December 19, 2018

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 3rd March 2014

The next meeting of Claxton and Sand Hutton Parish Council will be on Monday 3rd March. At the start of the meeting, we hope that we will be joined by Lisa Ashcroft who is one of the organisers of the Yorkshire Marathon. She will be able to answer questions and hear any feedback on this year’s event and tell us more about future marathons in our area.

As usual, the meeting will take place in Sand Hutton Village Hall and starts at 7.30pm. As well as the marathon, other topics will include planning applications, village maintenance, finances, NHW and other current topics. All are welcome to attend the meeting and there is a public forum near the start of the meeting if parishioners want to raise any issues or ask a question.

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[House burglaries]

We have seen an increase in house burglaries on properties where the occupier is either away on holiday or, the premises is a holiday home.

Could we remind people to leave a key with a trusted neighbour, have them check on the property regularly, fit a timer on a light and make sure the usual signs of none occupation are not visible – like letters hanging out of letter boxes, bins on drives, curtains open or closed at the wrong time of day, bins not put out on bin day, etc.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 26.2.2014: Giving a fig

I’ve always noticed the fig trees growing along the streets and in the parks of Sydney but it was only recently that I came actually to like them. At first I had no idea what they were, they’re so different from figs in Europe. We used to have a fig just outside the back door of our first house, with beautiful leaves traditionally shaped for adorning oneself when necessary, but I didn’t like figs to eat. Only in 1980 waiting on a roadside in Yugoslavia did I discover how heavenly is a ripe fig straight from the tree.

These fig trees native to Australia are something else. Yes, they’re from Ficus genus and you can eat the fruits as “bush tucker” (but beware, that means eat only when lost and starving in the bush), fruit bats love them (beware again – have you seen a fruit bat? Not someone I’d share a table with). But the leaves look nothing like the biblical ones – they’re a more normal leaf shape and not very big so wouldn’t go far in covering you. One is known as “Sandpaper Fig” – could be useful as a hairshirt…..

Up to now, it’s their size that has impressed. The older trees are massive, their trunks looking like several elephants rolled together, with spreading branches big enough to shade an entire playground. Some species have enormous buttress roots that look like walls surrounding the tree and that spread the length of cricket pitches. Added to that, they have long aerial roots dangling down that look as if they’ll grab you. Indeed, some figs can be “stranglers”; they develop from seeds landing on other trees, then murder their hosts by sending down aerial roots to the ground that gradually smother their host. Not nice.

My change of heart happened while walking a different route through Sydney’s Hyde Park along a double avenue of a variety called “Hill’s Figs”. The trees are typically huge but without the sinister bits, they just generously shade and refresh.

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Having just spent two hours on the way home from work I thought others may like to be aware of this:

The A64 northbound is closed between the junctions with the A1237 York North and the A169, due to a serious accident. Road expected to re-open from 12:15 am on 26 February 2014. – See more at:

February WI Meeting

This month our speaker was Inspector Andy Everitt our Ryedale Police Commander talking about his work.

As might be expected, we also welcomed many visitors for this interesting evening.

After joining the police, Andy worked in Thames Valley Police and was stationed at Reading until 1991 then moved on to working as a trainer at the Thames Valley Police training school at Sulhamstead. Eventually posted to York, he performed a variety of operational uniform sergeant roles before being promoted to Inspector.

We were told that reassuringly Ryedale has one of the lowest crime rates in the country (only Broadland (Norfolk) and the Scilly Isles are lower) with much work undertaken to maintain this level and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour further. We also heard about the ‘stronger families’ agenda being pursued by multi agency action in a bid to prevent some children sleep walking into a life of crime in adulthood.

We heard how belonging to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme really can help reduce crime. Recently, poachers had been caught after a phone call from a concerned resident in Ryedale.

We had a visual demonstration (courtesy of one of our members!) of the arrest procedure including the use of handcuffs, leg restraints and – such is an officer’s life these days, latex gloves and ‘spit bags’ to place over the head if required.

We were introduced to the police radio, stab proof vests, heard how the extendable baton is used as a last resort and how effective the CS gas canister can be (all police trainees are sprayed apparently, to know what it feels like). Thankfully, the taser was on duty elsewhere!

After arrest, we were then taken through the custody procedures.

There was a lively Q& A session including such topics as citizens’ arrest, the use of reasonable force in defending oneself and how we can expect to see more of our PCSO in our villages.

Overall, the evening was a great success.

Neighbour Hood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[Notice to Appear in Court scam]

Please be aware of a recent notification of an email scam entitled Notice to Appear in Court or similar wording that changes periodically. The official looking message indicates it has being sent from the police and does look very plausible. The recipient is asked to download a copy of the ‘court notice’ attached, which is likely to contain a virus.

If you do receive this type of email, please contact Action Fraud either by telephone on 0300 123 2040 or online via the following link

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 18.02.2014: Out of the Ashes

This is not really about gardens at all, more to do with plants in relation to climate. I’ve just returned from a trip to the Blue Mountains where there were terrible fires only 4 months ago; it must have been a very frightening experience to be up there at the time but it was fascinating to see what’s happened since. I knew that the flora of Australia has evolved to cope with fire but to see with my own eyes how life returns so quickly was absolutely amazing – leaves were bursting out of every blackened tree trunk and stump, and all over the burnt forest floor. New growth just pushes out of the trunks (“epicormic growth” – you see it on Judas trees in the garden, and on badly pruned trees) and from the base of ruined plants, and little seedlings spring up everywhere. It’s all so beautiful, the new leaves looking fresh and healthy with lovely colours that normally we’d find only in spring.

Several of the eucalypts have another adaptation to fire that is to drop their bark, leaving the trunks with wonderful patterns made by patches of exposed wood, especially in the “scribbly-gums” whose bark is scribbled on by insects boring tunnels through it.

Lots of the plants actually rely on fire to reproduce. One such we saw a lot of in the bush is called the Old-man Banksia, (of the genus Banksia, named for Banks, the botanist who went with Captain Cook) who waits for fire before shooting seeds everywhere. One plant was completely burnt but its seedpods remained, opened since the fire, and surrounded by beautiful new shoots.

If only the England cricket team and Captain Cook could come back from the Ashes so triumphantly………

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Neighbourhood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[Suspicious vehicles Ryedale]

The following vehicles were reported to the police on 15 February 2014, occupants suspected of possible poaching. Any sightings please ring 101.

In Sand Hutton near Malton a red Fiesta partial registration number X368.

In the Hovingham area a white Transit registration number NV03CLN.

Women’s Institute

Ladies – just a reminder that the WI meeting this Thursday (20th) has Ryedale Police Inspector Andy Everitt as our guest speaker for the evening. So, if you have a question about Policing in Ryedale, this is your opportunity to ask it!

Starting at 7.30pm in the village hall, the evening costs just £3 for visitors (payable on the night) including refreshments. There will also be a raffle and sales table available.

A Date with Litter

The next litter pick around Claxton and Sand Hutton is planned for Saturday 15th March. So this is just some advanced warning so you can pop the date in your diary.

If you have not experienced a village litter pick before, we usually meet at the Village Hall, Sand Hutton and then go off in small teams to target different areas of the village and collect litter from the paths and verges. Ryedale District Council provide bags, high vis vests and some litter pickers. Then back to the Village Hall to marvel at our haul and have some refreshments – there are even whispers of hot bacon sarnies this year….

More info to come nearer the time. Here is a pic of trailer of rubbish that we collected in a previous litter pick – it makes a big difference.