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Try our spicy rhubarb cake on page 34

Also this month... Tips and ideas to make your wedding day extra special What’s on this month... And lots of local businesses... your local community magazine Delivered by Royal Mail to all letterboxes in Haxby, Wigginton, Strensall, Huntington, Earswick, Sheriff Hutton & Stockton on the Forest....that’s 16,400 letterboxes!


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• bathroom design, supply, installation and tiling • Shower repair. • re-new hot water cylinders. • Immersion and header tanks. • Guttering, blocked drains and external waste pipes.

• Leaks, sealing tap re-new and washers.

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elcome to the March edition. I’m hoping that when you receive your magazine we are free of snow and heading for Spring. It is snowing as I write, and I’m dreading having to drive anywhere tomorrow morning. It’s at times like this I could be tempted into living in town rather than a village! This month I thought I’d run some articles about weddings alongside some local wedding-related services. My ‘little’ sister gets married this summer so it is the topic of conversation in my family…. who are the bridemaids, what is she wearing, where is the reception, will I be invited!...etc etc. Weddings are wonderful occasions but I remember how stressful they can be – especially if you are not very organised! On the day before mine, I had all of our close family making DIY flower arrangements for the reception tables. There were some ‘interesting’ creations and it did help make the day memorable though I would recommend using a good local florist! Have a read through if your special day is this year and remember to

This month’s features General

Emily’s column................................... p49

Business Features Rock and Stone ................................... p8 Pen Life Chartered Financial Planners ........................................................... p13 GW Plumbing .................................... p14 Zenki Tile & Interiors.......................... p16 York Performance Store .................... p18 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons................... p21 Eastgate Building Contractors ........... p22

source products and services locally if possible. Don’t forget your mum on the 18th March! There are some great ideas for gifts in local shops – so you have no excuses! Last month I put in a special plea to local organisations to let me know what was going on in the area. I received lots of responses from groups I didn’t even know existed! I hope your new listing in the magazine helps swell your numbers. Likewise for businesses! Be sure to be seen in 2012. The Handy Mag is delivered through 16,400 letterboxes in the area and is well read and used by many. To existing and potentially new Handy Mag customers, please get in touch! Until next time.....


www.the Publisher: Editor: Tel: Email: Address: Community: Advertorials: Design:

Moonriver Publishing Ltd Marianne Long 01653 658776 10 The Rise, Leavening, Malton YO17 9TA Nicky Whalen ( Sally Atkinson ( Glyn Lacey Graphics

Please note that while the publisher takes care to be accurate no liability will be accepted under any circumstances should any of the contents of this magazine be incorrect. The Handy Mag does not endorse any advertising material included within this publication. The views expressed in the articles are not necessarily those of the publisher. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.

Interior Design for homes - great or small! Hand tailored curtains, pelmets & blinds Stylish fabrics, wallpapers & paints Reupholstery & repair service Every budget catered for

Community Local Groups ..................................... p52 Events................................................ p60

Wedding Creative Weddings ............................ p24 Weddings on a Shoestring ................ p26 Wedding Traditions............................ p28

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99a The Village, Haxby, YO32 2JH

Food & Drink Spiced Rhubarb Cake ....................... p34 Glazed salmon skewers .................... p34

Homes & Gardens Growing peppers ............................... p42

Motoring Top 5 cars of the Tokyo show ........... p37

Pets Inherited diseases ............................. p50

Puzzles Puzzle pages ..................................... p58 Competition ....................................... p51 4 •



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here are celebrations at the local Bluebird Care offices after a fantastic first year in business, as well as being finalists at their national award ceremony. Bluebird Care specialises in working with customers and their families that require healthcare in their own homes. They work alongside Social Services, GPs and Primary Care Trusts. The company, which has 115 offices nationally, provides a unique service that can range from from 15 minutes of care to full live-in support. The local branch of Bluebird Care, with offices at the York Eco Business Centre, opened in March 2011. Nicola Walden, director, says: “We started delivering care in a matter of days and by June, we came seventh on the national Bluebird Care league tables in terms of growth.” Bluebird Care in York is celebrating being finalists in the Best Newcomer Awards at the Bluebird Care Annual Conference in October. “We recently sent out a questionnaire to all of our customers and the feedback was excellent,” says Nicola. Comments included “Your care was exceptional” and “I understand the York office has only been operating for a short time - I would like to wish you every success & hope that any further staff you recruit are as efficient, conscientious and professional as the team you presently have working for you.“ Nicola is keen to grow her business continueing to provide an excellent service for the York area. We wish her continued success in 2012. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 6th March

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ur adverts, over the last few years, have focused on our main products, Indian and Yorkstone paving, Walling stone, Caps and Copings, Statues and Ornaments, Aggregates and Rockery. All the usual items you need to construct gardens. We thought we would take this opportunity to introduce another section of our Company, an ever changing array of unusual artifacts in our Reclamation and Salvage area.

The Green Man This carving of “The Green Man” is thought to come from Warter Priory. Built in the late 17th or early 18th Century the possessions of the Priory were sold off in the 1960s and the beautiful gardens were bulldosed into the lake. We have a pair or the finials.

Lendal Tower The steps from this spiral staircase are from Lendal Tower on Lendal Bridge York. The tower was built around 1300 and was originally part of York’s defence system.

St Mary’s Abbey Some of the stone we have is very old indeed, in fact, we have stone from St Mary’s Abbey, built in 1055 by Stephen of Whitby and demolished by Henry VIII during the Reformation in 1533. The centre photo is of stone from York Minster and the Arch sections are thought to predate 1533. 8 •

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Stone Trough

We usually have a few in but can probably find you one to suit your requirements.

Millwheels and Grindstone Come and go all the time. Now usually used for House or Village name stones, as a garden feature stood on end or as a water feature. They can be hundreds of years old or fairly recent.

Our interest in reclaimed items is not just confined to stone. We have Victorian glass fishing floats and a Lobster basket in cane. Victorian glazed edgings are usually in stock and we do have some Cast Iron pieces namely Rollers, a Vice, an Anvil and occasionally a fireplace. Always worth a look.


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Trust me

- I’m a financial planner!

by Julie Wilson Chartered Financial Planner One of the major issues reported by consumers when seeking financial advice is trust - there seems to be much confusion about where to turn for advice. Trust is the most fundamental basis of any relationship. One of the ways advisers can differentiate themselves is to aim way above the minimum standards required, such as gaining Chartered status - the industry’s gold standard which confirms a firm has satisfied rigorous qualification, professional and ethical criteria or ISO 22222 accreditation - the internationally recognised benchmark for the delivery of personal finance services which denotes commitment to continual improvement. Pen-Life Associates Ltd are the only practice in York – perhaps the whole of Yorkshire – to hold both Chartered status and ISO 22222 accreditation, so you can be confident you are dealing with individuals with the highest standard of professional integrity. There are some things in life that you can have a stab at doing yourself – like DIY or decorating. But other things - like operating on your dog or financial planning - are best left to the experts. This is particularly so in later life when paying for nursing care or Inheritance Tax (payable at 40% on everything you own on death above the £325,000 limit) can decimate savings accumulated over a whole lifetime. Most people know that it makes sense to address these issues rather than bury their head in the sand. If you don’t want to be one of life’s ostriches, contact us now for an informal chat. Julie Wilson is a Chartered Financial Planner and Director of Pen-Life Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, who help individuals and small businesses make the most from their money.

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Plumbing problems? Leaking or burst pipes, broken toilets, no hot water or dodgy showers. These big problems to you are no problem to Graham Walker and the team at GW Plumbing.


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safe, fully qualified plumber with many years of experience is a true find – especially one who pledges to respect your home and treat it as well as he would treat his own. Graham Walker and the team at GW plumbing have the training and experience to deal with all kinds of heating, including LPG, from repairs and renewal to replacement and full installations. They also carry out full installation of bathrooms, together with a comprehensive design service dealing anything from customised and adapted wetrooms to standard bathrooms. Whether you’re going for a budget option or treating yourself to something extravagant, GW will work with you to realise your dreams. Every installation job is fully project managed by GW Plumbing, and they supply all their own materials – which adds up to complete peace of mind for the customer. They also use their own specialist

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tiler to ensure the best results every time. Alternatively, if you prefer, they will simply install the appliances of your choice and leave you in control. GW Plumbing will also turn their hands to any maintenance job, of any size, fixing showers, taps, radiators, blocked drains, leaking waste pipes and stop cock replacement, or any other plumbing job in the home. Customer service is a priority with GW Plumbing, who take pride in breaking the generalised plumbers’ stereotype. Firstly, they take care to return every single phone call, from new and established customers. Secondly, they give free estimates on all jobs and only bill customers for any work they do – call-outs are free of charge. Thirdly, they treat every single customer as important, whoever they are and whatever the


size of the job they need. And for added convenience, you can pay for the work using your debit or credit card in the comfort of your own home. Everyone at GW Plumbing is fully insured and qualified in gas, LPG and unvented water systems. Working from Skelton, near York, the GW Plumbing vans are a familiar site around the whole York area. Their good reputation is summed up by happy customer Bruce Clark, who says: “Good job, good service, good guy.” You can contact GW Plumbing by ringing 01904 750469, 07525 858 008. Visit the website at gw-plumbing. com to see photographs of their work, or follow them on Facebook.

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Tile inspiration from a new local company

A stunning new design studio in Malton promises to take you beyond the limits of your imagination.


visit to Zenki Tiles & Interior will inspire you to take a fresh approach to decor and show you how to introduce some extra flair and creativity into your own home. The distinctive showroom has been deliberately designed to give a visual flavour of endless possibilities for the home, and goes way, way beyond the usual collection of tiles found in a typical showroom. Tiling is just the start of the show at Zenki. Glass, copper, acrylic and hardwood are all incorporated into the displays. Fresh bright colours are used, such as lime green acrylic bathroom cabinets, there are beautiful natural stone samples, mosaics and printed glass panels featuring natural images. Alongside these unique tile displays, a huge selection of kitchen tiles is also available to view. Owners Dave Hume and Steve Dunn said: “The show-

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room is intended to demonstrate that you don’t have to stay plain with your design. There are lots of exciting design ideas you can use in any home, and it needn’t be very expensive – just a small subtle idea can transform a room into something really special. It’s not difficult to be creative on a budget.” Special features customers can try include having an oak ‘niche’ built in their bathroom to use as a display space or for storing towels, bespoke glass splashback panels printed with their choice of image, stunning granite or quartz worktops, or a glamorous water feature. Dave and Steve are encouraging customers to come up with something unique for their home by incorporating their personalities and hobbies into their designs. For example, at the Zenki showroom, there is a Harley Davidson display consisting of a huge image of a motorCopy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 6th March




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distinctive :: unique :: expressive bike printed onto glass, which is tiled into the wall complete with leather belt, half a petrol tank and an exhaust pipe doubling up as a towel rail! The idea for Zenki came when Dave and Steve discovered a need for a good tile supplier in the local area. They decided to open a tile shop next to Derwent Vale Building Company at the Windmill House Estate, Showfield Lane in Malton. However, once it was under way, the project took on a life of its own! They added: “As we were in a small area, rather than simply displaying a square metre of every type of tile we supplied, which I find pretty uninspiring, we decided to use the space to present new ideas – and it just progressed from there! “We really would like customers to use Zenki as an inspiration to get creative, express themselves and try new design ideas in their homes

– whatever they would like to try, we can create it.” A full design and fitting service is available for Zenki customers. Dave and Steve can build pretty much anything the customer needs. There is a fully equipped joinery workshop on site, and associated businesses who can carry out metalworking, painting and decorating, so Zenki provides a one-stop-shop for your home design project. Enlisting the help of the Zenki team can also save you money – skilled professionals know how to use the right materials to the best advantage, where to source the best quality goods at a good price and how to find something a bit different without breaking the bank. All Zenki’s product ranges have been specially selected for quality and from good suppliers and you won’t be able to find them elsewhere in the area. Free professional advice is available during opening

hours, and Zenki will open by appointment for customers who prefer to shop in the evening. To discuss your design project, find out more or get inspired, visit Zenki at Unit C, Windmill House Estate, Showfield Lane, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6BT, call 01653 695355, email or visit the website at

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Get the GUIDANCE, the COMPANY and the KIT... need to enjoy active adventures or make your exercise more exciting, with Rat Race. at Race has been operating from York for three years, but with a new showroom at Clifton Moor and a special event in Yorkshire this month, they’re putting a firmer footprint down – and it’s a muddy one, at that!


You might already have spotted some of Rat Race’s professional fitness trainers leading teams of people through their Urban Gym. These are full, energetic workouts carried out in York city centre, which alternate jogging with circuit training-style exercises that turn the urban landscape into a readymade gym.

Trainers are divided into groups according to the level intensity they want to work out, whether that’s to be challenged hard, or work at a more gentle pace. The stationery exercise spots are sensitively chosen for being slightly off the beaten track, to ensure no-one ends up feeling like a public spectacle! Rat Race was set up by Jim Mee and David Powell, 18 •

schoolmates who share a lifelong love of adventure sports. Supplying high quality clothing and equipment for running, cycling, triathlon and mountaineering is just the start of the full-bodied service they provide. Their new showroom at Clifton Moor is an adventure sports mecca. It’s equipped with a running machine for you to try out your running shoes, a full selection of bikes and even a swimming pool where you can test out the wet suits. The bike showroom boasts brands not available anywhere else in York and a range for every need from time trial and mountain to cyclocross. There is even the UK’s only Calfee Sizer Cycle to make sure you have the perfect size frame! A bike workshop alongside with highly qualified mechanics ensures that you keep your wheels in perfect condition. Customers are welcome to spend time browsing the gear – creature comforts such as tea and coffee make it a great focal point for adventure loving visitors. If you’re all kitted out with nowhere to go, Jim and David can help, by running organised active events all over the country. You can take part in a ‘Notorious Night

Run’ through Sherwood Forest, trek from coast to coast with a scamper over Hadrian’s Wall, test your mettle with a tough Soldier Challenge or run, kayak and splash your way along Glasgow’s river Clyde. Jim said: “We share a love of the outdoors and adventure sports with everyone who comes along to any Rat Race event. The Urban Gym came out of our ethic that the city can be our playground and leisure centre, as well as the place we live and work. We like to try and do things differently – while making sure everyone has a great time.”

The Yorkshire Terrier NOTORIOUS NIGHT RUN is on March 10 at Newburgh Priory. Visit :

and click the ‘events’ tab for more information.

York Performance Store Unit 4 Stirling Park Amy Johnson Drive Clifton Moor, York YO30 4WU

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BANISH THOSE BIKESHED BLUES AT YORK’S BRAND NEW BIKE SHOWROOM Hard-to-find brands, top of the range specs, the best bike workshop in Yorkshire and generous finance packages!

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• Brand new workshop with York’s best facilities • Totally unique Courtesy bike system – test ride some of our best machines • York’s ONLY Cytech Level 3 bike mechanic – the highest qualification available • UK’s only Calfee Sizer Cycle – get sized for your perfect frame • Parts and accessories galore

• York’s ONLY Scott Pro Shop • York’s ONLY Ibis dealer with frames in stock – beat the waiting lists • Lapierre Zesty in stock – the web’s most searched-for Mountain Bike • Ridley Bikes in stock • Felt Bikes Aero Range in stock • Bikes for Road, Tri, Mountain, Sportsters, Time Trial, Cyclocross • Huge range of Premium Clothing and accessories including Castelli, Endura, Scott, Poc and Altura

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Garden starting to look a little tired? When it comes to caring for your trees, hedges or shrubs it’s vital you have someone who knows what they are doing.


orkshire Tree Surgeons have the solution to any tree problems or requirements for domestic and commercial property owners including homeowners, housing associations, authorities and estates. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, they provide a trustworthy and reliable service to customers who expect the best at a reasonable price.

advice and provide you with a no obligations quote if necessary. All free of charge of course!

Hedges overgrown?

Yorkshire Tree Surgeons excel in trimming overgrown shrubs back into shape right through to reducing/ re-levelling large established hedges. They have built up a good reputation over the years for their time taken and attention to detail.

Planting, stumps and fencing

The company is large enough to take on any size of job and being local, can be on hand to deal with any garden problems quickly and efficiently. Mark says: “We understand that the economic climate is difficult at the moment so we are as competitive as possible. We have fully qualified staff, full insurance for up to ten million pounds and we pride ourselves on leaving gardens extemely tidy.”

If you need problematic stumps removing to allow for fencing, planting or re- turfing, then the company offers a full stump grinding service with narrow access machines available. Maybe you need advice on the best tree or shrub for your planting scheme or area? If so, Y.T.S can offer their supply and plant service with aftercare maintenance if required. An overgrown area of long grass, brambles and weeds can be cleared, re-seeded, or even designed to create a low mainte-

nance garden. Finally, Yorkshire Tree Surgeons supply and build quality wooden fences and gates. All their materials are pressure treated and last the test of time. So if Mark or Steve at Yorkshire Tree Surgeons can help with any of your garden needs then please call them on 01904 766766 or visit their web¬site at

Every little helps!

If you request and accept a quote in response to our advert in the Handy Mag, we will pay half the VAT.

Trees a problem?

Too tall for you to manage? Blocking out valuable light? Concerned about general health/ safety of the trees? To much mess to handle yourself? Steve or Mark will happily call round to look at the tree in concern, offer their professional

For a FREE competitive quote please call Mark or Steve

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ATTENTION TO DETAIL Property development

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Take all the worry out of property extensions and renovations with Eastg Building Contractors – who are committed to building excellence. OUR PEOPLE AND VISION


We aim to be the best at all times and realise that this can only be achieved through a cohesive and skilled building team. The best building teams means successful projects. We are approachable, listen to our customers and have a strong ability to translate these requests into cost effective solutions on site.

This experience goes far beyond the techni delivery of a project. We understand that bu projects are about delivering a vision, and t Insurance creating a strong collaborative relationship w work our client, project team and supply chain is foundation for success.

craftsmen and trade specialists to enhance our range of service

Our customers are careful with their budget but uncompromising on quality and security and we’re proud to offer a continually impro service that both meets their needs and


Strong buildsplanning of the work structures and t associated costs is generally carried out at OUR VALUES start. We are thorough in our approach and Professional employ good estimating systems to give yo A caring manner at all times customer the best cost solution and options Full building services consideration! Pride in our work Thorough checking and reviewing of completed We offer an expert building service to work homeowners and commercial clients, as we local government and educational organisa Proactive Approach Collaboration with 22 •

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Roofing & joinery is that&customers are fully informed and involved Renovation every step of the way, and the entire process is as maintenance

Full building services, Property development Renovation and maintenance Extensions and conversions Roofing and joinery Damp proofing & timber treatment Plastering & plumbing Insurance work New Builds

smooth and as pain-free as possible.

Step 1 - Planning The process begins with a visit to your home where we’ll listen carefully to your ideas and offer expert advice. At that point we can arrange a building survey and start drawing up plans.

longevity in the build quality. For that reason we stand by our work, as it is the foundation of our business so will never leave a project until the customer is satisfied.

Step 2 - Estimating

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You don’t have to be bound by tradition when you tie the knot. Whether you want to do things completely your own way, or just add a bit of interest and flair to your special day, why not start married life by doing things differently?

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The parish church had the wedding market cornered for centuries, but now approved venues are appearing everywhere. Interesting venues include the art deco building inhabited by the Royal Institute of British Architects or the editor’s office of the Daily Mirror. Also getting in on the act are beaches and caves, barns and farmhouses, golf courses, zoos, aeroplanes and boats. For something really unusal, how about Sheffield Wednesday Football Ground, the Houses of Parliament, or the Absolut Icebar, where you can make your vows at five degrees below?

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From Star Trek to Cinderella, punk to Pride and Prejudice, Grease to The Grinch. Take your guests on a bike ride, a picnic, a treasure hunt, or ask them all to dress up as a super hero. It’s your day, so why not indulge your fantasy? Create your own ceremony with your favourite poetry, song lyrics and readings, and writing your own 24 •

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Blowing the budget is the easiest thing to do when you’re planning a wedding. For a start, you don’t necessarily know what each item is going to cost beforehand. And once you’ve started looking round at venues, flowers, outfits and caterers, you’re bound to start falling in love with the slightly pricier items. It’s a slippery slope – the average wedding costs between £15,000 and £20,000 now. However, having a tight budget and your heart set on a dream wedding need not be contradictory. Just because wedding fairs and magazines are full of gloss, glitz and impact, you don’t have to measure up to anyone’s expectations. Get back to basics and make your wedding about love, family and making a lifelong commitment in the presence of the most important people in your life. Fortunately, they’re the ones who don’t mind where you got your table decorations from! So relax, don’t worry about the grandeur – and make your day meaningful. Here are our tips.

not including plus ones on your invitations – careful table planning will ensure no-one is left among strangers.

Dress up for less

A brand new wedding dress is an extravagance you might not be able to do without – but the way they depreciate rivals new cars! In the name of research, pop ‘wedding dress’ into eBay’s search box and consider the savings. For bridesmaids and groomsmen, consider giving them a colour scheme and letting them put together their own outfits, accessorised with matching hairpieces or sash belts for the women and cummerbunds, ties or buttonholes for the men.

Stay put

Get married and hold your reception in the same place to keep your venue fee down. Scale down from hotels and country houses and consider a beautiful local pub, a village hall or an outdoor space. Going traditional is good value – churches are by far the cheapest wedding venues. If room hire is going to strain your budget, a cunning option is to hold your legal marriage ceremony in a registry office and then a ceremony that’s all your own anywhere you choose. That way, you could even do it in your back garden!

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There’s a lot of standing around at weddings, which can seem to go on forever. Starting your ceremony slightly later, even 4pm, will reduce your venue hire, drink and alcohol costs.

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If your skills are limited, consider learning dressmaking or cake making – look up your local evening classes and add another string to your bow! Getting your family and friends involved is a lovely way to help them feel more involved and less like spectators. So call on any cooks, beauticians, photographers or florists you have around you, professional or otherwise, and request their help. If you ask tactfully and organise plenty of extra help to reduce the pressure, the result will be a comfortable, informal day with a friendly family atmosphere.

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A good craft shop will be able to give you tons of help and ideas about church and table decorations, wedding stationery and creative ideas for bride’s favours. You could even make your own bridal hair piece and cake decorations! With care and planning, this is more than a budget option – it makes your day uniquely yours.


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Most couples have lived together before they tie the knot – do you really need a pile of brand new crockery? Instead, ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon. When it comes to booking the honeymoon, there are ways and means of finding value for money: talk to your travel agent about finding the best-value deals. consider booking far in advance – or be adventurous and take a last-minute cancellation.

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How to have a well-organised and stress-free wedding The happiest day of your life – or the most stressful? Think of the word ‘wedding’, and the word ‘nerves’ is as likely to come to mind as ‘bridesmaids’, ‘bouquets’ and ‘champagne’. Catherine Lee, owner of Kaleidoscope Virtual Assistant Services, has made a living and a business out of being highly organised. She got married last year and made sure the run-up to her wedding and her big day itself went like clockwork. Here are her tips on how to do it.

1. Make a decision and stick to it

Some of the worst wedding stress comes from being unable to decide on the right option. Try to have a reasonably clear idea of what you want before you even open a catalogue or set foot in a shop. Then, take a tip from the typical executive: if you like it, go for it. Sometimes making a decision is the most important thing.

2. Make a decision and stick to it! Yes, it’s that one again. This is your wedding and it’s up to you how you organise it. Don’t let anyone else tell you how to do it, ignore the doom-mongers who say weddings are a nightmare to organise and do it your way, in your own time.

the past five years, you’re going to have no idea of what things cost in advance, so it’s difficult to set a specific budget. Setting a maximum spend ensures the budget won’t run away with you. If money’s tight, choose one thing that you won’t compromise on, and then go for value options in everything else.

4. Work far in advance

Don’t kid yourself there’s plenty of time, even if your big day is months off. You never know when you might need some contingency time to sort something out. Besides, your entertainer, florist and cake-maker will have bookings in their diaries years in advance. Priorities should be your venue and your minister. I’d recommend checking everything off your list six months in advance as a minimum.

5. Limit your workload

Another tip from the executives – why do something yourself if there are good people out there who can make a better job of it than you? Delegate, delegate, delegate. If money’s tight, rope in your friends. DIY wedding stationery and a homemade cake are great if that’s your sort of thing, but they do take time. The only bit of DIY Catherine did was her wedding favours – 70 gingerbread men and women took two days to bake and decorate. You have been warned!

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Last year’s Tokyo Motor Show was dominated by green technologies and wacky concepts – but among the madness there were some important model launches. The show isn’t one of the biggest. Spread over four halls you can get around it easily in a day – unlike the blister-inducing mass of motors that is Europe’s biggest show in Frankfurt, Germany. However, as the Japanese makers’ home event, it is absolutely packed with innovation. I spent two days scouring the halls and soaking up the culture, but eventually these five emerged as my picks of the show.

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The Juke has been crying out for a real sporty model and it looks like Nissan may finally answer our prayers thanks to its tuning arm Nismo. This is the first car that’s been given the Nismo treatment and although currently billed as a “concept” it’s highly likely we’ll see it on our roads soon. Exterior and interior tweaks will be matched with a breathed-on powerplant.

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Tucked away in the corner of the truck section of the show was this fantastic delivery van. Not only does it look superb, but it showcases EV technology and a clean uncluttered design that would make Apple proud. A spokesman for Hino told us it has a range of 50kms, can charge in six hours and hit 70kph. Trials will take place next year before a decision is made whether to put it into production. We just hope the looks are carried over – it certainly beats a boring Transit.

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epper plants can be unbelievably pretty too, with fruits in a range of shapes and colour, on compact plants and preceded by small and very pretty white flowers. This is a plant with great ornamental as well as edible potential. Both chilli and sweet - or bell - peppers can be grown in a greenhouse border, or on a sunny, sheltered spot on the patio. Sweet peppers, especially the red ones, are very high in vitamin A and both red and green peppers are very high in vitamin C. Chilli peppers also have a good supply of vitamins C and A and contain both beta-carotene and something called capsaicin which is believed to have a useful effect on blood cholesterol levels. The seeds are readily obtainable from many catalogues or garden centres but make sure you take into account the level of heat that each type delivers. Most seed packets and catalogues do make it very clear. Sow the seeds between now and early April. I use a multi-purpose or a seed compost, but for good germination you will need to provide a bit of extra warmth, ideally from a heated propagator positioned in a spot where it receives plenty of natural light. If you don’t have the time or facilities to raise your own from seed, you can always buy a few plants in a garden centre or send off for them. Keep the plants a tiny bit drier than you would a tomato plant and feed regularly with a high-potash liquid feed (“tomato food’). This helps to keep the plants growing strongly and the potash will encourage plenty of flowers and so fruits to form. If you are going for plants in pots, choose a planter that has good drainage and is 30cm or more in diameter, adding broken pots for extra drainage. Once there is no danger of late frosts you can even put them outside in a sheltered, sunny spot. If you’re after the hottest possible heat from your chilli peppers, then you’ll find this comes from fruits that are totally ripe and from peppers that are grown in warmer conditions. If you are growing sweet peppers in patio pots then you are likely to find that there are still some unripened fruits on the plants when temperatures start to fall at the end of summer. To increase 42 •

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Get online with York Libraries Would you like to... • save time and money by shopping online? • contact friends and relatives by email? York Libraries can help to get you online. Age is no barrier – some of our learners are over 90 years old! • Starter sessions - an hour with a member of staff who will give you the confidence to get going. • Essential computer skills – a group class (at an Explore Centre) with a tutor where you will learn to use the mouse, keyboard and other key skills

• Online Basics - guided sessions using online resources where you will learn how to use the internet at your own pace. Starter sessions and Online Basics are available at Haxby Library. You don’t need to have a computer of your own – Haxby Library has four computers available for use when the library is open. Free Wi-Fi is also available so, if you have a laptop, you can use it here. For more information please call in or contact Haxby Library on 01904 552660 • 01653 658776 • 45



he organisers of the Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow Festival are asking local people to recommend a local charity or voluntary organisation which might need some funding. Any profits from this year’s event will be shared between Mercy Ships and those local organisations who need the money the most. The organisers would need to see some Annual Accounts for the organisation and be advised why they need the money. If you would like more information or to apply, please contact Dave Sleet, 29 Old Orchard, Haxby, York YO32 3DS or call 01904 761262 Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church


Annual Exhibition and Sale of Pictures Saturday 31th March at Haxby Methodist Church Hall 10am - 3pm Refreshments will be available. Our group has been established for over 30 years and are a self help group with occasional tutorials. Sessions are from September until Easter. 46 •

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LAWN BOWLS: WIGGINTON BOWLING CLUB (Situated behind Wigginton Squash Club)

Come and play lawn bowls, a sport for all ages. Looking for a pleasurable outdoor pursuit at a friendly local club then come down to Wigginton Bowling Club. 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 £54 flat fee, £27 ages 18 to 25 and free to juniors under 18 and you can play as often as you like. The 2012 season is open from Saturday 14th April to Saturday 15th 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 22nd April 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:

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We are a group of 18 people who have been raising money for local and national charities and deserving causes for the past 26 years, by holding jumble sales, book sales and coffee mornings. Since we started way back in 1986 we have raised almost £170,000. We hold our events in Sheriff Village Hall. Our total raised last year was over £16,000

Sunday 11th March Second Hand Book Sale 11am to 3pm Refreshments, including light lunches being served The Village Hall, Finkle Street, Sheriff Hutton, YO60 6RA 48 •

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School is now cracking down in preparation for my GCSE exams, which – in all fairness – may cause me to get a decent grade, but right now I want nothing more than to have an essay-free weekend where I can just sit back and relax. I’m now less than three months away from taking my GCSE exams, and no matter what I tell others: I’m terrified. In my opinion, it’s not so bad revising for one or two, as I did back in January, where you can focus your revision on one module for one subject. But sooner or later I’ll need to be revising day and night for almost 15 exams! To be honest, I just can’t wait until it’s all over and I can sit back and relax for a few months. Well, discounting my month in Kenya, which will be fun – but in no way relaxing. Even though my Kenya expedition is months away, preparations have already been made for my trip. Towards the end of February I had my first of many vaccinations required for travelling to Africa. Starting the course of jabs this early sounds ridiculous, but a few of them need to be done months in advance, and doing it this way prevents having seven different needles poked in your arm at once! In other preparations, I am now ‘hiking’ up my local hill to try to wear in my new walking boots for the trip. I had advice of a friend to stand in water with them on your feet – this supposedly causes them to mould to the right shape!? Though to be honest, I think I’ll do it the more traditional way; at least this way I can let the dog have a breath of fresh air! Until next time,

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Inherited Diseases by Nicola Vincent BVSc MRCVS Station House Vets


hen we consider acquiring a new pet there are many things to think about be it a cat or a dog. One thing we don’t like to think about, though, is the possibility that our new pet may become ill at some point, and worse still that they may become ill with a condition which they have inherited from their parents. Unfortunately, in the pedigree breeding world, dogs especially, there are many such conditions. These have often resulted from breeding for cosmetic appearances rather than health, and occasionally from unscrupulous breeders and breeding techniques such as inbreeding. The conditions range from orthopaedic problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia to opthalmic conditions like progressive retinal atrophy or hereditary cataracts. Conditions related to the conformation of a breed (or the way it looks) include entropion and ectropion (deformities of the eyelids) and disc problems in dogs with backs that are very long in relation to the length of their legs or soft palates that are too long and cause noisy breathing in breeds with short noses such as bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and pugs. These conditions that are linked to the “look” of the breed are often what is known as polygenic, which means that they are influenced by several different genes and so aren’t easy to detect in screening tests. However, other problems that are polygenic aren’t as easy to pick up until they cause a problem, such as heart problems like dilated cardiomyopathy. Over recent years screening tests have been developed for a lot of disorders. Hip and elbow dysplasia is screened for using the scoring scheme where x-rays of these joints are assessed by a panel of experts and given a mark for different aspects of the joint which is then added together to give an overall score, which should be as near to zero as possible. Most of the eye conditions are checked for in both the parents, and sometimes the puppies, by an expert opthalmologist. Other genetic conditions need either blood tests or cheek swabs to test for them and these include Von Willebrands disease in Dobermanns (a condition where the blood doesn’t clot properly) and Copper Toxicosis in Bedlington Terriers (a condition where copper builds up in the liver over time and stops it working properly). 50 •

Most breeders are very responsible and these days are doing all they can to try and breed these problems out of their specific breed. Where screening tests exist, they will have had them done and be able to provide certification as proof of the result. However, it is always worth checking with a breeder and having a thorough look at the pedigree of the particular animal you are buying to ensure that no in-breeding has taken place. The specific conditions are too numerous to go into each one in detail but there are several websites with further information provided where you can look into the possible conditions the breed you are thinking of buying may be at risk of, these are:


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Simply send a postcard telling me which pages the hare is on and in which adverts to: March Hare Competition, The Handymag, 10 The Rise, Leavening, Malton, YO17 9TA, telling us your: name, address and a contact number. Entries must be received no later than 25th March 2012 Entries will be drawn from a hat. First correct entry drawn wins. Only 1 entry per household. Winner will be notified by post. Responsibility is not accepted for lost/delayed/damaged entries.

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

Can you give Alf a home?


his fine figure of a cat is called Alf. He was brought into York Cats Protection Adoption Centre after his owner had sadly died, leaving him all alone in the World, with no one to care for him. This is sad for any cat, but especially so for a friendly chap like Alf who just adores human company. It’s vey hard to resists Alf’s undeniable charms as he sings out to anyone that passes him, guaranteeing him a few minutes of fuss. Being such a well rounded cat Alf would

suit just about any home environment. He is an older chap at 13 years, but still has plenty of get up and go and energy – and has been given a clean bill of health by the vet. We could see Alf happily playing and being the centre of attention with older children, or being just as contented sitting on the lap of an older person, enjoying the finer things in life. Alf has been vaccinated, microchipped and is neutered. If you think you can offer Alf a new start and a new home please call York Cats Protection on 01904 760356 or email or visit the Adoption Centre at 582 Huntington Rd. York, YO32 9QA – open daily 11am-3pm. • 01653 658776 • 51


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


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


Information and support for all people with dementia and their carers. www.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: AL.york@


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


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.


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


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


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


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

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


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


We are an enthusiastic, theatre-loving group keen to support our local theatre and meet others who share a passion for the arts. Joining us is a good way to make new friends, to take part in events at the Theatre Royal, to visit theatres in other places such

as Newcastle, Scarborough and Leeds, and other places of interest such as historical buildings in York and elsewhere. We hold monthly lunches in the theatre foyer, and help with selling programmes. If you would like to join, please write to our Membership Secretary,c/o York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD or visit our website at


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

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


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


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


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


The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary body of retired but active people who like to follow their interests and take up new ones. Courses are run free of charge by members themselves, no qualifications are required only enthusiasm and a wish to join with others in the pursuit of new activities. Monthly meetings with a speaker on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Current groups include Art, Bird Watching, History, Mah

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MARCH 2012 • ISSUE 77 Yong, Philosophy, IT, Languages, Literature, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Walking etc. Theatre visits, luncheons and excursions are also arranged. For further information call John Dowell (01904 769618).


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


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


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


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



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


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


Tuesdays from 7-9 pm at Wigginton Church Hall. Do you enjoy knitting or crochet? Would you like to meet new people, have a chat

and share your hobby? Then come along to Knit and Natter. All ages and abilities are welcome, just bring your latest project with you. There is a charge of £2 per person to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments will be available. Any queries please contact Clare on 079800 26690


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


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


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

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




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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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COMMUNITY Room, Excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. For more details please phone 0770 4353186 for competitive rates of hire.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

STRENSALL WOMEN’S INSTITUTE All welcome. Huntington ladies most welcome. For more information, please call 01904 490758.


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


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


Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Why not join us on our weekly Wednesday walks? We set off from Wigginton Recreation Hall car park at 10 am for a short drive and a 5-7 mile walk, stopping at a tea shop on the way home. We also have 6-8 mile walks on the 4th Saturday of each month. You just need suitable clothing and footwear, a packed lunch and to live in Haxby or Wigginton. For more information call Joyce on 01904 762605.


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


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


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


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


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


The group was founded in 1988 to provide help and support to cardiac patients and their families following their release from hospital. the group meets every month at the Folk Hall at New Earswick on the first Monday of each month (second if Bank Holiday occurs). Meetings start at 07:30 for a variety of talks with a break for refreshments and a chance to talk to fellow patients. The group also organise exercise classes and swimming sessions. Contact Ernie Young 01904 760698 for further details.


Interested in your family history? Would you like to trace your ancestors? City of York Libraries now offer free access to 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 or call our secretary on (01904) 870759 for more details.


A voluntary group established to provide a community for people and their supporters suffering with long term pain that are or have been participants in the Pain Management Program or attend the Pain Management

Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 6th March


MARCH 2012 • ISSUE 77 Clinic. Contact Gordon 01904 491141 or Jill 01904 708490 for more details. www.ypmsg. co.ukPain Management Clinic. Contact Gordon 01904 491141 or Jill 01904 708490 for more details.


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


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


The York Philatelic Society meets every second Tuesday in the month apart from August in the Denham Room in the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7-15 p.m. During the meetings there is a bourse to enable members to buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by the York Society. Annual subscriptions are £6-00 annually payable on the 1st January each year. (youth subscription , is13 - 18 years, is £3-00). Contact can be made to the Publicity Secretary, Captain P. Hyde, on 01904-490603 ( e-mail:- p.hyde335@ ) or to Tony Ward, Secretary, on 01904-411378 (e-mail:- ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:- 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


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

Details of all the walks can be found on or contact the secretary on 01904-628134


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


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


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


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


adults and children. Discounts available for half-termly registration or additional children. Feel free to call in, or contact Lynne Britton on 01904 765017 or email lynne.britton1@btinternet. com


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


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


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


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


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


Playgroup. Tel: 01904 442826 Mon - Fri mornings 8.30am - 12 noon. Mon - Fri afternoons 12.30pm - 4pm. In our purpose built private premises we offer a fantastic child-centred/structured play environment for children aged 2-5 years. 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!


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

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 • 01653 658776 • 55

COMMUNITY 1JG tel: 07746 806426 For more information contact: Mrs Fiona Wheeler tel: 07746 806426 During Play group opening times only

family groups and activities, local parenting support. Call us on 01904 554628 or text ‘info’ to 07624 802244 and we will call you back.



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


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


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


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


If you are a parent and carer of a 0-19 year old then you can get free, professional, helpful, and up-to-date information about... Finding and paying for childcare,free early education places for 3 and 4 year olds ,returning to work, working in Early Years,

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


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


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


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


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


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

PARTNERSHIP GYMNASTICS CLUB Classes for boys and girls from reception to year 10. Classes are held at various venues across York, Monday to Friday– venues

include Archbishop Holgate’s School, Manor C of E School, Park Grove Primary school, Canon Lee School, Joseph Rowntree School and Huntington Secondary School. Partnership Gymnastics is affiliated to British Gymnastics, run by fully qualified coaches all with CRB clearance. The club has also achieved club Mark for its high standards and quality coaching. For more information please contact Ruth Walker 07886926420.


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


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


Are you looking to join a netball club – we are looking for new players. We are affiliated to England Netball and run 4 teams in the York and District League spread over the league’s 7 divisions and we are a CAPS accredited Club from England Netball. If interested please contact the Club’s secretary Pam Drake on 07547 095 603 For information on our junior section please contact Audrey Smith 01904 761641.


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


Strensall Village Hall, Wednesdays 7.30pm -

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MARCH 2012 • ISSUE 77 9.30pm. Membership is £5 per annum and £1.50 each Wednesday. Tel Jackie Silk on 01904 492993 for more details.


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


Come and play lawn bowls, a sport for all ages. Looking for a pleasurable outdoor pursuit at a friendly local club then come down to Wigginton Bowling Club. 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 £54 flat fee, £27 ages 18 to 25 and free to juniors under 18 and you can play as often as you like The 2012 season is open from Saturday14th April to Saturday 15th 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 22nd April 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:


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


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


COMMUNITY Boys and Girls, age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon 6.00 .700pm. Cubs: Tues 6.45 - 8.15pm. Scouts: Fri 7.00 - 9.00pm. We are also in need of Leaders - any one interested please contact Kath Shapcott on 01904 421096.


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


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


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


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

York Light Orchestra Presents


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


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


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

A Concert of Music for Everyone Thursday, 15th March 2012 7.30pm Stockton on the Forest Village Hall Tickets £7.50 Wine bar & soft drinks available and raffle For more details and tickets please contact; Jill Hawkins on (01904) 400442 or the YLO secretary via



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Choosing from the list below, can you work out who wrote the poems above? Alfred, Lord Tennyson Clement Clarke Moore Edward Lear John Keats Lewis Carroll


Robert Browning Robert Burns Rudyard Kipling Samuel Taylor Coleridge T. S. Eliot




Fill each cell with a number from 1-6. No number can be repeated in any row or column. The numbers in the heavily outlined set of squares (cages) must combine in any order to produce the target number in the top corner, using only the mathematical operator specified: +, -, x or /. Numbers can be repeated within a cage, but not in the same row or column.


LOCAL EVENTS 27 FEBRUARY - 11 MARCH YORK FESTIVAL OF FAIRTRADE Fairtrade ensures that producers in developing countries are paid a fair price for the goods that they produce. York has a long & proud history of campaigning alongside the World’s poor.York is a Fairtrade City. Fairtrade City status recognises the following achievements : City of York Council has passed a unanimous motion supporting Fairtrade. Fairtrade products are available from more than 41 shops and 34 cafes and restaurants in York. : yorkfairtrade@yahoo.


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


Webber, Ken Humphreys. Competition - A Mask. St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30 p.m

staff will be available after the session for support and advice. This event is organised by The Avenues Children’s Centre. Please contact Vicki or Claire for more information on 01904 551250.


10 MARCH YORK DOES VINTAGE at the Merchant

Adventurers Hall, 10.30am - 5pm. A fantastic, lively shopping event bringing you gorgeous vintage goodies, gems and bargains, a bustling vintage tearoom, lots of live music, hair and makeup girlies, nail and mini treatments bar, York’s Clothes Swap, bunting workshop and much much more including charity raffles, free magazines and LOTS OF vintage fun! £1 entry for adults and 50p for students. You’ll also be helping us once again support two worthy charities – The Alzheimer’s Society and local children’s charity, Snappy.


first walk of the year, about 5 miles, from Sheriff Hutton to Farlington. Meet at 10am in the car park of the Blacksmith’s Arms at Farlington, where lunch will be available after the walk. Please let Bob Jowett, Walks Leader, know if you are coming so that he can organise cars back to the starting point. (Tel. 01904 764702)


More information on 01904 794865 or at www.


Sheriff Hutton Jumblies. 11am to 3pm Refreshments, including light lunches being served. The Village Hall, Finkle Street, Sheriff Hutton, YO60 6RA








on ‘The Wildlife of the Seychelles’. More information on 01904 794865 or at www.

at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. The museum reopens for the season with its celebration of Country Crafts from a bygone age.





‘Chris & Charlotte’. 7.30 - 11pm Melodies, Clifton Moor, York. Tickets £5. All profits to fund more equipment for York Hospital Neurological and Respiratory Departments. Call Ron on 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or 01904 690421.

3 MARCH SHARING SEEDS. HW Transition 11 -

12midday at Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church. More and more people realise that the half packet of seeds we don’t use, might be valuable to someone else. It also introduces gardeners to flowers and vegetables they haven’t tried to grow before. Haxby & Wigginton In Transition are a group who are responding to new challenges by Creative Co-operative Community. Greater sharing and cooperation; more locally grown food; better use of resources; a lower carbon community; less dependence on expensive oil. Tim 01904 760659


Meet at Intake Lane, Dunnington. OS ref 679528. More information on 01904 794865 or at

7 MARCH RIVER FOSS SOCIETY WELCOME MEETING. A special welcome meeting for

Members who have joined us since October 2010 at the Huntington Community Centre, Strensall Road, at 7.30 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet each other, learn more about the River Foss Society and its activities and enjoy some light refreshments. No need to book - just come!

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UK. Introduction into the services available. Lis Ramage and Kevin Warlow.Wigginton Recreation Hall at 2.00pm

17 MARCH RSPCA FUN QUIZ. 7.30pm at the

Railway Institute. Teams of 4, £8 per person including hot supper. Bar available Tickets from Institute, RSPCA Shop in Gillygate, Animal Home Landing Lane


Joseph Rowntree School, 1-4pm. March 2012 sees the return of NCT York’s big, exciting Bump & Baby Fair! If you’re expecting a new baby or have a baby or toddler then this is the event for you. Come along to this York baby fair for information stands and traders showcasing all that’s on offer for young families in York and the surrounding areas, as well as children’s entertainment, a huge prize draw, fantastic Nearly New Sale and fabulous café serving homemade cakes and refreshments. York’s best baby fair is the place to access all the information you need in one place.

20 MARCH OUTDOOR EXPLORERS FOR UNDER 5’S at St Nicholas Fields. 1.30-

2.30pm at St Nicholas Fields. Explore St Nicks and enjoy a nature walk. Come and join in with the free fun, whatever the weather, and explore with your senses. Children’s Centre

will host a wide variety of events, including author signings, talks, storytelling, cinema, poetry and more.

Roll your sleeves up and get stuck in with our huge communal art project. Help us to create a huge version of one of our amazing art gallery lithographs, using potato prints and other fun tools. Plus join in our exciting Easter egg hunt.


Castle Howard From Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive bring the whole family along to Castle Howard for a fun packed day of Easter excitment!

20 APRIL U3A SPEAKER PROGRAMME. Oasis in York (York cemetery) by Clive Dawson. Wigginton Recreation Centre. 2pm.


The story of a shy, reclusive girl, Little Voice, and her larger than life out of control mother Mari.

11 MARCH MUSIC NIGHT. Musical Director: Don

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MARCH 2012 • ISSUE 77 Pears

14 - 17 MARCH DANCE EXPRESS: Evelyn Witcombe School of Dance.


it’s the Lord High Executioner reciting his Little List, the Mikado devising punishments to fit the most heinous of crimes or the giggly girls in Three Little Maids from School there can’t be many people who haven’t heard and loved a song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.

23 - 24 MARCH FOOTLOOSE 29 - 31 MARCH SUMMER HOLIDAY. In an age when

ten bob was a small fortune, cream soda a favourite tipple and a first kiss sent you into raptures, this musical comedy will have you wanting to dance in the aisles Summer Holiday follows a group of teenage pals on an adventure which takes them from grey London to sunnier climes, all aboard a big red bus.

SARAH MILLICAN - Thoroughly Modern







Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate.. and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl!


26 - 27 MARCH SCIENCE MUSEUM LIVE ON TOUR. Experience spectacular science,


dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments as the Science Museum takes to the stage with a fantastic live show to blow your mind and challenge your brain!

ANDY ABRAHAMS - History of Big




VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET’S SWAN LAKE. One of the best known love

For our younger studio members, the recital is performed by children aged 3-5 years old. For most of the children this is their first time on stage. This is the first time RSD studio has hosted an event just for this age group. It is the perfect opportunity to see what Red Shoes Dance Studio offers for children of this age group.

stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed...





Box office: 01904 623568

Coppelia is a light hearted comic ballet that will delight all age groups, ballet lovers and those less used to ballet.


LORD MAYOR’S CHARITY GALA CONCERT To kick off the year-long





19 - 24 MARCH


LA BOHEME - Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv.

STEWART LEE - Carpet Remnant World


most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance.


Box office: 0844 847 2322


celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the city’s mayoralty, this concert features local performers and groups including among others: York Stage Musicals, Attitude Dance, New York Brass Band, the Shipley Family, York Light Opera Company and Rebecca Newman

BALLETBOYZ. BalletBoyz is one of the

Bands. All the legendary music from the world’s greatest big band leaders are here, with influences including: Harry James, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Herman & Buddy Rich, to name a few



ROBERTO FONSECA. Roberto leads

a new generation of Cuban artists on a journey that weaves in and out of the island’s traditional music, picking up jazz, classical, and Afro-Cuban influences along the way to create an astonishingly original musical landscape


young Japanese girl journeys into a magical landscape of dreams and memories in the premiere tour of this original work which celebrates the life of Anne Frank, and the story of the beautiful Souvenir D’Anne Frank rose.



Opera return with one of the world’s best loved musicals, telling the heartwarming story of the Von Trapp family, and their eventual flight across the Austrian mountains to safety.


20 - 21 MARCH

NEW EARSWICK CRICKET CLUB New Earswick Cricket Club, who play in the York & District Senior League are looking to recruit both Senior and Junior players. Our indoor nets start at the end of February. We play at the Sports Fields, White Rose Avenue. We have excellent playing facilities and a good after match social side. Please contact Paul on 07533 655470, email paul.stimpson3@btinternet. com or Matt on 07885 282937, email • 01653 658776 • 61

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CARPET CLEANING Andy’s Carpet Cleaning............44 Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning... .................................................40 Ultraclean.................................20 CARS & SERVICING Birch Park Vehicle Testing Centre.......................................39 Chips Away...............................39 JB Auto Cosmetics...................37

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CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES Just Dance York.......................32 Razzamataz..............................31 CHILDREN’S CLOTHING Country Cradle, The.................32 CLEANING Dublecheck Cleaning................45 A&M Cleaning...........................47 COMPUTERS & WEB DESIGN Computer Troubleshooters.......49 G-TEC-IT..................................49 NYCOM Ltd..............................41 Waindigo...................................41 York IT Services (UK) Ltd...........3 CRAFTS Castaway Yarns.......................33 DENTISTS Howardian Dental Practice.........6 ELECTRICIANS C&S Electrical York..................13 HC Engineering Ltd..................41 Judge Electrical........................20 Mark Smith Electrical................36 Mart in Electrical Services........40 Wilson Electrical Services........47 ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES Hudson Moody.........................64 FENCING Malcolm Collins Fencing...........42 Westfield Fencing.....................43 York Fencing............................43 FINANCES Moneywise Financial Solutions.63 Pen-Life Chartered Financial Planners...................................13 FLORISTS Garden of Eden Florists............27 FOOD & DRINK Bumper Castle..........................31 Bay Horse, The.........................31 Churchill Hotel, The..................31 Cottage Inn, The.......................30 Hog Roast Yorkshire................28 GARAGE DOORS Hobman Garage Doors............13 GARDENS Bartlett Tree Experts.................45

Bradshaw Landscaping............43 Future Landscapes...................43 Lee’s Lawns..............................42 Marks Garden Services............43 Rock and Stone York Ltd............8 Tree and Woodland Services...43 York Landscapes & Maintenance. .................................................43 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd....21 HEALTH Slimming World........................24 INTERIORS Neilson Interiors..........................4 JOINERS Neil Jackson Joiner..................36 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Dream Doors Ltd........................7 Instyle Kitchens Ltd....................5 Worktop Man............................45 LOCKSMITHS Sherlocks..................................36 MARKETS Hovingham Village Market........34 MOBILITY Able to Enable Ltd....................33 MV Mobility...............................31

GW Plumbing.................... 2 & 14 Haxby Plumbing & Heating.......36 Heattech...................................47 Leefe Plumbing.........................13 Robgasman..............................36 York Plumbing & Heating.........35 PLUMBING - GENERAL Bates Plumbers........................40 MB Plumbing & Drainage...........3 Plumbing by Taylor...................41 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE BL Maintenance........................41 CK Home Solutions..................45 HC Engineering Ltd..................41 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman................................20 SM Maintenance.......................44 Yorkshire Home & Property Services....................................44 RENEWABLE ENERGY Peak Power Systems...............47 Solarwall Ltd.............................10

ROOFING & GUTTERING BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs Ltd.44 John Pletts Roofing..................20 Steve O’Neill Roofing & uPVC Fitters........................................40 NURSERIES & SECURITY SYSTEMS CHILDCARE Flaxton Village Nursery............32 Sherlocks..................................36 York Montessori Nursery..........33 SOFT FURNISHINGS Neilson Interiors..........................4 OVEN CLEANING Ultraclean.................................20 SOLICITORS Ardent Law...............................26 PAINTING & TILES DECORATING Continental Tile Studio...............2 Dave Kavanagh Painting & Tile With Style...........................12 Decorating................................41 Zenki Tile & Interior..................16 MD Bonney Specialist Decorator.. .................................................40 TILING R Barker Painting & Decorating.... ABM Plastering & Tiling............47 .................................................41 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman................................20 PETS Station House Vets...................50 TRAVEL Conexo Travel..........................25 PLASTERING WASTE ABM Plastering & Tiling............47 Acomb Waste Disposal............44 Ian’s Plastering Service............40 WINDOWS PLUMBING & HEATING Instyle Windows........................15 DRS Installations Ltd................20 Window Distribution Ltd............10 DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers.................................46

CROSSWORD: Across: 1 Charmed, 5 Edged, 8 Eases, 9 Vicious, 10 Perpendicular, 11 Easily, 12 Molars, 15 Demonstration, 18 Explode, 19 Deals, 20 Steps, 21 Deafens. Down: 1 Creep, 2 Absorbs, 3 Miscellaneous, 4 Divide, 5 Encyclopaedia, 6 Growl, 7 Deserts, 11 Endless, 13 Agitate, 14 Attend, 16 Maple, 17 Noses. PICTOGRAMS: 1. All in the line of duty, 2. Fair and square, 3. Two’s company, three’s a crowd. DROP DOWN: Answers from left to right: Admiral, Brigade, Fighter, Soldier, Uniform. SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Extra tooth, Scale missing, Extra spots, Belly stripe gone, Grass, Nails missing, Eyes, Vines, Sun, Mouth changed. WORDSEARCH: Hidden phrase: Cities are the abyss of the human species , Jean-Jacques Rousseau. POEM QUIZ: 1. Kubla Khan - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 2. Ode To A Nightingale - John Keats, 3. The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot, 4. The Charge Of The Light Brigade - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 5. A Red, Red Rose - Robert Burns, 6. The Owl And The Pussycat - Edward Lear, 7. Gunga Din - Rudyard Kipling, 8. The Pied Piper Of Hamelin - Robert Browning, 9. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore, 10. Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll.

Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 6th March

MARCH 2012 • ISSUE 77


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


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


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

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




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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Traditional good sized 3 bedroom semidetached house situated in quiet cul-desac. Requires updating and modernisation reflected in the competitive asking price. Spacious lounge/dining room.

Broome Close, Huntington £189,950

A spacious and superbly presented semi detached 5 bedroom property

A well presented bungalow situated in a popular location. 2 double bedrooms. Breakfast kitchen. Driveway leading to single garage. No onward chain.

• Living room with French doors leading out to the rear garden • Dining kitchen with a range of modern wall and floor units • Dining Room • En-suite shower room • Good sized rear garden

Meadowfields, Huntington £189,950

Eastfield Avenue, Haxby £295,000

A well presented semi-detached dormer bungalow situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. Good sized living/ dining room with living flame gas fire. Conservatory. Garage & garden.

Meadowfields, Huntington £189,950

We are members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, National Association of Estate Agents, Association of Residential Letting Agents and a participating firm in the Ombudsman For Estate Agents Scheme. You can rest assured you are dealing with a reputable and professional firm.

A semi detached 2 bedroom dormer bungalow. Dining room. 2 double bedrooms, Garage Good sized gardens leading down to the River Foss

Meadowfields, Huntington £174,950

A superbly presented 2 bedroom flat. Open plan living, 2 double bedrooms, Gas fired central heating, uPVC double glazing, Allocated car parking space, Communal gardens.

Green Court, Huntington £149,950



A semi detached 2 bedroom bungalow. Gas fired central heating, uPVC double glazing, Gardens to the front, side and rear, Driveway giving access to single garage.

Hornsey Garth, Wigginton £149,950

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

Hudson Moody, 58 Micklegate,York T: 01904 650650



Handy Mag York March12  
Handy Mag York March12  

Community magazine for the Strensall, Haxby, Wigginton, Huntington, Earswick, Sheriff Hutton and Stockton on the Forest areas.