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East Riding is ‘giving the charge’ with walking cricket

With cricket season almost here the East Riding is to become the first region in Yorkshire to launch walking cricket sessions with the aim of helping men and women aged 50 and over to  access the sport.

Following the huge success of walking netball and walking football in the East Riding, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service is to expand its range of walking sports by introducing walking cricket.
Walking cricket, which will be played with adapted rules on an indoor pitch, aims to help people improve their fitness, get back into the game, or just have some fun and make new friends.
Councillor Richard Harrap, council portfolio holder for adult and carer services, said: “The introduction of walking sports, like netball and football, to the East Riding has been a resounding success with numerous people now experiencing first-hand the benefits of getting active in spite of their age or ability.
“Walking sports have the power to introduce people to something which they might not otherwise have had the chance or the confidence to experience, so it is wonderful to see walking cricket now being launched in the region.
“These new sessions will give everyone the chance to play the popular sport for the first time, or perhaps return to the game after a period of injury or illness, and crucially to do this in a fun, friendly and sociable environment.”
The sessions, which are supported by the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB), will start at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice on Monday 3 April, 1-2pm.
The first six sessions, to be led by community sports coach and Stamford Bridge cricketer Dominic Rhodes, will be free with future dates including Monday 10 and 24 April; and Monday 8, 15 and 22 May.
Joe Ashdown, YCB cricket development manager for East Yorkshire and Selby, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both men and women to get active and play this wonderful game in a relaxed and sociable setting.
“We are really excited to be supporting these new sessions in the East Riding and we hope this will be the start of a whole new sport for the county.”

For further information or to book onto the sessions call community sports coach Dominic Rhodes on 01482 392529 or 07881843197. Alternatively email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Free compost giveaways begin on 9 May

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s annual compost giveaways will begin soon.

Around 5,000 bags of compost will be given away free to East Riding residents at 10 events across the area, starting in Market Weighton on Tuesday 9 May.

Residents are invited to go along to their local event to collect two free 15kg bags of compost per car, which will be placed in their vehicles by council staff.

All the compost being given away was recycled from the food and garden waste residents put in their brown bins. That including grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat and egg shells.

Mike Featherby, the council’s head of Streetscene Services, said: “We’ve been running our compost giveaways for a number of years as a gesture of thanks to residents for their efforts in recycling their rubbish.

“The East Riding is now the second best authority in the whole of England for its recycling rate and that’s down to the support of residents.”

The giveaways start at 4pm at each site, except the Beverley event which starts at 10am.

The giveaways end when all the bags have been handed out on a first come first served basis.

Residents are asked not to queue at the venues beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons.

The dates for the compost giveaways are as follows:

Tuesday 9 May 4pm  Market Weighton, Market Car Park, YO43 3AJ

Wednesday 10 May 4pm  Elloughton, Brantingham Park, HU15 1HX

Thursday 11 May 4pm  Preston, South Holderness School, HU12 8UZ

Friday 12 May 4pm  Driffield, Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN

Saturday 13 May 10am  Beverley, Beverley council depot, Annie Reed Road, off Grovehill Road and Beck View Road, HU17 0LF.

Monday 15 May 4pm  Bridlington, Hilderthorpe Coach and Car Park, YO15 3HA

Tuesday 16 May 4pm  Hornsea, Broadway Car Park, HU18 1PZ

Wednesday 17 May 4pm  Withernsea, Market Car Park, HU19 2QA

Thursday 18 May 4pm  Pocklington, Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre car park (Pocklington Town AFC), The Balk, YO42 2NZ

Friday 19 May 4pm  Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU


Foster Care Fortnight - Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May 2017

Could you be a foster carer? That is the question that will be asked by the East Riding fostering team during Foster Care Fortnight (8 to 21 May 2017)

The theme of Foster Care Fortnight is ‘foster care transforms lives’ and the team is urging people who are thinking about becoming foster carers to do it now.

In the East Riding there are currently 227 children in foster care, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to recruit around 20 to 25 new carers each year. The council is particularly hoping to recruit more foster carers in the Goole and Bridlington areas.

One East Riding mum who has been a foster carer for two years says it has been a hugely rewarding experience and she would encourage anyone thinking about fostering to find out more information.

“I truly believe that all children deserve and have the right to fun, happiness and love in their lives. Fostering is challenging, but we feel able to support these children through difficult times and showing them a way forward, as a family, is a great feeling,” says foster carer Lisa Jenkins.
The East Riding fostering team is looking for foster carers of all ages and is particularly keen to find suitable carers for children aged five and above, and long-term placements. Fostering is a way of caring for a child or young person in the carer’s own home at a time when their parents or family are unable to do so.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides training, support and generous allowances.
Dave Glenville, East Riding fostering team manager, said: “Fostering can be fun, tough, rewarding and challenging – sometimes all at the same time!  We, and importantly the children and young people we are caring for, need foster carers.

“We need people with enthusiasm, resilience and a very strong desire to help young people.  Fostering changes lives and makes a very real difference.”

Prospective foster carers should ideally be over 25.  They can be single, married or co-habiting.  People with or without families, heterosexual, lesbian or gay, can be foster carers.

Potential foster carers are invited to two information events which are being organised by the East Riding fostering team.

On Saturday 13 May there will be a drop in event in the cafe area at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice, from 10am to 12noon, when people can call in and chat to the team about fostering or adoption, as well as providing supported lodgings for young people or becoming independent visitors.

On Thursday 18 May there will be an information event at Tickton Grange Hotel, at Tickton, near Beverley, at 6pm.  People can go along and meet members of the team, foster carers and looked-after children.  There is no need to book, children are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer can also contact the fostering team on (01482) 396469 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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