“The Minster” BBC One 4:45pm today

Illuminating York Minster

BBC documentary series goes behind the scenes at York Minster

TV viewers will get the chance to see behind the scenes of one of Britain’s great historic buildings today.

A small team from the BBC filmed at York Minster for most of 2013 – capturing the unsung heroes whose work ensures the largest medieval Gothic cathedral north of the Alps is kept open and vibrant for all to enjoy.

The results will be seen in the first of a three-part documentary series called The Minster which starts this Sunday at 4.45pm on BBC One (Yorks and Lincs and North East).


Tour de France updates

Community artwork of the ‘Road Through York’ to celebrate the Tour de France

Residents with an eye for the bigger picture are invited to book to join in the  community painting collaboration called the “Road Through York”. The project aims to create an enormous painting in which hundreds of local people have had a hand and which “will help welcome the Tour de France to York”.


A painting by local artist and art tutor Karen Winship features York landmarks and will be scaled up and broken down into 320 panels. Each metre-squared panel will be painted by individuals joining in the project, who will see their work laid out when the completed montage, totalling 320 square metres, is exhibited on the Knavesmire on 6 July for the aerial cameras to film and relay to the world.

Any individual or any organisation who wants to join in and make its mark on the Road Through York must email theroad@york.gov.uk or call 07990 774 420 to secure a place at a number of painting day s organised throughout the coming weeks. Find out more at http://www.experiencetherace.com/ .

Information Meetings

In the face of bitter opposition from local residents the Council is now saying that  the proposed spectator hub will “be sited at the northern end of the Monk stray near to the A64, away from the majority of residents, with access from Malton Road. It will have a temporary infrastructure of toilet, washing and water facilities and it’s likely to have a food tent offering breakfasts and camping supplies.”

On Thursday 10 April, from 5.30pm at the Rowntree Park Reading Café, there will be a second dedicated TdF information meeting. There, people can expect to find out more about routes and traffic management, about camping and caravanning, plus information on the cultural festival called York: Be Part of It, and plans for the exciting spectator hubs where people can enjoy the celebrations.


Tennis coaching

Get into the swing

Date: Wed 19 Mar and Sun 21 Mar Time: 9.30am to 10.30am Venue: Tennis Courts, Hull Road Park Cost: £3 per session or £25 for 10 weeks

This 10 week tennis course is aimed at beginners or adults who have not played for a while. Sessions start on Wed 19 March  and Sun 21 March at Hull Road Park. More.