Bus Service Changes

From 02 Sept. service 21 will be operated by York Pullman.
Timings from Bishopthorpe will be 5 mins. later than at present, except for the 08:25.
The main change will be at the York end of the route; the 21 will no longer go via Stonebow to Foss Bank but will start/terminate on Piccadilly. This will inconvenience folk who have used this bus to reach the supermarkets, but hopefully the shorter route will make punctual running easier to achieve.

Bank Holiday Monday.
The First bus website is silent on the topic, but a journey timing search indicates that as usual on bank holidays the No. 11 will be replaced by our Sunday bus (service 500) and timetable.

The Folly Flâneuse Visits Bishopthorpe

The Folly Flâneuse visited the old church by the river at Bishopthorpe recently and found a new item for her blog.  What is this about?  Well, the blog is described as “Rambles to, and ramblings about, follies and landscape buildings.”   Click on this link to find out:

https://thefollyflaneuse.com/st-andrews-old-church-facade-bishopthorpe-yorkshire/

Don’t forget to explore the rest of the site where Flâneuse explores  follies from many parts of the UK.

 

 

Orchard Project – May/June Updates and Newsletter

Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage project

This is a Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to highlight Bishopthorpe’s orchard heritage and create a new community orchard for the village. The project runs from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019 and the grant award is £8,900. The project is being run by volunteers on behalf of the Parish Council.

The community orchard site, on the edge of Ferry Lane playing field, has now changed beyond recognition!

It has been fenced and carefully prepared with the help of many keen volunteers and with guidance from Jonathon Short of Ainsty Landscapes, and has been sown with a mix of native perennial wildflowers and grass seed. It is very difficult to create a wildflower meadow, as wildflowers quickly get overtaken by grasses on fertile soils. But we are hoping a few wildflowers will grow: species like knapweed, ox eye daisy, yarrow, common cat’s ear, self-heal, red clover and vetch, which are a bit more robust. Yellow rattle will also help keep the grasses in check. In the first year we are not expecting any to flower, as the site will need to be cut regularly to keep on top of the flush of weeds – in particular Himalayan balsam which is abundant on this site. Himalayan balsam is actually not too difficult to get rid of as it is an annual species and seeds only survive for about 3 years in the soil. Last year it was hand pulled before it seeded, so only 2 years to go!

The orchard is big enough to fit in about 16 ‘half standard’ fruit trees, which will eventually grow to a height of about 4 metres. The Heritage Lottery grant requires 10 trees to be planted by the end of October, when the project ends. This is not great timing for planting fruit trees which are supplied as ‘bare root’. However, we have found a way round it by buying 1-year old trees this winter from Roger’s Nursery in Pickering and potting them up. They will be looked after by Brunswick Organic Nursery over the summer.

There has been a lot of interest in the varieties of old fruit trees found in the village, and we are keen for the new trees to reflect that (as well as be tasty to eat!). The varieties we have bought are:

Apples:

  • Ellison’s Orange
  • Lord Lambourne
  • Peasgood Nonsuch
  • Belle de Boskoop
  • James Grieve
  • Worcester Permain
  • Discovery
  • Katy

Pears:

  • Beurre Hardy
  • Concorde

This leaves scope for about 6 more, which may well include some plums. This time next year the first blossom should be showing!

For more information about the project, including the newsletter and forthcoming events, please visit www.bishopthorpe.net. To contact the project please email bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone 07563 798408.

You can read the June Newsletter here

 

Bishopthorpe Sub-Post Office

The Bishopthorpe Sub-Post Office will close on 15 July 2019 when Supernews on Sim Balk Lane changes hands to the new owners.
It’s believed that the PO business will transfer to the new owners but there will be a (hopefully very short) period without a service.
Details are in the link below.
https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/bishopthorpe-yo23-2qq-376349/

Active Adventures for under-5s in Bishopthorpe

Banish the Monday blues by racing unicorns, flying to the moon or joining the circus!

‘Magical Adventures’ is an active adventure class for 13 month – 4 year olds taking place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Bishopthorpe on Monday mornings at 10am.

Jump on board the ‘Magical Adventures train’ for a different adventure destination every week, incorporating sensory activities, dance, music, imaginary play and structured games.

Separate classes at 10.50am for 3 – 4 year olds give them the opportunity to build their confidence and independence in a more challenging class, whilst still having lots of fun!

Sam Squirrel, the ‘Magical Adventures’ train driver mascot looks forward to welcoming you to a class very soon! For more information please visit www.magicaladventures.co.uk or email
lyndsay@magicaladventures.co.uk

Photo by www.joyphotography.org.uk
Photo by www.joyphotography.org.uk

 

 

Village Gala

Don’t forget that Saturday 15th June is Village Gala Day in the Palace grounds, midday to 4pm.
Lots of stalls with music, dancing, magic, crafts, food and drink, and more.
A lovely family day out.
£2 for adults, free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

Rag Rugging – Recycling with Panache

Ebor Ruggers are The York Rag Rugging Group, running since 1995 and now meeting every month in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Bishopthorpe.

Now elevated to an art form, subtle and stylish, colourful and cheerful, the humble rag rug that used to cover earth floors carries recycling into the 21st century. Upcycled into wall hangings and many other decorative and useful items, the end product is as exciting as the creative imagination that inspires it.
We are a friendly and welcoming group, of varying abilities. We meet on the first Saturday of each month in Bishopthorpe and would love to see you whether you are a beginner or have experience.

Take a look at our website www.eborruggers.com or check out our Facebook page – Ebor Ruggers – for more details.

You can get in touch with us at eborruggersinfo@gmail.com

 

Bishopthorpe Bowling Club – Free Taster Sessions

Bowl For Free And Make New Friends At Bishopthorpe Bowling Club

Bishopthorpe Bowling Club would like to invite you to try this engaging, tactical and fun sport. Enjoy gentle exercise in the fresh air, friendly competition and great company at your local bowling club.
Free Taster Sessions
Free introductory sessions, lasting around 2 hours, are now available every Tuesday morning during the season. Come along for 9.45am at the Green on Acaster Lane. If you would prefer to have a go at some other time, this can be arranged.
No Equipment Needed
Bowls and shoes are available to borrow (although you may prefer to wear your own very flat-soled shoes).
For more information please phone Sue or Martin on 01904 702708, e-mail bishbowls@btinternet.com or see our website at www.bishopthorpe-bc.co.uk

Charity Dog Walk on the Knavesmire

7th Charity Fundraising Dog Walk on the Knavesmire, Sunday 5 May 2019, 11am

Ready to go!

For the last six years York charity organisation ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP) has organised a fundraising dog walk on the Knavesmire, & this is now a firm fixture in dog-owners’ diaries.   Last year’s event was selected as one of the Lord Mayor’s charities & attracted record numbers, with nearly 150 dogs & owners taking part.   The event raised almost £2,000, which was divided between the three Lord Mayor’s charities.

Jonathan Cowap of BBC Radio York, famous for his irrepressible enthusiasm, will again be Master of Ceremonies.  Jonathan has been a keen supporter of KYP since its launch in 2012 & his help has been invaluable.   As in previous years Jonathan, who has no dog of his own, will walk a dog called Henry, with whom he has become firm friends.

There will be cakes, savouries & hot drinks on sale, stalls selling books, crafts & toys, competitions including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘sit for a sausage’ & ‘dog most like their owner’, a dog agility course for all comers, spot prizes, a tombola, & live music provided by local group ‘Dynamics’.

Jonathan with Henry

Chair of KYP  Keith Martin said:

“This is our major event of the year & we rely on it to raise funds for our work.   It is always an enjoyable day, with a lovely atmosphere & all the dogs behave impeccably.  Numbers are growing year by year & our supporters travel from a wide area.”

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 (YO23 1EX).   Walkers can do any distance they wish and will be given a completion certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to know more about Keep Your Pet, visit the website www.keepyourpet.co.uk or download the KYP poster here. Also take a look at the Purple Pages entry in the Bishopthorpe.net directory here.

Easter Bus Services

Bishopthorpe buses for Easter 2019 – Good Friday to Easter Monday:

Service 11 will operate on Easter Saturday only.

Service 500 (our normal Sunday service) will run on the other holiday days.

Park & Ride services will operate their normal timetable.

Note that Service 21 does not operate on Sundays or Sunday timetable days.

Orchard Project – April Newsletter

Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage project

This is a Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to highlight Bishopthorpe’s orchard heritage and create a new community orchard for the village. The project runs from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019.

If you have been to Ferry Lane playing field recently you may have noticed that a lot has changed on the community orchard site in the last few weeks! Following the successful litter picking and bramble cutting event at the end of January, Jonathan Short (Ainsty Landscapes) has very kindly dug the site over and rotovated it. Thank you to all the volunteers who came to our second community event and pulled out wheel barrow loads of bramble and nettle roots which had carpeted the area.  This summer it will be essential to keep on top of the weeds by regular cutting.  If you are able to help with this, especially if you have a ride-on mower, we would love to hear from you.

So much progress has been made, that BBC Radio York heard about the project and featured it as one of their secret locations on ‘Finders Keepers’ on Saturday 2nd March. If you missed the programme, it may still be available on the BBC website. It was clue number 4.

Fruit tree experts, Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow, have now held 2 training events on fruit tree pruning in gardens in the village.  Both events were very popular and took place in contrasting conditions: the first in warm sunshine, the second in rain!  We had a go at tackling some old apple trees which had not been pruned for many years. Tony and Jane advised to first cut out the dead and diseased wood, then rubbing branches, and then branches crossing the middle of the tree.  The ultimate aim is an open centre to the tree which ‘a robin could fly through.’ There was much discussion, and although some pruning was done, they advised not doing too much in one year because of the risk of ‘shocking the tree’.  I think we can all say that, with our newly trained eyes, we now look at fruit trees in a different way! No more pruning events are planned, but if there is enough demand, we may be able to run another event in Bishopthorpe next winter.

Our research into the history of orchards in the village is continuing, and if you have any photos or memories of orchards from the ‘old days’ please do get in touch. We would also like to hear about the locations of any old fruit trees in the village.

For more information about the project, including the newsletter and forthcoming events, use the ‘orchard’ tag on www.bishopthorpe.net.  To contact the project please email bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone 07563 798408.

Orchard Project – March Newsletter

Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage project

This is a Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to highlight Bishopthorpe’s orchard heritage and create a new community orchard for the village. The project runs from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019.

At the end of January we made a big step forward in our plans to create a Community Orchard on derelict land on the edge of the Ferry Lane playing field. Over 40 people came along on a Saturday afternoon to help, over half of whom were children.  Particular thanks go to the 1st Bishopthorpe Scouts, White Rose Football Club and their families who all worked so hard.  We filled a skip with all the rubbish and made a big pile of rusty metal which went for recycling.  A huge metal goal post, which had lain embedded in the ground for many years, was pulled out in a real team effort! There was so much enthusiasm for the task, that all the brambles were cleared too, which means we don’t need to pay for a tractor and flail!  The next stage is to get the site levelled and reseeded with grasses and wildflowers this spring.

There is one more fruit tree pruning training event coming up on Sunday 3 March, 2pm to 4pm, led by fruit tree experts, Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow. This will be held in a garden on Copmanthorpe Lane. There will be a brief indoor session followed by a demonstration of the basics of pruning, with the opportunity to have a go yourself. The event is free but booking is required as numbers are limited.

For more information about the project, including the newsletter and forthcoming events, use the ‘orchard’ tag on www.bishopthorpe.net.  To contact the project please email bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone 07563 798408.

Orchard Project – February Newsletter

Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage project

This is a Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to highlight Bishopthorpe’s orchard heritage and create a new community orchard for the village. The project runs from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019.

Have you ever wondered how to prune your fruit tree, but are worried about getting it wrong? Pruning helps improve tree health and promote better fruit production, but it can be daunting knowing where to start! Fruit tree experts, Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow are here to help. They are running 2 practical training events in Bishopthorpe, the first in the Vicarage garden and the second in a garden on Copmanthorpe Lane. There will be a brief indoor session followed by a demonstration of the basics of pruning, with the opportunity to have a go yourself. These are sure to be informative and enjoyable events.  The events are free but booking is required as numbers are limited. The dates are: Saturday 16 February, 2pm to 4pm and Sunday 3 March, 2pm to 4pm (weather permitting).

Many thanks to all the volunteers who are helping clear rubbish from the new community orchard site on the edge of Ferry Lane playing field. The area is due to be cut with a tractor and flail in February. The work will be done before the bird nesting season starts, and a check will be made for any hibernating hedgehogs.

For more information about the project, including the newsletter and forthcoming events, use the ‘orchard’ tag on www.bishopthorpe.net.  To contact the project please email bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone 07563 798408.

Orchard Project – January Newsletter

Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage project

This is a Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to highlight Bishopthorpe’s orchard heritage and create a new community orchard for the village. The project runs from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019.

At the end of November, Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow, York fruit tree experts, gave a very informative and well attended talk at Vernon House called ‘Know and Love your Fruit trees.’ We learnt that pruning is not essential but is good for increasing fruit production and reducing disease. We heard that the aim is a ‘goblet’ shape to the tree, and ‘lop and top’ should be avoided! We also had the opportunity to sample some delicious varieties of apples. For anyone who wants to learn how to prune their own trees, Tony and Jane will be running 2 hour practical training events in Bishopthorpe in February/March.

In January we are turning our attention to the proposed community orchard site on the edge of Ferry Lane playing field. The area is overgrown and rubbish needs removing before the brambles can be cut with a tractor and flail. We are holding a litter picking event there on Saturday 26 January from 2pm to 4pm. We have been promised help from Bishopthorpe Scouts and the White Rose Football Club, and additional adults and children will be welcome.  We will have litter pickers, bags, and a skip to fill. Just remember to bring gloves and stout shoes! If we have enough volunteers we can litter pick around the playing field, and clear the woodland of rubbish too!

Fruit tree surveys are continuing throughout the year so please let us know of any trees you would like us to survey.  We are particularly interested to know if any old fruit trees remain in The Coppice and The Orchard.

For more information about the project, including the newsletter and forthcoming events, use the ‘orchard’ tag on www.bishopthorpe.net.  To contact the project please email bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone 07563 798408.

News From Bishopthorpe White Rose

Sunday 23 June 2019, 12-3pm AYJS
It’s the summertime end-of-season Bishopthorpe White Rose JFC celebration.
Join us for fun and games as we close out the end of the 18-19 football season and celebrate with Women’s World Cup-themed activities, bubble football, bouncy castle, food and drink and more!

Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club update

Our plans to move to our very own site with a clubhouse on land near Sim Balk Lane are progressing well. We’re working tirelessly to raise the £80,000 we need, and the support of the whole community has been amazing. We are nearly there! Our next fundraising event is on the 23rd June at Archbishop of York’s Junior School from 12-3. Please come along and help us reach the all-important £80,000 target at our Women’s World Cup-themed event. We’ll also be dropping our fundraising leaflets into houses in Bishopthorpe soon so please look out for those and help us reach our target if you can!

We’re also starting to plan our move to the new site in more detail, now that the work is commencing and the planning permission is in place. The junior section and the senior Bishopthorpe United teams have always worked closely and we will soon formally combine into one community club with players now actively progressing from our oldest junior teams into the senior teams, and with the potential to start a ladies team soon as our oldest female players are completing their journey through our junior ranks.

We now know that the new facility will feature a clubhouse with community space, fully fitted kitchen, 4 x modern changing rooms, 2 referee rooms and will be able to accommodate 3 x 11v11 pitches, 2 x 9v9 pitches and 3 x 7v7 pitches. This will provide much-needed pitches for our junior teams playing these formats, namely Under 9s to Under 19s and also the senior’s teams. In addition to the new site, the club will convert the existing pitch at Ferry Lane, Bishopthorpe into a suite of 5v5 and 7v7 pitches. This will be used as extra space for training for all our teams and provide additional pitch options, as and when required, for under 7s to under 10s, when they play their matches.