b'Mr Walter SeftonAndrew SeftonMr Walter Sefton stands in front of the newly built Pavilion on the Playing Fields in November, 1965. Although in use by 1966, it was not officially opened until August 1968. With the imminent replacement of this building with a new Community and Sports Hall, Andrew Sefton focuses on his father and his part in the project that gave the village a Pavilion that served it well for 40 years. M y father, Walter Sefton, arrived in Bishop WiltonHoliday visits to Dots cousins at Youlthorpe to visit in 1947 to farm at Hall Farm, behind the church.Bob, Bowman and George Sleightholmes parents, The farm was rented from Lord Halifax and had landsbrought about the opportunity to move to Hall Farm in the old medieval North Field and also a block toin Bishop Wilton. In the snow-engulfed winter of 1947 the south of the village where the old brickworks wasthey took up residence in number 96 Main Street, situated. My father had been a keen sportsman in his younger days in the Scarborough area and had playedReferences: The late Geoff Scott has written football for Scalby town -they won the Scarboroughabout the work of the Playing Fields Association Harbour Cup on a few occasions. He was a goodin Bulletin 4 (The Opening of the Pavilion, page runner and ran at the White City, London, in a pre-war28) and Bulletin 10 (Bishop Wilton Playing boys race representing North Yorkshire. Fields Association, page 7). In the latter article The War changed everything, and my father waswhich was published just after his death, Geoff badly injured in Cyprus when his half- track rolledconcluded with words that remain relevant down the side of a wadi. Whether this was due totoday:enemy attack or simply an accident is unknown. As radio operator he had his head out of the turret as theIt will be seen that a lot of vehicle plunged hundreds of feet down a gulley. Heenthusiastic people have put a great was gravely injured and was one of only two survivorsdeal of effort into the development from the fall. He was 18 months in hospital andof our very fine Playing Field. Many eventually returned to Scarborough to his wife Dot.are no longer with us, so it is for After the War he was determined to have a change inthe present and future members to life and to farm in the country. He wanted to help myensure that it remains a first-class grandfather, (Dots dad,Reg Rivis) return to farming,asset for our village.as he had lost his farm during the thirties depression. 382 BULLETIN 19'