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Whitby Town Council are Flushed with Success

Whitby Town Council are delighted to announce that the Public Toilets in Whitby have won 2 gold and 3 platinum awards at this year's Loo of the Year awards.

The Loo of the Year Awards are run by the British Toilet Association to celebrate the best public toilets in the United Kingdom, and to promote high standards.

It receives support from a number of companies working in the field along with the national tourism boards of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. More »

Any type of public facility (what the British Toilet Association calls an 'away from home' toilet) can be nominated for consideration. There are thirty-six different award categories in all.

Anonymous inspectors are sent out to score the standard of the competing toilets which are judged on both male and female facilities, as well as any baby changing and accessible facilities provided. The criteria include cleanliness, decor, signage, accessibility and customer care.

Whitby Town Council took over running the public toilets in the town in July 2017 and have been working with Danfo UK to significantly upgrade all the facilities and to manage the running of these amenities.

Winning these awards is a major achievement and a great endorsement of all the work Danfo and Whitby Town Council have put into improving the public conveniences around the town. » Less

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:37 by Lisa

We Will Remember Them - 11.11.2018

With Remembrance Sunday falling on the same day as Armistice Day, exactly 100 years since the ending of the First World War, Whitby Town Council's Commemoration Service at Dock End will be a very special occasion this year.

Local crafters have been producing knitted and crocheted poppies for Animated Objects Theatre Company who have produced a life-sized sculpture of a First World War soldier which will be on display at Dock End throughout the service. More »

This display will also include ten seated silhouettes to represent the members of our community who died in the first world war. We are Remembered, a charity who support the veterans of today by remembering the sacrifices of the past, working with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, have produced these silhouettes to commemorate the Fallen.

There will be involvement from serving members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Cadets as well as local young people.

The Service begins at 10.15am with the Area Youth Orchestra playing music from the time, followed by local young people reading poems by First World War poets Seigfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.

The Youth Orchestra will then continue to perform as the crew of HMS Example and REME, the Corp of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, march on to Dock End followed by the Whitby Air Cadets.

At 10.45 Reverend Gobbett will lead the prayers and Hymns before the Air Cadets deliver a reading and perform a Whistle Blow with First World War Whistles. The Last Post will lead the service into a two minutes silence, which will be broken by Reveille and followed by the Formal laying of Wreath, accompanied by a lone piper.

A Final reading, at 11.10am, will close the service and REME will march off after the National Anthem to lay another wreath at Hero's Bridge.

Whitby Town Council invite all local people and visitors to pay their respects and remember the tremendous sacrifices our armed forces made, and continue to make, at this extra special Armistice Day Commemoration, this Sunday 11th November 2018. » Less

Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:13 by Lisa

Help make Whitby Christmas Festival great for Whitby 16 – 18th November 2018

Help make Whitby Christmas Festival great for Whitby 16 – 18th November 2018

Plans for this year's spectacular Christmas Festival are well under way with a wonderful array of stalls and activities on offer.

Whitby Town Council are now recruiting a team of volunteers to help with the smooth running of the weekend, 16 – 18th November. Volunteers are required to help steward the impressive programme of events and activities on offer throughout the weekend.

This year's festival offers a packed programme including live music, Christmas market, fireworks and an amazing community lantern parade as well as the switch on of the Christmas lights. The Town Council are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with a variety of roles. More »

Help to keep the festival participants and audience safe by stewarding the spectacular community lantern procession which will parade from the Pannett Art Gallery to the festival site on Friday 16th.

A festival stage on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November will be the setting for an amazing variety of attractions, providing the opportunity for many local bands, dance and drama groups to showcase their talents. The town Council are looking for stewards to support the Council Team to help ensure the smooth running of these fabulous performances as well as to assist with decorating the marquee on the afternoon of Friday 16th and helping to coordinate a Fashion show on Saturday 17th November.

Chairman of the Event Committee, Councillor Phil Trumper said "We are eager to recruit a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help us make sure this event is a great success. We are looking for a wide range of skills, from the practical – helping to decorate the Festival Marquee, through to the diplomatic – being the public face of the festival at our information point."

Other tasks may include:

- Helping to manage the Christmas market;

- Being part of a friendly team to be the public face and information point of the festival;

- Erecting and dismantling the stalls and clear up after the festival.

Volunteers will be part of the team that makes this event a success.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Helen Berry, Festival Makers Coordinator.

Please email Helen on Pannett.gallery@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk or call in to the Pannett Art Gallery for an application form. » Less

Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:32 by Lisa