News and Events

June 2022 - The Parish Council are looking for a new councillor. If you would be interested in getting more involved with village life and can spare a few hours a month please contact Fiona - Parish Clerk for more information. Telephone - 01904 468773, Email -

May 2022 - Village Hall News - sadly Claire has had to step down as bookings secretary so we are actively looking for someone new to take over. In the mean time please direct all village hall enquires to Carol on tel: 400382 or email: Thank you for your understanding during this transition period.

The Stockton Foresters present ' A Bunch of Amateurs' by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Thurs 12th, Fri 13th and Sat 14th May 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Tickets £8.50. Wine & juice bar and raffle on the night. Tickets available from the Village Shop. tel: 400583 or email: Also follow on Facebook and Instagram.

The HUGE Party Band are coming to the Village Hall on Friday 29th April! - Click here for more information and tickets

Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Plans are being made for a village celebration on 5th June. If you would like to get involved in the planning of this event meetings are being held in The Fox on Thursday evenings at 7pm or contact Carol Kidson by or ask to join the Facebook Group.

Huge thanks to Bartlett's who raise £165 from the Christmas Tree recycling which has been divided equally between York charities The Snappy trust and Dementia Forward.

Christmas Tree Recycling - This Saturday 8th January 2022 at Stockton on the Forest Village Hall. Bartlett Tree Experts will be in the car park 10am-2pm shredding real Christmas trees in return for a donation to York charities, Snappy Trust and Dementia Forward. Poster

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing everyone all the very best for 2022!

The Village Hall now has an online bookings system for you to check availability of rooms at the hall and to make booking requests. Go to the hall page to see for yourself.

Christmas Craft Fair - Stockton Hall Hospital - Saturday 11th December 10am-12.30pm. Lots of local crafts makers and charity stalls along with yummy cakes and refreshments. Music by York Organ Society. See poster for details.

Christmas Fair - The Scout Hut - Saturday 4th December 10am-4pm see village notice boards for details.

Election for the new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will be held at the Stockton Scout Hut on Thursday 25th November not the village hall.

Holy Trinity Church, Stockton - Coffee Mornings are returning! Saturday 13th November 10.00am - 12.00noon. Cakes, cuppas, raffle etc and Lisa will be there for children's crafts and story time.

Foresters Drama Society proudly present their next production 25th -27th November, 7.30pm. A triple bill, click here for details.  Tickets £8.50 available from the village shop, or call Moira on tel: 400583 or email Bar and raffle. Covid aware reduced capacity seating.

Stockton on The Forest WI next meeting Wednesday 10th November 7.30pm in the Long Room at the Village Hall. AGM and short film from Maureen Sutcliffe. Everyone welcome.

Extensive resurfacing on the A64 from Stockton on the Forest to Claxton from 1st November to 4th December 2021. Overnight road closures and diversions in place. Click here for details.

Great News the Stockton and Hopgrove History Group is back this Thursday, 16th September 2021 with guest speaker Hugh Ainsley from Sheriff Hutton talking about WWI Heroes. 2.30pm in the Long Room at the Village Hall. If you would like to attend please email Joy on

Advanced Notice - the Yorkshire Marathon will pass through Stockton on the Forest on Sunday 17th October 2021. There will be extensive road closures and restrictions. Click here for more details.

York Open Studios is back! Visit 146 local artists and makers in their studios across the city. Including Julie Lightburn on the Bull Centre in Stockton on the Forest who will have her studio open on weekends 9-11th and 17-18th July. See poster for details. 

Meet Jack - a play and interactive workshop for younger children about managing their emotions. Presented by Falling Stars Theatre on Sunday 4th July 2021 10.30am at the Village Hall. See poster for details.

Stockton on the Forest WI will be returning to face to face meetings at the village hall from Wednesday 9th June 2021, 7.30pm starting with their AGM then fortnightly with guest speakers and activities. New members are very welcome. Please contact Valerie Crossley on tel: 400601 or email: for more information.

Stockton on the Forest village Hall will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday 21st June 2021 at 7pm in the Long Room at the Hall. Everyone welcome.

17th May - Stockton on the Forest village hall committee finally returned for an in person meeting! We were pleased to be able to formally welcome Claire as new Bookings Secretary and to say goodbye and thank you to Jill and Denby Hawkins who retired after decades of involvement with the village Hall, a small presentation was made by new chair, Carol Danby. We also said goodbye to Tracey Brooks who stepped down as Minutes secretary and leaves the village hall after 19 years in various roles. We wish them all well.

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Monday 17th May - The Bothy at Dean's Garden Centre will be reopening and you'll also be able to enjoy food and drink inside at The Fox Inn. Support your local community

Stockton on the Forest Village Hall is open again! Many of our regular groups are starting to return now the Covid restrictions are being lifted and we are now available for new bookings. From 17th May 2021 keep an eye on our new Facebook page for regular updates and give our new bookings secretary, Claire, a call on (01904) 401730 for details.

Stockton Toddler Group is now up and running again on Thursday Mornings at the Village Hall. If you are the parent or carer of a pre-school aged child in the village why not come along? See our page for contact details.

Wednesday 14th April - The Mobile Library returns to the village! Then every 2 weeks.

Hopgrove 9.55-10.05am, Beansway 10.10-10.20am, Stone Riggs 10.40-12.00, Village Hall 12.05-12.15pm and Westfield House 12.20-12.35pm then on to Holtby for 1.30-2.20pm. No need to book just drop in. Please help support this local service.

12th April 2021 - Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown starts today!

Non essential retail and hospitality is allowed to open and some village groups will be allowed to start up again. Support Local, support your village businesses. The Fox Inn will be open for drinks and food outside. The Church view B&B is doing takeaways. Several Businesses are open on the Bull Centre. The Village Stores (Tom's Shop) and Dean's Garden Centre have remained open throughout. Updates are posted regularly on the Village Facebook Group 

Saturday 10th April - Sincerest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all the members of The Royal Family on the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pay their respects to Prince Philip

A mobile Covid-19 Unit will be at Stockton village hall next week

•       It will be available from Monday 1st March 2021 to Sunday 7th March 2021 inclusive.

•       It will operate each day from 9am – 3pm.

•       Anyone over the age of 5 that would like to check their infection status can attend.

•       You do not have to have symptoms to be tested.  If you do have symptoms book in the usual way for the Poppleton Bar drive through site, or a home test kit.

•       You should book to attend the site.  Appointments at the site become available from around 6pm the previous evening.  When booking on the national site people should select that they do not have symptoms, they have been advised by their local council to attend.

•       Residents can drive into the site to be tested or walk up.

Click here for poster details

To book visit or call 119 and select that you have been asked to attend by your local council. 

As of the 1st March 2021 please welcome Claire Craven as the new Bookings Secretary for the Village Hall. For all bookings and enquiries please contact by Tel: 01904 401730 or Mob: 07717756431 or Email:

12th February 2021 - Great News - a new Bookings Secretary has been appointed for the Village Hall. Training and hand over are in progress so we will update everyone with new contact details and procedures for hall bookings in the near future. In the mean time please continue to use the old contact procedures. The village hall remains closed during the current Covid lockdown. We will notify everyone when the hall is to re-open again.

Crisis point for Stockton Village Hall!
Unless we find a new bookings secretary soon the village hall will permanently close to all bookings (including car park takeaways) on 31st March 2021.
Can you volunteer a few hours a week to coordinate bookings? Could be run as a job share. Full training and expenses.
Contact for details.


However, several businesses in Stockton on the Forest are still open or offering takeaways. Please check websites and social media for details. Support Local.

Only make essential journeys.

1st January 2021 - HAPPY NEW YEAR - Here's hoping 2021 is a much better year for all of us and that we will be allowed to get back together again soon.

30th December - Tier 3 Rules now apply in York. Pubs and hospitality venues must close but takeaways are still allowed. Retail is still open.Save 


Now that we are out of lockdown don't forget to support the businesses in Stockton on the Forest including The Fox Inn which is fully open again for drinks served with food, including their smaller appetite menu at just £5. See their website for full menu and opening times.

A Nativity Trail is now set up in the village. Follow the trail map and read the story of the first Christmas on the posters, which will be displayed on fences, lamp posts, gates etc. Download the map here

Nativity Trail Challenge find the words hidden on the posters and put them together to make a verse from the bible. The first ten people to message with the bible verse and the book it is from, will get a small prize. Craft packs are also available - please message Lisa Horton to register.

Please remember social distancing rules at all times.

Channel 5’s and 5star’s hit cleaning show is looking for people across Save 

the UK who are in need of some professional help keeping their homes clean and tidy.
Filming in December this year until February 2021, this series sees expert cleaners clean each home in just four days and then gives each of our participants tips to keep their home clean for good. For more information, please email or fill in an application form here

Holy Trinity Church - having been postponed many times the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will now take place via Zoom on Tuesday 17th November starting at 7pm. If you would like to take part please contact Rev Nick Bird for the link. 

A little bit of good news... staff on Fenton Ward at Stockton Hall, a multi-disciplinary care team of local  specialists have been shortlisted as finalists for a prestigious national award; Psychiatric Team of the Year: Intellectual Disability category of the RCPsych Awards 2020. Many congratulations to all involved, we hope you win.

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Sadly the Stockton and Hopgrove History Group AGM could not go ahead this month because of the lockdown but click here for their latest newsletter and meeting dates for next year.

Holy Trinity Church will be opening the the church up from 10.30am-4pm on Wednesday 11th November to allow more time for private prayer and contemplation on Remembrance day. Sadly services are now back online.

November 2020 - Now we are in Lockdown 2 please try to support the local businesses in Stockton and Hopgrove that are still open or offering takeaway services. Many details are listed online or via Facebook. Thank you.

The Village Hall has now filled the position of Clerk of works but is still looking for a Booking Secretary and Chairperson. If you would be interested in getting involved please come along to the committee meeting (mask required) on Monday 19th October in the Long Room at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 14th October - The Fox Inn pub fortnightly quiz is back on and starts at tonight at 8pm. 

Next Wednesday (21st) That Bistro Guy is back at the village hall with his mobile pizza oven from 5-8pm phone or text your orders as soon as you can so they know how much dough to make. Mob: 07946 224960. See his Facebook page for menu.

Saturday 3rd October - Come and celebrate Harvest at Holy Trinity Church with a Scarecrow Trail and children's activities in the churchyard (social distancing restrictions will apply). 2-5pm

17th September - Stockton on the Forest Primary School are seeking to recruit a dedicated and enthusiastic Midday Supervisory Assistant.

The role is to care for, support and interact with children during the lunchtime period, which includes helping the children access the lunch service and supervision on the playground during lunch times 12:00pm-1.00pm. Potential applicants are welcome to telephone school and speak to the Headteacher (Mrs Lorraine Atkinson) for more information/to express an interest in this post (01904 400366). An informal interview will take place on Friday 2nd October with Mrs Atkinson (Headteacher) and another member of school staff. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We follow safer recruitment practices and appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Closing Date: 30th September 2020 

Interview Date: 2nd October 2020

We look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully welcoming another member to our friendly staff team.

16th September 2020 - Stockton on the Forest village Hall is looking for a new cleaner. Hourly rate paid and all cleaning materials provided but must be able to work flexible hours to fit in between hall bookings. Would suit someone local who is looking for a few hours work each week. For more information please email

Holy Trinity Church is now open on Wednesdays and Sundays for private prayer but most services are still online. You can join in via YouTube, on Zoom, by phone or have a paper copy of the service delivered. Click here to see the details: Poster

The village hall is NOW OPEN but in order to keep it running we urgently need new people to join the management committee - in particular a Booking Secretary and Clerk of Works. If you can spare a few hours a month to help your community and keep this fantastic facility open please get in touch or come along to the next meeting on Monday 14th September at 7.30pm in the hall Long Room. Email for more information.

Stockton on the Forest Village Hall is reopening on 1st September 2020.

Tuesday 25th August - New at the village hall That Pizza Guy! Guy's Bistro mobile pizza oven in the car park from 5-8pm freshly made pizza to order. And hopefully one Tuesday a month from now on.

Monday 24th August - JULIE'S HOPGROVE BAKERY opens. 8am-2pm Monday to Friday, 9am-2pm Saturdays and Bank Holidays. Fresh bread daily plus cakes, tray-bakes, pies + pasties and hot + cold sandwiches. Tel: 411174 or email: for details.

MOBILE LIBRARY - returns to the village on Wednesday 22nd July! It will be available for pre-booked collections only so please phone or register online to browse the library catalogue and reserve books. It will park at Stone Riggs stop in the morning and at the Village Hall in the afternoon. To see future dates click here

Friday 10th July - The Bothy at Dean's Garden Centre re-opens today. Reduced menu and one way system in place. Opening hours 10am-4pm. See website for full details.

2nd July - UPDATE

In addition to The Fox and Forest Park Clubhouse, also opening this Saturday for full service is The Highwayman Cafe on Malton Road (A64)

As of Saturday 4th July The Highwayman Café will be re-opening the inside of the café. Due to social distancing they will be operating at 50% capacity, but can still seat 24 people. Social distancing measures are in place and this will add a little time on to all orders. The takeaway side will continue to operate as normal and socially distanced external seating will be available. Please note they now do stonebaked pizzas, which are available in the café and to takeaway.

Opening times are back to normal:

Monday – Saturday 7.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday 8.00am – 4pm

28th June 2020 - UPDATE

With Lock-down rules being relaxed, Stockton on the Forest is opening up again...

Holy Trinity Church is now open for private prayer and reflection every Wednesday and Sunday from 1-4pm. The church yard is open daily to visitors. Please observe social distancing.

The FOX INN will be opening again on Saturday 4th July at 12 noon. There will be reduced opening hours and a reduced menu during the week and on Sundays, click for details.

Forest Park Golf Club will be opening the club house for meals on Saturday 4th July, reduced menu and social distancing measures apply - please phone 400425 to book. The 9 hole West Course, 18 hole Old Foss Course and the Driving Range are open daily.

Several businesses on The Bull Centre are now open, including Iced Yorkshire. Please check for new opening hours before visiting.

Julia from Hair at Home will be operating a temporary hair salon in the courtyard of the Church View B&B.

Don't forget you can still get all your newspapers, groceries, household supplies and second hand bikes from The Village Stores, open daily.

Fish and chips from the Thornton Dale Fisheries van outside the village hall every Thursday evening.

Dean's Garden Centre is now open daily.

Sunday 12th April 2020

Happy Easter Everyone - Holy Trinity Church, Stockton on the Forest

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COVID-19 Helpline for York - City of York Council

If you're on your own and struggling to manage, or you don't have any support, but need it because of COVID-19, we may be able to help you through this difficult time. Contact us, by email:, or telephone: 01904 551550

Everyone in Stockton on the Forest should have received through their letterbox a flyer with the contact details of their area coordinator. There is also help available on the York Covid-19 Community Hub for Stockton on the Forest on Facebook and also the community group website.


We are in the process of setting up a Stockton on the Forest and Hopgrove community network of street coordinators and volunteers to get us through the difficult times ahead and ensure that everyone is supported and those that are in need get help. We will be doing a leaflet drop as soon as the details are finalised. IF YOU CAN HELP as a point of contact for your street please contact Rev. Nick Bird to be added to the list. Thank you.



CANCELLED CEILIDH - Community Social Event at the Village Hall - Saturday 14th March 7-10pm - Bring your own drinks and bring some snacks to make up a sharing buffet. Tickets £5 adults, £3 children available from Karen - tel: 870759, Liz - tel: 07770168686 or email: Download the poster here! everyone welcome all ages. All proceeds to Alzheimer's Research UK

Belated HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

If you have any News or Events that you would like included on the village website please email the details to

There are a lot of regular meetings and groups weekly or monthly already happening in the village, why not go along and get involved.

At the village hall; dancing, drama, parent and toddlers, gardening, yoga, WI, concerts, fish and chips...

At the church; coffee mornings, coffee and croissants for parents and carers and silver service afternoon teas for our Senior citizens along with weekly services



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