December 17, 2018

Village Hall Committee Meeting : Minutes

The Minutes of the Village Hall Committee are now published and available on the website:

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Caroline’s Garden Diaries 18.8.2014: The power of beauty

Feeling depressed – state of knees, shoulder, the Middle East, but probably the real culprit is the weather – grey skies and it’s COLD and WINDY, I hate it, especially after such a lovely hot dry July, had plans to spend August biking around, past golden fields after harvest. But instead, have to stare out at battered garden and feel grumpy.

OK, I’m a psychologist, how to deal with this? What would help? First thought was to listen to some beautiful music. Have been thinking about music therapy and how we use music to self-medicate, so I now wonder if there’s something about beauty in itself that’s important. Start to think about art, poetry and music, and then the garden – battered, yes, but let me count the ways I love thee. Better than counting sheep, and mood lifts.

Another tack – need to deal with the problems. I’m coming to the view that this garden is very susceptible to being battered by south-westerlies, other side of coin of being a suntrap, if only the sun shone. Don’t want to cut off gorgeous view over field with windbreak so maybe have to master the art of staking – efforts so far have helped a bit but must learn to do it before plants fall over, not after. Then concentrate on finding plants that stand up to the wind better; perennial peas are looking good because they find their own support and scramble through anything near – very pretty if you don’t mind a bit of untidiness. But one plant that is really standing up tall, looking smart and elegant is bronze fennel; it’s airy and like the beautiful grasses, doesn’t try to fight the wind. Maybe a lesson for me too.

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Gravel Pit Farm Planning Application


There has been a lot of activity regarding this application, particularly in the last week. As you may be aware, Ryedale Council have received over 40 letters of objection from the public. Currently, at the Planning Meeting on Wednesday 27th August, we understand this application is to be recommended for a site inspection.

 The scheduled date for determination (decision) regarding the application is 23rd September. Those who have objected will be notified of the time and place of this meeting by Ryedale.

Hog Roast

Barton le Willows Village Hall, 2pm Saturday 20th September
Adults £10, children £5, under 5s go free.
Contact Jo on / 07792 242492

Village Hall Film Night 17.10.14




Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall, Friday 17 October 2014

Doors open at 7.00pm

Film starts at 7.30pm prompt

Ticket price – Recommended donation £6 pp

All profits towards the purchase of a Village Hall projector

Tea and biscuits will be provided after the film

Organised by June and Colin Garner, 01904 468243

Summer Photography Showcase – Reminder – only 3 days to go! Let us have your Pics….

As part of the forthcoming Saturday Social at Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall, there will be a showcase of Photographs from our Local Community and surrounding villages. We need your help and support for the hall and its activities,  and invite contributions around the themes below :

  • Yorkshire Landscapes
  • Food and Drink
  • Abstract
  • Flowers, Nature & Wildlife
  • People
  • Architecture

You can submit up to two photos in each category. Up to five chosen pictures from each theme will then be professionally printed and mounted for the showcase which takes place on Saturday 6th September, at the Village Hall between 10.30 and 12.30.

To contribute to the costs of this subsidised event, the image authors are invited to purchase their mounted prints  at £2 each, or alternatively allow them to be sold at £2 each. The entries will also be featured on the Parish Website.

So, what do you need to do?

Send us your pictures either pre-printed (A4 size please) or as digital files (JPEG, at least 1600 x 900 Pixels) before 9pm, Tuesday 26th August. Both Black & White and Colour photos are equally welcome. You can send your pictures digitally via email to or give them to us on a USB memory stick (Philip Orton – Claxton 468525 / Caroline Hall – Sand Hutton 468376 ).

Alternatively let us have the prints. Please provide a short title for your photo and remember to include your name and address with your submission.

Gravel Pit Farm Planning Application

Following this evenings PC meeting should you wish to register an objection, or to comment on the proposed Gravel Pit Farm planning application you will need to visit and register on the site below :

quoting the reference 14/00709/MFUL

Note that the latest date for comments / objections is This Thursday (21st August).

Loafing on the Green

Calling all bakers! Our first pop-up bakery will be opening on Saturday 4th October, 10.30 to 12.30am on Claxton Village Green. We are very excited about our bakery project, in which people in our community will be baking and selling bread, scones and cake. WE STILL NEED MORE PEOPLE TO BAKE FOR US. If you would like to be part of our team, we welcome all would-be bakers of bread and loaf cakes. Money raised at the bakery will be used to reimburse the cost of ingredients and to fund further bakery openings. Please let us know ASAP if you can help.

Contact: Viv Tidball (468470) or Jo Wheldon (468186)
Next meeting: 30th September 11am at 2 Greenhills, Claxton (the Wheldon’s)

AD/HP plant Gravel Pit Farm

Dear PC,
I have recently been in touch with The Central Science Lab [DEFRA] and posed the question regarding the proposed Anaerobic Digestion combined Heat/Power Plan at Gravel Pit Farm.
The reason for this was to establish a fact that when the Science Lab was in the planning stages two sites were were considered suitable for the build one was Oxford and the other obviously the present site here in Sand Hutton, the reason Sand Hutton was chosen was it had
the purest air which obviously was a very important consideration.
I have asked but awaiting reply from DEFRA regarding the pollution given off from the AD/HP plant may have on the quality of the air in our area.
I mention this as I am unable to attend the Meeting of The Parish Council this evening and if thought relevant I would like it to be a topic of debate along with the rest of the objections .
Thank you Duncan Quick.

Biodigester Issues

If you are concerned about the apparent lack of detail re the planning application for Gravel Pit Farm, make sure you go to the Parish Council meeting on Monday.
Time is running out as the deadline for submissions to Ryedale Council is this Thursday 21st August!