Rev’d Ian Hill
As 2011 nears its conclusion (and by the way, where did it go?) I’ve been struck by all the changes the village has experienced.
The Parish Council now have a full complement of Councillors including two very able young women who must have brought the average age down to something more suited to the 21st Century. The Sports and Recreation Association goes from strength to strength and it would appear that the sky’s the limit for this very valuable asset to the community.
Our school is enjoying its new Head teacher and all the innovations he has brought and, out of school hours, the children are revelling in the exciting, extended play area that has been provided for them. Wish I was a bit younger ….. maybe under cover of darkness??
The pond is looking amazing too – from being a concrete jungle we now have a more natural feature that looks as though it’s been there for years. The Village in Bloomers have surpassed themselves this year by not only achieving the highest award possible, but – drum roll – being chosen to represent Yorkshire in their category in Britain in Bloom, a real accolade. Putting all the competitiveness to one side, the efforts put in by these, largely not very young people, make living in Hutton Cranswick a great deal more attractive than it otherwise would be.
Centenary Wood continues to delight, being a haven for wildlife and a treat for any of us wanting to enjoy nature or just to be quiet and reflect.
This leads me to the spiritual side of life which for believers has also seen new faces this year, though in the case of St.Peter’s Church and Reverend Brian Lees it’s more of an old face in a new role, if you know what I mean.
The Methodist Church however, welcomes a brand new Minister in Reverend Ian Hill, who has come to us from Lincoln to take charge of Hutton Cranswick and five other villages. He and his wife have been subjected to five moves since he joined the Church, and like most of us, doesn’t relish the upheaval. It can also be traumatic leaving parishioners with whom an emotional rapport exists, but this is what he has had to come to accept.
It was his love of music – and particularly church music and the organ – that led him to be at first a member of the choir and eventually deputy organist at his local Anglican Church. Teaching was his first profession, and his youngest daughter is training to follow in her father’s footsteps though I’m not sure she will be concentrating on physics as he did. Her two elder siblings, having fled the nest, are both married, and Reverend Hill is blessed with one grandchild and another soon to follow. His move to our area means that the family are not so widespread which should make life better all round.
In the three months that he has been resident it has not escaped Reverend Hill’s notice how many organisations exist in our village, although the Manse has had to be re-
From the brief time I spent in his company I could see that the Reverend’s interests very much reflect his personality, coming across as a gentle, patient man. His spotting and cataloguing every type of British butterfly, of which there are fifty, is not to be taken lightly – a feat which he recently completed involving holidays and impromptu trips whenever weather conditions were appropriate. Cricket is another love that he shares with a lot of Yorkshire folk and the close proximity of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, considered one of the best in the country, is another joy for this steam train enthusiast.
His calling necessitates a good deal of driving, but he admitted to feeling as though he was on holiday motoring through the Wolds countryside and enjoying the stunning sunsets we have had of late.
I’m sure everyone will want to join me in wishing him well and to hope that those feelings stay with him throughout the entire time he spends in our neck of the woods!