Nigel Harper

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Abba Magic: if you weren’t at the village hall on November 16 then you missed a very enjoyable night – great band and very danceable tunes. The crowd wasn’t quite as big as for the FAB Beatles but there were about 150 people many in fancy dress, and the dance floor was full all evening. Helen lived up to her reputation in a luminous blue low cut cat suit – hardly surprising she raised £251 for the raffle including £10 stuffed down her cleavage! Although yours truly was on the bar most of the evening my white cat suit with silver trim attracted some female attention on the dance floor – pity I had to wait until I was 67 before having my bottom pinched accompanied by suggestive comments. Somewhat out of context there was a surprise appearance by Prof Dumbledore alias Richard Wray. The whole event, once again well supported by the village, raised £750 for the Raise the Roof Fund. Stephen and Sylvia, and Richard and Sue would like to thank everyone who supported the event, especially from the village; for the donations of raffle prizes, and to everyone who helped on the bar, sell tickets, with the setting up and clearing up on Sunday. Don’t forget two forthcoming events: Elvis tribute night on Saturday, December 14 at 7.30pm promoted by Jo Ingleby Dawson in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (tickets £20 including an American supper - see village hall notice board for details) and The Stones in aid of Raise the Roof on Saturday, March 29.

Scotton Lingerfield pupils sing at the Children’s Prom: a choir from our village school had the honour to be chosen from across North Yorkshire to represent the county in an event at the Royal Albert Hall on November 12 to celebrate the centenary of English composer Benjamin Britten. The choir had been coached by staff from the Royal Albert Hall who travelled from London to Scotton. A DVD of the performance is available from The school choir will also be performing in the Christingle service at All Saints Staveley on Sunday, December 1 at 4pm; in the Big Sing at Jacob Smith Park, Scriven on Sunday, December15 at 2pm and at the Family Christmas Concert at the Harrogate International Centre on Saturday, December 14.

Scotton History Project: a walk through Scotton reveals evidence of its long history in ridge and furrow; a barrow, a Quaker burial ground and 23 listed monuments including mediaeval buildings. Where is the deserted village mentioned in the Doomsday record; was there a Roman road; did Scotton have a Celtic chapel in the Dark Ages; where were the leper colony and the chantry? Was it here that Guy Fawkes was radicalised by local Catholics? How did the village cope with the agricultural enclosures, the industrial revolution and the wars of the 20th century?

The Scotton History project led by the Claro Community Archaeology Group (based at Knaresborough Castle) aims to uncover the evidence and create a narrative of the village from the earliest times to the Second World War. Experienced volunteers will be joined by enthusiastic residents and children from the primary school. Together they will use archives, study the landscape, research oral history and use databases to put together an accessible record of the geology, archaeology and social and economic history of our community. The Claro Archaeology Group will be submitting a funding application to the Lottery Heritage Fund in January with a view to starting the project early next year. Stay tuned to this column for further information about how you can become involved.