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Time for another newsletter, and as always the September is always a long one! So as always I hope you enjoy it and find it interesting and informative.

Parish Council Report from Lesley Myers (Clerk)                                                                                                   

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Allerston Water – The water charge for April 2018/March2019 is now £110 per household for the few households who have not paid. This is due before 30th September.                                                                                                                

Dog Fouling – this is again becoming a problem both in Main Street and Back Lane. The Councillors request and anyone who has a dog picks up after them both in the Back Lane and on any public roads and verges. No Fouling signs are available from the Clerk.  A dog waste bin has been sited near the forest gate.                                                                 Parish Council Meetings – The Parish Council meetings are open to all in the Parish. The Council would welcome the views of the Parishioners and there is a section at the beginning of the meeting for anyone to express their views.                                                                                                                                

Meeting dates: 1st November Allerston Village Hall. 10th January Wilton Village Hall.                                                                     Community Speed watch – This has been undertaken on several occasions and was successful in slowing the traffic down. Several drivers have been reported to the police. We have had many waves from villagers all going below 30mph. We need more volunteers to be able to do it more often please. To help the volunteers please report any vehicles you see speeding in the village on the 95 Alive website which is linked to NYCC.                                                               Fracking Consultation – There are currently two government fracking consultations. We are informed that the government has expressed the intention (link 1 below) to make exploratory shale gas well pads a Permitted Development Right (typically used hitherto for minor home extensions and temporary small construction) thus obviating the requirements for planning permission and (link 2 below) to bring shale gas production into the National Strategic Infrastructure Project regime, so removing planning applications from local control at county level to a central government departmental inspectorate, leading to a compulsory acquisition of land.            and                        All are welcome to respond directly. A response will be sent from the Parish Council.                                                           

Grit Bin – The bin at the top of the Main Street is damaged and will be replaced.                                                            

Parking at the top of Main Street –this is becoming a problem for pedestrians walking up Main Street and having to walk on the road. Signs to be put on the grass verge requesting not to park on the pavement.                                                     Pavement condition –the condition of the pavement from Church Lane to the A170 has again been reported to highways.                                                                                                                                        

Trackrod Rally –this takes place on the 28th/29th September and enters the Forest both at Allerston and Ebberston – details on the notice board.                                                                                                                                         

Lesley Myers Clerk, 01723 859237 mobile 075841 196625                                                                                                       “Waterways”, Main Street. (opposite Toc Lane)

Village Hall Committee from Geoff Bogg                                                                                                          

Third Annual Show                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once again the weather was kind to us and this year’s show saw more people entering something than ever before. The number of entries was also slightly up on last year.                                                                                   

The village hall and tent looked spectacular with all the flowers, vegetables, baking, and photography on display. Our judges did a sterling job and the winners in each category were…                           

Children up to 6                   Logan Briston                                                                                                                       

Children 6-12                      Evelyn Plowright                                                                                                     

 Cookery                                Penny Teasdale                                                                                                  

 Flower arrangement         Tina Critchley                                                                                                                  

Flowers                                Malcolm Thompson                                                                                                                                   

 Handicraft                          Joan Smith                                                                                                                               

Photography                     Jeni Loosley                                                                                                                                  

Vegetables                        Malcolm Thompson (by ONE point)                                                                                                   

 Show Champion               Malcolm Thompson                                                                                                                                        

A special cup was presented to the winner of the class with most entries. This was class 41, Colour photo Sunrise / Sunset with 21 entries and was won by Emily Blunt.                                                                                            

 This year was also a record for funds raised for the village hall. The current total is £811. The village hall committee would like to thank all judges, all the helpers on the day and for setting up and taking down the tent. All the competitors for taking part, without them there’s no show. All the people who bought something at the auction. Also huge thanks to Tim and Becky at the Cayley for the fantastic after show barbecue which raised £350.                                                                                                                             Time to start planning for 2019!                                                                                             MAD 100 winners                                                                                                                                                            

August -            No 34 Ruth Motley (£50) - No 36 Sarah Craggs (£25) - No 56 Gordon Jackson (£25)                                        September -     No 89 Alan Inglis (£50)  -   No 98 P Petch £25)   -   No 17 Christine Thornhill (£25)

Churches Together from Mary Bell                                                                                                                               

We had a very successful “Pop-up” café at the Old Grammar School in Thornton-le-Dale on the Saturday and Monday of the Scarecrow Festival on Bank Holiday weekend. A total of £560 was raised which was divided between Church and Chapel.                                                                                             We hope to repeat this next year and possibly at other Bank Holidays and wonder if anyone has any small teapots (preferably metal) that they no longer use and would be happy to pass on to us. If so please contact either Mary Bell on 859918 or Mary Kemp on 859841.                                                                                       

 We will be organising a Film and afternoon tea on October 24th in the Village Hall. The film will probably be the recent “Dad’s Army” filmed in and around Bridlington. Look out for posters with more details very shortly.                                                                                                                                                                             

This year’s Remembrance Day will commemorate the end of World War 1 and there will be an installation of poppies on the War Memorial in St. John’s and also cardboard figures representing the men from Allerston who died in the conflict. The Act of Remembrance will be included in the service at St. John’s on November 11th at 9.15am. We will also be ringing the church bells as part of the “Ringing for Peace” initiative.                                                                                                                                                           

On this special Remembrance weekend we are organising a concert, jointly with Allerston Aloud, on the evening of Friday November 9th in the Village Hall. This will include songs, poems etc. and refreshments will be served. Donations will be for the British Legion to help their work with members of our Armed Forces and hope that many of you will be able to join us.                                           

Many of you know that Rector Jo retires shortly and her last service in St. John’s will be on September 23rd at 4.30pm. Tea/coffee and cake will be served after the service and everyone is welcome to join us to say Goodbye to Jo.

Village Lunches from Jane Seed                                                                                                                                                        

Village Lunches are starting again! The first event will be on Monday October 8th, usual time and place – 12.30 in the Village Hall. Menu to be decided but is sure to be delicious as ever! Booking your place is essential, so please ring Caroline on 859271, Mary on 859918 or Jill on 859406. (By the way, if anyone has a superabundance of cooking apples and could donate some, we would be grateful. Please contact the above, or Jane at Mill Cottage). Thank you and see you there.

Allerston Aloud from Mary Crossley                                                                                                                                                

We have just resumed our rehearsals in the Chapel schoolroom, now to be at 7.30pm every Monday evening regularly for anyone who might be interested in joining in.                                                                            

We have two projects on the go – one is a Christmas piece (a retelling of the Christmas story) written and composed by our choir leader Janet. This is completely new to us so we shall have our work cut out in perfecting it for any Christmas audiences!                                                                                          

Our other project is a concert based around times of the day i.e. mornings, afternoons and evenings/nights.                                                                                                                                                         

This concert will be performed at Sherburn village hall at 2pm on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th October, and I understand that we are hoping to put on the same concert in our own village hall to raise funds for Ryedale Food Bank – date yet to be arranged – watch this space….

Allerston Bulk Oil Co-operative from Richard Shepherd.                                                                                      

Around 7,500 litres was delivered to members who participated in the last bulk delivery in August at a cost of 47.9 ppl + 5% VAT.                                                                                                                                            

If you want to know more about the benefits of joining our co-operative give Richard a call on 850335 or email:                                                                                                                         

The date for the next bulk delivery is Wednesday 24th October. If you want to be included please let Richard know by noon on Wednesday 17th October.

Ebberston & Allerston W.I. from Ann Sainsbury                                                                                          

Local artist Sue Slack came to our July meeting and discovered hidden talent in some of our members for drawing pastels.                                                                                                                                                

In August we were taken back to the thirties when most members went to the Esk Valley Theatre’s production of “Private Lives” by Noel Coward. It was a glorious day for a drive over the moors and the play was a hilarious classic Coward performance. Fish & chips at Walker’s afterwards also went down very well.                                                                                                                                                                                      

More recently we welcomed Mick Johnson, Ebberston’s beekeeper, to our September meeting. Mick gave us a really interesting talk on the background to beekeeping and the practicalities of it and also brought along some delicious samples for us to taste.                                                                                                                         

October 9th – Ebberston VH at 7.15pm Autumn Supper – anyone interested in joining us please come along to this informal evening when there will be some tasty treats!                                                                     

November 13th – Ebberston VH at 7.15pm the Annual Meeting.

Craft Group from Joan Smith                                                                                                                                            

The Craft Group will be meeting on the following dates:-                                                                                                  

Tuesday 18th September, Wednesday 3rd October, Tuesday 16th October, Wednesday 7th November, Tuesday 20th November, Wednesday 5th December. The time is 1.30 until 3.30pm at Allerston Village Hall and costs £2.50. Everyone is welcome to come. Contact number – 850396. Also, Carol Jones and Joan run 2 machine embroidery sessions each month in the hall and are planning an exhibition on 1st December at Snainton Village Hall to raise funds for Allerston village hall. There will be tea and coffee and a sales table (an opportunity to buy Christmas presents). It would be lovely if this can be put on everyone’s calendar.

Yukon River Paddle Challenge from Pete Joyes (Fair Winds)                                                                                                         

 It’s always frustrating when an expedition doesn’t go to plan but despite our various setbacks, Sam and I are very proud to have raised over £2.5k for BBC’s Children in Need. We managed to get to the halfway point covering a distance of over 200 miles through the Canadian wilderness. Thank you to everyone who has donated, lent kit and supported us on our journey. We’ll be back to the Yukon, as we have unfinished business.

A request from Keira Loosley (aged 6 years)                                                                                                                                      

I am doing a fundraiser for make a wish foundation because I want to raise money to help poorly children have fun and be happy. The fundraiser will be “make a Christmas wish”. It will be on Sunday 25th November at Snainton village hall 1pm-4pm. We will have crafts to do, games, stalls, raffle, tombola, food and drinks and some performances.                                                                                                           

Please can anybody help with some prizes or performances? If anybody makes things and would like to have a stall, please speak to my Mum. Thank you from Keira Belle Loosley                                                                    

Email or phone 10723 850103 or 1, King’s Lane, Ebberston.

Ebberston & Allerston Youth Group from Jeni Loosley                                                                                                  

The Youth Group are holding the ghastly trail again this year (as requested!). It is on Saturday 27th October. We need displays or pumpkins entries from you!  How it works: you make a display or a pumpkin to be part of the trail and pay £1 in support of youth group. This £1 enters you into the competition. Visitors to the trail pay £2 to participate then head out around the village to find the displays/pumpkins and vote a winner. The winner receives prizes! Youth group will do some displays to fill the trail but we really want to make this a fun community event so please join in. Come on let’s see what you’ve got … the scare factor?!                                                                                                     Email: to enter                                                                                           Flyers will also be delivered soon with entry form on.

Our young people have now gone back to school after the summer holidays. We wish them well for the new school year ahead. Maybe you have changed school or you are going on to further education or an apprenticeship  –  whatever you’re doing , good luck to all of you.

Finally –our thoughts are with all our friends and neighbours who are unwell at the moment. We send our love and support to them, and to their families and carers.

The next newsletter will be at the beginning of November. To contact me – hard copy to “Koa Tauranga” or email:                                                                                                   

Thank you and best wishes Margaret


Is the weather hot enough for you? Maybe at times it has been a bit too much but we shouldn’t really complain.   But we’re Brits. We always complain!! Anyway –  enjoy the latest newsletter.

Parish Council Report from Lesley Myers (Clerk)                                                                                                   

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 Allerston water – Please Please can the Councillors request that all householders look after our water supply. There is no shortage of water, but the use has increased over the last few weeks. The spring is working well, and the overflow is running but some people are short of water especially those properties who are high up the village or high off supply. We do not want to introduce a hosepipe ban but may have to if it does not improve.                                                                                           The water charge for April 2018/2019 is £110 per household for the few households who have not paid. This is due before 30th September.                                                                                                                    

Dog Fouling – this is again becoming a problem both in the main street and in the Back Lane. The Councillors request and anyone who has a dog picks up after them both in the Back Lane and on any public roads and verges. No Fouling signs are available from the Clerk.                                                                    

Parish Council Meetings – The Parish Council meetings are open to all in the Parish. The Council would welcome the views of the Parishioners and there is a section at the beginning of the meeting for anyone to express their views.                                                                                                                           Meeting dates – 6th September, Wilton Village Hall. 1st November, Allerston Village Hall. 

  Community Speed watch - this has been undertaken on several occasions and was successful in slowing the traffic down. Several drivers have been reported to the police. We have had many waves from villagers all going below 30mph. We need more volunteers to be able to do it more often please.

Lesley Myers Clerk, 01723 859237 mobile 07584 196625                                                                                 

 Waterways, Main Street (opposite Toc Lane)

Village Hall Committee

From Iain Turnbull                                                                                                                                                                                              

Thank you to everyone one who has participated in the Monthly Allerston Draw (MAD100). Money raised has gone towards the painting and decorating of the Hall which will be carried out this summer.

From Geoff Bogg                                                                                                                                                    


We are now into the third month of the MAD100 draw.                                                                                                     

Last month’s winners were: Carol Jones, Carolyne Robinson, Rob Stephenson.                                                                     July winners – Tina Critchley, Carolyn Elliott and Holly Dunnett.                                                                                           

I will post the winning numbers on the notice board in future.                                    


 This year’s village show is on the 1st September. Entry forms will be coming through your letter boxes later this month. Have a go!

Allerston Churches Together from Mary Bell

We all enjoyed “Hymns & Pimms” on June 24th in St. John’s Church. Everyone received a glass of Pimms as they entered and we sang some of the nation’s favourite hymns. Sally (now Revd. Sally) Gough told us something about the writers of each hymn and Ray and Mary sang several modern songs. After the service we enjoyed nibble with more Pimms. Thanks to Jane and Vivienne for organising the refreshments and especially to Sally for putting the service together – it was so good we want to do it again next year!                                                                                                                                           On July 1st, five of us went to York Minster to support Sally as she was ordained. A lovely occasion with wonderful music and the sun pouring through the stained glass windows. We look forward to sharing many services with Revd. Sally following her installation as curate in the benefice, during a service at All Saints in Thornton-le-Dale on July 8th.                                                                                         On July 7th we had a lovely evening at Stonebeck (Ray & Mary Kemp’s home) with wine and cheese, lots of laughter and conversation raising money for the maintenance of our two buildings.                                       Our main fundraising event this year will be during the August Bank Holiday Scarecrow event in Thornton-le-Dale. We will be serving drinks and cakes in the Old Grammar School between 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday and again on Bank Holiday Monday. Offers of cakes, scones etc. will be gratefully received; contact Mary Kemp or Mary Bell if you can help.

Allerston Aloud from Mary Kemp

Allerston Aloud have once again enjoyed weekly singing sessions in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom with Janet Magee and Rosemary Knapton. We have recently given a concert at St. Hilda’s Church in Sherburn and are currently preparing for autumn concerts. During the summer Janet will be giving 4 weekly lessons on reading a musical score and anyone who would like to join that group would be very welcome to do so. 01723 859841for anyone interested.

Allerston Bulk Oil Co-operative from Richard Shepherd

Around 12,000 of litres of oil was delivered to members who participated in the last bulk delivery in June, at a cost of 49.5 ppl + 5% VAT.                                                                                                                                                        

If you are not already a member and want to know more about the benefits of joining our co-operative please give Richard a call on 850335 or email:                                                

The date of the next bulk delivery is Wednesday 22nd August. If you want to be included please let Richard know by noon on Friday 17th August.  

Cayley Arms

Unfortunately I haven’t received a report from Tim, but of course he has been very busy lately. So… from me – it is wonderful to see the Cayley functioning again like it used to a few years ago. If you haven’t tried the food in the restaurant yet I’d recommend it. Sunday lunch was really really good. And I am told that the bedrooms are first class. Well done Tim and Becky and good luck.

Ebberston and Allerston WI from Ann Sainsbury

Several of our members attended the Spring Council Meeting at Scarborough Spa in April. As well as general W.I. matters we listened to a very moving debate on the subject of “Mental Health Matters”. Later we were amused by a much lighter talk from Graham Walton – father of the famous sextuplets.                                                                                                                                                                                         At our May meeting we “had a go” at some basic circle dances under the excellent tuition of Marion Elliot. It was great fun and gave us all a very good “workout”!     May also saw several of us joined by members from other local W.I.s for a delicious Anglo-Indian lunch led by our secretary, Frances Langley, who gave a really interesting talk on her family’s Indian roots.                                                                                                In June, Jo Russell, manager at Jack Berry House in Malton came and gave us an enlightening talk on the work carried out there to assist the rehabilitation of injured jockeys.                                                                Recently our newest member, Janet, (together with Frances) attended the National Federation W.I. – Wales conference in Powys. She came away having made new friends and with a much broader insight into the W.I. at a national level.                                                                                                                        There really is something for everyone in the W.I. so come along and give it a go.                                                                           In August there is no meeting but most of us are off to the Esk Valley Theatre.                                                 September 11th – Beekeeping.   October 9th – Autumn Supper.

A “Thank you” from Dave Elvidge of Rosedene

I would like to thank everybody who came to my help when my garden shed and conifer hedging caught fire on June 1st. I’m truly grateful. Many thanks, of course, to the Fire Service who soon had the blaze out.          

The Old Station –

On July 4th Carol and Mark celebrated 20 years of welcoming guests to The Old Station (over 8,000 in total!). Many guests have come back year after year as they find this area so beautiful, varied and interesting. Some guests have made friends in the village and some have even moved here!                       

 Carol and Mark wish to thank everyone that has helped them in many ways over the past 22 years they have lived in the village.

I know that several of our friends and neighbours have been unwell lately. As always we send them, their families and carers our love and support and wish them well. Just a reminder that there is a wheelchair in the village should you need one. Just give me a ring on 859713.

Our young people will be breaking up soon for the long summer holiday. For some the exams are over, for others maybe they changing schools. Whatever I hope they have a lovely holiday.

Finally – the next newsletter will be out in September so please can I have any copy by the beginning of the month. Hard copy to Koa Tauranga, or email to

Thank you - Margaret



Newsletter time! Another long one – so enjoy!

Parish Council report from Lesley Myers (Clerk)                                                                                                 

 Website –                                                                                                             

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Allerston Water – the water charge for April 2018/March 2019 is £110 per household but if paid by 31st May 2018 the charge will be £50. If anyone wishes to have this deadline extended for any financial reasons, please contact the clerk in confidence.                                                                                                          

Dog Fouling  – this is again becoming a problem both in the main street and in the back lane. The Councillors request and anyone who has a dog picks up after them both in Back Lane and any public roads and verges. No Fouling signs are available from the Clerk.                                                                                

Parish Council Meetings – The annual governance statement and financial accounts were approved by the Council. All accounts are available to view by contacting the Clerk from 4th June – 16th July by appointment. They will be displayed on the website.                                                                                                   

Meeting dates: 5th July, Allerston Village Hall. 6th September, Wilton Village Hall.                                         

Community Speed watch - this has been undertaken once and was successful in slowing the traffic down. We got many waves from villagers all going under 30mph. We need more volunteers to be able to do it more often please.       Tour de Yorkshire  - The Parish Council would like to thank the Youth Club for decorating our village for the Tour de Yorkshire. It was lovely to see so many people supporting the event.                                                  

Wild Flower seeds  have been received from Kew Gardens. If anyone has any ideas where to plant the, please contact the Clerk or a Councillor.                                                                                                      

Lesley Myers (Clerk) 01723 859237 mobile 07584196625                                                                                                 

Waterways, Main Street (opposite) Toc Lane.                                                                                                              

A p.s. from the Parish Council                                                                                                                                          

Last Sunday (6th) there was very poor pressure in our water supply. The spring was running well and overflowing. The tank was full up to the over flow so there was no shortage of water. The Council can only presume that some villagers may be running hosepipes or sprinklers and leaving them running. This cannot happen on Allerston water as it is a gravity led system. The Parish Council does not want to put a ban on all hose pipes but if this continues when the weather is hot there will be no choice. The Councillors do know that some people run hose pipes across fields but these should not be left running.                                                                                                                                                                              There are several young children and older residents in the village and they should not be left without water so please be considerate to your fellow villagers. Thank you.  

Village Hall report from Tina Critchley                                                                                                                             

The Village Hall will be holding a Plant Swap/Sale on the 27th May from 10.00am onwards. Entry is free if you are bringing plants and 50p if not. Refreshments will be available. The idea is that you will bring your plants labelled and planted in a pot or other suitable container, you will be allocated points for them and can then choose more plants to take home. I.e  if you brought a tomato plant we would allocate a point to you, tomato plants would be on sale for 2 points so you would pay 20p for your new plant. The idea is that you can get something different at a reasonable price with all profits going to the hall and our continuing refurbishment plans. Next step indoor toilets hopefully! If this seems confusing, do not worry we will be on hand to help you.                                                                                                               MAD 100 – from Geoff Bogg                                                                                                                                                            

The very first draw for the MAD 100 took place on Saturday 5th May. The winner of the first prize of £50 was Joan Smith. The two £25 winners were Sarah Craggs and Rob Stephenson.                                                                                                                                                                 The Village Hall committee would like to thank everyone who bought a ticket. There are still a few left, now at slightly reduced prices, so anyone who still would like to enter just needs to contact Geoff at The Shires.   Next draw is 2nd June at the Cayley Arms, at 8pm.                                                          

Mary Bell has asked that the following event in the Village Hall be included:-                                                       

History Day: Wednesday 11th July                                                                                                                                         

Local History Event – North Yorkshire Record Office in Northallerton will be bringing their pop-up archive to our village hall on Wednesday, 11th July. They will bring a selection of records and documents relating to Allerston and possibly Ebberston and Wilton, together with user guides and displays. Staff will be available to answer questions. It is designed to be an informal event where people can chat to staff and to each other. Starting at 11am, entry will be free and there will be refreshments available. If you are working on your family tree you might be able to find out what documents are available at Northallerton to help with this. It promises to be an interesting day and we hope that you will come along. More details nearer the time.     

Churches Together – Mary Bell                                                                                                                        

The lunch for Christian Aid on April 9th, together with donations raised a total of £250 for this year’s campaign. Thanks to everyone who helped, came to lunch or donated.                                                            

Methodist Chapel:  The chapel’s 94th anniversary was celebrated on May 6th with a service led by Howard’s brother – Mr David Parr. This was followed by lunch in the schoolroom. Thank you to Mary and Jenny, Howard and Ray for arranging this.                                                                                                

St. John’s:  It is now nearly 3 years since we held our “Bastille Day” event and asked for help in keeping the church open. The PCC is very grateful that people were willing to help. Your ongoing support has enabled us to start to restore the church – things that had to be left when money was scarce can now, hopefully, be updated. Our current project is to install heaters in the front pews so we should be a little warmer next winter!!                                                                                                                       We expect that from June the “Lively” service at 9-15am on the 4th Sunday of each month will be replaced by Evensong at 4.30pm. Several people will be glad tohear this and w hope to see them on June 24th.    

Lunches from Jane Seed                                                                                                                                              

Although we don’t set out to make any profit, nevertheless when all expenses were paid this time, we still had a surplus of £394.50 over the 6 months! As usual, half has gone to St. John’s Church and half, this time to the Salvation Army in Scarborough. Again many thanks to all our diners; hope to see everyone for the first lunch of the Autumn, Monday 8th October.  

Allerston “Aloud” from Mary Crossley                                                                                                                     

There is little to report this time. A concert at Sherburn this Friday the 11th then nothing else is booked until the Autumn. Nevertheless we continue having fun at our weekly social rehearsals and welcome anyone who fancies a sing-song to come along and join in.

Some sad news –

It is always sad for me to report the death of one of our long term residents. Joan Pearson died last month. She and her husband Stan lived and worked on Low Farm, until they retired and moved just across Main Street to the newly built Heather Dene.   I will miss her working in the garden she created and kept so beautiful.                                                                                                                                                       We send our love and condolences to Margaret and Martyn, and John and Vicky and their families. Margaret has asked me on behalf of the family, to thank everyone for their sympathy cards. And she sends a special thank you to Tim and Becky at the Cayley Arms for putting on hold for the afternoon, the work being done at the pub, so the family and friends could meet up there following the funeral.

Allerston Bulk Oil Co-operative from Richard Shepherd                                                                                

Due to Bank Holidays the next bulk oil delivery has been rescheduled for Wednesday 8th June so please let Richard know by noon on Friday 1st June if you want to be included. For those of you who have already placed an order please let him know if the short delay is a problem.                                                                                        If you are not a member and want to know more about joining the co-operative please give Richard a call on 850335 or email:

Ebberston & Allerston WI from Ann Sainsbury                                                                                                            

In March two volunteers from a local branch of The Samaritans came to speak to us. They gave us a very clear insight into their work in a very sensitive voluntary field and left us in no doubt of their dedication to it.                                                                                                                                                                                        April saw another voluntary group giving us a talk. This time Mick Picknett (BEM) from Redcar R.N.L.I. team told us about his service to the organisation and some highs and lows experienced by the team. It was fascinating to hear that his family has been serving on the lifeboat since the first one was stationed at Redcar in 1802, even before the R.N.L.I. as we know it today existed. Upcoming events:                                                                                                                                                                                                    

May 8th – Ebberston 7:15pm – circle dancing. June 12th – Allerston 7:15pm – Jack Berry House, Malton. July 10th – Allerston 7:15pm – creating a picture with Sue Slack. All welcome.      

Cayley Arms from Tim and Becky                                                                                                                        

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the customers and friends who have not only supported the pub over the week end but helped prepare it over the last couple of weeks and in our hour of need, stepped up to the mark, and rolled up their sleeves and mucked in to help through our busiest times on Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                       Thank you to all who also got some great photos and video of the race when it came through, we will publish these on Facebook and our soon to be live website.                                                                       Someone asked me who won the Tour de Yorkshire, my reply…the Community of Allerston      

Ebberston & Allerston Youth Group from Jeni Loosley                                                                                    

Ebberston & Allerston is 10 years old! Can you believe it…8th May 2008 we opened the doors to provide young people of the villages a safe place to socialise and have fun whilst developing independence, responsibility and confidence and learning new skills.   Since then 150 young people have benefitted from the youth group’s facilities. We have provided numerous different trips and activities over the years of a wide range. A huge thank you to all who have been involved as YOU have kept the youth group running all this time                                                                                                                                             To mark the momentous occasion we are holding a celebration event to which we invite all of those who have been a part of the group to join us on Saturday 26th May at North Bay, Scarborough (Time TBC according to tide times) If you would like to join us please let Jeni know on 07821206331 (so we have an idea of numbers and can notify of times)                                                                                                                       

A REMINDER: we will now meet at Ebberston  sportsfield (WEATHER permitting) for the summer months. Every Wednesday during term time 7pm-9pm. We hope to provide the service for years to come so please continue to support us. We are very thankful for your support thus far.

Congratulations and well done to Ginny Stockill                                                                                                                 

Ginny completed the Paris Marathon on 8th April in 5 hours 36 mins.                                                                        

She writes - a massive thank you to everyone from the village who has sponsored and encouraged me.  I am still receiving donations and think I will raise about £2,000 in total which is amazing and beyond my expectations. Hopefully with more research and new treatments Prostate cancer will be curable at some time in the future (and other cancers) The race was a fantastic experience, it was a hot sunny day which I am not used to, having trained in snow, ice and freezing weather!   It was also tough and the last mile seemed to be a very long one, it was well organised and the crowds were fabulous, cheering everyone on. All in all it was worth the effort and a once in a lifetime challenge.  

Vale of Pickering Caravan Park, Allerston from Dianne Stockdale                                                           

We have had a busy winter this year modernizing our existing facilities in our shop (open to all) and reception area. Our licensed shop is open daily term time between 9am and 5pm (4pm on Sundays). School holidays, the shop is open 9am to 7pm daily. We stack grocery items inc. bacon and sausages from Turners Butchers of Rillington.  There is ample parking outside our shop.                                                Oakwood Café at the Vale of Pickering, Allerston.                                                                                                         April 2018 saw the opening of our brand new café (open to all). We are serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, toasted tea cakes and scones with jam and cream. Our hot food menu will commence mid-May where we will be serving cooked breakfasts, paninis, pizzas and lots more. All food will be available to takeaway. We look forward to welcoming you to our café. Opening tomes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 4pm, Thursday closed, Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 8.30am to 5pm Sunday 8.30am to 4pm. We also have a large out -door area that children can use.

Pete Joyes - The Yukon River Paddle Challenge                                                                                                                 

I had hoped that Pete would get me a report for this on time, but… unfortunately this hasn’t happened. So I am improvising here!     In June Pete and his university friend, Sam Millner will find themselves on a lake that’s nearly 4 miles wide and over 30 miles long, in one of the worlds wildest places, the Yukon Territory. They are taking on the Yukon River Quest to raise funds for BBC’s Children in Need. It is the longest canoe marathon in the World, starting from Whitehorse and ending in Dawson City, a distance of 440 miles. Which they hope to complete in under 50 hours…       I can’t give you a Just Giving link but you can contact Pete at “Fair Winds”, and also follow their journey on                                                                                                                                                               

 Good luck to both of you.  

Finally –                                                                                                                                                                              

Thank you to everybody who has contributed this newsletter. Without your input there wouldn’t be one!! Also thank you to those who have sent email addresses recently, these help me so much in both time and money. The next edition is due out at the beginning of July so if you want something to be included, please let me have it by then.  But with a request - PLEASE keep it short if possible!!

  Thank you - Margaret



As I begin this latest newsletter it is still cold outside, but at least it has warmed up a wee bit. So here’s hoping you are all keeping warm, and looking forward to the latest news from around the village.

Allerston Parish Council from Lesley Myers (Clerk)Website –

E mail –

Council changes – Councillor Sam Turnbull has resigned from the Council; the Councillors and Clerk were very sorry and thanked her for her significant input to the Council. James Christian, Rhodelands, Main St., has been co-opted onto the Council.

Allerston water – The water charge for April 2018/March 2019 is £110 per household but is paid before 31st May 2018 the charge will be £50. If anyone wished to have this deadline extended for any financial reasons, please contact the Clerk in confidence. Ryedale District Council has requested a private company to do a risk assessment of the water supply.This has been carried out and the results will be discussed with the Environment officer at Ryedale District Council.

Dog fouling – this is again becoming a problem both in the main street and in the Back Lane.The Councillors request that anyone who has a dog picks up after them, both in the Back Lane and on any public roads and verges.No Fouling signs are available from the Clerk.

Parish Councils meetings – The finance report and minutes are displayed on the notice board usually by the end of the month when the meetings are held.They are also posted on the website.The minutes of all current meetings and finance reports are available at the Parish Council meetings.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There is a section at the beginning of the meeting for any comments, questions etc.Meeting dates: 3rd May Wilton Village Hall.5th July Allerston Village Hall. 

Allerston and Wilton Website is available to advertise any village event.We would like all groups who meet in the village to put their information on the website.The website is getting more views from different people.Contact Will Dunnett or Lesley Myers.

Community Speed Watch – several villagers have now been trained and Community speed watch can now commence.We need more volunteers as we require 3-4 people to carry out the monitoring.We planned a first trial but due to inclement weather it was postponed.Please contact Cllr Will Dunnett, Cllr Graham Blunt or Lesley Myers.Signs to be erected to advertise the village is a Community Watch area. 

Bush next to street light – the Council would like to thank the Court Management committee for cutting down the large bush by the street light.It improves the vision in the dark.Lesley Myers – Clerk, 01723 859237 mobile 07584 196625Waterways, Main Street. (opposite Toc Lane).

Village Hall Committee from Tina Critchley and Geoff Bogg.

First Tina –The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held on Thursday 15th March at 7pm.This is open to the public and new members are always welcome.Any assistance always appreciate, whether it is help with organising events or being on the cleaning rota.

Plant Swap / Sale:Sunday 27th May; 10am till 1pm.We are hoping to hold a plant swap/sale again this year, it is planned for Sunday 27th May 10am-1pm at the village hall.For anyone who hasn’t been before, you can bring your surplus plants, and you will be awarded points for them which you can be then exchange for someone else’s plants.Don’t worry too much about bringing plants though, we will accept money for them too!We never know what plants we will have but it is usually a good variety and we always try to advise you if you are unsure.It wold be appreciated if all plants brought for sale are planted in suitable containers and labelled with either a common or Latin name, and if this is not possible we will try to identify them from your description!There will be refreshments and a tombola type game available on the day, and all money raised will go to Hall funds.Hope to see you there.

Now this from Geoff -“MAD 100”(Monthly Allerston Draw with 100 tickets)The Village Hall Committee have finally gone mad.In an attempt to raise funds for the village hall improvements, mainly new toilets, we are launching a new monthly draw.It will work like this.Once a year we will sell 100 tickets*.Every month, each ticket will be entered into a draw.Tickets will be £25 each, and every month there will be will be two prizes of £25, and a top prize of £50.The top prize in the December draw will be £250. The draw will take place at the Cayley Arms on the first Saturday in the month at 8pm.Why wouldn’t you?It is only £25 a YEAR.That’s not even 50p a week.It won’t even buy a cheese twist from Lidl!You have a better than one in three chance of winning.Odds of a £10 win on the lottery are 1 in 96.You are helping the village to improve community facilities.Someone from the village hall committee will call on you in the next few weeks.Go on, buy a ticket it will be fun. *IF TICKETS SALES ARE SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW OR ABOVE 100, THE PRIZES WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY.

Allerston Churches together from Mary Bell

After a quiet period in January and February, we now look forward to Mothering Sunday and the Easter Services.

Palm Sunday March 25th – Procession starting from The Old Station at 10.30am.We will stop at several points as we walk up the village finishing at St John’s where we also have refreshments.

Wednesday March 28thEvening prayer in Holy Week at 6.30pm in St. John’s.

Easter Saturday March 31st –Easter Garden Service at 10.30am in St. John’s. We hope that the children will bring flowers, paintings etc. to add to the garden in the church porch.This is a service for children of all ages (1 – 99!! ) with refreshments at the end.We hope that you will be able to join us at some or all these services.There is no service in the village on Easter Sunday, but you can join services at a) Ebberston Chapel at 10.30am, b) St George’s, Wilton also at 10.30am. 

Lunch for Christian AidWe will be raising funds for Christian Aid week at a lunch on Monday April 10th, the minimum donation is £5. Per person and all proceeds will be donated to Christian Aid.You can book your place during the village lunch on March 10th or ring Mary Bell on 859918 or Mary Kemp on 859841.The menu will be – Tarragon chicken with rice or new potatoes and vegetables, followed by jam sponge and custard.Tea and coffee to finish and plenty of time to chat.Please note there will be no envelope collection for Christian Aid in the village, but donations can be given to Mary Kemp at Stonebeck, Main Street.

Village Lunch from Jane SeedHopefully this newsletter is out in time so that I can mention the next village lunch on Monday March 12th.We will have some surplus money after all payments have been made, and are planning to divide it between St. John’s Church and the Salvation Army.Many thanks to all our diners for your loyal support; great to see everyone enjoying food and chat month by month.

Allerston Aloud I haven’t received a report from Mary C., but I understand the next concert will be late May.More information in the next newsletter.

Allerston Bulk Oil Co-operative from Richard Shepherd The next bulk oil delivery is scheduled for Wednesday March 21st so please let me know by noon on FridayMarch 16th if you want to be included.Around 18,000 litres was delivered to members who participated in the last bulk delivery at a cost of43.95ppl + 5% VAT.If you are not already a member and would like to know more about the benefits of joining our co-operative please give Richard a call on 850335, or email:

Ebberston & Allerston WI

In February we visited Beck Isle Museumin Pickering.We were guided around the many exhibits by the Museum Manager, Ella Voce and given a wonderful insight into days gone by in Pickering and the surrounding area.We particularly enjoyed seeing the fascinating printer’s workshop, local photographer Sydney Smith’s work and the handsome, old Ebberston funeral cart.We rounded off the afternoon with tea and delicious freshly baked biscuits at the Forest and Vale Hotel.Upcoming events:13th March, Allerston Village Hall, 7.15pm – a talk by a representative from the Samaritans.10th April, Ebberston Village Hall, 7.15pm - a talk on the R.N.L.I. by Mike Picknett.We would love to see some new faces, so if you have been thinking about coming along to one of our meetings make 2018 the year you do!

A message from Jim Ingham

In 2016, I helped Yorkshire Cancer Research to make their first ever House toHouse collection in Allerston, and Wow, what a success it was.Just shy of £300 raised – Many many thanks.So we’re doing it all again.Please see the donation envelope which I expect to be delivering to houses next week, and will be collecting them up over the Easter weekend.Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 for the benefit of Yorkshire people and is the largest regional cancer research in the country.Today, its objective is to help Yorkshire people in the fight to avoid, cope with, and survive this dreadful disease.Please give generously.If you have any queries, or are away from home and miss your envelope, please contact Jim on 859283.

Cayley Arms from Tim and Becky 

As some of you know already , we are currently refurbishing the letting rooms and then the kitchens. Our aim is to have these completed by May. We will keep everyone informed by this newsletter, Facebook and soon to be launched website.We look forward to seeing you at our forthcoming events.Thank you for your continued support. Team Cayley 








Finally – The next newsletter is due at the beginning of May – so any copy (hard copy to Koa Tauranga, or email: then please.Also thanks to all of thosewho have given me their email addresses lately – they will help greatly.



A Happy New Year to you all.  It doesn’t seem possible that I have been doing the newsletter for 7 years now.  And it all started when someone complained to me that they didn’t know what was happening in the village and had missed an event!

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