York Mystery Plays Your Chance to Visit 2012

What are the Mystery Plays

  • The York Mystery Plays are a medieval cycle of the greatest stories ever told from Creation to the Last Judgment. These plays have been performed by the people of York across the centuries.
  • They are gaining an international reputation on the scale of the Oberammergau passion plays.
  • In summer 2012, the biblical stories will be retold in a way that resonates with both past and present and appeals to those of religious faith or none.
  • The plays will be performed in a covered outdoor theatre in the Museum Garden St Mary’s Abbey from 2-27th August 2012
  • Over 1000 local people will help 28,000 visitors and attendees enjoy the plays that were last on show in 2000
  • York Mystery Plays are a magnificent example of medieval drama. Using the colourful language of medieval Yorkshire the plays are made up of a number of individual pageants originally presented by the Guilds of Craftsmen for more info read York Mystery Plays
  • Patrons for 2012

    HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, Dame Judi Dench, Harry Gration and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, have been announced as patrons of York Mystery Plays 2012.
    The Duke of York said: “Having witnessed the enthusiasm and energy created by the York Mystery Plays in 2000, I am delighted to learn that the Plays will be returning to the city in August 2012 and I am honoured to be a patron. I have been impressed by the scale and ambition of the project and how new partnerships have been formed between organisations and businesses across the city. “I am looking forward to seeing for myself what will surely be one of the cultural highlights of 2012.”
    The Archbishop says’This is a very exciting project and will provide a wonderful spectacle for the city. As you prepare to tell the story of God at work in Creation and Redemptions, I pray that you will be inspired by majesty of the story, and that others in turn will be encouraged in faith and hope.’

    York 2012

  • You will already know York is a great place to visit for a day trip or prolonged stay.
  • The Mystery Plays provide another attractive reason to visit during August 2012
  • Locals and visitors can book tickets now from this link

Embroiderers Guild of Yorkshire


The celebrations for 75 years the Embroiderers Guild of Yorkshire was led by an exhibition at the University of Leeds Textile Archive. This is located at St Wilfred’s Chapel Moorlands Road Leeds and is open University times.

Yorkshire is the longest serving branch of the Embroiderers Guild in the country. Yorkshire was fortunate to have as first president, Louisa Pesel who’s notes designs and collection from all around the world features in the exhibition.

Under the title ‘Natural Fibers are the Fabric of Society’ there are silk shawls from the Qing dynasty, Javanese cottons, Mediterranean embroideries and exhibits from Malaysia, China, New Zealand and Yorkshire.

There are branches of the Embroiderers guild around Yorkshire including Ackworth, City of York, Grassington & District, Halifax, Hallam, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull and East Riding, Lower Airedale, Nidderdale, Penistone, Ryedale, Leeds, Selby & District, Sheffield & District and Skipton. They run competitions and for 2010 they will be judged at Regional Day at Riccall, Selby, on 12th June 2010 the themes include DeDenne Competition for Young Embroiderers – “Imaginary Animals” , Challenge Cup – “My Backyard” and Coats Anchor Award – “Animals”. See more on their web site

Pontefract Museum, Salter Row, Pontefract, event Going for Gold Textile Art Group Until 28 January 2012.

York Quilt Museum Embroidered and Embellished Collections to view click here


Smokie Gets in Your Ears

Do you sometimes end up with a song going around in your head for ages? Well join the club, the Smokie fan club in this case.

Smokie Facts and History

    The original members, Terry Uttley, Alan Silson and Chris Norman shared the playground together at St. Bedes Grammar School in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
    Their other musical incarnation included groups called The Yen, The Sphynx Kindness and The Elisabethans .
    During the 1970’s they had hits with If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me, Living Next Door To Alice, Mexican girl and Oh Carol.
    As with many groups they then had a lengthy lay off.
    ‘It was the local Yorkshire Musician John Verity who was responsible for the re-birth of ‘Smokie’ back in 1986. The Bradford City Football Club had just suffered one of the worst disasters in sporting history when the club’s main stand caught fire during a match with considerable loss of life. A relief fund for relatives was set up in Bradford and because of their local connections, John Verity invited Smokie to reform for a one-off benefit concert. The concert was a huge success not only for the relief fund but also for Smokie personally.’
    Smokie are currently on tour in the Ukraine and are well worth seeing when they return to perform in Yorkshire.

Apologies if the You Tube gets on your nerves.

See the exciting new Logo Board game for Christmas 2011


Harrogate Flowers on Show

Rhododendron buds

The Valley Gardens in Harrogate offer one of the best free flower shows in Harrogate. Down by the streamside there are strange plants like Skunk Cabbage and large leaved Gunneras with prehistoric looking flower spikes.
The other free show is the crocus on the stray in spring.

Gunnera flower

You can pay to visit Harlow Carr RHS gardens and see many fine plants and flowers on display with an emphasis on Alpines, Rhododendrons and rhubarb. Members get in free and can take a guest and there are other benefits of membership.

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk, not skank, cabbage appeals to me hence the second photograph.

Lysimachia punctata

The scent of the yellow Skunk Cabbage will not win any prizes or friends at the Harrogate Flower shows!

Harrogate Spring Flower Show


Spring show daffodil varieties on display showing one for each class.

Daffodil Exhibition display

The Autumn show is another delight for the enthusiast and speciality fanciers. The big vegetables always attract attention but it is the flowers in the show that get the most coverage by photographers.

These were prize winners at various Autumn shows Pink Carnation and Chrysanthemum classes.
Incurve Chrysanthemum
Below is one of the Fuchsia winners in a 4″ pot!
Louise Fucshia

Harrogate in bloom have a lot of detailed information for visitors to the spa town. I would recommend a visit in spring to get rid of any lingering winter blues.


Famous Pubs to Grouse About


The Famous Grouse whiskey is running a promotion pointing out Pubs around the country including Yorkshire that they say are famous. To my mind they are famous for selling this whiskey but anyway here is their Yorkshire selection

The Kings Arms York – famous for flooding as the river Ouse regularly entertains the weatherforecasters. Still popular with the Vikings who visit from Scandinavia via North sea ferries to pillage our shops.

Saville Arms Thornhill near Dewsbury. – One I now intend to visit, not because it is built on consecrated ground but for the untouched 1960’s decor and log fire.

The George and Dragon (of which there are many to chose from) in Hudswell North Yorkshire. A village co-operative venture that includes a very small shop and library.

The Minerva Hull – A favourite of mine for the Sea Shanty Festival in September. The fish and chips are to die for as many trawlermen must have done so in the past.

One of my pet internet hates is web sites that demand information and then still fail to deliver like Famous Grouse!

Do not bother visiting

http://www.thefamousgrouse.com – I have refused to give them a link, despite giving my date of birth and listening to an annoying trailer I wasn’t allowed further and I am over drinking age!


Visit Burnby Hall Pocklington for Water Lilies

Burton Agnes Pocklington

I do not know a lot about Water Lilies but I know a man who did. GARDENERS TIPS

Major Percy Stewart carved out the two lakes at Burnby Hall Gardens to provide private trout fishing for himself and his friends. In the 1950’s he planted a small collection of water lilies to beautify his trout lakes. Now this garden is home to a National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies. If you visit you will see why it is the biggest collection, of over 80 varieties, to be found in a natural setting in Europe.

The two lakes that contain the lilies are set in eight acres of beautiful gardens – including rock gardens, a natural shrubbery, formal beds, the Secret Garden, a Victorian Garden and many other attractions, details of which may be found here on our website.

The Gardens were the inspiration of Major Percy Stewart who, on his death in 1963, left his estate in Trust for the enjoyment of the people of Pocklington and the thousands of visitors who come from all over the world. The Stewart Museum in the Gardens provides a fascinating glimpse into his life.
Water Lilies

Tips for visiting Hardy Water Lilies

Water Lilies

‘Adventurer, traveller, scholar, philanthropist, soldier, collector, environmentalist Major Percy Marlborough Stewart was an extraordinary man: a descendant of the Earls of Galloway, godson of the Duke of Marlborough, and second cousin to Winston Churchill. He was born in 1871, one of the 14 children of the Reverend James Stewart, Rector of Little Stukely, Huntingdon. He gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Semitic Languages at Cambridge University.’ A great traveller he collected many artefacts that are now in state-of-the-art display cases at Burnby Hall Museum.

Water Lilies

Studley Royal also has water gardens to admire.


The Leeds Bourse and Reflections


A European financial institution, a Bourse is generally a stock exchange. In Leeds we are a bit different naming this office block The Bourse.

A shame that the European finances are not able to be duplicated as easily as the images in the window of our Bourse. Perhaps it is a sign that the Euro is so fragmented and likely to break into shards!


Leeds Plaza is named after a Spanish word meaning a “field” which describes an open urban public space, such as a city square. With our obsession with shopping every Mall must now incorporate a Plaza.

Polarized view

Harrogate Conference Center can polarise opinions but the building reflects the mood of the times. Should be bright skies but a cloud or too from over the horizon.


This reflection is not in Yorkshire but was a cloudy day at Victoria Coach station in London. The sky cleared enough to capture a picture that fits this theme.


President or Grand Supremo

Skipton no fly zone

Meet the West Yorkshire President

Huddersfield, 18 October, 12:45
A chance for members in Kirklees and Calderdale to hear about latest developments, ask about topical issues and raise any concerns. Book your place

Winging her way from Robin Hood Airport then hot footing it up the road network will be our unelected West Yorkshire president (some mistake surely ed)

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

Dr Ingrid M Roscoe BA, PhD, FSA
Despite being born in Rugby she was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 1994, Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 1999 and became the first lady Lord-Lieutenant in the north of England in 2004. She was High Steward of Selby Abbey from 2000 to 2008. She is a trustee of York Minster and of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Presidential Offices
President of the Royal British Legion in West Yorkshire
President of Calderdale Community Foundation
President of the Leeds Philharmonic Society
President, West Yorkshire Scouts
Not The West Yorkshire President referred to above.



Rights of Way – Rights of Bradfordians

bradford garden

Should this be called West Field or Bradford Folly Foot in mouth?
Without a better name ‘Temporary Park’ will have to do!

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It peeved lots of Braford citizens when Forster Square was decimated and the rights of way along Broadway were hacked around to suit the councils remodeling plans. Planning was approved over 8 years ago.
It is a bit rich telling us that making the eyesore slightly less ugly is not creating a new right of way.

I guess a right of way is the last thing Bradford folk want and if the council need more feed back then they should first act on what they have already been told. Councillors could reflect in the City Hall lake for example.
The next local elections is likely to demonstrate a total lack of belief in the council.

Clock that

See the internal photographs of the New Vic or Gaumont before 3 more years of abject neglect.


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