A defibrillator has been fitted into Naburn's red telephone kiosk located to the right of the Blacksmith's Arms on Main Street in the village and it has already played a part in saving one life.

It is set up to be used following a 999 emergency call to the ambulance service who will provide the access code if they determine a patient requires it and they are near enough to the facility.

The defibrillator is fully automated with in-built video instruction and requires no training for the user, but residents are encouraged to make time to visit the kiosk and familiarise themselves with the instructions so that if they need to use it valuable time isn't lost working out what to do.

We are also looking at the possibility of setting-up a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) to provide additional support for villagers living alone or in couples when a third person would be needed to access the defibrillator.

Naburn Parish Council is grateful to the children of Naburn C of E School who raised £730 towards the costs through fund raising events and collection tins in the Blacksmith's Arms and Naburn Marina, and also to York City Councillor, Suzie Mercer, who helped secure a grant of £1,270 from Wheldrake Ward to make up the £2000 required to fund the defibrillator.


Naburn Parish Council, working with other villages south of York, has negotiated additional bus services to and from the City.

These are the...

42S SATURDAY NIGHT BUS starting on 19th May. Buses will depart Selby at 8pm and 10pm and depart York at 9pm and 11pm.

42S SUNDAY BUS SERVICE due to start on 20th May. This has yet to be confirmed by the Traffic Commissioners, but is expected to be approved.

Buses will depart Selby at 09.25, 11.25, 14.25 and 16.25

York departures will be at 10.25, 12.25, 15.25 and 17.25.

PLEASE NOTE That these buses are designated 42S and are operated by Arriva NOT Transdev so tickets bought on the Explorers 42 will not be transferable to the 42S.

All the Parish Councils along the route are subsidising these services. The buses need to be well used to be successful and continue, so please use the service as much as possible and spread the news. Particular thanks to Councillor John Cattanach, of Cawood Parish Council, for all his hard work in securing these services.

This follows the successful campaign by Naburn and other parish councils to deliver the new 42 bus service operated by Transdev following the loss of the Utopia service. This is a 6-day timetable along the route of the former 42 service comprising 4 return journeys a day (2 peak and 2 inter-peak) and is subsidised by the NYCC and CYC.

CYC has also confirmed that the Dial-and-Ride service includes Naburn. 

The Parish Council was shocked and saddened to hear of the business failure of Utopia, the provider of our local bus service towards the end of the Summer last year. It immediately contacted Suzie Mercer, the York City Councillor representing Naburn, and Julian Sturdy, the local MP. As a result of the efforts of Suzie and her colleagues, a temporary timetable was put in place, .

At the Parish Council meeting on 11th September 2017, the views of the many residents who attended were both very welcome and helpful. Representatives of the Parish Council, Chairman Laurie Gunson and Coun Phil Ashworth, met CYC's Coun Ian Gillies (Executive Member for Transport and Planning) and Andrew Bradley (the City's Sustainable Transport Manager) on Monday 17th September 2017.

As well as asking for the reinstatement of the 42 service (York to Selby via Naburn,Stilling fleet) the Parish Council suggested two other options...
- A standalone service serving Naburn and Naburn Lock Caravan Park, possibly a diverted Fordlands Road service.
- A separate feeder service between the Naburn area and the Designer Outlet to link up with the Park and Ride service.

CYC discounted both ideas on a cost basis and the likely level of subsidy, but in the medium to longer term we intend to work with all parties to ensure that York City's public transport strategy is well developed and that Naburn is an integral part of it.


Naburn's historic Reading Room has received a make-over to to turn it into a more user-friendly space and it is now available for use by village groups as a small meeting or activities venue free of charge.

Reading Room

 The small brick building in Front Street was a Victorian idea deployed in many villages to provide 'enlightenment' for local people, who could not afford books or a newspaper or could not read. Typically, one newspaper and books might be available there for everyone to read or to be read to them. Reading Rooms became a village hub for other 'entertainment' too and were seen as a wholesome alternative to a pub.

Naburn's Reading Room has been used in recent years as a Doctor's peripatetic surgery and still doubles up as the village's Post Office as well as the venue for the monthly meetings of Naburb Parish Council. We are keen to see the facility develop again in a useful and wider community role and complement the larger Village Hall.

 In recent months the heating and insulation in the room have been improved and the space has been carpeted. Now, thanks to a grant from the City of York Council, negotiated by our Ward Councillor, Suzie Mercer, most of the old upright chairs have been replaced by comfortable armchair seating with facilities for coffee and tea making (a kettle and cups). There are toilet facilities too.

It is suitable for use by small groups. There are eight armchairs, but it can be used by up to 12 people by using some of the original upright seats.

These are early days as we experiment with the Reading Room's potential and word gets around the village about its availability, but a Sewing Group, set up to produce additional bunting for a village event, has already used it successfully on a couple of occasions (see image) and have given it the thumbs up.

The Parish Council hopes that this lovely old village asset will contribute further to Naburn's sense of community and if you are interested in using it, the facility is FREE...just bring your own coffee/tea and milk. All we ask is that you leave it as you found it...and wash up! You can book The Reading Room by contacting the Parish Council Clerk, Jenny Balding  via email or telephone and she will put you in touch with the key holder who will also make the booking.