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LIVE&LOVE STAR Natalie Milner Jeremy Peircy Lauren Turner Jennifer Grimble Paul Martin Jamie Brook

The amazing front cover this month is thanks to Will Vincent! We hope you like it as much as we do.





So how well behaved have you been this year eh? Will you be waking up to find a lump of coal in your stocking or a gleaming pile of beautiful presents found in our lovingly prepared gift pages? Now that November is upon us it’s time for all things festive and we’ve packed this double issue full of spirit. The next two months are all about spending time with loved ones and those you care about so take some time out to enjoy their company and curl up on the sofa with a copy of Live&Love. If you’re having trouble finding that perfect gift for that special someone then look no further for inspiration galore. We’ve done our homework and left the conventional ideas behind (no one really wants socks). So surprise the ones you love with something unexpected this year, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, trust us. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year and we’ll see you in January! Find us on facebook Follow us on twitter PUBLISHED BY: Live&Love Limited, SCY Phoenix Centre, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX © Live&Love Ltd 2010

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BONFIRE NIGHT WITH A DIFFERENCE How does a bonfire night free of muddy boots and craning necks sound this year? York Minster is giving 90 people, aged five or above, the opportunity to watch a dramatic display of fireworks from its central tower. As it will arguably provide the most spectacular views of fireworks within York, tickets will get snapped up quickly so make sure you act fast and don’t miss out! There are three trips, once every hour from 6.30pm on 5th November. Tickets are available from the York Minster box office at or by phone on 0844 939 0015. IMAGE:


Join in with the once in a lifetime fun and do your bit to help turn the Historic walls of York pink for charity! This Breast Cancer initiative aims to knit enough scarves to cover every inch of the wall: 2,832 scarves measuring 150cm by 15cm. People have joined the quest from far and wide in order to cover the two and a half mile length wall to raise awareness for Cancer research. Anybody who wants to take part in this unique challenge can pick up a knitting kit from Ramshambles, the Shambles, for just £5. Plus ‘Down the Line’ meets the first Monday of every month at St Denys’ Church Hall, Walmgate.



NRM GREAT HALL REVAMPED It has been announced that the National Railway Museum will be closing its Great Hall for an entire year as it undergoes a £21m redevelopment. Trains will be relocated as it becomes NRM+, offering new multimedia and multi-sensory displays that promise to enhance the visitor’s experience. The rest of the museum will remain open and it looks as if NRM are as keen as ever to keep events and exhibitions alive while the work is in progress. Work on NRM+ is due to begin in 2012 so pay them a visit now! IMAGE:

Discussions are currently underway concerning a potential move for the Clifford Street Fire Station. So far there are three possible new locations being considered, including the old coach park on Kent Street, and on a site by the Barbican. Others believe that the money would be better spent improving the existing fire station due to its good location and presumably lower cost. Presently the Ouse-side vicinity allows the fire service boat to be released quickly and efficiently. It also contains two engines, a turntable ladder, and a boat, in contrast to the smaller proposed new build. The debate continues. IMAGE: Howard Pulling on Flickr



Saturday 11th December 11am to 6pm Sunday 12th December 11am to 3pm

You can feel Christmas in the air and there’s nothing quite like it. It’s a truly magical time when York comes to life. The Festival of Angels transforms some of York’s most unique streets into a winter wonderland filled with beautiful ice-sculptures.

The Quarter, better known as Swinegate, Back Swinegate, and Grape Lane, is home to the Christmas festival as it has been for the past 10 years. It’s a lovely story really, the local businesses organise the festival for the residents and tourists to say thank you for all their custom throughout the year, now that’s real Christmas spirit! The ice-sculptures are simply stunning and the perfect way to start your festive celebrations. Sip some deliciously hot mulled wine whilst snow flakes are sprinkled from overhead. It’s always a white Christmas at The Festival of Angels! Take some time to explore the streets with their eclectic shops and array of wonderful bars and restaurants. Why not make your visit even more memorable with some al fresco dining whilst enjoying the street entertainment.

Fancy meeting Santa? Well keep an eye out, because he’ll be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the festival, then on Sunday you can follow the amazing Parade of Angels, led by the beautiful Golden Angel. Tell us what you’ve been getting up to





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Jonathan Cotton “Realising that “I’ve got Santa on speed dial” actually works instantly on my 4yr old’s mood!”

Alice Rawlings “Arriving in York station on a freezing night to see the Salvation Army playing carols & the Minster illuminated in the distance!”

Helena Tallack “Stumbling across hedges full of wild berries and gathering them to concoct lashings of sloe gin and bramble brandy in time for a very merry Christmas”


Kate Lock “Playing Christmas carols at York Station with the York RI Golden Rail Band and seeing the smiling faces of passengers as they come off the train and think, ‘Now it’s really Christmas’.” 9

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There’s nothing quite like a personalised touch where presents are concerned. Make someone feel special by taking the time to adorn their gift with a gorgeous tag and some ribbon. It’s so simple but will mean so much.


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Charms from £25-£45 Joining forces with Northern Ballet, Azendi have captured the ethereal beauty of dance in a unique range of nine sterling silver charms. 20% of the profits from sales of these charms will go towards the development of Northern Ballet’s new home at Quarry Hill, Leeds. These little pieces of luxury are rich with meaning, making them a wonderful gift idea.

Triwa Watches

Love Letter

Pendant £49 Personalised jewellery is hot at the moment. These diamond adorned letter pendants are fashioned from Sterling silver – perfect for wearing in a pair to spell out initials.

Naked Brasco £125 New to the York store this winter are the fresh, exciting and colourful TRIWA watches. Made with the belief that the watch is as much a fashion accessory as a time keeping device. They make a lovely gift for the lady in your life, just in time to wear with that beautiful New Year’s Eve outfit!


words by Vicky Parry

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Next on our recommendation list is the wonderful Angel. Run by accessories designer Kirstin Hodgson the shop is oozing character and innovative ideas. Alongside Kirsten’s own range of vintage French linen home accessories and gifts, sit lovely painted French mirrors and other decorative antiques, beautiful leather bags, sumptuous throws, wonderful scented candles, pretty hand printed cards, gorgeous velvet scarves and unusual mercury glass decorations.


Now after all this lovely exploration if your sweet tooth is crying out for some attention head down to Willy Wonker’s dream shop Sugar Mouse...

I am told KitandKaboodal is a very new shop and this might explain the excitement surrounding it. Nestled behind a gown shop is this wonderful boutique. Floor to ceiling in black (even the window frame) the chic interior is only backdrop to the amazing array of clothes. Some local designers and some party classics (Lipsy, Rare and Vila) mean this boutique has an outfit for every occasion.

The walls are laden with oldfashioned glass jars and the beautiful décor complements their eclectic mix of artisan chocolates such as Rococo’s delicious offerings, plus their very own Mollypops and Mama Doreen’s miniature cupcakes. The beautiful packaging and surroundings brings out the Charlie Bucket in everyone.

Now, heading back to the market square and slightly up the street you see The Olive Branch, the initial impact of this place is like stepping into a bygone age. The shop sells literally everything from Emma Bridgewater ceramics, beautiful textiles, jewelry and Raggy-tag baby goods. The classic village shop vibe to this wonderful building complements the modern, innovative pieces that the store holds in stock. Be sure to fully explore the many rooms, there are also exciting bits and pieces to appeal to any budget.

My final port of call was purely coincidental but nonetheless pleasing. Drawn in by the wonderful window Flowers By Design are a florist with a difference. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable and the pride taken in every bunch is exquisite. They specialise in occasion bouquets and arrangements so will happily adorn any Christmas banquet.

o... Easingwold is definitely worth a visit and if you fancy doing your Christmas shopping in beautiful festive, village surroundings then head over after work on the 1st of December for their late night Christmas shopping. Afterwards you can always nip into The Durham Ox at Crayke nearby for a cheeky winter warmer. 13




his year, we’re determined to start our Christmas early to make the most of all the lovely little shops around York. Whilst we love having a good trawl around all the little boutiques out there, we thought we’d share a few of the fab things we’ve spotted and already added to our Christmas wish list, and a few of the wonderful businesses we’ve come across offering you something a little different...

Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas...?

why not give someone the gift of professional singing lessons! We at LJC Vocal Studios know how valuable just a few lessons can be, even for the best of singers. So, whether you’re shopping for someone young or old, pro or beginner, LJC Vocal Studios can help!


How about signing your loved one up for a subscription of Live&Love to have a copy sent direct to their door each month, and at £12 for six months (or £20 for twelve) it’s affordable!

Buy four hours of lessons and GET ONE FREE! A one hour lesson costs just £25 We’ll send you a fabulous gift voucher that you can pop into a Christmas card

What more could you possibly ask for?!

For more details or to order your gift voucher visit... info@ or call Lucy on 07590324826

Learn some new moves before your night out, and have fun! From £15pp

To book a party or for more info call Nanette on 07903090535 or head to the website!

Offer Includes: Pink Bubbly Certificates Nibbles

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DON’T WASTE ANY TIME, VISIT THESE GUYS... Simply mad about watches

The distinctive orange and white store on Colliergate is home to a wonderful collection of chic brand name designer watches. Time Out Watches are passionate about watches and has made it his mission to bring some of the edgier and up and coming brands to the city. The result is a bang on trend range of watches from names such as Storm, Guess, G-Shock and Baby-G, Ice Watches, Ted Baker, and the brand of the moment, Skagen from Denmark.

They’re Passionate about your time Men’s

Time Out also has a team of fully qualified watch technicians offering full watch and clock repair Skagen facilities. Most repairs Watch. and services can be £175 undertaken same day and are great value compared to the national chains.



7 Colliergate, York. 01904 626904 Mon - Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Sun: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Kick start the festive season at the National Railway Museum and join us at the Arctic Express weekend (27–28 November). Have your picture taken in a human Snow Globe, whizz round the ice rink and make your own Christmas crafts to take home. Make your trip extra special with the chance to win a family ticket for the Snow Globe and lunch for 5 in the restaurant. For your chance to win, simply answer this question:

E-mail your answer to Please quote ‘Live&Love York Magazine’ and tell us if you would like to receive regular updates from the NRM by post or email. The closing date for all entries is Friday 19 November 2010 Terms and Conditions apply, please visit for full details.

N I W Fancy winning a Storm watch in time for Christmas?

This little “Lucid” beauty could be yours! All you have to do is pay the lovely passionate people at Time Out Watches on Colliergate a visit and let them know that you “LIVE&LOVE WATCHES” They’ll then enter you into the free prize draw to win this Storm watch worth £59.99. If it’s not for you then it would make a cracking Christmas present for a lovely lady!


Opened at the end of September, The Gift Gallery carries only handmade pieces from artists and crafters based in the UK and Ireland. Housed in a 700 year old building with original beams, it is a showcase for the talent that is currently in the crafting world. Stocking a selection of artwork and gifts, by the nature of every piece being handmade no two pieces are the same. Because of this, the stock changes regularly and such a choice makes it a fresh and new shopping experience every time you visit.

The Gift Gallery, 19 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ 01904 541851 giftgalleryyork Twitter: giftgalleryyork


Charlie scours antique markets for pretty vintage tea cups and saucers and turns them into scented candles. Each one is different and the great thing is that once you’ve burned the candle you can have a lovely cup of tea in it! £6.50

Glenn makes his beautiful and unique necklaces, and bottle stoppers using lampworking – heating rods of premium glass in a hot flame of oxygen and propane. Completely self taught, Glenn’s pieces make fabulous gifts. Necklaces from £11.99, bottle stoppers £21.99 by Steampunk Glass

Tracy makes many fantastic creations out of her handmade felt (felt kits are available to buy from The Gift Gallery so you can try it yourself). The necklace shown is £25.99 and matching bracelet is £12.99 by Fatcat Felt






Fancy giving someone the gift of a foodie festive treat? Head to The Yorkshire Pantry to create your very own bespoke hamper full of their wonderful products. First you choose your hamper - small, medium or large. Prices are £9.99, £10.99 and £18.99 respectively, which includes nice packaging material and a decorative luggage tag. Then you choose what you want to go in it, oh the choice! Finally they pack it for you, decorate it and send you on your way (or you can come back later to pick it up). Perfecto!

The Yorkshire Pantry, 18 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH


Contributed by our interior designer friend Anna. She designs looks and schemes for all budgets, rooms and tastes and offers a free consultation. Take a look at her website:


A special December selection from Shared Earth York. We know our shop is like a treasure trove that our customers like to delve into, but we thought it was a great idea at this time of year, when all is Christmas madness, to highlight some of the best of our new Fair Trade gifts...

Browse through our extensive and incredibly affordable range of Fair Trade jewellery – new for the winter are sparkly bangle sets and statement earrings, which are perfect for the party season...


This brilliant new travel chess set is made by an Indian family group with generations of traditional woodcrafting experience. It hinges and folds in half, with the pieces stored inside!..

…Or these bookends, from TARA. TARA has a model soapstone workshop in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, and has welfare workers who co-ordinate medical care and schooling for the children of artisans.

…And of course she’ll need something to put it all in – our new beaded jewellery rolls make the perfect gift. Entirely handembroidered and beaded on traditional floor frames in Delhi, they capture the essence of a good present; they are useful and beautiful too.

Did you know that Shared Earth now has its own range of Charity Christmas cards? Choose from many different designs created in-house and support Joliba Trust, JLIF, Amnesty International, and GWP in Nepal. Pop into the shop for more details. Last time we introduced you to our new card supplier, FairMail cards, and they have some brilliant designs for Christmas. Give someone a really original card and make Christmas special for disadvantaged teenagers in Peru and India – fifty percent of the money from the sales of the cards goes back to the young photographers to help finance their education.

Alternatively, how about making your own cards this year with our packs of card toppers made in the Philippines from handmade recycled paper and pressed flowers and leaves? Decisions, decisions…hopefully we’ve helped bring some clarity to your York Christmas present-buying experience! To help ease the cost of Christmas we’re offering 10% off jewellery purchases in the York store before the end of December. Simply fill in your name and email address and hand to our staff when purchasing your your Fair Trade goodies. Name _______________________________________________________ Email Address _________________________________________________

Not valid on sale items or in conjunction with any other offer.


WWW.GRACEANDJACOB.CO.UK FOR THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE LOVELY PEOPLE AT GRACE & JACOB Grace and Jacob is a feltmaking and creative textiles studio based in the Barleycorn Yard off Walmgate. Textile Artist Fiona Hirst has her studio located at the back of the shop and the staff are passionate about textiles and more than willing to share their knowledge with you.


The shop itself is oozing with character and inspires you to get felt making, spin your own yarn, sew, or any other creative activity. It is home to many treasures such as Amy Butler fabrics, vintage textiles and buttons, beautiful ribbons (including East of India), hand dyed ďŹ bres, Clothkits, and they stock over 130 colours of feltmaking and spinning ďŹ bre alone... The aim of the shop and studio is to promote creativity and sell supplies for you to make, do and create! Grace and Jacob have a friendly approach, so pop in to the shop and studio for inspiration, advice or to learn a new skill.

FREE DEMONSTRATIONS AT BARLEYCORN YARD PROVIDING YOU WITH IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR GIFTS AND DECORATIONS... Saturday 20th November 2010 Felt beadmaking, 2pm Saturday 4th December 2010 Nuno Felt corsages, 2pm FOR A CLUTTER Saturday 11th December 2010 Felt Finger puppets, 2pm GIFT FREE CHRISTMAS A GIFT WHY NOT GIVE VOUCHER FOR A 2011 COURSE!

December Monday 7th Workshop Felt Jewellery £40 10am to 5pm

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Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December 2010 £70

Make your own ceramic and felt Christmas decorations. Tutors Penny Phillips and Fiona Hirst

Saturday 27th November 2010 Structural Stitch 10am to 5pm £40

Using textile origami and fabric manipulation, learn to make embellishments for clothes and home furnishings and get lots of ideas for producing unique jewellery Tutor Suzi Tibbets

Tuesday 30th November 2010 Felt Slipper Making 10am to 5pm £40

All materials and equipment provided. Come along and make a gorgeous pair of felt slippers, they would make a lovely Christmas present... if you can bear to give them away, that is! Tutor Fiona Hirst

Pop into the shop and studio to have a look at some samples of the projects you will be working on. All the courses run by Grace and Jacob include a wide variety of fibres and materials including hand dyed wool fibres, silk and mohair. 23




“Girly, lady like lace is given a grungy feel with a dress down parka jacket”

“Back to school chic with a staple boyfriend blazer and adorable ribbon lace-up shoes”

We’d like to hear from you if you’ve got a blog or know someone who should be sharing their blogging skills with the city! VISIT ‘L’S BLOG 26

‘L’ CHECKS OUT YOUR LOOKS THIS MONTH AS YOU’RE SWANNING AROUND YORK “I can’t get enough of capes and this one is such a versatile print and colour. I’m also a massive fan of the super cute brogue boots she’s sporting.”

“Smart casual at its best with a statement jacket, simple yet effectivescarf choice, and geek chic lace-ups” “A quirky combination of girly chiffon meets autumn knits here. I love how she’s kept the palette simple and neutral.”


Here is a choice collection of a few pieces available in York this winter. So wrap up warm and step outdoors, whether it is for bonfire night or to sing carols. Embrace the chill. Brrrrrrrr

Zara’s black, woollen studio cape is our Vicky’s personal favourite for this winter. It also leaves those hands free to hold a sparkler come bonfire night. £99.00

Whistle’s beautiful cashmere cable mittens are guaranteed to keep those paws warm this winter. They come in a choice of colours and cost £35.00

If we are to expect a snowfall like last year then be sure to look after those feet. What better or more stylish way than in these amazing cable thigh highs £25.00 from Topshop Unique

Fake fur is everywhere this winter, if you are not quite prepared to go the whole hog then take a slice out or Chanel’s autumn/winter campaign and accessorise. This wonderful Cossack style hat is available in New Look and a steal at just £8.99

A little something for the boys…. Be sure to keep you neck warm chaps. This woollen Amersham school scarf is £39 from Jack Wills


COPPERGATE FOR A FESTIVE FOOTWEAR FEAST Fantastic new ranges are in store at Clarks, JOY, Evans and Charles Clinkcard, not to mention the choice with Office in Fenwick and Topshop! Everything from sharp men’s modern classics to something to get you noticed at the office party.

Upcoming Events 10th-14th November Mediterranean Mini-Market Stock up on some foodie treats, fresh bread, olives and snacks.

24th-28th November St Nicholas Fayre the Centre plays its part in hosting York’s famous Christmas Fayre. Locals can catch it on the Thursday night to avoid the crowds.

festive Spirit

The Coppergate Centre has always been a festive treat around Christmas time. This year’s shoppers have even more to enjoy with some updates to the Christmas lights, more variety of stores than before and some events to get you in the spirit in the run up to the holidays.


WIN £250 in Shopping Vouchers Call into the Coppergate from the 18th of November to grab an entry form to win £250 in shopping vouchers. Competition closes on the 2nd of December, see www. coppergateshopping for more info.


1st-12th December Made in Yorkshire Back at the Coppergate for 2010, some excellent local produce on offer at St Mary’s Square and throughout the city centre.

2nd December Children’s choirs From around 2:30pm through until 7pm visitors to the Centre can enjoy festive carols being performed by choirs from local primary schools. Grab a coffee and enjoy!



Another great reason to shop at Fenwick York arrived last month in the form of Hugo Boss Men’s Black range on their ground floor. The stylish new collection includes the very best casual wear, formal wear, outerwear and accessories you need to kit out your winter wardrobe.

SAY HELLO. Hugo Boss Black has arrived in Fenwick

Styles Just In for the Men... LEFT TO RIGHT: CREW, SUPERDRY.


NEW WARDROBE. If that isn’t enough temptation to treat yourself, they have just introduced interest free credit for 3 months to help you spread the cost of your new wardrobe.

The department store on Coppergate also welcomes favourites such as Lyle & Scott, Crew, Fred Perry, and Hunters to their growing portfolio of designer brands. The good news doesn’t stop there as their existing fashion collections from brands such as Barbour, Gant, Ralph Lauren, and Super Dry are also sporting bigger ranges. Fenwicks is also home to one of the biggest selections of fragrances and grooming products in the city, so it’s the perfect destination for embracing a confident stylish you.

Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WY. 01904 643322


This classic floral taffeta prom dress complements most skin tones and could technically work all year round so is more an investment… plus super pretty. Its from Jigsaw and costs £295 There is no better time of year to buy a new party dress. Be it for the office party or New Years Eve now is the season to dazzle. Here is our pick of what York has on offer for that very special look.

Every girl needs a little black dress. Here is a glamorous take on that wardrobe essential. It goes with everything and can be dressed up or down. £195 from Reiss.

1950’s inspired dresses were everywhere at fashion week so add a bit of glamour to your festive season with this vintage classic. £450 from Priestley’s.

Full skirts a go-go with this bustier dress. It’s the time to embrace your eccentricities and this dress is perfect for doing so. Its by Rare Opulence and available for £165 in Topshop.


If a dress isn’t your thing then you can still add a little glamour and festive cheer to any outfit with this sequinned jacket from Karen Millen. It costs £199 and the fact its black means iot goes with just about anything.

Now, every well-dressed chap needs a shirt that will spruce him up with the fastening of the top button. This wonderful micro-striped offering from Zara comes in at £29.99

If people aren’t comfortable with a full suit then always invest in a good jacket. This absolute beauty by Paul Smith can be dressed up or down and will make anyone feel fabulous for those festive parties. Its 100% wool and its knitted black shirt collar gives it that added luxury. It costs £555. Dickies are definitely back in trend and add a bit of colour any outfit. They also smarten you up a treat. However, why not try something different with the Tie Rack’s tartan offering. £9.99

This is black tie attire and is made from super soft Italian wool, mohair adds such luxury to any event. It is definitely a winner with the dickie but would look amazing with a black tie also. It costs £395 from Reiss

Dressing up is certainly not just for the ladies for we all love a dapper chap and I am in no doubt that getting spruced up makes us all feel fantastic. Here is Live&Loves guide to dressing up.

The finishing detail to any great outfit is the shoes. These Ted Baker suede classics are £89.99 in office.


Celebrating two and a half years since their launch, face etc... medispa are sharing their good times with everyone... WIN WIN WIN Tickets for the raffle are £1 each and are available at the Mediaspa now! With prizes like £1,000 worth of treatments, an overnight stay at The Hilton, and Theatre Royal tickets, there’re plenty of good reasons to enter... All the money raised is going straight to local charity SNAPPY, so be generous and we wish you luck!

To celebrate, the lovely ladies at face etc... medispa are going all out to show you lot a good time and introduce you to a world of relaxation you may know little about. They will be hosting an open day with countless treats and once in a lifetime offers, amongst that there will be a chance to win some amazing prizes and a chance to chat to professionals and find out more about what they do whilst sipping on champagne and nibbling canapes... of course!

Head a long to watch demonstrations from prestigious professionals from brands such as Crystal Clear, Elemis, Bare Essentials, DermaQuest and even cosmetic surgeons.

Thursday 25th November 2pm - 8pm GOODIE BAGS

GIVE A GIFT Face etc Christmas gift sets and vouchers are the perfect way to show that special someone you


Goodie bags, samples, vouchers, and exclusive offers only available on the day, so don’t miss out! 01904 675222 8 Coppergate, York, YO1 9NR

WITH ALL LUSH’S LIMITED EDITION FESTIVE TREATS IN ONE WONDERFUL HATBOX, WHO WOULDN’T LOVE CRACKING ONE OF THESE BEAUTIES OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY? We can safely say that after a long hard day, at the office or Christmas shopping, the scent of a Lush bath ballistic can melt away all your troubles and raise your festive spirits. Everyone should have a little stash in their bathroom and the York Lush team are there to give you the best advice on pressies for the troublesome members of the family!

All I Want For Christmas Buper Hatbox £64.95 at Lush, Coney Street, York


The Studio

Catherine Elizabeth is pleased to announce a totally new service... The Studio. If you’re looking to go all out in time for the party season then pay Catherine a visit and she’ll have you looking your very best in no time. The Studio offers you the perfect way to get that glamorous, film star treatment, so that you feel beautiful, inside and out, for that special event. The Studio is conveniently at Clifton Moor so swing by before you head out to the party, and that way you don’t run the risk of weather related hazards!

Little Treats

HAIR UP - FROM £40 MAKE UP - £40 HAIR & MAKE UP - £65 CURLS - FROM £30 BLOW DRY - £30 FRENCH MANICURE - £15 FILE & FRENCH POLISH - £8 EYEBROW SHAPE - £6 EYELASH TINT* - £8 EYEBROW TINT* - £6 EYELASH & BROW TINT* - £12 TEMPORARY FALSE EYELASHES - £10 (*Please note: a patch test is required 24hrs prior to treatment)

Fancy having your hair and makeup designed by a pro whose worked on these prestigious productions...? Wuthering Heights, Mansfield Park, Hollyoaks, and Beauty and the Beast (Disney) to name just a few! 07970079373


OPEN DAY EVENT Saturday 27th November 10am to 3pm HEAD OVER TO THE CLINIC ON THE GREEN FOR A DAY OF DISCOVERY Have a little look at the website ...

Find out some more about what’s on offer from the professionals at the Clinic and for Christmas why not give a loved one the gift of relaxation with a voucher, also available at the open day. Alternatively, if you are a professionally registered practitioner then get yourself over to the clinic to find out more about renting out one of their gorgeous rooms at outrageous rates. They’ll fill up soon so don’t hesitate and take advantage of the open day... and the free punch!

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s all about then here’s the perfect opportunity to chat to practitioners and find out what you’ve been missing! Take part in the free taster sessions and relax with a warm glass of winter punch... non-alcoholic obviously! Just a few of the things on offer...

Acupuncture - Acupressure massage - Bowen technique - Colon hydrotherapy - Dao Yin Tao Clinical hypnotherapy - Counselling - First Line Therapy - Manual - Lymphatic Drainage - Nutritional therapy - Pregnancy massage - Reflexology - Reiki - Sports therapy massage - Therapeutic massage

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LittleBlackBook Tarts & Titbits 78-80 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ



“You can’t miss this as you walk along the street, and the display from the outside gives justice to the amazing fresh, homemade and organic produce inside. There’s too much to mention: olives, bread, black pudding, vegan food, cool juices. And if I walk by at the end of the day I always seem to get a few things thrown in at a discount!” Richard

Deep 26 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA

“When I shop there I know that no one else will be wearing it. It’s cool and studenty, with one off vintage designs. I get a lot of my clothes from there.” Matt

The Cabinet of small Vintage and Antique finds in ‘Shine’ 34 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

“In the back room of ‘Shine’ there is a cabinet of curiosities: broaches, jewellery, bottles, gloves, the list goes on. The shop is beautiful itself, with gorgeous silver modern jewellery designs, and quirky wall hangings, but this cabinet made my day!” Natalie 38



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‘One’ Ethical Boutique 1 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU

“This boutique is not only gorgeous, with hanging bird cages abound with jewellery but holds a mixture of fair trade, recycled and sustainable products. When I visited a new line just in was a collection of jewellery, the pendants were recycled from old china pieces, so each one was unique.” Joanna




The Hunter’s Pie at the Farmers Market Parliament Square, York

“When the Farmer’s Market comes to town I always head there for the pork, stuffing and chicken breast pie, it is amazing. It’s hard to find but definitely worth the search!” Matt

Bobo Lobo

5 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX

“This place is great for Latin nights, the DJs Julio and Chris really know how to get you dancing! For the more determined there are salsa classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It’s a wonderful place to let off steam.” Miguel 39



Let your creative side shine and personalise your stocking! This way Santa will instantly know which stocking is yours. For the full on creatives out there you could even knit your stocking, stock up on buttons, frills, trimmings, photos and bits and bobs to adorn your masterpiece. Don’t forget to send us your pictures as we’d love to see what you’ve made!

Duttons for Buttons has a great range of various trimmings, buttons and jewels, perfect for accessorising your giant sock!


Cards and wrapping are fun for the first few. Then we admit, it does get tedious. So reinstate that inner festive glow with some posh Liquid Chocolat – the Gingerbread version will get you through even the worst of papercuts!

Stick to the chocolate and make sure you’re sober so the wrapping is tip top and you don’t wake up with sticky tape all over your face. Liquid Chocolate – in various flavours, such as Caramel, Winter and Gingerbread. £8.00 at Hotel Chocolat, Coney Street



Just perfect if your current squeeze loves cooking! Just please don’t make any jokes about it being a reminder of how you love them whilst they’re making you dinner please... £7.99 at 22 Interiors, Goodramgate


It’s cold, there’s not much food out there, and it is Christmas after all! Keep the little ones well fed throughout the cold snap with a rather stylish bird feeder that will keep you glancing out the window to have a peak! £14.50 at SnowHome, Gillygate


Hot off the press, Rachael has just sent us her latest addition - these fab padded tree decorations. Using her trademark prints, these are a great modern take on the traditional bauble. Love them!

Feeling creative? Grab a fabric pen and you can even personalise them to use as a posh gift tag.

From £3.75, Christmas Baubles at

Christmas decorations don’t always have to ere on the side of tradition. Modernise! Spray some twigs with fake snow and adorn with York based Joanna Coupland’s stunning Bird Fairy Lights. They are so ornate and sure to look lovely all through the New Year too. Birds from £3.95 and Fairy Lights from £135. www.radiancelighting.

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Last Month’s Creative Brief was...

The entrants of last month’s Creative Brief should be rather proud of themselves. We’re grateful for all the ‘Festive’ entries as every last one put us in the creating mood. The ‘Festive’ theme was completely open to interpretation so it’s interesting to see how our entrants have used the brief in completely different ways. We welcome entries from people of all ages and skill sets so don’t be shy. It’s not a competition, we just want to help you showcase your talent to the world!

So here’s to the festive period...


This Month’s Creative Brief is...


You all know the deal, and if you’re a newbie then head to to check out the guidelines and entry requirements! We were so impressed with the entries for Creative Brief this month, we can’t wait to see what you talented lot come up with for the next theme - FESTIVE

The theme of FESTIVE falls into our double issue for January and February, a time full of celebrations and joy so embrace the wintry months and get creative!


CONGRATULATIONS To Jason Steel, this month’s winner.

Jason Steel We love the decadence of Jason’s work and the allusion to dressing up at this time of year. “The decay of time and beauty is the driving principle behind Jason’s work. Each bear uses a complex narrative and layers of precious gems and antique fabrics to create a unique sculpture. Toy, jewel, friend? Only the viewer can decide.”


Victoria at “My designs have been inspired by the imagery which comes to mind around the Festive season which have been given a rich colour palette and a luxurious feel. The illustrations have been repeated reflecting my background of designing surface patterns for fabrics, textiles, stationery gift wrap and greetings cards.�


Finally the time has come to dig out the recipe for my Nan’s Sherry Fruit Cake and fill the house with such wonderful Christmassy smells. I love that this recipe has been passed down to me from my Mum, who inherited it from her Mum, my Nan. My Nan was wonderful. She could knit for Britain (a skill I’m hoping has been passed down to me, as I attempt to improve my own knitting), and her house was always warm and welcoming. She lived in a small cottage in Newent, Gloucestershire, and I remember my Uncle and my Dad having to stoop to get through the doorways inside. The kitchen (if memory serves me correctly) had a stone floor and always seemed dark, but always warm and with something delicious cooking on the stove. I distinctly remember the ceramic chicken which housed the eggs too! Though I don’t remember my Nan cooking the recipe I do remember my Mum cooking it. It would be a cold, dark autumn evening and my brother and I would be sat watching Blue Peter or Willo the Wisp and the smells of mixed spice and sherry would waft through to the livingroom. My Mum would always come in with the mixture to let us stir and make a wish; a tradition I have now continued with my eldest son. Stirring the mixture today, I think of my Nan, I think of my Mum, and I think of my family. Memories of the past and hopes for the future are stirred into the mix. I always put twelve cherries in; one for each month of the year to come. I look forward to the cakes I am making today becoming part of more Christmas’ traditions, and family memories.

Lisa at “Finally the time has come to dig out the recipe for my Nan’s Sherry Fruit Cake and fill the house with such wonderful Christmassy smells. Stirring the mixture today, I look forward to the cakes I am making becoming part of more Christmas’, traditions and family memories.”





4 Castle 5 Howard NSPCC Christmas Fair






St Nicholas Fayre 25th-28th Nov







Christmas at The National Railway Museum begins





“What the Dickens” Mansion House


Meet Santa in Narnia (Rockplex Centre)

17Candlelit 18 Christmas Carols- St Helen’s Church






Tell us about an event you’d like to shout about!


“Spamalot”The Grand Opera House


“The 23Game”

York Theatre Royal


The internationalDec Made in 1 2 3 4 Chritmas Fayre- Yorkshire Craft Parliament Market – St Street Sampson Square until 19th Dec 8“JAMIA” 9An audience 10 11 Cinderellaworld culture with The Grand celebration Howard 11am-22pm Marks at Opera House York Minster The Duchess




Doug Binder exhibition at According to McGee (Formally Artspace)

19 The Children’s Christmas Fayre –Parliament Street 18th - 21st Nov



Christmas “Cleo de 5 a 6 Collection in 77” French 8 Cinema the Pyramid Classic at Gallery City Screen until Jan 20th





13Open Air 14

Nativity play “A King in King’s Square”

19Winter’s 20 Tales in Fairfax House





Christmas Wreath making workshop at Beningborough Hall



Farmers Market at Parliament Street



CHOCOLATE & COFFEE TRUFFLE CUPS... INTENSELY CHOCOLATEY Break the chocolate into small chunks and tip into a bowl with the coffee and alcohol. Bring 250ml of the cream to the boil, then pour over the chocolate mixture and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Divide the mixture between 6 cups and stick in the fridge to set over night. Use pretty vintage china cups and always give the man the pink cup, he’ll love it! When you are ready to serve, whip the remaining cream with the sugar until it’s just set. Spoon the cream onto the chocolate cup and dust with the cocoa so it looks like a pretty little cappuccino. Mmmm yummy.

These make lovely little treats and are so easy so surprise a loved one today!

INGREDIENTS... SERVES 6 200g Plain chocolate 100ml Strong coffee 4 tbsp Your favourite tipple, perhaps rum, brandy, or Disaronno? 400ml Double cream 2 tbsp Golden caster sugar Cocoa powder for decoration

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soups of the day , eaty oup m e On eggie s y v one every da d n a able week l i a v a e of th Meaty favourites include: Red Thai Chicken, Boston Chicken Chowder, Beef and Potato

Veggie favourites include: Potato and Double Gloucester, Minted Gargen Pea, Broccoli and Leek

CALL 01904 674684 for deliveries check out our twitter: @xingsmoothies for todays soups.

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Titbits available for Xmas

Don’t boob... place your orders early for award winning Pork Pies, handmade Mince Tarts, Party Nibbles, Artisan Breads, Personalised Hampers & Titillating Stocking Fillers

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de’Clare at Peter Lane is tucked away off Market street providing a great place to meet friends and relax. We serve delicious food with big flavours. In the morning try our hot breakfasts, freshly baked muffins and fruit bread. At lunch time you can choose from dishes of the day served with amazing salads, enjoy any of our platters with a bottle of wine or select tasty soups or ciabattas to take away.

01904 652920

1 Peter Lane, York, YO1 8SW.

Monday-Wednesday: 08:00-18:00. Thursday-Saturday: 08:00-20:00. Sunday: 09:00-16:00


The Yorkshire Pantry has just opened its doors on High Petergate, so we dropped by to have a look and chat with owner Giles Bennett about his plans for the new store.

So, first things first – sum up The Yorkshire Pantry in a sentence for us.

OK…well, we’re a brand new shop selling the very best food and drink from exclusively Yorkshire producers.

And what sort of things does that entail?

Lots – products that Yorkshire’s famous for, of course, like Taylors of Harrogate’s teas and coffee, Pontefract Cakes, Farrah’s toffees and fudges, and Henderson’s Relish, but also a large number of smaller, artisan producers.

Such as…?

Where do I start? Chutneys, jams and sauces from Rosebud Preserves. Honey from apiaries in the Howardian Hills and the North York Moors. Cakes from the Harrogate Cake Company, apple juice from the Yorkshire Wolds, chilli jams from The Chilli Jam Man. Natural and flavoured rapeseed oils and salad dressings from Thixendale.


Anything special you’re planning for Christmas? We’re going to be introducing our “make up your own hamper” idea. Choose your size of hamper (small at £9.99, medium at £14.99 or large at £19.99) then buy what you want to go in it - we’ll then package it up and decorate it for you. That way you can create the perfect gift for someone, without having to make do with a hamper where they might like some of the things, but not others!

There is one thing in your shop that’s not from Yorkshire, no…? You? No, I’m from Kent, originally, via 10 years in London. That said, I’ve married a South Yorkshire woman, have a son who was born in West Yorkshire and now live in North Yorkshire – if that counts. And anyway, I’m not for sale!

The Yorkshire Pantry, 18 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH

Opening times

9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday 11. am to 4.00 pm Sunday


Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day Easter Sunday


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Being tucked away from the crowds makes this unique little bistro even more wonderful so step off the beaten track and hunt down their lovingly prepared platters from £8.45 or a special sandwich in a beautiful setting from £3.95. Wildes is a charming wine bar and bistro tucked away in amongst York’s famous snickleways. Tasty hot drinks, sumptuous sandwiches and burgers, sharing platters and classic bistro dishes are always on the menu, as are a fine selection of wines and beers. Nestled just off the main shopping streets on Grape Lane, it’s homely dishes and bohemian feel makes it one of York’s hidden gems in the busy city centre. So whether you’re doing a touch of Christmas gift shopping or visiting York’s many sights, treat yourself to a well deserved tasty treat.


21 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU

01904 610 370

YORK’S DEAN COURT HOTEL IS HOSTING A COLLECTION OF FESTIVE EVENTS AND EVENING ENTERTAINMENT IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER WELL WORTH ADDING TO YOUR CHRISTMAS CALENDAR... First up at THE COURT bistro and bar is their First Tuesday Jazz Supper on 2nd November. Now into their 4th year, these monthly nights with The Andy Hillier Trio are extremely popular and booking (even if on the day) is advised. If you can’t make November’s Jazz Supper, don’t worry - there is another on Tuesday 7th December. Cost: £15 per person, including Jazz Supper Platter Menu (main course included)

Next up is a Food & Wine evening the following day, on Wednesday 3 November. Guest host Nick Walne, of House of Townend Wines, takes you on a tour of six Bordeaux wines and four food courses – at £35 this is exceptional value. Drinks reception 7.15pm (limited to 20 places)

With Christmas almost upon us, why not celebrate the festivities in style in the shadow of York Minster. All events are open to both guests and non-guests of the hotel. See the website for more events and information.


01904 625082



The Black Swan Hotel

Located in one of Yorkshire’s prettiest market towns, The Black Swan at Helmsley is a superb historic inn, turned boutique hotel. Dating back to the C15th the hotel, rich in history and charm, blends antiques with classic contemporary design creating the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. With our snug lounges and roaring log fires, delicious fresh, locally sourced food, and true Yorkshire warmth and hospitality, this autumn/winter we’re offering you some great deals to join us. Rainy Day Getaway – November Offer £87.00pppn – stay includes dinner, bed & breakfast plus pre dinner canapés and a bottle of selected wine with dinner Christmas Wrapped - December Offer £84.50pppn – stay includes dinner, bed & breakfast plus handy shopping hints & tips from the “Christmas Fairy” and a traditional afternoon tea January Sales – January Offer £64.50pppn – stay includes dinner, bed & breakfast FANTASTIC VALUE BREAK! (£67.00pppn if booked after 31st December 2010) Terms and conditions apply. For more information visit Reservations - book online at or call us on 01439 770466

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26th Nov Reel (15)


12th Nov Reel

Skyline grasps upon Stephen Hawking’s warning that searching for extraterrestrial activity would inevitably lead to our destruction. From the effects team behind Avatar comes a sci-fi of a powerful aesthetic nature. As a group of survivors in Los Angleles watch the human population being drawn up by lights in the sky they begin to wonder if there is any escape. 58

Can an assassin ever truly break all the ties and walk away? Surviving an ambush in Sweden, Jack reports to the Italian countryside posing as a photographer. Jack vows to do one last job, yet even the veil under which he hides is not what it seems. With a romantic entanglement and an unpredictable friendship with a priest, this suspense thriller reveals that beneath the disguise of normality there is nowhere to hide.

19th Nov Vue Reel

Darker than ever before, part 1 of the finale is sure to have us gripped to the adventure that thousands of us have followed from the beginning. Harry and his reliable cohort set off to attack Voldemort’s immortality through the destruction of his horcruxes. As Hogwarts, and everything that Harry holds dear caves in on him, he moves closer to the inevitable battle with Voldemort himself. The end is dawning on the much adored world of Harry Potter.



Stereo 11th Nov £4



These indie rock ’n’ rollers have been tipped by Zane Lowe as one of the hottest bands for 2011, If your curious - then take a listen to their latest track vintage sounding track “if you wanna” and you might well agree with Zane’s prediction.

Fibbers 24th Nov £8.50

Fibbers 15th Dec From the legendary Manchester indie band the Stone Roses - Ian Brown is coming to York! With 12 top 40 singles under his belt including Fools Gold, I am the resurrection and F.E.A.R - you’ll definitely not want to miss the chance to see this legend of Rock.

Now more widely known as one of the trio from Magnetic Man, Benga is currently ripping up the dubstep scene all over the world! His live DJ sets are one of the best Dubstep nights you’ll ever experience with plenty of huge bass lines, big drops and more energy then a Mars bar!


Dublinstones Photography

Oleanna 4th - 27th November

A classic whodunit? Not when Dave Mamet is at the helm. The Pulitzer Prize winner brings his latest mystery to York Theatre Royal this November which promises to be exciting, entertaining and a real thinker! One location, the office. A female student is accusing her University professor of wrong doing and with no police around, you are invited to play Sherlock Holmes in solving this puzzle and test your morals along the way. This is a must see for all you problem solvers and theatre enthusiasts alike. You never know, this could be the start of your own PI business!

Cinderella 10th December - 2nd January

New Pantomime Productions return to the Grand Opera House York this Christmas with their spectacular family pantomime Cinderella! Tickets are already on sale so book now to secure the best seats! Starring Stuart Wade (Emmerdale and last year’s panto Snow White) as Buttons, Lisa Riley (Emmerdale, Fat Friends) as the Wicked Stepmother, Syd Little as Cinderella’s father Baron Hardup plus Jen Pringle (Milkshake) as the Fairy Godmother.

Don’t miss this wonderful festive treat, perfect for the whole family.


OUI Performance Present a 9 Hour Long Performance Event at Bar Lane Studio’s Basement Saturday 13th November 12 Noon - 9 pm O U I Performance, York’s contemporary performance curators are delivering a durational performance that is 9 hours long.

Event #0, funded by the national lottery through Arts Council England, will begin at 12 noon on Saturday 13th November 2010 and finish at 9 pm. In addition to the usual concept, the performance will be streamed and documented live through an interactive website and blog. It’s free and you are welcome to come by at any point of the day.


We revealed in our last issue the news that York is to submit a bid to become officially recognised as a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. If successful, York will become only the second City of Media Arts in the world – the other being Lyon. We’re incredibly lucky as a city to have so many great creative and cultural individuals, initiatives, and businesses on our doorstep. That said, in order to strengthen the bid the committee need your help! They are hoping to map the spread of arts, design and media in the city over the last five years, and how things are shaping up for the future. If you’re involved in the creative industries, either as a business or practitioner, please do your bit to help the bid and spend two minutes filling in their online survey at YGTW5DK. It really does take a few minutes, and no identifiable data will be shared without your consent. Once you’ve completed the survey, you will have the opportunity to get more involved in the bid itself and help bring it to life in the city in 2011.


Help York become a UNESCO City of Media Arts In the next issue we’ll be continuing to celebrate the bid in our pages and encouraging our lovely readers to get involved too. If you’d like to keep up to date with it’s progress and even be a part of it, then please email us at

In celebration of 50 years of the British Heart Foundation, The Bohemia Galleries are hosting an incredible array of original works of art in the theme of “Mending Broken Hearts”. Artists participating include Sir Peter Blake, Mark Quinn and Gary Hume. The works are being produced on limited edition silkscreen prints. All money made will go to the charity.



Mending Broken Hearts (British Heart Foundation) 6th-21st Nov

Artspace have changed their name and are going for a new look. They are celebrating what has been before and really focusing on what they aim to be in the future. So, they are launching this new direction in style with the legendary Doug Binder opening their riff of new shows. Binder’s edginess is still very relevant even with fifty years in the business in tow. His notorious artistic seduction of the likes of Lennon and McCartney whilst refusing to brand himself have made Binder an institution. He will be there in person on the opening night handing out his book. Doug Binder, Full Circle. 12th to the 7th of December.

PechacKucha was a concept born in Tokyo in 2003 and is an event for young designers to meet and showcase their work. It has since become a huge worldwide celebration, with Bar Lane studios hosting York’s offering. This is the chance for local talents to show 20 of their images. Each image will last 20 seconds and people with have the opportunity to talk about their work and inspirations. If you would like the chance to get involved email: Head to for an insight into the workings of Jill Rhatigan, owner of Liquid Amber Gallery.

The Bar Lane Studios. PechaKucha 20x20 16th December £5 on the door 65




How to impress your friends with trivia

2. Feed the mind with brain food

3. Listen to Stephen Fry. He knows lots of quite interesting things...

1. Make a list of what you don’t know

“The earliest known Pyramid dates back to 1982”

Fish is good for chips!


4. Practice your trivia skills at an art exhibition opening! Tweet!

“Shall we go “Life imitates art for more than art back to mine?” imitates life...” See our website for details! PYRAMID GALLERY, 43 STONEGATE, YORK With thanks to Oscar Wilde for the quote & Anita Klein, Paul Smith, and Adam Aaronson for the art 66


T4thhursday November 6.30-8.30 The exhibition opening night is Thursady 4th Nov between 6.30 and 8.30 pm which will be attended by several of the exhibiting artists, who include David Baumforth, Mychael Barratt, Piers Browne, Linda Combi,Sue Dennis, Moira Law, Rory Motion, David Patrick, Nika Shirocorad, Rebecca Wright.

York Minster and Gardens, by Sue Dennis


Pyramid Gallery is hosting a special exhibition with the title ‘York’ for the benefit of St. Leonard’s Hospice.

Charity exhibition show your support CELEBRATING OUR CITY The exhibition will celebrate the unique heritage of York through the eyes of mostly local artists who work with a variety of techiniques and in different media. Pyramid Gallery continues its tradition of supporting a charity during the run up to its busy Christmas Period and this year has decided to donate half of its usual commission to St Leonard’s Hospice in York from the proceeds of painitngs and prints sold by the contributing artists.

Nika Shirocorad

THE MISSION At the opening night, a guitar recital by Peter Byrom-Smith will feature classical works by the York composer, including a new piece called ‘Road of Stones’ that has been commissioned by gallery owner Terry Brett to coincide with the opening of the York exhibition

Bootham Bar by Moira Law




Work with a real artist in our fun family drop-in workshops on the first Saturday of every month… everyone welcome. November 6th - Make a fancy hat to rival those in our ‘Hats’ exhibition, with artist Lesley Seeger. December 4th & January 8th Collage, paint and draw a favourite story or rhyme, inspired by the wonderful illustrations in the exhibition ‘Once upon a Time…’ Pop in and join us anytime between 11:00 & 1:00 or 2:00 & 4:00 Just £1.00 per participant for materials. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Studio Saturdays are sponsored by the Friends of York Art Gallery.


Over the years the team at local swimming school Splish Splosh have helped countless parents introduce their babies to the water and deliver one of their most treasured and memorable experiences in the process. The idea of submerging a baby in water may sound unnerving, but underwater swimming with babies has never been so popular with parents.

LITTLE WATER BABIES The magical experience has been enjoyed for generations, enshrined on the cover of Nirvana’s album cover ‘Nevermind’, and how could we also forget the opening sequence to Tomorrow’s World? The baby is able to be immersed as the gag reflex isn’t developed until around 9 months; so under the guidance of a qualified instructor there is no fear of the little one swallowing any water.

If you feel like putting on your swimming costume and joining the many parents that are enjoying the many benefits of swimming that will last your child a lifetime (including underwater), then please contact the York based swimming school on 08442641102 or visit their website.

With its numerous health benefits, including improving motor skills, the introduction to a healthy lifestyle and aiding sleep patterns, the activity can provide many cherished moments that can last a lifetime. Splish Splosh Swimming School has already established itself as a leading provider of swimming lessons in quality, convenient locations across the region. With class sizes no larger than eight students per teacher, it offers a baby from 15lb the opportunity to take to the water with its parents. 69

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Geoff and Kenny’s studio also carry out works to domestic properties for private clients in and around the York area, with owners wishing to replan, convert or extend their homes. Sometimes, even the simplest extension of modest size can make such an enormous difference to the occupier. And in these times of recession, homeowners are tending to choose to enhance their own properties rather than selling and upsizing. GHA have the experience and foresight to respect the key historic elements whilst not being frightened to adopt a bold, exciting and contemporary approach to achieve refreshing and welcoming results.

The balance between old and new (or ‘modern intervention’ as it is often called) is one which intrigues the firm. Typically, at the King’s Manor - the University of York’s base for archaeological and historic studies - the interiors have been adapted to serve the educational needs which have changed over time. One of the latest small projects recently completed is the upgrading and remodeling of the Philip Rhatz lecture theatre.

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The space has been given new seating, lighting and ceilings, coupled with an overall bright, fresh appearance, whilst still retaining the original distinctive Victorian school room character. Both elements are distinct from each other, but the bold interventions will allow the room to function as a contemporary teaching space well into the 21st Century.



A lot of us are more inclined to spend, spend, spend but it’s as important as ever to tuck away a percentage of your income for the future. With interest rates currently low and inflation high, now’s a good time to look around for a better deal and return on your investments.

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hether York is your home or holiday destination, there is always a new way to explore the city and all it has to offer. Why not hop on two-wheels and let one of Cycling City York’s new guided cycle rides navigate you around?

There are now eight guides on offer (four of which are new for autumn) covering York in its full beauty. All of the guides are free of charge with something for everyone, from families to off-road mountain biking enthusiasts. Most include a stop-off midway for refreshments. A recent addition is the series of ‘Cycle Chic’ guided cycle rides. They’re the perfect solution for women who’d like to combine a little gentle exercise and socialising with a spot of retail therapy. The ‘Cycle Chic’ rides will be led by female leaders, with the first couple being a trip to the Designer Outlet in Fulford on Sunday November 7th and a visit to a Christmas Market on Sunday 5th December.

Copies of the new guided ride timetable are available from libraries, leisure centres and City of York Council reception points. You can also find details online at






Christmas is a magical time of year in which it’s so easy to get swept away by the celebrations, and forget that there are some people far less fortunate than ourselves. This also makes it a good time of year to give. For the Salvation army it’s much like any time of year in which they dedicate themselves to caring for others.

First and foremost the Salvation Army is part of the worldwide Christian Church which strongly believes in putting its faith into action. Their community programme is busy and varied, and today the York Salvation Army offer a Parent & Toddler Group (Monday), an Ofsted registered pre-school Playgroup (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday), Luncheon

Club (Monday & Thursday), ‘Creations’ – a children’s performing arts group each Wednesday evening along with other various special events throughout the year. Their Charity Shop which is attached to their building in Gillygate, is open Monday to Saturday and offers good quality, affordable clothing, books, bric-a-brac and much more.

visit to get involved with these local heroes and their ongoing project or simply show your support with a donation, be it money, food, or your time. 78

Their social care services are extensive and ever-growing. They offer Early Intervention, Prevention & Resettlement Services, Solid Foundations Tenancy Support, Advocacy Service, Community Support Link Scheme which offers a variety of support to customers with a learning disability and a Luncheon Club training scheme. During the last 6 months alone their Early Intervention and Prevention team alone have supported in access of 400 clients, many with drug related issues, alcohol problems, mental and physical health issues. On a daily basis food and clothing referrals are handled in ever increasing numbers.

This year again we would ask for help in supporting those within our community who are less fortunate than ourselves. Donations of food for Christmas hampers or new toys/gifts would be very much appreciated and more details can be obtained from the Salvation Army, Gillygate (01904 630470).

As Christmas approaches, the demand for support and help from the Salvation Army is ever increasing. Last Christmas saw a rise in the numbers of people asking for help and the expectation, given the current economic situation, is this will increase more this year. Christmas 2009 saw us providing 67 Christmas food hampers, Christmas Day lunch for approx 70 elderly and lonely people, and toys and gift parcels to 135 individuals. Recognising each individual and ensuring they receive not just one but several toys/gifts – that represents an enormous amount of provision which is only made possible through the generosity and support of the general public.



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5am Arrive at work Wake up at 5am to the smell of Mrs Claus baking sugar plums, candy canes and chocolate chip cookies. Head to the stables to give the reindeers breakfast, carrots as standard. Apologise to Mrs Claus for traipsing reindeer poo in the carpet, so promise to shave after the big day. 6am Monday morning meeting with the elves to plan the day ahead. Monday is usually boys toys so the Elves get cracking on the ‘must haves’ for this year and I make a start on The List. 7am Sit down with my milk and mince pie and have a little look at whose been naughty or nice. It’s a pretty long list so takes around 360 days to get through it (it would take less time if I stopped checking my Facebook hourly). I’ve been waiting on an electronic database for The List from IT for about 12 years but apparently there’s a problem with the wifi... always some excuse. 11am Getting hungry now, a mince pie just isn’t enough for breakfast. Had the Health

and Safety Officer in to make sure conditions are safe and we are not using lead based paints. Elves have been working hard in the shop and added some new modifications to my sleigh. The younger Elves seem to think adding two stripes through the middle will make me go faster... we shall see.

2pm Personal trainer is in. I’m not getting stuck in a bloomin’ chimney this year. I’ve been informed that i shouldn’t rely on pastry based goods for a well rounded diet. I disagree. 2.05pm Cant.... take.... any... more. 5pm I’ve recovered. Gotten through some more of my list (and checked it twice). Elves are heading off after a hard days work. Time to get home to Mrs Claus’ amazing supper, and put my feet up for the Eastenders Christmas Special. Wonder if Grant Mitchell comes back again... he’s on my naughty list. WANT TO SHARE YOUR ‘DAY IN THE LIFE’? EMAIL US.


Read Raymond Brigg’s ‘Father Christmas’ this year, it’s pure festive fun!

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