Blessing of Processional Cross

On SUNDAY 7 JANUARY  we welcomed Bishop Alison (Bishop of Hull ) to the 9am Service, when she blessed the new processional cross donated to our Church by the family of Revd. Stephen Drury.

Judith and members of Stephen’s family were present. and we were all able to enjoy their company, together with the Bishop who was able to stay on, over a cup of coffee in the Church Room after the service.


A Big Thank You

to all who have supported our events over the past few months.

The Gift Day total was £400. Harvest retiring collection for WaterAid was £72 and the harvest produce was sent to the Rainbow Centre.

The Curry Evening was a lovely social evening, and our grateful thanks to Angela and Gareth Adams for hosting this event, and doing all the cooking! Their efforts realised a total of £245.

Tales from the Dales.

Adam Collier entertained a full house when he gave a talk about the Yorkshire Dialects. He explained the differences between the dialects of the three Ridings and that every few miles, as little as ten, there can be subtle changes. He went on to tell stories and anecdotes, many of which had his audience in stitches. A Buffet Supper followed this great evening of entertainment. £227 was raised for Church funds.

The Shoebox appeal was again well supported with 80  shoeboxes being blessed at the service on Sunday 19 November. These were then taken to the Scarborough depot for checking and sorting, before onward transmission to needy children in other countries.

A Big Thank You

– to everyone who came along and supported the Bric-a-Brac Sale in August.  This was a successful morning, bringing in £207 for Church Funds.

– and also to those who supported the Gift Day on 23 September,  At the time of going to print a figure is not available for this.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

You may have noticed a new plaque on the Moor Lane gate to the Churchyard. We were approached late last year by the CWG with a request to suggest a suitable place for this, as buried in our Churchyard is a WW1 soldier. Geoffrey White. His grave is just along the path on the right hand side, a half column signifying dying in the prime of life.

The following is an extract from Neil Hardisty’s booklet on the men from the village who died in WW1, and commemorated on the War Memorial

“Geoffrey White was born in 1898, the youngest son of William White who was Headmaster of Ayton School. He enlisted on 5th May 1915 at the age of only 17, as Private No 19881 in the West Yorkshire Regiment. He did his training as a battalion signaller in Whitley Bay with the 3rd Battalion and went to France in March 1916 on his 18th birthday. He joined the 1st Battalion West Yorks who were with 18th Brigade, 6th Division in the Ypres area. In August 1916 the 6th Division moved south to the Somme and were located opposite Beaumont Hamel.

In early 1917 Geoffrey’s Division moved back north, this time to the Loos area. Although taking no part in the major offensives of 1917 (Arras and 3rd Ypres), they did take part in the Battle of Hill 70. However Geoffrey was home on leave in August 1917 so missed any involvement in that battle, but returned to his Division as they were preparing for their part in the Battle of Cambrai in November.

The Battle of Cambrai began at 6.20 am on 20th November 1917 and by the end of the month they had actually taken territory held by the allies before the battle. The German counter-attacks began in earnest on 30th November. On that day Geoffrey’s Division were located north of Marcoing and although under attack held their line.

This was to be Geoffrey’s last action with his regiment. Early in 1918 he contracted TB. In March he returned to England for the treatment he needed that was not available in France. In the coming months he spent his time in several different hospitals. Sadly as was often the case in those days the disease was terminal, and Geoffrey returned home to Ayton to spend his last days. He died on 23rd September 1918 aged just 20. He is buried in St John the Baptist churchyard here in East Ayton. How tragic to die like that after surviving the western front.”


ITEMS WILL BE REQUIRED for the  various stalls – prizes etc – see below.

GIFT BAGS FOR THE SUMMER FAIR Have you any gift bags left over from presents received?  If so, Angela or Christine would be pleased to have them for the Gift Bag Stall.  Items to go inside these would also be appreciated.

Any items can be left at the Church Room after Sunday services and at during Thursday Coffee.

SUMMER FAIR  –  formerly the Garden Party

The PCC took the decision to book the Village Hall for this event, as it will save the many hours (and muscles!) of preparation/dismantling of previous years.  There has always been a lot of work moving tables, chairs, equipment etc from the Church to the garden, as well as concern about the poor weather which we have suffered in recent years.  Please come along and support us – most of the usual stalls are on offer.

We would like to thank Peter Hardcastle for the use of his garden (and kitchen!) over the past years, and hope he understands our decision.


This popular Saturday morning programme on BBC Radio York visited our Church on the morning of 4 March.  For those who do not hear the programme at all, the presenters have to visit various locations in North Yorkshire following clues given by the ‘Keeper’,  with directions entirely given by listeners phoning in to the studio.

The morning had started in Old Malton, with the first clue taking them to Baldersons’ cafe in Thornton-le-Dale, where they collected the next clue.

“To the east lies the King singing Gospel.
 A voice of one crying in the wilderness

As that night we had got Neil Hardisty coming to sing Elvis gospel songs, that solved the first part of the clue, and the second obviously referred to St John the Baptist.

After various false trails (people suggesting Levisham (!) and Allerston (where there they thought there was a St John’s church), someone phoned in (from Heworth) having solved the clue. Jeremy and Adam duly arrived at Church just after 10am, where Margaret Partington (who had been the contact with Radio York) gave them the next clue. They interviewed Margaret, and Christine and Geoff Derrington (who talked about the Church history) before setting off for Burniston, which is where the trail led them to next. Various other venues in and around Scarborough completed the morning’s trail.

Stephen – An Appreciation

Stephen Roger Drury was born in 1945 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, only days before VE day, and was referred to as a peace time baby by his parents, Phillip and Edith.

He was educated at Brimington village primary school and Chesterfield Boys’ Grammer School before securing a place to read Law at University College, London.  After completing his law society exams he was articled to Hotter & Sons Solicitors in Chesterfield and moved to Scarborough in 1970 to work with Thorpe and Co until his retirement in 2006.  During his final year at Thorpe & Co, Stephen was accepted for ordination training at Mirfield College of the Resurrection, and was ordained in York Minster in 2007, later completing a Masters in Theology at York St John.

He returned to St John the Baptist Church, East Ayton, where he had worshipped since arriving in Scarborough, first as Curate, then Curate in Charge until January 2015, when he became Priest in Charge of St Columba, Scarborough.

He built up a good relationship with the members of this congregation, and  was a well respected member of the Clergy Chapter.  He was actively involved in various charities and was a member of Scarborough Rotary Club, where his enthusiasm was greatly appreciated.  He had a lifelong love of music, which showed in his playing of the church organ and organising/training the small choir for Christmas and other occasions.

The thoughts and prayers of all members of the congregation of St John the Baptist Church are with Judith, Phillipa & Kev, James & Liz, Rachel, and grandchildren Evie, Rowan and Thomas.

(some thoughts and memories of Stephen are recorded in the centre pages of the December ’16-January ’17 edition of Grapevine  – available at the back of Church for 50p a copy)

Stephen Drury

We were all saddened to hear the news that the Revd Stephen Drury passed away on Sunday 18 September. He had been Vicar of St Columba’s Church since January 2015, and prior to that was Curate in Charge of our Church, but to many of us he had been a friend for many years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his  family at this time.

A tribute to Stephen will be in the next issue of Grapevine.

William Shakespeare Celebration

William Shakespeare

400 yrs Celebration for Midsummer 2016

on Sat. 25th June in the Church Room

It was a few nights after Midsummer’s Eve but we did have a great evening celebrating the life and work of The Bard of Avon. Thanks to our brilliant author, (William Shakespeare), a talented cast, (Pam, Gordon, Elizabeth, Neil, Cynthia, Christine, Yvonne, Angela, Jean Oxley, Hildegard, Richard, Geraldine, Margaret, Julie & Val), sound expert, (Geoff), providing us with the wonderful music of Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, a host of master chefs (social committee), and a captive audience who joined in enthusiastically, a good time was had by all. Everyone had a go at the quiz with some questions easier than others and one or two difficult photos. The winners were a team of Sheila, Jean and Pam D. There was a great selection of food which we tucked into at the end with a welcome glass of wine. Thanks to everyone who helped. So sorry anyone who missed it! It was a great evening.

(Bottom & TitaniaMidsummer Night’s Dream

played by Neil & Geraldine)

Val Carr

(our grateful thanks to Val for all the hard work she put in to organising this evening, sorting out the Shakespeare quotes, assigning them to the ‘volunteers’ and finding the appropriate music. £174 was a brilliant result from the evening).

The Shakespeare Celebration for Midsummer  was part of our Patronal Festival celebrations—a Coffee Morning held on 18 June was well supported, raising £143, as were the services on Sunday 19 June.