Fair 1937

Hutton le Hole Makes Merry at the Fair

Colourful Scenes at Pretty Moorland Village

The old village fair was revived at Hutton le Hole on Saturday after being allowed to lapse last year. The event this year, which proved a great attraction in Ryedale, was in aid of the new village hall funds. The weather was all the promoters could desire, and the village presented a colourful scene with the gaily decorated stalls, and the dresses of the attendants and visitors.

The lady president, Mrs T W Tetley, opening the fair, complimented the villagers on the project, and said, “It is a real necessity to have a village hall where the intellectual and social life of the village can be centred. In these days when our country is advocating a policy of ‘Keep Fit’ the village hall can be most usefully employed in this direction by providing somewhere for the young people to go and obtain healthy bodily exercise.”

She hoped that when the building was completed it would prove a lengthy benefit and boon to them in the village.


Mrs Tetley introduced Miss Caroline Worthington, daughter of Lady Diana Worthington and grand-daughter of Lady Marjorie Beckett. Miss Worthington, who deputised for Lady Marjorie, in her unavoidable absence, released the first 500 balloons in a flight race. Miss Dale, of Bradford, in moving a vote of thanks to Mrs Tetley and Miss Worthington said they all regretted the absence of Lady Marjorie Beckett, but she had sent them a worthy substitute.

Among those present at the opening were:

The Hon. Faith Dawnay and Miss Dawnay, Mrs H L Crockett,

T E Harvey MP Leeds and Mrs Harvey,  Mrs Hall, Pickering,

Canon and Mrs Bell Kirbymisperton, Miss Farn, Thornton le Dale,

Mr and Mrs Atkinson Burley in Wharfedale, Mr Edward Tetley,

Mr McTurk, Bradford, Miss Shepherd, Appleton Hall,

Dr and Mrs T W Tetley and Miss Diana Tetley, Mrs E Hill,

Mr and Mrs Meysey Thompson Lastingham, Mrs A Waind,

Rev T W and Mrs Edwards, Lastingham, Mrs H Adams and Miss Adams,

Miss C J McDougal and Miss McDougal, Appleton le Moors,

Mr and Mrs F J Burnley, Miss Cynthia Burnley and Miss Allison Burnley,

Colonel and Mrs Bracken, Canon Ward, Miss Prout, Mr W Hayes,

Mr and Mrs W H Leadley, Kirkbymoorside, Mrs E Creighton, York.


A new attraction to the event this year was the holding of a horticultural show and dog show, both of which attracted good entries.

Winners were:

Farm Produce:

Swede turnips – R W Magson

Turnips – R Strickland

Mangold Wurzels – S Stead, R W Magson

12 ears of Wheat – H Stead, J Rooklidge

12 ears of Ordinary Barley – H Stead, J Metcalfe

12 ears of White Oats – R W Magson, J Rooklidge

Miscellaneous Section

Loaf of white bread – Miss A Ventress

Loaf of brown bread – Miss A Ventress

Jar of preserved fruit – Mrs L A Watson, Miss A Ventress

Jar of preserved vegetables – Miss A Ventress

Currant tea cake – Mrs A Taylor, Mrs J Couse

Butter – Miss B Couse, Mrs F Petch

Hen eggs (white) – 1 and 2 J Collier

Honey in comb – Mr Meysey Thompson

Hand-made rug  – Miss A Ventress, Miss B Couse


Sweet peas – J F Ellerker, R Strickland

Asters – Miss B Latham

Roses – L Hammond, T Strickland

Any variety marigold – N Parker, R Strickland

Best window plant – Miss G Strickland, L Hammond

Fruit and Vegetables

Dessert apples – N Parker

Apples (culinary) – N Parker, M Ellerker

Gooseberries – G Hugill, M Ellerker

Kidney potatoes – G W Londesborough, G Hugill

Round potatoes – N Carter, L Hammond

Four varieties of potatoes – L Hammond

Spring onions – J Sonley, J Ware

Onion (Tripoli) – J Ware, N Carter

Shallots – T Dowson, G Hugill

Beet (globe) – J F Ellerker, J Sonley

Broad beans – R Strickland, N Carter

Peas (pods) – L A Watson, J Champion

Carrots – J Ware, N Carter

Early cabbage – J F Ellerker, R W Magson

Cauliflower – J F Ellerker, G Hugill

Head of lettuce – N Carter, L Hammond

Parsnips – J F Ellerker, J Ware

Children’s Classes

Specimen handwriting of Lord’s Prayer, boy or girl under 14 and over 11 years.

Blanche Ford – Ronald Sutherland

Special Prize, Peter Golding

Handwriting of 5th Commandment, boy or girl under 11 years.

Peter Golding – Ruth Golding

Bouquet of Wild flowers

R Hammond – L Davison

Pen, pencil or brush drawing of any wild flower, with foliage, boy or girl under 14 years.

Peter Golding – Ruth Golding


Sporting dog or bitch:

H Todd, Gillamoor

N Carter, Hutton le Hole

Any variety of Terrier:

W E Hewitt, Hutton le Hole

A Hutchinson, Wombleton

Sheep dog or bitch:

Miss E Bentley, Normanby

J Collier, Farndale

A public tea was served in the schoolroom and the numerous stalls and sideshows were well patronised.


In the evening a fancy dress parade, headed by the Kirkbymoorside Brass Band, who also played selections throughout the day, marched through the village and the winners in the various classes were:-

Most original (Men) – J Simpson (Steve Donoghue), W E Hewitt (Aga Khan)

Most original (Lady) – Miss A Ventress (Eastern Lady)

Most original (Girl) – Edith Hunton (Queen of Hearts)

Most original (Boy) – Eric Hunton (Golliwog)

Most Picturesque (Men) – A Hartley (Robinson Crusoe)

Most Picturesque (Lady) – Miss M Frank (Gipsy)

Most Picturesque (Girl) – Edith Magson (Bo-Peep), Jane Mercer (Victorian Lady)

Most Picturesque (Boy) – R Sutherland (Simple Simon)

Decorated Vehicle – Messrs L Creighton & R Milestone, (Silver Jubilee Train)

A pigeon shoot drew entries from a wide area and resulted:

Open Shoot: (1) A Hartley, Thirleby, (2) N Carter, Hutton le Hole

The event concluded with a successful dance in the schoolroom, when the Kirkbymoorside band supplied the music.

The judges for the various sections were:

Mr A Peace Duna Lodge, Kirkbymoorside

Fancy Dress – Miss C J Mcdougal, Appleton le Moors

Miscellaneous – Mrs G Stevenson, Hamley, Mrs E Hill, Kirkbymoorside

Horticulture – Mr R V Roger, Pickering

Farm Produce – Mr R Weighell, Wombleton

Children’s Classes – Miss Fox, Lady Lumley Grammar School, Pickering


Pony riding was in the charge of Mr R Eddon, and ponies were lent by Messrs R Farrow, A Cussons, G Gulwell, T Baker, and T W Watson.

The following acted as stall holders and stewards:-

Ice Cream – Mrs F Richardson

Sweets and Drinks – Misses C & A Strickland & M Ford

Balloons – Miss Adams & Miss Noake

Balloon Sellers – Misses C Precious, D Ward, O & D Smith, A Smith, M Trenholme, M Martin, I & B Ford, D Frank, M Strickland & G Galley

Highwayman – Miss Diana Tetley

Produce – Miss Prout, Miss Dale & Councillor Mrs E Creighton

General Stall – Miss C Frank, Mrs Simpson & the Misses Henderson

Tea Tickets – Miss Burnley

Balls – J Strickland

Pig Competition – W Hewitt

Treasure Hunt – B Frank

Coconuts – J Simpson & T Frank

Bottles – Mr J Atkinson & Partner

Pigeon Shooting – Messrs N Carter & T Strickland

Measuring Competition – Mr B Frank

Bowling at Wicket – Messrs R Hayes & L Frank

Tea was in the charge of Mrs Atkinson assisted by Mesdames Davison, Ventress, Elders, Metcalfe, Frank, Wall Trenholme, Strickland, Ford, Smith and Miss Bedford.

Mr F Farrow was Secretary for the horticultural section & Mrs F J Burnley, who has done such a great deal for the project was Secretary, Mr R W Crosland was the Treasurer, being assisted by Mrs Hutton & Miss Crosland.


How Goodwill Overcame Difficulties

From a correspondent:

This is the season of fairs and shows, and on Saturday last we gathered together in the village of Hutton le Hole, on the edge of the moors. It was truly a Village Fair – for all the villagers had worked for its success – a Village Fair for a Village Hall. If each village can have its own hall as a centre of its social life, that will be one of the surest ways of keeping some who already live in the villages and of attracting others who do not need to live in the towns.

So Hutton le Hole prepared for its Fair, and if the workers were tired at the end of he day they had the happiness of knowing that all had been done with goodwill and enjoyment – even though there were difficulties to overcome.

To begin with there was a serious water shortage – not nearly enough water to provide for the needs of the village to say nothing of supplying tea for several hundreds of visitors. Then came the news that there was plenty of water at Spaunton – two miles away, and a promise was readily given from a friendly farm that they would send a cart load of drinking water for the fair – so the first anxiety was over.

Then the school had to be cleared of its heavy desks. The Council of Social Service says that it is the drudgery of moving school desks that is responsible for the building of half the Village Halls in England. As we carried the desks out of the school we cheered ourselves by saying: “No more desks to lift when we have a village hall.” But whatever it was that had to be done it was done cheerfully – even with mirth, and the takings at this small fair were nearly £100.

A gay feature was the flight of balloons. The first bunch of balloons was flung into the air by the grand-daughter of Lady Marjorie Beckett with a hearty: “Good luck to the balloons.”

Pony rides, side-shows, a fancy dress parade and an excellent horticultural show offered plenty of interest and amusement and the gaiety of the afternoon was followed by a dance in the evening. Again there was not enough room for the dancers and again we looked forward to the time when we could dance in our own village hall.


Perhaps the best evidence of goodwill and of a really corporate spirit in the village came after the fun of the fair was over, for on Sunday morning – very early, before breakfast – men and boys came out from the cottages to tidy up the village. There had been no plan – no watchers from the C.P.R.E. had organised a tidy-up. It was the spontaneous action of those who knew that the success of the fair would not be complete if litter was left about and perhaps there was something else. We may not all go to Church or to Chapel but we all have deep down an instinct to keep holy the Sabbath Day. We put on our Sunday clothes and we want our village to look its best too.

And so it ended. A fair that began with a free-will offering of water from a neighbouring hamlet and that finished with tired workers getting up early on Sunday morning to ensure that the village should be “in order girt and gown’d.” Does that not suggest that those who have set their minds on having a village hall will go on working until they get it?

From the Malton Gazette – August 1937