Wednesday, 19 October 2016


The Council has received notice of an application for the erection of a two storey linking extension at Hydramotion, Seven Street, Malton.  Comments have been requested by the 4th of November.

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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Tuesday, 11 October 2016


The Parish Council has received notice of an application for change of use at Cherry Farm to equestrian, and construction of stabling and other facilities.  It is, in part, retrospective, to regularise work already carried out.  The works proposed are on or adjacent to a public footpath.  Comments have been requested by the 31st of October 2016.

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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Saturday, 8 October 2016

British Heart Foundation Training Resources

Just a reminder that the village has a British Heart Foundation training kit with dvds and a resuscitation doll and all the kit for anyone or any group to borrow and learn with.

It's a community resource so please contact me if you would like to borrow it for your group or family or if you would like to arrange a training event . 01653 699769


Liz Ellis

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Friday, 7 October 2016




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.  Three members of the public were also present.
2.         Minutes of the July PC meeting
These were approved and signed as being a true record

3.         Matters Arising
a)  Superfast Broadband
Richard summarised detailed responses that had been received from BTOpenreach and NYNET to letters sent by Simon and Jem.  The Council’s only means of expediting the availability of superfast would be by organising a community led project to provide, or significantly contribute towards, the required infrastructure.  It was agreed that this was neither realistic nor feasible for the number of potential subscribers.
Both High and Low Hutton are being considered for possible upgrade in Phase III of the Superfast North Yorkshire programme with tenders due to be opened in April 2017 and completion of agreed works by December 2020.  There is no guarantee either will be covered by the service offered by the accepted bidder.
A subsidy is available for subscribers whose broadband service does not reach certain minimum standards.  If there is sufficient demand these could be pooled and Boundless Communications has indicated that they would then be able to install a superfast wireless broadband service.  Other wireless providers may be in a similar position.
David and Richard will draft a flier, for distribution door to door, explaining the current situation and the options available.
b)  Back Lane gulleys & soakaways
The work promised has yet to be carried out.  Richard will write to Neil Jefferson at Highways, North Yorkshire.
c) Regular item in The Howardian
Richard will submit articles whenever there are appropriate matters on which to report.
d)  Giant Hogweed
The treatment this year has been very successful but another follow up treatment in Spring or early Summer will be needed.
e)  Barneygate Lane End bus shelter
The missing pane of glass has been replaced.  Jem will write to thank NYCC.
f)   Pavement in Low Hutton
Simon and Andy will clear the encroaching grass, possibly next week.

4.         New Matters
a)  Grass cutting contract
Cutting of the village green and the roadside strip by the church has continued to be erratic despite the contractor being reminded on 2 separate occasions.  It was agreed that this was not satisfactory.  The Council will take steps to ensure that the grass is cut, possibly including action by volunteers.  Graham Milner kindly offered to do this, if necessary, on condition that he had assistance.
b)  Parish Liaison meeting
Richard reported on the meeting of PC members from the Derwent Ward convened by Mike Potter, Cllr. RDC.  It was a useful meeting as an opportunity for councils to share experience.  HA appeared to be the most active of the council’s represented.
c)  Parish map
A small company had contacted the council to seek interest in preparing a map.  This was not though worthwhile.  Jem will decline the offer.
d)  Community led housing
Councillors supported the principle of local communities being actively involved in the provision of affordable/social housing.  It was not thought appropriate in HA, at least for the time being, both because of the lack of suitable land and the existing preoccupation of many active members of the community in the Village Hall project and other community beneficial projects.
e)  RAY Conference & AGM
Jem will write to indicate that HA will not be represented and will submit the voting proxy form.

5.         Planning
a)  Gledhow Cottage & Oaklea
b)  Malton Enterprise Park

7.         Finance
a)  Budget progress
     The report to 31st August was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.
b)  External auditor’s report
This report on the annual accounts had been received and was satisfactory.

8.         Any Other Business
a)  Condition of pavements
Those from Herbie’s shop to Orchard Cottage and from the church to the ‘phone box are in a very poor state and are treacherous for those with impaired walking ability.  It was thought not to be worthwhile raising this issue again with NYCC Highways.
b)  Road names
Some road names used officially are thought by at least one parishioner to be unhelpful.  Simon will investigate.
c)  Potholes on Low Lane
Simon will measure two he had identified as serious to determine whether they meet the criteria for attention.  He will contact Jem to write to Highways if appropriate.
d)  Correspondence
Jem reminded Councillors that it is useful to have a record of all official correspondence between Councillors and outside bodies or agencies to be held centrally.

9.         Date of Next meeting(s)
Tuesday 15th November and, provisionally, 17th of January 2017 at 7.30.  Venue to be announced depending on availability of the Village Hall once the refurbishment plan has been put into place.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Saturday, 17 September 2016


27th SEPTEMBER 2016

A  Meeting  of  Huttons  Ambo  Parish  Council
will  take  place  in  the  Village  Hall
on  Tuesday,  27th September 2016
at  7.30 pm.

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


1        Welcome, Councillors present, apologies for absence

2        Approval of Minutes

3        Matters Arising:
a)    Broadband
b)    Back lane gulleys and soakaways
c)     Regular item in the Howardian
d)    Giant hogweed
e)    Barneygate Lane End bus shelter
f)      Pavement in Low Hutton

4        New matters
a)    Grass cutting contract
b)    Parish liaison meeting
c)     Parish map
d)    Community led housing
e)    RAY AGM

5        Planning:
a)    Gledhow Cottage and Oaklea
b)    Malton Enterprise Park

6        Finance:      
a)      Budget progress to 31st August
b)      External audit

7        Any Other Business

8        Date of next Meeting
          Provisionally 15th November 2016 at 7.30pm

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Huttons Ambo Harvest Festival - Correction

The Harvest Festival Date is Sunday 18th October at 630pm and not September as previously stated.

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Huttons Ambo Village Hall wins Big Lottery funding

Huttons Ambo Village Hall wins Big Lottery funding for an extensive refurbishment.

After a long and extensive application process Huttons Ambo Village Hall has been awarded £164,400 from The Big Lottery Fund towards the refurbishment of the village hall. Work will start soon and it is hoped the project will be completed by early 2017.

The planned work includes the installation of a new heating and hot water system and 21st century insulation to keep the heat in and to keep the cold out there will be new doors and windows. At the back of the building there will be small extension providing a storage room accessed directly from the hall. Additionally there will be much needed new toilet facilities and a brand new kitchen with a large serving hatch to make events with food far easier to deliver.

A spokesperson said :

We are thrilled to have been successful in our application and that this will enable us to develop our much loved hall into a real community asset for the future.

Many of our residents have known the hall since their childhood and feel a strong connection with it.

These improvements will make it more functional, accessible, warm and efficient to run.

We intend to keep the welcoming and homely feel of the building by retaining and reinstating some features. Bringing the facilities into the 21st century will create a place our community will enjoy and be proud of for years to come.

The hall is currently used by many village groups such as The Meeting Point, the Youth Club, popular Quiz & Supper Nights and the Art Group as well as being home to the annual Flower & Produce Show. With better facilities and a warmer environment the hall management committee hope to attract a wider usage, increasing the number and variety of the activities available in the village.

The bid team are still working to securing some additional funding for extra fittings and equipment but this significant award from the Big Lottery Fund will transform the much-loved hall and make it fit for the future and many more years of community use.

If you would like more information then contact
Liz Ellis
M: 07968 981296
Follow on @huttonsambo
Via the Facebook group Huttons Ambo Village

•    The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
•    It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
•    Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Huttons Ambo Harvest Festival 2016

Huttons Ambo Harvest Festival - Sunday 18th October 630pm - St Margaret's Church

All welcome

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The next
Parish Council
 meeting has been
It will now be held on


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Monday, 5 September 2016

Dates for Your Diary - September 2016

Forthcoming events:

Friday 9th September - Youth Club

Saturday 10th September - Quiz Night & Supper

Tuesday 23th September - Parish Council Meeting (please note new date)

Tuesday 20th September - Taize - Welburn Church

Saturday 24th September - 'Everest Climb' followed by Himalaya Party at Terrington Village Hall

Wednesday 28th September - Book Club at Alison Hewitt's home, 'Wanting' by Richard Flanagan

Church Services:

Sunday 18th September    Holy Communion - The Rector
Sunday 2nd October    Morning Prayer - Murray Naylor

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Quiz Night & Supper, Saturday September 10th

Just a reminder that it's time for the quarterly quiz night and supper on Sat Sept 10th (7pm doors open for 730pm first question)

Food order forms went out with the last Bulletin and food order deadline is Monday 5th Sept (not November !- typo on food order sheet). Spare forms at Herbies or email me.

It's BYO drink's and please order food in good time so we can cater efficiently.

If you don't have a full team (up to 6 adults) the let me know and we can make up some teams by joining couple or singles.

For those of you who have never attended - it's a very relaxed, fun and sociable event so if you are not a hardened quizzer don't worry.

Liz Ellis

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Huttons Ambo Produce Show 2016 - Report

Saturday August 20th was the 62nd Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show.

Despite the autumnal weather there were almost 400 entries in classes as varied as the heaviest marrow, the best compost, pasta jewellery and  even a Tweet about our village. There was a fabulous tea with plenty of cake and home-made elderflower cordial.

Thanks to all entrants, judges, helpers and attendees

You can download a copy of the final results here.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Huttons Ambo climbs Everest!??!

Huttons Ambo climbs Everest!

On Saturday the 24th September 2016 there will be a fund raising event for our Church by “climbing Everest”. 

The Church only receives funding through the generosity of those who live in Huttons Ambo (There is no external funding support from the Church or Government) and, as it is used by many in the Village for marriages, christenings, funerals as well as services on Sundays, if the Church is not supported by the Village it is possible that it would have to close and we could lose our Church.

The Plan: The Rector is going to lead us by climbing in all five parishes in the Benefice. In simple terms, 300 people, or equivalent, walking from the war memorial to the Church will have climbed collectively the height of Everest.  Cycle attempts count, dogs having four legs count twice, humans count once.

Each “climber” should obtain sponsorship or make a donation, so funds will be raised.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available at St Margaret's at a modest cost to all who partake and of course the organ and bells will play for 5 minutes as each 10,000 feet are reached.

The Route:  The direct route is straight up the road, but any route is acceptable, for instance, up Rakes Lane from the Old School to the top of the immediate ridge, turn right around the fields towards the Hall and thence to the Church.

Timings:  The Rector will “climb” in Huttons Ambo between 0900 and 1015, so the Church will be open from 0900 to 1200.

Evening Party:   There will be a party in the early evening for the whole Benefice organised by Welburn. It will be on a Nepalese theme and tickets will be £10 for adults and £5 for children. Sponsorship forms will be available, and are likely to be available from Herbie’s and on the web site – to be confirmed. 

Questions should be directed to Jeremy Bleasdale on 01653 – 690344

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Village Hall Fundraising Update

Fundraising Update – The Big Lottery bid Assessor visited the village hall and the bid team on August 2nd and we are awaiting a final decision regarding the award by the end of the month.
There are now 12 other applications in progress to various funders to support the purchase of equipment for the  proposed village hall refurbishment so we are hoping for some success with at least a couple of them.

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Grass Raking at St Margaret's Church - Saturday 3rd Spetember 10am

Help needed at St Margaret’s Church.

Can anyone spare an hour or so to help rake up the cut grass in the back churchyard flower meadow?

This area is really beginning to take shape, in particular with the yellow rattle now doing its job in weakening the growth of the grass. However, it is very important to keep on top of the job of making the churchyard better and better by raking up the grass once it has been cut. In time this annual task will hopefully become less demanding. Any help on Saturday September 3rd from 10am for an hour or so will be very much appreciated. If you can bring a rake or a wheel barrow so much the better.

Thank you.

Contact: Rosa Naylor. 01653 695008 or 

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Don't forget - Huttons Ambo Annual Flower & Produce Show 2016 - Saturday 20th August

Huttons Ambo Annual Flower & Produce Show 2016 
Schedules and further details are on the website and available at Herbies. Entry forms have also been delivered to each house. Volunteers always needed on the day together with raffle prizes and your entries.
You don’t need to be green fingered to enter – there are lots of different classes including plenty of children so do take a look and try and enter something to put on a good show and support this annual village event – which has now been running for over 60 years !
Even if you don’t feel like entering yourselves – then come along and see all the exhibits and the prize winners and enjoy tea and refreshments from 4pm

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Thursday, 11 August 2016


The relevant pages of the Annual Return may be viewed here.  Registered voters in the Parish may examine the original by application to Jem Charles (

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Kirkham Weir and Sluices Options Appraisal Project – revised notes

Kirkham Weir and Sluices Options Appraisal Project – revised notes

The Environment Agency has revised the notes of the last (April) meeting of the community engagement group, you can download the revised notes here.

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French Night - Pictures

A fantastic French Night tonight (Saturday 30th July) with wonderful entertainment from Jayne O'Ehley and Anita Topp, beautiful beef bourguignon from Fletchers of Norton, donations of lavender from several sources and stirling work in the kitchen from the Castletons.

 There was much conversation, singing and a little dancing. It was alovely village event and raised more funds for hall refurbishment.

Thanks to everyone who supported and attended.

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Friday, 15 July 2016


1.         Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Richard Green (Chairman) and Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Jessie Garnett, and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present.  Apologies had been received from Cllr. David Banks.  One member of the public was also present.
2.         Minutes of the 2015/16 Annual Meeting and the May PC meeting
These were approved and signed as being a true record

3.         Matters Arising
a)  Copper beech on Village Green
No further work has been carried out.  Andy will contact Tom (Cundalls Tree Surgeons) to ascertain when he may be able to undertake the work.
b)  Superfast Broadband
Richard, David and Simon had attended a discussion event organised by Kevin Holinrake.  Representatives of several service providers and NYNET were present and it was considered very useful.
i.       Phase III of the NYNET superfast broadband project, to make a connection available to the remaining 25,000 properties in North Yorkshire, is due to go to tender in September 2016 for work to start in April 2017.
ii.      If BTOpenreach wins the contract Huttons Ambo will be connected by fibre optic cable during the contract period.  The Council had heard from BT that the estimated cost would be £60k.  Simon will contact BT to seek a breakdown of this sum to help assess alternatives and also to ascertain whether a cheaper option, which might enable connection as part of normal commercial activity, would be feasible by installing a spur from a cable along the A64 at High Lane End.  Andy will investigate whether there are any BT manhole covers or boxes in the vicinity.
iii.     If the contract is awarded to a provider reliant on wireless technology that company would become the sole ISP for superfast broadband.  However households would no longer require a landline telephone connection if they transferred to VOIP for the telephone service.
iv.    A Community funding option is available but it was not considered worth pursuing at least for the time being as the cost, relative to the probable uptake, would be likely to be prohibitive.
v.      It appears that NYNET consider that the Parish already has access to superfast broadband with Boundless Communications.  Jem will write to NYNET to disabuse them of this misconception and inform them that broadband speeds often fall well below 1mB/s or even fall to zero.  He will also ask that access to their coverage map be granted and to be kept informed of the progress of Phase III and how high on the priority list HA sits, given the size of the community and its proximity to Malton.
c) Potholes
Jem had sent a list of those greater than 40mm in depth to NYCC Highways.  These had (almost) all been filled within days.
d)  Back Lane gullies & soakaways
Richard had written to NYCC Highways and had met the local engineer who, after inspecting the gulleys, promised that the necessary work would be undertaken.
e)  Give and Gain
Two staff members from the Racing Welfare charity had volunteered to carry out some work to benefit the community.  They, with assistance from Andy, had cleared the pavement between the High and Low villages.  The Council had made a small donation in appreciation.  The remainder of Back and Buck Lanes pavements were cleared by Andy and Andy Clarke.  The Council expressed its thanks.
f)   Marie Curie tea party
The Meeting Point team had agreed to host this and to make the regular event a fund raiser.  They, very generously, donated the day’s takings to the charity and these, added to the donations by the community at the event and subsequently, provided a total of £132 which was gratefully received by the charity.

4.         New Matters
a)  Giant Hogweed
Jem had assisted John Shannon to treat the remaining infestation.  Treatment last year had been very successful but complete clearance might take one, or more, further follow-up treatments.  Andy & Jem will monitor the effectiveness of the treatment.
b)  Regular item in The Howardian
Richard had submitted articles about the PC in the past but this had lapsed.  It was agreed that this would again be worthwhile.  Richard will resume.
c)  Village bulletin
The Council agreed to contribute to the cost of printing by periodically reimbursing the cost of printer cartridges.
d)  Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service
Jem will forward information to the Meeting Point team and the Village Hall refurbishment committee for information,

5.         Planning
a)  Gledhowe Cottage & Oaklea
Awaiting determination.
b)  Malton Enterprise Park
Awaiting determination.

7.         Finance
a)  Budget progress
     The report to 30th June was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.

8.         Any Other Business
a)  Sweet chestnut on Village green
            Simon suggested that the lowest branches should be removed to improve access for mowing.  Andy suggested that the fence could also be removed.  All Councillors will look at the tree to agree any action at the next meeting.
b)  Finger Post
The AONB has erected a sign indicating their contribution to the recent restoration.  Andy will consider how the Parish Council might similarly record its contribution.
c)  High Lane End bus shelter
Andy reported that a pane of glass has been missing for some time.  Jem will discover who is responsible for maintenance and request replacement.
d)  Hedge at Railway Cottages
Andy had received notification of an issue regarding the height of a hedge.  It was agreed that this was not a matter of public interest and therefore outside the competence of the Parish Council.  Andy will inform the resident of the name of a RDC officer who may be able to help.
e)  Pavement in Low Hutton
Simon reported that the vegetation in the accumulated debris had been sprayed which he considered pointless.  This was not part of the village maintenance contract.  Simon will arrange for the clearance of the debris by volunteers, himself included.
f)   Grass cutting
It was noted that the grass on the green and roadside edges along from the church were again rather long.  Only one invoice had yet been received, and settled.  Jem will contact Kevin asking for work to date to be invoiced and suggesting that another cut should be made soon.

9.         Date of Next meeting(s)
Tuesday 13th September and, provisionally, 15th of November 2016 at 7.30.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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

Date: ……………………………..

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

French Night - Sign Up Now!

Numbers signed up for French Night are low and we need at least another 20 people to make it viable.

If you wish to come and have not already done so then please sign up or email me before July 21st or we may need to cancel.

Due to work and holiday commitments, bar stock and food orders need to be made by 22nd, so you need to get signed up before then.

Please be kind enough to spread the word and if Herbie told you there will be snails for supper - don't believe him !!!!!


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Monday, 4 July 2016

Huttons Ambo Youth Club - July Report

Huttons Ambo Youth Club session on Friday July 1st visited St Margarets Church in High Hutton.

Simon Jackson rang the bells for the groups arrival and Michael Sessions led the children in some musical activity and gave them the chance to play the organ – with hands AND feet.

Sara Swindells and Alison Hewitt were the youth leaders for the night and organised a quiz around the church and surrounds too.

It was a lovely evening and great a chance for the young people to visit, explore and enjoy this important and special village place.

Thanks to the church and all those who supported the session.

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Huttons Ambo Flower & Produce Show - Saturday 20th August 2016

Local residents have probably received the schedule of classes and two entry forms for this year’s show by now. To anyone who’s not entered before, you don’t know what you’re missing! Experienced show exhibitors will already know that it pays to think ahead, so have a look at the schedule and the judges’ comments (links) from previous years’ shows and decide what you could grow, make or photograph before the show. There is no show without entries, so give it a try and good luck!

Judges comments (drinks)

Judges comments 2011 - 2015

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The next meeting of the
Parish Council
will be held on the 
12th of July at 7.30

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016



The end of year report has now been prepared and audited by the internal auditor.

The  Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities requires that this information is made publicly available on a free to use website.

The following documents can be viewed via these links:

Parish Councillors for the year were:

Andy Dorman (Chairman)
David Banks
Jessie Garnett
Richard Green
Simon Lealman

Jem charles, Clerk to Huttons Ambo Parish Council

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