What’s on in York: Yorkshire Volunteers Brass Ensemble at Christmas

Dec _7Brass

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall :

Fri 7 Dec :

7.30pm – 9.15pm :

£15

What better way to venture into the Christmas season than with an abundance of festive favourites which are sure to get you into the seasonal spirit! The ensemble will take you on a celebratory journey of festive classics including pieces synonymous with the season along with carols and traditional songs; this enjoyable concert is a must for your Christmas calendar.

There will also be tasty festive snacks and refreshments available at an additional charge before and at the interval. Plus our shop will be open for present and stocking filler ideas!

Tickets: £15 (no concessions).

Tickets can be purchased either over the phone (01904) 654818 or in person from the Hall.

What’s on in York: Handel’s Messiah at York Minster

The York Minster Choir will be joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave. The famous work was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to experience the story of Christ through this moving and poignant choral performance?

Tickets priced at £25, £18.50 and £12.50 are  available online, by telephoning 01904 557256 or in person from York Minster’s welcome desks.

What’s on in York: The Yorkshire Historic Dictionary

Dec _4TH

Tang Hall Explore Library at The Centre @ Burnholme :

Tue 4 Dec : 6.15pm -7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Alexandra Medcalf, Archivist on the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary project at the Borthwick Institute, as she unveils some of her discoveries!

This talk will use the lexis of the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary to discuss the significance of historic language; to explore Yorkshire’s forgotten or misplaced historic words; and, to consider how remembering them can lead to a greater appreciation of our heritage, communities and landscapes.

The Yorkshire Historic Dictionary project began in November 2017, thanks to funding from the Marc Fitch Fund. Using the work of Dr George Redmonds, in partnership with the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society and in commemoration of Dr David Hey, the project seeks to create a record of Yorkshire’s historic language, from the medieval period to the present day.

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

Future of all weather ball games area – more confusion

The area under the adjacent trees has been tidied. The MUGA can now be viewed form Lincoln Court following a request from residents there to have boundary hedges cut back.

Correspondence has emerged which casts further doubt on the Council plans for the Kingsway Multi User Games Area (MUGA).

It appears that in October Sport England did clearly object to the removal of the facility.

It followed an extraordinary exchange of Emails in September in which the Council made several bogus claims about the area not having been used for “7 years”.

The Council goes on to say

“As part of the development outlined within this planning application the MUGA will not exist in its current form however there will be alternative provision of physical activity equipment at a suitable location within the Ward”.

No mention is made of the type and location of this “alternative provision” in the planning officers report to the committee on Thursday.

Residents will want to know more before any decisions are taken.

Council Email in September

Sport England response in October

Residents sceptical about Council planning applications.

Concerns ignored in committee report as play, congestion and parking fears rise

Kingsway area residents have expressed concerns that their views have been ignored in reports being presented to a planning committee meeting on Thursday. The reports consider plans for new developments in the area on Council owned land.

Newbury Avenue

The lack of alternative car parking provision was a major issue in the Newbury Avenue area when planning permission to demolish 28 garages was granted last May. The planning committee specifically required that 4 alternative spaces be constructed before demolition works started. This would have involved moving a telecoms cabinet which would have taken about 8 weeks to complete. 24 weeks later it turns out that the Council have only just asked the telecoms companies to act. Rather disingenuously the Council states that, as the garages are now all empty, demolishing them will not add to the parking problems in the area. They don’t admit that, despite a long waiting list of people wanting to rent them,  the Council stopped new lettings in 2012. It was this action that has contributed to the parking problems which are already apparent in the area.

Hob Moor School playing field

It has been known for some time that the Council intended to expand by building on the school playing field which lies to the rear of Windsor House and Lincoln Court. It came as something of surprise to many residents that this included the demolition of the Multi User Games Area (MUGA) Early in the consultation process the Council said that any sports or play facilities that were affected would be provided elsewhere on the site.

This is now under question.

Children’s ball games facility threatened

The proposal at Hob Moor school is for  “a playing pitch on presently unused land to the east of the school together with an area of informal “Forest School” activities including a wetland, timber walkway and a fabric covered outdoor teaching space”.

The new location, “ comprises an area of unimproved grassland which partially includes an area of derelict ridge and furrow of good quality which represents a survivor of a once more elaborate area surrounding the outskirts of the City and dating back to the Medieval period”.

There is no mention of either an all-weather kick about area or any other play facility being re-provided.

Windsor House

The redevelopment of this site mentions the need for” a Community Use Agreement” for the new school playing field.

It is unclear with whom the agreement would be, for what hours and via with what access route?

The report on the Windsor House site dismiss the concerns raised in a petition collected by local residents. Officials accept that the local highway network is sub-standard (too narrow to meet modern standards). They claim only about 18 car trips a day would be generated by the 42 members of staff who will work at the new Children’s Centre. They claim 13 parking spaces will be adequate.

The officials conveniently forget that parking problems in the area have already been exacerbated by other building works including the 66 additional homes at Hob Stones.

Changing lifestyles mean that many more delivery vans also now visit the area.

At the very least the Council should ensure that there is a service road provided, from the parking area at the Hob Moor school, to the rear access to the centre. This might reduce the traffic impact on Kingsway West while providing an access for mini buses carrying disabled children and for deliveries.

Lincoln Court

Lincoln Court. Work has started on replacing windows. Concerns about parking

The proposal would see an additional 10 “extra care” bedrooms provided on the site. There are currently 22 apartments located on there. These are

being modernised with work having started recently on providing new double glazing. These will generate additional traffic and parking demands.

The report makes the outrageous claim that the MUGA is “disused”; something that officials apparently told the Sports Council in a bid to get them to withdraw their objection to the closure plan.

In fact, the Council suspended routine maintenance on the facility while discussions took place and later secured the entrance to prevent use. Funding had been made to provide “off the streets” activities there last summer but this was never implemented.

The MUGA has now been renovated and is once again usable with surrounding vegetation cleared back

It seems that west York faces a further loss of green fields and play facilities.

Inadequate parking provision will blight the area while congestion levels will increase

The neighbourhood deserves better.

Disabled children’s centre site plan 1

Lincoln Court expansion plans 2018

 

What’s on in York: Holding the Line: Female Railway Workers in World War Two

Dec _3Female Railway

York Explore Library

Mon 3 Dec :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Susan Major as she talks about the contents of her new book on the role women played in the railway industry in the Second World War.

Using recorded interviews carried out by the Friends of the National Railway Museum, Susan Major’s book explores the experiences of women railway workers taken on in wartime.

The interviews cover many areas of Britain, but this talk will include some of those working at York station during the bombing raid of 1942. The women interviewed talk about working with men for the first time, doing men’s work and the problems of workplaces not designed for women. Susan will also show how working women were portrayed by the railway companies and the media at the time.

One not to be missed!

This event will take place in The Marriott Room and tickets cost £6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: “Say Owt” Disabled People’s Writing Workshop

Dec _2Say Owt

York Explore Library :

Sun 2 Dec :

1.00pm – 3.00pm :

Free

Part of York’s UN International Day of People with Disabilities programme.  Say Owt, York’s rowdiest spoken word and performance poetry organisation, team up with local poet Katherine Watson to lead a writing workshop with an optional performance element. Suitable for everyone, from curious beginners to seasoned scribblers.  Open to anyone within the disabled umbrella, including chronically ill, mentally ill and neurodivergent people. Come along to spark some new ideas, or even a new hobby! Carers and guardians welcome.

No need to book.

Step-free access.  Accessible toilets.  Limited disabled parking available. Please contact info@sayowt.co.uk for further info or with any access requirements.

Organised by Say Owt, York spoken word/poetry organisation.  www.sayowt.co.uk