The members of SPIOTA were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Eric Lee on 28th October. Eric has been a long serving member of our association and was treasurer for many of those years. But Eric was much more than that - he was an integral part of our team, so enthusiastic, full of energy and full of fun. Eric's cheery good nature will be sorely missed by us all. We never had a dull meeting when he was present!
Thank you Eric for all you did for SPIOTA and for Stokesley and for being such a wonderful person.
SPIOTA members talk about the work of the group and the need for new members in the following video:
We held our Annual General Meeting on 20 October 2014 - you can download the minutes of the AGM here.
Stokesley is a pleasant market town of around five thousand people, about three miles north of the North York Moors, and about 12 miles from the North Sea. It has many connections with farming, with a monthly farmer's market taking place on the first Saturday of each month.
It has an interesting Georgian High Street, with an excellent range of shops, including butchers, bakers, supermarket, delicatessen, clothing shops, department store, hardware store, banks and building societies.
The town boasts six public houses, and several restaurants, providing for a range of tastes, and costs, including Thai, Chinese, and Indian styles, together with excellent traditional fare.
One of the partly hidden gems of Stokesley is the Pack Horse bridge, which spans the River Leven, and dates from before the 17th century. It is just behind the Queen's Head pub, accessible by the alleyway alongside the pub.
Each September, on the Saturday following the third Thursday, there is an important agricultural show, and during the week leading up to Show Day, there is a large fair in the town. Each event draws people from far afield. The charter to hold a fair was granted by Henry III in 1223, and the Show was first held in 1859.
One of the many features of the centre of Stokesley is the Parish Church, the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul. This stands on a site where Christians have met for at least a thousand years.