• We have seen kingfishers here before.

    Upstream, Downstream from the road over the beck at Menethorpe near Kirkham Priory, flowing into the River Derwent and alongside the Malton - Scarborough railway line, which are side by side. We have seen kingfishers here before, but not today.

  • The net benefits of saving the seas

    MISS Earth and other green campaigners braved the cold to show their support for new legislation to protect the marine environment. Campaigners from York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust teamed up with Miss Earth winner

  • Authorities vow to help residents during the credit crunch

    COUNCIL chiefs in York and Selby have vowed to do all they can to help cash-strapped tax-payers through the looming recession. Residents across York and North Yorkshire will next month learn how much council tax they must pay in 2009/10, and which frontline

  • Battling display by City of York after ’keep ache

    A YOUNG City of York Hockey Under-12s ‘B’ side battled valiantly but failed to win a game at a blustery Halifax in the Yorkshire Youth League. Two new members made their debut and the side were without their goalkeeper – York having to borrow ’keepers

  • Shaw touch underscores a worthy triple slam

    City of York Hockey Club Under-14 girls’ ‘A’-team swept to a hat-trick of conquests in the Yorkshire Youth tournament at Brigshaw. Against Wakefield in their opening game, York dominated to run out worthy 3-1 winners thanks to two goals from Ella

  • Selby RU open year with bang

    SELBY RUFC’S young Swans spread their wings with a 15-0 victory over Old Brodleians. The Under-15s outfit had to work hard against the visitors and it was only stern Selby defence that kept the scoreboard quiet for the first 20 minutes. A rare foray

  • Youthful Villagers raid hosts

    HEWORTH Under-14s kicked off their 2009 campaign with a 56-4 victory away to Oulton Raiders in the first round of the Junior Challenge Cup. They even had no substitutes, with five players unavailable, and had not played for two months, but concerns abated

  • Dusk, New Street, York

    THIS was not the kind of weather for alfresco snacking, so we wondered who would be the hardy souls that would occupy the outside tables. Smokers perhaps. Minimalist is perhaps a good description for this venue. Initially we occupied a table that turned

  • Earswick swimmers off to flier

    A HAUL of 33 medals were won by New Earswick Swimming Club members at the first competitive gala of 2009. New Earswick sent a team of ten swimmers to the York City Baths Club New Year’s Gala at Edmund Wilson Pool, where the top six in each age group

  • Knockout glory for Magpies

    DUNNINGTON Magpies FC Under-18s are through to the semi-finals of the Hull Boys League Knockout Plate. Dunnington beat Leconfield Saints U18s on penalties after the game was all-square at 4-4 after 90 minutes and 5-5 after extra time. The Magpies dominated

  • Under-19s plan for Haxby Town

    Haxby Town Junior Football Club are recruiting players to join an Under-19s side for next season. Anyone interested in joining the side, which will play in the York FA U19s League, should phone Neil Thorbinson on 01904 761908.

  • Panthers’ predator puts Poppleton through the Mill

    A HAT-TRICK from Danny Cates earned Hamilton Panthers a shock 4-2 victory at high-flying Poppleton Colts in the York FA Under-19s League. Panthers had won only one of their previous five league games, but they raced into a 3-0 half-time lead at Millfield

  • Getting to grips again with rewards

    ANNUAL awards were back up for grabs at Pocklington Karate Centre. Previous trophies had been damaged so the awards had not taken place for several years. But this year new trophies were bought, thereby reintroducing the glittering prizes for 2008.

  • Clifton Parkers end Doncaster hoodoo

    DONCASTER were mauled 15-5 as York RUFC Under-16s continued their winning run with their most impressive victory to date. The South Yorkshire side had dominated the encounters between the two outfits for the past three years – including a 34-7 win

  • Pride of Tadcaster

    TADCASTER Grammar School Under-16s girls’ football team did the county proud as they bowed out of the English Schools’ FA Under-16s Cup. The school side reached the final of the North Yorkshire County Cup to qualify for the national rounds of the English

  • Learning in spotlight

    A MEETING is to held in York on Monday in an attempt to improve city services for people with learning disabilities. Martin Taylor, who founded the Vision Of Life organisation ten years ago, wants to encourage City of York Council to embrace the Keyring

  • Pupils become graffiti spotters

    YOUNGSTERS at a York primary school teamed up with the police to inspect their local area for signs of anti-social behaviour. Haxby and Wigginton safer neighbourhood team invited pupils from Ralph Butterfield School, in Haxby, to become police officers

  • Fears on tax bill burdens

    OF ALL the many bills people have to pay, the council tax is the one that often causes the greatest annoyance. In some ways this is not fair, because the money does pay for a lot of local services on which residents rely. However, it is easy to

  • Learning the right values

    VANDALISM and antisocial behaviour by young people are a blight on modern life, even if only a minority of youngsters cause such problems. So it makes sense to show primary school children the environmental and social harm caused by graffiti,

  • Big shake-up of allotment rents in city

    Allotment-holders in York will see their annual rent change under a major shake-up of prices. Some people will rise by up to 52 per cent, while others will fall by up to 55 per cent. The smaller plots, sizes A and B will get cheaper, while the larger

  • Dringhouses battle to draw

    LEADERS Mitre ‘A’ were held to a draw by Dringhouses ‘B’ in the York John Smith’s Sunday Pool League. Mitre took a 3-1 lead with a brace from Chris Leaf, but the home side fought back to 4-3 thanks to a double from John Crowe. John Patrick sealed the

  • Hall of a chance to shine

    A MAJOR coup has been landed by Sandburn Hall Golf Club. Less than four years after the wooded parkland course opened, it has been selected to host one of 2009’s leading county tournaments. New head professional Steve Robinson told The Press that Sandburn

  • Budget hit by fall in music lessons

    THE number of pupils getting dedicated music tuition in York is heading for a 15 per cent fall, as cash-strapped families try to make ends meet. Education bosses at City of York Council say the drop is putting extra pressure on their budget for the

  • High achievers

    HEAD teachers from around York and North Yorkshire have been analysing the latest GCSE attainment tables and what they mean. The results were released by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, with many of the area’s schools performing well

  • Police want more Neighbourhood Watch schemes

    volunteers are needed to create more Neighbourhood Watch schemes in an area of York to help police tackle crime. Police and community support officers in Westfield ward, which covers Acomb and Chapelfields, said there are currently 61 Neighbourhood

  • Airfield scheme ‘a boon for city’

    I was disgusted that the City of York Council pressed ahead with its appeal against the development of the airfield at Elvington (Airport scheme crashes, The Press, January 15). Do they not have any thought for the future of the city? The recession

  • Cycling ‘nightmare’

    THE Press reported the ongoing Highways Agency upgrade of cycle paths alongside the A64 (A64 cycle path steps up a gear, January 15). The agency’s spokesman claimed that eventually cyclists would be able to pedal all the way to Scarborough without

  • Youth centre

    We are all very angry over the very poor judgement used in the Barbican fiasco (What now?, The Press, January 15). Perhaps a glimmer of hope lies with the City of York Council team looking at myplace funding for a grant of up to £5 million for a city

  • Leaky argument?

    N HILLEN’S outlook on fox hunting has more holes in it than a colander. For example, how would N Hillen deal with a cuckoo that laid its egg in a robin’s nest only for mum robin to see her own young thrown out of the nest to die? Or with a sheep

  • Dyson facing a 21-hole day

    SIMON Dyson faced a desert backlog as his second round in the Abu Dhabi Championships was pitched into darkness. The North Yorkshire golf ace was well positioned in the second round in which he was three under par after 15 holes – making him four under

  • Royal ‘remarques’

    Since Henry Mountbatten-Windsor has dutifully accepted his reprimand (Harry backed over “racist” remark, Soapbox, January 14), what more is there to be said? Il ne faut pas être plus bolshie que le prince. William Dixon Smith, Welland Rise, Acomb

  • Flying the flag

    WITH reference to the picture of the Yorkshire flag, in The Press, on January 6. I was delighted to see that the Yorkshire flag has settled in its rightful home. Additionally I am pleased that it shows the rose in its correct orientation, ie with

  • Hunt commended

    I would like to commend the Derwent Hunt for deftly avoiding accident or incident of illegal hunting during their New Year’s Day proceedings, despite a fox literally leaping into their path (Huntsmen surprised as fox leaps out, The Press, January

  • Selfish side to slogan on the buses

    I spent many years of my life in advertising and I note that the Humanist Society’s bus advertisement (In God we bus, The Press, January 9) fulfills one of the major tasks required by an advertiser, namely to comfort the readers and assure them that in

  • Aleksandra tops Cop Swap project

    STAR schoolgirl Aleksandra Mleczek has been rewarded for excelling in a community policing project. A pupil at Barlby Bridge Primary School, Aleksandra, aged nine, participated in the Cop Swap scheme, an initiative funded through the Community Safety

  • York City make £413k loss

    YORK City have announced losses of more than £400,000 for the year ending June 30, 2008. The KitKat Crescent club’s accounts, which have been lodged with Companies’ House, detail a total loss of £413,590. Loan interest, amounting to almost £200,000

  • Leader Martin’s pride of place

    THE York Select XIII will again be led out tomorrow by York Acorn ARLC prop Martin McTigue, the brother of Lee, in whose name this match is held. Martin captained the side last year and, although that honour this time will go to Acorn’s ex-Knights hooker

  • Ramsden calls for a big crowd as his local lads tackle Knights

    MICK RAMSDEN has called for the people of York to turn out in force at Huntington Stadium tomorrow – to witness what he hopes will be a surprise result. Former York City Knights hero Ramsden is in charge of the York Select representative team who will

  • Railway whitewash fires Coneysthorpe title challenge

    Coneysthorpe ‘A’ are closing the gap on leaders Sessions ‘A’ at the top of division one of the NEDL York and District Table Tennis League. The Ryedale side closed the gap with a whitewash of struggling Railway ‘B’, with Martin Lowe, Joel Wright and

  • Volunteers are stepping forward

    VOLUNTEERS were 7-2 winners over New Inn in the York John Smith’s Bulmers Men’s Darts League. The stars for the joint-leaders were Dave Mason (21), Paul Dixon (111 c/o for 18), Paul Cooper (18), Matty Wilson (2 x 20) and Mick Harris (18, 19). Mark Mason

  • A bird in the hand...

    TODDLERS at a nursery came face to face with some birds almost as big as them when they had a visit from a falconer. Children at Busy Bees Day Nursery, at Rawcliffe, had a visit from Ben Potter and his birds of prey to celebrate National Bird Day.

  • Kids’ cash up for grabs

    CHILDREN’S services across York look set to get a share of £800,000 in much-needed funding. On Monday, City of York Council’s children and young people’s services and advisory panel are set to meet to discuss the allocation of funding to local organisations

  • £9,500 for Ryedale advice bureau

    IT IS a facility in Ryedale that is needed more than ever as the recession begins to bite – but one that had to cut its service because of a funding shortfall. Now Ryedale Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – which has been closed on the last two Wednesdays

  • York MP accuses civil servants of budget miscalculation

    A GOVERNMENT minister has dealt a blow to The Press’s Fight The Fire Cuts campaign for fairer funding for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Although the final grant for 2009/10 has not yet been announced, Fire Service Minister Sadiq Khan has rejected

  • IT Sports hold a bold Whipp hand

    LEADERS IT Sports Wigginton maintained their grip on the Yorkshire Squash Premier League with a 3-2 home victory over Barnsley. The South Yorkshire side included four full-time professionals, but Wigginton were in impressive form as evidenced by club

  • The Crown in Helmsley

    A DAY out to Helmsley. It’s a dank, overcast Sunday – not as cold as some recent days, but with a winter chill in the air. The drive out – dipping and twisting along narrow lanes through Sutton, Stillington, Brandsby and Gilling East – is a joy. Helmsley

  • Gift aid to boost gate cash

    NORMAL match-day prices will be in effect for tomorrow’s game at Huntington Stadium – with money raised going to charity. Admission costs £12 for adults, £8 for over-65s and students, and £4 for under-16s, with a £2 transfer for Main Stand seating.

  • Age no barrier to evergreen Bilton

    EUROPE’S elite athletes are going to have to run very fast to catch Darran Bilton – after the Pickering runner was selected for a major championship at the age of 43. Bilton will represent Leeds City Athletics Club in the 10k European Champion Clubs

  • Credit crunch munch

    ONE pound doesn’t go very far these days. You’d struggle to buy a take-away coffee, let alone a hearty lunch for a humble quid (although it will buy you two Crème Eggs at Sainsbury’s). So the prospect of a homemade lunch for a plain old pound was enough

  • Kama in short supply for team

    THE York Select XIII will wear a new set of shorts and socks tomorrow – as designed by winger Rob Kama. The representative side will wear the same shirts as they did in the inaugural Lee McTigue Memorial last year, which incorporates his name in the

  • Niven prospect has Look of win

    More Like It, trained near Malton by Peter Niven, heads to Market Rasen tomorrow in a bid to complete a notable hat-trick. The ex-Irish gelding rattled up a brace of quick wins last month, opening his account at Catterick and following up under a penalty

  • Table talk needed

    RONNIE O’Sullivan’s right, you know. Snooker is snookered and on its last table-legs. The three-times world champion who has pocketed close on £6million in prize money reckons the sport is in need of a major overhaul. He has even called on someone like

  • Cutting the grass

    THE bitter cold left us towards the end of last weekend and it became possible to go outside for more than a few minutes before toes and fingers began painfully to complain of their plight. This time last year, bulbs had already begun to make a move

  • Good-value reds

    I DREAD to think what the neighbours thought when they saw my collection of empties, put out for recycling this week. It’s always quite full but, this time, my very large recycling box was overflowing. This was caused partly by extracurricular

  • What’s getting us so stressed?

    EVERYONE these days, it seems, is a bit stressed out. Or a lot stressed out. Or tearing-their-hair-out stressed out. Stress is one of the biggest causes of absence from work with a reported one-in-five workers feeling extremely stressed at work – that

  • The making of Punnyo

    BUDDHIST monk Punnyo Bhikku sets down his cup of tea, bows his shaven head and presses his palms together to “wai”. The “wai” is a traditional Thai greeting. Punnyo’s status forbids him to touch women, so it acts as a substitute for shaking hands. That

  • Hawnby

    VICTORIA Ellis did this one solo because I am still weak from a virus, legs like spaghetti, brain like a boiled cabbage. I can remember from my warm bed hearing the rustle of rucksack and she had gone, for some time, to return with a tale of icy tracks