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Issue 108 september 2012

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Email: Fax: 01904 764843 Write: Your Local Link, Oak Tree Farm, The Moor, Haxby YO32 2LH turning into a food fight – Gini, ‘the boss’, decided that Helen should be punished for trying to work during the Yorkshire pudding tossing by repeatedly throwing puddings at her head until she joined in. Unfortunately for Helen, she was trying to leave a voicemail message at the time. To whoever ended up with a garbled, hysterical message, we apologise.

Did you all enjoy the Olympics? We did – though we weren’t bothered about that little thing going on in London. We were obsessed with the Google Olympics, which was far easier for us to take part in – us largely being unfit northerners with little desire to visit the Big Smoke when the tube situation was deemed to be an utterly squished affair. Plus, Rach thought that dressage involved adorning one’s horse with pretty sashes, so we thought it would be a better idea to stay up north. No, Google Olympics was fine for us. Dean was horrified when Lisa and Rach both managed to beat his score in the hurdling, and Howard got a whopping 30 hoops in the basketball. Claire beat him in the rowing, though, completing the course in a super quick 12.8 seconds. Of course, these sports only involved jabbing at a couple of arrow keys on a keyboard, but we still feel pretty proud of ourselves. Helen is currently laminating the medals that we printed out, and Jon and Ronnie are busy making a podium out of empty cardboard boxes for our closing ceremony – during which we will dress up as

Speaking of hysterics, Nic (who is usually über professional and doesn’t like jokes*) ended up with tears rolling down her cheeks when she somehow managed to get a miniature helicopter stuck in her hair. Miraculously Helen came to the rescue and it didn’t need to be cut out, but there are still strands trapped in the rotor blades and now it won’t work. Claire’s little girls, Brooke and Jenna, enjoy Rachel’s cupcakes!

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As the Dragon Boat Race finally approaches after it was postponed, we’re getting rather excited about the last of the summer festivals. Whether you’re into bikes, boats or bells (ones on Morris dancers’ legs, anyway…) get involved in the fun – head to our events section to find out more.

Regulars: 10-11. Hotlist September is sizzlin’. 12-13. The way I see it Donna gives some useful tips on how to avoid empty nest syndrome when your kids head off to uni (number one: don’t call them). 14-15. Horoscopes James Christie predicts your month ahead. 16-17. Join the club Don’t sit in the house bored, get out and have fun! These clubs


20-21. Bouncers interview. We chat to Eastenders stars Ace Bhatti (Yusef Khan) and Don Gilet (Lucas Johnson) about their upcoming play at the York Theatre Royal, Bouncers. 22-23. Culture Column. Find out what’s hot in the cultural quarter this month.

are looking for new members. 18-19. Didn’t they do well! The people of York are generally just brilliant at pretty much everything. 26-27. Business Buzz. Entrepreneurial or not, you’ll love the Execu-toy. 28-29. Local Sport Report Dan Tait reports on the latest happenings in the sport world in his own inimitable style. 30-39. Health & Beauty Everyone needs

24-25. Writing tips. Our short story competition is about to draw to a close – don’t miss your chance to send your masterpiece in! Plus, we have tips from ghost writing expert Rupert Waddington on how to set the story of your life down on paper – even if you aren’t a writer.

a bit of pampering every now and again – and we can show you how to do it. Plus, we’ve introduce the experts who can help plan your dream wedding. 40-49. Your Family Howard came back even though we made him test a chemical peel face mask, so we let him do another column. It’s Pirate Day this month too – get the whole family involved in getting all pirate-y. Arr, shiver me timbers.

50-51. Your Pet Got a problem with your pooch, or want to adopt a new best friend? We can help. 52-53. Gadget Guide Nic got a tiny helicopter stuck in her hair in the name of thoroughly testing gadgets so you don’t have to. Tip: tie hair back when playing with gadgets. 54-56. Motors All the latest news from things that go vroom, including Otto the


8-9. Competitions Can’t buy me love! We’ve got five pairs of tickets to the Beatles Festival to give away so that you can enjoy terrific tributes to the fab four; plus we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the wonderful Magic of Motown show at the Barbican.

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Keep calm with Kuki! Did you know September is officially Spa Month? If that’s not an excuse for kicking back and treating yourself to some serious pampering, we don’t know what is!

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If your nostalgia for the Fab Four has been reinvigorated by Paul McCartney’s performance of Hey Jude at the Olympic opening ceremony, then this is the perfect competition for you. The Beatles Festival will be rocking the Scarborough Spa Complex on 15th and 16th September providing a weekend of Beatlemania at a guaranteed ‘no-mud’ indoor festival. Celebrate 50 years of the Beatles with tribute bands The Mersey Beatles, The Macca Band, Image of Lennon, The Beatle 5 and many more. As well as music there will be stalls, screenings of rare Beatles film footage and memorabilia available throughout the weekend. Find out more about the festival at www. We have five pairs of weekend tickets and ten pairs of session tickets to give away. For your chance of winning simply answer his question: Which Beatle sang Hey Jude at the Olympic opening ceremony? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Beatles Competition’ to the address on page five – or you can email your answer to The competition ends on 7th September, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!


And what better place to treat yourself than Kuki Hair & Beauty Spa? The haven on Huntington Road offers a whole host of treatments designed to leave you looking and feeling fabulous. From facials to massage, tanning to manicures, there’s something for everyone! To celebrate Spa Month, Kuki is offering one lucky reader the chance to try their spa 'Pure Head De-stress' package absolutely free. If you need some serious stress-busting, this is for you. You’ll enjoy an Indian head massage and a treatment with Hopi ear candles, followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage that will leave you soothed and stress-free. To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: What type of ear candles are used in the De-stress Package? Send your answer (along with your name, address and a daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Kuki Competition’ to the address on page five – or you can email your answer to The competition ends on 28th September so don’t delay! Terms and conditions apply. Kuki Hair & Beauty Spa, 367 Huntington Road, YO31 9HR. Call 659007 or visit

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… to keep you from these tickets! The Magic of Motown will be strutting its funky way into the York Barbican on 11th October, recreating that classic Detroit sound. The UK’s Biggest Motown production celebrates 50 years of number one hits, charting Motown’s rise from its first 1960 million-selling song, Shop Around by Smokey Robinson, to becoming one of the world’s greatest record labels. Featuring fabulous male harmonies, stunning female vocals and the supremelytalented Magic of Motown band, this fast-moving show honours the Motown legends that brought the world to its dancing feet. For more information visit and call 0844 854 2757 for tickets.

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But before you do, we have a pair of tickets available for this unmissable show, and all you have to do for a chance of winning is answer this simple question: What was the name of Motown’s first million-selling record? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Motown Competition’ to the address on page five – or you can email your answer to The competition ends on 28th September, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!


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Enter the Dragon After being postponed from the original date in July, the Dragon Boat Challenge is finally set to take place on 22nd September – and we’re so excited that we dedicated our front cover to it. This year is the tenth anniversary of the challenge, which sees participants race on a 250-metre stretch of the River Ouse between Scarborough and Lendal Bridges. There’ll be a range of activities and stalls to keep spectators entertained while they wait for the race to begin, and funds raised will be donated


to charity. The main charities this year are our own columnists Brunswick Organic Nursery, and Craft Workshop and York Blind & Partially Sighted Society – plus, two thirds of the funds raised by each rower will be donated to a charity of their own choice. Your Local Link columnist Matthew Todd from Herbert Todd and Sons has made a habit of winning the race – we challenge you to beat him! n For further details visit

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If you’re a youngster reading this, then sorry – this one goes out to the mums and dads. They’re going back to school! Yes! Hooray! No more cries of “I’m bored” and “I want an ice cream” – they’re going back to learn stuff! Woohoo! September gives all of us parents moments to treasure forever – the fabled quiet cup of tea, long soak in the bath that lasts longer than five minutes, a tidy house that stays that way until the little cherubs get home. Bliss. For tips on how to prepare the little mites if they’re making the move to secondary school, as well as how to pick the right shoes and bags, head to our Family section.

Go traditional

Traditional dancing is a fascinating subject. Does anyone actually know what a Morris is? We’re not sure, but we know that Morris dancing involves wearing a rather bizarre costume and waving a stick around a lot. Meanwhile, the Northumbrians apparently use some sort of ‘Rapper sword’, which we assume involves fencing to Dizzee Rascal. Whatever the actual dances are, we know that the York Festival of Traditional Dance, taking place from 7th-9th September – is a must see. The Saturday features a colourful dance procession from the Guildhall to Parliament Square, followed by dancing in King’s Square and St Sampson’s Square and a spectacular show in front of local dignitaries. There’ll be more, less formal dancing on the Sunday morning. Visit


THE WAY I SEE IT... The ups and downs of life as seen by our very own (very) Grumpy, (almost) Old Woman

Flying the nest... This month thousands of teenagers will be heading off to university for the first time. No doubt there’ll be tears, terror and more than a few sleepless nights at the thought of what lies ahead. And that’s just their parents. Speaking as one who’s been through it and lived to tell the tale, I thought it might be good to pass on a few words of advice to any parents who are facing the prospect of the dreaded empty nest. First of all, make sure your kids know the facts of life. Not the birds and the bees stuff – to be honest, they probably know more about that than you do – but the really important things. Like how to work a washing machine or read the small print on a tenancy agreement. You’d be amazed at what teenagers don’t know. My daughter had never seen a gas bill before she left home. She just assumed that the gas supply, like the contents of the fridge, miraculously

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Fresher fever Tip three is to get them to sign up with a doctor as soon as possible. Teenagers assume they’ll never get sick. But after two weeks of bar crawls and freshers’ parties, their immune systems will be in a worse state than the Greek economy. My daughter visited the A & E department so often in the first month she ended up on first name terms with the local drunks.

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My daughter visited the A & E department so often in the first month she ended up on first name terms with the local drunks renewed itself without any effort on anyone’s part.

me tell you about my friend’s son, who thought it would be a good idea to economise on his first term’s food bills by bulk buying tins of beans and loaves of bread from the cash and carry. A brilliant wheeze, you might think – except it didn’t occur to him that 15 loaves of bread might actually go mouldy if left in a cupboard for a whole term.

My final tip is once they’re gone – leave well alone. The house will seem empty without them, and you may well find yourself sobbing in their bedroom more than once. But resist the temptation to call and text them every hour on the hour. Just because you don’t hear from them for a whole day doesn’t mean they’ve been crushed by a truck. They’re just getting on with their new lives, and it’s time for you to do the same.

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There’s no better barometer on what’s hot and what’s not than our Donna. Here, she shares her thoughts on what’s in or out in her own unique style! being tortured with various items of hardware; if my husband told me he was going on a shopping trip to B & Q, the only thing that would get me excited would be the thought that he was finally going to put those shelves up in my office.


HOT 50 Shades of Grey. Have you read it? Even if you haven’t, you’ll probably know it isn’t a book about interior decorating. Some people find it titillating, but having read it I can’t see what all the fuss is about. The hero is a creepy stalker, the heroine is pathetic (after a couple of chapters I wouldn’t have minded handcuffing her, either. Preferably to the back of a moving train), and the writing is frankly awful. And as for the idea that most women secretly fantasise about

Parcel delivery services. I’ve had a food processor thrown over my fence, a cashmere cardigan left half unwrapped in the rain, and even DVDs dumped inside my wheelie bin. The other week we found a parcel of books mouldering behind the shed – and they weren’t even addressed to us. And now the Post Office is bidding to be able to leave parcels with neighbours instead of taking them back to the sorting office - great!


Horoscopes September 2012 Starsign of the month... Virgo (24th August - 22nd September)

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My old granny used to say that “if you want summat done proper, do it yerself,” and her philosophy holds sway for a lot of Virgos at this time. This is applicable where work is concerned, and also, more subtly, in affairs of the heart. If you’re waiting for someone to make the first move, chances are that they’re sitting there waiting for you to make the first move! Given the fact that (a) this is a positive time for Virgoan romances and (b) that faint heart never won fair lady (or that tall dark handsome stranger) this is a great time to throw caution to the wind and to tell someone exactly what is going on down there in the seat of your heart. Rather than rejection, I’m fairly confident that you’d be accepted, and probably with open arms! Leastways, I hope you might put it to the test because you’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose. Whatever happens, there’s a much brighter and zingier feeling to the second two weeks of September: maybe a lot of things happen and fall into place all at once.

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Looks like you have to deal with a four way division of loyalties this month. There is some conflict of priorities between your personal life and your professional life, and then to complicate things, your duties as a wife, mother, husband, father, et al. get very much in the way of personal desires.

There may be a few things on offer this month, everything from subtle bribes to profound promises… but you must remember that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, and sooner or later there’ll be a price to pay. Be cautious and avoid impulsive or irrevocable decisions.

There is a temporary feeling of anti-climax as you enter September but as the month progresses your spirits pick up and you’ll soon be busy with a host of plans for both the mid and long term future. You shouldn’t be afraid of thinking outside the box and doing a few different things.

There is possibly some friction and frustration when you feel trapped and held back by fate and circumstance. Be patient. This mood will pass, and as you move towards month’s end, you’ll find some cause for celebration.


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The trick this month is to find a fine balance between emotional commitments and career ambitions. Get the balance right, and each aspect aids and strengthens the other. Get the balance wrong, however, and a lover or partner is going to take you to task and make your life absolutely miserable until you do get it right.

Another potentially difficult month financially. You’ll pull through, but only by robbing Peter to pay Paul. This financial situation isn’t all that critical, but it will push your mood into some angry spirals, which could, in turn, cause you to behave impulsively.

PISCES (19th February - 20th March) There has been a powerful and deep rooted sea change in the direction and flow of Piscesian energy this summer and now, moving into the autumn of the year, there seems to be a whole new ball game being played, with different rules, goals and expectations.

ARIES (21st March - 19th April) A good month for tying up some emotional loose ends which, if nothing else, should create a calmer domestic environment. Some travel plans are under discussion, possibly scheduled for October. A fresh burst of enthusiasm and commitment within relationships make some of your long term options much easier to deal with.

GEMINI (21st May - 20th June) Some quite specific financial opportunity knocking on your door at this time, but to make the most of it you have to be prepared to take a risk. You may resist this, but be honest, and ask yourself what you’ve got to lose.

CANCER (21st June - 22nd July) It is during the last ten or 12 days of the month that some notable progress will be made in business and financial affairs, but prior to that September looks like being a bit of a slog. A partner’s negativity or lack of emotional understanding causes some frustration and anger; choose your words carefully.

LEO (23rd July - 23rd August) There will be payment of monies owed to you that you’d probably written off, so this windfall gives you permission to splash out a little bit and either buy something you’ve long wanted or go somewhere very special.


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Think there’s no business like show business? Why not join one of York’s leading amateur musical theatre groups, York Light Opera Company? They have vacancies for both men and women for their next major production Oliver! at York Theatre Royal in March 2013. Applicants must be aged 16 or over, and are asked to bring sheet music for their chosen audition song if possible. n Auditions will be held on 4th September at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church, off Boroughbridge Road, at 7.30pm. Email:

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Your ser ve Dust off those thin stemmed rack ets and give your shuttlecock a polish – you’re going to need them . Fridays will never be the same again, not after signing up to the Badminton club that meets at Joseph Rowntree School ever y week. Players of all levels are welcome, from nervous newbies to proud professionals. n If you are interested in join ing call Jean on 760347.

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this callout comes from the But no ordinary musicians… for pe extraordinaires. With a Minster Strays, Morris Dancing trou s they ask for talented musicjiggle of bells and wallop of stick Typical morris instruments are le. makers to join their merry rabb a and the Minster Strays are the fiddle, melodeon and concertin anyone adept with these. especially interested in hearing from day night practice sessions and Ideally you will be available for Mon mer, for public performances. sum the on other days, mainly during n Call 01757 701847 or email

Eyes Down Two little ducks… 22. Two fat ladie s… 88. Clickety-click… erm, 46? Seems our bingo knowledge is som ewhat lacking and we could do with some practice. If you fanc y joining in with the fun and making some new friends, whip out your dabber and get down to the Bingo Club for the elderly, at Moor Lane Youth Centre, Wains Road, Dringhouses. They meet ever y Monday from 12.45pm to 2.30pm during term time and new members are always welcome. The club starts up again after the summer on 3rd September. n Call 340506.

Looking back Looking at a photograph taken a hundred years ago is a great way to feel connected to the past, especially if that photo captures a familiar place. The past can be brought to life, along with the people that lived through it. The Tang Hall Local History Group realise that, and so are collecting photographs and memories of the Lawrence Stree t area for their annual display. They are looking to talk to people who may have a connection to the area, and if you can recall Lawrence Street in days gone by. they would love to hear from you. n Call 345942.

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Scoutmobile Clearly our nation's Scouts are tougher than the Formula One drivers who were rained off at Silverstone. 60 hand-built pedal cars – all designed and built by Scouts aged eight and above – came to Rufforth Airfield and braved the rain to do battle. The number of entrants for the National Scout Car Races was up on the previous year – just like Scouting membership. Cheered on by family and friends, the girls and boys fought hard to win the honours, all done in the spirit of scouting. This is the first time York Joint Scout Trust has hosted the event, with each of the 80 plus races being sponsored by local businesses. n Visit


Web wizards Huntington School Sixth Form pupils Becca Smith and Jack Bradley are to be congratulated on their coding genius, after creating a website to raise the profile of the city's flagship social housing facility for the over 55s, Auden House on St Ann's Court. The students, both 17, “have provided an excellent website which provides insight into the facilities and services that are on

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Congratulations are due to York St John University graduate Susanne Davies. The York-based artist has been commissioned to create a site specific installation at the Nike House of Innovation at Selfridges in London. Known for staging exhibitions in the host cities of the Olympic Games, Nike is set to launch a brand new design of trainer, which has acted as inspiration for Susanne’s art work. Susanne, who graduated in 2010, said, “This has been an amazing privilege and experience, working with the designers at Nike to create

a space within a space at the Ultra Lounge in Selfridges.” n Find out about Susanne by visiting

Clever clogs recognised Those esteemed professors of the University of York deserve another high-five after three of their number have been nationally recognised. Alan Baddeley, professor of Psychology, has received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society. Alan is an authority on memory and is one of the world’s most highly cited psychologists, while two of his colleagues have been elected Fellows of the British Academy – the highest honour for scholars working in the humanities and social sciences. Pete Biller, Professor of History and Kathleen Kiernan, Professor of Social Policy, have both joined the hallowed ranks of those elected in recognition of their distinction as scholars. Meanwhile, the highest accolade we’ve achieved recently is collecting enough stamps for a free Nero’s coffee…



Working Class Hero Our Nicolette met John Godber, writer and director of Bouncers, and the cast of the national tour that’s set to kick off at York Theatre Royal this month. “It’s more akin to stand up comedy than a play really. It’s like four stand up comedians, stroke bouncers, telling you about a very funny night.” John Godber, playwright and director of the latest production of Bouncers, sums up his play in a nutshell. “What’s interesting for me is coming


together with people who’ve got profile,” says John. “The play was the staple of Hull Truck, a rep company, for 28 years and I don’t think we’ve ever done it before with actors who are well known. It’s exciting for me to do it on a larger scale.” The four actors – who will each

play three parts – are immediately recognisable: Ian Reddington, AKA Vernon from Coronation Street; Don Gilet, AKA Lucas Johnson from Eastenders; fellow Eastenders regular Ace Bhatti, or the evil Dr Yusef Khan; and William Ilkley who has appeared in a wide range of TV soaps and

dramas, and performed in a huge variety of theatrical productions. Time warp A whopping 35 years have passed since John wrote Bouncers, but he says that the play is still relevant today. “Even though the original version was written in 1977, so little has changed.

People still go out and get drunk and try to pick up a girl or a bloke, and they’ll either get a smack in the mouth or a kebab. Or both. Or neither!” The play seems to appeal not only to all generations, but also all regions in the UK, and even countries: John’s work has been extensively translated into other languages. John admits, though, that some southern schoolchildren have been a bit bemused by certain aspects. “I directed a production of it in Bromley ten years ago, and afterwards I answered some questions. One person asked: ‘Why did you choose to do it in a Yorkshire accent?’ So I said, ‘You’ve heard the way I speak, can you have a guess?’ And someone else piped up: ‘Is it because you just wanted to be different?’ which I found hilarious.” No frills Though it’s theatre, the production is almost like TV – it’s very fast paced, with lots of switches between characters – which means that the set and props are minimalist so that the action isn’t slowed down by set changes: there are just two beer barrels that make up the set. It also means that the boys all have to play girls. Ian says that we won’t have a chance to see them wearing six inch platforms, though. “We’ll be practising in heels to get into the characters, but there won’t be any heels onstage.

Just a couple of handbags.” John says that this stripped back way of doing things, with minimal set and props, means that nothing gets in the way of the story. “That’s what theatre is about, the quality of words and performance.” Sorry, you’re not coming in… John comments that the whole group are from similar, working class backgrounds, and all experienced nights similar to the one portrayed in the play. He says that fellow Yorkshire lads Arctic Monkeys summed up the essence of a typical night in their song From the Ritz to the Rubble. “The first line goes: ‘Last night these two bouncers, and one of them’s all right, the other one’s a scary’un.’ That’s what it was, and still is, like. We used to swap jumpers like they do in the song too!” John says that the best club of his youth was Rooftop Gardens in Wakefield. “It was the largest club in Europe, it was unbelievable. Wakefield then was what Ibiza’s become now. Ibiza, West Yorkshire!” The boys roar with laughter, and Ian grins. “Perhaps Ayia Napa should be renamed Ayup Napa.” n Bouncers will play at York Theatre Royal from 5th-8th September. Call 623568 or visit www.yorktheatreroyal.



Badge of honour The Museum Trust is asking you to help keep a rare artefact in Yorkshire

Returning home Goddards, York latest visitor attraction, gives insight into the life of the Terrys. We sent Howard to check it out. Off the busy hustle and bustle of Tadcaster Road lies a quiet and beautiful property. Built in the 1920s for chocolate magnate Noel Terry, Goddards is now open to the public to experience what life was like for the creator of the Chocolate Orange. Built in the Arts and Craft style, Goddards was the home of the Terrys from 1927 until 1980. Staffed by dedicated volunteers, the house was once the regional office of the National Trust and has been decked out with furnishings from the 1930s. Visitors are welcome to wander freely around the rooms in which the Terry family lived, from Noel’s study to the luscious drawing room. But unlike most grand houses open to the public,

at Goddards visitors can actually sit on the sofas and touch the display items. As the history of the house is fairly recent, the National Trust is hoping for visitors to share their own memories and stories – such as the man who, while watching a video playing within the house depicting Terry’s factory workers, declared he had just spotted his mother. With the extensive grounds including stunning gardens, hidden informal ponds and a relaxing oasis of rockeries and winding paths, Goddards is the perfect refuge. Due to the house’s location it is recommended to walk or arrive by bus. Call 771930.

One of England’s most notorious monarchs, Richard III was no stranger to York. Having spent much of his childhood in the area, Richard spent time in the city as Governor of the North. To reward those most loyal to him during turbulent times, the king gave a gift of a small silver gilt livery badge in the form of a boar, the symbol of Richard III. One such badge was discovered by a metal detectorist in Stillingfleet in 2010 and now the Museum Trust is asking for public donations to help keep it in the region. Without £2000 to secure it, the badge could be sold on the private market to the highest bidder – denying the people of York a vital link to the city’s past. Natalie McCaul, assistant curator of archaeology, said, “This is an exciting and rare find and because of its connection to Richard III it makes it something very important to Yorkshire. We hope we can keep hold of it and put it on show to the public for them to enjoy.” n Donations can be made at the Yorkshire Museum or online at

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September sees the welcome return of the York Peace Festival, a day celebrating peace, environmental awareness, inclusivity and diversity. The festival, now in its 25th year and set in the beautiful surroundings of Rowntree Park on 4th September, will see a host of entertainment and activities including live music and theatre. Confirmed bands include Falling Spikes, We Could Be Astronauts and Karno’s Circus. Fifty6ninety6 Theatre Company will be performing Only Water Between, comedian Marshal Anderson will be providing the laughs and some of the best community dance groups in York will be showcasing their moves. You should join in. If you get a bit tired bopping away, there’s always the chill out zone to cool you off. n For more information visit

Back to nature Local artists Nicola Cook and Catherine Whitesite will exhibit their new works at the According to McGee gallery on Tower Street on 29th September, in a one-day only display. The collection, called BIO, features paintings, drawings and photographs that draw on various aspects of nature. It’s the first time the pair will exhibit together, and Nicola says that the gallery they’ve chosen has a particular significance for them. “It was at the According to McGee gallery when we met with co-directors Ails and Greg McGee, who were running evening art classes. We’ve learned a lot since then, and we’re thrilled to be able to invite people to enjoy our work.” Visit www.


Behind the scenes Terrific terry There’s still time to enter our short story competition head to our Family section to find out more!

Our writer Nic is a particularly massive fan of Horrible Histories author Terry Deary (when we told her that he was going to appear at Jorvik Viking Centre she started hyperventilating), so she was thrilled to be able to ask him some questions for a special interview on our website. n Check it out at

Telling Tales…

Pure imagination

Who didn’t love bedtime stories when they were growing up? Tall tales that led us into magical realms and faraway lands, introducing us to characters that were hilarious and horrible in equal measure, were brilliant at lulling us off to sleep (or, often, quite the opposite). International Literacy Day, which takes place on 8th September, aims to highlight the importance of literacy for individuals and the whole community, and we think a fantastic

way to mark the day with our children is to visit the York National Book Fair at the Racecourse from 14th-15th September. There’ll be loads of rare books on a huge range of subjects, from cookery to crime and everything in between, so there’s sure to be something to spark their interest. Why not search for a Roald Dahl book with them – 13th September marks the official day of the genius himself.

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Back in our March issue, we challenged you, our readers, to tell us YOUR story. You did – and what a fantastic and thrilling array of entries we’ve received! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your tales. However, as the old saying goes: it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. The competition doesn’t end until 7th September, so if you’re still putting the finishing touches to your masterpiece, you’re in luck. The details: Entries will be judged by a panel of experts, and the best will be printed in an exclusive anthology and published online. The winner will also win a special prize. You can choose which genre your story belongs to, what period it’s set in and whether it’s funny or poignant – let your imagination go wild! All we ask is that it’s your own original work and you use the following opening line: ‘The figure stepped out of a doorway in The Shambles.’ Check out our rules online at

Memoirs are a lovely heirloom to pass down through the generations, ensuring that great gran’s hilarious story about that tractor and a pair of y-fronts never gets forgotten. But you have to be rich and famous to write a memoir, right? Wrong. Your treasured memories can be remembered by future generations, whether you’re a brilliant writer or not. Rupert from Ebor Self Publishing passes on his expert tips for getting started… Recollections: You can begin your project with nothing more than a quiet five minutes and a cup of tea, time to begin reflecting back through the years. You’ll be amazed how quickly your mind begins to fill with memories. Cataloguing your memories: I always recommend buying a small notebook. In this you can note down all those random ideas that pop up over the cup of tea, and then begin to separate them into different categories – topics, events, people or places. Planning the book: Your goal is to decide what the book will do – for example, tell a chronological story of your life; perhaps a series of anecdotes on different themes, or simply mini biographies of people who have been important to you at different times. The first draft: All you need to produce is a rough draft, not a finished masterpiece, and people do this in different ways. Some are happy to write their own text, others like to talk into a dictaphone, then get it transcribed into written form and ask a ghostwriter to pull it together. The finishing touches: This can involve a cover-to-cover edit (smoothing it out, ensuring it reads well), proofreading (getting rid of any spelling or grammatical errors), internal layout (making it look superb on the page) and a book cover that says “Read Me!” Read the whole article at or call Rupert for further information on 430708. Visit



Building quality And you’re covered… York-born Mel Scott stands proudly before her newest branch of Coversure Insurance, Tadcaster Road. n For comprehensive cover with a local touch visit


MCL director, Wayne Morris, believes that this practical experience of the building industry is what gives them the edge. “We know how important it is to find the right tools to complete a top quality job, and as people simply don’t have the money to waste on labour charges, they can come to us confident that they’re getting the best tools for the best price.” A visit to their website reveals the full range of equipment available. Continually adding to and upgrading their equipment in Murton, east of York, Wayne and the team are happy to answer any questions you may have and to discuss your individual requirements – including visiting you on site. They’re looking forward to meeting new customers and building excellent relationships. n Visit

Nifty fifty If you are over 50 and looking to get involved with what is happening in the city, then the York 50 Plus Festival will be right up your alley. Now in its eighth year, the festival sees many businesses, shops and cafes offering special discounts and experiences to those aged over 50. Throughout the city, between 29th September and 7th October, there will be cooking demonstrations, computer and lifelong learning courses, talks, walks, workshops, performances, beauty treatments, hearing and eyesight offers and even the 50+ Games! n Call 634661.

MCL York have become a trusted name within the region, providing domestic building and restoration projects over the past 20 years. Always looking to diversify and expand, MCL have used their extensive experience launch their plant hire business. MCL Plant Hire can supply a wide range of equipment for a variety of building projects and can guarantee a professional and competitive service every time.

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Mini Henry Desk Vacuum During our recent office move our full-sized smiling friend came in handy sucking up almost a decade of dusty rubbish. But when we tried to use his nozzle on our keyboards dear Henry sucked up several keys, meaning th t we ke p dr ppi g le ters s metimes. We really should’ve got this miniature desk mate. Powered by batteries, Mini Henry is ideal for cleaning your workstation and removing the crumbs from between the keys. n £9.98 Available from Gadget rating: 9/10



FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES (YORK BRANCH) Meet on the third Monday of the month at the Riverside Farm in Skelton, York. Call 629777. YORK BUSINESS NETWORKING 11th and 25th September from 8-10am at The Toby Carvery, Hopgrove. NETWORK NORTH Every Wednesday from 7.30-9.30am at Hotel Du Vin, The Mount. WIRE (WOMEN IN RURAL ENTERPRISE) YORK BRANCH Meets the first Tuesday of the month at Askham Bryan College, Committee Suite B. Email enquiries@ WOMEN’S BUSINESS CLUBS 4th September from 9.30-11.30am at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa. Call 01903 201100 YORK WOMEN IN BUSINESS 11th September, 12noon-2pm. Preview of York’s new sustainable housing development. www.

YORK CHAMBER EVENTS To book visit LinkedIn Essentials, 5th September, 9am-12,30pm. IT Centre, York Science Park. Followed by Twitter Essentials, 1.30-5pm Business Lunch, 5th September, 12noon-2pm. National Centre for Early Music. Grow your business through effective marketing, 13th September, 9am12.30pm. IT Centre, York Science Park. Followed by Easy ways to boost sales results and confidence, 1.305pm. Pure Networking in York, 19th September, 7.309am. Goddards, National Trust, 27 Tadcaster Road. Professional selling skills for success, 19th September, 9am-4.30pm. IT Centre, York Science Park. Fighting Fit For Raising Finance, 20th September, 9am12.30pm. IT Centre, York Science Park. Business Lunch with the York MP’s, 21st September, 12noon-2pm. The Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa. York Property Forum, 25th September, 5-7pm. The Royal York Hotel.

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Will it make the boat go faster? Well, what an impressive show Olympic 2012 was. Who’d have thought that all it would take to drag this country out of its permanent state of depression and moaning was a load of people who can run right fast and jump high? I recently got chance to carry an Olympic Torch (it’s much heavier than I thought it would be) and meet Olympic gold medal Winner Ben Hunt-Davis. Ben was one of the Men’s Eight rowing team that won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Sir Steve Redgrave got all the glory at that particular Olympics – winning his fifth gold medal. But the Men’s Eight final was nail biting stuff – with Great Britain beating Australia by just 8/10ths of a second to claim gold for the first time since 1912.

Be the best What the team did was focus on anything and everything they could do to be the best they could be. They all completely focused on winning that race, to the exclusion of everything else. Ben’s written a book, Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? which documents the stress, anger, fights, arguments and disappointments on the journey to the race. And it’s a great read. I’ve managed to get a few copies of Ben’s book which I’m going to give away. Just about anyone who is successful at anything practises the same strategies as that Olympic Eight Rowing Team.

High standards Here at PenLife, we constantly strive to be best that we can be. That’s why we’re one of only a handful of practices in the country with both ‘chartered’ status – which demonstrates our professional commitment to raising standards of knowledge, capability and ethical practice, and the ISO 22222 accreditation – the internationally recognised benchmark for professional financial advice. These are the standards that the independent consumer champion ‘Which’ advise consumers to look for when seeking financial advice.

If you’d like a chance to get a copy of Will it Make the Boat go Faster? by gold medal winner Ben Hunt-David, just contact Helen at my office (details below) with your details.

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We don’t know that much about sport – the closest we get to exercise is the daily boxing over the biscuit tin at elevenses – but luckily we know a bloke who does. He tells us about the hottest news in the world of sport in words we can understand, and makes it funny too so we don’t get distracted by a bit of fluff while we’re reading it. Thank you Dan Tait – here is his column… BOLT OF LIGHTNING It was one of those ‘where were you?’ moments when Usain Bolt pressed his turbo boots on and smashed all his competitors to achieve the 100m gold medal. I was in Tenerife, with a number of other sport fanatics crowded round a flat screen, gaping in amazement at Jamaica’s number one sprinter. Unbelievably he got almost as big a cheer from the UK fans as some of the Team GB athletes. He is getting cocky now though, and reckons he can win gold in Rio like those wacky marathon runners who compete dressed as a


be getting paler instead of getting a tan). On a local level it was interesting to note that if Yorkshire were a country they would have come 12th in the overall medals list, a cracking achievement.

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beer bottle. Even in Tenerife, the Olympics was seemingly all people watched all day

every day, (well, apart from about 50 women who seemed engrossed in reading ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ next to terrified husbands who seemed to

While Sky Sports boast of ‘Super Sunday’ when Fulham are playing West Brom, there really were so many amazing Olympic moments from the real ‘Super Saturday’ of Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah. Across the whole games there were so many to mention from the cycling roll of geniuses from Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Trott, Queen Victoria Pendleton and Jason Kenny, not to mention the soon-to-be Sports Personality of the Year and knighted Bradley Wiggins.

Mo Farah’s second gold has to be my favourite moment, what an amazing effort and improvement from Bejing. Inspirational, every one of them, yet there were also some pretty funny times too such as the Turkish athlete who just obliviously decided to jog forward when the PA announced the runners to ‘set’. Another classic was the women’s elimination cycling event where after each lap the last placed cyclist was eliminated through their handlebar flashing and lighting up. That was unless you were Argentinean and just ignored it and kept cycling round. Eventually she did, before someone ran on and let her tyres down or put a branch in her spokes. Some people kept saying that the Olympics weren’t quite as good as London in 1908 but you can’t compare it to an Olympics where only 22 countries took part and GB won events such as the ‘Tug of War’ (won by the London Police). In fact Britain did a one, two, three sweep in the medals for that particular event because Sweden didn’t bother turning up for their bronze medal match.

home game in August, fans are treated to three fixtures at Bootham Crescent across September starting with old promotion foes Oxford United who visit on 1st September. Chesterfield visit a week later before another Saturday fixture against Cheltenham Town on 22nd September. 1st September is a busy day for local sport with two of York’s professional boxers representing the city in a Yorkshire show at Doncaster Dome. Veteran Graham Fearn will be boxing in his 20th bout when he faces Robbie Barrett whilst also on the bill will be Harry ‘The Pocklington Rocket’ Matthews, who will be hoping its third time lucky when he challenges for a title. This time it’s the British Masters title that he is fighting for, against Jason Ball over ten rounds. Both fighters lost on points to the highly rated Chris Eubank Junior, so it should make for an interesting contest.

end of the wait Of course by this point, York City will have started their eagerly anticipated return to the football league after an eight year absence. After only one


Whether it’s about false lashes or foundation we can help! This month it’s Spa Month, so what better time to treat yourself to some serious pampering? But if you don’t know your massage from your mud wrap, the experts at Kuki are here to help! Q. What does an exfoliator do?


My partner is five months pregnant. What treatments can she have? A. Once she’s past her first trimester, there are a whole range of treatments your partner can have. Certain aromatherapy oils are best avoided when pregnant, but any other kind of massage would be ideal for soothing swollen ankles and nagging back pain. Seek advice from a salon therapist before you book a treatment, just to be on the safe side.

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Q. Why is a massage good for you? A. Massage or any hands-on treatment is wonderful for your health and well-being. It relaxes tense, tired muscles and stimulates a sluggish circulation, helping to shift toxins. It can also help smooth out the appearance of cellulite.

Q. What does a mud wrap do? A. Hot sea algae mud is applied to your body and then you’re cocooned in a specially designed foil blanket to keep your body temperature up. This helps to eliminate toxins, reduce water retention and the appearance

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of cellulite. It also makes you feel wonderful! But this treatment doesn’t break down fat, so don’t be fooled by false advertisements.

Q. I love aromatherapy oils. Which treatment would you recommend? A. The most popular treatment would be an aromatherapy full body massage. You and your therapist can select oils depending

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Tickled Pink Maybe we’re clinging on to the last of the summer sun with this one, but we think that candy-pink blusher is cute and fresh enough to cheer up those cooler autumn days. As long as you don’t plaster it on in a perfectly round circle on each cheek, you’ll look fun, rather than freakishly like a doll. Just lightly dust your cheekbones and the apples of your cheeks, and inject a little spring into your step.

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Disco Diva Frankly, we’re terrified. When we first spotted this trend, we seriously considered the fact that our cuppa might have been spiked. Neon fur coats and handbags are hitting the catwalks, apparently. Select from fuschia, turquoise and canary yellow to set off your outfit beautifully – if you’re going to a rave. If not, avoid at all costs. It might be ‘fun’, but anyone who doesn’t know you will think you look like a complete twit.

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Black, two sugars… How do you take your coffee? Let Macmillan Cancer Support know because you’re invited to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 28th September to raise vital money for people affected by cancer. It’s all about getting together with the people you love over a cup of coffee and helping people with cancer. A great way to get involved, now is the time to register and start planning your own coffee morning. n To register call 0845 6021246 or visit www.macmillan/

Getting the right advice The National Osteoporosis Society is the only charity solely dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The society has a dedicated team of 900 volunteers across the UK, and with over 25,000 members, they strive to provide unparalleled expertise in the field of fragile bone diseases. On 27th September the society will host an informative talk about incontinence issues at The Friend’s Meeting House, Friargate. Rosemary Horseman, Incontinence Advisor from Haxby and Wigginton Health Centre, will be leading the meeting at 2pm, offering advice and information. n Call 541392.


Skydiving – not everyone’s idea of a fun day out. Chucking yourself out of plane with nothing but a thin bit of fabric to stop you becoming a human-sized splat, is certainly only for the adrenaline junkies and people who call one another “dude.” That is except for Keren Wheeler, Colonic Hydrotherapist at Clinic on The Green, Clifton, who is taking the plunge for other people. Keren is hoping to raise £800 for bowel cancer charities and raise awareness of the condition. n If you would like to offer your support by sponsoring her, call Keren on 07984 199952.

Blood donor sessions 6TH SEPTEMBER New Earswick, The Folk Hall 2-4pm & 5-7pm.

18TH SEPTEMBER Acomb, Parish Church Hall 2-4pm & 5-7.30pm

11TH SEPTEMBER The Racecourse, Ebor Stand 2-4pm & 5-7pm,

28TH SEPTEMBER Wigginton, Recreation Centre 2-4pm & 5-7pm

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More than meets the eye September hosts National Eye Health Week – a great opportunity to get your peepers checked. We spoke to optometrist Ruth Perrott of VisionCare Optometry in Acomb for advice. “Regular sight tests are a must for looking after healthy eyes,” says Ruth, “but your diet can also help.” Ruth explains that studies show that what we eat can affect our vision, and antioxidants can help to prevent damage to the retina at the back of the eye. “Foods that are beneficial to eye health include broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach, brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots and oranges, oily fish like salmon, as well as broccoli and eggs,” says Ruth. A lack of exercise can also contribute to eye problems, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over, as Ruth explains. “Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.” n Visit

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After a long wait, The University of York has opened its brand new £9 million Sport Village, and we can’t wait to get in to see it. The staff, students and the public have already started enjoying the facilities at the Heslington East campus expansion, which feature an eight lane 25-metre pool and three five-a-side pitches, along with a 100-station computerised fitness suite, sauna and steam rooms, and much more. The university has worked with City of York Council to fund the project which hopes to inspire York residents to embrace active lifestyles and exercise. n To apply for membership visit





Well prescribed Hospitals are pretty huge places, with a massive range of types of care offered within them. Ever wondered about how a hospital actually works? Find out at York Hospital’s Open Day, which will offer an insight into its inner workings on 12th September. The main entrance foyer will be crammed with stalls and displays offering information on different aspects of hospital life, from dieticians and district nursing to catering and physiotherapy. Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital, says: “This is a great time for people to come along and see what’s happening in our Trust. We hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to find out more about who we are and what we do.” n Call 721006.


Too cool Take inspiration from your school days and get active this autumn! Netball. Not just for schoolgirls and Olympic athletes, this classic sport has a huge following throughout the country. Rawcliffe Netball Club is always keen for new members to join their ranks, and whether you’ve played as a Goal Defence, Centre Forward or Wing Attack, they’ll be happy to hear from you. Look for them on Facebook. Hockey. Jolly hockey-sticks, what? City of York Hockey Club has a proven track record of training some of the brightest hockey talent in the country. There are several teams for men, women and children and they’re always interested in finding new recruits. Visit Badminton. The York RI Badminton Club has clubs for all ages. If you’re a dab hand with a thin stemmed racket and love letting the shuttlecocks fly, get on down to the Railway Institute Gym, Queen Street. Even if you’ve never ever attempted a back-handed serve there’s sure to be a group for you.

Playground, revisited # 1. The rules of ‘Tiggy off the ground’. Firstly, the person who is to be ‘on’ must be nominated. This is typically done via the Eenie-meenie method. The other players then scatter around the playground in an attempt to avoid the ‘on’ person, who is doggedly attempting to ‘tig’ (also referred to as a ‘tag’) the other players. If ‘tigged’ that person is therefore passed the duties of being ‘on’. The only refuge players have from their pursuer is to remove themselves from contact with the ground; be it up a tree, on a bench or by shimmying up a drain pipe. Note: off-the-ground havens are only valid for ten seconds, after which the protective qualities of altitude become void. n Watch out for more traditional playground games next month!



Heaven is a place on Earth September is the perfect time of year for a new beginning. There is no better way to achieve that fresh start than to kick off the autumn with a makeover – and we know someone who can help. Give Marcelle of Heavenly Nails and Beauty a call! A highly qualified beautician, Marcelle is an expert in manicures, massage and tanning, and can provide exquisite beauty and relaxation treatments in the comfort of your own home. The great news is that Marcelle is now offering several treatments at a massively reduced rate, so you can enjoy spa luxury at an even better price! If the stresses of modern living are beginning to take their toll, ask Marcelle about her full-body massage. Her expert touch will gently untie those knots, leaving you relaxed and revitalised. After your massage, get gorgeously sparkly, smudge-free nails with a Shellac treatment – applied like a gel to the surface of the nail, Shellac hardens under a special UV light so it lasts for up to two weeks. Once your nails are gleaming, go for the ultimate in pampering with a luxury facial – a truly cleansing and invigorating experience. What’s more, each of these professional treatments costs just £25. n With 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, Marcelle can help you to feel like a brand new person. Call 07710 669945 or visit

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Right foot forward With the kids returning to school, you’re probably looking forward to getting your days back. If you’ve had a stressful summer perhaps you should consider finding a way to relax and Alison Gray, of York Reflexology, can offer a couple of helping hands. As a holistic therapist specialising in reflexology, Alison believes in treating the whole person in a peaceful and soothing environment. Her treatments can help combat muscular aches and pains as well as being a fantastic stress buster. Right now she’s offering a 50% discount on your first treatment, so there’s no better moment to make some time just for you. n Visit

Here at Your Local Link we suffer for our art. Our intrepid Mim selflessly volunteered to experience the expertise of Samantha Holland Freestyle Hair – and all for you, dear readers. Samantha offers an unmissable experience– and all in your own home. With 20 years of styling behind her, Samantha offers the revolutionary Brazilian Blowdry. This keratin based hair treatment is amazingly effective at straightening and deeply conditioning hair. As you can see from the photos of our lovely Mimsy, before meeting Sam she had flyaway hair that was difficult to control. She was looking for a treatment that would straighten her


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Fail to plan… plan to fail. And failure at your wedding usually involves clashing bridesmaid dresses, arguing in-laws Mim says she had a wonderful time and, truly the greatest possible disaster: horrid during the three hour procedure photographs. But fear not brides to be, there’s and she thoroughly enjoyed Sam’s plenty of time to prepare for your special day. company. We’re sure you’ll agree The first and most important step is to get the end result speaks for itself and to Beechwood Close Hotel on Shipton Mim is very happy with her new do Road, and to their wedding fayre on 6th and pleased that her hair has been October. From 12 noon to 4pm there pampered. Sam can also be found at will be a host of wedding experts Harlands Hair Salon, Hamilton Drive, on hand to offer their services and you can book your and advice on how to make Afte r three days Mim appointment by calling the day go off with a bang. wa s finally allowed to 07795 163912. wash her hair – and n Call 658378 n Find out more at www. yes, she’s still very happy.


Prince Charming Carlton Towers, is an enchanting wedding venue. Luckily for brides-to-be, the wedding experts at the venue are showcasing the Yorkshire Wedding Collection on 27th September from 5.30-9pm, so you can discuss your wedding ideas with the people who can make your big day truly magical. n Visit or call 01405 861662.

A fair to remember… The summer might be coming to an end, but the heat is still on - especially if your wedding day is fast approaching. Don’t panic – there are some fab fairs coming up that will add a stylish flair to your nuptials. At the Wedding Affair on 16th September, hosted by Scampston Hall, more than 35 suppliers will offer their services, as well canapés and entertainment. n Call 0843 2898504. Closer to home is the St William’s College Wedding Fair on 27th September – in the shadow of the Minster you’ll be sure to find the right expert to help make your big day really shine. Call 557233. And if you’re need is less urgent then perhaps wait a while for the Sandburn Hall Wedding Fair, on 4th November. There will be fashion shows, photographers, florists and even a firework finale! n Call 469922

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ol, Whether it’s their very first day or a move to ‘big’ scho we’ve got some top tips for a trouble-free first term! • Make sure your child is fully aware of road safety issues. Check out Get them to sign up for cycling proficiency training at school, if they haven’t done it at primary. • For the first week or so, try to arrange for at least one parent to see your child off in the morning and be there when they get home to give them a bit of extra support.

Moving on up Making the move up to secondary school can be daunting for children and their parents. The Parenting Team at City of York Council have come up with these top tips to help you cope: • Make sure all the uniform they need, P.E. kit and equipment is sorted out so your child feels confident right from the start. • If they’re using public transport, help them to plan their journey to school by checking out bus routes on or pick up timetables from the central library.


• Be prepared for some insecurity in the beginning. Children can often regress to childish behaviour, such as crying and temper tantrums, or feeling ill (especially with stomach aches and headaches). • Chat to them about their new experiences. This is often easier to do when you are doing another activity, such as driving or washing up. • Homework is important. Make sure your child has a quiet place to work. Help your child to work out which is the best approach for them to get homework done. n For information on FREE programmes around York that can offer social support to parents, call the Family Information Service on 554444, text ‘parent’ to 07624 802 244 or email

Bag to basics Did you know kids sometimes carry up to 60% of their body weight in their schoolbags, causing long term back damage? The charity BackCare recommends children should carry no more than ten per cent of their body weight. Choose bag with straps that hook over both shoulders and insist that they carry it fastened close to their back rather than over one shoulder.

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BEST FOOT FORWARD Top tips for choosing school shoes:

1. Do your shoe shopping in late afternoon, as kids’ feet swell during the day. 2. Don’t overspend – children outgrow shoes so fast you won’t get your money’s worth.

3. A proper fitting pair of shoes should have room between the edge of the shoe toe and the edge of your child’s toes when their foot is fully extended.

4. Don’t be tempted to buy shoes with too much room for growth. 5. Pick a style with laces, velcro or some other fastening system. Avoid backless or slip-on shoes, or heels.

6. Choose breathable materials, such as canvas or leather. They’ll help keep your child's feet cool and dry.

7. Look for a sturdy sole that’s thick enough to protect feet from injury. A patterned or textured sole will prevent slipping.

8. Once you've found shoes that fit well, allow them to choose which colour or design they prefer. It will save a lot of arguments!

Power lunches Step away from that soggy sandwich/chocolate bar combo and give your child a lunch that packs a healthy punch! Bagels, pitta pockets and wraps make a great alternative to boring sandwiches. Include some fun finger foods such as carrot or pepper sticks, breadsticks or wholemeal crackers with cheese or dips. Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh or dried fruit. Drinks can be packed with empty calories. Look out for ‘hidden’ sugar even in no added sugar squash. Alternatively, go for milk, pure fruit juices or smoothies. n For more tips and ideas, visit www.


Howard Mosley-Chalk is a father and husband. But more importantly he is a man. As a boy he assumed he would grow up to be either Prime Minster or a professional Lego designer, but at 30 he finds himself writing for Your Local Link. These are his (un)manly words.

Summer bummer This month summer finally arrived with all the apologetic energy of someone who turns up late to a wedding. “So terribly sorry I’m late,” huffed summer, red cheeks and moist armpits. “Here, have all the nice days you’ve missed in one go.” And so the temperature soared, the sun beat down mercilessly and we all suddenly longed for a return of the torrential rain. And I was chief amongst the whingers, wafting my collar, squinting at the horrid clear blue skies and complaining about being hot. Because I hate the summer.

SHOCK, HORROR There, I said it. Call me a weirdo if you like, I don’t care. I’ve always dreaded this time of year and can only assume I have the opposite of seasonal affective disorder. Or maybe it’s just that I’m paler than Casper


the friendly ghost and I burn quicker than a cheaply made shell-suit over a naked flame. Either way, summer can bog off back behind the clouds. There is an extra concern this summer – something else to add

to my unease – as this will be my daughter’s first proper sunny season. Last year, when Ava was just nine months old, we spent most of the summer indoors lying on the floor,

or out under the shade of a tree, lying on the grass. It’s what babies do. But toddlers, oh dear readers, do anything but stay in one spot. Ava, fast approaching two and finalist in this year’s Little Miss Scream No pageant, is all over the shop – out into the garden, onto the drive and even attempting to scale the shed. Unfortunately all of these places are situated on the planet earth, which has the curious habit of orbiting the sun. And due to Ava being the product of my own pale-to-transparent skin growing DNA, the sun is therefore THE ENEMY!

Painful memories “Calm down, idiot,” says my wife, basking in ultra-violet radiation like some kind of malevolent, energycraving entity from Star Trek. “She’s

“Not good enough,” I moan, haunted by horrible childhood memories of blisters and peeling skin and sore, restless nights (and that time in Cornwall, just a couple of years ago, when I mistakenly thought that a strong, cooling breeze would protect me from the roasting sun. I passed out back at the hotel that night, all the moisture in my skin having evaporated to contribute to a brief rain shower over St. Just). “We must find shade!” I cry. But Ava doesn’t care –too concerned is she with running around and scooping up soil to dump in her sand and water table. And my wife is right*, she is protected, clad in floppy hat and t-shirt, and lathered with factor 6000 which would probably keep her pearly white skin unblemished while standing on the surface of Mercury at noon. So I retreat into the shade

myself, to watch the worshippers of Sol from the dining room with a mixture of concern and envy.

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Hopefully the summer won’t last for long and Ava will return to playing with me indoors, the two of us crawling around in the gloom like Gollum. Although, during the brief gaps in the tropical weather, she’s started standing naked on the living room window sill, pressing herself up against the glass and waving at passers-by (Ava, not my wife – this is York, not Amsterdam). Makes it a bit awkward for the still relatively new neighbours, as they wave back, do a double take and then frown at me. This is my life. *This is the only time this sentence will appear. Ha.

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Play date Those of us with toddlers know all about how they like to explore. Unfortunately this intrepid need for exploration can occasionally result in the contents of your wallet being stuffed down the toilet. We recommend you get them out of the house and into an environment in which they can truly have fun. York Child Care is starting a new mother and toddler group at St. Joseph’s Nursery on Rawcliffe Lane from 14th September. For only £3 per session, which includes refreshments, you and your roving pioneer can socialise, play and explore together in the large gardens. n Call 651767 or visit


Don’t have the time to learn something new? Think again. York is blessed by a number of groups and establishments that offer courses and classes after hours. We delved into some of the best to give you the low-down.

Train-ing Vital Skills Training have partnered with York College to launch a training academy for 100 young people at the Yorkshire Rail Academy, Leeman Road. The 17 to 24 year old apprentices will learn the theory side in classrooms at York College and then put the theory to practice on a specialist training railway line before progressing to work on the rail network. Once qualified, apprentices will earn a starting salary of £16-20K with an opportunity to progress within Vital Rail. Lawrence Dobie, of Vital Skills, says: “Over the next few years there will be lots of investment in the UK’s rail industry, which will create a need for a skilled work force. We are delighted to be opening a training academy with York College.”

York College. York College has over 2000 students over 19 years of age who are studying a wide range of programmes from the Access to Higher Education Diplomas to short courses in art, teacher training, business and even health and safety. They also offer courses in DIY, car maintenance and home repair. Visit WEA. The Workers Education Association offer wide a range of courses. The topics vary from history and politics all the way to creative writing and drawing techniques. WEA should also be your first port of call for languages – especially as September hosts the International Day of Languages. In the York area you could study French, Italian and even Latin. Et tu, readers. Visit City of York Council. The council could be your answer if you are searching for a practical-based learning experience. Their


eclectic range of courses includes computing, photography, cooking and even belly dancing! n Visit

n If you are aged between 17 and 24 and want to apply or to find out more, take your CV along to an open day at the Yorkshire Rail Academy, at the National Railway Museum, on 28th August (12 noon-8pm) or 31st August (10am-4pm). If you can’t make those days please call 770445 or email

Andrew ‘Bones’ Jones, an archaeologist at Yorkshire Museum Trust, will be offering an event with a difference at this year’s York Food and Drink Festival. Andrew will be leading his audience through history with a tasting menu that will feature foods that people would have eaten hundreds of years ago – but the taste might not be as different from today’s menus as you’d think.

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“We know about the ingredients that were used at various periods in history, though not always how they were used, though there are some recipes that were recorded and have survived,” says Andrew. “I used one by the Roman Apicius recently, a broad bean salad that included mustard, honey, vinegar, salt and pine nuts. It sounds like something you could get from the shelf at Sainsbury’s, but it’s an ancient recipe. ”

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Andrew will run a series of sessions that cover from as far back as the Iron Age up to the Victorian period. “I’ll hopefully be featuring lots of fish, cheese and chocolate – sweeties always get people on side!” n To find out more about Andrews events, which run between 22nd-29th September, visit or call 635149

Wacky Races Some watched the Olympics to see the cream of the athletic crop compete in the 100 metre sprint. That’s okay we suppose, but to be honest we’re more bothered about the Mascot Race at this year’s Just 30 Fair. On 15th September several charity mascots will be battling it out for supremacy, dashing along the track at Rowntree Park. Entrants confirmed so far are Snappy the Crocodile, British Heart Foundation’s Mr Hearty and St Leonard’s Hospice’s Lenny the Bear – but spaces on the starting line are still available! n If your club or society’s mascot fancies going for gold, call 553377. Find out more about York Gold events at Places still available in September! Call 01904 770200 to enrol.

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Adult and Higher Education, September 27th 6.00-8.00pm

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Find out about the huge range of Adult Learning and Higher Education courses we’ve got at York College. Subjects include Art, Business, Education Training, Web Design and even DIY.


Avast, ye scurvy dogs!

19th September is Talk Like a Pirate Day and in true swashbucklin’ style we’re downing some grog and donning our eye-patches.

Arrr! Be not shocked, mates, if during the month of September ye hear a-clamouring and a-hollering of burley surely sorts. Those that adapt the west-country drawl complete with a grrr and an arrr are simply getting into the mood for Talk Like Pirate Day. Started in the US during the 90s, the day has been steadily growing in popularity – particularly with York’s thousands of students.

The Big Switchover Although most of York has already switched over to receiving digital television, those who get their signal from the Bilsdale Transmitter will still need to make the change from 12th September.

The rules are simple: on the 19th ye must talk like a pirate. Here be some handy hints and tips to get ye set to duel with Davy Jones himself.

All televisions, DVD recorders and hard drive recorders which are currently receiving signals from the Tyne Tees Transmitter will need to be re-tuned. If you’re unsure about whether your equipment is ready for postswitchover Digital TV, Brian Thompson and his company BLTV Aerials can help. They offer advice over the phone or, if required, they can come out and retune your equipment for a very competitive fee. The company covers a radius of 20 miles from Haxby and Brian is a fully qualified Aerial Installer and Television Technician certified to level three City & Guilds Qualifications. BLTV Aerials offer a same-day service wherever possible, and if you’re not sure about the equipment or repair you need, Brian is happy to come out to give a free assessment of what’s required and advise on the best option for you. n Call 765211 or 07977 044778 or visit

Essential Pirate Attire Eye Patch. Important for any budding buccaneer. Note: only wear one. Hat. Be it Tricorn or Bicorn, small-brimmed or scarf, it wouldn’t do to have a bare head while the cannon balls are flying. Parrot. Don’t get a real bird to sit upon your shoulder (the dry cleaning bills will be horrendous), instead an inflatable one will suffice.

Pirate lingo Ahoy: Hello there

Doubloons: Gold pieces

Aaargh: Oh dear

Grog: A pirate's favourite drink

Avast: Stop, attention!

Jolly Roger: The skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!

Aye: Yes Thar: The opposite of ‘here’ Booty: Treasure. Not a bottom Davy Jones' Locker: Pirate Hell

Landlubber: Someone not used to life on board a ship. Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.

Memorise this vocab mates, and ye will fit right in. Yar. Shiver me timbers: an exclamation of surprise Squiffy: A buffoon Swashbucklin': Adventuring on the high seas Wench: A lady with relaxed morals

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Adult and Higher Education September 27th 6.00-8.00pm We have a range of degree level courses starting in 2013 including honours degrees, extended degrees, teacher education courses and top up degrees, all for significantly less fees than many universities. And if you want to get back into higher education we have many Access courses too. For more information and a full course listing go to or call 01904 770200.


Autumn Open Mornings Sixth Form Open Morning Saturday 6th October - 10.30am Friday 28th September - 10.30am Saturday 10th November - 10.30am

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Up your street Award-winning independent bike shop, CycleStreet, have outgrown their Heworth premises and are moving to a bigger home in Layerthorpe. Their extensive range of specialist urban, road and mountain bikes will dramatically increase, with new exclusive brands being added. But if you’re already happy with your two-wheeled wonder, CycleStreet offer a wide range of accessories and clothing, ideal for serious and Sunday cyclists alike. Not only is the new shop larger but it also boasts a play area for the kiddies, letting you browse for your newest cycle in peace. n Visit

Be dramatic Drama is brilliant. Performance training is a fantastic way to keep healthy and for children it can boost confidence and be a great social activity – and luckily for them, two of York’s finest drama clubs are now looking for wannabe luvvies to join their ranks!

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The Oaken Grove Community Centre in Haxby runs a busy Open Youth Club and Youth Drama Club on a weekly basis. They are looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to help out at the club. Call 07786 121832. Meanwhile, the darlings at Razzamataz are inviting future popstars to sign up for their new Barbie Popstar Academy. The school is the first of its kind and gives Barbie’s fans the chance to experience what it’s like to be a popstar for a day. n Call 01228 550129.

It’s not too late... If you haven’t decided what to do in September you can still apply for a place at York College. We’ve got more than 40 A Level subjects and over 80 Vocational courses for you to choose from and some of the best learning facilities in the area. York College, Sim Balk Lane, York YO23 2BB


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Getting a helping hand is something we all need from time to time. But for some people independence could be the difference between staying in their own home or having to move into sheltered accommodation. Fortunately Saga Homecare can help you keep your freedom. Their carers can help with a range of household chores and personal care, from the weekly shop to assistance with meals and other tasks that might be becoming harder to do. All the carers are rigorously checked before they undergo an extensive training programme, and are available throughout York. n Call 0800 0832733.

Selfless acts If you are looking to get more involved in your community, help local charities and give something back, then you should be talking to York Rotary Club. By joining a group of like-minded men and women, young and old, you could help put ‘service above self’. The Rotary Clubs in York support many local charities and help to make the city a better place. They are holding an open evening on 26th September at the Mercure Fairfield Manor Hotel, 6.30pm. n Call 489624. Take to the Skies Ever thought about a job in carework? Head to our jobs section now to find out about the Bluebird Care recruitment fair!


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Q. My Springer Spaniel tends to eat pork rib bones, will they harm him? We recommend not giving dogs bones, especially cooked bones as they can splinter and cause irritation to the gut lining or, in severe cases, perforate the oesophagus, intestines or stomach. They could also cause an impaction in the bowel, causing constipation. Some cases of bone chewing have ended in the patient having to undergo a lengthy surgical procedure to have the bones removed from the stomach or a section of intestines removed. This then carries a risk of severe infection. My advice would be that there are various types of man made bones that have been manufactured to withstand chewing.

Q. I would love a new reptile pet, but as I have young children I would like one that is docile and easy to take care of. Do you have any suggestions? Leopard geckos are a very good reptiles to start with as they are quite small so don’t need very large living quarters, however they are nocturnal. They are quite docile making them easy to handle and are fed on an insect based diet. Other reptile such as bearded dragons and blue skinks are quite easy to handle, but their requirements are quite different from geckos as they

do require UV lights and bigger enclosures. As with all reptiles cleanliness is of the upmost importance as they can carry salmonella.

Q. My dog’s poos have got quite runny, and sometimes it ends up being a clear jelly-like substance – what could it be? I would advise that you ask your vet to examine your dog as runny/jelly like poos could either be related to food intolerance or to a medical issue. I would recommend that you collect a sample of your dog’s poo and take it with you to the vets for your appointment. The team at Minster Vets know that your pet is an important member of your family, so they take pride in looking after them well and can offer advice on caring for them as well as high quality, professional treatment. There are branches at Salisbury Road, Haxby, Copmanthorpe. Old Earswick and Crockey Hill, so they’re never too far away. Alongside their small animal care, Minster Vets offer treatment for farm animals, horses and poultry. The team have vets on standby after office hours too, so you can be sure that there’ll be someone there to help at any time of day or night. Call 643997.

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Give us a home... Some friends of ours are looking for home. Could you offer them the love and care they need? Cleo is18 months old and very energetic! She wants a family who love the countryside and exercise. She can live with children of at least ten and would like being the only pet. Because her agility is great, your fence would need to be at least five feet high. n If you could give any of these dogs a home call: 01904 654 949 or visit RSPCA, Landing Lane, York Alexis is a lady with a sweet nature. She loves to be the centre of attention – especially when treats are involved! Alexis arrived at the centre with kittens that have gone to new homes, so now it’s her turn. She is great with adults and older children and gets on well with other animals. n If you’re interested in finding out more about these adorable moggies, or any of the cats at York Cats Protection, call 760356.

Go Walkies! The York Branch of Guide Dogs will hold a sponsored walk on 1st September at 11am from Millennium Bridge to Skeldergate Bridge and back. It finishes around 1.30pm. There will be prizes for every walking dog and the chance to win a six month supply of Eukanuba, along with refreshments, a doggy tombola and a veterinary stand. n Visit or call 07969 883363.

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The world of gadgets is a bewildering place (trust us, we’ve just been there). Whilst some gadgets are seemingly pointless, others win you over in disbelief that you’ve ever lived your life without it. We’ve scoured cyberspace to bring you the best gizmos on the market, from the ingenious to the downright bizarre. The mind boggles... BBQ Branding Iron. If you’re anything like us you will fight to the death at a barbeque over the best hunk of chargrilled flesh. “But that’s my steak,” you wail, as Uncle Phil drops onto his plate the piece of meat you’ve had your eye on all night. “I don’t see your name on it,” scoffs Uncle Phil, arrogance dripping like the peppercorn sauce he just drizzled over the steak. You need the BBQ Branding Iron – you can arrange the 52 included metal letters to spell your name. n £12.99 Available from Gadget rating 10/10

WTHR This is a weather app with a nice, simple design. Nothing complicated here, it’ll just tell you what you need to know. RUNKEEPER One for the joggers. Use GPS to track your routes, pace and calories burned to help you stay in shape. MOQUU This nifty little app combines your images taken in succession and creates free animations from them. SPACECRAFT 3D Developed by NASA, this app lets you explore the solar system on your phone, with 3D animations and galactic facts.

Egg-Q-Ber. We’re happy to announce that we have finally solved the age-old problem of the incompatibility of bread and eggs. Thanks to Egg-Q-Ber there will no longer be a gap between the round slices of hardboiled egg on your square shaped slices of bread. Simply deposit a freshly boiled and peeled egg into the Egg-Q-Ber and in just one minute the egg will have been pressed into a cube, allowing you to create square-shaped slices of egg. Problem solved.

iMusic Pillow. Trouble sleeping? Apparently the soothing sound of whale song can help. The problem is that whales are massive and one would never fit in the fish tank. You should try the iMusic Pillow. It’s a cosy, hollow fibre pillow with a speaker inside that connects to your mp3 player. As you rest your weary head upon it, only you will be able to hear the dulcet whale calls, leaving you and any co-sleepers to drift off peacefully.

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Crosskase Solar 15 backpack. So you’re hiking miles from civilisation and completely alone. But that cow’s moo sounds just like Terry Wogan! OMG gotta Tweet that! But your phone’s battery is dead and there’s not a plug socket in sight. Fear not, for you purchased the Crosskase Solar 15 backpack, complete with solar panel and USB charger. We found the rucksack itself to be very good, with lots of space and nifty little pockets. The solar powered battery however took a heck of a time to charge during the cloudy, rain clogged Yorkshire summer and our gadgets were largely left flatter than a cow pat. n £139.99 Available from Gadget rating 6/10 Gadget Tini-copter. Radio controlled helicopters are a lot of fun – whizzing about the countryside over trees and scaring sheep. Don’t you wish you could have that kind of fun at home? Now you can with the Tinicopter! Only a few inches in length, this cheeky chopper can zip around indoors without the danger of it slicing the cat to pieces should they collide. During testing, we found the most enjoyable part was when Nic flew it directly into her own hair where it became entangled. For that alone, we praise it. n £30 Available from Gadget rating 8/10


Our very own ‘Stig’ looks at hot topics in the land of petrol heads Push it: Ever wanted to see a combination between Rocky and Transformers? Czech artist David Cerny has created the ideal toy for you – a giant double decker bus with arms that actually does push-ups. And, erm, groans…

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Once upon a time, no self respecting home mechanic was complete without their trusty Haynes car manual. Now that most cars are equipped with NASA style technology, the days of tinkering under the bonnet are largely over. Or are they? Not according to Haynes, who have recently launched a series of online manuals, with the aim of saving motorists money by offering cash-saving DIY tips and tricks. “There is a widespread misconception that modern cars are too complicated to do your own maintenance,” says Jeremy Yates-Round of Haynes. “That is simply not true and our research shows that taking on simple tasks, like replacing windscreen wipers or changing a light bulb, can save you over £200 a year.” The new Manuals Online cost £25 per manual for a year, or £30 for a lifetime subscription.


Happy campers The VW Camper Van is probably one of the most iconic vehicles ever built. Perfect for festivals, the VW camper is as pretty as it is practical. Trouble is, it’s hard to admire your van while sitting at your desk. That is why Haynes has produced a buildyour-own kit for your very own miniature camper van model! £9 Available from

Practically speaking We’re a nation of simple folk, really, when it comes to our cars. A study by the AA has discovered that most of us would gladly give up optional extras such as heated seats, but practical things like temperature gauges and two reversing lights are essential to us. It seems, though, that there are some creature comforts that we just can’t do without: only nine per cent of us would happily give up electric driver windows. Plus, men find it harder to give up their luxuries in the car than women – which one is meant to be the practical gender again?

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Keep momentum Staying safe on the roads is about to get easier for young drivers in York, as City of York Council becomes the first ever local authority to team up with the Institute of Advanced Motoring to offer the York Momentum scheme. The course, which usually costs £40 per person but is completely free to York residents, will offer assessments to up to 300 drivers between the ages of 17 and 26 and is designed for people who have already passed their driving test. There’s an online assessment followed by a session with an IAM examiner on the road, and no exam to worry about. Places are offered on a first-come, firstserved basis, so get in touch if you want to complete the course! n Visit or email

The wheels on the wagon go round and round… They just don’t make them like they used to. Gunther Holtorf, a former airline executive, and his wife Christine made a trip from Germany to Africa when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 in their Mercedes G Wagen. They intended to stay for 18 months, but 23 years later are still travelling – and the vehicle is still going strong. ‘Otto’, as the car is called by its owner, has been kitted out with cooking and sleeping facilities during its 500,000-mile trip, which has seen the 74-year-old Gunther and his wife visit Brazil, Paris, Cuba, Hollywood and Kazakhstan, among plenty of other places. In all that time, Gunther says his car has never had a serious breakdown. So how come ours manages to come to a shuddering halt, coughing and spluttering, on the way to the shop?

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Quality Upholstery Service Do you have a favourite armchair or three-piece suite that is showing signs of wear and tear? If so, then contact top-notch upholsterer Abraham Charles who specialises in giving quality furniture a new lease of life. He served his apprenticeship with the highly-regarded Leeds company Bridgecraft and has been working as an upholsterer for 30 years. Abraham says: “I will travel to your home with my pattern books. You choose the fabric, we agree a price and then I arrange transport of your furniture to my workshop. A short time later you’ll receive your completely re-upholstered furniture which will give you many more years of service. My service is flexible – I can attend weekend and evening appointments.” n A&V Upholstery can also make bespoke pieces. Call 01977 699222 or 07889 431691.

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If you’re looking to find a peaceful hideaway without straying too far from the city centre, then you’re in luck – we’ve found your next home, and it’s ready to move into immediately.

Hidden Treasure Mount Ephraim is little known to many who have lived in York all their lives; it’s one of those very short culde-sac streets that you blink and miss. There are only two houses in the street, both with buckets of character, and this three/four bedroom property definitely requires a visit. Whilst the exterior render is very practical, it masks a most charming period interior with many features that you just wouldn’t expect. Turn back time A period double fronted detached property from the 19th century, the house has been brought up to the requirements of 21st century occupants, but still retains many of its gorgeous original features. There are authentic rustic timber beams to the breakfasting kitchen, pine

doors, dado rails, fireplaces, arched niche and the original staircase with mahogany balustrade in the traditional central entrance hallway. The marvellous side courtyard is enclosed and very private, featuring a pan-tiled, open-fronted lean-to with a seating area, ideal for those chilly summer evenings when you want to keep warm under a gas heater. Modern meets traditional Alongside the rustic charm there are some gorgeous contemporary features, which include high polished pine floors to each of the two reception rooms and tiled floors to both the kitchen and bathroom – and of course gas central heating and UPVC double glazed windows. The property is classed as a three

bedroom, but the separate dining room would make a lovely double-sized fourth bedroom. You can combine the peace and quiet of a small culde-sac with a convenient location, too – the house is situated just off Holgate Road, about 100 metres from The Mount/ Blossom Street traffic lights and close to the train station. On street parking is available.

n The selling price for this lovely period property is £250,000 – call Austin Brooks on 227992 for a viewing, seven days a week.



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Grand designs Every so often a house comes in to the Hot Property section that makes us want to put in an offer straight away. And this fab four bedroom semi on York Road Acomb has done just that. The imposing Edwardian property is not just beautiful inside and out, it’s also just about the perfect family home. As well as a beautiful hall with original mosaic tiling and a spacious lounge downstairs, the back of the house has been extended to create an absolutely inspired family area, dining area, breakfast kitchen and utility room. There’s also a downstairs shower and WC, which should put a stop to those morning bathroom queues! Upstairs you’ll find four good-sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate WC. Outside there are gardens to the front and rear, and a private driveway with off-street parking. When our friends at OPUS say this must be viewed to be appreciated, they’re not joking! And the asking price for this all this Edwardian splendour? Just £310,000. n To arrange a viewing, call OPUS on 790070. We’ll see you in the queue...


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Be it big or small, your desk is the nerve centre of any operation. Here are some great places to plan your bid for world domination...

Whether you run your own business, or you just need somewhere to sit and pay the bills, every home needs work area. And these stylish office accessories make doing business a pleasure... BITS & Pieces

No self-respecting office is complete without these fab finishing touches...

Cheap as Chips A desk that costs less than a printer cartridge? This Value Range Basic Desk, £12.99 from Argos, is small enough to fit snugly into the corner of any room. It’s ideal for kids’ homework, too. Bright’s Right This funky lilac laptop table should cheer up any gloomy Monday morning. The top is made from perforated metal to cleverly stop your laptop overheating. Isala laptop table, £150 from IKEA.

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1. Paint a wall with blackboard paint for a giant jotter. 2. Recycled jam jars make a great place to store all those bits and bobs. You can buy chalkboard labels from

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3. Make a custom noticeboard by framing some cork tiles with cheap frame. Cover with wallpaper to match your colour scheme.

SWALK Keep your post in place with this charming vintage style letter rack. £9.99 from www. Perfect Pad Modern meets traditional with this solid oak iPad stand. £65 from

4. An old table makes a great desk. Sand it down and give it a coat of paint or cover the top with decoupage – pics cut from magazines covered with a protective coat of varnish. 5. If you’re going to invest in one thing for your office, make it a decent chair. It needs to be adjustable for all-day comfort.

Lightbulb Moment The Anglepoise lamp is a design classic if ever there was one. The type 75 model is a redesign of the classic 1970s style. £105 from

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Smart storage A clutter-free workspace always makes you feel more efficient. But who needs a boring old filing cabinet when you can have one of these stylish storage solutions? Ooh, la la This distressed French armoire style cupboard will bring some shabby chateau chic to any office. £199 from Fun File Add a bit of zing to your working day with the Bisley filing system from John Lewis. This model, £150, fits snugly under any desk. It’s also available in black, white or lime green.

Tidy desk = tidy mind This set of three wicker lidded storage baskets is ideal for clearing away clutter, especially for small home offices. The subtle grey wash is right on trend, too. From Tesco Direct, price £31.98.


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Step away from that pleather sofa, people. We’ve got the lowdown on what the well-dressed home is wearing... sophisticated and way more versatile than boring old beige. Team it with white and touches of silver for a chic modern look. Or, if you can’t live without colour, why not try it with a splash of citrus, dusky pink or duck egg blue?

HOT Glad to be grey Who says grey has to be dull? Not the interior designers, that’s for sure. Grey has replaced magnolia (thank God) as the must-have new neutral. It’s stylish,


Button it It started with a few big wooden buttons dotted on cushion covers. But now the folksy, hand-crafted look has evolved into a sophisticated interior design trend. From deep buttoning on chairs and chesterfields, to designs on cushions and china – buttons are everywhere! To get the look for less, visit York’s own treasure trove, Duttons for Buttons, for inspiration.

Turn over a new leaf They may be falling outside, but the leaf print trend is still growing in stylish homes. Forget big overblown florals; today’s leaf designs are graphic and airy, so they look great in smaller, modern homes. The Vinyl Countdown Purists may reckon they sound miles better than downloads, but we think vinyl records should be seen but not heard. Classic album covers make

great instant retro art; display them in groups for extra impact. Since album covers blu-tacked to the walls

NOT Empty nests Your teenager’s gone off to uni, leaving behind an empty room and a couple of mouldy coffee cups under the bed. So you thought you’d turn it into a home office/workroom/home gym, did you? Think again. Either you’ll be so reduced to tears at the thought of taking down those Justin Bieber posters, you’ll keep it as a shrine to them. Or they’ll use it as a dumping ground for all the stuff they don't want. Either way, you might as well take that treadmill straight back to Argos. Check out Donna’s column for tips on how to cope with the departure of the little mites. Spelling it out To most men, those big letters on walls and mantelpieces come a close third to scented candles and scatter cushions

in the pointless interior design stakes. And for once, we have to agree. Why do you need the word ‘COOK’ spelt out in big letters in the kitchen? Or ‘DREAM’ in the bedroom? And if you take it to its natural conclusion, what the hell are you going to put in the loo?

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scream more student digs than stylish home, we were pleased to find these specially designed record frames from Now where did we put that Tubular Bells LP..?

Is it plastic, is it leather..? No, it’s pleather. Fake leather furniture is about as convincing as Bruce Forsyth’s hairpiece. And just like Bruce, it doesn't improve with age. It’s hot and sticky in summer, chilly in winter and it looks shabby in no time. Either invest in the real thing or buy a fabric sofa instead. Flock tactics Admittedly, we thought it was cool once. But then, we also thought bubble perms looked good once. But in both cases, we were wrong. Flock wallpaper doesn't just look tacky, it’s also high maintenance. It’s bad enough having furniture and ornaments gathering dust, without having to worry about it on our wallpaper too.


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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. I am thinking of moving and have

selling their own. If you are not in a rush you could give them a short period of time to see if they are getting interest on theirs, and it goes without saying they would need to go on at a realistic price. They may be lucky and get a buyer quickly as new properties do seem to be moving fairly fast. It’s not an ideal situation, as marketing is crucial in the present climate, plus you don’t know how long theirs will take to sell and they may not achieve the price they need to purchase your property.

absolutely no idea what my house is worth. Is there somewhere I can look to see how house prices have moved over the last few years so I can use this as a starting point? You can search the Land Registry website and go onto the house prices section to search data by region. As most estate agents will not charge for a valuation anyway you may as well speak to an agent in your area who will talk to you about all aspects of selling and current market conditions.

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Q. I am looking at buying a very old property that is listed. What exactly is a listed building and what kind of survey should I have? As I understand it, ‘listing’ means that the building is on a national register as a property of historic or architectural interest, so you would have a responsibility to maintain the building’s character and keep it in good repair. There will also be restrictions on making any alterations to the property. You should have a full structural survey and talk to someone who is familiar with period properties.

Q. I have an asking price offer on my property from someone who hasn’t got their house on the market yet but is confident that their house will sell really quickly. They say that they will only put theirs on the market if they know they can secure mine. What do you think I should do? Your agent will probably tell your buyers to put their house on the market asap and then advise you to accept the offer on yours subject to them

n Opus Estate Agents Tel: 01904 790070


decline in present house prices? Most people are not moving unless they have to, due to their circumstances. The best advice is to try to avoid getting stuck in a property chain, if you can. If you are selling your home and you find a buyer, don’t rush into buying your next place. You could even rent at the moment; as it’s important to take your time and make sure you find the right property at the right price. Do your research, and negotiate to get a good deal on your purchase. Also, take advantage of some of the excellent offers available on the mortgage front, making sure you go onto a repayment mortgage so you can see your mortgage coming down.

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ASK THE EXPERT WITH CAROLE CARTER She bakes, she makes, she decorates... frankly there’s nothing our very own domestic goddess Rachel doesn’t know. Every month she’ll be passing on some of her favourite money and time saving tips... Is that pesky pooch chewing your sofa cushions again? Well, here’s a simple strategy to stop them. Pour a bit of lemon juice on the corners of the cushions and your sofa will be safe – dogs hate citrus smells. A common problem while baking is brown sugar turning rock solid overnight. This can make it difficult to cook with, as whacking it against the kitchen table can be tiring after a while! To re-soften your sugar place a small piece of bread or a slice of apple on top of it. Result? Easy to use sugar all year around!

From the beginning... Carole Carter answers your questions and offers advice on being the perfect landlord

Leftover tea from breakfast? Why not treat your plants and water them with the liquid? This will boost their growth and encourage them to thrive. You’re cooking food and you accidentally over-salt it in the pan. Disaster! Or is it? Drop in a peeled potato into the pan and it will instantly absorb all of the excess salt. Run out of liquid rinse product for your dishwasher? Well, here is an inexpensive way of keeping the shine in your dishes. Pour white wine vinegar in your dishwasher compartment and use as normal for sparkling cutlery and crockery. Follow RACHEL on

I am a first time landlord and I was wondering if I need to be present for viewings of my house? If you have instructed an agency, which is a sensible thing to do being a first time landlord, first and foremost ensure it is an ARLA licensed agency (Associated Residential Letting Agents). This will give you the peace of mind that they have a Client Money Protection Scheme where your monies will be protected and that they adhere to strict codes of practice with a re- dress scheme if there is something you are not happy with. Prospective tenants are much more comfortable viewing a property with the agent without the landlord being present. In my experience landlords can be a little off putting in their eagerness to let the property and can sometimes confuse matters. Tenants will have the opportunity to ask the agents questions that they may feel uncomfortable asking in the presence of a landlord, and may be embarrassed about negotiating. Leave it to the experts! How quickly on average should I expect to receive the tenant’s money in my account after the agent has received it? This information will be found in the terms of business that you would sign with the agency: it can vary, so do check. Some agents will pay out once a month. City Lets will pay out as soon as the rent is received, although our contract would specify five working days after receipt of cleared funds. I have heard that before I let my property out I need an EPC. What is that and how long will it be valid for? Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC. An EPC is valid for ten years. An EPC contains: • Information on your home’s energy use and typical energy costs • A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and save money • Details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment • Who to contact if you want to make a complaint

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We can’t think of a better way to keep our patriotic spirits up after the Olympics than this ace bird box.

As the summer ends, Graham from Pond Planet offers hints and tips on keeping your pond – and its inhabitants – healthy. At this time of year, it’s a good idea to give your pond plants a little attention to keep it looking at its best. Dead head spent flowers from your marginal plants, and cut back excessive growths. Tired water lily leaves and flowers should also be removed. Make sure to remove any dead plant material from the surface of the pond using a pond net once you have finished. This will reduce the build-up of silt and sludge on the base of the pond.

water. Seek treatment advice if your fish show any outward evidence of infection such as fungus or fin rot. Fish may also exhibit more subtle symptoms of parasite infection by displaying signs of irritation such as scratching, flicking or jumping. Fish looking lethargic and hanging in the water with fins clamped to the body are also a cause for concern. Seek advice immediately on the symptoms and treatment required from your local water garden outlet.

Warmer temperatures over the past few weeks may have encouraged parasites or bacterial infections, which develop faster in warmer

n For more information, call Pond Planet on 01347 811897.


One in four burglaries are committed through an unlocked door. But apart from keeping out doors locked what else can we do to help deter thieves? Based on information provided by ex-criminals about what would deter a prospective thief, these top tactical tips should help to keep all your pretty things safe. Install an intruder alarm An intruder alarm may prevent your property becoming a target for burglary. Should someone gain access to your house it is also likely to limit the amount of time a burglar has. Never hide spare keys Never leave keys under plant pots, door mats, or somewhere obvious and accessible. Leave a spare with family, friends or a trusted neighbour. Turn the lights on When you’re out, set a timer switch to turn lights on automatically. Outside floodlights activated by sensors will be enough to deter a thief. Use a fence with a trellis on top Having a fence approximately six feet high will help deter intruders. Fit a trellis on top which will be difficult and noisy to climb over. Use defensive planting Intruders do not like climbing over and through prickly planting. It can cause injury and leave evidence such as torn clothing behind. Plants such as Pyracantha, Winter Sun and Rose work well.

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Meet the Advertiser We say hello to Richard Simpson from All Cisterns Go

So, what do you do? I am a plumber who offers a full range of services, including full bathroom refits and repairs, heating installations and boiler replacements. I also do kitchen installations, heating system cleans, floor and wall tiling as well as radiator fitting and maintenance. All this, and I even offer a 24 hour emergency callout – I must be mad! How long have you been going? I set up the business in 2004. It’s going really well, with most of my custom coming from word of mouth recommendations and from advertising in Your Local Link.

What do you enjoy most about your work? I thoroughly enjoy seeing a bathroom or a kitchen installation be completed to a high standard. Customers are often amazed to see the full transformation take place in their homes. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to leave a customer happy. So what’s the strangest request you’ve ever had? Someone once asked me to install a toilet in their front room – which I did. What would you do if you won the lottery? I would set up a new bathroom and kitchen showroom and also a plumbers’ merchant.


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good neighbours We’ve all heard the horror stories about neighbours from hell. But do you know what makes a good neighbour? According to insurance company More Than, it takes more than not allowing your pet pitbull to pee on their petunias to impress the people next door. Researchers have released a blueprint for the perfect neighbour, which includes delivering a housewarming bottle of wine within three and half days of moving in and watching your children for you ten times a year. But don’t get too friendly - small talk over the garden fence should be limited to four minutes, with a longer encounter being deemed ‘irritating and too intrusive’.

To buy or not to buy? Those mortgage repayments might seem like a millstone at times, but according to a new report by Barclays, buying a property works out almost £200,000 cheaper than renting over the course of a lifetime. Research carried out by the bank shows that buying, paying mortgage and maintaining a home costs £429,000 over a period of 50 years, compared to £623,000 in rent – a difference of £194,000.

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“Not only will you save money by becoming an owner occupier, but you will also own a substantial asset once your mortgage is paid off, providing financial security for your old age,” says Andy Gray, head of mortgages at Barclays. “Those who choose to rent permanently will have to pay their landlord out of their pension income, while owner-occupiers will enjoy minimal housing costs.”

Talking of neighbours, have you spied on yours lately? One in three of us has, according to a recent survey by Findaproperty. A third of people confessed to using the internet to snoop on their neighbour, whether it’s finding out how much they paid for their home to taking a 360 degree virtual tour around it on a property website. But curiosity isn’t the only reason for doing some cyber curtain twitching; almost a quarter of British homeowners have copied interior design features from a neighbour.

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GOING FOR GOLD! Fancy owning a piece of British sporting history? The organisers of the London 2012 Olympics are planning to sell the beds, lamps and countless other items from the Olympic Village by October this year. Ranging from 50p coat hangers to ticketing centre reception furniture being shifted for £2,500 there is a range of fixtures and fittings for all tastes. Finally, a chance to sleep in Usain Bolt’s bed...

La Dolce Vita It really is true – you can find anything on eBay. This was proved recently when an entire Italian village went up for sale online. Pratariccia, deep in the Tuscan countryside and just 25 miles east of Florence, is up for sale for just £2.2 million. The idyllic Italian hilltop hamlet plus adjoining agricultural land has been uninhabited since the early 1960s – according to eBay, it’s ‘in need of restoration’. Alternatively, you could buy a bedsit in Islington.

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Let there be light Want to improve the value of your property? Build a conservatory. That’s the advice of the experts at leading building website MyBuilder. Chief Executive Ryan Notz reckons conservatories are a good way of getting extra space at a reasonable cost, as long as it’s done well. A conservatory should be in proportion and make sense with the rest of your home – for instance, by turning a dining room into a family room, or adding a dining area to a kitchen. It should also be professionally done. "It’s really important to hire someone who is experienced with conservatories, so that the project goes smoothly," says Ryan Notz.

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Bright Sprite Clap your hands and say you believe in fairies! This gorgeous pink fairy jar, is powered by the sun. £16.95 Prezzybox

Smoke on the Water Got a pond or pool? Impress guests to your garden with these dramatic floating oil lamps. £49.50 Nordic House


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Seeing Stars Get lost in space with these gorgeous metal lanterns featuring cutout star shapes. £2.65 each Red Lily

Heart of Glass Stay classy with a round bottom glass lantern – effortlessly elegant. £6.95 Idyll Home

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Bubble and squeak Though once upon a time in the 1980s hot tubs were the best things since sliced bread, it seems that we Brits have fallen out of love with them – or at least with the ones that belong to our neighbours, anyway. According to a survey by Gardener’s World Magazine, the tubs have been named as one of the top ten of annoyances for 800 readers of the publication. Other gripes? Children and the scent of fabric conditioner

– though not, we understand, necessarily together. There are plenty of hot tubs to contend with, too: The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (Bishta) has estimated there are between 80 and 100,000 hot tubs in the UK, and a recent YouGov survey discovered that gardeners are keener on purchasing a hot tub than a shed.

Creating a wildflower area in your garden not only looks pretty, it could be a lifesaver for bees and butterflies. So says the Royal Horticultural Society, which has launched a helpful list of pollinator-friendly wildflowers for gardeners. The list names more than 200 plants, broken down into habitats that can be created in gardens, including grassland areas, ponds, hedges and woodland edges. You can find the list online at Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Plants-for-pollinators.

This might sting a bit... They may be the scourge of gardeners, but it seems the humble nettle might be just the job for helping arthritis sufferers. Apparently slapping the infected joint with a nettle, or ‘urtication’, to give it its fancier name, is a remedy that dates back to Roman times. The theory is it encourages the dilation of capillaries, stimulates circulation and improves lymphatic flow. Or perhaps it just hurts so much you forget about the arthritis pain.

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A man who built a pub at the bottom of his back garden has been named winner of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition. John Plumridge from Shrewsbury spent four years converting his shed into a stylish watering hole, boasting 500 real ales and more than 100 ciders. He beat off stiff competition from more than 2000 entries, including a floating shed and a man who had turned his shed into a replica of Dr Who’s Tardis, complete with sound effects.

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Ivy could be the key to cutting pollution in our towns and cities. A new study by scientists at the universities of Birmingham and Lancaster has revealed that plants grown as green walls can absorb ten times as much pollution as street trees. This is because polluted air is often trapped in streets full of high rise buildings – dubbed ‘street canyons’ by the research teams. Creating green ‘billboards’ covered in ivy, grasses and other plants are more effective in removing nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants from the atmosphere than street level planting.

Apparently scientists have worked out that plants grown in pots don't do quite as well as those grown in the ground. German horticultural experts spent years studying the roots of sugarbeet and barley and found that restricting the size of the pot also restricted growth. They also found that doubling the pot’s size caused the plant to – wait for it – grow bigger. What next, we wonder? ‘Grass gets shorter when you mow it’ shocker?

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problems with climbing weed as it will not respond to any weed killer I have used so far. How can I get rid of it permanently? Bindweeds spread from underground rhizomes up to five metres but most of the growth comes from white fleshy roots. It is these roots that can cause major problems because if they are cut up in soil cultivation they can reproduce really quickly and pop up anywhere, and the seeds that are produced can remain viable in the soil for many years. Treat systemically with glyphosate (Roundup) but avoid contact with plants that you do not wish to kill. This means isolating the bindweed as much as possible and spraying when it is warm and there is plenty of leaf.

beetroot this year. How should I store them? Beetroot should be harvested regularly – if left in the ground for a long time they get woody and hard. The optimum size for harvesting is eight centimetres. When harvesting beetroot, especially if they will not be eaten immediately, cut the leaves off about five centimetres above the root. This will keep them fresher for longer and prevent them from bleeding. Dig up gently to avoid damage to the root. Store in boxes, in layers separated by sand or peat, in a cool dark place such as a garage or shed. Keep frost free.

Q. What are the chances of getting a fruit carrying tree grown from an apple tree? Trees grown this way will take a decade to mature and bear fruit

and because of these reasons trees are grafted – allowing breeders to mix and match trees to rootstocks to create attributes they want like dwarfism, disease resistance and the ability to bear fruit in three to four years. If you were lucky enough to germinate (from seed) a tree similar to the parent you tasted and were willing to wait ten years

plus, you still wouldn’t be able to overcome the fact that the roots that produced the fruit you tasted are not the roots your seedling will have. If you still want to have a go, try apricot, peach or nectarine, all of which do a good job of carrying on their parent’s traits. You can simply germinate a tree from the pips of a great tasting fruit and within three

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//OPEN GARDENS// Make the most of the summer! Each month the National Garden Scheme has a wealth of beautiful gardens open to the general public. We’ve picked out the best local gardens for you to enjoy.

STILLINGFLEET LODGE, STEWART LANE, STILLINGFLEET, YO19 6HP. A plantsman’s garden subdivided into smaller areas, each based on a colour theme with emphasis on the use of foliage plants. Complete with wild flower meadow and natural pond. Rare breeds of poultry wander freely in the garden. Open 2nd September 1-5pm. RIPLEY CASTLE GARDENS, RIPLEY, HARROGATE, HG3 3AY. Ripley Castle’s grounds contain some of Britain’s largest herbaceous borders, interspersed with fountains and lawns. There are walled gardens that are a pleasure to visit at any time of the year. The hothouses contain a magnificent tropical plant collection. The kitchen gardens contain rare collections of herbs and spices, fruit trees and vegetables. Open 7th September 9am-5pm.


BOUNDARY COTTAGE, SEATON ROSS, YO42 4NF. 1500 different plant varieties, many rare, provide colour. The acre garden has numerous and varied intimate features, visually connected in sweeping views. Horticulturally unorthodox, especially the fruit and vegetables, the overall effect is dramatic. Open 9th September 10am-4.30pm. n Visit or call 01483 211535

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Aster takes its name from the Latin word ‘astér’ meaning ‘star’ due to its star-like flower heads, but it’s more commonly known as the Michaelmas Daisy. The plant has been around for almost 4000 years and it grows in various parts of the world, from the tropics to cooler regions in the north. Throughout history Aster has had many uses, from being placed on the graves of French soldiers to represent afterthought, to being burnt in ancient times to ward off evil spirits. Today, though, they represent symbols of love and peace. The Aster is also the birth flower for September.

Colour Riot A hardy perennial, the Aster comes in a range of colours including white, red, pink, purple and blue, with centres that are actually a disc of tiny flowers surrounded by a ring of ray petals, and all have dark green, lance-shaped foliage. Asters generally flower from late August through to October, giving the garden some late autumn colour.

The Aster is a popular garden plant due to its colourful and attractive flowers and is ideal for use in borders, wildflower gardens and rockeries, and they can also be used as cut flowers. It’s a great attractant for bees, hoverflies and butterflies as it is rich in nectar, so is ideal for wildlife gardens also.

Varieties There are various varieties of Aster available, but here are some of the more popular varieties. Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’, has free flowering, traditional lavender-blue flowers and a longer flowering season than other varieties and can grow to approximately 90 centimetres (three feet). Another popular variety is Aster novi-belgii ‘Patricia Ballard’ with its semi-double pink flowers from September to October, which can also grow to approximatwely 90 centimetres. For a dwarf variety, Aster Schneekissen (Snow Cushion) has compact white flowers from September to October and grows to around 30 centimetres. Asters are best in well drained soils in full sun.

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The Green Team Grab your gardening gloves, Edible York’s “Grow Your Own” courses are coming your way! If you’re new to this green-fingered lark there is the “Introduction to Growing Your Own Food”. This five session course is 7-9pm every Monday from 29th October-26th November. For those wanting to plant fruit trees over the winter there is a half day course at 10am-12.30pm on Saturday 6th October. Meanwhile, for guidance on growing veggies inside and outside over the colder months there is a half day session on 10am12.30pm on Saturday 10th November. n Call 644300.

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Ever had a passion for pansies or felt dotty for daisies? Heslington Flower Lovers' Guild is the club for you. The next meeting is at Heslington Village Reading Room on11th September at 7.30pm, where you can create your own ‘tussie-mussie’ (or a posie). They meet on the first Tuesday of every month, each time with a different theme. Anyone interested in flowers is very welcome to come to the meetings and join in the fun. Call 631982.

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Where there’s muck there’s grass...

As plots become vacant, thoughts turn to autumn cultivations and soil treatments that will feed next year’s crop. Autumn is the traditional time to dig, and indeed a heavy clay soil will benefit from being dug over and the addition of well rotted manure that will break down over the winter months ready for spring sowing and planting. At Brunswick we’ve been blessed with a rich sandy loam soil, which for those involved makes it a pleasure to cultivate, but such soils are often referred to as ‘hungry soils’ because of their high demand for manure. Dirty job Muck is a much talked about topic amongst gardeners and a subject that regularly crops up at Brunswick. Farmyard manure (FYM) is most valued for its ability to provide the organic matter for maintaining or improving soil structure. It’s the organic matter content of the soil that affects its ability to hold onto water yet sill drain well. It creates an open structure that allows the roots to penetrate and encourages activity by soil organisms to convert it into humus. FYM from a trusted source is not always easy to find

and involves time and effort getting it to the plot so it makes sense to use it shrewdly. If growing on sandy, free-draining soils such as that at Brunswick, it is more effective to apply manure in early spring to avoid the vital nutrients being leached into the soil over winter. Crops with the highest nitrogen requirements such as potatoes, brassicas and sweetcorn should take priority. Rotation Station Work out a four-course crop rotation by grouping crops together that have similar nutrient requirements and sticking to it for four years as this ensures that all the plots get the same treatment during that time. It is wise to follow hungry crops such as potatoes and cabbages with less demanding feeders such as onions or beans. The simple method of crop rotation also avoids the build up of soil-borne pest and diseases that attack specific crops such as cyst nematodes in potatoes and the disease club root which will attack the roots of brassicas.

JOBS FOR SEPTEMBER 3 Prune stone fruit immediately

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Flower power Autumn is the perfect time of year to get to grips with our gardens. After the less than brilliant summer weather we’ve all just muddled through, September offers a great chance to take stock of what is growing in our gardens and to plan for the coming seasons. Sutton Park Autumn Plant Fair, on 23rd September, will feature a mouth-watering selection of wonderful plants to inspire you. There’ll be 18 specialist nurseries who can offer advice on what to plant and when, as well as a range of plants, bulbs and accessories to brighten up your own private haven. Call 01347 810249

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Don’t forget, this summer City of York Council and Yorwaste are offering residents compost for free. Gardeners can collect their goodies from Yorwaste’s Harewood Whin site on Tinker Lane on 2nd September. The compost is available from 9.30am-2.30pm and locals are asked to bring a shovel and containers to take their compost away. n Visit

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Our own Gini and Sarah sample the sumptuous delights of the Clubhouse at the Forest of Galtres Golf Club, Wigginton. Although the Clubhouse may have a dress code, with jeans and trainers being a definite no-no, the welcome Gini and Sarah received on entering was anything but austere. Warmly greeted by the owner herself, they were shown to a table with a stunning view overlooking the greens. Even if you’ve never held a putter before, and have no idea what a birdie is, you’ll feel right at home in the relaxing surroundings of this secluded gem.

an ample and lovingly-prepared homemade meal. Sarah selected the club sandwich, also priced at just over a fiver, and filled to the brim with chicken, York ham, cheese and mustard mayonnaise. It was, she said, “the best club sandwich I have had in years.” Also on offer were scampi, gammon steak and a roast beef bap – all hand prepared on site using locally sourced produce. Everything looked delicious and was excellent value for money.

Tee off To start, the pair opted for a bowel of olives and garlic bread. They both agreed that the food, just like the clubhouse’s décor, was simple but lovely. The rest of the starters and light bites from the menu contained staple favourites, such as the classic prawn cocktail, and a more filling affair in the form of a salad of black pudding and pork sausages – all for no more than four pounds a portion.

The 18th Hole Dessert took the form of afternoon tea. The delicate tower of finger fancies was the perfect way to round up a filling meal – the cakes, scrummy scones and sandwiches were both delicious and refreshing.

Hole in one When it came to ordering the mains it was the prices that further amazed the lunching ladies. Gini went for the mature cheddar cheese-burger, complete with chips and salad, and was shocked to see that she’d only be paying £5.25 for what was


The Clubhouse at the Forest of Galtres Golf Club is the kind of place in which to lose a whole afternoon. You’re bound to receive a warm welcome from owner Tracy and her team, and whether you’re enjoying the lavish menu Gini and Sarah sampled, or the Sunday lunch option, the classically Yorkshire fare is sure to leave you satisfied. n Visit or call 750287.

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It’s Chriiistmaaas!

Well, it isn’t – but it’s about time you started organising your office Christmas party. Have a gander at these two brilliant city centre venues that can get you simply having a wonderful Christmastime, no matter what your budget! Off the rails Even the biggest bah humbug Scrooge couldn’t fail to crack a smile if they arrived to find their office Christmas party was in the National Railway Museum. From the new Come Dancing Christmas package, which will see professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova from the BBC show perform for revellers, to the Festive Frolics night which features games such as Hook-a-Santa and an adult sized bouncy castle, there’s something to suit every office and budget. The shared events run on various dates throughout the festive season from 30th November-31st December, and private drinks reception venues can be arranged. Some dates are available for exclusive bookings. Call 686223 or visit

steak night every thursday

fish & chip night every friday

A Christmas Inn There is no venue quite as central as the Park Inn. Looming over the River Ouse the hotel offers some truly breathtaking views of the city from the modern restaurant. Choose Park Inn for your festive celebrations and you’ll be sure to make your Christmas sparkle! Served up for the holidays they have Winter Wonderland Nights and a Top of the Pops Buffet for you and your friends (or work colleagues), not to mention a sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch for the family. Call 459988 or visit

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21ST-30TH SEPTEMBER. Farmers’ Market at St Sampson’s Square. Part of the York Festival of Food and Drink, a ten day city-wide event promoting regional and local food and drink, offering tasting and cookery workshops, lunches, dinners and demonstrations. 28TH SEPTEMBER. Parliament Street Farmers’ Market. This takes place on the last Friday of every month and showcases local goods produced within a 40 mile radius of York city centre. NEWGATE MARKET. Proudly boasting 110 stalls Newgate Market offers fresh fish, fruit and vegetables in Europe’s largest single pedestrianised area. Located between The Shambles and Parliament Street. Open every day 9am-4 pm, 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. n All dates correct at time of going to press. For more information visit

You can’t get much better than Yorkshire’s only five star hotel for a bit of luxurious fare, so we’re spoilt for choice with the sumptuous-sounding foodie events on offer at Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa. On 27th September, you can enjoy a mini fork buffet while experts show you how to use scrumptious spa products, while on the same evening you can have fun learning about the Sauvignon Blanc grape, as the wine is paired with a range of gorgeous canapés and main courses in a delectable menu including hollandaise jelly with asparagus mousse, and sea bream with mussels and lemon grass soup. Our mouths are watering… n Call 380038 or visit

Go Organic!

End of an era

It’s National Organic Month this month, so it’s the perfect opportunity to try organic produce if you haven’t before. For the freshest fruit and vegetables served up in an adorable café, check out Farmers Cart: call 499183 or visit Meanwhile, our very own columnist Brunswick Organic Nursery offer fantastic organic fruit and vegetables: call 701869 or visit www. Plus, at Balloon Tree you can pick your own fruit and veg until October

Celebration Cakes have been sweetening up Tadcaster for the past eight years with beautifully bespoke wedding and celebration cakes – but now Rosemary Allsup, owner and artisan baker, plans to hang up her whisk and settle into her well-deserved retirement. She will certainly be missed, as over the years Celebration Cakes have offered workshops, classes and expertise in all things indulgent. Although we wish her the very best for the future, we urge you all to get down to the shop on Stutton Road before it is too late – Rosemary retires in November!

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Looking for a fun day out this month? Here you’ll find out about everything happening in and around our fair city, with the best events featured in our hotlist. From Minster concerts to mummies (seriously), there’s bound to be something for you. AUGUST

24 GALTRES FESTIVAL 2012, Mosswood, Crayke. Until 26th. DISCOUNTED TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Book your discounted tickets now from using code ‘Locallink767’.


BUZZING! YORK AUTHOR EVENT, Waterstones, High Ousegate, 11am-3pm. Anneliese Emmans Dean signs copies of her new book.

25 ART EXHIBITION, Poppleton Tithe Barn, Church Lane, 10am-6pm (until 5pm on Monday). Until 27th. The artists of Poppleton exhibiting and selling their paintings. 481690.


THE GREAT WETHERBY RACECOURSE ANTIQUES FAIR, Wetherby Racecourse, 9am-5pm. Until 27th. RIPLEY ANTIQUE FAIR, The Town Hall, Ripley, 9am-4pm. Until 26th. 01423 889163.

TORCHLIGHT MAZE, York Maze, 10am-10pm.

SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: JOHN SCOTT WHITELEY, York Minster, 7pm. 0844 9390015.

BILSDALE SHOW, Thornhill Farm, Chop Gate, Bilsdale, 9am. 01642 778244.

FALCONRY DAY WITH SMJ FALCONRY, Burnby Hall, Pocklington, 11am-4pm. 01759 307125.

STEAM WEEKEND, NRM, 10am-6pm. Until 27th. 0844 815 3139.

26 GET ACTIVE WEEKEND, Castle Howard, 10am-4pm. Until 27th. Get active at Castle Howard. 01653 648333.

SUMMER CRAFT & GIFT FESETIVAL, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, 10am-4.30pm. Until 27th. 01274 835588.

Beastly Bug Artrageous, Beningbrough Hall. Until 28th.

27 FARNDALE SHOW 2012, Showfield behind the Village Hall, Church Houses, Farndale, 8am. 1 01751 432788.

FANTASTIC PLANT FAIR, Newburgh Priory, Coxwold. Prominent nurseries and plant growers. 01347 868372.

DUNNINGTON VILLAGE SHOW, The Reading Room, 1.30pm. 488986.

30 FUND-RACING, F1 Racing, Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, 7pm. 673555.

MENCAP OPEN DAY & CAREERS FAIR, Monkbar Hotel, 8am8pm. 690187.


BURTON AGNES FETE, Burton Agnes Hall, 11am-5pm daily. Until 2nd

LATE MUSIC PRESENTS Souza Winds, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, 6.45pm. Poppleton Road Allotments Association 58th Annual Show, Holy Redeemer Church Hall, 2pm. 792603. SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: Philip Moore, York Minster, 7pm. 0844 9390015. 84

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Go West: The Journey to the Afterlife, The Huntingdon Room, King's Manor, 10am.


Go Walkies for Guide Dogs, From Millennium Bridge to Skeldergate Bridge and back, 11am. Sponsored dog walk. 07969883363.

LATE MUSIC PRESENTS SOUZA WINDS, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, 7.30pm.

HOLGATE WINDMILL OPEN WEEKEND, Holgate Windmill, Off Poppleton Road, 11am-4pm. Until 2nd.

FANGFEST - FESTIVAL OF PRACTICAL ARTS, Fangfoss, near Pocklington. Until 2nd. Craft demonstrations and stalls, clay shooting, archery, flower show and vintage cars. 01759 368737


Dog Day, York Maze, 10am-6.30pm. Displays of dog agility from the Ebor Dog Club. Bring your dog and give it a try.

SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: Nathan Laube, York Minster, 7pm. 0844 9390015.

Wedding and Beauty Fair, Garden Party Ripon Spa Hotel, Park Street, Ripon. 10.30am-3.30pm.

BATTLEFIELD TOURS, Various locations. Call 615505.

RESIDENTS OPEN DAY, York Marriot, Tadcaster Road, 12noon-4pm. 701000.


Hidden House Tours, Beningbrough Hall, 2-3pm. Also 11th, 18th & 25th. 472027. See Days Out.

MAUSOLEUM TOUR, Castle Howard, 10.30am. 01653 648333.

5 Tasty, Beningbrough Hall, 2-3pm. Also 12th, 19th & 26th. 472027. See Days Out.

RECRUITMENT FAIR, York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, 10am-2pm. 691992.


CLOTH VISIONS, St John's University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, 6-7pm. 01394 288521.

York Haematology Support Group MEETING, Heworth Golf Club, Muncastergate, 7pm. Dr Whittle, Consultant Haematologist, will be speaking.

7 Reflections on the Life of the Spirit, Haxby Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. A 16 week course, based on the Baha'i Writings. 07950 638634.

INTERPRETATIONS IN CLOTH, Quilt Museum and Gallery, 10am4pm (Mon-Sat). Until 1st December. 613242.

8 WELCOME CRAFT FAIRS, Village Hall, Coxwold, 10am-4pm. Until the 9th.

Festival of Cycling, Rowntree Park. Until the 9th. www.facebook .com/YorkFestivalOfCycling

ALL SEASONS MARKET, Guildhall, St. Helens Square. 07838 420209.

OPEN DAY, Brunswick Organic Nursery. 701869.

Heritage Open Day, Nunnington Hall, all day. 748283.

BRUNSWICK SHOP OPEN DAY, Appleton Road, Bishopthorpe, 11am-4pm.

PLANT FAIR, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-4pm. Until 9th. 472027.

HERITAGE OPEN DAY, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5.30pm. 472027.

9 fundraisers event, Haxby Memorial Hall, 9am. Table top sale at the hall. If you wish to book a table call 764404.

COMMUNITY HU CHANT, The Garden Room, York Central Library, 12 noon. 01423 780002, or email

FAMILY SUNDAY, York Racecourse. 620911.

11 YORKSHIRE CRAFT & PRODUCE MARKET, Castle Howard, 10am-4pm. 12 YORK HOSPITAL OPEN DAY, York Hospital, 2.30-5pm. 721006. 13 CHILDRENS DANCE AUDITIONS, Grand Opera House, 4.30pm. 0844 8472322.

FREE VALUATION DAY, Talbot Hotel, Malton, 11am-3pm. Call 01423 531661.

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14 South Bank Community Cinema film festival, Clements Hall. Until 15th.

River Foss Society, Walk from Marton Church to Mill Green, 10am. Meet at the Dutch House, one mile east of Crayke. 764702.

YORK NATIONAL BOOK FAIR, York Racecourse, 12noon-7pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat. Until 15th. 624414.

DARLINGTON DOG SHOW, Newby Hall, 9.30am-3.30mpm daily. Until 16th.

OPEN DAY, Mill Garth Park, Acaster Malbis. Until 15th. 704135.

GRAND OPENING, Wallow Farm Equestrian, Audax Close, Clifton Moor.

15 SNAPPY’S CHARITY BALL, Royal York Hotel, 7pm-1am. A black tie, dress to impress ball, in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal York Hotel. 07786 632892. PRODUCE SHARING, Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church, 10.3011.30am. Bring your surplus produce and share. 760659.

Just 30 Fair , Rowntree Park. Find out more about what’s on offer at the fantastic sports clubs and fitness centres around the city. uk/yorkgold2012

SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: Robert Sharpe, York Minster, 7pm. 0844 9390015.

LOCAL WRITERS SPEAK, The Chapel, York Cemetery, 10am-4pm.

HOLGATE WINDMILL OPEN WEEKEND, Holgate Windmill, Off Poppleton Road, 11am-4pm. Until 16th.

STEVE HENSHAW INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. Until 16th.

16 Noughties to Forties, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5.30pm. 472027.

THE WEDDING AFFAIR, Scampston Hall, Malton, 12noon-4pm.

DRIFFIELD ANTIQUE AND COLLECTORS’ FAIR, Driffield Showground, 9am-4pm.

18 Stained Glass Tour, St Martins Church, Coney Street and St Michael’s Church, Spurriergate, 6pm. Explore the wonderful medieval and glass. 611687.

RIVER FOSS SOCIETY, Visit to York Castle for a talk on the strategic importance of the River Foss. 766196

20 SPECIAL OCCASIONS FAYRE, Barley Hall, 4–8pm. 610275. 21 HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A, Wigginton Recreation Hall, 2pm. Talk by Dr. Myers. ‘Do your drugs and medication work for you?’

YORK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & DRINK Until 30th. 466687.

22 PROM PRAISE YORK, York Barbican, 7.30pm.

ACADEMY OF ST OLAVE’S AUTUMN CONCERT, St Olave’s Church, Marygate, 8pm.

WELCOME CRAFT FAIRS, Learning Centre, Pickering Station, 10am4pm. Until 23rd.

EATING THROUGH THE AGES, St Sampson’s Square, 5.30-8pm. Also on 25th at 2pm and 29th at 5.30pm.


OWL ADVENTURES, Until 23rd. The Farmer’s Cart, Towthorpe Grange, 10am-5pm. 499183.

23 MEMORY WALK 2012, The Knavesmire, 10am. 0870 4170192.


Sutton Park Autumn Plant Fair, Sutton-on-the-Forest, 11am-4pm. 01347 810249.

MEET THE VICTORIAN COOK, Mansion House, 11am-4pm. 615505.

YORK ANTIQUE AND COLLECTORS FAIR, York Racecourse, 10am-4pm. 0781 7724904.

York Historic Vehicle Rally, York Racecourse. Cars, lorries, buses and motorbikes. 704610.

YORKSHIRE BEST, The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, 10.30am4.30pm.

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24 VIKING-AGE SCULPTURE: AN INTRODUCTION, Valhalla, 10 Coppergate, 7pm. 615505. 26 CONSERVATION IN ACTION - CERAMICS, Beningbrough Hall, 12noon-4pm. 472027. 27 The Yorkshire Wedding Collection, Carlton Towers, DN14 9LZ, 5.30-9pm. 0113 286 2491.

JORVIK ROAMING SUPPER, Jorvik Viking Centre, 6pm. 615505.

WEDDING FAIR, St. William’s College, College Street, 5-8pm. 557233.

28 COMEDY NIGHT, York Racecourse, 8.30pm. 638971.

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning 2012, The Cancer Care Centre, York Hospital, 1am-12noon. 721166.

THE HARROGATE ANTIQUE AND FINE ART FAIR, Harrogate International Centre, Until 2nd Oct. 01823 323363.

SIXTH FORM OPEN MORNING, Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, 10.30am. 29 HARROGATE HEALTH & HEALING FESTIVAL, Great Yorkshire Showground, 10am-6pm. Until 30th. 07904 518008.

WELCOME CRAFT FAIRS, Learning Centre, Pickering Station, 10am4pm. Until 23rd.

RIPLEY ANTIQUE FAIR, The Town Hall, Ripley, 9am-4pm. Until 30th. 01423 889163.

OUTDOOR PLAY WEEKEND, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5.30pm. Until 30th. 472027.

30 ENG-AGE 50+ GAMES, throughout the city, until 7th Oct. www.york.

THE HISTORY OF RUFFORTH CHURCH, Rufforth All Saints’ Church, 2pm. 738427.

FREE BOWLING SESSIONS, New Earswick Bowling Club, 10am12noon and 12noon-2pm. 750423.

APPLE DAY, Newby Hall, 11.30am-5pm.


York Older People’s Assembly, Post Office Club, Marygate.

6 LATE MUSIC PRESENTS ELYSIAN SINGERS, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, 7.30pm. Visit 7

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CHOCOLATE WEEK, York’s Chocolate Story, 10am-5pm daily.

11 THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN, York Barbican, 8pm. The UK’s Biggest Motown production. 0844 8542757. 12 MAINLY RAG RUGS, The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, 10am4pm. Until 14th. Craft exhibition. 610578. 13 A JUBILEE CABERET, Stamford Bridge Village Hall, 7.30pm. 787181. 14 Autumn Fair, York RSPCA, Clifton. 11am-3.30pm. 654949. THE HISTORY OF RUFFORTH CHURCH, Rufforth All Saints’ Church, 2pm. 738427.

16 FROM KARAOKE TO CABARET, Bedern Hall, 7.30pm. 331215. 19 HAXBY & WIGGINTON U3A, Wigginton Recreation Hall, 2pm. Talk by Sister Agatha CJ of the Bar Convent. ‘Life is a paradox.’ 20 THE BLACK EYED TEAZ, York Racecourse, 7.30pm. Tribute band. 638971. NOVEMBER 4

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19 Calendar Girls, Grand Opera House York, 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee Sat). Until 24th. 0844 8713024.

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BARLEY HALL, 2 Coffee Yard, off Stonegate. 610275. BENINGBROUGH HALL AND GARDENS, 11am-5.30pm daily. Open every day throughout the school holidays with activities including adventure in the wilderness play area, den building or find a geocache in the parkland. Rainy days are perfect for a visit to the top floor portrait galleries, where you can discover your inner Georgian. Portraits exhibition running until 31 January. Enjoy behind the scenes tours and Tasty tasting sessions. 472027. BUSES TO YORK MAZE AND the AIR MUSEUM, departing York Station, 10.05am, 11.35am, 2.05pm and 4.05pm. 633990 and CLIFFORD’S TOWER, Eye of York, Open daily, 10am-6pm. 646940 DOG WALKS, throughout Yorkshire. F1 RACING, Monks Cross, 10am-9pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat), 10am-7pm (Sun). Racing and go-kart hire throughout the day – perfect for old and young speedsters during the summer holidays. 673555 JORVIK, Coppergate. Experience life in Viking York as you meet the inhabitants on your journey through reconstructed Viking streets inspired by the famous dig of the 1970s. Don’t miss their Valhalla Exhibition running until 5th November. 543403. MERCHANT ADVENTURERS’ HALL, Fossgate. 654818. MURTON PARK, Murton. 489966. NEWGATE MARKET, 9am – 4pm (4.30pm Sat and Sun). 07887 754455 PARKINSON UK, The Community Centre, Strensall Road. They hold an open evening on the first Monday of each month at 7pm. Go along to meet the staff and see the good work they do. 758355. PET PANTRY, Jockey lane, 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. Throughout September and October the pet experts are offering advice on doggy health issues. 620527. PICK YOUR OWN, The Balloon Tree Farmshop, Gate Helmsley. Homegrown strawberries are now ready for picking! The multi-award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe have been growing soft fruit and vegetables for over 20 years so they know how to get the best fruit possible! 01759 373023 PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM PARK, The Farmer’s Cart, Towthorpe Grange, 10am-5pm. Animal petting, crazy farm golf, obstacle course, ride-on tractor rides, pedal go-carts and more. 499183 SIGHTSEEING TOURS BY BIKE, 11am and 2pm. Explore York by bike, with all equipment provided. Just bring pedal power to build up your appetite for good Yorkshire food! 720003, email or www. TREASURER’S HOUSE, Minster Yard. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through this historic house before you relax in the tearooms – and remember to keep an eye out for the ghosts of the Roman legion! This month there will be events and tasting session to tie in with the York Food Festival, 16th-25th September. 624247. THE YORK COCOA HOUSE, Blake Street, 9am-4pm daily. Discover more about chocolate. The chocolate workshops are all hands on and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Demonstrations, tastings and master classes including Mondays: Create your own Chocolate Lollipop, Tuesdays: Chocolate Truffles Taster Class, Wednesdays: Chocolate Demonstration, Thursdays: Chocolate Tasting, Create your own Chocolate Greeting Card, Saturdays: Create your 88

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Fancy a day out in York or further afield? These attractions are very attractive. own Chocolate Bar and Sundays: Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Drink. www. THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM, Leeman Road, 10am-6pm daily. This free family attraction is the biggest railway museum in the world. Lots to see and do. YORK CASTLE MUSEUM, Eye of York. 687687. YORKSHIRE MUSEUM & GARDENS. 687687. YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM, Halifax Way, Elvington. 608595.


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YORKWALK, Museum Garden Gates, Museum Street. A wide range of tours, including Essential York, Snickleways, Secret York and Roman York, with several taking place every day. 622303 YORK MINSTER, 7am-6.30pm. Learn about the Minster’s Eight Wonders, a new project launched earlier this year, helping visitors to discover what makes the iconic structure so magnificent. On every trip up the Minster Tower visitors will pass medieval pinnacles and gargoyles and see over York Minster’s rooftops to the best views of Yorkshire. Every day there will be fun activities for children and families to do together. Brand new family backpacks are available to help families enjoy their time exploring in the Minster, which include binoculars, magnifying glasses, pencils and other bits and bobs to bring out the detective in the family! 0844 9390015 YORK’S CHOCOLATE STORY, King's Square, York, 10am-5pm. See chocolate come to life, hear generations of chocolate secrets, explore from bean to bar and taste your way through York’s confectionery history. Prepare for a mouth-watering journey through the story of chocolate in York and sample some traditional chocolate recipes from the Rowntree archives. During September discover what goes into making the After Eight so delicious and see them made by hand, as they originally would have been, by their very own Chocolatiers. 08454 989411 YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING, Departs Exhibition Square, 9am-5.30pm. Open top bus tours. Discover York with these open top bus tours. Join the bus at any of their 22 stops. Enjoy a live guided Heritage Tour, Family Fun and Multilingual Tours and travel on Terrible Tales – the grisly stories of York – if you dare. 634296 or email YORK MAZE, 10am-6.30pm daily. One of the largest maize mazes in the world, York Maze has won many awards including Yorkshire’s Best Tourism Experience and the UK Maize Maze of the year. This year the maze depicts a huge Mayan God. YORK BOAT, Lendal Bridge Landing, throughout the day. An entertaining and informative river cruise. Escape the city rush and enjoy York from a different perspective whilst their friendly team guide you along the beautiful River Ouse. A York City Cruise enables you to admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or open top deck. Take home fascinating facts on the incredible history of York and its river, from the live commentary delivered by the local and knowledgeable skippers. Treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar and rest your feet.


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GHOST TRAIL OF YORK, West Doors of York Minster. 7.30pm. From tragic plague victims to murdered orphans and the plumber who spotted an entire 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. 633276.

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YORK TERROR TRAIL, Starts at The Golden Fleece Inn, 6.45pm. A tour of the historical horrors of York’s 1900 year history, told by an array of colourful characters.

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GIANT CAR BOOT SALE, Home Farm (opposite Wigginton Village), Wigginton, 7am-1pm. Established for 22 years. 768463.

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SUTTON PARK, Sutton-on-the Forrest, 1.30-5pm (gardens open from 11am). Stunning stately home and heritage garden complete with tea room and beautiful courtyard serving food, home baking and ice creams. 01347 810249. HELMSLEY BYLAND ABBEY, Coxwold. 01347 868614. DALBY FOREST Low Dalby. DUNCOMBE PARK, Helmsley. 01439 772625 NUNNINGTON HALL, Helmsley. 01439 748283. RIEVAULX ABBEY, Helmsley. 01439 798228. SCARBOROUGH ATLANTIS WATER PARK, North Bay, Scarborough. 01723 372744 BETTON FARM VISITOR CENTRE, East Ayton. 01723 863143 PEASHOLM PARK, North Bay, Scarborough. 01723 383636. SCARBOROUGH CASTLE, 01723 372451. SCARBOROUGH SEA LIFE CENTRE, 01723 376125. SCARBOROUGH ART GALLERY, The Crescent, 01723 374753. STAINTONDALE SHIRE HORSE FARM 01723 870458 THE ROTUNDA MUSEUM, Vernon Road, Scarborough. 01723 374839. WOOD END MUSEUM, The Crescent, Scarborough. 01723 367326. WELLINGTON LODGE LLAMAS, Staintondale. 01723 871234. THIRSK MONK PARK FARM Bagby, Thirsk 01845 597730. THE WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk. 01845 524234. THE BIRD OF PREY CENTRE, Sion Hall Hill, Kirby Wiske. 01845 587522. MALTON CASTLE HOWARD. The magnificent house and gardens contain many surprises: collections of paintings, porcelain, statuary and furniture; a 1,000acre garden to explore; and outdoor tours on a variety of subjects, including architecture, restoration and the history of the gardens. 01653 648444. EDEN CAMP, Malton 01653 697777.

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FLAMINGOLAND THEME PARK Kirby Misperton, Malton. 0870 7528000. MALTON MUSEUM, Market Place, Malton. 01653 692610.

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RIPLEY CASTLE, Harrogate. 01423 770152. ROYAL PUMP ROOM MUSEUM, Crown Place, Harrogate. 01423 556188. THE TIME MACHINE, Beech Avenue, Harrogate. Tel 01423 816111. RIPON CAMP HILL, Kirklington, Bedale. 01845 567788 FOUNTAINS ABBEY AND STUDLEY ROYAL, Ripon. Daily tours and demonstrations of what life was like in the medieval abbey. There are also garden tours, craft displays and walks in the deer park. 01765 608888. LIGHTWATER VALLEY & BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE, North Stainley, Ripon. 01765

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WHITBY ROBIN HOOD’S BAY, 07880 732115. THE BRAM STOKER DRACULA EXPERIENCE, Whitby. 01723 501016. WHITBY ABBEY. 01947 603568. PICKERING CROPTON BREWERY AND VISITOR CENTRE, The New Inn, Cropton. 01751 417330. NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY, Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering. 01751 472508. NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK. A variety of places to visit and enjoy plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and riding. 01439 770657. RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM, Hutton le Hole. 01751 417 367. PICKERING CASTLE. 01751 474989. YORKSHIRE DALES BOLTON CASTLE, Leyburn. Tel 01969 623981. BEECH END INTERACTIVE MODEL VILLAGE. Commercial Square, Leyburn. Tel 01969 625400. THE FORBIDDEN CORNER, The Tupgill Park Estate, Coverdale. Tel 01969 640638. THORP PERROW ARBORETUM, WOODLAND GARDEN AND FALCONRY CENTRE, Bedale. 01677 425323. SKIPTON SKIPTON CASTLE, Skipton. Tel 01756 792442. FILEY CRESCENT GARDENS, The Crescent, Filey. 01723 383637. GLEN GARDENS, West Avenue, Filey. Tel 01723 383637. THE MEMORIAL GARDENS, Murray Street, Filey. 01723 383637. HULL THE DEEP, 10am-6pm daily. Home to over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays – making it the perfect family day out.. Lots of activities running throughout the day. FURTHER AFIELD DIGGERLAND, Castleford, open Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Diggerland allows both adults and children to go crazy with mechanised madness. There are digger rides and drives, tractor trips, dumper trucks and Landrover safaris. 0871 2277007.

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Changing Faces Harbouring great expectations, Howard caught up with Miriam Margolyes as she prepares to wow audiences at the York Theatre Royal with her one-woman show Dickens’ Women. to perform? “When we started I felt a certain connection to Mrs Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewit and I’d very much enjoy bringing her to life on stage. These days though, I feel I have more in common with Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Don’t quite know what that says about me.” “I must say,” starts the 71 year old actor, “this isn’t really a play. It’s a show and tell. It’s a piece about Charles Dickens’ life and the real women in his life. Some nice, others not so.” That “show and tell” has become one of the most successful solo theatre shows in history, starting in 1989 at the Edinburgh Festival. In it, Miriam demonstrates her stunning versatility by performing 25 of Dickens’ best loved characters. “My love affair with Charles Dickens started when I was child,” she explains, “as soon as I read Oliver Twist. I thought it was a truly magical book and I immediately started to read his other novels.” Evolution

“I’ve got a lot in common with Miss Havisham from Great Expectations It’s been a gruelling tour for her. Since February she has performed in Australia and New Zealand, and after her show in York will be hitting the road again to Canada, America and then back to Australia. How has it been? “To be honest, it’s been exhausting. Lots and lots of fun, but very tiring.” A good lay down

planning to see. Touring can be wonderful for seeing old friends that are scattered around the globe. It’s like revisiting your youth.” And after this tour? “I’ll need a good lay down I should think. This will definitely be the last time I do this show. I’m very keen to do another, longer running show at the York Theatre Royal. I’d love to come back and spend more time there.” But just as she’s saying farewell, she suddenly and excitedly pipes up. “Oh, I really must say… I think some people will be coming because they saw me on Graham Norton’s Show. I was a bit cheeky on that, so just wanted to be clear that Dickens’ Women isn’t a cheeky show. I just didn’t want anyone to be disappointed!” Cheeky or not, it’s sure that Miriam certainly will not disappoint. n Catch Miriam in Dickens’ Women at the York Theatre Royal, 4th September, 7.30pm. To book call 623568.

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Here are the very best, the cream of the crop, the most fun, the most exciting things to see and do this month. Try and do them all, go on - we dare you! AUGUST

UNTIL 5 NOVEMBER VALHALLA EXHIBITION, 10 Coppergate. 10am – 5pm. Visiting Jorvik? Don’t miss this exclusive exhibition just around the corner on Coppergate. Created in association with York Minster and the Manx Museum, Isle of Man, it explores the archaeological evidence for Viking burials across the British Isles. Discover remains found in excavations and find out how the Vikings commemorated and celebrated their dead using pagan boat burials, grave goods and ornately carved headstones. There’s also a special hands-on children’s area, where puppetry and play encourages you to find out about Norse myths and sagas. Entry is free with your JORVIK ticket. Call 615505.

24: CELEBRATING ABILITY DAY, Energise, Cornlands Road. To celebrate the arrival of the Paralympic Lantern, City of York Council is inviting everyone to a free celebration of disability sport in York. There will be a series of sport taster sessions, with everything from badminton to rock climbing, new age kurling to boccia (don’t know what that is? Go along and find out!). You’ll also be able to talk to activity providers, charities and other relevant groups. The highlight of the day will be the arrival of the Paralympic Lantern in the afternoon, before it begins its journey to the Olympic Park in London. For details visit 25-27: CAWOOD CRAFT FESTIVAL, Cawood. Every year the Cawood Craft Festival welcomes a huge number of families to the village and this year there are even more reasons to pay the festival a visit. The event showcases traditional arts and artisan crafts, including clothes, bags, jewellery, woodwork, gifts, bead workshops, glasswork, tapestry, pictures and toys. Plus, there are local cheeses, honey, ice-cream, meat, preserves, chutneys and ‘naughty but nice’ traditional sweets. Visit

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25-27: STEAM WEEKEND, National Railway Museum, 10am-6pm. The South Yard comes to life with working steam locomotives. Experience the thrill of riding behind these magnificent engines. Climb on board the driver’s cab of City of Truro and enjoy passenger rides with your family behind Rocket and Puffing Billy. Call 0844 815 3139. 25-26: RIPLEY ANTIQUE FAIR, The Town Hall, Ripley, 9am-4pm. Quality fair with items including decorative antiques, pottery, porcelain, glass and paintings. Call 01423 889163. 25: TORCHLIGHT MAZE, York Maze, 10am10pm. For a completely different maze experience try it in the dark! BBQ and café open all evening. Don’t forget your torch! Visit 25: SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: JOHN SCOTT WHITELEY, York Minster, 7pm. Jubilee-themed organ concerts for 2012, featuring some of the country’s top performers. Visit www.boxoffice. 25: BILSDALE SHOW, Thornhill Farm, Chop Gate, Bilsdale, 9am. Featuring the Bilsdale Silver Band, ponies, cattle, sheep, fur and feather, vintage machinery, horticulture, bouncy castle and archery.

Plus, many more attractions held amid beautiful countryside. Call 01642 778244.

Agricultural, Horticultural & Industrial Society. Call 01751 432788.

25: FALCONRY DAY WITH SMJ FALCONRY, Burnby Hall, Pocklington, 11am-4pm. See owls, hawks and falcons. Marvel at the flying demonstrations throughout the day. Call 01759 307125

27: DUNNINGTON VILLAGE SHOW, The Reading Room, 1.30pm. Try making jam, cakes, bread or enter the flower and vegetable competition. Call 488986.

26-27: GET ACTIVE WEEKEND, Castle Howard, 10am-4pm. Get active at Castle Howard this August bank holiday! Visit Get Cycling’s bike roadshow, test out a variety of different pedal powered machines from toddler bikes to tandems - there is something for everyone! Enter their competition to win a brand new bike, learn archery and even take part in an archery competition. Visit 26-27: SUMMER CRAFT & GIFT FESTIVAL, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, 10am-4.30pm. Over 50 stalls selling products not normally found on the high street, set throughout the inside of this beautiful home which is not normally open to the public. Price includes admission to the house, craft fair and parkland. Call 01274 835588. 27: FARNDALE SHOW 2012, Showfield behind the Village Hall, Church Houses, Farndale, 8am. 105th Annual Exhibition by the Farndale

30: FUND-RACING, F1 Racing, JMD Raceway, Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, 7pm. On the last Thursday of every month F1 Racing will host a Daytona 120 to help raise money for the charity York Against Cancer. Teams will have to complete as many laps as possible within an allotted time. Anyone may enter a team. Teams must consist of between four and six drivers. Call 673555 or visit 30: MENCAP OPEN DAY AND CAREERS FAIR, Monkbar Hotel, 8am-8pm. If you have ever dreamed of being a support worker for Mencap then you should pay their open day a visit. Go along and meet the staff, chat about the various roles and duties and fill out an application form. Call 690187.

SEPTEMBER 1-2: HOLGATE WINDMILL OPEN WEEKEND, Holgate Windmill, Off Poppleton Road, 11am-4pm. A truly unique experience. If there is enough wind the sails may turn, allowing you to take away flour samples made while testing the stones. Entry costs £3 for adults and is free for children under 16. Parking available on Acomb Road. Visit 1-2: FANGFEST, Fangfoss, near Pocklington. This year is the 14th annual festival of practical arts to be held in the village of Fangfoss. Go along and join in the fun at what has always been a fantastic day out for all the family! There will be craft demonstrations

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collaborations, inspiring educational work and engaging recitals. Visit 2: DOG DAY, York Maze, 10am-6.30pm. Displays of dog agility from the Ebor Dog Club. Bring your dog and give it a try. Visit www. 2: SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: NATHAN LAUBE, York Minster, 7pm. More jubilee-themed organ concerts featuring some of the country’s top tinklers. 2: WEDDING AND BEAUTY FAIR, Garden Party Ripon Spa Hotel, Park Street, Ripon. 10.30am-3.30pm. Prepare to enjoy an exclusive wedding event in an amazing hotel with a collection of some of the finest wedding service providers in the area. There will also be entertainment throughout the day. Visit and stalls, clay shooting, archery, a flower show and vintage cars on display. Call 01759 368737 1: SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: PHILIP MOORE, York Minster, 7pm. Jubilee-themed organ concerts for 2012, featuring some of the country’s top performers. 1: GO WEST: THE JOURNEY TO THE AFTERLIFE, 10am. Egypt Exploration Society Study Day, focusing on the process of death, tomb preparation, mummification and internment of body. Cheery. Email 1: LATE MUSIC PRESENTS SOUZA WINDS, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, 7.30pm. Souza Winds were formed in 2005 whilst all members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then they have gained an enviable reputation for outstanding musicianship, exciting

2: BATTLEFIELD TOURS, Various locations. Charge! Join York Archaeological Trust’s Battlefield Officer Russell Marwood as he guides you around some of the most important locations in the area. There are three walks cover the Battles of Boroughbridge and Myton, the Battle of Fulford and the Battle of Stanford Bridge. For dates and times call 615505. 2: RESIDENTS OPEN DAY, York Marriot, Tadcaster Road, 12noon-4pm. Local residents are invited into the hotel to experience the facilities. Join them for complimentary refreshments, use the leisure club and have a tour of their event and wedding spaces. Call 701000. 4: MAUSOLEUM TOUR, Castle Howard, 10.30am. Visit the most mysterious and imposing building in the Castle Howard landscape where generations of the Howard family are buried in the vaults beneath the spectacular chapel. Call 01653

648333. 5: RECRUITMENT FAIR, York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, 10am-2pm. Would you like a career in care? Have you got what it takes to join the Bluebird Care team? Go along to meet some of the staff and discuss what it takes to be a carer. Call 691992. 6: CLOTH VISIONS, St John’s University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, 6-7pm. Pauline Burbidge presents a lecture to mark the opening of the exhibition at the Quilt Museum and Gallery. The lecture takes you on a journey from inspiration through to finished quilts and is interwoven with specially composed music by Helen Torpy. Call 01394 288521. 7: INTERPRETATIONS IN CLOTH, (Until 1st December) Quilt Museum and Gallery, 10am-4pm (Mon-Sat). The collected works of one of the most influential contemporary quiltmakers and one of the key players in the revival of quilting in the UK. The exhibition will feature design work and making processes as well as video footage. Call 613242. 7: REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT, Haxby Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. A 16 week interactive course, based on the Baha’i Writings covering: Prayer, The Purpose of Life, and the Nature of the Soul. Call 07950 638634 or email 8-9: FESTIVAL OF CYCLING, Rowntree Park. Have-a-go sessions for all ages and abilities on all sorts of pedal powered machinery! Enjoy guided rides around one of York’s beautiful scenic routes and stunt shows from The Clan and Savage Skills. Lots of information on cycling and other modes of sustainable travel. So definitely no helicopters. Visit

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8-9: WELCOME CRAFT FAIRS, Village Hall, Coxwold, 10am-4pm. A great day out in North Yorkshire. Visit 8-9: PLANT FAIR, Beningbrough Hall, 11am4pm. Take a bit of Beningbrough home from their popular twice yearly plant fair. Go along and buy plants propagated from the estate by their team of garden volunteers. Call 472027. 8: ALL SEASONS MARKET, Guildhall, St. Helens Square. Craft fair and market stall. An excellent variety of gifts, crafts, ladies wear, children’s wear, jewellery, homewares, beauty products, toys, books, handbags, and accessories and many more, all under one roof. Visit www. or call 07838 420209. 8: BRUNSWICK SHOP OPEN DAY, Appleton Road, Bishopthorpe, 11am-4pm. Handmade crafts and gifts, as well as ice cream and snacks. The open day will celebrate their 20th birthday and give local residents the chance to find out more about work they’ve done over the past year. See the flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables and learn about what the nursery does within the community. Visit 8: HERITAGE OPEN DAY, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5.30pm. Go along to relax in the gardens or join a guided tour. Visit the Hall to soak up the atmosphere and architecture, enjoy the art or make your own portrait in the top floor galleries – all for free (our favourite price). Call 472027. 9: COMMUNITY HU CHANT, The Garden Room, York Central Library, 12noon. A brief discussion on a spiritual topic follows the chant which aims to help you better understand your own personal growth. All welcome. Call 01423 780002 or email

9: FAMILY SUNDAY, York Racecourse. A great day out for the whole family. Face painting, bouncy castles, races and racehorse corner. Also a very special appearance from Peppa Pig throughout the day, although she’s known for being a bit of a diva. Call 620911. 11: YORKSHIRE CRAFT AND PRODUCE MARKET, Castle Howard, 10am-4pm. Shop for delicious food and beautiful crafts all sourced or produced in Yorkshire, and in many cases locally to the Castle Howard Estate. There’ll be over 20 stalls in the courtyard. Visit the farm shop, garden centre, gift shops and cafés. Free admission and parking. Visit

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13: FREE VALUATION DAY, Talbot Hotel, Malton, 11am-3pm. Sold! Get your antiques, collectables and jewellery valued for free by the highly skilled and knowledgeable team of experts from Tennents Auctioneers. Call 01423 531661.

15: SUMMER ROYAL RECITAL: ROBERT SHARPE, York Minster, 7pm. Another Jubileethemed organ recital, this week featuring the Minster’s master of music. Visit

14-15: YORK NATIONAL BOOK FAIR, York Racecourse, 12noon-7pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat. Now in its 38th year, this year’s fair features the largest ever number of exhibitors. Over 200 leading dealers will gather to offer rare, antiquarian, unusual and hard to obtain out-of-print books on all conceivable subjects. Prices will range from a few pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. Kindle has nothing on this. Call 624414.

15: LOCAL WRITERS SPEAK, The Chapel, York Cemetery, 10am-4pm. Talks by nine local authors, including Julian Cole, Andy Seed, Paul Chrystal, David Pierce, Frances Brody, Ben Hardy, Eileen and Michael Scott, and Van Wilson. Refreshments will be available, as well as lots of book stalls. Free entry. Sounds like a write good day. Email

14-15: OPEN DAY, Mill Garth Park, Acaster Malbis. A unique riverside residential development set in an idyllic village just four miles from York. Go along to the beautiful site to view the new show home. Chat to the residents over coffee and discover the relaxed delights on offer at Mill Garth Park. Call 704135. 14-16: DARLINGTON DOG SHOW, Newby Hall, 9.30am-3.30mpm daily. For the seventh year Newby Hall is proud to host the Darlington Dog Show. Visitors will be able to see every conceivable breed of pedigree dog from all over Great Britain and abroad being handled and judged. There will be trade stands, on site catering and much more. 14: GRAND OPENING, Wallow Farm Equestrian, Audax Close, Clifton Moor. Celebrate the opening of a new and exclusive store, stocking horse wear and equipment. The first 20 customers receive a special goody bag! Neigh? Yes, it’s true.

15-16: HOLGATE WINDMILL OPEN WEEKEND, Holgate Windmill, Off Poppleton Road, 11am-4pm. A truly unique experience. If there is enough wind the sails may turn allowing you to take away flour samples made while testing the stones. Entry costs £3 for adults and is free for children under 16. Parking available on Acomb Road. Visit

16: THE WEDDING AFFAIR, Scampston Hall, Malton, 12noon-4pm. Dozens of wedding experts, suppliers and providers will offer their advice and services. Prepare to be indulged with cocktails and canapés, inspired by the entertainment and excited by entering bridal competitions. You’ll also walk away with a gift bag. Visitwww.theweddingaffair.

15-16: STEVE HENSHAW INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. One of the most exciting and popular road races of the racing calendar, this year’s Steve Henshaw Cup promises to be a wheely memorable one. Visit

16: DRIFFIELD ANTIQUE AND COLLECTORS’ FAIR, Driffield Showground, 9am-4pm. Large collection of quality collectables. Free car parking and light refreshments. Visit www. driffieldshow.

15: JUST 30 FAIR, Rowntree Park. Did you know increasing your activity level by 30 minutes a day can seriously improve your health? You can find out more about what’s on offer at the fantastic sports clubs and fitness centres around the city at this great event. With so much going on, you’re bound to find an activity to suit you! For more information, visit

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and demonstrations. The festival has a mission to educate both children and adults about cooking, nutrition and other food issues like fair-trade and the realities of farming. 22, 25+29: EATING THROUGH THE AGES, St Sampson’s Square, 5.30-8pm (2pm on 25th). Join Dr Andrew ‘Bones’ Jones for a tasty and entertaining look at the kinds of food and drink the people of the past enjoyed. The Romans, Vikings, Middle Ages and Victorian eras are tastefully covered. Tickets from 22-23: WELCOME CRAFT FAIRS, Learning Centre, Pickering Station, 10am-4pm. A great day out. Visit 22-23: OWL ADVENTURES, The Farmer’s Cart, Towthorpe Grange, 10am-5pm. A professional display of falconry, owls and birds of prey. Call 499183. Visit 22: PROM PRAISE, York Barbican, 7.30pm. A wonderful mix of sacred and concert music; blending hymns and worship with an orchestral backing, alongside selections of secular music. It combines the spirit of Songs of Praise with the world-famous Last Night of the Proms. Call 0844 8542757. 16: NOUGHTIES TO FORTIES, Beningbrough Hall, 12noon-3pm. A vintage car display from the North East Club of Pre War Austins help to celebrate past owners and their guests. See how far the signal can reach from the radios of decommissioned Halifax bombers. Why not have a go at Morse code and learn your name? Call 472027. 20: SPECIAL OCCASIONS FAYRE, Barley Hall, 4–8pm. Explore this unique venue to see what is on offer for that special occasion. Their experienced


team and suppliers will be on hand to discuss your requirements, whether it be a 50th birthday celebration, a medieval banquet or a Christmas party. All bookings taken on the evening will receive a ten per cent discount. Call 610275. 21-30: YORK FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND DRINK, throughout York. A ten day city-wide event to promote local and regional food and drink. Its purpose is to educate minds and palates in a variety of fun ways, including taste workshops, cookery workshops, lunches, dinners

22: ACADEMY OF ST OLAVE’S AUTUMN CONCERT, St Olave’s Church, Marygate, 8pm. Including the beautiful music of Vivaldi, Brahms and Beethoven, the classical orchestra will be sure to put on a show to remember. As they perform only three times each year, this is a concert not to be missed. Visit 22: THE YORK ROTARY DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE, River Ouse. Can you hear the drums? The day’s racing will take place on a 250 metre stretch of the River Ouse between

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Scarborough and Lendal Bridges. A Gala Day atmosphere is planned with stalls and a variety of activities on the North Bank to complement the racing, with crowds of spectators to cheer on the teams. Who will triumph this year? Visit www. 23: MEMORY WALK 2012, The Knavesmire, 10am. Taking place at the Knavesmire, York Memory Walk promises to be an exciting day for all the family. There will be two routes available; a one mile option, and a ten kilometre route for those looking for more of a challenge. There will also be a memory wall area, where people will be able to reflect and share their memories of the day. Call 0870 4170192. 23: SUTTON PARK AUTUMN PLANT FAIR, Sutton-on-the-Forest, 11am-4pm. A mouthwatering selection of wonderful plants. 18 specialist nurseries will be attending and you are assured of quality, diversity of plants on sale and of course, amazing value. Call 810249. 23: MEET THE VICTORIAN COOK, Mansion House, 11am-4pm. A rare opportunity to gain access to the Mansion House kitchens and witness a Victorian Cook in full swing. Preparing dishes from the Georgian and Victorian heyday of the Mansion

House, she’ll be demonstrating the arts of cookery, as well as giving tips and titbits about food in times past. Call 615505.

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23: YORK ANTIQUE AND COLLECTORS FAIR, York Racecourse, 10am-4pm. This well established event boasts up to 200 stalls, all inside and held in the grandstand exhibition centre at the beautiful York racecourse. Call 0781 7724904.

27: WEDDING FAIR, St. William’s College, College Street, 5-8pm. Join them in a memorable setting in the shadow of the Minster. Call 557233.

23: YORKSHIRE BEST, The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, 10.30am-4.30pm. Enjoy, sample and purchase some of Yorkshire’s finest handmade and home grown produce, right in the heart of York. Visit 24: VIKING-AGE SCULPTURE: AN INTRODUCTION, Valhalla, 10 Coppergate, 7pm. Join Dr Victoria Whitworth for this illustrated talk on the carved images of the Viking era. Find out how Vikings depicted their dead in stone monuments. Call 615505. 26: CONSERVATION IN ACTION – CERAMICS, Beningbrough Hall, 12noon-4pm. Ever wondered how they clean and maintain centuries old furniture and houses? We have. Go along to hear more about spit and elbow grease and learn how the experts care for the collection. Call 472027 27: THE YORKSHIRE WEDDING COLLECTION, Carlton Towers, DN14 9LZ. 5.30–9pm. Visit dozens of stalls and discover

27: A TASTE OF HISTORY: JORVIK ROAMING SUPPER, Jorvik Viking Centre, 6pm. Enjoy a very special evening of sumptuous and hearty locally-sourced food along with exclusive after-hours access to three of their fantastic attractions! Call 615505. 28: THE HARROGATE ANTIQUE AND FINE ART FAIR, (Until 2nd October) arrogate International Centre, (2pm-9pm Fri, 11am-6pm Sat-Sun, 11am-8pm Mon, 11am-5pm Tue). A large percentage of the exhibitors are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association. Dealers are selected on the basis of quality and knowledge with as many areas of antiques on offer as possible. Call 01823 323363 28: COMEDY NIGHT, York Racecourse, 8.30pm. Get ready for some fun with good food, drink and laughs a-plenty as they showcase four new or established stand-up acts each evening. This month sees Gary Coleman take the mic. Tickets £16 each. 10% discount for all bookings made before Monday 10 September. Quote LL/XmasThu. Call 638971



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30: THE HISTORY OF RUFFORTH CHURCH, Rufforth All Saints’ Church, 2pm. A talk about the history of the church. Call 738427. 30: FREE BOWLING SESSIONS, New Earswick Bowling Club, 10am-12noon and 12noon-2pm. As part of the York 50+ Festival, go along and try bowling for free. All equipment will be provided and the sessions will give you taste of what bowling is. Call 750423. 29-30: HARROGATE HEALTH & HEALING FESTIVAL, Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, 10am-6pm. Lots of stalls, exhibitors and performances, all encouraging a more spiritual way of being. Lotus position everyone! Call 07904 518008. 29-30: RIPLEY ANTIQUE FAIR, The Town Hall, Ripley, 9am-4pm. Quality fair with items including decorative antiques, pottery, porcelain, glass and paintings. Call 01423 889163. 29-30: OUTDOOR PLAY WEEKEND, Beningbrough Hall, 11am-5.30pm. Join the team for fun in the sun, from den building to tree climbing. Be creative with giant art on the lawn or follow the family play trail around the garden. Try not to break anything. Call 472027. 29: WELCOME CRAFT FAIRS, The Golden Fleece, Thirsk, 10am-4pm. A great day out in North Yorkshire. Visit 30: ENG-AGE 50+ GAMES, (until 7th October) throughout the city. Apparently 50 is the new 18, so turn that music down and enjoy a week long programme of activities for those aged over 50. Lots of sports clubs and societies get involved to offer free taster sessions. To find out more visit

30: APPLE DAY, Newby Hall, 11.30am-5pm. For the second year running Newby Hall will be celebrating the fruit grown in the grounds with Apple Day. The pears are well jealous. Visit www.

OCTOBER 6: LATE MUSIC PRESENTS ELYSIAN SINGERS, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, 7.30pm. The Elysian Singers of London, under musical director Sam Laughton, is one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs. They’re known for their adventurous programming and imaginative repertoire. Visit 7: WEDDING FAYRE, Burn Hall Hotel, 11am3pm. Find out what makes Burn Hall your perfect wedding venue. See suites set up for your special day while sampling the chef’s canapes and glasses of bucks fizz. There will be a wide selection of local suppliers on site and their sales team will be on hand to offer tours and answer any questions. Call 01347 825400. 7: THE WEDDING AFFAIR, The Hawkhills, Easingwold, 12noon-4pm. More wedding bliss. Prepare to be indulged with cocktails and canapés, inspired by the entertainment and excited by competitions and gift bags. Find out more at www. 8-14: CHOCOLATE WEEK, York’s Chocolate Story, 10am-5pm daily. Chocolate Week, now in its eighth year, aims to celebrate all things chocolate and is the UK’s biggest chocolate event. There will be tasting events, talks and live demonstrations. That’s the diet out of the window then. Call 08454 989411. 11: THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN, York Barbican, 8pm. The UK’s Biggest Motown production celebrates 50 years of number one hits, charting Motown’s rise from its first 1960 million-selling song to becoming one of the world’s greatest record labels. Featuring fabulous male harmonies, stunning

Open Day at York Hospital 12 September 2012 Between 2:30 – 5:30pm This is a great opportunity to visit York Hospital where wards and departments will showcase their work so that you can see what takes place daily within your local hospital.

Why not: Book a guided tour of · the operating theatres in our Day Unit · our popular behind the scenes look at the boiler house and hospital facilites · Whitecross Court where patients receive crucial intermediate care in a community setting Attend a presentation on · the vital work of the Hospital Charity · what art can do for the hospital environment · how we are putting patient safety first · how we are leading the way in clinical research · the future of local health care services Visit one of our open departments · take tea in the chapel and meet the chaplaincy team · see the Day Unit where hundreds of operations take place · our unique award winning bereavement suite · the fascinating and varied Ophthalmology Department · our simulation suite where surgeons are trained

To pre-book a tour or presentation please contact Bianca Cipriano on York 721006 or Helen Greenley on York 726941 (pre booking is recommended)

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female vocals and the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band. Call 0844 854 2757. 12-14: MAINLY RAG RUGS, The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, 10am-4pm. The exhibition will include rag rugs, wall-hangings, baskets, prints, pyrography and knitting. Call 610578. 13: A JUBILEE CABERET, Stamford Bridge Village Hall, 7.30pm. The Stamford Bridge Singers are proud to present the Jubilee Cabaret Evening in Stamford Bridge Village Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. This promises to be a fun and memorable event, comprising a wonderful freshly-prepared two-course buffet-style meal. God save the Queen (a plate). Visit www. 14: THE HISTORY OF RUFFORTH CHURCH, Rufforth All Saints’ Church, 2pm. Another chance to hear a talk about the history of the church. Call 738427. 14: AUTUMN FAIR, York RSPCA Animal Home, Clifton, 11am-3.30pm. Go along and see the lovely animals, all looking for new homes. Could you look after a pup in need? Enjoy refreshments, homemade cakes, books and more. Call 654949. 16: FROM KARAOKE TO CABARET, Bedern Hall, 7.30pm. The Gild of Freemen presents Tony Cleaver giving a talk guaranteed to make you smile. Cost is only £6 and includes a light supper. Call 331215.

20: THE BLACK EYED TEAZ, York Racecourse. Bring your friends along for a great night out with this tribute band. Complete with exciting tribute hits such as “Where is the Love”, “Boom Boom Pow” and “Get the Party Started”. We got a feeling that tonight’s gonna be good night. Call 638971

NOVEMBER 4: YORK FESTIVAL OF REMEMBERANCE, York Barbican, 7pm. Remembering those who fell in two world wars, the many casualties in subsequent conflicts and particularly in Afghanistan. The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band will once

again be topping the bill, whilst representing the younger generation are the Band of the York Air Training Corps. They also welcome the return of the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir. Call 0844 8542757. 4: SANDBURN WEDDING FAIR, Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, 12 noon-2pm. View the stunning Grand Function Hall and Settle Bar and meet the friendly team. 469922 5: THE GUNPOWDER PLOD, The Knavesmire. Challenge yourself to a gruelling five kilometre run before sitting back to enjoy the fireworks. Visit

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Theatre Theatre Royal Miriam Margolyes in Dickens' Women (4 September) As part of this year’s celebrations for the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, Miriam Margolyes reprises her acclaimed Olivier Award-nominated production. Audiences have the unique opportunity to witness the extraordinary passion and talent of Miriam Margolyes as she portrays over 23 of Dickens’ best-loved characters, from doe-eyed young heroines to brow-beating old harridans. To book: 623568 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (14-29 September) Pilot Theatre bring this searing text of class and the criminal justice system to the stage. This stunning new production, set in Britain's Olympic

Year 2012, exposes the beating heart of a nation, still broken and still divided across class lines. We follow one runner, alone with his thoughts, becoming part of his journey as his steady running rhythm transports him over a harsh, frost bitten earth. To book: 623568 Rapunzel (27 September – 13 October) Tutti Frutti celebrates its 21st birthday with York Theatre Royal by commissioning a fabulous new playful production of Rapunzel; a story about a girl who is taken away from what she knows and protected from all the things that she loves. Told in an inventive, visual and physical style with live music and magical design, Rapunzel is a delightful new production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are. To book: 623568

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BOUNCERS (5-8 September) Lads are on the pull, girls are on the razzle and the beer and alco-pops are flowing free. There’s slow dancing, snogging, chips and late-night kebabs – and the bouncers see it all. Four well-known faces take up the roles of Les, Judd, Ralph and Lucky Eric as they prepare for another night, another crowd. To book: 623568

NEWBY HALL & GARDENS As You Like It (28-29 August) Performed by a small troupe and showcasing some of the Globe Company’s brightest stars. To book: 0845 4504068

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LEGALLY BLONDE (4-8 September) The international award-winning hit Legally Blonde The Musical goes on tour. Winner of seven major awards including Best Musical 2011 (Olivier Awards) this all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you've got! Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett, her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it's so much better to be smart. To book: 0844 8713024

H.M.S. PINAFORE (20-22 September) Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company, York's only amateur theatre company solely dedicated to performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, are delighted to announce that they will be performing H.M.S. Pinafore in The Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Directed by Kayleigh Oliver with Matthew Collins as Musical Director. To book: 623568

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (17-22 September) York Stage Musicals adapt the 1952 movie of the same name, the plot closely adhering to the original. Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, it focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood's leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures. To book: 0844 8713024. CALENDAR GIRLS(19-24 November) Members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! Pick Me Up Theatre are proud to present the York Premiere of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls. In association with St Leonard’s Hospice, hoping to raise valuable funds to support their wonderful organisation. Call 0844 8713024. BLUE/ORANGE (9-13 October) Blasting onto the stage in its National Theatre debut, Blue/Orange was instantly recognised as

Peter Pan (29 September) Victoria Rooke School of Dance and Drama breathe fresh life into J. M. Barrie’s classic tale of childhood and growing up. Peter Pan and the lost boys do battle with Captain Hook in that magical place called Neverland. To book: 789748

Pocklington Arts Centre a landmark event, winning every major award for Best New Play. Now, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions brings this exhilarating piece to a new national audience. Blue/Orange tells the story of a young patient, Christopher, who is convinced that a notorious military dictator is his father. To book: 0844 8713024.

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nt live: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time (6 September) Mark Haddon’s multi-award-winning novel is broadcast live from the National Theatre, London in high definition. To book: 01759 301547 a midsummer night’s dream (18 September) A physically imaginative production performed by Northumberland Theatre Company’s To book: 01759 301547

COMPANY (18-22 September) York Light Opera will be performing Stephen Sondheim's famous musical comedy 'Company' at the Upstage Centre on Monkgate. Taken from the book by George Firth and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this musical comedy is bound to delight! To book: 623568.


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anonymous correspondent. The novel on which the film is based has been on the American Library Association’s list of most frequently challenged books, and so is sure to divide opinion. It’s worth watching simply for the random space-age tagline: ‘We are infinite’.

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LOOPER Here we go, another futuristic action film where time is messed up and it’s all a bit tense... except this one looks different. The premise – time travel is available on the black market and a ‘looper’ (a hired gunman, naturally) is sent back in time 30 years to wipe out the mob’s targets. It’s all going fine and dandy for Joe – a gunman played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt – until he is forced to ‘close the loop’ and take out a future version of himself, played by Bruce Willis. The awesome trailer and mindboggling storyline certainly make it one to watch!

PARANORMAN This is the animated escapade of abnormal Norman; spiky haired bullying target who finds his friends in an unusual way, for Norman prefers to chat with his local ghosts. From


the makers of Coraline, the distinctive style of animation may grant this quirky and slightly strange storyline a cult following similar to Corpse Bride. When Norman discovers a curse set by a nasty witch, he has to use his gifts to stop the un-dead destroying his town. So, a bit like The Sixth Sense, but a lot cheerier.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Ah, the joys of being an awkward teenager. If you ever forget what being introverted and unpopular is like and fancy seeing it on screen, this is the film for you. Logan Lerman plays one such unhappy teen who explores drug use and sexuality, alongside A-listers Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, through letters to an

the 2000 AD comic back in 1995 when, during his interpretation of Judge Dredd, he removed his helmet. Sacrilege indeed and seemingly not a mistake Karl Urban will repeat in this ‘proper’ remake. He takes on the mantle of judge, jury and executioner of the future world alongside Olivia Thirlby play’s psychic rookie Cassandra Anderson. Featuring ridiculously brilliant graphic landscapes, criminal gangs, a reality altering drug called ‘SLOMO’ and the obligatory piles of bodies – this is comic book action at its best.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY Gambling! Mobs! Corruption! Hot girls? Not this time. In a drastic move for an American crime film, the cast for Killing Them Softly appears not to feature a single actress, but this isn’t the only way this film breaks boundaries. Set to be an unpredictably pessimistic look at American capitalism from Aussie director Andrew Dominik masquerading behind a mob/ gambling storyline, Brad Pitt restores normality as a point man (a man who patrols in front for a hit-man obviously), and you can expect more of his usual charm, complete with beard. Go and see it, if just for the beard.

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