October 16, 2018

Draft Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 17.12.12

The Draft Minutes of the December Parish Council Meeting are now available from the website CLICK HERE (pdf Reader required)

High Speed Broadband – Update

Colin has kindly provided an update on the local High Speed Broadband Scheme.

You can read it here : Broadband Report 26th January 2013 (pdf Reader required)

Has anyone got a small cage suitable for a cat to recover in after suffering a road traffic accident

Our gorgeous cat, Vic, was hit by an inconsiderate (and propably speeding) motorist yesterday tea time. He has got a fractured pelvis and when we are able to bring him home from the vets, we need a cage to keep him from wandering around too far or jumping. Please can anyone lend us a cage for a short while? If you have one, could you ring us on 468001.

many thanks
Fiona & Nigel Davies

York Archaeological Trust

On Thursday 21st February, Dr Andrew Jones of the York Archaeological Trust will be giving a talk entitled “A Life in Ruins” to the ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton Women’s Institute. As usual all ladies are welcome and as this promises to be a fascinating talk, the WI ladies have decided to cordially invite local gentlemen too. So, gentlemen, if you are interested in local heritage and archaeology, why not come along on Thursday 21st February. The talk will start at 7.30pm in Sand Hutton & Claxton village hall and there will be a small entrance charge of £3 per person (normal visitor rate), payable on the night. We look forward to welcoming you!

FERA Developments

From Todays Evening Press – FERA to launch new food safety training base in Sand Hutton

click on the link below for more details


Caroline’s Garden Diaries : Australian Frangipani 22.1.13


Change of scene: cut to Australia. I’m in Sydney, it’s summer, it’s hot, and in the gardens there are frangipani, oleanders, jasmine, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and lots more exotic tropical beauties whose names I don’t know. I don’t even know where to begin with naming them as they are so unfamiliar. But there are also roses, geraniums and marigolds, so it’s a strange mixture in the gardens here that rather sums up the whole experience of being in Australia. Our first evening here, just off the plane, we walked up to the shops to buy milk for a cup of tea, a very English thing to do but the night was warm, the insects were loud, there was a strong sweet scent of frangipani, Orion was upside down, and the moon was back to front.

I first got to know frangipani in Brisbane six years ago where it grew everywhere, but I had to look it up in a garden book to find out what it was. Frangipani? I thought it was a sort of cake, or flavouring; no, it’s a small tropical tree. But I have discovered that one theory about its name is that it comes from a French concoction, frangipanier, made from congealed milk, resembling the milky sap of the plant. (The other theory is that it’s named after an Italian, Marquis Frangipani, who created a perfume to scent gloves – essential, don’t you think? – that smelled like the tree.) And to me, the flowers look like a confection made from royal icing for decorating a wedding cake.
When you look closely at a single frangipani flower, it is exquisite; beautifully furled in the bud, the five petals then open out, carefully overlapping, each thick and creamy with a delicately stained egg-yolk yellow centre. There are frangipani of reds and pinks; one flower I found dropped from a tree had a painterly twist of pink on the back of each petal – gorgeous.

Big Garden Birdwatch 26/27 January

We are finding it pretty chilly in our villages this snowy weekend but spare a thought for our garden (and farm!) birds who have to eat all day just to make it through the cold night. I know quite a lot of local people provide food for garden birds and enjoy seeing them in the garden and another way you can help is to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

The RSPB gather data together from all over the country and this helps them spot birds that are declining and also those species that are doing well. The date for the Big Birdwatch this year is 26/27th January and you just need to count all the birds that land in your garden for 1 hour and send the results to the RSPB. There is lots more information on this on the RSPB website, http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/

Let us know how you get onwith your Big Garden Birdwatch  (use the comments below) and if you spot anything unusual….

cancellation of event at village hall

Due to the snowy conditions the Bridge Day at Sand Hutton Village Hall, organised for Monday January 21st has been cancelled. It has been re-scheduled for March 18th 2013.

Women’s Institute

On Thursday, I attended my first WI meeting and am now one of the 212,000 or so National members. Apparently there are 7,000 WI’s across the UK and whilst the Claxton & Sand Hutton branch may be small, it is perfectly formed. There was also another new member that night and although we weren’t quite sure what to expect, we both found a very friendly group who made us welcome. The first talk of the year was a fascinating insight into the workings of York Minster after the doors are closed at night. Given by a former Minster policeman who shared some of his experiences when on the night duty and what experiences he’d had! From a group of gents streaking across the precinct at the dead of night in Winter (Why? – you might ask) to strange sounds coming from an empty Minster in the early hours that needed to be investigated, he’d seen and heard it all. I’m already looking forward to next month’s meeting – more about that later.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries – The Fairy Primrose : 18.01.13

I’ve just potted up three little plants of Primula malacoides, the Fairy Primrose. They’re very small, having been in my cold greenhouse until two weeks ago, but I brought a trayful of these toddlers in and they’ve been growing up rapidly in the warmth and light of a south-facing window-sill. Even the tiniest ones now have buds, but the larger ones are coming into flower, so I’m potting them up as presents to take when I visit a friend later today.

Primula malacoides used to be a very popular houseplant, but it has fallen out of fashion. I used to grow it every winter in our last house that had a north-facing conservatory where it did well, and I had a whole shelf of beautiful, elegant, fairies in a lovely range of pinks, mauves, and white. The flowers come in whorls, first a tight bud that spreads into a ring of small primrose flowers, then out of the centre of that one comes a second whorl, then a third, and so on up to ten or so, by which time the stalk is leaning over gracefully and you might then want to cut it off and put the still flowering tip into a vase.

As a sign of its decline, Suttons seem to have stopped selling seeds of P. malacoides, and I can only get them from Chilterns Seeds but I’m finding that the range of colours is getting smaller every year; this year, most of the plants have white flowers and the rest are a pale lilac – still very pretty, but I miss the others. Growing them from seed is quite a job, as the seedlings are the tiniest little plants that you ever deal with; I prick them out into dolls-house pots, about an inch diameter, and as they grow, they need potting on two or three times more. I suppose that’s why they are unpopular, too much time and effort. But having potted up over 40 seedlings this year, I had several to give away (perfect timing for Christmas), several to put round the house in place of flowers cut from the garden, and several to take to a plant sale, where I made £5.50; in fact, I hope the Fairy Primrose doesn’t come back into fashion, and I’ll be sorted for Christmas presents.

You can view all of Caroline’s Garden Diaries here : http://www.claxton-sandhutton.org.uk/carolines-garden-diaries/