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Editors Letter elcome to the March edition of the Handy Mag.

The days are finally getting much longer. I know this because we can walk our dogs in the light every morning. During the Winter, our black lab puppy has been running in and out of hedges and gardens unseen, apart the odd flash of bright eager eyes. Occasionally he will hide in hedges until our older, more sensible dog, walks past when he pounces causing much barking and mayhem - not what you need early morning in the dark! So Spring is on the way. Don’t forget that the clocks go forward on the 27th March. Mothers Day is late this year - Sunday 3rd April - but there are some great ideas for gifts in the magazine - so no excuses! If you, like me, have children hanging around the house with apparently nothing useful to do, have a read of the article about the CL and CG Brigade on page 57 detailing exciting times - camping trips, adventures, sport, a band and more. We even have job adverts in the magazine this month. Strensall PreSchool playgroup is looking for a Playgroup Assistant (p41) so if you would like to work with young children, why not give them a call. I’m always pleased to hear that the magazine is so well read and used. Thank you to everyone who supports our local businesses. Until next month.....


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Stuff it With the approach of spring comes the irresistible urge to sort out our storage. Katherine Sorrell offers some options to help even the untidiest of households become a haven of clutter-free simplicity.


ood storage is truly life-enhancing – it will make your home more spacious and attractive and, while you’ll still have to make the effort to put things away, it will be a darn sight quicker and easier to do. It’s easily said, but absolutely true, that you can never have too much storage; in real life, a good aim is for about 10-20% of each room (give or take, depending on the room) to be given over to storage of some type or another. The two chief options when it comes to storage are tailor-made and built-in, or off-the-peg, free-standing pieces. The former is often neater, takes up less room and is ideal for awkward spaces, but can be costly and can’t be taken with you when you move. The latter is portable and (often) less expensive, but tends to be bulky and must be chosen with care to co-ordinate with other furnishings.

Ten golden rules of storage 1. Don’t store items you no longer need.

Regularly assess what’s vital to your life and, if something’s not, sell it or give it away. Freecycle is a global organisation dedicating to keeping good stuff out of landfill – sign up to your local group at and you’re likely to find a taker for most things.

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can be stored in attics, sheds or the backs or tops of cupboards, reserving easily accessible storage space for the stuff you need to get at all the time.

3. Don’t place heavy items higher than shoulder height or lower than knee height.

4. Stacking boxes look great and save space – but if you need to get at the contents quickly and easily, don’t put them in the bottom boxes.

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originally designed for other uses. Plan chests, hanging racks and so on can be bought at office-supply companies or second-hand shops. And multi-functional furnishings are great: dining or coffee tables with drawers, beds with deep drawers, bench seats with lifting lids; even some basins and baths now have slim drawers or cupboards built-in.

6. Use every inch of space by building storage

above doors and windows, high up on walls, in alcoves or under sloping ceilings. You can even fit shelves or cupboards into disused fireplaces, while wall racks or ceiling pulleys can be used for bikes or similar items.

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Michelle and Bonnie’s first salon is based within Roko Health Club at Clifton Moor and is conveniently located for people living just off the ring road or for anyone shopping or working at Clifton Moor. The salon is spacious and modern with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Clients can benefit from hair styling, beauty, massage, aethetics and nail bar all in one place. Salon Absolute at Strensall has the same ethos as at Roko with no compromise on quality of service.The salons work so well due to the combined experience built up by owners Michelle Robbins and Bonnie Wilks. Their firm friendship has grown into a strong business partnership which contributes to the professional service they provide. Salon Absolute are colour specialists and offer a vast range of colour options using top quality products. Whilst waiting for their colour to take, customers can take advantage of the soft sofa, coffee machine, magazines and relaxing atmosphere.

Facial Aesthetics Always keen to offer clients more choice, the salon has been joined by Lee Rowe, an aethetics practitioner. Lee is a qualified nurse with over 20 years of experience. “I have a continuing keen interest in aesthetic cosmetic medicine. My aim is to provide exceptional, personalized care which is comfortable, convienient and affordable.” Lee trained with Medics Direct, one of the largest providers for aesthetics traning courses for doctors and nurses in the UK. “I work flexible hours so I’m able to work evenings and weekends if necessary.” says Lee. Lee provides a number of treatments including anti wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and medical strength chemical peels. Whether you’d like to get rid of some wrinkles, have fuller lips or just improve the tone of your skin, Lee has a solution for you. Give Lee a call at Salon Absolute for a free initial consultation.

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Porsche Boxster Spyder

We are in the presence of an all time great! The Boxster Spyder is white, has two protruding humps and goes like the clappers.


t first some people might find it hard to work out what the point of it is. Porsche has stripped it of most niceties – like door handles – and it does without an electric roof, replaced instead by a rudimentary piece of canvas and cling film stapled to the bodywork. Even Porsche admits only around 100 will find homes in the UK each year. But then you get behind the wheel and everything instantly makes sense. This Porsche is a driver’s dream and on the incredible Welsh roads where we tested the Boxster it was a sheer delight. At first it feels twitchy, on edge, alive. The steering has so much feel, it’s light and wriggles in your hands – and that takes some time to get used to. But settle in, tune into the sensations and feedback this stunning Spyder

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is transmitting and it rewards you with a drive of your life. Power comes in linear and fast. That 3.4-litre, 320bhp unit is a gem and, coupled with the Spyder diet, produces impressive performance figures. The sprint to 60mph is dispatched in 5.1 seconds and the way it translates that power into forward momentum so easily will have you beaming from ear to ear. What makes the Spyder so good is the fact it can utilise every single one of its 320 horses, efficiently and effectively. Higher-powered sports cars will out-drag it on the straights, but point the Porsche towards some twisties and it’ll keep up with pretty much anything. We just wish it sounded more potent – the sports exhaust option is a must.


MARCH 2011 • issue 66 However, it’s not just about what’s under that shapely hood. This car looks positively stunning too. In the ice white paintwork our test car came in, it was a crowd-gatherer and those two rear humps behind the headrests have a distinct air of Carrera GT about them. We even managed to nail taking that ‘roof’ off. Yes, it is more complicated than an electric set-up, but with practise we got the process down to about two minutes. Fair enough that’s not exactly quick – and you wouldn’t want to get caught in a downpour – but the hood is where Porsche has achieved most of the weight saving.

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Marrakech Springtime in Marrakech is delightful. Snow still clings to the peaks of the High Atlas but in the sun-filled oasis, the scent of orange blossom fills the air. Marrakech is exotic, beguiling yet just a short flight away and no jetlag.


et between ocean, mountains and desert, this Berber city and former capital gave its name to Morocco and retains glorious mementos of the past. From the sumptuous Medersa College to the 19th century Bahia Palace or the tombs of the Saadian dynasty, it’s a feast of Islamic architecture, rich in marble, mosaics, fountains, courtyards, stucco work as fine as lace and sculpted archways and columns. Destroyed and pillaged, the old El Badi Palace has no such treasures but its pink crumbling walls and orange grove are among the most haunting spots in town. Storks build their nests on the towers and little disturbs the peace but the ringing of chisels and hammers on the nearby Lantern Square. Copper and brass, lamps, mirrors, trays, tea pots, basket and leather ware, pointed slippers, embroidered gowns, Marrakech offers some of the best craft in Morocco, much of it in the cool covered alleyways of the souks. This is the place to bargain and buy, marvel at wood turners and silversmiths, watch out for donkey carts and lose your way in a dark maze of lanes strung with carpets and skeins of freshly-dyed wool. It’s colourful, overwhelming and laced with the fragrance of mint tea and a thousand spices. After the souks, the gardens are the perfect escape, whether you choose the green oases within the walls, the Palmeraie 20 •

out of town, with 100,000 palms and a few luxurious dwellings, the royal Aguedal Garden or Menara with its olive groves, pavilion and pool. The Majorelle Garden is small and often crowded but a must-see for any visitor. Created by French artist Majorelle, restored by the famous fashion designer Yves St Laurent, it claims 400 varieties of palms, 1800 of cacti and a lily pond with fabulous reflections. Bright ceramic pots compliment exotic plants and a museum displays local crafts. The garden is elegant, sophisticated, a world away from Marrakech’s most popular evening venue, the Djemaa El Fna Square. When the sun sets over the iconic Koutoubia mosque, the whole city heads towards the central square to enjoy one of the greatest free shows on

earth. Drummers and dancers mingle with fortune tellers, snake charmers, juice sellers, henna artists, acrobats, women peddling unleavened bread and mountain folk offering silver bangles and aphrodisiacs. Soon, white-hatted chefs set up their mobile kitchens, crowds gather on the benches and great clouds of smoke rise into the night. You can feast on couscous and snails, lentil soup, lamb kebabs, meat balls and chickpeas and all sorts of mysterious delicacies sizzling in the pans. Along the avenue, the plush horse-drawn carriages patiently await the return of their hotel clients while in the deserted Koutoubia gardens, the orange trees release their sweetest fragrance to welcome the spring. By Solange Hando

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hat is it that you should look for in an electrician? Qualifications, experience, trustworthiness and attention to detail are all important. Mark Smith is a qualified local electrician based in Haxby and his job is to provide your home with power in the safest possible way. Mark Smith Electrical was established in 2009 when Mark decided to branch out on his own. He is fully qualified to current regulations (17th Edition) and Part P and he is also registered with NAPIT (Trustmark approved) and JIB. For the customer, this means that you know you are getting someone who is qualified to certify all electrical work and will perform projects to the highest of standards. Mark has been successful in providing a good service since he started and has recently taken on an employee to help with the workload. “My aim is also to introduce an

apprentice to the company this year to enable us to continue expand our service.” Mark places a huge amount of importance on his customer service and says, “I am never late to an appointment - it is a personal grievance of mine - and I know that firsts impressions are extremely important. The customer will receive an honest written quote within a few days of my initial visit (unless it is an emergency). You will always have the work completed within pre-agreed timescales and you will find me to be tidy and hopefully be satisfied with my work. I urge my customers to pass on recommendations if they are happy with my work and if not, let me know so I can rectify any problems”. Mark’s work covers a wide variety of jobs in the installation, maintenance and repairs of both domestic and commercial electrical systems. His main specialism is house rewires where he can provide mains board upgrades and periodic

maintenance. Mark explains, “I can test a property, make necessary changes, provide a test certificate and upgrade it to the latest standards if that is required. If you are moving or have an old property this service will give you peace of mind.” Whilst this is Mark’s specialist area of work, he is also extremely proficient in all other areas and can provide all electrical services from adding a socket to new build extensions. Innovative technology such as Taptile, Tile Vision and home automation can be introduced to the home and Mark uses his talents to help this happen.

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Think you can’t grow fruit in your garden? Why not try containers and pots and for a crop of your favourite tree and soft fruits.


any gardeners think they can’t grow fruit in the garden, either because they feel they do not have the space or because they fear that the fruit will be damaged by cold weather in spring. However, it is possible to grow most tree and soft fruit in containers and pots; these will not only take up very little space, but can also be moved under cover in bad weather, if necessary. Container growing gives all gardeners the opportunity to grow exotic fruit, such as citrus, which cannot be planted out of doors in this country, as well as those like blueberries, which are very fussy about soil. If grown well, container fruits will yield reasonable quantities of fruit but, perhaps as important, they look very handsome on a patio, and can even be used as mini-orchards or moveable components of garden design. Tree fruits grown specifically for pot use are often grafted on to ‘semi-dwarfing’ rootstocks, although the size of pot and the finite amount of compost in it will restrict root and top growth in any event. Any fruit tree variety grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock needs to be grown in a fertile, well-drained soil, such as John Innes No 3 compost, which contains loam and is suitable for plants growing permanently in pots. Blueberries 28 •

and cranberries need a very acid soil; these should be planted in a proprietary ‘ericaceous’ compost. Citrus are also best in a dedicated citrus compost. Plant the tree into a pot which is slightly larger than the one from which it came, if it is containerised, or big enough to comfortably contain the roots, if it is bare-rooted. (Bare-rooted trees are planted in the dormant season, while containerised plants can be planted at any time.) With the latter, make sure that the roots are not ‘pot-bound’. If they are badly girdled, return the tree to the retailer; otherwise, tease them out carefully. Put a few flattish stones over the holes at the bottom, then place the tree in the centre, filling in all round with compost. The tree should be planted at the same depth as it was in the nursery, about 5 cms (2 ins) below the rim of the pot to allow for watering. Trees on dwarfing rootstocks will need staking since they don’t make extensive root systems. A bamboo cane and small tree ties are often sufficient; check them from time to time to see they are not biting into the bark. Put the pot onto pot feet or bricks, so that water can drain out freely. Repot every year in autumn, into a slightly larger pot each time, until you have reached about 37.5 cms (15

inches) for gooseberries, say, and 45 cms (18 ins) for apples. Investing in a pot trolley makes sense if you need to move pots under cover in winter. A watchful watering and feeding regime is essential if the plant is to thrive and produce fruit, which sets and comes to maturity. The main cause of fruit drop is uneven or insufficient watering. Mulch the surface of the compost in spring, and use a high-potash liquid feed frequently once the fruits have formed. Little water is required in winter, because the plants are dormant. Hardy fruits, such as apples and pears, can remain outside in the winter, but the roots are vulnerable in very cold weather, so the containers should be enclosed in bubble wrap (leaving the top clear for watering), and put in a place sheltered from freezing winds. Conversely, in very hot weather in summer, roots of any plant in a pot can be damaged by heat, so place the containers in the shade during heatwaves. © Ursula Buchan, 2010


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What’s in store for the York property market in 2011


eavy snow heaped on top of the government’s austerity measures and the tighter lending criteria for new mortgages all contributed to a sluggish end to the year in the York housing market. However, activity levels so far in the New Year have proved there are many good reasons to feel more positive for 2011 and in particular for the home owners of York according to Scott Anscomb, owner of one of York’s leading estate agents YOUR MOVE ANSCOMBS. “When you have a period where the market is unusually quiet we always find that a level of pent up demand is created waiting to be released. This was certainly the case at the end of 2010 and thankfully we saw this pent up demand start to release even before the New Year had begun with five properties selling in the three days we were open between Christmas and New Year. Since then the activity levels have continued to grow in comparison with the first 4 weeks of last year with a 40% increase in new properties coming onto the market with us and a fantastic 43% uplift in sales.

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Whilst some parts of the UK may see further drops in prices this year, in York, I believe the strong demand for property will see prices remain steady and sales continue to rise as confidence in the economy grows during the year. York is an important city with a thriving economic and educational environment, a high profile tourist attraction as well as being a great place to live. All these factors keep demand high for property from all sorts of people including those living and working in and around York, investors providing rental properties in particular for students at the university and people wanting second homes from which to simply enjoy the city on a regular basis. Our success in such a competitive market is down to the hard work of my 14 strong team who continue to deliver an enthusiastic service whatever the market conditions. We have also invested in improved marketing for our customers with bespoke sales particulars for each property including floorplans, extensive advertising and greater presence on the Internet and in particular on the biggest property site of them all Rightmove.

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We have a fantastic selection of properties across the Vale of York and always have a great choice throughout the popular areas from Huntington across to Haxby and up to Strensall. Half of my team come from this side of the city, know it inside out and are great advocates for the areas when talking to buyers.” The local schools are excellent and we have some great family houses to choose from. In Huntington we have a 4 bedroom detached house in Pennine Close which is beautifully presented and priced at £315,000. Just over the ring road on the ever popular Earswick Chase development is an extremely attractive 4 bedroom family house with open plan kitchen/dining room at £399,950. Or Blands House, a superb newly built 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom detached house in the heart of Strensall village at Southfields Road can be yours for £575,000.

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Books to give mum

on Mothers Day The Happiness Project by Gretchen Craft Rubin

Gretchen had everything to be happy for; a successful career, two lovely children and a happy marriage – but she wasn’t satisfied, so she decided to do something about it. Starting on January 1st, the author takes a proactive approach to improving her life – from sleeping more and whinging less, to developing herself spiritually, educationally and philosophically. Easy to read and thought-provoking, ‘The Happiness Project’ is charming, funny and truly inspirational.

Mother’s Day is almost upon us, and what better way to say ‘thank you’ than with the thoughtful gift of a book. We’ve put together a few of the best to give Mum on her special day.

piece of music you bought? And what one piece of advice would you offer me? Here is a chance to record your mum’s memories and reveal the book within, something which she’ll enjoy creating which will be treasured by all her loved ones.

1001 Little Beauty Miracles by Esme Floyd

Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul by Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Jennifer Read Hawthorne

Dear Mum, From You to Me concept by Neil Coxon

Ever wondered what your mum was like as a child or how your parents met? Here’s something totally different for Mother’s Day which will answer all those unanswered questions. Not so much reading material than a little project, this lovely hardback book is packed full with leading questions such as: How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant with me? What was the first 34 •

light-hearted and realistic tome of advice which cuts corners, bends rules, and doesn’t leave the reader feeling like they’ve done a less-than-perfect job. Full of entertaining stories, tips and advice, this is a must-have for any mum who wants less pressure and more enjoyment out of being a parent.

From the best selling series comes a collection of heart-warming, true stories recollecting the defining moments of motherhood - from birth and adoption stories to miracle tales and how it feels to watch them fly the next and become parents of their own. This book guarantees tears and laughter, for anyone who has been a mother.

How Not to Be The Perfect Mother by Libby Purves

A refreshing take on the usual parenting guide, Radio 4’s Libby Purves has created a humorous and matter-of-fact manual to help with the ups and downs of motherhood. Ideal for any new(ish) mum, this book is a

This beauty bible is jam packed with hints and tips for any lady in need of some TLC. From covering blemishes and making thin hair look thick to dealing with unmentionables such as facial hair, the pages are packed with practical and simple advice. Release your Mum’s inner glamour-puss with this fantastic book - she’ll be sure to thank you for it!

The Lady who was Beautiful Inside by Edward Monkton

A lovely little picture book from the creator of those wonderfully witty (and slightly mad) greetings cards. With a simple story about a lady whose radiance turns winter into spring and causes flowers to spring up in her footsteps – this is sweet and stylish, and with the usual hand written lettering and line drawings, it’s ideal for little ones to give on Mother’s Day.


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he Country Cradle, a family run business based between Malton and Pickering, stocks a large range of beautiful christening gowns, suits and accessories. Among the irresistible christening gowns, christening dresses, and boys suits, you are sure to find something that you

“I appreciate how difficult it can be to find the perfect christening gown for your baby.” Lesley explains, “We have a large selection and customers can come here and browse at their leisure. There is no pressure to buy and we even have evening appointments available”. This means that Lesley can provide customers with a unique shopping experience and the best possible service. Alongside the christening collection is an exclusive collection of baby and children’s clothing and accessories for premature babies to 5 year olds.

The collection has been carefully selected from designers such as Sarah Louise, Pretty Originals, Little Darlings, and Mayoral to name but a few. Girls or boys, party outfits or every day wear, The Country Cradle has high quality children’s clothing to suit. Lesley Warrington provides a personal, friendly service from her shop at Malton Rd, Kirby Misperton which she runs with her other business, Posh Pedals which sells traditional pedal cars, doll’s prams and wooden toys and games. For top quality children’s clothing and toys that are difficult to find elsewhere, visit The Country Cradle or call on 01653 668547 or 07920 062111 to make an out of hours appointment. The County Cradle now has a website com where you can buy online. Open Mon - Tue & Fri - Sat 10 - 4pm Other times by arrangement

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How to

Make Cash in your spare time It’s always nice to have a bit of extra cash set aside each month for savings, emergencies, or just a little treat now and then. Here, we’ve listed eight easy ways to put some money back in your pocket, without doing overtime.

Ebay Start by selling any unnecessary clutter around the house, then see if any neighbours or friends have anything which they don’t need and offer to list it for them for a small commission. If you don’t mind doing the leg work, you could be on to a nice little earner whilst helping your friends out too!

Hobbies Do you make great cakes? Enjoy crafting your own greetings cards? Have a passion for photography? You can make money by hiring out your services. Birthday cakes, wedding invitations and family portraits can be a great way to do what you love and get paid for it.

Mystery shopping Shopping in disguise and providing feedback on the quality of service and customer care of retailers is a great way to earn vouchers, discounts or cash.

Babysitting It’s not just a job for teenagers. Get paid to sit in somebody’s house and watch television, read or surf the net and earn around £8 an hour, which can mount up on dates like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Houses and pets need sitting too when their owners are on holiday, so there’s plenty of demand!

Party planning There are lots of companies who need representatives to host parties which endorse their products, such as Pampered Chef and 36 •

Ann Summers (not for the faint hearted!). Check there isn’t already a representative in your area when you enquire.

Count votes Register with your council’s election office and earn a nice sum when the next election comes around.

Life modelling Feeling brave? If you don’t mind standing still in your birthday suit for an hour or so, this is a great way of increasing your bank balance and your confidence! Sign up to a reputable agency and enquire at local art colleges. All shapes and sizes are welcome, all you need is the ability to hold a pose.

Get online Blogging, reviewing or becoming an online researcher can bring in the pennies, which soon mount up. If you’re into photography, many sites will take photographs and you’ll receive royalties each time they are used.


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Working from home Cat and Dog


n the eighth century, an Irish monk living in Reichenau Abbey in southern Germany wrote a charming poem – in Gaelic: that’s how we know he was Irish – about watching his cat hunting mice. “I and Pangur Ban, my cat, ‘Tis like tasks that we are at. Hunting mice is his delight; Hunting words I sit all night... “When a mouse darts from its den, O how glad is Pangur then!” The anonymous monk and I have this in common: we are both watching our pets when we should be working. However while he was watching his cat hunting mice, I am distracted by my cat being hunted by the dog. The cat, Peepo, is 10 and was already in full possession of the house when Flossie arrived as a puppy four years ago. An excitable LabradorSpringer cross, Flossie had never met a cat before and immediately decided that Peepo was some sort of demon who had to be kept away from the humans at all costs. Their first few days under the same roof were one long scuffle, but in the old house it was easy to keep them apart. Flossie’s domain was the sitting room, conservatory, and garden, while Peepo retired to a solitary life upstairs. He could no longer join us for an evening in front of the telly, but at least he could get to the kitchen for food and water without risk of being ambushed. The new house, alas, is more or less open-plan. Flossie can get upstairs unhindered, while Peepo’s passage to the kitchen is unsecured. When we first moved in we feared carnage; but things didn’t turn out quite as we had expected. 38 •

The truth is that Flossie is absolutely terrified of Peepo. But as the faithful guardian of her pack, she does her best to overcome her fear. When one of us goes upstairs she’ll come too; as soon as we’ve done whatever it is we went upstairs to do she hurls herself down again as fast as she can, clearing the steep staircase in a semicontrolled tumble. Peepo, on the other hand, has decided that he’s not at all afraid of Flossie. He stalks about the place as if she wasn’t there, nose and tail haughtily in the air, looking neither to the left nor to the right. If Flossie dares to come too close he’ll turn round and swear sharply at her, upon which she immediately flees; but that’s as far as Peepo goes in even acknowledging her existence. Recently there has been a development. Peepo has decided to reassert his right to evenings with the family; and while Flossie is asleep at her end of the sofa he’ll wander casually into the sitting room and exchange courtly greetings with the humans. If Flossie wakes up she’s a picture of bristling alertness, hackles up and every muscle pumped, ready to confront the cat-devil should it show any signs of ill intent. Sometimes she even has to be held back; but we know that even if she went for Peepo it would all be a sham, because she never gets any closer to him than she feels she has to. She certainly looks the part of dutiful guard-dog, but it’s all a pantomime and blows have never actually been exchanged. Will they ever get used to each other and cohabit peacefully? I don’t know. I do know this, though: I should stop watching them at it and get on with some work! by Ted Bruning


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Smoked haddock with butter beans and spinach


arlier this year top chefs took part in the Big Fish Fight on Channel4 championing sustainable seafood and encouraging us to diversify our fish eating habits by trying some of the lesser known local fish like Coley, Dab and Pouting.

If you’re interested in finding out more the Marine Conservation Society produces a well researched guide to sustainable fish and provides a search facility at Haddock from the NE Arctic and the North Sea is sustainable but if in doubt ask the fishmonger or look for the Marine Stewardship Council logo on the pack.

Ingredients (serves 4)

800g smoked haddock (4 thickish pieces) 3 x 410g tins of butter beans, drained and rinsed 1 large bag of spinach leaves, not the baby leaf salad Butter for greasing the dish 250ml milk Fresh bay leaves Good handful of fresh parsley, chopped 1 x 284ml pot double cream 1 heaped tablespoon grain mustard Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


8. Pour over the fish (it won’t quite cover) and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 40 minutes until the cream is bubbling and the sauce has thickened around the beans. 9. When the fish has reached its final 10 minutes cooking time, pop some plates in the oven to warm. 10. Wash and drain the spinach and heat a good knob of butter in a large frying pan or wok. Stir fry the spinach until just wilted (you may need to do this in 2 goes if there’s a lot of spinach). Season to taste with salt and black pepper. 11. By this time the haddock should be ready serve the haddock and beans with the spinach on the warmed plates.

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. 2. Put the smoked haddock in a large pan with 3 bay leaves, the milk and enough water to just cover the fish. 3. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until barely cooked. Transfer to a plate to cool. Reserve the milk to top up the cream later on in the recipe. 4. Butter a large ovenproof dish and spoon in the beans. 5. Take the skin off the fish and remove any bones with your fingers and lay on top of the beans. 6. Finely chop the parsley and mix it with the cream and mustard in a bowl or large jug. 7. Check whether the haddock is salty (sometimes it can be) and if not add salt to the cream as well as black pepper. Mix in 4 tablespoons of the reserved milk. 40 •

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MARCH 2011 • issue 66 STRENSALL PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated, flexible

Playgroup Assistant

at the


(Termly Contract) approx 15 - 26.5hrs. Duties:

Setting up for sessions ensuring equipment is clean and safe, preparing snacks, tidying away and covering breaks. Preferably with a first aid qualification although not essential. Post subject to CRB check. In first instance write with covering letter enclosing CV to Sarah Smith, Strensall Pre-school Playgroup, Peter Feasby Community Building, West End, Strensall, York YO32 5UH. Closing date 11th March 2011. For an informal chat telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 Learning through Play

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A household pet named Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) goes on an adventure to discover his true self. Gore (“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN”) Verbibski directs from a screenply by John Logan (“AVIATOR,” “GLADIATOR”).


It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of freemen. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel’s momentous struggle for justice and freedom.

The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau is a thriller that will keep the intellect on high alert. David Norris (Matt Damon) is a politician on his way to the Senate. When he meets dancer Elise (Emily Blunt) it looks as though he may have love and power all within his sights. But fate has another course set for David and sends its agents in to make sure that everything goes to plan. It’s now for David to decide whether to fight the shady agents trying to keep him on track, or give up Elise for good. A metaphysical thriller with shades of Inception. • 01653 658776 • 41


Haxby and Wigginton

Scarecrow Festival 2011

York Light Orchestra Presents


A Concert of Music for Everyone Thursday, 3rd March 2011 7.30pm

Stockton on the Forest Village Hall Tickets £7.50 Wine bar & soft drinks available and raffle The 5th Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow Festival will be held on Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and Monday 2nd May 2011. Trails (£2 per trail) will be available to purchase between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm on Saturday and Monday, and from 12 noon to 4.30pm on Sunday, at Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church. There will be refreshments and light lunches servedin the Methodist Church Hall starting at the times above until 6pm each day, and other refreshment stops will be located on some of the trails. Hopefully there will also be craft activities taking place at various times during the day. We’ll look forward to seeing you! To register to make a scarecrow and include it on one of our trails (closing date 3rd April 2011), or for more information about the event, please contact Dave Sleet on haxbyscarecrows@ or 01904 761262, or complete our online registration form at: http://www. scarecrow.php All proceeds from the festival will be shared between the Phambili Project, who work with the orphans and underprivileged of Langa Township in Cape Town, South Africa, and our local community projects. We would appreciate any local voluntary organisation wishing to make a claim for funds to submit their request to Dave Sleet, 29 Old Orchard, Haxby YO32 3DS with details of the amount and the reason for the submission by 31st March 2011, please. 42 •

For more details and tickets please contact; Jill Hawkins on (01904) 400442 or the YLO secretary via

DIY MARCH 2011 • issue 66

Goes Digital When we were little, we thought that by the time we grew up we’d have robots and lasers. We were right, but the lasers and robots aren’t where we thought they would be. Instead of frying our enemies we’re using them to hang pictures, vacuum the dining room and mow the lawn. Today, even our tools are becoming high-tech.

DIY all in One If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a toolbox and a transformer, the Power8 Workshop is the answer: its lurid lime green case transforms into a work bench and includes halogen lighting, a drill, a screwdriver, a circular saw and a jigsaw. There’s also an integrated fast charger to keep the tools’ batteries topped up. At £289.90 it’s on the pricey side, but there’s no doubt it offers convenience, easy transportation and easy storage for your stuff. Fancy something even smaller? Leatherman’s innovative multi-tools are in toolboxes, glove boxes and suitcases around the planet, and the range starts at around £30 for the smaller models. If money’s no object the £99 Charge TTi combines stainless steel blades with titanium handles, and it feels sharp enough to split atoms. It cuts, clips, strips, saws, screws, crimps and files, and yet the whole thing is small enough to fit in a trouser pocket.

Paint with Ease You wouldn’t expect paint companies to make gadgets, but they do: Dulux has the PaintPod, and Hammerite has the MetalMaster. Both promise to make DIY easier. The £69 PaintPod is a closed system that sends just enough paint to the integrated roller, and it automatically cleans itself when you’re finished. It works fairly well and vastly reduces the mess most of us make when we’re repainting the house.


How robots, lasers and gadgets can take the drudgery out of DIY Hammerite’s MetalMaster isn’t so successful. It’s an electrostatic paint gun that costs around £50 and promises to take the drudgery out of painting metal such as furniture, railings and so on. However, a quick scan of review sites such as reviewcentre. com paints a fairly sad picture, with customers complaining that it takes longer than a paintbrush and isn’t particularly well made.

Getting it Straight Your local DIY emporium probably has more lasers than Darth Vader’s Death Star. There are laser spirit levels, laser range finders, laser tape measures and there are even jigsaws that use lasers to show you where to cut. If you’d rather not spend more than £20 on a spirit level, why not install one on your phone? The free iHandy Carpenter Level for Apple’s iPhone uses your phone’s built-in gyroscope to tell you whether something’s flat. It isn’t as accurate as a real spirit level, but if you only need a quick guide then you can’t argue with free. Don’t have an iPhone? Spirit Level Pro does the same thing on Google-powered Android phones such as the HTC Desire.

Robot Home Help The trouble with multi-tools is that they still expect you to do the work. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get robots to do the DIY for you? We’re not quite there yet, but there are plenty of robots to help around the house. Robot vacuum cleaners such as iRobot’s Roomba and Samsung’s Navibot have dropped below the £400 mark - although like Daleks, they don’t do stairs - and if you really don’t like mowing the lawn Husquvarna’s robot lawnmower, the Automower, starts at around £1,099. • 01653 658776 • 43




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Conversions With the housing market so depressed at the moment, moving house can be an even more expensive and stressful experience than it usually is.


onverting your loft into an extra room is a cost effective and practical way of creating extra space for you as well as adding value to your home when you do move. This is not a job to be undertaken lightly though. Apart from the cost - around £20,000 upwards - building regulations need to be adhered to and sometimes planning permission is required. Conversion can take time and involves a lot of upheaval. The extra room needs to be reported


Most lofts can be converted, but there are considerations such as headroom to think about. There’s not much point creating a new room if you can’t stand up in it. The steeper the pitch of your roof, the easier the loft is to convert to a habitable space. A pull down ladder and skylights don’t count as living space when it comes to selling your house. So if you are going to convert, do it properly and contact a local reputable loft conversion specialist for advice.

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Conservatory Bases Patios/Driveways Boundary Walls/Fencing Drainage No job too small For free advice and quotations call: 46 •

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Another of our regular sharing events

Share surplus seeds

Another of our regular sharing events

Share surplus seeds

Bring your surplus or just come along and share Another of our regular sharing events some of ours if you haven‛t any yourself – there is

Bring your surplus or just come along and share some of ours if you haven‛t any yourself – there is always more than enough for all

Share surplus seeds

Hear how ABUNDANCE help people with their fruit Bring your surplus or just come along picking in York each autumn

always more than enough for all

how ABUNDANCE help people and sharesomeHear of ours if you haven’t anywith their fruit picking in York each autumn yourself – there is always more than enough for all.

Hear how ABUNDANCE help people autumn.5 March 2011 Saturday, 5 March 2011 with their fruitpicking in York eachSaturday, Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church

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10.45 - 11.45 am Lounge (entry at side) Talk by David Broughton of Abundance Talk by David Broughton of Abundance, Talk by David Broughton of Abundance, Who are we? Who are we? We are are a groupawho are responding by Creating CoWe group whoto new arechallenges responding operative Community in Haxby and Wigginton to new challenges by Creating CoWe hope to move towards operative in Haxby andfood; Greater Community sharing and co-operation; more locally grown Better use of resources; a lower carbon community; less dependence on Wigginton

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Stamford Bridge Singers


he Stamford Bridge Singers completed a very busy Advent and Christmas period with successful if snowy services and concerts in Malton and York and a fun evening of carol singing in Stamford Bridge. Following their Christmas break the Singers have started learning a number of new works in preparation for services and concerts at Easter and in the Summer. Watch out for details of forthcoming concerts in Easingwold, Thornton le Dale and Malton. Following a number of recent recruits to the Soprano and Alto lines, the Stamford Bridge

Singers are now looking to recruit more tenors and basses to their ranks. If you are aged between thirteen and seventy and you enjoy singing a wide range of sacred and secular music, ranging from Mozart to Lloyd Webber and from Haydn to Abba, please do get in touch with this friendly Choir. The Singers meet every Thursday evening in Stamford Bridge Junior School from 7.30 to 9.15pm. Contact the Singers via their website: www. stamfordbridgesingers.btck. , ring Rosemary Downey on York 787181 or just come along to a practice and see what you think! • 01653 658776 • 49


York Cats Protection staff are desperate


for an alternative to family, friends, house-sitting or kennels?


– desperate to get our gorgeous and sprightly lady Freya, a new home!

To find out more about the pet care concept everyone’s talking about call:

Tel: 01751 473111

Freya is our only long-stay cat and we have no idea why!

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She’s not old, barely touching middle age in fact She has a strikingly beautiful face and lovely tabby markings Her favourite past-time is playing with her toys She has a soft spot for handsome tom cats (even the older gentleman!)

So why does Freya still grace our adoption centre? Truth is when Freya came into the adoption centre she was rather spoilt. She refused to eat meat, it was high quality biscuits for her, she didn’t like her feline neighbours, boy did she let them know and she didn’t like to be over-fussed – in short everything was on Freya’s terms! Having being with us for quite some months we have now seen a new, calmer and friendlier Freya emerge. She now quite likes her feline neighbours and will interact with them in a more positive way. She will also hop on your knee for a cuddle and accept fuss – so long as you promise to play with her toy mice afterwards! We would really like to see Freya in a new home as soon as possible. She has blossomed while being with us but we feel she will improve even more once she is in a stable and loving home – where she can really get her paws under the table. If you feel you could offer Freya or any of our needy cats a home please contact the centre on 01904 760356 or drop in and see us at 582 Huntington Road, Huntington, York.

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The importance of geriatric check ups


s your pet gets older its organs and hormone system can start to work less efficiently and your pet may become unwell. Often the signs are subtle such as drinking a little more and urinating more often. Other signs that indicate all is not well include eating more or less, restricted movement, sleeping more, appearing depressed, vomiting, losing weight, loss of condition i.e. scurfy greasy coat, aggressiveness and forgetfulness. The list is endless but often owners have a feeling that their pet ‘just isn’t right’ rather than noticing any signs in particular. It is important that you take your pet to the vets as soon as possible if you feel they are unwell especially if they are over seven years old, which is classed as a senior animal. It may be advisable to do a routine blood screen around this age even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms as this can highlight any problems with the liver and kidneys and check for hormone disorders.

a specially formulated diet that is low in phosphorus and contains high quality protein which is easily metabolised by the kidneys, thereby reducing their work load. Blood pressure tablets may be needed where patients have high blood pressure. Other conditions that can affect older pets include:diabetes, arthritis, liver failure, and hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by an overactive thyroid gland which dangerously increases the heart rate. Signs seen in your pet would include becoming hyperactive, eating more and substantial weight loss. Loss of mental function is a common yet lesser known problem which affects 1 in 5 senior dogs and 1 in 3 cats over the age of eight.

Changes in behaviour are often the only indicators that your pet may be affected. Signs to look for include becoming short-tempered, appearing disorientated, being less interested in interacting with animals and people and becoming restless. They may also start to bark or cry for no reason, start to have accidents in the house, sleep more throughout the day and be less keen to go outdoors or play. Also your pet may no longer respond to their name or simple commands. If you notice any of these signs contact your vet who can do a thorough examination and prescribe medication to help support your pets mental function and improve their quality of life. Celia Carr RVN Station House Vets

It is common for animals kidneys to work less efficiently as they get older and by the time they start to show symptoms their kidneys are functioning at 30% capacity. This damage cannot be reversed once it has been done but it can be prevented from getting worse by feeding • 01653 658776 • 51



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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



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


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


(Affiliated to NAFAS) A group for people who are interested in flower arranging, voluntary competitions, visiting speakers, self help activities and opportunities for wider involvement. All visitors are welcome. Please see the events pages for details of our next meeting. Further details from 01904 765676


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



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


The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary body of retired but active people who like to follow their interests and take up new ones. Courses are run free of charge by members themselves, no qualifications are required only enthusiasm and a wish to join with others in the pursuit of new activities. Monthly meetings with a speaker on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Current groups include Art, Bird Watching, Bridge, Dancing, History, Investment Planning, IT, Languages, Literature, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Walking etc. Theatre visits, luncheons and excursions are also arranged. For further information call 01904 761920.


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


We are a voluntary group of people who live in the area, who want to make a local impact on the York in Transition Agenda: to persuade everyone to make small steps towards reducing our reliance on


MARCH 2011 • issue 66 ways of living which are unsustainable and will cause serious dilemmas for our children and grandchildren. We want to start by becoming more cooperative about what we grow and produce to join the ‘germinators’ or express any interests: 01904 756651


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


01844 348100. info@ www. Huntington Bridge Club Held every Saturday at Huntington Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road. 7 till 10, al new players welcome! Just come along.


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


Access to information, advice and support, and to offer opportunities and choice to anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Opening times: Tuesdays: 2pm-7pm Thursdays: 10am-2pm First Saturday of every month: 10am2pm. Woodlands MS Resource Centre 120 Thief Lane, Hull Road, York YO10 3HU Tel: 01904 430600


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


The Oaken Grove Surfer have responded to the government’s request to help all adults of working age to become computer literate. We run Online Basics courses (part of My Guide) and we are a registered UK Online Centre. We help beginners become competent at using a keyboard and a mouse, searching the internet, staying safe online, sending emails and much more! Everyone is welcome at our sessions on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Students work on a laptop with one to one support from their own mentor, for as long as it takes for them to become confident. Tel the Centre on 01904 769176 for more information.


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

PARKINSONS DISEASE SOCIETY. (PARKINSONS UK) This group meets monthly on the first Monday of the month at the Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road, Huntington, York at 7pm. All new members, together with their family and friends are welcome to join us. Contact telephone number is 0844 225 36 32

for Jayne Riggall who is an Information and Support Officer.


Reflect is a counselling service based in York that is specifically for women and men facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. We are one of around 150 centres across the UK www. and can offer trained advisers to help. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm and Fridays between 3-5pm for drops in at the Gateway centre, Acomb, but many other appointments are available, just call to arrange. More information from 01904 676710 or visit


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


A small group of people who enjoy raising funds for this worthwhile cause. Contact Sue Vaughan (publicity) on 01904 764373 or email suevaughan123@yahoo.

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



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


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


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


Who says you’re old and past it when you are 50 or over? Our dining group of friends are full of fun and life. So do not sit or eat alone, come and join us. We meet every 3-4 weeks at various venues in and around the York area. If you enjoy good food and good company then ring 01904 490987 for more details.


Aims to promote and study the history of the parish of Strensall and to disseminate historical information through meetings, publications lectures and events. We are a friendly group who in order to explore, study and record this exciting history have regular monthly meetings which provide

opportunities to hear a variety of speakers or to participate in workshops. Meetings are held in Strensall Village Hall on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm.


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


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

SUE RYDER CARE Sue Ryder Care is a national charity which helps seriously ill people to enjoy the best life they can. We have 4 care centre in Yorkshire. We provide the care that liberates lives but we need to raise at least £15 million a year so if you would like to organise an event or help us with our fundraising please call Jackie Sedgewick on 07769 671786 or email: We’d be delighted to hear from you!

The Healing Trust

Would you like to feel relaxed and revitalised? Then come and experience Healing. Anyone in need of Healing is welcome. Meets in the Clementhorpe Community Centre, Lower Ebor Street, York, YO23 1AY. No appointment is necessary.. 7.00pm for 7.15pm start each Thursday (ends 9pm). A donation of £5 or more would be appreciated to help keep the Centre running. For further information contact • 01653 658776 • 53

COMMUNITY John Phelps 01423359241 or email jphelps@


Rehearsal facilities for us at the Portakabin Site in Huntington. The Beginners Band rehearses Monday evenings 6.30-8.00pm. Contact Audrey Brown, tel 01904 425256. The Concert Band rehearses Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm. Contact David Gregg on 07710 106906. The Senior Band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday evenings 8.0010.00pm. Contact Charles Wilson on 07802 190250. www.shepherdbrassband. org

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


We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. We have speakers, trips out, activity groups. Old and new members, also visitors are always welcome. For more information please contact Mrs Tolliday, Secretary on 01904 761853


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


Meet monthy at Wigginton

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


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


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


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


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

The York Philatelic Society meets every second Tuesday in the month apart from August in the Denham Room in the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7-15 p.m. During the meetings there is a bourse to enable members to buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by the York Society. Annual subscriptions are £6-00 annually payable on the 1st January each year. (youth subscription , is13 - 18 years, is £3-00). Contact can be made to the Publicity Secretary, Captain P. Hyde, on 01904-490603 ( ) or to Tony Ward, Secretary, on 01904-411378 ( ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:- com/site/yorkps/


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

York group walks are on Wednesdays and are about 10 miles long. There are also occasional car-free public transport walks of varying lengths. York Ramblers join with Ryedale Ramblers for Sunday walks. For details log on to www.communigate. or for a comprehensive list of all the walks by groups in our area, including Ryedale, log on to www. eastyorkshireramblers. Or phone Marilyn Skelton on 01347-824520.

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


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


Sheriff Hutton Methodist Church, Please contact Caroline Hunt on 01347 878242 for more details and to check term time dates!


Under 5s is now Haxby

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


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


Huntington Pre-school Babies and Toddler Group: Monday and Friday mornings 9.15 - 10.45 during term time. The Memorial Hall, Strensall Road, Huntington. All welcome. £3 per session including refreshments for adults and children. Discounts available for half-termly registration or additional children. Feel


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


Orchard Park Community centre, Off Brockfield park shops, Huntington. Open- Mon to Fri 9.15 to 12.15. Lunch Club 12.15 to 1.15 For children aged 2 to 5 to Learn and play.. Please call Sandra on Tel 07837133009 or 01904 626361 for more info

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

SHERIFF HUTTON BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP Village Hall, Thu 9.4511.45am Play and other activities for all babies and toddlers with their parents and carers. All welcome.

SINNINGTON PRE SCHOOL The Pre School is OFSTED registered and inspected. Sessions are;

Toddler group- Tuesday 10.00am - 11.30am. Pre -School - Monday 09.10am-11.40am. Wednesday 09.10am11.40am Thursday 09.10am-11.40am Friday 09.10am-11.40am. For more information contact Kerry or Suzanne on 07799727656


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

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


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

the-Forest Village Hall. For more details contact Karen (01904) 870759


We offer a natural transition from pre-school to school as we are situated next door to Robert Wilkinson School. We have various sessions on offer in our newly refurbished setting. MONDAY & TUESDAY: Preschoolers (amalgamated Rising 4s and 5s) 8.45am – 12.45pm, Rising 3s 1 - 3pm. WEDNESDAY: Pram Club/Messy 2s 9 – 10.30am, Pre-schoolers 10.45am – 2.45pm. THURSDAY: Pre-schoolers 8.45am – 12.45pm, Rising 3s 1 – 3pm. FRIDAY: Pre-schoolers 10.45am – 2.45pm, Pram club/ Messy 2s 1.15 – 2.45pm. Messy 2 sessions are ‘Pay as you go’. For more information telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 or email sarahsmithpg@


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

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

mums. More details are available on our website: uk or email our helpline:


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

Sports Clubs Badmington Club

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


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


All of our coaches are FA coaching level 1 qualified and are CRB checked. Training is on Saturday mornings at Durlston Drive, Strensall.If you are interested in playing then please email strensallsa@ or ring Louise on 07801896698. HAXBY NETBALL CLUB …affiliated to England Netball. Would you like to join this very successful netball club which currently runs 6 teams in the York & District Netball League, including the league CHAMPIONS? If so call the secretary

Rachel ( 01904 641597) or Chair Val ( 01904 761970) for more details. We are a CAPS accredited club and hold a Clubmark status from our governing body. Training is on a Monday evening at the Ethel Ward Playing Field throughout summer, and the League season runs from September until March. Would you like to learn to umpire? We have a qualified tutor in the club. Also if you are a budding Junior player ( school years 7-10) there is a junior section which trains every other Monday, 6:15-7:15. All coaches are CRB checked. Ring for more details


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


If you are interested in getting involved please contact the following for more information: Club Secretary and Under 7s Manager: Steve Calpin 01904 466188 Chairman: Terry Mansell: 01757 282377 or email sue.


Classes for boys and girls from reception to year 10. Classes are held at various venues across York, Monday to Friday– venues include Archbishop Holgate’s School, Manor C of E School, Park Grove Primary school, Canon Lee School, Joseph Rowntree School and Huntington Secondary School. Partnership Gymnastics • 01653 658776 • 55

COMMUNITY is affiliated to British Gymnastics, run by fully qualified coaches all with CRB clearance. The club has also achieved club Mark for its high standards and quality coaching. For more information please contact Ruth Walker 07886926420.


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


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


We are a friendly lawn bowls club, happy to invite new members to come and play bowls this coming season. Bowls is a sport for all ages and we are a club where a warm welcome awaits you. Membership fees for the forthcoming season are £25. The club is involved in social bowling, friendly matches and participates in various leagues. Entry to our club is situated between house numbers 5-7 Park Gate, near the bus terminal. For further information please contact Annette Prosser on 01904 492 807


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


Boys & Girls age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon & Thurs 6.00 - 7.15 pm. Cubs: Weds & Fri 6.30 - 8.00pm

Scouts: Mon 7.30 - 9.00 pm. Thurs. 7.45 - 9.15 pm. Contact Pauline Briggs 01904 760004


Girls aged 5-14years old Rainbows 5-7years Wednesday evenings Brownies 7-10yrs old Mondays,Wednesday,Thur sday evenings Guides 10-14yrs old Monday, Thursday evenings Units meet throughout Haxby & Wigginton Adults- Can you spare an hour a week? Are you interested in finding out more about being a volunteer? Contact Helen Feetenby 01904 762926 for further details


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


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


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


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


We play in the York & District Senior League and would welcome new members for the coming season. We also require scorers and occasional umpires. Any person interested, please contact Adam on 07894863012 or email Chris on

Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association

Tuesday “Pop Inn”

You are warmly invited to the Tuesday “Pop Inn” café. Open from 10:30am for coffee • A wide variety of light lunches served from 12 noon • If you are new to area, or just want some company, come along and see what we offer • Everyone is welcome Come and join us at the Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park, Haxby and you will be made very welcome. Registered Charity No. 1105675 56 •

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St Andrew’s CL&CG Brigade



veryone’s heard of the Scouts haven’t they? And the Brownies? The Boys Brigade are well known too, but what about the Church Lad’s and Church Girl’s Brigade? Ever heard of them? If you are like most of the people in the UK then you’ll have answered no, but the CL&CGB (or just “the Brigade”) have been running for 120 years and have companies across the world in places like Canada, New Zealand and Kenya. Here in the UK we are one of the smaller uniformed-youth groups but the St Andrew’s Company, based in New Earswick and Huntington, has over 50 members and has been going strong since 1983. Every Friday night members between the ages of 4 and 21 meet at Yearsley Grove School to enjoy games, crafts, badgework, drill, team-building, stories and a whole host of other activities with their friends. As we are a Christian group, we focus on the values

of fellowship, fairness, honesty and fun, and we welcome members of all faiths and none.

toured Europe on a number of occasions and have been National Supreme Champions for three of the last four years.

Outside Friday nights take part in camps, trips, adventure activities like paintball and karting, national football competitions and many more. Probably the most popular thing we do is the band – an incredibly successful and highly regarded military-style marching outfit. We perform in and around the region, have

Sounds pretty good so far doesn’t it? There has to be a catch, it must be really expensive with all that uniform to pay for, right? Wrong! Members pay a one-off fee of £25 when they join and this covers their uniform for as long as they stay in Brigade. The only other costs are the termly subs which work out as roughly £2 for each Friday night. These costs can even be paid over a longer period if necessary.

If all this sounds like your sort of thing then contact the C.O, Andrew Stubbs, on 01904 470448, or visit www.clcgb-york. org for more information. • 01653 658776 • 57


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Science Facts 40 to 50 percent of body heat is lost through the head

Despite measuring up to 30 feet long, the Stegosaurus only had a brain the size of a walnut

Each time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie

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Deprive of food (6) Purpose (6) Ajar (4) Grows bigger (8) Consequences (7) Group of singers (5) Normal (5) Small country home (7) Marvellous (8) Painful (4) Discussion (6) Rhymes (6)


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Local Events 19 - 27 February JORVIK Viking Festival The JORVIK Viking Festival is a longestablished festival in York, celebrating our Viking heritage. The Festival sees hundreds of Vikings descend on the city and demonstrate battle-drills and training routines. The city is also treated to a range of public events including lectures, arts & crafts, encampments, river events, sagatelling, and full-scale battle re-enactments.

21 - 25 February Viking Festival Yorkshire Museum of Farming. The famous Viking festival returns to York and we celebrate with lots of activities in our very own Viking village. Try your hand at living like a Viking and gather round for tales of adventure! This is a popular event so booking is essential

28 February - 13 March York Festival of Fairtrade

The highlight of the Festival of Fairtrade is the Fair Trade Market in Parliament Street. It will be a marvellous opportunity to experience the amazing quality and variety of fair trade goods that are available, including food and drink, handicrafts, clothing, bags and fashion accessories. From traditional Inca crafts to Himalayan clothing - it‘s all there at the market and, remember, fair trade guarantees a fair price for the producer. Come along and join in the fun.

3 March York Light Orchestra presents ‘Encore’. A concert of music for everyone. 7.30pm. Stockton on the Forest Village Hall. Tickets £7.50 from Jill Hawkins 01904 400442 or the YLO secretry via

4 March Star Watching

Dalby Forest Join Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society for a tour of the night sky, clouds permitting and discover the many and varied constellations. These events are weather dependant please check website for any changes.

5 March Eco Active Day

St Nicholas Fields 10am-1pm, meet at York Environment Centre. Come help us with a task in the nature reserve. You will get a warm feeling and free lunch in return. Eco-Active Day is a great opportunity to be doing something useful outdoors, get lots of fresh air, maybe learn a new skill, get fit, meet like-minded people and drink cups of tea!

5 March Hovingham Market

Starting at 10.30am til 2.30pm at Hovingham Village Hall.

5 March Seed Sharing Abundance

Another of our regular sharing events - Share surplus seeds. Hear how Abundance help people with their fruit picking in York each Autumn. All welcome. Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church. 10.45-11.45am Lounge (entry at side). Talk by David Broughton of Abundance.

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Haxby & Wigginton Flower Club Meeting

Demonstration ‘Quintessential English’ Sue Spencer.7.30pm at Wigginton Recreation Centre.

10 March Wigginton & Haxby WI Meeting

The topic for the meeting will be Haxby Library and the speaker will be Linda Parker. The Competition: A Hand Made Book Mark. St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30 p.m.

11-13 March Spooksfest 2011. Join In the

Company of Ghosts and Visit York, for a festival celebrating all things spooky, and what better place to hold such a festival than in the Most Haunted City in Europe, York. Over this terrifyingly enjoyable weekend we will be bringing you a range of exciting events catering for the serious ghost hunter, to families and friends just looking for a fun and alternative weekend. Whatever your age, interests, gender or ghost, you can be sure to find something at Spooksfest 2011 to keep you quivering in your boots!

11 - 20 March Festival of Science & Technology

Coinciding with the British Science Association’s National Science and Engineering Week, ‘Earth’ is this year’s central theme of a packed programme of special events and activities, put together by Science City York and involving the collective talents of local organisations and

businesses. The York Festival of Science and Technology is not only a fun way to experience many different aspects of science and engineering, it’s a very public celebration of technology and innovation across the region and re-affirms York’s status as the UK’s first ‘Science City’. With events for adults and families, and additional special activities for schools, it’s a fantastic way to find out more about the opportunities available to anyone looking to embark on a career in science or simply pursue an interest. www.sciencececityyork. for more info.

12 March Discovery Day

(part of Science Week) NRM. Get your whole family hands-on and involved with over 20 workshops looking at the wonderful and strange science behind everyday living.

12 March Foss Walk 1

River Foss Society Easingwold to Coxwold. We kick off with the first of the walks that aim, over the course of the season, to cover most of the Foss Walk in manageable bites. This year we are reversing the ususal direction so it is (mostly!) downhill all the way. Meet at 10am in the car park at Coxwold Village Hall. Please phone Bob Jowett, Walks Leader, in advance on 01904 764702 if you are coming, so that he can arrange for you to be taken to the start. Options - whole walk 6.2 miles, morning only 4 miles or afternoon only 2.2 miles. Bring a packed lunch or eat at “The Balmoral” pub in Husthwaite.

17 - 27 March Festival of


Over 50 events throughout York, including theatre, storytelling, workshops, author signings and much more. Authors and speakers appearing include : Kate Atkinson, Jon McGregor, Andrew Martin, Jim Crace, Miles Cain, Oz Harwick, Adrian Spendlow and more. Judith Murray will talk about the role of the literary agent for aspiring writers and there will be a guided talk around York’s many sites of literary interest. Theatre shows include ‘The Secret of Sherlock Holmes’ and there’s a storytelling event for children and families. To find out more, please visit : www. yorkliteraturefestival.

18 March Myasthenia Gravis Charity Dance

Stockton on Forest Village Hall. Call Ron on 01904 679939 for tickets and more information.

18 March The Hungate Dig

Haxby & Wigginton U3A. 2.00pm. The Hungate Dig by Pete Connelly, at Wigginton Recreation Hall.

18 March RSPCA Quiz

York RSPCA 7.30pm. The Cottage Inn Haxby. Tickets £10 to include pie and pea supper Raffle and lots of fun All proceeds to York Animal Home. Tickets from the pub 01904 763949 or on 01904 654949

19 March Bushcraft for Adults

Dalby Forest. Learn how to survive in the wild - build and stay in your very own woodland shelter!


MARCH 2011 • issue 66 PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS EVENT IS AIMED AT BEGINNERS. 9.00am on the Saturday until 9.00am on the Sunday. £70.00 per person including free entry pass. Booking is essential on 01751 472771 or book at the Visitor Centre.

19-20 March Record Breakers - a racy weekend at the NRM. NRM celebrate the end of Science Week with a weekend exploring the world of the fast and glamorous. From stunning streamliners to speediest movers looking at the world of record breaking trains, bicycles and cars. Join in with our speedy craft activities, science shows and storytelling. Admission Free

25 - 27 March Festival of Writing

York hosts the Festival of Writing with a host of workshops by top authors on how to write - how to self-edit your work - how to approach agents - and much more. Sixteen literary agents are coming to York for the event and you’re invited to pitch your work to them one-to-one. Additionally many top editors, publishers and industry experts will be giving talks. You’ll be listening to them - asking them questions - and lots of opportunities for informal meetings too. www.festivalofwriting. com for more info.

1 April 2011 Star Watching

Dalby Forest Join Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society for a tour of the night sky, clouds permitting and discover the many and varied constellations. These events are weather dependant please check website for any changes.

5 April AGM Meeting of the River Foss Society 7pm AGM at Strensall and Towthorpe Village Hall. Speaker, Adrian Lovett will talk on “Travelling the Canals by Horse-Drawn Barge”.

Grand Opera House 1-5 March Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians.

7 March Barbara Dickson 9 March The Fureys & Davey Arthur.

These legends of Irish music will be appearing here in the Grand Opera House for their 8th concert in the last 14 years.

10 March Angelos Epithemiou and Friends. The awardwinning burger van owner and star of the BBC’s Shooting Stars, and friends.

11 March Joe Brown In Concert 12 March Count Arthur Strong’s Command Performance 16 March Greg Davies 20 March The Bootleg Beatles 25 March The Tribute to ABBA FOREVER 26 March Magic of Motown 27 March The Chuckle Brothers in Barry

Potty & His Full Blood Brother Paul in The Ghostly Shadows

29 March John Beatty’s

‘Wild Vision’. 30 March Rumer 31 March ViKings of Comedy

Theatre Royal resident company.

25-26 March Another Someone

19 March Sing-a-longa Pirates-of Penzance.

Settlement Community Players present.

29 March The Devil’s Disciple

14 - 15 March Operation Greenfield

29 March Hardeep Singh Kohli - The Nearly

An evening of entertainment for everyone. Performed by Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company, this semi staged production, with narration encourages audience participation with all the choruses. Song sheets will be provided but if you have your own score you are welcome to bring it along. An excellent way to enjoy this popular production, suitable for all ages

Littlebulb Theatre.

Naked Chef.

15 - 19 March 4:48 Psychosis

30 March Courtney Pine:

26 March Showstoppers 2011 Lisa Marie

York Theatre Royal 1-12 March Crazy For You 2-12 March Ghosts. York

The Takeover Company present.

16 March Verve 2011. 17 March How The Koala Learnt to Hug. 19 March Dancing at Lughnasa 21 March Comedy Night 22 March His Name is Tim.

Meet Tim: a guitar strumming 14 year-old with an overactive imagination. And meet Tim: a guitar strumming 24 year-old with no future ambitions, at all. This is a tale about growing up, a tale that weaves through past and present in an often funny, sometimes sad but, overall heartwarming way.

22 March Beachy Head

Analogue Present A powerful look at the ripple effects of one man’s decision to take his own life.

23-24 March Life Support 24-26 March The Beggar’s Opera. Belt Up

Theatre. From the York

Could anybody be happy being nobody? Combining drama, live music and passionate physicality, RashDash look at young people living in a world where ordinary isn’t good enough.


30-31 March Frankenstein Live

Joseph Rowntree Theatre 3-5 March Be My Baby

Northern England 1964. Four unwed pregnant tearaways are brought together at St Saviours, a church run home. Over 2 months we share their fears, hopes and aspirations, in their unforeseen and unforgettable circumstances.

12 March The Songs Of Michael Buble

- performed by Craig Turnbull and the Bridge Rats Big Band. In Aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. The modern hits and reworked classics made famous by Michael Buble performed live with the Bridge Rats Big Band, with support from the Kate Peters Band

13 March Music Night.

Sunday Night Is Music Night

17-18 March Sweet Charity.

School of Dance

14 - 16 April Curtains The Musical. Flying

Ducks Youth Theatre at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. ‘Curtains’ is a fantastic Broadway musical written by Kander and Ebb, whose credits also include Cabaret and Chicago. This is the UK Youth Premier of this intriguing romantic comedy, murder mystery! Tickets priced £7-£8 available from 01904 768963 or visit www. flyingducks for further details.

Blood Donor Sessions 9 March York Merchant Taylors Hall. 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7.15pm

11 March Wigginton Recreation Centre. 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7.15pm

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New Pavilion

Fund Raising Appeal 2011 Wigginton Bowling Club

is now

starting its 27th Season.

In our Silver Jubilee year of 2009 we entered the Bowls England Club of the Year Competition and came a very creditable 7th out of 45 entrants with the award of a Highly Commended Diploma. We came up against some big clubs with 4 times our membership and celebrating Golden Jubilee’s and some their Centenary’s. The judging panel said it was only our Portakabin Clubhouse which let us down so with this comment in mind the Club is looking to build a New Pavilion to bring us into the 21st century. The Plans have taken 12 months to develop and refine but we now have full planning approval from the City of York Council to go ahead. So now it’s the big one, The Fund Raising!!!

Our estimates for the build are approximately £150,000. To start us off we are holding a Launch Day. This will be on Saturday 5th March from 10.00am to Noon in Haxby Memorial Hall with a Coffee Morning, Raffle and all the plans/ideas will be on display. Please come along and support this venture. • 01653 658776 • 63

Willow House, Wombleton £595,000

Crinan Court, Huntington

The Granary, Strensall £450,000

£360,000 Highthorn Road, Huntington £189,950 Knapton Close, Strensall

Stable Cottage, Wiganthorpe £375,000

£189,950 Moor Lane, Strensall


Middlecroft Drive, Strensall £175,000 Whenby Grove, Huntington £169,950 Woodland Way, Huntington £155,000 Wrays Cottages, Huntington £140,000

Properties required in Strensall, Haxby, Wigginton and Huntington Call for a FREE market valuation

Handy Mag York Mar11  

The community magazine that brings information, local businesses and services direct to doors in Haxby, Wigginton, New Earswick, Huntington,...

Handy Mag York Mar11  

The community magazine that brings information, local businesses and services direct to doors in Haxby, Wigginton, New Earswick, Huntington,...