Welcome to our website that is designed to help our communities in Wykeham, Ruston and North Moor along with partner organisations and visitors. It complements the community Newsletter called the WRNM News which is published quarterly and which is delivered free to every household and business in the Parish.
The Parish has a population of around 300 and is about six miles west of Scarborough on the A170 Scarborough to Thirsk road.
The Parish is special because it epitomises the very best of what rural life can be and the three settlements are home to successful and vibrant working communities that have not been gentrified and which are unique in their own right.
Land-based pursuits are at the heart of the Parish, but other industry thrives. There is the award winning Wykeham Business Centre offering high-tech industrial and office units which is sited on a former village centre farmstead.
On the outskirts of Wykeham are small enterprises and manufacturers in new purpose-built units on the Farfield development.
There is a Nursery School, a popular tea room, a C19 Butterfield Church that retains its original bell tower, and an hourly bus service connecting the communities with Scarborough to the east and Pickering and other towns to the west. Ofsted says the Village School is “good” and provides the pupils with a good education. There is a well supported weekly farmers’ market on the Downe Arms car park. A refurbished C17 ice house and Millennium Walk on the old Forge Valley railway emerged from a successful community project and the walk can be incorporated in a circular route which includes Wykeham and Ruston.
Wykeham’s Cricket Ground is one of the most beautiful in the area. Mature trees surround it, but there are views over to the Wolds and Bempton Cliffs, it supports several regular senior teams and there is thriving junior section. Numerous fixtures are arranged and the field is available for local schools to use.
The community is working hard to raise funds for a Village Hall, an enterprising scheme which would complement the school buildings and the high-tech units in the Wykeham Business Centre.
The area is home to the Dawnay Estates that operate various rural industries. Noteworthy are a mature tree nursery, forestry in collaboration with the Forestry Commission, farming and land management.
For those of you who don’t yet know the area well, we trust this gives you a flavour of the Parish. Please use the following Reply section to make comments or request information.
The Viscountess Downe
Chairman of the Parish Council