A Long Time Ago

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After our first night sell out success, there are still a few tickets left for Wednesday nights performance of this years Panto, available either from the Ebor during the day or on the door on the night if they've not all gone by then.

RSPCA Christmas Fair

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The York RSPCA Branch Annual Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 7th December at the Animal Home on Landing Lane next to Clifton Bridge.
The fair is open from 11am until 3:30pm, and admission is £1 for adults, children free.
Have a go on the "Every One's a Winner" Tombola when every ticket wins a prize. 
For the children, there are Lucky Dips and Surprise Jars. 
Lots of Christmas gifts for your animals and yourself will be on sale, plus a Grand Christmas draw which will take place on the day. Hot chilli will also be available for those who want warming up!

This year, in addition to her usual array of tempting cakes and pastries, our star baker is holding a Christmas Crumble Corner. Buy and freeze Bramble, Apple and Plum Crumbles ready for Christmas. 
The new 2015 Calendar will be on sale, created from pictures submitted by supporters. Could your pet win a place in the 2016 Calendar? 

All the animals are waiting to greet you and afterwards you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake. All money raised goes to the York home, so please come along and support your local animal home.

Panto

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Although both Saturday performances are sold out, there are still tickets available for Tuesday-Thursday with limited availability for first night and Friday if you hurry. Total price for 2 adults and 2 children £27, a bargain at this time of year I would say.

When war came to Bishopthorpe

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Alfred Akers was born in Bishopthorpe in 1894 and lived with his parents, John and Mary Akers, in Ferry Cottage down by the river.  He attended the local school and became an apprentice plumber.  Popular as a village sportsman - he was keen on swimming and football - he helped 'The Bishops' Football Club to win the League in May 1914. 

Four months later Alfred, aged nineteen-years old, enlisted in the 12th West Yorkshire Regiment with many of his Bishopthorpe pals.  One year later, he entered the theatre of war in France and was eventually promoted Company Quarter Master Sergeant.  Alfred was mentioned in dispatches in May 1917 and, unlike some of his friends, survived the war. 

Read about life in the village in 1914 and see Alfred in a photograph of the winning football team: back row, 2nd from left.  Click HERE.

 Visit Bishopthorpe Library where you will discover much more about the village in 1914 and the men who joined up with such fervour in those early days of war.  See the display by Bishopthorpe Local History Group (until 28 November). 

Panto Update

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Rehearsals are going well and with over 600 tickets sold, things are looking good for this year's instalment of Bishopthorpe's Panto, 20 years after our first one. Back then it really was for one night only but now we perform for 6 consecutive nights. Tickets are still available from the Ebor Inn, no hardship to have to visit a pub to buy your ticket. There are a few tickets for our ever popular Saturday night (but hurry) with limited availability for Friday night as well, availability for the other nights, Monday thru Thursday remains good.

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: Richard John Lumley

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I am in the process of writing a book in tribute to the men whose names appear on Bishopthorpe's War Memorial.  In the course of my research into these men, it occurred to me that it would be a worthwhile commemorative project to highlight their names in Link, our Parish Magazine, in the month which marks one hundred years since their deaths.  With the Editor's permission, I have already inserted two names in this way in the September and October issues of the magazine.

In the same way, I intend to publish the names of the men on this website on or about the date which commemorates the centenary of their deaths

In addition to the men on the Memorial, I have found a number of other men who died in the war and were either born in Bishopthorpe, or who lived in Bishopthorpe at one time or another.  I shall include the names of these men as well as those on the Memorial.

As well as spending a few moments thinking of these men and their families, I hope that you find the details of some interest.

Ken Haywood


LUMLEY, Richard John

2nd Lieutenant, 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars.

Killed in action 17th October, 1914, aged 20, at Ploegsteert in southern Belgium.

Buried in Ploegsteert Churchyard, Grave No. A1.

Medals: 1914 Star plus clasp, British War and Victory.

Remember him.

Panto 14

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Rehearsals are currently in full swing for this year's instalment of our annual Panto. Will good triumph over evil? will the boy and the girl finally find true love? will anyone laugh at the Dames jokes? For the answer to these and many other questions you'll have to buy a ticket. These go on sale at the Ebor Inn on Sunday 19th October at 11am and will continue to be on sale thereafter at the same venue.

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: First World War

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I am in the process of writing a book in tribute to the men whose names appear on Bishopthorpe's War Memorial.  In the course of my research into these men, it occurred to me that it would be a worthwhile commemorative project to highlight their names in Link, our Parish Magazine, in the month which marks one hundred years since their deaths.  With the Editor's permission, I have already inserted two names in this way in the September and October issues of the magazine.

In the same way, I intend to publish the names of the men on this website on or about the date which commemorates the centenary of their deaths.

In addition to the men on the Memorial, I have found a number of other men who died in the war and were either born in Bishopthorpe, or who lived in Bishopthorpe at one time or another.  I shall include the names of these men as well as those on the Memorial.  

As well as spending a few moments thinking of these men and their families, I hope that you find the details of some interest.

Ken Haywood


BOWLBY, John Arthur

Lance Corporal, No.762, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers.
Killed in action 29th September, 1914, aged 26, at Longueval in northern France.
Buried Longueval Communal Cemetery, Grave No. B 5.
Medals:  1914 Star, British War and Victory.

Remember him.

1066 - The Forgotten Battle of Fulford

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Charles Jones, campaigner, historian and co-founder of the Fulford Battlefield Society, will be giving an illustrated talk on the Battle at Bishopthorpe Methodist Church Hall on
Tuesday, 23 September at 7.30 pm.

Hosted by the Bishopthorpe Local History Group.

Entry: 3.50 GBP to include light refreshments. 
Everyone is welcome.



Since the Law College decided to relocate to Leeds, there's been much speculation about what will become of the site that many Bishopthorpe residents will remember as Knavesmire Secondary Modern School.
Michael Smaldon, of Focus Schools, has told Bishopthorpe.net of his organisation's plans in the letter below:

Dear Bishopthorpe Neighbours
UNIVERSITY OF LAW, - FOCUS SCHOOL, YORK CAMPUS As a courtesy, we are writing to you to inform you that we have purchased the property previously owned by the University of Law on Bishopthorpe Road for our new School premises. We are very pleased to have this excellent new facility available to us, after working in our rather cramped premises at Boston Spa. We are affiliated with Focus Schools.
The new school will give us the opportunity to continue to develop our syllabus and students in this excellent new environment, and will enable us to build effectively on our previous successes.
Focus Schools are private schools with a Christian ethos, and there are around 40 Focus schools in the UK. We educate students of all abilities from Year 3 to Year 13, to develop and maximise the potential and produce mature, capable and motivated students.
Information about Focus Schools may be found at www.focus-school.com.
We look forward to being good neighbours and local employers in the Bishopthorpe and York community; indeed we are very pleased to be moving into York to this excellent venue, where we currently include great grandchildren of past York pupils at our new school. 
We hope to move in and start the new Term in the School in early September.
Yours sincerely
On behalf of Focus Schools, York Campus

Michael J Smaldon 

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