Kids at the Folk Hall 2017

Well what a fabulous start to the year it has been. Our season of kids films was funded by the City of York Council so it allowed us to provide an amazing Disney Pixar movie, crafting, prizes and refreshments all for only £1 per ticket. Altogether we have had 266 people join us for our events where we enjoyed ‘The Jungle Book’ in December, a series of ‘Pixar Short films’ in February, ‘Inside Out’ in March and then ‘Finding Dory’ in April.

Families settle down to watch the film!

One of our volunteers did a bit of filming at our recent event so we made it into a little video to show you how much fun we all had!

As well as lots of great fun being had there was also lots of beautiful artwork created too. We had music before the films and during the interval and left the lights up throughout so that people could move around and carry on crafting during the films. Running the events like this gave everyone a proper chance to talk and make friends and allowed for any restless little ones to stretch their legs.

Crafts for the underwater ‘stop-motion’ animation workshop

These events definitely helped us address some of the things our organisation hopes to achieve such as giving local people an opportunity to meet like minded folk in their community and to offer them a much cheaper and more interactive alternative to the big cinemas in York. Our aims as a community cinema compliment the priorities of the Huntington and New Earswick Ward too, helping to reduce social isolation and to give opportunities to young people in the area. This is one reason why your local councillors agreed to fund this project and, we hope they agree it has been a great success. We thank them for their support! More information about your ward and it’s councillors can be found on the council website.

Lots of incredible crafting took place and prizes were awarded for best effort!

During one of the events our resident film maker, Steve and his equally talented son, Finlay joined us to run a stop-motion animation workshop. It went down a storm and lots of kids got involved and learned the basics of making an animated film. Here’s a short clip from one of the workshops:

The crafting at all the events was organised by the Friends of New Earswick School and all the box office money went to their fundraising efforts for school play equipment. They were also instrumental in making sure New Earswick Primary School kids and parents were informed about our events and even got the kids to help choose our final two films so we thank all their volunteers for helping us with this project! We are very proud to say we have made some great friends there and will certainly look to work with FONES again in the future, including attending their summer fair later this year. Check out their Facebook page to find out what they are getting up to.

A great place for families to meet and kids to play in a relaxed atmosphere

Finally, a big thanks to our own volunteers who give their free time on a Sunday to come along and help set up, get involved and make these things fun and enjoyable for everyone!

Watch this space for more kids events early next year!


Springtime at the Folk Hall

The weather starts improving, the days get longer and Film at the Folk Hall continues to get more exciting! We have continued to see a nice rise in our average audience numbers so thank you to all those out there supporting what we do!

Following on from the incredible I, Daniel Blake event in January and our second successful kids event with Pixar Short films in Feb, we are looking to the future and to bringing you more amazing films to enjoy with us.

Bridget Jones’s Baby was the first romantic comedy we have played and lots of you turned up to help us make it a great event! We opened with a brief mention of our constitution and how, as well as great films at cheap prices, we are committed to bringing people together, fostering friendships and trying to reduce isolation in our community. To help get us in the mood we had some lovely videos from TV2 Denmark and Mentos. Mentos even sent us some yummy sweets to enjoy during the main feature.

Here’s the beautiful ‘All That We Share’ video from TV2 Denmark, reminding us that there is more that brings us together than sets us apart –

And here’s the brilliant ‘Mentos Mentors’ video about connecting people –

At the interval we even tried ‘Speed Friending’. We rang a bell every few minutes and asked the audience to chat to someone they didn’t know. It was, of course, completely optional but it was lovely to see people having a go! We like the idea that people would feel comfortable coming to visit us even if they were on their own. With a licensed bar and lots of lovely people, there’s always new friends to be made. Hopefully this helped reinforce that message and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we do it!

Next up is Inside Out on Sunday 12th March @ 2pm and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday 31st March @ 7pm. Don’t forget our AGM from 6pm too! Come and hear about the year we have had and what we hope for the future.

We hope to see you all soon!


Sam’s chat with Vale Radio

After a short phone call about our humble cinema, I was kindly invited over to Vale Radio in Haxby to have a chat with Dougie Weake about our work! Check out our interview below:

Following their small beginnings in August 2014 Vale Radio has gone from strength to strength and now broadcast over DAB digital radio and the internet all over the world! Like our group they are non profit and look to bring together other local groups and charities and have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for a variety of causes since they began. They also have over 30 different local DJ’s and a wide range of musical tastes which they tend to.

It was a great opportunity to meet them and see how it all works and they are currently in the process of moving to a brand new studio – we wish them all the best. Here’s a little introduction video to their radio station and we highly recommend you tune in! Hopefully our local organisations can work together in future.


Dad’s Army

While the original series was a little before my time, I do remember my parents and grandparents both watching it when I was a child. I also remember how they laughed and how much they loved it. So it’s with great anticipation that we bring you the Dad’s Army movie. It’s set in 1944 toward the end of the second world war, after the events in the original and focuses on Catherine Zeta Jones’ character, a journalist sent to report on the Wilmington-on-sea Home Guard Platoon.

 With a stellar cast this is sure to be a great evening and jolly good giggle. We have made it a themed evening with 40’s and military dress most welcome. The Film at the Folk Hall team will be dressing up in period dress for the screening and we’d like to encourage our audience to do the same.
The doors will also be open from the earlier time of 6.30pm to give you a chance to see artefacts and photographs from the period, displayed in the Folk Hall as part of a mini-exhibition, including images of York’s very own ‘Dad’s Army’.
If you have any photographs or memorabilia you would like to loan to us for our exhibition then please get in touch or bring it along to the screening – click here for ways you can contact us!
Buy your tickets early, this will be a sell out. Click here for your ticket information.
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Response to The Danish Girl

Wow. What an emotional movie The Danish Girl was! It was incredibly poignant and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. To see someone battling so hard for transformation nearly 80 years ago sends a very powerful message across time for me.

Whatever you believe, look like or feel inside you should be free to express that on your own terms if it is borne out of love and respect. In such a time of uncertainty for many people in our community it felt lovely to be part of something wholesome and inclusive.

From the introduction from the Joseph Rowntree LGBT network, to the enjoyment of the film itself by all who attended, was a humbling experience and made me feel lucky to be a volunteer with Film at the Folk Hall.

Thanks to the LGBT allies network for their kind sponsorship of the evening and see our new photo gallery for a flavour of the night.


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