Chris Dowell, Secretary of Friends of York Walls, has been discussing with Radio York’s Jonathon Cowap on air today the impending closure during the week of Cliffords Tower by English Heritage in the winter from November to April.

Cliffords Tower

I have been in discussion with a Charity based in Harrogate, Avalon, who have put forward a business plan to take over the running of Cliffords Tower to English Heritage.

There has been a lot of media attention of Friends of York Walls which is very welcome, however the subject of the attention is very worrying. We will continue to lobby Local, Regional and National politicians to overturn this decision with regards to the future of Cliffords Tower.

Click here to read more about the proposed closure.

Keith Myers, Chairman of Friends of York Walls


Hello everyone,

May the Friends of York Walls committe invite you to a social evening at the Black Swan Inn Peasholme Green, York on the Friday 23rd September 2011, 7.30pm.

A night of getting to know you. It will be informal and friendly, all we want is to meet you. We now have 137 registered members, most of whom we have not met. Please come along and introduce yourself and attempt our indoor treasure trail.

The free tickets will be issued via a Email from me at it will be first come first served, limited to 50 people.

Please repond soon so that we can organise ourselves to meet the demand of meeting new friends.

Your Secretary,

Chris Dowell


Friends of York Walls has made a bid for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to refurbish the 500 year old Postern Tower and give it a new lease of life as a visitor centre and cafe. City of York Council has been asked to provide funding to complete repair work, which is essential to the heritage fund bid, to the ancient four storey building on the corner of Fishergate and Piccadilly.

The full story can be view on the York Press website here.