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

More Info on Sunday Bus Service

As already noted the Sunday 500 bus service is set to continue, but from 2nd April it will be following a new route. This still includes the Askham Bar Park and Ride, but the good news for Bishopthorpe passengers is that it includes a direct link to and from town, so no need to go as far as Askham Bar and switch over to the Park and Ride.
The new route is:

Woodthorpe – Askham Bar (Tesco and Park & Ride) – Sim Balk Lane – Maple Avenue – Acaster Lane Keble Park (circuit) – Acaster Lane – Bishopthorpe Rd. – Clifford St.

The return journey follows the same route in reverse except that from Clifford St. it goes via Rougier St. , York Station and Nunnery Lane to Bishopthorpe Rd.
Frequency is 70 minutes. Buses will normally be electric.
Maple Avenue passengers heading for York (direct) will need to join the bus on the side opposite the stops.
Main Street passengers for town should join on Acaster Lane just before the Main St. junction, or on Sim Balk Lane at or across from  the stop near the dentists.
Initially, the journey will be free, but it’s likely that normal fares will  be charged in the fairly near future.

Sunday Bus Service to Restart on 2 April 2017

The local Sunday bus link from York city centre, via Bishopthorpe Road and Bishopthorpe village to Askham Bar will restart on Sunday 2 April 2017.
The service will be free to all passengers initially but First York is considering registering the service, which could mean applying a charge for the fares in the future.
The more it is used, the greater the chance that it will continue.
Timetable attached.

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The Million Go Forth

Early Victorian Railway Excursions

In her book, Early Victorian Railway Excursions – The Million Go Forth, Susan Major looks at the impact of cheap railway travel on the lives of ordinary people in early Victorian times.  For the first time, they were able to travel long distances from home and take part in leisure activities in great numbers.

Susan will be giving an illustrated talk about her research to The Bishopthorpe Local History Group on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 7.30 pm, Bishopthorpe Methodist Hall, Sim Balk Lane.

 

The cost to non-members is £3.50 on the door and includes light refreshments.

6th Annual Beer Festival at Bishopthorpe Club

Beer FestivalBISHOPTHORPE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB (voted CAMRA York Branch Club of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2015) will be holding its 6th annual St Patricks Beer Festival on the weekend of Friday March 17th to Sunday 19th.

The festival starts at 6pm on the Friday night with music later on in the evening from local blues band “Up in Smoke”.
Saturday kicks off at 12 noon until midnight with all the days sporting action on the TVs and big screen with music later on in the evening.
Sunday once again starts at midday to finish off whatever is left!

Getting into the spirit at last year’s festival

 

 

There will be 12 real ales with choices from
  • Green King – Patron Saints Ale
  • Belhaven – Grand Slam
  • Hadrian Border – Ouseburn Porter
  • Abbeydale – Absolution
  • Old Mill – March Mist
  • Black Sheep – Special Ale
  • St Peters – Hoppy T’ale
  • G2 – Orion
  • Chantry – Teaser
  • Otter – Spring
  • Spire – HoPink Mad
  • Treboom – Spring Blonde
  • plus 3 ciders to choose from :
    • Duddas Tun – Cherry
    • Orchard Pig – Hog Father
    • Snailsbank – Orchard Dry

For all the details you can see the flyer here Beer Festival 2017. You can email the Club on bishopthorpeclub@gmail.com or telephone 01904 707185.

FREE ENTRY ALL WEEKEND – ALL WELCOME
 

Bishopthorpe Gala Details

In response to the previous post, the details regarding booking a stall at this year’s Village Gala at Bishopthorpe Palace is as follows:

Saturday 24th June 2017 between 12 noon and 4.00pm.

Cost of pitch: £5.

To make a booking or obtain further details contact:

Catherine Davies, 43 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RA.  Telephone: (01904) 704216.

Deadline to make a booking is end of March 2017.

Bishopthorpe Gala – Information Request

Bishopthorpe dot net has had a few enquiries recently from people and organisations asking for details about this year’s Gala.

Unfortunately the only information we have so far is that the date has been agreed for Saturday 24th June at the Palace, so we haven’t been able to help much. Does anyone have more details, such as who to contact to discuss booking a stall etc?