New Earswick is situated on the outskirts of York, YO32.
A frequent bus service connects the village with York city centre. It is within easy reach of the shopping and leisure facilities at Clifton Moor and Monks Cross. The River Foss runs alongside the village. It provides a green and picturesque walk or cycle into York city centre.
The community was planned and built by Joseph Rowntree in 1904 as a self-governing garden village. It was an alternative to the overcrowded and insanitary housing then available to workers. It had its own facilities and generous open green space. Today, our aim is to maintain an inclusive neighbourhood. It addresses loneliness, dementia, poverty and digital exclusion, and involves people of all ages.
The village has a range of community facilities including:
- Community centre with café.
- Children’s centre with library.
- Sports and Social Club with swimming pool.
- Tennis courts and sports pitches
- Doctor’s surgery.
- Post office and range of shops.
- Parks and play areas.
- Nature reserve with Angling Club.
The Folk Hall community centre provides a focus for community activities in the village. It is a busy centre hosting activities such as:
- Junior youth club.
- Summer activity scheme and advice and information services.
Joseph Rowntree wanted local people to be able to grow their own vegetables. As such, the village continues to support 36 allotments. These are in two areas – Willow Bank and Sleeper Path. The allotments are actively used by residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables. A recycling area next to the Sleeper Path allotments can be used for the disposal of garden waste. Residents can buy locally produced compost made by the New Earswick Composting Project, which collects kitchen waste from many homes.
Accommodation in New Earswick includes flats, bungalows and two, three or four bedroom houses. Some of these are designed specifically for people at all stages of their lives. Some are adapted specifically for older people and adults with physical and learning difficulties. They are available to rent, part-buy or buy through our shared and full ownership schemes depending on your circumstances. Gardens are an important feature of homes in New Earswick.
Churches and Parish Council
There are several churches within New Earswick. They include Methodist and Christadelphian churches and a (Quaker) Friends’ Meeting House. There are Church of England and Catholic churches nearby.
New Earswick lies within the larger boundary of New Earswick parish. A Parish Council was created in 1934 to serve the needs of residents. The New Earswick Parish Council is made up of ten elected councillors. Their meetings are held monthly at the Folk Hall, which all residents are welcome to attend.
Little Rowans Playgroup and Pre-School
The Little Rowans playgroup meets twice a week (Monday and Wednesday 12.30-3pm). It provides places for two-year-olds. The Little Rowans pre-school group meets every morning (8.45-11.45am) during term-time. It provides places for three and four-year-olds. Both are held at The Family Tree Children’s Centre. It has excellent facilities and plenty of outdoor space.
The Ofsted-registered provision is supported by qualified and experienced staff. They deliver activities to meet the National Curriculum for the age group. They operate on a ratio of staff to children that is greater than legal requirements. This creates a happy, friendly and safe environment where each child is recognised as an individual. They are empowered to learn and develop at their own pace. It is also fully inclusive and able to support children who are disabled and/or have special educational needs.
The playgroup is an ideal way to help children gain confidence. They can be more independent before they move on to the pre-school group. There are close connections with the neighbouring primary school. This means that children can enjoy a smooth transition from pre-school to the school nursery.
Parents are included in all aspects of the work at Little Rowans. Sessions are amongst the lowest cost childcare in York with generous discounts for siblings. They can be booked per term in advance. The Early Years Entitlement funding available for three and four-year-olds covers a full 15 hours per week placement at Little Rowans. Some two-year-olds are also eligible for funding.
For further information about Little Rowans and to register for a child placement call 0800 0288911 or email [email protected].
The primary and secondary schools in New Earswick were set up by Joseph Rowntree. They pioneered innovative building design and introduced modern teaching methods. They fostered relationships with the wider community. Today, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust offers ongoing support to both schools. It nominates 50% of governors, and funds a wide range of practical projects. These seek to strengthen links between the school and the wider community. Such projects encompass:
- Early years.
- Youth activity.
- Inter-generational links.
- School mentoring.
- Community arts and drama.
- Community philosophy.
- Youth reward schemes.
New Earswick Primary School is one of eight Integrated Children’s Centres in York. It incorporates the village library and Little Rowans Playgroup and Pre-School. This makes it a hub of learning and support for local families.
The Joseph Rowntree Secondary School is a Technology Specialist School. It encourages the take up of science subjects. It was completely rebuilt in 2009. Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust commissioned a design champion for the school. They also supported consultation with the local community.
Resident involvement and volunteering
New Earswick provides many opportunities for community involvement and volunteering. The Village Council was formed in 1907 to manage the Folk Hall and develop a ‘civic spirit’ in the village. Today, residents’ interests are represented by an elected Residents’ Forum and a Community Association which manages the Folk Hall.
Many homes and communal areas in the village are maintained by our own Direct Labour Organisation. A community improvement suggestion scheme allows households in the village to vote on what work is carried out each year.
The New Earswick Angling Club was formed in 1948 and actively involves people of all ages. It is managed by local volunteer enthusiasts.
New Earswick is a stable community with a crime rate lower than the York average. It is a safer place to live, work and raise a family. We work closely with the police and the various Neigbourhood Watch groups in the village to minimise anti-social behaviour. We fund local projects, such as the Community Philosophy project, to understand and address issues around crime and community safety.