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A typical farmhouse on the North York Moors, Watercolour by David Keith

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What's New

Coast & Vale Community Action

Image of the Totally Socially Team courtesy of Dave Barry of the Scarborough Review

Coast and Vale Community Action (CaVCA) has been awarded funding from the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to help people in the district of Whitby, Ryedale and the borough of Scarborough make the changes they want to see in their communities.
The project will support people and groups to take action on locally identified issues to improve quality of community life for all.
The funding will support a three-year programme that builds on the success of the Totally Socially events held annually in Scarborough since 2014.
It will focus on supporting individuals and groups at grass roots level to develop projects and activities that meet the needs they have identified in the places they live.
Chief Executive of CaVCA, Mel Bonney-Kane said: “We believe in the power of communities and people to change things for the better.
“This award will enable us to give them the support to do so.”
Through the funding, a new team of Locality Workers will be looking for people in Whitby, Scarborough and Ryedale to help them kick start any ideas they feel would benefit their local community. This could be a community group or a lack of a particular service in the area.
Totally Socially Locality Worker for Whitby, Charlotte Angus, said: “This is the first time a project like this has been delivered in the Whitby area.
“Often it can be quite difficult to get an idea off the ground but with my support I can help make people’s vision for a community project a reality.
“I am looking for passionate people in the community who have strong ideas and want to take them forward but don’t know where to start.”
Charlotte will be out and around Whitby and is available to chat to anyone about ideas they may have – if you have a project idea you would like help with email Charlotte at or call her on 07375669007.


Colin Richardson has been so kind as to provide some little known facts and interesting information about the community of Littlebeck.

We are always on the lookout for items of interest. So if you have any knowledge or have information about Local history, Folklore, Geology & Archaeology which you think would be of interest to other please contact us

Clubs and Societies

Esk Valley Lifeline, Coast & Vale Community Action, and Whitby District Lions Club have all provided their details for inclusion on the Clubs and Societies page of

Diary of Events in 2017

New information on forthcoming events in the area have been added to the Diary of Events in 2017 page of


There are several new holiday accommodation providers listed on the site, giving visitors a choice of Accommodation including:- Farm House Holidays, Holiday Cottages B & B Camping and Caravans. Visit the Accommodation page on the site to view the details.

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Visitor Attractions and Facilities

There are a wealth of places to visit that provide modern entertainment while catering for traditional, cultural and historical interests.
Cafes, Restaurants, Public Houses, Touring and Static Caravans, B&B, Self Catering accommodation and Hotels provide welcome food and shelter for visitors.

Visitors are now a main source of income for the area and there is much to interest them information that may assist in planning a day out, or a holiday in the Esk Valley can be found on the pages for Attractions
Event Diary and Entertainment.

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Historical Interests

The area has played an important role in the Nautical history of Britain, with the village of Staithes being the place where Captain James Cook first discovered and then cultivated his interest in the sea. The port of Whitby was where Captain James Cook developed his seafaring skills and in which it is believed his vessel HMS Endeavour was built.
Whitby was also famous as a major fishing port that supported extensive whaling and boat building industries.
Thanks to Queen Victoria, by the C19th, Whitby was fast becoming a popular tourist destination. Her love of Jet Jewellery made the fossil as desirable as precious gems. Jet is unique to the area and can only be found along the cliffs near Whitby. Architecture shows that many of the big town houses and hotels date from this period.

Information about local history, Geology & Archaeology is contained on the individual community pages.

Whitby inner harbour, a heaven for pleasure and working craft

Whitby Harbour

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Folklore and Legends

Smuggling, Hobbits, Ghosts and local heroes have left a mark in the book of Folklore and Legends.
Journeying forward in time Bram Stoker was so inspired by Whitby that he chose it as the backdrop for his classic novel 'Dracula'.
Information on local Folklore and Legends is contained on the respective community pages.

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