Charity Dog Walk, Sunday 6th May

Lord Mayor’s Charity Fundraising Dog Walk on the Knavesmire, Sunday 6 May 2018, 11am

For the last five years York charity scheme ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP) has organised a fundraising dog walk on the Knavesmire, & this has become a firm fixture in dog-owners’ diaries. The event has grown year-by-year, with last year 120 dogs & over 150 owners taking part, & a record £1,500 raised.

They’re off! Last year’s dog walk in action.

This year’s event promises to be the biggest & best ever, as ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP) has been selected as one of the Lord Mayor’s charities for 2017/18 & the event is being run jointly with the two other charities – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People & Refugee Action York. The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Barbara Boyce, will open the proceedings & Jonathan Cowap of Radio York, famous for his irrepressible enthusiasm, will again be Master of Ceremonies. Jonathan, who has been a supporter of KYP since its launch in 2012 but who has no dog of his own, will again walk a borrowed dog called Henry, with whom he has become firm friends.

There will be home-made cakes, savouries, soup & hot drinks on sale, stalls selling books, crafts & toys, a Hearing Dogs demonstration, competitions including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘sit for a sausage’ & ‘dog most like their owner’, dog portraits, a dog agility course for all comers, spot prizes, a tombola & a dog tombola, live music provided by local groups ‘Dynamics’ and ‘Strewth’, & a fun addition for this year is fancy dress for dogs & owners – which is optional !

Chair of KYP Keith Martin said:

“This is our major fund-raising event of the year but this year the proceeds will be shared with the other two Lord Mayor’s charities: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People & Refugee Action York. It is always a fun day, with a lovely atmosphere. The dogs all behave impeccably & supporters travel from a wide area.”

Jonathan and Henry

Walkers can register from 10.15 and there will be events taking place from then until the start at 11am.
Entry fee £5.00 per dog or family.
The entrance is from Knavesmire Road, near the Racecourse buildings.
Walkers can do any distance they wish and will be given a completion certificate.


For further information contact Keith Martin, Chair of KYP at or visit the website


Bus Service Changes

First York have announced timetable changes to a number of services, including the no. 11 Bishopthorpe service.

A new timetable comes into effect from Sunday 15th April 2018. The main changes are these:

11 Ashley Park – York City Centre – Bishopthorpe

  • Journeys retimed 10 minutes earlier which means travelling into York, there are more connections with the London and Leeds trains.
  • The journey from Bishopthorpe and Ashley Park used to run out of service. This will now run in service.
  • An additional evening journey has been added to remove the 90 minute gap to and from Bishopthorpe.

You can download the new timetable here.

Also note that there are some temporary changes to evening no 11 services while roadworks take place.

On Sunday to Thursday nights between the 8th and 20th April, from 2030 to 0500 there will be diversions in the city centre due to the resurfacing of Lendal Gyratory and the surrounding roads. The work is planned in 3 stages, however there is no set order for when each stage will start and finish so the diversions will continue throughout.

The changes for no. 11 are these.

  • Towards York – Normal route to Blossom Street, then Nunnery Lane, Skeldergate, Paragon Street, Foss Islands Road, Peasholme Green, Stonebow
  • Towards Bishopthorpe – Stonebow, Coppergate, Ouse Bridge, Skeldergate, Bishopgate Street, Nunnery Lane, Queen Street, U-turn at York Railway Station, then normal route
  • Not serving Rougier Street and Micklegate

You can see the full details on the First York website, through this link.