What’s on in York: Pamela Hartshorne -The Cursed Wife at Dringhouses Library on 27th March

Date : 27 March 2018
Day: Tuesday
Times : 19:00pm – 21:00pm
Venue: Dringhouses Library
Cost: £3

Join Pamela Hartshorne as she talks about her latest novel The Cursed Wife, a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London

Join Pamela Hartshorne as she talks about her latest novel The Cursed Wife, a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London.

Pamela is a York-based novelist, writer and historian. The Cursed Wife is her fifth novel,  and she has also written a number of non-fiction works  and has been the project editor  on several high-quality illustrated books.

Pamela Hartshorne has had a fascinating life and career including stints as cook on an outback cattle station, TEFL teacher in Jakarta and French-speaking interpreter on expedition in Cameroon before ending up back in London as foreign newsdesk secretary at ‘The Observer’. She then wrote 60 books for Mills & Boon as Jessica Hart as a method of funding her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of York. Pamela still lives in York and in addition to researching and writing historical novels she occasionally teaches writing courses and is a freelance project editor for illustrated books.

She has written 4 historical novels set in and around York, Time’s Echo, Memory of Midnight, The Edge of Dark and House of Shadows. Her fifth novel The Cursed Wife is  a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London.

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

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49 Leven Road York YO24 2TL

Proposal              Erection of single storey extension extending 5.85 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.20 metres and a total height of 2.90 metres

Reference           18/00338/LHE

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

  1. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Ward Committee funds local improvements

Funding from the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committee continues to make a difference to our area.

On the Revival estate, off Tadcaster Road, there are four grit bins which were installed when the estate was first built. Local Lib Dem councillors have been trying to find out who is responsible for them, but it seems no-one is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have therefore stepped in and have agreed that the Ward Committee will ‘adopt’ these grit bins. They have all now been re-filled (paid for from the ward budget) and two have been relocated to ensure a more even distribution across the estate.

Further up Tadcaster Road, Brunswick Organic Nursery has delivered two wheelchair-accessible raised beds to Dringhouses library. The beds have been funded from the ward budget, and are a further addition to the wonderful revamped patio area at the side and rear of the library.

New dog waste bin for Knavesmire Wood

Local Lib Dem councillors have arranged for a dog waste bin to be installed on Bracken Road at the entrance to Knavesmire Wood.

Residents had raised concerns about dog fouling in the wood, and it is hoped that the bin will encourage a small minority of irresponsible dog owners to bag and bin their dog’s waste.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bin had previously been located on Little Hob Moor at the entrance to the railway underpass, but was no longer needed there as a dual use litter / dog waste bin has been installed there.

New trees take root in Dringhouses

Local Lib Dem councillors have supported the planting of new trees with £1,000 of ward committee funding.

New trees have been planted on Tadcaster Road, The Horseshoe, Southfield Crescent, Chaloners Road and in Chaloners Road park.

In all cases the trees have been planted near to where trees have fallen or been felled.

Tadcaster Road

The Horseshoe

Southfield Crescent

Chaloners Road

Chaloners Road park

Dringhouses Primary School pilots new road safety approach

Pupils in York are being asked ‘should you sack your chauffeur?’ as part of a drive to improve pedestrian safety at school gates.

Dringhouses primary is one of a number of schools that are piloting the scheme and are holding short assemblies to launch it this week (w/c 26 February).


The children will be shown examples of poor driving habits, illustrated in a lighthearted way, but with the intention that they will help to encourage their parents to drive and park more considerately.

Currently, the council receives frequent and numerous complaints about unsafe driving and parking outside schools. This partnership approach with schools aims to involve young passengers to encourage their drivers to behave in a more responsible way around the school, making it safer and more pleasant for everyone.

In addition, parking awareness road sign characters will be loaned to the schools and located to best influence driver behaviour. The campaign will be supported by monitoring and enforcement against illegal and inconsiderate parking.

If the pilot proves successful, it will be rolled out to other primary schools areas where inconsiderate driving and parking have been identified as a particular concern.

Gill Williams, headteacher of Dringhouses Primary School, said: “Inconsiderate and dangerous parking and driving during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times is a constant problem for our school.   There are road markings outside school to deter cars from parking close to the school gates, however a small minority of parents still choose to park on these lines or use the entrance to the school gates to drop off or do a U-turn.  It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

“We very much welcome this new safety initiative and hope that, by engaging the children in a fun and creative way, the importance of road safety awareness will be raised.”

Resurfacing work progresses on Middlethorpe estate

Road resurfacing work is progressing on the Middlethorpe estate, off Tadcaster Road.

Tarmac has been laid on Bracken Road, and the surface on Middlethorpe Grove has been prepared ready for the tarmac to be laid.

Middlethorpe Grove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracken Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, some Ward Highways funding has been used to resurface the badly rutted sections of Lycett Road at the junctions with Dringthorpe Road and Lawson Road.