June 26, 2019

Saturday Social

Hey what a good morning, organised by the Parish Council a fair few organisations were represented. Apart from the Village Hall other tables were occupied by the Parish Council, Heritage Group, Garden Club, WI, Women in Harmony, the Church and the Parish Website.
There was hand bell ringing in the Meeting room (lovely sound), and a book swap table that did a roaring trade.
The website peeps had a lot of interest; the website was live in the hall and visitors added comments, put on some jokes, entered their email addresses to receive updates from the website (this is quite separate from the community email list) and enjoyed a virtual tour round the villages!
Once again those who did not turn up missed a real treat, there was a real friendly buzz in the air and there was talk of doing it again in the new year.

Oh and the goodies to go with the excellent coffee were scrumptious, thanks to all who made them!


Just wanted to say what a marvellous website! Looked at it for the first time today and it is clear, relevant, informative and very well designed. Who would have thought that a community website could be THIS good? Excellent job!

High Speed Broadband Meeting

Don’t forget the meeting is at the Village Hall from 7:15 pm on Wednesday 2nd November, but from 6pm there is a recent addition to the proceedings – an IT Bus will be in the car park for those generally interested in learning more about the internet including possible training.

The agenda will be: 

6pm – The North Yorkshire County Council IT skills mobile will be in the Sand Hutton Village Hall Car Park. Live hook up to the internet, learning advisors able to discuss IT training needs.

7.15 – Meeting open for refreshments, display material, IT training needs  etc.

7.30 – Welcome – Sand Hutton Village Hall Chair

  • Jos Holmes, Ryedale Community Champion for “Connecting North Yorkshire” – Background to the project
  • Ian Marr, Project Manager, Connecting North Yorkshire. – How the project is working in North Yorkshire
  • Billy Garret, Broadband Champion for Newton on Rawcliffe and Stape Community Broadband Project – experience of a live community project.
  • Phil Beadnall, Commercial Director, LN Communications – Internet Service Provider. Background to some of the technical aspects of the project.
  • Question and Answer panel.

8.30 – Close

Click here for advertising material:

 Broadband Flyer

Website Relaunch

Thanks to all those who attended the site launch at the Village Hall last week – we hope you found it interesting and useful. And thank you also to those who have volunteered to help build and maintain the site going forwards and to Philip for setting the ball rolling on the ‘Weather Front’. It will be interesting to see this weeks data !

We do however need more help so let us know if you can spare a little time and effort to help out. We will of course do whatever is required in order to help you to help us !

We have already had over 120 visitors to the new site which is a solid start. Some great feedback and ideas were suggested for new areas of the site and we have already put in place the excellent idea of a Community Noticeboard which can be seen HERE  and under the Community Menu on the site. The Noticeboard is entirely free and can be used for Freecycling, Small Ads, Requests for Help and to request to Lend and offer to Borrow items.

Remember, you can subscribe to email updates from the site using the form at the top right of the home page.

Recommended Sites

If you know any good websites which may be of specific interest to the local residents please let us know via the Contribute! Form on the site menu.

Many Thanks.

Give Us Your Ideas for New Areas of the Website

We are looking to develop the site further and are keen to receive your ideas on what you would find useful or interesting on this site.

As a starter, here are a few things we have discussed and will consider over the coming months :

- A Discussion Forum
- Local Freecycling / For Sale / Wanted Ads (Virtual Car Boot sale)
- Community Suggestions Page – Ideas to Discuss & Consider
- A ‘Borrowing’ Board to offer and ask for things you may wish to borrow (e.g.Tools, DVDs)
- ‘Ten Questions’ Profiles / Interviews featuring local residents
- Competitions and Quizzes
- Polls (Serious and Fun)
- Videos and Photos of Local Events
- Liftshare / Carshare
- Recipe of the Week / Month
- Local Places to Visit (Reviews and Recommendations)
- BabySitting Wanted / Offered
- PetSitting Wanted / Offered
- Links with Claxton, GA (USA)

Give us your ideas to add to this list, tell us what you think are good and bad ideas and we will work towards improving and enlarging the site in the coming months.

Stuck for inspiration? have a look at www.villagesonline.com where there are literally thousands of Village and Community Websites listed (we should be on there soon, too) and let us know what you’d like to see here.

email us webteam@claxton-sandhutton.org.uk

Help Wanted….

We are looking for volunteers to help us build the Claxton & Sand Hutton Website into something the villages can be proud of.

Specifically, we need the following

  • Moderators : to look at any contributed articles and pictures and make sure they are suitable for publication according to the editorial guidelines. We may also introduce a discussion forum in the future which will need a moderator.
  • Helping Hands : are you web-lierate? if so we’d like your help in showing your friends and neighbours (especially the elderly) around the site and helping them to make the most of it.
  • Subject Experts / Correspondent : are you an expert in some area (e.g. Science, History, Sport) – then we’d like your help as a guest editor or contributor.
  • Reviewers : been to an event recently? : then write a review and tell us what you thought.
  • Clubs and Societies : Do you run a local club or group? If so we’d like to help you make the most of the site to promote your organisation to the villages and the outside world. We’ll provide hands-on training and support.
  • Kids : What would you like to see on the site? We’d love your ideas and help.

Whether you have a few minutes or several hours a week to help us out it would be most appreciated. You don’t need to be a technical whiz – all training will be given and help will be at hand if needed,

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more details drop me a line (Andrew Fawcett) amfawcett@gmail.com or give us a call (01904) 468020.