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Sword Dance Union 11th Annual Longsword Tournament 08.10.16

Although the Plough Stots picked up the running of this years event late on it was well attended with 16 teams dancing. Goathland Plough Stots having 3 senior male team and also the Goathland Ladies had a team dancing. There was free practice in 4 locations around the village before stopping for lunch at the Inn on the Moor where a very good selection of food was served. After lunch all the dancers and spectators returned to the village hall to start the Long Sword Competition, the MC for this event was Bob West, first to start were the Junior sides, 5 Junior teams competed with Flamborough Juniors winning this category, this was the largest entrants of junior teams in a very long time, the 8 senior sides that were competing then showcased their dances in both Traditional and Own Dance, whilst the very experienced judges (all retired Loftus dancers who has probably won more Longsword competitions than any other team in their time) deliberated on their results, the time keeper for the day was Sally Smith who was pleased to announce no team had been timed out. 3 teams who attended just to Exhibit then showcased, refreshments were served my the ladies of the Plough Stots in the small hall whilst the competition was in progress in the larger hall , during the break Keith Thompson (the Plough Stots life long president) was awarded the SDU Silver Badge for service, it is well deserved.
The trophies were presented by the Mayor & Mayoress of Scarborough (under the supervision of Phil Heaton) who presented the Trevor Stone Trophy for the team with the most collective points to Redcar Sword Dancers, Redcar also picked up first prize in both Traditional and Own dance categories with the same team of dancers, the Snark Audience Reaction trophy was won by Sullivan's Sword from Nottingham whilst the musicians of the Goathland Ladies won the music trophy beating Redcar into second place, the judges commented that this was the hardest category to judge as the standard of the musicians was very high.

September 100 Club Draw 25.09.2016

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

K. Mayes

151

£100

2nd

T. Reeves

167

£75

3rd

J. Yeoman

115

£50

4th

L Smith

141

£25

5th

R. Lightwing

70

£20

6th

D. & J. Preston

108

£15

7th

I. Calvert

134

£10

8th

S. Peirson

86

£10

9th

V. Jones

91

£10

10th

J. Heslop

109

£10

Whitby Folk Week 20.08.2016

This year WFW clashed with Whitby regatta for the first couple of days so we found ourselves dancing at different dance locations than we are used to, Pannett Park and Whitby Abbey were on the schedule, the Abbey seemed a bit out of the way and 199 steps up to it was quite daunting, but once up there with the sun shinning and the Whitby micro brewery just round the corner and our friends from Flamborough at the same location what a fantastic place to do a days dancing. the weather stayed fine for most of the week, rain only stopped the dancing twice. The Plough Stots had a ladies team out all week and they held the same dance spots that the male team did, We got a lot of positive comments of how well they danced, this was the first time that a full ladies team have danced out side the village, they also shared the honours with the male team by carrying the juniors garland in the parade from Crescent Gardens to the Bandstand. The team danced at the band change over in the Spa on the final day, both male & female dancing together doing figures 1,3 & 5.        

June 100 Club Draw 29.06.2016

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

D. Eaves

138

£100

2nd

A. Davies

124

£75

3rd

K. Allen

30

£50

4th

M. Trimble

102

£25

5th

K. Simmonds

135

£20

6th

J. Lawson

19

£15

7th

T. Bater

16

£10

8th

J. Atkinson

52

£10

9th

B. West

50

£10

10th

K. Mahone

131

£10

Bampton 30.05.2016

On the way back from Chippenham we stopped at Bampton where we had been invited to dance at their annual day of dance, we arrived as the team were out dancing in the village, we followed them around (as spectators) dancing in peoples gardens, they have a large team so it give them time to take on liquid sustenance that was offered whilst they still had a team to dance. We were escorted for tea at the hall where a very nice selection of sandwiches and cakes were offered to us, we then went to the local hostelry where we were collected by the team and danced as their guests at the remaining dance spots (which seemed to be more public houses). We all ended up in one of the public houses where a music session and sing a long took place before ending a spectacular day.  

Chippenham Folk Festival 28.05.16

A few of the team travelled down to Chippenham early so that we could do a children's workshop  in long sword dancing, it turned out very popular with us running two sessions ending with the youngsters doing a showcase later on in the day. We did a parade through the streets of Chippenham as well as dancing at several dance locations around the town, we also had a dance spot to show case in the main marquee. Having had torrential rain and cold in North Yorkshire for several weeks the weather at Chippenham was the complete opposite  it stayed fine and warm making it a very enjoyable festival.

March 100 Club Draw 25.03.2016

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

D. Webster

82

£100

2nd

L. Atkinson

26

£75

3rd

G. Cahill

55

£50

4th

C. Crooks

84

£25

5th

I. Smith

165

£20

6th

M. Drewery

125

£15

7th

J. Jackson

65

£10

8th

C. Heaton

129

£10

9th

N. Worley

36

£10

10th

I. Cummins

28

£10

Day of Dance 16.01.2016

All though there had been a light covering of snow over night the weather was fine with a crisp feeling in the air. The day started with the procession from the Reading Room to the shops, 4 teams and musicians followed the Plough & Banner, at the shops all teams danced before splitting into 4 groups to dance around the village. The ladies team took a tour on their own this year enabling us to send a team to Green End and Beckhole leaving the other 2 teams to dance through the village. Our grateful thanks to all the residents of Goathland that supplied sustenance to the dancers on the day it is very much appreciated by all the team.  After all the occupied houses in the village had been danced outside all 4 teams assembled at the Birch Hall public house at Beckhole for a mass Plough Stot final dance where the ladies team locked their swords after the final dance and got them hung on the nail above the door first.
The annual "Rosh" was held at the Salmon Leap in Sleights this year where Adrian & his staff welcomed the 65 diners and treated us to a splendid 3 course meal, the evening ended with the speeches and the usual Plough Stots special awards that certain team members had deservedly won on their own merits.


The collection on the day :-
Bob West:- bucket 1 = £98.63
John Atkinson :-  bucket 2 = £124.38
Andy Smith :-  bucket 3 = £156.47

Thank you to every one for the support you give to the Goathland Plough Stots

Blessing of the Plough 10.01.2016

We attended our annual Blessing of the Plough church service at the St. Mary's, the village church, the service was taken by David Haddon Reece the last one he will take as he and his wife are retiring . The church bells were rang by John Atkinson & the reading was given by Keith Thompson, after the service  Jim Eldon sang the plough song & a team danced, before the procession out of church there was a small donation & gift presentation for David in thanks for his continued support of this important service to the Plough Stots. 

Normafest  08.01.2016

We danced at Scarborough Spa before and at the interval of Normafest 2016 as guests of the Waterson family. Norma, Eliza and Martin kindly donated the takings from the collection buckets that we carried to the funds of the Goathland Community Hub & Sports Pavilion, the donation amounted to £224

October 100 Club Draw 10.10.2015

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

SUE RUTLAND

120

£100

2nd

LIAM CALVERT

9

£50

3rd

LES ATKINSON

82

£25

4th

JOHN ATKINSON

51

£15

5th

DAVE WEBSTER

89

£10

6th

RICHARD ATTRIDGE

134

£10

7th

MARTIN PEIRSON

2

£10

8th

P & J LIGHTWING

110

£10

 

Sword Dance Union 10th Annual Longsword Tournament 03.10.15

The day started at 10.00am with all 13 teams registering in the hall before setting off to the 4 dance locations in the village, Redcar, Teesdale & Sullivans went to the Station. Barnsley, Carlisle, & Claro went to the Inn on the Moor, Sallyport & 2 Maltby Phoenix sides went to the shops, Flamborough & the 3 Goathland sides started at the village hall, we all got one change of dance locations before going to the Inn on the Moor for lunch at 12.30. After lunch all teams congregated at the village hall for the extravaganza. The 2 junior teams (Maltby Phoenix & Music at the Heart of Teesdale) started the show case off, they were followed by the Goathland Ladies dancing the traditional dance of the village, 9 of the teams competed whilst the remaining 4 teams exhibited only. The results of the Junior class 1st Maltby Phoenix,  2nd Teesdale,  Traditional 1st Redcar (274 points) 2nd Goathland Ladies (271points) 3rd Goathland Plough Stots (269 points) dancing the Helmsley dance. Own Dance 1st Maltby Phoenix (264 points) 2nd Carlisle (260 points) 3rd Goathland Plough Stots (256 points)  The Goathland musicians won 1st for the music. The judging was done by John & Alice Hill & Sid Robson all ex Loftus dancers. The trophy's were handed out by the Deputy Mayor of Scarborough Cllr John Ritchie

 

Ebor Weekend of Dance 12.09.15 - 13.09.15

We danced on the Saturday at Ebor's York event, although blighted with showers of rain dancing was achieved in certain public houses, the weather did brighten up for the final dance session where  the Lord Mayor was given an excellent display by all teams attending.

Grosmont Bands & Beer Festival 29.08.2014

The festival was held in the church, It was billed as Band & Beer this year but unfortunately the band did not turn up so the Plough Stots filled all the spots, they could not have picked a better day for it, it stayed sunny and hot all day. With it being beside the footpath they got plenty of walkers drawn in by the Plough Stot's dancing and the chance to sit down and enjoy the cheap refreshments that was on offer with home baking also at very reasonable prices.

Whitby Folk Week  16.08.2014 - 22.08.2014

We held a longsword workshop part week this year sharing the spot with Handsworth in the Royal Hotel, it was well attended and we had  2 teams dancing at the final showcase in the Spa on the Friday. After the workshops we danced at the 3 dance locations of the festival, Captain Cooks, Band Stand & the Tourist Information Centre. The weather stayed dry for the street performances. We led the parade on the Friday carrying both garlands from Crescent Gardens down to the Band Stand, where all teams danced before the garland were carried to the Spa for the evening session.

Goathland Flower & Vegetable Show 08.08.15

The team danced at this years annual show in support of the work that organisers put into running this village event and it is nice to be part of the community where every one joins together to make a small event fun and interesting, as always there was home baked products for sale with a cup of tea in the tea rooms, the weather stayed fine for the children's sports events that was held in the afternoon.

Jenny Barton Funeral 07.08.15

After celebrating Jenny's 100th birthday in January it was a sad occasion that we met the Barton family on this day sadly Jenny passed away and her funeral was at St. Mary's in Goathland, the Plough Stots gave a guard of honour to say a final farewell to a long time supporter of the team. She will be sadly missed.

August 100 Club Draw 08.08.2015

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

Mrs E ATKINSON

40

£100

2nd

BOB WEST

46

£50

3rd

AMANDA AGAR

133

£25

4th

RICHARD GIBSON

74

£15

5th

MARGARET LIGHTWING

104

£10

6th

LORRAINE ATKINSON

54

£10

7th

JESSICA YEOMAN

77

£10

8th

LINDA JOHNSON

107

£10

 

Brompton Scorpers Birthday Celebrations  24.05.15 - 25.05.15

We were invited to celebrate Brompton Scorpers birthday with fun and frivolity and it certainly lived up to the billing, In truly Vince's style we started the Saturday off with a ride on an old London Double Decker bus with a barrel of beer with pump in the luggage compartment, then followed a train trip on the Wensleydale  Railway but unfortunately we did not get a steam engine but the ride through the countryside was stunning, after a few stops to dance we got back on the bus that dropped us off at a Beer Festival, another couple of dances and back on the bus, we eventually got back to the pub at Danby Whisk that was the base for the weekend to end the day. Sunday morning started with the short trip to Brompton to join the annual carnival, we danced at several locations with in the carnival with a few pubs thrown in, all in all an excellent weekend.

Malton & Norton Folk Festival 18.04.15

A trip down the road to support one of our local festivals again, (we missed last year), the weather stayed fine for a change and a good day of dancing was enjoyed by every one, The chilli that was put on by the organisers for lunch was excellent and very much appreciated. 

Egton Easter Bonnet Parade  06.04.15

We were asked to dance and give a short talk about our history at Egton Easter Bonnet Parade held in the village hall, we provided the entertainment before the parade of very fine hats were displayed, this was a very entertaining fun evening  

Easter 100 Club Draw 04.04.2015

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

Mrs M ATKINSON

70

£100

2nd

LIAM CALVERT

9

£50

3rd

FAYE THOMPSON

119

£25

4th

KEITH THOMPSON

25

£15

5th

VINCE RUTLAND

3

£10

6th

VICKY SOWERBY

115

£10

7th

ANGUS NICHOLSON

1

£10

8th

ANDY CALVERT

10

£10

 

Winter 100 Club Draw 17.01.2015

The Winter draw took place and the winners were :-

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

JUDY SIMPSON

58

£200

2nd

CHRIS HUTCHINGS

105

£50

3rd

LILLIAN SMITH

97

£25

4th

DAVID MACMILLAN

93

£15

5th

NEV WORLEY

66

£10

6th

JENNY WORLEY

75

£10

7th

LORRAINE ATKINSON

53

£10

8th

KENNY WORLEY

41

£10

If anyone would like to join the Plough Stot 100 club please contact John Atkinson or Keith Thompson with your name, address & email . Numbers are £20 per number & they will get entered into 4 draws per year, renewed annually.

Day of Dance 17.01.2015

The day started with the procession from the Reading Room to the shops, 4 teams and musicians followed the Plough & Banner, at the shops all teams danced before splitting into 3 groups to dance around the village. The ladies team accompanied the male team that went up towards the church, young Emily Davy danced with the ladies team for the first time and did an exceptional good performance with the longer metal swords, thanks to Ian & Sue for inviting us all in to their kitchen for a welcome warm around the aga, soup & coffee, the teenagers went to dance down the Orchards & Darnholme before the Soup Stop at Helens they then went to dance at Greenend, it is about 10 years since we had time to dance the village and Greenend in the same day, the 3rd team danced the bottom half of the village going out as far as Barnet House enjoying refreshment of beer & sandwiches at the Goathland Hotel & then on to the Inn on the Moor. 3 teams and followers then en masse called at Helens who had a small army of helpers in the kitchen to serve every body several types of soup. After the welcomed warming soup the 3 teams then finished dancing the village to meet with the 4th team in Beckhole at the Birch Inn, there the hosts of the Birch Inn served trays of hot sausage rolls and cheesy bread to all that had congregated at Beckhole. After the refreshment and a  couple of pints of the local brew "Beck Water" we had our final dance of all 5 sets before  leaving and heading back up to Goathland to get ready for the Annual Rosh (roast beef dinner) that was held in the Inn on the Moor
The collection on the day :-
John Atkinson bucket 1 = £187.10
Keith Jackson bucket 2 = £104.70
Leslie Atkinson bucket 3 = £170.94

Thank you to every one for the support you give to the Goathland Plough Stots

 

Blessing of the Plough 11.01.2015

After the long journey back from Whittlesey (Peterborough) we attended our annual Blessing of the Plough church service at the village church, the service was taken by David Haddon Reece , after he service  Jim Eldon sang the plough song & a team danced before leading the procession out of church.

Straw Bear (Whittlesey) 10.01.2015

This was the second year in succession we have been able to put a team down at the Straw Bear festival as it usually coincides with our Day of Dance, the weather stayed fine but very cold and with over 40 dance sides attending the organisation was exceptional, once the sides got organised at the start of the parade the day ran very smoothly, a credit to the organisers. So sorry that it will be several years before we can attend again.

Jenny Barton's 100th Birthday 03.01.2015

We were invited to dance in celebration of Jenny's 100th birthday party held at No.5 Whitby Road Pickering, her family & friends had come from all around the globe, Ken and his family from Canada, Heather and her family from New Zealand, Ben, Bruce and Roy from here in the UK to commemorate this memorable occasion. Jenny has been along time supporter of the Plough Stots with some of her sons dancing with the team in their younger years. It was a very good start to the Plough Stots year at a very memorable occasion.

SDU Richmond 11.10.2014

This years tournament was hosted by Sallyport & it coincided with the Real Ale Festival. we danced at several warm up locations around the market place then all sides show cased or competed in the Town Hall in the afternoon.

NEXT YEARS SDU LONGSWORD COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN GOATHLAND ON THE 03/10/15

Autumn 100 Club Draw 07.10.2014

The Autumn draw took place and the winners were :-

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

KEN ALLEN

46

£100

2nd

MARC BRAIM

54

£50

3rd

KEITH THOMPSON

63

£25

4th

LORRAINE ATKINSON

12

£10

5th

SUE HEANEY

76

£10

6th

ALISON WILLIAMS

28

£10

Grosmont Beer & Music Festival 30.08.2014

The festival was held in the church, they could not have picked a better day for it, it stayed sunny and hot all day. With it being beside the footpath they got plenty of walkers drawn in by the Plough Stot's dancing and the chance to sit down and enjoy the cheap refreshments that was on offer with home baking also at very reasonable prices.

Whitby Folk Week 16.08.2014 - 22.08.2014

We held a longsword workshop every morning in the Royal Hotel, it was well attended and we had  2 teams dancing at the final showcase in the Spa on the Friday. After the workshops we danced at the 3 dance locations of the festival, Captain Cooks, Band Stand & the Tourist Information Centre. The weather stayed dry for the street performances although it got very windy at times, the stewards at the camp sites were kept busy securing the tents and did a fantastic job, many thanks to them. We led the parade on the Friday carrying both garlands from Crescent Gardens down to the Band Stand, where all teams danced before the garlands were carried to the Spa for the evening session.

Saltburn International Festival 10.08.2014

As we arrived in Saltburn it was clear by the colour of the sky that we were going to get the tail end of Hurricane Bertha at some point of the day. We started the day dancing down by the pier where we did several dances to a very sparse audience but it seemed very appreciated to those that stopped to watch our display of dancing, the generosity of the cafe owner who gave us all a free coffee was most welcome as it was a cold wind that was blowing. We then made our way back up to the Station Portico where all the teams were supposed to show case on turn about rotation, but on arrival we were told that all sides had called off the dancing due to the rain but it did not deter our team, they did a complete set before breaking for lunch, on return from the short break they did another complete set of dances till the rain got too heavy so the decision was made to go into the public houses that supported the festival and dance in the pubs.

Summer 100 Club Draw 09.08.2014

The Summer draw took place and the winners were :-

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

MARC BRAIM

54

£100

2nd

KEITH THOMPSON

70

£50

3rd

KEITH THOMPSON

67

£25

4th

FAYE THOMSON

57

£10

5th

WYN COCKERTON

84

£10

6th

DAVID WEBSTER

17

£10

 

Goathland Flower & Veg Show 09.08.2014

The Intermediate team danced at this years annual show in support of the work that organisers put into running this village event and it is nice to be part of the community where every one joins together to make a small event fun and interesting, as always there was home baked products for sale with a cup of tea in the tea rooms, the weather stayed fine for the children's sports events that was held in the afternoon.

Sadberge 21.06.2014

This was the first time we had danced at the Sadberge Festival near Darlington but it was a very friendly atmosphere, the dancing was organised by the Locos in Motion, the day reminded me of the old village fetes where every body attending were out for a fun day, the weather stayed fine and a good of dancing was enjoyed by many.

Marlboro Ale, Vermont USA 21.05.2014

We arrived in Marlboro at 11.00pm on the Friday evening (23rd May) about 3hrs late due to the torrential rain on the road from Boston, our coach had to pull off the road due to very bad visibility, but Rhett and the rest of the committee had saved some pizza and other refreshments for us which was very welcomed. We soon got settled into the dormitories and joined the rest of the teams in the hall for dancing, singing and a sociable drink or two before retiring for the night. Next morning started with a mass parade with all 18 teams through the campus ending at the "Music Shed" where all teams did a showcase dance then we had a break for lunch. At this time we were a musician down as Steve had got a dodgy stomach from the Lobster that Bob had been feeding him in Boston, Chris & Lorraine had gone off to try & get some medication for him but ended up getting a puncture in the car luckily they found a garage that was open ( it was a bank holiday) to help fix the problem, they caught up with us down at Brattleboro. After lunch the teams split up to dance at different locations, the Marlboro Morris Men transported all the Plough Stot team (all 21 of us) to the next dance location which was "Thompson House" a retirement home where all the residents were seated out side in the sunshine and enjoyed the mix of dancing, before the teams left we had a mass sing-a-long with the residents joining in. We then drove down to Brattleboro and went to our dance spot "Transportation Centre". This was up an alley and it was very hot, ( Ben bought a hat from the shop that Keith confiscated and he wore it for the rest of the tour), When Chris & Lorraine joined us we had three teams dancing, we then moved to the car park out side the co-op and finished our dance spot there before going for lunch at a bar in Flat Street, just around the corner. After lunch all the teams gathered for a mass procession into Elliot Street to do another show case dance session, it started to thunder & lightening so we swapped dance slots with Marlboro Morris Men enabling us to dance before the rain got to heavy (metal swords and lightening do not go together very well). After the mass dance we returned to Marlboro where there was a "pot luck picnic/grill laid on. The team were asked to field a team to play "Aunt Sally" against the Marlboro Morris Men who have never lost in the 39 years the festival has been running, it went to a tie breaker and the last game was played with the help of several car headlights but this did not deter our young intrepid travellers from North Yorkshire, Liam hitting 4 dolly's off out of 6 shots to win the game, so they brought the trophy home and were given T shirts to commemorate the win the only trouble was that they were nearly all XXL to fit the Marlboro Morris Men, after the game we retired to the warmth of the dance hall & bar (Roses Pub) where Keith soon found his voice joining in with the singers from several teams.
On the Sunday tour we were transported around in Yellow School Bus's 2 or 3 sides per bus, our first location was at the Marina, a very picturesque location at the side of a lake, the food from the public house was very good, we shared this location with Half Moon Sword, who did a very good display of Pappa Stour, Marlboro Morris and Sword and Albermarle Morris, after the Marina we travelled to the Welcome Centre where all 4 teams did turn about for an hour's dancing before leaving to go to Newfane where we met up with all the other sides to do a "Processional" and a mass dance then all sides show cased before returning to Marlboro for the "FEAST". After eating Keith held court and thanked our guest for the invite and looking after us and presented the organisers with a few gifts that we had taken with us.
Several teams mixed members about and did different dances for fun & entertainment, Jack thought it would be a good idea to do our No.4 dance with rapper swords & at rapper speed, it worked & it was very entertaining and went down well with every one. After breakfast on Monday morning we were picked up by the coach and returned to Boston 3hrs quicker than the journey on Friday. The teams at the 39th Marlboro Ale were Albermarle MM, And Sometimes Y, Great Meadows, Guiding Star Clog Morris, Half Moon Sword, Jack in the Green MM, Marlboro MM, Muddy River Morris, Newtowne MM, Orion Longsword, Pinewood MM, Rock Creek Morris Women, Ring O'Bells Morris, Toronto f MM, Windham. Bubble Rapper were only there Saturday

Spring 100 Club Draw 16.04.2014

The Spring draw took place and the winners were :-

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

EMMA BRAIM

55

£100

2nd

KEITH RICHARDSON

10

£50

3rd

Mr & Mrs JOHN SMAILES

51

£25

4th

KEITH THOMPSON

66

£10

5th

EDIE ATKINSON

1

£10

6th

HELEN BEEFORTH

38

£10

 

Day Of Dance 18.01.2014

We started the day with the parade leaving the Reading Room at 9.30 am with all 5 teams and musicians following the banner and plough to the shops where all the teams danced before the ladies stood down, the other 4 teams danced at Jackie Fearnley's before splitting up and going in 3 directions to dance around the village, what was the intermediate team is now a recognised senior team keeping their end up by dancing down the orchards and then dancing at several houses in Darnholme then making their way to No.1 where Helen had soup & jacket potato's waiting for all the dancers and followers, The other two teams also called for the sustenance for the mid day snack (although one team and the juniors had been fed a copious amount of Sausage sandwiches and garlic bread at the Goathland Hotel with a free drink to add as well). With having 3 groups out dancing the pace was more relaxed and steady but we still managed to get to Beckhole and manage the last dance's of the day in day light and still manage a couple of drinks and the hot sausage rolls that was put on by the Birch Inn.

Thank you all for your support it is very much appreciated. The collection raised £402.23
Box 1 £117.68
Box 2 £173.01
Box 3 £61.21
Box 4 £50.33 
The day ended with the traditional "Rosh" (roast beef dinner) at the Inn on the Moor where Malcolm & Judy Simpson catered for 90 dinners (Plough Stots and guests) the evening ended with the Plough Stot guests of honour Pete Coe & Alice Jones singing and Sue Coe doing some very fine dancing whilst the dinners let their 3 course meal settle. Callum Jackson also sang a few old hunting songs and managed to get the gathered audience singing along.
The Hundred club draw took place and the numbers were selected by Random Integer Generator the wining name and numbers are as follows :-

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

SARAH PAYNE

19

£200

2nd

CHRIS BROWNBRIDGE

31

£50

3rd

KEN ALLEN

46

£25

4th

MARTIN PEIRSON

91

£10

5th

EDIE ATKINSON

61

£10

6th

JESSICA YEOMAN

45

£10

 

Blessing Of The Plough 12.01.2014

Stuart Turner took the traditional Plough Sunday service at St. Mary's church Goathland where the sword lock, banner & plough were taken to the alter for the blessing, after the service 2 teams danced and then led the procession out of the church, drinks of tea, coffee & juice were served at the back of the church for dancers and congregation at the end of the service.

Straw Bear, Whittlesea 11.01.2014

We were invited to the 35th Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesea as this is one of the only years that Straw Bear & our Day of Dance do not clash, although it was a hectic weekend having to dance at the Straw Bear on the Saturday (unfortunately we had to miss the burning of the Bear on the Sunday) then return to Goathland for the Plough Sunday service the following day but it was well worth it. Although it was bitterly cold the weather stayed fine and we danced at several dance spots around the town, often outside the public houses insuring a good spectators crowd. At one venue our musicians were filling time "jamming?" whilst we were waiting for the other dance teams to arrive, it was not long before other musicians joined in also and instead of dancing we all had a sing song with the crowd before we started dancing, It is one of the most organised events that we have attended but the ease of  how it ran still left time to socialise with old friends and gave free time to watch the other performers. Brian Kell B.E.M. (who is also one of our musicians)  was the founder of the Straw Bear back in 1980 and still takes part in the festival by teaching the youngsters and playing the tunes for them to dance to.

Festive Feast & Frolics 06.12.2013

This event held in the Whitby Spa was a fund raiser for the Goathland Cricket Pavilion project where the Plough Stots will be able to practice and house the memorabilia they have collected over the many years of their dancing.The entertainment was by kindly given freely by The Wilsons, Martin Holland, Jill Pidd, Doc Rowe, Chris Coe & The Ryburn Concert Party. There was dancing displays by the Goathland Plough Stots, Snark, Sallyport, Sue Coe & Eilidh Brinsley.

Summer 100 Club Draw 27.10.2013

The Autumn draw took place and the winners were :-

Name

No

Prize

1st

Dave Shaw

47

£100

2nd

Helen Beeforth

82

£50

3rd

John Atkinson

19

£25

4th

Jessica Worley

77

£10

5th

Stuart Miller

96

£10

6th

Nev Worley

10

£10

7th

Jackie Fearnley

62

£10

 

SDU Dance Competition Ripon 12.10.2013

We had a senior team and the juniors dancing in Ripon, it was a very cold and damp day and the dance spots around the town did not seem to attract many spectators. The final dance spot was in the market place in the late afternoon, where the competition was held, there were 2 junior teams, Goathland and Maltby Phoenix dancing in the junior section although both teams had danced around Ripon all day they had to wait over an hour whilst the senior teams show cased their dances at the final dance spot, when they got to dance they were very cold but both teams did themselves proud by turning out very good performances. Maltby won the youth trophy (that Goathland Juniors held from the Sage SDU 2012) and Goathland Juniors won the Snark Trophy Audience Award.

Goathland Weekend of Dance 24.08.2013

The Goathland Plough Stots hosted several teams over the weekend as they put displays on in Whitby & Goathland. The teams taking part were Silkstone Greens, Sullivan Longsword, Flag Crackers of Craven, Snark, Barnsley Longsword and the very uplifting Frumptarn Guggan Band. On Saturday Frumptarn & Flag Crackers travelled into Whitby by courtesy of North Yorkshire Moors Railway whilst Silkstone Greens, Snark, Plough Stots & Sullivan's had a coach trip over the North York Moors to entertain the residents and visitors of Whitby, on their return to Goathland in the evening all teams congregated at the Village Hall where chilli, jacket potato's & garlic bread were served and a bar was on hand to quench their thirst, On Sunday it was a leisurely day with teams entertaining around Goathland ending up at the Birch Inn at Beckhole where all teams show cased their act before returning to the village hall for soup, rolls and pizza's. The evening ended with a sing around when Callum Jackson started it off with a few old hunting songs it was not long before several other very apt singers did their versions of many songs & ditty's. Very large "Thank You's" have to go to the people that helped with the catering (making the food, cooking it and also serving it out also for the cleaning of the hall and dismantling the marquee) to the collectors with the buckets who helped to raise £781.49 (collector 1- B. Bentley £81.06, collector 2- C. Quigley £207.02, collector 3- J. Ledger £64.34, collector 4- S. Atkinson £117.03, collector 5- C. Roberts £251.30 and collector 6- V. Rutland- £60.74) also to the Goathland Cricket Club & Dave Atkinson who let us use their fields free for the campers and caravans & Andy Fiddler who supplied the bar.

Whitby Folk Week 17.08.2013

The Goathland Plough Stots held a workshop to teach their longsword dance in The Royal Hotel, this proved very popular with very quick learners and we managed to teach Spen Valley Longsword version of Helmsley as well. The dance displays were at Captain Cook's monument, Band Stand and at the Tourist Information area, the weather stayed fine all week and all the dance fixtures were fulfilled by the Plough Stots, The garland was carried by the Plough Stots from Crescent Gardens at the front of the parade to the Band Stand where all the performers danced to end the out side displays, the finale was at the Spa where the Plough Stots and Star & Shadow did the guard over the garland before distributing the heather.

Summer 100 Club Draw 10.08.2013

The summer draw took place and the winners were :-

 

Name

No

Prize

1st

Keith Thompson

28

£100

2nd

Dan Atkinson

69

£50

3rd

Jenny Worley

75

£25

4th

Jessica Worley

77

£10

5th

Jan Bowes

83

£10

6th

Nicky Knight

99

£10

7th

Keith Jackson

5

£10

 

Goathland Flower & Vegetable Show 10.08.2013

We danced at the annual show in support of the work that organisers put into running village events and it is nice to be part of the community where every one joins together to make a small event fun and interesting, there was home baked products for sale with a cup of tea in the tea rooms, children's sports on the field as well as the show it's self with entries on display in the main hall & in the marquee.

Goathland Fund Raiser 04.08.2013

A senior & junior team danced at this event that was held at the village hall to raise funds for charity, we did 2 dance spots and the juniors showing how far they have advanced did 4 of the dances matching the seniors step for step and displaying  better locks than the seniors. We are lucky to have such a young team to take the Plough Stots into the next generation.

Handsworth Centennial Dance Celebration 20.07.2013

We were invited to Sheffield to celebrate Handsworth centenary entry into the second Cecil Sharp book, we travelled down to Sheffield by coach and a Plough Stot first we were the first team to arrive. The setting for this day of celebration was in the picturesque grounds of The Manor Lodge where several teams joined in the celebration of this mile stone in Handsworth  history, we were just one dancer short for 3 teams unfortunately, so we mixed and matched to let every one have a dance, the weather was glorious sunshine and it was a most enjoyable days dancing.

Shepley Folk Festival 17.05.2013

The weather leading up to the festival was horrendous rain threatening the weekend of dancing, We got to Shepley on Friday evening, some of us got the tents erected between the showers. Saturday morning was no different with the camping field and area surrounding a total bog, not the best of weather to try out our brand new set of swords, we did a sword workshop as our first spot that was quite well turned out, then by a stoke of luck the weather changed as we toured Shepley's different dance locations, ending the day at the main tent arena show casing with all the other teams that had been dancing through out the day, it is with many thanks to Mick Smith and his Imperial Leather talc we did not loose one sword lock in the damp conditions with the new swords.

On Sunday the weather turned to bright sunshine drying the muddy fields, our first dance location was at the church to start the service then back out to the dance locations around Shepley.

Whitby Jet Set weekend 27.04.2013

We were invited to dance in Whitby as guests of Jet Set at the Goth Weekend, never having done this before we took a senior team and the juniors and enjoyed a good day of fun with Jet Set dancing around Whitby ending the day dancing up at the abbey, yes we actually danced in side the ruins  I think this was the first time any dance has been performed with in the ruins

Malton & Norton Folk Weekend 20.04.2013

We had 2 teams (a junior and a senior) at this years event in Malton with a slight change of dance venues which worked very well, the weather stayed fine all day and with all the other teams was a very splendid show of dance variation.
The junior team excelled yet again dancing at every dance location and doing the full allocated time, these children are a credit to the village and do us all very proud. The lunch break was at Suderbys who put on a splendid soup for the entertainers.

Easter 100 Club Draw 31.03.2013
The Easter draw took place and the winners were:-

1st

L. Johnson

79

£100

2nd

K. Allen

32

£50

3rd

I. Thompson

101

£25

4th

N. Knight

99

£10

5th

E. Atkinson

2

£10

6th

S&S Heaney

46

£10

7th

Mrs L. Atkinson

12

£10

 

Day Of Dance 19.01.2013

The day started with the parade from the Reading Room to the shops as normal lead by the junior team behind the banner, but this year we had an extra team joining in as this was the first time the Plough Stots have turned out an all female team, all five teams danced at the shops to the accompaniment  of the 12 musicians, we also had all the 4 characters dressed in their finery, Les Atkinson was the Gentleman, Andy Calvert was the old man, Dave Beeforth was the old lady & Keith Thompson who has the great order of the fool, (please no puns),  this was one of the largest turn out of Plough Stots ever seen, we could have danced 6 teams but we ran out of swords, so we had a photo taken around Malc's bench to commemorate  the occasion.
Although the snow had been quite heavy over night adding to the already snow covered village, we set off on the journey around the village with the very large following of spectators, friends & plough stot followers, this year we split into 2 groups, a senior team and the intermediates going towards the church calling for sandwiches that is most welcomed is at Glendale House where Keith & Sandra serve their most delicious sausage sandwiches then the team carried on to the top of the village dancing out side the houses till they got to Ian & Sues who warmed them up with soup, before having a pit stop at the Mallyan Spout Hotel.
The other group of seniors and the junior team headed in the opposite direction calling for sustenance at the Goathland Hotel and the Inn on the Moor before ascending on No 1 Oakfield Avenue where Helen Beeforth had pans & pans & more pans of home made soup and bread buns that would have fed an army and was most welcomed by dancers and followers all alike. The Junior team stood down when we got to the mid day break, it had been very telling on them dancing in the deep snow in the gardens but as usual they danced with vigour and we are now seeing a very mature team that will carry the Goathland tradition foreword.  After leaving Helens it was down to Darnholme (where Sue Rutland & Sue Gibson stood in when a couple of dancers had to leave to get back to Whitby)  and finished at Beckhole where we were rejoined by all the Lady's for the final dance session, (they had left us after dancing at the shops to set up the village hall for the evening meal and to prepare the soup for mid day warmth).
The evening meal (The Rosh) was held in the Parish Hall, the kind help from The Goathland Hotel to use their kitchen was much appreciated when we found the caterer was having trouble with the snow and transport so all the food was brought to the Goathland Hotel where Marion Worley and her daughters Jenny & Alison cooked it and Kevin & Steve transported it to the hall in their 4 x4's where it was served and enjoyed by all. We would like to thank all that helped to make the evening a success, Helen, Lorraine, Gill, Jane, Faye. It was also seen that male plough stots helped with the washing up also (will not mention names in case it damages their street cred).
Eliza was stuck in Newcastle due to the snow on her way down from Edinborough & Saul broke down on his way back from London so Jim Eldon & Steve Peirson filled in with a few songs & tunes for the evening entertainment.
This year the collectors were Mr Dave Beeforth with box 1 collected £182.37, Mr Keith Thompson with box 2 collected £117.05 & Mr Andy Calvert with box  3 collected £144.59, totalling  £444.01
The first draw of 2013 for the 100 Club was drawn the winners were 1st Mr & Mrs I. Cox £200,
2nd J Yeoman £50, 3rd Mr I Riches £25, the 4 £10 prizes went to Mr R. Payne, Mr & Mrs B Taylor, Mrs J. Fearnley & Mr J. Lawson  
I would Like to thank John Benyon for sending me the photo's he took as our usual photographer for the web pictures (Bob West) could not make it through the snow and had to return home. 
On behalf of Keith, myself and the rest of the plough stots a Very Big Thank You for every ones help.

           

Plough Sunday 13.01.2013

This year young Katie Beeforth rang the church bells (all 5 on her own) to beckon the start of the service, I have got to say for such a young girl she did exceptionally well on such a cold morning (It gets very cold up in the belfry).

The service started as usual with the parade of the Plough Stots behind the Banner & Plough to the alter, the service was taken by Stewart Turner as always is enthralled that the Plough Stots turn out in great numbers and also dance in the church as part of the service, this year we added a twist to the service and one of our musicians Jim Eldon sang the Plough Boys Song before we danced. Keith Thompson read an amended Matthew 4:18-22 instead of  Ecclesiastes 3. the service ended with tea , coffee and biscuits. 

SDU The Sage Gateshead 06.10.2012

We put two teams out for this venue, a Senior and a Junior team, we danced in the foyer of the Sage and at a couple of local venues in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge. The junior side was a credit not only to the Plough Stots but to Goathland as well, looking very smart and professional in their new out fits they went into the final competition looking every bit the part that we now take for granted that they will uphold the village tradition, the competition was very fierce with Maltby Phoenix putting in a very good performance, but not to be out shined young Tom led the team into the middle of the stage to the familiar music of the Plough Stots marching on tune played by Eliza on fiddle, Steve on squeeze box, Sue on flute & Steve on guitar, they turned out an exceptional performance before walking from the stage with a perfect lock held high. They all waited with baited breath for the final result and when the MC (Uncle Aub's) announced that they had won the EFDSS Youth Longsword Cup the glee on their faces is indescribable, the cup was presented to them by Katie Spicer from the EFDSS. So we will be at Ripon next year to return the cup and do our utmost to try and return it to Goathland. All the team thank the Juniors for their out standing performance.   

Whitby Folk Week 24.08.2012

We had a team at Whitby all week doing a dance workshop in the morning and dancing out in the town in the afternoon, the workshop was well attended and swords had to be borrowed to be able to full fill the enthusiastic dancers that came to learn the dance, we had sufficient trained learners that we put two teams of competent dancers in to the final showcase in the Spa on Friday afternoon.
The week stayed fine and the dancing was very entertaining through out the town ending with the final parade on Friday through the streets with the Plough Stots carrying the garland to the Band Stand where all the teams involved performed. We danced at the Spa at the finale Celia where we handed out the heather from the garland to end yet another good year at Whitby Folk Week.

Goathland Flower & Veg Show 18.08.2012

The Plough Stots had 2 teams dancing at the local show to entertain the visitors, we also put a small exhibition on in the marquee of some of our memorabilia, after some very appalling weather leading up to the show it stayed fine all day, another fine performance by the juniors.

Flamborough Centinary Celebrations 15.07.2012

The team were invited to Flamborough to celebrate the inclusion of their entry into the 1912 edition of Cecil J Sharp's "Sword Dances of Northern England", the day's dancing was at different venues around Flamborough with Handswoth & Grenoside the other visiting teams. It was another venue when the traditional sides got together and enjoyed a very good day of dancing. The Plough Stots had three teams dancing (2 senior teams and a Junior side) The junior team yet again excelled in their dancing and performed well all day, not to be out shined by Flamborough's junior side that also danced very well. It is very reassuring when the tradition as old as these are getting passed down through the generations and youngsters are taking on the role so serious as to pass it on to the future years of dancing .The days dancing ended with a buffet in the local hostelry for all the teams where Ivor Allsop presented each team, on behalf of  the Flamborough team with a certificate commemorating this day.

Goathland Queens Jubilee 05.06.2012

We had 2 teams out in Goathland for the Jubilee celebrations dancing outside the shops where some of the junior team danced around the maypole before moving down to the Parish Hall where the children's sports and tea party was held, after the tea the junior team entertained again in the hall. This was a reminder of the old days where all the village got involved with village tradition.

Shepley Folk Festival 26.05.2012

This was the first time that we had danced at Shepley Festival and the weather stayed fine all weekend and it was a good mix of dancing at the different locations within the village, we met up with some old friends (Iron Men & Severn Guilders). The festival was the first away trip for Callum & Liam two of our youth team who shared a tent and with exceptional dancing did the team proud. They enjoyed the atmosphere and different performances that goes with the festival of this magnitude a credit to the organisers.

Traditional Sword Dance Weekend 05.05.2012

The weather leading up to the weekend was a concern with the amount of rain that fell we had to find alternative parking for the caravans/camper vans, also we could not let cars on to the cricket field (that was kindly loaned to us for the weekend by the cricket club), for the tents to be pitched, but with Goathland tradition the villagers came to the rescue and it is with much gratitude that the residence of Mill Green Way & Malcolm & Judy from the Inn on the Moor for allowing us to use their properties to park the vehicles eased what was or could have turned into a major problem, so with the visiting teams that were camping sorted it was down to meet the teams that were dancing in Goathland over the week end in memory of Malcolm Worley & Michael Atkinson MBE who sadly passed away, 2 very influential team members of the Plough Stots.  
The “Meet & Greet” was held in the parish hall where Andy Fiddler did a fantastic job providing a good selection of ales to satisfy all the dancers and the followers of the teams.
The teams that attended the weekend with the Plough Stots were Grenoside, Flamborough, High Spen Blue Diamond, Handsworth, Papa Stour and as honoured guests of the Plough Stots were Snark.
The weekend dancing started on Saturday morning with one team of the Plough Stots & Grenoside travelling to Whitby by steam train, as the NYMR were holding a Steam Gala, they kindly offered free travel to support the dance weekend, thank you Mr J.Bruce for keeping them in order at the station, Papa Stour & the 2nd Plough Stot team with the junior team started at the Garage, whilst Snark & Handsworth started at the shops, these were the dance locations used through out the day, Joan Flintoft fed every one with Roast Beef & onion sandwiches and a bun at the lunchtime interval at the parish hall. The afternoon dance sessions saw Papa Stour & Handsworth visit Whitby whilst the other teams danced in Goathland before ending the days dancing with all the teams at the Birch Hall at Beckhole where the hospitality as usual was second to none.
The evening dance extravaganza was held in the parish hall, the evening started with thanks given to Malcolm & Michaels families for allowing us to put this event on in their names with a bouquet of flowers in the Plough Stot colours (Blue, Pink & White) presented to Marian & Margaret, all the teams then show cased their dance as never seen before, this was followed by a citation read by professor Ian Russell on behalf of the EFDSS who awarded Mr George P.S.Peterson of the Papa Stour team their Gold Badge that was dually presented by Eliza Carthy. The evening ended with
the Jackhare band playing for the ceilidh.
Sunday saw all the teams dancing in Goathland, at various locations until lunch where they all retired to the parish hall for Joan’s Roast Beef sandwiches before having a group photo session, dancing continued in Goathland before all retired to Beckhole to end the weekend dancing with a very relaxing conversations & a nice pint of Beck Water (Birch Hall’s beer not the actual water from the beck).
We would like to thank every one that supported this weekend in different ways from the collectors Mr J Lawson box 1 £114.15: Mrs S Rutland box 2 £18.49: Mr J. Atkinson box 3 £126.27:  Mrs G Atkinson box 4 £102.
The very kind people that donated generously towards the event, Dave for driving the mini bus, (keeping every one together), the parish council for all their help, Helen May for putting the programme together and a very, very big thank you to the people that cleaned the parish hall on Sunday in record time from lunch to handing the keys back by 3.00pm so the craft fair could have the hall for Monday morning clean & tidy.
I  would also like to thank Wilf Noble & staff for sighting and fixing Malcolm’s memorial bench on the green out side the shops.
We also drew the numbers for the 50-club draw & the winners were
Keith Jackson £100, Ian Riches £75, Bob West £50, John Atkinson £25.

I am sure that all involved would like to thank George, Danny (& Oh James) and the rest of the Papa Stour team for doing the long journey from the “rock” down to Goathland as with out this team we would not have been complete as All the Traditional Teams, Thank You All.

Results of the Easter Egg Raffle 2012

The Easter Egg Raffle was a raging success and a very enjoyable time spent raising money for the Traditional Sword Dance Weekend, incidently we are holding an Award presentation by the EFDSS and a Cayley in the Parish Room on the 5th May 2012. Results of the Easter Egg Raffle drawn on Sunday 8th April 2012 can be obtained by clicking this link.

Easter Egg Raffle Results

Additional Links Updated

Just to let you all know and keep you informed we have added some additional links to the home page for Shepley Spring Festival and Whitby Folk Week just in case you are interested.

Traditional Sword Dance Weekend 2012

Just to let you all know and keep you informed there will be a traditional sword dance weekend held this year on the 5th & 6th of May in Goathland. The teams attending are the only remaining traditional sword dance teams left in the British Isles dancing there own dance, they comprise of Hansworth, Grenoside, Flamborough, High Spen Blue Diamond, & PAPA STOUR. This will be the first time these teams have ever danced together in the same location I hope you will all be able to attend and show your support, as it should be a great weekend that may never be repeated. There will also be a guest apperance by Snark.

Day Of Dance 14.01.2012

The day started with the usual parade through the village to the shops where 4 teams danced before going off in different directions to dance out side all the houses in the village, this concluded with all teams dancing at Beckhole, The weather stayed in favour of the dancers and the spectators who enjoyed a full body of 24 dancing stots plus bursting at the seams of musicians. We would like to thank every one that supported us on the day with the usual festive drinks and food. The total of the collection was Box 1 (Dave Beeforth) £188.52p Box 2 (Keith Jackson) £204.66p & Box 3 (Keith Thompson) £81.22p.
This was followed in the evening with the Traditional Roast Beef Dinner in the Parish Room provided by Mrs Joan Flintoff & her helpers who we offer a massive “Thank You” for the service they provided.
Keith Thompson accepted the role of life long president to take over from the late Michael Atkinson MBE who sadly passed away in September.
The much sought after award of the pigs ear was greatly accepted by Mick Roberts who’s sash fell down leaving him in a state of undress, but it could have been easily won by our gallant treasurer who did not know when our Day of Dance is (quiz night at Whitby) even though it is around his birthday (life begins now Andy)   

The first draw of the 50 + club took place after the dinner and the first prize of a £100 was won by Mr & Mrs I. Cox of Abbots House, the second prize of £75 was won by Mr I. Riches, third prize of £50 was won by Mr K. Thompson, with the fourth prize of £25 going to Mr L. Atkinson. The second draw will take place in June 2012.

Blessing Of The Plough 08.01.2012

The blessing of the plough service was held at St Mary Church where 2 teams danced in front of the alter after the plough had been blessed. This was a new experience to some of the congregation who had travelled to Goathland to witness this age-old village tradition.

Whitby Folk Week 26.08.2011

We had a team in Whitby all week again this year, although we were not on the programme till Tuesday (they forgot to send us an invite) we busked Sat. Sun & Monday. On Sunday it was one of those rare occasions when the 3 of the oldest dance teams were all together, Handsworth, Flamborough and the Goathland Plough Stots. The last time that happened was at the 2008 Sword Spectacular in York and it was as special on Sunday as it was 3 years ago. 
We also had the pleasure of Paul Davenport playing for us through the week (who we are ever grateful too) having had the rules and regulations read to him by our resident musician Steve, We had a nice surprise as Eliza joined us for the Monday dance spots.

Friday was a wash out, as we arrived in Whitby to see a fire engine at the Station public house we feared the worst but it was pumping water from the cellar and the ale was not affected. We were down to carry the garland in the parade but it did not go ahead due to the rain, but the Plough Stots did the guard of honour at the final ceilidh at the Spa.  

Goathland Flower & Veg Show 20.08.2011

We had 2 teams at the show; the juniors as always danced with gusto & enthusiasm (it is a pleasure teaching them the dance), and a mixed team of adults & intermediates, the weather stayed fine through out and I think the show had a very good day. 

Whitby Folk Weekend 30.05.2011

This was another weekend when we had fine weather; we had 2 intermediates (Luke & Callum) dancing with the senior team and they did very well, by the end of the year I don’t think we will have an intermediate team as they are all growing and performing as adults now. 

Malton & Norton Folk Weekend 19.03.2011

We had 3 teams out this weekend a senior team an intermediate & a junior team, we had girls dancing in the intermediate & juniors it seems so long ago but it was this festival in 2010 when our girls first danced out in Plough Stot colours.
This year we had good weather all day and it was enjoyed by all the teams that were dancing in the market square.
We have received an invite for next years Folk Weekend but it is a few weeks later than this year, it will be posted in our forth-coming events section 2012

Day Of Dance 15.01.2011

The day started as usual with the parade leaving the Reading Room and processing to the shops, but unlike any other year it was behind a JCB, not any old JCB but Malcolm Worley’s, driven by Tim Reeves (another old Plough Stot) carrying a memorial seat dedicated to the memory of Malcolm a devout villager that is going to be placed out side the shops. Keith said a few words (as few as Keith can get) before we started the dancing, we had 3 teams (2seniors & a Junior) who perambulated round the village collecting on their way (Keith Jackson Box 1 £161.66p, John Atkinson Box 2 £204.78p, Keith Thompson Box 3 £119.53p totalling £485.97p) ending up at Beckhole & dry as a bone this year (at least on the outside) where the juniors started the dancing off with a fine display of Longsword dancing followed by 3 senior teams vying for the rights of superiority (Jack lost).
The villagers as usual gave their support and we had a fantastic day been fed sausage buttys by Keith & Sandra Simmonds (No tomato ketchup next year please I got a right roasting for it being on the tunics) bacon buttys at the Goathland Hotel and a warming soup & hunk of bread at the Birch Inn at Beckhole.
The “Plough Rosh” was held at the Inn on the Moor, we started proceedings on a very sombre note with a minute silence in memory of 2 members “Gone, but will never be forgotten” after the meal we were entertained by guest speaker Mr Richard Traves (Flamborough) giving a very interesting after dinner speech how his Mother & Aunt used to dance the Flamborough Sword Dance going as far a field as Derby.
This was very interesting, as I have always been led to believe that it was A MAN only routine and that I had been seeing things when I saw pictures of girls doing the Goathland dance to raise money for the forces during the war (Cathy Mitchell Evening Post archives), so it was very reassuring to get the support of the Goathland villagers for dancing the village girls and it is a grand salute to those who tried to oppose it ever happening.
The evening ended with the draw of the Duck Race tickets, as we were unable to float the ducks due to the river drying up (I do not think it has ever happened before) then torrential rain flooded the beck making it impossible for us to hold the race on the Goathland beck but the names drawn are as follows.
1st Prize Dr P R Sowerby
2nd Prize GPS
3rd Prize GPS
4th Prize Mrs V Jones and the Rubber Duck went to: 5th Prize Miss A Beeforth

Plough Sunday 09.01.2011

The Plough Sunday Church service was held on the correct day this year as all roads in & out of Goathland were clear of snow unlike last year. The Plough Stots offered the banner & plough to the alter followed by the 2 sets of locked swords after dancing a Senior & a Junior team in church and it was pleasing that the sermon noted the changes that we have done to the team to ensure it’s continuation

Jim & Malcolm 2010

Unfortunately we have lost two distinguished and long serving members of the Plough Stot family. Mr Jim Graham whose father Max was one of the 1921 revival team dancers and Mr Malcolm Worley who was a stalwart to the Plough Stot team training many youngsters, they will be missed but there memory will live on in the Ploiugh Stot dancers.

Musicport, Bridlington 2010

We danced three spots at the Spa in Bridlington on Sunday 24th October. The first spot was outside the main entrance sharing this spot with Mr Traves and his Flamborough team. the last spot we danced in the main hall between band chganges.

Goathland Plough Stot Weekend 2010

This was a nice wind down from the Whitby Folk Week,We had a team of youngsters out both days. On Saturday Barnsley Long Sword, Snark & Goathland & on Sunday Ebor & Flamborough who also managed to turn out a junior side as well travelled on the trains between Grosmont & Pickering dancing at the stations collecting for the NYMR, we managed to raise in the region of £130 to help with their fund raising.
On Saturday evening we had a BBQ at the Inn on the Moor for all the dancers who were participating, on Sunday the teams danced around Goathland at various locations dodging the rain showers ending up at the watering hole of Beckhole,

We managed to collect £248.09 for the Plough Stots fund.

Whitby Folk Week 2010

We had a full team dancing all week at Whitby this year although it rained on a couple of occasions it was not enough to stop the festival been another success.

Goathland Flower & Veg Show 2010

We had 2 teams at this local run show, a senior team & a junior team, It was the second time the villagers had seen the girls dancing in the junior team & the feed back that I got was that the villagers were delighted to see all the village children having the choice of joining the Plough Stots if they wished, and the bonus was the weather was glorious.

Goathland Rotary Endeavour 2010

It was a fine day for this charity event at the village parish room, we had a senior team and a mixed junior team to help with the fund raising.

Malton & Norton Folk Weekend 2010

This was the first dance out since the day of dance in January & the weather was just as bad raining most of the day, we had the junior team with us and the new recruits
(3 girls) did very well, I will take this opportunity to let all that visit our web site that this year we have had to make some very large decisions as a team to ensure that we can still carry the tradition of the Plough Stots into the next generation.
Firstly Keith Thompson stood down as secretary this year after 20+ years doing the job & far more years as a team member although he is still on hand to call for inspiration or his knowledge in running the team, which is much appreciated, he has also taught, (along with other senior members), a lot of village youngsters to dance Longsword.
Secondly with 4 of the juniors having to move up a division so to speak due to their size it left us short of dancers to fill the junior team & as they are doing really well it was not fair on the 3 dancers left not to be able to dance any more. With only another 11 years to go to our centenary celebration of the reforming of the Plough Stots by Frank Dowson this will be the age group that should be the senior team dancing in 2021 & we have to make sure that we have a team dancing in 2021 so the decision was made by the senior members of the team to allow the young girls of the village to be part of the team.As a village team we still dance our own dance & as there is very few teams left that can boast that privilege we do not want to fall by the side as happened to our neighbours Sleights, Aislaby or Loftus & up to a couple of years ago all the dancers had been born in the village or moved to work in the village, & like many rural villages youngsters move away to work so the children of the villages are getting fewer.

Also with regards to the change of chairman Mike Smith has now stood down as Chairman and Leslie Atkinson has been appointed as his replacement.

Blessing Of The Plough 2010

This year has dealt us the worst weather that we have seen for many years, the road from Whitby to Pickering was closed due to the snow drifting on the 10th January forcing the cancellation of the Blessing of the Plough church service which we managed, with the help of Stuart (the church reader), to fit it in with the morning service on the 17th January, the day after the Day of Dance. We danced in the church with the juniors taking centre stage and it was much appreciated by the congregation as it had not been done before to our knowledge. 

Day Of Dance 2010

The day started in the usual way with the parade from the Reading Room to the shops but this year it was done in the sleet & rain, we had 2 senior teams dancing & a team of juniors helped swell the ranks, after a quick couple of dances out side the shops we then sampled the warm Goathland hospitality of the residents that thought we would call it a day and brought baskets of warming brandy’s, whiskey’s & toddys to us, so not to let the watchers & followers down we retired to the shelter of the parish room where we gave all that came a full run through of all the dance figures including the
8 man “No Mans Jig” shown to us earlier in the year by Olli from Green Ginger who had notes passed to him by the late Jack Scarth (Thanks Olli).
Yet in the true GPS style we could not be put off  & we split into 2 teams and hit the village so to speak, 1 team going North the other South meeting up below the school & ending the day as usual at Beckhole where the river was in full flow. The evening meal of the traditional Roast Beef Dinner was held at the Inn on the Moor with the guest speaker Mr Phil Heaton giving us a high lighted report of our retiring secretary Keith’s 20 years in office, ending with Mick Atkinson presenting him with a splendid pocket watch.
We would like to thank all the villagers that supported us with warming drinks & beverages it was so appreciated & those that donated to the collection box’s a sincere thanks it helped to raise £150 that we are donating to the Air Ambulance.

The collection this year raised £399.75p from the 2 boxes’ we had out on the tour, box 1 carried by Dave Atkinson with £265.40p, box 2 carried by John Atkinson raised £134. 35p

Beverley Folk Festival 2009

The weekend was a great success having a team both Saturday and Sunday with the juniors dancing on the Sunday also, the weather was not very favourable on the Saturday with out breaks of thundershowers but the day went as well as could be expected. On Sunday the weather was ideal as though it had been ordered especially for the event. We also managed to dance both teams at a charity do held in the church hall between dance programmes for the fee of a cup of tea and a home baked cake. We hope to see you all at Pickering on the 1st August where we hope to have 3 teams dancing. We start the day at Goathland Station just after 12 noon arriving at Pickering about 1.30pm. 

Moor & Coast 2009

The weekend was sad but an enjoyable one, sad that it was the last Moor & Coast Festival but enjoyable as we had the youngsters dancing out for the first time this year and they did us very proud, they held their places at Dock End, Bandstand & the Station on the Saturday dancing several numbers at each venue and drew bigger crowds of spectators than several of the senior teams dancing at the same locations not only did we have young dancers out we had a young musician, young Tom Smith played his fiddle with gusto and did very well keeping his father to the right tempo, it was a little difficult getting them passed the arcades but a promise of fish & chips when we got to the Dock End seemed to work. The senior team danced both Saturday & Sunday and that’s a first for many a year. With regret that this is the last Moor & Coast we thank all the organisers of the event & if they feel that Whitby would benefit in the future of having  another Moor & Coast event lets hope they take the bull by the horns so to speak.

The Day Of Dance 2009

The day started with the usual procession from the Reading Room to the shops.
Having a good turn out of dancers & musicians we had 2 senior teams (with nearly a spare team in stand by) and a team of juniors, we toured the village as one merry band again giving all a show of strength and solidarity as well as the spectacular show of the Plough Stot sword dancing.
The day stayed fine for us and we got to Beckhole dry but slightly cold & some of us a little Happy due to Malcolm & Keith plying us with their gifts from the Komna visit (slivovitz & Keith’s best malt)
We had the great honour of having the Squire of the Ring Mr Brian Tasker & his wife Caroline visiting our little festivities for the weekend and his punishment for that was to be our guest speaker at the evening dinner at the Inn on the Moor where Malcolm & Judy put on yet another fantastic meal & thank’s go to them for the continued support that they give to the Goathland Plough Stots.
Our thanks to Keith & Sandra & the Goathland Hotel & any others that helped to feed us on our rounds it was appreciated.
The 3 collection box’s for the day were carried by (1) Malc Worley (2) Keith Thompson & (3) Keith Jackson. (1) £84.07  (2) £111.08 (3) £185.01 a total of
£380.16.

Blessing of the Plough 2009

This took place on Sunday the 11/01/2009 at St Mary’s church. The service was taken by two Readers Stuart Turner and in his words “got off the hook again” by having the help of fellow Reader David Haddon-Reece. Plough Stot John Atkinson read the Ecclesiastes (Keith Thompson was unwell and unable to attend the church service)

Latest News

Firstly I apologise for the lack of updates but i have relocated so with the upheaval of moving and starting new employment the computer was one of the last things unpacked. The Pickering Folk Festival was called off as the ground was waterlogged, i think that is a first that Goathland had a team ready to dance but no venue to attend. We put a team out in Whitby at the Rotary Club Country Fair, dancing twice. Dave Webster found a corner of the field to practice his Bull Whip Cracking (he aquired the bullwhip from his friends in Germsany "Uberlinger"). Les Atkinson has resigned as Chairman and Mike Smith has taken the post.

Sword Spectacular 2008

The 5th International Sword Spectacular was held at York this time around, we enjoyed fine weather, but very windy. Our friends Podsable Komna made the trip again. Their hospitality knows no bounds, as they made one member of our team very welcome till the early hours of Saturday morning (3am to be exact) YES it was I!!! We had 3 new members with us this time and they danced on both days, WELL DONE to Dave S, Richard and Dave W. The weekend ended with a gala at The Theatre Royal. A big thanks to Sue for the photos which saved the day as someone forgot to charge the batteries on our camera oops! Our secretary Keith Thompson made the team and danced all day on Saturday and we did several dance locations. Although his knees are crocked he showed dedication finishing his day at The Theatre Royal with his "walking on" song and a cracking speech thanking Renaat Van Craenenbroeck & Trevor Stone.

Moor & Coast Festival 2008

The Moor and Coast Festival was another success with fine weather and greatly enjoyed by all the dancers. Our friends Spen Valley Long Swords were also there dancing with their own swords this year!! An added attraction was dancing on the station platform when The Sir Nigel Gresley (Engine No. 60007) visited Whitby.

Day Of Dance 2008

The Day of Dance went as smooth as a Plough Stot function usually does. We had a good turn out of dancers, musicians and spectators. The day started with the usual parade from the Reading room to the shops where the dancing started, we managed to get around the entire village with out getting wet (on the out side), ending the day at the Birch Hall at Beckhole.
The evening lunch was a great success at the Inn On The Moor, but also a little sad as one of our older members Mr Ian McCaig is leaving Goathland with his family for a new life in France, he was presented with the prestigious award that is very rarely given out of “The Wooden Plough Share or Plough Sock” as our president
Mick Atkinson MBE explained to the assembled diners. Also we awarded two more this year one to the Carthy/Waterson (Martin, Norma & Eliza) family for their contribution to the Goathland Plough Stots and one to Mr Les Atkinson (Chairman) for the long and loyal service to the Plough Stots.
One of the other prestigious awards that Keith delights in giving is the Pigs Ear Award (that I got last year), was awarded to Chris Hutchins (for a SLIGHT mistake he made), we would like to thank Aubs for the speech (Bull Shit Deflectors, Soap Box and all), our resident speaker Mr Chris Newton with the Shifty Sid Award.
Mr Keith Thompson was issued a permit to street collect around Goathland and Goathland Parish for the aid of the Goathland Plough Stots on the 12th January 2008, there was no expenditures or payments to be deducted out of the donations that totalled £478.84, A big thank you to all who donated and we hope you enjoyed the show; also I would like to thank Mr Bob West for his gift of the photos that he took on the day.

Whitby Folk Festival

Unfortunately I could not make the Whitby Folk Festival this year so I am asking (Or Pleading) for any one who could donate pictures taken from the event showing the Goathland Plough Stots in all their glory to update the Dance Gallery. The Goathland Plough Stots were seen marauding on the beach with the Garland heading towards the bandstand. I have been told they resembled the Vikings hitting our shores with swords slung over their right shoulders, or as someone else said "More like Captain Beaky (i.e Mr Keith Thompson) & his band. I am lead to believe it was an enjoyable day for everyone and nice to have Eliza take a day out of her hectic work schedule to come and play along side Stevie Pierson for the Goatland Plough Stots. Well Done everyone.

Blessing of the Plough

The Blessing of the plough service will be held at St Mary's church, Goathland on the 6th January 2008, the service starts at 10.30am. All welcome

Day Of Dance

The Day of Dance is the annual thrash around the village will be on the 12th January 2008 starting with the parade from the Reading Room to the 1st dance location outside the local Shops. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the festivities.

Visit To The Royal Albert Hall London

On the 12 / 5 / 07 the team visited the Royal Albert Hall as guests of
Martin, Norma, Mike & Eliza to take part in their concert  " A Mighty River
of Song" a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Waterson Families
appearance at the venue. Setting of from Goathland at 6.30am Saturday &
getting back at 6.00am Sunday it was to be one long day, but what a day , a
day that will live long in the teams history & for those who went a memory
to cherish forever.
Arriving at the Hall at 1.30pm it soon became apparent that this was
special, very special & after lunch, sound checks & a run through we were
left to our own devices until the evening performance, left to explore a
simply magnificent building that was to host an unforgettable concert that
evening.
The evening performance by the Waterson Family was breathtaking, memorable
& moving especially the song Salty written by the much loved & missed Lal
all of which only underlined that which most people acknowledge they are
simply the best folk singing family for many years & its very doubtful if
they will be surpassed for years to come. For the team it is simply to
difficult to describe our feelings think of any word of joy & that will do,
all apply equally & in good measure but singularly cannot hope to capture
the over whelming pride we had that at long last what we would argue is the
finest traditional Long Sword Team in Britain took its dances to the
capital as part of the greatest concert in living years.
To use  a Max Boyce catch phrase "I was their" & so where :-
Characters :-  Keith Thompso,. Malcolm Worley, Les Atkinson
Dancers :- Jack Atkinson, David Atkinson, Daniel Atkinson, Allan Davies,
Ian Davies & John Atkinson.
Musicians :- Eliza Carthy, Steve Pierson, Andrew Smith., Sally Atkinson.
Plough Boys :- Elliot Mayes, Alexander & Mikey Simmonds, Kyle Skelton
Not forgetting our seamstress Leslie Mayes without whose efforts the ever
expanding frames of the team might not have looked so well turned out, also to
anybody else who helped our heartfelt thanks.
Follow that if you can.

Moor & Coast Weekend 2007

Just ironing out the cobwebs on the Sunday before the trip to The Royal Albert Hall, London as guests of the Waterson Family at The Mighty River Of Song, we danced at the two whitby based venus which were The Dockend and The Bandstand, all went well and a great time was had by all, the weather held out well for the team and the groupies, a real added bonus seen as most of us were in tents. One of the other Longsword teams " Spen Valley Longsword" who were dancing at this venue made the trip from the West Yorkshire area without the Swords causing much merryment but as this is a friendly sport some swords were leant to them so they could join in the fun.