December 11, 2018

Village Defibrillators (York Press)

York Evening Press article on the new Defibrillators in Claxton & Sand Hutton.

“A pair of neighbouring North Yorkshire villages now have access to life-saving medical equipment thanks to a huge fundraising campaign by a community-minded husband and wife”.

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Caroline’s Garden Diaries 23.4.13 : Spring Work

As predicted, Spring’s here and there’s a lot to do. Weeding, cutting back old stems of last year’s perennials, mulching round new shoots, planting new things (which usually involves moving round several more that have been displaced by the favoured newcomer), sowing seeds, pricking out seedlings; it can feel a bit overwhelming at this time of year especially after such an awful autumn and winter when things didn’t get done.

Not sure what to do first, so delay by looking round and admiring. I’ve just read a justification of this in a definition of a plantsman “ one who looks at every single plant every single day”, so now I’m calling myself a plantswoman. But of course, if you look at every single plant every day, you will also notice the problems they’re having; seeing the wood anemones just appearing under the apple tree, I realize the comfrey I’ve also planted there 2 years ago as good groundcover is too greedy in the ground it covers. Similarly, there’s a dear little pale-yellow anemone that needs help as it’s trying to grow in the middle of a clump of tough old Geranium magnificum. Decision made, attend to the anemones.

Paradoxically, in a so-called “natural” garden, there is always a need to intervene in the tussles that the plants have in living together, because if you don’t, the strongest will take over and the garden would be very limited in its appeal (sounds like society at large). The aim is to allow the plants as much freedom as possible by self-seeding and spreading into others to make interesting combinations, but also to live in some kind of harmony so the garden as a whole is a pleasure to be in. Natural gardens are not low maintenance.


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Women’s Institute – April Meeting

Thursday evening saw a large turnout (over 30) for our musical evening as the Claxton & Sand Hutton ladies were joined by members from other WI branches.

George Horne, the very popular local singer regaled us with amusing stories from his musical life which started at the age of 8 years when he sang in a church gang show. After National Service, George became a teacher near Doncaster and joined the local Amateur Dramatic group who were (as he quickly discovered) woefully short of men.

We heard about one production of The Pirates of Penzance which was going so well until the curtain wouldn’t rise. But as we all know, the ‘show must go on’ so the cast sang their song from behind the curtain – to great applause from the audience who seemed to think it was all part of the show!

We also heard about a wonderful performance of The Desert Song where all 8 men of the cast had to play both Arabs and Legionnaires – extremely quick changes being the order of the night!

Later when he moved to York, George joined the York Amateurs and extended his repertoire with shows such as Show Boat, The Music Man, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof.

Interspersed with his trip down memory lane, George sang a number of his favourite songs including “I won’t send Roses” (Mac & Mabel), “Unforgettable”, “Wonderful World”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Leaning on a Lamp post” (with audience participation) and finished with a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline”.

After the music, we had a special visit from Rachel Hirst (of Knit & Natter fame) to talk about and encourage us to take part in a special knitting event called ‘Heartsease’. There are 1.5 million children suffering from neglect and abuse in the UK. Kids Company (a London based charity) works with 36,000 of these young people – 6,000 of them are small children. We were asked to knit a small heart shaped bag for one of these little people which the Kids Company team will then use in therapy session with those children they are working with. The bags will contain messages of hope and the ‘pockets’ can hold small keep-sakes and treasures. Rachel also gave out knitting patterns for the bags.

Saturday Social

Don’t forget tomorrow’s Saturday Social in the village hall from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Local produce and plants to buy. Get a sneak preview of this year’s village show. Find out what the local heritage group is doing.

The community library will also be open – we now have over 500 books and DVDs to borrow.

Come for refreshments & home-made cakes with your neighbours!

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Revisited

The Parish Council is working with North Yorkshire Police to see whether we can rejuvenate the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Claxton and Sand Hutton. The North Yorkshire Police website describes the scheme as:-
Neighbourhood Watch is a long established countywide voluntary organisation based on the simple philosophy of “getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder to make your neighbourhood a safer and better place to live, work and play”.

It sounds to be a really good idea for a rural village community like ours.

But for the idea to work in our villages, we need some residents to want to join and support the scheme. Hopefully you will have worked out that there is a Saturday Social event this Saturday 20th April in the Village Hall at 10.30am! We are hoping that Gail Cook from Ryedale District Council, PCSO Nicki Pounder and also Ryedale South Beat Manager PC Paul Fenwick will come along with leaflets and information and will be able to chat to you about what is involved. It is a great chance to find out more, talk to the police and have a piece of cake at the same time!

Look out for more information on the NHW scheme on this website and notice boards in the coming weeks.

Saturday Social

Just 3 days to go until the Saturday Social in the village hall 10.30am – 12.30pm. Please come and support this community event!

Village Hall Clean

Announcing the great spring clean of Claxton and Sand Hutton Village Hall.

Please come along and help. Jobs of all descriptions for all ages

Saturday 4th May
10:00 – Finish (please come along, even for just half a hour!)

Saturday Social

4 days and counting! Don’t forget to pop into the village hall this Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm. Lots of lovely local produce and plants to buy, find out about local clubs and the new NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME and meet neighbours over a cuppa and scrummy home made cakes.

Women in Harmony – pianist wanted

Women in Harmony are looking for a pianist/keyboard player to accompany them at rehearsals, and for occasional performances. We meet on 2 Thursday evenings each month at 7pm in the Village Hall.
If you might be able to help, please contact Caroline Hall 01904 468376 or

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 15.4.13 : It’s Here!

Spring has sprung! Can’t go back to miserable winter now – a tide of yellow is covering the land, the daffodils are coming. Also forsythia, primroses and celandines. If celandines weren’t wild flowers we’d buy them in hundreds, they’re so beautifully bright and shiny, but instead because they are so good at growing, like the Cuckoo pint, we try to keep them out of the garden. But we’ve certainly splurged on the daffodils, they’re everywhere, along verges, on village greens, in pots, in every garden, and of course, in York, on the Walls.

I’m afraid I get a bit grumpy seeing Tete-a-Tete used all over the place; I love this little daffodil but not in straight lines along a verge. It’s a matter of taste, of course, and to my eyes, Tete-a-Tete looks much better in places of the right scale, nestling under taller shrubs or in the front of borders between shoots of perennials just emerging. It gets put everywhere because it’s easy, cheap and tough, will thrive anywhere and multiply (funny how that’s OK for a daffodil but not for a celandine or a spotted arum) – qualities that make it a good flower to grow for cutting. A little vase of two or three Tete-a-Tetes together with the first forget-me-nots, Pulmonaria or even a late crocus is so pretty.

Another paradox: with snowdrops I don’t care what varieties I grow as long as I’ve got lots, but with daffodils, I am much more selective – maybe one’s grateful for anything that flowers in January and February, or maybe the differences between snowdrops are scarcely visible. So with daffodils, I prefer the smaller ones akin to our native Lenten Lily, such as W.P. Milner, and the ones that look slightly frightened, such as Dove Wings or Jenny – a beautiful pale daffodil that lasts and lasts and reminds me of good friends.


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