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Cawood welcomes a new regular number 42 and 42S bus services through the village to and from York and Selby. For those villagers who don't drive the bus service is a boost for getting around. Well done for those who have campaigned for the route, serviced by Transdev and Arriva, and helped the village get a worthwhile service.

Cawood now has two defribillators. They are positioned at The Castle Inn in Wistowgate and at the Old Boys School off Rythergate.

Recent commemorations took place to mark the centenary of the end of WWI. The village school held a display of militaria, there was a display of the brave men who fought and died in WW1 at the church, the service of Remembrance and a beacon was lit on Sunday night, pictured. Throughout the village knitted woollen re poppies were on show.

Make it York has a website for events and happenings in and around York for visitors to the city. Please click here for their webpage.

Fireworks latest:

Cawood's annual New Year's Eve fireworks display is scheuled for an 8pm start on The Foreshore. There will be collection buckets for contributions. We are grateful to the volunteers who make the event possible. There will be a fundraising quiz at The Jolly Sailor on December 27th starting at 8pm. Evening includes a fialry easy quiz of 50 questions, raffle and half time refreshments.

Keesbury Manor Heritage Project From Cawood’s Medieval Manor to a Gooseberry Patch!). The Cawood Castle Garth Group has been given £9,800 to investigate the remains of the moated manor site where the Cawood family lived in medieval times. They are extremely fortunate to receive this grant. Open day on Saturday Oct 24th to be held at the village school in the4 afternoon. Finds will be on show and a chance to learn all about the project. Contact Margaret Brearley for more information 01757 268666 or email

Attention all future gardeners and godfathers of soil. (And godmothers of soil). Cawood Allotment Society has some spare plots going. If you fancy joining the allotments contact Arthur Cass on (01757) 268731.

 Looking for PC minutes? You'll find them on Cawood PC's website.. 

Cawood no longer has a three day Craft Festival in the village.

 . The film chronicles recent past history of flooding and how the flood defence wall now prevents the village from disaster.  There are stories from local characters of previous floods and an informed explanation of how the flood wall and defences work. Edward has thoroughly researched the subject and the film includes old newspaper cuttings and photographs from the really bad floods from the 40s, 60s and 80s. Did you know that 1982 was the last time the village flooded?


UPDATES: If you are a member of Facebook look out for the Cawood Folk group on the website. It has been established to provide another source of information about news and events in Cawood. Any news on road/bridge closures can be found there along with this website.

The Environment Agency's Floodline telephone number is 0845 988 1188 (24 hour service).


The annual display is all sert to happen again this year at The Foreshore at 8pm on New Year's Eve


What a great day we all had. Cawood celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a fun filled day and the weather helped too.

The village was in party mood a few days before the event as a wonderful floral tribute had been planted by Gerald and Barbara Hirst in the shape of the Union flag by the mini roundabout in the village which brightened up the wet days beforehand.

The Jubilee committee had planned well and the results showed. A parade from Bishopdyke Road to the school through the village and a fun afternoon were attended by over 500 people. The day ended with a Party in the Park in Ian and Anna Staines' back garden with all 200 tickets sold. Running alongside these events was a ’best Dressed Window’ competition, won by Daphne Clement of Sherburn Street.

The parade of ‘Wheeled Contraptions’ had a carnival atmosphere with a band and majorettes and spectators were enthralled with the many imaginative creations that passed by. Winners of the ‘Wheeled Contraptions’ competitions was the Bucktrout/Liddles and Perkins family effort, ‘The Royal North Terrace carriage by Appointment to the Queen’.  The carriage had two drivers, two police escorts, two princesses and one Paparazzi photographer to help it on its way to first place.  Second was Christine Simpson with her vacuum cleaner as Queen and third was the Needham family with their tribute to the royal yacht, Britannia.

Back at the school, where everybody enjoyed food and drink, the tug-o-war was won by Shaun Carroll and his team of strong ‘uns.  The day ended with Party in the Park where folks dined on their own prepared sumptuous food by candlelight in gazebos and danced the night away to music supplied by DJLK .


Half way through the evening partygoers joined other Cawood residents to watch local woodman, Eric Storr, light the anniversary beacon on the Foreshore at 10:15 p.m.

The day was complete and Cawood can take pride in its efforts to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The organising committee would like to say thanks to all helpers on the day, to those who supplied food and drink, to those who prepared the food and to the folks who turned up. Special thanks from the committee go to Roy Ashington, Peter Bone, John Cattanach, Paddy and Pauline Griffin and David Jones.


We cannot end without a very special mention to the organising committee who pulled out all the stops to ensure such an enjoyable and memorable day. Well done to Gill Ashington, Marion Bone, Clare Carroll, Kathy Liddle, Sue Miles, Hilda Scott and Joanne Towndrow.  It was a great day folks and rest easy. You won’t be doing another Diamond Jubilee for a few years!


Cawood is a friendly village club with 1st and 2nd teams playing in the York  District Senior Cricket League (see for league details). We also run coaching for children of all ages with an Under 15 age group team playing competitive cricket and an Under 11 playing friendly matches. The ground is located at Cawood Playing Fields off Maypole Gardens. Every Saturday during the season will see a home league match. Please feel free to pop in for a watch, cup of tea and to get involved. If you are interested in being involved with the club in any capacity please contact Dave Topping on 07955509061 or Nasir Shefta on 07976303913.Players are wanted for the upcoming winter league and for next season. The Club has a Website. You can find us at

Guiding at its best.

Working in India.

Elly Mawson, an eighteen year old Rainbows leader from Cawood is currently in India at a place called Anandgram where she is working as a volunteer at a school as part of a Girlguiding North Yorkshire South International Project. She is part way through a four month stay at one of the Guide movement’s international centres in Pune, where she is based at this time.

Elly was recently able to chat with great success to some of the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, local leaders and parents she has worked with in Cawood via the wonder of modern technology on Skype thanks to special arrangements at her parents’ home on World Thinking Day.

Grandparents, Ray and Joan Kirby, also of Cawood arranged a concert to support Elly’s involvement in the project which was held at The Salvation Army in York, presented by the York City Gospel Choir.  They are raising funds towards buying furniture for the school where Elly is, which is in a village for people affected by leprosy, so that the children don’t have to sit on the floor. Anyone wishing to make a donation please follow this link

.Marcus and Clare on record.

For string quartet leader, Marcus Bousfield, playing at a wedding last year  led to a connection with York based indie band Shed Seven.

Marcus and his fellow musicians were playing at lead singer Rick Witter’s wedding and Rick liked what he heard.  Two months after the wedding the Cawood string expert received a call from Rick and was asked to arrange  the strings for the new EP produced by the band to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their successful album, ‘A Maximum High’.

Shed Seven, who, legend has it, took their name from a railway shed seen on arrival at York station, were one of the leading lights of the indie Brit Pop movement from the 1990s, with several top ten hits to their credit.  

The EP, recorded at John Parr’s studio in South Yorkshire, features four revisited and reworked original songs from the platinum selling album ‘A Maximum High’ with arrangements by Marcus on three of the tracks. Originally Marcus was asked to do arrangements for two numbers but when Rick heard his tongue in cheek country fiddle demonstration ‘Bully Boy’ became the third track that Marcus was involved with.

 Marcus, who lives in Cawood with his wife Julie and their two children, Isaac and Lydia, studied the violin at Chethams School of Music in Manchester and then the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has played in orchestras in the UK and overseas, including a spell as a lead guitarist for a heavy metal band and as a jazz guitarist. He left the touring life to settle down as a peripatetic music teacher for City of York council. He met his wife, Julie, during an adult learning course where he was her tutor. After government cut backs to education Marcus has formed his own company MDB Music and continues to teach schoolchildren violin and guitar.

With Marcus on the recordings is ‘cellist, Clare Little, also from Cawood.  Clare is from Louth in Lincolnshire where she started playing the ‘cello aged ten. After studying music at Hull University she moved to York in 2000 and has been teaching classical music at Bootham School in York since 2002. Her playing talent has seen her performing solo at York Minster with her 87 year old instrument, named Harriet, after her grandmother. Clare is married to David, a non musician but who is learning the guitar.

Marcus took two days to write the arrangements after listening to acoustic versions of the Shed Seven songs. He and Clare then recorded the arrangements, Marcus playing violins and viola and Clare ‘cello.

Marcus said “I’m pleased with the arrangements as they reflect the outstanding original compositions”.


Monthly craft shows:

On the third Sunday of the month craft stalls are on show at the Old Boys' school in the village. Local craft folk have their produce on show for sale. There will be refreshment available for visitors. Village organisations are invited to supply the refreshments to raise funds for their society etc. The organiser, Cathie Carr, can be contacted on 07946389022 for details. Pictured is the December event, held early to avoid being too close to Christmas.

Garth news.

A notice about pond manitenance has been put up on the Garth. It reads:

The Garth pond is looking overgrown and dry.

There is a general lack of water generally in ponds and dithces. Because of the drying out of the pond it is not possible to remove the invasive Reed Mace as usual this winter. The newts will be hibernating in the roots of the pond plants and cannot be disturbed. They would normally have left the pond by November for surrounding trees and bushes returning in February.

After taking advice from the NYCC Ecologist is has been decided to leave maintenance until the spring when the newts will look for water elsewhere. If the pond is still dry in spring it is suggested that a mcehanical means of removing the Reed Mace could be used which could also provide an oppurtunity for maintenance of the pond.

More Garth News

Volunteers needed for a landscape survey of Keesbury Manor in the spring. It is hoped to do a non invasive survey of the site and if anyone would like to help we the Garth group would be glad to welcome them along.

 American Tale.

Did you know that a little bit of our village is in the USA? In the town of Roodhouse, Illinois stands ‘Cawood House’. It was built by Ben and Jane Roodhouse who emigrated to the US in 1830. Jane was probably born in Cawood, in the early 1790s, as Jane Moses, and married a Capt. Abraham Wood. Capt. Wood was a ship’s master on the River Ouse and he worked on a vessel owned by Jane’s father, Isaac. Abraham drowned in 1817, leaving Jane with young children.Jane married again, this time to Ben Roodhouse, who had been widowed at a young age. Ben and Jane now had children from two marriages and they all set sail for America in 1830. Ben had worked hard after his first wife died to raise capital and he had become a successful property owner in Cawood.

Settling in Greene County, Illinois, Ben set to work establishing his recently purchased farm, complete with a log cabin that eventually became the house known today as 'Cawood’. Luck was not on the emigrants’ side as Ben died leaving Jane alone with children from both marriages. She persevered and set up home in Illinois. Making matters worse was the theft of some of the family’s possessions that were stolen from storage in Lake Eyrie. Life was going to be hard for a while until Roodhouse was established. Ben and Jane’s sons, the Roodhouse twins were well connected politically and they persuaded the government to route the new railroad through the town, thus securing its financial future.

The state capital, Springfield, was close by and the pair got to know future president, Abraham Lincoln, who might have stayed at ‘Cawood’. The story doesn’t end there. Children from the marriages found fame and fortune, as gold prospectors, Civil War cavalry officers and financiers. One of the sons, John Roodhouse Jr, went on to help launch the Farmers and Drovers Bank.

All this information comes from Penny Lister of Kelfield, who has researched her distant relatives and found connections to Illinois. Penny, who is related to Jane Moses’ older half brother, Ben Roodhouse’s sister and Jane’s first husband, Capt. Wood, has plenty of history in her family. Penny goes on to tell about Jane being an ancestor of Mrs. Bussey who lived in the old butcher’s house in Sherburn St and Miss Neville who ran Cawood Post Office.Penny’s grandfather, Harry Thompson, was Annie Bussey’s brother. Penny, who grew up in Sherburn, is looking forward to the re-publication of a novel in America, ‘Prairie Smoke’ based on Jane’s life as an emigrant, recorded in her now lost journals of the time.

Cawood's annual Party in the Park took place on Sunday Aug 28th. The popular charity fundraising event, held during the village's Bank Holiday weekend festivities, saw gazebos full of party goers enjoying food and dancing the night away. Many of the groups ordered in a takeaway meal and the smell of Indian and Chinese food wafted on the cool evening air. Music came from Paul Day and The Knights, a Yorkshire band, and Lee with his great sounding disco. Ian and Anna Staines again allowed their back garden for the event and thanks must also go to Graham Crerar for the two magificent marquees. Organiser Sue Miles wishes also to say thanks to all those who came along to help putting up the marquees and those who carried out other essential duties. The annual fund raising event was held this year for Cawood Community Centre Association.


Cawood in Bloom gets panto cash.

Cawood Players handed over £150 to Cawood in Bloom from their latest panto held at the Old Boys School in February. Cawood in Bloom does a great job in keeping the village sparkling with colour during the summer and the funds will go towards planting requirements. Judy Jones, left and Joan Hicks, of Cawood in Bloom, received the cheque from Widow Twanky, who took time off from exhaustive work at her laundry and takeaway emporium. Cawood Players could be asking for a little advice from the Cawood in Bloom team as their next production is scheduled to be 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

Allotment Spring Clean

Around 30 members of the Cawood Allotment Society gathered at the field in early April to tidy up and spring clean the allotments area. Work included the removal of waste heaps from the top and bottom of the field. The recently planted hedge was weeded and damaged plants replaced.A drainage cut, running alongside the hedge, has been reinstated and the shelter roof asphalt replaced.Overgrown plots have been cut back with the new strimmer and the hedge at the bottom end of the field has been cut back. Finally, wind blown debris has been cleared out of ditches and field edges. The day organisers wish to thank all the hard work put in by allotmenteers and the whole field looks much better for the work.

CAS would like to thank the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for providing funding for a storage container, field shelter and the new power strimmer. Well done.


 Selby District Council Site Allocations Development Plan Document.

You may already be aware that Selby District Council, as part of its forward planning, is in the process of carrying out an information gathering exercise to identify sites for development within the Selby District.  Amongst the wide range of issues it aims to address at this stage, are those of housing, employment and sites for Travellers.Along with many other villages, Cawood has been identified as an area for small-scale growth. According to the plan, 4 areas of land within the village have been identified as potential building plots for future development.

The proposal would be for a small number of houses, which if passed would include 40% affordable housing.The Parish Council has contacted SDC to request that we be kept fully informed of any issues that affect our village.The Parish council wishes to inform you that the full document is available to view by going to

The final page of the document informs you how to comment on the proposals. This must be done by visiting the above website and clicking onto the link that says ‘click here to have your say.’

Further information can be obtained by calling 01757 292092.

For comments to be considered they must be in writing.  The deadline for the consultation period is 18 April 2011 and all comments must be received by then..

Community Centre plans

The image here shows the artist's impression of the new Community Centre for our village. After many months of hard work and discussion with potential users including Cawood Primary School, the CCCA (Cawood Community Centre Association) is shortly to submit the newly commissioned plans for planning approval.

In order to minimise development costs and visual impact whilst maximising the use of space on the school site and to address concerns raised by school governors, the previously planned detached build on the school site has been replaced with a simple but innovative design which integrates with the existing school buildings.

The proposed community centre will form an extension to the rear of the existing village school building in Broad Lane allowing the school hall to be used out of school hours for larger community activities and thus eliminating the need to build a new facility.  

There will be two new additional rooms, a large one for activities and a smaller one for meetings, along with a new kitchen area and toilets. The Community Centre itself will have a separate access to ensure that all security concerns associated with the centre's proximity to the school can be addressed. The plans include new car parking and involve creating a new playground for the school. A concern many groups had raised with the CCCA during consultations was the need for far greater storage than at the Old Boys School. The design incorporates significant amounts of storage to ensure that there is adequate for all needs..

Football club.

As the new football season gets underway the Junior Football Club is always on the look out for new players. Please click here see their website for details.  

This aerial picture of Cawood Castle Garth after it's recent cut in July 2010.This is the beginning of a regular cutting regime to improve the quality of the grass and to encourage wildflowers  to grow. There has been a problem during the last few years to find someone who could cut, bale and remove the grass. Hopefully this has now been rectified and we should see a gradual improvement.



Well Done James.

Cawood Cricket Club first teamer, James Pullein,(pictured), had a fantastic game on Saturday against Stillington in the York and District Senior league. The 22 years old batsman, who has played for Cawood since he was 15, scored a mighty 144 runs and made a partnership with fellow batsman, Michael Gibson. Together they put on 204 runs to set an innings score of 338 from 45 overs. James, who follows on in his dad , Alan's, cricketing footsteps hit one six and twenty one fours in his total and is believed to share the club record with Richard Nicholson. Despite the great score Cawood could only draw with their opponents but do move to third place in the table. The next home game is on June 19th against Thorp Arch and Boston Spa. 

The Parish Council often receives requests from villagers to place a bench in memory of a loved one. The PC now has a policy on benches and for more details please call the clerk on 708821.

Parking regulations, to try and improve the flow of traffic along Thorpe Lane, have been implemented by NYCC. Councillors are now discussing with NYCC ways to reduce traffic speed along Wistowgate.

Cawood Village Design Satement
Cawood is an historic village set in the heart of beautiful North Yorkshire. The Parish Council and joined with Selby District Council to produce a VDS. The PC recognises that local distinctiveness is vital in trying to integrate any new development within the village. By producing a VDS the village hopes that planners and builders will understand the character of our wonderful village. This old postcard shows The Bishopdyke.  To view a pdf of the document use the link on the left.


Mary's new book
Mary Atkinson, who sadly died last August, had just finished a book about Cawood Bridge. She wrote from experience as her father was the Bridge Master and she spent her childhood in Bridge House. The book is in two parts and is a fascinating insight into the bridge. Part one deals with the life and history of the bridge from the time of the 1869 campaign in Cawood to install a bridge to modern times. Part two is Mary's own tale of life in Cawood and of the 'wonderful community spirit in the village'. This is Mary's second book about her beloved Cawood and has obviously been well researched. The photographs show a bygone era and many are from Mary's personal collection.
The book is a fitting tribute to Mary's memory.
Copies are available from The Post Office in Cawood priced £7.95




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Local police remind drivers who park on the road that they must park their vehicles in line with the flow of traffic.

Most dog owners clean up after their pets. If you have an issue over dog fouling please contact SDC's Dog Warden Bill Parker on 01757 292123 or 

The Environment Agency is to inspect the village flood wall and make repairs both upstream and downstream of the swing bridge. Old and worn expansion joints will be replaced and the concrete core will be inspected at key locations. Cement will be repointed and copings reset where needed. The work will start in February and should take around four weeks to complete.

If you would like to see crime figures for our area please click here. Simply put your postcode in and local figures will appear. The figures shown combine Cawood with Wistow but it is hoped to have separate figures available from a different source soon. North Yorkshire continues to be a low crime area and the Selby District is one of the safest areas in the county

Dot Hunt:

Sue Miles and friends of Dot are organising a memorial to her. They are in the process of delivering envelopes to all of the village. Once the donations have been collected the amount raised and the type of memorial to Dot will be announced

North Yorkshire Police would like anyone who is concerend over speeding issues in the village to complete a form and send it to them. They arre working to improve road safety under their 95 Alive campaign. To see a copy of the for please click here.








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