b'betide anyone who did not move quickly enough.back in. Eric and I tossed for it, I won. Once again All went well until we arrived at the really roughwe aroused some interest, a much younger healthy-ground, Eileen determined she would walk - Ericlooking woman being pushed by a white haired man determined she would not; every time he got to theassisted by an old lady with a walking stick.top of a deep furrow he would pretend to tip herIt was a lovely happy day, full of fun and laughter, out and then race the chair up to the top of the nextone of many when Eileen came to stay, and a lovely one. We all got a fit of the giggles particularly when amemory for me of two people that I loved.woman came up to me and said she wouldnt treatWhen Eileen was married to her first husband, an old lady like that (at the time we did not considerJohn Waterson, she lived at Yapham Mill, and was a Eileen old). Little did she realise that the laughter andkeen player in the Yapham Ladies Cricket Team. The the game kept Eileen in the chair. We had a lovelyphotograph (on previous page) shows some of the day, Eileen saw bicycles that she rode as a girl, oldplayers, who used to meet on Tuesday and Saturday motorbikes that she knew and buses the same asevenings to practise or play matches in a league with Baileys of Stamford Bridge that John and Percy (hernearby villages such as Fangfoss, Harton, Elvington two husbands) used to drive. She was most interestedand Swinton - the cup for this was provided by Mr in the stalls of old household items and horrifiedEnglish of Smylett Hall. The team was very keen, the owners by saying I threw one of those awayand was made up of whoever was available from (but then Eileens dairy still had a lot of interestingthe village and surrounding farms. Laura Harrison is things). The end came when a visit to the toilets wasNancie Boyes mother, and Doris is her sister, and requested; once out of the chair we could not get herDolly Frankish is the mother of David Walker.History in the MakingT he first meeting of the newly formed Local History Group Committee in January 2006 is captured here, showing (from left to right round the table): Mike Pratt, Wendy Gilding, Kate Pratt, Andrew Boyce, Kath Nevens and Andrew Sefton.The Old School and the Sheep WashKath Nevens. With photographs supplied by Lily JebsonB efore the building of the new school at the topand children, while the school all day has been filled of the village in 1868, provided by the Sykes ofwith their united clamour.Sledmere, the boys and girls of Bishop Wilton were16th May 1864 The school is in one unceasing taught in separate schools. The boys school is theclamour from the shouting and confusion at the tiny brick building in the centre of the village facing theadjoining sheep wash.Fleece Inn from across the beck; where the infants17th May 1864 The weather has been very sultry and and girls were taught is not known. the atmosphere stifled and oppressive, which together An early school logbook exists which starts in Julywith the noise of the sheep wash makes the children 1863. This shows that there were many problems withdull, heavy and sleepy this afternoon.the lack of amenities of the buildingit is small, cold,15th May 1865 Sheep washing still continues, which damp and darkbut one of the unexpected problemsis a great nuisance, owing to the bleating of so many.results because of its position beside the Wire Bridge.22nd May 1866 On account of sheep washing Just to the west of the bridge the beck has been dugthere has been a great deal of noise, just outside the out to some depth, and every May the farmers of theschoolroom.parish brought their sheep here to be washed.14th May 1868 The sheep washing has created a great deal of noise, considerably interrupting the Quotations from the School Logbook: lessons.11th May 1864 The school has been a place ofWe are lucky enough to have two early confusion from the noise outside, and shouts of menphotographs of the sheep-washing in progress 236 BULLETIN 13'