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The secret diary of Emily Cuthbert aged 13 ¾ Poor Robin already gets more than his fair share of stick in this office. Mainly over his appearance. Robin “Today was a good day. I baked an apple crumble the is quite cutting edge when it comes to fashion. His only problem was I had to walk around with it in a pink jumper and ‘Brokeback Mountain’ check shirt has pink basket. I was hoping I didn’t see John and I didn’t. already caused some amusement, but it was open Apparently Richard’s got scarlet fever (whatever that season when he showed up in his big chunky ‘Starsky’ is).” cardigan. It takes a brave man to wear It reminds us all of those wonderful such a garment and it has the office Robin is quite and angst ridden teenage years and divided. Those with taste love it (Ha), why Emily is so special to us. cutting edge when those with dubious fashion sense think it comes to fashion. Speaking of special, your entries he looks like a 70s throwback and for out poetry competition have those who remember the 70s wish His pink jumper been brilliant. We had a really hard they looked as good! and ‘Brokeback time choosing but you can find our Our Emily is priceless, and such a joy favourites on P120-121. You can also Mountain’ check shirt to have in the office. And it seems has already caused read the poems from the runners-up she’s always been like that. The other on our facebook page and website day she brought in her teenage diary some amusement (the printable ones anyway!). which caused a lot of giggles. Here’s just one example...

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Win the ultimate de-stress treat at 5 Senses Spa Let’s face it, Christmas is a pretty stressful time. The shops are crowded, there’s so much planning and shopping to do, and then there’s the worry about how you’re going to pay for it all. If your economic forecast is looking as bleak as the winter weather, our lovely friends at 5 Senses Thai Day Spa on Clifton Green have the perfect destressing treat for you and a friend. You can relax and let tensions drift away with their Ta Ngam facial, which uses heated Thai sesame compresses to hydrate and refine fine lines and wrinkles while releasing beautiful aromas from the warm compress. The calming facial will balance your mind and will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. Then you can enjoy a therapeutic Aroma full body and scalp massage including face reflexology, which focuses on the lymphatic and circulatory systems to promote a soothing and balancing result with the use of blended essential oils.


Then, when you and your friend are feeling fully pampered, it’s off to the Old Siam restaurant at 126 Micklegate for a free two course meal worth £37. To win this fabulous prize, all you have to do is answer the following question: The 5 Senses Spa specialises in treatments from which Far Eastern country? Send your answers on a postcard marked ‘5 Senses Spa Competition’ to the address on page three, with your own name and contact details, to reach us by Friday 12th November.

n 5 Senses Spa offers a wide range of treatments and pampering packages, as well as gift vouchers. 118 Clifton Green, York YO30 6BQ. Tel 01904 623745. n The Old Siam Restaurant (The Authentic Traditional Thai Cuisine),126 Micklegate York YO1 6JX,Tel 01904 635162

Since it moved into its stylish Coppergate premises three years ago, Face etc Medispa has been building up a reputation as the place to go for the ultimate pampering experience. Their highly trained nurses, aestheticians and therapists offer a whole range of services, from facials to manicures, wraps to waxing and eyelash extensions to pampering packages. They also provide a number of advanced treatments including body lifting, thread vein removal, colonic irrigation and non surgical procedures such as botox and dermal fillers. And as a special pre-Christmas treat for Your Local Link readers, they’re offering a one hour facial and a full body massage as a prize in our exclusive competition. That’s a two hour treatment, worth £85, for nothing! And because they’re such nice people, they’ll also give you an Elemis skincare kit as a gift! To win this brilliant prize, all you have to do is answer the following question: How long has Face etc Medispa been at their Coppergate premises? Send your answer on a postcard, marked ‘Face etc Competition’, to the address on page three, with your own name and contact details, to reach us by Friday 12th November.

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Three Musketeers The Three Musketeers And The Princess Of Spain make their way to York Theatre Royal from 9 to 13 November in an anarchic new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic story which will appeal to all those aged between eight and 88. The story follows young sword-fighter D'Artagnan and his trusty companion Constance as they embark on an epic quest to save Paris - and a pregnant Princess - from the clutches of the evil Cardinal and a monstrous creature who suffers from serious mood-swings. Along the way they must enlist the help of the legendary Three Musketeers, but rumour has it they’ve gone to seed, gone past their sell-by date and gone into hiding. Set amidst the crumbling underworld of 17th century Paris, this new adaptation shows the Three Musketeers in their darkest, cheekiest and most unconventional guise yet. Their surreal world is inhabited by a range of weird and wonderfully garish creatures and incorporates enchanted forests, lost streams and a pristine, magical palace.

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Our good friends at York Theatre Royal have given us four tickets, for the 7.30pm show on November 11, to offer as a competition prize. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question: What is the name of D'Artagnan’s trusty companion? Send your answer on a postcard, marked ‘Three Musketeers Competition’ to the address on page three to reach us by Monday, November 8. Please include your contact details

Kickstart the festive season at the Arctic Express weekend (27th – 28th November) at the NRM. Escape the crowds for a few hours and get into the Christmas spirit in their winter-themed haven. Have your picture taken in a giant human Snow Globe, whizz round the indoor ice rink and keep the kids entertained, making their own winter-themed crafts to take home. Sort your Christmas shopping and choose from unique gift ideas in our extensive shops or enjoy traditional treats in the restaurant. Why not make your trip extra special with the chance to win a family ticket for the Snow Globe, lunch in the restaurant for up to five people, a ride on the simulator, Miniature Railway and Road Train as well as a free guide book! For your chance to win this fantasic competition, answer this question: What is the name of the NRM’s festive weekend? The closing date for all entries is Friday 19th November 2010. Post your answers to the address on page three Please quote ‘MRN Competition’. Terms and Conditions apply, please visit for full details.

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November is the month when people wear poppies to remember those who fought for their country in conflicts past and present. Some York residents give their wartime memories.

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burning.’ Retired teacher Don Walls remembers huddling under the stairs with his parents and younger sister when the Luftwaffe attacked York in the early hours of 29 April 1942. The raid, which killed 93 people and injured more than 200, was named after the German Baedeker guide book’. Hitler had ordered his bombers to attack English cathedral cities in retaliation for the RAF raid on Lubeck. A large bomb hit a terraced house in Baker Street, York, only a few doors from Don’s home. Fortunately


the bomb failed to go off. The occupants, who were sheltering under the stairs, walked out of their wrecked home unscathed. After the air raid Don and some school pals noticed strange holes on the mudflats of Clifton Ings. At the bottom of each hole, just an arm’s length from the surface, were German incendiary bombs – narrow metal cylinders sporting letters and numbers – which the boys took home as war trophies. They kept the unexploded bombs in the garden shed until they were discovered by alarmed parents who

called in the Army. “We were really proud of our bombs; fishing them out of the mud was like landing a prize fish,” recalls Don, aged 80. Phyllis Haddacks, who taught at Scarcroft School, York, was on fire-watching duty on the night the raid began. She recalls: “I’m no heroine, but I can’t recall feeling afraid. There seemed too much to do. Walking casualties and people suffering from shock were brought into the ARP shelter in Moss Street.” The horror of the raid was brought home to Phyllis the next day when she

railway burn. My pregnant mother urged him to join us in the air raid shelter he had built in the back garden. The bombs whistled and there was machine gun fire which left bullets in the bath. The following day, as my father cleaned the ceiling out of the piano which he had left the previous evening with all its lids removed for tuning, we were taken away to New Earswick by friends who had come to see how we were.” John adds: “A neighbour, not a house proud woman at the best of times, was still attributing the grime in her house on ‘the Blitz’ seven years later. It was a local

‘Next morning they sounded the all clear and we all gathered at the top of Scarcroft Hill and we could see York burning.’ cycled back to school ready for teaching. “I’d just taken off my coat when the headmaster came in and said ‘Isn’t it sad about Betty Ankers?’ I asked why and he said ‘She was killed last night’. My legs really turned to jelly and the night’s events became a reality. She was one of my little 12-year-olds. I took some of her friends to the funeral and I can still feel the way they clung to me and wept.” John McElheran also remembers the raid: “Our house in Sycamore Terrace, near Scarborough Bridge, was badly damaged by a bomb which fell uncomfortably near and killed one man. My father stood in the back lane protected by his tin hat watching the


Another York resident John Scott recalls: “Next morning they sounded the all clear and we all gathered at the top of Scarcroft Hill and we could see York burning. Two ladies next door had fortified themselves with a bottle of whisky and were dancing round in the street. My school had disappeared, it was all rubble. Eventually a letter arrived and said I had to report to a girls’ school in Priory Street.” n More wartime memories can be found in the oral history book ‘Rations, Raids and Romance’ by Van Wilson (York Archaeological Trust, £9.99).


The way I see it... The ups and downs of life as seen by our very own Grumpy (very) Old (almost) Woman


moments I have to thank Mrs Naylor for this month’s rant. She was kind enough to stop me on the way to work and tell me how much she enjoyed my column. I mentioned I was struggling to come up with an idea for this month and she inspired me with her tale of how she’d decided to get organised for Christmas by not only buying all her cards in the January sales, but actually writing them out and addressing the envelopes. You know where this is going, don’t you? Sure enough, when Mrs N went to get out her cards, she couldn’t remember where she’d put them. They’d completely vanished. I told her they’d turn up – probably sometime around 3rd January. That’s when all the presents I’ve ever bought in the sales usually decide to make an appearance. My personal record is finding a set of Sylvanian Family figures under the bed with a five year old receipt. Mrs Naylor reckons it’s the stress of preparing for Christmas that makes us forgetful. In my case I think it’s just my age.

Scary gaps Because these memory lapses don’t just happen to me during the festive season (although I must admit, keeping a running Christmas shopping list in my head doesn’t leave a lot of room for other stuff). I now find there are scary gaps where people’s names used to be. My husband and I have taken to talking over each other in case we forget what we’re going to say. And more often than not by the time I get to the top of the stairs I’ve completely forgotten why I went up there in the first place. I blame new technology. Time was when I carried hundreds of numbers, dates and facts around in my head. Now my trusty V+ box remembers which TV shows I want to record and does it for me (just as well – whenever I try to record anything I always seem to end up with a re-run of Only Fools & Horses). My computer remembers my friends’ birthdays and my mobile phone has a better memory than me when it comes to numbers. No wonder my brain has given up. These days, I not only can’t remember my PIN number, most of the time I can’t remember why I went into the shop in the first place.

All in the mind? According to the experts, senior moments are all in the imagination, and there’s actually no deterioration in memory as we get older. Clearly the experts have never stood in the kitchen, spatula in one hand and a packet of teabags in the other, wondering what on earth you intended to do with them. Or had to dive into a doorway to avoid an acquaintance because you can’t remember their name. I’m not the only one. My friend recently stepped into a lift at work heading for the cafeteria on the top floor, and pressed the button for the ground. She was just about to correct her mistake when the doors opened and a colleague got in. My friend had to travel down to the ground, then step out of the lift and walk around the block rather than admit she had no idea what she was doing. I think she was doing pretty well; if it had been me I probably wouldn’t have even recognised her.


London label signs York band York band Digicore have signed to London label Armalyte Industries for the release of their next album. The 2006 Fibbers Barfly Battle of the Band Winners have signed a deal that will see their new album, entitled “Without Freedom”, released on February 28, 2011. It will be available to download from major sources and in physical copy from the Armalyte website or any Digicore gig. The release will also be reinforced by a UK tour. Armalyte says: “York’s noisiest sons have been welcomed into our post-nuclear family. An ear-destroying, mind-melting explosion of future metal, digital hardcore, punk mayhem and drum’n’bass overload, Digicore are just so awesome that they’re causing our hyperbole machine to go into overdrive.” Digicore, who formed in 2005, have worked exceptionally hard to gain wider recognition after being the surprise 100/1 outside victors in the prestigious 2006 Battle of the Bands, playing shows all over the UK and staying true to their DIY ethics by releasing several self-funded EPs. Digicore say: “It’s good to know that the York music scene is resuscitating itself and being recognised as far afield as London. There are so many local bands here that are as hard working as they are talented and it’s about time dividends started to pay off.” Meanwhile, Hot Fudge, a quirky reggae/funk/ska band based in York, have launched a self-released album ‘Stranger in the City’ during a packed gig at Stereo. They won this year's Best of the Bands competition at York’s Grand Opera House and the prize was eight days of free studio time at BH Media. You can order a copy on email at

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New location for ice-rink

York’s annual ice-rink is moving to the city’s Designer Outlet where it will be 50% bigger than its predecessor at the Eye of York. Conveniently located on the A64/A19 interchange, it will open from Saturday, November 20, to Sunday, January 9. The Ice Factor, presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, is also offering new ice skates and a bigger skate marquee for greater customer comfort. It is made all the more festive with its Winter Wonderland theme, including log cabins, stunning lighting and Christmas trees. With a public viewing area, heated skate hire marquee and the heated ice bar & café for rink-side spectator comfort, the Ice Factor at York Designer Outlet also offers free parking and has more than 120 shops offering up to 60% discount right next door. n For more details, call York Ice Factor on 01653 619169.


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‘The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain’, an anarchic new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic story, will be staged at York Theatre Royal between November 9 and 13.

Directed by Dominic Hill and written by Chris Hannan, the story follows young swordfighter D'Artagnan and his trusty companion Constance as they embark on an epic quest to save Paris - and a pregnant Princess - from the clutches of the evil Cardinal and a baby eating monster. Along the way they must enlist the help of the legendary Three Musketeers, but rumour has it they’ve gone to seed after being forced underground. The gripping adventure unfolds as D’Artagnan and Constance race against time to track down Porthus, Athos and Aramis in order to save the day. Set amidst the crumbling

underworld of 17th century Paris, this family production shows the Three Musketeers in their darkest, cheekiest and most unconventional guise yet. Their surreal world is full of weird creatures, enchanted forests, lost streams and a magical palace.

Scottish actor Peter Forbes, who plays Porthus, says: “The Three Musketeers are very dysfunctional; they’ve turned in on themselves since going into hiding and have become a mess of emotions. Porthus has an eating disorder; he’s ballooned to such an enormous size that he believes he’s pregnant.” The play features plenty of swashbuckling sword-play, puppetry and live music with the actors playing various musical instruments. “I’ve had to learn to play the bagpipes in three to four weeks,” says Peter who, as a boy, played a drum in a Scottish pipe band. He was

scared off the pipes by their “horrific noise”.

Now he enjoys playing the bagpipes. “I’m determined to keep it going though, living in London, I don’t know where I’m going to practise,” he says. Peter, aged 50, adds this latest version of the Three Musketeers has the quality of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. “It’s been great fun acting in it and I’m sure the audience will enjoy it. It’s very theatrical.” The creative team includes Colin Richmond, whose set and costume design is suitably dark with humorous touches throughout, along with Renny Krupinski as fight director, Fleur Darkin as choreographer and Nikola Kodjabashia as sound director. n ‘The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain’, York Theatre Royal, November 9-13. Tel: 623568.





RICHARD FOSTER talks to Scottish actor Peter Forbes who plays Porthus in a new version of The Three Musketeers that’s coming to York Theatre Royal

‘The Three Musketeers are very dysfunctional; they’ve turned in on themselves since going into hiding and have become a mess of emotions’


sporty From managing a health centre to personal training, Sport and Active Leisure is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country. And now a new diploma has been launched in the city which promises to give students a valuable stepping stone to this rewarding and worthwhile career. The Sport & Active Leisure Diploma has been developed with the help of local employers. It’s designed to sit alongside the established GCSEs and A Levels and vocational qualifications, offering a mix of classroom learning, creative thinking and hands-on experience. The Sports & Active Leisure Diploma brings learning to life without sacrificing academic study. It offers students the chance to work with real life employers in the sport and active leisure field, and give them the skills they need for either a university route, or work. n For more information speak to your schools/colleges or visit

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Simulated game shooting with Yorkshire Corporate & Shooting Services is the closest thing to shooting live quarry. The clay traps are deployed strategically and out of sight, to send targets randomly over the team of guns at varying heights and speeds. Trajectories and angles are altered during the drive to ensure the guns are kept on their toes. It creates an unforgettable experience that is perfect for corporate events and parties of all kinds. The company, at Upper Poppleton, York, also offers clay shooting, shooting lessons and young gun days designed to introduce children to the sport. Its vouchers make ideal gifts. n Call 768686 or go to



York’s profile One of Kersten England’s goals during her first 12 months as chief executive of the city council was to be a good saleswoman for York.

The local authority has produced a prospectus – ‘York - a modern city making history’ – which has been sent to government departments as well as embassies overseas in an effort to woo potential investors. Its four main bullet points state that York: • is the strongest performing economy in the north • has the best performing children’s services in the north • is the greenest city in the north • is the lowest spending city in the north. Kersten believes York’s voice is getting heard in the corridors of power and the

city is punching above its weight in the global market place. She says: “We are not a bit part player here; we are the anchor for the economy in this part of the world. York is the gateway for this region; we have got a strong brand and it’s a positive brand. We offer much more than being a good technical place from which to do business; we also offer an excellent good quality of life.” The city council launched the innovation programme for the Leeds City Region in York. Kersten says: “We had 150 people in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall celebrating the strength of York in terms of its knowledge economy and its potential to drive growth not just for York but for all the authorities within the Leeds City Region. It acknowledged

White Rose Awards winners announced Some of the region’s best local tourism businesses – including many Your Local Link advertisers – triumphed at the recent White Rose Awards. Ninety finalists battled it out for the coveted awards, which are organised by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire. The 16 winners included RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, who had a double celebration after winning Large Visitor Attraction and the Sustainable Tourism Award. The Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award was presented to The Walled Garden at Scampston, Malton, while Small Hotel / Townhouse of the Year went to The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, Helmsley. Business Tourism Award went to the National Railway Museum, while York Maze scooped the Best Tourism Experience of the Year award. "The judges had a particularly tough time choosing this year due to the high calibre of entries,” says Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. “Congratulations to all of our winners; this is a fantastic achievement and a proud day for them all."


Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, talks to RICHARD FOSTER strategy. Alan Simpson, a professor of architecture, told an audience of movers and shakers at York Design Awards, that ‘the single private motor car’ must be banned from the city. Your Local Link reported his controversial comments in the magazine’s August issue.

the strength of Science City York, the Science Park, the universities and the council working together to encourage business start-ups around the knowledge economy. I’m the lead chief executive for innovation within the Leeds City Region. I took that role on because I see it as one of our strengths that more people need to know about. We need to connect world class research with business start-ups and we are beginning to do that. I think that is a big step forward. York is pivotal in the Leeds City Region. We’ve plugged ourselves into the critical decisionmaking arenas where investment flows into the region and that’s beginning to really bring benefits.

‘We are not a bit part player here; we are the anchor for the economy in this part of the world.’ The city council is also developing links with Germany – Britain’s biggest trade partner in the European Union – as well as the emerging economies of China and India. Preparations for the London Olympics in 2012 has enabled York to establish itself as a training camp for African athletes – building on its links with the continent forged by the confectionery industry.

Kersten does not agree with such a Draconian approach. She says: “Transport must be one of the most hotly debated topics in York. The balance we have to strike is enabling our economy to work and sustainability. But I don’t think they are inextricably opposed. I often talk about taking all non-essential car journeys off the road so that people can get to work and school, goods can get out on the distribution networks around the city and we don’t have the congestion and emissions and, therefore, the Cycling City agenda and the Park & Ride agenda are very much about economic prosperity and making the city work.” All motorists must be encouraged to think about whether their car journey essential. They need to consider alternatives, such as walking, cycling or using bus and/or rail.

York is also using its historical assets, such as the Mansion House and the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, to woo business people looking to invest in the city. Being a medieval walled city, York was not designed to cope with the internal combustion engine. Yet, if the historic city is going to earn its living in the 21st century, it must come up with an effective transport

Kersten, who cycles to and from meetings in the city centre, says: “ We look at Munster, one of our twin cities, where I think more journeys to work were made by bike in the previous few years than by car and we would like to get to that point in York.” n City of York Council is consulting on 20mph speed limits and the deadline for responses is November 12. You can either complete the survey in the magazine Your City or send a letter to 20mph, City of York Council, Freepost YO368, York YO1 9GZ.


Well covered? If you’re buying an electrical gadget this Christmas, you’ll probably be offered an extended warranty. But are they really worth the money? An extended warranty covers the item for three to five years after the manufacturer’s usual 12 month warranty has expired. It sometimes covers accidental damage and theft too.

DIG’s gladiator competition winners Sabine Lapish and Paul Telfer with DIG’s resident gladiator and their prizes

Test of strength

York Archaeological Trust (YAT) has given the thumbs-up to two people who took part in ‘gladiatorial combat’ at DIG – its hands-on excavation attraction at St Saviour’s Church.

‘Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets’ and its new YAT pass.

It has named Paul Telfer, from the Thirsk area, and Sabine Lapish, of Copmanthorpe, York, as the winners of its ‘test your strength’ competition.

Participants went head to head in gladiator-style strength challenges to win a Nintendo Wii. They held a weighted Roman sword at arm’s length and used a gladiator net and trident to catch an opponent at increasing distances to prove they were the strongest contestants.

The contest was held to launch DIG’s Roman Gladiator exhibition

Sarah Maltby, director of attractions at York Archaeological Trust, says:


“We had 332 competition entries from people up and down the country and as far afield as Canada, United States and Australia. The competition was such a success that we will incorporate a VIKINGthemed strength tournament in our 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival – Vikings ready!” n To find out more about DIG, visit or call 615505.

But are they worth it? Not according to the experts. They reckon that with products becoming more reliable, buyers are less likely to need cover. Also, the Sale of Goods Act means that in some cases stores should repair faulty goods even after the 12 month warranty period has elapsed. By law, if the appliance breaks down within a reasonable period of time, the retailer is obliged to put the problem right by repairing or replacing the product. What counts as ‘reasonable’ is open to debate, but it’s always worth checking. Some retailers will make a point of offering accidental damage cover as part of their extended warranties. But many people will have this cover on their home insurance already - and there's no point in having double the cover you need. Alternatively, you might also be covered on your credit card when you buy an electrical item. If you don't have an extended warranty on your home insurance or credit card and decide you'd like some kind of additional or extended cover for electrical items you don't have to buy it at the point of sale - you'll get cheaper and better insurance by shopping around.



for a treat? It’s a dream come true for three friends from York who are travelling Down Under to watch all five Test matches between England and Australia in the 2010/11 Ashes series.

Daniel Kiernan, Jamie Gavin and Harry Pashby, all aged 22, will be hoping the England team, led by captain Andrew Strauss, will be able to retain the Ashes they won last year. Dan says: “It has been a dream of ours for a number of years to follow the England cricket team away in the Ashes, but to do all five Tests is something extra special and unique.” The keen cricket fan will be writing a blog about his experiences Down Under for Your Local Link’s popular Facebook page at www.facebook. com/yourlocallinkmagazine Test dates Nov 25-29: 1st Ashes Test v Australia, Gabba, Brisbane Dec 3-7: 2nd Ashes Test v Australia, Adelaide Dec 16-20: 3rd Ashes Test v Australia, Perth Dec 26-30: 4th Ashes Test v Australia, Melbourne Jan 3-7: 5th Ashes Test v Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

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Master craftsman Bob Lambert, who is passionate about teaching woodworking skills, will be showing pupils how to make Christmas gifts that have the potential to become family heirlooms. He is also holding an open day at his workshop on Saturday, November 6, between 10am and 5pm.

NOVEMBER courses 1-4 – turning a child’s chair 9-10 – turning a raised fruit bowl 11-12 – turning a Lazy Suzan platter 15-17 – vanity box router project 23-26 – clock case project

n The Woodwork Room, York Riding School, Clifton Road Business Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH. For more details, call 348343 or email

Ghost walks are a common sight in York these days; but who were the pioneers of this popular tourist activity? Storyteller HELEN M. SANT finds out

Ghost tour pioneers at this church. A painting crashed to the floor from its easel minutes before we were about to perform and there were bizarre reports of dark figures flitting about in the shadows, as well as candles lighting and relighting themselves.

When York archivist John V. Mitchell began gathering eye-witness accounts for his book ‘Ghosts of an Ancient City’ in the early 1970s, he was helped by spiritualist Connie Spendlow.

During the course of her research, Connie uncovered so many bizarre stories that she was approached by a party of people wanting a tour round the haunted places.

Opposite the church, where medieval Lady Row stands, is a café. A former owner once told me of tricks being played on her when she did the housework and the spirits of two children haunting the stairs. Even now, as you walk along Goodramgate, you will see a tiny toy in the top window that has never been moved. It was said the toy was kept there for good luck to keep the child ghosts happy. At the Castle Museum, guides told me of hearing evil voices on the top floor of the building containing the old debtors’ prison and of seeing a Victorian woman, dressed in brown, in the ‘Cradle to Grave’ room.

Connie duly obliged and it became a regular ‘ghost walk’. Few people know it was a woman who was one of the first, and possibly the very first, to lead a ghost walk anywhere in the world. Her son, storyteller Adrian Spendlow, has followed in her footsteps. At one time, he had a guest spot on local radio, regaling York with haunted tales. During my time too, as storyteller, I have always been interested in gathering new ghost stories. It makes one realize just how many undocumented tales there really are, and that there’s nothing like hearing a ghost story directly from a witness to make your hair stand on end. Many are familiar with Harry Martindale’s eye-witness account of Roman soldiers marching through the cellar of the Treasurer’s House, when he was just a young apprentice. Harry struck me as a sincere man, when I spoke to him. Another well-known tale is that of headless Thomas Percy, an Elizabethan rebel, wandering around the graveyard of the Holy Trinity Church in Goodramgate. I once performed an event for York’s Literature Festival

‘A painting crashed to the floor from its easel minutes before we were about to perform and there were bizarre reports of dark figures flitting about in the shadows.’

Do I believe in ghosts? Most definitely and so do many others, but it’s not necessarily something you want to boast about. Just as Connie Spendlow found out when she did that early research, many people don’t broadcast their ghostly terrors at all. Sometimes it’s too traumatic and other times, they fear the reactions of sceptics more than the ghosts! But those of us who believe, know that in York, perhaps more than anywhere else, there are things that go bump in the day and night.


charity Boost for York Celebration has received a three-

York mental health charity Our Relief to support a project helping year grant of £82,000 from Comic tal ill-health. young adults to recover from men the project helps people get their Aimed at local people aged 18-25, -term wellbeing. long lives back on track, and promote ady set up a pilot training course Project Leader Jane Barnett has alre leads to an OCR qualification entitled ‘Ready, Steady, Life’, which s to run the course over the plan in Employability Skills. She now young adults for the next course, next three years and is recruiting k go to starting in November. For details, Our ices presented £1,000 to n City of York Council’s waste serv Choose2Reuse fashion show, the at ed rais Celebration which was Racecourse. featuring charity shop chic, at York

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GET CYCLING with get cycling

Fifteen tips for safer cycling By Jim McGurn from Get Cycling Ride a bike regularly and you can expect to be as fit as someone ten years younger. You also put an average of two and a half years to your lifespan, a figure which takes into account the relatively small number of fatalities each year. So you can argue that it’s much safer to cycle than not to cycle! Here’s how to cut the chances of an accident even further: 1. Keep your bike in good order: many cycle accidents have nothing to do with other traffic.

“It’s behind you!” Panto season is almost upon us. Where else but Britain would you find a show featuring a girl dressed as a boy, a man dressed as a woman, not to mention a pantomime cow? We’ve been taking a look at the history of this uniquely British art form...

The tradition of panto dates back ever further than Berwick Kaler. It takes its inspiration from the Commedia dell’Arte, a type of travelling entertainment from 16th century Italy featuring the characters Harlequin and Columbine. These characters first began appearing in English plays in 1660, and by the 18th century the ‘pantomime’ had emerged. In 1773 the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane presented Jack The Giant Killer, the first pantomime story similar to those we know and love today. One of the most famous panto impresarios was August Harris, ‘The Father of Modern Pantomime’, who began introducing popular music hall stars (the forerunners of today’s Aussie soap stars) into his productions at the Drury Lane Theatre in the 1870s. Pantomime may have evolved over the years, but certain elements remain firmly based in tradition. Slapstick takes its name from a hinged wooden sword used by Harlequin, which made a loud slapping noise when struck. Chase scenes would take the characters to different locations controlled by Harlequin’s magical bat. Slapstick thus evolved into comic chase scenes. The Principal boy Male impersonators were common on the Regency and Victorian stage. The costumes gave the actresses a good excuse to flash their ankles and calves in a time when women remained covered up. Not surprisingly, the tradition proved especially popular with male audiences! As time went on, male impersonators became less common, but the tradition remained in panto. The dame After women moved on to the stage at the time of the Restoration, a tradition remained of men playing some comic roles. Possibly one of the most famous dames of all time was Dan Leno, one of the most popular comedians of the day. He became the biggest star in an era that was to draw many stars from music hall in Great Britain, and establish the trend that remains today of using well known personalities to top the bill in pantomimes. Dan Leno teamed up with Herbert Campbell in 1888 to create a comic partnership that had no rival.

2. If possible, position yourself to be visible to other road-users, especially at junctions and roundabouts. 3. Wear bright clothing incorporating reflective material. 4. Ride confidently and predictably. Speed, acceleration and effective brakes can give extra safety; so go for a good quality bike. 5. Shout ‘room!’ if a driver comes too close. It’s fast and effective. 6. Don’t cower in the gutter. Keep a metre’s space free to your left in case you need to move into it, or if a car-door opens suddenly. 7. At advanced stop lines (green boxes) wait in a central position, even if turning left. 8. Hold your lane for periods if it’s safer for you, but don’t cause frustration behind you. 9. Don’t let Park and Ride buses pass you unless you judge it safe 10. Learn to look behind with confidence, or use a mirror. 11. Watch out for pedestrians stepping out: they can’t hear your engine! Get a bell. 12. Wear a helmet for protection against low-impact collisions and don’t expect it to do much more than that. 13. Plan your journeys well, and use York’s cycle route network map (free from the Get Cycling Shop). 14. Be assertive, and proud to be pedalling, but also polite. 15. Buy good lights. A quick note about cycle lights. Modern cycle lights are a dream. For example I came across a great new idea in our Get Cycling shop last week: a very compact and powerful light which you simply plug into your computer’s USB port to charge up. OK, they’re £19.99 each, but what price safety and convenience? n Jim McGurn is Chief Executive of Get Cycling, a registered community interest company based in Hospital Fields Road, Fulford.


We shine the spotlight on a 90-year-old artist living in York whose latest exhibition is being staged at King’s Manor

Child of the

art gallery Artist David Fowkes, aged 90, has lived in York for 30 years and taught for many years at York College of Art. He has a great following in the city and has shown several times previously at the University of York. His work is in many private collections, including that of the Royal Household. David comes from a family of renowned artists and was fortunate to spend his formative years living in an art gallery, in Eastbourne, where his father was curator. There he met many of the famous artists of the 20th century, such as Eric Ravilious. He then taught for many years at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, before retiring to York in 1980. Much of his painting is of the landscape and cities of Italy, which he visited annually for many years. David regards himself primarily as a figurative painter but is an admirer of those painters who can combine abstract and figurative elements. He says: “Whether in Yorkshire, the far North West of Scotland, Amsterdam or Italy, I always have a notebook to draw and record tonal and colour

‘I always have a notebook to draw and record tonal and colour relationships.’ relationships. Back in the studio in the winter (and sometimes years later) I select a drawing which I think could make a painting. I carefully transfer the drawing exactly to the canvas, as I believe that what made me draw a particular set of relationships in the first place must be accurately repeated on the canvas. Then as

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the painting develops it changes: sometimes small, sometimes very big changes may happen, but all is in response to one’s initial visual excitement. Painting is a mysterious business.” n An exhibition of David’s work is being held by York’s Kentmere House Gallery at King’s Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, until December 17. It will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Tennis ace strikes gold One gold, two silver and a bronze medal have been brought home to York by two athletes from the European Special Olympics summer games.

Former Applefields School students Laura Campbell and Joseph Hadfield trained at local sports clubs before joining 1,600 other learning disabled athletes at the 2010 Special Olympics European Summer Games in Warsaw for a week of competition. Tennis ace Laura won gold for the mixed doubles with Adam Hodgson and she also won silver for the tennis singles. Teammate Joseph Hadfield won bronze in the 100-metre sprint and silver in the shot put. Laura, aged 19, was coached at York Tennisability Club by Bev Cairns, while Joe, also 19, was coached by Hannah Higginson, of the City of York No Limits athletics club. Both are now students at Weelsby College in Grimsby.

Museum gets Segways Segways, the two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles, are starring alongside historic locomotives at York’s National Railway Museum (NRM).

They allow visitors to whizz along inflatable railway tunnels at the NRM’s new adrenaline-fuelled attraction – the Exhilaration Station. Emma Farley, Marketing & PR Manager at the NRM, says: “As we’re the only location in North Yorkshire where visitors can just turn up and ride a Segway without making a group booking, we’re certain they will be really popular.” n For more information, visit

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The Big Ones

Some of the country’s biggest names are launching their latest bestsellers this month. Join the queue... And what better way to start than with the original bad girl, Martina Cole? We’re all big fans of Ms Cole here in the office, although we have to admit we’ve been a bit disappointed by her most recent offerings. It looks as if she might be back to blistering form with The Family. Phillip Murphy is a family man. He worships his old mum; he takes care of his siblings who help run his business empire; he dotes on his two young sons who will one day take over. And then there’s his wife and saviour Christine, whom he loves with a vengeance. To Phillip Murphy, family is everything. Christine has always understood this about her husband. But there is another side to Phillip, and it’s a side he never wanted his wife to see. Though even if she did, could she do anything but stand by him? Because Phillip has rules, and he expects loyalty from his nearest and dearest. Once you’re in the family, you’re in it for life. Devastatingly powerful and utterly unforgettable, The Family is told with typical Martina Cole menace that will keep you hooked from the very first page. Master of the macabre Stephen King began his writing career penning short stories and he returns to the genre for his latest powerful offering, Full Dark, No Stars. As the name suggests, it’s a pitch black quartet of mesmerising tales, linked by the theme of retribution. ‘1922’ is told in the form of a confession from Wilfred Leland James, whose descent into murder and madness begins when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead. Crime writer Tess’ own madness begins when she is violated and left for dead by a stranger on a back road in ‘Big Driver’. ‘Fair Extension’, the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. Finally, Darcy Anderson’s life is changed forever when she discovers a mysterious box belonging to her husband. There are more thrills in Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs, featuring her heroine Temperance Brennan. When Tempe is called to the scene of an autoerotic death, she has little idea of the tangled chain of events that will follow. Because the man whose body she is examining apparently died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam 40 years before. So who is buried in the soldier’s grave? As Tempe gradually unravels the tangled threads of the mystery, it becomes clear that there are some who would rather the past stays dead and buried. And when Tempe proves difficult to frighten, they turn their attention to the person who means more to her than anyone else in the world. Tempe isn’t the only crime-busting heroine to make an appearance this month. In Patricia Cornwell’s Port Mortuary, forensic scientist Kay Scarpetta’s skills are called into play when a young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to her home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked inside the cooler. When scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries, Scarpetta realises that this is a case of murder - and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out ...



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Daytime choir opens

Due to the overwhelming success of their York choirs, musical director Ewa Salecka and pianist Greg Birch will shortly be announcing daytime rehearsals for their exciting choral project, PRIMA VOCAL ENSEMBLE. No auditions are required, and you will have an opportunity to become involved in a creative group with an emphasis on the thrill of live performance! Rehearsals will be held every Wednesday in Marygate, York between 11am and 1pm. Call now to book your space! n For more information call 07704 610 888,

Enterprising playgroup

The children at St Edwards Playgroup are rising money for BBC Children in Need Rhyme time campaign by designing their own spotty T-shirts and a bake sale. The Members of York Poetry event helps get young children Society enjoy reading and working together for the benefit of listening to poetry. Each others – an important skill for life. month they explore the The playgroup meets in the scout world of poetry through a hut behind St Edwards Church on different theme. They meet Tadcaster Road. If your pre-school on the first Friday of the aged child would like to join month at Jacob’s Well, Trinity the playgroup they have spaces Lane, off Micklegate, 7.30pm available. to 9.30pm. n Contact Megan on90232

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Does your club or group need new members? Or maybe you have some news you’d like to share. If so, get in touch with us. Write to us at the address of page three, or email us at Mark your message ‘Club News’.

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Club is a friendly club affiliated month, commencing at 7.30 held on the first Tuesday of each rch Hall, Hawthorn Terrace, pm. We meet at the Methodist Chu programme consists of flower New Earswick, York, YO32 4AQ. Our tice nights, garden visits and demonstrations, workshops, prac ts and new members. flower festivals. We welcome gues n For details call 764106.

Art lessons

Art tutor Karen Winship is holding a series of drawing and painting masterclasses in the York area next year. Still life will be taught on January 5 and March 7; a beginners’ class will be held on January 17; landscapes will be covered on February 5 with portraiture sessions will be held on February 19 and March 26. n The masterclass includes art materials and a homemade lunch. Phone Karen on 07789 277382 and ask about her gift vouchers. of TNT social group Castle experience Members from a long weekend in

rned ( have retu ed in the Caverswall Castle stay bers Staffordshire. Eight mem y original features with modern Moat House which combines man in front of a crackling coal comforts. Sabine says: “We relaxed ed pool in our own games play fire in the magnificent hall and the Museum of Childhood, an room. We visited Sudbury Hall and Cavern), Alton Towers and the impressive limestone cave (Poole One Show team caught us on beautiful Dovedale (where the BBC kend in a special place with wee ul camera!). This was a wonderf t in York where TNT members mee great company. Now, we are back .” ities activ al soci r othe meals and regularly for pub nights, cinema, 788051 on ne n For more details, call Way

A must for budding musicians If you’re thinking about a career in music, Access to Music is the place for you. As the UK’s largest provider of popular music education, it offers a range of music-related further education and training courses. Most of ATM’s employees are musicians who are still actively working in music, and the company has a real presence in the music industry through close contacts with manufacturers, promoters/venues, music media, retailers, music companies and organisations. So whether you’re interested in working as a musician or technician, ATM is the ideal place to kickstart your career. Access To Music is based at the Jam Factory Studios, York’s premier Rehearsal and Recording Studio. They’re holding an Open Day on 20th November from 11am. Interviews/auditions are being held on the day, call Access To Music on 655290

Caring classes A new gentle yoga class for people living with cancer has just started in the York area. The classes, which are subsidised by York Against Cancer, are being run by Sheila McKeever, a Registered General Nurse and Yoga teacher with training in yoga cancer care. The classes are held at St Olave’s Church Hall and are open to anyone living with cancer and also carers, relatives or friends. “I’m aiming to offer something which will be of real benefit and which people can also use at home,” says Sheila. “A chance to experience relaxation methods, learn simple breathing exercises to calm the mind and body, and practise gentle movements within each individual's capabilities. The class may be practised sitting in a chair for anyone unable to lie on a mat. Benefit can be gained when learning in a supportive environment with people in similar circumstances.” n For information about the classes please call Sheila 07596 618562

Honour for ‘dragon’ James Caan, one of the all-powerful investors in the successful BBC TV series Dragons’ Den, will receive an honorary degree from York St John University at its graduation ceremony at York Minister on November 18. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his success as an entrepreneur and business leader. Also being honoured by York St John this year is Valerie Taylor, a physiotherapist who founded a rehabilitation centre for the poor in Bangladesh, and Janakiraman Ramachandran in recognition of his contribution to education and social development in India. They will receive their honorary degrees at the Minster on November 19.

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for November 2010 by James Christie

ARIES November promises to be a brighter month than you might expect with spontaneous romantic aspects on the 7th 8th and 9th. Finances get a boost around the 20th when an old debt will be paid – and you might find something you’d thought you’d lost ages ago. A harmonious time for family and friends. TAURUS The dark days of November can bring a lot of negativity and your challenge will be to keep smiling in the face of adversity. Health aspects may need some care and attention and anything to do with insurance should be relevant. Finances look good and you will be contemplating major investments. GEMINI Good opportunities to sort out some old debts, both financial and emotional, with some interesting travel aspects leading to important reunions. There is some degree of domestic claustrophobia which can be alleviated by getting out and about a bit more. Pregnancies, births and babies high on the agenda for some. CANCER Divided emotional loyalties take their toll, especially if we’re looking at three possible pathways forwards. You’ll be jittery with finances, needing to spend but being loathe to do so. A stubborn mood may set you back around the 15th when you go hell for leather to put right a long standing wrong. LEO The balance of power shifts in a key relationship and you will have to make compromises you don’t want to make! However, by being compliant you smooth some waves and buy yourself some time to decide just what you want out of your love life. Careers tick over quietly as you concentrate on more important matters. VIRGO You’ll be balancing the financial books and finding you have a bit more flexibility than you thought. This is a busy, high earning period work-wise, but you need to keep an eye on the tax man and what he might want a wee while from now. Family matters a bit fraught around the 5th and the 15th. LIBRA Travel aspects (even if it’s only a dirty weekend) tie in nicely with new romances and developing relationships so overall you should find this a buoyant and exciting month. If there are problems anywhere it will be with old flames and ex-partners who may well resent the fact that you have moved on. SCORPIO A time to review some of your friendships and to be on guard against a bit of petty jealousy and back biting. Keep your own thoughts (and secrets) to yourself. Some minor health problems during the 3rd week could lay you low and beware of unroadworthy motor cars, especially around the 18th. SAGITTARIUS If there isn’t enough money to do something you desperately want to do, then you are being told that you shouldn’t do it! Find another route and make all necessary compromises. Maintain financial discipline and keep your hands on purses and wallets in a dangerous period between the 7th and the 9th. CAPRICORN In some ways this will be a very exciting month as long term plans come to fruition, but it is going to be both fraught and tiring and you are going to be working to a deadline to get everything done. Emotional relationships are very solid, so do listen to the advice of a lover or partner. AQUARIUS Finances perk up to the extent that you’ll find yourself able to afford a small luxury. Family affairs run smoothly enough, but there is a restless mood provoking the occasional peep over the far side of the hill. Hobby interests graduate towards becoming money earners, although on this one you need to speculate to accumulate. PISCES You need to follow the practical side of your nature. This doesn’t mean there is no room for emotion and romance, only that you should follow your head rather than your heart to fulfil your ambitions. Younger people exert a strong influence and money spent on travel any time after the 21st should be seen as an investment. n For private readings please phone 01937 831161 or 07884 107100 Email Web:


Have a heart…

get jogging

The British Heart Foundation is asking people of all ages to sign up for York’s annual Santa Jog to raise money for the charity’s vital work. The York Santa Jog takes place on December 12. Anyone can take part, dress up and have fun, regardless of age or ability, from toddlers to the elderly. The one-mile jog starts at 10.30am at the York City Rowing Club on the West Esplanade, York. Entry fee is a minimum donation of £5 for adults, which includes a free adult size Santa Suit. Children under 16 years old are encouraged to come in fancy dress and can enter the jog for free (under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult) and take part in the fancy dress competition at the end of the jog. Fancy dress prizes include two family passes to the Ice Factor in York which is open from November 20 to January 9 at York Designer Outlet. Andy Kirby, chairman for the York fundraising branch for the British Heart Foundation, says: "The Santa Jog is a great festive event that the whole family can take part in.” n Anyone interested in taking part should call 01623 624558 (and state York Jog) or email

Five of the seven Acomb firefighters who are supporting the Prostate Cancer Charity. From back left, Jon D Dewsnap, Mark Baron and Michael Dobson with, from front left, Robert Gudgeon and Ian Gallacher. Also taking part, but not pictured, are crew manager Craig Miller and watch manager Richard Henry.

Grow a moustache for charity Rob Gudgeon, a 47-year-old firefighter at Acomb fire station, has persuaded six colleagues on White Watch to join him in growing a moustache to raise money for charity. He’s doing it as a memorial for his father, Maurice, of Green Hammerton; the partner in a family building firm died of prostate cancer in September, aged 77. Rob, who’s been fighting fires to 23 years, says: “My dad was a real country gentleman. He fought the disease for three years and I wanted to raise awareness of prostate cancer.” The seven firefighters are supporting Movember campaign, which challenges men to change the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start November 1 clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. The funds raised through Movember’s UK campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Charity. n For more details, go to


RICHARD FOSTER talks to a York charity runner inspired by her parents

Running for dad Keep-fit enthusiast Karen Elstob is coping with family illness and bereavement by putting in the miles for charity.

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Karen, of York, started taking part in charity runs in June last year and reckons she has already raised more than £1,000 for various causes.

She is re-training as a 'Wellness Coach/nutritionist' after bringing up her son as a single parent for the past 15 years. She previously worked for the airlines as a member of cabin crew and, before the birth of her son, she trained cabin crew for a scheduled airline in the UK.

She has competed in the Great North Run, the Jane Tomlinson 10k race as well as Sports Relief and Race For Life. Charities that have benefited from her efforts include the Alzheimer’s Society; Martin House Hospice for young people at Boston Spa; the Yorkshire childhood cancer charity Candlelighters; and the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity, known as Skcin Karen took up running three years ago in memory of her father, Gerry, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 65. Karen, aged 49, says: “He was incredibly active and was a great believer in community. It was heartbreaking to watch the disease take away his mobility, his dignity and eventually his speech. I run nearly every day and, in doing so, I still feel really close to him.” She runs regularly just like her dad who was an accomplished runner, cricketer and squash player until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was only 53. Of the 750,000 people in the UK with dementia, 16,000 of them are under the age of 65. One in three of us over the age of 65 will die with dementia. The iconic half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields is now in its 30th year and Karen ran the 13-mile course


Karen underwent surgery on her right knee in May, but she’s not one to allow any mishap to knock her off course. “I still run with a knee support, but I am more determined than ever to keep running and raising money,” she says.

‘It was heartbreaking to watch the Alzheimer ’s disease take away my father’s dignity. I run nearly every day and, in doing so, I still feel really close to him.” Karen’s next major charity project will take her overseas. She plans to run in the Nice half-marathon in France in April to raise money for Skcin and she is inviting other runners to accompany her. Being fluent in French, she will be able to help her fellow runners through the application process. She wants to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer

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Karen Alstobwith her mother Stella, and left at the Great North Run

after her mother, Stella, who lives in a village near Nice, underwent intensive treatment for the disease, including reconstructive surgery. Karen says: “I would like to get a party of about 20 runners together so we can

raise as much money as possible for Skcin.” Anyone interested in taking part in next year’s Nice half-marathon can send Karen an email at kae.elstob@


Hi-tech view of York church Scholars at the University of York have joined forces with the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) to raise awareness of one of the city’s hidden gems.

Green vision

for York

Christianity and Culture, based in the university’s Humanities Resource Centre, were asked by the CCT to produce a new electronic interpretation of Holy Trinity in Goodramgate - one of 342 churches in CCT’s care. A touch-screen interpretation programme and a CD-Rom showcasing the history of Holy Trinity was unveiled at the CCT’s annual conference in London. The CD-Rom and the touchscreen of Holy Trinity Church Goodramgate include a 360-degree panorama highlighting the key features to see and an evolving model showing the development of the building through nine centuries. An illustrated history includes stories of people associated with the church through the ages. Sales of the CD-Rom will benefit the church and CCT as well as providing visitors with an exciting souvenir while the touch-screen was being installed in Holy Trinity.


A vision to make York a greener city over the next 30 years, with fewer cars and more trees, has been unveiled. Last year City of York Council, in collaboration with Yorkshire Forward, commissioned Alan Simpson, a professor of architecture and urbanism, to produce the York Economic Vision, which has now been unveiled. Prof Simpson and his panel of advisers want three new parks to be created in the city centre: • a great cultural park based on the Museum Gardens; • a grand civic park based on the Eye of York; • an innovative production park based on Foss Islands Road.

All three parks would be connected by the new circular Rampart Park, designed to enhance York’s historic city walls.

dramatically improved streets, would unite the city’s great civic, cultural, natural and educational amenities,” adds Prof Simpson.

New country parks at the ring road should be connected through a series of green cycle and pedestrian pathways. New park-and-go facilities should link to the city centre along arterial routes that could be transformed into parkways.

Development proposals for York Central should connect the area to the River Ouse by a series of routes, pathways and cycle ways. The Ouse could be drawn into the site as a canal or lake with marina facilities, thereby enhancing the role of the river.

Outer and inner parks should be connected by enhanced and expanded strays and protected green space to create a series of green spokes.

City of York Council has established a Renaissance Team to continue the working approach set out by Prof Simpson’s panel by engaging with the community on strategy development.

“The rivers Ouse and Foss must be an integral part of the green wedges and development must face the rivers rather than turning its back on them,” says Prof Simpson, an advocate of the ‘City Beautiful Movement’ of the early 20th century. A Great Street should re-connect the University of York to the walled city, providing a direct route to the Minster and York St John University. It would continue to the city’s grand entry point at York station. “This new route, along

Going for growth The value of York’s economy in 2010 is £3.37 billion. The city’s vision is to grow that value to £4.5 billion by 2035. It will achieve this by enhancing the city’s cultural, social and physical assets, and it will work with the businesses, the universities and colleges, the voluntary sector, and communities to achieve sustainable economic growth.

Christmas crackers!

Got a problem with your Christmas shopping? Then let Your Local Link give you a hand. Whether you’re looking for Christmas cards with a heart or the perfect gift for someone special, we’ve got some tips to make your festive shopping a doddle. Make it personal Whether you’re a business or you have a big family, you’ll know what a chore writing Christmas cards can be. Now local Design & Print company The Architect Shop has come up with a brilliant solution that could save you time and effort – and help raise money for a very good cause too. They’ve teamed up with local photographers Bailey Cooper to produce some beautiful personalised Christmas cards. Choose from a range of festive images, create your personal message and The Architect Shop will print your cards for you. Using their state of the art technology, they can even scan in your signature! They will produce orders from a minimum of ten to 10,000. And if you place an order over £50, they will donate £5 to St Leonards Hospice. “The charity is celebrating its silver jubilee this year and so are we, so we thought it would be a good match,” says Managing Partner Adam Partington. n So don’t wait for the last Christmas post – contact The Architect Shop on 632313 today!

Pet portraits Looking for an original gift with special meaning? Why not commission a portrait of a loved one’s treasured pet? It’s a gift that really does come from the heart. Local York artist Jun Cui specialises in high quality animal and pet portraits in pastel. Work includes portraits of dogs, cats, horses, or even wild animals and birds. Whatever your pet subject, Jun Cui loves a challenge!




Glenn Coaches was established in 1977 by Jack & Joan Wreglesworth who work alongside their sons John and Glenn. They say: “We began a legacy of customer service with a ‘can-do’ attitude, building our business on our reputation, backed by many years of experience. We take pride in delivering a high level of customer service, every time.” The Wigginton company is doing various shopping excursions in the run-up to Christmas. They include Bury’s world famous market on November 20; Newcastle or MetroCentre on November 25; Chatsworth on December 2; Lincoln Christmas Market on December 3; Durham Christmas Market on December 5; Grassington Dickensian Festival on December 11; and Beverley Christmas Festival on December 12. n For more details, call Glenn Coaches on 769914.

n Call 07595 450799 for more information.


The sky’s the limit For a gift that will be remembered forever, why not take to the skies? York Gliding Centre, based at The Aerodrome in Rufforth, is offering gliding experiences over the Vale of York. It’s a great chance to see York from the air and create some wonderful memories that will last a lot longer than your standard socks or bath stuff. And it’s a more affordable treat than you might think – prices start from just £85. n For more information, call 738694.


Going for gold We all know money’s tight around Christmas time. If you need some cash fast for the festive season, take your scrap gold along to Acomb Court. They offer good prices for gold, so all those old odd earrings and bits and pieces could be earning you some serious money! And if you’re not ready to get rid of your bling just yet, they also carry out jewellery repairs, including replacing watch batteries and straps. n For more information, call 783935.

Charity cards

Affordable art

If you’re shopping for Christmas cards, don’t forget to pay a visit to York Against Cancer. Their ever popular shop has opened in North Moor Road Huntington, selling a variety of cards, calendars and reasonably priced gifts. And as ever 100% of their profits go towards helping cancer patients in the local area.

Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Then how about their very own work of art? Calicocow wall canvases are wonderful personalised gifts perfect for any special occasion. Every canvas is made to order, appliquéd in natural materials such as linen and denim, using buttons, beads and hand embroidery to create a unique and quirky piece of art.

n For more details, give them a call on 764466. And look out for their new shop in York Hospital, too!

Deals on wheels Thinking of buying a new bike for Christmas? You’ll find everything you need at CycleStreet, York’s newest and most exciting cycle shop, based in Heworth. There’s everything you need, from top of the range urban and mountain bikes, to equipment and accessories. You’re bound to find something to suit that cycle-mad friend! And just in case you’re still struggling, the CycleStreet team are on hand to offer lots of help and advice on finding the perfect gift.

n For more information, call 01937 830348 or log on to

Antiques bought and sold Joanne Horner and Phillip Farrar are antique dealers with many years experience in the trade. They buy and sell a wide range of antique items, specialising in antique dolls and toys. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift for someone special. They’re also always interested in buying good quality items, so if you have something to sell and want to avoid paying auction commissions, give them a call on 01904 788053.

n Call 427510 for more information.


Raise a glass to Christmas Established as a specialist whisky off-licence in 1995, at Stamford Bridge, near York, is the ideal place to find Christmas gifts for loved ones. It sells more than 600 quality whiskies at competitive prices, including fine single malt Scotch whisky from all the Scottish distilleries. Specialising in vintage or rare malt whisky, the selection includes whiskies dated from 1960 and include 30, 40 and 50-year-old whiskies for that special gift. The shop also sells deluxe blends and liqueurs to cater for all whisky tastes. Whiskey from the rest of the world is not forgotten; the shop’s range includes Irish whiskey, American Bourbon’s, Canadian, Dutch, Indian, Japanese, New Zealand and Welsh whisky as well as an English whisky from the St George Distillery. n For more details, call 01759 371356 or go to

Family fun Computer games may be all the rage, but when it comes to toys that really stand the test of time you can’t beat the classics. Toys like Playmobil and Sylvanian Families help stretch children’s imaginations, giving them years of playing pleasure. Londons of Heworth prides itself on being a ‘real toy shop selling real toys’. They have a wide range of leading brands, including Playmobil and Sylvanian Families, all at competitive prices. n So give Santa a helping hand and call 424544.

Antique pine specialists ‘Anteriors’ in Walmgate, York, sells antique pine; its pieces include wardrobes, sideboards, dressers and tables as well as antique garden furniture. The shop also stocks other home inspired decorative items. Antique pine looks at home in either a minimal or traditional surrounding. It comes in either a painted or natural finish that will mellow and get better with daily use. n Anteriors, 12 Walmgate, York. Tel: 07931 344387

Boys’ toys There’s something about making models or building train sets that appeals to boys of all ages. The younger generation can get away from their games consoles and discover the pleasure of making something, while grown-up boys can rekindle their childhood passions. The Monk Bar Model Shop is a Mecca for modellers, with a wide range of diecast models, model railways, kits and accessories from classic names like Corgi, Airfix, Hornby, Meccano and Scalextric. n Visit the shop or call them on 659423 for more details.

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The Culture Column with RICHARD FOSTER

Gallery goes potty The beauty of handmade, functional English pottery being explored in the latest exhibition in York Art Gallery’s Gallery of Pots, which is on for 12 months. ‘Honest Pots’ showcases a diverse range of ceramics from the York Museum Trust’s collection - from medieval jugs to contemporary studio pottery.

A diverse range of works is in the exhibition, including pieces by Bernard Leach, Phil Eglin, Paul Young and Takeshi Yasuda; all complemented by films and photographs of potters at work. Helen Walsh, assistant curator of decorative arts, says: “This is an exhibition which invites viewers to spend time looking at the subtle beauty of traditional handmade functional pottery and seeing how it has influenced a whole movement of contemporary potters. By showcasing magnificent medieval jugs alongside jugs by studio potters such as Mick Casson, or highlighting the rediscovery of country pottery by British contemporary potters, we can reveal the links and invite visitors to interpret the pottery in a new way.”

Victorian Christmas

‘Carols in Kirkgate’ is an ideal way to start the festive season, with carol singers in costume singing in the recreated Victorian street at York Castle Museum.

Now in its 49th year, the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir and the Kirkgate Singers will once again be performing a variety of well-known favourites and traditional carols punctuated by humorous readings.

The carols will be taking place on 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14 December at 8pm This year the museum will open early to allow people to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, roast chestnuts, mince pies or even a festive hot meal in the museum’s new cafe. n For ticket details, call 650333.

Guitarist gets stoned! £9.7m for York Minster

A York art gallery has commissioned a sonata for solo classical guitar to celebrate its 20th anniversary and promote a fundraising exhibition for St Leonard’s Hospice.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £9.7million to the York Minster Revealed project which includes the restoration of glass and stone of the cathedral’s East Front.

‘Road of Stone’ is inspired by Stonegate, the street on which the Pyramid Gallery has traded since 1990.

The project also improves the visitor experience by providing access for those with disabilities to all public areas the building and by improving amenities and providing a new interpretative scheme.

The sonata will be performed by its composer, Peter Byrom-Smith, at the gallery on Thursday, November 4, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

York Minster Revealed also builds on the apprenticeship schemes in both the Minster Stoneyard and the York Glaziers’ Trust. The Very Reverend Keith Jones, Dean of York, says: “The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable us to restore one of this country’s most important works of art, the East Window of York Minster. At the same time, it will help us welcome visitors to the Minster with much improved facilities for them, so that their visit will be all the more rewarding.”

The world premiere coincides with the opening of an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints inspired by York and its history. A donation of half the gallery’s normal commission from sales of the artworks will be given to the hospice in Tadcaster Road, York. The exhibition, which runs until November 30, features work by painters Piers Browne, David Baumforth, Sue Dennis, Rory Motion, Nika Shirocarad and David

Patrick with artist/illustrator Linda Combi. Gallery owner Terry Brett says: “Peter suggested the piece as a way of marking the 20 years that Pyramid Gallery has been affiliated to Stonegate. The handwritten manuscript will be something that I can frame and pass on to my two daughters, Elinor and Suzy, who spent much of their childhood in the gallery and have fond memories of Stonegate and York. I also hope to be able to play the piece myself, but will probably need a bit of tuition from the maestro to achieve that. I expect that it will keep me amused for many years!” Peter, of Holgate, York, has also composed a concerto for classical guitar and string orchestra especially for York guitarist John Mackenzie. Inspired by the history of York, it’s called ‘Three Ages of a City’ and Peter is looking for a York orchestra to be involved in its first public

performance. Peter, pictured, says: “I’ve known John for years; he performed on my CD ‘Connections’ 13 years ago. Inspired by his playing, I decided to sit down and write the concerto. It’s taken a few months and John loves the piece. It would be great to have a York orchestra involved in its world premiere.” n Any interested orchestras can email Peter on peterbyromsmith@virginmedia. com.


Petergate Take a look at

Petergate takes its name from the cathedral of St Peter the alternative name of The Minster). It was first established by the Romans when they built their fortress in the first century. At that time it was called Via Principalis and was the main east-west route through the fortress. Today the street is divided into High Petergate, which runs from Bootham Bar to the end of Stonegate, and Low Petergate, which

leads from Stonegate to King’s Square. Both High and Low Petergate are a haven of individual shops and businesses. There are restaurants, bars and cafes serving everything from Mexican cuisine to fast food and delicious fish and chips; designer and vintage boutiques, upmarket jewellery shops, galleries and quirky gift shops.

Hair stylist offers 30% discount

resulted from reading the Bible.

The House of Avalon, in High Petergate, York, sells vintage garments and accessories from around the world. Daisy, its resident hair stylist, helps to complete the vintage look and an attractive cafe area offers tea, coffee and exquisite cupcakes, while classic movies play in the background. Daisy doesn’t just do vintage cuts; she also does modern styles and is offering a 30% discount to readers of Your Local Link. To claim the discount, simply present the advert at the shop. The Avalon Group, based in Harrogate, creates employment opportunities for people with learning and physical disabilities. n For further information, visit the House of Avalon at 5 High Petergate, York, go to the website at or call 622055.

City centre reading room The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded by Mary Baker Eddy nearly 150 years ago in Boston, Massachusetts,USA, following a personal healing, which she claimed











n Find out about the church’s teachings at the Christian Science Reading Room at 6-8 High Petergate, York. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 1.30pm.

Plunkets Plunkets has been a haven for York foodies since 1977, but the history of the building goes back even further. Originally built in 1640 for a local doctor, there’s also evidence of the famous Terry family owning the property. A restaurant has been trading in the building for at least 50 years and during the 1960s it attracted many well-known personalities. Included were The Rolling Stones whose signatures can still be seen scribbled in lipstick on the wall of the top floor bar. Plunkets’ real claim to fame is its food. Inspired by Mexico and the American south west, it includes gourmet burgers, ribs, fajitas and its tastebud-tingling chilli con carne. In summertime the doors open onto a secluded patio for al fresco dining, while in winter you can enjoy a cosy candlelight dinner. n Plunkets Restaurant, 9 High Petergate. Tel. 01904 637722.

Drakes Fish & Chips One hundred years of history went up in smoke when fire destroyed the old Petergate Fisheries a year ago. Since then a brand new fish & chip shop has risen from the ashes – and it’s even better than ever. Drakes is the new flagship restaurant for the Yorkshirebased family run company with a reputation for high quality fish & chips all over the region. As befits its new status, it’s undergone a makeover, and now has seating for 100 people as well as its ever popular takeaway. “We’ve tried to keep all the character of the old building, which dates back 450 years,” says Jessica of Drakes. You’ll still find all your freshly prepared fish and chip favourites, but with a local twist. A local butcher supplies the York ham, beef for the Aberdeen Angus steak pies and fresh chicken for the goujons made on the premises, while their sausages come from just around the corner at The York Sausage Shop in the Shambles. “We’re trying to keep our food miles down as well as supporting other local businesses,” says Jessica. n Drakes, 97 Low Petergate, YO1 7HY. Tel 01904 624788.

The Cat Gallery Ten years ago The Cat Gallery started out just up the road in Low Petergate, and it recently re-opened at 45 Low Petergate after a spell in Stonegate. “We were keen to find a permanent home, and now we have a beautiful Georgian building with lots of character. It feels like coming home,” says Alison, of The Cat Gallery. As the name suggests, the shop is bursting with all things feline, from cat-themed gifts, clothing and kitchen accessories to toys and games. We particularly love the Crazy Lady Cat Game, exclusive to The Cat Gallery, and the mad Dancing Cat Speakers – just plug in your MP3 and watch them go!

Of course, it isn’t just about the owners. There are plenty for cats, too, including specialist foods, toys and treats. And for the pampered puss who has everything, why not buy them their very own Feline Frolics Cat Entertainment DVD to help pass the time? Genius! n The Cat Gallery, 45 Low Petergate. Tel. 01904 413000

Lace Magic We all know Lace Magic, the shop with possibly the prettiest shop window in Low Petergate. But it’s also a place that’s full of surprises. Step inside and you’ll find an exquisite selection of beautifully embroidered tablelinen, gifts, hankies and dolls. But venture further back and you’ll discover a treasure trove of beautiful christening and occasion wear for children. There are gorgeous gowns and dresses for the girls, or rompers in a variety of luxury fabrics such as silk and linen. They also have a range of cute suits for your very own little prince! The shop stocks up to two years old, but they can order up to age 12. There’s also a wide range of accessories, from shawls, shoes, cardigans to socks, bibs and headbands – everything you need to make your baby’s big day truly special. And look out for their forthcoming range of communion wear, which should be available in the new year. You can soon shop online at Lace Magic’s forthcoming website – www. n Lace Magic, 48 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ. Tel. 01904 653 966

Monkey Puzzle Jewellery Established in 1996, Monkey Puzzle Jewellery has made a name for itself as the place to find stylish contemporary jewellery.

designers. Stunning amber as well as vibrant Chrysocolla, stylish Onyx and gorgeous Lapis. Local Whitby Jet and Derbyshire Blue John also feature in their collection. And for something really special, look out for the Leju range of vegetable ivory jewellery which comes in an array of colours perfect for brightening up any outfit. Their selection of rings offers something for every special occasion, whether you’re looking for a simple wedding band or an opulent engagement ring. They currently have a special offer through Swiss manufacturer Furrer-Jacot – buy two wedding rings and get 20% OFF the least expensive one, plus a diamond on the inside of both rings or free engraving. Offer ends 11th December 2010. n Monkey Puzzle Jewellery, 19 High Petergate. Tel. 01904 653443

Nails of Distinctions Your hands are always on show. You can spend a fortune on your outfit, but if your nails are badly bitten and neglected they can let your whole look down. Making hands look fabulous is what Nails of Distinctions in Petergate is all about. They can turn your manicure into a mini work of art, as individual as you are. Try the new look Minx Nails, where you can choose from a huge variety of designs and colours, guaranteed not to fade or chip for weeks! Nails of Distinction also offer a wide variety of other beauty treatments, including massage, facials and waxing. And to welcome new team member Sarah Pepper, they’re offering 20% off beauty during November. Look out for the voucher with their ad in Your Local Link. n Nails of Distinctions, 56 Low Petergate. Tel. 632408.

The range is varied and unique. They stock silver jewellery from a range of Britains top jewellery


charity focus

RICHARD FOSTER reports on a stylish social enterprise in York city centre

Rolling back the years Avalon Group, a not-for-profit charity that supports adults with learning and physical disabilities, is attracting a loyal following - thanks to its ‘quintessentially English coffee shop with a dash of vintage couture’. The House of Avalon, in High Petergate, York, is an individual retail business incorporating a stylish café, selling exceptional coffee and exquisite cupcakes, alongside a vintage couture clothes room with its own resident vintage hairstylist. The shop sells classic vintage clothing and accessories from 1900 to the 1960s.

attractive cafe area offers exceptional tea, coffee and exquisite cupcakes, while classic movies play in the background. Everything in the shop is for sale, including the cups, tables and chairs in the cafe and the prints on the wall. The Avalon Group, based in Harrogate, creates employment opportunities for people with learning and physical disabilities. For example, House of Avalon also allows trainees to undertake NVQ and work-based training in the retail sector.

‘We feel passionately about giving people with different abilities great new and original work opportunities.’

The interior is highly styled. Pink foliage and decorative mirrors adorn the walls, while silver vintage-style furniture, cotton tablecloths, pink roses, silver cake stands and an assortment of cups to complete the vintage look. Shop manager Grace says: “The House of Avalon is essentially a café, vintage boutique, and hair salon all rolled into one. We want customers to come back because they love the coffee and café area, but we also want some of them to combine that with having a vintage makeover.” The House of Avalon delivers an authentic vintage experience, presenting for sale handpicked vintage garments and accessories from around the world. Daisy, the resident hair stylist, helps to complete the vintage look (she also does modern styles) and an


Grace says: “We feel passionately about giving people with different abilities great new and original work opportunities, often providing a wage in addition to a sense of purpose, and genuinely feel that this is where we truly stand out from the crowd.” Avalon Group’s other social enterprises include Wagalon, a dog walking and day care business in Skipton, and Leeds-based Michelangelo’s Mates, which trains apprentices in painting and decorating. Its Garden Gang supplies a range of gardening services, also in Leeds. n For further information, visit the shop at 5 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN, go to the website at or call 622055.

Charity fashion show House of Avalon is staging a fashion show at York’s Guildhall on December 7 at 7.30pm; 100 outfits, dating from 1900 to 1959, will be modelled on the catwalk before being sold by auction. n Call 622055 to book your ticket.



Heard it on the grapevine

Matthew Doyle fights Andrew Patterson in Leeds. Picture:

Learning the fight game Heworth’s Matthew Doyle entered the ring at Leeds Elland Road Banqueting Suite to a wall of noise created by his loyal bank of supporters. There he faced Andrew Patterson, the man who knocked out fellow Yorkie Danny Gell in the same venue back in March, writes Dan Tait.

Early proceedings saw Doyle, 26, come under siege, with a barrage of combination punches landing, with Patterson looking to dominate the early stages and showing the form that saw him defeat Danny Gell. However, Doyle, who has won his first three fights, stood up to the challenge, showing his durability and determination. By round three, the fight swung back in Doyle’s favour with a more technical approach, consistently landing jabs, and keeping out of the firing line of brawler Patterson. By the end of the fourth and final round, it was Doyle who had the momentum but not enough for the referee to decide on an outright winner, lifting the arms of both fighters. For Doyle, this continued his unbeaten run. Highly rated ‘Pocklington Rocket’ Harry Matthews was also on the bill in Leeds, winning on points in a tough encounter with A.A Lowe. Not as noisy as Doyle’s legion of fans, Matthews was also well supported as he notched up his tenth victory and first since his sole defeat in Belfast in June. After the bout, Matt Doyle spoke exclusively to Your Local Link, saying: “So far so good. I have had a great range of opponents to test my skills on which is helping me learn in the fight game. I have a great coach in Glen Banks who shows his dedication to me and Harry. Also I am very lucky in the support I have had; before, during and after my fights. I am proud in the turn out for my fights and thank you all so much.” Rumours of appearing on a Sky bill continue to circulate around Matthews whilst Doyle looks to build on this performance when he takes on Ben Lawler at Hull’s Bonus Arena in late October; a venue Doyle will have fond memories of having already won there in May against Gavin Putney. Football club wants sponsor James Hewitson, manager of Hamilton Panthers under -10s football team, based at Little Knavesmire, York, is looking for sponsorship for a new kit/training tops for the players. n If you can help, give him a call on 0785 142 2006

York City will be looking to emulate their rugby league neighbours with the appointment of a new manager. York City Knights decided at a similar stage of their season to change manager and new man Dave Woods changed fortunes dramatically which resulted in a 25-4 thrashing of Oldham in the championship one grand final; a result which looks even better when you see that Oldham finished 13 points ahead of them in the regular season as well as beating them twice. The reward was a promotion to the Cooperative Championship for the Knights who narrowly missed out in the previous campaign and will no doubt be savouring the achievement throughout the close season. At time of writing their football counterparts had yet to decide on a new man to take the club forward. Right from Martin Foyle’s unexpected departure resulted in obscene rumours like seeing Ricky Sbraiga riding a bike down Shipton Street, to Maradona spotted in Greggs down St Sampsons Square. Perhaps the latter was really an equivalent sighting in Buenos Aires, but whoever took charge will desire an immediate impact to catch the play off pack. *Editor’s note: York City have appointed Gary Mills.

Mountain out of a mole hill

Recently I have found myself an avid listener of the radio 5live Saturday night phone-in show, 606; relating to irate fans and the unwelcome opinion of Robbie Savage, who talks as though he could teach Steven Gerrard a thing or two about playing the game. One common theme is the berating of Premier league referees. York City supporters will no doubt agree these complaints pale in significance when compared to the non league standards. A point Cradley Town winger Sean Williams will concur with having been booked for dissent when trying to point out to the ref that there was a dead mole on the pitch. The mole died of natural causes but was said to have better eye sight than the official during his final moments. Poor refereeing is available for viewings throughout November as York continue their league campaign with back to back home games against Southport (9th) and Wrexham (14th).

Bowled over

Domestic cricket may have taken its winter hibernation but Yorkshire have begun planning for another assault on the championship by re-signing pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom on a three year deal. The recently retired England player had a number of counties scrabbling for his signature after helping Notts pip Yorkshire to the league title but the lure of a return to Headingley proved decisive. Only Tim Bresnan represents the Yorkshire in the ashes squad after Adil Rashid just missed out as England plumped for the experience of Monty Panesar as the second spinner. Along with the ashes, November’s sporting highlights feature the British Boxing World title showdown between Audley Harrison and David Haye. Unlike the previous British classics like Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno, this one will cost you on sky box office; almost as annoying as Daybreak’s Adrian Chiles getting Christine Bleakley to say his name, and vice versa.


In good hands Being in hospital can be a traumatic experience; but adjusting to life back home can also be difficult. We look at what can be done to avoid any problems.

What to do after a

spell in hospital Going home after hospital can be a relief and worrying; a relief because at last you will be able to sleep in your own bed with no noise and no hustle and bustle going on, and worrying because you’ve had all the professionals there at hand, and suddenly you’re going to be on your own relying on a friend / family or carer. The staff in the hospital understand all those concerns and plan for your discharge when you arrive. However, there are things you can do which will help: • Arrange with a family/friend or carer to bring in the clothes that you have previously left ready in preparation for coming home. Make sure the clothes are relaxing clothes nothing too tight or fiddly buttons. • Make sure your family/friend or carer has turned the heating back on so your home is warm enough, and that there are the essential foodstuffs in the house to keep you going. • Check you have all your belongings and have retrieved any items handed in for safe keeping. • Take home the telephone number of the ward so that if you have any queries once home, you can ring and ask to speak to the nurse who was looking after you.


When the nurse formally discharges you, you will be given: • A copy of the hospital’s discharge letter to your family doctor about the operation/ treatment which you have received. • Any medication which you should be taking with clear instructions on when you should be taking them. If you are unsure of the medication ask – make sure you know why you are taking it and if you have enough to last you until you can see your own doctor. • An outpatient’s appointment if necessary. • If results are expected – confirm your correct address with your hospital notes. You will be told the approximate time it will take for the results to be sent to you. • You will be given information about any care and treatment you will need after you go home .i.e. the district nurse visiting. • You will be told if you will be receiving treatment as an outpatient such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy assistance.

Dragon boats raise £60,000 This year’s Dragon Boat Race in York raised £60,000, with one-third going to the city’s St Leonard’s Hospice and the rest being divided between the charities chosen by the 36 teams, comprising 700 paddlers, that competed in the event. The race, launched by York Rotary Club eight years ago, has now raised £500,000 for charity. Next year the dragon boats will take to the River Ouse on July 10 and the main beneficiary will be York Against Cancer.

Charity challenge A team was put together by Ampleforth Abbey Trust and Ampleforth College to undertake a tough physical challenge to raise funds for the military charity Help For Heroes. The team comprised three masters, four boys and two visiting Australians, all with 35lb packs, and three girl students without packs. Running in boots, they had to cover 10 miles in less than one hour 50 minutes. All completed the challenge.

Charity opens hospital shop York Against Cancer’s temporary charity shop has opened at York Hospital to coincide with the run-up to Christmas. It stocks children’s toys, gifts for men and women as well as Christmas gifts. Also on sale are York Against Cancer Christmas cards and calendars which are also sold at the charity’s shop at 31 North Moor Road, Huntington, which is open between 9am and 4pm on weekdays. The charity says: “100% of the profit from sales goes towards our work helping cancer patients in the local area.” n Call 764466 at

Lord Mayor Sue Galloway and Andrew Rogerson, President of York Vikings Rotary Club, help pupils, from left, Charlotte, Oliver, India, Charlotte and Jack plant crocus bulbs at Ralph Butterfield Primary School in Haxby.

End polio now

For the last 25 years members of Rotary, the international volunteer service organisation, have been working hard to rid the world of polio – a terrible disease that can kill or severely disable children. Today polio, which used to kill and maim British children, is mainly confined to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, and the Rotarians are tantalisingly close to achieving their aim. Last year the Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates challenged Rotary to match fund by June 2012 the $200 million that he has donated to the organisation. Rotarians have already raised more than $128 million and the three rotary clubs in the city – York, York Ainsty and York Vikings – are urging residents to support the fundraising. They say: “As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children – wherever they live – remain at risk.” To raise awareness of the campaign to eradicate polio, York Rotarians have been planting 25,000 crocus bulbs at 50 locations in the city. These will bloom purple in February to remind people that purple is the dab of colour on a child’s little finger that indicates the child has been inoculated against the deadly virus; £1 will protect five children. One of the sites is Ralph Butterfield Primary School in Haxby where the Lord Mayor of York, Sue Galloway, helped pupils plant about 500 bulbs. n For more details, go to or call 708478.

Stepping out More than 70 people took part in the York Memory Walk on Knavesmire to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Organisers hope to raise at least £2,000. Sandie Dunleavy, of BBC Radio York, came to start the walk and the event was sponsored by Harrowells Solicitors.

n The Alzheimer’s Society is holding a ‘come and join us event’ at the Monk Bar Hotel on November 1 at 7.30pm. Come along and learn more about the services and volunteering opportunities. Tel: 658106.

Baker cooks up £6,500 for air ambulance

A North Yorkshire bakery company, which has several shops in York, is celebrating after raising £6,500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service. Staff at Thomas the Baker, based in Helmsley, have raised the cash after participating in a range of events including a sponsored walk and a World Cup sweepstake. They also placed collection boxes in every branch of Thomas the Baker throughout Yorkshire and encouraged many of their suppliers to make donations too.


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Whether it’s a sparkly tiara or a feathery fascinator, the right wedding headdress can give the perfect finishing touch. But how do you get it right? When choosing a headdress, the first thing to consider is your personal style. Is there a headdress you’ve always dreamed of? This is your one chance in life to wear a crown, so if that’s what you’ve always imagined – go for it! But if elaborate headdresses aren’t your style, consider alternatives. You could opt for a pretty hair comb, jewelled pins or even a fascinator.



Your hairstyle is important, too. If it’s long, do you plan to wear it up or down, curly or straight? Again, a fussy hairstyle might look better with a simple headdress. A lot will depend on whether you’re wearing a veil, too. If your hair is short, you might be more limited to the style of headdress you go for – ask your hairdresser for advice. A lot depends on the venue, too. A grand setting demands a more traditional headdress, while a bejewelled tiara might look out of place in a simpler setting.

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together to make sure they blend. If you really can’t find your dream headdress, think about having it custom made. A headdress of flowers can look great. But fresh flowers can be a bit risky as they could wilt after a few hours and you may be limited to the type of flowers that are in season. Artificial flowers are a safer option. When you go to your hairdressers for your trial run, take your headdress so that you and your hairdresser can find the best way to secure it.

When it comes to your wedding, it’s the little details that make a big difference. Seating Beauty by Jay provides a professional venue styling and hire service to make your big day truly special. This includes wedding chair covers in white, ivory or black, chair sashes in luxury fabrics such as organza, satin and taffeta; table cloths, runners and napkins in a variety of beautiful e are also a range of stylish accessories colours to suit all colour schemes. Ther epieces), candles and holders. And such as mirrored plates (perfect for centr easier, Seating Beauty are currently just to make your perfect wedding even on all orders placed for 2011. offering free delivery, fitting and collection on 07738 705648. n For more information, call Jay

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Monkbar Hotel

Wedding Fair The highly popular annual Monkbar Hotel Wedding Fair is being held this year on Sunday 7th November from 12 noon until 4pm.

If you are planning a wedding this event should not be missed – a full range of specialist products and services will be on display to help you prepare for your perfect day. Meet the professionals who will guide you through all the arrangements you need to make. Guests will receive a warm welcome with a glass of bubbly and canapés will be served throughout the afternoon. There’ll also be a goody bag for every attending bride. n For more information telephone 01904 638086 or email

Q. My daughter is getting married next summer. She’s going for a pink colour scheme and she wants me and the bridegroom’s mum to blend in too. Trouble is, I look really terrible in pink! I don’t want to upset my daughter on her big day, but I don’t want to look like death in the wedding photos either. What should I do? A. It may be your daughter’s big day, but it’s important you look and feel your best too. Which means choosing a shade that suits you. Don’t dismiss pink without giving it a try. It covers a wide spectrum of shades, from the ultra fashionable – and flattering – pale ‘nude’ colours to deepest magenta. Failing that, how about bringing some pink into your accessories? Q. How do I make sure I choose the right shoes for my wedding dress? My dress is quite simple, so I’d really like something a bit more elaborate. Have you got any tips? A. Good choice to go for fancy shoes if your dress is simple (if your dress is really elaborate you’re better off keeping your footwear plain so it doesn’t clash). You can find a good range of shoes in bridal shops or online, but at this time of year most shoe shops have their prettiest party shoes on display so you could find your dream shoes at a bargain price! Take a swatch from your wedding dress with you when you go shoe shopping (some wedding dress shops offer a dyeing service for shoes). Make sure you have your shoes with you when you go for your final dress alterations; the hem of your dress will be determined by the shoes you’ll be wearing.

n If you have a we dding problem you’d lik e answered, write to Emily at the address on page three, or email info@yourlocallink Mark your messa ge ‘Ask Emily ’

Q. I’ve booked my wedding reception in a hotel and paid a large chunk of the money but I have just been told that the room I wanted is not available due to building works. The only alternative is a marquee or a really ugly conference room. What can I do? A. Check the contract you’ve signed for your venue and see what it says about a change of room; did you sign an agreement that they could move you under certain circumstances? Arrange a meeting with the general manager of your venue to discuss your options. It’s no consolation but you may receive some compensation for your wedding being disrupted. Your only other options are to find a new venue and try to get your deposit money back, or move your date and keep your original wedding venue. If you’ve taken out wedding insurance, check your policy and see where you stand. Q. My fiancé wants a traditional fruit wedding cake but I would much prefer a simple sponge. It’s sounds stupid but we’ve had a few arguments this and I don’t think this bodes too well for our future together if we can’t even agree on the choice of cake! A. Marriage is all about compromise, so why not have both? You can easily have one tier of fruit cake and a tier of sponge which should keep everyone happy. Or why not go a step further and have something really unusual, like a chocolate wedding cake or even cheesecake tiers (which could then double as dessert).

‘Get me to the church on time’

Every bride wants to travel to the church on her big day in style and York company Prestige Cars has the ideal vehicle – a gold coloured Jaguar. The luxury car has a plush cream leather interior and, as your main wedding vehicle, will be adorned with fresh flowers. And the limo comes with a smartly dressed chauffeur. John, the owner of Presitge Cars, says: “We are available for weddings any day of the week. Our prices start at £300 and, if you need more than one vehicle, we can supply them.” n For details, call John on 07990 547027 email





It’s a year this month since Kuki Hair & Beauty Spa opened its doors in Huntington Road for the first time. And what a year it’s been, says owner Lisa Carlyle. “I can’t believe the time has gone so fast! But our first year has been brilliant, far better than we could ever have hoped. We’ve been so busy we’ve trebled our staff over the past year. And we’re still taking on more.” She puts their success down to the Spa’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere. “Our clients tell us that they feel comfortable when they come to us,” says Lisa. “Our team are all very nice and down to earth. We’re also excited about what we do, and clients pick up on that.” They have every reason to be excited. Kuki Hair & beauty offers the widest


everything you need for top to toe choice of health and beauty treatments glamour all under one roof? and packages in the whole of York. There are six treatment rooms in all, And Kuki’s success looks set to continue plus a relaxation area with a balcony, into the future. Lisa already has big plans and ten hairdressers. Treats on offer in place for the new year, including a range from luxury facials, manicures, Jacuzzi and sauna – perfect for their pedicures, massages and body wraps, ever-popular hen party packages. to complementary therapies such They also have a new website – www. as reflexology, Hopi ear candles and – where you can hypnotherapy. Add to that check out some of the other hairdressing, semiamazing party packages To celebrate their permanent make-up, on offer. This includes first birthday, they’re also Botox, dermal fillers, offering some bargain hair and the Fairy Garden teeth whitening Party, where your beauty packages. and their very little princess can There’s a 30 minute facial, back, neck own personal search for fairies in and shoulder massage and 30 minute trainer, and you’ll pedicure all for just £55. Or why not try the garden before see why so many the deep conditioning hair treatment, settling down to clients choose Kuki. a summery fairy cut & blow dry and 30 minute Why go anywhere picnic and having some manicure for just £40? else when you have pint-sized pampering

treats. Or for grown-up princesses, why not try the fabulous Choc Indulgence package, which includes a chocolate fondue with strawberries and champagne plus a chocolate mud wrap! As this is a very big month for Kuki, they’re holding some special open events. At the first, they’ll be demonstrating their Ultimate CACI machine, the most high-tech face-lifting machine outside London, which offers amazing results without going under the knife. Later in the month, the spa’s visiting nurses will be answering questions and offering demonstrations of Botox and dermal fillers. See their website for more details. n Call 01904 659007 today to book your appointment. Don’t forget to take a birthday card with you...

‘Fascination with the mind’ Cee Cee’s Alternatives sprang from a printing venture run by Carole Chui and Christopher Coates. In contrast to CC Enterprises at 14 Holgate Road, York, number 10 Holgate Road is a haven of peace, with calming décor and comfortable furniture, but also with modern equipment.It was designed and fitted out by Chris, originally to accommodate Carole’s interests.

In the 1990s, when she returned from working in Hong Kong, Carole wrote a Feng Shui column and taught evening classes, resulting in her book ‘The Yorkshire Way of Feng Shui’. She also became a hypnotherapist and, whilst dealing with smoking and all the usual matters, she specialised in past life regression and inner journeys. Chris has always had a fascination with the mind, and decided to learn hypnosis. Then he moved on to NLP and CMT (Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Complete Mind Therapy). These, he finds, can have dramatic results. Together, the partnership offers a range of skills in a unique and calming setting. n Cee Cee’s Alternatives, 10 Holgate Road, York. Tel: 613927.

A little help Discount From time to time we all have issues we need to deal with, whether it’s to do with work, relationships or just coping with our own anxieties and feelings of low self worth. At times like this, it can be helpful to have someone we trust who’s able to help us reflect objectively.

Michael Nokes is a Life Coach Mentor and Counsellor with more than 25 years experience. He offers help with a range of issues including dealing with grief and loss, relationship issues, sexuality, self worth and low self-confidence, anger, depression, panic attacks and phobias. And to make affordable counselling available to all, Michael doesn’t charge a fixed fee; instead you agree a sensible weekly amount to contribute towards the cost of his practice overheads.


Did you know York is home to the North’s only independent acupuncture college? The Northern College of Acupuncture was established in 1988 and is the region’s premier centre for tuition in acupuncture, Nutritional Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tui na Chinese Medicine. But as well as being a centre of learning, the college also offers a range of treatments at affordable prices. Right now they’re offering £5 off your initial appointment for acupuncture or nutritional therapy. To claim your discount, bring along the ad from Your Local Link. n 61 Micklegate. Call 343305 to book your appointment.

n Call Michael on 674879 or 07776 252440.


Looking for a brighter, healthier, more confident smile? Freshdental Smile Clinic have all the answers you need.

Getting it straight...

Crooked teeth are a problem for many people. But most are put off the idea of having their teeth straightened by the time or expense involved, or the possible embarrassment of wearing an old-fashioned fixed wire brace. But thanks to new breakthroughs in orthodontic technology, a perfect smile can now be yours more quickly and affordably than ever before. What are the options? Fixed orthodontic braces are the traditional way of straightening teeth. Brackets and wires are progressively tightened over time, applying gentle pressure and encouraging teeth to move into a straighter position. The time taken depends upon how much movement is required; your dentist will be able to advise you. A wide variety of brackets and braces systems is now available, including smaller tooth-coloured ceramic brackets. Treatments that would usually take 18 months to two years can be completed in as little as six months. Lingual braces are similar to standard wire braces but are fitted to the inside (back) surfaces of your teeth and so are not visible from the front. They can be quite uncomfortable and difficult to get used to but provide a perfect solution to straightening your teeth without anyone noticing. Unlike invisible braces, they can even be used to correct severe orthodontic cases. The Invisalign system aims to achieve perfect teeth-straightening results without the need for visible wires. Using a system of clear aligners that look like transparent gum shields, your teeth are slowly moved into their desired position. The aligners are changed every two weeks. The advantage of Invisalign over metal braces is that you can remove them to clean your teeth and eat. The Inman Aligner is a cross between the invisible braces system and a metal braces system. It is not as invisible as Invisalign (since it has metal components) but it relies on a removable aligner that moves the teeth by applying force to them over time. The Inman Aligner is often quicker than Invisalign; only one appliance is required for the entire treatment, and it is more affordable.

Porcelain veneers Porcelain veneers do not actually straighten your teeth, but give the illusion of a perfectly aligned smile. Provided that your teeth are not severely crooked, porcelain veneers can be placed over the front surfaces of your teeth to make them look straight. A benefit of veneers is that they can also improve the colour and shape of your teeth. The downside is that some of your naturally healthy tooth structure needs to be removed for the veneer to affix to; veneers also do not last forever and will eventually need replacing. n For more information on dental implants and all aspects of cosmetic and family dentistry, contact the Freshdental Smile Clinic

Call: 01904 623687 or log on to Manor House, Manor Lane, Rawcliffe, YO30 5XY. 44

Face etc Open Day at

How would you like to pick up a beauty bargain and help a good cause at the same time? Then head along to Face etc Medispa on 25th November, when the team are holding a very special Open Day in aid of local charity SNAPPY. You can have a grand tour of the premises, including the 14 exquisite treatments rooms, meet the friendly team and watch demonstrations of some of the treatments on offer. And as if that wasn’t enough, there will be some amazing offers available if you book on the day, including botox from just £99, half price trial treatments and many more. There will also be a raffle with the chance to win some great prizes, from £1000 worth of Face etc treatments, an overnight stay at The Hilton, theatre and race tickets and three months free membership at Roko Health Club. And there’s a great goody bag for every visitor, with yet more special discount vouchers. n The Open Day starts at 2pm until 8pm at Face etc, 8 Coppergate. See you there!


perfect gift? For some people, shopping for Christmas gifts is part of the fun of the festive season. For others, it’s an absolute nightmare. What do you buy? Where do you start? And no matter how organised you think you are, there’s always an awkward relative who seems impossible to buy for. Which is why gift vouchers are such a good idea. They’ve come a long way from old-fashioned book or record tokens. You can now buy them for all kinds of goods and services, from shops or restaurants to spas or hair salons. The best thing about gift vouchers is it takes all the guesswork out of gift buying. Your loved one gets to choose exactly what they want, so you know you’re giving them something that they will actually use, rather than yet another

set of bath stuff that will sit unused in the back of the bathroom cupboard. Buying a gift voucher for a spa or hairdresser is an especially good idea because it’s a real treat. With money too tight to mention for many of us, splashing out on a manicure or a relaxing massage is often at the bottom of our shopping list. So what could be better than giving someone a good excuse to really pamper themselves? Gift vouchers also make Christmas shopping a doddle. You can even buy them online. And many spas and salons will present them in a beautiful gift box, so your loved one will have something to open under the Christmas tree! So for a present that is guaranteed to please – and make life a lot easier for you – get gift voucher shopping now!

It’s a gift!

If you’re anything like the rest of us, the chances are all your spa re cash is going on Christmas sho pping at the moment, which doesn’t leave a lot left for looking good. Luc kily Vida Hairdressing on Boroughbr idge Road has a brilliant way of getting a new cut or colour in time for the festive season – and at a price tha t won’t make Santa wince. They’re looking for models for their talente d trainees. Their work is all fully superv ised, which means you get top treatment at a fraction of the usual cos t. Sounds good, doesn’t it? n Then call Vida on 799 944 to book your appointment today!


Three is the Magic Number:

Crystal Clear Dental Spa are Three Years old This Month... Crystal Clear Dental Spa (York) is celebrating the third anniversary of their city centre dental practice, overlooking St Helen’s Square at the corner of Stonegate and Blake Street. “Since the day we opened in October 2007, it has been a pleasure practising in such a lovely city with so many interesting patients,” says Dr Robert Grabowski, the owner and Clinical Director of the Group. “I must say that without the support from my son David and the staff, the practice would not be as successful as it is today.” Along with their other practice, Haxby Family Dental Practice, they provide a wide range of treatments from dental implants and cosmetic treatments to normal day to day dentistry for both adults and children.

smooth running of the practices. Henry has been with the practice for over two years. John who has recently joined the practice, was offered a position in the practice after meeting Robert and his staff on a hypnosis course. “As a practice, we are as down to earth as you can get,” says Dr Grabowski. “Nobody tells you when you apply to dental school that the general public do not like attending the dentist. As a team we get great satisfaction when you come along apprehensive and leave thinking ‘what was all the worry about?’” n You’ll find Crystal Clear Dental Spa York at 25 Blake Street, YO1 8QJ. Call 01904 642595.

Dr Henry Donaldson and Dr John Fagbemi who assist Robert, play a great role in the To celebrate three years of providing the highest level of dentistry, Crystal Clear Dental Spa York is offering: 1. £15 for New Patient Exam (Normally £55) 2. £15 for Cosmetic Dental Consultation (Normally £69) 3. £15 for Facial Aesthetics Consultation (Normally £69) To make the most of our offers Please quote “Your Local Link”

Great offers at Niche Want to get your hair looking great in time for the party season? Then head along to Niche Hair and Beauty on Fossgate. They’re offering 20% off cuts and colours with stylist Ben throughout November, or 10% for new clients with Sue or Laura. And just to get you in the mood, there’s a complimentary glass of wine (or soft drink) for you while you’re being pampered. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the friendly Niche team, they’re also looking for an experienced self employed stylist for their salon. n Call 621199 or 07817 725660.

Come alive at Revive! Okay, we know it’s still only November, but it’s never too early to start planning for the Christmas party season. And right now Revive has some great offers to get you in the festive mood! They’re offering party hair from £15, and colours from £47, including cut and blow dry. And to get you glowing, they’re also offering Fake Bake spray tans for the bargain price of £15. So you can look good and still afford all that Christmas shopping! n Book your appointment now on 01904 430612.

Best foot forward If you’ve ever suffered from painful corns or ingrown toenails, you’ll understand how important it is to keep your feet healthy. But as we get older, sometimes it becomes harder to take care of our feet. Joints stiffen up, and bending over to trim your toenails becomes a real chore. Jillian Allenby is a member of The Association of Foot Professionals. She’ll visit you in your own home and take care of your feet, from routine foot maintenance to specialist care for diabetics and the elderly. She also offers treatment of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot. n For more information, call Jillian on 07922 205624 or email


Get Appy

If you’ve been shopping in Coppergate recently, you might have noticed an intriguing new spa. Appy Feet offers pedicures with a difference. You slip off your shoes and dip your feet in a tank full of Garra Rufa fish, which nibble away at any hard skin. The idea is the fish also stimulate acupuncture points on your feet, inducing relaxation and relieving stress. Sounds a little bit strange? That’s what we thought. So we sent Tracy – who’s luckily a bit of a game girl – to try it out. “I must admit I was a little bit nervous when I went along to Appy Feet, but the team did their best to put me at ease,” she says. “I took off my shoes and changed into a pair of sterile Crocs, then I had my feet washed. Then it was time to face the tank. “To be honest, it took me a little while to put my feet in. In the end I just closed my eyes and took the plunge – literally. And do you know what? It wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d thought. It was certainly ticklish, and it’s a bit strange to look down and see fish nibbling your toes. But it was good fun, and I certainly noticed the results; my feet definitely felt smoother and softer afterwards. “After my initial misgivings, I would definitely go back and do it again. So why not give it a try? You’ll be glad you did!” n Appy Feet, 7 Coppergate Walk, YO1 9NT. Tel. 01904 656611

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Spotlight on...

The Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa have had several reasons to celebrate lately. Not only did the hotel recently clinch a prestigious White Rose Award, the Spa has also won a coveted 2010 Good Spa Award, and landed the maximum five ‘Bubbles’ in the Good Spa Guide. The Spa has devised a whole menu of treatments and pampering packages using products by Anna Semonin and cutting edge skincare specialists Elemis. There’s something for everyone, including men, couples, expectant mothers and teens. Spend time in the saunarium, steam room, salt inhalation room, footspa, outdoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub. Alternatively, relax on the generous soft seating or in the south-facing terrace garden and enjoy a home-made smoothie, glass of champagne or some sumptuous spa food. Verbena Spa has a wide range of gift vouchers available, as well as an online shop. So you can do all your Christmas shopping without leaving your living room – and treat yourself at the same time! Try their November Nights package for the ultimate in winter luxury. Designed to warm your muscles and soothe the soul, indulge in Elemis’ Face & Body Sensation followed by an express manicure. The package also includes use of the heat facilities as well as a one course lunch to round off your day. The package costs £109 per person (worth £125), and there’s the added bonus of 15% off any products purchased on the day! n Verbena Spa at The Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley YO62 5AG. Tel. 01439 772930 or email Or check out their website –


Family and young people


Keep kids With the nights drawing in, children are more at risk than ever out on the road or on bikes. But you can help protect your child by teaching them good road safety. Age 1 - 4 Start the learning process as early as possible by explaining what traffic is and how they should behave when coming into contact with traffic. • Make sure your child walks on the side of the pavement away from the traffic and either holds your hand, is on reins or is in a buggy or pushchair.

• Always set a good example; your child will copy you. Age 5 - 6

At this age you should still hold hands with your child as you cross the road. When you are out together, teach your child the basics of the Green Cross Code • Practise crossing on quiet roads near your home firstly with you taking the decisions, then letting your child lead you, showing you where to stand and when to cross.

• Never allow your child to ride a bike on the road.

• Always cross the road at the safest place and explain why you are crossing there.

• Always cross the road at the safest place.

Age 7 - 9

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• Start explaining the Green Cross Code in full to your child. When you are sure they know and understand it, let them cross quiet roads where you have been practising, watching and testing before letting them do it alone. • Practise crossing busier roads together, but do this many times before you let your child cross alone, while you watch. • Make sure your child can be seen easily by other road users by giving them bright and fluorescent clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.

Age 10 - 16 • Children between 11 and 16 are most at risk of being killed or seriously injured as pedestrians • Keep reinforcing road safety messages and point out the dangers. • Make the school journey as safe as possible by discussing any dangers along the route • Make sure that whenever your child is out on the road they are constantly aware of what is happening around them and are not distracted by personal stereos, mobile phones or friends.

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Simply the best

National Adoption Week (November 1-7) encourages people to think about making space in their lives for children.

In the current economic climate, it’s more important than ever to have an edge in the job market. Employers are looking for candidates who can deliver an effective performance as quickly as possible, without the need for additional training resources. Which is where Pitman Training can help. The Pitman name has long been at the vanguard of secretarial training in the UK. “Pitman, especially where secretarial education is concerned, has always stood for quality,” says Richard Histon, Principal of the Pitman Training centre in central York. “The business has been good at innovation, offering self-paced training using technology blended with personal attention in professional centres in easy to reach areas.”


‘champions’ for vulnerable children The power of seeing and hearing what an amazing thing adoption can be, from someone who has been through it, can be life changing. That¹s why the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) is launching a new initiative to turn ordinary people in to ‘Adoption Champions’ , as part of this year¹s National Adoption Week (1st – 7th November).

‘There are no blanket bans in adoption. You don’t have to be under 40, own your own home or be married.’

The scheme encourages adoptive parents and adopted people to go into their local communities and use their experience, passion and enthusiasm for adoption to encourage others to so the same. “An estimated one in four people have a connection to adoption, so


there is a real possibility of creating an army of hundreds of volunteers,” says a spokesperson. “Whether you’re 18 or 80, if you have had a positive experience of adoption you could have the power to make a difference. You could be the one who helps find a child their ‘forever family’.”

The Adoption Champions scheme is part of BAAF¹s 30th anniversary celebrations which also include a supporters¹ reception which falls on BAAF¹s actual birthday, 3rd November. n For more details, go to www.

Candidates holding a Pitman Training certificate or diploma are much sought-after, even in tough economic times. Some would even say that secretarial courses or any other vocational education at this level may currently have greater attraction to companies than a degree as the skills learned are so practical and able to be applied immediately in the field. Students certainly seem to agree that Pitman is at the forefront of secretarial skills development. "The programmes are so clever and I find selfdirected learning very enjoyable," says Jane Dredge, who earned her Medical Secretary Diploma at a Pitman study centre. While student Anna Honing says, "I would definitely recommend friends to train with Pitman. Advice was available whenever I needed it. You can arrange study sessions to fit into your own schedule. Go for it!" n To find out more call 01904 624260, visit or email

Lost for words? What do Tom Cruise, Kirsty Alsopp and Cher have in common? They all suffer from dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. It can range from mild to severe and occurs across a range of intellectual abilities. So how can you tell if your child is dyslexic? Genetics plays a big part, says Marylin Dent, Senior Teacher at Dyslexia Action’s York centre. Other problems include difficulties in playing around with rhyme or sequences such as the alphabet, or telling the time. “There can also be a problem with short term memory as the child gets older,” she says. “They may have trouble remembering a string of instructions from the teacher, for instance.” While there is no cure for dyslexia, it’s possible to develop strategies to help overcome it. This includes multi-sensory learning, using touch, taste, hearing and smell to help reinforce the long term memory. “Over-learning is also important,” says Marylin. “Children with dyslexia take much longer in terms of remembering. And you need to keep up the input into the forefront of the memory. A long summer holiday, for instance, can set your child’s learning right back.” If you suspect your child may be dyslexic, your first move should be to contact their school. The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will create an Individual Education Plan (IEP), setting out the steps which the school will take to provide appropriate support for your child’s needs. “The IEP will often be two pronged, focusing on remedial – closing the gaps in your child’s learning – and developing strategies to help them survive in the classroom,” says Marylin. n Dyslexia Action can provide help, advice and support for children and adults. For more information, contact them on 01904 328460 or email

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Beating the bullies

gold Double

York College is delighted to announce that painting & decorating student Nathan Broxholm, aged 20, and brickwork student Jack Hall, aged 19, have both won gold medals at the National SkillBuild final, held in Wales.

Every day thousands of children wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem not just for kids, but for their parents, too. With Anti-Bullying Week coming up this month, we’ve been looking at ways to tackle the problem Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting or punching; teasing or name-calling; intimidation or exclusion, and sending insulting messages by phone or computer e-mail – known as cyber-bullying. Children who are bullied are more likely to be depressed and lonely. They may feel ill more often than other children, leading to more days off sick from school. But they frequently don’t tell their parents what the real problem is, out of embarrassment, shame or fear. If your child tells you about being bullied, it has taken a lot of courage to do so. You can help by: – • Being supportive. Reassure your child that the bullying is not their fault, and that they have done the right thing by telling you. • Not criticising your child, or telling them to ignore the bully. Ignoring the situation can sometimes make it worse. • Getting as much information as you


can. Ask your child to describe who was involved and how and where each bullying episode happened. • Not telling them to hit back. Hitting another child is not likely to end the problem, and it could escalate the situation. • Keeping your emotions in check. Your protective instincts might kick in, but it’s best to step back and consider your next step carefully. • Talking to your child’s teacher. Emphasise that you want to work with the staff at school to find a solution to stop the bullying, for the sake of your child as well as other students. • Not contacting the bully’s parents. This is usually a parent’s first response, but sometimes it makes matters worse. • Expecting the bullying to stop. Talk regularly with your child and with school staff to see whether the bullying has

Their success means that they stand every chance of representing Great Britain in the next international World Skills competition, to be held in London in October next year.

stopped. If the bullying persists, contact school authorities again. • Helping your child become more resilient to bullying. Find activities that will boost their self esteem and confidence and help them make new friends. • Making sure your child has a safe and loving home environment where he or she can take shelter, physically and emotionally. Maintain open lines of communication with your child.

The SkillBuild competition, organised by ConstructionSkills, showcases the high level of skills training undertaken by colleges and employers. It provides a benchmark for excellence. This year 89 talented trainees battled it out to be crowned as the best in their chosen trade at SkillBuild. The competitors won their place in the final after achieving the highest scores at regional heats.

Bootham School, which has been teaching pupils in York for nearly 200 years, has been building new facilities for its junior school. RICHARD FOSTER reports

A place where

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Quakers in York founded Bootham School in 1823 to foster an enlightened approach to education that promotes learning, citizenship and self-confidence. Quakers believe that everybody has something special (“that of God”) in them. As a Quaker school, Bootham tries to be honest, tolerant, openminded and peaceful. People from many different backgrounds and beliefs form the school community. Bootham Junior School began its life as Ebor School on Clifton Green; it was taken over by Bootham School in 1997. A new, purpose-built school was opened at Rawcliffe Lane, Clifton, in 2002 and this year builders have been busy constructing a new nursery, library, art and craft area plus more space for the music department. Head teacher Sue Ratcliffe says: “We have purpose-built school with light and colourful classrooms, a well equipped sports facility, a dedicated ICT suite, two adventure playgrounds, gardens, pond area and library. Music is known as a particular strength and we benefit from

all the specialist input from the senior school. Parents and friends of the school are regularly invited to attend assemblies, productions and concerts throughout the year.” Bootham Junior School educates about 160 pupils aged between three and 11. They are encouraged to be adventurous and challenging in their search for truth and enjoy learning for its own sake. Sue says: “We value friendliness and informality. We educate children in the non-violent resolution of conflict, and about sustainability, simplicity and a detachment from material goods in the pursuit of the welfare of others.

Bootham Junior School has a thriving Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) that organises both social and fundraising events throughout the year. All parents, staff and friends of the school are most welcome to attend the meetings, which are usually held on weekday evenings in the school hall from 7.30pm to 9pm, usually twice per term. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 9.

Open day Prospective parents and their families are invited to Bootham School’s open morning on Saturday, November 6, for about two hours from 10.30am. It will give them the chance to see the school at work, to meet pupils and staff and to view the facilities at the Bootham site. Sue Ratcliffe, head teacher of Bootham Junior School, in nearby Clifton, will be on hand at Bootham to answer any questions. For more details, call 623261.

“Our children will be taught to demonstrate kindliness and carefulness for others and to value diversity. They are offered opportunities for service, to work for the good in society, and for ‘letting their lives speak’. They are encouraged to engage actively with the life of the school, the local community, and the wider world.”


This month we look at the ‘outstanding’ Sixth Form at

Huntington School at the school, but also of the wealth of opportunities students have to develop outside the classroom. “We believe that the Sixth Form experience is not just about academic achievement, but is also about developing the whole person”, says Mr Uttley. “Students can become involved in a wide range of extracurricular and volunteer activities, ranging from sport to environmental projects to mentoring students. It is a joy to see how many of our young people want to make a significant contribution to the school, local and world community.”

Huntington School’s core purpose is to “inspire confident learners who will thrive in a changing world”. The school’s Sixth Form plays a crucial role in fulfilling that purpose. There are 320 students in the Sixth Form from all across York and around the world. The school offers 34 A-level subjects and says it is the only institution in York to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB). Jonny Uttley, Director of Sixth Form, says: “We are delighted that as well as offering such an array of A-levels we can now give students the chance to study for the International Baccalaureate. We believe it is really important that young


‘We believe that the Sixth Form experience is not just about academic achievement, but is also about developing the whole person.’ people have the broadest possible range of options and can find courses that will really engage them.” The Sixth Form was rated as “outstanding” last year by Ofsted. This was recognition, not just of the exceptionally high academic standards

The IB is a well established and exciting Sixth Form qualification that for many years has been held in the highest regard by British universities. Until recently those who wished to study it had to pay fees to independent schools. All that changed in York though, when Huntington School became the first and only school to offer the IB. Mr Uttley explained why the school embraced the IB: “A-levels remain an excellent qualification but we welcome the opportunity to give students a choice. We feel the philosophy that underpins the IB is unique in British

education. The IB sets out explicitly to develop independent study and research skills, to create a love of learning and to encourage students to develop a global view. Universities and employers are crying out for students who can think critically and creatively. That’s exactly what the IB encourages young people to do.” Students in the IB study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level. In addition they undertake community service, study the theory of knowledge and write an extended essay. Places are available for September 2011 in Huntington’s Sixth Form for both the IB and A-levels. n The school is holding a general sixth form open evening on Wednesday, November 10, at 7pm. For details call 752100 or email

Get web-wise From paying a bill to doing your Christmas shopping, everything seems to be online these days. Which can be very frustrating if you’re not computer savvy.

It also means you could be missing out on an awful lot of opportunities. Like keeping in touch with the family for free via Skype, picking up bargains online or making new friends. So what do you do if you don’t know your Flickr from your Facebook? Help is at hand thanks to Computer Start, a mobile computer tuition service offering one to one home computer tuition to anyone up to the age of 100 and beyond! It’s ideal for people who want to get to grips with computers but either can’t or don’t want to join a class. “Some people feel intimidated in a group situation,” says Anita of Computer Start. “They worry about feeling silly or not grasping things quickly enough. Also, the computer they learn on in the class might not have the same setup as their computer at home, which can cause confusion.” Anita will help you get started on using your computer, whether it’s using emails, surfing the internet or setting up Skype. It’s a real boon, especially for the housebound or elderly. “It’s a sad irony that the people who could most benefit from using a computer are often the ones who are least able to do it,” she says. “I can teach you the basics and before you know it, you’ll be keeping in touch with friends and family, whether they’re across the world or just across the road.” n To find out more, contact Anita on 07944 717019 or e-mail Anita at nominated for

leforth has been Nominated: St Martin’s Amp Tatler School Awards. This year

Best Prep School of the Year at the 114 are prep schools. Only 13 prep 229 schools were chosen, of which h of England and Scotland. schools were chosen from the Nort


Connie may look cute, but the little pup has a very big future ahead of her. She’s been selected to train as a Hearing Dog for Deaf People. But before Connie can start her hearing dog training, she has to spend her first year with a socialiser, learning the basics of good behaviour. Connie recently joined the Pilliner family in Copmanthorpe. We’ll be following her progress over the coming year and picking up some puppy training tips along the way. One of the earliest lessons any puppy must learn is to come back when called. “It’s very important to be able to get your dog to come back to you immediately when you’re out and about, for its own safety,” says Connie’s ‘mum’ Sheila. She has been working on the recall since Connie first came to stay with her. “The earlier you start, the easier it is,” she says. “Young puppies are very vulnerable, and don’t like to stray too far from an adult. “I started training with Connie around the house. I’d wait until she was distracted by a toy, then I’d call her by her name. When she came back to me, she got a reward of her favourite treat, so she knew it was worth giving up whatever she was doing to come! “Once she’d mastered this, I tried backing away a few steps. We kept working on this, building up the distance gradually until I was calling her from another room. Then we tried it in the garden – again, I’d wait until she was distracted by something, then call her to me and offer a reward. “After that, it was time to try her training in the big wide world. It does help that puppies naturally like to stay close, although Connie is a bit more adventurous than my other dogs! That’s why it’s important to make sure the reward is well worth her giving up exploring to come back to me. Once she’d mastered the recall, I reduced the reward to a lesser treat. “I’ve also had to teach her to come to the sound of a whistle as well as my voice, because she may one day go to a deaf person who can’t call her name. She’s picked that up very well. “Although our training sessions are very important, I also have to make sure I give her plenty of time to play, too. Like children, puppies get bored if it’s all work and no fun! “As well as teaching her basic commands, I’ve been taking her out and about, getting her used to all kinds of sights and Give a pup a home sounds. She made friends with Hearing Dogs for Deaf a group of workmen the other People are always looking for day, although she wasn’t too socialisers to look after puppies impressed with their heavy until they begin training. machinery! I’ve taken her into n If you have plenty of time York a few times, too. If you see and commitment to give, us, stop and say hello. Connie call 0175 9 322299. would love to meet you!”


Give us a home All over the city there are cats and dogs looking for loving homes. Could you be the one to offer them the love they need?

The big bang Fireworks can be fun, but they’re a nightmare for pets. Here’s how to keep them safe and happy on 5th November

• Exercise your dog during the day. Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off • Keep your pet indoors, close all windows and curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the noise • Let your cat or dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner; coaxing it out may cause further stress • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and your pet is micro-chipped in case it bolts and becomes lost • The experts at Pets Pantry in Huntington have several products to help calm stressed out pets. Serene-UM are a natural tablet or drop and can be used as either short term fixes for issues such as fireworks, travelling or thunderstorms, or long term for general anxiety, noise phobias and barking. Calming Collars are impregnated with the pheromone that is found in a nursing mother's milk and work by calming the cat or dog and giving them a sense of comfort and wellbeing. • Rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals living outside should not be forgotten. They can also become very stressed from loud noise. Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection • Horses often bolt from firework noise and become injured. Always make sure horses, ponies and donkeys are stabled while fireworks are being let off. Make sure fireworks are not in view by closing the stable door • Bonfires can be fatal for wildlife such as hedgehogs, which often crawl into them to sleep. Build bonfires as late as possible to reduce this risk and make sure you disturb the foundations of the bonfire to give any wildlife a chance to escape before it is lit. Always clear up after a fireworks party, as litter is dangerous to both domestic and wild animals.

Food for thought

Who would have thought that choosing the right dog bowl can be as important as choosing the right food? But many food-related problems that dogs suffer from such as reflux (being sick after a large meal), poor digestion, or general messy eating can easily be remedied by choosing the right bowl. And you’d be amazed at some of the high-tech bowls you can buy these days. We’ve been finding out what’s available from the experts at Pets Pantry in Huntington.

FREYA is a funny, rotund lady. She arrived at Cats Protection in York because her owner was moving but wasn’t able to take her cat along too. She hasn’t settled in to Centre life as well as some, she was a spoilt lady in her previous home and is now rather fussy when it comes to food - only the best will do for Freya! Freya needs a home with experienced cat owners, no other cats and no young, noisy children - this madam wants to be your Number One priority! But who can blame her?

POPPY may not look like the most attractive cat at the moment - but wait until her fur grows back! She was made homeless after her elderly owner died. Sadly she hadn’t been groomed in a while, and her coat was so matted it needed shaving – hence the dodgy lion cut! Poppy is a more mature lady but certainly has plenty of life in her yet. She loves a fuss but isn’t keen on other cats so would be looking for a quieter home with a mature family/couple or singleton who can offer her a comfy bed and some warmth. n If you’d like to offer either of these cats a loving home, please call York Cats Protection, 582 Huntington Road. Tel: 760356. LILY a three-year-old Rottweiler, is a lovely girl who needs an active and experienced owner living in a household where there are no children under the age of 16 and no other pets. “She is very friendly and would make a great pet,” say our friends at the RSPCA home at Landing Lane, York. JACK a three-year-old Dalmatian, is house trained and good with other dogs. He would make a super family pet in a household where there are no children under the age of 13. n If you can offer any of these dogs a home, call the RSPCA on 654949. * Lottie, three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier featured in last month’s issue of Your Local Link magazine has been found a new home. The RSPCA wishes to thanks our readers.

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• Food bowls can slip all over wood, laminate or concrete floors. You can solve the problem with a special anti-slip bowl. This has a rubber seal on the bottom to stop the cat or dog moving the bowl around while it’s eating. • Larger dogs can have a problem bending down to reaching their feeding bowl. This can lead to all kinds of digestive problems. Raising the dog bowls up using a bowl-stand helps by slowing the dog’s eating and changing their body posture to allow for easier digestion. • If you have a greedy pooch who likes to gobble up their food, use a Slow Feed Bowl with specially designed fins on the recess that stop the dog scooping up the food and swallowing it whole and slows feeding by up to five times. It encourages the dog to pick only one mouthful at a time and chew before returning to the bowl. • Hopper Feeding Bowls are designed with grazing dogs and cats in mind. A large hopper on top of the bowl releases more food when the contents of the bowl is eaten. It’s an excellent time-saver, but not recommended for greedy cats or dogs, unless you like clearing up a lot of mess! 


Rain • Wet weather can cause a lot of hardy plants, such as rosemary, lily bulbs and alpines, to die off because they don’t like wet feet when they’re dormant. If you garden on clay soil or in a low-lying situation where water gathers, it’s worth growing any plants that need good drainage in raised beds; alternatively, grow them in pots and move them under cover for the winter. • Protect the lawn from damage in wet weather by unrolling a temporary path to avoid leaving muddy tracks. Cover slippery or slimey patches with gritty horticultural sand; it’s a quick fix until you can find a more permanent solution.

Cold weather • Make sure you outdoor tap is well-lagged. You can buy a special tap cosy to cover it, but a good wrapping of newspaper or bubble wrap with a plastic carrier bag tied over the top does the job just as well. • Lag your outdoor tubs before the freezing weather sets in, to stop them cracking.

Winter scents in the garden Winter may bring fewer flowers, but many of these are strongly scented to attract the fewer pollinators around.

The white flowers of Sarcococca are unassuming and its evergreen foliage without much interest, but its scent would rival anything you could buy in a bottle. S.hookeriana var dygina makes good underplanting for large shrubs, being shade-loving and tolerant of dry conditions. White or shades of pink distinguish the shrubby, scented winter-flowering honeysuckles. Lonicera fragrantissima and L. standishii hide their flowers under their semi-evergreen leaves, but L. x purpusii, being fully deciduous, displays its clusters of creamy flowers on naked stems and is equally fragrant. Abeliophyllum distichum is smothered with ivory-white flowers in February, and needs a sunny sheltered spot to capture its strong scent. The effect is like a white forsythia with a spicy fragrance. For sheer length of flowering and scent, it would be hard to beat Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, flowering from October to March and filling the air with deliciously scented rosy-pink flowers on bare branches. Even a small sprig, brought indoors, fills the room with exquisite fragrance. V.b. ‘Deben’ equals it for fragrance, with pure white flowers. Flowering later in winter and into spring, Daphne mezereum is an upright and deciduous shrub smothered in deep pink and purple flowers of intense fragrance. Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is as fragrant, though less showy, with deep pink and white flowers and glossy evergreen leaves edged with yellow.




garden Now’s the time to get your garden ready in time for the wet, windy or freezing weather. A few simple steps now could save you a lot of hassle later

Winds • Strong, wintry winds are a big problem in all but the most sheltered gardens. Check the bases of fence posts to make sure they’re not rotting off – a replacement now can save you having to reinstate half your fence later. • Make sure your garden gates and shed and greenhouse doors have good solid latches. Keep them firmly shut or they’ll knock themselves to bits in the gales.


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• Look out for anything lying loose in the garden that could blow against a window or greenhouse. Dustbin lids are regular offenders; fix them down with one of the elasticated gizmos you can buy for use with roof racks. Branches of nearby trees and unrestrained climbers can also break any glass they slap against in the wind. If you can’t tie them down, cut them off. • Check the stakes of newly planted trees and shrubs.

Although pink, purple and white are predominant in the winter garden, yellows can be found to add warmth to colour schemes. During mild spells, Azara microphylla's clusters of deep yellow flowers release a strong fragrance of vanilla in late winter. It has a rather tender disposition, but is worth a try against a southfacing wall, preferring a moisture retentive soil. Chimonanthus praecox, the wintersweet, also needs a sunny spot, though it prefers a drier and poorer soil than the Azara. This is a lovely, hardy shrub but takes some years to get into flowering. When mature, yellow waxy flowers hang from bare branches, so pale that you can almost see through to the purple centres. It is highly fragrant, flowering from December to March, with a sweet, spicy scent which will fill the whole house if planted near an open window. The variety ‘Luteus’ has larger flowers with a stronger lemon-yellow colouring, but less scent. Enhance the colouring of the ordinary wintersweet by associating it with a fragrant mahonia. The best scented variety is M.japonica, flowering from December to March, with long yellow racemes and a lily-of-the-valley fragrance. To spice up these golds and pale yellows, touches of orange or bronze can be found among the witch-hazels. Stands of coppery-orange Hamamellis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ and the reddish-brown ‘Diane’ produce a heady scent, looking especially good against evergreens. Hamamellis mollis, the common witch-hazel, is well known for its golden-yellow flowers, as is H. ‘Pallida’, a magnificent sulphur-yellow variety. It is surprising how many of the low, ground-covering plants flowering in winter are scented. Crocuses and cyclamen as well as sweet violets, primulas and dwarf iris are either forgotten or not normally thought of as scented plants because we do not get down to ground level and smell them.


Rolawn managing director Paul Dawson with the Green Achiever certificate

Silver award for Rolawn

Rolawn, Europe's largest producer of cultivated turf and Britain's leading supplier of high quality topsoil, has attained Green Achiever award silver status. The silver award demonstrates the positive action taken in the way the company, based at Elvington, near York, cares for the environment. Paul Dawson, Rolawn’s Managing Director, says: “We are delighted to achieve the silver award as it endorses the positive steps the company has taken over the last few years to develop its green credentials; from our sustainable and recycled topsoil products to our highly efficient turf operation.” Deborah Cairns, operations manager at E4environment and with specific responsibility for the Green Achiever scheme, says: “The staff and management at Rolawn Ltd are demonstrating a conviction to enhancing their green status that not only sets a standard for others to follow but will save the organisation money too.”

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Conifers are some of the most underrated of plants, regarded by many gardeners as dull and boring. To me they are underestimated because if planted in the right area they can add instant maturity, structure and all year round colour to the garden. Most conifers are evergreen but there are exceptions Larix (Larch), Taxodium, (Swamp Cypress) Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) and Ginkgo to name a few. Although there are both evergreen and deciduous varieties, conifers can normally be distinguished from other woody shrubs by needles or cones. Conifers are some of the hardiest plants money can buy with a long life expectancy; also aftercare could not be simpler. There is no staking, spraying, dead heading or leaf raking. Pruning is not required unless there is a special case (a green leaved branch appears to be yellowing then it must be pruned out immediately). Conifers can be bought from your local garden centre, container grown or rootballed, in both cases at planting time the rootball should not be disturbed. If rootballed, it is best to plant either September - October when there is still warmth in the soil but wet enough to water them in. If container grown you can plant anytime of year except when there is a frost on the ground. If planted in the summer months it is important to water regularly until roots are established and the plant can get moisture freely without help. Most aspects of conifer growing are simple but the definition of size is not. Many people buy a large conifer (specimen) thinking it will grow into a stately tree but then it only grows one inch a year and is soon dwarfed by other shrubs in the boarder. It is important to remember that it is the NAME of the conifer not the size at purchase that determines the overall size of the plant.( e.g x Cupressocyparis leylandii can be bought in a 1L pot but when established can grow 2-3 feet a year). Most conifers will grow happily in just about any garden soil although there are a few varieties that will not tolerate lime such as Cryptomeria and Larix, if you have a high content of lime in your soil Junipers and Pines are the best varieties to pick. For the best results, at planting time dig a hole twice the size of the rootball, this allows the soil to be loose making it easy for the new roots to disperse when back filled. Before backfilling it would help to add Growmore to the earth you have dug, then mix, place the conifer in the hole, backfill and water in. Conifers don’t have to be used in borders, if you have a gravelled garden you can plant a single specimen in the centre to make a statement or if you have a container garden they can give you greenery all year round. Alternately if it is a hedge you want conifers are a great choice, some of the best varieties to use are Leylandii or Taxus (Yew) as these create a dense and easy to maintain hedge that will need cutting up to twice a year depending on variety. For whatever the use or wherever you live your garden won’t be complete without a conifer in it.

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Grow your own with Sandra Geere

Growing your own fruit and veg is rewarding, good for the planet – and your pocket. Here’s how… If you are old enough to have worn flares or mastered the art of making macramé plant hangers then you will almost certainly have tried to grow mushrooms – possibly even the magic kind – although I’m talking about the sort you grew in polystyrene boxes. Time and again I embraced the challenge presented by those well-intentioned gifts; boxes of dry fibrous growing medium with small bags of strange gritty dust promising more mushrooms than I could possibly want. I failed every time. Fortunately, it’s now quite easy to grow all kinds of mushrooms and most seed catalogues include them. The choice is amazing and includes shitake, oyster, lion’s mane, ink cap, whitecap and chestnut, each with their own distinct flavour and texture. They are very nutritious too.

JOBS FOR NOVEMBER Sow broad beans Plant onion sets, garlic and shallots Check stored fruit and vegetables Start autumn digging

If you are really sure of your fungi then foraging can be fun. There are many growing wild in the UK but only a few are safe to eat and mistakes can have very serious consequences. Unless you are 100 per cent sure DO NOT EAT THEM. Mushrooms can be grown on compost (well-rotted horse manure), straw and sawdust or on pre-inoculated logs. Some need light and shelter whilst others need warmth and grow inside black plastic bags. I like the idea of dowels impregnated with mushroom spawn. Select a log from recently cut diseasefree wood with the bark still attached. Drill holes and insert the dowels before sealing with the wax supplied. This keeps out the moisture. You will need a little patience though as cropping won’t begin for 4 to 10 months but will continue for 3 to 5 times a year for the next 3 to 5 years. Wrap up warm because there is plenty to do in the vegetable garden this month. Plant onion sets and garlic, sow broad beans and place grease bands around fruit trees to protect against winter moths. Gather up fallen leaves to make leaf mould and consider planting a green manure such as field beans to boost fertility on ground that you are not going to use until spring. Check brassicas and leeks and remove any yellowing leaves. Now is a good time to take gooseberry and currant cuttings. They take very easily and grow into good strong plants very quickly. I have even had fruit on one year old and 9 inch high gooseberry and blackcurrant cuttings. If you have the energy left and your fingers aren’t numb you can make a start on autumn digging. Taking bookin gs for 20 11

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Forget the crackers and the carols; to us, nothing says Christmas like a big, fresh tree. That delicious pine smell filling the house means the festive season has really arrived. There’s a huge selection of trees available these days, from the traditional Norway Spruce to the new generation of longer-lasting Fir trees, which promise less vacuuming come Boxing Day. Choose from Nordman Fir, the original non-drop Christmas tree with its soft dark green needles; Fraser Fir (ideal for smaller spaces), and the lighter coloured Douglas Fir. Or for maximum room scent, go for the gorgeous Scots Pine. When choosing a tree, look out for a fresh, healthy specimen with few browning needles. The needles should feel pliable; try rubbing your hand along a branch to see if the needles fall off. Also, keep in mind the sturdiness of the branches – you don’t want them buckling under the strain of all those festive baubles! For the best Christmas trees, always order from a reputable dealer. Brown’s Nursery has hundreds of trees to choose from, including Normandi, Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce, either rooted, potted or freshly cut. They have a wide variety of sizes, suitable for even the largest spaces. Give them a call on 01904 766266 or 07711 634812. Foss Feeds in Acaster Malbis also has a range of cut and potted trees, as well as wreaths and stands. Reserve yours now on 01904 706376. Trevor Smith’s wide range of freshly cut trees always prove very popular during the festive season; make sure of yours this year by calling 01904 489998.

Christmas at Dean’s

The extravagant Christmas department at Dean’s Garden Centre has become a popular York festive tradition, attracting people from a wide area. It features beautiful colour co-ordinated displays designed to inspire you with ideas on how to make your home look spectacular this festive season. Sandy, of Dean’s, says: “Our new look Christmas department is bigger and better than ever before with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. It has everything you might need from artificial and fibre-optic trees, indoor and outdoor lights, artificial flowers, candles, baubles and decorations. “Whatever your style, be it traditional golds and reds or a more modern twist with silvers, blues or purples, we have a wide range of decorations to suit any taste.” Features include a fireplace display and a delightful tunnel of festive illuminations. A forest of Christmas trees, complete with a festive train manned by penguins and a light stream flowing through it, is bound to appeal to children and whet their appetite for Christmas Day itself. n Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, Stockton-on-the-Forest. Tel: 400141

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Ask Chris... Got a gardening problem?

Chris Brown from Brown’s Nurseries can help.

I planted Begonias in my garden this year. Can I save them and replant them next year? Yes, you can. Wait until the first frost has blackened them, then after about a week lift the corms – removing dead growth – and place in a dry, cool well-ventilated greenhouse or shed. Make sure it’s frost-free and that mice can’t get to them. In early spring place the corms in trays or pots and water lightly. After a couple of weeks they will start to bud. Replace them in early summer after all signs of frost have gone. My Brussels sprouts and cauliflower plants are flagging and the soil is damp. I pulled a plant up and found growths in the roots. What can I do to stop this problem? This is a very common and widespread problem, known as Clubroot. It affects most of the brassica family and is generally worse on acid and poorly drained soils. Symptoms to look out for are leaves that wilt on hot days but recover at night when the temperature drops. In severe attacks, plants may be stunted, take on a red-purple tint to the foliage and occasionally topple over and die. Treatment is extremely difficult but improving the drainage and adding lime to raise the PH balance of the soil to about seven may lessen the severity (take care not to over-lime if potatoes are to be grown on the same land). Crop rotation is also important so that brassicas are not on the same land; once in five years should suffice. My Wisteria didn’t flower last spring. Could you give me some advice on how to feed and prune it? Provide support along strong wire using vine eyes or similar to support the wire. After planting, allow shoots to twine to the desired length. Nip the tips when this is achieved as this will encourage your Wisteria to produce more lateral shoots. Establish a framework, allowing some shoots to run to increase the framework size, nipping this occasionally. Select other lateral shoots and prune these back each August to within two or three buds of that season’s growth. This will create spurs from which it will produce flowers. In winter tidy up any shoots at the back of the plant. Each season repeat this process of leaving a few shoots to extend the framework. A high potash plant food will help produce more flowers in spring if fed throughout the summer. Can you suggest some plants that I can put into a winter hanging basket, please? Pansies, Violas and Primroses are probably the most important for adding colour. With other plants, go for contrasting leaves and trailing plants. Ivy is ideal in the bottom and sides of your basket, along with herbs such as different varieties of thymes, sages, oreganos, mints and Helichrysum. We also use small shrubs for shape and colour – look out for Choisya ‘Sundance’, or different varieties of Euonymus or Hebe. For the middle or the top of the basket a dwarf conifer or a Skimmia Rubella would be ideal. Once pruned the winter basket will flower throughout the winter and well into next summer. If you have a question for Chris write to him c/o Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby, YO32 2LH Browns Nursery, Corban Lane, Wigginton, York YO32 2RD. Tel. 766266.


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Worried about this winter’s soaring heating bills? Following our cost-cutting tips • If your boiler is more than ten years old, consider buying a new condensing boiler. The best high efficiency condensing boilers convert more than 90% of their fuel into heat, compared to 78% for conventional types.

• Invest in cavity wall insulation. Almost 33% off all the heat lost in your home is through the walls, so you could save on average around £90 a year on your gas bill. If you have solid walls you can either insulate them with external or internal insulation for extra saving.

• By insulating your hot pipes and your hot tank you could make a saving on your heating bill. Both tank and pipe insulation keep your water hotter for longer by reducing the amount of heat that escapes. • All properties lose heat through their windows. Double glazing will cut the heat loss through windows by half and can save you over £100 a year. • Place silver foil behind the radiators in your house that are on an outside wall.

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up for award Two projects to promote recycling unwanted Christmas presents and clothes have been nominated for a national award.

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee has announced City of York Council’s Green Santa challenge and Choose2Reuse fashion show as finalists for the Best Waste Minimisation or Prevention Projects category. The winners will be announced in Liverpool on November 3. The Green Santa Schools challenge encouraged children, parents and staff to consider reusing unwanted gifts after the Christmas period. Last Christmas, Santa was sledged around schools across York not to give presents, but to collect them. Some 10 tonnes of toys were recycled as a result.

• Insulate your loft. Loft insulation that is 270mm thick will save you up to 20% off your heating bills.

• Insulating beneath floorboards will reduce heating bills and improve the comfort of your home. Gaps and cracks around floors and skirting boards are easy to fill using a tube of sealant.

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• Be water-wise. There are some easy ways you can save money on hot water. Replace your inefficient shower head to a water efficient one; replace baths with showers. Make sure your dishwashers and washing machines are full before putting them on and always use the most water and energy efficient settings. When it's time to replace your appliance, look for Energy Saving Recommended logo. Using a bowl to wash up twice a day rather than leaving the hot tap running could save around £25 a year on a household's gas bill. If you must rinse, wash up or prepare vegetables in the sink, use cold water where possible and don't keep the tap running. Only boil as much water as you need – this could save around £6 a year on energy bills.

In May, the council also ran a Choose2Reuse fashion show at York Racecourse to show how to work vintage or recycled pieces of clothing. For both schemes, the council worked with the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership together with numerous charity shops to divert thousands of tonnes of reusable goods from landfill.

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Design a Christmas poster York Rotters are encouraging people to have a green Christmas.



The community composting group is launching a competition where children in the York area are invited to design a poster to show what festive items can be composted at Christmas time. Catherine Bamford, of York Rotters, says: “People often believe that only vegetable and fruit peelings can be composted, but there are lots of festive items that can be put into a compost bin. Gift wrap (apart from metallic paper), sticky tape, discarded Christmas crackers, envelopes, cardboard, string, tissue paper and burst balloons can all be composted.” The competition will be judged in two age groups: under 8 years and 8 to 16 years. One winner from each group will receive gift vouchers worth £20 and the winning designs will be made into large posters and displayed across the city as part of the York Rotters Christmas compost campaign. Posters can be drawn, painted, stuck or computer generated but should be submitted on either A4 or A3 paper. The child’s name, address, telephone number, age at November 26, along with a parent’s name and signature, should be on the back. Entries should be sent to York Rotters, York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST. All entries should be received by November 26. All posters entered into the competition will be displayed at the Environment Centre over the Christmas period. n For more details, contact Catherine at York Rotters on 412861 or email


As the dark nights set in and the temperature starts to drop a few degrees, it‘s time to start thinking about keeping warm before the winter chill really kicks in. Energy-saving specialist Solarwall is urging homeowners to ensure their homes are insulated properly. With 50% of heat loss in the home via walls and the loft, insulating your home is one of the most efficient and cost effective ways of keeping it warm and reducing fuel bills by up to £300 per year. Free insulation is available for some homeowners and tenants of private landlords through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme. Under the CERT scheme you can claim free insulation if you are in receipt of the following benefits: Income Support; Housing Benefit; Council Tax Benefit; Disabled Persons Tax Credit; Income-based Job Seekers Allowance; Attendance Allowance; Working Tax Credit; Employment Support Allowance; Disability Living Allowance;

and the over-70s (terms and conditions of funding apply). CERT was introduced by the Government to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the UK by homeowners and this in turn reduces fuel bills. The target has been extended by the coalition government. Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who visited the Solarwall Energy Centre in Clifton, York, is urging energy suppliers to work harder to insulate lofts and walls ensuring that consumers, particularly low income and vulnerable households, could reduce their energy bills. First stop to reducing fuel bills and making your home warmer is insulation. The next step is to consider renewable energy and to help people understand the range of technology available Solarwall has opened an Energy Centre, in Clifton, York. n For more details, visit or call 0800 138 0079.


Pretty Are you sitting comfortably?

If not, it could be time to invest in a new sofa! Here’s our guide to choosing the best. There are a number of thing you need to look out for when looking for a new sofa: -

Space Make a note of the maximum width and height that will fit in your space, including door heights, before you go sofa shopping. If you live in an upstairs apartment, the size of your sofa may be dictated by the size of your stairwell or the height of the lift doors.

Style Unless you’re planning to replace your sofa every year, avoid statement styles that will date quickly. Go for a neutral shade and a classic shape, and ring the changes with colourful cushions. Practicality A luxurious white or cream sofa might not be the most practical option if you have children or pets. Choose a colour and finish that can be easily cleaned.

Comfort Is it comfortable with more than one person sitting on it? Are the arm and seat heights right? Do the back cushions allow you to sink in, or force you into an uncomfortable position?

Quality A well-made sofa should have a frame constructed from solid wood; it will be padded either in traditional wool, felt and cotton wadding, or high tech foam that maintains its shape. It should also have springing, either individually sprung or using zigzag springing (cheaper versions use webbing). Cushions in feather or feather and down are the luxury options, but need regular plumping to keep their shape. Alternatives include feather, polyester fibre and foam.

New for old A cheaper and eco-friendly alternative to buying new is to get your old sofa recovered or re-upholstered. For best results, consult a professional upholsterer. They can achieve amazing results. Costs vary, but expect to pay around two thirds the cost of a new sofa. Various fabrics can be used to recover your sofa, as long as they’re suitably hard-wearing. Make sure you select a fabric that works with your furniture; the design shouldn’t overpower the piece. Bear in mind that larger patterns may require more fabric to match motifs. Upholstery fabrics also need to be fire retardant, or used with a fire retardant interliner. A good upholsterer or interior designer will be able to advise you.


Get a dream bathroom for Christmas Why not visit Smith Brothers of York for all your bathroom inspiration and it’s not too late for that new bathroom to be fully installed before Christmas! With quality products at affordable prices, the time is right to beat the end of year VAT rise and take advantage of the experienced showroom designers who will undertake the full process of designing your dream bathing and showering requirements. With more than 30 years of trading, Smith Brothers are the reliable and experienced showroom of choice in the York area. With more than 100 displays in their showroom on Osbaldwick Link Road, you will be spoilt for choice with the ranges and styles available for all your bathroom needs.

So why not put Smith Brothers to the test and visit the showroom to see the largest selection of bathrooms on display in the area. Gary adds: “Having experienced, well trained staff is a must for Smith Brothers and, with the latest computer-generated designs, we are able to inspire the imagination of our customers and produce photo quality designs of their dream bathroom.”



York Trade Windows Ltd offers the latest generation of energy efficient windows – which is good news for householders who want to reduce their fuel bills.

Is your bathroom looking tired? Do you need inspiration for new ideas for that smallest room in the house? And you would love that new bathroom before Christmas?

New branch manager Gary McGowan, who has taken the reins of this established York business since the retirement of previous manager Martin Smith, says: “Having taken over from Martin, I was always fully aware of the quality and service that Smith Brothers has rightfully built up over the years. However what has pleased me more is the affordability that we can offer on designer products to suit all budgets. We are the showroom in York that can supply that affordable luxury.”

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All Smith Brothers showroom designers have long established histories of designing and supplying quality bathrooms for all customer requirements, so act now to get that room of your dreams professionally designed in a relaxed environment secure in the knowledge you are in the best hands possible.

Under new regulations that came into force on October 1 all new windows must carry an accurate energy rating. The company, which has been audited by the relevant authority, makes windows with three different energy ratings. Director Andy Nicholds says: “Every window that leaves our factory now has a sticker showing its energy rating, ranging from A to C, with A being the most energy efficient.” He adds: “We can offer various wood grain options such as light oak, rosewood, cream and any other colour from our Artisan range. These products are all textured like wood and are fully reinforced with steel. We can supply sash windows, standard casement windows and also tilt and turn windows.

With home visits available and inspiration all on your doorstep, the time is right to visit Smith Brothers for that early Christmas treat to yourself - the bathroom of your dreams, inspired by Smith Brothers.

“We can also manufacture windows to make them look more traditional. This gives you the low maintenance advantages of uPVC with the look of traditional timber and overcomes the perception that uPVC windows cannot make a sympathetic replacement in period style properties.” The company also supplies doors and conservatories.

n Smith Brothers of York are situated on Osbaldwick Link Road (YO10 3WA), just off the Hull Road near the B&Q depot. Call 415222 for details.

n York Trade Windows, 28 Hospital Fields Road, Fulford, York YO10 4DZ. Tel: 541919




with paula matthews Paula Matthews at Opus Estate Agents has been chatting to buyers and sellers all over York answering their concerns and queries. Q. I am looking to buy a property round about £325,000. How much stamp duty will I have to pay if I buy at this price and do I pay it on the full amount, or just the amount over £250,000? A. You will have to pay 3% on the whole amount which is £9,750. Unfortunately there is nothing anyone buying can do about this so make sure you allow for this when you are offering on a property. Q. We are in the process of buying a property for nearly £500,000. The property has been valued £30,000 under the price we’re paying. We really love the property and have big plans for it. We would like to proceed with the sale, what do you think we should do? A. If you are part of a chain, negotiate down the chain to keep the sale together. If there is not a chain try to negotiate with the sellers to keep the sale together. They will probably realise in today’s market conditions it’s as much about having the right buyer as having the top price. Hopefully you can come to a compromise that means you are both happy to proceed. Q. Is it worth putting our house on the market this close to Christmas? A. Usually you have a window from the beginning of September to the end of October when buyers are busy looking to buy and move in for Christmas. As the market is not really following a set pattern I don’t think it really matters, buyers are looking at everything in their price bracket and are not rushing into things, so YES I would go ahead and put it on as soon as possible. Q. I am selling my property and have been quoted different fees from each agent. I have also been informed by some agents that there will be extra to pay for advertising, brochures and also if I withdraw my property. Is this normal and how can I monitor how much I spend to advertise and for brochures? A. Some agents choose to market houses this way and if you choose one of these agents, you should give them a maximum spend that you are comfortable with. Most agents work on a No Sale, No Fee basis except for the Energy Performance Certificate which will usually be an upfront payment. You will pay a percentage of the selling price or asking price, this way you know exactly how much your fees will be. Opus Estate Agents Tel: 01904 790070


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Panic! Barbara’s stress busting tips for buying and selling Buying and selling a home is an exciting but stressful time for everyone. From the moment an offer is accepted the deal is on and everyone’s expectations are raised…

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Stoneworth Interiors has been set up by a husband-and-wife team to supply madeto-measure curtains and blinds to suit all tastes and styles. The new venture has an extensive selection of fabric books available. However the company is more than happy to work on fabrics provided by customers.

These fears can be allayed by getting good advice and help from trusted local property professionals.

A local surveyor can be instructed by a buyer to carry out a survey (not to be confused with the Mortgage Valuation carried out by a surveyor appointed by the bank or building society). The buyer’s survey will highlight any problems and advise on any further investigations required. Focus on the ‘exchange of contracts’, fixing the moving date should help put an end to the nerves. No party in the chain can withdraw without serious legal penalties once contracts are exchanged. But, how can stress be further reduced between negotiating the sale and exchange of contracts? With 30 years’ experience as a local


damp Damp can affect any home and it is wise to spot any problems early and remedy them quickly.

The situation is full of uncertainly for sellers: has the buyer got sufficient funds to proceed? Is the sale dependant on a chain and if so how long is it? If you’re buying you wonder is the property in good physical condition? Are there issues with the legal title and could the seller back out, even sell to someone else?

The Estate Agent should provide you with full details of the status of all parties in the chain and, liaising with other agents, be able to identify and assist in resolving any problems.

How to spot and deal with

property solicitor, in my view efficient and effective communication is the key. Choose an experienced solicitor who you can easily talk and relate to, be that in person, by telephone, letter, email or fax. Discuss with them what you’re looking for to ensure your expectations in terms of cost and timescales are realistic. With the demise of Home Information Packs or HIPs, make sure you fully understand the legal nature of what you are buying, if you don’t ASK. If issues arise, discuss these with your solicitor and check if you, the estate agent or the solicitor can help sort it out, possibly through alternative strategies. In this way, with a good team on your side and a bit of good luck, the inevitable stress surrounding a move can be greatly reduced for you and your loved ones.

Stoneworth Interiors, which covers York and the surrounding area, also offers a measuring and fitting service. n Give Becky a call on 07812 417965 for a no obligation, free quotation.

Damp isn’t just a problem for your home, it can also be bad for your health. It aggravates respiratory problems and encourages the emergence of mites and mould as well as making your home cold and unappealing.There are several causes of damp in the home. It can occur in or around the roof, walls, floors, windows, doors or pipe-work. Often, if there is a damp patch visible inside the home, the cause can be identified from an issue on the exterior. For instance, a wet patch at the top of a wall might be due to a leaking gutter outside. Rising damp is water from the ground that enters a structure by capillary action. Most types of masonry used in the walls of buildings will allow some water movement; however, this is usually controlled by a physical barrier or damp proof course. If this physical barrier is absent, has broken down or is damaged then rising damp can occur. Tell-tale signs include decayed skirting boards, crumbling or stained plaster. Rising damp can be cured by the installation of a chemical damp proof course to control water rising from the ground. Water rising from the ground often introduces contaminating salts into the walls and plaster coats. This contamination will often result in a need for the plaster to be removed and replaced using specially formulated salt resistant plasters.

which is why it’s important to get a professional to investigate the problem. Penetrating damp occurs as a result of problems with the fabric of the building that can allow water to leak into the walls or floors. Typical defects leading to penetrating damp are defective guttering or down pipes, faulty flashings, poor pointing, cracked rendering and built up external ground levels. The first sign of damp penetration is often the appearance of damp patches on walls, ceilings or floors. These tend to grow or darken after periods of heavy or prolonged rain. The long term effects of water penetration can include damage to decoration and plaster, decay in exposed timber, and mould growth. Penetrating damp is most common in older homes that have solid walls. A new build property with cavity walls offers more protection against driven rain. Penetrating damp can be tricky to pin-point, and may often require expert help. Damp penetration usually refers to any water that enters a building and moved through the walls horizontally or from a higher to a lower level and is usually associated with external construction defects. Penetrating damp may move about within the building in various ways but is not rising damp. If you are concerned by damp, check out the specialists advertising in Your Local Link.

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If so, you will find what you’re looking for at York electrical retailer and contractor Herbert Todd & Son. Second TV sets tend to be a lot smaller and cheaper than the large flat screens that dominate the living room. Screen size is given in inches, which is the length of the display diagonal from the top corner to bottom, and 26 inches is a diagonal size that can be called ‘small’ particularly when you consider there are computer monitors with 30-inch displays! Entry level TVs do give slightly lower image quality; the contrast isn’t as high and blacks take on a grey tinge. This doesn’t mean you’re getting a substandard product, especially if you intend to use it in a well-lit room. So are TV sets that are less than 26 inches on the endangered list? Of course not, because they are so convenient and are well adapted for occasional use in watching various TV programs which don't require an elaborate home cinema system. Herbert Todd & Son is offering small screen LCDs, which are ideal for the bedroom, study or kid’s room, at incredible small prices. For example, Finlux 16” Freeview digital LCD TV is Herbert Todd’s lowest ever priced full feature LCD TV at £119!


One telly per household is simply not enough for 21st century lifestyles. York retailer Herbert Todd & Son looks at small TV sets designed for use away from the living room.


for a TV for your study, kitchen or living room?

Playback DVDs and CDs with one neat unit – the Finlux 19” Freeview digital LCD TV with DVD player will cost you just £219! The TV set is also available without DVD for £179. The Finlux 26” Freeview HD ready digital LCD TV is large enough to use as your main TV, yet cheap enough to use all over the house! Its price tag of £299 comes with a free five-year guarantee. Herbert Todd also sells Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Loewe and Humax and has hundreds of TV sets in stock ready for delivery before Christmas. The retailer offers a delivery and installation service for £29.99. Its workmen can also fit new digital aerials and secondary aerial points – just ring them for a free quote. n Herbert Todd & Son has been providing highquality appliances and excellent service in York since 1936. It has shops in Percy’s Lane and York Road, Acomb. Tel: 628676


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When it comes to having a woodburning or multifuel stove installed, it’s not just a matter of picking one off the shelf. The experts at Wigginton-based Hot Box Stoves strongly recommend that you seek professional advice before you commit to buying. They can survey your home and advise you on the range of stoves most suitable for your home. And as leading experts in the field, they can often find you the stove you need at a preferential rate. Unlike other installers, Hot Box offers a full package approach to an installation. This eliminates the need for customers to involve several different contractors to carry out your installation, reducing costs and management time and ensuring that the end product and its surroundings are 100% fit for purpose and in line with HETAS regulations. They also work in conjunction with construction experts Geoff Neal Roofing, giving you the peace of mind that all their construction work is carried out to the highest possible standard. n If you’re thinking of investing in a woodburning or multifuel stove, contact Hot Box Stoves 289202.

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Online auctions have become a part of our lives. Now thanks to a York property company, we can bid for a new home on the internet too. Reid Property Ltd, a well established city centre estate agents, has teamed up with Malton-based Macbeth Property to become the local agents for auction management company The idea is simple. Sellers place their property in an online auction for between 30-90 days. Buyers bid online just as they would on eBay or any other auction site. The seller pays no commission; instead the buyer pays a non refundable deposit once their bid has been successful. They then have 28 days in which to exchange contracts and a further 28 days in which to complete. “Besides the obvious advantage of zero commission, the seller also has the certainty of knowing when the sale will end, rather than waiting around for months for viewings,” says Tom Reid, of Reid Property Ltd. “Whilst wew try to agree a realistic pricing strategy with the vendor, it’s possible that at the end of the period that house may not attract on bids, or the property might not reach its reserve price. But setting a fixed time frame definitely helps concentrate buyers’ minds. And it ensures sellers receive the maximum price in the current market.” If you’re looking to sell your property, or you’re a buyer and you’d like to find out more, call 217200 or visit


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Setting up an

As vast numbers of British workers strive to create a more equal work/life balance, setting up shop at home has become an increasingly attractive and viable option.

AT HOME... exactly how much space you have to play with. Sketch a layout of the room and map out where all the furniture and equipment will go. It is a good idea to place your desk so that you can see the entranceway to your work area and are not startled by visitors. This will also create a more professional environment for clients than if you have your back to them when they enter. Set out the space logically and keep important documents close to hand. The aim is to create a layout that maximises efficiency and work flow.

It is a good idea to set up a space permanently dedicated to business, such as a study, computer room, attic or spare room. This will minimise the risk of distractions from other people living in the house and other things shared rooms, such as the TV. You will also be able to keep your business affairs separated from your personal life. Consider how much space you will need. While an artist will need room for easels, canvases and supplies, a writer may only require enough space for a desk and chair. Make sure you have enough room to work at home. Don't cramp yourself in.

you have loud neighbours, try to work away from a shared wall.

Nothing is worse than working in gloomy conditions or under false light. Choose a space with windows that will provide natural light and keep the air circulating if it becomes too hot and stuffy.

Project a professional image to visiting clients. If you will be holding meetings with customers, it is better not to have to give them a tour of your home to get to your office. A ground-floor working space is the best bet in this situation. Also, consider parking options, and access to your house.

Set up away from noisy and distracting areas of the house such as the front door, kitchen or bathroom. If

Once you have designated a space for a home office, it is a good idea to take measurements so you know

Poor illumination can cause headaches, eyestrain and fatigue. If working for long periods, choose a light source that is both long-lasting and energy efficient. Lighting the wall behind a computer monitor can reduce eyestrain, while a quality adjustable desk lamp can provide the flexibility needed to ensure the best illumination in different situations. Your home office is a place of business and it is important to keep it as just that. Unless they are required for work, you don't need to include televisions, games consoles or other distractions that will only take up unnecessary space.



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The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York has pulled out all the bells and whistles for its Christmas packages to enhance its reputation as one of the region’s most exciting and elegant party venues. There are four different options available to suit all budgets, starting from £34.99 + VAT per head.

From the traditional Dine & Dance package in the NRM’s stunning platform setting of Station Hall; to the Festive Frolics and Death-on-Departure murder mystery packages offering fun-filled alternatives to the traditional sit-down Christmas dinner, the NRM’s Christmas parties guarantee laughs, screams and merriment aplenty. Bespoke private receptions and gala dinners for more than 50 guests are also available throughout December, combining any of the other package components. For intimate festive lunches or dinners for up to 30 guests, Valiant – the NRM’s luxurious Pullman style train carriage provides the perfect platform. n Contact the NRM’s Christmas co-ordinator on 686223 or email


Festive fare at the Grange The award-winning Grange Hotel, in Bootham, York, has a full programme of events to help you celebrate Christmas and New Year. Throughout December there’s a festive lunch & dinner menu available from £14.95 for individual tables and larger parties. There’s also two senior citizens’ lunches on Thursdays, on December 2 and 9, when guests will be entertained during lunch by a choir from a local school. The price for these lunches is just £17.95 per person to include a glass of mulled wine on arrival and a three-course lunch with coffee and mince pies. If you fancy treating the family on Christmas Day there’s a choice of either The Ivy Brasserie or The New York Grill and there’s also a delicious lunch menu available on Boxing Day. Two options are planned for New Year’s Eve. In The Ivy Brasserie there’s a six-course gala dinner with coffee & chocolates, whilst a New Year’s Eve supper will be served in the relaxed and informal New York Grill. Dancing until the early hours will help you welcome in 2011 in style.

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Celebrate Christmas and New Year in style at the Park Inn. The 200-bedroom hotel in North Street, York, can guarantee you a fantastic party atmosphere with mouthwatering food and fine wine. From festive lunches to party nights, the hotel caters for all tastes. n Call 459988,

Modern Italian cuisine

There’s a new kid on the block in York’s restaurant sector – it’s the Nuova Italian Kitchen at Church Street. The independently-owned restaurant, which boasts an Italian head chef passionate about food, serves contemporary Italian cuisine to cater for diners with modern tastes. Nuova Italian Kitchen offers a breakfast menu plus an express lunch for £5.99. The restaurant’s ‘a la carte’ menu is available from noon until the evening. n Book a table by calling 672888.

Home-made food

Phew, what a porker!

Poppleton Porkers at Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, supplies quality rare breed pork from locally reared pigs. A quarter pig pork pack, with joints, chops and sausages, costs £65. n To get professionally butchered vacuum packed meat delivered to your door, call 794843.

Meal deal Spend £15 and get

a free garlic bread cheese at Fat Boys take-away and fast food restaurant in Clifton Business Park, Wigginton, York. Spend £20 and Fat Boys will add a bottle of coke to the freebie bread. n For more details, call 477666.

Black tie party Bring in 2011 at

a marquee in the grounds of Burythorpe House, near Malton, where you can enjoy a three-course dinner and dance to live music. n To book call 01653 658200.

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The White Swan Inn & Restaurant at Deighton, on the A19 between York and Selby, enjoys a fine reputation for its home-made food and fine cask ales. Take advantage of its early bird menu. n For details, call 728287.

Shambles Butchers is passionate about meat, which is appropriate for a business based in York’s most famous street which takes its name from the medieval butchers that traded there. The newly-refurbished shop offers home deliveries. n Tel: 653484.

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Dozens of cakes

Home-made cupcakes suitable for any occasion, such as children’s parties, weddings, Christenings and engagements, are supplied by Cassie’s Cupcakes. Prices start at £20 per dozen. n For more details, call Cassie on 400559.

Calling all meat lovers

A 1ft mixed grill tower has been launched by the Deramore Arms, in Main Street, Heslington. The monster meal amounts to 21oz of meat in a bun served with salad, homemade coleslaw, chips and a tray of sauces to complement all the different meats. It comprises two sausages, one steak, lamb loin, pork loin, chicken breast, blackpudding, gammon, bacon, two eggs, onion rings and a large field mushroom - all for £13.95. Pub landlady Jill Green recommends washing it down with two pints of Black Sheep real ale. n Tel: 413433.

Need a buffet?

Acaster Buffets supplies quality buffets for all occasions. The food is individually prepared and delivered to your venue by Jean Hind. n Give her a call on 702360.

Delicious Deli at Strensall for an Italian-themed eating experience on Saturday, November 6, at £20 per person .Bring your own drinks. The deli is also planning a Morrocan night on November 13 and a Spanish night on November 20. n For more details, or to book, call 490346.



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Use your loaf

Baker Phil Clayton bakes all the loaves that are sold at his shop in Haxby. As well as specialist breads, Food For Thought, in Ryedale Court, stocks a large range of homemade food with a deli counter full of mouth-watering cheeses and meats. Why not order a Christmas hamper? n Tel: 765878.

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Osbaldwick Fisheries & Co Ltd, Osbaldwick Lane, Osbaldwick, York, describes itself as “the home of quality traditional fish & chips”. Since 1997, the chippy has been giving its customers the finest ingredients available. Produce the advert in this month’s magazine to claim a free small peas, curry, gravy or beans with every standard fish & chips. n Tel: 438661.

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Festive welcome awaits

Christmas bookings

Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, in Skeldergate, York, is a great place to celebrate Christmas. Enjoy a festive four-course meal complete with party hats, crackers and novelties. The city centre hotel also provides tailor-made packages for weddings, birthdays, Christenings and similar celebrations. n Call 611570 for more details.

Chalkers Restaurant at New Earswick Bowls Club, Huntington Road, Huntington, York, is now taking bookings for Christmas lunches, dinners and parties with a four-course meal costing only £14.95. Regarding office parties, Chalkers say: “We can organise the whole event with disco and buffet.”

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Yuletide lunches

Now is a good time for readers of Your Local Link to sample the cuisine at the Jacobean Lodge Country Inn at Plainville Lane, Wigginton, York. Present their advert in this month’s magazine and you will be able to take advantage of their “buy one, get one free offer” that’s available between each 6pm and 9pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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The Knavesmire Manor Hotel, overlooking York’s racecourse, is offering Yuletide lunches at £15.95 per diner with a Festive Fine Dine coming in at £19.95 per head. The hotel is also taking bookings for its New Year Gala Dinner. n Tel: 702941.

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Coming face to face with Santa is a special moment in any child’s Christmas. And now the Farm Shop & Cafe in Wigginton is giving you the chance to do just that. Weave your way along the all weather woodland path through the enchanted land of Santa. Meet his real live reindeer Donder and Dancer, play in the elves’ workshop and make special reindeer food for Christmas Eve, enter the colouring competition and a treasure hunt before finally meeting the man himself.

Entry £8 per child (includes gift), £3 per adult. For more information, call 01904 766822. n Farm Shop & Cafe, Willow House Caravan Park, Willow House, Wigginton Road, YO32 2RH. As you can imagine, Santa’s a pretty busy man this time of year, but you can catch him on: 27th and 28th Nov; 11am - 4pm 4th and 5th Dec 11am - 4pm 11th and 12th Dec 11am - 4pm 13th to 17th Dec 1pm - 6pm 18th Dec to 24th Dec 11am - 4pm

Witches: Burned Alive!

York Dungeon. 10.30am – 5pm. Witches: Burned Alive! transports visitors back to the 16th and 17th centuries when an estimated 200,000 people were condemned for witchcraft. The Dungeon also presents a putrefying plague show, a freshly re-tortured Guy Fawkes show and a terrifying re-twisted Turpin: Highwayman From Hell show. Tel: 0871 423 2260.

Under The Sea, The Deep, Tower Street, Hull. Venture into The Deep for a celebration of Jules Verne’s classic children’s novel. Discover the amazing world of Captain Nemo and his underwater adventures aboard The Nautilus. Tel: 01482 381000. Jorvik Viking Centre,

Coppergate. The centre, after a £1 million refurbishment, aims to bring visitors closer to the origins of the Viking Age discovery in Coppergate. Tel: 615505.

Ghost trail: Traditional tales,

Victorian tragedies and accounts of modern day ghostly phenomena interweave to create a spinetingling experience – thanks to the Ghost Trail of York. The 70-minute tour starts from the West Doors of York Minster at 7.30pm each night, whatever the weather. Tel: 633276.

Hidden gem: Discover one of York’s hidden gems by taking a guided tour of the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York. The tours take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tel: 552036. Until 28 November Ouse cruise: YorkBoat runs

daily daytime city cruises from 10.30am. For an extra magical Christmas this year, why not join a YorkBoat Santa Cruise? Every child onboard will receive a gift from Father Christmas. Santa cruises will be sailing throughout December – book early to avoid disappointment on 628324.

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Until 9 January Winter fun: Stockeld Park,

set in the grounds of a Yorkshire stately home near Wetherby, is a magical place where young and old can have festive fun together whilst enjoying the great British outdoors. Visitors can ice skate on the outdoor rink, walk or Nordic ski through the 1.2km interactive Enchanted Forest, or get lost in the newly developed huge hedge Snowflake Maze which features a Castle Turret Viewing Tower. Stockeld Park also has a vast Christmas shop, the Woodland cafe and guests can buy a fresh Stockeld Christmas tree, grown on site. Visit www.stockeld or call 01937 586101.

25-30 October Culture club: Takeover is back

and it’s bigger than ever! After last year’s success, York Theatre Royal is once again handing the building over to an enthusiastic team of people aged 11 to 25 to run their own arts festival. For more details, visit

28 October Free Valuation Day: The Bar Convent, York. 11am - 3pm. Antiques, jewellery, general collectables. For details, call Tennants Harrogate Office on 01423 531661, or email

30 October Railhouse Rock: York’s

National Railway Museum is hosting a night of Garage Blues, Urban Blues-Rock and Indie music. Headlining this event are The Buccaneers, with support acts The Flamin Noraz and The Blueprints. Doors open at 7.30pm and all profits go to the Flying Scotsman Appeal.

31 October Spooky tours: Halloween

Ghost Walks in Nostell Priory, near Wakefield. Help the National Trust property raise money for its ‘Save Our Collection Fund’ by plucking up courage to go on a spooky guided tours of the attics and cellars. Tel: 01924 863892.

1 November Meditation lecture: The

Centre for Study of Self Knowledge is giving a public lecture about meditation at the Priory Street Centre, off Micklegate, York, at 8pm. Tel: 0782 802 6541.

Quaker quest: Find out

more about the Quaker faith by attending a session entitled ‘Quakers & Peace’ at the Friends’ Meeting House, Friargate, York, at 7pm. There’s an option to share a meal beforehand at 6.15pm. Tel: 624216.

Alzheimer’s event: The Alzheimer’s Society is holding a ‘come and join us event’ at the Monk Bar Hotel from 7.30pm. Come along and learn more about the services and volunteering opportunities that are available. Tel: 658106 or email yorkservices@ 1 - 27 November Diamond quest: RHS Garden Harlow Carr is giving its November visitors a chance to find a £2,500 gem in its 60th anniversary Diamond Quest. The Harrogate gardens, to celebrate its 60th birthday, is giving participants the chance to win a diamond by following clues positioned around the grounds. The competition will run from November 1 to 27 and the winner will be announced on November 28.

2 November Jazz supper: Andy Hillier Jazz

Trio, Court Cafe, Dean Court Hotel, York, from 8pm. Tel: 625082.

Brain trust: Dr Sonia O’Connor, of Bradford University, will give a lecture entitled ‘The Heslington Iron Age Brain’ at 7.30pm in the Tempest Anderson Hall, Museum Gardens, York. For more details, call the Yorkshire Philosophical Society on 656713.

3 November Café Philo: Come with a

subject you would like to propose for discussion to the Pig & Pastry café in Bishopthorpe Road, York, from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to get a seat.

Question of sport: Guest speakers Dr Scott Drawer and Dr David James ask “Just How Much Technology is ‘Good’ for Sport?” at Café Scientifique, York City Screen, 7.30pm - 9pm. Call 0871 704 2054 to book your free ticket. UK premiere: A jazz-inspired

programme by the Endymion Ensemble at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York University, includes the UK premiere of a new work by Australian composer George Palmer. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tel: 432439.

4 November Music & art: The Pyramid

Gallery, Stonegate, York, is unveiling an exhibition entitled ‘York’ to support St Leonard’s Hospice. Half of the gallery’s commission on any paintings and prints sold will be donated to the hospice. York musician Pete Byrom-Smith will play guitar at the opening night, performing his own compositions as well as other works. The exhibition, which features work by York artists, including Susan Dennis. Tel: 641187.

Experience a traditional Howard family Christmas. Enjoy magnificent decorations, seasonal food and drink, plus relaxed shopping in our gift shops, farm shop and plant centre. Don’t miss our festive markets and a visit to Father Christmas! Open daily from 10.00am. Call 01653 648333 or visit for details.

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Jez Lowe: Acclaimed singer-

songwriter Jez Lowe plays at the Black Swan Folk Club in York. Doors open at 8pm. Tel: 679131.

4-7 November Big Green Market: Now in

it’s fourth year, this event provides an early ethical Christmas shopping experience in Parliament Street, York. It features an exciting range of ethically-traded products from all over the world. For more details, go to

5 November Fireworks & music:

York Maze’s Fireworks To Music Spectacular will open at 4pm when the children’s play areas will be available. Minster FM will be there to get the party started, there will be a fire juggling show at 6.30pm, a giant bonfire lit at 7.30pm and the spectacular fireworks to music show at 8pm. York’s favourite party band HUGH will be playing live in the barn from 8.30pm. Event closes 10.30pm. There will be side-shows and lots of different food stalls, plus a cafe and licensed bar. The York Maze Fireworks Spectacular is a ticket-only event; there will be no admission on the night without

a ticket. For tickets and further details visit

Bonfire party: The Poppleton Centre, at Upper Poppleton, is holding a bonfire party with fireworks and a hog roast! There will also be a bar and lots of fun and games to keep the kids happy. Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire’s lit at 7pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm and at 8pm there will be live music with dancing until 9pm. Admission is by advance sale ticket only, available at Cardland in Nether Poppleton, Upper Poppleton Post Office and from the Poppleton Centre in Main Street. Parking will only available for drivers with disability badges. All proceeds will go to community groups and the Poppleton Centre. For details, visit or call 797478. Bonfire grub: Enjoy a traditional bonfire night with excellent fireworks at the playing fields in Long Marston, off the B1224 between York and Wetherby. There will hot dogs, jacket potatoes, soup and a licensed bar. Food available from 5.30pm, bonfire lit 6.30pm and fireworks start at 7pm.

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5-7 November Food festival: The Farmer’s

Cart, off the A64 near York, will be championing the region’s artisan producers at its first food and craft festival. Michelin-star chef Andrew Pern, from The Star Inn at Harome, will be providing cookery demonstrations along with other award-winning chefs. You will be able to sample and buy Yorkshire wines, beers, cheeses, puddings, chutneys and sauces. For more details, call the Farmer’s Cart on 499183.

6 November Jazz quartet: Singer Rosie

Tower view: Watch fireworks over the Vale of York from the top of York Minster’s Central Tower during three exclusive night-time trips, which begin at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm and last an hour. To book your place, call 0844 939 0015.

Yuletide contest: Members

of Jorvik Woodturning Group meet at Earswick Village Hall, Earswick Chase, Earswick, York, at 7.30pm for


their festive competition entitled ‘Fruit for Christmas’. Tel: 704092.

Charity shopping: Castle

Howard, the stately home near York, hosts the NSPCC’s annual shopping extravaganza, offering Christmas gift ideas for the family from 9.30am until 3.30pm.

Antiques & Collectors Fair, Helmsley Town Hall. 9.30am-


Brown brings her own band to York, featuring Jamil Sheriff on piano, Chris Wright (drums) and Frank Grime (bass), for an evening of original compositions, jazz standards and Brazilian bossa nova at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338.

1940s dance: Haxby Memorial Hall is hosting a 1940s Baedeker Dance at the Memorial Hall in Haxby, at 7.30pm, featuring the Generation Groove Big Band and Singers, the Alka Seltzer Sisters and Mickey Ramsbottom. Dress in 1940s style, or simply dress to impress, and dance to swing, jive, foxtrot and waltz. There will be a pie-andpeas supper. From 2pm there will

be a ‘wartime singalong’ featuring a dance display by Barbara Taylor’s dance pupils. To book call Dawn on 768941 or 0797 3435728 – or email

Guy Fawkes trail: A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York’s most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame. Starts at 2.15pm from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Caffeine boost: Arthritis Research UK is holding a coffee morning, between 10am and noon, at the W.I. Hall, Station Road, Copmanthorpe. Stalls will include Christmas cards, books and cakes. Minster concert: York

Musical Society Chorus & Orchestra, conducted by Robert Sharpe, will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s Mass in C at York Minster at 7.30pm. Book your ticket on 0844 939 0015.

New music: The Late Music Concert Series presents new music by living composers at affordable ticket prices in York’s beautiful Unitarian Chapel in St Saviourgate. Solo vocalist Peyee Chen presents an intriguing recital that features a rare outing for Samuel Beckett’s ‘Not I’ at 1pm. The evening concert, at 7.30pm, involves the innovative vocal trio Love Labour Loss. Tel: 430106.

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6 & 7 November Antique fair: Bowman

Antiques Fairs is holding an antiques and art fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, between 10am and 5pm. Prices range from £1 to £25,000. For more details, call 01274 588505 or go to

Arts & Craft Fair: St

William’s College, next to York Minster, 10am to 5pm.

Model railways: See seven

fascinating layouts in the Great Hall at York’s National Railway Museum. The display includes Manchester Model Tramway Group which contains pieces more than 50 years old. There will also be model railway engineer drawings on display in Search Engine, cab access and a fun Model Railway Trail. The layouts will run from 11am to 4pm.

6, 13, 20 & 27 November Antiques & Collectors Fair: Wetherby Town Hall. 9.30am 4.30pm.

7 November City’s tribute: The Royal

British Legion remembers those who gave their lives fighting for their country, past and present, at the York Festival Remembrance at

York Theatre Royal at 7pm. To book your ticket, call Ted on 424566.

Wedding fair: Enjoy browsing over 40 quality exhibitors at Castle Howard’s first wedding fair from 11am. Guests can enjoy a free glass of champagne and canapés on arrival. Open from 11am. Tel: 01653 648632. 7-28 November Charity art: The Secret Art

Show aims to raise £10,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust by offering people the chance to buy a minimasterpiece for only £45. With more than 500 originals to choose from, the collection includes work by well-known artists. All pieces of artwork measure 12cm x 12cm (the size of a CD case) and are being sold anonymously to raise funds for the charity which supports people affected by MS. Each is signed on the back and only at the end of the three-week show, when received by its new owner, will the identity of the artist be revealed. The Secret Art Show, City Screen, Coney Street, York. Public viewing: 7-13 November. Sale times: 14 November, 9.30am to 5pm; 15-28 November, 11am to 5pm. secretartshow

7, 14, 21 & 28 November Artrageous in winter: Brush off the winter blues at

Beningbrough Hall, the National Trust property near York, by attending its free art workshops in the cosy Learning Centre, between 1pm and 3pm. Tel: 472027.

Stephenson and percussion star Jim Goodwin at the National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338.

8 November Self knowledge: The Centre

10 November Flying Scotsman: As the

for Study of Self Knowledge is giving a public lecture about self knowledge at the Priory Street Centre, off Micklegate, York, at 8pm. Tel: 0782 802 6541.

Quaker quest: Find out more about the Quaker faith by attending a session entitled ‘Justice & Equality’ at the Friends’ Meeting House, Friargate, York, at 7pm. There’s an option to share a meal beforehand at 6.15pm. Tel: 624216. 9 November Festive flowers: Heslington

Flower Lovers’ Guild is hosting a Christmas workshop with Hazel Hall at Heslington village hall at 7.30pm. For more details, call Lilian on 653267 or Kathleen on 631982.

Bistro tales: Storyteller

Adrian Spendlow hosts the Second Tuesday Poets’ Evening at the Dean Court Hotel, next to York Minster. Stories start at 7.30pm. Tel: 625082.

Can the KAN: Furious

jigs and reels alongside lyrical melodies from master flautist Brian Finnegan, fiddle genius Aidan O’Rourke, ace guitarist Ian

major overhaul of ‘Flying Scotsman’ inches towards completion, Bob Gwynne examines the story of the world-famous steam locomotive. This talk, in York’s National Railway Museum at 7pm, will be richly illustrated with images. To book your place, call 621724.

Classical quartet: The

Kreutzer Quartet performs works by Brahms at 7.30pm at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York University. Tel: 432439.

10-17 November Paintings for sale: York

Art Society will host its 191st Winter Exhibition at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, in Fossgate, between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Tel: 332872.

11 November Young talent: Trio Horizontal

Sunday & Ethan Thomas, aged 15, play at the Black Swan Folk Club in York. Doors open at 8pm. Tel: 679131.

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Charity gig: Slipjig are playing at the Bay Horse, Terrington, to raise funds for York Against Cancer. They have raised nearly £3,000 for the charity since September 2009. To book Slipjig, call Jan on 764466. 12 & 13 November Craft fair: Duncombe Park,

Helmsley, is hosting a Christmas craft fair. For more details, call Yorkshire Fairs on 01423 545377.

12, 13 & 14 November Handmade Arts & Crafts:

12 November Folk duo: Singer-songwriter

and fiddle player, Sara Watkins and one-third of the Grammy award-winning acoustic trio Nickel Creek, performs as a duo with her brother Sean Watkins at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338.

1950s night: Enjoy chef’s

special barbecue and live music from rock ‘n’ roll band The Houndogs at Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, Huby. Tel: 01347 825400.

Pipe maestro: Northumbrian

pipe virtuoso Kathryn Tickell and her band perform from 7.30pm at


the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York University. Tel: 432439.

Knives & Fawkes: The Grange Hotel in York is hosting a murder mystery evening inspired by Guy Fawkes, the York-born Gunpowder Plotter. Knives & Fawkes includes a three-course dinner with coffee and there’s a prize for the winner. Tel: 644744. Comedy & curry: Scouse

comedian Brendan Riley headlines an exciting comedy night at York Racecourse. The bill also includes Tony Simpson and Danny Deegan. Doors open at 7pm and the night features a homemade curry and a cash bar. Tel: 638971.

Silver Jewellery, prints, rag rugs, bespoke boxes and pottery at The Studio, 40 Hempland Drive, York YO31 1AY. Friday 12th Nov, 6 - 9pm; Saturday 13th Nov, 10am - 5pm; and Sunday 14th Nov, 11am 4pm. Refreshments on sale.

13 November Clairvoyant returns: Joanne Gregory, a clairvoyant and psychic medium, returns to Nunnington Hall, the National Trust property near York, after a memorable event last year. She has enthralled audiences across the country, attracting celebrity followers, as she seeks to prove life after death. Tel: 01439 748283.

Circular walk: York Ramblers are putting on a circular walk, between five and six miles long, starting at Stillington Church at 1pm. Tel: 628134.

Romantic music: The Chapter House Choir will perform ‘Bach and the Romantics’ in York Minster at 7.30pm. Tel: 0844 939 0015. Open day: Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, is holding an open day from 10.30am. Tel: 720072. Bead embroidery: Using designs inspired by York Castle Museum’s costume collection, you will be able to make your own beaded sample, between 10am and 1pm. Tel: 687333. Cultural crafts: York

Unitarians are hosting a Cultural Craft Fayre from 11am to 4pm. Stalls at the Unitarian Chapel on St Saviourgate will feature Tibetan, Native American, Indian, Mongolian, Nepalese, world and fair trade goods and local-made crafts. Call Dee Boyle on 07761 762 967 for more details.

Punch & pies: St Margaret

Clitherow’s Christmas Fair will be held in Haxby Memorial Hall between 10am and noon. Attractions include fruit punch and mince pies, cakes, homemade sweets, Christmas cards, books and music, raffle and tombola, face-painting and side shows, groceries, bric-a-brac and toiletries. Admission free. For more details, call David Farnsworth on 760973.

A Walk Through Time:

Discover more about natural history at Studley Park, the National Trust property near Ripon, on this two-hour walk that starts at 10.30am. Tel: 01765 608888.

13- 28 November Game birds: A new exhibition

of artwork by acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Fuller captures the beauty of game birds. Featuring highly-detailed oil paintings, bronze sculptures and limitededition prints, the exhibition is an enchanting look at these beautiful birds. ‘Glorious Gamebirds’ runs at The Robert Fuller Gallery, Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale, between 11am and 4.30pm.

15 November Jedward: With two Irish tours

and a debut album ‘Planet Jedward’ under their belts, the Jedward phenomenon shows no sign of abating since coming to fame on X Factor. The twins, with gravity defying quiffs, will be playing the Grand Opera House York at 7.30pm. Box office: 0844 847 2322.

Quaker quest: Find out

more about the Quaker faith by attending a session entitled ‘Caring for each other’ at the Friends’ Meeting House, Friargate, York, at 7pm. There’s an option to share a meal beforehand at 6.15pm. Tel: 624216.

16 November Malham landscape:

Professor Terry O’Connor, of York University, will give a lecture about the landscape around Malham at 7.30pm in the Tempest Anderson Hall, Museum Gardens, York. For more details, call the Yorkshire Philosophical Society on 656713.

West Bank: York Amnesty International Group welcomes journalist and photographer William Parry to a public talk about the West Bank at the Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, at 7.30pm. ‘Against the Wall’ is a collection of artwork and graffiti on Israel’s Wall in the occupied West Bank. In the book, Parry intersperses his images with vignettes of the Palestinian communities affected by the Wall. For more information, email 16 & 17 November Christmas fair: Twenty-eight

years after a needlepoint sale in the kitchen of her Gloucestershire home raised £200 for the NSPCC, Mary Howard’s innovative fairs have raised more than £1 million for some 50 charities. York Racecourse is hosting a Mary Howard Christmas Fair between 10am and 4pm when you will be able to do all your Christmas shopping under one roof. For more details, go to or call 01608 650900.

17 November Welsh songstress: Cerys

Matthews will perform at York’s Grand Opera House. She achieved widespread popularity as the singer of the group Catatonia and had a worldwide hit singing Baby It’s Cold Outside with Tom Jones. Her solo career has since spawned three critically acclaimed albums. To book your ticket, call 0844 8472322 or visit www.

Fear & society: Sir Patrick Sheehy, Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge, will present an Ebor Lecture on Theology & Public Life in York Minster at 7pm. His talk is entitled ‘Fear and Civil Society’. Book your free ticket by phone on 876474 or online at eborlectures 18 November Movement and Marriage: Final year

students at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and contemporary composers from the University of York create a performance that combines original music and choreography, based on the theme of music and marriage at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338.

On song: Acclaimed singer

Christine Collister will be accompanied on guitar by Rob Cross at the Black Swan Folk Club in York. Doors open at 8pm. Tel: 679131.

In court: Helena Snakenborg was a Swedish lady at the court of Elizabeth I. Brita Green talks about her life to members of York Anglo-Scandinavian Society at 7.30pm in the Norwegian Study Centre, Harald Fairhair’s Building, University of York, Heslington. Granny images: Members of the Tang Hall Local History Group will bring a photo of granny at 10am in St Aelred’s Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York. Tel: 330334. Carers meeting: A drop-

in session for carers and those on their own will be held at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church, Wheatlands Grove, Acomb, York, between 10.30am and 1.30pm, with a simple lunch served from noon. Meet with volunteer and charity care groups. For more details, call Rachel on 784545.

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular: The ‘Purveyors

Of Cool’ come to York Opera House with a show that pays tributes to Frank Sinatra. Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior. Tel: 0844 847 2322.


Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band;Claire Martin and Gareth Williams; and Farrago. A Late Learners’ Jazz Workshop will be held on the Sunday, between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Tel: 658338.

20 November Blues man: Bernie Marsden,

blues guitarist and founder member of the rock band Whitesnake, will be playing a concert of acoustic blues at Nunnington Hall, the National Trust property near York. Tel: 01439 748283.

Advent Fair: York Steiner

18 – 21 November Gift quest: Children’s

Christmas Market is being held at York city centre; ideal for gifts.

19 November Charity food: Wigginton

Recreation Hall is hosting a food event from 7.30pm to raise funds for SNAPPY, York’s special needs charity. Organiser Sue Clayton, who son attends SNAPPY, says: “We will be having a cookery demonstration, wine tasting and a stall full of delicious cupcakes from the Crocodile Cakery - friends of SNAPPY who bake glorious buns.


Baker Phil Clayton will be launching the ‘Crusty Croc’ which will be on sale at Food for Thought, his shop in Haxby, to raise funds for SNAPPY.

Pop Goes The 80s:

Featuring music from all the big 1980s acts, including Wham, this show at York’s Grand Opera House will ‘wake you up before you go go’. Box office: 0844 847 2322.

19-21 November Jazz Weekend: The

National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, is hosting a jazz weekend featuring Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance;

School at Fulford Cross is holding an advent fair between 10am and 4pm. There will be seasonal art and crafts stalls, home-made produce, live music and entertainment, vegetarian food and children’s craft activities.

Toy fair: A fundraiser for Bishopthorpe Playgroup will take place between 10am and noon at Archbishop of York’s C of E Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe. To request a seller’s form, call Nicky (07827 854923) or Hannah (07913 854339) by November 10. As well as the sale of indoor and outdoor toys, there will be craft stalls, tombola, raffle and refreshments. Festive fair: The GP practice in Gillygate, York, opens its doors

to all its patients and the wider community to raise funds for the Gillgate/Ghana Health Link. The Link promotes health education visits to Ghana and return visits to UK for Ghanaian health workers, to develop healthcare at Fanteakwa in Ghana. There will be stalls selling a wide range of items and gifts for Christmas, with cakes stalls, tombola and refreshments, from 11am to 2pm.

Toy fair: Wheldrake Playgroup is holding its annual toy fair at Wheldrake Village Hall from 2pm to 3.30pm. For more details, call Sally Look on 01977 596244. Santa’s grotto: Charlie’s Angels, the hard-working York fundraising group, is holding a Christmas fair, with Santa’s grotto, at the Folk Hall, New Earswick, from 1pm, to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 20 & 21 November Toilet trail: Nearly half the

world’s population don’t have access to proper sanitation, causing disease, health problems and death? To mark World Toilet Day, York’s National Railway Museum is setting up a toilet-themed trail so visitors can find out what happens when you flush the loo on a train.

Festive fair: Newton-on-Ouse

Parish Hall is hosting a Christmas fair, between 10.30am to 4pm, with

a Santa’s Grotto and stalls selling gifts, cards, plants, jewellery and Christmas produce. Profits will be shared by the parish hall and playing field. Tel: 01347 848373.

Antiques fair: York’s National Railway Museum is hosting Red House Antiques Fair, between 10am and 5pm, with 50 dealers under one roof. Tel: 01423 889163 or 07765 006996. Pots in Poppleton: The Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton, is hosting a selling exhibition of hand-crafted ceramics by local artists, featuring vases, jewellery, jugs, mugs and sculptures. Refreshments. Hours: 10am to 5pm & 10am to 4.30pm. Tel: 786320.

20 & 27 November St Nicholas tour: A

fascinating Yuletide look at the life and legends of St. Nicholas - the origin of Santa Claus. The walk includes a tour of York Minster. Starts at 10.30am from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

21 November Breakfast Club: Enjoy a full

Edwardian-style breakfast in the Treasurer’s House, York, at 11am. The four-course brunch includes bucks fizz. Booking essential on 685560.

Wedding fair: The Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster, is hosting a wedding fair, between 11am and 3pm, featuring a prize draw and canapés. 21-27 November Interfaith Week: York is

marking Interfaith Week with candle-lit faith walks, exhibitions at York Explore, a Lord Mayor’s Breakfast and a “clean comedy” night at 41 Monkgate on November 23. For more details, call 619489.

24 November - 24 December Festive museum: York Castle Museum will be transformed with traditional decorations, Father Christmas will be dressed in his flamboyant Victorian costume, and visitors can marvel at the beautifully-decorated Victorian street. Other events will be taking place, such as advice on how to make a perfect Christmas pudding in the Kitchen Studio.

25 November Singers & Musicians Night: Lively open house session at the Black Swan Folk Club in York. Doors open at 8pm. Tel: 679131.

25-28 November St Nicholas Fair: Crafts, gifts

and delicious foods from around the country on stalls in York city centre. Don’t forget the St Nicholas Craft Fair at St William’s College, next to York Minster, 10am to 5pm (6pm Saturday).


Tickets £10

(now on sale at the club)

Doors open 7.30pm

26 November Christmas Twilight Tour: To celebrate the opening of the annual Christmas exhibition at Fairfax House, join York Civic Trust Director Peter Brown at 7pm for a twilight preview tour and talk about festivities in the Georgian era. Tel: 655543.

Steel Skies: Alistair

Anderson, English Concertina & Northumbrian Pipes, is joined by Emily Ball, Sophy Ball, fiddles, Lillias Kinsman Blake, flute, and Andy Watt, mandolin, in a concert at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338.

Piano man: Pianist Martin Roscoe performs at Sir Jack Lyons Hall, York University, at 8pm for the BMS York Chamber Music Series. Tel: 704052. 27 November Lights switch-on: Carolyn

Hodgson, of Calendar News, will switch on the Christmas lights at the Monks Cross, off York’s outer ring road, at about 4pm to launch the Give A Gift Campaign where shoppers can buy a gift for children at the York Women’s Refuge and the Salvation Army. All stores at Monks Cross will open from 9am to 9pm every Monday to Friday through to Christmas Eve, from November 29.

Cathedral secrets: Hidden Minster tours allow visitors to experience areas of York Minster not normally accessible to the public. The tours will take place at 7pm and 8.30pm. To book your place, call 557208. 96

Playing Bach: Violinist Ruth

Palmer visits Nunnington Hall, the National Trust property near York, to play Bach’s solo works as part of her Hidden Acoustics Tour. Ruth says: “When the piece of music and the building match in spirit, something magical happens.” Tel: 01439 748283.

Sweetie tour: Hear the history of Terry’s, Rowntree & Craven. See sweets being made and taste some samples! Starts at 10.30am and 2pm from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Taal Tarang: A evening of South Indian music at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338. Sporting chance: York

Ramblers are putting on a circular walk, between five and six miles long, starting at Crayke Sports Club car park at 1pm. Tel: 628134.

Open day: ‘The Clinic on the

Green’ in York is holding an open day for clients interested in antistress treatments such as massage. Call 673050.

Recycled jewellery: Make a charm bracelet with a vintage/ retro feel at York Castle Museum, between 10am and 3pm. To book a place, call 552806. Cheaper travel: Anna Semlyen, author of Cutting Your Car Use, is holding a green transport workshop at York Steiner School, Fulford Cross, between 2pm and 4pm. To book your place, call 654355.

Chapel concert: Micklegate

Singers will perform ‘Of a Rose is all my song’ in the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, at 8pm. Tickets are available from 0844 939 0015

27 & 28 November Winter wonderland: Get

into the Christmas spirit at the National Railway Museum during York’s St Nicholas Fair weekend. Step into a huge Human Snow Dome or do a few laps of the icerink in the Great Hall.

Antiques and Collectors Fair: Ripley Village Hall. 9am – 4.30pm. Call 01423 889163

27 November - 19 December Festive flair: Enjoy a

traditional Christmas at Castle Howard with breathtaking decorations in magnificent surroundings. Enjoy seasonal food and drink, plus shopping in the gift shops, farm shop and plant centre. Don’t miss the festive markets, live music and visits to Father Christmas (weekends only). Open from 10am daily. More details at

27 November – 31 December Keeping Christmas: Visit

Fairfax House at Christmas and see the spectacular decorations based on evidence from the Georgian period. The new Christmas commission for 2010 is an exotic dish of brawn created by food historian Ivan Day, for the Fairfax House kitchen. Tel: 655543.

28 November Art show: The Monk Fryston

Art Exhibition will be held at Monk Fryston Hall Hotel, 15 miles from York, between 11am and 4pm. Yorkshire artists will exhibit more than 100 original paintings. Call June Elsey on 01757 288939

Antiques fair: Quality collectables, jewellery, silverware, ceramics, sports memorabilia, signed celebrity photos, books, stamps and glassware at Driffield Showground from 9am to 4pm. Tel: 01377 254768. Small is beautiful: A Doll’s

House & Miniatures Fair will be held at York Racecourse, between 10am and 4pm, featuring four floors of dolls houses and accessories, more than 100 exhibitors and three workshops. Book your ticket on 01778 391123 or go to www.

27 & 28 November Winter wonderland: The

Farm Shop & Cafe, Wigginton Road. Take a trip round York’s very own winter wonderland, meet the reindeer and come face to face with the man himself. 11am - 4pm.

29 & 30 November Christmas crafts: Castle

Howard, the stately home near York, is hosting a Christmas craft and produce market 10am - 4pm.

30 November Live music: Singer-songwriter David Ward MacLean and friends play at the Court Cafe, Dean Court Hotel, York, from 8pm. Free admission. Tel: 625082.


Reinhardt sound: Don’t

miss gypsy guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt, the grand-nephew of jazz legend Django Reinhardt, complete with six-piece band at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 658338.

Collecting computers:

Professor Jim Austin, of York University, will give a lecture entitled ‘Collecting old computers - an obsession or a necessity?’ at 7.30pm in the Tempest Anderson Hall, Museum Gardens, York. For more details, call the Yorkshire Philosophical Society on 656713.

1 December Holiday event: Quartz Travel,

the travel agent at 81 Heworth Road, York, is hosting an open day, between 11am and 4pm, giving details about holidays in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Call 411188 to book your place.

2 December Winter Wonderland:

Davygate will be getting festive between 3pm and 8pm with Santa, guaranteed snow, disco, live music from Pepperhearts and tastings from Waitrose. Tel: 552270.

4 December Minster concert: York

Musical Society Chorus & Orchestra, conducted by Robert


Sharpe, will perform Handel’s Messiah at York Minster at 7.30pm. Book your ticket on 0844 939 0015.

Christmas fair: Meet Father Christmas, play games, do some Christmas shopping and enjoy a ‘Soup & Pud’ lunch at St Giles’ Church, Copmanthorpe, from 11am to 2pm. Classical concert: York Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alasdair Jamieson, performs Beethoven’s Overture - Leonore No. 3 ; Elgar’s Cello Concerto (soloist Tim Lowe); and Brahms’ First Symphony at the Vaudeville Theatre, Joseph Rowntree School, New Earswick, at 8pm. Tel: 658193. Barn gifts: A Christmas Fair will be held in the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nether Poppleton, between 10am and 4.30pm. There will be crafts and gift stalls, refreshments, gift bags and more. Santa will arrive in the afternoon and local children will sing in the church. Tel: 788847. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 & 21 December Santa Specials: Don’t miss

the Santa Special on the Derwent Valley Light Railway at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming in Murton Park, York. Tel: 489966.

5 & 11 - 12 December Winter wonderland: The

Farm Shop & Cafe, Wigginton

Road. Take a trip round York’s very own winter wonderland, meet the reindeer and come face to face with the man himself. 11am - 4pm.

from Dunnington, a joint school choir from St Barnabas CofE Primary School and Carr Junior School and the Steve Cassidy Band. The Rev Andrew Foster will be MC, with John Warburton as Musical Director. Tickets are now on sale from the Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York. You can book your ticket by calling 708330.

5 December Meet Santa’s reindeer: Santa will

arrive with his real reindeer at Monks Cross, York, to greet children and the reindeer will be on hand to snuggle and pet. Santa will be in his grotto within Debenhams Monks Cross from November 27 through to Christmas Eve – call the store on 08445 616162 for exact times.

13 – 24 December Winter wonderland: The Farm Shop &

Cafe, Wigginton Road. Take a trip round York’s very own winter wonderland, meet the reindeer and come face to face with the man himself. Open 1 – 6pm 13 – 17 December; 11am – 4pm 18 – 24 December.

7 December Fashion show: House of Avalon is staging

a fashion show at York’s Guildhall at 7.30pm; 100 outfits, dating from 1900 to 1959, will be modelled on the catwalk before being sold by auction. Tickets are available from the charity shop in High Petergate, York. Tel: 622055.

Human rights: An uplifting awards ceremony celebrating the human rights work of some of the world’s unsung heroes will be held at York Minster between 2pm and 3.30pm. All are welcome to the International Service Human Rights Awards. 8 December World culture: Jamia, a celebration of

world cultures, will be held at Dean’s Park, next to York Minster. Between 11am and 4pm, there will be music, dance, storytelling and performances celebrating global traditions. It’s a free event, all ages welcome. Between 7pm and 10pm, there will be live entertainment accompanied by mulled wine and a hot supper. To book your ticket, call 0844 939 0015.

Dirty Dancing: Burn Hall, Tollerton Road,

Huby, is hosting a tribute to the movie Dirty Dancing. Arrive at 7pm for a glass of bubbly and a three- course meal followed by a Dirty Dancing extravaganza. Tel: 01347 825400.

9-12 December Christmas market: Traders set up craft

and gift stalls at the Monk Cross shopping centre, off York’s outer ring road.

11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23 December Meet Santa: Narnia Christmas Grotto, Rock Church, Priory Street, York. Book your ticket now on 659475.

12 December Community carols: York’s 53rd Annual Community Carol Concert will be held at the Central Hall, University of York, on Sunday at 2.30 pm. It will feature York Senior Schools Concert Band, St Nicholas CofE Church Choir

15 December Festive quiz: The Bar Convent, Blossom

Street, York, is hosting a Christmas quiz with a pie & pies supper at 7pm. Tel: 643238.

18 December Carol concert: York Philharmonic Male

Voice Choir will take part in ‘The Friends’ carol concert at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 643238.

22 & 29 January Party band: HUGE will be in action at

the Grand Opera House to celebrate 20 years of raising the roof. Tickets are available at the venue. Both concerts will be sponsored by Your Local Link. Over the years Big Ian, Phil and the boys have gained high-profile admirers, from Hollywood A-listers Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Bill Nighy to sporting legends such as Alan Shearer and Frank Bruno. For more details, go to

13 November, 8.00pm


Break out the popcorn, folks – the new Harry Potter movie is out this month! There are a few other treats in store, too...

15th Nov: Jedward Grand Opera House

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) To celebrate the last book in the Harry Potter franchise, the producers have split it into two movies to make the pleasure last longer (nothing to do with doubling the ticket sales, of course). You’ll have to wait until summer 2011 to see the exciting finale, but the first half is out in time for Christmas. Just in case you can’t remember the plot of the last book (and who, apart from dedicated Potterheads, really can?), the magical world is in the grip of Voldemort and his Death Eaters. To stop them, Harry, Ron and Hermione have to seek out and destroy the lost Horcruxes. Meanwhile, Voldemort is on a mission of his own, to find a wand that Harry has never heard of, that leads Harry to the trail of the mysterious Deathly Hallows. Okay, so the plot might be about as easy to fathom as a tax return, but trust us; whether you understand the plot or not, you’ll still be gripped!

Another Year A new film from Mike Leigh is always a big event for movie fans. And Another Year can definitely take its place up there with the likes of Life is Sweet and Vera Drake. The story is divided into four chapters, one for each season, and the action revolves around a group of people. Gerri (Ruth Sheen) is a medical counsellor and Tom (Jim Broadbent) a geologist: they are a happily married, good-hearted couple in their late fifties. Unlike their friends Mary (Lesley Manville), a morose and lonely woman in search of a man, and Ken (Peter Wight), who drinks, eats and smokes too much, hates his job and his life. Admittedly it all sounds a bit grim, and as any Mike Leigh fan knows, his movies are rarely a barrel of laughs. But for all its bleak moments, Gerri and Tom represent a good way of negotiating life – with kindness and good cheer.

Unstoppable There’s nothing like a film about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals to get you into the Christmas spirit. But Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington, is an express ride of thrills and action which is actually based loosely on real events. The film tells the story of an experienced engineer (Washington) who finds himself teaming up with a young conductor (Chris Pine) in a race against time. The duo chase the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that could decimate a town.

The American George Clooney has carved a whole career out of playing eminently likeable characters. So it comes as a bit of a shock to see him playing an emotionless hitman in his latest film. Jack (or Edward, or Mr Butterfly, depending on who ‘s talking to him), is a lone gun for hire, who’s sent by the sinister Pavel to a beautiful village in Italy to craft a gun for a cold-blooded assassin. While there, he gets to know a local priest and forms a relationship with a hooker, Clara, and begins to question his future. The film is beautifully shot, with every scene a treat for the eyes. But it’s low on action, and it’s tough to care about a main character who keeps so much of himself hidden. Even if he does look like Gorgeous George.


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1 November

11 November

Frank Vignola Trio, The Duchess Beardyman, Fibbers Ragtag & Bobtail, Roman Bath

Horizontal Sunday & Ethan Thomas, Black Swan Folk Club Mike Peters, The Duchess Last Orders, Roman Bath

2 November

12 November

Failsafe, Fibbers

Matt Schofield, The Duchess 3 November Sadio Cissokho, Kate Walsh, House Concerts Selby Town Hall York Dad Dog, Roman Bath Chris Johnson, Kennedy Charogne Stone, City Screen

4 November

13 November

The Blueprints, City Screen Jez Lowe, Black Swan Folk Club Oholics, Stereo Mud Morganfield & the Dirty Aces, Selby Town Hall Alistair Griffin, Roman Bath

Jon Windle, The Duchess Ryan Spendlove, Waggon & Horses The Mojos, Roman Bath Mexican Blackbird, Five Lions

5 November Whybirds, City Screen Sham 69, The Duchess Copowt, Roman Bath

Paul Carrack, Grand Opera House Haight Ashbury, Stereo Scandal, Roman Bath

6 November

15 November

Lancashire Hotpots, The Duchess Oasish & Stereotonics, Turf Tavern Mini & the Victors, Roman Bath Fox-North Coalition, Waggon & Horses

Jedward, Grand Opera House Ian Siegal, The Duchess The Pepperhearts, Roman Bath

7 November

Cerys Matthews, Grand Opera House Blood Arm, Fibbers

6 Day Riot, Stereo Amore, Selby Town Hall Chapman Family, Fibbers

8 November Kissy Sell Out, Fibbers Kings Castles, Stereo Something Nasty In The Woodshed, Roman Bath

9 November KAN, National Centre for Early Music Seth Lakeman, The Duchess Danny & The Champions Of The World, Fibbers Gypsy Bill & Del, Roman Bath

14 November

16 November The Levellers, The Duchess

17 November

18 November The Rat Pack, Grand Opera House Christine Collister, Black Swan Folk Club Count & Sinden, Fibbers Highway 61, Roman Bath

19 November

10 November

Pop Goes The 80s, Grand Opera House Joni Mitchell Project, York City Screen Ian Siegal, Selby Town Hall Go Commando, Roman Bath

Ryan Spendlove, City Screen Abe Vigoda, The Duchess 3 Daft Monkeys, Fibbers 2 Bob, Kennedy’s Bar

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Show, Grand Opera House

20 November

Shooglenifty, The Duchess Joe Solo, Waggon & Horses For The Love Of A Good Woman, Unitarian Chapel Supertones, Roman Bath

21 November Beyond The Barricade, Grand Opera House Northern Glory, Roman Bath

22 November The Greenhorns, Fibbers Gentleman’s Dub Club, Duchess Titus Cow, Roman Bath

23 November Gypsy Bill & Del, Roman Bath

25 November Singers & Musicians Night, Black Swan Folk Club Beoga, Selby Town Hall Skin The Lizard, Roman Bath

26 November Matt Berry, The Duchess Young Guns, Fibbers The Doors Alive, Stereo Blitz, Roman Bath Copowt, The Terrace

27 November Broken Ground, Waggon & Horses Gordie Tentrees, House Concerts York Van Hooligan, Roman Bath Mad Mods & English Gentlemen, Turf Tavern Gordie Tentrees, House Concerts York

28 November John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, Grand Opera House James Taylor Quartet, Fibbers Full Tilt, Roman Bath

29 November Jed Thomas, Roman Bath

30 November Joe Brooks, Fibbers

theatre Spamalot (22 - 27 Nov)

Monty Python’s Spamalot, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, stops off at York’s Grand Opera House. The musical, by Eric Idle and John DuPrez, tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features the comedy song ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’. Comedian Marcus Bristocke is resplendent as King Arthur while Amy Nuttall plays the Lady of the Lake with Todd Carty as Patsy. n Box office: 0844 847 2322, book online

The Ladyboys of Bangkok (29 Nov) Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2 - 7 Nov) Keith Jack, the runner-up in BBC TV’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’, takes on the title role in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical inspired by the Biblical story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and the coat of many colours. The show is on at York’s Grand Opera House. n Box office: 0844 847 2322 or book online

Dreamboats & Petticoats The Musical (8 - 13 Nov) This West End sensation, featuring some of the greatest hit songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era, stops off at York’s Grand Opera House. In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national songwriting competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons.Shows start at 7.30pm (Weds and Sat also 2.30pm). n Box Office : 0844 847 2322 or online at

The Three Musketeers & The Princess Of Spain (9 - 13 Nov) Set amidst the crumbling underworld of 17th century Paris, this new adaptation, by English Touring Theatre, shows the Three Musketeers in their darkest, cheekiest and most unconventional guise yet. Their surreal world is inhabited by a range of weird and wonderfully garish creatures and incorporates enchanted forests, lost streams and a pristine, magical palace. The Three Musketeers are played by Peter Forbes, Nicholas Asbury and Cliff Burnett. n York Theatre Royal: 623568.

Black Potatoes (10 - 13 Nov) York Settlement Community Players present the world premiere of Black Potatoes, a musical drama about the McGillycuddy family from County Kerry. Charting an epic journey that spans nearly 70 years, the production takes you to the Irish potato famine of 1847, the slums of Victorian York, an English garden party and the First World War. Join the McGillycuddys on their journey from famine to fortune and discover why grandson Freddy risks his life fighting for the English at Ypres in 1914. The production, written by Alan Combes with music by Steve Cassidy, takes place at 41 Monkgate, York. n Tel: 623568.

Annie (10 - 13 Nov) This popular musical is based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The musical, set in New York in 1933, ran for nearly six years on Broadway and spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as a 1982 movie starring Albert Finney. New Earswick Musical Society is staging Annie at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Kiera Leaper plays the title role, with Dougie Weakes as the billionaire businessman Daddy Warbucks. n Tickets available from Stella on 768182 or York Theatre Royal on 623568.

Fantasy & Feathers is a theatre extravaganza performed by 16 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls – who just happen to be men! It will be at the Grand Opera House York for one night only at 7.30pm. Combining the heady spice of Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife with the glamorous show girl appeal of Las Vegas, the show is performed by a cast of 16 male Thai nationals – stunningly beautiful representatives of the “Third Sex”. n Box office: 0844 847 2322 book online,

Spring Awakening (17-20 Nov) This musical tells the tale of a group of teenagers embarking on the thrilling, turbulent transition from youth to adulthood. A smash-hit on Broadway, Spring Awakening won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It combines the energy of a rock concert with the power of a great drama and is presented by York Stage Musicals at Joseph Rowntree School’s Vaudeville Theatre at 7.30pm. n Box office: 623568.

Pop Goes The 80s (19 Nov) Featuring the music of Bananarama, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Madness, Cyndi Laupa, Bon Jovi and Wham, this show at York’s Grand Opera House will ‘wake you up before you go go’. n Box office: 0844 847 2322.

A Yorkshire Christmas Carol (1-22 Dec) Join the acclaimed BadappleTheatre for their latest ‘theatre on your doorstep’ production. Writer Kate Bramley (Land Girls of Yorkshire) and her itinerant band of actors put a Yorkshire comedy slant on the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens. Have a good chuckle while the blustering farmer Ebeneezer Scrooge gets his comeuppance and is forced to see the error of his penny-pinching ways. Full of carols, puppets, mayhem and new songs by Jez Lowe, this winter warmer for all ages is coming to a village hall near you. n For more details, call 01423 339168.

Mother Goose (4-11 Dec) With another new script, jokes old and new, laughs in abundance, hilarious slapstick, rousing songs and dazzling dancing, Mother Goose promises to be “another rollocking romp of a panto” by the Rowntree Players at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre,Haxby Road, York. n Box office: 07927 026071.

Jack and the Beanstalk (9 Dec – 29 Jan) One of the most popular stories ever told gets the full panto blockbuster treatment. Expect spectacular sets and costumes, laughs galore and slapstick in abundance. Expect mad-cap mayhem and lunacy. Above all, expect the unexpected as panto legend Berwick Kaler wreaks his zany anarchy on yet another York Theatre Royal classic. n Tel: 623568.

Cinderella (10 Dec – 2 Jan) New Pantomime Productions return to York’s Grand Opera House York this Christmas with their spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Following his popular appearance as Muddles in last year’s Snow White, Stuart Wade will be once again be donning his pantomime costume, as well as directing the show. n Tel: 0844 847 2322


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Dringhouses library Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York YO24 1LR. Tel 706046. Email: Dunnington library The Reading Room, Church Street, Dunnington, York YO19 5PW. Tel 488456. Email: dunnington. Fulford library St Oswald’s CE School, Heslington Lane, Fulford, York YO10 4LX. Tel 555444. Email: Haxby library Station Road, Haxby, York YO32 3LT. Tel 768811. Email: Huntington library Garth Road, Huntington, York YO32 9QJ. Tel 768991. Email:

Families, childcare & libraries

Libraries Tel. 655631 or 552833 (24/7 renewal line) Mobile library Tel. 416429 Home Library Service Tel. 552800

Poppleton library The Village, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6JT. Tel 794877. Email: Strensall library 19 The Village, Strensall, York YO32 5XS. Tel 490876. Email: Tang Hall library, Fifth Avenue, Tang Hall, York YO31 0PR. Tel 416429. Email:

York Family Information Service For advice on finding and paying for childcare, working in early years education and advice on aspects of parenting – 554628. Or text ‘info’ to 07624 802244 and they’ll call you back

Children’s centres

Local libraries Explore: Acomb Library Learning Centre, Front Street, Acomb, York YO24 3BZ. Tel 552651. Email: Explore York: Museum Street, York YO24 3BZ. Tel 552828. Email: Bishopthorpe library Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RB. Tel 705386. Email: Clifton library Rawcliffe Lane, Clifton, York YO30 5SJ. Tel 627464. Email: Copmanthorpe library The Library, Village Centre, Main Street, Copmanthorpe, York YO23 3SU. Tel 709457. Email:

Hob Moor Children’s Centre Green Lane, Acomb YO24 4PS. Tel. 555066 Carr Children’s Centre Ostman Road, YO26 5QA. Tel. 555066 Westfield Children’s Centre Askham Lane, Acomb, YO24 3HP. Tel. 555066 Haxby Road Children’s Centre 154 Haxby Road, YO31 8JN. Tel. 552323

The Avenues Children’s Centre Sixth Avenue, YO31 0UT. Tel. 551250 Clifton Children’s Centre Kingsway North, Clifton, YO30 6JA. Tel. 552323 St Lawrence’s Children’s Centre Heslington Road, YO10 5BW. Tel. 551250 New Earswick Children’s Centre Hawthorn Terrace, New Earswick, YO32 4BY. Tel. 552323

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Crime York Police Station, Fulford Road. Open every day from 8am - midnight For all enquiries, to contact an officer or police station, or to report an incident that does not require immediate attention, call the nonemergency number - 0845 60 60 24 7. In an emergency situation, if there is a crime in progress or if there is a threat to life, dial 999. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, call the nonemergency number using the RNID Text Relay service, by dialling 18001 0845 60 60 24 7. In an emergency, call 18000. Safer Neighbourhoods Team – For information on crime prevention, Neighbourhood Watch and other local issues, call the non-emergency number or email SNTYork@northyorkshire.pnn. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

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Emergency and Council Services Gas If you smell gas, Tel. 0800 111 999 Noise, smells, bonfires, fly-tipping etc. Tel: 551555 Dangerous buildings and structures Tel. 551553 Racial/religious harassment and discrimination Tel. 554141 Minicom: 554120 Sexual discrimination Tel. 0845 601 5901 Flooding and land drainage Tel. 551473 (9am-5pm); Out of hours Tel. 625751. Environment Agency: Tel. 0800 807060 Gritting (roads and paths) Tel. 551551 Neighbour problems Tel. 551200. Face to Face Neighbourhood Mediation, Tel. 553838. To report noisy or anti-social neighbours, Tel. 551555. Serious disputes Tel. 551204

York Customer Centre The York Customer Centre (YCC) offers access to information and advice on a wide range of City of York Council services. The office opening hours are Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. York Customer Centre/general enquiries Tel. 551550 Self-serve telephone payments Tel. 551557 York Pride Action Line Tel. 551551 Benefits service Tel. 552240 Council tax Tel. 551558 Planning and building control Tel. 551553 Email:


Waste disposal & recycling

Recycling advice available With thousands of homes across York receiving their new kerbside recycling boxes, City of York Council’s recycling team is reminding residents that help is at hand. By the end of October, every household should have received two additional recycling boxes with lids - one for glass bottles/jars and another for paper/ cardboard. They will also receive a net to cover their existing box, which is used for plastic bottles and metal cans. Some residents may be eligible for what are known as assisted collections. These are for people who would otherwise find it difficult to move their recycling boxes to the agreed collection point at the boundary of their property. You can apply for an assisted collection service by requesting an application form from the recycling team - email or call 551551. You can also contact the team in this way if you have any questions or concerns about the new boxes.


Household and garden waste collection – Tel. 551551 To report fly-tipping – Tel 551551 Recycling centres and disposal locations There are three sites for York residents to take rubbish for recycling or disposal: Hazel Court, Towthrope/Strensall and Beckfield Lane. Opening hours: Hazel Court (October to March) Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5pm; Sundays 8.30am to 4pm. Towthorpe/Strensall November to February: Monday to Sunday, 8.30am to 4pm. Beckfield Lane (October to March) Monday & Friday, 5pm to 7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 2pm. The site is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during winter. Asbestos collection service – Commercial waste – Tel. 553270 or 553282 Hazardous and clinical waste – Tel. 551551


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Health NHS Direct 24 hour medical information. Also information on out of hours pharmacy opening. Freephone 0845 4647

Out of hours pharmacies Prescriptions can be dispensed from: Tesco, Clifton Moor Tel. 880449 Boots, Monks Cross Shopping Park Tel. 656360 Asda, Monks Cross Shopping Park Tel. 689410 Sainsbury’s, Monks Cross Shopping Park Tel. 613779 The Priory Pharmacy, Priory Medical Centre, YO24 3WX. Tel 721541 York NHS Walk-in centre, 31 Monkgate, YO31 7WA. Tel. 725401. Offers a nurse-led service. Open seven days a week 8am – 6pm. York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, York Hospital, Wigginton Road, YO31 8HE. Main Switchboard - all departments: Tel. 631313

Out of hours GPs. Some GP surgeries provide an out-of-hours service, between 6.30pm and 8am on weekdays, and all weekend and on bank holidays. Your doctor’s surgery or receptionist can give you the contact details for this service. If your surgery doesn’t provide an out-of-hours service, contact the Primary Care Trust (PCT) for information. North Yorkshire and York PCT – Tel. 01423 815150

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1st, 16th & 24th York Merchant Taylors Hall (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.15pm) 8th Wigginton Recreation Centre (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.30pm) 9th Acomb Parish Church Hall (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.30pm) 17th Rawcliffe Pavilion (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.30pm) 22nf York Priory Street Centre (10am-noon, 1pm-3.45pm) 25th Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.30pm) 30th Dunnington Reading Rooms (2.15pm-4pm, 5pm-7.15pm)

Access to Urgent Dental Care For out of hours advice and assistance please contact the NHS Direct Dental Helpline on 0845 600 3249. Non-registered patients Tel. 725422. Contact the service at 8.30am to obtain an appointment.

Sports and leisure centres Energise Tel. 552424 Yearsley Swimming Pool Tel. 552424 Tennis, bowling and football facilities Tel. 553385 Walking Tel. 553372 Coaching Tel. 553440 Sports clubs and organisations Tel. 552828


Road and footpath problems To report any problems with roads or footpaths, including potholes, obstructions, damaged street furniture and dumped rubbish - Tel. 551551 Buses Bus timetables Bus Info Line Tel. 551400 or National Traveline Tel. 0871 200 22 33 Arriva: 0844 800 4411 Coastliner: 01653 392556 First: 0845 604 5460 Travel cards and tokens Travel cards and concessions Tel. 551670 or 551403 National Transport Tokens Tel. 551434


Cars Parking Services – Tel. 551309 City Car Club – Tel. 0845 330 1234 for all enquiries Travel cards and tokens Transport for disabled people Tel. 551403 Dial and Ride Tel. 551441 York Wheels Tel. 630080 Trains National Rail Enquiries Tel. 08457 48 49 50

Learning and adult education Schools

Education Access Tel. 554248 School transport Tel. 554540 or 554543 School trips Tel. 554509 Home tuition Tel. 554252 Exclusion of pupils Tel. 554252 Truancy Tel. 622935 Ofsted reports Tel. 554239 Educational psychology Tel. 554303 Children with special educational needs Tel. 554302 Adult Education Tel. 554277 email Future ProspectsFor impartial learning and work advice centre 22-24 Swinegate, York, YO1 8AZ. Tel 0800 834 239




Energy efficient windows

With carbon emissions high on the global agenda and the rising fuel prices, householders are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient. The BFRC, the UK’s national system for rating Energy Efficient Windows, uses a consumer-friendly traffic light style A-E ratings guide similar to that used on 'white' goods, such as fridges, freezers and washing machines. This ratings label can be used by you to make more informed choices about the energy efficiency of the windows you are looking to purchase. Energy efficiency glass is a speciality of Square Deals Ltd, a York company that supplies and installs quality windows, doors and conservatories. A company spokesman says: “The majority of our work comes through recommendations and is covered by a 10-year Insurance backed, fully comprehensive guarantee. All our windows, doors and conservatories are manufactured to the highest standards and feature the most up-to-date security features.” A satisfied customer from York told Square Deals: “Delighted with every aspect of the service; special thanks to the fitters.” n Square Deals Ltd, 19-20, Auster Road York YO30 4XA. Tel: 692255 or Freephone 0800 731 5435.


Draught-proof your home Homes lose around 20% of their heat through draughts and poor ventilation, so block up gaps before winter arrives. Here’s how... •

If you can’t spot where the draught is coming from, light a candle and watch how it flickers. Gaps between floorboards and around doors, loft hatches, windows and pipes are the main culprits.

Sort draughty doors the old-fashioned way. A stuffed fabric draught excluder will trap heat in the room for longer.

Get a letterbox cover. Look for one with a very strong seal to protect against wind.

Seal unused chimneys with newspaper, or a special ballon which inflates to block up your chimney. Don’t forget to remove it before lighting a fire!

Close the curtains at dusk. Tuck them behind radiators so heat is pushed into the room.

Fill gaps in your floorboards. Use a clear acrylic sealant or try Draughtex, a foam strip that can be compressed into gaps.



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28th October. Free Valuation Day, The Bar Convent, York. 11am - 3pm. Antiques, jewellery, general collectables. For details please contact Tennants Harrogate Office on 01423 531661, or email 20th November. Red House Antiques Fair. The National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, YO26 4XJ. Quality antiques fair with 50 dealers under one roof. 10am – 5pm. 5th November. Antiques and Collectors Fair, Helmsley Town Hall. 9.30am4.30pm 6th/13th/20th/27th November. Antiques and Collectors Fair, Wetherby Town Hall. 9.30am – 4.30pm. 27th – 28th November. Antiques and Collectors Fair, Ripley Village Hall. 9am – 4.30pm. Call 01423 889163 or 0776 5006996 Tennants, The Auction Centre, Leyburn. Tel 01969 623780 3rd November. Antique & Home Furnishings inc. Antique, Victorian and Later Furniture, Clocks, Pictures, Jewellery, Silver, Ceramics, Glass and contents of Estates. Starts 9.30am. 27th November. Antique & Home Furnishing Sale. Starts 9.30am. Boulton & Cooper Fine Art. Tel 01653 696151 3rd November . General Sale at Central Salerooms, Pickering, YO18 7AE. Starts 10.30am. 17th November. General Sale at Central Salerooms, Pickering, YO18 7AE. Starts 10.30am.



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CC Enterprises was set up by Christopher Coates and Carole Chui. They met because Chris’s mother had suggested to Carole that her son could deal with an electronic problem she had. He not only mended it, but explained it all in plain English. They discussed some ideas he had had, and eventually opened their shop in Holgate Road in June 2009. It was a dramatic start, as a couple of months later they were flooded and some of their machines were ruined. They fought back and now run a versatile personalisation shop, putting words, logos and pictures on to T-shirts, polos and hoodies, workwear, mugs, mouse mats and placemats, teddy bears, baby blankets, aprons, bags, seasonal gifts and much more. CC Enterprises, to be versatile, uses all available media - including vinyl, transfer, screen printing and embroidery. When you bring them your design, photo or idea, Chris or Ted will help you settle the best way to prepare it for printing on the medium you have chosen, designing at no extra cost.

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Rhyme time!

Well, we asked for it – and we certainly got it! When we published our poetry competition last month and invited readers to pen a poem about York, we didn’t realise what a creative lot you’d turn out to be! We were inundated with poems, everything from limericks to sonnets and even the odd haiku. There were funny ones, moving ones, and some that were just a bit too cheeky to print (although they did make us laugh!). McYork by Linda Hunter I may stroll the Gates And walk the walls And wander by the Ouse The river laps and dances As the boats pass on a cruise I may hurry along Late for work Moving at a rate The Minster looms above me Constant, strong and great

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I may struggle Past the tourists As they cluster Round their guide To hear of York’s great history They flock from far and wide But I’m a Scot So I am wary As I walk Streets broad and narrow For the law states if I rampage I’ll be shot by a bow and arrow

In fact, they were so good that we couldn’t decide between them, so we’ve decided to pick two winners. Congratulations to Linda Hunter and Andrew Jenkinson, who have replaced Emily as our official Local Link poets! We’re also publishing a selection of our favourites on our website and Facebook page. Look out for them! The Piazza by Andrew Jenkinson (on hearing York Minster is to be glorified with a wonderful new entrance at the South Transept) The Minster’s going to have a piazza It all sounds so terrible posh Not the sort a delivery boy Delivers when you have all the dosh. It just might be from Domino’s As pizzerias there’s a glut It must be somewhere special My money is on Pizza Hut. Would it be a Hawaiian With pineapple rings on the top Or a spicy pepperoni

Delivered fresh from the shop. Maybe it’s chicken and mushroom On a very thin base Cut in enormous wedges Who’s the first to say the grace? Let’s hope that it is seafood With tasty tuna and prawns Various herbs and red chillies Smothered in tender sweet corns. dictionary tells me I’m wrong Hell of a mistake’a to make A piazza is a glorious entrance Not an Italianate bake.

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Kitchen department revamped

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, in York, has revamped its kitchen department. It now offers more than 150 types and colours of kitchen doors as well as offering a comprehensive range of kitchen designs. The York branch sells flat-pack kitchens as well as rigid units. Members of its sales team will visit your home and create a computer-aided design of how your new kitchen will look. You can also choose a skilled fitter from their list of recommended tradesmen. Branch manager Kevin Withers says Howarth Timber has updated its displays of doors and flooring. “We have a comprehensive selection of solid oak or laminate floors and more than 40 doors in oak, pine or walnut.” As well as a wide selection of timber, the York branch also supplies paving, bricks, plaster, plasterboards, insulation and sheet materials. n Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, Leeman Road, York. Tel: 629931.


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Bonfire night can be fun, but City of York Council’s Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) are warning that bonfire smoke can damage your health, harm the environment and cause a nuisance to others. EPU is advising people to be particularly careful with smoke from garden bonfires at any time of year, not just bonfire night, which can have damaging health effects, particularly for asthma sufferers, children and the elderly. Remember, you don’t need to have a bonfire - there are alternatives such as composting and recycling, or you can place garden waste in your green bin. However, where it is thought that a bonfire is the best practicable option for disposing of waste, please follow these guidelines: •

Only burn dry material

Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint.

Never use engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire

Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days. Also, if it is windy, smoke may be blown into neighbours’ gardens

Although there are no byelaws prohibiting the burning of garden waste, the council has a duty to investigate bonfires which are causing a nuisance. Where a nuisance is proven, the council may issue an abatement notice which will require the person causing the nuisance to stop having bonfires. Failure to comply with the requirements of a notice can lead to court action and a fine of up to £5000. Anyone wishing to make a complaint about excessive smoke from a garden bonfire or to seek advice should contact the council’s environmental protection unit on:

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legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but during the winter months it’s a sensible idea to ensure your tyres have at least 3mm of tread depth. During the winter months, dark evenings and wet, windy weather can make driving very dangerous. It can also be very hard on your car; your lights are in constant use, meaning extra strain on the electrical system. And if your tyres don’t have sufficient tread, they could be a hazard to you and other road users. With winter just around the corner, now is the time to get your car prepared for the cold weather. And prevention is definitely better than cure, says Johnny Barber of JJB Motors: “A lonely road in the middle of winter is no time to discover that your lights don’t work, your battery’s dead or you don’t have sufficient antifreeze.” Some danger points to check include: Tyres At this time of year, heavy rain, snow and ice can make the roads lethal for motorists. The current

Lights Dark mornings and dark evenings can make driving extremely dangerous. It’s therefore crucial to ensure all your lights are clean and working properly. If you don’t, you will not only find it difficult to see the road clearly, you run the risk of not being seen by other drivers. Batteries Battery failure is one of the most common causes of breakdown. It’s more likely to happen in winter, when your lights are in use more often. A lot of people think that car batteries should last forever, especially as some manufacturers offer ‘lifetime guarantees’. But the average lifetime of a battery is actually around three years, so it’s worth getting yours checked. Radiators A cracked or leaking radiator could cause big problems. It’s also worth testing the strength of the antifreeze; extra glycol-based antifreeze will boost levels to manufacturers’ recommended levels. The

washer systems also need to be tested and hoses should be examined for any cracks or leaks.

Shock Absorbers The danger of driving a car with worn shock absorbers is considerable. Risks include reduced braking efficiency and longer braking distances, and an increased risk of aquaplaning in the wet – both of which can be lethal in winter weather. For ultimate peace of mind, it’s best to have your vehicle serviced professionally. Dealing with any mechanical problems now will reduce the risk of breaking down at a later date, and help you stay safe. JJB Motors offers servicing and MOTs on all makes of car. The team at JJB Motors go above and beyond the usual service. “We check everything from brakes to suspension, lights and bodywork,” says Johnny. “We use Shell oils, top of the range diagnostic equipment and original or OE quality parts. We also provide a detailed report, including full body and tyre check.” n For information on JJB Motors’ servicing, MOTs and maintenance, call them on 426691.


Waterless! With many years of experience in the cleaning industry, Grafters Valeting Service offers a professional valeting service. With a mobile workshop and expert staff, the service is designed to put that long lasting sparkle back into your pride and joy.

And if their customers’ comments are anything to go by, the method certainly works. ''It is the best valet I have ever had,” says Marie Jackson. “My car looks better now than it did when I bought it. The people who have seen my car thought I had a new one! I will always use Grafters to valet my car and will highly recommend them to everyone.''

The Waterless Cleaning System is based on scientific principles and is proven to be extremely gentle to your car’s body finish. So how does it work? Here comes the science part. Grit and grime attach to the body paint surface by ionic bonds at the molecular level. The unique scientifically engineered waterless cleaning system unlocks these bonds by a process known as emulsification. As soon as they are unlocked, the dirt and grit gently float away on a liquid cushion and are wiped away with micro fibre towels without damaging the paint surface. Light buffing then brings out a brilliant waxed shine. This revolutionary system also includes Advanced Cross Linked Polymers that bond to the paint finish and actually repel grit and grime by reducing the static charge that builds up on paint finishes. Special UV inhibitors also protect the paint finish from the damaging rays of the sun. These rays are the leading cause of paint deterioration.

After previous valets with various Another satisfied customer writes, ''I companies over the years I haven’t have just used Grafters Car Valeting always been satisfied with the results, and cannot state highly enough how but with Grafters the results were massively impressed I have been with amazing. I’ve never seen my car Brian and in particular, his Contracts looking so clean, both inside and Manager, Pawel. They were preparing out. In addition, the level of service I my current car for sale and have done received was second to none. such a great job that if I had not ordered my new one already, I may well have Terry,Your Local Link magazine. been tempted to keep it – the results are really that good. They had my car for the day. They lent me one for my normal day to day convenience and even delivered mine back for a swap over at the end of the day, all at a very competitive price and all with me, the customer at the heart of their offering.” Marek Basan was similarly impressed. ''The valeting service was amazing,” he says. “After full valet my car looked like a brand new ride! The service was definitely worth money I have spent. I will get my car valeted at least once a month with Grafters Valeting Service. I strongly recommend their service and I will be more than happy to use them in the future.” n Grafters Waterless Car Valeting offers a range of valeting options to suit your individual needs. For more information, call them on 01904 236331 or 693347.

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We take a look at hybrid cars which are designed to be more eco-friendly than conventional vehicles

It’s a clean

Two types of hybrid drive have been developed. 'Series hybrids' use a combustion engine to generate electricity, which powers an electric motor so providing motive power. In 'parallel hybrids', the wheels can be either directly powered by the engine or from a battery-powered electric drive-train. In both types, when the engine loading is low, the excess energy is stored for later use. When more energy is required, the main engine and the energy storage device work together to deliver the required power. In this way, hybrids provide improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Hybrids are classed either as 'mild' or 'strong' to reflect the degree of battery power incorporated into the design, strong hybrids being able to spend more time in electric-only mode. Hybrids operate in electric mode at low speeds, which makes them ideal for urban driving. Battery storage enables the use of regenerative braking which tops up the battery during braking, further reducing overall fuel consumption by about 20%. The driving performance of hybrids is not unlike that of a conventional car. From the outside, most hybrids look little different from other new conventional models – other than sporting a 'hybrid' badge. As all hybrid cars currently on the UK market use conventional petrol, fuel is dispensed from fuel pumps

in exactly the same way as for conventional cars. All regulated emissions are significantly reduced for a petrol-hybrid passenger car as compared to a conventional petrol vehicle. These include typical reductions in carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and NOx of 70% to 90%.

‘Hybrids operate in electric mode at low speeds, which makes them ideal for urban driving.’ Most petrol-hybrids reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% compared to an equivalent petrol car. Most running costs are less for hybrids than conventional vehicles, the higher capital costs are offset by lower fuel costs due to the high fuel economy of the vehicles themselves. As is the case with carbon emissions, hybrids typically use 15%30% less fuel per mile.

in the UK, from a range of manufacturers. One of the first and still the most popular is Toyota's Prius. Toyota is also releasing the new Auris hybrid, which uses the same 'Hybrid Synergy Drive' technology as the Prius, and the manufacturer is on record that it intends to hybridize its entire model range. Honda offers the Civic, Insight and the CR-Z as hybrid models in the UK. A number of hybrids are also available from Lexus (part of the Toyota group). Other manufacturers are sure to follow suit within the next few years following the popularity of already released hybrids. The next stage of technological development of hybrids will be plug-in hybrid vehicles. The first of these to become commercially available in the UK will be a Plug-In Prius, although some companies will already convert existing hybrids into plug-ins (at a cost). Toyota's plug-in hybrid Prius will essentially be the same as the existing Prius with a larger capacity battery and a mains charging plug; and takes the hybrid Prius one step closer to being a battery electric car.

At present, several hybrid models are available to buy

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Our very own ‘Stig’ looks at the latest hot topics in the land of cars and petrol heads

Future Car Challenge

The motoring research charity the RAC Foundation has become a sponsor of the Royal Automobile Club’s new Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, which takes place this month. The challenge, also sponsored by Goodyear, is open to the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Around 50 entries are expected with trophies presented in different categories for vehicles judged to have made the least energy impact during the 60-mile run. The foundation recognises much can still be achieved by further refinement of the internal combustion engine which could deliver efficiency savings of 15% to 30% by 2020. The Future Car Challenge takes place on Saturday, November 6, the day before the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR) and using the same 60-mile route, but in reverse!

Sharing the load

Soaring fuel prices and ever-increasing car park charges are forcing one in five AA members to car share at least once a week, new AA/Populus panel research reveals. The opportunity to reduce CO2 voluntarily is also proving a strong incentive. Although 58% of the 15,903 respondents do not car share, a quarter would if there was some way to guarantee getting home if something goes wrong with the arrangements.

across the UK to cut journey costs and stress, the framework exists for companies to organise and help their employees to car share. This would ease pressure on car parking and help to improve a company’s environmental profile.

BMW recalls 350,00 cars

A global recall involving almost 350,000 BMW and Rolls-Royce cars has been announced due to a defective braking system; more than 27,000 cars in the UK are affected.

Travelling with someone they know (21%) and clear information about who else is travelling their way (19%) would sway many more people to pool car journeys.

The issue involves a potential leak in the braking system, which can cause a loss of brake assistance. The affected cars are the BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series built between July 2001 and November 2009.

The AA/Populus panel research shows that the 18-24 age group is the most likely to share at least once a week, but it is the 25-35 year olds who are most likely to give or get a lift every day. Women are also more likely to seek a driving buddy at least once a week.

Rolls-Royce has been affected too - between 900 and 1,200 cars are believed to be involved.

Regionally, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire/Humberside are the areas most committed to regular car-sharing. With the organisation now helping almost 400,000 drivers


BMW says: “In the affected vehicles, a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance.” It does not mean the brakes will actually fail, and no incidents have been reported. BMW is contacting all relevant owners.

Winter can wreak havoc with your car. However, there are several things you can do to keep motoring through the winter.

How to winter proof your car doesn’t mean they are any less prone to becoming frozen. If your windscreen does become frozen then make sure you completely de-ice and de-mist it before starting your drive. You could keep an ice scraper and can of defroster in your car for use during winter.

Headlights are another part of your car that can become especially dirty during winter. Salt, water and dirt from the road can coat your headlights, making it more difficult for you to see clearly when driving. Cleaning your headlights weekly should help keep things clear and bright for you.

Keeping your car on the road in winter takes a little extra effort. The rain, wind, frost and snow can take their toll on your vehicle, but a spot of preventative action can minimise damage which, hopefully, will mean less cost and inconvenience for you. You need to keep your windscreen clean and smear free. Give the glass on your

windscreen a clean and don’t neglect your wiper blades. If wipers aren’t clean they could spread more dirt over your windscreen and make the glare from oncoming headlights even worse. Check the condition of your wiper blades and if they are old or cracked then buy a new pair. Just because your windows are clean

Tyres are important all year round - the law states that the tread on all of your tyres must be at least 1.6mm deep. The bare minimum may be acceptable during summer and times of drier weather, but during winter you really need extra grip and you’ll be much safer if you aim for a tread thickness of 2-3mm. Remember to check the pressure. Low tyre pressure means you wear the rubber more and burn excess fuel whereas tyre pressure that’s too high can make skidding more likely. Car batteries are put under more strain in winter as heaters and lights are used more frequently. To promote good battery health, start your car with all

electrics switched off, try to give your car a good run once a week to keep the battery charged. If it sounds like your battery is struggling to get started then you might want to consider investing in a new one. Antifreeze is another winter essential and it’s important to keep levels topped up. Check your vehicle’s handbook for the manufacturer’s antifreeze recommendations and don't fill past the maximum top-up level as you could cause damage to the coolant system.

Free winter car check Automotive Solutions, at York Business Park, Nether Poppleton, York, is offering a free winter car check for readers of Your Local Link. To qualify for the offer, simply book an appointment and then produce the company’s advert in this month’s magazine when you deliver the car. The technician will check your vehicle’s lights, locks, tyres and fluid levels, including anti-freeze. Owner Paul Reynolds, a trained car technician, says: “Now is a good time to check your car before the winter weather begins to bite.” n Give him a call on 792652.

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Vrooming to grooming Our motoring pages are probably the last place you’d expect to find us talking about a men’s hairdressers. But why not? More guys tend to read our Motoring section than our ‘girly’ Health & Beauty pages so we thought this would be the ideal place to slip in a few good grooming hints. And what better place to start than Ludwik’s? The hairdressers has been a part of local life in Burton Stone Lane for nearly 60 years. Owner John reckons the all boys together environment is very popular with customers. “We have a 32 inch TV screen so they can watch sports, and all the men’s papers available. n Appointments aren’t always necessary, but you can book on 653311.





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As a competent, qualified and business focussed HR Professional, I am confident that following a review of your business I will be able to provide professional services that can bring tangible financial benefit as well as create a more organised workplace. My areas of expertise include........... Employment law - Is your business compliant? As a HR professional with an employment law qualification, I can advise businesses and individuals on all key aspects of employment law legislation and best practice. It is crucial that businesses are not only aware of key employment law legislation but can incorporate these requirements in a way


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Employment tribunal case preparation Available to businesses and individuals. Why pay costly legal fees for straight forward cases? Tribunals remain a major concern for employers and if not properly prepared can prove expensive. I am able to offer quality case preparation as well as representation at employment tribunal for extremely competitive rates. HR Policies and Procedures - Do you have HR policies and when were these last reviewed? I am able to carry out a stress free audit of your employment policies/procedures and identify any gaps that could constitute a breach of the law or where implementation of a cost effective best practice would pay dividends to your employee relations and your business as a whole. Job Evaluation - Does your business have clearly defined roles? Are you paying too much/ little for existing employees or potential new recruits? Qualified in a comprehensive job evaluation system, job descriptions can

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INVESTMENTS Advice with Julie Wilson

At retirement planning It never ceases to amaze me how little attention is paid to at retirement planning, yet the effects of making the wrong decisions about retirement income can seriously affect standards of living for what could turn out to be a very very long time. Simply reorganising how your savings are invested in retirement can often result in additional money for life’s little luxuries.

FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES York Branch Meet on the third Monday of every month. n Call Christine on 629777 YORK & NORTH YORKSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2nd November Chamber Business Forum, York Innovation Centre, York Science Park. 4 – 6pm 3rd November Chamber Business Lunch, Holiday Inn York, Tadcaster Road. 12 noon – 2pm. 5th November Chamber Meeting with the Speaker of the House of Commons. York St John Business School, Lord Mayor’s Walk. 3.30 – 5pm. The Speaker will be addressing local businesses on how they can engage with Parliament 10th November Special Lunch at Mansion House. 12noon – 2pm. Aimed specifically at those in the tourism industry

16th November Chamber Networking Breakfast, Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place. 7.30 – 9am. 24th November Chamber Networking Evening, The Living Room, Merchant Exchange, Bridge Street. 5 – 7pm. n Call 567838 for more information YORK WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Generally, investors have a very muddled picture of how to create sustainable retirement income. Recent research suggested that the majority of retirees don’t understand how the pension fund they have – the “pot” of pension money – turns into their retirement income. They get a letter from their pension provider, let’s take Aviva, as an example, which says something like “you can have a pension of X or tax free cash of Y and a smaller pension of Z.” They then tick the box for whichever sounds the better option, believing they’ve made a sensible decision about their pension.

30th November York Brewery Meeting Rooms 12 noon - 2pm. In conjunction with local chocolate company Little Pretty Things. The cost of this event will be £18 per person including a finger buffet lunch, soft drinks and the chocolate tasting experience. Bookings must be made by 17th November. For more information, email Nina Banerjee at

What most people don’t realise is that you can “shop around” to get the best pension. So for that “majority of retirees” who don’t understand - let’s go back to basics. When you save for retirement in a personal pension, it is merely a savings account. Admittedly a savings account which benefits from major tax advantages - tax relief on contributions mean that if you are a 20% tax payer, an £80 per month contribution turns into £100 in your pension fund, even more if you are a higher rate taxpayer. Those savings (referred to as a pension fund) accumulate tax efficiently. So far so good. But what happens when you get to retirement? Well, you can take up to 25% of the savings as tax free cash, but the rest of the “pot” is usually exchanged for income – called an annuity (but confusingly, sometimes referred to as a pension.)

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What few people realise is that you don’t have to buy an annuity from the company that has your pension “pot”. You can shop around to get a better rate. If you have any medical conditions or smoke, you may qualify for an even better annuity.

York tourism conference

For investors with bigger pension funds there can be advantages in not swapping their pension for an annuity, but rather the equivalent “income” can be “drawn down” from the fund, which remains invested. A combination of tax free cash and/or “draw down” income can provide the money needed in retirement, to suit an individual’s income needs and tax status in any given year.

The conference will take place on November 17, between 10am and 4pm, at Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre, De Grey Court, York St John University. A spokesman for the business school says: “So whether it is heritage, the arts, festivals or gastronomy, culture in its broadest sense and all that is new about cultural destinations, there is something here for anyone involved or interested in this important and ever-expanding sector of the industry.”

How you take your pension benefits depends upon your own circumstances – your current and future tax status, whether you need protection for a husband or wife (and it doesn’t always make sense to provide this protection via pensions), whether you would prefer an “inflation proofed” income, need the security of guarantees etc. All this can get quite complex and it usually pays to take some professional advice (an initial consultation with us won’t cost you anything). The Financial Services Authority – the UK’s financial watchdog – has produced a guide as part of their “Money Made Clear” series – The Facts about your Retirement Options. We have also written a Retirement Options Guide which looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the different options. If you’d like a copy of either (or both) of these guides, simply call or email – details below.

How can York develop and market its cultural assets to successfully compete against rival destinations in the lucrative world of cultural tourism? York St John Business School is hosting a “Tourism Futures” conference to try to answer that question. The keynote speaker will be Professor Tonino Pencarelli, of the University of Urbino in Italy.

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Chocolate tasting The networking group York Women In Business has organised a Christmas event that involves the exotic, pleasurable and fascinating world of chocolate. Little Pretty Things is run by Sophie Jewett who admits to being obsessed about all things chocolate. An expert in the art of chocolate making (and tasting). Sophie will explain the history, development and flavours of the chocolate being tasted, so this event promises to be informative, entertaining as well as indulgent. The event takes place at York Brewery between noon and 2pm on November 30. You will also have the chance to order any Christmas gifts directly from Sophie on the day. For further information, visit

n Julie Wilson is a director of Pen-Life Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, who advise individuals and small businesses on all aspects of financial planning including residential and commercial mortgages, individual and business protection, pensions and retirement planning, savings, investment and tax planning and long term care planning. Pen-Life Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, Equinox House, Clifton Park, York, YO30 5PA. Tel: 01904 661140, email:

n To book your place, call Nina Banerjee at Denison Till on 611411


A fistful of nominations

Communications and design consultancy scarlettabbott is celebrating after five of its client projects were shortlisted in the CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Pride Awards 2010.

Civil Partnerships:

The Ups & Downs It has been almost 5 years since the law changed in the UK allowing couples of the same sex to have legal recognition of their relationship by entering into a civil partnership. Commonly but mistakenly referred to as “gay marriage”, recent statistics reveal that whilst the number of same sex couples entering into partnership have fallen by 12% in 2009 from the previous year, the number of dissolutions (the process by which civil partnerships are brought to an end) have almost doubled over the same period. The procedure for ending a civil partnership is similar to divorce. A couple can only apply for dissolution after spending a minimum of 12 months together. The party filing the application must prove to the court that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably or on a permanent basis by showing one of the following:Your partner has behaved unreasonably; • You have been separated for 2 years and both agree to the dissolution; • You have been separated for 5 years; • Your partner has deserted you at least 2 years ago. Although there is no corresponding fact to “adultery”, a relationship with another person could form the basis of an application for dissolution based on behaviour combined with a number of other examples of unreasonable conduct. If there are children, it will also be necessary to file an additional form with the court setting out the arrangements for the children. If your partner agrees to the dissolution of the civil partnership, the court will look at the papers and grant a Conditional order of dissolution. This is similar to the pronouncement of a Decree Nis of divorce in divorce proceedings. As with divorce, you must wait a period of 6 weeks before making an application to the court for the Order to be made final. The court will not automatically look at any issues surrounding maintenance, pensions or capital even if these claims are included in the application for dissolution which is customary. If you believe that the prospect of coming to an agreement with your partner on the finances is unlikely, you may wish to get the court involved at an early stage. You can start the financial court proceedings on the same day that you start your dissolution at court or subsequently. If you can come to an agreement, the court can approve the terms of settlement reached and make it legally binding. The earliest the courts can approve an agreement is after the Conditional order has been made. This will give both of you security that there is no come back in case one of you changes your mind. n For legal advice on this or any aspect of family law, contact Nina Banerjee at Denison Till solicitors on 01904 611411 Nina is an Associate Solicitor and an accredited member of Resolution – First for Family Law. She is also a Collaborative lawyer. See for further information.


Rachel Thornton, scarlettabbott’s communication director, says: “To have five projects shortlisted for these prestigious awards cements our reputation for producing some of the best work in the industry.” The five projects are: • Internal Communications East Coast’s Safer Together campaign • Best Publication Pace’s Journey to Number One celebratory book • Best Event East Coast’s Safer Together Summit • Best Newsletter Pinsent Masons’ Crown Space e-zine • Best Magazine Working with Northern Rail on Retail Therapy employee magazine.

Human resources company launched Human resources professional Jane Dawson has launched her own company called Practical HR. Jane, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, wants to help businesses and employees handle people-based issues that inevitably arise in the workplace. The support she offers can be tailored to meet each client’s needs, ranging from an advisory service to a more practical, hands-on approach. Support can be offered either remotely or from within the workplace. Jane, who holds the Advanced Certificate in Employment Law, says: “As a competent, qualified and business focused HR professional, I am confident that following a review of your business I will be able to provide professional services that can bring tangible financial benefit as well as create a more organised workplace.” Jane has more than 10 years of HR experience in both unionised and non-unionised companies, including, in one job, being responsible for more than 3,000 employees. Her areas of expertise include employment law; employment tribunal case preparation; HR policies and procedures; job evaluation; recruitment; psychometric testing; performance management; and organisational change. n For a free initial consultation, call Practical HR on 07554 381458 or email practicalhr99@yahoo. com.

SECRETS OF MY SUCCESS A York businessman who turned a jackpot win to his advantage gives RICHARD FOSTER the secrets of his success

Bingo win led to


business Carpet fitter David Grierson did not go on a reckless spending spree when he won £40,000 in a bingo competition run by The Sun newspaper. Instead, he invested his winnings wisely, setting up shop in Acomb, trading as Green Lane Carpets. That was in 1984 and his business is still going strong. He has supplied and fitted carpets throughout the country, dealing with both commercial and domestic customers. His clients include overseas royalty and celebrities from the world of TV soaps. David says: “I regard many of my customers as friends. They are very loyal because I always offer them a friendly and personal service, fitting quality carpets for a fair price. I believe in offering a square deal, with no hidden extra costs. That’s why my customers tend to stay with me. I’ve fitted carpets for several generations of the same family.” David started in the carpet trade as a teenager in the late 1960s, driving a

forklift truck in a warehouse in Pudsey before working his way up. He recalls: “I became a pattern matcher, then started selling carpets and ended up fitting carpets.” At the age of 59 David still does his fair share of carpet fitting, even though it’s a physically demanding trade, particularly on the knees. He says: “Even after all these years I still love doing the job. I like dealing with customers, doing a good job for them.”

David became a skilled carpet fitter by working with masters of the craft. He says: “I learned the trade the old fashioned way by working with experienced fitters who taught me the importance of doing a job properly. They taught me how to deal with people, how to treat people and how to fit carpets.” He believes in the maxim “a job worth doing, is worth doing well”. He also believes in being an active member of the Acomb community. He

supports the nearby Gateway church that helps people overcome debt problems by doing certain jobs, where appropriate, for free. He gets a great deal of satisfaction from helping people who have fallen on hard times. High-profile clients One of David’s customers was Beverley Callard, the Yorkshire actress best known for her role as Liz McDonald in Coronation Street. David has also done work at a luxury house in Wentworth, Surrey, for the King of Malaysia.

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Employment Law with ingrams solicitors


Get it right! With the current economic downturn showing slow signs of improving, how does an employer correctly make redundancies? Redundancy is one of the most traumatic events an employee may experience and it is no plain sailing for an employer either. Announcement of redundancies will invariably have an adverse impact on morale, motivation and productivity. Therefore handling the redundancy situation in a sensitive and careful manner should help to reduce the negative effects on the redundant employees and those remaining. Even if an employer has a true redundancy situation, a flawed procedure may result in costly claims for unfair dismissal in an Employment Tribunal at a time when the company can ill afford such additional costs. There are three genuine redundancy situations: (1) the business, or a part of it, may cease to operate; (2) the business could move location; and (3) the need for work of a particular kind may have ceased or diminished. Once a redundancy situation has been recognised, the company must establish a formal procedure on redundancy (if there isn’t already one). At a minimum the following stages should be considered in most situations: planning, invitation of volunteers, consultation (both collective and individual), identifying a pool for selection, use of an objective selection criteria, considering suitable alternative employment opportunities. As part of the planning stage an employer should consider measures such as reducing/stopping overtime, retraining or redeployment, short-time working and offering voluntary redundancy. As part of the consultation stage it is important an employer adheres to ACAS’ guidance on handling redundancies in order to follow a fair procedure. As part of an objective selection criteria, criterion could include length of service, attendance records, disciplinary records, skills, competencies and qualifications, experience and performance records. Please note that ‘last in, first out’ (LIFO) as a selection criteria is now risky as a selection method and is not a satisfactory way of retaining the most skilled employees. In addition do not include criteria which could be seen as discriminatory e.g. by scoring part timers lower compared to full timers. Additional to the above, an employer must also, at all times, consider the possibility of suitable alternative employment for those affected. If this is offered, and the employee unreasonable refuses the offer, then they forfeit their right to a redundancy payment. The statutory redundancy payment that each employee is entitled to is calculated by using a set formula. The maximum weeks pay is £380 and a maximum of 20 years service can be included in calculating the statutory entitlement. The minimum length of service for a redundancy payment is 2 years. If an employer has any doubts about downsizing their workforce they should seek independent legal advice at the early stages.

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York means business

A dedicated team to support local businesses and encourage new investment in York has been launched at a business breakfast hosted by the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House York Enterprise provides support and information for anyone who is considering York as a business location, is currently running a business in York, or is one of the city’s many ambassadors around the world. It will also take the lead in close working between City of York Council and major companies in the city – to attract investment, generating new jobs as well as safeguarding existing ones. Its website showcases York as one of the most attractive business locations in Europe. York Enterprise replaces, the former York and North Yorkshire inward investment organisation. Kersten England, chief executive of the city council, says: “This exciting new initiative reflects the council’s commitment to continue building York’s strong economy by creating closer working relationships with the existing business community and attracting inward investment to help create jobs for our local people.” Peter Kay, chair of York Economic Partnership, says: “"I applaud the council's renewed support for local businesses and new investment during these tough financial times. York Economic Partnership will be providing York Enterprise with assistance and oversight. It is key to the future prosperity of York that we look after the aspirations of our large and growth businesses."

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Stephen Kennedy, former managing director of CPP Group plc, has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer at the Yorkbased life assistance company. He will be responsible for operational performance across the group’s 15 countries, including the UK & Ireland. Stephen, pictured, joined CPP, headquartered at Holgate Park, as UK managing director in 2005 from HFC Bank. He is a supporter of the Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Leeds City Regional Employment & Skills Board. Mike Kneafsey, who joined CPP in 2008, will move into the role of CPP’s managing director for the UK and Ireland. The Claims and Fraud team at CPP, under Mike’s leadership, won the Large Team of the Year category at the 2010 European Call Centre Awards. Eric Woolley remains as chief executive officer of CPP. CPP’s half-year results showed a revenue growth of 11% to £156.9 million.

Rachel Goddard, left, and Claire Bowers

Head of the MBA programme Christine Mortimer, centre, with students who have enrolled on the new course at York St John University Business School

High-powered recruit Business school Intandem Communications Ltd has taken on a new senior account director.

launches MBA course

Claire Bowers joins Intandem after eight years as a Head of Communications for BBC Television, where she helped to launch BBC Four. Prior to that she was head of media relations for London’s Natural History Museum.

Business people in York looking to enhance their management skills and advance their careers are already benefiting from the city’s first Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme launched by York St John University Business School.

Founded by Rachel Goddard eight years ago, Intandem delivers PR and marketing solutions to public and private sector clients. The growing company has also moved to new, larger offices at Woodhouse Grange Business Centre on the outskirts of York.

Jackie Mathers, dean of the business school, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for York’s leaders and managers of the future to access a high quality MBA course on their doorstep.

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“The MBA aims to develop a broad understanding of a range of business functions and how they perform at operational and strategic levels. There is a strong emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge in the workplace with students developing, managing and implementing projects with local businesses. The course is ideal for people working in small and medium sized businesses as well as larger and international organisations.” The MBA can be taken either full-time on an intensive 12-month programme or part-time (over two to five years). There will be one intake each year in September.

Rowena steps up

Rowena Rogers, a solicitor in Harrowells’ Private Client Department, has been admitted as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Modules include Environmentally Sustainable Business, International Finance, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Management Skills, International Business Strategy, International Trade and Globalization, Managing Corporate Reputation, and Full membership of the society, a worldwide Design in Business. Christine Mortimer, head of the MBA programme, says: “The professional body, gives formal recognition to MBA has been designed with the needs of today’s businesses in mind. It will provide Rowena’s expertise and experience in advising students with opportunities to improve their management skills, build self-confidence clients on complex inheritance, trust and estate and self-assurance, communicate more effectively, and develop their analytical, critical planning issues. The news comes hard on the heels of Legal 500’s acknowledgement and decision-making skills.” of the York firm’s leading role in Yorkshire in advising agricultural & estates clients, a Applicants will need a good bachelor’s degree from an approved university or specialist area in which Rowena, pictured, is also heavily involved. institution, or an equivalent qualification. Prior work experience is not required. n Harrowells, 1 St Saviourgate, York YO1 8ZQ. Tel: 558600 n For information, call York St John University admissions on 876598

Employment law success Businesses cannot afford to neglect employment law. This is the view of York law firm Ingrams Solicitors which has devised a user-friendly package designed to minimise the exposure of employers to claims from employees.

Ingrams Protect provides best practice documentation, including contracts of employment, an employee handbook, standard forms and letters, a manager’s guide and an employment law support and advice line. Human Resources training can also be provided as an extra. Lorna Pratt, a lawyer who specialises at Ingrams in employment law, says: “In any growing business your people are your biggest asset and, sometimes, they can be your biggest headache. With an ever increasing flow of legislation governing how you deal with employees and their employment rights, it can often be a minefield that takes up your time, provides additional stress and stops you from running your business.” Ingrams Protect has been a very successful product for the law firm. Lorna adds: “Businesses like the fact we visit them and that our team has the ability to understand and resolve complicated issues facing their business in a practical no nonsense manner. We provide a hands-on service tailored to the individual business needs of our clients.” n Ingrams Solicitors, 10 Great North Way, York Business Park, Poppleton, York. Tel: 520600.



New customers

When taking on a new customer or engaging a new supplier there is a natural tendency to concentrate on the anticipated benefits to be gained from the new relationship, rather than on the possible pitfalls and consequences of things going wrong. However by adhering to a few basic principles at the outset it is often possible to significantly reduce the extent of the exposure of your business to many of the potential problems that can arise. With any new business customer or supplier one of the fundamental issues to determine at the outset is their precise legal status. Are they, for example, a limited company, a sole trader, a partnership or a limited liability partnership? and does the person placing the order have the necessary authority to do so? With limited companies the position is often relatively straightforward and the usual credit checks will normally flag up any potential issues at an early stage. But in the case of sole traders and partnerships matters can be a little more involved – particularly if they trade under a separate business name. There are legal requirements which require all businesses to disclose their legal status on their letterhead, business cards and other promotional material – but these requirements are not always complied with and therefore it is important to ensure that the right questions are asked and that any new account is opened in the name of the sole trader or the partners in the partnership rather than simply in the business name under which they trade. There is often an assumption that sole traders or partnerships are more credit-worthy than limited companies, but this may not necessarily be the case. Just as limited companies can go into liquidation or administration, individuals can become bankrupt – to an unsecured creditor there is little, if any, difference between the two situations and it is always worth bearing in mind that, simply because an individual or group of individuals will have personal liability for any sums owed to your business, it does necessarily follow that they will be able to pay those sums when the time comes. It is also worth noting that partners in a limited liability partnership (or ‘LLP’) enjoy virtually the same immunity from unsecured creditors as the shareholders and directors of a limited company. From a legal perspective there is little practical difference between the two and so it is important that, when dealing with an LLP your business should adopt the same safeguards as it would when dealing with a limited company. Another factor to be borne in mind is whether your new customer or supplier is based outside England or Wales. Whilst most businesses would be alerted when dealing with a new business based in Europe or elsewhere in the world, it is easy to overlook the fact that businesses based in Eire, Northern Ireland or Scotland are, effectively, subject to separate – and often very different - legal systems. This can have various important consequences; firstly there may be a risk of inadvertently creating a contract which is subject to the laws of another country and, secondly, pursuing legal remedies against them can be far more complicated and expensive than the usual type of claim brought against and English or Welsh business. With this in mind it is very important that – whether through a provision in your standard terms of sale or your standard terms of purchase, or else by specific written agreement – you ensure that any contract that you enter into is made subject to English law and jurisdiction. The alternative is to run the risk of finding that your contract is subject to the laws of another country, or that you will have to pursue a legal claim in the courts of another country could easily prove to be a very expensive exercise indeed. n Charles Walker can be contacted at Walkers Solicitors, 20 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP. Tel: (01904 633220) Email:


Prof David Fleming, Vice Chancellor at York St John University, with Prof Nicola Spence, Chief Executive of Science City York

Science City York appointment

Professor David Fleming, Vice Chancellor at York St John University, is joining the Board of Directors at Science City York. The move formalises the close links forged between York St John University and Science City York, and reinforces the commitment between Science City York shareholders, City of York Council and the University of York, to unite the city in its bid to develop a thriving knowledge economy for York. Amongst Science City York’s most significant achievements has been attracting more than £19 million from the European Regional Development Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber. The funding supports a critical infrastructure project for the city, enhancing links between York's world-class science base and industry.

Westfield House Nether Poppleton Are you starting a new business? Perhaps you’ve been working from home and you’re ready to expand. As any business knows, appearances are everything, and having the right premises can make a positive impact on potential clients. Westfield House on Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton was built by JM Butler Builders Ltd with the aim of providing units to meet the needs of small businesses. The two storey, gated and fenced development has eight office units, with sizes starting from only 695 sq. Ft (64.56 sq me.). Each unit has heating, carpeting, a tea point and a disabled standard

Paul Butler Architects Ltd Paul Butler Architects Ltd is a family owned and run Architects Practice established in York in 2004, offering a design service tailor made for each individual client. The company is headed up by Paul Butler RIBA, whose experience and specialist knowledge of housing design (both private and social) has led to various awards for past clients including the Best Development Gold Medal for private housing developments issued by the WhatHouse? magazines. Although

toilet. On-site parking is also available with two spaces allocated to each unit. Westfield House was built by J.M. Butler Builders Ltd and is already home to a number of up and coming small businesses, including an architects practice, a chamber of solicitors, a printers shop, an I.T. consultancy and of course, the headquarters of JM Butler Builders themselves. Read their success stories and discover why Westfield House could be just the place for your business to grow. n For information, contact letting agent Andrew Headley at Blacks on 01904 679733.

winning awards is a reflection of their achievements, they consider it more important that they deliver exactly the right design solution to suit their clients’ needs, on time and to budget, from residential to commercial, leisure, healthcare and community projects. They offer a full design service including managing planning, listed building consent, conservation area and building regulations applications, with a friendly, professional and personal approach synonymous with their family owned business philosophy. n Unit 2, Westfield House Tel. 790050.

J.M. Butler Builders Ltd

J.M. Butler Builders Ltd was established in 1981 by John Butler, a builder with more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry. The company is a real family concern; John’s sister Elisabeth is the company PA, nephew Oliver is a plasterer and son Paul is the company architect and director. Together with their team of 10 tradesmen they aim to continue to offer a professional and quality standard in the industry whilst essentially remaining a friendly and approachable family run local business. The company has gained a good reputation in their ability to provide a quality construction, together with innovative yet practical design solutions, based on sound commercial sense delivered on time and to budget. For any project, whether residential or commercial, from extensions through to new build houses or offices, they’ll be more than happy to discuss your requirements. n Unit, Westfield House, Tel. 790050.

Exactis Interactive Print A new and innovative supplier for your printing and marketing materials, Exactis Interactive Print aims to meet your business needs in connecting with clients, and deliver to you an outstanding service. As the name suggests, doing business with Exactis is truly interactive. You have the ability to control and manage the whole process as closely as you wish - easily and conveniently from your desktop. Exactis Interactive Print also has ideas and products that deliver novel, effective marketing methods to their customers that combine data driven printing techniques with the

power of the internet.

Or why not check out their newly updated online print shop? It’s a great way to buy your print, enabling you to upload your files, preview them ready for printing, track progress and keep order history so you know what happened and when. For print and marketing solutions with a cutting edge, visit or call Exactis today. n Unit 6. Westfield House, Tel. 790044.

Barbara Jacobs & Co. Solicitors In spring 2008, property solicitor Barbara Jacobs was facing a less than edifying future. A well known conveyancing solicitor within York, having worked for some of the area’s key legal practices over the past 28 years, the financial crisis had resulted in wide redundancies, in which she became unexpectedly entangled. Fast forward two years and Barbara celebrated her second birthday as Barbara Jacobs & Co by outstripping her most optimistic goals and welcoming her 300th client. She says: “I also like to roll up my sleeves, get involved and get to know my clients; using my expertise to achieve what they want. First and foremost I’m on their side and, because I offer fixed fees, my clients know they can pick the phone up to me whenever they need to.” Covering freehold and leasehold requirements across residential sales and purchases, remortgages, equity release and buy to let transactions, Barbara worked hard to keep chains intact and deals on the table. Slowly her tenacity saw clients begin to seek her out and referrals come in from fellow professionals, including estate agents, financial advisors and accountants. Known by many clients and associates as the ‘Conveyancing Queen’, Barbara

4 Office units still available for Purchase or Lease





Your Local Link Magazine November 2010  
Your Local Link Magazine November 2010