What’s on in York: New further education courses available.

York Learning Autumn prospectus includes help on Home Energy Saving options

 …plus much, much more!

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What’s on in York: Eco Crafts at Tang Hall Explore Library

Think twice about what you’re throwing in the rubbish and upcycle everyday objects in our Eco Crafts sessions!

  • JUL 5th Tue, 17:00 – 19:00 BST Eco Crafts Tang Hall Explore Library, York Tickets
  • JUL 12th Tue, 17:00 – 19:00 BST Eco Crafts Tang Hall Explore Library, York Tickets
  • JUL 19th Tue, 17:00 – 19:00 BST Eco Crafts Tang Hall Explore Library, York Tickets
About this event

Join our craft group with a difference as we give a second life to everyday objects and craft them into new and wonderful creations. Much like our ordinary craft group, you can bring your own projects and materials and staff or volunteers will be on hand to provide materials and inspiration too! Crafts could range from paper making, textiles and more. Learn new skills and techniques and help protect our planet in the process by reducing, reusing and recycling.

Open to all ages, adults, teens and children alike.

Bid to protect two pubs near York

The York Council is being asked on Monday 11th July to list two local pubs as “assets of community value” (ACV). The pubs are:

  • a.   Grey Horse Inn, Main Street, Elvington, York. An application has been received from Elvington Parish Council.
  • b.   Royal Oak Public House, 1 Main Street, Copmanthorpe, York. An application has been received from Copmanthorpe Parish Council.

Both applications are requests to re-add the properties to the ACV register.

The purpose behind these provisions is to ensure that property (land and building) assets which are currently used for principal/non ancillary use(s) which benefit the local communities are not disposed of without the local community being given an opportunity to bid for these assets if and when the owner wishes to dispose of the asset.

This right is not simply to accommodate ‘public assets’ but also private assets, the test is whether such assets are viewed as ‘assets of community value’. These assets therefore could be currently owned by the public, private or voluntary sector

if a building or piece of land which is on the list is going to be disposed of (by way of either a freehold sale or granting of a lease for a Term of 25 years or more) with vacant possession, then the owner of the asset needs to give notice to the local authority. There is then a 6 week moratorium period for any community group to express interest in writing.

If they do, then a 6 month period (commencing from the date on which the Council had received notice of the owner’s intention to dispose of the asset) is provided for that group to prepare its bid. After that period the owner can market the property and any bid from the community group will be considered with bids from other interested parties.

There is no guarantee that the offer from the community group will be successful as the owner of the asset will dispose of the property in accordance with its own criteria for disposal. There are a number of exceptions contained within the legislation that mean that this moratorium period does not apply and the owner does not need to give notice of its intention to sell. This includes when there is a legally enforceable requirement, which pre-dates the listing, to sell to a specific party.

The current list of assets of Community Value are:

  1. The Golden Ball Public House, 2 Cromwell Road, York, YO16 6DU – approved 6 th March 2014. Renewed on 15th July 2019
  2. New Earswick and District Bowls Club, Huntington Road, York, YO32 9PX – approved 6th November 2014. Renewed on 24th July 2020.
  3. Holgate Allotments, Ashton Lane, Holgate, York, YO24 4LX – approved 29th June 2015. Renewed on 14th February 2022.
  4. The Swan, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1JH – approved 20th October 2015.
  5. The Derwent Arms, 29 Osbaldwick Village, Osbaldwick, YO10 3NP – approved 14th March 2016. Renewed on 11th April 2022.
  6. The Minster Inn, 24 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH – approved 11th July 2016.
  7. The Wenlock Arms Public House, 73 Main Street, Wheldrake, YO19 6AA – approved 11th July 2016.
  8. Costcutter Shop, 58 Main Street, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6AB – approved 11th July 2016.
  9. Wheldrake Woods (owned by the Forestry Commission), Broad Highway, Wheldrake, YO19 6 – approved 11th July 2016.
  10. The Blacksmiths Arms, Naburn York, YO19 4PN – approved 12th September 2016.
  11. Holgate Community Garden and Play Park, Upper St Paul’s Terrace, York, YO24 4BS. – approved 12th September 2016
  12. White Rose House, 79 Main Street, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6AA – approved 29th September 2016.
  13. The Grey Horse Public House, Main Street, Elvington, York, YO41 4AA – approved 19th December 2016.
  14. The Deramore Arms Public House, Main Street, Heslington, York, YO10 5EA. – approved 13th March 2017.
  15. The Carlton Tavern Public House, 104 Acomb Road, York, YO24 4HA – approved 10th April 2017.
  16. The Royal Oak Public House, 1 Main Street, Copmanthorpe, York, YO23 3ST. – approved 12th June 2017.
  17. The Blue Bell Public House, 53 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF. – approved 17th October 2017.
  18. The Old Ebor Public House, 2 Drake Street, York, YO23 1EQ. – approved 17th October 2017.
  19. New Earswick Swimming Pool, Hawthorne Terrace, New Earswick, YO32 4TZ. – approved 12th March 2018.
    20.Strensall Library, 19 The Village, Strensall, York, YO32 5XS. – approved 9th April 2018.
  20. The Lord Collingwood Public House, The Green, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6DP. – approved 14th May 2018.
  21. The Garrison Church of St Wilfrid, St Wilfrid’s Road, Strensall, York, YO32 5SJ. – approved 17th September 2018.
  22. Hurst Hall Community Centre, Border Road, Strensall Camp, York, B757RL. – approved 15th July 2019.
  23. The Lord Nelson Public House, 9 Main Street. Nether Poppleton , York, YO26 6HS. – approved 16th September 2019.
  24. The Blacksmiths Arms Public House, Shipton Road, Skelton, York, YO30 1YJ. – approved 16th September 2019.
  25. The car park at rear of the former Murton Arms Public House, Main Street, Murton, York, YO19 5UQ. – approved 24th July 2020.
  26. The Golden Ball Public House, 2 Cromwell Road, York, YO16 6DU – approved 6 th March 2014. Renewed on 15th July 2019

Council confirms £8,767 cost of Foxwood Youth Club plus dozens of other grants

The York Council has published a long list of grants which are being made under its ward committee system. Although the system has involved public consultation in the past – to help decide priorities – this hasn’t happened in recent years. The grants (approved by local Councillors) include-

  • The awards include a £8767 contribution towards “The Island” to enable them to run a youth club at the Foxwood Community centre on Tuesday evenings. The award document says the award is for “Starting an open access youth club for young people aged 13-18 at Foxwood Community Centre, beginning on Tuesday 28th June. The youth club will run every Tuesday 7-9pm and will be facilitated by Youth Workers from The Island and community volunteers. As part of the project, youth workers will also be undertaking detached youth work, venturing out into the community on Tuesday evenings”
  • A grant of £3632 is also being made to Gateway towards the costs and materials associated with weekly After School Hangout for young people aged 5-16 in Chapelfields delivered on Thursdays term time by members of The Gateway youth and children’s team.
  • £875 will go to “New Visuality” to celebrate “green spaces art project involving 75 local young people. The project will focus on 3 groups of children with Westfield Ward postcodes: Westfield Primary, Hob Moor School, and 2nd Acomb Scouts Group”.
  • £850 will fund “”set up costs of a free to access Wednesday Play Morning sessions for children under five years old.” at Acomb Library
  • Toolbox Drama will get £2678 for “start up funding towards developing a fully accessible dance fitness programme within Westfield ward (at Energise) for adults with additional needs”.
  • York Cares received a grant of £626 for their, recently completed) Big Community Challenge Green Corridors, a large scale transformative project to improve biodiversity between urban areas throughout the west of York (covering the wards of Acomb, Woodthorpe and Westfield). Westfield Ward contribution
  • There are dozens of other awards across the City. One will be eye-catching for those cyclists who have long complained about obstructions to cycle paths. £1204 will go to Greenways to allow them to “ purchase new power tools which will enable the group to maintain verges along the solar system cycle track from Tadcaster Road to the Sun (southern by-pass)”
click to view full list

York Sports Awards winners announced

The 9th York Sports Awards ceremony held at the Roger Kirk Centre at the University of York, saw 46 awards handed out to athletes, coaches, volunteers and administrators across the city.

Olympic shot putter Scott Lincoln and Paralympian Boccia athlete Beth Moulam were awarded Sportsman and Disability Sportsperson of the year at the prestigious event. Rower Lucy Edmunds, Great Britain under 23 rower, was recognised as Sportswoman of the year.

York City Knights Ladies were the big team winners, scoring the Performance Team/Club of the year with their coach Lindsay Anfield who was also voted Coach of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year award was given to Georgia Briggs for her work at University of York Rugby Union Club.

York City Football Club Foundation’s “Lifting Spirits” Initiative was voted the leading “Wellbeing Project /Event of the Year” for the Foundation’s work in supporting vulnerable and older people through sport.

A special “Community Champion” Award was presented to GoGet York a project making cycling and other outdoor activities accessible for all.

The “Outstanding Service to Sport” Award, in association with City of York Council, was won by Yvette Shepherd for her dedication to York RI AFC.

Here is the full list of the awards winners:

Young Achievers (Sponsored by Better):

York – Selby cycle track resurfacing completed

It has taken a long time, but most of the York – Selby cycle track, from the Ouse to Riccall, has now been resurfaced.

The surface is now level – to the point where someone was roller blading on it yesterday. That would have been virtually impossible previously because of root damage to the surface.

All sections of the route have now reopened.

There is work still to do.

Overgrowth obstructs the path in some places at this time of year with the worst affected section being located near Bishopthorpe.

….and the York Council maintained section, between London Bride and the A 64 southern by pass, continues to be an embarrassment to the City. We hope to see prompt action on improving this part of the route.

But credit to SUSTRANs – and the government for its grant support – for making the route accessible again at a time when more people will want to take advantage of the good weather.

Adult Learning in York Week gives residents a taste of what’s on offer

The breadth of lifelong learning opportunities available in York will be showcased later this month as part of the city’s second Adult Learning in York Week (27 June – 3 July).

Organised by adult learning providers across the city, the week-long event will include a series of one-off learning events, including sessions on how a steam engine works, an introduction into family history and uncovering the legend of Dick Turpin. The aim is to showcase just some of the activities and courses that run throughout the year in York.

This is the second year the event has been held, building on the success of the inaugural Adult Learning in York Week last September.

For full details of the events on offer during the week, including information on adult learning courses in York, visit www.york.gov.uk/AdultLearningYorkWeek