December 17, 2018

Parish Council Minutes

Minutes from the February Parish Council meeting are now available.

These and all previous minutes and agendas from the Parish Council are available from the Parish Council Pages of the website [Click Here] - Adobe PDF Reader Required.

Women’s Institute – February Meeting

Last night’s talk by Dr Andrew Jones of York Archaeological Trust was a fascinating insight into the 5 year dig of the Hungate area of York, the biggest ever archaeological dig in York City Centre.

Dr Jones painted us a picture of life in Hungate stretching from the early 20th C back to the Romano/British period. We heard about the 1 up/1 down terraced and back to back dwellings of the mid 19th C which although without running water had gas lighting installed since the site also housed the Union Gasworks making it cheap to pipe gas to the houses.

We saw pictures of the remains of Duckett’s Tipper flush toilet (also called a ‘slop water’ closet) which was housed in an outside communal toilet block. After the earlier communal toilet (probably a dry pit toilet, which would have been only occasionally cleaned out), this new toilet must have seemed like the height of modernity (!) Of course, it was not plumbed into to any water source so without rain and the concerted effort to tip used water into it, it would not have flushed.

The excavation also uncovered some remains of the medieval Cordwainers’ Hall, the Guild Hall of leatherworkers. Remains of a Viking building, made of boat planks was discovered – the first time re-used timbers had been found in the walls of a building of this period in York. Our Viking ancestors were also keen on recycling it seems! Although a ‘Viking-Age’ structure, the planks were not from a Viking boat but more likely a boat from South East England. The building was not like those found in Coppergate which had ground floors, so it is believed that it was probably a cellar-like building used for storing food.

Finally we reached the Romano/British settlement and the discovery of pots, a cobbled road and graves. Not surprisingly then, the team also uncovered human remains although the 12th C church of St John in the Marsh itself remains un-excavated as this area will not be redeveloped.

Even though it was a cold night, there was a good turnout of members for the talk and the WI ladies also welcomed several guests.

Red Nose Bake ON

Now you’ve seen the Poster some of you have asked for contact details for the day.
You can call Jo Wheldon on 468186 or Viv Tidball on 468470.
Happy baking & eating!

Caroline’s Garden Diaries : Garden Visiting 13.2.13

Unplanned visit to Everglades, a garden in Leura, a pretty town on the Blue Mountains. I’ve been left there with a sandwich in my hand while Anne goes to a meeting at the Wildplant nursery.

No idea what this garden is about and I want to eat my sandwich, so where’s a nice corner? Wandered around a corner and wow! Sandwich nearly fell out of my hand. Amazing view over the mountains! But nowhere to sit; retrace steps back to rather dull lawn redeemed by bench; sandwich eaten. Now for the garden………

I should have read the guidebook first and not been distracted by a sandwich. This garden is listed in a book “1001 Gardens to Visit Before You Die”. And I’m here by chance, I could have died and not visited. I had been looking for some good gardens to visit and found in the library the Aussie equivalent of our Yellow Book (National Gardens Scheme) but it didn’t include Everglades. Anyway, I did visit, and did do it properly, i.e. read some background, try to understand the design, and get the feel of it.

What makes Everglades special is not only the sandwich-dropping view but also how well the garden sits in it. It’s on the Blue Mountains that are nothing like mountains as we know, but form a plateau dissected by enormous canyons and rifts of stupendous depth. So the garden has a series of terraces stepping down the hillside, a rocky watercourse going through glades of tall trees and ferns, a waterfall in a ferny grotto, all looking utterly natural (although, of course, requiring incredible construction works).

The planting is very familiar near the house – lilacs, cherry trees, rhododendrons, conifers, dogwoods, underplanted by anemones, pentstemons, lilies, (specially pleased to see hydrangea Annabelle that I have from Buttercrambe nursery) – but then it gently merges into native bush with some gorgeous eucalypts and banksias. It is the fitting of a garden to its location that I love, and in this exceptional place, Everglades fits exceptionally well.


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Be a Viking in York!

16th to 24th February is the 28th Annual Jorvik Viking Festival in York and there are loads of Viking things to do! Sword combat, willow weaving, storytelling, mead tasting and even the Annual Best Beard Competition and much more are taking place over the next few days at various venues in York and also Murton Park. Programme of events can be found at

Minster FM local hero awards

Please convey many congratulations to Bill and Liz Heath on receiving the Minster FM’ Local Heroes Award’ for making a difference in the community. The award was received on their behalf by their daughters and sons in law on Friday evening at a Gala Evening at The Racecourse, York

Caroline’s Garden Diaries : Going Native 8.2.13


Did some real gardening today, weeding and watering at the Katoomba Native Plant Nursery. Didn’t get hands dirty as cliché would demand, but did get soaked, first from the inevitable temptations of wielding hosepipe (water fight with friend Anne), then sprayer fell off hosepipe so it delivered several gallons of water onto me, just in case I’d forgotten what it’s like to live in England.

The nursery is the home of the Blue Mountains Wildplant Rescue Service, a charity started in 1993 to save indigenous plants of the Blue Mountains threatened by urban development. As well as growing these “rescued plants”, the nursery propagates thousands of native plants from locally-collected seeds and cuttings for sale to gardeners and significantly, to local authorities for planting in parks and on roadsides to preserve the local biodiversity. Friend Anne is in fact the current President of the charity, working with other volunteers to run the nursery, but also to spread the word about the significance of preserving the natural plant heritage. Since I visited last year (my job: prick out hundreds of baby tea trees), Anne has successfully led a campaign to get the support of local environmental council officers for new equipment for the nursery.
The photo shows the new tables in use; weeding is now much easier since the plants in their tubes are at waist height; before, we had to sit round an old wheelbarrow with a tray balanced on it and then lift up each rack of tubes to be weeded. The next project is to get funds for an automatic watering system, so no water fights next year?


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Dog Fouling

Safer Ryedale has launched a new campaign to crackdown on dog owners who do not pick up after their pet.
Patrols will be stepped up and £50 fines will be issued to irresponsible dog owners, in a bid to reduce the amount of dog waste left on any designated land open to the air and to which the public have access.
Whilst many dog owners in Ryedale are extremely diligent in picking up their dog mess, Inspector Andy Everitt of NYP believes it is time for all dog owners to step up to the mark. RDC has said that properly bagged dog waste can be placed in any litter bin. There are also 2 specific dog waste bins in Claxton – on the Green and near the entrance of Kirk Balk Lane.

Comic relief – Red Nose bake sale

Red Nose bake sale in aid of comic relief. Saturday 16th March 2013 – 10am to 12am.

Whinny Lane Claxton

Road maintenance works are due to commence on Monday 4 March on A64 near the junction of Whinny Lane. At times during the works, no vehicles will be able to enter or leave A64 at its junction with Whinny Lane. The Highways notification placed in the Gazette & Herald on 6 Feb is shown above.