City of York Council is running a session for residents on Saturday 15 October from 10.00-12.00 at Hazel Court

The session will be delivered jointly between a number of council teams and external agencies, including: the Environment and Community Officers, Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, Waste Management, Public Realm, York CVS and the Environment Agency. It will be delivered in a number of formats including practical demonstrations and display material and information on the following topics:

1. Get Ready for Winter – an opportunity to see and hear our plans for our winter maintenance programme, see one of our gritting vehicles in action and look at the ways in which you can get involved at a local level.
2. Promoting the ways in which residents can get involved in the many volunteering roles within the city including Snow Wardens, Litter Pickers, graffiti removal.
3. How to sign up to be a Flood Warden, including what the role involves, through the Environment Agency.
4. CVS will be there recruiting volunteers for their “Ready for Anything” – the voluntary sector’s emergency response campaign.
5. Promoting the Council’s commitment to digital solutions and the customers ability to report issues directly through our on-line reporting tool plus the One Planet York App.
6. Promoting recycling and waste management.

Families Urged to Come Forward For Help With Winter Bills

Information from Rural Action Yorkshire
One-off grants are available to families and individuals on low incomes, to help with their winter bills. The payment is expected to be about £140.
Customers can either apply online via their electricity supplier or telephone them.
For support with the Warm Home Discount application and other energy matters such as debt or switching suppliers, contact Kate Unwin, the Yorkshire Energy Doctor, on 07738 818391 or 01757 249100.
Families can also talk to Warm and Well in North Yorkshire for a wider variety of support around being cold at home.

Call 01904 704177 or go to their website:

Bishopthorpe/Copmanthorpe Medical Practice – Patient Survey and Meetings

Patients registered with The Old School Medical Practice are invited to complete an Annual Patient Survey; collect a copy now from the Copmanthorpe or Bishopthorpe Surgeries. The survey will be available until 31st October.

Marcus Collumb, Practice Manager, writes: The Old School Medical Practice asks for the views of our registered patients each year in an Annual Survey, this year all the questions have been designed and agreed with the Patient Participation Group. As a Practice we encourage registered patients to share their views with us about the services and standards we currently provide in Copmanthorpe, Bishopthorpe and outlying villages. Our patient’s views are important and help influence future developments.

You can pick up a copy at the Copmanthorpe or Bishopthorpe surgeries now.

The results from the Annual Survey and any proposed actions will be discussed with the Practice Patient Participation Group.

The next meeting of the Practice Patient Participation Group will be held on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Bishopthorpe from 18.00 to 19.30.

The following meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at the Old School Surgery, Copmanthorpe from 18.00 to 19.30.

If you have any questions about the Survey or the Practice Patient Participation Group please do contact Marcus Collumb, Practice Manager, by emailing or by telephone 01904 706455.

Could you be a First Responder?

First Responders LogoThe Community First Responders team in Bishopthorpe is looking to recruit new volunteers in the local area, to help provide life-saving treatment to patients in the vital first few minutes of a medical emergency, until an ambulance arrives.

Take a look at the details in the leaflet that can be downloaded here First Responder Recruitment for Bishopthorpe or by clicking on the logo, and please get in touch using any of the contact methods below if you think you could help to save lives in the local community.



Charity Music Event at Bishopthorpe Social Club

Saturday 24th September. Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club are holding a charity event in aid of Help For Heroes, featuring one of York’s top bands, “The Supermodels”, plus raffle and disco.


Tickets are available from behind the bar and are priced at £6.

Doors open at 19.30 and all are welcome.

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe: First World War

As we proceed through the years 2014 to 2018, I intend to publish the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths.

As well as spending a few moments thinking of this man and his family, I hope that you find the details of some interest.

DALE, William Edward

Private, No. 17/1443, 14th (North Eastern Railway) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Killed in action 26 September, 1916, aged 20, during the Battle of the Somme.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B.

As well as being included on Bishopthorpe’s Memorial, William Edward’s name is also commemorated on the great North Eastern Railway War Memorial on Station Rise in York.

Remember him.

Ken Haywood