The way we were – Acomb Green early part of the last century

Acomb Green

Acomb Green was originally known as Yarcomb Sand’oil. the last syllable indicates “hole” and it is said that this the site of sand extraction for sale in the streets in York. On the right is the Primate Methodist Chapel, sometimes known as Benson’s Chapel. It was taken over by the Friends in 1911. There is also a square building known as the “barracks” because of its appearance. This has been demolished and replaced by modern building

The way we were -an occasional look at the history of Westfield and Acomb

Foxwood Lane 1972

These are the old kennels of the York and Ainsty Hunt. In 1907 Sir Edward Lycett Green (Master 1886-1909) divided up the country which had been secured by the Hunt from Bramham Moor and other, old-established, neighbours. The land was considered to be awkward as a whole. Between 1907 and 1909 all the doghounds were kept in the Ainsty country and the bitches were kennelled in the north by the new joint-Master. In 1909 all the hounds were once more brought together at the Ainsty. In 1929 the country was divided permanently as the Masters found it hard to meet regularly in the whole country

Furniture design and restoration

Starts Mon 19 Sept, 7pm to 9pm over 10 weeks
York High School, Cornlands Road, Acomb
(This course is administered by West York Adult Education Centre. Tel: 01904 555530)
Learn woodworking skills to help you to repair, strengthen and make the frameworks you require before moving on to applying appropriate finishes, stains and polishes. Or bring a piece of antique or later furniture and learn how to strip, clean and repair it, or make the missing parts to bring it back to its former glory.
Costs:- £85/ £65/ £20

Local Development Plan (LDF) indecision

The Councils LDF working group meeting, scheduled for 5th September, has now been cancelled.
It means that no progress has been made on key issues affecting the City’s future including the timetable for the development (or not) of the former British Sugar site off Boroughbridge Road, not to mention the – now time critical – City Centre Action Plan.
The new Council seems to have no deadlines for dealing with Strategic Planning matters and could be leading the City into a period of stagnation.

Wetherby Road speeding concern

Wetherby Road

Speed survey results

Observations on a wet Friday afternoon suggest that a large proportion of drivers using Wetherby Road are triggering the Vehicle Activated Speed signs.
42% of drivers exiting the City triggered the 30 mph warning signs.
Few drivers seemed – in less than ideal conditions – to be speeding excessively. Many did bake after the warning sign illuminated – suggesting that the signs do affect the driving characteristics of many drivers.
Nevertheless the results may prompt the police to crack down on speeding on the road.

York High tops GCSE success list

GCSE provisional results by York school

York High has achieved outstanding exam results this year with 95% of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSE A – C grades. Not only is that the best performance by any school in York, but it is also amongst the best in the country (where the average is around 75%).
The school has come along way since it moved into its new Cornlands Road home and congratulations are due to pupils and staff for an outstanding turn round.

Nordic walk to better health

Nordic Walking is ordinary walking but so much more – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective!
Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking
• The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
• The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
Nordic Walking course dates
Monday 5th September to 3rd October (excluding 12th September) 10.00am – 11.00am at Poppleton Centre

Tuesday 6th –27th September 10.00am – 11.00am at Rawcliffe Country Park.

Tuesday 6th, 13th September and Thursday 8th and 15th September 1.00pm – 2.00pm at Strensall Village Hall.

Dunnington Course from Dunnington Sports and Social Club planned for October start – dates TBC

Courses costs £20.00 for the four sessions this includes equipment.
Nordic walking is suitable for most fitness levels and abilities. Suitable from 18 yrs and upwards. To register your interest and reserve a place contact either Catriona Sudlow or Fiona Barker on 01904 553440 or e-mail

Back to badminton

City of York Council and Badminton England have come together to launch Brunch Badminton for people over 50 in York. This is a sport which you can play for fun and for fitness, so it’s an ideal choice for older people.

The sessions will take place every Tuesday from 10am to 11am at York Railway Institute, Gymnasium, Queen Street. A coach will be on hand throughout to give tips and advice to improve the game of those taking part.

The sessions will cost £3.50 per person and places will be limited to 12 each week so to book or for further information please contact David Dewey on 07901 005316 or


Stand-up comic Nick Helm has got something to laugh about after one of his gags was named the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe. He won for the joke: “I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

Building a steam engine – Library events

A1 Tornado – An Extraordinary Ambition, Thursday 1 September
To construct a brand new Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific. Critics said it could never be done but after 19 years of co-operation, and sheer hard work, the ‘Tornado’ was built. Alexa Stott from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust will give an inspiring talk on the locomotive and project.
Explore York, Thursday 1 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £4 with a YorkCard or £5 without. For further information or for tickets call (01904) 552828 or

An evening with Peter Robinson – Tuesday 6 September
Join us for a night of crime with bestselling author Peter Robinson. Peter joins us to chat about his latest novel set in the Yorkshire Dales, ‘Before the Poison’. Peter is the author of the crime series featuring Inspector Alan Banks.

Explore York, Tuesday 6 September at 7pm. Tickets are priced £7.50 with a YorkCard or £9 without. For further information or for tickets call (01904) 552828 or