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Sam Watling – Chair

I’m was born and raised in York and live just round the corner from the Folk Hall. I started volunteering here towards the end of 2015 looking after the technical side. When Chris decided it was time to step down from her position as chair, I decided I couldn’t miss the chance to lead such a lovely organisation and stepped in. My job still includes setting things up on film night, but now I get to manage lots of lovely volunteers and try to push our little group forward to engage with people in new and positive ways!

I’ve always had a love of all things film and so being involved here has quickly become a passion project for me. I hope to continue building on this lovely community we already have and would ask that if you have enjoyed yourselves here, tell a friend or bring them along. Your support keeps us going! You will probably find me on film night running around with wires in my hand, come and say hello!

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Hi, my name is Marie. I’m cosmopolitan having lived and worked in the USA where I trained as a Registered Nurse in the state of California. I worked in Canada and Europe prior to coming to the UK in 1975. After retirement I went to work as a volunteer in a refugee camp in Northern India for a year. I moved to York when I came back to the UK and continued studying part time doing by MSc in Social Science, working as a volunteer for Oxfam and joined the W.I. I then came and lived in New Earswick.

I was involved in setting up NELLIvision until we changed the name to Film at the Folk Hall and remained an avid supporter and volunteer. I look after the box office on film night.

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I’m from the United States, resident in York since 1989.  I have lived a long time overseas, mostly in Asia (India, Bangladesh and Laos) as a volunteer and then with my husband who worked for the UN.

I am passionate about all world cinema and all kinds of films (not so good on violent action!). I would love to see Film at the Folk Hall grow into a venue where a variety of film would find an audience. I work front of house and keep the local residents of Hartrigg Oaks informed.

We are always keen to hear from potential new volunteers, so if you are keen to help out at Film at the Folk Hall then get in touch.

Do contact us if you have any questions.

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