Scrooby, Nottinghamshire

This site is about Scrooby, North Nottinghamshire; it's current events, history and landscape. The site should interest residents and visitors.

News & Notices

September 2014

Scrooby from the Air

David Thomson

Here's a wonderful view of Scrooby taken by David Thomson of Ranskill using his Go-Pro camera and quadcopter.

June 2014

Hester Benjamin: Adventures of a Pilgrim Daughter

Jennie Robbins

Scrooby's own Jennie Robbins has published a book for children; a story of friendship, love and adventure, set in Scrooby, England, at the time of the Pilgrim Fathers. A work of fiction for young teenagers based on historical events in the year 1607.

Hester and Mercy are as close as sisters; nothing can come between them. But events are about to shake their peaceful village life to its roots and change things forever. How will their friendship survive when they are forced apart by their families and their faith?

You can buy the e-book for Kindle on Amazon.

June 2014

Saving Scrooby's Railway Crossings

Scrooby Parish Council

Network Rail is reviewing all Level Crossings between London and Doncaster with a view to removing them all by the end of 2016.

They are holding two open days at Scrooby Village Hall on the 4th and 5th July to present proposals for the three crossings in Scrooby.

They want to take villager's opinions and ideas into account, so if you care about our bridle path and footpath make your views count by calling into the Village Hall.

June 2014

Ranskill Nursery

Steven Owens

Looking for a Nursery for your child - Ranskill Nursery is Rated Good by Ofsted.

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May 2014

'Work in Progress' Fundraising Concert

Kamilla Dunstan

Mezzo-Soprano Kamilla Dunstan (Young Guest Artists from Vivo Music Studio: Samantha Tindle, Holly Haith & Hannah Ashton)

St Mary's & St Martin's Church, Blyth

Saturday 5th July, 7.30pm

(Tickets £10 includes a glass of wine and canapés during the interval)

Tickets sold on the door

For more information call 07807253845

September 2013

Scrooby Show 2013

Graham Robbins

2013 Scrooby Village Show by James Arrowsmith

The results of the 2013 Scrooby Village Show are available here

Photographs of the Show are available here

September 2013

2013 Scrooby Village Photograph

Graham Robbins

2013 Scrooby Village Photograph by Clive Millar

See here for the 2013 Village Photograph, taken by Clive Miller. You can buy a copy for £9.50 directly from Clive. The photo will be supplied in A4 size, professional quality printing, in colour, black and white or sepia (the versions on the web are deliberately low quality).

Jo Pollard has volunteered to organise an annual village photograph, around the time of the Village Show.

August 2013

Scrooby Bike Race 2013

Stephen Lincoln

Photos of the 2013 Scrooby Bike Race, organised by Penny Cawley, are available here

2013 Scrooby Bike Race Photograph by Steve Lincoln

May 2013

Star Newspaper Available Online

Graham Robbins

The local Star newspaper is now available online at

July 2012

A Letter from Mrs V Tranfield

Graham Robbins

Dear Mr. Robbins,

I have found your website a helpful pleasure and since it may well have relevance to the Tranfield family I thought you might be interested in a brief story relating to it.

In 1790, John Tranfield, owned and ran a tavern on Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, London. The tavern is variously referred too in public records as either the Triumphal Chariot or the Triumphal Car. It was built in the time of Oliver Cromwell and stood in between Apsley House and Hamilton Place until sometime after 1807. In 1803 John Tranfield died and his brother, Matthew, applied to administer his estate and for guardianship of four surviving nieces and nephew; their mother having predeceased their father. Now you might be forgiven for wondering what this has to do with Scrooby.

In an effort to discover where John and Matthew originally came from, and since Tranfield is not a common name in London, I extended the search. Matthew in the Tranfield line is a rare name indeed. In fact the only appropriate Matthew Tranfield I have been able to unearth was baptised at Scrooby on 21 Jan 1763 the son of Matthew and his probable wife, Mary Bell. I should explain that in keeping with many other names Tranfield has been transcribed from original records in many erroneous forms so what follows is by no means unusual.

Transcript records for Scrooby show that on 2 May, 1751, a Matthew Stratfield married Mary Bell; and on 25 Dec 1753 a John Stratfield son of Matthew baptised. The Stratfield name does not appear in Scrooby transcribed records either before or after this marriage and baptism. However, on the 3 Aug 1755 Anne Tranfield, daughter of Matthew, is baptised; and this is followed by that of Mary on 15 Mar 1758 and Matthew on 21 Jan 1763. On 1 Aug 1793 Matthew Tranfield, as a widower, aged 60, married the widow Ann Colton, also aged 60; and this would suggest that Mary Stratfield/Tranfield nee Bell had died.

What became of Anne and Mary Tranfield has yet to be discovered. No marriage record appears in the transcripts for either but it may well be they died in infancy or as spinsters. Incidentally, John Tranfield married an Eleanor Webster and I am interested to discover that the Webster name also appears in the Scrooby transcripts ? unfortunately, not Eleanor.

I am hoping to find where the origin parish registers for Scrooby are held and when I next travel north take time to check them out.

The result may well mean a visit to Scrooby is the next step.

With all best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Valerie Tranfield (Mrs)

May 2012

Petanque/Boule Pitch, Scrooby

Graham Robbins

Boule / Petanque

Scrooby Petanque/Boule Pitch completed May 2012
Matt Pollard May 2012

Scrooby Parish Council have finished construction of their petanque/boule pitch at the north end of Scrooby Village Hall.

Ranskill and Torworth will soon be invited to a challenge tournament!

May 2011

Film Showings In Scrooby

Graham Robbins

Scrooby Village Hall now has monthly cinema screenings.

Screenings take place in the afternoon and evening of the third Sunday of each month. The afternoon screening tends to be for kids, while the evening showing is aimed at adults. Pay on the door. Refreshments and sweets on sale inside.

Read more about past and future showings: Scrooby Community Cinema.