Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Forthcoming Events from the Bulletin

Forthcoming Events from the Bulletin

17th (Saturday)
Village Show
See show schedule
Village Hall
25th (Sunday)
Boat Trip
Suspension Bridge
Book Club
Mukiwa by Peter Godwin
Youth Club
Village Hall
Book Club
The Garden of lost and found-by Harriett Evans
6th (Sunday)
Village Café
Village Hall
12th (Saturday)
Village Quiz
Village Hall
Book Club
Holy Fools by Joanne Harris
Book Club
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
1st (Sunday)
Christmas Fair and Village Café
10am -4pm
Village Hall
15th (Sunday)
Village Panto
Mother Goose
Afternoon -time to be confirmed
Village Hall

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Huttons Ambo History Group - Second Boat Trip - Sunday August 25th

The Huttons Ambo History Group

Building on the success of the last Boat Trip the Huttons Ambo History Group have organised another one on Sunday August 25th

The cost is £5 and booking is essential. 

Please book via:

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Produce Show Information - 17th August 2019

Village show information

Guidance for Entrants of the Village Show

The show does not follow Women’s Institute Rules. We are very lucky to have had the services for several years of the same Judges. From time to time we have new Judges for particular categories. All Judges kindly give of their time for free.

All of our Judges are keen to encourage first time entrants and children can enter any category with the exception of 64,65,66 and 68.
Sadly adults cannot enter 80 to 92.

Guidance in how to present vegetables and fruits in 1-26 and 27-45 is detailed in the show leaflet.

Guidance for the flower arrangements,46 to 51 is not to have any oasis on show. Men are welcome to enter.

Guidance for produce 52 to 63 is:
Fruit loaf -recipes for cakes such as Tea Brack, Yorkshire Barm Brack, Irish Brack, or Fruit Brack -are all acceptable and can be found on the internet.

Lattice Apple tart -This should be round and in a dish.

Madeira cake – can be round or loaf shaped 
Cherry Scones – These should be individual scones and can be plain or have fluted edges.

Fudge-Instruction from the Judge is to be adventurous with your flavours !!!!!.

For Categories 58-60 only one jar per entrant please.

Don’t forget all ages can enter and with the exception of 58-60 you can make more than one entry in each category.

The most important thing to remember is that the Show is for fun and to celebrate the spirit of living in a Village community.

Please drop off entries between 9am and 12.30. 10p for every entry by an adult, children entries are free.

Judging between 1pm and 3.30. Doors open 4pm.

Admission to the show 50p per Adult Children free. 
Cups and prizes awarded at 5pm.Raffle afterwards.

Donations for Raffle prizes most welcome. Please leave donations at Herbies. 
Any questions or queries please feel free to contact me on:


Cake and refreshments available from 4pm to eat in or take-way.

Extra leaflets available at Herbies of in the village phone boxes or by email on request.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Village Hall - Update to Hiring Terms & Conditions

 Please note that the Village Hall Hiring Terms & Conditions have recently been updated.

You can find the new T&C's on the Village Hall page here, as well as Health & Safety Guidelines and the Village Hall Evacuation Procedure.

If you intend to hire the hall please download & familiarise yourself with these documents as well as the T&Cs.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Met Office Weather Recording - Volunteer wanted

Met Office Weather Recording - Volunteer wanted

For the last 20 years or so, Jim Monks has been recording local weather - rainfall, temperature, etc for the Met Office and has reported his results in the Howardian Magazine from time to time.

Now however, he feels he would like to step back from this and has asked if anyone would like to take over as Met Office recorder for Huttons Ambo.

If you are interested in taking over this role, please get in touch with Jim, (or with me and I will provide contact details)


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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Don't forget - Huttons Ambo Produce Show - 17th August 2019

Don't forget
 Huttons Ambo Produce Show
is on Saturday 17th August 2019

  • Entries accepted from 9am to 1230pm
  • Doors open to public at 4pm
  • Refreshments available 4pm-5pm
  • Raffle tickets on sale – on the day – Raffle Draw at the end of presentations 
  • Donations for Raffle Prizes greatly appreciated

Download a copy of the schedule here 
or get a copy from Herbies shop.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Pet Service - Sunday 4th August - St Margaret's Church

 Pets Service

On Sunday the 4th of August there will be a Pets Service at St Margaret's Church at 2pm

All Pets are welcome, large or small!
Tea and pet treats will be served at the end of the service.
(If wet will be held in the Church)

Order of Service
Sing together the first Song words by Cecil Alexander, music W H Monk
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, he made their glowing colours, he made their tiny wings: Chorus
The purple-headed mountain, the river running by, the sunset, and the morning, that brightens up the sky; Chorus.
The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden, he made them every one. Chorus.
The tall trees in the greenwood, the meadows where we play, the rushes by the water, we gather every day. Chorus.
He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell, how great is God almighty, who has made all things well. Chorus.
Reading.‘Man and Dog” by Siegfried Sassoon
Sing together the second Song by Flanders and Swann
A bold Hippopotamus was standing one day, on the banks of the cool Shalimar. He gazed at the bottom as he peacefully lay by the light of the evening star. Away on the hill top sat combing her hair his fair Hippopotamine maid. The Hippopotamus was no ignaramus, and sang her this sweet serenade.
Mud, mud, glorious mud nothing quite like it for cooling the blood; so follow me, follow, down to the hollow and there let us wallow in glorious mud.
Reading. “Attila takes a hand” by Susan Hamlyn
Sing together the third Song arranged by R. Vaughan Williams words by W H Draper
All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia, alleluia.
Thou burning sun with golden gleam,. O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia.
Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Thou rushing wind that art so strong, ye clouds that sail in heaven along, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia.
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening, find a voice. O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Thou flowing water, pure and clear, make music for thy Lord to hear, Alleluia, alleluia
Thou fire so masterful and bright, that giveth man both warmth and light. O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Reading. An extract from ‘Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog’ - Anonymous.

Concluding remarks and prayers.

All say together the Cotswold Prayer:

We thank thee, Lord of Heaven for all that you have given,
to help us and delight us, for friends who gladly greet us,
for flowers of field and garden, for bees with sweetness laden,
for swift and gallant horses, for dogs and cats with friendly faces,
for homely dwelling places, for songs and kindly voices,
for food and sleep and ease, we thank thee, Lord, for these.”

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Parish Council Minutes - July 16th 2019

Huttons ambo parish council MINutes

From Meeting On July 16th 2019


1.    Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies


Andy Dorman, Simon Lealman, Emma Samuel, Philip Barraclough and Sarah Banks (Clerk). Apologies were received from David Banks (Chair). Andy Dorman acted as Chair for the meeting


2. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the May meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.


3. Matters Arising


a)    Monitoring of PRoW: David had met with Richard Wainwright with a list of the issues regarding rights of way. These were passed on to the estate who have now confirmed all the necessary works have been carried out to address the issues identified. It was agreed that this had been a very useful exercise and that the PC should write to Rona Charles to thank her for her work in mapping and organising the walks and collating the information gathered so any issues could be addressed.


b)    Tree inspections: David has met with Tom Cundall, and was given a quote for £420 to examine three trees - The Millennium oak, the sweet chestnut on the green and the copper beech opposite Herbie’s. Cundalls also noticed some hanging branches which they will remove for £150. The total for this work would be £570. It was agreed to go ahead with the work. David will arrange with Cundalls.


c)    Low Lane End: David has written to Highways England regarding the safety issue with the turn off at Low Lane End. He is still awaiting a response.


d)    Litter and bins in Station car park: Following the new contract with Streetscene, Andy has fitted two bins in the village - one on the bus shelter in Low Hutton and the other in the station ‘car park’. These will be emptied by Streetscene. This seems to have solved the issue of litter as both bins are being used and the surrounding areas are now spotless.


4. New Matters


a)    Village Road Markings: Simon Lealman was concerned that some road markings in the village were absent. He was particularly aware that the markings had worn on the road leading to Low Hutton from the village hall. It was agreed that councillors would do a recce of other areas where markings were absent in order that these are re-painted. At the same time, they would send Highways other concerns regarding pot holes on the roads into the village so these could be repaired at the same time. Councillors will send their observations to the clerk who will collate them and forward them to Simon to send onto Highways via the Parish Portal.


b)    Renewal of Bus Services: The clerk had received an email regarding renewal of bus services from April 2020. This includes the 181 bus which passes through the village several times a day. The PC agreed that this was an important service and that the current timetable was the bare minimum acceptable as there are several villagers who don’t drive and rely on this service. The clerk will send the views of the PC to Integrated Passenger Transport by the deadline of July 31st. 2019.


c)    History Group Workshop: The clerk and Philip Barraclough had received an email regarding a history group workshop from the Council for British Archaology (CBA) Yorkshire. It was agreed that the PC would fund one place on this workshop at a cost of £15. It was felt that there may be advice given on opportunities for funding that would benefit the village.


d)    Hogweed: This has recently been professionally treated. Andy and Jem Charles have also been out spraying any remaining surviving hogweed and will continue to do so. The firm who treated the hogweed thanked Andy and Jem for all their hard work which had been a huge help. The aim now is to try to get rid of the source of the hogweed which is seeding from neighbouring properties housing this plant.


e)    Village Information Board: Following on from previous discussions about displaying a village map of walks, councillors discussed the idea of an information board similar to one in Lockton village that may be appropriate for Huttons Ambo as it would incorporate the art group, the history group, as well as walks around the village. Sarah will take photos of this board and look into costings. Councillors suggested the village would need two boards, for High and Low Hutton.


5  Planning: An email had been received that full planning had been given to the Tofoo Company, York Rd Industrial Estate (19/00394/FUL) Installation of effluent treatment plant.


6. Finance


a)    Budget Progess to June 30th 2019

Sarah gave a break down of budget to date.


7. AOB

The cutting of the village verges was raised and discussed by councillors following a parishioner’s concern that one of the signs is obscured on the Coastliner route at the top of the village. Andy will look into this.


8. Date of next meetings



Sarah Banks, Clerk to the Parish Council - huttonsamboparishclerk@gmail.com


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Friday, 12 July 2019

Saturday Café 17th July - cancelled

 Saturday Café on the 17th July is cancelled and has been moved to the 27th of July

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Hay Raking - St Margaret's Church - saturday 27th July - Volunteers Wanted

Hay raking in the Back Churchyard. - St Margaret’s Church, Huttons Ambo – Saturday 27th July.

If you can spare an hour or so it would be much appreciated if you were able join the Church team to help rake up and pile the hay in the back churchyard beginning at 9.30am on Saturday 27th July.

If you can bring a rake or wheelbarrow it would be very helpful.

Refreshments will be available and all are welcome.

Thank you.

The PCC.

01653 695008.

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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Huttons Ambo Parish Council Meeting July 16th 2019




16th JULY 2019






2          Approval of Minutes of meeting on 16th May


3          Matters arising:


a)    Monitoring of PRoW

b)    Tree inspections

c)    Low Lane End

d)    Litter and bins in Station ‘car park


4          New matters:

a)     Village road markings

b)     Renewal of bus services

c)      History Group workshop

d)     Hogweed

e)     Village Information Board


5          Planning:

           No planning notices



6          Finance:

           Budget progress to 30th June 2019         



7          Any Other Business


8          Date of next Meeting

Provisionally 10th September 2019



Sarah Banks, Clerk to the Parish Council


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Saturday, 29 June 2019

Huttons Ambo Produce Show - 17th August 2019

 Huttons Ambo Produce Show, Saturday 17th August 2019

  • Entries accepted from 9am to 1230pm
  • Doors open to public at 4pm
  • Refreshments available 4pm-5pm
  • Raffle tickets on sale – on the day – Raffle Draw at the end of presentations 
  • Donations for Raffle Prizes greatly appreciated

Download a copy of the schedule here 
or get a copy from Herbies shop.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Village History Day - Calling all Huttons Ambo Children

Calling all Huttons Ambo
Children, Grandchildren, Nephews and Nieces

On Saturday 29th June  2019

As part of the Village History Day
We are holding a
Time travel with Chris (from the youth club)
-come in historical costume if you can
And have a go at children’s activities !
Play the Victorian Train Game :be the first to build the railway line from York to Huttons Ambo Station.

Try Roman and Medieval-themed Crafts:Roman Temples and medieval knights .
Activities start at
10.30-12 and 12.30 -1.30
A walk through the village with the Children and anyone else who is in costume who cares to join us is welcome
And weather permitting
Free refreshments for Children 

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Recent problem on village website

Due to a problem problem with the blogger platform that the village website runs on, the last update email dredged up some old posts - apologies for this - hopefully it is sorted out now,

Best wishes,

Philip Stone

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Parish Council Annual Financial Reports 2018/2019

The Annual financial reports for 2018/19 have now been completed. All relevant documents can be inspected by any elector registered in the Parish by application to the Chairman between 10th of June and 19th July. These include, but are not restricted to:

1. Certificate of Exemption from external audit

2. Annual Internal Audit report

3. Accounting statements

4. Annual Governance statements

5. Explanation of Variances from FY 2017/18

6. Bank Reconciliation

7. Notice of Period for the exercise of public rights

8. Annual income & expenditure statement

You can open these documents by clicking on the links above.

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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Lunch in aid of St Margaret’s Church - 12noon Saturday 22nd June - Minster Hill

 Pate and Cheese Lunch at Minster Hill.

In aid of St Margaret’s Church.

There will be a pate and cheese lunch at Minster Hill

at 1200 Noon on Saturday 22nd June to which all are invited.

Tickets £5. Children free.

First glass of wine free.

Raffle (items welcome).

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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Huttons Ambo History Group - Minutes - May 2019

Minutes of Huttons Ambo Parish History Group meeting held on Thursday 9TH May 2019
Present at meeting
Philip Barraclough (PB), Graham Milner (GM) David Green (DG) Emma Samuel(ES) Susan Milward (SM) Alan Sanders (AS), Joyce Parker(JS) Bob Mansell, Diane Savage and Carol Haigh (CH)
1. Apologies for Absence
Denise Doggett(DD), Ann Sanders, Pam Taylor (PT), Andy Doorman (AD), Andrew Rona Charles(RC),
2. Minutes of last meeting were agreed
3. The Exhibition
PB confirmed that the Exhibition would now take place on Saturday 29th June.
Refreshments based on a Victorian theme (Liz Ellis has agreed to sponsor the refreshments)
It was agreed set up should begin on the Friday night and there should be a trial run the previous weekend.
 4. Oral history
PB reported that due to time commitments he would be unable to undertake this before the Exhibition.
5. History walks
It was agreed that the history walks etc. go ahead as scheduledand that Simon Jackson/Murray Naylor be contacted regarding the history of the church and that Claire Jenyngs be contacted regarding access to the grounds of the Hall.
6. Fund Raising
DD will hold a fund raising event on the 1ST June
7. Archaeological Dig
PB reported that he had met with Jon Kenny regarding the archaeology in the fields around Netherby Hall. He was fairly certain that there would be interesting archaeology in both fields. He will contact York Archaeological Air Mapping re an aerial survey using a drone. He will try and ensure that we are given notification so that we can view. He also said that he has some Geophysical survey equipment he made lend to us to survey the fields (and instruct us in their use). ES stated that she also has access to equipment and would investigate.
Jon Kenny had provided views of the two fields from Google Earth and these clearly showed an enclosure in the field immediately north of Station Cottages and ridge and furrow in the field to the north of that. The group speculated about the nature of the large enclosure in that field which both routes out of the village respect. PB and ES thought that this field might be an easier target at this stage as the archaeology appeared simpler than the Station Cottage field.
The group also discussed Netherby Hall itself and it was agreed that it would of value to if possible get a building specialist to look at it and potentially other buildings in the village such as Manor Farm.
It was agreed that as a first step we would confirm the presence of archaeology though the surveys. If we decide to proceed it was agreed that we would need a project a research plan.
Jon Kenny will provide his time free at this state (the aerial mapping is also free). If however the project looks like it will evolve into something of substance requiring funding Jon will help in seeking to raise funds (lottery etc)
DD to do Village News Letter
ES to investigate borrowing geophysical survey equipment
CH to contact Kate Giles
Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting is on Thursday 13th June in the Village Hall at 7pm.

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Huttons Ambo Parish Council - Minutes - May 2019

NB: These are the minutes from the normal Parish Council Meeting

Huttons ambo parish council MINutes
From Meeting On May 15th 2019

  1. Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies

David Banks (Chairman) welcomed Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Simon Lealman and Philip Barraclough and Sarah Banks (Clerk). He also welcomed two members of the public.

2. Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the March meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.

3. Matters Arising

  1. Council Vacancy: Following advertising of the vacancy on the village website, Facebook site and noticeboards, Emma Samuel, of High Hutton, volunteered to to join the PC and was duly co-opted as a councillor.

  1. 30mph Speed limit: David is awaiting a response from NYCC Highways department for a site inspection and discussion of options.

c) Monitoring of PRoW - David has met with Richard Wainwright to discuss the issues raised by the examination by volunteers of footpaths round the village. Richard is happy to look at the list of issues raised to see what remedial work might be necessary. The PC has said it will be happy to give assistance to any repair works that might be needed.

d) Tree inspections: David and Andy have contacted David Baynes and Cundalls to obtain quotes for examination and possible remedial action for trees on the village green.

e) Low Lane End: Following work by Highways England, there continues to be a safety issue with the turn off from the A64 at Low Lane End. Vehicles are using the lay-by and gateway opposite to turn round and present a hazard to other vehicles coming off the A64. Jem was writing to Highways England about this. David will check with Jem whether he has had any response from them.

Councillors also expressed concern about the new road barriers that were fitted during the work on the new cycle path. They felt the barriers had the effect of speeding up the traffic on the A64 as the entrance to Low Lane End was now obscured. This will be followed up.

f) Appointment of new clerk: Following the resignation of Jem Charles as clerk, Sarah Banks takes over as the new clerk. The PC expressed their thanks and gratitude to Jem for all his hard work in the role.

g) Crime Survey: The Chairman has responded to the online questionnaire

h) Parish Footpath Map: David reported that it was proving expensive to produce maps as discussed previously. It was decided to look at other avenues for displaying a map, possibly in a waterproof frame next to the noticeboards. Simon suggested some money could be spent on adding more way markers to footpaths in and around the village.

i) Litter in Station ‘Car Park’: Philip reported that following discussions with the police, this rubbish is from drug use. The police are monitoring the situation adding that there was no threat to the public. It appears that the issue has now stopped, which is often the case as users move on to other locations.

Andy had been in contact with Streetscene regarding obtaining bins for this area. The cost of a ground-fixed bin would be £175 plus VAT. A post-mounted bin which could be placed at the Low Hutton bus shelter would cost £50 plus VAT. If the council used Streetscene bins they will be part of the regular bin collection. Andy will look at sourcing a concrete slab and will fit a bin near the railway bridge after consulting with people who park their car here to find a suitable location for the bin. The PC agreed to buy these bins.

4. New Matters

  1. Library of Things
A number of residents are keen to set up a Library of Things in the village, whereby villagers could loan and borrow items between themselves. Whilst the council were keen to support this, councillors felt there were too many issues surrounding liability and insurance that they were not able to take a practical role in.

b) Road closure - Hydramotion - There was no special comment to add to this

5 Planning

  1. Barn House, High Gaterley (19/00143/HOUSE)
  1. Tofoo Company, York Rd Industrial Estate (19/00394/FUL) Installation of effluent treatment plant.

6. Finance
  1. Budget Progess to April 30th 2019
David gave a break down of the figures. Current balance in the account is £7536 after the first tranche of precept was paid in of £1400. Expenditure so far this year has involved grass cutting, £65; payment of insurance to Zurich Insurance £248 and rental of storage at the village hall of £96. Councillors are advised to hold a reserve of twice their annual precept which for Huttons Ambo would be £5600. So we are carrying an excess of £1936. Councillors dressed ideas of how to spend this money for the benefit of the village. However, the examination of trees on the village green plus any remedial works might involve spending a substantial portion of this excess. We await quotes to find out what the costs might be.

Other ideas for spending included more grass cutting and the possible siting of a bench on the village green. Andy will look into the cost of this.

7. AOB

8. Date of next meetings
Tuesday, July 16th at 7.30pm and provisionally, Tuesday, September 10th at 7.30pm

Sarah Banks, Clerk to the Parish Council

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