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elcome to the May edition. Running a business from my home means that I constantly juggle with housework and children. I take phone calls when cooking the children’s tea and put articles and adverts together in the evenings and sometimes at weekends. It seems work is always there and as my office is just inside the front door I find myself checking phone messages as soon as I return from being out – with the dogs waiting impatiently in the background for my attention! So this month, I thought I’d try a bit harder to get a better balance between home and business, and get away from the office for a while. So for better or worse, I’ve started painting the house. This is not a straightforward task. The internal woodwork has never been painted – just stained by the builders a dingy orange tan colour – so it is really rough and is going to take a lot of coats of paint and time to make it look good. With radio on, I’ve made an enthusiastic start with the stair banisters and spindles. But the task is a daunting one and after just 8 hours and one coat of paint nearly completed my enthusiasm has dwindled. My other half, who is a

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decorating fusspot and already looking stressed by my neglect of painting technique, tells me that I’ll need 3 coats or more. For reasons of pride, now that I’ve started it has to be finished…..I’ll just deal with those emails and design a few adverts….then I’ll get on with it once more – honest! Don’t forget to check on our website if you’d like to view the magazines online. All of the advertisers and community groups are there too. We are also on Facebook so please ‘like’ our page at www.facebook. com/thehandymag. I plan to keep it up to date with local events and information. The competition winner in the March edition was Marc Cocker from New Earswick. Well done! Until next time...


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It’s time to crown the new May Queen and dance around the Maypole. Heavily rooted in the pagan and the celtic, celebrations are taking place across the land. This magical time of year is all about nature, fertility, tradition and folklore. Make yourself a daisy crown, sprinkle on some fairy dust and dance barefoot in the moonlight. Or failing that, find a patch of sunlight and let a book lead you on a merry dance… Lob

by Linda Newbery The original inspiration for Newbery’s ‘Lob’ was a stranger she saw on her way to work; ‘the man who walks the roads’. Where was he going and where had he come from? This image, combined with those of the ‘green man’ in English Folklore who appears in carvings as a face amongst leaves and branches, lead to her to create her garden helper ‘Lob’. Lucy ‘s grandfather tells her about Lob and all the ‘Lob-work’ he does around the garden. You can only see him if you believe in him. It’s a beautiful and heart-warming children’s book which has great appeal for adults.

The Most Amazing Places of Folklore and Legend in Britain: Where

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Beast of Bolam in the wilds of Northumberland, this is a land that’s teeming with folklore. Use this modern guidebook to take a step back in time and into a land that you may not recognise.

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by Michael Morpurgo. This is the second children’s book we’ve selected but it’s a wonderful way for kids and grown-ups alike to hear some of the magical stories of King Arthur and his mystical round table. Michael Morpurgo’s tale begins with a boy, marooned on a sandbank with the sea lapping perilously close to him. He wakes up in a strange bed and finds he has a visitor: King Arthur himself. The legendary figure then recounts tales of Camelot, sorcery, knights on mighty steeds and betrayal. Prepare to be transported back in time.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Mischief abounds in one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays which has three main, interwoven plotlines. The story centres around the

marriage of Theseus, The Duke of Athens, and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta and is set in woodland as well as the magical realm of ‘Fairyland’. One of the most memorable characters is undoubtedly the fairy court jester ‘Puck’ who dispenses his magical juice which, when sprinkled on your eyelids, means you fall in love with the next thing you see. This is one dream from which you won’t want to wake.

The Heart of Robin Hood

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Short Story A letter from the Queen “You know, when I was your age I received a letter from the Queen.” Ellen announced to her son in a transparent attempt to impress him. Charlie looked up from the book he was reading; his beautiful eyes were alight. “Wow! Why did the Queen send you a letter?” Ellen squeezed into the armchair next to him. “I drew a picture of the Queen and sent it to her. So she sent me a thank you letter.” “This Queen?” he asked, “this actual Queen we have now?” Charlie let this news sink in for a moment and then asked, “do you think if I drew a picture the Queen would send me a letter as well?” Ellen smiled, “why not Charlie? It’s worth a try isn’t it?” She enjoyed the quiet hour he spent at the dining table, drawing his picture in deep concentration. Once he had finished he proudly presented it to her. “What do you think Mum? I think she’ll like it.” “It’s lovely,” she agreed. “I think any reigning monarch would be delighted with a drawing of themselves fighting a dalek, armed with just a sceptre and a corgi.” “It’s not a sceptre, it’s a sonic screwdriver,” he said, rifling through her purse for the stamps. The next morning on their way to school Charlie posted his picture. After much deliberation he had addressed it to ‘Her Royal Highness the Queen, care of Buckingham Palace, or Balmoral, if she’s on holiday’. Ellen popped round to see her parents on the way back. Her mum was folding a pile of laundry. “Mum do you remember that letter I had from the Queen?” Her mum chuckled. “That old thing. It took your Dad forever to decide how the Queen would sign her name.” Ellen’s jaw dropped. “Dad? You mean it was really from Dad?” Her mum looked surprised. 12 •

“Don’t you remember? We’d just exchanged contracts on Sandmere Drive and I suggested you draw a picture for the Queen to keep you quiet while we did the packing.” A memory came back to Ellen of drawing a picture at the little breakfast bar in their first house, surrounded by piles of newspaper and tea chests. Her Mum patted her hand. “Did you never wonder how the Queen knew your change of address?” Ellen let out a heavy sigh and slumped onto the pile of clean washing. “In that case, do you think Dad would mind writing another for me?” The following week Charlie never once mentioned the letter from the Queen, but Ellen noticed that he was always first into the hallway every time he heard the postman clicking open the garden gate. Then one day, she heard the clatter of the letterbox followed by a little cry of delight. She sighed with relief, and mouthed the words “Thank you Dad”. Charlie came skipping through to the kitchen. “I’ve got post.” His face was beaming. “What is it?” she said, knowing full well. He held up a brown manila envelope. “I don’t know what this is, but it looks like Granddad’s writing.” Ellen’s heart sank. Clearly her son was much smarter than she had been at his age. “But look at this!” he added. Charlie held up another envelope. It was crisp and white with Charlie’s name clearly typed on the front. He placed it in Ellen’s hands with a look of awe on his face. She turned it over. Where it was sealed, embossed in gold, were the lion and the unicorn of the royal coat of arms. by Jackie Brewster Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 4th May


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egular bedwetting is a common problem which can have a big effect on the whole family.

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Ask your GP to refer you to an enuresis clinic to begin an assessment. You will probably be given a chart to record drinking and wetting patterns. The good news is that there are some effective treatments you can try once your child is over the age of seven. Alarms: When the child begins to urinate the alarm will go off. This helps the child to wake up fully enough to go the toilet or to learn to hold on and works for around 7 in 10 children. Medicine: Vassopressin is a natural hormone which helps to prevent the production of urine. Your child may be prescribed a drug which is an artificial form of this hormone so they produce less urine at night. Or they may be prescribed a muscle relaxant, which helps to control an overactive bladder. Bladder training: This will help children who may have both day and night problems and will include a regime of hourly toilet visits, which can then be stretched out to longer intervals. For more information visit uk (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence). Helpline: 0845 370 8008

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A Proverbial Life... Many hands make light work by A. O’Brien


here are some jobs that you try to ignore, to delay or to offload onto someone else. However, eventually the day arrives when you know that you can’t possibly leave it any longer. That day arrived for me last month - the loft just had to be cleared.

It was jam packed full of ‘stuff’ - littered with the detritus of living in the same house for 25 years. As I lay in bed at night, I convinced myself the rafters were groaning under the combined weight of all this junk. I could feel the oppressive bulk of accumulated possessions pressing down on me, threatening to crash through the ceiling and pin me to the bed. Now, clearing out the loft is - in this house - a controversial issue. No – one wants to do it, or sees the need for it to be done. Apparently, the loft contains priceless treasures that cannot be disturbed, ‘things’ that we may need at some future date or items vital to human life and happiness. However I do know that once something goes up there it never, ever reappears. If it never reappears then we don’t need it – right? This has caused several family debates. Adult

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sons, no longer living at home, protest that all their childhood possessions are stored there. An eighteen year old daughter – still at home - complains that her soft toys from childhood are there and that she wants them. Well, if she wants them what are they doing in the loft? Eldest son suddenly remembered the Scalextric set confined to the loft for nearly twenty years. Someone then had the bright idea of getting it down to see if it was still working. So, despite my protests, three grown men (four if you include their father), rushed upstairs in a state of high excitement to see what they could find. They didn’t bother with a step ladder but stood on shoulders to gain access, then hauled each other up – I think it’s a macho thing. I stood at the bottom of the stairs, shouting threats of the dire consequences that would befall them if they came crashing through the ceiling. Several hours later, the living room looked like an advertisement for a car boot sale. There were toys, games, a scooter, boxes of books, broken electrical equipment and other assorted junk scattered around. The Scalextric set had been rediscovered, tested and found to be wanting. Looking at the mess, I consoled myself with the thought that at least most of the ‘stuff’ was now out of the loft – the rafters wouldn’t collapse tonight. That was until they began discussing all the other booty still up there; it seemed that this was just a tiny selection of what the loft contained. However, they did eventually admit that most of it was junk that could be disposed of. We agreed that if there was anything they held dear, then it was to be removed to their own homes. Hurrah. Finally, it was decided that as there was so much sorting out to do it should be a group effort. A date’s been set for the big clearout. Hopefully, it will be a warm, dry day, as everything will have to go into a ‘holding’ area in the garden for sorting into categories: keep, donate, recycle or throw out. It’s going to be a mammoth task – I’ve booked a skip. I’m secretly hoping that we may just find something I lost many years ago...I’ve always been convinced it was in a suitcase in the loft. Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 4th May


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hat’s the message of the Ryedale Festival, which brings renowned performers from all over the world to perform the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale. The festival, increasingly recognised as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country, will stage orchestral concerts, opera, chamber music choral concerts and jazz at stately homes, village halls and churches across Ryedale from Friday 13th July. Festival chairman Robin Andrews said: “We are working against the view that sees classical music as inaccessible or elitist. Among the forty-four events planned, we know there is bound to be something that everyone can enjoy – this is for everyone, and by no means do you have to be a specialist to enjoy it.” It’s a rare chance to see emerging international talent alongside well-established musicians and local performers.

Calefax Events are organised at every time of day, again with the goal of providing something to suit everyone, including coffee morning concerts in rural locales for those who find it difficult to travel in the evenings. Festival organisers, with the support of many private sponsors, have worked hard to suit the ticket prices to every budget.

If you’d like to take advantage of the festival on your doorstep and enjoy a taste of classical music, Robin recommends you try: Kate Royal, Duncombe Park Friday July 13th

The opening evening concert will be given by the beautiful singer Kate Royal who, accompanied by piano, presents A Lesson in Love. This is well suited to the younger listener, perfect for a summer’s evening.

Northern Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble Monday July 16th

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The best young musical talent from across Yorkshire and the Humber will be giving a concert for the Ryedale Festival. With performers’ ages ranging between eight and 18, this promises to be a delightful event.

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This lively five-man reed ensemble perform their unique programme of music, spanning eight centuries, on their feet. It’s a great chance to experience a fresh, award-winning approach to classical music. Brochures are available at local tourist information centres, shops and pubs, or by ringing the festival box office on 01751 475777. For more information, visit the festival website at www.ryedalefestival. Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 4th May


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Seasonal Recipe Asparagus Frittata 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Making sure the potatoes are clean first, boil them in salted water. 2. Trim the asparagus, then cut the stems into 1cm slices leaving the spear as a piece about 8cm long. Add this all to the potato pan for the last 5 minutes of the cooking time. 3. Drain everything and refresh in cold water. Thickly slice the potato. 4. Whisk together the eggs really well. Dice

the mozzarella and add to the eggs along with 40g of the Parmesan, the parsley, potatoes and slices of asparagus. Season generously with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir everything to coat with the egg. Lastly, gently stir through the spears.

5. Heat a 22cm diameter oven-proof deep frying pan along with the olive oil over a medium heat. Non-stick would be great, otherwise one which is naturally seasoned. 6. Pour in the egg mixture making sure some of the spears are sitting at the top. Leave to cook for around 10 minutes until the edges are starting to firm up. 7. Sprinkle over the last 10g of Parmesan and slide the frying pan in to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the frittata is golden and firm. 8. Serve straight from the pan with a crisp green salad. Serves 4-6 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes 20 •

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American Pie: Reunion

Released 4th May The American kids we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long weekend they will discover what has changed and who hasn’t, and discover that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship.

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The Budget gave the press another excuse to sell papers through sensationalism with headlines like these. But what does it all mean? Everyone gets a personal allowance - earnings you don’t pay tax on. Over 65’s currently get a bigger allowance. The Government’s plan is that everyone will gradually get the same higher allowance regardless of age. If you currently get age allowance – nothing changes. However, if you turn 65 after 5 April 2013 you effectively lose the higher allowance. So those reaching 65 after 5th April 2013 will get a bit less income. But there are far more serious pitfalls you may not even be aware of which can affect your income for the rest of your life – or even beyond. We need to cut through the hype and remind people that there are simple actions which can increase income or reduce tax or both. Do you know that you can shop around to get the best income from your pension? Or that if you smoke or have any health issues you could get an even higher income. Remember – this affects your income for the rest of your life. There are a few reasons why people don’t make smart decisions about this. The letters pension providers send out near your chosen retirement date often border on harassment – repeatedly demanding a decision on which option you wish to take. Too many people simply tick a box on the form to get it over with. Often, the letters don’t even cover all the options available, especially for spouses or dependents benefits. Which means that when you die your pension dies with you. The only beneficiary then is the pension provider! Just taking half an hour to chat with us could get you a higher income for life. Or at least an understanding of all the options available for you and your family before you lock these funds away for good. Tom Hughes is an Independent Financial Adviser with PenLife Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, who help individuals and small businesses make the most from their money including advice on residential and commercial mortgages and equity release, individual and business protection, pensions and retirement planning, savings, investments, tax planning, Inheritance Tax and long term care solutions.

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50 years of song Haxby Singers will be celebrating their Golden Jubilee with a special concert on Saturday 19th May. “Together in Song” will feature many of the songs the group’s audiences have enjoyed over the decades, including some of the music they performed at their first ever concert in 1962.

There will also be the world premier of a new song, ‘Together Forever in Song’, written especially to celebrate the group’s 50th birthday. Its composers are David Hammond, the choir’s accompanist, and Mary Cox, who sings in the choir. Among the singers taking part on the 19th will be Norman, age 90, who has been a member since the group was founded. The youngest member is in his early 20s. Each year, the choir performs two concerts, one at Christmas and one in May. In recent years small groups of Haxby Singers have been performing short recitals at nursing and care homes. Spokeswoman Judy Laken said: “It’s a fantastic milestone for a community choir to reach. All of the Haxby Singers are very proud to be part of such a

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long-standing group and really looking forward to singing for the community on the 19th.” There are currently 44 Haxby Singers – with plenty of room for more. It’s a sociable, friendly choir and new members are always welcome – call Lynn on 01904 769838 or Margaret on 01904 761618. The concert is at Haxby Memorial Hall on Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm. Ticket cost £6 for adults and £3 for children, and include light refreshments during the interval.


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he Howardian Dental Practice is a new practice specially comissioned to serve the community of the Howardian Hills and surrounding area. Dr Christine Parker BDS lives locally and founded the surgery after recognising the need for a good quality, local and modern dental service. By providing access outside of normal working hours, Christine encourages busy people to attend regularly for their dental care without having to use up their valuable holidays. Combined with ample free parking, fully disabled access and minimal travel costs Christine believes that private dentistry is a realistic option for many people. Christine is known and trusted by her existing patients, many of whom have moved practice with her in the past. They appreciate her expertise, quality of care and customer service. “Here at The Howardian we prioritise patient care and comfort with traditional service values.” explains Christine. “We take time to ensure your comfort and fully diagnose and discuss your dental requirements.” Oral Health Education is individually tailored to your needs to encourage good habits whatever your age and hopefully reducing your need for future dental treatment. “We believe everyone can achieve a comfortable, functional and aesthetic dentition. We have a wealth of expertise in transforming worn and diseased mouths into smiles patients can be proud of.” By using quality dental materials and proven, modern techniques Christine aims to provide pain free treatment and durable restorations. Whilst Christine’s main passion is general dentistry she also has several years experience in Non Surgical Facial Rejuvenation, that is wrinkle reduction, non-permanent facial fillers and facial peel-

Some genuine feedback from recent patient surveys; “Excellent location” “Exceeded expectations” “The best treatment I have experienced” “I cannot think how to improve the service” ing. These techniques can be used to subtly enhance your features restoring contour and vitality. Christine has many patients who have expressed their delight with treatment over the years and video testimonials can be seen on the practice website. For more information contact us at the practice. We look forward to meeting you and impressing you with our level of service, care and commitment. For more information and to see a video of the practice please visit, or contact the surgery on 01347 878111.

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by Celia Carr RVN Station House Vets

hen getting a new puppy or re-homing an older dog with an unknown vaccination status it is important to ensure they are fully vaccinated. This is to protect them against life threatening diseases as even if they survive one of these illnesses they can be left with damage to their organs which could cause problems in the future.

Distemper affects the lungs, nose, eyes, skin, stomach and intestines. Signs include hard cracked foot pads, discharge from the nose and eyes, pneumonia, vomiting and diarrhoea and dehydration. The nervous system can also become affected causing fitting. Distemper is passed via urine, faeces and saliva where droplets of the virus are released into the air and inhaled. It can be fatal if not treated quickly. Hepatitis is spread in the same way as distemper. The virus is spread to the liver via the blood stream where it destroys the cells. The liver becomes large and inflamed. Signs include abdominal pain, vomiting, blood tinged diarrhoea, dehydration and jaundice. It can also affect the kidneys and the eyes. Death can occur within 24 hours, however if they do survive, they can continue to spread the disease for 6-9 months via their urine. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which damages the liver, kidneys and blood vessels leading to haemorrhage, jaundice, dehydration, vomiting, severe black diarrhoea and sometimes kidney failure. The liver becomes enlarged causing abdominal pain. It is passed by dog to dog contact via the urine of infected animals as foxes and rats also carry the disease. It can also be passed through cuts and grazes on the feet. Leptospirosis is a fatal and zoonotic disease meaning humans can also catch it. Parvovirus is highly infectious and is spread via dog to dog contact or by infected faeces. The virus can survive in the environment for up to a year. It affects rapidly growing cells so mainly affects the intestines. It can also affect the heart in young puppies. Signs include vomiting, bloody smelly diarrhoea, dehydration and collapse. This disease is often fatal. Para-influenza affects the upper respiratory tract and causes flu like symptoms. Puppies will need a primary vaccination at either six or eight weeks of age and then a second vaccination is carried out at 10 weeks. In some inner city areas where parvovirus is prevalent or in certain 26 •

breeds, the vet may suggest having a third vaccination to help increase immunity. The vaccine contains a weak dose of the disease which stimulates the body to make antibodies. When the second dose is given the body recognises the disease and creates enough antibodies to fight it. Although each brand of vaccine varies it is thought that the antibodies have reached a high enough level to offer protection one week after the second vaccination. At this point your vet will suggest it is OK to take your dog outside. The primary vaccination course will offer protection for a year after which a booster will be required. The vaccine provides protection against Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza. Boosters will need to be carried out every year for the duration of the dogs life although some parts of the vaccine may last longer than a year so depending on what brand of vaccine your vet uses they may offer a part booster rather than a full booster. If a dog is overdue its annual booster by more than a couple of weeks the primary course will need to be started again. This is more expensive than just continuing with boosters. You may also choose to vaccinate your dog for kennel cough which is inhaled up the nose. There are many different strains so dogs that have been vaccinated against kennel cough may still become infected. Most kennels insist on it being done so if you plan to travel without your dog it is worth checking with your boarding kennels well in advance what their policy is. It is also worth checking with your local vet which vaccines they use as some practices will not vaccinate against kennel cough at the same time as the booster and also most kennels require that the kennel cough has been given 2 weeks prior to arriving at the kennels. Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 4th May


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The 10 year old sisters were brought into the Adoption Centre after their owner’s young child unfortunately developed a serious allergy to cats. They are both friendly cats who enjoy being fussed and petted, though they are a bit reserved when they meet new people. Once you have earned their trust you will have two solid friends for life! These two would make great company and be the perfect companions for older people…why not enjoy your retirement together? Like all sisters Sophie & Madge have the occasional squabble, not helped by being stuck in a small pen. We are sure they would appreciate the extra space a house would afford, so they could

spend a bit of time out of each other’s hair. Having said that they do love to curl up with each other for a cheeky afternoon nap! Sophie & Madge are in good spirits and in good health; they have been neutered, are fully vaccinated and have been microchipped. If you think you can offer this delightful pair of cats a new home please contact York Cats Protection on 01904 760356 or email us york@ . You can visit the Adoption Centre at 582 Huntington Rd. everyday between 11am & 3pm. • 01653 658776 • 27



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Handmade with care


t can be tough to find something that’s exactly to your taste when you’re shopping around for a new kitchen, revamping a bedroom or creating a home study.

And the practicalities of your home layout can seem to pose irritating restrictions on making your dream real. Richard James Handmade Interiors solves both of these problems – and you don’t need to worry about the price, either. The team of five craftsmen, led by company founder Richard Patterson, price their work so competitively they often beat high street kitchen and furniture stores – with the added benefit of interiors that are durable, high quality and long-lasting. Richard launched the company eight years ago after a 25-year career as a trained benchhand joiner. Along with four time-served craftsmen who create and install everything the company makes, they often have French joinery students who join them for a week to expand their skills, and are hoping to take on another permanent apprentice soon. Customers are welcome to visit Richard James’ workshop and showroom in Flaxton, where he and his team create every kitchen, cupboard and shelving unit by hand. Future visitors will be able to enjoy an expanded showroom, cafe and homeware shop - a project planned for later this year. You can talk your ideas over with Richard, who will produce detailed drawings and free estimates for every project he does, whatever the size – until the customer is satisfied he’s hit on the right design. However particular or vague your ideas, he’ll work with you and give you the full benefit of his design expertise to come up with a result that is truly stunning, and he’ll keep drafting and re-drafting the plans until you’re completely happy with it. Among the many domestic homes in the York area whose owners enjoy a Richard James interior are the kitchens in the dwelling areas of the Settrington and Scampston estates. Everything Richard James creates uses the best possible materials, from traditional hardwoods to cost-effective MDF. Richard James are happy to take on unusual projects – for example, they recently finished a bedroom-cum-study complete with a ‘Murphy’ bed, which folds away into a cupboard when not in use. If you manage to source some exceptional wood or other material you’d like to use

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in your home, he’s happy to work with that – and has the knowledge and experience to get the best out of it, too. For exceptional home design and handmade furniture for your kitchen, office and study, work with the best – Richard James Handmade Interiors.

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Protecting your Garden in a Drought Spring has certainly begun with unusually dry and warm weather this year, plus lack of rainfall in many areas over the winter period has already seen the possibility of enforced hosepipe bans in some areas. Whilst we humans can reach for a cold refreshing drink spare a thought for your landscape plants! In Spring plants not only awaken hungry but thirsty too! Roots require moisture to transport essential nutrients. When vital nutrients can’t be absorbed, used and converted to starch this limits growth and leaf production and invites other problems. Short term drought damage can include wilting, leaf scorch possible defoliation. Longterm damage happens over a period of years when a plant can show stunted growth, branch die-back and possible decline.

5 Points to remember when trying to offset the effects of drought on landscape plants. IRRIGATION

It Is critical to irrigate landscape plants during the growing season, until the cold weather sets in. Dry soil beneath trees and shrubs should be irrigated to a depth of 12 inches. Water use should be monitored, excessive watering can cause as many problems as drought. Drip irrigation systems or soaker hoses are recommended because they irrigate only the plant root zone, reduce run off and decrease water loss to evaporation. They can also be set on timers. Tensiometers are useful instruments that monitor irrigation needs so the right amount of water can be supplied when plantings require it. 30 •


Mulch trees and shrubs with organic materials, such as wood or bark chips provides many plant health benefits. Mulch conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, insulates soil to reduce winter injury and improves the

physical condition of soil. Apply mulches to a depth of 2-4inches (5-10cm) around landscape plants, avoiding contact with the stem. Avoid ‘volcano’ mulching, if you have Vesuvius around your plantings, get out your garden rake and start leveling!

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Plants weakened by moisture stress and nutrient deficiencies should be fertilised in Spring or Autumn following the drought when soils are rewetted by rainfall. Bartlett offers a variety of fertilisers and soil amendments that can treat any nutrient deficiency and can carry out soil analysis to identify essential nutrient requirements.

Moisture stressed plants are more susceptible to insect borers, bark beetles and root/stem/foliage disease. Early detection and treatment will keep infestations down. Regular inspection by a reputable arborist will identify these infestations before they get out of control. Treatments can then be applied as necessary to maintain health, beauty and safety of the plant.

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Dead, damaged or dying branches should be removed to reduce pest problems. Plants with exceptionally dense branching habits should be selectively thinned to balance root and crown growth. Selective pruning will decrease the plants demand for water and nutrients and improve the chances for drought stress recovery and is therefore beneficial. Excessive pruning will weaken the plant.

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t’s two years now since Bluewater Bathrooms began trading and the business is making a big splash in all the right places. Over those two years, business has grown steadily together with Bluewater’s reputation for quality and expertise – and the proof is coming in the significant amount of customers who come through recommendation, or customers returning to get the Bluewater treatment for their second bathrooms. As a thank you to the community for their support, Bluewater were proud to sponsor the Team of the Year award in the Minster FM Local Hero awards in February – and they were delighted to see the prize going to the child development team at York Hospital. For up-to-date styles and an exceptional choice, you’re invited to visit Bluewater’s showroom at Clifton Moor. Owners Adrian Lount and Peter Reynolds recently upgraded it, so it’s well worth a visit to see what’s new. Well-known brands available include Twyford, Pura and Roca, and a huge range of fixtures and fittings to suit all budgets and taste. Plus there’s a specialised range of wetrooms, walk-in baths and shallow baths to make enjoying a bath an easier op-

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tion for as many people as possible – see ‘Independent Living’. You’ll be spared the pushy sales tactics at Bluewater’s showroom, but their staff do have decades worth of experience to offer customers. The team is always happy to discuss your options at length, and you’re welcome to take advantage of their expertise when deciding on styles, layouts and products. Choosing a new bathroom is a significant investment that you should be able to enjoy for years to come, and Bluewater understands it’s a decision that needs plenty of time. When it comes to installation, Bluewater takes a

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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE practical approach that creates new possibilities, taking full account of any problems you may have in attaining your dream bathroom. You may think a particular style or option isn’t possible due to space or budget constraints – but a conversation with a Bluewater specialist could change your mind. Every aspect of the installation is done in-house, from start to finish, by Bluewater’s own fully qualified plumbers and tilers. George and Noreen said “Thankyou for our wonderful new bathroom. Your superb work ethic and dedicated professionalism has created a master piece.”

INDEPENDENT LIVING Bluewater Bathrooms specialises in helping their older customers create a comfortable, functional bathroom that suits their needs. Bluewater’s experienced staff are happy to visit you at home and spend time talking over the best

bathroom design for you. They’ll take the time to understand your needs, present the various options and offer a no-pressure quotation. And when the work is carried out, you’ll stay in control – Bluewater’s experienced, sensitive installers will work to your needs and most projects are completed within a week. Peter and Adrian prize honesty and reliability above anything else. Wet rooms and walk in showers are a popular option for maintaining independant living. These can be a key factor in retaining independence for anyone finding it difficult to use a traditional bath. However if your mobility is limited but you are not prepared to give up on enjoying a hot bath you don’t have to as Bluewater can supply easy access low level baths or walk in baths. If you are considering buying one of these in response to another advert then ask Bluewater to give you a quote and we expect you will be pleasantly surprised as all products are supplied and installed at affordable prices. Cyril and Barbara chose a walk in bath and commented, “Thank you very much for your help and advice and for all your hard work and skill in putting together our new bathroom and we are very pleased with the result.”

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Mini Coupe Road Test


he Mini brand is expanding yet again – this time into the niche Coupe market. James Baggott finds out more...


Yet another Mini that’s been tweaked to keep the brand’s sales moving upwards. Sales for the maker are up 14 per cent year on year in a market down five per cent and the Coupe aims to add around 3,000 a year to that total. Classed as a ‘halo’ model, it’s not expected to be a volume seller, but a rival to the likes of the VW Scirocco and Audi TT. It has a lower roof, boot spoiler and only two seats.


There are diesel and petrol options. As it’s the halo model, Mini won’t be offering One versions, only Cooper, Cooper S, SD, and John Cooper Works versions. We tried the SD and John Cooper Works. The latter is the range-topper offering 149mph top speed, 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and 39.8mpg. The diesel is a bit clattery but great to drive. It returns 65.7mpg, hits 134mph and passes 60mph in 7.7s.

standard hatch just isn’t tough enough’. While rivals Autocar said: ‘If you can live with the striking looks and driving appeal is a priority, it’s certainly worth considering.’


The looks certainly grew on us during our test, but no amount of driving dynamics could take our attention away from the pain in our legs, not something any driver wants to experience. With only 3,000 expected to find homes, this low-volume model will be a fashion statement for styleconscious buyers. And with a Roadster due next year, it’s clear the Mini brand’s expansion is set to continue apace. by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (


High. Standard equipment includes DAB radio, aircon, parking sensors, alloy wheels and sport stripes. But as with all Minis, it’s the personalisation – both via factory order and dealer- fitted accessories – which are plentiful. The famous TLC servicing pack is available for £249 and some 98 per cent of buyers are expected to take it up. We’d like to know who the two per cent are that don’t…


Enjoyable, but for taller drivers, extremely uncomfortable. The low roofline means you have to constantly crick your neck and the seats sent our legs to sleep within 10 minutes. It handles much like the hatch and in the dry is extremely chuckable, but in the wet it suffered with understeer. But none of that will stop fashion-hungry buyers snapping them up.


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angkok is dotted with nearly 400 fairytale temples, known as ‘wats’, the most magnificent rising on the banks of the Chao Phraya. Colourful, dazzling, they are among the top attractions in Thailand’s capital.

Here, monks meditate and study scriptures, medicine and astrology, tourists marvel at all the glitter and gold and the locals pray, read their horoscopes and chat with their friends. There are food stalls by the gate and on holy days, temple fairs where you can buy amulets and herbal remedies. Some temples are humble places haunted only by monks in saffron robes, others bustle with visitors. A few have a claim to fame, the highest dome, the largest bell, cloisters filled with the scent of jasmine or a 5½ ton Buddha of solid gold, hidden under a layer of stucco until it was dropped during transport in the 1950s. The Thais are devout Buddhists and most men, including the king, spend some time in the monkhood, whether a whole life or a few days. On the left bank of the Chao Phraya, the royal chapel is a stunning extravaganza of gold leaf, multicoloured mosaics and mythical creatures keeping watch in the courtyards, from fierce guardians with green faces to slender ‘garudas’, half-bird half-human. There are bell towers and spires, pavilions with upturned eaves, pagodas, colonnades and white elephant statues believed to be lucky. High above it all, in a dedicated chapel, the small Emerald Buddha sits under a nine-tiered

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umbrella, carved from a single piece of jade and highly revered as he protects the kingdom. There is barely a whisper in the air but the chanting of monks echoes along the walls. The royal temple is close to the Grand Palace and three times a year, in a special ceremony, the king changes the Buddha’s robes to match the new season. Down river, Wat Po, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest of the wats, a busy place where 300 monks mingle with visitors. The Buddha fills an entire hall, stretching for 140 feet, nearly 50 feet high, covered in gold leaf and mother of pearl incrusted in the soles of his feet in 108 auspicious designs. Regardless of faith, the Buddha touches your soul, totally serene as he approaches nirvana. Meanwhile, in the courtyards bristling with gleaming shrines, families picnic under the trees or buy a caged bird to set it free, for a blessing, and

tourists bargain for rubbings of temple carvings. As the seat of the country’s first university, Wat Po is also a reputed centre of learning and the best place in Bangkok to try traditional medicine or enjoy an authentic Thai massage. But across the river, Wat Arun is the most iconic of all. This is the Temple of Dawn, perfectly poised to reflect the early morning light from its lofty Khmerstyle tower. Rising some 220 feet above the water, it is covered in seashells and pieces of Chinese porcelain once used as ballast on incoming ships. Demons and monkeys guard the sanctuary while steep narrow steps lead up to the dizzying balcony overlooking the river, the palace and neighbouring temples. Once a year, the King sails down the Chao Phraya in full regalia to present new robes to the monks of Wat Arun after their traditional fast. The royal barge procession is said to be the most colourful festival in Bangkok.

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Bring your Saturday, surplus or just ours if5 March you 2011 5 March 2011come along and sharesome ofSaturday, haven’t any yourself – there is always more than enough for all. Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church ALL ARE WELCOME Saturday,

ALL ARE WELCOME 19th May 10.45 - 11.45 am Lounge (entry at side) 10.45 - 11.45 am Lounge (entry at side) St Mary’s Church Hall, 1.30-2.30pm Talk by David Broughton of Abundance, Talk by David Broughton of Abundance, ALL ARE WELCOME

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Sheriff Hutton Harmonia Ladies Choir Concerts Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm at Sinnington Village Hall In aid of the Save the Children Fund Suggested donations £5.00 The Pickering branch of the Save the Children fund started almost 35 years ago. We were probably the first in the area to do a Fun Run in 983 and a Duck Derby in 985. Since then we have raised funds with fashion shows,stalls and our very popular annual Celidh.

Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Priory, Old Malton In aid of the up keep of the church Tickets £5 on the door Further information about Harmonia, please call Alison Davis on 01653 698561 48 •


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

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JuMble Sale raising money for Malton Citizens Advice Bureau Club 2pm - 4pm The Village Hall, Finkle Street, Sheriff Hutton, YO60 6RA Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 4th May


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Coping with loss Losing a loved one is our worst fear and coping with bereavement poses one of life’s biggest challenges.

But there is a qualified, professional service available to anyone in that position to listen, support and go through the grief process with you. Cruse Bereavement Care supports hundreds of people from York and North Yorkshire, as far afield as Northallerton and beyond Stamford Bridge, after losing a loved one, including children. Last year Cruse provided 1,180 hours of face-to-face support to 310 people, including 21 children and three families. Highly trained volunteers specialise in supporting children, or coping with sudden bereavement after an accident – teams of Cruse counselling volunteers were on hand after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 7/7 London bombings. In a thank you letter recently received by the York and North Yorkshire branch, a client said: “I’m in a much better place mentally and your support has played a big part in my recovery. I dread to think where I would have been without your support.” Another has written: “The Cruse volunteer listened, commented well, supported, encouraging me to be positive.

I had complete trust in her assessment and awareness of my worries and problems.” To enable Cruse to continue giving this vital support, they need the help of the community. In the past the branch relied on funding from the Primary Care Trust. Unfortunately, this has now dried up. The service is provided by fully trained volunteers for free, which means the running costs have to be found elsewhere. Cruse is now asking the local community to step forward. Last year a number of events including an evening with Gervaise Phinn and a music concert helped keep Cruse running, together with some street collections carried out by volunteers. Even though the service is provided for free, many clients make a donation after their period of counselling has come to an end. Donors and sponsors are re-

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The Stamford Bridge Singers celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.


his summer the Stamford Bridge Singers will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with two very special events.

The first will be a special Jubilee Commemorative Service to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 31st May at Old Malton Priory Church. For this very important service, the Singers, conducted by Michael Wiles, will join forces with the Chanticleer Singers, conducted by Jane Sturmheit, to create a wealth of sound in music from the Coronation and from previous Jubilee services, including Handel’s rousing anthem, Zadok the Priest. There will be no charge for this event but arrive in good time as it is expected to be very well attended! The second event takes the form of a Diamond Jubilee Cabaret Evening to be held at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th July in Maclagan Hall, St William’s College, York. This will be an altogether lighter affair with a delicious supper interspersed with entertainment from the Stamford Bridge Singers. The music will include medleys from My Fair Lady and the shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as well-known patriotic songs such as Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. This event has been organised by the York Minster Events Team Committee and tickets, price £20, are on sale at York Minster Box Office on 0844 939 0015 or email Further details of both events can be found at:

Concerts by York Opera Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm Helmsley Arts Centre Friday 18 May National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York Information regarding tickets available from the venues or Richard Shouksmith 01904 490303 50 •

Scarborough College Saturday 28th April 7.30pm in the New Hall Tickets: £10 adult £5 under 18s For tickets and further information please contact: Scarborough College Reception 01723 360620 or Richard Shouksmith 01904 490303 Copy deadline for the next edition is Friday 4th May

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Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church

Scarecrow Festival 2012 Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May Back by popular demand, we are holding our 6th Scarecrow Festival and Competition on Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May. There will be trails of varying lengths (£2.00 per trail, not per person!) around Haxby and Wigginton and these will be on sale in the church 10.00am to 4.30 pm on the Saturday and Monday; and from 12 noon to 4.30 pm on the Sunday to allow for the All-age Family Service at 9.45 am to which you are invited! Refreshments and a Fairtrade stall will be available in the Methodist Church hall over the weekend. Also there will be face painting - an exhibition of the work of the church - and the winning entries of the scarecrow festival art competition. All the profits will be shared between Mercy Ships and local voluntary organisations. For further details please contact Dave Sleet on 01904 761262 or email

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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. uk The office is open Monday - Friday 09.00am - 4.00pm. For more information contact: Information Officer, Age Concern York tel: (01904) 627995/621020


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


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


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


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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.

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


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.


York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. The nature reserve is open all the time and has a children’s playground, mini

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stonehenge, butterfly walk and wooded area. Mon - Fri 9.00am - 5pm and Sat 10.00am - 2pm. Please pop down during opening hours to find out more. Be a volunteer or a member of St Nicholas - call 01904 411821


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary body of retired but active people who like to follow their interests and take up new ones. Courses are run free of charge by members themselves, no qualifications are required only enthusiasm and a wish to join with others in the pursuit of new activities. Monthly meetings with a speaker on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Current groups include Art, Bird Watching, History, Mah Yong, Philosophy, IT, Languages, Literature, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Walking etc. Theatre visits, luncheons and excursions are also arranged. For further information call John Dowell (01904 769618).


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Reflect is a counselling service based in York that is specifically for women and men facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. We are one

of around 150 centres across the UK and can offer trained advisers to help. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm and Fridays between 3-5pm for drops in at the Gateway centre, Acomb, but many other appointments are available, just call to arrange. More information from 01904 676710 or visit


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


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


The ideal venue to hire for parties, meetings, celebrations etc. Large bright hall, Meeting Room, Excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. For more details please phone 0770 4353186 for competitive rates of hire.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Aims to promote and study the history of the parish of Strensall and to disseminate historical information through meetings, publications lectures and events. We are a friendly group who in order to explore, study and record this exciting history have regular monthly meetings • 01653 658776 • 53

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


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


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


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


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 or email: info@yorkcavingclub. 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.

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


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


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


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


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 ( ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:- http://


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


New members are always welcome on the walks and can try out 2 or 3 walks before deciding whether to join the Ramblers.Walks vary in length from 5 miles to 12 miles and some use public transport to get to the start of the walks, so there is something to suit everyone. Details of all the walks can be found on or contact the secretary on 01904-628134


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


A social club for adults with disabilities and is held every Monday

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MAY 2012 • ISSUE 79 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 manager@haxbyplaygroups.


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


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


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


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


We offer places to children aged 2 years to school age in a warm, stimulating and caring environment with outside playspace. OFSTED registered with qualified staff. Playgroup runs on Mon and Wed from 9.30 -12 noon with an optional Lunch Club from 12 -1pm and all day Friday 9.30-3pm. .Contact Jo on 01653 618356.


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


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


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


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



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’)– 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 8.30am – 11.30am and 11.45am – 2.45pm.For more information telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 or email sarahsmithpg@btconnect. com


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


…affiliated to England Netball. Would you like to join this very successful netball club which currently run a team in the North Yorkshire Netball Academy League and 4 teams in the York & District League. Currently Champions of this League with two teams in Division 1, one in Division 2 and one in Division 4 of the 7 Divisions which make up this League. The Club also runs a youth section (Yr 7 upwards) and has 4 teams playing in the Netball York League for junior players and two of these teams also play in the North Yorkshire Junior League. Please contact the club secretary Mrs Alison Blackler on 01904 612268 or 07751 984840 or Val Kennedy on 07708 050307.Training is on a Monday evening at the Ethel Ward Playing Field throughout summer, and the League season runs from September until March. Would you like to learn to umpire? We have a qualified tutor in the club. Also if you are a budding Junior player ( school years 7-10) there is a junior section which trains every other Monday, 6 -7:15pm. All coaches are CRB checked.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Come and play lawn bowls, a sport for all ages. We welcome beginners and seasoned bowlers alike and we can lend newcomers a set of woods to see if they like the game. Adult membership age 26+ is £52 flat fee, £26 ages 18 to 25 and free to juniors under 18 and you can play as often as you like. Why not take the opportunity of a month’s free trial membership, without obligation. For further details, or to arrange a visit, contact: Colin Ellis (Secretary) on 01904 760877 or Email:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Safe, supervised indoor and outdoor areas. The cost of sessions is from £1 (with Yozone card) and £1.50 without.. Come along and try us out! WEDNESDAY OPEN YOUTH CLUB: An Open Youth club is run at the centre on a Wednesday Night for anyone aged 10-16 years. The club runs from 7 - 9pm and facilities include a Nintendo Wii on projector screen, Widescreen TV, Pool Table, Outside Sports, Table Tennis and Tuck Shop.


If you are interested in acting, singing and dancing and are between 8-16 years of age, please come and give us a try. With two productions each year, themed nights and theatre trips – its lots of fun! Sessions are run on a Tuesday and a Thursday evening, with split-age sessions on a Thursday evening.Depending on numbers, priority will be given to residents of Haxby & Wigginton. For more info contact Megan Godden on 07786 121832 or email


Under 8s are looking for new players. We train every Wednesday 6-7pm

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Puzzle pages

Drop Down The letters to the left belong in the squares immediately to the right, but not necessarily in the given order. When entered correctly, they reveal the names of five things to be found in a bathroom, reading downwards.

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Crossword Across 1. Sketch (7) 5. Naval map (5) 8. Expel (5) 9. Woman’s holdall (7) 10. Promotional literature (13) 11. Informal (6) 12. Thick-set (6) 15. Used to cool food (13) 18. Conclusions (7) 19. Perfect (5) 20. Sea rising andfalling (5) 21. Medicinal syrup (7)

Down 1. Musical drama (5) 2. Robbers (7) 3. Worldwide (13) 4. Pertaining to cultural group (6) 5. Deep thinking (13) 6. Saunter (5) 7. Firmly (7) 11. Right (7) 13. Nearest (7) 14. Receptacle (6) 16. Dimmed (5) 17. Bottom of the feet (5)














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Spot the Difference Can you spot the 10 differences?

Sudoku Collectors Quiz 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

arctophilist conchologist deltiologist helixophile numismatist philatelist phillumenist philographist plangonologist tegestologist

Choosing from the list below, can you work out what types of things that the collectors above collect? autographs beer mats coins corkscrews dolls


matchboxes postcards shells stamps teddy bears




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.




JUMBLE SALE Sheriff Hutton Jumblies Jumble sale, raising money for Sheriff Hutton Bowls Club 2pm - 4pm. The Village Hall, Finkle Street, Sheriff Hutton, YO60 6RA

Jennings. Competition - My favourite tray bake. St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30 p.m


SPRING STEAM GALA NYMR. Featuring 3 visiting trains, and possibly a mystery loco. See webstime!ite for details



2 mile walk to follow up the previous week’s talk, from Yearsley Bridge to Huntington. Meet in the car park at Huntington Parish Church at 10 am. Please let Bob Jowett know if you are coming and if you would like to have lunch afterwards at the Blacksmith’s Arms, Huntington.

28-APR 1920’S EVENING RSPCA York. Recreate the

glamour of the roaring 20s at our very special evening at the Parsonage Country House Hotel in Escrick. Tickets are £40 and include dinner, a complimentary drink, with dancing to the Gershwin Band and casino.

28 - 29 APRIL TREASURE HUNT Huntington Memorial Hall. Treasure Hunt and Scavenger Trail for children 11am - 5pm both days. Full details are on our website at


3 visiting trains, and possibly a mystery loco, demonstration good trains, Grosmont to Goathland local trains and much more.... See website for details


- 12noon in St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby. Entrance 50p, to include coffee / tea.


Castle Mills Lock. Telephone June Card 01904 766196 for full details.


Wigginton Methodist Church. All proceeds from the festival will be shared between Mercy Ships ( and our local community organisations.

7 - 8 MAY YORKSHIRE CRAFT AND PRODUCE MARKET Castle Howard. 10 - 4pm. Popular

market with delicious food and beautiful crafts all sourced or produced in Yorkshire, and in many cases locally to the Castle Howard Estate. Admission is free

08-MAY YORK RAMBLERSWALK. Bulmer near Castle Howard. Parking in lay-by opposite P.O. Walk starts at 7pm and is approx 5 miles long. Suitable for everyone. New walkers very welcome. Details on or phone Vera (Secretary) on 01904 628134. 60 •

WIGGINTON AND HAXBY WI MEETING. Wiltshire Farm Foods by Kerry

11 - 13 MAY

12 MAY A MIND BODY AND SPIRIT EVENT. The Healing Spirit Fayre. New Earswick Folk Hall, York. 10 - 4pm. £1.50 entry. Astrology, ear candles, Reiki, Alternative Therapists and many more. Including talks from some of the area’s best clairvoyants. Free parking and cafe bar. For mroe info call Deany on 07730203220


Castle Howard. Come along and meet our chilincludeddren’s mascot, Geoffrey the Lion and let him introduce you to his new Children’s Trail, Geoffrey’s Grand Tour. Activities included in normal House & Grounds admission price.

13-MAY WEDDING FAYRE Haxby Memorial Hall. 11am until 3 pm ,free entry. Contact Joyce on 07912532856 for more details . All proceeds to go towards upkeep of the Memorial Hall


Cream Company) ice cream parlour in York city centre. Yorkshire Miniaturists are putting on a display depicting summery treats, eg. a 1/12th scale version of LICC, and lots of other items on the theme of ice cream, cup cakes, al fresco coffee drinking, etc. They hope to attract local interest and new members, and will be collecting for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity. LICC is at 20 Back Swinegate, York YO1 8AD (

16-MAY WIGGINTON & HAXBY OVER SIXTIES VISIT to Boundry Mills. Meet 10am at

Wigginton Pond. £10 for members, £12 for visitors

16-MAY RIVER FOSS SOCIETY WALK. Circular walk from Mill Green, Crayke, including a visit to Pond Head Reservoir which will be accessible to non walkers. Telephone June Card 01904 766196 for full details.

HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A at 2.00pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Meet the Butler by Chris Cade. Adm. £2 inc. tea etc.

19 MAY SUMMER FAIR. Charlie’s Angels are holding a summer fair in aid of the York branch of the MS Society. Orchard Park Community Centre, Brockfield, Huntington from 1pm. Usual stalls including raffles, children’s tombola and refreshments. Admission 50p, children free.

19 MAY JUMBLE SALE Sheriff Hutton Jumblies. Jumble Sale raising money for Malton Citizens Advice Bureau 2pm - 4pm

20-MAY TAYLORS GARDEN PARTY Myasthenia Gravis. 2-5pm. Tombola, games books, cakes and more. Wilberfoss details 01904 607082

20-MAY CAR BOOT SALE Strensall Preschool Playgroup. Sunday Car Boot Sale. 11am - 1pm. Strensall Village Hall. For more information contact the playgroup on 01904 493937.

22-MAY RIVER FOSS SOCIETY VISIT. Evening visit to the Sessions Nature Reserve. Telephone June Card 01904 766196 for full details.


Director of the Cancer Research Unit has invited members to visit his research Laboratories at York University on Tuesday the 22nd May at 6pm. His research focuses on developments in Prostate Cancer and will prove to be an interesting and informative tour. For more details please contact: Samantha Cooper, Macmillan Urology Cancer Care Coordinator or Carolyn Bedford, Macmillan Urology Nurse Specialist on 01904 725848. Alternatively, please contact Michelle Scaife, Professor Maitland’s Secretary on 01904 328711.

24-MAY YORK RAMBLERS WALK. Nether Poppleton. Parking at War Memorial. Walk starts at 7pm and is approx 5 miles long. Suitable for everyone. New walkers very welcome. Details on or phone Vera (Secretary) on 01904 628134.

24-MAY CRAFT FAIR & TOMBOLA Myasthenia Gravis. Farm Shop & Cafe, Wigginton Road, York. 11am - 3.30pm. Free admission




WILD OLYMPIANS EXHIBITION Robert Fuller Gallery. Wild Olympians’ runs from May 26th to June 10th at The Robert Fuller Gallery, Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 9LS (01759 368355) www. The gallery will be open daily from 11.30 to 4pm.

on verge near Church. Walk starts at 7pm and is approx 5 miles long. Suitable for everyone. New walkers very welcome. Details on www. or phone Vera (Secretary) on 01904 628134.

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Museum. A superb family weekend - over 250 historic military vehicles, full wargaming show and Living History displays. Field Gun Salute to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

29-MAY YORK RAMBLERS WALK. Terrington. Parking at Village Hall Car Park. £1 donation. Walk starts at 7pm and is approx 5 miles long. Suitable for everyone. New walkers very welcome. Details on or phone Vera (Secretary) on 01904 628134.



Group Brass Band


Following on from their last sell out show, Prima Vocal Ensemble return to the stage in even greater style with the ultimate in Rock, Jazz & Broadway classics.


Box office: 0844 847 2322


superb costumes, sets and lighting, this stunning production showcases the skills of not only the performers but the world class team behind the scenes. A fabulous storyline which will captivate and enthral audiences of all ages....



Australian super-star Jimeoin presents his hilarious show of world-class stand-up.

7 - 12 MAY STEEL MAGNOLIAS A heart-warming and bittersweet comedy, starring Kacey Ainsworth, Isla Blair, Cheryl Campbell, Cherie Lunghi, Sadie Pickering & Denise Welch.


OFF Brassed Off is a spirited comedy-drama set in 1992, a time of uncertainty for the miners of Grimley Colliery in South Yorkshire. Their pit is under threat of closure and the colliery band is on the verge of breaking up, their chance of competing nationally a distant dream. Then along comes Gloria, rekindling enthusiasm passion and romance. Based on a true story, the film, written and directed by

York’s Mark Herman, starred Pete Postlewaite, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tomkinson and Tara Fitzgerald.



Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Live At The Apollo.

26 MAY DUANE EDDY It starts with a crazedand-cantering guitar salvo. Then comes an unmistakable low-string, spy-theme twist – a twang, if you will - that announces the fantastically titled The Attack of the Duck Billed Platypus, the opening track on Road Trip. It is a track that serves as confirmation enough that one of the truly legendary guitarists of our time is back.

31 MAY SIMON AMSTELL - NUMB The awardwinning comedian, actor/screenwriter (Grandma’s House) and presenter (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Popworld) returns with a brand new stand-up tour for 2012.


Box office: 01904 623568

1 - 5 MAY LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST Northern Broadsides celebrates its 20th anniversary year. Romantic, mischievous and filled with youthful exuberance, Barrie Rutter directs a charismatic cast of 17 multitalented northern actors who will literally fill the stage in this fast-paced battle of the sexes.


21 - 23 MAY CRAVE & ILLUSIONS A startling quartet of anger, desire, frustration and despair. ATC take a fresh look at this landmark of modern international theatre by Sarah Kane, in a major new production for the 21st century (16yrs+)

24 - 26 MAY WASTED BY KATE TEMPEST Three old friends. One remarkable day. For Ted, Danny and Charlotte, life will never be the same again. A day-glo trip through the parks, raves and cafes of South London, where life is what you make it. The words of Kate Tempest paint a picture of lives less ordinary in an unforgiving world, sound-tracked by an exhilarating score. A play about love, life and losing your mind.

29 MAY TAKEOVER COMEDY NIGHT Named by Stewart Lee as one of the ‘Ten Best Comedians in the World Ever’, Stephen Carlin has earned critical acclaim, accolades and a growing fanbase with his original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery. Joined by Chris Stokes, Ed Gamble & Chris Turner.


the University of York English Department. Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate (1999-09), introduces his eagerly-awaited sequel to Treasure Island, Silver, featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and tales of love, valour and terrible cruelty. He also reads from his latest book of poetry, his autobiography and more. This will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.



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

11 - 12 MAY



Ebor Stand. York Racecourse 2-4pm and 5-7pm

breathtaking programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside a brand-new ballet by Jessica Lang, and thrilling excerpts from some of the worldfamous classics.


Enjoy a dazzling night in the West End. A company of principals and chorus will be joined on stage by a full live orchestra for an evening of the very best of musical theatre.

14-MAY New Earswick Folk Hall 2-4pm and 5-7pm

Summer Fair Saturday 19th May Charlie’s Angels are holding a summer fair in aid of the York branch of the MS Society. Orchard Park Community Centre, Brockfield, Huntington from 1pm. Usual stalls including raffles, children’s tombola and refreshments. Admission 50p, children free. • 01653 658776 • 61

INDEX ADVENTURE SPORTS EQUIPMENT Rat Race York Performance Store..............................................9

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Razzamataz.............................. 15

AERIAL & AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES ADI Communications........... 36 Aerial Services............................3 BLTV Aerials................................5

CLEANING Andrew Judge Cleaning Services..................................... 40 Dublecheck Cleaning........... 37

CHILDRENS CLOTHING Country Cradle, The.............. 15

ARTS FESTIVAL Ryedale Festival...................... 18

COMPUTERS & WEB DESIGN Computer Troubleshooters...8 G-TEC-IT........................................8 NYCOM Ltd.................................8 York IT Services (UK) Ltd........3

BATHROOMS Bluewater Bathrooms.......... 32

CRAFTS Castaway Yarns....................... 23

BEAUTY Boab Hair & Beauty............... 17 Caren Vollans Hair Design.. 17 Glitz & Glam Beauty.............. 17

DENTISTS Howardian Dental Practice.25

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES AP Design Services............... 36

BLINDS AA Blinds.................................. 38

ELECTRICIANS C&S Electrical York................. 13 Electrical Connections......... 28 HC Engineering Ltd.............. 39 Judge Electrical...................... 42 Mark Smith Electrical........... 28 Wilson Electrical Services... 46

BUILDERS ALH Builders............................ 36 Eastgate Building Contractors.............................. 43 HC Engineering Ltd.............. 39

ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES Hudson Moody...................... 64 FENCING Malcolm Collins Fencing..... 42 York Fencing............................ 42

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Pets, Homes & Gardens....... 38

FINANCES Moneywise Financial Solutions................................... 24 Pen Life Chartered Financial Planners.................................... 23

BIKES Rat Race York Performance Store..............................................9

CAR & VAN HIRE Y3 Hire....................................... 35 CAR VALETING We Valet Cars........................... 35 CARPET CLEANING Andy’s Carpet Cleaning....... 47 Future Carpet Cleaning Services Ltd............................. 36 Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning.................................... 46 Ultraclean................................. 38

Puzzle Solutions

CARS & SERVICING Birch Park Vehicle Testing Centre........................................ 35

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FOOD & DRINK Bumper Castle........................ 21 Cottage Inn, The..................... 21 Hog Roast Yorkshire.............. 21 GARAGE DOORS ABI Garage Doors.................. 43 Hobman Garage Doors....... 28 GARDENS Andrew Judge Cleaning Services..................................... 40 Astek Landscapes.................. 41 Bartlett Tree Experts............. 30 BL Maintenance..................... 41 Future Landscapes................ 41

Grasshoppers.......................... 41 Grumbleweed......................... 40 Lee’s Lawns.............................. 40 Marks Garden Services........ 41 Rock and Stone York Ltd..... 43 Tree and Woodland Services.. ..................................................... 41 York Landscapes & Maintenance........................... 42 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd... ..................................................... 41 HEALTH & FITNESS Sarah Marsden Zumba Fitness........................................ 17 Mind, Body & Spirit Fair....... 22 JOINERS Neil Jackson Joiner................ 47 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Dream Doors Ltd......................2 Instyle Kitchens Ltd.................7 Richard James Handmade Interiors..................................... 29 Work Top Man......................... 37 MARKETS Hovingham Village Market.19 MOBILITY Able to Enable Ltd................. 22 MV Mobility............................. 23 MUSIC TUITION Dean Williams Music Teacher. ..................................................... 23 NURSERIES & CHILDCARE Flaxton Village Nursery....... 14 York Montessori Nursery..... 15 OVEN CLEANING Ultraclean................................. 38 PAINTING & DECORATING Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating............................... 38 MD Bonney Specialist Decorator................................. 28 R Barker Painting & Decorating............................... 38 Vinnys Painting, Decorating & Home Maintenance.......... 36 PETS Station House Vets................ 27 PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling....... 46

Ian’s Plastering Service........ 47 PLUMBING & HEATING BGT Plumbing............................5 DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers......................... 28 DRS Installations Ltd............ 36 GW Plumbing.............................2 Haxby Plumbing & Heating.... ..................................................... 47 Heattech................................... 36 Leefe Plumbing...................... 38 Robgasman................................4 York Plumbing & Heating... 13 PLUMBING - GENERAL MB Plumbing & Drainage......3 Plumbing by Taylor............... 38 PRINTING Warwick Digital Print...............8 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CK Home Solutions............... 47 HC Engineering Ltd.............. 39 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman............................... 43 SM Maintenance.................... 47 Yorkshire Home & Property Services..................................... 37 RENEWABLE ENERGY Peak Power Systems............. 39 ROOFING & GUTTERING BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs Ltd. ..................................................... 42 John Pletts Roofing............... 43 Top Roofing............................. 28 SOLICITORS Ardent Law.............................. 19 TILES Continental Tile Studio........ 13 Tile With Style............................6 TILING ABM Plastering & Tiling....... 46 TRAVEL Conexo Travel.......................... 45 WASTE Acomb Waste Disposal........ 46 WINDOWS Instyle Windows..................... 11 Window Distribution Ltd.... 37

CROSSWORD: Across: 1 Outline, 5 Chart, 8 Evict, 9 Handbag, 10 Advertisement, 11 Casual, 12 Stocky, 15 Refrigerators, 18 Endings, 19 Ideal, 20 Tidal, 21 Linctus. Down: 1 Opera, 2 Thieves, 3 International, 4 Ethnic, 5 Concentration, 6 Amble, 7 Tightly, 11 Correct, 13 Closest, 14 Vessel, 16 Faded, 17 Sells. PICTOGRAMS: 1. Room for one more 2. Town centre 3. In for a penny, in for a pound. DROP DOWN: Answers from left to right: Bathtub, Cabinet, Cistern, Flannel, Shampoo. SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: 1. pan on wall 2. knife disappeared 3. steak and beet swapped places 4. utensils turned around 5. Moustache 6. one parsnip missing 7. top buttons missing 8. bottle tops 9. pepper shaker 10. crease in hat. WORDSEARCH: Hidden phrase: Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. Alfred Hitchcock. QUIZ: 1. arctophilist - teddy bears 2. conchologist - shells 3. deltiologist - postcards 4. helixophile - corkscrews 5. numismatist - coins 6. philatelist - stamps 7. phillumenist - matchboxes 8. philographist - autographs 9. plangonologist - dolls 10. tegestologist - beer mats

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MAY 2012 • ISSUE 79


Heritage Craft Courses GREENWOOD BENCH MAKING Sunday 6th May 2012 Geoff Norton will teach the skills involved in green oak construction of a bench for the Mill site. Full workshop, six adult places, 10am-4pm £10.00 HOW TO GET THERE: Howsham Mill, Howsham. Park at the car park at Howsham Bridge, then walk underneath the bridge. Cross the footbridge ahead and follow the public footpath along the side of the river until you get to the entrance to the Island over the oak bridge. Keep to the right hand path, which will lead to the Mill. REFRESHMENTS: Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring a picnic as there are no shops nearby! BOOKING: For more information, please contact Angela Cole Tel 01653 658462, e-mail info@yorkshirehurdles. To secure a place, please send fee, cheque payable to; Renewable Heritage Trust, and post to Angela Cole, Westow Grange Cottage, Westow, York, YO60 7LU. HOWSHAM MILL PROJECT: For more information about the Mill and how you can get involved, please visit our website: The Renewable Heritage Trust is a charity set up to find new uses for old buildings by adapting them to generate renewable energy. Manor Farm, Kirkham Abbey, York YO60 7JF. Tel 01653 619748


Strensall PO.........................................01904 490301 Haxby PO.............................................01904 763395 Huntington PO....................................01904 769180 New Earswick PO.................................01904 768105


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


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



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

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

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

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

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


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


Haxby Road Primary ...........................01904 653218 Headlands Primary .............................01904 762356 Huntington Primary School.................01904 768636 Ralph Butterfield Primary...................01904 768325 Robert Wilksinson Primary..................01904 490306 New Earswick Primary ........................01904 768228 Huntington.........................................01904 752100 Joseph Rowntree.................................01905 552100 Easingwold .........................................01347 821451 Sheriff Hutton Primary School ...........01347 878441 Stockton on the Forest Primary...........01904 400366 Wigginton Primary .............................01904 761647


Huntington Library.............................01904 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

POLE LATHE TURNING & GREEN WOODWORKING Sunday 3rd June Join Julian Cole and work green wood using foot treadle lathe, shaving horse and hand tools. Have a go, all ages. 10am -11am £3.00. Full Workshop, eight places 12am-5pm £10.00.


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

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A modern detached 4 bedroom house • En-suite bathroom Kitchen with built in pantry • Double garage Utility room Sitting room and good sized dining room with • Attractive lawned gardens overlooking fields glazed folding doors to the conservatory

Manor Garth, Wigginton


• A beautifully presented 3 bedroom detached • house in a popular location • • Sitting room with a real flame gas fire • • Dining room • Good sized conservatory

En-suite shower room Single garage Rear garden with flagged terrace leading onto the lawn

Geldof Road, Huntington


• A well presented bungalow situated in a • •

popular location. 2 double bedrooms. Breakfast kitchen.

• Driveway leading to single garage. • Gas fired central heating & uPVC double glazing

• No onward chain.

Meadowfields, Huntington

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A traditional semi-detached bungalow Three bedrooms Conservatory

• Small forecourt to the front • Flagged and lawned garden to the rear • An internal inspection is recommended in order to appreciate the potential.

Single garage

Briar Drive, Huntington


• A modern semi-detached 3 bedroom house • Sitting room with timber mantel, marble style situated within the popular and sought after village of Strensall

• Located at the head of a cul-de-sac

hearth incorporating a real flame gas fire

• Dining room with laminate wood flooring • Single garage

Knapton Close, Strensall


• A superbly presented 2 bedroom flat with • •

views over fields in a popular location Open plan living 2 double bedrooms

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Gas fired central heating uPVC double glazing, Allocated car parking space Communal gardens

Green Court, Huntington


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 May12  
Handy Mag York May12  

Community magazine for the Haxby, Wigginton, Huntington, Strensall area.