DPAC/DGG meet Wednesday

Derwenthorpe Partnership Advisory Committee (DPAC), and the Derwenthorpe Governing Group (DGG) will meet on Wednesday 22 July 2020, at 6pm, and 7:15pm respectively. Both are public meetings, and will be held on Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend (subject to Zoom’s 100 device limit).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 1685 0971
Passcode: 374767

Download these calendar files to add the meeting to your calendar. The Zoom link is in the calendar files, for your convenience. If you have trouble with these files, please email before Wednesday.

DPAC papers are available on Dropbox.

DGG papers are also available on Dropbox.

The Zoom meeting will run on for both meetings, so you won’t need to find a new link for the DGG meeting.

When you join the meeting, you will be muted. If you wish to ask a question, please do so in the meeting’s text chat.

[Updated to add meeting papers]

Public areas

Play park open

JRHT have reopened the play park. Earlier today, we had an email saying:

…JRHT have decided to open up the KidsZone play park from Monday 6 July.

The park will be open as usual from 9am – 7pm, 7 days per week.

We kindly ask that all park users abide by government guidance during these challenging times, as on-site staff will not be monitoring the park throughout the day/during the weekends.

JRHT email.

Please take care. There’s still a substantial amount of Covid-19 around. So plenty of distancing and hand washing is advised. Perhaps take some hand sanitiser if taking your kids to play.

Note that one of the internal gates is locked, because it is faulty. But you can still access all areas.


Get to know your Wild Neighbours

Great Yorkshire Creature Count begins on Saturday!

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are holding their Great Yorkshire Creature Count on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June – 24 hours in search of the wildlife on our doorsteps! They’re urging all Yorkshire folk to get involved. Sign up now at

It’s simple: you just download an app, and get snapping wildlife in your garden. Follow the link for details.

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Equality, lockdown and building back better

Derwenthorpe is proud to be hosting Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, authors of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone and The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-Being, in a talk entitled  “Equality, lockdown and building back better”, to be held via Zoom on June 17th at 7.30 pm. For the link to the Zoom meeting, email

Further details from the authors:

The coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus and exacerbated the persistent and harmful inequalities in our societies, but while people are physically distant, many have discovered ways to connect with others and develop stronger communities.  We will discuss how the scale of inequality is central to understanding these patterns and how we can create better futures.

Copies of their books can be obtained from The Little Apple Bookshop in York or via the Hive website (direct links above), where you are given the option to support a local bookshop. 

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Broadband upgrade

The Pure Fibre broadband upgrade is now complete. They’ve installed a second fibre link to London, which should improve speed and reliability of your broadband connection.

The link was ordered last October, and is now completed, having been somewhat delayed by OpenReach misunderstanding what was required, and then by Covid-19.

The second link takes a separate route to London, so the chance of both links being down at the same time is very low. And while they’re both up, bandwidth will now be twice what it was. That should mean that speeds should generally be much faster.

I’ve been getting 350Mb/s on the “average 500Mb/s” plan today, which is quite enough for my purposes.

Broadband speeds have suffered over the last few months, but are much improved now. Note that you’ll get better speeds using Ethernet (plugged in to the wall outlets), than with wi-fi. Wi-fi speeds might be reduced by interference from electrical devices, and will be reduced if the signal has to pass through solid objects like brick and plaster walls.

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Chance Memory

Derwenthorpe Book Clubs present:

Chance Memory: The Story of a York War Poet by Professor Sue Mendus 

In 1927, the author Ernest Raymond wrote of a poem called From Steyning to the Ring, ‘it is simple and perfect … unrivalled in our war literature’. The poem was (apparently) written in the trenches of the Western Front in 1916, and it has become one of the most famous and well-loved of all the many poems of the Great War. And yet, for over half a century, the identity of the poet was unknown. This talk explains the mystery surrounding the authorship of the poem, and tells how that mystery was finally solved.

 From Steyning to the Ring 

I can’t forget the lane that goes from Steyning to the Ring
In summertime, and on the Down how larks and linnets sing
High in the sun. The wind comes off the sea, and Oh! The air!
I never knew till now that life in old days was so fair
But now I know it in this filthy rat-infested ditch,
When every shell must kill or spare, and God alone knows which,
And I am made a beast of prey, and this trench is my lair
My God! I never knew till now that those days were so fair.
And we assault in half an hour, and it’s a silly thing:
I can’t forget the lane that goes from Steyning to the Ring.

Philip Johnson

If you would like to attend this talk, please contact and you will be provided with the link to the Zoom meeting, along with a further sample of the poems.

Sue Mendus is Professor Emerita of Political Philosophy at the University of York, and lives in Osbaldwick.


From the Beano, to Le Figaro: free access to global news publications

A little while ago, City of York Council announced that they’ve provided funding for our local libraries to provide additional on-line services during lockdown. Well, you can now access online newspapers and magazines free of charge, if you have a library card. From the Daily Mail to the Guardian, from the Beano to Le Figaro.

If you don’t have a library card, you can still get one free. It’s worth thinking about the “York card”, which is a paid upgrade, that gets you discounts on entry to various attractions: well, assuming they’ll open again! For example, it gets you free entry to York Minster, which usually costs more than the card itself.


Changes to recycling

Read about changes to the council’s recycling services. The short story is that you don’t need to do anything different, except that garden waste is not being collected yet.


Helping the food banks

Tang Hall Community Centre and York Food Bank are both helping local people with food parcels. Here’s how you can help them to help your neighbours:

1. Donate Money

A donation of £25 buys a food parcel for a family of four*, though any amount would very welcome. And you can donate through to either effort through these links. When donating to Tang Hall Community Centre, please mention “FOOD” in the message.

* Source: York Food Bank. Rough figures, it varies with availability, of course.

2. Volunteer.

You can volunteer to help with food distribution at Tang Hall Community Centre. They need people to help at the centre, or deliver food either by vehicle, bike or on foot.


Fibre upgrade

Some progress on the Fibre upgrade, which should make the Internet and Phones service faster, and much more reliable.

Ducts were installed under Fifth Avenue and Derwent Way last Monday (30 March). Fibre was laid in the ducts. We’re now awaiting OpenReach engineers to connect the fibre at both ends, then make the link live. The equipment at both ends belongs to OpenReach.

It’s been quite a wait. That’s partly because OpenReach originally wanted to install a cabinet on Fifth Avenue, which would require power, and maintenance. Having that equipment in the SSC instead is a much better option in the long run.