wp-1449842098745.jpegIt’s the time of year when we get together in the Community Garden for a bit of a social.

The usual organisers are not available this year, so we need volunteers if it is going to go ahead.

It just involves publicising the do, and lighting the BBQ.

If you are willing and able to help please get in touch ASAP.

Let’s try and keep the community gatherings going!

s marys medfestSaturday 27 August 2016, 11am-4.30pm & 8-9pm

St Mary’s Bishophill Junior, York YO1 6EN (off Priory St)

From 11am to 4.30pm: St Mary’s will be open for visitors to tour its fascinating medieval interior and see a display of material related to the history of Bishophill supplied by The York Archaeological Trust and The Bishophill History Group.  

12.00pm: There will be a group tour of Bishophill (from the church door) during which a member of the Bishophill History Group will point out and outline the historic importance of the parish’s most significant buildings or places of interest.

3.30pm: The Rudgate Singers will be singing First Vespers of Sunday. This is followed by the singing of the Solemn York Salve Regina. This is a genuine piece of York chant (from St Mary’s Abbey) performed in its own city.

8.00pm: The Rudgate Singers will sing Compline according to the Dominican Rite.

Download the programme here

medfest codeWith the kind sponsorship of The Co-operative Funeralcare, Cromwell Road, and Empire Books Ltd. Part of JORVIK Medieval Festival: http://www.churchexplorers.co.uk


Info from St Mary’s Church, Bishophill. Apologies for late posting!
Yorkshire Medieval Churches Festival (Church Explorers). Dominican Rite Compline. Gregorian Chant.
The Rudgate Schola are going to be singing Compline by candlelight using the old Dominican Rite (with it’s processions) each evening from Sunday 21st August to Friday 26th August at 8.30pm. On the final day, 27th August, we shall sing Vespers using the Roman Rite (Extraordinary Form) at 3.30pm and conclude with Dominican Compline at 8pm. We realise we won’t get everything right (we’re not Dominicans for starters) but we will endeavour to follow as closely as possible Compline as published in this book (URL below), given the space available to us. The Dominicans celebrate their 800th anniversary this year, so it is entirely appropriate that we should commemorate this in some way.


The venue for all of this is St Mary’s Church (the oldest in York), Bishophill Junior, York YO1 6EN


We are looking for someone local to be involved in the Tower  To Tower event on 27th July  creating a livinghistory /memory of that area of the city.

We need a local resident to take part in the event and share your knowledge of this area.




The performance event will take place on parts of the city walls on Wednesday 27th July, between 6pm and 8pm; an alternative history tour between Clifford’s Tower and Baile Hill.

If you are interested please contact us on info@garyandclaire.com (or alternatively 07904 415441) and we can arrange to meet a couple of times over the weeks leading up to the event.

The Facebook page is called (cryptically) ‘Kong Lear’s Dream Yards’.
We will develop a short story based on your experience of living here, that you will present to a passing audience on the tour. No performance experience necessary.

We can meet at your convenience and pay a fee for your time.

Many thanks, 

Gary Winters and Claire Hind.

2011_07_23_Garden Fete_sackwinnerHi – just a reminder that the Fete is this Sunday. If anyone is able, ready and willing to help set up please come to the Community Garden 10.30am Sunday.

We’ll need to do some general tidying, bunting hanging, seat cleaning, stall erecting type stuff. Just turn up and ask for Fabiola, Emma or Pete and they’ll give you a job. Hope to see you there.

Hi all – quick reminder that there is a Fete organising meeting tonight, 7.30pm in the Golden Ball. If you want to get involved on the day, please come along.

Only 2 weeks until the Bishophill Summer Fete. Get ready for sack racing, face painting, tea drinking, cake eating, rat splatting, stall browsing, fund raising, craft buying, BBQing, live bands playing, local beer drinking and all the fun of the Fete.summer fete 2016

Thanks to the volunteers, and everyone who came last night, the Bishophill Summer Fete will happen on Sunday 19 June. All proceeds to refugee charities.

We still need helpers and donations, especially plants for the plant stall. If you can help on the day, or have plants to donate, please let us know asap.

And if your plants need a boost there’s still plenty of compost in the community garden!


Come to the Ball this Thursday 7.30pm and help create a marvellous Fete.

We need all kinds of volunteers, from cake bakers to litter pickers. The more the merrier.


Also, John Sentamu is visiting Bishopthorpe Rd this Saturday (21st). If you, or someone you know, would like to meet him let us know, and we’ll see what we can do.

Hope to see you Thursday in the Ball.

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We are having a Summer Fete in the Community Garden on 19th June.

There’ll be: live music, scones, tea, cakes, face painting, BBQ, art activities, beer tent, stalls with books, dvd’s, plants and crafts for sale,  picnics, egg and spoon, three legged and sack racing, traditional games, biscuits and shenanigans.

If you can help with any of the above, then come join our feted band of volunteers when they meet in The Golden Ball 7.30 pm Thurs 19 May or get in touch via this blog or Facebook.com/bishophillbillies

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