Acts 435, a charity set up by the Archbishop of York to help tackle poverty, has responded to its 3,000th request for help as demand soars. Launched by Dr John Sentamu in the summer of 2010, it reached its latest milestone by giving a washing machine to a single mother.

Fifty years: A psychiatric nurse who has worked in York for 50 years is retiring. Grandfather-of-three Eric Dower, 67, now hopes to play more golf, continue as secretary of Huntington Rovers and spend time with his family.