Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association

Derwenthorpe is a new(ish) estate in York, developed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust with a great community in lifetime homes, with distinctive architecture and beautiful landscaping. This is the web site of the Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association (DRA). You can follow our posts, or look around to find out more about Derwenthorpe.

View of Derwenthorpe houses with rainbow in the sky.

Our Latest Blog Posts:

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.…

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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…

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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 secretary@derwenthorpe.co.uk, and we’ll put the questions…

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Derwenthorpe Action on Climate Change: Solar Panels Update

Sadly, there’s an energy crisis on top of the climate crisis. Though we’re not, here in Derwenthorpe, individually on gas, buying electricity isn’t immune from generally spiralling energy costs. If we can generate our own electricity, using solar panels, then we’re off that escalator. It costs to install them, but you save money in time.…

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Derwenthorpe Arts Festival Photos

Earth Day Art Lantern Parade Art On The Railings Painted Stones Trail Photo Competition The theme for the competition was “My Happy Place” Stalls On The Green Origami Workshop Refreshments Lockdown Wall Hanging Musicians St Aelreds Players DAFT (Some of the festival team)

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Ukraine Refugee Action

At our last All Residents’ Meeting, we discussed what we can do together for Refugees from Ukraine. Of course, we can individually do the usual things like donating to relevant charities, sponsoring a refugee through the government, and reducing use of fossil fuels to reduce our imports from Russia (and save money, and save our…

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ARM minutes published

Draft minutes of our last All Residents’ Meeting (16 March) have been published. You can download them from Derwenthorpe.co.uk/arms – look for the “next meeting” link. Our next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 May, 7:30pm in the Energy Centre. Also, look out for: The Derwenthorpe Arts Festival Friday 22nd and…

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Nature group sessions

Spring is here! And we’re going to be busy on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March, and Friday 1st April. On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll probably be helping with mass mulching of borders, starting on Rowntree. On Friday, St Nicks will lead plug planting of wild flowers around the estate. We meet at 10.00 am…

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