Become a Volunteer Guide at Fishergate Postern Tower

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FoYW are opening the Tudor Tower in Piccadilly from 10am to 4pm this weekend (21st/22nd Feb),  as part of the Viking Festival, and are using the occasion to invite people who are interested in joining the group of volunteer guides to come and look around.

The Postern Tower will also be open on bank holidays and other occasions throughout the year,  including school ½ term holidays, and during the Festival of Ideas when curators from the Yorkshire Museum will be at the tower showing visitors special artefacts found in the Fishergate area.

Over 500 people visited during the recent York Residents Festival, with many local people saying they had always wanted to see inside the tower and enjoyed climbing its spiral staircase to see the rooms and roof space. The Friends of York Walls have recently installed some temporary lighting in the rooms and stairs,  which were previously only illuminated by torchlight.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer guide should come along on Saturday or Sunday, look on the Friends of York Walls website,  or send an email to friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com

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FoYW AGM will be held on 28th March 2015

The Friends of York Walls will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 28th March 2015, starting at 14:00, at St Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW Tel: 01904 466086. All members are invited to attend.

Notice of any motions for the inclusion in the Agenda of the 2015 Annual General Meeting must be submitted in writing to the The Secretary ( friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com ) to arrive by 14th March 2015 i.e. at lease 14 days before the meeting.

Should any member of The Friends of York Walls wish to have their names deleted from the membership database please contact The Secretary at ( friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com ).

Dated 9th February 2015

FOYW

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Fishergate Postern Tower & Red Tower open at York Residents Weekend

On Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February 2015 both Fishergate Postern Tower and Red Tower will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm (3pm if bad weather) as part of the annual York Residents Weekend.    No need to book and entry is free – but donations to Friends of York Walls and tower repairs are welcome.

Fishergate Postern Tower, at the end of Piccadilly, is a 4 storey stone tower built around 1504 and has a quirky narrow spiral staircase linking the interesting rooms and with views of the roof structure. The FPT opening will be staffed by Friends of York Walls volunteers who will be on hand to help, and to tell you about the history of the tower. Copies of the FoYW book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” will be on sale. You can also “Sponsor a Stone” on either the West Wall, or now on the North Wall, to raise funds for the restoration of and repairs to the tower. Unfortunately access beyond the ground floor is not suitable for the disabled.

This year the Friends of York Walls have passed the organisation of The Red Tower opening to the new TIM in York “Red Tower Project” group volunteers who will be available to explain their vision for opening Red Tower to public use. Ultimately, their ambition is for the building to be brought into use by and for the local community, and thus the group are seeking those interested in putting forward ideas, moulding the project and getting involved in its development. Light refreshments should be available during opening hours. If you are interested in the history of Red Tower there will also be a FoYW display and a FoYW representative available. Easy access to the ground floor. First floor viewable from a platform.

FPT and Red open 2015 AF

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Fishergate Postern Tower 2015 open days

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open by Friends of York Walls Volunteers on the following 2015 dates, from 10am to 4pm.
Sat 31st Jan & Sun 1st Feb                            York Residents Weekend
Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Feb                                 York Viking Festival
Sat 3rd, Sun 4th & Mon 5th April               Easter Weekend
Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd & Mon 4th May               May Day BH
Sat 23rd, Sun 24th & Mon 25th  May      Late Spring BH
Sat 13th, Sun 14th June                                   York Ideas Festival
Sat 20th , Sun 21st June                                  York Ideas Festival
Sat 18th & Sun 19th July                                 Start School Summer Hols
Sat 29th Sun 30th & Mon 31st August   Late Summer BH
Sat 12th & Sun 13th September                  Heritage Open Weekend
Sat 1st & Sun 2nd November                        Autumn School Hols

NOTE – opening on all three days of the bank holiday weekends is to be confirmed, subject to volunteer numbers. If you would like to help us, as a volunteer, please email friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com )

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Seasons Greetings from FoYW

FPT North Wall stone labels 17112014The Friends of York Walls wish “Seasons Greetings” to all our Members, Volunteers, Friends and Supporters.

Why not give someone in your life a Unique Christmas Gift and help the Friends of York Walls to raise funds to promote York’s City Walls and to refurbish and open Fishergate Postern Tower.

You can now on-line  Sponsor a Stone for £20 (or more) on the new North Wall  or the existing West Wall.  Ideal as a gift for someone, or for a significant event or person in your life. The scheme can be used to observe a special occasion such as a birthday, a christening, a wedding, as a memorial or simply just to convey a message.

Don’t forget also our book published earlier in 2014 – “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls”  by Simon Mattam would make an ideal Christmas present. Available at local York outlets + online suppliers. ISBN 9 780092 900205

 

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