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.


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.

GIBBS, Edward Reginald, Chaplain, attached to 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards.
Killed in action, aged 32, on 29th March, 1918, exactly one hundred years ago today, near Arras, France.
Buried at Boisleux-au-Mont Communal Cemetery, Grave No. 2.
Medals: British War and Victory.

Before going to the Forces, Edward Gibbs had served as Archbishop Lang’s Chaplain.  The Archbishop placed an altar-piece in the form of a triptych in St. Andrew’s Church in memory of Reverend Gibbs.  The memorial still stands behind the altar.  Reverend Gibbs died on Good Friday, 1918, and on Good Friday every year the triptych is shut, allowing the Archbishop’s inscription to be seen on the back of one of the panels.

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 him.

Ken Haywood

Patient Participation Group

Our village GP surgery, the Old School Medical Practice, has a group that patients are welcome to join.

The patients who attend it currently comprise of eleven residents of Copmanthorpe and only one from Bishopthorpe.

Could you help to even up the numbers?

It only meets once a month.

For more details please ring 706455.

Cycling on Bishopthorpe Road reader Anthony Kilbride has emailed to ask…

“Just wondered if there had been any progress on extending the cycle track from Bishopthorpe to Terry’s along Bishopthorpe road? I spoke to some surveyors towards the end of last year who were measuring up certain parts of the track. Currently only small sections are off road and I personally believe that this road is becoming more busy and therefore more dangerous for cyclists. As someone who cycles it quite often I would fully support any improvements and would be interested to know whether others have raised similar concerns.”

Anyone got any information on this, or views as to what should/could be done?


Brass Monkey Half Marathon

This year’s  Brass Monkey Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 14th January with around 1,750 runners taking part.

The route passes through Bishopthorpe and surrounding areas so a number of roads will be closed or have restrictions applied for the duration of the event. Full details are on the official flyer which you can view using the link below.

Hope everyone has a great event!

Road closure flyer 2018

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe from both World Wars

Since 2014, Ken Haywood has posted items on commemorating the Bishopthorpe men who died with the Armed Forces in the First World War.  These pieces, which were posted on the day marking the centenary of their deaths, gave basic information about the men, where they were buried, and the immediate circumstances of how they died.

This information came from the considerable research which Ken has carried out for his book on the subject.  It is now possible to read much more of the human stories behind those basic facts.  It will also be possible to hear of the men who died in the Second World War with the publication of Ken’s book, “The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe:  Bishopthorpe’s Casualties from both World Wars”.

Many of these men are commemorated on Bishopthorpe’s War Memorial, but the book also gives the details of other men from the village who made the supreme sacrifice, but whose names do not appear on the Memorial.  Those included in the book are a cross section of the adult male village population of military age and range across all sections of society at the time of the World Wars.  The book is fully-illustrated and priced at £10.  Any profits will be donated to the War Memorials Trust.

The book is now available at York Explore Library and Bishopthorpe Library, but can also be obtained direct from Ken Haywood at 39 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, Tel 704584 or via

Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club

The Club’s fundraising committee are trying to do a huge push to get parents and the community to vote for Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club in the Aviva Community Fund.

The application is performing well so far, though they need more votes to become a finalist. The club could win up to £25,000, money which would go towards the building of a new community facility and pitches. For more information on the project, you can go to

To register and vote for the club, please go to:

And if possible pass this on to people you know – parents, friends, colleagues, anybody. Just forwarding this to at least 5 people will help the club inch further to its target!

It’s easy, quick and free to do!

The voting deadline is 21 November 2017. Every bit helps!