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Updated:  9 December  23:23


NEXT EVENT:  Sankta Lucia Celebration at Bedern Hall,  Friday 16 December 7.15pm  – Admission by ticket

We love Sankta Lucia so much here in York that we have two celebrations !   Our first celebration in partnership with York Minster has just taken place (update below),  but we still have a few tickets for our second celebration !
This will take place the next Friday (16th December) at 7.15pm at Bedern Hall.  Due to the limited capacity of this charming medieval hall we have to limit numbers so admission is by ticket only.
This is the YASS Christmas party and will include lighting of the advent wreath, candle-lit Lucia procession,  Scandinavian and English carols, dancing round the Christmas tree and refreshments.  Friends and children welcome.
Tickets cost £7 each and can be obtained from Michael Davis.   Click here to go contacts page.
You can read more about Sankta Lucia here.

News roundup: the  fourth Sankta Lucia at York Minster – a congregation of over 1,000 !
On Friday 9 December York Minster hosted the fourth Sankta Lucia procession. This service is a joint collaboration between YASS and the minster.  We were delighted to see an attendance of over 1,000,  which is the highest so far!
The Lucia was Matilda Jarl, who  is 15 years old and still at school, where she studies art.   The procession was formed by the Swedish choir Järfälla kammarkör and  Vaxholm Boys’ Quintet, who were the young ‘starboys’ of the procession.  The conductor of the choir was Alexander Klimentov Löfstrand, who was born in St Petersburg in 1979 and moved to Stockholm when he was twenty.
Were are very grateful to everyone who made this service possible,  including the staff of York Minster, many members of YASS and our sponsors the Embassy of Sweden, Lord Mayors Charities 2015-16, IKEA, Senior Architectural Systems and Carlbom Shipping Ltd.
 We hope to post some photos soon – please watch this space (when available photos will be included with the permission of the Chapter of York).

EVENTS IN JANUARY 2017 – Visitors are most welcome !  

Wednesday 18 January 7.30pm at the Norwegian Study Centre:  Birkin to Balestrand.  The Revd Dr John Roden will tell and illustrate the fascinating story of the building of Norway’s only Anglican ‘stave’ church, which was inspired by the pioneering mountain-climbing daughter of a 19th century Yorkshire rector.  Click here for a downloadable poster.

Saturday 21 January 2017:  YASS midwinter walk.  Details to be announced soon !


Wednesday 22 February 7.30pm at the Norwegian Study Centre : Harri the Falconer – an odd tale from seventeenth century Iceland.  Related by YASS member, Ruth Eillson.

Jorvik Viking Festival:  Monday 20 to Friday 25 February.  Recognised at the largest Viking Festival in Europe, this annual festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage.   Taking place over the half-term week the festival has a programme of family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments so there is something for everybody !   Over 40,000 visitors attend each year coming from across the globe.  Click here to view the festival website.