Vacancy for Parish Councillor

The Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor. If you would be able to contribute a few hours a month to support your community and local services, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01904 861131 or at If you would like a informal chat about what is involved, please contact Sue on 01439 788993 or

Message from Ampleforth Abbey and College

We thought you might be like to hear how the Abbey and College are operating during the Coronavirus pandemic and what we are doing to keep our community, and those who have contact with us, safe.  

Our first priority is to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of all members of our community and anyone with whom we have contact. We have committed to the Boarding Schools Association COVID-SAFE Charter and are following the latest Government and Public Health England guidance on COVID-19.  The monastic community is being extremely careful and only receiving essential visitors. We are also working closely with Dr Black and his team in Ampleforth Village Surgery to ensure we keep abreast of the latest NHS advice.  We have undertaken comprehensive risk assessments across all areas of school life and created bubbles within boarding houses and within year groups to prevent the spread of the virus.  The need for these bubbles and how they operate will be continually reviewed to ensure we are in line with the latest Government and NHS guidelines and best practice. So far, we have not had a single case of COVID within our community and we are working very hard to keep it this way.   

On Sunday afternoons, students are usually allowed to walk down to the Ampleforth Village Store and after a full risk assessment and consultation with the owners, this is continuing. Obviously they must wear masks when in the shop and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. For the time being, we also have a member of staff on duty in the village on Sunday afternoons to help our students remember these new rules.  You may have seen groups of students, perhaps in close contact, as they walk down to the shop or heading to the lakes for our annual raft race last weekend. We want to reassure you that these groups are made up of students within a boarding house bubble, where more than six people can be together whilst not social distancing. The Government’s guidelines for boarding schools allow for students within a boarding house bubble to act as one household. Last weekend a local police representative attended our raft race and was happy with our social distancing practices.

Our students are committed to the systems we have in place for their own safety and that of others, both within the College and in the wider community.  Should you ever have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01439 766000.

We are delighted to have all of our students back this term and it is wonderful to see the Valley full of life again. Under new leadership over the past year the College is thriving. Next week we are publishing our vision for the next decade. This includes plans to build a new Performing Arts Centre and all year round cricket training facilities, both of which would be available to local clubs and community groups. Copies of our vision will be available on our website. Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more.

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd December 2020. This will be a remote meeting and will take place via Zoom. Please see a copy of the agenda for the log in details.

Ampleforth Community Support

The Parish Council in conjunction with the local Churches is setting up a Good Neighbour network to provide some local support during the Coronavirus emergency.

Leaflets have been distributed with contact details. These are:

Jon & Pam Staton 788 668

Chris & Rosalie Wilding 788 204

Sue & Jon Shepherd 788 993

For pastoral suport, please contact:

Revd Catherine Reid 788 867 or 07947 867974

Fr Bede 766 819

Please be patient. This is an unusual situation and all of us are having to change our way of living.

Sutton Bank Closure 2020



This letter is to advise you that North Yorkshire County Council will be carrying out essential annual maintenance works on Sutton Bank, which will result in a full road closure from the morning of Sunday 13th September 2020 until end of day Sunday 20th September 2020 (8-day closure), weather permitting. 

Works include the annual inspection and maintenance of the rock face which will ensure that this strategic route remains in a structurally sound condition in the long term.

During the closure of Sutton Bank, access to premises on the bank will be maintained whenever possible, however due to the nature of the works, there may be times when access will be restricted. 

Diversion routes will be signed appropriately along the caravan route and every effort will be made to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Our contractors will assist you where possible during the working periods and on-site personnel will be tasked with managing vehicle access. We request your assistance in the following ways:-

Please contact the Customer Resolution Centre on 01609 780780 to identify any special access needs you may have during the works period;

Co-operate and comply with any instructions issued by the traffic management operatives and take extra care whilst within the works area;

In order to ensure the works are completed as safely and quickly as possible it would be appreciated if residents could keep journeys to a minimum.

May I draw your attention to the County Councils Corporate Privacy Policy by using the following link When submitting a response, we will record personal information including your name and address.

For further information, including diversion information and to sign up for alerts, please go to;

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disruption that these works may cause and would again request your co-operation to help ensure an efficiently and safely executed project.

Yours faithfully

Customer Resolution Centre



Ryedale Plan Inspection result

Report into Examination into the Ryedale Plan – Local Plan Strategy

The Planning Inspectorate issued the final report into the Local Plan Strategy (LPS) on Wednesday, 14 August 2013, following its submission in May 2012 and hearing sessions which took place in September and October 2012 and May 2013.

The Inspector has concluded that the LPS is sound, subject to the inclusion of a schedule of main modifications which is appended to his report. On this basis, the Inspector states that the LPS “provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the District to 2027”.

Ryedale District Council will  seek to adopt the LPS on the basis of the recommendations in the Inspector’s report at a Full Council meeting.

Link to RDC Press Release

Link to Local Plan Strategy page – all documents

Link to Planning Inspector’s Report 

The Millennium Green – June

Everyone is welcome to quietly enjoy the Millennium Green.  A path skirts the green and there are a few seats. If you bring a dog, please keep it on a lead and clear up after it.

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