Public Events

Upcoming one-off events:

A Frock for FROK

Saturday 17th March, 2 – 4 pm. £3, plus minimum 3 items to swap
Come to a women's clothes and accessories swap, with raffle and jewellery stall. Bring items on coat hangers marked with size, if possible. All items on sale at £1.

Raising money to 'make female voices heard' in North West Pakistan, through UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK). Part of York International Women's Week events. Hear about the work of Khwendo Kor first hand.

Have a cup of tea and cake. Bring your friends.


Astrophotography for Beginners

Wednesday 25th April, 7 – 9 pm. £10

Open to new learners or those who have been before, this course looks at the basic equipment needed to make astronomy images using just a camera or inexpensive telescope. With the development of good quality Chinese telescopes at budget prices and using domestic cameras amazing images can be produced at home that would not be possible in the days of film only 15 years ago. Using home computers has meant that faint images shot on the scope can be enhanced and developed later (in the warm!)

Advice will be given on the purchase of equipment as will a DVD of the free astronomy software.

Hopefully the moon will be visible and we can explore the whole process of shooting the image and processing using free software. If no moon is visible we can use existing video material so please feel free to bring a laptop (though this is not essential.)

Deep sky imaging (galaxies, nebulae) will also be covered as these can be shot even in the light polluted skies above York.

For more information please feel free to contact Graham on


The Jane Austen Society Presents 'Taking the False with the True: Alternative Facts in Northanger Abbey'

Saturday, 24 March at 2pm

A talk by Dr Bill Hutchings.

Tickets £6, available at the door. Refreshments included.

How can we tell whether what people say or write is true or false? Can we trust in words? Can we trust novels to be authentic records of experience? Does 'Northanger Abbey' have the answers?

For further information, contact Mrs Marilyn Joice (0113 2680431)


Accessible Poetry! - Poetry for All

Saturday, 24 March - 7pm for 7.30pm

New this year, as part of the York Literature Festival, we’re offering poetry for everyone: BSL interpreter, big screen projection of poems submitted in advance, service animals & carers welcome.
Featured poets: Raymond Antrobus, Donna Williams (DeafFirefly), and York’s own Imogen Godwin. Hosted by Fay Roberts & Rose Drew.
Contact 07914 271871 for information about getting your poem onto the screen, and to book a 3min slot.

Tickets £7 conc / £10, available on the door or


Angelic Shadows: Mind, Body, and Spirit Show

Saturday 31 March, 10:30 - 16:00

Clairvoyants, therapists, stalls, talks, and demonstrations throughout the day.

Claire Nicholls, Local medium
Henna Goddess
John Richardson, past life
Sheryl, colour & tarot
Crystal Heartlands MBS Stall
Forever Living by Helen
3 Therapists providing Kore, Reiki, massage, Reflexology
Netty Hart, crystal ball & tarot, dowsing
Breast Friends Cancer Charity Tombola

£2.50 entry, including raffle draw.


York Mumbler Baby & Toddler Nearly New Sales:

Grab some bargains! For pre-loved baby and toddler clothes, toys and nursery items.
E-mail for all enquiries.

Saturday 5 May: 10.30am – 12pm
Saturday 14 July: 3.30pm – 5pm
Saturday 8 September: 10.30am – 12pm
Saturday 10 November: 3.30pm – 5pm


Dancing for children at Clements Hall:

Free style dance inviting children to discover their own movement, creativity, expression, confidence and fun! We dance with a theme and dressing up is welcome. Our body dances for 1 hour and our hands dance with arts and crafts after. See you on the dance floor!

Sunday 1st April, 1.30pm – 3pm: Easter Sunday. Spring dancing and Easter egg hunt.

Price per lesson £6 per child and parents are free.

Contact dance teacher Eliza:


RSPB Meetings:

Entrance £3.00 York RSPB Local Group members, £3.50 non-members. Non-members are welcome. There is an interval with free hot and cold refreshments.

14.30 Tuesday 20th March
Illustrated talk on “RSPB Wash Cruises” by Norman Adcock, South Lincolnshire RSPB Local Group.

A talk about the organised bird-watching cruises out of Boston onto the Wash throughout the summer and the birds and other wildlife seen over the years.

19.30 Wednesday 28th March
Illustrated talk on “North Cave Wetlands; a win-win for all” by Stephen Martin.

Steve Martin has led the group of local residents who have been working to create this Reserve over the last 20 years. His talk will cover the history of the site since the original site was secured for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in 2000, the development and extensions of the wetlands and the remaining plans; and he will, of course be showing us some of the 214 species of birds who visit North Cave.

19.30 Tuesday 24th April
Members presentations on various subjects, followed by the A.G.M.

19.30 Thursday 31st May
Illustrated talk on “Discovering Coquet Island” by Paul Morisson.

Dr Morrison started as a volunteer warden 30 years ago and is now employed by the RSPB as Head Warden for Coquet island and Roseate Tern Ambassador. He will be giving an illustrated talk on the work of the reserve, including, we hope, live webcam footage.


Contemporary Embroidery Workshops

Embroidery artist Jessica Grady is running a variety of colourful and creative classes, showing you how to create your own original textile art using a combination of hand embroidery and handmade embellishments. Classes include all materials and refreshments – all you need to bring along is yourself and a willingness to be creative! No prior embroidery experience is necessary. All classes are held upstairs in the Art Room.

Saturday May 19th, 4 – 7 pm: Mixed media sequins and beads
Have a go at creating your own sequins and beads using a variety of materials and techniques.
£30 per person.

Saturday June 23rd, 10 – 4 pm: Sketchbooks to stitch
Explore using mixed media techniques on paper to develop a series of drawings, which will act as inspiration in creating a piece of textile art.
£60 per person.

Saturday July 14th, 10 – 4 pm: Exploring colour and pattern
Experiment with creating a series of contemporary embroidery and embellishment samples to use as your very own fabric sketchbook.
£60 per person.

Any questions and to book a place, please get touch:
For further workshops:


Regular community Events:

Tuesday afternoon, twice monthly
Boccia and Table Tennis:
1.30 - 3pm on the following dates:
February 6th and 27th;   March 6th and 27th;   April 17th and 24th.

Boccia is a Paralympic sport that anyone can play. It's similar to lawn bowling but you sit down to throw the balls. Come and have a go at this team game - it's easy for beginners to learn. £1 per session, includes refreshments.
01904 466086

Every Wednesday
GEM Lunches:
12.00-14.00 every Wednesday: 2 course lunch & socialising for over 50s.  Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Society.
01904 466086

Every Friday
Dementia Forward Weekly Wellbeing Café
For people living with dementia their carers, family and friends. We have a number of activities available such as games, items to promote conversation and art and crafts etc. Or simply come and talk to others in a similar situation. A Dementia Support Advisor is always on hand to offer support and advice. Come and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and a biscuit or two! For more information contact Dementia Forward (01904 692473 or Registered Charity Number 1148225

Alternate Fridays
South Bank Community Cinema