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York Conservation Alumni Association


YCAA study tour invite to Tallinn, Estonia

Join your fellow York Alumni, current Conservation Studies students, and the YCAA on a study trip to Tallinn, Estonia this September. Tallinn, the capital of the Baltic country Estonia, has a fascinating and diverse architectural heritage that has been influenced by different rulers and conquerors throughout its history.

The study trip to Tallinn will mainly concentrate on three facets of the capital – the largely intact medieval old town, the Kalamaja region that boasts some of the best examples of wooden architecture from the first Republic period of the interwar years, and the vernacular architecture displayed at the Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum.

Tallinn’s medieval Old Town

We hope you can join us from 7-11 September for this event. For more information on the study trip and to register, visit the following Eventbrite link. Please RSVP by 13 August.  


York Railway Heritage Tour

As a prelude to this year’s YCAA AGM in July, a healthy turnout of alumni joined John Ives, a leading figure in British railway heritage, for a fascinating walking tour of the city’s rich railway heritage. The tour was timely, as a large area to the rear of Railway Station, as well as its front area, are soon to be redeveloped. While most of the railway heritage will be spared the bulldozer, its current in situ context and visual prominence are not secure. During the tour, water towers, war bunkers, brick vaulting and tales of secret tunnels all featured in what was an enjoyable time for all … despite the heat … and the noisy buses … and the racegoers! Read here for a write-up of the walking tour.

North Eastern Railway crest on the former (L&)NER headquarters, now the Grand Hotel.   Source: David Webdale


YCAA is very grateful to John Ives for giving up his time to host the tour, and to LNER for providing free use of their seminar room at York Railway Station for the purpose of our visit.

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University of York Boat Club

On the water

We’ve had a great year up to now and new coach Rob Cree is doing a great job in training up our squads and getting them ready for the rest of the year ahead. The start of Winter term saw great results at BUCS indoor event and beyond – there’s great potential for the rest of the year.

#quadsquad November 2017
















Click here to read all the recent results

October 2017

  • Senior Men’s eight won Head of the Dee.
  • York graduates and GB Start athletes Monty Pilkington and Stuart Hosie came an amazing 11th overall at Pairs head out of 479 crews and came 3rd in category.

November 2017

  • A mixed GB Start and club quad came second in category at Four Head, placing in the top 50 of a race which has around 480 crews in total involved this race included numerous Olympians and gold medallists.
  • Our crew was START athletes Calder Trewin-Marshall (current student) at stroke, Monty Pilkington, Stuart Hosie (both former students) and Senior Men’s Captain (UYBC athlete) Adam Williams

BUCS indoors

  • Win in senior men’s heavyweight: Phil Nesom
  • Win in men’s lightweight: Adam Williams
  • 2nd in women’s relay: Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds, Lizzie Maunder, Katie Mole, Isla McAully
  • 4 in women’s heavyweight and 500m sprint

December 2017

  • At Scullers Head Calder Trewin-Marshall (Start) and Phil Nesom (club) placed 3rd and 10th in their respective categories.
  • At White Rose Head the senior crews had good results, coming 3rd against Leeds and Liverpool in the Senior Women’s Eights, and 3rd in the Men’s quad against Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester.

BUCS February 2018
A strong York presence at BUCS weekend particularly for our York women on the tidal water of the Tyne, in testing conditions on day two of the competition.

  • York fielded 4 novice crews and 4 senior crews across the categories.
  • Our novice women’s eight came 10th of 27. Our senior women’s eight came 15th of a strong field of 43.

Coming up

  • York has 2 Men’s and 3 Women’s entries to the Head of the River races in London in 2 weeks… I think this is a record, certainly in recent memory.
















Alumni rowing success
  • Stuart Hosie, (Computer Science and Philosophy, 2017) and GB Start rower is currently rowing in New Zealand at Waikato Rowing Club. He has been very successful so far, winning at national regattas in crews there. Both recent graduates Stuart and Monty Pilkington (Geography, 2017) are hoping for selection to the FISU World University team by the end of this year. 
  • Former UYBC rower Steph Clutterbuck joins 2013 graduate Eloisa Cackett in winning Henley the year after leaving York. Steph also raced at the European University Games 2017.
Come and cheer on the White Rose

With Tyne Head and BUCS Head done, the club is looking ahead to WeHoRR and the Head of the River Race, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March.  We have 2 Men’s and 3 Women’s entries which is is a record, certainly in recent memory.  We hope you can join us – You can find details of where to watch here.

Much needed new women’s boat  


 Jorvik Annual Dinner  

The Jorvik Annual Dinner in November was a great night, with current students travelling down to Thames R.C. to enjoy the event with Jorvik members.  Special thanks to our Jorvik friends who not only organised the night but generously launched our fundraising appeal for new boats with an awesome £1,471 for the UYBC – thanks to the raffle, auction and a generous donation from Jorvik B.C.

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Events Coming up:
  • Annual Henley BBQ on the weekend of Henley Royal Regatta, held this year on Saturday 7 July – always a great opportunity to keep in touch with former members of the Club.
  • Our UYBC Annual Ball takes place on Saturday 9 June as part of this year’s President’s Weekend up in York.   A great reason for you to come back and join in with festivities – email us for details.
  • Jorvik Annual DinnerSaturday 10 November. Save the date for this special event at the Thames Rowing Club.

University of York Volleyball Club

The University of York Volleyball Club has started a crowdfunding campaign on YuStart, to raise £1000 to improve their hitting and spike techniques. With a total of four University teams, a sitting volleyball team, multiple college teams, and several development teams, the club has risen to the top ranks of the British University and College Sport (BUCS) league. This year they’ve had some fantastic accomplishments, achieving the highest national ranking ever, having the most people in the club and they also delivered beginners sessions to over 110 people in the course of the last year.

They want to continue to grow as a club, and get as much out of training time as possible. Their dedicated players double as qualified coaches and fitness instructors and have helped teams reach the top of their BUCS league. However, they’re looking to go one step further and harness new skills by purchasing an Individual Spike Trainer to improve their footwork, hitting technique and to give them a competitive edge.