What’s on in York: Memorial service this weekend at Bishopthorpe crematorium chapel

Residents are being invited to a special memorial service in the chapel of Bishopthorpe Crematorium this weekend.

The annual service looks to bring comfort and remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.

This year it will take place on Sunday 8 December at 12.30pm and will last for around 30 minutes.

The service has been held at the crematorium for the past 15 years and this non-religious ceremony is open to everyone. It will be led by the crematorium chaplain, The Revd. Allan Hughes.

Names of loved ones will be read out and remembered.

Fools For Love: A Launch of Two New Books

York Explore

Thursday December 5th

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 


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A return of former journalists John Wheatcroft and Alan Smith in conversation with Alan Gillott about their latest novels exploring sex, death, and romantic love: no fools like old fools.

Alan Smith and John Wheatcroft bring their experience as journalists and prison teachers to their new novels, Virginia, and Rocket Boy. Virginia is an actor whose lover Dan dies slowly and awfully, leaving her wishing him both alive and dead; until she meets Hank, who is also trapped between lives. In Rocket Boy, Simon Waiters’ life is defined by a childhood meeting with Yuri Gagarin; revisiting his past, and lost loves, sounds dangerous but could just be the break he needs. Alan and John discuss their books with Stairwell publisher Alan Gillott.

What’s on in York: Penny Thorpe – “The Quality Street Girls”

Clifton Explore

Tuesday December 3rd

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 


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Join us for a peek inside The Quality Street factory with author Penny Thorpe whose novel The Quality Street Girls is just out in paperback.
What is Christmas without Quality Street? And who better to let us into the secret of Quality Street than Penny Thorpe?
Penny was the company archivist for Nestlé for over 10 years. She has amassed a wealth of stories about the manufacture of chocolate in York and the people involved in the industry. She is writing a series of novels, under the pen name Penny Thorpe, based on her knowledge and experience, the first of which is The Quality Street Girls.

What’s on in York: “Finding the Words” with Mark Connors, Gill Lambert & Kathleen Strafford

York Explore

Thursday November 28

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm 


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Image of poets Mark Connors, Gill Lambert and Kathleen Strafford

Mark Connors is an award winning poet and novelist from Leeds, UK. He’s had over 160 poems published in magazines, anthologies and webzines.Mark’s debut poetry pamphlet, ‘Life is a Long Song’ was published by OWF Press in 2015.  His first full length collection, ‘Nothing is Meant to be Broken’ was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. His second poetry collection, ‘Optics’, was published in 2019 by Yaffle. A joint collection, Reel Bradford, written with fellow writers behind poetry publishers, Yaffle, in partnership with Bradford City of Film, was also published in 2019. Mark is a managing editor at Yaffle. He is also a Bibliotherapist and Writing Workshop Facilitator for both poetry and fiction, and he co-runs the poetry open mic nights Word Club (Leeds) and Shaken in Sheeptown (Skipton), with his partner, Gill Lambert.

Gill Lambert is a poet and teacher from Yorkshire.  She has been published widely in print and online. With her partner Mark Connors she runs the poetry nights Shaken in Sheep Town and Word Club. Her pamphlet ‘Uninvited Guests’ was published in 2017 by Indigo Dreams and her debut collection ‘Tadaima’ was published by Yaffle this year.

Kathleen Strafford is a widely published poet, in journals, webzines and anthologies.  Her first poetry collection ‘Her Own Language’ was published by Dempsey & Windle in 2018. Kathleen’s new collection ‘Wilderness of Skin’ is published by Yaffle Press.  She is the chief editor of Runcible Spoon webzine publishing. Kathleen runs Runcible Spoon open mic at Miners Arms pub in Morley, Leeds. She is co-creator of ‘The Adventures of Dr Bear and Isabelle’ children’s book series.

What’s on in York: York Festival

Madness coming to York

Nothing to do with BREXIT. It’s another outdoor rock concert with this one taking place at the York Sports Club on Shipton Road over 3 days next June. The Sports Club attracted over 3000 people to a Yorkshire County Cricket match earlier this year with the, mainly mature, audience putting little pressure on transport and policing resources.

Rock concerts are another matter with the highly popular Rod Stewart concert on the Knavesmire a few months ago attracting over 30,000 fans

The organisers claim to have been negotiating the new festival event with the York Council for some time. So we will expect to learn today how it is intended to prevent noise nuisance problems at an event which will extend into the evening period and which is located relatively close to residential properties..

As we’ve seen at Knavesmire events, alcohol misuse can be an issue at large events in the City. Add in access to (off site) toilet facilities, transport links and street cleanliness and you have a major set of issues which the authorities will have to provide assurances on.

Further details of the York Festival, including ticket availability, can be found at this web site www.york-festival.com

The line up for the annual “music showcase”, held on the Knavesmire each year, has already been announced. Rick Astley will take to the stage after racing concludes on 25th July. There will also be acts performing on the evening of 24th July and 27th June (just a week after the Shipton Road event)

The Yorkshire Cricket Club – whose fixture list is announced tomorrow – have already said that they will be returning to Shipton Road next summer. This is likely to be for a couple of one day games (although hopefully not on a pitch which has had the Glastonbury wet weather treatment!)