Yellow bikes galore!

We enjoyed Sunday's glorious Yorkshire Grand Depart so much that we're loathe to take down the decorations.  Le Tour de France may not have come closer to Bishopthorpe than the racecourse, but that didn't stop yellow bikes and bunting being displayed throughout the village.  Here are a few images to remember the event by:

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Even the Archbishop's gateway had "Le Tour" treatment!

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In Church Lane, the occasion was also used to collect for charity.
Friends and family of a Samaritans volunteer from Bishopthorpe who died last year are taking to the water in his memory.
Family members and colleagues of John Vinuesa are teaming up to take part in York Rotary Club's Dragon Boat Challenge in July.

The Vinuesa Armada will be one of 36 teams battling it out on the River Ouse on Sunday July 13. The challenge will take place over a 250-metre stretch of the river between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge.
Each team participates in three preliminary rounds and the eight teams with the fastest times take part in the Grand Final.

John was a listening volunteer at the York branch of the Samaritans for more than four years. He died at the age of 51 in October last year following a short battle with cancer.
An outdoors enthusiast and keen fundraiser, John had previously captained the York Samaritans team at the Dragon Boat Challenge, which has been held annually since 2003.

Two-thirds of the funds raised by the team will go to York Samaritans, which provides confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
The remaining funds will go to York Rotary Club's nominated charity for 2014, The Jack Raine Foundation, which supports vulnerable children and young adults in the city.

John's family, from Bishopthorpe, including his wife Anna, sister Nuria and daughters Dani, 19, and Izzy, 15, will be helping out on the day supplying food and cheering on the branch's 20-strong team of supporters and volunteers.
Lynette Banks, York Samaritans director, said:"This is a great way to celebrate John's time with us; a gathering of family and friends coming together to have fun and at the same time raising awareness and money for a cause which was very close to his heart. York Samaritans receives no official funding, and we are totally reliant upon our own fundraising events."

The York Rotary Club Dragon Boat Challenge starts at 10am with the Grand Final scheduled to take place at around 3.30pm.

To sponsor the team visit and to find out more about Samaritans go to

The Story of the York to Selby Cycle Path

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Mrs Cath Ostle and children from the Archbishop of York's School set out from
underneath Appleton Road Bridge to ride the cycle path in 1989. 
Copyright: C.Ostle/Bishopthorpe Community Archive.

To celebrate Le Grand Depart in Yorkshire, Bishopthorpe Local History Group have prepared a display telling the story of the York - Selby Cycle Path.  We are lucky to have extensive archive material and photographs donated to the Bishopthorpe Community Archive by volunteer rangers and former York Sustrans director Ron Healey. 

The display is currently on show - adorned appropriately enough with yellow balloons - at Bishopthorpe Library. 

 We suspect that there will be many visitors cycling along the path this weekend and, consequently, we are moving the display to the Brunswick Nursery cafe for the 5 and 6 July.   After that, the display will be moved back to the library until Monday, 14 July. 

To discover more about the origins of this fantastic leisure route, click here.


Music Quiz


The Ebor Players are holding their annual Music Quiz at the Ebor Inn on Tuesday 13th May at 9pm. The event is open to all with teams of 4 invited to participate for a £5 entry fee (all proceeds going to help with running costs of this years Panto.) There will be a prize of an alcoholic nature and of course the greater glory of winning.

Village Steel

Fancy a good night out with some music to remind us that summer can't be far away? Then the village hall is the place to be on Saturday 29th March, when the sound of steel bands and drums will chase away the last of the winter gloom.
And it's all in a very good cause.
See the flyer here - YREN_fundraiser_29_March_2014.pdf - it's got all the details.

Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop has a number of vacancies for part-time and weekend work. See here for the full details - Brunswick Vacancies.pdf

If you're interested you'll need to be quick off the mark though, as the closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 9th.

Ebor Players vs Parish Council Darts Match


The FA Cup Final at Wembley; Centre Court Wimbledon for the All England Championship; the hallowed turf at Royal & Ancient at St Andrew's. The thunder of horse's hooves at Aintree for the Grand National. These are iconic venues paying host to sporting triumph and perhaps we should add another ...The Ebor Inn!!!

Those 'twin imposters' of triumph and disaster were never more aptly displayed than at the Ebor Inn on Tuesday 11th February when the pub played host to yet another sporting duel, the annual darts match between the Ebor Players (EP) and the Parish Council (PC). Well we say Parish Council but at least this year they had the discretion to add the epithet 'Select' to their title thus widening their net for players.

These two finely matched teams squared off to each other over the best of nine legs. First up was Jo 'Ooh Matron' Bewley and 'Chardonnay' Chris Gajewicz representing the PC facing the combined might of Lisa 'Chorus Girl' Beadle and Di 'The Eye' Curran. A high scoring match that seemed to last forever before Lisa Beadle closed out the match and finishing on 14 and saving the wall and surrounding furniture from further damage!!... One nil to the Players.

Next was the Men's Doubles with Ned 'Marathon Man' Curran joining Alistair 'Wiggo' Dunn for the Players whilst the Parish Council threw in a real live councillor in the form of Ian Jemison coupled with Joe (apparently so famous he didn't need a surname although he was Julia's boyfriend) The PC ran out winners in this closely fought match when Jemison threw a twelve to finish. One all!

Next up for the players was the dream team with a 100% record, Bev 'The Bombshell' Linfoot and David 'The Steelman' Rose. They had been paired with Pat 'We are Leeds' Thornton and Julia 'My Boyfriend's Joe' Clifton (see above). This was a hard fought and tense match which could have gone any way. Had Rose held his nerve and thrown the twelve needed to see out the match, things would have been very different but Thornton shattered the 100% record of the Dream Team by finishing with a nerveless eight. .. Two - one to the Parish Council.

The Players threw on their captain next, 'Handsome' Liam Godfrey who also had a 100% record with the unenviable figures of played 5 lost 5!!! He was drawn against Ben 'Boy Racer' Jemison and it's fair to say Godfrey never got out of first gear losing heavily to Jemison who coasted to victory. Three - one to the PC and Godfrey's 100% record intact!!

The Players found some respite in the next match when Julia 'Two Lines' Sykes, doing a fairly passable imitation of Tessa Sanderson in her hey day, served up a defeat to Lisa 'Burgess' Thornton, almost demolishing the dartboard with it. Three -two... Could a comeback be on the cards?

We then had the Mixed Doubles of Councillor Gillian Clifton and Councillor Stewart Harrison. Two councillors on the same team!!!! A rare occurrence indeed!! They were set to take on Steve 'The Boatman' Poulter, carrying his own darts and making her debut Clare 'Doc' Pitchford. The good doc dished out some medicine to our two councillors who were looking decidedly sick as they lost. On the bright side Harrison like Godfrey retained his 100% record. Three all and you could cut the atmosphere with a spoon!

Another mixed doubles next with 'Quiet' Tracey Patrick coupled with Paul 'Elvis' Brook for the Players coming up against Cayley 'I Wear the Trousers' Godfrey and Tom 'Traitor' Davis. Davis's soubriquet appeared well founded as he was resoundly jeered throughout his match. This was like water of a duck's back or possibly another part of its anatomy as Davis threw the final dart to give the PC a one point lead with two to play.

It was all to play for and the match hovered on a knife's edge, Next to the oche for the players was 'Oirish' Matt Taylor against Michael 'O'Dale. What followed was the greatest mismatch since David offered Goliath 'outside'. Taylor never got going with Dale running out an easy and with it the Trophy and the spoils.

After that, the final match between 'Sparky' Dave King and making his second appearance of the night Ben 'Boy Racer' Jemison was something of an anti climax but King was an easy winner as Jemison ran out of gas.

So after a well fought contest, the Parish Council took the match and the trophy by five games to four.

Both teams thanked the Ebor Inn and their genial host Gordon for a fabulous evening as the Ebor Players drowned their sorrows they forswore revenge in the annual cricket match to be held in summer. Another epic contest to watch out for!!

Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club will be holding its 3rd Annual St Patricks Day Beer Festival on the weekend of March 15th and 16th. 
There will be 2 ciders and 12 real ales to try, all at £3 a pint, or try tasting the lot with 1/3rd pint tasters for just a pound. Brewers taking part include Whale Ale Co (Warwickshire), Twickenham Brewery (Surrey), Dancing Duck (Derby), Penpont Brewery (Cornwall), Burton Bridge Brewery (Staffordshire), Castle Rock Brewery (Nottingham), Clarks (Wakefield), Great Newsome (Hull) and more locally Black Sheep and Treboom who will be brewing a one-off special beer.
The Festival starts at 12 noon on the Saturday until midnight, with all the days sporting action on the TVs and big screen. The Club is proud to announce that for the second year running it has won the CAMRA York branch Club of the Year, and representatives from CAMRA will be making a presentation on the Saturday afternoon. 
Sunday once again starts at midday, with musical entertainment from 3pm by Pat McGarry of Bogus Brothers fame. Get down early for a seat to see this popular performer.

Follow us on twitter @BishClub or like us on Facebook - Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club.
For further information you can email the Club on or telephone 01904 707185. 

Annual Youth Award


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Congratulations to recent Annual Youth Award winner Tom Sutton.

Tom is involved in many village activities, including bell ringing, helping with Sunday school and supporting the weekly J.A.M club at St Andrews Church as well as playing cricket for the local cricket team.  Tom also recently completed a Triathlon raising £700 to help his friend Cory with the cost of major surgery. In addition he also partnered Cory at mini bridge when they became Yorkshire Champions.

A very worthy winner, well done Tom.


If you've been down Appleton Road recently and glimpsed a crowd of enthusiastic supporters on Moor Lane shouting encouragement to some equally enthusiastic footballers, then you were probably seeing a bit of what the Bishopthorpe White Rose Junior Football Club gets up  to on a regular basis. 
The club fields boys,girls, and mixed teams, and has strong relationships with the Infants and Junior schools in the village. 
New players and supporters are always welcome; if you'd like to find out a bit more about the club and what it does, take a look at the official website:-
And if you know someone who might fancy a game, or just wants to check out what it's all about, then take them along and show them how good it is!

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