These are a selection very short pieces gleaned from newspapers - mostly local papers - and magazines. They have been gathered together here because they don't really belong on any other of our pages. However, they deserve an audience.
So we present - Stillington Snippets!
The Great Gale in Yorkshire
We hear that in Stillington, in the above mentioned county, several yards of lead have been blown off the top of the church tho’ the lead was reckoned to weigh near 400 weight.
As a labouring man from Husthwayte was visiting a public house at nearby Stillington one of his company offered to bett a wager that he could not drink a certain number of quarts of ale in a given time. The bett was immediately taken, with the additional engagement of eating the quart mug into the bargain. Strange to relate the arduous task was successfully executed, but as a check to such savage manners we report the adventurer's death a few days later from mortification of his stomach and bowels.
It has come to our notice that a grain of wheat grown last Summer in a garden in Stillington (County of York) produced 1214 grains, which seems to prove that when a plant has more room to spread it will be more productive. This can be seen with plants set by the dibbling in, or transplantation, method.
JAMES LAIDLAR, lately of Gillygate, York begs to inform his friends and the public that he has commenced the business of TALLOW CHANDLER upon the premises in Stillington where the same was for many years carried on by his father-in-law Peter Sowray and by his brother-in-law Henry Sowray.
J L trusts by punctuality and the production of a superior article for which his later father Peter and brother Henry were so justly famed, to merit the support that was bestowed upon them.
A lodge of this order has opened at Stillington, on Monday last, under the very auspicious circumstances bearing the title of 'Stillington Hope Lodge'. Upwards of twenty members were admitted and a considerable number of candidates were entered on the proposal book. A public procession and an excellent dinner at the Bay Horse Inn concluded the proceedings.
A Sporting Bet
Prior to a match between a Stillington eleven against a Helmsley team a single wicket competition was undertaken between Mr Henry Scaife of Stillington and Mr George Commins of Helmsley. The prize was two sovereigns, which were won in fine style by G. Commins, who scored 4 in his first innings and 43 in the second. Scaife scored first 0 second 4; Commins winning with 44 to spare.
The White Mole (talpa europa)
Another fine specimen of the white mole has been captured at Stillington and is now in the possession of Mr George Edson of Malton.
Letter - The Mild Season
Sir, - Having read your account of strawberries being gathered during this week at Canterbury I send you a piece of laburnum which I cut from a small tree this afternoon in this village, which is in full bloom. In the same garden a plum tree is bearing a second crop of fruit this season.
Unusual Bird at Stillington
A few days ago a curious bird, about the size of a young thrush, was captured in one of the conservatories attached to Stillington Hall by the gamekeeper F Masterman. It is supposed to be one of the many varieties of shrikes, or butcher birds, on account of its large, strong and slightly crooked beak. The plumage is yellowish-grey, with slate coloured wings and slight pink legs. On another vein of natural history two young otters have been seen disporting themselves on the upper reaches of the Foss, known locally as Foss Beck, between Marton Abbey Mill and Stillington Mill. Otters have not been seen in the vicinity for many years.
A pair of nightingales have nested in a wood at Stillington, between York and Helmsley, and every night at about midnight many people assemble to hear the bird sing.
Letter. Observer’s report from Stillington Hall
Sir, A beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moth has been seen in the gardens of Stillington Hall. The body was long, plump and of a dull colour; the tail, which reminded one of a bird tail, was black and white. The wings, showing an orange hue, whirred all the time it was flitting from flower to flower of a fuchsia bush, the one bush it preferred - also it made a low continuous hum. The tongue was very long. It was seen once again on the same bush this afternoon. Yours etc…
RAF Fund Honorary Appointments
New honorary education advisers appointed by the fund include Dr F. P. Willis of Stillington, Yorkshire. A panel of more than 125 advisers has been appointed throughout Britain to assist in formulating education plans for children for whom the fund has responsibility.
Undefendable Action - Parish resents cost of election!
Parish has refused to pay £16 for election of own councillors!
The people of Stillington, near Easingwold, elected a parish council this year. The election cost was £16, two-thirds of the parish council's annual income. The heaviest item was the printing of 400-500 ballot papers, but there were also fixed fees from the North Riding County Council returning officer, presiding officer and poll clerk.
The question of the cost was raised by Stillington Parish Council at yesterday's meeting of the North Riding Rural Councils' Association at Northallerton.
A letter was read by the secretary of the Association complaining that the cost was excessive and said that the matter had been raised with Mr R H Turton, MP for Thirsk and Malton, who had replied that the cost would be much reduced once rural and council elections were synchronised. Though it was queried as to what the procedure would be if no election for a Rural District Councillor took place.
Mr H. Osbourne, Clerk to Easingwold Rural District Council, said a bill had been sent to Stillington Parish Council in May and at first it refused to pay. 'It has only just been paid in November,' he explained.
Councillor J Brocklebank said that an amount that size may well put off a parish from holding an election. He said it would result in the parish getting into a huddle in order to avoid the cost of an election. He declared ' This operates against the democratic spirit we want to maintain. We want a healthy interest in all forms of government'
It was suggested that Stillington should raise the matter with the Yorkshire Parish Councils' Association.
Doncaster November Sales 1968
Stillington, York, trainer D. W. Chapman secured the stallion My Smokey for 350gns. The winner of over £8000, including the Dewhurst Stakes in 1954 and ten other races. My Smokey was fifth in both the Two Thousand Guineas and The Derby.
He retired to stud in 1958 and has sired the winners of 58 races under Jockey Club Rules and many more over jumps.