Sessay cricket club

Sessay cricket club

Sessay Cricket Club & Village Hall

Celebrating Sessay’s rural beauty was the primary inspiration for the design of the new Village Hall and Cricket Club House. Embracing multi-view points and accessibility, the single story building forms six concave bays — subtly separating functions in and around it, forming elegant backdrops for each. The brick corners emphasise transition from one bay to the next, becoming places in their own right: to meet, pause or explore. A continuous veranda wraps around the building, sheltered by a far-reaching overhang. Full height windows trace this movement allowing for expansive views and sun-light from a multitude of sides.

The choice of the brick refers to Sessay’s vernacular architecture. It is suggested that simple and readily available materials be used to construct the building and the number of construction details is kept to the minimum, using same size elements such as doors and windows throughout.

Sessay Cricket Club & Village Hall

Celebrating Sessay’s rural beauty was the primary inspiration for the design of the new Village Hall and Cricket Club House. Embracing multi-view points and accessibility, the single story building forms six concave bays — subtly separating functions in and around it, forming elegant backdrops for each. The brick corners emphasise transition from one bay to the next, becoming places in their own right: to meet, pause or explore. A continuous veranda wraps around the building, sheltered by a far-reaching overhang. Full height windows trace this movement allowing for expansive views and sun-light from a multitude of sides.

The choice of the brick refers to Sessay’s vernacular architecture. It is suggested that simple and readily available materials be used to construct the building and the number of construction details is kept to the minimum, using same size elements such as doors and windows throughout.

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 !

Sessay Cricket Club Yorkshire

The age of the grandstand is dead! We only need to look as far as Wimbledon to know that today spectators enjoy watching sport from hills, or indeed, mounds. Our proposal for the new Sessay Hub Community Hall and Sports Pavilion is nestled into a small hill, created using excess topsoil taken from levelling the new cricket pitch.

Viewed from the road the two-storey building retains the scale of a single-storey pavilion on top of a rise, with spectators spreading down the slope from the first floor bar which has 360º views of the spectacular countryside. To the rear, the large Community Hall emerges from a hollow onto a sheltered community garden area and the new Bowls Pavilion.

Locating the building inside a hill substantially reduces the energy required to achieve a thermally comfortable internal environment. It allows windows to be concentrated where they have the most impact (on all four sides of the bar, in the hall, and in the meeting rooms), bringing daylight and dramatic views into these key spaces whilst maintaining high environmental efficiency.

The building has two environmental modes, a summer mode and a winter mode, where insulation-performance around the bar can be altered by opening and closing insulated shutters. In winter radiant heating is used to warm the habitable spaces, and in summer cooling is provide by drawing air through the thermal mass of the hill itself.

Enveloping large areas of the building in earth allows the construction budget to be focused on the parts of the building that are most visible, and creates a dramatic and surprising synthesis of landscape and building.