 or at twbarrowcliffe@yahoo.co.uk

Summer Social
As part of the Captain Cook event we will be organising a summer social for our guests at the Pavilion, with dinner and entertainment, music and dancing. This will be on Wednesday June 24th, 7 for 7.30. This is included in the price for the Captain Cook event, but members who just wish to come to the social will be able to purchase tickets separately whenever the next coffee morning takes place – cost to be announced.

Committee members:
Chairman: Anne Jackson 01947 810590
Vice Chairman Peter Bolton 01947 601382
Secretary: Clair Stones 01947 604451
Treasurer: Janice Shade 01947 810746
Membership: Mo Metcalfe 01947 840738
Curriculum Organiser: Moira Ferguson 01947 602160
Publicity Officer: Helen Leech 07557 903264
Newsletter Editor: Frances Hilson 01947 228537
Members: Michael Menier 01947 821207; John Dickinson 01947 604130;
Lillian Kelwith 01947 501036