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elcome to the September edition...

By the time you read this the holiday season will be almost over, our children will be in denial of the necessity of school and it seems we will have enjoyed a true summer; Wow! How good it has been to be able to complain about it being ‘too hot’ and for having ‘missed the day’ due to work! My daughter’s first weeks of the holidays were spent camping with Scouts - Duke of Edinburgh expedition on the moors, followed by a big week long international camp. It’s not that she is very noisy or demanding, messy yes, but you notice when she is not in the house! Scouts and Guides are such fantastic organisations. My two children have experienced camping, walking, abseiling, climbing, kayaking, archery and so much more. There’s nothing like it, and they gain so much from it; teamwork, confidence and social skills, stuff schools cannot always do so effectively. We are ever grateful to the group leaders who give up their time to make it all possible. Having been a local cub leader myself, I know how much hard work it is, balancing busy diaries, but its’ great fun and very rewarding. More volunteers are always needed, so if you would like to volunteer (no prior experience is necessary), why not chat to your local group leaders or district leaders– most are listed in the Handy Mag – about what help they might need. Our competition each month gets bigger and bigger. We receive more and more entries and when I meet people usually their first comment is about those annoying little characters we hide and how hard they are to find! Thank you to everyone who enters. All of your lovely comments on postcards and emails brighten our days!

THIS MONTH’S FEATURES ANIMALS Chronicles Of Alfie..............................................24 BUSINESS FEATURES Cost Effective Architectural Services...................10 Yorkshire Folk Giving Money Away?....................25 The Quality Your Garden Deserves.....................29 Peak Power Systems.........................................32 COMMUNITY Aroma Coffee Shop..............................................8 River Foss Society..............................................18 Strensall & Towthorpe Village Show....................46 What’s On..........................................................52 Local Groups......................................................57 FOOD AND DRINK Mediterranian Fish Bake.....................................50 GENERAL Books: Numbers..................................................6 Short Story: The Cream Jug...............................12 A Better Life.......................................................34 Ella - On Languages...........................................38 HEALTH Toothache And Why We Get It............................22 HOMES AND GARDENS Gardening: Weed Attack.....................................26 MOTORING New Range Rover Sport.....................................36 PUZZLES Puzzle Page.......................................................40 Competition........................................................42 TRAVEL Peru...................................................................30

Calladenes ’ Interiors Beautiful BeSpoKe BedroomS & KitchenS

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NUMBERS It’s back to school in September and to help with your mental arithmetic, we’ve put together some of the best novels that feature numbers. Some may be more mentally challenging than others, but pay attention in the back, and it’ll all add up.


Rachel Ward Imagine that every time you look into someone’s eyes, you see the date on which they’ll die. Such is fifteen year old Jem’s secret. Understandably, she tends to keep away from people in general. Then along comes Spider. He and Jem strike up a friendship that will bring Jem out of herself. It’s all going quite well, until they take a day trip into London. What happens when you realise that everybody in a massive queue has the SAME number? Impending doom seems likely and only Jem and Spider can save them.

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Kurt Vonnegut Told through the eyes of World War 2 soldier Billy Pilgrim, this satirical novel is deemed to be one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. Chaplain’s assistant Billy refuses to fight and is captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He and his fellow POWs are kept in a disused slaughterhouse and, along with their German guards, are some of the few survivors of the firebombing of Dresden. Billy’s funny, often bittersweet story is an odyssey through time and is another ‘must-read’ for everybody searching for meaning in life. 6 •

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’ begins Dickens’ classic set in prerevolutionary France, following the life of the aristocrat Charles Darnay who, despite his kindhearted nature, will become a victim of the tumultuous times that lie ahead. His life is paralleled with that of English Barrister Sydney Carton, who is suffering the pain of unrequited love. The object of his affection: Darnay’s wife. Originally published in weekly instalments, it was a veritable Dickensian soap opera about the days of their lives and the build-up to the French Revolution.

I am Number Four

Pittacus Lore They killed Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. John Smith is Number Four. Just a teenager, John moves from place to place, anxious that those hunting him will catch up. This is science fiction writing at its best and you’ll definitely be sucked in, especially when you realise that Earth isn’t the only planet in the universe that can sustain life. John has escaped from a rival caste on his own

planet and is now one of nine in hiding. The fugitives can only be killed in their number order and they will survive… as long as they remain apart.

The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas If you’re thinking dogs and cats then you’re confused with Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds. This is the original historical romance by Dumas, chronicling the adventures of D’Artagnan and the King’s Musketeers, aka Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Defending the regiment against the forces of Cardinal Richelieu, we’re transported back to seventeenth century France for some dramatic encounters, fastpaced action and drama, not to mention the villainous ‘Milady’, who goes down in history as one of the best female baddies of all time.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey Told through the eyes of the seeminglymute American Indian, Chief Bromden, this is the story of the inmates at an Oregon State mental hospital, where Nurse Ratched rules the wards with a tyrannical arm. Into this mix comes McMurphy, the twinkle-in-his-eye, cat-amongthe-pigeons livewire who’s ready to turn Ratched’s regime on its head. Kesey’s masterpiece is moving and compelling, very funny at points and at others, absolutely terrifying.

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them since they started – all 140 of them – by holding a celebration party in Haxby Memorial Hall on Saturday September 7th. There will be a short service of Holy Communion in the shop at 4pm on Sunday 8th September followed by free coffee and cake. The week will end with a service of thanksgiving at which everyone will be welcome at Haxby & Wigginton Methodist church at 10.30 on Sunday 15th September.

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“You know what I’d like to try? Potholing.” You could have knocked Ken down with a feather. He said, “Where’s this idea come from?” She explained that Donna tried it recently and had been raving about it ever since. Cheryl never liked to be outdone by Donna. That’s sisters for you. Ken joked, “Aren’t you worried about breaking a nail?” And she said tartly, “Sometimes, Ken, you’ve just got to get a bit dirty.” He was surprised and said,

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very well for him but Ken knew how long Cheryl spent on her hair every morning. She gave that mop more attention than she gave him. Reluctantly, she clipped the thing on muttering about health and safety gone mad. Ken didn’t dare let her see him laughing. They assembled at the mouth of the cave and Frank gave an introductory talk on potholing. Ken wished Cheryl could have paid more attention but she was texting Donna. She insisted she could text and listen at the

‘You’ll need to change your footwear.” He offered her some battered Wellington boots, which she pulled on most begrudgingly. Then Frank handed them all a set of waterproof overalls. Cheryl turned very sulky. Ken tried cheering her up by pointing out that her linen slacks were dry clean only, and it was better to be safe than sorry. She had to agree with him in spite of herself. Ken thought they’d finally come to blows when Frank insisted she wear a safety helmet. It was all 12 •

One by one, crocodile-style, they entered the mouth of the cave. Cheryl did Ken proud. She squeezed through every tight passageway, crawled on her hands and knees, and even dragged herself along on her stomach, getting absolutely filthy with not a peep of complaint. Though Ken was right at the back and couldn’t hear a word anyone was saying anyway. But Cheryl did it, and that’s the main thing. “You’re a star Cheryl!” Ken said, as they emerged, squelching, into the daylight. Yet Cheryl seemed bewildered.

“Fine, you arrange it.” So he left it with her. They turned up on the day at a car park on the edge of Bower Crags and met the instructor, a nice lad called Frank. There was also a couple from Kidderminster and an older chap who never spoke. Frank took one look at Cheryl’s peep toe mules, and said,

on about, but was pleased that they were finally one up on Donna.

“When do we get started on the potter’s wheel?” She frowned, looking around. same time. ‘Who’s she trying to kid?’ Ken thought, ‘Cheryl can’t listen even when she’s not doing anything at all’. Finally Frank said,

“Why would we need one of them dear?” Ken asked gently, concerned the darkness had affected her mind.

“Right we’re ready to go in.” Cheryl looked up from her phone and asked,

“I thought we were going potholing,” she snapped.

“Is that where we’re getting the clay from?” He looked surprised and said, “Yes, there’s lots of slippery clay in these caves, so go steady now.” Cheryl nudged Ken gleefully saying, “Donna never got her clay from a cave.” Ken had no idea what she was

“That’s right, and we did,” he said. “Potholing, caving, spelunking – call it what you like.” Her mouth dropped open, “I’ve only gone and mistaken potholing for pottery making,” she said, turning pale. “All I wanted was to make a cream jug like the one Donna made.” “You could still make a jug,” Ken replied. “After all, you’re wearing enough clay.”

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Willow interested in people and her surroundings. Willow enjoys playing and can usually be coaxed out of hiding with some tactical string wiggling! Of course the best thing would be for her to be living in a proper home, where she can build strong bonds with a new family. If you think you’d like to help Willow please get in contact with us. 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 All our cats have been vet-checked, micro-chipped, 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. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 3rd September



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ore than 50 members of The River Foss Society celebrated 40 years to the day, and in the same room at the New Earswick Folk Hall, the foundation of the society by the late Bill Sessions, Michael Fife and Peter Walls in 1973.

The early members also set about establishing a middledistance footpath, The Foss Walk, following as closely as possible the twenty-one mile course of the river as it wends its way from its source at Pond Head, in the hills near Yearsley, to join the Ouse at York Castle.

Members were also treated to a watery themed insect inspired entertainment ‘Buzzing by the River’ by poet, photographer and performer Annelise Emmans Dean, together with an exhibition of photographs in and around the River Foss across the years.

Vice Chair, John Hampshire, one of the original early members spoke movingly that the driving force of the River Foss society had always been ‘to keep the environment at its heart’ and noted that the issues of access and protection of public rights of way were still being fought, citing a current issue on the Foss Walk, now being taken up by the Highways Agency.

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‘Today, the River Foss Society has a growing membership and organises regular walks, talks, events and visits, and sends out a quarterly newsletter,’ said Chair, John Millett, ‘The River

Foss Society also monitors issues concerning the river and its surrounds, consulting with the City of York Council, the Environmental Agency and the Foss Internal Drainage Board and the Highways Agency.’ ‘We also provide a varied and interesting mix of events for our members - recent well attended events have included a litter pick by barge and on foot along the lower reaches of the river in the city centre, a visit to Askham Bog Nature Reserve, a walk from Yearsley to Coxwold including a visit to Shandy Hall, a narrowboat trip along the Pocklington Canal, and a Himalayan Balsam bash’, he said. ‘In the current climate the need that prompted the founding of the River Foss Society forty years ago has not gone away and if anything has increased, so we look forward to a busy and productive next 40 years’, he added. Chair John Millett 01904 491290 The River Foss Society is dedicated to the conservation, restoration, enhancement and improvement of the River Foss. It is an active society and runs a regular programme of walks, talks and visits.

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...return to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in September (19 21st), with their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore. th


et in the Regency era, this popular collaboration satirises Victorian melodrama and comes complete with a witch’s curse and ancestral portraits coming to life! The Baronetcy of Ruddigore has been cursed by a witch. This curse requires each Baronet to commit a crime every day - or die. To escape this dreadful fate, the latest Baronet, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, disguises himself as a farmer, Robin Oakapple, and hides away in the small fishing village of Rederring. He falls in love with the beautiful and virtuous Rose Maybud and

would ask her to marry him, if he could overcome his shyness, but his plans appear doomed when his true identity is revealed. Matthew Collins, Jorvik’s cofounder and resident musical director, will be joined by Lois Cross, who returns to direct this production having directed Princess Ida in 2011. Lois says “I’m delighted to be returning to direct Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company’s latest production and hope to build on the Company’s previous success to create a wonderful and enjoyable show.”






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s I entered the prep room, I could see Phil at the sink, he didn’t see me as he had his back to me. He was scrubbing his hands furiously and I couldn’t help wondering, what on earth could have happened to make him so dirty.

To my right there were double doors with narrow windows set in them. I wondered what was behind them, as it seemed, given the sounds coming from the room beyond, this was where all the action was taking place. If I stepped back behind the prep table I could just see through the window. I rather started to wish I hadn’t looked though, as I saw the nurse stood over a male dog, which had been tied down to a table with ropes. He was attached to a machine by a large pipe going into his mouth. The nurse was bent over him; a horrible growling noise filled the air as her hands moved up and down over his stomach. I didn’t want to watch any more, but I just couldn’t


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Phil turned towards me to find the source of the sound. In his hand was the dogs TESTICLE!!! “Out Alfie” he barked. “will some one put my dog outside please?” I did not need telling twice and ran for the back door. Cully was already there. In one skilful swoop she leapt up and opened the door with her paws, we both ran out into the garden to dig some holes. After such an eventful morning I felt the need to join Cully for a little snooze in the sunshine. Celia Carr RVN, Station House Vets Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 3rd September



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have a dear elderly client who recently inherited a good sum of money from a distant cousin. Great, I hear you say. Well actually, not so great. Because this particular client already has an Inheritance Tax problem.

doesn’t need the money she’s inherited. She already has more than enough. So. What to do? Well, what we did was give up the inheritance. Yes. Really. A Yorkshirewoman giving away money. What has the world come to. But this isn’t as daft as it sounds.

As I’ve bored on about incessantly, when someone dies worth more than £325,000, anything above that is taxed at 40%. And that tax is payable before the estate can be paid out to the beneficiaries. Which means that more than £40,000 of my client’s inheritance is going to disappear when she dies unless we do something about it.

Let me explain. We “varied” the terms of the cousin’s will so that it re-directs the money to a trust. And my client has access to the trust money if she needs it. It’s unlikely she will. And if she doesn’t, it will go down to her grandchildren. For their education or to help them buy a house.

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sk a dictionary the definition of a weed and you’ll read that it’s ‘a plant growing in the wrong place’. Ask a gardener, and they’ll tell you that weeds are often the number one menace in their garden. Some weeds are pretty, some less so, but one thing they all have in common is that they are indeed growing where you don’t want them, and may be causing your garden plants to suffer. So if you want to wage war on those pesky weeds, and stand a chance of winning, take a look at my multi-pronged attack strategy.


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When you’re next shopping for plants in your local garden centre or nursery make sure that you only bring home what you want, not those pesky weed stowaways that often lurk on the compost surface. I always do a bit of weeding before buying: especially for weeds such as the innocent looking hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) with their tiny rosettes or leaves and pretty little white flower heads.


Some weeds like couch grass, bindweed and nettles have amazingly resilient and far-reaching underground stems or roots. If you’ve just taken on a new plot of land, be it a garden or an allotment, there is a good chance that it’ll be riddled with at least one of these spaghetti-rooted weeds. Whatever you do, don’t succumb to the temptation to use a powered cultivator or rotovator as this will chop the roots in to little bits and end up spreading and increasing the problem in the process.


Lawn weeds such as dandelions and daisies are difficult to control as unlike the taller weeds, these rosette-forming plants won’t be harmed as you mow the lawn. One of the best methods is to tackle them with a sturdy old kitchen knife or a daisy-grubber tool. It may be a slow process but will allow you to dig them out individually.


Some weeds such as docks and dandelions have tough and chunky roots that are very difficult to kill. And to make matters worse, if you leave any sizeable bit of the root in the soil, it’s likely to form a new plant. Do everything you can to take out the entire root as you’ll be saving a lot of time in the long run. I have recently discovered a great pocket-sized weeder, originally from New Zealand but now manufactured over here. It’s brilliant for removing this sort of weed and others such as small thistles, creeping buttercups and so forth. Find out more in the ‘products’ section of www. It is also great for easing weeds out from gravelled areas.


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at this time of year, you’ll run in to trouble as the bulbils will be shed into the surrounding soil as you lift the plant out, making matters worse. Wait until next spring when the bulbils will be firmly attached and weed them out then.


or two of carpet, held in place with bricks. If the carpet is placed fluffy side down and left in place for at least 18 months, the weeds will start to die off from lack of light. Make sure that the carpet is made from natural fibres, not synthetic or else you’ll be left with it in the soil, and for allotments, check that there are no restrictions on using carpet.

An old fashioned and still just as useful method of weed control is the hoe. They’re readily available at any decent garden centre and are a great way to weed your garden, especially if it’s largely annual weeds such as chickweed or groundsel that invade your plot. Keep the hoe sharp and use it regularly.


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rom decking to fencing, summer houses to log cabins, Apex Shed and Fencing Specialists, near Strensall, can offer high quality timber products along with excellent customer service. An established small family business which started in 2002, Apex began by making simple fence panels and trellis work at home for local landscape gardeners and fencing contractors. Their reputation for quality and value has grown over the years and Apex now manufacture and retail fences, sheds and other garden timber products at their large workshop off Pottery Lane, Strensall. Ricky Bellhouse, owner, has a vast knowledge of timber products and offers free advice to his customers. He says “We are keen for our customers to

leave with the correct product for their particular circumstances. DIY enthusiasts are welcomed! Our timber products are treated to ensure they have a long life and stand up to all the British weather can throw at them.” Ricky is keen for customers to visit their site in Strensall where there is a huge range of fencing, sheds and garden furniture on display. Many products are unique to Apex so the showroom is worth a visit if you are considering what sort of timber might fit in your garden. Personally I didn’t know there was such an enormous range of different types of fencing!

Being a modern company they are also aware of the impact of their consumption on our natural resources and the products they supply are produced from timber certified in accordance with FSC and PEFC rules, ensuring minimal environmental damage by replanting saplings to create new forests. Ricky says “Your outdoor space is there to be enjoyed so why not get some inspiration from our show site where you will find many of our products on display. Or visit our website at for more examples of our work.”

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cut near the shore, towed back then assembled and anchored on the spot. It’s an on-going task for the ‘people of the lake’, 2000 of them, though it never feels like it. Sailing around clusters of tiny islands, you spot a few huts on this one, a shrine on that one, a school on another, a clinic or a couple of craft stalls. The islands are fully movable but if you can’t jump across to see your neighbour, there are plenty of reed boats to travel around. Most stunning are the majestic dragonheaded vessels gliding silently on blue waters, ready to carry a handful of wide-eyed visitors.



t 12,507 feet, Titicaca appears like a dream, framed by pastel-coloured hills shimmering at the water’s edge under the crisp Andean sky. Stretching for over 100 miles and into Bolivia on its eastern side, fed by five rivers and numerous streams, it’s said to be the world’s highest navigable lake. The nature reserve created in 1978 protects 60 species of native birds and in the sheltered bay of Puno, the Uros Indians live peacefully on man-made islands. They were here long before the Incas built Machu Picchu but on their flimsy abodes ignored by the Conquistadores, they have outlived them for over 400 years. Soon after dawn, the first tourist boat sets off from Puno towards the nearest of 40 islands or so sprinkled around the bay. Built with local totora reeds, they glow coppery gold in the early sun and before long, the islanders begin to stir. Smoke rises from the huts, pots and pans tinkle in the semi- darkness, a man paddles in search of fresh reeds to strengthen or extend his domain and meet growing family needs. The reeds are 30 •

Stepping ashore on a bouncy patch of reeds may be unnerving but no one seems to mind. ‘Please come inside,’ says a man with a bright woolly hat, ‘this is my home.’ It’s just one room, no furniture, but there are rugs on the floor and a small black and white television in the corner. Outside the sun is dazzling, the air is cold but ‘Mama’ is used to it. An imposing figure in an ample skirt and traditional bowler hat, she has lit the fire on a bed of stones and proudly shows the fish caught by her man that morning. Nothing grows on the reeds but you can catch fish and ducks, for meat and eggs, chew the white root of a reed or two and head for the market in Puno to sell embroidered cloth, knitwear and trinkets and buy whatever you need.

Sailing around clusters of tiny islands, you spot a few huts on this one, a shrine on that one, a school on another, a clinic or a couple of craft stalls. Historians believe the Uros set up home on the lake to escape trouble on land but legend says otherwise. It claims they were here before the dawn of time, protected by ‘black blood’ when the earth was ‘dark and cold’, and few today would wish to change their traditional way of life. A cell phone may ring now and then but somewhere on the edge of the water, a child plays an Andean flute as a sudden breeze sends ripples across the reeds. The tourist boat heads back to the mainland then slowly, on the ‘Black Puma’ lake, the islands vanish, floating like a mirage between water and sky. Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 3rd September



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CASH BACK INTO YOUR POCKET Hundreds of property owners in this region are reaping the benefits of turning to Renewable Energy to power their homes.


eak Power Systems, based in Pickering and one of Yorkshire’s leading independent installation specialists, believe the technology has signalled a new era in how we generate electricity, heat our houses, help the environment and save money.

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The recently introduced Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a new initiative that provides grants and subsidies for people replacing their old heating systems with more efficient, energy saving alternatives. For many people with older central heating systems, the RHI payments will cover all of your installation and running costs for the life of the scheme.

The Government-backed Feedin Tariff scheme for Solar PV has proved a big incentive for many homeowners, and with the recently introduced Renewable Heat Incentive for Heat pump systems, renewable technology is here to stay. SOLAR PV guarantees cheaper electricity for the life of the system, and provides an investment income far greater than the current return on cash savings.

Mark Chappell, founder of Peak Power Systems, said: “We’ve installed hundreds of systems throughout North Yorkshire, many of them for people who are retired or nearing retirement

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and want to protect themselves from the everrising costs of electricity and heating.


“By investing in modern technologies, you insulate yourself against the ever rising cost of fuel and electricity; and when you set the cost of the installation against the return on your investment, you can expect the system to pay for itself in less than seven years”. He added: “There’s no charge for us to assess the property, carry out a survey and provide a quote. In fact, we recommend all customers go through this exercise to make sure renewable energy is right for them. It’s in our best interests to make sure the customer makes the correct decision and once that decision is made the

Mark and his partner, Debbie, launched Peak Power Systems on the strength of their long-held interest in renewable energy, coupled with Mark’s background in electrical engineering. The company is accredited with the MCS (Micro-generation Certificate Scheme), which requires an annual inspection of its work as well as the standard of customer service. One of the company’s biggest projects so far has been the installation of a large solar PV system at a caravan park in Wrelton. Mark said: “We’re small enough to provide a very good one-to-one service to our customers but at the same time big enough to tackle just about any project, whether it is for a home, an office complex, a warehouse or farm buildings,

but our main aim is to keep the cost to the customer as low as possible. “Most of our work is in and around Pickering and the wider North Yorkshire region, although we have completed projects as far away as Scotland, and as a company working mostly with local people our aim is to provide a first class job at realistic prices and with no hidden bills at the end of it”.

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by Derek Thompson

Cutting the grass seems such a waste of time to me. Just like fingernails, toenails and hair (if you’re lucky), it’ll only grow back again. True, it’s a valuable addition to the compost, but that’s about it.


hereas, one of the things I love most about the garden as a whole is its adaptability. Yes, it’s an ecosystem and a natural habitat, but it’s also something more: a blank canvas just waiting for my often ill-thought-out ideas. Bored with grass? (And, by grass, I mean patches of grass among the swathes of dandelions.) There’s a remedy for that - simply put down bark chips. Worried that the bees and butterflies need more encouragement to stay and thrive? Easy peasy - grow more flowers and grow a variety to suit different insects. And while you’re about it, make sure you provide a shallow source of water so they can drink. We wanted to take the whole rural thing a stage further (no, not a tractor - it wouldn’t fit through the gate), and decided to create a meadow. Or rather, with our garden: a mini meadow. First, I dug out a rough circle - and believe me, it was rough. Next, with the turf removed, we put down a layer of 50 / 50 soil and sharp sand. We brought in native wildflower seeds and some from Flanders’ poppies, which came impregnated on paper rolls. Some judicious scissor work to patchwork the sections, soak with water and then another layer of soil and sand. Naturally, the cat supervised the proceedings, technically outranking Anne as chief observer. Porsha’s presence was also a timely reminder to put netting over the circle from the beginning. After that, it’s a case of occasional watering, watching and waiting.

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The seeds stir into life very quickly. Try as you might though, it’s nigh on impossible to stop the daisies from encroaching over the edges. Maybe they’re just arriving early to the party. The edges of the garden are largely wild (and some of the neighbours are probably furious), a rather fetching tangle of lords and ladies, buttercups and grasses, with seasonal appearances from bluebells, columbines, foxgloves and pulmonaria. We also have something we know as Mrs West, but have never been able to identify properly - so much for the power of the internet. The joy of having wild garden areas is the same sense of excitement as buying lucky bags as a child. Only, in this case, instead of a disappointing car with a broken wheel, the surprise might be scarlet pimpernel, wild strawberries (Anne’s not keen - she says they take over), or dog violets. And even today we argue over speedwell vs. forget-me-nots in an identity parade. We haven’t gone entirely au naturel. Having previously installed a few raised beds, Anne opted for violas (Avril Lawson), geums (Mrs Bradshaw) and bellis. None of which explains the catmint we planted near the front gate, principally to see whether Porsha would appreciate it. Strangely, while she loved it when it was a mere kittenmint in the conservatory, she treats it with indifference now it’s out in the open. Not to worry though; if last year was anything to go by, she’ll love the next butternut squash plant.

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James Bond star Daniel Craig drove it through New York for the launch, now James Baggott has his chance behind the wheel of the new Range Rover Sport… in the equally glamorous Cotswolds.


For years the Range Rover Sport has reigned supreme in the SUV market and now Land Rover is back at it again, with an all-new variety. Lighter, faster and more capable than ever before, the new model is no longer based on the Discovery, but now takes its underpinnings from the full-fat Rangie. Design DNA comes from the incredibly popular Evoque and mixed with the luxurious surroundings from the daddy of the line-up, it’s a potent combination and will be an absolute winner.


A choice of diesel and petrol units, plus there’s a diesel hybrid on the way later this year. The petrol station-crushing supercharged 5.0-litre V8 510bhp lump hits 60mph in five seconds dead and on to a top speed of 155mph. Ok, it emits 298g/km and returns 22.1mpg, but it’s so worth it. The SDV8 arrives later this year and in the meantime you can pick from the 3.0-litre V6 diesel in 258bhp and 292bhp guises – the more powerful of the two hits 60mph in 7.1 seconds. 36 •


Palatial. It’s awash with fresh technology, from wade depth sensors to traffic sign recognition. A real innovation is the two extra seats in the boot; these are for occasional use only, but the electrically powered perches will come in handy with families. The front seats are adjustable 14 ways, heated and cooled and so too are those in the middle row. There’s a powered tailgate, cooled centre console that you can fit a bottle of champagne in and soft-close doors. The Meridian 1700W stereo is brilliant and buyers can choose from nine different wheel designs in sizes from 19 to 22-inch.


Land Rover chalk up the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne as the biggest contenders, but it’s the latter that really gives it any serious challenge. The German firm’s badge might hold a little more brand cache, but we’d pick the Sport over it every time. As a combination of jaw-dropping looks mixed with ability and agility, it’s hard to beat.

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With 420kg shaved from the weight, heavily revised steering and all-new lightweight suspension, the car feels incredibly different to drive on the road to its predecessor. In 5.0-litre form it’s ludicrously quick on all road surfaces and can claim the title of the fastest ever Land Rover to be made. Flick it into Dynamic mode and it becomes a different car – the steering quickens, it corners harder and the throttle response sharpens. It’s worlds apart from the standard mode which is far more sedate. As allrounders go, this Sport is without doubt one of the best.


Make no mistake - this is the new benchmark in the SUV market. I’ve been racking my brain for faults and if I’m picky the plastic feel of the paddle shifters is a little cheap and the infotainment system looks a little old in terms of graphics and speed. But that’s about it. This is a car that would please sports car drivers as much as traditional SUV drivers and the best bit? It’s considerably cheaper than the equally-brilliant Range Rover – so it’s a bargain too…

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It’s been proven by many a study that learning foreign languages increases your brain function, in fact it’s been said to be the most powerful brain training exercise you can do. People with language skills are highly coveted in business and communications, and speaking another language proficiently certainly makes it easier when travelling. Most importantly, studies have found that the majority of Britons would be interested in learning a new language. Yet, despite this, very few students will be sitting in the Modern Foreign Language classrooms this September. In most European countries, learning English is mandatory throughout primary and secondary education. Quite the opposite is true here, after a 45% drop in A level students studying languages in the past decade; the numbers are on a steady decline. Perhaps this is due to the fact that language learning is tough, and can be complicated, maybe languages are not being taught in the most effective ways, or maybe too much stress is put on achieving impressive maths and science grades, so the language subjects have been pushed to the side. In a way, the British are lucky, we speak English and it is the global language of the world. Almost any foreigner can at least manage a “hello”, but perhaps this is more a hindrance than help. It allows us to become lazy, and the English are left in a perpetual state of monolinguism. The stereotype of talking to foreigners LOUDLY AND SLOWLY is in fact pretty accurate when it comes to British linguistic competence and attitudes towards learning language, and is frankly embarrassing when compared to the rest of Europe. 56% of German nationals have a good command of English, whereas the UK lags behind with only 1 in 10 of us able to speak any foreign language at all.



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Sadly, with less and less students learning languages, this doesn’t seem likely to change, which I would say is truly a shame. Languages may be difficult, but they really are worth it. With language learning comes a greater understanding of culture and the people with whom we share the world, not to mention that it is an enjoyable experience, and possibly one of the most rewarding. - Ella



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This year’s Annual Show will be held on Saturday 7th September in Strensall Village Hall.

member. To enter a category, the fee for adults is 20p per exhibit up to a 30 exhibits. Any further exhibits will be free of charge. The children’s section is free. On the day, all entries are to be made to the Show Secretary, Mrs Fogerty at the Village Hall between 9.30am and 11.00am accompanied by the full amount of entry fees. The Hall will be cleared by 11.30am for the Judges to make their decisions.


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absolutely superb day and a great deal of fun. All sponsorship monies are currently being collected where the final total will be announced at a reception at the Mansion House in York on 22nd October. Early ‘pledges’ given by the teams indicate that at least £60,000 should have been raised for the Rotary Club of York’s nominated charity this year of ‘Help For Heroes’. The Charity received another tremendous boost when the young soldiers from the Army Foundation College at Harrogate handed in £3400 of cash which was raised on the day. The Dragon Boat Challenge has been held annually since 2003 and during that time has raised well over £720,000 for a whole host of worthwhile charities. More information about the event and the Charity involved can be found on


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Dot the butter over the fish fillets and sprinkle over the lemon rind, juice and oregano. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and roast for a further 5-10 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and the potatoes and peppers are tender.


Slice each monkfish fillet and arrange with the potatoes, peppers and tomatoes on four warmed serving plates. Spoon over the pan juices and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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WHAT’S ON: Local events in York. WIGGINTON & HAXBY WI 12 September Monthly Meeting Ladies in Pigs by Anne Shedden Competition: A Favorite Pork Recipe

At St Mary’s Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby at 7.30pm. New, old members and new visitors always welcome.

and listen to some traditional English music. Perhaps indulge yourself with a purchase from our Woodland Market of arts & crafts? Explore our 120acre woodland garden at your own pace, or just relish the tranquility and beauty of this very special place, tucked away in the Howardian Hills. Visit or contact the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598


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HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HALL 7 & 8 September 4th Annual Treasure Hunt


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THE YORKSHIRE ARBORETUM 14 & 15 September Wild About Wood

10am – 5pm. A woodtastic day out for all the family! Watch chainsaw sculpting, be inspired by demonstrations of furniture making, admire the intricacies of willow-weaving, or have a go at tree-climbing! Watch the ancient skill of heavyhorse logging, or take the family along to the Discovery Zone and get involved in a whole range of activities and workshops including pond-dipping, shelter building, arboretum art & bushcraft. Enjoy delicious, local food & drink. Try your hand at archery, coracle making (and paddling!), watercolour painting or paper-making, or just relax

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At Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Join us as we visit the Regency era for this popular Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, in which they satirise Victorian melodrama in their own unique way! The Baronetcy of Ruddigore has been cursed by a witch. This curse requires each Baronet to commit a crime every day - or die. To escape this dreadful fate, the latest Baronet, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, disguises himself as a farmer, Robin Oakapple, and hides away in the small fishing village of Rederring. He

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falls in love with the beautiful and virtuous Rose Maybud and would ask her to marry him, if he could overcome his shyness – but his plans appear doomed when his true identity is revealed. Tickets: £12 Adults; £10 Concessions; Under 16’s Free - available from York Theatre Royal Box Office (www. / 01904 623568)

YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM 1 September             Allied Air Forces Memorial Day

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HAXBY U3A 20 SEPTEMBER Monthly Meeting

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STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS 28 September Cabaret-style evening – ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ 7.30p[m at Stamford Bridge Village Hall and includes a pie and peas supper. The music will be light-hearted and fun, including medleys from South Pacific, Oliver and The Beach Boys, as well as a number of instrumental items.  Tickets will cost £10 to include the meal, or £4 for children 11 and under. Tickets must be purchased before 21st September. Tickets will be on sale from 1st July from Take a Leaf in the Square at Stamford Bridge

An Airman in Yorkshire

Talk by Group Captain Paul McDonald OBE (Retired)

ST NICHOLAS FIELDS 2 & 16 SEPTEMBER Straw Craft & Corn Dolly making 1-4pm at York Environment Centre, St Nicholas Fields, Rawdon Avenue, York YO10 3ST. Workshop for over 55s - learn to make a Harvest Knot & try corn dolly making. Entry: £2.50 per session/ free to weekly club members. Booking essential on 01904 411821 or via blog/events

1 SEPTEMBER Eco-Active Day

10am-2pm, meet at York Environment Centre Help with a conservation task in St Nicholas Fields nature reserve. You will get a warm feeling and free lunch in return. Entry: free, no booking necessary for individuals. More info: 01904 411821 or events

21 SEPTEMBER Foraging Walk & Tasting

10:15am-1pm, meet at York Environment Centre Learn which plants in St Nicholas Fields nature reserve are edible and how to cook with them. You will get to taste some! Entry: Free but booking essential on 01904 411821 or via blog/events

28 SEPTEMBER Spider Workshop

10:30am-3:30 pm, meet at York Environment Centre. Learn about spiders with Geoff Oxford from the University of York. Entry: £5 per adult/£2.50 consessions /£1 per child over 12. Booking essential on 01904 411821 or via www.


Refreshments All raising funds for York Coronary Support Trust. For more details telephone 01904 626918 or visit the website on

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This event is part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Haxby Memorial Hall from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Come along for a social morning or chat and support this very worthy charity, and take part in the world’s biggest tea/coffee morning. With vintage, craft, book, cake stalls and much more. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, delicious homeade cakes, scones or a light lunch, served on real china. Entry Adults 50p/Children Free. To donate items or to book a table (£7.00 each), ring Tina on 01904 765780.


Jumble sale in aid of Diabetes UK 2pm to 4pm at Sheriff Hutton Village Hall

28 SEPTEMBER World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Event for Macmillan Cancer Support At Sheriff Hutton Village Hall between 10am and 12 noon.


Come and join the ‘Memory Walk’, which sees 2 sponsored walk routes around the City with

the routes providing fantastic views walking through the city and parks (1 mile and 6 miles). Memory Walk in partnership with Bupa Care Homes is a series of fundraising walking events taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all raising money to provide vital support to people living with dementia and help our research to find a cure for the future. There’s no registration fee and we ask that you try and raise £50 to help fight dementia in your local area. Registration takes place at 10am with the walks starting at 11am. Meeting at the Coppergate Centre, York City Centre. There will be a raffle, cakes and refreshments provided after the walk. For more details please contact Customer Care on 0845 3060 898 or visit the website


York University campus is filled for 3 days with aspiring writers, best-selling authors, book doctors, top agents and publishing legends. It’s a very special gathering filled with serious, professional advice on the craft of writing and how to finally get yourself published but it’s also bursting with bonhomie. There hasn’t been one yet which hasn’t resulted in at least several delegates landing themselves with agents and publishing deals and everyone else has gone away happy and energised. It really works. Info line: 0845 459 9560


Diesel Gala 14 – 15 SEPTEMBER Family Volunteering Weekend 27 – 29 SEPTEMBER 40th Anniversary Autumn Steam Gala For more information visit website


Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby Doors open 11am – 3pm, Free entry See how this lovely village hall can be transformed into a wonderful reception/party venue, with suppliers displaying their goods and services to help make a wedding day, or any party special. Anyone wishing to reserve a stall should contact Joyce on 07912 532856. (Stalls setup from 9am - no dress down till 3pm).


Come along to Wigginton Old School on Mill Lane from 9am to midday and enjoy coffee/tea, chat and of course delicious home made-cakes. For further details contact. Janet Denton, 68 Mill Lane, Wigginton, York, YO32 2PZ Tel 01904 760989. Mobile 07935749600. E Mail jan53@ 

YORK AGAINST CANCER 5 SEPTEMBER Knit & Stitch open evening

Knit & Stitch are having an open

Do you run a local club? Do you have an event in October or November?

evening at 6pm to launch its autumn and winter collections. Please join them for a drink and a chat while admiring the work carried out by their students. for more information and to book tickets. Or telephone 01904 635149.

There will be a 10% discount off any purchases made on the night. A handmade tombola will be held on the night with the proceeds going to York Against Cancer. If you would like to donate a handmade item please drop it off at the store no later than 1st September. If you would like to attend please email info@


21 SEPTEMBER Street Collection

13 SEPTEMBER South Bank Community Cinema present “No” (2012) certificate 15.

Our annual street collection will be held in the city centre between 10am-4pm. Once again we will be needing volunteers to collect on the day so if you can spare an hour or two please call the office on 01904 764466 or email office@


The 2013 festival is investigating the relationship between Science and Food. Expect to see demonstrations and workshops using food to communicate scientific principles and taking a closer look at the science in the kitchen. Visit www.

FUN BINGO NIGHT In aid of Strensall Preschool Playgroup. At Strensall Village Hall. Eyes down at 8pm. Refreshments available. For more information contact 01904 492937 during term time or email


Directed by Pablo Larrain, this award winning film from Chile is set against Augusto Pinochet’s 1988 referendum. Doors Open 7.30pm. Tickets £3 Members - £4 Non-members. www. Tel 01904 466086

ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS, YORK 10 SEPTEMBER Illustrated talk on “In search of Dotterel” by John Linton Smith.    Temple Hall, York St. John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX. 7.30pm. Non-members welcome. Entrance £2.50 Group members, £3.00 non members.


Stockton Village Hall, 10am-1pm. Refreshments available. Come

and grab yourself a bargain! For more information contact Jill Hawkins on (01904) 400442.


Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Wigginton, York YO32 2PU, 11-4pm. Admission: Adults £3.50, OAP £3, Child £2 (under 5 years free), Family (2+2) £8.


York Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet 6pm - 7pm in the Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, York Hospital. Topic: Prostate Cancer- PSA testing to screen or not to screen. Speaker: Mr JR Wilson Consultant Urologist. For further information contact Carolyn Bedford Macmillan Urology Nurse Specialist 01904 725848.


2.30pm. Held in Strensall Village Hall. Admissions to the show 50p, accompanied children free. Refreshments and raffle. A Sale of Show Produce will be conducted after the show.


“Indigo and Oranges”. Flower arranging demonstration by Julie Cook. Wigginton Recreation Hall 7.30pm. Visitors very welcome £5. More details available from Joy White - 01904 765676.

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CREATING CO-OPERATIVE COMMUNITY Another of our regular sharing events Share surplus produce etc.

Bring your surplus or just come along and share some of ours if you haven’t any yourself – there is always more than enough for all.

Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Hall, Saturday, 14 September 10.30 - 11.30 am ALL ARE WELCOME WHO ARE WE?

We are a group who are responding to new challenges by Creating Co-operative Community in Haxby and Wigginton


Greater sharing and co-operation; more locally grown food; Better use of resources; a lower carbon community; less dependence on expensive oil.

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YORK • SEPTEMBER 2013 • ISSUE 94 ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES CLAXTON & SAND HUTTON KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Meet in the village hall on 1st Monday of each month 10am to 12pm. There is no charge for meetings or tuition. Contact Rachel: 07970 956022. CRAFT AND CHAT GROUP Any craft from knitting to card making. Lots of help and advice on offer. Bring craft projects, all ages and levels welcome. New Earwick Folk Hall 10-12pm Every Saturday in term time. £2 per session. Contact: 01904 762255. EWENIQUE MACHINE KNITTING CLUB Meet at the Folk Hall New Earswick on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 2pm until 4pm to exchange ideas and techniques.. (No meeting July/August). Contact 01904 399697. HAXBY & WIGGINTON FLOWER CLUB (Affiliated to NAFAS) A group for people who are interested in flower arranging, voluntary competitions, visiting speakers, self help activities and opportunities for wider involvement. Visitors are welcome. Contact: 01904 765676. HAXBY & WIGGINTON GARDENING CLUB Meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby. Regular speakers, visits and events and welcome new members. Contact Ginny, Secretary: 01904 768516. HAXBY & WIGGINTON KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Tues, 7-9 pm at Wigginton Church Hall. All ages and abilities welcome, just bring your latest project with you. £2 pp to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments. Contact Clare: 079800 26690. HUNTINGTON PETANQUE CLUB We play at Huntington Sports & Social Club, North Lane, Huntington every Thursday evening from 18.30. Playing is free but if you decide you like it and would like to join there is a small annual subscription of up to £5 to the Sports & Social Club - which has a bar! No special clothing or equipment is needed to get started. Call Dennis Woodcock on

(01904) 762698 or Sheila on (01904) 768849. HUNTINGTON BRIDGE CLUB Every Saturday at Huntington Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road. 7 till 10. All welcome. Contact Marianne: 01904 761892. HUNTINGTON OVER SIXTIES CLUB We are a friendly group who meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, January to November, at 2pm at Garth Court, Garth End. We have speakers, entertainers and trips out. We welcome old and new members to join us. Contact Sonia: 01904 632782. NEW EARSWICK BRIDGE CLUB Every Monday at 7pm in the Folk Hall. New members always welcome. Contact: 01904 760639. NEW EARSWICK CAMERA CLUB Meet mid September to the end of April each Thurs at 7:30pm at the Quaker Meeting House located to the rear of the Folk Hall car park, New Earswick. Embrace all aspects of digital photography. Contact: www.communigate.

sing, dance, chat and enjoy. Non-singers and non-dancers very welcome. Contact Thea Jacob on 01904 634390 SINGLE PARENTS NATTER AND PLAY New Earswick Children’s Centre. Last Friday of each month 1.30 - 3pm for single mums & dads of under 5s. Contact: 01904 552646. STRENSALL ST MARY’S ART GROUP We are at the church room in Strensall St Mary’s Church from 1.30 to 4pm every Thursday afternoon. Any media ..we have no expert or teacher ..we just do art! We are a friendly group and tea and coffee are available! Telephone 01904 492217 or 01904 490079 STRENSALL BRIDGE CLUB Strensall Village Hall, Thursday at 7pm For non-serious bridge. Contact John: 01904 769618. STRENSALL DINING GROUP 50 or over? Our dining group of friends are full of fun and life. So don’t sit or eat alone, come join us. Meet every 3-4 weeks at various venues around the York area. Contact: 01904 490987.

NEW EARSWICK SWIMMING CLUB Offering learn to swim (from 4yrs old), competitive swim training, masters sessions, opportunities to compete in local leagues, recreational swimming *New Earswick Pool* Fees from £1.75 per lesson. Competitive swim training from £4.50 per week. (3 sessions) Low cost annual membership for Recreational swimming from £1.10 per week (for up to 8hrs per week). Contact: 01904 768163 or visit www.newearswicksc. or ring Coaching enquiries: 01904 765397 or email memberships@

STRENSALL READING GROUP Meet the last Wednesday of the month from 2.30– 3.30 pm in Strensall Library. Provides us with a book which we read over the month and then get together to discuss it over tea and biscuits. Contact Sarah: 01904 490876 or Pam: 01904 764518.

NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY GROUP New Earswick Sports & Social club 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30. Contact Bryan: 01904 764648 or email:

YORK BONSAI SOCIETY Meet monthly at Wigginton Hall on the 3rd Monday of every month - 7.30pm. Friendly & informal group with refreshments. Occasional speakers, library & bonsai suppliers available. Contact: Andy 01757 268145.

SILVER SONG BOX A friendship group with a musical twist at the Oaken Grove Community Centre in Haxby. Runs every Friday, from 1.00-2.30. Come to

YORK AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Meets each Thursday at 8pm at the Bishopthorpe Social Club in Bishopthorpe. Running courses for new members to obtain a license and call sign of their own. Future members welcome, just turn up on Thursdays.

YORK CAVING CLUB Offering regular caving trips to the Yorkshire Dales and Derbyshire, occasional

trips to Wales, Summerset and Ireland. Open to new members with some caving experience or can offer advice to those with none. Bi-weekly pub meets. Contact: 07747 063181 or visit uk or email: YORK LADIES CIRCLE We are a group for ladies 18-45 years old and are all about having fun, making new friends & raising money for local charities. See our website We are also on Facebook & Twitter YORK MODEL BOAT CLUB Meet at Heworth Rugby Club on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 8pm.Building techniques and various models. Holds 4 regattas in the summer on Rowntree Park Lane, York & sail on the York University Lake when Parks Lane is unavailable. Contact Steve: 01904 424155 or www.yorkmodelboatclub. YORK PHILATELIC SOCIETY Meets every 2nd Tuesday in the month except Aug, at Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York at 7.15 pm. Buy, sell or exchange material. A packet circuit is also operated by York Society. Annual cost £6, youth- 13 -18 years- £3. Contact Richard Billinge: 01904 411455 or richard.billinge@ or Tony: 01904 411378 or or Trevor: 01904 764140 or trevorcollins834@btinternet. com. YORKSHIRE MINIATURISTS ASSOCIATION Miniature enthusiasts meet on 1st Saturday of the month at Friends Meeting House in the centre of York. Speakers, project meetings, demonstrations and also have a stand at the Dolls House Fair at York Race Course in June and Nov. Contact Ann: 01757 288974 or Elizabeth: 01904 795361. YOUTH CLUBS AT OAKEN GROVE COMMUNITY CENTRE Safe, supervised indoor and outdoor areas. £1.50 per session. WEDNESDAY OPEN YOUTH CLUB: run at the centre from 7 - 9pm and facilities include a Nintendo Wii on projector screen, Widescreen TV, Pool Table, Outside Sports, Table Tennis and Tuck Shop. • 01653 658776 • 57

ADVICE & SUPPORT AGE UK YORK Provides a wide range of personal and practical support to older people in the York area. Contact: 01904 627995or visit ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SOCIETY Information and support for all people with dementia and their carers. The Retreat, Heslington Road, Heslington, York YO10 5BN Contact: 01904 658106 or 01904 799773 or visit www. or email: BREATHE EASY YORK This is open for sufferers, helpers and carers. Support, speakers and trips out. Meet 1st Wednesday of the month 1pm-3pm at Huntington Working Mens Club. Contact Sue: 01904 410 003 or visit www.breatheeasyyork. CANCER CARE CENTRE Specialised services on a referral basis such as PsychoOncology, Complementary Therapy and Benefits Advice at York Hospital offers support and information for Cancer Patients, their Families & Carers. The Centre is open Mon to Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm. Contact: 01904 721166. CITIZEN ADVICE BUREAU Free and confidential advice. Mon & Tues - 9.30-3.30pm. Wed 4.30pm-7pm. Thurs 9.30am-3.30pm. Contact: 0844 826 9705 or visit HALVES Lost your other half? If so, we meet for a friendly chat over refreshments? Meet at 12pm on the !st Saturday of each month in the coffee area of Trinity Methodist Church, Monkgate, York. Contact Margaret: 01904 415894 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY YORK BRANCH Access to information, advice and support, and to offer opportunities and choice to anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Contact: 01904 758577 or visit uk/York OAKEN GROVE SURFERS Meets at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park (off Oaken Grove) Haxby, on Monday mornings & Thursday 58 •

afternoons. Helping adult beginners get to grips with computers and the internet. Contact: 01904 769176. OLDER CITIZENS ADVOCACY YORK – OCAY Registered charity offering a free advocacy service for all citizens of York aged 50+. Office in Townend Street is open Monday -Thursday 10am -4pm or Friday 10am - 2pm. Contact: 01904 676200 or email PARKINSONS UK Meets 1st Monday of the month at York Sports Club, Clifton Park, Shipton Road, York YO30 5RE at 7pm. At most meetings we have a guest speaker and refreshments. Contact Jayne, Information& Support Officer: 0844 225 36 32 or Kate: 01904 758355. REFLECT Counselling service based in York, specifically for women and men facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. The York centre has 13 volunteers and opening times Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm and Fridays between 3-5pm, drop in at the Gateway centre, Acomb, Contact: 01904 676710 or visit or SAMARITANS OF YORK & DISTRICT Confidential emotional support to anyone in distress or despair or at risk and self harm or suicide. Always available for phone calls and visitors 8.00am - 10.00pm. 89 Nunnery Lane, York YO23 1AH. Contact: 01904 655888 or 08457 90 90 90 or visit www. SHOPMOBILITY IN YORK Mobility problem? Temporary or permanent can hire a powered scooter or an electric or manual wheelchair (you must be able to safely control the vehicle). Low daily hire charge. Second floor of Piccadilly Multistorey Car Park in York Centre. Contact: 01904 679222. THE ENCEPHALITIS SOCIETY 32 Castlegate, Malton, YO17 7DT. Admin Line : 01653 692583. Support Line 01653 699599. Email : mail@ or visit www. YORK AND DISTRICT PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Provide a community for peo-

ple and their supporters suffering with long term pain that are or have been participants in the Pain Management Program or attend the Pain Management Clinic. Contact Gordon: 01904 491141 or Jill: 01904 708490 or visit YORK CORONARY SUPPORT GROUP TRUST Meets first Mon of every month at the Folk Hall, New Earswick at 7:30pm, includes guest speaker. We also hold a selection of activities for people who have experienced heart conditions. Keep Fit sessions held 3 times a week, aquafit at a local swimming pool, art classes monthly at Wigginton Community Centre and various fundraising activities. Quarterly magazine available. For more information please email or visit YORVIK GATEWAY CLUB A social club for adults with disabilities and is held every Monday 7-9pm at the Oaken Grove Community Centre off Usher Lane in Haxby. The club offers a variety of activities and welcomes new members. Contact Club Leader Debbie: 0791 9191372. YORK RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP (YORKRA) Provides support, information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and their families and carers. Meet 2nd Saturday of each month, 3- 5pm, at the Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York. Contact: 01904 642227.

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

meetings are held in Temple Hall at York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk. Contact: 01904 794865 or visit

ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDS OF ST NICHOLAS FIELDS York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. The Nature reserve is open all the time and has a children’s playground, mini stonehenge, butterfly walk and wooded area. Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm and Sat 10am - 2pm. Be a volunteer or a member of St Nicholas. Contact: 01904 411821. HAXBY AND WIGGINTON YORK IN TRANSITION Making a local impact on the York in Transition Agenda: make small steps towards reducing our reliance on ways of living which are unsustainable and will cause serious dilemmas for our children and grandchildren. Becoming more cooperative about what we grow and produce locally. Contact: 01904 760659. RIVER FOSS SOCIETY Dedicated to the conservation & improvement of the River Foss. They do walks, talks and other activities. Contact the Secretary: 01904 768071 or visit YORK ROTTERS Volunteers who promote home composting. As well as providing free home composting advice York Rotters are available to carry out talks at meetings and to attend events. Contact: 01904 412861 or email rotters@stnicksfields.

FUNDRAISING BRITISH RED CROSS Looking for volunteer car and minibus drivers required for your local community, training, support and mileage allowance given. Contact Linda: 01904 692550 or Helen: 01904 693027. FRIENDS OF YORK HOSPITALS Organising volunteers who provide patients with extra comfort and support, also raise funds for medical and surgical equipment which cannot be provided through NHS finances. Contact Friends Office: 01904

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YORK • SEPTEMBER 2013 • ISSUE 94 726762 or email MYASTHENIA GRAVIS LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP Charity helping people to access information, support and to talk to fellow sufferers. You are not alone if you need any help or advice just get in touch. Contact Ron, Chairman: 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or email RNLI GALTRES FOREST BRANCH We are a small group of people who enjoy raising money for the Lifeboats. If you are interested in helping us at an event, or would like to know more of the work we do, please contact Sue Lowe on 01904 491133 or

HISTORY CITY OF YORK AND DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Meet on 1st Wed of the month at The Folk Hall, New Earswick 7pm. Exclu. January. Have a well equipped Study Centre in York where we can help both inexperienced and the more experienced with their problems and brickwalls. Welcome newcomers to the hobby and are willing to give advice to set them on the way. Contact Mike: 01904 767013 or visit www.yorkfamilyhistory. HAXBY & WIGGINTON LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Meet to promote local history. We have speakers, research groups and occasional visits to interesting locations. Meet every 3rd Thursday of the month in St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby at 10am. Contact Ian: 01904 768516. STRENSALL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Aims to promote and study the history of the parish of Strensall and to disseminate historical information through meetings, publications lectures and events. Monthly meetings, hear a variety of speakers or to participate in workshops held in Strensall Village Hall on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm. YORK LIBRARIES Interested in your family history? Would you like to trace your ancestors? Now offer free access to ancestry.

com. Now available at Haxby Library. Contact: 01904 552660.

MUSIC & THEATRE CITY OF YORK PIPE BAND We consist of bagpipers, base drum, tenor drums and side drummers, practicing on Wednesday nights at the Huntington Memorial Hall - offering tuition.Small yearly fee for 18yrs +, we have equipment. Contact Laura, Pipe Major: 01904 763243 or John: 01423 879519. FRIENDS OF YORK THEATRE ROYAL Theatre-loving group supporting our local theatre. Take part in events at the Theatre Royal, visit theatres in other places such as Newcastle, Scarborough and Leeds, and more. They hold monthly lunches in the theatre foyer, and help with selling programmes. Contact Membership Secretary/York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD or visit HAXBY SINGERS Join our friendly mixed choir group of Basses, Tenors, Altos and Sopranos, meeting 7.30pm, once a week in St Mary’s Church Hall. Contact Lynn: 01904 769838 or Margaret: 01904 761618. IN-2-ACTING Acting, singing and dancing for ages 8-16 years, two productions each year, themed nights and theatre trips. Sessions run on Thursday evenings. Depending on numbers, priority will be given to residents of Haxby & Wigginton. Contact 01904 769176 or STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS Community choir of approx: 40 voices aged 13 to 70 which rehearses weekly throughout term time in Stamford Bridge School. Available for Concerts, Church Services and Weddings. To hire us or to join the choir please email: info@stamfordbridgesingers. or visit THE SHEPHERD GROUP BRASS BAND Rehearsals at the Portakabin Site in Huntington. www. Beginners Band rehearses Monday 6.30-8.00pm. Ring Audrey: 01904 425256.

The Concert Band rehearses Wednesday evenings 7.309.30pm. Ring David: 07710 106906. The Senior Band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday 8-10pm. Ring Charles: 07802 190250. YORK CONCERT BAND Play a wide variety of music and also perform 8 concerts a year around York and occasionally abroad. Rehearsals from 7.30 to 9.30pm on Mondays at New Earswick Methodist Church. Contact the Secretary, Jill: 01904 629065. YORK LIGHT ORCHESTRA Play light music, popular classics, musicals and themes. We rehearse on Thursdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street (September to July). We perform 8 concerts a year, for local charities and community groups. If you would like to join or if you would like YLO to do a concert to raise money for your charity. Contact the secretary: 01904 870759 or visit www.ylo.

PLAYGROUPS HAXBY PLAYGROUPS Scout HQ - Birth to school age children (parents stay) Tuesday to Thursday 9.30 - 11.30. Rising Fives is now RalphButterfield and Headlands is at Headlands Primary School, both groups are from 9am - 3pm or Sessional 9am - 12pm and 12pm to 3pm. All term time only. Contact: 01904 768966 or email or visit www. THE WONDER YEARS For Haxby, Wigginton & surroundings: Boddlers – Baby/ Toddler group (Birth to 3yrs). Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30- 11am term time at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Pre-School -3-5 yrs - Mon-Fri term time. 9am – 12pm, 2.45 -3.15pm. Plus Lunch Club added to am or pm session. Early Years Funded places available. Extended School – 3-11 yrs - Breakfast Club 7.40-9am & After School Club 3-6pm. Holiday Club – Care for 3-11 yrs, 8 – 6pm. Half Day 8– 1pm or 1– 6pm. Contact: 01904 758717 HUNTINGTON PRESCHOOL & TODDLERS Babies and Toddler Group:

Monday & Friday 9.15 10.45. The Memorial Hall, Strensall Road, Huntington. £3, Pre-school - Mon- Fri 9 – 12pm (term time only). Rising 5’s sessions are held from Jan to Jul. Contact Lynne: 01904 765017 or email enquiries@ ORCHARD PARK PRE-SCHOOL Orchard Park Community centre, Off Brockfield park shops, Huntington. OpenMon to Fri 9.15 to 12.15. Lunch Club 12.15 to 1.15 For children aged 2 to 5 to Learn and play. Contact Sandra: 07407 700315 or 01904 626361. SHERIFF HUTTON PLAYGROUP Places for children aged 2 yrs to school age in a warm, stimulating and caring environment with outside playspace. OFSTED registered with qualified staff. Playgroup runs Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30-2.30pm or half days from 9.30- 12.30pm. Contact: 07717 799646. SHERIFF HUTTON BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP Village Hall, Thu 9.4511.45am Play and other activities for all babies and toddlers with their parents and carers. Health visitor drop-in first Thursday of the month. All welcome. Contact Margaret: 01347 878314. SHIPTON PRE-SCHOOL & TODDLERS The Community Centre, Shipton by Beningbrough, York. Places from 2 yrs old to School age. Ofsted registered with qualified staff. Sessions on Mon,Wed,Thur and Fri (term time only) with an optional lunch club available, afternoon sessions run on a Wed and Thur until 3.15pm. Toddler & baby group each Tuesday 9.30-12pm Large garden area available for play. Contact: 07546 571089. SINNINGTON PRE SCHOOL OFSTED registered and inspected. Toddler groupTuesday 10 - 11.30am. Pre -School - Monday 09.10-11.40am. Wednesday 09.10-11.40am Thursday 09.10-11.40am Friday 09.1011.40am. Contact Kerry or Suzanne: 07799727656. STOCKTON LANE PLAYGROUP We are a pre-school for children from 2-5 years. Ofsted • 01653 658776 • 59

inspected and LEA funded. Monday - Friday 9am-12pm (term time only). Wednesdays - 12.30 - 3.30pm Christ Church, Stockton Lane, York YO31 1JG. Contact Fiona: 07746 806426. STRENSALL PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP We offer a natural transition from pre-school to school as we are situated next door to Robert Wilkinson School. Various sessions on offer in our newly refurbished setting. Pram Club/Messy’s (‘pay as you go’)– Fri 1.15 – 2.45pm. Rising 3’s – Mon, Tues & Thurs 1– 2.55pm. Preschoolers – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri– 8.45– 12.45pm & Wed 10.45– 2.45pm. Contact Sarah: 01904 492937 or email TINY STEPS TODDLER GROUP Friday mornings 9.30am 11am - £1 per session. The mums and tots session will be run by the Stepping Stones staff in Hurst Hall. Children attending the toddler group will have priority on the Stepping Stones Pre-School waiting list. Contact: 01904 442826 TREASURE CHEST Haxby, Wigginton & Huntington. A group of local mums dedicated to promoting, supporting and encouraging breastfeeding All fully trained Peer Supporters. Meet every Mon 12.30 -1.30pm at Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby. Drop in facililty and we also welcome pregnant mums. Contact: www.treasurechest. or helpline:support@ YORK FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE Parent /carer of a 0-19 year old get free, professional, helpful, and up-to-date information about. Finding and paying for childcare,free early education places for 3 and 4 year olds, returning to work, working in Early Years, family groups and activities, local parenting support. Contact: 01904 554628 or text ‘info’ to 07624 802244.

SCOUTS & GUIDES 2ND HAXBY & WIGGINTON SCOUT GROUP Boys & Girls age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon & Thurs 6 7.15 pm. Cubs: Weds & Fri 60 •

6.30 - 8pm Scouts: Mon 7.30 - 9pm. Thurs. 7.45 - 9.15 pm. Contact Linda Parkinson: 01904 769167.

activities and uniform. Charity No. 1559/79 Contact:

HAXBY MOOR GIRL GUIDING Girls aged 5-14years old. Rainbows 5-7years Wednesday evenings. Brownies 7-10yrs on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday evenings. Guides 10-14yrs old Monday, Thursday evenings. Units meet throughout Haxby & Wigginton. Contact Helen Feeten: 01904 762926


1ST HEWORTH SCOUT GROUP Beavers (boys and girls aged 6-8) Mondays 5.30-6.30pm. Cubs (boys and girls aged 8-10½) Tuesdays 6.308.15pm. Scouts (boys and girls aged 10½-14) Fridays 7-9pm. Contact Matthew on 07974901386 or visit for more info. 29TH YORK (HUNTINGTON ALL SAINTS) RAINBOWS Everything a Rainbow does helps her to develop and to think for herself, in a safe girl-only environment. A girl can join Rainbows at any time after her fifth birthday. Most Rainbows move on shortly after their seventh birthday. Contact Stephanie Easton: 07875 541520 CHRISTCHURCH SCOUT GROUP (STOCKTON LANE) Boys and Girls age 6 -14yrs. Beavers - Tuesday 6pm - 7pm. Cubs -Thursday 6.30pm - 8pm. Scouts- Friday 7pm - 9pm We are in need of leaders for the group. Contact Wendy Davis: 07808 882749 STOCKTON ON THE FOREST SCOUT GROUP Boys and Girls, age 6 to 14. Beavers: Mon 6 - 7pm. Cubs: Tues 6.45 - 8.15pm. Scouts: Fri 7 - 9pm. We are also in need of Leaders. Contact Kath Shapcott: 01904 421096. AIR CADETS, EASINGWOLD A uniformed for ages 13-18 yrs. Tuesday evening at Easingwold and Friday evening at RAF Linton On Ouse in the gymnasium at 7.30-10pm. Minibus goes from the car park of The Cottage Inn in Haxby via Shipton by Beningbrough at 7pm. Range of activities from flying and gliding to target shooting and sport. £36 per quarter covers

HAXBY & WIGGINTON PROBUS CLUB Club for retired people over 55 yrs. Meetings are held on 1st Tuesday of each month in the Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Hall at 10am for 10.30am. Contact Mike: 01904 769507. HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary body of retired but active people who like to follow their interests and take up new ones. Courses are run free for the pursuit of new activities. Monthly meetings on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Contact John: 01904 769618. STRENSALL WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Huntington ladies most welcome. Contact: 01904 490758. WIGGINTON & HAXBY OVER SIXTIES Meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. We have speakers, trips out, activity groups. Old and new members, also visitors are always welcome. Contact Lilian, Secretary: 01904 769993

Friendly, traditional karate club with a proud 30 year history. Train on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL. Open to people of all ages and abilities whatever their fitness level. Contact Ian: 07909 991541or or HAXBY TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Run 6 teams from the ages of 7-16 years. We need boys and girls to join us. All of our coaches are FA Coaching Level 1 trained and have been CRB checked. Train every Saturday 10.30 - 11.30am at Ethel Ward Playing Fields, Haxby. Looking for help with training, coaching and refereeing. Contact Neil: 01904 761908. HEWORTH TENNIS CLUB Heworth Tennis Club on East Parade, Heworth runs fun fitness training sessions on Tuesday evenings 7-8pm and Saturdays 9.30-10.30am – open to all and no need to be a member. Great for general cardiofitness as well as improving speed around the court. All levels of player can enjoy and benefit from these fun sessions with workout, drills & games suitable for all standards of players. or email info@


HUNTINGTON JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Charter Standard football club meet the required FA coaching levels, CRB checked etc good facilities at Hopgrove sports ground on the Malton Road York, teams train and play home games. Contact Karl: 07896 674299 or Huntington Cricket Club We welcome new players of all abilities. Contact Jason: 07714471271

BADMINTON CLUB Play on a Friday night 6 -8pm at Joseph Rowntrees School. Contact Jean: 01904 760347. Dunnington Sports Club Starting Table Tennis- A six week course for absolute beginners. Contact Nick: 01904 481039 or Keith: 07770 874996 or or

NEW EARSWICK CRICKET CLUB Play in the York & District Senior League are recruiting both Senior and Junior players. Our indoor nets start at the end of Feb. Sports Fields, White Rose Avenue. Excellent playing facilities and a good after match social side. Contact Paul: 07533655470 or paul.stimpson3@btinternet. com or Matt: 07885282937 or


HAXBY NETBALL CLUB …affiliated to England Netball.

WIGGINTON & HAXBY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Registered Charity No. 1023129. Meet 2nd Thursday of the month at St. Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. New, old members & visitors always welcome. Contact Mrs Graves: 01904 750570.

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YORK • SEPTEMBER 2013 • ISSUE 94 North Yorkshire Netball Academy League team & 4 teams in the York & District League. Youth section (Yr 7 upwards). Training on Mon evening at the Ethel Ward Playing Field in summer, league season runs from Sept until March. Qualified tutor. Junior section trains every other Mon 6 -7:15pm. Coaches CRB checked. Contact the secretary, Alison: 01904 612268 or 07751 984840 or Val: 07708 050307. HUNTINGTON MILLERS NETBALL CLUB We are affiliated to England Netball and run 4 teams in the York and District League spread over the league’s 7 divisions and we are a CAPS accredited Club from England Netball. Contact Club’s secretary Pam: 07547 095 603 or junior section, Audrey Smith: 01904 761641. NEW EARSWICK TENNIS CLUB Junior coaching on Thursday and Friday nights for 5-16 year olds. Adult coaching is held on Saturday afternoons. Run holiday camps, fun days, many social events and tournaments. Contact Joanne: 07835 948593 PARTNERSHIP GYMNASTICS CLUB Classes for boys and girls from reception to year 10. Classes are held at various venues across York, Mon to Fri– venues include Archbishop Holgate’s School, Manor C of E School, Park Grove Primary school, Canon Lee School, Joseph Rowntree School and Huntington Secondary School. Partnership Gymnastics is affiliated to British Gymnastics, qualified coaches, CRB checked. Contact Ruth: 07886926420. SANDBURN HALL BADMINTON CLUB Sandburn Hall, Flaxton. Fridays 2 - 3.30pm All ages welcome. Contact Stephen: 01904 490440. STRENSALL COMMUNITY YOUTH AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION Tennis Club - 3 newly surfaced tennis courts. Muga Pitch - The floodlit muga pitch is now available for hire for both 5 a sidefootball and netball. Contact: 07951 920308 or STRENSALL FOOTBALL CLUB

All of our coaches are FA coaching level 1 qualified and are CRB checked. Training is on Saturday mornings at Durlston Drive, Strensall. Contact Clare Inkster on 07932 392231 STRENSALL LAWN BOWLING CLUB For all ages, a small and friendly club, welcome new members of any age; under 18s bowl free! Adults pay only £30 for the season, which runs from April through to September. Entrance to our club is between house No’s 5–7 Park Gate near the terminus of the No 5 Bus. Provide Bowls and Coaching and 1 months free trial. Contact Annette, Secretary: 01904 492807 STRENSALL SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS Strensall Village Hall, Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm. £10 annual fee, £2 subscription per session. Contact Jackie: 01904 492993. TERRINGTON LAWN BOWLS CLUB Contact: 01653 619276 emsg1967-bowls@yahoo. WIGGINTON BOWLING CLUB All ages, welcome beginners & seasoned bowlers, we can lend woods. Adult cost 26yrs+, £56, £28 for 18 to 25yrs, free for under 18s. 2013 open from Saturday13th April to Saturday 14th Sept for social bowling and league matches. Contact Colin: 01904 760877 or WIGGINTON GRASSHOPPERS Under 9s - looking for new players. Train every Wednesday 6-7pm. All coaches are CRB checked. Contact Richard, FA Level 1 instructor: 07814 266987. YORK HOTSHOTS CHEERLEADING CLUB Classes are held on a Wednesday evening during term time, at Archbishop Holgate’s School, Hull Road, York. The club is affiliated to British Gymnastics and is run by qualified coaches who have all been CRB checked. Also a club mark accredited club. Contact Anna: 07507638804 or e-mail yorkhotshots@

VILLAGE HALL HIRE FOSTON & THORNTON LE CLAY VILLAGE HALL Refurbished and central heated hall available for hire for events,parties, meetings, etc . Well sprung wooden floor for exercise and dancing, with kitchen and cloakroom facilities. £6 ph. Contact Fiona: 01904 468773. HAXBY MEMORIAL HALL Situated in the heart of Haxby. Two meeting rooms and a large hall available for all non and license functions, meetings, leisure, fundraising and hobby groups. Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales - No. 508205. Contact or ring the caretaker: 01904 764358. HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HALL 46 Strensall Road, Huntington. Two rooms available for hire. Used by lots of diverse groups. Contact the Caretaker: 01904 760044. OAKEN GROVE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Ideal venue for children’s parties. Various room sizes for hire, a good kitchen/cafe area, conservatory, garden and a safe children’s play area, registered Charity Number 1105675. Reid Park, Haxby. Contact Paul: 01904 769176. ORCHARD PARK HALL Orchard Park , Huntington has a new fitted fully functioning kitchen and large hall to hire. Also a separate room which can be used for meetings or can be hired alongside the mail hall. Coming soon Wi-Fi available Ring Peter on 01904 640632 SAND HUTTON AND CLAXTON VILLAGE HALL The ideal venue to hire for parties, meetings, celebrations etc. Large bright hall, meeting room, excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. Contact: 01904 468001 STOCKTON-ON-THE-FOREST VILLAGE HALL To hire on regular or one-off basis, four different sized rooms suitable for various purposes including meetings, parties, exhibitions, dancing, wedding receptions and there is also a stage with full lighting available and fully equipped kitchen. Packages for chil-

dren’s parties up to the age of 12 are available. Contact: 01904 400409. THE OLD SCHOOL, WIGGINTON. The Old School (a registered Charity No. 517365) is located in the heart of the village and is available for hire to all groups,activities and functions at extremely competative rates. Contact John and Wendy Jeffery 01904 760764 or email: clerk@wiggintonparishcouncil.

WALKING GROUPS 2ND SUNDAY RAMBLING CLUB Walks are usually 11miles long and within an hour from York. Coach collects us at Wigginton, Haxby, New Earswick and Clarence Street from 8.30am, introductory fare £5 for your first walk. On the 2nd Sunday of the month. Contact Helen: 01904 782891 or Hazel: 01904 760897. WIGBY WALKERS Wednesday walks from Wigginton Recreation Hall car park at 10am for a short drive and a 5-7 mile walk, stopping at a tea shop on the way home. Also have 6-8 mile walks on the 4th Sat of each month. Contact Joyce: 01904 762605. YORK RAMBLERS York Ramblers welcome new walkers to their extensive programme of walks, including car free walks using public transport. For details of all the walks available, visit the website uk or phone 01904-628134. On the website click on York followed by Walking Groups to see the programme until the end of September. For more information about all Ramblers groups in the surrounding area, visit uk. For walks using public transport contact m.s.dixon@ or phone 07842530128uk.

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GARDENS Kennedy Garden Care...............47 Marks Garden Services.............26 RAC Handyman & Gardening Services...................................47 York Landscapes & Maintenance..28

COURSES Centre for Lifelong Learning......35

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CRAFTS Castaway Yarns.........................35

HAIRDRESSING Caren Vollans Hair Design..........22 Hair Boutique, The.....................20 Wendy Smith Mobile Hairdressing.20

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HEALTH Physiotherapy in your Home......22 Samantha Lambert Podiatry......20 INSURANCE NFU Mutual................................3

MARKETS Castle Howard Market...............51 Hovingham Village Market.........51 MOBILITY MV Mobility..............................37 NURSERIES & CHILDCARE Little Bugs................................31 York Montessori Nursery............21 OPTICIANS Haxby Opticians........................23 OVEN CLEANING Ultraclean.................................47 PAINTING & DECORATING Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating................................47 MD Bonney Specialist Decorator................................46 R Barker Painting & Decorating...... ...............................................47 PETS Ann’s Cat & Small Animal Sitting.... ...............................................25 Battle Flatts Vets.......................17 Station House Vets....................24 PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling.............47 PLUMBING & HEATING DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers..........................45 Gas Servicing by Gemma..........46 GW Plumbing.............................2 Haxby Plumbing & Heating........49 HC Engineering Ltd...................14 PLUMBING - GENERAL Ken Hamilton Plumber & Handyman................................38

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he Great Gatsby actress, Carey Mulligan, is asking York residents to put on their walking shoes and support Memory Walk. Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest annual fundraiser. York Memory Walk will take place on Sunday 8th September. Carey is asking families and individuals from York to step out for a few hours and raise money to help support people

with dementia and their carers. A variety of entertainment and refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for the whole family.

am supporting Memory Walk. It gives us the opportunity to really make a difference to those living with dementia and their carers.

For the third year running Memory Walk 2013 will be held in partnership with Bupa Care Homes. Together, Alzheimer’s Society and Bupa aim to support more people living with dementia through the vital funds that are raised.

‘Memory Walk is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend a day out together whilst also raising money for such an important cause. I would encourage everyone to sign up today.’

Carey, who is an Alzheimer’s ambassador, said:

This year’s York Memory Walk takes place in The Coppergate Centre starting at 10:00am and is open to people of all ages, children to grandparents.

‘Alzheimer’s Society is a cause very close to my heart as my nan has dementia so I grew up experiencing the effects the condition has on her. That’s why I

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