Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday 16 February, 2pm to 4pm (Church Lane) and Sunday 3 March, 2pm to 4pm (Copmanthorpe Lane)

Fruit tree experts Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow will be leading these events in support of the Community Orchard project. Come along and find out how to improve the health and productivity of your fruit trees.

At each event 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 events are free but please book as numbers are limited.

See the event poster for full details : Tree Pruning Event Poster

Orchard Project : Site Cleanup Starts

On Saturday 26 January we made a big step forward in our plans to create the Community Orchard.
Over 40 people came along to help clear up the derelict land on the edge of the Ferry Lane playing field. Over half of them were children, including twelve Bishopthorpe Scouts. 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.
Fantastic effort!

Before:
The Orchard site before we started work
During:
Volunteers hard at work
After:
What a difference!
Rubbish:
This is what we removed.

 

Clements Hall Local History Group

Clements Hall Local History Group holds regular talks and meetings in the Hall. The next 2 events are:

Friday 18 January 7.30 pm
Bishy Road – 150 years of our local shopping street.
Susan Major (CHLHG)

Friday 29 March 7.30pm
‘A very very very fine house’: researching family and house history in Wentworth Road.
Louise Wheatley (Fishergate, Fulford & Heslington Local History Group)

Admission is £3 to non members, and all are welcome. Refreshments will be available to buy.

Open Mic Night

It starts on Thursday 31st January, and then on the last Thursday of every month at Bishopthorpe Sports & Social Club.

Come along and show what you’ve got – singers, dancers, instrumentalists, drummers, poets, comedians… whatever. Anyone welcome.

Some instruments provided but feel free to bring your own.

For more info contact Becki on 07834 775779

Christmas and New Year Bus Services

Here’s a quick summary of the bus operations serving Bishopthorpe over the Christmas period…

Christmas Eve – Saturday timetable – last bus from Stonebow to Bishopthorpe 18:36. Last bus Bishopthorpe to town 19:05
Christmas Day – No Service
Boxing Day – No Service

27th, 28th, 29th December – Saturday timetable (full service)

30th December – Sunday service (Service 500)
Note that Service 21 Colton-Bishopthorpe-Tesco-York has no Sunday Service.

New Year’s Eve – Saturday timetable – last bus from Stonebow to Bishopthorpe 18:36. Last bus Bishopthorpe to town 19:05
New Year’s Day – No Service

The above information refers to services between Bishopthorpe and York operated by First Bus. See the City Council website for details of other routes, e.g. Park and Ride or to verify the above info.

 

A Message from North Yorkshire Police

Dear Residents,
Recently we have had a number of reports of suspicious white vans driving around looking for scrap metal in Bishopthorpe and surrounding areas. Several reports suggest that the drivers of these vehicles are actually accessing gardens and trespassing on land without the owner’s permission. We ask that you report such incidents and also take a note of any vehicle registrations and descriptions.
It may be worth reviewing your out-building security and home security in the run up to the Christmas period and darker nights.
Your local Police team are patrolling the rural parts of York such as Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe, so please say hello to the officers. We can offer free home crime prevention advice along with property marking services.
Regards
North Yorkshire Police

Bishopthorpe Parish Council Youth Awards

We are looking for any nominees people feel would be deserving of being recognised for the work they contribute to the community.

The Youth Award scheme was created to recognise the good things that young people in the village do – particularly for others. The scheme has run each year since 2001.

Two awards of £150 are made each year to young people aged 11 to 18.

The closing date for nominations will be 12 December 2018 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 to be sent to:
The Parish Council Clerk, Bishopthorpe Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe.

Upcoming Coffee Mornings at Bishopthorpe Library

Coffee Mornings are on Wednesdays.
 
Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 10:30, with talk beginning at 11:00:
Dorothy Reed will tell us about the life of William Molesbury, a village policeman in Dringhouses in the 1870s, in ‘A Policeman’s Lot’
Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 10:30, with talk beginning at 11:00:
Susannah Smith will talk about a young nurse’s life in the 1920s in ‘Nurse, nurse! Call the Midwife!’

THE LOST MEN OF BISHOPTHORPE: FIRST WORLD WAR

THE LOST MEN OF BISHOPTHORPE:  FIRST WORLD WAR

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.

DUNNINGTON-JEFFERSON, Wilfrid Mervyn

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.

FOUNTAIN, Daniel

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 bishorchard@yahoo.com 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.

JOHNSON, Frank

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