Free compost on Sunday

City of York Council and Yorwaste Ltd are giving away compost for free again this year.

2014 dates are confirmed as:

  • Sunday 1st June
  • Sunday 13th July (expected)
  • Sunday 3rd August

The site will be open from 8am – 3pm on collection days. Please bring a shovel and suitable container to put the soil improver in.

Location: Harewood Whin (Yorwaste’s waste management site) Tinker Lane, off Wetherby Road, Rufforth

Directions: From Acomb, the site is located on the B1224 on the right hand side, just before you enter Rufforth Village.

If you need any further information please contact us on 01904 551551

More Tour de France events announced for York

Tour de France WINNER

More and more events are joining in York and the UK’s first ever Fête du Tour to celebrate the Tour de France’s imminent arrival. The Fête du Tour (festival of the Tour) is a long-standing French tradition which involves communities along the route celebrating and building the excitement.

On Saturday, York city centre will have lots of French, cycling and yellow-themed activities to help residents and visitors get into the spirit of the Tour.

The fun takes place from 10am to 4pm and will include members of Riding Lights Theatre who will be performing on a rotating stage, powered by bikes, whilst dressed in French costume and accompanied by an organist.

Visitors to the city centre can also pose as Sir Bradley Wiggins with the help of a cut out and mask.

Information tents will have details about the Tour de France in York and the Made in Yorkshire market will be taking place from 29 May to 1 June, offering delicious treats for your Fête du Tour picnics and parties.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase York’s ‘Experience the Race’ merchandise.

York’s city centre will be dressed with yellow bunting in Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coney Street to bring a truly festive spirit to the centre of York.

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wagon Plays

This year the Mystery Plays, presented by the York Guilds and Companies, will be performed on Wagons in York on Sunday 13th and 20th July 2014.

 Volunteers are needed to help sell programmes and see people to their seats.

The plays start at noon and are in two halves therefore a volunteer may work one half only or the full afternoon.

There is also a Music Festival from 17 to 19 July in the City Centre Churches where volunteers are needed to steward for about 2 hours.

If you are interested, contact 01904 481992 or e mail

Responsibility for producing the 12 individual Plays was allocated by the Lord Mayor of York earlier today

  1. Creation of the World to the Fifth Day – The Guild of Building
  2. The Fall of Man – The Gild of Freemen in partnership with Canon Lee School
  3. The Shepherds – The Guild of Scriveners
  4. Slaughter of the Innocents – Heslington Church
  5. The Baptism – A group under the directorship of Laura Rice
  6. The Woman taken in Adultery and The Raising of Lazarus combined into one play – York St John University
  7. Entry into Jerusalem – York Mystery Plays Supporter’s Trust.
  8. Christ before Annas and Caiaphas – The Company of Cordwainersin partnership with York Settlement Community Players
  9. The Crucifixion and The Death of Christ combined as one play – The Company of Butchers in partnership with Parish Church of St Chad on the Knavesmire
  10. The Harrowing of Hell – Parish Church of St Luke the Evangelist
  11. The Resurrection – The Company of Merchant Taylors who will put together a cast under the direction of Lindsay Ibbotson
  12. The Last Judgement – The Company of Merchant Adventurers in partnership with Pocklington School


St Nicholas Fayre extends to 3 weeks.

St Nicholas Fayre York

One of the UK’s favourite Christmas markets is extending from four days to over three weeks for the first time in its 23-year and highly successful history.

This year, shoppers can enjoy St Nicholas Fair for fabulous pre-Christmas shopping for 25 days from Thursday 27 November to Sunday 21 December.

There will be a bigger build-up to Christmas this year with increased marketing and promotion, including a special grand opening weekend which will feature across the city centre. There’ll be lots to celebrate, including a rolling programme of different market stalls throughout the Fair, and themed weeks of speciality stall featuring Food, Sparkles and Toys.

Bike stories coming to York

Bike Story

Yorkshire theatre company 509 Arts has announced the premier in York and tour dates for its free performances of Bike Story, a brand new outdoor theatre production based on stories from the public about cycling.

The show, commissioned by Yorkshire Festival 2014 and presented in association with City of York Council, will tour festivals and town centres throughout Yorkshire. During the run up to this year’s Grand Départ, it will be staged in venues including Rowntree Park in York, Hull, Doncaster, Leeds, Grassington, Saltaire, Ilkley, Harrogate, Halifax and Hebden Bridge and is free to the public.


Huntington Stadium concert – Event license application submitted

click to go to list of applications published by the York Council

click to go to list of applications published by the York Council

The application for a license, necessary before the Russell Watson concert can take place on 4th July, has now been published on the York Council’s web site

Residents have until 5th June to record any objections to the 10,000 capacity concert planned for the Huntington Stadium.

The Huntington Stadium usually has a 4000 capacity limit for Rugby League matches.

Quite why this application has been submitted by the Council so late in the proceedings – and after the commencement of ticket sales had been announced – is something of a mystery.

It is reminiscent of the plan to hi-jack Monk Stray for use as a campsite for the Tour event; a proposal which led to widespread public concern and eventually the imposition of addition restrictions by the licensing committee.

The main concerns at Huntington are likely to revolve around traffic management issues and public safety management both inside and outside the stadium.

The event is being held on a Friday which is one of the busiest days of the week in the shopping centre and on surrounding roads.

If the Licensing Committee turned down – or imposed a lower crowd limit – on the event then it is unlikely that any appeal against such a decision could be considered in the remaining time available before the event was scheduled to take place.