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.

Next year's calendar marks the hospice's 30th birthday. And as in the past few years, it features local scenes captured by members of the York Camera Club.

This has become a bit of a habit now and whenever club members are out and about, they have the calendar in the back of their mind, admits club competition secretary John Saunders.

"I can't go out now without thinking, 'That will make a nice calendar picture'," said John, who has contributed four photographs – one of them a cover shot of the Eye of York – to this year's calendar.

The photographs aim to show off the best of York and its surroundings. This year's images range from York Minster and the city walls to York Theatre Royal, the University of York and, further afield, Beningbrough Hall, Studley Royal and Pickering Station.

To mark next year's 30th birthday – it first opened to patients in February 1985 – the calendar also includes a page about the hospice's history, with photographs from its past.

The calendar is on sale now, priced £4. Each page has been sponsored by local companies – and all proceeds will go towards caring for hospice patients and their families.

"It’s great to be able to mark the Hospice’s 30th anniversary with another selection of great photographs from York Camera Club, which has generously supported St Leonard’s with its images for the last few years," said Leanne Maycock, St Leonard's deputy retail manager.

"We are very grateful to them, and we know that lots of people will want to buy the calendars both to admire their skill and to help the hospice."

* The St Leonard's Hospice 2015 calendar, which costs £4.00, is available from St Leonard’s Hospice shops in Acomb, Broadway, Haxby, Pocklington, Selby, Scarcroft Road, Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tang Hall, from the Hospice furniture shops in Acomb, Heworth and Selby, and from the Hospice reception on Tadcaster Road.

The shops also have this year's selection of hospice Christmas cards on sale, at £3.75 for a pack of ten.

Calendars and cards are are available from Barnitts in Colliergate, Bailey’s Tea Rooms in Museum Street and Visit York in Museum Street, while calendars are available at York Castle Museum.

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