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Stillington News
Issue 240
Website: www.stillingtonvillage.org
January 2015
Stillington Local Walks leaflets
A series of 8 Local Village Walks leaflets were produced in
2010. The walks are all available either as a free download
from the village website www.stillingtonvillage.org or in a
printed form for a small charge from the village shop.
Now is a good time to review the information as some
changes are coming to our notice eg. directional posts have
either been removed or damaged and not replaced. Also the
village shop was still closed for lunch back in 2010 – it’s now
open throughout the day.
Please do send any comments or amendments into the
village website.
Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries
Do you have an unwanted bike? It doesn’t matter if it’s not
in full working order.
Following the success of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart for 2014
Le Tour, a Bike Libraries scheme has been developed in
association with Cycle Yorkshire and Yorkshire Bank. It aims
to deliver a county wide cycling legacy for all generations
and abilities. All the unwanted and unused “Yorkshire” bikes
are collected, refurbished and then loaned for free to people
who don’t have access to a bike.
See www.cycle.yoskhir.com/bikelibraries/donation-stations
Plough Sunday at St Leonard's,
Farlington
Want to sing We Plough the Fields and Scatter in January?
Then join us to celebrate the start of the farming year at the
Plough Sunday service in St Leonard's on Sunday,
January 25th at 11.15am
The service is followed by an excellent rustic lunch in
Farlington Village Hall which includes our renowned
homemade soups, fresh bread, pork pie, fruit cake and
cheese. Adults ВЈ8, children free.
STILLINGTON METHODIST CHURCH
14th
Wednesday,
January 10.00 – 11.30am
DROP IN FOR COFFEE
Wednesday, 21st January ~ 2pm
FILM MATINEE
All Welcome
Welcome to the New Year 2015 edition of Stillington News.
Copy deadline for February issue: Sunday 18th January.
NB This is slightly earlier than the usual deadline
Contributions by email to (copy to both, please):
Howard Williams: [email protected]
ST NICHOLAS CHURCH
Invites you to a
BURN’S NIGHT
SUPPER
With Ceilidh Band
HOT NOT BOTHERED
on Friday January 23rd 2015 at
Stillington Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm
Traditional Scottish 4 course Supper
Ticket ВЈ17.50
Available from the P.O.
VILLAGE LUNCH
White Bear Inn
Tuesday 20th January
From 12.15pm
ВЈ6.50 2 courses / ВЈ7.50 3 courses.
Come along for a hearty meal and good company
Sports and Social Club Quiz
December Quiz raised ВЈ243 for the Play Area.
The winning team was David Hargreaves, Bob Brown, Janet
and David Martin.
Next General Knowledge Quiz is Friday 6th Feb. 8.00pm
for Stillington Under Fives.
All are welcome – either come on your own to make up a
table, or come as a team.
Hazel Ratcliffe: [email protected]
Or hand in your contribution to put in the К»Stillo NewsКј
envelope behind the counter at the shop (please leave a
contact name). Photos by email, please, preferably B&W.
A Happy New Year to all our readers.
Weather Report
Stillington Wanderers
Rainfall
The second half of November was less wet than
the first but the total rainfall for the month, at 79
mm, was some 20% above the average.
By contrast, up to the 21st of the month,
December only had 29 mm of rain, well below
average.
Temperature
November was remarkably mild, with daytime
temperatures exceeding 14вЃ°C for the last few
days of the month. Even the night-time
temperature remained above 10вЃ°C for those few
days. (The average daytime maximum in
November is only 10вЃ°C, according to the
records.)
The first three weeks of December have been
generally mild with temperatures rising above 10
вЃ°C on many days, though there were some sharp
frosts in the first half of the month.
MT
Badgers, Rooks and Chafer
grubs continue to damage local
sports pitches
For Stillington’s Sports and Social Club, the
badgers have moved on but rooks continue
to damage part of the football pitches.
Birds, particularly of the crow family,
badgers and foxes feed on the fat white
chafer grubs, (larvae of the chafer beetle)
tearing up turf and can quickly turn a neat
lawn, green or pitch into something that
resembles a ploughed field.
Hence the angst for Dennis, groundsman at
the Club, and also for other groundsmen
and green keepers at the Secondary
School, Alne and Easingwold’s Cricket and
Golf Clubs. Spray can be applied in spring,
otherwise there is very little that can be
done this time of year.
December walks were from Terrington via
Ganthorpe with our unseasonal weather still
producing hedgerows of blossom, fruit & seeds:
seasonal refreshments celebrated the final 2014
walk from Sheriff Hutton to Cornborough with its
historic remains under the field mounds and
back via Gilling – with different views of the
Castle ruins along the way.
Next walks are Monday 5th, 19th January and 2nd
Feb. Meet outside the White Bear at 09.30.
Women’s Institute
Well what a great year for our WI. We have had talks on
Southern India, York Theatre Royal and York Minster.
We have been shown Bulbs and Bedding for our gardens
and How our community cares. We have been to the moon
and back with our Missions in Space, as well as the
beaches and sea shells. When the games came to
Glasgow we were shown an insight into the running of them.
Everyone enjoyed an outing to the Quilt Museum in York and we finished the year
with Fun and Games.
During the year we have done many other things including our regular litter pick in
March, and also Mary and I attended a Great Food Debate, which was very
interesting.
April we received the WI Baton which is still touring the country and is due to arrive
at the Royal Albert Hall next June for our Annual Meeting. Margaret W and I also
saw the baton at Sutton Bank and finished with Afternoon Tea.
June saw our regular Ramble, which is open to other WI's.
In August we held a flower workshop and picked up lots of tips and ideas.
Our WI Show was held in October and we came 4th which is excellent for just 13 of
us! The Crafts and Produce were second to none.
To commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of WW1, in November, each of
us knitted or felted a poppy and made a wreath of 16 poppies, representing the 16
men from Stillington who lost their lives. It was presented to the Church where it now
hangs to be viewed by everyone.
In December we had our group’s Carol Service which was well attended.
Thank you to Eveth who did the events for this year and is now our secretary, a
good time was had by all! Thank you also to Margaret J our enthusiastic president
and Jillian for all her years of being secretary. Thank you also to Shirley who keeps
us straight with day to day running. I must also thank Margaret W for helping me
organise this coming year’s events.
2015 Is the WI's centenary year and there are lots of events happening. Our WI will
be having talks on Travelling over America, How Hearing Dogs are trained, York the
Chocolate city and York Minster. We are also having Beer Tasting evening, Meeting
Alpacas and visiting a Windmill (not Amsterdam). We are starting the year with a
New Year Party.
Our next meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday in February with business at 7pm
and an American Adventure at 7.45pm. It is open to everyone and is ВЈ3.50
including a raffle and refreshments. It is held in the Village Hall, we hope to see
some new faces.
Shirley M
Parish Council Notes
(A full set of the minutes can be seen at the Post Office)
MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2014 IN STILLINGTON VILLAGE HALL
Development on South Back Lane
It is understood that a formal planning will
be submitted to Hambleton District
Council in the next few weeks. When this
is received, a Public Meeting will held.
New Parish Notice Board
Norton Joinery have now delivered the new
Notice Board and it will be erected,
replacing the existing one at the entrance of
Parkfield, in the next few weeks.
Stillington Village Signs
Village signs are in need of repair or
renewal. Following discussion it was
agreed that new signs would be the best
option. D Hargreaves to co-ordinate.
Yellow Lines Outside the School
The amended Traffic Regulation has now
been granted and painting of the yellow
lines will be completed in the near future.
Stone Wall on Main Street
The stone wall has now been repaired;
however it was felt that to enhance the
appearance it should be capped. D
Hargreaves agreed to investigate and
source suitable material.
Easingwold Library
As a result of on-going efficiency measures
NYCC are considering withdrawal of
permanent staff at Easingwold Library.
Concern was expressed at this loss of
service and it was agreed to discuss at the
January Meeting.
In the Countryside
Silent Night! or rather morning of Christmas Day. At just gone
7am, [not bragging] I was in Stillington to put the heating on for
the Christmas morning service – hardly a house light shone nor a
soul about. Santa must have been and gone by then for he had
been about in the night. Near Easingwold, I was pleased to catch
the furtive eyes of a fox in the headlights as it glided into the
hedgerow. Glide is the word for they can move with no headmovement. Then, a little further on, a bird flew with soaring
flight across the car beams, its identity made
known by the bright red rump feathers of a
Greater Spotted Woodpecker – so they must be
early risers.
When I got to the sheep, the rooks had flown the
wood, they rise early and come to roost rather
late on a night; whereas the wood pigeons retire
early and get up late. They were clapping their
wings as I walked along the wood, getting off to
take a Christmas lunch on somebody’s rape field.
They are hungry beggars who eat their own
weight in food daily. They are fussy too: only
liking low grown areas of rape where they don’t
get their feet and feathers wet. Over the last
few weeks, large flocks have come into the area;
these are continentals and if food is available,
will stay whilst spring.
To return to walking,
checking the electric fence round the field, a
number of pheasants decided it was maybe time
to rise and shine as they launched out of some
thorn trees and an old cock loudly proclaimed his
displeasure at being disturbed so early. Then it
was home for breakfast at 8.20am.
"Thank you" for your
continued support.
Lorraine Chamberlain would like to say
a big "Thank you" for the support and
generous donations for her Coffee
Morning in aid of Pancreatic Cancer
Action UK in November. The event
raised ВЈ420 which has gone to fund
research into this specific cancer.
Thanks
Thanks to all for all the prayers, good
wishes and support given whilst I have
been under the weather.
Carol Marsh
White Bear Pub Quiz
Sunday 25th January
In aid of Stillington News
Last week, out shooting, a hen pheasant rose out of some scrubby
cover flying through the lower branches of an ash tree. It
lighted on the top most branch, surveyed the scenery, selected
the least dangerous guns on the shoot before launching into the
strong wind and flew like a bullet with four cartridges fired and
not feather displaced. The moral of the story is �look before you
leap’ if you want to see tomorrow.
I have never seen Hazel catkins so far forward as some have
already blown, some dusting our
sideboard.
Usually, in a mild
time, they half expand and then
bide their time for warmer days.
On Christmas Eve, three hares
were running like �March hares’ so
there will be some early leverets
this spring.
The rooks are
tidying up their old nests, ready
for nesting time.
Ten days before Christmas, a
whole host of blackbirds
descended and set about our
berried Holly in earnest. So I had
to grab some quick – some went
on the ground in an outhouse, the
other went on the floor where
the field mice said �we like
berries too and thank you for
leaving it so conveniently handy’.
Well a happy New Year and keep
looking and enjoying our
wonderful countryside. R & MJ
HEATING OIL
If you require a delivery of heating oil,
please let Maureen Linton know by
Friday, 16th January
preferably by e-mail:
[email protected] or пЂЁ810082.
A SECOND STILLINGTON
OIL CO-OPERATIVE?
Open meeting: 7pm,
13th January, Village Hall
Maureen Linton has been running the
Stillington Oil Co-operative very
successfully for several years, saving
its members up to 12% per order.
However, her list is full and Maureen
has a waiting list of names wishing to
join.
More Stillington households and
businesses may wish to join a second
Oil Co-operative.
If you would like to join a new group or
find out more, all households,
businesses, clubs and outlying farms
and houses are invited to attend this
open meeting.
Have you got ideas
for Stillington News?
It’s six years since we took on putting
together the monthly Stillington News.
The primary aim of the News is to
publicise upcoming events in the village
and provide reports from village clubs
and societies and the Parish Council.
We hope you find it an interesting and
useful aid to living in Stillington.
After six years, it’s time to look for fresh
ideas and support in continuing to
produce something that people enjoy
and want to read. We’d be interested in
talking to anyone who wants to help. If
you are reasonably comfortable with
computer word processing you can help
in preparing items for the News. If you’re
familiar with graphics and page makeup, you can influence the whole look of
the paper.
We work as a team, using email to
collect and co-ordinate content. If you’d
like to become part of the team, please
contact Howard (811278) or Hazel
(810006), or to our email addresses on
the front page.
Hazel Ratcliffe; Howard Williams
VILLAGE DIARY:
(VH = EVENTS AT THE VILLAGE HALL)
JAN
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
General Knowledge Quiz 8pm
Football v Gillamoor [away];
Dominoes 8.30pm
Tea Dance 2-5pm
Stillington Wanderers 9.30am W Bear
Dominoes 5s & 3s v Station [away]
Indoor bowls 2pm VH
Bowls match 7pm VH
Parish Council 7.30pm VH
Pool 8.30pm
Sewing Class 9am-3pm
Happy Hour 2pm VH
Martial Arts 5.15-8.15pm VH
Baby and Toddler Group 10am VH
Pool Finals Night 7.30pm
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
CHURCH SERVICES
METHODIST CHAPEL
Minister:
Stewards:
Rev. Elizabeth Cushion
Robin Jackson
Bob Brown
Sally Gall
Services & Preachers
Jan 4
United Epiphany Morning Prayer at St
Nicholas
No Evening Service
Jan 11
Evening Service - Rev Elizabeth Cushion
Jan 18
Evening Service with Communion Rev Vivienne Firth
Jan 25
Joint Covenant Service at St Nicholas
Rev Chris Ellis & Rev Elizabeth Cushion
Feb 1
Bible Study
пЂЁ 821460
пЂЁ 810250
пЂЁ 810543
пЂЁ 810374
9.30am
6.30pm
6.30pm
9.30am
10.30am
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST RC EASINGWOLD
Priest:
Sunday Mass:
Vigil Mass:
Confessions:
Website:
Fr. Leo Chamberlain пЂЁ 821295
8.30am & 10.30am
5.45pm Saturday
5.00—5.30pm Saturday
www.stjohneasingwold.ampleforth.org.uk
ST. NICHOLAS
Vicar:
Church
Wardens:
Rev. Chris Ellis
пЂЁ 810251
Muriel Law
пЂЁ 810484
Michael Turvey
пЂЁ 810473
email: [email protected]
Stillington and Benefice Services:
Jan 8/15/22/29 Prayers
9.00am
Jan 4
Epiphany Morning Prayers
9.30am
Jan 11
Holy Communion Traditional
9.30am
Jan 18
Benefice Family Eucharist
10.30am
Jan 25
Covenant Service
9.30am
ST. MARY MARTON
Services in a Celtic Tradition
Church
Sally Coomer
пЂЁ 810891
Wardens:
email: [email protected]
Michael Carter
пЂЁ 821428
Jan 4
Jan 18
Feb 1
email: [email protected]
Celtic Christmas and Epiphany Eucharist
Celtic Reflective Worship
Marmalade Tea
Benefice Celtic Eucharist (Candlemas)
ST. LEONARD FARLINGTON
Church
Margaret Singleton
Wardens
Sally Downing
Jan 11
Shortened Matins
Jan 25
Blessing of the Plough + Village Lunch
6.00pm
6.00pm
5.00pm
6.00pm
пЂЁ878735
пЂЁ878745
11.15am
11.15am
U19 Football v York Cubs
Dominoes 5s & 3s v Angel [away];
Ladies’ Darts
Indoor bowls 2pm VH
Oil Co-operative Meeting 7pm VH
WI 7.15pm VH
Pool AGM 8pm
Sewing Class 9am-3pm
Martial Arts 5.15-8.15pm VH
Baby and Toddler Group 10am VH
Football v Snainton [away];
Dominoes 8.30pm
Stillington Wanderers 9.30am W Bear
Dominoes 5s & 3s v Blacksmith;
Ladies’ Darts
Indoor bowls 2pm VH
Monthly Mtg 8pm
Pool 8.30pm
Sewing Class 9am-3pm
Happy Hour 2pm VH
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
FEB
1
2
3
4
St. Leonard's
Flower Rota
We would like to invite two or
three more willing people to join
our Church Flower Rota, one
simple vase of flowers, garden or
florist variety in the Hayes
window, is all that is required, for
one month in the calendar year.If
you feel able to help, please ring
Sally on 878745, or Margaret on
878735....
THANK YOU ~
to all those individuals and
organisations who have, through the
past year, contributed to the ongoing
costs of Stillington News.
Martial Arts 5.15-8.15pm VH
Baby and Toddler Group 10am VH
Burns Night Ceilidh 7.30pm
Football v Heslerton 2pm
U19 Football v Dringhouses 2pm
Dominoes 5s & 3s v Black Horse
Indoor bowls 2pm VH
Gardening Club 7.30pm VH
Pool 8.30pm
Sewing Class 9am-3pm
Martial Arts 5.15-8.15pm VH
Baby and Toddler Group 10am VH
Football v Duncombe Park [away]
Tea Dance 2-5pm
Stillington Wanderers 9.30am W Bear
Gardening Club Committee 7.30pm
Pool League Game 8.30pm
St Nicholas
CHURCH CLEANING
29 Dec - 10 Jan
12 Jan - 24 Jan
26 Jan - 7 Feb
Mr & Mrs Tominson
Mrs R Bresnen &
Mr C Torlesse
Mrs S Thompson &
Mrs C Cookman
FLOWER ROTA
Jan 25
Mrs J Ingham
St Nicholas 200 Club
1st Prize ВЈ30: Mrs A Carter
2nd Prize ВЈ10: Mr G Fulford, Mrs G Dent
Runners-Up ВЈ6:
Mrs A Carson, Mrs K Darlow Dillon,
Mrs L Roche, Mr Eldred, Mrs J Ingham
Drawn by "Our Ernie"
Saying �thank you’
Happy New Year! This seems to be the season of new year’s
resolutions and starting again. A time of looking ahead for what the new
year brings for us. I am sure that in the next few days many of you, like
me, will be filling in new diaries as you make plans and appointments.
For me, this is also a season to say thank you. As a child, I was always
encouraged by my parents to write letters to say thank you to people
who had given me Christmas presents. So this time of year has
memories of carefully composing letters. At the time, it seemed like an
effort, but I’m sure the letters were appreciated, and I still try today to
get in touch with people who have sent gifts. Saying thank you is often
something we forget to do. So in this new year, I would also like to say
thank you to you all, not just for your good wishes at Christmas, but
also for your support throughout the year. It is much appreciated.
And as we start a new year, let us also remember to say thank you to
God, for sending His Son into the world, and for all His many blessings
to us. As we move away from Christmas, we leave the story of the
stable behind for another year, but the baby it remembers and the good
news it celebrates is not over but goes with us into the new year. Jesus
came into the world to bring love and joy and peace for all people, for
all time. That is definitely something to say thank you for.
Elizabeth Cushion.
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