Bishopthorpe Club Beer Festival 2016

It’s back for a 5th triumphant year!

BISHOPTHORPE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB, voted CAMRA York Branch Club of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2015, will be holding its 5th annual St Patricks Beer Festival on the weekend of Friday March 18th to Sunday 20th. There will be 3 ciders and 12 real ales with choices from

  • Goddards (Isle of Wight)
  • Battledown (Gloucestershire)
  • Big Shed (Shropshire)
  • Long Man (Sussex)
  • Skinners (Devon)
  • Kelham Island (Sheffield)
  • Naylors (West Yorkshire)
  • Phoenix (Lancashire)
  • and more locally Black Sheep and Treboom who will be brewing a one-off special beer.

The festival starts at 6pm on the Friday night with music later on in the evening from local blues band “Up in Smoke”.

Saturday kicks off at 12 noon until midnight with all the days sporting action on the TVs and big screen with music later on in the evening.

Sunday once again starts at midday to finish off whatever is left!

Clarks Tradition v4STOP PRESS… We will also be selling a charity brew called “Margaret’s Ale” over the festival. Every penny from the sale of this beer will go into the fund for this local lady who has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Cheers!!


For further information you can email the Club on or telephone 01904 707185.



View the Festival poster here Beer Festival 2016


Changes to Transdev Bus Services

  1. Transdev is operating a new service from York to Tadcaster bus station, thus serving the east side of Tadcaster. The normal Leeds-York service currently calls only at the west side of the town, stopping at the breweries.
  2. Transdev’s summer timetable commencing 27th March will see the introduction of a new express Leeds-York service, frequency and stopping place to be announced.

The normal Coastliner service will run between Leeds, York and Malton on a 30 min. frequency. Alternate buses will continue to Pickering or to Scarborough. Some Pickering buses will continue to Whitby.

Passengers for Bridlington and Filey should change at Malton.

(Alternatively, Bridlington travellers could use the East Yorks. Motors York-Bridlington service.)

Temporary changes to city centre routes/stops

From Monday 29th February 2016, city centre road and building works will affect routes and stopping places for buses and create traffic diversions.

Rougier Street

Work on the adjacent building will necessitate the temporary closure of westbound bus stops.

The long bus shelter will be demolished and scaffolding erected.

Travellers towards Bishopthorpe should use the York Station stop.

After approx. two weeks, temporary stops will be put in place, to be succeeded by a splendid new bus shelter (features unspecified) a little later.


Ouse Bridge

Work on the pavement will result in the temporary restriction of the bridge to one-way (westbound) traffic only and hence the temporary closure of the Lower Ousegate stops for about two weeks.

Bishopthorpe passengers should use the Stonebow stop.

(Car drivers will also, of course, be affected and the diversions are likely to cause congestion on the other two city centre bridges and adjacent roads.)

The work is expected to last about two weeks.

Join the Patient Participation Group

The Old School Medical Practice which includes the Bishopthorpe surgery has revived its Patient Participation Group. This consists mainly of volunteers who have responded to notices in the surgeries, but inevitably, these are not seen or read by a majority of registered patients so you may not be aware of the Group’s existence.

Medical provision nationally and locally is currently subject to a lot of change, and it is important that the medical staff should be aware of patient reaction to what is done or planned. It is important, too, that useful information should be disseminated as widely as possible.

At present, I am the only Bishopthorpe resident attending PPG meetings. It matters that the distinctive needs of this village should be represented. Additionally, I am rather an ancient and thus not well qualified to speak of the needs of young families, people working, etc. Other commitments will also prevent my attending every meeting.

If you are a patient of the Practice, please consider joining the group. Meetings are held at the Copmanthorpe surgery on the last Wednesday of each month, commencing at 6 p.m. It may be possible to organise lifts if transport is a problem.

If you would like more information, contact the Practice Manager, Marcus Collumb, at Copmanthorpe Surgery (706455) – or me via this site.

Ian Hodson

Re-launch for Bishopthorpe dot net

It’s another significant day in the somewhat chequered history of Bishopthorpe dot net, as we re-launch the site on a new technical platform.

Up to now the site has been running under a Content Management System known as Movable Type. This has served the site well for a number of years but the version used by is now sadly outdated and the system has been eclipsed by newer and easier to use alternatives.

So today the site is re-launched using a shiny new WordPress environment, a platform that should remain up to date and allow us to build new and better features for  the site in the coming months.

Regular readers will find much of the familiar content from the old site, but please note that not all of the content of the old site will be available from day 1. For example, the Purple Pages section is currently missing but, along with some other features and additional historical content, will be re-introduced over the next few days and weeks.

The future of as a whole is currently being discussed, and a working party is being put together to consider the options for the future of the site. The site is reliant on community involvement, and our hope is that the new technical base will allow more people to get involved in the site and ensure it can remain a useful resource for the local community.

If you have any thoughts or views on how you could help the site succeed in future, please get in touch via the Contact page.