Local businesses invited to get involved in York Armed Forces Day 2019

Local businesses and community groups are being asked to support Armed Forces Day 2019 by pitching an offer, such as a gift or discount code, for armed forces personnel from 24 – 30 June.


Armed Forces Day (29 June 2019) allows City of York Council and local residents and businesses to give thanks for all the hard work and contributions made by the armed forces community.

The day of events, which will be held in York city centre, aims to further develop partnerships between local businesses and organisations, and members of the armed forces community.

Over 60 city-wide offers and discounts were listed during Armed Forces Day 2018, for a variety of city attractions, eateries, shops and travel networks.

Businesses are able to offer a week-long incentive throughout Armed Forces Week or a single-day deal on 29 June for Armed Forces Day.

To get involved, email: Lauren@mudstresscoffee.com

Charlie Croft, Assistant Director of Communities and Culture at City of York Council, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Armed Forces and are committed to supporting our armed forces community. It is important to work with partners across the region to give thanks for the service they provide.

“If you are a business or community group in York with an offer or discount for Armed Forces Day, please get in contact to show your support.”

*All offers and discounts are redeemable on presentation of valid accreditation; Service ID, Defence Discount Card or Letter.

Have a healthier new year plea

With 2017 drawing to a close it is that time of year when, after the excesses of Christmas celebrations, attention shifts to the New Year resolutions.

What’s on your New Year checklist?  Whether it is no alcohol in ‘Dry January’; being more active; look after yourself better, especially your mental health by reducing the stress in your life; or stop smoking the council’s YorWellbeing service can offer advice and support to help you. Our YorWellbeing team also offer free health checks plus information, advice and support to help you have a happier and healthier 2018.

For information, advice and support get in touch with the YorWellbeing service by emailing yorwellbeing@york.gov.uk, calling 01904 553377 or visiting www.yorwellbeing.org.uk.

There are many things that affect how healthy and well a person is. The Yorwellbeing service will:

  • provide advice and support on lifestyle factors such as healthy eating, exercise, alcohol and smoking
  • encourage positive lifestyle and behaviour changes
  • work to reduce health inequalities across the city.

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care said: “The start of the New Year is a time for reflection. Our YorWellbeing service does a great job offering information, advice and support to help and can help you live a happier healthier lifestyle. Get in touch by phone or email or visit the website and our team will be happy to help.”

Urbie bus sessions on Chapelfields Estate

Westfield Ward Committee has dedicated a pot of funding from their 2016 to 2017 ward budget towards provision of activities for young people on Chapelfields Estate.

Part of this funding has been used to commission Urbie bus sessions at St Aiden’s Church.

The first session is on Friday 30 June 2017 between 7pm and 9pm. Sessions will continue every Friday for the next 4 weeks, after which the provision will be reviewed.

Urbie is a fun place for young people to engage in craft activities, watch films, play board games, take part in sports activities and somewhere to go and talk.

Youth workers will be encouraging young people in the area to come along.

This is the first time the bus will be used by The Rock of York after acquiring it via asset transfer from the City of York Council.

Community campaign tackles loneliness and isolation in York

loneliness A project, which has been supported by the York council, will showcase how students, residents and older people can engage to tackle loneliness and isolation in communities at an event on 9 November.

The event will see the launch of a film which will tell the story of how young students used life stories as a way to engage and befriend older people living within their local community through sharing memories.

The council worked in partnership with University of York students, Minds in Motion, Inspired Youth, Woolnough House Care Home and The Peoples Health trust.

“Life Stories – Connecting Lives Through Life Stories”, an Inspired Youth film, will highlight the impact and importance of life story work on the lives of people living with dementia and help to reduce loneliness and isolation.

The film will provide an insight into the benefits and impact of life stories, both on the lives of the residents of Woolnough House and the student volunteers who dedicate their time to building relationships with residents and exploring life stories.

The film will premiere at the Tang Hall Community centre on Wednesday 9 November and it is hoped that the project will act as a catalyst and highlight how local communities can work together and engage with people to reduce loneliness and isolation.

What’s on in York – Regional Read workshops

Exploring Poetry with Anna Woodford: A Read Regional workshop

York Explore Library : Thu 28 Apr : 6.00pm – 7.00pm : Free

Apr 28 Anna _WoodfordWhether you already enjoy reading poetry or you haven’t picked up a collection since school, this session is for anyone who wants to find out more about contemporary poetry, how to read it and which poets to look out for. The session will be led by the poet Anna Woodford, who will select some of her favourite contemporary poetry alongside works by each of the Read Regional poets. With Anna, you will share ideas about what works and how poetry makes you feel.

You should come away with an idea of which contemporary poets you might enjoy and ideas of what to read next. The session is relaxed and informal, and no knowledge of poetry is required.

To enable discussion, numbers for these sessions are capped at 16 attendees.

This event is aimed at those aged 14+

About Read Regional

Since 2008 New Writing North has successfully managed the Read Regional programme, which remains hugely popular with readers, libraries and authors. Read Regional supports a group of writers as they bring their talents to libraries across the North of England and is a vital part of New Writing North’s work as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Read Regional is the focus for New Writing North’s long-term commitment to libraries and celebrates the unique position libraries are in to engage with communities of readers in cities, towns and rural areas in our region. At the heart of Read Regional is the experience of bringing authors and readers together.

Tickets can be booked in person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-poetry-with-anna-woodford-a-read-regional-workshop-tickets-20124700521?aff=ebrowse

Read Regional : poetry by Kim Moore

York Explore Library : Thu 28 Apr : 7.00pm – 8.00pm : Free

April 28_Kim MooreKim Moore’s first full-length collection, The Art of Falling, was published by Seren in 2015. Her first pamphlet, If We Could Speak Like Wolves, won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol-Ann Duffy, and was a runner-up in the Lakeland Book of the Year and the Michael Marks Award.

Kim Moore lives in Barrow, Cumbria. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poems have been published in magazines, including Poetry Review, the TLS, The North and The Rialto.  Her first full-length collection, The Art of Falling, was published by Seren in 2015. Her first pamphlet, If We Could Speak Like Wolves, won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol-Ann Duffy, and was a runner-up in the Lakeland Book of the Year and the Michael Marks Award.

She won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2015, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010.  She is one of five UK poets selected to take part in Versopolis, a European poetry project which aims to provide opportunities for emerging UK poets to perform at European festivals. In 2015 she has performed her work in Holland, Croatia and Ireland as well as throughout the UK. She works part-time as a peripatetic brass teacher for Cumbria Music Service and plays trumpet in a nine-piece soul band called The Soul Survivors.


This event is aimed at those aged 16+

Tickets can be booked in person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/read-regional-poetry-by-kim-moore-tickets-20124932214?aff=es2

What’s on in York – Homicide in Haxby- a weekend of murder and mystery

Haxby Explore Library & Oaken Grove Community Centre :
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Apr
Haxby Explore Library : Sat 23 Apr : 2.00pm – 3.00pm : £3
Meet the author Zoë Sharp

We’re very excited to have bestselling author Zoë Sharp with us for our World Book Night event. She’ll be at Haxby Library to talk about her experience as a writer. Zoë’s series of thrillers, starring heroine Charlie Fox, have featured in the bestsellers list 11 times.

Murder MysterySat 23 Apr

Oaken Grove Community Centre : 10.00am – 11.00am : Free
Children’s story writing workshop

A bit of creative writing with crime theme. Ever fancied becoming a writer? Join Jo to learn about how to put a crime story together, dream up characters and write a plot. Free workshop for children interested in a bit of creative writing.

This event is aimed at ages 7-12.

Haxby Explore Library : 6.00pm – 7.30pm : £5
“Murder in the library”-Mystery event

Turn your hand to sleuthing with our murder mystery evening in the library. The evening is based on a murder kit specially written by Ann Cleeves, see if you can solve the murder of Tony Ferdinand, the star maker. With the aid of suspect statements and a forensic report, you’ll have everything you need to turn detective and solve this puzzling who-dunnit.
Refreshments are included.

Oaken Grove Community Centre : 7.00pm – 9.00pm : Free
World Book Night Book Giving 

World book night volunteers will be sharing their love of reading by giving out books to people in their communities. Join us to chat about the books you love. If you have a book you love and would like to share it bring it along.

North Yorkshire Police will be in attendance with various activities at Oaken Grove during the afternoon.  We’ve got a Police dog and handler and there will be fingerprinting activities and property marking.

Sun 24 Apr

Oaken Grove Community Centre : 12.30pm – 3.30pm : Free
Enid Blyton Famous Five Picnic

There will be games and lashings of ginger beer.  Bring lunch along on Sunday afternoon to a giant picnic. There will be lost of fun things to do with traditional games and stalls.  Refreshments will be available on Oaken Grove Community field (indoors in the event of bad weather)

All event must be booked through Explore Haxby Library on 01904 552660 or haxby@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York – World Book Night at York Explore

York Explore Library : Sat 23 Apr : 3.00pm – 6.30pm : Free

Apr 23_WBN_logoPlease join us throughout the day for a riotous celebration of the joy of reading.  Full details to be confirmed, but here are some tasters:

  • Meet Mr D’Arcy – chat to your favourite characters from fiction.
  • e-Reading with Explore
  • Book surgery – get out of your reading rut!
  • Book Art – always wondered what to do with all those books you’ve read?
  • Chris Killen author of In Real Life talks about writing, the internet and the real world.
  • Tequila Mockingbird – Literary Cocktails, Mocktails and Nibbles.
  • Plus live music, poetry and readings from local writers, and book gifting!

Tickets can be booked in person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-book-night-2016-tickets-20124507945?aff=es2

World Book Night: e-Reading with Explore

York Explore Library : Sat 23 Apr : 10.00am – 2.00pm : Free

Apr 23_e -readerIn this session, we’ll show you how to get started with the Explore e-Library, downloading e-books and audio-books for free and the best ways to enjoy books on your mobile device.

No booking is necessary – just drop in. All ages welcome.

For more information phone 01904 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk

Read Regional.: Meet the writer Chris Killen

York Explore Library : Sat 23 Apr :

5.00pm 6.00pm : Free

Apr 23_WBN_Chris KillenChris Killen’s second novel is a triangular love story set at a time when the internet is always with you – at once offering to play Cupid, and wreak havoc… ultimately, it’s the un-glamour of the internet, and the un-romance of real real life, that Killen is interested in showing.

Chris Killen was born in 1981 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and currently lives in Manchester. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, and returned as the University’s Writing Fellow at the Centre for New Writing in 2009. He has lived in Manchester for just over 10 years, and worked as a bookseller at both Waterstone’s and Blackwell University Bookshop.

His first novel, The Bird Room, was published in 2009 by Canongate Books. In 2012, alongside the novelists Joe Stretch and Socrates Adams, he co-wrote, co-directed and acted in the comedy feature film Wizard’s Way, which won best comedy feature at the London Independent Film Festival and the Discovery Award at LoCo (The London Comedy Film Festival). Remake rights have been purchased by Jack Black’s production company. His second novel, In Real Life, was published (again by Canongate) in January, 2015.

Tickets can be booked in person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/read-regional-writer-chris-killen-tickets-20124103736?aff=es2

What’s on in York – Fashion City York

Fashion Marquee in Parliament Street :

Fri 22 Apr – Sun 24 Apr : 10.00am – 5.00pm :

All events free, except the Friday evening event

Apr 22_Fashion WeekendWelcome to a packed weekend of offers, events, competitions, workshops and demonstrations celebrating fashion in York. The hub of the Fashion Weekend will be the Fashion Marquee in Parliament Street, home to the Fashion Village, demonstration area and a bar.

Fashion City York is here to tell the world how great York is for fashion shopping & to support local talent in the industry. From big brands to independent retailers, international designers to home-grown labels, York has something to offer every fashion-savvy shopper out there.

And you’ll find this fascinating diversity along cobbled streets simply bursting with historic beauty – not to mention a relaxed café culture when you need a reviving break.

See the brochure and website for more details. http://www.visityork.org/seeanddo/York-York-Fashion-Weekend/details/?dms=3&feature=1002&venue=1692820&easi=true&bfilter=E&msg=Browsing+events+in+York&groupid=1&pvieflag=e