What’s on in York: Exciting Easter Crafts @Dringhouses

Dringhouses Library

Fri 21 Apr

3.00pm – 4.00pm & 4.00pm – 5.00pm

£2 per child/£5 family ticket

Apr _21Heather Dawe Crafts 2 JpgCome along and join artist Heather Dawes who will show us how to make amazing fluffy spring lambs, colourful flowers, and dazzling dragonflies, all out of simple craft materials.

Suitable for children 4-12 years, sessions at 3pm and 4pm.

Booking advisable to avoid disappointment.

Sponsored by York Evening Decorative and Fine Art Society (YEDFAS).

Tickets available from any Explore Library.  For more information contact Lucy at Dringhouses Library on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Treasure Island Craft Club @ Dringhouses Library

Dringhouses Library

Thu 13 Apr

2.30pm – 4.30pm

£2 per child/£5 family ticket

Apr 13_treasure Island ImageOur after-school craft club is still running this Easter holiday, with a special Treasure Island activity.

Help Anna make and decorate a mysterious island, make a map and find the buried treasure.

Booking advisable to avoid disappointment.

Tickets available from any Explore Library.

For more information please contact Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Easter events at York Libraries start today

Stories, crafts and a craft fair happening over the Easter holidays come and check it out.

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Tue 4 Apr – Tue 25 Apr
Time: Library opening times
Venue: Fulford Library and village
Cost: £1

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Children’s Easter Crafts

Date: Mon 10 Apr
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: £2

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Treasure Island Craft Club

Date: Thu 13 Apr
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Dringhouses Library
Cost: £2 per child/£5 family ticket

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Easter Stories & Crafts

Date: Thu 13 Apr
Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Clifton Explore Library
Cost: £1.50

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Exciting Easter Crafts

Date: Fri 21 Apr
Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm & 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Dringhouses Library
Cost: £2 per child/£5 family ticket

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Success for playground investment campaign

Liberal Democrat councillors for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward have warmly welcomed plans to invest £17,000 in each of two local playgrounds.

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The Nelsons Lane and Woodthorpe Green play areas are two of ten sites across the city that are each set to receive £17,000 in funding from City of York Council. The funds comes from a £170,000 capital programme for 2017/18 for playground improvement. Full details of the citywide plans, which were announced on 30 January, can be found here: https://www.york.gov.uk/press/article/2083/170k_proposed_to_make_big_improvements_to_york_s_playgrounds

Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton has thanked the local community for their support last summer when the case for funding for the Woodthorpe Green and Nelsons Lane playgrounds was being put together:

“During my visits to Dringhouses Primary and Woodthorpe Primary Schools in July 2016 I gathered lots of ideas from pupils about how they think we can improve local play areas, and we gathered even more suggestions at the Woodthorpe Family Fun Day in August. This engagement helped us to demonstrate the level of community support for improving play provision in the ward, and I am looking forward to working with community groups to develop improvement plans for the two playgrounds.”

Welcoming the citywide plans, Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “Thanks to this proposed funding, ten of York’s play parks will be significantly improved for children and families in the city. Hopefully this will provide more opportunities for children and young people to exercise in a fun and safe environment.”

Under the plans, the £170,000 funding will be equally shared between the following playgrounds:

· Askham Bryan

· Badger Hill

· Cemetery Road, Fishergate

· Littlethorpe Close, Strensall

· Nelsons Lane, Dringhouses

· Rowntree Park

· School Lane, Fulford

· Victoria Field, Holgate

· West Bank Park, Holgate

· Woodthorpe Green

The report to go to the 7th February Decision Session is available at http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=735&MId=9472&Ver=4

Applications open on Monday for 2017 school places

Applications for City of York Council school places for September 2017 open on Monday 12 September 2016 at Secret Life 5 YearOldGroup10--(None)_A2www.york.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, are invited to apply for places in the reception class at their chosen York primary schools. Also, parents and carers of children who have just started in Year 6 may apply for a place in Year 7 at secondary school from today.

All details and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at www.york.gov.uk/guideforparents. The guide, updated for 2017 admissions, contains information on school admissions and appeals processes as well as information on admissions statistics, oversubscription criteria and other information for parents and carers. Also online are details for service families and information on fair access.

School contact details are also available through this website, to help parents and carers to find out when any open evenings or days might be held or to arrange school visits.

For more detailed information, please email: education@york.gov.uk or call
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Parkrun one of hundreds of activities for young people this summer

click to download list of events

click to download list of events

York’s new Knavesmire junior parkrun is one of the hundreds of workshops, courses, events, clubs and activities featured in the Summer2016 edition of Shine magazine which is celebrating its tenth year

Most of the Shine programme activities are scheduled for the school summer holidays, but for those who can’t wait to get started the Knavesmire junior parkrun starts this Sunday (3 July).

The parkrun is a free, timed two-kilometre run for children of all abilities aged from four to 14 years and is a perfect fit with the expansive programme of fitness activities and sports sessions planned for local young people.

Shine activities are aimed at those aged five to 18, together with their families. The programme offers accessible opportunities to enjoy a summer of activities to keep fit, explore new hobbies, learn exciting new skills such as movie making, and shares information on how to continue sport, play, arts and activities in parks and libraries beyond the end of the school holidays.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: “Over the last ten years Shine has grown to an exciting programme of activities for York’s young people, with something to appeal to all interests and abilities.

“The schedule, which includes sessions delivered by a wide range of partner organisations and volunteers, offers young people the chance to develop skills, make new friends and engage in new hobbies throughout the summer.”

Julie Mackenzie, Event Director of Knavesmire junior parkrun said: “We’re really looking forward to helping young people get outside, get active and have fun.”

The Knavesmire junior parkrun will take place every Sunday at 9am (with the exception of race days and other events). To take part children and young people must be registered with parkrun and have their unique bar-code with them. For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk/knavesmire-juniors.

For more information about the Shine programme look out for the brochure from schools, pick up a copy from libraries or search online at www.yor-ok.org.uk/shine   

Primary school allocations issued today

Today (Monday 18 April), primary school admission figures are published for entry in September 2016 and City of York Council is pleased to announce School childrenthat 94.4 per cent of York children have got their first preference and that 98.5 per cent got one of their first three preferences.

The percentage of children achieving their first preference has increased by 2.1 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

The number of online applications for primary school places has continued to increase. Parents who applied online will be notified of their child’s place by email at 10am today, letters are being posted today to parents and those with online accounts can log in to the council’s parent portal at www.york.gov.uk/parentportal.

In 2016 all children within the local authority area have secured a primary school place. The majority of children got one of their first three preferences; with the number of children whose preferences were not able to be met being reduced from 36 in 2015 to 27.

To meet growing demand for places in the west of York, 15 additional places were created by working with Acomb Primary School. Meanwhile, work continues in Southbank to meet a forecast growth in demand for places in the area.

This year’s admissions figures, compared with last year’s are outlined below:

2015

2016

qty

%

qty

%

1st

1828

92.3%

1853

94.4%

2nd

83

4.2%

71

3.6%

3rd

26

1.3%

10

0.5%

4th

4

0.2%

1

0.1%

5th

3

0.2%

0

0.0%

Placed outside preferences

36

1.8%

27

1.4%

Total

1980

100.0%

1962

100.0%

Applied Online

1706

86.2%

1795

91.5%