Community Facilities in Hunmanby
Though Hunmanby is a large village, it is only 3 and a half miles by road from Filey, a town 3 times the size. Over the last dozen year both Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council have faced budget reductions and reviewed facilities provided in Hunmanby. This has tended to retain facilities in the larger towns in the area, rather than the smaller settlements.
Today, the village relies very heavily on local volunteers to both run the community facilities that remain and fund their upkeep. Their voluntary efforts are supported by users, both local and visitors.
The local businesses in the village have over the years been very generous with their financial and 'in kind support'. Be it regular raffle prizes for village groups, to help sustain their fund raising, to many tens of thousand pounds into finance to village projects.
There is a good amount of public open space in the village owned, funded, and maintained by Hunmanby Parish Council, including 3 play areas for young families. Hunmanby Parish Council is supported by the Parish Precept, an amount each household in the village pays yearly to run the village.
A project currently being developed between Hunmanby Parish Council, Scarborough Borough Council and The White Swan is to develop a public toilet facility in the village. This was lost over a decade ago. Hunmanby Parish and Scarborough Borough Councils are working hard with The White Swan to develop a new Partnership Approach to putting back public toilets in the Borough. Hunmanby has been selected as the trial project.
Hunmanby Community Centre:
Hunmanby Community was the formerly the villages second school. On closure Hunmanby Parish Council purchased the building from North Yorkshire County Council at considerable expense for the Parish Council at the time, involving conversion to a multi-use building for the village. Still owned by the Parish Council, the Community Centre is managed by the village volunteers. Over the years the building has been improved further with generous grant aid from public bodies and charities. The building now has level access.
Updated: Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Full details from the Hunmanby Community Centre Website
For the history of the village schools Hunmanby.com website
'Bayley Gardens, next door to the church in Hunmanby, is a lovely little garden with a shrubbery, lots of perennial planting and an alpine bed. There are seats to relax on and a couple of resident cats to keep you company - Tom & Hugo. The history of the garden is explained on a board and also depicted in stone around the raised sensory bed. In 1725 the Lord of the Manor built a maltings on the site. In subsequent years this was replaced by a brewery, a creamery and finally a Village Institute. After the institute burned down in 1954, the site was cleared and landscaped. A sun lounge was built, and the gardens opened in 1967. Eventually the sun lounge became unsafe, and it was demolished and the gardens were completely redesigned and reopened in 2008. Bayley Gardens is a registered charity, and the Parish Council is its trustee. The garden is managed by a tiny committee of three, two of whom work in the gardens every week during the season. We plan, plant, weed and water. As well as the main beds, we have planters and tubs to fill, and we like to keep a display in those year round. The gardens are really well used as a quiet place to sit and children love to go and see the Hunmanby Stag, who holds court under the beech tree in the far corner. We hope when you come to visit Hunmanby, you will enjoy our lovely gardens.'
Sue Leyland (Chair of the Management Committee)
The Bayley Garden Volunteers look after the day-to-day gardening of the site, assisted by the village Caretakers. At Christmas at tree is erected. The Stag in the grounds was paid for by a generous local resident. Bayley Gardens is number 27 on the Hunmanby in Bloom 'Flower Trail' leaflet available free in the leaflet holder at the entrance to the Scarborough platform.
Further details from Bayley Gardens Facebook Page
Further details of the late Miss Owston from Hunmanby.com website
Link to the Trip Advisor page for Bayley Gardens reviews
Photograph above: The Market Cross looking towards the White Swan Public House, an old Coaching Inn.
Located on Cross Hill, opposite Bayley Gardens, the site is owned by Hunmanby Parish Council and maintained by the village Caretakers with attractive flower displays provided by Hunmanby in Bloom.
Link to the English Heritage webpage about Hunmanby Market Cross
Link to Trip Advisor page for the Market Cross in Hunmanby reviews
Close to the Market Cross is the village War Memorial. This also is Grade II listed. Located in Cross Hill it was constructed in 1921 with additions added after World War II. The area is well maintained by the village community, both the village Caretaker and Hunmanby in Bloom who plant the attractive flower displays twice a year.
This is a useful link to the Hunmanby.com webpage at Hunmanby War Memorial
Further details from the English Heritage Webpage about Hunmanby War Memorial
Link to the Trip Advisor page for Hunmanby War Memorial reviews
Hunmanby Golf Course
Hunmanby Golf Course, a family-run organisation with a personal service, providing high quality local sporting and training facilities for members and non-members. Set in the picturesque grounds of Hunmanby Hall, with the golf course overlooking Filey Bay & Bempton Cliffs.
Updated Thursday 28th July 2022
Parkland Walk, Hunmanby Hall Sports & Leisure, Hall Park Road
The Parkland walk is privately owned by Hunmanby Hall Golf & Leisure. There is a £1 honesty box at the entrance to the Parkland walk. This is accessed from Hall Park Road. The Yorkshire Wolds have little tree cover or fresh water. It is a pleasant walk with a variety of trees, wildflowers and bulbs in the Spring and a pond. A pleasant leisurely walk of around a mile. It will take around 40 minutes. The walk offers nice views over the village towards Filey Bay.
When the lockdowns took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hunmanby Hall Sports & Leisure donated the walk honesty box money to St Catherine’s hospice and donated to Covid equipment at Scarborough Hospital. Hunmanby Hall Sports & Leisure also provided the Parkland Walk to the fund raising by Hunmanby Cancer Fund which raised £1,599 see the what's on in Hunmanby page
If you like nature, for a nominal £, why not take a weekly walk this Spring first flowers to appear will be the snowdrops, in February, emerge to lift your winter blues.
Perry enjoying life in Winter.
Further details from the Hunmanby Hall Golf & Leisure Parkland Walk Webpage
Link to Trip Advisor page for Hunmanby Hall Golf & Leisure and Woodland Walk reviews
Updated Monday 18th July 2022
Hunmanby Skate Park
Hunmanby Skate Park was one of the first to be built on the Yorkshire Coast. It was brought about through the young people of the village, working with Hunmanby Parish Council to provide more facilities for the growing number of young families in the village over 20 years ago.
Now it has become a 'heritage' attraction for those who use skate parks!
further details from the skatein website page on Hunmanby
Updated Tuesday 2nd November 2021
God's Acre, Bridlington Street
God's Acre is a unique burial ground, bequeathed to the village. It is a short distance from the village station on the main road towards the village centre. The site has several war graves. Friends of God's Acre comprises of local volunteers who raise funds for the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of the Village Cemetery. The group have two coffee mornings a year - usually in June and October.
The dates will be advertised on Notice Boards around the village. They would be happy to hear from anyone who may wish to join the Committee or anyone who wishes to make a donation.
This is the history of the site produced by Ces Morthorpe for Hunmanby.Com
Rosedale Fishing Lake and Stuart's Tackle Shop Tel 07957 145711
Photo above: Tranquil fishing available just 5 minute's walk from Hunmanby Station.
Located in what was the old clay pit and only a 5-minute walk from Hunmanby Railway Station. Rosedale Fishing a mature lake set in idyllic surroundings the boundary of the site being 5 acres.
If it is one or two days or even a full week of fishing you need, Rosedale Fisheries also offer the ability for you can rent one of their fully furnished caravans.
Depths vary from 3 foot to 20 foot with many features such as 3 islands and mature overhanging trees to all sides providing shade and cover for the fish, lily beds, reeds and bulrushes can also be found in the margins. This makes Rosedale Lake one of, if not the premier freshwater fishing venue on the Yorkshire Coast. The lake is generously stocked with carp, including mirrors, common and ghosties, which average around 10lb but run up to the early 20s providing excellent sport. Additionally large numbers of bream, roach and perch can be caught everywhere on the lake plus a good head of barbel, chub, tench, rudd and ide.
There are some elusive eels which run over 9lb and a few large catfish which were introduced in the mid 80s which now weigh in excess of 50lb. Pleasure catches of 100lb are common in the summer!
For the angler, where else in the country could you get off a train at a rural village station and walk to such a tranquil fishing lake, supported by a Stuart's Tackle Shop on site?
Rosedale Fishing Lake has furnished caravans from an overnight stay to perhaps a week.
Photo above: Stuart outside the Tackle Shop Spring 2021
Further details from Rosedale Fishing Lake website
Further local information about the history of the fishing lake.
Link to History of the Hunmanby Industrial Estate webpage
Updated Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Places of Worship
Hunmanby has 2 churches, All Saints and the Methodist Church, both in the heart of the village.
Above Photo: All Saints Church Graveyard is full of primroses in the Spring both pink and yellow, there are several benches to sit and enjoy the village from this vantage point.
All Saints Church
All Saints can be accessed from Church Walk, Church Hill or the main entrance on Bridlington Street, by Bayley Gardens.
Link to the All Saints Church website
Link to the Trip Advisor page for All Saints Church reviews
The Methodist Church, Cross Hill
Hunmaby Methodist Church is located at the top of Cross Hill.
For the history of religion in the village a useful link is to the hunmanby.com website on religion in Hunmanby, giving details of church that have now closed.
Photo Above: The outdoor table tennis table, great form of exercise even in winter when this photo was taken
Outdoor Table Tennis
There is a free to use outdoor table tennis table, this is located at the rear of Hunmanby Community Centre, access is via the entrance that leads to the Skateboard park. You can come along and enjoy a game. There is also a table tennis group organised by Filey U3A which use the Table Tennis Table in Hunmanby
Further details from the Filey U3A Website