The villagers have gathered
together for various functions
throughout the history of the village. Harvest thanksgiving is a big
celebration. The Church service was followed
by a supper or picnic and sometimes a cricket match. In 2005 the Harvest
festival supper was attended by 51 people.
In the last century there
was a village show first organised in 1854 by Joseph Smith the Wesleyan
preacher, at this time he had left brother John at Bridge farm and leased
Risebro Hall. In 1851 a
'free gift anniversary' was held to
coincide with the great exhibition in London.
The Prince Consort died on
14th December 1861. There was probably a special service in the church
and Chapel because the whole country was affected by the loss to the Queen. On 10th
March 1863 an event was held to celebrate the
Marriage of the Prince of Wales
to Princess Alexandria of Denmark. 23rd of June 1863 was a
Normanby Sunday school feast and on the 30th July
1863 was the Normanby flower show. In 1858
Joseph Smith entered the village show and took several prizes.
The Schoolroom was the venue
for missionary meetings in the 19th century. There were fund raising
evenings and addresses on far flung places. There was a special church
service on the 8th of June 1902 to celebrate the restoration of peace in South
Africa at the end of the Boer war.
Poster "Annual Exhibition" 1867
"Joseph Smith" Horticultural Cup and Ladle
The Freeholder of Normanby
The Freeholders of Normanby Ladle
Further research in progress
The Parish Meeting dates
back to Norman times but our parish minute book only starts at 1949.
Years ago there were a
number of village and inter village games including tennis tournaments,
cricket matches and garden fetes. Cricket from 1937 to 1965 used to be played in a field
at the end of the lane near the Dickinson's house and earlier in a field
opposite Lane End on the way to Great Barugh.
A match was a pleasant summer evening entertainment. Cricket records
span from 1928 to 1965 when matches ceased due to lack of young players.
Not all the villagers were cricketers. Robert
Foxton used to say of John Wood that if he could use a bat as well as a
slasher he would have been a fine cricketer!
The Church Garden Party is also a regular summer event.
There was even a women's
cricket team with some very good players, one of which was associated with the
Yorkshire and England team (Mavis Sharp). The late Mrs
was the captain and had
an engraved biscuit barrel to this effect.
C.1895 Church outing leaving from Willow House
On 5th of July 1958 a
garden fete was held at Normanby Hill by
permission of Mrs Lockwood. The entrance fee was 3d and 60 3d ice creams
were ordered. There were annual Sunday school trips to the seaside for
many years. Trips are mentioned in the 1960s and 1970s and other
celebration events were held in the old School. Every year for many
decades a Christmas party has been held, recently funded by an autumn quiz
night. For coffee evenings the
tradition was for members of the church council to bring a loaf and a bottle
There were village
parties for coronations and in 1981 there was a village event held in
Dickinson's field for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. In
2002 there was a special party at the Sun Inn for the Queen's Jubilee. A
marquee was provided (actually it was two garden gazebos joined together).
The heavens opened just before the event and there were some ominous pools of
water in the tent fabric.
A Yorkshire quiz was
organised by Desmond Blythe and a photo competition to identify residents as
they were 50 years ago. The party was partly funded by a Chinese Supper
held at Normanby Hill by the Jackson family.
A recent tradition is the village barbecue first held in Dickinson's field
next to the Sun Inn and later at other venues including South Hill cottage.