Embsay and Eastby Since 1900
Embsay Cricket Club
Embsay Nature Notes
A Project on the history of the two villages since 1900 timed for completion by the year 2000.
Embsay-with-Eastby civil parish lies approximately two miles north-east of Skipton, North Yorkshire at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A hundred years ago, most people in the two villages worked locally, went to school there, and made all their purchases in the 18 shops serving the villages. During this century however, the industry disappeared, cars provided mobility for work and leisure and, these days, many inhabitants travel further afield to school, work, shops and social activities.
A small group of villagers under the aegis of Embsay-with Eastby Women's Institute is now researching and documenting the changes in the two villages since 1900, collecting postcards, photographs, documents, memorabilia, written and tape-recorded reminiscences, anything connected with Embsay and Eastby this century.
If you live, or have ever lived in Embsay or Eastby and can provide information, please contact Monica Butler, 11 Millholme
Rise, Embsay, Skipton, North Yorkshire, U.K. BD23 6NU. Tel.(44) (0)1756 790487.
Photographs or printed material will be copied and returned, if requested. All contributions will be acknowledged.
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FOUNDED : 1900
GROUND: THE ROBINSON MEMORIAL GROUND
MEMBERS OF: THE CRAVEN AND DISTRICT CRICKET LEAGUE
THE UPPER AIREDALE JUNIOR LEAGUE
THE YORKSHIRE CRICKET ASSOCIATION.
SECRETARY: DUNCAN S. BULLOUGH
20 BRACKENLEY DRIVE.
TEL. 01756 796887
The 1st X1 have lost the services of some players for various reasons this season but have managed to get through the first
round of the WYNN CUP. There have been two victories out of five league matches, not quite the start that was expected.
However, there are plenty of experienced players in the side to mount a challenge for the title provided this is done as soon as possible.
The 2nd X1 have made a fine start and are the only side undefeated after five games.
Unfortunately the side was beaten in the first round of the COWLING CUP.
Both teams have an impressive record in the nineties:
1st X1 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 1993, 1995
WYNN CUP WINNERS 1991,1994
2nd X1 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 1989,90,91,93,94,95
COWLING CUP WINNERS 1991,92,93,94,95
This year, for the first time for five years, the club has been able to form an Under 18s side. They are still looking for a victory after five games but their enthusiasm promises well whilst they are in the process of building.
The Under 15s are still in the process of consolidating their side. So far they have had every possible result including a win through to the second round of their cup competition.
Trevor F. Coe (Chairman)
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As I write there is still an absence of proper spring weather. The countryside has crawled rather than burst into life. We still await a return to our prevailing winds from the west which have been absent so long now that it's hard to remember when we last had them. Without these of course the drought will continue, so the sooner things get back to normal the better. Nevertheless, most of the summer migrants have 'checked in' though they may be regretting it by now. The cuckoo which in May should sing 'night and day', is reluctant to waste much of his energy singing around his reservoir haunts. The swallows are too desperately seeking food to nest-build and indeed will produce no young, nor will our garden titmice, until the food-source becomes reliable.
Holidaying birdwatchers new to the area who read this may like to know that Bolton Abbey Woods is the nearest local site for a good variety of woodland and river species.(eg. grasshopper, willow, wood and garden warblers, redstart, pied and spotted fly-catchers, nuthatch , various woodpeckers , blackcap and many more.) On the river: dipper, sandpiper, redshank, oyster catcher, sand martins.
Moreover because of the fairly easy access to the moor and fells from Bolton Abbey you can expect to see or hear curlew, lapwing, golden plover, snipe, woodcock, short-eared owl, whinchat, wheatear and, if you're really lucky, ring-ouzel. Of course many of the above birds can be found in and around Embsay but you have to work harder and spend more time tracking them down.
Visitors, and even locals just developing an interest in birdwatching, will be well advised to call in at local visitor centres such as Bolton Abbey, (Devonshire Estates), Grassington (National Parks), Malham (village and Tarn). At Malham village the National Parks will be running its fourth year of peregrine watching at the Cove. At Grassington a wealth of N.P. information is available for all kinds of nature watching including a guide to that other excellent local woodland, Grass Woods. The Tarn Centre is National Trust property and the Field Studies Council runs many short courses there, for all levels of interest, throughout the year.
Hopefully the next issue of these notes will be report more seasonal weather, until then keep feeding your birds if you still have supplies.
See also the dælnet Nature Page.
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