Quiz night

The quiz is back! Doors will open at the energy centre at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start on Friday 2nd September. Bring a team of up to six, or join a table. Bring your own drinks and snacks. There will be raffle in support of Tang Hall Big Local ~ prize donations gratefully received. Numbers are limited to 45 because of fire safety regulations, so please buy your tickets early as it’s usually a sell out. Tickets cost £2 and are available by contacting Wendy at or on 077 5244 8286.


ARM cancelled.

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that the ARM (All Residents’ Meeting) originally scheduled for tomorrow (20 July 2022) is marked as cancelled on the page.

That’s because the speakers we were hoping to invite are unable to attend that meeting, but will be able to make the following meeting. It also allows time for the new core team to reflect on priorities for the coming year.

We’re sorry; we know you were all looking forward to spending the evening in the warmest room on the estate. Or maybe not!


Nature group

If you want to join us, we’ll be out again on Thursday 28th July to give the hedge on St Aelreds Mews a light trim, where some branches are overhanging the road. Meet along the hedge anytime from 10.00 am. Please bring secateurs and/or loppers, and wear suitable gloves and footwear. On Friday 29th July, St Nicks will be on site for their new monthly morning session on the last Friday of the month. So come along to St Aelreds meadow anytime from 10.00 am to start the seasonal cycle of scything, mowing and raking, and help to improve this grassland habitat. We’ll be joined by some volunteers from St Nicks. Again, wear suitable gloves and footwear – all other equipment will be provided by St Nicks. For both sessions, you can drop in for as long or as little time as you can spare, or just stop by to say hallo and find out more about what we’re up to. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact Wendy by emailing


DPAC and DGG meetings

DPAC (Derwenthorpe Partnership Advisory Committee) and DGG (Derwenthorpe Governing Group) are meeting this week.

Previously, they’ve met on the same night, but this has meant that the meetings have been rather cramped. So, at the request of residents, JRHT has agreed to separate the meetings. DPAC will meet tonight (at 6:30pm) and DGG tomorrow afternoon (at 2:15 pm).

Papers for both meetings, and for past meetings, can be found at

Apologies for the late notice, but note that the date of the DPAC meeting has been advertised for the past three months.


Join us for the Big Picnic on Sunday

When: Sunday July 10th 12:30 to 15:00

Where: on the grass outside the Energy Centre

Weather: looks fine!

Bring food & drink, rugs & seats, friends & relatives (or come on your own and join a friendly group) to the grass outside the Energy centre.

Live Music!

All welcome. Admission free.
Children must be with an adult.

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Nature group

We’ll be out again at the end of the month, volunteering with the JRHT gardening team and St Nicks. On Wednesday 29th June we’ll be helping Tony tidy up some of the LAPs. On Thursday 30th June we’ll be busy mulching some of our beautiful trees with Adam. And on Friday 1st July we’ll be working with Maria from St Nicks around the estate. As usual the sessions start at 10.30 am, meeting at the energy centre, and they finish by 1.30 pm at the latest. You can pop along at any time – there’ll be a phone number in the window of the energy centre to ring to find out where the group is. You can stay for as long or as little time you can spare, and drop into as many or as few sessions as you want – just half an hour can make a difference. Or just stop by to say hallo! Bring appropriate tools, though JRHT and St Nicks will have spares to lend, and please wear suitable footwear and gloves. For more information on this or about the nature group in general, contact Wendy by emailing


Mobile Youth Club

The police sent us this notice about a mobile youth club (age 10+) at Melrosegate field (Fourth Avenue). It’s provided by Inspire Youth, and funded by City of York Council’s local ward committee.


Lockdown Banner

The Derwenthorpe Lockdown Wall Hanging, was unveiled at the Derwenthorpe Arts Festival. It was created by Derwenthorpe crafters during lockdown. Many hours of work went into the banner, which depicts many aspects of Derwenthorpe during lockdown, through the four seasons of 2020: from Zoom craft group meetings, to Christmas decorations, spring flowers and summer cygnets. More information about the Craft Group can be found on their page:

Derwenthorpe Spring and Summer Banner, depicting Derwenthorpe Houses
Spring and Summer
Autumn and Winter
LotsOn Wine group

Wine group

After a short break, the wine group is being relaunched, refreshed and revamped – thank you to everyone who came forward and shared their ideas and enthusiasm!  It’s being organised in a different way, but it’s still about enjoying and learning about wine in a fun and friendly way.  The first meeting will be on Wednesday 6th July at 7.00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to join.  Get in touch by emailing if you want to come along to the first meeting, or if you just want to find out more about it.

Development JRHT Ponds

Pond maintenance works

JRHT are planning works on the ponds at Derwenthorpe, during 2022. DRA has been asking for some of this work –for example stabilisation of the banks– for a long time, so we’re pleased to see it going forward now.

If you have any questions about the works, please email, and we’ll put the questions to JRHT if we do not know the answers.

The following is JRHT’s description of the works:

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Derwenthorpe pond remediation works

This leaflet has been produced to inform Derwenthorpe residents of upcoming works around and within the two ponds. The works are a combination of maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the existing infrastructure and will be completed gradually over the course of 2022.


The two ponds at Derwenthorpe are a significant part of the drainage scheme for the whole development and this is their primary and most important function. They are designed to take surface water run off via a number of inlets and slow it down before it enters Osbaldwick Beck. There is also an element of filtering by the reed beds as their root networks trap silt and filter out some incidental pollution that is washed off the roads by rainfall.

In slowing down the water they act as flood attenuation for Derwenthorpe and parts of Osbaldwick by preventing rapid rises of the water level in the beck which could then lead to flooding.

The ponds have also become home to a variety of wildlife and were designed to be an attractive part of the overall landscape providing important secondary functions of aesthetic, amenity and natural habitat value.

In 2021 JRHT drafted a scope works in liaison with specialist consultants. The works package picks up a backlog of maintenance tasks and repairs known issues with parts of the infrastructure, such as the nesting islands and decking area at pond one.

What is included in the works package?

The following items are included in the package.

  • Ecological assessments and newt surveys.
  • Surveys of all inlets and outlets.
  • Subsequent clearing of debris from all inlets and outlets.
  • Repairs to inlet and outlet components.
  • Repairs to fencing and railings around inlets and outlets.
  • Installation of new fencing or railings where lacking.
  • Installation of new security grilles where lacking
  • Removal of vegetation from the base of the maintenance slipway.
  • Removal of silt build up to maintain safe working capacity.
  • Reduction in the extent of reed bed encroachment.
  • Replacement of deck area at pond one.
  • Reinstatement of bank areas adjacent to deck.
  • Repairs to adjacent path where slippage is occurring (tarmac and kerbs).
  • Installation of new, higher spec nesting islands.

What will be the impact on residents?

Some of the work listed above may cause disruption to residents in the form of noise from works equipment, contractors’ vehicles, and path/road closures. We will work closely with contractors and residents to mitigate this as much as possible. We will ensure that no work begins before 08:00 and that all work is completed by 17:00 each day. Any road or footpath closures will be kept to a minimum.

Small works areas will be closed off in sequence (i.e. around an inlet) with heras fencing. We expect to close the footpath leading past the deck during works to that area.

The most significant disruption will be during the removal of silt which will require heavy plant and/or large pumps to be working for longer periods.

More information will be available once a contractor has been appointed.

What will be the impact on wildlife?

In order to minimise the impact of the works on wildlife, we have appointed ecologists to carry out an ecological assessment and survey the ponds for great crested newts. The timing of the rest of the works package will depend on the outcome of these surveys and will take into account bird nesting and presence of any protected species such as newts.

Some of the works require the water level in pond one to be reduced by pumping. This will inevitably impact on any wildlife using the pond at the time as it will reduce the surface area and depth of the water significantly. It will also expose areas of bank that are usually submerged which may affect amphibians or invertebrates living in those areas.

The pond will be allowed to refill naturally and therefore, depending on rainfall, the pond may take some time to refill.

The partial removal of some of the reedbed in pond one will reduce this habitat but is necessary to maintain the designed capacity of the pond. By their nature reed beds will gradually encroach across areas of open water, especially relatively shallow areas such as the Derwenthorpe ponds. By trapping silt and sediment, they gradually form new ‘land’ in which to root themselves. This causes the water holding capacity of the area to reduce.

Why are these works necessary?

The works related to maintaining flow and capacity within the drainage scheme are critical to the overall flood prevention strategy of the whole of Derwenthorpe. For example, if a pond inlet became blocked residents would experience localised flooding during rainfall at the various drains leading to that inlet.

Other works such as the replacement of fencing are about maintaining a safe public environment and some, such as the replacement of the nesting islands are about improving the ponds for wildlife.

Once JRHT has completed this work package and we are confident the ponds are in a fit and proper state, future maintenance will be carried out via the Derwenthorpe Estate Charge.

Who is paying for this work?

JRHT is funding this works package from our own funds. The aim is to get the ponds to a state where a maintenance contract can be put in place with a suitable contractor, the costs of which will then be covered by the Derwenthorpe Estate Charge and not JRHT.