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Lights, camera … silliness! It’s been another month chock-a-block with deadlines, highpressure meetings, and telephone conversations in which we shout “Buy! Sell!” Oh yes, we’re all about the business here. Which is why it was quite a distraction when Howard was sent a remote-controlled aeroplane and started whizzing it around over Haxby. This happens a lot. Howard gets sent toys and gadgets to write about for the Gadget Guide, but recently he’s been particularly interested in the area of

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technology that Howard professionally refers to as “got a camera in it.” And so the aforementioned aeroplane came complete with a built-in camera to capture stunning views as it soars through the sky. Over Haxby. We Tube Do visit our YouTube channel (www. youtube.com/locallinkyork) as there you will see the cinematic results of Howard’s adventures. As well as the plane he has also recently driven a remote-controlled buggy, also with a camera, around the Your Local Link offices, as well as making a couple of stop-motion films using a special webcam he was sent. Wallace &

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Gromit they ain’t. But, as Howard would demand you all to be reminded of, this is part of his job and there is a very serious intent behind the rigorous and thorough product testing he carries out. “Just how would the dear people of York know what remote-controlled aeroplane to buy if it wasn’t for me?” he loudly protests, as the rest of us get on with actually producing the fine magazine now in your hands. Fortunately there are more substantial and useful things in this month’s mag, and we hope you enjoy every page. And don’t worry, there’s no camera in it.

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contents.. cover story:

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Welcome.

8-9.

Competitions.

10-11.

Shop Local

82-83. Events hotlist.

12-13.

The way I see it.

The crème de la crème of this month.

14-15.

Horoscopes.

16-17.

Join the Club

84-87. Events Diary.

18-19.

Time Travel

20-21.

Puzzles.

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Feature.

24-25.

Time Travel.

26-27.

Krystal’s Gems.

28-29.

Dear Daphne.

30-31.

Local Sport Report.

32-35.

Business Buzz.

36-37.

Gadget Guide.

38-39.

Motors.

40-59.

Your home and garden.

60-61.

Your Pet.

62-81.

Your family and you.

82-99.

Events & Days Out.

Keep up to date with what’s on.

Get set for some May hem! This month is bursting at the seams with incredible goings on in and around our awesome city. We recommend reading this month’s issue while sitting down with a pad and pen to hand to jot down all the fun things you and kids can get up to. At the top of your list should be: ‘Continue reading Your Local Link…’

98-99. Theatre, gigs and films.

columns:

features:

12-13. The way I see it. Donna has a nosey around other people’s homes. It’s okay though, she’s not broken in.

10-11. Shop Local. We gather together some of the best local offers. Here is your chance to get some great products and services at cut-down prices.

62-63. Howard. Nursing bruises

26-27. Time Travel. We go

22-23. Feature. By ‘eck, we’re proud our county. All the excitement of the Grand Depart has us, and a few of you, thinking about Yorkshire.

behind the scenes to discover the hidden secrets of one of York’s most important buildings; The Guildhall.

and awkwardly limping into the office, Howard describes just how unnaturally strong his baby son is.

26-27. Krystal’s gems. Festival season

100-101. Food & Drink.

draws near, but instead of buying a new tent and wellies, just read Krystal column to get the lowdown.

102-115. Trades & Services directory.

Reasons you should pay us a visit:

What’s on

The latest local news: From us and the BBC – keep up to date with what’s going on in your community.

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Useful stuff: Think the classified section of the magazine is big? You should see the local businesses directory on our website. Whichever type of tradesperson or supplier you need, our website has it all. Visit www.yourlocallink.co.uk

Visit www.yourlocallink.co.uk and press the YouTube button on the homepage to see a couple of stop-motion films Howard made, as well some dramatic footage shot in the skies above Haxby!

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Events: Running short on ways to entertain the kids, or looking for something for you and your friends to enjoy at the weekend? The events section on our website is even bigger than the one in the magazine, and there’s a massive range of workshops, talks, fayres, culture... well, there’s too much to list here. See for yourself – visit www.yourlocallink.co.uk/events

Like and follow us! You could win a prize.. We’ve recently set up a brand spanking new Facebook page, so visit www.facebook.com/locallinkyork and click the like button! If you’re a tweeter visit www.twitter.com/LocalLinkYork You’ll be able to enjoy competitions, reviews, and lots of hilarious updates from Local Link HQ.

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Email: info@yourlocallink.co.uk Write: Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby, York YO32 2LH Social: facebook.com/locallinkyork • tweet us at @locallinkyork

116-117. Jobs, jobs, jobs…

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Lego Star Wars goodies! Waterstones, heaven on earth for book worms of all ages, is moving. But before you start to cry... relax, they’re only moving down the road. On 25th April the bookshop on High Ousegate will close its doors, only to reopen them a stone’s throw away on Coney Street the very next day on 26th April. The new shop will include all your favourite departments as well as the new Café W. Enjoy a unique and delicious range of handmade cakes and pastries, chutneys homemade in York, jams and marmalades from the Mercers of Yorkshire, and bread, cakes and scones from The Bondgate Bakery in Otley. The brilliant news is that we have three £50 Waterstones gift cards to give away. All you have to do for a chance of winning one is answer this easy question: Which street are Waterstones moving to? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Waterstones Competition’ to the address on page six, or via email to competitions@yourlocallink.co.uk The competition ends on 30th May, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck.

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May the 4th be with you! Calling all wannabe Jedi and Sith Lords out there - we have a prize to giveaway that will help make your celebrations of Star Wars Day (4th May) that little bit more fun. Thanks to our friends at Minifigs & Bricks on Wigginton Road (who do an excellent job of combining two of the best things in life - Lego and Star Wars), we have two copies of the brand new Star Wars Lego Minifigure Catalogue 3rd Edition to giveaway. The guides are amazing and contain photos of all the Lego Star Wars minifigures up to Christmas 2013, some 560 in total. Visit www.minifigsandbricks.co.uk To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question: How many Lego Star Wars minifigures are detailed in the catalogue? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Minifigs & Bricks Competition’ to the address on page six, or via email to competitions@yourlocallink.co.uk The competition ends on 30th May, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck.


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Ah, summer... how do you remember yours? If you're anything like us you'll look back and remember those long lazy days of summers past by what music you were listening to at the time. It looks like the summer of 2014 is going to be remembered for the music of High School Musical; especially after you win two tickets to see it at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, perfectly staged by York Light Youth Theatre Company.

Taking place between 27th-31st May, High School Musical is set to be the company's summer spectacular before tackling Les Misérables in October. Visit www.yorklight.com For a chance of winning those two tickets all you have to do is answer this simple question: What will be York Light Youth's next production? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘York Light Youth Competition’ to the address on page six, or via email to competitions@yourlocallink.co.uk The competition ends on 19th May, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck.

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The ups and downs of life as seen by our very own (very) grumpy, (almost) old woman

House calls

Our old house has just gone up for sale. So naturally, I wanted to go and view it.

‘Why?’ my husband asked. ‘We lived in it for three years.’ Well, yes. But the owners had put in a new loft extension, and I wanted to see what they’d done to the kitchen. Come on, we’ve all done it. Look me in the eye and tell me you’ve never stood in a showhome and sworn blind to the salesperson that you’re a genuine buyer, when all you really wanted to do was get some interior design ideas. Our former neighbours used to do it all the time. It was practically a hobby. In the same way other people spend their weekends playing bowls or fishing, they used to spend theirs fantasy house hunting. By the time they did actually decide they wanted to move, no estate agent would entertain them. I’m not quite as bad as that. Apart from wanting to see our former house for old times’ sake (and the kitchen), I’d never waste a vendor’s time viewing

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a house I had no intention of buying. I know how soul destroying it is when you’re desperate to sell and you finally think you’ve got a bite. You spend days decluttering, baking bread and grinding coffee beans, only to find your potential buyers have only come round for a snoop. This actually happened to us the last time we sold. We thought it was odd when our ‘buyers’ quizzed us endlessly about our porch extension – who’d built it, whether we’d needed planning permission, etc – until they let slip that they were planning something similar for their own home, and wanted to see what it looked like from the inside. Anyway, thanks to the wonders of the internet, now we don’t have to bother vendors at all. Who was the genius who created Rightmove? Whoever they are, they should get a knighthood

Whoever created Rightmove should get a knighthood, because that website is truly is God’ s gift to the nosey.


Nothing beats the thrill of taking a look around a brand new, beautifully designed showhome, of course. Although I’ve been cured of my addiction since I recently took a snoop around the back of a fabulous – and fabulously expensive – city centre townhouse, and ended up being trapped by their state of the art security system. I had to be rescued by the estate agent, so of course I had to pretend to be a serious purchaser. Let me tell you, there’s only so long a woman can enthuse about integral wine coolers and giant shower heads without cracking. I seriously thought we might have to come up with a half a million pound mortgage just to escape. That’s why I’m sticking to Rightmove in future. It’s a lot safer – and cheaper.

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right now, because that website truly is God’s gift to the nosey. Thanks to Rightmove, you can log on and take a good look round other people’s houses without raising their hopes or having to pretend to enthuse over their choice of bathroom fitments. You can laugh openly at their purple feature walls or their Trevi-inspired water feature without fear of being overheard.

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Eating out. Do you know how many fab places there are to eat in York? No, neither do I. It’s something we’ve always taken for granted, until a friend who came to visit pointed out that we had more great restaurants in one street than she had in her whole town. Now we’re making a point of exploring them all, instead of just sticking to our old favourites. We’ll be checking out Your Local Link’s Food & Drink pages for some inspiration!

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Conflicting health advice. If you want to lose weight, you must cut carbs and eat more protein, says the latest medical advice. Unless you’re over fifty, in which case protein is worse for you than cigarettes and you should eat fruit and veg instead, says yet another report. Ah, but eating too much fruit can affect your blood sugar level and make you fat, says another. What you really need is to eat more protein…Frankly, all this conflicting health advice is enough to send us all running to the nearest chippy.

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Horoscopes May 2014

Starsign of the month... Taurus

(20th April - 20th May)

here are a few famous faces you share your sign with

by James Christie n For details of private readings phone 07884 107100 or 01423 339770 Email: jcp@magepublishing.co.uk

If there have been some frustrating delays or enforced changes of plan during the previous month of April, the events of May prove that this was probably no bad thing. What you didn’t do in April you can do in May, with much greater success! Where jobs and careers are concerned, doors that seem to have been closed to you during the earlier part of this year now start creaking open, but you need to hesitate before crossing the threshold. Extra money and business progress may seem extremely attractive, but do you want the hassle and the responsibility that goes with it? Either way, the period between the 10th and 20th seems to be full of options and opportunities, but you need to have greater faith in logic and common sense than instinct and intuition. Travel has a role to play around the 3rd, 4th and 5th and again with greater emphasis around the 13th. The latter travel energy is more associated with jobs and work routines, while the travel pattern at the beginning of the month seems to be more associated with holidays and exciting long weekends. The romantic outlook for May is quite bright and optimistic, especially during the last week when a number of long standing concerns and anxieties are laid to rest.

L to R: William Shakespear, George Clooney, Elizabeth II, Cate Blanchett

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CANCER

LEO (23rd July - 23rd August)

VIRGO

Not the easiest of months when time and again your own plans and agendas have to be changed to accommodate the needs of other people close to you. Your patience and generosity are going to be stretched a bit thin, especially around the 10th or 11th when someone crosses the line and puts you in the position of having to say or do something in protest.

(21st June - 22nd July)

Anything to do with learning, new knowledge and education serves you very well this month, and May could be a bit of an eye opening period when it comes to assessing some of your values and priorities. Finances are good between the 7th and the 17th, travel around the 21st, and fraught dealings with feminism or misogyny on the 2nd and 22nd.

(24th August - 22nd September)

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Sometimes some Cancerians can get away with bloody murder and there is a gleeful quality to many of your thoughts and feelings this month when you are able to side step some minor disaster and actually profit from it, either financially or psychologically. Some laughter and celebration in the wind, so enjoy it while you can.

The first ten days of the month seems to be a cheerful, if slightly uneventful period, but there is some financial pressure starting to build up on the 12th when you’re going to have to juggle with money and make it stretch. Everything’s okay by the 19th but there’ll be a few occasions before hand when you’ve got to rob Peter to pay Paul.


(23rd October - 21st November) You can’t exist living on past glories and mourning past disasters. It’s time to move on and find some fresher fields, and if that means leaving a few things (and people?) behind, then so be it. There’s a temptation to hang on to bad habits but there are opportunities to broaden your horizon.

sagittarius (22nd November - 21st December) Anyone who’s been having problems with a relationship should find a way forward during the first two weeks of the month. If a bad tooth needs pulling – the sooner you do it, the sooner you’ll feel better. There is a healing energy permeating through your sign from the 15th/16th onwards.

Capricorn (22nd December - 19th January) Travel opportunities around the 3rd, 4th and 5th, with some special celebrations taking place

(20th January - 18th February) Great passion can burn itself out quickly while a love born of smouldering embers tends to last a long time. Keep this in mind during the days ahead. High emotions between the 9th and the 15th with some personality clashes between the 17th and 22nd. Take a step back rather than rushing forward.

PIscES (19th February - 20th March) Bad advice from someone you would normally trust – so what’s gone wrong here? Arguments over money muddy the waters and there is some tension within families as everyone tries to have their own way. A single ray of sunshine comes in the form of an as yet untested romantic opportunity.

aries (21st March - 19th April) A turbulent start to the month, especially on the home front, and especially if you’re involved in any kind of property negotiation. A change of attitude and direction takes the pressure off around the 10th or 12th and by the end of the month you should be celebrating a victory or minor triumph.

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LOVE MUSIC? If so, you're already on your way to being a member of a choir that has been entertaining York for over half a century. The Haxby Singers are looking to swell their harmonious ranks and are particularly keen for more baritones and bases. They meet every Thursday to rehearse at St. Mary's church hall, Haxby, and are even giving a concert at Haxby Memorial Hall on 24th May. Why not pop along, enjoy the show, and sign yourself up? n Call 625116.

Double isn’t necessarily trouble

bad at badminton?

other summer racquet game, get to If you want to perfect your skills at the ing a group of shuttlecock enthusiasts Strensall Village Hall. Each Thursday even they e games and have a laugh. Right now meet to practice badminton, play som 40. 4904 call net, their in caught up are looking for new members, so to get

Do you have twins? Triplets? Quadruplets?!? If you feel that sometimes you have your hands a bit more than full, read on. Multi-Tots is a twins and multiples groups that can offer help, support and advice for pare nts and carers. The group is free to join, is supported by City of York Council, and is the only group of its kind in the area. Siblin gs and family members are always welcome along, so to find out how other families cope with multiple additions to their ranks... n Email neensheehan1@yahoo.com

OKAY FOR CROQUET

Would you love to try your hand at the queen of games, but don’t know your baulk from your bisque? Fret not – York Croquet Club have got it covered! The group are running two introductory courses at the club lawns on Scarcroft Green. The first course starts on 7th May, and the second on 20th May. n So, to master the mallet, and make some mates in the process, visit www.yorkcroquet.org or call 620211.

your socks can save lives

Are you a fan of knitting? Did you know that you can use your talents to save lives at sea? The RNLI are looking for volunteer knitters to donate their goodies, so that they can be sold in order to raise money that will help to fund the Flood Rescue and education and assessment of their lifeguards. n Call Sue on 491133.

The Minster School For Boys and Girls aged 3-13

Early Years Open Afternoon

May 14th / 2pm

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With the Tour de France getting closer and closer, surely it’s time for you to dust off that old bike and get pedaling? If you don’t fancy cycling alone, here are three groups ready to welcome you with open handlebars. RING THE BELLE York Bike Belles want you to get on yer bike! The small community-based group work in partnership with Sustrans and City of York Council, offering bike rides focusing on cycling safety, bike maintenance workshops (complete with cheese and wine, of course!) and bike loan schemes. There are also weekly socials, where you can get together with fellow Belles and have a good natter! n Join the women on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yorkbikebelles) and Twitter (@YorkBikeBelles) or visit www.itravelyork.info HOLD ONTO YOUR HANDLEBARS The folks at Breeze Network York, part of the national Breeze programme, are on a mission to get more women cycling! Their free rides are on local, accessible routes in small, friendly groups – and they always end each session with a cuppa. Most rides start from a local bike shop, so help is always at hand to pump up tyres, offer advice and safety-check bikes. Newcomers, or ladies who want to build up their confidence, are always welcome. n Register at www.breezebikerides.com or call 0161 274 2117.

EASY RIDERS Newly-established, York Rouleurs is a group for cyclists in and around the York area who wish to ride casually with others. They are unique in that there is no expectation of riders, nor any costs to join. You simply turn up if you can and when you can. They ride together on Sundays at 9am from the Askham Bar Tesco recycling point. You can look forward to a steady ride of about 30 miles, before stopping for a social coffee and cake. n Visit www.yorkrouleurs.co.uk

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Time Travel

Join us as we journey back in time. No pushing. Tucked away behind the imposing facade of the Mansion House is one of York’s most interesting and historically important buildings. Far more than just a venue for craft fairs, The Guildhall is a centuries old testament to the influence that government, the courts, merchants, and, oddly, the Nazis have had over the everyday lives of York people. Let’s get digging, shall we?

This month: THE GUILDHALL Significant scenes The Guildhall has played host to some important events in York's history. In 1493, while on one of his pleasurable jaunts to the city, Richard III dined and was entertained in the hall, staying as he was just next door at the Augustinian Friary (now the Post Office). In 1586 it was the site of the trial of Catholic martyr Margaret Clitherow, who was subsequently found guilty of practicing Catholicism and "pressed to death" on old Ouse Bridge. And, in 1647 at the height of the English Civil War, it was where £200,000 was stored on the way to pay off the cheeky Scots in return for releasing King Charles I.

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Fire night In the early hours of 29th April 1942, York suffered an intensive 90 minute bombing raid courtesy of the Luftwaffe. 92 people were left dead and The Guildhall, along with neighbouring church St Martin le Grand, was a flaming wreck. Unfortunately just before the air raid The Guildhall had been undergoing restoration work and was surrounded by wooden scaffolding. As the incendiary bombs hit, this scaffolding caught alight, contributing the loss of The Guildhall’s wooden roof and all the ancient stained glass. Today the roof and the windows are modern recreations. Trust us, they’re lovely.

The Guildhall

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• Work started on The Guildhall in 1445 with the first Council meeting being held there in 1459. • Jointly built by the City Corporation (the medieval Council) and the Guild of St Christopher and St George. Wholly taken over by the Corporation in 1549. • Built on the site of ‘Common Hall’, a building first referred to in 1256. Common Hall Lane ran next to this building, now enclosed and covered by the current Guildhall. • The building has been used to host Council meetings, as a Court of Law, as a banqueting hall and also as a theatre. • Bombed and almost completely destroyed in 1942 as part of the German ‘Baedeker Raids’. Restored by 1960 and reopened by the Queen Mother.


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Ancient footsteps From the opposite bank of the river you may have noticed a small gateway just beneath The Guildhall. This is the entrance to Common Hall Lane, and back before The Guildhall was built on top of it, it was the main route up from the River Ouse to Stonegate. Now enclosed and accessible only via a small set of steps just behind the Mansion House, Common Hall Lane exists as a tantalising glimpse back to how York used to appear before structures were built right up to the water's edge and it was still possible to walk 'down' to the river bank. Common Hall Lane is thought the mark the location of York's first bridge over the Ouse, the one built by the Roman's in a straight line with the main street, the Via Praetoria

(Stonegate). In slightly more recent times it was where the stones for the ever-changing York Minster were brought into the city from boats. Plagued by the river levels and only accessible in good conditions, Common Hall Lane also features one little quirk - a fridge! As it gets extremely cold and draughty down there, the old caretaker of The Guildhall would use a little alcove to keep his supper cool.

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With the Grand Depart drawing near, the eyes of all the world will be on Yorkshire. And all the world should consider themselves lucky. Here’s why... Literature You don't need to hear it from us, but you live in the greatest county on Earth. Scotland might want independence, but if Yorkshire also sought it and succeeded, we would be the best country ever. Our national anthem would be On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at and Brian Blessed would be our Emperor. Here are other reasons that make Yorkshire so awesome.

Fact-shire • Between 209-211AD Emperor Septimus Severus ruled from York, meaning Yorkshire was the capitol of the Roman Empire. And it will be again, mark our words... • The tallest-ever Englishman was from Yorkshire. William Bradley was born in Market Weighton in 1787 and grew to seven feet nine inches tall! He used to charge people a shilling to shake his hand. Tha’s good thinking, lad. • The 2011 census has the population of Yorkshire and the Humber at 5.1 million people. That’s the same as the population of Norway, and means that Yorkshire is more populated than half of all the countries on the planet. Independence, anyone?

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Yorkshire has provided the world with some true literary masterpieces. Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in Whitby, and as well as setting some of the book there, he drew upon local Yorkshire folklore (perhaps, in an early draft, Dracula turned himself into a whippet?). Then of course we had the Bronte sisters, Anne, Charlotte and Emily. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are all world-renowned classics, whereas in more modern times the title of Yorkshire Word King has been held by playwright, poet and author Alan Bennett. Let’s not forget York’s own Kate Atkinson (who, since her debut novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum, has gone on to massive success) and our very own Donna Hay. So, we’re good at books then.

The Quotable Yorkshire Here there is everything a soul can desire. GP Taylor, Author.


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The Quotable Yorkshire What do yer want to go to London for? It’s nowt but twenty Doncasters end to end. Lesley Garrett’s father to his daughter.

Music More than just brass bands and the sound of Yorkshire puddings roasting, our county’s musical talent is legendary. The 1980s were a great decade for Yorkshire music with bands like Heaven 17, The Human League, New Model Army, Soft Cell, Chumbawamba, The Housemartins and The Beautiful South. Since then we’ve produced Pulp, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Arctic Monkeys. You’re welcome world.

The Quotable Yorkshire I’m a fully trained cosmonaut and I’ve completed 800 hours training, which has made me the number one civilian reserve ready to visit the International Space Station. Brian Blessed. See, he’d be the Emperor.

say tha’ piece What Yorkshire means to our readers Luisa Bettina Holden: “It’s right good is York, naw’t poncey about it, great genuine pubs, live music, quirky shops, and cobbledy streets.” Rhys Moore: “Knowing we can make Yorkshire puddings and call them that.”  Matt Wells: “It means not living in London anymore and finally living the dream I thought would never come true...” Paul Marshall: “Home is what it means.”

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If the infamous Micklegate pub run is the only way you’ve ever experienced this great street, prepare to be amazed by one of York’s most fascinating thoroughfares.

From Roman to roaming Although Micklegate itself runs right through the middle of what was once the Roman Colonia, (the civilian city) the street itself didn't exist until much later. Most of York's streets either follow the rough line laid down by one of the grand Roman roads, or instead follows a line of desire and necessity. Micklegate is the latter, being the most direct route down the hill from Micklegate Bar to Ouse Bridge, completely cutting through the straight lines of what used to be there from the Colonia. We blame the Vikings. You couldn't tell those guys what to do. Micklegate is literally a great street. That's because 'mickle' comes from the Old Norse meaning great and 'gate' is an old word for street. And the word great doesn't even do the street justice. For almost two thousand years Micklegate has been at the very heart of York... but in very different ways from its cousins on the other side of the River Ouse.

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Not that kind of bar... Surely the crowning glory of Micklegate is the mini-fortress at the end of the street. Micklegate Bar, the medieval gateway into York through the city walls, is not only known as the official Royal entrance to the city (Monarchs still have to ask the permission of the mayor to enter the

city there) but also as 'The Traitor's Gate'. From the bar's creation in the 12th century up until 1754, the decapitated heads of traitors were displayed there on spikes. One notable head, which was left there to be picked at by crows, was Richard, Duke of York - father of King Richard III. Still, pretty nice views we imagine. Micklegate Bar now plays host to the Henry VII Experience. Visit www.thejorvikgroup.com

History repeating These days Micklegate has a reputation of being a place to consume intoxicating substances to excess, and certainly the string

of pubs, clubs and fast food joints reinforce this belief. However, that is not necessarily a new phenomenon on Micklegate. As it was (and still is) on the main route into the city proper from the south, in Georgian times lots of coaching houses sprung up along the street, as did pubs, taverns and alehouses to keep the visitors amused. There are also many references to Micklegate being home to certain 'ladies of the night', including one called Margery 'Cherry Lips' Grey, who offended the residents of St Martin's parish so much they had the Mayor exile her. We can't for the life of us think what she did to annoy them so. Loud music maybe?


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Another good reason to go to Micklegate

Born on Micklegate Micklegate has also given the world some great people. In 1646 St Martin-cum-Gregory church on Micklegate played host to the baptism of Henry Gyles. Henry would grow up to be a leading figure in glass painting, with his works still visible in buildings across the county (least of all York Art Gallery). Henry would be happy to know that the church in which he was Christened (and later buried in 1709) would today be known as the York Centre for Stained

Did you know (and for this you might have to be sitting down to hear) that it you park on Micklegate for an hour it will only cost you 60p? We’re pretty sure that 60p would buy you about ten seconds in most York car parks. Glass. Notable also is Joseph Hansom, inventor of the Victorian 'Safety Cab' (better known as the Hansom Cab) and also John Snow. This John Snow, however, is not known for being the bastard son of Lord Stark in Game of Thrones, but rather as "the greatest ever doctor". Dr Snow was a pioneer of anaesthesia and also stopped an outbreak of cholera in London. Well done Micklegate. You can stay.

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Band: We were evergreen Where: Fibbers When: Wednesday 7th May Song to look out for: Daughters The upbeat electro-pop trio originating from Paris are gracing York with their presence soon and I wouldn’t like you to miss out. They’ve previously supported London grammar and bring to us a mixture of feel good indie electro music that makes you feel all happy and energetic inside – very cute.

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This month, Krystal gives us her festival lowdown...

Festival Fever Festival season is upon us and I can barely contain my excitement. Cue the wellies, flowers and warm cans of beer. Soon it will become socially acceptable to miss a shower, not brush our hair and wear the same socks for two days in a row. We shake off our daily responsibilities and embrace our inner hippies. No

parents, no bedtime! Festivals are great; however from past experience I would warn that a ‘two man tent’ is actually a ‘one man and maybe his bag if you’re lucky’ tent. Showers are mainly communal, toilets can occasionally be holes in the ground and if you like going to bed before 3 am I wish you all the best.

Waterproof tents are also essential and not just for if it rains… (I’ll spare you the details). I’ve had a quick look over the festivals coming up over the summer season and have put together a little guide explaining the pros and cons of various festivals you might consider attending this year.


Galtres Festival 22nd-24th August Celebrating their ten year anniversary this year, Galtres festival is known for keeping everyone in the family happy. Children are more than welcome and are provided with plenty to do. Pride is taken in locally produced food and drink (over 100 beers and ciders to be precise! Cue chant: YORKSHIRE YORKSHIRE YORKSHIRE). There are eight music stages showcasing a wide variety of music all set in the beautiful Duncombe Park. There’s little to complain about with Galtres although they may not showcase a line up quite as impressive as Leeds or Glastonbury.

Global Gathering 25th & 26th July Set in Stratford upon Avon it’s a fair way to travel but certainly worth the journey! Global is an over 18’s only event, showcasing the best artists from the dance/ electronic music scene. Introducing a brand new super arena and bringing you acts such as Chase and Status, The Prodigy and David Guetta, this year’s festival looks set to be a scorcher. I’d say if you like your beauty sleep and a spacious serene campsite – this isn’t the place to catch some Z’s.

Bennicassim 17th – 20th July If one of the main factors that put you off UK festivals is the chance of rain, then Bennicassim is for you. Set on the east coast of Spain between Valencia and Barcelona, there’s plenty of sea, sand and sunshine. The festival showcases a variety of well-known acts from dance to indie and rock n roll. There’s a water park nearby and no shortage of bars, cafés and restaurants to explore during the day. This is more than just a Festival, it’s a holiday too. But don’t forget that holidays are a little different when you don’t have an air conditioned hotel room and private shower! Of course there’s always good old Leeds fest; I just figured you might fancy a change. Anyway, they’re all spaced out so I’d recommend attending all three. Whatever you decide I’m sure it will be the right decision. If you’d like some ideas on what to wear while you’re there, check out our festival inspired fashion page in the health and beauty section.

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h Can’t buy me love Like all students, I’m up to my eyeballs in debt and working as a waitress to make ends meet. Recently, a group of obviously wealthy guys came into the restaurant, and one of them asked me out. I turned him down because I wasn’t interested, but he left me his phone number. Now I’m wondering if I did the right thing. The thought of a couple of years with a rich boyfriend is very tempting, especially as he could help fund my Masters. Should I give him a ring? AL, YO1 If you’re planning on doing a Masters, then you’re obviously a clever girl. So why are you considering something so monumentally stupid? Do you seriously think you can pretend to be interested in someone for a couple of years? More to the point, do you really think you can fool him for that long? Even if you could, what you’re doing is cynical and soul-destroying. And how do you know this guy’s as rich as he makes out, anyway? That cash he’s flashing could come from a payday loan for all you know. Honestly, AL, you’re better than this. Take on extra shifts if you need the cash that much. It might not be the easy way out, but at least you’ll be able to look yourself in the eye.

My partner and I are in our late fifties and have been together for five years. We’ve both been married before. Recently, while checking his browser history, I found out he’d been looking up an old girlfriend he’d not seen for 35 years on Facebook. I thought we had a good relationship, but now I’m worried. Do you think he’s going to leave me? CJ, Clifton Whoa there, CJ. What’s actually happened here? Your partner looked up someone he hasn’t seen for 35 years. That hardly makes him Tiger Woods in the womanising stakes, does it? And frankly, who hasn’t Googled their exes from time to time? As far as online entertainment goes, it’s right up there with Candy Crush and Foxy Bingo. Personally, I’ve spent many happy hours checking out my exes, who I’m pleased to report are all fat, bald and/or broke (that’s karma for you, guys). Seriously, though, I’m detecting a few trust issues here. Why are you checking his browser history? Do you go through his phone and his pockets too? It makes me wonder if you’ve been the victim of cheating in the past, and you’re paranoid about it happening again. In which case, I have to warn you that the tighter the rein you keep on your man, the more likely he is to want to break free.

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h Going for a song I know this doesn’t seem like a big problem, but there’s someone in my office who hums constantly. It’s got to the point now where I’m constantly on edge, waiting for him to strike up a tune. How do I tell him he’s annoying without coming across as a total bitch? LS, Strensall

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You say it’s not a big problem, but putting up with someone else’s annoying habits for eight hours a day can push human tolerance to its limits. And I speak as one who once found themselves caught up in an unfortunate disciplinary situation involving an office sniffer and an industrial-sized stapler. The first thing to do is to find out if he gets on anyone else’s nerves, or if you’re actually the office killjoy. When you confront the hummer, keep it light – tell him to his face, smile, acknowledge you know the problem is trivial, but…Alternatively, you could join in with a game of Name That Tune whenever the humming starts. Yes, it’s a bit passive aggressive, but it’ll be a laugh.

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h My friend copies me My friend is always copying me. Every time I buy something new for myself or my home, she has to go out and get the same thing. It’s driving me mad. What do I do? FT, Heworth Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, blah blah blah. It’s also very annoying, and one of the perils of being a style icon, as I know only too well myself. My advice is to invest in a super-ugly item of clothing – a pair of Crocs, for instance – and wear them at every opportunity. That will sort her out.

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Hush hush... Whisper it quietly, but York City could, unbelievably, get into the play-offs. It’s not just unbelievable considering that a year ago they nearly became the first team in history to escape the non-league, only to fall back at the first attempt (securing safety by winning 1-0 at Dagenham on the final day), but even this season the team were languishing near the relegation zone on the 28th December. What a turnaround it has been for Nigel Worthington’s men. Only four players remain from the Wembley double winning side of 2012 but they have been replaced by a mixture of football league experience (Russell Penn, Keith Lowe and John McCombe) and exciting talent such as the brilliant Nick Pope in goal. All home games, excluding any potential play-off semi-final, are completed with all eyes on the trip to Glanford Park, Scunthorpe United, on 3rd May left to play. Scunny may have ripped their way through the League Two table but may remember Ryan Brobbel’s double as part of a 4-1 drubbing we handed out before Christmas which should serve the team well.

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I recently took in some Premier League action during a trip to London (it might take Nigel bit of time to get the Minster men there...) and watched Tottenham against Sunderland. I know people always claim that things at the elite level are so much better in every aspect, but I don’t think this applied to ticketing. A friend and I were told we couldn’t get a ticket unless we were on the Spurs database, or collecting a ticket. So, we moaned for a minute or two about how you should be able to just pay on the turnstile like at good old Bootham Crescent, before buying two tickets via a smartphone whilst stood next to the very guys who said for security reasons we couldn’t buy a ticket. The rule was as pointless as Dappy’s new tattoo.

Start your engines While the football season draws to a close, Formula One is just

getting into the swing of things. As mentioned in previous columns, I only see things in F1 these days from the outside (and with the mute button on). Can someone explain to me how a year ago no one could beat Sebastian Vettell yet now Lewis Hamilton is hot favourite to win the title? BBC online said it’s to do with the car. Well, I kind of guessed that much. Why don’t they all drive the same thing? Then surely you would know who the best driver is. If it was all three wheelers, even better. I think that is the only way I would become a fan; either that, or if Dick Dastardly and Muttley joined Mercedes.

Totally batty Another sport just getting into the season is cricket, something I have neglected to face since England went to the other side of the world to hand back the Ashes; looking back, that would have been less embarrassing. Yorkshire, with the

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stellar signings of Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson, have a number of home games in May, facing Warwickshire (starting 11th May) and arch rivals Lancashire (starting 25th May) in the County Championship. They will also be in one-day action when they take on Northamptonshire (16th May) and Derbyshire (30th May) in the Natwest T20 Blast. All games are at Headingley, Leeds, with the Scarborough fixtures taking place later in the year.

Going the distance Although York City’s promotion remains high on the sporting agenda this month, which would tie in with York City’s regular Wembley appearances, all eyes will be on another Wembley encounter with Saint George Groves taking on the Cobra Carl Froch in the most highly anticipated rematch since Rocky took on Apollo Creed. It is in line to become the biggest boxing match ever staged in the UK, and if it’s half as good as the first fight, we are in for a treat. I just hope this time the ref doesn’t step in if it gets too exciting, or the loser claims a poorly toe in the aftermath.

Blast form the past Many teams up and down the country have masters sides where old pros put on their boots again for tournaments, and York City have been getting in on the act with their own past players side turning out for charity games, organised by Graham Bradbury. Their most recent clash was against a York FA Old Boys XI at Huntington Rovers, North Lane on 6th April. The Minstermen masters played as far back as the 1970s, and their counterparts featured significant past players from York and District football. A packed crowd raised nearly £3500 for the Martin House Children’s Hospice Good Night’s Sleep Appeal and witnessed York City roll back the years in a 7-2 victory. Goal scorers included Iain Dunn, Marc Thompson, Lee Nogan and Mark Ford, and other players included Tony Canham, Steve Bushell, Steve Tutill and Andy McMillan from the early 1990s Wembley era. Also playing were Chris Topping and Dave Fogg, the latter being one of the scorers for York FA Old Boys, who are both aged 63. Congratulations to all involved!

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YORK BUSINESS NETWORKING 7th and 21st May, 8-10am, Fulford Gold Club. Visit www.4networking.biz BSYNY Events for new businesses running throughout the month at York Eco Business Centre. YORK WOMEN IN BUSINESSES Events aimed at women in business. Visit www.yorkwomeninbusiness.co.uk

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Looking for some interesting local people and businesses to follow on Twitter? Here are a few we like. Poppy Road Poppy Project (@PoppyRdPoppy). A great community project, striving to create poppy meadows along Poppleton Road.

Copmanthorpe Carnival (@copcarnival). York’s longest running carnival returns on 28th June. get the latest news on acts and events for this year.

Yorkshire Festival (@YFest2014). In the run-up to the Grand Depart, this 100 day festival celebrates all that is the greatest county on t’earth.

York 1914 (@York1914). The new exhibition at York Castle Museum commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

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Paris? Berlin? Viennna? Pah! They’ve got nothing on us, not after news that York has achieved the goal of becoming one of the top ten cities in Europe. Our valiant city has been awarded twice by The Financial Times after we ranked ninth in their reports of small European cities and eighth in the small European cities strategy category. This means we’re currently rubbing shoulders with the likes of Utrecht and Grenoble and have successfully achieved the target set out by City of York Council in 2012. Although York was praised for its economic investment and clear strategy for attracting foreign direct investment, we’re fairly certain the ranking is down to the city’s amazing free magazine delivered each month. Right?

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Appointments at York Minster Following decisions made by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, there will be two new faces popping up around York Minster. Joining the Chapter of York, the governing body that controls the day-to-day running of the cathedral, will be David Butterfield and Neil Harkin. David is currently the Archdeacon of the East Riding and will taking up the position in York of Archdeacon for Generous Giving and Stewardship. Neil, who has previously worked in banking, has been appointment Lay Canon and will take up his position following a ceremony in June. We wish them both the very best. n Visit www.yorkminster.org

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Selfie selfishness According to figures released by Confused.com, 7% of drivers have admitted to taking a photograph of themselves with their smartphone while driving. The survey, which quizzed 2000 drivers about their motoring habits, revealed that younger drivers aged 18-21 were the worst offenders, with 9% saying they regularly snap themselves and upload the images to sites like Facebook and Snapchat. Both the Institute of Advanced Motoring and car speed charity Brake have condemned the practice, stating that drivers who are busy taking selfies clearly aren’t paying attention to the road. We’re a bit puzzled by this, as who would want to see someone drive a boring car? Helicopter, now that we’d be interested in.

If you thought the way American police were portrayed in films and TV was a bit exaggerated and overly dramatic, you may be wrong. That is because the Los Angeles Police Department (those who swear "to protect and to serve") have recently kitted themselves out with a new car. Unlike a normal police vehicle though, this particular new car is a

Lamborghini Gallardo which costs around £130,000 and has a top speed pushing 200mph. So if you are planning to commit any crimes in LA soon (as you do) there's a good chance that no matter how fast you run, you will get caught. Oh, and the car has its own Twitter account. No, we're not kidding.

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It is! As the weather improves you might find yourself reaching for the air-conditioning button on your dashboard. But if, after months of neglect in favour of the car's heating system, your air-con could do with a touch of attention, give these guys a call. JJB Motors, James Street, are offering a full re-gas of your air-con system for only £35, meaning you'll never again have to worry about being stuck on the A64 in sweltering heat this summer. Well, the heat part anyway... JJB Motors can't guarantee the traffic. n Call 426691.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 iPhone Lens. Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better, but without a great hulking lens on the front of your phone, the photos are always going to a look a little... well, smartphone-y. Not with the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for the iPhone. This nifty little gadget clips onto your iPhone’s camera and acts like an actual lens, allowing you take wide-angle, fisheye and macro pictures. Now your shots of the dog sleeping by the fireplace will be even better! £59.99 Available from www.amazon.co.uk

We’ve scoured cyberspace to bring you the best gizmos on the market, from the ingenious to the downright bizarre. The mind boggles...

Grippy Frog Mat. If you are sick of all your things sliding around your car as you turn a corner, get this. The Grippy Frog Mat is a sticky little pal that clings to your dashboard and lets objects like phones grip to it without mess. What's more, if the mat starts to be less sticky after use, simply give it a wash with warm water and all magic frog powers will be returned. £6.95 Available from www.geniegadgets.com

Hubsan SpyHawk FPV RC Plane. It really wouldn’t be a Your Local Link Gadget Guide without something that flies. This month we’ve soaring through the skies of York with the SpyHawk FPV (First Person View) radio-controlled aeroplane. The incredible thing about this piece of tech wizardry is that there is camera in the nose of the plane, allowing you to both see where you are flying and also to record the footage. We’ll let our review video do the rest, so to see some quite poor flying and horrific crashes, hit the YouTube button at www.yourlocallink.co.uk £114.99 Available from www.ebuyer.com

Smartphone APPS I Am Lost. A clever app that lets you stamp your belongings with a special code that can be entered into a website if the item is ever lost and then found. Bricks Breaker Friends. Design your special game with adorable characters such as monkey, penguin, cat, and so much more. Sniper Hero. The monster invasion has started but, as a mercenary, you have grabbed your rifle and are ready to bag some beasties. TV Show Times. A great app that tells you exactly when your favourite TV shows are on, and what you’ve already missed. Speaker Booster. Need a boost in sound? The Speaker Booster app will make your phones music sound louder and clearer.

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If you’re on the hunt for a luxury property, this’ll surely fit the bill – as long as you’re a multi-millionaire. Once a boarding school for boys, the Jacobean Howsham Hall is located on the edge of the Howardian Hills and was built way back in 1610. The 14-bedroom Gothic mansion will set you back just £5million. We’ve got about £1.50 in change if anyone wants to club together?

What do you and your other half argue about the most? Money? Chores? Well, according to research done by toilet provider Geberit, one of the most common reasons that couples argue is nasty niffs in the bathroom. When surveyed, 87% of 1000 homeowners admitted that bad odours were an issue. Apparently, Geberit have come to the rescue with a super duper odour extractor that sits behind the loo. As far as we know, though, it can't solve the problem of leaving the toilet seat up...

It turns out that Howard was right all along – robots are going to take over the world. Harvard University scientists have created self-organising robot ants that are set to be the house builders of the future, apparently. They're already building model pyramids, towers and castles all by themselves, so it's surely only a matter of time before we're doing their bidding. We're going to start being nice to all of our robots now, just to be safe. Searchlight Curls 9 Light Chrome Floor Lamp with Glass Beads Barnitts, £224.00

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Getting a tailor fitted dress or jacket is bound to give you an extra boost of confidence. You know that you look great because the garment has been measured especially for you, and designed for your tastes. Of course, the same can be said for your windows – a bespoke creation is always going to look much more suited for your space than something 'off the peg'. And despite what you might think, it doesn't have to cost the Earth. Christine Alker is a York-based curtain maker who offers a bespoke service and home visits for a very reasonable price. Whether you want curtains, blinds, or even soft furnishings such as seat pad covers and cushions, Christine can offer professional advice, and use skills honed over a number of years, to create something that will make your home look nothing short of stunning. A range of beautiful fabrics are available, or Christine can use a fabric that you've found elsewhere. n Visit www.curtainsandblindsyork.co.uk or call 339214.

Extending a helping hand If you're submitting a planning application for an extension or loft conversion, you'll be pleased to know City of York Council are making the process more straightforward. A new service at York libraries will allow you to purchase specially printed site plans and location plans of your property, documents that are often needed for your application. n Visit your local library in person, order from libraries@york.cov.uk or visit www.york.gov.uk/siteplanservice

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I am not a minimalist. In fact, I would say I am the exact opposite: I hoard. Big Time. It wasn’t until a recent break that I realised how detrimental this can be. For a week we lived simply with the bare minimum of possessions and it was wonderful. Then I walked back into our home and I could feel my stress levels rising almost instantly. Everywhere I looked there were piles of papers and trinkets with “to do” written all over them. When and how did we end up with so much “stuff”? And do we really need it all? The answer – of course - is no. So this Spring season, I’m going to be aiming for less, not more. If like me you’ve had it with the clutter, follow these steps towards a more serene home.

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Look at the planes of your space… … floors: Remove any rugs, piles of books or unnecessary details that clutter your floor space. … walls: have you got millions of frames, mirrors or ornaments on display? Pare it down and choose just a few select pieces. White space is key: use it to emphasise certain elements over others.

Furniture: The fewer pieces the better. What can be removed without sacrificing practicality? With the remaining pieces consider how can their form can be simplified or dressed down. Remove throws and cushions, and if you can invest in something new, go for clean lines and minimum detail. Bliss sofa. £1499 Westelm.co.uk

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… ceilings: Again, remove any unnecessary adornment unless it’s in line with the building’s age. Ceiling roses and cornicing, for example, really only belong in period properties.

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Window Dressing: Flouncy curtains and pelmets are out, simple blinds or drapes that sit inside your architectural openings are in. Storage: If you must hold onto your “stuff” then store as much out of sight as possible. Open shelves are a no-no when it comes to the minimal look. Finishes: Natural materials are king in a minimalist interior. The 20th Century movement was influenced by Japanese design amongst other things, so think coir matting, timber flooring, muted colours, and diffused lighting. Pattern & colour: If you must include pattern somewhere, stick to geometric styles. Floral, chintz, or Paisley is out. For colours, stick to neutral tones: natural colours, white, grey, and any other “monochrome” can all be used in abundance.

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Oven gloves at the ready Technology expert Matt Todd gives us the lowdown on (literally) what’s hot.

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Gordon Ramsey hurling food related insults might not be your idea of the perfect night in, but the UK seems to be hooked on cookery programs with supermarkets reporting peaks in sales of unusual ingredients. Here in our stores we have also noticed this effect, with customers seeking out new cookers that offer more than the bog standard model. Here’s my round up of what’s hot in cooking right now... Broadly speaking cookers fall into two groups; built in or freestanding. Built in products offer the convenience of ergonomic placement and a streamlined look, but many prefer the 'wow' factor and large oven and hob space that a freestanding range cooker allows. Whichever way you go you can look forward to some great new features. First up, electric induction cooking. This technology really has now come of age and it’s faster, safer, cleaner and more economic to use than any other type of hob. Look out for an induction hob on your new range cooker as they are now available across the board and are more affordable than ever. Also look out for telescopic shelves that support your casserole as you stir it, rotisseries for the perfect roast chicken, ovens with a defrost setting

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As the summer draws near you're probably breathing a sigh of relief that your heating bills won't be as high as they were during the winter. But did you know that it doesn't have to be this way; that there are cheaper and cleaner ways to heat your home? Power Heating can help. They supply the very latest panel heaters and radiators and can even, if you prefer, deliver a unit to you to fit yourself - saving you even more. n To ask for a supply-only quote, or to get help and advice about how to better heat your home, call 390377. to speed up defrosting, or perhaps a griddle or teppan yaki area on the hob for the perfect seared steak or stir fry. There’s even pyroclean ovens that clean themselves! Surely even Gordon would be impressed with that! Please call in to one of our shops to find out how you can cook like a pro. n For advice on all things electrical, visit www.htodd.co.uk or call 628676.

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Burton Agnes Hall is the 'other' splendid stately home just a stone's throw from York. The gorgeous Victorian estate not only features a wonderful house (which is still lived in by the family who own it) but also some award-winning walled gardens. On 13th & 20th May visitors are invited to a very special garden tour, led by the Head Gardener Jeremy Palmer. A great opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to discover how the gardens have evolved over time, Jeremy will be answering your horticultural questions all afternoon. n The Hall will also have a Twilight Garden Tour on 19th June, so to find out more call 01262 490324.

Share in the community For gardeners, spring can be an unpredictable time of year. If your garden or allotment has caught a lot of the early season sun and you have an abundance of plants, why not share with those that have been less fortunate? Wigginton Recreation Hall is the venue for the latest sharing event hosted by Creating Cooperative Communities, a group determined to get us growing more and sharing more. Get to the hall on 24th May, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, and take along your plants and seeds to share. If you don't have anything to take, don't worry; there's always plenty to go around. n Visit www.haxbyandwiggintonccc.webplus.net

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We take a look at some of the best property development projects in York Cunning plan Whereas previously we’ve looked at complete home conversions and scratch-builds, this month we’ve spoken to Kate McNeill from M.A.C. Architects about the smaller projects the company has handled.

Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud obviously has a lot to answer for, as more and more of us are choosing to remodel, extend or even build our own houses from scratch. With so many ‘self-builds’ popping up across the city there is a growing wealth of interesting and inspiration property designs to whet the appetites of those hoping to create their own dream homes. But to keep your project cost effective, be it a small kitchen extension or a giant five bedroomed house, everything has to be meticulously planned and considered. That is where the services of a qualified architect are essential.

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“An architect can add far more value to your project than the cost of their fees,” explains Kate. “Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the aspirations and needs of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to a project.” Whether it is a new extension, renovation or new build project – it will undoubtedly benefit an architect’s creative design flair, technical experience and effective management of the development process. One such project that M.A.C. recently handled was the renovation and extension of a house in York.

Taking the tension out of the extension Bought as an investment by Claire Baker, the tired bungalow needed to be modernised, refurbished and extended to create a contemporary new home. M.A.C. Architects advised on the general layout of

the house, as well designing the extension, helping natural light to flow throughout the ground floor living spaces. n The builder was Evolution Projects (07725 135642) and the completed house was endorsed by Preston Baker Estate Agents.


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Tuesday mornings: Your Estate Managers Nicola Lammiman or Sharon Yeoman will be hosting drop-in sessions, offering: • Advice and help on paying your rent; • Advice and support on antisocial behaviour; • Advice on moving house; • Advice on overcrowding/ under-occupancy. Nicola will also be available on a Thursday morning.

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What’s happening? Tuesday mornings: Helen Durose – Money and Employment Advisor, will be available for advice on: • Local initiatives; • Digital inclusion – helping you to use computers and the internet; • Helping you search for jobs; • Helping you write a CV.

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She bakes, she makes, she decorates…frankly there’s nothing our very own Rachel doesn’t know. Every month she’ll be passing on some of her favourite money and time saving tips…

A right pasting Toothpaste is great for cleaning bathroom taps – so when your kids don’t rinse off the tap after brushing their teeth, they’re actually doing half of the job for you! Thanks guys! Sink-eze A couple of indigestion tablets and a good glug of vinegar will freshen up your sink when poured down the plug hole. Wax on, wax off Sick of cleaning your shower tiles? Try waxing them with car polish – it’ll help to keep the grime at bay for longer.

Hairspray queen An ink stain can be a nightmare to get out of your clothes – but not with this tip. Spray the affected area with hairspray – the stronger, the better – then wash as normal. It should lift straight off. Give fruit the boot Run out of boot polish? Your fruit bowl can help! Black shoes will come up a treat when polished with a banana skin, while the pithy side of a lemon is ideal for brown shoes. 5 Bathro Piece om From £ Suites 385

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Is your garden a little on the small side? No problem. This gorgeous jute bag growing kit will take up next to no room, and will look great indoors. What’s more, because it contains a special self-watering gel, you’ll only need to add water once and then just watch it grow! Choose from basil, chillies, tomatoes or a sunflower. Jute Bag Grow Set £6.99 Notonthehighstreet www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Burn, baby, burn... If drama is what you’re after in your garden lighting, then this fire bowl is what you’re looking for. And it’s practical, too, as you can also use it as a barbecue. And to keep warm. And you can probably get it to clean the dishes for you (but don’t quote us on that). Gardeco Estrella Large Steel Fire Bowl £73 www.barnitts.co.uk


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These colour-changing lights will automatically illuminate when darkness falls and last for six hours when fully charged. The separate solar panel means that you can place them in a shady area while still being powered in an eco-friendly way – which is also great for your pocket! Smart Solar Colour Changing Light String £39 Isme www.isme.com

For a proper al fresco afternoon tea it's simply essential to have the appropriate table linen, darling. And luckily, this gorgeous sky blue tablecloth has been specially designed to withstand the elements, as well as being machine washable, making your table both posh and practical. It also features a nifty hook and loop opening so that you can dress your table without having to take down your parasol, and is available in green and in an oblong shape. Round tablecloth with opening, sky blue £17.99 Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk

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gardening Basket case Ever wanted to create your own hanging basket, but didn't know how to start? Head along to the event at Askham Bryan College Gardening Club on 13th May from 7.30pm at the college, where Chris Small from Orchard Nursery will lead a practical demonstration. The group will also be getting out and about this month, heading to Mires Beck Nursery on 3rd May, Wentworth Castle on 20th May and Wheldrake Ings Nature Reserve on 27th May. n Visit www.abcgardeningclub.org.uk or call 702053.

Share and share alike... The generous folks at Creating Co-operative Communities are at it again with a sharing event taking place on 24th May from 1.30-2.30pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. The focus this time is on plants, with seeds and produce as available. Remember, though, the group also share unwanted tools, homemade chutneys, jams and ciders, as well as invaluable advice! There is also a trustworthy and reliable fruit picking service for people who have trouble picking fruit in their own garden. Visit www.haxbyandwiggingtonccc.org.uk or call Tim on 760659.

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kidspatch Keep your garden well guarded with your very own scarecrow! You will need: 3 Three sturdy sticks of bamboo, measured 2 metres (for the body), 1 metre (for the arms) and 30cm (to hang the legs from) 3 Some old clothes – including an old pair of tights 3 Poster paints 3 String 3 Leaves, or straw Instructions: Make the frame for your scarecrow by tying the 2m and 1m sticks together in a cross shape, with the 1m stick sitting about 15cm from the top of the 2m stick. Then tie the 30cm stick about halfway down the 2m stick. Make sure you tie it tightly, otherwise your scarecrow may end up looking a bit wonky. Make the head by cutting one of the legs from your pair of tights, stuffing it with leaves or straw, then tying the end with string. Paint on a face, then tie it onto the top of your frame. Now it's time to dress your scarecrow. Put an old shirt or jumper on the top crossbar, and trousers on the bottom crossbar. Tie the ends of the sleeves and legs of the trousers with string, then stuff them with leaves or straw. Find a suitable place in your garden for your scarecrow to live, and push the bottom of the 2m stick into the ground.


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Animals The birds are back in town! Look out for swallows, martins and swifts as they arrive back in our trees and hedges this month. Also, head to your local woodland and see if you can spot a flycatcher. These birds wait in trees for insects to arrive, then quickly fly upwards to catch their dinner – hence the name, of course! You should also see every gardener's best friend, the humble bumblebee, make an appearance in May. Make sure you have some flowers on show to attract them to your yard! Plants You might spot the odd cornflower – usually blue, but there are other colours in bloom occasionally. The delightfully scented freesias also come into their own this month, as well as delicate forget-me-knots. Slipper orchids offer some exotic drama, and sunflowers provide wonderful height! Also, see if you can spot a blanket of sweet peas – they don't live for very long, but they look particularly beautiful en masse and are well worth seeking out. Hawthorn hedges should start to produce some lovely white blossom this month, too.

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Could you please give me some advice about making hanging baskets, as I always struggle to put the plants in the right places?

silver helichrysum, nepeta, million bells and trailing verbena. Now place a narrow band of moss around the basket, about two inches in height, then fill with soil.

My father taught me back in the late 1960s with geraniums, lobelia, marigolds and impatiens, so we didn’t have the choice of plants we have now. Ben Kilvington made our wire baskets at the wireworks in Stonegate and one of our first customers was the Mount Royal Hotel on Blossom Street.

Now starting the next layer, use shorter trailing plants such as bidens, sanvitalia and scaevola, in a square, but not above the trailing plants on the lower level. Then in between them place four bedding begonias to complete that layer. Place moss around the basket, as on the lower layer, and then fill with compost.

Times have moved on since then and now we have a massive choice of colour, long trailing plants and short trailing plants. So when a customer asks us to make a basket in shades of different colours, or all one colour, it is nice to have such a vast collection of plants. We still use sphagnum moss as it holds moisture really well.

The next layer is the very top. At the side use short trailing plants like Felicia, brachyscome, and gold helichrysum. The latter is a very pretty pink flower with dark foliage. Then place begonias in between as in the lower layer. Top the basket up with compost so it is slightly domed, and start with an upright fuchsia in the centre, then place three geraniums in a triangle around it.

We start by placing a piece of moss in the bottom of the basket about the size of a small saucer. Then we place four mixed trailing lobelia in a square at the bottom of the basket, before putting four long trailing plants between them, such as

Have fun with all the different colours available… it’s the best job in the world! Water and feed regularly and your basket won’t let you down.

n If you have a question for Chris, please email info@yourlocallink.co.uk. Call Chris on 766266.

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A new house has been built next to my property and I would like to place a screen between us for privacy. What do you recommend? In addition to conifers, various medium-sized to large broad-leaved trees make a good line of defence against persistent winds, and can screen unattractive views or unsightly objects. Many also have ornamental features. Acer Platanoides, one of the most adaptable and reliable of all trees, the Norway maple develops a round crown. Yellow flower clusters emerge in mid-Spring. The leaves turn a rich yellow, red or orange in autumn. Alternatively there is Fagus Sylvatica, or Common Beech. One of the world’s most beautiful trees, this matures to form a domeshaped crown with smooth grey bark in winter and pale green leaves Here are a few more in spring. Turning that I can recommend shiny in summer for cover: and golden yellow in Quercus Ilex, Eucalyptus autumn, this is a tree Gunnii, Populus ‘Italica’ and for all season. Tilia Cordata.

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Jolly Green Giant If you live in York and are environmentally minded, then you have to make a pilgrimage to St Nicks. The environment centre set in the beautiful and fascinating nature reserve just behind Hull Road has to be the unofficial green heart of the city and home to events and activities to bring out the naturalist in all of us. To find out what makes to reserve so special get down to their Big Green Celebration on 10th May, 1-4pm. Enjoy guided nature walks, get involved in craft activities for all ages, and sample some fine refreshments – all while meeting the staff and volunteers whose hard work and dedication help keep St Nicks going. Call 411821.

Also at St Nicks… 17TH MAY Spring Nature Walk, 10.15am-12noon. Get a spring in your step on an easy walk through St Nicks nature reserve looking for spring wildlife, especially birds. The walk is suitable for all ages. 30TH MAY A Night at the Races, at Tramways Club, 1 Mill Street (off Piccadilly). Meat-free horses are order of the day at this thrilling event – all the fun of the races, but you won’t need binoculars and no horses will be harmed! n Visit www.stnicks.org.uk or call 411821. To Sherrif Hutton NELSONS PARKS

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May is the time of year when everything is growing strong, not least the early perennials. Among some of the best are the most elegant of them all: bearded irises, which parade their standards (petals facing upwards) and falls (petals facing downwards) in many different colours, just like they were in a summer fashion show. All bearing a well trimmed beard, they certainly mark the way for the summer.

Varieties There is a huge range of bearded irises to discover, whether the older traditional varieties such as ‘White City’ (1940) take your fancy, or the ultra modern looking space aged types like ‘Mesmerizer’ sound intriguing to you, there is an iris for almost everyone out there. Amongst the earliest bearded iris to flower are the dwarf standard bearded varieties, such as ‘Cherry Gardens’. Poking their heads four-five inches above the soil level as though taking shelter from the late spring winds, these are perfect little gems for the front of a border. Then there are the tall bearded varieties, show-boating their large magnificent heads on stems of around three feet in late May/early June.

Growing tips Growing bearded irises is relatively straightforward. Given a well-drained, sunny border, they will flower year upon year. If you’re not so lucky to have well-drained soil, don’t worry: all is not lost. It just means that you will need to do a bit of work to improve it. This is an easy process, with just a bit of digging and the addition of as much grit sand and horticultural grit as possible, and most irises will grow fine.

Feeding and splitting To improve the amount of flower stems, feed irises twice a year: once in early spring with a feed that is high in potash, and once after flowering, this time with a feed that is low in nitrogen, as high nitrogen feeds may cause the iris to rot. Splitting iris will also help to reinvigorate old clumps, which should be done after flowering; July is usually a good month to do this. Lift the clump and, with a sharp knife, cut out the old rhizomes, which are the ones with little or no growth in the centre and keep the new growth around the edge of the clump. Then replant the new plants so that the top of the rhizome is above the surface of the soil, and trim back the leaves to about six inches in a triangle shape. This should be done every three to four years. By following these growing tips, your irises will be well on their way to first prize in your garden’s summer fashion show.

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Conrad from Bradshaws Direct offers tips and advice on how to look after your pond and fish. As the weather warms up and the sun starts to shine (hopefully!) your pond might start to go green. If you have a pond filter now is the time to change your ultra violet bulb if you haven’t done so this year. They are effective for about six months and it is the bulb that makes the algae clump together so it can be filtered out. Don’t have a filter? You can add a treatment to the pond that will get rid of your green water that doesn’t harm your fish. There are lots of different ones available and you might need to add more every few weeks throughout the summer. Be sure to check the instructions on the one you choose.

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A great long term solution to green water is to add marginal plants to the pond as they use up the nutrients that feed the algae. Fast growing varieties that have roots in the pond but leaves that stick out are the best, such as Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus). As well as staying clearer your pond will look prettier too. Don’t expect results this year though as the plants will take a while to get going.

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Blanket weed is the other thing pond keepers hate at this time of year. This is the long, stringy green algae that look like strands of hair. You can remove the worst of this by twirling it round a garden cane, a bit like candy floss, and then sliding it off and onto the compost heap. To stop it coming back you can use an anti-blanket weed treatment. The modern ones are a simple sachet that you drop in the pond each week over the summer to keep it at bay. Enjoy your pond! n For pond advice call Bradshaws on 698801

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Courgettes and marrows are closely related and are members of the Cucurbit family along with pumpkin, squash and cucumbers. Marrows are essentially an elongated summer squash and the courgette a smaller variety that has been bred for picking small before the skin has hardened and the seeds inside the fruit have formed. This fast growing vegetable is one of the easiest crops to grow which makes them ideal for novice gardeners and a good choice to grow with children. Choose an open, sunny site, with some protection from wind. Prepare the planting holes by digging out a 60cm (2ft) square that is 36cm (14in) deep, with 1m (3ft) between each hole. Fork through the base of each hole to improve the drainage, and backfill the soil mixed with plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost. Try to do this a few weeks before planting to give the soil chance to settle. Sow indoors Sow seeds from early May into 8cm (3in) pots that are 13mm (½ in) deep using organic vegetable compost. Sow the seed on its edge rather than flat to avoid water lodging on it, causing it to rot. Courgettes and marrows are tender vegetables and dislike cold nights. They need propagation heat of 13-15°C (55-60°F) for germination, after which they can be grown on in a warm glasshouse where the night-time

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temperature falls no lower than 4.5°C (40°F). Plant outside in prepared ground in early June when the threat of frost has past. Sow outdoors Seeds can be sown directly into previously prepared ground. Sow three seeds per station, 2.5cm (1in) deep, in late May or early June and cover with cloches or plastic to provide extra warmth. Thin the seedlings to let the strongest one grow on and leave the protection on until the plant is growing on well. If you don’t have the time or space for either method, you can buy plants ready for planting out from Brunswick in late May. Pick of the crop! My favourite courgette varieties to grow are Nero Di Milano, a dark green variety; and Gold Rush, a yellow skinned fruit with great flavour. Both of these are very reliable and productive. To encourage the plants to keep producing cut the fruits when they are young, about 15cm in length. If you are unable to harvest your courgettes regularly then select a yellow variety as they are not as vigorous as green types and grow much slower so you have more chance of picking them at their best! For marrows, select a variety such as Tiger Cross which is great for winter storage.

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Beetling away We've written before about Rawcliffe Meadows, home to the rare and protected Tansy Beetle. May is a fantastic time of year to see the beetles in action as they come above ground to feed and lay eggs. n Visit the meadows today to see them for yourself, and to get all the info you need visit www.rawcliffemeadows. wordpress.com

Back in bloom Gardeners rejoice! It really is the best time of the year, not just because you're finally reclaiming your garden and allotment, but because Park Nurseries has reopened for the spring and summer. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am-5.30pm, the green-fingered growers at the nursery are offering a vast range of homegrown produce at really competitive prices. n See for yourself at Bar Lane, Knaresborough, or call 01423 865182.

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By any other name... Spare a thought for the volunteers at West Bank Park as they prepare to plant a whopping 552 roses in time for the summer. Members of the West Bank Park Heritage Centre and Cafe Group have been helping to plant 37 new rose beds, featuring seven varieties of the romantic's favourite flower. The beds will be judged this summer in order to keep West Bank Park's Green Flag status. It is hoped in the future that the rose gardens will go toward helping the creation of a community centre and cafe within the park. We wish them all the best.

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Walkonthewildside Every month we’ll be bringing you some top tips on making your garden a haven for wildlife.. Here are a few tips on how to help them in return! • Choose a sunny spot for nectar plants in your garden, as butterflies love warmth.

Did you know? Butterflies have existed for at least 50million years, and butterflies and moths feature over 250,000 species. That’s almost a quarter of all named species of living creatures in the world!

• Plant a wide variety of flowers that will bloom throughout spring, summer and autumn to help butterflies throughout their growth cycle, and to attract a range of species.

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• Avoid insecticides and pesticides at all costs, as these can kill butterflies.

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• Plant the following to attract butterflies: Buddleia, Verbena Bonariensis, Lavender, Perennial Wallflower, and Marjoram.

Gardens can act as an important natural habitat by offering abundant supplies of nectar. Butterflies will visit any garden, however small, if they can feed from suitable nectar plants and a well thought out garden can attract up to 18 species of butterfly.

• Prolong flowering by deadheading, mulching with organic compost, and watering well to keep the plants healthy. Plants that are wellwatered will produce far more nectar for hungry butterflies.

As well as being a joy to watch and a welcome indication of summer, butterflies are a great boon to any garden thanks to their help with pollination.

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As the weather gets hotter you're probably looking forward to your summer holidays... but spare a thought for your dog. If you're unable to take your pet away with you, you'll need to make sure they have just as much fun as you will. Storwood Kennels can help with that. Set in 11 acres of paddock between York and Pocklington, Storwood Kennels will ensure that dear Fido is happy and comfortable during his stay, enjoying long walks during the day and his own spacious room at night. Family run, the kennels provide the highest quality of care. n Call 01759 319556/

A century and a half of care In 2014 the York and District RSPCA Animal Home is celebrating its 150th year of caring for and re-homing animals. To mark this occasion the staff of the home are aiming to raise £150,000 to update the facilities for all the animals in our care.

Our anniversary fundraising efforts will kick off with a free-entry Grand Coffee Morning on 10th May at The Guildhall, beginning at 9.30am and opened by York MP Hugh Bailey. There will be lots of stalls and items of interest including our ever popular 'Everyone's a Winner', as well as a large selection of books, crafts, plants and refreshments. Staff will also be handing out 'chip and snip' vouchers, which allow you to get your pet both nutered and fitted with an identity chip.

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Tracey Pulleyn of Minster Vets answers your pet questions

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My dog has recently had a bout of cystitis - is there anything I can do to help stop this reoccurring?

My puppy has had fleas. I used the spray treatment, can I use anything else?

Plenty of fluids is the most common recommendation for patients suffering from cystitis. Your vets may prescribe antibiotics. Unfortunately cystitis can be an ongoing problem, and you would need to discuss the best methods of preventing recurrence with your vet.

My advice would be that you must follow the directions on the treatment as to when the next dose is due. Overuse of flea products could be very dangerous in some cases, also I would speak to your vet to ensure you are getting the right product for the puppy’s age and weight. If you are still seeing fleas in the house, it may be advisable to ask your vet if they can offer a household spray. I would also recommend you worm your puppy, as the flea and worm lifecycle link. Ask to make a appointment with the nurse to discuss your puppy’s preventative healthcare.

How soon can I get my cat spayed after she has had kittens? Once your cat has finished feeding her kittens, the milk that she has been producing will slowly start to reduce. This process can take from one to two months. She can be spayed once all her milk has gone. Don’t let her out once the kittens have stopped feeding, as she could get pregnant again. If you are unsure phone your vet and ask for an appointment to have her checked.

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Commemorate with coffee Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning? If you are looking for a vitalising hit of caffeine on 17th May you really ought to get to Haxby Memorial Hall at 10am. There you'll be satisfied that not only are you getting a cracking cup of coffee, but you will also be contributing to a very special cause. On 2nd August the fundraisers of the hall, and also those of Haxby and Wigginton Local History Group, will unveil a special plaque which commemorates 100 years since the start of the First World War as part of the hall's re-dedication. We'll see you there! n Visit www.haxbymemorialhall.org

Hole in one! May is, of course, National Golf Month. You're all probably kicking yourselves right now that you've forgotten and desperately tearing through the events pages of the magazine to find a way to celebrate. Well calm down, we know where you should go. During May York Golf Range have a tonne of offers for both experienced golfers and newbies. Free 'Introduce a friend' lessons, free introductory lessons, and six lessons for the price of five with PGA Pro Andrew Smith.

A novel approach n To get swinging those clubs yourself in May at the fantastic range in Towthorpe, visit www.yorkgolfrange.co.uk and click on the National Golf Month banner.

Attention book worms! If you should be hoping to pop into Waterstones bookstore on High Ousegate for a quick browse from the end of April, you will be sorely disappointed. That is because store will be closing (boo!) but reopening in new premises on Coney Street (yay!). The new store, which will be open from 26th April, will include all the departments you have previously enjoyed at Waterstones, but also the new Cafe W. Books, eReaders, stationery... and now coffee and cakes! Sounds idyllic. n Visit www.waterstones.com

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Howard Mosley-Chalk is a father and husband. But more importantly, he is a man. As a boy he assumed he would’ve developed some kind of super power by the age of 31, but at 32 he finds himself writing for Your Local Link. These are his (un)manly words.

Empire of the Son This month my son turned one. Although my daughter, first born and heir to my vast wealth (there are some mint Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures from 1992 in my parent's attic), often takes the limelight, recently my wife and I have been amazed by how our little boy's personality has started to shine through. When my daughter reached her first birthday she was a gentle angel who seemed to have been loaned to humanity by the Elves to teach us all how to be "lubberly" and to remind us that geese hate the word boo. My son however, while still retaining titles such as 'The Human Pudding’, and 'Joyball', is a different story altogether. For he was sent by the Elves to keep us all in line and remind us of our mortality. Mini-Hulk He's brutal; there, I said it. Our little boy is not thuggish, and certainly never angry, but he somehow combines the looks and general pleasantness of a Teletubby with the brute force and unpredictability of The Incredible Hulk. He may only be less than two feet tall, but, quite like a neutron star, he is massively dense and powerful. This was more than evident recently when, after

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a Godzilla-like thrust of his little foot, he put my wife in hospital with suspected internal injuries. Not a joke. Fortunately after a few nervous hours all was revealed to be well, leaving a Shakespearean disaster averted and my son happily banging a toy drum with a toothbrush. Stick to it Whereas my daughter at age one would silently toddle into a room and shyly smile at the people there, my son makes dramatic, chaotic entrances, usually armed with some sort of stick (where does he find them?), sees me, declares "Dar!" and charges straight for my crotch. Here the mystery stick changes from a curious object into a weapon designed to ensure I have no other children. We could hire him out the army; they'd march him toward enemy lines, and as the enemy were cooing at how damn cute he is, he'd strike, first with the stick then with intestine-endangering kicks. This new-found boisterousness has unfortunately coincided with our daughter's 'three-nage' phrase, resulting in dinnertimes where I am (lovingly)

assaulted by toothbrushes from one side, and loudly told from the other that "I not like dis dinner! I only like hummus!" You should come around sometime, especially if you're Greek.


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...and another thing I'm quite busy right now actually As I work most of the month from home you might think that I miss out on the usual day-to-day office events. You are wrong. Working from my home office is very much like working in a proper office, but instead of having meetings with my editor to discuss the magazine's content, I have some high-pressure facetime with my daughter. Our 'meetings' take place throughout the day, in which she comes into my office and checks up on me. "You doing work, daddy?" she asks. "I am, sweetie, " I answer. She then stares at my screen for a while, frowns and says, "Get on wiv it, den." I'm not sure I can take this kind of pressure for much longer. Although I am considering asking her for a pay rise.

Two wheels are better than none I'm not usually one for getting caught up in popular enthusiasm for an event. I still don't really know who or what Mo Farrow is and if you asked me what important contest was taking place this summer, I'd say the continuing legal battle over Richard III's burial place. So I was a little surprised to be genuinely inspired by the coming Tour de France to consider buying a bike. I can't drive, so the idea of getting about in a way that requires neither a good knowledge of pavement etiquette nor a bus pass is appealing. Also, the fact that modern bicycles seem to be made out of space shuttle parts appeals to my love of gadgetry. So if you see me pedalling about York this summer, do say hello. And tell me what Mo Farrow does.

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Not if you have children…. to dictate how the other should parent their child. We each have a right to parent our child or children in the way we deem appropriate, however it is difficult to manage how the other party parents when they are no longer under the same roof. One of the main roles as a mediator is to identify the issues which have resulted in the breakdown in communication and reorganise families to assist both parents, taking into account the needs of their children.

Many years ago when someone said ‘I do’ it was for life. If a couple’s relationship took a turn for the worse, couples would work on their relationship and not just run to their nearest solicitor. This of course left many people trapped in love-less and unhappy marriages and thankfully times have now changed. Separating is not as simple as visiting your local solicitor, issuing divorce proceedings and severing all ties. Whether you are married or not, having children with another person is for life and it is very difficult to cut all ties with that person. Whilst a child is under the age of 18, decisions will need to be made in regards to the child’s upbringing. A parent gaining sole legal ‘custody’ of a child is something of the past. With support from the courts regarding fathers’ rights this means that it is not so easy to achieve a ‘clean break’ from your former partner As both a solicitor and a mediator, I regularly remind clients that when children are involved, whether they like it or not, their paths will continue to cross with their former spouse. Given that once upon a time the parties loved each other and could talk civilly to one another, there is no reason why

this cannot still be the case if managed correctly. At mediation, meetings will be conducted in a controlled environment with the mediator allowing each party to talk and more importantly listen to one another. The mediator will intervene where appropriate and explore different options for both parents to communicate and work together. There are many issues discussed in mediation particularly how the other party chooses to parent their children. In reality neither party has the right

Over the years, the way people parent their children has changed significantly and there has been a rise in separated families. It is important that both parents recognise how important their role is in a child’s life and work together, this does not necessarily mean as ‘man and wife’ or in a relationship together. Both parents have chosen to have a child with one another and their role as a parent is not going to disappear because their relationship has broken down.

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Everything’s coming up roses at the Pauline Quirk Academy Opening as recently as last October, the Pauline Quirk Academy in York is already proving itself to be a fantastic school of performing arts. The students, who gather at Huntington School to learn all there is about treading the boards professionally, have enjoyed success after success. Their recent Comedy & Drama showcase went down a storm, along with sketches and comedy pieces that the students wrote themselves. Defying gravity They also recently had a West-End musical masterclass with Wicked cast member Ella Camponi. But it wasn’t just the singers that get to learn from the greats, as next term the pupils will enjoy a circus skills masterclass and even a magic masterclass. There’s absolutely nothing up their sleeves. Despite only having been with the school for a few months, some of the students are really starting to shine. Green group’s Toby has started modelling children’s clothes for Tesco, and Blue group’s Ellla Rose won a part in highprofile BBC drama The Thirteenth Tale. Congratulations to these two and best of luck to other students vying for top roles. Pauline Quirk Academy still has some places vacant for the next term – but hurry, they tend to get taken up pretty quickly! Email james@pqacademy.com or call 07753 179070.

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We can all forget things from time to time, especially as we get older. For some however, memory loss and forgetfulness can be a sign of something else, something that effects the lives of nearly a million people in the UK. The symptoms of Dementia usually reveal themselves over several years, making them hard to spot and get an accurate diagnosis. If you have been suffering from forgetfulness and changes in mood, and are having difficulty making decisions, it may be time to chat to your GP. Dementia Awareness Week takes place in May this year, making it the perfect reminder to get checked out. However, it is important to remember that not all memory problems are down to dementia; they could also be caused by medication you might be taking, tiredness, stress, and illnesses. Talking to your doctor will help rule out the many causes of dementia-like problems and is the best way to help you on your way to dealing with and managing your memory. As

well as medical help and advice you will be able to get emotional support and encouragement from a variety of services and groups. Whatever the outcome, it's important to know that you're never alone in a fight against dementia.

New home, same great cause Our city is blessed to have some amazing charities doing good deeds within its boundaries; one of which is the York branch of the Alzheimer’s Society. That is why we are happy announce that the team, who help Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families, have just settled into a lovely new home in Heslington. Don’t panic though, because they are continuing to offer the same helpful services. n Should you need to contact anyone at the society from now on, they’re at the IT Centre, York Science Park, Heslington. Call them on 567701.

Being dyslexic can effect more than just a child's understanding of words and letters; it can also be a blow to their self-esteem. Fortunately in York we have Nicola Betts, a specialist tutor who can help children with dyslexia with more than just their reading and writing. Nicola uses a structured, multi-sensory teaching programme which targets spelling and reading, as well as helping your child to feel more confident and capable. n There is even help and support for parents and carers, so call Nicola today on 07725 534080.

The support you need The York Haematology Support Group, which offers support for people dealing with blood cancers, as well as their families, carers and friends, will next meet on 1st May at 7pm at Huntington Working Men's Club. This month, the guest speaker is Dr Sheila O'Connor from the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service. Newcomers are very welcome, and there is plenty of free parking available.

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Walking to get talking Often overlooked, Crohn’s and Colitis are diseases that afflict more than 600,000 people in the UK alone. Always interested to give awareness of the diseases as much coverage as possible, charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK are organising the UK Yorkshire Walk on 18th May, a five kilometre amble around central York. Starting

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Skin to be seen in! The weather is warming up, summer fashion has hit the high streets, holiday planning maybe on your mind, and the prom and racing season is about to begin… now is the time of year to shed dull winter skin and get set for skin to be seen in! For the body, light daily body brushing towards the heart will kick start the body’s lymphatic system, helping to mask the appearance of cellulite. Combine this with the skin brightening benefits of an exfoliating body scrub and your skin will be polished to perfection. For the face, opt for a professional exfoliation no sooner than one week before a special occasion for a smooth, glowing skin. Make sure to keep the skin hydrated throughout warm spells with your choice of spritz.

Creating better smiles I’m having a Breakout, Get Me Out of Here! Why do breakouts always occur just before a special occasion? For a rapid 30 minute solution book a Dermalogica Microzone facial so your Kuki skin therapist can unleash the treatment toolkit! Blackheads can be extracted hygienically whilst more inflamed breakouts can be treated with professional grade Dermalogica products to help reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.

Ever been put off from seeing a dental hygienist because of all the faff? Soon you’ll be turning that confused frown into a gleaming smile, thanks to Pure Dental Hygiene. Pure and simple, just give them a call, book your appointment to see one of their dental experts… then go. It’s that simple. No need to change dentists (and don’t worry, they won’t think you’re cheating on them), just fast, great service to make sure your smile is as bright and as lovely as you are this summer. Get in touch with Pure Dental Hygiene and you’ll never again fear the call of “Say cheese!” n Call 490060.

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Marital affair If you are set to tie the knot one day soon, then may we recommend that you have one last affair? The Wedding Affair, York's premier wedding fair organisers, are set to take over The Royal York Hotel on 18th May and fill it with everything you need to plan your big day. Lovesick brides and grooms can look forward to more than 40 exhibitors displaying their wonderful wedding wares, as well as VIP goodie bags to take home. From florists and caterers, to decorations, performers and dresses, this will be one affair you'll never regret. n Visit www.theweddingaffair.co.uk

Sink or swim Given the choice, we’d go for a swim – especially when it’s this fun. The Carol Saunders Swim School summer tern will be kicking off with a splash on the 26th April and running until 19th July. Lessons are offered for beginners, improvers, advanced swimmers and also for any fish that might need a refresher course. Taking the plunge at The Mount School, The Carol Saunders Swim School even has baby and pre-school lessons and can also teach techniques for budding triathletes. Fancy something a bit more one-to-one? Fine, as they even offer private swimming tuition. n Call 07793 370782.

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Summer is fast approaching and all we’re missing now is our sun kissed glow. So before you grab your purse and dash out to buy the nearest bottle of fake tan, we’ve tested a few products out for you to see how they fair. Now we’ve all had our fake tan faux pas’; from wearing a white shirt a little too soon to looking like we’ve soaked our hands in Tango overnight, fortunately it was pretty smooth sailing this time round… Here’s what Rach, Helen and Krystal thought of the tans we found. Rach tried the St. Moriz Instant Self-Tanning Lotion

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Having previously used the mousse version of this product, I was keen to try the lotion. The tan smells clean and fresh, none of the usual biscuit scent you associate with some fake tans. The instructions say a 5p sized amount of lotion was enough to cover a small area , but I’d be a bit more generous with it! I applied using a selftanning mitt to ensure an even streak free tan. The consistency was more of a gel than a cream - which was easy to blend. Every girl has suffered the nightmare of standing still waiting for fake tan to dry, luckily this dried super quick. Once I’d showered off the colour guide in the morning, I was left with a lovely, even, golden streak free glow. Perfect. I’d highly recommend it!

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This one’s a little more expensive but definitely worth the splash out. It gives off a gorgeous citrusy scent and there’s no need to use a mit you can just rub it in how you would with any other body oils. The application was super speedy and in under five minutes I’d done my whole body. When I woke up in the morning I had an even golden glow that was nothing like some of the more synthetic colours you get from other fake tans. This tan looked like I’d earned it on a two week holiday… 10/10 just make sure you wipe your hands with a baby wipe after application!


Helen took on the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze £5.29 Available from Superdrug and independent chemists nationwide. Okay so I don’t have a great history with self-tanning products, most attempts usually result in patchy, Tango coloured streaks and some hideous carpet disaster that my landlord will never forgive me for! But even I can get a professional looking summer glow with this stuff! It’s impossible to mess up, the pump action spout means no mess and because it’s a gradual tinted moisturiser you can just slap it on without having to worry about being super careful where you put it, no need to worry about blotchy knees and elbows as it soaks in evenly. Plus there isn’t the inconvenience of having to stand around like a scarecrow waiting for it to dry before you can get dressed, it soaks in in seconds and has a lovely chocolaty holiday smell too. Just remember to wash your hands after applying or you’ll ruin the fab summer tan with bright orange palms.

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fashion focus Let’s face it, you’re reading this magazine because you’ve noticed just how hot-damn stylish we are at Your Local Link. But don’t worry, we’re not style-selfish and are in fact very happy to share our insider knowledge with you (just you though!). And so, here are the latest trends that will be causing jaws to drop this spring. Get out there and knock ‘em dead. Top to toe Festivals can be a tough environment for your feet. Once you’ve navigated the mud, puddles and burgers there’s always a high risk of being stood on whilst jumping up and down to your favourite band. We’d recommend wellies or boots; these two tick both the stylish and practical boxes.

Don’t forget the Denim! No summer is complete without your go-to denim staple pieces making an appearance. In case you don’t already have the must haves, we’ve provided some suggestions. H&M Denim Jacket £24.99

Hunters Wellies Original Tall in Biscuit £85 - www.hunter-boot.com These Biscuit coloured Hunters are the perfect investment to take you through the festival season in style (and last you more than just the one festival).

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Hair and Beauty Q&A Beauty expert, Dr Saleena Zimri from Skin Doctor, is back to answer all of your beauty dilemmas! This month, she tackles tattoo removal. Tattoos are a wonderful way to express yourself and adorn your body, but every once in a while we’ll make a silly decision, and sometimes that’s an ill-judged tattoo. Maybe your tattoo is hard to cover up for work, or perhaps you’ve fallen out of love with the design. Not to worry – laser removal can help! How many laser tattoo removal treatments will I need? Most amateur tattoos usually require three to five treatment sessions at monthly intervals, and professional tattoos typically require between eight and 12 sessions. Do all tattoos respond to laser treatment? In the majority of cases we are able to remove most tattoos, but no one laser can remove all types of tattoo ink, which is why here at Skin Doctor we use two laser frequencies to ensure optimal results.

How long does laser tattoo treatment take? Most laser tattoo treatment sessions last between ten and 15 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. How does it work? Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally. By passing a very short pulse of high power laser light through the skin, the tattoo ink is broken into smaller particles, which the body is able to remove. Does it hurt? The lasers can cause slight discomfort during treatment, with clients describing the sensation as being similar to being ‘snapped’ with an elastic band. Some areas are more sensitive than others, such as the ankles and shoulder blades. The pain tends to decrease as treatment progresses and the tattoo ink fades. Most patients tolerate the discomfort

of treatment very well, but a local anaesthetic is available if required. Are there any after-effects to laser tattoo removal? Redness and swelling may occur that’s similar to sunburn, and this will settle within a few days. Some patients may blister, which is quite normal and does not indicate potential scarring. Blistering does not require treatment and will usually clear within days. The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight between sessions without the use of sunblock (SPF 30). There is normally no lasting damage to the skin, but very occasionally, mild changes in texture may occur.

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Mates before dates Waiting for your 'promposal' before arranging your hair and makeup for your prom? Why, when you can use the event as an excuse to enjoy a pamper day with five of your besties? The team at Red Cherry Hair and Blossom Beauty in Newton on Ouse are offering a fantastic prom package, which includes spray tan, make up, hair styling, mini manicure and mini pedicure – plus complimentary soft drinks and nibbles – for just £55 each. The salon can accommodate up to six girls at once. (We're pretty sure when the experts at the salon are done with you, you'll have boys falling at your feet, FYI...)

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Standing proudly next to your new barbeque, lounging by the pool on holiday, walking down the aisle at your best friend’s wedding… whatever situation you’re in this summer, you can bet there will be dozens of people trying to take photos of you. Fortunately from 19th May to 19th June is National Smile Month, a great opportunity to perfect that winning grin by getting your teeth seen to by an dental expert. Blossom Dental Care is a well-established practice in the heart of the city. They provide excellent clinical care and first class service, striving to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Their Hygiene Team have a real passion for promoting excellent oral health amongst their happy patients, helping to prevent against tooth loss later in life. n No one wants to look like a York Dungeon performer in this summer’s family portraits, so to keep your smile a bobby dazzler, call 654889.

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Best foot forward Did you know that the largest gym in York has some of the best facilities available and is completely free to join? It's called 'Outside' and you get there by simply walking through your front door. If those New Year fitness resolutions have now completely lapsed and you're looking for a way to get healthy and fit... walk this way. May has certainly put its foot in it this year, hosting both Get Walking Week (3rd-10th) and Walk to Work Week (12th-16th). Both these occasions, which annually see thousands of people ditch the car and put one foot in front of the other, are fantastic opportunities for you and your family to get a breath of fresh air and go on an adventure together. If you are looking for an exciting trek in and around our gorgeous city then may we recommend you check out www.walkinginyorkshire.co.uk/york? The site contains lots of interesting links to sites like the AA, North Yorkshire County Council and Dales Trails. You can get inspiration for walks you may never have thought of (York snickleway walk, anyone?) as well as

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directions and printable maps of the routes. But if you're looking for a place to go walking right now, we have a few suggestions: Fulford Ings. A site of special scientific interest, Fulford Ings is nestled snugly between Fulford Main Street and the River Ouse. Some great wildlife pops up here during the summer, including dragonflies and kingfishers. New Earswick. With the River Foss flowing straight through it, New Earswick is a great place to explore. It's very easy to steer clear of most of the houses and roads and trek along the disused railway before heading up toward Huntington. City Walls. The classic York walk, but always a treat. Not only will you walk around two miles up above the busy streets of the city, you'll also get little treats along the way such as the Richard III and Henry VII Experience museums, a coffee house in Walmgate Bar and some incredible views of York Minster.

Cause a Co-Motion If you are aged over 55 and have recently experienced a major life change, the University of York would like to hear from you. Co-Motion is a three-year research project that will look at how people's lives change after important incidents such as becoming a grandparent, stopping work or driving, starting to use a mobility scooter, loss of eyesight or hearing, starting to live alone or starting to care for someone else fulltime. They would particularly like to hear from men. n Shopping vouchers will be awarded to those involved, so if you are interested in sharing your experiences, email co-motion@york.ac.uk or call 321486.


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We’ve been a bit dazzled this month, as Sales Rep Ellen popped over to Smile Again York to get her gnashers whitened. Here’s what she thought. I’ve certainly got something to smile about, as the process of getting my teeth whitened with Smile Again York was a breeze. It was completely painless and my teeth didn’t feel sensitive at all. The technician put me totally at ease, and they actually don’t touch your mouth – you do it all yourself! They use LoveLite products which are the go-to whiteners of celebrities, and the results are brilliant. I’ll definitely go again and again! n Book yourself in for appointment today. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ SmileAgainYork

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the interview.. Fresh from a recent performance on BBC Radio York, and as their first EP is released, we chat to Peter Greenwood (P) and Max Dalton (M) of York band Hello Operator. How did the band get together?

Is there a good music community in York?

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P: We met in school. We all knew of each other but met properly when the band formed.

M: There is. We’re always getting messages from other bands that like our music. It’s great to arrange to play together, which is beneficial for both bands.

M: It was big coverage for us and will hopefully lead to other things. We can’t mention anything now, but there are some really exciting things coming up.

P: There are a few online groups for gigs as well, where if someone pulls out you can see what spots are free.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

M: It started as a band with eight members. We were about to play a gig when half the band just dropped out! The four of us who remained stayed together, and we’ve been called Hello Operator for about a year and a half now.

P: America.

What is your style and sound?

M: And there are great audiences in York. There’s a lot of support for us out there.

M: Ha, yeah that would be nice. We’d like to have played some big festivals like Leeds in the next five years.

P: We’ve been described as Blues, fuzz and roll. Also Desert rock.

You recently performed on BBC Radio York. How did that come about?

P: And America.

M: Yeah, I think Blues fuzz is pretty accurate.

P: We sent our music off to BBC Introducing, something where normally you can expect a four to six month wait to get a response. They got back to us the next day! They broadcast our song and asked for an interview.

P: Recently we were playing a charity gig at The Basement. All the other acts were acoustic, but we were full-on electric and quite loud. We asked the sound technician how we were afterwards, and he said, “You need to turn everything down.”

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M: We’re really positive because we’re as strong as we’ve ever been. All of us have a great bond and the band is made up of some really talented musicians. Hello Operator’s first EP, Blood Stained Bill, is out now and available on iTunes. Visit www. facebook.com/hellooperatorband


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events Hotlist With so many exciting events taking place across the city this month, just how do you have the time to fit them all in? If time is tight and choices are tough, let us recommend a few for you.

The ultimate bucket list Prepare to get ticking at Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall’s gardens and parkland are full of places to climb trees, build dens and hunt for bugs. And so the National Trust’s big kids' challenge, 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾, is returning for 2014 in an action packed bank holiday weekend. The list of 50 great things to do involves den building, nature spotting and building your own thermo-nuclear reactor - only kidding, but if you fancy a go… Pick up your pack over the weekend, prepare for massive amounts of messy, outdoor fun and tick the activities off your list. Taking place 24th-26th May. n Call 472027.

Steam dreams Choo choo choose to have Big Fun with Little Trains at the NRM During half term why not get hands-on in the play areas and workshops and enjoy rides of all shapes and sizes at the museum. You’ll be able to see a wide range of family-friendly model layouts as well as enough toy train fun to make Thomas the Tank Engine blow a gasket. As well as all this extra fun, visitors of all ages can enjoy the regular school holiday activities including explosive science shows and rides on a real steam engine! Taking place from 23rd May to 1st June. n Visit www.nrm.org.uk

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Going loco… …at the North York Moors Railway’s Spring Steam Gala Two great weekends for steam enthusiasts with a number of steam locomotives on the line. There will be lots of fun activities, including the Scarborough & District Railway Modellers with model railway layout displays. See a wealth of classic locomotives including the fastest engine in steam preservation, Class A4 Pacific No. 4464 ‘Bittern’, LMS Class 3F 0-6-0 No. 47406 ‘Jinty’, and North York Moor Railway’s newest addition to the home fleet, the newly lined black LMS Class 5MT Locomotive. There will also be stalls and sales taking place, so get stocked up on all your loco-needs! Taking place on the weekends of 26th-27th April and 2nd-5th May. n Visit www.nymr.co.uk

Just half an hour? That’s all it takes at the Just 30 Fair Just 30 is an initiative to try and encourage York residents to do Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Local groups and clubs will be present on the day offering tasters, advice and information about their particular sport… all on 24th May at Rowntree Park. There will be a whole host of fun activities going on in the activity zone so you can try out the latest fitness craze or just pop down and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Look at it this way, if you walk there and back, that will probably be your 30 minutes. n Visit www.york.gov.uk

Spring on down... ...to the Steiner School Spring Fair In our humble opinion, summer and winter tend to hog all the limelight where the seasons are concerned. Fortunately the York Steiner School are doing something to redress the balance thanks to their annual Spring Fair. There is no better way to celebrate the coming of Spring than with a wealth of fun-filled activities. On 17th May, at the school on Danesmead, Fulford, one and all will be able to explore the magical Spring grotto, join in with story-telling and puppet shows, try some of the delicious home-cooked food in the cafe, peruse the book and craft stalls, try your hand at Maypole dancing, and also find out about the school itself. n Visit www.yorksteinerschool.org

An awfully big adventure We talk about death at the Before I Die Festival Part of a growing social movement to reflect on how we manage death and dying, the Before I die Festival will provide space and opportunities to talk about and discuss end-of-life issues, as individuals and as a society. Organised by the University of York, the festival will include music, poetry and theatre performances, film screenings, exhibitions and more discussions and debates that you might care to think about. Taking place from the 11th-17th May, this is one festival to get the old cognitive processes churning. n Visit www.beforeidiefestival.co.uk

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May-be you’re looking for something fun to do in May. May we suggest the following?

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NEWGATE MARKET. Over 100 stalls in the heart of York for fresh produce, fresh air – and fresh banter. Besides local food, discover original crafts and gifts plus clothing and leather goods. Open daily 9am–5pm. Visit www.york.gov.uk or call 551355.

YoRKWAlK, from Museum Gardens Gates, daily at 10.30am and 2.15pm. Entertaining historical walks. Visit www.yorkwalk.co.uk or call 622303. PlAGUE, PoVERTY & PRAYER, Barley Hall. The ongoing exhibition from children’s author Terry Deary explores everyday life for the citizens of York from the Norman invasion to Tudor times. Call 615505. DiGGER lAND, Castleford. Fun with diggers in Yorkshire Call 0871 2277007

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REVEAliNG YoRK MiNSTER’S UNDERCRoFT, York Minster. Experience the revamped network of new interactive galleries, housed in the Undercroft and Treasury below the historic cathedral. Visit www.yorkminster.org or call 0844 9390011.

FRESH PRoDUCE, The Balloon Tree Farm Shop, 9am-5pm. The award winning farmshop and cafe has a wide selection of good value, quality home-grown and locally sourced produce all under one roof. Pet the animals and this month there is fresh home-grown asparagus on sale, and prepare to get picking your own strawberries as well! Call 01759 373023

RiVER CRUiSES, YorkBoat, Lendal Landing. Enjoy river cruises every day and see York from a different perspective. The daily cruise departs at 10.30am, while from 5th April there will also be early evening and nighttime floodlit cruises. Call 628324. EVERY SUNDAY GiANT CARBooT SAlE, Home Farm, Wigginton, 7am-1pm. Opening from Easter Sunday 20th April. Call 768463.

1ST + 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EAcH MONTH YoRK EBoRAToRS, York Marriott, Tadcaster, 7pm. The group helps you become the public speaker you’ve always wanted to be. Visit www.yorkeborators.org.uk or call 07810 820628.

oPEN MiC NiGHT, The Red Lion, 6.30pm. Try your hand at performing at a chilled out, intimate and relaxing night. Email info@vinnieandthestars.com EVERY MONDAY SElBY MARKET. The whole family will find something within the beautiful market town. The Selby Farmers Market is also held on the first Wednesday of every month. Call 07808 768186. EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY WEEKlY ClASSES, Rogues Atelier, Fossgate. Upholstery Class Dropin each Tuesday 10am1pm. Call 07960329286. Sewing Workshop Drop-in, Wednesday 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Call 07840318248 MUSKET AND MUSliN HiSToRiCAl WAlKS, Clifford’s Tower, 7.30pm. Tuesdays Wars of the Roses, Wednesdays Georgian York and Thursdays Naughty Victorians. Visit www. musketandmuslin.co.uk or call 416244.

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT RoCKiN’ RollERS DiSCo, Manor School, Nether Poppleton, 6-8.15pm. Pop on a pair of skates and get funky at the roller disco! Call 0843 2895969.

EVERY NIGHT GHoST TRAil oF YoRK, West Doors of York Minster, 7.30pm. Dare you cross the centuries and discover York’s spine-chilling history? Visit www.ghosttrail.co.uk or call 633276. THE HiSToRY PoST, St Helen’s Square, 7.30pm. A fun historical walking tour of the city, led by your very own costumed Victorian gentleman. Call 264528. EVERY WEEKEND liVE ACTS, Burton Lane Club, Bootham Crescent. Some great local and national bands will rock your night away. Call 628685.

1ST + 3RD SATURDAY (10AM), 2ND + 4TH FRIDAY (5pM) OF EAcH MONTH BEYoND MoNoPolY, The Bar Convent. Beyond Monopoly is York’s friendliest modern board game club for adults. Visit www.bmyork. wordpress.com

2ND WEDNESDAY OF EAcH MONTH YoUNG AT HEART, The Carlton Tavern, Acomb, 12noon-2.30 pm. Senior citizens lunch with free quiz, raffle and entertainment. Call 07854 156726.

APRil UNTIL 5TH NOVEMBER DUTY CAllS: CASTlE HoWARD iN TiME oF WAR, Castle Howard, 10am-5pm. While generations of Howard sons went to fight overseas the impact of war was often more powerfully felt at home. From Waterloo to World War Two, this exhibition explores the stories of Castle Howard in the time of war. Call 01653 648333.

UNTIL 2ND NOVEMBER RoYAlS: THEN AND NoW, Beningbrough Hall. Enjoy some major contemporary royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery in the lavish surroundings of Beningbrough Hall. This display marks the 300th anniversary of the accession of the house of Hanover. Call 472027.


MAY-HEM AT PIGLETS EXPERIENCE THE MADNESS AND MAY-HEM GAMES AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM PARK. FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY WITH CRAZY CLAY MODELLING, WELLY WANGING, HOOPLA, FOOTBALL FUN, SHEEP SHEARING DEMOS, CATCH THE EGG, MAY-HEM MURAL AND ALL THE USUAL FARM PARK FUN. SATURDAY 24TH MAY TIL SUNDAY 1ST JUNE / OPEN EVERYDAY 10AM – 5.30PM / WWW.PIGLETSFARMPARK.CO.UK

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Discover the real life stories of Castle Howard in wartime; watch the story of our own horses commandeered for the war effort in The Final Charge stunt riding show; get up close to vintage vehicles and relax with fairground rides and music hall style entertainment in the Boar Garden.

Enjoy stunning flower arrangements which will fill the house with bursts of colour and fragrance. Browse a plant fair and watch as our experts demonstrate how to get the best from your garden and floral arrangements. Take a guided tour of the walled garden and woodland and visit the Garden Centre for special promotions and activities.

Find at out more at www.castlehoward.co.uk 01653 648333 Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

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UNTIL 15TH JULY SHAKESPEARE’S FiRST Folio, Yorkshire Museum, 10am-5pm. Regarded as one of the most important books in English literature, Shakespeare’s First Folio is a compilation of 36 works by the playwright. Currently only four copies are on display in the world – see one of them at the Yorkshire Museum. Call 687687.

UNTIL 5TH MAY liNES iN THE lANDSCAPE ExHiBiTioN, National Railway Museum, 10am5pm. Together with Take a View and Network Rail, the NRM are hosting the finalists of the ‘Lines in the Landscape’ competition. This exhibition depicts the speed and momentum of the railways against stunning landscapes. Call 0844 8153139.

FROM 4TH ApRIL TYRANNiCAl TUDoRS, York Dungeons. See the effects of tyrant King Henry VIII becoming head of the church and filling the crowns coffers. Meet the redundant washer servant of St Mary’s Abbey who has now become a dirty filthy peasant and is fighting for survival… Visit www.thedungeons.com/York UNTIL 27TH CHoColATE SPECTACUlAR, York’s Chocolate Story. Watch the expert team of chocolatiers create Easter eggs, and join in with the great Easter egg hunt. There’s no better place to spend Easter than at the home of chocolate in York! Visit www. yorkschocolatestory.com

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1ST FREE VAlUATioN DAY, Talbot Hotel, Malton, 11am-3pm. Let Tennants Auctioneers value your antiques, collectibles and jewellery. Call 01423 531661.

25TH CHoiR CoNCERT, St Helen’s Church. City of York Council’s staff choir will be joined by Chor and More choir from Munster, Germany, for a performance. Call 553428. 26TH-27TH ApRIL & 2ND-5TH MAY SPRiNG STEAM GAlA, North York Moors Railway, Pickering Station. Find out more in our events Hotlist. 26TH-27TH THE FESTiVAl oF ViNTAGE, York Racecourse, 10am-5pm. This is the ultimate vintage festival celebrating vintage music, vintage fashion and vintage life in the 1930-60s. Lots of shopping stalls and entertainment will make this the perfect weekend. Visit www.festivalofvintage.co.uk

26TH-27TH THE GREAT ANTiqUES FAiR, Wetherby Racecourse, 9am-5pm. A quality indoor and outdoor event. This great fair is set in the fabulous Bramham Hall Exhibition Centre and Millennium Grandstand with numerous outside pitches. Visit www.jaguarfairs.com 26TH qUAKER qUEST, Quaker Meeting House, 9.30am4pm. Seeking a spiritual path? Find out about the Quaker way of worship and witness. Call 624065. 26TH oPEN DAY, Style Flooring, Heworth, 10am-3pm. See the latest colours and styles of Farrow & Ball paint and wallpapers. There’ll be lots of offers available on the day as well. Call 289266.

27TH FRoM YoRKSHiRE WiTH loVE, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, 11am4.30pm. A vibrant shopping event showcasing some of Yorkshire’s finest homegrown talent, selling beautiful contemporary crafts, artisan foods, and affordable art. Visit www.madelocallywithlove. co.uk 27TH ANNUAl SPoNSoRED DoG WAlK, The Knavesmire. Join in with the fun thanks to Age UK York, to be opened by William Darby, Clerk to York Racecourse. Entry forms from keepyourpet@ ageukyork.org.uk

2ND MAY-10TH JUNE SPRiNG ExHiBiTioN, The Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, 10am-5pm. See the acrylic paintings of Lesley Seeger and the pottery of Hannah Arnup. Call 641187.

2ND-5TH HARRoGATE ANTiqUE AND FiNE ART FAiR, Harrogate International Centre, 11am-6pm. Encompassing a huge variety of periods, trends and styles, the Fair re-asserts its position each spring as one of the finest fairs in the country. Visit www.harrogateantiquefair. com

29TH PlASMA PHYSiCS MEETS MiCRoBioloGY To FiGHT iNFECTioUS DiSEASES, Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, 7.30pm. Hosted by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Call 656713. 30TH JoHN BUTT, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York. John Butt combines an academic career – he is the Gardiner Chair of Music at the University of Glasgow – with performance. He is an organist and harpsichordist, and Music Director of the Dunedin Consort. Call 322447.

MAY 1ST oPEN EVENiNG, Askham Bryan College, 5-6.30pm. You can talk through the courses you wish to study with the lecturers, and Student Services will be on hand to discuss any additional requirements. Call 772277.

3RD-5TH SCARECRoW TRAil, Dunnington. Lots of scarecrows to find in the Village, with refreshments and trail maps available from St Nicholas Church. Call 488331. 3RD-5TH HAxBY AND WiGGiNToN METHoDiST CHURCH SCARECRoW FESTiVAl, Haxby and Wigginton. There will be trails of varying lengths around Haxby and Wigginton and these will be on sale in the church 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. All proceeds from the festival will be shared between the Martin House Childrens’ Hospice and local voluntary organisations. Call 761262.

3RD-5TH DAlES FESTiVAl oF FooD AND DRiNK, Leyburn. The Food Hall will once again host a variety of traders to delight your taste buds and the Beer Tent will be serving a selection of real ales and ciders from local producers. Authors Gervase Phinn and Neil Hanson will also be making an appearance. Call 07909 586358. 3RD-5TH 50TH ANNiVERSARY ExHiBiTioN, Newton On Ouse Village Hall, 10.30am4.30pm. Newton On Ouse Art Group celebrates 50 years with an annual exhibition of over one hundred new works. Email jmhartup@btinternet.com 3RD-4TH SCARBoRoUGH FESTiVAl oF SPEED, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. Enjoy exciting car and bike hillclimb races. Call 01723 373000. 3RD 50TH BiRTHDAY CElEBRATioNS, Christchurch, Stockton Lane, 11am-2pm. Stockton Lane Playgroup celebrates 50 years with fantastic local bands, the Crazy Fun bus, bouncy castle, BBQ and fantastic prizes. Call 07746 806426. 3RD CHoiR CoNCERNT, St. Olave’s Church, Marygate, 7pm. After two successful and enjoyable collaborations, York’s Micklegate Singers join forces with the Norwegian Kristiansand Chamber and Opera Choir. Visit www.micklegatesingers.org.uk 3RD lA MER TRio, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, 7.30pm. Late Music presnts Renate Sokolovska(flute), Maja Wegrzynowska(viola) and Hannah Stone(harp). Also, a pre-concert talk by Michael Parkin at 6.45pm. Visit www.latemusic.org


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4TH Yo1 FESTiVAl, The Knavesmire, from 11.30am. Acts already confirmed include De La Soul, Mistajam, Ame, Kryder, Danny Howard, Bicep, Futuristic Polar Bears and many more. With plenty to do for the whole family, including great food and drink, this will be one day to remember. Visit www.yo1events.co.uk

5TH, 10TH-11TH, 24TH-26TH oPEN DAYS, Holgate Windmill, 11am-4pm. To celebrate this year’s Tour de France, an exhibition is being staged in the mill called ‘Cogs’. It aims to show how closely mills, bicycles, and a host of other inventions that we take for granted are all related. Visit www.holgatewindmill.org

5TH FloWER PoWER FAiR, Sutton Park, 11am-4pm. A huge collections of herbaceous perennials, shade loving plants, early flowering bulbs and shrubs, and ornamental trees. Email suttonpark@statelyhome.co.uk 6TH THE YoRK CoMPANY oF MERCHANT ADVENTURERS AND THEiR HAll, Methodist Church Hall, 10am. A talk by Capt. Stephen Upright, hosted by Haxby & Wigginton Probus Club. Visit www.oldorchard.co.uk/ probus

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6TH ViNTAGE FAiR AND FUN DAY, The Showground, Driffield, 10am-4pm. The RAF Cadets host a great fair with an air display (Spitfire and Tucano), vintage and WW2 exhibits, clothing and memorabilia stalls, classic cars, motorcycles, vintage tractors and farm machinery. Call 07950 255577. 7TH MAY-15TH JUNE YoRK ExHiBiTioN, The Blossom Street Gallery. Featuring a range of work by local and regional artists, whose work provides a unique and perceptive snapshot of the city and surrounding areas. Visit www. blossomstreetgalleryand framing.com 7TH VolCANoES, The Bar Convent, 7pm. An explosive talk by Geologist John RayneDavis. Call 643238. 8TH HiSToRY oF A CoMMUNiTY: THE HUNGATE ExCAVATioN, Dunnington Reading Rooms, 7pm. Discover how York Archaeological Trust recreated the hidden histories of the Hungate area. Call 551550. 8TH AN EVENiNG oF MUSiC, Village Hall, Stockton on the Forest, 7.30pm. From Buble to Sinatra, enjoy the music of the very talented A.J. Brown Quartet. Call 448178. 9TH lE GRAND DÉPART: DAY FoR NiGHT, Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, 8pm. South Bank Community Cinema presents a trip to the Côte d’Azur in the company of one of the greats of French cinema. Call 466086. 9TH YEARSlEY To THE DUTCH HoUSE WAlK, Meet at the Dutch House, Mill Green, near Crayke, 9.30am. Join River Foss Society for a lovey walk. Call 764702.

10TH-11TH PlANT SAlE, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-4pm. Take a bit of Beningbrough home with you, as the popular plant sale returns. Plus there will be the chance to pose your green fingered questions to the gardening team. Call 472027.

10TH-11TH BATTlEGRoUP NoRTH, Yorkshire Air Museum. Three day event with free camping for entrants, open to military vehicles of all ages, and reenactor groups. Visit www.battlegroupnorth.co.uk 10TH GRAND CoFFEE MoRNiNG/ iNFoRMATioN EVENT, The Guildhall, 9.30am. Find out about RSPCA York’s work and proposed refurbishment appeal, and help raise funds at the same time. Stalls to include cakes, crafts, books, refreshments and a raffle. Call 654949.

10TH YARNSToRMiNG WoRKSHoP, Your Bike Shed Bicycle Café, Micklegate, 2-4pm. Sally Stone & Deborah New are knitting a giant bike (& some jerseys) which will be part of a yarnstormed installation in Rowntree Park. Call 635486. 10TH BiG GREEN CElEBRATioN, St Nicks Environment centre, 1-4pm. Join St Nicks in celebration a decade since being declared a nature reserve, with lots of activities, guided nature walks, fun for the kids and plenty of refreshment. Call 411821.

10TH SEASoNAl CElEBRATioN, St Chad Church on the Knavesmire, 6.30pm. Words and music to mark the retirement of Canon Simon Stanley. Call 424411.

14TH SPRiNG CoNCERT, The Memorial Hall, Haxby, 7.30pm. The Haxby Singers present an invigorating concert of choir singing. Call 625116.

11TH FEJES qUARTET, York Unitarian Chapel, 7.30pm. The world-renowned quartet perform selected works from Mozart, Christopher Wright and Shostakovich. Call 693427.

15TH-17TH THE JoY oF DANCE, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, 7.15pm. The Evelyn Witcombe School of Dance presents lots of great dance routines to great music variation. Call 652202.

11TH STEVE CASSiDY BAND, Joseph Rowntree Theatre. With special guests Terri Ann Prendergast and Happy Monday’s Ukulele Band. Call 623568. 11TH ClASSiC CAR RAllY, Burton Agnes hall, 11am5pm. The CambridgeOxford Owners’ Club will be showcasing their stunning collection of classic cars in the stunning surroundings of the grounds. Visit www.burtonagnes.com

15TH-16TH FloWER FESTiVAl, Castle Howard. Stunning arrangements will fill the house with bursts of colour and fragrance with a plant fair in the grounds. Visit www.castlehoward.co.uk

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SETTlEMENT AT HEAlAM BRiDGE, Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, 7.30pm. A lecture by Richard Fraser, Director, Northern Archaeological Associates, hosted by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Call 656713. 13TH MAY AFRiCAN DRUMMiNG AND THE EBoRACUM ENSEMBlE, University Chapel, York St John University, 12.30-1.15pm. Feast your ears on some of the finest solo and ensemble playing from YSJU musicians, including new music by student composers. Visit ww.yorksj.ac.uk/create

16TH MAY – 7TH SEpTEMBER oPEN FoR BUSiNESS, National Railway Museum, 10am-6pm. A major touring photographic exhibition that reveals the untold story of British manufacturing and industry through the lens of some of the world’s greatest photographers. Call 0844 8153139. 16TH MAY – 30TH AUGUST TExTilES ExHiBiTioNS, National Quilt Museum. Setting the Scene is an exhibition of period quilts and costumes from historical TV dramas including Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and The Portrait of a Lady, and Dressed to Quilt challenges perceptions of quilting in its traditional sense as well as our expectations of the classic dress silhouette. Call 613242.

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16TH PHoToGRAPHY CoURSE WiTH CHRiS CEASER, Castle Howard, 10.30am-5pm. Join award winning photographer Chris Ceaser on this one day course. To book, call 01653 648333. 16TH DANCNG oN THE GREEN, New Earswick Bowls Club, 7.30pm. Enjoy some 1940s classics, boogiewoogie, Western swing and more plus support from DJ Johnny Whiteshoes. Call 750230. 16TH SPECiAl GUiDED WAlKS, starting from Museum garden gates, Museum Street. Enjoy two special walks today, with the Graveyard, Coffin & Plague Tour starting at 10.30am, and the Richard III Trail at 2.15pm. Call 622303. 16TH CoFFEE MoRNiNG, St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, 10am-12noon. Raising funds for Hands and Voices Choir who inspire disabled and young people to communicate through creativity. Call 693427.

17TH-18TH FAMilY VolUNTEERiNG WEEKEND, North York Moors Railway, Levisham Station, 9am. There will be a number of young people and families from the Junior Volunteers Group and Levisham Station Group there so you will be in good company. Call 07807 326089. 17TH-18TH ViNTAGE RAllY, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, 10am5pm. The friends of Furguson Heritage are holding their national two-day rally of old fashioned vehicles. Call 489966. MUST SEE 17TH-18TH PiCKERiNG GAME & CoUNTRY FAiR, Pickering Showground. A host of country fair attractions including show jumping, horse showing, heavy horse show, falconry, clay shooting, gun dog scurry, and terrier and lurcher events. Get £4 off your entry ticket with this magaizine! Call 01751 200839.

17TH CoFFEE MoRNiNG, Haxby Memorial Hall, 10am-12.30pm. Help raise money to pay for towards a commemorative plaque, showing names of the men from Haxby and Wigginton who served in the First World War. Visit www. haxbymemorialhall.org

16TH DiNNER WiTH THE WiNEMAKER, The Grange Hotel, Diners will be able to sample five wines from our collection to complement a four course dinner. To book call 644744.

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17TH SPRiNG NATURE WAlK, St Nicks Environment Centre, 10.15am-12noon. Put spring in your step on an easy walk through St Nicks nature reserve looking for spring and early summer wildlife. Call 411821.

17TH YoRK GUilDHAll oRCHESTRA, York Barbican, 7.30pm. The York Guildhall Orchestra concludes its 34th season with a flash of acoustic fireworks! They are delighted to welcome back old friend John Wallace as soloist in the brilliant trumpet concerto in E. To accompany such brilliance, they have selected pieces that show the orchestra off. Call 0844 8542757.

17TH SPRiNG FAiR, Steiner School, Fulford, 11am4pm. Celebrate Spring with a host of fun-filled activities. Find out more in our Events Hotlist.

18TH THE WEDDiNG AFFAiR, Royal York Hotel, 12noon4pm. More than 45 fabulous wedding suppliers to make your big day perfect. Call 236345. 20TH-21ST BliNK, York St John University, 6.30-9pm. Two performance events presenting new choreographic works, celebrating the eclectic and experimental work made and performed by current students of York St John. Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk/create

20TH JoHN RUSKiN AND WilD FloRA - THE lANCASTER DRAWiNGS AND BRANTWooD GARDENS, Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, 7.30pm. Hosted by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Call 656713. 20TH PSYCHiC NiGHT The Bay Horse, Murton are hosting a psychic night. With individual readings at £25 we predict it will be a night to remember! Booking advisable. Call 488286 21ST-25TH BEVERlEY & EAST RiDiNG EARlY MUSiC FESTiVAl. Guest artists will include soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, lutenist David Miller and the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments as well as many more. Visit www.ncem.co.uk/bemf 21ST CHEESE, PATE AND MoRE! The Bar Convent, 7pm. The Bar Convent are once again holding their popular cheese and pate evening. There will also be home produce on offer, such as jams, pickles, and cakes. Call 643238. 21ST DRoP-iN SESSioNS, Living & Learning Zone, Wilberforce House, Huntington, 10am12noon. event for people with a visual impairment and their supporters. It provides an opportunity to meet others with sight loss and socialise. Call 760037. 21ST ViNTAGE CoFFEE BAR, Coppergate Centre. With a Mods Vs. Rockers theme, go along to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Call 558600. 21ST EVENTS WEDNESDAY, York St John University. Lots of events happening across the campus and throughout the city. Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk/create

22ND iN PRoTEST: 150 PoEMS FoR HUMAN RiGHTS, The Bar Convent, 7.30pm. Poets published in the anthology read their work and talk about the challenges and motivations of writing about human rights. Call 415224.

23RD MAY-1ST JUNE BiG FUN WiTH liTTlE TRAiNS, National Railway Museum. Find out more in our Events Hotlist.

23RD GolD DiGGERS oF 1933, Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, 8pm. South Bank Community Cinema presents a this big screen spectacular including the classic number ‘We’re in the Money’. Call 466086.

24TH-26TH 50 THiNGS To Do BEFoRE YoU’RE 11 ¾ WEEKEND, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5pm. Find out more in our Events Hotlist. 24TH MAY-1ST JUNE HAlF TERM FUN, Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum. Clay Bears, Teddy Bears Picnic, Storytelling Time, Build a Castle Competition and Lego Playtime – all throughout the half term. Visit www. yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk 24TH JUST 30 FAiR, Rowntree Park, 10am-4pm. Find out more in our events Hotlist.

24TH-25TH THE YoRKSHiRE ANTiqUES AND ART FAiR, Yorkshire Event Centre, The Great Yorkshire Showground, 10am-5pm. Probably the widest selection of antiques, art, collectables, curios, vintage and retro in the north of England. Call 01274 588505.

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24TH MAY-1ST JUNE MAY-HEM GAMES, Piglets, The Farmer’s Cart, 10am5.30pm. Fun for all the family with crazy clay modelling, sheep shearing, welly wanging, hoopla, football fun, egg splat, the May-hem mural and all the usual farm park fun. Call 499183. 29TH-30TH ART ExHiBiTioN, Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, 10am-4pm. Karen Winship is exhibiting hers and her learner’s work. Pieces are available to buy. Call 07789 277382. 31ST-1ST THE GREAT ANTiqUES FAiR, Wetherby Racecourse, 9am-5pm. A quality indoor and outdoor event. Visit www.jaguarfairs.com 31ST DAViD BUCKiNGHAM, All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton, 8.00pm. An evening of dazzling Flamenco and Contemporary music with one of the country’s finest guitarists. Call 07947 540642.

JUNE 1ST THE WEDDiNG AFFAiR, Aldwark Manor, Alne, 12noon-4pm. 40 fabulous wedding suppliers to make your special day everything you’d hoped for. Call 236345. 1ST THUNDER DAY! Yorkshire Air Museum. A feast of sight and sound. A Spitfire flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is set to make this aircraft show a treat. Visit www. yorkshireairmuseum.org 3RD NEWToN’S APPlE TREE, Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, 7.30pm. A lecture by Dr Richard Keesing, Department of Physics, University of York, hosted by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Call 656713.

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4TH BlACKMAGiC ExPERiMENTAl TExTilE WoRKSHoP, National Quilt Museum. In this oneday workshop participants will start with printing using discharge paste and thermofax screens to take the colour out of black fabric, then continue printing with silver, gold and bronze metallic paints. Email admin@quiltersguild.org.uk

7TH DiRTY DANCiNG AND GREASE NiGHT, York Racecourse. Get your dancing shoes on for a night of retro music in homage to the best two movie musicals of all time. Enjoy the fabulous live singers and dancers recreating some of your favourite scenes from these all-time classics, as well as a delicious three course meal and disco until late. Call 638971.

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4TH THAT VilE TRAiN: WoRlD WAR oNE AMBUlANCE TRAiN TRAVEl, Acomb Explore, 7.30pm. Ambulance trains were used throughout World War One on both foreign soil and the home front. Call 551550. 5TH WoRlD WiNES DiNNER, Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, Skeldergate, 7pm. Join the hotel’s resident wine specialist on a journey of wines around the world, whilst enjoying mouth-watering complimentary dishes. Call 611570. 7TH, 21ST, 22ND & 28TH STAiNED GlASS WoRKSHoPS, St MartinCum-Gregory Church, Micklegate, 10.30am4.30pm. Led by Ann Sotheran, there are two different workshops are available, with each workshop being self-contained. Glass painting on 7th and 21st, and Leading and Glazing on 22nd and 28th. Visit www.stainedglasscentre.org 7TH-8TH GARDENERS’ FAiR, Burton Agnes Hall, 11am-5pm The Gardeners’ Fair is a summer celebration gardening with more than fifty stalls, expert talks and plant surgeries. Visit www.burtonagnes.com

14TH DiSPlAY oF WiGGiNToN loCAl HiSToRY, Wigginton Old School, Mill Lane, 10am1pm. Hosted by Haxby & Wigginton Local History Group, visitors are invited to bring along any old pictures, documents or deeds. Call 768516. 15TH FATHER’S DAY BAND STAND, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5pm. Local scout groups return to entertain in the garden for a family afternoon of playing and relaxing. Why not treat dad to a roast dinner first? Call 472027. 15TH PRE-WAR CAR SHoW, Yorkshire Museum of Farming. North of England Classic and Pre War Automobiles display cars over 20 years of age. Call 0845 8382962. 17TH JUNE-13TH JULY All THiNGS CYCliNG ExHiBiTioN, The Blossom Street Gallery. Works of art relating to cycling, the route through Yorkshire and the prestigious event itself. Visit www.blossomstreetgalleryand framing.com

18TH JUNE & 16TH JULY STAiNED GlASS ToURS, St Martin-Cum-Gregory Church, Micklegate. Explore the wonderful stained glass in York Churches. Visit www.stainedglasscentre.org 20TH MiDSUMMER MoNUMENTS, Castle Howard, 6-9pm. Join curator Dr Chris Ridgway on a tour of two impressive monuments, the Mausoleum and the Temple of the Four Winds. Visit www.castlehoward.co.uk 21ST lAST NiGHT oF THE PROMS, Haxby Memorial Hall. Listen to the great sound of Generation Groove and get into the spirit of the Last night of the Proms. A fun evening will be had by all. Don’t forget your Union Jack! Call 761825. 22ND BABY & ToDDlER NEARlY NEW SAlE, Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, 3-4.30pm. York MUMbler present many great pre-loved toys, clothes and nursery items for sale. Email emilypickard82@googlemail. com 25TH PEDAlliNG To PERFECTioN: THE HiSToRY AND FUTURE oF THE BiCYClE, Rowntree Park Reading Café, 7.30pm. Jim McGurn, Chief Executive of Get Cycling asks why the bicycle has bobbed up and down the social scale since it was invented. Call 551550. 26TH-28TH FoREST liVE, Dalby Forest. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. See performances from James Blunt (26th), Paul Weller (27th) and Deacon Blue (28th). Visit www.forestry. gov.uk/music or call 03000 680400.

28TH-29TH RiPlEY ANTiqUE FAiR, The Town Hall, Ripley, 10am-4pm. A quality fair with items including decorative antiques, pottery, porcelain, glass, paintings and prints. Call 01423 889163. MUST FROM SEE 25TH JUNE FANATSiC ACTS AT SCARBoRoUiGH oPEN AiR THEATRE, NoRTH BAY, SCARBoRoUGH.

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Film Guide Pompeii. Set in 79AD, Pompeii tells the story of, well, the city of Pompeii just prior to being destroyed by a volcano. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as a slave-cumgladiator who must battle his way out of the arena and find his love as Mount Vesuvius blows it's top. Some heavy-weight names are attached to this historical epic, including Keifer Sutherland and Emily Browning, and we're just wondering if Kit will keep his Game of Thrones broad Yorkshire accent. "That volcano 'as blown up, tha' nos!"

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Sabotage. He's back! Just when you thought the aging 'Governator' would be taking it easy, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to another movie role that requires him to shoot a gun and generally be tough. This time round he is a drug enforcement agent who arrests a leading cartel drug dealer. Well done. But then, oh no, the cartel start to kill his crackteam one by one. What will Arnie do? Retire? No, never; he'll tool up, say something cool and garbled, then start shooting. If this film was based on a book, that book would've been written by a 13 year boy high on sugar.

The Blues Band Pioneer Barrence Whitfield and The Savages The Rutles The Clone Roses Four Stones Deeper The Lake Poets Black Night Crash Frankie & The Heartstrings

The Duchess 1 Martin Stephenson and The Daintees 2 Coco and the Butterfields 5 Electric Eel Shock 8 Fight Like Apes 13 IDIOM 14 Courtney Barnett 18 The Hoosiers 23 Chameleons Vox 25 Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show 28 Smoke Fairies 30 Catfish and The Bottlemen 31 Hue And Cry - The 'Remote Striped' Tour Black Swan Folk Club 1 The Askew Sisters 8 Jeff Warner 15 Singers & Musicians Night 22 Tom McConville with Andy Watt 29 David Gibb & Elly Lucas Godzilla. Actor Bryan Cranston recently shot to fame in the TV show Breaking Bad, a slow-burn thriller in which his character, Walter White, went through an amazing transformation over several years. And now, with Breaking Bad finished, Bryan has chosen to sink his teeth into something just as meaty. Argh! A giant radioactive lizard! It just smashed a building to bits! Argh! It's roaring really loudly in surround sound! Call the marines! Call the marines! CGI! Quick, we need more CGI of things exploding! Argh! Excellent choice, Bryan. Maleficent. When you delve into any fairy tale you tend to find some pretty gruesome things that Disney may have opted to ignore. Take the Grimm's Sleepy Beauty

NCEM 3 Dr Burney's Music Journeys 3 CPE Bach with Mahan Esfanhani & Peter Seymour 3 CPE Bach, Family and Friends 8 NCEM Young Composers Award 10 Dark Inventions 11 Microscopic 17 Debashish Bhattachaya 18 Sam Lee and Friends Pocklington Arts Centre 1 Nt Live: King Lear 2 Kathryn Williams 8 Fairport Convention 8 Flying Man Festival Concert 13 10cc'S Graham Gouldman Heart Full Of Songs 14 Rsc Live: Henry Iv Part I 22 Jacqui Dankworth 24 Nt Live: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time 28 Superhero Snail Boy 29 Punchline Comedy Club

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for example; just why wasn't Maleficent invited to Princess Aurora's christening, and why was she so miffed. That is what Maleficent explores as it takes a closer look at one of our best-known evil characters. Angelina Jolie stars as the wicked witch, along with Imelda Staunton and Peter Capaldi. Imagine if the Brothers Grimm were still alive; with all the royalties from the many fairy tale films these days they would be the richest 200 year old brothers ever.

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Join the Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan Company for an evening in the Venetian lagoon as they perform The Gondoliers as a concert performance.

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Tonight’s the Night (28th April-3rd May) Tonight’s the Night, the smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart, is the all-singing, all-dancing feel good show which went on to play sold-out theatres across the UK.

Annie (19th-24th May) York Stage Musicals return to the Grand Opera House with their brand new production of this classic Broadway musical. The show is guaranteed to be filled with the company’s usual high energy cast, unique sets, live band and high octane choreography.

Evita (9th-14th June) Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita tells the story from her young and ambitious beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained and her ultimate rise to sainthood.

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Blithe Spirit (9th-31st May) This supernatural comedy full of ghostly goings-on and mysterious misunderstandings is a vintage night of laughter and thrills. Novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual comic attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife.

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The King And I (30th April-3rd May) New Earswick Musical Society presents an exciting musical classic based on the book Anna and The King of Siam. The show follows the journey of English teacher Anna as she faces numerous obstacles in her quest to modernise the country of Siam and help The King’s children learn English.

High School Musical - On Stage (27th-31st May) Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, in the great show from York Light Opera Company.

My Mother said I never should (12th-14th June) The Rowntree Players present a remarkable transformative play that follows the lives, loves and losses of four women, and sets the enormous social changes of the 20th Century against their basic desires to love and be loved.

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Market Days Harrogate Farmers' Market Cambridge Street; second Thursday of every month, 9am-3pm. Helmsley Market Market Square; every Friday. Kirkbymoorside Market On the cobbles of the main street; every Wednesday.

The best just got better Sandburn Hall may be known for being a great golf course and spectacular wedding venue, but pay the hall a visit these days and your stomach will remember it as heaven. Set within the idyllic surroundings of the hall, Tykes Restaurant has always been known as a fantastic steak and fish restaurant. But after a glitzy VIP evening held recently a lot more has been added to a menu that was already bursting at the seams with fine fare. Putting the theatre back in cooking, the chefs at Tykes will prepare your meal right before your eyes making it a night out not to be missed. n Call 469911.

Wine and dine If your knowledge of wine extends only to which supermarket you bought it from, perhaps the experts can help. Lady Anne Middleton's Hotel on Skeldergate will be holding a World Wines Dinner on 5th June where your palettes, guided by the hotel's resident wine expert, will take a trip around the world. Along with wine you will also savour the delicious tastes of a three-course, mouth-watering dinner, acting as the perfect complement to the wines. All this in your own private dining room, along with the relaxing sounds of a live jazz band. n To book your place, call 611570.

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Given the choice between cake and no cake, which one do you think we would choose? You can't really blame us for harbouring a collective sweet tooth though, not now that York has it's very own cake decorating Mecca in the form of Iced Yorkshire. Whether you're a cake making business, or just do it because cakes are delicious, they'll have everything you need to make your fancies more fanciful. What's more, Iced Yorkshire are opening their doors on 26th April, aided in no small part by pantomime dame Berwick Kaler. Join the team and Berwick for cakes and bubbly between 11am-4pm, at The Bull Commercial Centre, Stockton Lane. n Call 400789.

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Meet the Brunch bunch If you thought Clifton Moor was all about shopping till dropping, think again. Tucked away amid the many businesses off Auster Road you'll find a peaceful little place that you'll want to visit time and again, regardless of whether you have any shopping to do. Bruch Cafe and Sandwich Bar offer full English breakfasts, over-flowing and delicious sandwiches, delicate and scrummy cakes, and all the coffee and tea the crew of a battleship would need to stay awake for a year. A great place for local businesses, and for you to meet with a friend or two, Brunch have daily specials of full hot meals and the staff are always happy to see you. n Call 476454.

Knaresborough Farmers' Market Market Place; third Sunday of every month, 9am-2pm. Knaresborough Town Market Market Place; every Wednesday, 8.30am-4pm.

Otley Farmers' Market Market Place; last Sunday of every month, 9am-1pm. Pickering Market Market Place; every Monday. Ripon Market Market Square; every Thursday, 8.30am-4pm. Selby Farmers' Market Market Place, first Wednesday of every month. Selby Town Market Split across two sites in town centre; every Monday.

Malton Market Market Place; every Saturday.

Skipton Market High Street; Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9.30am4.30pm.

Newgate Market Off Parliament Street; 9am-4pm Sunday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday.

York Farmers' Market Parliament Street; last Friday of every month.

Northallerton Farmers' Market Town Hall, 28th May, 8.30am-2pm.

Wild horses wouldn't keep you away Hitting the racecourse this summer? If you, like hundreds of thousands of other people from all across Yorkshire, are popping into York Racecourse to see the horses run, you'll probably be looking for place to eat and unwind either before or after the races. Instead of ploughing into York city centre, may we suggest a quieter alternative? The Marcia on Main Street, Bishopthorpe, is but a stone's throw from the racecourse and welcomes you for home cooked grub and local ale. They also have a function room that is available for hire, so if you are planning a group trip, this is your place. n Call  706185.

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Keeping our communities safe: have you got what it takes? North Yorkshire and City of York multi-agency MAPPA Strategic Management Board is looking to recruit a new lay adviser to sit on its management board. MAPPA is the means by which local agencies work together to best protect York and North Yorkshire from the serious harm that some offenders may still present after being convicted for offences of a sexual or violent nature, and prevent further harm to victims. MAPPA is overseen by a Board, which includes two voluntary lay advisers who play a critical role in reviewing and monitoring all areas of MAPPA and importantly, an independent view point. The post is a voluntary part-time post and the post holder will be expected to attend at least four meetings of the Strategic Management Board per year with a requirement to attend regional meetings, contribute to local sub groups and undertake familiarisation, training and reading to enable them to understand and contribute to the meetings. The post holder will not have contact with offenders. The post does carry an entitlement to legitimate expenses such as travel and refreshments. Compensation for loss of earnings/childcare expenses may be provided. The post is subject to clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Interested? Think you have what it takes? For an informal discussion or to request an application form call Joanne Atkin 01904 526000 or email inf@north-yorkshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk For more information about the work of MAPPA, visit www.mappayorkandnorthyorkshire.org.uk Closing date Friday 23 May 2014

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