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What’s on in York: Strata – Rock – Dust – Stars

Sep _28Rock

York Art Gallery :

Fri 28 Sep – Thu 25 Nov :

10.00am – 5.00pm :

£7.50 or YMT Card Holder Free

This landmark exhibition showcasing ground-breaking moving image, new media and interactive artwork is coming to York this September, as part of York’s first Mediale.
The exhibition is inspired by William Smith’s geological map of 1815, which transformed the way in which we understand the world.
It will be the most ambitious and large scale media art exhibition York has ever hosted.

Curated by Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT, Liverpool, in partnership with York Museums Trust and York Mediale, the exhibition features works by artists Isaac Julien, Agnes Meyer Brandis, Semiconductor, Phil Coy, Liz Orton, David Jacques and Ryoichi Kurokawa.

For more information please visit our website.

Good work by Residents Association as verge finally surfaced on Foxwood Lane

Persistent work by the Foxwood Residents Association has resulted in a muddy verge being hard surfaced on Foxwood Lane. It shouldn’t have taken so long but it demonstrates that persistence does pay off in the end.

Hopefully now the unstable style access to Acomb Moor will be repaired by the Council. It has been an issue for over 2 years.

The style access to the Public Right of Way across Acomb Moor has become unstable.

Weeds on some lanes now at head height in York


Beaconsfield Street back lane weed now 6 foot tall. No treatment this year by Council

Severus Street

School Street

Milner Street back lane

Hedge on Foxwood Lane obstructing public footpath

Sevral snickets are overgorwn with weeds

Some good news with the weeds which disfigured the offices on the Front Street link road having been cleared of weeds.


The Last Drop Inn owner fined £44k over trap door fall

Following an investigation by City of York Council, the owners of a popular York pub have pleaded guilty at York Magistrates Court today [25 September] and fined a total £44,622.54 including costs, for failing to address serious health and safety breaches.

On 13 July 2017, a driver who was making a delivery to The Last Drop Inn on Colliergate – owned by York Brewery Co Ltd –  had a serious accident when he fell five feet down an open trap door into a below ground cellar. 

He sustained serious knee injuries including a dislocated right knee, torn medial collateral ligament, torn posterior cruciate ligament, cuts and bruises to his left arm and cuts and bruises to his ribcage, requiring intensive physiotherapy and surgery. 

As a result of his injuries, he was unable to work for three months, unable to drive for six weeks and is still experiencing ongoing shooting pains and discomfort.
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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Nick Allen, Katharine Goda and Pauline Kirk

Sep _29Find

York Explore Library :

Thu 27 Sep : 

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card)

Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.
Nick Allen’s poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies – most recently, the Interpreter’s House, the Poetry Salzburg Review, Verse Matters and Un/Forced: a collection of writing from Rhubarb. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books of Otley, in October. He helps to organise the open mic evening, Rhubarb at the Triangle in Shipley, the last Wednesday of each month. He is a sub-editor with the on-line poetry magazine Algebra of Owls. He derives most of his sustenance from malt whisky and good espressos.

Katharine Goda writes poetry as a way of recording and reflecting on moments which would otherwise go unnoticed. Her work has appeared on the YorkMix poetry blog and been chosen for two Forward Poetry anthologies. She enjoys participating in Poetry Society stanza groups and workshops, volunteering with participatory arts organisations and running poetry writing sessions.

Pauline Kirk was born in Birmingham, and now lives in York. She has had ten collections of poetry and six novels published, three under her own name, and four as PJ Quinn. Her most recent collection, Time Traveller, was published by Graft Poetry. She is Editor of Fighting Cock Press, and a member of the editorial group of Dream Catcher.

This event will take place in the Marriott Room and cost £3 or £2 with a York Card

To book ticket please click here.

What’s on in York: Dystopia and cake – Fiona Shaw discusses her latest novel, Outwalkers

Sep _27Fiona

Rowntree Park Reading Cafe :

Thu 27 Sep :

4.00pm – 5.30pm :


A future England, and Jake and his dog Jet are trying to reach Scotland. But nobody leaves England now, and there’s a border, and guards with guns, and the government has eyes everywhere.

Come and hear about Jake, Jet and the Outwalkers. And come and discuss what you think might happen in the future. And in case that all sounds too stressful, come and drink tea, and eat cake, because everything feels better with tea and cake.

Author’s Biography:

Fiona Shaw was born in London and studied at the University of York and the University of Sussex, completing her academic studies in York with a PhD on the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop.

She is the author of a memoir and five novels. She has been a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow, and has run a reading-round book group (also for the RLF). She is also a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Northumbria.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Good Grief Workshop

Sep _27Good

Acomb Explore Library :

Thu 27 Sep :

2.00pm – 4.00pm :


Grief, bereavement and loss are extremely hard to talk about…but they shouldn’t be!

Come together with professional artists and storytellers, to, share memories and find creative ways of expressing what has happened and who you are, through the arts.

This workshop is run by Next Door But One. All we ask is for you to bring an object that has a story attached to it (a photo, a song, a piece of jewellery, anything) and we will all make poems, art and music from it.

This is a free workshop, but please book.

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Twitter: @ndb1arts : Facebook: /ndb1arts : Instagram: nextdoorbutone

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Unfortunate Princes

Sep _27Princes

Fairfax House :

Thu 27 Sep :

7.00pm – 8.30pm :

£14.00 (Members: £12.00, Students: £8.00)

By 1745, the son of the deposed James II & VII, Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender, had been living in exile for over 55 years, firstly in France – ‘the support and shelter of unfortunate princes’ – and then Rome. This lecture will discuss the background and progress of the most famous attempt to restore the senior and Catholic branch of the Stuart Dynasty by the Old Pretender’s son Charles Edward Stuart – Bonnie Prince Charlie – during the turbulent years of 1745-6.

Dr Jacqueline Riding is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London and alumna of the University of York (PhD). She is the author of the award-winning Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury 2016), trustee of the Jacobite Studies Trust and senior editor of Jacobite Studies (Manchester University Press).

Jaqueline Riding:

Twitter @jaqriding

To book tickets please click here.

York Remembers: Tommy statue supports Armed Forces and mental health charities

York is supporting the national ‘there but not there’ appeal to raise £15 million for Armed Forces and mental health charities with its own tommy statue.

In Westfield, Councillors have been consulting on installing a “Tommy” figure (on a temporary basis) next to the War Memorial on Acomb Green.

The tommy art installation has seen silhouettes of First World War ‘tommy’ soliders appearing at locations across the country, including at the Tower of London and on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

The installations are a poignant reminder of the 888,246 British and Commonwealth soldiers – 1447 men and women from York – who died and of those who survived but suffered physical and mental scars. The silhouettes will tour the nation until Armistice Day to raise funds for a new charity called Remembered.

York’s tommy statue has been placed outside the customer entrance to West Offices, Station Rise.

The statue is part of York’s commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The city will host over 70 events, projects and exhibitions as part of a programme of events called York Remembers: lifting the shadow of the First World War.

The official programme for York remembers: Lifting the shadow of the First World War is available online at

The money raised from the tommy statues will be shared evenly between The Royal Foundation: Heads Together, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes: Hidden Wounds, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans.

For more information on the there but not there campaign visit

In Westfield residents have giving their views on how the Acomb War Memorial gardenson The Green could be improved.  

Work is progressing on repairing the stonework on the Acomb War Memorial itself. The work, being undertaken by the Civic Trust, is expected to be completed by 11th November.

In a survey local Councillors asked what other improvements might be made.

The most popular suggestion was the provision of an interpretation board. This will be pursued if a sponsor comes forward. The cost would be around £1500.

The second most popular suggestion was the extension of the paving to form a path to the memorial from the entrance. At the moment access for wheelchair users is awkward.

Also popular was a proposal to crown thin the trees on the site. This would allow more sunlight into the garden and prompt more flower growth.

Both these suggestions are being followed up with the intention of the work being funded by the ward committee.

Tow other suggestions are under review.  The WW1 Centenary “Tommy” figure  (a silhouette of a soldier on perspex being promoted by the Royal British Legion) was intended only for a temporary display to mark the end of WW1.

Provision of a centenary seat attracted concerns from some residents who thought that it might become focal point for anti social behaviour.


Sofa dumped in play area

A sofa has been dumped in the Cornlands Road park play area. It is surrounded by rubbish. The issue has been reported to the Council but it is a shame that an area intended for use by younger children should be defaced in this way. Hopefully the Police will be able to increase patrols in the area.


Elsewhere at the recycling centre in the Acomb Car Park rubbish has been fly tipped. We’ve asked for the area to be cleaned up and for some of the recycling bins to be repainted.