The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed and will return as the Great British September Clean from 11-27 September.
A interesting programme of events has been prepared by the York Civic Trust. Mostly aimed at members, there are also some which could attract a wider audience.
Membership of the York Civic Trust is only £30 (click)
Sheldon Lecture: George Pace (10 March)
Mansion House Lunch (31 March)
St. Mary’s Abbey Figure of Christ (9 April)
Coffee Morning Social (18 April)
York Racecourse: Forever Changing (22 April)
31 St. Saviourgate (4 May)
The Peoples of York, Lecture 1 (21 May)
A Visit to the Borthwick Institute (27 May)
York’s Defences: The City Walls (9 June)
The Retreat (15 June)
Schools Public Speaking Competition (24 June)
Thomas Horsley, Gunmaker of York (1 July)
Millthorpe School (25 July)
Annual Lunch and Social (1 August)
Wentworth Woodhouse (5 August)
Likely to be of particular interest is an open series of lectures commencing in May which traces the influence that settlers and immigrants have had on the City.
The organisers say that in 2021 they will bring the story up to date. Given the present Home Secretary’s policies that may turn out to be a very short lecture.
The Peoples of York, Lecture 1: Arrivals
This is the first in a landmark series of six talks. The lectures will explore how York was shaped by settlers from Europe and beyond from the earliest times. The stories of individuals and the history of familiar places will come to the fore in six enlightening and engaging talks.
Organised by YCT, and supported by York Museum Trust, these fascinating sessions will be open to everyone. The series will launch with an insight into Roman and Anglian arrivals in York. In the autumn of 2020, the stories of medieval settlers will come to the fore. In 2021, we will hear how the city was shaped by the turbulence of 19th and 20th century migrations across Europe, and bring York’s story up to the present day.
Venue: Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum
Ticket cost: FREE
Ticket purchase: https://peoples_of_york_lecture1.eventbrite.co.uk
Wednesday February 19th
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Exclusive book launch for the latest in Hilary Robinson’s wonderful series, featuring Charlie Tanner and his dog Jasper and their journey to explore established facts with belly laugh ideas about life as a Viking.
Meet the author and Viking Harold Bluetooth, go to Viking Art School with a book illustrator, take part in a Viking quiz and get your books signed!+
19th February 2020
@ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Kate Spicer and Wolfy as she discusses her life-affirming memoir about the myth of modern womanhood and the joy in the relationship between human and canine.
Kate is a middle-aged woman trying to bring some order in her messy life. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself and restores peace and love to her human relationships. Redeemed, life is looking up. But then the dog disappears. Will she save him – and can she save herself from slipping back into her worst habits?
As she trudges endlessly calling his name in the hopeless hope she may find him, she runs into other people’s landscapes and lives, finding allies amongst not just the army of dog walkers that come out to help her but psychics, newsreaders, celebrities, homeless people and one mysterious midnight jogger.
Trying to find her dog tests her relationship, and her sanity, to their limits – and gets her thinking about life, and why things have turned out as they have for her. A brilliant, life-affirming memoir, which reaches into both life’s darkest and most uplifting places, critics and readers alike agree that Lost Dog is a book like no other about the myth of modern womanhood, the depths we can fall to and the enduring mystery and joy in the relationship between human and canine.
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A York Council statement says,
“The York council has been approached by an event and production company, Thesus, to seek its permission to locate the BBC CBeebies themed children’s rainbow adventure experience within part of Castle car park between 9th September and 6th October 2020.
It is intended that the facility will be provided in various locations across the UK through a road show and York has been chosen as one of the preferred destinations.
The facility will provide a hosted children’s experience providing a CBeebies branded soft play and learning adventure experience.
The council is charging an income which it will obtain up front and which is in line with anticipated income it would receive from the parking spaces that the facility will occupy.
The proposal follows similar events held on the Castle Car Park, such as the Rose Theatre. It also adheres to the aspirations of the Castle Gateway project which identifies the site as a future events space and for which the Council are trialling different uses upon”.
The Council is currently building a multi storey replacement for the Castle car park. It is unlikely to be finished before the end of the year,