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JULY 13 • ISSUE 92

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elcome to the July edition. What is it about July that just makes you feel so much more relaxed? The weather is warmer (my other half will be pleased to hear that I’ve stopped putting the heating on!), the holiday season is almost upon us and there is so much to look forward to. In fact, there are so many events this month we have had to expand the number of pages we devote to them. What with agricultural shows, outdoor concerts, school and village fairs, carnivals and festivals you would be hard pressed to be bored this month! We are celebrating 8 years of publishing our magazines this month! I can’t quite believe how long I have been running my business, or how far I’ve come since I started. With relentless monthly deadlines, huge amounts of information to get together every month and my poor family who just

THIS MONTH’S FEATURES General Lets go fly a kite.......................................................10 Ella’s column..............................................................16 Restless leg syndrome...........................................24 Do you feel confident about your smile........... 2 High tech holidays..................................................42 Holding out for a hero...........................................46 Animals Considerations for pets this summer...............28 Business Features Pen Life Chartered Financial planners.............17 Bringing affordable mobility to you.................18 The Cottage Inn.......................................................20 Community Rotary Dragons........................................................30 Orchard Park Preschool.........................................40 Events..........................................................................50 Local Groups.............................................................57 Food & Drink Sage & pancetta roast chicken...........................22 Health How to reduce dental bills...................................21 Homes & Gardens The better life.............................................................. 8 Home grown herbs.................................................34 Motoring Autobiographies - Jaguar F-Type.......................38 Puzzles Puzzle pages..............................................................54 Competition..............................................................47 Travel Pokhara.......................................................................32

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put up with my being stuck at work for hours on end, you’d think I’d get fed up. But I can honestly say that I love it all, from meeting and getting to know our wonderful local business owners and helping local groups and charities get their message out to the local area, to choosing the front cover photo and colours each month. I’d like to thank all of our advertisers and readers who continue to support the Handy Mag – some since right at the beginning! We really appreciate all of the lovely comments we receive. The main aim and focus of the magazine has been and will continue to be you, the local community. Here’s to another 8 years! Well done to Rosemary Cartmell of Wigginton for winning the May competition. Until next month…

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Very few of our neighbours know about my writing this column and maybe none of them have read it. And it may surprise you to know that I’m perfectly happy with that state of affairs. After all, I have never claimed to be a green sage (see what I did there...). We simply do our bit wherever and however we can, and report back our little misadventures. However, occasionally, someone (usually by email) does ask my opinion about how to live a more environmentally aware existence, growing your own, or doing more with the garden. And when that happens, I say one magical word: compost. Because, to me, nothing epitomises Green Living like the joy of composting. It relies on waste, natural decomposition and, once you’ve sorted out the basics, a minimal amount of attention. And yet, at the end of it, you have nutrient rich plant fodder for free. What could be greener than that? Remember those science lessons at school? Well, this should be a breeze in comparison. Successful composting of waste relies on the addition of warmth, oxygen and water. You could call it the wow factor. You could, but trust me - Anne wouldn’t like it. You also need to be aware of the Carbon to Nitrogen ration. Now, before you run screaming to the 8 •

hills (green ones, naturally), let’s simplify that. The carbon contribution comes from cardboard and paper (not the glossy kind), straw, dried grass and leaves, and sawdust (we sometimes get extra when we pick up some for the chickens). The nitrogen contributors include fruit and vegetable kitchen waste (because even chickens have their limit), grass cuttings and even plants that have seen better days. I’m reliably informed that a good ration of carbon material to nitrogen material is upwards of 20 to 1. But I have to be honest and say that we simply adjust the mix as and when required (partly determined by whatever’s going on in our gardening and recycling). Our composting tub, which looks like an out-of-condition Dalek, sits on a flat concrete surface and receives some direct sunlight. I mix the compost regularly to aerate the pile, although my grunting noises

are completely optional. Very occasionally I will also sprinkle some water, if it looks like it’s becoming dry. Nature likes to give composters a hint or two. The presence of worms is a good indication that all’s well. Fruit flies, however, as well as being a minor irritation, are a sure sign that you need more carbon in the mix. The same goes for runny mulch. The presence of an ant nest in there calls for more moisture - and some say increasing the heat will help move them on. Rodents are very bad news. You need to make your compost heap impregnable. You could try a cat, unlike ours, who works for a living. My final tips are to give the compost time to develop and to avoid accidentally colliding with the tub when it’s top heavy, because you’ve evacuated the lower half where the good stuff lives. Otherwise, like me, you’ll end up wielding a shovel. And you won’t come up smelling of roses.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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If you’re looking for a fun, easy and inexpensive hobby this summer, why not consider kite flying? Not only will it mean that you’ll be spending more time outdoors in the sunshine, it’s a great way to meet new people as there are at least a dozen kite festivals a month in the summer all over the country ( We have two Chinese philosophers to thank for the invention of the kite more than 2000 years ago, who used readily available silk and bamboo, although if legend suggests that a Chinese farmer beat them to it by tying a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away. The first kites were generally rectangular and flat rather than bowed and were often decorated with symbols and pictures as well as whistles and strings. They had a number of uses including communication in military operations as well as testing wind speeds, measuring distances and even lifting men. Kite flying was then spread to Japan by Buddhist monks, onto India where they were used as ‘fighter kites’ in specific festivals and to Polynesia, by this time made from cloth and wood and used in religious ceremonies. It was the famous traveller of the 13th century, Marco Polo, who first brought stories of kites to Europe but it wasn’t for another 300 years that kites were regularly brought back by sailors, returning from Japan and Malaysia. Eventually, scientists and researchers began to realise their potential for experiments – Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Wilson and Thomas-François Dalibard 10 •

used kites to learn more about wind and the weather whilst Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers used them to aid in the development of aeroplanes. In World I and II, kites were used for observation and signalling. Nowadays, their use is mainly recreational. Kites are stronger, lighter and more colourfully decorated than ever before. So, how do you become an expert kite flyer? 1) Learn the best wind conditions - most experienced fliers suggest between 5 – 25 miles per hour which means plants and leaves will be moving but not blowing about furiously. A flag or windsock is a useful guide. 2) Find a clear, open area such as a field or park – the bigger the space, the more line you can let out and the more fun you’ll have moving your kite across the sky. Make sure that you stay away from roads, power lines and airports and never fly in rain or lightning. 3) Lay out the kite and lines on the ground before you start - check all connectors and bridles and make sure there are no knots or tangles.

Ensure you have around 20 to 35 metres of line and that they’re the same length on both sides. 4) Launch by stepping backwards and pulling both handles to your side and control the kite by pulling the lines – left will make the stunter turn left and vice versa, whilst holding them even will fly straight. 5) Be careful of other people – if you do tangle lines, walk slowly with the other flier to slide the tangle down the line of the kite where it can be more easily unwrapped. You can spend as little as a few pounds on a kite or if the budget allows, as much as a couple of hundred. Who knows? With a little practice, you might develop a new talent this summer.

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Give classic roast chicken a tasty makeover with a handful of fresh sage and some delicious smoky flavoured Italian bacon called pancetta. Look out for thin rashers of pancetta in the deli section of your supermarket or buy freshly sliced from an Italian deli. Serve with roasted baby new potatoes and lightly steamed vegetables for a wonderful summer Sunday lunch.

Ingredients: • 1.3kg oven-ready chicken (preferably free range) • 55g butter, softened • Few fresh sage leaves • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped • 85g smoked pancetta slices • 115g fresh white breadcrumbs • 1 medium egg, beaten • Fresh sage leaves, to garnish

Tip: To make light gravy to serve with the roast chicken, drain off any excess fat from the roasting tin then heat the pan juices until sizzling. Add a splash of dry white wine or sherry then stir in a little plain flour and 1 tsp wholegrain mustard. Cook for 1 minute then gradually pour in 400ml hot chicken or vegetable stock and slowly bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until just thickened. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. 22 •

Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5. Place the chicken in a foil-lined roasting tin. Smear half the softened butter over the chicken breast, legs and wings and scatter over the sage leaves. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover the chicken loosely with foil and roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour 10 minutes. Uncover and baste the chicken with any juices twice during cooking. Meanwhile, melt the rest of the butter in a frying pan, add the chopped onion and fry gently for 5 minutes. Chop half the pancetta and add to the pan, frying for a further 5 minutes until the onion is softened and golden. Remove from the heat. Finely chop the rest of the sage and add to the pan with the breadcrumbs and seasoning. Leave to cool then stir in the beaten egg. Press the stuffing mixture into a greased 18cm round shallow cake tin. Uncover the chicken and top with the rest of the pancetta slices. Return to the oven and roast, uncovered, for a further 25-35 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through – the juices should run clear with no sign of pinkness when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced. Cook the stuffing in the oven at the same time until set and pale golden. Remove the chicken from the oven, cover and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. Cut the stuffing into wedges and serve on a platter with the roast chicken, garnished with the fresh sage leaves. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 9th July

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If you answered yes to all four questions you may be suffering from restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Ekbom syndrome after the professor who first named it. RLS is a disorder in which the brain incorrectly combines and interprets sensing and movement. The sufferer feels an irresistible urge to move their legs, (and sometimes other limbs) in response to the perceived discomfort. RLS can interfere with sleep, making sufferers drowsy and irritable the next day. It can cause problems at work if the sufferer is required to spend long periods sitting at a desk, and in the worst cases it can result in job loss and relationship problems. RLS is a common condition. Up to 10% of people are believed to suffer with it, yet many health professionals don’t really understand what it is and how to treat it. It is now believed to be caused by an imbalance of dopamine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. It is likely to be genetic because about 60% of people with restless legs also have a family member with the condition. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 9th July

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Anyone can suffer with RLS, but it is more common in older adults and women. In fact, about 40% of pregnant women report the symptoms to some degree. Health conditions such as diabetes, iron deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney failure can also trigger restless legs syndrome. The severity of RLS varies between individuals. Most cases are mild and can be alleviated by:

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Considerations for pets this summer

by Celia Carr RVN, Station House Vets

As the weather gets hotter as a nation we like to spend more time outside enjoying the sunshine and taking trips to the beach and the countryside. In Britain a day out often involves packing a bag for every eventuality:- sunhat, sunglasses, sun cream, umbrella, waterproofs, wellies and warm clothes; because you never know what the weather will do as the day goes on! We can be so preoccupied in planning for everything that we forget that our pets have needs too for example hairless areas and white patches can become sunburnt unless we apply sunblock this also applies to prominent bits such as the nose and ears. If you are leaving your pet outside ensure they are able to move out of the sun into a cool shaded area which is present all day and plenty of drinking water is readily available in a container that cannot be knocked over. Never leave pets alone in a caravan or a conservatory even if the day appears to be cloudy, if the sun comes out it can quickly become unbearably hot. If you like to take your dog with you on your trips ensure the destination is pet friendly so your dog can be with you at all times. Provide water in the car and keep the windows partially open to create a breeze whilst driving. Give your dog a break from the heat by having regular stops on the journey. Walking your dog in the morning or the evening is best so they are not made to exercise in the hottest part of the day. Grooming regularly and clipping long haired breeds at the start of the summer can also help to keep them more comfortable in the heat. 28 •

Dogs can die in hot cars which act like an oven so never leave them unattended for ANY length of time even with the windows open and in the shade. Evidence has shown that an outside temperature of 22 degrees can make the inside of a car reach 47 degrees within an hour! Dogs cool down by panting which causes them to lose body fluids, if they are stuck in a hot car they will become dehydrated and at risk of heat stroke which can be fatal! You now have a legal duty to keep your animal safe in hot weather and could be prosecuted if you put them at risk. Some pets are more prone to heatstroke due to their age, breed, build, coat and face shape. Signs include: Heavy panting and rapid pulse Vomiting and diarrhoea Red gums and salivation Lack of coordination Unable to rise after collapsing Loss of consciousness in extreme cases. Treatment involves moving the animal to a cool shaded area and trying to reduce their body temperature slowly by dousing or spraying them with cool water (not cold which could lead to them going into shock) and encouraging them to drink small amounts of cool water. A fan can be used to create a cool breeze but care must be taken not to let them cool down so much they begin to shiver. Keep dousing them with cool water until their breathing settles. Call the vet immediately for advice and get them to the surgery as soon as possible. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 9th July

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Top tips to keep your cat safe in the garden this summer Summer’s here (hopefully) and just like gardeners, cats will be enjoying the long days and warm weather amongst the flowers and shrubs. Whilst most felines will be perfectly safe in the great outdoors, there are a host of potential garden hazards for cats – so York Cats Protection has compiled a list of tips to keep cats safe this summer. Read the label on pest control products - Slug pellets which contain metaldehyde can prove fatal to cats, ensure any products are safe for felines. Take care with barbecues - If you are planning to enjoy some al-fresco dining, make sure coals are properly cooled with water as your cat can suffer nasty burns if she jumps onto them once you’re finished. Check plants and flowers are feline friendly - Certain plants and flowers can be toxic to cats, particularly lilies. If you think your

cat has eaten or come into contact with any part of a lily, then get him to a vet as soon as possible. For a full list of potentially dangerous plants, visit the Feline Advisory Bureau website on http://www. Protect your cat from the sun – Like humans, cats can develop skin cancer from too much sun exposure and certain cats, particularly white and pale cats, are more at risk. A high factor sunblock can be obtained, and can be applied to vulnerable areas such as the ears, speak to your vet for advice on an appropriate sunblock. Try to keep your cat indoors or in the shade between 11am and 4pm when the sun is at its hottest. Keep the doors of sheds and greenhouses shut – Be careful not to accidentally trap cats inside outbuildings during hot weather. Ensure your cat has appropriate flea treatment - Fleas thrive in hot weather, so make sure your cat

is protected against them. Your vet will be able to advise on what treatment is most suitable for your pet. York Cats Protection Adoption Centre at 582 Huntington Road is open every day between 11am & 3pm. If you would like to adopt any of our cats please contact us on 01904 760356 or email All our cats have been vet checked, microchipped, started on a course of vaccinations, been neutered (if old enough), have been treated for fleas and worms and also come with 4 weeks free pet insurance. Visit to see the other cats in our care. • 01653 658776 • 29

Rotary Dragons Paddling for Help the Heroes York Rotary Dragon Boats are back on the Ouse on Sunday 14th July so come along for a day of exciting entertainment! 36 teams will be paddling in long canoes to get the fastest times over the 300 metre stretch of the river between Scarborough and Lendal Bridges. The teams of sixteen are steered by a professional helmsman to avoid collisions but the stroke rate is determined by their own drummer with sometimes amusing results. Getting 16 people, not used to being in a boat, dipping and pulling together is not as easy as it sounds and more than one team have, in the past, finished up in the water to be rescued by the ever present safety boats. There are four boats racing every 10 minutes between 10am and the six boat finals at 4 o’clock. The teams are also competing for the best dressed trophy so

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 be prepared to see a range of crazy costumes and headgear and imaginative team titles. To keep spectators and supporters occupied and entertained between the races there are around thirty food, craft and charity stalls and live music on Judy Dench Walk on the museum side of the river. The prime purpose of the day is to raise funds for charities and over the last 10 years over £700,000 has been distributed by the Rotary Club of York to over 130 charities and all achieved by the nearly 6000 paddlers who have been involved over that period. The principal charity to benefit this year will be Help for Heroes and the money raised will be used to support the new Personal Recovery Unit currently being built at Catterick Camp. The unit will be entering a team of veterans in the Challenge Event. There will also be a concert by the Military WAGS Choir at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th July in Shepherd Hall, St Olave’s School. Details from or Great opportunities to show, in a tangible way, our regard for the men and women who give such service to our country.

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Jewel by the lake

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Framed by the holy peak of Fishtail and the snow-capped summits of Annapurna, Pokhara sits on the banks of Fewa, the second largest lake in Nepal. Nestling like a gem among rice terraces and forested slopes, its deep waters are forever changing from silver to emerald and blue, now as smooth as glass, now whipped up by a sudden breeze. ‘In all my travels in the Himalayas,’ wrote a Japanese Zen monk, ‘I saw no scenery so enchanting.’ He was the first foreigner to enter the valley and to this day, few would dispute his judgement. On the north side of the lake, the land rises from 3000 feet to over 26,000 in less than 20 miles as the crow flies. Add a pleasant climate, an abundance of subtropical fruit and flowers and it’s no wonder that lakeside Pokhara has grown into the loveliest resort around. Just a 20 minute flight or so from Kathmandu, it’s an idyllic escape and you don’t even have to trek to enjoy the scenery. Here, from morning to dusk, gaily-coloured sails and dug-out canoes paddle across the water in search of solitude, scenery and fresh air. Egrets land in the trees along the banks, dragonflies skim the surface, translucent blue. Here and there a lonely fisherman stands motionless, silhouetted against the blue sky while ducks wander in and out of the reeds and laundry dries in waterside meadows bleached by the sun. Nothing disturbs the peace but bird song and the echo of a temple bell. Not so far away, pilgrims laden with offerings head for a sacred 32 •

island, their colourful saris beautifully mirrored in the lake among the shimmering reflections of glaciers and snowfields. Meanwhile along the shore, traders set up fruit stalls under the pipal trees and mobile kitchens turn out delicious chapattis in minutes. There are no buildings or roads on the main waterfront as the town spreads inland, its traditional houses with warm orange bricks and carved balconies jostling for space among multi-roofed pagodas and shrines, openfronted shops and tea stalls where men gather in the shade to put the world to rights. Prayer flags hang across the streets, baskets and copper pots spill out on the verge, together with cotton shirts, bright Nepali sweets, Tibetan carpets, silver necklaces and earrings, bars of soap and trays of votive powder as vivid as a painter’s palette. Holy men offer their blessings for a few rupees, shoe shine and bakery boys do the rounds of the café-terrace. Occasionally a

mule train makes it way through the streets in a flurry of tassels and bells, or it could be a flock of Mustang sheep, 100 or more, reluctantly heading for market. Up on the hill top, on the lush southern shore, the World Peace Pagoda keeps watch over Pokhara and its lake. It’s either a bumpy drive or a steep climb to the white stupa and the golden Buddha looking in all directions but up there, the panorama takes your breath away, stretching for 90 miles across the high Himalayan peaks. Yet on the northern side, the dramatic hill of Sarangkot promises an even better view. At over 5000 feet, the mountains are so close you feel you could stretch out your hand and touch their icy peaks. Sunsets are pure magic, lighting up the Annapurna in all shades of pink and gold, glowing long after the valley has been plunged in darkness. They say it’s the abode of the gods and one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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HOME GROWN HERBS by Pippa Greenwood


here’s a really reliable, easy, low-cost and low-effort way to add some zing to your meals; home-grown herbs. Many herbs are simple to raise from seed and if you start sowing now you should be able to have a plentiful supply of fresh, tasty herbs to add to salads, sandwiches, stews and stir-fries for months to come. All you need is a sunny window sill or balcony, or a well-drained, sunny spot in your garden, so why not sow a few pots and brighten up your cooking? First, find some good quality multi-purpose compost, your chosen herb seeds and some pots. Good-quality compost is well worth the little bit extra you need to pay.

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 The style of pot is up to you – you may want to choose a classic Mediterranean feel with terracotta, or a stylish modern look, or perhaps a good-looking plastic planter for longevity and light-weight characteristics that make it better for a balcony and easier to move about too. Whatever style you choose, bear in mind that plenty of drainage is essential, and that the smaller herbs do not need a deep root run, so there is no need for a very tall planter or pot. It is best to grow each type of herb in its own individual pot, so buy a selection of pots with a minimum diameter of 8cm. Once you have your pot to hand, put a broken flower pot or other drainage material in the base and then fill with good quality compost to within 1cm of

the rim of the pot and firm it down, not too aggressively, but enough to ensure that there’s no subsidence later on. With large seeds such as coriander, position the seeds evenly on the compost surface. Sprinkle smaller seed thinly. The seeds need to be covered with compost so use your finger or a dibber (an old ballpoint pen or pencil will do) to gently press the seed in to the very surface of the compost and then drizzle more compost on top to the depth stated on the packet of seed. Water the compost thoroughly either carefully from above using a watering can with rose attached, or by standing the pot in a saucer of water for a few minutes until the compost surface is just moist. The advantage of watering from below is that you are less likely to disturb the seeds.


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The seeds generally germinate quite quickly and often within just a week or two you’ll have lots of tiny herbs like this coriander. For shorter-lived herbs, such as coriander and basil its worth sowing in succession. All this means is that you need to use a small pot full of seed every few weeks, rather than sowing the whole packet in one go. This will give you a near constant supply of herbs and if you look at the number of seeds per packet you will soon see what amazing value they are. Once the herbs are up and growing strongly you can start to harvest them. Use sharp scissors or a sharp knife to cut off what you need; this way you’ll minimise damage to the growing plants and so help to keep them cropping for longer. As long as you keep the pots adequately watered, ideally by watering from the base, they should last for several weeks or months but make sure that the compost is not too wet or else your herb pots won’t last long. These plants are mostly of Mediterranean origin and hate wet feet. If at any stage you find that you’re not eating them fast enough and have an excess of herby foliage, store some for later use. Ice cubes give you a really great fresh-herb taste off-season. Just half fill the sections in an ice-cube tray with water. Add chopped fresh herbs to each section and top up with water. Label the tray as chopped herbs in ice can be difficult to identify. The attractive herb-filled ice cubes can then simply be popped whole in to stews and casseroles as and when you need them. Visit Pippa’s website for great plants for September planting and regular advice emails from Pippa.

Top herbs that grow well from seed: A visit to your favourite local garden centre or a peruse of the seed catalogues is bound to fill you with inspiration as there are a lot of herbs which do very well in pots when sown from seed. Some of my favourites include Italian or Genovese basil, lemon basil, chervil, Coriander ‘Cilantro’ for leaves, flat-leaved parsley, Ainse, Thai basil, chervil, chives, fennel, garlic chives.

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Jaguar F-Type The E-Type replacement has taken 50 years to arrive – can it live up to the legend? What is it? Quite simply, the most important Jaguar for more than 50 years. Not since the iconic E-Type has Jaguar launched a new model into this segment, and boy has the wait been worth it. The stunning F-Type is the British manufacturer’s new halo model – a high performance, two-seater convertible that’s charged with ‘changing the face of the brand’. Buyers are queuing up for them, with a six-month wait already in place, and that’s before any of them have driven it. What’s under the bonnet? There are three different models – the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8S. The first two are V6s and the latter, obviously, a V8. All units are supercharged. The standard F-Type has a 3.0-litre V6 with 335bhp, 450Nm, hits 60mph in 5.1s and tops out at 161mph. The middle of the range F-Type S hits 60mph in 4.8s and cracks 171mph thanks to 375bhp and 460Nm. The range topping 5.0-litre V8S has a frightening 488bhp, 625Nm and tops 186moh with 60mph dispatched in 4.2 seconds. They all feel rapid and sound absolutely

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 seats, and Meridian sound system. There are some brilliant design touches too – like the central heater vents that rise out of the dash when you turn the air con on. And the deployable door handles that pop out of the bodywork. Ian Callum we salute you. Any rivals? Yes, several. But the biggest – the Voldemort of the Jaguar world (dare not speak his name or he’ll grow stronger) – is without doubt the Porsche 911. Jaguar benchmarked the German rival in all areas of the F-Type’s development. Other notable foes include the Audi R8 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. All cost considerably more than the equivalent Jaguar. What’s it like to drive? Incredible. This is a drivers’ car through and through. We spent plenty of time in all derivatives and loved the crisp steering, the rapid eight-speed paddle

shift box and the sound. Under acceleration all versions sound brilliant, and fizzle, crack and pop on the overrun. It feels a lot lighter than it looks – with extensive use of aluminium in the construction helping here. On the track it’s nimble and involving and huge fun while on the road it’s nothing short of intoxicating. We’d go as far as saying this is the best driver’s Jaguar ever. Lightweight The 50:50 weight distribution is key to the way the car feels. Engineers even moved the windscreen washer bottle to the rear to save 7kg from the front end. Some 50 per cent of the aluminium used is recycled – the bonnet alone is made from 26,000 drinks cans. Sales Of the 74m cars sold worldwide last year, just 0.6 per cent of them were sports cars. The US will account for 45% of sales, UK 25% and Germany 23%.

Some 90% of buyers will be new to Jaguar. The verdict It’s the car of the year, without a shadow of a doubt. Our pick of the range would be the V6S – it’s just as much fun to drive as the V8, sounds just as brilliant, and the peaky power delivery is stunning. But the real coup is the pricing – every model is 25 per cent less than the equivalent 911, its bitter rival. The Knowledge Model: Jaguar F-Type Price: £67,500 Engine: 3.0-litre, V6, supercharged Power: 357bhp, 460Nm Max speed: 171mph 0-60mph: 4.8s Economy: 31mpg Emissions: 213g/km By James Baggott, managing director of

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Orchard Park Preschool Are you looking for somewhere to take your toddler on a Tuesday afternoon? Or do they need something more than the usual toddler groups but aren’t yet old enough to join the preschool? SEEDLINGS From September this year, why not try the ‘Seedlings’ Tots and Toddlers Group at Orchard Park Preschool? Orchard Park Pre School is based in the heart of Huntington and has been offering quality child care since 1967. They are a pro-active community led charity providing a much valued service for families and carers in Huntington and surrounding areas. From September this year the Preschool is running a ‘tots and toddlers’ session every Tuesday from 1pm to 2.30pm. Babies from birth and toddlers are all welcome and this is a really good opportunity for Mums, Dads and Carers to meet on a weekly basis. Many children start preschool having never left their safe home environment and need help to guide them through the transition. ‘Seedlings’ helps with this transition. This session provides many of the same toys, games and activities as the preschool but parents and carers can stay with their children.

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learns through play, gains confidence and develops good relationships with other children. Government funding is available for three and four years old. The preschool are now enrolling for this coming September. Preschool sessions are 9am to 12midday, Monday to Friday. Lunch club is 12noon till 1pm, Monday to Thursday.

SUMMER CLUB New for this year, the Preschool is holding a Summer Club for children aged two to five which opens on July 30th until August 29th on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm at a cost of £12 per session. Bookings must be in advance. For more information on ‘Seedlings’, the Preschool sessions or the Summer Club please contact Helen or Jo on 07407700315 or email Orchard Park Community centre is looking for NEW Committee members Do you want to get involved in your local community and have a say how the community centre is run. The meetings are every 2 months on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Community Centre and normally last an hour. The next meeting is Tuesday 16th July at 7.30pm please either just turn up or ring 07837 133009 for more information. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 9th July

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High Tech Holidays Have a very happy holiday with some high-tech help

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an iPod touch does much the same thing in a smaller case for half the price, or a quarter of the price if you’re buying used. If you prefer Android tablets Google’s Nexus is a good buy at £159. All of these devices can run apps, and you can copy video from your computer or buy or rent videos from wherever you can find an internet connection. We’d advise against 3G devices that connect to the mobile phone network: there are often very high charges for data roaming. The problem with many travelrelated gadgets is that they can be very large and very heavy - and that’s terrible if you’re trying to keep everything in a single suitcase that doesn’t exceed the airline’s weight limit. For example, a wireless speaker such as the Supertooth Disco weighs a massive 1.1kg, and it’s a hefty size too. When it comes to travel speakers, small can be beautiful: the £18 X-Mini II Capsule speaker weighs just 82g but it punches way above its weight. It doesn’t sound as good as a top-end speaker system but it’s a vast improvement on any smartphone’s speakers. If size really does matter, you can even cut the size of your plugs

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Holding Out For A Hero

The Iron Man Ted Hughes

Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. From the moment he appears, imposing over the cliff, the Iron Man is set upon by mankind, fearful of his very existence. Only one little boy, Hogarth can see that the giant is just misunderstood. But when the Space Bat Angel Dragon appears as an even bigger threat to humanity, the Iron Man is the world’s only hope. This modern fairy tale is loved by children and adults alike who enjoy being able to revere and fear the Iron Man in equal measures.


Perry Moore What happens if you weren’t bitten by a spider and you haven’t been exposed to radiation, but you’ve just inherited some superpowers from your old man? Enter Thom Creed: high school basketball star and troubled superhero in the making. He’s living under the shadow of his dad 46 •

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s our guide to the best superhero books. To celebrate this summer’s launch of the latest incarnation of the ‘Man of Steel’ (aka Superman), we’ve put together a selection of titles guaranteed to bring you global domination…or at least keep you entertained over the holidays. It’s a sideways look at those behind the mask; our protectors and defenders and some truly super beings.

Hal Creed, a much-loved and revered superhero. Tragedy strikes the family when Hal is outcast following an accident that leaves him disfigured. Thom’s harbouring the secret that he too possesses super powers and he must try and find his place in the world alongside others with similar ‘abilities’. What happens when you have more than most people to live up to, and can Thom really be a hero?

101 Things to Do to Become a Superhero (... or Evil Genius) Helen Szirtes and Richard Horne

If you’ve ever wanted to be a superhero, but worried you were just a bit, well, average, then this book could be just what you’re looking for. It’s jam-packed with amazing tricks and some ingenious ideas that will help you unlock your superhuman potential. Find out how to select your sidekick and wear your underpants. For those who lean more towards the dark side then there are

plenty of helpful hints and tips for using your new-found powers for pure evil and total world domination. Perfect for super heroes and budding super villains alike.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment James Patterson

Maximum Ride (or ‘Max’ as she prefers to be known) is just like every other teenage girl. She worries about boys, she stresses about school, and she has a set of wings and can fly. Eh? The result of scientific experiments, Max and the other members of the ‘flock’ are a human-bird hybrid and they’re trying to escape from their creators. In the first of the series the youngest flock member, Angel has been kidnapped and taken back to where the teenagers were first experimented on. Can the others save her in time and more importantly, can Max and her friends succeed in their ultimate mission and save the world?

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All My Friends are Superheroes Andrew Kaufman

Tom was always onto a loser when he married the Perfectionist. In fact, all of Tom’s friends are super heroes; which does have a tendency to leave one feeling a little inadequate. It doesn’t help that at his wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotised by her exboyfriend (the aptly-named ‘Hypno’ leading her to believe that Tom is invisible. Now she thinks he’s abandoned her so she’s leaving to try and find perfection in Vancouver and recover from her heartbreak. Little does she know that Tom’s on board the plane with her. It’s a really sweet love story with a superhero slant that means the path of true love won’t run even remotely smooth.

Still Me

Christopher Reeve For many growing up with the Superman franchise, the actor Christopher Reeve was the very embodiment of the lost son of Krypton. Reeve was just as at home in the bumbling guise of alter-ego Clark Kent and movie audiences adored the man in the cape. All the more shocking was the news that Reeve had been paralysed during a freak horse-riding accident and would never walk again. The reality had set in: this screen superhero was not a super human. And yet Reeve, a quadriplegic, went on to display a super human lust for life and his own quest to ensure he was Still Me. This is a moving account of Reeve’s life before and after the accident, chronicling his dedication to campaigning for more awareness and research for others with spinal cord injuries. It’s a very moving autobiography from the actor who truly made us believe that a man could fly.

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11 july Monthly Meeting

‘Just for Fun’ – Summer Supper Competition – ‘Who am I?’ At St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30pm. New, old members and new visitors always welcome.

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14 july Open Garden

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3 july Joint Concert with Stan Graham

National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), Navigation Road, York. Tickets available by contacting the NCEM or one of The Foresters.

myasthenia gravis - york branch 31 july Charity stall

At York Hospital. 9am – 4.30pm.

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All walks are 5 or 6 miles long starting at 7pm and are suitable for most people. Please join us on any of the following walks:

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Meet at Strensall village hall car park

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Meet at Fulford Landing Lane

18 july

Meet at Nunnington top of village near church

25 july

Meet at Brandsby village hall car park

20 & 21 july 6th Annual Scarecrow Trail and Recycling Event £4 per family or team for all 3 trails Stalls, refreshments, tuck shop, Tombola, prizes & lots more

7 September & 8 September 4th Annual Treasure Hunt including a Scavenger Trail £4 per team Stalls, refreshments, tuck shop, Tombola, prizes & lots more.

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north yorkshire moors raiLway 13 & 14 july Classic Cars and Vehicles Weekend

Enjoy a lazy weekend recalling motoring memories from the past at our Classic Car event in the heart of the North York Moors national park. A full programme of events will be available to buy on the day. This event is being arranged by Ian Wolstencroft and if you would like to be included please

10.30am to 2pm with an opportunity to enjoy coffee or tea and scone etc in the garden at The Old Surgery, 18 The Village Strensall (unless it pours with rain!). There will be a cake stall and plant stall. All monies raised will be given to the Shopmobility York Charity. Admission and refreshments will be by donation.

strensaLL community youth & sports association 7 july Funday

11am – 4pm at Strensall Community Youth and Sports Association, Durlston Drive, Strensall. Do you have wares to sell? Have you a message to get across? Do you want to market yourself? Come along and be involved. There’ll be representatives from local groups, lads and dads football, games, stalls, food and drink and lots of fun for everyone in the community. Feel free to email me on if you would like a stall, want to be involved or if you have any comments or offers of help! £10 per stall or free for charity holders, with a donation for the tombola.

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 Fuller Gallery, Thixendale Free entry, no booking required just come along on the day! Come and join your local producers for a day of tastings in the gallery and courtyard. Try them for yourself and meet the people involved in growing and producing the finest food and drink on the Yorkshire Wolds. See website for more details.

rspca york 7 july RSPCA York & District Summer Fair and Fun Dog Show

11am – 3.30 pm. Stalls Children’s Games Barbeque Refreshments. Enter your dog in our Fun Dog Show, lots of fun classes. Admission to the Fair £2 Children Free. Come along and meet our many animals. We are at Landing Lane York, just by Clifton Bridge.

strensaLL pre schooL pLaygroup 14 july Annual Funday – ‘Pirates and Princesses’

1pm – 4pm at Strensall Preschool Playgroup. Whatever the weather, come and enjoy games, bouncy castles, craft, refreshments, penalty shoot out and much, much more. Tel : 01904 492937

dragon boat chaLLenge 14 july

36 teams will battle it out on the River Ouse between Scarborough and Lendal Bridges for the Challenge Trophy and other prestigious awards, including awards for the fastest Charity Team, fastest Armed Services

castLe howard 9 july Craft & Produce Market

Over 25 stalls selling delicious food and beautiful crafts in the stunning surroundings of Castle Howard Stable Courtyard. 10am4pm. Entrance to the Courtyard is free of charge.

11 – 12 july A Night at the Barricade

Rhiannon Davies and Ackworth Community Choir presents. A gala evening of musical theatre in the stunning grounds of Castle Howard. The first half of this musical extravaganza will be a celebration of tunes from Les Miserables including ‘Do you Hear the People Sing’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. Following a short interval further favourites will be performed from popular shows such as Chicago, The Phantom of Team, and of course the “Best Dressed Team” trophy. This year the Rotary Club of York’s nominated charity is “Help for Heroes”. Visit www.yorkrotary. for more details.

yorkshire museum of farming 20 & 21 july Derwent Valley Light Railway Centenary Event

Friday 19 July will see the Derwent Valley Railway being in existence for 100 years. We intend to commemorate this milestone over the weekend of

the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweeny Todd. Tickets must be pre-booked for this event and will be available 23rd May 2013. This is a picnic style outdoor performance so guests are invited to bring picnics and seating and please dress appropriately for the weather. Refreshments will be available on the night and French themed cheese boards with nibbles and wine will be available to preorder and collect on the evening. Performances start at 7.30pm each night (Gates open at 6pm) Tickets are £15 Adults / £10 Concessions (Children/Students/ Seniors)

21 july Castle Howard Triathlon

For further details and entry forms please go to http://www. castle-howard-race/ the 20 & 21 July with a gala event to celebrate the history of the line, which will include the return to the line of two locomotives with a historical connection to the Derwent Valley Railway. *Please note, special admission rates will apply over the centenary weekend* Visit for more details.

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WHAt’S ON: Local events in York. of agricultural events and a great day out for all the family. Wde range of livestock classes, trade stands and traditional entertainments. More information at www.

yorkshire air museum 24 july Official Opening of New Collections Building with the Air Crew Association. 28 july Women’s Section Royal British Legion Memorial Day


south bank community cinema 5 july Departures - Cert 12A

Winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a gentle and profound examination of the social rites of death and bonds of family. After losing his job as a cellist, Daigo returns to his hometown and unexpectedly ends up working for a local funeral parlour.

19 july Night of Aesthetica Short Films

Following on from members’ positive feedback after recent short film screenings, we are delighted to devote an evening to independent short films. Originally shown as part of the 2011 York-based Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASSF), tonight’s ‘best of the festival’ selection spans several genres. Films start at 8pm. Doors and bar open at 7.30pm and there

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bLood donor sessions 9 AuguSt New Earswick Folk Hall 2-4pm and 5-7pm. is an interval of approximately 15 minutes. Admission: £3 for members, £4 for non-members. 2013 membership (Jan-Dec): £5.

the yorkshire arboretum, kew & castLe howard 14 & 15 September Wild About Wood

10am – 5pm. A woodtastic day out for all the family! Watch chainsaw sculpting, be inspired by demonstrations of furniture making, admire the intricacies of willow-weaving, or have a go at tree-climbing! Watch the ancient skill of heavyhorse logging, or take the family along to the Discovery Zone and get involved in a whole range of activities and workshops including pond-dipping, shelter building, arboretum art & bushcraft. Enjoy delicious, local food & drink. Try your hand at archery, coracle making (and paddling!), watercolour painting or paper-making, or just relax and listen to some traditional English music. Perhaps indulge yourself with a purchase from our Woodland Market of arts & crafts? Explore our 120-acre woodland garden at your own pace, or just relish the tranquility and beauty of this very special place, tucked away in the Howardian Hills. Visit www.yorkshireaboretum. orh or contact the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or the Festival Team on 01653 643282.

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

river foss society 2 july

5 mile Walk from Yearsley to Coxwold. Meet 10am Coxwold Village Hall car park. Lunch in Coxwold followed by special group visit to Shandy Hall 2.30pm. Cost £6. You don’t have to do the walk to enjoy lunch and/or Shandy Hall visit. To book lunch and Shandy Hall visit, contact June Card 766196 by Sat 29 June.

4 july

Volunteers needed for Litter pick along the River Foss (Yearsley Bridge to Blue Bridge) together with Rotary Club of York Vikings. Meet 2pm Sainsbury Foss Bank car park upper level. Free parking available. Wear gardening clothes and gloves – other equipment provided. Contact June Card 766196.

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4.5 mile walk Mill Green to Oulston. Meet Dutch House car park (Crayke to Brandsby road) 10am. Lunch at Dutch House if required. Contact Bob Jowett 764702 For walks contact Bob Jowett 01904 764702 or email bob. For other events contact June Card 01904 766196 or email

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Share surplus produce. St Marys Church. 1.30pm – 2.30pm. All welcome. For more information contact Tim on 01904 760659 or

27 july Francesca’s Passenger – York New Music Festival

A new musical set in 1948. Exploring grief, vulnerability, friendship and learning to love again, this is a heartfelt and deeply moving production, which explores the traumas of war. 2:30pm.

this is a one-woman musical filled with quirky, funny and charming dialogue and lyrics. 6:30pm. Tickets for all York New Musical productions from York Theatre Royal Box Office — 01904 623568

27 july Austen The Musical – York New Music Festival

BBC Radio 2 Golden Oldie Nominee Rob Winlow is delighted to present a reading of his new musical adaptation of the life of Jane Austen. 3.45pm.

joseph rowntree theatre 7 july Music Night - Music For a Summer’s Evening

Local choir The Tuesday Singers from Escrick along with Soloists. 7:30pm. Tickets on 01904 639117 or 01904 62356

12 july A World of Dance

A cast of 25, dance from Egypt, Spain and beyond. 7:30pm. Tickets: £8.00; Concessions and Children £5.00; £20 family of 4 ticket (2 adults + 2 children) from Jane Wass — 07950 531917. In aid of the Alzheimers Society.

23 july Lady Luck – York New Music Festival 7:30pm

24 – 26 july Seasons – York New Music Festival 7.30pm.

27 – 28 july Girl With A Torch – York New Music Festival

Girl With A Torch is a truly magical production that you and your children will cherish forever.

27 – 28 july Cindy Weller – York New Music Festival

Written and Composed by York based Mike Rogerson, Cindy Weller is a reworking of the well known story of Cinderella, but with a twist. 8:30pm.

27 – 28 july Armada – York New Musical

Armada The Musical is a multimedia contemporary production filled with brilliantly executed songs, traditional costumes and dance for the whole family.

28 july Confessions of a Rabbis Daughter – York New Musical

Written and composed by newcomer Emily Rose Simons,

jorvik giLbert & suLLivan company 19 - 21 September Production of Ruddigore

At the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.Tickets: £12 Adults; £10 Concessions; Under 16’s Free - available from York Theatre Royal Box Office (www. / 01904 623568). Join us as we visit the Regency era for this popular Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, in which they satirise Victorian melodrama in their own unique way! The Baronetcy of Ruddigore has been cursed by a witch. This curse requires each Baronet to commit a crime every day - or die. To escape this dreadful fate, the latest Baronet, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, disguises himself as a farmer, Robin Oakapple, and hides away in the small fishing village of Rederring. He falls in love with the beautiful and virtuous Rose Maybud and would ask her to marry him, if he could overcome his shyness – but his plans appear doomed when his true identity is revealed. • 01653 658776 • 51 Please send in your events for the next edition by Tuesday 9th July

WHAt’S ON: Local events in York. haxby & wigginton u3a 19 july Monthly Meeting

At Wigginton Recreation Hall. 2pm. Members £2/ Visitors £3 including Refreshments. A Strawberry Tea with a fun Antiques Roadshow with Anne Chalk. Bring along your treasures for a valuation.

haxby carnivaL 13 july

The Carnival procession leaves the Village Green at 12.45pm to arrive on Ethel Ward Playing Field by 1pm. There will be a miniature railway, inflatable penalty shoot out, mobile climbing wall, GoKarts, Fancy Dress Competition, stalls and much much more! For all enquires please ring 01904 750378.

waLk ten 20 july Marie Curie Walk Ten

Walk Ten 2013 at Castle Howard for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Raise money to care for terminally ill people in your area by taking part in Marie Curie’s 10K twilight walk at Castle Howard this July. Afterwards enjoy picnics and after-dark entertainment finishing with a special nursing message and celebration of light. To find out more or to register go to walkten or call 0845 052 4184

st nichoLas fieLds 16 july Talk on York’s Biodiversity Action Plan & Friends’ of St Nicholas Fields AGM 7-9pm. Guest speaker Bob Missin, countryside officer of the City of York Council, will

talk about York’s emerging Biodiversity Action Plan and the role that St Nicholas Fields plays in nature conservation within the city. Free entry, non-members welcome!

27 july Butterfly and Summer Nature Walk

10:15am-12 midday Discover summer wildlife on the nature reserve on a gentle walk with St Nicks Wildwatch. If the weather allows, we’ll do a Butterfly Count but there will be plenty else to see in any weather. Suitable for all ages, followed by refreshments at the Environment Centre. Please book ahead. York Environment Centre, St Nicholas Fields, Rawdon Avenue YO10 3ST. More info & booking: 01904 411821

The Foresters Plus Stan Graham at the NCEM, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL Wednesday 3rd July 7.30pm Tickets £10.00 01904-658338 The Foresters have been performing their melodic blend of folk, country and pop, laced with humour, for 40 years. They are one of York’s most popular and entertaining musical groups. With mandolin, banjo, bass, flute, percussion, guitar and fiddle; they are guaranteed to serve up a musical feast, a treat, not to be missed. Order Your Tickets From the Foresters on 01904-490440

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Stan is an award winning songwriter with a range of powerful and memorable songs, which capture emotion and reflect on real people and events. With their strong words and great tunes, several have been covered by other artists. Stan is a relaxed, engaging and accomplished entertainer, with a great voice and bags of personality.

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Look out for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge Join this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at any local Library from Saturday 13th July 2013. We are launching with a day of activities at Explore York Library Learning Centre. Our Theme a mysterious adventure called “Creepy House”. We challenge you to read 6 books in 3 stages. Stage 1: The Awful Upstairs - read two books and collect stickers to reveal its residents. Stage 2: The Gruesome Ground Floor - read two more books to discover who is hiding there. Stage 3: The Spine-tingling Cellar - read two final books and complete the challenge by unveiling the bone shaking Skeleton Family Robinson. This completes everyone’s quest and will bring all the residents of the Creepy House together with the child explorers for a Grand Finale!

HAXBY CARNIVAL This year’s Haxby Carnival will be held on Saturday 13 July 2013 on the Ethel Ward Playing Field in Haxby. The Carnival Procession with the Carnival Queen and her two Attendants will leave the Village Green at 12.45 to arrive on the field by 1.00 pm for the Official Opening. We are delighted that The Farmer’s Cart, The Co-operative Funeralcare, JRA Services, Stoneplan Construction Ltd and The Parvin Indian Restaurant are sponsoring the 2013 Carnival. The Farmer’s Cart will be selling some of their produce, including barbecued food, on the field. We hope to have a microbrewery serving real ale from a beer tent. We are also pleased to have a miniature railway, an inflatable

penalty shootout and a mobile climbing wall on the field this year. Come and see the St Andrew’s Church Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade Band, The Supreme Starlets and the brownies and cubs, who will lead the procession and the fancy dress competition entrants. Our Carnival Queen this year is Taylor Oxberry and her two Attendants Lauren Slade and Libby Musgrave will be in the procession. Apart from the various stalls, the Go-Karts and a small fair, there will be a performance of ‘Avenue Q’ by the Joseph Rowntree School Drama Class and performances by the DB BigBand. We will have the traditional

fancy dress competition which is always very popular with the children. We also hope to have a Fire Engine on the field. Please visit the Haxby Town Council Tombola Stall for superb prizes. Proceeds from the tombola will go to Local Groups and a selected Local Branch of a Charity. Everyone is welcome to come and join in Haxby’s fun day. For more information, please call 01904 750378. • 01653 658776 • 53

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Starting at 1 and finishing at 34, track your way from one hexagon to another (touching) hexagon, placing consecutive numbers into the empty shapes as you go. Some numbers are already given.


Quick Crossword


Across 1. French castle (7) 5. Competed (5) 8. Very alike (9) 9. Poem (3) 10. Consumed (5) 12. Reflects (7) 13. Friendships (13) 15. Immediate (7) 17. In front (5) 19. A pronoun (3) 20. Emergency vehicle (9) 22. Concede (5) 23. Captivate (7)


Down 1. Illegal act (5) 2. Beer (3) 3. Died out (7) 4. Embarrassed (13) 5. Person in power (5) 6. Large reptile (9) 7. Frocks (7) 11. Magnifies distant objects (9) 13. Form of travel (7) 14. Bright red (7) 16. Prize (5) 18. Reside (5) 21. And not (3)





















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Love music? Enjoy singing? Why not join our choir? We are looking for new members to join our community choir We rehearse once a week, Thursday evenings (during term time) in Stamford Bridge. We sing a very wide range of music – show tunes, classics, folk, pop, and church music – all sorts!

Interested? Find us on facebook: Or come to our open rehearsal session: Thursday 11th July at 7.30pm in Stamford Bridge Junior School. EVERYONE WELCOME. No auditions – just come along and see what you think. For more information see our website

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES CLAXTON & SAND HUTTON KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Meet in the village hall on 1st Monday of each month 10am to 12pm. There is no charge for meetings or tuition. Contact Rachel: 07970 956022. CRAFT AND CHAT GROUP Any craft from knitting to card making. Lots of help and advice on offer. Bring craft projects, all ages and levels welcome. New Earwick Folk Hall 10-12pm Every Saturday in term time. £2 per session. Contact: 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 to exchange ideas and techniques.. (No meeting July/August). Contact 01904 399697. 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. Visitors are welcome. Contact: 01904 765676. HAXBY & WIGGINTON GARDENING CLUB Meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby. Regular speakers, visits and events and welcome new members. Contact Ginny, Secretary: 01904 768516. HAXBY & WIGGINTON KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Tues, 7-9 pm at Wigginton Church Hall. All ages and abilities welcome, just bring your latest project with you. £2 pp to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments. Contact Clare: 079800 26690. HUNTINGTON PETANQUE CLUB. We play at Huntington Sports & Social Club, North Lane, Huntington every Thursday evening from 18.30. Playing is free but if you decide you like it and would like to join there is a small annual subscription of up to £5 to the Sports & Social Club - which has a bar! No special clothing or equipment is needed to get started. Call Dennis Woodcock on (01904) 762698 or Sheila on (01904) 768849.

HUNTINGTON BRIDGE CLUB Every Saturday at Huntington Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road. 7 till 10. All welcome. Contact Marianne: 01904 761892. HUNTINGTON OVER SIXTIES CLUB We are a friendly group who meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, January to November, at 2pm at Garth Court, Garth End. We have speakers, entertainers and trips out. We welcome old and new members to join us. Contact Sonia: 01904 632782. NEW EARSWICK BRIDGE CLUB Every Monday at 7pm in the Folk Hall. New members always welcome. Contact: 01904 760639. NEW EARSWICK CAMERA CLUB Meet mid September to the end of April each Thurs at 7:30pm at the Quaker Meeting House located to the rear of the Folk Hall car park, New Earswick. Embrace all aspects of digital photography. Contact: www.communigate. NEW EARSWICK SWIMMING CLUB Offering learn to swim (from 4yrs old), competitive swim training, masters sessions, opportunities to compete in local leagues, recreational swimming *New Earswick Pool* Fees from £1.75 per lesson. Competitive swim training from £4.50 per week. (3 sessions)Low cost annual membership for Recreational swimming from £1.10 per week (for up to 8hrs per week). Contact: 01904 768163 or visit or ring Coaching enquiries: 01904 765397 or email NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY GROUP New Earswick Sports & Social club 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30. Contact Bryan: 01904 764648 or email: www.yorkareagroup. SINGLE PARENTS NATTER AND PLAY New Earswick Children’s Centre. Last Friday of each month 1.30 - 3pm for single mums & dads of under 5s. Contact: 01904 552646.

STRENSALL ST MARY’S ART GROUP We are at the church room in Strensall St Mary’s Church from 1.30 to 4pm every Thursday afternoon. Any media ..we have no expert or teacher ..we just do art! We are a friendly group and tea and coffee are available! Telephone 01904 492217 or 01904 490079 STRENSALL BRIDGE CLUB Strensall Village Hall, Thursday at 7pm For non-serious bridge. Contact John: 01904 769618. STRENSALL DINING GROUP 50 or over? Our dining group of friends are full of fun and life. So don’t sit or eat alone, come join us. Meet every 3-4 weeks at various venues around the York area. Contact: 01904 490987. STRENSALL READING GROUP Meet the last Wednesday of the month from 2.30– 3.30 pm in Strensall Library. Provides us with a book which we read over the month and then get together to discuss it over tea and biscuits. Contact Sarah: 01904 490876 or Pam: 01904 764518. YORK AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Meets each Thursday at 8pm at the Bishopthorpe Social Club in Bishopthorpe. Running courses for new members to obtain a license and call sign of their own. Future members welcome, just turn up on Thursdays. YORK BONSAI SOCIETY Meet monthly at Wigginton Hall on the 3rd Monday of every month - 7.30pm. Friendly & informal group with refreshments. Occasional speakers, library & bonsai suppliers available. Contact: Andy 01757 268145. YORK CAVING CLUB Offering regular caving trips to the Yorkshire Dales and Derbyshire, 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. Contact: 07747 063181 or visit or email: info@yorkcavingclub. YORK MODEL BOAT CLUB Meet at Heworth Rugby Club on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 8pm.Building techniques and various models.

Holds 4 regattas in the summer on Rowntree Park Lane, York & sail on the York University Lake when Parks Lane is unavailable. Contact Steve: 01904 424155 or www.yorkmodelboatclub. YORK PHILATELIC SOCIETY Meets every 2nd Tuesday in the month except Aug, at Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7.15 pm. Buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by York Society. Annual cost £6, youth- 13 -18 years- £3. Contact Richard Billinge: 01904 411455 or richard.billinge@ or Tony: 01904 411378 or or Trevor: 01904 764140 or YORKSHIRE MINIATURISTS ASSOCIATION Miniature enthusiasts meet on 1st Saturday of the month at Friends Meeting House in the centre of York. Speakers, project meetings, demonstrations and also have a stand at the Dolls House Fair at York Race Course in June and Nov. Contact Ann: 01757 288974 or Elizabeth: 01904 795361. YOUTH CLUBS AT OAKEN GROVE COMMUNITY CENTRE Safe, supervised indoor and outdoor areas. £1.50 per session. WEDNESDAY OPEN YOUTH CLUB: run at the centre from 7 - 9pm and facilities include a Nintendo Wii on projector screen, Widescreen TV, Pool Table, Outside Sports, Table Tennis and Tuck Shop.

ADVICE & SUPPORT AGE UK YORK Provides a wide range of personal and practical support to older people in the York area. Contact: 01904 627995or visit ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SOCIETY Information and support for all people with dementia and their carers. The Retreat, Heslington Road, Heslington, York YO10 5BN Contact: 01904 658106 or 01904 799773 or visit or email: BREATHE EASY YORK This is open for sufferers, helpers and carers. Support, speakers and trips out. Meet 1st Wednesday of the month 1pm-3pm at Huntington Working Mens Club. • 01653 658776 • 57

Contact Sue: 01904 410 003 or visit www.breatheeasyyork. CANCER CARE CENTRE Specialised services on a referral basis such as PsychoOncology, Complementary Therapy and Benefits Advice at York Hospital offers support and information for Cancer Patients, their Families & Carers. The Centre is open Mon to Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm. Contact: 01904 721166. CITIZEN ADVICE BUREAU Free and confidential advice. Mon & Tues - 9.30-3.30pm. Wed 4.30pm-7pm. Thurs 9.30am3.30pm. Contact: 0844 826 9705 or visit HALVES Lost your other half? If so, we meet for a friendly chat over refreshments? Meet at 12pm on the !st Saturday of each month in the coffee area of Trinity Methodist Church, Monkgate, York. Contact Margaret: 01904 415894 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY YORK BRANCH Access to information, advice and support, and to offer opportunities and choice to anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Contact: 01904 758577 or visit OAKEN GROVE SURFERS Meets at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park (off Oaken Grove) Haxby, on Monday mornings & Thursday afternoons. Helping adult beginners get to grips with computers and the internet. Contact: 01904 769176. OLDER CITIZENS ADVOCACY YORK – OCAY Registered charity offering a free advocacy service for all citizens of York aged 50+. Office in Townend Street is open Monday -Thursday 10am -4pm or Friday 10am - 2pm. Contact: 01904 676200 or email PARKINSONS UK Meets 1st Monday of the month at York Sports Club, Clifton Park, Shipton Road, York YO30 5RE at 7pm. At most meetings we have a guest speaker and refreshments. Contact Jayne, Information& Support Officer: 0844 225 36 32 or Kate: 01904 758355. REFLECT Counselling service based in

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York, specifically for women and men facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.309.30pm and Fridays between 3-5pm, drop in at the Gateway centre, Acomb, Contact: 01904 676710 or visit or www. SAMARITANS OF YORK & DISTRICT Confidential emotional support to anyone in distress or despair or at risk and self harm or suicide. Always available for phone calls and visitors 8.00am - 10.00pm. 89 Nunnery Lane, York YO23 1AH. Contact: 01904 655888 or 08457 90 90 90 or visit www. SHOPMOBILITY IN YORK Mobility problem? 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. Second floor of Piccadilly Multistorey Car Park in York Centre. Contact: 01904 679222. THE ENCEPHALITIS SOCIETY 32 Castlegate, Malton, YO17 7DT. Admin Line : 01653 692583. Support Line 01653 699599. Email : mail@ or visit www. YORK AND DISTRICT PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 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 or visit YORK CORONARY SUPPORT GROUP TRUST Help and support to cardiac patients and their families following release from hospital. Meets 1st Mon of every month at the Folk Hall at New Earswick, 7:30 for talks & refreshments. Contact Ernie: 01904 760698. YORVIK GATEWAY CLUB A social club for adults with disabilities and is held every Monday 7-9pm at the Oaken Grove Community Centre off Usher Lane in Haxby. The club offers a variety of activities and welcomes new members. Contact Club Leader Debbie:

0791 9191372. YORK RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP (YORKRA) Provides support, information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and their families and carers. Meet 2nd Saturday of each month, 3- 5pm, at the Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York. Contact: 01904 642227.

ANIMALS & WILDLIFE HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE Hearing dogs provide deaf people with greater independence, confidence and companionship, which helps relieve the stress, isolation and loneliness that deafness can bring. Contact: 01844 348100 or email uk or visit www.hearingdogs. ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS YORK LOCAL GROUP Regular meetings, field trips and local short walks for people who enjoy looking at and learning more about birds and their environment. Our indoor meetings are held in Temple Hall at York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk. Contact: 01904 794865 or visit

ENVIRONMENTAL 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 9am - 5pm and Sat 10am - 2pm. Be a volunteer or a member of St Nicholas. Contact: 01904 411821. HAXBY AND WIGGINTON YORK IN TRANSITION Making a local impact on the York in Transition Agenda: make small steps towards reducing our reliance on ways of living which are unsustainable and will cause serious dilemmas for our children and grandchildren. Becoming more cooperative about what we grow and produce locally. Contact: 01904 760659. RIVER FOSS SOCIETY Dedicated to the conservation & improvement of the River Foss. They do walks, talks and other activities.

Contact the Secretary: 01904 768071 or visit YORK ROTTERS Volunteers who promote home composting. As well as providing free home composting advice York Rotters are available to carry out talks at meetings and to attend events. Contact: 01904 412861 or email rotters@stnicksfields.

FUNDRAISING BRITISH RED CROSS Looking for volunteer car and minibus drivers required for your local community, training, support and mileage allowance given. Contact Linda: 01904 692550 or Helen: 01904 693027. FRIENDS OF YORK HOSPITALS Organising volunteers who provide patients with extra comfort and support, also raise funds for medical and surgical equipment which cannot be provided through NHS finances. Contact Friends Office: 01904 726762 or email MYASTHENIA GRAVIS LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP Charity helping people to access information, support and to talk to fellow sufferers. You are not alone if you need any help or advice just get in touch. Contact Ron, Chairman: 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or email ron.middlemass@ RNLI GALTRES FOREST BRANCH Raising money for the Lifeboats. Contact Sue: 01904 491133 or email

HISTORY CITY OF YORK AND DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Meet on 1st Wed of the month at The Folk Hall, New Earswick 7pm. Exclu. January. Have a well equipped Study Centre in York where we can help both inexperienced and the more experienced with their problems and brickwalls. Welcome newcomers to the hobby and are willing to give advice to set them on the way. Contact Mike: 01904 767013 or visit www.yorkfamilyhistory. HAXBY & WIGGINTON

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Meet to promote local history. We have speakers, research groups and occasional visits to interesting locations. Meet every 3rd Thursday of the month in St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby at 10am. Contact Ian: 01904 768516. 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. Monthly meetings, hear a variety of speakers or to participate in workshops held in Strensall Village Hall on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm. YORK LIBRARIES Interested in your family history? Would you like to trace your ancestors? Now offer free access to Now available at Haxby Library. Contact: 01904 552660.

MUSIC & THEATRE CITY OF YORK PIPE BAND We consist of bagpipers, base drum, tenor drums and side drummers, practicing on Wednesday nights at the Huntington Memorial Hall - offering tuition.Small yearly fee for 18yrs +, we have equipment. Contact Laura, Pipe Major: 01904 763243 or John: 01423 879519. FRIENDS OF YORK THEATRE ROYAL Theatre-loving group supporting our local theatre. Take part in events at the Theatre Royal, visit theatres in other places such as Newcastle, Scarborough and Leeds, and more. They hold monthly lunches in the theatre foyer, and help with selling programmes. Contact Membership Secretary/York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD or visit HAXBY SINGERS Join our friendly mixed choir group of Basses, Tenors, Altos and Sopranos, meeting 7.30pm, once a week in St Mary’s Church Hall. Contact Lynn: 01904 769838 or Margaret: 01904 761618. IN-2-ACTING Acting, singing and dancing for ages 8-16 years, two productions each year, themed nights and theatre trips. Sessions run on Thursday evenings.

Depending on numbers, priority will be given to residents of Haxby & Wigginton. Contact 01904 769176 or admin@ STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS Community choir of approx: 40 voices aged 13 to 70 which rehearses weekly throughout term time in Stamford Bridge School. Available for Concerts, Church Services and Weddings. To hire us or to join the choir please email: or visit www.stamfordbridgesingers. THE SHEPHERD GROUP BRASS BAND Rehearsals at the Portakabin Site in Huntington. www. Beginners Band rehearses Monday 6.30-8.00pm. Ring Audrey: 01904 425256. The Concert Band rehearses Wednesday evenings 7.309.30pm. Ring David: 07710 106906. The Senior Band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday 8-10pm. Ring Charles: 07802 190250. YORK CONCERT BAND Play a wide variety of music and also perform 8 concerts a year around York and occasionally abroad. Rehearsals from 7.30 to 9.30pm on Mondays at New Earswick Methodist Church. Contact the Secretary, Jill: 01904 629065. YORK LIGHT ORCHESTRA Play light music, popular classics, musicals and themes. We rehearse on Thursdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street (September to July). We perform 8 concerts a year, 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. Contact the secretary: 01904 870759 or visit

PLAYGROUPS HAXBY PLAYGROUPS Scout HQ - Birth to school age children (parents stay) Tuesday to Thursday 9.30 - 11.30. Rising Fives is now RalphButterfield and Headlands is at Headlands Primary School, both groups are from 9am - 3pm or Sessional 9am - 12pm and 12pm to 3pm. All term time only. Contact: 01904 768966 or email or visit www. THE WONDER YEARS For Haxby, Wigginton & surroundings: Boddlers – Baby/ Toddler group (Birth to 3yrs). Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30- 11am term time at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Pre-School -3-5 yrs - Mon-Fri term time. 9am – 12pm, 2.45 -3.15pm. Plus Lunch Club added to am or pm session. Early Years Funded places available. Extended School – 3-11 yrs - Breakfast Club 7.40-9am & After School Club 3-6pm. Holiday Club – Care for 3-11 yrs, 8 – 6pm. Half Day 8– 1pm or 1– 6pm. Contact: 01904 758717 HUNTINGTON PRESCHOOL & TODDLERS Babies and Toddler Group: Monday & Friday 9.15 - 10.45. The Memorial Hall, Strensall Road, Huntington. £3, Preschool - Mon- Fri 9 – 12pm (term time only). Rising 5’s sessions are held from Jan to Jul. Contact Lynne: 01904 765017 or email ORCHARD PARK PRESCHOOL 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. Contact Sandra: 07407 700315 or 01904 626361. SHERIFF HUTTON PLAYGROUP Places for children aged 2 yrs to school age in a warm, stimulating and caring environment with outside playspace. OFSTED registered with qualified staff. Playgroup runs Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30-2.30pm or half days from 9.30- 12.30pm. Contact: 07717 799646. 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. Health visitor drop-in first Thursday of the month. All welcome. Contact Margaret: 01347 878314. SHIPTON PRE-SCHOOL & TODDLERS The Community Centre, Shipton by Beningbrough, York. Places from 2 yrs old to School age. Ofsted registered with qualified staff. Sessions on Mon,Wed,Thur and Fri (term time only) with an optional lunch club available, afternoon

sessions run on a Wed and Thur until 3.15pm. Toddler & baby group each Tuesday 9.30-12pm Large garden area available for play. Contact: 07546 571089. SINNINGTON PRE SCHOOL OFSTED registered and inspected. Toddler group- Tuesday 10 - 11.30am. Pre -School - Monday 09.10-11.40am. Wednesday 09.10-11.40am Thursday 09.10-11.40am Friday 09.10-11.40am. Contact Kerry or Suzanne: 07799727656. STOCKTON LANE PLAYGROUP We are a pre-school for children from 2-5 years. Ofsted inspected and LEA funded. Monday - Friday 9am-12pm (term time only). Wednesdays - 12.30 - 3.30pm Christ Church, Stockton Lane, York YO31 1JG. Contact Fiona: 07746 806426. STRENSALL PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP We offer a natural transition from pre-school to school as we are situated next door to Robert Wilkinson School. Various sessions on offer in our newly refurbished setting. Pram Club/Messy’s (‘pay as you go’)– Fri 1.15 – 2.45pm. Rising 3’s – Mon, Tues & Thurs 1– 2.55pm. Pre-schoolers – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri– 8.45– 12.45pm & Wed 10.45– 2.45pm. Contact Sarah: 01904 492937 or email TINY STEPS TODDLER GROUP Friday mornings 9.30am - 11am - £1 per session. The mums and tots session will be run by the Stepping Stones staff in Hurst Hall. Children attending the toddler group will have priority on the Stepping Stones PreSchool waiting list. Contact: 01904 442826 TREASURE CHEST Haxby, Wigginton & Huntington. A group of local mums dedicated to promoting, supporting and encouraging breastfeeding All fully trained Peer Supporters. Meet every Mon 12.30 -1.30pm at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby. Drop in facililty and we also welcome pregnant mums. Contact: www.treasurechest. or helpline:support@ YORK FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE Parent /carer of a 0-19 year old get free, professional, helpful, • 01653 658776 • 59

LOCAL GROUPS 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. Contact: 01904 554628 or text ‘info’ to 07624 802244.

SCOUTS & GUIDES 2ND HAXBY & WIGGINTON SCOUT GROUP Boys & Girls age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon & Thurs 6 - 7.15 pm. Cubs: Weds & Fri 6.30 - 8pm Scouts: Mon 7.30 - 9pm. Thurs. 7.45 - 9.15 pm. Contact Linda Parkinson: 01904 769167. HAXBY MOOR GIRL GUIDING Girls aged 5-14years old. Rainbows 5-7years Wednesday evenings. Brownies 7-10yrs on Mondays,Wednesday,Thursday evenings. Guides 10-14yrs old Monday, Thursday evenings. Units meet throughout Haxby & Wigginton. Contact Helen Feeten: 01904 762926 1ST HEWORTH SCOUT GROUP Beavers (boys and girls aged 6-8) Mondays 5.30-6.30pm. Cubs (boys and girls aged 8-10½) Tuesdays 6.30-8.15pm. Scouts (boys and girls aged 10½-14) Fridays 7-9pm. Contact Matthew on 07974901386 or visit for more info. 29TH YORK (HUNTINGTON ALL SAINTS) RAINBOWS 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. Contact Stephanie Easton: 07875 541520 CHRISTCHURCH SCOUT GROUP (STOCKTON LANE) Boys and Girls age 6 -14yrs. Beavers - Tuesday 6pm - 7pm. Cubs -Thursday 6.30pm - 8pm. Scouts- Friday 7pm - 9pm We are in need of leaders for the group. Contact Wendy Davis: 07808 882749 STOCKTON ON THE FOREST SCOUT GROUP Boys and Girls, age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon 6 - 7pm. Cubs: Tues 6.45 - 8.15pm. Scouts: Fri 7 - 9pm. We are also in need of

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Leaders. Contact Kath Shapcott: 01904 421096. AIR CADETS, EASINGWOLD A uniformed for ages 13-18 yrs. Tuesday evening at Easingwold and Friday evening at RAF Linton On Ouse in the gymnasium at 7.30-10pm. Minibus goes from the car park of The Cottage Inn in Haxby via Shipton by Beningbrough at 7pm. Range of activities from flying and gliding to target shooting and sport. £36 per quarter covers activities and uniform. Charity No. 1559/79 Contact:

SOCIETIES HAXBY & WIGGINTON PROBUS CLUB Club for retired people over 55 yrs. Meetings are held on 1st Tuesday of each month in the Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Hall at 10am for 10.30am. Contact Mike: 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 and take up new ones. Courses are run free for the pursuit of new activities. Monthly meetings on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Contact John: 01904 769618. STRENSALL WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Huntington ladies most welcome. Contact: 01904 490758. WIGGINTON & HAXBY OVER SIXTIES Meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. We have speakers, trips out, activity groups. Old and new members, also visitors are always welcome. Contact Lilian, Secretary: 01904 769993 WIGGINTON & HAXBY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Registered Charity No. 1023129. Meet 2nd Thursday of the month at St. Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. New, old members & visitors always welcome. Contact Mrs Graves: 01904 750570.

SPORTS CLUBS BADMINTON CLUB Play on a Friday night 6 -8pm at

Joseph Rowntrees School. Contact Jean: 01904 760347. DUNNINGTON SPORTS CLUB Starting Table Tennis- A six week course for absolute beginners. Contact Nick: 01904 481039 or Keith: 07770 874996 or nick. or keithmayhew@ HAXBY SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB Friendly, traditional karate club with a proud 30 year history. Train on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL. Open to people of all ages and abilities whatever their fitness level. Contact Ian: 07909 991541or or HAXBY TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Run 6 teams from the ages of 7-16 years. We need boys and girls to join us. All of our coaches are FA Coaching Level 1 trained and have been CRB checked. Train every Saturday 10.30 - 11.30am at Ethel Ward Playing Fields, Haxby. Looking for help with training, coaching and refereeing. Contact Neil: 01904 761908. HEWORTH TENNIS CLUB Heworth Tennis Club on East Parade, Heworth runs fun fitness training sessions on Tuesday evenings 7-8pm and Saturdays 9.30-10.30am – open to all and no need to be a member. Great for general cardiofitness as well as improving speed around the court. All levels of player can enjoy and benefit from these fun sessions with workout, drills & games suitable for all standards of players. or email info@ HUNTINGTON JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Charter Standard football club meet the required FA coaching levels, CRB checked etc good facilities at Hopgrove sports ground on the Malton Road York, teams train and play home games. Contact Karl: 07896 674299 or HUNTINGTON CRICKET CLUB We welcome new players of all abilities. Contact Jason: 07714471271

NEW EARSWICK CRICKET CLUB Play in the York & District Senior League are recruiting both Senior and Junior players. Our indoor nets start at the end of Feb. Sports Fields, White Rose Avenue. Excellent playing facilities and a good after match social side. Contact Paul: 07533655470 or paul.stimpson3@btinternet. com or Matt: 07885282937 or HAXBY NETBALL CLUB …affiliated to England Netball. North Yorkshire Netball Academy League team & 4 teams in the York & District League. Youth section (Yr 7 upwards). Training on Mon evening at the Ethel Ward Playing Field in summer, league season runs from Sept until March. Qualified tutor. Junior section trains every other Mon 6 -7:15pm. Coaches CRB checked. Contact the secretary, Alison: 01904 612268 or 07751 984840 or Val: 07708 050307. HUNTINGTON MILLERS NETBALL CLUB 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. Contact Club’s secretary Pam: 07547 095 603 or junior section, Audrey Smith: 01904 761641. NEW EARSWICK TENNIS CLUB Junior coaching on Thursday and Friday nights for 5-16 year olds. Adult coaching is held on Saturday afternoons. Run holiday camps, fun days, many social events and tournaments. Contact Joanne: 07835948593 PARTNERSHIP GYMNASTICS CLUB Classes for boys and girls from reception to year 10. Classes are held at various venues across York, Mon to Fri– 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, qualified coaches, CRB checked. Contact Ruth: 07886926420. SANDBURN HALL BADMINTON CLUB Sandburn Hall, Flaxton. Fridays 2 - 3.30pm All ages welcome.

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92 Contact Stephen: 01904 490440. STRENSALL COMMUNITY YOUTH AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION Tennis Club - 3 newly surfaced tennis courts. Muga Pitch - The floodlit muga pitch is now available for hire for both 5 a sidefootball and netball. Contact: 07951 920308 or 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. Contact Clare Inkster on 07932 392231 STRENSALL LAWN BOWLING CLUB For all ages, a small and friendly club, 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. Provide Bowls and Coaching and 1 months free trial. Contact Annette, Secretary: 01904 492807 STRENSALL SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS Strensall Village Hall, Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm. £10 annual fee, £2 subscription per session. Contact Jackie: 01904 492993. TERRINGTON LAWN BOWLS CLUB Contact: 01653 619276 emsg1967-bowls@yahoo. WIGGINTON BOWLING CLUB All ages, welcome beginners & seasoned bowlers, we can lend woods. Adult cost 26yrs+, £56, £28 for 18 to 25yrs, free for under 18s. 2013 open from Saturday13th April to Saturday 14th Sept for social bowling and league matches. Contact Colin: 01904 760877 or colin. WIGGINTON GRASSHOPPERS Under 9s - looking for new players. Train every Wednesday 6-7pm. All coaches are CRB checked. Contact Richard, FA Level 1 instructor:

07814 266987. 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. Also a club mark accredited club. Contact Anna: 07507638804 or e-mail yorkhotshots@

VILLAGE HALL HIRE FOSTON & THORNTON LE CLAY VILLAGE HALL Refurbished and central heated hall available for hire for events,parties, meetings, etc . Well sprung wooden floor for exercise and dancing, with kitchen and cloakroom facilities. £6 ph. Contact Fiona: 01904 468773. HAXBY MEMORIAL HALL Situated in the heart of Haxby. Two meeting rooms and a large hall available for all non and license functions, meetings, leisure, fundraising and hobby groups. Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales - No. 508205. Contact or ring the caretaker: 01904 764358.

parties, meetings, celebrations etc. Large bright hall, meeting room, excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. Contact: 01904 468001 STOCKTON-ON-THEFOREST VILLAGE HALL To hire on regular or one-off basis, 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 and fully equipped kitchen. Packages for children’s parties up to the age of 12 are available. Contact: 01904 400409. THE OLD SCHOOL, WIGGINTON.

The Old School (a registered

Charity No. 517365) is located in the heart of the village and is available for hire to all groups,activities and functions at extremely competative rates. Contact John and Wendy Jeffery 01904 760764 or email:


2ND SUNDAY RAMBLING CLUB Walks are usually 11miles long and within an hour from York. Coach collects us at Wigginton, Haxby, New Earswick and Clarence Street from 8.30am, introductory fare £5 for your first walk. On the 2nd Sunday of the month. Contact Helen: 01904 782891 or Hazel: 01904 760897. WIGBY WALKERS Wednesday walks from Wigginton Recreation Hall car park at 10am for a short drive and a 5-7 mile walk, stopping at a tea shop on the way home. Also have 6-8 mile walks on the 4th Sat of each month. Contact Joyce: 01904 762605. YORK RAMBLERS Walks vary from 5 miles to 12 miles and some use public transport to get to the start of the walks. Contact The Secretary: 01904-628134 or

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HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HALL 46 Strensall Road, Huntington. Two rooms available for hire. Used by lots of diverse groups. Contact the Caretaker: 01904 760044. OAKEN GROVE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Ideal venue for children’s parties. Various room sizes for hire, a good kitchen/cafe area, conservatory, garden and a safe children’s play area, registered Charity Number 1105675. Reid Park, Haxby. Contact Paul: 01904 769176. ORCHARD PARK HALL Orchard Park , Huntington has a new fitted fully functioning kitchen and large hall to hire.Also a separate room which can be used for meetings or can be hired alongside the mail hall. Coming soon Wi-Fi available Ring Peter on 01904 640632 SAND HUTTON AND CLAXTON VILLAGE HALL The ideal venue to hire for • 01653 658776 • 61

AERIAL & AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES ADI Communications........... 14 BLTV Aerials............................. 11 APPLIANCE REPAIRS Appliance Care....................... 45 ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES AP Design Services............... 43 Prospect Design..................... 14 ATTRACTIONS Castle Howard........................ 23 BABY GIFTS & CLOTHING Get Hampered........................ 24 BATHROOMS Bluewater Bathrooms.......... 15 BLINDS AA Blinds.................................. 19 Blind Image............................. 13 BUILDERS ALH Builders...............................6 Eastgate Building Contractors.............................. 11 CARPET CLEANING Andy’s Carpet Cleaning....... 17 Future Carpet Cleaning Services Ltd............................. 43 Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning.................................... 47 Ultraclean................................. 41 Yorkshire Cleaning Services.... ..................................................... 16 CARS & SERVICING Paint X........................................ 39 CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES Baby Swimmers...................... 30 CLEANING Yorkshire Cleaning Services.... ..................................................... 16 COMPUTERS & WEB DESIGN Computer Troubleshooters..... ..................................................... 18 G-TEC.......................................... 18 NYCOM Ltd.............................. 20

CRAFTS Castaway Yarns....................... 29 DAMP PROOFING Eastgate Building Contractors.............................. 11 DENTISTS Howardian Dental Practice..... ..................................................... 25 DRAINAGE Easaway.................................... 12 ELECTRICIANS C&S Electrical York................. 41 Judge Electrical...................... 43 Mark Smith Electrical........... 14 Wilson Electrical Services......6 ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES Hudson Moody...................... 64 FENCING Linear Fencing........................ 34 Westfield Fencing.................. 36 York Fencing............................ 37 FIREPLACES Focus Fireplaces........................3 FINANCES Moneywise Financial Solutions................................... 12 Pen Life Chartered Financial Planners.................................... 17 FURNITURE AND INTERIORS Interiors at Nine to Eleven.....9 FOOD & DRINK Cakes-d-Licious...................... 23 Cottage Inn, The..................... 20 GARAGE DOORS ABI Garage Doors.................. 41 Hobman Garage Doors....... 16 GARDENS Kennedy Garden Care.......... 35 Marks Garden Services........ 34 RAC Handyman & Gardening Services..................................... 35 York Landscapes & Maintenance........................... 36 HAIRDRESSING Caren Vollans Hair Design.. 20


Hair Boutique, The................. 24 Wendy Smith Mobile Hairdressing............................ 20

GW Plumbing.............................2 Haxby Plumbing & Heating.... ..................................................... 43

HEALTH Physiotherapy in your Home.. ..................................................... 20 Samantha Lambert Podiatry.. ..................................................... 20

PLUMBING - GENERAL HC Engineering Ltd.................6 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman............................... 43 Nicks Plumbing & Building Maintenance........................... 45 Plumbing by Taylor............... 47

JOINERS Neil Jackson Joiner................ 41 Joinery and Property Services..................................... 45 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Dream Doors Ltd................... 15 Instyle Kitchens & Bedrooms. ........................................................5 Worktops 19 MARKETS Castle Howard Market......... 23 Hovingham Village Market.23 MOBILITY MV Mobility............................. 18 NURSERIES & CHILDCARE Little Bugs................................ 31 York Montessori Nursery..... 27 OPTICIANS Haxby Opticians..................... 25 OVEN CLEANING Ultraclean................................. 41 PAINTING & DECORATING Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating............................... 45 MD Bonney Specialist Decorator................................. 47 R Barker Painting & Decorating............................... 47 RJH Decorators....................... 30 RM Decorators........................ 41 PETS Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic. ..................................................... 27 Station House Vets................ 29 PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling....... 41 PLUMBING & HEATING DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers............................4 Gas Servicing by Gemma... 45

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE A Plus Property Maintenance. ........................................................3 HC Engineering Ltd.................6 SM Maintenance.................... 12 Yorkshire Home & Property Services........................................6 RENEWABLE ENERGY Peak Power Systems............. 37 ROOFING & GUTTERING BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs Ltd. ..................................................... 16 John Pletts Roofing............... 14 Roofs Above............................ 13 Ultimate Plastic Solutions.. 17 SOFT FURNISHINGS Jackie Farnell Hand Tailored Soft Furnishings..................... 18 Interiors at Nine to Eleven.....9 TILING ABM Plastering & Tiling....... 41 GT Ceramic Tiling................... 45 TRAVEL Conexo Travel.......................... 33 TREE SURGEONS Bartlett Tree Experts............. 35 York Tree and Woodland Services..................................... 36 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd... ..................................................... 37 WASTE Acomb Waste Disposal........ 30 WINDOWS & DOORS Clearview.................................. 37 Cloudy2Clear.............................3 Instyle Windows & Doors.......7 Protech Windows................... 13 Ultimate Plastic Solutions.. 17 Window Distribution Ltd.... 19

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YORK • JULY 2013 • ISSUE 92

Strensall Community Youth and Sports Association Present

L L A S N E STR Y A D N U F SUNDAY 7th JULY 11am – 4pm Durlston Drive Sports Field

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Community magazine for the north of York area including Haxby, Wigginton, Strensall, Huntington and Stockton on the Forest.

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