Explore libraries celebrate accessible services for Hi VIS fortnight

Over the last 10 weeks Explore has rapidly adapted and developed its services to include a new way of working and this includes providing books in accessible formats. In the period since lockdown we have added significantly to Explore’s e-library and our e-audio collection. Our e-audio usage has increased by 52% since the period just… Read more »

Minster FM to close and be replaced by Greatest Hits Radio

On Wednesday 27th May 2020, it was announced that Minster FM was to become Greatest Hits Radio. The owners, Bauer Media, bought out the UKRD group which owned ten local stations, including Minister FM and Stray FM. Unfortunately, many of the staff have been put on redundancy leave. Nationally, 46 out of 56 stations will… Read more »

Older Citizens Advocacy York announced as Winner in Charity Governance Awards 2020

The winners of the UK Charity Governance Awards 2020 were announced yesterday evening (21 May 2020) via a special online ceremony. Seven charities share the £35,000 prize pot, each winning a £5,000 unrestricted grant. Big winners on the night included Older Citizens Advocacy York. Stories of all of the winning charities, and the shortlisted entrants,… Read more »

Plans underway for reopening three York attractions

With the key summer season looming close, three popular York attractions are developing their plans for re-opening, as soon as government advice deems it safe to do so.  The team at JORVIK Viking Centre, DIG: An Archaeological Adventure and Barley Hall is exploring ways to make the attractions accessible within social distancing guidelines. With a… Read more »

Local man to attempt a half marathon to help save York’s music venues

On Sunday 26th July 2020, Zakk Taylor, who hosts The Crows Nest for Jorvik Radio, will be attempting a half marathon to raise money to help save York’s music venues. The event will be live streamed on Facebook and recorded on Strava and he is urging fans to join him on his quest. You can either… Read more »

Live music weekend including Proms postponed until 2021 at Castle Howard

A weekend of live music, including Yorkshire’s most prestigious al fresco Proms, has been cancelled as a consequence of social distancing measures due to Covid-19.  Castle Howard’s Concerts weekend, including Proms, Café Mambo and Queen Symphonic over the weekend of 21 – 23 August have been postponed until 2021.  The summer spectacular weekend was set… Read more »

Rainbow stained-glass lockdown door helps frontline NHS workers

A furloughed gin distiller and a trainee musical performer have spent lockdown creating a stained-glass door in the colours of the rainbow to raise cash for front-line NHS staff. Period Pine Doors from Huby, North Yorkshire trained the pair in stained-glass art – and fitted the rainbow-coloured panels into an original Victorian pine door. The… Read more »

Coppergate’s colourful umbrella display returns to brighten the city centre

A bright and colourful display has returned to Coppergate Walk this weekend (16 May 2020), with the installation of the first Brollywalk of the year.  36 rainbow umbrellas now dance in the breeze above the city street.   Although the shops within the centre remain closed, the street is still well-used by key workers parking in… Read more »

Local man has recently been denied of a UK Citizenship despite living in the country for 20 years

Deon Byworth, from York, has recently been denied of a UK Citizenship, and could possibly face being deported back to Cape Town after living and working in the country since 1999. Wife Amanda Byworth has set up a petition under change.org urging people to sign. After facing some finical difficulties back in 2011, she fears… Read more »

A gin company in York is running an online 1940s knees-up and gin-tasting session to celebrate VE Day

York Gin has been running fun Facebook Live quizzes each Friday at 6pm since lockdown started. This week, there will be songs from the 1940s as well as wartime cocktails, a fun quiz – and a roll of honour for veterans from the war and the heroes helping us through the coronavirus crisis. There’s also… Read more »