Yuletide at York Mansion House: A festive preview at the re-furbished house

York residents and visitors are being invited to take a sneak preview at York’s newly restored Mansion House this festive season.

Fully dressed for the Christmas period – complete with decorative garlands and a 10ft Christmas tree – the Mansion House will open its doors to the public for the first time since its £2.6m restoration, on the first weekend in December (Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 December).

As well as seeing the new-look Mansion House restored to its former glory, visitors will also be able to find out more about Christmas culinary specialities through the ages with food historan and broadcaster, Dr Annie Gray.

Younger visitors will also be able to write a letter to Father Christmas, and hand it over to the Lord Mayor, Councillor Barbara Boyce, for her to send on to the North Pole, receiving some chocolate treats for their efforts.

Richard Pollit, Mansion House Curator, said: “This is the first chance visitors will get to have a look at the incredible outcome of the resoration project. We’re so excited to open the doors to the public for the first time and are really looking forward to welcoming our first visitors.”

Councillor Keith Orrell, Interim Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, City of York Council, said: “York Mansion House is a beautiful building at any time of the year, but during the Christmas period it really take centre stage in the city. I hope that local residents will take this opportunity to see for themselves the marvellous retoration work – the biggest since the house was finished in 1732 – and find out more about the unique history of York’s Mansion House than ever before.”

The restoration includes a new-look exterior, with a brick-coloured facade and a polychrome crest – a colour scheme voted for by York residents in 2016 – and thought to be similar to how the Manison House would have looked in the 1890s.

The Mansion House will be officially re-opened on 27 January 2018 (Residents’ First Weekend), when visitors will be able to see the newly curated silver galleries for the first time.

York residents can get half price entry to the Mansion House with a York Card or proof of residence (such as a Council Tax bill). Full price entrance is £6.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3.50 for children. The house is open every day (except Mondays and Tuesdays) between 10.30 and 5pm until Saturday 23 December.

More details are available at www.mansionhouseyork.com. Tickets are now available and can be purchased by clicking here 

The ‘Opening Doors’ restoration project was made thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), funding from City of York Council and a variety of grants and generous donations totalling £2.6 million. The project sought to improve the visitor experience by beautifully restoring this gem of York’s architectural history, allowing more people than ever to enjoy it.

What’s on in York; Christmas Lunch at Goddards on Tadcaster Road

Something a little different this Christmas?

Goddards on Tadcaster Road

Take a seat in the former Terry family dining room that overlooks the Arts and Crafts garden and enjoy a special two or three course lunch.

Friday to Sunday

17th Nov to 17th Dec

Booking essential

Menu

To start:

  • Onion soup with gluten free cheese scone crouton.
  • Mackerel and beet salad.
  • Smoked salmon and herb mousse.

Main course:

  • Conisbee turkey and trimmings with seasonal vegetables.
  • Beef, onion and red wine pie with season vegetables.
  • Polenta and squash salad with goat’s cheese and orange dressing.

To finish:

  • Classic Christmas pudding.
  • Ginger and caramel cheesecake.
  • Poached pears in honey and orange.

Three courses £24.95

Two courses £19.95

More details and booking Call 01904 771956

……and now for the rubbish clear up

christmas-tree-recycling-trash-fl-560x400All properties in York will get either a grey bin or recycling collection this week.

When you have a recycling collection, the Council will accept extra festive recycling including greeting cards, paper, wrapping paper (non foil), cardboard, plastic bottles, tins and glass. All you need to do is place them in separate untied clear bags or open boxes with your recycling, or simply take them to a recycling site.

Real Christmas trees and wreaths can also be taken to our recycling sites at Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe HWRC.

You can check when your refuse will be collected by clicking here

Christmas carol services today in York

York’s Annual outdoor Christmas Carol event takes place today.  

christmas-stre-st-helens-sq-18th-dec-2016The service, which starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 24 December in St Helen’s Square, is supported by the Salvation Army band and involves the audience being encouraged to form the choir for a range of Christmas Carols.

The service is expected to finish at around 8.30pm.

As this is an outdoor event residents and visitors are encouraged to wear suitable clothing for the cold temperatures. Traffic restrictions will be in place at St Helen’s Square, Coney Street and Lendal, which will be closed to traffic from 6.30pm to 9pm as the event takes place.

Earlier the internationally renowned nine lessons and Carols service takes place in the Minster.

The service starts at 4:00pm but those wishing to gain  admittance are advised to be there by 3:00pm

York plea, “Help your neighbour over festive period”

 

Please think of vulnerable friends and neighbours over the festive period.

stonegate-christmas-3-18th-dec-2016It’s estimated that over half a million older people in the UK spend Christmas Day alone*.

 

Top tips for supporting older or vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives, include:

  • Make sure they’re warm enough – the temperature in their home should be at least 18 degrees C, particularly if they are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over, and they may need to wear several layers of clothes to stay warm.
  • Try to make sure they have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • Check that they have enough medication to last the period that their GP practice is closed, so they don’t risk getting ill if they run out.
  • Information about social groups and activities for older people is available through www.connecttosupport.org/york or by contacting Age UK York on 01904 627995.
  • Christmas can also be a particularly difficult time for people living with dementia. For information about how to support people with dementia over the festive period, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk and search for ‘tips for Christmas support’.
  • For more information about Age UK’s national Spread the Warmth campaign visit www.ageuk.org.uk or see www.york.gov.uk/winter for more information about keeping well during winter.

The cold weather can have a significant impact on people’s health and residents are being reminded of the services available to them this winter.

Pharmacies across the city can offer confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses such as colds, flu, minor rashes and pain relief. They can also help answer any questions you may have about the medication you are taking. Many pharmacies are open late into the evening and all have a consultation room so you can speak in private.

Residents can also get advice from NHS111 before contacting their GP, the fast, easy and free NHS non-emergency number. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next.

*figures based on research carried out by Age UK in 2011

Pharmacy opening hours in York over festive season

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City of York Council, the Vale of York CCG and pharmacies are reminding residents of the support available to help them stay well this winter, and the importance of getting the right care, first time.

Last month, figures released as part of the Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) revealed that:

  • 27 per cent of people who book a GP appointment could have had their issue resolved a different way
  • 40 per cent of A&E patients require no treatment.
    The cold weather can have a significant impact on people’s health and residents are being reminded of the services available to them this winter.

Pharmacies across the city can offer confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses such as colds, flu, minor rashes and pain relief.

They can also help answer any questions you may have about the medication you are taking. Many pharmacies are open late into the evening and all have a consultation room so you can speak in private. For a list of pharmacies in York go to www.nhs.uk/service-search.

Residents can also get advice from NHS111 before contacting their GP, the fast, easy and free NHS non-emergency number. When you call 111 you will speak to a highly trained adviser who is supported by healthcare professionals.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you need medical help or advice when it is not a life-threatening situation. Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next.
    For more information on the 111 service visit: www.nhs.uk/111.

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Rubbish and recycling collections in York over Christmas and New Year

christmas-tree-recycling-trash-fl-560x400All households in York will have a rubbish collection the week before and the week after Christmas (weeks beginning 19 December and 2 January).

There are no rubbish or recycling collections during the week beginning 26 December.

We are also taking extra festive recycling too including greeting cards, paper, wrapping paper (non foil), cardboard, plastic bottles, tins or glass. All you need to do is place them in separate untied clear bags or open boxes with your recycling, or simply take them to a recycling site.

Real Christmas trees and wreaths can also be taken to our recycling sites at Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe HWRC.

It’s important that your bins or boxes are presented by 7am on the day of your collection, but no earlier than 7pm the evening before.

To check your collection dates visit www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup . Rubbish and recycling calendars have been sent to all households and can also be downloaded via the ‘refuse look up’ link. Or, to get alerts sent direct to your phone to remind you of your next collection day download the free One Planet York app.

If you live in the city centre and St Nick’s collects your recycling, you will receive details about those service changes soon.  Collections due on Monday 26 December will be done Thursday 29 December and collections due on Tuesday 27 December will be done Friday 30 December.All other days will be as normal.

To find out more about what can be recycled and where, visit: www.york.gov.uk/recyclin

What’s on in York: Market Day and Christmas lights turn on in Front Street on Saturday

The Christmas tree in Front Street has been erected today.

Unfortunately, Council officials have apparently asked for signage advertising Saturday’s market and Christmas lights switch on to be removed.

If true, we find that quite extraordinary.

It is only a month since the same officials said that dozens of fly posters, adverting a visiting circus, could remain for up to 4 weeks.

Now a locally organised event is targeted for enforcement action.

Not good enough
Christmas Tree in Front Street

Christmas Tree in Front Street

 

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