Monday, 19 June 2017

Village walk to the church and back - Saturday 9th September 2017

Village walk to the church and back Saturday 9th September 2017

Having climbed Everest 5 times last September with the help of 60 dogs, a number of bicycles and one or two horses, we are deciding to do it all over again on Saturday 9th September 2017

So please keep your dog in training. This year there will be the added opportunity for those that enjoy swimming to help.

 More information as it becomes available...

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The 63rd Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show - Saturday 5th August 2017

Announcing the 63rd Flower & Produce Show 

Poster by William Banks

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017


"The Derwent Partnership brings together people from local communities, landowners, businesses and other organisations to decide how the River Derwent, the rivers and streams flowing into the Derwent and the land adjacent to them can be managed for the interests of wildlife, habitats and people."

Partnership approach (and a change in name)
The Partnership is seeking to take an integrated, whole catchment approach to resolving the environmental issues on the River Derwent.  We have changed the name of the Partnership from the River Derwent Catchment Partnership to the Yorkshire Derwent Partnership. This helps to distinguish us from other rivers of the same name, for example in Derbyshire and Cumbria. Building on the twin foundations of the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) and natural flood management as well as earlier work with stakeholders, the Board has agreed the following objectives for the Partnership:

·         Ecology and Water Quality – To improve ecology and water quality within the catchment and to protect water supplies.
·         Water Level Management – To reduce flood risk and increase resilience to drought through better water level management and a more naturally functioning river system.
·         Habitats and Species – To create, protect, improve and expand habitats to increase connectivity and protect vulnerable species.
·         Enjoyment and Education – To improve the quality of existing public access, understanding and a sense of connection to the river and surrounding areas, for enjoyment and wellbeing, without impacting wildlife.
·         Economy – To assist sustainable economic growth by supporting more resilient and better land management.

Invasive Species – interested in taking action?
In the last update, we asked people to get involved by helping us map the locations of three particular invasive plant species which are a particular issue in the Derwent Catchment: Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. This generated a lot of interest and some of you have been in touch to find out what plans there are to tackle Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) across the catchment. Many organisations who work in the catchment and some local community groups already keep their own records of INNS locations and treatment records, but we don’t have a map of this activity across the catchment. We are planning to do some work on this in 2017 so that we have much better evidence of where INNS are located and where it’s being treated. Do you keep records of this in your organisation or for your community group? If the answer is yes, then please get in touch and you could help us collate this information for the catchment as a whole – a crucial first step in planning how we tackle this across the catchment.

Rona Charles has offered to act as co-ordinator for this work within, and around, the Parish.

Are you a land manager interested in natural flood measures? If so, let us know.

The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee money will be used to support the continued running of the partnership and to deliver some catchment-scale studies and demonstration projects, particularly aimed at promoting natural flood measures amongst farmers and landowners. This involves working with natural processes to slow, store and filter water and includes measures such as woodland planting, off-line storage ponds, non-flood plain wetlands and washlands. If you are a land manager and would like to explore the potential for using some of your land for natural flood measures, please get in touch. 

Research into Natural Flood Measures (NFM)
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has made available £5m for up to four major research projects into NFM science and innovation.  A team led by Prof Dan Parsons, Professor of Sedimentology at Hull University, has put in a bid about scaling connectivity, capacity and conveyance in NFM, which – if successful -  will focus on the Yorkshire Derwent as its primary study catchment.

For further information look at:

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Saturday, 27 May 2017




1.       Election of Chairman
Richard Green was proposed as Chairman by David Banks.  This was seconded by Simon Lealman.  Richard accepted nomination and, there being no other proposals, was unanimously elected.

2.       Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Richard Green (Chairman) welcomed Cllrs. Andy Dorman, David Banks, Jessie Garnett, and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles.
3.       Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the March meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.

4.       Matters Arising
a) A64 junctions
Some minor repairs at Low Lane end were carried out by Highways England shortly after Richard had contacted Kevin Hollinrake, MP and Clare Wood, NYCC councillor.  Richard will follow up to ascertain whether any progress has been made regarding responsibility for maintenance on the disputed stretches.
b) Swing Bridge maintenance
Work has been completed to a high standard and in a timely manner.  Richard will thank NYCC Highways.
c) Potholes at The Rise and elsewhere
Jem will thank NYCC Highways for the work carried out following the Council’s recent request.
Some holes were not filled and others have since developed.  Councillors will notify Jem of those they now consider meet the criteria for action.  Jem will then send a list to NYCC Highways.
e) Mobile Post Office
Jem has had lengthy correspondence with the many parties involved in supplying the broadband connection.  He has also been in communication with Kevin Hollinrake, MP.  No further action by the Council was felt worthwhile, at this stage.  Jem will keep Councillors informed of any developments.
f)  Rubbish in pull-in at Low Lane end
Ryedale DC had responded quickly to the request and the rubbish removed.

5.       New Matters
a) Pensions Regulator
Jem reported that the Council has complied with new legislation.

6.       Planning
a) Hydramotion
Still awaiting determination
b) Barn West of Village Green
Approved, though the Council was not sent notification.
Jem reported concern that work on site had started despite one of the conditions of approval.  Jem will contact RDC for clarification.
c) Unit 7 Malton Enterprise Park
Awaiting determination

7.       Finance
a) End of year accounts
b) Financial Governance Statement 2015/16
Approved and duly signed.
c) Accounting Statement 2015/16
Approved and duly signed.
c) Budget progress
    The report to 30th April was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.

8.       Any Other Business
a) Net covers for kerbside recycling boxes
Jem will publicise the availability of covers which will reduce street litter on windy collection days.  Jem will also contact RDC environmental services to see whether the Council might act as their agent for distribution, to reduce the number of journeys to Ryedale House.

9.       Date of Next meeting(s)
Tuesday 11th July and, provisionally, 12th of September 2017 at 7.30.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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

Date: ……………………………..

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16 MAY 2017

1.       Welcome     
Richard Green (Chairman) welcomed Cllrs Jessie Garnett, David Banks, Andy Dorman & Simon Lealman, Jem Charles (Clerk) and five members of the public.
2.       Chairman’s report:
a)    Finance: The Council finances have been managed prudently so as to maintain a small reserve.  This will allow some flexibility to respond to unforeseen needs as they arise.
b)    Potholes: Significant Council time and effort is spent on these.  Periodically potholes have been listed, measured and those meeting NYCC current intervention criteria, reported.  A large number have, as a result, been filled, though more work will continue to be needed.  An effective means of working with NYCC Highways seems to have been developed.
c)    A64 junctions: The long running impasse between Highways and NYCC Highways, whereby neither accepts responsibility for maintenance, continues.  Kevin Hollinrake, MP and Clare Wood, County Councillor have been contacted and some minor repairs have been effected.  The Council is continuing to work with them, and others, to bring about agreement on responsibilities.
d)    Buck Lane:
i         Gullies & Soakaways - Following lengthy correspondence and consultation these were cleared and re-excavated.
ii        Pavements - Path edgings were cleared during the summer by 2 volunteers from Give and Gain, the Racing Welfare Charity, and volunteers from the village. These were again cleared in February/March 2017 by the new grass cutting contractor.
e)    Pavements in Low Hutton: Footpath edges between Herbie’s and Manor Farm, were cleared and tidied to a high standard by volunteers.
f)      Pavement surfaces: The poor condition of footpath surfaces have been reported to, and as a result inspected by, NYCC Highways. Schemes of full reconstruction have been prepared for the stretches Herbie’s to Manor Farm in Low Hutton, and Home Farm to the telephone box in High Hutton. However, no funds have been allocated as yet for the repairs.
g)    NYCC Public Rights of Way Consultation: The proposed approach to categorisation and maintenance were reviewed and feedback provided to NYCC.
h)    Verge cutting: The new regime by NYCC Highways in which only visibility lines, mainly at road junctions, are cut started very late, resulting in unsightly and dangerous verges.  Several volunteers carried out cutting in various locations before the contractor started operations.
i)       Grass cutting: The 2016 contractor had been unable to carry out the agreed programme and a new contractor was appointed late in the summer to good effect.
j)      Copper beech on the green: Crown lifting was carried out by volunteers as complaints had been made about branches overhanging the road.
k)     Giant hogweed: The Council has continued to assist the EY Rivers Trust control a large patch between the river and railway.  This work will continue.
l)      River Derwent: On behalf of the Council, Rona Charles attended meetings and liaised with the River Derwent Catchment Partnership. The Council was particularly interested in the potential plans for work on the Kirkham Weir and Sluices.
m)  Swing bridge: Good liaison had been established with NYCC Highways and the Council. This had ensured that residents were aware of impending closures whilst the long awaited, and often requested, repair and redecoration was carried out.
n)    Broadband: The Council had investigated extensively the issue of lack of superfast broadband.  Different provision options were explored via discussions with potential providers and the results communicated to villagers.  Recently, Beeline has provided a viable solution which a good number of villagers have now taken up.
o)    Barneygate Lane end bus shelter: A broken glass pane was replaced after lobbying NYCC by the Council.
p)    Low Hutton telephone box: BT had undertaken a consultation on proposed closure.  The Council had investigated options and informed Ryedale DC that, if it was closed, the Parish would wish to adopt.  RDC subsequently objected to BT.
q)    Mobile Post Office: The inability of this to provide a satisfactory service because of telecommunications problems has been investigated. Our MP has been contacted along with many other involved parties including the Post Office and BT Openreach. The whole set-up of these relationships is convoluted and complicated. This investigation is ongoing.
r)      Charitable: The Council facilitated a Marie Curie Tea Party held by Meeting Point.  £132 was raised for the charity.

3.       Finance
Expenditure was less than budgeted.  This was largely due to problems with the grass cutting contract meaning that cuts were missed,  Savings were also made, mainly in the contingency allocation and as a result of some village maintenance being carried out by volunteers.  There were also modest underspends on sundries and expenses.

The Council’s expenditure was £2323 and income £2750 resulting in a balance carried forward of £4617.

4.       Public Questions & Statements
a)    Kirkham Weir & Sluices:  Rona Charles reported that, despite expectations, no further progress has been made by the Environment Agency on developing options.
b)    Yorkshire Derwent Partnership: Rona outlined the objectives of the initiative, formerly the River Derwent Catchment Partnership, and provided copies of their newsletter.  She offered to post the newsletter on the village website and also to publicise their request, and act as co-ordinator, for reports of non-native invasive weeds (giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed) within, and in the vicinity of, the Parish.  Richard gratefully accepted both offers.
c)     Pull-in opposite Herbie’s: Susan Millward had suggested that a sign should be erected indicating that the space is for turning only, not parking.  There was a general view that inconsiderate parking was not a significant problem and the suggestion was rejected.
d)    “Lay by” at Low Lane end: Murray Naylor asked whether the use of this piece of land as an unofficial lay by and turning area could be curtailed.  It was agreed that the Council could not physically block or restrict access as it is not known who owns the land.  Simon undertook to try to ascertain ownership so that the Council can consider options.

Signed:……………………………….(Chairman, 2016/17)   Dated:………………….

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Monday, 15 May 2017



16th May 2017
in the
7.00 pm

This is the meeting for the residents and your opportunity to come and discuss, with your Parish Councillors and the whole Village, those things that matter to you.

The Chairman will present a brief summary of the Council's activities over the last year followed by a report on the Council's finances.  The meeting will then be open to you to raise anything you feel is of interest to the Community as a whole.

Please come along and help shape the way your Councillors address your concerns and aspirations for the Village.

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A   Meeting   of   Huttons Ambo   Parish   Council
will take  place  in  the  Village  Hall
on Tuesday,  16th May  2017 
after the Annual Meeting.

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 Election of Chairman

2 Welcome, Councillors present, Apologies for Absence

3 Approval of Minutes

4 Matters Arising:
a) A64 road junctions
b) Swing Bridge maintenance
c) Pothole at The Rise and elsewhere
d) Mobile Post Office
e) Rubbish in pull-in at Low Lane End

5 New matters:
a) Pensions Regulator

6 Planning:
a) Hydramotion
b) Barn West of Village Green
c) Unit 7 Malton Enterprise Park

7 Finance:
a) End of year accounts 2016/17
b) Approval of 2016/17 Governance statement
c) Approval of 2016/17 Accounting statement
d) Budget progress to 30th April

8 Any Other Business

9 Date of next Meeting
Provisionally 11th July 2017 at 7.30pm

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Yoga and Stretch Class

 Yoga & Stretch Classes in the Village Hall

The classes run for one hour and will start on Monday 8th 1000-1100 and Thursday 11th May 1930-2030.

Classes can be booked in four week blocks and cost £6 per class.

Using traditional yoga moves and low impact aerobic dance moves the class will be designed to make you feel overall stretched, moved and feeling better.

A gentle class for beginners to exercise; those who haven't exercised for a while, recovering from pregnancy or injury and fitter people who need to stretch and relax.

Even if you can't commit to all four just turn up. Please do inform me of any medical conditions before the class. I am a fully qualified Sivananda Yoga teacher and RSA movement to music teacher but I am a lot older than I used to be!!

You need to bring your own mat and a pillow and blanket for the relaxation.
Please drop me a line and let me know if you can make it.

Lesley Seeger

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Thursday, 27 April 2017


The Council has received notice of an application for the erection of an extension to Unit 7 at Malton Enterprise Park.   Comments have been requested by the 14th of May 2017.

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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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

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