The Countryside

Wold Newton Community Centre
Back Street, Wold Newton

Behind its historic facade, the Community Centre provides modern facilities for village social events and celebrations. 

Jumble Sale held in the Community Centre
Saturday, 6th February 2016


The Jumble Sale raised £483 net of expenses for the York Flood Appeal run by the Two Ridings Community Foundation.    Thanks to all who generously contributed some excellent quality new and second hand items to be sold, to the band of willing helpers, and to all those who came along as customers.
Pictured left is the scene just before doors opened.

Easter Egg Bingo in the Community Centre
Saturday, 26th March 2016




House full for the Easter Egg Bingo and Bring and Share Supper at the Community Centre on Saturday Night.  

The evening raised £471 towards the Wold Newton in Bloom Fund.   This is not the official RHS 'Village in Bloom', as unfortunately their criteria and tick boxes are too in depth.   This is the rinky dink Wold Newton in Bloom fund - that pays for the maintenance and upkeep of planters and plants in and around the Village.

Congratulations are due to Sarah Cullen, Wold Newton in Bloom Co-ordinator, and all those who worked hard in putting on this event.
Interest Items
The Wold Newton Hoard
  
On the 21st September, 2014, David Blakey, from Hartlepool, a metal detectorist discovered a pot containing 1857 Roman copper coins in a field adjacent to the village of Wold Newton in the East Riding of Yorkshire.   They were buried during a period of great uncertainty in the Roman Empire and Yorkshire. It features coins depicting Constantius and also the first coins to proclaim his son, Constantine, as Augustus after he was made emperor in York.

At the time the hoard was buried in 307AD near the village of Wold Newton, East Yorkshire, it was the equivalent of a legionary’s annual salary, three years for a carpenter or six years for a farm labourer.

Each nummi coin is around 3cm in size. The only larger hoard ever found in the UK is the Fyfield Hoard, uncovered in 1944 and now kept at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  The coins illustrate several co-emperors all jockeying for ultimate power.   “The Wold Newton hoard represents an evocative illustration of the power politics at the time York was an imperial capital of the Roman World.

Constantine came to Britain with Constantius in 305. Constantius died in July the following year in York (or Eboracum in Roman times).   The system of succession at the time demanded that another Caesar should become emperor but the soldiers in York immediately proclaimed Constantine their leader.  It proved to be a pivotal moment in history.  He is known as Constantine the Great for very good reasons.

“After nearly 80 years, and three generations of political fragmentation, Constantine united the whole of the Roman Empire under one ruler,” states historyofyork.org. “By 324 he had extended his power and was sole emperor, restoring stability and security to the Roman world.

“Constantine also abandoned Rome as the most important city in the empire, building a new capital modestly named Constantinople (now Istanbul).”

“Constantine’s strong support for Christianity had an incalculable impact on European history. He is said to have been converted to the faith in 312AD, although this has not been corroborated. At the time only around 10% of the Roman empire’s population was Christian.”

To find out more about the Wold Newton Hoard being displayed in York Museum, click on the button below
  

The Wold
Newton Hoard

Gypsy Race in full flow
​February to June 2016
The stream stopped flowing in June 2017, and has since resumed its normally dry state.   The 'Big Hole' into which it flows  before continuing its onward route downstream towards Burton Fleming also dried up in August 2016.

The Gypsey Race is a stream on a chalk bed that rises in the Great Wold Valley through a series of springs, and flows intermittently.    It runs through the villages of West Lutton, East Lutton, Helperthorpe, Weaverthorpe, Butterwick, Foxholes, Wold Newton, Burton Fleming, Rudston and Boynton.
The stream runs into the sea in Bridlington Harbour.   At Wold Newton, it flows into the 'big hole' before passing under the bridge at the north end of Ranseburgh Lane to continue its way.   

The stream flows into the North Sea in Bridlington harbour.   According to folklore, when the Gypsey Race is flowing, bad fortune is at hand.    It flowed in the year before  the great plague of 1664, the restoration of Charles II, and the landing of William of Orange.

The last time it flowed prior to this February was in December 2012, when it caused serious flooding in the village of Burton Fleming.