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Previous News & Articles
from 2011 to 2016

   This section contains items of news that were previously featured on our Home page.
   We've kept them here in case you missed them - or want to refer back to them!
   - 2016 -    11 items
   - 2015 -    7 items
   - 2014 -    8 items
   - 2013 -    4 items
   - 2012 -    4 items
   - 2011 -    5 items

Pic 04 Methodist chapel from turn of 20th Century

Previous News & Articles
from 2016

Sad News from Normanby Local History Group - 1 November 2016

  This October our long-time member David Wilkinson passed away peacefully at home in Thoralby near Leyburn.
  A Service of Remembrance will be held for David at 1 pm Monday 14th November at St Andrew's Church, Aysgarth.

  David wrote our group's fifth booklet published in 2010 entitled
Diaries of Ralph Jackson -the Pepys of Cleveland
   This booklet features extracts edited by David from transcriptions of the diaries of Ralph Jackson (1736-1790) who was the founder of the Ward-Jackson line of squires of Normanby in Cleveland.
  David made an impressive appearance at our 2012 Exhibition dressed as Ralph Jackson to read extracts from the diaries.

  At our Group's monthly meeting on 26th October we all stood for one minute's silence to remember David.
  In this sad time we reflect that David's work has made more widely accessible extracts from an historic diary that reveals much of the lives of the earlier inhabitants of our Normanby.
  Rest in Peace David.

David Wilkinson Ralph Jackson and Elizabeth Parrington

New Article - Work-in-Progress !!
"Normanby School Class Photos" - 24 October 2016

  This new Article shows some of the photographs of Normanby School classes from the many in our group’s archives.
  As many names as possible of the pupils and teachers are identified for each photo.
  Please feel free to view and enjoy them - perhaps recognise yourself and former classmates - and so provide us with more names to add.

  This new Article is under continuous construction !
  We’ll also gradually add more class photos -
- so do come back again and look for new entries !

See this Article  on Normanby.

Normanby School 1950 Class 9

New Publications!!
Three New Postcards - 18 October 2016

  Our group's postcards have always been popular and we have just published new ones.
  These three single view postcards (Nos.14 to 16) of Normanby & Old Eston village scenes are now available.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.


Postcard 14 of Single View of Eston

Birthday Greetings for Spencer Hardwick -
     - Our Group's Oldest Member - 13 October 2016

  12th October was the 99th birthday of Spencer Hardwick our group's oldest member and author of several of our booklets.
  His son Derek sent us the following message:-
  As some of you may know, Spencer moved into a care home in Scarborough earlier this year.   He remains fully alert but he is not as mobile as he once was; he still comes out with the same corny old jokes.
  He sends his regards and often talks about his life in Normanby, the villagers he knew and his links to the Local History Group, the Home Guard and about his working life in the iron and steel works.
  His memory is still good and he still can dredge up stories I haven't heard before.
  He gets on very well with the staff (many of whom I taught) and with the other residents especially the ladies.   When he told the GP he was moving into the care home, the doctor warned him to beware all the rich widows and spinsters.   True to form, he looked at the doc and said
           "It’s nourishment I want, not punishment".
  If you’d seen him on his birthday, he was lapping up all the attention and parading around the dining room in the new T-shirt I got him.   He had that many ladies come up to him and give him hugs and kisses that he said he wouldn’t wash his face for days !
  He certainly enjoyed his special day which was enhanced by the caring staff, his new made friends and the surprising number of cards he got.
  I thought you all might like to see the photos of him to show that he hasn't changed that much since you last saw him.
  Please pass on his best wishes to all who might remember him.
         ------ Regards, Derek Hardwick ------

  Our group sends best wishes to Spencer with many thanks for all his contributions towards remembering Normanby and wish him well in his new home.

Spencer Hardwick at 99

Spencer Hardwick at 99

2017 Calendar of Normanby "Past & Present" - 1 October 2016

  Our group's calendars have always been popular and we have just published our new 2017 calendar.
  This depicts pictures of Normanby scenes "Past & Present" taken from nearly the same viewpoints.
  So you can spot the differences to see how much our village has changed - or hasn't !

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

2017 Normanby Calendar

6th August Commemorative Ceremony for
               William Henry Short VC - 6 August 2016

   A Ceremony took place on Saturday 6th August at 11 am to unveil a commemorative paving stone for Private William Henry Short VC in our local Eston Cemetery.
   Local Hero Private William Short of the 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) won his VC for most conspicuous bravery on the 6th August 1916 (100 years ago).
   The ceremony was well attended.

  More information and photos of this ceremony can be found
on our Past Events  page.

2016 Commemorative Ceremony - Family of William Short VC

100 Years Ago - Battle of the Somme - 1 July 2016

  One of the bloodiest conflicts of the First World War - the Battle of the Somme - began on 1 July 1916 and lasted 141 days until the 18th November 1916.
  In the first day of the battle the casualties were appalling - 57,000 British soldiers of whom 19,000 were killed.
  The battle continued steadily driving the Germans back but at an appalling cost - 420,000 British, 200,000 French and between 450,000 and 600,000 German casualties - killed, missing and injured.
  Soldiers from our village of Normanby suffered heartbreaking losses - nine of the 34 named on our WW1 Memorial died in this bloody battle on the following dates of 1916:
 3rd July Pte. Robert Dale . . . . . . . . . . (10th.Yks) aged 30.
 5th July Lt. Frank Hermiston . . . . . . . . (9th.Yks) aged 25.
 5th July Cpl. Herbert G. Holsey . . . . . (9th.Yks) aged 28.
10th July Pte. Richard J. Hunt . . . . . . . (8th.Yks) aged 21.
10th July Pte. Charles H. Spencer . . . (8th.Yks) aged 28.
20th July Lt. Leonard Ferguson  (13th.Roy.Scots) aged 33.
30th Sep Lt. F.E.S. "Joe" Townsend  (5th.D.L.I.) aged 23.
  1st Oct Sgt.Maurice B.Mallinson  (N/land Fusrs) aged 23.
10th Nov Capt. John Serginson . . . . . . (4th.Yks) aged 26.
  So many lives cut short, women widowed, children orphaned, parents losing sons - and also the many maimed in body or mind.
  The terrible attrition of the Somme was not futile - it eventually led to allied victory in 1918 - but it was a terrible human tragedy.
                   - - - We must never forget! - - -

More information on the 34 brave local men whose names appear on the Normanby War Memorial is published in our booklet
"In Memory of the Men of Normanby".
See our Publications  page for more details.

Normanby War Memorial

Picture Of Bob Coulson and Eric Taylor's 1st Booklet

Group Members Tour of Ormesby Hall - Wednesday 22nd June 2016

   This National Trust 18th century mansion is only a few miles from Normanby.
   Members of our group spent a sunny morning at Ormesby Hall on a two hour conducted tour after which we rested on the terrace with welcome refreshments from the shop!
   It was a very interesting and informative day which we all enjoyed.

  More information and photos of our tour can be found
on our Past Events  page.

Normanby LHG Tour of Ormesby Hall

Latest booklet!!
"Story of a Nobody" - 6 June 2016

  Our group's ninth booklet records the story of Richard (Dick) Clark born 1918 in California, Eston.
  In June 2014 on a Normanby LHG outing to the Eden Camp Museum at Malton group member Kester Marsh noticed a poster in a former Prisoner of War hut mentioning that Dick Clark the Eston born soldier had been a POW but official errors had led to him being listed as killed in action with the subsequent "loss" of his identity.
  Kester decided to find out more about the "Man with No Name" and through his researches eventually contacted 96 year old Dick (in Canada) who told him of his interesting autobiography and the attempts to retrieve his identity by correcting the official records.
  With Dick's blessing his story is published in this booklet to ensure it is not forgotten.  Also included are "My Life as a Prisoner of War" (his secret diary as a POW), copies of documents of his army life and subsequent letters used in restoring his correct service history - and so regaining his identity!

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Richard Clark & Kester Marsh's Booklet

Six New Postcards - Tuesday 5th April 2016

  Our group has produced 6 new postcards depicting views of Normanby in times past which may well bring back your memories of our village.
  One view (shown here) is of our original Normanby Co-op store - its successor closed in January.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.


Postcard Of Normanby Co-op in 1964

Normanby Co-op Store Closes - Saturday 30th January 2016

  Our Co-op has been an integral part of Normanby life since early 1930s - the original shop is shown here - eventually replaced by the modern supermarket.
  Very sadly its doors have closed after some 80 years.
  Many Normanby folk will miss this store, especially elderly people who find it difficult to walk very far and those who don't drive - it is a huge loss for Normanby.
  There are rumours about what will happen to the Co-op site:
an Iceland store or a pub or even cleared by the Council to make way for a new road layout - but no-one knows.
  We hope all the Co-op staff manage to get work elsewhere and we wish them all the very best for the future.

  Photos of the original store and photos taken by Amanda Proud on the last day of opening can be seen on our Photo Gallery.

If you have any more photos or memorabilia of our Co-op or memories to relate -
          - then please contact us  !

Normanby Co-op 1961 Normanby Co-op 1961

Previous News & Articles from 2015

Saint Helen’s Church Opening - Sunday 15th November 2015

  Saint Helen's Church started as a 12th century Chapel of Ease, became a parish church, then a cemetery chapel.
  In 1985 it closed, was vandalized and ruined, eventually dismantled in 1998 and remnants moved to Beamish Museum.
  From 2011 to 2012 the museum rebuilt the main fabric of the church but more funding had to be raised to restore the interior.
  Members of our history group were pleased to be invited to the opening of the restored church on 15th November 2015 to see the splendid achievement of Beamish Museum.
  See more details on our Past Events  page.

Saint Helen's Church 2015

Remembrance Day Service - Wednesday 11th November 2015

  A Remembrance Day Service at Normanby War Memorial (on the corner of the High St and West St) was organised by our group at 11am on Wednesday 11th November 2015.
  Reverend Huw Sperring led the Act of Remembrance.
  We started gathering at the Memorial at 10.40-10.45am.
  After the service refreshments were made available at the Normanby Methodist Church (Corner of Cleveland and Patten Streets).
  Report can be found on our Past Events  page.

Normanby War Memorial

ANOTHER SUCCESS!! 13th Annual Exhibition - Saturday 18th July 2015

  The Normanby Local History Group's recent annual exhibition was held at Normanby Methodist Church as usual.
  The main theme of the exhibition was Normanby of a hundred years ago - more or less.
  It was a great day - the weather was reasonably fine - and we were really pleased to welcome so many visitors interested in Normanby’s past.
  Once again the group thanks everyone who put in such a lot of hard work to make the day a success (including several local residents not even members!)
  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.

2015 Exhibition Poster

"Saint Helen’s Parish Registers & Cemetery" - 11 July 2015

  These 3 new articles are based on the researches of Sylvia Fairbrass into the Parish Registers of Saint Helen’s Church and of its churchyard which was extended to form the Eston & Normanby Cemetery.
  This information was augmented with associated research by Sylvia and includes her transcripts of available parish registers.
  These articles are titled:
    "Saint Helen’s Parish Registers & Cemetery"
    "Saint Helen’s PR - Surnames 1590-1595" (transcript)
    "Saint Helen’s PR - Marriages 1590-1837" (transcript)

See these Articles  on St Helen’s Church, Normanby.

St Helen’s Church Cemetery

Normanby Methodist Church Flower Festival - Whit Weekend 23rd to 25th May 2015

  The Normanby Local History Group provided one of the many flower displays at this festival held to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the new Church which replaced one that had stood on the corner of Cleveland Street with Patten Street for over 100 years.
  The beautiful floral displays were much admired and appreciated by all who attended and many thanks are due to all the display arrangers, sponsors - and especially to the organisers of this festival.

  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.

2015 Flower Festival Poster

Group Members’ Visit to Ripon Museums - 13 May 2015

   Members of our group spent a sunny day at Ripon visiting the museums and whatever else took our fancy!
   It was a very interesting and informative day which we all enjoyed.

  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.


Normanby LHG Trip to Ripon Museums

"Normanby Methodist Youth Club" - 2 March 2015

  This article shows a photograph from our archives taken in the 1950s of Members of the Normanby Methodist Youth Club.
  The names of most of those shown have been identified by Normanby residents.
    Anyone with further information on the Youth Club & its members is asked to contact us.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Normanby Methodist Youth Club 1950s

Previous News & Articles from 2014

"Normanby Ironstone Mine" - 22 July 2014

  Here is a list of some of the photographs of school classes from the many in our group’s archives donated by our contributing members & worldwide contacts.
  Please feel free to view and enjoy them - perhaps recognise yourself and former classmates - and so provide us with more names to add.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Normanby Miners - Who Are They?

12th Annual Exhibition - Saturday 12th July 2014

  The Normanby Local History Group's annual exhibition was held at Normanby Methodist Church as usual.
  Monday 4th August 2014 was the centenary of the start of the Great War - so the theme of our exhibition was based on WW1 & WW2 Normanby connections.
  It was a great day - the weather was fine again - and we were really pleased to see so many interested visitors.
  Once again the group thanks everyone who put in such a lot of hard work to make the day a success (including several local folks not even members!)
  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.


Latest booklet!!
"In Memory of the Men of Normanby
---- Who in The Great War 1914-1918 gave their lives for their country" - 10 July 2014

  Our group's eighth booklet records the extensive research about the 34 brave local men whose names appear on the Normanby War Memorial.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Bob Coulson and Eric Taylor's 1st Booklet

British Legion Memorial Walk - 23 June 2014

  Members of Normanby Local History Group met with Eric Howden from the Royal British Legion as his sponsored Memorial Walk  reached Normanby on the morning of Saturday 14th June.   A crowd gathered at the WWI Memorial as a dedication was made to those who fought so that people now may be free.   Crosses with Remembrance poppies on them were placed at the Memorial and donations were made to the Royal British Legion.   A commemorative vase was placed at the foot of the Memorial which contained poppies and a sunflower.
  A new Photo Gallery of this event has been added.

See also next two items in Previous News & Articles.

Normanby WW1 Memorial Walk

Remembering Normanby Men... - 1 June 2014

  Normanby Local History Group will be distributing sunflowers to blossom around Normanby in memory of the men of Normanby who did not return home from all wars.
  On Monday August 4th the 34 men named on the Normanby World War I Memorial at the High Street end of West Street will be remembered at the Memorial by having their names attached to 34 specially grown sunflowers.

For information on this event see our Past Events  page together with a Photo Gallery of this floral tribute.

See next News item below.

Normanby War Memorial Sunflowere

"Normanby WW1 Fallen" - 22 April 2014

  This article is based on a printed article written in 2003 by the late Bob Coulson.   It is reproduced here by kind permission of his family.
  There are now 34 names listed on the war memorial on the wall of No.1 The Jennings in Normanby.
  Bob researched the brave local men who volunteered when their country needed them in the Great War of 1914-1918 and sadly were not to see Normanby again.
  [Since 2003 much more information has become available both in archives & online.   So additions & amendments have been made by members of the Normanby Local History Group.
  This is the first attempt at converting Bob Coulson's printed article into online media with links to other relevant websites.
  Further changes will be made as information becomes available.]

See this Article  on Normanby.

Normanby War Memorial

GREAT NEWS!! RAF Flypast Confirmed! - 20 March 2014

  Our chairman has received confirmation from the RAF that we will have a flypast this year by another Spitfire!
  So Saturday 12th July 2014 will be the date for Normanby Local History Group's next annual exhibition.
  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.

RAF BoBMF Silver Spitfire LFIXe MK356

"Killora and the Townsend Family" - 30 January 2014

  This article is based on research by Dr A John Willmott who worked for BISRA when it was based at the house in Normanby called Killora.
  From the late 19th century this house was the family home of Dr. Townsend and where he held his practice.
  Sadly this family lost two of their sons in the Great War - their names appear on the war memorial in Normanby.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Killora - Appleby, Hope and Mathews

Previous News & Articles from 2013

Prints for Framing & Our 2014 Calendar - 30 September 2013

  You now have the opportunity to display some Normanby history on your walls with our attractive prints !
  Our Group can now produce medium size (A4) prints in black & white that are suitable for framing from any of our postcards.
See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

  Our Normanby History Group 2014 Calendar is now available.

Picture Of Current Calendar

"Wesleyian Chapels" - 19 April 2013

  This article is based on Joan Outhwaite's research on now-vanished Wesleyan Chapels of Normanby & Old Eston.
  The congregation outgrew the original Hewley Street chapel & so a new chapel was planned.
  The funding, rise & fall of this new chapel are described.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Picture Of Current Calendar

Sad News from Normanby Local History Group - 28 March 2013

On March 16th our long-time member Eric Armstrong passed away peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy illness.
  Eric wrote our third book "Normanby's Trilogy" in 2007.   His book tells the tale of Normanby's steam-driven corn mill, Richardson's Brewery and Poverina Hotel.
  Eric was made an honorary member in 2011 to reflect his contribution to our History Group.
  At the Group's monthly meeting on 27th March we all stood for one minute's silence to remember Eric.
  In this sad time we reflect that his memories of Normanby are forever with us and take comfort in that.
  Rest in Peace Eric.

Eric Armstrong

"A Factual Description of Normanby 1050-1901" - 6 Feb 2013

  Sylvia Fairbrass compiled this booklet with facts garnered from old records & books as well as her own research.

  The author has been a keen and active member of our history group & its Archivist for many years.

  This is the seventh booklet to be published by the group.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Sylvia Fairbrass's 1st Booklet

Previous News & Articles from 2012

"Canadian Apples, Owls...and Cricket in West Street - A Normanby Boyhood" - 7 Jun 2012

  A recollection of growing up in Normanby in the 1940s and 1950s by Harry Mead.
  Harry was born 1938 in West St, Normanby son of William Randall & Dorothea Mead.
  His interesting recollections cover many aspects of Normanby that have changed including school, WW2, living at the brickyard, cricket & football, the hills, changing Normanby & the Forum cinema.
  This is the sixth booklet to be published by the group.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Harry Mead's 1st Booklet

"Elsie McDermid - Operatic Singer (1889-1933)"
- 19 Apr 2012

  This local lady developed her talent and became an operatic singer renowned not only locally but also nationally.
  She toured the country with the D'Oyley Carte Opera Company and performed many operas for the Royal Opera Company at Covent Garden.
  The information for this article was gathered by Joan Outhwaite and used to produce a display at one the group's annual exhibitions.

See this Article

Elsie McDermid as Patience

"Normanby Timeline to 1901" - 20 Mar 2012

  This article provides a timeline of events of significance to Normanby from its earliest times up to 1901.

  The information was gathered by Sylvia Fairbrass for part of a display at one the group's annual exhibitions.

  Further information and links to more detailed information will be added over time as it becomes available.

See this Article.


Normanby Firebrigade

"Normanby - 1891 Census Extracts" - 26 Jan 2012

  The 1891 census provides information of the growing 'township' of Normanby at the start of the 1890s.
  Joan Outhwaite transcribed & assembled these extracts of the details of the Heads of each of the 252 households from the 1891 census documents.
  The details include age, occupation, address and place of birth.
  The records of 252 individuals can be listed in 5 different sequences so as to provide an interesting insight into the changing occupations & lifestyles of Normanby's inhabitants & of their origins.

See this Article.

Normanby miners

Previous News & Articles from 2011

Three New Articles - 31 Dec 2011

  Following a contact made from the USA by Richard White in mid-December (see our Message Board ) these articles were derived from the information & photographs kindly provided by Richard:
-  "Stapylton Arms Inn Mystery" : does anyone know the explanation of the secret of the Stapylton Arms Inn?
-  "Normanby School 1914 Class Re-union" : report & photos of a surprise 1914-class reunion held in 1977 for a former Normanby schoolboy visiting from the USA.  Do you recognise anyone in the photographs?
-  "Normanby Lad Faced Fiery Fred" : sequence of events led to a sporting confrontation between a former Normanby lad & a Yorkshire legend far from England.

Stapylton Arms Inn 1961

"Normanby - 1841 Census Extracts" - 2 Dec 2011

  The 1841 census provides early details of the 'township' of Normanby at the start of the Victorian era.

  Sylvia Fairbrass researched & assembled extracts from these documents into this informative article.

  Her analysis of the records of 143 individuals in 23 households provide an interesting insight into the occupations & lifestyles of Normanby's inhabitants.

See this Article.

comparison pic of old and new Normanby

"Normanby - the Last Decade of 19th Century"
- 4 Nov 2011

  The 1890s was an eventful decade for Normanby. Many stories were reported in the local press and some events made regional and even national press.
  Joan Outhwaite researched & assembled a selection of these in a time-line that was displayed at the Group's July Exhibition.
  The events covered vary from council activities, sales of land & property to fatal accidents & deaths.

See this Article.

Normanby High Street

Normanby-born Lady Celebrates 104th Birthday
- 22 Oct 2011

  Beatrice Valentine (nee Flintoff) was born in Normanby Hall Cottages in 1907. She married her late husband Ernest, who worked on the Ingleby Greenhow estate, at Christ Church, Eston in 1931.
  Beatrice has two daughters Ann Coulson, 78, from Ormesby, and Beatrix Sanderson, 73, from Guisborough & has five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
  She celebrated her birthday with her family, friends & well-wishers at her home at Upsall House Residential Home in Nunthorpe.
  Many Normanby residents past & present will have happy memories of this remarkable lady.
  (see more in the Evening Gazette  22 Oct 2011.)
  The 1911 census shows Beatrice Flintoff age 3 living in No.2 Cottage, Normanby Hall with her parents George William & Edith together with her sisters Edith age 6 & Dorothy age 1.
  (Photo opposite is copyright Evening Gazette)

Beatrice Valentine and daughters

"Saint Helen's Church Rebuild"
- 30 Apr 2011 (updated 17 Aug 2012)

Exciting news!  The old Saint Helen's Church, which had stood in the grounds of Eston Cemetery since the 12th Century and was dedicated for worship in 1393, is being rebuilt at Beamish Open-Air Museum.
  This article outlines the church's history, use, deterioration, removal to Beamish, rebuilding plans & progress so far.
  Work started in March 2011 & the foundations have been laid.
  A director from Beamish appeals for your help to provide photos & any original artefacts to help restore the churches fabric.

See this Article.

  Update 5 July 2011: plinth stones of church nave laid & those for the tower being laid.
  Update 26 July: foundations & lower levels of the church are now mostly complete, with work started on reconstructing the vestry (which had been stolen from Eston).
  Update 10 August: first of the scaffolding has gone up and some decorated stonework added.
  Update 12 September: Very quick progress with most of the stonework up to next level of scaffold. Work on the Tower begun & next level of scaffold going up shortly.
  Update 3 October: Wooden arch former is in place, and stonework on the arch begun. 'Fish Man' - a carved stone character - appears!
  Update 24 November: The beams for the gallery which will overlook the nave are in place & the arch (with former) is coming along too. The curved doorway formers are in place ready for stone to be added later.
  Update 22 December: Chancel roof timbers in place - protecting the interior & much progress on stonework (see video).
  Update 22 March 2012: After mild winter work restarted in February. Hand-carved roof beams & trusses lifted in place & roof lats fitted so slating began.
  Update 30 May 2012: Tower progressing well - soon to reach full-height! Slating of roof nearly complete.
  Update 17 August 2012: The initial phase of building work is now complete. Although work will need to continue with the church interior and landscape (in the autumn), the construction of the church to this point has meant that the stone is safely conserved.

(see latest news on Rebuild Progress  at Beamish.)

St.Helen's Church c.1910 St.Helen's Tower Plinth Laid at Beamish St.Helen's rebuild at Beamish May 2012 St.Helen's rebuild at Beamish August 2012