Cropton News Archive 2008 /2009


RO:TORO Concert
Hailing from Estonia RO:TORO had an interesting range of musical instruments. The Estonian Bagpipe was combined with the modern saxophone and a self-made water-bowl percussion instrument. They played traditional Estonian music and a number of thier own original compositons. It is appreciated that a talented group of musicians are able to be seen at small village venues due to sponsorship received from Rural Arts.
 
80th ANNIVERSARY – WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
The ladies of the Women’s Instute had a lunch to celebrate their 80th anniversary at Scarborough Technical College. Established in 1929, the Women’s Institute have given an enormous amount of support to village events over the years. Long may it continue and happy anniversary to them.
 
VILLAGE HALL MEETING
On Wednesday 4th March the village hall committee held their annual meeting. The year proved very satisfactory. Use of the hall has been excellent and the financial statement was profitable. Chairman Vic Worrall thanked all members for their efforts.
 
THE DUCHESS
There was another film show in the village hall on Friday 27th February. The Duchess, starring Keira Knightly,was featured. The film became quite a topic of conversation in the village when some viewers saw a little more of Keira than they were expecting! Well done to the village hall committee for bringing another top class film to the village.
 
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
OK, it may be snowing heavily in Cropton (12th February) but spare a thought for a Cropton resident on holiday in New Zealand. Whilst enjoying a cup of coffee in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, his chair collapsed, due to the heat melting the glue on the chair, and it left him needing hospital treatment for damage to one of his eyes. Doctor has ordered our resident a long spell in a hammock to help recovery!
 
MAMMA MIA
Abba mania finally hit the village on Wednesday 28th January. There was a showing of the very successful Mamma Mia film in the village hall. There was a full audience and everyone seemed to enjoy the film very much, although a few eyebrows were raised when Pierce Brosnan was attempting to sing!
 
ROXXOLID CONCERT
The singing and guitar playing duo called Roxxolid entertained rock fans in the village hall on Friday 16th January. It was a trip down memory lane for many because the band played lots of 60’s favourites. Well done to Dennis & Dave for a good night out.
 
GORBACHEV THE DONKEY GOES TO THE CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
The Church Christmas carol service took place on Sunday 21st December at 3.30 p.m. The churchgoers goes had a real treat when Gorbachev the Donkey turned up to wish everyone a happy Christmas. 2008 Photos here. Last year he greeted Father Christmas to the village. See last years 2007 Christmas photos.
 
The carol service was candlelit, which provided a great atmosphere. The Lastingham singers attended and sang beautifully to add some Christmas magic. Sherry and Mince Pies were served afterwards.
 
CHAPEL CAROL SERVICE
Ken and Wendy Allanson made a welcome return to the chapel this year and gave a lovely festive programme to a packed chapel on Friday 19th December. The supper that followed was excellent, almost a feast. Many thanks to all helpers.
 
THE PEACOCK CHRISTMAS QUIZ
The Peacock Christmas Quiz was held in the village hall on Friday 12th December 2008. First the visitors were served with a lovely Pie & Peas supper. The quiz followed and the The ‘Back Lane Babes’ (plus one) won. Proving they had brains as well as beauty the ‘Babes’, Moira Taylor, Pauline Slaughter & Sharon Aconley (plus one) took the main prize. Bring on the Eggheads!
 
Afterwards Dot Grayson played the keyboard for a Christmas singalong. It was a really good night out! Many thanks to Richard & Pat Peacock and all the many helpers.
 
Earlier in the evening Santa visited the village, with the help of the Ryedale Lions, raising money for the Yorkshire Ambulance appeal.
 
LEALHOLM SINGERS
Those that braved the cold weather conditions got a real treat when the Lealholm Singers performed a Christmas programme in the village hall. Plenty of well known Christmas songs were included but there was an added bonus of three songs that had been composed by the keyboard player, Joe. Go and see this excellent choir if you get the chance. 
 
A VILLAGE PANTOMIME
The Heritage Group held their annual review and showed dvd footage from a village Pantomime that was staged in 1995. The group are doing some great work with archive material and showing the old panto was a real success.
 
WINTER BEER FESTIVAL
The weather was a little cold for the New Inn Winter Beer Festival on the last weekend in November, but good crowds turned out to enjoy the many beers available. There was plenty of entertainment in the form of live bands.


BOWLS MATCH RESULT
The bowls team had their first competitive match when they took on neighbours Middleton in a friendly match at the village hall. It was very close but Cropton claimed a victory.
 
PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES
On Friday 21st November the village hall was the venue for my (Robert Aconley) “Photographic Memories” night. It was a cold night but the evening was very well attended. We had a mixture of old and new photos of mainly the people of the local area. Michael Stephenson contributed some new interesting photos and hopefully we will post some of these on this website. Many thanks to the Heritage Group and to everyone else that helped me. The evening also raised £116 for village hall funds.
 
WORLD WAR ONE LITERARY LINKS
Local historian, Trevor Boag, gave a very interesting talk to the Heritage Group about the literary links to the First World War. Trevor also mentioned the links of local men, including the local Smithson family, to this war. 
 
ON THE TELLY
The local brewery were featured on a Channel 4 documentary about brewing the perfect pint of beer (4th November). The actor Neil Morrissey and his friend Richard Fox came to the village to test their new brew, Morrissey Fox Blonde Ale beer, and the television cameras came with them to film proceedings. Richard Howell, the head brewer, showed the lads how to brew beer properly and put the village well and truly on the map. Well done Cropton Brewery!
 

NOT ABOUT HEROES
On Thursday 6th November the Claptrap Theatre staged the play ‘Not About Heroes’ at the village hall. This intimate two-hander charted the friendship of two soldier-poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, who are caught in the horror of the first world war. Domonic Goodwin played Sassoon and Emanuel Brierley played Owen. Both were brilliant and captured the intensity of their relationship superbly.