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elcome to the December edition and the last of 2013.

The festive season is upon us once more and our local shops, business, churches and the community at large are busy getting ready to help you enjoy yourselves and get you safely through to the New Year. We have been overwhelmed in our efforts to cover every sort of event from carols to ceilidhs, markets, concerts, pantos and star gazing. All this alongside the myriad of local independent businesses that can cater for our every need at this time of year. My luxury at this time of year is to take a month out as we do not produce a January issue. This will be a welcome relief for me and my trusty team, Nicky and Phil, in rounding off our best year to date. Never have the Handy Mags been so full of businesses, community news and articles, and this gives us a good feeling that we are doing an ok job! But we can always improve and if you think we are missing something important or have any comments about the Handy Mag, please email or phone and let us know. Being a small independent and local business we understand and share the issues faced by other local businesses and groups, and we like to think we work better together. So in signing off for 2013 all that remains are some thank yous. To our local posties for every magazine posted in every letterbox in every corner of the delivery area; a truly remarkable service. To the businesses that we have worked with and to the community groups amongst us that crowd the Handy Mag community section with local news and events. And finally to our readers that diligently ‘Spot the Santas’ and contact us at the Handy Mag with messages of support. To all our readers, advertisers and community groups be festive, have fun, keep safe and have a very happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

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THIS MONTH’S FEATURES ANIMALS Chronicles of Alfie.............................................. 46 BUSINESS FEATURES Financial planning whatever your age................. 19 A growing local clinic caring for you & your feet. 21 Action Coach..................................................... 27 Christmas at Piglets Adventure Park.................. 29 Beautiful blinds direct from the manufacturer..... 30 COMMUNITY What’s on.......................................................... 53 FOOD AND DRINK Ginger christmas puddings................................ 24 GENERAL The magic of December...................................... 8 Light up lock up - NEW COLUMN..................... 14 Books: Cold enough for snow........................... 16 A better life........................................................ 36 Ella’s column..................................................... 38 Short story: The perfect gift............................... 50 HEALTH Fighting colds and flu......................................... 20 HOMES AND GARDENS Gardening: Ground cover.................................. 42 MOTORING Citreon Grand C4 Picasso................................. 34 PUZZLES Puzzle Page...................................................... 48 Competition....................................................... 40

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s it possible to talk about December without mentioning the C word? After all, as a month it’s rather dominated by THAT day, isn’t it? You know, the 25th. Yule, that is. I mean, there are 30 other days that aren’t Noel, and they almost never get talked about. Except Boxing Day, and people only ever talk about that because nobody knows what it means. Oh, and Christmas Eve... Damn! I’ve done it. I’ve mentioned the C word. So in answer to my opening query: no, of course it isn’t. What a silly idea. And why even try? Not everybody hates Christmas. In fact, I love it. But then, I’m a fat chap with a longish white beard. In fact, I was in a garage forecourt shop paying for petrol about this time last year when the cashier said to me: “Looking forward to Christmas, then?” When I replied that yes, I was actually, she said: “Your busy time, I suppose.” Oh, how everybody laughed! Of course, lots of people really do hate Christmas, because it can be such an awful faff and fiddle. But it’s the faff and fiddle I like.

I particularly love Christmas shopping. One of my earliest memories is going uptown Christmas shopping late one December evening with my Mum, when all the street lights were lit and the shop windows had a cosy and inviting glow. I must have been three or four, and 50 years later I still get the same feeling. These days there’s a bonus: shopping for Christmas presents is an excuse to get away from the family for a day in town by myself, which everybody has to do once in a while. And who doesn’t love putting up the decorations, transforming the house for the obligatory 12 days from a minimalist cube into a glowing cavern of colour and light? It’s become a Christmas ritual that my daughter and I should go to the plantation together to select the tree, which she is now in charge of decorating. The plantation is a wonderful 8 •

place: they sell Christmas wreaths as well there, and geese, and turkeys. I think they sleep for the rest of the year. Talking of geese and turkeys, we have another little ritual which involves me tentatively suggesting that we have a goose this year, to which my wife replies that a goose doesn’t really do the whole family; and that anyway, goose is a bit rich and fatty. So we have turkey, but always a good one and always delicious. Still, I do like goose: in the old days my mother would put the goose into the Rayburn as soon as she got home from Midnight Mass. That gave it 12 hours to cook very slowly, and by the time we sat down it was almost melting. Christmas dinner, it has to be said, is greater than the sum of its parts. Turkey is okay; so are chipolatas and roast potatoes and roast roots and bread sauce and sausagemeat stuffing and even Brussels sprouts, especially with chestnuts. But none of them measure up to caviar or foie gras – until you put them together and follow them with plum pudding and brandy butter. Then something magical happens and a collection of ingredients that are actually pretty humble become the best dinner of the year. Especially when I’ve cooked it myself (with a little help, where necessary, from my wife). Those are some of the things I like about Christmas. There are a lot of things that other people like – especially the Nativity, which you will notice I have avoided. Christmas is, by definition, a time for Christians. But not being a Christian doesn’t make one wholly materialistic: there is something a bit magical about Christmas that transcends the expensive presents and the too-much-dinner and the too-much-wine, even if you’re not a believer. We all need a little midwinter magic, whether you call it Christmas or Yule or the Winter Solstice. And we all need a little goodwill...

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COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW? Tom Jones once sang ‘Baby, it’s Cold Outside’, so as December descends why not curl up in front of the fire with our selection of books that will chill you to the bone…one way or another

Cold Mountain

Charles Frazier This is the story of two people: injured Civil War veteran Inman, and Ada, the woman who waits for him. To reach her, Inman must leave his hospital bed and walk the long way home to Cold Mountain. Of course, his epic journey means he encounters many a strange character along the way. Ada, meanwhile, has her own internal struggles to contend with as she battles with her upbringing and the future that Cold Mountain represents. This brilliant and beautifullywritten book is one everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You’ll be transported, without ever leaving your armchair.

Snow Falling on Cedars

David Guterson With his hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the wild nature of America’s Pacific Northwest, Guterson’s story of a murder soon reveals itself to be one of a complex love triangle. It’s 1954 and well-respected local fisherman, Carl Heine is found dead in one of his own fishing nets. Local Japanese-American, Kabuo Miyamoto is accused of killing him. In the grip of a terrible snowstorm, the town of San Piedro is forced into dealing with its recent history, 16 •

and a wave of Anti-Japanese sentiment following World War 2. To complicate the matter, the local newspaper reporter is in love with Kabuo’s wife. If the snow falls and covers everything, is all forgotten?

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote It’s 1959 and a Kansas family is brutally murdered. This hugely controversial book focuses on their two killers: Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Whilst there’s little doubt that the killing of a husband and wife, along with their two children, is despicable, Smith and Hickock come across as alarmingly normal and recognisable. Capote has written a very clever true crime work of non-fiction, brought to us in the style of a novel. The whole thing is a bit disturbing really...and at the same time, you just can’t put it down.

Into Thin Air

John Krakauer Sometimes the most extraordinary stories we read are those that are true. This is certainly the case in Krakauer’s account of 24 hours of hell at the top of Mount Everest. With photos documenting the scale of the ‘murderous storm’ that bore down on Krakauer and his fellow climbers, it’s clear to see

why five lost their lives. Dealing with the guilt that comes from surviving such a disaster whilst others didn’t, Krakauer’s writing is incredibly compelling and the retelling of the 1996 disaster will leave you gasping.

The Spy Who came in from the Cold

John le Carré Spymaster le Carré’s thriller has stood the test of time with reading audiences continuing to be gripped by the powerful combination of love and betrayal that would leave Daniel Craig running crying to his mummy. Set in 1960s Berlin, spy Alex Leamas is basically ready to throw in the towel. Of course, ‘one final assignment’ always spells disaster ahead. Is this really a case of ‘mission impossible’ and will he live to walk away from this one?

Frozen in Time

Ali Sparkes One for the younger readers is Ali Sparkes’ novel about two children who are ‘frozen in time’. Freddy and Polly were put into cryonic suspension in the 1950s by their father. But the experiment was only meant to be for a couple of hours; something went drastically awry. Enter Ben and Rachael, who unwittingly uncover the human ice-lollies. Suddenly it looks like the summer hols aren’t going to be so dull after all.

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Due to be released 13 Dec With Gandalf (Ian McKellen) missing, Baggins and the dwarves must make their way through the dangerous forest and encounter a variety of deadly creatures before they can lay their hands on the hoard of Smaug. But with the deadly dragon standing in the way, it is not going to be straight forward.


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our throat is sore, you can’t breathe through your nose and the only thing you want to do is watch TV all day under a duvet. But is it a cold or the flu? A cold: • Symptoms come on gradually • You feel worse on days 1 - 2, and usually better in a week • It doesn’t often cause a temperature or it’s brief and mild (not above 38°C) • Your nose tends to be painful, irritated and red • You will feel unwell, but not overwhelmingly tired • Sometimes you may also suffer from eye irritation, ear pressure or earache, mild headache and mild muscle pain. The flu: • Symptoms come on very rapidly • You usually feel worse after 2 or 3 days in, but improve after 5 or 6 days • You may have a temperature of 38°C or above, which comes on suddenly and can make you sweat, or give you ‘the chills’ • Your cough tends to be dry and chesty • Headaches are very common; muscles and joints may ache badly • You may develop diarrhoea • You may have difficulty sleeping, although you feel very tired. Both are highly contagious infections caused by viruses and there are only two ways to combat them, avoiding contact and boosting your immune system. 20 •

Avoiding Contact Think how many surfaces you touch; door handles, stair rails, taps, keypads when we enter our PIN. Now consider how many people have touched them before you. • Clean high-contact surfaces regularly and thoroughly • Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly, especially after touching your nose or mouth • Don’t share cutlery or cups • Cold and flu sufferers need their own hand towel or disposable paper towels • Use tissues; throwing them away immediately prevents virus-laden droplets escaping into the air. Boosting your immune system If you have a medical condition which can make flu more serious, or are over 65, pregnant or a carer, you should be offered the flu vaccine every autumn. There are also many foods and supplements that claim to help. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): There is no evidence that it prevents colds; but a regular daily dose may reduce how long your infection lasts and its severity. Zinc: Zinc appears to lessen symptoms and speed up recovery, if taken from the start. Sources: wheat germ, eggs, seafood. Garlic: Only one study has shown it prevents a cold or flu; once you’re infected, there’s no proof garlic helps. Leave for 20 minutes after peeling and

chopping to activate its immune boosting enzymes. Echinacea: A variety of preparations have been trialled with differing results. Some trials show that Echinacea takers are 30% less likely to develop a cold but there’s little evidence it helps once you’re ill. Glutathione and bioflavonoid: These help to maintain a healthy immune system, although there’s no cold or flu fighting evidence yet. Glutathione sources: watermelon, broccoli, cabbage. Bioflavonoid sources: cherries, green peppers, red onions. Selenium: Low levels of selenium have been linked to developing more severe flu, so maintain healthy levels. Sources: fish, nuts, mushrooms. Saline (salt water): Saline drops and sprays can reduce congestion and remove virus and bacteria particles. Do I need to see my GP? Usually, over the counter painkillers and decongestants plus plenty of rest and fluids will be all you need. But do see your GP if: • Symptoms last more than a week, or become much worse: very high temperature, severe headache, shortness of breath, coughing up blood or chest pain • You develop symptoms not typical of flu, such as a rash • You have a medical condition that is making your flu worse.

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Ginger Christmas Puddings Makes 6 Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes

These fruity mini puds flavoured with stem ginger are much lighter than a traditional rich Christmas pudding and don’t need to be made weeks in advance. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. 1. Butter six small pudding basins (each about

200ml capacity) and line the bases with circles of baking parchment.

INGREDIENTS • 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing • 175g self-raising flour • � tsp baking powder • 175g light muscovado sugar • 1 tsp each ground mixed spice and ground ginger • 3 large eggs • 100g dried mixed fruit • 50g glace cherries, chopped • 50g stem ginger, finely chopped • 4 tbsp stem ginger syrup • Softly whipped cream or brandy butter, to serve

Place the butter, flour, baking powder, sugar, 2. spices and eggs in a large mixing bowl and

beat together with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until pale and creamy. Fold in the dried mixed fruit and two-thirds of the cherries and stem ginger.

Divide the mixture evenly between the 3. prepared pudding basins then cover each basin with a circle of greased and pleated baking parchment and secure with string. Cover each basin with pleated foil.

Stand the basins in a roasting tin and pour in 4. enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into a pudding comes out clean.

Leave the puddings to stand for 10 minutes 5. then turn out onto serving plates. Mix the

remaining cherries and ginger with the stem ginger syrup and spoon over the puddings. Serve with cream or brandy butter.

TIP For a boozy flavour, gently heat the stem ginger syrup with 1-2 tbsp of rum or brandy then pour over the hot puds just before serving. 24 •

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The Stamford Bridge Singers will be making an eagerly-awaited return to the Bar Convent in Blossom Street, York on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm to perform a programme of music and readings for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany entitled “Gaudete!”. The beautiful chapel of the Bar Convent is an ideal setting for what promises to be a moving and inspiring seasonal concert. The Singers will be conducted as always by Michael Wiles and the accompanist on this occasion will be Geoffrey Coffin. Tickets, costing £10 to include wine and mince pies, will be available from 1st November from the Bar Convent on 01904 643238, Further details of the event can be found on the website: www.stamfordbridgesingers. or by ringing Rosemary on 01904 787181.


The Stamford Bridge Singers will perform a seasonal programme entitled “A Dickens of a Christmas” in aid of the Derwent Lions Club at Sutton on Derwent Village Hall on Friday 13th December at 7.30pm. The evening’s entertainment will feature some


wonderful seasonal music, with tunes both old and new, together with evocative readings from works by Charles Dickens. As usual, the Singers will be conducted by Michael Wiles and the accompanist on this occasion will be Nicholas Haigh. Tickets, price £10, to include mulled wine and mince pies, will be available from 1st November by contacting Rosemary on 01904 787181. Further details at www.

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Create the Roadmap for Your Business in 2014 As we head into the end of the year it’s a great time to reflect on what you’ve achieved in 2013. What have been your biggest achievements? What could you have done better? How much profit have you made? Using these ‘learnings’ will help you to start thinking about the areas you need to improve in 2014. The New Year is a great time to be setting goals. In business you should definitely identify financial goals including a turnover and most importantly a profit goal. Being in business is about making a profit so ensure you know what you want to achieve. Successful businesses focus on quality of service delivery, so it’s a good time to ensure your customers come to you for great service rather than the cheapest price. Based on your financial goals you should then be able to set some Key Performance Indicators that will help you to track your performance and ensure you are able to make adjustments to your plan along the way. Goal setting isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so why not come along to our ‘Goal Setting Workshop’ on Tuesday 7th January, which can give you that much needed push to set goals for 2014! We also offer attendees who are serious about growing their business a Complimentary Business Review. For more information give me a call on the number below.

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YORK • DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE 97 Blind Image specialises in conservatory blinds where getting the correct shading solution is essential to maintain a comfortable and usable room. expert advice is on hand to ensure your blinds will be perfect. Samples of stock fabrics are available to take home or to a local carpet, decorating or interiors shop to check colour and shade suitability. The friendly team can also provide you with a free on-site measuring service, bringing a vast selection of fabrics for you to co-ordinate with your furnishings. There is then a free quotation for the total price of your blind including free fitting. Instead of employing shop-only staff, the showroom is manned by an experienced member of the manufacturing team or factory manager who has over 25 years of experience in manufacture and fitting of all types of blinds. This also means that costs can be kept to a minimum and prices are very competitive. The showroom carries the largest stock of roller blinds, vertical blinds and pleated conservatory blind fabric in the York area as well as the largest stock of blind hardware components. This allows the company to make blinds for the same day if required.

Tony says “We are also in a position to offer a repair service for a wide range of blinds (usually ones not made by us). We also re-cover roller blinds, supply replacement louvres for vertical blinds and re-string wooden venetian blinds, aluminium venetian blinds and pleated blinds.” If you require just one blind or a hundred blinds, Blind Image is there to help with a perfect finishing touch to your decor. Blind Image, Auster Road, Clifton Moor, York Tel: 01904 693069

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NEW ‘VI CAFE AND CATCH-UP’ FOR ADULTS WITH SIGHT LOSS Come and meet other people with sight loss for coffee and cake in a friendly informal setting. Information and advice about sight loss services will be available to help you. The next cafes will run on: • Wednesday 20 November, 18 December 2013 and 15 January, 19 February and 19 March 2014 • Drop-In anytime between 10:00am – 12:00noon • Coffee, tea, cake and more available for a small donation • Venue: Conference Room, Wilberforce Trust HQ, Huntington, York For further information please contact Anne Parkinson 01904 760037 or email Copy deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 7th January


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Citreon Grand C4 Picasso

By James Baggott, MD of

Citroen wants to make MPVs desirable and has created the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso to fit the bill. But can it really manage it? WHAT IS IT?

Citroen is patting itself on the back after its new five-seat Picasso has attracted more than 2,800 orders from UK buyers this year, 300% more than the French firm was forecasting. And now the company is getting très excité with the arrival of this new seven-seat version called the Grand C4 Picasso with tweaked styling at the front and a totally different rear. Over the old Grand Picasso, this car’s wheelbase is 11cm longer but crucially for any supermarket car parking, it’s only 1cm longer in overall size than the old model.


There are two petrols both co-developed with BMW and 1.6-litres in capacity. They come with power outputs of 120bhp and 156bhp, the latter being turbocharged. But of far more relevance to UK buyers are the diesels. There are two 1.6-litre units with 92bhp and 115bhp power outputs. While the lowerpowered diesel impressively emits just 98g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed 74.3mpg, we only had the opportunity to drive Citroen’s brand new 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. It pushes out a healthy 148bhp and yet manages 67mpg and 110g/km (or 117g/km when the six-speed automatic gearbox 34 •

is fitted). It’s the engine that makes the most sense in a car this size, but it isn’t the quietest unit around.


Citroen hasn’t confirmed specification levels yet but our test car was the top-of-therange Exclusive+ model and gave a strong indication of what we can expect. Inside, the car had limo-levels of kit including Star Trek-style seats with fabulously comfortable headrests and a footrest for the front-seat passenger. Our car also had as standard two colour info displays, two-tone leather upholstery, a powered tailgate and keyless entry and start, and every Grand C4 Picasso comes with Bluetooth, alloys and USB connectivity. Cars can also be specced with Citroen’s new 360-degree camera system and a park assist feature which helps drivers parking in tight spots by controlling the steering. There’ll be four trims and eight body colours, and indicative prices range from £19,200 for the VTR VTi 120 to £27,900 for the BlueHDi 150 automatic Exclusive+.


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• Model: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso BlueHDi 150 Exclusive+ 6-spd manual • Price: £27,000 (TBC) • Engine: 2.0-litre, fourcylinder, diesel • Power: 148bhp 370NM • Max speed: 130mph • 0-60mph: 9.5 seconds • MPG: 63mpg • Emissions: 110g/km CO2 include the Ford Grand C-Max, Renault Grand Scenic and new cars such as the Kia Carens. The Citroen has style in spades compared to the competition.


Gone is the overwhelming feeling of fragility and in comes a sense of robustness. The Grand C4 Picasso’s ride is the car’s piece de resistance; it really mixes a floaty ride with capable body control admirably well. It’s definitely the most stylish and classy car in its segment thanks to Germanic shoulder lines and distinctive LED lights at the front. The interior is a step-up too however we’re not fans of the infotainment system. The lack of buttons looks great but fiddling with features is a chore. Got the sat-nav on? You’ll have to come out of that menu and into another one for temperature controls via the touch-sensitive buttons. Meanwhile, our pick would be the six-speed manual as the auto’ is not the smoothest.


There’s no denying Citroen has pulled off a masterstroke here. With the two rows of seats folded flat, this car has 2,181-litres on offer making it the most stylish mini van around.

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A BETTER LIFE THE JOLLY AND THE LIVELY by Derek Thompson In our village the festive season starts early though not as early as in some shops. At the beginning of December two trees are set up and festooned with lights. Our Festive Fayre (I’m still not sure why it’s spelt that way) is timed to allow for the vagaries of Royal Mail, and is an event both communal and competitive.


lliances and feuds are renewed like wedding vows, with a mixture of enthusiasm and ceremony. Table spaces are as hotly contested as parking spaces, and as arbitrarily assigned by the committee. Stalls include a lot of handicrafts and self-sufficiency - woodturning, preserves, knitwear, cakes, beading and, of course, a profusion of plants and produce, which are silently - and sometimes not so silently critiqued by villagers and visitors taking a turn. Still, by the time the mulled wine and mince pies start to circulate, there’s a rosy glow of one kind or another and peace is restored - at least until the village quiz that evening. Meantime, the raffle is a perfect example of recycling. Some residents on receiving their prizes must immediately plot to gift-wrap them for the following year. This explains the skin lotion we won that was five years past its best before date. Cometh the hour, cometh the quiz. Few villagers let me forget my first quiz, where, having only 36 •

recently swapped my townie sensibilities for a straw hat, I’d never heard of potato chitting. Or that I insisted bananas are herbs (look it up if you don’t believe me), so technically it’s a fruit and herb salad. Many of the quiz questions are horticultural, so tough luck if you’re not up to speed in the garden. Teams can be mixed but are generally based on: family ties, neighbourly proximity, previous success, or arriving late and fitting in where you can. It all begins jovially although once the rhubarb wine and other homemade concoctions kick in it can become a little heated and heckly. The difference between pictures of begonias and pelargoniums has never mattered more. By the time people roll out of the village hall, singing songs of joy as they go, the Christmas trees are at their twinkliest. Just as well because we only have two street lamps in the village. Closer to Christmas Day there is also a candlelit procession to the chapel, with a host of glowing jam jars lighting the way. One year someone dressed up as a snowman, but it unnerved

the children - and one elderly resident. Anne and I have avoided the carol service ever since ‘pulpitgate’, when we ended up gazing down upon the congregation due to a shortage of seating. Anecdotally, I heard that one or two villagers thought we lowered the tone - visually and audibly. In my book, winter is a time for thanksgiving, planning next year’s garden and reflection. We check the anti-frost fleece around the penstamon, passionflower and mesembryanthemum (try saying all that after a festive glass of port), and also take vulnerable plants and the dahlia bulbs indoors if things become chilly. One lesson we learned the hard way was not to have brussel sprouts and jerusalem artichokes together at the Christmas table. Let’s just leave it at that. Merry Christmas! Derek Thompson is a writer and humourist based in the West Country. His writing blog can be found at www.alongthewritelines.blogspot. com and he is also a regular at www.

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s many I am sure are aware, the origins of the modern day Santa Claus (or indeed Father Christmas, because we are British, thank you very much) derive from the historical figure of Saint Nicholas. Now, he may never have been known to fly reindeer across the globe in a single night, but according to almost a thousand years of myths and fables, the life of Saint Nick might just have been considerably more impressive. One of the most well-known fables about him involves a poor man, who couldn’t afford dowries for his daughters. Hearing of his plight, St. Nicholas went to the house, and threw purses full of money, one for each daughter, down the chimney. They landed in a stocking that was drying by the fire – which sounds oddly familiar somehow, don’t you think? Other folklore about him becomes much more interesting. For example, that time when he resurrected three children who had been killed by a butcher, pickled in brine, and were intended to be made into meat pies- Sweeney Todd-style. St. Nicholas prayed to God for the children, thus bringing them back to life again. Another time, he convinced a ship to unload some of its cargo of wheat in his town, promising them that they would not lose any of it. Once they arrived at their final destination, they had exactly the same amount of wheat as when they originally set off, despite the fact that they had unloaded almost two years’ worth of supplies to St. Nicholas. The wheat had magically been multiplied. Quite remarkable! He apparently never ate on a Wednesday or a Friday, and once, during a debate about the nature of God, he got up and slapped a high-ranking bishop across the face, almost losing his own bishop-hood. The excitement didn’t stop even after he died. His bones were robbed from their grave in Turkey, and half of his skeleton ended up in Bari, Italy. (In 2009, the Turkish government formally requested them back again.) The relics in Bari are said to leak a rose scented, clear liquid, which apparently has magical healing powers. Indeed, every year a flask of it is collected and sold. An analysis of the very same bones determined that the man was only five feet high, and had a broken nose. Even in death he is well remembered; Albanians swear by St. Nicholas, and Russian Orthodox churches sing about him every Thursday, not to mention he’s the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, bakers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers, students and more. Oh, and he’s also Santa Claus. - Ella

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YORK • DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE 97 you can often buy trained or part trained forms. When you are choosing fruit trees it’s essential to get them on the right rootstock as this determines the ultimate size and vigour of the tree. Apples are particularly complicated, but as a rule, for step-overs, cordons, dwarf bushes and trees in containers try the extremely dwarfing but somewhat tricky M27. But beware of weak varieties or any tree grown on this rootstock in a poor soil as it may well fail. For bush, cordon, espaliers and half-standard try the easier to look after dwarfing rootstock M26 and for a cordon or espalier on a poor soil, for arches and for bush trees try the semi-dwarfing MM106. You will need to choose the varieties you grow so that they can pollinate each other (if there is no suitable pollinator in the vicinity you will not get fruit) and on the basis of the taste and texture of the fruit and how well it stores. A good nursery will give you all the advice you need. If possible try fruits grown in other people’s gardens or perhaps even at the nursery itself, as that way you will be able to invest in some of the more unusual varieties and find the perfect combination of sweetness, texture and aroma that suits you. If you have space, it is good to grow apples for cooking as

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I arrived at the vets today feeling thoroughly relaxed after my holiday in France. I shot through the door, my tail wagging madly as I sought out my friends to tell them all about it. Phil was tanned and in good form as he always was when he returned from holiday, which I reckoned meant a few weeks grace before he started getting grumpy again. I was surprised at how busy the practice was. I expected that I would return to find everything exactly how it was when we left.

I was wrong! Lots had happened in the last few weeks. For a start there was a small border terrier in MY BED! Not only that, he had a lady friend in there with him! IN MY BED! He leapt up and ran at me yapping loudly followed closely behind by the female. I stood very still wagging my tail cautiously. I was not entirely sure I would like this pair especially given how noisy the male was and how I had found them in my bed as if they owned the place. They ran a few circles around me and then the female threw herself on her back at my feet. I decided I quite liked her after all. She was pretty and it was always nice to meet a new lady every once in a while, especially one so flirtatious. She can stay in my bed I thought! The noisy male introduced himself as Freddie and the lady as Mabel. Apparently they belonged to Vicky, the vet, who had been off work. Freddie explained that they had been coming to the practice for years but then Vicki had got so big she needed time off and the doctor had sent her home with a baby to help keep her busy. After baby George arrived Vicky got thin again but they had all had to stay at home for another year admiring baby George. Who, Mabel added, could be very noisy and had a tendency to try to grab their tails and eat their dog biscuits. I thanked my lucky stars that Phil

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Craig had never been in a long term relationship before. If he’d known way back in October when he first started seeing Tansy that she would still be around in December, he might have planned things better. To her credit Tansy had shown no signs over the last few weeks of either being annoying or being annoyed with him. Not only did she laugh at his jokes, she never complained when he played computer games all evening, and would even turn up on the frostiest of Sunday mornings to watch him play football. Craig didn’t like to jinx it but thought it was all going extraordinarily well. That was until the other day when, over the phone, Tansy dropped a bombshell. Her exact words were: “Do you mind if we give the cinema a miss tonight? I’m saving up to buy you something special for Christmas”. Three thoughts struck Craig as he hung up – the first was that Tansy still expected to be his girlfriend at Christmas and that was two whole weeks away, the second was that he had a bonus night off from boyfriend duty, and thirdly that if he hoped to still be seeing Tansy on Boxing Day he would also have to buy her a present, and he hadn’t budgeted for that. Not that Craig didn’t have any money. Recently he had been saving up to buy a particular pair of football boots. Craig realised he faced the first big test of his relationship: which to choose - the boots, which he loved, or Tansy, whom he rather liked. A Saturday spent Christmas shopping in town was no fun for even the most committed boyfriend. The shops were crowded and hot, but Craig came prepared. He congratulated himself for subtly 50 •

asking Tansy what she might like for Christmas, and was very pleased with her for hinting that she might like a new bag to go with her Christmas party outfit. Initially Craig believed that buying a bag could not be difficult, but after almost an hour trawling the department store, his confidence waned. He discovered that bags came in many sizes, colours and prices, and he realised that all he really knew about lady’s bags was that, according to his Gran, you were never supposed to look inside them. He regretted not paying more attention to Tansy’s taste in bags. In need of a break from all those bags, Craig headed to the Sports department. Here it was less crowded and the airconditioning was welcoming. Across the room on a Perspex plinth he saw his dream football boots beckoning; they were truly an object of beauty and Craig experienced a bittersweet ache. Underneath the stand he noticed a sign which read ‘Free bag with every purchase’. Free bag? Craig’s mouth went dry. Beside the sign was a black fabric drawstring bag, of the type he used to keep his school swimming kit in. Black, he remembered his Gran saying, goes with everything; could it go with Tansy’s Christmas party outfit? It was a good size, she could easily fit her purse and even her swimming kit in it. It was waterproof, which was also a bonus. He wondered if she would mind that it said ‘I Love Sport’ in red writing on it? Red was a very festive colour, and, he reasoned, she could always turn it inside out if she didn’t like that detail. Half an hour later, a triumphant Craig boarded the bus home carrying his brand new boots in Tansy’s bag. This Christmas, he thought, was going to be the best Christmas ever.

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FLAXTON GARDENING CLUB 20 JANUARY Claire Cadoux on Resolving Planting Issues Claire is now a consultant advising and researching old gardens, planting in difficult soils and places. Claire would like interactivity with members. Please bring your problems and questions. Flaxton Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome. Entry charge at the door (£1 for members and £2 for nonmembers). There is a small raffle at every indoor meeting.

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THE FORESTERS 13 DECEMBER Foresters Christmas Concert

Wigginton Recreational Hall. Tickets from Steve & Dee at £7.50 each. Tel : 01904 490440. This will follow the usual chaotic format of the past with everyone bringing their own drinks and supper and joining in the mayhem.


Wigginton Recreation Centre 10am – 1pm


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


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


8pm – 10pm. Add some sparkle to your Christmas and join members of Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing at the Milky Way Class, Dark Sky Discovery site of Dalby Forest


Get ready for a veritable cinematic feast in this exuberant Bollywood meets Hollywood tale of love and familial duty in modern India.

20TH DECEMBER Skyfall 12A

Daniel Craig returns as everybody’s favourite action hero but, for once, the limelight is on the enigmatic M (Judi Dench). Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.


At the Bar Convent in Blossom Street, York at 7.30pm. Performing a programme of music and readings for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany entitled “Gaudete!”. The Singers will be conducted as always by Michael Wiles and the accompanist on this occasion will be Geoffrey Coffin. Tickets, costing £10 to include wine and mince pies, will be

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available from 1st November from the Bar Convent on 01904 643238, email:reception@ Further details of the event can be found on the website: www. or by ringing Rosemary on 01904 787181.

13 DECEMBER A Dickens of a Christmas!

In aid of the Derwent Lions Club at Sutton on Derwent Village Hall at 7.30pm. The evening’s entertainment will feature some wonderful seasonal music, with tunes both old and new, together with evocative readings from works by Charles Dickens. Tickets, price £10, to include mulled wine and mince pies, will be available from 1st November by contacting Rosemary on 01904 787181. Further details at www.stamfordbridgesingers.


Stockton on the Forest Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £11 to include refreshments from: Margaret Berg 01904 491604 or Wendy Whitwell 01904 490758

WILBERFORCE TRUST 18 DECEMBER Huntington Carol Service

2-3.30pm at All Saints Church, Huntington. Wilberforce Trust staff,

sweets as gifts to friends and relatives. £60 for all 6 sessions including ingredients and tasty sweets to take home.

4 – 25 FEBRUARY Mosaics Class

volunteers and tenants of the Wilberforce supported housing in York, many of whom are blind and with other disabilities, invite members of the local community to join them for a carol service in the beautiful old All Saints Church in Huntington. Mince pies and coffee will be served after the service. Email a.parkinson@wilberforcetrust.

9 JANUARY – 13 FEBRUARY Seasonal Baking Course

For adults with disabilities including learning disabilities and visual impairments. 6 sessions. 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Enjoy some seasonal baking based around twelfth night, valentines day and spring. Come and learn some new skills in a comfortable, friendly, sociable setting with a qualified tutor. £60 for all 6 sessions including ingredients and tasty bakes to take home.

9 JANUARY – 13 FEBRUARY Sweets and Treats Course For adults with disabilities including learning disabilities and visual impairments. 6 sessions. 10am – noon. Enjoy making and eating your own sweets. Learn how to make sweets you can reproduce at home. We will also be making labels and presentation bags and boxes so you can give the

For adults with multiple disabilities including learning disabilities and visual impairments. 4 sessions. 10am – noon. Sessions will include basic techniques and an introduction to mosaics applied to a variety of surfaces. £45 for all 4 sessions including materials. For further information or to sign up for a course please contact Anne Parkinson on 01904 760037 or email a.parkinson@ by 2 January 2014. (or 28 January for the Mozaics Class) Or visit

YORKSHIRE MUSEUM OF FARMING 7 & 8 DEC, 14 & 15 DEC, 20 – 23 DECEMBER Santa Train Rides

In conjunction with Derwent Valley Light Railway. Take a train ride to meet Santa, a guided tour around Santa’s Village, including a visit to his house! Meet the Elves. Visit their workshops and enjoy the “ELF FASHION SHOW!” Children receive an early Christmas present. Adults a glass of Sherry & Mince Pie. Adults £6.00. Children £8.00. From 10am last admission strictly 3pm *Some of this event is outdoors so please wear sensible clothing & footwear! Visit for more details

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WHAT’S ON: Local events in York. JOSEPH ROWNTREE THEATRE Haxby Road, York , YO31 8TA. Tel : 01904 658197 7 – 14 DECEMBER Jack And The Beanstalk

A brand new rollicking romp of a panto! This summer, as you kick back and enjoy the BBQ summer, spare a little thought for the Power family. Not only are they contending with a Giant, intent on devouring the entire population, but the warm spell has left them without wind - and the sails on their Windmill aren’t going round. But never fear, Sola, Jack’s little brother has a plan for wind generation - that’s right- a bean based diet is the way forward. And who knows, if they can convince the Giant to turn veggie then everyone’s problems could be solved! With gags galore, big music and dance numbers and traditional slapstick Rowntree Players are once again promising a brand new rollicking romp of a panto!

Featuring the Tuesday Singers and regular soloists Jo Pears, George Horne and Yvonne Garside.

20 – 21 DECEMBER Gala Christmas Concert

Join all four of the Shepherd Group Brass Bands in their annual Christmas concert featuring many old favourites. Early booking is essential for this very popular concert.


Come and ‘Raise The Roof’ with The Steve Cassidy Band at Haxby Memorial Hall. 8pm to 11pm. Bar available. THIS IS A TICKET ONLY EVENT. Tickets must be prebooked! Please call Denise on 01904 761825. In Aid Of Haxby Memorial Halls’ Raise The Roof Appeal’.


CHRISTMAS AT PIGLETS, THE FARMERS CART 6 – 24 DECEMBER Sleigh rides to Santa’s Woodland Village.

Children choose a wonderful gift from Santa’s new Toy Shop. For prices, availability and to book tickets visit www.


From 10am – 12 noon at Holy Trinity Church, Stocktonon-the-Forest are holding a Christmas Coffee Morning in the Admin. Block of Stockton Hall Hospital (entry by front door only). There will be stalls, a raffle, competitions and Father Christmas is planning to be there. Admission is £1.00 and children are free.

S.P.A.R.T.S 6-8 FEBRUARY 2014 ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’ Pantomime

At Strensall Village Hall. Thursday 6th February 7.30pm Friday 7th February 7.30pm Saturday 8th February 2.30pm Adults £6 Concessions £3.50 Tickets available from Strensall Post Office from 1st January 2014.

7 DECEMBER 15 DECEMBER Christmas Music Night

7.30pm. Join us for an evening of Christmas Songs A selection of spiritual and secular Christmas music, including favourite carols.

1.30-4pm at Sheriff Hutton Village Hall. Enjoy Christmas shopping with mulled wine and mince pies at our Christmas Fayre. Phoenix cards, Usborne books, Neil’s Yard, Tilly’s Toybox, Sugar Mouse Confectionery, Gilly’s Jewellery, Cakes and much more!

ACTION COACH 7 JANUARY 2014 Business Course

‘Create the Roadmap for your

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Business’ at the Marriott Hotel. Booking is essential, please contact 01904 499618


10am – 12.30pm. Free admission. Tel Sarah on 01904 552677 or email strensall.


7.30pm At Sheriff Hutton Village Hall


7.30pm St. Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton Join us for wine and mince pies at 7.00 p.m., before enjoying a light-hearted evening of Christmas music and readings. Tickets: £10/£7(conc)/Children & students free. Tickets can be purchased for the Friday concert at Sheriff Hutton Post Office or tel. 01347 878180 For the concert in Malton tickets can be purchased on Friday and Saturday at Hoppers, Malton; Morlands, Pickering or tel 01653 691804 Also at the door from 6.45 p.m. if available.


‘Listen to the pictures’ (Part 3) by Allan Green and followed by Christmas Lunch at Forest Park

7 JANUARY 2014 ‘What use old bones’ by Matthew Collins.

ST NICHOLAS FIELDS 2 & 9 DECEMBER Gardening Club talks

2-4pm at St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue YO10 3ST

2 DECEMBER Talk on growing fruit trees in a small space and apple tasting 9 DECEMBER Christmas wreaths workshop

Non-club members over 55 are welcome to join in, provided that they book ahead. We may be able to arrange free transport for you if it would help you take part – please contact us. These events are part of a programme of activities funded by the Derwenthorpe Community Fund of Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Entry: free. For more information and bookings please call 01904 411821.

6 DECEMBER Music for St Nicks

7:30-9:30pm at Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate YO1 8NQ Popular vocal and instrumental music by Corelli, Rossini, Gershwin and others, performed by professional musicians David Hammond, Lucy Phillips, Catherine Strachan, Ellen Jordan and Thea Jacob, who are kindly At the Methodist Church Hall. 10am for 10.30am start. Usually finishing around noon.


donating their skills and time. All proceeds will go towards the children’s play area on St Nicks, which needs £8,000 worth of repairs and replacements. St Nicks is the green heart of York, centre for nature and green living. A big thank you goes to the main concert sponsor, musical instruments tutor Joseph O’Neill. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets: £10/£8 conc. on the door; £9/£7 in advance .

7 DECEMBER Winter Nature Walk

10:15am-12pm meet at St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue YO10 3ST Join St Nicks Wildwatch volunteers for a gentle wintery stroll through the nature reserve. Find out which birds have come for a winter visit from overseas and what the resident wildlife gets up to when it’s cold and wet, and we humans want to be indoors. The Environment Centre will be open for hot drinks during the event. Between 10am-1pm all welcome to browse our little shop for upcycled Christmas presents. This is a Healthwatch York event. Entry: £2.50 adults/ £1.50 children/ free to members. Suitable for families For all the above events please book ahead on 01904 411821 or www.

‘Music For Everyone’

A benefit concert for Friends of York Hospitals. Light classical, show tunes, festive favourites. 7.30pm at Clifton Parish Church. Admission £7.50 which includes interval refreshments. Tickets available in advance

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WHAT’S ON: Local events in York. from FOYH, Volunteer & Fundraising office at York Hospital. Tel 01904 726762 or from the YLO Secretary on 01904 870759

York, YO31 7EX. 7.30pm. Non-members welcome. Entrance £2.50 Group members, £3.00 non members.

Please visit www.yorkscot., where full information regarding all activities can be obtained. Please contact Sue on to reserve your tickets.

COMMONGROUND TOURING THEATRE 1 FEBRUARY 2014 A Winters Tale by William Shakespeare.

ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS, YORK LOCAL GROUP. 10 DECEMBER Illustrated talk on “Birding in Nepal” by Tom Lawson Temple Hall, York St. John University, Lord Mayors Walk,

Adapted by Hannah Davies & Tom Cornford 7.30pm – 10pm. At Poppleton Tithe Barn,Manor Farm Church Lane, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6LF. Go to www. commongroundtouringtheatre. for more details.



A musical celebration of Christmas. 7pm. Enjoy a friendly evening of song and laughter at Strensall Methodist Church. Tickets £7 including supper from Patricia on 491056

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YORK • DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE 97 ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES CLAXTON & SAND HUTTON KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Contact Rachel: 07970 956022. CRAFT AND CHAT GROUP Contact: 01904 762255. EWENIQUE MACHINE KNITTING CLUB Contact 01904 399697. FLAXTON GARDENING CLUB Indoor meetings are held in Flaxton Village Hall and commence at 7.30 pm. HAXBY & WIGGINTON FLOWER CLUB In Wigginton Recreational Hall, Wigginton YO32 2PU. Contact Janet Pepper on 01347 823601 HAXBY & WIGGINTON GARDENING CLUB. Contact Ginny, Secretary: 01904 768516. HAXBY & WIGGINTON KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Contact Clare: 079800 26690. HUNTINGTON PETANQUE CLUB Call Dennis Woodcock on (01904) 762698 or Sheila on (01904) 768849. HUNTINGTON BRIDGE CLUB Contact Marianne: 01904 761892. HUNTINGTON OVER SIXTIES CLUB Contact Sonia: 01904 632782. NEW EARSWICK BRIDGE CLUB Contact: 01904 760639. NEW EARSWICK CAMERA CLUB Contact: NEW EARSWICK SWIMMING CLUB Contact: 01904 768163 or visit www.newearswicksc. or ring Coaching enquiries: 01904 765397 or email memberships@newearswicksc. NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY GROUP Contact Bryan: 01904 764648 or email: www. SILVER SONG BOX

Contact Thea Jacob on 01904 634390 STRENSALL ST MARY’S ART GROUP Telephone 01904 492217 or 01904 490079 STRENSALL BRIDGE CLUB Strensall Village Hall, Thursday at 7pm For non-serious bridge. Contact John: 01904 769618.


ADVICE & SUPPORT AGE UK YORK Contact: 01904 627995or visit

STRENSALL DINING GROUP Contact: 01904 490987.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SOCIETY Road, Heslington, York YO10 5BN Contact: 01904 658106 or 01904 799773 or visit www. or email:

STRENSALL READING GROUP Contact Sarah: 01904 490876 or Pam: 01904 764518.

BREATHE EASY YORK Contact Sue: 01904 410 003 or visit www.

YORK AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Meets each Thursday at 8pm at the Bishopthorpe Social Club in Bishopthorpe.

CANCER CARE CENTRE The Centre is open Mon to Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm. Contact: 01904 721166.

YORK BONSAI SOCIETY. Contact: Andy 01757 268145.

CITIZEN ADVICE BUREAU Free and confidential advice. Contact: 0844 826 9705 or visit

YORK CAVING CLUB Contact: 07747 063181 or visit www.yorkcavingclub. or email: info@ YORK LADIES CIRCLE See our website We are also on Facebook & Twitter YORK MODEL BOAT CLUB As of March 2014 we meet at Heworth Rugby Club every 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm. We sail at Laytham Caravan Park YO42 4PS. Four Regatta’s are held each year. Two at Rowntrees Park and two at Laytham. We are a friendly group and new members are always welcome. Contact Ray 01904 702480 Contact Steve: 01904 424155 or YORK PHILATELIC SOCIETY Contact Richard Billinge: 01904 411455 or richard. or Tony: 01904 411378 or or Trevor: 01904 764140 or YORKSHIRE MINIATURISTS ASSOCIATION Contact Ann: 01757 288974 or Elizabeth: 01904 795361.

HALVES Lost your other half? If so, we meet for a friendly chat over refreshments? Trinity Methodist Church, Monkgate, York. Contact Margaret: 01904 415894 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY YORK BRANCH Contact: 01904 758577 or visit uk/York OAKEN GROVE SURFERS Contact: 01904 769176. OLDER CITIZENS ADVOCACY YORK – OCAY Contact: 01904 676200 or e-mail ocay@btconnect. com. PARKINSONS UK Contact Jayne, Information& Support Officer: 0844 225 36 32 or Kate: 01904 758355. REFLECT Gateway centre, Acomb, Contact: 01904 676710 or visit or www.careconfidential. com. SAMARITANS OF YORK & DISTRICT 89 Nunnery Lane, York YO23 1AH. Contact: 01904 655888 or 08457 90 90 90 or visit

SHOPMOBILITY IN YORK 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 : or visit YORK AND DISTRICT PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Contact Gordon: 01904 491141 or Jill: 01904 708490 or visit YORK CORONARY SUPPORT GROUP TRUST For more information please email brookes371@ or visit www. YORVIK GATEWAY CLUB. Contact Club Leader Debbie: 0791 9191372. YORK RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP (YORKRA) Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York. Contact: 01904 642227.

ANIMALS & WILDLIFE HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE Contact: 01844 348100 or email info@hearingdogs. or visit ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS YORK LOCAL GROUP Contact: 01904 794865 or visit

ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDS OF ST NICHOLAS FIELDS York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. Contact: 01904 411821. HAXBY AND WIGGINTON YORK IN TRANSITION Contact: 01904 760659. RIVER FOSS SOCIETY. Contact the Secretary: 01904 768071 or visit www. YORK ROTTERS Contact: 01904 412861 or email rotters@stnicksfields. • 01653 658776 • 59

FUNDRAISING BRITISH RED CROSS Contact Linda: 01904 692550 or Helen: 01904 693027. FRIENDS OF YORK HOSPITALS. Contact Friends Office: 01904 726762 or email friendsofyorkhospital@york. MYASTHENIA GRAVIS LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP Contact Ron, Chairman: 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or email RNLI GALTRES FOREST BRANCH Please contact Sue Lowe on 01904 491133 or

HISTORY CITY OF YORK AND DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Contact Mike: 01904 767013 or visit HAXBY & WIGGINTON LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Contact Ian: 01904 768516. STRENSALL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 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 Contact: 01904 552660.

MUSIC & THEATRE CITY OF YORK PIPE BAND Contact Laura, Pipe Major: 01904 763243 or John: 01423 879519. FRIENDS OF YORK THEATRE ROYAL. Contact Membership Secretary/York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD or visit friends@ HAXBY SINGERS. Contact Lynn: 01904 769838 or Margaret: 01904 761618. IN-2-ACTING Contact 01904 769176 or STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS To hire us or to join the 60 •

choir please email: info@ stamfordbridgesingers. or visit www. stamfordbridgesingers.btck. THE SHEPHERD GROUP BRASS BAND Ring Charles: 07802 190250. YORK CONCERT BAND . Contact the Secretary, Jill: 01904 629065.

TINY STEPS TODDLER GROUP Contact: 01904 442826 TREASURE CHEST Contact: or YORK FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE Contact: 01904 554628 or text ‘info’ to 07624 802244.


YORK LIGHT ORCHESTRA Contact the secretary: 01904 870759 or visit www.

2ND HAXBY & WIGGINTON SCOUT GROUP Contact Linda Parkinson: 01904 769167.


HAXBY MOOR GIRL GUIDING Contact Helen Feeten: 01904 762926

EARWIGS, NEW EARSWICK Centre information champion, on 01904 552646. HAXBY PLAYGROUPS Contact: 01904 768966 or email or visit www. LITTLE FISHES Hurst Hall, Strensall. Contact Claire: 01904 499684 THE WONDER YEARS Contact: 01904 758717 HUNTINGTON PRESCHOOL & TODDLERS Contact Lynne: 01904 765017 or email enquiries@ ORCHARD PARK PRE-SCHOOL Contact Sandra: 07407 700315 or 01904 626361. SHERIFF HUTTON PLAYGROUP Contact: 07717 799646. SHERIFF HUTTON BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP. Contact Margaret: 01347 878314. SHIPTON PRE-SCHOOL & TODDLERS. Contact: 07546 571089. SINNINGTON PRE SCHOOL Contact Kerry or Suzanne: 07799727656. STOCKTON LANE PLAYGROUP Contact Fiona: 07746 806426. STRENSALL PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP Contact Sarah: 01904 492937 or email

1ST HEWORTH SCOUT GROUP Contact Matthew on 07974901386 or visit for more info. 29TH YORK (HUNTINGTON ALL SAINTS) RAINBOWS Contact Stephanie Easton: 07875 541520 CHRISTCHURCH SCOUT GROUP (STOCKTON LANE) Contact Wendy Davis: 07808 882749 STOCKTON ON THE FOREST SCOUT GROUP Contact Kath Shapcott: 01904 421096. AIR CADETS, EASINGWOLD Contact: 2487@aircadets. org

SOCIETIES HAXBY & WIGGINTON PROBUS CLUB Contact Mike: 01904 769507. HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A Contact John: 01904 769618. STRENSALL WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Contact: 01904 490758. WIGGINTON & HAXBY OVER SIXTIES Contact Lilian, Secretary: 01904 769993 WIGGINTON & HAXBY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Contact Mrs Graves: 01904 750570.

SPORTS CLUBS BADMINTON CLUB Contact Nick: 01904 481039 or Keith: 07770 874996 or nick.roberts@ or keithmayhew@hotmail. com HAXBY SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB Contact Ian: 07909 991541or www.haxbykarate. or info@haxbykarate. HAXBY TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Contact Neil: 01904 761908. HEWORTH TENNIS CLUB www.heworthtennisclub. or email HUNTINGTON JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Contact Karl: 07896 674299 or Contact Jason: 07714471271 NEW EARSWICK CRICKET CLUB Contact Paul: 07533655470 or paul.stimpson3@ or Matt: 07885282937 or HAXBY NETBALL CLUB Contact the secretary, Alison: 01904 612268 or 07751 984840 or Val: 07708 050307. HUNTINGTON MILLERS NETBALL CLUB Contact Club’s secretary Pam: 07547 095 603 or junior section, Audrey Smith: 01904 761641. NEW EARSWICK TENNIS CLUB Contact Joanne: 07835 948593 HUNTINGTON MILLERS NETBALL CLUB We are a well-established club who are looking to further develop our junior section which encompasses school years 6 to 11. Training is held every Thursday night, indoors at Huntington Comprehensive from 6pm to 9pm during the school term. The age groups are split into 1 hour sessions this enables us to coach to their ability and develop their skills. We have had great success with our juniors in the local

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YORK • DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE 97 league, known as ‘Netball York’, approximately once a month they play competitive matches indoors at York University. There is a progression pathway to Academy and Regional Competitions, which players have successfully participated. Our coaches are CRB checked, ex-netballers who are keen to pass on their knowledge and skills. If you would like further information, please contact Audrey Smith 01904 761641 / 07936 746 439 / 07547 095 603 PARTNERSHIP GYMNASTICS CLUB Contact Ruth: 07886926420. SANDBURN HALL BADMINTON CLUB. Contact Stephen: 01904 490440. STRENSALL COMMUNITY YOUTH AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION Contact: 07951 920308 or STRENSALL FOOTBALL CLUB. Contact Clare Inkster on 07932 392231 STRENSALL LAWN BOWLING CLUB Contact Annette, Secretary: 01904 492807 STRENSALL SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS Contact Jackie: 01904 492993. TERRINGTON LAWN BOWLS CLUB Contact: 01653 619276 emsg1967-bowls@yahoo. WIGGINTON BOWLING CLUB Contact Colin: 01904 760877 or colin.ellis23@ WIGGINTON GRASSHOPPERS Contact Richard, FA Level 1 instructor: 07814 266987. YORK HOTSHOTS CHEERLEADING CLUB . Contact Anna: 07507638804 or e-mail


Contact Fiona: 01904 468773. HAXBY MEMORIAL HALL Contact or ring the caretaker: 01904 764358. HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HALL Contact the Caretaker: 01904 760044. OAKEN GROVE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Contact Paul: 01904 769176. ORCHARD PARK HALL Ring Peter on 01904 640632 SAND HUTTON AND CLAXTON VILLAGE HALL Contact: 01904 468001 STOCKTON-ON-THE-FOREST VILLAGE HALL Contact: 01904 400409. THE OLD SCHOOL, WIGGINTON. Contact John and Wendy Jeffery 01904 760764 or email:

The St Andrew Society of York The St Andrew Society of York, founded in 1894, draws its members from the city and its surrounding districts and villages. It is non-profit making and has no religious affiliation. Membership is open to persons of Scottish origin and others, not necessarily Scottish, who have a sincere and positive interest in the country’s heritage, culture and traditions. Annual formal dress functions include a St Andrew’s Day Dinner, held in November, and a Burns Night Dinner Dance, which will take place on Saturday 25th January 2014. Both events include an element of Scottish Country Dancing, are normally held at York Racecourse, and attract large attendances. Guests at Burns Night include the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of York.

YORK RAMBLERS Visit the website or phone 01904-628134.

Other, less formal, events involve a Coffee Morning, a Summer BBQ, the President’s Reception, a Hogmanay Party and a Ceilidh, the latter being held jointly with the York Scottish Country Dancing Club. Proceeds from the coffee morning, and from raffles at other events, are donated to the President’s chosen charity. A new President is elected each year and he/ she is supported by a Council, which is largely responsible for organising functions. There is also a Ladies Society, members of which meet for informal luncheons on the second Thursday of each month from October to May at the Knavesmire Manor Hotel.

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Many members have migrated to York through employment, or for family reasons, and have then chosen to make this historic city and its outstanding environs their permanent home. Consequently, the society reflects an eclectic mix of personalities, among whom many personal friendships have been established.

WALKING GROUPS 2ND SUNDAY RAMBLING CLUB Contact Helen: 01904 782891 or Hazel: 01904 760897. WIGBY WALKERS Contact Joyce: 01904 762605.

The Society is always eager to attract new members, particularly from younger age groups, who will be made most welcome, and who will then have the opportunity to participate in truly enjoyable social occasions. The Society has a website at www., where full information regarding all activities can be obtained. Anyone interested in joining should contact the Secretary, Mrs Sue Marshall, on 01904 781504.


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David Edgar Solid Fuels and Haulage.............................39 GARAGE DOORS ABI Garage Doors..............40 Hobman Garage Doors.......13 GARDENS Marks Garden Services......45 Rock and Stone York Ltd.....45 Vertigrow...........................28 York Landscapes & Maintenance......................44 GRAPHIC DESIGN Number 23........................26 HAIRDRESSING Caren Vollans Hair Design...22 HEALTH Samantha Lambert Podiatry... ........................................21 INSURANCE NFU Mutual.........................3 INTRODUCTION AGENCY Connections......................19 JOINERS Joinery and Property Services. ........................................51 KITCHENS & BEDROOMS Aqua-space.......................64 Dream Doors Ltd...............11 Instyle Kitchens Ltd..............5 LANGUAGES Spanish Tuition..................22 MARKETS Castle Howard Craft & Local Produces Markets..............28 Hovingham Village Market..14 MOBILE PHONES Mobile Phone Reviews.......51 MOBILITY MV Mobility.......................23 NURSERIES & CHILDCARE Flaxton Village Nursery.......18 York Montessori Nursery.....33 OPTICIANS Haxby Opticians.................21 OVEN CLEANING Kitchen Rescue..................51 Ultraclean..........................39 PAINTING & DECORATING Dave Kavanagh Painting & Decorating.........................51 R Barker Painting & Decorating.........................51 PETS Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic... ........................................41 Station House Vets.............47

PLASTERING ABM Plastering & Tiling......46 PLUMBING & HEATING DJC Plumbing, Heating and Gas Engineers...................37 Gas Servicing by Gemma...51 GW Plumbing......................2 Haxby Plumbing & Heating.51 MB Plumbing.....................13 PLUMBING - GENERAL Ken Hamilton Plumber & Tiler. ........................................47 Plumbing by Taylor.............51 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE A Plus Property Maintenance.. ..........................................9 Crystal Clear Home Improvements......................7 HC Engineering Ltd............10 SM Maintenance................39 Yorkshire Home & Property Services............................14 RENEWABLE ENERGY Peak Power Systems..........12 Roofing & Guttering................ BMB Fibreglass Flat Roofs Ltd ..........................................6 John Pletts Roofing............47 Ultimate Plastic Solutions...47 SPORTS York Golf Range.................32 TILING ABM Plastering & Tiling......46 Ken Hamilton Plumber & Tiler. ........................................47 TREE SURGEONS Bartlett Tree Experts...........43 Tree and Woodland Services... ........................................43 Yorkshire Tree Surgeons Ltd... ........................................42 VETS Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic... ........................................41 Station House Vets.............47 WASTE Acomb Waste Disposal.......44 WINDOWS, DOORS & CONSERVATORIES Cloudy2Clear.......................9 Crystal Clear Home Improvements......................7 Inceil Conservatory Insulation Solutions...........................17 Instyle Windows.................15 Millennium Windows............9 Ultimate Plastic Solutions...47 Window Distribution Ltd........3

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