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The Cridling News

Issue Number: 64   Date 24th September 2010


Cridling Stubbs Produce Show


This year’s show was an outstanding success as the newly decorated hall played host to a jam-packed crowd.  As ever, the stalwart Mrs Young was responsible for an abundance of quality entries. Mrs Hardy regained her Queen Victorious title whilst her talented offspring also won awards for their cakes.  (It is hoped that next year Mr H might be persuaded to display his talents.)  Janet Midgley’s scones rivalled those served at the Coffee Mornings.


Beth Wilson’s flapjack were described by the judges as “delicious”. Serena Meyer’s artwork displayed great creativity whilst her mum’s entries showed much green-fingered talent as did Liz Barker’s.  Much to her delight Liz went home with a handful of certificates proving to her family doubter that her produce was more than good enough!


“Best In Show” was awarded to Lynne Blakestone for her whiskey-laced Damson Dumpsey Jam and Mrs Young took home the re-discovered Scholey Rose Bowl kindly donated by Emily Stanley whose husband had been a previous (twentieth century) winner of this trophy.


Thanks are due to many many people who supported this event including the judges -John Vause, District Councillors Ivey and Ryder and Gloria Byram, without them there just wouldn’t be a show.  Also Focus DIY, Morrisons, United Carpets and Carpetrite for their welcome donations, the Village Hall Committee for their tireless efforts over and above the call of duty, Tad and Ann Frost, Mr Hallam and his gardener and last but not least everybody who was there on the day


Past Times


Continued from last issue


The Saturday after we got the house we went shopping to Wakefield for furniture.  Almost all the furniture available was utility.  We bought a dining room suite: a bedroom suite; two fireside chairs; linoleum for the large bedroom; some crockery and kitchen equipment.  We did not get anything on hire purchase, the folly of doing this had been instilled into us from a very early age by our families.


Over the previous years l had made lots of things for my bottom drawer: embroidered table cloths; tray cloths; pillow cases; crochet mats etc.  We were given many things by family and friends.  An oil lamp: flat iron; a clipped rug made by Arnold's mother.  We also had a good supply of bed linen and towels which we received as wedding presents.  We had a beautiful china tea set we had bought at Pontefract market and a lovely silver teapot, sugar basin and cream jug given to us by the staff at the N.C.B. offices as a wedding present.  We were also making a ready cut rug which we soon finished for the sitting room.  Arnold was given a white table top which he made into a table for the kitchen and later made a meat safe from a tea chest.


Curtaining material was in very short supply but I was in Pontefract one day as some was delivered to Baileys shop and I was able to purchase enough for all the windows.  There was no choice of colour or fabric.  I made curtains for all the windows, they looked very nice.  Unfortunately the first time they were washed they shrank by about six inches and I had to lengthen them all; one mistake I never made again.


It was some months later we managed to buy a stair carpet.  It must have been good quality as I was able to pass it on to a friend some 25 years later.


We had been married five years before we started a family so we were able to get together a very comfortable home.  It had always been my wish to have next door neighbours, not realising that this could be a problem, but we were fortunate and had wonderful neighbours.


Soon we were accepted in the village and we found the people very friendly, warm and helpful.   Unfortunately it is not the close knit community it was in 1949 as many new houses have been built and a lot of the original villagers have moved away.  Most people now have their own transport and do not meet up at the bus stop and get chatting as they used to.


It was our first home and we never envisaged being in Cridling Stubbs over 60 years later.  We are still here albeit now in a bungalow we built 36 years ago.


J Hallam  May 2010


And Future Times


With excitement levels running high, the Pennine Playground contractors were welcomed on-site at 8.20am on Tuesday 7th September.  An argument soon took place when they were told they were late, insisting they were told to be on site for 8.30.  They eventually got the joke when Lynda told them they should have been here in 1946!  After a celebratory cuppa, Jaffa Cake and a few photographs to commemorate this auspicious occasion, the construction was soon under way.


The “official opening” of the long-awaited (over sixty four years) Cridling Stubbs Playground will take place on Sunday 26th September.  Starting at 2pm at Hanover Green the Selby Scout and Guide Band will march through the village to the playground.  It is hoped that residents will join the march as it passes their house.  Free face-painting, bouncy castle and other games will be available.  Also, free refreshments will be on offer at the  playground and then in the village hall.  Please come and join in the fun to celebrate this new village asset which will make such a difference for the young people (and some of the older ones) of Cridling Stubbs.


Coffee Morning


The next ones will be Thursday 30th September and 21 October at 9.30am.  Toasted teacakes, cupcakes, Gloria’s freshly baked scones and a “cake of the day” will be on the menu as well as freshly brewed coffee, hot chocolate (with or without marshmallows) and tea.


Everybody is welcome and all monies raised go towards the upkeep of the village hall.  Be sure to come early to ensure the best choice of goodies since they do sell like hot cakes.


Parish Council


The next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 13th October 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



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


There is still 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.


WRG Wind Farm Update


On 25 August 2010, Selby District Council granted permission for a test mast on the Darrington Quarry site.  It was erected soon afterwards.


A representative of WRG (the applicant) will attend the next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council on 13th October to answer residents’ questions on the wind farm proposals.


There will be a public exhibition on the wind farm proposals between 1.00pm and 8.00pm on Tuesday 2nd November at the Mid-Yorkshire Golf Club, Darrington.


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