Thursday, 13 April 2017

Meeting Point Is Back!

Meeting Point is back !!! 

Saturday April 29th 12 until 2 

Menu will include home-made soup with homemade roll followed by home baking, tea and fresh coffee. Very relaxed atmosphere. 

All welcome. 

Dates for the rest of 2017:
  • SUNDAY June 25th 12-2
  • Saturday Sept 30th 12-2
  • Saturday Oct 28th 12-2
  • Saturday Nov 25th 12-2
  • Saturday Dec 9th 12-2

Volunteers always needed for washing up - in our new lovely kitchen 

Volunteer helpers please contact Alison 07826 522189

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Village Hall Reopening Celebration - June 2017

Reopening Celebration

Although the Village Hall is open for business there will be a Re-Opening Celebration on Friday evening June 16th.

The official part will run from 6pm and then from 7pm there will be a live band, delicious hot food and a glass of something for all residents (then BYO for the rest of the evening)

Come and see the new hall and have fun.

All welcome.

More details to follow.

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Church Services - April & May 2017

St Margaret's Church - Church Services

Sunday 16th April 11amHoly Communion – The Rector
Sunday 23rd April 10.30amHoly Communion – The Rector
Sunday 7th May 11amMorning Prayer – Juliet Bleasdale
Sunday 21st May 11amHoly Communion – The Rector
Wednesday 24th May 7pmHoly Communion – The Rector

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017



ON 14th MARCH 2017

1.         Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Richard Green (Chairman) and Cllrs. David Banks, Andy Dorman, Jessie Garnett, and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present.  2 members of the public attended.
2.         Minutes of the January PC meeting
These were approved and signed as being a true record

3.         Matters Arising
a)  Back Lane gulleys & soakaways
The work has been completed very satisfactorily.
b)  Pavement clearance along Back Lane
This has been done to a very high standard.  Jem will thank the contractor.
c) A64 road junctions
The problem about denial of responsibility by both authorities has not yet been reported to Kevin Hollinrake and Clare Woods.  Richard will write to both soon.
d)  Swing Bridge maintenance
Work is progressing well and communications between the Council and the engineer has ensured that the community has been kept informed.
e)  Pothole at The Rise
Simon has ascertained that much of the pothole is in the public highway.  Richard will write to the parishioner who raised the matter confirming that NYCC Highways will be asked to carry out a repair.
Councillors reported a number of other potholes which meet the criteria for NYCC to take action.  Jem will write to NYCC Area 4 listing those requiring attention.

4.         New Matters
a)  NYCC Public Rights of Way consultation
It was agreed that the methodology proposed for targeting maintenance towards the higher priority routes was appropriate.  There was concern that some paths in, or close by, the Parish might be attributed lower priority than was merited.  Jem will write indicating acceptance of the approach and welcoming the intention to consult Parish Councils about priority allocation for each RoW or section.
b) Mobile Post Office
A number of people had reported that the van has, on a number of occasions, found it impossible to connect to the internet using the box installed for the purpose.  This was considered to be a serious concern but not a matter over which the Council has any direct influence.  Jem will write to The Post Office and BT expressing strong dissatisfaction and demanding that they resolve the problem.  Jem will also write to Kevin Hollinrake alerting him to the issue and seeking his support in ensuring the return of a satisfactory service.

5.         Planning
a)  Hydramotion
Still awaiting determination.
b)  Barn West of Village Green
Awaiting determination.

6.         Finance
a)  Budget progress
            The report to 28th February was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.  Funds are available within the current budget for additional village maintenance.  Savings, particularly arising from problems with the grass cutting early in the season, have resulted in a modest surplus.
b)  Budget
The budget for FY2017/18 proposed by Jem was approved.

7.         Any Other Business
a)  Rubbish in pull-in at Low Lane End
Several Councillors commented that the amount of rubbish accumulating was unacceptable.  Jem will write to Ryedale District Council to ask if they will be able to remove it.
b) Road names
Simon reported that the names used for electoral and other purposes have been assigned and adopted by Ryedale DC, sometimes inappropriately, over a considerable period.  They are held in the Local Land and Property Register.  It is expected that corrections will be made over the next few years but the PC will seek to bring this forward and suggest appropriate names where necessary.

9.         Date of Next meeting(s)
Tuesday 16th May in the Village Hall following the Annual Meeting and, provisionally, 11th of July 2017 at 7.30.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

Signed:…………………………………………….(Richard Green, Chairman)

Date: ……………………………..

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Your New Village Hall

After extensive refurbishment, work on the village hall is now complete (except for minor issues) and I have to tell you that it looks pretty darn good.

The interior walls were ripped out, reframed, insulated and then plasterboarded with new wood panelling, so the interior has remained true to the original but is smart, clean and modern.

A new storeroom has been built as an extension to the main hall:

The dingy old kitchen has been ripped out and rebuilt, it's clean, fresh and light:

Last but not least the toilets have been elevated to a new plane with tiles, new colour schemes and electric hand-dryers:

Finally, new storage heaters. You need to know that these are locked down to a preset temperature at the moment.

The new hall is a credit to everyone who conceived it, worked on it and fund-raised for it.

Look after it please.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017



A  Meeting  of  Huttons  Ambo  Parish  Council
will  take  place  in  the  Village Hall
on  Tuesday,  14th March 2017
at  7.30 pm.

Local residents are invited to attend all Parish Council Meetings.
Copies of the (unadopted) Minutes of Meetings will be posted on the Parish Notice Boards and the Village Website.


1 Welcome, Councillors present, Apologies for Absence

2 Approval of Minutes

3 Matters Arising:
a) Back lane gulleys and soakaways
b) Pavement clearance along Back Lane
c) A64 road junctions
d) Swing Bridge maintenance
e) Pothole at The Rise

4 New matters
a) NYCC Public Rights of Way consultation
b) Mobile Post Office

5 Planning:
a) Hydramotion
b) Barn West of Village Green

6 Finance:
a) Budget progress to 28th February
b) 2017/18 Budget

7 Any Other Business

8 Date of next Meeting
Provisionally 16th May 2017 at 7.30pm

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Friday, 10 February 2017


Maintenance and temporary closure of suspension bridge

The Parish Council (PC) have been informed by NYCC that maintenance is planned on the footbridge between Low Hutton and Menethorpe, involving full repainting and repairs including replacement of the timber fencing.

The works are programmed to start on 27th February and complete by 7th of April.  

Some works will require closure of the bridge for both the contractor’s and walkers’ safety. The bridge will have to be closed completely day and night for one week (two in case of bad weather) for painting of the handrails because even walking over the bridge will disturb the paint before it has cured.  NYCC are meeting the contractor week commencing 13th February to discuss when closure will occur; currently expected in mid-March.

NYCC’s  intention is to keep the bridge open whenever possible. They appreciate that closure will be inconvenient for those who use the bridge for commuting to school or work. NYCC’s school passenger transport team do not have any evidence of students who use the bridge for their commutes to school, although only students who possess bus passes appear in their records.

The PC is trying to ensure that all residents are aware of the timing and duration of the work and of the closure so that alternative arrangements can be made. The PC wishes to ascertain details of people’s needs regarding crossing the river and in particular those for whom crossing is essential so that it may liaise with NYCC accordingly.

If anyone has information on the number of people this might affect and the approximate times the bridge is used for commuting please inform PC Chairman, Richard Green.

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Monday, 6 February 2017


The Council has received notice of an application for demolition of former agricultural buildings and the erection of a 4 bedroom detached dwelling on land West of the Village Green in Low Hutton.  Comments have been requested by the 26th of February.

The application can be inspected at Ryedale House or at by entering the application number.

If you have any comment please submit them directly to Ryedale District Council or contact one of your Parish Councillors.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Book Club - February 2017

February’s Book Club

Jackie has suggested continuing the theme of choice and members are to choose an author and give a short outline of the books written by that author and why he/she has been chosen. Meeting at Jackie Allott’s home, Wednesday 22nd February.

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

News from Lesley Seeger

Newsletter - January 2017
Lesley Seeger

Happy New Year. I hope that 2017 brings you all good things. 2017 for me has started off with some exiting new work. The series is called ‘Antidote to an English Winter’ (Something we all need and cheaper than a flight to India).
My new book, Coming Home, launched November 2016 and is available from York Art Gallery, Pyramid Gallery - York, The Biscuit Factory - Newcastle, Amazon and Quacks printers. £25.
This year is looking busy with lot of new exhibitions coming up:
Antidote to an English Winter, Pyramid Gallery York
(28th January - 11th March)

A Dream of the Sea, The Witham, Barnard Castle
(2nd March - 25th March)

Artist in Residence, Burton Agnes Hall
(21st April - 30th April)

May, June and July
Life Lines, Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
(21 May - 2nd July)
North Yorkshire Open Studios (3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th June)

Staithes Studio Gallery (August)

I hope to see you at the above events. If you would like any further information, please do get in touch.

Best Wishes,

Lesley Seeger

6 Station Cottages
Water Lane
Huttons Ambo
York YO60 7HQ

Mob: 07729372007
Home: 01653 228375


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ideas for Future Village Hall Events

Classes in the hall for 2017

We are working to find teachers to take some exercise classes in the village hall from March/April.
So far we may have located potential teachers for Tai Chi, Yoga and Music and Movement for the over 50’s. (Pilates is already covered at Welburn and Westow.) In order to proceed we really need an idea of who would be interested in what and whether an evening or a daytime class would suit best.

Obviously it all depends on the teachers availability and getting sufficient regular committed attendees but if you are interested please get in touch with what class and preferred session timing – 01653 699769 by the end of February please.

There also seems to be some interest in gymnastics or dance for the under 11’s. If anyone knows someone with the right experience and qualifications and who might like to start a regular class in the hall then again please get in touch. Thanks.

Live performances in the village hall

Through previous consultation – many of you have expressed a wish to have a film club and more live performance in the village hall. We looked for volunteers and support in the previous Bulletin and as yet no one has come forward. If we are to offer this kind of event in the village – we need some extra people to build a team and ease the pressure on the rest of the volunteers and also to ensure that everyone is able to contribute and have their say in what events and activities are arranged.

If you can offer a little time then contact or 0653 699 769

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17th JANUARY 2017

1. Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Richard Green (Chairman) and Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Jessie Garnett, and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present.  Apologies had been received from Cllr. David Banks

2. Minutes of the July PC meeting
These were approved and signed as being a true record

3. Matters Arising
a) Broadband flier
Has been prepared and distributed.
b) Back Lane gulleys & soakaways
Work to clear these has been contracted by NYCC Highways and will be undertaken as priorities allow.
c) Pavement edges in Low Hutton
Further clearing has been carried out by volunteers.  This work will be ongoing as needs are identified and volunteers forthcoming.
d) Condition of pavement surfaces
NYCC Highways preparing schemes for full reconstruction of the sections from Manor Farm to Herbie’s and from Home Farm to the telephone box but no funds have yet been allocated.
e) Potholes in Low Lane
The potholes along the shoulder of the road from Low Farm to Low Lane End have been filled.
f) PROW signs
NYCC have indicated that they will attend to signing the public footpath from Low Lane End to York Road.
g) Low Hutton telephone box
Ryedale District Council has objected to the proposal to close the box about which BT had consulted.  RDC considered that mobile coverage was insufficient to justify closure.
h) Beeline Broadband
Several households have subscribed to Beeline and have reported favourably.
i) Road names
Simon will ascertain the nature of the apparent problem and respond directly to the parishioner who raised the matter.

4. New Matters
a) Cycle route to Malton
Construction is programmed by Highways England for 2018/19.
b) A64 road junctions
Both Barneygate Lane and Low Lane junctions remain in poor condition whilst neither Highways England nor NYCC accept responsibility for maintenance.  Richard will write to Kevin Holinrake, MP and Clare Wood, Councillor NYCC to seek assistance in resolving this impasse.

5. Planning
a) Hydramotion
Still awaiting determination.

6. Finance
a) Budget progress
The report to 31st December was considered to show that the position was satisfactory. Funds are available within the current budget for additional village maintenance.  Jem will ask the grass cutting contractor to clear the pavement from Valley View to Old School House.

7. Information
a) Richard drew attention to correspondence arising from the Parish Liaison meeting and highlighted the main points.

8. Any Other Business
a) Swing Bridge
The Council has been informed that a Closure Order has been made to allow maintenance between 31st January & 31st August 2017.  Vehicles will not be permitted at certain times during this period when the way is coned off and notices in place.  Jem will contact NYCC Highways to seek clarification of when and in what way normal use of the bridge will be disrupted.
b) Pothole at The Rise
A pothole had been reported.  Simon will ascertain  whether this is in the highway or the unadopted road.  Richard will then write to the parishioner who raised the matter.

9. Date of Next meeting(s)
Tuesday 14th March at 7.30 in the Village Hall (if available) and, provisionally, 16th of May 2017 at 7.30 following the Annual Meeting.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Book Club - January 2017

January’s Book Club

Joyce has chosen the author Neville Shute and members are to read their own choice of his novels. The meeting will be a discussion on the style, subjects and attitude to his writing. Meeting at Joyce Parker's home, Wednesday 25th January.

New members always welcome.

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Heating Oil Syndicate

Heating Oil Syndicate

 The Welburn Oil Syndicate has changed.  You can now order whenever you like and still get a great discount. 

Oil is supplied by BATA within 2 weeks of your order. 

All you need to do is join the Welburn Oil Syndicate and sign up to paying BATA by direct debit.  Contact Elaine Gathercole (01653 619276 or

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Flower & Produce Show - New Committee Members URGENTLY REQUIRED

Flower & Produce Show

We have now had more people stand down from the committee so unless we have several more volunteers step up – one of whom is prepared to chair the committee then there will be no Flower & Produce Show in 2017.

If no new volunteers come forward by the end of February then this year’s show will be cancelled.

There are around 3 meetings a year, tasks to complete between meetings and a commitment of time over the show weekend.

If you are interested please contact 01653 699 769 by the end of February.

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Church Services - February 2017

St Margaret's Church - Church Service

Sunday 5th February 11amSt Margaret’s Church - Morning Prayer
Sunday 12th February 10amSt Margaret’s Church – Benefice Holy Communion
Sunday 19th February 11amSt Margaret’s Church – Holy Communion

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

England's Historic Churches by Train - a new book by Murray Naylor

Our very own Murray Naylor has written another book: 



Travelling across England this book selects thirty-two of our ancient churches,
relating their history and identifying those aspects which a visitor might overlook.
His journeys include the great medieval abbeys at Tewkesbury, Selby and
Hexham; the less well known priories at Cartmel and Great Malvern and other
grand churches severely reduced after the Dissolution of Henry VIII’s reign,
notably at Bridlington and Christchurch. He visits a church at Chesterfield where
the spire leans at a crooked angle and goes to Boston, where the church -
known as the Stump – was a starting point for many who emigrated to America
in the 17th Century.

     ISBN: 9781473871427 • RRP £25.00 • HARDBACK • 240 Pages     

In describing his journeys by train the author includes information apporopriate to
individual routes and incorporates topics of railway interest relevant to the
development and management of today’s railway systems.
He does so in a manner similar to that adopted in his previous books on

If you purchase your copy direct from Murray the price is £16 + £4p&p, to get a copy please contact Murray directly at Minster Hill, Huttons Ambo, York, YO60 7HJ

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Village Hall Refurbishment - Photo Update

Here is a quick snapshot of the refurbishment work on the village hall so far:


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017



A  Meeting  of  Huttons  Ambo  Parish  Council
will  take  place  in  the  Dalton House
on  Tuesday,  17th January 2017
at  7.30 pm.

Local residents are invited to attend all Parish Council Meetings.
Copies of the (unadopted) Minutes of Meetings will be posted on the Parish Notice Boards and the Village Website.


1 Welcome, Councillors present, Apologies for Absence

2 Approval of Minutes

3 Matters Arising
     a) Broadband flier
     b) Back lane gulleys and soakaways
     c) Pavement edges in Low Hutton
     d) Condition of pavement surfaces
     e) Potholes in Low Lane
     f)          PROW signs
     g) Low Hutton phonebox
     h) Beeline broadband
      i) Road names

4 New matters
     a) Cycle route to Malton
     b) Highways England:NYCC maintenance responsibility – A64 junctions

5 Planning
     a) Hydramotion

6 Finance:
     a) Budget progress to 31st December

7 Information
     a) Mike Potter’s correspondence with Area 4 following Parish Liaison meeting

8 Any Other Business

9 Date of next Meeting
Provisionally 14th March 2016 at 7.30pm

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Venus and the new Moon usher in 2017

The crescent Moon, Venus line up to welcome in 2017. A little later in the evening, when the sky is a bit darker, you can also see Mars taking place in the lineup. This little montage will also repeat in about 28 days time, near the end of January.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Flower & Produce Show - New Committee Members Needed

Flower & Produce Show – new committee members are required due to some of the current group standing down after this years show.

If the show is to continue we need to replace those leaving and expand the team by a couple of extra members too. There are around 3 meetings a year, tasks to complete between meetings and a commitment of time over the show weekend.

If you are interested please contact 01653 699 769 The first meeting will be in February 2017 so please come forward by the end of January.

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Monday, 5 December 2016


BT is planning to disconnect and remove the red phone box in Low Hutton and is consulting the local authority.  This is part of an ongoing national programme reviewing usage, and hence "need" for, public payphones.  Apparently the telephone was not used at all during the 12 month monitoring period. 

If you have any views or concerns, or would like to know more, please contact one of your Parish Councillors as soon as possible.

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Huttons Ambo Youth Club - November Report

Vince led a great night at Youth Club on Friday 11th with plenty of practical fun  tinkering with engines and tools assisted by Jonathan, and Beth led hedgehoggy crafts

This is the final Youth Cub session before the hall is refurbished but don’t forget the panto on December 14th.

If you have over 12’s who are not currently youth club members but who would be interested in new special sessions for the over 12s due to start in the Spring – get in touch to be involved in the planning session which you young people are holding in the new year.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Ruth & Neil Hannah Community Awards

More congratulations to our own Ruth & Neil Hannah who were awarded a Highly Commended at the North Yorkshire Community Awards  in the Best Project category.

Here they are at one of their Musical Memories sessions at the RVS in Pickering.

Musical Memories is a social enterprise working with Rural Action Yorkshire and other organisations to offer singing sessions to community buildings across the Ryedale district. Musical Memories sessions provide local residents, especially older people, the opportunity to get together in a social setting, to make new friends whilst having a good sing and reminisce about past times. Well done Ruth & Neil !

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Joseph Banks Community Award Winner

Congratulations to our own Joseph Banks who has won a North Yorkshire Community Award as Young Volunteer of the year for his contributions to our village life – in particular the work he undertook in initiating the Youth Club but also raising money for the defibrillator and for the past 2 years keeping the scores and entry details for the Flower & Produce Show.

Joseph wins £1000 to be donated to a charity or group of his choice and he has opted for this to be The Huttons Ambo Youth Club – specifically for the deveopment of activities for the over 12s. Well done and thank you Joseph !

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