Do you love wild plants and flowers? If so, botanists need YOU to start keeping a record of wild plants in Yorkshire

York Press:

2:33pm Monday 20th April 2015

CAN you tell your bee orchid from your wood cranes-bill? How are you at spotting a rare pasqueflower or the gloriously-named melancholy thistle?

Winners of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wildlife photography competition revealed

York Press:

1:31pm Saturday 18th April 2015

Yorkshire has some great amateur wildlife photographers, as the winners of this year's Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wildlife photography competition reveal, says STEPHEN LEWIS. And if you think you can do better, the Trust will be repeating the competition at the end of this year...

Discovering the birthplace of Impressionism during a visit to Normandy

York Press:

1:50pm Saturday 18th April 2015

So this is where it all began. One of the greatest and most popular movements in art started here among the half-timbered houses and by the picturesque harbour of Honfleur, when a teenage Claude Monet was invited by local artist Eugene Roudin to come and paint landscapes out of the studio, 'en plein air.'

World Book Night: Free books to be handed out in York and region

York Press:

1:00pm Saturday 18th April 2015

LOCAL poets Don Walls and Anneliese Emmans Dean will be joining the string quartet from the York Music Centre for an evening of live music and poetry at York central library to mark World Book Night on Thursday.

Meet the parliamentary candidates for York Central

York Press:

10:44am Friday 17th April 2015

In the first of two York ‘meet the candidates’ spreads, we invited the seven parliamentary candidates competing for York Central to introduce themselves.

York's Mansion House undergoes a £1.5m restoration

York Press:

11:50am Thursday 16th April 2015

York’s historic Mansion House will be closed for a year from this summer while it undergoes a comprehensive £1.5m restoration. STEPHEN LEWIS finds out how the money will be spent.

York Art Gallery prepares to stand on its own two feet as council cuts back on its funding

York Press:

11:02am Wednesday 15th April 2015

In the year of her retirement, York Museums Trust chief executive Janet Barnes has announced that York Art Gallery will charge for entry once it reopens. She tells STEPHEN LEWIS why – and also looks back on her 13 years in charge.

Take a look at York's new Italian ice cream parlour

York Press:

2:15pm Saturday 11th April 2015

MAXINE GORDON meets the man bringing the taste of Italian gelato to the heart of York.

Glass fragments throw light on Rosedale's dark history

York Press:

11:28am Friday 10th April 2015

In the 16th century Rosedale was a hive of black-market glass-making. England’s only surviving furnace from the period is on show. MATT CLARK discovers its secrets.

Taking measures to improve safety along the banks for York's rivers

York Press:

11:53am Thursday 9th April 2015

City of York Council has made almost £100,000 worth of river safety improvements along the banks of the Ouse and Foss following a spate of drownings last year. With summer approaching, STEPHEN LEWIS joined river safety campaigner Jackie Roberts on a tour of inspection.

York airman John Beisly recalls German raids 70 years on

York Press:

12:51pm Wednesday 8th April 2015

It was the Second World War cause célèbre and still provokes heated debate today. MATT CLARK meets an airman from York who flew on the infamous Dresden raid of 1945.

Hannah is off to join the Norland Nannies

York Press:

9:59am Tuesday 7th April 2015

MAXINE GORDON meets the York teenager heading for an elite college that breeds nannies fit for the royal family.

First solo exhibition for doctor-turned-photographer Allan Harris

York Press:

1:30pm Monday 6th April 2015

Retired Haxby GP and keen amateur photographer Allan Harris is to get his first ever solo exhibition. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Shambles market opens for business following its £1.6 million refit

York Press:

8:00am Saturday 4th April 2015

Shambles Market in York is open again for business and hoping for a great Bank Holiday weekend following its £1.6 million refit. STEPHEN LEWIS went along to find out what stallholders and customers think of the new look.

A weekday night on the whisky

York Press:

12:18pm Saturday 4th April 2015

JULIAN COLE fails to keep a clear head as he heads to a whisky tasting in York

A taste of Easter on a plate

York Press:

8:00am Saturday 4th April 2015

Star Inn chef ANDREW PERN has a delicious suggestion for your Sunday menu.

A festival dipped in chocolate

York Press:

11:43am Friday 3rd April 2015

It’s Easter and that means one thing; eggs, dozens of them, and you can learn how to make your own at this weekend’s chocolate festival in York. MATT CLARK offers a taste of what to expect.

Here they are - the spectacular gems that will be on show after York Art Gallery’s £8m facelift

York Press:

10:19am Thursday 2nd April 2015

York Art Gallery has chosen Yorkshire Day for its long-awaited return. STEPHEN LEWIS takes a look at some of the stunning and important pieces we’ll be able to see for ourselves soon.

Family bond tells a political tale

York Press:

2:10pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Local politics will be a hot topic in York households in the run-up to the election, none more so than in the family of Lord Mayor Ian Gillies. He’s a staunch Tory; his daughter’s a left-winger. STEPHEN LEWIS set out to find if they could share some common ground...

Putting York on the style map

York Press:

11:54am Tuesday 31st March 2015

York is about to put fashion first for a weekend of fun events, reports MAXINE GORDON

Why is it that everyone loves playing trains?

York Press:

1:41pm Monday 30th March 2015

MATT CLARK explores an exhibition that should appeal to young and old alike.

York’s former Army and Navy Stores transformed into new bar and restaurant

York Press:

1:33pm Saturday 28th March 2015

York’s former Army and Navy Stores has been transformed into a new bar and restaurant with a quirky war theme. MAXINE GORDON marches there in quick time for an inspection.

Artists set to open their doors for York Open Studios

York Press:

1:04pm Friday 27th March 2015

Take a walk around the city next month and you will find paintings and prints, sculptures and ceramics, furniture and fabrics, jewellery and glass, all behind the doors of York Open Studios. JO HUGHES reports.

A tour around Goddards, the former home to the Terry family

York Press:

1:43pm Thursday 26th March 2015

MATT CLARK looks around the Arts & Craft house in York that was once home to the Terry family, and discovers how a young volunteer came up with the Art of Design theme running until June.

Revealing the secrets of Merchant Adventurers’ Hall's archive

York Press:

3:39pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

From April, the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is offering half price admission to YorkCard holders. MATT CLARK delves into the building’s archive and finds an incredibly detailed account of its early history.

York chocolatier makes treats with a twist

York Press:

11:12am Tuesday 24th March 2015

Fed up with Easter eggs, then how about a chocolate welly or giant cupcake? MAXINE GORDON visits a York chocolatier making treats with a twist.

The Major Series: Down deep in dirt on UK’s leading trail race

York Press:

11:55am Tuesday 24th March 2015

“KEEP moving those legs otherwise you’ll get stuck and I’m not coming in to get you,” joked one of the British Military Fitness (BMF) team members.

A vivid voice all the way from Waterloo

York Press:

3:19pm Monday 23rd March 2015

This year is the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, and retired York teacher Stephen Gavin is sharing the extraordinary diary of a relative who was there. JOHN WOODCOCK reports.

VIDEOS & PICTURES: New exhibition by wildlife artist Robert Fuller to showcase the home-building habits of birds

York Press:

12:40pm Saturday 21st March 2015

The first hint of spring heralds the start of the nesting season. Wildlife artist Robert Fuller is preparing an Easter exhibition about the home-building habits of birds. He shows STEPHEN LEWIS birds in action around his Wolds home.

Who said journalists don't have poetry in their souls?

York Press:

1:20pm Saturday 21st March 2015

Former Press and Gazette & Herald journalist James Kilner has just published his first volume of poetry. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

11 things you might not know about Richard III

York Press:

12:55pm Friday 20th March 2015

King Richard III will finally get a proper burial next week - in Leicester. STEPHEN LEWIS digs out some lesser-known facts about the king who wanted to be buried in York.

The 2015 eclipse - and how to observe it safely

York Press:

12:33pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Don’t panic tomorrow morning if the sun begins to look as though it has had a bite taken out of it... it will just be the moon getting in the way. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on the 2015 eclipse.

From devastation to a £6.5 million swimming pool

York Press:

12:40pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington officially opens Selby’s new leisure centre on Saturday, three years after the old one was gutted by fire. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on the centre which rose from the ashes.

Healthy choice for food blogger Sophie

York Press:

12:56pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

Teenage food blogger Sophie Bradshaw is followed by thousands and knows at first hand the link between good grub and wellbeing. MAXINE GORDON reports.

5 wonderful old pictures from York galas and other celebrations

York Press:

3:25pm Monday 16th March 2015

EVEN today, there is something exhilarating about hot air balloons.

Tender traits suggest a different story of early man

York Press:

2:46pm Monday 16th March 2015

Was early man really a killer ape? MATT CLARK meets a York academic whose research may change our view of human evolution.

Artist Gerard Hobson furnishes a new venture

York Press:

12:58pm Saturday 14th March 2015

York printmaker Gerard Hobson brings the outdoors indoors with his colourful wildlife prints. Now he’s moving into soft furnishings too. MAXINE GORDON pays a visit to his home and studio.

How author Matt Haig learned to see a way through depression

York Press:

1:09pm Saturday 14th March 2015

York author Matt Haig will talk openly about his battle with depression at this month’s York Literature Festival. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Exploded fragment of War of the Roses gun goes on show at new Richard III exhibition

York Press:

12:50pm Friday 13th March 2015

A new Richard III exhibition in York shines fresh light on the King’s reign. And it features a remarkable artefact that has changed the way historians interpret the War of the Roses. MATT CLARK reports.

The Pennine Way reaches a golden anniversary

York Press:

9:48am Thursday 12th March 2015

The Pennine Way is 50 years old in April. To mark the occasion, the BBC has made a four part documentary, to be presented by Arctic explorer Paul Rose. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Students harrowed by stories of the Holocaust

York Press:

2:58pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

It is one of the most infamous places in Europe – the death camp where the Nazis murdered more than a million people. DAN BEAN joined a group of York teenagers on a visit to Auschwitz.

Riders pedalling to put homes crisis in spotlight

York Press:

3:46pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

A national gathering will be held outside Parliament next week lobbying for the UK’s housing crisis to be taken more seriously. A relay to that rally has passed through York. Matt Clark reports.

Lord Mayor recalls his Mini adventure

York Press:

2:17pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

FIFTY years ago this week, Castle Howard was in the middle of a Hollywood invasion. It had been chosen to film an MGM blockbuster, Lady L, starring Sophia Loren as an 80-year-old aristocrat looking back on her life and loves.

Online gallery fills the gap for art lovers

York Press:

3:04pm Monday 9th March 2015

Until York Art Gallery reopens this summer, art lovers can only see its treasures online. In our second dip into its online gallery, MATT CLARK discovers a Reynolds, a painting by York master William Etty and a great landscape showing the old Ouse Bridge.

Inventor Andrew’s no mug

York Press:

1:38pm Saturday 7th March 2015

MAXINE GORDON meets the York inventor who is full of Infuse-iasm for the coffee and tea break.

The shooting of Sophia 50 years on - Castle Howard's role in the filming of Lady L

York Press:

2:26pm Friday 6th March 2015

Fifty years ago, long before Brideshead, Castle Howard was the location for an expensive Hollywood blockbuster starring Sophia Loren, Paul Newman and David Niven. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Regiment to join memorial for battle that turned the tide of war against the Japanese

York Press:

10:03am Thursday 5th March 2015

A group of soldiers from York will be flying out to north-east India this weekend to take part in a memorial service honouring those who fought in ‘Britain’s Greatest Battle’: the Battle of Kohima. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

The quiet corner of York with a notorious past

York Press:

1:31pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

It has been a slum and a red light area, and was also for centuries home to a religious community known as the vicars choral. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on the colourful history of Bedern.

Red carpet glamour for prom night

York Press:

10:33am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Forget the Oscars. MAXINE GORDON finds some red carpet glamour closer to home perfect for prom night.

A closer look at York Civic Trust's 'manifesto' for improving the city centre

York Press:

2:39pm Monday 2nd March 2015

THE timing of York Civic Trust's wide-ranging 'manifesto' for smartening up York could hardly have been better.

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Columnists

Eccentric Brits love to rebel

York Press: Sue Nelson

10:59am Monday 20th April 2015

DON’T you just love eccentric Brits? There’s clearly something in our national psyche that loves to challenge authority in the most bizarre way possible just to prove a point.

Digs have come a very long way

York Press: Maxine Gordon

11:43am Friday 17th April 2015

STUDENT digs have come a long way since my college days back in the 1980s. My halls of residence at Stirling University were famously modelled on a Swedish prison; the cells, sorry rooms, designed to be just big enough to stop you going mad.

Auntie sends out mixed messages

York Press: Matt Clark staff headshot

11:02am Thursday 16th April 2015

WHEN BBC director general Tony Hall said of Jeremy Clarkson: “There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another,” did no one think to tell him that at the same time, Jonathan Ross was standing in for Steve Wright on Radio 2.

Readers' letters

Increasing risk to the health service

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:54am Monday 20th April 2015

A LIKELY shortfall in GP numbers has been foreseen for some time but the recent BMA survey reported by Dr Richard Vautrey (Letters April 16) confirms the risks to the health service when many GPs retire or resign.

A lack of social housing is a problem

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:52am Monday 20th April 2015

THE latest gimmick regarding the sale of council houses is a myth.

Plenty of property but not on the cheap

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:51am Monday 20th April 2015

WE hear all the time about a general house shortage in the York area. The most recent Property Press comprised 94 pages.

Less sex in our schools, please

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:50am Monday 20th April 2015

ACCORDING to the NUT, MPs had a duty to tackle homophobia, diphobia and transphobia and create a positive climate of understanding about sexuality in schools.

Fundraising Fun

York vet to take on London Marathon challenge in aid of animal charity

York Press: GET SET, GO!: Runners start the London Marathon

7:57am Tuesday 21st April 2015

A VET from York is in the final stages of preparation for the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, in aid of animal charity PDSA.

Pink Peakers raise hundreds for cancer charity

York Press:

10:02am Monday 20th April 2015

A TEAM of walkers who call themselves The Pink Peakers took on the challenge of Yorkshire's Three Peaks and completed the 26 mile route in under 12 hours.

History

6 wonderful old pictures of York

York Press:

3:11pm Monday 20th April 2015

SOME more great photographs from reader Bryan Thornton to start off with today.

Old York photos: Check out our most recent galleries

York Press:

See all our recent nostalgia features and galleries in one place....

Old photos reveal transformation of 1930's bus into Whitby Oliver furniture van

York Press:

2:49pm Monday 20th April 2015

FOLLOWING the recent sad announcement that one of York’s oldest shops, Whitby Oliver Furniture, is to close down, reader Geoff Dickson sent us these wonderful photos.

Health & Wellbeing

Living with dementia

York Press:

2:25pm Monday 20th April 2015

PAUL Moynihan was diagnosed with early onset dementia at 54-years-old. His wife Helen talks to Kate Liptrot about their experiences of living with the condition.

Food for thought: Taste of summer with two healthy desserts

York Press:

2:20pm Monday 20th April 2015

SUMMER seems so near after a set of sunny Easter days... In El Piano restaurant we hear people talking of their holidays and inevitably of wanting to get fitter, slimmer and just generally prepare themselves for being out and about doing, instead of being stuck indoors sitting. So they think about reducing fat and sugar... El Piano founder, Magdalena Chávez takes us through a couple of great healthy desserts that bring all the taste of summer, with no added sugar and hardly any fat...  

Body, Mind & Soul: Growing your own goodness

York Press: Sally Duffin nutritionist (9028376)

2:15pm Monday 20th April 2015

The beautiful weather we’ve had recently will have gotten many of you out in your gardens tending to spring blooms and seeds for the coming summer months.

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