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    the maypoles At Sinnington near Pickering for example in 1701 a band of Puritans known as Broadbrims due to the style of their hats invaded Sinnington during maypole dancing They set about violently trying to destroy the pole and its ribbons and to disrupt the party atmosphere Other groups of Puritans did likewise at Helmsley Kirkbymoorside and Slingsby However the local lads managed to beat them off and it was said that at Slingsby there was a great dordum of a fight Today maypole dancing has returned to its former glory in many villages in this region In most cases maypole dancing is not performed on May Day but upon the nearest Saturday or Sunday often with school children being the dancers I have a record of maypoles in Foston Staithes Roxy Slingsby Sinnington Langton near Malton Masham West Burton Bolton on Swale Appleton Wiske Crakehall Whitby Robin Hood s Bay Coneysthorpe Welburn Clifton near York Thorpe and Burnsall in Wharfedale Skinningrove Ovington near Richmond Otley Aldborough near Boroughbridge with the daddy of them all being at Barwick in Elmet near Leeds At 86 feet high this is the tallest in the country and requires a crane and a great deal of manpower to erect it I am sure there are other maypoles elsewhere within this region In many case morris dancing and the election of a May Queen accompanies the maypole dances One very popular game when I was a child in Eskdale was known as May Gosling It was rather like the April Fool pranks played on April 1 because children played jokes upon each other and anyone who fell victim to a joke was known as a May Gosling Rather like April Fool jokes the pranks had to be perpetrated before 12 noon I cannot recall the

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    called diamond arises because originally that designation referred to a seventy fifth anniversary However when Queen Victoria celebrated her sixtieth year on the throne she described it as her Diamond Jubilee and so the name has since been used for other sixtieth anniversaries However this is the traditional British list first cotton second paper third leather fourth fruit or flowers fifth wood sixth iron or sugar candy seventh wool or copper eighth bronze or pottery ninth pottery or willow tenth tin eleventh steel twelfth silk or linen thirteenth lace fourteenth ivory fifteenth crystal twentieth china twenty fifth silver thirtieth pearl thirty fifth coral fortieth ruby forty fifth sapphire fiftieth gold fifty fifth emerald sixtieth diamond seventieth platinum and seventy fifth diamond The modernised version is as follows first clocks second china third crystal fourth appliances fifth silverware sixth wood seventh desk items eighth lace or linen ninth leather tenth diamond eleventh jewellery twelfth pearls thirteenth textiles or furs fourteenth gold fifteenth watches twentieth platinum twenty fifth sterling silver thirtieth diamond thirty fifth jade fortieth ruby forty fifth sapphire fiftieth gold fifty fifth emerald sixtieth diamond seventieth platinum and seventy fifth diamond The American version is very similar to ours albeit

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    very clean water in relatively quiet and undisturbed areas Voles live on the banks of lakes ponds slow moving streams and smooth rivers with the entrance to their burrows sometimes being beneath the surface of the water It is never easy to distinguish a swimming water vole from a brown rat but the vole is rather plumper with a chubby rounded face and tiny ears that are almost hidden among its thick fur One problem is that both animals are about the same size and colour ie about eight inches long 20cm with dark brown fur and both are excellent swimmers Voles however have a shorter tail but this is not always evident when they are swimming Their diet consists almost entirely of water side plants They can be very active during the day but dislike being disturbed by noise people and water born craft preferring to spend their lives peacefully near the water and rarely venturing far from their home patch They may be tempted to move if their home area becomes too overcrowded or if the water becomes the haunt of tourists and their boats A drop in the level of the water will also persuade them to

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    rivers and streams flowing in and near the fourth side albeit not quite detaching this picturesque rural area from the mainland One of those sea boundaries is Poole Harbour said to be the largest natural harbour in Europe and the second largest natural harbour in the world To reach our part of the island at Studland there is a small chain ferry that carries cars buses people motor bikes and all manner of things across the narrow strip of water that forms the harbour mouth It is quite daunting to be aboard the ferry as massive channel ferries cruise in and out of the harbour on their journeys to and from the continent We took a walk along the top of the lofty white cliffs of Studland Bay to Old Harry s Rocks which are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site It is believed that these rocks were once connected to The Needles on the Isle of Wight We were amazed at the wealth of ripening brambles the weight of berries on holly trees and the hazel shoots growing within sight of the sea Among the wild life of Dorset fallow deer are very numerous and at times they are a nuisance to field crops and gardens We observed a doe dozing quietly on a rectory lawn and the owner told us the garden is her territory but that she grants him the privilege of sharing it with her There were grey squirrels in abundance along with pheasants and the usual small birds such as robins pied wagtails skylarks various finches dunnocks wrens and various gulls A small flock of parakeets visited our hotel grounds too apparently living wild in the area The balmy weather conditions encourage the growth of plants that would never survive in my part

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    s Causeway near Goathland The old name for this castle was Mongrave and although the story of Wade s Causeway is pure legend a huge man called Wade did live in this locality He was born at the end of the eighth century and lived until the middle of the ninth Wade was heavily involved in the politics of the time leading warring armies across the north from Lancashire to Northumberland It seems he fought for the rights of ordinary people because for over thirty years he fought tyrannical leaders who occupied the kingdom of Northumbria between the Scottish border and the River Humber He is said to have led a rebellion against the brutal King of Northumbria in AD 796 and his activities led to him being regarded as a folk hero Although Wade exerted tremendous power he was always on good terms with the local people and was considered kind and gentle in domestic situations He was not immortal however some accounts say he died from a distemper whilst others claim he was fatally wounded at Whalley in Lancashire although he did manage to return home to Mulgrave where he died His larger than life career has given rise to many legends that have depicted him as a giant The second castle was probably constructed in the 11th century as evidence of Norman buttresses have been found It developed into a splendid building complete with tower and moat but it has been much altered since it was originally built Although built by the Fossards it became the stronghold of the renowned de Mauley family It appears they won favour with King John of Magna Carta fame thus enabling them to become wealthy but in the reign of Henry V Mulgrave Castle passed to the Bigods and later to

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    Witch Day In times not too far past Yorkshire folk would decorate their horses cattle and houses with sprigs of rowan tree leaves otherwise known as the mountain ash witchwood or wicken tree Their purpose was to prevent witches fairies and other evil spirits from harming the house the people and their livestock In some areas this custom was undertaken on May 3 but in either case it was essential that the sprigs were cut with a domestic knife not a saw or axe and that they were collected from a tree never previously used for this purpose Furthermore the twigs had to be carried home along a route not used for the outward journey Lots of pieces were needed and so a barrow or cart might be required to carry them home Back at the house or farm the rowan twigs were put to work Some would be fashioned into small crosses whilst other remained as single twigs but they would be displayed around the house or livestock shelters with particular emphasis on doors and windows Small crosses might appear above a door for example or beside a bedroom window or even within the cow byre Sometimes the twigs were pushed into thatched roofs or haystacks as a protection against fire People would also wear garlands of rowan some being gathered later in the year when the beautiful red berries of this tree had matured These might be worn around the necks of people to ensure general good health but especially to ward off rheumatism Garlands were also placed around the necks of horses and cattle especially when they were due to breed and one practice was to place a necklace of rowan twigs around the neck of a pig that had been ear marked for slaughter the belief

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    There was also a Lord Chancellor and an archbishop with many family members being honoured as Knights of the Garter It is a formidable record Although they clung tenaciously to their Catholic faith they were trusted by Queen Elizabeth I at a time when she was persecuting so many members of that church But it was she who imposed a difficult task upon the Scropes and their famous castle Elizabeth was worried that Mary Queen of Scots might make a bid for the English throne and so she ordered that Mary be held in safe custody possibly for her own good The Scrope family of Castle Bolton was entrusted at least temporarily with that task Mary arrived in the middle of July 1568 coming from Carlisle via Appleby and crossing the Westmorland border near Kirkby Stephen She crossed Mallerstang Moors to Hawes and travelled down Wensleydale to Castle Bolton She was accompanied by six personal attendants twenty carriage horses twenty three saddle horses and forty men to look after the horses and deal with other matters during the journey All had to be accommodated in and around the castle and many of the men were boarded in nearby farms and cottages Even though she was technically a prisoner Mary was not placed in the awful dungeon but had her own suite of rooms within the castle along with some servants She remained for about six months It is said she inscribed her name Marie R on one of the windows using a diamond ring although that pane of glass was eventually broken in an accident During her stay Mary was allowed out of the castle to go hunting and she was also an honoured guest at some of the mansions in the area It is said she spent one night

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    vicinity of the church but it survived that onslaught However one of the bombs smashed through the church wall and came to rest after sliding across the floor Fortunately that one failed to explode The fact that the church was only slightly damaged was seen as an Act of God but the hole in the wall was later transformed into that memorial window Few could understand why the Germans would want to bomb such an ancient church in a very remote locality However it transpired that the bomber had been on a mission to bomb the north east but was returning in haste to Germany due to flight problems resulting from hot pursuit by British Spitfires albeit with bombs still aboard To avoid crashing the pilot made a split second decision to jettison the bombs in a remote area of moorland with no intention of hitting the church It was the author and war time air expert from Guisborough Bill Norman who wrote to the editor of the Morpeth Herald in June 2004 in an effort to find anyone with memories of that incident and thus sparked off a remarkable tale The pilot of the bomber was a friend of Bill s called Willi Schludecker and as people came forward with their own memories of that event so Willi decided to revisit the church this time without his bombs Willie returned to the church in July 2004 writing in the church s visitors book Sorry I bombed your church and since then he has made an annual pilgrimage to Bolam In July last year his entry reads Willi Schludeker Germany I am the pilot dropping my bombs 65 years ago Target was railway nearby My age will be 87 in May With the help of my friend Bill Norman I

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