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


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