Wednesday 16 November 2022

A CALL for more volunteers for community transport groups in the East Riding has been made on a visit to Beverley. Cllr David Elvidge, portfolio holder for community involvement and community sector at East Riding Council, made the appeal as he met members of the Beverley Community Lift team on a visit to its office. 

Visiting Beverley Community Lift (from left): Cllr David Elvidge and Colin Walker, the council’s group manager of transportation services, meet Fiona Wales and Brian Adamson

The charity operates the Beverley shopper service under contract to the council and needs more volunteer minibus and car drivers. Cllr Elvidge told Beverley FM: “If anyone can spare some free time to help elderly or disabled people reach medical appointments or go for trips out, I would urge them to please volunteer.” Beverley Community Lift can be contacted on 01482 868082 or by visiting

The charity also runs a shop in Sow Hill Road, near the bus station, raising much needed funds.

EXCITEMENT is growing as one of Yorkshire’s biggest Christmas Tree Festivals gets set to light up on December 2. Almost 12,500 twinkling lights will fill Beverley Minster as 120 fir trees, all individually decorated by local people, charities and businesses, are switched on for this magical, 10-day event. 

The scene in the Minster at last year’s festival

Organiser Bob Farley told us: “Many local schools, care homes, individuals, businesses and charities regularly sponsor a tree. But this year, more people than ever have asked to have a tree at the festival. We are now at capacity for 2022 with 120 trees expected to be on display throughout our beautiful Minster.” 

The festival starts at 10am on Friday December 2 and goes through until 4pm on Sunday  December 11. Tickets for adults are £5. Accompanied children under 18 are free. A video of last year’s festival can be seen here

The 120 Christmas trees also provide a stunning backdrop for a range of special events that happen throughout the festival in the Minster. The annual Macmillan Carol Concert takes place on Tuesday December 6, featuring performances from harpist Isabelle Richardson, soprano soloist Eleanor Stevens and Tranby School Choir, while Beverley Minster Choir will offer visitors four opportunities to join them for Carols by Candlelight on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December. And members of the choir will also perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols on Sunday December 4.

BEVERLEY charity Jacob’s Well stage their big clearance sale this Saturday at their warehouse on Swinemoor Lane, behind Aldi, from 9am to 1pm. There will be lots of bargains, including Christmas decorations. Money raised goes towards the charity’s many relief efforts around the world, including in Ukraine, where so far more than £8 million of aid has been sent.