A MEMORIAL tree is to be planted in memory of a much-loved headteacher and local historian who passed away last year.
Settrington Parish Council is planning to plant a  tree in memory of Colin Wrigglesworth, a long-standing resident of the village, who passed away last year.
Born in Doncaster, Colin trained to be a teacher in Sheffield, before joining the army, carrying out some of his National Service in Egypt. 
On his return to the UK, Colin entered the teaching profession in Doncaster. 
In 1960 he became headteacher at Settrington Primary School. 
Seven years later he moved to a large school in Hessle  before returning to Ryedale in the early 1972 as head of Norton County Primary School. 
In the early 1980s Colin and his wife Deane built a house and moved back to Settrington, a placed dearly loved by them both.
Colin had a wide range of interests including bee-keeping, gardening, bowling and looking after his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was an active parish councillor for over 45 years. 
Colin also took a keen interest in the history of Settrington, writing ‘A Brief History of Settrington’ from pre-historic times to the Second World War.
 Parish councillor Alan Mitchell said: “I remember Colin organising for a group of us to visit the Borthwick Institute at the University of York, where many local archive records are kept. 
“It was fascinating to learn that the Lord of the Manor of Settrington took part in the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1530 and forfeited the Estate and his life for doing so.”
Colin passed away in Harrogate Hospital last October, aged 92, however due to covid restrictions only a few people could attend his funeral.
Alan, who is leading the project, said that the idea for a tree was to try and fill a little bit of the vacuum in the village that was left after Colin’s death. 
“His funeral was held in Settrington Parish Church during the Covid restrictions so it would be nice to commemorate his life after the Covid restrictions are lifted later in the summer with the planting of a tree.”