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!

Bishopthorpe Ward Committee Meeting for Residents Tues 14 November

There will be a Bishopthorpe Ward Committee meeting for residents at 19.00 on Tuesday 14 November at Acaster Malbis Village Hall, Mill Lane, Acaster.
This will be chaired by Cllr John Galvin the Ward Councillor.
All residents of Bishopthorpe are welcome to attend.
Proposed Agenda:
– Police update – general issues and speeding (tbc).
– Neighbourhood enforcement matters – Jackie Armitage (Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer CoYC).
– Parking enforcement issues – Graham Titchener (Head of Parking Services – CoYC).
– Find out more about ward budgets and grants.
– Have your say.
For more info on Bishopthorpe ward, kindly visit:
Community involvement Officer:
Tel: 01904 552842

Railway to Greenway

Railway to Greenway Logo


The Railway to Greenway project along the length of the old railway track is now very much a reality, and even has a nice new logo!

If you’re interested in the project the latest newsletter has now been published; you can read it here.


Cycling Without Age

And while we’re talking about developments along the cycleway, York Bike Belles are hoping to bring an inspirational “Cycling Without Age” project to York in 2018 and make it sustainable.

By the simple act of offering elderly residents regular rides in rickshaws or trishaws driven by local volunteers and bringing generations together in a healthy outdoor activity, the aim is to create “a world together, in which the access to active citizenship creates happiness among our fellow elderly citizens by providing them with an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community. We do that by giving them the right to wind in their hair, the right to experience the city and nature close up from the bicycle and by giving them an opportunity to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives.”

The project will affiliate to the international Cycling Without Age movement for guidance and support – see

The initiative is set to launch in 2018 in a coalition with other local cycling organisations/ groups – Get Cycling ( and York Greenways ( The intention is to form partnerships with local nursing homes and groups supporting elderly people, recruit, train and support volunteers to pilot the bikes, buy 2 rickshaws and/or trishaws and deliver a pilot for 6 months from April to September 2018. During this time, there will be at least one day of rides a week to 10 elderly residents, with a total of 240 engaged over the 6-month pilot.

However all of this is dependant on securing funding, and York Bike Belles are hoping to benefit from the Aviva Community Fund, which helps to fund worthwhile projects in the community. Qualifying projects are put to a vote, so please take a look at the Aviva funding page and cast your votes to help make sure this great idea gets off the ground.

Bishopthorpe Parish Council’s Youth Awards – Nominations Needed

Bishopthorpe Parish Council’s annual Youth Award scheme has run each year since 2001. Two awards of £150 are made each year to young people aged 11 to 18.

Members of the Parish Council’s Youth Awards Committee make contact annually with local groups and posters are displayed round the village inviting nominations of young people from the village who have helped others during the previous year.

The Youth Award is presented to the two successful nominees at a ceremony in the Village Hall with their families and friends invited to attend. Their names are inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the entrance foyer at the Village Hall.

In 2012 the Parish Council contacted all previous award winners to ask about their lives since winning the award. It was clear from many of those who responded with an update that they have continued to help and support others both in professional and voluntary capacities.

At times there have been few nominations or none but nevertheless the scheme has been a success. Previous winners have been recognised for working with young and older people, within the church, school or organisations in the village and the wider world.

Anyone, including parents, friends, relations, teachers or employers may nominate a young person by explaining why they believe they deserve an award. Previous nominees – other than winners – can be nominated again. The closing date for nominations will be 15 December 2017 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. Send them to The Parish Council Clerk at Bishopthorpe Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe.