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Handy Mag

York edition Delivered to YO32, YO31 9 & YO60 6 AUGUST 12 • ISSUE 82 Your free & informative local community magazine

Angels of the Skies - How you can help Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Strensall Medical Practice renamed - exciting changes ahead

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elcome to the August edition. August comes with much tolook-forward-to expectation, but it can also be a challenging month, especially when you run a small business and have a family. So many balls to be juggled, with children off school, the house and garden to work on, and the business needs ever-needy. The monthly cycle of magazine deadlines still go on relentless – deep breath! Finding stuff for children to do that keeps them occupied and leaves you feeling less guilty for having to work is difficult – and curiously more so as they get older. But there is much to do in our local areas. Maybe blackberry picking could provide an option, though not for the whole month! Blackberries. Yum! I’m guessing our wet summers could be good for juicy fruit. There must be an upside to this weather. They always taste best eaten outside straight off the plant. The fate of a blackberry from picking to pudding rarely exceeds 50%. And besides, when we’ve managed to bring lots home, they tend to end up in the freezer for an indefinite period. Last year I did try making jam with some of the fruit, but it was best described as a first attempt – and not a great one! I read somewhere that blackberry

This month’s features General

Books - Great Journeys .................................. p18 Emily’s column.................................................. p32 Cool kit for hot days........................................ p34 Short story - The Goldcrest .......................... p36 Crop circle season .......................................... p 46

picking is a dying pastime. In this current climate (there’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot recently) why not get out and about and pick some tasty and nutritious free food! More seriously, there is an article this month about Yorkshire Air Ambulance. I had no idea that the service had no central funding at all and is entirely run on donations. Our two air ambulances serve a population of approximately five million people across four million hectares and yet whenever a patient is carried in an ambulance, they will only be ten minutes from the nearest hospital or fifteen minutes from the most appropriate treatment centre. See ways you can help on page 30. Well I hope you manage a break during August and here’s hoping that summer will arrive sometime soon. We haven’t even managed a garden barbeque yet this year! The winner of the June competition was Mrs Rambridge of Strensall. Well done! The answers are on page 61. Until next time...

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Business Features

Make money while the sun shines ...............p8 Mark Smith Electrical - investing in the future ................................................................................ p13 Your way at the Highwayman ..................... p23 Piglets Farm Park ............................................. p25 Strensall Medical Practice renamed.......... p29 What’s mine is mine........................................ p33 A treat for your dog - and you! ................... p37


Angels of the Skys ........................................... p30 Local Groups ..................................................... p52 Events .................................................................. p60

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olar panels are an ever-more common sight these days on the roofs of homes, offices and garages throughout the country.

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Mark Smith Electrical - investing in the future A t a time when many businesses are finding times tough, Mark Smith Electrical has been expanding, taking on an apprentice to help with the workload and increase their range of services. Mark Smith Electrical, based in Haxby, was established in 2009 and Mark is fully qualified to current regulations (17th Edition), Part P, registered with NAPIT (Trustmark approved) and JIB. For the customer, this means that you know you are getting someone who is qualified to certify all electrical work and will perform projects to the highest of standards. When it came to expanding his team, rather than employing a fully qualified electrician with their own ways of doing things, Mark chose to take on an apprentice, Ollie Mills. Mark wanted to ensure that any work done in his name was done in a way he’s happy with. Ollie has worked on a number of sites in the past and brings that experience to the role. He starts the full time City and Guilds qualification this September. Last year Mark’s father, Nigel, joined Mark in the business to help with the workload which covers a wide variety of jobs in the installation, maintenance and repairs of both domestic and commercial electrical systems. Nigel has a vast experience from his previous job of telephone and broadband systems so Mark Smith Electrical can now optimise the speed of your broadband at home and help with the installation phone FU of wireless systems in S U E homes and

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Cottage Inn Hosts Memorial Event For Andrew ‘Wyn’ Wingfield The Cottage Inn on The Village in Haxby, York, will be hosting a memorial event for former manager Andrew ‘Wyn’ Wingfield on the evening of Friday 3rd August 2012.


Wyn passed away suddenly on Thursday 17th May leaving family, colleagues and customers in shock and deeply saddened by his death. Wyn had been running The Cottage Inn since April 2011 on behalf of Chameleon Bar & Dining Ltd and had achieved considerable success.

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The bars will be open and the pub is laying on food, plus there’ll be live music throughout the evening. The team will be raising money for the Samaritans on the night with a raffle and collecting tins. Anyone who knew Wyn and wishes to attend the event is welcome to attend from 7.30pm.



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BMW M5 (2012)

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BMW likes to do efficiency these days. That means big, brash and loud is out and in its place comes clever use of technology to excite drivers. That means big changes for the marque’s loudest cars, like the M5. The 5.0-litre V10 of the previous generation has been killed off, and in its place is a smaller 4.4-litre V8.


efore you become too upset though, things aren’t as bad as they seem. Yes, the powerplant may have lost a few cylinders and cubic capacity, but thanks to a brace of turbochargers this new lump is actually more powerful and more efficient (there’s that word again) than the engine it replaces. How much more? Well, power is up 10 per cent to 560bhp and torque increased by a whopping 30 per cent to 680Nm. Ok, so that’s a little off the Merc’s 800Nm of pull, but still mighty impressive. It all helps the new M5 hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and crack on to 155 mph. Equally impressive is the improvements at the pumps – fuel economy is up from 20mpg to 28mpg while emissions have been slashed 112g/km to 234g/km. A major achievement. But to be honest, we don’t really care about the latter. What we really care about is whether it feels as good as the V10? And the simple answer is no – it’s better. There’s no denying the M5 is a big car, but it feels the smallest, most compact here. It’s easy to jump in and drive – and drive fast. It’s flattering on the road, and hugely exciting on the track. With the traction control engaged, there’s just enough slip to put a grin on your face, yet save you from the kitty litter. With it off, it’s a tail out showboater. That 4.4-litre engine sounds brilliant too. Like a mini Bugatti Veyron it angrily sucks in air and spits out a venomous bark from its quad pipes. Equally thrilling is its rapid DCT seven-speed gearbox. Far superior to the Merc’s set up, this twin clutch box fires through ratios with a ferocity only seen before on a Ferrari 458. Inside it feels a lot more modern than the Mercedes – its closest rival here – with brilliant seats, a superb driving position and wonderfully direct and supple steering. Tech levels are understandably high for a £73k car with a head up display, DAB radio, 19-inch alloys, night vision and lots more. But it’s not the kit or space that puts the Beemer in the number one spot here – it’s the driving experience. This is one mighty M model that’s simple to jump in and drive fast. Masses of electronic trickery help, but that absolute peach of an engine (BMW’s most potent ever, no less), that visceral noise and that smile you’ll find hard to wipe off your face every time you drive it, help it secure the top spot.

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In August's haze, we dream of foreign lands and far off places. Whether your holiday transport's a plane, train, automobile or simply your imagination, our books featuring great journeys will take you where you want to go.

Down Under Bill Bryson

Bryson’s trip begins with him trying to remember the name of the Australian Prime Minister. Obviously, power has changed hands several times since he wrote Down Under but his awe of this ancient land is timeless. Bryson’s ever-witty style and commentary is completely suited to the country that gave us the duck-billed platypus and the bouncing kangaroo. He’ll answer all those tricky questions you’re likely to have such as how to survive in the outback and what you should keep in your ‘esky’. It’s important information if you’re going to make it ‘Down Under’.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

As if Las Vegas couldn’t seem any more bizarre, here comes Fear and Loathing. This semiautobiographical novel’s based on two trips Hunter made to the oasis in Nevada, along with the attorney and political activist Oscar Zeta Acosta (appearing in the novel as Raoul Duke and his lawyer, Dr Gonzo). The novel is a witty commentary on the counterculture movement of the 1960s, viewed through the drug-induced haze of Raoul and Dr Gonzo. Written against a backdrop of political and social tension as people 18 •

searched for an alternative to the American Dream, it’s extremely wacky.

On the Road Jack Kerouac

Kerouac defined the Beat Generation and travelled cross-country to a soundtrack of jazz, drugs and poetry. Told through the eyes of an alter-ego, On the Road sees Kerouac use his real-life friends, lovers and acquaintances as characters, and America as the backdrop. It’s a personal quest for meaning and purpose. Hailed as one of the greatest ever works of literature, it’s a real escape into a bohemian existence.

Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson

For the adventurous child in us, Eva Ibbotson’s story of Maia and her travels along the Amazon with her governess will transport you deep into the heart of the jungle. It’s a fastpaced children’s novel that’s loved by adults. The novel has an intricate plot and a rich diversity of character, all full of wit. It’ll definitely leave you wanting your own adventure into the heart of darkness. If you can’t make a journey this summer then let Maia’s story whisk you away.

Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

Ambitiously and rather optimistically entitled ‘One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia’, Gilbert’s memoirs made the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 187 weeks. The divorcee up sticks and goes on a voyage of discovery. Four months of eating her way across Italy, followed by three months in India, praying, her journey ‘ends’ in Bali where…well, I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you.

The Beach

Alex Garland

The Beach is a cautionary tale about the pit-falls of the pursuit of pleasure. English backpacker Richard is thrilled when he’s given a map that could lead him to a hidden beach, untouched by the throngs of tourists in Thailand. With two French friends in tow he sets out to find utopia. Inevitably, paradise is quickly lost as they encounter the isolated community. The group contends with food poisoning en masse, shark attacks and a Thai militia; turning the idyllic setting into something that resembles an episode of ‘Lost’.

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By Pippa Duncan It’s never too late to start making yourself feel good both mentally and physically - and summer is a great time get started. Giving a little attention to your diet, exercise and general wellbeing can really benefit to your overall health. Diet You don’t have to radically alter your diet as even small changes will benefit you. • Blackberries and blueberries are high in antioxidants and fibre, are nutritious and eating great handfuls will fill you up with healthy energy. • Melons are healthy and a great option if you need something sweet. • Courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, leeks, asparagus, onions, peppers and garlic are all delicious grilled or roasted with a light brush of olive oil. High in nutrition and flavour, low in calories • There are no rules for salads - just put in any vegetables or fruit that you have. Cheaper than buying the ready-packaged salads. Add beans, couscous or tabouli for a bit of substance. • Alcohol is high in calories, so reduce this or go for a non-alcohol alternative, such as lemon barley water or lime cordial with sparkling water. Exercise This doesn’t have to mean daily sessions at the gym. The key to weight loss is using up more calories than you’ve eaten: • Walk. Sounds simple - and it is. Start by walking locally 3 times a week for just 20 minutes. Build up the pace so that you can do the route more quickly and extend the time to 30 minutes by extending your route. • Yoga is a great exercise for stretching and toning your muscles without having to break out into sweat. In the summer heat, your muscles are already warm and relaxed. Even better, find a class held outside - if it’s sunny! • Gardening is great exercise as you use a wide range of muscles and are constantly moving. Wellbeing We all have to deal with stress at some point and research shows that it’s actually the small things in life (being stuck in a traffic jam, forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning, missing a work deadline etc) that causes more tension and anxiety than the major life events. So, allow yourself some ‘me time’. This simply means doing things just for yourself and just for the pleasure of it. Allowing yourself 20 minutes a day to potter in your garden, read the paper, or even take a nap calms the mind, lowers blood pressure and, just as importantly, gives you a few minutes to just ‘be’. Recent research shows that we don’t necessarily need eight hours sleep. Many of us can exist quite happily on less but what’s important is the quality of your sleep rather than the quantity. Try to stick to a routine, winding down and avoiding alcohol too late in the evening. If your room gets too warm, fans are a great way to cool the temperature and their low hum will help you drift off to sleep. 22 •

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Since the new manager, Ava Mollon, took over in January, this landmark country pub has been growing from strength to strength. It’s the perfect summer stop-off spot on your way to or from a day out, located as it is between the Howardian Hills and the Vale of York. Overlooking the pub is the fascinating Sheriff Hutton castle, whose history stretches back nearly 1,000 years. There’s an enormous, secluded beer garden round the back with plenty of tables to relax in and enjoy the best of the British summer. If it’s not beer garden weather, there’s a cozy, traditional pub setting indoors to enjoy, with open fires burning all day every day during the winter. The Highwayman has a Casque Mark for its range of real ales, and all the wines and food are locally sourced wherever possible. Ross Halliwell has returned as head chef and his menu features great value traditional pub food, at prices to suit all budgets. Everything is freshlymade to order – The Highwayman prides itself on its handmade chicken goujons and onion rings. Ava said: “I want the pub to be as much a part of the community as possible, by supporting local businesses and helping bring trade into the area.” Children and families are welcome to visit the pub for a meal or drinks, and there is a family room

set aside for their use. You can mark your special occasions with family and friends in the function room, and there is a free wifi hotspot available to anyone who wants to surf while they relax. Walkers are welcome, as are dogs. In October the Highwayman is going to be given a full refurbishment – a fresh coat of paint, new seating, new signage and flooring. The makeover will freshen the place up while retaining the traditional pub atmosphere. Ava started her career behind the bar, and has worked for Punch Taverns and Mitchell and Butler previously. She spent her entire working life so far in the pub trade – other than some time off to spend with her young daughter, and a short spell working part time in a kitchen, which she disliked because she missed pub life too much! She’s working hard to establish the Highwayman as a friendly, country pub with a real community atmosphere, welcoming locals and tourists alike to drink, eat, enjoy time with friends and family. For more information about the pub, and a full list of opening times, visit their website at www. or ring 01347 878328.


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Strensall Medical Practice renamed together, you’re healthier


ver the last 70 years, Strensall Medical Practice has undergone a great deal of change and expansion, taking on branch surgeries at Stamford Bridge, Huntington and Dunnington but has always remained as Strensall Medical Practice. The buildings and partners have changed over the years, always hopefully for the better and we would like to tell you of exciting changes ahead. We have been talking to our patients through surveys, questionnaires and our Patient Participation Group to try to understand what they think of the practice, the service it provides and how it fulfils their expectations. Our most obvious change will be that we will now be known as MyHealth. It sums up what we are striving for, which is for patients to feel in control of their own wellbeing by having access to better information and a wide range of healthcare services. We believe that prevention is better than cure, therefore we’ll also be looking to introduce new campaigns, initiatives and clinics designed to work with patients to keep them as fit and well as they can be. MyHealth will also help patients connect with the right people for services such as physiotherapy, retinal screening, speech therapy, podiatry and counselling which are conveniently located at some of our MyHealth care centres. For further information on the surgery, it’s services, opening hours and practice areas, please visit the website myhealthgroup. or telephone 01904 490532.

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etting help fast after an injury or sudden illness can literally be a matter of life and death.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s two helicopters have helped thousands of people over the years, by giving fast medical attention on the scene and carrying them to treatment centres. As well as saving lives the YAA’s fast, smooth ride to hospital can make a big difference in recovery from, for example, spinal injuries. Both of the Air Ambulances weigh no more than a family car and move at up to 160mph – which means wherever you are in Yorkshire they can be with you in a matter of minutes. They serve more than five million people, flying 365 days a year. They are based at Leeds Bradford Airport and a new permanent home at RAF Topcliffe, where they are well placed to serve Ryedale and North Yorkshire; at the time of writing, they reported they’d flown to four incidents in the Malton area within a week. The most common types of incident attended by the air ambulance are traffic, cycling and horse riding accidents and sudden illness such as strokes and heart attacks. The YAA is a charity, relying entirely on donations to keep operating – and their costs run to £7,200 per day. The second helicopter was bought after Richard Hammond’s accident at the Elvington airfield near 30 •

York in 2006, prompted an upsurge in support for the YAA which raised more than £250,000. That was used as a deposit on a loan to buy a second air ambulance. The air ambulance relies on fundraisers and donors completely, and there are lots of ways of offering support. Volunteer roles with the YAA include working as a steward, a fundraiser or giving talks about the YAA to groups. You can also book a YAA speaker to come and talk to your community, professional or social group to find out more about the air ambulance’s work. Occasionally, the air ambulance itself makes an appearance at an event. You can find out when it will be in your area by visiting the website, and clicking the ‘helicopter visits’ link on the right-hand side. Or, you can help raise money to keep the air ambulance flying. Consider these ways:

in your community, give it your support • Set up a standing order and give every month • Leave something to the YAA in your will • Open a YAA Supporter Bond – they benefit while you save • Hold a fundraising gala, coffee morning, quiz night • Visit the YAA website for details of challenges – skydives, runs and walks • Encourage your company to join the YAA’s Business Supporters Network • Collect your old clothes, shoes and mobile phones and take it to one of their recycling partners See for more details on these and more fundraising ideas, call 01422 237900 or email

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Hello again, Whilst you’re sat at home reading my column for this month, with your cup of tea and Facebook page open, I’l be over 7000 miles away lugging my over-full pack to the top of the second highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya. For those of you who haven’t decided to cook yourselves in Africa as I have; I hope you have (or have had) a fantastic summer holiday, whether you camped in Scotland for the weekend or sunbathed in Greece for a fortnight. The majority of my other summers have been spent in beautiful countryside in the most remote parts of England... camping... in the rain... As much as I complain – and have complained - the worst holidays I have been on in fact make the best stories. Still today, we laugh about our camping ‘ADVENTURES!’ No matter how lovely our few hot holidays have been, the family always talks about sleeping in the tent that we moaned so much about. My favourite family tale so far has to be the time we went down to Cornwall... We had just driven for over six hours with three frustrated teenagers cramped in the backseat with the sleeping bags, duvet, and a few suitcases thrown in for good luck when we drove past the village sign all still half asleep and in desperate need of a leg stretch. The designated map-reader then fumbled around trying to find our campsite, at which time my mum decided to announce that the tent poles were not, in fact, in our car, but back home in the loft. At 8 in the evening, SIX hours too late! In the end we bought a new tent and made more room in the car – you can imagine our ridiculously squished journey home! Still we tell that story four years later. And still it makes us laugh... See you next month,

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What’s mine is mine! You’ll have heard the UK has technically entered into the dreaded “double dip” recession. You can’t have missed the headlines – bad news is the media’s life blood.

Now I’m a straight talking person, renowned for calling a spade a spade. And I’m very suspicious of statistics. (Lies, damned lies!) This dubious number crunching that leads to this conclusion comes from The Office of National Statistics. And they often get the numbers wrong. I prefer to make my judgements on what I see going on around me. I was in London a couple of weeks ago, staying near “The Shard” – a new building costing £450 million. That’s a lot of wonga to spend at any time let alone in a recession. Unemployment numbers look weird as well. The number of jobs is expanding faster than the number of people in employment. This doesn’t feel like stuff that should be happening in a recession. Unemployment figures are actually healthier than the headline figures appear because they reflect the shedding of jobs in the public sector. This job culling was a very necessary and long overdue move, in my view, and hasn’t gone nearly far enough. Many hundreds of these “jobs for the boys” are better paid than the Prime Minister. I can’t figure out what most of these bozos actually do. The Financial Ombudsman Service recently advertised for an “Engagement Champion” on forty grand a year, who’s job was - wait for it – “to help our people feel they want to come to work.” Eh? I thought that’s what a pay packet did? It gets better – the holder of this “job” reports to the

“Head of Content and Engagement”. So, they have a whole raft of these jobsworths making sure “our people feel they want to come to work.” The Money Advice Service, which money expert Martin Lewis describes as “bland, boring and unnecessary“, pay their chief £350,000 a year. £350,000!! The Financial Services Authority – the organisation that has responsibility for financial stability in the UK (they did a great job, obviously!) spend over half a million quid on “hospitality”. Just who do regulators have to wine and dine? The banks? Don’t get me started on banks. These “pillars of our community” who pocket OUR bail out money and then have the gall to hand out in bonuses the billions of pounds which is supposed to be lent out to businesses to get the economy back on its feet, whilst all the while manipulating the interest rates to their own ends. Jeez, you couldn’t make this stuff up. And to cap it all, most of the FSA senior executives ran away before this particular scandal emerged. Nice work boys (and girls!) And guess who’s paying for all this nonsense? Yes, YOU. The painful truth is that your money is under attack from all angles. If you’ve got it – they’re gonna tax it. Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, paying for elderly care. It goes on and on. People waste billions of pounds in unnecessary tax every year. If you’d like a FREE copy of my ebook “What’s Mine is Mine – A Straight Talking Guide To Protecting Your Stuff from Crazy Governments, Greedy Bankers, Desperate Creditors and Other Legalised Robbers”, just contact Helen at my office (details below) and she’ll get a copy straight over to you. Julie Wilson – Straight Talking ISO 22222 accredited Chartered Financial Planner & Director of Pen-Life Associates Ltd, who help individuals and small businesses with all aspects of financial planning including residential/commercial mortgages and equity release, individual and business protection, pensions, retirement and later life/long term care planning, savings, investment and inheritance tax planning.

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Cool Kit For Hot Days A The coolest gadgets for the hazy days of summer

ugust tends to be the month we start looking for ways to battle against the heat. It’s boom time for fans, but if you have some cash to hand you can find something considerably smarter than the typical bladed job: Brookstone’s Bed Fan ($79.99 plus shipping from the US) is a height-adjustable fan that directs cool air over you when you’re in bed, while Dyson’s immensely clever Air Multiplier (£159) wafts a powerful blast of cooling air without the buffeting and chopping of traditional fans. Fans can only do so much: if you want to reduce the temperature rather than just move air around, you’ll need an air conditioner. There are lots of models to choose from, with prices as low as £160, but the biggest choice of portable models cost around £250. Models such as De’Longhi’s NF170 cools the air in the summer and doubles as a dehumidifier to prevent condensation and damp during the winter. Of course, an air conditioner isn’t much use if you’re out and about, but clothing firm Columbia reckons it has the solution: OmniFreeze, a specially developed fabric that transmits heat 34 •

away from your body and feels cooler than normal fabrics, and OmniFreeze Ice, which is activated when you sweat and, Columbia says, lowers the temperature of the fabric. It’s far from cheap - expect to pay around £40 for a base layer top or £45 for a polo shirt - but we’d rather see the great British male wearing such technical clothing than getting his top off and tummy out. The slightest hint of sunshine sends most of us into the garden for lounging and barbecues, and a big part of that is having a drink in the great outdoors. Luckily there are all kinds of gadgets designed to keep your drinks cool. The Ravi Instant Wine Refresher (£20) is chilled in your freezer, and when you want to use it you simply stick it on the neck of the bottle and let the wine pass over its internal coil, dropping the temperature by around 15 degrees. That means it’s best suited to red wine. For white, the Menu picnic wine cooler (£35) uses a thermal jacket to keep your wine chilled until it’s

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If the party’s far from home, there’s a huge range of carpowered portable fridges; expect to pay around £50 for a good one. If your tastes are more beery, the Tinchilla Instant Can Cooler (£12.99) uses thermal conduction to cool a can of lager in just 60 seconds: all you need is a bit of ice and a pair of AA batteries.

It’s even possible to find cool gadgets to help you sleep. The superbly named Chillow (£27.50) is a “personal cooling pad” with a foam core, rather like memory foam, that you fill with water. Although it’s designed as a sleep aid, the manufacturers also suggest that it’s a good way to stop your laptop making your legs too hot; they’ve even created the Compusooth (£39 in a pack with the Chillow) to go under your hands and keep them cool while you’re using your computer. While you’re at it, you might want to invest in a cooler for the laptop itself: they’re susceptible to warm temperatures, and a device such as Belkin’s laptop cooling stand (£21) can help prevent overheating.

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“I’ve got a job for you.” Ray looked up warily from his newspaper at the Tupperware box in Audrey’s hands. “I saw brambles covered in fruit on Glebe Lane yesterday. You know, opposite the pine woods.” “I know where it is”, Ray muttered. “I’m in the mood for jam making.” “You can buy jam for a pound in the supermarket.” Audrey sighs heavily, “You’re like a moody teenager. Go and fill this tub. The fresh air will do you good.” Ray failed to see how picking blackberries could do anyone any good. The vicious thorns, the exploding fruit that stained everything it touched. Yet he was glad of an excuse to get out of the house. Audrey may have small feet but he was starting to get under them. Retirement, he decided, didn’t suit him. He missed the busy office, the staff gossip and the last minute orders. Now every day felt the same, there was nothing new or remarkable to enjoy. He felt as though his fire had gone out. This was why he found himself half an hour later stood on his tiptoes on a quiet lane picking blackberries. The thorns snagged his shirt and tore fine scratches on his arms and hands. Sticky juice stained his fingers and dripped down his wrists. The back of his neck was prickling in the hot sun, and reaching for the ripest berries was beginning to make his calves ache. Then he heard a high pitched reedy whistle close by. He turned and peered into the dark shadows of the pine trees. He saw a flash of yellow as though someone had struck a match. He put down the tub and stepped closer to the trees. A tiny bird, even smaller than a wren, hopped out of the shadows onto a branch. Ray held his breath. It moved cautiously on fragile legs with charming jerky movements, like a delicate creature made of clockwork. It was exotically beautiful, on its back a shimmer of green feathers, and down its head two black stripes framing a bright golden cap. 36 •

A word popped into Ray’s head, a word he had not thought of since he was a boy looking through his father’s Spotter’s Guide. “Goldcrest.” He whispered. He’d never seen one in real life. The little bird pecked at the pine needles with its sharp beak, searching for insects. It froze, as though suddenly aware of how exposed it had let itself become, gave another chirp and took flight, disappearing into the safety of the trees. Ray let out his breath. He heard the bird call again, and another bird call back in reply, and then another. The woods sounded as though they were alive with Goldcrests. Ray hastily put the lid on the half filled tub of blackberries and was back at home within ten minutes. Audrey inspected the harvest as he rifled through the sideboard for his old binoculars. “Well, I won’t be making much jam out of these”, she said in dismay. “I’m going straight back, I’ll get you some more.” Ray called over his shoulder as he found what he was looking for. “Will that make you satisfied?” Audrey looked at the scratches on Ray’s arms, the leaves in his hair and the berry stains on his fingers. But most of all she saw the flush of colour in his cheeks and the sparkle in his eyes. “Oh yes”, she said. “I think it will.” Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 3rd August


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his issue we are going to focus on rabbits as domestic pets. In recent years the number of rabbits being kept as pets has increased dramatically such that they are now the third most popular pet in the UK.

With their increasing numbers has come better knowledge and understanding of their needs and how best to keep them as pets which has meant that their life expectancy has also increased with many rabbits now living 8-10 years. Rabbits can be kept as both indoor or outdoor pets and they adapt well to either situation as long as their basic needs are met. These include plenty of room to exercise with “bolt-holes” to hideaway in if startled and a diet that is high in fibre, the majority of their nutrition coming from hay or grass with a small amount of a commercial dry diet and some fresh vegetables as well. Some of the main health problems rabbits encounter can come from poor management and diet. The main one of these is dental problems due to not having enough fibre in the diet. This is because they have teeth which grow continually and can then overgrow and cause problems if they are not chewing on enough fibre on a daily basis. Poor diet and not enough exercise can also lead to obesity. Rabbits need to have their bottoms checked regularly, at least daily during the summer, to ensure they are not getting faeces matted around the back end which is often another problem resulting from being overweight as they can’t reach round to keep themselves clean. In warmer weather flies are attracted to any faeces in the coat and will lay eggs in it, the maggots that then develop can cause very serious problems very quickly and need urgent veterinary attention. Keeping rabbits together in pairs is a good idea as they are sociable creatures and the pairing that often works best is to keep a male and female together, however one or both of them will need neutering to prevent being overrun by rabbits very quickly! Preventative healthcare is becoming increasingly available for rabbits too and this includes vaccinations against the major infectious diseases they face, myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease, and also worming preparations. As the popularity of rabbits as pets increases, so does the need for education and awareness of their needs and what is involved in owning them. As a result, several organisations including vets, animal charities, welfare organisations and feed companies have clubbed together to organise the National

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Spires and domes, gables, towers, elegant façades festooned with frescoes and dormer windows, Gdansk’s finest buildings reflect centuries of flourishing trade at the mouth of the Motlawa river. Ships from all over the world still dock for maintenance and repairs while ferries and yachts sail downstream towards the Baltic Sea.

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eanwhile at the heart of town, Europe’s biggest medieval harbour crane looks down on the river. Once powered by four giant wheels, it rises, eerie and awesome, a dark silhouette jostling for space among gaily-coloured buildings, café-terrace and boutiques gleaming with Baltic amber. Gdansk loves amber, a local tree resin millions of years old, crafted into jewellery, trinkets and artwork. There are 100 different kinds, most precious the gems with a bluish hue, most common the yellow and orange colours shimmering like sunlight on the river. From the old fish market to the Green City Gate, the waterfront promenade is a perfect picture postcard, historic town tucked away on the left bank and on the other, a sprinkling of tavernas, old royal granaries, a small marina where riggings

tinkle in the breeze, the Millennium bridge in the distance and a maze of canals and islands which feel like the Little Venice of the Baltic North. Now and then, an archway lets you peep into the old historic centre hiding behind the tightly-packed buildings along the riverfront. Gdansk suffered heavy losses in wartime but the Historic Centre has been beautifully restored and the city is as magnificent as ever. Stroll down the Longmarket towards the Golden Gate or delve into the flower-draped lanes and you want to stop every step of the way to marvel at such rich architecture, here the Main City Hall in Gothic Renaissance style, there Neptune’s monument, the city’s landmark alongside the crane, the Golden House on the Royal Route, the Great Armoury, a classic example of Dutch Mannerism, the balustrades and statues crowning so many buildings, the

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by Pippa Greenwood

f you’re going on holiday shortly, don’t forget that your garden and plants will appreciate some TLC before you leave. An hour or two spent sorting out your plants can not only help to keep them going whilst you’re sunning yourself elsewhere, but also help to make your house look less abandoned in your absence. So before you grab a suitcase, make sure you spend some time in the garden. I’m certainly not a lawn buff, but whether your lawn is your priority, or like me it’s more of a patch of grass than a bowling green, sort it out before you go. Give it a thorough mowing, cutting it as short as you dare but without ‘scalping’ it by cutting too low. Next take a pair of lawn edging shears, a halfmoon edger or simply a sharp spade and neaten all the edges, including those next to flower beds. The effect of edging lasts far longer than mowing and will not only stop the lawn moving into the flower beds, but also make the grass appear more recently

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AUGUST 2012 • ISSUE 82 ules will last for longer. If you use a dry or granular feed, make sure that you water it in well unless it’s just about to rain. It really is worth persuading a friend, relative or neighbour to pop in to your garden and do the odd bit of watering. Make sure to suggest that they pick the sweet-peas, harvest some veg and so forth, then you’ll both benefit. A good, thorough watering of the garden will mean that plants in open ground should be unharmed by hot weather for a good while. Plants in pots and tubs are totally reliant on you if there is not much rain, so make these your priority, and tell your plant-sitter where all the containers are, especially those out of sight. Many plants cease flowering if faded flowers are left on them and allowed to start to form seeds. This means it’s extra important to remove every faded bloom before you leave. If you’re off for more than a week, I suggest ‘dead heading’ not only the faded flowers, but also those which are just starting to fade. A sharp pair of scissors or just your finger and thumb should do the trick. Hanging baskets are invariably in the hottest, sunniest pots in the garden and with their roots up in the air they are especially prone to drought. Unless you have a really reliable watering helper lined up, it’s best to carefully lower hanging baskets and stand each one on its own pot in a shady spot where it will dry out less quickly.

HOMES & GARDENS Planters and patio pots lose moisture very readily especially if the weather is hot, windy or, worse, a combination of both. By carefully grouping the pots together in one place you’ll not only make it easier for your holiday helper to find them all, but will also create shade around the roots of the pots, so reducing the risk of drought and heat damage. Try to position more drought tolerant patio plants such as pelargoniums, towards the outer edge of the group, and more drought prone plants towards the cooler centre of the group. Make sure that your garden sheds and other storage areas are properly secured so that there’s less chance that any light-fingered guests will burgle your belongings. It’s worth giving the padlock keys to a neighbour, just in case there is anything in the shed that might be needed in your absence. Ladders, mattocks, spades and other gardening items that could be used to break into your house (or the shed) should be removed completely, or locked away out of sight so that they don’t encourage burglary. Finally check that plants are healthy and that any new outbreaks of pests or diseases are treated or dealt with before you go - leave a handful of whitefly in your greenhouse, or a few greenfly on your roses, and there may well be a full-scale disaster zone when you return!

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crop circles are beautiful and they serve no practical purpose - to me that makes them art. Anyway, believe what you want to believe. But if you’re having one of those Dunkirk-spirit makethe-best-of-the-recession “holidays at home” this August, just Google one of the million or so regularlyupdated websites devoted to the subject, choose a crop circle near you, and visit it. You’ll love it. Who needs art galleries?

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AUGUST 2012 • ISSUE 82 2ND SUNDAY RAMBLING CLUB 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.


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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 www. or call Mike on 01904 767013


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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:


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 friends@yorktheatreroyal.


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


(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


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


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 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).


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YORK 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



Held every Saturday at Huntington Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road. 7 till 10,. All new players welcome! Just come along. For more information please call Marianne on 01904 761892.


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.



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 and can offer trained advisers to help. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm and Fridays between 3-5pm 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.


Access to information, advice and support, and to offer opportunities and choice to anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). For more information please call our helpline 01904 758577. www2.mssociety.

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



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


Meets every Monday evening at 7pm in the Folk Hall. New members always welcome, more information; Tel:01904-760639


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 www.


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


ideal venue for children’s parties. We have various room sizes for hire, a good kitchen/cafe area, conservatory, garden and a safe children’s play area. Come and see what we have to offer. If you are interested or you would like more information, please call in at the Centre in Reid Park, Haxby, or contact Paul Lawrence, Centre Manager, Tel. 01904 769176 Registered Charity Number 1105675.

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The group arranges regular meetings, field trips and local short walks for people who enjoy looking at and learning more about birds and their environment. It is not necessary to be a member of the national organisation. Our indoor meetings are held in Temple Hall at York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk. For more information visit our website or ring 01904 794865.


Confidential emotional support to anyone in distress or despair or at risk and self harm or suicide. 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


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


New Earswick Children’s Centre. Every last Friday of the month. 1.30 -

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AUGUST 2012 • ISSUE 82 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: info@ 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 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.


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 5-7 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 or email: info@yorkcavingclub. or phone 07747 063181.


We play a wide variety of music including film, show, classical and pop. We perform about 8 concerts a year in and around York and occasionally abroad. The band operates an open policy and all players are welcome. We rehearse from 7.30 to 9.30 pm on Mondays at New Earswick Methodist Church. No audition required. For more details contact the Secretary, Jill Wall, on York 629065 or come along to a rehearsal.


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 Ernie Young 01904 760698 for 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


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.


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.


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.


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YORK 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 www.


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:- p.hyde335@ ) or to Tony Ward, Secretary, on 01904-411378 (e-mail:- ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:


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.


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


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 7.409am & 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


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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


Orchard Park Community centre, Off Brockfield park shops, Huntington. Open- Mon 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 to school age in a warm, stimulating and caring environment with outside playspace. OFSTED registered with qualified staff. Playgroup runs on Mon and Wed from 9.30 -12 noon with an optional Lunch Club from 12 -1pm and all day Friday 9.30-3pm. .Contact Jo on 01653 618356.


Village Hall, Thu 9.45-11.45am Play and other activities for all babies and toddlers with their parents and carers. Health visitor drop-in first Thursday of the month. All welcome. Contact Margaret on 01347 878314.


The Community Centre, Shipton by Beningbrough, York. A friendly Pre-school with places from 2 years old to School age. Ofsted registered with qualified staff. Sessions run on a Mon,Wed,Thur and Fri (term time only) with an optional lunch club available and afternoon sessions run on a Wed and Thur until 3.15pm. Toddler & baby group each Tuesday 9.30-12noon (term time only). There is also a large garden area available for the children to play in. Come along and meet us. For more information please contact the Pre-school team on 07546 571089


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 09.10am11.40am Friday 09.10am-11.40am. 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.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-on-the-Forest Village Hall. For more details contact Karen (01904) 870759


We offer a natural transition from pre-school 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

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AUGUST 2012 • ISSUE 82 (‘pay as you go’)– Fridays 1.15pm – 2.45pm. Rising 3’s – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm – 2.55pm. Pre-schoolers – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 8.45am – 12.45pm and Wednesdays 10.45am – 2.45pm. For more information telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 or email


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: or email our


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.


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


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: or


Haxby Shotokan Karate Club is a friendly traditional karate club with a proud 30 year history. The Club train on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL. The Club is open to people of all ages and abilities whatever their fitness level. Whether you are a complete beginner or a black belt, everyone is always welcome.To receive a FREE training session, or to find out more, please visit the Club’s new website www. Alternatively phone Ian on 07909 991541, email or pop along to a training session.


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


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 for further details.

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


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 or Matt on 07885282937, email


…affiliated to England Netball. Would you like to join this very successful netball club which currently run a team in the North Yorkshire Netball Academy League and 4 teams in the York & District League. Currently Champions of this League with two teams in Division 1, one in Division 2 and one in Division 4 of the 7 Divisions which make up this League. The Club also runs a youth section (Yr 7 upwards) and has 4 teams playing in the Netball York League for junior players and two of these teams also play in the North Yorkshire Junior League. Please contact the club secretary Mrs Alison Blackler on 01904 612268 or 07751 984840 or Val Kennedy on 07708 050307. 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 -7:15pm. All coaches are CRB checked.


Are you looking to join a netball club – we are looking for new players. 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 on 07547 095 603 For information on our junior section please contact Audrey Smith 01904 761641.


Junior coaching on Thursday and Friday nights for 5-16 year olds. Adult coaching is held on Saturday afternoons. We also run holiday camps, fun days, many social events and tournaments. People can contact: Joanne on 07835948593 if interested.


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.


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 strensallsa@


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 strensallsa@tesco. net or ring Louise on 07801896698.


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.

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YORK 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. Why not take the opportunity of a month’s free trial membership, without obligation. For further details, or to arrange a visit, contact: Colin Ellis (Secretary) on 01904 760877 or Email:


Under 8s are looking for new players. We train every Wednesday 6-7pm For more details please call Richard Colley (FA Level 1 instructor) t 01904 399313 or m: 07814 266987


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

SCOUTS & GUIDES 2ND HAXBY & WIGGINTON SCOUT GROUP 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


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. 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 Kath Shapcott on 01904 421096.


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.


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 admin@

Haxby Shotokan Karate Club Family fun day and BBQ!

Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village Haxby, York, YO32 2PL If you are looking for a family activity with a difference during the school holidays why not pop down to Wigginton Recreation Hall in Haxby on Sunday 19th August, where Haxby Shotokan Karate Club are holding a free ‘Family Fun Day’ from 11am to 4pm. The day will be packed with lots of karate themed activities including ‘Punch a black belt’, free karate classes for ages 5 and above, karate demonstrations, free self defence class for ladies, refreshments, BBQ and much more. Entry and activities are free with a small charge for refreshments and the BBQ. Places on the karate classes and self-defence classes are limited so booking in advance is recommended, however booking is not required for other activities. The BBQ will be served from 12.30 to 1.30pm

and tickets must be bought in advance. Tickets cost just £2.50 for children and £3.50 for adults. Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult. Full details, including class times, can be found on Haxby Shotokan Karate Club’s website www. To book a place on one of the classes or to buy a ticket for the BBQ please email info@haxbykarate. or pop down to one of Haxby Shotokan Karate Club training sessions. Training times: Ages 5 to 8 years: Monday and Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Ages 8 to adult: Monday and Thursdays 7pm-9pm at Wigginton Recreational Hall.

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AUGUST 2012 • ISSUE 82

produce SHArING Another of our regular sharing events

Fruit Picking

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Haxby & Wigginton in Transition


Who knows how much fruit our bushes and trees will produce this year. It Another of our regular sharing events Another of our regular sharing events has been a funny Spring Share surplus seeds Share surplus seeds and early Summer. You Saturday, 11th August Bring your surplus or just come along and share Bring your surplus or just come along and share may yourself be able to some ofSchool, ours if you haven‛t any yourself – there is some of ours if you haven‛t any yourself – there is Old Wigginton (next to the duck always more than enough for all always more than enough for all pick and use all your fruit pond)1.30-2.30pm Hear how ABUNDANCE help people with their fruit Hear how ABUNDANCE help people with their fruit to enjoy in the Autumn pickingARE in York each autumn picking in York each autumn ALL WELCOME and Winter. 2011 March 2011 Look out Saturday, for us:5 March Sharing produce in IfSaturday, you 5have more than you can deal with, or you Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church September and October can’t pick the fruit, there are volunteers who will ALL ARE WELCOME ALL ARE pick the WELCOME fruit for you, hand over any you want to Who are we? We hope to move towards keep yourself, and take the remainder to a produce am Lounge at side) sharing and co- 10.45 - 11.45 am Lounge (entry at side) We 10.45 are a- 11.45 group who (entry Greater are responding to operation; more locally Talk by David share organised Talk by David Broughton of Abundance, Broughton of Abundance,by Creating Co-operative Comnew challenges grown food; Better use of munity or straight to a kitchen catering for the by Creating CoWho are we? are we? resources; a lower carbonWe are a group who are responding to new challenges byWho We are a group who are responding to new challenges by Creating CoCreating Cohomeless, the vulnerable or elderly. operative Commucommunity; less dependoperative Community in Haxby and Wigginton operative Community in Haxby and Wigginton It is a shame totowards see fruit rotting on trees or to see nity in Haxby andWe hope to move towardson expensive oil We hope to move ence Greater sharing and co-operation; more locally grown food; Greater sharing and co-operation; more locally grown food; Better useWigginton of resources; a lower carbon community; less dependence on Better use of resources; afruit lower carbon community; less dependence on falling on the paveexpensive oil expensive oil ment or the ground, or call Stephen on 01904 765651 or call Stephen on 01904 765651 or call Tim on when it could be picked 01904 Look out for 760659 or visit www.haxbyandwiggintonccc. Look out for Sharing Plants 21 May 2011 St Mary’s Hall, Haxby 1.30 - 2.30 pm Sharing Plants 21 May 2011 St Mary’s Hall, Haxby 1.30 - 2.30 pm and& September passed on to feed Sharing Crops in July, August & September Sharing Crops in July, August people. You can help by letting us know that you need some help with picking the fruit. We will assess how big a job it is and find some volunteers For Vintage Rhythms to come round to pick at a time convenient for all We are an amateur band that plays all the old dance of us. band music of the 30s and 40s etc for concerts and similar. We rehearse on Monday lunchtime at New Creating Co-operative Community only operates Earswick Methodist church 12 till 1pm. We have all in Haxby and Wigginton, for more information call Tim 01904 760659 or by e-mail: info@haxbyandwigthe brass and reed players but lack a good pianist If you live outside this area, you who can read music well! may want to see if Edibleyork has volunteers in If that is you, please contact is Mick Reeder on your area. Contact:, find the 01904 690420 or michael.reeder@mypostoffice. e-mail contact option.



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SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN NRM 10 6pm. Make your very own ‘hook a train’ game* in our brand new craft activity, and dress up in Edwardian costume. For more adventures follow our summer family trail, and sing along with our seaside puppet shows. We’ve also got a great selection of talks and tours on offer throughout the day, including our Bubble show and Rocket to Bullet science show.


Heritage brings the classic novel ‘Black Beauty’ to life this summer at Castle Howard in a stylish and contemporary open-air theatre production. Bring a picnic and be entertained on a summer evening. Suitable for ages 6+


Have fun learning the art of papermaking with Niki Hampson of Pulpitations. We will take a short stroll to collect natural objects which we will incorporate into colourful recycled pulps. Booking essential; call Niki on 01751 460134 or email pulpitations@hotmail. £8.50 per person or £30.00 per family of 4.


traditional family show will again take place in the beautiful parkland at Sutton Park just 8 miles north of York, where car parking is available free of charge. See website for programme of events www,


Celebrating all that is great in Yorkshire. Join in the round bale racing, and the Yorkshire Pud throwing contest!!


Castle Howard A courtyard market with a difference. Its Yorkshire Day so why not celebrate the delicious food and produce Yorkshire has to offer? With over 30 stalls as well as our very own Farm Shop and Butchery it will be an ideal day out for any food lover! Free entry & car parking

■ 2,9,16,23 & 30 AUGUST BUSHCRAFT DAY CAMP Dalby Forest Learn how to set up camp and survive in the wild - build a shelter and other fun survival activities.Aimed at young people 10 - 14 years. £12.00 per person. Booking is essential - call Mark Barker on 01751 417123.

■ 2 - 27 AUGUST YORK MYSTERY PLAYS “The York Mystery Plays make a return to the Museum Gardens in a spectacular outdoor production 60 •

by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Museums Trust. A purpose-built theatre will be installed in the gardens, seating 1,400, so that these traditional plays can be performed against the backdrop of the St Mary’s Abbey ruins.Tickets range from £12 to £42 and can be booked online at the York Theatre Royal website or by telephoning 01904 623568.

you are given the opportunity to actually touch and handle a variety of fantastic animals. Creepy cuddle Corner: Not the usual creatures you might see around Dalby Forest! There’ll be creepy crawly cockroaches, loveable lizards and slithering snakes..... Booking essential; call Marie on 07717 492190 or email at More details on website

■ 4 - 12 AUGUST



FUNDRAISING DAY York Maze York Maze will be teaming up with local charities to help raise valuble funds to help in their work. Join in the fun and games on the day with stalls and activities.

A celebration of York’s medieval history. Falconry, archery, re-enactments, performances and guided visits to medieval sites. For more details:

■ 4 AUGUST WALK TEN FOR MARIE CURIE CANCER Castle Howard Join hundreds

of people for a twilight 10K walk with a celebration to finish. This fun-filled summer evening starts around 6.00pm in support of a fantastic charity. Dogs on leads welcome. Register online today at uk/walkten or call on 0870 034 0040. Entry fee is £10 including a t-shirt.


events to celebrate the wonderful plants the maze is made from, with live music and sweetcorn BBQ. Take part or just watch the excitement of the World Sweetcorn Eating Championships.

■ 4 - 5 AUGUST RURAL GAMES Yorkshire Museum of Farming Traditional rural games and activities


Walk of about 5 miles from Coxwold via Husthwaite. Meet at the Coxwold Village Hall car park at 10am. A light lunch will be available afterwards at the Coxwold Tea Rooms. Further details from Bob Jowett: tel. 01904 764702

■ 8 AUGUST TABLE TOP SALE in aid of the Myasthenia Gravis Society 10am - 4pm. Foyer, York Hospital - Awareness and sale of goods.

■ 8 & 15 AUGUST TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Yorkshire Museum of Farming Join Goldilocks and Father Bear for fun and storytelling – bring your favourite bear!


Robertson. Competition A Milk Jug. St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30 p.m

■ 11 AUGUST ANIMAL INTUITION Dalby Forest Ranger day at Dalby Forest with Animals In-tuition,

■ 11 AUGUST PRODUCE SHARING Haxby and Wigginton TransitionShare surplus produce, bring your own or share ours! Old School, Wigginton (next to the duck pond) 1.302.30pm all are wlecome.

■ 12 AUGUST JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON Castle Howard’s popular outdoor musical event returns for two dates this August. Relax in the Boar Garden and listen to the smooth sounds of the Chris White Jazz Trio who will be performing all your favourites from the Swing era. 12pm - 3.30pm. Included in normal admission prices.


MARKET Castle Howard Shop for delicious food and beautiful crafts all sourced or produced in Yorkshire, and in many cases locally to the Castle Howard Estate. Admission to the Stable Courtyard where the markets take place - as well as car and coach parking is free of charge. Open from 10am until 4pm.

■ 15 AUGUST TOCKWITH KENNELS GALA DAY York RSPCA See website for more details www.


York Maze “Chill out at York Maze’s very own beach – the giant sand play area. Join the York Maze beach party with a surf simulator, limbo dancing, music and barbeque. Cool off in “water wars” where everyone can get a soaking!”

■ 22 AUGUST RIVER FOSS SOCIETY WALK Visit to Pond Head Reservoir, (from where the flow of the River Foss is regulated) with Brian Hebditch, Senior Flood Risk Engineer, City of York Council. Please note that there is no parking at Pond Head Farm or the approach road to it, so we will meet at 10.15am just east of Yearsley Village where the BrandsbyAmpleforth and the Coulton-Yearsley roads cross (grid Ref. 587745) to arrange transport. Bring a picnic lunch and please let June know in advance if you are coming: tel. 01904 766196.

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Box office: 0844 847 2322

Soul Revue featuring Brass and girl singers and the 9-piece Big Band, playing sax versions of the Stax, Motown and Atlantic classics.


■ 2 - 4 AUGUST

■ 24 - 26 AUGUST

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humour, warmth and honesty. Its universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.Please note, this is an amateur production.

GALTRES FESTIVAL 2012 Crayke near York YO61 4TQ. Beer, cider, music, fun, food. For more info see website www.galtresfestival.

ANGELINA BALLERINA - THE MOUSICAL Everyone’s favourite little star,


■ 14 - 18 AUGUST

anniversary of Jamaican independence with the mighty 10-piece Jamaican all-stars and guest vocals from the legendary Jamaican singer Myrna Hague.

Have fun learning the art of papermaking with Niki Hampson of Pulpitations. We will take a short stroll to collect natural objects which we will incorporate into colourful recycled pulps. Booking essential; call Niki on 01751 460134 or email www. £8.50 per person or £30.00 per family of 4.

■ 25 AUGUST TORCHLIGHT MAZE York Maze “For a completely different maze experience, try it in the dark! We will stay open right through until 10pm, BBQ and café open all night. Don’t forget your torch! BBQ, cafe and bar open all night.”

■ 25, 26 - 27 AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Summer holiday fun!

■ 26 - 27 AUGUST GET ACTIVE WEEKEND! Castle Howard “Come and try out a range of new activities for all the family from weird and wonderful bikes, to archery, climbing and lots more! All activities and attractions are included in the cost of a grounds admission ticket and free to Castle Howard Annual Pass holders.


Nostalgic gathering of pre 1931 motorcycles which will include the road-run and return for public display.

■ 1 SEPTEMBER JUMBLE SALE raising money for Macmillan

Cancer Support 2pm - 4pm


allHaxby Memorial Hall. If you wish to book a table Ring Brenda on 01904 764404 £7 inside or £6 outside . Set up from 7-30am . Doors open at 9am


Wigginton Recreation Hall at 2.00pm Do your Drugs and other Medicines Work? Talk by Dr. Myers.


■ 7 - 9 AUGUST Angelina Ballerina,in her brand new musical - a magical show packed full of singing and dancing.

DANDY DICK Dandy Dick tells the hilarious story of the Very Reverend Augustin Jedd, a pillar of Victorian respectability, who preaches regularly against the evils of the Turf. But a visit from his tearaway sister, herself an habitual gambler, leads him to risk all at the races, much against his better judgement. Mayhem ensues, with romantic intrigue, mistaken identity and a runaway horse... a must-see comedy of 2012.

■ 4 - 8 SEPTEMBER LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL The international award-winning hit Legally Blonde The Musical goes on tour.


Box office: 01904 623568

■ 10 AUGUST RUBY TURNER Ruby is one of the leading vocalists in Jools Holland’s widely-loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, regularly performing with them and appreciated by his audience, but this concert will see Ruby perform her own tracks, with her own band, from her latest gospel-inspired album, ‘I’m Travelling On’.

■ 11 AUGUST SNAKE DAVIS This Snakefest will feature the 9 different sides of Snake Davis starting with a duo with multi-instrumentalist Chris Parkinson (founder member of the House Band and accompanist to Ralph McTell and Billy Connolly, amongst countless others) and culminating with the reformed Suspicions, a storming full-on Northern


The Blues Experience is an 11 piece band celebrating the music of the great Blues from artists such as BB King, Robert Johnson, T Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and many more. They are a large band comprising 3 Horns, 2 lead vocalists, 2 backing vocalists and a rhythm section.


■ 24 AUGUST PEE WEE ELLIS JAZZFUNK ASSEMBLY American saxophone legend

Pee Wee Ellis is most famous as the man who refined the sound of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and has every right to the title The Man who invented Funk.

■ 25 AUGUST THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOSPEL SINGERS The original African super choir,

the South African Gospel Singers, directed by Pinise Saul, maintains its position as the greatest gospel choir of them all. Formed in 1979 to fight apartheid, the choir retains its original spirit of creating uplifting music that lifts your soul.



Haxby Memorial Hall Fundraisers Event

TABLE TOP SALE 9th September at the hall

If you wish to book a table call Brenda on 01904 764404 £7 inside or £6 outside Set up from 7-30am Doors open at 9am

WANTED: Old radio & audio valves. Please call Alan on 02392 251062 Answers to the June Competition: Orion Rooflines (pg8), Island Build (pg 12), Hog Roast Yorkshire (pg30), Malcolm Collins Fencing (pg42), Haxby Plumbing & Heating (pg47) • 01653 658776 • 61


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ACCOUNTANTS McGlincheys Chartered Accountants...........................26 ADVENTURE SPORTS EQUIPMENT Rat Race York Performance Store..........................................27 AERIAL & AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES ADI Communications..........48 Aerial Services.......................... 3 BLTV Aerials............................11 ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES AP Design Services..............12 Prospect Design....................43 ATTRACTIONS Castle Howard Get active Weekend..................................31 Farmers Cart, The..................25 BATHROOMS Bluewater Bathrooms........... 9 BEAUTY Absolute Hair.........................22 Caren Vollans Hair Design.26 BLINDS AA Blinds.................................14 BUILDERS ALH Builders............................. 3 Eastgate Building Contractors.............................10 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Pets, Homes and Gardens...... ....................................................50 CAR VALETING Autosheen Ltd.......................16 CARPET CLEANING Andy’s Carpet Cleaning......43 Future Carpet Cleaning Services Ltd............................12 Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning...................................48 Ultraclean................................12 CARS & SERVICING paintX.......................................51 CLOTHING Posh Frocks of York..............26 CLEANING Andrew Judge Cleaning Services....................................48 COMPUTERS & WEB DESIGN Computer Troubleshooters....

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....................................................32 Coppins Systems Services.32 NYCOM Ltd.............................20 York IT Services (UK) Ltd...... 4 CRAFTS Castaway Yarns......................22 DENTISTS Howardian Dental Practice.... ....................................................35 ELECTRICIANS C&S Electrical York................19 D Carrington Electrical Services Ltd............................10 Electrical Connections........48 Haxby Electrical.....................43 Judge Electrical.....................49 Mark Smith Electrical..........13 Wilson Electrical Services....... ....................................................14 ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES Hudson Moody.....................64 FENCING Malcolm Collins Fencing....46 Westfield Fencing.................47 York Fencing...........................47 FINANCES Moneywise Financial Solutions..................................35 Pen Life.....................................33 FOOD & DRINK Cottage Inn, The....................21 Highwayman, The................23 GARAGE DOORS ABI group................................43 Hobman Garage Doors......49 GARDENS Andrew Judge Cleaning Services....................................48 Astek Landscapes.................44 Bartlett Tree Experts............44 Future Landscapes...............47 Grumbleweed........................46 Lee’s Lawns.............................45 Rock and Stone York Ltd....47 Stone Troughs........................45 Tree and Woodland Services. ....................................................46 York Landscapes & Maintenance..........................45 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd.. ....................................................45 HEALTH & FITNESS Sarah Marsden Zumba Fitness.......................................26

Slimming World (New Earswick)..................................26 JOINERS Joinery and Property Services....................................48 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Dream Doors Ltd.................... 9 Instyle Kitchens Ltd............... 7 Kingfisher Kitchens..............19 Richard James Handmade Interiors....................................47 Work Top Man........................43 MARKETS Castle Howard Courtyard Market......................................21 Hovingham Village Market.... ....................................................20 MEDICAL Strensall Medical Practice....... ....................................................29 MOBILITY Able to Enable Ltd................35 MV Mobility.............................. 3 MUSIC TUITION Dean Williams Music Teacher.....................................26 NURSERIES & CHILDCARE Home to Home Nursery.....28 OVEN CLEANING Ultraclean................................12 PAINTING & DECORATING Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating..............................48 MD Bonney Specialist Decorator................................48 PJP Painting & Decorating Contractors.............................10 R Barker Painting & Decorating..............................48

....................................................12 Heattech..................................14 Robgasman............................42 PLUMBING - GENERAL Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman..............................42 MB Plumbing & Drainage.... 3 Plumbing by Taylor..............48 PRINTING Warwick Digital Print...........38 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE A Plus Property Maintenance............................ 5 CK Home Solutions................ 6 Crystal Crear Home Improvements.......................11 Joinery and Property Services....................................48 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman..............................42 SM Maintenance...................49 Yorkshire Home & Property Services....................................47 RENEWABLE ENERGY Green Energy Projects.......... 8 Peak Power Systems.............. 6 ROOFING & GUTTERING BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs Ltd..............................................12 Ian Barber Lead Roofing....10 John Pletts Roofing..............12 Orion Roofline.......................49 Top Roofing............................49 SECURITY SYSTEMS TPS Security Installations...12 SOLICITORS Ardent Law.............................28 SPORTS York Golf Range.....................31

PETS Battle Flats Vets.....................37 Spotless Dog, The.................37 Station House Vets...............39

TILES Continental Tile Studio.......42

PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling......10 Ian’s Plastering Service.......48

TRAVEL Conexo Travel.........................41 Motorhome Hire York.........41

PLUMBING & HEATING BGT Plumbing.......................... 5 DJC Plumbing and Heating .. ...................................................... 6 GW Plumbing........................... 2 Haxby Plumbing & Heating...

TILING ABM Plastering & Tiling......10

WASTE Acomb Waste Disposal.......44 WINDOWS Instyle Windows....................15 Window Distribution Ltd..... 2

CROSSWORD: Across: 1 Crop, 3 Opponent, 9 Mistake, 10 Chess, 11 Enthusiastic, 13 Casual, 15 Morsel, 17 Dictionaries, 20 Lunar, 21 Silence, 22 Speeding, 23 Orbs. Down: 1 Commerce, 2 Onset, 4 Poetic, 5 Occasionally, 6 Eyelids, 7 Toss, 8 Manufactured, 12 Clusters, 14 Science, 16 Loosen, 18 Inner, 19 Plus. PICTOGRAMS: 1. Half-hearted 2. The birds and the bees 3. The centre of attention DROP DOWN: Answers from left to right:; Capital, Deposit, Payment, Receipt, Savings SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: 1, No star on drum 2, Big hair appeared 3, Musical note disappeared 4, Part of microphone lead missing 5, End of drumstick missing 6, Moustache appeared 7, Teeth missing 8, Microphone stand leg missing 9, Top of cymbal added 10, Trousers changed colour WORDSEARCH: Hidden Phrase: Listen with your heart, you will understand. Pocahontas QUIZ: 1. Caryn Johnson = Whoopi Goldberg, 2. Stefani Germanotta = Lady Gaga 3. Eleanor Gow = Elle Macpherson 4. Gaynor Hopkins = Bonnie Tyler, 5. Frances Gumm = Judy Garland, 6. Margaret Hyra = Meg Ryan, 7. Alicia Moore = Pink, 8. Jo Tejada = Raquel Welch, 9. Julie Harris = Patsy Palmer, 10. Eilleen Edwards = Shania Twain.

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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


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



Town Clerk ..........................................01904 750378 WIGGINTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Clerk ........................................01904 763880 STRENSALL & TOWTHORPE PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Clerk ........................................01904 491569 NEW EARSWICK PARISH COUNCIL


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


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.................................01905 552100 Easingwold .........................................01347 821451 Sheriff Hutton Primary School ...........01347 878441 Stockton on the Forest Primary...........01904 400366 Wigginton Primary .............................01904 761647


Huntington Library.............................01904 552669 Strensall Library..................................01904 552677 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


Parish Clerk ........................................01904 758028 HUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

York Outer: Julian Sturdy.....................01904 788355 York Central: Hugh Bayley..................01904 623713

Parish Clerk ....................................... 01904 758366

When children and young people get cancer, many lose their hair. Make a Big Buzz and show your support for them by being a life-shaver or holding a fun hair-raising event to raise vital funds to support CLIC Sargent.

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Every day 10 children and young people hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last up to three years. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families, providing support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

…and take part in The Big Buzz!

Find out more and register your event by calling Registered charity number 1107328 12SM048c

and registered in Scotland (SC039857)

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08451 212 492 Or visit

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• A substantial and superbly renovated semi • •

detached property 5 bedrooms (1 en-suite with newly fitted suite) Living room

• Dining room • Fabulous 23ft living kitchen and utility room with newly fitted units

• Good sized lawned garden to the rear • Garage

York Road, Haxby


• A traditional detached property situated in a • popular location • • 4 Bedrooms (1 en-suite) • • Sitting room/dining room •

Breakfast kitchen Utility room and cloakroom Large lawned gardens Detached single garage

Huntington Road, Huntington

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A spacious Victorian semi-detached property 3 bedrooms Living room Dining room

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A good sized dining kitchen with a Rayburn. Sitting room-a versatile extra reception room 600 sq ft garage/workshop Gardens to the front and rear

The Village, Strensall

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• House bathroom • Garage • Attractive lawned garden with decked terrace

A well presented detached house 4 bedrooms (1 en-suite) Sitting Room

to the rear

Large open plan kitchen/dining room

Thompson Drive, Strensall

• A traditional semi-detached bungalow


requiring some updating. An internal inspection is recommended in order to appreciate the potential. 3 bedrooms

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Sitting Room and Dining Room Conservatory Car port Flagged and lawned garden to the rear. Forcourted garden to the front

Briar Drive, Huntington


• A superbly presented semi-detached property • situated in a popular village • • 2 double bedrooms • • 2 Reception rooms •

Recently fitted kitchen Recently fitted shower room Attractive gardens Off street parking

York Road, Strensall


If you are considering selling a property or would like to register your buying requirements please contact us

Hudson Moody, 58 Micklegate,York T: 01904 650650



Handy Mag York August 2012  
Handy Mag York August 2012  

Community magazine for the north of York area.