Sessay Community Hub Schools

A very warm welcome to the parish of Sessay and Hutton Sessay in North Yorkshire.

On our website we hope you will find everything you need to know about our friendly and very busy villages.  There is information on day-to-day services and necessities, as well as an insight into all the various activities which make our community so vibrant.  Although our population is only around 300 people, we have an amazing array of energy and expertise.  We are also fortunate to have good village facilities such as the village hall, and you can use the site to check availability there if you would like to make use of it.  
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Some History

Sessay is an ancient settlement that is mentioned in the Domesday book as Sezai.  It lies half-way between Thirsk and Easingwold and around 16 miles north of York.  Hutton Sessay is a hamlet around a mile away.   The famous White Horse of Kilburn on the Hambleton Hills is visible from most parts of the parish. Sessay church and school lie at one end of the village (which has only one road through it), and it is believed the village location was moved in the 1600's, possibly due to disease or war !  The parish was part of the Dawnay family estates for over 400 years before being sold off at auction in 1918.  

Today's Parish

As well as the agricultural aspect of several prosperous farms, the parish is home to many commuters to the commercial hubs of York, Leeds and Teesside and also the base for many successful small businesses. We have a picturesque church and thriving school, both designed by the eminent Victorian architect Butterfield.  Sport plays a vital role in the life of our villages, and there were great celebrations when the Cricket Club won the National Village Competition in 2010.  On summer weekends the centre of Sessay is busy with bowls and cricket matches and the spectators who have come to support the teams. Like many rural villages we have lost our pub, post office and village shop, but the Village Hall provides a focal point for many activities and its roomy bar is staffed by volunteers and usually open for business. And we are just entering a very exciting phase in the life of the parish - consultation to define the needs of the current inhabitants and put together a Village Plan is underway, and we hope to turn dreams of a new Sports and Community Centre into reality in the next few years. 

As far as we know there is no other place in the world called Sessay. We hope you enjoy finding out about a uniquely nice place to live !


Under the auspices of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), an exciting global competition has been underway to design a new village hub for our parish.

The Parish Council and the Village Hall and Playing Fields Association are working in tandem on this project, and both would like to thank Darren Ratcliffe for his assistance – without his expertise this would not have been possible. Sessay is a small rural community on the North East edge of the Vale of York approximately 20 miles North of York.

The client is seeking a talented multi-disciplinary design team to achieve their vision of an exemplary, bold, distinctive and elegant new community hub of lasting quality consisting of a community hall and sports pavilion set in a well designed landscape including playing fields.

The existing community hall and pavilion located in the centre of the village is poorly designed, thermally inefficient and coming to the end of its useful life, parking, servicing, landscaping and infrastructure around the current building is generally dysfunctional and unattractive.

New facilities are required to meet the future demands of the community and to cater for increasing numbers of visitors as evidenced by recent public consultations.

The new hub will comprise additional sporting facilities, a new village hall / community centre, and a new sports pavilion.  There will be state-of-the-art catering facilities and a new bar / cafe so that the hub can host a full range of events.

The final designs from the 4 Architects who were shortlisted in November have now been received, and the whole community will vote for their favourite between 27th December and 4th January.

Sessay school children will vote on the 6th January, and the final selection and announcement of the winning design will be on 8th January.  The four designs will be on display in the Village Hall from the 27th, and are attached below for you to view. Source by Sessay.

Article by Marco Rinaldi
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