Homeshare Initiative for York

Homeshare York is a new service that may be of interest to people in the Bishopthorpe area – particularly older residents who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation, or could benefit from some practical help around the house.

Homeshare is being rolled out in conjunction with City of York Council, and is based on a national model that matches an older homeowner with a younger person in a homesharing arrangement for mutual benefit. In return for a room in their home, a sharer will provide 10 hours a week of support and/or companionship to the householder. Homeshare gives an older person the opportunity to continue living independently with the support and companionship of a sharer, whilst also providing a solution to young professionals or mature students in need of affordable accommodation.
In addition to resolving these practical issues, Homeshare matches often result in other benefits linked to intergenerational friendships. In similar services across the UK, participants have experienced reduced isolation, increased wellbeing and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Homeshare York is a not-for-profit service, with a monthly contribution made by the Householder and Homesharer to cover the cost of the matching process and ongoing support.
To find out more please contact Toria Morris, Homeshare Coordinator, on 01904 552898 or email

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The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe

Finding their Stories

Ken Haywood’s book telling the stories of the men who are commemorated on Bishopthorpe’s War Memorial was published in November, 2017.

In the process of completing the research on the men, Ken became aware of a number of other Bishopthorpe men from both wars who died as a result of service with the Forces but who were not commemorated on the village memorial.

However, as a result of the publication of ‘The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe’, the Parish Council committed to adding the additional names to the War Memorial by the time of the centenary of the end of the First World War in November last year. The work took place in the second part of October, 2018, and the work was completed in time for Remembrance Sunday on the 11th November. The following photographs were taken while the memorial was being cleaned and the names added.


Bishopthorpe’s War Memorial is cleaned by high pressure water jet on the 18th October, 2018.


Stonemason Tim Davies pencils in the additional names on 22nd October, 2018.


Tim starts to carve out the additional names on the memorial.


The completed panel of new names.


On the 31st October, 2018, Parish Council Chairman Stewart Harrison watches Tim Davies complete the final touches to the Memorial.


On Monday the 18th March, 2019, the Friends of Bishopthorpe Library are hosting a talk by Ken.
He will describe how he found the stories of the men of Bishopthorpe who did not return from service in the First World War. Using examples from his book in an illustrated presentation, Ken will show how to research your own military family history.

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe, price £10+£2 p&p [in UK], can be obtained directly from Ken at
39 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SA
Tel. 01904 704584; e-mail:

The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe
Finding their stories
An illustrated talk by Ken Haywood

Monday 18th March, 19.30 hrs. (7.30 pm)
Bishopthorpe Library, Main Street

Free entry – all welcome – refreshments available