Thursday, 24 November 2016



1. Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies

Richard Green (Chairman) and Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Jessie Garnett, and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present along with one member of the public.  Apologies had been received from Cllr. David Banks

2. Minutes of the July PC meeting

These were approved and signed as being a true record

3. Matters Arising

a) Broadband flier
David had reported that he’d held off drafting a flier because of current developments in a possible wireless service from Beeline.
b) Back Lane gulleys & soakaways
The work promised has yet to be carried out though the contractor has, apparently, been instructed.  Richard will write to James Malcolm at Highways, North Yorkshire to try to ascertain when it might be completed so that consideration can be given to the possibility of some interim work by volunteers.
c) Pavement edges in Low Hutton
Simon and Andy had completed the section from the ‘phone box to The Redings.  Simon suggested that another section would benefit from similar attention.  Simon will undertake this if other(s) volunteer to assist.
d) Condition of pavement surfaces
These have been inspected by NYCC but no feedback has been received.  Jem will write to ascertain whether any work is planned.
e) Potholes in Low Lane
Simon has assessed these and concluded that, at that time, they did not quite meet the criteria for emergency repair.  A watching brief will be kept on these, and other, potholes so that NYCC can be alerted to any that require, and qualify for, attention.
f) Road names
No further work has been carried out on possible rationalisation.

4. New Matters

a) Beeline broadband
Richard presented a detailed summary of the work that has been carried out by the Council in terms of meetings, correspondence and discussions with providers.  He outlined the current position with phase III of the Superfast North Yorkshire project and the other, wireless, options that may become available, as well as the consideration of a community funded option which was not felt realistic.  He also explained how efforts had been made to keep the community informed through articles in the Village Bulletin and the Howardian and the preparation of minutes of meetings which have been published on notice boards and the village website.
He concluded by saying that there was very little further that the Council could reasonably do and suggested that individuals who were dissatisfied with the broadband they have might liaise one with another to put together a co-ordinated case.
It was agreed that the David and Richard will now go ahead and draft the flier noted above.
b) Low Hutton phonebox
It had been reported in the press that BT are proposing to close and remove this phonebox, along with many others nationally, and had entered into consultation.  The Council had received no notification.  Jem will contact BT to find out the position.
c) Minerals & Waste Joint Plan
A further consultation on the adoption of this Plan is underway but the terms are restricted to legal matters.  The Council did not consider further representation appropriate.

5. Planning

a) Cherry Farm
b) Hydramotion
Awaiting determination.

7. Finance

a) Budget progress
The report to 31st October was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.
b) Parish Precept for 2017/18
Income from the precept and associated grants has remained at the current level since 2013/14.   It was agreed that an increase of 1.8% should be made, equivalent to an annual increase since 2013/14 of 0.5%, to take the precept from £2750 to £2800.

8. Any Other Business

a) Bus service 181
A revised timetable has been introduced and copies posted in bus shelters. 

9. Date of Next meeting(s)

Tuesday17th January at 7.30 at Dalton House and, provisionally, 14th of March 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

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

Date: ……………………………..

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Thursday, 10 November 2016


A Meeting of Huttons Ambo Parish Council
will take place in the Village Hall
on Tuesday, 15th November 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 flier
 b)      Back lane gulleys and soakaways      
 c)      Grass cutting      
 d)      Pavement edges in Low Hutton      
 e)      Condition of pavements – High & Low Hutton     
 f)       Potholes on Low Lane     
 g)      Road names

4   New matters

a)      Beeline broadband     
b)      Low Hutton phonebox      
c)      Minerals & Waste Joint Plan

5   Planning:

 a)      Cherry Farm     
 b)      Hydramotion

6  Finance:     

 a)    Budget progress to 31st October      
 b)    Parish precept

7        Any Other Business


8        Date of next Meeting

          Provisionally 17th January 2016 at 7.30pm 

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Jack & The Beanstalk – Huttons Ambo Village Hall.

Jack & The Beanstalk – Huttons Ambo Village Hal

On Wednesday 14th December 6pm Rural Arts & Pocket Panto present a professional, small but perfectly formed family panto for one night only. Running time approx. 1.5 hours. Tickets £6 adults and £4 children (16 & under.)

Light refreshments available. or from Liz 01653 699769.

Tickets limited and 25% gone already.

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Meeting Point Update

Meeting Point Update

 The Meeting Point on October 1st was – as usual a lovely occasion with great food and opportunities to catch up and spend time with others. The next Meeting Point will be November 5th and after that dates as to be decided after the hall refurbishment is complete.

One of the original founders is stepping down and everyone would like to say a huge thank-you to Sara Swindells for all her work and input into making the Meeting Point – the much valued event that it has become – also for amazingly good quiche and cake.

The team intend to continue with the Meeting Point but as you can appreciate it’s a huge commitment of time and energy to prepare for and deliver the event so we are appealing for some help.

We are looking for anyone who can bake (all costs covered), wash up, help setup/clear up or wash up – either regularly or on an ad hoc basis.

Volunteer bakers and washers up please contact Sarah Clark  or Alison Dobie in person, or text 07737785178

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The Village Hall Refurbishment - Update

The Village Hall Refurbishment


The new purpose-built storage room build will happen in November and take around 2 weeks. During this time the hall will remain in use.

The main refurbishment work will start in January and is planned to take around 4 weeks. During this time the hall will be out of use and the site will be closed to the public.

The plan is to store all equipment and furniture which we are going to retain in the new store room and the 2 existing sheds on site during the refurbishment. All other equipment and furniture that we may deem as obsolete or not needed shall be disposed.

If you have items in the hall they will need to be removed or Andy Dorman, who is coordinating the removal/storage process, should be advised so he can make arrangements.

IMPORTANT Items not identified, claimed or removed by December 14th may be disposed of either through sale, tip or donation.

The skip, material storage and welfare facilities will be sited behind the hall and vehicular access to them will be via the paddock as required but managed by the estate office and the onsite project manager.

Inevitably there may be a little more traffic for deliveries, more people around and potentially noise during the periods of work but we do hope you will be understanding and thank you for your patience. 

For further information regarding the refurbishment logistics and works, contact Andy Dorman 01653 694412.  (hall clearance ) or  Michael Leighton (construction)

Colours and Décor – we are now planning the décor and colour schemes for the hall post refurbishment and some options will be on view at Herbies in the coming weeks. If you wish to support one scheme over the other or have comments or opinions then please make your views known – 01653 699769 by December 1st.

Obviously it will be impossible to please everyone but we would welcome feedback before the final decisions are made. Thanks

Cleaner – the hall will also need a cleaner – weekly or bi-monthly – hours to suit from Feb 2017. Contact Liz 01653 699769 if interested and if you know anyone who might be interested.

Liz Ellis

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Huttons Ambo Good Neighbours Scheme Closing Down

Huttons Ambo Good Neighbours Scheme

It is with mixed feeling that the Good Neighbours Scheme Committee has decided to close down the scheme. We have been operational for a year and had no calls to the helpline. This does however show that we have amazing support networks within the village and people help each other informally all the time.

We hope that everyone in the village knows someone they can call on locally if they need help and if not then please make this known at the Meeting Point and we can make sure you have someone who would be ready to help if needed.

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Huttons Ambo Youth Club

Vince is bringing some engines to take apart and learn about – so it will be a hand on sessions plus the usual crafts, activities, squash/jammie dodgers and running about !!

Further updates with dates for 2017 season will appear in future Bulletins and if you are a YC member or parent then you will receive an email update.

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Meeting Point - November 2016

Meeting Point in the Village Hall, Saturday November 5th 12 until 2

Light lunches of homemade soup, sandwiches, paninis and CAKES. Come and enjoy the opportunity for a lovely lunch and some great company

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St Margaret's Church - Church Services

St Margaret's Church - Church Services 

Sunday 6th November 11am, Morning Prayer -Simon Jackson
Sunday November 20th 11am, Holy Communion – The Rector
Sunday December 4th 11am, Advent carols – Juliet Bleasdale

Taize Meeting at All Saints Terrington on Tuesday November 15th 7.30pm.
For further details contact Michael Sessions

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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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