The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: Arthur Holt

In the course of my research into the men whose names are inscribed on our village War Memorial, it occurred to me that it would be a worthwhile commemorative project to highlight their names on this website and in our parish magazine, Link, in the month which marks one hundred years since their deaths.  

The previous man who died was Richard John Lumley in October, 1914.  

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

HOLT, Arthur

Private, 1796, 5th Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment.
Died on the 3rd July, 1915, in the United Kingdom, age 23, from illness.
Buried in Bishopthorpe Churchyard.

Remember him.
The Sports and Social Club on Main Street is keen to promote live music in the village, and plans to host a number of gigs during the summer.

On Saturday the 20th June Duvet, the ultimate covers band, will be appearing. All details are on the attached flyer; click for a larger version. 
Duvet have made a name for themselves as a great good-time party band, so come along for a great evening. 

Explore Your First World War Heroes

The centenary of the First World War years has set many of us exploring the role our relatives played during those years of conflict.  Although access to online digitised records has made the search easier, not all our questions are answered. 
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If your WW1 ancestors are proving to be a challenge, come along to Bishopthorpe Library on Wednesday, 17th and Saturday, 20th June, when Ken and Linda Haywood will be holding a First World War Family History Help-Desk Event.

Ken and Linda, who have been helping researchers for many years, will bring several finding aids and sources of information with them.  In particular, they will have the City of York World War 1 Card Index.  This invaluable Index lists the details of more than 10,000 men and women from the city who served with the Forces. 

The research assistance applies both to those who survived the war and those who did not. 

Bring your details and Ken and Linda will do their best to help you find what Great/Gran or Great/Grandad did in the war.

To make your search even more enjoyable, coffee and home-made cakes will be provided by the Library at a small charge. 

Bishopthorpe Library:  Wed. 17th June (10.00am to 12.30pm & 2.00pm to 5.00pm) and Sat. 20th June (10.00am to 12.30pm)

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Glynn Drummond photographed in front of Bishopthorpe Post Office, Main Street, which closed in February 2015.

When Glynn Drummond announced he was going to retire as Bishopthorpe Postmaster, a tremor passed through the village.  No one wished to lose the Post Office.  However, as we now know, the P.O. has re-opened at the newsagent in Sim Balk Lane, and a collective sigh of relief was heard for miles. 

It would, indeed, have been a great disappointment if the Post Office had closed down, bearing in mind that a postal service has operated in Bishopthorpe for 171 years. To read about the history of our local postal service, click HERE.

The Story of York City Walls

Well-known York City Guide, Ivan Martin, will be giving
the following illustrated talk:

From Defence to Tourist Attraction:

The Story of York City Walls

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Bishopthorpe Methodist Church Hall

Hosted by Bishopthorpe Local History Group - everyone welcome.
£3.50 including light refreshments.

The Wagoners' Memorial, Sledmere

This striking First World War memorial, situated near to Sledmere House on the Yorkshire Wolds, tells the story of the pole wagon drivers who signed up to Sir Mark Sykes's Wagoners' Special Reserve

Join members of the Bishopthorpe Local History Group at an open meeting to hear Dorothy Nott's illustrated talk:

"The Wagoners' Memorial, Sledmere:
A Sense of Place"

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 7.30pm.
Bishopthorpe Methodist Church.
£3.50 to include light refreshments

Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club will be holding their fourth annual beer festival on the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March. 

Welcoming the connoisseurs at last year's festival.
There will be 2 ciders and 12 real ales on offer all at £3 a pint or try 1/3rd pint for just a pound. 
The festival starts at 6pm on the Friday with the York blues band "Up In Smoke" featuring Michael Johnson from Bishopthorpe playing later in the evening. 
Saturday kicks off at 12 noon until midnight with all the days sporting action on the TVs and big screen. 
Bishopthorpe Club has won the York CAMRA Club of the year award for 2015, and a specially brewed beer called Hatrick will be available to celebrate the third year in a row that the Club has won this award, which will be presented on Saturday afternoon by representatives from York CAMRA.
Come down and enjoy the craic and sample a few different beers at the same time.
See the full programme here : Beer_Festival_2015.pdf


Model Railway Exhibition

The Ebor Group of  Railway Modellers  will hold its Annual Model Railway Exhibition at Heworth Church Hall, Melrosegate, Heworth, York on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.) and 4 p.m. (Sun.).  Admission is £3 adults and £1 child (under 5's free).

There will be eleven layouts including a Thomas layout for children (and others) on display. There will also be a refreshment stand, a second hand stand, a book stand and a stand from Monk Bar Models.

All profits from the refreshment stand and half the tombola proceeds will go to York Against Cancer.

Come along and support your local amateur modellers!

'Allo 'Allo

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After many delays and much discussion, the Post Office on Main Street is to close on Wednesday 18th Feb and all Post Office services will be relocated to Maynews on Sim Balk Lane as from Thursday 19th Feb.

Whilst it's undoubtedly good news that there will still be a Post Office in the village, has been contacted by one of the local businesses, Brunswick Organic Nurseries, raising their concerns about some of the changes that they think will make life more difficult for them to operate. Joan Richardson of the Nurseries says :

"I wondered whether any other businesses in the village are struggling to find alternative banks that will comply with the new systems that the relocated Post Office are enforcing; i.e. barcoded deposit slips and cash cards.  We (Brunswick Organic Nurseries) have banked with the Co-op bank for many years and have been told that they cannot supply the new stationery that the new style PO requires.  We rely heavily on the current Post Office for encashing cheques and supplying various amounts of change etc as well as paying in cash and cheques.  We do not want to have to drive to a bank in order to get cash - and would wish to continue using the village facilities.  So far we have only managed to find one alternative bank that can offer the correct stationery.  We wondered if other businesses in the village were (A) aware that the new style post office will not offer the same services as the present one without all the special stationery and (B) if any have sourced successfully an alternative bank that will work closely with the Post Office?"

"Could this be placed on your discussion forum at We would be grateful to receive any feedback/advice, either through the forum or by email to "

Has anyone any advice for the Nurseries, or any other information about the Post Office that should be discussed?

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