November 21, 2018

Bags 2 School collection Sunday 18th March

Please help us raise funds for our village school, Sand Hutton CE Primary School, by doing some recycling! Please fill a bag with any unwanted clothing, shoes, hats, belts, ties and soft toys. No bric-a-brac, bedding, curtains, towels or uniform/ workwear please. It is a great excuse for a spring clear out.
Any bag can be used and there will be a door step collection in both Claxton and Sand Hutton this Sunday afternoon (18th) – just leave your bag visible eg at end of drive. Otherwise, bags can be left on the school playground before 9am on Monday 19th March.
Thank you for your support – your donated clothes and shoes will be turned into funds for school projects such as sports equipment, trips, musical instruments and much more.

Saturday Social

Banish those Winter Blues! – Don’t Forget to come along to the Saturday Social in the village hall on Saturday 20th Jan 10.30am – 12.30pm.

There’ll be plenty of local news to catch up with, delicious refreshments to enjoy plus local produce to buy.

Please support this local event.

Sand Hutton Lane

Dear All

I have lived / worked in Sand Hutton for over 40 years and never seen the lane from the A64 to the village in such poor condition.

The lane was never designed to take the volume of traffic or size of vehicles that now tackle it daily.
Large commercial vehicles and ever larger tractors / trailers don’t feel the need to slow for oncoming traffic – they just pull onto the verge, depositing most of it across the road. They have such large wheels they don’t even notice, or care.

The road is simply too narrow to cope with the size and quantity of modern vehicles now using it.
It urgently needs widening and re-surfacing before either there’s a nasty accident or we have to dig our way out.

In order to get any attention from the council, I’m urging all residents of Sand Hutton and Claxton to visit the Highways Agency website and complete a complaint form at
It’s easy and quick to do, but needs many of us to complain before they even take a look..

All support will be much appreciated.

Kind regards

David Black
Woodside Farm, Sand Hutton

Pet sitter

Looking for a dog sitter who is happy to open their home to a two year old male Labrador.

Fully house trained with a love for tennis balls.

Looking for someone who is happy to have him all day.

Please let me know if you would be interested


Women’s Institute

Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton and surrounding areas!

This Month’s meeting is on Thursday 20th and our speaker for the evening is Iain Kelly from Nunnington Hall who will be talking about conservation of the Tapestries at this wonderful NT house. If you would like to join us this coming Thurs for what promises to be a fascinating evening, you would be most welcome. We meet at 7.30pm in the village hall and visitors pay just £3.50 on the night which includes refreshments.

For further information about joining the WI please contact Angela at
New members are always welcome – this year is the 71st anniversary of Claxton & Sand Hutton WI

Litter Pick

Don’t forget the Spring litter pick this Saturday 25th.

Equipment such as litter pickers, rubbish bags and ‘high vis’ vests will be available and as usual it would be a good idea to wear walking boots/sturdy shoes and gardening gloves.

Afterwards, come and enjoy a bacon sandwich (or veggie option) and refreshments back at the Village Hall.

Meet at the Village Hall car park at 10.30am Saturday.

Please help to keep our villages tidy, it really is worth the effort.

Plant Fair

 SAVE THE DATE!!  Sunday June – 11th 10.30am – 3.30pm  Village Hall   

Plant Fair in aid of village hall funds. Lots of varied plants to buy, art sale, wood crafts, garden advice and much more. Plus refreshments all day.

More to follow ………………….

Women’s Institute

Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton and surrounding areas!

This Month’s meeting is on Thursday 16th and our speaker for the evening is from Ryedale Food Bank who will be talking about the work they undertake.

If you would like to join us for what promises to be a very informative evening, you would be most welcome.

We start at 7.30pm in the village hall and visitors pay just £3.50 at the door which includes refreshments.

For further information about joining the WI please contact Angela at
New members are always welcome – this year is the 71st anniversary of Claxton & Sand Hutton WI

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 4 March 2017: Grand Designs

Another bonus of being in Sydney in late summer is that Magnolia grandiflora are just coming into flower and I get to walk past them every day. They’re beautiful, but they’re also giving me a lesson in botany. I’ve been able to see what goes on within the flowers because the trees down our street are only adolescent, sexually mature but not so tall that I can’t see the flowers. Feels a bit rude really, but my attention was drawn to them by seeing a wasp (bee? I don’t know Aussie insects) fumbling around in a pile of stamens, while in another flower, a similar bee/wasp was undressing the female part of the flower by tearing off the stamens (well, flowers are about sex).

“Grandiflora”, yes, but we can’t really call them “grand design”; they’re the product of the marvellous Darwinian process of natural selection. Magnolias are particularly interesting in evolution because they are one of the first plants to develop flowers as a way to persuade beetles to visit (bees came on the scene later) and help them with the difficult business of getting pollen to the female parts, and thus to accomplish fertilization. This enormous scented flower signalled to the beetle that here was pollen to eat (no nectar yet, other flowers worked that one out); the beetle who was itself evolving and needing a way to make a living, came, scrabbled around in the stamens, and bumped into the female structures – and the rest is history.

A brilliant consequence of evolving flowers to please insects is that we humans are seduced too; to quote from a book I’ve just bought “those who are forming gardens should always give magnolias their first consideration when planting”. What a grand design on the part of magnolias, to plan for 90 million years ahead! Take that, Kevin.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries: 1 February 2017: Handkerchiefs waving

I was showing a visitor round Ray Wood the other day, to see the beautiful witchhazels in flower. A lovely experience; they’re so tall, you can walk under them, and you’re surrounded by their flowering branches, and their exquisite smell. But round the corner and up the hill, there was an even more exciting thing – Davidia, the handkerchief tree, was laden with fruit. I had noticed last summer that it had been covered with flowery handkerchiefs, and now here was the outcome – they’d waved goodbye and turned into plums.

Strangely, I now have three Davidia fruits sitting by the sink – dull brown lumps, but they say so much. I’ve already told you about the plant-hunter, Ernest Wilson (“Chinese Wilson”) and how he brought back seeds of Davidia; he had a truly dreadful trip to find this tree he’d been instructed to visit but when he got there, it had been cut down a few days earlier. Later he found some more, and all was well; indeed, several thousand Davidia seedlings were produced by the nursery that sent him.

I often try to imagine what it might have been like to be Wilson finding the tree that became his favourite (mine too) and it makes the fruit sitting on my sink so special. They’re here because of him, and so they carry in them such a story (not only the grim details of finding more trees, but then waiting out there for them to produce fruit, climbing to collect them etc etc). Not only that, these fruits on my sink carry another challenge for me – how do I get the seeds to germinate?
And of course, they carry the potential to be trees, 50 foot high or more. If I succeed, they’ll be covered in pocket-handkerchiefs waving hello.