The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe from both World Wars

Since 2014, Ken Haywood has posted items on commemorating the Bishopthorpe men who died with the Armed Forces in the First World War.  These pieces, which were posted on the day marking the centenary of their deaths, gave basic information about the men, where they were buried, and the immediate circumstances of how they died.

This information came from the considerable research which Ken has carried out for his book on the subject.  It is now possible to read much more of the human stories behind those basic facts.  It will also be possible to hear of the men who died in the Second World War with the publication of Ken’s book, “The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe:  Bishopthorpe’s Casualties from both World Wars”.

Many of these men are commemorated on Bishopthorpe’s War Memorial, but the book also gives the details of other men from the village who made the supreme sacrifice, but whose names do not appear on the Memorial.  Those included in the book are a cross section of the adult male village population of military age and range across all sections of society at the time of the World Wars.  The book is fully-illustrated and priced at £10.  Any profits will be donated to the War Memorials Trust.

The book is now available at York Explore Library and Bishopthorpe Library, but can also be obtained direct from Ken Haywood at 39 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, Tel 704584 or via

Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club

The Club’s fundraising committee are trying to do a huge push to get parents and the community to vote for Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club in the Aviva Community Fund.

The application is performing well so far, though they need more votes to become a finalist. The club could win up to £25,000, money which would go towards the building of a new community facility and pitches. For more information on the project, you can go to

To register and vote for the club, please go to:

And if possible pass this on to people you know – parents, friends, colleagues, anybody. Just forwarding this to at least 5 people will help the club inch further to its target!

It’s easy, quick and free to do!

The voting deadline is 21 November 2017. Every bit helps!

Bishopthorpe Ward Committee Meeting for Residents Tues 14 November

There will be a Bishopthorpe Ward Committee meeting for residents at 19.00 on Tuesday 14 November at Acaster Malbis Village Hall, Mill Lane, Acaster.
This will be chaired by Cllr John Galvin the Ward Councillor.
All residents of Bishopthorpe are welcome to attend.
Proposed Agenda:
– Police update – general issues and speeding (tbc).
– Neighbourhood enforcement matters – Jackie Armitage (Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer CoYC).
– Parking enforcement issues – Graham Titchener (Head of Parking Services – CoYC).
– Find out more about ward budgets and grants.
– Have your say.
For more info on Bishopthorpe ward, kindly visit:
Community involvement Officer:
Tel: 01904 552842

Railway to Greenway

Railway to Greenway Logo


The Railway to Greenway project along the length of the old railway track is now very much a reality, and even has a nice new logo!

If you’re interested in the project the latest newsletter has now been published; you can read it here.


Cycling Without Age

And while we’re talking about developments along the cycleway, York Bike Belles are hoping to bring an inspirational “Cycling Without Age” project to York in 2018 and make it sustainable.

By the simple act of offering elderly residents regular rides in rickshaws or trishaws driven by local volunteers and bringing generations together in a healthy outdoor activity, the aim is to create “a world together, in which the access to active citizenship creates happiness among our fellow elderly citizens by providing them with an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community. We do that by giving them the right to wind in their hair, the right to experience the city and nature close up from the bicycle and by giving them an opportunity to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives.”

The project will affiliate to the international Cycling Without Age movement for guidance and support – see

The initiative is set to launch in 2018 in a coalition with other local cycling organisations/ groups – Get Cycling ( and York Greenways ( The intention is to form partnerships with local nursing homes and groups supporting elderly people, recruit, train and support volunteers to pilot the bikes, buy 2 rickshaws and/or trishaws and deliver a pilot for 6 months from April to September 2018. During this time, there will be at least one day of rides a week to 10 elderly residents, with a total of 240 engaged over the 6-month pilot.

However all of this is dependant on securing funding, and York Bike Belles are hoping to benefit from the Aviva Community Fund, which helps to fund worthwhile projects in the community. Qualifying projects are put to a vote, so please take a look at the Aviva funding page and cast your votes to help make sure this great idea gets off the ground.

Bishopthorpe Parish Council’s Youth Awards – Nominations Needed

Bishopthorpe Parish Council’s annual Youth Award scheme has run each year since 2001. Two awards of £150 are made each year to young people aged 11 to 18.

Members of the Parish Council’s Youth Awards Committee make contact annually with local groups and posters are displayed round the village inviting nominations of young people from the village who have helped others during the previous year.

The Youth Award is presented to the two successful nominees at a ceremony in the Village Hall with their families and friends invited to attend. Their names are inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the entrance foyer at the Village Hall.

In 2012 the Parish Council contacted all previous award winners to ask about their lives since winning the award. It was clear from many of those who responded with an update that they have continued to help and support others both in professional and voluntary capacities.

At times there have been few nominations or none but nevertheless the scheme has been a success. Previous winners have been recognised for working with young and older people, within the church, school or organisations in the village and the wider world.

Anyone, including parents, friends, relations, teachers or employers may nominate a young person by explaining why they believe they deserve an award. Previous nominees – other than winners – can be nominated again. The closing date for nominations will be 15 December 2017 and further details will appear in Link nearer the time and on posters around the village. So – please look around at the young people in the village and the Parish Council looks forward to receiving your nominations. Send them to The Parish Council Clerk at Bishopthorpe Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe.

An Evening Ceilidh

Saturday 21st October at Bishopthorpe Social Club

Come along for a great fun evening with the Alterego Ceilidh Band, in support of Keep Your Pet.

Keep Your Pet helps older people and their pets to stay together at times of illness or other emergencies. See our Purple Pages entry for more details.

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: First World War

As we proceed through the years 2014 to 2018, I intend to publish the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths.

MACKAY, Donald Paley

Major, 1/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
Killed in action a hundred years ago today, on 9 October, 1917, aged 33, during the Third Battle of Ypres.
As well as being commemorated on a number of war memorials, including Bishopthorpe’s, his name also appears on Panel 42 of the Memorial to the Missing in Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres.

As well as spending a few moments thinking of this man and his family, I hope that you find the details of some interest.

Remember them.

Ken Haywood

Ram-raiders visit the Co-op!

Ram-raiders stole a JCB and used it to rip out the ATM from the front wall of the Co-op store in Main Street.  The theft occurred at about 3.05am today; fortunately, no-one was hurt.  The JCB was abandoned in front of the shop and, it is reported, the ATM was driven away in a white Ford Transit van in the direction of Acaster Malbis.  Police investigating the theft have seized CCTV as evidence.  Later this afternoon, the wide hole left in the wall was being temporarily fixed.

The store re-opened about 3.30pm.

The police urge anyone with information that could assist the investigation to telephone North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the York Serious Crime Team.

There are plenty of hold-ups on Main Street these days – but none quite like this one!
The scene outside the Co-op attracted spectators throughout the day.

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: First World War

As we proceed through the years 2014 to 2018, I intend to publish the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths. These two Bishopthorpe men died just a hundred years ago on the same day, but with different units, during the Battle of Passchedaele.

Private, No. 41868, 10th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Missing, presumed killed in action 20 September, 1917, while participating in an attack during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was 39 years of age.
He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Cemetery Memorial to the Missing, Panel 21.

FUGUEL, Mark Walter
Private, No. 27536, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Killed in action, on 20 September, 1917, aged 38, near Ypres in Belgium.
Buried in Grave No. LXVII. C. 10, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

As well as spending a few moments thinking of these men and their families, I hope that you find the details of some interest.
Remember them.
Ken Haywood

Parish Councillor and Internal Auditor Needed

Bishopthorpe Parish Council is currently looking for a new Parish Councillor and an Internal Auditor.

The Councillor will be required to attend monthly meetings and associated work between meetings.

The Internal Auditor will be required to review our procedures and annual accounts prior to submission to the external auditor.

If anyone is interested, please drop a note in the Village Hall letter box, speak to a current councillor or attend one of our meetings.

Hospice Care Week 2017

Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK, which helps to change people’s perceptions of hospice care.

This year St Leonard’s nurses are giving tours to members of the public who are interested to find out more about the care that we give. These will run from Monday 9th of October to Thursday 12th October, from 4pm to 7pm on the hour.

The Fundraising Team are also holding a ‘Thank You’ event to supporters past, present and future between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 12th October.

Please visit the St Leonard’s Hospice website to find out more about these events, and the valuable work that the hospice performs.

Railway to Greenway

York Greenways has recently received a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for the Railway to Greenway project which is based on the cycle/walking path that goes through Bishopthorpe and follows the route of the old East Coast mainline. This section was closed and re-routed in the 1980s to allow development of the Selby coalfield, which has itself subsequently closed.

When the line was still in operation.

Many of the people who remember or worked on the railway, the coal mine or on building the greenway will still be living in the area, and the project is keen to record oral history interviews to preserve their memories for posterity. The project has already been launched with 60 children from the Junior School, and York Greenways are hoping to work with individuals, youth groups and older peoples groups and residential homes in the area to gather as much information as possible about the changes from industry to nature along the route.

If you or a friend or relative have memories you are willing to share, Greenways would love to hear from you.
Contact Peter Huxford on 07979611763 or on

You can view more information about the project by following this link : Railway to Greenway


The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: First World War

As we proceed through the years 2014 to 2018, I intend to publish the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths.

A hundred years ago, the Battle of Passchendaele had been in progress for less than a week. Two Bishopthorpe men had died on the first day of the battle, but another well-known man from the village was to pay the ultimate price on the 5th August, 1917.

As well as spending a few moments thinking of this man and his family, I hope that you find the details of some interest.

WATSON, Arthur Toward

Major, 21st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Died of wounds, on 5 August, 1917, aged 47, near Ypres, Belgium.
Buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery, west of Ypres, Grave No. II. B. 1.

Remember him.

Ken Haywood