Scruton parish council are dealing with matters by email but met in an emergency session on 9 September to comply with their statutory obligations.
As I was turning the tractor at one end of the field and preparing to drop the plough into the ground for the next furrows, I became aware that something or someone was holding me back.
The culvert bypasses the old open gutter, which you can see traces of in the field, and empties into Crow Wood.
We have been celebrating the blessings of harvest both outdoors and indoors and this has helped people focus on the positive aspects of our lives.
On a wet and Covid-19 restricted day in early September, Scruton Allotment Association held this year’s potato ‘weigh-in’. There were 24 entries ranging from 0.2 to 3.9 kg of potatoes grown from just one tuber.
The planet Mars is very well placed for most of the month, high up in the evening sky to the south around midnight.
The crop yields this summer have been poor to average at best. In a normal year imports would fill the ensuing shortages but after the New Year it is possible that Brexit may cause a bottleneck at the ports leading to shortages on the shelves.
With dusk falling earlier, now is a good time to see tawny owls sitting at high points in the village as they contest for winter territories by hooting. There are regular sightings of a barn owl sitting on posts between Fence Dyke Lane and The Grange.
St Radegund’s Church Council is pleased to announce that the Village Christmas Card will go ahead this year and is grateful to William (Billy) Holmes who has kindly donated a water colour image ‘A View of Scruton Under Snow’ for us to use.
As I sit here on a rainy late August evening the summer seems to be slipping away. August, in this area, is often the wettest month of the year, with conversely, February being the driest. This February was an exception to that rule.
Summer came to a sudden stop on Bank Holiday weekend with strong northerly winds significantly reducing the air temperature. Despite this we still have a handful of nesting house martins and a pair of swallows.
Darkening nights now make for better viewing of the evening skies and it is interesting to note that there are proposals to designate parts of the Yorkshire Dales as a Dark Sky Reserve.
A search on Google revealed images of Scruton showing the ground level with all of the buildings removed. It was like looking from above at the village 700 years ago.
St Radegund’s Church The risk assessment is complete and essential cleaning done in readiness for Holy Communion at 9:30 am on Sunday 2 August . Face coverings and social distancing will apply and you will be given a printed service which you may bring to future services, a list of which will be displayed in the Church porch.
Comet NEOWISE was visible low in the north sky during July, and with darker skies, will still be visible during the first weeks of August. Look out for it now – it won’t be back for 6,800 years!
Scruton now has its own ale, ‘Thankful Scruton IPA’, inspired by our special status as one of only 56 villages whose soldiers all returned home from WWI.
The Coore Memorial Hall is now available for bookings. The Management Committee have carried out a thorough risk assessment and measures have been put in place to keep the premises Covid-19 secure. To maintain social distancing, events will be limited to no more than 10 people for the time being.
The Coore Arms has been refurbished and deep cleaned. Official guidelines have been implemented throughout the premises for your safety and the team is eager to serve you from a new summer menu!
At this time of year, with many flowers in full bloom, butterflies are evident, especially brimstone, peacock, red admiral and small tortoiseshell. Occasionally we have a huge influx of painted ladies from Africa.
As a result of the two new dwellings in Station Road, the Parish Council has obtained a sum of £1,353 under the Community Infrastructure Levy Scheme. Suggestions for a community infrastructure spend would be welcome, in writing please to the Clerk.
The Coore Memorial Hall Management Committee will shortly undertake a risk assessment and prepare a plan with a view to reopening the village hall for bookings, provided Covid-19 security requirements can be complied with.
In these extremely trying times, the first thing that I must say is that I hope all of our parishioners are safe and well and that everybody stays that way. Let us all hope that at this time next year, Scruton has another reason to call itself a ‘Thankful Village’.
Scruton School House is available for letting on an Assured Shorthold tenancy. The rent is £475 pcm.
So far June has been anything but ‘flaming’ with strong north and easterly winds bringing cool, damp weather from the North Sea. Despite this the rooks have fledged and peace has returned to those who live near the Green! We have a good number of house martins nesting in the village, but only a few…