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York Stars perform for exclusively for care home residents

A young people’s theatre group has devised, written, produced and performed a short play for residents of the city’s care homes.

The York Stars, a small, local theatre company specialising in community-based productions, was one of four organisations to receive a grant through the Community Play fund. The £90,000 fund was set up to provide fun, stimulating play opportunities, activities and events for children and young people, as well as their parents and carers, within the local community. The programme was managed by Your Consortium on behalf of the council.

Around 20 young people were involved in the project, which got under way at Easter. They put together their own performance, entitled The volcano in Ashraino, writing and directing the play themselves, before embarking on a tour of four residential care homes during the autumn of 2014. They performed at Oakhaven, Willow House, Red Lodge and Dower Court, for almost 60 residents in all.

To view a review of the scheme click

To find out more about the projects being funded through City of York Council’s Community Play fund click here 

List of salt bins in York that won’t be filled this winter – Westfield area

Abandoned salt bins in Westfield Ward - click to enlarge

Nearly 60% of salt bins currently out on the streets of Westfield won’t be filled this winter. For map see

The list of bins that will be abandoned, according to Labour’s plan, include several critical ones including the bins at the top of the Hotham Drive/Parker Avenue hill and others at Chancery Court & Vyner House on Front Street, an area which has many elderly residents.

As reported recently (see ) Labours controversial decision has been called in and will be reviewed at a meeting next Monday.

Residents can register to speak at the meeting

A complete list of bins that WILL be filled (by ward) is as follows