Pictures on the nature trail

York Press: John Baistow goldfinch feeding its young in our garden in acomb  (8596628)

2:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

WILDLIFE in all its many forms (plus one photo of a domestic moggy in rather unusual circumstances) features on our centre pages today, thanks to pictures sent in by readers.

Flowers from a Yorkshire field

York Press: Flowers feature for Living August - Rachel Wilkes (8607637)

12:25pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Flowers cultivated on a small patch of land near York are filling the city with colour. SARAH SMITH traces the growth of a cottage garden industry

Enjoy a taste of country life at Yorkshire's agricultural shows

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12:39pm Friday 25th July 2014

IF you're stuck for something to do with the family this weekend, you could do far worse than head out to Sutton Park on Sunday.

Motoring tips you probably didn’t know

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2:27pm Friday 25th July 2014

With 25 years of service to motorists, PATROLMAN PHIL takes a wry look at the business of being a ‘breakdown technician’ and recalls stories from the roadside as well as offering the occasional helpful motoring snippet

Battle for the future of Stonebow

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9:50am Thursday 24th July 2014

The future of York's Stonebow House will be debated on Saturday. MATT CLARK looks at the options

Trevor collects on a need to glow basis

York Press: Trevor Morris pictured at his York home with one of his favourite fossils.pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (8469870)

1:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Former miner Trevor Morris couldn’t get enough of going underground. In his spare time he went caving and discovered the beauty of phosphorescence.

Haxby put in the spotlight

York Press: Haxby. Picture: Matt ClarkCottages in The Village (8386648)

3:21pm Monday 21st July 2014

You don’t need to head for the sticks to find the quintessential English village. MATT CLARK spent the morning in one, just north of York.

Sweet on strawberries

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1:14pm Saturday 19th July 2014

ANDREW PERN of the Star Inn The City conjures up a new take on strawberries and cream

Phil has books covered

York Press: Phil Winskill in his workshop                      (8178577)

2:51pm Friday 18th July 2014

Books or e-readers? Opinions are divided which way it will go, but MATT CLARK meets a man who reckons talk of the book’s demise is greatly exaggerated.

How the role of women has changed

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12:51pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Women can now be bishops - and following a cabinet reshuffle, there are now also more women at the top level in government. Is the glass ceiling now a thing of the past - or is there more still to do? STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Flying drone sees the bigger picture at Castle Howard arboretum

York Press: Castle Howard Arboretum - aerial view, southern side with boundary wallPhoto taken using aerial drone by Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York

11:58am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THIS is the Castle Howard arboretum as you'll never have seen it before: from the air.

Have your say on new draft plan for York

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2:51pm Monday 14th July 2014

A 2,000-home new town at Earswick, a freight depot at Askham Bryan and new solar farms on York's outskirts are among proposed additions to York's draft local plan. You have until Wednesday to make your views known. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Auction in aid of Snappy charity

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11:13am Monday 14th July 2014

THE York charity Snappy is appealing for help with a September auction it is holding to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

St Mary’s Church in Bishophill hides a wealth of secrets

York Press: St Mary's Bishophill. Picture: Matt Clark (7677437)

1:32pm Friday 11th July 2014

It might look unassuming from the road but St Mary’s Church in Bishophill hides a wealth of secrets. MATT CLARK asks Churchwarden Graeme Thomas and York Diocese tourism officer Roy Thompson to reveal a few.

Recordings tell of horrors of First World War

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9:39am Thursday 10th July 2014

A new book and CD brings the voices of First World War veterans to moving life. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on York Oral History Society's latest project

Sifting through York Minster’s ashes

York Press:

12:49pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

THESE dramatic photographs capture the terrible scenes in York Minster after the devastating fire 30 years ago today.

20mph zones special: Pros and cons examined ahead of the final phase of roll out

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3:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

STEPHEN LEWIS looks at the pros and cons of the plan to roll out the final phase of 20mph zones in York.

We ask two experts if 20mph speed limits are a good idea

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3:33pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NO says Mike Natt, former North Yorkshire Police accident investigator and now a collision investigation consultant who regularly gives expert testimony in court

‘A 20mph limit will make streets safer’

York Press: Cllr Levene, pictured at Micklegate Bar traffic lights

3:29pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

YORK’s cabinet member with responsibility for transport, Cllr David Levene, effectively inherited the 20mph policy from his predecessor, Cllr Dave Merrett. So how committed is he to the scheme – and is there any chance of a change of direction? We put some questions to him.

Fact file: the roll-out of 20mph limits in York

York Press: Why has speed been reduced?

3:26pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

INTRODUCTION of 20mph speed limits on residential roads has already been completed in South Bank and in the western area of York.

What is the evidence that 20mph limits reduce accidents?

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3:23pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE city council bases part of its case for reducing speeds in York on a Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) report first produced in 2000: “The effects of drivers’ speed on the frequency of road accidents”.

‘Cyclists on the pavements are a much bigger danger’

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3:21pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Madeleine Howell went to Woodthorpe, where 20mph limits have already been introduced on residential streets, to ask what local people think of them.

Tuck in to sweet treats at vintage cafe

York Press: ANYONE FOR TEA: A giant teapot signals the Vintage Pop-Up Cafe is open for businessPictures: Mike Tippinhg

3:23pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

IN a sleepy cul-de-sac on the outskirts of York, a busy mum is brewing up a café experience with a difference.

The night when fire hit York Minster

York Press: July 1984 York Minster.   Fire sweeps through the south tranceptYEP PIC (7831311)

11:40am Tuesday 8th July 2014

IT was long and hot, that summer of 1984. Farmers were desperate for rain. But there seemed little sign of it on the night of July 8 and 9.

Ampleforth Abbey cider has a still and sparkling future

York Press: Cameron Smith with bottled cider in the apple orchards at Ampleforth College.Nigel Holland

1:42pm Saturday 5th July 2014

CAMERON Smith is holding his breath when we arrive at Ampleforth Abbey's cider mill.

Clare pictures puffins on patrol

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12:19pm Friday 4th July 2014

York mum of three and keen amateur photographer CLARE TASKER captured these photographs in the Farne Islands. There is still just time to see puffins closer to home too.

Taking a calculated flood risk

York Press: Newly appointed Flood Risk  Manager, Steve Wragg      Picture Frank Dwyer (7563294)

10:05am Thursday 3rd July 2014

There is a new man in charge of protecting York against floods. STEPHEN LEWIS spoke to Steve Wragg

Yellow fever breaks out as Tour de France draws near

York Press: York be Part Of It launches at Rowntree Park

3:25pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

WITH only three days to go, York is gearing up for a big Grand Départ welcome. The 2014 Tour de France officially begins in Leeds on Saturday. But Day 2 sets off from the Knavesmire on Sunday. And the city is bringing out the bunting for the occasion.

New look gives Rachel a big lift

York Press: BEFORE: Rachel Burns before her make-over

10:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

FIGHTING breast cancer robbed Rachel Burns of her right breast, her long dark hair and her body confidence.

Bob’s tales from the banks of the River Nidd

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1:47pm Monday 30th June 2014

BOB ADAMS has a long held fascination with the River Nidd, but he’s only just got round to exploring it. Last time we caught up with Bob he had reached Knaresborough. Now he heads to Ripley and then on into the Dales and some very different scenery.

Dine in York's global kitchen

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1:11pm Saturday 28th June 2014

Eat your way around the world at York's newest restaurant. MAXINE GORDON reports

Why York Minster remains such a big attraction

York Press: Jess Monaghan, the new visitors experience officer at York Minster. Picture: Matt Clark (7356600)

1:25pm Friday 27th June 2014

HALF a million people visit York Minster every year and the numbers are growing. So why does the cathedral need someone called a director of visitor experience?

City scenes then and now

York Press: Leeman Road late 1890s

11:48am Thursday 26th June 2014

IF you’re sometimes tempted to think that nothing much ever changes in York ... well, think again.

Audience packs Barbican for 2014 York Music Hub Festival

York Press: The York Music Hub Festival at York Barbican on Saturday afternoon. Pictured starting off the first of the days two concerts are the York Academy Wow Band. Picture David Harrison. (7465551)

12:09pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

HUNDREDS of children from across York kept packed Barbican audiences entranced at the weekend in the 2014 York Music Hub Festival.

Major First World War exhibition comes to York

York Press: Mike Linstead at the Castle Museum in the new War exhibition area

12:07pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

The York Castle Museum’s new exhibition sets out to tell the story of the First World War. STEPHEN LEWIS was blown away

Walking York's city walls

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1:40pm Saturday 21st June 2014

FOR those of us lucky enough to live in York, the city walls are a familiar, satisfying backdrop. For visitors, meanwhile, they are one of York's star attractions.

Food Festival serves up a French starter

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1:36pm Saturday 21st June 2014

Ahead of the Grand Départ, York has launched a food festival full of the flavours of France. MATT CLARK finds out more

Keeping the company of saints and witches along the River Nidd

York Press: Bob Adams walks along the River Nidd in Knaresborough. Picture: Matt Clark (6839224)

12:46pm Friday 20th June 2014

THIS was a day of saints and witches. In the Middle Ages if you went off to live in a cave you were either called a saint and venerated, or a witch and persecuted. I had the impression that Saint Robert of Knaresborough was probably a reluctant saint. He found a quiet cave by the river to be alone and people kept coming to him to be healed.

Scouting about for 100 years

York Press: The Cubs dressed in Sacks for the Pickering feast in 1981.

2:53pm Thursday 19th June 2014

CELEBRATIONS have been held to mark a Centenary of Cub Scouting in Pickering.

North Yorkshire town gets in the mood for the Tour de France

York Press: Living Knaresborough. Picture: Matt Clark (7246213)

11:17am Wednesday 18th June 2014

All eyes will be on North Yorkshire next month as it hosts the world’s largest annual sporting event MATT CLARK visits one of the most picturesque points along the route

Masons have gin-making off to a T

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11:16am Saturday 14th June 2014

To mark World Gin Day today, MAXINE GORDON raises a glass to the husband and wife team bringing gin distilling back to Yorkshire.

Spotlight on the future of West Bank Park

York Press: (Left) Shona Harris and Jane Cullen of the West Bank Park Heritage Project with the Park's old keepers lodge (background) which they are hoping can be converted into a heritage centre and cafe. Pictur : Garry Atkinson (7073087)

11:59am Friday 13th June 2014

More than 100 people packed a meeting this week to talk about a unique heritage project at West Bank Park. JANE CULLEN, founder and chair of the West Bank Park Heritage Project, reports.

A look back at York's original electric-powered public transport

York Press: Trolleybus No 30 in East Parade, Heworth, in the early 1930s

12:13pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Emission-free electric buses may be the next generation of public transport, but, as PETER DEW reports, we've been here before.

Jewel in the Sykes Church Trail crown has its own secrets for you to discover

York Press: Sledmere Church has quite a history

12:18pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

In the latest in our occasional series on Yorkshire churches, STEPHEN LEWIS visits St Mary's, Sledmere

Meandering through the land of Nidd

York Press: Bob Adams discovers the end of the line for the River Nidd as it flows from the left into the Ouse at Nun Monkton. Picture: Matt Clark (6837325)

1:39pm Monday 9th June 2014

It's name is Celtic for brilliant but the muddy waters of the Nidd have always held a strange fascination for Bob Adams. Now he is finding out why by walking the river's length. Today we publish the diary of his first day's exploration.

Spotlight on newsman’s life in pictures

York Press: Garry Atkinson at work. (6840540)

10:30am Friday 6th June 2014

Press photographer Garry Atkinson is about to stand down after almost 40 years with the newspaper. STEPHEN LEWIS looks back at his award-winning career

Honouring those lost in the Great War

York Press: Geneaologist Janet Lea walks past a First World War headstone at York Cemetery

1:06pm Thursday 5th June 2014

An exhibition at York Cemetery this weekend will look at the lives of some of those buried in the grounds.

Have your say in York's Design Awards

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9:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014

IT is time for you to have your say once again on what you think is the best new building, restoration or public space project in York. STEPHEN LEWIS introduces the entries for The York Design Awards' Press People's Award.

To Flanders Fields by bike

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1:47pm Monday 2nd June 2014

Like York, Ypres is hosting the Tour de France. Each evening the Belgian city pauses to remember the First World War and in this year of special commemoration the riders will pass through the Flanders battlefields. On his bike, PAUL GRAHAM beat them to it.

Festival of Ideas: The stories Gavin Esler has heard

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1:19pm Saturday 31st May 2014

Gavin Esler will be in York for the Festival of Ideas next month to talk about some of the great world leaders he has interviewed down the years. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

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Columnists

Mum, meet the parents

York Press: Sue Nelson

2:23pm Monday 28th July 2014

I’VE just spent an evening being on my best behaviour. That, people who know me might say, makes a change. But when you’re meeting your son’s girlfriend’s parents for the first time glugging back too much booze, making non-pc jokes, slagging off politicians of whatever hue and making holier-than-though statements about religion just doesn’t cut it does it?

If I had a vote on Scottish Independence, it would be no

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12:44pm Friday 25th July 2014

SINCE Scotland is going to feature a lot on television in the next two weeks, I thought I would write today's column on Scottish independence, a debate that always evokes sensations of deja vu for me. I was in Czechoslovakia before, during and many times after its split into the Slovak and Czech Republics.

High price of ‘foreign’ wars

York Press: Julian Cole

9:52am Thursday 24th July 2014

FOREIGN news is what you step round while approaching something familiar. Sometimes such news is hard to grasp; sometimes it is too depressing for words. And sometimes ‘foreign news’ reaches up from the hard ground many thousands of feet below and destroys the plane you are sitting in.

Readers' letters

Wonder what Tony Blair thinks of it now

York Press: SPEAKING OUT: Tony Blair, who gave a briefing to journalists yesterday

9:33am Monday 28th July 2014

IN 1994, I went to film a young Labour politician for the BBC in Acomb.

No remorse

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:31am Monday 28th July 2014

MOST of us are watching daily with disbelief as, due to the excellent investigative skills of The Press, more details of this incompetent York administration are revealed.

Meadows boost

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:29am Monday 28th July 2014

IN RESPONSE to the letter of July 24 from Dorothy who wrote to ask about the poppy and wildflower meadows along Poppleton Road.

Cashing in

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:28am Monday 28th July 2014

RECENTLY I saw Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at York’s Theatre Royal. It was an excellent production and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fundraising Fun

Cancer charity thanks the county for vital support

York Press: Marie Curie Cancer Care Information Evening

8:16am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE charity Marie Curie is thanking the people of North Yorkshire for supporting its Blooming Great Tea Party campaign this summer.

Mike’s back on Tour for last leg of fundraising challenge

York Press: Charity cyclist Mike Hughes, Martin Harman, Adele Procter and Belinda Noda outside Your Bike shed where there will also be a charity auction on Sunday.pic: Anthony Chappel-RossMike Hughes, a member of Clifton Cycling Club, took part in the Marie Curie Pow

10:37am Friday 25th July 2014

A cycling enthusiast has set off on the final leg of a fundraising marathon.

History

Trawling through the archives

York Press: Wintry clouds and the cold, grey River Ouse lend an austere beauty to this photograph by Fred Spencer of a loaded barge nearing Naburn Locks on November 28, 1970 (8473608)

2:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

NO, this is not a steamboat on the Mississippi: it really is a barge on the good old River Ouse. The brooding photograph was taken by former Press chief photographer Fred Spencer in November 1970.

Readers share their memories of old photographs

York Press: October 20, 1973. Like a scene in a busy seaport... barges cluster alongside Queen's Staith, York, to unload their sacks of Illipe nuts shipped from Borneo and Sarawak. (8445357)

2:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

Reader Charles Todd got in touch about the picture we carried last week showing barges unloading sacks of illipe nuts at Queen’s Staith in 1973.

8 pictures of York from times gone by

York Press: Parliament Street 1962

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3:44pm Monday 21st July 2014

READERS of a certain age may still remember the days when York's riverside wharves were busy with river cargo.

Health & Wellbeing

Easing rheumatoid arthritis with chair pilates

York Press: The York Rheumatoid Arthritis support group pilates class at The Park Inn Hotel gym run by Pilates tutor Emma Scaling.  Maureen Dow, aged 77, pictured far right, says Pilates improves her symptoms and quality of lifePicture David Harrison.

3:22pm Monday 28th July 2014

Are you sitting comfortably? MAXINE GORDON reports on the unique York fitness class for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Always look on the brighter side of life

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3:10pm Monday 28th July 2014

I woke up one Saturday morning, drank some water and nearly hit the ceiling. I had lost a filling overnight and the water hit a nerve.

How Frankie shed six stone to become a slimming club leader

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3:12pm Monday 21st July 2014

HAVING found her weight an embarrassment for a lot of her life, her sister's wedding spurred Frankie Ruttledge on to lose six stones and to become a slimming club leader. She tells health reporter Kate Liptrot how she did it.

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