The May 2012 Wake

Saturday 12th May saw the first Wake this year which was held at a new venue for us, Swan House, which is just off the A19 about 5 miles north of Osmotherley. This change of venue was occasioned because the Lord Stones Café is in the process of being sold by John Simpson, who set it up back goodness how long ago.

A fuller report is below, and here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

2011 had seen a slight drop in crossings with 449 recorded crossings compared to 698 in 2010, and 675 in 2009. There were 53 orders processed so far this year which was a good start given the weather, and 2 people present had crossed today.

The club had received some good crossing reports, and it was hoped that some of these could be put on the website. There is an old book called Lyke Wake Lamentations and there was a discussion regarding the production of a similar booklet or web presence for such good reports. One report and one lament were read out.

Treasurers Report
The North York Moors National Park are celebrating their 60th anniversary and are organising a competition for primary school children to write an essay on a place name found on an Ordnance Ssurvey map within the park. It was felt that this was something the founder Bill Cowley would have approved of considering his interest and expertise in old Yorkshire dialect and place names. As such it was agreed that the NLWC could sponsor the prizes, and would in return gain some publicity.

Degree Ceremony
Julie Bushell was awarded her badge for Past Mistress having completed 15 crossings and services to the club.

Any Other Business
A round of applause was given to John Griffin in his absence for providing funds for a free drink for all, and GO agreed to write to him and express our thanks.

There may be a Lyke Wake Exhibition either later this year, or next year at the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton Le Hole.

The Osmotherley Youth Hostel has now been sold to the Hill family who run the Cote Ghyll Caravan and Camping Site next door.

Report compiled by Julie Bushell