November 21, 2018

Claxton & Sand Hutton Knit and Natter

Next meeting is Monday 4th November 10am to 12 noon in the Village Hall. Everyone welcome, knitters or not, to drop in for a coffee and catch up with friends and neighbours.


It is very nearly the 31st October and the little monsters are getting ready to dress up as little monsters and consume chocolate.

North Yorkshire Police have given this advice for householders -
- Not everyone appreciates trick or treaters. To prevent unwanted ghosts and ghouls, put a ‘no callers’ note on your front door.
- If you are prepared to receive the local monsters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.
- If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children don’t always do as they are expected, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.
- If things get out of hand, you feel intimidated, or someone’s safety is at risk, contact North Yorkshire Police.

Have a spooky but safe evening.

Wake-up walks

Monday morning wake-up walks still going, come rain or shine!
if you want to be as daft as me, come and join me on Mondays leaving from Village Hall 9.30am.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 15.10.2013: I’m back

I’m back from sunny Granada and it’s a bit of a shock, after a month of doing very little, certainly nothing with plants (unless you count picking a leaf off bay tree growing conveniently near market – and come to that, cutting up large mangoes for breakfast….) Back here, in sunny but colder Yorkshire, there’s a lot to do with plants, mostly picking up their leaves and fruit. Was surprised how little change there’d been in 4 weeks; the main one is the fall of leaves and empty chestnut nutcases, also Michaelmas daisies in full flower, mostly self-seeded but I wish they’d stand up a bit straighter. And there are wonderful crops of apples and quinces, colourful and beautiful, with added promise of apple pies, crumble, chutney, quince jam.

Later: did I say “sunny” Yorkshire? Two weeks on, it’s wet. Apples and quinces still on their trees, and now there’s sweet chestnuts to pick up as well; all of which implies a lot of tedious work, peeling and chopping, but I hate waste so have to use them. Anyone out there want some quinces?


Yesterday was an amazing day of hot sun and blue sky, a gift that did feel like a perfect jewel set off by the dark wet days. And what luck to have arranged to visit Harlow Carr! It was wonderful; trees and shrubs turning gorgeous colours – orangey-red of dawn redwood and swamp cypresses; purple and silver of dogwoods; shocking pink of spindles; crimson of Japanese maples; and then all the flames made by different grasses lit by the sun. And in the middle, a Katsura tree with its buttery-yellow leaves giving off tantalizing toffee-apple smell – if you don’t know it, go now to Ray Wood at Castle Howard, and follow your nose!

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Community Library

Unfortunately, the Community Library will not be open next Monday 28 October due to the hall being in use.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Normal service will be resumed on Monday 4 November (when it will also be Knit & Natter group!)


This month’s meeting saw a large turnout of around 45 members and visitors who came to experience a cooking extravaganza laid on by Siobhan White of local catering company FEAST (ably assisted by her Mum Anne!)

Whilst telling us how she came to set up her company (after training at the Ballymaloe cookery school), Siobhan demonstrated how to make apple tart tatin, followed by large meringues topped with vanilla cream, raspberries and pistachios and (my favourite) Greek yogurt, (Fiona’s) runny honey and fresh figs. Whilst the desserts were being created before our eyes, we were also given an insight into ‘Sous Vide’ cooking. You may have seen this most modern of cooking techniques used on Masterchef The Professionals – it consists of cooking sealed packets of food (on this occasion rump steak and chicken breasts) in precise temperature controlled water baths for several hours. After cooking the meat is quickly browned in a pan and the result on the night was the most delicious tender rump steak and chicken to dip in sauces also whipped up by Siobhan as she talked. Oh, and we also tasted smoked salmon and cream cheese pate on soda bread plus mini rosewater meringues. A feast indeed!

Added to all of this the ladies enjoyed wine and nibbles as well as good conversation and the whole evening was a resounding success.

Next month’s talk will be by our very own local knitting supremo Rachel Hirst, another event not to be missed. More later………………….

Bags 2 School – Wednesday 23rd October

Please help us raise funds for Sand Hutton Primary School by filling bin bags with unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes, belts and handbags. For each bag collected, the school receives about £5 to go towards sports equipment, library books, Lego, maths tools and many other valuable projects in our local school.

It is a great reason to have a look through your cupboards and have a clear out before Christmas.

Please leave your bags on the school playground on Wednesday 23rd October before 9.30am. There will also be a doorstep collection in Claxton and Sand Hutton between 9am-12noon on Tuesday 22nd October – just leave your bags clearly visible and Susie will collect them.

Thank you.

Women’s Institute

Ladies – Don’t forget this Thursday’s WI meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Our guest speaker for the night is Siobhan White who runs the very successful local catering company FEAST. She will be demonstrating a number of dishes and bringing some recipes on the evening too.

There will be a charge of £5 for non members (payable on the night) to include a glass of wine and nibbles. We will also have a sales table and a raffle so if you fancy an enjoyable night out, why not join us; you will be assured of a very warm welcome if you do

Village Hall Spruce Up

Village Hall Autumn Spruce Up – Saturday Oct 26th from 9:30am or Sunday 27th from 10:00am

Please come to help tick some jobs off the proverbial list. Jobs to suit all ages and abilities, from gathering leaves to clearing gutters, washing windows to painting walls.

Pay: tea/ coffee, biscuits and a good social get together!

We also need:-
- 4 paving stones to secure a bench on, for the village hall
- any spare external gloss paint same green as village hall

Please phone Anne White 468550 if able to help with either of the above.

Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall Harvest Supper & Social

Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall presents…….

A Harvest Supper & Social.
Friday 18 October at 6:30pm. Families and children most welcome.
Seasonal soups, bread & cheese, with autumn puddings and custard.
Bring your own drinks.
Musical entertainment.
Adults £6 Children £2
For tickets phone Anne White 468550 or Fiona Davies 468001

Hurry….. tickets flying for this popular event.