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Q Issue 79 June 2010

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Celebrating York’s unsung heroes! Plus News, views and


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IT’S RAINING MEN! This month we bid a warm welcome to Terry, or new addition. Can you spot his picture (anyone who pointed to Gyp the Office Dog – shame on you!). You’d certainly know if you spoke to him, since he’s the only one in the office with a Brummie accent. Oops, no, sorry. Apparently he’s from the Black Country. At least we think that’s what he said...

their feminine side (especially Robin and his pink – or as he likes to call it, ‘salmon’ – jumper). It’s just the daily fight for the mirror we can’t cope with... Moving on, there’s some really important info in this month’s issue. Loads of our advertisers have lent their support to two VERY IMPORTANT causes in York, SNAPPY and the York Cancer Care Centre (pxx-xx). They really would like your help and support and we know you are all a generous and giving lot, so please dig deep and see what you can do. We can’t wait to report back on what you have all

“It’s the daily fight for the mirror we can’t cope with”

At this rate, the boys will very soon be outnumbering us girls on the Your Local Link team. We don’t mind too much, really. They’re an entertaining bunch, and they’re pretty much in tune with

been up to and we’re sure we could probably fill the entire magazine with the results! Many thanks to our advertisers without whom we couldn’t have done this, so please have a look at who they are and if you need any work doing – give them a ring as a thank you! Of course there is all the usual great stuff in this issue brought to you by our very hardworking team, (they are, really). And as for our advertisers, a big thank you to each and every one of them, you’re great!

Call: Gini, Tracy, Mim, Karen, Emily, Kelly, Dawn, Richard or Terry on: 767881

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makeover! blow dry and a choice of either manicure or back massage. Studiojo is an exclusive salon in an ideal location near York Racecourse, within easy reach of the ring road and the town centre. It has all you’d expect from a city centre salon with parking outside, flexible hours and competitive prices.

How would you like a new look for the summer? That’s the great prize our friends at Studiojo and Bespoke Beauty on Tadcaster Road, York are offering one lucky reader. You’ll win a fabulous cut and blow dry plus conditioning treatment. You’ll also have your make-up revamped by Marjorie at Bespoke Beauty, and because we know you’ll want to capture the moment, Mark at Inhouse Imaging will be there to photograph your glam new look (a CD of all photos is included in the prize). And that’s not all – there are also 10 fantastic runners-up prizes of a cut and

Lisa and the team at Studiojo are passionate about hair. They believe a visit to the hairdressers should be about more than just getting a great cut. They aim to make your whole experience a blissful, stress-free pampering session from start to finish. You can relax, knowing you – and your hair – are in very good hands! We love Bespoke Beauty, a secluded beauty room upstairs. Marjorie will tailor a unique package of treatments to your needs including waxing, manicures, pedicures and massage. She specialises in anti-ageing Environ Facials which can treat a variety of skin problems to restore and maintain skin health using antioxidants. The exciting news is that she is introducing Estetics, a leading provider of non-surgical


Where will you find Studiojo and Bespoke Beauty? Send your answers on a postcard to the address on page three, to reach us by Friday 11th June. Don’t forget to include your name and a contact number!

QStudiojo, 76 Tadcaster road, YO24 1LR. Tel 700805 or log on to www.studiojoyork. &

Now here’s an offer you don’t see every day – how would you like to win a door? That’s the prize we’re offering in our great competition, in conjunction with Newbegin Glazing.

Fancy a night out at the theatre? Thanks to our very generous friends at the Grand Opera House, you and a friend can enjoy one of two great shows coming up soon.

We also have two pairs of tickets to give away for Dolly - A Celebration of the Leading Lady of Country on Monday 5th July. It’s a celebration of the life of the

To be in with a chance of winning this fab prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:


WIN tickets to the Grand Opera House

The first is One Night of Queen on Friday 25th June. Since winning the Grand Final of Stars In Their Eyes 10 years ago as the legendary Freddie Mercury, Gary Mullen has been enthralling fans all over the world with his show, One Night of Queen. It’s an absolute must for all Freddie fans – and anyone else who loves great music! We have two pairs of tickets to give away free to our lucky winners. To be in with a chance of getting yours, just answer the following question: Which talent show did Gary Mullen win 10 years ago? Send your answers on a postcard marked ‘Queen Competition’ to the address on page three, to reach us by Monday 7th June. Please include your name and contact details.

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little girl from Locust Ridge, Tennessee, who became a huge star. It’s packed with all of the country music queen’s biggest hits, including such as 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Jolene and Here You Come Again, all performed on a great stage set, injected with fun and more sparkles than Dolly’s rhinestones! This is one show you can’t afford to miss! To win this great prize, just answer the following question: Where was Dolly Parton born? Send your answer on a postcard marked ‘Dolly Competition’ to the address on page three, to reach us by Friday 18th June. Don’t forget to include your own name and contact details! QTo book tickets for these or any other great shows, call the Grand Opera House on 0844 847 2322.

Since it was established in 1996, York-based family company Newbegin Glazing has built up an impressive reputation in the local area for supplying and fitting high quality double glazing, windows, doors, conservatories and roofline products. Their distinctive range of top quality doors give an operation as smooth as silk and long, trouble-free life, as well as improving your home’s security, value and looks. For our competition prize, Newbegin Glazing is offering to supply and fit a door in your home up to the value of £550. This could be a front or back door, and there are dozens of design options to choose from. QTo win this great prize, just answer the following question: When was Newbegin Glazing established? Send your answer on a postcard marked ‘Newbegin Competition’, to the address on page three, to reach us by Friday 11th June. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details.


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Health & Beauty 40 42 44 47

Eyes right – Why an eye test could save your life With a little help from your friends – How some support could help you shed those extra pounds

Osteopath or chiropractic? What each can offer you Going for gold – your complete guide to faking it


INSIDE... 101-103 Welcome to York’s new Visitor Information Centre! Take a sneak peak inside and see what’s on offer for you


29 – 32 We show our support for two of York’s most deserving organisations, Snappy and the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital – and how you can help too

Competitions 4-5

WIN...WIN...WIN... A summer makeover from Studiojo and Bespoke Beauty

Tickets to the Grand Opera House

News & Views 12

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Meet the Neighbour – How PCSO Keith Hall is bridging the gap with York’s young people What the Butler Saw – We go below stairs with York’s first five star butler

York Cycle Show – Your complete guide to the greatest show on wheels

Charity 33

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Charity Focus – Lollipop, the York charity for young people with hearing problems

It’s a family affair – To mark Carers Week, we look at one young career’s story Don’t just sit there...It’s Volunteers Week! Meet the unsung heroes who are helping to make a difference

Weddings 38

More than Words – Choosing the right readings and music for your big day

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Kids’ parties without tears

The latest word on dyslexia – How you can help your child Keeping kids safe in the sun

Schools 54

Pets 56 57

Schools Focus – Why the future is bright for York High School How microchipping could save your pet’s life Give us a home – Cats and dogs who are looking for love

Gardening 58

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Gone to pot – Your complete guide to container veg growing

Why growing roses is easier than you think! Open Gardens – Ideas for great days out


Bright ideas for recycling electrical waste


How feng shui could improve your home – and your life

Property & Interiors 77 78 82

Don’t move – improve! The lowdown on building an extension All you need to know about letting to students Getting arty in your garden

Food & Drink

84 - 87 Looking for somewhere new to eat? From curries to country pubs, fish and chips to farm shops, we’ve got your complete guide to York’s food and drink here!


88 - 98 From country fairs to classic cars, music to museums, you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to go with our great guide to


attractions in York and the surrounding areas

Out of town, but still in reach – Take a trip out of town to find some hidden shopping gems

Trades & Services 107

Your complete guide to local trades and services, plus our complete directory of useful phone numbers and contact details

Plus – Meet the Advertisers – Your chance to find out more about the people behind the ads in Your Local Link


Brought to you by JJB Motors, specialist repairs and servicing for Audis and Alfa Romeos 124


Computer diagnostics – why every engine needs some high tech help Motoring news from our very own ‘Stig’!

Business 137

Secrets of my Success – Meet kitchen supremo Ray Livingston of White Rose Interiors

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Strange but true news items, funny bits from the internet and basically anything else we can think of...if it’s given us a giggle, you’ll find it here!

Ask the team

Every issue, we pose a burning, insightful question to the Your Local Link team. This month...

Which song best sums up your personality?

DIRECTORS Gini Guttery – Simply the Best by Tina Turner (not because I think I’m, simply the best - I just think Tina Turner is!) Tracy Outram More than a Woman by The Bee Gees ADVERTISING Mim Holmes Rabbit by Chas and Dave (the words say it all!) Dawn Worcester-Jameson In a Broken Dream by Rod Stewart Emily Cuthbert Material Girl by Madonna Karen Wake Crazy by Gnarls Barkley Kelly Lund Wannabe by the Spice Girls Richard Clarkson Strangers in the night DESIGN Rachel Diver Under Pressure by Queen Fiona Coleman I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor Jerry Bring Me Sunshine ACCOUNTS Helen Birley Holiday by Madonna (because I could do with one!)

EDITORIAL Richard Foster What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong Donna Hay Comfortably Numb by the Scissor Sisters

Lost & Found

We’ve all got halfway home after a holiday and realised we’ve left something behind in the hotel room. But how many of us have accidentally mislaid a shark or a Ferrari? These are just a couple of the odd items staff at hotels worldwide have found in hotel rooms after the guests have checked out, according to a survey by travel website Great Hotels of the World. Surprisingly, wigs and false teeth came near the top of the list. Which begs the question – how the hell did anyone not notice? Money is something else that tends to get left behind a lot. True, we’ve all forgotten the odd bit of foreign currency. But what about the couple at the Capital Hotel in London, who accidentally left £5,000 in the room safe? Even that’s small change compared to guests in a hotel in


Bergamo, who left 20,000 euros in cash in their dresser! Some animal lovers refuse to be parted from their precious pets, and insist on taking them on holiday. But they’re a bit forgetful when it comes to taking them home. Dogs, birds and fish often get left behind in hotel rooms. But when a guest at a hotel in Tenerife left their caged cockatoo in their hotel room, they insisted that it had to be flown home in a private jet! And cleaners at the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura got a nasty shock when they found a shark in the bathtub! Apparently the guest had caught the shark on a fishing trip and decided to keep it, forgetting that sharks need salt water to survive. When the poor beast started to weaken, the guest abandoned it. Luckily hotel staff were able to get it back to its rightful home. Engagement and weddings rings are often left behind, as are car keys. But the staff at the Hesperia Tower in Barcelona were amazed when a guest left the keys to his Ferrari Testarossa behind. They ran to the car park to warn him – only to find the car had gone! Mysterious... But not as mysterious as the unusual find made by staff at the Londa Hotel in Cyprus. They came across a book with an odd cover and no title, written in a ‘strange language’. With it was a locked box with no apparent keyhole. Anyone got any ideas..?

Weird Website of the Month

He’s explored strange new world and sought out new life. Now William Shatner – aka Star Trek’s Captain Kirk – has boldly gone into the world of social networking by launching his own website. is a combination of social networking site and job-hunting network, aimed at creative people with a range of skill sets, from graphic design to writing, acting, music and games development. The idea is they will then become citizens of a United Planet and collaborate on creative projects. Shatner himself will be monitoring projects and reviewing the Captain’s Log. Prepare for warp speed...


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





I forgot my PIN number the other day. There I was, standing in front of the cash machine, poised to tap in the numbers and – nothing. Suddenly there was a great big hole in my brain where my PIN used to be. I could blame it on my age, but the same thing happened to Rachel in Design a couple of weeks ago, and her brain is still functioning. I think the real reason is we’re all suffering from PIN Overload Syndrome. There are just too many numbers to remember these days. We have a PIN for our bank account, a PIN for each of our credit cards, a PIN for the burglar alarm and even a PIN to put in if we want to watch something we’ve recorded on our Sky + box. My new phone also has a PIN, apparently, although I’ve never actually found out what it is or why I need it. Just to make life even more difficult, you’re not allowed to write down your numbers, or keep them anywhere near your cards. Which leaves only one alternative – remembering the wretched things. At my age I have trouble remembering why I went into the shop in the first place. Apparently all these numbers are designed to make our lives easier. Anyone who truly believes that should try buying something from Next Online. It would actually be easier to hack into NASA’s mainframe than it is to buy a duvet cover from them. I know – I tried it. Before I could place my order, I had to put in my customer number. Except I didn’t have one. After searching fruitlessly and trying all kinds of combinations, I finally gave up and called the company. The man on the helpline told me I would get my customer number with my first order. Fair enough. Except I couldn’t place my first order without a customer number.

My new phone also has a PIN, apparently, although I’ve never actually found out what it is or why I need it.

Come and join in the fun of jewellery making at the Bead Hive Studios, in York.The classes will be suitable for those aged 8+ and will be held by experienced jewellery makers. In each class you will be able to make three items from the choice of friendship bracelets, necklaces, pendants, keyrings, earrings and phone charms. They will be held on Sunday 30th May, Monday 31st May, Wednesday 2nd June, Friday 4th June and Saturday 5th June and will continue every Saturday. Each class will run from 10am to 11.30am. QThe Bead Hive Shop, 11 College Street, York. Tel: 642020/652199. York Council’s new cash payment Cash payments City ofessf ul that more than 70% of

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By the time I’d sorted it out, I could have caught the bus into town and bought the flipping duvet cover from Coney Street. But if there’s one word that strikes fear into my heart, it’s Verisign. Have you come across this yet? It’s the little box that pops up whenever you try to book a hotel room or a train ticket. Allegedly, it’s supposed to protect you from someone nicking your identity. Getting past it requires more code breaking skills than all the brains in Bletchley Park.

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Once again, sounds fair enough. That’s what we thought when we registered. We came up with a password. It was rejected. We put in another. This time, mercifully, it was accepted. The next time I tried to use it, it denied knowing my password and immediately froze my bank account. The third time, it told me that neither I nor my password even existed. In desperation, I tried to create a new one. Since my original password didn’t exist, I thought I might as well use that. No such luck. I couldn’t have that one because it was already registered. With me. Except I didn’t exist. And then I found out why. While I was arguing with the man at the call centre, some random character from Nigeria was helping himself to the contents of my bank account. Apparently he didn’t have any trouble proving he was a me. Maybe I should ask him for some tips..?


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Northwood help top of the world bid Northwood, which has 70 franchise businesses across the UK, has pledged to support Royal Marine Matt Snook, 24, and aspiring Royal Engineers officer Pete Sunnucks, 27, in their bid to climb to the top of Everest. The two soldiers are hoping to raise £100,000 which will be split between Help for Heroes and the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation – a charity set up in memory of Matt and Pete’s close friend and comrade who died in action two years ago. Says Clarke Boulter, local Northwood Director and himself a former Royal Marine, “We are all extremely proud to be supporting Matt and Pete who are putting their lives at risk to raise funds for two fantastic charities that are clearly close to their hearts. When it comes to setting yourself a challenge for a good cause, they literally don’t come any harder than this. Q Further details including a link to Matt and Pete’s blog can be found at www.northwooduk. com. Donations kindly received via

Bright spark

A York student has gone from counting to calculus in the space of seven years, thanks to an innovative maths programme. Warren Li from Osbaldwick has been studying Kumon maths at the Kumon study centre in Fulford since he was just five years old. Last month, at the age of 12, he completed the entire Kumon programme – which means he has effectively taken the subject as far as university foundation level mathematics. Warren was a special guest speaker at Kumon’s High Level Student Awards ceremony in Manchester, where he presented to over 300 Kumon parents, children and Instructors from across the North of England. In July, he will be presented with his Completion Award at the High Level Student Awards ceremony to be held in Liverpool. Kumon’s unique learning method takes students step by step through a structured programme of 21 levels with 200 worksheets per level, from an easy starting point through to the completion of the programme. The Kumon maths and English programmes aim to develop

independent study in each student, complementing the national curriculum whilst challenging them to study beyond their school level. Jenny Scanlon has been Warren’s Instructor at Fulford ever since he first started the programme back in 2003. “Warren is a great inspiration not only to other students in the study centre but across the North of England,” she says. “It has been an absolute pleasure to watch Warren succeed and flourish at every stage and develop into a responsible mature boy. Congratulations Warren!” QFor more information on how Kumon can help your child, contact Jenny Scanlon on 01757 268 114 or email


Student hits the right note

York College music student Liam Waddle is set to make his dream of becoming a professional musician a reality after being offered a place at the Royal Northern College of Music. Liam has been studying A-Levels in Music, Music Technology and ICT at York College. “Over the last five years I started to take the idea of having a career as a professional musician seriously,� he says. “It has been my goal to go to Music College because ultimately I would like to be a professional, performing musician, playing either as a solo artist, with bands or orchestras.� York College now aims to help more students like Liam achieve their dreams with the launch of a new Music Development Centre. The Music Development Centre will allow students to undertake a full-time programme of educational study, including a music qualification (eg A Level or National Diploma). Students will take part in masterclasses and receive expert tutition in their chosen instrument, Music Theory Grade tuition and live performance practice with one of the college’s ensemble groups.


QAnyone interested in finding out more about the Development Centre should telephone the college’s Central Admissions Unit on 770449 or email

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Secret art

York is preparing to host a secret art exhibition for charity that gives punters a chance to buy an original work by a well-known artist for a bargain price. The Multiple Sclerosis Trust is asking artists to paint a picture small enough to fit inside a CD case. More than 250 works are expected to go on show at City Screen between 7 and 28 November when they will be sold anonymously. At the end of the exhibition the identities of the artists, some of whom enjoy a national profile, will be revealed. QThe Multiple Sclerosis Trust hopes the Secret Art Show will raise ÂŁ10,000 for its work. Artists interested in taking part should contact Jill Holt, the York-based organiser, on


il Learn woodworking sk Master craftsman Bob Lambert, who has been teaching woodwork for 20 years, is passionate about passing on his skills to the next generation of carpenters. His tuition covers tool sharpening; power tool woodworking; hand tool woodworking; basic woodworking techniques; advanced woodworking techniques; basic routing techniques; advanced routing techniques; scroll saw techniques; shopsmith operation; and basic wood turning.

Bob says: “I have a well-equipped workshop where you can relax and improve your knowledge of the woodworking techniques you wish to learn.” Q For more details, call 348343 or email

Meet Cycling City York’s team of cycle trainers

Learn how to pedal safely Cycling City York’s team of cycle trainers is now 35 members strong, ensuring that a broader range of cycling training, activities and events can be offered to residents. The team of casual workers is trained to the national standard for cycle training. This ensures they have the skills and knowledge to help people of all ages and abilities to discover the benefits of cycling, from complete beginners through to experienced cyclists looking to improve their skills. Cycle trainers get involved in everything from leading guided cycle rides to staging Bikeability training sessions in schools, as well as running cycling sessions for the over-50s and people with special needs. They are also working with parents or carers and their children to encourage more families to make the journey to and from school by bike, and can provide one-to-one cycle training for people who want to build their confidence before heading out on their bike. Shaun Wilkinson, participation group leader for Cycling City York, said: “We’ve got a fantastic team of cycle trainers in place, made up of people of all ages. They all share a passion for cycling and desire to encourage others to give it a try.” Q If you’d like to book a one-to-one training session or find out more about other cycling opportunities, call Shaun on 551646 or email


Hanging out in the Blue Bedroom A set of rare antique silk bed pelmets for a four poster bed are back on show at Beningbrough Hall, near York, after undergoing exhaustive conservation.

The three splendid silk damask pelmets – or upper valances - from the Blue Bedroom, are known to be at least 250 years old. But unsympathetic restoration, which was in danger of permanently damaging the pelmets with their braided trim, saw them taken down last September for emergency maintenance. National Trust conservator Caroline Rendell and a colleague spent more than 100 hours painstakingly restoring the fragile textiles. Now the pelmets, which are part of an impressive set of bedhangings and top off an equally rare Rococo four poster, are back on display amid hopes they will last another 250 years. The hangings would once have been vibrant blue, but have dulled with age. During the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the hangings and counterpane were renewed. But the pelmets have survived intact. Caroline says: “The fact the pelmets have survived in their original state is very rare, and with the bed itself being of a type that is quite unusual, we saw this as a conservation priority. “In the past the pelmets had quite bizarrely been repaired with machine stitching, and over time that had become very tight and was distorting the fabric and was clearly damaging it badly. “We removed the machine stitching, which took a long time, and it was then possible to realign the 18th century silk and get it all straight.” Then Caroline stitched extremely fine conservation net over the original material. “I dyed the net to the correct colour so you can’t see it,” she says. “The net was then placed on to the silk and stitched on by hand using a very fine cotton thread. It is the net that is now holding everything together. “The bed is the focus of the Blue Bedroom – as it was always intended to be - and it is pleasing all the hangings are now back together as a set for visitors to enjoy.”


RICHARD FOSTER chats to a strong advocate of community policing who has tapped into York’s talent pool

Youth and police in harmony Being a good neighbour is a big part of Keith Hall’s job as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). He says: “It’s all about engaging with people of all ages in your own community. Every day is different in this job; I like the variety and enjoy the challenge.” Keith became a PCSO after he was made redundant by Nestle. He had spent 28 years with the chocolate company, where he was a shift manager, leading a team of workers. He now applies his organisational and people skills to community policing. Some cynics dismiss neighbourhood policing as sitting down with pensioners for a cup of tea and a slice of lemon drizzle cake; but the job entails more than that. Keith was keen to tackle the anti-social behaviour of bored teenagers, particularly during the long summer holidays. He realised most youngsters were interested in music, so he came up with an idea for a talent competition for singers and musicians. His colleagues on the Micklegate Safer Neighbourhood Team got behind Community Idol and the first competition was held in 2007 for entrants aged between 11 and 19. There were heats followed by a final at York’s Grand Opera House. It immediately captured the imagination of York’s youngsters. The following year dance acts were invited to enter the competition and a Mini Idol was held for children aged between seven and 11. There was a one-off final at the David Lloyd Centre and the top three acts opened for

the senior final at the Grand Opera House. Other police forces have jumped on the Community Idol bandwagon. Officers from Lancashire and the Met have been in touch with Keith to find out how he organises the annual event, how he encourages the youngsters to enter and how he attracts sponsorship from members of the business community. Keith says: “We have forged some tremendous relationships with local businesses who have helped us with sponsorship as well as donating prizes.”

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Community Idol, now in its fourth year, has proved effective in channelling the energy of York’s youth in a positive direction. One contestant, Eleanor Leaper, aged 13, of Haxby, beat off stiff competition to land the part of Dorothy in York Musical Theatre Company’s production of The Wizard of Oz at York Theatre Royal. Says Keith: “I’ve had letters from parents to say their children were on the edge of anti-social behaviour when Community Idol came along just in time to give them a sense of focus and self-belief and build up their self-esteem and confidence. They enjoyed the talent competition so much that they’ve now gone on to join some song and dance schools.” Are you aged between 11 and 19? Community Idol has also Can you sing? Can you dance? succeeded in building Heats will be held at 2pm in David bridges between the city’s Lloyd Centre, Hull Road, York, on July youth and police force. 30th, August 6th and 13th. The final will “Youngsters will now walk be held at the Grand Opera House on over to us and have a chat August 28th at 7pm. All proceeds after whereas before they steered expenses will go to the York special clear of us. Where once they needs charity SNAPPY. saw a uniform they viewed Application forms are available from with suspicion, they now or from your school/ see an individual they can college. They need to be returned talk to,” says Keith. He adds: by July 23rd to Community Idol “Community Idol would not Competition, Safer Your Partnership, be possible without a great Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL. team effort year after year.”

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He’s worked for royals and Russian billionaires, run rural stately homes and served everyone from aristocracy to demanding divas all over the world. And now Britain’s best butler has brought his skills to York. As the Head Butler of Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, it’s Anthony Seddon-Holland’s role to ensure the hotel guests’ every whim is met – sometimes before they even know what they are! “By definition, the butler provides a bespoke service that is shaped by the needs of the guests,” he explains. “They may wish for their morning bath to be drawn and their clothes to be laid out on the bed. Or they may have forgotten to bring a bedtime read, and ask the butler to collect something suitable from a local bookshop.” The Grand’s 24-hour butler service will be provided to guests staying in suites. It’s the only hotel in York to have butlers, and one of only a handful in the UK.

By definition, the butler provides a bespoke service that is shaped by the needs of the guests

Anthony brings with him a huge amount of experience, coming from three generations of butlers. His father was a Regimental Sergeant Major and a butler for 28 years. After serving in the British Army as a rifleman, Anthony started his career in a stately home in rural England as an under-footman. He is also Managing Director of the British Butlers Guild. His connection with York goes back many generations, too – in fact, his great-great grandfather was three time Mayor of York and railway legend George Leeman, whose statue stands just outside the hotel. “I’ve worked out I can see the back of my ancestor’s head from one of the suites!” When it comes to dealing with guests, there’s very little that Anthony hasn’t had to deal with. Like the famous singing diva

Enter the Castle Howard Triathlon Triathletes of all abilities are urged to sign up for a triathlon at Castle Howard, the stately home near York, which takes place on 24 and 25 July. All races, including the children’s races, start with an open water swim in the Great Lake, transitioning on the North Lawn, before then heading out on to the famous tree-lined avenue and a technical cycle circumnavigating the villages of Slingsby, Hovingham and Terrington in the Howardian Hills. Culminating in a run section that meanders through the stunning estate grounds, the triathlon finishes with competitors sprinting across the main lawn to the finish in front of Castle Howard itself. Race distances are as follows: The Brideshead Revisted 800m swim, 46km cycle, 10km run; The Brideshead 400m swim, 23km cycle, 5km run; The Garfield (13-15 yrs) 300m swim, 10km cycle, 4km run; The Garfield (11-12 yrs) 200m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run; and The Garfield (8-10 yrs) 100m swim, 5km cycle, 1.3km run. Open to all from 8 to 80 years; places are limited to 1,000 entries. QTo register for the Castle Howard Triathlon 2010 log on to or call 01892 870681.


who insisted her Las Vegas suite had to be re-decorated entirely in white before her stay. “We managed it, only for her assistant to complain that we hadn’t changed the hinges on the cupboard doors to white! We managed to get it done before the lady herself arrived.” And then there was his last job, working for a Russian billionaire banker. “He lived in fear of being kidnapped by the Russian mafia, so he was very secretive and wouldn’t tell anyone his movements,” Anthony recalls. “I had to anticipate which of his four homes he was likely to be going to, and make sure there was a choice of menu available to him and ready to serve within 15 minutes of his arrival. I’d only know if I got it right when his army of Secret Service men turned up!” Dealing with the people of York should be a doddle after that.

Getting their hands dirty The achievements of York’s community archaeologists have been celebrated in a book launched by York Archaeological Trust. ‘Hunting for History’ highlights the achievements of the Greater York Community Archaeology Project, which is open to anyone involved or interested in the archaeology of York. The book highlights some of the important finds made by community archaeologists including a rare 14th century gold coin uncovered whilst excavating a medieval rubbish pit at York Archaeological Trust’s Hungate site; a Neolithic polished stone axe found at Myton-on-Swale; and important findings about the history of a ‘lost house’ in Dringhouses, York. Community Archaeologist Dr Jon Kenny has been helping York’s community ‘history hunters’ to enjoy, explore, record and conserve the archaeology of York and surrounding areas. “Without these community archaeologists and local historians, the important finds might never have been made,” he says. Q For more information call Jon Kenny on 663020 or email


week’s grand opening will take place during York Cycle Show which takes place on Knavesmire. The show, one of the highlights in the UK cycling calendar, is expected to attract 10,000 visitors to York Racecourse. Local residents can bring their bikes to be security coded by York Police, as part of Operation Spoke which was launched to deter bike thieves. The show offers a huge a range of activities over the weekend for novice cyclists to experts, including: mountain bike stunt shows, arena displays and exhibitions; vintage bikes: CTC’s Ron Kitching Challenge Ride; day rides; the chance to buy bargain bikes and cycle accessories; bike auction; a Saddlebag Sale of second hand parts; live entertainment; and giant inflatables.

RICHARD FOSTER looks forward to one of the highlights in the UK cycling calendar which is taking place in York

Knavesmire show makes York a hub of UK cycling Team Green Britain Bike Week is being held between 19 and 27 June to show how cycling can become part of everyday life. Its organisers are keen to demonstrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling by encouraging half-a-million people to join in various events and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. The countrywide event is sponsored by Team Green Britain, which was founded by EDF Energy to promote ecological issues. The bike


There will be a real ale bar, food stalls plus on-site camping and caravan spaces. On Sunday at 9.45am there will be a Grand Cycle Parade through York from the Minster, after a 9am service for cyclists.

‘Since it started in 1945, York Cycle Show has encouraged thousands to pedal for pleasure.’

Paul Hepworth, Chair of the York Cycle Show Committee, says: “Since it started in 1945, the show has encouraged thousands to pedal for pleasure. If you are a cyclist or you want start cycling it is a great place to get information, advice and a bike, plus accessories and clothing at bargain prices. There’s also a range of guided rides around York to suit every cyclist. We hope that by taking part in our Bike Week event, families will beat the credit crunch plus the health crunch, rediscover how much fun cycling is and will be encouraged to keep cycling the whole year round.”

Q Admission to most of the York Cycle Show is free. Adults who want to visit the trade marquees will need to buy a £2.50 event programme (accompanied under -16s free). To find out more about Team Green Britain Bike Week, visit or call 0845 612 0661.

On yer bike, Fidgets! Under-fives in York are raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care by creating colourful works of art with a cycling theme. All the children who attend French for Fidgets classes in York are being encouraged to enter the Ma Petite Bicyclette colouring competition to support the charity fundraising campaign Pedal for Yorkshire. Lucy Amos, who runs Little Fidgets, was keen to do something to help Pedal for Yorkshire and decided to leave the cycling to mums and dads and concentrate on a crafty challenge for the children. She said: “Some of our little French speakers can't ride bicycles yet, but they certainly love drawing sticking and scribbling, so we decided to run Ma Petite Bicyclette and let them have fun whilst raising money too. As soon as I heard about Pedal for Yorkshire I wanted to do something to help, Marie Curie do such a fantastic job and even our little Fidgets can help make a difference”. Little Fidgets run French and Spanish classes in halls and nurseries throughout Yorkshire. QAnyone interested in supporting Pedal for Yorkshire can contact Tracy Calcraft for a fundraising pack at tracy.calcraft@mariecurie. or phone Fiona Movley on 0773 606 6007. 120-mile bike ride The organisers of a 120-mile bike ride to help those affected by lymphoma - the most common cancer in the under-30s – are looking to sign up cyclists. The Lymphoma Association Annual Bike Ride will see cyclists pedal from York to Derby - two of the most haunted places in England. The two-day event starts on Saturday June 12th. QFor more information or to register your place, contact the Lymphoma Association’s fundraising team on 01296 619419 or email


You only need 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day to boost your happiness and health. Done in ten minute bursts or more, this exercise can be things like cycling to work, playing outside with friends and family, or even walking briskly to the shops.

Name Bethany Sissons Age 20 Occupation Student Location York I find that I’m too busy to fit any gym time in – maybe this is the key to how I keep active. I’m always doing something so I’m basically running from one thing to another and I walk everywhere. It’s great because it keeps me active and I like the fresh air. When I’m in York I cycle into the city too. There are plenty of places to park your bike in the city centre. I also have a part time job in a busy coffee house at the weekend. This keeps me on my feet as I run around making coffee and clearing tables. It can be heavy work heaving all the stock upstairs too – a good substitute for weightlifting! Being a member of my university’s Irish Dance Society provides me with an hour of exercise each week. This type of dancing requires lots of energy! Does dancing in clubs count as exercise too? I must spend two nights a week dancing my socks off! Q There are lots of easy ways you can reach your 30 minutes in York. You can find some suggestions on the website 18

Museums trust attracts



Established over 50 yrs

Thousands of extra people have flocked to the attractions run by the York Museums Trust during the last 12 months. All four of the attractions looked after by the trust â&#x20AC;&#x201C; York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and York St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; saw increased visitor numbers in the last financial year compared to the previous one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a combined total of more than 530,000 visitors. The Yorkshire Museum saw 33% more people visit before it closed for a ÂŁ2 million refurbishment in November; York Castle Museum saw a 9% increase with York Art Gallery and York St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both seeing a 4% increase. Janet Barnes, chief executive for the trust, says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is fantastic news that each of the venues we run has seen an increased number of visitors compared to last year. We have continued to invest in a varied and interesting programme of new exhibitions and galleries, which have proved a draw to tourists and York residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next 12 months will see more investment by the trust, with the ÂŁ2 million refurbishment of the Yorkshire Museum central to this. When it reopens and its treasures return from the British Museum in London, we believe it will be one of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;must seeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attractions in not only the city but in the country.â&#x20AC;? Readers of Your Local Link will be able to attend a VIP preview at the museum on July 31st â&#x20AC;&#x201C; look out for the golden ticket in next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magazine. See page 22. York Castle Museum saw more than 290,000 visitors from April 2009 to April 2010. York Art Gallery had 167,000 visitors in the same period, and York St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had 30,000 visitors when it was open from March 2009 until November 2009 and the Yorkshire Museum had 44,000 visitors from April 2009 to November 2009. The trust hopes to build on this success by providing another exciting array of events and exhibitions. York Art Gallery is hosting the British Museum exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;China: Journey to the Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; until September 5 as well as a new ceramic exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;English Country Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, featuring garden themed pots shown in a garden setting. York St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will open in June with a new exhibition by renowned artist Susan Stockwell. As well as the Yorkshire Museum reopening, York Castle Museum is having a new cafe installed on the ground floor, with people being able to sit outside to enjoy the view of Cliffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tower.

BAFTA showcase for York students

Leading figures from across the media industries and business saw York students showcase their talents at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London. The event, hosted by Chancellor Greg Dyke, featured students from the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Theatre, Film and Television performing comedy sketches. A promotional film showcasing the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, produced by a team of students, was also screened. In September, the Department of Theatre Film and Television will move into a new ÂŁ24 million complex equipped with a scenic stage theatre, a black box theatre, a screening room and professional TV broadcast studios with audio and editing suites.



Dead thrilling! You can’t beat a good thriller for keeping you turning those pages. And we’ve got some cracking reads lined up this month

We all love Jodi Picoult. No one can combine a great story with the kind of emotional issues that really make you stop and think. Her latest, House Rules, is no exception. It enters the strange and often misunderstood world of autism, and in particular that of Jacob Hunt, a teenager with a brilliant gift for maths but not for reading the people around him. Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome; he’s locked in his own world, desperate to make a connection with the people around him but not knowing how. When his tutor is found dead, all the hallmark behaviours of Jacob’s syndrome -- not looking someone in the eye, odd movements, inappropriate actions -- start looking a lot like guilt to the police. And Jacob’s mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder? The jacket blurb of The Passage by Justin Cronin promises you’ll be hooked within the first 30 pages. Which is just as well, because it’s a HUGE book. But don’t let that put you off, because we promise you really won’t want it to end! The epic work of fantasy and imagination brings together a host of characters. There’s little Amy, wondering why her loving mother has abandoned her at a convent. Giles, a convicted murderer on Death Row, who’s tormented night after night by the same strange dream. Meanwhile, deep in the jungles of Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he’s been searching for – and wishes to God he hadn’t. Bound together in ways they can’t comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined. The film rights were snapped up by director Ridley Scott, and it’s easy to see why. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball in Brighton, a woman is brutally raped. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender...So begins Dead Like You, by Peter James. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. Then the ‘Shoe Man’ raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced? When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. But can he crack the case before the Shoe Man claims his sixth victim? Harlan Coben is the undisputed king of the thriller. We’ve lost more sleep over his books than any other. And his latest, Play Dead, is no exception. Ex-fashion model and successful business woman Laura Ayers’ perfect world is shattered when her sports superstar husband disappears on their honeymoon. Was it an accident? Or suicide? Or is it some terrible, ill-judged hoax? As events begin to unfold, Laura starts to question David’s mysterious disappearance. She begins to uncover a conspiracy which reaches deep into the past, and is now slowly beginning to destroy everyone involved. Someone will do anything to keep Laura away from the awful truth - and she has no idea who she can trust...


Art from computer components

A 21st century flood will engulf the ancient space of York St Mary’s this summer as part of a new contemporary art installation. Renowned artist Susan Stockwell’s work will see a tower of computer components pouring from the roof of the medieval church, filling the nave with a brightly coloured pool of metal and wire. ‘Flood’ draws on themes such as communication, consumerism and capitalism, to create a thought provoking and visually stimulating installation which strikingly complements the stone architecture. The piece, which will be on display from June 18 to October 31, is the fifth installation to be commissioned by York Museums Trust funded by the Arts Council. Susan says: “The computers have been dissected, their innards exposed, revealing the underbelly of the machines we take for granted, an autopsy of our consumer society.” Specifically, the piece will be made of four tonnes of computer power supplies which have been sourced from Secure IT Recycling (SITR) in Cheshire, where they will be returned to be recycled in November. QYork St Mary’s is open 10am–4pm and free to all. For more information, go to

Keep the noise down City of York Council’s out-of-hours Noise Patrol service is celebrating its fifth year tackling noise nuisance, having received more than 4,000 phone calls, making over 2,300 visits and issuing more than 200 noise notices. The council’s Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) started the Noise Patrol in April 2006 and since then Noise Patrol officers have made thousands of visits, issued hundreds of noise abatement notices and witnessed 69 noise offences. As a result, the EPU have undertaken 37 seizures of noise generating equipment, including televisions, stereos, speakers, game stations and CDs. On average the Noise Patrol receives 20 calls per weekend, makes 12 visits and issues one noise abatement notice. Most noise complaints are dealt with informally, with a follow-up letter making people aware of the law. However,

Students earn volunteering awards

Student volunteers have been celebrated at an awards ceremony in York. The Higher York Awards for Student Volunteering saw students from across the city recognised for their hard work in support of good causes. Every year more than 1,500 students across the four Higher York institutions give up their time to raise funds, offer their skills or simply provide a much-needed extra pair of hands for local groups. The York St John University award winner, James Clifton, has worked with SNAPPY’s senior group over the past year, providing recreational opportunities to young people aged 16–25 with special needs. Robert Emery, Assistant Project Manager for SNAPPY, says: “James has been instrumental in the scheme’s success over the past year; he is always prepared to go the extra mile in his duties. Being a small charity, SNAPPY relies heavily on volunteer input and over the past year James has shown himself to be an outstanding volunteer.” The Askham Bryan College winner, Craig Deakin, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Agriculture, has dedicated many hours to developing the student newspaper. Craig said: “It's great to win an award; volunteering isn't about prizes and certificates, but it's nice to have some recognition for the work you do, and to know people are aware that you're trying to make the world a little less horrid.” Charlie Ward, the University of York’s award winner, is involved in a number of volunteering projects, including ‘Kids Camp’, a week-long residential project which gives under-privileged children, aged 8–11, the chance to go on holiday. The York College winner, Mike Wilson, who is studying an Engineering Foundation Degree, is an Assistant Scout Leader at Elvington Scout Group. The group’s leader, John Wharton, says: “Mike is enthusiastic and sets a good example to the young people who he instructs and supervises.”

The good old days? Were you a Brownie or Rainbow

at St Hilda’s Church in Tang Hall Lane? Then they’d love to hear from you. To celebrate St Hilda’s Brownies 80th anniversary and the 20th birthday of the Rainbows – as well as the centenary of GirlGuiding UK – the church is holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday 19th June in the hall from 2pm until 4pm, where photographs and other memorabilia will be on display as well as refreshments. They’re looking for any photographs, items, memories that could be included in the display. They would also like to invite anyone with a connection to St Hilda’s Brownies or Rainbows to visit on the afternoon. QIf you have any items which you would be willing to lend or know of someone who would like a personal invite, please contact: St Hilda’s Brownies/Rainbows c/o St Hilda’s Vicarage, Tang Hall Lane , York , YO10 3SD or email:

where there are persistent complaints about a premises and the noise is a statutory nuisance, Noise Patrol officers must serve a noise abatement notice and take further action if required. Mike Southcombe, Environmental Protection manager, who also manages and participates in the Noise Patrol, says: “You would be surprised what we hear and see on the Noise Patrol. Many of our major problems are caused by noisy parties. Often the partygoers are under the influence of drink and drugs and the last thing they want is us telling them to be quiet. Even though these situations can sometimes be difficult, I’m confident that the service really works in tackling noise nuisance.” The Noise Patrol operates from 9pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. The service deals with all types of noise and other environmental nuisances, including noisy neighbours, dog barking, alarms, pubs and clubs, construction noise and bonfire complaints. QTo make a complaint contact the Noise Patrol on 551555. 21

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The Culture Column with RICHARD FOSTER

Kay Wheatcroft sorts through the love letters written by her great grandparents at her home in York. Picture: Richard Foster

A scene from The Railway Children, which was staged at the National Railway Museum

Sealed with a kiss Times were hard in 19th century Shetland as people eked out a living on land and sea. But love blossoms in the harshest of environments, as is shown by the touching correspondence of Victorians Robert Jamieson and Barbara Laing.

Now their letters, which are 150 years old, have been published – thanks to a York woman’s labour of love. Barbara, a young woman of 19, was attracted to Robert, a man 11 years her senior, even though he was lame with polio and walked with two sticks. She was the daughter of the schoolmaster at Gulberwick; he was schoolmaster at Sandness – 30 miles away which would have been a tough journey either by horse or on foot. Geography compelled the couple to conduct their courtship by letter. They exchanged correspondence for three-and-a-half years, until they married in the schoolhouse at Gulberwick on August 6th 1861. The couple went on to have two daughters and six sons, two of whom became distinguished anatomists. It is a minor miracle that all 135 of their love letters survived. One of the daughters, Christina, spent the last years of her life in New Zealand. Before leaving Shetland she found her parents’ letters hidden under some wool in a cock-loft. She placed them into a tin box, padlocked it and asked a neighbour to look after it until she returned. Christina never did reclaim the box and in 1937, suffering from poor health, she wrote to her niece, Barbara, to say the letters were preying on her mind. Somehow the letters were retrieved by Barbara. In 1949, while living in Dublin, she sent them in a chest of drawers to her brother in Leeds.

The furniture was stored in a warehouse in Huddersfield where there was a fire. The letters survived and they eventually came to Barbara’s niece, Kay Wheatcroft, a former BBC Radio 4 producer, who lives in York. Kay, the great granddaughter of Robert and Barbara, recalls: “About 40 years ago I began to read them, but when I found one from Robert saying, ‘I have a secret drawer for your letters so that the eye of no living being will ever see them but my own. I shall treasure them like gems’, I felt like an intruder and put them to one side.” On June 12th Kay will officially launch her book at Lerwick as Shetland gears up for its Hamefarin’ (homecoming) festival, which takes place every 25 years. The glossy hardback book is illustrated by evocative 21st century images of Shetland taken by Mark Sinclair, a Lerwick photographer. Kay tells the love story of Robert and Barbara in their own words, editing their letters with a sure touch. She says: “There is poetry in the simplicity of their lives. The letters are snapshots of those lives, and the photographs are portraits of the land that Robert and Barbara loved. “The letters tell of their work as teachers and farmers, his duties as postmaster and village scribe, their leisure and entertainment, local customs and events. It is clearly their facility with words and their wry humour which attracted them to each other.” QShetland: A Love Story by Kay Wheatcroft and Mark Sinclair (The Shetland Times Ltd, £20). The book, an ideal love token, can be bought from www.shetland-times/shop/ or ordered from all good bookshops, including Little Apple in York.

Accolade for The Railway Children

York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum (NRM) have won one of the most prestigious awards in English Tourism for their production of The Railway Children. Their adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic tale was awarded Silver for Best Tourism Experience of the Year at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence ceremony in Brighton. Now in their 21st year, the Enjoy England Awards celebrate the very best that England has to offer. Damian Cruden, Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, says: “I am delighted that all the work and creativity of the artists and staff at York Theatre Royal and the NRM has been recognised by this award. It is a clear indication of the value of the British cultural industry to the tourist economy of the country.” Since its first summer run in 2008, The Railway Children has been a huge hit with audiences and critics alike. The show has already picked up a White Rose Award for Tourism and was the regional winner for the York Tourism Awards for Excellence. More than 26,000 people saw the production during its second summer in 2009 when box office sales rose by 9.2%. Now this exciting production will be opening at the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo, London, on July 4th and will once again feature the NRM locomotive Stirling Single and be directed by Damian Cruden. Sue Dalton, NRM Cultural Planning Manager, says: “The Railway Children has helped to put York on the UK’s cultural map and it’s a real delight to have received such recognition for our exciting venture with York Theatre Royal.” This summer York Theatre Royal will be producing another great family production The Wind in the Willows. The Theatre Royal’s main auditorium will be transformed into the magical world of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger, creeping out into the foyer and on to the streets. Box office: 623568.


Horoscopes for June 2010 BY JAMES CHRISTIE

ARIES More than once you’ll be offered some excitement and adventure that breaks the old routines. Curiously, you’ll be inclined to be cautious which is a shame because there are some good things on offer providing you’re prepared to take a few risks. Unusual travel patterns towards the month’s end. TAURUS Long term career pathways under review and some feelings of frustration when things do not happen quickly enough. Contracts and red tape appertaining to property will demand your attention and practical necessities push romantic agendas firmly into second place. Avoid hasty decisions on the 6th, 16th and 26th . GEMINI Some divided loyalties get in the way of common sense. Please Peter and you’ll upset Paul – and vice versa. Maybe it’s time you did something to please yourself for a change? Old flames could rock new relationships, especially between the 16th and 22nd so be careful with your words and promises. CANCER Travel in connection with careers and business is a recurring theme and females will have a hard time juggling priorities. Parents of older children and mid-teens will experience problems in establishing discipline but there are some calmer aspects from the 24th onwards instigated by a party and an unexpected reunion. LEO A period of appraisal in all romantic and relationships. You need to be honest with yourself about levels of emotional commitment and more importantly, honest with the person you’re talking to about this. Don’t try papering over the cracks. Far better to strip the walls bare and start again from scratch. VIRGO The role of peacemaker and piggy-in-the-middle falls upon your shoulders this month and although you might not like being in this position you will have a very positive influence on other people around you. This ‘energy’ is abroad in both the personal and professional aspects of your life, especially between the 17th and 24th . LIBRA Time to take stock of a few key friendships and relationships and you’ll be sorting the chaff from the corn. Not a jolly month then, but an important one for defining your priorities and for finding out just who is on your side. Financial improvements boost your confidence between the 20th and 24th SCORPIO At a time when things seem to come “full circle” you need to use your own judgement rather than blindly following someone else’s leadership. Listen to good advice but ignore any criticism that’s thrown at you, especially if it comes from within the family. Take a chance on a career opportunity around the 14th or 15th SAGITTARIUS A wonderful feeling of satisfaction when some long-made plans start quietly falling into place. This generates a positive and optimistic mood which could lead to wild parties and new friendships. A long standing problem on the job scene begins to sort itself out at long last. Others admit that they were wrong and you were right! CAPRICORN You might not always enjoy your job but you’ll recognise that you do it very well. This will push you into taking some sort of calculated risk (around the 12th – 16th) which should really raise your game. Legal situations tie in with finances, but keep a calm head and always remember you’re in charge. AQUARIUS You’ll be presented with a strange proposition and even though it might sound a bit weird, do not dismiss it out of hand. This could be the door of opportunity you’ve been waiting for! Social responsibilities weigh heavy mid-month but there’s much more fun in the air from the 22nd onwards. PISCES Do what you’ve got to do and if it isn’t quite enough take satisfaction in the knowledge that you’ve done your best. It’s a good time for spending “rainy day” money and for getting a bit more fun out of life. There’ll be those who criticise, but what do they really know? QFor private readings please phone 01937 831161 or 07884 107100 Email Web:


Simply the best! As York’s biggest and most popular magazine, Your Local Link likes to foster a community spirit between our many readers and advertisers. A good way of doing this is to highlight those organisations that enrich the lives of many people without hitting the headlines. This month we are devoting eight pages to two such organisations: SNAPPY - York’s very own charity for special needs youngsters; and the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital. SNAPPY is

appealing to individuals and companies to go the extra mile to help fund its wide range of activities, while the Cancer Care Centre wants the people of York to know that it’s ready and willing to help anyone who needs it. These two ‘support features’ give our generous advertisers the opportunity to associate their names with two worthwhile organisations.

7KH&DQFHU &DUH&HQWUH AT YORK HOSPITAL The Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital opened its doors in 1998, the result of a major fundraising campaign by York Against Cancer.

“At the time, many areas of York Hospital were totally clinical,” says Julie Barnie, Chief Executive of the charity. “There was a need for a non-clinical area, a haven where people could go and have a cup of tea and a chat, or sit quietly and take some time to gather their thoughts.” And so the Cancer Care Centre was born. It’s a warm, welcoming place – more like an upmarket coffee shop than a hospital – where cancer patients and their families can find a whole range of help and support.

This could be anything from practical advice on claiming benefits or finding travel insurance to information about their illness. There’s a variety of complementary therapies on offer, and a specialist psycho-oncology team to help with the emotional side of coping with cancer (these can be accessed on a referral basis). There are also support groups where patients can get together. As well as providing practical help, the Cancer Care Centre team is also there to offer a listening ear – and a shoulder to cry on if needed. “Someone might drop in for a cup of tea on their way to or from their appointment in the Oncology or Haematology department next door, just to give themselves some breathing space,” says Paul Mayor, Cancer Care Coordinator. Qcontinued over page


are also complementary therapy and psychooncology sessions which are accessed through referral. Other than that, people are free to come and go as they like.

“They might want to talk or sometimes they just want to sit quietly and do their crossword. Sometimes they might have a question about their treatment that they might not want to bother the consultant with. Whatever they need at that particular time, we’ll try to help them.”

“We might get one of the Clinical Nurse Specialists bringing a recently diagnosed patient to look around the Centre and find out what’s on offer. Or maybe someone will come along to try on some hats or scarves, or look for information. Or there might be a support group meeting.

The service that the Cancer Care Centre provides is vital, says Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive of York Hospital. “Treatments might have improved over the past 10 or 15 years, but when a person first finds out they have cancer it’s still perceived as a death sentence,” he says. “The implications are huge for them and their families. “What the hospital can do really well is treat the cancer and manage the symptoms. But this unit can offer more. It sees the whole person, not just the cancer. A person with a family, going through an incredibly stressful time in their lives. That’s why we’re so pleased to be able to work in partnership with the Centre. It’s a tranquil, nice place to be, with people on hand to give guidance and advice when you most need it. We just want to make more patients aware of what it can offer.” The last word goes to Jenny*, a patient who has recently undergone treatment for bowel cancer. She’s visited the centre on a few occasions during and after her treatment. “There’s no pressure here,” she says. “Although my family have always been very open about talking about my cancer, sometimes there are things you can’t say because you don’t want to burden them with your worries. Here I can share what’s going on in my mind with people who will understand and help me through it.” *Names have been changed

“Often people just drop in on their way to or from an appointment, or a family member might come in to wait for them. Sometimes they might have something on their mind that they want to talk about, or sometimes they might just want to be left alone with their thoughts. We’ll offer them a drink and either sit and chat with them, or leave them alone. You have to be sensitive enough to understand what they need, and respect that.

$GD\LQWKHOLIHRI WKH&DQFHU&DUH&HQWUH “There’s no such thing as a typical day here,” says Michelle Kirkman, Cancer Care Centre Administrator. “The Centre is open to patients undergoing cancer treatment and care in or out of the hospital, and their families. So we never really know who is going to come through the doors and what they might need. “On Tuesday mornings, we have a lady from City of York Council available to advise on benefits. And once a month on a Monday afternoon we hold our ‘Look Good...Feel Better’ workshops which patients can book themselves. There

6$6< For many women, one of the worst effects of undergoing cancer treatment is losing their hair. “It can be completely devastating,” says Claire Thompson, Cancer Care Centre Administrator. “When you lose your hair, your eyebrows and lashes, your femininity goes out of the window.” Which is why SASY – Silks and Scarves in York – is such a vital part of the service that the Cancer Care Centre provides. SASY has a range of stylish, creative headwear for women of all ages, from beanie hats and bandanas to elegant scarves. Unlike normal scarves and hats, they’re lined


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“As well as leaflets on all aspects of cancer care, we also have a small reference library including medical books, stories of people who have survived cancer, and some really helpful books written for children to help them understand cancer. We also have some relaxation CDs put together by one of the occupational therapists at the hospital, which people can take away to try. If they need to see an occupation therapist, they can be referred by a health professional. “Sometimes we get people coming in with donations to the Cancer Care Centre Charitable Fund, which is great. They might be former patients, or their families, or just people who have heard about us and decided to raise some money. Any funds we raise go towards making the Centre more comfortable for visitors, and increasing the facilities we can offer. So any donations are gratefully received!” with soft cotton jersey, which makes them cooler and easier to wear, and less likely to slip off. “We have a separate area where ladies can come along and try on the various scarves and hats,” says Claire. “We try to make it a relaxed, fun occasion for them.” The Cancer Care Centre raises funds to pay for the SASY silks and scarves. “They cost between £13 and £18 for us to buy, however all we ask is a minimum donation of £5,” says Claire. Q If you’re undergoing treatment yourself or you know someone who would benefit from the SASY service, call the Cancer Care Centre on 721166.

Look Good...

)HHO%HWWHU In a room in York Hospital, a group of women are discussing make-up. There’s an enthusiastic debate going on about mascara versus false eyelashes. The women are all ages, and from all walks of life. But they all have one thing in common. They all have cancer. They’re taking part in a Look Good...Feel Better workshop at York Hospital, organised by the Cancer Care Centre for women undergoing cancer treatment and care. The charity was set up by the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) and is supported by over 40 leading companies and brands in the beauty industry. Look Good…Feel Better helps women with cancer in the most practical and positive way. They hold free skincare and make-up workshops to help combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and well-being. They’re held in 52 locations across the UK, in hospitals and cancer care centres. The York workshop, launched in March, was the first new centre to open this year. Learning to apply make-up properly may seem like the least of these women’s troubles, but that’s exactly why they work so well, says Michelle Kirkman of the York Hospital Cancer

Care Centre. “It’s more than just a matter of making themselves look good and boosting their confidence, although that’s an important part of it,” she says. “The sessions are a little oasis of normal life, a chance to enjoy something that isn’t treatment-based for once. Also, it’s something they can control when so much of their lives seem to be beyond their control.” During the lively session, the12 women sit around a table, with a mirror, tissues and cotton wool pads in front of them. They’re each given a goody bag filled with 17 products donated by the beauty industry. These include top drawer luxury brands such as Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Clarins, each tailored to the women’s own colouring. Volunteer helpers from local salons, spas and beauty departments take the ladies through a 12 point programme of basic skincare to a detailed step-by-step guide to applying their make-up. There’s much chatting and laughter as the women compare notes on concealers and eye make-up colours. It’s only when one of them casually mentions that she’s losing her eyelashes due to chemo, and another talks about how her treatment has affected her skin that it becomes clear what these brave women are dealing with on a daily basis. “All the women are at different stages in their treatment,” says Michelle. “Some are newly

diagnosed, while others are reaching the end of their treatment. We try to encourage them to come along towards the end of their treatment, as it gives them something to look forward to.” Jo Reed, 47, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2008. She has since undergone a lumpectomy, chemo and radiotherapy, followed by several doses of the drug Herceptin. She admits the treatment took its toll on her looks and her confidence. “I started losing my hair after my first chemo session,” she recalls. “I was more upset when it started coming out than when I’d lost it completely. It’s hard to describe how you feel when you wash your hair and you can feel it coming out by the handful. I lost my eyebrows and lashes and put on a stone in weight thanks to the chemo. The treatment also triggered the menopause, so I had all that to deal with. I was determined it wasn’t going to beat me, but it was very hard to face the world sometimes.” Jo recently attended a Look Good...Feel Better workshop. “It was a fantastic experience. Everyone was so friendly, and it was a real treat to be able to pamper ourselves. I think it’s something all women would benefit from, not just those with cancer.”

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7DNLQJFDUHRI PLQGVDQGERGLHV Overcoming the physical aspects of cancer is only half the battle, says Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Jo McVey. As team lead for the Psycho-oncology Service, based at the Cancer Care Centre, she sees patients and their families who are trying to come to terms with the illness, both during and after treatment. “It’s fair to say most people struggle psychologically when they have a diagnosis of cancer,” she says. “ Lots of people expereince short term distress, which they will get through with the help of family and friends. But 20 – 25% of people develop clinically significant psychological problems such as depression, panic attacks or severe anxiety.” The Psycho-oncology team, consisting of Dr McVey, Dr Philip Molyneux, Dr Phil Simpson and Dr Paul Blenkiron, offers specialist psychological assessment and treatment. “There may be a waiting list of several weeks or months for standard psychological services, but because of our specialist service, we can be more responsive and can see patients within two to three weeks,

depending on urgency” says Dr McVey. Patients and/ or their family or carers can be referred by any cancer health professional, or by their GP. The amount of treatment a patient receives depends on their own needs. “We may see people once or twice, others sporadically over months or years,” says Dr McVey. “We try to be flexible and fit in with their physical treatment.” Sometimes a person may not need psychological help until after their treatment has ended. “We see people who have had all their treatment and gone back to their lives, but years later it’s still preying on their minds. They have survived cancer. But they’re just not enjoying life.” The psycho-oncology team also offer consultation and supervision to health professionals, an important part of their work. “They do an incredible job,” says Dr McVey. “While we offer specialist psychological treatment, they’re often the ones giving day to day support to patients as they are diagnosed and go through challenging cancer treatments. They are often the ones who have to break bad news or help patients deal with set backs, so they really deserve support and the opportunity to reflect on how they handle such highly emotional situations.”

e Centre Administrator On 27th June, Cancer Car around 5000 other Michelle Kirkman will join the Race For Life on The women taking part in cer Research UK. Knavesmire in aid of Can very women, Michelle has a And like many of those s wa she 4 200 In t. par special reason for taking of ins Lymphoma, a form diagnosed with Hodgk s year Thi . tem sys lymphatic cancer which affects the r. yea e fre chemo she celebrates her fifth ing to mark the event,” eth “I wanted to do som ir Long’s mum recently she says. “My friend Cla cer and is a year out of came through breast can ether.” ided to do the race tog radiotherapy, so we dec elves as ‘non runners’ and The pair describe thems y ining hasn’t been entirel Michelle admits her tra tips. for ple peo ing ask n successful so far. “I’ve bee ntly trying to run to the My big mistake is appare cial Mia – I should have spe soundtrack of Mamma running songs!” r Michelle and Clair, Q If you’d like to sponso . website – http://www you can do so via their or n ma irk llek che rg/mi raceforlifesponsorme.o spo life for ace w.r /w p:/ htt


they’re not going to a medical appointment; this is a treat. And unlike their other appointments, they’re not going to be rushed out of the door. They can take as much time as they need. We often find patients will open up and talk more during a complementary therapy session than they might in a clinic situation.”


Getting a cancer diagnosis is one of the worst things that can happen in anyone’s life. Suddenly your whole world is turned upside down, and your future looks uncertain. Under those kind of circumstances, it’s easy to feel as if you’re the only person in the world shouldering such a huge burden. A support group can help lessen those feelings of isolation and fear. Being among people who are going through the same experience as you, who can share your fears, really can help. “Support groups are for everyone, whether you’re a patient yourself, or a family member,” says Clinical Nurse Specialist Keren Hazelhurst, who runs the Upper GI Support Group. “There’s no pressure. You can come along to as many or as few meetings as you like – you don’t need to book. It doesn’t matter whether you’re newly diagnosed, in the middle of your treatment or the end, you’re still welcome.

&RPSOHPHQWDU\ WKHUDSLHV The Cancer Care Centre offers a variety of complementary therapies, including aromatherapy, Reiki and reflexology. Patients can be referred for treatment by Clinical Nurse Specialists and consultants. “The main benefits are psychological,” says Cancer Care Co-ordinator Paul Mayor. “It’s been proved that aromatherapy and reflexology can reduce anxiety. From the feedback we receive from patients, the sessions help reduce their pain and nausea, and improve their sleep.” Roseanne Allison is one of the therapists working at the Cancer Care Centre. When she isn’t offering Reiki, massage and reflexology sessions, she works as a nurse in the hospital. “The main benefit of these therapies is relaxation,” she says. “People know that for once

On 24th September, the Cancer Care Centre will be taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. “It really is a big event for us,” says Michelle Kirkman, Cancer Care Centre Administrator. “Last time we raised £800 in two hours. Friends and family turn up, we have homemade cakes and a huge tombola with some spectacular prizes. It turns into one big party!” They’re always looking for volunteers to help with this and the other fundraising coffee mornings they hold at the Cancer Care Centre. Q If you’d like to offer your services, call Michelle or Claire on 721166.

York Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Support Group. Meets at Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital. Second Thursday of every month, 1 – 3pm. Call 726956 for more information York Breast Cancer Support Group. Meets in the Breast Unit Waiting Area York Hospital. Meetings on the third Tuesday of every month 6 – 8pm, alternating with a drop-in session on third Friday of every month 10am – 12 noon. Call 726775 for more information Stoma Support Group. Meets at Cancer Care Centre every other month, 6 – 7.30pm (next meeting 5th July). Call 725764 Gynae Support Group. Meets at Cancer Care Centre, second Tuesday of every month. Call 721166 for more information York Myeloma Support Group. Meets first Wednesday of every month, Cancer Care Centre, next meeting 7th July. 1.30 – 3pm. Call Jane on 700675 or email York Prostate Cancer Support Group. Meets at various locations within York Hospital. Third Monday of every other month, 6 – 7.15pm (next meeting 19th July in the Post Graduate Centre). Call 721166 for more information “If I know of someone who is facing surgery, I try to get them to come and speak to someone who has had a similar operation. With the best will in the world I don’t know what that patient’s gone through or how they’ve felt about it, so to be able to talk to someone who’s been through it is a very positive experience for them. It provides practical as well as emotional support – people can share useful tips and hints about managing their symptoms. There’s also a health professional on hand to help if necessary. “I would urge anyone going through cancer to give a support group a try. You don’t have to struggle alone, feeling as if you’re the only one.” CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS IN YORK ARE:

York Upper GI Support (including cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, gallbladder and liver). Meets at Friends Meeting House, off Clifford Street. First Wednesday of every month, 2 – 4pm. Call 726482 for more information

Laryngectomy Tracheostomy Support Group. Meets every two months in the Head and Neck seminar room, 2-3pm. Next meeting 21st July.

7KH*HQWOH7RXFK Think of the Red Cross and the first thing that comes to mind is probably the vital work they do overseas. But they provide an equally valuable service right here on our doorstep at York Hospital.

&RPHDORQJ If you’re a patient with cancer, or a family member or friend looking for support or information, you’re welcome to call in any time at the Cancer Care Centre Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Drop in and browse through their wide range of leaflets and find out what other services they provide. Michelle or Claire will be on hand if you feel there’s something you’d like to talk about, or a question you’d like to ask. Or just take some time to enjoy a coffee and read the paper. Whatever you need, the Cancer Care Centre team will be happy to help. “A lot of people say, ‘I don’t deserve it, I’m not ill enough,’” says Michelle. “But no matter who’s going through it or how they feel, everyone needs a helping hand.” QFor more information, give the Cancer Care Centre a call on 721166.

York Against Cancer (YA C) runs its own fundraising events throug hout the year. Part of the money raised goes to support the work of the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital. Here are some dates for your diary: 16th June Sale of books and bric-a-brac at St Crux.

24th June Cookery dem onstration at Escrick Village Hall, 7.30pm by Daniel Cartwright of Show off Chefs. Call 764 466 to book. 8th July Annual Golf Da y at York Golf Club. For an application form cal The Red Cross Massage Service has been l 764466. introduced into the Oncology and Haematology 14th and 15th August Sto ne Carving Festival, York Minster. See www.y department. Three volunteers come on specific days to offer light massage, either to patients 15th September Chinese meal at Maxis waiting in the clinic, or while undergoing a followed a fashion sho w of hats from Get lengthy chemotherapy session. Ahead Hats, 7 for 7.30pm . Call 764466 to book. “Sometimes their session can be several 14th October Yorkshirem an’s Dinner at the hours long, so it really helps to have a relaxing Merchant Adventurers Hall. Snooker star shoulder or arm massage,” says Cancer Care Dennis Taylor will be gu est speaker. Co-ordinator Paul Mayor. Call 764466 for more inf ormation



RICHARD FOSTER looks at a York charity that grew out of parent power very proud of reaching our Silver Jubilee in the current difficult climate when money is tight.” SNAPPY runs several activity schemes and projects throughout the year aimed at children and young people varying in age and ability. The charity has about 230 people aged between five and 25, on its books. The youngsters mainly live in York, but some travel to SNAPPY events from Selby and Harrogate. 'Senior SNAPPY' is a club for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who take part in social nights, party nights out and workshops on key life skills. This project has about 20 members

York charity celebrates

VLOYHUMXELOHH SNAPPY (Special Needs Activities and Play Provision for York) celebrates its 25th birthday on June 1st. The charity seeks to maximise the personal development and provide good quality play and recreational activities for children and young people with special needs in York. SNAPPY is a voluntary organisation that has been providing York's special needs community with an invaluable service for a quarter of a century. SNAPPY services manager Anne Stamp says: “Snappy began with parent power 25 years ago and started with a small group of children getting together in the school holidays.” The children would attend various special needs schools in York during term time but were left isolated during the school holidays, away from


their friends. So a small group of parents organised a few days of summer holiday activities. It was all very informal, but the children loved it and this inspired the pioneers to establish SNAPPY. The charity now runs schemes and projects in all the school holidays, weekends and after-school activities. Anne joined SNAPPY 16 years ago as the charity’s services manager. Her original intention was to stay only a year before returning to a teaching post in a special needs school. “Sixteen years later and I’m still here. Keeping the money coming in can be tough, but seeing the sheer joy on the faces of children taking part in SNAPPY activities makes all the effort worthwhile,” says Anne. She adds: “We are 25 years old on June 1st and

‘Keeping the money coming in can be tough, but seeing the sheer joy on the faces of children taking part in SNAPPY activities makes all the effort worthwhile.’ who attend regularly on Thursday evenings and also during the popular caravan and summer holiday projects. Many of the Senior SNAPPY members also help out volunteers. 'Saturday Scheme' is a provision for children aged five to 17. It provides children with good quality, safe play activities and provides busy parents and carers with much-needed respite. 'Summer Scheme' and 'Easter Scheme' runs throughout the week during the school holidays for children aged from five to 19 and is a place where children and young people can take part in organised play activities and go on trips out. QFor more information about how to enrol on SNAPPY schemes, contact SNAPPY (registered charity number 702190), 84 Lowther Street, York YO31 7LX. Tel: 640562. Email: snappycroc@ Website:

Saturday Snappy This is a safe and fun environment where children aged between five and 12 can learn and develop through play. Sessions are run each Saturday from 9.30am till 2pm. Activities incorporate sports, arts and drama activities plus days out. Sessions must be booked in advance by phone on 640562.

Club 100 SNAPPY’s Club 100 is an initiative designed to support the charity through annual funding from York's business community. SNAPPY services manager Anne Stamp says: “Being a small local charity we do not have the fundraising capabilities of the larger national charities, however, this does not prevent us from having big ambitions. “SNAPPY is in constant need of financial support. Last autumn we found ourselves in danger of having no alternative but to close our doors to the families, carers, children and young people who depend on us so much. “We are inviting ventures to become a member of Club 100. We are looking for local York businesses to each pledge £100 or more annually to help SNAPPY to keep our doors open and to continue changing the lives of children, young people, parents, carers and families in the wider community.” Anne adds: “We want Club 100 to raise at least £10,000 which would pay for 70 children to attend a weekly project for a year. Surely there are many businesses out there who would like to help fund such a valuable project that gives so much to the lives of youngsters and their families.”

Opportunity knocks for SNAPPY volunteers SNAPPY relies heavily on its volunteers to run its various activities and organise fundraising events. Currently the charity has about 100 volunteers aged between 16 and 72. SNAPPY services manager Anne Stamp says:

She adds: “Our volunteers are the driving force “We recruit and train volunteers from the age behind the success of our service and we of 16 upwards who are involved in all aspects welcome keen and enthusiastic volunteers who of SNAPPY’s work. Without these volunteers, wish to share their skills and ideas. SNAPPY could not exist. The children we help need one-to- one care, sometimes two-to“Our projects run through the school holidays, one care, because of their on weekends and on some complex needs. Our volunteers evenings, so there are plenty of do sterling work; they are opportunities to get involved.” SNAPPY is writing recipe simply amazing. The only book which will be published As a volunteer at SNAPPY thing SNAPPY can give them you will receive free training and sold around York. It will back is an excellent training workshops to enhance your feature the favourite recipes programme.” CV as well as make lots of new of the children. Volunteers as young as 16 work friends and have lots of fun. alongside professionals with Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to specialist skills, such as physiotherapists, speech volunteer at SNAPPY subject to the satisfactory therapists and occupational therapists, as well completion of an enhanced CRB check. as teachers and social workers. Some of them If you feel you would like to find out more go on to learn such skills in higher education about gaining invaluable experience through institutes after cutting their teeth with SNAPPY. volunteering with SNAPPY please feel free Anne explains: “We have grown so many of our to contact the office or email snappycroc@ own caring professionals. They get qualified and then, because they think so highly of SNAPPY, they come back as volunteers to help out.”

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year. I was amazed by the things that went on to help SNAPPY. They have walked, run, danced, sang and swam to raise money for us. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. They have kept us alive and allowed the children to keep coming here. “If SNAPPY closed there would be nowhere for these children to go. Just imagine what it must be like for parents to take their autistic child to the supermarket on Saturday.” SNAPPY not only supports the youngsters attending its various programmes, the charity also helps the families by giving them a much-needed break.

Senior SNAPPY gig! Balancing the books Autumn was a tough time for SNAPPY; as the youngsters with special needs enjoyed the charity’s weekly activities, its services manager Anne Stamp was struggling to balance the books. She recalls: “We were within weeks of closing down, the situation was that critical. I found it difficult to sleep at night because I didn’t want to let the children down.”

The Basement Bar at City Screen, York, is hosting a gig on May 27 to raise funds for SNAPPY. The musicians due to take part are The Blueprints, Dorien Starre, Elaine Wallace and Sophie Hammil. The charity gig starts at 8pm.

Football, rugby and panto

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“If you look af ter the pennie s, the pounds lo ok after themselves.” So says retired caretaker Mic k Burke who, at the age of 72 , is SNAPPY’s oldest voluntee r. He doesn’t let a dodgy kn ee prevent him from fund raising for the charity; he ’s often seen counting and bagging coins so they can be banked by the charity.

Parent Power The SNAPPY parents and carers group is a support network for parents and carers of children with special needs. Parents and carers get together to discuss current issues surrounding provision for children and young people with special needs, share advice and offer support.

SNAPPY’s running costs amount to about £160,000 a year. It receives half of that from City of York Council and other organisations such as BBC Children In Need and the National Lottery. It relies on private fundraising for the rest.

The ‘SNAPPY Crocs’ is the charity’s five-a-side football team who have represented York at many special needs tournaments throughout the year. SNAPPY also fields a team who play ‘non-contact rugby’ against other special needs children. Each year the children, young people, staff and volunteers work together to produce and perform a SNAPPY pantomime to an audience of more than 500 people.

SNAPPY is managed by a voluntary management committee comprising of parents, local service members and school representation. The project is co-ordinated by core staff.

Various cuts in funding had cost SNAPPY about £28,500 and the charity appealed to the people of York to recoup that money through fundraising.

Snappy Saturday Youth Club

SNAPPY is always open to offers of help. If you know of any funders or have any fundraising ideas, if you are able to hold a cake sale or car boot sale, if your place of work would be willing to join SNAPPY’s Club 100 or is able to spend a team-building day decorating SNAPPY’s building, or if you are interested in helping the charity in any way possible, SNAPPY would love to hear from you.

Anne explains: “We turned to the York community and their response was amazing. They helped us enormously. A pensioner slowly climbed the stairs to our office to hand over £15 from his pension. There were tears in my eyes, I was so moved. Another came with the £20 he had raised at a jumble sale.” She adds: “The people of York kept us afloat last


This is a place where young people aged 13 to 19 can hang out, have fun and take part in workshops and projects designed to teach key life skills. Activities incorporate sports, arts and drama activities plus days out. The scheme will take place each Saturday from 2pm till 6.30pm. Sessions must be booked in advance by phone on 640562.

Q To join its parents and carers group get in touch: call 640562 or email snappycroc@

Snappy needs YOU!

SNAPPY, 84 Lowther Street, York YO31 7LX. Website: Tel: 640562. Email:

In good hands To mark National Deaf Awareness Week (28 June to 4 July) RICHARD FOSTER looks at the work of a York charity


Coming to terms

with deafness Lollipop provides a range of activities for children and young people (aged between 0 -19) with varying degrees of hearing loss.

National statistics are staggering. One in seven people in the United Kingdom have a hearing impairment of some degree and one in four children experience hearing loss at some time in their life? And nine out of ten children with a hearing impairment are born to families with no previous experience of deafness and most of them attend their local mainstream school. Andrea Gitsham, founder and Chair of Lollipop, says: “Having lost my hearing as an adult, through illness 11 years ago, I was thrown into a silent world overnight and very quickly needed to adjust to my profound hearing loss. The sudden difference was an intense shock and adjusting was a very steep learning curve. The difficulties and obstacles that I encountered during this traumatic time inspired me to help others and, as a result, Lollipop was born.”

Members of the York charity Lollipop on a paintballing excursion

‘I was thrown into a silent world overnight and very quickly needed to adjust to my profound hearing loss.’

paintballing and go-karting. Lollipop has introduced specialist activities for its parent, baby and toddler group ‘Lollitots’. Andrea says: “Discovering that your baby has a hearing loss can be a worrying and isolating time. Meeting other families with a child that has a hearing loss can provide additional support and parents can get advice from others who have shared similar experiences. This can bring much comfort to families of newly diagnosed children.”

Lollipop offers members and their families the opportunity to meet and build friendships with others, with whom they share their experiences of deafness. A wide range of activities takes Lollipop wants to reach out to as many families place in a relaxed and informal environment in in York and North Yorkshire as possible. order to provide something of interest Maybe you know of someone who could to everyone. Lollipop aims to encourage benefit from the fun opportunities that members to try something new, express Lollipop provides. themselves freely and realise their Q Lollipop’s activities are free, and true potential and, in doing so, build membership is free. To join, simply This year National Deaf Awareness Week runs from confidence and increase self esteem. register with Lollipop and it will give Monday 28 June to Sunday 4 July. Lollipop is appealing Lollipop also raises awareness of hearing you details of forthcoming activities. For for children, parents/carers and schools to support loss and it’s implications amongst the a membership form or further details, the charity during this week. Maybe you can think wider community. contact Lollipop at: Lollipop, Bootham of an exciting way that your school can raise funds The programme of activities aims to House, 61 Bootham, York, YO30 7BT, email for Lollipop. Together you can help Lollipop make a appeal to people of all ages and interests., phone difference. If this is something you would like to do, They take place in the evenings and at 07715 540750 - Text Message (only), 07890 then Lollipop is very keen to talk to you. weekends and include art & craft and 886996 or go to music workshops, sport, pantomime trips,

Help Lollipop tackle isolation


Sophee Read with her dad David in Skelton. Picture: Richard Foster

To mark National Carers Week (14-20 June), RICHARD FOSTER meets a young carer who looks after her mum and dad

It’s a

family affair Sophee Read did not realise she was a ‘young carer’; all she knew was that her mum had bad days when she could barely face the day, while her father suffered from diabetes, arthritis, a heart condition and has a spinal problem that made getting about difficult.

‘My message to young carers is simple – don’t suffer in silence. You don’t have to face it all alone.’

To complicate matters, her parents lived apart, with Sophee dividing her time between their two homes; helping them out by doing domestic chores and offering emotional support while trying to keep up with her school work.


Sophee said: “Mum has mood swings; if she felt down I would stay with her rather than go to school. There was no way I could leave mum when she was depressed.” During the last eight years Sophee has lived in 10 different homes as her mum, Lynn, moved around North Yorkshire. This nomadic existence disrupted her education and made it difficult for her to make friends. Sophee’s caring duties meant she had no time to socialise; feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was bullied at school. It was not until her mum was diagnosed as suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) about four years ago that Sophee discovered there were people out there trained to help her. Sophee said: “I went with mum to our GP who told me I was a ‘young carer’ and there was help out there for people like me.” Life has improved dramatically for Sophee since she hooked up with York Carers Centre, in Priory Street. It helps about 60 young carers, aged between eight and 18, by running social activities and offering one-to-one support. For example, it organises a monthly LAFFS youth club, which stands for Laughs, Advice, Fun, Friendship and Support, to encourage carers to mix with people their own age. Sophee says: “Without the input of Young Carers I wouldn’t be able to look after mum and dad. It’s amazing; you go places and meet people in a similar position to your own. At first, I struggled to relate to people of my own age, but going to Young Carers has made me more confident and built up my self-esteem. I feel much happier at school.” Sophee, aged 14, attends Easingwold School; her mother lives in the market town, while her dad, David, aged 63, lives in Skelton. He said: “The bairn’s had a lot to put up with and Young Carers have helped her a great deal and by helping her, they’ve helped me too.” Sophee is concerned by the plight of what she calls ‘the hidden young carers’. She is making a film with fellow young carers which is due to be shown at a conference at York St John University on June 11th. Called ‘No Wrong Doors’, it is for people who work with children. Sophee says: “Making the film has been great. I’ve learned new skills and learned about the importance of team work. My message to young carers is simple – don’t suffer in silence. You don’t have to face it all alone; there’s people out there willing to help, just get in touch.”

National Carers Week Events in York

Sharron Smith, of York Carers Centre, says: “Sophee does an amazing job; she’s a lovely girl, she just gets on with it.” For more details, call the carers centre on 715490 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday. On Friday the centre has an answer phone service, so leave a message. It also holds regular drop-in sessions. For dates and times, go to

14 to 20 June 2010 - ‘A life of my own’ Are you an unpaid carer? Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour?

National Carers Week

Join us during Carers Week for one (or more) of our free events. Feel free to bring the person you care for along too. Six million carers in the UK, including more than 500,000 in Yorkshire & The Humber, provide careForum to a relative friend ill,4pm. frail or Join unpaid York Carers at Monkor Bar hotel,who 10amisto Monday 14 June disabled. Entertainment all day - afternoon tea will be served 2 to 4pm.

Because of the time and energy they give to looking after their loved

York Carers Forum host an information and advice fair, at the Tuesday 15carers June are rarely able to pursue a life of their own. ones, Guildhall, 10am to 4pm. Refreshments available.

Three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives,

at Goddards (National with York Carers providing unpaid Cream care totea someone we gardens know who is ill, Trust) frail or disabled. Wednesday 16 June Centre. Open 2 to 5pm with refreshments between 3 and 4pm.

Carers miss out on basic things that most of us take for granted: a weekend away, opportunity promotion, a niceService meal,and even the chance York Minsterfor Carers Thanksgiving blessing of the Thursday 17 June carers 1.30 to sleep. 3.30pm. Tickets fromfor York Carers to have a long bath or aquilt. full night’s The reasons this varyForum. from inadequate respite care, lack of information and practical support, MS at Café Oaken Centre, Haxby 10am to disadvantages faced school orGrove workCommunity due to caring responsibilities, and 5.30pm - Pamper sessions, health and carer information. Friday 18 June financial hardship.5.30 to 8.30pm - Games evening for all. Contact York Carers

Centre book a place. Carers save the State an to estimated £87 billion – equivalent to the cost of running the NHS. It’s time for carers to receive the help they need and Young carers will be bag packing to raise money at Morrisons Saturday 19 June deserve. supermarket, Foss Islands Road, between 11am and 3pm.

The organisers of National Carers Week (14-20 June) are calling for Working together for carers in York a life of their own. greater support for carers to allow them to maintain


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Don’t just sit there...

Volunteers Week runs from 1st – 7th June. So many charities and organisations rely on volunteers to keep them running. We’ve been talking to a few York people who are doing their bit, and finding out how you can help.

Fran Muzzlewhite has been volunteering at York Cats Protection for three years. One morning a week, she helps clean out the cats’ runs, changing litter and bedding and checking to make sure the cats are well and happy. She then spends some time with cats that need individual socialising. “They might have come into the centre timid, or nasty-tempered,” says Fran. “We spend time winning their trust so they’re more likely to find a good home.” And finding a home is the name of the game. “The most rewarding part of the job is seeing a cat finally getting the love they deserve,” says Fran. QFor information on York Cats Protection, contact them on 760356. Charlie Ward is a mentor with The Island, a York-based charity which offers support to vulnerable children and young people aged 8 – 13 years. Volunteers like Charlie work with a young person on a one-to-one basis for a year. Charlie, a 22-year-old student, acts as a mentor to a 12-year-old boy. She takes him on regular outings and takes time to get to know him. “We’ve been swimming, ice-skating, to York Dungeon and the Castle Museum. Sometimes we just go to the uni campus and play pool, or go into town for a milkshake.” Charlie admits it’s the hardest thing she’s ever done – but also the most rewarding. “Working with a child one-on-one is very intense. But it’s also given my confidence a massive boost. When he tells me how he’s

improved at school, or confides in me about his girlfriend, it feels really good to know you’ve helped and supported someone through a difficult time in their life.” QFor more information on The Island, call Nigel Poulton on 07595 695559 or log on to Carol Brayshaw works at the Woodlands MS Resource and Respite Care centre shop in Bishopthorpe Road., York. I love working in the shop, and knowing I’m helping to raise money for a great cause. MS is such a cruel condition; but Woodlands does such great work to help improve the lives of people affected by it. “Working in the shop is fun, too. We meet all kinds of people, and no two days are the same. We’re always amazed at the quality of the goods we get in to the shop –once a local milliner who was changing seasons came in with 24 brand new hats! It’s always nice when mums come in with their kids and find a designer bargain they might not have been able to afford otherwise.” QFor more information on the work of Woodlands MS Respite and Resource Centre, call 430600 or log on to


Weddings More than words... Your choice of readings and music can make your wedding ceremony truly special and personal to you. So how do you choose the right ones? Readings

for you. Make sure the person you choose is confident and happy to do it, and give them plenty of time to practise.

Music If you’re getting married at a register office or approved premise in England or Wales, non-religious music is permitted subject to the approval of the superintendent registrar. Pretty much anything goes as long as it comes within the bounds of taste and decency – York’s own superintendent registrar Robert Livesey has tales of brides entering to the strains of Amarillo, and even a much-married lady who came in to her fourth wedding to the sound of Another One Bites The Dust! Check first to see if your choice is acceptable. Live or recorded music is acceptable in most approved venues in the city – check with your venue first.

Once you’ve made your choice, talk to the person officiating at your ceremony to check if it’s acceptable or appropriate.

If you’re getting married in a church, you should discuss your choice of music with your minister. He/she may have a list of suitable pieces that can be played according to the organist's ability and the type of organ in the church. It may also be possible to have professional musicians play for you – discuss this with your minister before you make your booking.

Once you’ve finalised your choice of text, you’ll have to choose someone to read it

You’re likely to need at least four pieces of music during your ceremony. These are: -

When it comes to readings, you might already have a favourite poem or passage you’d like to use. If you don’t know where to start, ask friends and family for ideas, or look online – there are several resources which offer helpful suggestions.


The Prelude This is music that’s played while guests assemble in the venue's marriage room until the bride party arrives and can last up to about 20 minutes. This music sets the mood for the ceremony to come and should be positive and joyous The Processional This is music played for the bridal party's procession into the marriage room. One piece of music is chosen, which should be stately and regal and last the duration of the walk to where the ceremony will be conducted. The Wedding March from Lohengrin by Wagner is the traditional choice. The Signing of the Register Whilst signing the register, there will be time for one piece of music to be played - maybe two pieces if you’re also having photographs taken during the signing. The Recessional As you leave the marriage room, walking arm-in-arm as husband and wife, you will want a piece of music that is triumphant, joyful and celebratory. The traditional choice is Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



Let’s face it, a wedding without balloons is like a reception without dad dancing. Whether you’re planning a big celebration or a small, sophisticated gathering, balloons can provide the perfect finishing touch and a surprisingly affordable price. Set the scene for your big entrance with a stunning arch of spiralling balloons at your reception venue, or create a romantic atmosphere with ‘clouds’ of pretty pastels. Balloons can make perfect table centres, too, from a simple group of three to a full bouquet of stars co-ordinated to your individual colour scheme. Or, for something completely different, invest in balloon ‘bombs’ or even jokey balloon images of the bride and groom! QWhether you’re looking for something romantic, elegant or fun, the balloon designers at Every Occasion can create the perfect mood for you. Give them a call on 01723 871870.

Small is beautiful

Looking for a beautiful , affordable venue for you r big day? Sutton Park Stately Home, in Yor k in conjunction with the award-winning Blackwell Ox, have com e up with an amazing all inclusive wedding package at an equally amazing price. Situated in the picturesq ue village of Sutton-on -the-Forest, Sutton Par Stately Home and Blackw k ell Ox both specialise in the small bespoke intimate weddings. Up to 30 guests can enjoy the beautiful Stately Home for your wedding ceremony followed by a drinks and canapé reception in either the award winning garden s or, alternatively, in on of their stunning Drawi e ng Rooms. Guests can then enjoy a three course wedding breakfast at the Blackwell Ox, including wine, a sparkling wine toast for the speeches, followed by tea or coffee . You’ll also have the ser vices of their wedding co-ordinator. Q This all-inclusive pac kage is available for £20 10 for wedding in 2010, and £2011 for 201 1 wedding. Call 01347 810 249

Weddings at Ramada Fairfield Manor

When it comes to planning your wedding, it’s the little hidden extras that can completely throw your budget. Which is why a fixed price wedding package can help. You know exactly what you’re getting for your money, so you can keep your finances under control. The Ramada York Fairfield Manor Hotel offers a £3000 fixed price package for limited dates up to March 2011. Set in six acres in landscaped grounds, this charming country house is ideal for your wedding day. They can offer the services of a dedicated Wedding Consultant, seated reception for up to 120 guests, free on-site parking for up to 130 cars, and complimentary chair covers and sashes. With a choice of rooms to suit your needs, elegant surroundings and first class cuisine, they have everything to make your special day even more memorable. Q Call them on 0844 8159038 or email


health&beauty If you need glasses to improve your vision, the optometrist will work out exactly what prescription you need by asking you to read letters on a chart. At the end of your test, your optometrist should discuss your test results and provide you with a prescription for your glasses. This can be used to buy glasses at any optometrist’s practice, not just the one where you had your test.

Extra tests



Your vision is fine, so you don’t need an eye test – right? Wrong. Routine eye exams are very important, regardless of your age or physical health. A qualified optometrist will do more than check whether you need glasses. He or she can check your eyes for common eye diseases, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Sometimes it may be necessary to carry out extra tests. If you’re over 40, for instance, you’re diabetic or you have a family history of eye problems, you may be at extra risk of developing eye problems such as glaucoma (see below). Field of Vision test There are various different machines that measure the field of vision. You will be shown patterns of lights and asked to say which ones you can see. This test can help to detect glaucoma and other problems. Eye pressure test An increase in eye pressure may be a sign of glaucoma. There are two ways to test the pressure. One involves using numbing eye drops and then placing an instrument on the front of your eyes, and the other involves blowing at least three puffs of air at the front of each eye. Neither test hurts. Dilating eye drops If the optometrist needs to see the back of your eye more closely, drops will be put in your eyes that make your pupils larger. It takes up to half an hour for the drops to work properly. Some people find the drops make their eyes dazzled or their sight blurred. You should not drive or use heavy machinery for a few hours after the drops.

What happens in an eye test When you go for your eye test you should take with you any glasses that you wear, the names of any tablets or medicine you are taking and the name of your doctor. When you first go along for a test, the optometrist will ask questions about your general health and health of your family.

Eyecare in the comfort of your own chair

They will then carry out basic checks on your eyes. A light will be shone on the front of your eyes to check their health and how well they react to light. The optometrist will check that the muscles that control your eye movement are working well. They will also use an opthalmoscope to check the back of the eyes.

If you are housebound or in care you are entitled to a free eye exam in your chair, not ours

What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is the name given to a group of conditions where the optic nerve is damaged, usually by a build-up of pressure in the eye. It occurs in around two out of every 100 people over 40 in the UK. If left untreated it can cause blindness. However, if it’s diagnosed and treated early enough, further damage to your vision can be prevented. In chronic glaucoma, the drainage channels slowly become blocked over time. Eye pressure rises slowly and there is no pain, but the field of vision gradually becomes impaired. Acute glaucoma occurs when there’s a sudden and more complete blockage to the flow of aqueous fluid to the eye. This can be quite painful and will cause permanent damage to your sight if not treated promptly. Because the risk of glaucoma increases as you get older, it’s important to have your eyes tested regularly. This is particularly important if you have a close relative who has chronic glaucoma, you are short-sighted or suffer from diabetes.


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Mila yet?

Have you paid a visit to


The salon has three luxury beauty rooms, a dedicated nail bar, six hairdressing stations, two massaging pedicure spas and a relaxation room with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

The new hair and beauty salon opened its doors in May, and it’s already proving incredibly popular. Mila Spa is owned by York businesswoman Jo Millner, who also owns and runs Mila Brides just around the corner from the salon. After creating York’s premier bridal shop, Jo set her sights on offering a similar five star salon service. The hair and beauty salon will complement Mila Brides with bridal hair and make-up as well as offering traditional hair and beauty treatments alongside their Spa days for relaxation, special occasions and hen parties.

The salon will be using Redken hair products, which have a fantastic reputation in the industry. They will also be using L’Oreal colours, including the innovative new Inoa range. The outstanding team of stylists will be offering a full range of colouring and cutting services as well as bridal, prom and special occasion hair-ups. The beauty team will be offering a full range of traditional beauty treatments including Dermalogica facials, which include a free face-mapping service to assess specific skin problems. Other innovative treatments on offer include Hollywood lash extensions, the ultra-fashionable Minx Nails with fantastic designs that are hugely popular with the likes of Beyonce and Lady Gaga, plus the unique Shellac product from creative nails which enables you to wear a nail colour

for two weeks without chipping, flaking or fading!!! Jo and the team look forward to welcoming all new clients. The spa is open seven days a week including late nights on a Thursday and Friday until 8pm. Please call 01904 790368 to book your first Mila Spa Experience. Q Mila Spa, 8a Acomb Court, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BJ.,


With a little help from your friends With summer approaching, now’s the time when we start thinking about losing weight. But shedding those excess pounds is easier said than done, and in the battle of the bulge we need all the help we can get.

As with any kind of lifestyle change, it’s easier to achieve when you have the support and encouragement of people around you. Which is why weight loss groups like WeightWatchers and Rosemary Conley are such a great idea. It’s far easier than going it alone – you’ll pick up lots of advice on nutrition and exercise, and you can give each other a boost when you need it. And knowing you’re heading for the weekly weight-in might be just the motivation you need to keep up your new healthy eating plan (although don’t let the idea put you off – contrary to popular belief, there’s no public humiliation involved!). You’ll get to meet new people and make friends. And, dare we say it, losing weight might even turn out to be fun! You’ll find information on local weight loss classes in Your Local Link – look out for them! But even though weight loss groups are a fun and effective way to shed pounds, they might not be for everyone. Some people prefer a bit of extra one-to-one help and support. Which is where weight loss counsellors can help. They can introduce you to a tailored diet plan using specialist products that wlll provide you with all the nutrients you need while also achieving fast, effective results. You’ll meet your counsellor regularly to receive supplies and talk over any problems you might be having. As with weight loss groups, knowing you have someone on the other end of the phone when you’re struggling can give you some much-needed motivation. There are a number of specialist weight loss counsellors offering one to one advice and support in the York area. Look out for advertisements in Your Local Link for more information.


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Is there such a thing as

pain-free dentistry?

Matthew Houlton from the Manor House Dental Practice, a long established York practice, is here to answer some common questions about how this can be done. I’ve previously had bad experiences of dental treatment and I’m nervous about seeing a dentist. Building trust and rapport with your dentist and hygienist is important; being able to express your concerns can help alleviate many of your anxieties. True dental phobics may benefit from counselling or hypnotherapy. Often, though, just feeling that your concerns are being understood can help. A listening ear, a friendly face and a calming environment can help to build a relationship of trust and friendship between the dental team and the patient which in turn will develop their confidence about dental visits. Whether it’s a summer wedding, a school or college prom or a day at the races, the summer is full of special occasions. If you’ve got a big day coming up, why not treat yourself to a professional hair and make-up? With a girly trip to the races planned, our Emily paid a visit to Revive Hair Design & Beauty in Heworth for a glam new look. “Tracey and Nicky both had lots of ideas, and we went through a thorough consultation before we came up with the look I wanted,” she says. “Tracey then began by washing and blow drying my hair. She says a lot of people don’t know how to do a proper blow dry because they rely on straighteners but it’s the best way to achieve a really sleek, professional finish. “Meanwhile, Nicky got to work on my make-up. She looked at my colouring, and asked what colour dress I would be wearing. Because my outfit is purple we decided to go for a flattering mix of browns and purples on my eyes. She carefully applied Decleor foundation for a long-lasting base, then gradually built up the colour on my eyes. She checked that I was happy with my look, then finished with lip liner and gloss. “Meanwhile, Tracey put some loose curls in my hair and pinned it up to one side. I loved the finished look – it was dressed up but still natural. Tracey and Nicky worked really well together, and made me feel really special.” Q As well as special occasion hair and make-up, Revive Hair Design & Beauty offer bridal hair and make-up packages. Call 413612

I’ve always been nervous about the anaesthetic. Is there an alternative? Even the thought of having an injection or the mere sight of a dental syringe can trigger anxiety in some patients. Fortunately there are some alternative approaches. Sedation is one method but can leave you feeling drowsy, which is not popular with everyone. Another alternative is a clever device called The Wand™. It is essentially a computer-controlled device which controls the delivery of the anaesthetic via a small pen like device that does not look or feel like an injection. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore virtually pain-free. Most people who have had a bad experience with injections think that needles sting because the skin is pierced, but this is usually not the case. Usually the sting is caused by the anaesthetic being pushed in too quickly.

I hate the sound of the drill. Can it be avoided? For certain procedures there is an alternative to the drill. Air Abrasion is a technique which prepares the tooth using small particles fired from a thin pen-like hand-piece under air pressure. It can often mean there is no need for an anaesthetic. Distraction is another method to help overcome the anxiety of the sound of the drill. This can be achieved by losing yourself using music or better still watching a film via DVD glasses.

Recently when I brush my teeth I’ve noticed my gums bleed. Do I need to see a hygienist? Will it hurt? Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease. It can often be resolved through a combination of visits to an oral hygienist and improved home care. A hygienist removes the calculus (tartar) that builds up and irritates the gums causing inflammation and gum disease, which if unchecked can lead to tooth loss. Regular visits can keep it under control and ensure you keep your teeth for life. Some people are more prone than others to gum disease. Having appointments tailor made to suit your needs can ensure that you get the right treatment whilst allowing your utmost comfort. For people who find their gums get sore whilst having their teeth scaled there is the option of using Oraquix gel. This is placed into the gum crevice to numb the gums without the need for an injection.

Q 12 Boroughbridge Road, YO26 5RU. Tel 797434


Back You’ve got a bad back or a chronic headache. Should you see a chiropractor, an osteopath – or both? And what’s the difference between them? We’ve been finding out... CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractors diagnose and treat pain in those suffering problems of the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially of those relating to the spine. Chiropractors believe misalignment of the spine causes health problems. They aim to correct these problems by re-aligning and mobilising the spine using a handson approach known as manipulation. Manipulation is thought to improve the efficiency of your body's nervous system and enable natural healing. Chiropractic is useful for several health conditions, including: • back and neck pain • headaches and migraines • leg pain and sciatica • sports injuries During a session, the practitioner will take a full history from the patient and perform a thorough physical examination. They will ask questions about occupation, diet, existing exercise programmes and lifestyle. A typical session lasts between 30 minutes and


an hour, with some patients requiring only one visit. Other patients, depending on their condition, may need a series of sessions to provide the best outcome of treatment. The chiropractor will also offer advice on preventative measures and suggest activities and exercises that will help strengthen the spinal components.


Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. They use a wide range of techniques, including touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Osteopathy can be used to treat people of any age, from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to athletes. As well as the usual back, neck and joint problems, osteopathy can also be used to treat headaches and migraines, nerve and muscle problems, sinus problems, digestive and breathing problems, painful periods and stressinduced health problems. As with chiropractic, osteopaths will make a full medical assessment at your first session, taking into account your history, lifestyle and day to day routine. They will look at your posture and how you move your body. They may also assess what happens when they move it for you and see what hurts, where and when. Depending on your problem, you may need a single session or a course of treatment. Your osteopath will be able to advise.


This is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses a particular contact to remove motion restrictions throughout the body, not only in the head. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape-change that is present in all body tissues – called involuntary motion. Using involuntary motion, osteopaths can feel whether a person’s body is working in the best way and in an optimum state of health, and whether there is something preventing healthy movement of the tissues.

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It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to warmer weather and holidays. And if you want to look good in the sun, now’s the time to get started! Rebecca from Beautifully You has great treatments to help you along: manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and eye treatments, all carried out in the comfort of your own home. She also offers lash perming and tinting which are perfect for the holiday season. You can do away with your eyelash curlers and mascara and instead have beautifully coloured and curled lashes that last for weeks. Just think – no more panda eyes in the pool! The tint and perm offer last summer from Beautifully You proved so popular that they are offering it again to Your Local Link readers throughout this June and July: a free lash tint, worth £9, with every lash perm! New clients will also receive 15% off any other treatments. QCall Rebecca now on 07879 401 804 or 628290 to make your appointment.

An end to back pain? All chiropractics use different techniques to achieve results, says Dr Phil Baines of Active Care Chiropractic. “Go to ten chiropractics and you’ll have ten different experiences.” Dr Baines is one of only a handful of people in the UK qualified to use the Graston Technique. This is a way of loosening off tight tissues, achieving a fuller range of movement than through standard chiropractic methods alone. Graston Technique uses six stainless steel instruments, each contoured to suit different parts of the body. These instruments are stroked over the top of tissues and find and get rid of scar tissue that has built up, thus improving mobility and flexibility allowing a return to normal. “It means there are a broader spectrum of problems I can deal with,” says Dr Baines. Q To find out more about how Active Care Chiropractic can help you, call 654400 or 07793 069832.



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There’s nothing like a tan to make you look and feel great. But we all know baking in the sun isn’t the best option. So how do you get the tan you love without damaging your health?

Sunbed safety Sunbeds have had a bad press over the years. Research has even suggested that using a sunbed can be as addictive as drug-taking, with so-called ‘tanorexics’ developing anxiety symptoms when deprived of their daily burn. It’s a myth that sunbeds are less harmful than straightforward sunbathing. Sunbeds give out the same type of harmful radiation as sunlight. Prolonged exposure to UV rays increases your risk of developing malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. This risk is greater for people who have excessive UV exposure before the age of 20.

When choosing a sunbed salon, look out for one which has some safety measures in place. A good salon should log your visits to make sure you’re not overdoing your sunbed sessions (experts recommend no more than 20 sessions in a year, and leave at least 48 hours between visits). They should have a timer in place to limit and record the amount of exposure in a single session. They should also provide eye protectors that block UV light.

Faking it Fake tans have come a long way since the streaky, orange versions of yesterday. These days you can achieve a great golden glow which is almost impossible to tell from the real thing. They’re long-lasting, and won’t age or damage your skin. Fake tans come in many varieties, from DIY mousses and lotions to professional spray tans. For the best results, you should always get your tan done by an expert. They can achieve a natural, long-lasting finish – and reach all the bits you might miss! You’ll need to prepare your skin before your tanning session. Make sure you exfoliate your skin for a few days beforehand, to get rid of dead skin cells that might make your tan patchy. Also, carry out any hair removal the day before your spray tan. Apply lots of body lotion in the days before your tan, but don’t use it on the day, as it may interfere with the way your tan works. Similarly, avoid using deodorant. Bring loose dark clothing and flip-flops along to your session, and don’t plan on going out afterwards as tan needs to develop, preferably overnight and for a minimum of six hours. During that time you may turn alarmingly dark! But don’t panic – once you’ve showered off the guide colour you’ll have a lovely golden glow.


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Smile please! To coincide with the release of Twentieth Century Fox’s new movie Tooth Fairy, and the British Dental Health Foundations’s Smile Month, those nice people at Manor House Dental Practice on Boroughbridge Road are inviting you to an Open Day on June 9th from 3pm to 7pm. Meet Matthew and his friendly team – if you’re lucky the Tooth Fairy may even make an appearance! You can also see the wide range of gadgets and gizmos designed to make your treatment more appealing, including the air abrasion machine, DVD glasses and the Wand (nothing to do with the Tooth Fairy!). There’ll also be refreshments, face painting, balloons and a goody bag – plus a free prize draw with a chance to win a Sonicare electric toothbrush and a family ticket to see Tooth Fairy at the cinema. And to prove just how nice they are, they’re also offering 50% off a New Patient Exam if you sign up to the practice on the day. And if a parent joins the practice on the open day, they’ll do the children’s initial examination for free! Call 797434 for more information.

Peace at last

In the stressed out world we live in, we could all use a little inner peace. And that’s what’s on offer at a weekly being organised by the Madyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre. The weekly sessions will unlock the secrets of Buddhist Meditation and help you find some much-needed inner calm. The sessions are held every Wednesday from 9th June to 14th July at Room 1, 41 Monkgate (behind the Methodist Church). Call 01759 304832


Fancy a friendly game of badminton? Then pop along to Joseph Rowntree School, New Earswick, on Friday (6-8pm). The club has moved from Canon Lee School. Member Jean Gaines says: “It is a great venue, good lighting, all modern and new. We have room for some new recruits who know the rudiments of the game. We are a friendly club and we’re happy to pass on tips, but we are not qualified coaches.” Q Just turn up at Joseph Rowntree School or call 760347.


Would you like to let your old clients know where you are – and maybe attract some new ones? Then why not tell everyone through the pages of Your Local Link? Whether you’re on the move yourself, or you’ve taken on a new stylist, we’d like to shout about it for you! Give Emily a call on 767881 or email

Healing war wounds

The conflict in Bosnia may be over, but for many people living there the emotional scars remain. Which is why the work of the Healing Hands Network is so important. Lesley Scott and her team of complementary therapists visit the country to offer a range of treatments designed to help heal the minds and bodies of those

Are you a

hairdresser or beauty therapist

who’s just moved salons? Similarly, if you’re a salon looking for a new stylist or beauty therapist, why not advertise in our Health & Beauty recruitment section? Call Emily for some no-obligation advice on finding the right person for the job. affected by the conflict. To raise funds for this much-needed work, Lesley is holding a Complementary Therapy & Psychic Fair at The Reading Rooms, Dunnington, on Saturday 5th June from 10am – 5pm. You’ll be able to sample a whole range of therapies, from massage to reflexology, Reiki to psychic readings, with all proceeds going to the Healing Hands Network.

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without tears Birthday parties may be fun for kids, but they can be a real headache for parents. If the idea of putting a party together is as daunting as organising a G8 conference, follow our no-hassle guide! Your first step is to decide what kind of party it will be. This could be a traditional party with fun and games at your home, possibly around a theme, such as dinosaurs, space or pirates. This type of party can be fun and is ideal if your budget is limited, but needs the most commitment and energy on your part to organise the games. If you’re going down the DIY route, make sure you enlist plenty of help from friends or other parents, and plan any games well in advance. Be sure to organise a mix of activities, including some quieter ones such as crafts or storytelling, to help calm frenzied kids. A less stressful alternative is to hire a party planner to organise a themed party. This could be an arts and crafts party, a jewellery party, or even a pampering party for would-be princesses. The planner takes charge of the whole event, organising the activities and supplying all the necessary materials. If you’d rather not have the party in your own home, you can hand the whole event over to an outside planner. They will supply invitations, provide party food and even bring out the goody bags when it’s all over. All you have to do is bring the kids and have fun! How many children should you invite? Working out who should and shouldn’t come can be a problem to tax the United Nations. Should you invite the whole class, including the kids your child doesn’t get on with? Or should you risk social disaster by leaving one or two out? Again, this depends on the type of party and the venue. A good rule of thumb on numbers is to invite your child’s age plus one or two. Putting a definite limit on numbers will stop them being overwhelmed, and also avoid any social nightmares. Be discreet about handing out invitations if necessary – it’s better to hand them out after school than in the classroom. Remember, your main aim should be to make the party fun. That’s what children will take away with them, not whether your house was spotless or you carried out your chosen theme to the last detail.


THE LATEST WORD ON What do Tom Cruise, Kirsty Alsopp and Cher have in common? They all suffer from dyslexia.

childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teacher (or Head of Year for secondary age children) about your concerns. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still not happy, make an appointment to see the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The SEN Code of Practice (2002) requires schools to provide appropriate support so that all children have the opportunity to benefit from an inclusive education. In line with the Code of Practice, the SENCO should create an Individual Education Plan (IEP), setting out the steps which the school will take to provide appropriate support for your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs.

Dyslexia is a learning disability which causes difficulties with reading, decoding, reading comprehension and/or reading fluency. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated that it affects between five and 17% of the population. The causes of dyslexia arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clear. Some experts say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a link to hearing problems at an early age. Brain development and genetics also play an important role. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a theory that the brains of dyslexics are somehow â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cross wiredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, so one half has to work harder to compensate. Or it could be a combination of all four factors. Signs and symptoms These can appear from an early age and can include: â&#x20AC;˘ Obvious 'good' and 'bad' days, for no apparent reason, â&#x20AC;˘ Confusion between directional words, e.g. up/down, in/out, â&#x20AC;˘ Difficulty with sequence, e.g.

coloured bead sequence, later with days of the week or numbers, â&#x20AC;˘ A family history of dyslexia or reading difficulties. A pre-school child may develop speech later than usual. They may persistently jumble their phrases, and have problems remembering nursery rhymes and rhyming words. Other non-language clues include difficulties in getting dressed or putting shoes on the correct feet, tripping or bumping

into things, and a general lack of attention. Older children may have problems with reading or spelling, putting letters and figures the wrong way round. They may have poor concentration and take longer than usual to do written work. They may also lack confidence and have a poor self image. Getting help for your child You will need to talk to your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school about providing suitable help and support. Talk to your

Once the school has established an IEP, you should expect to have regular meetings with the school (perhaps once a term) to monitor progress. If the Individual Education Plan is not working or for some reason is not properly implemented, it may be necessary to get a full assessment by an educational psychologist, or a suitably qualified teacher. QFor information on where to go for support, contact the British Dyslexia Association helpline on 0845 251 9002.









Recipe for success

Fun in

the sun? Kids love the sun. But like everything else, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much sun is particularly harmful to young children. Their skin tends to be thinner than adults, increasing their risk of sunburn. Statistics have also shown that over-exposure to the sun before the age of 20 can increase the chances of developing skin cancer in later life.

Staying safe in the sun You should keep children and yourself out of the sun when it’s at its hottest. Babies and children should always wear brimmed hats in the sun. Baseball caps may look smart, but they leave the back of the neck and ears completely exposed. The 'foreign legion' type is much better, with a cloth flap that covers the back of the neck.

Lots of parents put a T-shirt over their kids’ swimsuits when they’re out and about in the sun. The amount of protection you get from your clothes varies depending on the type of material. The closer the weave of the fabric, the more likely it is to keep the sun off. In the UK, clothing manufacturers (particularly children's clothing) are beginning to put sun protection factor labels in their clothes. The higher the number, the more protection the clothing gives. Make sure you use enough sunscreen; half a handful (approximately 20ml) is usually enough for the child's entire body. Remember that some sunscreens come off through contact with water, sweating or rubbing with a towel, so re-apply frequently during the day. Use sunscreen even when the weather is cloudy; 30 to 50% of the ultraviolet rays can still reach us, depending on how overcast the weather is.

Six York College Cateri ng & Hospitality studen ts are jumping for joy after rea ching the Grand Finals of the Nestlé Toque d’Or® com petition, to be held at the Live BBC Summer Good Foo d Show at the NEC in Bir mingham in June. The Nestlé Toq ue d’Or® is the most pre stigious college Catering & Ho spitality competition, att racting entries from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wa les . The students will be mento red by Michelin-starred chef Chris Horridge, who has bee n assigned to them for the finals. After the final the team will attend a prestigiou s awards ceremony, an Oscars-s tyle event with the win ning college being announced on the day. “I cannot put into words how inspiring this is for the college,” says tutor Ma rtin Halliday. “To be sel ected to take part in the final is an exc eptional achievement and they will attract a great dea l of media attention. It will be a fantastic experience for them all. I believe that our team has a real chance of win ning the ultimate prize! ” The York College winnin g students are Antony Johnson, Sam Hood, Chloe Boyes, Michael Saunders, Am anda Shackell and Ellen Con nor.


performance for York students

Dealing with sunburn

More than 100 students from Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in York took to the stage for a unique theatrical performance recently. The group performed extracts from the smash hit musical Billy Elliot to a sell-out audience at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. They were taking part in one of a number of performances staged across the country to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the show in the West End of London. The writer had specially rewritten the script for youth groups to perform as part of the celebrations – the first time permission has been given for anyone to put on the show.

Cool the affected area in tepid water (approximately 25ºC) for 30 minutes to an hour, then apply calamine lotion. If the area is very red and painful, or if blisters or a rash appears, consult your doctor. Always consult your GP if a small child or baby has been sunburnt.

“This was an amazing experience for the students who performed to an extremely high standard before a sell-out audience at one of the UK’s top theatres,” says Principal Sally Thrussell. “It bodes well for our next showcase when we will be taking a group of students to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.”

Students from Stagecoach York have been rehearsing since January at their venue within Archbishop Holgate’s School.



Making a


England for the cup!

Get ready to put your England shirts on as World Cup mania hits us this month. The World Cup, taking place in South Africa this year, is the highlight of the football calendar and it is sure to keep us entertained this summer. Personally Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been a huge football fan; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never fully understood the off-side rule and my dad is the one who tells me which team I should cheer for. Usually, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any idea whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the top of the league and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue who plays for who. In truth I really couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care less. However, somehow the World Cup is different. Every four years, people who normally have no interest whatsoever in football suddenly become knowledgeable. The World Cup is more than just a football tournament; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about supporting our country and being patriotic. During previous World Cup tournaments Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken a real interest in the matches because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to escape the phenomenon that goes with it.

Patriotic spirit During the last World Cup my sister insisted that she had an England shirt. I remember that she lived in it - literally. It was a way for her to show support for the team and get involved. In this sense, the World Cup brings people together.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World Cup is more than just a football tournament; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about supporting our country and being patrioticâ&#x20AC;? I also recall that we went on holiday to Italy the summer after the last tournament when the Italians won. The atmosphere was amazing, the Italian victory had united the nation; decorations adorned every street. I think the same thing happens in England when the World Cup is on. Everyone talks about the team and how they perform, they decorate their houses and get the beers in to party on down. I remember being given the morning off school to watch the Korean tournament because the time difference meant that the games were on at strange times. The streets were dead when the matches were on and everyone sat glued to the TV. It was only after the final whistle that people emerged from their houses cheering.

Only a game? Not wanting to be a party-pooper, but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little worrying that football seems to be the only interest that brings our country together. After all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a load of blokes running around after a ball! Surely there are more important issues? Football has been compared to religions, for some people their interest is so strong. Moreover, the scandalous private lives of footballers have been hitting the headlines recently; John Terry lost his position of England Captain to Rio Ferdinand after being exposed as a love rat. Do you join me in questioning whether the public should be supporting these men so passionately? Surely the focus should be on the game! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure what our chances of winning are this year but as the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in football mounts, I expect I will be swept along with everyone else supporting the national squad. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t promise that an England flag will suddenly hang from my bedroom window but I will enjoy watching the matches with my friends. Yes I can be patriotic, but the England shirt? Somehow thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a step too far!


for five years Entrepreneurs Vicky and Adrian Pettitt are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their bourgeoning business. The husband-andwife team run one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful swimming schools. Starting Splish Splosh at the Mount School in York for two hours a week, the business now serves 1,400 customers, operating at more than 45 locations across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Humberside and Essex. The savvy business duo manage a team of five staff from their offices in the village of Escrick who deal with an increasing number of inquiries for swimming lessons. Splish Splosh offers swimming tuition for babies, children and adults. Q Call 0844 264 1102 or visit


Education&Schools &  ten of York College, which ranks in the top try, is coun the in ges Further Education colle ners on lear t adul for ing even hosting an open 8pm. and 6pm een betw , 29th June Tuesday, ome A college spokesman says: “We welc about e mor out find to ts anyone who wan nal essio prof and l leve y ersit univ e, part-tim g to alon e com courses. No need to book, just n.” the York College receptio go to Q For more details, call 770400 or

PINKIE POWER! Pupils at a York school are doing their bit to fight a deadly disease – with a bottle of purple nail polish! Children at Ralph Butterfield School in Haxby recently took part in Purple Pinkie Day, to raise money for the Rotary Club’s international campaign to eradicate polio across the world. It was all the idea of seven year old Dave Olsen, a Year Three pupil at the school. He first heard about the campaign after raising funds for the Rotary Club’s Shelter Box appeal. “The Rotary Club invited Dave along to a coffee

Training of teachers


Teacher training at the University of York has been judged “outstanding” by the Office for Standards in Education. The Department of Educational Studies was given the highest inspection grade for the training it provides to future secondary school teachers in partnership with 50 schools. In addition to achieving the highest grade overall, the Department’s Initial Teacher Education programme was judged outstanding in eight out of the nine inspection categories.

Professor Judith Bennett, Head of the Department of Educational Studies, says: “This report underlines our reputation for training highly skilled teachers who go on to help children across the country succeed.”

In their report, the inspection team praised York trainees’ “outstanding professional skills”, the Department’s “highly coherent training programme” and its “excellent use of resources”. Every year more than 100 students complete the postgraduate certificate of education in English, history, mathematics, modern foreign languages or science at York.

morning to present his cheque, and he found out about the Purple Pinkie Day,” says his mum Joanne Olsen. “He was keen to get involved, so he approached the school.” The children held a non-uniform day, where they each made a donation to have their little fingernail painted purple. “When a child is vaccinated, they have a purple stamp put on their finger. So each purple pinkie brings us closer to making polio history,” says Ian Stockley, Chairman of York Rotary. Headteacher Mrs Mitchell says she’s very proud of Dave’s initiative. “I think it’s great that the idea has come from Dave,” she says. “This is an issue that’s really touched his heart, and we

wanted to encourage him as much as possible.” QFor more information on the Purple Pinkie Appeal, log on to


This month we shine the spotlight on a sports college at heart of the community

Adding value

to the lives of pupils York High School became Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest secondary school when it opened in September 2007. In three years the school has been through an incredible journey and achieved some amazing things.

Head teacher David Ellis says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new school building has proved to be an inspiration to pupils, staff and the whole community and our official opening in April 2009 in the presence of the Lord Mayor of York and Olympian Gail

York High opened temporarily on the site of the former Lowfield School in Dijon Avenue whilst the new site at Cornlands Road was refurbished and extended through a ÂŁ13.5 million building project.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Our ambition is to become an outstanding school and to be a school of which the whole community is proud.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

The Dijon Avenue site was home for four terms but the school was badly damaged by a major fire in October 2008. Thankfully no one was injured but about one-third of the building was lost. However, thanks to tremendous support from schools, the city council and so many other people across the city, the disruption to learning for the pupils was minimal and York High moved as planned to its new home in January 2009.

Emms was a wonderful celebration of our new hope and optimism for the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This optimism was soon borne out when the Year 11 pupils received their examination results which were easily our best ever and placed York High at the top of the City of York Value Added League Tables. Schools are not just about examination results,

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as a Specialist Sports College, York High strives to enthuse the values and ethos of sport in its pupils. Mr Ellis says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the centre of the work at York High is our relationship with our community and the personal development of our young people. In three years we have developed international links with schools in Tanzania, Sudan, USA, and Holland. Our pupils have annual opportunities to visit Paris, the Battlefields of Belgium and our Year 7 pupils have a residential visit to the North York Moors. We believe that these opportunities raise our pupilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aspirations and help them appreciate their place in the world. We hold frequent fundraising/charity events and this year alone these have included regular non-uniform days, a whole school conga for BBC Children In Need and, for Sport Relief, a whole school aerobic session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work closely with neighbouring schools and York College. York High is at the forefront of the development of the new diplomas and we have excellent working relationships with our partner primary schools with whom we have a shared ambition to do the very best we can for our community, our young people and their families. Each term we hold a Family Learning Day open to pupils and families with children in Years 5 to 9. Primary children are also able to come into school to use our excellent performing arts and ICT facilities as well as those in the sports area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In June 2009 we had our first Ofsted inspection when York High was judged to be a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Good Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; something about which we are very proud given the challenges we faced in our first few months. We were especially pleased with the recognition that Ofsted gave to the quality of care and guidance we provide for our pupils and their families. Our aim is to be a truly inclusive school that can meet the needs of every child and family in our catchment area.â&#x20AC;?


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Anyone for tennis? York Tennis Club has switched from carpet to artificial grass on five of its six courts – and members are thrilled with the new playing surface. Club chairman John Linfoot says: “You can play in all weathers, even snow if you brush it from the court. You can even play when it’s dark because the courts have floodlights.” So now is a good time to join the club which benefits from the excellent modern facilities at Clifton Park, Shipton Road. It caters for social players and those that want to compete in local leagues. It has 16 teams – men, ladies and mixed – playing in various leagues. The club is also keen to encourage youngsters to take up the game. It employs a fulltime junior coach as part of its development programme. QFor more details, call John on 470754.


Get the lowdown on all the happenings in the city and elsewhere from our resident sports fan

York City are suffering from Wembley blues after losing 3-1 to Oxford United in the Blue Square Premier play-off final at Wembley. The defeat means there will be no return to the football league for the Minstermen after a six-year absence. Now City fans must get behind the club next season and cheer the team to promotion. Meanwhile, they should praise manager Martin Foyle for the magnificent turnaround he has achieved, turning the club from near relegation fodder, into promotion candidates in his first full season in charge. Despite bookies predictions York came through the test of Luton Town, or Luton City, as Archbishop John Sentamu hilariously welcomed them over the Tannoy at half time in the first leg. Unfortunately for York’s amazing efforts overcoming Luton in the semi-finals, events were overshadowed by the appalling crowd trouble. Gracious in defeat Luton chairman broadcaster Nick Owen stated that Luton threw everything they had at York; whether he was including coins and bottle, as well as the shots at Michael Ingham’s goal only he knows. Aside from the obvious winning formula that has been evident at York City this season; the fans have had more songs for individual players than I can previously remember. From the generic ‘Super Michael Ingham’ and humorous ‘We all love Gash’ chants comes the more original composition about striker Michael Rankine to the tune of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’. When looking for the most popular chants of the past decade, none come bigger than crowds supporting teams opposite Bobby Zamora when they sing to the tune of Dean Martin’s That’s Amore; “When your sat in row Z and the ball hits your head, that’s Zamora”. “Nani are you ok, are you ok Nani?” is Man United’s version of Smooth Criminal and stereotypes a plenty with West Ham’s “we’ve got Di Canio, you’ve got our stereos” to ardent Liverpool fan’s. For me the gems lie with the lower leagues and the genius creation of “your just a poor man’s evian” sung to Buxton FC’s supporters. A hat-trick of York win’s in May over Luton occurred when Heworth’s welterweight boxer Matt Doyle notched up a third straight win in as many fights when he beat Gavin Putney on points at Hull’s Gemtec Arena. Originally Doyle was lined up to face a rematch with his second conquest Monsoor Wali but a late change of plans saw him face an older, slightly more experienced customer in Putney but with the same end result. Another Yorkshire success story is in the cricket where Yorkshire have had their best start for years in the county championship, with solid wins against Somerset, Warwickshire and Essex where they won by a massive innings and 96 runs. Durham, and more prominently, the rain, have only halted Yorkshire’s early season form with a drawn game. Dunningtonbased Johnny Bairstow played a big part in the Essex triumph with three catches, two stumpings and a handy knock of 62. June provides some respite from the County Championship and more time devoted to the T20 form of cricket with Headingley home games against the ridiculously named cohort of Derbyshire Falcons, Durham Dynamos, Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Lancashire Lightning, Worcestershire Royals, Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Leicestershire Foxes.



To mark National Insect Week, which takes place between 21 and 27 June, we look at keeping scorpions as pets

June is National Microchipping Month, which is a good time to get details of your cat, dog or rabbit logged on a national database

Microchip your pet

Sting in the tail

for life

Scorpions need to be kept in a secure container. A suitably sized small plastic tank with a ventilated lid will do well, as will an old aquarium or even plastic food containers.

Having a pet stolen or go missing is a heartwrenching experience for any owner.

By having their pets microchipped, owners can ensure that if their missing pets are found, they will be returned to them. Deciding to have a pet is an important decision and one that results in a commitment to that pet for its entire life. Part of being a responsible pet owner is identifying your dog permanently, for example, by microchipping. The seventh annual National Microchipping Month, sponsored by Petlog, takes place throughout June to highlight the benefits of permanent pet identification.

‘A microchip is a tiny, glass, inert capsule the size of a grain of rice containing an identification number linking you to your pet.’

Petlog, the UK’s largest Microchip Pet reunification service, is assuring pet owners that just as a pet is for life, its microchip and registration is also for life. Run by the Kennel Club, Petlog, has more than 4.3 million animals registered on its datebase. It handles about 100,000 calls a year about lost and found pets and has reunited many animals with their owners. The Petlog database is available 24 hours a day to authorised bodies such as vets, dog wardens and animal welfare centres. Using a hand-held scanner, they are able to read the microchip in any animal found, and trace their owners. QFor more details, call 0844 463 3999 or go to


What is a microchip? A microchip is a tiny, glass, inert capsule the size of a grain of rice containing an identification number linking you to your pet.

How does it work? Your pet’s chip number is registered with Petlog. Vets, rescue centres and dog wardens have hand-held scanners used to detect the microchip number. Your contact details can be confirmed, allowing you to be reunited with your pet. How is it implanted? Dogs, cats and rabbits, have their microchip implanted in the scruff of the neck via pre-packed sterile needle. The chip is deposited into the area between the shoulder blades. Your pet will feel no more discomfort than with a conventional injection. What if I move house? Your pet is registered for life. You can update your details, such as changes of address, via the Petlog website on or by calling 0844 463 3999. Planning to travel? If you plan to travel abroad your pet must have a suitable microchip. Further information on taking your pet abroad on the DEFRA website at

The tank will need to be heated and kept at an appropriate level of humidity. Heat mats are commonly used to provide the necessary warmth, but it is particularly important with scorpions to ensure that they don’t cover the entire floor area, since these animals naturally burrow. A layer of bark chippings, sphagnum moss or potting compost will do well for the forestdwelling species, while desert living scorpions will need a thick layer of sand. These essentially nocturnal animals will appreciate some hiding places too. Scorpions are active hunters and in the wild consume a wide variety of insects and other prey. In captivity they will happily take the normal kind of food items, such as crickets and locusts, depending on their size, but some wild-caught bugs from the pesticide-free areas of your own garden will certainly be welcomed too. Feeding is best done at night, since these animals are nocturnal and naturally secretive. Growing to six inches (15cm) in length and coming from West Africa, the Emperor or Imperial Scorpion is an ideal species to keep. It’s a black coloured animal with very robust pedipalps – its sting is much the same as that of a bee.

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? DIGBY, a ten-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, has had a tough start to life but would respond to a lot of love, affection and patience. Ideally, his new owner would be able to spend most of the day with him, say staff at the RSPCA home in Landing Lane, York. Digby is good with other dogs. BLUTO, a nine-month-old collie-Doberman cross, is a friendly dog who would make an excellent family pet. The RSPCA is also keeping Popeye, his twin brother. They can either be homed as a pair or separately. Q If you can offer any of these dogs a home, call the RSPCA on 654949.

Pogo, the five-year-old Patterdale terrier-cross featured in last month’s Your Local Link, has been reserved by a potential owner. However, Dino, the one-year-old Akita also featured in last month’s issue, is still looking for a new home.

Aquarium show

Members of Ryedale Aquarist Society are holding a 25th Anniversary Day at Old Malton Memorial Hall, Malton on July 11th from 10am. Aquatic consultant Dr David Ford will present a talk on his life in fish-keeping. Aquarium fish Mini-open Show that includes the Ryedale Championship; British Cichlid Association Mini-open Show; Auction of fish-keeping items; and information stands from aquatic groups. QTel: 01751 472715

Gentle giants PLUNKETT and McLEAN look altogether thrilled to have located so warm and welcoming a set of lodgings, after too long spent wandering in the chilly outdoors. They were in a fair old state on arrival and in need of immediate servicing from a nearby vet. Thankfully, after a few minor upgrades (dentistry, hair styling etc), you can’t deny the fellas are looking sharp. As for character, they have bagfuls! As ever, one brother is rather quieter and happy to keep to himself. The other is about as soft and ridiculous as you could wish for - in looks as well as personality. ANDRE is a quirky, perky little chap who loves playing, being fussed and food (but not necessarily in that order). His appearance may give you brief pause for thought, having quite clearly suffered from insufficient access to food. Andre brings with him a somewhat skeletal frame – thankfully this is nothing an adequate diet can’t fix. He is also rather lacking in the fur department as a result of a severe flea allergy. As long as he remains flea-free, this fur will grow back beautifully. In fact, it already is doing so. Despite his temporarily unusual looks, André is a fantastic young cat, with a big heart and bundles of energy. Q If you’d like to offer either of these cats a loving home, please call York Cats Protection, 582 Huntington Road. Tel 760356.


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York Budgerigar Society meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Folk Hall, New Earswick, at 7.30pm. Members enjoy a wide range of events throughout the year including guest speakers, film shows, visiting panels from other societies and aviary visits to other budgerigar breeders. New members welcome. Q For more details, email or call 0775 873 2187




You may not have room for a vegetable patch or time for an allotment, but many delicious varieties of salad, fruit and veg will thrive in containers and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take up much room. There are many advantages to growing produce in pots. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll attract fewer pests, you can provide each plant with the ideal soil and growing conditions, and with your pots on your doorstep your produce will be handy for picking!

What to grow It's best to stick to compact plants such as sweet peppers, chilli peppers, aubergine and tumbling varieties of tomatoes, or look out for mini varieties that have been especially developed. These include certain types of runner beans, celery, baby lettuces, chard and spinach. Herbs also grow well in pots and containers, as do all kinds of summer berries. Your local nursery or garden centre should be able to provide you with a list of suggestions.


Choosing pots The most important thing is to have a large enough container and not to let it dry out completely. Choose containers that are large enough for the eventual size of your plant. Root vegetables need deep pots with plenty of compost and big pots are needed to support top-heavy plants such as tomatoes. Plastic pots are cheap to buy, while glazed or plain terracotta look attractive. However, these absorb water which makes compost dry out more quickly. Remedy this by lining the inside of the pot with polythene, pierced at the base for drainage.

Looking after your produce Keep leafy herbs compact and productive by removing flower buds and picking regularly. Support aubergine and chilli peppers with canes to prevent the stems snapping under the weight of their fruit. Watering is paramount. Nothing beats a hose for a speedy dose of water, but use a watering can with a rose for seedlings and young plants. Feed fruit or vegetables with a high potash feed when flowers form.

Pick up a plant bargain About 20 specialist nurseries, plus stalls selling garden-related items, will be attending a plant fair on Sunday June 6th at Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, between 10am and 4pm. You will find everything from bulbs and small alpines to large ferns and trees; from shrubs to grasses plus several herbaceous plant stalls. In addition there will be organic produce, hand-thrown pots and several other garden related stalls. All of the stalls will have excellent plants and products for sale and refreshments will be available all day both on the plant fair field and at The Garden Restaurant. Come and meet the nurserymen to see what is on offer, get tips and pick up a bargain! Scampston Hall will also be open for guided tours during the afternoon (extra charge), and the grounds and Cascade Circuit Walk all day.

Cactus talk Martin Lowry will

talk about the plants he observed during a recent trip to Peru to members of the York Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society at West Thorpe Methodist Church, West Thorpe, off Thanet Road, York at 7.30pm on June 22nd. Free admission and refreshments. All welcome. Tel: 410512.



roses coming up

To a keen gardener, there are few things in life as pleasurable as walking through a rose garden in the British summer time. Although not many of us have the space to recreate the same effect at home, we can all find a space to incorporate one or two roses, whether as a climber, a backdrop or a specimen in a pot.

them having little or no scent. As the name suggests, their habit is for the long branches to spread over the ground. They also look effective trained to go over a low wall.

Hybrid tea roses are probably the most popular, being known for their large blooms, many of which are scented. There’s a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes available, many of which are well suited to living in pots as well as the middle or back of a border.

Climbing or rambling roses make a perfect covering for trellises, pergolas, arches or even trees. Climbing roses have small clusters of medium to large blooms that tend to come in two flushes (although some varieties only produce one). Dead heading the flowers after the first flush will encourage a good display.

Floribunda roses are similar in height and spread to hybrid tea roses and can be used in the same positions. However they produce many more flowers that appear in clusters rather than single flowers on a stem. The flowers open at different times to give a show of colour from mid June to mid September. Shrub roses range from three to ten feet tall. The medium sized shrub looks excellent at the back of a border, while the bigger varieties are best used as specimen plants or hedges. Most of these are repeat flowering, with flowers often in clusters of single or double blooms. Ground cover roses are mainly repeat flowering, with most of


Miniature or patio roses have a neat, compact habit which makes them perfect for pots and planters or the front of beds and borders.

Roses have a bad reputation when it comes to pests and diseases. The trick to producing healthy roses is to keep on top of their care, starting when they lose their leaves in winter. Good hygiene is very important. Clear away all leaf litter to prevent pests and diseases over-wintering in plant debris. Jeyes Fluid could also be used as a soil drench – it disinfects the soil without leaving any harmful residue. When the leaf buds break in spring, it’s advisable to begin spraying with Rose Clear 3 and contiue regularly throughout the season.

in the garden’s Make sure everything Dean’s lovely with the team at There is nothing quite so spectacular as the vivid colour display given by an herbaceous perennial border in the summertime. Every conceivable colour in a tangled blend of tall spikes, huge blooms, feathery sprays and dainty nodding heads, can be intermingled at once, leaving the effect of splashes on a painter’s palette. Herbaceous perennials are described by definition, as plants that die down to nothing over the winter months, then send up new shoots and foliage each spring. This is true of most of them but there are exceptions. Euphorbia, Hellebore, Heuchera and Tiarella are some examples that do not disappear completely, also some genus are less hardy and are not likely to survive a severe winter. With only a modest amount of work, herbaceous perennials will be a delightful addition to your garden. Whether it is in the form of a purely herbaceous border or interspersed throughout your existing planting. The beauty of an herbaceous border is that you can provide everything from a tall backdrop such as Digitalis (Foxglove) at heights up to six feet right down to a path edge of six inches with Geranium ‘Ballerina’, with every gap filled in between. As well as the gradient of heights, the flowering period will go from spring through to autumn with a succession of every colour imaginable, with their vast range of bold, brightly coloured flowers and also the many different leaf shapes, colours and textures to add an extra dimension to your planting scheme. There are thousands of perennials to choose from, but some have to be mentioned, such as a traditional cottage garden plant, the Lupin, which gives a great variety of colours with taller varieties sporting thick spires of pea-like flowers up to four feet, whilst dwarf varieties such as the ‘Gallery’ series offers denser, compact foliage with flowers of only a couple of feet. Another old favourite is Alcea (Hollyhock), again useful as a tall back drop plant, it is often better treated as a biennial. A beautiful mid-season perennial with unique, huge bowl shaped flowers, of up to six or seven inches across is Paeonia (Peony). They can have single, double or semi-double large flowers on tall stems, from white, yellow, pink and red. The variety ‘Bowl of Beauty’ is a stunning pink cup of outer petals filled with a creamy-white fluffy centre. Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) has an attractive clump of pale greenblue foliage bearing tiny yellow/green flowers in fluffy sprays. Both the leaves and flowers are often used in flower arranging, it looks particularly striking on a morning when the dew drops hang all around the leaf edge. Aquilegia (Columbine) is one of the earliest to flower with lots of colours and heights to choose from. The often two toned, dainty flowers seed extremely easily making them very good value (and a nice surprise as you never know where they will pop up until next spring). No herbaceous border is complete without Delphiniums. The towering spikes of sky blue, purple, white or pink flowers will need staking to protect them from snapping in the wind but it is well worth the effort. If you cut back the flower stalk after flowering in June/July you may get another flush in autumn. Also slug pellets are advisable as they are a slugs favourite dish! A close second on a slug’s menu would be Hosta (Plantain Lily) although they do flower; they are acquired for the astounding range of foliage they supply. Although the herbaceous border dies down, there are seed heads that can be left on until winter that still offer structure and interest such as Alchillea and Sedum. At the end of the season simply cut down the old flower stalks, leaving a small amount of leaf coverage.

Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton Lane Stockton on the Forest, York • Tel: 01904 400141


Grow your own with SANDRA GEERE

Growing your own fruit and veg is rewarding, good for the planet – and your pocket. Here’s how… According to the seventeenth century apothecary and physician Nicholas Culpeper, thyme is the best remedy for Chin-cough in children and for easing the process of childbirth. I can’t remember the last time I came across a case of Chin-cough but I do believe in the healing properties of herbal teas to ease and sometimes cure a number of common ailments. Herbs can also be used to make beauty products and gifts for the home. The real benefits of growing herbs amongst your fruit and vegetables though are as valuable companion plants and low hedging. Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender and bay prefer a poor soil in a sunny position. A suitable freedraining growing medium for container grown herbs can be made by mixing two thirds of a loamy John Innes compost (or homemade sieved compost) and one third horticultural grit or a mixture of grit and sand. Put a layer of broken crocks on the bottom of a large container before filling to two inches from the top rim. When planting give consideration to the eventual height and width that the plants will reach when fully grown. Although you want the pot to look nicely full, JOBS FOR JUNE don’t overcrowd the plants. Water Top dress and well and add a mulch of grit. protect fruit Most plants will need little more Sow for late summer attention than an occasional tidy up and a haircut at the end of the Plant brassicas season. Encourage bees Annual herbs such as parsley, coriander and chives (loved by long-tongued bees) can be grown in pots on the windowsill or in larger quantities in the vegetable patch where they make attractive edgings. Try growing basil and curled parsley with tomatoes in the greenhouse or in hanging baskets. The roots of mint are very invasive but can be contained in an old washing up bowl (with drainage holes) and sunk in the ground. Grow herbs you frequently use and, if space allows, perhaps some that are new to you. Plant out squashes, tomatoes, sweetcorn and brassicas. Make sowings for late summer peas, beans, carrots, beetroot and salad leaves. Protect strawberries and currants from birds and top dress fruit with wood ash. Before the month is out you will be harvesting new potatoes, strawberries, broad beans, early peas, salads, gooseberries and currants, so those culinary herbs will be just what you need. I’m thrilled to see so many butterflies and bees on my plot this spring. Planting some more herbs and wild flowers will keep them very happy. LOCAL SUPPLIERS Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop, Bishopthorpe, York 01904 701869 uk Reg. Charity No. 1010178. Organically grown vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and much more. QSandra specialises in creating sustainable organic kitchen gardens in small spaces and can show you how to maximise your available space and grow crops all year round. Contact Sandra Geere Kitchen Garden Design & Consultancy 01904 655366 email


2SHQ*DUGHQV Every year, thousands of enthusiastic gardeners open their gardens to the public under the National Gardens Scheme, either for charity of for the joy of sharing their passion. Here are some of the gardens open this month... Sleightholmedale Lodge, Fadmoor YO62 7JG. Hillside garden, walled rose garden and herbaceous borders. Open 5th June, 2 – 6pm.

The Old Coach House, Church Lane, Elvington YO41 4AD. Delightful, atmospheric owner-made two acre garden. Extensive mixed long borders, hosta garden and large natural wildlife pond leading to summerhouse, vegetable garden and long rose pergola. Fun for all the family on the village green with Elvington village fete. Open 6th June, 12 noon – 5pm. Riverside Farm, Sinnington YO62 6RY. Cottage garden surrounding 18th century farmhouse with extensive lawns, island beds with mixed planting, old roses, pond, orchard and amenity woodland. Veteran oak tree in nearby field. Open 9th June, 1.30 – 5pm. Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield YO25 4ND. Beautiful award-winning gardens of Burton Agnes Hall are home to 4000 different plant species, herbaceous borders, a jungle garden, potager, coloured gardens, giant games, a maze and National Collection of campanulas. Open 12th & 13th June, 11am – 5pm. Linden Lodge, Newbridge Lane, nr Wilberfoss, YO41 5RB. One acre garden, owner-designed and constructed since 2000, with many choice and unusual plants and trees. Gravel paths edged with box and lavender lead to herbaceous/mixed borders, wildlife pond and summerhouse. Open 12th & 13th June, 11am – 5pm.

Stillingfleet Lodge, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet nr York YO19 6HP. Plantsman’s garden subdivided into smaller gardens, each based on colour theme with emphasis on use of foliage plants. Wild flower meadow and natural pond. Double herbaceous borders. Open 13th June, 1 – 5pm. Shandy Hall Gardens, Coxwold YO61 4AD. Home of 18th century author Laurence Sterne. Two walled gardens, one acre of unusual perennials interplanted with tulips and old roses in low walled beds. Open 18th June, 6 – 9pm. Holmfield, Fridaythorpe, YO25 9RZ. Informal two acre country garden on gentle south-facing slope. Large mixed borders, octagonal gazebo. Vegetable and fruit areas. Family garden with sunken trampoline, large lawn. Open 19th and 20th June, 11am – 5pm. Terrington House, Terrington YO60 6PU. Formal garden set in three acres with exquisite shell house, herbaceous and mixed borders including roses, peonies and hostas. Impressive trees, parterre and vegetable garden. Open 22nd and 23rd June, 10am – 5pm. Rewela Cottage, Skewsby, York YO61 4SG. acre garden featuring a great number of unusual trees and shrubs, many architectural plants, pond, pergola, natural stone sunken garden, breeze house, decking, raised vegetable garden and plant raising area. Open 27th June, 10am – 5pm. Wytherstone Gardens, Pockley, nr Helmsley, YO62 7TE. A true plantsman’s garden set in eight acres of rolling countryside. Divided by beech hedges, creating interlinked specialised ‘feature’ gardens, including Mediterranean, spring, ericaceous, terraced, fern, foliage and bamboo garden. Rare and unusual shrub perennials for sale. Propagating demonstrations and specialist advice available. Open 27th June, 10am – 5pm. PennyHolme, Fadmoor, YO62 7JG. Enchanting 10 acre moorland garden. Extensive collection of magnificent rhododendrons and azaleas, set in mature oak wood and river circular walk. Open 5th June, 1 – 5pm.


Ask Chris...

Got a gardening problem?

Chris Brown from Brown’s Nurseries can help. Q. I have a Skimmia growing in a container and the leaves have turned pale and yellow. Can I treat the plant to turn it green again? A. This is iron deficiency ‘Lime induced Chlorosis’. Many plants can be affected by iron deficiency but symptoms are most likely to be seen on Rhodedendrons, Camellias, Hydrangeas and Skimmias. Tell-tale signs are bleaching or yellowing, usually of the youngest leaves, but not affecting the veins, which stand out as conspicuously dark green. In severe conditions plants may fail to flower or fruit and could even die. Iron is associated with several functions in plants but most importantly with the formation of chlorophyll, and plants therefore become pale when it’s absent. The most satisfactory treatment is to apply iron in a form which is easily available to plants. Such compounds are on sale to gardeners and are known as chelates or sequestrenes. Sequestrenes should be applied to the soil or sometimes as foliar feed sprays. Q. I have a tree peony and I would like to know when to prune it please. A. Peonies fall into two groups; the herbaceous perennial peonies and the medium-sized, hardy, deciduous shrubs known as ‘tree peonies’. The two groups bear similar types of flowers. Tree peonies are long-lived plants that may be slow to establish. The habit is upright, and older stems may become leggy. Peonies require little pruning but judicious cutting out of old wood encourages bushier growth. Prune in summer after flowering, and in autumn after leaf-fall. Occasionally cut old leggy stems of mature plants to ground level. Avoid more drastic pruning, especially of grafted plants. Q. Powdery grey-white patches have appeared on the leaves of my rose bush. What’s causing this? A. This is rose powdery mildew, one of the most familiar garden diseases, which is very common and widespread. It occurs in almost all situations but roses in dry sheltered sites, such as against walls, are particularly prone. The powdery off-white patches may develop on leaves, stems, buds or, more rarely, flowers. Leaves may turn yellow or purple, wither and drop prematurely, while buds may fail to open. Choose resistant cultivars where possible; new cultivars today are very thoroughly assessed before release and although they may succumb in time, choosing a cultivar within a few years of its launch will be unlikely to result in serious mildew problems. There are several chemicals on the market that will treat mildew, black spot and aphids all at once so ask at your local nursery or garden centre for advice. Q. My new buxus plant has brown leaves on one side and is looking a bit sick. What can I do to bring it back to health? A. Box Dieback, or Volutella Buxi , is fairly common and widespread, especially on box hedges which develop conspicuous patches of browned foliage, sometimes with twig and branch death and occasionally canker on large branches. Several fungi may be responsible for the condition but a wound-infecting species, Volutella Buxi, is the most usual cause. It produces pinkish spore masses on the leaves. The fungus overwinters on fallen leaves and it is assumed that the spores infect through bark cracks in the spring. There are no established control measures but dead branches should be cut out and burned. Note also that rather similar death of box leaves in patches on branches close to the ground is more commonly caused by cats urinating against them. Also a feeding of a high nitrogen plant feed will green the leaves up. 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.


Gardens do pose hazards, so it’s a good idea to ‘child proof’ it to make it safe

’Elf and safety If your garden is hedged, check it regularly for gaps and, for complete safety, run chicken wire down the base of a hedge to keep pets and children in. Also check fences and gates to ensure they are secure. Walls can present a hazard in their own right as older walls can crumble away in time and have been known to collapse on people, so make sure you have them checked for stability.

Make sure you keep borders trimmed back from paths so that sharp leaves or thorns don't become entangled in smaller children's clothes, hair or possibly faces and eyes as they walk, run or ride past. Try to avoid prickly or thorny shrubs at all as they tend to be head height for children.

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Ensure children aware of dangerous plants and the hazards of eating them. Some plants can also cut quite badly such as pampas grass whose long stems are extremely sharp and can easily slice your hand. Also point out things like holly or roses, which have pointy leaves and thorns.


DIY and power tools

Don't leave tools lying around. Ensure that power tools have a cut-off switch in them (an RCD - residual current device) and that you unplug them as soon as you are finished with them. Store them in a locked garage on a high shelf and make it clear that they are out of bounds for safety reasons. Make sure that children know that when you are using them they are not to play near you, especially if you are using a step ladder or ladder as these are easily knocked. Never use power tools in the wet and discourage children from playing with hoses when there are tools around. Likewise, with non-power tools such as secateurs, trowels and hammers, don't leave them lying on the ground when gardening as this is an open invitation to small children. At least keep things in a portable box with a handle that you can carry around the garden with you or in the pocket of an apron.




Make sure that chemicals such as weed or insect killer are also locked away and that children are not in the vicinity when they are used. Ensure that children do not play near sprayed plants either as they may well touch them and transfer some of the chemicals into their mouths or eyes. Likewise with paints and wood preservers.

Ponds and water

Water play should be cleared away at the end of the day with paddling pools especially needing to be emptied and stored away; they can fill up enough with rain overnight to present a drowning hazard to small children by morning. Fence off ponds or, better still, fill them in. You can always have a bird bath or smaller water feature that doesn't pose a drowning risk until your children are much older.


Barbecues are the perfect way to relax but make sure you never leave children alone while it is lit as the excitement can lead to curiosity. Make sure it is thoroughly out at the end of the day and left to cool down. Equally, ensure plates and cutlery, if used, are cleared straight away to avoid accidents and try to use paper plates and plastic cups instead of glasses and china plates.



Shop window for renewables An energy centre to display renewable technologies is being established by Solarwall, the York-based cavity wall and loft insulation specialist.

The company offers both businesses and private individuals a one-stop shop for energy saving products ranging from wall and loft insulation to renewable technologies, such as ground and air source heat pumps, solar thermal hot water and Photovoltaic (PV) Systems as well as offering the very latest advice on grants, the feed-in tariff (FIT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

City of York Council and Yorwaste Ltd have teamed up to give local residents free compost this summer. Green fingered gardeners will be able to collect their free compost from Yorwaste’s Harewood Whin site, on Tinker Lane, off Wetherby Road on: Sunday 6th June; Sunday 4th July; Sunday 1st August and Sunday 5th September.

The compost will be available from 9.30am until 2.30pm each day and residents are asked to bring a shovel and bags or containers to take the compost home in.

Watch out for ‘cowboy’ fly-tippers

The Country Landowners Association has warned against the danger of ‘cowboy’ flytippers dumping waste, and called for the public to think twice before accepting offers from strangers claiming they can cheaply dispose of waste materials. CLA President and Yorkshire landowner William Worsley said: “Householders or builders with waste to dispose of can be tempted by people offering to do the job for cash in hand. These cowboys often take the waste and illegally dump it on private land rather than disposing of it legally.

Says City of York Council’s Waste Strategy Officer Sarah Goodhead, “The compost we’re giving away has been made using the garden waste that we collect from residents’ green bins. By digging it back into our back gardens we are truly putting back into the soil what we have taken away.’ “The owners of the land where waste is dumped have to remove it themselves, often at considerable cost. If this isn’t done quickly, more fly-tipping often takes place and the pile grows and grows. We are asking everyone with waste to dispose of it properly and legally.” If you have waste you need to get rid of, find someone who will do it in a professional, environmentally responsible way. You’ll find advertisements for all kinds of waste disposal businesses in Your Local Link, from large scale environmental services who can deal with business waste on a contract basis, to skip hire companies and small independent traders who will carry out oneoff domestic clearances.

The energy centre will also cover other aspects of energy saving products such as smart meters, energy saving lighting and power savers. Managing Director Sue Lamb says: “We will develop a range of presentations, resources and materials covering the various technologies to address the needs of the different market sectors and will be organising ‘open days’ and presentations for clients. “This facility will also be available to hire by interested groups. It is intended that many of these resources would be usable outside the centre and capable of delivery to local councils, architects, builders, community groups, plus commercial and business groups in their own premises or at their own events.” Solarwall has been established more than 30 years, growing from a business with only four employees to a leading energy efficiency provider, serving nearly 100,000 customers throughout Yorkshire, Teesside and South Humberside and employing 90 people. Q For more details, call 0500 127 005 or go to



Don’t bin small electrical goods This year’s Recycle Now Week (21-27 June) is targeting small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

We often recycle items such as mobile phones and larger electrical items like TVs and vacuum cleaners. However, we don’t think about recycling smaller electrical items like toasters, hairdryers and electric toothbrushes – these are perceived as ‘lesser value’ items and are simply thrown away with the household rubbish or left to gather dust in the loft or garage. During Recycle Week take a small electrical item that could be recycled or reused to a designated reuse or recycling location or organisation. You could also pledge to hire, borrow, reuse or recycle your electrical items. The small electrical items that can be recycled, include: • Personal Care items (hairdryers, curling tongs, straighteners, shavers) • DIY equipment (drills, sanders) • Gadgets & toys (TV, Hi-fi units, lap-top computers, mobile phones, MP3 players) • Gardening equipment (lawnmowers, strimmers) • Kitchen and homeware (food mixers, kettles, irons, lights & energy saving light bulbs).

Recycling etiquette

To reduce contamination and improve recycling efficiency, wash and squash. Wash: Scrape out any food remains/pour away excess liquid, then rinse the container (use your washing-up water). Squash: Crush metal cans and squeeze plastic bottles flat to expel as much air as possible. Why recycle?

It saves energy and resources: To make a can from recycled aluminium, for example, uses 95% less energy than making it from new - and that means much less greenhouse gasses. It can take as little as six weeks to turn the things you recycle into a new product.

‘To make a can from recycled aluminium uses 95% less energy than making it from new.’

It saves money: Each year York residents produce about 100,000 tonnes of rubbish. This figure is growing by about 3% a year. By 2025 it's estimated there will be twice as much waste to deal with. Most of that is recyclable or compostable but goes into landfill instead. Space in landfill sites is running out. Unless York reduces the amount of landfill, it will face big fines. Council tax bills would have to rise.

For information on your local waste disposal and recycling centres go to page 112 & 113

Also, landfill sites are a huge environmental burden: they emit CO2 and methane - a greenhouse gas 23 times as powerful as CO2 and produce toxic leachate that may seep into groundwater. It is free and easy: Most households in York get a free recycling service either from City of York Council or the Friends’ of St Nicholas Fields Recycling Team. The Friends run a (near) zero emissions kerbside service using an electric vehicle (powered by wind and sun) and loadbearing tricycles. The recycling scheme started in early 2001, before the City of York Council was able to provide city-wide collections. It involves more than 5,000 households in parts of Tang Hall, Lawrence Street, Hull Road, Heslington Road, Aldwark, Holmefield, St Peters Quarter, South Bank and Bishophill areas. A lot of materials which do not get collected at the kerbside can be either taken to charity shops for reuse or to one of York’s three Household Recycling Sites. Q For more details, call York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York. Tel: 411821

Green transport

York residents are invited to take part in the open day of the Towards Carfree Cities IX conference at the Priory Street Centre. The event, between 9am and 5.30pm, will feat ure keynote speakers, discussions and workshops promoting sustaina ble alternatives to car-based transport and urban planning. A Carfree Film Night will follow at York City Screen, Coney Street, at 8pm for 8.30pm, featuring an eclectic mix of short transport-rel ated films. Towards Carfree Cities IX is the ninth in an internationa l series launched in 1997. It’s the first time it is coming to the UK. Q For details, visit www.worldcarf or call Randall Ghent on 796860.


property&interiors • Placing blue and green items in the eastern corner of your room helps activate the Health and Family corner. • Display wooden objects, preferably rectangular or column-shaped – in this corner. Mirrors in this area can also be a great cure for bad health and sudden illnesses. • This is a perfect area to put exercise equipment. • Move important furniture like beds, desks, and couches from under overhead beams. They act as ‘knives’, cutting you and affecting your health.

Want to boost your health, wealth and happiness? Then why not introduce some feng shui into your home? Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed in China over 3,000 years ago. According to the principles of feng shui, we can restore balance and harmony – not to mention improving our relationships and good fortune – by re-arranging our surroundings to improve the flow of energy around our home or workplace. It might all sound a bit far-fetched, but why not give it a try and see if it works for you?.

Feng shui tips for wealth • The far left corner of each room is the wealth area. Displaying groups of three plants in this area – preferably red or purple, with round leaves (they look like coins) – may boost your bank balance. • Keep your plugholes plugged even when not in use, to stop your money going down the drain. Keep your toilet lid down for the same reason!


• Use earth tone colours such as yellows and browns on the walls and floors in rooms that have large amounts of water, like the bathroom, and kitchen. This will symbolically dam the water so you can hold on to your money longer. • Keep your stove and burners clean and in good working condition. The Chinese have always believed your stove has a direct connection to your wealth. • Make sure all doors open fully as it could limit your opportunities and affect your ability to make a good and comfortable living. • Keep your valuables such as a coin collection, a piggy bank, a safe, jewellery, in the far left rear corner of your bedroom. This amplifies or draws more wealth to you.

Feng shui tips for health and happiness • Hang pictures of your family and friends in the eastern corner of your room. Make sure that if three people are in the photos they are not all sitting side-by-side (sideby-side is very bad feng shui).

• Place items in your health area that represent long life, such as cranes, or a tortoise, or any animal or plant that lives a long time.

Feng shui tips for love and relationships • Place a pair of objects together, like two mandarin ducks or two cranes that mate for life, in the far right rear corner of the bedroom or the Southwest corner. They will represent successful partnering. • Remove or cover any mirrors in the bedroom. A mirror facing the bed from any side reflects the couple and could create a failure in the relationship or marriage due to a third party interference. Remove televisions, too - these are just as negative as mirrors. • Place the bed where it is not directly in line with the door. Never place the bed under a window. • Your bed should be accessible from three sides, if you want to attract or keep a partner. Remove any and all items from under the bed, as this can cause detrimental disagreements. • Include shades of red, pink and white in your bedroom to encourage romance. It is best not to use a red bedspread as red can ignite anger as well as passion.


WITH PAULA MATTHEWS Paula Matthews at Opus Estate Agents has been chatting to buyers and sellers all over York answering their concerns and queries.

The bathroom and wet room

experts Fancy a new bathroom? Or do you want a wet room? If so, then make your way to the Edwards Brothers showroom at Nether Poppleton. The highly-regarded York company pride themselves on having the experience, expertise and skills as well as the products to turn your bathroom dreams into a reality.

Mark Redpath, the company’s bathroom and wet room designer, says: “We take all the hassle out of the job by managing the project from start to finish. I always visit the home of a client with an installer so we can undertake a full design brief and technical survey. This means the customer will know who will be installing their bathroom from the start of the project and this helps to build confidence. “Our installers are experienced craftsmen who have the skills needed to do all the jobs required from start to finish – this reduces any inconvenience for the customer.” Edwards Brothers stock good quality products that offer value for money. The shower has become the king of the bathroom and this has led to a surge in the number of wet rooms being installed by the company. “It’s a job that should be left to the professionals if you want to avoid annoying leaks,” says Mark. Wet rooms are no longer limited to the ground floor. With modern products and technology, it’s now feasible to install them upstairs. Q Edwards Brothers Bathrooms Ltd, Unit 21, Evans Business Centre, Rose Avenue, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6RR. Tel: 794867.

Q. I am desperate to sell my house after being on the market for a number of months. I am thinking about switching agents and have two recent valuations. One of the agents says they think the price of the property is right, they also say that they can guarantee us a sale at this price within 12 weeks. If they don’t achieve a sale they will give us cash back. This sounds a bit too good to be true – is it? A. It certainly does sound too good to be true. My advice would be to check the small print on the contract. I think it would be difficult to guarantee a sale, and I suspect that the cashback being offered would be built into the agent’s fee. This would then be knocked off the fee on your completion, whether it is in 12 weeks or 12 months. So read the contract carefully. If this is not the case and there is genuine cash back then you have nothing to lose. Q. I have been on the market for three months with not a single viewing or even a call from the agent to advise if there’s anything we can do. I have signed a contract for six months; will I be able to change my agent? A. If you speak to them and tell them how unhappy you are with the service, they may let you switch or at least let you go with another agent as well as them. It would not be in our best interest to hold a seller to a contract if they are not happy with the service provided. We do not feel at OPUS it is necessary to tie our sellers into long contracts as we are confident we provide a first class service. Q. My house has only been on the market for a short while and I have had a couple of offers that are lower than I would like. What would you do? A. Look at the position of the buyer. If they’re in a strong position, let your agent negotiate on a property that you would like to buy so that the figures work out for you on your sale and purchase. This way you and your buyer will be happy. Opus Estate Agents Tel: 01904 790070



Albany Street, Leeman Road A great 2 bed terrace tucked away off Leeman Road less than one mile from the city centre.


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An excellent example of a 2 bed period mid terrace which has been updated by its present owner.


Howe Street, Acomb

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Building Regulations So you’ve got Planning Permission, and maybe you’ve had to jump through a few of the Planning Permission hoops to get there, but now you think you’re ready to go – not quite!


You hear a lot about kerb appeal in the property business. It’s that certain something that makes a potential buyer decide to get out of the car and take a closer look. And we can guarantee you’ll certainly want to take a closer look at this pretty three bedroom detached bungalow in Copmanthorpe. The property stands in the centre of a substantial plot, with open views from the lounge to the front. Inside, you’ll find a lounge, beautifully presented modern dining kitchen, contemporary bathroom and three bedrooms. Outside, there are extensive, low maintenance gardens to the front and rear, as well as a side drive with parking for several cars and a detached garage. The whole property has been lovingly cared for by its present owners, and would be ideal for a family or an older couple. The property can be yours for £390,000. Q For more details or to arrange a viewing contact OPUS on 790070.

Getting Planning Permission is of course an important part of your project; but complying with the Building Regulations is equally important and will ensure your project is built to the required standard. Building Regulations Approval is a separate matter from Planning Permission; it sets the standard for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and safety of people in or around the buildings. This includes such things as drainage, fire escape, ventilation, conservation of fuel and power, insulation and providing access and facilities for disabled people. The Building Regulations is a statutory instrument enforceable by law which lays down minimum standards of construction for all type of buildings. The Building Regulations apply to The regulations are • The erection or extension of a becoming more involved building. and complex as time goes • The material alteration of a on. The main driving force building which includes such of the changes is climate works as underpinning and change and reducing the structural alterations and any carbon footprint. Here at works which would adversely ADDS we ensure that we are affect the means of escape in up to date with any changes case of fire. in the legislation and most • The installation of controlled importantly offer the most fittings e.g. sanitary and practical and cost effective heating appliances. solutions. • The replacement of windows Just taking one aspect as and external glazed doors. an example, if there is one • The change of use of a element that has made building, and the installation building work more complex of cavity wall insulation. it is insulation. Insulation if poorly detailed can create damp penetration, a fire hazard, reduce sound insulation, overheat electrical cables and cause condensation. The regulations take this into account but offer very few practical solutions. We take great pride in our clear detailed drawings and specification that comply with the current robust details. Sometimes this is very simple, but with the more fashionable vaulted ceilings and recessed lighting the detail will become complex. Insulation in isolation is no big deal. However due to our cold and wet climate condensation is an issue and detailing to prevent it is becoming a problem. As the Government continues to increase the insulation levels of building envelopes, the risk of condensation either within the construction or on the surface increases. Whereas a well designed and constructed extension is a definite asset to your home that can provide useful extra space and add value to your property, a poorly thought-out extension can reduce your property’s value and in some cases compromise your safety and the structural integrity of your home. It is important that your project is planned carefully, that you get the expert professional help and that the plans are detailed correctly. Q For more information and help on getting your new project started plus details of our full design and drawing service.

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Martin Smith, Managing Director of Smith Brothers, has been selling kitchens and bathrooms for nearly 40 years. He explains how, during that time, the shower has become the king of the bathroom

King of the

bathroom Shower performance and the style and design of the shower enclosure have been transformed during my 30+ years in the business but particularly during the last decade.

The market has been transformed in this time with the bath being very much replaced by the shower as the preferred method of bathing. Back in the 1960s and early 1970s, showers were often very rudimentary, usually consisting of overbath showering featuring a combined bath & shower mixer using the existing low pressure gravity supply. In some cases a rubber “Y”-shaped tube was connected to the separate bath taps to form a “mixing” shower of a very basic nature. The transformation of the shower as a separate appliance and bathing area in its own right really began in earnest in the 1970s which also saw the advent of imports of high quality (usually German) enclosures by names such as Showerlux and Koralle. These were very much limited in terms of size and design but represented the start of a

bespoke design

real change in bathing habits. This decade also saw early models of electric shower which didn’t rely on an existing heat source or gravity plumbing but used high pressure cold mains water heated instantaneously with a 6kw or 7kw element. The latest electric showers have elements of up to nearly 11kw which has dramatically improved performance at the expense of increased running costs.

High-pressure plumbing is now the norm with all new properties in recent years having either a Combi Boiler or Unvented plumbing system, removing the need for enhancing performance using a pump. There has truly never been more choice to ensure the consumer can optimize the best solution to their bathing and showering needs.

Fast forward to the 21st century and the shower is now the established and preferred method of bathing in most households. Recent developments have included whole

Q For all your kitchen and bathroom requirement, go to Smith Brothers, Osbaldwick Link Road, York. Tel: 415222,


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Similarly shower tray design and technology has heralded a dazzling array of shapes and sizes including low-profile trays which provide very easy access into and out of the showering area.

Suddenly there was a genuinely inexpensive solution to installing a shower and the mass market mushroomed from there. The 1980s saw “power showers” enhancing the delivery from a low-pressure water supply by adding a pump. This, in turn, facilitated a variety of spray heads and body jets which are simply not an option with low-pressure installations.


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Building an extension to your home is a major project that requires the know-how of professionals

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An extension can enhance your home and add to its value; but the job needs to be done properly to ensure what’s built conforms with the style of your property. An unsightly extension that stands out like a sore thumb will devalue your home. New extensions need not feel or look out of place with the rest of your home. A designer’s expertise rests in finding design solutions to ensure your renovation is in keeping with the rest of your home both in terms of flow, lighting, and design. Good designers will try to match key features, such as the roof, with that of the existing structure. They will use similar materials and try to ensure doors and windows line up with the existing fixtures. The York company Arichitectural Design & Draughting Services (ADDS) has the skills, expertise and knowledge to turn your dreams into reality.

“An unsightly extension that stands out like a sore thumb will devalue your home.” A spokesman for ADDS says: “Our design and planning service is ideal for domestic extensions, loft conversions, alterations and new build. After the initial free consultation, advice and approval of our written quotation, we will manage the process through the following stages: Q Planning and design layout from your initial thoughts and ideas. Our Surveyor will visit your property to discuss the project with you, ensuring we understand exactly what you want from the development. Q We undertake a full measurement and photographic survey of existing building and land, including site investigation to determine positions and locations of drains and services. Q Produce working drawings which are generated using the latest Computer Aided Technology (CAD). Once you are satisfied that the design meets your requirements, we will prepare the approval drawings. Q Provide a full technical specification showing the precise construction to meet the latest building regulations.

Q Manage your planning application and building regulation requirements from start to finish. Monitoring the applications progress and liaising with the local authority on any matters arising, amending drawings if necessary.” Once ADDS have completed your drawings and helped you to obtain all the necessary approvals, such as planning permission, you will be ready to go ahead with your project. The next step is to obtain some building costs and choose a builder or construction company. Once again ADDS can help you with this. “We work with a number of reputable and professional local builders, who will produce a quality job at a competitive price. We only recommend builders who are members of the Federation of Master Builders,” says the spokesman ADDS can help you with any part of the building process that you feel would benefit from a professional opinion, all the way down to sourcing furniture and helping to choose your kitchen taps.” Q For more details, call ADDS on 762691.


Letting to

Renting your property to students can be a rewarding business, especially in York, with two popular universities on our doorstep. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to be aware of the pitfalls as well as the opportunities. From a profit point of view, yields can be higher than standard lettings (students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually mind using a living room as a bedroom). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally easy to find tenants, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reasonably close to the university, and since students by their very nature move on, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not committed to long-term contracts. Also, student accommodation need not be state-of-the-art. Older properties with multiple rooms are ideal. But there is a down side. Student accommodation attracts lower capital appreciation than other types of property. Maintenance bills will probably be higher than average. You may have a gap during summer vacations with no tenants. Also, with both the University of York and St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increasing their stock of purposebuilt student accommodation in the city, the demand for private lettings may see a slight decline over the coming years. There are ways you can minimise the risks of letting to students: â&#x20AC;˘ Provide tenants with a 'house pack' when they arrive, including information about local amenities and detailing their responsibilities regarding noise, recycling, care of the property etc. â&#x20AC;˘ Unless your tenant can provide references such as an employment or banking history, or previous landlord, consider asking for a guarantor to accept financial and legal responsibility for the tenant. This would typically be a parent or guardian. â&#x20AC;˘ Draw up an agreement including a clause stating that if one tenant leaves, it is up to the others to find a replacement. Otherwise they have to meet the total costs of the tenancy.


â&#x20AC;˘ Draw up a detailed inventory of all items in the property and the state of the walls, floors etc. Make it clear that the tenants are responsible for leaving the property as they found it, or paying for repairs and redecoration.

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Most students are looking for the best value and the most convenience. Students are willing to compromise on many things in order to save money. Proximity to their college and to one another is very important, as is convenient access to transport, shops and pubs. Students tend not to own cars and prefer to avoid suburban living and travelling too far on foot.

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Under the Housing Act 2004, if you let a property which is one of the following types it counts as a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO): • An entire house or flat which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. • A house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities. • A converted house which contains one or more flats which are not wholly self contained and which is occupied by three or more tenants who form two or more households. • A building which is converted entirely into self-contained flats if the conversion doesn’t meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations and more than one third or the flats are let on shortterm tenancies. There are different rules governing HMOs and you may need a licence. Contact City of York Council for more information.

If there’s one thing tha t puts most people off the idea of moving ho use, it’s the thought of being stuck in a nightm are property chain. But now Shepherd Ho mes is offering you the chance to move into a brand new home – in just a week! The York-based homebu ilder has re-launched its ‘sell in seven days’ deal at Revival off Tadcaster Road. They wi ll make a part exchange offer to potent ial purchasers in just one week and also pay the stamp duty on selected plots. Anyon e who undertakes a part exchange applica tion will receive a valuation of their proper ty carried out by two independent estate age nts and also have a RICS evaluation. The Revival developm ent features four and five-bedroom luxury ho mes priced from

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When you’re planning a new bathroom, it can be difficult to visualise how the finished result will look just from flicking through a glossy brochure. Now leading independent plumbing supplier Watermark has opened a fabulous new showroom in York, where you can see your bathrooms dreams become reality. There are 23 displays offering a fantastic range of contemporary and traditional bathrooms and showers, whatever your needs. As well as the

just £289,995.Homes like the luxurious four bedroom Haydock, a sup erb family home spread over three floors and priced from £389,995. Revival is ideally locate d providing fast and simple access to both York city centre and the A64. Tadcaster Road ben efits from a variety of popular shops, restau rants and bars whilst the development is als o close to a number of good schools, York Colleg e and the University of York.

QFor more informati on on this great deal, contact Shepherd Home s on 650888.

new Villeroy and Boch bathroom studio, there are displays from leading suppliers such as Keuco, Hansgrohe, Bisque, Acova and many more. Says Showroom Manager Angela Evennett: “We are delighted with the look of the new showroom as it will help customers visualise the possibilities available. We are proud to offer a complete service from design to installation to meet any individual requirements.” Q You can find the new showroom at Unit 66, Ebor Industrial Estate, Hallfield Road, Layerthorpe. Tel 420340.


New interior design business in Haxby

Starting an interior design business in a recession is a bold move. But as far as Jackie Farnell and Janet Neilson were concerned, it was now or never. “Between us, we have over 40 years’ experience in the trade,” says Janet. “I have worked with three of the area’s leading interior designers and Jackie has her own curtain-making workroom – we’ve both served a long apprenticeship, and we’re brimming with enthusiasm for what we do.” The pair were spurred into action when they found the ideal premises in Haxby. At the same time they were offered the opportunity to retail the iconic English brand, Colefax & Fowler. “It was a life changing decision, but we knew that because we had the right experience and contacts we could build a fantastic combination of interior design products and craftsmen,” says Janet. On offer at the showroom will be fabrics, wallpapers and accessories from Osborne & Little, Manuel Canovas, Jane Churchill, Designers Guild, Lewis & Wood, Cole & Son and Villa Nova. Sofas and chairs can be built to order to customers’ exact specifications; and smaller pieces of upholstery and repairs undertaken by a local firm. If you’re looking for inspiration, local interior designer Gill Spencer-Browne will be on hand to help. Jackie, Janet and the team are urging customers old and new to come and browse. Says Janet, “We know interior design showrooms can be daunting, and want to reassure our neighbours that we’re very friendly and approachable!” Q You can visit the showroom at 99a The Village, Haxby. Tel 762023 or log on to

The roofing professionals

“We don't leave anything to chance, when it comes to the most important part of any property - we get it right” - so says Geoff Neal Roofing Ltd. The family firm has built an outstanding reputation for quality, service, safety and reliability during its 50-year history. The company employs a skilled team of roofing specialists and craft operatives and is a member of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. As well as undertaking work for new-build projects, the award-winning company also specialises in the renovation of historic buildings. Its customers include The National Trust and English Heritage. A spokesman says: “Commercial or domestic, big or small - we can help you get your roof sorted.” Q For more details, call 763894.

Sign up for furnituremaking

Furniture maker ‘Furniture for Life’ has opened a Learning Centre above its workshop in Millfield Lane, York. The centre has been opened to teach pupils interested in woodwork and furniture-making, wood carving and art. All subjects are taught by qualified craftsmen and teachers. The centre is taking bookings for the next set of evening classes, which start in June. Q For more details, call Pennie Lordan on 6798964 or 07851 299140.



Get switched on

in the garden With summer upon use it makes sense to extend your home comforts on to the patio and into your garden in order to enjoy the sun and those balmy summer evenings.

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With modern technology it’s possible to create an ‘outdoor room’ ideal for wining, dining and chilling out with some music. Avid football fans wanting to follow the World Cup can even get a all-weather television set up outside. Herbert Todd & Son, the electrical specialist who has been serving the people of York for more than 70 years, has the skills, experience and expertise to get you switch on to outdoor living. Company spokesman Matthew Todd says there are hi-fi speakers on the market that are designed to resemble rock to blend in with you garden. The cables required to link them with you music system indoors can easily be hidden. A more cost-effective solution for outdoor music, says Matthew, is the OutCast

It delivers premium audio quality and can be taken anywhere. Blue lighting illuminates the wireless outdoor speaker for extra ambiance at night. You can connect your MP3 player, iPod, computer and even your TV to the OutCast. There are even waterproof television sets designed for use either in the bathroom or on the patio. Evenings can turn chilly, even in summer. Matthew says that need not be a problem – thanks to electric patio heaters. They are now so advanced that they are economically and environmentally sound. Electric patio heaters have the additional benefits of producing no CO2 emissions and using using 85% less energy than gas heaters. Being odour free, silent and effective, even in windy conditions, the wall-mounted heaters provide cost-effective instant heat at the flick of a switch.

Outdoor LED lighting first started appearing as part of the range of lowvoltage garden lighting systems only just a few years ago, but has since become extremely popular, says Matthew. LED garden lights deliver beautiful after-dark effects while being very easy to install, safe for plants, animals and children, fairly inexpensive to buy and very cheap to run. Some LED garden lights are capable of lasting a decade or more. LED garden lights come in various guises. There’s outdoor LED spot-lights, LED floodlights (which are basically more powerful spot-lights), coloured clear rock lights, LED patio and deck lights in a variety of sizes and colours as well as bollards, lanterns, spikes, and LED pond lights. Q For all your electrical needs, go to Herbert Todd & Son, at Percy’s Lane, York, and York Road, Acomb. Tel: 628676.

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Add artistic flair to your garden

Retailers stock an ever increasing range of garden sculptures that are designed to give your garden personality and depth. If you have a modern garden, a striking piece of garden sculpture or outdoor art is the perfect way to make a bold statement. Choosing a garden sculpture is a personal decision. A sculpture that complements your garden’s style will add depth and interest to it. One large garden sculpture can add drama and interest to any outdoor space. Where you choose to position your garden sculpture can make all the difference. Will you draw attention to it or position it enticingly in a previously neglected corner of the garden? What kind of style are you looking for? Some garden sculptures are made from recycled products, making them the perfect choice for the ecologically aware. Outdoor art is a great way to liven up a dull wall whilst an outdoor mirror creates an illusion of space in a smaller garden. You can transform an unused area by the clever positioning of garden art or mirrors. By making an outdoor area more visually interesting, you will find yourself using it more and your friends will compliment you on your imaginative use of the space. Garden water features can create a relaxing atmosphere… running water and the light reflected from the water can lend an air of peace and serenity to an outdoor space. But please make sure that young children are never left unattended near an open water feature. Illuminating a water feature at night, is an artistic way to ensure that it remains a focal point of your garden whatever time of day or night. Q For more information about garden art, look out for retailers advertising in Your Local Link.



Are you looking for a new business opportunity? Do you like the idea of being your own boss? Then why not invest in a guest house in York? With the ash cloud throwing gloom over everyone’s holiday plans, more and more people are opting for ‘staycations’ – and there’s no better place to stay than right here in our beautiful city!

And right now, YOUR MOVE ANSCOMBS has a fantastic guest house available. Situated a short stroll from the city centre in St Mary’s, close to Bootham Bar, Museum Gardens and the picturesque riverside, Airden House has been refurbished to a very high standard by the present owners where many period features have been retained and restored. The ten guest bedrooms all have ensuite facilities, a spacious dining room with wonderful period fireplace and a

guest lounge. There’s a stylish kitchen with granite worktops, office, laundry and storage room that can be used as staff work areas. The lower ground floor has been designed to be flexible to suit the new owners who may wish to live on the premises – just imagine, no more commuting to work! There’s also a courtyard to the rear offering off-road parking for one car. Of course, if you happen to be the Von Trapp family, Airden House would also make a fantastic family home... Whatever you choose, it’s a helluva lot of house for £749,950. Q For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact YOUR MOVE ANSCOMBS on 621532 or call in to their King’s Square office.

finefood&drink This year marks the 19th FIFA World Cup, which is being held for the first time in South Africa where England will be competing against 31 rival football nations. South Africa is a dynamic country famed for its 'outdoor' lifestyle and nothing is more typical of this than the Braai or BBQ! Braai's are part of everyday life in South Africa and are held everywhere; on the beach, in the backyard, out in the bushveldt, even by the roadside and whilst the UK may not have the weather, or the spectacular scenery, we can still enjoy the BBQ or Braai lifestyle while celebrating football’s finest. In recognition, the annual UK National BBQ Week (31 May to 6 June) has been renamed, for 2010, as the 14th National Braai Week (Braai is the Afrikaans word for BBQ). What's more, a whole package of activities has been arranged including the creation of 32 individual traditional BBQ recipes, one for each of the national teams competing. So you can Barbi or Braai all summer-long, as well as matching your BBQ occasion to the relevant teams and matches.

Get your teeth into a South African Rock Lobster Braai, a Ghanaian Chicken Yassa, a Texan BBQ'ed Brisket of Beef, or a delicious British Barbi Breakfast. How about a quick visit 'Down Under' for Australian Beer Barbi'ed Wings? You could always pop across the Pacific for Japanese, Tokyo-style Yakitori Chicken or North Korean Kalbi Kui Ribs. A visit to South America could mean a delicious Argentinean Churrasco'ed Chimichurri Sirloin Steak or, moving north, a Mexican Tequila-fired Chicken.

For something closer to home why not try a German classic Baden Baden BBQ'ed Bockwurst? And don’t forget a French Escargots Grilles a la Perpignan … yes you can BBQ snails! Or you could try a Cameroonian Pineapple Kyinkyinga or a Cote d'Ivorie Boeuf Kyinkyinga. You'll be able to try these World Cup recipes on the Alfresco Experience RoadShow, which is visiting major supermarkets.


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Live music, dancing and food

Covers band Ezee Goin’ will be play ing hits from the 1950s ’60s and ’70s at the Sidings Hote l, Shipton-by-Beningbrough, on Friday June 11th when there will be dancing and an allyou-can-eat barbecue and buffet for only £8.95. If you fancy smashing a few plates and a spot of Greek dancing, the Treno Restaurant is staging one of its popular Greek nights on Friday June 25th. Also, every Tues day is a buffet night – it’s a case of all you can eat for only £6.95. And don’t forget the Treno traditional Sunday lunc h for £7.95. Tel: 470221.

Located in Stamford Bridge, whiskys. is one of the UK’s leading purveyors of the finest quality whisky (or whiskey). Spokesman Martin Long says: “If a distillery exists, there is a good chance you’ll find its whiskies here – and what’s more, we can deliver almost every single whisky on our site the next day in the UK and can offer European delivery in just a few days. With our vast selection of world whiskey, including Bourbon and Irish

whiskey, we stock whiskies from as far apart as Sweden India and New Zealand.” Specialising in rare and vintage malt whisky - whiskys. is the perfect place to look for that unusual single malt to delight the whisky connoisseur in your life. Why not treat Dad on Father’s Day? Q For more details, call 01759 371356 or go to

Earl Grey Al Fresco

Have you discovered the city’s best kept secret? Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Shambles is a real hidden gem, an oasis of peace and tranquillity just a few paces from York’s busiest tourist street. The Earl Grey Tearoom has refurbished its extensive courtyard garden. The landscaped outdoor area, which seats 80, is the perfect place to relax, extending across the whole back of Shambles. The tearoom is well worth a visit, offering some of the best food in York at surprisingly competitive prices. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a delicious lunch, or relax with a cup of tea and watch the world go by! You’ll find the tea rooms at 13 – 14 The Shambles. Call 654353 for more information.


Calling all discerning diners

The Knavesmire Manor Hotel, which overlooks York’s racecourse, prides itself on its excellent restaurant, which is open to both residents and nonresidents. Chef James Robinson says: “All our food is cooked to order and sourced locally. We cater for the discerning diner; all dietary requirements are catered for, such as vegetarian and wheat intolerance.” The restaurant’s great offers include an Early Bird Menu from 6.30pm, when you can enjoy a three-course dinner for £14.95 per person. Sunday luncheons are served from only £12.95 per person. To book, call 702941.

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Tritons has always been our favourite place to go for the best fish and chips – and it seems we’re not the only ones; the cafe has made it to number eight out of 198 York restaurants reviewed on the influential Tripadvisor website! If you haven’t paid a visit to Tritons before, there’s never been a better time to go. They’ve just launched their new expanded menu, and they’re also offering 10% off your entire bill; just bring along the ad in Your Local Link to claim your discount (terms and conditions apply – see ad for details).

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is a great part of summer. But if Cooking burgers on the barbecue you cope without a bread bun? do you’re on a gluten-free diet, how ’s only nut-free, gluten-free vegan We asked our friends at El Piano, York d using pineapple wheels or corn cafe, for their ideas. They suggeste your own blinis. These are a type of tortillas instead of bread, or making ’re dead simple to make. Just use they crepe, originally from Russia, and s pinch of salt and maybe some herb buckwheat flour and water with a a in or dle grid them on an oiled and mix to a pancake batter. Cook akes or crepes. They can be frozen panc ld wou you as pan g greased fryin handling burgers! for ect and used as needed and are perf . Piano at 15/17 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU Q For more delicious dishes, visit El Tel. 610676.

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June is a popular months for barbecues and there is nothing like al fresco dining to whet the appetite. So get sizzling with some homemade sausages and burgers from Chapman Butchers, of Burton Stone Lane, York. It sells barbecue packs from £9.99. The traditional butcher, whose motto is ‘where quality costs less’, also offers a large range of homemade pies, home-cured bacon, spit-roast chickens and fresh hot and cold sandwiches. Q Tel: 655382.

Early bird deals

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

Currying favour

The Akash Tandoori Restaurant & Takeaway has been serving diners authentic Bangladesh cuisine in York for 20 years. The North Street establishment, known for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly service, is offering a 15% discount to readers of Your Local Link – just show the advert in this month’s magazine when ordering your meal. Q Tel: 633550.

Out for lunch

Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, in Skeldergate, York, is a great place to enjoy Sunday lunch. The city centre hotel also provides tailor-made packages for weddings, birthdays, Christenings and similar celebrations. QCall for more details on 611570.

Tasty steaks

The Lysander Arms at Manor Lane, Shipton Road, York, serves meals in its Brasserie Restaurant between Tuesday and Sunday with both hot and cold lunches served from noon to 2pm. The evening menu is available from 5pm until 9pm, where diners can choose from a wide range of delicious starters, main courses and specials. For the meat lover, the pub boasts a char-grill that’s famous for its tasty steaks. And for those with a sweet tooth, a selection of fresh homemade desserts is always available. QTel: 640845.

Cookery demonstration

The Bengal Brasserie, in Goodramgate, York, is hosting a cookery demonstration on Sunday July 25th from 12.30pm. The chef will demonstrate how quick and easy it is to cook a starter and main course when entertaining friends at home. Those who attend this informal demonstration of Bangladeshi/Indian cuisine will receive a copy of the recipe plus spices to take home as well as enjoy lunch at the friendly restaurant. Booking is essential, call 613131.

Good value grub

Buy two meals for the price of one at the Cottage Inn, The Village, Haxby. The BOGOF offer applies on Wednesday evenings. Its menu features locally-sourced food. There’s a large function room that makes the establishment an ideal place to celebrate weddings, Christenings, anniversaries and birthdays.

All shipshape

The Ship Inn at Acaster Malbis is proud of its Sunday carvery as well as its beer garden and popular live entertainment on a Friday. The pub also offers OAP specials where pensioners can get a meal and pudding for only £6.50. QTel: 703888.

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4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June Antiques and Collectors Fair, Helmsley Town Hall. 9.30am - 4.30pm 13th June Thirsk and Sowerby Antique and Collectors Fair, Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk. 9.30am – 3.45pm. Friendly fair with great variety and prices to suit all pockets Northallerton Antique and Collectors Fair, Hambleton Forum, Bullamore Road, Northallerton. 9am – 4pm. 130 stand Antique and Collectors Fair 25th, 26th and 27th June Duncombe Park Antiques Fair, Helmsley. 10.30am – 5pm. 26th and 27th June Antiques and Collectors Fair, Ripley Village Hall. 9am – 4.30pm. Call 01423 889163 or 0776 5006996.

Tennants, The Auction Centre, Leyburn. Tel 01969 623780 5th June Antique and Home Furnishing Sale, 9.30am. 9th June Stamps and Coins sale, 12 noon. 18th June Militaria and Ethnographica, 10.30am.

26th June Antique and Home Furnishing Sale, including scientific and musical instruments, cameras and tools, 9.30am. 30th June Books, maps and postcards, 12 noon

Boulton & Cooper Fine Art. Tel 01653 696151

2nd, 16th and 30th June General Sale at Central Salerooms, Pickering. Starts 10.30am.


LEFT: Sebastian Mortimer, aged two, is flanked by two lancers in York. RIGHT: The Colours on parade. Pictures: Richard Foster

Freedom march

Eight light reconnaissance tanks escorted Territorial Army soldiers as they marched through York to exercise their new Freedom of the City. The soldiers from Queen’s Own Yeomanry received the Freedom scroll from the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor John Galvin, before marching with bayonets fixed, swords unsheathed, and colours flying through the city centre. Eighty soldiers from the regiment’s ‘Y’ Squadron were led by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band. The scroll was presented to the Squadron’s Honorary Colonel, Colonel William R Worsley. It is the first time this freedom of entry has been granted since 2001, when the city granted the honour to 2 Signal Regiment. Seven soldiers from Queen’s Own Yeomanry are currently serving in Afghanistan protecting military bases and more than 80% of those on parade have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate. The centre recently underwent a £1 million refurbishment, and now aims to bring visitors closer to the origins of the Viking Age discovery in Coppergate in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 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. Family fun: Sutton Park at Sutton-on-the-Forest offers a grand day out for all the family. The award-winning gardens are open daily between 11am and 5pm, while the Georgian house is open on Wednesdays and Sundays, plus all bank holidays, from 1.30pm to 5pm, with the last tour starting at 4pm. Attractions include woodland walks, tearooms, an adventure playground and a falconry. Tel: 01347 810249.

Until 20 June Miller’s war: American-born Lee Miller was a successful fashion model in New York in the 1920s before going to Paris where she became a fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War she became an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue magazine. Nunnington Hall is showing pictures she took during her time with the US Army in Europe after D-Day. Tel: 01439 748283.

29 – 31 May Wars of the Roses: To celebrate the launch of a new exhibition at Micklegate Bar, the Wars of the Roses will be brought to life in York once more! ‘The Queen’s Tale: Margaret of Anjou’ (29th May, starts at 10.30am and 2pm, Barley Hall, pre-booking essential) is a new drama

that visits a host of sites around the city in an exciting retelling of the aftermath of the Battle of Wakefield. There’s also living history in the Bar all weekend and a coach tour to the site of the Battle of Wakefield (30th May, 10.30am, departs York city centre, pre-booking essential). The weekend closes with the launch of a new publication, ‘The Battle of Wakefield Revisited’ by Helen Cox (31st May, 10.30am – 2pm, Micklegate Bar) and a series of talks on the battles of Wakefield, Towton and Bosworth at York’s Mansion House. For more details, call 615505.

York Crafters’ will be on hand to demonstrate and instruct anyone who would like to learn about rag rug making. The exhibition is on between 10am and 4pm each day. Call 624272 or 630055 for more details.

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1 & 3 June

In focus: Bring your camera on a spring photography tour led by Paul and Nancy Rhodes from 2pm at York Cemetery. Tel: 610578. Family fun: Burn Hall at Tollerton Road, Huby, is hosting a family barbecue and car boot sale between 11am and 4pm in aid of the Help for Heroes military charity. Attractions include quad bikes and a bouncy castle. Tel: 01347 825400.

30 and 31 May Wild West Weekend, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York, 10am – 5pm. Meet the cowboys on the fort, pan for gold or try your hand with a lasso. Fancy dress optional!

30 & 31 May, 2, 4 & 5 June What a gem: Jewellery-making sessions, 10am-11.30am, suitable for those aged 8+, at The Bead Hive Shop, 11 College Street, York. Tel: 642020/652199.

1 June Jazz supper: Andy Hillier Jazz Trio, Court Cafe, Dean Court Hotel, York, from 8pm. Tel: 625082. Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from Sutton-onthe-Forest Church. Tel: 628134. Medieval Mayhem: Go to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, 11am – 3pm, to celebrate the month of mid-summer’s eve. Tel: 489966.

1 – 4 June Recitals week: Listen to the University of York third-year music students’ final recitals at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York. Call the Music Department on 432446 for details.

1 - 5 June Kitchen drama: Dinnerladies returns to York Theatre Royal after a sell-out run last spring. Take one hit BBC sitcom; place onstage with original cast members Andrew Dunn and Sue Devaney. Blend in Victoria Wood’s warm and witty writing and whip into a play following the reluctant love story of Bren and Tony. Box office: 623568.

30 May - 13 June Mainly Rag Rugs: ‘10 York Crafters’ display and sell their work in the York Cemetery Chapel every three years. This is their fifth exhibition and will include, besides rag rugs, wall-hangings, baskets, prints, pyrography and knitting. Members of ‘10

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Spy school: Scarborough Castle, 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. Learn about spying during the Second World War.

Doing a turn: Sue Harker will give a talk to Jorvik Woodturning Group at Earswick Village Hall, Earswick Chase, Earswick, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 704092.

Salty Sea Dogs: Junior sailors don their boat costumes and navigate the lawns of Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster. One the Saturday and Sunday see the red coat Royal Marines, hear sea shanties, meet the Lady Pirate and take part in nautical activities.

5 June Complementary Therapy and Psychic Fair, The Reading Rooms, Dunnington. 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Massage, Psychic Readings, Reiki, Kinesiology, Holistic Facials. All proceeds go to the Healing Hands Network, sending complementary therapists to Bosnia to work with people who have been affected by the war.

Things with Wings! Free trails and drop-in school holiday activities for children in Swanley Grange, Fountains Abbey, 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm. Tel: 01765 608888.

1- 30 June Abbey tours: Join a daily tour to discover stories about Fountains Abbey and monks. Meet at Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge, 11am, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. At 11.30am a free tour takes in the grand design of the Georgian landscape Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Meet at Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge. Tel: 01765 608888. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance: What does the way you dance say about you? Come along and learn what your dancing style says about you. Dr Lovatt will give a CafĂŠ Scientifique talk entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The DNA of Danceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at York City Screen, 7.30pm to 9pm. To book your free place, call 0871 704 2054. Food fun: Play with your food at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park. Add a pipe cleaner and googly eyes and see what you can create. Tel: 489966.

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2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June Pilgrimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress: York Christian Heritage Walk explores the lives of Christians whose faith and good works have had a lasting effect on the city. The 90-minute guided walk starts from the statue of Constantine at York Minster each Wednesday at 11.30am. Tel: 787976.

3 June Wine tasting: Explore wines from Down Under at Castle Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Australian evening at the Lakeside Boathouse. Generous tastings of up to seven wines from Brown Brothers and a hot supper. Tel: 01653 648623. Open day: Jennyruth Workshops is hosting a Spring Open Day from 10am to 1pm at Red House Farm, Bridge Hewick, Ripon. There will be displays, presentations and live demonstrations as well as refreshments. Call 01765 606620






York Fiesta: Come on down to York city centre and join in the Fiesta. Events include a salsa evening, acrobatics, a magical wonderland garden and a giant York doodle. Tel: 553397. Coach trip: Visit the historic mills and village of Cromford in Derbyshire, followed by a tour of the Jacobean mansion at Tissington. Pickups at Haxby, Wigginton, Clifton, Holgate, York, Tadcaster Road and Copmanthorpe. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Two concerts: As part of the Late Concert Series, the London-based international group Vertigo presents several pieces in different languages centered around Tavenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Akhmatova poetry (Russian) and including revised Li Po Settings by local composer Ben Gait and a new work by local composer Chris Leedham. The concert starts at 1pm in the Unitarian Chapel in St Saviourgate. Ian Pace gives a piano recital for the Late Music Concert Series at 7.30pm in the same venue. This concert offers a very rare opportunity to hear Frederic Rzewskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hour-long masterpiece â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The People United Will Never Be Defeatedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Tel: 658338.

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Church tour: Free tour of the Victorian High Gothic church at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary’s church at 11am. Tel: 01765 608888. Guided ride: Cycling City York is holding a guided ride that starts at 9.40am at Tang Hall Library, Fifth Avenue. It is also holding two guided bike rides that start at 10am and 4pm at Galleria Restaurant, James College, University of York, Heslington. For details, call 553372

5 & 6 June Folk weekend: Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York, is hosting two full days of music, song and dance with the cream of York’s acoustic bands and singers plus visiting acts. Marquee concert stage, musicians’ sessions, singarounds, rolling folk club, Morris dancing, workshops and much more. All events free: Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 11pm. Full programme at Windmill event: See how the restoration of Holgate Windmill is progressing by attending the monthly open days between 11am and 4pm. For more details, call Helen Hoult on 331402 or Bob Anderton on 795851

5 & 19 June Beyond Monopoly Railway Institute, Queen Street. 10am – 6pm. Love boardgames but can’t find anyone to play with? Join York’s friendliest boardgame club for a lively session with likeminded folks. Whether you’re a beginner or a boardgame geek, with 300 boardgames to choose from there’s bound to be something for you! The club is for adults and families, so children from eight to 12 must be accompanied (the club is not suitable for children under eight). Your first session is free. Just turn up, or email for more information.

6 June Small is beautiful: Visit the York Dolls House and Miniatures Fair at York Racecourse to see 100 specialist exhibitors and view thousands of dolls houses and miniatures. There will be a chance to make mixed tulips in a vase from air-dried polymer clay at a workshop hosted by Tumdee Dollshouse Miniatures. Aidy Gilmour, of Lilyelf, will be showing the techniques of sculpting and painting a blank doll. Join in with ‘Solway Miniatures’ and make a jar of pickled gherkins and a jar of peaches in brandy with a choice of Kilner or jam jars. At the show you could be the lucky winner of a two dressmakers mannequins donated by Fireside Miniatures. Simply fill in your details on the entry form that you will find in your goodie bag on arrival. Visit www. for more details. Graveyard tour: Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and medieval coffins and visit plague sites. Walk starts at 10.30am from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Art and cakes: The next ‘York’s Got Talent’ event will be held between 11am and 4pm at the National Trust café, Goodramgate, York. It will be a diverse showcase of work from about 10 York artists, with teas, coffees and cakes available. Sale time: There will be a car boot sale at Haxby Memorial Hall, from 9am, to raise funds for the venue. To book a stall, call Kay Mulroney on 768100. Carnival spirit: York Carnival is ‘Going Wild’ in the city centre for a fun-filled day of colour and excitement. The event will showcase the talents of the University of York and the community on three stages across the city, The Lion’s Den, The Watering Hole and The Oasis. The carnival will start with a magical parade, which sets

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off at 1pm from the Minster Gardens, weaving through the streets to Parliament Street where up-and-coming band Section 60 will open the show. Workshops, demonstrations and stalls will bring a carnival buzz to the city. For details, go to Secret passages: Visit parts of York not open to the public, including some of York’s fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. Walk starts at 2.15pm from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Butterfly walk: Dr David Chesmore will lead a butterfly walk at York Cemetery at 2pm. To book your ticket, call 610578. Lazy Sunday: Relax in the tearoom garden at Nostell Priory, near Wakefield, and listen to live music between 2pm and 4pm. Plant fair: About 20 nurseries, plus stalls selling garden-related items, will be attending a plant fair at Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, between 10am and 4pm. You will find everything from bulbs and small alpines to large ferns and trees; from shrubs to grasses plus several herbaceous plant stalls. Refreshments available. Scampston Hall will also be open for guided tours during the afternoon.


Craft sale: Members of Jennyruth Workshops are doing their monthly craft sale at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Ripon, from 10am to about 3.30pm. Details on 01765 606620.

6, 13, 20 & 27 June Sale time: Giant car boot sale, Home Farm Wigginton, York, 7am to 1pm. Toilets and refreshments. Tel: 768463.

River Foss Society: Joint walk and social evening with Friends of New Walk. Meet at 6.30pm at St George’s Field car park for a riverside round walk of about 1.5 miles followed by a get together in a pub. Please confirm to June Card, tel 766196 / email, by 7th June, if you are coming.

7 June Support group: Members of the Parkinson’s Disease Society meet at the Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road, Huntington. Tel 0844 2253634.

8 June President’s date: Members of the York Philatelic Society meet at the Priory Street Centre at 7.15pm for their President and Vice-president’s evening. Fine furniture: Furniture historian Dr Adam Bowett, of the BBC Antiques Roadshow, will explore some of the magnificent furniture at Fairfax House, York. The lecture will take place at 7pm in the National Centre for Early Music, York. The Fairfax House Noel Terry collection has been described by Christies as one of the finest private collections formed in the 20th century. To book your ticket, call 655543. Blooming skills: Haxby & Wigginton Flower Club will host a practice night for members at Wigginton Recreation Hall at 7.30pm. Tel: 765676. Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from Newton on Ouse Church. Tel: 628134.

9 June Open Day, Manor House Dental Practice, 12 Boroughbridge Road. 3-7pm. Meet Matthew and the team – and catch a glimpse of the Tooth Fairy! Refreshments, face-painting, balloons, goody bag and a free prize draw. Wednesday Lunch Club: Are you single, widowed or looking to make new friends? Join like-

Mum’s the word: Anthony Penrose, son of the acclaimed war photographer Lee Miller, talks about his mother’s exhibition at Nunnington Hall, the National Trust property near Helmsley, at 7pm. Tel: 01439 748283.

11 June Windmill music: York band Katalyst will be playing music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s at Holgate Working Men’s Club, New Lane, York, at 7.30pm to raise funds for Holgate Windmill Preservation Society. Tel: 792638. minded folk for a lunch at the Treasurer’s House, near York Minster, at 12.30pm. Tel: 624247. Garden visit: Members of Heslington Flower Lovers’ Guild will visit to George Smith’s garden in Heslington. For more details, call Lilian on 653267 or Kathleen on 631982. Agreeing to Disagree: The University Baroque Ensemble play music by Vivaldi and Corelli, at 7.30pm, in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York. Box office: 432439.

10 June All that jazz: Enjoy a three-course dinner spiced up by live jazz at the Churchill Hotel’s awardwinning piano restaurant. Karl Mullen’s Jazz Band will be entertaining diners at the York hotel. Tel: 644456.

11 & 12 June Charity collection: Members of Parkinson’s UK will be fundraising for the charity at the Tesco’s superstore at Askham Bar, York.

12 June Tribute night: The Ramada York Fairfield Manor is hosting a tribute night featuring The Divided who perform hits from the 1960s to the 1990s. It includes a three-course dinner. Tel: 0844 8159038. Sheep shearing: The Farmer’s Cart is hosting a sheep shearing demo day with 200 sheep being sheared. A spokesman says: “Our piglets, goats, chickens and rabbits are all now on show. Throughout June, a wide range of soft fruits


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and vegetables will be available – both readypicked or for you to pick your own. Sizzling BBQ specialties and a variety of freshly prepared home-reared meats are available from our butchery. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.” The Farmer’s Cart, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York. Tel: 499183

Baby & Toddler Fair: A baby and toddler fair is being held at the Hilton York from 10am to 3pm. It is free entry and the first 200 families will receive a goody bag. Tel: 07932 747436. Tall trees: Discover the many varieties of trees and wild plants growing in York Cemetery by joining Judith Ward on a tour entitled ‘Tall Trees & Wild Flowers’ at 2pm. Tel: 610578.

Church exhibition: Long Marston Parish History Group is holding an exhibition entitled ‘The Armed Services & Their Links With The Parish’ at All Saints’ Church, Long Marston, between 10am and 4pm. Tel: 738456.

14 June Trust TLC: Caroline Rendell talks about caring for the National Trust’s collection at Nunnington Hall, near Helmsley, at 10.30am. Tel: 01439 748283.

Farewell songs: The Chapter House at York Minster is hosting a 7.30pm concert featuring York Mass, another successful commission for the Ebor Singers from Kerry Andrews, alongside Parry’s Songs of Farewell. Tel: 0844 939 0015.

15 June Open cabinets: Find out what lies behind the doors of some of the furniture at the Treasurer’s House, near York Minster, 11am - 4.30pm. Tel: 624247.

Morris dancing: Eight teams of Morris Dancers will be dancing at Beningbrough Hall, the National Trust property near York, between 1pm and 3pm For more details, go to www. Brass Goes To The Movies: A concert by all three Shepherd Group Brass Bands, featuring themes from popular film scores, will take place at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, at 7.30pm. To book your ticket, call Angela Peacock on 704615. Recycling event: The York Environment Centre, at Rawdon Avenue, is hosting a ‘Give or Take Day’ between 1pm and 4pm. Take the chance to get rid of stuff and pick up something you want. There will be children’s activities, displays and refreshments. Tel: 411821.

12 & 19 June Choccy tour: Hear the history of Terry’s and Rowntree’s, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! It starts at 10.30am and 2pm

16 June from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

13 June Stepping out: York Hoboes Rambling Club is looking for new members. The walking club meets on the second Sunday of each month, leaving at 8am and arriving back in York between 6pm and 8pm. Spokesman Paul Milliner says: “Come and try us as a welcome guest. The walks are led by experienced members and travel is by coach to all parts of Yorkshire.” For more details, call Paul on 627279. Thirsk and Sowerby Antique and Collectors Fair,

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Open morning: Silver Connections – Introductions for the over-40s – is holding an open morning at the Minster Hotel, Bootham, York, between 10am and noon. For more details, call Peter and Diana West on 07890 322924. Golden age: The English Golden Age, sung by the University of York Chamber Choir, will include Spem in alium and pieces by Sheppard, Wylkynson and Taverner. The concert starts at 7.30pm in the Chapter House at York Minster. Tel: 0844 939 0015. English Golden Age: The University of York Chamber Choir sings exquisite music of the 16th century by Tallis, Sheppard, Wylkynson and Taverner at 7.30pm, The Chapter House, York Minster. Box office: 432439.


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19 June

Picnic theatre: Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice at the Museum Gardens, York. Grounds open for picnics at 6pm. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Performance starts at 7pm. For more details, call Visit York on 550099. Box office: 0871 220 0260,

Folk cures: Find out how our ancestors used wild herbs to cure their ills and why washing was never put out to dry on a lone hawthorn tree! Meet at Swanley Grange, Fountains Abbey, at 10.30am. Tel: 01765 608888. Open Afternoon, St Hilda’s Church Hall, Tang Hall Lane. 2 – 4pm. A celebration to mark the 80th birthday or St Hilda’s Brownies and 20th birthday of the Rainbows. Photographs and other memorabilia on display, plus refreshments.

Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a five-mile walk that starts at 7pm from York’s Millennium Bridge at Butcher Terrace. Tel: 628134.

Dream, dream, dream: Elgar’s oratorio Dream of Gerontius will be performed by the York Musical Society and Orchestra with the Philharmonischer Chor of Münster Choir at 7.30pm in York Minster. Tel: 0844 939 0015.

18 June Outdoor market: Monks Cross, the shopping centre on York’s ring road, is holding an outdoor market. The stallholders will be selling a wide range of merchandise, including dairy products, fruit and vegetables and clothing, between 9.30am and 8pm. For more details, call 623374.

Young genius: The summer concert by the Academy of St Olave’s will feature the effervescent Symphony in C by Bizet, composed at the age of 17. Tickets available on 550099.

18-20 June Camping and music: A family music festival will be held at Summerfield Nursery, Burlands Lane, Upper Poppleton, York, to promote local musical and singing talents while having a family gettogether in a safe and friendly environment. Caravans and campers welcome. The artists on show will be from all parts of Yorkshire. Local bands include Hot Recruits and Rubber Bullets. As well as live performances, the festival will have a bouncy castle and slides, a licensed bar and catering. For details, call Ray on 07798 655416 or Mark on 07784 233986.

18 June - 29 August Dress to Impress: Fairfax House, York, is hosting an exhibition of the clothing worn by members of 18th century polite society. For lovers of fashion and period costume drama, this is a


perfect opportunity to see rare costumes in detail. Tel: 655543.

18 June – 31 October Computer art: A 21st century flood will engulf the ancient space of York St Mary’s this summer as part of a new contemporary art installation. Renowned artist Susan Stockwell’s work, called ‘Flood’ will see a tower of computer components pouring from the roof of the medieval church, filling the nave with a brightly coloured pool of metal and wire. The piece is the fifth installation to be commissioned by York Museums Trust funded by the Arts Council. York St Mary’s is open 10am–4pm and free to all. For more information, go to

New name: The medical research charity Arthritis Research Campaign has changed its name to Arthritis Research UK. The charity’s York fundraising group is holding coffee morning at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church, off Wheatlands Grove, Boroughbridge Road, between 10am and noon. For details, call Joan Carter on 709096 Bike ride: The charity Children In Distress is organising a bike ride in York to raise funds for children suffering in Eastern Europe. The cyclists will set off at 10.30am from York Racecourse, as it hosts the CTC National Rally, to follow the ‘Solar System’ cycle route between York and Selby. The main ride will be between York and Riccall, the round trip being 20 miles but with an additional five miles each way if cyclists want to go on to Selby Abbey. The website to register is: or call Children In Distress on 0141 559 5690 (Isabel Davis).

19 & 20 June

20 June

Cycling festival: There is something for all cyclists at this great cycling festival which incorporates the CTC National Rally & Camping Weekend. There will be a trade show and exhibition; arena events; extensive catering and bar; organised rides; Zero Gravity Stunt Show; children’s entertainments. cycle club displays; veteran cycles; Saturday night on-site musical entertainment; cyclists’ service at York Minster; and grand parade through the city. For more details, call Paul Hepworth on 791700.

Classic Cars for Father’s Day: Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster. Noon – 4.30pm. Recall motoring memories. Miniatures fair: A dolls’ house and miniatures fair will be held at Driffield Showground between 10.30am and 4pm. Free parking and refreshments. For details, call Richard or Lesley on 01482 898869.

Jester tales: Conisbrough Castle, 11am – 4.30pm. Meet Peterken the medieval jester. His shows are hilarious with his stilts and fire juggling finale. Listen as well to the sounds of medieval England with music, songs and stories of Trouvere. Heroes & Heroines: Richmond Castle. From 11am. Meet heroes and heroines from the Victorian soldiers of the Green Howards to the soldiers of the Great War and the Second World War. On Saturday the Richmond Pipe Band will play and on Sunday the Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Military Brass Band from Catterick will strike up. Garden trail: Copmanthorpe artists and gardeners invite you to Copmanthorpe Open Gardens between 1pm and 5pm. Fifteen gardens in the village will be open and there will be an artist or musician in each garden, including painters and a barbershop quartet. There will also be plant sales and teas. The garden trail is in aid of Copmanthorpe Methodist Church. For details, call 702645. Vintage event: The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is holding a vintage transport event over the Father’s Day weekend. The venue is looking for owners of vintage cars or engines who would like to exhibit their pride and joy at Murton Park, York. Whether it is a Clayton and

Shuttleworth steam engine, a Wolseley car or a Penny Farthing bicycle, the museum would love to hear from you. Tel: 489966.

19 June – 27 June Lunch on the lawn: Celebrate National Picnic Week in the garden of the Treasurer’s House, near York Minster, 11am - 4.30pm (closed Fridays). From a family lunch picnic box to a romantic champagne and strawberry packed basket, the National Trust has the perfect picnic for you. Tel: 624247.

19 – 30 June In the frame: Yorkshire photographer Chris Ceaser hosts an exhibition of his work called Northern Landscapes at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, 10am – 5pm. Tel: 01765 608888.

Charity trek: New Futures Nepal, a UK charity run by volunteers, plans to raise £100,000 to build a new orphanage for some of the world’s poorest children and S Harrison Developments Ltd has pledged its support for the third year running. Colin Culley, of Lockton, along with the Yorkshire Support Group, is organising the third ‘Harrison Trek for Children in Nepal’ to be held on Sunday 20th June at Castle Howard, near York. The funds raised will help to build a new orphanage for Nepali children in Kalimpong just across the Nepalese border in Northern India. Colin says: “Every £5 raised will ‘buy a brick’ for the new home.” There are walks for all abilities and ages along with music from Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band, stalls, activities, refreshments and a chance to meet the Gurkhas. For details, call Colin Culley on 01751 460250 or visit www. Stone the crows! Bring your dad along and make a scarecrow for Father’s Day at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal at 2pm. Booking essential, on 01765 643164. Dad art: Treat Dad to a Father’s Day lunch in the restaurant at Beningbrough Hall, the National Trust property near York, and take part in the Father’s Day art workshop. Tel: 472027. Fair weather: Celebrate Father’s Day at Nunnington Hall’s summer fair. Tel: 01439 748283.


24 June Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from the University of York’s South Car Park. Tel: 628134. Music and pictures: Singer-songwriter Sandi Thom, who is also a keen photographer, will open her first exhibition of photographs at Nunnington Hall, the National Trust property near York, by performing an intimate concert at the Oak Hall that evening. Four years after her massive hit single ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’, the Scottish troubadour is back with a fresh sound. Her photography exhibition ends on July 31st. Tel: 01439 748283.

25 June On a roll: Rock ‘n’ roll dancing to J B Goode at New Earswick & District Bowls Club. Tel: 750230. Jazz on the lawn: Enjoy an evening of jazz with Bob Ludlam and his band at Nostell Priory at 7.30pm. Bring a picnic. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895.

22 – 26 June Feed the Minds: Book Sale, 10am - 5pm, in St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York. Hundreds of books – all categories – at bargain prices (from 30p). Tel: 704600.

23 June Pulling power: The record-breaking steam locomotive Mallard is being pulled by Tornado from York’s National Railway Museum to Locomotion, the NRM’s sister site in Shildon, County Durham. The £3 million Tornado was built by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in Darlington. Steve Davies, Director of the NRM, says: “Mallard has always been a favourite with our visitors since it first featured on the museum floor in 1975 – but now we think it’s time to share one of the jewels in our crown with our sister museum, Locomotion. It’ll be quite a sight to see two of the most of famous locomotives in the world heading up the East Coast Main Line together.” The space occupied by Mallard will be taken by South Eastern & Chatham Railway steam locomotive, No.737 and Pullman Car Company First Class carriage, Topaz. War Requiem: The University of York Choir and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Seymour with soloists Marina Theodoropoulou, James Gilchrist and Roderick Williams and Minster choristers, will perform Britten’s War Requiem at 7.30pm in York Minster. Box office: 432439. River Foss Society: Foss walk, Marton Abbey to Newburgh Priory. A picnic for walkers and nonwalkers, followed by an afternoon visit to the priory and its grounds. Walkers meet at Oulston village, GR546745, at 10am, having notified Bob Jowett in advance, tel 764702. Non walkers meet at 12.30pm near the Priory in the layby next to the lake on the Oulston to Coxwold Road. Bring your own picnic lunch. War & Peace: York University Choir and Orchestra join forces with the Choristers of York Minster to perform Britten’s War Requiem at 7.30pm in York Minster. Tel: 0844 939 0015.


For sale: Jennyruth Workshops will have a craft stall at Morrison’s in Boroughbridge. They will sell wooden clocks, toys and games, cards, fun household products as well as planters, growbag boxes and various habitat boxes. Details on 01765 606620. From These Isles: The Chimera Ensemble play music by Thomas Adès, Paul Keenan and Philip Cashian at 7.30pm in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. Box office: 432439. Abbey picnic: Enjoy a picnic at Fountains Abbey on a summer’s evening, 6pm – 8pm. Tel: 01765 608888. Lunchtime concert: ‘A Garland of Flutes’ play music for one, two and three flutes; Myrna Michell (piano) plays Schumann’s ‘Waldscenen’. The musicians will perform at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, at 12.30pm. Further details from Myrna on 07931 775329.

26 June Family history fair: York Racecourse will host the Yorkshire Family History Fair between 10am and 4.30pm. The organisers are expecting 100 exhibitors, including the National Archives, General Register Office, The Society of Genealogists and about 40 family history societies plus commercial stands. For more details, go to In focus: Discover the variety of wildflowers in the Water Garden at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal with your camera. A wildlife guide will help you to identify the flowers as you walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10.30am. Tel: 01765 608888. Open day: Haxby & Wigginton Health Centre, The Village, Wigginton, is holding an open day, between 1pm and 3pm, to raise money for the military charity Help the Heroes. People can have health checks and there will be fancy dress for the kids as well as car washing. School fair: The Friends of Badger Hill School are holding a summer fair between 1pm and 3pm. Attractions include a bouncy castle and slide, rodeo ride, giant Jenga and other games, orchid display, gift and craft stalls and tombola. It will take place at Badger Hill School, Crossways, York. Rugs and hampers: As part of National Picnic Week, enjoy a picnic in the gardens at

Beningbrough Hall, the National Trust property near York, all day and all evening (open until 10pm) Picnics available to book from the Walled Garden Restaurant; bring chairs and rugs. Tel: 472027. Georgian walk: This tour, which starts at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, at 11am, focuses on the Micklegate area, with streets rich in Georgian splendour. Discover why the Georgians felt this area of York to be so important and explore some of its hidden secrets. Tel: 655543. Village fair: Nun Monkton, near York, is hosting a St Peter’s Feast Day between 11am and 6pm. Attractions include a children’s fancy dress competition, Maypole dancing, Yorkshire Hawking Club, Boroughbridge High School Chamber Choir, inflatable obstacle course, slide and bouncy castles, swing boats, hay throwing, archery, tombola, raffle, ice-cream van, lots of stalls, plants, food and beer from The Alice Hawthorn pub, plus pre-booked helicopter flights over York available - book now to avoid disappointment on 01423 330484. Go to www. for details. Ceilidh and BBQ: Jennyruth Workshops are staging a ceilidh and BBQ at Grange Farm, Bridge Hewick – next to the Black-a-Moor Pub, on the road between Ripon and Boroughbridge from 7.30pm. There will be dancing to a live ceilidh band, a licensed bar and free parking. For details, call 606620. Bel Canto: York Minster’s Chapter House Choir performs a programme of Italian masterworks encompassing 300 years of love, passion, death and devotion at 8pm. Tel: 0844 939 0015. Operatic event: The De Costa Academy of Singing presents Carmen (Bizet) In Concert performed in English in The Guidhall, York, at 7.30pm in support of the children’s charity the NSPCC. Tel: 610341. Fair fun: A summer fair will be held at Dunnington Primary School, Pear Tree Lane, between 11am and 2pm. Lots of games and stalls, with refreshments available. Stalls may be booked by calling Karen Horn on 481227. email School fair: Hempland Primary School, Whitby Avenue, York, is hosting a summer fair. For details, call 421065. Monster moth: Join a Victorian entomologist for a screening of The Blood Beast Terror, a camp horror classic from 1968, which features Peter Cushing doing battle with a giant moth. This National Insect Week event takes place at 8pm at DIG, St Saviourgate, York. Tel: 615505.

26-27 June Handle insects: Take this chance to handle a selection of creepy crawlies (26 June) and to build some insect habitats (27 June), then settle down to watch ‘James and the Giant Peach’ (2pm, both days) on a big screen. These National Insect Week events take place at DIG, St Saviourgate, York, between 10am and 4pm. Tel: 615505. Bold knights: Scarborough Castle. From 11am. Four knights will compete in archery, the poleaxe, sword and even a melee with clubs! In between fights you will be able to browse the living history encampment, listen to period music and laugh with a medieval jester.

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Military Brass Band: Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster. From 3pm. A performance by the Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Millitary Band from Catterick Garrison.

Kafka drama: A York St John University-based theatre company, comprising of people who use mental health services, will take to the stage in their debut performance at York Theatre Royal in ‘Tales from Kafka’. The company, Out of Character, emerged from theatre courses offered to mental health service users. ‘Tales from Kafka’ focuses on some lesser known Kafka stories. Box office: 623568.

Diverse art: An exhibition called Unique Vision is being held at York Guildhall, between noon and 5pm, to showcase the work of artists who will be available to discuss their art. They will include students from York College, patients from Bootham psychiatric hospital and graffiti artists. The diverse art will feature photography, paintings, installations, sculptures and mosaics.

Retail therapy: Yorkshire-based designers and artisans will be selling ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, paintings and fashions in the Stable Courtyard at Castle Howard. Park life: West Bank Park in Holgate is hosting a summer fair between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Attractions include music from the Golden Rail Band and birds of prey as well as stalls manned by members of community organisations. Living history: York Cemetery will host a Green Festival between 10am and 4pm when drama pupils from Fulford School will stage a reenactment of the lives of people buried in the cemetery. There will be stalls and a visit to the green burial site. Tel: 610578.

29 June Open day: York College is hosting an open evening for adult learners between 6pm and 8pm. No need to book, just go to the reception. For details call 770400. Live music: Singer-songwriter David Ward MacLean and friends play at the Court Cafe, Dean Court Hotel, York, from 8pm. Free admission. Tel: 625082. Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from the Aldi car park in Fulford Road, York. Tel: 628134.

30 June Sir Jack Lyons Concert: World premiere of new work by Lyons Celebration Award-holder Jose Olimpio,7.30pm, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York. Box office: 432439.

3 July Military show: York is marking Armed Forces Day with a ‘Proms in the Park’ type event at Monk Stray, Heworth, between 4pm and 9.30pm. The Royal Artillery Marching Band will be supported by bands from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as York’s own Arts Academy. The evening will end with the Sunset Ceremony and a fly-past by aircraft from RAF Linton-onOuse. Bring a picnic or purchase food on site. There will also be a licensed bar. The Forces Recruitment teams will entertain young and old, a Lynx helicopter will be on site and there will be representation from military charities. Tickets can be obtained from the Army Careers Information Office at 108 Micklegate, York, by phoning 554660 or completing the application form in Your Local Link. See page 91 *At 2pm the Royal Artillery Marching Band will head a parade of veterans and serving personnel through the centre of York, when a salute will be taken at the Mansion House. Copmanthorpe Carnival: Live music and other entertainment to a World Cup theme at the Recreation Centre, Copmanthorpe, noon-6pm,

11 & 18 July Mystery Plays: The Passion Plays of England are some of the oldest pieces of English literature. The best preserved of these religious pageant performances are those of York which were staged by members of the City Guilds and performed on carts or wagons drawn through the streets. Each craft guild or ‘mysterie’ would perform its own play as part of an agreed cycle. Next month’s production will fill York’s streets with drama and spectacle. On two consecutive Sundays, 12 plays will be performed on wagons moving through the streets accompanied by music. The players will perform at four different stations: Deans Park, College Green, Parliament Street and Eye of York. Performances start at noon and will finish around 6pm. For details, visit

7 August Tockwith Show: For details, go to www. or call 07739 960 472.

21 August Picnic concert: Book your ticket for the Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard on 0845 296 0000 or online at


It’s laughter all the way this month with a host of light-hearted comedies, from an action movie and a feel-good remake to a couple of classic rom-coms.


When in Rome Beth is a hard-working art curator who puts her career before her love life. When her boyfriend dumps her, she decides to give up on the idea of romance. But when, on a trip to Rome, she removes some coins from the legendary Fountain of Love, she discovers that romance hasn’t given up on her. Back in New York, she finds herself pursued by a band of aggressive suitors whose coins she took, including a lanky street musician, doting painter, narcissistic male model and a diminutive sausage salesman (played by Danny DeVito). Also on the scene is hapless reporter Nick (Josh Duhamel). But is he genuinely interested in Beth, or is he another victim of the coin curse?

Billy Elliott Young Billy Elliott dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. But it’s not an easy ambition when you’re the son of a coal miner in a north east pit village in the grip of the 1980s miners’ strike. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know this is the inspirational story of a boy who dreams of realising his ambitions against the odds. Full of life, laughter and unforgettable music by Sir Elton John, this is a theatrical experience that will stay with you forever. York Stage Musicals presents this inspiring show at the Grand Opera House from 7th – 12th June, so book your tickets now at the Grand Opera House on 0844 8472322.

Get Him to the Greek Russell Brand reprises his role as

when she risked her life in an open boat to help the survivors of the wrecked SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838. Her courageous deed changed her life; she was besieged by the press and public, and died five years later an anxious, sad young woman. The York Stars explore the story the books don’t tell in the premiere of this moving musical. With a cast of more than 60, not to mention a cleverly presented sea rescue, it’s a show that’s sure to stay with people long after they leave the theatre. It’s on at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre from 30th June to 3rd July. Book your tickets from the York Theatre Royal box office on 623568.

rock legend and sex god Aldous Snow (last seen in the 2008 movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall) in this comedy road trip. Weary of yes men and piles of money, Aldous is searching for the meaning of life. When he learns his true love is in California, Aldous makes it his quest to win her back before beginning his world domination tour. Meanwhile, ambitious intern Aaron Greenberg has to stop the rock god getting sidetracked and make sure he gets on stage on time. As the countdown to the concert begins, Aaron must navigate a minefield of London drug smugglers, New York City brawls and Vegas lap dances to get Aldous to the Greek on time.

MacGruber Only one American hero has earned the rank

of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. He’s also been awarded 16 purple hearts, three Congressional Medals of Honor and seven presidential medals of bravery. Not only that, he’s brave enough to still be sporting a mullet in 2010. Introducing special operative MacGruber. If you’ve ever seen the hit US sketch show Saturday Night Live, you’ll be familiar with the clueless soldier of fortune. Even if you haven’t, you’ll still enjoy this comedy action parody starring Will Forte. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job.

The Karate Kid Will Smith and his missus Jada team up with legendary Ocean’s 11 producer Jerry Weintraub for a remake of this 80s classic, starring the couple’s 11 year old son Jaden Smith (last seen acting alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness). Twelve year old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realises that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. Playing the part of the lad’s wise and wily martial arts instructor is the great Jackie Chan. Sounds like a winning combination to us...


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Gigi If you’re a sucker for a romance and you love a good musical, you’ll

love York Light Opera Company’s latest offering. Gigi tells the story of a Parisienne ingénue being groomed by her aunt for life as a courtesan, who ruins everyone’s plans – including her own – by falling in love. Featuring classic songs such as Thank Heavens For Little Girls, The Night They Invented Champagne and Yes I Remember It Well, this is a must for music lovers. It’s on at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre from 22nd – 26th June. Call the box office on 623568 to book.

One Night of Queen Since winning the Grand Final of Stars In Their Eyes 10 years ago as the legendary Freddie Mercury, Gary Mullen has been enthralling fans all over the world with his show, One Night of Queen. It’s an absolute must for all Freddie fans – and anyone else who loves great music! It’s on at the Grand Opera House on 25th June. We have two pairs of tickets to give away – look out for our competition on page 4! If you’re not lucky enough to win a ticket, you can book via the box office on 0844 8472322. COMING SOON Footloose!Everybody get Footloose! York Stage Musicals are proud to

announce their forthcoming show, which will be hitting The Grand Opera House from 6th to 11th September. Based on the iconic 1980s movie that launched the careers of Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker, the show is now a stage musical phenomenon, featuring classic anthems such as Holding Out For A Hero, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and, of course, Footloose. Don’t miss out - book your tickets at the Grand Opera House box office on 0844 8472322.

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RICHARD FOSTER, who promoted two Show of Hands gigs in a York church hall many moons ago, caught up with the folk duo on election night

Folk fans vote for Show of Hands While millions were out for the count, acclaimed acoustic duo Show of Hands spent General Election night by making a stand in York during their ‘Standing Room Only’ UK tour, showing just why they have been showered with accolades. Singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer won both the Best Duo and Best Original Song accolades at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year - the latter for the topical title track of their acclaimed new studio album Arrogance Ignorance And Greed, a no-holds-barred Knightley blast about bankers and bonuses, MPs and expenses. The triple Albert Hall sell-out band who have headlined at festivals from WOMAD to Glastonbury, performed a rich repertoire of original and traditional songs at The Duchess - their first appearance at the York venue. Show of Hands are known for their ‘political’ songs which, in addition to Arrogance Ignorance And Greed, include two other titles nominated for Best Original Song at previous Folk Awards – Country Life, about the decline of rural living, and Roots, a clarion call for the English to get behind their culture and musical heritage like other nations. Steve and Phil were joined on the Duchess stage by double bass player/ vocalist Miranda Sykes and the three musicians got the packed house singing – transforming the venue into a boisterous folk club. Rising indy star Ruarri Joseph played an accomplished support slot. Edinburgh-born, Cornwall-based Ruarri has made past appearances with David Gray, Paolo Nutini and Seth Lakeman and supported Show of Hands at their own Abbotsbury festival in Dorset. Inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, he has explored jazz, rock and punk. His acoustic material is sometimes mellow, sometimes upbeat and catchy, all delivered by his distinctive vocals.



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Named ‘best group’ in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lau are a formidable trio of three of the finest & most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Britain today. Their live shows are a must-see experience with an energy and musicianship which is spellbinding. Formed out of the progressive traditional music scene in Edinburgh, Lau have consistently discovered new musical boundaries with their unique take on ‘folk’. The multi-award winning Scots/English trio have issued three highlyacclaimed albums, in as many years (‘Lightweights & Gentlemen’ 2007, ‘Live’ 2008 and ‘Arc Light’ 2009) which have seen the band taken their legendary live concert show to all corners of the globe. Lau are: Kris Drever (guitar and vocals); Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). They are three highly creative musicians who record diverse solo material when they are not playing as Lau. A Lau live performance is an explosion of both traditional and selfpenned songs. They play Pocklington Arts Centre on June 17th.


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26 JUNE Jesse Malin, Fibbers

27 JUNE Ian Chalk Quartet, Phoenix Inn

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30 JUNE The Strange Boys, Fibbers

See for yourself! Be the first to explore the new Visitor Information Centre – and meet characters from York Theatre Royal’s Wind in the Willows – at their Grand Opening on Thursday 27th May. Doors open at 9.30am. There’ll also be a live samba band in St Helen’s Square, stilt walkers on Blake Street and the Minster bells will be ringing all day in celebration!

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InformationCentre! York’s new state of the art Visitor Information Centre opens its doors on 27th May. As well as providing a warm welcome to the city’s tourists, it also promises to be a useful new resource for residents. The new ‘Visit York Information Centre’ will be situated in 1 Museum Street, a Grade II listed building that has undergone a £900,000 restoration and refurbishment programme by York Conservation Trust. It will replace the existing service currently located at the De Grey Rooms in Exhibition Square. The centre will be open seven days a week and will act as a gateway of services for the city and the region, offering stateof-the-art facilities that will provide local residents and visitors with the keys to

unlock both York and the wider Yorkshire area. As well as providing access to the Ticketmaster service, there will also be an in-house box office facility for local and regional attractions and events; a one-stop-shop for all York, Yorkshire and national travel information; an accommodation booking service with a local, regional and national reach, plus an itinerary planning service to help visitors get the most from their time in York.

selection of local and regionally sourced products including foods and preserves, arts and crafts, gifts and books. Christine Morton, manager at the new Visitor Information Centre, has overseen the project from start to finish. Christine, 49, has worked for Visit York as Visitor Services Manager since February 2006. She’s been the driving force behind the project, working with main contractors

The new centre will also showcase a wide


George Sharkey & Sons Ltd, SoVibrant for the interior design and Savilles Audio Visual who installed 11 plasma screen TVs to ensure the centre boasts all the latest mod-cons.


“As a team, we can’t wait for the opening,” she says. “It will be the best place in the area to find out what’s on today, this week, this month and this year – whether you’re looking to purchase attraction or event tickets, obtain travel information or source accommodation. It will very much be at the heart of the city and the region, making it a resource which can be used by residents and visitors – a centre for all.”

“There have been some unique challenges facing SoVibrant during the design process for the new York Visitor Information Centre,” says Managing Director Adam Atkinson. “In order to make the project a success it was essential to create a real focal point for activity within the city. It was essential to create an environment that was engaging and informative for those visiting York but that crucially offers a comprehensive service to the local residents of York wishing to explore their city and region further or to find out about local activities. Achieving the clients’ requirement for a modern and stylish environment with the ‘Wow’ factor within a beautiful listed building was a challenging and rewarding task. The team have developed an internal skeleton for the building that protects and enhances the period features of the building and have juxtaposed this with a dynamic graphics scheme capturing York and Yorkshire in a bold and exciting way.

International POS Ltd International POS Ltd supply complete Electronic Point of Sale solutions to the retail and hospitality industry. This includes bars, restaurants and fashion shops as well as tourist information centres across the UK. After supplying the original tourist information centres in the De Grey Rooms and York Station, they were approached to supply additional systems to the new Museum Street centre. “Technology has moved on since we supplied the original systems,” says International POS Ltd Director Frank Whittle. “The newer systems are neater and more integrated. As well as reinstalling the old system in the new Museum Street premises, we added two new ticketing systems. The whole idea is to create a better facilities for visitors. With the new ticket imprinters, anyone can walk in and instantly purchase tickets for events all over the Yorkshire area.” Q For more information, call International POS Ltd on 01524 388811 or email

Yorkshire-based creative design agency SoVibrant are delighted to have been leading the interior design for the new Visitor Centre for the City of York.

“Working with the Visit York team has been a fantastic experience for the SoVibrant team. We are delighted to be involved with such a high-profile project within the city and have really enjoyed creating what should be an exciting new hub of activity within the city. “ Q For more information, call 01423 874900, email or log on to

Deans Computer Services Deans Computer Services is the IT support partner for the new visitor centre. In addition to supplying computers, they are the key interface with regards to delivering the AV and till systems. Deans Computer Services in one of the leading IT ‘total solution’ companies in the North of England. It delivers leading edge and reliable software solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. This includes systems consultancy and integration, networking installations, equipment maintenance and repairs, software installation with training and support, bespoke programming, internet e-mail/e-commerce solutions and business forms. They can take care of your broadband connection and your internet service provision, offer domain registration and website design. Everyone at Deans Computer Services are highly professional and extremely approachable. They will not simply work for uou but ‘with’ you to build a strong relationship which delivers real value and benefits. Q For more information, contact Deans Computer Services on 01937 541411 or log on to www.


Savilles Saville were commissioned to supply and install six 65” and five 42” commercial display screens into the new visitor centre. These screens will be fed with content from a Cayin digital signage server system that allows different screens to show different content as required. This content will take the form of advertisers promotional video clips, written information in ticker and banner form and live web RSS feeds or any combination of these overlaid upon each other. In the entrance, one of the 65” screens will be dedicated to the display of a virtual map of Yorkshire. The team can quickly add a contributor’s content to this, which will rise out’ out of the map in front of their eyes . This is a Saville custom-written piece of software, which will provide a striking and dynamic entrance centrepiece. Saville also provided a small mobile touch screen kiosk to allow members of the public to use the internal website. This enables users to access of information about particular activities, places or attractions. “We were really delighted to be chosen as the preferred AV partner for Visit York,” says Steve GoreBrowne of Saville Audio visual. “This is the first project of its type in the UK and utilises cutting edge signage technology to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.” Q For more information, call Saville Audio Visual on 782782 or check their website –


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been self employed for five years, knows his boilers. The former British Gas engineer has been doing all types of plumbing and gas installations for 24 years. The accredited Worcester boiler installer served an apprenticeship, gaining City & Guilds qualifications, and prides himself on offering a prompt and reliable service. Mark says now is a good time to replace your old inefficient gas guzzler because modern condenser boilers are far more efficient – which means they burn less gas. Tel: 07980 437960.

If so, then contact top-notch upholsterer Abe Charles who specialises in giving quality furniture a new lease of life. He served his apprenticeship with the highly-regarded Leeds company Bridgecraft and has been working as an upholsterer for 30 years. He has countless customers who can vouch for the quality of his work. Abe says: “I will travel to your home with my pattern books. You choose the fabric, we agree a price and then I arrange transport of your furniture to my workshop. “A short time later – usually two-and-a-half weeks – you will receive your completely re-upholstered furniture which will give you many more years of service. I offer a convenient, flexible and cost-effective service and can attend evening and weekend appointments.” QA & V Upholstery can also make bespoke furniture for those who want it. Call Abe on either 01977 699222 or 07889 431691.



Lodge Plumbing, which serves York and the surrounding area, prides itself on carrying out quality work while offering customers value for money. Spokesman Graham Hill says: “Our rates are very competitive. We carry out all types of plumbing work from fixing taps and showers to fitting radiators. We can even supply and fit bathroom suites and kitchens. We are friendly, efficient and reliable.” QFor more details, call Lodge Plumbing on 01347 810196 or 07753 459149.


Try window films for comfort and safety The use of self-adhesive window films in the home is relatively new but they offer substantial benefits at a reasonable cost. Fitting direct to all glass, they provide protection from sunshine as well as security, safety, privacy and decoration. We love the light given by big windows, but not the heat and glare from the sun or the fading damage to furniture, carpets etc. Solar protection film rejects up to 79% of solar energy, 99% of UV rays and 48% of the heat. Reducing the “roasting” conservatory effect and stifling rooms Deter burglars by making it difficult to break the glass. Stopping loose shards, they protect children from broken glass on older style doors and windows. The window films give privacy with a stylish finish, lots of light and beautiful decorative effects. No need for heavy fabric curtains, nets or blinds. QFor information on how Reflectiv window films can make your home safer and more comfortable, contact Steve Dunn, of Stairs & More, on 01845 577200 or check out

There’s more to internet marketing than meets the eye Marketing your business on the internet is about so much more than just having a good looking website – it’s about communicating with your visitors, forming relationships and providing them with valuable, up-to-date content (be it products, pictures or information) that will keep them coming back for more. It’s also about getting that content found, both in the search engines and on the sites where potential customers visit. Bow House have been designing websites for more than a decade; they know what it takes to create websites that not only look great and reflect the individuality of the company, but also really work for those companies. The websites work because they’re designed with the visitor in mind, they’re optimised for search engines so they’re easy to find and reach a wide audience, and they’re supported by sound marketing ideas that boost visitors and help convert those visitors into enquiries, bookings and sales. With Bow House’s easy to use Content Management System, website owners are in complete control over their site content, allowing businesses to keep their visitors up to date with the latest news and deals, new products and services, menu changes and special events, or whatever their customers want to know about. With a broad ranging portfolio of customers in construction, telecommunications, transportation, retail and hospitality, Bow House have extensive experience in producing everything from small, ‘brochure’ style sites, right up to large, customized, ecommerce sites, all given the same commitment and attention to detail. Q See how Bow House can help your business and see examples of their work at


Conservatories are the perfect place for making the most of long, lazy summer evenings, whatever the weather. Whether it’s relaxing with a good book or spending time with friends – when the weather gets cooler, just bring the outdoors in! Indian Ocean has a wide range of super stylish conservatory furniture that’s perfect for any home. There are ergonomically designed sofa sets, armchairs, footstools and occasional tables in top quality materials with deep seats and thick, comfortable pillows, perfect for relaxing. Or got for a stunning dining set in solid teak, aluminium or woven – just pour the wine and light the candles, and your guests won’t ever want to leave! Whether your taste is contemporary or traditional, you’re sure to find something to suit you. For more inspiring ideas, visit the Yorkshire Showroom at Thorpefield Farm, Nr Hayton, YO42 4LN. Call 01430 873438.

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Meet the caravan specialists Wandahome South Cave are always looking to improve the caravanning experience for their customers. They sell products made by the country’s leading caravan manufacturers with the aim of providing every customer with a quality product they can be proud of.


Are you tired of missing out on conversations? Do you get tired of asking people to repeat themselves, or giving the wrong answer A spokesman says: “We do not need pressure selling as we have an because you haven’t heard what’s excellent product base with more than 250 caravans and motorhomes on been said? Then you could benefit display at our 14-acre site with prices to suit all pockets. from a hearing aid. Wandahome also offer a massive choice of pre-owned models. The TW Hearing Aid Services offers the spokesman says: “You can view over 150 top quality pre-owned caravans very latest in modern Hearing Aids, on a six-acre display area. Prices range from as little as £1,000 to £16,000, individually designed to cope with and with a superb selection of layout and size variations You will not find your particular hearing problem. a more comprehensive selection anywhere else in the UK. They’re simple to use, and the latest styles are barely detectable. “Whatever you are looking for, you will find it at Wandahome, coupled with the best prices and service.” Trevor Woolley is a fully qualified and registered Hearing Aid Wandahome boast one of the largest caravan and motorhome storage areas for miles around. Their secure storage area has space for more than Audiologist. He will visit you in 1,000 vehicles. With complete CCTV camera coverage and a secure entry the privacy of your own home and test your hearing using the and exit system, you will have peace of mind that your vehicle is well latest electronic Audiometric looked after and safe at all times. equipment – all for free. He’ll then Q Wandahome South Cave, Hunsdale Farm Industrial Park, Brough take you through all the options Road, South Cave, East Yorkshire. Tel: 014304 24342 in Hearing Aids, and advise you on Wandahome want their customers to feel relaxed and at ease when visiting their showground, which is just off the A63 at South Cave, only a 30-minute drive from York


the right type for you. All Hearing Aids are supplied subject to your satisfaction; if you’re not happy after the six week trial period, you can return the aids in exchange for a full refund. You’ll also get free follow-up calls for up to two years. Because Trevor works locally with no expensive premises or high pressure sales force, overheads are kept to a minimum, so savings can be passed on to you.

“Hearing Aids can take time, patience and perseverance, but the results are well worth it,” he says. “After years of being isolated through hearing loss, it can even be life-changing.” Q Call Treveor Woolley on 01977 685123 to find out how TW Hearing Aid Services can help you.

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

Local libraries Explore: Acomb Library Learning Centre, Front Street, Acomb, York YO24 3BZ. Tel 552651. 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:


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: Fulford library St Oswaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: 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:

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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:


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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 (April to September) Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 7pm, Sunday 8.30am to 4pm Towthorpe/Strensall (April to September) Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 7pm Beckfield Lane (April to September) Monday to Friday 5pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm Asbestos collection service – Commercial waste – Tel. 553270 or 553282 Hazardous and clinical waste – Tel. 551551


n Local Government Ombudsma 0614 Tel. 0300 061 ombudsman Ofcom – Telecommunications 3333 123 0300 or Tel. 020 7981 3040 63 Tel. 0845 055 0760 or 01925 5302 Ofgem – Energy ombudsman of call for consumer complaints Consumer Direct Your first por t Tel. 08454 04 05 06 551525 Food safety and standards Tel.

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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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(2pm-4pm and 5pm-7.30pm, unless otherwise stated) 3 June Merchant Taylors’ Hall 8 June Acomb Parish Church Hall 10 June St Oswald’s Church, Fulford 16 June New Earswick Folk Hall (2pm-4pm and 5pm-7.15pm) 17 June York Racecourse 22 June Merchant Taylors’ Hall (2pm-4pm and 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


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Traffic & Transport 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

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

Travel cards and tokens Travel cards and concessions Tel. 551670 or 551403 National Transport Tokens Tel. 551434


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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



The builders, plumbers and joiners of tomorrow have been honoured at the York College Construction Awards. The ceremony was on based on the theme of excellence. Students studying a range of different construction skills were recognised for achieving excellence in their respective fields: Carpentry and Joinery, Brickwork, Stonemasonry, Professional and Technical Studies, Electrical, Painting & Decorating and Plumbing. Among the 55 students who received awards were three students who achieved medals of excellence from the York Guild of Building. Kevin Clancy, Head of Division for Construction at York College, said: "The forecasted growth in construction as the economy comes out of recession will create job opportunities for people with the right skills. This awards ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate the excellent work by students and trainees and it is gratifying to know that they will make a huge difference to the future economy of this country. These students will now progress through to higher levels of education and employment.â&#x20AC;? Q As from September, York College will be running a new one-year Stonemasonry course. For further information, call 770400.


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Yorkshire partnership wins Credit Today Award Two Yorkshire-based companies have won a Credit Today Award for a project that created leading edge technology to help struggling debtors.

The prize was awarded for Debtflow, personal insolvency software created by York-based Sawfish Software for CCCSVA, a subsidiary company of Leeds-based debt charity the Consumer Credit Counselling Service which provides Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA). They won the award in the ‘Third-party solutions’ category at a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London. CCCSVA credits DebtFlow for allowing it to enhance the help it provides to struggling debtors by streamlining IVA processes through automating documents, calculations and cash transactions. This has allowed CCCSVA staff to focus on giving advice to those it is helping instead of time intensive administrative tasks. Steve Nicholson, Chief Executive of CCCSVA, said: “The recession has left many people facing unmanageable debt, but CCCSVA, with the help of Debtflow, has been able to ensure that those who choose an IVA are given the best service and support possible.” Steve Hull, Chief Executive of Sawfish Software, said his organisation was honoured it was able to provide the technology that could help so many people.


meet the advertiser Ever wondered about the people behind the ads you see in Your Local Link? We’ve been calling a few of them up for a chat to find out some fascinating facts...

Mark Baker Mark’s Decorating & Handyman Service Handyman Mark Baker has built up a good client base since he started out as a sole trader in York nearly five years ago. He can turn his hand to tiling, joinery, painting and decorating as well as general household maintenance, including outdoor work such as laying patios and putting up sheds and fences. He honed his skills working for a small building company that refurbished terrace houses, specialising in loft conversions. “I learned everything as I went along,” says Mark, who prides himself on being a neat and tidy worker. “I am very reliable and punctual and stay with a job until it’s finished. I don’t start a job and then leave it half-finished to start another one.” Providing a good service to the customer is Mark’s top priority. He works seven days a week, saying: “I’m here to do all the jobs you hate.” He gets a great deal of satisfaction out of help his customers and no job is too small. He’s been known to put up a shower curtain because the customer was physically incapable of doing the simple job. Asked if he had any hobbies, Mark replied: “If I had time for hobbies I wouldn’t be working hard enough.” QGive him a call on 07966 790819.

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)RRWEDOOVWDU¶V DURYLQJEODGH York City’s star striker Richard Brodie swapped a football for a pair of scissors when he officially opened a new shop that sells branded workwear and safety equipment. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Green Lane Trading Estate, Clifton, he autographed posters, clothing and other merchandise for York City fans. Get Branded is part of Ceejay Ltd, a print and design company that specializes in screen and digital printing for shops, exhibitions and vehicles. Ceejay, which has been serving the people of York for more than 25 years, prints signs used at Bootham Crescent – the home of York City FC. Its other customers include City of York Council, Northern Rail and Marks & Spencer.

Dave Reed & Mark Green D&M Builders D&M Building & Paving Specialists are known for their extensions, garages, alterations and loft conversions as well as garden walls, driveways and patios. Dave and Mark, owners of the firm, met 20 years ago playing rugby league for Heworth. “We ended up working together. We get on, so we stayed together,” says Mark. They’ve hung up their rugby boots and now support Leeds Rhinos. Dave and Mark have been loyal advertisers in Your Local Link and they certainly know how to impress their customers. A married couple who had an extension built at their home in Strensall stated in a letter of thanks: “We are very proud that you helped us create such a stunning space and we regularly sing your praises. A comment we hear often from friends is the standard and quality of workmanship.”

York City star Richard Brodie cuts the ribbon to open the Get Branded shop watched by, from left, studio worker Gemma Massey, managing director Tony Baxter and operations manager Wayne Ficco. Picture: Richard Foster

A family that had an extension built in Acomb said: “We would like to thank you all for your hard work. We are extremely pleased with the finished result and many of our friends and neighbours have stopped by to tell us how impressed they are with the extension. Thank you for keeping us informed throughout and always taking time to check we were happy with the ongoing work.”

Managing director Tony Baxter, whose father Christopher set up Ceejay in 1984, says: “Get Branded has the capabilities in-house to both set up and create your brand on to your clothing whether you have purchased it from the new shop or not. We will recommend the best way to achieve the best results for your logo, at the fairest price, as we can screen print, heat treat and embroider at our site in York.”

Dave and Mark say: “We can offer the full package if required from design to completion including the drawing and submission of plans to gain the relevant permission.

QGet Branded, Unit 5, Green Lane Trading Estate, Clifton, York YO30 5PY. Tel: 0800 1244133.

QFor a free quote, survey or advice, call 07817 380181.


“We are members of the Federation of Master Builders which guarantees quality workmanship and professionalism. “We use fully qualified tradesmen and we are a fully registered and insured company for your peace of mind.”

Bob Lambert The Woodwork Room “I consider myself one of life’s lucky people. I enjoy working with wood, enjoy meeting people and I get tremendous pleasure and satisfaction from teaching the skills I have acquired to others in my workshop.” So says Bob Lambert, a master craftsman who has been teaching woodworking for 20 years. Bob began his full-time apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner in 1968 with a company that built modern churches. He was taught all aspects of woodwork, including shuttering, fine joinery, cabinet making, roofing and stair construction. After completing his apprenticeship in 1973, Bob worked as an instructor in a rehabilitation centre, as well as teaching basic woodworking skills to people with learning difficulties. He then worked for a few years as a cabinet maker in the boat-fitting industry. He left boats to work for a joinery manufacturer making stairs, doors and window frames until he was head hunted and became a property manager for the company where he had served his apprenticeship. In 1990, Bob was recruited to teach woodwork in Rotherham. Since then he has being teaching woodwork to people of all skill levels, from complete novices to experts. Whether you simply wish to develop new skills, or have a project you have always wanted to try, Bob is the man to help you realise your dreams. As one satisfied pupil said: "A better teacher you will never meet. Bob can deliver a course on whatever you wish to learn, and you will feel it was designed specifically for you.” QFor more details, call 348343 or email bob.lambert@


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HIGH TECH HIGH PERFORMANCE If you have a modern car, you’re driving around in what is effectively a big computer. There can be anything up to 40 electronic control units (ECUs), microchips and sensors on the average vehicle, controlling everything from the windows to the braking system and air conditioning. When that ‘check engine’ light flashes up on your dashboard, it’s your car’s way of telling you that something is wrong with one of these functions. But which one? The only way to find out is by using computer diagnostics. While undergoing a service, modern vehicles are linked to a car diagnostic computer scan which pinpoints exactly where the problem exists. After the car diagnostic is performed, the computer will tag each data point to reveal what needs to be corrected and stores this code so that the technician can look in a specific area for the problem.


It sounds simple, but it isn’t. “People seem to think that all we do is plug in the laptop and it comes up with a big neon sign telling you what the problem is, but it doesn’t work like that,” says Johnny Barber of JJB Motors. Today’s technicians must keep abreast of rapidly-changing technology to remain in the field. They must also have access to the correct technical information and diagnostic equipment. They must also have the training and experience to use the equipment correctly.

Audi and Alfa Romeo specialists JJB Motors have invested £20,000 in the most up to date diagnostic equipment. “Most other garages use the same computer diagnostics on every type of car, but we have state of the art equipment specifically designed for Audis and Alfas,” says Johnny Barber. He and his team are all experienced, factory trained Alfa and Audi

technicians. “We often get garages bringing cars to us because they don’t have the right diagnostic equipment, or they just don’t know how to deal with high performance models,” he says. Unlike many other garages, JJB Motors will carry out computer diagnostics as a routine part of your car’s servicing. “Other garages

will only carry out this procedure if the customer alerts them to a specific problem,” says Johnny. Q For more information on JJB Motors’ specialist diagnostics and how they can help keep your Audi or Alfa in peak condition, contact them on 426691.



Cars ‘Driving Gift Experiences’ have been entertaining clients of all ages and backgrounds for over 30 years, and have recently moved to their new circuit at Tockwith near York. We sent our own speed queen Tracy along to try it out… “Greeted by a very friendly welcoming team of race car drivers who were to be our instructors, I joined a group of nine men, who were all ready excitedly chatting about which cars they had booked. I hadn’t got a clue which car I was going to drive – in fact, I couldn’t even tell them apart because there were no logos or names on the bonnets, but I was quite happy after our drivers’ briefing to be led towards a smart red opentopped machine I was told was a Ferrari! “Then the fun began. There were four cars on the course at the same time, and we each had an experienced instructor in the passenger seat, who was there to advise as to handling the hair pin bends, chicanes, accelerating and braking. I completed my laps in a respectable time, even though I was overtaken by two testosterone-fuelled team mates. “My next car was the one I had actually had my eye on; while the men vyed for the Aston Martin, I made for the Lamborghini! This was a great car and handled beautifully, although I must admit I struggled to see over the steering wheel – not ideal at average speeds of 100mph! By the time I pulled into the pitstop when my time was up (I accidently missed my first request to leave the course, honestly!) I was smiling as broadly as the men. It was a fantastic, once in a life time experience. So why not treat a loved one to treasured memory? Vouchers may be obtained from Driving Gift Experiences, and you will have the choice of Ferrari, Subaru, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche 911, Audi R8. There are other cars occasionally available, and children from 11 years old are also welcome. Tel 01325 371413 or visit for further details. .


'HDOHUFHOHEUDWHV LQGHSHQGHQFH Wills and Ellis Ltd, one of Yorkshire’s few remaining family-run motor dealers, is celebrating its first four months as an independent dealership after 16 years with SEAT. Managing Director Stephen Ellis says: “Even though we are independent, we can still supply you with a new or used SEAT; we can do full servicing on your SEAT; and we can carry out full warranty work on your car.” The company specialises in selling VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda used cars; but it can supply any new or used vehicle – thanks to its extensive contacts in the motor trade. To celebrate this month’s football World Cup in South Africa, Wills & Ellis is offering a free air-conditioning check-up. Established in 1964, Wills and Ellis Ltd still occupies its original site at the end of the A59 on the York north outer ring road, with a large petrol forecourt and a convenience store that is open 24/7. “We only close on Christmas Day,” says Stephen. He adds: “Our service technicians, who are all SEAT trained, have access to the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment and they offer the most competitive service pricing in the region. We can work on any make of car, including all SEAT warranty work.” Wills and Ellis Ltd runs a customer loyalty scheme which offers discounts on the sale of new or used cars; 10% off servicing, MOT and repair costs; free wash and vacuum each time your vehicle is serviced; free collection and delivery; free courtesy car (subject to provision of insurance); and free puncture repairs for life. Customer service is a top priority for Wills and Ellis Ltd. “We deal in people, not motor cars,” says Stephen, whose son, David, is Service Manager. QWills and Ellis Ltd, Poppleton Garage, Boroughbridge Road, York. Tel: 792651.

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Our very own ‘Stig’ looks at the latest hot topics in the land of cars and petrol heads AA uneasy with future of UK fuel production

The AA, the UK’s biggest motoring organisation, is becoming increasingly uneasy about the future of fuel production for the country’s motorists at a time of record pump prices.

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“We accept that, following the 2008 collapse of fuel prices, refiners had to revive profit margins to stay in business, but question whether the recent surge in the petrol wholesale price, from $680 in February to $800 now, has gone too far,” says Edmund King, AA president. “Record petrol prices are due primarily to the weakness of the pound, fuel duty increases and lack of refining capacity. However, the increased wholesale cost will have played its part in the more than 10% cut in petrol consumption by UK drivers in recent months. “With around half of the UK’s refineries up for sale and informed commentators predicting that fuel production will head East, the AA is becoming increasingly uneasy about the future for fuel provision, jobs, security of supply and pump prices. “We that hope that the industry will re-settle once the pound strengthens and drivers find pump prices more affordable, but the new Con-Lib Government needs to consider the future of UK fuel production.”

Kids cost parent taxi-drivers dear

Parents are clocking up 2,000 miles per year taxi-ing their kids on the school run and to after-school and weekend activities, AA Financial Services has found. An AA/Populus poll of 2,128 AA members who have schoolchildren showed the average family was spending more than £340 a year on fuel just taking their kids to school and elsewhere. Some parents (11%) travel up to 4,000 miles per year, forking out a whopping £687 on fuel. With the cost of fuel set to continue rising, the average UK family’s school run fuel bill is likely to jump up by around £60 a year – and over double that for some. The poll also showed that 10% of parents with children regularly took their children to school and after-school activities by car. Mark Huggins, director of AA Financial Services, says: “Many families can make economies in their weekly outgoings but they are stuck with essential driving such as the school run and have to fork out for ever more costly fuel. “Although the AA lobbies the Government and the fuel industry, it’s hard to keep prices in check, the latest increase in fuel duty, on top of underlying fuel price rises, just piles on the £’s for parents.” But, according to AA Financial Services, there are ways to help mitigate


£10 OFF the runaway cost of motoring. Families – especially those who are AA members – can make a significant saving by using the new AA Credit Card, which offers cash-back on all fuel spend. The card earns two points for each £1 spent on fuel and other motoring purchases and one point for each £1 spent on other shopping for AA members. Non-members earn half that rate. A typical family will now need an annual budget of over £3,000 to buy unleaded petrol. Using the AA Credit Card, the cash back return for spending this sum would be worth £30 for an AA member (£15 for a non-member) on fuel alone. Points are worth at least twice the cash back value if they are redeemed on goods and services from a wide range of popular high-street retailers or from the AA. Mark adds: “Drivers can help themselves save a penny or two at the pumps by shopping around and gaining double points relative to other non-motoring spend, by paying with their AA Credit Card.”

Still safe at 70

The 3.7 million drivers born before the Second World War are amongst the safest people on our roads, and forcing them to take compulsory retests will limit their mobility, be hard to police and do little to reduce accidents, says the RAC Foundation Public debate needs to focus on older drivers’ opportunities to selfregulate rather than on stressful retesting or licensing restrictions. Ageing drivers do not have more accidents than the rest of the driving population - in fact their safety record is better than that of many young drivers - though their frailty means that when they are involved in collisions they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured. Only when they reach 80, and/or do very limited mileage, does the ageing process and infrequent driving increase their risk. These are the key findings in the RAC Foundation report ‘Maintaining Safe Mobility for the Ageing Population’. Most senior car owners self-regulate their driving behaviour and will not take to the roads in circumstances that make them feel uncomfortable. Identifying the few who do not limit their actions must be achieved without penalising the responsible majority, says the RAC Foundation. Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation, says: “We are unlikely to see re-testing at 70 because, despite the myths, older drivers are no less safe than other age groups. Re-testing in this way could also contravene recently passed equality legislation. “Older drivers should be encouraged to do refresher training where the evidence shows it has benefits, but they should see this as an offer of help, not a compulsory measure which will leave them fearful of losing their licence and becoming increasingly house-bound.”



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A new business venture is proving to be right on target for an entrepreneurial Yorkshire CLA member. John Robinson, who set up the Alquimista Shooting School three years ago, has helped five protĂŠgĂŠs make the national Olympic Skeet shooting squad. Included in his impressive client list is 18-year-old rising star, Gary Taylor, who walked away with the senior gold medal at the European Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships in 2009 and the overall silver medal at the Home International, again as a senior. Also training with Alquimista is Leslie Johnstone, aged 22, who qualified for last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s European and World Championships, becoming one of the first people to go from junior to senior Team GB in his first year. Both Leslie and Gary now have their sights firmly set on places in Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Olympic squad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a privilege to work with people like Leslie and Gary,â&#x20AC;? says John. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to exceptional talents, they are both highly motivated individuals

Venture targets top guns who are willing to put in the long hours of hard work needed to get to the top of any sport.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are still early days for Alquimista, but I have been fortunate enough to establish an excellent national client base among clay and game shots, which continues to grow at an encouraging rate. The great buzz for me is to see people excel.â&#x20AC;? John, who is based in Huby, near York, is no stranger to shooting success himself, having represented Britain in international competition every year from 1989 through to his retirement in 2008. Using a network of training grounds at key locations around the country, he offers clay and game shooting tuition on a one-to-one and group basis. CLA Yorkshire Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alquimista is a great example of the depth and breadth of businesses operating outside of traditional agriculture that contribute to our regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant rural economy.â&#x20AC;? Q For more details, go to

Quest for creative tenants The search is on to find new tenants for the Phoenix Centre, in York, which offers affordable office space for fledgling creative and IT-based ventures. It was set up at York St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University by Science City York as a two-year pilot project with funding from Yorkshire Forward. Entry to the centre, which accommodates a dozen ventures, was awarded via a business plan competition. The quest for the second tranche of tenants is now under way. Co-ordinating the project is Heather Niven, Science City Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative digital industry specialist. She says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our aim is to create a nursery for bright, innovative young businesses. When they leave the centre after their 12-month tenancy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoped they will have become robust ventures adaptable enough thrive in the 21st century. We are recruiting for our next round of businesses to occupy the centre for a year from July 1st.â&#x20AC;? QFor more details, call 870040.


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Who Cares Anyway?

I can’t believe a year has gone by since the last time I was banging on about late life care funding in Your Local Link for National Carers Week 2009! Since then a few more people will have been added to the growing list of people who have lived to be 100 years old. We know that as a nation we are living longer – and the fastest rise in longevity is seen in the “oldest old”. In the last 25 years, the number of people aged over 85 has doubled to 1.3 million. In 1948, 40% of people died before reaching retirement age. Now it’s less than 7%. Which is great news, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Well, it would be. But the cost of paying for care of the elderly is rising fast. And, contrary to popular belief, not much of that cost is met by the State. There are over 2.5 million people in England alone who currently have care needs – the vast majority funding the cost from their savings which, of course, means less of their savings end up where they usually want it to go – to their family.

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Nearly all of us will know of someone who used up all of their savings funding long term care, with none of the money they have spent a lifetime earning ending up as the inheritance for their children that they had expected. Anybody with savings and assets (including the home) above a certain limit (currently £23,250) usually has to pay the full cost of their care. You won’t usually get help with the costs until your savings fall below that level. Care home fees in our region typically start at around £500 per week and can be over £800 per week. So it doesn’t take much to work out that a five-year stay is going to cost over £130,000. The vast majority of people in care don’t have sufficient income to cover the costs of their care. After all, not many people have income of over £25,000 per annum which is what it takes to fund this care. And the vast majority of those people who don’t have sufficient income to cover the costs plug the shortfall from dipping into capital. And it follows that if someone is in care for a long time and shortfall between income and care costs is quite large, the capital reduces quite dramatically. Often there are ways of meeting the shortfall in a much more efficient and sensible way which means that capital can be left for beneficiaries which would almost certainly have been wiped out when funding from capital. One thing is for sure – a lot of people don’t start thinking about paying for care until the point of needing care, when it is difficult to put in place strategies to deal with the problem. That’s not to say that tax efficient solutions are not available at the point of needing care – they are. But the earlier you plan, the more options you have. And the right advice at the right time could end up saving you thousands of pounds.


Our friends at Herbert Todd & Son, the York electrical specialist, wanted to get behind the England team competing in the football World Cup in South Africa this month. So they turned to the print division of Your Local Link to devise a marketing campaign incorporating postcards, posters and display boards. By far the biggest item was a giant banner designed to go on display outside the Herbert Todd store in Acomb.

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Rather than create a banner that could only be used for the World Cup, we designed a banner with a blank central area that Herbert Todd & Son could use to advertise different events. This proved to be a very costeffective solution to the retailer, which has been meeting the electrical requirements of the people of York for more than 70 years.

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Gini Guttery, director of Your Local Link, says: “It made commercial sense to design a banner that could be used for different events while incorporating Herbert Todd & Son branding.

“We also offer a reliable, accurate and cost-effective leaflet distribution service that covers all of York. If you want to target a specific area of the city, we can do that as well.” QFor more information about Your Local Link print and distribution services, call Dawn on 735203.

THE WINNERS BEST HOTEL Sponsored by Yorkshire Laundry Services

Winner: The Feversham Arms Hotel & Spa, Helmsley BEST GUEST ACCOMMODATION Sponsored by Barry Crux & Co

Winner: Low Penhowe, Burythorpe, Malton BEST SELF CATERING OR CARAVAN PARK Sponsored by New Vision

Winner: Dovecote Barns, Kellfield Highly Commended: Jollydays Luxury Camping, Scrayingham BEST CONFERENCE VENUE Sponsored by Saville Audio Visual

Winner: The National Railway Museum TASTE OF YORK

The great and the good of York’s tourism industry were hailed during a black-tie dinner at the National Railway Museum.

Tourism gongs handed out Winners of Visit York’s annual tourism awards were hailed during at a glittering awards ceremony attended by 400 people and hosted by Yorkshire raconteur Gervase Phinn. The bestselling author and former school inspector told the entrants: “With businesses like yours, York has a very bright future.” After sifting through hundreds of entries, a panel of independent judges whittled the hopeful businesses down to 14 winners. The Ice Factor scooped the title of best small visitor attraction, whilst York Maze proved a huge hit with families from across the UK, earning it the title of best visitor attraction in the over 50,000 visitors category. Green tourism proved to be making its mark on visitors too, as eco-friendly Dovecote Barns were voted top self-catering accommodation and luxury camping experts Jollydays were highly commended.

The Feversham Arms Hotel at Helmsley took the coveted title of Best Hotel, Lowe Penhowe at Malton won the best B&B prize and Best Visitor Experience went to the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse.

‘With businesses like yours, York has a very bright future.’ The title of York Ambassador went to Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, for the role he plays, both nationally and internationally, in putting the historic city on the map. Dr Sentamu was unable to attend the awards ceremony at the National Railway Museum, but he sent his thanks via a video clip, stating: “York is one of the greatest cities in Britain. It’s not just the great tourist attractions we have here like the Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the railway

museum that draw people into the city – no, I put it down to the incredible people we have here in York. Yorkshire people may be famous for being straight talking, but they are also renowned for being warmspirited, kind-hearted and very welcoming to our visitors. I think that’s the main reason people keep coming back.” John Yeomans, Chairman of Visit York, says: “We know the last 12 months have continued to present difficult times for many businesses. It’s more important than ever to provide recognition for the work going on here in York to welcome the city’s seven million annual visitors. The care that businesses take in providing first-class products and services will help Visit York to ensure the city’s tourism economy goes from strength to strength.’

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Winner: The Black Swan at Oldstead, Coxwold AWARD IN CULINARY EXCELLENCE Sponsored by DeliciouslYorkshire

Winner: Tom Banks, The Black Swan at Oldstead Highly Commended: Matthew Hyde, York Marriott Hotel BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION (UNDER 50,000 VISITORS) Sponsored by The Jespers Office

Winner: The Ice Factor BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION (50,000 VISITORS & OVER) Sponsored by York City Sightseeing

Winner: York Maze BEST VISITOR EXPERIENCE Sponsored by F R Fowler & Son

Winner: The Ebor Festival – York Racecourse BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN Sponsored by Leeds Bradford International Airport

Joint Winners: North Yorkshire Moors Railway and York Castle Museum Prison 6by York Museums Trust BEST EMPLOYER Sponsored by Denison Till

Winner: York Marriott Hotel OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD Sponsored by Pindar Plc

Winner: Anna Hendry-Smith, Hotel Chocolat Highly Commended: Sue Towler, National Railway Museum YORK AMBASSADOR AWARD Sponsored by Ware & Kay

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Ex wife wins lump sum 25 years after divorce The former wife of a top barrister has won a lump sum payment of £215,000 from her husband, some 25 years after their divorce. This case centres upon the 13-year marriage of Mr & Mrs Vaughan which ended in 1985. Following their divorce, the husband, a high-earning barrister was ordered to pay maintenance to his wife, who worked part time, at the rate of £27,000 per year with no cut-off point. He subsequently remarried and had two children. Last year, Mr Vaughan, aged 71, claimed before the court that his ex-wife should no longer be his financial responsibility due to the reduction in his income following retirement. The High Court agreed and terminated the maintenance payments to his exwife. But Mrs Vaughan challenged that decision and applied to the Court of Appeal for a one-off lump sum payment from her exhusband instead of ongoing maintenance. She originally sought a capital payment of £560,000 but later reduced her claim to £341,000.00. The husband’s lawyer argued that Mrs Vaughan was in effect staking a claim to her ex-‘s pension pot, which was of considerable value but which had been built up after the divorce. He contended that the pension fund should be available to support Mr Vaughan and his second wife. The Court of Appeal disagreed. In making its decision, it criticised the previous Judge for giving priority to the claims of the second wife. It also ruled that the previous Judge had been wrong to conclude that Mrs Vaughan could adjust to the loss of maintenance without suffering from “undue hardship”. As a result, Mr Vaughan was ordered to convert the maintenance payable to his ex-wife into a lump sum payment of £215,000. This is often referred to as “capitalisation of maintenance” and has the effect of bringing to an end all financial claims between the parties. On the face of it, there are many features in this case which appear unfair. Mr Vaughan was only married to his first wife for 13 years whilst his second marriage was already of 25 years duration. However, this case serves to highlight that in all divorce cases, when the court makes an order for one spouse (usually the husband ) to pay maintenance to the other spouse ( the wife ) without any cut-off, unless the wife remarries or there is a further court order terminating payments or capitalising maintenance, the obligation to provide financial support continues until either of them dies.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dianne Willcocks addresses guests at a farewell celebration at York St John University

University head bows out

Professor Dianne Willcocks has stepped down as Vice-Chancellor of York St John University after more than ten years of dedicated service at the institution. She joined York St John in 1999, taking the position of Principal of Ripon & York St John. Since then she has led the church foundation through a massive transformation, including relocation to a single campus in York, in 2001; the achievement of Taught Degree Awarding Powers; and the award of university title in 2006. In 2008 she received a CBE in recognition of her services to higher education. As Vice-Chancellor, Prof Willcocks has overseen £70 million of investment in the university’s campus estate, including new teaching space, arts facilities, student accommodation and learning resources. Over the last ten years there has been an expansion in student numbers, widening participation in research and enterprise activities. She has also worked to build the university’s external partnership relationships at regional, national and international levels. Prof Willcocks says she is keen to continue her involvement in higher education and public service, as well as retaining her passionate interest in the cultural life of York. She is taking up the post of Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Professor David Fleming, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, will join York St John as the new ViceChancellor this month.

&UHDPRIWKHFURS York’s National Railway Museum (NRM) welcomed all aboard for Visit York’s annual tourism awards. The glittering ceremony, hosted by writer and broadcaster Gervase Phinn, saw 14 winners being named. Among them was the NRM itself – the proud recipient of the ‘Conference Venue of the Year’ award.

It may provide little consolation to Mr Vaughan, but the only positive aspect of the ruling is that his former wife will not be able to make any financial claims against him in the future.

Announcing the judge’s verdict, Phinn said: “Just look around you ladies and gentleman and you will see what a special place this is. However the museum also has the benefit of having six multi-purpose meeting rooms seating up to 140 and an events carriage, Valiant. The fact that they held over 400 events in 2009 and can claim 63% repeat bookings clearly endorses the fact that they are doing something very right!”

QFor legal advice on this or any aspect of family law, contact Nina Banerjee at Denison Till solicitors on 01904 611411 (nsb@ . 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 Fox-Crewes – Events Manager North said: “Accepting the highlycoveted conference venue award, whilst celebrating the cream of the tourism sector crop in our own galleries was a wonderful testament to the unrivalled versatility and quality the museum has to offer for events. It’s a fabulous result for my team whose attention to detail, flexibility and professionalism has brought us this level of recognition.”


Q For more information about NRM corporate and private hire, call 686226


RICHARD FOSTER meets a York businessman whose enthusiasm for fitted kitchens and bathrooms knows no bounds He stayed with Kitchen Creation, of Goodramgate, York, for nine months before moving to another kitchen showroom. In 1985 he was head hunted by Mary Rose Kitchens, of Wheldrake. He worked there for nearly four years before the owner of the business fled the country owing his creditors about £300,000 Ray recalls: “We turned up for work to find the doors locked. The lads looked to me to salvage something and keep them working.” He started trading as White Rose Interiors in July 1989 from a lock-up warehouse at the Bull Commercial Centre at Stockton-on-the-Forest. He did not have a showroom, so he travelled to people’s homes, working from samples and brochures, to keep the orders coming in. Less than a year later he had his own showroom in Wheldrake, at the former premises of Mary Rose Kitchens. He has piloted the firm through a couple of recessions and there are numerous customers with fitted kitchens and bathrooms that can vouch for the first-class service and quality workmanship offered by White Rose Interiors, which calls itself “the company that cares”. Ray’s five tips for budding entrepreneurs are:

Meet the

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Ray Livingston, aged 55, has been selling kitchens for nearly 30 years. Yet, if he had not been smitten an employee of Terry’s of York, he would probably have stayed in the computer trade. Employed by Honeywell Bull, he was a member of the team fitting a main frame computer at the famous chocolate firm when he met the woman destined to become his wife. Buying a fitted kitchen for their marital home, he became fascinated by the design process. Ray says: “I got involved in the planning of the kitchen and the firm that fitted it offered me a job.”

1) Attention to detail. Offering a personal service, caring about the customer, is all about attention to detail. I offer my customers hand-drawn plans. Most of my competitors use Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. I draw my plans by hand. It takes a lot longer but it’s a more personal service and the customers appreciate this. They know, at a glance, that I have spent the time doing it rather than just typing a few things into a computer.

I got involved in the planning of the kitchen and the firm that fitted it offered me a job

2) Offer a square deal. Always be straight with your customers and tell them the truth. Customers just want a straightforward, quality job. They want to know exactly what they are getting and what they are paying for it. If the customers are happy with the job, they are willing to pay for it.

3) You need intense product knowledge. You have got to know what you are selling. I dedicate a lot of time swotting up on product knowledge and going on training courses with the various manufacturers. We don’t deal with 50 makes of cookers because I wouldn’t be able to learn all about them; we have three makes of cookers and I know everything about them. We have one brand of kitchen. I know everything there is to know about this kitchen, I’ve been round the factory 50 times. I know exactly what woods are used and how they are made. It customers ask me a question and I don’t know the answer I will go to the manufacturer to find out the necessary information. 4) Choose your staff wisely. White Rose Interiors only employ time-served tradesmen who have learned their craft thoroughly. We have plumbers to do the plumbing, tilers to do the tiling and electricians to do all the wiring. We don’t believe in the “jack of all trades” approach. We feel this is an important part of our customer service. 5) Cash control. I have always adopted a very tight monetary policy. I always pay my bills promptly and I don’t borrow money to run the business, so I’m not beholden to the banks. It’s important not to live beyond your means and never cream money out of the business. As an employer I feel responsible for the livelihoods of the people who work for me.



I am unhappy at work and have put in a written grievance to my employer. She has now invited me to a meeting. Can I take someone in with me? Yes, you are legally entitled to take either a work colleague or a trade union representative (if you are a union member) with you to the grievance meeting. It is your choice who to take to the meeting, and if a colleague accompanies you, your employer should grant them time away from their duties to attend the meeting. You are not entitled to have a solicitor nor a friend or relative with you

I’ve left my previous employment and have been offered a job working for a competitor. Can I accept this position? It is difficult for me to answer this on the facts you have given me. I would need to know whether you have a written contract of employment and if so, whether it contains any clauses restricting you from working for a competitor. It would also depend on what position you held and whether you had knowledge/possession of confidential and sensitive information. Restrictive covenants contained within a contract of employment must be reasonable and go no further than necessary. There must also be a legitimate business interest to protect.

My employer has just been taken over. What will happen to my job? There are specific regulations in place to protect individuals in this situation. Under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), the contracts of existing employees will automatically transfer to the new employer under the same terms and conditions. Your new employer is not able to make changes to your contract without your approval. If you are dismissed as a result of the transfer the dismissal will be automatically unfair and you will be able to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal. Be aware though, that this is a complex area and you should always seek legal advice.

My employer has gone into administration and without paying me wages owed. What can I do? If you employer has become insolvent you can make a claim on the Government National Insurance Fund. You can claim arrears of pay, holiday pay and compensatory notice pay (maximum £380 per week), however only whole weeks can be claimed, part weeks cannot be added together. For further information on the right to claim contact the Insolvency service at Q If you would like to discuss any employment issues please contact Gillian Markland or Lorna Pratt at Ingrams Solicitors on 01904 520600. The information above is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to be construed or interpreted as legal or other professional advice.


Award for local landowner A Yorkshire landowner has earned a prestigious European award for his contribution towards improving the rural environment. Charles Forbes Adam, owner of the Escrick Park Estate near York, has received the Anders Wall Award from the Brussels-based European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO). Beating off stiff competition from throughout Europe Mr Forbes Adam was given the accolade in recognition of the host of environmental initiatives that have been introduced on the 8,000 acre estate over the past two decades. Dorothy Fairburn, Yorkshire Regional Director of the CLA - the ELO’s sistergroup in England and Wales - said: “This award is designed to encourage and promote those who have made a significant contribution to creating a positive rural environment. “It is a hotly contested award throughout the whole of Europe and it is a fantastic achievement that Charles and his team have brought it home to Yorkshire .” Since 1990, a great deal of new planting has taken place at Escrick Park resulting in more than 18km of new hedges. In addition, 12 ponds have been created or restored, and nearly 90 hectares of wildlife habitat have been created on arable land. A special programme of scrub clearance using rare breed Hebridean sheep, Longhorn cattle and Exmoor ponies to graze has helped to restore open heathland on the estate and ensure the future survival of the diverse wildlife. Commenting on the Anders Wall award, Mr Forbes Adam said: “I am delighted that the estate is receiving such high-profile recognition and I would like to thank all of my team for their hard work and determination to get us to this point.” Mr Forbes Adam collected his prize and winner’s award of 10,000 euros at a ceremony in The Netherlands.

Shout about your success

York companies should not hide their lights under a bushel, says Steve Hughes, managing editor of the city’s daily newspaper The Press. Speaking at a York Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Monkbar Hotel, he urged firms to declare their success. A good way of doing this, he said, was to enter The Press Business Awards, which this year were celebrating their 20th anniversary. Entering is easy: simply go to the website, select up to two categories and then write a submission of up to 1,000 words explaining why you should win. Taking questions from the floor, Mr Hughes revealed The Press’s circulation now stood at about 27,000 – a fall of around 2,000 copies over the last 12 months. Some titles in the UK had responded to a declining circulation by switching from daily to weekly publication. Mr Hughes agreed there was “a tipping point” but stressed there were no plans to change The Press, part of Newsquest - which is owned by the American media giant Gannett, into a weekly newspaper. He told his audience of more than 70 people: “I will be fighting very hard to keep a daily newspaper in York.”

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The York Design Awards – now in their fourth year - have won sponsorship backing from the two companies behind plans to revitalise York’s West Offices as the new HQ for City of York Council. York property business S Harrison Developments Ltd and Buccleuch Property, who together make up York Investors LLP, have agreed to act as main sponsor for the prestigious property awards which encourage and promote excellence in design and conservation in the city. With entries for the 2010 awards now all in, former Lord Mayor of York Janet Hopton, who chairs the steering committee, is delighted with the standard of designs submitted. She says: “Even in these hard economic times, we’ve received an excellent level of entries

Efficiency drive set to save £5.7 million

City of York Council’s efficiency drive – More for York – is already providing real benefits for customers, members of the local authority’s Executive have been told. The programme is on track to deliver £5.7 million of savings this year. More for York aims to save the council £15 million over three years while improving services. The council expects to reduce its workforce by about 120 posts in 2010/11. Kersten England, the council’s chief executive, says: “The programme is going well. By

Martyn Harrison, chairman of S Harrison Developments Ltd, says: “It is vital that we preserve the fine architecture of the city and add to it with new buildings that respect York’s rich architectural heritage. We’ve admired the work of the Design Awards team in previous years and, on behalf of York Investors LLP, are delighted to support them in 2010.”

across a number of categories and, once

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The awards are open to all developments within the City of York Council boundary, completed between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009. Categories include: New Build – either public/ community, residential or commercial; Conservation including re-use; and Open Space. Some schemes may fall into more than one category. Last year’s winners included Arc Light; York Eco Business Centre, Clifton Moor; and 108 Boundary Close, Heworth, in the New Build Awards; the South Gallery within York Art Gallery and St Helen’s Cottage, in Alma Road in the Conservation category; and, in the Open Space/Public Realm category, the footbridge at St Peter’s School. Also honoured were 2 Dalton Terrace and St Anthony’s Hall with its adjacent buildings and gardens.

• £464,000 savings through better ways of buying services and goods. • Quicker replacement of lost or damaged bins due to a new area-based approach. • Faster highway repairs thanks to a new ‘right first time’ system, with repair teams carrying out the work straight away, removing a pre-inspection process. • Improving e-forms on the council’s website to make it easier for customers to deal with the council online. • Improving the organisation of home care rotas, freeing up staff time to provide care and reducing spending on external agency staff.



Database Right An English court has recently decided that annual fixture lists for football leagues are protectable by copyright – with the likely result that licence fees will become payable for the publication of lists of this type. In Football Dataco Ltd (and others) v Yahoo! UK Ltd and Britten Pools (and others) [2010] EWHC 841 (Ch) (reported 23 April), the court found that, whilst the fixture lists were not protected by the more recently-introduced “Database Right”, they were protected by traditional copyright as a “literary work”. Football Dataco, which is jointly owned by the Premier League and the Football League, had issued proceedings against Yahoo and a pools company for publishing fixture lists, claiming that the publication amounted to an infringement of its Database Right and/or copyright in the lists. The court was asked to rule on the preliminary issue of whether any (and if so what) rights legally exist in the lists. Database Right was introduced in 1998 as a means of protecting a pure database of information – such as a phone book – but in a 2005 European Court ruling involving William Hill and British Horseracing it was held that Database Right was intended only to protect collections of content or information taken from other sources as opposed to content actually created by the compiler. In the Football Dataco case the court followed the William Hill case and decided that the fixture lists could not be protected by Database Right because, just as the lists of “runners and riders” in each race were originated by the race-setter/ compiler, the individual football fixtures were created by the compiler of the fixture lists. Having succeeded on the Database Right point, Yahoo then argued that the fixture lists could not be protected by copyright because they were not capable of being “literary works” (for lack of “originality”). Football Dataco responded by revealing in surprising detail exactly how the lists are created each year. It turns out that, far from being swiftly and randomly generated by computer, the Premiership lists were created largely by a man named Glenn Thompson (who works for the leagues through a contracted company) who described the process as “a mixture of art and science”. In organising the lists for each season, there are “Golden Rules” that must be followed (e.g. no club shall have 3 consecutive home or away matches, etc) and each club is allowed to make a number of special “requests” (e.g. no home game during a local street festival weekend, etc). Despite Yahoo’s arguments to the contrary, the court ruled there was sufficient “skill and labour” involved in producing the lists and that, as the “author’s intellectual creation” more than mere “sweat of the brow”, the lists were protected by copyright. Somewhat confusingly, the court also decided that the fixture lists are protectable by literary copyright as a “database”. So it would seem that we now have two kinds of “databases” in the UK: (1) a compilation of items of content, facts or information created by others, which is protectable only by the Database Right (such as a list of all Acts of Parliament in the last 100 years); and (2) a list of items written substantially and compiled by one author or joint authors which is protectable by copyright as a “literary” work (such as the fixture lists of the English and Scottish premier and football leagues). Q Charles Walker can be contacted at

Walkers Solicitors, 20 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP, tel (01904) 633220 or email



A new human resources and training business, thought to be the first of its kind in North Yorkshire, is being launched by York law firm Denison Till. The new venture, Denison Till HR & Training Solutions Ltd, will enable businesses to access strategic and operational HR and training alongside specialist employment law expertise. Denison Till HR & Training Solutions Ltd is led by managing director Jo Bloor, who has 20 years’ experience in HR both as a freelance consultant and as an in-house HR manager. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. The venture provides a wide range of HR and training services, including HR consultancy on issues such as introducing and maintaining strategic and operational HR policies and practices, disciplinary and dismissal processes, dealing with employee grievances; recruitment and selection support, psychometric assessments, executive coaching and bespoke project management. On the training side, Denison Till HR & Training Solutions offers a range of leadership training including workforce motivation, managing difficult staff, presentation skills, negotiation techniques, assertiveness and change management. Training will also be offered in areas of HR best practice including effective performance appraisals, incorporating performance management and interviewing skills. Jo Bloor will be supported by Denison Till’s Employment Law Team, including partners Brian Harrington and Tiggy Clifford. Denison Till managing partner, Alistair Duncan, says: “People, and how they perform, is the most important factor in any business. Adopting and maintaining proper HR strategies is a prerequisite for successful enterprises of any size. Failure to address these issues can lead to a business underperforming and failing foul of employment law. “Denison Till HR & Training Solutions is a hugely exciting initiative allowing businesses to access proven HR experience alongside a very strong employment law team.” Jo Bloor says: “Denison Till is the first law firm in York and North Yorkshire to establish a specialist a HR and training company to help clients to obtain operational and strategic HR guidance and easy access to experienced employment lawyers. As such it is a very exciting initiative and one which I am proud to be heading up.” QTo discuss your HR and training needs, call Jo Bloor on 561427 or 07889 849859 or email For further details, visit the website

Jobs website is ‘great asset’ A jobs website has proved to be an excellent asset for York’s tourism and hospitality industry – so says one of the city’s top hoteliers. is the premium website for all the latest employment opportunities in the city’s tourism and hospitality industry. Bar staff, taxi drivers, chefs, retail assistants, hotel managers, receptionists and museum curators are just a few of the jobs available. David Brooks, general manager of the Dean Court Hotel in York, says: “The website is a great asset. It does yield a good response from candidates of an excellent quality for both junior and senior positions at our hotel.” The job vacancies on the website are complemented by training information and advice.

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