November 21, 2018


Regarding the dismal broadband service we receive. Recently ours has slowed to a virtual standstill (0.13 download 0.38 upload). Nigel spent an hour on the phone to AOL who insist the problem isn’t at their end – this has happened before and the speed has magically increased shortly afterwards – but just wanted to ask whether there has been a general slowdown recently or whether it is a problem with AOL. Thanks

Work on A64 and Whinney Lane Claxton restrictions

The Highways agency has given notice of its intention to carry out maintenance work on the A64 near to Claxton. Expected to start on Monday April 28th for 5 nights or until completed, the work will take place between 8pm and 6am.

One of the effects of this work will be to close the side road access with Whinney Lane.

Full details of the works to be carried out was published by the Highways Agency under ‘Public Notices’ in the Gazette & Herald – March 26th edition.

Dog Fouling

Once again, there is an increase in dog mess being left on the ground in Claxton & Sand Hutton. Whilst many dog owners do always clear up after their dog, some are not doing so. The Parish Council therefore ask that all dog owners please ensure they clear up after their pets and either use the dog waste bins provided in Claxton or take it home and dispose of it in domestic bins.

It is an offence to leave your dog’s mess behind. If you are caught not clearing up after your dog, you could be prosecuted and fined up to £1000.

Please help to keep our community clean, safe and pleasant for all.

Dog Owners

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service and Ryedale District Council Dog Warden – From 6 April 2016 all dogs must be microchipped.

Several of the Ryedale Vets are currently offering free microchipping by appointment at Battle Flatts Vets, Norton; Eastgate Vets, Pickering, also Edgemoor Vets at Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering. On 21 May 2014 the Dogs Trust will be at Pickering Pet Shop from 1100-1500 hrs again offering free microchipping.

Asparagus Supper

Come and join us for the 2014 Asparagus Supper
Date: 23rd May
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall
Food & Drink: bring and share your favourite asparagus recipes.

The Village Hall Committee are again hosting a Celebration of the noble Asparagus following last years tasty, entertaining and surprising event! Who can forget the asparagus ice cream or the asparagus gin? (Seriously, let’s just forget the asparagus gin!) The music, the laughter, the food mmmm. Put the date in your diary and to book your seats, ring Fiona on 468001 asap.

Green Fingertips Gardening Club

Green Fingertips Visit to Devonshire Mill – 8 May 2014

Those of you who have signed up for this visit should note that the hosts have very recently changed the date from 1 May to 8 May 2014.

Colin Garner has kindly agreed to take the attendance register.

Please pay your £5 for admission and refreshments directly to your hosts, Sue and Chris Bond.

Enjoy your evening,

Jane Nicoll

Notice of Open Meeting 12th May: High Speed Broadband for Sand Hutton & Claxton

Monday 12 May 2014 at 6.00pm

Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall, Sand Hutton

If you have been wondering what has been happening in trying to get high speed broadband to our area why not hear the latest position directly from John Moore, Chief Executive of NYnet. NYnet is tasked by NYCC in providing an ultra-high-speed internet network to ensure North Yorkshire is not left behind as information technology advances. In addition come and hear a talk as well as see a practical demonstration of satellite high speed broadband in action through a local seller of Tooway services (
For further information contact Professor Colin Garner –
Organised on behalf of South West Ryedale, The Wolds and Thixendale and North East Selby high speed broadband committees.

First swallow?

Hot on the heels of bluebells, my first glimpse of a swallow, or possibly a martin; heard a familiar twittering sound while sitting outside in the sun today – the unmistakeable sound of summer, then saw the bird. But only one, and that doesn’t make a summer, but it made me smile.

First bluebells sighted!

Yesterday our Monday morning walk took us through the bluebell woods just in case – and yes, bluebells are just starting to open! The woods are also carpeted with wood anemones, some primroses and stitchwort, beautiful.

There is now a chart in the Village Hall of timing of first sightings of all kinds of wildlife: birds, flowers, trees; so bluebells have now been signed up. Please add any other “Firsts” – nearly time for hearing the first cuckoo and seeing the first swallow.

NB Do join us on Monday morning walks; leaving Village Hall at 9.30 am for about an hour’s stroll round the footpaths and lanes, returning to Hall for a cup of coffee and browse in the library. Every Monday except Bank Holidays.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 8.4.2014: To dig or not to dig?

Had a busy garden week, visiting gardens and then planting out new plants. It’s the time of year that inspires me to do the sort of gardening I like best, walking round with a trowel looking for plants I can divide and put into new places (more primroses!)  It’s a time also when it feels possible to do the work I find daunting, renewing and changing areas that have got out of hand.

Reinvigorating the garden is hard work if you’re digging out things that have been there a long time, although after a lifetime of using a fork, I’ve finally accepted that spades are better. But in changing, you risk losing things; putting in a new day-lily, I stupidly dug up a little group of Love-in-a Mist seedlings self-sown from last year; similarly, I’ve lost potential generations of scillas in one area that I’m unhappy with and keep disturbing. Meanwhile, Anemone blanda is showing what’s possible if you leave things alone – they have spread very satisfyingly because their home hasn’t been disturbed. There’s something very peaceful about a garden that looks as if the plants have always been there.

As always, however, it’s a matter of balance. A garden I visited this week was Beth Chatto’s. Mecca! But something was wrong – although it’s a lovely garden, I wasn’t swooning with delight to be there. Partly, I think, location, location – that part of Essex is not a terrifically beautiful landscape, and the setting for a garden can add a lot. Or was it something more uncomfortable; much of the garden was overrun with Arum “Marmoratum”, Italian lords-and-ladies that I wrote about last year after merrily spreading it around. As a Beth Chatto’s disciple, I worship the natural approach, but nature needed a slap there.

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