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Editors Letter

W

elcome to the last edition of the Handy Mag of 2011. It has been a very busy year here at the Handy Mag and I’m looking forward to a rest at Christmas so that I can start 2012 feeling refreshed and ready for the first deadline of the year on 3rd January! I’m determined this year to have a relaxing break over Christmas with plenty of time to see family and friends. Guests will have to take us as they find us though as I know I’m never going to be the perfect housewife with food prepared and the house tidy but I’ll do my best as always….last minute mince pies, bought Christmas cake iced at home (November passes by too quickly for making Christmas cake!) and lots help from our lovely local food outlets.

This month’s features General Books: Stocking up on Stories Emily’s Column

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Business Features The Cottage Inn

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Castaway Yarns

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Community Make a stand for Thomas Local Groups Events

I would like to wish all readers and advertisers a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012. Thank you to everyone who supports the magazine – and uses it. A special thank you to all the postmen and women who deliver the Handy Mag to all letterboxes in the area. You do a fantastic job! And thank you all the people who work behind the scenes at the magazine, without whom I would lose my sanity completely! The winner of the October Competition was Mrs Luck from Haxby. Well done! Until 2012

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For Him

May I Have Your Attention Please? James Corden There’s no getting around it. Men like big, hardback, biographical tombs and what better than to buy the man in your life the highlyanticipated autobiography of funny-man James Corden. As a self-proclaimed attention-seeker, Corden’s life story (all 32 years of it, so far) will have you laughing and crying in equal measures. Talking openly about repeated knock-backs in his early career, Corden charts his life from his first role as family entertainer, right through to his national fame and winning a place in our hearts as ‘Smithy’ in the acclaimed TV series Gavin and Stacey.

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Wrapped Up in You. Carole Matthews Down-with-love Janie Johnson is 30 and in need of kickstarting her life. She astounds her friends by deciding to leave the Christmas snow  • info@thehandymag.co.uk

behind and heading off in search of the beating African sun and the vast landscape of the Massai Mara. Will Janie be able to escape her past and find love on a higher plain?

For Them

Immortal Beloved. Cate Tiernan For teenage girls mourning the end of the Twilight saga, comes ‘Immortal Beloved’, the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed author for young adults, Cate Tiernan. This classically dark romance centres round Nastasya who’s forced to keep living her life over and over through her inherited immortality. Nothing ever changes when you’re doomed to live forever. An intense and thought-provoking book about friendship, love and loss. Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. Jeff Kinney Greg’s back for the sixth instalment of this hilarious series. When the Heffley

family are snowed in for the holidays, cabin fever inevitably sets in. What happens when you’re forced to spend time with your relatives? A definite must-read for any family this Christmas, this may even make your tribe seem normal.

For snuggling by the fireside

The Night Before Christmas. Clement Clarke Moore ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ Why not rediscover the classic Christmas poem; the perfect antidote to Christmas commercialism. It’s one of the most parodied poems of all time but the original still brings a tear to the eye. The Night Before Christmas is an ideal accompaniment to mince pies and warm milk ahead of the last sleep before the big day itself.

A Classic...

The Guinness Book of World Records 2012 Back for another year, this popular series will have you fighting over who reads it first. Filled with amazing records and human feats, bizarre animals and scientific absurdities, you’ll find the boring bit between Christmas and New Year seems to fly by.

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Meals in Minutes...

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This classic cake, named after the Sacher hotel in Vienna, has a wonderfully rich chocolate flavour and is delicious served with a spoonful of whipped cream or crème fraiche and a small cup of black coffee. 150g unsalted butter, softened 150g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 6 large eggs, separated 150g plain chocolate, melted 75g ground almonds 50g plain flour, sifted

FILLING AND ICING 140g plain chocolate 5 tbsp strong black coffee 150g icing sugar, sifted 6tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved 50g milk chocolate, melted

1.

Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas 4. Grease and base line a 23cm (9in) spring-form tin with greaseproof paper.

2.

Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg yolks then stir in the melted chocolate. Fold in the ground almonds and plain flour.

3.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Beat about one third of the whites into the chocolate mixture then gently fold in the rest with a metal spoon. Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes until firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes then turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

4.

To make the filling and icing, place the chocolate and coffee in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Stir until smooth then gradually beat in the icing sugar to make a smooth thick icing.

5.

Halve the cake horizontally and sandwich back together with some of the apricot jam. Spread the rest of the jam over the top and side of the cake. Spread the icing all over the cake, smoothing it gently down the sides with a palette knife. Leave in a cool place for 2 hrs. Spoon the milk chocolate into a small paper piping bag and pipe ‘Sacher’ on top of the cake. Leave until set.

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A real proper

Christmas Tree I have to admit it: I LOVE Christmas… and if there is one part of it I’d hate to do without, it’s a Christmas tree. No, I don’t mean a tinsley one or trendy black or brown one… I mean a tree complete with needles and ideally that wonderful aroma that only a real, proper Christmas tree can bring.

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f you’re worried that real trees are not good for the planet, don’t forget that a British grown tree is most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – if you think about it, they’re a crop plant rather like a field of wheat except that they are generally given less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many more run of the mill crop plants. So go on, make sure you buy one this Christmas! There are a few things you ought to think about before you buy your tree, faced

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The Scots pine is now a regular option

as a Christmas tree, with its long paired blue-green needles it’s quite distinctive. The needles are fairly densely packed on the branches and they also hold quite well.

The Serbian Spruce (Picea omorica)

has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, as it’s good looking and has good needle holding… but of course no Christmas-tree smell!

The Nordman fir

(Abies nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its shiny green needles being almost impossible to shift, so certainly a good choice for those who hate any mess.

The Fraser fir

(Abies fraseri) is less regularly available, but the combination of its good looks and needle holding capacity make it well worth considering. So, you’ve been persuaded to take the plunge, I hope? But how do you make sure you buy the best tree of the type you’ve decided on? And how do you help it keep its needles and its gorgeous appearance for as long as possible? It’s important not to buy a real tree too early as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut, the more likely they are to go downhill. I always try to buy a tree produced by a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association – the BCTGA logo should be on the tree or clearly displayed nearby. Take a bit of time to choose the tree – check that it has a good, full shape and that its not too gappy or lop-sided (or if it has the leans make sure that this will be hidden when the tree is in

your house). Check the needles - they need to be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases - basically anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits should be avoided at all costs. Never buy a tree that has already been netted as this makes it a real lucky dip situation. If you do buy one quite early then the most important thing is to keep it outside - just recut the end of the trunk (yes, its time to dig out your DIY saw) and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside. If it was in a net when you bought it, remove this as it’s important to have air circulating around the needles. When you bring the tree inside, try to avoid putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir with water levels really well topped up – if kept well supplied with water then even the notorious (but lovely) Norway spruce Christmas tree should hold its needles well. When Christmas is over and it’s time for the tree to come down, complete the green-loop and make sure you recycle it – they’re not the easiest thing to recycle or compost at home, but many councils and garden centres now offer a recycling and Christmas tree chipping service. by Pippa Greenwood

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TRAVEL On his Coronation day in 2008, the young king of Bhutan pledged to promote Gross National Happiness above gross national income, just like his father had done before him. The people approved, the king bowed, showing humility and his desire to serve rather than rule.

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irst time visitors to this tiny Himalayan kingdom may be surprised to find mobile phones, internet and satellite TV but although Bhutan welcomes progress and technology, it is never at the expense of its traditional values. Everyone agrees that these are essential to the country’s happiness and indeed survival. Respect is still the cornerstone of Bhutanese culture, offered not only to king and monks but to all human beings, animals and plants. Children may cover their mouth as they speak to avoid polluting the air you breathe and people bow at the roadside if a dignitary goes past - no compulsion, just tradition. Bhutan was given democracy as a parting gift by the retiring king, but the royal family remains as close as ever to the people’s heart. Where else would a king walk across the fields to chat to farmers, join in an archery contest or dance with his people at festival time? Bhutanese festivals are joyful religious events, a chance to meet family and friends from distant villages, have fun and earn merits for the next life according to tradition. There are dancing monks and jesters, offerings, blessings, Buddhist teachings, and reminders about safe sex and the importance of work, valued as an act of worship. Should a new shrine be needed or a temple statue, there’s no shortage of free labour and from a young age, children are taught house chores and farm work and expected to clean their classrooms to prepare them for adult life. 42 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

Bhutan

Gross National Happiness Here there are no beggars or homeless in the streets, nearly every farmer owns his plot of land and men and women have equal status. Healthcare and education are free and a total smoking ban was introduced to protect the children’s health. It may seem harsh to outsiders but it made sense to the people. Most Bhutanese claim unreservedly to be happy, have no wish to live anywhere else and those who study abroad are keen to return. Travelling through the kingdom’s virgin mountains and valleys, it’s easy to understand. Buddhism teaches respect for nature and all living things and in matters of conservation, Bhutan is well ahead of many ‘developed’ nations. Some 60% of the land is protected forest, solar power and hydro-electricity are favoured for minimum impact, hunting and fishing are almost non-existent and there

are no plastic bags. Small farmers and herders respect the environment and national parks and reserves stretch from tropical lowlands in the south to snowy peaks and glaciers in the north. It’s no wonder this small kingdom should claim over 5000 species of plants, including blue poppies, rare orchids and a wealth of medicinal herbs. Black bears, snow leopards and tigers live undisturbed and there are over 675 species of birds, from hornbills to endangered black-necked cranes whose return to wintering grounds is celebrated with great joy. In the quest for Gross National Happiness, this pristine natural world is sure to play a major role, alongside sustainable development and unshakable traditional values. by Solange Hando

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YORK Buying presents for gadget fans can be tricky, because in many cases they already have what they need. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with USB lava lamps and iPod socks, though: there are lots of great gifts to choose from - and your present won’t end up stuck in a desk drawer somewhere.

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photography fans too. The superb GorillaPod range of portable tripods are guaranteed to make snappers happy, while serious photographers might be chuffed to receive a Hama Lens Cleaning Pen or an infrared remote control for their particular model. Alternatively, Photojojo.com has a great range of coffee mugs that look identical to iconic camera lenses, and there are plenty of UK stockists - including Amazon.co.uk - offering delivery in plenty of time for Christmas. Other great gifts for tech fans include the precision of Logitech’s G500 Gaming Mouse (£60) or a portable, wire-free mouse (around £30). Console owners needn’t be left out, either: an official wireless headset for Sony’s PlayStation 3 is around £23. If you’re looking for something more off the wall, how about a flying shark?

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YORK Haxby Memorial Hall Annual Christmas Tree Festival on 3rd and 4th December Local schools, businesses and youth organisations are invited to decorate a tree to be displayed in Haxby Memorial Hall. For further details about decorating a tree please ring Denise on 01904 761825.

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HUNTINGTON MILLERS NETBALL CLUB Are you looking to join a netball club – we are looking for new players. Millers Netball have been established in the Huntington area for a number of years. We are affiliated to England Netball and run 4 teams in the York and District League spread over the league’s 7 divisions and we are a CAPS accredited Club from England Netball. If interested please contact the Club’s secretary Pam Drake, tel: 07547 095 603 We also run a junior section which encompasses school years 6 to 11. Training is held every Thursday night indoors at Huntington Comprehensive from 6 to 9pm during termtime. Our coaches are CRB checked, exnetballers who are keen to hand-on their knowledge. We have had great success with our juniors in the local league, and there is progression for them to Academy and Regional Competitions. If you would like further information on our junior section please contact Audrey Smith, 01904 761641. 46 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

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Make a stand for THOMAS Generous community members are rallying around to put a Strensall teenager on his feet for the first time in his life.

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he Make a Stand for Thomas campaign is working to raise funds for an operation that will allow 14-year-old Thomas Arnett to take his first steps alone. He has cerebral palsy, which has caused nerve damage leaving him without the control over his legs needed to walk. He currently gets around using a wheeled walking frame or a wheelchair, and until recently it was not expected that he would ever be able to walk independently. However, the new operation, called a selective dorsal rhizotomy, would give Thomas a chance of being able to walk on his own with sticks. It is a pioneering procedure in which the problem nerves are cut, preventing the messages going to the brain

which lead to the legs tightening up. Thomas will travel to Bristol for the procedure, which will be followed by intensive physiotherapy. When the local PCT said they could not fund the £25,000 operation, family, friends and the Strensall community took matters into their own hands, launching a massive fundraising campaign to pay for it. Close family friend Clare Inkster, who is leading the fundraising campaign, said: “Because of Thomas’ condition, he is unable to walk and uses a wheelchair. I am yet to hear him moan about this. “Thomas has a nice life, goes to school and has a lovely family and friends. He has never been able to walk and it was never thought it would be possible. However, changes in medical procedures are massive and now Thomas has a chance to be able to walk independently.” So far local people have organised a post-Christmas disco, a midnight walk and a fundraising day at Aviva York. Plans are also being considered by Escape Hair Salon to run a fundraising day, the

Army were planning a charity event, and they were in talks with a marathon-runner. They have raised more than £3,000 so far. The committee of the Make a Stand for Thomas Campaign would love to hear of any more ideas for fundraising, offers to run or host events, or receive any other support of any kind. Thomas lives in Strensall with his mum, Adele, his brother Jack and sister Lauren. His stepfather Andrew is currently serving in Afghanistan. His story has already featured in the York Evening Press and on Look North. Clare added: “This operation would change his life – he is a big personality, but we want him to stand tall.” Donors can support the campaign via their justgiving page, at www.justgiving. com/teams/makeastandforthomas, and the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity is also backing the campaign. Call Clare on 07932 392231 or email to andy@ainkster.wanadoo.co.uk for more information on how to help.

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MOTORING

Save money on motoring

YOUR car is likely the second biggest purchase you ever make – so it’s vital you protect that investment.

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ust as you wouldn’t let a leaky roof or broken guttering fester on your house, you need to pay regular attention to your car to keep it in good working order too. And it’s not just about a bucket and sponge. Simple maintenance tasks can preserve your car’s life and its value at resale time. The difference between a car in ‘excellent’ and ‘below average’ condition can be £1,000, according to trade valuation experts, so it really pays to look after your motor. Here are some practical tips to help you save money in the long run. Well Oil Be

Easy Does It

It’s amazing how many motorists don’t even know how to check their oil, let alone remember to top it up. However, failing to do so will have dire consequences. Check it fortnightly, making sure the car is on level ground, engine cold and the level is between minimum and maximum. Check coolant levels too and get any abnormal noises or poor performance problems checked by an expert.

The way you drive can dramatically affect how long your car will last. Driving with care, avoiding harsh acceleration and hard braking will reduce wear on components. It’s also worth thinking, do you need to make that trip? Lower mileage cars are worth more.

Polished off

Air We Go

Air-conditioning needs regular attention. Topping up the system with gas and lubricating it will cost around £70 at a garage and should be done every two years. This will stop unpleasant smells and bacteria forming. Poorly serviced systems have to work harder, putting undue strain on the engine.

At Your Service

The recession saw many motorists skip servicing to try and save money. This really is a false economy. Sticking to your car’s maintenance schedule will ensure it’s working properly, prevent failures and prove it’s been looked after at resale time. Keep every receipt and old MOT, as well as a stamped-up service book for the next owner.

Fuel’s gold

It might look like a costly alternative to regular fuel, but the AA says a few tanks of super unleaded can help preserve your engine. Using three tanks of super in succession will clean injectors and allow the engine to run more efficiently, helping preserve its working life.

Tyred Out

The penalty for driving on illegal tyres (under 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters) is a fine and three points. Inspect your car’s tyres weekly for damage, remove stones in the tread and look for signs of uneven wear. Pressures should be checked monthly too preserving the tyre’s life, and your fuel economy. 48 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

Cleaning your car regularly with quality products is the best way to preserve its value. Glass’s Guide says a comprehensive clean can add £600 to a car’s value.

Hose Down

A vital part of the car cleaning procedure is to hose the car down before washing. This removes fine particles of grit that can scratch the paintwork as you wash. These scratches will make your paint look dull and hazy, putting off future buyers.

Wheel-ie good idea

Invest in a quality wheel cleaning brush and wheel cleaner to shift stubborn stains. Apply a coat of wheel wax which will stop future grime taking hold. Used car buyers love alloy wheels, but only if they’re in good condition.

by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk)

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YORK Do you love gaudy baubles? Or are you more of a minimalist Christmas decorator? Katherine Sorrell outlines how to avoid Yuletide decorating excess while still enjoying a stylish festive season…

A Cool Yule by Katherine Sorrell

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hen I was little my grandparents always had a fake Christmas tree that groaned with the weight of about a thousand sputnik-shaped fairy lights. Candy-coloured and frosted with artificial ice, they flashed on and off in a way that, to a five-year-old, was nothing if not glorious. Yup, my grandparents really went for it – and if that’s your style, I’m not going to knock it. There is another Christmas-decorating school of thought, however. One that allows you to celebrate without going over the top. Here are five guidelines to help you create a stylish seasonal look for your home:

1. The wreath

Your front door is the handshake to your house, and a pretty Christmas wreath is a welcoming addition. Buy or make one that suits the size and colour of your door. Natural materials such as holly, ivy, bay and twisted willow are lovely, and you can finish it off with berries and ribbon for a traditional effect; alternatively, wire and pale-coloured beads are subtle and sophisticated. Just avoid the pine-conesprayed-with-gold-paint-look.

2. The tree

No Christmas is complete without a tree, and this is where ideas of pared-back décor tend to go astray amid a chaotic surge of baubles and assorted hanging things that you’ve accumulated over the years. Less is more, so stick to a colour theme: you could use plain silver balls with white or coloured lights, for example. Or go for a natural look, perhaps using ribbons, green twine and cinnamon sticks. For those leftover decorations that you’re desperate to display, why not pile them onto a small tree in a pot, or create a separate mantelpiece or fireplace arrangement?

3. The cards

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Even with the rise of e-greetings, the demise of the traditional Christmas card seems far away. But what to do with them all? Organise them, is the answer. Propping them up randomly around the house might make for a jolly, ad hoc look, but if you arrange them en masse it’s far more effective. if you’re short of time, the

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december 2011 • issue 75 best solution is simply to clear a side table or shelf and arrange the cards carefully with the largest at the back. But if you want to go for effect, try using painted mini wooden pegs to attach cards to a string, or punching a hole in each card and tying it on with bright ribbon, raffia or yarn.

4. The table

Abandon any thoughts of paper napkins printed with holly berries or tartan – simple colour co-ordination is key here, from table cloth (or runner) to serviettes, plates, glassware and any extras. And the colour doesn’t just have to be red or green – with some lateral thinking a gorgeous display can be created around an unusual colour theme: pastels, icy whites and silvers, dark and moody or contemporary brights, perhaps. Start by picking one colour, and accessorise with touches of co-ordinating tones. If your crockery is coloured, it makes sense to work everything around that; if it’s white, you can do pretty much whatever you like. No need to spend a great deal of money – much can be achieved by choosing accessories such as candles, crackers and flowers with care.

Mix colours, textures and patterns to suit your taste and style.

5. General displays

There was a time when chains of coloured paper hung from corner to corner of the room were the height of Christmas chic. This may no longer be the case – but home-made decorations can still be a wonderful thing. It could be as simple as a row of chunky candles, wound round with ivy, a wooden bowl filled with clove-studded oranges, or a string of white fairy lights clustered in a glass vase. And last but by no means least, involve the children in making paper chains, bunting or felt cut-outs for that charmingly wonky, home-made look.

Silver Sleigh Bells set of 12, £9.99 (large)/£6.99 (small), The Contemporary Home, 02392 469400; www.tch.net

Left top picture: Set of 12 glitter mini bauble decorations in a tube, £5.99. Left bottom picture: Gold wire card wreath, £14.99; pair of gold wire topiary heart mini trees, £24.99; ornate silver glass candlesticks, £11.99 each; silver-effect three kings ornaments, £29.99; gold bauble with paisley glitter design, £3.99; silver-plated vanilla scented candle pots and bowls, £8.99 and £7.99. Right picture: Satin silver ribbon, £4.99; bright jewelled bauble place card holders, £11.99 (set of 6); yellow and orange vases, £9.99 each; purple tea light jam jar, £12.99 (set of four assorted colours); bright green crystal jewel star, £2.99; gingham eclectic table mat, £7.99; eclectic cutlery, £29.99 per set; large red kitchen pendant light, £54.99; gingerbread advent house calendar, £39.99; Merry Christmas unframed print, £9.99; glitter snowflake, £7.99 for pack of 12; glitter mini baubles, £5.99 for tube of twelve. All The Contemporary Home, 02392 469400; www.tch.net

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COMMUNITY Local Groups 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.

AGE CONCERN YORK

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

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SOCIETY

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

BREATHE EASY YORK

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

BRITISH RED CROSS

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

CANCER CARE CENTRE

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

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

CITY OF YORK PIPE BAND

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

CITY OF YORK AND DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY.

We hold monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month at The Folk Hall, New Earswick 7pm for 7 30. excluding August. 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.yorkfamilyhistory.org.uk or call Mike on 01904 767013.

Craft and Chat Group

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

EWENIQUE MACHINE KNITTING CLUB

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

FRIENDS OF ST NICHOLAS FIELDS

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

FRIENDS OF YORK HOSPITALS

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

FRIENDS OF YORK THEATRE ROYAL

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.co.uk

HALVES

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

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

HAXBY & WIGGINTON GARDENING CLUB

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

Haxby & Wigginton Knit and Natter Group

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

HAXBY & WIGGINTON PROBUS CLUB

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

HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A

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

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december 2011 • issue 75 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, Bridge, Dancing, History, Investment Planning, IT, Languages, Literature, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Walking etc. Theatre visits, luncheons and excursions are also arranged. For further information call John Dowell (01904 769618).

HAXBY & WIGGINTON LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

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

HAXBY AND WIGGINTON YORK IN TRANSITION

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 locally...contact to join the ‘germinators’ or express any interests: 01904 760659

HAXBY SINGERS

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

HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE

01844 348100. info@hearing-dogs.co.uk www.hearingdogs.co.uk

Huntington Bridge Club

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

HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HALL

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.

Knit and Natter Group

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

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY (YORK BRANCH)

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

MYASTHENIA GRAVIS LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP

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

This group meets monthly on the first Monday of the month at the Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road, Huntington, York at 7pm. All new members, together with their family and friends are welcome to join us. Contact telephone number is 0844 225 36 32 for Jayne Riggall who is an Information and Support Officer.

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

RIVER FOSS SOCIETY

NEW EARSWICK CAMERA CLUB

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.communigate.co.uk/york/ newearswickcameraclub

NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY GROUP

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 http://www.yorkareagroup.co.uk/ 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.

OLDER CITIZENS ADVOCACY YORK – OCAY

PARKINSONS DISEASE SOCIETY. (PARKINSONS UK)

REFLECT

Charity No 1046443. We can help you to access information, support and you can talk to fellow sufferers. You are not alone if you need any help pr advice just get in touch. Newly diagnosed? Not a member? Call Ron Middlemass Chairman for more information on 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or e-mail ron.middlemass@ o2.co.uk

OAKEN GROVE SURFERS

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 (ocay@btconnect.com), or by calling in to our office in Townend Street, Monday -Thursday 10am -4pm or Friday 10am - 2pm.

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 www.riverfosssociety.co.uk or from the Membership Secretary on 01904 768071.

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

SAMARITANS OF YORK & DISTRICT

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

Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall The ideal venue to hire for parties, meetings, celebrations etc. Large bright hall, Meeting Room, Excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. For more

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Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

SHOPMOBILITY IN YORK

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.

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

Single Parents Natter and Play New Earswick Children’s Centre. Every last Friday of the month. 1.30 - 3pm. Friendly group of sinlge mums and dads of under 5s. Call 01904 552646 for more information.

STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS

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@stamfordbridgesingers.co.uk Further details on our website: www. stamfordbridgesingers.btck.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you.

Stockton-on-the-Forest Village Hall

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 BRIDGE CLUB

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

STRENSALL DINING GROUP

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.

STRENSALL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

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

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STRENSALL READING GROUP

STRENSALL WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

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

THE SHEPHERD GROUP BRASS BAND

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

Track 29 Ladies Close Harmony Chorus

We are recruiting new members. We meet every Monday at Lakeside Primary School, Clifton Moor, to sing “a capella” three and four part harmony. We are a fun loving group who perform a varied repertoire, led by musical director Polly Trotter. To listen to us visit our face book page ‘track29 chorus.’ We are also looking for new gigs. If you would like to sing with or book us, please contact Polly on 01904 424902 or track29chorus@gmail.com

WIGBY WALKERS

Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Why not join us on our weekly Wednesday walks? We set off from Wigginton Recreation Hall car park at 10 am for a short drive and a 57 mile walk, stopping at a tea shop on the way home. We also have 6-8 mile walks on the 4th Saturday of each month. You just need suitable clothing and footwear, a packed lunch and to live in Haxby or Wigginton. For more information call Joyce on 01904 762605.

WIGGINTON & HAXBY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

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.

WIGGINTON OVER SIXTIES

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

YORK AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

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.

YORK BONSAI SOCIETY

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

York Caving Club

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

YORK CORONARY SUPPORT GROUP TRUST

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

YORK LIBRARIES

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

York Light ORCHESTRA

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 www.ylo.org.uk or

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

YORKSHIRE MINIATURISTS ASSOCIATION

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.

York Model Boat Club

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

YORK PHILATELIC SOCIETY

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

YORK RAMBLERS

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 www.yorkramblers.org.uk or contact the secretary on 01904-628134

YORK ROTTERS

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 rotters@stnicksfields.org.uk

YORVIK GATEWAY CLUB

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.

Playgroups

The York Philatelic Society meets every second Tuesday in the month apart from August in the Denham Room in the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7-15 p.m. During the meetings there is a bourse to enable members to buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by the York Society. Annual subscriptions are £6-00 annually payable on the 1st January each year. (youth subscription , is13 - 18 years, is £3-00). Contact can be made to the Publicity Secretary, Captain P. Hyde, on 01904-490603 ( e-mail:- yogiyork@ic24. net ) or to Tony Ward, Secretary, on 01904411378 (e-mail:- aew6@york.ac.uk ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:- http://sites.google. com/site/yorkps/

HAXBY PLAYGROUPS

YORK RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP (YORKRA)

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.

A relaxed and friendly group, which

provides support, information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and their families and carers. Meetings

Under 5s is now Haxby Playgroups@Scout HQ Birth to school age children (parents stay) Tuesday to Thursday 9.30 - 11.30 Term time only. Playgroup - Haxby Playgroups@ Headlands. Headlands Primary School. 9am - 3pm daily term time only. Sessions 9am - 12noon and 12noon - 3pm. Starting age 2. Rising Fives is now Haxby Playgroups@ RalphButterfield. 9am - 3pm daily term time only or Sessional 9am - 12noon and 12noon to 3pm. For further information please contact further information or bookings please contact 01904 768966 or manager@haxbyplaygroups.org.uk www.haxbyplaygroups.org.uk

THE WONDER YEARS

Pre-School – 3-5 years - Mon-Fri term time. Morning session 9am – 12 noon, Afternoon session 12.45pm -3.15pm . Plus 1 hr Lunch Club can be added to am or pm session. Early Years Funded places available. Extended School – 3-11 years - Breakfast Club 7.40-9am & After School Club 3-6pm including breakfast/snack. Supports children’s interests in sport, games & crafts. Holiday Club – Care for 3-11 year olds, with fully engaging activity programme. Full day 8am – 6pm Half Day 8am – 1pm or 1pm – 6pm Tel : 01904 758717

HUNTINGTON PRESCHOOL & TODDLERS

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

HUNTINGTON PRE SCHOOL

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

ORCHARD PARK PRE-SCHOOL

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

SHERIFF HUTTON PLAYGROUP

We offer places to children aged 2 years and 6 months to school age in a warm, stimulating and caring environment with outside playspace. OFSTED registered with qualified staff. Playgroup runs on Mon, Weds and Fri from 9.30 -12 noon with an optional Lunch Club from 12 -1pm.Contact Sarah on 01347878726. Babies and Toddlers session Thurs 9.45 - 11.45. All welcome! Contact Margaret on 01347878314.

SHERIFF HUTTON BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP

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

SINNINGTON PRE SCHOOL

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

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priority on the Stepping Stones Pre-School waiting list.

STEPPING STONES PRE-SCHOOL

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

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

STOCKTON LANE PLAYGROUP

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

STOCKTON ON FOREST TODDLER GROUP

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

STRENSALL PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP

We offer a natural transition from preschool to school as we are situated next door to Robert Wilkinson School. We have various sessions on offer in our newly refurbished setting – Pram Club/Messy’s (‘pay as you go’)– Wednesdays 9am - 10.30am and Fridays 1.15pm – 2.45pm. Rising 3’s – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm – 2.55pm. Pre-schoolers – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 8.45am – 12.45pm and Wednesdays 10.45am – 2.45pm. For more information telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 or email sarahsmithpg@ btconnect.com

TINY STEPS TODDLER GROUP

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

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YORK FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE

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

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

Dunnington Sports Club Starting Table Tennis- A six week course for absolute beginners. Have you wanted to play and never known where to start? Call now for details of our NEW courses. Phone Nick on 01904 481039 or Keith on 07770 874996 Email: nick. roberts@dunningtonsportsclub.com or keithmayhew@hotmail.com

HAXBY TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB At the moment we run 6 teams from the ages of 7-16 years. We need boys and girls, ages 5,6,7, & 11 to join our small friendly football club.All of our coaches are FA Coaching Level 1 trained and have been CRB checked. We train every Saturday 10.30 - 11.30am at Ethel Ward Playing Fields, Haxby. We are always looking for people to help out with training, coaching and refereeing. Full training is provided. Please phone Neil Thorbinson on 01904 761908

HUNTINGTON JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB We are a Charter Standard football club meeting the required FA coaching levels and CRB clearances etc. The club have excellent facilities at Hopgrove sports

ground on the Malton Road York, where the teams train and play home fixtures. For 2011/12 season we will be running a Ladies open age team, Boys and Girls under 10s, Boys under 14s and under 15s and Mens open age. Players are required for all teams for the coming season. Training is continuing through the summer, so if interested come down and give it a go. Contact Karl on 07896 674299 or gafbr@ rocketmail.com 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 We play in the York & District Senior League and would welcome new members for the coming season. We also require scorers and occasional umpires. Any person interested, please contact Adam on 07894863012 or email Chris on chris. smith950@ntlworld.com

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

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

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

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

STRENSALL SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS

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.

STRENSALL SPORTS ASSOCIATION

Tennis Club - There are now 3 newly surfaced tennis courts. If you are interested in joining the tennis club, please call 07005 800737 or email on strensallsa@tesco.net Muga Pitch - The floodlit muga pitch is now available for hire for both 5 a sidefootball and netball. Please email us.

WIGGINTON BOWLING CLUB

Come and play lawn bowls, a sport for all ages. We welcome beginners and seasoned bowlers alike and we can lend newcomers a set of woods to see if they like the game. Adult membership age 26+ is £52 flat fee, £26 ages 18 to 25 and free to juniors under 18 and you can play as often as you like The 2011 season is open from Saturday16th April to Saturday 24th September for social bowling and league matches. Why not take the opportunity of a month’s free trial membership, without obligation, or come along to our “Come and Try” day on Sunday 1st May from 2pm to 5pm and give it a go. For further details, or to arrange a visit, contact: Colin Ellis (Secretary) on 01904 760877 or Email: colin.ellis23@talktalk.net

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

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

HAXBY MOOR GIRL GUIDING

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

1st Heworth Scout Group

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 www.1st-heworth.org.uk

29TH YORK (HUNTINGTON ALL SAINTS) RAINBOWS

COMMUNITY 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.

Christchurch Scout Group (Stockton Lane)

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.

STOCKTON ON THE FOREST SCOUT GROUP

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

AIR CADETS, EASINGWOLD

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: 2487@aircadets.org Charity No. 1559/79

Youth Groups YOUTH CLUBS AT OAKEN GROVE COMMUNITY CENTRE

Safe, supervised indoor and outdoor areas. Sessions only cost £1 or 75p with a YoZone card. 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 8-16 years. The club runs from 7 - 9pm and facilities include a Nintendo Wii on projector screen, Widescreen TV, Pool Table, Outside Sports, Table Tennis and Tuck Shop. IN-2-ACTING: If you are interested in acting, singing and dancing and are between 8-15 years of age, please come and give us a try. With two productions each year, themed nights and theatre trips – its lots of fun! This club runs on Thursday evenings from 6 - 7.30pm. Depending on numbers, priority will be given to residents of Haxby & Wigginton. For more info contact Megan Godden on 07786 121832 or email admin@oakengrove.org.uk

A Night of Miracles and other festive musical magic

A Christmas concert by Haxby Singers 17 December 7.30pm at Haxby Memorial Hall Tickets £5 adults, £3 children including refreshments. Available on the door or from choir members www.thehandymag.co.uk • 01653 658776 • 57


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COMMUNITY

Local Events

3/4, 10/11, 17-23 December Santas Steam Adventure,

28 - 29 November

NRM. This Christmas, Santa isn’t delivering his presents by reindeer this year – instead he’s using a very special steam train at the National Railway Museum. Visitors of all ages are invited to help Santa with his seasonal task by riding on board his special Xmas steam train with him. Tickets: £7.50 child, £5 adult* Group rate: 20% discount for groups of 15 or more. Call 0844 815 3139 to book your special visit.

Made in Yorkshire - Christmas Craft

3 & 4 December

26 November - 18 December Christmas at Castle Howard See Castle Howard’s dramatic 18th-century interiors transformed at Christmas time when the Hon Simon Howard and Mrs Howard decorate each room for the festive season.

and Produce Market at Castle Howard Christmas Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard.  Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission

1 - 22 December Christmas at Dalby Forest.

Green Father Christmas visits Dalby in his grotto the weekends of the 10th & 11th and the 17th & 18th December starting at 10am until 4pm. For more information visit www. forestry.gov.uk/christmas. Rudolf and sleigh (horse and trap) rides at weekends. Tel 01751 460315

1 - 31 December Deck the Halls at Barley Hall. 10am – 4om. Normal admission

prices apply. Visit Barley Hall during the festive season and see the house beautifully decorated to celebrate a medieval Christmas, then enjoy a warming drink in the Barley Hall tavern.

2 December Stars at Christmas at Dalby

Forest. 8pm to 10pm. £4 per person. Join Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society for a tour of the night sky, clouds permitting and discover the many and varied constellations with a Christmas theme! Booking not required

3 December Joyful Celebration at New Earswick Folk Hall

Join the York City Gospel Choir for a special Christmas celebration with outstanding and uplifting performances featuring top soloists. The ever popular YCGC Kids, and sing-a-long to favourite Christmas songs and carols. 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Adults £7, Concessions £5 (senior citizens/children 16 and under). Available online at www.ycgc. org or in person at Burnsies Eats & Treats, 16 Bridge Street, York, YO1 6DA

3 December Stamford Bridge Singers Concert. Performing a Celebration of

Advent and Christmas entitled ‘Joy to the World’ at The Bar Convent Chapel, at 17 Blossom Street, York at 7.30pm. Tickets for this event must be booked in advance and will cost £10, which includes a glass of wine and a mince pie. Tickets available from The Bar Convent, tel: 01904 643238, reception@ bar-convent.org.uk or on their website: www. bar-convent.org.uk.

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Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Haxby Memorial Hall. Local

schools, businesses and youth organisations are invited to decorate a tree. At the Christmas Tree festival there will be the trees, gift stalls and refreshments. Also Santa will be arriving at the Hall at 1pm each day where you can visit him in his grotto. All proceeds are to go the the Raise The Roof Appeal and towards the general upkeep of the Hall.

4 December Christmas Fayre at RSPCA York. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Adults £1, accompanied children free. Tombola, gifts, cakes, mince pies, Christmas cards, books, refreshments and more. Spread some goodwill to our animals!

3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 22/23 December Santa Specials at Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Join the Elves as they show you around Santa’s Village. Visit their workshop and take a sneaky peak around Santa’s house. Take a train ride to meet the man himself and all children will receive an early Christmas present. After all that excitement the grown-ups can settle down with a mince pie and sherry in front of a roaring fire. (Separate admission prices apply for this event)

3/4, 10/11, 17/18 December A Fireside Audience with Father

Christmas Castle Howard. Visit Castle Howard this Christmas and upgrade a child’s ticket to include a magical ‘Fireside Audience with Father Christmas’. Tickets cost £10 per child (or £8 for Annual Pass children) up to 12 years of age. Tickets must be pre-booked as places are limited. Each session will last for approximately 30 minutes. The ticket price includes a personalised invitation and a gift appropriate to their age. See website www. castlehoward.co.uk

4 December River Foss Society Meeting and

Christmas Lunch. 12.30 pm at the Novotel, Fishergate, York, preceded by a talk at 11.15 am, speaker to be announced.  Pre-booking required. Details from June Card Tel. 766196

5-6 December Made in Yorkshire - Christmas Craft and Produce Market at Castle Howard. Open from 10am until 4pm with free admission.

8 December Haxby and Wigginton WI Meeting. Christmas Social with

‘Chameleon’.  The Competition: A Party Hat. St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30 pm.

9 December Stockton on the Forest Primary School Christmas Fair. 3:30 to 5pm All welcome. Entrance

Adults 50p, children free. Many stalls including Grand Prize Raffle, tombolas, cakes, books, games, and santas grotto.

10 December York Light Orchestra present

a Christmas concert in aid of the Myathenia Gravis charity. 7.30pm. Stockton on the Forest Village Hall. Tickets £5 including tea/coffee and a mince pie. For details, please contact Ron Middlemas on 01904 679939 or 07715 943406. All profits from the evening go towards more equipment for York Hospital Neurological & Respiratory Departments.

10 December Stamford Bridge Singers Concert. ‘Sing Noel’. The Stamford

Bridge Singers will help you get into the Festive Spirit with a Celebration of Christmas for The Derwent Lions. This concert will take place in Sutton upon Derwent Village Hall at 7.30pm and will feature a variety of light-hearted Christmas carols and songs, duets and piano music, together with festive readings. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to join in with the singing of your favourite carols. Tickets cost £10 to include mulled wine and mince pies. For tickets, please contact The Derwent Lions on 01904 608524 or email john.newlove@btinternet.com

10 December Childrens Christmas at the Mansion House

14.00, York Mansion House, £12 per child with one accompanying adult. Join us on this wintry afternoon for traditional festive fun, with parlour games, stories, a Christmas tea party and a chance to meet Father Christmas, who has a present for each child to put under their tree. Also includes a cup of tea and a mince pie for parents. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

10/11,17/18, 20/21/22 December Narnia Christmas Grotto.

Rock-Plex Centre, York. Experience something new this Christmas. Touch the lamp post, see your favourite characters and Father Christmas in Narnia. Open from 10am to 4pm - Prices £5 per child, £2 per adult or book your fast pass for just £6 per child and £2.50 per adult . (Note that reservations need to be made in advance on 20,21 and 22 December - Telephone 659475 to make a reservation)”

10 - 11 December Festival of Angels. A magical

weekend of ice sculptures and outdoor entertainment with a sprinkling of snow guaranteed! The Quarter’s Festival of Angels is a true winter festival, bringing York a winter wonderland of ice-sculptures, stalls, outdoor food and drink, street entertainment and snow showers. You’ll see Santa in the Streets and can follow the Parade of Angels

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december 2011 • issue 75 on Sunday, led by the beautiful Golden Angel. A true Christmas festival, transforming York’s most unique streets into a winter wonderland of ice-sculptures, stalls, al fresco dining, street entertainment and guaranteed ‘snow’ showers. Popular with both visitors and residents, across the streets of Swinegate, Back Swinegate and Grape Lane.

10 - 17 December Christmas Tree Festival at

Holy Trinity Church, Stockton on the Forest. The Church will be open from 3pm to 7pm. Admission Free. To launch the Festival there will be a: CHRISTMAS CONCERT on Friday 9th December at 7.30pm. Festive refreshments will be served. Tickets: Adults £5.00 Children Free. Tickets from: Arnie Tweddle - 400364 or John Hall - 400182

11 December Christmas Crafts at Dalby Forest. Join us to make a decoration

Popular Song

12 December The Merry Wives of Windsor. There’s a right raucous rumbustious romp going on in jolly old Windsor town and no mistake! Hold on to your 1950 style hats Oddsocks fans, as two merry wives give that lovable “naughty knight”; that most famous of Shakespearean characters… yes you’ve guessed it: Fatty Falstaff, a shock he’ll never forget, in return for his unwanted amorous attentions. Laughter, surprises and fun for all the family guaranteed, so hurry along now do and purchase those lovely tickets for an exciting evening of infectious frivolity!

15 - 16 December Shepherd Group Brass Bands. Featuring all Shepherd Group Brass Bands including the newly formed Youth Band. Early booking is essential for this very popular concert

for your tree. 12pm until 3pm. Booking not required. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

18 December

17 December

based band - return to the theatre for another fast paced concert, including music from Generation Groove and Intro. Prepare for a good time and a few surprises...

A Night of Miracles and other

festive musical magic by Haxby Singers Christmas Concert 7.30pm, Haxby Memorial Hall. Tickets £5 adults, £3 children including refreshments. Available on the door or from choir members

Christmas Concert. Generation Groove - the Haxby

Grand Opera House Box office: 0844 847 2322

Lane, Haxby at 7.30 p.m.. The topic for the meeting will be Karaoke to Cabaret.  The speaker will be Tony Cleaver.  The Competition:  A Theatre Programme.

20 January Haxby & Wigginton U3A Meeting at 2.00pm. Wigginton Recreation Hall. Pontefract; the story of an old Yorkshire town.

www.jrtheatre.co.uk 3-10 December Babes In The Wood. Legend tells

of Robin Hood and his Merry Men’s battle to tame the evil Sheriff of Nottingham - but few know of the part played by the Sheriff’s orphaned relatives and the children of the forest. That is until now!!

11 December Music Night. A Celebration of the

ELO Experience. 14 January Nigel Kennedy. 19 January Omid Djalili. Multi Award winning

stand-up television and movie star, Omid Djalili is back on tour with his brand new comedy show.

York Theatre Royal Box office: 01904 623568 29 November - 3 December A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Filter Theatre Company and Director Sean Holmes present a magical new version of The Dream. Celebrated for their unique take on classic texts, with previous works including Three Sisters, Twelfth Night and Caucasian Chalk Circle, these collaborators will be joined by members of the visionary band The London Snorkelling Team to create a fast-paced version of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy.

The York Family Robinson

1 December Show of Hands. With a whole world

of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle and mandolin to South American cuatro, England’s finest roots act will be showcasing their new album Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed whilst delving into their rich back catalogue of original material.

2 December Beyond the Barricade. Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, Beyond the Barricade features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the recent 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

7 January

15 December - 4 February

12 January Haxby and Wigginton WI Meeting. St Mary’s Church Hall, North

Steven Arnold (Corrie’s own Ashley Peacock) takes the title role, with Opera House favourite Aiden J Harvey returning as Wishy Washy and seasoned Dame Phil Randall taking them down a peg or two as the hilarious Widow Twankey.

Written by Berwick Kaler. Directed by Berwick Kaler and Damian Cruden. From York to Whitby and then on to Australia, but will the comically dysfunctional ”York Family Robinson” ever reach their final destination? Join them as they challenge the world’s most treacherous waters in a desperate attempt to find the only living link with the beginning of time. Laugh yourself silly as they encounter dastardly fey pirates and find themselves shipwrecked on No Man’s Land (inhabited solely by beautiful girls - well, until they’re joined by the dame!)

Blood Donor Sessions 5 December

4 December

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

Chris Addison. Top class stand-up

28 December

from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around. You should come and see him.

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

9 December - 1 January

23 January

Aladdin. York’s beloved family

The Folk Hall, New Earswick. 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7pm

pantomime returns with Aladdin, a magic carpet ride of fun, thrills and festive cheer.

‘Vision of Angels’ Exhibition Saturday 17th December.

All welcome to Haxby and Wigginton Churches Together ‘Vision of Angels’ Exhibition in the Memorial Hall, Haxby 10am-4pm The Story of the Christmas Angels in Art and Craft. Fun Quiz, ‘angelic’ refreshments, children’s activity table, donations to local charity. For information contact Miriam Sigston tel: 01904 764291 or Pam Mills tel: 01904 760896 www.thehandymag.co.uk • 01653 658776 • 61


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Crossword: Across: 2 Mass, 4 Magi, 6 Ivy, 8 Inn, 9 Green, 10 Gold, 11 Lord, 14 Joy, 15 Dolls, 16 Sled, 17 Pie, 19 Elves. Down: 1 Wassailing, 2 Miracle, 3 Boxing Day, 5 Angel, 7 Yuletide, 12 Roast, 13 Red, 14 Jubilee, 17 Pine, 18 Toys. Pictograms: 1. A Grave Error 2. Unfinished symphony 3. Double Up With Laughter. Drop Down: Answers from left to right: Harrier, Javelin, Phantom, Tornado, Valiant. Spot the Difference: 1. Snow 2. Flame 3. Yellow Scarf 4. Eye missing 5. Bobble 6. Dots on blue scarf 7. Leg missing 8. Man’s Teeth 9. Finger 10. Ear gone. Wordsearch: Hidden Phrase - At Christmas, all roads lead home ~ Marjorie Holmes Copy deadline for the next edition is Thursday 29th December


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