December 14, 2018

The Synolda Arms – next pop up pub night

The Synolda Arms – Date for your diaries!

The Synolda Arms will be open for business again on Friday 27th June 2014. There will be guest beers to sample as before plus cider, by popular demand. Look out for further details nearer the time.

Would anyone be able to lend us a very small table top fridge on 27th June for ease of serving the lagers and fruit juices?

For enquiries please ring Fiona 468001, Bev 468050 or Caroline 468376

Spring comes to Saturday Social

To celebrate Spring, the next Saturday Social (less than 2 weeks away!) will have a special emphasis on plants and flowers. Local flower farmer, Rachel Wilkes of Ducks and Daffodils, will be bringing her seasonal cut flowers for sale. The Plant Sale stars tomato plants and perennials ready for planting.
Bloomin’ marvellous. April 12th 10.30 am – 12.30

Ladies Dumbell Set

Free to collect from Sand Hutton – A set (3 pairs) of Dumbbells still in original box. I think they are 2/3/4kg. Contact Bev on 07836 258491

Pine Herb Shelf Unit

Owing to house move and new kitchen I’m parting with my much loved wall hanging Herb Unit. Its in very good condition and free to collect from Sand Hutton. Call or text Bev on 07836 258491

Village Hall AGM

The Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall Committee has called an Annual General Meeting for Wednesday 16th April 2014, commencing at 7.30pm at the Village Hall.

Any persons wanting to attend the meeting will be most welcome. The Committee work hard to provide a balanced and varied programme of activities for the community, and to maintain the fabric and safety of the building.This can only be sustained through the participation of parishioners, and the Committee welcome help, volunteers, ideas and suggestions throughout the year.

Any queries about the Village Hall, please see the website feature or contact the Secretary. Philip Orton tel 468525

Neighbourhood Watch

Suspicious Doorstep Sellers

This is a North Yorkshire Police Message. North Yorkshire Trading Standards have been investigating a number of reports from all over North Yorkshire of a trader operating from a white Ford Transit van selling mattresses.

The explanation given to consumers is that the mattresses originate from a company due to go into liquidation and he is working on behalf of the company to sell as much stock as possible prior to liquidation. They carry business cards with the name “Durest Mattresses”. The mattresses are supposedly brand new memory foam mattresses and are sealed and labelled to indicate such.

A consumer after purchasing the mattress became suspicious and opened up the mattress to discover the “brand new” memory foam mattress was indeed a very old sprung mattress with a thin layer of foam and reupholstered. If you are approached by anyone selling mattresses in these circumstances then please contact North Yorkshire Police non emergency number or Trading Standards.

Badapple Play coming to Sand Hutton

A date for your diary! Badapple Theatre’s new production is coming to our Village Hall on Friday 13th June. Hear more at the Saturday Social in the Hall on 12 April, 10.30 am – 12.30, when you’ll also be able to buy tickets.

Vicarage Farm Figs

We normally associate Vicarage Farm with pigs but this time we are talking figs! Fig plants to be precise and there are around 10 plants available. The fig variety is called ‘Brown Turkey’ (just to be confusing) and the mother plant is extremely healthy and vigorous.

If you are interested in a fig plant of your own, please contact Jennie Whiteley at Vicarage Farm on 468222.

Women’s Institute


This month our speaker was Mick Oliver, a volunteer with Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY). OCAY are a small local charity whose main aim is to provide a free & independent advocacy service for all citizens of York aged 50 and over.

Mick explained that the charity (based in Towend Street York) comprising 2 paid staff and 20 or so volunteers, deal with a variety of requests including Benefits assistance, Disability or Mental Health issues, Consumer issues, Personal Finance and Social Services matters. No issue is too small. It can take minutes to resolve (for example help with completion of a form) or longer term problems might take months to resolve. Throughout this time the volunteer advocate provides confidential support and guidance.

Whilst OCAY is partly funded by the Big Lottery and Ward Committees, they also need to continually find ways to raise funds for ongoing running costs.

We heard that OCAY are always looking for additional volunteers to train as advocates. No special qualifications are required other than common sense, the ability to actively listen, the ability to get on with people and a willingness to help right wrongs. Should anyone be interested in volunteering they can contact Office Manager Linda Tester in the first instance.

One final point that Mick mentioned was that the free service only extends to those living within the York Boundary. Ryedale residents should contact Scarborough Advocacy (01723 363910) who cover our area.

Next Month’s Speaker will be the ever popular Chris Beavers talking about dolls. Visitors are most welcome and there will be a raffle and sales table available too.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 25.3.2014: Returning to Earth

Not that I’ve been to outer space, but returning from down under with consequent jet-lag and confusion of seasons is a bit discombobulating and so it’s to the garden I turn for grounding. For the last two weeks in Australia I’d been looking forward to seeing if the broad beans are through that I sowed the day before we left. So first thing, having brought in the luggage and put the kettle on, I went to the greenhouse, and yehaar! The beans are up! Not quite the thrusting trayful I’d imagined but there’s 9 or 10 looking promising.

I was mocked for this wish; in the midst of all that Sydney has to offer, to want to go back to England to see a lowly bean was considered a bit odd. It’s what the Beanz mean that draws me home. Waiting for seeds to germinate is always exciting, and broad beans mean the gardening season is under way, with added promise of home-grown deliciousness that you can’t buy in shops, certainly not in a big city.

I was also looking forward to sowing other new seeds, especially Ginkgo and Pennisetum. Growing a Ginkgo tree whose lineage goes back 350 million years seems like an amazing adventure although having read up on how to grow them, I’m stalling – very complicated, involving bleach, fridges and poly bags. How did it manage in pre-fridge days?

Pennisetum is a beautiful grass that I bought one plant of last summer and thought it would be fun to see as babies. The University where we stay in Sydney had masses of it in a lovely planting so again I wanted to go home and grow my own. Despite going to university, they can’t read – the packet says “germination may take several months” and they’ve germinated after 2 days!

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