2nd February 2022
WIGGY FEST SET FOR JUNE
Hughie from Wigginton Squash Club is organising a Family Festival to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. The event takes place Saturday 4th June from 12 noon until 9pm. The event is going to be a community fundraiser to help raise funds for all of the sports clubs on Wigginton Playing Fields as well as Wigginton Primary School and The Wonder Years school club.
Hughie is hoping to sell 1000 tickets and the event will be hosted by YO1 radio with local acts and a headline act. Activities include a charity football match, exhibition tennis and squash matches. A inflatable obstacle course, a nerf battle arena, beat the goalie and lots more.
23rd July 2021
NEW FLOWER BED BRIGHTENS YORK ROAD
The first of a series of new flower beds planted by the Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association to help brighten the approaches to our area is now blooming on York Road.
Pollinator-friendly perennials including lavender, hypericum, penstemon, veronica and salvia are now bringing colour to the verge outside Haxby Cycles, welcoming drivers as they head towards Haxby centre.
The bed was funded from the proceeds of the traders’ Easter Auction, in which local people bid for lots offered by local businesses to raise money for improvement projects in the area. More planting is planned in Wigginton and at Haxby roundabout.
Traders’ Association Treasurer Wendy Keefer, who is overseeing the project, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to use some of the £1,211 raised by the auction to bring some extra colour to our streets. I bought the plants locally and added a few of my own and so far they’re doing really well.”
Local councillors Ian Cuthbertson, Andrew Hollyer and Ed Pearson kindly helped Wendy to dig the bed before she went ahead with the planting, and Wendy has been watering the new plants herself.
Proceeds from the raffle are also being used to fund new bike racks for Haxby Village and the Churchfield Open Space in Wigginton.
15th June 2021
LIFE-SAVING DEFIBRILLATOR APPEALS IN HAXBY & WIGGINTON
The race is on to fund new defibrillators for Haxby and Wigginton after the shocking collapse of Danish football player Christan Eriksen during a Euro 2020 match at the weekend.
Eriksen, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest and his pulse had stopped before he was revived by emergency CPR on the pitch by medics who used a defibrillator to shock his heart back into life.
The drama has prompted crowdfunding appeals for new defibrillators at The John Jeffery Community Pavilion in Wigginton and at Ethel Ward playing field in Haxby. Wigginton Tennis Club is also raising funds for a defibrillator.
Richard Denton, one of the people behind the crowdfunding appeal by the Wigginton Sports and Playing Fields Association said: “We’ve been discussing the need for a defibrillator and exploring possible grant applications, but events at the weekend brought home the importance of getting something in place as soon as possible.
“There is a defibrillator at Wigginton Squash Club, which is great, but if it’s closed, we can’t get to it. Our defibrillator would be on the wall outside the Pavilion and accessible to all people at all times – that’s Wigginton Grasshoppers players, anyone else using the sports and community facilities at the top of Mill Lane, as well as everyone in the area.”
Wigginton Tennis Club is also investing in a defibrillator which would be sited outside. It is funding this through own funds, a Lawn Tennis Association grant, and is applying for other local grants.
In Haxby, a £10,000 crowdfunding appeal for defibrillators has been launched on behalf of Haxby Town FC and other grassroots football teams in York by Gemma Hall. She said: “All grassroots football teams should have a defib on site – it’s a life-saving tool for all ages.”
The area’s current 24/7 access defibrillators are at Haxby Ambulance Station and outside The Black Horse, Wigginton.
To donate to the fund for a defibrillator for the John Jeffery Community Pavilion, Wigginton, click here.
To donate to the fund for a defibrillator for Ethel Ward Playing Field, Haxby, click here.
14th June 2021
HELP BRING PENSIONERS' TEA PARTY TO LIFE
Can you spare a few hours to help bring cheer to elderly Haxby residents by helping to organise an annual tea party?
Haxby United Charities is looking for volunteers to help host its popular annual event, held in January at the Memorial Hall and aimed at elderly people who live alone.
The party attracts around 90 people, usually involves a glass of fizz, a special tea and some form of entertainment, and is run by Haxby United Charities. The charity has an income of about £500 per year and generally partners with the Hodgson Charity from St Mary’s church which helps fund the event costs.
Being a Trustee involves attending about 3 or 4 meetings during the year to prepare for the event.
If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, please either email the Haxby Town Council office: email@example.com, or call the office on 01904 750378.
25th May 2021
FUNDRAISING RAFFLE MARKS WIGGINTON PRE-SCHOOL'S 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Wigginton pre-school The Wonder Years is celebrating its 50-year anniversary with fundraising activities including a raffle with an impressive array of prizes donated by local businesses.
£1 tickets give the chance of winning family-friendly prizes including a trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre, a chocolate lollipop making class at York Cocoa Works and a toy hamper from Tesco. Haxby traders Glamourised Hair and Beauty, Café No. Fifty, Thora and the Prince and The Curious Coffee Company have also donated prizes.
Kate Richardson, one of the parent volunteers on the charity’s committee, said: “We’re really grateful to all the businesses who’ve kindly have donated prizes at what I know is a difficult time for many. We’ve been publicising them on our Facebook page [see link below], which also holds the full prize list.”
The Wonder Years is holding a series of events to celebrate the 50 years since the nursery’s foundation and, although some have been hit by the lockdowns, those that have carried on have been well supported. All the money raised will go towards improving its outdoor play areas & facilities.
Kate added: “The Tesco Clifton Moor Community Champion team has also offered to come and weed The Wonder Years’ garden and plant 50 new plants to mark the anniversary, which is great.”
The Wonder Years, which is based next to Wigginton School, offers educational childcare for children aged 3-11 at The Bungalow. It also holds Boddlers - parent/carer and child sessions for 0-3 year-olds, at Wigginton Recreation Hall.
Raffle tickets are on sale until June 1st, and, due to Covid restrictions, are available via Paypal on a paperless system. For a full list of prizes and to buy a ticket, see The Wonder Years’ Facebook page.
8th May 2021
APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES AROUND YO32
It’s a great time to be applying for apprenticeships: right now there are 66 being advertised within a five mile radius of YO32 on one search tool alone.
Haxby Pharmacy and Portakabin are among the employers advertising for apprentices via the government’s search page, which shows 54 vacancies in our area. There are also apprenticeships advertised at Clifton Moor: at KFC, in accounts at City Electrical Factors and as a parts and service apprentice at Motus Group (UK) Ltd.
The Indeed search tool has 66 apprenticeships advertised within 5 miles of YO32. Widen the radius to within 15 miles of YO32 and there are 86 jobs advertised.
You don’t have to be a school leaver to take on an apprenticeship, either: current vacancies include Higher and Degree Apprenticeship vacancies for people who have A levels, BTECs and/ or work experience but want to branch out into a new areas or boost their professional development.
You can sign up to receive the weekly York apprenticeships email, which gives information about vacancies and events across the city, and City of York Council has lots of information about apprenticeships and careers, aimed at young people, parents and businesses. It’s well worth a look: https://www.york.gov.uk/YorkApprenticeships
If you’re a local business with an apprenticeship to offer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Haxby and Wigginton Traders Association will be only too pleased to advertise it.
12th April 2021
COTTAGE INN OPENS AGAIN WITH £12K REVAMP
Customers at The Cottage Inn can take advantage of a stunning revamp resulting in over 150 new outside seats when it re-opens today.
Landlords Chris and Karen have taken advantage of the lockdown to spend £12,000 injecting some inspired creative designs to make full use of the pub’s outdoor space.
They’ve added a covered pergola, a beer garden and extra seating at the car park entrance to create 170 outdoor places for diners and drinkers. The pergola is awaiting council approval but blankets are available for customers who get chilly outside.
Karen said: “It’s been a crazy few months but everything’s now falling into place and we’re really pleased with how it’s turned out. The outside beer garden looks like it’s been there for ever and we can’t wait to start filling it with happy customers.”
She added: “We’ve brought in a new simple, classic and great quality pub menu, including a children’s menu. And we’ve employed 18 people so far, all of them local. It’s going to be great to open our doors at last.”
The Cottage dates back to the late 1800s and has operated as a pub since 1980. Chris and Karen took over in August 2020 and only managed to open for three months between lockdowns.
Karen said: “We immediately saw the pub’s huge potential but it badly needed some TLC. We knew we’d have to put the work in to make it really welcoming and although we obviously wouldn’t have wished for the last year, it has given us the opportunity to do that.”
The old function room has been totally revamped and re-named The Karis Suite (a blend of Karen and Chris) after a Facebook vote on names suggested by the pub’s followers. Bookings are already filling up. For more information, see The Cottage Inn’s Facebook page: @cottageinnhaxby.
8th April 2021
PRE-SCHOOL FUN AT WIGGINTON SQUASH CLUB
Pre-school toddlers can boost their confidence and coordination at SquashTots sessions staged by Wigginton Squash and Social Club from 12th April.
The 40-minute sessions will be held every Monday between 9.30 and 10.10am during term-times. Sessions cost £5 (the first one is free) and all toddlers need is non-marking footwear.
SquashTots is run by Squash Club qualified coach Matt Bridson and club volunteer Hughie Ferguson, who are both DBS-checked.
Hughie said: “The session is aimed at pre-schoolers to help improve their agility, coordination and boost their confidence by playing ball games and having fun on a squash court with other youngsters.
“Parents and carers can watch their progress from the viewing gallery above and hopefully have the chance to catch up with other parents as we emerge from lockdown.”
SquashTots has its own Facebook page @squashtots and an Instagram account @squashtotsyork. For more information call or message Hughie on 07960 854480 or Matt on 07949 289536.
6th April 2021
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE £1,211 FOR LOCAL PROJECTS
Haxby and Wigginton residents helped local businesses raise £1,211 for improvement projects in the area by bidding for lots in a traders’ Easter Auction.
Businesses owners kindly donated 40 different items – including meals out, flowers, food and drink, PT sessions and even a luxury night’s break. The lots prompted a flurry of bids as people pitched for a bargain.
Chris Cooper, Secretary of the Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association who gathered the bids, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who got involved in what we hope was a great diversion in the run-up to Easter. It was an amazing range of auction lots.
He added: “We were thrilled that so many traders kindly made donations and that the auction attracted so much interest. It also reflected the fantastic shops, cafes, pubs, leisure activities and more that Haxby and Wigginton offers. We can’t wait to fully open for business again!”
Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association staged the auction to help raise funds for projects such as providing bike racks close to the area’s shops and businesses, as well as planters and flowers to brighten the main approaches. They also plan to extend the extremely popular Christmas lights beyond The Village in time for next Christmas.
Winning bidders will be contacted in the next few days with details of payment and collection of their lots. Click here for the full list of auction winners.
22nd March 2021
AUCTION OF PROMISES NOW LIVE
A fantastic Auction of Promises by Haxby and Wigginton traders is now live on this website!
Take a look at the amazing treats generously donated by raders to help raise money to make Haxby and Wigginton an even better place to shop and relax.
Bid on whatever you fancy and if your bid is unmatched when the auction ends on 4th April, you’ll be the lucky person taking delivery of your lot.
There’s an amazing range of goods on offer – from Family Membership of Wigginton Tennis or Squash Clubs, to personal training sessions, gym membership, a bike service, beauty pampering treats, an online dog training course, a £10 MOT and more.
Foodies can bid for meals, gift vouchers or treats from The Parvin, The Cottage, Haxby Bakehouse, Miller’s, Tealicious, Haci’s, the Black Horse, Pizza Box, Café No. 50, Haxby Butchers, Paddyfields, Curious Coffee, Thomas the Baker, Wigginton Stores and George’s Greens.
Then there’s dog food from Our Little Friends, and gift vouchers for Dutch Nurseries and Thora & The Prince. Or perhaps you fancy £200 worth of advertising on York Mumbler, a night in the Haxby Hayloft, an EPC on your home, a bespoke social media video, or a free listing on Visiting North Yorkshire?
The Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association is tagging the auction to help raise funds for projects such as providing bike racks near our shops and businesses, plus planters and flowers to brighten the main approaches. We’d also like to extend our extremely popular Christmas lights beyond The Village in time for next Christmas.
This is how it works:
You have two weeks to bid on the 37 lots listed, and our website’s auction page will update latest bids each evening.
The bidding process will end at midnight on Sunday 4th April. The results and money raised will be announced on Monday 5th April – Easter Monday.
View the auction and place a bid HERE
11th March 2021
GEORGE'S CUT PRICE FOOD HELPS OUR POCKETS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Haxby fruit and veg shop George’s Greens has come up with a clever way to help our money go further and help the environment at the same time.
George is now selling cut price groceries which are just past their Best Before (or BBE) date – something which is different to Use By date because the food is still safe to eat. At the back of his Haxby Arcade shop, beyond the shelves packed with fresh fruit and veg, he’s now stocking big name brands like Kelloggs, Capri Sun, Kit Kats, Doritos, plus lunch box and breakfast bars, cereals and store cupboard staples. All are past their Best Before date and have substantial discounts compared with the usual supermarket prices.
George said: “I think it’s a good way to help people out, especially after this year, and make their £ go further. Local people used to be able to get discounted stock from Fulton’s, across the way from us, but since that closed you have to travel out of Haxby to find those deals and not everyone’s mobile enough to do that.”
He added: “There’s a big misconception with Best Before. People see that food’s gone beyond and throw it away but that’s just silly, especially now everyone’s so concerned about our food waste problems. “Use By dates – which apply to meat and fish and stuff like that - can lead to you getting ill if you go beyond it. Best Before is different: it could mean the product’s losing some of its texture, taste or colour but nine times out of ten there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it because the packaging’s so good these days.”
Every year, 100,000 tonnes of readily-available and edible food from the UK’s retail and food manufacturing sector is wasted – equivalent to 250 million meals going uneaten, according to government figures. Instead, this food ends up in animal feed, is used for anaerobic digestion, or even sent to landfill.
“I hope this new line will be a win-win for our customers and the environment,” said George. “It will help people get more for their money and also stop so much food and its packaging being wasted and going to landfill.”
18th February 2021
DAME JESSICA BACKS YORK TEENAGER'S CHARITY RUNS
A Wigginton teenager running 5k every day during February to raise money for a York child bereavement charity has already smashed his target – and attracted the support of former Olympic athlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Jonny Cole, 15, who lost his own dad seven years ago, has braved hail, snow, wind and rain to pound local pavements and help fund much-needed counsellors for Bereaved Children Support York.
Now more than halfway through the month, he has run 90km (56 miles) and raised £1,500 against his original £100 target. He’s been boosted by the support of Dame Jessica, who tweeted a link to his Just Giving page with the message: ‘Go on Jonny! Please support this incredible young man’.
Jonny, a pupil at Joseph Rowntree School, began his mission after the charity set its members a 28-day February challenge to try and do something positive during lockdown. He said: “I genuinely thought when I started running that I’d get a few donations from family and friends and feel better for having done something good. But the total keeps going up!
“Jessica Ennis’s tweet was a big surprise – a really big thing. I’ve had so much more support than I thought I would get and I’m just really grateful. I was a bit unfit when I started because of lockdown but now it’s getting easier.”
Jonny is one of over 200 children to have benefited from Bereaved Children Support York, which was set up by his mum Jo in 2016 after her husband Neil died suddenly from a heart attack when Jonny was eight.
Pre-lockdown, the charity ran drop-in peer support sessions as well as social trips and activities for children and their parents, which were attended by people from all over Yorkshire. It is now trying to bring people together online where possible. It also employs four bereavement counsellors on a sessional basis, although these are currently only available to people who live in York.
Jonny said: “When my dad first died there wasn’t much support for me in York so my mum set up the charity to give people like me somewhere to go. When I was young I thought I was the only unlucky one but it helped to know other young people had gone through it, too.”
He added: “Having the group helps with your mental health ‘cos you’re switching a negative thing into a positive thing with other people. All this running has been good for my mental health, too. It’s helped stop me staying in all the time and has given me a bit of purpose. I’m hoping the money will help us to pay for more counsellors.”
Mum Jo said: “I thought Jonny was pretty insane when he first suggested his daily 5ks. He really has been out in all weathers – like the bitterly cold and snowy days we’ve had recently. I’m immensely proud of what he’s achieved – it’s amazing.”
Jo, 46, who runs the charity despite managing her own multiple sclerosis, said the lockdown had made things particularly challenging for children who are already dealing with bereavement.
“What they’ve been through before all this was bad enough but now the pandemic means there’s stuff about death and dying all the time, plus they’re isolating and away from school, their friends and their support networks.
“We been helping families who’ve been bereaved during the pandemic and that’s extra hard. But then for kids who are five or ten years down the line, it might not be as raw and all-consuming but it does affect them because as they get older they understand it more and need to process it all over again.”
To make a donation, visit Jonny’s Just-Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonny-cole
17th February 2021
COVID VACCINATION CLINIC TO OPEN IN HAXBY
Residents in Haxby and Wigginton will benefit from a new Covid vaccination clinic to be launched next week close to the Haxby Group surgery.
Citywide Health, formerly Haxby Group Pharmacy, is opening a new clinic on Thursday 25th February at 6 Wyre Court, the former Boots Pharmacy opposite The Cottage Inn pub.
It will be the first community pharmacy in York and North Yorkshire to provide a Covid vaccination service direct to the public - and aims to vaccinate more than 1,000 patients every week.
Pharmacist director Richard Harrison said the NHS England-commissioned invite-only service aims to be open seven days a week, vaccinating up to 40 people an hour.
Vaccination invites will be sent out nationally by the NHS when patients become eligible. They will be given access to the national booking system and will have the choice of clinics, ranked from their closest one. For Haxby and Wigginton people, their closest will be the new Haxby clinic but they are free to book elsewhere.
For those who need parking, there are a few places outside the clinic but Chris and Karen, landlords at The Cottage Inn, have given permission for people to park in the car park, at least until the pub re-opens after lockdown.
Work on the new clinic is still underway as contractors are working quickly to prepare patient vaccination and waiting areas, plus safe storage points for the vaccines.
Mr Harrison, who is also Chief Pharmacist at the Askham Bar Park & Ride site, said: “We’re using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in Haxby because it’s easier to store and we can use it at our own pace.”
He added: “Citywide Health are the first community pharmacy group in York and North Yorkshire to launch a Covid vaccination service. We hope the new clinic will be convenient for those who live on the North side of the city and will complement the fantastic Askham Bar service which has already given 60,000 patients in York their first vaccination to date.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help support Citywide Health’s Covid vaccination clinics can register their interest, giving details such as their availability and any relevant experience, by going to https://forms.gle/3Gde24KnSLGrgWeM9.
3rd February 2021
TRADERS PRESS FOR MORE LOCAL GRIT BINS
Do you know where your nearest salt/grit bin is for helping clear snow and ice from footpaths? Haxby and Wigginton Traders are working to raise awareness of the bins and the fact anyone can use them.
We’re also working with City of York Council, Ward Councillors and Haxby Town Council to try and increase the number of bins in our area and have requested help with funding to try and increase the number we have, so that residents can move around safely.
City of York Council is responsible for inspecting and refilling salt/grit bins between November and April but there is a charge for bin installation and refilling. It’s up to us to use the salt/grit from black bins to grit our footpaths.
Last month was the coldest January since 2010 and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for more snow and ice in our area from Sunday onwards.
Haxby and Wigginton now have 16 black salt/grit bins – see below for a link to the map showing where they are. Privately-owned grit bins, located near shops, for example, are often yellow.
A little bit of the salt and grit mixture goes a long way– anywhere between 10 and 20 grammes is enough for one square metre of road. If you have difficulty visualising that, imagine that the equivalent of a 1kg bag of sugar could cover at least 50 square metres of road – about the same as four parking spaces. The best way of spreading it is to flick small amounts from your shovel or spade.
When clearing snow and ice from paths and pavements, City of York Council advises:
* Make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on
* Shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides
* Remove the top layer of snow in the morning, so any ice beneath melts during the day
* Cover cleared areas with salt/grit before nightfall to stop refreezing overnight; one tablespoon per square metre should work
* Don't spread salt on plants or grass as it may damage them
* Ensure piles of shovelled snow don’t block paths or drains
* You can use salt from public salting bins (grit bins) on paths
* Don't use water to melt snow as it may refreeze and turn to ice, increasing the risk of injury
Any problems with your salt/grit bin, such as litter inside them, or if they’re empty, broken or damaged, should be reported to Neighbourhood Services on: 01904 551551 or email: email@example.com
To see a map of the City of York Council salt bins in Haxby and Wigginton, click here.
18th January 2021
NEW WEBSITE FOR HAXBY AND WIGGINTON
Welcome to the new website promoting Haxby and Wigginton as a very special destination for shopping, relaxing and taking advantage of the many services on offer from local businesses.
The website has been launched by the Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association to spread the word about the numerous independent shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses which make our area well worth a visit.
Haxby and Wigginton are just off the York ring road, five miles north of the city and easily accessible by bus, bike and car. It’s easy to spend a day here, shop local - and include a trip to one of our parks or leisure facilities, too.
The website has been made possible by a grant from City of York Council to help promote Haxby and Wigginton to a larger audience. The money was allocated by the Secondary Shopping Area Fund, to increase footfall to the area and encourage people to Shop Local.
Chris Marsden, Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association Chair, said: “Thanks to City of York Council for helping to fund this platform which will help local businesses to shout about what they do so well.
“We’re keen to spread the word about the amazing gems sparkling along our high streets, including UK award-winning businesses Miller’s Fish & Chips and the Haxby Bakehouse. Haxby and Wigginton are friendly, welcoming communities and our traders are no exception. Please help support them by Shopping Local whenever possible.”
The first phase of the website includes shops and businesses along The Village, Haxby and Mill Lane, Wigginton. We will be adding to the list of businesses as quickly as possible so if you would like to be included, please email our Secretary Chris Cooper
Please enjoy browsing our list of businesses – and thanks in advance for supporting your local independent traders.
12th January 2021
HAXBY GROUP VACCINATES OLIVE AGED 106
Haxby Group Practice has vaccinated one of the world’s oldest people to be well enough to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Olive (pictured), aged 106 attended the Haxby surgery with daughter Janet. She agreed to have a photo taken with her vaccine certificate to encourage others to get the jab and beat "this awful virus".
Dr Daniel Kimberling, clinical lead for Primary Care Network and GP Partner at Haxby Group, said it was a pleasure to welcome Olive to the surgery.
"We don't get many people well enough at that age to be able to actually come into the surgery. I think I'd go as far as saying she is the oldest person Haxby Group has vaccinated so far,” he said.
"When we heard Olive was coming into the surgery, we practically rolled out the red carpet for her and made her as comfortable and as welcome as possible. She made our day - she was an absolute star."
Janet said the staff had made her mum feel very welcome. "The only reason she agreed to have her photo taken was so she could spread the word to others about having the vaccine," she added. "She knows everyone needs to get their vaccine to beat this awful virus."
Haxby Group was among the first practices to administer the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the ongoing UK-wide vaccination programme. Dr Kimberling said the team had been working hard in a "massive collaborative effort" to get people in priority groups vaccinated.
17th December 2020
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BRING EXTRA CHEER TO HAXBY
Haxby is sparkling this Christmas after the Haxby and Wigginton Traders’ Association secured a grant to fund lights along its main shopping street, The Village.
City of York Council agreed to foot the bill for a Christmas tree on the roundabout at the bottom of York Road, as well as lights twirling around the lampposts along the length of The Village, and snowflake lights displayed by traders in their windows.
The money was allocated by the Council’s Secondary Shopping Area Fund, set aside to enhance the vibrancy of the secondary shopping areas laid out in the Local Plan, to increase footfall and boost the local economy.
Chris Marsden, Chair of the Traders’ Association, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to brighten The Village by producing a bigger and better Christmas lights display at a time when everyone needs a boost.
“Haxby and Wigginton have a tremendous range of independent businesses which deserve extra support in these challenging times. We also hope the lights will give a lift to anyone who’s feeling isolated or whose wellbeing is suffering, and signal the brighter times to come.”
He added: “Thank you to City of York Council for funding these lights and for installing them so skilfully, and to Haxby Town Council for donating the roundabout tree, as well as installing the village green tree. The community wasn’t able to unite for our usual big lights switch-on this year because of the coronavirus restrictions, but I hope the display reflects the way we’re pulling together to support our community and promote the Shop Local message.”
Councillor Edward Pearson, who represents Haxby and Wigginton on City of York Council, said: “On behalf of the Haxby and Wigginton Ward Councillors I would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in giving Haxby shopping area a magical festive makeover this year.
“In a superb joint effort, Haxby and Wigginton Traders Association have worked closely with City of York Council to install lights on 24 lamp-posts, Haxby Town Council to put up Christmas trees both on the roundabout and at the Village Green, and the vast majority of local shops and businesses along The Village. It has been great to see the transformation of our local high street with fairy lights and see shop and restaurant frontages filled with wonderful illuminated snowflakes.
“The funding for the festive lights came from the dedicated secondary shopping area fund set aside for Haxby at the City of York Council. I hope that this will help to highlight all the fantastic local businesses and shopping opportunities that Haxby and Wigginton have to offer. Well done to all involved for the hard work. It really has brightened and cheered the community after what has been a very difficult year. Merry Christmas!”
6th December 2020
RING ROAD DUALLING MOVES A STEP CLOSER
Access to Haxby and Wigginton via the outer ring road will be easier once plans to ease congestion and journey times by dualling the A1237 carriageway get underway.
The major upgrade of the northern side of the York outer ring road is due to start in 2023 and will take an estimated two years to complete.
As part of the upgrade, the roundabouts at the top of Wigginton Road (near Clifton Moor) and York Road, Haxby, will be enlarged and two new underpasses created at the York Road roundabout to make it safe for cyclists and pedestrians.
Calls have been made to add cycle paths, footpaths and safe crossing points at the Wigginton Road roundabout, too. York City Council said it would be reviewing all feedback from a recent public consultation and would “alter the plans to best suit all users.”
Trees and hedgerows will be planted as part of the project, which is aimed at making it easier for people to walk and cycle, and reducing the number of car journeys made into and through York.
York City Councillor Andy D'Agorne, transport lead, said: “Residents, businesses and visitors have been calling for upgrades and specifically dualling of the York Outer Ring Road for some time and we recognise the impact that congestion has on all users.
"These upgrades give us a great opportunity to integrate sustainable travel infrastructure into a significant part of the city’s road network.”
He added: "Creating safe walking and cycling routes alongside and across the ring road will also help to make possible more sustainable transport options for residents of the outer villages and reduce severance impact of the ring road.”
27th November 2020
NEW ZEBRA CROSSING INSTALLED ON YORK ROAD
A new zebra crossing has been installed next to the Ethel Ward Playing Fields on York Road, Haxby, after a residents’ petition calling for the development.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition calling on York City Council to install a crossing to "provide a safe and formal crossing point on… a road which is in close proximity the three local schools, a local residential home for the elderly, and Ethel Ward playing field which is the largest leisure facility in Haxby".
The crossing will be particularly useful for children and young people crossing to reach Ethel Ward park and residents crossing from Calf Close to reach the centre of Haxby.
25th November 2020
HAXBY TO GET ITS OWN STATION AGAIN
Haxby looks set to get its own railway station for the first time since 1930 after years of campaigning by local residents led to a cash injection from the government to help progress the plans.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak signed off funding for a scheme to once again open a station in Haxby on the York to Scarborough line. The station was on the crossing at Station Road near Pulleyn’s Garage between 1845 and 1930 and now a new site has been planned around the same area.
It is hoped the station will ease traffic congestion on the main routes into York and give the residents of Haxby and Wigginton greater access to employment and leisure opportunities in York, Leeds, Manchester and beyond, as well as Malton and Scarborough.
York City Council carried out a public consultation over the design and location of the station in Spring 2020. It found that 90% supported the idea for a station in Haxby and 80% supported the proposed location on Station Road.