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Updated: 23 February  7:52

Next event:  Thursday 29th March 7.30pm

David Wallin:  Swedish Nineteenth Century Artist

Isabelle Gapp speaks about ‘the last romanic’ in Sweden, a painter who chose to distance himself from modern trends.

Please note change to our usual venue

This event will take place at Hartrigg Oaks,  Haxby Road, New Earswick, York,  YO32 4DS

Visitors are most welcome !

Downloadable poster coming soon.

Sankta Lucia – Festival of Light in York Minster Friday 8 December

We were delighted that the fifth Sankta Lucia in York Minster was attended by 1,200 people.   We are most grateful to the following for the success of this service:   Peter Moger (Precentor, York Minster),   The London Nordic Choir ( and their director, Carina Einarson,   soprano soloist,  Mia Karlsson,   Robert Sharpe (Director Music,  York Minster who played the splendid Minster organ),  our readers:  Dr Brita Green (sometime Chair of YASS), Johan Berglund (Counsellor, Embassy of Sweden in London) and The Ven Dr Malcolm Grundy (Chair of YASS) and our sponsors  the Embassy of Sweden, Carlbom Shipping Ltd, the Anglo-Swedish Society,  IKEA and Senior Architectural Systems.  

The photographs below are shown with the permission of the Chapter of York and were taken by Barry Male (,  a professional photographer,  who was our official photographer for the service.

You can read more about Sankta Lucia by clicking here.

 Bedern Hall Christmas Party – photos coming soon   

We had a great time and our traditional Christmas festivities included as always: singing, dancing and our own special Lucia.


Craft evening – photos coming soon

For our second event of the season we had an excellent talk by Dr Trevor Julian,  from York Civic Trust.

He reminded us that York was seen as a mirror of British history and then showed an excellent array of photographs illustrating that York does indeed have examples of all the periods of history (eg. Roman,  Anglo-Saxon,  Norman,  Medieval).  It good to hear that Swedish engineering in the Minster undercroft saved the central tower from collapse.   We also heard that a number of miraculous events have helped preserve our beautiful city – in 1799 the city corporation wanted to demolish the city walls !  This was prevented by Parliament,  thankfully,  William Etty saved Bootham Bar from destruction in the 1830s when St Leonard’s Place was created.  Just over a hundred years later a brave French pilot saved York from many more bombs in WWII. A drastic inner ring road plan mooted from 1948 to the 1970s was prevented from coming to fruition.

York Civic Trust can be found at:

The friends of York Walls can be found at:

We were delighted to have a record attendance at our first event this season !

Over 50 people came to hear about 100 years of Finnish independence and sample some Finnish food.

Our interesting programme for 2017-18 has been announced !   

Full details are now shown here.