Cropton News Archive 2008

Yet another successful Peacock Quiz was held in the village hall on Friday 14th March. The Pie & Peas were served first before the quiz battle commenced. Richard, the quizmaster, produced a testing quiz for everyone. The victors were a team that included John & Ruth Turner and David & Sylvia Barber. Congratulations to them! The evening raised just over £141 for village hall funds. Many thanks to all who helped and contributed.

Cropton Methodist Chapel hosted a service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer. The service attracted a number of women from the Ryedale area. Fairtrade items were used a refreshments after the service. 

A photo from Cropton was featured in the local Gazette & Herald newspaper on Wednesday 20th February 2008. On page 17, a photo of the local Saltersgate Hunt, was shown, meeting at Cropton Post Office in 1989. You can see the photo at the Sinnington Hunt page. Do you know any of the names? A follow up story was in the Gazette (5th March) page 15. 

The Heritage Group presented some local photos to a very appreciative audience, in the village hall, on Wednesday 6th February. Sue Coombes showed numerous photos of local people and events in the village. The earliest photo, of the main street, was from around 1904. It was a really interesting afternoon of photo nostalgia. Check out the traffic accident photos, including two from the 1950’s. 

The Cropton School Educational Trust auctioned some land, for rental, in the village hall on Sunday 17th February. The auction fetched a total of £2,150 for the two fields. The money received, from the auction, is used towards grants for furthering the education of young people under the age of 25, that reside in the parish.

There was a good crowd at the Bring & Buy sale on Saturday 16th February in the village hall. The tables were full of Bric a brac and everyone enjoyed the tea & biscuits on offer. A total of £328 was raised for village hall funds. Many thanks for the donations and especially to the helpers of this event. You can see a photo of the sale at the Cropton Folk page. CROPTON FOLK

The annual village hall meeting was held in the committee room on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm. The acting Chairman, Dick Feaster, reported a successful year for the village hall. All the officials were re-elected. Chairman – Vic Worrall. Secretary – Dick Feaster – Treasurer – Jean Feaster. The committee were very pleased that the hall is being used on a regular basis and the balance sheet was in an healthy state. Many thanks to everyone concerned. 

A candlelit service took place at St.Gregory’s Church on Sunday 23rd December. The programme consisted of varous Christmas readings by some of the congregation and a good number of Christmas carols. Afterwards, Sherry and Mince Pies were served.

Cropton Chapel held their annual Christmas Carol service on Friday 21st December. The congregation were treated to a festive musical programme from the “Gospel Harmony” group. A lovely supper was served after the service. Thank you to “Gospel Harmony” and all the helpers.

Cropton Women’s Institute entertained fellow members from Pickering, Middleton, Rosedale and Lockton on Wednesday 12th December in the village hall. The guests enjoyed a variety of board games and a prodigious supper. Many thanks to everyone.

Santa and his helpers visited the village on Tuesday 11th December 2007. The Ryedale Lions collect money for local charities and bring some Christmas cheer, at the same time, to the village. This year Santa was specially greeted by ‘Gorbachev’, the Donkey. CHRISTMAS PHOTOS

The Cropton Heritage Group presented a slide show of the “Images of Cropton folks, past and present” in the village hall on Wednesday, 5th December 2007. The ‘guest’ presenter was Ian Varty. The photos included some from the early 1900’s through to the present day. The evening proved to be very informative and entertaining. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits were served afterwards. Many thanks to Ian and the Heritage Group.

On Friday 30th November 2007 the village folk assembled in the village hall to attempt the Peacock Christmas Quiz and enjoy a Pie & Peas supper. Richard Peacock was not only the quiz master but the head waiter too! Superb Pies & Peas were served with lashings of gravy. The quiz was very seasonal, as advertised, and the winners were a team consisting of Jackie Varty, Ian Varty and John Best. Many thanks to Pat & Richard Peacock, the Pie warmers and an army of helpers. 

On Saturday 24th November 2007 there was a line dancing social night at the village hall. Arthur Wardell brought his Night Owl Disco and attempted to teach line dancing to the locals. Amazingly, everyone mastered the moves very quickly – Just not in the right order and at the same time. It was a crying shame that this event was not videod. It was a really good night and the faith supper left a lot of surplus food. Thank you to Arthur and all the people that attended. £65 was raised for hall funds.

The last ever meeting of Cropton Cricket Club members took place in the village hall on Thursday 8th November. During the last few years it has been difficult to raise a team so, reluctantly, the committee decided to end the clubs existence. The first known records of cricket in the village was back in 1858 so it is the end of an era in Cropton village life.

The meeting started with a minutes silence for Vice-President, Colin Slaughter, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Several members of the club were present and, after much discussion, the committee finally decided to fold the club and dispose of the club’s assets. A motorised roller will be given to Pickering Cricket Club and the money in club funds will be donated to Cropton Village Hall.All the clubs members and supporters were thanked for their efforts over the years. Many people have freely given their time to the club and that was very much appreciated.
The village hall was packed for the visit of the excellent Lealholm Choir on Friday 26th October 2007. They performed some very uplifting songs magnificently. Joe, the brilliantly talented keyboard and accordion player, was central to their musical programme, which included an eclectic mix of music. Songs from Elvis Presley, Foster and Allen, Abba and some Hymns were all presented to an appreciative audience.Inspired by Lealholm Choir member, Keith Walker, the ensemble sang ‘I believe’ by the Batchelors. This song brought back many memories of the Cropton Cricket Club sing songs to some of the locals. Arguably the highlight of the night. Well done and thanks to the Lealholm Choir. The evening was capped by a lovely supper. A total of £237.00 was raised for village hall funds on this evening.

The 90th birthday of a Cropton resident Mr.Les Smithson was celebrated with a birthday party in the village hall on Friday 5th October. Happy Birthday to Les.

The annual Harvest Festival was held in Cropton Methodist Chapel on Friday 5th October. The speaker was Mrs.Pauline Cross. The display of produce and flowers in the chapel were a joy to see. Afterwards there was a sale of produce in the chapel and the congregation were duly entertained by the auctioneer Bill Hebron. He was in fine form and the auction, plus gifts, raised £220.80 for chapel funds. Many thanks to the dedicated helpers at the chapel for another excellent effort and to all those that contributed and attended an enjoyable evening. 

There was a Big Stir in Cropton on Friday 28th September. The Macmillan Cancer fund had a countrywide coffee morning to raise funds and awareness. Cropton played its part by holding a coffee morning in the village hall. Many thanks to those who helped and contributed. Around £160 was raised by this event!

A harvest thanksgiving service was held in St.Gregory’s Church on Sunday 23rd September at 10.30 a.m. A superb lunch was served afterwards in the Cropton Village Hall. Many thanks to all that helped with the lunch.

Many vintage cars from the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club visited Cropton on Sunday 9th September. A field at Bank Top Farm was the venue for most of the cars and the rest of the vintage cars were to be seen at the village hall. The numerous cars on display included a hundred year old Stanley Steam Car and some others that have appeared in the Heartbeat TV Series. 

Thank you to the car club for visiting Cropton and please come again next year! Whilst the car club had their cars on show, the Cropton Heritage Group put on an interesting display of old photographs and other memorabilia in the main hall. A bric a brac stall, teas and a tombola helped to raise around £480 for village hall funds.