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.

JOHNSON, Frank
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 peter.huxford@btinernet.com

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

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.

On the last day of July, 1917, and the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, two Bishopthorpe men died on the same day. Not only did they die on the same day, they were both serving with the same Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment.

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

OUTRAM, Frank

Private, No. 15029, 2 Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
Killed in action 31 July, 1917, aged 23, in the Westhoek/Bellewaarde area, during the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as the Battle of Passchendaele.

SMITH, John Arthur

Private, Service No. 32278, D Company, 2 Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
Died 31 July, 1917, aged 28, at Ypres, in Belgium.

Their bodies were never found and they are both commemorated on Panel 21 of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres.

They both had home addresses in Bishopthorpe, but neither is commemorated on Bishopthorpe’s War Memorial.

Remember them.

Ken Haywood

Recognition for Bishopthorpe White Rose FC

Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club has been named as the Football Association McDonald’s Regional Club of the Year in the North Riding County Football Association.
The achievement marks outstanding efforts to promote football in their local community and honours the club, its players, coaches and volunteers who have dedicated their time to developing young talent and help to ensure safety and deliver best practice.
Bishopthorpe White Rose currently has over 350 young players and 80 volunteers involved in its activities. This is on the back of a 100% increase over three years arising from the large expansion of its successful girls’ football teams and its support of two disability teams.

Keep Your Pet

A new entry for Keep Your Pet has recently been published in the “Charities” section of the Purple Pages directory, so Bish dot net thought residents might like to know a bit more about it.

Keep Your Pet is a scheme that results from a collaboration between Age UK York, Age UK Selby and the RSPCA York Harrogate and District. The scheme aims to provide a short term solution for older or vulnerable pet owners in the York and Selby area, providing services to enable the pet owner to cope with a health or other emergency without the additional worry of having to organize care for their pets. The services include fostering, sitting, walking or feeding any kind of domestic pet.

Ben enjoying life

A local couple, Steve and Dee Marshall, got involved with KYP after their beloved cat died and the house seemed very empty. They volunteered to be pet fosterers and fostered Ben on 3 separate occasions. Sadly his owner died and Ben finished up in RSPCA. When they heard of this they offered to adopt him permanently and he’s now been living happily with them for 3 years.

They’re both keen to promote the charity and help more people to benefit from the services, as well as raising awareness and hopefully attracting more foster carers and volunteers. Steve is a member of the Alterego ceilidh band, and will be performing with the band in a fundraising event at Bishopthorpe Social Club on 21st October.

More details of the event will follow nearer the time, meanwhile save the date!

If you’d like to know more about Keep Your Pet, see the details here and also take a look at the Purple Pages entry here.

 

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.

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

SIMPSON, George Henry

Sapper, No. 145570, 208 Company, Royal Engineers.
Died of wounds, on 25 April, 1917, aged 29, at 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, near Arras, France.
Buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave No. II. D. 70.

George Simpson died a hundred years ago today.

Remember him.

Ken Haywood

Email problems

The Bishopthorpe.net email service is once again out of action, and as before it’s due to an insecure email account being accessed and used to generate spam emails. Under these circumstances the web hosting company disable the entire outgoing email service to prevent any further spam attacks compromising the system. We’ll try to restore the service as soon as possible, but please do ensure you keep your email account passwords secure and not easily guessable.

This is becoming a regular problem with the bish.net email service, and it again raises the question of whether it’s sensible to keep providing this free service. As users are probably aware, Bish.net email is a free service and was originally set up when few people had access to email services of any kind. In the years since then many alternatives have been made available and people have tended to switch to these other services instead, so it’s no longer a great benefit to provide free bish.net emails to the community. Because of this decline in use and the constant problems of keeping the service operational on a daily basis we are again considering closing the email service. This would only happen after a period of notice to allow remaining users time to make other arrangements, but please be aware that this free service is likely to close this year, and make other arrangements for email where necessary.

A notice will be posted here once the current service is operational again.

Update 26/04/17:

The problem has been resolved and email should now be operating normally again.

 

Easter Bus Services 2017

Buses on First York routes serving Bishopthorpe will work Sunday timetables on the Easter days (Friday to Monday), except for Saturday which will have the normal Saturday timetable.
Connexions buses via Bishopthorpe will not run on Good Friday or Easter Monday.
Other arrangements apply to Park & Ride, Coastliner and other services operated by
Transdev, Arriva, Connexions, and EYMS.
For details see the City Council website itravelyork.info

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.

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

BOWLBY, Stephenson
Private, No. 200984, 2/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
Died of sickness in Woodside Red Cross Hospital, Glasgow, 10 April, 1917, aged 26. Buried in Bishopthorpe Churchyard.

Although he died of a serious illness in a hospital in Glasgow, Private Bowlby had already served on the Western Front with his battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment.

He is commemorated on Bishopthorpe’s War Memorial and his place of burial in St. Andrew’s Churchyard is marked by a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.

Remember him.

Ken Haywood