What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Rachel Davies, Hilary Robinson & Joanne Stryker

FEB Findingthe WordsYork Explore Library :

Thu 22 Feb :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£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.

Rachel Davies has been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently The Interpreters House no. 63 and Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017). She has been a winner in several poetry competitions including Battered Moons in 2017. She co-ordinates the Poetry Society’s East Manchester and Tameside Stanza and is a member of Manchester’s Poets & Players organising committee. Formerly a primary school head-teacher, since retirement she has graduated MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working towards a creative/critical PhD in poetry.  She doubts she will ever learn how to stop being a student. Originally from the Fens she now lives in Saddleworth with her partner and two cats. She blogs regularly on the challenge of fitting a PhD into a very full life. You can read her blog here:  racheld1607.com

Hilary Robinson lives in Saddleworth and is a retired primary school teacher. She has had work published in The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Avis, Strix and Riggwelter. Her poetry has been included in several anthologies such as A New Manchester Alphabet (Manchester Writing School 2015) and Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017). Hilary has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and had a month-long holiday to recover. Since coming to poetry writing late in life, Hilary is trying to cram in as much of it as she can and will often be found at readings, workshops and launches. You can follow her on Twitter (@Hilro1) or on her occasional blog (mamierob.wordpress.com).

Joanne Stryker’s  poems have won prizes and are published in journals and anthologies in Canada and the U.K. She spent several years in Yorkshire and now lives in her native Canada. She will be reading from her new collection After published by Cinnamon Press. After is a heart-breaking account of the aftermath of a suicide. Simple, spare language and the use of questions allow the seismic shifts of grief and disbelief to resonate through this powerful, disquieting and sometimes harrowing, but never sentimental or self-indulgent, sequence. There is a fine line of control and grace in this poignant and deeply humane collection.

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Another Council garage forecourt area resurfaced.

Following on from last weeks news that the forecourt of the Council garage area in little Green Lane had been resurfaced, we were pleased to see that the block in Marston Avenue has also been refurbished. Both forecourts were reported as being in need of attention at a meeting which took place last September.

As well as resurfacing, the Council were asked to repair boundary fences and cut back overgrown vegetation.

Both areas now look much Improved.

NB The notices on the garage doors are from someone who has lost a cat (left)

What’s on in York: Women and Print in eighteenth-century York

Feb _21 Women In Print

York Explore Library :

Wed 21 Feb :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Tutor: Dr Kaley Kramer

York’s conscious civic self-fashioning in the eighteenth century was accompanied by an expanding local print industry. Women played an important role in this, particularly Grace White, who established York’s first newspaper in 1719, and Ann Ward, whose business in Coney Street lasted 30 years under her direction.

Join Dr Kaley Kramer as she uncovers the lives and careers of these fascinating York women.

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Modern bus on number 4 route today

Most modern looking bus in York since underrated ftr scraped.

A modern double deck bus is being used in the City at the moment. It replaces some hybrid models which have been sent to Ireland for modification.

It was operating on the number 4 route earlier today.

The new bus is understood to be a Wright Streetdeck. It has stop/start technology to reduce carbon emissions.

It achieves Euro 6 emissions standards.

All aboard the new Routemaster - it's big, red and made in Britain

Controversial New Routemaster bus in London. Hybrid technology but now overtaken by “all electric” vehicles. Problems with high temperatures on the top deck and now doors stay closed on “jump on fall off” rear platform

The latest Streetdeck model uses some of the technology which was deployed on the London Transport “New Routemaster” a couple of years ago.

Wrights says that  “The ride characteristics of the new StreetDeck are excellent thanks to advanced axle and suspension systems.”

“An improved airflow throughout both salons has been achieved, along with reduced solar gain in the upper saloon. Whilst improvements in areas such as cab door lock design, wireless bell pushes and revised hand pole fixings illustrate the attention to detail that has characterised the whole product development programme”.


Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

Below is the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


                24 Burgess Walk York YO24 3LP

Erection of single storey extension extending 4 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house and a total height of 2.6 metres

Ref. No: 18/00185/LHE 


8 Maplewood Paddock York YO24 3LB

Two storey side and single storey rear extensions

Ref. No: 18/00162/FUL 


51 Askham Lane York YO24 3HB

Two storey side extension

Ref. No: 18/00157/FUL 


7 Cranfield Place York YO24 3HY

Erection of detached log cabin to rear to be used for photography business.

Ref. No: 17/02667/FUL 


Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Liberal Democrat Councillor encourages residents to report treacherous potholes

Sheena with the potholes that she reported

Cllr Sheena Jackson, Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for Westfield, is urging residents to report troublesome potholes on their local roads.

Across York, some sections of the highway have deteriorated due to poor weather conditions and general wear.  Whilst many of these issues are reported and subsequently repaired, there are still some areas which go unreported and unattended.

Residents can report potholes in their communities directly to the Council, even if they are relatively small in size.  In turn, this can help the Council improve upon its current highways database, even if the potholes are too small to be filled at the time of reporting.

Cllr Sheena Jackson, Liberal Democrat Ward Member for Westfield, said:

“Potholes are a regular nuisance for drivers and cyclists, and if left untouched, can deteriorate into serious hazards for road users. The first step in repairing our roads is to ensure all potholes are reported.”

“Recently, I had noticed large and dangerous potholes in my Ward.  Given the size of the pothole, I reported both immediately to the Council and within in a week, they were both filled.”

Workmen filling in potholes

“I want to encourage all residents across York to do the same and report potholes in their local areas.  This can help build the Council’s intelligence of its highways and better yet, lead to improved maintenance of our roads.”

“I would urge anyone to report these issues directly to the Council, or to their local Ward Councillors.”

All potholes and any other issues with the highways can be reported directly to the Council via https://doitonline.york.gov.uk/ or 01904551550  However, if any resident is having difficulties reporting a pothole, or the pothole has been reported and following action has been slow, then please do contact one of your local Liberal Democrat Ward Councillors or Action Teams at info@yorklibdems.org.uk

York Mansion House set to celebrate Chinese New Year

 York Mansion House is holding a series of special cultural workshops and events on Saturday 24 February to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Guests will be able to venture through the Mansion House and learn about York’s rich civic history, as well as coming away with a new Chinese cultural skills from calligraphy to Taiji (Tai’chi).

As well as these events the Mansion House, the York BID and Make It York have teamed up to install Chinese lanterns throughout the city, along Stonegate, Coney Street, Blake Street, Davygate and on the front of the Mansion House.

Workshops include:

  • 11am – 12pm: traditional Chinese painting workshop (Dining Room)
  • 1 – 1.30pm; 2 – 2.30pm: Calligraphy (Dining Room)
  • 1.15 – 1.45pm; 2.15 – 2.45pm: Zither (State Room)
  • 1.30 – 2pm; 2.30 – 3pm: Tea ceremony (18th Century Kitchen)
  • 1.45 – 2.15pm; 2.45 – 3.15pm: Taiji ‘Tai’chi’ (State Room)

Workshops are free to join with the price of admission! People can sign up for workshops at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinese-new-year-workshops-at-york-mansion-house-tickets-43165303585?platform=hootsuite 

The workshops are supported by the Leeds Confucius Institute and with local traditional Chinese artist Danny Ha.

York Council asks for comments on changes to Fossgate traffic flows

 City of York Council is asking for opinions on recent efforts to reduce traffic on one of the city centre’s busiest and best loved streets.

Last September, the council made Fossgate a pedestrian priority zone, except for access and cycles from 8am – 6pm and reversed the flow of traffic on an experimental basis.

Much of the traffic using Fossgate before the changes was breaking traffic regulations by using the street at times when general traffic was prohibited. The aim of the traffic flow reversal was to reduce the number of vehicles in this busy pedestrian area.

With the trial reaching six months on 17 March, the council’s executive member for transport and planning can decide whether to make the arrangements permanent after taking into account any objections.

If you have an opinion on the changes which you would like the executive member to consider when making the decision on whether the experiment should be made permanent, contact highway.regulation@york.gov.uk before 4:00pm on March 17 with your name, contact details and details of your objection or reasons for support.

If the decision is taken to make the arrangement permanent, the council will work with the local community to develop the designs for the layout and signage in the area for delivery later in the financial year.