December 14, 2018

Learning Opportunity – Howsham Mill

I just wanted to flag up a local project which is happening in the new year at Howsham Mill It’s a course for adult learners offered by the University of York that will explore the mill which is currently being renovated – many of the archival records for the site are housed at Malton library – and we’re looking for learners to engage with the site and explore the raw materials of history. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire to engage with a local heritage treasure.

You can find out more at – we aim to start on 7 January, with sessions at the University campus at Heslington and at Howsham Mill itself.

Iain Barr

Share your best Xmas howlers ….

It’s that time of year again – share your best (or worst) cracker jokes.

Submit your seasonal mirth using the box below and click the ‘Post Comment’ Button.

Keep checking back for more festive gags.

Wishing everybody a Merry Xmas and a happy and peaceful 2013 from the C&SH Parish web team.

Claxton & Sand Hutton Heritage

I have attached a copy of a postcard of The Light Railway Sand Hutton. The man standing beside the engine is believed to be Jack Clark an auxiliary engine driver . The card was published by W Bramley of The Electric Printing Works, Cross Gates Leeds. There is no date on the card but other work by Bramley would suggest the mid 1920′s. I also have a postcard of the same period with 5 views of Sand Hutton.

If the Heritage group have an interest please contact me 468798.

Paul McLaughlin

Sand Hutton Bluebell woods.

Dear Sir / Madam,

I contact you on behalf of our family. We recently purchased Helmby Wood on the road to Upper Helmsley. Our eventual plan is manage the woodland for wildlfie and hold open and event days. I have tried making contact with the local historical society as i am a qualified archaeologist and wanted to offer my expertise to the local groups but have had no reply.


Community Library Update

The Community Library will be open on Monday 17th as usual but then closed on Xmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It will re-open Monday 7 January 2013.

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 17th December

The next meeting of the Claxton and Sand Hutton Parish Council is next Monday – 17th December. The meeting will start at 7.30pm and discuss current issues for our parish, finances, planning applications and correspondence. We also hope that PCSO Nicki Pounder will be attending, together with Gail Cooke of Ryedale District Council to discuss the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. As long as duties will allow, Nicki will also stay for the public forum session of the meeting. The meeting will take place in Sand Hutton Village Hall as usual.
If you have questions about the meeting, you can contact the clerk, Fiona Hill at

Carol singing in Sand Hutton

Women in Harmony will be singing carols round and about Sand Hutton on Thursday 20th December.

Do join us if you’d like to sing (men allowed!) – meeting at the bottom of Hall Drive at 6pm.

Collection for cancer charities.

Saturday Social

Saturday Social – if you didn’t come, you missed a treat!
Open house at the Village Hall today gave a great opportunity for people to find out what’s going on in our two villages: to sign up for the many local groups; to meet Parish Councillors who were there in force (but didn’t need to twist arms to find volunteers for Snow Clearance scheme – to be called on soon?); and to vote on the format of future village shows – the evidence is we like it as it is!

Wonderful local products went like hot cakes, especially the famed Bullivant pork pies, Fiona and Nigel’s honey (beautifully dressed for Christmas), Deborah’s jewellery, Ann and Linda’s cards, and Caroline’s fairy primroses. An innovation was a stall selling Fairtrade products, the inspiration of the White family who also made £20 for the charity with their cake stall – well done, girls!

So, a big “thank you” to the W.I ladies who made delicious coffee with the new cafetieres we’ve been able to buy for the Village Hall; to everyone who contributed photos for Lorraine Holmes’ splendid display of information on What’s On; and to all stall holders; and finally, to everyone who came to make it a truly “Saturday Social”.

Remember a loved one this Christmas Time

Hang a bauble with the name of your loved one on the Christmas tree in St. Mary’s Church Sand Hutton.
£3 per bauble, money box and baubles available in the church for you to do when you are passing.
Available from Friday 7th December
Also available at

  • Carols and Readings with Amici on Sunday 9th December 10.30 am


  • Crib and Christingle service on Christmas Eve 4.30 pm

If you cannot get to the church and would like to hang a bauble on the tree, contact Rosy Miers York 468481 who will be happy to hang one for you.

Christmas Social is Coming!

This Saturday – 8th December from 10.30am until 12.30 in Sand Hutton Village Hall. Drop in for a cup of tea or real coffee and a mince pie and you will be able to chat with friends and see what is happening in our villages. There will be a variety of local produce on sale including honey, bead jewellery, organic flour and the fantastic Vicarage Farm pork pies. This social will have a Christmas atmosphere with wreaths, Fairtrade gifts, cakes and handmade cards to buy as well.
So please pop in and join us for a festive social – see you tomorrow at the Village Hall.