York Against Cancer: Holiday home offered to cancer patients

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Hazel and Phil have donated their cottage in Yapham – Old Tithe Cottage – to York Against Cancer to offer York and Scarborough Hospitals Trust cancer patients a holiday home, following a 14-year renovation of a disused dairy farm.

Old Tithe Cottage interior (Image: York Against Cancer)

The couple have a personal connection to cancer, and understand that the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process can be overwhelming, so they hope the cottage provides a peaceful break for those who need it.

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Julie Russell, CEO at York Against Cancer said: “We know from our other respite property just how much these breaks mean to patients as well as their families and friends, so having this second property means we can support so many more families through their difficult times.

“We really can’t thank Hazel and Phil enough for doing this!”

Old Tithe Cottage interior (Image: York Against Cancer)

Hazel and Phil received donations from local businesses throughout the renovation, allowing them to create this peaceful holiday home for cancer patients and their loved ones.

The Old Tithe Cottage is a full furnished, one-bedroom holiday cottage in Yapham, a few miles from Pocklington.

If you, or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would benefit from a respite break at The Old Tithe Cottage, visit York Against Cancer’s website, or call 01904 764466.

Brew York in stout move with Patisserie Valerie

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Brew York has teamed up with Patisserie Valerie and Wild Card Brewery to brew a beer inspired by its best-selling cake.

Slice, Slice Baby is a 7.5% abv mille-feuille pastry stout, pairing malts with vanilla to recreate flavours of buttery pastry, indulgent icing, and sweet vanilla custard.

Patisserie Valerie, formed in 1926, has over 100 venues across the UK, including York.

Wild Card Brewery, based in Walthamstow, also runs two taprooms in East London.

Brew York Head of Marketing, Rachel Auty, said: “As you might imagine the brew day itself was great fun with a LOT of incredible cakes in the building!

“I can confirm that the signature Mille-Fueille by Patisserie Valerie is absolutely delicious and we are really proud of how the beer has turned out.”

To mark the launch, a special beer and cake pairing event featuring four cakes and four beers will take place on Thursday April 6 at 7pm at Brew York in Walmgate. 

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Pavers Foundation keeps York Wheels turning with £2,500 donation

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The Pavers Foundation, charitable giving initiative of family-owned footwear retailer Pavers, has made a £2,500 donation to York Wheels on behalf of Jane Cambridge, accounts assistant at Pavers Head Office.

York Wheels aims to provide transport services for the benefit of the community in York, the service is primarily for elderly persons or people who have mobility issues.

Karen Woodward, office manager at York Wheels, said: “We have discovered a gap in the market for fixed wheelchair users, they cannot pre-book transport for appointments and hospital transfer can only assist for their own appointments.

“This kind donation will go towards funding our wheelchair accessible vehicle to allow the people of York to book appropriate transport for themselves in advance”.

Jane applied for the funding through the employee-led application process which encourages all colleagues of the business to apply on behalf of charities and causes close to their hearts.

Bristol Street Motors now donates to RSPCA and Menfulness

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Bristol Street Motors York Renault Dacia is now donating £10 to York RSPCA or Menfulness, as chosen by the customer, for every new car sold.

The York RSPCA animal home costs £1,750 a day to run and is licensed to look after 30 dogs, 24 cats and nine rabbits, plus other animals and birds.

Menfulness is a charity that brings York men together to socialise, exercise, enjoy themselves, aiming to boost their physical and mental wellbeing.

Tony Cornelius, General Manager at Bristol Street Motors York Renault Dacia, says the move will ‘make a difference’ to both charities.

Peter Gorbert, Branch Manager at RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch, said: “Support and funding like this is so important, especially as the cost-of-living crisis is forcing many owners to consider signing over their animals, and animal abandonment is at an all-time high.”

Matty Lewis from Menfulness said: “The partnership [with Bristol Street Motors] will really help shine a light on what we do, and if one bloke reaches out as a result, it’s worth its weight in gold.”

Siemens to deliver £1.5m solar farm in University of York project

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The farm will be based at the university’s Institute of Safe Autonomy as part of a £1.5M research project that will enable the institute to become energy self-sufficient.

The project aims to improve the university’s research capabilities to develop artificial intelligence and robotics to inspect and maintain solar arrays.

York Institute for Safe Autonomy in robotics project

Major solar energy company Siemens has been appointed by the university to design and deliver the equipment.

The 193 kWp solar farm will create a ‘living lab’ to give insight to landowners and operators of solar farms on how best to integrate robotic technology in the field.

The project will also enable the Institute to become energy self-sufficient by 2025, generating approximately 170 MWh of power annually.

The farm, which spans more than 1,400 square metres, will consist of a range of different panel configurations including static ground installations and sun-tracking arrays. Solar panels will also be deployed on the side of the Institute’s building and the rooftop to maximise light exposure.

£1.5m solar farm set for University of York

Following successful completion of the design phase, installation work will be carried out on site by specialist installer Lynx later this month, with the project expected to be fully operational by July.

Patrick Reilly-O’Donnell, Head of Project Execution at Siemens, said: “The University’s Institute for Safe Autonomy provides a first-class ecosystem for research and innovation in the world of robotics and connected autonomous systems.

“As we continue to integrate autonomous technology into our everyday lives, understanding how we can safely deploy them to maximise efficiencies within those sectors connected to the green transition is becoming increasingly important.”

Professor Miles Elsden, Director of the Institute for Safe Autonomy at the University of York, added: “Robotics, autonomous systems and AI have the potential to transform the way we live, travel and work in the future. Integrating them with the production of renewable energy will ultimately play a key role in the journey towards net zero. 

“This innovative research project marks an important milestone for the Institute and reaffirms our commitment as a university to sourcing sustainable energy.”

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The Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA) is a new initiative at the University of York which aims to ensure that the use of robotics and autonomous systems, such as driverless cars, are safe.

Based at the Heslington East Campus, the recently-opened £45M purpose-built centre features experimental laboratories and test spaces where academics from across the University work closely with industry, government and third-sector partners to deliver solutions.

Chelsea and Man United transfer target breaks silence on potential move and reveals key factor

Chelsea look set to continue adding to their squad this summer, with a whole host of players linked with a potential transfer switch. The Blues have already spent over £500million on signings since the arrival of new owners Boehly-Clearlake, meaning exits are a priority.

As a result, spending is likely to be drawn back from where it has been over the past two transfer windows, with Graham Potter reiterating that point. “I don’t think the spending will continue as it has,” the manager said in January when asked if the trend of big spending will continue.

“There was a regeneration that needed to happen, which the club has done. We have to say the next window and the window after will be different. That’s clear.” That’s not to say there won’t be signings though, with some positions still in need of some extra reinforcements.

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The midfield is one of those positions, with the need for some options for the future alongside British transfer record signing Enzo Fernandez. Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Manu Kone is a player that has been linked for that exact reason, with the 21-year-old impressing in the Bundesliga.

Alongside Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG have also been rumoured with a move, with the youngster speaking out on the talks. He told Le Parisien: “Interest of PSG? You know that I am Parisien, I was born and trained here. There is a logical link.

“But whether it’s Paris or another club doesn’t matter to me. I just want to play. If I have to leave, I’ll think about playing as priority.”

It shows a clear demand of what will sway a decision from Kone, with the Blues needing to have a clear idea of how he fits into the side before making an offer for him.


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Little Bird Markets in Knaresborough and Harrogate

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Little Bird Market takes place in Knaresborough market takes place on Saturday (April 1) in the castle grounds from 10am-3pm and on Sunday it will move to Valley Gardens, Harrogate, which will be packed full of stalls under the Sun Colonnade again from 10am-3pm.

Each month the market is filled with some of Yorkshire’s finest small businesses giving customers the opportunity to meet the faces behind the business and purchase unique goods straight from the designers, crafters, bakers, makers, photographers who loving hand make the products.

Little Bird Artisan Markets are coming to Knaresborough Castle and Harrogate (Image: Little Bird)

The markets are all specially curated to bring together a wide variety of stalls to appeal to all ages and needs with a mixture of new and regular traders each month.

Managing Director Jackie Crozier said: “Both markets will be packed full with everything you can image at an artisan market, from crafts, art and photography to toys, clothing and accessories.

“Not forgetting everything to decorate or fragrance your home or pamper yourself with organic skin and body care.

“Along with all of these there will also be lots of tempting cakes, bakes, cheese, preserves, drinks, local produce and our tasty street food vendors with their hot and cold drinks and food options for brunch or lunch as you browse the stalls.”

There will be a wealth of stalls (Image: Little Bird)

Little Bird Made has also been nominated in the Yorkshire Choice Awards for 2023, in the Independent Business of the Year category and Jackie has been nominated in the Business Women of the Year category.

Jackie said that Little Bird has come such a long way from the first market held in Ripon five years ago and she has worked tirelessly to build up a portfolio of markets across Yorkshire.

Jackie is encouraging people to vote and said: “Each vote is a vote for all the traders who come along each week and make the markets the success they are and also for the regular visitors who support the markets and come out in all weathers to support us each week, these nominations are for all of you as well.”

The Yorkshire Choice Awards are an annual event that recognises all the heroes and heroines who make the communities of Yorkshire shine. 

To vote for Jackie and the markets click here.

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Christian Pulisic has 10 games to save Chelsea career amid Todd Boehly hope

Four years since signing and 139 games later, Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea career might have just ten matches left to run. As the American prepares to return to the club for what might be the final time, a last chance to salvage a future at Stamford Bridge awaits him.

After starting twice and captaining his country to two more victories, a 7-1 win over Grenada followed by a 1-0 victory against El Salvador to clinch top spot in their CONCACAF Nations League group, Pulisic journeys back to London knowing the challenge ahead of him.

Since joining Chelsea the USMNT star has scored 14 goals for his country in 35 games. He has captained 13 of them and assisted nine in the same time. Compare that to his record in league football for the Blues. In 92 Premier League games he has scored just 20 goals and assisted 11.

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The goals and assists per game in that period at international level is 0.65 compared to 0.33 for his club. The standard of league football is tougher, naturally, but for Pulisic the difference has always been bigger than most. For USA he is nearly twice as effective. Only during one spell at SW6 has he had that same importance of being irreplaceable.

The now long-gone lockdown period is nearly three years in the past. Outside of the nine-game spell where he scored or assisted in eight games, recording four of each, his record in London reads as 16 goals and seven assists in 81 games, 0.28 contributions per game.

He is far from the only underperforming forward to have played in that time. Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Romelu Lukaku and largely Kai Havertz have all struggled. The team in that time have scraped to a top four finish three times and now look set to be mid-table here as well.

For Pulisic though it appears his time is up. With his contract expiring in 2024, Todd Boehly and Co have already made their stances on running down deals very clear with Mason Mount. Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic will be no different. The American will either have to find a new club this summer or sign a new deal that as of yet isn’t on the table.

Unless he can find a way to reignite the previous levels and propel himself not just in the short-term thinking of Graham Potter than the 24-year-old faces a move away. With Raheem Sterling, Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix and Noni Madueke all joining since last year and Christopher Nkunku on his way at the end of this season the American is arguably sixth choice heading into next campaign at this current stage.

With that sort of competition and the general reset desired by Boehly, Potter and the fans, Pulisic is stuck in limbo. On the face of it he should fit the new rebuild. An exciting attacking player based on instinct, flair and pace with an innovative manager and young teammates around him. It’s not too far from the USMNT setup but come the summer it will be four-and-a-half years since a deal was announced with Borussia Dortmund for him to leave.

Maurizio Sarri, then manager, claimed to not have known about it. The way Pulisic came in and the way he looks set to leave may not even be all that disimilar. In a cloud of other things going on, wholesale changes and without anyone quite sure what to expect next.

Under Boehly-Clearlake there was a simplistic hope – much like his Thomas Tuchel reunion – that Pulisic could become the posterboy for Chelsea and spark the US-Chelsea commerical brand-building. That is going to end before it truly started.

The player said last summer that he was ready and on-board with the direction of travel, that hasn’t necessarily changed but everything else has and now he isn’t likely to be part of the journey. “At the end of the season, we were able to meet with them and they were around the club a lot,” Pulisic said on the pre-season tour of the States. “They are really good people so I’m excited moving forward.”

The club and the player will be moving forward, but the longer time goes on the more it seems it will be in opposite directions.


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York A64 crash victim named as George Sawyer from Farnley Tyas

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North Yorkshire Police say George Sawyer, 18, was from Farnley Tyas near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

As The Press reported yesterday (March 27), George died after a crash that’s closed the A64 both ways for most of the day between Redhill Field Lane at Bilbrough Top and the A1237 Copmanthorpe roundabout.

His family has now issued a photograph of George as part of a police appeal for witnesses.

The crash involved a black BMW that was travelling along the eastbound carriageway of the A64 shortly before 1.20am that collided with George as he crossed the road.

The driver of the BMW, a man in his 40s, is helping officers with their investigation.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen George in the area or the black BMW, to get in touch, along with anyone who has dashcam footage of either, to come forward.

Anyone with any information or footage is urged to preserve the footage and contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference 12230054266, alternatively you can email Steve Hawkins [email protected]

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It’s not often one-word replies would get Chelsea supporters so excited but when Mykhailo Mudryk said this in response to what colour London is, it definitely saw the Ukrainian’s stock rise even higher. Comments like that will only increase his popularity because there hasn’t been too much to shout about on-the-pitch so far during his short time at Stamford Bridge.

Signed for an initial £62million, which could rise to £88m with add-ons, in the January transfer window from Shakhtar Donetsk, huge things were expected from Mudryk. A big-money signing like that is always going to be exciting for supporters, but the fact Mudryk was taken right from under Arsenal’s nose made it even sweeter for Chelsea fans. Gunners supporters were left gutted.

Instead, table-topping Arsenal went out and signed Leandro Trossard, who was approaching the end of his contract at Brighton. Mudryk and Trossard have had rather contrasting starts at their respective clubs. One cost £27m and the other was £88m (eventually with add-ons), so logic would suggest the more expensive player makes more of an impact, but not in this case.

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Trossard has scored one goal and provided six assists in all competitions for Arsenal thus far and has adapted to Mikel Arteta’s way of playing almost seamlessly. Meanwhile, it’s been a bit more of a challenge for Mudryk, who is yet to open his account for the Blues just yet but has registered one assist in his seven appearances.

Mudryk’s Chelsea career so far

35 minutes vs Liverpool (A) – Played on the left wing, no goals and no assists

45 minutes vs Fulham (H) – Played on the left wing, no goals and no assists

67 minutes vs West Ham United (A) – Played on the left wing, no goals and no assists

71 minutes vs Borussia Dortmund (A) – Played on the left wing, no goals and no assists

26 minutes vs Southampton (H) – Played on the left wing, no goals and no assists

7 minutes vs Tottenham (A) – Played on the left wing, no goals and no assists

82 minutes vs Leicester City (A) – Played as a centre-forward/left wing, no goals and one assist

It’s not too much of a surprise

Trossard has years of Premier League experience. Sometimes that term is overused and its significance is overstated but not in this case. Mudryk has just arrived in a brand-new country and league while playing very limited football in Ukraine with their winter break coming at the end of November.

The new Arsenal signing, however, had been playing consistent football down on the south coast with Brighton, albeit he dropped out of the side towards the end of his time at the Amex Stadium. Either way, Trossard starting the way he has in an Arsenal side that is playing the best football the club have seen in decades is hardly a surprise.

Mudryk, though, with all the settling in he has to do to a new culture, has been in and out of a Chelsea side that are still in transition, still learning the ways of head coach Graham Potter. The remainder of the season is big for Mudryk, granted, but next term will be even bigger for the 22-year-old attacker.

Potter knows Mudryk reality

Potter is under no illusions when it comes to Mudryk. He knows that the new Chelsea signing will need plenty of time to settle in at Stamford Bridge. He isn’t expecting huge results from the Ukrainian immediately and that is reflected with the little football he has played since signing in January.

“He will get better and better,” Potter said on Mudryk following his assist against Leicester this month. “He is a young player that hasn’t got that much experience, so each game he will get better and better.

“His attitude is fantastic, he wants to help the team and work with the team. I’m delighted he got an assist and helped us.”

In another press conference, Potter elaborated on Mudryk: “Hopefully he can benefit from the time he’s had. It’s not easy for him to arrive in the middle of pre-season [with Shakhtar not playing since November].

“To come to a new country, new club, new league, and hit his maximum level. I know people look at the fee but it does not change the situation he is in.

“We’re positive about him, we’re positive about the future for him. But we need to help him settle and help him understand what he needs to do to help us.”

Mudryk has played just 334 minutes in all competitions since signing for Chelsea. Out of the eight signings made in the January transfer window, only Noni Madueke (182 minutes) and David Datro Fofana (105 minutes) have played less for the Blues.

The Chelsea winger is a slow-burner at this stage, regardless of the money spent on him. It’s unfair to solely judge him for the few months he will have played by the time the season ends. If judgement is needed; come back at the end of 2023 perhaps.


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Elvington CE School in York plants Woodland Trust trees

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As part of Elvington CE School’s ongoing commitment to support the environment, children in Classes 1 and 2 planted 105 saplings which were donated by the Woodland Trust.

The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target and teachers say pupils at Elvington CE School are determined to support this goal.

Children tree planting at Elvington CE School in York (Image: Elvington School)


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Head, Andrew Buttery, said: “Before going out to plant the saplings, the children learnt that trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon, while releasing oxygen back into the air.

“The school received the prestigious Eco-Schools Award last year and the children who attend Elvington care deeply about environmental issues and have a strong desire to actively protect our planet.”


Reece James and Ben Chilwell react as Chelsea teammate signs new contract before summer exit

Chelsea are starting to get their contract business in order ahead of the summer transfer window, where some huge decisions are set to be made. The latest uncertainty was settled on Monday as back-up goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli put pen to paper on a new contract.

The former Fulham shot-stopper has made just one first-team appearance since joining the club in 2021, playing the role of a backup option. With Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga higher in the pecking order, the 30-year-old has been on the fringes, though the future of both are in doubt in the coming months.

While there will be some consistency in the goalkeeping ranks with his stay, Bettinelli also meets the homegrown status quota, meaning less strain on landing another player of that status elsewhere. The deal runs until 2026, with the Englishman labelling the chance to extend his spell at Stamford Bridge as a ‘privilege’.

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Speaking to the club website, he said: “It is a privilege to be at a club like Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and a couple of years ago when I signed I was delighted to be here, delighted to sign. To be here now and see the club going through this transition and seeing what we are developing, it is amazing to be a part of and I am buzzing to be here for an extra couple of years.”

While the fans haven’t seen a whole lot of Bettinelli on the pitch, his teammates have on the training ground and in the dressing room, with the messages of congratulations speaking volumes on how positively he is perceived at the club.

“Ma boyy, the coffee club continues @marcusbettinelli,” Reece James wrote in an Instagram story in reaction to the news.

Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell joined the likes of Marc Cucurella and Mason Mount in congratulating him with clapping emojis under the post.

While the focus will always be on the big stars of the squad, the impact of those around it should never be underestimated, as the case with Bettinelli shows.


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