Drinking fountain restoration tops Civic Trust pop poll

Restoration of the drinking fountain on Lendal was the top priority of those voting in a poll conducted by the York Civic Trust.  It was seeking to timetable several projects for its “City Enhancement Project”

The Civic Trust have said that they will ensure that the War Memorial on Acomb Green is renovated before the 11th November; the centenary of the end of WW1. The work will be part funded by the City of York Council.

A further £6000 will be needed for the drinking fountain restoration.

The other projects mentioned in the poll will be undertaken over the next few years as resources become available.


York Remembers: Lifting the shadow of the First World War

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, City of York Council has launched its commemorative project York Remembers: Lifting the shadow of the First World War.

The city-wide project will commemorate the 100 year milestone and reflect upon the horrors of war, remembering the 37 million military and civilian casualties of the First World War.  York Remembers will explore a diversity of perspectives on the causes and consequences of the war and explore how we can learn the lessons of the past to help build peace in the future.

Key events for this year’s anniversary commemorations include:

  • Restoration of the Acomb War Memorial and refurbishment work on the 12 WW1 graves located in the St Stephens churchyard
  • Renaming of the Tedder Road park to commemorate Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Forster DicksonGCBKBEDSOAFC who was a Royal Naval Air Service aviator during the First World War 
  • 100 Years:1000 Voices – an inter-school event, bringing together school-aged children to sing commemorative songs about World War One in The Barbican on November 12th.
  • 100 Years Since the Armistice – On November 10th a event by Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Society tells the life stories of the 86 former pupils of Fishergate School who are named on the Great War Memorial in the school porch.

Volunteers from GoodGym will be starting work on tidying the area around the 12 WW1 graves in St Stephens cemetery on Monday from about 6:30pm

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Rotary Club of York launches tree-planting scheme for local babies

This from the York City Council,

“City of York Council is joining forces with the Rotary Club of York – and partners across the city – to launch a new scheme which will see thousands of trees planted across York: one for every child born in the city over the next 12 months.

Every parent registering the birth of their child through York Register Office will be offered the chance to get involved in the scheme at no cost to them. Parents will be asked to send their baby/babies’ names to www.yorkrotary.cvo.uk/tree-partnership.

A tree will then be planted on land owned by York St John University and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to commemorate their arrival.

Around 3,000 children are born in York each year and it’s hoped that the majority of parents will want to get involved in the scheme. The trees planted in York are part of 47,000 Rotary UK are aiming to plant across the country over the next 12 months”

Shame that the Council doesn’t manage its existing tree stock on public land with the same enthusiasm.

They also remain stubbornly aloof from the proposal that an avenue of trees be planted on rural Askham Lane to commemorate the end of WW1.. (more…)

What’s on in York: Researching Your First World War ancestors

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Acomb Explore Library :

Thu 10 May :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


Have you always wanted to research your First World War ancestors but are not sure where to start? Why not join our Archivist Laura Yeoman as she talks you through some of the sources you can use, both onsite at York Explore and online. Following the talk there will also be an opportunity to get your questions answered.

For more information call the library on (01904) 552651 or acomb@exploreyork.org.uk.

Armistice 100: Launching York’s commemorations

The Very Rev. Vivienne Faull, Dean of York & Cllr Ashley Mason

As we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War, a launch event will be held later this year at York Minster, to mark the beginning of York’s 6 week period of remembrance to Armistice Day.

The event will take place on the 3rd October 2018 and will be specifically aimed at key stage 2 pupils, so that they can learn how the events of WW1 affected York.

The event will include a variety of military displays around the Minster and live music, with veteran personnel and civic representatives in attendance. Invitations are being sent to schools across York this week and a special educational pack is being developed to help students prepare for the event, including a special composition by Dr Richard Shepherd MBE DL. There will also be a summer long poetry competition, open to all key stage 2 pupils across York, with sessions running in the summer holidays to support children to make an entry.

First York are supporting the event by allowing schools not within walking distance to the Minster to use their service busses free of charge.

Action taken on issues in and near Westfield

Shame to see so much disrepair and vandalism in the St Stephens graveyard in Acomb. Several who fell in the First and Second World Wars are buried here. We hope, as part of the commemoration of the end of WW1, some refurbishment work might be possible. More to come

As a minimum, we’ll ask for the War Memorial on The Green to be given a good clean and tidy up in the spring

Good progress is being made on levelling the footpath on the Library side of Front Street

Recent rain has meant that some paths and roads have standing water on them. Part of the footpath on Askham Lane is almost blocked at one point. We’ve reported the locations that we have spotted. To report issues go to https://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems

Good to see that all the noticeboards in the Westfield Ward are now back in use and are being updated regularly. If you wish to advertise a local event email Foxwoodra@btinternet.com. They have taken over noticeboard management in most of the area

Action taken on these

York Council seeks residents’ views on World War I commemoration

City of York Council is asking residents for their ideas on ways to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I next year.

The move follows a motion to Full Council earlier this year which called for a group to be set up to co-ordinate plans for the commemorations across the city, ensuring that as many people as possible are involved in the commemorative events.

”We’re keen to find out whether people are already planning any commemorative events and, if they are, what the council and its partners may be able to do to support them. We also want to hear if there are any particular events on commemorations that people would like to see in the city.”

: “We want to create and support a diverse programme of activities that reflect the horrors of war and the causes and consequences of the war; as well as making a commitment to learn the lessons of the past to help build peace in the future.”

Comments and ideas should be emailed to WW1Commemoration2018@york.gov.uk as soon as possible.


What’s on in York: Landscapes of Remembrance

Acomb Explore Library :

Sat 19th Nov :

9.00am – 2.00pm :


Nov 11_landscapes ColourLandscapes of Remembrance is a York Archaeological Trust project funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has explored memorials to the fallen of World War One from an archaeological perspective. We have looked at location, style, symbolism and the background to the creation of these memorials. We have explored records in the archives and gone out into the field to photograph and record details about the monuments.

The Landscape of Remembrance soundscape has been created by Converge students. Inspired by the work of our volunteers they have looked at the records and gone out into the field to consider how we commemorate and how we relate to monuments today.

To find out more about Jorvik Dig please visit our website or call our Reservations Department on 01904 615505

Tickets can be booked

In person: call in at any library in York
By phone: 01904 552828 or 01904 552651
Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk