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The Way We Were: April 30, 1981
10:50am Wednesday 25th April 2012 in The way we were
THE opening of the Ryedale Sports Club’s new £30,000 clubhouse could not have come at a more appropriate time – just 21 years since the club was founded.
Originally, the club was formed to enable those youngsters not being catered for by existing clubs to get a game of cricket.
A meeting of those interested in playing for Ryedale XL, as it was first known, was held on February 29, 1960, in a basement room at the Congregational Church, Hungate.
So the club was formed, with no funds, no ground and no equipment.
During the next few years, steps were taken to raise money by introducing some of the big names of both sport and showbusiness to the town, including Freddie Trueman and Jimmy Clitheroe and The Black and White Minstrels.
Within six years of formation, the club was in the fortunate position of being able to buy their ground.
It was not long before the club was being asked to expand to cater for sports other than cricket.
The pavilion was used in winter for table tennis and after the tennis courts were built, hockey and boy’s football teams soon followed and eventually a senior football team.
THE worst late April weather this century, with heavy snowfalls, biting winds and freezing temperatures, brought chaos to parts of North Yorkshire at the weekend.
Many roads were blocked, vehicles abandoned and power lines brought down or iced up.
The Arctic conditions meant anxiety and heartache for hill farmers in the throes of the lambing season and heavy losses were feared among new-born lambs as flocks were caught in blizzards.
A number of villages, including Westow, Brandsby and Hovingham, were without electricity for some hours and fallen trees also caused problems.
THE Minister responsible for national parks is to open a halt on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Newtondale halt is already operating with a platform bought second-hand from British Steel and erected by the Manpower Services Commission labour.
The opening ceremony will be performed on June 15 by Mr Hector Monro, who is an Under-Secretary of State at the Environment Department.