A Message from North Yorkshire Police

Dear Residents,
Recently we have had a number of reports of suspicious white vans driving around looking for scrap metal in Bishopthorpe and surrounding areas. Several reports suggest that the drivers of these vehicles are actually accessing gardens and trespassing on land without the owner’s permission. We ask that you report such incidents and also take a note of any vehicle registrations and descriptions.
It may be worth reviewing your out-building security and home security in the run up to the Christmas period and darker nights.
Your local Police team are patrolling the rural parts of York such as Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe, so please say hello to the officers. We can offer free home crime prevention advice along with property marking services.
North Yorkshire Police

Bishopthorpe Parish Council Youth Awards

We are looking for any nominees people feel would be deserving of being recognised for the work they contribute to the community.

The Youth Award scheme was created to recognise the good things that young people in the village do – particularly for others. The scheme has run each year since 2001.

Two awards of £150 are made each year to young people aged 11 to 18.

The closing date for nominations will be 12 December 2018 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 to be sent to:
The Parish Council Clerk, Bishopthorpe Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe.

Upcoming Coffee Mornings at Bishopthorpe Library

Coffee Mornings are on Wednesdays.
Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 10:30, with talk beginning at 11:00:
Dorothy Reed will tell us about the life of William Molesbury, a village policeman in Dringhouses in the 1870s, in ‘A Policeman’s Lot’
Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 10:30, with talk beginning at 11:00:
Susannah Smith will talk about a young nurse’s life in the 1920s in ‘Nurse, nurse! Call the Midwife!’



As we proceeded through the years 2014 to 2018, I published the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths.  Now that we have reached 11th November, 2018, I have two further men to remember.  However, neither of the men died in the few remaining days of war up to 11th November, 1918, but I believe it is appropriate to remember them on this day.

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


Second Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers.

Killed in action, aged 23, on 27 April, 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres.

He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres.

I did not publish the centenary of Second Lt. Dunnington-Jefferson’s death in 2015 because I only became aware of his connection with Bishopthorpe in 2018.


Private, No. 52321, East Lancashire Regiment.

Died of illness, aged 55, on 25 January, 1946, at High Royds Psychiatric Hospital, Menston, West Riding, Yorkshire.

Buried in Hunslet New Cemetery, Section 4a, Inscription Grave No. 755.

Daniel Fountain was admitted to hospital in the early 1920s after suffering from a mental illness attributed to his service with the army during the war.  He spent 23 years in the hospital and died in 1946 after the Second World War.

Remember them.

Ken Haywood






Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage Project

A derelict piece of land on the edge of Ferry Lane is to be transformed into a community orchard for everyone to enjoy.

Bishopthorpe Parish Council has secured Heritage Lottery funding for this project, which is being run by local volunteers, but the project needs extra help from villagers to make it happen.

The project team has produced the first in a series of newsletters, which you can download here:  Newsletter 01_Nov 2018

The newsletter gives more information about the project, and suggests ways people can get involved and help it all come to fruition. As well as hoping for some practical help, the team are also keen to hear from people with memories of the old orchards and market gardens of Bishopthorpe, and from anyone with old fruit trees that might turn out to have an interesting history.

You can contact the project team by email to bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone Morwenna Christian on 07563 798408.

A series of events are planned to push the project forward, the first of these is Ask the Experts at Vernon House on Monday 26th November. You can view the flyer for this event here : Nov 26th event poster

More news will be published as the project moves on, so remember to check back here for all the details.

All items will be on the News pages, tagged with Orchard so you’ll be able to find related pages quickly.







Children’s Society Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning on Saturday 3rd November, 10:30 to 12:30

The Children’s Society Coffee Morning takes place on Saturday, 3rd November  in St Andrew’s Church Hall, 10:30 to 12:30.

In addition to tea, coffee, and cakes there will be bric-a-brac and children’s items for sale, as well as face-painting, a raffle, and chance to find out about the Junior Bake Off competition.

The Local History Group will also be present, selling copies of Bygone Bishopthorpe, and The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe.

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.

HUDSON, George Ambrose

Acting Sergeant, No. S4/252266, Royal Army Service Corps.
Died exactly one hundred years ago of cholera on 15 September, 1918, aged 23, in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq).
Buried in Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery, Grave No. XVIII. L. 15.

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.

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


Able Seaman, No. R/4647, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving with Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division.
Frank died one hundred years ago today on 13 September, 1918, aged 25, in British Red Cross Society No. 8 Stationary Hospital Wimereux, Boulogne, from wounds received on 21 August, 1918.
Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, near Boulogne, Grave No. III. E. 30.

Remember him.

Ken Haywood

Crime Prevention: Motorcycle Thefts August 2018

North Yorkshire Community Messaging Logo

This evening, 1 August 2018, there have been several attempt thefts of motorcycles around the city centre of York and one motorbike stolen.
Two suspects have been seen in the area both white males approximately mid to late teens wearing all black clothing. One suspect was carrying a motorcycle helmet and the other wearing a baseball cap.
The targeted vehicles were all of the 125cc off road style motorcycles without locks.
Please use heavy duty motorcycle locks should you be leaving your motorcycles unattended.
Should you have any information in relation to the suspects or should you see any suspiciously abandoned motorcycles, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting ref nyp-01082018-0604

The Big Bishy Boot Off

The Big Bishy Boot Off!

Got stuff you want to get rid of? Then join us in a village wide garage/yard/car boot sale.

Sunday August 26
10 am – 5 pm

Homes all over Bishopthorpe

No need to sign up, nothing to pay, just set out your stall on the day!
Posters will go up around the village advertising the event.
Do as much to publicise it as you can – balloons, placards, place of work, etc.
Don’t have anything to get rid of but love a bargain??? Then come shopping and bring your friends! Most streets in the village will be joining in (more info on Bishopthorpe Facebook page).




Download the full poster here


Dementia Forward

Dementia Forward is a local charity supporting all those affected by dementia.

There’s a weekly wellbeing café held at Clements Hall every Friday afternoon to support local people who are faced with dementia issues. The charity is keen to let people know about this, and at the same time ask if there are people who would be willing to volunteer some of their time to help in the running of this service.
If you would like to be involved, please ring the office on 01904 692473

The sessions are known as:

Friends Together Fridays

The address is:
Clements Hall,
Nunthorpe Road,
York, YO23 1BW

The café operates every Friday afternoon, 1pm – 3pm, and aims to provide support for people with memory difficulties and dementia, along with their family, friends and carers.
Activities and games are available, or simply come and talk to others in a similar situation.

Dementia advisors are available to talk to.

Information about the charity

Dementia Forward are an experienced and established team, passionate about supporting people living with dementia and those who care for them. We support people in the York and other areas.

We provide a highly responsive, individualised information and signposting service, we provide home visits and social activities (like the café), education through talks, practical support and access to dementia support advisors. This service is available for anyone who is interested in dementia, whether they have received a diagnosis, have concerns about their memory, support someone with memory problems, work in dementia care or just want to know more!

We operate a local helpline which runs
Monday – Friday
9am – 4pm
(excluding bank holidays)
Helpline: 01904 692473

Find out more on our website  www.dementiaforward.org.uk