Welcome to the CROPTON Village Website – 2014

Beer Festival | New Inn | 21st to 23rd November |  

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 11th Peacock quiz was held in the village hall on Wednesday 19th November 2014. Meat pies, mushy peas & gravy were served first, followed by home made biscuits. The well attended quiz was most enjoyable. Many thanks to Richard and Pat, plus many helpers. Over £200 was raised for village hall funds.

The Methodist Chapel held their harvest festival celebration on Monday 22nd September 2014. The chapel was beautifully decorated with an abundance of flowers, fruit, vegetables & groceries donated by local people. The harvest service was led by Mr Mike Sellars. There was an auction of produce followed by tea and biscuits. The collection and auction raised £196.75 for chapel funds. Many thanks to everyone that attended and to all that helped in any way! 

A property in the village, The School House, was featured on the BBC programme “Escape to the Country” Series 15. The television cameras filmed in March 2014, but the programme aired on 18th September 2014. Presenter Nicki Chapman brought a couple of history lovers that were looking for a house, business and accommodation for a large family. Also featured on the TV programme was local girl, Laura Barnes, who is working on an apprentice scheme with the North York Moors National Park.

The annual cake & produce stall on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August 2014, raised £290 for church graveyard funds. There was a wide selection of delicious home-made cakes to choose from and the event was very well attended. 

A visitor to the village was out walking, along the public footpath near the Bank Top Caravan site, on Sunday 17th August 2014. Unfortunately they lost a wedding ring (white gold with diamonds). Please contact us if you find the ring to enable its return.

Vintage truck at Cropton Rally 2014VINTAGE RALLY – 2014
On Sunday 17th August 2014 vintage classic cars and motorcyles came to the annual rally at the village hall. There was a varied array of vehicles for visitors to enjoy in the field behind the hall, with an overflow of motorbikes on show in the main street. There were refreshments served in the hall together with various stalls and a spinning wheel display. Many thanks to the organizers, Angela and Graham Carter, visitors and the many helpers at this event. Over £1,200 was raised for village hall funds. Vintage Photos (1)Vintage Photos (2) 

On Tuesday 12th August 2014 Community Heartbeat gave an awareness session in the village hall for the newly installed Defibrillator. A practical demonstration showed how to access and use the Defibrillator in a medical emergency. This equipment is located outside the village hall and is available to all.

There was torrential rain in the village on 1st August 2014. After a spell of thunder and lightening the High Street was quickly flooded by a massive downpour and cars found it difficult to travel .. a highly unusual event in the sunniest place in North Yorkshire! Photos of flood

On Saturday 26th July 2014 a summer fair was held in the village hall. A number of stalls including books, cakes and white elephant plus tombola and raffle helped to raise £490 for St Gregory’s Church funds. Teas were served to visitors. Ex-resident, David Hodgson, kindly brought an interesting display of old newspaper clippings and photos of past village life.

Bank Holiday Cake Stall near Chestnut tree Cropton

Funds were raised for St Gregory’s Church by holding a bank holiday cake stall under the Chestnut tree on Monday 26th May 2014. A grand total of £176.30 was made.    

On Wednesday 21st May 2014 Stuart Plant gave an illustrated talk about the history of Keldy Castle, Sutherland and Elleron to the heritage group. It was well attended by members and the subject provided a lively discussion. 

On Friday 9th May 20014 a concert was held at St Gregory’s Church in aid of church funds. The congregation were treated to excellent 16th Century choral singing by the Spaunton Singers and Helmsley Chamber Choir. Two Hurdy-Gurdy pieces were played and Liz Sayers combined her singing beautifully with Organist Paul Tranmer. Wine and nibbles were served during the interval. A lovely evening indeed. Many thanks to the organisers! 

The yearly Beadlam Tractor Run came through the village on Sunday 4th May 2014. Over 200 tractors took part and they were raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fund. We are not sure whether the Hull City fan (Hull City flag on the back of the tractor) on the photo below was on the tractor run or on his way to Wembley to watch Hull in the FA Cup final?

Hull City fan on the 2014 Beadlam Charity Tractor Run in CroptonSPRING FAIR
The annual ‘Spring Fair’ was held at the Village Hall on Saturday 3rd May 2014. Visitors enjoyed a lovely Cream Tea and a number of stalls, which included cake and produce, plants, books, tombola and bric-a-brac. The event raised £569.18 for Methodist Chapel funds. Thanks for all help and contributions received.

The well known singer Tony Hadley, ex Spandou Ballet, is on a mission to create a new beer. He has enlisted the local Yorkshire Brewing Company to help him with ‘Hadley Blonde’, a refreshing summer ale. Tony is performing at a number of festivals during the summer of 2014 and hopes to have the beer on sale at the concerts.  

The trust is offering its annual education grants to residents of the parish under the age of 25. Substantial grants are available. Applications in writing should be sent to the secretary at The Corner House before 31st May 2014.

Alison Young kindly sent a photo of the carol singers at Sutherland Lodge in 1982. It used to be a tradition to sing carols in the forestry area of the parish on Christmas Day morning.

On Wednesday 30th April 2014 there was a slideshow of vintage photos and postcards in the village hall, presented by Robert Aconley. Included were local Cropton photos plus images from the surrounding area, including Rosedale, Hutton le Hole, Sinnington, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Malton. The Shire Horse photos were very popular images on the night. Tea & Biscuits were served during the interval. The collection and raffle raised over £158 for village hall funds. Many thanks to all that attended and all helpers.

The local Gazette & Herald newspaper kindly printed a few photos (23rd April) from the slideshow, including a photo of the ‘Home Guard’ which is included on our World War Two page and the 1950′s carnival float photo below. Can you help us with names from the photos?

1950's Cropton Carnival float photo

Cropton Open Garden Mr and Mrs Feaster


On Sunday 23rd March 2014 there was an opportunity to enjoy the outstanding garden of Mr & Mrs Feaster. The Hellebores were particularly lovely. The open garden made £360 for village hall funds and a village defibrillator appeal. Tea, coffee and biscuits were available in the village hall.

Open Garden Cropton Spring Hellebores

Our popular quiz master, Richard Peacock, devised his 10th quiz. It was held in the village hall on Wednesday 19th March 2014. Auntie Anne’s Helmsley Meat Pies were served, with mushy peas & gravy, followed by home made biscuits. As always, the quiz was very testing and enjoyable. Many thanks to Richard and Pat, plus many helpers. £278 was raised for village hall funds.

On 19th March 2014 the group welcomed Canon Francis Hewitt who gave an interesting account of his perception of the rural ministry past, present and future.

Holiday Lodges in Cropton near Pickering North YorkshireNEW HOLIDAY LODGES
Located on the edge of the village are two brand new three bedroom log cabins, both sleeping up to six guests. The lodges have a lovely tranquil woodland setting. Sycamore Farm Log Cabins

Tony Nicholson gave an interesting talk in the village hall about how he found over 300 Victorian letters and photographs found in his attic when he bought a house. He turned his findings into a book. He is returning later in the year for another talk.

The heritage goup presented their annual review in the village hall on 15th January 2014. The Chairman/secretary, Philip Coombes, outlined changes required for the future of the group. Due to retirement, three new members will be required by the end of July to keep it going. Please contact Philip or Sue Coombes 01751 417395 for more information.

Next EVENTS in Cropton village  - 2014
More information & more details on Coming Events plus Church & Chapel services.

Friday 21st to 23rd November 2014 – BEER FESTIVAL - New Inn – The 20th Annual Beer Festival features over 80 real ales, ciders & continental beers – Live music

Saturday 29th November 2014 – CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER - Village Hall – Christmas craft & gift stalls – Tombola & Raffle – Afternoon teas – 2 till 4 pm. FREE ENTRY.

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - COFFEE MORNING - Village Hall – 10.30 am till noon – All welcome to come along for a coffee, cake and chat!

Friday 12th December 2014 –  A CHRISTMAS EVENING WITH RACHEL – Village Hall – 7.30 pm – Festive entertainment with Rachel Anderson, family and friends – Admission FREE with a collection for hall funds.- Refreshments and raffle.

COFFEE MORNINGS are held in the village hall on the first Tuesday of the Month at 10.30 a.m till noon – You are very welcome to come along if you are in the area!

YOGA sessions are held in the village hall on most Monday mornings ‘Iyengar Yoga‘ – Marian Cambridge 01751 477267. Monday evenings ‘Hatha Yoga‘ – Hilary Adams 01751 431045. 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. Visitors and Ladies from outside the village are 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 vehicle (Truly Scrumptious) parks outside the village hall around 6.15 to 6.30 pm.

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 CottageLaura’s CottageRosecroft Cottage