Category: Event

Castle Howard “Vision” document

You will find below the Castle Howard Vision document we promised in yesterday’s post, (which carried Castle Howard’s message regarding their development proposal affecting Slingsby’s sportsfield and castle).

As stated in that message: “Estate Chief Executive, Jasper Hasell, will be presenting further information on the estate’s vision and the sites under consideration on Monday at the Parish Assembly meeting and will be happy to answer questions then. In the meantime, we are pleased to share our draft vision document as background reading.”

So here it is: Vision Document (13MB PDF file)

Short of time? Just read “Purpose 3 Revive” (pp 25-45) which talks about development principles.

We hope to see YOU at Monday’s Parish Assembly at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Castle Howard’s Development Proposals for Slingsby and our Sportsfield

The recently published development sites which Castle Howard Estate have put forward for the review of the Ryedale Plan included (among four sites) the Slingsby Sportsfield. This has understandably caused a lot of concern in the community, since an essential village amenity and a heritage site are affected.

We have received the following message from Castle Howard. It aims to allay concerns regarding inappropriate development. We are publishing it here, without comment, so that you can decide for yourselves if that aim has been achieved.

Please attend the Parish Assembly on Monday 23 May at 7.30 pm in Slingsby Village Hall, so you can hear Jasper Hasell, Castle Howard Estate Chief Executive, explain more about the Estate’s intentions. There will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions and express your views.

Matthew Wood, on behalf of the Senior Management Team, writes:

We are aware of the concerns raised by the community with regards the potential development of Slingsby sports field, which forms part of one of the sites that has been identified for consideration under Ryedale’s Local Plan review. We would like to offer reassurance if this were to be chosen by Ryedale District Council (RDC) as a development site, this would not jeopardise the provision of sports facilities in the village. Any development will ensure the enhancement of existing sports facilities and it has never been our intention to jeopardise this provision. Indicative concept plans have already been shared with RDC to confirm this when the land was submitted for consideration, however the council only issues red line plans outlining land submitted, which may have confused matters in this instance.

We are sharing here an indicative concept plan that shows the retention of the sports field, with development on land to the west, with access from the High Street, to the south of Slingsby Castle which we hope provides some reassurance. Please note that this plan is indicative only. It was been produced to accompany a red line site plan submission to RDC to show how different uses could be accommodated on the site, rather than to indicate proposed locations of building types, roads and green space. It is not a fixed plan and further design work would be undertaken if the land is allocated.

At this stage, all sites submitted are under consideration by RDC and hold no planning status. Only if a site receives allocation from RDC would more detailed work be undertaken on site layouts, house design, access, services and so on. We are happy to share our thinking at this early stage and hear thoughts and comments from the community which will help to shape any future plans. Castle Howard is committed to the enhancement of services and the sustainability of communities through any development that takes place on estate owned land.

Estate Chief Executive, Jasper Hasell, will be presenting further information on the estate’s vision and the sites under consideration on Monday at the Parish Assembly meeting and will be happy to answer questions then. In the meantime, we are pleased to share our draft vision document as background reading.

Kind Regards, Matthew Wood


We will publish CASTLE HOWARD’S DRAFT VISION DOCUMENT in a separate post on the Village website (owing to the document’s size).

We hope to see as many residents as possible at the Parish Assembly in the Village Hall on Monday 23 May at 7.30pm.

For a reminder of the four proposed sites, see our earlier post here.

Community Song Cycle “Seven Mercies” in Pickering 21 May

Saturday 21 May 2022, 4pm, Pickering Parish Church.

Seven Mercies is a Community Song Cycle by composer Joseph Howard and writer Emma Harding, inspired by the famous murals of Pickering Church. An introductory talk on the murals will be given by Slingsby’s very own Dr Kate Giles (University of York).

A celebration of local heritage and local talent, it is about countering difficult times through small acts of kindness and selflessness, taking the form of a journey through hardship into light.

It is presented in association with the Richard Shephard Music Foundation, the charity which aims to help more children experience music in classrooms, and at events, across the region. The Foundation launched a partnership with Slingsby Community Primary School at the start of this year.

The headline musicians are acclaimed mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and Ryedale Festival’s Artistic Director and renowned pianist Christopher Glynn.

Tickets: £10, £5 (UNDER 18).

Kathryn Rudge – Ryedale Festival

From Brideshead to Bridgerton at Castle Howard

In this unique display of Castle Howard on camera, get up close to original props and inspired costumes from period features.

Castle Howard has been the backdrop for much of the romance, drama and classics that have graced our screens over the years. Period pieces like Brideshead Revisited have become synonymous with the Castle Howard name, with many citing the house as a key inspiration for writer Evelyn Waugh. More recently, the Netflix and Shonda Rimes phenomenon drama, Bridgerton also transformed Castle Howard into Clyvdeon, the fictional estate of the duke.

This special exhibition, which opened on 1st May 2022, merges Castle Howard, Brideshead and Bridgerton for fans of all and more!

This exhibition is free with a valid house ticket.

Slingsby Annual Parish ASSEMBLY

Monday 23 May 2022, 7.30 pm, Slingsby Village Hall

The Annual Parish Assembly is an important event. All residents are urged to attend.

The Parish Council says: “Residents views are important to the Parish Council as we strive to represent our interests and to make this area a better place to live and work. Please come along to tell us what you want for your area and help shape what happens in your community.”


1.         Apologies for Absence

2.         Approval of the Minutes of the last meeting held on 12th July 2021

3.         Matters Arising

4.         Report from the Chairman on work undertaken throughout the year

5.         Report from Jasper Hasell, Castle Howard Estate Manager

6.         Open Forum

Minutes of all previous meetings can be found on the Village website here.

The meeting is preceded at 6.30pm by a Parish COUNCIL meeting, which residents can also attend.

The Parish Council Agenda can be found on the Village website HERE