History of the Village
The York Herald in September 1847 mentions that the first exhibition of the “Green Hammerton Gardeners, Amateurs, and Cottagers Horticultural and Floral Society” was held in a field in the occupation of Mrs Buck of Green Hammerton on the 5th September 1847 in a marquee borrowed from the Harrogate Floral Society. Mrs Buck at this time ran the Blacksmiths Arms which is now the Village Club.To read more on the history of the GH Horticultural club please click on the link below.
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Below is an overview of the village’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 (thank you to Paul Kirkwood)
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Green Hammerton on 13 July 1977 during one of their six Silver Jubilee tours of the UK. They were en route from the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate to York and paused briefly in their police-escorted Rolls Royce in front of the Bay Horse while school children waved.
The village had its very own ‘royalty’ in the form of jubilee queen, Julie Cummins, 13. The competition was open to all girls aged 12-26 and the prize included an embroidered sash and bouquet presented at the social club by Richard Powell in a ceremony compered by Dougie Mack. Julie was also paraded around Tockwith Show on a float. Now living in Knaresborough, she was guest of honour at our Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Silver Jubilee day started with a church service followed by swimming at pools owned by two residents at the bottom of The Green. In the afternoon a parade of floats proceeded to Elm House Farm where there was a fancy dress competition, teas, children’s sports and the presentation of commemorative mugs to youngsters. The day concluded with a disco and barbecue.
A month previously a 10-mile sponsored walk started by Julie and taking in Thorpe Underwood, Whixley and Kirk Hammerton raised £384 for the village’s jubilee fund. All but seven of the 76 walkers completed the distance including 74-year-old Tony Byron. Sue Walkington and Peter Powell both received £5 premium bonds for raising the most money while Peter and Michelle Harland also received £2 each for having the largest number of sponsors. Walkers celebrated with a tea at the Bay Horse courtesy of landlord Ian McHamish (who also chaired the Jubilee celebrations committee) and wife Christine.
In April Robin Garland organised a Grand National sweepstake which raised £200. The winner was Brian Mack and the prize was a night out for eight at the Batley Variety Club to see – and meet – comedian Freddie Starr. Runner-up was Brian Moody. Other fundraising events included jumble sales, a spring fair, exhibition of arts and crafts in the reading room and house-to-house collection. In total over £900 was raised. Some of it spent on the celebrations and some on a new bench (now situated in the allotments and pictured left being varnished by Julie and Ian McHamish). The balance went towards buying land for a new playing field. What a fabulous legacy!
Images from the day can be found in the Gallery.