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There’s two lots of Carols this year, both on Thursday 22nd December. 

First up is Family Carols, with song sheets and piano accompaniment, 6pm in the Golden Ball. 

Then it’s Carols Round the Houses, starting 7.30pm at the Oliver House end of Priory St. 

Everyone is welcome to either and both (for the enthusiastic carollers!)

 Avoid the crowds in town this Sunday (27th November). Come to the Golden Ball for a relaxing drink and some retail therapy instead!
Seven local crafters are selling their wares as part of the Craft-y-Crawl around Bishopthorpe Road and South Bank. From 10am to 4pm. A map and list of all crafters can be found at: Here we are! Addresses and crafters for the Craft-y-Crawl, Sunday 27 November
Look forward to seeing you there.



A few of us are getting together in The Golden Ball at 5.30 today Friday. We’re looking for ideas and volunteers to organise some community events. Everyone is welcome – the more the merrier.  


The marvellous Edibillies have marked the end of the Community Allotment with an impromptu pop up art display. More pictures of todays happening are available here.

For the past four years this little corner of Bishophill has produced all manner of fruit and veg for people to pick and eat totally free of charge. 

Now the bulldozers are due to move in as construction begins on the new McCarthy and Stone development.

There is the possibility of a new community plot. If you are interested in helping make this happen, please get in touch ASAP.


The time has come – they are about to do something at Oliver House 

So, we will be losing our edible gardenWe would like to say something, so we are planning an art installation on the plot starting at 4pm on Wednesday 5th Oct – tomorrow – and we invite anybody who would like to come accompanied with as many children and felt tips as they can muster

Nothing big but quite poignant

We have been offered a space over the road where we could have raised beds – please let us know if you are interested in carrying on there

Please come tomorrow if you can! 

Quick reminder that to  mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi there will be  a short SERVICE  OF  BLESSING OF PETS TODAY  Sunday 2 Oct  4:00pm at St.Mary Bishophill Senior. Donations to go to RSPCA

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:


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

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