Whitby Whaler


Coffee Morning Saturday 21st May - 10am -11:30pm


Whitby Whaler u3a phone number - 07506 271940


Whitby Whalers’ u3a Registration Day

Please note that the Registration Day in September has been moved from 10am on Friday 2nd to 10am on Saturday 3rd September. Access will be available on Friday 2nd September for group conveners/committee members to set up tables and displays. More details will be forthcoming soon.

Message from the Chair

Diary Date – Wednesday 1st June 2022

Picnic in the Park 1pm to 4:30pm 1st June 2022

Bring your own picnic to a free event at the Rugby Club to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and also the 40thAnniversary of the founding of the u3a.

There will be stalls, games, competitions and a quiz. Lots of fun for everyone!

Entertainment will be provided by the Whaler Band, the Ukeleles and the Whaler Choir.

Entry is free but please get a ticket (we need an idea of numbers) from the May Social or by ringing Janice Shade on 07798647488. Tickets are limited.

If you can help in any way by manning stalls, selling raffle tickets etc. or you can bake for a cake stall, all donations gratefully received, please let Janice know.

Join in to celebrate this milestone and learn, laugh, and live!

May Social

The May Social will take place at 10am on Saturday 21st May at the Whitby Rifle Club.

Committee Contact Details.

Please note that my contact details listed in prior newsletters is incorrect.
I can be contacted on: -
Tel – 01947 821207 or 07788832098
Or Email – menierms@yahoo.com
Michael Menier – 1st May 2022

History Group (Thursday afternoons, 2 – 4pm, Flowergate Hall)

Our series of talks continued throughout April with talks on the White Ship Disaster (1120), and the 1619 Project in the USA. The presentation by Ruth Harwood on the White Ship Disaster gave us insight into a period of history that doesn’t gain too much attention; namely that following the Norman conquest until the fight for the crown between Stephen and Matilda.
Rick Harwood’s talk on the 1619 Project drew his series on American history to a close and addressed the issues surrounding attempts to introduce greater cultural diversity into the teaching of national history, both in the USA and here in the UK.

Our programme for May consists of the following events:
May 5th A history of theatre buildings in 75 minutes D. Bradley
May 12th History trip to Yarm and Preston Hall Museum
May 19th Stories from the Baltic (2) Ruth Harwood

When we began our talks after the restrictions of the pandemic, Dave Bradley gave a talk on ‘William Bradley’s Handcart’ which discussed some family history in the Great Ayton area. He has written a novel on the same theme and will have copies of his novel with him at his presentation on May 5th.

Particular attention should be given to our trip to Yarm and Preston Hall Museum on Thursday, May 12th. The visit will include a guided tour of the historic buildings in the high street, including the George and Dragon Inn where the meeting was held that pressed for the building of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and the Methodist Church in which John Wesley preached on several occasions.

This trip is open to any members of the Whitby Whalers U3A; do sign up for this interesting visit to a local market town (coach tickets £8). You can sign up at any of our meetings or by contacting Frances Hilson (811703) or Ruth/Rick Harwood (810494).

Monthly Lecture Group (Tuesday mornings, Flowergate Hall)

Our lecture series will continue on Tuesday, May 17th with a talk by Jane Ellis on
‘Curiosities of the North York Moors’

During her talk Jane will explore some unusual historic and geographic features of the moors. Sheep on the Moors Ana Cross, Spaunton Moor

During her talk Jane will explore some unusual historic and geographic features of the moors.

Discussion Group

Discussion Group members have decided to meet during the summer term this year. Throughout the winter and spring we have had between eight to ten regular attenders although there are twice as many on the original lists! Recently numbers have dwindled, so if any others would like to join us, they are very welcome. We meet at 2.30pm on the second and fourth Monday of every month in the Hopkinson Room at the Coliseum. Our next meeting is on the 9th May.

New Book

As many of you know, I have been writing a novel for the last twelve years; you’ll be relieved to know that it doesn’t take that long to read! It is called “William Bradley’s Handcart” and is a work of fiction based on a few facts about my great grandfather. He was a whinstone worker in Great Ayton and had a very tough life with many twists and turns. It is not a ‘rags to riches’ story but it explores the journey of an illegitimate boy who grows up with his grandparents who are devout Wesleyans in Victorian Yorkshire. It will be available at my history lecture on May 5th and in local bookshops shortly at a cost of £14.
David Bradley

Theatre Group

The next show is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Newcastle Thursday 26th May. Matinee 2pm. All fully booked.

The coach leaves Whitby at 9 am so that you have some free time before the show. There are still a few tickets to be collected.

I will be at the next Toast meeting and at the May Rifle Club coffee morning.

I will also be collecting money for the next two shows.

I have booked SOUTH PACIFIC for the 2pm matinee performance on Thursday 22nd September at Newcastle. We have ten places left. £62
We also have 4 places left for LES MISERABLES on 17th November at Sunderland, 2.30 Matinee. £63
Please contact me if you would like to go.
All Newcomers welcome!
Rose Corner (organiser)

07790896062 01947 811363 rosieccorner@gmail.com

Concert Outing

A concert outing is planned to the Sage Gateshead on Friday 13th May. The orchestra is the Royal Northern Sinfonia under the direction of Lars Vogt, and the programme is:
Schumann: Manfred Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21
Dvorak: Symphony No.6

A coach will depart from Whitby at 5.00pm, and total cost will be £55.
Tickets for this event have now been bought and paid for, but there are still spare seats on the coach; if you would like to join the outing please contact Trevor Barrowcliffe on 01947 600963 or email twbarrowcliffe@yahoo.co.uk.

Recorder Club

Recorder group, every Tuesday 11.45 - 1.00, Rifle Club
We have had another enjoyable month playing a wide variety of ensemble music. Lunch afterwards is now well established!

Gardening Club

Monday 9th May 2.00 members that have booked meet up at the Abbey Youth Hostel for their talk on Healing Herbs in History, a tour of the Abbey Physic Garden and tea and scone.

TUESDAY 7th June 9.30 Breezy Knees Gardens £18 coach and entry to the gardens - bring a picnic or access the small cafe. There are just a few places left for this trip so contact Jan or Joyce to book a seat.

Monday 4th July 9.00 Havoc Hall Gardens - David Lis gave the October talk to the group about the open garden scheme and his own beautiful garden at Havoc Hall. The cost is £17 (maybe subject to diesel surcharge) includes coach, David's tour of his garden with a cup of tea and then into Helmsley for shopping etc no lunch included.

Monday 8th August 2.00 Members Open Garden Tour in Sleights £5 to include tea and plenty of cake.
Jan 07949264022 jan.jenn@hotmail.com and Joyce 07868956919 joyce.stangoe@googlemail.com and will be at coffee morning for bookings.

3rd Age Stagers

Have you ever fancied being an 'extra' at the Woolpack or Rover's Return? Well, this could be your chance to come close by being an extra in 'The Schooner Inn' come along to the Rifle Club on Tuesday 10 -12 to find out how. We have a lot of fun trying to bring our shows to life with all members supporting each other to boost confidence - the emphasis is on enjoyment NOT Oscars!

'Quiz Night at the Schooner Inn' is a play set in a fictional local pub in Whitby with some of the great characters that you might meet in any local pub. They all have intriguing stories to tell and there is an air of mystery. The regulars are at the pub for the weekly quiz night and built around the play is a small quiz for the audience to join in if they wish.

The show will be at the Rifle Club on 21st and 22nd July TICKETS £2 ARE AVAILABLE AT COFFEE MORNINGS or from the Rifle Club bar. OPEN TO ALL.

Jan Jennings 07949264022 jan.jenn@hotmail.com

Wine with Friends

For our April meeting we explored food and wine pairings. Clair Stones put in a huge amount of effort in preparing food samples which we tasted with different wines to find which combinations worked best for us. The wines included sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, gewürtztraminer, Côtes du Rhône and Sauternes and we had food samples such as smoked salmon, Thai green curry, cake and sausage.
Liz & David

u3a Singers

The U3A singers (formerly U3A choir) are continuing rehearsals at 2.30pm every Wednesday at the Met ballroom; the last session will be on May 25th. All welcome, you don’t have to read music as we sing well known songs from just the words, new singers would be particularly welcome. For further information please contact the group leader, Elizabeth Cheyne, on 604365.

Music Appreciation Group

The meeting of the group on Friday 25th March had to be cancelled as the leader, Trevor Barrowcliffe, had Covid, and the intended programme, devoted to piano music from the baroque and early classical periods, was played on Friday 29th April. The following meeting will be on Friday 27th May at 2pm in our usual venue, the Hopkinson Suite at the Coliseum; the music will be a spring programme. Please note that this will be the last meeting of the group this term, we will resume in September.

Jazz Appreciation

The next meeting of the group will be as usual on the second Friday of the month, i.e. Friday 13th May, at 2pm at the Coliseum (Hopkinson Suite). All welcome. Please note that this will be the last meeting of the group this term, we will resume in September.


Sitting at home on Wednesday afternoon – looking for something to do – then join our Wednesday afternoon Dominoes Group. Make new friends. Fun playing and refreshments. 1 o’clock till 3 o’clock every Wednesday. Don’t miss it. See you there.
Barbara and Janice

Travels from my Armchair

Following Trevor Barrowcliffe's excellent presentation at the beginning of April on the Baltic States, we have decided not to have any more meetings until the autumn, as the numbers attending have been quite low recently

TOAST Group (The Out and About Socialising Together Group)

We had 12 people attend the 2nd April monthly meeting at the Penny Hedge. Thank you to those who attended and to those of you who let me know you were unable to attend.
We have had two outings this month. We have been for a meal at Trenchers followed by going to see ‘Calendar Girls’ at Whitby Pavilion. And then we had a small group of us go to the Esk Valley Theatre in Glaisdale for ‘An Evening with Susie Blake’, a very funny lady who appeared in many Victoria Wood sketches and latterly on Coronation Street and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

A couple of trips planned for May are an evening meal at The Royal Hotel Runswick Bay – 20th May and a cruise on the Tees, departing from Stockton, with afternoon tea on board – 25th May. Two of our members who live in Runswick Bay have also offered to host a coffee and scones morning – 16th June and a drinks with cake afternoon - date to be confirmed.

For June we are hoping to get a visit arranged for a meal (possibly Sunday Lunch) at the Grainery, Harwood Dale, Nr Scarborough after having several recommendations for that venue.

We meet monthly to discuss future events usually on the 1st Saturday of every month.

The May meeting will be on 7th May but the June meeting would fall on the Jubilee weekend so instead will be either on 28th May or 11 June, to be confirmed.

If anyone would like to join our Group please get in touch to let me know you would like to attend the Saturday meeting.

Maureen Osborne 07368534403 mandgosb@gmail.com

Playreading Group

The Play Reading Group meets every Thursday 2pm at the Cricket Club, Whitby. During April we completed reading the play ‘The Rivals’. We found this one a little testing as the language was rather antiquated. However, one of the characters was the famous ‘Mrs Malaprop’ and that gave us all quite a few laughs along the way. We have also branched out a little this month after one afternoon included a discussion about favourite (and least favourite!) poetry. It was agreed we would bring along a poem we wanted to share and read it to the Group. This was purely voluntary but was thoroughly enjoyed by all. There was a little discussion about each poem and why it was a favourite. For the time being we are going to include that in our meetings at some point. No-one should feel constrained by this, it is perfectly OK to simply sit and listen to these if that is what you would prefer. Our next play is Lysistrata of Aristophanes.
We do have places available if anyone else would like to join. Because of holiday commitments amongst existing members there will be no classes on Thursday 28 April and 5 May. They will resume on 11 May.

George Osborne 07753609166 mandgosb@gmail.com

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 7th May TOAST Meeting. 10am. The Penny Hedge
Tuesday 3rd May 2pm Committee Meeting Rifle Club
Saturday 21st May Social at the Rifle Club 10.00 to 12.00
Thursday 26th May Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Friday 13th May. Concert Outing to the Sage, Newcastle
Wednesday 1st June 2022. U3a 40th annuversay/Platinum Jubilee Celebration
21st and 22nd July 3rd Stagers Production
Thursday 22nd September. Theatre Group. South Pacific
Saturday 15th October: u3a AGM
Thursday 17th November Theatre Group. Les Miserables