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Handy Mag

YORK EDITION Delivered to YO32, YO31 9 & YO60 6 OCTOBER 12 • ISSUE 84

Your FREE & informative local community magazine

2 Competitions - win tickets for 2 local events

Karate - not just for the young - get fit whatever your age

Local Events - all you need to know about where to go this autumn Delivered by Royal Mail to all letterboxes in Haxby, Wigginton, Strensall, Huntington, Earswick, New Earswick, Sheriff Hutton & Stockton on the Forest....that’s 16,400 letterboxes!



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elcome to the September edition. As editor of magazines and working 2 months ahead on the next issues, it seems to fast track time and muddle with your mind. It’s hard to talk about British Summertime ending when September is just starting and the sun has finally come out! Clocks go back on 28th October, bringing shorter days and long dark evenings – sorry for being depressing! On the plus side I love my winter wardrobe so much more than my summer clothes, and evenings spent with warming coal fires provide for good compensation. For those with real fires, be sure to buy in your coal and wood supplies soon. Maybe it is because of this need to compensate for the passing of summer that autumn comes with a flurry of local events. Amongst many highlights, Last Night of the Proms at Joseph Rowntree Theatre will be raising funds for the York Branch of the Myasthenia Gravis Society. Supporting people with neurological and respiratory illnesses, this is a really valued cause and Ron Middlemas, along with the local group, work tirelessly to help raise the necessary funds to

This month’s features General

Books - Share the Scare ..............................p8 Emily’s column............................................ p54

Business Features

A dream kitchen for half the cost ........ p10 Service you can trust ................................ p16 Branching Out ............................................ p20 A fine finish for your home .................... p23 Banker’ Bonuses - Not your problem? p29 Kitchen & Bedroom designs to suit youp32


Local Groups ............................................... p43 Events ............................................................ p58

Food & drink

Autumn Pudding ....................................... p34

Homes & Gardens

Take the floor .............................................. p48 A better life - Man vs Slug....................... p50

buy equipment for York Hospital. They would really appreciate your support, and promise some great entertainment. Another event this month is taking place at St Mary’s Church in Haxby where you can share surplus produce and garden tools. With fungal forays, vintage music and karate events, there really is something for everyone this autumn! In fact, we have changed the format of the events pages to hopefully make it easier to find places to go and things to see. I’d love to hear what you think of the change. There are two competitions in the magazine this month. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre are on offer on page 26 and you can win a family ticket for the spectacular Gunpowder Plod on page 18. Well done to Ms Coyle of York for winning the August competition. The answers are on page 61.

Until next time....

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

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are being carried out by people who are fully qualified for the job. In response to customer demand, last year Ben qualified to work with gas and was registered with Gas Safe, meaning he can bring the reliability and quality of workmanship he’s known for to boiler and central heating installations and plumbing. For a discussion about your plumbing or heating, or a free estimate, contact Ben Leefe on 01904 340801 or 07887 852468.

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Sharthee Scare

This Halloween why not settle down for some good old-fashioned ghost stories with the youngest members of your family. We’re not suggesting you curl up with the latest Stephen King; our selection of children’s favourites will deliver just the right amount of spooky. From toddlers to teenagers, these tales will ensure Halloween is less of a trick and more of a treat.


Janet and Allan Ahlberg What could be more fitting for Halloween than three skeletons on a night out? This classic tale of a somewhat unusual family unit will ease the youngest of readers into Halloween. Setting out on a walk, ready to scare someone and then settling for frightening themselves, it’s a humorous (or should that be humerus?) story with the best laughs coming when they try to reassemble Dog Skeleton. A definite bone-rattler for your littlies, it’s certain to have you humming ‘Dem bones, dem bones’ up until bedtime.

The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens or ‘Bod’ is no ordinary boy. It’s not surprising really given that he’s been raised by ghosts and ghouls after his own family was murdered. Will Bod survive to adulthood given his unusual adopted family? Will his parents’ killers catch up to him? And how do you learn about life, from the dead? This is a strange and compelling tale for older children. Heavily influenced by Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’, it’s easy to see why Gaiman has earned himself an 8 •

army of devoted fans… among the living.

Pure Dead Magic Debi Gliori

Move over Mary Poppins, there’s a new nanny in town. Mrs McLachlan’s hired to sort out the strange and mysterious StregaBorgia family. She has her work cut out dealing with both the children and the parents, not to mention beasts in the basement. This is a Scottish clan in crisis and only a super nanny can come to their rescue. It’s a strange tale that mixes tradition and new technology into a bizarre brew that could have come straight from a Scottish cauldron.

Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps Horrorland)

R.L. Stine

The Goosebumps series does exactly what it says on the tin. Here’s one of our favourite titles in which Sam, who’s desperate to have a pet, starts work in a pet shop. He soon discovers that hamsters may be small, but they’re not always cute. For anyone who enjoyed

‘Bunnicula’, the vampire bunny has nothing on these evil furballs. Be careful what you wish for…and don’t forget to check the hamster cage before you go to sleep.

Kiss of Death Malcolm Rose

A school trip goes very wrong when twins Kim and Seth and their friend Wes visit Eyam: a community that was wiped out by the Black Death. Kim and Wes decide to take coins (one of which happens to be cursed) from the bottom of a well in the village only to have the theft come back to haunt them. When the boys are struck down with what looks like the plague, it’s Seth to the rescue. It brings new meaning to the phrase ‘take nothing but photographs’.

The Boy Who Haunted Himself Terry Deary

A bizarre story of an experiment that goes somewhat awry, the shy and retiring Peter Stone becomes possessed by a spirit from the past. He faces an epic internal struggle to regain his body and mind. This is a chilling tale, with a sting at the end. Paul McKenna fans: be warned.

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improvement project can be,” says Dream Doors York’s owner Barry Kent. “But there’s far less upheaval with our kitchen makeovers. A door swap takes just one day, whereas a facelift including new worktops and a sink might take an extra day. And by leaving the existing units in place and just changing what can be seen, customers get a kitchen that looks brand new, without the outlay or the stress of a complete refurbishment.” He adds: “All our doors are made-to-measure in the UK, and none are off-the-shelf. This means that when the order is taken, the doors are made specifically for that customer. We advise everyone to visit our


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fixtures and complete bathroom installations. He understands the importance of a beautiful bathroom and can offer advice to ensure that everything is just right, from hiding pipework to utilising space efficiently. Blocked

drains? “I offer a truly personal service to all of my customers.” His friendly manner and very good prices have stood him in good stead, and he’s slowly building a reputation up as an honest, skilled plumber who can be trusted, with most of his work coming through recommendation. That means there is no hard sell or scare tactics from MB Plumbing – just quality work and the relief of having your plumbing problems sorted without breaking the bank.

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Branching out How are your trees and shrubs doing? Whether you are responsible for a few saplings or a large woodland estate, October is an important time in the yearly cycle of your trees. Planting, hedge-laying and pruning of fruit trees should be carried out in autumn, and it’s also wise to make sure your trees are strong and healthy ahead of the winter weather. Any dead branches, rotting, snapping, cracking or creaking should be checked out, as well as any unusually early signs of autumn such as yellowing or browning of the leaves before their time. If you’re unsure about the health of your trees, or how to care for them, Expert Tree Care can help. They offer a huge range of tree care services, from dayto-day pruning and disease control to lightning protection and specialist specimen work, mainly in Malton, Pickering, Wetherby, Harrogate, York and Selby, but also covering all of Yorkshire and the Humber. The team is happy to come out and assess what you may need, and they offer noobligation quotes, consultations and advice. They can also carry out inspections and surveys, and work

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with customers and the local council on matters surrounding tree preservation orders. What’s more, once Expert Tree Care have helped you once, they’ll keep in touch, with attentive aftercare for all customers. Getting experts in at such times is crucial for the protection of the customer as well as the council, as the penalties for getting it wrong can be costly. If a full tree health report is required for insurance purposes, Expert Tree Care has a tree consultancy team who can give the necessary professional recommendations for such cases. Business owner and founder Chris Neviani is a highly experienced tree surgeon. He joined Castle Howard’s forestry department on leaving school, 16 years ago and since then he has worked for some of the most well-known tree surgeons in the

world, as well as some small, local tree surgeon companies in and around York. He set up Expert Tree Care earlier this year to bring together the best of both types of business for his customers. He said: “Having worked for multi-national firms and for one-man-bands in and around York, I decided to form a business that would strike a good balance between a personal, friendly service to customers and highly professional equipment, training and staff. “The result is top class standards with the personal touch.” Every member of Expert Tree Care’s five-man team is highly qualified, with extensive vocational B-Tec National qualifications and industry accreditations on their wall, plus tree climbing, aerial rescue and chainsaw certificates that go way beyond the basic requirements for a company of this kind. For free advice and consultation about your trees, contact any of the Expert Tree Care offices today.

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aking the right choices when it comes to furnishing your home comes down to knowing what you want, having a good imaginative eye, and understanding how to use colour and fabric to create the look you’re after. Knowing what you want is the easy bit – but how do you ensure you don’t spend your hard-earned budget on something that seems like a great idea in the shop or the catalogue, but just doesn’t work when you get it home? Enter Janet Neilson, interior designer and curtain maker of more than 30 years’ experience. Janet helps homeowners from North Yorkshire turn their design dreams into well-executed reality. What’s more, Janet has a range of options to suit all budgets, which means getting professional soft furnishing and interior design advice need not cost as much as you might fear. Friendly advice is always available in the showroom, together with an affordable made-to-measure 14-day curtain and blinds service. Janet can supply a full range of beautiful curtains, drapes, blinds, and soft furnishings. If you do want a full, bespoke professional design service, Janet will visit you at your home, measure up and have a chat with you about what you’re looking for. Then she’ll suggest colours and styles and put together a scheme or a mood board to help you picture the end result. Or, if you’re budgeting carefully, there’s no need to miss out on the expertise – Janet can simply create the mood board, and leave you to do the rest. For more information, call Janet on 01904 762023 or visit the showroom at Neilson Interiors. 99a, The Village, Haxby, York. YO32 2JH.


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Hear how ABUNDANCE help people with their fruit Saturday, 13th October picking in York each autumn St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby Saturday, 5 March 2011 Saturday, 5 March 2011 Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church 1.30-2.30pm Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church ALL ARE WELCOME ALL ARE WELCOME ALL ARE WELCOME

Hear how ABUNDANCE help people with their fruit picking in York each autumn

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n 1996, the Canal du Midi became the first canal in the world to receive World Heritage status, as one of the ‘greatest engineering feats of modern times’ and ‘outstanding landscape fashioned by man’. Designed to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across south west France, it had been planned since Roman times but work did not start until 1667, taking 14 years and 15,000 people to complete. Sadly, the engineer Pierre Paul Riquet passed away just months before the royal

barge opened the first stretch in his native town of Béziers, in 1681. From Toulouse, where it joins the Canal de Garonne, to the vast Etang de Thau on the Mediterranean, the 245 km long waterway is dotted with over 300 supporting structures, including bridges, locks and canal aqueducts invented by Riquet to cross streams and rivers. The canal tunnel in Malpas was also a world’s first, completed in secret in just a week before the authorities had a chance to find out. They had refused permission on safety grounds. The tunnel remains one of the highlights along the route, rivalled only by Fonserannes, a steep staircase of seven locks and now a listed monument. For 200 years or so, the canal brought wealth to the region, encouraging agriculture, trade and related business, from boat yards to inns. It was the cheapest way to transport people and goods since a single barge could carry the equivalent of 30 •


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The Farmer’s CarT reCipe....

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Melted Cheese 1 Pumpkin (3-4lb) 1 tbsp groud nut oil 1 large onion (peeled & finely chopped) 1.5 pints chicken or vegetable stock 15fl oz milk 1 oz butter Freshly grated nutmeg Salt & freshly milled black pepper 4oz Gruyere or Fontina Cheese (cut into 1/4 inch pieces) 2oz of the above cheese coarsely grated 6 tsp creme fraiche Croutons & Parsley for garnish

1. Cut the pumpkin into quarters and remove all the seeds. Place on a baking sheet and brush with the oil, season and place on a high shelf in the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes until tender. Then leave to cool. 2. Melt the butter, add the onions and cook for 20 minutes without a lid, stir from time to time. Add the stock and milk to the onions and bring to simmering point. 3. Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and then add to the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 4. Process the soup to a puree and sieve if desired. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg for seasoning to taste. Re-heat to simmering point.

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Pudding Try this variation on summer pudding making the most of the early Autumn fruits, such as plums, blackberries and delicious English apples. Serve with softly whipped double cream flavoured with a splash of Calvados for a really indulgent dessert.

1. Place the sugar and 200ml of cold water in a large pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced apples and simmer for 5-10 minutes until just tender. Add the rest of the fruit and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool. 2. Remove the crusts from the bread slices. Use a round cookie cutter to stamp out a circle from one slice of bread to fit the base of a 1.2 litre pudding basin. Cut the remaining slices of bread in half. INGREDIENTS 175g caster sugar 3 small English eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced 4 red plums, halved, stones removed and sliced 100g raspberries 100g strawberries, hulled and sliced 100g blackcurrants or blueberries 100g blackberries 10 slices thick-sliced white bread Extra fruit, to decorate

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3. Carefully strain half of the fruit syrup from the cooled fruit into a shallow dish. Lightly dip most of the slices of bread into the syrup and arrange around the side of the pudding basin, overlapping them slightly to completely line the basin. Dip the bread circle into the syrup and press into the bottom of the basin. 4. Spoon the fruit into the lined basin, pressing down gently with the back of a spoon. Use the remaining slices of bread to cover the fruit filling completely and spoon over any remaining syrup. 5. Place a saucer on top of the basin and weigh it down with 2-3 food cans. Chill in the fridge overnight. To serve, carefully turn the pudding out onto a plate and decorate with extra sliced fruit. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 2nd October



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Mud Fever in Horses


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lthough mud fever is a condition that usually affects horses during the winter months, this summer has been so wet and dismal, we are seeing a high number of cases now. It is characterised by inflamed, crusty and oozing skin at the back of the lower leg of the horse, especially in the heel region. It often affects white legs (more sensitive skin) and tends to affect hind limbs more so than forelimbs. Mud fever mostly occurs in horses that spend some or all of their time living outdoors and occurs when the skin becomes wet and muddy, and therefore more susceptible to invasion by a bacteria called dermatophilus congolensis, which thrives in damp conditions, and can be difficult to ward off until environmental conditions change.

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groomed, she will roll over to get the comb into all her little creases and along her belly, which is currently on the rather large side. This is currently being remedied with a diet and slowly but surely Pickle’s weight is going down. Pickle’s new family will need to be conscious of this and keep and eye on her weight as she does have a taste for the finer things in life! Pickle can be a little on the timid side at times but loves nothing more than sitting for cuddles and getting lots of attention, you just need to earn her trust. Due to her nature this gorgeous lady will need to be the only pet in the household. York Cats Protection Adoption Centre at 582

Huntington Road is open every day between 11am & 3pm. If you would like to adopt any of our cats please contact us on 01904 760356 or email All our cats have been vet checked, microchipped, started on a course of vaccinations, been neutered (if old enough), have been treated for fleas and worms and also come with 4 weeks free pet insurance. Visit to see the other cats in our care.

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OCTOBER 2012 • ISSUE 84 As with all diseases, prevention is better than cure! Prevention of mud fever can be difficult in winter months when fields are constantly wet and muddy, but you can help to protect your horses heels by applying a waterproof barrier cream to prevent wet penetrating the skin. In horses with feathered limbs, it can be helpful to clip away the hair along the backs of the legs, which will help the skin dry more quickly. It will also help if you wash mud off the legs of your horse each night and then dry them thoroughly. If you notice soreness, oozing or scabs on your horses lower limbs then you should contact your veterinary surgeon, as, if mud fever is diagnosed, antibiotics are often required to help fight off the bacterial infection. And lastly.... Edmund would like to thank all the kind sponsors who backed him to ride in the Macmillan Cancer Support race in York on 16th June. The whole day at the races raised over £300,000 to which Edmund’s sponsors contributed over £6,000 It was a fantastic achievement by all concerned and a real Win Win – a great fundraiser and great fun!

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Mitsubishi Outlander '12 N ew car launches take place pretty frequently. Audi, for example, has delivered no less than 21 new models into showrooms since 2010. In those same two years, niche Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi has launched absolutely nothing. That’s why, as car launches go, this new Outlander is a pretty

big deal. So has the wait been worth it? Well, in short, yes. No longer a partnership with Peugeot Citroen (who sold versions of the predecessor), the new Outlander is described by Mitsubishi as an ‘engineer’s car’. What it means is efficiency, space and refinement were all high on the agenda – looks, however, appear to have slipped off it. In fact, it’s worth dealing with our main complaint now. If there’s one thing that lets the new Outlander down, it’s the conservative styling. At a

time when design is at the forefront of our lives, the Mitsubishi will be hard pressed to stand out in a class bristling with good-looking alternatives. However, the new model does make a strong case for itself. Let’s start under the bonnet. In the UK, we’ll only get a 2.2-litre diesel engine and a four-wheel drive powertrain. Mitsubishi has worked hard on the unit’s green credentials. We drove a pre-production model, Price: £24,995 (est) Engine: 2.2-litre, diesel Power: 148bhp, 380Nm Max speed: 125mph (est) 0-60mph: 9.7 (est) Efficiency: 50.4mpg (est) Emissions: 145g/km (est) Availability: On sale Nov 12 Rating: 3 Stars

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OCTOBER 2012 • ISSUE 84 but by the time the car is launched in November, the maker hopes it will produce under 145g/ km (down from 165g/km) and return more than 50mpg. The 148bhp engine doesn’t lack grunt either. With 380Nm of torque it pulled strongly on the German Autobahns and twisty mountain roads that made up our test route. The 2.2-litre is likely to be good for 125mph and will crack the benchmark 60mph sprint in under 10 seconds. What’s really impressive though is the refinement. Inside, the engine is barely audible, while wind and tyre noise are kept to a minimum too. If we were to be picky, we did find the steering a little numb at the dead ahead, but the manual six speed gearbox was direct and pleasant to use. There was also a noticeable lack of body roll for a 4x4 in corners. New technology, for Mitsubishi at least, will also make a debut on the Outlander. There’s a lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control and a low-speed anti-collision system which will apply the brakes for drivers if it thinks you’re about to hit the car in front – at a roundabout, for example. What will come as standard is yet to be finalised, but expect the lot on the top-of-the-range model. There’s also a new multimedia system with sat nav, which is far easier to use than before and an electronic tailgate. But by far the biggest selling point for the Outlander is the two very-usable extra seats in the boot floor. They can be extended in seconds and fold away completely flat. They’re perfect for parents who sometimes need an extra set of chairs for the school run. Mitsubishi aims to sell 4,000 Outlanders a year in the UK at slightly more than the current model (around £25,000). We think that could be a tough ask with this sole offering. However, when the plug-in hybrid version arrives next year offering real world economy of 140mpg, it could be a very different story indeed.

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axby Shotokan Karate Club is getting involved with Just 30’s campaign to get people to do 30 minutes exercise a day. The Club is holding a special free class for the over 50’s as part of the Eng-AGE 50+ games on Monday 1st October. Haxby Shotokan Karate Club has members ranging from 5 years to in their 60’s. Chief Instructor Mike Gude, age 63, is keen to teach karate to anyone who wants to learn, whatever their age or fitness level. Brenda, who has just celebrated her 60th birthday, has been a member of Haxby Shotokan Karate Club for over 2 years had wanted to learn karate for a long time but had never plucked up the courage to start training. Brenda said “Eventually I took the plunge and went along to one of Haxby Shotokan Karate Club’s training sessions. They made me feel so welcome and their help and encouragement has helped me obtain my 5th Kyu. The Club’s encouragement really enables members of all ages and abilities to enjoy karate.” Karate is a great way to keep fit, increase strength and flexibility, loose weight and improve your selfconfidence. The special free ‘Over 50’s class’ which is designed to show that karate can be learnt by anyone, whatever their age or fitness level is being held on Monday 1st October from 7pm-9pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL. Of course you don’t have to wait until then to find out about karate. You can pop down to any of Haxby Shotokan Karate Club’s training sessions held at Wigginton Recreation Hall on Monday and Thursdays from 7pm-9pm where everyone aged 8 and over is welcome. For more details or to book a place on the free session email or phone 0758 324 9115. More information on Haxby Shotokan Karate Club can be found on their website More details on Just 30 can be found at Event name: Free Over 50’s karate class Event date: Monday 1st October 2012 Location: Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL Come along to a special free karate class for the over 50’s. The class will show you that karate can be learnt by anyone whatever their age or fitness level. The class is suitable for everyone over the age of 50. To find out more and to book email info@ or phone 0758 324 9115

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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. 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. uk/york Monday - Friday 9.30 - 3.30 The Retreat, Heslington Road, Heslington, York YO10 5BN For more information contact: Branch Manager, Alzheimer’s Society, York Branch, Ground Floor Suite, Holgate Villa, 22 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AB tel: 01904 658106 or 01904 799773 email:


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


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


Free and confidential advice. Mon & Tues - 9.303.30pm. Wed 4.30pm-7pm. Thurs 9.30am3.30pm. Closed on fridays. 0844 826 9705 www.


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


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


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


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



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.

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



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


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

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 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


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

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

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


(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

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


Do you like to sing? Basses, Tenors, Altos and Sopranos it’s great fun, come along to the Haxby


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YORK Singers. Auditions are not required to join our friendly mixed choir group. We meet 7.30pm, once a week In St Mary’s Church Hall. For further information, telephone Lynn on 01904 769838 or Margaret on 01904 761618


01844 348100. www.


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.


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 newearswickcameraclub


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


ideal venue for children’s parties. We have various room sizes for hire, a good kitchen/cafe area, conservatory, garden and a safe children’s play area. Come and see what we have to offer. If you are interested or you would like more information, please call in at the Centre in Reid Park, Haxby, or contact Paul Lawrence, Centre Manager, Tel. 01904 769176 Registered Charity Number 1105675.

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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 www. and can offer trained advisers to help. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.309.30pm and Fridays between 3-5pm for drops in at the Gateway centre, Acomb, but many other appointments are available, just call to arrange. More information from 01904 676710 or visit


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


A small group of people who 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

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


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


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


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



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


We are a friendly group who meet on the last Wednesday of the month from 2.30 – 3.30 pm in Strensall Library. The Library provides us with a book which we read over the month and

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 uk or ring 01904 794865. Confidential emotional support to anyone in distress or despair or at risk and self harm or


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OCTOBER 2012 • ISSUE 84 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.


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.

at New Earswick Methodist Church. No audition required. For more details contact the Secretary, Jill Wall, on York 629065 or come along to a rehearsal.


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


Interested in your family history? Would you like to trace your ancestors? City of York Libraries now offer free access to Now available at Haxby Library. Call in or telephone 01904 552660 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.


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

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.




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: or phone 07747 063181.


We play a wide variety of music including film, show, classical and pop. We perform about 8 concerts a year in and around York and occasionally abroad. The band operates an open policy and all players are welcome. We rehearse from 7.30 to 9.30 pm on Mondays

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


The York Philatelic Society meets every second Tuesday in the month apart from August in the Denham Room in the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7-15 p.m. During the

meetings there is a bourse to enable members to buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by the York Society. Annual subscriptions are £6-00 annually payable on the 1st January each year. (youth subscription , is13 - 18 years, is £3-00). Contact can be made to the Publicity Secretary, Captain P. Hyde, on 01904-490603 ( e-mail:- p.hyde335@ ) or to Tony Ward, Secretary, on 01904-411378 (e-mail:- ) or to Peter Byrne, President, on 01904 792603. Further details can be found on the York Society website on:- yorkps/


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


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


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


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



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


Wigginton - adjoining Wigginton Primary School, for children from Haxby, Wigginton & surrounds: Boddlers – Baby/Toddler group (Birth to 3yrs).Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30- 11am term • 01653 658776 • 45

YORK 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 lynne.britton1@


The Memorial Hall, Strensall Road, Huntington. Babies and Toddler Group (birth to 3 years) Monday and Friday mornings 9.15 – 10.45 (term time only)Pre-school (2.5 – 5 years) Monday to Friday mornings 9.00 – 12 noon (term time only). Rising 5’s sessions are held from January to July to help prepare children for the transition to school. Please feel free to call in during our opening times or for information contact Lynne Britton on 01904 765017 or email enquiries@


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 Community Centre, Shipton by Beningbrough, York. A friendly Pre-school with places from 2 years old to School age. Ofsted registered with qualified staff. Sessions run on a Mon,Wed,Thur and Fri (term time only) with an optional lunch club available and afternoon sessions run on a Wed and Thur until 3.15pm. Toddler & baby group each Tuesday 9.30-12noon (term time only). There is also a large garden area available for the children to play in. Come along and meet us. For more information please contact the Preschool team on 07546 571089


The Pre School is OFSTED registered and inspected. Sessions are; Toddler groupTuesday 10.00am - 11.30am. Pre -School - Monday 09.10am-11.40am. Wednesday

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09.10am-11.40am Thursday 09.10am11.40am Friday 09.10am-11.40am. For more information contact Kerry or Suzanne on 07799727656


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


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


We play on a Friday night between 6 and 8 at Joseph Rowntrees School. Contact Jean 01904 760347 for more information.


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


Haxby Shotokan Karate Club is a friendly traditional karate club with a proud 30 year history. The Club train on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL. The Club is open to people of all ages and abilities whatever their fitness level. Whether you are a complete beginner or a black belt, everyone is always welcome.To receive a FREE training session, or to find out more, please visit the Club’s new website www.haxbykarate. Alternatively phone Ian on 07909 991541, email or pop along to a training session.


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 10.45am – 2.45pm. For more information telephone Sarah on 01904 492937 or email


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


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


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


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


New Earswick Cricket Club, who play in the York & District Senior League are looking to recruit both Senior and Junior players. Our indoor nets start at the end of February. We play at the Sports Fields, White Rose Avenue. We have excellent playing facilities and a good after match social side. Please contact Paul on 07533655470, email paul.stimpson3@ 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

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OCTOBER 2012 • ISSUE 84 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.


Junior coaching on Thursday and Friday nights for 5-16 year olds. Adult coaching is held on Saturday afternoons. We also run holiday camps, fun days, many social events and tournaments. People can contact: Joanne on 07835948593 if interested.


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.


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


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


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,


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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: colin.


Under 9s are looking for new players. We train every Wednesday 6-7pm. All coaches are CRB checked. For more details please call Richard Colley (FA Level 1 instructor) on 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

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.


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A uniformed organisation for children aged 13-18 years. We are based in Easingwold. We parade on a Tuesday evening at Easingwold and Friday evening at RAF Linton On Ouse in the gymnasium between the hours of 1930 – 2200. We do have a minibus that goes from the car park of The Cottage Inn in Haxby via Shipton by Beningbrough at 1900hrs. We cover a range of activities from flying and gliding to target shooting and sport. The cost is £36 per quarter and covers the above activities and uniform. Email: 2487@aircadets. org Charity No. 1559/79



Safe, supervised indoor and outdoor areas. The cost of sessions is £1.50 per session. 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 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

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Katherine Sorrell offers a guide to fabulous flooring, from the traditional to the unconventional.


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Carpet is another great choice: soft, warm and quiet underfoot. There are two main types: woven, which is harder-wearing and more expensive, and tufted, the durability of which is related to its pile height and density (short, dense pile is the toughest). Natural wool looks beautiful and is long-lasting and fire-resistant, but expensive; while cheaper, man-made fibres may look unattractive or not wear

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well. A popular solution is a combination of the two (perhaps 80% wool and 20% nylon). Finally, remember that a good quality underlay is essential.

Natural fibres

In a wide range of colours and weaves, sisal, coir, seagrass, rush and jute are warm and soundproof and, often, good value for money. As you’d expect, the rougher the surface, the more hardwearing it will be – so you may find sisal and coir uncomfortable underfoot at first. Jute has the softest feel, but is the least durable. As with carpet, a stain inhibitor is advisable for natural fibre flooring.

Hard surfaces

Sandstone, limestone, granite, marble and terrazzo are expensive floorings that last a lifetime, though they are hard, noisy and cold underfoot. In areas that might get wet, such as kitchens or bathrooms, choose a version that is matt or slightly textured – sanded for a rough finish, or riven for an attractive, hand-split effect. Terracotta and ceramic tiles have similar qualities but are cheaper and offer less of a luxury look. Ceramic tiles are heat- and waterresistant, hard-wearing and low maintenance. They vary widely in price and come in a vast array

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Sheet flooring

Softer and warmer than stone or timber, sheet floorcoverings – vinyl, linoleum and cork – are relatively inexpensive and straightforward to lay (even on slightly uneven floors), and are easy to clean. Lino is a traditional material made from natural ingredients, and has its own lovely patina, while vinyl is a PVC-based man-made material, which comes in a huge range of textures and patterns, many of them good imitations of stone, wood or ceramic tiles. Cork, often under-rated, is hard-wearing, resilient to water and offers an interesting, natural look.

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• A leather floor (tiles or sheets) is warm, soft and quiet underfoot, and requires little more than regular buffing and waxing. It wears well, too – scuffs and marks acquired over the years are part of its attraction.


• Concrete floors, though cold and hard, can be dyed in innumerable colours and given an interesting variety of finishes, from polished to painted. • Rubber floors have a cool, stylish look and are great for waterproofing bathrooms. They come in tile or sheet form, and can be solidcoloured or patterned, smooth or studded. • Bamboo is thoroughly environmentally friendly, being fast-growing and everregenerating. The stems are laminated together to form boards as strong as wood, then coated with lacquer for a durable surface.

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A Better Life

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The late poet Dorothy Frances Gurney wrote that: One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on Earth. That may be true, but preparing the garden, for growing vegetables, is its own special form of purgatory. Nature conspires to make the task as difficult as possible, so we took it in stages.

Step One – Peat-less pots are go. We chose green bean and mange tout seeds, and filled the little pots from our compost bin. I soon discovered that it’s a fine line between moist and soggy. Step Two - Mark out the plot, somewhere beyond the cypress tree’s reach to allow for the possibility of direct sunlight. That’s the easy part - it makes you feel like you’re retracing the first, tentative steps of our hunter-gatherer ancestors when they realised that a little porridge might be nice for a change. Step Three - Dig for Pyrrhic victory, trusting that the veg will subsequently be worthy of your muscles’ sacrifice. Once the soil has been dug, it’s time to remove the grass and weeds. The chickens loved some of the grass, but the worms received a reprieve, as they were on active service. Step Four - A ginger beer and a bag of crisps for me. Then the soil needs to be turned over and broken up, to help aerate it. I also removed the stones, which is especially important if you’re planting from seeds. Step Five - Dig in the pots when the little plants look old enough to fend for themselves. Once they were installed, I added enough bamboo canes and netting to deter any opportunistic gastropod-

about-garden. Or so I thought. Within a day of completing our defences we were invaded, in a flagrant act of mollusc aggression. We employed slug pellets; we - that is, I - made random security patrols. Enemy snails were sent to the chickens for summary execution, also known by the chooks as ‘snack time’. I did try and reason with the slugs, principally because the chickens weren’t keen on them, but settled for either eviction into the back lane or incarceration in the garden waste bin. But still they came. My vigilance gradually paid off and our plant casualties decreased. Then came that magical day when the first veg flowers appeared. We weren’t out of the woods (or slugs) yet though and you’d be surprised by the amount of slug pellets we used.

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OCTOBER 2012 • ISSUE 84 Honestly, I don’t know where they put it all. Having freshly picked beans, from garden to plate in a matter of minutes, is one of life’s little pleasures. Having to play nettle roulette, when picking the mange tout, because I couldn’t be bothered to keep up with the weeding, was less of a joy. The mange tout still tasted great though and it has me thinking about nettle soup. Next time I’ll let the beanlings grow taller before I plant them in, to give them more of a fighting chance. I’ll also make my own peat-less pots out of old newspaper. It’s the Blue Peter approach to green living. Derek Thompson’s writing blog can be found at www. alongthewritelines. and he is also a regular at www.strictlywriting.

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In aid of Help the Heros 6 October A great opportunity to socialise and get your shopping stocked up for Christmas. Don’t forget to bring a bottle & nibbles. For any more information or if you would like to contribute to the day, contact Mavis 01904 491415. Hurst Hall, Strensall at 7.30pm

Fanfare Brass Variety Show 6 October Steve Cassidy Band 7 October Les Sylphides Youth Ballet 12 - 13 October Last Night of the Proms 20 October Tickets £8. 7.30pm Box office 01904 623568. Yorkshire Volunteer Brass Band. Raising funds for the York branch of the Myasthenia Gravis Society.

The Wizard of Oz 7th – 11th November Tickets £13, £12 (conc), £9 (child) | | 0844 8700887

SHERIFF HUTTON JUMBLIES Jumble Sale 20 October Raising money for Sheriff Hutton Youth Group - 2pm - 4pm. Sheriff Hutton Village Hall.

WIGGINTON & HAXBY WI AGM 11 October 'Volunteering is Fun' by WI Advisor, Pat Shotton. St Mary's Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30 p.m

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HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A MEETING At Wiggington Recreation Hall starting at 2pm. New members always welcome. Please note meeting details may occasionally be subject to change at short notice. Admission £2 and includes tea and biscuits Friends welcome admission £3. For further information please call John on 01904 769618. Life is a paradox 19 October Talk by Sister Agatha CJ of the Bar Convent Annual general meeting 16 November

RIVER FOSS SOCIETY Circular Walk 6 October Starting at Sheriff Hutton Village Hall via High Stittenham starting 10 am. Contact Bob Jowett 01904 764702 Talk by John Oxley 17 October Talk by the City of York’s Archaeologist, on "The Effect of Glaciation on the Lower Foss" at Strensall Village Hall at 7pm


Fungus Foray -Autumn Tints 7 October At the woodland 2pm. All welcome. To include: Wild Mushrooms - to take home and be wary of, Enjoy the last of the wildflowers, see autumn tints, local food, natures larderberries, fruits and fungi, Enjoy an educational walk, use the Wildlife Discovery Trail, test Autumn children’s I-Spy quiz, Bring your own fungi for identification. Meet friends and conservation groups – we can work together – open all year round and its free. Bring your mac and brolly if the weather is inclement How to find us - Access is off A59 into Northfield Lane behind Wyevale Garden Centre Important facts on Fungi • All plants in your garden, crops in fields, trees in forests and grasses all need fungal associates in their roots to help them grow • All farm animals producing meat and dairy products, also wool, leather e.g. cattle, sheep, goats and deer depend on fungi in the gut to digest the grass • Wonder drugs of today come from fungi e.g. penicillin • Fungi are used by humans for a variety of processes – from alcohol and bread production. • Tree/plant health – mycorrhizal fungi is an aid to improving urban tree health. • Only fungi can degrade woody lignin in timber • Some fungi are poisonous to plants and people, some are used for human consumptionfood e.g. truffles (spores) highly valued as a delicacy also mushrooms • There are nearly 100,000 different fungi species known to date.

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OCTOBER 2012 • ISSUE 84 VERDI - REQUIEM Ryedale Festival 6 October 7.30pm an exciting new project led by the Ryedale Festival bringing together choral singers from all over Yorkshire. For more information visit | 0844 8542757 | York Barbican, Paragon Street, York, YO10 4NT.

ILLUMINATING YORK 31 October - 3 November More details to follow... Look out on

STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS A Jubilee Cabaret 13 October A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Stamford bridge Village Hall at 7.30pm Tickets £15 ( concessions £12, child under 12 £8) which includes a wonderful two course buffet style meal and excellent evening entertainment. For tickets email info@ or phone Rosemary on 01904 787181.

PRODUCE SHARING Share surplus produce 13 October Produce: fruit, veg, herbs, plants at St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby 1.30 - 2.30 pm. A further focus for sharing: Gardening tools and equipment. Don’t throw away tools you no longer need; bring them to the October Share session. ‘Left overs’ will go to Brunswick Nursery.




Richard III -Revealed! 20 October An evening of words & music featuring a concert performance by The York Waits with Deborah Catterall, Soprano. Worship, Words & Music 21 October Celebrating the life of Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales, his mother Anne and King Richard 111, also presentations on their productions will be given by society members. Contact thompsonroy5@gmail. com for more information or for bookings.

Wigginton Recreation Centre

STRENSALL PRESCHOOL Car Boot Sale 30 September Strensall Preschool Playgroup, Village Hall, Strensall starts at 12 - 2.30pm. To book a pitch (£5) please call Sarah or Ann on 01904 492937.

YORK MAZE T: 01904 607341 Hallowscream ‘By Night’ 26, 27, 31 October & 1-3 November Journey to the dark side for a terrifyingly entertaining night to remember. Halloween ‘By Day’ 27 October - 3 November Open for October half term. The giant maize maze has been harvested but we have a host of Halloween activities for young sprites and ghouls. Firework Spectacular 5th November Giant bonfire, fire eating & Pyrojuggling show, spectacular fireworks choreographed to music featuring hit songs. Plus children’s play area, jumping pillow, live music from ‘HUGE’ in the barns, food stalls, bar and Christmas shop.

15 October 2-4pm & 5-7pm

New Earswick Folk Hall 31 October 2-4pm & 5-7pm

YORK ROTTERS Free Training Session 2 October The free training session is being held from 7pm – 9pm at York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. Please book a place by contacting Catherine on 01904 412861 or by emailing rotters@ It’s that time of year when people start to think about having a garden clear out. Why not use all this garden waste to make free compost that you can then use back in your own garden. Making compost at home is a great way to save money, help the environment and the finished compost is great for your garden If you don’t know where to start then why not go along to a York Rotters free training session.. York Rotters Project Officer, Catherine Bamford, stated ‘composting is really easy to do once you know how. The trick is to make sure you add a variety of materials to your bin. Composting is possible even if you only have a small yard. The free training session will show people how, what and why to compost, including the basics and how to compost cooked food waste’. York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. T: 01904-412861 rotters@ stnicksfields. • 01653 658776 • 59

YORK DALBY FOREST Trackrod Motor Rally 29 September An exciting opportunity to watch rally cars in action. There will be public vehicle access as far as Sneverdale only - all walks and cycle trails closed for the day. See the Trackrod website for further information. Seed Gathering Season 1 -31 October 10 - 4pm daily. Call in at the Visitor Centre for instructions and equipment to collect seed from around the forest. Star Watching 5 October 8 - 10pm. Join Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society for a tour of the night sky. Bring warm clothing and a torch. These events are weather dependant please check www. for any changes. Free but donations appreciated. Papermaking for All 31 October Have fun learning the art of papermaking with Niki Hampson of Pulpitations. Booking essential; call Niki on 01751 460134 or email pulpitations@hotmail., Ghoulish Gatherings 31 October Are you brave enough to take part in our fright night? In conjunction with Scarborough Coast College. See live bats plus children’s crafts. Bring a torch. Walks start at 5.30pm and set off every 10 minutes until last walk 8pm. All ages. £5.00 per person. Booking essential on 01751 472771 or book at the Visitor Centre on 01751 460295.

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York Hospital 28 September The Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital will be hosting Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning from 10am to 12pm. Each year this event has become more and more popular and we would like you to join! There will be refreshments, a huge tombola and plenty of cake. Please come along and bring friends and family. This year, the money raised will be split equally between Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital. For more information please telephone Michelle or Claire on 01904 721166.

Murton, York, YO19 5UF | 01904489966 | enquiries@ | www. Harvest Festival 30 September Harvest celebrations and seasonal activities Halloween 31 October Spooky games and crafts York Residents weekend 3 -4 November As the museum is closed for the York residents Festival in January, we run our residents weekend at the end of our season instead.


YORK RSPCA ANIMAL HOME Landing Lane, Clifton, York YO26 4RH. Tel: 01904 654949 Autum Fair 14 October From 11 - 3.30pm at the Animal homes, £1 entry, accompanied children free. Come see our lovely animals all looking for new homes. Enjoy refreshments, home made cakes, books and more. Quiz Night 20 October York Railway Institute. Our very popular fundraising quiz returns for another night. Get your team of four people together and buy your tickets in advance from the home or our shop on Gillygate – we do sell out!

Fungi Foray 13 & 31 October 4 to 6pm on the 13th, 2 to 4pm on the 31st. Fungi Galore! Seek out our seasonal bounty of forest fodder. Learn tricks and tips to identify common, and not so common species. Indoor and Outdoor elements. Outdoor clothing and footwear recommended. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a picnic or visit the cafe before the session. Ticket price includes full day entry ticket to the Arboretum (usual price £5.50). Tickets. £7.50 adult, £4.50 child. Arboretum Members, £6.50 adult, £4 child. Available from the Arboretum Visitors Centre Ticket Desk. Autumn AONB Junior Ranger Day 1 November 10am to 3pm. Discover wildlife and landscape through fun activities and seasonal crafts. To book contact 0845 0349495.

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Vintage music & afternoon tea party

5k run & Firework Festival 5 November Gunpowder plod 5k run and fireworks festival, Yorks biggest ever fireworks event, begins at 4pm - midnight at York Knavesmire. Run for charity, supporting Cancer Research, if you are interesting in running the race or attending the event visit www.gunpowderplod. com or email jeremy.watson@ or call on 01904 409 401 or send a letter to Rat Race Events Ltd, Unit 4 Stirling Park, York YO30 4WU for all the information.

3 November 1-30pm until 3.30pm. The fundraising team are stepping back in time for the afternoon. Join them at this atmospheric village hall for an afternoon of live entertainment with Mickey Ramsbottom & The Alka Seltzer Sisters. Listen, dance or singalong to nostalgic songs from the 30s 40s and earlier. Song sheets provided. Admission: £4 which includes a cup of tea & a delicious homemade cake.

Sentimental Journey Vintage Dance Night 3 November The Ramsbottoms and friends will be holding a 1940s Dance at Haxby Memorial Hall, featuring Mickey Ramsbottom and Alka Seltzer Sisters - with DJ Big George Anderson. With music and dances from the period, to include: jive, lindy hop, charleston, strolls, waltzes, palais glide, quickstep, gay gordons etc. Tickets are £7.50 per person (bring your own picinc supper and drinks please). 7.30 - 11pm, doors open 7pm. Telephone 01904 765780. Email: for further details.

MYASTHENIA GRAVIS SOCIETY Table Top Stall 18 October Raising money for the York Branch of the Myasthenia Gravis Society at10-4pm. Charity stall in the F oyer at York Hospital.

COMMUNITY KNIT A GARDEN FOR CHILDREN IN DISTRESS 13 October Castaway Yarns are inviting knitters from the local area to knit a summer garden to raise funds for Children in Distress. Anything garden related is accepted. Patterns are available at Castaway Yarns in return for a minimal donation of £1. All hand knitted flora or fauna can be handed into Castaway Yarns by the 6 October so that the final garden can be unveiled on the 13th. If you’d like to join in or sponsor the garden, contact Clare at Castaway Yarns, 6 Haxby Shopping Centre, Haxby, 01904 764644 or

SUPPER DANCE HOVINGHAM VILLAGE MARKET 6 October Michaelmas Harvest Market. Open from 10.30am - 1.30pm.

CASTLE HOWARD 01653 648333 Halloween Pumpkin Trail 27 October - 4 November Wrap up warm (and you might need your wellies) to take part in our spooky halloween trail. Creep your way through Ray Wood, find all our friendly pumpkins along the way, they will keep the ghosts and ghouls away! 10am - 4pm throughout half term.

Holy Trinity Church 29 Sept The Village Hall at Stockton-onthe-Forest for a Pie and Pea supper. Back by popular demand: with The Steve Cassidy Band starting at 7.30pm. Grand raffle, wine and soft drinks bar. Tickets £10 and are available from: Moira Tait - 01904 400583, John Hall - 01904 400182, Arnold Tweddle -01904 400364

HAXBY SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB Eng-AGE 50+ games 1 October The special free ‘Over 50’s class’ is designed to show that karate can be learnt by anyone, whatever their age or fitness level held from 7pm-9pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL. To book or for more info contact info@ haxbykarate. or 0758 324 9115.

Answers to the August Competition: Instyle Kitchens (7), Eastgate Building Contractors (10), Hovingham Village Market (20), Slimming World (26), Station House Vets (39) • 01653 658776 • 61

INDEX ADVENTURE SPORTS Gunpowder Plod................ 19 AERIAL & AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES ADI Communications........ 22 Aerial Services.........................3 BLTV Aerials.............................5 ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES AP Design Services............ 56 Prospect Design.................. 22 BATHROOMS Bluewater Bathrooms..........3 BLINDS AA Blinds............................... 12 BUILDERS ALH Builders......................... 12 Eastgate Building Contractors........................... 55 LJD Construction Services.... .................................................. 57 Pickering Construction Ltd.. .................................................. 14 CAR VALETING Autosheen Ltd..................... 41 CARPET CLEANING Andy’s Carpet Cleaning.... 54 Future Carpet Cleaning Services Ltd.......................... 12 Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning................................. 49 Smart-Dry.............................. 22 Ultraclean.............................. 57

ELECTRICIANS C&S Electrical York.............. 55 D Carrington Electrical Services Ltd.......................... 12 Electrical Connections...... 53 Haxby Electrical......................6 Judge Electrical................... 56 Mark Smith Electrical........ 57 Wilson Electrical Services..... .................................................. 53 ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES Hudson Moody................... 64 FENCING Westfield Fencing............... 50 York Fencing......................... 53 FINANCES Moneywise Financial Solutions................................ 25 Pen Life Chartered Financial Planners.............. 29 FIREPLACES Focus Fireplaces.................. 37 FOOD & DRINK Farmers Cart, The................ 35 Highwayman, The.............. 37 GARAGE DOORS ABI Garage Doors............... 56 Hobman Garage Doors.... 41

GARDENS Astek Landscapes..................4 Bartlett Tree Experts.......... 50 Expert Tree Care Ltd.......... 20 Future Landscapes............. 51 CARS & SERVICING Lee’s Lawns........................... 51 Paint X..................................... 40 Marks Garden Services..... 51 Rock and Stone York Ltd.. 49 COMPUTERS & WEB Tree and Woodland DESIGN Computer Troubleshooters.. Services.....................................4 .................................................. 28 York Landscapes & Coppins Systems Services.... Maintenance........................ 51 .................................................. 25 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd G-TEC-IT.................................. 24 .................................................. 53 NYCOM Ltd........................... 24 HAIRDRESSING Caren Vollans Hair Design.... CRAFTS Castaway Yarns.................... 28 .................................................. 28 Escape Hair........................... 31 DENTISTS Howardian Dental Practice.. HEALTH & FITNESS .................................................. 27 Sarah Marsden Zumba Fitness..................................... 28 York Pilates Matwork......... 31

JOINERS Joinery and Property Services.................................. 48 Neil Jackson Joiner............. 49 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Cookhouse Kitchen Design. .....................................................9 Dream Doors Ltd................ 10 Instyle Kitchens Ltd.....7& 32 Kingfisher Kitchens............ 14 Richard James Handmade Interiors.................................. 57 Work Top Man...................... 53

PLUMBING - GENERAL Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman............................ 52 MB Plumbing & Drainage.16 Plumbing by Taylor............ 48 PRINTING WD Print................................. 52

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE A Plus Property Maintenance...........................6 CK Home Solutions............ 23 Crystal Clear Home MARKETS Improvements..................... 15 Hovingham Village Market.. House & Garden .................................................. 36 Maintenance ....................... 23 Joinery and Property MOBILITY Able to Enable Ltd.............. 28 Services.................................. 48 MV Mobility.......................... 26 SM Maintenance................. 12 Yorkshire Home & Property NURSERIES & Services.................................. 22 CHILDCARE York Montessori Nursery.. 24 RENEWABLE ENERGY Green Energy Projects Ltd..6 OPTICIANS Peak Power Systems.......... 18 Haxby Opticians.................. 25 ROOFING & GUTTERING OVEN CLEANING BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs..... Ultraclean.............................. 57 .................................................. 56 John Pletts Roofing............ 52 PAINTING & Steve O’Neill Roofing & DECORATING uPVC Fitters.......................... 57 Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating............................ 52 Top Roofing.......................... 22 MD Bonney Specialist SOFT FURNISHINGS Decorator.............................. 52 Neilson Interiors.................. 23 PJP Painting & Decorating Contractors........................... 53 SOLICITORS Ardent Law........................... 37 R Barker Painting & Decorating............................ 52 TAXIS PETS Spotless Dog, The............... 39 Station House Vets............. 39 PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling.... 41 Ian’s Plastering Service..... 56 PLUMBING & HEATING BGT Plumbing.........................5 DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers...................... 55 GW Plumbing..........................2 Haxby Plumbing & Heating. .................................................. 53 Heattech................................ 52

Elmpark Private Hire.......... 30 TILING ABM Plastering & Tiling.... 41 TRAVEL Conexo Travel....................... 31 WASTE Acomb Waste Disposal..... 54 WINDOWS Cloudy2Clear..........................3 Instyle Windows.................. 13 Window Distribution Ltd.15


CROSSWORD: Across: 1 Mist, 3 Tourists, 9 Trestle, 10 Foyer, 11 Explanations, 14 Era, 16 Globe, 17 Sup, 18 Photographer, 21 Ocean, 22 Croquet, 23 Blending, 24 Beef. Down: 1 Muttered, 2 Sleep, 4 Ode, 5 Refrigerator, 6 Sayings, 7 Sore, 8 Straightened, 12 Among, 13 Aperitif, 15 Achieve, 19 House, 20 Tomb, 22 Can. PICTOGRAMS: 1. Square dance 2. The buck stops here 3. All in a good cause WORDSEARCH: Hidden Phrase: Ghosts like ladies never speak til spoke to. Richard Harris Barham 62 •

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Do you do play an orchestral instrument? then come and join us at

We urgently need BRASS players

No auditions, just come along it doesn’t matter if you’re a bit rusty

For more details call YLO secretary on (01904) 870759 Or see our website


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 552669 Strensall Library..................................01904 552677 Haxby Library......................................01904 552660 Explore: New Earswick Library............01904 552629


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


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


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


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


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


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

• An attractive Hogg built detached property • situated within a quiet cul-de-sac • • • 4 bedrooms (1 en-suite) • 18 ft living room with inglenook fireplace •

Dining room Kitchen with modern fitted units Established garden backing onto open countryside Garage

Netherwoods, Strensall

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A spacious Victorian semi-detached property 3 bedrooms Living room Dining room

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A good sized dining kitchen with a Rayburn. Sitting room-a versatile extra reception room 600 sq ft garage/workshop Gardens to the front and rear

The Village, Strensall

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A superbly presented detached bungalow 3 double bedrooms L-shaped living/dining room Breakfast kitchen

• Bathroom • Low maintenance gardens to the front and rear

• Garage

Mulberry Court, Huntington

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• House bathroom • Garage • Attractive lawned garden with decked terrace

A well presented detached house 4 bedrooms (1 en-suite) Sitting Room

to the rear

Large open plan kitchen/dining room

Thompson Drive, Strensall

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A good sized refurbished detached bungalow 3 bedrooms L-shaped sitting/dining room Kitchen

• Bathroom/separate WC • Landscaped gardens • Ample off street parking leading to a single garage

Eastfield Avenue, Haxby


• Beautifully presented 3 bedroom detached house

• Sitting room with a real flame gas fire • Dining room

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Good sized conservatory En-suite shower room Single garage Rear garden

Geldof Road, 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



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