Uncover the truth about Richard III


Date: Sat 22 Aug
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: York Explore
Cost: £8.00

Dr John Ashdown-Hill from the University of Leicester’s Richard III project will be discussing ‘The Mythology of Richard III’, including some of the more modern myths which have arisen since his remains were uncovered in 2012.

Date: Sun 23 Aug
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: York Explore
Cost: £6.00

We bring the story closer to home with Dr Sarah Rees Jones’ lecture ‘Richard III, the York House Books and the York Mystery Plays.’ Drawing on research in the archives held by Explore, she will examine the connections between Richard III and Yorkshire.

Both events are open to all.
For further information and to buy tickets please speak to a member of staff in any Explore Library or see the Events section of the Inspire website (www.feelinginspired.co.uk).

Three villages circular walk

walkingDate; Tue 18 Aug
Time: 10.20am
Venue: Hallcroft Lane bus stop, Copmanthorpe
Cost: Free

Join in and enjoy a led walk through Bilbrough, Askham Richard and Askham Bryan. You will be taking in a Roman road and surprising views of the Pennines along the way.
Length 7 miles.
Allow 3-3.5 hours.

Suggested bus travel: Coastliner 843.
Depart: York Rail Station at 9.49am
Arrive: Copmanthorpe 10.05am

Depart:  Copmanthorpe 3.31pm
Arrive: York Rail Station 3.53pm

Additional information:
Simply turn up on the day and bring a packed lunch. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check bus times prior to departure and arrive 15 minutes before the walk start time.
Route incorporates stiles and uneven ground which may not be considered to be wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Contact information:
Gillian Chefrad, Active Living Officer, Sport and Active Leisure, City of York Council, West Offices,Station Rise, YORK, YO1 6GA

T:  01904 553377

E:  gillian.chefrad@york.gov.uk

W: www.york.gov.uk/healthwalks  /  www.itravelyork.info/walking

York Minster auction – own some history!


Date: Fri 14 Aug
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: York Minster – Dean’s Park
Cost: From rock bottom, the sky’s the limit

Your chance to own a piece of York Minster as stone, timber and special fabric from the cathedral’s Great East Window goes under the hammer this summer. Visitors can bid on up to 100 lots of stone which have been removed from the Minster during restoration works, while at the same time supporting ongoing conservation works at the cathedral.

For the first time this year, bidders will also have the chance to buy a special fabric copy of a stained-glass panel from the screen which covered the Great East Window, which was put in place after all 311 pieces of the 600-year-old glass were removed for conservation and restoration in 2008. The digitally printed screen is a near life-sized replica of the Great East Window and ten pieces, each showing a complete panel from the window, will be auctioned on the day.  

In addition, the auction will include a selection of parts of the 14th century oak ribs and bosses from the vaulted roof of the South Transept, which was destroyed by fire more than 30 years ago in 1984. 

A brochure will be available at the auction with brief descriptions of the items on sale. A certificate of authenticity will be available with each item purchased. 

Purchased stones will need to be removed from the site by 4:30pm on 14 August. (Removal/carriage can be privately arranged with ‘One man, one Van’ who will be on site on the auction day.)

York Knights Rugby in Westfield over next few weeks as new stadium deal is signed

Knights summer programme
York City Knights sign new Community Stadium deal

Today marks a significant milestone in the Community Stadium project, which has seen the York City Knights officially sign an agreement with the council over a new Community Stadium partnership.

A Council media release says “York City Knights’ Directors joined Cllr Nigel Ayre (Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism), Cllr Chris Steward (Leader of City of York Council) and Tim Atkins (Community Stadium Project Manager) at the council’s West Offices today to formalise the contractual agreement and cement a new chapter in the stadium project”.

The York Community Stadium partners had hoped to provide a new 8,000 seat stadium for football and rugby league, a leisure facility which would include a gym, 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, a fun pool and training pool, as well as a new sports hall and dance studio. The Community Hub on site would provide bespoke facilities for project partners with a focus on promoting health and well-being for York residents and visitors. The development also included a number of new retail units restaurants and a multi-screen cinema complex.

Concerns about the ability of the Council to fund all aspects of the project were raised earlier today.

It is unclear from the Council’s media release whether the Rugby Club will be given the use of Bootham Crescent in the period leading up to the opening of any new stadium