Playgrounds closed

Residents are being urged to respect the decision to close all playgrounds.

On the Revival estate, off Tadcaster Road, the playgrounds are managed by open space management company Greenbelt. In response to an e-mail from Cllr Stephen Fenton they stated that “there is no requirement to close all of our play areas.” This runs counter to Government guidance which states that “Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.”

City of York Council officers stepped in and put cable ties around gates at the two playgrounds on the estate as a stop-gap measure. Sadly, one set of cable ties was cut shortly afterwards.

Stephen has asked the council to step in again to install a more permanent solution, such as a chain and lock.

CANCELLED – Easter holiday activities for young people

The Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees are funding Easter holiday activities for young people in the area.

The sessions will be run by York City Knights Foundation and York City FC Foundation – dates, times and locations are set out on the posters below.

If there are any changes to these plans, we will post an update.

FREE course for aspiring young sports coaches

Young people in the Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe wards aged 12 years or older are invited to sign up for a free four-day course which can lead to a Level 1 Sports Leadership qualification.

The course, which for local young people is being funded from ward budgets, will be run by York City FC Foundation from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th February at Foxwood Community Centre.

To find out more or to book a place, call 01904 559508 or e-mail

Petticoat Government – the story of the York Home for Nurses

Dringhouses Library

October 21st @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join author Rosemary Cook for an introduction to her book ‘Petticoat Government’, which tells the remarkable story of York’s unique nursing history.

Rosemary Cook, former Director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, talks about her new book ‘Petticoat Government’, based on original local research. The York Home for Nurses was run by Anglican religious sisters, funded by local people, and governed by a council of famous York names. Dealing with epidemics and floods as well as medicine and surgery, the Home eventually became the Purey Cust Nursing Home.


What’s on in York: Writing Matters – a creative writing workshop led by Pauline Kirk

Dringhouses Library

October 14th @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


Join author Pauline Kirk for a fun, accessible writing workshop. The workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.

Join a friendly group, open to new and established writers whether writing in poetry or prose. Pauline is a well known local author, poet and novelist. Her workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.


What’s on – Open Day at York Model Engineers on Sunday 22 September

On Sunday 22 September York Model Engineers are holding an Open Day for local residents to find out more about the organisation.

The club is located next to the East Coast Main Line and is accessed from North Lane, Dringhouses, YO24 2JE. It is set in nearly 5 acres of land with three different miniature railways landscaped in woodland ground – a real hidden gem.

For more information click on the link HERE