£68,000 Big Lottery grant makes musical connections with York’s older people

Hundreds of older people in York will be able to take part in a stimulating and inclusive music project thanks to a £68,252 award from the Big Lottery Fund.

City of York Council has been given the two-year grant to roll out the Musical Connections Project – which currently runs in the authority’s seven elderly person’s homes – to residents living in sheltered housing accommodation, together with their local communities.

Community Stadium – unanswered questions to get public airing

Call for business case and Yearsley guarantee

Stadium Project

Liberal Democrat councillors are calling for guarantees over the future of Yearsley Pool and more information on the financial plan for York’s Community Stadium.

The Lib Dems have ‘called-in’ the Labour Cabinet’s decision last week to approve plans for York’s Community Stadium.

The decision will now be re-considered at a cross-party scrutiny meeting on Friday 26th September.

Under the latest plans for the stadium and leisure complex at Huntington, total costs for the scheme rise to £37m and the Council will borrow an extra £4m towards financing the project.

The plans have been attacked by users of Yearsley Pool, which could close under the proposals, and York City Knights, whose chairman says the scheme would leave the club “70% worse off”.

Chapelfields rallying round Sanderson House Community Centre

There was a good turnout at the annual meeting of Chapelfields Residents group yesterday.


Most discussion focussed on the future of the Community Centre.

Residents are mostly unhappy about the cut in York Council funding, but are determined to keep the centre going  at least until May 2015 when a new Council will be elected.

In the meantime, a charity is being formed to run the centre and a new committee has been appointed.


Woodlands playground reopened

Andrew Waller with users at the newly reopened Woodlands playground

Andrew Waller with users at the newly reopened Woodlands playground

The newly reopened Woodlands playground on Teal Drive was put to good use in todays sunshine.

On hand was Andrew Waller who organised a survey aimed at finding out if residents wanted the playground – which had been locked for around a year – to reopen.

Over 80% said yes and the local residents association asked the owners, Rowntree Housing, to make things happen.

After a few weeks, the playground was reopened much to the delight of local youngsters.

Thanks to all for their hard work

Foxwood Community Centre make over

Draft plans for garden revamp revealed

Draft plans for Foxwood Community Center playground revamp

Draft plans for Foxwood Community Center playground revamp

Residents had their first glimpse of how the new garden behind the Foxwood Community Centre might look after volunteers arrive for the “Big Community Challenge” in October.

In a recent survey many residents said that they thought that the play area could be better used (it is now only open when events are taking place) and recognised that – as the centre is now entirely dependant on volunteers for maintenance – any new design should take this into account.

42% said that they wanted to see a communal garden established on the site with 29% opposed and 29% undecided.

The design is likely to be refined over the next few weeks in response to residents comments.


Applications invited for Barbican Concessionary Days

Local clubs, groups and community organisations are being invited  to apply for a concessionary day’s hire of York Barbican.

Four concessionary days are on offer as part of the lease agreement between City of York Council and York Barbican’s operators, SMG, with the first available between January 2015 and December 2015 and two further days available during the following 12 months.

York Schools get their teeth into York Food Festival

Over 600 children from primary schools across the city will be taking part in the York Food Festival later this month (19-29 September).

The youngsters will take part in hands-on workshops at the Guildhall and in St Sampson’s Square including herb planting with Stockbridge Technology Centre, a ‘Let’s Talk Farming’ NFU Roadshow (www.nfuonline.com/back-british-farming/lets-talk-farming-roadshow/) and Pasta Making with the Festival team.

Sporting Memories links with York City Knights

York City Knights RLFC is the latest partner to join City of York Council and the Sporting Memories Network in an initiative to help increase awareness of dementia in the community.

York’s rugby league fans are being encouraged to support the project by sharing their memories at the York City Knights’ ‘End of an Era’ game on Sunday 7 September at 3pm, officially their final league game of the season and their last at Huntington Stadium.