Cropton News Archive 2008 to 2009

On Friday 24th October 2009 Paul Wheater, the Country & Western singer from Whitby, gave a concert in the village hall. Paul sounds uncannily like Jim Reeves and he entertained the audience with many of Jims songs. Coupled with some amusing anecdotes of his time in the music industry it proved a very enjoyable night. 

The village harvest festival season got underway with the chapel service on Friday 3rd October. The service was led by Mrs.Ros.Dyson from Scarborough. She was accompanied by her friend Mark and he sang a couple of excellent solos. After the service there was an auction of produce. Bill Hebron was in good form and the auction, together with collection, raised £232 for chapel funds. It was a great team effort by all the chapel helpers. Many thanks to everyone for their contributions.
On Sunday 5th October the chapel continued their harvest celebrations with a morning service led by Les Carter. The church had an evening service, followed by a lovely harvest supper in the village hall. The supper was well supported and the food served was excellent. Thank you to all involved.
Barry Harrison provided an interesting illustrated talk about the vernacular buildings in the locality. The topic proved to be very interesting and the meeting was well attended. Tea & biscuits were served during a lively discussion.
On Sunday 31st August the village welcomed the Teesside Yesteryear Motor Club for a village picnic. A number of vintage classic cars and motorcycles were on show in the village hall field. The weather was very kind and it was a great occasion. There were ample homemade refreshments available in the village hall, together with displays by the Heritage goup, walking sticks, spinning wheels, tombola and some bric-a-brac stalls. Entertainment was provided by the Stape Original Brass Band from 1.30pm onwards. A total of £518 was raised for village hall funds. Many thanks to everyone involved. It is good news that the motor club will return next year for another rally.
There was a good turn out for the village hall anniversary celebration on Saturday 2nd August. Good use was made of the village marquee at the back of the village hall, where a lovely supper was served. Dancing followed the supper and that was provided by the Night Owl disco. 
Well done to the W.I. Ladies on capturing two trophies at the local Ryedale Show. The theme for one of the cups was ‘My Fair Lady’. More details and photo of the 2008 W.I. Ladies.
Can anyone help Barbara Aconley to sort out a mystery? A photo in the village hall has everyone stumped. It is of a celebration and no one seems to know whose it is. Can you help? The photo is here.
What a glorious summer’s day for the church summer garden fete on Saturday 26th July! The sun shone and Stape Original Band were in full flow. Everyone enjoyed the weather and the cream teas served in the village hall. Just perfect! A total of £951 was raised for church funds. Thank you to all helpers, contributors and attendees. There are a few photos of the summer fete here.
The Ryedale Vintage Tractor Club met at Sandy Hutchinson’s Hen Flatts Farm for a Charity Tractor Run. Around 50 tractors came through the village at 10.30am and there was a good crowd to see them. The tractors drove around a number of local villages and collected money for the benefit of the local Marie Curie charity. Check out the CHARITY TRACTOR RUN page for some photos.

The Heritage Group presented some recently acquired photos in the village hall on Wednesday 18th June. An interesting slide show was given by Sue Coombes and Yvonne Pethullis. Lots of the photos showed how the village has changed over the past few years and many photos rekindled the memories of the older generation in the audience. Many thanks to the new photo contributors including Stan Peirson, Lynda Dring and George Hope. There were some fascinating new photos on show.
After the slide show a presentation was made to Mr. and Mrs. Varty by the Heritage Group Chairman, Philip Coombes. This was in gratitude for the excellent contribution they have given to the Heritage Group.  
The chapel continued their anniversary celebrations with a service on Sunday 1st June at 10.30am. Mrs.Thelma Hobday took the service that celebrated 156 years of worship at the chapel. The service concluded with a presentation to Mrs. Dorothy Allanson in recognition of 33 years served as Treasurer.
The annual chapel anniversary was held on Friday 30th May at 7.15pm. The York Gospel Choir came to entertain the full congregation. The choir were excellent and their talents were enjoyed by those present. Many of the choir members made a long journey to be at the chapel and that was appreciated. As always, the supper following the service was excellent. Many thanks to all the people involved with the anniversary.
The Church Stall on Monday 26th May raised a total of £173 for church funds. Thanks to all the suppliers and buyers of the produce.
The Women’s Institute arranged a Brazilian Evening for friends, in and around, the village on Wednesday 16th May in the village hall. A meal, with a Brazilian Flavour, was enjoyed by all. That was followed by a slideshow and talk by Gerald Pearce about his trip to Brazil. This was a very pleasant.
The Methodist Chapel held their annual ‘Spring Fair’ in the village hall on Saturday 3rd May. The weather was favourable and hall was packed with people, all enjoying cream teas and the various stalls. The event raised a total of £527.04 for chapel funds. Many thanks to everyone that contributed to a very successful day.
Andrew made a welcome return to Cropton and duly entertained the crowd with a wide selection of music. He is certainly a very talented guy and mixes his varied music with a good repartee with the audience. His new ‘webcam’ showed his talents to the full with a screen presentation of his keyboard playing skills on the wall at the back of the village hall. He has also invested in a new Roland Atelier AT80 SL Organ and he is well able to get the most out of it. Well done Andrew on another great show.
It is fantastic to watch talented people play musical instruments and Mazaika were very accomplished musicians. This Violin and Accordion duo treated the audience to a real mix of music from around the world. Igor Outkine sang in numerous languages but his native Russian was very effective in portraying the passion of the Gypsey songs. Sarah Harrison on the Violin was outstanding. Well done to Mazaika for an enjoyable concert on Sunday 20th April 2008.
Well known actor, Neil Morrisey (Men Behaving Badly), has been spotted at the New Inn recently. Apparently he is launching his own brew at a Microbrewery in Leeds. To learn the ropes of running a Microbrewery he has been having a look at the operations of the Cropton Brewery.
The latest brew from the Cropton Brewery is the “Yorkshire Warrior”. It is due to be launched on St.George’s Day (23rd April 2008). The brewery are keen to help the Yorkshire Regiment Servicemen and they are donating at least 50p from every bottle or pint sold to the regiment benevolent fund. The launch of this brew will involve a day of activities and a pub tour in the area. There will also be entertainment by a local band, the Dangleberrys.
The CROPTON SCHOOL PHOTO from around 1955 was featured in the Gazette & Herald on the 16th April 2008.
Congratulations to Jean & Dick Feaster on their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The happy day was the 5th April 2008. A photo of their wedding day can be found on the Cropton Folk page. CROPTON FOLK.

The Cropton Montage has finally been completed by local artist Richard Peacock. It has been framed and displayed in the village hall. It shows local sights and a few Cropton folk. You can take a look at the Montage and a couple of digital versions on the MONTAGE PAGE.