Whitby Whaler


NEWSLETTER - January 2020

Happy New Year to all our members!

Welcome to the first coffee morning of this new year, a “one off” occasion in the Rifle Club at 10.00 am, because our usual venue is not available, but still with unlimited cups of coffee and biscuits, 50p

The next Coffee morning will be on Saturday February 15th at 10.00 a.m. in the St John Ambulance Hall.

If you would like to take a table to raise money for your favourite charity during 2020 please speak to any committee member and a date will be arranged for you.

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

Group News

The First of this year’s lecture series:

Tuesday, 21st January
‘Breaking News – Why not fix it?’
Alex Thomson - Chief Correspondent, Channel 4 News

A presentation on the role of the news correspondent – with opportunity for questions and discussion


Gardening Group

The next meeting, on Monday February 3rd will be a talk about Larpool Community Gardens by John McEachen.

Bookings are now being taken for Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 26th , cost of coach and entry will be £27.00. Also for the visit to Stillingfleet Lodge Garden on June 1st with buffet lunch at Naburn Marina included in the cost of £26.00. Book at the coffee morning or at the meeting to avoid disappointment.

The Pub Lunch Group will meet at The Resolution on the corner of Skinner Street and Flowergate, on February 11th , 12 for 12.30. (Don’t forget the permanent change to the 2nd Tuesday in each month to avoid the clash with the lecture from now on)

Meetings of the Egyptology Group have been cancelled for the time being.

The Beer and Wine Group are planning an outing on the evening of March 10th leaving Whitby at 6 p.m. The probable venues will be The Water Wheel at Liverton, The Black Ball at Ugthorpe, and The Forge in Aislaby, and the cost of the bus will be £10. See Alan Jackson, or Pam and Alan Boland at the coffee morning if you are interested.

The Weekend Group meet on the 1st Saturday each month at 10 a.m. at the Rusty Shears Café in Silver Street, so the next meeting will be on February 1st. They have various plans to eat out and to visit the cinema. To find out more, just go along for coffee, or contact to Group coordinator, Maureen Osbourne on 01947 605141 or by email mandgosb@gmaol.com

The Play Reading Group
meets at the Library at 2.45 p.m. every Monday. The next 3 plays they plan to read are Last Tango in Whitby by Mike Harding, Laburnum Grove by JB Priestley, and Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse. You can turn up for just one of the plays that you fancy if you wish. Maureen Osbourne is coordinator of this group too, her contact details are as above.

This month’s concert outing is to the Sage, Gateshead on Thursday 30th January, and there are still places on the coach. Programme: Orchestre National de Lille: Debussy, Iberia; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4; Ravel, Ma Mère de L’Oye; Debussy, La Mer.

The next concert outing will also be to the Sage Gateshead, on Sunday 26th April and will feature the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Programme: Victoria Borisova-Ollas; Open Ground; Bruch; Violin Concerto (soloist Nicola Bernadetti); Sibelius; Symphony No.2.
Book at coffee mornings or contact Trevor Barrowcliffe on 600963.

The Music Appreciation group will revert to its normal schedule of the last Friday in the month for the rest of the term, so the next meeting will be on the 28th of February, 2pm at SJAH.

Jazz Appreciation will continue on the first Wednesday of the month, 4.15 at SJAH, so the next meeting will be on the 5th of February.

2 groups have changed venue for their meetings. The Writing Group have now settled into the Kirkham Centre, and the Yoga group are trying out the Rifle Club.

The Spanish group has closed for the time being but there is hope of another teacher joining them; and it may be possible to start a German Group soon. Watch this space for further information.

Wearing another of her hats, as Chair of Whitby Marie Curie Fund Raising Group, Rose Helm writes:
Whitby U3A singers performed at Victoria Garden Centre on Dec 18th to sing Christmas Carols, led by Elizabeth Cheyne. Mulled wine and mincepies were provided by the garden centre free of charge, served to the audience and choir. It was a lovely Xmas afternoon and we would like to thank the singers for a wonderful festive performance. We raised £118 for our very worthy cause.

The new Dominoes Group meet in the comfortable seat recesses in the Rifle Club on the 2nd and 4th Monday in each month. Come and join them or phone Barbara on 01947 010153 for more details.

Winter Social: Have you got your ticket to our Murder Mystery? Friday 31.01.20 at 1pm The Pavilion Ballroom (12.30 doors open), The setting is a vintage birthday ball, dress code evening wear preferred, a chance to wear that lovely dress or dinner suit. £10 includes an original murder play written by members that includes lots of laughs, and music; afternoon tea; and some fun being a detective. There is a seating plan - each table a famous detective.
You can’t buy a ticket on the door, so book your seat with Alan Jackson or at Coffee Morning before the 24th January deadline. Don't miss out on this fun event!

It’s a long way off yet but here are 2 dates for your Diary: Registration Day will be on September 4th in the Spa and the AGM will be on October 10th in the Rifle Club. We shall have to find some new committee members then so that’s something to keep in mind.

Yorkshire and Humberside Region of U3A have now opened bookings for the 3 day Summer School which takes place at Easingwold on July 27th to 30th. There are 9 courses to choose from, to suit all tastes. You can find details and booking forms on the website, yahru3a.co.uk. Mike Hilson went on a course on Climate Change last year and loved it, so if you want more information speak to him on 01947 228537 or at the coffee morning.

If you are interested in art you might enjoy a study day on Tuesday 10th March in Harrogate on the work of Turner. You can find out more on the same website, yahru3a.co.uk or email Christine Hines on chines845@gmail.com .