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We are holding an open morning on Saturday 19th October 2019 between 10 am and 12 noon in Sessay Village Hall for residents of Sessay to look at the plans for the Village Farm Development  - and make any comments you would like the Parish Council to lodge.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a Community Speed Watch. We require a minimum of 6 people and would initially involve attending 2 courses of training.  If you would be prepared to do so would you please contact the Clerk.

Open Gardens
Sun July 8th. 1.30-5pm
Approx 10 gardens to look around. 
Teas, tombola, cake stall, plant stall, books in the village hall
Followed at 5.30 by Songs of Praise in The Old Orchard. 
Entry £5. Children free.
Pay at village hall or on entry to any garden. 

Come and join us in the Village Hall Bar on Saturday 10-11.30. Cake stall, tombola, tea and coffee. Everybody welcome 

Fund raising event for Sessay Church roof repairs and village hall decoration on Friday 16th March 2018 in the village hall.

Organised by Margaret Watkinson and her committee.

Dancing to Chris Barry and his band.

All food, wine, raffle prizes were donated.

Ticket sell out.

The evening raised £1062.00

Many thanks to all who attended and helped on the evening clearing up.

Pics to follow.....


6.30pm Fri 30th March. St Cuthbert's Church

Last few tickets remaining for a great night of fun and dancing at the Village Hall. Come and see The Chris Berry Band on Fri 16th March at 7.30. Tickets £10 from 01845 501452/ 577906 

The Village Hall has long been the focal point of the life of our community.  It has been the meeting place for numerous clubs and societies, a thriving sporting venue, host to plays and pantos galore, and the setting for countless events and galas.

In September 2014 following a public consultation, Sessay and Hutton Sessay Parish Council published a Community Plan. One of the Action Plan tasks being to “Review the case for Conservation Area status to protect the history, character and natural appearance of Sessay”. Hambleton District Council and Sessay Parish Council are now consulting on a proposed Conservation Area for Sessay.

 Residents and businesses in Sessay are invited to comment on the conservation area boundary from the 28th April to the 2nd June 2017, this period aligns with Hambletons final consultation on their call for future development sites as part of their next Local Plan. 

  • You are invited to a public meeting at 7pmon the 23rd May at Sessay Village Hall to find out more and to ask questions.
  • Parish Councillors will be available at the Village Hall to discuss the proposal with residents between 1 and 3 pmon the 28th May.
  • The public consultation closes on the 2ndJune.
  • Answers to questionnaires will then be considered and the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan amended with a view to adopting it formally as part of Hambleton’s Local Plan.
  • Hambleton District Council are likely to meet on the 5thSeptember to decide whether to designate a Conservation Area in Sessay (coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the very first Conservation Area in England, designated in September 1967). 

Please do complete the questionnaire, it will enable us to understand your views on a Conservation Area, where its boundary should be drawn, what needs to be done to improve the appearance and character of Sessay and to identify key heritage features and buildings that you value.

In 2011 a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘Your Heritage’ project was established in Sessay, the project completed in 2016 and has involved the production, amongst other things, of a 70 panel village history exhibition, a booklet and a comprehensive set of essays on the villages’ history, archaeology and architecture called ‘Essays from Sessay’ (180 pages),edited by Janet Ratcliffe. Our communities extensive research has therefore provided the evidence to inform and produce the draft Conservation Area Appraisal making this very much a community led initiative.

You can find out more about why Sessay is considered significant and worth conserving by reading the following documents.

More about Conservation Areas in Hambleton can be found here:

More on Conservation Areas nationally can be found at Historic England’s web site:



An Easter Extravaganza will be held at Sessay Village Hall on Monday 17th April. The fun will commence with a Vintage Tractor Run leaving at 10am, which will follow a route through Helperby, Easingwold, Crayke and Carlton Husthwaite before returning to Sessay. The Eggstravaganza will be opened at 1pm by "Yorkshire Vet" Peter Wright. We are holding numerous activities including Children's Easter Bonnet Competition. open Decorated Easter Cake, egg decorating, welly wanging, darts competition, face painting, balloons in a Mini, guess the weight of the lamb, and numerous other attractions. There will also be a Bar and BBQ. 
Please cross your fingers for good weather and come along ! 

For further information contact Doreen Till on 01845 577906


The new book from the Sessay Archive Project, called 'Essays from Sessay' and detailing the long and fascinating story of our village, will be launched on Saturday 29th October in the Village Hall.  

Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, paid a visit to Sessay on Friday 27 May.   He attended a meeting at the Village Hall with representatives from Yorkshire Water and with local Council Members, including Cllr Mark Robson, leader of Hambleton District Council, and Cllr Bob Baker, from NYCC, to discuss improvements to the sewerage system and surface water management arrangements in Sessay.  A tour of the village followed, and we now expect further meetings to take place with the NYCC Flood Risk Management Team that will help us to develop our Surface Water Management Plan for the village.


Four generations of female Tills took part in the Sports Relief Sponsored Run on 20th March, including 90 year old Heather Corner.  Congratulations to them and all who took part.


Fun 1Clockwise from the left : Heather Corner, Charlotte Mail, Doreen Till and Chloe Mail represented four generations of the Till clan and all raised money for charity.

Fun 2Cristopher Till organising 'keen' participants in the event.

Fun 3 At the ripe young age of 90, Heather Corner completed one mile and proudly wears her medal after the run.


Following a well attended public meeting on 20 January in the Village Hall, at which surface water management issues in the Parish were discussed as a result of the heavy rainfall we experienced on Christmas Day and Boxing Day,  the Parish Council has continued to liaise with Yorkshire Water, HDC and the NYCC Flood Risk Management Team and positive steps are now being taken towards the development of a Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) for Sessay.  The camera survey of the sewer by Yorkshire Water is continuing and we will keep you informed as this work progresses.  For more information about SWMP's and advice on flood recovery and resilience, see links below :

Sugartown are a 6-piece band playing classic covers from the 60's through to modern-day. They are known for their exciting, professional stage show, and we are delighted that they will be playing at the Village Hall on Saturday 6th February 2016 from 7.30 pm.

Our next walk is planned for Thursday 17 th December, meeting at the Village Hall at 10.30 am. It will be led by Ann Turner and will be about 3.5 miles. 

The award – which in the past might have allowed holders to graze sheep or cattle on common land, trade inside the city wall or even walk their troops in full colour through the town or parish with drums beating and colours flying – marks the contributions of Frank Kay, Brian Flintoff, Harwood Stockdale, Edward Swales and Bill Barton OBE to village life.

The Womens' Institute has just celebrated 100 years of friendship and inspiration. The Sessay branch held its own party on 16th September and the spread of cakes was predictably spectacular !

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Not many people know this - and I certainly didn't.  There is a collective noun for the Jay; in fact you have a choice of three !  So the Tills recently enjoyed the sight of a scold of Jays in their garden ..or a band or a party ! 

Doreen has kindly sent in two photos, and explains : 

"The first is of our frequent Great Spotted woodpecker visitor who enthralled us with his antics whilst feeding his son.

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The second really astounded us. We often have a male or female Jay visit us and were delighted when both appeared at the same time one day with a fledgling sitting on the fence. A few days later we could hardly believe our eyes when we were visited by FIVE Jays feeding off the floor with a Sixth on the bird table! How privileged were we?"

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In support of the fantastic work done by the volunteers of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (including their own son Tim), the Woods held a coffee morning on Wed 19th August, and the fantastic sum of £450 was raised.  A huge thank you from Judith, Paul and Tim to everyone who got involved. 

You can find out more about the organisation's work at







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