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Now in our 7th year! your local community magazine All about Strensall Playgroup - p22

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elcome to the first 2012 edition of the Handymag. No slow start to the New Year here with magazines to print in the first week of January. Having enjoyed 2 fantastic weeks of holiday before Christmas, getting my head into work mode again is proving particularly challenging. Kenya was our holiday treat, such a great place for wildlife, scenery and beeches. My other half has worked out there on and off since 1992 and we really wanted to show the children where he goes – usually to see farming communities and fields. Unsurprisingly, this month’s competition is hunt the hippo; a holiday favourite! Despite the doom and gloom over the economy, I’m remaining positive about 2012. Why be otherwise, and the many small businesses I work with are also giving me cause to think that as an area we are doing ok. But please continue to support our local businesses where possible. Many provide better choice, price and service than the giant brands and deserve our custom. Why not make this a late, but very worthy, new year’s resolution! Come mid-January, as I write, and there’s still no snow, bulbs are emerging and maybe the threat of

This month’s features General

Books: First Love February p8 Valentine’s Day p16 Gadgets they’ll love p28 The straw that broke the camels backp46 Emily’s Column p51

Business Features

Peak Power Systems Instyle Kitchens & Bedrooms Mart in Electrical ChipsAway Bartlett Tree Experts GiveBackRewards


Strensall Playgroup Local Groups Events

Health & Beauty

Something to smile about

Food & Drink Chicken Goulash

Homes & Gardens Winter Perfume Plants

Motoring Going Green


Pet passports


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another cold year has passed. My children, however, as the school holiday counts down, are hanging on to the hope of snow and closed schools or cancelled buses. But wow has it been windy here!! A special plea to community events and clubs. In publishing the Handymag I take a lot of satisfaction from promoting the local organisations. These listings (see page 52) are completely free to local groups and charities. So if you have an event happening, big or small, are raising money for a charity or run a local group and would value some publicity, please get in touch. May 2012 be a good year for us all. Well done to Tania Mattinson of Strensall for winning the December competition. Until next time.....

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They say you never forget your first love. Spoiling us for future relationships, the flame burns intensely but is often short-lived. It can be overwhelming, all-consuming and breathtakingly exciting. Surely it’s got to be downhill after that. We may be long past the first flourish of teenage heart-trembling, but this Valentine’s Day, why not rekindle the old flame and fall in love for the first time, all over again. Twilight. Stephenie Meyer I gave this book to my partner to read. He was, understandably, incredibly cynical about the teenage love-story but I can honestly say that from the first page, he was hooked. This masterful tale of forbidden love between a vampire and a human, takes you on a blood-pumping and heart-fluttering journey of yearning and lust. Set deep within the misty and brooding Pacific Northwest coast of America it’s sure to warm the cockles of even a vampire’s ice-cold heart. The Reader. Bernhard Schlink Set against a backdrop of post-war Germany, this love story asks how generations have come to terms with what happened during the Holocaust. The novel opens with a fifteen year old Michael Berg falling for the much older and more experienced Hanna Schmitz. Hanna is illiterate and after a chance meeting with 8 •

Berg, he begins to read novels aloud to her and their relationship begins to blossom. The story is written in three parts, charting Michael’s life. It’s a complex tale of first love, realisations about the world and coming to terms with a history that irrevocably shaped Germany’s present and future. It’s thoughtprovoking and truly heartbreaking. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Louise Rennison Louise Rennison’s hugely popular comic novel is the first in the series about lovelorn teenager, Georgia Nicholson. It follows the trials and tribulations of Georgia and her best friend Jas, who form part of the Ace Gang. It’s packed with sleepovers and family life, along with heartstopping and life-altering crushes on the object of her affection, ‘Sex God Robbie’. How do you cope when the boy

of your dreams winds up with one of the ‘wet weeds’ instead of living happily ever after with you? The original Bridget Jones in a training bra, Georgia’s diary charts her path from girl to woman…and every step in-between. One Day. David Nicholls Everybody who went to university in the eighties will both weep uncontrollably and laugh out loud at the nostalgia that One Day exudes. Published in 2009, it follows the twenty year courtship of Emma and Dex, catching up with them on the same day, the 15th of July, St Swithin’s Day. One Day is filled with humour and wonderfully rounded, yet beautifully flawed characters you’re bound to fall in love with. Beginning as the two protagonists leave university and embark on their journey into the great wide world, fate soon overcomes youthful enthusiasm and aspiration. How long do we hold onto first loves, dream careers and a notion of happily-everafter?

‘For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo’.

Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare We know it’s going to end badly from the start, and yet we can’t get enough of the Bard’s starcrossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. It’s got everything; romance, comedy, drama, feuding families and an apothecary. There have been many adaptations, film versions and takeoffs but why not settle down with Shakespeare’s original play and let the whirlwind romance sweep you off your feet.

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How Do You Decide Who To Marry? (Written By Children)

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Is it better to be single or married? It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.... Anita, age 9

When is it okay to kiss someone? When they’re rich....Pam, age 7 The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that....Curt, age 7

How Do You Decide Who To Marry? You’ve got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming....Alan, age 10

What is the right age to get married? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then....Camille, age 10

What do you think your mum and dad have in common? Both don’t want any more kids....Lori, age 8

The rule goes like this; if you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do....Howard, age 8

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e expect all celebrities to have a gleaming white dazzling Hollywood smile. The effect gives a younger and more attractive look and is the very least you expect from someone in the limelight, with the funds available to have the work done. But, thanks to the advancements in cosmetic dentistry, perfectly straight, brilliant white and pearly teeth are both available and affordable for ordinary people too. It’s amazing how much of an effect

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE our teeth can have on our confidence, and it’s a sad fact that many of us shy away from the camera to conceal crooked, damaged or stained teeth. Over time our teeth naturally become more yellow, and damage from years of smoking, drinking coffee, tea and red wine, leaves the teeth looking far from gleaming. Indeed your teeth might even be very healthy but yellowing stops them from looking that way. With tooth decay, tartar build-up and fillings chief among the other culprits for discolouration, an unattractive and ageing result is inevitable.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most effective and affordable treatments to address this is teeth whitening. Most dental practices offer two types of whitening, either laser or professional home kits. Both procedures require the use of a bleaching agent that is peroxide-based.

Laser Whitening

that are up to ten shades lighter. Pain and sensitivity are common side effects, but usually subside within 48 hours. Nasty burns to the lips, mouth and gums have been reported, but this is uncommon and only occurs when the areas have not been properly protected. That is why it is so important to always have the procedure conducted by a qualified practitioner.

Professional Home Whitening Kits

For a tailored professional home whitening kit, your dentist will create a mould of your teeth, before making custom whitening trays for you to use at home with a whitening gel. Home kits contain a far less potent level of peroxide and therefore irritation is unlikely but of course the results won’t be as dramatic either. The length of time that you need to use these for varies considerably depending upon the kit, so always follow your dentist’s advice. Teeth whitening can last between a few months and three years. The costs vary greatly too, so it is vital that you receive a thorough consultation to establish your needs and expectations before going ahead.

Invest in your teeth and give yourself something to truly smile about.

Carried out in the surgery, laser teeth whitening works with a light-activated bleaching gel. Taking between one and two hours, the treatment involves the mouth and gums being protected, while the agent is applied directly to the teeth. This results in immediate whitening and teeth

Crowns & Veneers

Whitening won’t fix everything though and if your teeth need some extra attention, you may need dental crowns or veneers. Crowns protect damaged and cracked teeth by sitting over the tooth and covering the entire outer surface. Commonly known as caps, the crowns both improve the look of the teeth and preserve their functionality. Prices range from £300 to £1000 per crown. Veneers are less invasive and are often a better cosmetic choice where the tooth is sound, since they can disguise all manner of problems. The wafer-thin laminates of toothcoloured material are ‘cemented’ to the front surface of teeth to create perfect pearly whites. Expect to pay between £300 and £1500 per veneer.

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Meals in Minutes Here’s a delicious winter warming mid-week supper that can be rustled up in less than 40 minutes, We’ve used chicken fillets, but you can use cheaper boneless chicken thighs or try strips of lean sirloin steak or pork fillet instead.

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Goulash 2 tbsp sunflower oil

600g skinless chicken fillets, thinly sliced 1 red onion, peeled and chopped 200g button mushrooms, wiped 1 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp plain flour 150ml passata (see tip) 150ml chicken stock Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 tbsp soured cream Boiled potatoes, to serve Fresh chopped parsley, to garnish

Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan. Add the chicken and onion and fry over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until both are lightly browned. Add the mushrooms and fry for a further 2 minutes. Mix together the paprika and flour and stir into the pan. Cook for 1 minute then gradually stir in the passata and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Serve topped with soured cream and boiled potatoes. Sprinkle over the chopped parsley to garnish.


Passata is simply ripe tomatoes that have been pureed then sieved to remove any skin and pips. You’ll find it in jars near the canned tomatoes in the supermarket. You can use a small can of chopped tomatoes instead - just whizz in a food processor or with a hand blender until smooth.

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On the face of it, St Valentine and technology don’t have much in common, but that doesn’t stop gadget sites and shops from trying to persuade you that nothing says “I love you” like a pink USB vacuum cleaner. If you avoid the novelty stuff, though, there are plenty of great gift ideas - and very few of them are pink.

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Perfume Plants

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he winter months can be a little lacklustre in the garden, sometimes even a bit gloomy. However carefully you plant your flowerbeds and borders, the number of brightly coloured plants for winter performance is rather limited. But one of the most important ingredients in a winter garden is perfume – it’s certainly something which can transform my mood in an instant. So think scent, as there are a few really brilliant winter perfume plants and there’s a good chance that they’ll be readily available in garden centres and nurseries right now. The Witch Hazels or Hamamelis are one of my favourite winter flowerers. With their unusual oriental-looking yellow, orange or bronzy-red spidery flowers on bare branches they look stunning. But of course looks are not everything and the perfume of the witch hazels is what really makes them such an asset - sweet, spicy and wonderfully good at wafting around the garden. Various colours are available, in shades of brightest orange through to rich burgundy. Wintersweet or Chimonanthus is another recommendation. The branches are covered with creamy to yellow coloured multi-petalled flowers with a seriously sweet perfume. Like the witch hazel it’s quite slow growing and doesn’t need a huge amount of space. This means it’s a perfect choice for the smaller garden, but make sure you consider carefully where to plant it, so that you can enjoy every aspect of its display. If you like a bit of variegated foliage then try the Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’, which has classic purple-pink clusters of flowers, a very strong perfume and leaves which are typically green and leathery but with a bright yellow leaf margin. It can be a little temperamental, but after its first year a Daphne generally settles in well and you won’t

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here’s a broken tile in my bathroom that’s about to cause a major incident. This isn’t any old tile; this is the tile that despite my best efforts has remained broken for three years. This is the tile that may just signal the end of my marriage, my descent into screaming madness and the end of peace in this household. This is the tile that haunts me with its broken corner and cracked face. Over the years repeated requests to replace this tile have elicited a variety of responses from Mr Fixit (otherwise known as Husband). Promises have been made to fix it: ‘Tomorrow, at the weekend, when I get a spare minute.’ Multiple reasons have been given as to why this tile has not been sorted out: a lost tile cutter, a lack of adhesive, a slip of memory, a dearth of daylight (apparently tile fixing can only occur in optimum weather conditions). I’ve even offered to do the job myself. This was met with snorts of laughter and comments about my inability to change a light bulb; which is unfair as I can change light bulbs in an long as there is a step ladder to hand and someone to catch me if I fall. I’ve been a reasonable woman – so far. I’ve left a respectable interval between tile fixing requests; I haven’t tutted, rolled my eyes, muttered under my breath or screamed at the top of my lungs - yet. In the normal course of events a broken tile wouldn’t overly bother me, but after three years I feel I’ve got just cause for grievance. Therefore, I have now decided to take

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The world’s highest road pass

Khardung La

In the Indian Himalayas, Khardung La has its head in the clouds and its height in doubt. Is this really the world’s highest road pass? The sign at the top reads 18,380 feet but some say that refers to the old mule track higher up. Measurements abound, with different results, but those who make it to the top stand firm. Give or take a little, ignore dirt tracks in neighbouring countries, and this is the highest driveable road in the world.


he journey begins with long leisurely zigzags waltzing back and forth across the barren slopes. Far below, the Indus river is just a scratch on the landscape, the oasis of Leh dwindles away and the mountain desert of Ladakh grabs you by the throat, like a snow leopard on a hunt. The South Pullu checkpoint is the last sign of human life except for bikers hungry for a challenge and truckers eking a living. After that, there is no turning back. In this sensitive border area, the road from Leh to the Shyok and Nubra valleys over the pass is maintained by the army, no crash barriers but enough tarmac to call it a road and enough potholes to keep drivers on their toes. It’s wide enough for a truck and a half but traffic is one way, up from Leh in the morning, down after lunch. However, special permissions may be granted to bend the rules so it’s best to be prepared. It takes a good two hours to cover the 23 miles to the top, unless a truck breaks down or snow begins to fall. Then there’s plenty of time to gaze at the precipitous drops, the boulders balancing above your head and the wilderness where even goats refuse to venture. There isn’t a tree in sight, just loose stones and shrivelled up lichen. ‘Always keep a cheerful attitude’, is the official advice so now and then a tinselled 48 •

truck begins to honk and it feels almost like party time. Glaciers glint, peaks rise, jagged as a knife’s edge, and the first prayer flags flutter to wish everyone luck. Soon there’s a whole forest of them and you barely see the finishing line where the long awaited hut serves tea and hot noodles. It’s almost warm inside but up on the hillock, the shrine beckons. ‘Avoid running or moving too fast, you have gained 7000 feet’, reads the sign. Steps, rocks, you scramble to the top, light-headed, struggling to breathe, but the views are worth every dizzying moment along the way, stretching right across the Ladakh range from the Zanskar glaciers in the south to the Karakoram in the north. The Nubra Valley spreads like a pinkish glow into the distance, clouds come and go and an overloaded bus becomes stuck on a hairpin bend. Visitors buy souvenir mugs in the army shop then head back down, an hour ahead of time. No one seems to mind. The sun is shining and the marmots are out, frolicking all coppery gold on the rocks, including a couple on hind legs entwined in a last minute courtship dance before winter. They’re not worried about metres or feet, they’re just having a good time on the bleak slopes of Khardung La. by Solange Hando Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 7th February



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n these long, dark winter months it’s nice to have something to look forward to and often that’s the thought of a summer holiday, somewhere warm and sunny where we can relax and get away from it all.

Increasingly people are choosing to take their pets abroad with them too and this has been made possible in recent years with the advent of the Pet Passport scheme. As of 1st January 2012 some changes have been brought about within this scheme to make it simpler and more straightforward and also to bring us into line with the requirements of the other countries that make up the EU. The procedure is now as follows, your pet (cat, dog or ferret) needs to have a microchip implanted, so that they can be individually identified at the time of travel, and then a vaccination against rabies is administered, this is given into the scruff at the back of the neck in the same way other vaccines are injected. A waiting period of 21 days must then elapse before the animal can travel and a document called a Pet Passport must be completed by a veterinary surgeon allowing identification of your pet and their vaccination status. Each individual carrier company has their own requirements and these should be checked when booking your holiday, some will need a certificate done within 48 hours of traveling to ensure your pet is healthy and able to withstand the journey. Once these procedures have been completed your pet is free to travel within the EU and certain other countries and, as long as the rules are followed, should be free to return to the UK without the need for quarantine. The passport remains valid as long as the rabies vaccination is kept up to date. Before attempting to re-enter the UK dogs must be treated against tapeworms, not less than 24 hours or more than 120 hours before re-entry, ie. 1-5 days. This treatment has to be administered by, and documented by, a vet in the country you are traveling back to the UK from. Previously, there had been a requirement to treat for ticks as well but this has been discontinued along with the blood test that

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ensured the appropriate levels of immune response to the vaccination against rabies. Pet owners, however, should still be aware of the risks of picking up diseases other than rabies whilst abroad and so should consider tick treatment and also the use of a collar to prevent sandflies biting their pet, as these can transmit the disease leishmaniasis. Although time consuming, the old system requiring a blood test and compulsory 6 month wait did at least ensure a good level of protection against rabies so your vet may still advise you to have this done, even though it is no longer mandatory part of the procedure. For further information about these changes and the scheme as a whole your are advised to check the DEFRA website uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel for more information or call their helpline on 0870 241 1710.


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Buddy B

uddy is a cheeky and loveable kinda guy! Despite only being a young cat he has certainly had a tough life so far, and staff at York Cats Protection are hoping that his appearance in this magazine will be the start of a new life of luxury for this bouncy fella.

Buddy used to live in a house with dozens of other cats, and as you can imagine the situation was not only very stressful for all of the cats but also pretty grim from a hygiene perspective. Poor Buddy was found with an ulcer on his lip and missing a lot of fur, largely due to the effects of sitting in urine which had in effect ‘burned’ him. He was a miserable cat and needed to be removed from that situation immediately. After spending some time with fosterer Buddy was soon on his way to recovery, with the ideal combination of veterinary care and lots of TLC. During this time Buddy was able relax and really come out of his shell. Now Buddy is well on the mend and seeking a brand new home to call his own. He loves attention and will cheekily remind you with a tap or two on the arm when he’s not getting enough… he’s pretty hard to resist! Buddy would suit most homes and would probably be fine with older children. His time stuck in a house with lots of other cats means he would now prefer to be the only moggie in his new home…he wants all the good stuff for himself! Buddy has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. If you can offer Buddy a home please contact York Cats Protection on 01904 760356 or You can visit the Adoption Centre at 582 Huntington Rd, YO32 9QA, open everyday 11am-3pm.


ello 2012!

As I’m writing this in the first week of January, I’m still not eating chocolate! Every year, I set myself a New Years Resolution, but to be honest, this is the longest I’ve ever lasted. In theory, resolutions are a fantastic opportunity for change; in reality, I give in after about three days. This year I’ve decided to show some self-control and try to stick at it for a bit longer, so whilst I am sat at home - missing my chocolate, I hope you’ve had more luck in keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, be it to stop biting your nails, or to stop wasting money on junk that (to be honest) you might never actually use. This year, from the 27 July to 12 August, London is hosting a legendary event for the first time since 1948. London Olympic Games will be bringing together 205 Nations to compete in competitions from Handball to Taekwondo in 28 different venues! Although I didn’t manage to get any tickets for the Olympics, I’m still looking forward to watching it on the TV – the horse riding and gymnastics in particular! I just love watching athletes spring and leap their way across the floor; performing moves which I know from personal experience are extremely difficult. Trust me, if you’ve never tried performing a backward walkover into splits, don’t. It hurts. On a more positive note, me and the other 11 people going to Kenya have just raised over £700 from fundraising activities, such as a cake sale in Malton market and giving bag upon bag of unused clothes to ‘Bags to School’. On top of that, we have made plans for more activities to provide us with the money we need for our month-long trip to Kenya. I hope you’ve had a fantastic start to the New Year, and I’ll see you next month,

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Our walks are usually 10 - 12 miles long and within about an hours journey from York. We have a coach which picks up in Wigginton, Haxby, New Earswick and Clarence Street from 8.30am, with an introductory fare of £5 for your first walk. We look forward to seeing you next month - on the second Sunday, of course! For more information please ring either Helen on York 782891 or Hazel on York 760897.


Age Concern York provides a wide range of personal and practical support to older people in the York area. www. The office is open Monday - Friday 09.00am - 4.00pm. For more information contact: Information Officer, Age Concern York tel: (01904) 627995/621020


Information and support for all people with dementia and their carers. www. Monday - Friday 9.30 - 3.30 The Retreat, Heslington Road, Heslington, York YO10 5BN For more information contact: Branch Manager, Alzheimer’s Society, York Branch, Ground Floor Suite, Holgate Villa, 22 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AB tel: 01904 658106 or 01904 799773 email:


The group meets every first Wednesday of the month 1pm-3pm at Huntington Working Mens Club. This is open for sufferers, helpers and carers. Support, speakers and trips out. For more information call Sue, 01904 410 003 or go to:


Car and minibus drivers required in all areas. The British Red Cross Transport Service is looking for volunteer drivers who can help in their local community to make a difference to those in need. As a transport service volunteer, you will have the rewarding experience of helping people who cannot get about easily. Training and support given and mileage allowance of 40p per mile paid. If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer please ring Linda on 01904 692550 or Helen on 01904 693027


at York Hospital offers support and information for Cancer Patients, their Families and Carers. Information available includes access to Local Support Groups, Travel Insurance and Forthcoming Events. We offer specialised services on a referral basis such as Psycho-Oncology, Complementary Therapy and Benefits Advice. To find out more come in and see us, the Centre is open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm or telephone 01904 721166.


Free and confidential advice. Mon & Tues - 9.30-3.30pm. Wed 4.30pm-7pm. Thurs 9.30am-3.30pm. Closed on fridays. 0844 826 9705


We consist of bagpipers, base drum, tenor drums and side drummers. We practice weekly at the Huntington Memorial Hall, on Wednesday nights,. We offer tuition, free for under 18’s and a small yearly fee for adults. We have all the equipment anyone will need to start... so come and join us!! Ring Laura, Pipe Major, on 01904 763243 or John on 01423 879519.


We hold monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month at The Folk Hall, New Earswick 7pm for 7 30. excluding January. We also have a well equipped Study Centre in York where we can help both inexperienced and the more experienced with their problems and brickwalls. We welcome newcomers to the hobby and are willing to give advice to set them on the way. Please see our web site at or call Mike on 01904 767013


Come along and try your hand at any craft from knitting to card making. Lots of help and advice on offer. Just bring along any craft project. All ages and levels welcome. New Earwick Folk Hall 10-12pm Every Saturday in term time. £2 per session. For more details call 01904 762255.


Meet at the Folk Hall New Earswick on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 2pm until 4pm. (No meeting July/August).We are a friendly group who meet to exchange ideas and techniques. Most meetings we have a demonstration of knitting. For more information call Pat on 01904 763964.


York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. The nature reserve is open all the time and has a children’s playground, mini stonehenge, butterfly walk and wooded area. Mon - Fri 9.00am - 5pm and Sat 10.00am - 2pm. Please pop down during opening hours to find out more. Be a volunteer or a member of St Nicholas - call 01904 411821


This group organises volunteers who provide patients with extra comfort and support. We also raise funds for medical and surgical equipment which cannot be provided through NHS finances. For more information call Friends Office tel: 01904 726762 email: friendsofyorkhospital@york.


We are an enthusiastic, theatre-loving

group keen to support our local theatre and meet others who share a passion for the arts. Joining us is a good way to make new friends, to take part in events at the Theatre Royal, to visit theatres in other places such as Newcastle, Scarborough and Leeds, and other places of interest such as historical buildings in York and elsewhere. We hold monthly lunches in the theatre foyer, and help with selling programmes. If you would like to join, please write to our Membership Secretary,c/o York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD or visit our website at


Are you a person who has lost their other half? If so, would you like to join us for a friendly chat over refreshments? We meet at 12 noon on the first Saturday of each month in the coffee area of Trinity Methodist Church, Monkgate, York For more information telephone Margaret on 01904 415894

HAXBY & WIGGINTON FLOWER CLUB (Affiliated to NAFAS) A group for people who are interested in flower arranging, voluntary competitions, visiting speakers, self help activities and opportunities for wider involvement. All visitors are welcome. Further details from 01904 765676


We meet monthly on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2.30pm at .St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby. We have regular speakers, visits and events and welcome new members to this friendly and informal group. For more information please phone Ginny Mason, Secretary 01904 768516


Starting Tuesday 22nd February from 7-9pm at Wigginton Church Hall. Do you enjoy knitting or crochet? Would you like to meet new people, have a chat and share your hobby? Then come along to Knit and Natter. All ages and abilities are welcome, just bring your latest project with you. There is a charge of £2 per person to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments will be available. Any queries please contact Clare on 079800 26690


We are a club for retired people over 55 years old. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday each month in the Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Hall at 10am for 10.30am. We have speakers on many varied subjects. New members welcome. For further information contact Mike Harrison on 01904 769507


The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary body of retired but active people who like to follow their interests

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FEBRUARY 2012 • ISSUE 76 and take up new ones. Courses are run free of charge by members themselves, no qualifications are required only enthusiasm and a wish to join with others in the pursuit of new activities. Monthly meetings with a speaker on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Current groups include Art, Bird Watching, History, Mah Yong, Philosophy, IT, Languages, Literature, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Walking etc. Theatre visits, luncheons and excursions are also arranged. For further information call John Dowell (01904 769618).


We are a lively, friendly and informal group who meet to promote local history. We have speakers, research groups and occasional visits to interesting locations. Why not make a trial visit with a view to becoming a member? We meet every third Thursday of the month in St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby. at 10.00am (refreshments available). Ring Ian Mason 768516


We are a voluntary group of people who live in the area, who want to make a local impact on the York in Transition Agenda: to persuade everyone to make small steps towards reducing our reliance on ways of living which are unsustainable and will cause serious dilemmas for our children and grandchildren. We want to start by becoming more cooperative about what we grow and produce to join the ‘germinators’ or express any interests: 01904 760659


Situated in the heart of Haxby. Two meeting rooms and a large hall available for all non and licenced functions, meetings, leisure, fundraising and hobby groups.Please view website - www. or contact the caretaker on 01904 764358 for further information. Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales - No. 508205


Do you like to sing? Basses, Tenors, Altos and Sopranos it’s great fun, come along to the Haxby Singers. Auditions are not required to join our friendly mixed choir group. We meet 7.30pm, once a week In St Mary’s Church Hall. For further information, telephone Lynn on 01904 769838 or Margaret on 01904 761618


01844 348100.


Held every Saturday at Huntington Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road. 7 till 10, al new players welcome! Just come along.


46 Strensall Road, Huntington. Two rooms available for hire. Other groups who use the hall are Huntington Pre-School, the Guiding Association, Karate, Ebor Rag Ruggers, Diet and Fitness Groups, dance groups and Military Whist groups. Further information and bookings is via the Caretaker on 01904 760044.


Tuesdays from 7-9 pm at Wigginton Church Hall. Do you enjoy knitting or crochet? Would you like to meet new people, have a chat and share your hobby? Then come along to Knit and Natter. All ages and abilities are welcome, just bring your latest project with you. There is a charge of £2 per person to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments will be available. Any queries please contact Clare on 079800 26690


Access to information, advice and support, and to offer opportunities and choice to anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Opening times: Tuesdays: 2pm-7pm Thursdays: 10am-2pm First Saturday of every month: 10am-2pm. Woodlands MS Resource Centre 120 Thief Lane, Hull Road, York YO10 3HU Tel: 01904 430600


Charity No 1046443. We can help you to access information, support and you can talk to fellow sufferers. You are not alone if you need any help pr advice just get in touch. Newly diagnosed? Not a member? Call Ron Middlemass Chairman for more information on 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or e-mail ron.middlemass@

NEW EARSWICK BRIDGE CLUB. Meets every Monday evening at 7pm in the Folk Hall. New members always welcome, more information; Tel:01904760639


We meet mid September to the end of April each Thursday evening at 7:30pm at the Quaker Meeting House which is located to the rear of the Folk Hall car park, New Earswick. NECC was founded in 1949 and now, in its 62nd year, embraces all aspects of digital photography. Come along and try our varied programme before you join. You will love our friendly hospitality. See our new Syllabus at newearswickcameraclub


Contact detail Bryan Blundell 01904 764648. New Earswick Sports and Social club 3rd Monday of the month. at 7.30 for 7.45. Details of all meetings available at


Oaken Grove Surfers meet at Oaken

Grove Community Centre, Reid Park (off Oaken Grove) Haxby on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. We help adult beginners get to grips with computers and the internet. We are a friendly group providing one to one support to learn how to email, shop and stay safe online (we are a UK Online Centre) Telephone the centre on 01904 769176 for more information.


OCAY is an independent, registered charity offering a free advocacy service for all citizens of York aged 50 and over. If you think that we may be able to help you, or someone you know, then please get in touch by phone (01904 676200), e-mail (, or by calling in to our office in Townend Street, Monday -Thursday 10am -4pm or Friday 10am - 2pm.


This local group meets usually on the first Monday of the month at Huntington Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road, Huntington, York YO32 9RG at 7pm. New members, together with families and friends are welcome to join us. At most meetings we have a guest speaker and towards the end of the gathering we have refreshments. Contact numbers for further information are Jayne Rigall, Information and Support Officer at national level on freephone 0844 225 36 32 or Kate Pearson 01904 758355.


Reflect is a counselling service based in York that is specifically for women and men facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. We are one of around 150 centres across the UK www. and can offer trained advisers to help. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm and Fridays between 35pm for drops in at the Gateway centre, Acomb, but many other appointments are available, just call to arrange. More information from 01904 676710 or visit


The Society is dedicated to the conservation and improvement of the River Foss, from its source until it joins the Ouse in York, for the benefit of its wildlife and the enjoyment of local residents. The quarterly newsletter for members includes details of the programme of walks, talks and other activities. Further information can be obtained from the Society’s website at or from the Membership Secretary on 01904 768071.

RNLI GALTRES FOREST BRANCH A small group of people who are mad enough to enjoy raising money for the Lifeboats. If you are interested in helping us or just want to know more about the work we do please contact Sue Lowe on 01904 491133 or

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Confidential emotional support to anyone in distress or despair or at risk and self harm or suicide. uk tel 08457 90 90 90. We are always available for phone calls and visitors 8.00am - 10.00pm. 89 Nunnery Lane, York YO23 1AH tel: 01904 655888

SAND HUTTON AND CLAXTON VILLAGE HALL The ideal venue to hire for parties, meetings, celebrations etc. Large bright hall, Meeting Room, Excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. For more details please phone 0770 4353186 for competitive rates of hire.


Anyone with a mobility problem, whether it is temporary or permanent can hire a powered scooter or an electric or manual wheelchair (you must be able to safely control the vehicle). Low daily hire charge. Located on the second floor of Piccadilly Multistorey Car Park in the city centre. For further information and booking call on 01904 679222

SINGLE PARENTS NATTER AND PLAY New Earswick Children’s Centre. Every last Friday of the month. 1.30 - 3pm. Friendly group of sinlge mums and dads of under 5s. Call 01904 552646 for more information.


We are a friendly, community choir of approx: 40 voices aged 13 to 70 which rehearses weekly throughout term time in Stamford Bridge School. We are available for Concerts, Church Services and Weddings. To hire us or to join the choir please email: Further details on our website: www. We look forward to hearing from you.


Available to hire on a regular or one-off basis. We have four different sized rooms suitable for various purposes including meetings, parties, exhibitions, dancing, wedding receptions and there is also a stage with full lighting available. There is also a fully equipped kitchen. Packages for children’s parties up to the age of 12 are available (no teenage or 21st parties). For further information please telephone 400409.


Strensall Village Hall, Thursday at 7:00pm For non-serious bridge, contact John on 01904 769618


Who says you’re old and past it when you are 50 or over? Our dining group of friends are full of fun and life. So do not sit or eat alone, come and join us. We meet every 3-4 weeks at various venues in and around the York area. If you enjoy good food and

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good company then ring 01904 490987 for more details.


Aims to promote and study the history of the parish of Strensall and to disseminate historical information through meetings, publications lectures and events. We are a friendly group who in order to explore, study and record this exciting history have regular monthly meetings which provide opportunities to hear a variety of speakers or to participate in workshops. Meetings are held in Strensall Village Hall on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm.


We are a friendly group who meet on the last Wednesday of the month from 2.30 – 3.30 pm in Strensall Library. The Library provides us with a book which we read over the month and then get together to discuss it over tea and biscuits. We are looking for new members and if you enjoy books and reading do please come along. It is free! If you would like any more information then please ring Sarah at the Library on 490876 or Pam on 764518.


All welcome. Huntington ladies most welcome. For more information, please call 01904 490758.


Rehearsal facilities for us at the Portakabin Site in Huntington. The Beginners Band rehearses Monday evenings 6.30-8.00pm. Contact Audrey Brown, tel 01904 425256. The Concert Band rehearses Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm. Contact David Gregg on 07710 106906. The Senior Band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday evenings 8.00-10.00pm. Contact Charles Wilson on 07802 190250. www.shepherdbrassband. org


We are recruiting new members. We meet every Monday at Lakeside Primary School, Clifton Moor, to sing “a capella” three and four part harmony. We are a fun loving group who perform a varied repertoire, led by musical director Polly Trotter. To listen to us visit our face book page ‘track29 chorus.’ We are also looking for new gigs. If you would like to sing with or book us, please contact Polly on 01904 424902 or


Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Why not join us on our weekly Wednesday walks? We set off from Wigginton Recreation Hall car park at 10 am for a short drive and a 57 mile walk, stopping at a tea shop on the way home. We also have 6-8 mile walks on the 4th Saturday of each month. You just need suitable clothing and footwear, a packed lunch and to live in Haxby or Wigginton. For more information call

Joyce on 01904 762605.


Registered Charity No. 1023129. We meet every second Thursday in the month at St. Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. New and old members, and visitors, always welcome. For more information contact Mrs Graves on 01904 750570. Please see the events pages for details of our next meeting.


We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. We have speakers, trips out, activity groups. Old and new members, also visitors are always welcome. For more information please contact Mrs Lilian Gomersall (Secretary) on 01904 769993


The club meets every Thursday at 8pm at the Bishophorpe Social Club in Bishopthorpe. We are always interested in meeting others interested in Amateur Radio and run courses for new members to obtain a license and call sign of their own. Interested future members just need to turn up on Thursdays.


Meet monthy at Wigginton Hall on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm. Friendly & informal group with refreshments. Occasional speakers, library & bonsai suppliers available. Come along or speak to the secretary: Andy Mudd 01757 268145


Friendly group offering regular caving trips to the Yorkshire Dales and Derbyshire, with occasional trips to Wales, Summerset and Ireland. Open to new members with some caving experience or can offer advice to those with none. Bi-weekly pub meets in York. Info can be found on www. or email: info@ or phone 07747 063181.


The group was founded in 1988 to provide help and support to cardiac patients and their families following their release from hospital. the group meets every month at the Folk Hall at New Earswick on the first Monday of each month (second if Bank Holiday occurs). Meetings start at 07:30 for a variety of talks with a break for refreshments and a chance to talk to fellow patients. The group also organise exercise classes and swimming sessions. Contact Tony Tolhurst 01904 410091for further details.


Interested in your family history? Would you like to trace your ancestors? City of York Libraries now offer free access to Now available at Haxby LibraryCall in or telephone 768811 for details

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We play light music, popular classics, selections from musicals and themes from films and television. We are open to anyone of any age who plays an orchestral instrument and we don’t hold auditions, just come along. We rehearse on Thursday evenings 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street (September to July). We perform 6 to 8 concerts a year, in and around York for local charities and community groups. If you would like to join or if you would like YLO to do a concert to raise money for your charity please see our website or call our secretary on (01904) 870759 for more details.

YORK AND DISTRICT PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP A voluntary group established to provide a community for people and their supporters suffering with long term pain that are or have been participants in the Pain Management Program or attend the Pain Management Clinic. Contact Gordon 01904 491141 or Jill 01904 708490 for more details. Management Clinic. Contact Gordon 01904 491141 or Jill 01904 708490 for more details.


Are you interested in Dolls Houses and miniatures or have just bought a dolls house and don’t know where to start? YMA is a group of miniature enthusiasts who meet on the first Saturday of the month at the Friends Meeting House in the centre of York. We have speakers, project meetings, demonstrations and also have a stand at the Dolls House Fair at York Race Course in June and November. We welcome new members to the hobby as well as more experienced miniaturists. For more information please ring Ann Holmes on (01757) 288974 or Elizabeth Jackson on (01904) 795361.


We meet at Heworth Rugby Club on the 4th Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm. It is a great place to learn about building techniques and various models. The club holds 4 regattas throughout the summer on Rowntree Park Lane, York. We also sail on the York University Lake when Parks Lane is unavailable. For more details please call chairman Steve Agar on 01904 424155 or visit


The York Philatelic Society meets every second Tuesday in the month apart from August in the Denham Room in the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7-15 p.m. During the meetings there is a bourse to enable members to buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by the York Society. Annual subscriptions are £6-00 annually payable on the 1st January each year. (youth subscription , is13 - 18 years, is £3-00). Contact can be made to the

Publicity Secretary, Captain P. Hyde, on 01904-490603 ( e-mail:- yogiyork@ic24. net ) or to Tony Ward, Secretary, on 01904411378 (e-mail:- ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:- com/site/yorkps/

YORK RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP (YORKRA) A relaxed and friendly group, which

provides support, information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and their families and carers. Meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month, 3pm - 5pm, at the Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street (off Micklegate), York YO1 6ET. Membership is currently free. For more information please call 01904 642227


New members are always welcome on the walks and can try out 2 or 3 walks before deciding whether to join the Ramblers. Walks vary in length from 5 miles to 12 miles and some use public transport to get to the start of the walks, so there is something to suit everyone. Details of all the walks can be found on or contact the secretary on 01904-628134


York Rotters are a group of enthusiastic volunteers who promote home composting. If you have any questions about composting, whether you want to know where to start, or want to know more about specialist methods then contact York Rotters for advice. As well as providing free home composting advice York Rotters are available to carry out talks at meetings and to attend events. York Rotters are always on the look out for new volunteers. No previous experience is required as full training will be provided. York Rotters can be contacted on 01904 412861 or email


A social club for adults with disabilities and is held every Monday 7.00-9.00pm at the Oaken Grove Community Centre off Usher Lane in Haxby. The club offers a variety of activities and welcomes new members. For more information, ring Club Leader Debbie, on 0791 9191372 or just come along.


Under 5s is now Haxby Playgroups@Scout HQ Birth to school age children (parents stay) Tuesday to Thursday 9.30 - 11.30 Term time only. Playgroup - Haxby Playgroups@ Headlands. Headlands Primary School. 9am - 3pm daily term time only. Sessions 9am - 12noon and 12noon - 3pm. Starting age 2. Rising Fives is now Haxby Playgroups@ RalphButterfield. 9am - 3pm daily term

time only or Sessional 9am - 12noon and 12noon to 3pm. For further information please contact further information or bookings please contact 01904 768966 or

THE WONDER YEARS Wigginton - adjoining Wigginton Primary School, for children from Haxby, Wigginton & surrounds: Boddlers – Baby/Toddler group (Birth to 3yrs).Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30- 11am term time at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Pre-School – 3-5 years - Mon-Fri term time. Morning session 9am – 12 noon, Afternoon session 12.45pm -3.15pm . Plus 1 hr Lunch Club can be added to am or pm session. Early Years Funded places available. Extended School – 3-11 years - Breakfast Club 7.40-9am & After School Club 3-6pm including breakfast/snack. Supports children’s interests in sport, games & crafts. Holiday Club – Care for 3-11 year olds, with fully engaging activity programme. Full day 8am – 6pm Half Day 8am – 1pm or 1pm – 6pm Tel : 01904 758717


Huntington Pre-school Babies and Toddler Group: Monday and Friday mornings 9.15 - 10.45 during term time. The Memorial Hall, Strensall Road, Huntington. All welcome. £3 per session including refreshments for adults and children. Discounts available for half-termly registration or additional children. Feel free to call in, or contact Lynne Britton on 01904 765017 or email lynne.britton1@


Huntington Pre School: The Memorial Hall, Strensall Road, Huntington. For children aged 2.5 - 5 years. Monday - Friday morning 9.00 -12.00, plus monday afternoon 12.30 - 3.30, (term time only). Additional Rising Five’s sessions also held to help prepare children for the transition to school. £7.50 per session if your child is not eligible for Council funding.Further details can be obtained from Lynne Britton on 01904 765017 email lynne.britton1@


Orchard Park Community centre, Off Brockfield park shops, Huntington. OpenMon to Fri 9.15 to 12.15. Lunch Club 12.15 to 1.15 For children aged 2 to 5 to Learn and play.. Please call Sandra on Tel 07407 700315 or 01904 626361 for more info


We offer places to children aged 2 years and 6 months to school age in a warm, stimulating and caring environment with outside playspace. OFSTED registered with qualified staff. Playgroup runs on Mon, Weds and Fri from 9.30 -12 noon with an optional Lunch Club from 12 -1pm.Contact Sarah on 01347878726. Babies and Toddlers session Thurs 9.45 • 01653 658776 • 55

COMMUNITY - 11.45. All welcome! Contact Margaret on 01347878314.


Village Hall, Thu 9.45-11.45am Play and other activities for all babies and toddlers with their parents and carers. All welcome.


The Pre School is OFSTED registered and inspected. Sessions are; Toddler group- Tuesday 10.00am - 11.30am. Pre -School - Monday 09.10am-11.40am. Wednesday 09.10am-11.40am Thursday 09.10am-11.40am Friday 09.10am11.40am. For more information contact Kerry or Suzanne on 07799727656


Playgroup. Tel: 01904 442826 Mon - Fri mornings 8.30am - 12 noon. Mon - Fri afternoons 12.30pm - 4pm. In our purpose built private premises we offer a fantastic child-centred/structured play environment for children aged 2-5 years. Session times are : Monday - Friday mornings 8.30am - 12 noon and Monday - Friday afternoons 12.30pm - 4.00pm. Sessions are £6 for two year olds (some funding is available for two year olds subject to circumstance) with full funding for three year olds - no top up fees!


We are a pre-school for children from 2-5 years. We are ofsted inspected and LEA funded. Monday - Friday 9.00am-12 noon (term time only). Wednesdays - 12.30pm - 3.30pm Christ Church, Stockton Lane, York YO31 1JG tel: 07746 806426 For more information contact: Mrs Fiona Wheeler tel: 07746 806426 During Play group opening times only


A non profit making organisation run by the parents for the parents and their children. All children 0–5 years are welcome.You don’t have to book a place in advance or commit to every week, just drop in when you can. We also have a designated area and toys for babies.The hall has full disabled access and facilities. Only £2 per session (£3 for family groups, £1 for adults and £1 for babies), first session is free. Thursdays 9.30am - 11.30am (term-time only) Stockton-onthe-Forest Village Hall. For more details contact Karen (01904) 870759


We offer a natural transition from preschool to school as we are situated next door to Robert Wilkinson School. We have various sessions on offer in our newly refurbished setting – Pram Club/Messy’s (‘pay as you go’)– Wednesdays 9am - 10.30am and Fridays 1.15pm – 2.45pm. Rising 3’s – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm – 2.55pm. Pre-schoolers – Mondays, Tuesdays,

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Thursdays, Fridays – 8.45am – 12.45pm and Wednesdays 10.45am – 2.45pm. For more information telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 or email sarahsmithpg@


tel: 01904 442826 Friday mornings 9.30am - 11.00am - £1 per session. The mums and tots session will be run by the Stepping Stones staff in Hurst Hall, with lots of crafts and activities to keep the under twos busy. (Please feel free to bring along an older sibling if your toddler has one). Children attending the toddler group will have priority on the Stepping Stones Pre-School waiting list.


Haxby, Wigginton & Huntington. Calling all Mums - Treasure Chest is here to help! A group of local mums dedicated to promoting, supporting and encouraging breastfeeding in the Haxby, Wigginton & Huntington areas, have got together to form Treasure Chest. As well as being mums, we are fully trained Peer Supporters. We meet up every Monday between 12.30 and 1.30pm at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby. Run alongside the Haxby Postnatal Group, this is a drop in facililty and we also welcome pregnant mums. More details are available on our website: www.treasurechest. or email our helpline:support@


If you are a parent and carer of a 0-19 year old then you can get free, professional, helpful, and up-to-date information about... Finding and paying for childcare,free early education places for 3 and 4 year olds ,returning to work, working in Early Years, family groups and activities, local parenting support. Call us on 01904 554628 or text ‘info’ to 07624 802244 and we will call you back.

SPORTS CLUBS BADMINGTON CLUB Sandburn Hall, Flaxton. Fridays 2 - 3.30pm All ages welcome. tel: Stephen Marshall 01904 490440 for more details

DUNNINGTON SPORTS CLUB Starting Table Tennis- A six week course for absolute beginners. Have you wanted to play and never known where to start? Call now for details of our NEW courses. Phone Nick on 01904 481039 or Keith on 07770 874996 Email: nick. or

HAXBY TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB At the moment we run 6 teams from the ages of 7-16 years. We need boys and girls, ages 5,6,7, & 11 to join our small friendly football club.All of our coaches are FA Coaching Level 1 trained and

have been CRB checked. We train every Saturday 10.30 - 11.30am at Ethel Ward Playing Fields, Haxby. We are always looking for people to help out with training, coaching and refereeing. Full training is provided. Please phone Neil Thorbinson on 01904 761908

HUNTINGTON JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB We are a Charter Standard football club meeting the required FA coaching levels and CRB clearances etc. The club have excellent facilities at Hopgrove sports ground on the Malton Road York, where the teams train and play home fixtures. For 2011/12 season we will be running a Ladies open age team, Boys and Girls under 10s, Boys under 14s and under 15s and Mens open age. Players are required for all teams for the coming season. Training is continuing through the summer, so if interested come down and give it a go. Contact Karl on 07896 674299 or gafbr@ for further details.


We welcome new players of all abilities, please contact Jason halliwell on 07714471271 for further details

NEW EARSWICK CRICKET CLUB New Earswick Cricket Club, who play in the York & District Senior League are looking to recruit both Senior and Junior players. Our indoor nets start at the end of February. We play at the Sports Fields, White Rose Avenue. We have excellent playing facilities and a good after match social side. Please contact Paul on 07533655470, email paul.stimpson3@ or Matt on 07885282937, email

PARTNERSHIP GYMNASTICS CLUB Classes for boys and girls from reception to year 10. Classes are held at various venues across York, Monday to Friday– venues include Archbishop Holgate’s School, Manor C of E School, Park Grove Primary school, Canon Lee School, Joseph Rowntree School and Huntington Secondary School. Partnership Gymnastics is affiliated to British Gymnastics, run by fully qualified coaches all with CRB clearance. The club has also achieved club Mark for its high standards and quality coaching. For more information please contact Ruth Walker 07886926420.

STRENSALL FOOTBALL CLUB All of our coaches are FA coaching level 1 qualified and are CRB checked. Training is on Saturday mornings at Durlston Drive, Strensall.If you are interested in playing then please email or ring Louise on 07801896698.

HAXBY NETBALL CLUB …affiliated to England Netball. Would you like to join this very successful netball club

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FEBRUARY 2012 • ISSUE 76 which currently run 2 teams in the North Yorkshire Ambassaror League ( Champions and Runners up!) and 4 teams in the York & District League. If so call the secretary Emma Hardy Tel::07808001142 or Chair Val ( 01904 761970) for more details. We are a CAPS accredited club and hold a Clubmark status from our governing body. Training is on a Monday evening at the Ethel Ward Playing Field throughout summer, and the League season runs from September until March. Would you like to learn to umpire? We have a qualified tutor in the club. Also if you are a budding Junior player ( school years 7-10) there is a junior section which trains every other Monday, 6:15-7:15. All coaches are CRB checked. Ring for more details

STRENSALL LAWN BOWLING CLUB Lawn Bowls - A sport for all ages. Strensall Bowling Club has been in existence for a long time yet seems to be little known. We are a small and friendly club and always happy to welcome new members of any age; under 18s bowl free! Adults pay only £30 for the season, which runs from April through to September. Entrance to our club is between house No’s 5–7 Park Gate near the terminus of the No 5 Bus. We can provide Bowls and Coaching and a months free trial. As a club we compete in various leagues, hold regular friendlies and, of course, social bowling, including tea and biscuits. For more information contact the secretary Annette Prosser on 01904 492807


Strensall Village Hall, Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Membership is £5 per annum and £1.50 each Wednesday. Tel Jackie Silk on 01904 492993 for more details.


Tennis Club - There are now 3 newly surfaced tennis courts. Muga Pitch - The floodlit muga pitch is now available for hire for both 5 a sidefootball and netball. tel 07951 920 308 or email


Come and play lawn bowls, a sport for all ages. We welcome beginners and seasoned bowlers alike and we can lend newcomers a set of woods to see if they like the game. Adult membership age 26+ is £52 flat fee, £26 ages 18 to 25 and free to juniors under 18 and you can play as often as you like The 2011 season is open from Saturday16th April to Saturday 24th September for social bowling and league matches. Why not take the opportunity of a month’s free trial membership, without obligation, or come along to our “Come and Try” day on Sunday 1st May from 2pm to 5pm and give it a go. For further details, or to arrange a visit, contact: Colin Ellis (Secretary) on 01904 760877 or Email:

YORK HOTSHOTS CHEERLEADING CLUB Classes are held on a Wednesday evening during term time, at Archbishop Holgate’s School, Hull Road, York.The club is affiliated to British Gymnastics and is run by qualified coaches who have all been CRB checked. We are also a club mark accredited club. For more information or to request a registration form please contact Anna Murray on 07507638804 or e-mail yorkhotshots@


Boys & Girls age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon & Thurs 6.00 - 7.15 pm. Cubs: Weds & Fri 6.30 - 8.00pm Scouts: Mon 7.30 - 9.00 pm. Thurs. 7.45 - 9.15 pm. Contact Pauline Briggs 01904 760004

COMMUNITY Units meet throughout Haxby & Wigginton Adults- Can you spare an hour a week? Are you interested in finding out more about being a volunteer? Contact Helen Feetenby 01904 762926 for further details


Boys and girls 8 to 14. Cubs: Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.15pm, Scouts: Friday 7.00pm - 9.00pm. If interested please phone Matthew on 01904413882 or visit


Rainbows take part in games and activities as part of their programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw. Everything a Rainbow does helps her to develop and to think for herself, in a safe girl-only environment. A girl can join Rainbows at any time after her fifth birthday. Most Rainbows move on shortly after their seventh birthday. For further details about when the 29th York (Huntington All Saints) Rainbows meet and to see if there is availability for you to join, you can contact Miss Stephanie Easton (known to the Rainbows as Robin) on 07875 541520, who is Guider in charge of the Rainbows.


Boys and Girls age 6 - 14. Beavers Tuesday 6pm - 7pm. Cubs Thursday 6.30pm - 8pm. Scouts Friday 7pm - 9pm We are in need of leaders for the group. For further information please contact Wendy Davis 07808882749 or drop in to any of the group nights as above.


Boys and Girls, age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon 6.00 .700pm. Cubs: Tues 6.45 - 8.15pm. Scouts: Fri 7.00 - 9.00pm. We are also in need of Leaders - any one interested please contact Jane Hurd 01904 413745.


A uniformed organisation for children aged 13-18 years. We are based in Easingwold. We parade on a Tuesday evening at Easingwold and Friday evening at RAF Linton On Ouse in the gymnasium between the hours of 1930 – 2200. We do have a minibus that goes from the car park of The Cottage Inn in Haxby via Shipton by Beningbrough at 1900hrs. We cover a range of activities from flying and gliding to target shooting and sport. The cost is £36 per quarter and covers the above activities and uniform. Email: Charity No. 1559/79


Safe, supervised indoor and outdoor areas. The cost of sessions is from £1 (with Yozone card) and £1.50 without.. Come along and try us out! WEDNESDAY OPEN YOUTH CLUB: An Open Youth club is run at the centre on a Wednesday Night for anyone aged 10-16 years. The club runs from 7 - 9pm and facilities include a Nintendo Wii on projector screen, Widescreen TV, Pool Table, Outside Sports, Table Tennis and Tuck Shop. IN-2-ACTING: If you are interested in acting, singing and dancing and are between 8-16 years of age, please come and give us a try. With two productions each year, themed nights and theatre trips – its lots of fun! Sessions are run on a Tuesday and a Thursday evening, with split-age sessions on a Thursday evening.Depending on numbers, priority will be given to residents of Haxby & Wigginton. For more info contact Megan Godden on 07786 121832 or email


Girls aged 5-14years old. Rainbows 5-7years Wednesday evenings. Brownies 7-10yrs old Mondays,Wednesday,Thursday evenings. Guides 10-14yrs old Monday, Thursday evenings • 01653 658776 • 57


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LOCAL EVENTS 9 FEBRUARY WIGGINTON AND HAXBY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE. York Glaziers Trust by Sarah Brown. Competition: A Glass Ornament


the dawn of the railways. National Railway Museum. An intriguing exhibition of some of our earliest prints, cartoons, drawings and paintings. These historic images of Britain’s railways capture the mood of a nation conflicted about this new technology. The Art Gallery is funded by The Foundation for Sport and the Arts.

11 - 19 FEBRUARY JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL 2012. The 27th annual JORVIK Viking Festival will take place at various sites across York during this week. A full breakdown of over 80 activities can be found on the website


The magic returns to the Museum once again with a week of spells, tricks and mischief. See the steam star from the Harry Potter films.* Plus – new for 2012 – spell-binding activities for wizards of all ages: • All action wizard duels • Broomstick flying trick photography* • Best-dressed wizard competition • ‘Science of magic’ spectacular shows • Stunning owls on display Admission Free *A small charge applies Full details at uk/wizardweek Details could be subject to change.

14, 15, 16 FEBRUARY BE A VIKING! Yorkshire Museum of

Farming. As part of the Jorvik Viking Festival we will be running our Be A Viking events activity days for the half term. Dress up as a Viking before being taken into our Viking village. Here you will learn what life was like 1100 years ago in authentic surroundings. Enjoy hands-on activities such as potmaking and spear drill. Pre booking is essential - see our contacts page for details.


Wigginton Recreation Hall at 2.00pm. ‘Below stairs- victorian servants.’

19 FEBRUARY WEDDING FAYRE at Haxby Memorial Hall. Haxby Memorial Hall Fundraisers are holding a wedding fayre in aid of the up keep of the hall. 11am – 3pm . For details contact Joyce on 07912532856


5’s. St Nicholas Fields. 1.30-2.30pm at St Nicholas Fields. Explore St Nicks and enjoy

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a nature walk. Come and join in with the free fun, whatever the weather, and explore with your senses. Children’s Centre staff will be available after the session for support and advice. This event is organised by The Avenues Children’s Centre. Please contact Vicki or Claire for more information on 01904 551250.

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in a small space. St Nicholas Fields 7.30 - 9.30pm at Bootham School. Learn how to grow your own organic veg from experienced gardener and tutor Jane Thurlow (one of the founders of York Organic Gardeners Association). This free course is organised by York Rotters and funded by the city wards. Please book early on 01904 411821 to avoid disappointment.

freedom. Adapted from children’s author Peter Ward’s Viking Trilogy with an eclectic mix of music composed by Early Music specialist Michael Fields this Viking musical promises to be an exciting addition to the 27th Annual Jorvik Viking Festival

21 - 25 FEBRUARY Charles Dickens said of all his heroes: “I have in my heart of hearts a favourite and his name is David Copperfield” Featuring many of Dickens’ most beloved characters - Mr Micawber, Peggotty, Uriah Heep, Betsy Trotwood, Mr Dick and Steerforth.

GRAND OPERA HOUSE Box office: 0844 847 2322 3 FEBRUARY



Malton. 7.30pm Tickets £12.50 available from Malton Tourist Information Centre. 01653 600048. All proceeds in aid of Ryedale Special Families. www.fabbeatles. com

Derek is undoubtedly the UK’s No.1 Spirit Medium. The star of Living TV’s Ghost Towns, Most Haunted, Most Haunted Live & The Antiques Ghost Show brings his hugely entertaining evening of psychic ability back by popular demand.





Fairtrade ensures that producers in developing countries are paid a fair price for the goods that they produce. York has a long & proud history of campaigning alongside the World’s poor. York is a Fairtrade City. Fairtrade City status recognises the following achievements : City of York Council has passed a unanimous motion supporting Fairtrade. Fairtrade products are available from more than 41 shops and 34 cafes and restaurants in York. :


in a small space. St Nicholas Fields 7.30 - 9.30PM at Askham Bryan College. Learn how to grow your own organic veg from experienced gardener and tutor Jane Thurlow (one of the founders of York Organic Gardeners Association). This free course is organised by York Rotters and funded by the city wards. Please book early on 01904 411821 to avoid disappointment


Rooms,Malton. Free Entry. March will see the return of the brand new indoor market for Yorkshire Food Lovers. As before, visitors can sample the excellent fayre offered by our hand-picked producers, together with chef demos, a tasting table and great music. Producers have been picked from within 30 miles of Malton to show off the extraordinary variety of great food locally.


Richard Herring - What is Love, Anyway? Does anybody love anybody anyway? So asked insane, Welsh, poet philosopher Howard Jones in 1983. Finally someone dares to answer. Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), the star of the award winning podcast ‘As It Occurs To Me’ and Radio 4’s ‘Richard Herring’s Objective’ seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again. Does Richard’s dry-cleaner genuinely love him? How could a romantic gesture involving Ferrero Rochers get dangerously out of control?


If the phrase male a cappella group conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses, think again. With a massive fanbase, don’t miss the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music, with a sense of humour.


A fun family show with exciting and adventurous choreography - a delight to watch and great for entertaining everyone from young to old.  Presented by the York School of Dance and Drama.

13 FEBRUARY RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC Its the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most truly remarkable stories...From the raw innocence of the innovative, soulsearching blues of the 60s Peter Green era, we travel through the bands reincarnation to record one of the decade-defining album of the 70s, Rumours, before the band metamorphose again into one of  80s rocks most staggeringly successful supergroups

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FEBRUARY 2012 • ISSUE 76 this is a musical journey of quite epic proportions.


Over The Rainbow, the tale of Eva Cassidy starring Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks) as Eva Cassidy, Maureen Nolan as Barbara Cassidy and Brian Fortuna (Strictly Come Dancing) as Danny Cassidy, is a compelling award-winning musical which tells the life story of this legendary artist, following Eva’s life through dramatic scenes and stunning live renditions of her music including a haunting interpretation of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’.


Armed with over 100 instruments, these brilliant musicians perform a fistful of Ennio Morricone classics from the movies that made Clint Eastwood a star. This ingenious gang of comic maestros underscore these iconic compositions with hilarious sound effects... blowing on bottles, crushing cornflakes, ‘playing’ coathangers, apples, squeaky toys, rubbergloves, bicycle pumps, nailclippers and many more - recreating every punch up, gunshot, and jangling spur that define the gun slinging west.


Paul and Barry are visiting a Theme park for the day and decide to brave going on one

of the daring Water rides. Once inside, they are leaning on a wall when they accidentally fall through and find themselves magically transported back in time in to a world of Pirates and Sunken Treasures. Fun and laughter for all the family and grandmother as well!


Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (Cancelled too expensive) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features the hilarious songs He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2009) Always look on the bright side of life.

YORK THEATRE ROYAL Box office: 01904 623568

hope, courage and survival has united and touched people world wide. Whilst hidden from the German Nazis, with her Jewish family, in a secret annex in Amsterdam, Anne documented her hopes, frustrations and day to day experiences in confinement. Anne’s wry observations of herself and her companions have been dramatised in this stunning play, evoking all the original sentiments of a young girl’s dramatic and heartbreaking diary, written in the most hostile of environments. From the same partnership that produced last spring’s sell out production of To Kill A Mockingbird comes another classic text.

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS 5 DECEMBER Wigginton Recreation Centre. 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7pm

1 FEBRUARY York Merchant Taylors Hall 2-4pm and 5-7pm

6 FEBRUARY Wigginton Recreation Centre, 2-4pm and 5-7pm



Anne Frank’s world famous diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944. This extraordinary personal account of

Wigginton Recreation Centre, 2-4pm and 5-7pm

21 MARCH New Easrwick Folk Hall, 2-4pm and 5-7pm

NEW EARSWICK CRICKET CLUB New Earswick Cricket Club, who play in the York & District Senior League are looking to recruit both Senior and Junior players. Our indoor nets start at the end of February. We play at the Sports Fields, White Rose Avenue. We have excellent playing facilities and a good after match social side. Please contact Paul on 07533 655470, email or Matt on 07885 282937, email matty_

SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 7.30pm at The Milton Rooms in Malton Tickets £12.50 available from Malton Tourist Information Centre. 01653 600048 All proceeds in aid of Ryedale Special Families • 01653 658776 • 61

INDEX DESIGN ACCOUNTANTS D Inglis Chartered Accountants.... Computer Troubleshooters.......29 .................................................47 G-TEC-IT..................................29 NYCOM Ltd..............................29 AERIAL & AUDIO Waindigo...................................29 VISUAL SERVICES ADI Communications................47 York IT Services (UK) Ltd...........3 Aerial Installations......................3 Web Site Made Easy Ltd..........29

Rock and Stone York Ltd..........43 Tree and Woodland Services...40 York Landscapes & Maintenance. ........................................ 40 & 43 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd....40

BLTV Aerials.............................11

INTERIORS Neilson Interiors........................34

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES AP Design Services..................42 BATHROOMS Bluewater Bathrooms.................5 BEAUTY Absolute Hair............................16 Caren Vollans Hair Design.......18 Escape Hair..............................23 BLINDS AA Blinds..................................45 Select Blinds of York................34 BUILDERS ALH Builders.............................47 Eastgate Building Contractors.. 31 HC Engineering Ltd..................10 Pickering Construction Ltd........12 BUSINESS Give Back Works............. 45 & 47 Pets, Homes & Gardens...........18 CARE Bluebird Care Agency...............18 CARPET CLEANING Andy’s Carpet Cleaning............14 Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning... .................................................34 Ultraclean.................................14

CRAFTS Castaway Yarns.......................49

DENTISTS Clock House Dental..................21 Crystal Clear Dental Solutions Ltd............................................19 Howardian Dental Practice.........4 ELECTRICIANS C&S Electrical York..................45 Judge Electrical........................36 Mark Smith Electrical................44 Mart in Electrical Services........30 Wilson Electrical Services........14 ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES Hogg Builders (York) Ltd..........64 Hudson Moody...........................2 FENCING Malcolm Collins Fencing...........40 Westfield Fencing.....................40 FINANCES Moneywise Financial Solutions.36 FIREPLACES Focus Fireplaces......................10 Hovingham Fireplaces..............14 FLORISTS Dutch Nurseries........................17

CARS & SERVICING Chips Away...............................37 Incartec Ltd...............................35 JB Auto Cosmetics...................35

FOOD & DRINK Bumper Castle..........................16 The Churchill Hotel...................17 The Cottage Inn........................17

CAR & VAN HIRE Y3 Hire......................................35

GARAGE DOORS Hobman Garage Doors............44

CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES Just Dance York.......................23 Woodland Adventures..............23 Tennis tots................................23

GARDENS Bartlett Tree Experts.................38 Bradshaw Landscaping............43 Future Landscapes...................40 Lee’s Lawns..............................42 Marks Garden Services............43

Puzzle Solutions


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HEALTH Slimming World .......................25

JOINERS Neil Jackson Joiner..................49 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Dream Doors Ltd........................9 Instyle Kitchens Ltd........... 7 & 32 LOCKSMITHS Sherlocks..................................11 MARKETS Hovingham Village Market........25 MOBILITY MV Mobility...............................14 NURSERIES & CHILDCARE York Montessori Nursery..........25 OVEN CLEANING Ultraclean.................................14 PAINTING & DECORATING Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating................................42 MD Bonney Specialist Decorator.. .................................................34 R Barker Painting & Decorating.... .................................................42 PETS Station House Vets...................51 PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling............40 Ian’s Plastering Service............42 PLUMBING & HEATING DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers.................................42 DRS Installations Ltd................36 GW Plumbing.............................5 Haxby Plumbing & Heating.......44

Heattech York...........................14 Leefe Plumbing.........................34 Robgasman..............................10 York Plumbing & Heating.........15 PLUMBING - GENERAL Bates Plumbers........................49 MB Plumbing & Drainage...........3 Plumbing by Taylor...................42 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE BL Maintenance........................42 CK Home Solutions..................34 HC Engineering Ltd..................10 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman................................44 SM Maintenance.......................14 Yorkshire Home & Property Services....................................12 RENEWABLE ENERGY Peak Power Systems...............26 Solarwall Ltd.............................31 ROOFING & GUTTERING BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs Ltd.49 John Pletts Roofing..................34 Steve O’Neill Roofing & uPVC Fitters........................................11 SECURITY SYSTEMS Sherlocks..................................10 TPS Security Installations.........44 SOFT FURNISHINGS Neilson Interiors........................34 SOLICITORS Ardent Law...............................47 TILES Tile With Style.............................6 TILING ABM Plastering & Tiling............40 TRAVEL Conexo Travel..........................49 WASTE Acomb Waste Disposal............40 WINDOWS Instyle Windows........................13 Window Distribution Ltd............30

CROSSWORD: Across: 1 Insist, 4 Puffy, 9 Plateau, 10 Tests, 11 Cured, 12 Precise, 13 Quarrelling, 18 Flashes, 20 Match, 22 Onion, 23 Network, 24 Amber, 25 Adapts. Down: 1 Impact, 2 Stair, 3 Slender, 5 Untie, 6 Fashion, 7 Suppressing, 8 Ashen, 14 Uranium, 15 Limited, 16 Afoot, 17 Shakes, 19 Hence, 21 Troop. PICTOGRAMS: 1. The Night Is Young 2. Last But Not Least 3. Green With Envy. DROP DOWN: Answers from left to right: Biscuit, Brownie, Liqueur, Pudding, Truffle. SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Overall Patch Changed, Hand missing, Petrol cap, Number plate, Wing mirror, Spanner, Bonnet badge, Hat colour, Grill, Aerial. WORDSEARCH: Hidden phrase: Bad weather always looks worse through a window. Tom Lehrer Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 7th February



HUNTINGTON MILLERS NETBALL CLUB Are you looking to join a netball club – we are looking for new players. Millers Netball have been established in the Huntington area for a number of years. We are affiliated to England Netball and run 4 teams in the York and District League spread over the league’s 7 divisions and we are a CAPS accredited Club from England Netball. If interested please contact the Club’s secretary Pam Drake, tel: 07547 095 603 We also run a junior section which encompasses school years 6 to 11. Training is held every Thursday night indoors at Huntington Comprehensive from 6 to 9pm during termtime. Our coaches are CRB checked, ex-netballers who are keen to hand-on their knowledge. We have had great success with our juniors in the local league, and there is progression for them to Academy and Regional Competitions. If you would like further information on our junior section please contact Audrey Smith, 01904 761641.


Strensall PO............................... 01904 490301 Haxby PO................................... 01904 763395 Huntington PO............................ 01904 769180 New Earswick PO....................... 01904 768105


Social Care Emergencies........... 01904 762314 Macmillan Cancer Support ....... 01904 651700 York Hospital ....................... 01904 631313 Ambulance Service..................... 01904 666000 Samaritans ....................... 08457 909090

Wedding Fayre Sunday 19th February 11am - 3pm at Haxby Memorial Hall In aid of the up keep of the hall For more details contact Joyce on 07912 532856


Hazel Court, James Street Open Mon - Sat 8.30 - 7pm, Sun 8.30-4pm Towthorpe/Strensall Open Mon - Sun 8.30 - 7pm Beckfield Lane Open Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm, Sat & Sun 10- 2pm


Strensall Chemist....................... 01904 492497 Haxby Chemists......................... 01904 766512 ..................... or 01904 768911 Huntington Pharmacy................. 01904 762566 Lloyds Pharmacy, Huntington..... 01904 623415 Tesco Pharmacy - Clifton Moor.. 01904 880449 Boots UK, Monks Cross ............ 01904 656360

Haxby Road Primary ................. 01904 653218 Headlands Primary .................... 01904 762356 Huntington Primary School......... 01904 768636 Ralph Butterfield Primary............ 01904 768325 Robert Wilksinson Primary......... 01904 490306 New Earswick Primary ............... 01904 768228 Huntington.................................. 01904 752100 Joseph Rowntree........................ 01904 768107 Easingwold ................................ 01347 821451 Sheriff Hutton Primary School .. 01347 878441 Stockton on the Forest Primary.. 01904 400366 Wigginton Primary ..................... 01904 761647




HAXBY TOWN PARISH COUNCIL Town Clerk ................................ 01904 750378 WIGGINTON PARISH COUNCIL Parish Clerk ............................... 01904 763880 STRENSALL & TOWTHORPE PARISH COUNCIL Parish Clerk ............................... 01904 491569 NEW EARSWICK PARISH COUNCIL Parish Clerk ............................... 01904 758028 HUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL Parish Clerk ............................... 01904 758366

Huntington Library...................... 01904 768991 Strensall Library.......................... 01904 490876 Haxby Library............................. 01904 552660 Explore: New Earswick Library... 01904 552629


National Debtline....................... 0808 808 4000 Inland Revenue......................... 0845 010 9000 Tax Credits................................ 0845 300 3900


Childcare Link............................. 08000 960296 Childline............................................ 0800 1111 NSPCC ..................................... 0808 800 5000


AA Breakdown ............................ 0800 887 766 AA Roadwatch............................ 09003 401100 Rail Enquiries............................. 08457 484950 Dial & Ride................................. 01904 551441 First Bus York............................. 01904 883000 Yorkshire Coastliner................... 01653 692556


Electricity emergencies................. 0800 668877 BT Faultline................................. 0800 800 151 Floodline.................................... 0845 988 1188 Transco Emergency Service - Gas.0800 111 999 Yorkshire Water......................... 0845 124 2424 Environment Agency................ 0-870 850 6506 Domestic Violence Helpline....... 0808 2000 247 City of York Council.................... 01904 613161 Crimestoppers.............................. 0800 555111 North Yorkshire Police (non emergency) .......... ................................................... 0845 6060247 Safer York Partnership............... 01904 669069 Shop Mobility.............................. 01904 679222


RSPCA York............................... 01904 654949 RSPCA National Helpline.......... 0300 1234 999


York Outer: Julian Sturdy........... 01904 788355 York Central: Hugh Bayley........ 01904 623713 • 01653 658776 • 63

New Forge Court, Haxby, York is a select development of just 5 stylish new homes. We have just 3 remaining with 2 ready to move into.

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR OWN KITCHEN AND TILE CHOICES. Prices from £499,950. And for a limited period, we are also offering £10,000 to spend at Interiors at Nine to Eleven in Malton with each home sold.



SHOWHOME OPEN MONDAY 1PM TO 5PM AND TUESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM TO 5PM Call for more details or visit the showhome to see the HOGG difference for yourself.

0845 7 90 60 30

Handy Mag York February 2012  

Community magazine for the north of York area.