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Updated:  3 November 00:48

Forthcoming events

“Tea, cake and Art”  

(Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November)

YASS needs to raise some extra funds to support the choir of young Swedish adults who are coming to sing at the Lucia Festival of Light in York Minster on December 8th. One of our members, Brenda Tyler has offered tea, cake and art at her studio for booked-in visitors to come and see her sketches and perhaps purchase some Tomte cards or books. The dates she is offering are November 10th and 11th from 3.30. Booking in advance has to be by telephone: 01904 630055 or email

  Craft Evening 

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 19:30  

Norwegian Study Centre,  University of York

A chance to learn Christmas decorations Scandinavian style and prepare something for the Lucia Celebration at Bedern Hall !

Bedern Hall Christmas Party
 Saturday, 2 December, starting at 19.15.
Members, family and friends are once again invited to Bedern Hall, York, for our traditional Christmas festivities.  Included as always: singing, dancing and our own special Lucia.
Admission will be strictly by ticket only: adults £7, children aged 5 – 16 years £3, children under school age free.  The ticket price includes Glögg and soft drinks, but does NOT include food, so please bring along some food to share with others!
An application form for tickets can be obtained by emailing 

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.