10 Christmas beers reviewed, as specialist reports bumper sales

York Press:

3:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

Looking for some last-minute presents? Or an alternative to wine with your Christmas dinner? Look no further....

Barry Tweed-Rycroft's photographs show off Yorkshire's moody and magnificent landscapes

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2:24pm Friday 19th December 2014

EARLY sunlight throws into relief the weird stone jumble of Brimham Rocks, the expanse of Nidderdale falling away at its feet.

The highs and lows of Hugh Bayley's political career

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12:20pm Thursday 18th December 2014

York Central MP Hugh Bayley will be standing down at the next election. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Close up to ebola fight in Africa

York Press:

12:38pm Thursday 18th December 2014

York-trained medics are heading to Africa to join the fight against ebola. Chris Webber reports.

York Housing Association - a fine tradition of providing affordable homes

York Press:

1:07pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

York is one of the worst housing blackspots in England, with only three per cent of its homes classed as affordable. MATT CLARK meets the head of an organisation that offers an alternative to buying.

York's top 10 Google searches of 2014

York Press: File photo dated 04/09/13 of an iPad showing the Google search engine home page as internet searches for child abuse images will be blocked for the first time by Microsoft and Google after months of mounting pressure. (13163891)

12:10am Tuesday 16th December 2014

THE World Cup and the new John Lewis store at Monks Cross were among the most-searched for topics on Google by York residents this year, the company has revealed.

We’re walking (and skiing) in a winter wonderland...

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2:47pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

NADIA JEFFERSON-BROWN skies and skates through a Christmas Adventure

Turning a derelict country barn into an award-winning home

York Press: Annie Stirk outside her new home, a barn conversion at Brandsby  Picture: Garry Atkinson

2:42pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

North Yorkshire foodie Annie Stirk has turned a derelict country barn into a modern, open-plan, award-winning home. She tells MAXINE GORDON about her recipe for a successful conversion

Feeding the birds this winter

York Press: Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on string of fat balls, Bedfordshire, UK, AprilPhoto: Nigel Blake (rspb-images.com)

1:52pm Monday 15th December 2014

Garden birds face a tough winter, but there is a lot you can do to help them through, finds STEPHEN LEWIS.

From the Troubles to the Afghan desert, a leading soldier’s life serving his country

York Press: Major Chad Fowler is accompanied by Brigadier Greville Bibby at a royal gun salute in terrible weather conditions inside Yorks' Museum Gardens to mark the birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.
pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (13811001)

9:02am Friday 12th December 2014

York's army commander Brigadier Greville Bibby is to retire after a glittering 34 year career. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS

Black day in history for Scarborough

York Press: Yesterday Once More: pics from Remember Scarborough by Bob Clarke, an account of the Imperial German Navy's bombardment of Yorkshire towns on December 16, 1914.Merryweather's food store on Prospect Road. The shopkeeper (pictured in apron) lost his wife in

10:36am Thursday 11th December 2014

IT was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that the Imperial Germany Navy's High Sea Fleet launched a devastating bombardment of three English seaside towns: Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Christmas spirit in York

York Press: St Helen's Square, York. Picture: Matt Clark (14268327)

8:53am Thursday 11th December 2014

Christmas is all around us and so the feeling grows. MATT CLARK soaks up its spirit in York city centre.

Christmas spirit in York

York Press: Lights from the cabins bathes Parliament Street during St Nicholas Fair. Picture: Matt Clark                         (13998975)

8:51am Thursday 11th December 2014

Christmas is all around us and so the feeling grows. MATT CLARK soaks up its spirit in York city centre.

5 true stories from York's crisis welfare fund

York Press:

4:10pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

5 case studies from the York Financial Assistance Scheme...

A call in the middle of the night is often the start of a big news story

York Press:

8:16am Wednesday 10th December 2014

Chief Reporter MIKE LAYCOCK today marks 30 years’ service at The Press. Here he recalls some of the more memorable stories he has covered – and reflects on the changes York has seen since 1984

Becoming a mentor can transform a life

York Press:

7:47pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

LAUGHTER and excitement fill the 68 Centre in Monckton Road.

11 of the best - Dame Judi Dench at 80

York Press:

9:48am Tuesday 9th December 2014

TO mark the 80th birthday of York's most famous actress, Dame Judi Dench, we take a whistlestop look at 10 of her most famous roles - and flash back to her 1957 appearance in the York Mystery Plays.

Stamford Bridge Photography Group pick out their favourite pictures

York Press: Castle Howard by John SandersonStamford Bridge Photography Group

3:09pm Monday 8th December 2014

IT BEGAN three years ago with a couple of lines in Kate Birkinshaw's village Link magazine.

Tickling the taste buds with Gallic flavours

York Press: Yves Quemerais with his Christmas log with hazelnut biscuit, chocolate and chestnut mousse and nougatine. Picture: Matt Clark (12432751)

12:52pm Saturday 6th December 2014

Fancy something different for Christmas dinner? MATT CLARK meets the chef on a mission to bring classic French cuisine to our festive tables

York's revamped library almost ready to Explore

York Press: Archivists Sarah Tester and Francesca Taylor discuss how to get the systems in place ahead of the library's re-opening. Picture: Matt Clark   (13929749)

1:28pm Friday 5th December 2014

York Explore has been closed for renovations since June. With the work almost complete MATT CLARK previews what we can expect.

Top tips for photographing wildlife

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12:55pm Thursday 4th December 2014

A new photography competition is looking for the very best photographs of Yorkshire's wild places and wild plants and animals - and it is open to everyone. STEPHEN LEWIS reports

Weaving their magic to create York Minster's Advent wreath

York Press: Beryl Plimmer starts work on the York Minster advent wreath just after 8am last Friday. Picture: Matt Clark (13757848)

1:02pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Early last Friday a group of women gathered in York Minster to weave its Advent wreath. MATT CLARK joined them to produce a record of the process from start to finish

Saddle up with style

York Press: Blue Cassandra Cycle Coat (£130), blue helmet (£89), Tokyo bike (£490)

2:10pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

If you’ve been tempted on to two wheels this year, MAXINE GORDON shows you how to do it in style.

Harrogate lights up for real-life sparkler

York Press:

1:40pm Monday 1st December 2014

For the past two years Harrogate has been voted the happiest place to live. As MATT CLARK discovers, even in winter there’s no discontent.

When Teddy Norton was the highest man in the world

York Press:

1:33pm Monday 1st December 2014

York academic Christopher Norton’s grandfather Edward was one of the great early mountaineers – the leader of the 1924 Everest expedition in which Mallory and Irvine died. Now his diaries and sketchbooks have been published for the first time. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Des res is a delightful flight of fancy

York Press:

1:42pm Saturday 29th November 2014

MAXINE GORDON meets the Yorkshire couple who have turned a million pound jet into a luxury crash pad.

Artist Pete Edwards has Doctor Who moment

York Press:

12:06pm Friday 28th November 2014

Pete Edwards has spent a lifetime in art at Pocklington School, but only now, at the age of 65, does he feel that he is coming into his own, writes JO HUGHES.

All’s well that lens well for our Martin

York Press:

11:56am Thursday 27th November 2014

After 44 years with this newspaper, picture editor Martin Oates is taking a well-earned early retirement. STEPHEN LEWIS reports

Drawing on York’s history

York Press:

3:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

This is a history of York as you’ve never seen it, writes STEPHEN LEWIS of a new book about the city’s ‘first 2000 years’.

13 PICTURES: The remarkable ruined building left neglected above a York restaurant for years

York Press:

7:30pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

WHEN new owners went into 69-71 Micklegate, they found ancient features but astonishing disrepair.

York's crafty set prepares for a hand-made Christmas

York Press: MAIN PICTURE:  Naomi Whittaker, stained glass artist, working on an angel designPicture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

3:08pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

YORK Minister in beautiful hues of lilacs and blues takes pride of place in Naomi Whittaker's lounge. Made from stained glass, it is the latest work by the South Bank artist.

Castle Howard's Christmas wonderland ready to open

York Press:

2:27pm Friday 21st November 2014

It’s VisitYork’s largest visitor attraction of the year, but Christmas is the most magical time to call in at Castle Howard. MATT CLARK went to see the preparations.

Even viable pubs are being closed now - we must fight!

York Press:

12:49pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Ill-conceived laws and an unfair market have put our pubs at risk, says landlord PAUL CROSSMAN.

A sense of community puts Bishy Road streets ahead

York Press: The Tour de France passing down through Bishopthorpe Road. Pic by Jo Hughes (8114949)

8:02am Thursday 20th November 2014

What’s so special about Bishopthorpe Road? just about everything, as The Press discovers.

By road, rail or sea, county removal firm moved everyone at full steam

York Press: Fig 1 McLaren road loco No 509 of 1894 Monarch outside Demain’s shed at Burn Bridge, Harrogate. Some of George Ward’s furniture removal vans can be seen inside the shed behind the engine. Photo courtesy Max Hamilton

1:12pm Thursday 20th November 2014

More than 100 years ago, a Harrogate man who started out driving wagons for a circus became the first man ever to ship an entire houseful of furniture across the Atlantic to Boston. Transport historian DEREK RAYNER tells STEPHEN LEWIS the remarkable story of George Ward, Victorian removal man extraordinaire.

How trains put photographer John Sanderson on track

York Press: The Dominion of Canada at the Great Gathering at the NRM, 2013Photo: John Sanderson

2:35pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

READER John Sanderson is a former HGV driver turned railway maintenance worker with a lifelong love of trains.

Georgey Spanswick wakes up York with radio show

York Press: Radio York Presenter , Georgie Spanswick   : Picture Frank Dwyer (12742923)

10:32am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Georgey Spanswick has been waking up York for the past six months as the presenter of BBC Radio York’s breakfast show. She tells MAXINE GORDON how she rather likes getting up at 4am and why she loves being an “offcomedon”.

Six of the best from photographer Mike Tipping

York Press:

2:09pm Monday 17th November 2014

LEGENDARY photographer Robert Doisneau once said, chance is the one thing you can’t buy. You pay for it with time, not the wasting of time but the spending of time.

The Tour de Mont Blanc is one of the great walks of the world

York Press: Mont Blanc from Le Brevent.   (12199516)

3:49pm Friday 14th November 2014

After a gentle meander to discover the source of the Nidd this summer for The Press, BOB ADAMS decided to finish his hiking year on a high. Make that very high, with the Tour de Mont Blanc

Meet the people doing their bit – for the rest of us

York Press:

1:19pm Thursday 13th November 2014

Some of the casualties of the Chancellor's austerity drive are jobs the council once did as a matter of course. So who's doing them now? MATT CLARK finds out.

Have your say on York's flood risk strategy

York Press: The 2000 great floods in York. (12455055)

2:44pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

York council has published a draft strategy that sets out how to protect the city against flooding in the years ahead. Now the authority wants you to have your say. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Artist Alison Hardcastle sets up shop from home

York Press: The artist Alison Hardcastle in the studio at her home in Nunburnholme. Pic Jo Hughes (12483851)

3:40pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

Alison Hardcastle is opening her home studio as a pop-up shop this weekend. MAXINE GORDON visits the Yorkshire Wolds artist for a sneak preview

Modern-day gladiators doing battle at a location that’s steeped in Roman history

York Press: Ben Dent goes over to open the scoring for York City Knights against Hunslet Hawks

2:24pm Friday 7th November 2014

York’s new community stadium will be built on a site where, almost 2000 years ago, Roman soldiers once camped, and trained, and hunkered over their cooking fires. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on York’s latest exciting archaeological dig – one you can get involved in…

Animal magic put in focus by Kirkbymoorside Camera Club

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4:11pm Thursday 6th November 2014

ANIMALS come in all shapes and sizes. They are often a challenge to photograph well; their movement is seldom predictable and even when you think they are posing, they are just as likely to examine the front of the lens. However, when it works, you get a great deal of pleasure.

7 striking pictures from 900 years of Walmgate Bar

York Press: A 19th century watercolour of York's Walmgate Bar as it must have looked.SUBMITTED (12335511)

9:35am Thursday 6th November 2014

HISTORIC Walmgate Bar is finally to get the repairs it badly needs after being hit by a car four years ago.

The last real wilderness underground

York Press: Exploring one of the caves in Durmitor National Park, Montenegro.  (12143540)

2:44pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

University of York cavers are treading where no one has walked before. This summer they returned to the mountains of southern Europe to continue exploring a cave system they first encountered several years ago. MATT CLARK reports.

Stag against sky is picture of autumn

York Press: Poss pic of the week.
A stag stands a moody sky in the grounds of Studley Royal.
pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (12176993)

3:09pm Monday 3rd November 2014

A RED deer stag stands silhouetted against a moody sky in this classic autumnal scene, captured by Press photographer Anthony Chappel-Ross in the grounds of Studley Royal.

Church spire continues as a guiding light

York Press: Previous year's illuminating All Saints Newton on Ouse.  Picture: Peter Bearfield. (11962450)

9:49am Friday 31st October 2014

For a few days a North Yorkshire church can be seen in a different light. MATT CLARK discovers why and learns its extraordinary history.

Memories of Yorkshire School for the Blind

York Press: 27 June 1947 Children from the Yorkshire School for the Blind enjoy a game of cricket at King's Manor with the help of a rattling ball and the whistle of the umpire.YEP PIC (11714646)

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE photographs show a typical school day out at the seaside. Children are digging in the sand, paddling and squealing with delight as they ride donkeys along the beach.

York Camera Club members capture local scenes for the 2015 St Leonard's Hospice calendar

York Press:

3:20pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

YORK Minster silhouetted against a fiery evening sky; the Millennium Bridge seen from above, linking lush green grassland either side of the River Ouse; the ruins of St Mary's Abbey standing pristine under a fall of snow: just a few of the iconic images that feature in the 2015 St Leonard's Hospice calendar.

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But are people behind you?

York Press: Maxine Gordon

1:02pm Friday 19th December 2014

ANYONE who hoped the landmark vote on Scottish independence would magically seal the constitutional genie back into its bottle has seen their wishes disappear in a puff of smoke this week.

Feeling grumpy, but not too much

York Press: Julian Cole

12:08pm Thursday 18th December 2014

I'M SO wired-up, don't need no coffee in my cup. Not me but Van Morrison. I need plenty of coffee in my cup. Behind this calm exterior, caffeine-coated bullets are ricocheting all over the place.

More than one way to make it in your own life

York Press: Helen Mead

2:32pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

DOES four fruit trees equal an orchard? If so then I haven’t completely failed in life. Having a small orchard in the garden is one of 50 signs that you’ve made it, according to a survey.

Readers' letters

Lights sequence makes no sense

York Press: An application to open a nursery in Penybanc Road have been shown the red light because of traffic issues.

9:12am Friday 19th December 2014

RECENTLY, at around 10pm, I drove from the Lord Mayor’s Walk traffic lights, turning left into Gillygate.

Osborne’s still on the right track

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:09am Friday 19th December 2014

DESPITE what Howard Perry says (Letters, December 16), we should be rejoicing that George Osborne’s Autumn Statement states that the aim is to get government spending down to 35 per cent of GDP, a positive last achieved in the 1930s.

Council signs are waste of money

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:09am Friday 19th December 2014

AT THE beginning of this year, two road name signs disappeared from the start of our cul-de-sac.

Disappointed at casuistic review

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:08am Friday 19th December 2014

I’M sure that I cannot be the only member of a capacity audience who warmly applauded the young A Cappella group Renaissance last week at the Early Music festival, to be very disappointed by Martin Dreyer’s negative and casuistic review (The Press, December 12) of their concert.

Fundraising Fun

Campaign raises £600 for York Cats Protection

York Press: webpix charity donation cash money collection

8:40am Friday 19th December 2014

FUNDRAISERS have raised £600 for York Cats Protection’s Christmas campaign so far.

Celebs wear red for appeal

York Press: York Press logo - zxc

8:23am Thursday 18th December 2014

CELEBRITIES have teamed up with patients and families for an online film to raise awareness of congenital heart surgery in Yorkshire.


Life on the frontline

York Press: File photo dated 17/08/14 of British soldiers from the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Cheshire Regiment in a Belgian town on their way to Mons as part of the British Expeditionary Force, as royalty, political leaders and families of the fallen will unite i

3:17pm Monday 15th December 2014

JEAN Stirk still remembers the day a man came to her father's house with a copy of a wartime diary.

9 brrrr-illiant old pictures of York in bitter winters

York Press:

3:21pm Friday 12th December 2014

It may be cold in York this week, but it's nothing compared to the dramatic winters captured below.

Wife sold for 38p in York

York Press:

2:53pm Monday 8th December 2014

YORK is a city with a very long history. So it is little surprise that it should also be a city with many forgotten secrets.

Health & Wellbeing

Helping hands at The Hut

York Press: Rachel Barber (left) and Tseren (correct) Gibbons for health pages.pic:Nigel Holland (13835938)

3:03pm Monday 15th December 2014

MENTAL health organisation The Hut provides meaningful activity for up to 100 people with mental health problems in York and could save local authorities up to £2million a year. But it is struggling for funding and is appealing to local people to each donate a sum to keep it going. Kate Liptrot reports.

Pharmacies on the front line this winter

York Press:

3:02pm Monday 15th December 2014

TO take the pressure off GPs and A&E this winter, people with coughs, colds and sore throats are being urged to go to their pharmacy first. Kate Liptrot reports.

Food for thought: Have yourself a vegan little Christmas

York Press:

1:57pm Monday 15th December 2014

Have your teens suddenly decided to become vegan? Do you have a vegetarian relative coming for Christmas or are you looking for a festive dish that does not involve meat? Planning a vegan or vegetarian festive feast should not be so difficult with recipes like this.


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