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Anger as trees vandalised on Foxwood Lane

A number of trees on the amenity area next to Foxwood Lane were vandalised yesterday.

It is the second attack in less than 3 months.

The trees were provided through public subscription, so everyone in the community has an interest in bringing those responsible to book.

The local Police haven’t attended Residents Association meetings in recent months, so we hope that they will turn up on Wednesday and explain what they intend to do to address the increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.

If anyone can cast light on who is responsible for the vandalism please let us know.



Public meeting on Wednesday about future of Chesney Field

Council officials will speak to residents in Foxwood about their plans to fence off part of the Chesney Field amenity area at a meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting is open to any resident living in the Foxwood area and will take place at the Community centre on Bellhouse Way, starting at 7:45pm 

The plan has been heavily criticised, with a recent survey revealing that over 70% of affected residents oppose the plan for fencing.

What’s on in York: Ballroom Dance for Beginners … Introductory session

 York High School:

Mon 18 Sep :

6.30pm – 8.30pm :


Sept _18BallroomdanceAn introduction to Ballroom Dancing.  Workshop is aimed at couples, so dancers are advised to come with a friend or partner, though this does not have to be male/female couples.  Lessons are active, with a short break included. The session will cover basic Waltz and Rhythm Foxtrot for social dancing.

Suitable footwear is advised and if dancers have ballroom shoes, this would be appropriate.  If not, day shoes can be worn but men must avoid heavy shoes or boots, and women should wear shoes which are comfortable with a heel no higher than 3”.

West York Adult Education Centre, York High School, Cornlands Road, Acomb, York, YO24 3WZ. (Fully accessible, ground floor classroom)

£15 for all

Booking via our website: or the York Learning bookings line: 01904 552806


What’s on in York: A Taste of Mindfulness

York Explore Library :

Mon 18 Sep :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Sept _18MindfullnessEver feel stressed at home or work? Lost in worry or feeling that life is passing you by?

Then this one hour Mindfulness taster session is for you. Ancient wisdom and the latest in neuroscience combine in Mindful CBT to provide a simple everyday ‘toolkit’ for reducing stress and anxiety, warding off depression and even finding the happier you.

Make the most of the life you have with these simple, yet powerful tools – just one hour can change your outlook.

Topics covered:

  • Discover the joy and wonder of living in the moment
  • Reduce worry and anxiety through relaxation and thought awareness (including a short guided meditation)
  • Learn that self-compassion is a choice
  • Break harmful habits and find the real you
  • Find peace through accepting what cannot be changed

This mindfulness session will focus on nurturing; and being good to ourselves, and explore how to develop awareness of our own health and wellbeing. Ticket price includes a hot drink and cake.

To book tickets click here.

Nominate an apprentice: 6th October deadline

Now in its seventh year, this high profile city-wide event is seeking nominations for outstanding apprentices and employers of apprentices by 6 October, for the Awards Ceremony in November.

Led by City of York Council in partnership with The Guilds of York and training providers, the Annual York Graduation and Awards Ceremony has been a growing success.

Over the last year around 1700 York employees have benefited from apprenticeship training as businesses have created jobs and taken on new apprentice recruits or supported the professional development of their existing staff.

This year’s ceremony at the Grand Opera House on 8 November will showcase the individual and business benefits of apprenticeship training and celebrate the achievements of the city’s outstanding apprentices and businesses employing apprentices.

There are five categories for the awards: Apprentice of the Year aged 16-24 (smaller business); Apprentice of the Year aged 16-24 (Larger Employer), Apprentice of the Year aged 25 or over, Smaller Employer of the Year and Larger Employer of the Year.

Last year’s apprentice winners were Shane Fenton (Ambulance Care Assistant for Yormed), Louis Watson (Developer at PureNet/PureClarity) and joint winners, in the 25 and overs category, Nicky Smith (Facilities Assistant at Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Nicola Eastwood (Senior Carer at The Lodge, Roseville Holdings ltd). Employer winners were York Millennium Windows and Nestlé .

Cllr Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “We are constantly striving to boost apprenticeship training in York to benefit the development of both new recruits and existing members of staff in local businesses and organisations. The amazing achievements and career progression of those nominated and graduating reveals how much talent there is in our wonderful city.”

This high profile annual graduation and awards ceremony highlights the talent and skills York has to support the growth of local business.

Those who have completed an apprenticeship qualification in York or with a York employer or training provider between November 1 2016 and October 31 2017, are eligible to graduate this year.

*To register to graduate, nominate your apprentice or employer for an award or for more information, email, call 01904 553732 or fill in our online form at

Changes in Fossgate traffic arrangements from Sunday

In a bid to help make Fossgate even more welcoming for residents and businesses a number of traffic changes are set to come into action on Sunday 17 September.

The changes include making the street a pedestrian priority zone including for access and cycles from 8am – 6pm and reversing the flow of traffic to help reduce the amount of through traffic. Road space will also be allocated for street cafes during certain hours.

The changes follow on from a consultation with businesses and residents on the street and after approval  on 22 June.

Old Fossgate

The scheme is being introduced as an experimental scheme that could run for up to 18 months. If any objections are made during the experimental period they will be considered before a decision is made on whether to make the scheme permanent.

If the trial is considered a success and made permanent more detailed design work will be carried out to replace the temporary measures and to improve the quality of the street.

Police appeal to find owner of Apple Ipod in Acomb/Westfield area


North Yorkshire Police are appealing to identify the owner of an Apple Ipod recovered in York on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

“We are conducting enquiries to locate the owner of a Black Apple Ipod, which was believed to have been lost or stolen within the Acomb area of York between 4 and the 6 September 2017.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for [Andy Chapman]. You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170159084


What’s on in York: Truth, Lies, and Forensic Alibis with AD Garrett

Acomb Explore Library :

Sat 16 Sept :

4.00pm – 6.00pm :


Sept _16ADGarrettFind out how the real forensic experts deal with a crime scene – and how crime writers make sure they get the facts right. Examine the evidence at our ‘crime scene’, and chat with the writer and the forensic expert who together form the writing collaboration, A.D. Garrett. Pit your wits against the experts in this fun, friendly event and see if you can find clues that could help to solve a major crime.

A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy has published nine internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers under her own name – both stand-alone and police series. She is Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, her work has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library.

In 2013, writing as A.D. Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Prof. Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms. Everyone Lies was a bestseller, and both Everyone Lies and the sequel, Believe No One, garnered starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly. Jeffery Deaver commented, ‘A.D. Garrett has done for Manchester what The Wire did for Baltimore. Simms and Fennimore are complex, compelling, and just plain marvellous.’ Truth Will Out, the third in the series, is now available in paperback.

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager. As a Crime Scene Investigator, she examined over 3000 crime scenes, ranging from thefts and fires to rapes and murders. Later, as Crime Scene Manager for Durham Police, she supervised CSIs in over 50 major incidents. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of crime, from simple thefts, to murders and terrorism. An author in her own right, Helen has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. She is a judge for the CWA’s Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant to both the Vera and Shetland TV series.


Twitter @adgarrett1

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Crime and Punishment ….. History Detectives Walk in York


York Explore Library :

Fri 15 Sep :

10.30am – 11.30am :


WEAMeet WEA tutor Katie Croft in the foyer of Explore York Library and then accompany her through the city streets, learning fascinating facts about Crime and Punishment in York as you go. Please wear comfortable shoes.

This is a free activity but it would be helpful to bring some cash with you to purchase a drink during a short break in the walk.

Participants should wear comfortable footwear and bring raincoat or umbrella in case of inclement weather. The activity will only be cancelled in the case of very poor weather conditions.

Details of follow up WEA course available from WEA Yorkshire and Humber website.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Introducing Helen Cadbury..with Ruth Ware and Tom Harper

York Explore Library :

Thu 14 Sep :

6.00pm – 7.00pm :


Sep _14Introducing Helen CJoin us for the launch of our Big City Read 2017. York’s own Tom Harper will be talking to bestselling psychological crime writer Ruth Ware about To Catch a Rabbit, their friendship with Helen and why the Big City Read is so important in sharing the joy of reading with people in York.

Helen Cadbury was a British crime writer, author of the Sean Denton series. She was born in the Midlands and grew up in Saddleworth, near Oldham. Helen worked as an actor, a drama teacher and in prison education. She also wrote poetry and plays.

Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex and studied at Manchester University, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. Her début thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood and the follow-up The Woman in Cabin 10 were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers in the UK, and New York Times top ten bestsellers in the US.  Her third book The Lying Game was published in June.

Tom Harper is the author of fourteen historical adventure and thriller novels, including Black RiverZodiac Station and The Orpheus Descent, which was York’s Big City Read in 2013.  He is a former Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and of the Harrogate History Festival.  He lives with his family in Dringhouses.  His latest book is The Tiger’s Prey, co-written with Wilbur Smith.

To book tickets click here.