November 21, 2018

September WI Meeting

This month’s meeting saw a large turnout of members who came to hear the delightful musings of Sister Agatha Leach of the Bar Convent in York.

Sister Agatha began by asking us to consider her view that “success is not always helpful but failure is”. We heard about her trips to Turkey escorting groups to visit places off the tourist track such as Harran – “so much more interesting” and how it was during her visit to Sanilurfa (the birthplace of Abraham) and seeing how several faiths lived side by side, that she had the idea of creating a multi faith care complex for the elderly (especially those with dementia).

We heard how Sister Agatha was “good at having the ideas” (although they were not always financially viable!) and that “when you fail, something better always comes along”. Persevering, a committee of people with the right skills eventually brought about her dream and today a 90-bed, multi faith care complex in Hunslet, Leeds is testament to her determination. ‘Assisi House’, run by the Methodist Housing Association offers all types of care for any older person regardless of their beliefs.

Sister Agatha also gave us an insight into life at The Bar Convent (whose community of nuns was founded by a Yorkshire woman Mary Ward in 1585). From there, the community ran a school for 299 years, until in 1985 it was transferred to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to form part All Saints Catholic School. Today, the Bar Convent is still home to Mary Ward’s religious order and the Grade 1 listed buildings remain open to the public as a museum, shop and café with a guest house and meeting rooms, all run by the Bar Convent Trust.

The whole evening was an enjoyable, amusing and fascinating account of a wonderful lady’s vocation.

October’s meeting sounds to be an equally interesting night as we will be hosting a cookery evening courtesy of local business “Feast”. All ladies are welcome to join us – more details to follow shortly.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 29.9.13 – Hot Stuff

I’m in Granada, wondering about gardening in Spain; one clue is Saturday newspaper that has everything you could possibly want to know about handbags but has nothing on gardening whereas Saturday paper at home has entire gardening supplement. And haven’t found any magazines on gardening, only Casa y Campo and Casa en Campo (our House and Garden and Country Living?). Granada University has a Botanic Garden that doesn’t deserve the name – reminds me of a Botanic Garden I found in middle of desert near Almeria that had a genuine rock garden, i.e. full of labeled rocks.

There are gardens and parks, of course, including beautiful gardens of Generalife in the Alhambra. And the old Moorish houses, called Carmens, have lovely gardens but you can’t often see them because they’re in enclosed, courtyards, just get tantalizing shoots of jasmine, white solanum, or plumbago hanging over the walls. Have stayed in one Carmen that had a huge wonderful wisteria, very old, and a tall tree I learned was loquat (grew one of its seeds at home but it gave up the ghost at first frost).

The streets are full of trees for shade – most common are Gingko and London planes. Seems wrong that the gingko, the oldest tree on earth, has survived for 270 million years to end up planted in small holes in a pavement – but then, it is a survivor, and the planting like this does respect its great beauty.

Must of course mention the granada, Spanish for pomegranate, whose shape is on everything to do with Granada. Word also translates as “grenade”, but in its fruit version, means “seeded”, so pomegranate is“seeded apple”; too many seeds for my taste. It makes a lovely tree that in dwarf form is also at home on sunny balconies here.

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Appeal for helpers for village tasks

There are a few practical maintenance bits and pieces that need tackling in Claxton and Sand Hutton. We already have some brilliant help from residents who cut grass, maintain planters,make signs etc but there are few jobs that need some new helpers. For example, the Village Hall Committee and the Parish Council are hoping to position a bench near the Village Hall but we need some willing people with spades to help prepare a hole for the bench base. Could you help? And does anyone have any spare paving stones they would be willing to donate to become a base?

If you can help with the bench preparations or with other jobs eg trimming vegetation near signs, please contact any member of the Parish Council or the Village Hall Committee.

Thank you.

Our Local Buses – Public Consultation

We are all aware that the County Council is having to squeeze it’s budgets and one area they are looking at is transport and bus subsidies. At the moment, NYCC is holding a public consultation on how it can save £1.1M by changes to the bus services and school transport.

It looks as though the 180 / 181 service which runs to York and Castle Howard / Malton is not going to change. If you want to find out about which services are affected, have a look at the NYCC website which has a whole section on the bus consultation:-

You can also add your thoughts to the consultation via the NYCC website. The biggest changes seem to be in the market towns. The consultation is open until 25th November 2013.

Those who use the bus to pop into York for shopping or to go to work value our local service and it is a reminder that we need to support the local buses if we want to keep the service in the future. Go on, get on the bus – you don’t have to park it!

Gifts for Christmas


When? Saturday 2nd November.
Where? Sand Hutton Village Hall
What? The perfect hunting ground for all your Christmas Gifts,
Quality stalls at affordable prices, include

  • The Farmer’s Cart
  • Mercers of Yorkshire
  • Umpie bags
  • Three Crowns Confectionery
  • wooden toys,books, soaps etc

and of course

Sand Hutton Gifts!

Piano for sale

Immaculate upright piano for sale; perfect condition. Available to view anytime. Looking for £750, but open to offers!

Women’s Institute

Ladies – don’t forget the WI meeting next Thursday – 19th in the village hall. Starts at 7.30pm. Visitors are most welcome to attend.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 3.9.13: A month has passed

…. And I’ve not felt inspired to write about the garden. Theories: (a) it’s boring (both garden and me); (b), related to (a), Spring flowers much more exciting – looking back at previous flower photos (to choose for Village Show, hint, hint), the flowers of April, May and June seem much fresher – maybe because of their novelty after cold winter; (c) I’ve been walking and cycling rather than gardening – I’ve had such a lovely time biking everywhere that I suspect that my main reason for gardening is to be outside; (d) similarly, have felt a strong need to harvest something and be out in the fields in August (must be the farming genes) and so have been picking-my-own at the farm shop. At least there I’m outdoors with my fingers on the fruit, and now blackberrying just begun which is even better because free.

Nevertheless, I still walk round garden many times a day and there’s been some nice things to look at, especially the new bed that is full of random things flowering very healthily. It had imported topsoil and like so many garden imports, brought some unwelcome stowaways – Mare’s tail! Horrifying! Dug up immediately and put in dustbin. But there are nasturtiums, Cosmos, some of which mysteriously turned into marigolds (poor labeling, Chiltern Seeds!), opium poppies, and a lovely collection of different Nigella (you’re forgiven, Chiltern Seeds) – light blue, dark blue, rose pink, and the amazing “African Bride”.

Then this morning, realize Harvest is here in the garden; wonderful crop of ripe plums were hiding at the top of the tree waiting for me to look up. Epicure, our delicious early eating apple is ready and so are the pears. But it’s not just the gathering, the fruit are beautiful on the trees in the September sun and I’m inspired again.

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It is Show Time!

Hope that you are busy preparing your onions, baking a cake and arranging some flowers. It is junk model chaos in our house this evening. And all for the Sand Hutton and Claxton village show tomorrow at the Village Hall. Entries need to be in the Village Hall by 10am ready for judging.

Even if you have not prepared an entry, still come along at 2pm to see the range of veg, fruit, flowers and handicraft that has been produced. The Hall always looks so colourful with all the entries on display. And if you can stay a bit longer then Trophies will be awarded at 3.15pm (approx) and many of the entries will be part of an auction from 3.40pm. You can pick up a prize winning cake for your tea or an armful of courgettes! See you there.

Women’s Institute September meeting

Ladies – This month’s WI talk is by Sister Agatha and promises to be an interesting evening on Thursday 19 September at the village hall in Sand Hutton. Talk will start at 7.30pm and for visitors is just £3, payable on the night (includes refreshments).

You can always be sure of a warm welcome from the ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton WI so why not come and join us!