Monday 23 December 2013

Produce Show Quiz & Supper Night - Saturday 11th January 2014

Sat 11th January


7.00pm (first question at 7.30)


Bring Your Own Bottles


Fun & Food (optional)


£2.00 per quiz participant (under 16’s free)

£2.50 main course (inc. veggie option)

50p for pudd.


·       If you need a lift to and from the Village Hall call Liz 01653 699769

·       Drop donations for raffle at Herbie’s

·       No need to come as a team (max 6 people)  individuals and part teams welcome

(Proceeds in aid of the Huttons Ambo Produce Show)

Liz Ellis

Monday 25 November 2013

Meeting Point - Saturday 30th Nov Flower & Produce Show Fundraiser

Don't forget the Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show fund raiser at Meeting Point on November 30th 2pm - 4pm

This month, in addition to the usual stalls and activities, the Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Committee are running a Toy & Jumble Stall as a fundraiser for next years 60th show celebrations.

If you have any items you'd like to donate for sale they can be left at Herbie's after the 25th, or you can leave them at the village hall between 1 and 2 on the day. If you have anything that needs collection please give Liz a call on 699769

Come to buy and support the show and there is always great cake and company too!

After the Meeting point there is now a Kids Roller Disco running 4.30-5.30pm in the Village Hall straight after each meeting point.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

December Services at St Margaret's Church - 2013

We have some different services for you during December, when we prepare for Christmas.

Sunday 1st December ADVENT CAROL SERVICE AT 11 a.m.

This will be taken by Juliet Bleasdale and will consist of readings and Advent Carols, with the Choir and the lighting of the First Candle in the Advent Ring.  Do join us for some great singing followed by coffee and cake! 
8th December HOLY COMMUNION from the Book of Common Prayer at 11 a.m. taken by the The Rector
The lighting of the Second Candle in the Advent Ring

15th December ADVENT TAIZE SERVICE AT 4.30 p.m.

This will consist of sung prayer, readings and meditative silence with the lighting of the Third Candle in the Advent Ring.  It will be an opportunity for quiet reflection to focus our thoughts on the coming of Jesus Christ.

22nd December CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE AT 6.30 p.m.

We promise that you will be able to sing all your favourite carols, lead by the Choir.  The children will place the figures in the Crib Scene.  Afterwards we welcome you to stay and enjoy some seasonal bites and a glass of wine.

25th  December CHRISTMAS DAY HOLY COMMUNION AT 11.00 a.m. taken by The Rector.

29th December  BENEFICE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION at 10 a.m. taken by The Rector

Anita Topp

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Taizé for All - November 2013

Taizé Meeting

Taizé, St Margaret's Church, Huttons Ambo

A Taize meeting is a quiet service of contemplation, prayer and song, if you'd like to come and join in a meeting, the program for Novembers meeting at St Margaret's Church is as follows:

(Please remain seated throughout and optionally join in with the singing and the Lord's Prayer)

No. 38 in book - Psallite Deo - sing in English

No. 1 on sheet - Sing praises all you peoples

No. 14 on separate sheet - Nada te turbe

READING from Psalm 96


No. 24 in book - Sing to God

No.12 on sheet - I am sure I shall see



The Lord's Prayer

No.10 on sheet - Holy spirit come to us

No. 53 in book - Give peace O Lord

If you would like to sit, listen and reflect you do not have to sing, just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Anita Topp

Monday 4 November 2013

Meeting Point - November 2013

Don't forget Huttons Ambo Meeting Point on November 30th 2pm - 4pm

This month, in addition to the usual stalls and activities, the Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Committee are running a Toy & Jumble Stall as a fundraiser for next years 60th show celebrations.

If you have any items you'd like to donate for sale they can be left at Herbie's after the 25th, or you can leave them at the village hall between 1 and 2 on the day. If you have anything that needs collection please give Liz a call on 699769

Come to buy and support the show and there is always great cake and company too!

After the Meeting point there is now a Kids Roller Disco running 4.30-5.30pm in the Village Hall straight after each meeting point.

Next months Christmas Meeting Point will be held on the earlier date of the 21st of December and Father Christmas has promised to call in...

Sara Swindells

Saturday 2 November 2013

WI Annual Meeting & Workshop - 11th November

The next WI meeting will be on Monday 11th of November and will take the form of an Annual Meeting followed by a workshop.

For more information call Daphne Stead on 01904 670300.

New members are always most welcome.

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Monday 21 October 2013

Huttons Ambo Book Club - October 2013

The October Book Club is on Wednesday 30th October at 8pm. This month's read is 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe and if you are interested in joining book club please call Alison Hewitt on 692918.

Alison Hewitt

Saturday 19 October 2013

Meeting Point - October 2013

Don't forget Huttons Ambo Meeting Point this October:
  • tea, coffee, cakes
  • books
  • fair trade stall 
  • children's activities
Saturday 26th October, 2 pm - 4 pm, in the Village Hall

Sara Swindells

Tuesday 15 October 2013


We're proud to tell you that our very own Murray Naylor has written a book:


Read more about it below:






One of the jewels in the nation’s crown is its Anglican cathedrals. Many, constructed
after the invasion of 1066, stand as monuments to the determination and
commitment of their Norman builders. Others have been built in later centuries while
some started life as parish churches and were subsequently raised to cathedral
status. Places of wonder and beauty, they symbolize the Christian life of the nation
and are more visited today than ever as places which represent England’s religious
creed, heritage and the skills of their builders.
Eight hundred years later came the Victorians who pioneered the Industrial Revolution
and created railways. Like their Norman predecessors they built to last and the railway
system bequeathed to later generations, has endured in much the same form as when
originally constructed. There is little sign that railways will be displaced by other
modes of transport, at least in the foreseeable future.
Combining a study of thirty-three English cathedrals and the railway systems which
allow them to be reached, the author seeks to celebrate these two magnificent
institutions. In the process he hopes to encourage others to travel the same journeys he himself has undertaken

ISBN:9781783030286 • RRP:£25 • HARDBACK • 272 PAGES

Ordering a book.
The cover price of my book is £25. It can be ordered either from Pen & Sword
(go to their website) or from me at a discounted price.
If you live within the York – Malton area you can either collect a copy from me
or I may be able to deliver one to you. Price £16 and no postal charge.
If you live outside the local delivery area the book can be dispatched to you by post.
Price £20 (£16 plus £4 postal charge).
Payment details
(a) By cheque made payable to ‘Murray Naylor’ with payment on delivery.
(b) By bank transfer to Murray Naylor quoting A/C no 23524612 Sort Code 20-61-46.
If you use option (b) please ask your bank to annotate your payment with your surname to aid
identification. Please also e-mail or mail me confirming your order and giving your postal address
for delivery.
Minster Hill, Huttons Ambo. York. YO60 7HJ.
 07889 138 381

Sunday 13 October 2013

Huttons Ambo on Flickr!

We've got more pictures taken around the village than we can possibly show you here, so we've set up an account on the photo-sharing site flickr

Click here to see the pictures organised into albums

Or click here to see the whole photo stream


Taizé for All - October 2013

Taizé Meeting

There will be a Taize Meeting in the church at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 22nd October. You are very welcome to join us in our peaceful Lady Chapel for sung prayer and short periods of meditation.

If you would like to sit, listen and reflect you do not have to sing, just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Taizé meetings are open to all in the benefice, not just residents of Huttons Ambo.

Find out more about Taizé.

Anita Topp

St Margaret's Church - Black & White

It's been a quiet few weeks on the village website  so I thought I'd share a few photographs I made of St Margaret's Church and the surrounding churchyard. I made these for a black & white photo project about four years ago and showed them in the village photography exhibition, so apologies if some of them seem familiar.

Click here to see these and more on our village Flickr page

At the gate


Luminous Lectern

Vicar's View

Hymns Ancient & Modern
Leaf and Petal

Monkish Outlines

Organ Pipes
Autumn Berries
Looking Back

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Saturday 21 September 2013

Meeting Point - 28th September 2013

Don't forget Huttons Ambo Meeting Point this September:
  • tea, coffee, cakes
  • books
  • fair trade stall 
  • children's activities
Saturday 28th September, 2 pm - 4 pm, in the Village Hall

Sara Swindells

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Crop Spraying on the Rake

A Kellands Agribuggy spraying potatoes on the Rake, Low Hutton, Huttons Ambo

The barley may be cut but the potato crop still needs tending - an Agribuggy crop sprayer in action spraying potatoes on the Rake near Grange Farm, Low Hutton.

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Monday 16 September 2013

Taizé Meeting - September

Taizé Meeting

There will be a Taize Meeting in the church at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 24th September. You are very welcome to join us in our peaceful Lady Chapel for sung prayer and short periods of meditation.

If you would like to sit, listen and reflect you do not have to sing, just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Taizé meetings are open to all in the benefice, not just residents of Huttons Ambo.

Find out more about Taizé.

Anita Topp

Sunday 15 September 2013

Ryedale Book Festival - October 19th and 20th 2013.

Ryedale Book Festival takes place on the weekend of October 19th and 20th 2013.

The festival has a packed programme of more than 30 events to suit all tastes and takes place in venues across Malton.

The heart of the festival will be in the Milton Rooms where there will be an all-day independent book fair with publishers from Yorkshire and beyond.

Other events include author talks, comedy, song-writing, writing and paper-cutting workshops. There will also be comedy cabaret, open mic, travelling storytelling, pavement art and live music.

And for the first time, the completed story of The Amazing Jungle Adventure will be on display in the Milton Rooms. The collaborative book was written and illustrated by more than 200 Ryedale schoolchildren with the help of children’s author Beth Dexter-Smith during the summer term.

The finale of the festival includes a supper and talk at The Talbot Hotel by renowned racing commentator Brough Scott, who will talk about two greats of the equine world - the late legendary trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, and Warrior, the ‘greatest horse who ever lived’.

A signed copy of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which was purchased by the town last year, will also be on display at The Talbot Hotel during the weekend.

Programmes are available at libraries, TICs and participating venues across Ryedale. For more details and ticket information visit

In addition there is an 'open mic' event on October 5th at Pickering Library:

The event is hosted by York group The Spoken Word and gives readers a chance to stand up and recite their favourite poem, dramatic monologue or piece of creative non-fiction. Work can be your own or that of your favourite author.

The event takes place at 1.30pm at Pickering Library and costs £2 on the door. Children free.

Sarah Banks

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Huttons Ambo Book Club - Wednesday 25th September, 8pm

September's book is The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver.

New members are always welcome including any men in the village who are interested in reading!

Meetings are held in members houses and take place on the last Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in joining please call Sara Swindells on 690767 or Alison Hewitt on 692918.

Sara Swindells

Bus Shelters

As you've probably noticed, the bus shelters that Andy wrote about in June are finished - and just in time for the wet weather...

Low Hutton Bus Shelter (click to enlarge)

High Hutton Bus Shelter (click to enlarge)

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Meeting Point - August 2013

Don't forget Huttons Ambo Meeting Point this August:
  • tea, coffee, cakes
  • books
  • fair trade stall 
  • children's activities
Saturday 31st August, 2 pm - 4 pm, in the Village Hall

If you have any produce that you'd like to swap, please bring it along.

Sara Swindells

Huttons Ambo Book Club - Wednesday 28th August

August's Book Club book is 'Any Human Heart' by William Boyd. If you would like to join the Book Club, please ring Sara Swindells on 01653 690767 or Alison Hewitt on 01653 692981.

Sara Swindells

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Hay-raking at St Margaret's Church - Thanks to All

Many thanks to everyone who turned out to help with hay-raking at St Margaret's Church, here are a couple of pictures from the day.

Simon Jackson & daughter Alice clearing grass from the churchyard

Rosa Naylor takes away a barrowful of hay while Dudley Taylor of Musley Bank rakes up another pile

Murray Naylor

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Harvesting Barley - a ride in the combine

It's that time of year again, the sky is a little bit bluer, mornings are a bit colder and the air is a bit fresher and er, noisier. It's harvest time and the combines are rolling again. It hardly seems ten minutes since we saw the Claas Lexion 550 chewing its way through corn on The Rake at Low Hutton but a year has gone by and here it is harvesting barley near High Hutton.

Ian Harding of Crop Tech Ltd herds the Claas combine downhill while Richard Wainwright follows in the John Deere
(click to enlarge)
I'd scrounged a lift over to the field from Richard Wainwright, the Estate Farm Manager. By the time we arrived the combine had disappeared over the brow of the hill in a cloud of dust and while I waited for it to return we chatted about the fine weather and the state of the harvest. The dust is good, it means the crop is dry and easier to cut, but Richard pointed out that the storms that came through a fortnight ago had tangled large patches of the barley and this can cause the crop to foul the combine.

Fouled! (click to enlarge)
As the combine reappeared, Richard drove off around the field to follow it and I started taking pictures. Sure enough a few minutes later the combine ground to a halt and Richard & Ian started to remove a huge clump of barley straw wrapped around the combines red spool.

The Claas catches the last rays of the setting sun  (click to enlarge)

A classic Class combine view (click to enlarge)
I joined Richard in the tractor and we raced up the field to serve the combine which had a full grain tank. The harvester has to be kept rolling because every minute of fine weather is precious, so the grain is taken on the move. The unloading auger swings out and there's few seconds of jockeying to get the right position - we have to get the grain to fill the trailer evenly - and then the barley starts to flow.

The Class unloading grain on the move (click to enlarge)

Pacing the combine - but running out of field...
 (click to enlarge)
But suddenly we're running out of field and so Richard has to back off to let the combine turn. I took my leave at this point.

Ian inspects the barley, some of it is wind damaged but at least it is dry
 (click to enlarge)
The next morning I caught up with Ian Harding as he finished off the field. While we waited for the trailers to arrive Ian told me something of the difficulties of navigating a 12 foot wide harvester on public roads. Even though the header is transported on its own trailer, the combine still needs an escort and is tricky to get through village streets.

Ian tells me that he enjoys harvesting, as it provides a pleasant change from more routine work such as crop spraying. Potatoes are a steady earner as they need regular spraying against blight and pelleting to protect them from slugs.

We talked about last years harvest,  Ian described the weather last year as 'disastrous': corn prices had risen to £240/tonne, this year, so far, they are a more normal £120-£150.

I asked Ian for a ride in the cab and as the trailers arrived he fired up the combine and we set off. I was immediately surprised at how smooth and quiet it was - I was expecting it to be rough, bouncy and loud.

At the back of the cab there's a clear window into the grain tank and you can see barley pouring out of the auger into the tank.

Barley flows into the grain tank (click to enlarge)
Ian explained a little of the workings of the combine - the header is composed of a red spool, which leads the crop onto the bed of the header. Hanging from the spool are little tines which act a bit like a comb and tease out some of the tangles caused in the crop by wind and rain. The height of the spool can be adjusted but it was having little effect today because the crop was in good condition.

In the photograph below you can see the red spool and also the cutting knives, little shiny triangles which oscillate backwards and forwards and cut the stems of the crop, just like a giant electric razor. Also just visible are the crop-lifters: flexible metal prongs which stick out from the bed of the header and help lift the crop up to the bed if it has been beaten down by wind or rain.

Once it is cut, large screws move the crop to the centre of the header where it is taken inside the harvester to be threshed.

Header in raised position, showing the red spool, cutting knives and crop-lifters (click to enlarge)

Header lowered into working position (click to enlarge)

In next to no time the grain tank was full - it holds around 5 tonnes - and a trailer was moving into formation with us to take off the barley.

Combine drivers view (click to enlarge)

A full trailer rolls away (click to enlarge)
Once all the barley is harvested the combine will go to bed for a bit until it's called out late in the year for the bean harvest.

Many thanks to Richard Wainwright, of Huttons Ambo Farm Manager and Ian Harding, Director of Crop Tech Ltd, for patiently answering my questions and letting me clutter up their cabs with camera gear.

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Hay-raking at St Margaret's Church - Can you help?

Volunteers are required to assist in raking up and burning the hay from the back churchyard.

This is a task which has to be undertaken each year if the area and the graves located there are to be properly looked after, something which we owe to the descendants of those buried there.

If you can spare an hour to help with this task on Saturday 17th August it would be greatly appreciated.

Please bring rakes and forks; the odd wheelbarrow would also be useful.

Rendezvous at 10am behind the Church.

Thank you. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday 12 August 2013

Taizé Meeting - August

Taizé Meeting

There will be a Taizé Meeting in the church at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 20th August. You are very welcome to join us in our peaceful Lady Chapel for sung prayer and short periods of meditation.

If you would like to sit, listen and reflect you do not have to sing, just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Taizé meetings are open to all in the benefice, not just residents of Huttons Ambo.

Find out more about Taizé.

Anita Topp

Sunday 11 August 2013

Produce Show 2013

The quality of our village show always amazes me. Every year is different - last year I felt the 'produce' section - baking, jams, wines, etc really excelled with lots of entries. This year there were some remarkably large vegetables, marrows always grow to an implausible sizeof course but there were some huge cabbages too.

 This year, I was quite taken by children's sections, especially the mustard and cress egg-heads and the miniature gardens.

Mustard & cress egg-heads

Nature in an egg-box

As usual I insinuated myself behind the scenes of the show, not in any constructive capacity of course but in my self-appointed role of photographic nosey-parker. A lot of hard work goes on during the day, booking exhibits in, accompanying judges, totting up the scores, making sure that tickets go on the prizewinning exhibits and working out who the cup winners are. All this takes place before the show opens for viewing at 4pm - so no pressure then.

Calendulas come under scrutiny in the flower section

Recording results, notice the prize tickets laid out ready

The judges take their work very seriously, while making due allowance for the fact that they are judging a village show rather than the Royal Horticultural Society, but it is surprising how much consideration can go into selecting a winner.
The monster cabbages come under discussion

One of the produce judges samples a wholemeal loaf
Once again the prizes were awarded by Rector Taff Morgan, however your thumb-fingered editor failed to make it to the village hall in time for prize-giving, so if any of you have photos of the winners you are willing to share, please let me know!

See the show results here

All material © Philip Stone 2013

"Thank You" from the Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show Committee


Would like to say a HUGE THANKS to everyone who helped with, entered and came along to the Village Show on the 10th of August 2013

The show was very successful – everyone enjoyed themselves. 

The children’s entries were wonderful and many. Tea and cake and laughs were plentiful.

We made a small surplus to keep us going for another year.

If you have any ideas that you would like us to try next year - Our 60th Show – Jubilee Year, or if you would like to be part of the organising team, please contact Liz Ellis 01653 699769 or any member of the committee, Sarah and Andy Clark, Liz Ellis, Alison Hewitt, Tara and Howard Wallis.

See the show results here

Liz Ellis

Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show 2013 Results

Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show 2013 Results

W&M Smith Cup –  S. Milson
Holtby Cup – Wainwright
Youngest Exhibitor – E Lealman
Hodgson Cup –  F. Jones
F. England Cup – A.Milson
J. Witty Cup – D.Doggett
Roberts Cup – J.Charles
Topham Trophy –  D. Voigt
Photography – A.Paton
Allatt Trophy – J.Charles
Most Classes – A. Milson
Classes 1-51 (most points) –  A. Milson
Classes 52-79  (most points) –  C. Milson

Cabbage, green 1. 1st H.Wallis 2nd A. Milson  3rd  F. Jones
Carrots 3.    1st D. Taylor  2nd  D. Haigh 3rd A. Milson    
Onions, 3 dressed 1st J. Charles 2nd H. Wallis 3rd   A. Milson
Spring Onions  4. 1st F. Jones 2nd J. Charles 3rd H. Wallis   
Any Other Vegetable 3. 1st H. Wallis 2nd C. Milson
Tomatoes 4. 1st   J. Bray 2nd F. Jones
Cherry Tomatoes 6. 1st J. Charles 2nd H. Wallis 3rd J. Bray
Beetroot, 3 bunched, with short tops. 1st  F. Jones 2nd a. Dorman 3rd A. Milson
Sweet Peppers 2. 1st  D. Haigh
Chilli Peppers 3. 1st   J. Charles 2nd J. Charles  3rd H. Wallis
Potatoes 4. 1st  A. Lealman 2nd S. Clark 3rd A. Lealman
Broad Beans  6. 1st D. Haigh 2nd F. Jones 3rd A. Milson
Runner Beans  6. 1st D. Taylor 2nd A. Milson 3rd H. Wallis 
French Beans  6. 1st A. Milson 2nd F. Jones 3rd S. Mahon
Peas  6. Shallots, 6 any colour. 1st A. Dorman 2nd A. Milson 3rd D. Haigh 
Lettuce  1. 1st F. Jones 
Courgettes 2. 1st  1st J. Charles 2nd F. Jones 3rd J. Bray
Cucumber  1. 1st J. Bray 2nd A. Milson 3rd F. Jones 
Heaviest Marrow 1. 1st F. Jones 2nd H. Mahon 3rd A. Milson 
Any Fruits, 2 same or different. 1st  1st J. Bray
Soft Fruits, 6 same or different. 1st J. Charles 2nd H. Wallis 
Shallots 1st A. Milson 2nd H.Wallis 3rd  H. Wallis
Culinary Herbs, named, 5 different. 1st M. Holtby 2nd P. Barraclough 
Pot of Home-made Compost. 1st J. Charles 2nd A. Dorman 3rd J. Bray

French Marigolds, 3 blooms. 1st A. Milson 2nd A. Topp 
English Marigolds, 3 blooms. 1st  S. Mahon
Pansies, 3 blooms. 1st  A. Milson 2nd A. Topp 3rd J. Charles
Sweet Peas, 9 stems any colour. 1stA. Milson 2nd E. Brooksbank 3rd J. Allott 
Sweet Peas, 3 stems one colour .  1st A. Milson 2nd P. Barraclough 3rd E. Brooksbank 
Garden flowers, 6 different. 1st   R. Naylor 2nd A. Milson 3rd A. Hewitt
Hydrangeas,  3 blooms. 1st   R. Naylor 2nd D. Voigt
Flowering shrubs, 3 stems different. 1st J. Charles 2nd R. Naylor 3rd J. Bray
Gladiolus,  1 stem. 1st A. Milson 
Potted houseplant. 1st  R. Naylor
Carnations or Pinks, 3 stems. 1st R. Naylor  2nd A. Milson
Herbaceous Perennial, 1 stem. 1st A. Milson 2nd R. Naylor 3rd J. Nesbitt
Herbaceous Perennials, 3 different. 1st  A. Hewitt 2nd J. Bray 3rd J. Charles
Roses, 3 stems any variety. 1st J. Bray 2nd A. Milson 3rd A. Topp 
Hybrid Tea Rose, 1 bloom. 1st J. Charles 
Annual,  1 stem. 1st J. Charles 2nd C. Haigh 3rd J. Bray 
Fuchsias, 3 stems. 1st C. Haigh 2nd D. Voigt 3rd C. Haigh

Man’s Buttonhole1st  D. Doggert 2nd J. Allott 3rd  D.Savage
Lady’s Spray, 1st   J. Allott  2nd A. Milson 3rd  D.Savage
Coastal Arrangement 1st  A. Milson 2nd D. Savage
Foliage Arrangement. 1st  D. Doggert 2nd D. Savage
Arrangement  in an Unusual Container. 1st D. Doggert 2nd A. Milson 3rd A. Topp
Table Centre. 1st D. Doggert 2nd D. Savage

Wholemeal Loaf. 1st A. Paton 2nd D. Voigt 3rd A. Hall 
Lemon Meringue Pie 1st G. Wainwright   2nd S. Mahon 3rd P. Taylor
Chocolate Cake. 1st A. Hewitt 2nd S. Swindells 3rd C. Milson 
Fruit Scones, 3. 1st  J. Allott 2nd G. Wainwright 3rd A. Hewitt
Vegetable Quiche 1st  D. Savage 2nd S. Mahon 3rd G. Wainwright
Chocolate Truffles, 4  1st G. Wainwright    2nd C. Milson 3rd P. Milson
Raspberry Jam. 1st C. Milson 2nd J. Allott 
Strawberry Jam. 1st J. Charles 2nd S. Clark 3rd C. Milson 
Jam, any other. 1st S. Clark 2nd C. Milson 3rd S. Mahon 
Jelly 1st C. Milson
Marmalade. 1st J. Charles
Chutney. 1st J. Charles 2nd T. Ruthven
Bottle of Rosé Wine. 1st J. Charles 
Bottle of Red Wine. 1st J. Charles 
Bottle of Sloe Gin 1st A. Dorman 
Bottle of Other Alcoholic Drink. 1st H. Wallis 
Bottle of Non-alcoholic Drink. 1st J. Charles 2nd S. Clark 3rd J. Charles

Item of Clothing. 1st J. Nesbitt 2nd M, Naylor 
Picture, Painted or Hand-drawn. 1st C. Milson 2nd E. Green 
Hard Handmade Article. 1st A. Milson 2nd R. Naylor 3rd R. Naylor 
Soft Handmade Article. 1st D. Voigt 2nd D. Doggertt

Weather. 1st J. Charles 2nd A. Paton 3rd D.Banks 
Green. 1st S. Clark 2nd J. Charles 3rd A. Paton 
Local Character. 1st A. paton 2nd A. Dorman 3rd A. Paton 
Howardian Hills 1st A. Paton 
Humorous with Caption. 1st A. Paton 2nd A. Paton 3rd A. Paton


11-14 YEARS

Photograph of my friend  1st A. Wainwright 
Poster for Next Year’s Show. 1st G. Wainwright 2nd A. Wainwright 3rd E. Ruthven 
Cup Cakes 4. 1st M. Naylor 2nd A. Wainwright 3rd  R. Burns 
Miniature Garden. 1st A. wainwright 2nd M.Naylor
Haiku or Limerick about Huttons Ambo  1st Amy Wainwright 

7-10  YEARS
Cup cakes 4.      1st          2nd       3rd 
Mustard & Cress Head  1st H. Mahon 2nd S. Milson 3rd J. Banks 
Miniature Garden      1st D. Naylor 2nd S. Milson 3rd J. Banks 
Pressed Flower Picture.  1st J. Swindells 2nd H. Mahon 

6 & Under
Junk Modelled Item  1st A. Wallis 2nd A. Wallis 3rd C. Swindells 
Coronation Jubilee Crown 1st L. Lealman 2nd P. Milson 3rd A. Wallis
Mustard  & Cress Head 1st H. Mahon 2nd L. Lealman 3rd W. Banks 
Nature in an egg Box. 1st A. Wallis 2nd S. Falshaw 3rd P. Milson 
367 entries in total.

Many thanks to all entrants, judges, helpers and supporters.

If you prefer, you can download a copy of these results as a file (e.g. to email them to a friend) by clicking one of the links below:

Download a copy of these results as a Word Document

Download a copy of these results as an Adobe PDF file

Editors note: This must be a record: the produce show results collated and published less than 24 hours after the show!  Well done everyone.

Thursday 8 August 2013

Shooting Stars - See The Perseid Meteor Shower on Monday 12th August/Tuesday 13th August

Meteor (probably not a Perseid) & comet Hale Bopp
Credit: Your Humble Editor
All around the globe keen star-gazers are gearing themselves up for a special annual event. No, it's not the Huttons Ambo Produce Show, splendid as it is: it's the Perseid Meteor Shower.

What in tarnation is that, I hear you cry? Well, every year the earth passes through a thin trail of dust and rocks left  in the wake of a comet (which goes by the unlikely name of Comet Swift-Tuttle).  Like all comets, Swift-Tuttle is a poor driver: it cuts across the orbits of the planets and as a result we cross its dust trail every August. This shower of gritty dust is moving pretty fast: when it hits the atmosphere its doing 60 kilometres per second. That’s 37 miles per second in old money. Call it 130,000 mph.

The result is near instantaneous vaporisation of the dust. Each particle hitting the atmosphere produces a brilliant streak of light that we call a shooting star.
Perseid Meteor over the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope. 
Credit: ESO/S. Guisard (
There are many annual showers of shooting stars but the Perseid shower is without a doubt the best and most spectacular of them all. The shooting stars are fast, brilliant white and they often leave a faint smoky trail behind them that fades in a second or two. Occasionally one will burst into red fragments and very rarely you might have the good luck to see a fireball – a brilliant shooting star as bright as a firework rocket.

As I write (8th of August), we’re already in the edge of the dust stream, if you go out tonight, after dark, you might see one or two bright shooting stars coming out of the North East. But Monday and Tuesday nights are Jackpot nights: we hit the centre, near enough, of the dust stream. If you go out on the nights of the 12th or 13th you might see shooting stars arriving at the rate of one a minute. But if you want to do that you need the advice of an old hand, fortunately I am here to help you:
  • First of all the sky has to be dark and free from clouds. Get away from street lights – not a problem in Huttons Ambo – but you may want to switch off any security lights temporarily or go to a part of your garden where you won’t trigger them.
  • You need to find a spot with a view of the North East - but Straight Up will do in a pinch.
  • Wait until at least 1045pm, the sky needs to be properly dark.
  • Wrap up warm. I can’t tell you how important this is, even a balmy August evening can turn pretty cold by 11pm.
  • Ideally, to avoid getting a stiff neck, lie on a sun-lounger, facing North-East/East.
  • Now your eyes need at least fifteen minutes to get properly dark-adapted. I really mean that, fifteen honest minutes, not three minutes of muttering “I can’t see anything” and then going back inside to catch up on the East Enders. This is better than East Enders. So switch off your torches, relax and see how many stars you can count over the next fifteen minutes.
  • Once you've become dark-adapted, give me another fifteen minutes of honest sky-watching and I promise you that you’ll see at least half a dozen brilliant and fast shooting stars.
  • Bonus points for the dedicated: if you really persist, say for an hour or so, you might also see some faint shooting stars coming from the South. There are at least two other weaker shooting star showers active at the moment, one of which has a reputation of producing the occasional spectacular fireball.
What if it’s cloudy on the night? Well the shower splutters on over the next couple of weeks, so don’t think these nights are the only time to see them, you can look out on other nights but you’ll have to be patient – the rate of shooting stars falls off quite quickly after the 13th.

Good hunting!

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Sunday 28 July 2013

William Sheffield of Roughborough Farm - More Historical Queries!

Peter Stanhope of Haxby writes to ask if we have any information on William Sheffield, Farmer, Dealer and 'Chapman' of Rusbrough, Huttons Ambo, N. Yorkshire in the 1700's, second half of the 18th century.

If you have any information, (I assume that Rusbough is now Roughborough Farm, Huttons Ambo), please drop me a line via the web site contact form or the usual address and I can put you in touch with Peter.


All material © Philip Stone 2013

Thursday 25 July 2013

Produce Show 2013 - Donations for the Raffle

Produce Show Raffle

Any donations for prizes for the Produce Show Raffle would be greatly appreciated.
Donations can be left with Noel Savage
or with Herbie at the Shop

Many Thanks For Your Help & Support

Noel Savage

North Yorkshire LEADER Programme - Huttons Ambo Parish Council

In 2011 Huttons Ambo Parish Council was successful with a bid for LEADER funding to enable us to have extra work done to improve the condition of our footpaths.

There have been many pleasing comments about the improvement that this work has brought about.

Unfortunately, this funding is coming to an end in September 2013 but we hope that the improvements will  still be visible when the extra work is no longer taking place (we have no moss on the footpaths and far fewer weeds and overhanging growth).

It is unlikely that we will be able to afford to fund this work from the precept(*) but we would be pleased to receive suggestions as to how we might be able to maintain the improvements.

by Andy Dorman

* Editor's note: the precept is the portion of your Council Tax which is allocated for funding your Parish Council.

Find out more about the LEADER programme here.

Monday 15 July 2013

Rennison/Renneson/Rennoldson Family History - Can you Help?

Can you help Allan Taylor trace his family history?

Allan, who lives in New Zealand, sent me an email asking for any information on the Rennison family.

If you can help, drop me a line on and I'll pass any information on to Allan.

Philip Stone


My distant ancestor, Henry Rennison lived in Hutton's Ambo where he was a blacksmith - as was his son Thomas. I have set out what little I know of Henry in the attached notes.

I do not know whether there are any Rennison descendants still in the parish or whether there is any evidence of the blacksmith premises - or even any evidence of Henry and his family for that matter.

However, your subscribers may be interested that there are descendants of a former parish family now living 12,000 miles away here In New Zealand and should anyone wish to contact me I would be very pleased to hear from them.

Many thanks for the delightful web site and pictures of the villages.


Allan Taylor



Henry RENNISON (various spellings) was the father of seven children christened: 

Elizabeth 22/1/1757 (Catton near York), Wilm. 14/9/1758 (Askham Richard), John (REYNOLDS) 21/9/1761, Henry 20/2/1763, Mary 2/12/1764 (all Birdsall), Thomas (RENNOLDSON) 31/8/1766, Sarah (RENESON) 20/8/1776 (both Huttons Ambo).

William’s christening from ARPR was:

1758 Baptiz'd Wil Son of Henv Rennison Sep - 14 
Henry had a brother Thomas christened 4/10/1747 who may be he of the following Parish of Catton near York events:

RENNISON, Thos M Eliz. MOOR 21/10/1767
RENNISON, Mary C Thos. RENNISON 21/5/1768

Henry may have left Askham Richard ten or more years before his father’s death which may indicate the limited availability of work and no immediate prospect of inheriting family land or other assets. He was a blacksmith and maintained a connection with his Askham Richard family as a 1787 document from a paper of the PALMES family of Naburn shows. His father, John, died in 1781 and his mother, Ann, lived until 1790. The land was in Naburn and may have been John’s entitlement to vote in 1741:

19 - 20 September 1787: Lease and Release: for £84: Henry Rennison of Hutton Ambo blacksmith (heir of John Rennison) and Ann Rennison of Askham Richard widow of J.R. to John Hay of York merchant

The Henry RENNISON family remained in Huttons Ambo as the following events imply:

RENESON, Elizabeth M Benjamin HOCKS 27/2/1777 Huttons Ambo
RENNISN, Mary M Robert CHAMBERLAIN 2/5/1784 Ravenstonedale
RENISON, Henry M Judith CARLETON 20/2/1797 Huttons Ambo
RENNISON, Thomas M Christiania WINKUP 6/12/1802 Leeds

The 1777 Elizabeth was probably the Elizabeth christened in Catton near York Parish. The 1784 Mary married in Ravenstonedale, Westmoreland – see below. The 1797 Henry was probably the Henry christened in Birdsall Parish. Although Thomas married in the Parish of Leeds, Saint Peter, it is evident that he lived in Huttons Ambo Parish from early in his marriage – see RENNISON – PULFERD and RENNISON – THACKERAY.

In 1801 the population of Huttons Ambo was 390 and in 1823 445. White’s Directory of Professions and Trades of 1840 lists Thos Rennison as a smith i.e. a blacksmith - also the occupation of his father Henry RENNISON and of Joseph RENNISON in Great Driffield.

No Henry RENNISON marriage has been found prior to a first child christened 22/1/1757.  Henry RAWLINSON and Tamar BYWATER married in 1756 in the Parish of St. Peter, Leeds and may have been of the parents of the 1757 to 1766 or 1776 children. Leeds is about 15 miles south-west of Askham Richard. RAWLINSON is phonetically close to RENNISON and no children of Henry RAWLINSON (and Tamar) have been found. 

St Peter, Leeds, Marriage 1756 Oct.10. Henry Rawlinson & Tamar Bywater. Witns. Jas Heartley, John Hall. 
St. Peter's Church (the Parish Church), Leeds and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Hunslet
A researcher states that Tamar was of Birstall, about 6 miles south-west of the centre of Leeds. As Tamar ROPER she married Joshua BYWATER 19 September, 1748 in St. Peter, Leeds Parish where Joshua had earlier married Eliz. CALVERLEY 19/6/1743. Joshua was buried at Hunslet Chapelry, Leeds 16/2/1755 - a researcher recorded his wife as Tamar ROPER. His father was a Yeoman.

Joshua christened 5/6/1745 in Hunslet Chapelry, Leeds, was the son of Jos. BYWATER. Joshua junior probably married in 1765 in the Parish of Kirkby Wharf (about 30 miles south of Huttons Ambo). Children christened in Kirkby Wharf Parish were Mary 11/5/1766, Sarah 14/9/1768, Tamar 27/2/1771, Joshua 29/4/1775; the latter two clearly named after their step-grandmother and grandfather.

Mary Renison was born 2 December 1764 at Birdsall, Yorkshire, daughter of Henry Renison. Mary married Robert Chamberlain and a daughter Elizabeth Chamberlain was born 21 Oct 1792 at Ravenstonedale, Westmorland.

Elizabeth married John Robinson and a daughter Elizabeth Robinson was born 1823, died 28 Feb 1896. Elizabeth Robinson married James Boyle, son of James Boyle and Olive Platt. She was a servant in her future husband's household.

Taizé Meeting - July

Taizé Meeting

There will be a Taize Meeting in the church at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 23rd July. You are very welcome to join us in our peaceful Lady Chapel for sung prayer and short periods of meditation.

If you would like to sit, listen and reflect you do not have to sing, just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Taizé meetings are open to all in the benefice, not just residents of Huttons Ambo. Find out more about Taizé.

Anita Topp

Sunday 14 July 2013

2013 Produce Show - Help Wanted

Dear All – it’s that time again……………..

Volunteers are required for following roles and time slots:

Friday 9th August
Helpers to set up tables in Village Hall

Saturday 10th August
Helpers to receive and set out entries

Helpers to steward and support judges
Helpers to support tea & refreshment team

Sunday 11th August
10.00-1130 Helpers to clean and reset Village Hall

Please can you spread the word and if you or anyone you know can help us then please get in touch via email or on 07968 981296 as soon as possible. Many thanks

Please also note there will be a post show public meeting on Monday 12th August at 1930 in the small room of the Village Hall for feedback and forward planning – ALL WELCOME

Thanks again
Liz Ellis

Saturday 13 July 2013


Himalayan balsam is on the move again! 

This beautiful but domineering plant is re-appearing in many of the spots in and around Huttons Ambo where it flowered last year. If you were one of the many volunteers who pulled balsam last year, I hope that you notice that there’s not as much showing now!

However, please don’t rest on your laurels – it takes a few years of pulling in the same place before no more seedlings come back. Now is an ideal time to start pulling again (or for the first time!), because it’s starting to come into flower but isn't setting seed yet. Here are a few points to remember.

  •       Check the land manager doesn’t mind. The Huttons Ambo Estate has said it’s happy for people to pull balsam along rights of way. 
  •       Make sure that you can pull the plant up safely You will make more progress if you choose a small isolated patch 
  •       Pull along the edge (or edges) of a patch, in particular where it will push the plants back from their most likely route of spread (e.g. watercourse, road or other right of way)
  •       Persist with a particular patch, rather than dipping into different areas each time
  •       Follow the guidance in the box below.

You will make more progress if you:
  •            Choose a small isolated patch
  •            Pull along the edge (or edges) of a patch, in particular where it will push the plants back from their most likely route of spread (e.g. watercourse, road or other right of way)
  •             Persist with a particular patch, rather than dipping into different areas each time
  •             Follow the guidance in the box below.

For further guidance, see

Sunday 7 July 2013

Don't Forget - Huttons Ambo Produce Show on Saturday 10th August

Don't forget - it's the Huttons Ambo produce show next month

If you'd like to help on the day  - volunteer stewards
and helpers on the day would be really welcome.

Contact Liz on 07968 981296

Thursday 4 July 2013

A Summer Evening Stroll

It's been while since we've had a picture post on the Huttons Ambo website so I thought I'd share some pictures from a short evening's stroll.

Incidentally if you'd like to share any of your own pictures on the website, just email them in to . You don't need a fancy camera, some of the pictures posted on the site this year were taken with a smart phone camera and I challenge you to figure out which ones they are.

Don't forget that you can click on any of these pictures to see a bigger version.

Wild honeysuckle in the hedgerow  (click to enlarge)
I think there are some notable differences in the wild flowers this year. Although 2013 seems to have been an excellent year for tree blossom, I don't think the cow parsley has been as prolific as last year.

Back lit cow parsley (click to enlarge)

Also noticeable last year were elder flowers, the hedgerows were smothered in flowers, but this year they are quite a bit sparser.
Elder flowers on Rake Lane  (click to enlarge)

Ash tree,a study in light and shade (click to enlarge)

Back in May, we looked at the business of potato sowing seed potatoes in Planting By Numbers. I took a little detour to check on the progress of the plants and here is the result, a sea of potato plants from St Andrew's Fields down to Grange Farm.
Scientifically planted potatoes (click to enlarge) 

You don't need sweeping vistas or exotic plants to make a decent picture, these humble nettles are turned into glowing spires by a beam of evening sunlight on Rake Lane
Glowing nettles, Rake Lane (click to enlarge)

Near Grange Farm there is an entrance to a field that I've always found appealing, it has lovely rustic look that I've yet to successfully capture with the camera.
Entrance to field, Grange Farm (click to enlarge)

It seems an age ago, but in April, in Field of Beans we saw Richard Wainwright planting beans by night. Here is the result, wall to wall bean plants in Coach Fields, already in flower.
Field of beans (click to enlarge)

We've seen wild flowers and cultivated crops,so we'll end with some garden plants allowed to run wild, with wonderful results: Valerian growing out of a wall.

Valerian, High Hutton (click to enlarge)
I hope you've enjoyed this little collection of snapshots and they'll inspire you to get your camera out and take some pictures. And if you do, why not send them in? We'd love to see them!

All material © Philip Stone 2013