We are proud to be an integral part of our local Community offering quality education for children aged from 3-11 years. Since its opening in 1974 amalgamating neighbouring villages into one school, links with our community have been maintained and we continue to work in partnership strengthening our vision of ‘sowing seeds, bearing fruit, harvesting potential'. We believe it is vital to fully extend our pupils' capabilities, igniting an enthusiasm for learning that will stay with them for life. Each child is welcomed in to our school and is nurtured as an individual to enable them to reach their full potential`

Situated at the bottom of Husthwaite village our school building is bright and spacious and we are fortunate in also having extensive grounds which enhance our pupils' learning experiences promoting respect and understanding of our environment as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Balanced alongside this, we are a well-resourced school that offers children the opportunities to explore their individual learning styles using a wide range of both traditional and modern pedagogy utilising up-to-date technology.

We are also the only state registered nursery in the area offering quality education to children from aged 3 years. Recognising the changing working climate we are able to offer full day nursery sessions from 8am to 6pm through our links with an out of school club provider.
The school was inspected by Ofsted in October 2013 and graded as good in all areas. To read the full report look on the Ofsted website at or follow the link on our website.

Selecting a school for your child can be a difficult task. There are many aspects to take into consideration, both educational and social, but it is a choice only you can make, because only you can know what best suits your child. Consequently, we would suggest you make contact with the school to arrange a visit or take a look at our website for more details:

Husthwaite Primary and Nursery School is a well- resourced educational facility offering quality education to children from 3-11 years of age. Located at the bottom of this thriving village, the nursery is set within the school’s extensive grounds; an ideal environment for stretching children’s imaginations and encouraging creative minds. Balanced alongside this, we are a well-resourced nursery school that offers children the opportunities to explore their individual learning styles using a wide range of both traditional and modern pedagogy utilising up-to-date technology.
Why choose us?:

  • We are the only provider in the locality which offers nursery education in a state school led by a practising qualified teacher who is also our Foundation Stage Manager.
  • All nursery staff hold level 3 or above qualifications relating to children’s education and development.
  • We are a “good school” – Ofsted 2013.
  • “Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They settle quickly into classroom routines because of the strong relationships and wide range of interesting activities both in and out of doors” Ofsted 2013
  • Children have access to the full early years curriculum
  • Access to whole school resources including musical instruments, PE lessons, ICT and other technologies.
  • Full day care facilities – 8.45-3.30pm or extended day care through our partnership with an external provider
  • Funded places available as well as acceptance of childcare vouchers.
  • Seamless transition into mainstream school
  • Located less than 2 miles from the A19

Opening hours
We are open 5 days a week from 8.45am-3.30pm. Nursery sessions are offered in blocks of 3 hours. For those parents wishing to extend their nursery sessions we also offer a lunch club in addition to the 3 hourly nursery sessions.
Mornings: 8.45-11.45 am
Afternoons: 12.30-3.30pm
Lunch Club: 11.45-12.30
Each child is entitled to 15 hours of funded early years provision – additional sessions can be purchased enabling parents the choice of full day care in a quality educational setting. Currently morning and afternoon sessions cost £12.50 each and lunch club £2.50.

Taster Sessions
To help you and your child familiarise yourself with our nursery, we offer free monthly taster sessions for all children of pre-school age (babies are more than welcome). This is an ideal opportunity to meet the staff and other parents and get a ‘hands-on’ feel for what we offer. Please ask for a copy of the latest dates. n

Contact us
For further information please see our website: Alternatively please call the school office on 01347 868371. Visits to our nursery are always welcome.

About our Market

Husthwaite Village Hall
Come and visit our quarterly markets with over 25 indoor and outdoor stalls
We are proud to support locally sourced fresh produce & artisan foods, preserves, chutneys, olive oils, gingerbreads, Husthwaite cider & liqueurs Beacon Alpaca products.
Quality artwork, crafts, home & garden accessories, health & beauty products, jewellery, chocolates, books, cards & much more! Stock up your cupboards! Pick up that special seasonal present!

The Apple Tree Café will be serving up delicious home-made hot and cold food and beverages.

All ages welcome - Admission free - donations gratefully accepted

Look out for dates prior to the events and if you require further information or would like to volunteer on the day please contact;

Lynn 0781 0263346, Debbie 0789 48659897, Annabel 0782 8173451




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St.Nicholas' Parish Church, built in the 12th Century, is one of seven churches forming the Byland Group of churches. 

Services are held at least twice a month on Sundays and on certain feast days. Information about these is available in the Village Link  - our Benefice magazine - in the Village Newsletter, on the notice-board by the Church gate and on our webpage at A Church Near You.  For services elsewhere in the Benefice please see the Village Link (published 10 times per year (July/August and December/January are double issues).  

The Church is open every day for visitors and private worship from approximately 9a.m. to 5p.m. (or dusk if earlier). A leaflet giving an outline history of St Nicholas' Church and of Husthwaite village is also available by the main door.

St. Nicholas welcomes newcomers and coffee and biscuits are served after services so that people can meet and chat together.

Every Thursday, at 9a.m. there is a half-hour prayer meeting, enabling people to pray together informally.  Usually held in home of church member.

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Our Parish Team

We are delighted to welcome Rev. Katie Franks as our new parish priest (Rector) working together with our Associate Priest.  Trained lay worship leaders continue to lead services other than Holy Communion.  Details of the Husthwaite team are given in the box below.

Rector: Rev. Katie Franks
Associate Priest: Revd. Stephen Pope 
Tel: 01347 821599 Tel: 07816 168 735

Administrator: Carol Colbourne


Churchwardens: Village Link Editor: Juliet Calvert
Jacqui Ramsden Email:
Tel: 01347 868554
Lay Worship Leaders:  
Liz Crawshaw
PCC Secretary: John Ovenston   
Tel: 01347 868347  














We are fortunate in the parish in having a very active and willing band of volunteers who support and assist the church in many different ways, whether as sidespersons, in taking part in our services, in providing refreshments, in decorating, opening and cleaning the church, in serving on the PCC, in running and delivering the magazine, in overseeing the church finances, in liaising with other organisations in the village or in climbing the church tower to fly a flag on important occasions.

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Our Safegurding Officer is Lesley Seaman who may be contacted by email at  In this role  Lesley covers all 7 churches of the Byland Group.  See also the York Diocesan safeguarding page here.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) [updated 23rd August 2023]

Our churches are now open normally (every day from about 9am until about 6pm or dusk if earlier).  Services are held in the church as normal.  For those with continuing concerns, please do come up to the Communion Rail for a blessing only.  Wearing of masks is not obligatory, but those feeling more comfortable in them are welcome to do so. 

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Our Services

Each month we have a mixed diet of services including Holy Communion and a Worship for All Service as well as special format services for special occasions. On at least two Sundays each month there is a service, and sometimes on three. Everyone is welcome at all the services, even if not a regular churchgoer or member of the Church of England. We pride ourselves on the welcome we give to visitors. Details of each month's services, along with those in other churches in the Benefices are given in the the Village Link, the monthly magazine and by following this link. Each Sunday there are at least one service of Holy Communion in the Benefice and usually more.  Additionally, members of each parish are actively encouraged by Katie to attend services in another church when there is no service in the home one.

Services also take place during the week on particular church festivals, notably Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Ascension Day and All Souls' Day. When there is a fifth Sunday in the month we hold a joint Benefices Service at one of the seven churches and during the year there are a number of united (C of E and Methodist) services, for example at Harvest, on Remembrance Sunday and for the village Christmas Carol Service.

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Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

If you are interested in being married or baptised in one of our churches, we would be delighted to meet you and talk through the possibilities. Please contact Katie (details above) or one of the churchwardens. A special service and tea is held every so often for those who have been baptised and their family.  For arrangements for a funeral, contact should be made with the Churchwarden.

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Food Bank

The porch remains open at all times for the deposit of items for the Easingwold Food Bank.  Please do participate in this important service to the community - there is a list in the porch showing what items are particulary needed.

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The Village Link

The Village Link is the monthly newsletter for the eight villages of Brandsby, Coxwold, Carlton Husthwaite, Crayke, Husthwaite, Oulston, Wass and Yearsley. It is edited Juliet Calvert and items for insertion in the Village Link should be sent to the Editor by email ( The editorial deadline for each month is usually around the 15th day of the previous month. You can usually find some spare copies of the Village Link in the church porch or you can take out an annual subscription, currently for £5, and the magazine will be delivered to your home if you live in the village. 
Details of services conducted at every Church in the Byland group of Churches are given in the Village Link for the month ahead. Our sister churches are All Saints' - Brandsby, St Mary's - Carlton Husthwaite, St Michael's - Coxwold, St Cuthbert's - Crayke, St Thomas' - Wass and Holy Trinity - Yearsley.  Information is also given for the Methodist Community activities in Husthwaite.
As well as the above, the Village Link is also used to advertise local events of a more general nature.  It also welcomes local advertising - to do this please email

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The Church in the Village

We see ourselves at the heart of the community, not only geographically by also in our welcome to  local residents and visitors to the church at all times. We work closely with Husthwaite Church of England Primary School, welcoming the children for special services but also participating in their education. Along with the then Methodist Chapel, we have participated in a programme of four events based on the stories and symbols of Easter, Christmas, Harvest and Pentecost, each of which saw the entire school visit the church and the then chapel in a series of groups during a morning in term-time so that volunteers could explain the meaning of each of these four festivals to them. At Harvest the church, with the Village Hall, organises the Harvest Ho Down party in the Hall. It also raises funds for farming charities at the Harvest Festival Service, for military charities at our Remembrance Day Service and just before Christmas, in harmony with the Methodists, leads carol singing through the village, collecting for the Children's Society.  Our Patronal Festival (of St Nicholas 6th December) is celebrated through the giving of gifts of toys subsequently distributed by the Salvation Army to children who might otherwise receive nothing.

Charitable giving is an important part of our Christian faith and the church acts as a collection point for the Food Share Scheme based at Easingwold which is a food bank supporting families throughout the region. A list of suitable items to donate can be found in the church porch and food can be left there from where it is transported to the Easingwold collection point.

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Church Development

A constant theme of PCC discussions is development of the church. We are keen not only to look at ways in which we can better serve the local community but also the development of the church building. 

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Supporting the Church [This section is awaiting an update to reflect new ways of supporting the church in Husthwaite]
The Church is the most historic building in Husthwaite and is situated at the heart of the village, facing the village green. Parts of the Church building date back to the 12th Century and the Churchyard contains gravestones spanning four centuries. The main path is lined by a cottage style garden. Overlooking the Green is the village war memorial which names the villagers who fought and died in the Great War (1914-1919). Thankfully all those who fought in the Second War returned home safely.

The building, garden and memorial all belong to the village and people of Husthwaite and the Church Council is responsible for the care and maintenance of the property. If you would like to become a member of our Stewardship Scheme Friend helping with financial support from time to time, please contact Mr. Hugh Richardson, Church Treasurer on 01347 868005. A Gift Aid donation to the Church, which is an accepted charity, would enable 25p in every £ to be reclaimed from the Inland Revenue. A Gift Aid form may be obtained here or an envelope can be collected from the church. (This form may only be used by UK residents who pay income or capital gains tax.) All donations will be acknowledged with grateful thanks. [If you do not have a free PDF file reader, you can get one from here (be sure to uncheck any unwanted extras offered!).]

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Church Records for Family History Research

For family history researchers tracing their Husthwaite ancestors certain records are available on the Husthwaite History website, namely the Monumental Inscriptions, Burial Records and Location, Cemetery Map, Church Map and Baptism Records. Further records are available on the FindMyPast website, for which there is a subscription fee.

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History of the Parish Church

The simply constructed parish church of Saint Nicholas stands at the centre of the lovely ‘orchard village' of Husthwaite.

As in most areas of substantial 9th and 10th century Scandinavian occupation, the first farmer-settlers coined a place name descriptive of their new settlement.  Expressing themselves in their vernacular Old Norse language they called it Hús thweyt - named for their homes in a clearing carved from the surrounding woodland.

A charter of the period 1169-93 speaks of the old road to ‘Baxebi and Husthweyt', evidence of the by then two hundred years old vill of Husthwaite.  The origins of the parish church of St Nicholas however remain unclear.

The Rydale area of North Yorkshire is rich in its early Christian remains.  In a remarkable document preserved in the Papal Archives for 757AD we can read a letter from Pope Paul I to Eadbert King of Northumbria urging him to restore the monasteries of Stonegrave and Coxwold.  We know that the church at Husthwaite was, in origin, a chapel of Coxwold and that therefore the history of the two churches must be closely interlinked.  At the Norman Conquest Husthwaite passed into the ownership of the Archbishop of York, the Patrimony of St Peter and became a Prebend of the cathedral.   The seal of the prebendary of Husthwaite can be seen in the Chapter House in York Minster.

The Prebend system was temporarily abolished on the death of King Charles I in 1649, but was restored in 1660 until its abolition by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1853.  The estate was sold first to Mr J Dixon, then later to Mr William Harrison and subsequently to Mr Edward Harrison (died 1911) who became the Lord of the Manor.

We have tantalising glimpses of the priests serving the village community in the early medieval period. In 1177 we hear of one Thomas Sottewame placed in the chapel of Husthwaite. A few years later there is mention of one Brian, the resident priest in this chapel.

Robert Midgeley, perpetual curate at Coxwold, began to officiate at Husthwaite in June 1707. He was master of Coxwold free School for fifty three years and author of ‘Compendious Schoolmaster'.  From Robert's death in 1761, we have an unbroken line of Priests in Charge to minister to the needs of Husthwaite (listed here).

Throughout its life, our church has seen many changes and has been the subject of significant change.  Those concerning the fabric of this historic 2* listed building may be viewed here.

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Husthwaite Methodist Church

Sadly, the Methodist Church in Husthwaite has had to close for Sunday worship because of dwindling numbers, but the members continue to meet for some services and also organise outreach events in the village to which anyone is invited.

Normally we are meeting as a group for a monthly Communion service in Victoria Cottage.  Also we meet for prayer the first Wednesday of the month from 9.00 - 9.30 a.m., again at Victoria Cottage.

Our Coffee and Chat mornings and Soup 'n Pud lunches are being held in the Village Hall.  Details of these events can be found in the Village Link and on notices in the Village Hall foyer.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, none of these events are taking place at present, but we look forward to resuming them as soon as it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile, keep well, keep safe and keep in touch.

Linda Davison (868449)

Being one of the longest established gardening clubs in North Yorkshire (we started in 1959) our members come from all over the surrounding area.

From September to April we meet in Husthwaite Village Hall on the second Thursday in the month to hear speakers on a variety of subjects, not always just horticultural.

In the summer months we visit gardens, both large and small, near and far. Some of these are not normally open to the public.

New members, experts or complete novices, are assured of a warm welcome in the Husthwaite and District Gardening Club.

Contact: Breda Wells, chairman: 01347 868398.  Email:


The group originated in 1986 under the aegis of the WEA and has since developed into a local history society.

Our aims are to promote, develop and research the history of Husthwaite and its surroundings. This includes the geography, people and events that have combined to bring our village into the 21st Century.

We have our own website in which we try not only to make information more accessible and to illustrate what we are doing but to encourage involvement in our work.

There is information on events, current projects and past publications. In addition, there are also galleries of photographs which illustrate an increasingly comprehensive view of the history of Husthwaite.

We welcome contributions in any form. New members who wish to be involved in current projects or simply to develop their own can use the contact information in the site.

Anyone who has documents, photographs or simply more detailed information on any of the photographs in our Gallery is also welcome to contribute.

Full contact details and a comprehensive view of what we do can be seen on our website

Purely an informal group of villagers and friends who venture north to the Riverside for most home games. The club's regulars are the Mowatt & Hill families ably assisted by lifelong Boro fan, Richard Wood. Its purpose is to foster interest in our local club and spread the word that attractive football and scoring goals are not necessary to enjoying a match. One thing is certain we can't be acuused of being glory hunters!!

Occasionally we persuade others to come to matches.

If anyone wishes to come to a game then please contact Will on 868196. 

This month's village play is a production with a difference. Don't expect the jolly japes of recent ugly sisters, family scandals and hospitals with three matrons. Instead you'll travel with us onto the North York Moors. It's glorious wild country on a summer's day or in the winter snow. Try getting lost up there as foggy night falls and it's not quite so cosy.

That's what happens to four teenagers on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Sensibly they settle down in their sleeping bags and wait. And into their dreams, along the moorland ridge come ghosts of people who have travelled the drovers' road over many centuries. We're with the girls of the Limekiln Inn as they wind themselves up into feverish excitement at the prospect of the arrival of the cattle droving lads - big and gentle, dark-eyed and handsome, men who have seen the world from the Lowlands of Scotland to the markets of London and York.

Prepared to be scared stiff by the Souls, wild spirits of the Moor, who have seen dreadful things and have the guilty conscience to match. Watch the extraordinary bargaining routine that the drovers act out when one decides to sell his share of the herd and settle down with a Yorkshire lass. (Robin researched this routine with a local cattle dealing farmer.) Meet King Edward II, retreating with his cold and hungry army across the stony North of England, ill-prepared to face Robert the Bruce in the Battle of Byland which took place in Hell's Hole not far from our White Horse.

You'll be familiar with some of the actors and you'll meet the new generation of Husthwaite's actors: Rebecca Colton, Katie Pickstone, Alex Colton, James Sibley, Hannah Benn and Rory Watt. This is the talent following in the footsteps of Kerry Barker, now an established principal performer with Easingwold Players.
The play is directed by Robin Walton, with musical support from David Pike and Gila Robinson. The producer is Stephen Barker. The play puts the new village hall through its paces.

Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th July. 7.00pm. Tickets from the Husthwaite village shop, Jane Cluley or Stephen Barker.

It Runs in the FamilyThere isn't a formal drama society in Husthwaite. The pantomimes and plays which have been presented in the recent past have emerged under the leadership of directors who have harnessed the considerable technical expertise available in the village.
Each performance has attracted enthusiastic support from volunteer actors and has played to full houses.
The current situation, then, is that there is considerable experience throughout the village community, with the range of skills and enthusiasm needed for presenting a full-scale dramatic show.
Anyone interested in leading such an enterprise in the near future will be warmly welcomed when they make their proposal to the Village Hall Committee.
Robin Walton will direct a community play, Drovers' Road, in July 2014.

Past productions:
2004 Cinderella
2006 Jack & the Beanstalk
2008 Aladdin
2009 When We Are Married
2011 The Hypochondriac
2012 It Runs in the Family

Husthwaite Film club is on the 4th Thursday of each month starting at 7.30pm. The club will show a wide variety of films from different genres at the village hall.

The club shows films under a Public Video Screening Licence. This allows films to be shown to a group of people but under the terms of the licence the film can't be promoted publicly and entry to the film can't be charged for.

The club needs to raise money to pay for the licence and for the hire of the venue. Funding of the film club is by suggested donation. While donations are entirely voluntary, the club can only function if sufficient donations are received. Suggested donations are as follows:

Annual donation

Adult £15, Child/Over 65/Not employed £10, Family £25

Per film £3 (U16 £2)

Donations can be gift aided.

If you want to be added to the Film Club distribution list and find out the films in advance please contact or call 01347 868196.


The Book Exchange and Apple Tree cafe take place together in the village hall on the first Monday of every month, from 12.30-3 in the afternoon.

While the Book Exchange offers the chance to borrow books free from a large and constantly updated collection of novels, the cafe offers delicious homemade soup, sandwiches and cakes at very reasonable prices.

This joint enterprise offers a cheerful way to meet up with others and have a coffee or lunch while browsing for something good to read.

Husthwaite Reading Group will be meeting on the first Friday of the month.

Following an exploratory discussion on Tuesday 7th February the group decided that a wide variety of books would be discussed but nothing too highbrow, more on the lines of those selected by Richard and Judy. It is the intention of the group to draw up a list of books for each month, for the year.

The first part of the meeting will take the format of an introduction of the monthly book (a little bit about the author, a brief r?sum? of the plot and the reason why it was chosen) the group will then discuss their views about it. This part of the meeting is expected to last approximately 20 minutes depending on how the group feels.

During the second part of the meeting other books that group members have enjoyed will be recommended. It is anticipated that the group will meet for about an hour.
It is hoped, eventually, that by pre planning the book of the month a community loan scheme can be tapped into from the local library. This means that up to 10 copies of the book can be pre ordered and borrowed for possibly up to two months.

If you are interested in joining the group then please let me know (Lesley Seaman) everyone is very welcome.

The Orchard Village Club caters for Husthwaite villagers, their families and friends on the first Tuesday of every month, from 12noon to 2.30pm. Since the New Year's party in 2012, members have celebrated Christmas; summer in the garden; and most recently, the opening of the new village hall.
Members enjoy meeting with former residents, who return on a regular basis to take part in the activities. During the construction of the new hall the Orchard Village Club was made welcome in the Methodist Church, The Husthwaite County Primary School and in members' own homes.
Entertainments include visits from the Phoenix Choir, dominoes with the Primary School children and Bingo.
Members offer one another transport and contribute prizes for the raffle. They pay the small sum of £4.00 for the meal. The main course is prepared in the school kitchen, and our own highly skilled catering team provides the desserts.
In the coming year we are promised a visit by the schoolchildren in March and more music with the Phoenix Choir in April. There is to be an outing in May, and we have an invitation to a garden party in July. There will be all the usual entertainments, and a matinee performance of the community play Drovers' Road has been scheduled with the Orchard Village Club membership in mind.
Many OVC members took part in making the film Husthwaite Hut, which had its World Premiere at the Grand Opening of the new village hall on 1stFebruary 2014, followed by a special viewing at the OVC party a few days later. The film tells the story of the Husthwaite Reading and Recreation Rooms, 1920-2013. DVDs of the film are on sale, and copies can be obtained via OVC members for the sum of £6.00.
The Orchard Village Club welcomes new members.
Please ring Robin on 868 247 for further details.


What is Yoga?

Yoga is a path to health and well-being with awareness as its cornerstone. It dates back over 5,000 years. It brings physical vitality, mental resilience and inner peace.

Who is Yoga for?
Men and women of all ages
Modifications are offered for health issues

Why come to a Yoga Class?

  • Stretch, tone and strengthen your body
  • De-stress
  • Improve your back and posture
  • Provide restorative 'Me time'
  • Correct poor breathing habits
  • Helps manage pain & chronic health conditions
  • Guided practise away from distractions
  • Gives tools to assist with daily challenges

What shall I wear?

Loose comfortable clothing such as T-shirt and sweatshirt with jogging pants and bare feet

What do I need to bring?

Yoga mat, warm top and a blanket for relaxation

What else do I need to know?

Please arrive a few minutes before class begins and don't eat heavily before class
Everyone is welcome to join at any time; try one or two taster sessions for ?6
6 classes for ?36, or drop in ?7.00


Confidential Health Questionnaire to ensure safe practise and modifications

Experienced Tutor

Jane Cluley , British Wheel of Yoga Diploma since 1989 Tel: 07906 652669

Further information at: