September 2009

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and not to forget a very local Festival of Local Arts, 3 miles from the Parish!

FANGFEST 2009 is on 5/6 September, at Fangfoss.

This popular festival of creative arts has been running for a good number of years. Typical features are: open studios; art exhibitions; a craft tent; miniature railway; children’s roundabouts; vintage car display; clay pigeon shooting; chain saw carving; children’s entertainer, but these may vary from year to year.

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Seed Scheme

Through the NSALG , members are able to access a variety of greatly discounted seeds (including organic), potatoes, onions and gardening sundries, with the benefit of not having to pay postal charges. This is a great opportunity to stock up ready for next year at bargain prices and generate income for our Association .The ‘Kings’ order forms have been distributed to members for return to the chairperson by 6 October. If you would like to join and benefit from the scheme, please contact us via the website or one of the committee directly. Membership is only £2-00 a year which can easily be saved on an order.


Latest News

  • The process of applying for site deeds is well underway and should be finalised soon.
  • A feasibility/costing exercise has been carried out (grateful thanks to Steve) and 2 funding applications have been submitted. The outcomes should be known within 4 weeks.
  • Further sources of grants/funding are also being investigated.
  • A bank account is in the process of being opened .
  • We need to come up with some fundraising activities of our own, so any suggestions/ideas are welcome.


500g (1lb 2oz) courgettes

2-3 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion/2 shallots

2 cloves garlic

Salt & freshly ground pepper

250g (9oz) risotto rice

1 wineglassful white wine

750ml (275fl oz) warm stock

3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2-3 tbsp grated parmesan (optional but would recommend)

1.       Prepare the courgettes by topping and tailing them, but leave the skins on. Grate them coarsely.

2.       Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the chopped onion/shallot and garlic. Cook them for a few minutes, then add the courgette and mix everything together well.

3.       Cook for about 5 minutes, making sure the vegetables don’t stick. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper and a little salt.

4.       Add the rice, stirring so all the grains are coated. Leave it to cook for a couple of minutes, but do not allow it to brown.

5.       Add the wine and stir again. When it is mostly absorbed, adjust the heat to a low simmer. Add a couple of ladlefuls of stock and stir it in. When all the excess liquid has been absorbed , add a little more and keep doing this until the rice is done, which will probably take about 20 minutess. It should be slightly firm, not sloppy in texture. You may not need all the stock, or you may need a little extra liquid, in which case warm water will suffice.

6.       Add the finely chopped parsley and the parmesan if using. Cover the pan and leave it in a warm place for a few minutes for the flavours to develop, then serve.


York Green Festival

“York Green Festival is a celebration of sustainable living, campaigning for change and a better way of living”

Most of us are keen on all things ‘green’, so this free event is right up our street as they say ! There are stalls, music, entertainment for all ages and even a clothes swap.

When : Sunday 6 September 2009 11 – 5

Where : Rowntree Park, York


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