December 19, 2018

How Big are your Courgettes??

Hopefully, your vegetables are developing well for the Village Show. But before that, there is the Summer Saturday Social on 10th August in the Village Hall, Sand Hutton and you can bring any spare courgettes and other fruit, veg and cut flowers along to that. If they are sold on the Plant and Veg stall, you will get back a contribution.

You can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake whilst browsing the stalls and finding out about village events. We hope the police will drop in again to talk some more about Neighbourhood Watch and perhaps do some more knitting (Knit and Natter had them hooked last time). There will be local produce and craft to buy including the famous Vicarage Farm pork pies.

So please call in and catch up between 10:30 and 12:30 on Saturday 10th August.

item for ‘barter’

New home required for superb quality, single drawer divan bed in immaculate condition.

In exchange for a donation to the Claxton & Sand Hutton De Fib Fund

Silentnight Miracoil Supreme. Two drawers.

Current on-line discount price for a similar bed is over £300

Bedside cabinet also available.

Free local delivery.  To view call Rachel on 01904 468336

Knit & Natter Gathering

The next meeting of Claxton & Sand Hutton Knit and Natter is on Monday 5th. August, 10.00am to 12 noon in the village hall. New knitters always welcome. Further information from Rachel, 01904 468336

Women’s Institute – July Meeting

Thursday evening saw a large turnout of 35 as the Claxton & Sand Hutton ladies were joined by members from other WI branches to listen to the evening talk given by Chris Beavers of the Minster Broderers, on textiles in York Minster.

Chris introduced us to archive material plus the rarely seen textiles of the Lenten set and Advent set.

The borderers have traditionally been seen as a ‘secret society’ but nowadays they are keen to open up their mysteries. All 19 are volunteers who usually work on a rota basis once per fortnight. It all started in the 1980s with the creation of the WI frontal (the large alter cloth) and they have worked out of a number of sites including St William’s College and even the Stonemason’s Yard (a remarkably clean environment apparently!) but currently reside in the Minster library.

The working conditions are interesting for those borderers working on frontals. The frames supporting the cloth are 16 feet long and 4 feet 6 inches wide. We heard how the design is traced and then tacked onto the fabric. The borderers work in pairs – one works on the cloth from above and their partner lays on a mattress under the frame and works on it from below – the phrase “sleeping on the job” takes on a whole new meaning! For those who wonder, an alter cloth takes around 4 and a half years to complete – a true labour of love.

The Lenten set came from a design commissioned by the Chapter and included motifs of the cross, crown of thorns, cockerel, clouds and rocks. As the design is reproduced on a variety of pieces including the alter cloth, chasuble, stole and scapulae, it has to ‘work’ on different levels.
The Advent set has the York rose superimposed on the star of Bethlehem with a blue background. Both sets are sumptuous to look at.

We also heard about the Richardson Memorial Copes which were last used when the Queen visited York to present the Maundy money last year.

Overall, it was a fascinating insight into the work of a small team of ladies (there used to be 2 gentlemen as well) who give up their time to create the exquisite vestments and alter cloths used within York Minster, so next time you visit the Minster do take a closer look at those alter cloths!

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 20.7.2013: “The Glory of the Garden”

“……such gardens are not made
By singing: – “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade.” (Kipling)
No, indeed, but isn’t it wonderful to be forced to do it at the moment, weather being too hot to do anything else (one reason for going to hot countries – can only sit and read by the pool).
Makes me remember that many people’s reason for having a garden is to sit in it or in my case, lie in recliner, looking up at blue sky, listening to bees busy in the sweet chestnut. Bliss.
Have been musing recently on why we garden, and why we have gardens, ever since visiting a most beautiful garden; it’s one that depends on employing a full-time gardener, so owner comes back from work and has a lovely place to walk around in but it seemed to me that the gardener was the one having all the fun. Not that he’s “grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives” but as Kipling is saying, the work is what’s important – what goes on behind the stately views, “The Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.” Have come to earth-shattering conclusion that the main reason I have a garden is so I can garden.

Also realized that musing on this after the visit is partly motivated by feelings of inadequacy as a gardener. They had a gorgeous romantic area full of blue campanulas and white foxgloves, exactly the colour scheme I’d originally intended for my main flower-bed, but you’d never guess – there are some blue and white things but somehow, also a magenta geranium, yellow phlomis, and lurid-red oriental poppy. Major replanting needed in the autumn, but meanwhile, I’ll sit in the shade and plan it.

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Saturday Social


Our next Summer Saturday Social will be held in the village hall on

10 August 2013 between 10.30am and 12.30

Coffee and cake, village groups, Local products,

 Pork pies, flowers, plant stall,

Community Library, Website, News,

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Call in and catch up!

Ideas always welcome for other activities to be included, please contact the organisers:-

Caroline Hall – 468376;  Angela Steele – 468396; Laura Edwards – 468207 

Look out for further news on the website

A picture from the April Saturday Social – the knitting policeman!

Agenda of forthcoming Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held at Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall on 8th July 2013 is available from the Parish Council Pages on the Parish Website (Click Here)

Embroidery – Women’s Institute

Ladies – if you enjoy embroidery, why not come to this month’s WI on Thursday 18 July. Chris Beavers from York Minster Broderers will be this month’s guest speaker on what promises to be a fascinating talk.

Starting at 7.30pm in the village hall, non members pay just £3 on the night and you can be assured of a very warm welcome from our friendly group.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 4.06.13: Weeding the seedings

All very well leaving plants to sow themselves, but you need to know what their babies look like when you’re weeding; I’ve just realized I’ve been pulling up some seedlings of a very nice annual flax I grew last year and on which I’d left the seedpods to ripen, hoping I might get a crop this year. Only when about to take out a good-looking young plant did I remember this idea; also not sure what the flax looked like as a young thing – you need memory for this seeding game, not much hope for me then. Waiting to see if this nice plant turns into nice blue-flowered flax.

I do remember what Astrantia ‘Shaggy’ seedlings look like, currently growing them carefully in greenhouse; Shaggy’s a super plant, if with horrid name; has intricate flowers, longer petals in outer collar and lots of quivery long stamens in the middle, a great cut flower. Then yesterday, about to weed out yet more for-get-me-nots, two little seedlings looked different – ah! like those in greenhouse – and they’re near a grown-up Shaggy.

Of course, you also need to recognize the babies of plants you don’t want (weeds); last year, I carefully preserved an interesting-looking seedling, watched out for it and waited with great expectations for the flower, only to realize I had grown a monster – it was ragwort, which you’re not supposed to grow. Actually, I still think it’s a handsome plant. Just been reading the fascinating story of its evolution as an new species in this country; already knew about it spreading from Oxford Botanic Garden (where its parents had met) by getting to the railway station and being blown along railway lines, but didn’t know that it had a brief encounter with a groundsel near York railway station, and produced York groundsel.

Meanwhile, it’s time to sow Primula malacoides again, hope to have them flowering by the Saturday Social in December. I’ve been told of several from last year’s that are still flowering – another super plant.

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