b'livestock. Mr Robson of Grange Farm sold Dad a cow, and a tractor and plough was bought from Uncle Dick. Hall Farm already had buildings, with a milking parlour. The buildings and some of the land was shared with two other farmers: Dennis Bailey from Fangfoss, who also ran the bus from Pocklington to York, and the Tiplings, who used to live in the old vicarage near the church gates. For the first harvest we borrowed a binder and put corn in stooks to bring them back to the stack yard ready for the threshing machine. With the proceeds of the first harvest more equipment and livestock was bought. A setback occurred in 1955 when we had a big stackyard fire caused by children playing with matches in the stack. When the stack is burned before threshing it means there is no income for the following year. A severe blow. Gradually fortunes improved, which meant poultry, pigs and more cows. A combine harvester was bought to eliminate threshing of corn. In the garden of no. 96 was erected glasshouses for the growing of tomatoes. Eggs were sold to the Egg Marketing BoardWalter Sefton outside the Sports Pavillionand fortunes improved.The village was full of farmingProctor. If the malting price was good, it would be families at this time, the Hutchinsons, the Jebsons,sold, if not, it would go into the cropstore and tended the Campbells who all utilised the local village trades,to partly ferment. It would come out smelling of beer, vital to keep the farms supplied and operational.the cattle loved it!We could not have carried on Fishers agricultural supplies and blacksmiths shopwithout the help of our farm man, Jim Loft. I have was very important to help keep the machinerynever seen such a strong man as Jim. He could carry going, builders like the Burgesses and joiners like Lesa 16 stone bag of wheat on his back up the granary Eastwood helped build and maintain the farm sheds,steps and made it look like a sack of feathers. Jim did the village shop supplied most needs and extras wereall the combining and work on the farm, and us boys supplied by all the vans such as Butcher Smith andwere always a little wary of doing things for Dad, as Henry Newby who used to call with fresh meat. Thewe never did them as good as Jim.fishman called in his van and always rang a bell whenFarming started to suffer economic reality and he came round on a Friday.relative prices dropped. In order to keep farming you With his interest in sport, my father joined theneeded lots of land, and the days were numbered Parish Council and decided to help the village getfor small family farms and in 1981 we had our farm a sports field and pavillion. He went to see if Lordsale. The land was divided and given to other farms to Halifax could provide a sports field for the villagemake bigger blocks of land. The old hedgerows were and funds were raised for a sports pavillion.He alsoripped out to make large fields and the farm buildings helped to bring street lights to the village. demolished or converted into houses.The next enterprise in the 1960s was to rear calvesIn 1983 father died, and I had decided not to on contract for my uncle Donald Rivis of Boythorpetake on the farm but join an agricultural specialist Farm, Foxholes, near Weaverthorpe. By this timefertiliser company where I am now IT manager. Robert Tiplings and Dennis Bailey had left the buildings anddecided not to stay in farming but joined the furniture we had the whole farm. All the family helped to rearbusiness and followed his fathers footsteps as Parish the calves and at one point we were rearing 800Councillor. Richard started the business of Pollen calves per year. We bought many long sheds to houseRecording Studios in the village which has developed them. In the 1970s we ventured into a barley beefinto Multimedia applications for business. Mother still system and a Boythorpe cropstore was bought fromlives in the house she came to some 56 years ago Donald Rivis who had set up a business selling moistand has seen lots of changes to the world and Bishop barley cropstores. The idea was to grow feed barleyWilton in her time. At least the winters are milder, and and fill the stores and seal them. The barley was thenlife is easier, but the nature of the village has changed crushed and mixed with concentrates and fed to themore in the last 50 years than in the previous 500 livestock The reared calves could then be kept toyears. Hall Farm is no more, but the name survives 12 months old and sold or kept for 18 months untilin the new houses of Hall Farm Court that were built sold for beef.Our strong heavy land was suitable foron the site and lives on in the memories of happy growing malting barley and we grew the old varietychildhood times.BULLETIN 5 55'