Playground Opening Times

As the weather has started to improve, the number of people using the play area in Keble Park has also started to grow. With the impending change in the clocks [24th March], now is an apt time to remind all users of the opening times.

The play area will be open as follows:

Weekdays 09:00

Saturday 10:00

Sunday 10:30

And it will close at dusk or 7.30pm, whichever is the sooner.

Additionally the Parish Council has received a number of complaints from residents backing onto the area, about some users in the play area playing ball games. Therefore we would just like to give all users a gentle reminder that no ball games are allowed within the confines of the play area. This is to ensure that the users of the area and residents can co exist happily.

We thank you for your co-operation in this matter, whilst we have new signs made and put in position.

Bishopthorpe Club Beer Festival

What better way can there be to spend a Saturday afternoon in March…

Beer_Festival_2012Rugby on the big screen (and England winning), a pile of pork pies and sandwiches to hand, and 10 real ales in prime condition waiting to be ‘tasted’.

The first St Patrick’s Day Beer Festival at Bishopthopre Sports and Social Club certainly had everything in place, with an excellent range of beers, a couple of ‘proper’ Czech lagers, and even an unusual Welsh cider.

So it’s a shame the day wasn’t better supported by the thirsty punters of Bishopthorpe; maybe there was too much else going on that day, or maybe too few people had heard the call to the bar, but those that made it to the club had themselves a real treat.

It would be unfair to pick a ‘best beer’ of the festival as one’s critical faculties tend to mellow a little as the day goes on, but certainly worthy of special mention were the Jaipur India Pale Ale from Thornbridge Brewery, and the Kettle Drum from Treboom, York’s newest microbrewery.

I didn’t get as far as the lagers and the cider (I know when to call it a day) but I think I sampled all the rest and have to say there wasn’t one not to like in the whole range.

So well done to Bishopthorpe Club, the brewers, the organisers and the volunteers who helped make it all happen. Let’s hope enough people enjoyed the day to convince the organisers to make it an annual event – I’m already looking forward to it, and this time we’ll bring a few more friends down with us!

Sewer Update

Yorkshire Water has sent the following update on the current sewer works:

The work by Mott MacDonald Bentley (contractors on site) is progressing well to install over one mile of new pipework to reduce the risk of future sewer failure.

The section of pipework adjacent to the Kettlewell Ings Drain (alongside the old railway embankment) and connection points in Appleton Road have been installed and work is ongoing along the cycle path.   Work is also continuing to drain excess water away from the Appleton Road Allotments to enable the pipe to be installed and connected to the pipework on the cycle path.

Work is expected to continue until early May and the excavation on Appleton Road will be required until the final connections are completed – unfortunately this will mean continued use of traffic lights.

The cycle path diversion will be in place until the end of March but work will continue on the agricultural land alongside the cycle path and allotments sections until late April/early May.

Several area of the new pipeline will remain active construction sites with machinery and trenches and therefore fencing will continue to be used to cordon off these potentially dangerous areas.


Ps The blue and white tent seen in the picture is used to weld sections of the pipe together in a clean environment.