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Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Matt Crossland and I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to take over as editor of Bayfair from 2018, whilst Jim goes on to enjoy his retirement. I have been a permanent member of our local community for just over two years but I have been visiting Bay for as long as I can remember. My favourite childhood haunts were always the second hand, or ‘junk’ shops as my dad called them that were dotted around the lower village. I was even allowed to buy myself a real sword from one once when I was about six. I haggled the price down to four pounds as I remember and I still have it to this day.

Science Teacher

My professional background is as a science teacher but for twelve years I specialised in working with young people from very disadvantaged backgrounds for whom mainstream education failed. Alongside this professional career, I run a photography and videography business and have focussed my skills in working with dance schools, capturing images and footage of their various performances. I hold a third degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon-Do, I have trained for 15 years and have been an instructor for over five years.


Since meeting my wife, Su, in 1999 I have been coming to Bay every Easter as one of the ‘Bogglers’ a group many locals will be familiar with, especially the bartenders and sweet shop owners. Bayfair has always been an integral part of our visits and has always been high on the list of priority purchases when arriving in Bay for our week of walking, drinking and friendship. Its mix of local news, special features and for us, the masses of holiday cottage adverts from which we could pick our haunt for the next visit is a perfect mix. The local trade adverts have also proved useful on more than one occasion when things have taken a turn for the worse in a cottage or with our transportation.


Becoming an active part of a community was an important part of our family decision to leave our professional careers and the big city behind and move to North Yorkshire. We arrived in September 2015 and have worked hard to integrate ourselves into local life. Su runs a dance school for children and adults, I run a Tae Kwon-Do club, am a retained fire fighter at the RHB Station along with being a member of the Village Hall Committee.

Cornerstone Tradition

I am extremely excited about taking Bayfair Publications forward, continuing its traditions and I look forward to working with Jim, the myriad of contributors and the local advertisers to ensure this cornerstone of our community continues to serve its purpose onto its five hundredth edition and beyond.

                                                                                              Matt Crossland.   

BAYFAIR REVIEW OF 2017:          

JANUARY: American magazine Passport included Robin Hood's Bay in the world's top 25 beaches along with Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.

FEBRUARY: Filming took place in Robin Hood's Bay for Daniel Day-Lewis final film Phantom Thread.

MARCH: Controversial Cinder Track plans were published and details revealed at the Parish Council meeting at Fylingthorpe.

“Champing” - or camping in a church, was offered at Old St. Stephen’s Church by the Churches Conservation Trust.

APRIL: Ron Pearson, founding editor of Bayfair passed away peacefully at home at Bridgend house on 19th of April. He was 92.

The 3rd Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passed through Bay and Fylingthorpe on 28th of April and riders dodged giant Yorkshire puddings on Sledgates

MAY: Old St. Stephen’s Church was “closed for all activities for the forseeable future” by the CCT.

The online petition objecting to Sustrans proposals for the Cinder Track reached 1500 signatures.

Fylingdales School May Queen Ceremony took place once more in the Dock.

JUNE: The Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Weekend was a big success and raised £1200 for the RNLI.

A WW1 Weekend event at St. Stephen’s Church commemorated the deaths of Richard Duck and John William Lowther, bellringers from the church who were killed in the War.

Sarah Scott is the new owner of Swell (The Old Chapel), and Maksim and Urszula Kocura are new tenants at the Flask Inn.

The Bay Tree care home closed after 34 years with Ted and Jean Dobson’s retirement.

JULY: The concert by the One Voice Choir took place in (New) St. Stephen’s Church, because of the closure of the Old Church by the CCT. The Old Church was re-opened two days later.

Cinder Track: The petition against Sustrans proposals reached 4500 signatures. Confirmation was received that any plans would be subject to National Park planning requirements, and an Environmental Impact Assessment would be required for certain areas.

The Bay Tree was sold at auction for just £540,000.

AUGUST: Bay is in the Media Spotlight again with Eliza Carthy on BBC Radio 4’s Open Country, and filming for Channel 4’s (later shelved) Village of the Year 2017.

Baytown Players put on a tremendous show with The Vicar of Dibley, with some brilliant casting!

SEPTEMBER: Propagansey 2017 Exhibition and the Gansey Sunday Evensong Service were staged at New St. Stephen’s Church.

The tragic story of Capt. Edward Lothian who was “drowned through collision with his beloved wife and child in the Bay of Biscay, July 21st 1884” is told in the History page of Bayfair.

John Vincent (Bill) Sykes “The grumpiest customer with a heart of gold” died aged 82. True to form (and at his request) only four mourners attended his funeral, there were no flowers, and only enough music to get him through the curtain. He left money behind the Grosenor bar to provide drinks for friends and sparring partners, and the instruction: “Drinks only. No food and no PBE’s (professional buffet eaters).

OCTOBER: The 4th Fylingdales Charity Cup, at Grouse Hill Caravan Park, raised £7,700 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and £870 for Dalewood Trust.

The new Vineyard at Smailes Moor Farm was the subject of a piece on Robson Green’s Coastal Lives  ITV programme. 19,000 vines have been planted on slopes overlooking the Bay, which in three years time could produce some 50,000 bottles of wine!

Dave and Ellen Mason were set to leave Ye Dolphin after 24 years, and the  Bay Folk Club held a Farewell Night featuring the Men of Staithes (they were the Fishermen’s Choir in the days of fish) which raised £70 for the RNLI. Dave and Ellen now hope to leave in 2018!

NOVEMBER: News breaks that local businessman Andy Fidler, owner of the Victoria Hotel, has bought the full size replica of HMS Endeavour and plans to move it from Stockton to become a tourist attraction in Whitby.

The CCT announce that repair work has begun at Old St. Stephen’s Church. The cost is estimated at over £80,000 with grant funding of £68,200 from North York Moors National Park.

DECEMBER: Having been Bayfair Editor since 1995, Jim Foster produced his final (and 250th) issue of Bayfair, before handing over to new Editor Matt Crossland for 2018.

Robin Hood’s Bay’s 24th Victorian Weekend is a big success, with lots of new events and attractions. The Victorian Craft Fair in the Village Hall was very popular, but the snowy weather forecast encouraged many visitors to leave for home earlier than they might. Lots of people gave their time and effort for free to help make the event a success.