Foxwood Residents will be having a Teddy Bears’ picnic at the Foxwood Community Centre summer fair on Saturday 22 June from 11am to 3pm.

The first 18 children who come along with a teddy bear will get a free goody bag.

There will also be the opportunity to adopt a bear from the teddy bear orphanage and a tombola for the adults.

If you can help on the day, then please contact Shirley on 793437.

The Foxwood Community centre is located on Cranfield Place just off Bellhouse Way

National Railway Museum petition

Railway Museum York

The Press have launched a petition aimed at preventing the NRM from “closing”.

Its future – together with other museums – is under review as part of the government’s attempts to balance the nations books

We think that it is much more likely that the Museum will reintroduce admission charges.

Virtually every other major attraction in the City (and indeed the world) – with the exception of the York Art Gallery which is closed for refurbishment at present – charges visitors, with the Minsters fee of £10 for an adult being about the norm.

Whether York residents would continue to enjoy free admission on production of a YorCard might be more open to question.

The Press petition can be downloaded here

Richard III and York

Richard III

A year-long programme of events to sift fact from fiction about the life and reign of Richard III has been announced by an eminent group of York-based organisations.

Richard III: Rumour and Reality is a collaborative project inspired by the identification of the remains of England’s last Yorkist king during archaeological excavations, which prompted enthusiastic public interest across the region.



Foxwood Residents will be having a Teddy Bears’ picnic at the Community Centre summer fair on Saturday 22 June from 11am to 3pm.

The first 18 children who come along with a teddy bear will get a free goody bag.

There will also be the opportunity to adopt a bear from the teddy bear orphanage and a tombola for the adults.

If you can help on the day, then please contact Shirley on 793437.

Meanwhile local children have been working with the local Police to illustrate how Acomb/Westfield might be improved

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11 librarians lose jobs in York

Acomb Explore Library

Acomb Explore Library

In a behind closed doors decision the Council has reduced the number of librarians in the City.
The cuts mainly affect small branch libraries.

Around £190,000 a year will be saved by the move although officials claim that customers will not notice any difference and opening hours will remain the same.

NB. New opening hours were introduced today at some branches. Click here for details The hours remain the same at York, Acomb and Strensall.

All libraries in the City are closed this Wednesday afternoon to facilitate a major staff meeting.

Minster’s Grand Art Show and Auction

Minster art

Over 15 of the region’s most talented artists display personal works inspired by York Minster. The artists include Jake Attree, whose work has been exhibited in London, New York and Germany. The auction starts on the 27 May and culminates in an auction on the 7 June, purchase your ticket for the auction by clicking on Book Now!

The exhibition brings together a range of artists, both professional and amateur, and from a wide variety of backgrounds, including worshippers and staff from the Minster itself. They are united by a sense of a connection with the Minster and its surroundings and by their wish to support the York Minster Fund in its work.

The Fund was established in 1967 in order to save the central tower from collapse, and has continued since then to raise money for the essential and ongoing need for restoration and preservation of this ancient building.

On the evening of 7 June at 7.30pm, the paintings will be auctioned in the North Transept to raise money for the conservation and restoration of York Minster.

Exhibition included in your admission ticket. Auction 7 June 7.30pm, £5 Book now

“York Minster Revealed” attraction set to open on Saturday


A brand new visitor attraction is set to open at York Minster on Saturday 25 May 2013, the largest set within a cathedral in the UK. ‘Revealing York Minster’ tells the story of the last 2000 years at the historic site, from the Romans to its modern day custodians.

The contemporary chambers of the Undercroft are built in a space created in emergency excavations during the 1970s which uncovered a hidden history of the site, including the remains of a Roman barracks, an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and the foundations of the Norman Minster – the forerunner of the present cathedral. The new attraction weaves the story revealed by these discoveries into an immersive and interactive journey through two millennia of York’s history, featuring artefacts never before on public display. Visitors will be able to see, touch and hear 2000 years of history.


What’s on in York: April – June 2013

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The 39 Steps 26th /30th Mar Theatre Royal

Chocolate Festival 29th Mar – 1st April York cocoa house

Joe Brown in concert 30th Mar Sat Grand Opera House

Model Railway show 30th Mar – 1st Apr York Racecourse


• Football City v Plymouth 1st Apr Mon Bootham Cres

• Save the last dance for me 2nd – 6th Apr Grand Opera House

• Micky Flanagan 4th Apr Thu Barbican

“Not such an ugly ducking” 4th, 5th 9th April Explore Libraries Bring the kids and enjoy a unique retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale The Ugly Duckling with music.

• Football City V Accrington 6th Apr Sat Bootham Cres

• Quay Voices in York 6th April Sat 3:00pm Early music centre

York’s lost symbols 7th Apr Sun 1:30 pm Explore Library Come along with us and explore the hidden stories behind the symbols of the city of York

• Rapunzel 7th 8th Apr Barbican

• Thunder day all engines running 7th Apr Sun Air Museum Elvington

• Rocky Horror Show 8th/13th Apr Grand Opera House

• Dutch gypsy jazz legends 9th Apr Tues Theatre Royal

Kickstart your game Wed 10th Apr – Wed 5th June York sports village City Masters ‘Back to Boots’ football programme in partnership with York City in the Community, offers fun, informal coaching sessions with guidance from Level 2 coaches.

• English Opera 11th – 13 the Apr Theatre Royal

• Mick Hucknall 12th Apr Fri Barbican

• The Outside Track 12th Apr Fri 7:30pm Early music centre

Throwing open artists doors Fri 12th to 14th and Sat 20th to Sun 21st April Various venues The 12th York Open Studios event. You can visit up to 60 artists showing in more than 40 venues/studios over two consecutive weekends around York

• Grimethorpe Colliery Band 13th Apr Sat 7:30pm Barbican

• Rugby Knights V Dewsbury 14th Apr Sun Huntington Stadium

“Turn back Time” 14th Apr Sun 11;00am Eye of York. One of York’s much loved ‘walk back in time’ experiences with a display of military vehicles from the past, lovingly restored and preserved

Wild flower planting 15th & 29th Apr Acomb Wood (15th) & Rawcliffe Country park (29th)
Get dirty and have a workout planting native wildflower bulbs to
improve the woodland

Jewellery gems 15th Aprl Mon for 5 weeks 7:00pm Huntington School Learn how to make your own unique fused glass jewellery. A fascinating, creative art medium…all materials included in the price!

• Johanna Juhola 16th April Tues 7:30pm Early Music Centre

• Dora the Explorer 16th/18th Apr Barbican

• Ebor Lecture Prof Keith Ward 17th Apr Minster

• Rat Pack 17th Apr Sat 8:00pm Barbican

• Hormonal Housewives 18th Apr Thu Grand Opera House

• iShandy 19th Apr Fri Theatre Royal

• Aled Jones 19th April 2013 Minster

• Sleeping Beauty Ballet 19th Apr Fri 7:30pm Gran Opera House

Murder and mayhem in ancient Rome 19th Apr Fri 1:00pm York Explore library Meet Lindsey Davis, bestselling author of the Falco series, as she talks about her latest novel The Ides of April and its brilliant new heroine Flavia Albia

• Football City v Southend 20th Apr Bootham Cres

• A night at the movies</strong> 20th Apr Racecourse

• Ellen Kents Carmen 20th Apr Tues 7:30pm Grand Opera House

Listen to the band 21st April Sun 1:00pm Rowntree Park Bring a picnic or grab a coffee from our wonderful new cafe – and listen to the music….

• Michael Ball 23rd Apr Tues 7:30pm Barbican

• Solid Silver 60’s 23rd Apr Tues Grand Opera House

• Tom McRae 25th Apr Thurs 7:30pm Early music centre

• Peter Pan 26th – 27th Apr Grand Opera House

• Swimathon 26th/28th Apr Energise and Yearsley pools

• Moishe’s Bagel 26th Apr Fri 7:30pm Early Music Centre

• Tinkerbells Tale 27th Apr Sat Grand Opera House

Gruelling experiences 27th Apr Sat 2:00pm York Explore Discover the realities of the world experienced by those who lived and worked in York workhouse

• 2013 Composers award 27th Apr Sat 7:30pm Early Music Centre

• Rat Pack live 27th Apr Sat 8:00pm Barbican

A new experience 27th Apr Sat 10:00am City centre York International Festival, a Celebration of Faith & Culture aims to bring communities together

Get stuffed and stitched 27th & 28th Apr 9:00am Rogues Atelier A two day upholstery master class to give you the opportunity to fully upholster an antique style dining chair using the traditional methods of hand-built stuffing and stitching

“Smiley Riley” 28th Apr Sun 12:00 noon Mille Crux Fields Haxby Road A family fun afternoon with sponsored races, family fun, food and laughs raising money for the Smiley Riley Fund