Community litter pick on Sunday 24th January

Cllr Stephen Fenton has organised a community litter pick at the former Askham Bar Park & Ride car park (now the ‘Moor Lane Pay & Display car park’).

The litter pick will take place on Sunday 24th January between 11am and 3pm.

A 'grot spot'!

                                                    A ‘grot spot’!

Stephen has organised the litter pick in response to residents’ concerns about the state of the (mostly empty) car park. Litter ‘grabbers’ and refuse sacks will be provided.

Anyone wanting to join in the litter pick should contact Stephen on 07751 963215 or e-mail


Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee meeting, Wednesday 20th January

Residents are invited to the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee meeting on Wednesday 20th January at Woodthorpe Primary School, Summerfield Road, YO24 4RU.

There is a drop-in session at 6.30pm and the main meeting starts at 7pm.

The full agenda is available at

20 Jan ward committee






What’s on – community carols at the Marriott Hotel

All local residents are invited to a community carols event at the Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road on Tuesday 15 December at 6.30pm.


The singing will be led by Dringhouses Primary School choir and  the St Edward the Confessor choir.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be provided. There will be a collection towards the Community Hall project and Dringhouses School choir.

Ding dong merrily on Moor Lane!

The Woodthorpe Community Group’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ event held on Saturday evening at Love to Eat on Moor Lane was a great success, despite the wet weather.

Love to Eat

St James the Deacon choir provided the musical backdrop for the event, which was the first organised by the new community group. Love to Eat kindly provided mulled wine and mince pies and a place to shelter from the rain and the cold!

Local councillors Stephen Fenton and Ashley Mason were there to show their support and lend a hand.

SF at Love to Eat 2

Stephen commented “I was pleased to have been able to support the Woodthorpe Community Group with this event, and look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months.”


Celebrate ‘National chocolate week’ at Goddards

National chocolate week is being celebrated with a variety of activities at Goddards on Tadcaster Road, between 14th and 18th October from 11am to 5pm each day.


Goddards is the family home of Noel Goddard Terry, owner of the famous chocolate-making firm Terry’s of York. The house was designed by architect Walter Brierley in the Arts and Crafts style and is complemented by four acres of gardens. It is managed by the National Trust.

Activities include:

  • Follow the trail each day
  • Turn your hand to chocolate box making
  • Challenge your tastebuds on the daily blindfold tests
  • Join a talk at 2pm & 3pm on Saturday 17th

For further details, see

Bake Off success!

The Dringhouses Community Bake Off held on Sunday 20th September brought together local residents for an afternoon of fun, games, chat and of course cake! The event was part of the re-launch of the Dringhouses West Residents Association.Moor Lane Youth Centre 2

Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Lib Dem councillors Stephen Fenton and Ann Reid were joined by neighbouring Westfield ward councillor Sheena Jackson.

Stephen and Sheena

An open meeting for all local residents with take place on Tuesday 29th September at 7pm at West Thorpe Methodist Church, when everyone can have their say on how the revamped Residents Association should operate. The following Tuesday, 6th October, there will be a formal meeting to launch the Residents Association and elect a committee. That meeting is also at 7pm at West Thorpe Methodist Church.

One of the winning entries in the Bake Off

One of the winning entries in the Bake Off

“Shine” activities make summer fun for young people in York

Shine logo

Shine is an exciting programme of events aimed at five to 18 year olds which runs thanks to a large number of organisers including the council, sports organisations, independent activity providers and local attractions. Many of the activities are free and booking in advance is not always necessary, offering a boredom-free summer throughout the city!

This year Shine includes over 190 different activities throughout the summer, offering all the favourite arts, sports, play sessions, parks and libraries activities.

  • Some of the more unusual events include designing a remote controlled robot or a joystick game and those with a sense of adventure can enjoy activities such as kayaking, outdoor climbing, wild camping and bushcraft skills.
  • Theatre, art, mosaics, dance, sewing and junk drumming with Trashbang are some of the arts activities helping to develop young creative skills, whilst sports activities from Total Sports,
  • York Knights Foundation and City of York Athletics are keeping fitness levels up throughout the summer.

New store set for Grand Opening

The Middlethorpe estate off Tadcaster Road will welcome a new store this weekend when ‘Creative’ opens its doors at 12 noon on Sunday 19th July. Creative has taken over the premises formerly occupied by the newsagents.


The new café/ deli will host a fun afternoon in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice.

It’s great to see a new shop open on the parade. To further improve the area, the local Lib Dem councillors are trying to get the bicycle hoops re-painted or replaced, the litter bin replaced and the rusty postbox repainted.