Welcome to the CROPTON Village Website – 2016

OPEN GARDEN | Fernwood | Sunday 3rd July | 1 till 5 pm.  

Cropton Chestnut Tree - Landmark in Cropton villageCROPTON is a small village at the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park. It is an excellent location for visiting many of the local attractions. Whitby, Scarborough, Castle Howard and York are all driveable within an hour. Flamingo Land Zoo, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole and the North York Moors Railway are very close by.

On the door step is the popular Cropton Brewery, where you can do a tour of the brewery and sample of the many excellent ales that are produced on the premises.

The photos pages show local photographs, with a few descriptions of local landmarks. If you visit or stay in or near Cropton it may help you enjoy your stay!
We feature local coming events and a few reports about local news in the village. The villagers are more than delighted to welcome visitors to any of the published events. The local village hall, the venue for most of the events, has been refurbished and is second to none in the area.

Local News

The trustees of the Parish Educational Trust will be meeting towards the end of June to discuss this years grant applications. Applicants should write or e-mail the Secretary – Tony Warnock-Smith, Hardey House before the end of May. The applicants must be under 25 years old and be resident in the parish. More information about the Educational Trust.

The Peacock Christmas quiz was held in the village hall on Friday 11th December 2015. Auntie Anne’s Helmsley meat pies, mushy peas & gravy were served, followed by home made biscuits. The festive themed quiz was very enjoyable. After the quiz there was a session of carol singing led by Rachel Anderson. Many thanks to Richard and Pat, plus many helpers. The event raised £240 for village hall funds.

On Saturday 20th November 2015 a Christmas Craft Fair was held in the village hall. The event was very well attended and the hall was full of stalls selling home produce, various crafts and tombola. Afternoon teas were served. The fair was raising funds for St Gregory’s Church.

The village hall hosted a concert by Thornton-le-Dale Ukulele Band on Friday 13th November 2015. It was a most enjoyable night, with plenty of audience participation.

The Malton Male Voice Choir, conducted by Vivien Wilcock, performed a popular and varied programme in the village hall on Wednesday 21st October 2015. There was a guest appearance by Rachel Anderson. The first half of the show was devoted to songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, followed by a number of well-known items in the second half.

The 13th Peacock quiz was held in the village hall on Friday 9th October 2015. Auntie Anne’s Helmsley meat pies, mushy peas & gravy were served, followed by home made biscuits. The quiz was very enjoyable. Many thanks to Pat and Richard (playing the fly swatter) and Pat, plus many helpers. The event raised £288 for village hall funds.

The Methodist Chapel, open since 1852, held their final ever service on Sunday 11th October 2015 at 2.30 pm. The service was led by Revd. Jacky Hale. Tea & biscuits were served afterwards.

A new nursery / EYFS class is open from September for all locals at Rosedale Abbey School. The class is for 3 year-olds in the term after their 3rd birthday. More information.

The annual classic car and motorcycle rally took place in the village hall field on Sunday 23rd August 2015. The rally was very well supported by a large number of vintage cars and motorcycles. The wonderful sunny weather drew a lot of visitors to the event which raised £1,345.00 for village hall funds. View photos of the rally.

The village hall hosted a get together for St Gregory’s Church on Saturday 25th July 2015. Afternoon teas were served in the hall. The event raised £511.50 for church funds.

On 10th July 2015 it was the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the village hall. A complete refurbishment was completed back in July 2005. Lord Crathorne, the then Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, came along to open the hall. Since the opening the hall has been a great success, with many functions taking place.  

On Sunday 5th July 2015 Mr and Mrs Dick Feaster held an open garden, at their Fernwood home, on behalf of the National Garden Scheme. The weather was kind and over 200 visitors enjoyed their splendid garden. Over in the village hall teas were served and entertainment was provided by the Thornton-le-Dale Ukulele band (photo below). Over a £1,000 was raised for the NGS scheme and around £300 was raised for village hall funds by the tea and cakes served.

Thornton-le- Dale Ukele Band playing in Cropton Village Hall

Congratulations to Mrs. Valerie Barnaby on her hundreth birthday (4th May 2015). Mrs. Barnaby held an open house during the day to celebrate. She is still active with various crafts and handiwork. Her painting is very popular and she has sold many paintings over the years. She once featured on ITV’s Dales Diary. You can visit the studio to see her work.

The annual Beadlam Tractor Run came through the village on Sunday 3rd May 2015. This year they were raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Over 100 tractors took part.

Breakaway group of cyclists on the Tour de Yorkshire Cropton 2015TOUR DE YORKSHIRE
The first Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race came through the village on 1st May 2015. A good crowd saw nearly 150 cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, go past the New Inn Pub and the village Chestnut Tree. The cyclists continued up to Rosedale over the North York Moors, Whitby and on the finish at Scarborough.

The village was well decorated with flags, bunting and balloons. There was a brilliant display of painted small bikes (see below) as the cyclists entered the village at the Shoulder of Mutton. The event was extremely well organised and proved to be quite a spectacle. (Tour de Yorkshire photos 1 – Tour de Yorkshire photos 2).


Richard Peacock playing the fly swatterTHE 12th PEACOCK QUIZ
The 12th Peacock quiz was held in the village hall on Wednesday 15th April 2015. Auntie Anne’s Helmsley meat pies, mushy peas & gravy were served, followed by home made biscuits. As always the quiz was testing and most enjoyable. Many thanks to Richard (playing the fly swatter) and Pat, plus many helpers. £332 was raised for village hall funds.

On Friday 27th March 2015 ‘The Whiskey Dogs’ gave a concert in the Village Hall. This excellent blues band, Pete Bolton, Polly Bolton & Brian Swinton played authentic, good time Americana, which included old time mountain music, hillbilly blues, dust-bowl ballads and jug band hokum – all played in the spirit of the 1920s and 30s – on a wide range of string instruments. Thanks for a great night! (visit the The Whiskey Dogs website).

Canadian folk singer, Ian Sherwood, performed in the village hall on Wednesday 25th March 2015. Ian, who is a talented singer, musician and songwriter, is also a very engaging story teller – it was a very enjoyable concert! The show was sponsored by rural arts and he was initially accompanied by a group of youngsters (sponsored by rural arts) performing their own songs. The stage backdrop was a number of excellent paintings by local artist Kezy Feaster (visit Kezy’s website). 

The Ryedale Foodbank in Pickering does a fantastic job distributing food parcels to locals requiring the service. Food can be donated, in the village, by taking provisions to a collection point in the porch at ‘The Croft’, Main Street. (More information on Ryedale Foodbank – How it works).

On Friday 12th December 2014 a concert was held in the village hall. It was an enjoyable evening. Rachel Anderson was joined in the singing by Becky and Martha. Rachels father, Peter, played the guitar and Vivian was on the keyboard. The concert raised a total of £135 for village hall funds.

The village hall hosted a craft fair on Saturday 29th November 2014. The hall was full of stalls with a wide range of crafts, many local, on show. Refreshments were served and Father Christmas greeted visitors. The event raised £650 for church funds. 

The 11th Peacock quiz was held in the village hall on Wednesday 19th November 2014. Auntie Anne’s meat pies, mushy peas & gravy were served, followed by home made biscuits. The well attended quiz was most enjoyable. Many thanks to Richard and Pat, plus many helpers. £278 was raised for village hall funds.

Next EVENTS in Cropton village  – 2016
More information & more details on Coming Events plus Church services.

Sunday 3rd July 2016 – OPEN GARDEN AT FERNWOOD – Courtesy of Jean & Dick Feaster – National Garden Scheme – Admission £3.50, children Free. – Music by Thornton-le-Dale Ukulele Band – Teas in the village hall – Open 1-5 pm.

Tuesday 5th July 2016 – COFFEE MORNING is CANCELLED – Village Hall

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 – COFFEE MORNING – Village Hall – 10.30 till noon – All are very welcome to come along for a coffee, cake and a chat.

Sunday 21st August 2016 – CLASSIC CAR & MOTORCYCLE RALLY – Village Hall field – Refreshments available in the village hall – Bric-a-Brac, raffle, tombola & book sale. Admission Free.

Friday 7th October 2016 – MALTON MALE VOICE CHOIR – Village Hall – 7.30 pm – Admission £4 includes tea & biscuits – Raffle.

Friday 11th November 2016 – PEACOCK QUIZ – Village Hall – 7.30 pm – Admission £5 – Meat pie, peas & gravy – Names to Pat & Richard Peacock (01751) 417566.

Friday 25th November 2016 – THORNTON-LE-DALE UKULELE BAND – Village Hall – 7 pm – Admission £4 includes tea & biscuits. Raffle.

COFFEE MORNINGS are held in the village hall on the first Tuesday of the Month (except January) at 10.30 a.m till noon – You are very welcome to come along if you are in the area for coffee, cake and a chat!

YOGA sessions are held in the village hall on most Monday mornings at 9.30 am ‘Iyengar Yoga‘ – Marian Cambridge 01751 477267. New members are very welcome!

The local WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meets the second Wednesday in every month. The meetings normally start at 7pm. See the W.I. notice board at the village hall for details or check the 2015 W.I. events here. Visitors and Ladies from outside the village are most welcome to come along to the monthly meets.

The Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are Philip Coombes 01751 417395 and Julie Collinson 01751 417607.

On Fridays a mobile Fish & Chips van (Truly Scrumptious) parks outside the village hall around 5.55 to 6.25 pm.

There is a book stall in the village hall with a good variety of books for sale. Donations of books are always appreciated!

Find houses for sale in and around the village

A range of self catering holiday cottages and forest lodges are available if you wish to stay here. Please view Cropton LodgesKeldy Forest CabinsThe Green CottageBank Top Cottage – Laura’s CottageRosecroft Cottage