News and Updates

The parish comprises the village of Sancton and the hamlet of Houghton and is located on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. It covers 809.9ha including grazing land, arable land, forestry and the typical wold dry valley. In the 2011 census there were 286 people living in the parish, with a wide range of occupations including village based farming, game-keeping and hospitality and commuters working in education, health, construction and commerce.

The parish has an outstanding children’s nursery and an award winning gastropub. It also has an active village hall providing activities throughout the year.

The parish church, All Saints, is a listed building with a 15th century tower octagonal from base to the top of the lantern tower, a unique feature in the UK. It has a thriving congregation with popular all-age services. The Methodist Chapel was built in 1815 and enlarged in 1840, and continues to hold well attended weekly services. It is associated with the Jackson family. Thomas Jackson was born in Sancton, the son of an agricultural labourer, and became President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1838 and again in 1849. The old school building, now a private nursery, was rebuilt in 1870 as a memorial to Thomas and Samuel Jackson.

Sancton has a long history as shown by archaeological discoveries of a Romano-British farmstead and 2 cemeteries with urn burials dating to Anglo-Saxon times. Sancton was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Santun/Sautune that is Sand Town. In 1765-68, Houghton Hall, a grade I listed Georgian country mansion, was built for Marmaduke Langdale, 5th Baron Langdale and the grounds landscaped with lake.

The benefits of the 20th century were slow to arrive in Sancton, as older villagers can recall pupils collecting buckets of water from the village pump to deliver to their school.


The Council have 3 vacancies for councillors please contact the clerk for further details.







  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council have launched a campaign to find 100 new foster carers. 
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  • East Riding residents have been given the opportunity to contribute to the COVID-19 Collection with their memories and photos of the time.

  • Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund COVID-19 Response. A small grants scheme that will prioritise applications from local groups and organisations in the fund's area of benefit that are currently supplying essential services and support to people who are being highly impacted by COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus - East Riding of Yorkshire Council together with the HEY Smile Foundation have set up a help line for those needing help with shopping, medicines or just a friendly telephone call for lonely people if and when your local help volunteer cannot for any reason come to your assistance. The number is 01482 393919 and operates from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Coronavirus help cards have now been distributed throughout the village. If any resident loses their card, please contact a parish councillor.

  • The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme This link will take you to a government website.

  • Dog Warden Service - 01482 396301 - use this number to report irresponsible dog walkers who fail to clean up, by telling the warden the location, date and time together with a description of the person and dog. Any information provided will be treated in strict confidence.

  • Urgent Treatment Centres located in Beverley, Bridlington and Goole. If you have an urgent injury or illness that is not serious, life or limb threatening, then the nearest Urgent Treatment Centre to you can provide assessment, advice and/or treatment. Common conditions that can be treated in an Urgent Treatment Centre.




Accounts 2023/24

These will shortly be produced and they will be audited. During the period 21st June - 1st August, you can request sight of the documentation. Due to the Parish Council meeting the national criteria, we have been made exempt form external audit for 2023/24, but still undertook an internal audit and completed all accounts. 


Annual Meeting 2024

The Annual Meeting of Sancton Parish Council will be held on Monday 20th May 2024 at 18:45. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend.  


Latest News/Events

Your elected (May 2023) Ward Councillors at the East Riding Yorkshire Council are: Derek Cary, Leo Hammond and Paul West. 

Your Parish Councillors from May 2023 are, Derek Cary, Anita Liley, Patricia Parvin, Sally Wightman and Marilyn Wintersgill.

We still have vacancies for more Councillors on the Parish Council, so if you are interested and want to support our community, please contact the Clerk by emailing  

Sancton’s Coronation Weekend

A huge thank you to everyone who gave their time to make this a successful village event.   

Over 75 people came to the viewing on Saturday and 25 people came for the Big Help Out removing bunting and tidying the Church , Village Hall and grounds. 

Special thanks to Robin and Wendy for the excellent food and Wall of Sound who came to the rescue when there were a few technical issues! Also thanks to East Riding of Yorkshire Council who helped fund some of the activities.     

 See below for a photograph!



 Sancton Parish Council - Financial Accounts 2022/23.

These will shortly be produced and they will be audited. During the period 26th June - 4th August, you can request sight of the documentation. Due to the Parish Council meeting the national criteria, we have been made exempt form external audit for 2022/23, but still undertook an internal audit and completed all accounts. More detailed information including the certificate of exemption contained in the Notice on the Finance - Audit page.





















  • Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit. Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus. The guide can be found here:





Village Pond

Village view across pub field 


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