November 21, 2018

Christmas Fair

We are running a fundraising Christmas Fair in aid of Barton Le Willows Playgroup (Reg Charity No. 1032536). Saturday 17th November 10 til 3 at the village Hall. Free Admission. Raffle

There will be various stalls (Sloe Motion, Phoenix cards, The Blessed Olive, Pot Doodles, Usbourne books, personalised crafts, cakes and many more).

Refreshments available.

Further enquiries: Tel 01653 696915, Email

Community Library

A number of new titles have been added to the Community Library.

For more details click here

Saturday Social

Our next Saturday Social will be on Saturday 8 December from 10.30am – 12.30.
Further details will be posted soon.

Village Hall Committee Meeting – Monday 22nd Oct

The Village Hall Committee will be meeting in Sand Hutton Village Hall on Monday 22nd October at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along and hear the discussion on events, use of the hall, cleaning, maintenance and the finances. New ideas / helpers are always welcomed!

MyHealth – Strensall Medical

Following contact from patients, MyHealth (the new name for Strensall Medical Practice) has now extended its’ boundary to include the villages of Whenby, Scackleton, Wiganthorpe, Terrington, Ganthorpe, Bulmer, Welburn and Whitwell on the Hill.  The practice will continue to provide an extensive range of services, including extended surgery opening hours, same day appointments, online appointment and repeat prescription facilities.

For further information on the surgery, its’ services and opening hours, please visit our website or telephone 01904 490532.

Bags to Sand Hutton School – next Wednesday!

Please help raise funds for our local village school by bringing bags of second hand clothing to Sand Hutton Primary school on Wednesday 24th October. It is a good excuse to have a look through your cupboards and clear out any clothing, bedding, curtains, shoes, belts or handbags that you no longer use.

Just pop the clothes/ materials in a bag eg a bin bag and then you can take them down to the school playground on 24th (pre 9.30am please) or if you prefer, leave the bags visible on your doorstep before 1pm on Tuesday 23rd October and they will be collected that afternoon.

The school receives about £5 for each bag collected (the donations are resold, reused or recycled) and it helps raise funds for really important aspects of school life such as coach hire for school trips, new books for the library, outdoor teaching equipment, wildlife study areas and many other projects. So please have a rummage through your drawers and a clear out and support your local school at the same time!

High Speed Broadband – Update

It is now 12 months since the original meeting which led to the formation of the South West Ryedale Broadband Scheme group. During this time we have achieved
  • support, debate and engagement for the scheme from across all of the Parishes
  • a completed draft PRG submission demonstrating very strong evidence of demand in our area from both residents and businesses
  • engaged with the Community, the Parish, District and County Councils
  • a good understanding of the considerations (technical, commercial and other) and issues of bringing quality broadband into the villages
  • identification of several potential routes for delivery (backhaul) into the villages
There have however been some significant challenges and delays in bringing the scheme to fruition, which have stunted our progress to date. These have affected all of the proposed community schemes and are not unique to South West Ryedale.
Last month saw the launch of ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’ at Fountains Abbey. This is the scheme which is now in place to deliver better quality broadband across the whole of the County and is distinct from the PRG scheme we have been pursuing with Ryedale District Council. The essential elements of ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’  are as follows:
  • In common with the rest of the country, BT have been chosen as the lead service provider and will provide the lead role in delivery. The scheme will see total investment of around £50 million across North Yorkshire.
  • BT have committed to bringing broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps across the County (100% coverage) with 90% being enabled with ‘Superfast’ (up to 24Mbps) speeds by 2014.
Whilst this is really good news, we will not know until the end of the year which (if any) of our villages is covered under the ‘Superfast’ 90%. This means that we will not now be in a position to progress the PRG submission and engage meaningfully with service providers until January at the earliest. The BT scheme will also potentially open up new approaches to backhaul provision, which will need to be considered carefully in our own plans.
Moving forward it is being proposed that we work more closely with the adjacent Wolds & Thixendale scheme and a joint session has already taken place. This will help us pool resources and support.
Comments and questions welcome (form below).
Further updates will be available via the website at
Andrew Fawcett

Agenda for Parish Council Meeting October 15th

The Parish Council meeting will take place at Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall on 15th October at 7.30pm.

The Agenda for the meeting is available from the link below

Agenda 15th October

Apple pressing & cider party

Nigel & Fiona Davies would like to invite you to the Balnakeil Apple Pressing and Cider Party 2012
Sunday 14th October at Balnakeil, Claxton, from 10am till all the apples are pressed and the cider drunk!

If you’d like to turn your windfalls into juice or cider then bring them along and join in the fun. No experience required, even the kids will want to have a go at turning the press and watching the juice pour out of the bottom. Ready for drinking with nothing added. You can’t get fresher than that. Don’t forget to bring plenty of containers with lids to take your apple juice home in. And if you haven’t any apples, well come along anyway and we’ll find you a job and give you a glass of cider.

Soup and bread for lunch. Tea and cakes in the afternoon. Contributions of cakes would be most welcome. Do ring to let us know if you are coming. Wear warm clothes!

Cheers from Nigel & Fiona RSVP 468001

Community Library News

Due to unforseen circumstances the Community Library WILL NOT be open this coming Monday – 15 October. Sincere Apologies.

However, the Library WILL be open on Wed 17th during the regular community lunch (12 – 2pm) so feel free to pop in then if you wish to return/borrow books.