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Flood warnings for York – Updated 30/4/12

The environment Agencies latest bulletin 06:37 on 30 Apr 2012 says “The flood alert for the Upper River Ouse remains in force. The current level in York is 2.48 metres or 9 foot 10 inches and is currently rising. Levels are expected to peak in York sometime this afternoon at around 3m. We will continue to monitor the situation closely”.

The web cam can be found at for anyone wishing to monitor river levels from their home.

What’s on in York May – July 2012

Love’s Labour Lost 1/5 May Tues/Sat Theatre Royal

Ebor Lecture 2nd May Wed 7:00pm Minster by Mr Will Hutton

Cirque du Ciel’s Shanghi 2/3 May Wed/Thurs Grand Opera House

Dust off your rackets 2nd May Wed 10:30am Rowntree Park

Fun Run 2nd May Wed 6:00pm York Racecourse York St John University is hosting its annual fun run

10cc in concert 3rd May Thurs Barbican Not only were 10cc makers of some of the greatest hits of the 70’s, but they are currently one of the most exciting live bands in the country!

Paul Merton 4th May Fri Grand Opera House “Out of my head”

Northern Spirit Singers 5th May Sat 11:00am Minster

Baroque Day 5th May Sat 12:30pm Early Music Centre

Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt 5th & 6th May Sat Barbican Following the incredible sell-out success of Peppa Pig’s Party, Peppa is back with a brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect singalong songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Full sail! Ahoy! Arrrrr!

Sing-a-long-a ABBA 5th May Sat Barbican

Jimeoin: Lovely 5th May Sat Grand Opera House

Scarecrow festival 5th/7th May Haxby Methodist Church

Gala Day 6th May Sun 10:00am Little Knavesmire

Cello Recital 6th May 3:00pm Sun Middlethorpe Hall Cello Recital and Afternoon Tea

Nick Fletcher 7th May 2:00pm Mon Minster

Lunasa 7th May 7:30pm Mon Early Music Centre Lúnasa are internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times, and one of the hottest Irish acts around today

Steel Magnolias 7/12 May Mon/Sat Grand Opera House

Providence Singers 9th May Wed 2:00pm Minster

Camille O’Sullivan—Feel 9th May Wed Theatre Royal

Bankers, Bogs & Chocs 9th May Wed 10:30am Cycle centre, Wellington Road

Festival of New Music 9th/13thMay Wed/Sun University

Organ Promenade 11th May Fri 1:15pm Minster (weekly)

Birmingham Royal Ballet 11/12 May Fri/Sat Theatre Royal

Summer Crafts market 12th May Sat Parliament Street A special market in York showcasing the best in crafting from in and around the city

York Guildhall Orchestra 12th May Sat Barbican

Service your bike 12th May Sat Oaken Grove Community Centre COST: £65 Whether you need to strip down your gears or braking system, build and repair wheels or just do a general service, we have a course to cover it all plus much more

From Monks to Masons 12/13th May Sat/Sun Explore York Library Learning Centre

Martin Taylor/Alan Barnes 13th May Sun 7:30pm Early Music Centre

Welly workout 14th May Mon 1:00pm West Bank park

Never too late to learn 12/19th May Various Adult learners week

Ragazze Pazze 15th May Tues 11;00am Minster

Henry IV 15/18 May Tues/Fri Theatre Royal

Family History 15 & 25 May Tues/Fri Explore Library

Get On line 15th May Tues Explore Library Library

Nazarene Choir 16th May Wed 11:00am Minster

Horse racing 16th/18th May Wed – Fri Racecourse (Dante Festival)

Brassed Off 16/19 May Wed/Sat Grand Opera House York Stage Musicals

That’s Entertainment 16/19 May Wed/Sat Theatre Royal

City Archives 17th May Thur 7:00pm Explore Library

Be inspired 17/19 May Explore Library

Homestart Concert 19th May Sat 7:30pm Minster

Miss York 2012 final 19th May Sat &;45 pm Barbican including X factor Finalist Amelia Lilly and upcoming urban pop sensation The Luminites.

Big City Read Launch 20th May Sun 11:00am Explore Library “Mystery in the Minster”

Brit Floyd 21st May Mon Barbican—Pink Floyd tribute show

Crave & Illusions 21st/23rd May Mon/Wed Theatre Royal

Sally Morgan 23rd May Wed Grand Opera House: Psychic Sally on the road

Wasted by Kate Tempest 24th/26th May Thurs/Sat Theatre Royal

Farmers market 25th May Parliament Street

Scarberia 24th/2nd June Thur/Sat Theatre Royal

Merry Wives 25th/5th May/June Rowntree Park

Stewart Francis 25th May Fri Grand Opera House: Outstanding in his field

Summer Fair 26th May Sat 1:00pm Hob Moor

Duane Eddy 26th May Sat Grand Opera House

Military Wheels & Wings 26th/27th May Sat/Sun Air Museum Battlegroup North Show

Fine Baking 26th May Sat 9:30am Mansion House

Take over comedy night 29th May Tues Theatre Royal

Simon Amstell: Numb 31st May Thurs Grand Opera House

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£132,903 generated for York from Proceeds of Crime Act

The Act enables the police and other enforcement bodies, like trading standards, to recover the criminal assets of those people living off the proceeds of crime. The object was to help ensure that ‘crime doesn’t pay’.

On 5 June 2008, the then LibDem led Council approved a report supporting the use of proceeds of crime legislation to help deter and detect criminal activity, particularly that arising from those involved in supply of counterfeit products.

Since that time, Council officers have secured their first convictions for money laundering, have made their first cash seizure (£3500 seized from a person suspected of supplying illicit tobacco) and obtained over £565k from criminal activity in ‘confiscation proceedings’ (of which £132K has bee paid to CYC under the Home Office’s Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme).
All of the ‘confiscation proceedings’ concluded to date have been in relation to the supply of counterfeit products.

Financial investigators (AFIs) undertake this work. They are accredited by the National Police Improvement Agency after receiving specialist training. They are given specific powers to conduct investigations into the origin of an offender’s assets.

The money obtained from criminals will be used to sustain the financial investigation teams. Some will be available for target hardening work and to support initiatives agreed by York’s Safer York Partnership.

Lunchtime Organ Promenade at the Minster (Beat the rain!)

Today Friday 27th April
Entertaining, popular tunes, perfect for promenading in the Nave
Featuring Robert Sharpe (Director of Music) and David Pipe (Assistant Director of Music).
FREE, after admission to York Minster

The York Minster Rose Dinner 2012
On June 8th 2012, during the celebrations for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, a grand dinner for 900 guests is to be held in the nave of York Minster.
Further details can be found here:
Only a few tickets left

Tee off into a new sport

City of York Council is teaming up with Heworth Golf Club to offer golf coaching lessons for beginners this May.

The courses will run for four weeks, starting on Saturday 12 May. It will cost £20 per person for all the sessions and this includes an hour of expert tuition from a club professional, as well as equipment hire.
The previous golf sessions have been highly successful, attracting over 100 people who are new to the sport.

Dean Sharp, City of York Council’s Sports Participation Officer says “After the success and popularity of the last lot of coaching at Heworth Golf Club, we decided to offer more opportunities for beginners to get into the sport.”

The game is a great way to exercise and improve your health, as an average Golf course involves walking up to 4 kilometres, whilst pulling and carrying clubs can improve fitness and strength. So why not join the 1.4 million adults* who already play the sport once a month and aim for that birdy!

Places are limited to a maximum of 8 per course and are for over 16’s only. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information or to book a place contact Dean Sharp, City of York Council, or call 01904 553377

Another way to get rid of serviceable items for which you no longer have a use – FREECYCLE

To quote from their website

Freecycle? is a scheme that lets you donate your unwanted items to someone who wants them and is able to reuse them. This is a great idea because, as well as helping people out, you’re cutting down on waste. All items donated by freecycling are free, and as this is a local group, it’s dead easy to visit people to collect stuff.

Is York Freecycle my local group?
If you’re in York, then yes. If you live outside York, go to to see if there’s a group closer to you!

How do I join York Freecycle?
The York Freecycle group is hosted by Yahoo! Groups at, so to use York Freecycle all you need to do is join our Yahoo! Group. You don’t have to have a Yahoo! account to join our group, although if you do you’ll be able to control how you receive your York Freecycle messages. Here’s how to join the group…

Joining York Freecycle with a Yahoo! Account
If you already have a Yahoo! account, then joining York Freecycle is dead easy. Just visit our group page and click the “Join This Group!” button. If you don’t have a Yahoo! account already, you’ll be given the option to create one.

Joining York Freecycle without a Yahoo! Account
If you don’t have a Yahoo! account, then you can still join York Freecycle. Here’s how to do it:

Send a blank email to
Check your email inbox for a message from Yahoo! Groups. This might take a short while.
Reply to that message. Make sure you don’t change the email address.

However you join…
When you join the group, you will receive a welcome email explaining how to use the service.
Be aware – as a new member, you will automatically start receiving lots of message emails. You can very easily turn these off or reduce their frequency. Have a look at your introductory email or take a look at our how-to page.

If you get stuck, or have any questions, then you can always email

Closure of Beckfield Lane

Recycling bins location. Click to enlarge

The last day that the site will be open is Sunday 29 April, 10am – 2pm. The site will be closed permanently from Monday 30 April.

We think that this is a very short sighted decision by the 25 Labour Councillors who voted to close the site at a meeting held last Tuesday. The costs of running the centre are tiny compared to the millions that the Council have budgeted to spend on schemes like the roll out of free WiFi in the City centre. The consequences are likely to be more fly tipping and fewer items recycled, just adding to the spiral in costs for taxpayers.

Areas like Westfield face a double ”whammy” as the Ward Committees annual refuse and recycling wagon tour – which many residents, who don’t own vehicles, have used in the past to get rid of bulky waste – has also been scrapped.

We will be continuing our campaigns aimed at ensuring that the Acomb side of the City will get a fair deal on public service provision in the future. We will strongly oppose Labours plans to change the green bin garden waste collection service. Where Labour have tried to charge for this service elsewhere, the consequences for taxpayers have been disastrous.

The next local elections are 3 years away and a lot can happen in the interim. The recycling centre land at Beckfield Lane may, for example, be sold off. The Liberal Democrats will however seek to provide a replacement facility, to serve the needs of the people of the west of York, as soon as we are in a position to do so.

In the meantime, please let us know if you see any problems with fly-tipping.

Here is some information on the options that residents, who want to get rid of rubbish, still have.
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