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.
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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

FREE ENTRY ALL WEEKEND - ALL WELCOME.

Model Railway Exhibition

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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, bishopthorpe.net 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 bishopthorpe.net? We would be grateful to receive any feedback/advice, either through the forum or by email to admin@brunswickyork.org.uk "

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


The Plough Boys' Treat

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In 1844, seasonal customs were a little different from those of today's.  Read HERE how Bishopthorpe plough boys entertained village and city folk with the ancient Sword Dance and earned enough money to treat their friends at the Brown Cow Inn. 

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.

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