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 www.cyclingwithoutage.org.

The initiative is set to launch in 2018 in a coalition with other local cycling organisations/ groups – Get Cycling (www.getcycling.org.uk) and York Greenways (www.yorkgreenways.org). 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 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5876 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.