Beverley Minster - a parish church, not a cathedral...

York Press: West front of Beverley minster, said to have inspired Westminster AbbeyImage supplied by Beverley Minster

1:21pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

In the latest in our occasional series on great Yorkshire churches, STEPHEN LEWIS visits one of the finest parish churches in the North – Beverley Minster.

Using medieval combat as a modern sport

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2:47pm Monday 18th August 2014

This week the month-long Yorkshire Medieval Festival turns its attention to early combat methods. As MATT CLARK discovers, they are surprisingly familiar.

Memories of Lauren Bacall

York Press: Lauren Bacall in the 1940s

2:15pm Saturday 16th August 2014

AS a manager at upmarket lingerie firm Rigby & Peller, Kathryn Rolfe had served several famous customers at the company's flagship store opposite Harrods in Knightsbridge.

Meet York's diverse street performers

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9:16am Friday 15th August 2014

This summer, York city centre has been saturated with a range of talented street performers. CHARLOTTE WAINWRIGHT went out to meet some of them.

Kevin Hollinrake: A true blue who wants a fairer society

York Press: Kevin Hollinrake, the prosepective MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey. Pic: Mike Tipping (9247034)

10:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

ASK most would-beTory MPs who their heroes are, and you'll get a fairly predictable answer: Margaret Thatcher or Sir Winston Churchill most likely.

Supporting Scarborough's lifeboat heroes

York Press: The Scarborough lifeboat on a training exercise close to the North Bay shore. Picture: Matt Clark (9038998)

2:11pm Monday 11th August 2014

The North Sea is not a good place to be stranded but rescues cost serious money and Scarborough lifeboat is running an appeal for new equipment. MATT CLARK discovers why.

Give your home a cool Scandinavian make-over

York Press: Lindsey Green in the garden of her stylish home in Appleton Roebuck     Picture Frank Dwyer

1:34pm Saturday 9th August 2014

A sleepy corner of North Yorkshire has been given a cool Scandinavian make-over. MAXINE GORDON finds out more • Pictures: Frank Dwyer

‘Mad idea’ which grew into Screenplay

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9:23am Thursday 7th August 2014

Stephen Joseph Theatre associate director Henry Bell wanted to find a challenge for writers who were not internationally famous or who had not worked in the theatre before. As he tells Steve Pratt, the result was Screenplay

‘We have never knowingly detected a UFO’

York Press: RAF Fylingdales. The operations room, manned 24/7,  365 days a year. Picture: Matt Clark (8841928)

3:24pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MATT CLARK visits RAF Fylingdales to hear about tracking space debris and the vital role of the information gathered there plays in our lives.

A celebration of all things trainspotting

York Press: Glyn Sunman, of Woodthorpe, who has written about his memories of trainspotting when he was a child. Pic: Mike Tipping (8849413)

3:37pm Monday 4th August 2014

It is possibly Britain's most misunderstood and under-appreciated hobby. Now the National Railway Museum is preparing to stage a five month celebration of all things Trainspotting. STEPHEN LEWIS reports

Village bids to raise gold standard

York Press: Dunnington in bloom. Chairman Roy Freer inspects Dunnington's Britain in Bloom route Picture: Matt Clark (8575407)

12:32pm Friday 1st August 2014

National flower judges will be in North Yorkshire today. MATT CLARK went to see the final preparations ahead of their visit.

York's glass palace that never was

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10:19am Thursday 31st July 2014

Newgate Market is temporarily back in its original home while Newgate is refurbished. STEPHEN LEWIS looks back at the history of the

A close encounter with Flamingo Land’s Sumatran tiger cubs

York Press: Sumatran tigers at Flamingo Land. Picture: Matt Clark (8724646)

3:11pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Flamingo Land's three Sumatran tiger cubs are now more than four months old. STEPHEN LEWIS went to meet them - and their formidable mother

Theremin Bollards open up world of music for all

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9:20am Tuesday 29th July 2014

When a young Leon Theremin invented a unique instrument to detect runaway prisoners during the height of the Russian Civil War, little did he know that almost a century later it would be the source of a medical breakthrough.

Pictures on the nature trail

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2:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

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

Flowers from a Yorkshire field

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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

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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

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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

York Press:

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

York Press:

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

York Press:

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

York Press:

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.

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