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How is your summer shaping up? True, the weather might not be up to much, but here at the Your Local Link office there’s no mistaking the fact that summer has arrived. All the tell-tale signs are there. First, everyone starts comparing notes on their latest zumba and boxercise class and the fridge is suddenly full of low calorie ready meals. Second, the fridge packs up

(actually, it just needed defrosting, but it was a two day job). The other tell-tale sign is when AirCon Wars begin. The office becomes divided into those that love Arctic conditions, and those that find it hard to work with frostbite. Depending on who gets to the aircon first, the office can either be like the Sahara or Siberia.

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Which is why you can usually find the rest of us dressed in summer dresses and woolly pullovers, just in case. Lee even braved his shorts the other day. But he didn’t go as far as Emily, who apparently decided to go au naturelle one particularly hot day (at least that’s how it looked from Sarah’s desk – she’d actually just gone strapless!) We had a bit of excitement in the office recently, and not just because of Lee’s shorts. ‘Our’ Hearing Dog Connie came to visit us (with her socialiser, obviously – we know she’s well trained, but she can’t pay her own fare on the bus). As you’ll know if you read our pet pages, we’ve been following Connie’s progress as she prepares for her official Hearing Dog training. Connie has just passed her assessment, and came to say her last goodbye before she heads off down south for the next phase of her career. She is sooo cute, and has become a part of the YLL family, so it was very hard to say goodbye to her. In fact, a couple of the people (mentioning no names) decided they didn’t want to say goodbye at all, and tried to stash her in a filing cabinet. Sadly Sheila her socialiser spotted she was missing, despite our attempts at distraction. But at least we got a team photo to remember her by. Needless to say, the best behaved one in the whole group photo was Connie... Whatever you’re doing this summer, have fun!

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Do you fancy watching Peter Pan at York Theatre Royal on Friday, August 19, at 2.30pm and then meeting members of the cast for afternoon tea? That’s the fantastic prize on offer in our theatrical readers’ competition. Our friends at the theatre are offering a family ticket for four people (including a maximum of two adults) to see a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s enchanting story of the boy who refuses to grow up. The family stage spectacular is being presented by the same team that staged the acclaimed productions of The Railway Children and The Wind In The Willows. Join Wendy, John and Michael Darling for their adventures in Neverland. Stories of Lost Boys, Indians, Mermaids, Crocodiles and Pirates unfold before your eyes in a magical land. To have a chance of winning the family ticket, answer the following question: Who wrote Peter Pan? Send your answer on a postcard to Peter Pan Competition, Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH to reach us by Monday, August 15. Please include your name, address and phone number.

Win a dog walker’s guide Yorkshire rambler and author Rob Godfrey, inspired by Charlie, his springer spaniel, has come up with a great tail wagger of an idea –a dog walker's guide to the Yorkshire Dales. And we have four of these really useful books to give away as prizes. The 20 circular routes have been designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads and vary in length from three to nine miles. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and, in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. In addition to the clear, numbered route instructions, each section also includes a matching numbered map, information on how to get to the start, places of interest along the way, and local pubs and cafes that welcome dogs. To have a chance of winning a copy of Yorkshire Dales: A Dog Walker's Guide (Countryside Books £7.99), simply answer the following question: What is the name of Rob’s springer spaniel? Send your answer on a postcard to Dog Walker’s Competition, Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH to reach us by Friday, August 19. Please include your name, address and phone number.


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Win Legally Blonde tickets The Grand Opera House is offering our readers two free tickets to see Legally Blonde The Musical when it stops off at York during its first UK tour. College sweetheart Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School accompanied by her loveable Chihuahua, Bruiser. The feel-good comedy, based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, won Best New Musical in the Awards 2011 and was nominated for five Olivier Awards, going on to win Best New Musical, Best New Actress for Sheridan Smith and Best Supporting Role in a Musical for co-star Jill Halfpenny. The touring show, starring Faye Brookes as Elle, is on at the Grand Opera House between August 9 and 20. To have a chance of winning the tickets, which are for Tuesday, August 9, simply answer the following question: Who starred in the movie Legally Blonde? Send your answer on a postcard to Legally Blonde Competition, Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH to reach us by Friday, August 5. Please include your name, address and phone number.


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Glamping it up The ups and downs of life as seen by our very own Grumpy (very) Old (almost) Woman Rachel and I were doing some ‘research’ on the internet on a Friday afternoon recently, and we found a tent. Not much to get excited about, you might think, but this was no ordinary tent. It was shaped like a VW camper van. Genius! I got so excited I almost bought one. And then I remembered one small detail – I hate camping.

tried camping, and each time it’s been a disaster. The first time was when I was eighteen, and my friend Helen and I went to Reading Festival. We packed up our tent and all the essentials – cider, joss sticks, Jackie magazine (well, it was the 70s). Unfortunately, what we didn’t pack were the full set of tent pegs. Or any instructions.

I don’t want to offend all those happy campers out there, but really – why? Why put yourself through the misery of sleeping on the ground under a damp bit of nylon when the Good Lord has given us five star hotels with spa facilities. Or even a Travelodge, for heaven’s sake.

The second time a friend and I pitched our tent – properly this time – in a field in South Wales. There was only one other person camping in the field. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a psycho serial killer. When he wasn’t prowling around our tent trying to gain entry, he was in his own, playing the bagpipes.

It’s cheaper, some born again campers argue. But is it really? After you’ve gone and spent a fortune on airbeds, camping stoves, folding chairs and everything else that makes your holiday a fraction less miserable, you might as well have paid for a long weekend in Alton Towers. Ah yes, they say. But all that equipment is an investment. You can keep it forever. Yes, indeed you can keep it forever – languishing in the cupboard under the stairs once the novelty wears off and the kids get old enough to realise there are such things as all-inclusive resorts. You can get closer to nature, they say. True. But do you really want to share a sleeping bag with it? Speaking as a complete bug-phobic,


“It’s quite hard to sleep when you’re worried about getting your head run over by a drunk in a Jeep” the closest I want to get to nature is watching Springwatch. Glastonbury, Leeds and suchlike have done a lot for the image of camping. Forget Scout leaders rubbing two sticks together – it’s all about Kate Moss, designer wellies and flowery Cath Kidston tents these days. They’ve even thought up a hip new name for it – glamping. Yeah, right. Like there’s anything glamorous about a chemical toilet. I know, because I’ve been there. Three times I’ve

The third time was when my husband and I stayed overnight on a campsite during the British Grand Prix. All was well, until a boy racer decided it would be a good idea to drive his 4 x 4 at high speed between the tents. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but it’s quite hard to sleep when you’re worried about getting your head run over by a drunk in a Jeep. The following morning we checked into the nearest hotel could find. And when a Travelodge in Daventry seems like an attractive option, things must be bad. Anyway, if you are away camping this month, I hope you have a terrific time. Just be sure to pack your tent pegs. And the instructions.

Bright sparks win York Dragon Boat Challenge Electrical retailer Herbert Todd & Son celebrated its 75th anniversary by winning York Rotary Club’s annual Dragon Boat Challenge on the River Ouse. Todd Torpedoes completed the 250-metre course from Scarborough Bridge to Lendal Bridge in 57.98 seconds – less than half a second ahead of their nearest rival, 2 Signal Regiment’s V For Victory team. The final was contested by the eight fastest teams from the preliminary rounds. Each crew consisted of 16 paddlers and a drummer. The helmsmen were professionals provided by Dragon Boats Events Ltd. The eight previous challenges have raised more than £500,000. This year’s nominated charity was York Against Cancer. Each dragon boat team is sponsored, with one-third going to York Against Cancer and two-thirds going to a charity of the team's own choice. Todd Torpedoes received the Challenge Trophy, along with £100 for their chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support

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Horoscopes August 2011

ARIES (21st March - 19th April) Parents may have a problem with children – or adults who are behaving very childishly! A good time for any educational endeavour with good omens for tests, exams and exam results. Travel aspects very good throughout the month.

LEO (23th July - 23rd August) Great time for girls pulling together, and a good time for single males looking to make a killing, either in the boardroom or the bedroom. Bad time for relationships where there is a major age difference between partners.

TAURUS (20th April - 20th May) Legal aspects have some influence with good cash prospects – although you must fight for what is rightfully yours. Travel aspects tie in with financial gains but there’s a health threat caused by bad diet and booze. Stick to sex. It’s safer and it doesn’t make you sick.

VIRGO (24th August - 22nd September)


(21st May - 20th June) Awkward emotional decisions and perhaps a choice of lovers? Also choices of pathway where careers and business are concerned. Go with the money and play things safe if you want to preserve the status quo, but if you’re actively looking for change and challenge and take the risks even if it means taking them on your own.

LIBRA (23rd September - 22nd October) Right when your back is up against the wall help is on hand from a lover or partner which will give you a clear indication of just how much you are loved and appreciated. Which could be good news or bad news! Nevertheless, this month your load becomes a lot lighter.


You could be very impulsive and impatient – which would be a mistake! Far better to bide your time, lay your plans carefully and exercise caution, especially in affairs of the heart. If there is some injustice on the work scene it might be worth talking to a boss – but not a colleague!

(21st June - 22nd July) If you cup is half full, then lucky you. If it’s half empty, then you need to turn a few things upside down. In some situations your hands are tied – but in others they are not! Do what you can and a little change here today leads to a bigger change there tomorrow.


Unexpected boosts and bonuses where financial matters are concerned. Use this windfall wisely rather than blowing it on something of very limited value. That might be easier said than done because there will be a lot of pressure on you to keep up with the Jones.

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SAGITTARIUS (22nd November - 21st December) Family affairs dominate with the actions of children being a source of great pleasure and pride. Domestic routines undergo a degree of change offering more time for leisure which, in turn, creates the space and opportunity for a bit more quality time with a loved one.

CAPRICORN (22nd December - 19th January) Make a few compromises and don’t make mountains out of mole hills. Not everyone can match your high standards. You need to cut them some slack or risk a degree of disappointment. Quite a heavy work load but bank accounts become a bit healthier. AQUARIUS (20th January - 18th February) If you’re waiting for your luck to change you might wait for ever. However there’s a lot you could do to change your own luck and you can start by listening to your own advice. Extra curricular work activities could boost your financial position.

PISCES (19th February - 20th March) If you are faced with restrictions at this time in your life, do not struggle. Step to one side and if you can’t get where you want by going through the front door, try going through the window at the back. Patience brings its own reward and there’s nothing wrong in being a bit crafty when the need arises.

45,000 reasons to be happy! Former Lord Mayor of York Susan Galloway, who completed her term of office in May, has announced that a staggering £45,000 has been raised for her two charities. For the last 12 months, a voluntary committee has organised and run numerous events to fundraise for national campaigning charity British Heart Foundation and local mental health charity, Our Celebration. Your Local Link followed Sue during her year as Lord Mayor, including her tireless fundraising efforts, which ranged from a ball to a gig by a Beatles tribute band, antiques valuations by Tennants to curry evenings organised by the York based Gurkha Signals Regiment. Looking back on the year Sue Galloway said: “My year as The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of York was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and the rest of the Civic Party, the Lady Mayoress Lorraine Meehan, the Sheriff Richard Watson and Sheriff’s Lady Linda Watson, to be able to raise funds for charity in general and to raise the profile and funds for our chosen charities, the British Heart Foundation and Our Celebration. Without the support of the residents of York this magnificent sum would not have been possible and we are truly grateful to them.” The picture shows (left to right) Susan Galloway; Dr Patrick Kaye – Chair of trustees Our Celebration, Andy Kirby – Chair of York branch, BHF, Brenda Batty and Judith Orrell – fundraising committee volunteers, Richard Watson - Sheriff of York 2010-11 and Ian Savage – Fundraising Manager, Our Celebration).


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In between breaking up with one man and hooking up with another, not to mention continuing in her bid for world domination, model and media sensation Katie Price has written (or not) another novel. The Comeback Girl tells the story of Eden, a one time star who now grabs the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Can she resurrect her career and find Mr Right? It’s a question that Katie P might well be asking herself... With her new novel Private Lives, Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Tasmina Perry delivers the ultimate summer blockbuster: a jet-setting, rollercoaster ride packed with secrets, scandals and danger. As a lawyer to the stars, Anna is used to hiding their sins from the media. But when she uncovers an explosive scandal, she finds herself fighting for more than a celeb reputation.

Secrets, rivalry, glamour – The Birthday Party by Veronica Henry has it all! Delilah has lived out her tempestuous marriage to hell-raiser Raf in the glare of the media spotlight. Now planning a milestone birthday, she has more on her mind than invitations. Raf has been offered a part in a movie he can’t refuse. But will he succumb to the temptations he’s struggled to resist for the last ten years? More glamour and secrets in Paige Toon’s latest novel, Baby Be Mine. Meg Stiles is happy living with her boyfriend Christian and their son Barney. But what Christian doesn’t know is that Barney was fathered by one of the most famous rock stars that ever lived. But as Barney gets older and looks more and more like his rock star father, Meg knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is out...

Every month we’re featuring a must-read recommendation... Our first comes from our Editor Gini, who recommends Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. It’s an allegory about a unique seagull who risks banishment from his flock to seek a higher purpose in life. “It’s a book that can be read at 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59 & 99 and still be relevant,” she says.


If you prefer your holiday reading a bit more epic, look out for Santa Montefiore? She specialises in complex, moving families dramas, and her latest novel, The House By The Sea, is no exception. In it, she transports us to from sunbaked Tuscany to a country house in Devon for a sweeping tale of love and forgiveness spanning four decades. It’s a great book to lose yourself in, whether you’re on a beach or stuck in grey old England! In April came the rains. In August came the heat. In November came the horror. Thus begins Bloodstream, the latest chiller from Tess Gerritsen. Dr Claire Elliot has come to the small resort town of Tranquility to shelter her adolescent son, Noah from the temptations of the big city and the memory of his father’s death. But all her plans unravel when a rash of teenage violence erupts in the local school. As she investigates the murderous epidemic, Claire stumbles upon an insidious evil which has blighted the town’s past and threatens its future.

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Residents have until August 10 to give their views on a new report celebrating York’s special qualities. York is often described as a world-class city, but just what is it that makes York special? How can it be protected? How can we ensure future development enhances the city’s character? The York Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal tries to answer these questions. It aims to examine the city’s character; look at its strengths and weaknesses; assess the opportunities for improvement; and set out what needs to be done by City of York Council and its partners to maximise the city’s potential. The main actions proposed in the draft appraisal are: changes to the conservation area boundary; long-term plans for public spaces across the city; setting up a panel of experts to look at design and planning issues; a public information strategy; and new-look public spaces, including Exhibition Square and Parliament Street/Piccadilly junction. The city council is keen to hear from residents. It may be a comment on the area they live or work in, an idea about the important city views that have been identified in the appraisal or on the recommendations that have been made. Details of where and how to comment are on the council’s website at www. Paper copies of the draft appraisal can be viewed at York Explore and 9 St Leonard’s Place Reception.


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Sportmax, which are exclusive to York! Or pick up a last minute designer bargain with the 50% off Summer Sale, which features high end brands from Preen to DKNY. If you’re looking for a shopping experience with real style, go along and find out what SIAMO has to offer today!

Making a Mark! Mark Hearld, the York artist known around the world after working on the film ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’, has been commissioned by the Friends of York Art Gallery to produce a limited edition print. The result is ‘Minster and Magpies’. The first edition is now part of the gallery’s permanent collection, while 74 other prints were put on sale at the gallery to raise money for the Friends. Laura Turner, curator of art, said: “This is a fantastic piece of work by Mark and we are delighted that it’s now part of our permanent collection at a time when he is becoming more and more well known.” Mark, who was interviewed by Your Local Link last year, has been working on a design project for Tate Britain, illustrating books, and creating his first solo exhibitions.

Charity art show moves to city centre An art exhibition is being held at the Grays Court tea rooms, behind York Minster, between September 23 and 25, to raise funds for York Against Cancer. Savour a cup of tea while perusing paintings, ceramics and jewellery that are up for sale – and it’s all for a good cause. Julie Russell, the charity’s general manager, says: “Castle Howard has been a wonderful venue for our art exhibition, but we wanted to make it more accessible to the residents of York. Grays Court, with its glorious wood panelling, is an ideal venue, being close to York Minster. All profits will go towards funding our important work.” You can get an early view of the works of art put up for sale by local artists, both amateur and professional, during an evening preview on Friday, September 23, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and canapes. n To book your preview ticket, call York Against Cancer on 764466.


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Let’s celebrate Residents are being asked to shout about how they would like to celebrate the signing of York’s ‘Magna Carta’.

Cansing, City of York Council’s staff choir, celebrates the launch of York 800 outside St Michael-le-Belfrey

July 9th 2012 marks the 800th anniversary of local democracy in the city. On the same date in 1212, King John signed a charter that allowed the city to elect a mayor and a council to govern itself. Before that, York had been under the direct rule of the king via his sheriff and the citizens had very little control over how their city was run. York @ Large – York’s Cultural partnership – is organising a programme of events

running throughout 2012 to mark the anniversary. It wants residents across the city to get involved in the celebrations. Highlights include community choirs performing a new choral composition in the city centre on Charter Day and the Mystery Plays running throughout August in the Museum Gardens. Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure,

Gill Cooper, the city council’s head of Arts and Culture; Lord Mayor David Horton; and BBC TV presenter Harry Gration officially launch York 800

Culture and Social Inclusion, says: “I am delighted the council is able to play a key role in co-ordinating a whole year’s worth of events to celebrate York 800. I am keen to ensure that residents get involved as much as possible. I want neighbour to work with neighbour; in these cash-strapped times, it’s important for the community to have a bit of fun.” BBC TV presenter Harry Gration, a proud York resident, is equally excited.

He says: “Let’s celebrate being ruled by the council rather than bashed up by the Romans!” Gill Cooper, the city council’s head of Arts and Culture, says: “We want to create a year of events that will make people feel proud of York’s past, celebrate its present, and embrace its future. Charter Day 1212 gave people in York a voice for the first time and we want to make sure that voice is heard loud and clear 800 years later.

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What is Ebor Vox? Ebor Vox is a project which will involve hundreds of people across the city coming together to celebrate the 800th anniversary of King John signing York’s royal charter. Artists will be working with community choirs and young people to create a new choral composition which will be heard at a series of events throughout the summer. On Saturday, July 7th 2012, choirs will perform a nautical version of the composition across the rivers – the Ouse and Foss – that flow through the heart of York. A large flotilla of boats will form a spectacular backdrop for the singers. Over the charter weekend (July 7th & 8th) look out for a whole host of choirs popping up where you least expect! From renaissance to reggae, baroque to beatbox, expect the city to come alive with song. On Charter Day – Monday, July 9th 2012 – choirs will perform from 6pm at various venues in the city centre.

Each venue will be dressed to reflect a different century from the past 800 years and choirs will perform music from that century. At 6.50pm the choirs will process through the streets before gathering for a visual feast of song.

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“We’d really like to hear from residents, community groups and organisations about how they would like to get involved in next year’s celebrations.”

If you are a member of a choir and would like to get involved, contact Stephen Burke, director of Ebor Vox. This also applies to schools who wish to get involved. He can be contacted on

York’s Magna Carter The charter granted to York by King John in 1212 consolidated its position as capital of the North. In return for paying the monarch £160 a year (worth about £90,000 today), the people of York were able to elect their own officials, spend their taxes for the benefit of the local community and, most importantly, have a say in how the city was run. Although this early form of democracy was limited to a select group of citizens – members of the Guilds and the Freeman – the charter was a major step towards a fairer society. It is the city’s equivalent to Magna Carter, signed by King John at Runnymede three years later in 1215, which was described by esteemed judge Lord Denning as "the greatest constitutional document of all times”


Three York projects up for National Lottery award Three York-based projects have made it through to the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2011, the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The charities won enough votes from the public to beat off competition from all around the UK. The finalists from York are: • The Quilt Museum and Gallery’s ‘Unfolding The Quilts’ programme trains volunteers in stewarding, education workshops and conservation. It has also taught sewing and quilting skills to more than 7,000 children, young people and others. • The ‘Altogether Better’ programme recruits, trains and supports local people who use their own skills, knowledge and experience to help others to improve their health and well-being. • Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL) runs a project, led by the University of York, to encourage everyone to get involved in nature. Its initiatives aim to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to explore their local environment. The winner in each category which will be decided by a final round of public voting which takes place between September 2 & 26. The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC1, as well as a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project. n For more details, go to


WALK THE PLANK: Martin Barrass indulges in a spot of planking with his fellow York Theatre Royal pirates.

A pirate’s life for Smee Martin Barrass, famous for playing the stooge to York panto legend Berwick Kaler, has been fascinated by Peter Pan since he first saw the show as a five-year-old lad. He says: “Tinker Bell was what I remember about it; the idea of using a moving light as a character was so simple, yet so effective.” Now the York Theatre Royal stalwart is playing the role of Smee in a new adaptation by Mike Kenny of J.M. Barrie’s enchanting story of the boy who refuses to grow up. Martin is familiar with Mike’s work; he played Station Master Perks in the award-winning production of The Railway Children at York’s National Railway Museum as well as Toad in The Wind In The Willows - last year’s family spectacular at York Theatre Royal.

He says: “Mike Kenny’s scripts are brilliant. They are very pithy and muscular with great gags. And they avoid sentimentality.” He sees Smee as a stooge to the pompous Captain Hook and is looking forward to creating a memorable comedy double act with Michael Pickavance – another York Theatre Royal favourite who is playing Hook and Mr Darling. Martin says: “Smee thinks he’s a really scary pirate; he’s not. Rather he’s a bumbling, mistake-ridden down-at-heel character. But there’s one thing he is good at... pricking Captain Hook’s pomposity.” n Peter Pan, being performed at York Theatre Royal. It is on from July 29 to September 3 at 7pm with 2.30pm Saturday matinees. Box office: 623568.

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Come and sing The Stamford Bridge Singers are looking for enthusiastic tenors and basses to join their community choir. The singers are a friendly mixedage group who sing for services, concerts and weddings in the York area. They rehearse on Thursday evenings in term-time in Stamford Bridge School. n If you are a reasonably competent singer, why not call Rosemary Downey on 787181 or go to the website or.

Wanted: tourism volunteers

Visit York is recruiting volunteers for its busy Visitor Centre at 1 Museum Street. Since opening in May 2010, visits to the centre have increased by 80% with almo st half a million people using the service in its first year of oper ation, leaving the team at Visit York in need of some extra assis tance. In return for committing to a min imum of one full day per week for at least three months, volu nteers will receive a range of benefits, including a VIP Pass to visit York’s attractions. Louise Swann, aged 20, a tourism student at the University of York St John, has just started as a Visit York volunteer. She says: “By volunteering I will increase my job prospects and gain great insight into how tourism work s.” n Anyone from the age of 16 can apply to become a volunteer by calling Julie Kell y on 554457 or emailing

Wanted: footballers York City Ladies F.C. is looking to strengthen its squad. The club is inviting women over the age of 16 to attend preseason training each Thursday at York College between 7pm and 8.30pm. The first team plays in the North East Regional Women’s Football League while the reserves play in the North Riding League. The club is also looking for a new manager/coach. n For more details, call Gordon Staniforth on 079 465 32385 or Abbi Webster on 077 860 16113.

Do you enjoy painting? Poppleton Art Group is looking for new members. They meet at Poppleton Community Centre on Thursdays, between 10am and noon, for painting and a chat. There is no tuition, though members give advice. Beginners welcome, both men and women. A new class starts on Thursday, September 8th. n For details, call Christine: 796741 or Maureen: 01347 848826.

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

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10,000 bikes saved from the tip Since starting in 2006 York’s Bike Rescue Project has saved more than 10,000 bikes from being dumped – 6,000 have been refurbished and sold, with the rest being stripped for parts and recycled.

The social enterprise with strong ecological credentials has transformed a derelict electricity sub-station at Lendal Bridge into The Hub Station. This is designed to be a focal point for cycling in York, with secure parking, lockers, showers, a community workshop and a showroom for both bikes and parts – including components for older bikes that are increasingly difficult to buy. Managing director Bernie Cullen, who started the project with 57 bikes in her garden, says: “We believe in hands-on learning and provide training opportunities for all.” Bike Rescue has launched a roadside repair course called Keep On Rolling where three people can book a three-hour session with a trained bicycle mechanic. Cyclists who really want to get to grips with their bike can book a bespoke three-hour session with a mechanic. It also runs a ‘buy back’ scheme where cyclists can buy a bike, use it for up to three months and then sell it back to Bike Rescue for a percentage of the original cost if it’s clean and in good condition. n For more details about courses and volunteering opportunities, call 733789.


York’s most famous artist York owes William Etty a great deal. Although he moved to London in his twenties, establishing a successful artistic career, he continued to visit family and friends in York throughout his life. He loved York, campaigning to save the city’s architectural heritage. He fought to prevent York Minster from being radically altered after fire swept through the cathedral in 1829 and 1840, and was instrumental in preventing the city’s medieval walls from being demolished. In 1832, he fought plans to remove a crumbling Bootham Bar, contributing £50 towards its restoration.

since 1911; yet the city’s most famous artist has been neglected by an Art Establishment. In a bid to remedy this, the gallery has spent three years organising a major new exhibition. ‘William Etty: Art & Controversy’ explores the York-born artist’s equivocal status; from stalwart of the Royal Academy to being exiled from the artistic elite because of what was seen as a ‘perverse’ passion for the voluptuousness of the female nude.

Etty was made an honorary member of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. In 1838 its members persuaded Etty to give a public address advocating the education of artists. This culminated in the opening of York’s School of Design in 1842 which trained young artists to work in manufacture.

The exhibition, which is on until January 22, includes more than 100 works by Etty, from the sensitive studies he made in the life class, through to ambitious historical canvases. The paintings and sketches from York Art Gallery’s collection have been enhanced by loans from Tate, the Royal Academy and Manchester Art Gallery as well as private collectors. A full colour catalogue, with new essays on Etty, accompanies the exhibition.

Etty eventually retired to a riverside house in Coney Street (where City Screen now stands) in 1848. He died there the following year, aged 63. He wanted to be buried in York Minster, but funds were not available; his final resting place is the churchyard at St Olave's, Marygate.

A symposium, entitled ‘Art & Controversy: British Art in the 19th Century’, will take place at York University in November to complement significant new research on William Etty by Dr Sarah Burnage, who spent two years working on the exhibition.

A statue of Etty has stood outside York Art Gallery

She says: “Etty is without doubt one of the most


Laura Turner, Curator of Art at York Art Gallery, with one of William Etty’s masterpieces.

significant artists of his generation. Yet history has seen him systematically marginalised and neglected. This exhibition aims to drag Etty’s art from the doldrums of art historical obscurity and offer a fresh opportunity to look at the works of this remarkable artist.” Professor Mark Hallett, head of York University’s history of art department, says: “We should take Etty’s art as a serious exploration of sexuality and nudity – both male and female – and not something that’s titillating and scandalous.”

York acquires Ayckbourn archive The archive of acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn has been acquired by the University of York. Containing original stage sketches, working manuscripts, plot diagrams and correspondence, it documents one of the most outstanding theatrical careers of our time. The Ayckbourn Archive, as part of the Samuel Storey Writing & Performance Collection at the university’s Borthwick Institute, will be the focus of a major outreach programme, which will see its contents made available for public use. It will also form a major teaching resource for students in the Department of Theatre, Film & Television. The £240,000 purchase has been made possible thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Samuel Storey Charitable Trust, the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the National Libraries.

Awards for York theatre graduates The winners of the first York Theatre Royal and York St John University Graduate prize have been announced. They are Lucie Chester and Sophie Wills, for creating and performing Playgiarism, and Moji Kareem, for directing The Shepherd’s Chamleon. The prize is awarded to final year students studying theatre at the university. The winners will receive artistic mentoring at York Theatre Royal and the opportunity to present work at the venue this autumn.


at York Railway Station LEFT: Meet the team at ‘Cycle Heaven at York Station’. From left, co-owner Andy Shrimpton, mechanics Anne Clarke and Eric Saner with shop manager Richard Gregory ABOVE: Cycle Heavens new shop at York Railway Station

Cycle Heaven, the successful bike retailer based at Bishopthorpe Road, has opened a satellite shop at York Railway Station. It is located just to the left of the main entrance in the old Red Star Parcel premises and comes at a time when cycle access to the station being dramatically improved. ‘Cycle Heaven at York Station’ offers


general cycle repair, cycle hire, accessory and folding bike sales. It is open seven days a week during the summer, starting at 7am on weekdays - to accommodate the needs of early bird rail commuters. Cycle Repair The new shop offers a comprehensive repair service for all kinds of bikes, including a same day service for pre-booked repairs.

So if you commute to and from York Station, you should be able to drop your bike in on your way to work and pick it up on the way home. The new shop is also the most convenient bike shop for the thousands of people who live near to the railway station. Cycle Hire The new shop has a robust fleet of bikes manufactured especially for hire purposes in the

Netherlands by Gazelle. Folding bikes are also available for hire. Accessory Sales The new shop sells a full range of accessories that will appeal to all cyclists, including commuters. Folding Bike Specialists The new shop allows Cycle Heaven to highlight the very best that the folding bike market has to offer. It is

introducing a ‘try before you buy’ service on selected folding bike brands – including Brompton. Andy Shrimpton, who founded the business in 1993, says: “Our aim is to make Cycle Heaven at York Station a centre of excellence for folding bikes.” Access: Handy to get to by rail, but also many local, and park & ride bus routes converge on York Station. New cycle access that avoids the traffic at the front of the station is opening soon. From the East: A direct path to the riverside cycle path from the short-stay car park is being built behind the Royal Mail sorting office. From the West: A link is being made to Holgate Road via Lowther Terrace and the long-stay car park that avoids the busy Micklegate/Queen Street junction. Since 1993 Cycle Heaven was founded by cycling enthusiast Andy Shrimpton who turned his hobby into a living. He started as a sole trader at a small shop in Bishopthorpe Road, York, in 1993. Five years later the business moved across the street where is has continued to expand by moving into two adjoining premises and adding an extension. Cycle Heaven corner shop frontage belies the fact that it has up to 90 bicycles on display in six showrooms on two floors – it’s the Tardis of cycle shops!

Andy and his co-owner Piers Maffett are advocates of a comfortable, car-free urban existence. That’s why they sell a lot of sturdy, sit-up-andbeg town bikes plus a wide variety of commuter-friendly folding bikes. They also stock hybrids and touring bikes as well as offering a lot of family options, such as child seats, trailers, and child trailer bikes. However, hardcore cyclists are not neglected in Cycle Heaven. The ultra lightweight bikes that appeal to them can be found in the upstairs showroom. There's also loads of clothing, accessories and a large selection of books, maps and guides. The heart of the shop is Cycle Heaven’s busy 'open' workshop where its qualified technicians handle all jobs with aplomb… and a smile. n Cycle Heaven at York Station’ Open Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; and Sun (summer only): 10am-5pm.Tel: 622701 or 630378. Email: cycleheaven@yorkstation. Facebook: www.facebook. com/pages/Cycle-Heaven-at-YorkStation/ Cycle Heaven, 2 Bishopthorpe Road. Tel: 636578 or 651870. Open: Mon to Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 11am-4pm. Email: Web:

Co-owners Piers Maffett and Andy Shrimpton present Cycle Heaven’s latest paramedic bike to Sarah Gallagher

Good neighbourS Cycle Heaven believes in being a good neighbour by supporting community groups. For example, it helps to save lives by sponsoring York’s cycle paramedics. Piers Maffett, Director of Cycle Heaven, says: “We’ve been sponsoring the scheme since it started ten years ago. We provide the paramedics with their cycles, cycle parts and servicing free of charge. “We support this project because we believe that you can do anything on a bike - in this case provide the fastest paramedic emergency assistance in the city.” n Cycle Heaven is also the primary architect and sponsor of the website that highlights traders in Bishopthorpe Road.


Wanted: Mystery Plays volunteers An army of more than 1,000 volunteers is being recruited to help stage the York Mystery Plays in August next year.

night of comedy

York photography student RACHEL FOSTER, aged 18, samples some spicy comedy at York Racecourse. I had not had a decent night-out with my friends in ages, so when I discovered York Racecourse was hosting a comedy night and curry evening, I threw on a pretty dress and went there with three of my girlfriends. It took place in Voltigeur Restaurant on the third floor of the Knavesmire Stand and first of all they served the curry. The food was superb and there was certainly enough to go round. The only problem was the plates could not hold more! Gigantic jugs of water were thoughtfully prepared while, for the more wild members of the audience, refreshing pitchers of various beers and lagers were perpetually served at the bar. We were impressed with the promptness of the waiters and waitresses as they cleared away our plates ready for the four comedy acts. The night reached its climax when the talented Matt Kirshen, one of seven finalists in NBC’s reality TV show ‘Last Comic Standing’ in 2007, did his stuff. His clever improvisation kept us and the rest of the audience entertained until the final curtain and we repeatedly quoted his wittiest jokes long after we left for home. To us, this was surely the sign of an excellent night well spent. n The next comedy night, starring Mitch Benn, is on July 29, followed by another on September 30. Call York Racecourse on 638971 for more details.


The medieval masterpiece, which is expected to attract an audience of more than 30,000 people, will be performed in the Museum Gardens for the first time since 1988. An outdoor theatre, seating 1,500 people, will be constructed in front of the majestic ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. This vast project, which involves York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Museums Trust, aims to engage as many people from the city as possible, from performing on stage and creating costumes to working behind the scenes. Liam Evans-Ford, community producer for the project, says: “The York Mystery Cycle only continues today because it is inhabited, shared and belongs to the people of York.” n If you would like to be involved in the project, visit or email mystery2012@

Hooked on fishing New Earswick Nature Reserve, which is a reclaimed brickyard, is hosting an open day dedicated to angling. It will take place on Saturday, August 13, between noon to 4.30pm. You will have a chance to give angling a try with taster sessions available for all ages.

BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow was visiting York on Thursday, July 28. Fiona Bruce presented the popular programme at the Yorkshire Museum in the Museum Gardens where viewers sought valuations for their family heirlooms. The BBC used the visit to promote its First Click project when volunteers demonstrated how easy it was for people to get online, improve their computer skills and become a First Click Friend.



Job descriptions

what are they and do I need them? A job description, sometimes called a role profile, is a summary of the main duties and responsibilities of a job. They often also contain details of the education and experience requirements as well as details about the context of a job i.e. who the job interacts with. Whilst many businesses operate well without any documented job descriptions or role profiles, but there are times when they can prove invaluable.

Transport funding boost City of York Council has been successful in bidding for £4.65 million of Local Sustainable Transport Funding. The bid was praised by junior transport minister Norman Baker when he visited a new bike shop called ‘Cycle Heaven at York Station’. He said: “It’s great that you have got a cycle facility next to the station; that’s exactly where it should be.” Mr Baker is pictured trying out a hire bike watched by, from left, Cycle Heaven co-owner Andy Shrimpton with city councillors James Alexander and Dave Merrett. The city council will use the money to provide better quality walking, cycling and public transport alternatives as well as promoting electric vehicles.

Biting back

You are most likely to feel the benefits of taking the time to write and share job descriptions when recruiting new people, managing the performance of people doing that job and discussing career options with your employees. As an example, as part of the recruitment process, a job description provides the basis of writing job advertisements or briefing a recruitment agency. If you are clear about what you want from the outset, the recruitment process is likely to be more effective. Job descriptions are also great points of reference for setting expectations with new joiners to your business. The exact style, format and content of job descriptions vary between different businesses, however most job descriptions will contain the elements listed below:

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• A brief summary of the job. In order to write this part, ask yourself Why does this job exist?

• Which job the role reports to • Which department, team or function the job is part of • If applicable, which grade the job is

• A summary of the main duties and responsibilities of the job. This is usually the longest, most detailed part of the job description. The responsibilities are best shown in main headings, with details listed for each heading. For example the main headings might include; customer relations, sales, budget management, stock control, product development etc. • Education and experience requirements. Split these out into those that are essential, and those that are desirable.

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• Interactions – what other jobs in the business does this job interact with? This should include anyone external to the business as well, as the public, suppliers etc. Job descriptions should be dynamic documents that are updated as the business changes, so it’s a good idea to clearly mark the date the job description was written, making it easy to identify the most up to date version. Finally, it’s worthwhile involving employees in the process. Ask for their perspective on the job they are in. • What do they think the main purpose of the job is? • What skills and experience are critical to them doing the job well? • Who do they need to interact with in order to get the job done? Rousseau Associates Limited offers support and advice to businesses of all sizes. Contact us for an informal discussion about what we can do to help you, your business and your people.

Tel: 01937 830 173 or 07794 476 430. Email: These answers are general in nature, and not intended to substitute specific advice from an expert.


University expansion gathers pace A £20 million building housing the York Law School and the York Management School at the University of York has been officially opened by Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer of the BBC. The York graduate also delivered the inaugural Cantor Business Lecture when she spoke about balancing accountability with creativity at the BBC.

Back to school...

in a nice way

The £30 million Joseph Rowntree School in New Earswick can cater for virtually everything – from a high-powered business conference to a relaxing hair and nail beauty session. The school’s is well equipped to host conferences – thanks to its 120-seat lecture theatre with 3D cinema screen and various break-out rooms equipped with white boards. The school can arrange conference catering; it even has a Costa Coffee counter. Dan Hield, the school’s business development manager, says: “We have excellent conference facilities at the school and want businesses and organisations to make use of them.” Joseph Rowntree School has also been designed to provide first-class facilities to be used outside school hours by members of the community.

As well as a variety of modern study areas, the building boasts a lecture theatre in the round, styled on the Harvard Business School teaching model, and a moot court in which participants take part in simulated court proceedings.

Facilities available to hire at the school include: • main theatre/hall with tiered seating and flexible stage area; • sports hall with wooden sprung floor for badminton, netball, five-a-side football, tennis, basket ball and volley ball; • activity studio for martial arts, dance, aerobics and Pilates; • multi-gym with cardio vascular machines and weights; • 120-seat Lecture Theatre with 3D cinema screen; • ICT Suites each with 30 PCs; music recording studio; • art rooms with darkroom facilities; • multi-use classrooms; • six outdoor netball/tennis courts; • hair & beauty suite for sports therapy and massage as well as hair & nail treatment.

Meanwhile, a £30 million building housing the university’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television was officially opened by Denise O’Donoghue, Managing Director of ITV Studios. The York graduate, co-founder of Hat Trick Productions, was awarded an OBE for services to television in 1999. Her production credits include Have I Got News For You and Drop The Dead Donkey. The department boasts a media complex of two theatres, two television studios, a large sound stage, production labs, extensive post-production facilities and a digital cinema, as well as rehearsal and changing rooms.

n For details, call Mrs Cris Howes on 552100 or email


Both the new Law and Management building and the theatre, film and TV complex are part of the first phase of the university’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East.

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In the first issue of our advice column for local businesses, we look at sources of help for start-up companies:

Getting Started The people business Every business that employs staff will, at some stage, be faced with human resources issues. A cost-effective way to deal with these is to outsource this function and ensure you get the right advice as and when you need it. People management is complex, particularly when employment legislation is changing. Any mistakes can prove costly to employers. When creating terms, contracts, disciplinary policies, one-off assignments, project work, appraisals as well as grievance advice and guidance, companies, whether start-up ventures or well-established concerns, can turn to Janet Littlewood, of York HR Services. Janet, who set up the company three years ago, has more than 17 years experience as an HR professional. She can work at corporate level with multiple employees or with small businesses. She offers excellent rates with no agency fees and can be booked at short notice on flexible hours. Janet can either work from her own office or be based at the employing company. n For more details, call her on 07912 110205, email enquiries@ or go to

I'm thinking of starting a business. Who should I talk to? If this is your first business venture then it is sensible to take advantage of whatever expert advice is available to you. There are various business advice services out there, such as Business Link, whose advice is usually free. Similarly, all of the major banks have business advisors, some of which are specifically aimed at start-up businesses. Finding a good accountant in the early stages of your business can be a real advantage. Ask around and seek some recommendations. Ideally find one who is interested in you and your business. Talk to a solicitor - try and find one who specialises in advising businesses - some have special accreditation as 'Lawyers for your Business'. Again, look for someone who is interested in you and your plans for the future.

Won't talking to a solicitor start the clock ticking and end up costing me a fortune? No - it shouldn't. Many solicitors will offer a free initial appointment - so take advantage of it! They will often be able to give you helpful initial advice and could save you money in the future by helping you to start your business the right way.

I've got some legal expenses insurance so why bother with a local solicitor? Well it depends what you decide is best for you and your business. If you are happy to rely on telephone advice from a remote call centre then certainly legal expenses insurance may suit you.

Many solicitors will offer a free initial appointment - so take advantage of it

On the other hand, a local solicitor can offer you face-to-face advice. He or she can take the opportunity to get to know you and your business at an early stage and offer consistent advice as your business grows. That way, when there is a problem you have someone to turn to who already has an idea how your business works and can provide the necessary support to help you. At Hethertons, we have a wealth of experience of working with local start-up businesses and we have a specific Business Support Unit that provides an all-round, cost-effective advice service to our business clients.

Simon Crack is a partner at York-based law firm Hethertons. Hethertons, based at Rougier Street, provides the full range of legal services to businesses and individuals in the York area. 7-9 Rougier Street, York, YO1 6HZ. Tel: 01904 625 327 29


Going the extra mile...

skills. I employ six people and the majority of them have been with me a long time. The travel industry is a “people business” and it’s absolutely vital that the staff who deal with customers face-to-face are enthusiastic and happy in their work. Giving them excellent product knowledge makes the sales process easier. That’s why I sent my senior manager Alison Popely on a two-week fact-finding mission to Vietnam and Cambodia earlier this year. Now her information about those two countries is based on personal experience rather than merely reading a brochure.

Successful York businessman Paul Smith is fascinated by travel. He learned about the trade working for British Airways as a member of the cabin crew on long-haul flights and by selling berths on luxury cruise ships based in Monaco. He set up Quartz Travel seven years ago and the travel agency is still going strong in a very competitive industry known for its peaks and troughs. Paul, a self-made man from humble beginnings, puts his success down to going the extra mile for his customers. He likes setting up pleasant surprises for his clients, such as sending flowers on special birthdays; setting up a free airport lounge; arranging special requests at hotels; and sending clients “welcome home” cards offering £25 off their next holiday. He also phones his clients to find out how their holiday went. n Quartz Travel, 81 Heworth Road, York YO31 0AA. Tel: 411188. Here are Paul’s top five tips for business success: 1) Customer service. Always look after your customers, whatever the cost. At Quartz Travel we always have somebody on call round-the-clock so, if any problems due crop up during a holiday, our clients can always reach us by phone. This allows us to rectify the problem as soon as possible

without any fuss. Looking after your customers is good for business. Customers who have enjoyed their holiday are more likely to return; 89% of our customers book another holiday with us - that’s down to our excellent customer service and attention to detail. 2) Square deals. Customers don’t like hidden charges or quibbles. At Quartz Travel we always have terms and conditions in place before the holiday so our customers know exactly where they stand. 3) Staff development. Invest in your team at every opportunity to enable them to develop their

Business Diary...

Federation of Small Businesses York Branch meets on the third Monday of each month. n Call Christine on 629777.

York Professionals For information on forthcoming events, visit

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) York Branch meets on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit or email at for more information.

3 August Business Lunch, Hilton Hotel. 12 noon – 2pm. 11 August Ladies Lunch, Devonshire Arms Hotel, Bolton Abbey. 12 noon – 2pm. 12 August Office 2010 Overview Course, The Bio Centre, Heslington. 12 noon – 2pm. 16 August Evening Event, York Living Room. 5 – 7pm. 29 August Facebook for Business Course, The Bio Centre, Heslington. 12 noon – 2pm. n Call 567838 for information


Women’s Business Clubs 9th August York Premier Club, The Grange Hotel, Clifton. 10am – 12noon. Visit www. york-premier-club.html for more information n If you have a business networking event coming up, email details to

4) First impressions are vital. An attractive, high-quality working environment is important because it makes both staff and customers feel good about themselves. That’s why I have invested in a sparkling new VIP lounge to give my clients a taste of luxury. We got David Horton, the Lord Mayor of York, to open it; he was chuffed to see the plaque we put up to mark the occasion. This high-quality working environment even extends to the luxury Jaguar cars and VW vehicles that Quartz Travel Transport, a successful subsidiary, operates. 5) Cash flow. Wage a war on waste to avoid any unnecessary expenditure. This releases money that can be spent on the things that really matter in the business. I am always looking at ways of reducing our costs. Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.


Ask the Expert...

Hampton by Hilton hotel for York Work has started on a new 119-bed hotel in Toft Green, York.

investments advice with julie wilson

Comparing the market. Is it that simples? An artist’s impression of new hotel

The move, which provides a major in Toft Green boost for the Micklegate ward, follows a multi-million pound deal signed by York Investors LLP and Avantis Hotels Ltd. It will create up to 100 jobs in the construction sector and about 50 permanent jobs for the city once completed. York Investors, the 50:50 joint venture partnership between York-based developer S Harrison and Buccleuch Property, has contracted to deliver the new hotel which Avantis will own and operate under the Hampton by Hilton brand. Miller Construction, which is also transforming the neighbouring West Offices building into a new HQ for City of York Council, has started work on the new hotel , which is due to open in August next year. S Harrison’s Chris Hale says: “This is another major investment in the city’s tourism offer. York is now an all-year-round tourist destination. With more than seven million visitors to the city every year, offering more choice is vital. The new Hampton by Hilton hotel, inside the city walls, is close to the station and within easy walking distance of the city’s attractions. It will attract leisure and business visitors alike.” Last month we reported that S Harrison had sold its hotel development site in Walmgate, York, to Sojourn Hotels, which plans to create a 102-bed Hotel Indigo on the site.

The Financial Services regulator, the Financial Services Authority, is the latest to join Britain’s growing number of financial comparison websites. The “Money Advice Service” states “we believe that the right money advice can make a difference to people’s lives”. Well, that’s a coincidence, because so do we. Where we don’t see eye to eye is what constitutes “advice”. One of the problems with comparison sites is at best they are relatively unsophisticated tools aimed at relatively unsophisticated investors. At worst they are bare faced misleading. Many commercial comparison websites are paid to push a certain product to the top of the list as they get some form of payback. And most of the well known sites – particular insurance sites - are owned by the some of the largest Insurers in the UK. Confused is owned by Admiral. Comparethemarket is owned by Budget. Other comparison sites are effectively just a front for the big supermarkets. Comparison sites are just computer programmes. At best, they take a couple of aspects of the thing they are comparing and list them in your chosen order. For example, on the Money Advice Service site, if you search for a UK investment fund for your ISA, say for 5 years with a lump sum of the maximum annual ISA investment of £10,680, at the top of the list is the HSBC FTSE 100 tracker fund. Which suggests this is the “best” fund for you. If you had invested £10,000 in the HSBC FTSE 100 tracker fund 5 years ago, it would be worth £11,800 now. Not bad eh? But if you had invested your £10,000 in the best performing UK fund 5 years ago, it would be worth £18,400 now. So which one do you think is “best”? The reason is, of course, that the comparison site only looks at charges and not performance. And just comparing charges alone doesn’t make sense. If you read the small print on the Money Advice Service site, it does say “the tables won’t recommend which financial product you should buy, so never buy a product just on the basis of what you see in the tables. If you don’t understand how the kind of products you’re looking for works, or if you’re not sure whether it’s suitable for you, then get advice before coming back to the tables”. But who reads the small print? And how do you know what you don’t know? I could cite hundreds of cases where clients who believe they are relatively financially sophisticated have come to us thinking they’ve got their financial affairs pretty much in order, only for us to find that they are open to all sorts of financial risks they had never imagined. As with anything – you get what you pay for. These sites are not charities. The Money Advice Services purports to be “free”. In 2011/12 it will receive £43.7 million from fees raised from financial services firms regulated by the Financial Services Authority. That’ll be us then. But ultimately it will be you – the consumer who pays for this “free” service.

n Pen-Life Chartered Financial Planners, Equinox House, Clifton Park, York YO30 5PA Tel: 01904 661140; Fax: 01904 466206; Email:; Julie Wilson is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and Director of Pen-Life Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, who help individuals and small businesses make the most from their money including advice on residential and commercial mortgages and equity release, individual and business protection, pensions and retirement planning, savings, investments, tax planning, Inheritance Tax and long term care.


What’s hot... policyholders are thinking of getting a plug-in hybrid or battery electricpowered vehicle in the next 12 months. Car accessories: Forget furry dice and green tinted sun strips bearing the names of sweethearts - iPods, Satnavs and DVD players make up today’s must-have fun car accessories. Listening to music or the radio through a good audio system is still one of the best ways to stay relaxed behind the wheel – that’s why ‘improved sound systems’ are the top in-car add-on that owners of new vehicles install. Satnavs are great, if used correctly. If you just throw in a postcode and head off, don’t be surprised if you are taken down farm tracks and obscure roads last used by the Romans. Do some research first so you have a rough idea of where you’re going and make sure you enter the postcode correctly.

More miles per gallon: Rising fuel costs are prompting more motorists to trade in gas guzzlers for more economical vehicles. New cars are becoming more economical all the time. It is now common to see new cars returning more than 80mpg: even mainstream family cars regularly average more than 65mpg. An added benefit of good fuel economy is low CO2 emissions and, as car taxation is based on CO2, reducing emissions brings many benefits, including free road tax. Bright sparks: More and more drivers are thinking about investing in an environmentallyfriendly motor, such as the battery-powered Nissan Leaf, the current Car of the Year. Vehicle valuation expert Glass’s says more than half of car insurance


All mapped out: A good, up-to-date road map is a trusty travelling companion. It’s satisfying to navigate your way out of a traffic jam, or plotting a cross-country route that includes a selection of interesting roads, instead of the usual ‘quickest route’ motorway slog.

And what’s not hot: Tan leather string back driving gloves are definitely not hot when you consider that inept broadcaster Alan Partridge comedian Steve Coogan’s most famous comic creation - wears them.

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“It is important that you have the air-conditioning system serviced regularly to reduce any wear and tear on components and help you avoid potentially large repair bills.” Mark adds: “Regular servicing will ensure that the system is full of coolant, that there are no leaks, that the pressure is correct and the pipes, hoses and seals are in full working order.”

This means the York company can carry out main dealer level diagnostics at extremely competitive prices. Mark Ivinson set up the business four years ago as a sole trader. He now employs two qualified mechanics, plus an apprentice, after expanding into a second garage at Roland Court, York.

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Although he specialises in looking after Ford, Vauxhall, Citroen and Peugeot cars, Mark and his hardworking team are happy to service and repair all makes and models.

They also sell new tyres at very competitive prices. Mark says: “I believe we are the cheapest in York for tyres. Customers tell me the prices we quote are £7 to £8 cheaper per tyre than other suppliers.”

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condition, according to Mark. That’s why Ivinson Autos is a top-notch air-conditioning service and repair centre. He says: “Your vehicle’s air-conditioning system can lose as much as 15% of its coolant each year, which means that a three-year-old vehicle may have lost up to half its coolant. This will seriously impact the system’s performance and damage

When it comes to MOT’s and servicing, Mark, who has been a motor mechanic for 20 years, says: “Our expert garage team will take great care of your vehicle at all times. Our customers appreciate the high levels of personal service we provide. They also appreciate the fact that we offer a customer courtesy car and a collection and delivery service.”

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A total of 22,660 people were killed or seriously injured - a drop of 8% year on year. Fatalities amongst children was down by 32%; but more cyclists were killed in 2010 than 2009 - at 111 the number was up 7%. Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, says: "These are excellent figures. But what comes next? Against a backdrop of falling government spending, the loss of road safety expertise at local council level and no long-term targets, there is a danger these figures could mark the bottom of the casualty curve rather than another milestone on the route towards more reductions.”

Don’t play Russian roulette at level-crossings An increasing number of drivers are ignoring warning lights at level-crossings and trying to dash through as trains are approaching.

Best song to drive to Soaring fuel prices is top of this year's AA/Populus agenda, which tracks the views of 150,000 AA panel members. Some 200 questions have been asked, ranging from serious motoring issues like drink-drive limits (the majority support lower limits) to the best song to drive to (Bat Out Of Hell). The proportion of drivers affected by record pump prices has leapt from 63% at Christmas to 76%

now, according to the AA's Great British Motorist Report.

Fewer road deaths Provisional figures released by the Department for Transport show that 1,857 people died on the UK’s roads in 2010 - a 16% fall on the previous year and the lowest amount since records began in 1926.

Network Rail said near-misses with trains increased from 140 in 2009 to 161 last year – a jump of 15%. Though near-misses are up, collisions between road vehicles and trains fell from 14 in 2009 to seven last year, and deaths from 13 to four over the same period. Total incidents of recorded misuse at levels crossings rose from 3,244 in 2009 to 3,446 last year. Edmund King, AA President, says: “Drivers are playing Russian roulette with their own lives and the lives of others by ignoring crossing warning lights.” Superintendent Paul Brogden, of British Transport Police, says: “Those who flout the law and ignore the crossing signs can expect action to be taken against them.”



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High flying petrol head Car nut Keith Miller has been named the AA’s 2011 Patrol of the Year. He will spend the next 12 months as the ‘public face’ of the AA – representing the UK’s biggest motoring organisation. Local managers nominate roadside patrols for the award every year and shortlisted finalists are put through an intensive day of technical and driving tests, panel interview and mock live TV interviews at the AA’s training centre in Leicestershire. Keith, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, was working as a garage manager when he opted for life on the road as an AA patrol about five years ago. He loves classic Minis and is lucky enough to own his dream car, an E.R.A. Mini Turbo. He holds a private pilot’s licence, owning a share in an aircraft and, to relax, enjoys golf and scuba diving. Some of his most memorable breakdowns involve classic Jaguars: an XK140 that had just undergone a £100,000 restoration; and an ingenious repair on a 1972 XJ using an ignition rotor arm for a classic Mini to the delight and amazement of the AA member. Keith says: “I see the job of AA patrol as one of the best and most challenging in the motor trade, so winning Patrol of the Year is about the highest accolade a technician in the industry can achieve.”

Retired US cop cars for sale A UK company is selling American police cars for £23,000 each. USA Cop Cars Ltd is importing retired Ford Crown Victoria police cars which have seen at least 150,000 miles of active police service. Powered by a 4.6-litre Ford Mustang engine, they come with spotlights, stab-proof front seats, stain-resistant rear upholstery and have been built to withstand a 70mph rear impact.

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On the move B & S Motorcycles has moved from Gladstone Street to larger premises next to the National Railway Museum at Leeman Road, York. The company has a wealth of experience in supplying quality used bikes to customers throughout the York area and beyond. Owner Graham Woodward says: “We have moved to bigger premises in a better location to enhance our service. We offer a complete service for motorcyclists from mopeds to superbikes and everything in between. We specialise in repairs, servicing and MOTs. No job is too big or small. We also stock parts, accessories, batteries, exhausts and much more.” B & S Motorcycles has a wealth of experience in supplying quality used bikes to customers throughout the York area and beyond. It is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 3pm on Saturday. n B & S Motorcycles, 75 Leeman Road, York YO26 4XH. Tel: 622793


Wrigglesworth’s Garage in Mansfield Street, York Mechanic Simon Wadsworth works on a car at Wrigglesworth’s Garage

Garage bounces back after blaze

A York garage has bounced back after a blaze destroyed its workshop in Gladstone Street, off Huntington Road.

Wrigglesworth’s Garage is now trading from larger premises near Allied Carpets, off Foss Islands Road. Mechanic Scott Wrigglesworth, who kept the business going after his father retired, does servicing, mechanical repairs and arranges MOTs. He also fits tow bars.

The garage, which has been serving motorists in York for more than 35 years, is open between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday. n Wrigglesworth’s Garage, Mansfield Street, Foss Islands Road, York YO31 7US. Tel: 634894.

AA patrols are in the thick of it helping music festival goers in the muddy car parks this summer. To help those struggling to escape the mud, the AA's Land Rover crews have compiled some driving tips – with some lighthearted music suggestions to pass the time (aside from the glam rock band Mud!): Don't Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin): accept that it'll take a long time to get out of the car parks – up to several hours – and especially on mud, you won't be going anywhere in a hurry, so be patient and offer help to those who need it. Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi album): don't drive wearing muddy wellies as your feet could slip on the pedals – put on some clean shoes. Spinning Around (Kylie): pull away in second, not first, gear where possible to aid traction (lower revs help prevent wheel spin) – or in larger automatics, select 'D2' – and just use the accelerator very gently. Losing Grip (Avril Lavigne): cardboard placed in front of the driven wheels will help aid traction (car mats can be used as a last resort).

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Mud, mud, glorious mud... Moving On Up (M People): when moving, try to maintain momentum, especially if on an incline. Groove Is in the Heart (DeeeLite): try to stay out of the 'tramlines' if they're full of mud. Hook It Up (Vanessa Hudgens): if you need a tow, check the towing eye for corrosion or weakness (it is often behind a small plastic panel on the bumper). Communication (INXS): work out a plan with the person towing you; know where they intend to go and keep a close eye on them. Good communication is vital – agree on hand signals etc. Slow Hands (Interpol): keep it slow and smooth when towing, avoiding sudden movements; the person towing should ease away slowly bringing the rope under tension before proceeding. Fix You (Coldplay): if you get into difficulty or your car breaks down, call the AA's dedicated festival helpline on 0800 072 3642. It’s for all festival goers (AA members and nonmembers).

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Haye Fever “Ain’t no stopping us now” was the ring walk music for Britain’s now former world champion David Haye who, after beating the likes of Audley Harrison, promised the knockout of prized champion Wladamir Klitschko, due to his superior speed and peak physical fitness. The peak physical fitness boast forgot to mention a poorly big toe which was apparently the reason he lost nearly every round on the judge’s scorecards. Still, a cool £15million clear profit from the fight should be able to afford a few

ice baths and Toe-blerones to soften the blow. Haye’s victory was meant to be part of a British double with Wimbledon king in waiting Andy Murray, who must feel like it’s groundhog day with the Grand Slams. Not that it stops the media building up a frenzy around his wins. They try convincing themselves by saying things like “he has beaten Nadal before... in the Toronto Open”, i.e. about as important to Nadal as buying a new bandana. I was desperate to see Andy win the tournament, not just for British

August signals the moment we have all been waiting for, the start of the new football season. York City’s manager Gary Mills has built up a squad that on paper looks more than capable of challenging for promotion. Not that paper-based football should be the bearer of supporters’ hopes - don’t believe everything you read. Southampton once acted on information that a player named Ali Dia was the cousin of the then World player of the year George Weah. Just 16 minutes after appearing as a substitute he was replaced when it became apparent that the only similarity was that they both had two feet. In fact York themselves during the delusional John Batchelor reign signed Rogerio, affectionately nicknamed “Rodge”, a Brazilan striker who missed a open goal at Scunthorpe blaming his view was deceived by the sun. Hopefully York’s new forward line won’t make the same mistakes when they take on Ebbsfleet in the


season’s opener on the 13th August before two home games against Barrow and AFC Telford.

Own goal There still seems to be a snail’s pace gathering around York City’s new stadium, something that City of York Council seem to be distancing themselves from. This may not be a bad thing considering it was their responsibility for the ultimate pig’s ear job of installing a fence in the middle of a football goal.

Survival bid York City Knights are now making a real fist of their bid for survival. An epic 30-28 win over Dewsbury Rams and then high fliers Batley Bulldogs 18-10 could prove to be the catalyst for turning the season around. A good run of form lifted them above the relegation zone at time of writing in what would be arguably a better achievement than the promotion campaign last year given the slow and unforgiving start they endured. Leaders Featherstone Rovers and Halifax are the last home games for the season as the Knights look to secure their Championship status.

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Ripon (Family Day) Catterick (Family Day) Pontefract (Ladies Day) Redcar Thirsk (Evening) Beverley (Ladies Day) Beverley Catterick (Evening; Ladies Day) Doncaster Ripon (Championship) Pontefract (Family Day: Championship) Thirsk York (Championship) York (Championship; Ladies Day) York (Championship) York (Championship) Catterick (Family Day)

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Thirsk (Family Day) Beverley (Championship) Redcar (Evening) Beverley (Family Day) Ripon (Championship; Family Day) Ripon

York City FC (Blue Square Bet Premier) Sat 13th (A) Ebbsfleet Utd Tues 16th (H) Barrow Sat 20th (H) AFC Telford Utd Tues 23rd (A) Kettering Town Sat 27th (A) Fleetwood Town Mon 29th (H) Alfreton Town

York City Knights (Co-operative Championship) Fri 5th (H) Featherstone Rovers Sun 14th (A) Leigh Centurions Sun 21st – (H) Halifax RLFC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club ( LVCC1 – County Championship division one; 40L – Clydesdale Bank 40 League) Tues 2nd Hampshire, Rose Bowl, (LVCC 1) Wed 10th Middlesex, Lords (40L) Sun 14th Derbyshire, Chesterfield (40L) Wed 17th Sussex, Scarborough (LVCC 1)

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Sussex, Scarborough (40L) Warwickshire, Headingley (LVCC 1) Worcestershire, Headingley (40L) Warwickshire, Edgbaston (LVCC 1)

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Heavenly Nails & Beauty is run by Marcelle, a beauty therapist and master nail technician with many years of experience. She offers a wide range of treatments in the comfort of your own home. It’s the last word in luxury – convenient, hassle-free, and no more struggling to get home without smudging your manicure or spray tan! As well as offering a range of manicures (including hand-painted nail art), Minx Nails, pedicures, waxing, spray tans, facials and massage, Marcelle is the only therapist in York to offer Mabel Plus, fast, pain free face and body contouring. The Mabel Plus machine uses heat to stimulate collagen production in the skin, tightening and lifting skin, banishing fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing out cellulite. For best results a course of ten treatments is advised, but you can pay for sessions as you go. Or for the ultimate girls’ night in, Heavenly Nails & Beauty also offers pamper parties for kids or grown-ups. Get together with your friends and choose from a wide range of treatments, including mini manicures, eyebrow waxing and neck and shoulder massage while you enjoy a glass of wine and a good natter. Or why not go for the ever-popular Minx Party, where you can all get your Minx on together for a bargain price – the more the merrier!

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often. Even if you tend to tan easily, you need to up your protection to at least SPF 25 when you’re abroad. If you’re pale, you should wear at least SPF30 every day, and SPF50 in strong sunshine. Choose a formula containing zinc or titanium dioxide.

UVA or UVB – or both? UVB rays can cause cellular damage to the outer layers of the skin. They are the main cause of sunburn, DNA damage and the development of skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the connective tissue. Prolonged exposure to UVA rays cracks and shrinks the collagen and elastin in the skin, causing ageing.

The heat is on! We know sunscreen is important, but how do you tell your UVAs from your UVBs, and what is an SPF anyway? Here are the facts you need... Sun facts

the number, the more protection it offers.

The letters SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number relates to the amount of time a person has before they start to burn. The higher

You should use a sunscreen with SPF 15 anytime you are going to be exposed to the sun for more than 10 minutes. Using SPF 15 every day provides more protection than using a higher SPF every so


SPF sunscreen numbers indicate sunburn protection from UVB rays only. For UVA and UVB protection, look out for sunscreen containing avobenzone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

Get it right Be generous with the sunscreen – most people only apply 25% to 50% of the recommended amount. Sunscreen needs time to penetrate the skin, so it’s essential to apply it at least half an hour before going out in the sun. Re-apply every two to four hours, and immediately after swimming. If you’re thinning on top, don't forget to use a specialist sun protection product for scalps, and invest in a hat. If you really want to stay safe, avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10am and 3pm.

Dentists...who needs them? Did you know, only half the UK population visit the dentist for regular inspections and treatment? But if you only visit in an emergency, treatment may be more uncomfortable and more expensive. Cost can be a big reason why people don't visit their dentist regularly. But this needn’t be a problem. At Crystal Clear Dental, your needs will be explained, along with any related costs and, more importantly, how to help you afford the cost of treatment. Embarrassment is another factor, especially if you’ve neglected your teeth for a while. But dentists see many people with lots of different dental conditions so you should never feel embarrassed about any problems you may have. Another big reason is anxiety. Unlike an NHS practice which can see 30 or more patients a day, Crystal Clear has time to put you at your ease. They also have state of the art sedation available, including ‘Hypno-Sed’, a hypnosis technique. Treatments from Crystal Clear range from day to day dental care to dental implants, replacing missing teeth or securing loose dentures and cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers. Their reasonably priced tooth whitening programme allows whiter teeth without the need for more invasive procedures.



n So why not book your appointment today? Call 642595 for the city centre practice or 762757 for the Haxby practice.



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Local hairstylist Keelie Marwood has come up with an innovative way to recruit two new members to her team at Life Hair Design, based at Bannatynes health club near York. She’s taking a leaf out of Lord Sugar’s book and running a competition to find two new team members. The winning entrants will not only secure job at the salon, but also the opportunity to step up to cover the manager’s or senior stylist’s job for several months. They will also receive valuable Wella training as part of the prize.

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“It is a fantastic opportunity for any ambitious and talented stylists who really want to progress their career,” says Keelie. “Their skills are really going to increase by joining our team” Life Hair Design has also been a life-changing venture for Keelie herself, who took over the management of the salon in January after working there for several years. “I always felt that I could bring something more to the salon, and turn it into a ‘destination’ salon, through constant training and focussing on what customers really want from the whole salon experience.” n The competition closing date is 19th August, and anyone interested in entering can contact Keelie Marwood at Life Hair Design at Bannatynes Gym for the full details.Tel: 789340



Got a health or beauty question?

Whether it’s about fitness or foundation we can help! Q. Can you suggest a good nail colour? I

Q. I have a couple of half tubes of sunscreen

usually wear colour on my nails, but my favourite berry shades look too dark in the summer. Any ideas? A. This season you should either get hot or go nude! Following the colour block trend in fashion, nails are sizzling in hot citrus shades like orange or yellow to bright pinks or bold reds. They look especially good with a tan, but they do draw attention to your hands, so make sure your manicure is up to scratch! If you want something more understated, opt for one of the classic nude shades around at the moment – anything from soft rose to sheer ecru or taupe.

left over from last summer. Is it okay to use them again this year? A. The protective molecules in suntan lotions do break down and lose effectiveness over time. But most sunscreens should last around three years, so yours is still okay. Some sunscreens include a use-by date – always chuck out sunscreens that are out of date or have been exposed to high temperatures, as they won’t offer enough protection. One question, though – are you sure you’re applying enough? If used frequently and generously, a bottle of sunscreen shouldn’t last more than one summer. Don’t be stingy!

Q. My beauty therapist has recommended I use a


night cream. Do I really need one? Why can’t I just use the same moisturiser I use during the day? A.Your therapist wasn’t having you on. Beauty experts reckon the cell renewal process of the skin is more intensive in the night which means it is more receptive and capable of nourishing and regenerating itself. Night creams contain specialised ingredients that aid this regeneration process and nutrients that feed your skin while you sleep and can help combat the signs of ageing, but it might not be right for everyone. If your skin is oily and acne-prone, for instance, a rich night cream might aggravate the condition. Your beauty therapist can advise on the right product for you.

A. No, it isn’t a myth, says Tracy from Revive Hair & Beauty in Heworth. Chlorine in swimming pools can turn your highlights green, especially if they are too light. To minimise the risk, she recommends wetting your hair and applying a conditioner before you go swimming to minimise your hair’s absorbency. It’s also a good idea to rinse your hair straight after swimming, and to use a shampoo especially designed for holiday use, which will also protect your hair from harmful UV rays. Tie up your hair whenever you’re going swimming to avoid exposure to chemicals.

I want to get highlights done before I go on holiday but I’ve been told they might turn green if I go swimming. Is this true and how can I prevent it happening?

n If you have a health or beauty question, write to us at the address on page five, or email Don’t forget to mark your question ‘Q & A’.



Making a splash Yearsley Pool, opposite the Nestle factory, has been at the heart of swimming in York for more than 100 years. Many people say it is their favourite place to swim, due to the charm of the building.

The pool’s well-trained staff cater for all abilities, from the weakest swimmer to some of the best competitive swimmers in York. They also facilitate York Canoe Club, regional and national canoe polo competitions, Octopush and York City Baths Club. Pool manager Simon Luck says: “Teaching people to swim is one of our main objectives and our SwimYork Swim School is one of the best in York. We teach swimming to all ages from six months old to adults, including 14 York schools. In August we launch the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming. This new lesson structure will allow our junior swimming lessons to be even more fun and help develop more good quality swimmers in the future, helping to maintain Yearsley Pool’s heritage as a great place to learn to swim in York. “Throughout the school holiday period Yearsley Pool is proud to be able to help keep York’s youth fit and healthy. That’s why we offer £1 swims for all under-16s with a valid York Card or Yozone Card and host Inflatable Water Fun sessions every Thursday and Sunday afternoon.” n For more details, call 552424 or visit

Hooray for Bollywood! Bollywood dancing is an exotic and exciting way of getting your body fit and healthy through Indian exercise. It offers a fun and expressive workout that tones your muscles, gives your heart and lungs an aerobic workout, and boosts your rhythm and co-ordination. And it’s a lot more fun than slogging it out on a treadmill! Classically trained dance artist Zoobin Surty offers contemporary Bollywood classes suitable for all ages and abilities. New classes start in September. For more information, call 07737 134821.

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Foods that cause you to lose weight Facts: • Some foods cause you to store fat, others don’t. • Some foods change your metabolism so you burn calories more effectively • To avoid your body going into “starvation mode”, weight loss should be gradual. In “starvation mode” your body lowers your metabolism and converts as much food as it can to fat. • The critical elements of a good weight control regime are: high fibre, a balanced diet of whole, healthy, natural foods, plenty of pure water, low fat, sugar and processed foods, and moderate exercise. Remember: WHAT you eat is far more important than HOW MUCH you eat. When you eat the right foods, you can eat until you are full and still lose weight. Not eating enough actually damages your ability to burn fat by putting your body into fat conserving mode. Keep the fire stoked and it will burn more fiercely. You use up calories in the digestion process, so eating whole foods helps you to lose weight because they take more energy to digest. For example, if you ate a pound of cream cakes, it would be so easily digested that it would turn to a pound of fat on your body. But if you ate a pound of raw broccoli, it would take so much effort for your body to digest that most of the calories in the food would be used up in the digestion process, leaving nothing to be stored as fat.

Carbohydrates Boost the Metabolism

Best Carbohydra tes: Brown rice, beans, peas, lentils, vegeta bles, corn, oats

Carbs have had a bad press recently, but starchy foods are not fattening…. it’s what you put with them that adds Other Fat Burnin g the fat: sugar (in the form of breads, Foods: pastries, biscuits, cakes etc) butter, The onion family: meat, cheese, dressings etc. In fact, Onions, leeks, garlic, carbohydrates boost the metabolism spring onions and are necessary for both energy Peppers: Bell pepper s, and brain functioning. As they come chilli peppers, black from plant sources they contain pepper, cayenne pep per fibre – unless, of course, they are Sp ices: Ginger, nutmeg, processed (which includes being cardamom, cinnamon ground into flour). Fibre is necessary , turmeric etc for good digestion, contains virtually no calories and bulks up the food on Beans: Aduki beans your plate giving you a fuller feeling. Excess carbohydrate, unlike fat, cannot be directly stored on the body. It first has to be converted to fat, a process which uses up calories. This makes it a more slimming food, weight for weight, than fat which can be directly stored on the body. Whole grains are better than ground ones, such as flour, because when the grain has been ground the first stages of the digestion process have been done for us and so we use up less calories in actually digesting the food. It is the type of carbs that is important…whole and unprocessed. Missed a column? You can catch up at Stressed? Anxious? Depressed? Unhappy? Overweight? Or Lacking Confidence? Do you need to Stop Smoking now? Or Make other Changes in your life? At MINDWORKS SOLUTIONS I use a unique blend of solution focussed therapy combined with NLP and Hypnotherapy so you can use your Mind to Work for, not against, you. You have the ability to Heal your Life and find the Solutions to your problems. I can show you how.

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The beauty world is buzzing with loads of new products, treatments and techniques designed to help you look fabulous. We’ve put together our sizzling top five list of what’s hot ... n High tech hair Hair extensions are great for adding fullness and length to fine hair. Synthetic extensions are cheaper, but for long-lasting quality you can’t beat the real thing. Human-sourced extensions look more natural, and can be blow dried, curled or straightened just like your own hair. Go for the best quality you can find, and always have them done professionally for best results. If you’re a slave to your straighteners, the Brazilian Blow Dry is a dream come true. Pure keratin (a substance found naturally in hair, nails and skin) is used to penetrate the hair, giving you a smooth blow dry finish for up to four months. Unlike relaxers or thermal conditioning, the Brazilian Blow Dry straightens the hair without damaging or changing its texture. n Semi permanent nails Minx is possibly the best thing to happen to beauty since fake tan. It’s a solid film which is sealed to your nails using heat activated adhesive backing. The results are chip resistant and last for weeks, so they should see you right through the summer! Minx is available in a huge range of funky designs, and is especially good for pedicures. Shellac Nails are the ultimate long-lasting manicure,

combining the resilience of a gel nail overlay with the ease of paint-on colour. Shellac Nails last up to 14 days without losing shine or shimmer. They are hard-wearing and do not scratch or smudge. n Lash extensions Forget the mascara and fiddling about with falsies – semi permanent eyelash extensions are the hot new rage for longer, thicker and very natural looking eyelashes. They’re ideal for no-fuss holiday glamour, too – no more panda eyes in the pool! The extensions are single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural eyelash. They provide length and thickness to your own lashes, and with proper care and touch-up visits, they can last a long time. n Spray tanning Yes, you can apply it at home. But for a truly natural, long lasting glow (and no streaks or tell-tale white bits!) you really can’t beat a professional spray tan. Spray tans are often available in a choice of shades, so you can choose one that flatters your colouring. The tan is applied to your skin as a mist from a spray gun, giving a perfectly even finish. A good therapist can also tailor your tan to your specific requirements, whether you’d like a golden glow for a wedding or full-on bronzing for your holidays.

n Hair removal If waxing makes you wince but you don't want the hassle of shaving, there are some ancient and modern methods available. Sugaring is an ancient Middle Estern practice which uses an all-natural paste or gel made from food-derived ingredients to remove the hair follicle from the root. It’s faster than waxing, kinder to your skin and many people claim it’s less painful. For a more high-tech method of permanent hair reduction, try IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). High energy light pulses are used to destroy the hair follicle safely and effectively from all areas of the body, including the face. IPL works best at removing hair when it’s in the active growth phase, so you’ll need a few sessions. The pulse light also works best on darker hair.

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Win designer sunspecs! Halls Opticians on Clifton Moor are offering one lucky reader the chance to get some celeb glamour with a free pair of fab designer sunspecs. Wearing sunglasses reduces glare and shields your eyes from damage by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Exposure to dangerous UVA and UVB rays can cause long-term eye damage and may even trigger eye disease. Prescription sunglasses are a worthwhile investment. They’re easy, convenient and unlike contact lenses, there’s no risk of getting sand in them on the beach! They’re also available for virtually any lens prescription, whether you need reading glasses or you have a vision problem that needs correction. You don't have to sacrifice style, either; prescription sunglasses are available in a wide choice of designer frames, whether you go for Top Gun style aviators, or oversized sunnies a la Victoria Beckham. Halls Opticians have a whole range of sunglasses on offer. And with normal prescription spectacles available from just £9.99, they don’t come with an A-lister price tag, either. To be in with a chance of winning your free designer sunspecs, just answer the following question: What’s the cheapest pair of prescription spectacles available at Halls Opticians? Send your answers to the address on page five, to reach us by Friday 10th August. You’ll find Halls Opticians at Tower Court Health Centre, Oakdale Road, Clifton Moor, YO30 4RZ. Call 479555 to book your appointment today!


Birth made easy Many mums-to-be feel apprehensive at the prospect of giving birth. They worry about the pain, about medical intervention and not being in control of the whole experience. And stress hormones produced during pregnancy and childbirth are passed on to your unborn baby too, which can have a negative effect. But it needn’t be like that, says York hypnotherapist Angie Doig-Thorne. “Childbirth is a natural process, it doesn’t have to be painful or rely on too much medical intervention.” She has come up with a way of putting expectant mums back in control. She is offering a five-session pregnancy package, teaching relaxation, self hypnosis and breathing techniques to help minimise pain, fear, and anxiety whilst in labour, creating a calmer experience and a less stressed baby. “Some of the births I’ve seen using the techniques were simply amazing,” she says. “Most women would be amazed at how stress-free giving birth can be.” n The package is suitable for 28 weeks of pregnancy onwards. For more information, call Angie on 489142 or 07919 577522.

No, we’re not seriously suggesting you start your Christmas shopping in August. But if you are looking for present ideas, may we suggest a gift voucher? They’re not only convenient to buy and a lot more useful than your average set of bath bombs, they can also give you a much-needed lift long after the festive season is over. As our Emily found out when she was given a gift voucher from Kuki Hair & Beauty Spa last Christmas. “The voucher was valid for up to six months, so I was able to use it recently for a preholiday treatment,” she says. Emily went for a Detox Sea Mud Wrap, which is

ideal for getting your body beach-ready. After body brushing, the therapist did a full body exfoliation to slough off any dead skin cells. She then applied warm green sea mud and wrapped Emily up while the detoxing ingredients got to work. “While I was wrapped up she gave me an acupressure head and foot massage, then left me to relax,” says Emily. After Emily had showered off the mud, the therapist finished the treatment with moisturiser that left Emily’s skin feeling super smooth and smelling fabulous. “It was the perfect way to get ready for my holiday, and having the gift voucher was like unwrapping a Christmas present six months later!” says Emily. n For more information on gift vouchers and treatments available, call Kuki Hair & Beauty Spa on 659007.

Special Spa Have you tried the Spa at York’s Cedar Court Grand yet? It’s even easier to book your treatments and find out what’s on offer with their newly designed website. The site provides instant online booking facilities, and, most importantly, news of their upcoming special offers. And with intriguingly named packages such as ‘The Grand Meltdown’ and ‘Pure Gold in the Vaults’ available, who wouldn’t want to try them? n Visit

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3 August Merchant Taylors’ Hall, York (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm) 8 August Wigginton Recreation Centre (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm) 9 August Acomb Parish Church Hall (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.30pm) 10 August St Oswald’s Church, Fulford (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm) 12 August New Earswick Folk Hall (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm) 17 August Boston Spa Village Hall (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7.30pm) 24 August Merchant Taylors’ Hall, York (2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm) n For more details, call 0300 123 2323

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Fabulous wedding fair

Looking for ideas and inspiration for your big day? Then head along to the Wedding Fair at Beverley Racecourse on 7th August from 11am – 3pm. You’ll find all kinds of wedding suppliers and services, from dresses to rings, cars to cakes, photographers to wedding favours, many with exclusive special offers available on the day. You could even organise your whole day under one roof! n For more information, call Su Dillon on 01964 626416.

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Looking for a special tune that sums up all that’s special? Don’t go for this lot... D.I.V.O.R.C.E Tammy Wynette

Cheating on You Franz Ferdinand

Smack My Bitch Up The Prodigy

I Ain’t Gonna Cheat On You No More Sam Cooke

Don’t Stand So Close To Me The Police A Punch-up At A Wedding Radiohead White Trash Wedding The Dixie Chicks

Baby I’m Gonna Leave You Led Zeppelin Big Mistake Natalie Imbruglia 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Paul Simon

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Need help with a wedding dilemma? Q. I’ve noticed several wedding venues offer packages. Surely it’s better to shop around and get a bargain? A. Not necessarily. Wedding venues deal with suppliers on a large scale, so they can often negotiate better deals than you might get on your own. There are other advantages, too. Having a wedding package means you know exactly what you’re paying upfront, so you can control the costs. And it takes a lot of the strain out of wedding planning, too! We aim to bring you the best wedding package deals available, so look out for them in Your Local Link. Q. The seating plan is giving me a real headache. How do I sort it out? A. Every group of guests is different, so let commonsense rule – for instance, don’t put ex partners together, or stick your granny on a table with your uni mates (unless she can hold her own in a Jaegerbomb drinking contest). It’s generally a good idea to put the young families at the back where they can make noise, and the older guests at the front where they can see and hear the speeches. Avoid putting single people on a table of couples, and don’t put all the shy guests on one table or no one will ever break the ice. You can actually buy a computer programme that promises to take the pain out of table planning – see for more information.

Sales executive Emily Cuthbert is in charge of our wedding pages, which means she has access to experts from all over the city. Whatever your wedding woes, Emily can find out the answer for you! Q. How do I pick the right videographer? A. My first tip is to get a move on – good videographers get booked up quickly. It goes without saying you should see examples of their previous work, but you should also ask to speak to some satisfied customers. To get the best from your videographer, give them as much information beforehand about your wedding, including details about the wedding and reception venue (check with your minister or registrar in case you need special permission to film). Also, tell them about any surprises you have planned, so they can be sure to film them – don’t worry, they can keep a secret! Q. Can you answer a question from a bloke? Is it okay to wear my work suit for my wedding? My fiancée says no, but I can’t see the problem. A. Yes, it’s okay to get married in your work suit – as long as you don’t mind your bride turning up in any old thing she’s just pulled out of her wardrobe too! Seriously, this is the biggest day of your life, so why not splash out on something new? Go for a classic, well cut style in a conservative colour. A lightweight fabric is a good idea if you’re likely to get hot and bothered during the reception. Add colour with your tie and/or waistcoat to tone with the wedding colour scheme.

n If you have a wedding problem you’d like answered, write to Emily at the address on page three, or email Mark your message ‘Ask Emily’ 49

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Pre Nuptial

Agreements Are they only for the Rich and Famous? Pre Nuptial Agreements (PNAs) have historically been geared towards the rich and famous to protect their multi millions from gold diggers, however they are now fast becoming part of the pre-wedding preparations. It is a difficult topic to approach with a future partner just before getting married as essentially the parties are anticipating what should happen in the event that the marriage breaks down. A PNA can assist in a marriage by setting out clearly the couple’s desires, promoting communication and enabling them to establish for themselves rules of their union thereby entering into the marriage with a full understanding of what each party brings to the relationship. The legal costs of negotiating a PNA are far less costly than negotiating a divorce settlement. Are Pre Nuptial Agreements enforceable? PNAs are not enforceable in English and Welsh Courts and it is the Court which will ultimately decide how assets of the marriage should be divided in the event of divorce. PNAs are enforceable in countries such as America, New Zealand and some other EU countries.


So why do people in England and Wales make Pre Nuptial Agreements if they are not enforceable? The English Court system does take notice of PNAs and as such the PNA is a persuasive document in any court proceedings when the court determines the parties intentions prior to entering the marriage. In divorce proceedings a Judge would only look at a PNA in the event that the parties were unable to resolve their financial issues out of court. In many situations following separation, provided both parties honour the PNA, a simple Consent Order would be prepared and sent to the court for approval in accordance with the terms of the PNA. Should the Judge not be happy with the content of the PNA the Judge could order both parties to attend a hearing where the Judge would decide whether or not to make an order. In recent cases it is clear that the Judges do take notice of the PNA, however the Judge is not bound by the PNA. What type of issues are included in a Pre Nuptial Agreement? I would recommend that the PNA, includes the following issues: 1. A schedule of all assets, liabilities and incomes of the parties; 2. Agreement as to what should happen to

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premarital property and property acquired during the marriage in the event of divorce; 3. Agree how premarital debts will be paid; 4. Discuss who shall occupy and own the matrimonial home and any secondary properties; 5. Agree as to whether any spousal maintenance payments should be made; 6. The PNA can also deal with different scenarios which may be faced in the future, for example if the parties had children or if the marriage lasted for over 10 years etc. How do I ensure that the Pre Nuptial Agreement is legally binding? The PNA should be signed by both parties at least 21 days before the wedding. Contact arrangements and child maintenance for children should not be included in the Pre Nuptial Agreement. This will not be legally binding and if included there is a risk that the Judge may dismiss the entire PNA. n Should you require further information on obtaining a PNA please email me at or alternatively contact me on 01904 642727 for a FREE 30 minute consultation.

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Performers at last year’s High Scorers’ Concert in York

Talent show The musical talent of York’s youngsters will be celebrated at a concert organised by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. About 25 musicians who have earned distinctions in the board’s practical exams will be performing at Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York, on Saturday, October 1, at 2.30pm. They will be displaying their woodwind, brass, strings, piano and singing skills. Penny Milsom, the board’s UK Operations Director, will be presenting badges to the musicians during the concert, which is open to members of the public. n For tickets, call Maurice Ridge on 07818 085021.

Holiday classes for tennis Inspired by Wimbledon? Britain’s top player Andy Murray started playing tennis at the age of three, so why not get your little tyke enrolled on a Tennis Tykes holiday class for two, three and four- year-olds? The following classes will take place at the Poppleton Centre, near York: Friday, August 5: 1-2pm (2-3 yr olds), 2-3pm (3.5 & 4 yr olds). Wednesday, August 24: 1-2pm (2-3 yr olds), 2-3pm (3.5 & 4 yr olds). Friday, August 26: 1-2pm (2-3 yr olds), 2-3pm (3.5 & 4 yr olds). n For more details, call Caroline on 0784 334 2662, email or log on to


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The trip of a lifetime

This month scores of York youngsters will be embarking on overseas adventures across the globe, either on gap year travels or to volunteer for a charity. We caught up with some of them to find out why they’re going global... School and Burnholme Community College are visiting Korogwe School in Tanzania, which is home to about 900 girls determined to make a better life for themselves and their families.

it will be a culture shock; we will be using sport to break through the language barrier. I’m looking forward to seeing elephants in the wild.”

The pupils funded it by organising coffee mornings, a charity auction, pig racing and packing bags at supermarkets.

African adventure York pupils have raised about £38,000 to fund a dream trip to Africa. Eighteen pupils and four members of staff from York High School, Manor


Before flying out to Africa, Eliza Phillips, aged 16, of the Manor School, said: “I feel both apprehensive and excited. I know

After her climb, she worked on one of the charity’s projects for two weeks, building animal shelters. Gemma, formerly of Manor School and York College, is studying maths at Newcastle University. She raised funds for her trip by bag packing at supermarkets and holding car boot sales. She’s also entered the York 10k run on 31st July.

The two-and-a-half week trip includes an expedition to climb Little Meru, a 3,801-metre peak.

Korogwe School’s basic facilities were improved when York High School shipped out a container full of books and equipment. York pupils visited the school in 2009 and, last year, pupils from Korogwe School visited York.

poverty-stricken children in Africa.

She says: “Small amounts can make a big difference to people in poverty; just £3 buys a treated mosquito net to help prevent malaria. Every donation helps."

Peak experience Gemma Kay, aged 19, of York, travelled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the charity COCO, founded by Olympic athlete Steve Cram, which educates

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Jess says: “I’m excited by the prospect of going to Borneo and helping the people there improve their lives.” If you want to support Jess you can email her at jess2borneo2012@ Jess Burchell in training with her father, Nigel, for their 110-mile fundraising trek across the North York Moors

Borneo bound Young adventurer Jess Burchell, aged 15, has embarked on a campaign to raise £3,450 to fund a dream trip to Borneo in south-east Asia. This month she will be walking 110 miles across the North York Moors from Helmsley to Filey accompanied by her father, Nigel. She is also raising money by bag packing for shoppers at supermarkets. The month-long trip, which takes place next year, has been organised by Joseph Rowntree School, New Earswick. More than 50 pupils, including Jess, have signed up for it. She will be working at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, improving habitat for the endangered apes after it was devastated by a large forest fire, as well as tagging sea turtles on an island and clearing rubbish from

Bolivian mission York young carer Ben Farrar, aged 20, who has never been overseas before, has embarked on an adventure in Bolivia, the poorest country in Latin America. As part of a team of five volunteers working for the charity Child Fund, Ben is teaching young people how to use IT and communications technology and the importance of personal health, wellbeing and the natural environment. The 12-week placement in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city, has been organised by International Service, a York-based charity that has been working in Latin America for more than 30 years. Ben has been caring for his mother, who has had cancer, and has also been involved as a music producer with Access To Music at York’s Jam Factory.

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beaches. She will also be involved in a project to provide clean drinking water to more than 200 people and helping to build a community hall.

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Maintenance Matters

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC), previously known as the Child Support Agency or CSA, has been with us in one form or another since 1991. A committee of MPs has recently considered how the current system of calculating and collecting child support payments works in practice. Some of its findings are shocking. CMEC costs 50p for every £1 in child maintenance it collects. It has failed to collect £3.8billion in payments due. There is clearly a need to look again at the system and the MPs’ recommendations are part of the process of reform. There are a number of misconceptions about the current child support system works. A common one is that an application to CMEC is compulsory when a couple with children separate. Most separated parents have no problem at all in providing financial support for their children and agree between them the level of payments to be made. Often they will use the formula CMEC would apply to calculate maintenance. If there is agreement CMEC need not be involved unless something goes wrong. One of the positives of the current system is that the formula used is relatively clear and easy to apply, particularly where the non-resident parent is an employee. There are special rates for those on low incomes. Otherwise the calculation is essentially as follows: 1. The non-resident parent’s net income is calculated by considering earnings, pension income (excluding state retirement pension) and some benefits and tax credits. Income tax, national insurance payments and pension contributions are then deducted. If the non-resident parent has other children in their new family (whether step-children or biological children) the net income figure is reduced to reflect this. 2. Child support is calculated as a percentage of net income as follows: • 15 per cent for one child; • 20 per cent for two children; • 25 per cent for three or more children. 3. If the child or children stay overnight with the non-resident parent on a regular basis the child support amount is reduced. For example, if over the course of a year a child stays one night a week with the non-resident parent, then the maintenance payable is reduced by one seventh, two nights by two sevenths etc. There is a specific formula where children’s time is shared equally between their parents. The resident parent’s income is irrelevant to the calculation, as is that of any new partners. Problems arise when payments are not made or are made late. This can cause real hardship for children and the fact that £3.8 billion is owed suggests that CMEC could be much more efficient in dealing with this. There is already a number of different ways in which CMEC can get parents to pay. It can have payments deducted by an employer from the parent’s wages or take action through the courts to secure payment. It already has the power to confiscate the driving licence of someone who is not paying. The MPs’ report is suggesting new powers, including direct payments from salaries or bank accounts in all cases. Some may think this is overkill but one thing is clear, change is long overdue.

n For legal advice on this or any aspect of family law, contact Nicki Mitchell at Denison Till Solicitors on 01904 611411 ( Nicki is a Specialist Family Solicitor and an accredited member of Resolution – First for Family Law. She is also a Collaborative Lawyer. See for further information


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Planning a big event? Whether it’s a wedding, christening, big birthday party or a school reunion, why not capture the occasion forever with some beautiful professional photographs? Pesphotography provide professional, high quality photography for all kinds of events, from graduations and proms to sporting occasions. They can also provide a fantastic home portrait service, with a fully portable professional strobe flash and modelling studio including various backdrop styles for home, garden and office. We think that’s a great idea – having it done at home is a much more relaxed and hassle-free way of getting a great family portrait, or even a special picture of your cherished pet. Pesphotography pride themselves on the quality of their service and friendly manner. All shots are tailored to your needs, whether it’s a traditional family portrait you’re after, or something a bit more quirky and unique to you. n For more information, contact 07725 641 860 or visit


A cart-load of family fun The Farmer’s Cart in York is the place to go if you want a large dollop of family fun this summer. You can start your visit in the farmyard where you can get up close with cows, goats, sheep and rabbits. Then you can have loads of fun with the pigs and their little piglets at the Piglets Adventure Farm Park. You can also come and milk the cow or check whether the hens have laid any eggs. See what a mouse gets up to all day or just feel how soft the cute rabbits and guinea pigs are. After close encounters of the furred kind, you can work off some energy by bouncing on the family attraction’s inflatable pillows or enjoy a turn of speed by pedalling on the tractors or go-carts. Budding Bob The Builders can make a bee-line for the giant sand pit which is equipped with diggers, buckets and spades. The tractor-and-

trailer rides that circle the farm all day are very popular; but, if that’s too sedate, then maybe being bounced around on the barrel train is for you. You can even prepare for next year’s London Olympics by competing against your friends on the ‘Olympigs’ obstacle course. There’s also crazy farm golf or you can explore the maize maze.

The Farmer’s Cart says: “Whatever you choose, we assure you a fun-packed day of learning and leisure for all the family. You can always bring your own picnic or enjoy our daily BBQ at Truffles Trough café or, for a real treat, you can have lunch at The Farmer’s Cart.” n The Farmer’s Cart, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York YO32 9ST. Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm. Tel: 499183.

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Ear by gum! Deafness Research UK is offering free hearing tests and an entertaining, educational show to companies, colleges, schools, local events and community groups. The award-winning Bionic Ear Show aims to deliver the facts about the human ear in a fun way, through a range of interactive activities. Concentrating particularly on the hearing of the younger generations, the show has been raising the awareness of how to properly look after the ear, reducing the chances of having hearing problems later on in life. The free hearing screenings are open to people of all ages, so to take advantage of this opportunity all you need to do is contact Deafness Research UK on 020 7679 8951 or email the Bionic Ear Show team at Bionicearshow@ n To find out about the Bionic Ear Show, visit

Campus open days York St John University witnessed a record-breaking attendance at its first open day of the season with more than 770 prospective students on campus eager to find out what courses are on offer. Open days take place throughout the summer and into the autumn term. The dates are: Saturday, August 20; Wednesday, August 24; Saturday, September 10; Saturday, October 22; and Wednesday, October 26. n To book a place, visit, email opendays@ or call 876958.


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Deaf lecturer named

‘teacher of the year’ Amanda Smith, who teaches British Sign Language (BSL) at York St John University, has been named Yorkshire & Humber’s Teacher of the Year.

Calling all mums, dads and carers…

Amanda, who is profoundly deaf, was nominated for the Signature award by her students who, this year, have achieved a 100% pass rate. The Signature awards recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution toward achieving a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access. The teacher of the year award identifies those who, through their drive and enthusiasm, classroom commitment and high-quality teaching, have expanded provision, improved access or achieved outstanding results. Amanda teaches BSL Levels 1 and 2 and is adding BSL Level 3 to her classes. She has also become a Teaching Fellow at the university to enable her to continue her research into deaf issues. She works hard to improve the social life of deaf students away from the classroom by integrating BSL users from the university and local area as well as helping to organise the York St John Sign Café, which is now run as a society of the Students’ Union. Amanda says: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award. I have worked hard with the students to achieve their Signature exam pass and feel so proud for them.” Jim Edwards, Signature Chief Executive, says:


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“Amanda’s teaching style is particularly inspirational; she keeps up momentum in the classroom, engages students in role play, organises trips to nearby deaf clubs and even puts on celebratory meals to mark success. She makes learning fun which, in turn, gives students the confidence to go out and engage in BSL conversation with other people. The pass rate speaks for itself – these qualifications require hard work.” Diana Wetherell Terry, Deputy Dean of York St John Business School, says: “Amanda is an outstanding, creative and innovative teacher who strives and achieves excellence in all she does.” Amanda is now vying for the national Teacher of the Year award which will be presented in London in November

For many families September brings changes. Children may be starting school, you may be looking for a new job or want to start claiming the free early years entitlement for three and four year-olds. September will be here before you know it and you can make your life easier by thinking ahead: • Will your childcare requirements be changing? • Are your circumstances due to change over the summer holidays? York Family Information Service provides free and impartial information so families can understand all the options that are available. It can provide you with a tailored list of childcare providers, vacancies, costs and contact details and answer any questions you may have. n Call York Family Information Service on 554444, or by visit

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Back to nature... Children at York College’s Day Nursery will be able to experience the joys of the great outdoors, thanks to an innovative new scheme. The nursery was recently successful in attaining an Early Years Capital grant from the City of York Council to start a Forest School programme, run from the college grounds, in partnership with the College’s Child Studies department.

The Forest School will provide an outdoor approach to learning and play for the children, whilst still in their familiar surroundings. Says York College Day Nursery Manager, Liz Radford: “We can now provide the best Forest School opportunity for our children. York College has worked alongside consultant ecologists, ECUS Ltd, who have designed a nature area which will enhance and create habitats and provide educational opportunities bringing children closer to nature. The college would like to thank Dean's Garden Centre at Stockton-onthe-Forest and Homebase on Foss Island Road, for donations of surplus stock of saplings from the 'Tree o'clock' campaign that ran last year.” Child Studies students at York College are also involved in the Forest School. The experience gained from this project will enable them to develop skills required to be competent Early Years professionals. n York College Day Nursery is open for children from six weeks to five years of age. For information, call 770344 or email nursery@

Holiday activities for children

do you want to host an international student for bright world guardianships?

‘This is a great job and has provided our family with a valuable extra income as well as being lots of fun and a cultural experience for us all.’ Bright World Guardianships Ltd takes care of international children studying at UK boarding schools in the York area. We are looking for families to host our students for some weekends and half terms.

For more information please contact: Lindsay Tribe, Host Family Recruitment Manager or call 01273 835745

“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do.” It’s the cry that parents dread, particularly during the long summer holidays. However, there’s plenty for children to do in the York area. Just check out what these four groups have to offer: 15-19 August Bluespoon Theatre Company, The Global Centre, Low Poppleton Lane, York, 10am-1pm. Singing, dance and drama sessions for children aged between 4 and 12. Tel: 07923 359470.

1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 August Imaginative Childcare Holiday Fun Club, Strensall village hall, Mondays and Tuesdays throughout August, 9.30am-11.30am. Art, cooking and sports sessions for children aged between three and 11. Tel: 407803. Web:

25 July – 2 September Hempland Kids Club, Bad Bargain Lane, York, 7.45am-6pm. Arts & crafts, sports, cooking, table tennis, puppets, dance, drumming, skating and bouncy castles for children aged between four and 11. Please provide a packed lunch and old clothes as there will be a lot of messy and outdoor play. Tel: 415946.

1-31 August PopSOC, Main Street, Upper Poppleton, York, 8am-6pm (half-day sessions available). Explore the Wonders Of The World by going on adventures galore and having water flights, picnics and sports events. If it’s fun, PopSOC is doing it. Tel: 783653 or 07742 960784. Web:


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Who cares? The whole issue of care giving at home has had a bad press recently, with the Equality and Human Rights Commission reporting that its major inquiry has uncovered ‘worrying’ cases of poor quality care.

While there’s no doubting the Commission’s findings, the press reports have created a great deal of fear among the elderly and their families. They also overlook all the excellent independent care being provided, often under great pressure. All over York, home care providers are working very hard and going


out of their way to provide independence, dignity and quality of life for their clients. People like York Helpers, for instance. They recently received a letter from a woman thanking them for the help they have given her 86 year old mother. “Mum was initially resistant to the idea of help even from her own family,” she wrote. “Your team have made every effort to overcome her quite natural resistance to accept help...It’s very reassuring to know that the team are so caring

in everything you do. It reinforces my view of the dedication and professionalism the team demonstrates.” Dawn Hunter has a similar tale to tell. The York businesswoman was diagnosed with MS three years ago, and recently began receiving personal care from Bluebird Care. “They have been fantastic,” she says. “As well as providing personal care, they will also notice little things around the house that need doing, like putting in a load of washing or taking out the recycling. They understand that some days I struggle

more than others, so if the carer notices I’m not feeling too good the office will text me to check how I’m doing. I want to be independent, and they support me in whatever I need.” Dawn has recently started her own card making business – see www. theluxuryinkpad for more information. The help carers provide extends beyond the home. Home Instead, for instance, are currently working alongside NHS staff at York District Hospital to ensure the continuing support of a client who was recently admitted into

But it doesn't stop there. Good caring means helping someone live as independent a life as they possibly can. This may mean many different things to different people. For instance, staff at Riccall Carers regularly accompany their clients to big family events such as weddings, which they might otherwise have to miss. On one occasion, a carer went with a client to her granddaughter’s graduation. “It was her greatest wish to be there, so one of our carers took her to Newcastle on the train for the day and looked after her for the day,” says a spokesman. And it’s not just special occasions, either, says Glenn Pickersgill of Heritage Healthcare. “We have an elderly gentleman who loves golf but can’t walk. We take him to the golf course and drive him around in a buggy so he can still enjoy a

game. My son, who works for us, also assists a 22 year old who wants to play pool and darts in the pub with his mates. It’s all about enhancing people’s lives.”

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hospital. Going into hospital can be a traumatic time for anyone, especially someone elderly or vulnerable. But having the support, companionship and care from a friendly and familiar face at Home Instead has made the whole process a lot easier. Says a spokesperson for Home Instead, “The feedback from NHS staff and family leaves no doubt that this has helped the client settle into the hospital routine with as little upset and disruption as possible.”

Caring in York – what next? York residents are being given the chance to help shape the future of elderly people’s care. City of York Council recently began a review its nine residential elderly person’s homes, with a view to providing the right level of care for the growing elderly population of the city. The council review looks at the pros and cons of a wide range of options for the existing and future provision of residential care for older people, including retaining the status quo, extending and refurbishing the existing homes, buying more ‘beds’ from private care home providers and building new homes. If the review is agreed, residents, respite and day-care customers and their representatives will be asked for their view on the options for future residential care homes. The results of the consultation will be used to shape the future provision of care for older people in York. Look out for more details on how you can have your say in next month’s Your Local Link.

In partnership with the British Red Cross, Grimston Court Residential Care Home is delighted to open its award-winning garden to members of the public.

Date: Sunday 21st August 2011 Time: 2pm to 5pm Location: Grimston Court Residential Care Home, Hull Road, York, YO19 5LE Entrance fee: £4, including cream tea (children under -16 are free) Grimston Court is a superb Grade Two listed building of historical interest with a delightful garden. Like many of the homes owned by Wellburn Care Homes, this garden has won a number of awards over the years. There are formal gardens on the terracing, surrounded by extensive grounds, mature trees, rhododendrons, a large orchard and a vast expanse of lawned areas.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day. All proceeds raised will go to the British Red Cross.

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The last in our series... Connie is moving on to the next stage of her training as a Hearing Dog for Deaf People. But before Connie can begin her official training, she’s spending her first year with socialiser Sheila Pilliner and her family in Copmanthorpe, learning the basics of good behaviour. Connie and Sheila have had an eventful year; Connie recently had to have two operations to correct a slipping patellas which could have affected her future as a Hearing Dog. But she came through it all, and now she faces a whole new challenge. “By the time you read this, Connie will have moved on to start her official training with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People,” says Sheila. “It’s always an emotional time saying goodbye to a puppy you’ve looked after for a year, but I’m also happy knowing that after all her trials and tribulations she has made it to training. “She really deserves it. She passed her last assessment with flying colours – so well, in fact, that Jane the socialising trainer even asked me if I’d been giving her extra coaching! She is so bright, I know she has all the makings of a fantastic Hearing Dog.” Before she leaves, Connie will be spending a few

days kennel break at the centre. “It was scheduled before we found out she was leaving. It’s a shame as it means we don’t get to spend as much time with her, but on the positive side she will get used to being around lots of other people before she leaves. She’ll also have another haircut so she looks extra smart before she begins her training!” Connie will be heading down south for 18 weeks

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I can’t wait to see her in her official Hearing Dogs jacket.”

training with a Hearing Dogs trainer. She will then be introduced to ‘her’ deaf recipient, and they’ll live in the centre for a week to make sure they get on. If all goes well, they will then go home together. “At the end of her training, I’ll be invited to go down and see her working,” says Sheila. “That’s always a lump in the throat moment, but they’re tears of pride when you see your little puppy working so well and making such a difference to someone’s life.

Even though she’s played ‘mum’ to several Hearing Dog puppies over the years, Connie will always have a special place in Sheila’s heart. “She’s been such a little fighter, getting through her operations. She is a real character, too – ever since we’ve found out she was going we’ve been busy recording all her funny ways so we can remember her. I will really miss her, but I look forward to seeing her photo with my other hearing dog puppies on my wall.”

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we’re currently running a competition to find animal stars for the Thompsons of York 2012 calendar. After our request last month for readers to send in their favourite photos of wild birds, we received this brilliant story from one of our distributors, Sandra Ingram, which we just had to share with you. Sandra was delivering Your Local Link in Rawcliffe when she found a little bird in distress. “Its head and side were twisted, and I thought its wing and leg were broken.” Although rescuing baby birds is not advisable, the injured bird was fully grown, and Sandra was worried about leaving it to the mercy of the local cats. So she tucked the bird carefully in tissues and took it home. There she made it up a bed and painstakingly gave

How cute is that? Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter your pet’s photo for the Thompsons of York calendar competition. Not only will the calendar feature 12 of our readers’ real life pets, but three finalists from every month will receive a goodie bag of products from Thompsons of York’s Country Store in Murton. And the overall winner in each category will also win a year’s free feed for their star pet! Every month we’ll feature two different pet categories. Our favourites will be sent an application form to hand in at Thompson’s Country Store. If chosen, their photograph will make it into the calendar!

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it water dropped from her finger. “We really didn't expect it to survive but miraculously it began to perk up.” Sandra returned the bird to the spot where she’d found it. But it was surprisingly reluctant to leave! “It would not leave my hand, it was only when I got very close to where it was found that it jumped off onto the ground and disappeared into the shrubbery. We were sorry to see it go – I got quite attached to ‘Charlie’ for the brief time we had him. I'll look for him next month - maybe he'll fly onto my hand again!” This month’s categories are

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(everything from cows to pigs and sheep to chickens – or even llamas!).

Email your photos to kelly@yourlocalli, or send them to the address on page five to reach us by Friday 12th August. Mark your entry ‘Thompson’s Calendar Competition’ and don’t forget your own contact detai ls. We regret we are unable to return photo s sent by post. And don’t forget, you can still send in photos from previous categories: Dogs; cats; mice/rats/hams ters/guinea pigs; cage & aviary birds, fish, horses & ponies, wild birds and reptiles.


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All over the city there are cats looking for homes. Could you be the one to offer them the love they need? If ever there was a cat that needed to feel the breeze blowing through her whiskers again it’s TINKER. She was abandoned by her former owners and was living rough until she came to Cats Protection. Tinker loves to play and can often be seen charging around her pen at full speed trying to burn off all that youthful feline energy. All she needs now is a home and she’s made for life!

RATCHET is another of those cats that has come from a difficult background. In his previous life he was living with around 25 other cats, all squashed into the same house. Having to compete with so many other cats, Ratchet was understandably shy at first but now he’s come out of his shell! He’d love a home where he can be the Number One Cat. Eunice is so cute I can barely do her justice. She is surely the tiniest thing, as light on her feet as if she were air and as genuinely lovely as any cat could be. Everybody adores Eunice, and you will too. She actually carries a York CP guarantee!

n If you’d like to offer either of these cats a home, call York Cats Protection on 760356.



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Do you spend half your life queuing for the bathroom? Then Opus Estate Agents have just the property for you. This four bedroom detached dormer bungalow has no less than three bathrooms – that’s practically one each! Just think, no more waiting for your teenagers to finish titivating. You could even enjoy a nice long soak without someone tapping on the door. Bliss! As well as bountiful bathrooms, the bungalow also has a very spacious lounge/diner with a useful conservatory, a generous L-shaped kitchen, two bedrooms on the ground floor and a pair of ensuite bedrooms upstairs. There’s also a downstairs WC (just in case all those bathrooms aren’t enough). Outside there are gardens to three sides and a detached garage. Opus describe the property as Tardis-like, and we have to agree it’s certainly out of this world! And the price? Just £299,950. n For more details or to arrange a viewing contact OPUS on 790070.

You know how some properties just don’t fit in with real life? Either the kitchen’s too small, or the conservatory is in the wrong place, or there’s a dining room no one uses. But here’s a home just made for family life. The smart three bedroom semi in Wigginton is situated in a friendly cul de sac, so it’s absolutely ideal for families with young children. There’s a great living room with laminate flooring, a decent sized kitchen diner perfect for family dining, plus a very useful conservatory. It would make an excellent playroom, or alternatively somewhere for you to escape from the kids with a glass of wine! Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms and a family bathroom, while outside there are low maintenance gardens front and rear, extensive UPVC double glazing and gas fired central heating with a moneysaving combi boiler. It’s a lovely, well maintained family home.

n To find out more and arrange a viewing, call Ian Dunlop at Hunters on 750555.

2 Waterside Gardens, Huntington Road, York We are pleased to offer this very spacious two bedroom ground floor apartment situated in an attractive position within this small development of just twelve apartments. In brief the living area has an attractive focal fire place with fitted electrical fire and large bay window facing out over the private gardens. The large dining kitchen has a full range of fitted units and equipment and again looks out over the gardens. The bathroom has been recently refurbished with a Jacuzzi Jet Stream bath with hair wash system, ‘Mood’ lighting and is attractively tiled. Both bedrooms are double rooms, the master room having an en suite shower room and fitted wardrobes. This apartment comes with an allocated parking space and is just 20 minutes walking distance for York’s city centre. For more details or to arrange a viewing call:

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Flaxton Road, Strensall A golf enthusiasts dream! Overlooking the 18th green of the York Golf Club and standing in 0.75 acre gardens stands this substantial detached family house. Five bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms, large kitchen/breakfast room and stunning views of the golf course. Priced to sell quickly.

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On the move... Paula Matthews at Opus Estate Agents has been chatting to buyers and sellers all over York answering their concerns and queries Q.

My property has been on the market for 18 months with very little interest. I have some money that I could spend on the house to spruce it up as I am desperate to sell for personal reasons. Do you think it is worth doing this? A. Before you splash out you need to find out if the house is priced correctly – what feedback have you had from potential buyers? You shouldn’t need to spend much if the price is right. It’s probably time to switch agents and have a fresh approach. Make sure you get good photos and make the most of what you have. If you can do anything to increase kerb appeal, such as freshening up paintwork or tidying the garden, this always helps to get people through the door to view the property. We are very keen to do the viewings on properties that we market for our vendors. We can get then pass on useful feedback; there may be something we or our vendors can do to create a more positive outcome.


We have had some plans drawn to extend our four bed property to make it six bedrooms. This will cost around

£30,000. We desperately need some extra space as we recently remarried and both have children from previous partners. Do you think it is wise to do the alterations if we cannot see ourselves in this property for a long period of time? It is not really a house that we feel we will stay in long term. A. Think carefully about this it may be harder to sell a six bed property than a four bed. You will also take the property into another price bracket and with the market still slow you may struggle to get your money back. It may be time to move now with your long term plan in mind.


How do you think the property market will perform in the York area in the coming months? In the next two years we want to move into a different area to be in a catchment for a specific secondary school. Should we wait or market in the next few months? A. My advice would be to put your house on the market sooner rather than later, then you will not be under too much pressure if it takes longer to sell than you expect. The housing market will probably be very much as it is now

over the next couple of years. As long as the price is as accurate as possible things are still moving but views on pricing can vary, so have a three or four valuations to be sure. York will always be a great place to buy as it has so much to offer.

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New stockist of Farrow & Ball paints Farrow & Ball has been making paint, one batch at a time, since 1946 and remains one of only a few companies making a full range of traditional and modern paint finishes of the highest quality. As other paint manufacturers switched to cheaper acrylic paints with a high plastic content, this privately owned company at Wimborne Minster, Dorset, continued making paint to its original formulations, using the finest raw materials. Farrow & Ball was always appreciated by a loyal group of customers and, with the revival of interest in restoration and historic colours 20 years ago, its reputation began to spread. Its range has been enhanced and now offers customers an unrivalled range of elegant decorative and architectural paint finishes, along with an extraordinary collection of wallpapers made using Farrow & Ball paints. n You can get these quality products at Rydenor Paint & Wood Finishes, Unit 46 Auster, Road, Clifton Moor, York. Tel: 476216.

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What’s hot and what’s not From maps to matching colour schemes, we’ve got the lowdown on what the well dressed home is wearing Water reducing showers Save water, save the planet. Shower manufacturer Grohe has produced an innovative ring shaped design that will reduce your water consumption by up to 40%. They’re available in a range of natural colours, from limestone to slate and granite, so they look great too. Ask your bathroom fitter about Grohe Rainshower NaturalColours showerheads.

Birds Some people say it’s unlucky to have bird prints in the house. Other people just can’t get enough of them. Graphic bird prints look chirpy and contemporary, or get some stately home style with vintage designs based on 19th century originals. Choose wallpaper or fabric but not both – unless you want to feel as if you’re living in an Alfred Hitchcock movie...

WHAT’S NOT Union Jack print The Royal Wedding’s gone, people. Get over it.

WHAT’S HOT Maps, postcards and cityscapes The world is your oyster when it comes to decorating this season. Look out for brilliant wallcoverings from Printed Space; choose from vintage monotone maps, modern city maps or go for the ultimate room with a view with a sharp cityscape wallpaper. Old maps look great in a gentleman’s club style decorating scheme – very Phineas Fogg! For something a bit more contemporary, look for cityscape prints on everything from tea towels and cushions to basins, or pretty postcard prints on cups, cushions and lampshades.

Upcycling Like recycling, but classier. Upcycling is the art of taking something after its useful life and turning it into something even better. From magazine racks made from old magazines (what else?) to skateboard seats and so-called ‘Frankenstein furniture’ put together from various bits and pieces, it’s all about making the most of what you’ve got this season.

Technology on display Big TVs – cool. DVD and Blu-ray players – cool. All piled up on top of your digibox, home cinema surround sound system and all kinds of other paraphernalia – definitely not cool. Especially not when you’re constantly tripping over all those trailing wires. Ditch the leaning tower of technology and go for something sleek, discreet, wireless – and preferably hidden away. Over-matching Buying your curtains, duvet cover, pillows and cushions and everything else all from the same range in one shop may be safe but it’s also boring – who wants to look as if they’re living in a mail order catalogue? Stick to one theme but try mixing and matching from different ranges


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What’s in a name? Quite a lot, as it turns out. You might think local schools and transport links are the most important aspects when it comes to deciding property values, but according to a survey by, whether you live on a Way, a Walk, a Drive or a Grove also counts. They found that ‘Streets’ and ‘Terraces’ tend to have the lowest average property value, while a ‘Hill’ or a ‘Lane’ has the highest. But properties with locations in the title, such as Station Road also tend to have higher value due to their proximity to local services. So all you lucky people in School Lane are quids in!

A dog’s life Think your landlord is a bit on the strict side? Then be thankful you don’t live in the Big Apple. New York landlords have a reputation for being the toughest in the world. They have raided residents’ bank accounts for rent, carried out FBI-style checks on their backgrounds and interrogated them in


interviews. But now they’re asking would-be tenants to supply a sample of their dog’s DNA so pets which foul pathways and gardens around their apartment block can be identified! Under the so-called ‘Poo Prints’ scheme, dog mess is sent to Tennessee for testing against the building’s DNA database. Culprits’ owners may then be issued with hefty fines. And you thought not being able to change the wallpaper was harsh...

Good wood To bring damaged wooden furniture back to its former glory, try these tips: • Get rid of water marks by mixing equal quantities full-fat and baking powder, then rub the stain with a soft cloth. Leave for a couple of hours, then wipe off with kitchen paper. • If your furniture has been dulled by too much spray polish, make a mug of tea using two teabags and allow to cool. Dip a cloth into the tea, wring out, then wipe the wood. The tannic acide will remove the dull polish. Use beeswax polish annually to keep wood looking good. • Disguise scratches by breaking a shelled walnut in half and rubbing the cut surface over the scratch. Sounds odd, but it’s worth a try!

Handy household hints • Store your candles in the fridge. You’ll find they will burn for a lot longer when you light them • Using baby oil on your stainless steel appliances will remove fingerprints and marks and help prevent them happening again. Use a small amount on a napkin and simply wipe over. Try it every few months to keep your appliances looking as good as new. • Are your chairs making dents in your carpet? Sticking small patches of old carpet on the bottom of the legs should stop it happening. n Got a household hint for us? Email us at and we’ll print the best!

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The switchover to digital TV is the biggest change in television since the introduction of colour… and it will be happening in York next month. It involves the five analogue TV channels - BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - being switched off permanently while the Freeview digital service is being boosted. York is covered by the Emley Moor transmitter. The first phase of its switchover to digital happens on Wednesday, September 7, when the transmitter’s BBC2 analogue signal is switched off. The remaining four analogue channels will be switched off on Wednesday, September 21. If your television only receives BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, then it’s probably an old analogue set that needs to be either replaced or converted with a digital box. If you already have digital TV equipment, you will need to retune it to receive all available channels. John Askew, Digital UK’s manager for the Yorkshire TV region, says: “Switchover will change forever how television is broadcast. Very soon, viewers who have previously been unable to get Freeview services will be able to do so for the first time. Most people are well prepared; but for those who still have questions, we are here to help.” n For more details about the switchover, go to

Win a digital recorder To mark the switchover to digital TV in York next month, Digital UK is offering our readers the chance to win a Hitachi Freeview Plus digital recorder worth £89.99. To have a chance of winning simply answer the following question: When does the digital switchover start in the York area? Send your answer on a postcard to Digital TV Competition, Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH to reach us by Friday, August 19. Please include your name, address and phone number.

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75th anniversary Herbert Todd & Son has been meeting the electrical needs of the people of York for 75 years. The family firm started in 1936 – thanks to pedal power. Electrician Herbert Todd, who introduced electricity to many homes in York, would cycle to each job on a bike laden with gear. After the Second World War, his wife, Nancy, opened a light fittings shop in Tower Street. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength by combining retail with electrical contracting work.


and installation in the York area (with the exception of gas and built-in appliances) and Herbert Todd & Son can usually deliver the same or next day. The company also offers extremely competitive rates on rental of both brown and white goods. It is happy to rent any of its huge range of televisions, DVDs and washing machines to any client (subject to conditions and contract).

As a retailer, the company only stocks quality products made by manufacturers with whom it has built a solid relationship over many years in business. They include brown goods (televisions etc) by Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Finlux, Samsung and Loewe and white goods (fridges etc) by Belling, Bosch, Cannon, Creda, Dyson, Hotpoint, Lec, Siemens and Stoves.

Matthew Todd, the founder’s grandson, says: “When you rent you can be assured of same day service by our skilled technicians who will repair any fault, free of any additional charge.”

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Graham Todd, the founder’s son, says:

Herbert Todd & Son has trained all its own electrical installation engineers to NICEIC (National Inspection Council of Electrical Installation Contractors) standard.


“When you have any electrical work done in your house make sure you hire someone who is fully qualified. You need a professional to do the job safely so that it conforms to the latest regulations. You also want a craftsman who can do the job in a neat and tidy fashion and at the right price.” There are strict codes when it comes to electrical wiring which are enforced to keep you safe and prevent your home from burning down due to faulty wiring. Whether you are having the entire house re-wired or just a light fixture installed, this is a job for a professional. Graham, an electrical engineer, adds: “You need to have a qualification to do any domestic electrical work, but what many people don’t realise is that you can get an accreditation in only four days. All our electricians have done a full apprenticeship up to NVQ3 level,

which can take up to four years to achieve. In addition, we ensure their training is kept up to date and they are all qualified to current standards.” Last year Herbert Todd & Son apprentice, Robbie Simpson, was this area’s Apprentice of The Year. Recently Robbie and Andy Hoare, another former apprentice at Todd’s, both received 100% in their safety accreditation.

One client wrote to say: “What a pleasure it is to deal with Herbert Todd & Son. From the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable advice from your sales people to the relaxed efficiency of your delivery/installation staff, I cannot see how your customer service could be bettered.

Another satisfied customer says: “Many thanks for fitting our new shower. A lovely young man did a real good job.”

Herbert Todd & Son belongs to the Electrical Contractors Association which means all its work complies fully with the standards laid down by the Institute of Electrical Engineers and is covered by an unconditional guarantee. n Herbert Todd & Son, Percy's Lane, off Navigation Rd, York. Tel: 628676 and 16 York Road, Acomb, York. Tel: 798283


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Black is the colour Solarwall, the York renewable energy expert, has installed one of the newest and most efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) systems available. The new panels, which are black instead of the traditional blue, offer energy-conscious individuals a choice when considering installing renewable technologies on their home. The work, which was carried out on a property in Sutton- upon-Derwent, near York, saw the installation of 18 black solar panels made by Austrian company Kioto. Combined with savings made on their annual electricity bill and the income generated by the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) the owner of the property stands to benefit by about £1,600 each year. Under FIT, anyone who installs an eligible Solar PV system will receive a guaranteed fixed payment for all the electricity they generate for a period of 25 years. They will also receive an enhanced payment for any electricity that they do not use but export back into the National Grid. n For more details, visit or call 0500 127 005.


Go retro Forget sleek minimalism - retro, vintage inspired kitchens are all the rage. Those pretty 1950s florals and pastel colours just make you want to whip up a batch of cupcakes. Here’s how to get the look...

Kitchen units should be simple and classic. Shaker styles are ideal, either in a pale wood such as pine, pear or beech, or painted white or soft cream (visit the Dream Doors website or their shop on Fishergate for a money-saving instant facelift). Wooden worktops are an ideal match, although they will need oiling to keep them looking good, and even then they won’t be resistant to hot pans or cutting. A pale or light stone effect laminate (or Corian, if your budget stretches to it) is far more hard wearing. Start with a neutral base. Paint or paper walls in warm biscuit, cream or linen as a background for your country look. Or go for painted tongue and grooved panelling – perfect for disguising uneven walls, too! Cheap white tiles make a good splashback; they look retro, and they won’t clash with your colourful accessories. Add accents and accessories in soft blues, fresh greens and pretty pinks. You can buy inexpensive vintageinspired bits and pieces from places like Barnitts, or scour antiques fairs, car boot sales and secondhand shops for funky retro finds to give your home a truly individual,

authentic look. Don’t worry about worktop clutter – the key to a country look is to keep everything on show. Open shelves or a dresser are ideal for showing off your vintage goodies! Curtains are perfect in a country kitchen, but they’re not always a practical option. Compromise by opting for a blind in a pretty vintage floral. If you have a table in your kitchen, keep it covered with a pretty tablecloth – you can buy wipe clean fabrics if you regularly have to clear up mess. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your patterns – combine floral prints with stripes and checks, but keep the shades similar for a pulled-together look.

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Fancy an orangery? Orangeries were originally used in the 17th and 18th centuries for the cultivation of exotic fruits like oranges and lemons for the rich man’s table. Today they have evolved into a contemporary twist on the conservatory. They are primarily built from brick/stone and uPVC ,with high-efficiency glass, to create a living space or sunroom that can be used all year round. Eliments has designed a range of orangeries to fit in with your home and also your budget: The Pavilion Orangery has a plastered feel inside with optional down lights around the ceiling. Outside, it still keeps the traditional conservatory look and can be constructed in Edwardian or Victorian shape. The Knavesmire Orangery is similar to the Pavilion with the addition of stylish grand guttering. The Melrose Orangery has smaller brick pillars, larger windows and a larger roof that lets in more natural light. The Melrose also benefits from a grand cornice fascia around the perimeter of the roof. The Ebor Orangery is a masonry building, giving it the look of a brick extension. But hidden inside the roof construction is a large glass roof. n Eliments, Bell Farm, Riccall Road, Escrick, YO19 6ED. Tel: 01757 249950.

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pests! Need to get rid of pests from your garden? The answer could be in your kitchen cupboard. We’ve been tracking down some strange but true pest control tips... • Keeping slugs and snails off Hostas can be a real problem. But members of the British Hosta & Hemerocallis Society (who frankly should know) have come up with this tip for a foolproof slug repellent. Cook two bulbs of garlic in two pints of water. Strain, cool and store in a jar. Add one tablespoon of the solution to a gallon of water and use it to sprinkle over your plants, being sure to cover the leaves. It makes your garden smell a bit like an Italian eaterie, but it protects your Hostas for a fortnight at a time. For a less smelly solution, try placing small piles of bran around the plants, or sprinkle them with used coffee grounds. Another tip is to dissolve three tablespoons of instant coffee in a water can and use it to water your Hostas. Sounds bonkers, but it can work!

• Do you have a problem stopping squirrels nicking birds’ food in your garden? Try mixing some fresh, hot chilli seeds in with the peanuts in your feeder. Birds don't mind them, but squirrels can’t stand the heat and should leave them alone.

• You don’t have to make a mountain out of a molehill if moles are invading your garden. Try putting some Jeyes fluid or mothballs in the mounds to put them off the scent. Some people even swear by pickled onions! • Baking soda dissolved in water with a little vegetable oil, can make an effective fungicide. Similarly, diluted cider vinegar (preferably organic) and equal parts of water and milk are said to work against moulds, mildew and black-spot.

n Do you have any weird or wacky gardening tips? Why not share them with the rest of us? Write to us at the address on page 5, or email Mark your message ‘Gardening Tips’.


Waste not want not! We throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food from our homes every year in the UK. It's not just about good food going to waste either; wasting food costs the average family £680 a year. It also has serious environmental implications. Not only is it a waste of resources; just think about all the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. This all goes to waste when we throw away perfectly good food. For example, getting a piece of cheese into your fridge takes up a lot of time, effort and resources – feeding and milking the cows, cooling and transporting the milk, processing it into cheese, packing it, getting it to the shops and keeping it at the right temperature. If it then gets thrown away, the cheese will most likely end up in a landfill site, where, rather than harmlessly decomposing, it rots and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. If we stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, it would have the same impact on carbon emissions as taking one in four cars off UK roads. However, some food waste is inevitable. Egg shells, banana skins and tea bags are never going to be on the menu. Home composting is a great way to stop this sort of waste ending up in landfill by creating organic matter that will get our gardens blooming. York Rotters, the community composting group, can tell you all you need to know about home composting; go to www. n Visit for handy tips and recipes that make use of tasty leftovers. Alternatively, you can call the helpline on 0808 1002040.

Making compost at home is a great way to save money, help the environment and get your garden blooming.

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So says York Rotters, the community composting group, which is holding two free training sessions to show people how to make lovely free compost. Catherine Bamford, the group’s project officer, says: “Composting is really easy to do once you know how. The trick is to make sure you add a variety of materials to your bin. Composting is possible even if you only have a small yard. The free training sessions will show people how, what and why to compost, including the basics, and how to compost cooked food waste.” The two-hour sessions, which start at 7pm, are being held at Haxby Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 6, and at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, on Thursday, September 8. To book your place, call Catherine Bamford on 412861 or email

Free compost Green-fingered gardeners can collect their free compost from Yorwaste’s Harewood Whin site, in Tinker Lane, Rufforth, on Sunday, August 7, between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Residents should bring a shovel and bags or containers to take the compost home in. n For more details, call City of York Council’s waste team on 551551.


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I have three self seeded small holly bushes in my garden, I have heard that holly is hard to transplant, what’s the best way to do it? Holly is difficult to move, and the success of a transplant depends on the size of the bush. The smaller the plant, the more successful a transplant is likely to be. It is always best to move any plant during the dormant winter months (November-March). Take as much as root ball as you can, replant with a stake and water in well. Expect leaf drop but do not water excessively as the plant cannot take up water if it has lost its leaves. Is it possible to grow a Monkey Puzzle tree in my city garden? Do they need a lot of specialist care? The Monkey Puzzle tree (Arucaria arucana) was introduced into the UK from South America in the Victorian era. There are numerous examples in city gardens around the country. It is a large growing tree and can reach a height of 40m with a trunk girth of 2m. They have extremely spiky foliage and when established produce numerous suckers. In view of this it is not ideal for a city garden with limited space. They prefer well drained slightly acidic soils and will grow

for a time in a pot, but it will need to be a large one. Eventually the tree will have to be planted in the garden. My Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) has become waterlogged. Is there any way of restoring it to health? Waterlogging is a common cause of plant death particularly of plants not native to the UK. The roots are literally drowned. Symptoms include yellowing leaves, wilt, blue/black roots accompanied with a sour rotting smell, shoots dying back, stunted growth or the overall death of the plant. You may be able to restore your plant to health but you will have to solve the waterlogging problem first. This may mean relocating the plant or improving the drainage. As Fatsias can be quite large and therefore difficult to move relocating may be impractical. I planted strawberries for the first time this year and I was disappointed to get barely any fruit. Why is this, please? Strawberries are essentially easy to grow. They need shelter, sun and a fertile, well drained soil. Avoid soils that have recently grown potatoes, chrysanthemums or tomatoes because they

are all susceptible to the disease Verticilium wilt. I wouldn’t expect you to get a large crop of strawberries in the first year. A heavier crop will be produced in the second year, and the plants will continue to produce fruit for around six years but yields will gradually decline. You will need to replant in the sixth year either with newly bought plants or from those produced from your own runners. Other causes of poor crops can be frost damage which destroy the new flowers especially in March and April. The use of cloches or fleece is strongly advised to protect strawberry plants from these conditions, and to get an early crop. My buds are dropping on a Honeysuckle, help! (Lonicera pericylmenum or similar) Bud drop generally occurs when plants are suffering from some sort of stress as the plant tries to conserve energy in order to recover to full health. It is necessary to examine the plant, its surroundings and your cultural methods to identify the cause. It may be a combination of factors causing the problem. Look especially for mildew, blackspot, aphids, lack of water or food.

If you have a question for Amanda, write to her c/o Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH

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Allotments revamp Bootham Stray Allotments’ Association and City of York Council have secured a £52,000 grant to transform Bootham Stray allotments, which currently have 80 gardeners. The funding from the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Fund will be used to provide secure site fencing and improved land drains, easy access plots for gardeners with disabilities, community and school plots, a central social area with site cabin and a compost toilet. The two-year Fresh Start Project also provides a part-time garden mentor to work with school groups, organise skill-sharing sessions and support the allotment association in running open days and other events.

Open garden Visit the delightful gardens at Grimston Court, Hull Road, York YO19 5LE, enjoy afternoon teas and support the British Road Cross. The property, owned by Wellburn Care Homes Ltd, features formal terraces, mature trees, rhododendrons, a large orchard and extensive lawns. The gardens are open on Sunday, August 21, between 2pm and 5pm.

57th annual show Poppleton Road Allotments Association’s 57th annual show will be held at Holy Redeemer Church Hall, Boroughbridge Road, York, on Saturday, September 3, at 2.30pm. Light refreshments will be available from 2.30pm. Schedules are available from Peter Byrne on 792603.




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GROW YOUR OWN with Sandra Geere Growing your own fruit and veg is rewarding, good for the planet – and your pocket. Here’s how…

Courgettes It’s that time of year again when we scratch our heads wondering how to find new ways to use courgettes. We’ve made cakes, pickles, bread, scones, face packs and experimented with a cure for athlete’s foot. But the 2010 and 2011 harsh winter and hot spring weather has meant some unseasonably early harvests of other crops so there is plenty to do. Lift early potatoes and enjoy them cooked with mint. Use a fork to lift and expose the roots of onions and let them dry out a little before lifting on a dry day. Complete the drying process by spreading out on a rack or newspaper until the leaves have withered and dried, after which they can be plaited or stored in nets or old tights and hung up in a cool, dry, airy place. Pick courgettes before they get too big. Protect squashes from slugs by placing them on a tile, brick or upturned clay pot. Climbing beans need plenty of water and regular picking to keep them producing. When the plants reach the top of their supports pinch out the tops to encourage bushiness. Misting with cool water will help with pollination. Novice gardeners often think that they can only grow vegetables in the summer months


but infact you can supply your family with greens and salad leaves all winter through. Start by potting up some roots of mint to grow in a pot by the kitchen door or on the inside windowsill. For succulent salad leaves make outside sowings of corn salad (frost hardy), American land cress (a good substitute for watercress) and curly leaved parsley (hardier that the flat leaved kind). Sow hardy winter salad mixes, including cut-and-come- again varieties and oriental mizuna. The real stars in the winter greens garden are spinach, chard and kale which can all look great in containers or the flower border. Sow seeds of perpetual spinach and chard now for crops through to April. Kale is packed with Vitamins A and C and minerals and all can be used in salads, stir fries and pasta dishes. Put in young kale plants now and try the tender short green forms and dark purple ‘Redbor’. ‘Black Tuscany’ has long dark green straplike leaves and is a staple of Italian cuisine. In all cases they require a well drained soil incorporating plenty of rich compost. Prove it to yourself. However small your growing space you can still enjoy freshly picked greens and salads this winter.

JOBS FOR AUGUST 3 Keep picking 3 Sow winter salad 3 Plant kale 3 Pinch tops of beans 3 Protect currants from birds LOCAL SUPPLIERS Mr Thomas 01759371549 Spent mushroom compost £11 for 5 bags delivered

n Sandra specialises in creating sustainable organic kitchen gardens in small spaces and can show you how to grow crops all year round. Contact Sandra Geere Kitchen Garden Design & Consultancy 01904 655366 or email

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Jazz, tea and flowers Poppleton Horticultural Show will take place on Upper Poppleton Green and the village halls on the Saturday, August 27. As well as the floral and vegetable exhibits, there will be various stalls and the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea on the Green while listening to a jazz band.

International cuisine YUMI - York Unifying Multicultural Initiative - links people with different beliefs, lifestyles and cultural roots. Members share their skills and talents, support each other, celebrate their traditions and achievements, and lead public events. They are holding an open day at the YUMI Community Garden at Fulford Cross allotments on September 3 between 11am and 4.30pm. There will be international cuisine, live music, produce for sale plus exhibitions. Carol Klein, from BBC TV’s Gardener's World, is due to officially open the event at 2pm


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Make sure everything in the garden’s lovely with the team at Dean’s

Japanese Anemone Anemone hupehensis, more commonly known as ‘Japanese Anemone’ or ‘Wind Flower’ is an herbaceous perennial in the buttercup family. The word Anemone is Greek and translates as ‘daughter of the wind’ which is where the common name of ‘Wind Flower’ derives from. Introduced to Europe in 1844, the term ‘Japanese’ Anemone is somewhat misleading as they are actually native to China but were naturalized and grown in Japanese gardens for centuries and were supposedly found growing between gravestones in Shanghai, as they were used as grave decorations to commemorate the dead. Japanese Anemones are one of the best late summer flowers, generally flowering from August through to late October, with tall upright single or double flowers in shades of pinks and whites. They are best grown in a well drained, loamy soil, enriched with well rotted manure which should be dug in below the tubers and positioned in partial shade. In spring clumps of Anemone’s can be divided if required and it is also an ideal time to remove any dead stems left over from winter. As Anemone’s are generally slow to establish and

hardiness can be a problem, it is advised that any dead stems are not removed beforehand as they do provide some protection over the winter months.

flowers and are best done in the early part of the morning whilst it is still cool and the blooms are closed. They should generally last around 9 days in a vase if properly cared for.

Japanese Anemones are ideal for use as cut

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Gardening Garden Guru Take a tip from Chris Brown of Brown’s Nurseries • Dead heading your flower borders keeps them looking good for longer. Once a plant goes to seed it will usually stop the development of additional flowers, so take a few minu tes to remove old spent flowers and decaying leaves. • If your runner beans are flowering well but producing few pods, try spraying the leave s and flowers with a mist spray. This should help the flower set and produce more beans.

The grass is always greener... Decking is sooo last year, according to a survey by lawn experts GreenThumb. They reckon people are ripping out their decks and falling in love with lawns again. Apparently a quarter of people believe decking takes up too much space, while 22% prefer the look and feel of grass. “It has been scientifically proven that lawns make people feel better,” says GreenThumb’s David Collison. “They encourage wildlife, help prevent flooding and create oxygen.” But then, being a lawn expert, he would say that wouldn’t he?

How to...Get the best from your growbag • Place grow-bags in a shallow tray. This will help improve water uptake in hot, dry weather. • Cut a series of squares in the top of grow-bags, rather than a long rectangle, for more root support.

• Sit your bag on two planks of recycled pallet wood so you can move them easily, even when filled.

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Top of the plant combinations, or move your pots around to create different displays as the mood takes you. And planting perennials in a container means you can provide specific soil conditions, so you can grow plants that might not otherwise thrive in your garden.

What to grow? Some perennials work better in pots than others. As a general rule, fibrous, bulbous or fleshy rooted plants grow well in pots, while tap-rooted plants need more room to send their long roots downwards.

Are your pots and containers overflowing with summer bedding plants? They may look pretty, but they can be high maintenance and don’t keep their looks long past September. But you can bring life to your garden or patio all year round by planting perennials in your pots and containers instead. They’re easy to care for and offer year round colour and interest – you can even experiment with different

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Cranesbills are a popular choice for containers, and are available in different types to suit sun or shade. Hostas smarten up a shady spot and look great in any type of garden, from a modern urban courtyard to a country cottage. But beware – they’re also a favourite snack for slugs and snails! This is where growing them in a pot can help – simple stand your container in a shallow tray of water to make a ‘moat’. Spurges also make great evergreen pot plants, especially as they’re equally happy in sun and shade. Perennials grow best in a free draining compost with plenty of food to keep them going. Feed pots regularly, especially as plants are settling in and during the early growing season.

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Open Gardens

Every year, thousands of enthusiastic gardeners open their gardens to the public under the National Gardens Scheme, either for charity or for the joy of sharing their passion. Here are some of the gardens open this month... Mansion Cottage, 8 Gillus Lane, Bempton, Bridlington YO15 1HW. Lush, vibrant perennial planting highlighted with grasses in this hidden, peaceful and surprising garden. New for 2011 – apothecary garden. Open 6th & 7th August, 10am – 4pm. Boundary Cottage, Seaton Ross YO42 4NF. Ponds and lined streams in bog gardens, extensive yet intimate mixed plantings, giant island herbaceous borders, National dicentra collection. The garden has 50 maturing specimen trees, gravel gardens, outdoor cacti and seasonal displays. Open 7th August, 11am – 4pm. Littlethorpe Gardens, near Ripon HG4 3LG. Various gardens to see in this attractive village. Field Cottage in Littlethorpe Road is a one acre plantman’s garden with a formal walled garden, vegetable and cut flower plot, Victorian style conservatory with a pelargonium collection. Greencroft, a half acre informal garden in Pottery Lane, has long herbaceous borders and ornamental features including a gazebo, temple pavilions, pergola and formal pool. Kirkella, also in Pottery Lane, has a Mediterranean feel; the decorative summerhouse is densely planted with unusual and half hardy perennials. Open 14th August 12 noon – 5pm. Havoc Hall, York Road, Oswaldkirk YO62 5XY. Comprising six areas: knot, herbaceous, mixed shrub and flower gardens, a courtyard, vegetable area and orchard, woodland walk and large lawned area. Open 21st August, 1 – 5.30pm. Cold Cotes, Cold Cotes Road, near Kettlesing, Harrogate HG3 2LW. Large peaceful garden with expansive views. Series of discrete gardens with year round interest including formal areas, streamside walk and sweeping herbaceous borders. Open 28th August 11am – 5pm. n All dates and times available at time of going to press. For more information, log on to or call 01483 211535.


YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPES This month’s recipe comes from our friends at The New Inn, Huby. It’s one of those recipes that sounds and looks very complicated, but is actually quite simple to put together. Definitely one to impress your friends with!

Pan Seared Sea Bass

on Asparagus with a Serves 4 vermouth and saffron sauce 3 4 x 125g (4 1/2) oz Sea Bass fillets - all bones removed

Place 1 tbsp of olive oil in a griddle pan season the steamed spears and griddle until brown marked.

3 Salt & Black Pepper

3 250ml double cream 3 sea salt and black pepper 3 a pinch of saffron to colour

3 1Tbsp Olive Oil

Vermouth & Saffron Veloute

3 2 Bunches Asparagus spears

3 1 shallot peeled and finely sliced

Pour olive oil into a frying pan over a high heat, Place the Seabass fillets into the pan skin side down and sear for 3 - 4 minutes or until the sides of the fish start to brown. Turn over and cook for a further minute.

3 1/2 tsp white peppercorns

Remove the pan from the heat, the fish will continue to cook in the residual heat. Steam the asparagus over plenty of boiling water for 3 - 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the spears.

3 few sprigs of thyme

Turn pan down and add cream, simmer until at a coating consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

3 125ml Noilly Prat or other dry vermouth

Strain the sauce through a fine sieve and serve.

Put the shallot, peppercorns, coriander seeds, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, vermouth and saffron into a wide pan and boil, allow to bubble until reduced by half and at a syrupy glaze. Add fish stock and again reduce by half.

3 1/2 tsp corriander seeds 3 1 clove garlic 3 1 bay leaf

3 250ml fish stock

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Even though Thompsons fish restaurants are known far and wide for their award winning fish and chips did you know that their menu also included firm favorites such as lasagne, bbq chicken, gammon and home made steak and ale pie? And not just traditional fish & chips are on the menu, fish pie, fishcakes, crab and prawn salad and grilled mussels plus a huge selection of starters, both fishy and non-fishy are available to suit all tastes and appetites. This family run restaurant has been providing the best quality fish and chips since 1990 and prides itself on giving its customers the best value and service. The 100-seater restaurant can cater for group bookings and coach parties.

New era for the Lord Collingwood The Lord Collingwood Inn, named after Nelson’s second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar, is under new management. Ray and Gill have already extended the beer garden at the traditional hostelry at Upper Poppleton, York, as well as upgrading the children’s play area. They have also hired Martin Sinclair, an experienced chef who specialises in homecooking, using fresh ingredients. His home-made

The business started in Stamford Bridge, where John Thompson developed his particular style of preparing fish and chips for his customers. He expanded the business to include a takeaway inWetwang, which he later sold in 2001. John then built Hazelbush on the A64. The family's aim is to provide it's customers with the best quality meals using fresh ingredients and local produce wherever possible, together with fresh and innovative items on the menu. We can vouch for that! Hazelbush, Malton Rd, York. Tel: 468022 sauces are fit for an admiral’s table! The pub, known for its hand-cut chips, serves a ‘pie of the day’ as well as steaks, chicken, pork, fish, lasagne and vegetarian meals. Its Sunday lunches are a Yorkshireman’s delight. Gill, who has worked in the pub trade for 15 years, says: “It’s a fantastic pub, with beams and log fires, set in a picturesque village.” n Gill and Ray are planning to hold theme nights, including a French bistro evening. Pre-booked orders get a 10% discount. Call 337537 for more details.

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Off to market 1st August Yorkshire Day, York city centre. 9 August Made in Yorkshire Craft and Produce Market, Castle Howard. 10am – 4pm. Over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. 24-28th August Made In Yorkshire Crafts, Parliament Street. 9am – 4pm. 20th August Local meat, vegetables, Yorkshire cheeses, homemade soups and fruit wine are just some of the tempting treats on offer at the Farmers’ Market at York Auction Centre, Murton. 26th August Enjoy the best of Yorkshire’s local produce at the Farmers’ Market in York city centre. From fresh vegetables to local meat and the best of British baking, you’ll find it all here. 29 August Haxby Market, Haxby WMC Car Park, 64 North Lane, Haxby. Come to browse or pick up a bargain – you never know what you might find! For more information, call 768300. n For more details about the city centre events, go to


Verdict VVVVV a tower which reminded me of the game Jenga. Suffice to say our towers did not last long and soon both our plates were empty – a clear sign of a thoroughly-enjoyed meal. “We washed our steak down with a bottle of cabernet merlot. The red wine enhanced the flavour of the steak. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we ordered a second bottle!” “There were plenty of different desserts to choose from. But we were so full that we decided to skip pudding and order coffee. This was served outside so we could enjoy the hotel’s picturesque gardens. Sipping coffee outside as the sun went down was a delightful way to end a memorable meal.

Burn Hall, a Victorian mansion house set in eight acres of parkland near York, is gaining a reputation for its cuisine. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the hotel’s restaurant serves mouth watering meals using a selection of locallysourced produce in a stylish setting. We sent David Grierson, owner of Green Lane Carpets, Acomb, York, there to enjoy a cosy dinner with his wife Lynne. “The evening was a delight, from the moment we arrived at the hotel to when we left... the next day! “For my starter I had mackerel pate served with fresh bread. It was sublime, being full of flavour. The size of the portion was just right.

a spicy and hearty concoction of tomato and bacon. She thoroughly enjoyed it. The fresh ingredients were bursting with flavour. She said it was superb. “After a great start to our meal, we both chose ribeye steak for our main course.” One of the better cuts of beef, the rib-eye steak was a good choice because it’s guaranteed to satisfy even the most dedicated carnivore. David says: “The meat was cooked to perfection, with the chef following our instructions to the letter. Lynne wanted her steak cooked ‘medium to rare’, while I opted for ‘medium to well done’.

“If the food was good, the service was superb. The waitresses were really nice and attentive, attending to our every need. They were very friendly, making us feel extremely special. It was truly a lovely evening.” David and his wife were so impressed by Burn Hall that they decided to stay in one of the hotel’s 94 en suite rooms after their meal. He said bed and breakfast for two people at £50 offered fantastic value. It also gave them an opportunity to get stuck into Burn Hall’s hearty full English breakfast. He says: “We will definitely be returning to Burn Hall and we will be recommending the place to our friends. It’s ideal if you are looking for a short break with good food and fine wine.” n Burn Hall Hotel & Conference Centre, Tollerton Road, Huby, York YO61 1JB. Tel: 01347 825400. Reservations are recommended for Richardson's Restaurant.

“Lynne opted for the chef’s ‘soup of the day’. It was

“The steaks were served with mushrooms and chips. A nice touch was the way the chips were presented on our plates. The chef had created


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Scenic shopping Where can you buy local produce and enjoy coffee and cake with some of the most stunning views around? At Home Farm Beningbrough, of course! It’s three years since Lucy Jackson opened up her shop on the land that the Jackson family have farmed for 50 years. It’s a hidden gem selling a wide range of local produce, from home-reared Aberdeen Angus beef, locally produced lamb, pork and chicken, fruit and vegetables, Yorkshire cheeses, free-range eggs and preserves. There is also a range of delicious home-baked bread and cakes, as well as beer, wine and cider from Ampleforth Abbey. Home Farm Beningbrough has a newly opened outdoor area as well as indoor seating. So when you’ve finished buying, why not stop for a home-made cake or one of their legendary toasties and a freshly brewed coffee and take in the glorious scenery? Shopping was never so much fun! n Beningbrough Home Farm, Beningbrough YO30 1DB. Call 470562.

Tea time is Grand! There’s something very civilised about afternoon tea, especially in beautiful surroundings. And now the Cedar Court Grand is aiming to bring back this quintessentially English tradition. Enjoy an elaborate afternoon tea, presented on a silver stand in the relaxing tranquil environmental of HQ at The Grand. The teas are all hand selected by The Grand’s very own tea ‘sommelier’ Jeffrey, a man with a real passion for an excellent cuppa! Offering lovely views of the historic City Wall, the relaxing atmosphere coupled with attentive, unobtrusive service from the staff will all combine to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience. And if you book your afternoon tea for £18.50 any Monday to Friday until 16th September, they’ll even give you a special fudge gift box to take home! n For reservations please call 380060.

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Have you discovered The Bay Tree at Stillington yet? The lovingly refurbished little jewel of a country pub, just 20 minutes from York, has built up a loyal following among local foodies, who come from far and wide to enjoy its excellent and varied menu. This is no ordinary pub grub – at The Bay Tree you’ll find outstanding, home-cooked food, including some of the best home-reared Aberdeen Angus beef in the region, produced on the owner’s very own farm! Even the surroundings are a little bit different, with a variety of dining areas and inviting hideaways, including a very stylish conservatory area. And when the weather is fine, the beautiful garden is just the spot to watch the sun go down with a glass of chilled


wine or a delicious meal al fresco. Whether you pop in for a pint on your way back from visiting one of the many local attractions, or you stay to sample the imaginative menu, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome! Now here’s your chance to sample The Bay Tree’s famous hospitality and enjoy some cool jazz with the pub/restaurant’s ‘Jazz@The Tree’ night on 29th July. What better way to spend a summer’s evening than with fab food in stylish surroundings and some great music thrown in? Prices are £12.50/£15 per person, including main meal. Book your table 7- 8pm, music starts 8pm. n Call 01347 811394 to book your place. The Bay Tree, Main Street, Stillington YO61 1JU.

How would you like to bake like a professional and create stunning hand decorated cakes for your friends and family? Sue Cushing, a tutor with 20 years experience in classic contemporary decorating and sugarcraft, is now holding classes for all abilities. Courses cover basic cake decorating skills as well as sugarpaste flower making for beginners, intermediates and advanced. Classes take place at Poppleton Football Clubhouse. n Call Sue on 793958

Fresh passion The creation of the olive tree came about as a result of a shared passion for food and wine by a few likeminded individuals. Their menu is a seasonal one, a straight forward idea but one that ensures a quality lead approach. They have been influenced by classic and regional continental cuisine, mainly from South of France, Italy and the whole Mediterranean region. Their restaurant has attracted fine diners from over the UK, celebrities such as John Parrot and Frankie Dettori have also been attracted to the olive

tree during National & International Events. Their policy is from the garden, sea and field to the table. Wherever possible ingredients such as game, lamb and beef are sourced within Yorkshire. The staff are confident that their food preparation ensures maximum freshness and certifiable origin and hope that your experience at the olive tree will provide you full satisfaction not only with the food but also the relaxed atmosphere. n To book tel: 624433. 10 Tower Street, York.

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n WALKS & TOURS 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? From tragic plague victims to murdered orphans and the plumber who spotted a whole Roman legion marching through a basement, you’ll find out how York earned its reputation as one of the most haunted cities in the world – and have a few laughs along the way! No need to book, just turn up and enjoy. Call 633276 for more information.

Stained glass walk Museum Gardens Gates, 2.15pm. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

7 & 18 August Deer Walk Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY. 2pm - 4pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Call 01765 608888

7 August Toilet tour Museum Gardens Gates, 10.30am. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

21 August Guided walk starting from Hutton-le-Hole. 2pm. To book and for information, call 01439 772738.

28 August Trees: Folklore and Story York Cemetery, Cemetery Road YO10 5AJ. 2pm. Explore the story behind some of the cemetery’s exotic and native species. With Keris McDonald.

Richard III trail Museum Gardens Gates,

5 September

2.15pm. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

Fungi Walk York Cemetery, Cemetery Road

31 July

12 August

YO10 5AJ. 6pm. With Malcolm Greaves

Butterfly Walk Wheatlands Educational

Morning walk around Stillington.

11 September

Community Woodland, off A59 into Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton. 11am.

For further details visit or call 766196.

3 August

13, 27 & 29 August

Inaccessible York Museum Gardens

Chocs away Museum Gardens Gates,

Victorian Miscellany York Cemetery, Cemetery Road YO10 5AJ. 2pm. The Victorian section has a large selection of exotic tree and plant species as well as a Grade II listed neo-classical Chapel and Gatehouse.

Gates, 10.30am. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

Pub crawl Museum Gardens Gates, 7.30pm. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

4 August Henry VIII trail Museum Gardens Gates, 2.15pm. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

10.30am & 2pm. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terry’s and Rowntree, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

14 August The Female Influence York Cemetery,

10.30am. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

Cemetery Road YO10 5AJ. 2pm. Explore with tranquil 24 acre site, the largest and closest expanse of green space to the city centre with Yvonne Spurr.

Secret passages Museum Gardens Gates,

21 August

2.15pm. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

Butterfly Walks York Cemetery, Cemetery Road YO10 5AJ. 12.30pm & 2.30pm. Tickets are limited to 25 for each walk and cost £2.50 each in advance from the cemetery office.

5 August Graveyard tour Museum Gardens Gates,

6 August Execution tour Museum Gardens Gates, 10.30am. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.


n DAYS OUT & ATTRACTIONS The Miniature Scene of York is the UK’s Number One independent Doll house miniatures supplier. You’ll find a vast range of Doll house miniatures, with items to suit all budgets. You’ll find doll houses in all kinds of styles ranging from under £50 up to £500, plus a huge range of furniture with many items handmade. They also supply complete hand-picked furniture sets which offer a cost effective and easy way to quickly furnish any style of home. For more information call 638265 or visit their shop on 42 Fossgate.

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walls covered in clematis and old-fashioned fruit trees.  Visit the propagation house, pick up tips from the staff and volunteers and enjoy a picnic on the lawn or local produce in the cafe. It’s an absolute must for gardening fans. Call 01439 771427.

Mansion House St Helen’s Square. 11am,

Sawdon Golf Club Sawdon Nr Scarborough. Calling all golf fans! Sawdon Golf Club offers a nine hole golf club in the picturesque North Yorkshire countryside. New members are always welcome, or simply park, pay and play! For more information, call 07802 425825 or email risker@ Summer family fun Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. All young visitors to Castle Howard receive free copies of Geoffrey the Lion’s illustrated trails to entertain them as they explore the house and grounds. Take a ride on the tractor-train to the lakeside adventure playground, take a boat trip onto the Great Lake (weather permitting) or simply enjoy an ice-cream while watching the birdlife on the lake. Young visitors are warmly welcomed inside the house. The child-friendly guides will spark youngsters’ interest as they discover each room through the characters and stories of previous generations. Events for summer include a family cycling event on 7th and medieval themed

Bank Holiday Weekend. Find out more at www. or call 01653 648333.

Jorvik Viking Centre Coppergate. Visit York’s top must-see attraction and take a journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have looked 1000 years ago. Explore the exciting exhibitions, find out more about the Viking way of life and even come face to face with a Viking! Even better, with the voucher in this month’s issue, kids can get in free after 3pm (two children with every full paying adult). Call 615505 to pre-book, or visit www.jorvik-viking-centre. Helmsley Walled Garden Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH. 10.30am – 5pm. Since it was abandoned from dereliction in 1994, work has continued to restore Helmsley Walled Garden to its former Victorian splendour, conserving old, rare and endangered plants. Explore the paths and vine house and admire the magnificent towering

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12.30pm and 2pm. Situated in the heart of the city, the Mansion House is an architectural masterpiece which plays host to an extensive collection of civic regalia and artefacts. The impressive collection of silver, paintings and furniture is unequalled by any other provincial city. The house is open to the public every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Open House Tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm – no pre-booking required. Mansion House also offers a series of bespoke tour packages. Call 552036 for more information.

Every Fri until 31 August Plague Day York Dungeon, Tower Street. There’s pestilence galore as the scary attraction transports visitors back to the plague ridden year of 1551. Will you escape unscathed? Or will you have to come face to face with the Plague Doctor and his eager assistant, who will be only too happy to share some of their gruesome remedies with you. Also doing their rounds will be the plague nurse, plague victims and a plague grave pit digger, each with their own grisly tales to tell. There’ll also be a chance to meet some live rats and find out how they helped spread the biggest serial killer in history. For further information visit



Until 30 October

Until 29 August

Thirty Pieces Of Silver York St Mary’s,

Time Travellers Go...Medieval

Castlegate. 10am - 4pm. An installation by artist Cornelia Parker. Free admission.

Cliffords Tower. 11am – 5pm. How would you have fared 500 years ago? Take a trip back to medieval times to find out! Have fun dressing up in regal costumes, discover medieval etiquette and even sit on a throne! Call 0870 333 1181for more information, or visit events for more information.

Until 31 January Wildlife Photography: A Vision of the Oceans, The Deep, Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP. In association with the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine the photographs in this exhibition have been selected to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Deep to highlight the importance of the marine conservation research that is undertaken here. The exhibition has been curated by the Natural History Museum from the archives of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Email or call 01482 381000 for more information.

Until 22 January William Etty Art & Controversy York Art Gallery, 10am-5pm. Major exhibition devoted to William Etty (1787-1849), the Yorkborn painter best known for his paintings of nudes.

Until May From Hamlet To Hollywood: Fashion From Film, Barley Hall, York. The medieval townhouse is hosting the first public appearance of costumes worn by Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in the acclaimed film The King’s Speech, alongside a host of other BBC and Hollywood favourites. York Archaeological Trust has organised clothing-themed events to accompany the exhibition. Visit


Until 31 August The Great Garden Adventure RHS Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB. 10am – 4pm. There’s plenty of fun for all the family at Harlow Carr. Make sure you come prepared to get stuck in and get your hands dirty! For more information, visit

Until 4 September York Maze, Elvington. 10am – 6.30pm. York Maze wants you to get lost – in the nicest possible way, of course! Follow the clues around the giant maze, climb the viewing towers and find the talking sculptures. Plus giant children’s sand and water play area, adventure climb, jumping pillow, The UK’s largest inflatable slide, farm animals, pig racing, crazy golf, maze of illusions, water wars, café, barbecue and gift shop. New for 2011 is the Crowmania tractor trailer ride. Join the farmer on the tractor in the battle to scare away the pesky crows. Call 607341 or visit

Until 4 September Summer Fun National Railway Museum, Leeman Road YO26 4XJ. The arrival of the Flying Scotsman may have been delayed until later this year (not leaves on the line for once, but a crack

in the chassis), but the NRM is still bursting with indoor and outdoor activities for all the family. There are daily talks, explosive science shows as well as steam and miniature railway rides. Listen to an interactive storytelling session, or let off some steam of your own in the outdoor play area! And keep your eyes peeled for the Flying Scotsman’s arrival later this year – we’ll be the first to tell you about it! Call 08448 153139,

Until 5 September Children’s Trails Treasurer’s House, behind York Minster, 11am - 4.30pm. (Closed Friday). Spend some time in the garden playing traditional games or follow the free children’s trail around the house. Call 624247 for more information.

Until 30 September Japan’s First Railway National Railway Museum, Leeman Road. A rare opportunity to see beautiful Japanese wood-block prints showing the excitement surrounding the introduction of the railways to Japan. This is the first exhibition in the new Art Gallery. For further details visit www.nrm.

30 July – 5 August Medicine Through the Ages. Part of the British Festival of Archaeology. The festival launches with an encampment in Coppergate Square featuring displays of medical skills, tools and techniques from Viking and Tudor times and the Second World War. For more details, go to www.

31 July Medicine on the Front Line the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. 10.30am - 4pm.

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A fun day out for young and old. Come and meet Florence Nightingale, a Tudor ship’s surgeon or see how our modern day troops treat injuries! Once a hospital and dispensary, the Hall will once more host medical practitioners from throughout history, all of whom have their own methods for dealing with the sick and with soldiers injured in battle. The Viking, Medieval, Civil War and Second World War periods will all feature, as will the work of today’s Army Medical Services, who use the very latest techniques to treat injured personnel.

31 July Upstairs Downstairs Tour Nostell Priory & Parkland, Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 1QE. 2 – 4pm. See parts of the house not usually open to visitors. Visit the impressive vaulted cellars and the near derelict servants quarters. Discover how the family and their servants lived and worked at Nostell. Booking Essential on 01924 863892.

1 August Get Medieval Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY. 11am - 5pm. Join the costumed re-enactors around their medieval encampment. Call 01765 608888

1 August Yorkshire Olympics Nostell Priory & Parkland Doncaster Road Nostell Nr Wakefield WF14QE 12 noon - 4pm. Celebrate Yorkshire Day with a whole range of daft, Yorkshirethemed activities. Tel: 01924 863892

1 August Yorkshire Day Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, Beningbrough YO30 1DD. 11am. Enjoy

the day with Curd Tart and Fat Rascals, Yorkshire Tea and a Yorkshire Trail! Call 472027 for more information.

1 - 31 August School Holiday Fun – Butterflies and Moths Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY 11am - 4pm. Free trail and drop in self-led activities in Swanley Grange. Call 01765 608888

1-31 August Amnesty International photograph exhibition Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York. What do villagers in Palestine and Roma in Eastern Europe have in common? No water. And farmers in Canada, India and Niger? Land devastated by international corporations. Rural women in Peru and Burkina Faso in Africa? Poor health care. The exhibition shows the communities working with

Amnesty International. Call 489966 or enquiries@

2 – 25 August Statues York Art Gallery, 11am –1pm & 2pm – 4pm. Drop-in workshops based on the William Etty exhibition. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tel: 687687.

3 August Rural Games Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton, York, YO19 5UF. Come out to play! A fun day of traditional rural jollity: play at skittles, hopscotch, rat-throwing (the toy kind!) and other timeless rural games. Why not join in the gurning competition? Call 489966


FRIDAY 19th AUGUST Three course meal, Michael Bublé tribute show, resident DJ. 7.00pm. Tickets £25.95 For tickets call 01347 825 400 or visit Burn Hall Hotel I Tollerton Road I Huby I York I YO61 1JB

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3 August

6 August

Meet the Barber Surgeon Barley Hall. 11am – 3pm. Fun talks on the hour from Barley Hall’s Barber-Surgeon, who reveals his grisly treatments for injuries, ailments and illness in the Middle Ages.

World Sweetcorn Eating Championship & Festival, York Maze, Elvington. 10am – 6.30pm. A day of events with live music and sweetcorn BBQ. Watch the excitement of the championships or even join in yourself – you could be a record breaker! Call 607341 or visit

Every Wed, Thu, Fri 3-26 Aug It’s a Monk’s Life Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY. 2pm. Take a family and learn about the monks’ daily life. Suitable for 7s and over. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Call 01765 608888

3 & 31 August Wild Wednesdays Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, 11am – 3pm. Free and fun events with activities for all the family. Tel: 6887687.

4 August Flutterbys and Crawley Creepers Nunnington Hall Nunnington YO62 6UY. 2pm. Come and join the hunt for creepy crawlies in the garden. Call 01439 748283

Medicine at Sea DIG, St Saviourgate. 1pm and 3pm. A fun introduction to the more unpleasant side of a life at sea. Hear about some of the ailments suffered by sixteenth-century sailors, as well as the often brutal treatments available. Suitable for all (but not for the squeamish!).

4, 11, 18 & 25 August Boredom Busting Nostell Priory & Parkland Doncaster Road Nostell Nr Wakefield WF14QE. 11am – 4pm. Variety of themed family friendly activities. Call 01924 863892

Tockwith Show Cattal Moor Lane, Tockwith YO26 7QH. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the greatest little show in Yorkshire! Attractions include Gun Dog demonstrations, Show jumping, Equestrian competitions, Livestock, Working Rural Crafts and a Heavy Horse Farrier competition. Vintage tractors and vehicles of all ages, children’s classes plus lots of trade stands and displays of produce, flowers and cookery. There’s also a great Farmers Market marquee with Cookery Demonstrations using local produce. All catering on the show field is provided by local companies with food all sourced from around Yorkshire at sensible prices. Contact 0773990472 or visit www. for further information.

6 & 7 August Bees at Fountains! Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY, 10.30am 4.30pm.Come and meet the experts to find out more about bees and beekeeping. Call 01765 608888

6 & 7; 13 & 14, 20 & 21 August Pirate Academy, Scarborough Castle. 11am – 5pm. Join a duo of fighting pirates at Scarborough Castle. Plenty of hands on activities for children, including arts and crafts,

York logical a h Arc eo mmer Su Trust’s ition Exhib 2011

FREE ADMISSION to all YAT Attraction and YAT Pass ticket holders I Tel: 01904 615505 OPEN DAILY I 10 Coppergate, York Owned by York Archaeological Trust (Registered Charity N0. 509060)


dressing up and junior pirate skills. For more information visit daysout/events

Gruesome Weekend Whitby Abbey. 11am – 5pm. Discover the gruesome antics of Henry VIII and take a closer look into the gory side of history with hands-on activities. Visit

7 August Lazy Sunday Afternoon Nostell Priory & Parkland Doncaster Road Nostell Nr Wakefield WF14QE. 1 - 4pm. Relax in the Tea Room gardens, read the papers and listen to music provided by the Priory’s cheery musicians. Call 01924 863892

Family Cycling Event Castle Howard. Try out a range of different bikes and pedal powered machines! There’s something for everyone, from toddler’s bikes, pedal powered scalextric, mega bikes and more! For more information, visit www. The Big Picnic Rievaulx Terrace & Temples Rievaulx, Helmsley, YO62 5LJ. Bring the rug, the sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer.

11 and 12 August Fashion & Gift Fair The Guildhall. 10am – 4pm. Bored with the High Street? Looking for a unique shopping experience where you can find something truly fabulous? Then look no further than All Season Events’ new Fashion & Gift Fair. You’ll find an excellent variety of gifts, crafts, ladieswear, children’s wear, jewellery, homewares, beauty products, toys, books, handbags and accessories and many many more all under one roof. For more

13 August Arts Festival Trinity Methodist Church, from 2pm. Performance poets, musicians and actors are invited to do an open-mic slot. Adults and children welcome. To book your slot, call Ed Cooke on 625175 or email

information on this and other All Season Events, visit

13 & 14 August Elvington 2011, Elvington Airfield. After 11 years away from this magnificent airfield, the Large Model Association in conjunction with Elvington Estates and the Yorkshire Air Museum are returning to stage what will be one of the largest model shows of the year. Call Dave Johnson on 07860 345613. Extensive weekend campsite on airfield – call Dave Bailey on 07827 675665 to book.

Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally The Showground, Driffield. Gates open 10am. Over 1000 exhibits, including vintage working vehicles, heavy haulage, an old time fair and Wall of Death.

Annual Assize of Ale Mansion House. 2pm. The event will see the Sheriff of York, assisted by the Lord Mayor and guests of the Guild of Scriveners sample the ale in participating public houses in the City dressed in medieval costume. The participants aim to sample the quality of ale to ensure it is adequate and raise donations as they progress. A fund-raising pub crawl, in other words, but all in a good cause. Fundraising Day, York Maze Elvington. 10am – 6.30pm. York Maze will be teaming up with local charities to help raise valuable funds. Join in the fun and games with stalls and activities. Call 607341 for more information or visit

14 August Classic Car Show on the Vista Nostell Priory & Parkland Doncaster Road Nostell Nr Wakefield WF14QE. 11am - 3pm. Call 01924 863892

The Big Picnic Nunnington Hall Nunnington YO62 6UY. Bring the rug, the sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer. Call 01439 748283

10 & 17 August Teddy Bears Picnic Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton, York, YO19 5UF.  If you go down to Murton today you’re sure of lots of surprises! Bring along your favourite teddy, visit the Three Bears’ house to hear the story of Goldilocks, and take part in a bear hunt. Call 489966

18 August Flutterbys and Crawley Creepers Rievaulx Terrace & Temples Rievaulx Helmsley, YO62 5LJ 2pm. Come and join the hunt for creepy crawlies on the Terrace.

19 August Stoneyard Open Day York Minster. 9.30am - 3.30pm. Free entry to the Stoneyard. Tours of the East Front will be a minimum donation of £7.50 per person . An opportunity to view the Works Department for the restoration, conservation and maintenance of the Minster and associated properties. Come and see the workshops and talk to the team about their current projects.

20 August Tea Dance De Grey Rooms, St Leonard’s Place, York, 2pm. Tel: 623568.

Beach Party and BBQ York Maze, Elvington. 10am – 6.30pm. Chill out at York Maze’s own beach party, with sand area, surf simulator, limbo dancing, music and BBQ. Call 607341 for more information or visit



Craft hall, model exhibition and extensive market. For this year’s show there will be an appearance of the magnificent 1920 Fowler showman’s engine, ‘The Iron Maiden’. It is the first ever visit to Driffield for this engine which was the star of the classic 1962 comedy film of the same name. Another first will be the appearance of a Priestman ‘Cub’ dragline excavator manufactured in Hull during the 1960’s.


Rosedale Show Milburn Arms Field, Rosedale Abbey, Near Pickering . The show started way back in 1871, and it’s still going strong. There’s something for everyone, including Cattle, Goats, Hunters, Heavy Horses, Ponies, Sheep, Produce, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables, Rabbits, Pigeons and Poultry, Vintage Tractors & Scarecrows, Foxhound & Terrier Shows, Gundogs Show, Gymkhana plus a guest appearance from Malton White Star Band. For more details call 01751 417740

24 August Egton Show, Egton North Yorkshire. The 122nd Egton Show promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year you’ll have a chance to see a wrought iron and farrier display, a farmers market, plus all the usual horse, cattle, sheep, goat, ferret, fur and feather classes. There will also be the bee keeping, produce and handicraft and the children’s sections. For more information visit www.

25 August

26 – 28 August

27 August

Curator Talks York Minster. 1.15pm -

Galtres Festival, Crayke. Combining five stages of music and cabaret, more than 100 fine beers and ciders all from Yorkshire, excellent local produce catering, loads for kids to do from film making to music workshops, and all in a beautiful rural setting. Music ranges from top charttopping bands to local emerging talent, ranging from pop and acoustic to jazz, blues and ska. Comedy, theatre and offbeat performances at the night cabaret, films, family camping and clean loos too! All proceeds go to charity. Visit uk to book your tickets.

Torchlight Maze, York Maze

1.45pm. Lunchtime lectures exploring the historic collections of York Minster. The talk will take place in the final chamber of the Undercroft. Book online at , call 0844 939 0015 or visit the Minster Box Office.

26 August – 31 December EXHIBITION: Revolutionary Fashion 1790 –1820 Fairfax House, Castlegate. Featuring period gowns, shoes and accessories from Yorkshire collections and beyond.

Elvington. 10am –10pm. For a complete different maze experience – try it in the dark! BBQ and café open all evening – don’t forget your torch! Call 607341 or visit

27 - 29 August Bank Holiday Vegetable Fun Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, Beningbrough YO30 1DD. With Ugly Vegetable competition, vegetable catwalk and more! Call 472027.

Director John Hall Musical Director Michael Thompson Choreographer Jessica Hardcastle

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Get Georgian! Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY. 11am - 4pm. Step back in time and enjoy live Regency music and dance in the Georgian Water Garden. Call 01765 608888

28 & 29 August Summer Craft Festival Duncombe Park, Helmsley. 10am – 5pm. Over 50 stalls of crafts and gifts inside this beautiful historic home. It’s the perfect place to find a great gift for someone special – or even yourself! There are also refreshments and a display of owls! Free parking and minibus transfer to the house. For more information, call Yorkshire Craft Fairs on 07956 860380.

28 & 29 August Medieval Bank Holiday Event Castle Howard. This year the ever popular Children’s Weekend has a Medieval theme with a Horse stunt rider performance, plus Jousting, Falconry, Archery and the little ones can be knights or princesses for a day! Visit

28 & 29 August Bank Holiday Special Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton, York, YO19 5UF. A fun-packed bank holiday weekend with passenger trips on the Derwent Valley Light Railway, as well as tractor rides. With cowboys taking over our fort and Vikings in the village there won’t be a dull moment. Call 489966

29 August Farndale Show Showfield behind the Village Hall, Church Houses, Farndale Nr Kirkbymoorside. For more than 100 years, Farndale Show has been an important part of the country show calendar. It’s

a traditional Yorkshire country show, with events and attractions for all the family, from country crafts to animal classes. For more information, visit www.

31 August Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Swanley Grange, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY. 2pm. Bring your Teddy Bear for a picnic and storytelling for 4-9 year olds. Booking essential - call 01765 643166.

25 September Ladies Driving Challenge Tockwith Motorsport Centre, Tockwith Autodrome YO26 7QF. 9am and 1pm. Are you ready for the drive of your life, girls? Why not test your skills on some truly unusual vehicles whilst having the most fun you can with a seatbelt on! From fire engines to JCBs, lorries to limos, the Ladies Driving Challenge is a day to remember! The day consists of two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Registration is £10, and you then pledge to raise a minimum of £90 in sponsorship for The Firefighters Charity. For more information, contact Chris Fielden on 07825 182621 or register online at

n Concerts

31 July The Three Ages Of A City Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick. 7.30pm. World premiere written for solo guitar and string orchestra by Peter Byrom Smith. Call 0771 280 9341.

6 August Late Music Piano Recital Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, 7.30pm. Pianist Ian Pace explores the wonderful music of Frederick Rzewski in a programme that also includes the innovative Liszt Project. To mark the Liszt bicentenary, Late Music commissioned five composers to write a short, three-minute piece in response to Liszt’s radical piano music. There will be a pre-concert talk by the Liszt Project composers at 6.45pm. Tickets: or on the door.

13 August Francis Jackson (Organist Emeritus, York Minster), York Minster. 7pm. Including works by Bach, Rheinberger, Mathais, Liszt, Jackson and Smart. Book online at www.boxoffice.yorkminster. org, call 0844 939 0015

20 August Peace and Passion York Minster. 7.30pm. Choral favourites from the 18th - 21st centuries including the Tsunami Requiem commissioned from Chris Williams, and selections from Handel’s Messiah. Performed by the Gaudeamus Chorale. All proceeds from this concert will benefit Cancer Research UK. Book online at www.boxoffice., call 0844 939 0015 or visit the Minster Box Office.

27 August John Scott Whiteley (Organist Emeritus, York Minster), York Minster. 7pm. Liszt: BACH, Weinen Klagen and Ad nos, ad salutarem undam. Book online at, call 0844 939 0015 or visit the Minster Box Office.



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30 August Bistro sounds Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place. 8pm. Enjoy the music of York singer-songwriter David Ward Maclean. Call 625082.

3 September The Bingham String Quartet the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, 7.30pm. In this Late Music Concert, the quartet will perform works by Steve Reich, Anthony Gilbert, Michael Parkin and George Crumb. There will be a preconcert talk by Anthony Gilbert at 6.45pm. Tickets are available online at

n COMMUNITY & CLUB EVENTS Every Sunday Wigginton Car Boot Sale Home Farm, Wigginton YO32 2RD. 7am – 1pm. We all love a car boot sale. The chance to rummage around in other people’s stuff, exercise our haggling skills and maybe pick up a bargain. And as we always say, one person’s trash is another’s treasure! Wigginton Car Boot Sale is York’s oldest established sale – can you believe it celebrates its 21st birthday this year? It’s definitely our favourite for spot for some Sunday morning bargain hunting. Call 768463

30 July Pet Show York Auction Centre. 10am – 4pm. Thompsons of York is hosting this event, which is open to anyone who would like to come along with their pet and join in with a range of informative and fun events. The Pet Show will feature a number of different show classes along with expert advice covering pet feeding, grooming and general

pet care. Whether you’re a proud pet owner or just an animal lover, this is for you!

1 – 5 August Summer Holiday Club York City Church, Trinity Methodist Building, Monkgate, York, 10am4pm. Sign up for craft, music and dance workshops for children aged between five and 11. Free admission, including refreshments. To book a place, call Emily on 541444 or email emily.nelson@

3, 6 & 20 August Beyond Monopoly! Railway Institute, Queen Street. 5 – 10pm (3rd); 10am – 7pm (6th and 20th). Join York’s friendliest boardgames club. First session free. Ages 8 – 12 must be supervised.

5 August Curry Club, The Cooking Rooms, York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way YO30 4AG. 7pm-9pm. Learn to cook the best curry ever with a top chef. Very hands on and you eat what you prepare - lots to take away too! Discount for booking two places - visit www.thecookingrooms. com, email or call 500700

Windmill weekends See how the restoration of Holgate Windmill is progressing by attending the open days between 11am and 4pm. For more details, call Helen Hoult on 331402 or Bob Anderton on 795851.

Jorvik Woodturning Group

9, 10 & 11 August

Earswick Village Hall, Earswick Chase, Earswick, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 704092.

6 August Summer Fair Sovereign Park, off Boroughbridge Road opposite BP Garage. 1 – 3pm. Join the fun on the play area and green at the centre of the estate. Games, stalls, family races, train rides and much more. Take a peek in a fire engine or pop into the mobile police unit!

Film guide The Devil’s double Latif (played by Dominic Cooper) is trapped and tortured into becoming the ‘fiday’ – body double – of his former schoolfriend, Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday (also played by Cooper). Latif becomes part of Uday’s world, witness to the horror of his insane life of debauchery, excess and brutality. Based on true events.

The Inbetweeners Movie The big-screen spinoff of the potty-mouthed hit E4 sitcom sees friends Will, Simon, Jay and Neil jet off for a lads’ holiday in Malia, Crete. But will the lads’ antics be as funny in the movie version? Starring Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison, along with series regulars Emily Head, Belinda Stewart-Wilson and Greg Davies.

Cowboys & Aliens Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Wild West cowboys and creatures from outer space? Now’s your chance to find out. When a spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over 100

6-7 & 20-21 August

Children’s Cookery Club The Cooking Rooms, York Eco Business Centre. Hands on cookery classes for children aged 6 -11 (morning) and 11-16 (afternoon). Gilly Robinson provides practical training in small groups - and fun! You get to eat what you’ve cooked and take away samples and skills to put into practice at home. Book online email info@ or call 500700.

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the Earth, a posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way. Starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Prequel to the original 1968 movie. In present day San Francisco, scientific experiments with genetic engineering go horribly wrong, leading to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto.

Final Destination 5 Is this really the Final Destination? Or just the Destination before Final Destination 6? In this latest instalment, yet another group of people avoid a fatal bridge collapse only to discover – guess what? – that they can’t cheat Death. Cue lots of horror as Death catches up with them.

Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World Jessica Alba plays a retired secret agent and stepmum to two difficult children. When she’s called back into action

Rebecca and Cecil discover there’s more to their boring stepmum than meets the eye. Can they help her defeat the supervillain, the maniacal Timekeeper?

Monte Carlo A young woman, her uptight step sister and her best friend use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip to Paris, which takes a twist when one of them is mistaken for a spoilt British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities they are wrapped up in misadventures during a vacation to Monte Carlo instead. Starring Selena Gomez and Glee star Cory Monteith. One Day Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988. She is a working-class girl, he is a wealthy charmer. For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals how the pair are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Based on the best selling novel by David Nicholls. *Listings correct at time of press.

Parkinson’s UK coffee morning 9 Wolsely Drive, Bishopthorpe, York 11am to 1pm. Enjoy Ruth Hall’s garden, which has been praised by TV gardening expert Charlie Dimmock.

16 & 17 August Craft Fair, the Guildhall. 10am – 4.30pm. All profits to ActionAid.

17 & 31 August

Factory, 106 Eldon Street YO31 7NH. 5 – 8pm. For more information, call 655290 or email atm.

6 & 8 September Composting training session. 7pm. Two hour session organised by York Rotters. On 6th, the session will be held at Haxby Methodist Church, with another session at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, on 8th. Call Catherine on 412861 or email

Minster Community Coffee Morning York Minster. 10am – 12 noon. In aid

25 September

of Christian Aid.

Starts opposite York College. 11am. Cycle the Solar System and help a worthwhile charity. Raise sponsorship for Diabetes UK by cycling 20km along the Solar Route, south of York. Free admission. Call 01325 488606 or visit

26 – 29 August Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

Diabetes UK Charity Bike Ride.

Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nether Poppleton. 10am – 6pm. A wide variety of work being exhibited by local artists.

28 September

27 August

York PPA Reunion lunch. To celebrate

Dunnington Village Show 1.30pm. Come along, have a coffee and enjoy the show. Or why not have a go yourself? Anyone can enter. Entries welcome for jam-making, cakes or bread, or why not enter your prize vegetable or flowers? Entry Forms are available from Dunnington Newsagent or call 488986 for more details.

28 August Sunday Social The Conservatory, The

the 50th anniversary of the forming of the Preschool Playgroups Association, several ex-members of the York branch of the PPA in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are meeting for lunch, and would like to extend an invitation to others who were involved with York playgroups in that period to join them. For more details, call Joan Stoney on 760327.

n ANTIQUES FAIRS & AUCTIONS 3 August Tennants Books Maps, Postcards &

Exhibition Hotel, 19 Bootham. 2 – 4pm. Monthly social held by York & District LGBT Forum. To find out more email

Photographs. 12 noon Tel 01969 623780

31 August

Antiques and Collectors Fair

Access To Music Open Day The Jam

5, 12, 19 & 26 August

6, 13, 20 & 27 August


9 August

Antiques and Collectors Fair Wetherby Town Hall. 9.30am – 4.30pm.

6 August Tennants Antique & Home Furnishing Sale 9.30am Tel 01969 623780

12 August Tennants Antique & Home Furnishing Sale 9.30am. Vintage Costume, Textiles, Dolls & Teddy Bears 11.30am Tel 01969 623780

20 August Tennants Antique & Home Furnishing Sale. 9.30am. Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras & Tools Tel 01969 62378011.30am

22 August Antique Fair, York Racecourse. Stall holders from 7am (no public admission until after stall holders). Please note there will be no admission from Bishopthorpe Road before 9am. Admission past the racecourse stands. For more information, call K&J Brown Promotions on 01429 881917.

27 & 28 August Antiques and Collectors Fair, Ripley Village Hall. 9am – 4.30pm. Quality fair with items including decorative antiques, pottery, porcelain, glass, paintings, prints, metalware, jewellery, silver, books, tools, linen, etc. Call 01423 889163 or 0776 5006996

Helmsley Town Hall. 9.30am- 4.30pm.


e r t a e Th Armada (28 - 30 July) York Musical Theatre Company, in a new musical by Rob Winlow, presents the untold story of The Armada. When country girl Sarah is summoned by Elizabeth I to venture on board the English fleet in 1588, she has no idea of the battles, espionage and trickery she will find herself caught up in. How can her supernatural talents help the English fight the Spanish Armada and will she unravel her entangled love life? Find out at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee on Saturday). Box office: 623568.

Peter Pan (29 July - 3 September) From the team that brought you The Railway Children and The Wind In The Willows comes another family summer spectacle at York Theatre Royal. Join Wendy, John and Michael Darling as they re-count their action-packed adventures in Neverland. Stories of Lost Boys, Indians, Mermaids, Crocodiles and Pirates unfold before your eyes in a magical land, free from grown-up rules. J. M. Barrie’s enchanting story of the boy who refuses to grow up is given sparkle and soul in this new adaptation by Mike Kenny and promises to be fun for all the family. Belt Up Theatre will work alongside the York Theatre Royal team to create an unruly bunch of Pirates and a young

cast will feature as loveable Lost Boys. Box office: 623568.

Hamlet (2 & 3 August) William Shakespeare’s tragedy will be performed by the Globe Company in the garden at Newby Hall, near Ripon, at 7pm. Bring a blanket or small fold-up camping chair. Box office: 01423 322583.

West Side Story (4-6 August) William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is transported to modern-day New York, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. This summer’s Stage Experience production at the Grand Opera House stars York’s most talented young performers working with a professional creative team. Box office: 0844 871 3024.

Legally Blonde The Musical (9-20 August) The winner of Best New Musical in this year’s prestigious Olivier Awards stops off for its Yorkshire debut at York’s Grand Opera House during its first UK tour. The show is based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon. College sweetheart Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for

Nights out Summer Nights Afloat, Yorkboat, Lendal. Looking for a great night out? Yorkboat have two fantastic themed nights on offer – get your groove on with Disco Fever, or unleash your inner Dancing Queen on a Mamma Mia! night (ideal for a girls’ night out). The three hour cruise includes a boarding drink, a two course BBQ buffet and a proefssional disco. Call 628324.

29 July Jazz @ ‘The Tree’ The Bay Tree, Main Street, Stillington YO61 1JU. Book your table 7- 8pm, music starts 8pm. Call 01347 811394 to book your place.

5 August Cranford, Museum Gardens. 7pm. Presented by 102

Chapterhouse Theatre Company Call 01522 569777.

9 August

13 August

Evening of Mediumship and Readings, Black Swan

Peter Pan & Dinner

Jazz on the Lawn Nostell

Treasurer’s House, behind York Minster, 5.30pm (performance at 7pm). Start a magical evening with your family in the transformed tearoom fit for the Darlings to enjoy supper followed by a performance of Peter Pan at York theatre Royal. Booking essential on 624247.

Priory & Parkland, Doncaster Road, Nostell Nr Wakefield WF14QE. 7.30pm. Bob Ludlum and his trusty band return for more evenings of jazz. Bring a picnic and a chair, sit back and enjoy the fun. Booking essential – call 0844 249 1895

Inn, Peaseholme Green. 7.30pm.

6 August Queen Tribute Night Bumper Castle public house, Wigginton Road, York, 8pm. The Kings of Queen will kick off a series of live music nights at this landmark pub. They perform a stunning tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen, regularly playing at venues throughout the United Kingdom. The brilliant vocals and musicianship, together with a tremendous sense of theatricality, produce a superb visual act, with sensational music and a high-energy non-stop performance. BBQ. Free admission

The Taming Of The Shrew Hazlewood Castle, near

Sense and Sensibility Fountains Abbey & Studley

Tadcaster. 7pm. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the Shakespeare comedy. Call 01522 569777.

Royal, Ripon HG4 3DY. 7pm. Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the Jane Austen classic. Booking essential – call 0844 249 1895.

12 August

14 August

Clairvoyance Evening

Cranford, Helmsley Castle. 7pm. Brush off your

Black Swan Inn, Peaseholme Green. 7.30pm.

bonnets as Chapterhouse Theatre Company invites you to Cranford

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The Producers (12 – 17 September)

someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School accompanied by her loveable Chihuahua, Bruiser. Call 0844 847 2322 to book the most fashionable ticket in town.

Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks cult film, The Producers chronicles the hilarious adventures of struggling theatrical impresario Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of Broadway. Their guaranteed-to-fail fiasco? Springtime For Hitler: The Musical – but anything can happen when those lights go down on Broadway. The score contains such gems as The King Of Broadway, I Wanna Be A Producer, When You’ve Got It Flaunt It, Springtime For Hitler and Prisoners Of Love. The show is presented at the Grand Opera House by York Stage Musicals. Box office: 0844 847 2322

The Mr Men and Little Miss Party Roadshow (17 August) The Mr Men & Little Miss characters are going on the road to celebrate their 40th birthday in a new roadshow! This 90-minute show will feature the much-loved characters singing and dancing along to well-known children’s songs and plenty of party favourites! This show at York Barbican Centre is brought to you by the producers of Fireman Sam, Roary, Thomas The Tank Engine and Bob The Builder. Box office: 0844 854 2757.

The Wind In The Willows (23 August) Join Cambridge Touring Theatre at Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, for a merry romp through their wonderful adaptation of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. This production lasts two hours, with a 20-minute interval, and is suitable for all the family. Gates open at 4pm with the show starting at 6pm. There will be a 45-minute drama workshop at 4.30pm. Box Office: 01653 600048.

where a mysterious new arrival is setting hearts a flutter. Call 01522 569777 to book.

19 August Michael Buble Tribute Burn Hall Hotel, Tollerton Road Huby YO61 1JB. 7pm. Burn Hall presents a fabulous tribute to everyone’s favourite crooner, the great Michael Buble. As well as a wonderful tribute show, your evening also includes a three course meal and a resident DJ. To book, call 01347 825400, or visit

Princess Ida (14 - 17 September) Numberjacks (6 - 7 September) BBC TV’s Numberjacks takes to the stage for the first time, starting a major national tour at York’s Grand Opera House. Join the TV Superheroes as they leave the sofa and embark on their first live adventure and help them solve problems as they go! Box office: 0844 871 3024.

Racecourse. Dust off your dancing shoes, brush up your hand jive and join the T-Birds and Pink Ladies for an evening of classic hits from the world’s favourite musical movie. With a tribute show, disco, three course meal and late night bar, it promises to be an ‘Electrifying’ night. Is it the One That You Want? Book your ticket by calling 638971 or email events@

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25 August

1 August Roger Davies + Fake Thackray

Minster Nights York Minster.

4 August Rebekah Findlay

6.30 - 9.30pm. Part of the popular Minster Nights series, including oneoff talks and displays. The Minster Nights café will be open; come and explore after hours at your own pace.

17 September Grease Tribute Night York

Gilbert and Sullivan’s 8th operatic collaboration takes a satirical swipe at feminism, women’s education and Darwinian evolution – all of which were hot topics when it was first produced in 1884. Can Prince Hilarion win the heart of the feminist Princess Ida or will his love end in tragedy? It is being staged by Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan Company at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Box office: 623568.

11 August Nathan Rogers 18 August Singers & Musicians Night 25 August TRí Fibbers 1 August The Old Firm Casuals with Lars Frederikson 5 August Alvin Purple

6 August Ingested

13 August A Foreigners Journey

11 August Exit Ten

18 August Edgar Broughton

12 August The South

19 August Littlemores

19 August The Shadracks

21 August Playing The Pilot

20 August The Mars Patrol

22 August The Burns Unit

26 August Aynt Skynyrd

30 August Letlive

29 August CSS


The Duchess

15 August Stza Crack

3 August Ed Sheeran

27 August Abrasive Wheels

4 August C.W. Stoneking

Pocklington Arts Club

5 August Colours and the Kids

16 August Willy Mason

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Youth Café one step closer Planning permission has been granted to enable the establishment of a city centre Youth Cafe at 3 Little Stonegate (formerly the back of the Borders Bookshop). Councillor Ruth Potter, Executive Member for Education, Children and Young People’s Services, welcomed the news and said: “This news brings one step closer the realisation of a long-held ambition to establish a Youth Cafe in the city centre – run by young people, and for young people. “This administration strongly supports this aim, and has allocated resources to help with the running of the cafe when it gets off the ground. We have been working closely with the young people behind the project, and with the York Youth Trust, a new charity which has been specially established for this purpose. “However, we are not there yet, as the trust is still in negotiation with the owners of the premises via their agents. We hope that a deal can be done, at which time we will invite people to look round the site and to hear at first hand the young people’s plans for its future use.”

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Calling all performers Trinity Methodist Church is appealing for performers, both adults and children, to take part in its forthcoming arts festival.

Community worker Ed Cooke is encouraging performance poets, musicians and actors to do an open-mic slot at the church on Saturday, August 13, from 2pm. The church, at 43 Monkgate, York, is also hosting a four-day exhibition between August 10 and 13, featuring paintings, photography and poetry. Workshops are also being organised for the festival, including watercolour and poetry - both for beginners. Ed says: “We held our first arts festival at the church last year. It was so successful that we are holding another this year and hope to make it an annual event.� n Call Ed on 625175 or email


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Cash donation helps children enjoy play York Playspace, a charity dedicated to helping youngsters enjoy play, has been given a cheque for £1,000 by First in York. The bus company’s James Street depot was recently chosen as the best large bus depot in terms of safety at the annual FirstGroup National Safety Awards event. One of the prizes for winning the prestigious award was a cheque for £1,000, to be given to a local charity of the company’s choice. The unanimous choice of staff was York Playspace, a charity set up five years ago to offer free play opportunities and chill out zones across the area. York Playspace Manager Alison Shepherd said: “We are constantly striving to raise money and it’s very difficult at the moment so this donation will really help us.”



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Legal website revamped York law firm Denison Till has launched a revamped website The new website has been redesigned from the ground up, firmly with users in mind. It aims to be both engaging and dynamic, whilst retaining the professionalism expected of such a highly respected law firm. New features have been added to help users get some initial thoughts and guidance on a range of common issues and queries. Features include, FAQs of commonly asked legal questions, regularly updated legal blog, Ask A Solicitor feature and Quick Guides to topical legal issues. Mark Hepworth, Senior Partner, says: “This reinforces Denison Till’s ongoing commitment to its clients and to be at the forefront of rapidly changing technology.” Denison Till is recognised as a leading law firm by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories. The firm is a member of LawNet Solicitors, an established network of quality accredited independent solicitors.


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One call does it all Hire A Handyman is your first choice for professional home maintenance and landscaping services. Whether it's a tap washer that needs replacing, painting, turfing or a new patio laying, Hire A Handyman is committed to providing a prompt, reliable and friendly service. York’s Hire A Handyman representative is Mike Carmody, who has 14 years experience in the building trade. As well as York, he does jobs in Wetherby, Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Pocklington and Easingwold. He says: “I do so many different types of jobs that no day is the same. I like the variety. I do everything, from hanging a picture to building a patio.” During the summer Mike is busy doing outdoor jobs, such as roofing and fencing. He does more indoor jobs, such as painting and decorating, in the autumn and winter. So, if you have an indoor job like tiling or flooring, now is a good time to book your slot. n Give him a call on 08454 909090 or 07870 660350.

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Wizard wheeze at York Maze

A Yorkshire farmer has created the world’s largest spot-the-difference competition as a tribute to Harry Potter. Farmer Tom Pearcy has cut out two portraits of the boy wizard in his field of maize at Elvington, near York, with subtle differences between the two images. At more than 50-metre in diameter, each head is believed to be the largest image of Daniel Radcliffe ever created. The images have been painstakingly carved out of more than one million maize plants. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maze for visitors to explore. York Maze is the largest maize maze in Europe. Tom previous maze designs have included a Spitfire, Astronaut, the Statue of Liberty and the steam legend Flying Scotsman. Tom says: “I’m a big fan of Harry Potter and the release of the final film this summer marks the end of an era. I wanted to do something

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imaginative to say farewell to Harry, so creating the biggest image of him ever made and making it a spot-the-difference competition seemed like an interesting way to do that.� n York Maze is open every day until Sunday, September 4. For more details, go to

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Have a go at scuba diving Do you fancy learning to scuba dive? Excalibur Sub Aqua Club in York is offering five of our readers a free ‘try dive’. Excalibur has about 70 members covering the full range of experience from advanced divers to children learning to snorkel. It is a branch within the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), which is the world’s largest dive club with more than 40,000 members. For more information about Excalibur, visit For your chance to win one of five ‘try dives’, which will take place in September, answer this question: Within the name Excalibur SAC, what does SAC stand for? a) Sea Angling Committee b) Sub Aqua Club c) Swimming & Company Send your answer on a postcard to Diving Competition, Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH to reach us by Friday, August 19. Please include your name, address and phone number.

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The York Light Opera Company is looking for girls and boys, aged between six and 14, to appear in The Sound Of Music at York Theatre Royal. The first round of auditions will take place on Sunday, October 16, at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church, off Boroughbridge Road, York. The deadline for applications is October 2. To book your place, call Nicky Copley on 01653 691313 or email Adult auditions to join the company will be held at the same venue on Tuesday, September 6, at 7.30pm. Please bring sheet music for a song of your choice. The minimum age is 16.

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Your Local Link Magazine August 2011