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 

Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop on Appleton Road is a great place to buy plants, produce, and craft items, or to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat, but it's even more worth supporting as it is a charity helping adults with learning disabilities. 
The nursery would like to find more volunteers who could help with a range of activities including Horticulture, Crafts, the Brunswick Shop, and the Brunswick Social Club. You don't need any particular experience to volunteer; just lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. 
All the details are on the document that you can download here, Brunswick_volunteers.pdf,or simply get in touch with Caroline MacMahon at the Nursery on 01904 701869.

And whether you're able to volunteer or not, don't forget that Brunswick's weekend cafe is open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, and bank Holidays until October. The cafe serves vegetarian light lunches, drinks, and lovely homemade cakes all made by the nursery's own cooking teams. 

The York 10K run takes place this Sunday 3rd August.

With over 6000 runners set to raise many tens of thousands of pounds for charity, the event relies on hundreds of volunteers who help out on event day, especially groups who manage the drinks stations.

One of the organising team has got in touch with bishopthorpe.net, to say that unfortunately one of the groups on a drinks station has pulled out, leaving them a little short.  With only a very short time before the event, they really need the support of the local community.

So they're asking if any local groups or people might be interested in helping out? If you think you could help, please call Charlie Tatman on 0113 8267753.

Gallant Ebor Players Effort


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Against a very strong team the Ebor Players battled against the odds in their annual cricket match with a new look Village Select XI (well X)


Once again the Players won the toss and new captain Alastair Dunn had clearly researched his history, choosing to put the Village team into bat (6 of the previous 8 encounters have been won by the team batting second). Village captain Mike Dale (again his first go at the role) put experienced pair Harrison and Bewley to open and neither disappointed. Although Bewley was ultimately bowled for 5 off the bowling of Curran, she made a useful contribution, Harrison meanwhile added to his aggregate record of 68 with an unbeaten 13. With Godfrey on umpiring duties Harrison is now the only ever present in the 9 matches to date.


Next up was Lisa Thornton who with no square leg umpire gave herself not out in a contentious run out decision, but as everyone knows she is never wrong. She went on to make 3, equalling her previous record before being bowled by Patrick. Joining her at the crease was Mike Dale who made his usual quick fire contribution although his unbeaten 13 did not close the gap on Harrison in the race to be top overall run scorer.


Having made a strong start, the middle order continued in similar vein with local personality Nick Smith making a welcome return from injury to make an unbeaten 10 ably supported by debutant and Parish Councillor Mike Elsworth who made 12 in 2 6's off 2 balls, a record. Another debutant Joe Ballantyne also retired unbeaten on 10 before the Village team began to run out of steam a little with Jemison controversially given out lbw for 0 Councillor Gajewicz complete with runner but sans anorak (it was a hot night) making 1, joined by Councillor Green who came in too late in the innings to trouble the scorers. 


So the Village Select team ended their innings with a very respectable target of 91.


Missing a number of key players the Players began their task with pluck. Although Linfoot was out early on bowled by Ballantyne for 1, new boy Ned Curran decided to punish some errant bowling retiring unbeaten on 13 with a 6 and a 4 included in his innings.


Enter Tracey Patrick (yes she likes that sort of thing) looking to make some runs or grab as much attention as possible and she achieved both, making a career equalling best of 7 all singles, before being caught Elsworth off the bowling of Bewley. The youngest person on the pitch Charlotte Beadle joined Patrick at the crease only to be heading in the opposite direction shortly afterwards without troubling the scorers but no doubt she'll learn from the experience and be a better person for it.


Captain Alastair Dunn came in to try and steady the ship as the run rate was falling behind and the Players were leaking wickets. A steady innings followed although Dunn didn't walk on 10 as convention dictates but had to be ordered off after adding an illegal 2 runs to his score to finish unbeaten on 12. He had been joined at the crease by former captain Davis who like his more illustrious England counterpart  had been feeling the pressure after a run of dismal results and poor form with the bat. However unburdened with the responsibility of leadership Davis flourished and what he lacked in grace, finesse and skill he made up for in dogged determination (some would say like his acting) as he charged down the wicket seeking quick runs and redemption. However his efforts were not matched by his partners as Diane Curran and Matt Taylor departed in quick succession for ducks, Curran repeating last years feat of being run out again for nought whilst Taylor was hit by a sucker punch after the usual wayward bowling from Smith lulled him into a false sense of security. Only when Steve Patrick joined the fray did Davis have a worthy partner but needing 21 to win off the last over the task proved beyond them, despite some classy batting from Patrick including a last ball 6 leaving him unbeaten on 12 and defeat for the Ebor Players by 10 runs. They now trail in the series by 5 games to 4.


A big thank you must go to all who helped make this a successful evening.





Ebor Players won the toss and put the Village Select XI in to bat


Village Select XI


J Bewley b Curran                                          4

S Harrison Retired                                          13

L Thornton b Patrick                                       3

M Dale Retired                                               13

N Smith Retired                                              10

M Elsworth Retired                                        12

B Jemison lbw                                                 0

C Gajewicz     NOT OUT                               1

J Ballantyne    Retired                                    10

C Green NOT OUT                                        0

Extras                                                              25

Total                                                                91


Ebor Players


Bev Linfoot b Ballantyne                               1

N Curran Retired                                            13

T Patrick c Elsworth b Bewley                       7

C Beadle c&b Dale                                         0

A Dunn Retired                                              12

T Davis NOT OUT                                         8

D Curran RUN OUT                                      0

M Taylor b Smith                                            0

S Patrick NOT OUT                                       12


Did not bat; J Sykes & Becki Linfoot

Extras                                                              28

Total                                                                81

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.

Jacqui's Yellow Bike 3-001.jpgHairdresser, Jacqui, used a customer's yellow bike for display in her shop window in Acaster Lane.  She was lucky as the customer, Kate Radley, also supplied a "model" cyclist as well!  Kate is a volunteer with Riding for the Disabled and Jacqui supplied a collecting tin for customers to drop in a donation.  In just a few days, GBP73 was collected.

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 www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TVA and to find out more about Samaritans go to www.samaritans.org/

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.

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