Wednesday 7 February 2024

Parish Council - Agenda for Meeting on Wednesday February 7th at 730pm



Wednesday, February 7th at 7:30pm


1. Welcome, Councillors present, apologies for absence

Present -

Absence – Andy Dorman

Guests -

2. Approval of Minutes of meeting on November 22 2023

3. Matters arising:

a. Road Gulley between the High and Low Village

b. Footpath handrails – 3 broken

c. Public Footpaths

d. Potholes – Netherby Lane

e. Sweet Chestnut Tree

4. New Matters:

a. White Van and landrover parked in High Hutton near Home Farm

5. Planning:


6. Finance:

a. Balance at 30 January 2024 is £9401.44

b. Ringfenced Funds of £300.00

c. Committed spend

i. Nil

d. Balance as of now is £9401.44

7. Any Other Business

8. Date of next Meeting

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Wednesday 17th July 2024

Wednesday 18th September 2024

Wednesday 20th November 2024

Anne Lealman- Clerk to the Parish C

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Church Services - Morning Prayer - 1000am Sunday 18th February 2024

Services at St Margaret's Church

Morning Prayer - 1000am Sunday 18th February 2024

All welcome

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Monday 29 January 2024

HUTTONS AMBO HISTORY GROUP - Note of activities in the Village Hall - 14 January 2024


Note of activities in the Village Hall

14 January 2024

  1. Archaeological investigations in Low Hutton last spring and summer

Diarmaid Walshe’s presentation described what was found during the group excavation last summer. The work took place in the field north of Netherby Hall, at a location guided by the spring geophysics surveys. The finds appear to have come from a wide range of time periods, including flints, Roman and Iron Age pottery, burnt daub (clay from wattle and daub structures) and medieval pottery. The Hollies test pit revealed pottery from the 11th to 17th century and lots of plaster with wood imprints. It seems possible that this came from a cruck-built structure, perhaps a barn that was later remodelled as a dwelling. Mention was also made of pottery that is periodically revealed under the tree whose top blew over recently. One medieval item looks like part of a storage jar for grain. There was also part of a glazed pot from the 1600s.

More investigations are planned for this summer, from the 27th of July to the 11th of August. This will be a much bigger exercise than in 2023, with students from the University of Uppsala and others using the village hall as a daytime base and staying nearby overnight. There will also be places for local residents.

Further geophysics surveys are planned for during this fortnight: next to the scheduled monument, possibly also inside it (if permitted by Historic England) and by the village hall. There will also be an earthworks survey. Three trenches are envisaged, two on Netherby Hall land and one on The Hollies land. The fully funded work will be overseen by Emma Samuel and staffed by professional and academic archaeologists.

If anyone would like to join in the summer activities, they should contact Emma in advance at:

to book a day or days.

If you would like to see James Lyall’s 2023 geophysics report (in late draft form) or a pdf of Diarmaid’s presentation, contact Rona Charles at

  1. Washing of the investigation’s more robust finds

This mainly comprised pottery but also included fragments of clay pipe, flints and also some stones which had been masquerading as artefacts! Other finds are too fragile to be washed and will be brushed instead.

  1. Talk by John Dodsworth: “John Mansfield, Squire of Huttons Ambo, Master of Mines, Queen's Surveyor and Puritan”

"The life of John Mansfield takes us into a world of conspiracy and the Elizabethan succession crisis. It illustrates disenchantment with seventeenth century England and why, like Mansfield's children, many Puritans left the old world for Boston, Massachusetts."

This illustrated talk reflected an extraordinary amount of research by John. It was full of fascinating details, for example the Settrington survey of 1599, links to both the English and Scottish royalty, and was just as complex as John’s introduction above suggests!

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Wednesday 13 December 2023

Huttons Ambo History Group - Afternoon in the Village Hall - Sunday 14th January 2024


Afternoon in the Village Hall 

Sunday the 14th of January 2024 


Everyone is invited to join the History Group for any or all of the events below: 


1.30pm Presentation on the archaeological investigations last spring and summer, including results, conclusions and proposals for 2024. 

2.00 Washing of the investigation’s more robust finds and displaying all the finds. 

4.00 Talk by John Dodsworth: “John Mansfield, Squire of Huttons Ambo, Master of Mines, Queen's Surveyor and Puritan”.  


To help cover costs, there will be a £2 charge for non-members for the second talk, plus a donations box. 

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Friday 1 December 2023

Christmas Carols - Village Green -6:00pm Tuesday 12th December 2023

There will be carols on the Village Green, 6:00pm Tuesday 12th December,

All Welcome

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Huttons Ambo History Group - Next Meeting Sunday 14th January 2024

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be a daytime one on Sunday the 14th of January. 

As well as washing the finds from this year’s dig etc, we expect to be able to hear a talk from John Dodsworth titled: “John Mansfield, Squire of Huttons Ambo, Master of Mines, Queen's Surveyor and Puritan”.

It sounds as though it should be an intriguing talk, taking us into “a world of conspiracy and the Elizabethan succession crisis”. We’ll publicise details of the day’s activities nearer the time, but please note the date and let others know who might like to join us.

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Huttons Ambo History Group - Minutes of Meeting 16th November 2023

Notes of the Huttons Ambo History Group 

16TH  November 2023 

Village Hall, Huttons Ambo 




Philip Barraclough  (PB) 

Graham Milner (GM) 

Alison Hewitt (AH) 

David Green (DG) 

Susan Milward (SM) 

Emma Samuel (ES) 

Richard Nesbitt (RN) 

Alan Sanders  (AS) 



  1. 1 Apologies 

Rona Charles  

Diarmaid Walshe 


  1. 2 Outside speakers: we have a possible lecture, 'Huttons Ambo, Settrington and the early history of Boston, Massachusetts’.  

DG contact Speaker with a view to arranging a talk 

PB to contact Towton Battlefield Trust,  

ES to contact Paula Ware from Malton Archaeological Services  



  1. 3 Request for memories/photos of methodist chapels 

GM stated that the Chapel was used as a Sunday School in the late 1950’s early 60’s. PB said he would contact  Simon Jackson, as the current owner to see if he had any history of the building. 


The Group has recently been contacted by the son of Alan Stevenson (1932-2015). His father was evacuated from Hull to Huttons Ambo at the age of six during WWII, but his son only has a brief account of his father’s time here. Apparently he lived on a farm (not named) with a Mr and Mrs Kilvington and his sister lived not far away in a “big house” called Manor Farm. 


PB said he had contacted one of the oldest residents in the village – who thought Mr Kilvington was a farm worker but had had no knowledge beyond that. PB will contact Mr Stevenson 



The Group was additionally approached by Heather Hembrey of Virginia see attached correspondence from AS. 


  1. 4 Archaeological investigations and outcomes. 

ES reported on the findings but also stated that we had not received the survey report that we had commissioned and that she would formally request this on behalf of the group. As the report had not been received ES had been unable to complete a summary of our activities - including an excavation report. 


We discussed proposed actions for next year. It was agreed in principle that we would - if permissions were granted to investigate three areas. 


An area to the west of last years excavation – behind Netherby Hall 


The garden and paddock of The Hollies – an extension of the test pit already dug and survey work 


An area immediately next to the Scheduled Monument – where geophysics have demonstrated the presence of earthworks. 


It was proposed that we hold a meeting on Sunday 14th January to wash the finds from this years dig and explain our plans for next year.  



  1. 5 AOB 


  1. 6 14th  January 2024 – details to be confirmed. 



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