February 23, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! Village Show

Sand Hutton, Claxton and District Village Show

Saturday 2nd September

Preview the schedule at the Spring Saturday Social

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 ………………….

GFT Gardening Club 7.30pm Thursday April 6th : Behind the scenes at Chelsea

On Thursday the 6th April at 7.30 PM Roger Burnett, Chair of the UK Judging Panel for Britain in Bloom and a well known local speaker, will be giving a presentation titled “Behind the Scenes at Chelsea

You’ll all have seen this fabulous show on TV or, indeed been lucky enough to visit it. This is the opportunity to learn more about how such a wonderful array of gardens and displays all comes together.

Roger began his horticultural career as an apprentice in the nurseries at Scarborough before attending  Askham Bryan College.  He’s since held various posts with the Authority, including heading up the Parks Service for almost 20 years, and now has over 40 years’ experience in civic horticulture.

Currently he’s Community Environment Officer for Scarborough Council, where he’s a great advocate of community involvement and has a keen interest in using community horticulture to regenerate disadvantaged areas through empowering local people.

Roger is a member of the Yorkshire in Bloom Executive, has been a Britain in Bloom judge since 2003 and is currently Chair of the UK Judging Panel, responsible for moderation of all the judging teams.

He is a well known and much enjoyed speaker at local gardening clubs” A friend of mine, who’s heard Roger give this Talk, says it’s of real interest to all gardeners and entertaining.

We very much look forward to a good turnout and an enjoyable evening. If you have some friends who you think would enjoy it please bring them along too.

Best wishes


Green Finger Tips Next Meeting 2nd March

7.30pm Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall

“Bulbs for a Summers Day” – Steve Wright

Green Fingertips first meeting for 2017

Green Finger Tips, your local  Gardening Club, will have its first meeting of 2017  on Thursday the 2nd of February, 7.30pm in the Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall

Jonathan Burton, manager at Ray Wood, part of the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard, will be giving a talk titled “In the footsteps of Forrest”

Jonathan recently visited the spectacular Chinese locations where George Forrest  and many of the famous French Missionaries botanists were based. He will talk about  the tour and the plants and collectors it revolved around

George Forrest (1873 – 1932), a Scottish botanist, was one of the first explorers of China‘s then remote southwestern province of Yunnan, the most biodiverse province in the country. He had an interesting and important life as a ‘plant hunter’ and received the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Victoria Medal of Honour. He discovered numerous species and the specific epithet forrestii now adorns more than thirty genera. Including; Rhododendron forrestiiPieris formosa var. forrestiiPrimula forrestiiIris forrestii and Hypericum forrestii

A Himalayan Poppy collected by George Forrest in Yunnan

Jonathan has an interesting and fascinating tale to tell. 

 We have a full programme of monthly talks, about a wide range of gardening topics and issues, together with an number of garden visits throughout the year. So if you’re a keen gardener or a gardener new to the area please come along an join us, you’ll be very welcome.

We look forward to seeing  you all members and possible new members on the 2nd February and getting our 2017 programme off to a cracking start. 

Best wishes


Claxton & Sand Hutton Autumn Litter Pick


The Autumn litter pick will be held on Saturday October 29th.

Please join us to walk around/between Claxton & Sand Hutton in small groups, collecting litter from the verges and pathways. It really does make a huge difference to where we live.
Equipment such as litter pickers, rubbish bags and ‘high vis’ vests will be available (thanks to Ryedale District Council) but as usual it would be a good idea to wear walking boots/sturdy shoes and gardening gloves.

As a thank you for giving up your time to help, there will be sizzling bacon sandwiches (or veggie option) and refreshments back at the Village Hall afterwards.

Please meet at the Village Hall car park at 10.30am, Saturday 29th October

High Speed Broadband not happening for Sand Hutton!

After a long morning on the phone, my husband has been told by Plusnet (aka BT) that the green cabinet in the Main Street is not “fibre ready”, so this will not be available for the foreseeable future for Sand Hutton residents.
Claxton meanwhile have this facility, it’s just those running from the box (ie. Sand Hutton).
Has anybody else in Sand Hutton managed to get the service we were led to believe we could?
if so, could you let us know how and who you got it off? We are having a terrible loss in speed just recently and it is crippling our business…

Green Finger Tips Gardening Club: 7.30pm Thursday October 6th

The next Green Finger Tips Gardening Club meeting on October the 6th promises to be fascinating and a bit unusual! Peter and Helleentje Walker have always loved plants, with a special interest in unusual and exotic varieties. Then a few years ago, in Whitby, they came across a nursery selling pitcher plants and caught the carnivorous bug!

They now have a small North Yorkshire nursery, where they grow Carnivorous plants for sale, there and on line, and for display and sale at shows in Yorkshire and further afield. Their nursery is Wack’s Wicked Plants and they can be contacted via www.wackswickedplants.co.uk. They’ve already won a gold medal at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show and’ best in show’ awards at Driffield and Stokesley.

On the 6th Peter will be talking about and displaying Carnivorous plants and will have some for sale…..novel Christmas presents!?

We look forward to seeing all members, their guests and anyone interested in joining at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6th October.


Our Lovely Post Lady is Retiring

Our lovely post lady, Chris, is retiring after several years of looking after our villages. We would like to thank her for all those deliveries! If you would like to sign a card or make a contribution towards a retirement gift, please contact either Anne White (468550) or Rachel Baker (468809) before 14th August.
Thank you!

Claxton & Sand Hutton Family 90th Birthday Party for the Queen 11th June

In excess of 100 people enjoyed a great afternoon at the event on Claxton Green, sponsored by The Parish Council. From our youngest residents to our more senior, everyone joined in the festivities. The superb abundance of delicious eats was provided by the ladies of the W.I. and others, with hardly a crumb remaining and included a special home-made Birthday Cake. Music from Jenny, Jo and Mary made a special contribution to the event and the children (and some of the adults) had a great time winning prizes on the retro games. My special thanks to Jenny Whiteley for the Parish Council and Angela Steele for the W.I. who gave me invaluable support throughout the planning stages and on the day. Thanks also to the musicians, the guys who put up and took down and everyone who helped to make the event such a success. Finally, a big thank you to you all for so many kind comments and joining in the festivities.