• Acclaim grows for Ackhorne

    GREAT oackhes from little ackhornes grow. And the fine pub that took root on St Martin's Lane, York, blossomed into the best thing off Micklegate many moons ago. The Ackhorne's continuing stature as an alehouse of quality has been rewarded again, voted

  • Way we were

    Saturday, February 18, 2006 100 years ago An exciting scene was witnessed in Spurriergate, when the shop window of Mr Krous, fancy dealer, Spurriergate was badly smashed. A horse attached to a rulley, belonging to Messrs Mark and Sons, hide and skin merchants

  • The Viking in all of us

    You can't move in York for Vikings at the moment. Mini-Vikings doing battle drill, Mummy Vikings minding the mini-Vikings and Daddy Vikings doing roaring and fighting and being generally fierce, but not so much as to frighten away the half-term tourists

  • Teen trio to thrill Tyes

    Three talented 16-year-old cricketers, whose fathers all played in Yorkshire's Benson and Hedges Cup final triumph against Northamptonshire at Lord's in 1987, are attending indoor net sessions together at Headingley during winter. And all three of them

  • Council tax rise backed

    COUNCIL chiefs in York have had to slash their budgets this year more than any previous administration in the city, civic leaders were told. The comment came from City of York Council leader Steve Galloway yesterday, as the authority's ruling executive

  • Ex-factor chance for City new boy

    MIDFIELDER Steve Thomas was set to make his York City debut at Exeter City this afternoon having signed for the Minstermen late yesterday. The former Welsh Under-21 international, who played alongside current Premiership stars Craig Bellamy and Simon

  • Theatre urged to scrap Springer show

    SCORES of people have written to York's Grand Opera House to protest at next week's staging of Jerry Springer: The Opera. More than 120 letters have already been received by theatre bosses, prior to the opening night of the controversial musical on Monday

  • Thai that binds

    York's emerging tradition as a Thai boxing hotbed is set to get another boost with Neil Thompson about to take on the best in the world. The 23-year-old from Dringhouses has been selected to fight for Great Britain in the 67 kilogramme category at the

  • Kathryn the great

    CALM and controlled Kathryn Cordell retained her York Squash Association women's title after a thrilling final against Suzi Booth at Dunnington. The number one seed saw off the number three-ranked played 9-4 9-7 9-6 in a 25-minute showdown that was characterised

  • Kenyon excels in draw

    Mick Kenyon had the game of the season for club Groves WMC 'A' against Holgate WMC 'A' in the York and District Table Tennis Association first division. Kenyon had a hand in four wins as Groves drew 5-5 with Holgate. York RI 'B' maintained their challenge

  • York flat eviction for noisy neighbour

    A NOISY neighbour who brought young people to his flat and played music late at night has been evicted after complaints from elderly neighbours. William Farley, 54, disturbed residents, who are mainly pensioners, in his block at Thurston House in the

  • Ex-factor chance for City new boy

    MIDFIELDER Steve Thomas was set to make his York City debut at Exeter City this afternoon having signed for the Minstermen late yesterday. The former Welsh Under-21 international, who played alongside current Premiership stars Craig Bellamy and Simon

  • McGurk magic

    Recalled centre-back David McGurk extended his lead at the top of the Evening Press Player of the Year and Month contest to four points by taking our man-of-the match accolade in the 3-2 win over Aldershot. Debutant Neil Bishop was our second-highest

  • The name game

    YORK City supporters have been asked to honour one of the club's former greats by putting their name forward for immortality. The KitKat Crescent club are looking for an appropriate title for the newly-refurbished Bootham Lounge and have asked Evening

  • Clumping together

    Gina Parkinson sings the praises of hellebores and tells the story behind the Christmas rose. THERE are a couple of hellebores in the front garden I see each time I leave the house. One is a clump of pure white flowers, the other has toothed leaves and

  • The Diviners by Rick Moody (Faber and Faber, £12.99)

    IT is a saga that begins with the Huns sweeping through Mongolia and closes with a Mormon in the Las Vegas desert. It is a surefire crowd pleaser. It is a guaranteed moneymaker. It is a non-existent TV mini-series. The Diviners is the name of a script

  • Cell by Stephen King (Hodder and Stoughton, £17.99)

    STEPHEN King doesn't hang around in his latest post-apocalyptic techno-chiller. Within the first ten pages, the world has been plunged into madness. An electro-magnetic 'pulse' broadcast via mobiles phones (cell phones, as they're called in the United

  • No Place For A Woman by Donna Hay (Orion, £9.99)

    York author Donna Hay hopes her latest book won't generate quite the publicity her last one did. STEPHEN LEWIS finds out why. LIFE'S more interesting than fiction, they like to say. When her last novel came out, York author Donna Hay found that out to

  • Good reasons to shop at Morrisons

    WHEN I was a lad, t' highlight of the week, was when my Dad took us to Morrisons at Yeadon (that's the place near Leeds Bradford airport). But it was 1973, I was only young, and large supermarkets were still a novelty. I'm sure that store, I've not been

  • Dear men of the nation...

    I'm writing to say sorry to those of you who believe that a woman's role is in the home by the week and, by the weekend, practicing holding up traffic in the Meadowhall car park while perfecting our 12th eight-point turn (of the day). I'm sorry, because

  • Thin blue line

    AS a retired police officer, I feel I have to take you to task over the recent report on police sickness in the North Yorkshire Police Force (February 15), especially the unnecessary caption relating to the photograph of York police headquarters. Normally

  • Bathing orphans

    YOUR article about the former Shepherd Homes HQ brought back memories for me (February 16). As a pupil at Mill Mount Grammar School between 1956 and 1959, some of the older pupils - myself included - used to go to the house when it was an orphanage, St

  • Global warning

    AS a smoker who has not smoked in restaurants for years or enjoyed visiting poorly ventilated, excessively smoky pubs, I couldn't care less whether smoking is banned in enclosed public places. I believe the issue is a minor distraction compared with the

  • Reimburse us

    WITH regard to your editorial comment (February 15), I would like to point out that some working men's clubs do "try to protect their staff from deadly smoke". At Acomb WMC we try to use the statutory regulations as a basis so we can operate at a much

  • Cappuccino Caf Bar, 2 Church Street, York

    ANN was pursuing another activity when the need for refreshment got the better of me! We had attempted to review this venue last month but found it closed. From the outside, the caf appears quite small but there is more accommodation upstairs, as are

  • Cook seethes after Knights flop at Eagles

    AN angry Mick Cook has demanded immediate improvement from his York City Knights side, otherwise they will crash out of the Northern Rail Cup at the first hurdle. The Knights lost 29-24 at Sheffield Eagles last night following the opening day defeat to

  • Hebden walk

    George Wilkinson gets a head for heights as he takes a steep route through Hebden in the Yorkshire Dales. Hebden was humming with walkers, rooks were squabbling in the sunshine, we were set for a lovely small-scale walk in mid Wharfedale. We left the

  • La Vecchia Scuola, 62 Low Petergate, York

    Peter Martini heads back to the classroom to taste the fare at York's newest Italian. I'LL probably remember La Vecchia Scuola on Low Petergate purely for the piano man. As Louise and I sat down at our table, a pianist commenced tinkling a few romantic

  • Massive expansion plans for York nightspot

    A NEW "superclub" could be coming to the centre of York. The nightclub, with space for 1,750 people, would be the biggest in the city, and could pave the way for a new late night bus service. The owners of Nexus nightclub in George Hudson Street want

  • Cook seethes after Knights flop at Eagles

    AN angry Mick Cook has demanded immediate improvement from his York City Knights side, otherwise they will crash out of the Northern Rail Cup at the first hurdle. The Knights lost 29-24 at Sheffield Eagles last night following the opening day defeat to

  • African rhythms shake Minster

    PULSATING African rhythms shook York Minster to its foundations, as hundreds of youngsters took part in a festival of worship - with some help from "Mr Drummer". The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, led drumming workshops for many of the 650 youngsters

  • Picnic benches appear at bridge, then vanish again

    NOW you see 'em, now you don't. Two pub-style benches and tables were installed by City of York Council on the grassy area near York's Millennium Bridge earlier this week. But anyone wanting to sit down and enjoy a sandwich there would have had to be

  • Man suffers head wounds in street attack

    A MAN was being treated for serious head injuries today following a disturbance in York. The 33-year-old was taken to York Hospital after an incident at the junction of Bramham Avenue and Bramham Road in the Chapelfields area at 10.30pm yesterday. A York

  • Hospital trust debt dilemma

    YORK Hospital's bid to achieve foundation status could be delayed because of the local primary care trust's huge debt crisis. Local people would be given more of a say in how the hospital is run if it gains foundation status, for which it is being evaluated

  • Stores in 24-hour alcohol plan

    TWO York city centre stores have applied for a licence to sell alcohol through the night in the run-up to Christmas. Marks & Spencer is seeking permission from City of York Council to sell alcohol 24 hours a day in its Davygate and the Coppergate

  • City fans' Reds alert

    YORK City fans will be able to share their fondest FA Cup memories with former goalkeeper Andy Leaning at the Social Club on Thursday night. Leaning will be the York Minstermen's special guest at the supporters' group's latest monthly meeting to mark

  • Kissing ban move for school productions

    KISSING between pupils in school plays should stop at a peck on the cheek, according to new guidelines aimed at stopping abuse. Drama teachers and directors thinking of putting on Romeo And Juliet may soon have to make sure there is no kissing on the

  • Old softie

    I AM Bill Hearld's number one fan and I have just split my sides, not literally, laughing at his column Trouble On The Cards (February 14). Poor Bill, struggling with all those codes and PINs. At my age I don't have a problem, even though disabled through

  • Plans afoot

    THE council has a duty to safeguard the historic environment of the city and has communicated with David Waggott on this subject on many occasions in the past (Letters, February 13). We do not accept the allegation that planning officers are dreadful

  • Parents of yobs should pay for criminal damage

    THE behaviour of these hooligans attacking buses in Strensall, York, is absolutely disgraceful (February 16). It is to be hoped that all those responsible are quickly apprehended and given meaningful punishment for their behaviour. Would it be too much

  • Unwanted record might be Jamie's

    I DOUBT you can class it as a silver lining, but Jamie Bovill's red card might just have broken a record. As all Knights fans will know, Bovill was sent off just five minutes into the season when he was red-carded by referee Ian Smith against Hull KR

  • Eagles 29, Knights 24

    YORK City Knights couldn't hold Ian Smith culpable this time. The referee, who sent Jamie Bovill off inside five minutes last week to herald an opening-day defeat to Hull KR, was in charge at Don Valley Stadium last night as the Knights fell to a 29-24

  • Empty premises

    REGARDING your Clifton Moor supplement, can someone explain why it is financially better to convert an existing club, ie Ikon and Diva, to non-food goods when the ex Wickes, Northern Electric and Alders premises are and have been empty for some time?

  • In the swim

    THREE of our four children were taught swimming through school at the Barbican, York. Unfortunately our fourth child does not have this facility due to the closure of the Barbican pool and now has to be driven to the other side of York for private lessons

  • Correct laws

    IN Britain we pride ourselves on freedom of the individual, but with freedom comes responsibility. Many people are keen on the freedom side, but not so keen on the responsibility side. Nobody should be free to cause harm to others. This is why motorists

  • Three cheers for smoking ban

    AS a professional singer/entertainer of many years standing, I am overjoyed at the news of the smoking ban in public places. It is okay for the many smokers to be up in arms about the ban, but what about the professionals like myself who have no choice