Skelton now has a population of over 1300 in some 665 households. Being clearly separated from neighbouring communities by surrounding farmland it has managed to retain many characteristics of village life, despite its proximity to York .
Administratively it is part of the Unitary Authority of the City of York Council. The Ward of Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without elects three councillors to the City of York Council.
Skelton Parish Council is elected by the residents of the parish to administer local matters.
The vast majority of dwellings are grouped to the south and north of the two roads which lead off the A19 trunk road to the village - the modern Fairfields Drive and the ancient St Giles Road - The Village - Moorlands Road route.
To the east and north are located scattered dwellings across the broad farmlands, whilst across the A19 to the west are also a few houses but mainly commercial undertakings, including a food processing factory, a garden centre/nursery, a hotel and ambulance HQ.
The Village Hall, overseen by a committee of residents, is used by several organisations for their meetings and events, and is available for private hire. The Blacksmiths Arms public house provide refreshment and relaxation, whilst spiritual needs are catered for at St Giles church on The Green and by the Galtres Church which meets in the Village Hall.
The Surgery and village shop and post office complete the range of village facilities.
For the under fives a pre-school play group and a mothers and toddlers group meets in the Village Hall.
The first stage of formal education up to age eleven is provided in the village at the Skelton Community Primary School .
Thereafter youngsters travel into York or to Easingwold for further schooling.
There are also thriving football teams.
Skelton Community Primary School
Skelton has a number of organisations covering a wide range of interests:
Skelton Gardening Club
Football and Recreation Club
Friends of Skelton Pond (ecology project and village amenity)
FOR CONTACT DETAILS FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE FACILITIES AND ORGANISATIONS GET IN TOUCH WITH A MEMBER OF THE VILLAGE TRUST COMMITTEE.
There are two golf courses within Skelton parish, the Forest of Galtres members club accessed from Moorlands Road and a pay and play course on the A19.