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 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 – WW1: A talk by Ken Haywood

Daniel Fountain
Frank Johnson
Arthur Toward Watson
George Henry Simpson

Last year, Ken Haywood published his book, The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe, about the lives – and deaths – of the men on the local War Memorial from both conflicts.

In a talk at Bishopthorpe Methodist Hall, Ken will be concentrating on the men who served during the First World War.  In doing so, he will describe some of the problems he encountered and use practical examples which, in turn, may help with your own WW1 ancestry research.


The talk starts at 7.30pm at Bishopthorpe Methodist Hall on Tuesday, 16th October 2018.

Hosted by Bishopthorpe Local History Group.  Free to members.  Non-members welcome: £3.50, including light refreshments.

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

Bygone Bishopthorpe, Acaster Malbis & Naburn

Bishopthorpe abounds with many unusual and curious stories.  Did you know, for example, that after the Second World War, Bishopthorpe used to organise large ‘Open Shows’ which attracted great numbers of exhibitors and thousands of spectators?  The coconut-shy was a huge attraction as coconuts were a treat rarely seen since before the war.  Did you also know that, following the snow storms of 1947, the great thaw caused a house boat to be stranded in the middle of a field?  This left Bishopthorpe Parish Council with a headache which lasted for several years! Finally, did you also know that, in 1842, numerous people crossed the river by the Bishopthorpe ferry to reach a prize fight on the Fulford shore?  The vicar’s curate helped to get two policemen across the river from the vicarage lawn.  Unfortunately, the constables were then assaulted while trying to break up the crowd.

All kinds of stories were discovered while researching the late Robin Hill’s Bishopthorpe photographs which were taken during the 1940s and early 1950s.  Robin ventured into Acaster Malbis and captured a few scenes there as well as aiming his lens across the river towards Naburn.  He also enjoyed collecting old postcards of the area.

Robin (1924 – 2004) lived in Myrtle Avenue, Bishopthorpe, and attended the local school.  He married in 1956 and, four years later, left with his wife Barbara to work at the Edinburgh City Museums.  Scottish publisher Richard Stenlake unearthed Robin’s two albums of photographs and postcards and asked members of Bishopthorpe Local History Group to research some of them and write up the many intriguing stories which lay behind the images.  The resulting book, Bygone Bishopthorpe, Acaster Malbis & Naburn, has recently been published and is available at York bookshops.

Available in Bishopthorpe at Bishopthorpe Library or Bishopthorpe Community Archive (on Monday afternoons, upstairs at the Village Hall, 2.30 – 5.00pm).  Price £10.95.

Also available in York bookshops: Waterstones in Coney Street; the little apple bookshop in Petergate; Fossgate Books in Fossgate.

If you are not local, copies can be bought by post from Linda Haywood, 39 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2SA.  Cheques made payable to Bishopthorpe Local History Group.  Price £10.95.  Please add £2.00 post & packing.

See Stephen Lewis’s article about the book in The York Press:

Linda 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

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