Scruton Village Amenities
Coore Memorial Hall
Originally the old National School opened in 1860, the building was acquired by the Parish in 1973 for use as a village hall which is now run for the benefit of the local community by a Management Charity Trust. The building comprises a main hall (max 60 people), a small hall (max 30 people) and a fully equipped kitchen.
There are regular sessions for pilates, tai chi qigong and art groups. The hall holds licenses for the sale of alcohol, public entertainment, films, live and recorded music. Other facilities include free WiFi, HD projector, surround sound, PA system, indoor and outdoor tables & chairs. There is a separate leaflet with information about hiring the facilities, or contact Rory Clarke on 07733 091864.
St Radegund’s Church
The twelfth century grade II listed Church of St Radegund sits at the heart of the village overlooking the green. It is one of only five churches in England dedicated to St Radegund. The church is now part of the Benefice of the Lower Swale but a Local Church Council meets periodically to discuss matters relating specifically to St Radegund’s.
Services are held most Sundays, either Holy Communion or Morning Worship, and an occasional mid-week evensong. Coffee and biscuits are served in church after the Sunday morning service, with an opportunity for the congregation to socialise.
Details of all services are published in the Church Newsletter which is delivered to every house. The current Rector is Rev. Jenni Lane, 01609 631 122.
Village Green/Conservation Area
The old lime trees around the perimeter and along the trackway to the church are a feature of the village green.
In 1994 the green was designated as a conservation area which extends to include the church and several historic properties surrounding the green, some of which are listed. The green is subject to local bylaws and is maintained to a high standard by the Parish Council.
Scruton Cricket Club
Sponsored by local farm & garden supplies firm Sam Turner & Sons (“Sammies”) and located adjacent to the Playing Field, Scruton Cricket Club is friendly and well run. The team plays on Wednesday evenings in the Wensleydale League. Facilities include an artificial practice wicket, covers, sight screens and a purpose built pavilion which even has its own “long room” museum! For more details see the club web site www.scrutoncc.co.uk or call Trevor Howe on 01609 748355.
The Allotment Association was founded in 2007 with the help of a lottery grant. The allotments are privately run and have 15 full size plots some of which are divided into half plots. The Association aims to provide affordable gardening for local people. It also encourages and informs gardeners how best to grow vegetables, flowers and fruit through meetings and social events. For more details see the web site www.scrutonallotments.org.uk or call Chris Snell on 07767 357173.
The Coore Arms
A warm welcome awaits you at the Coore Arms where landlord Mark Brown and his team will serve a friendly drink and wholesome proper pub food. The pub is a focus for many social events and activities in the village. It has a separate restaurant area, beer garden and real log fires in the winter. The pub is dog friendly and makes a good base for countryside walks around Scruton. Call 01609 748 215 for bookings.
Scruton Playing Field
Located adjacent to the village hall, the playing field is managed by Scruton Playing Field Association (SPFA) which is a registered charity.
Playing Field facilities include a multi-use games area incorporating tennis and basketball courts. The wider grassed area has a football pitch and an extensive selection of children’s play equipment and picnic benches. The SPFA also organise an annual firework display on or close to 11 November commemorating Scruton’s Thankful Village status. For more details contact Phil Emison on 07890 620597.