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The Cridling News

Issue Number: 63   Date 20th August 2010


Coffee Morning


The next ones will be Thursday 9th and 30th September at 9.30am.  There has been a change in the baking lineup so watch out for different tempting lines on offer.


Cridling Stubbs Produce Show


Thanks to the youth club, every household has now received a leaflet with this year’s show details.  Please try and take part in this event in some way since it is the main fund-raising event of the year.


Please note an omission in the leaflet - in the Rules section, Classes 25 and 26 have been added to the auction exceptions.




64 years of waiting for a playground in Cridling Stubbs is almost over.  After several delays for various reasons, the contractors are due on site on 6th September.  It is forecast that the “official opening” will be Sunday 26th September.  Further details will be circulated shortly.


Windfarm Update


WRG have submitted a planning application to Selby District Council for a test mast at the Darrington Quarry site.  This will be considered by the planning Committee on Wednesday 25th August.


Knit & Natter


Thanks to the Knitters & Natterers and the generosity of those who have paid postage costs, the squares produced have been made into cot blankets and sent to South Africa and Romania.  Photographs are on display in the notice board.  The village hall is the place to to be on Monday evenings at 6.30-8.30pm to join in this activity.



Past Times


A murky Sunday afternoon in February 1949 was probably not the best time to visit Cridling Stubbs for the first time.  Cridling Stubbs, a small village two miles from Knottingley, was a very bleak place with few trees and a very flat landscape.  There were three rows of cottages; two farm houses, a public house (the Ancient Shepherd), a school, a chapel and three or four small houses.  Additionally, there was a building site where twenty new council houses were being built; about twelve had already been constructed.


It was soon after the Second World War.  Many young people coming out of the forces were hoping to set up home and the waiting lists for council houses were very long.


My husband Arnold was demobbed in 1947 and went to work on a farm.  We married in August 1948 and put our name on all the Council House waiting lists in the area.  By this time Osgoldcross District Council had started to build houses, the ones at Cridling Stubbs were being built with a grant from the Ministry of Agriculture with the stipulation that twelve of the houses must be let to agriculture workers, either farm workers or men working in the lime quarries.   The lime was used to spread on the land.


To our amazement and delight we received a letter one Saturday morning to say we had been allocated 19 Croft Lea, Cridling Stubbs.  At this stage we had no idea what type of house it was.  We could not obtain the keys from the office in Pontefract until Monday morning.  On the Sunday we borrowed my brother-in-law's small motor cycle and went to view our new home.  As we pulled into Chapel Yard, a row of small cottages, we were surrounded by a group of ladies who were chatting at their gates and a crowd of children.  We were directed across the road to the building site.  We spoke to a man working inside one of the houses and he told us ours was two doors down from his.  We scrambled over a muddy grass verge, no pavements at this stage and went to look through the windows.  Our luck was in; the builders had left a window open so we climbed in.   We were absolutely delighted.  We had been allocated a brand new three bedroom house with a lounge, kitchen, pantry, hall, bathroom, separate toilet, wash house, coal place and out-house - our first marital home.


Along with my mother and mother-in-law I called at the Osgoldcross Council Office on the Monday morning to collect the key and sign the necessary papers.  I was given a voucher for extra soap ration and a form to give to the coalman.  I was also supplied with a rent book, the rent was 11s 8d.  With a newly purchased bucket, scrubbing brush and sweeping brush we caught the bus to Cridling Stubbs.  The bus did not go through the village so we had to alight at the top of the road.  There were some villagers also getting off.  One lady asked me "Have you got one of the new houses Missus".  My mother said it was the first time she really realised I was married.


It was soon after the war, building materials were in short supply and of inferior quality.  The garden was a good size but was covered in builder's rubble.  There was a post and rail fence at the back, the front of the house had sheep fencing and no gates.  There were only two concrete posts to show our boundary with next door.  We were in no way deterred by the damp condition of the house.  The newly plastered walls were running with water.  The downstairs floors were covered with brown Bitumen and were very wet.  The window sills were red quarry tiles.  The doors and skirting boards were painted brown.  We were advised not to paint or paper the walls for at least a year.  Wallpaper had only just started coming into the shops and was difficult to obtain.  When we got the house the water system was air locked.  Although the house had been wired for electricity it was some months before it was brought into the village and I believe I was probably the only person without a bulb the day it was connected.


Wages were very low and Arnold had only come out of the army two years before.  However, we always saved and l worked in the National Coal Board offices.  With a small legacy l had received from my grandfather we had managed to save over £150.  We started the mammoth task of drying out the house and cleaning it.  Living near pit villages we were always able to obtain some miners coal.  I think we could have been in trouble had we been caught but everyone did it.  When the walls were being drilled to put in fittings for the curtain wires the plaster crumbled.


J  Hallam  May 2010                     to be continued…….


Parish Council


The next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 8th September at 7pm in the village hall (as usual, the second Wednesday of the month).


All residents are welcome to attend meetings and part of each one is set aside for residents to ask questions and/or air their views.  The Agenda for each meeting is posted on the notice board in the village hall grounds at least 3 days before the meeting is held.  Minutes of meetings can be read on the village website at http://www.cridling-stubbs.co.uk


Cridling Stubbs Parish Council still has a vacancy for a parish councillor.  If you wish to be considered for co-option, please see the parish clerk, Lynda Walker, at 6 Hanover Green or telephone 671517 for more details on what this position involves.


Cridling Stubbs Community Fund


The benches and planters that are appearing around the village are courtesy of Cridling Stubbs Community Fund.  Many thanks to its trustees and to the volunteers who have come forward to offer to care for the planters.


There is a vacancy for a trustee of the Cridling Stubbs Community Fund.  This is a registered charity that provides funding for projects in and around the village.  If you are interested in this rewarding position, please see Councillor Shaun Longley at 5 Croft Lea for more details.


And finally


As reported in the last addition of The Cridling News, Womersley and Cridling Stubbs cricket teams played two matches against each other in the summer of 1910.  No one came forward to claim the award on offer.  However, it can now be revealed that despite demon bowler Tom Ingle taking eight wickets for Stubbs for the loss of only 38 runs, this wasn’t good enough to secure victory in the June match.  Womersley made 46 against Stubbs’ 39 runs.  In the July return match, Womersley scored 136 runs with Stubbs on 37 runs for 5 wickets.  A Copley (3 wickets) and J Copley (14 runs not out) were Stubbs’ best performers.  Would the results have been different if the matches had been on home turf?