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!



Upcoming Films Not To Miss

What a selection of great films we have for May, June and July. The volunteers at Film at the Folk Hall are certainly raising the bar higher and higher. So, subject to Craig obtaining the licenses, here they are.

STILL ALICE (12) 26 MAY 2017 @ 7 p.m.

When words begin to escape Alice she must come to terms with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As she struggles to hang on to her sense of self Alice’s three grown children watch helplessly as their mother disappears more with each passing day. Starring, Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.

AWARDS: Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner for Julianne Moore.

Event – Following Dementia Awareness week we will have special guests from Inspired Youth, Minds in Motion and the City of York Council to talk about fantastic local work going on in your area relating to dementia.


CAROL (15) 30 JUNE 2017 @ 7 p.m.

Apapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Kyle Chandler.

AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival, Best Actress Award for Rooney Mara and Queer Palm for Todd Haynes.

Event – Special guest Christine Appleton from JRF LGBT Allies network.


LIFE, ANIMATED (PG) – 28 JULY 2017 @ 7 p.m.

Life, Animated is a documentary about Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child due to autism. One day, his family found a way to communicate with him by immersing them- selves in the world of Disney animated films.

By interweaving classic Disney sequences with scenes from Suskins own life the film explores how empathy with characters like Simba and Ariel allowed Suskind to understand his feelings and interpret the world around him; a moving and inspiring coming-of-age tale.

AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival, Director of a Documentary.


Event (Special guests to Be Confirmed)


Further information on upcoming films, and how to buy tickets, can be found using this link.

Here are the links to the York based digital media group Inspired Youth and the Dementia Action Alliance

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.


More fun at Film at the Folk Hall

It was a pleasure to host Dave Johns and Abigail Scott-Paul at our showing of Ken Loach’s Palm D’Or award winning film I, Daniel Blake. The film is up for a few BAFTA awards too, so keep your fingers crossed.

The film may not in itself change government policy on the benefits system in the UK but it is certainly making people think, as all great art should do. The lead performances by Hayley Squires and Dave Johns deserve all the accolades coming their way. Stunning work is all I can say. The food-bank scene will go down as one of the most heartbreaking scenes in British film history. I wonder what our local politicians would have to say about it?

It was telling that many people in the audience for the Q & A had their own stories to tell about benefits sanctions and family disagreements about the “worthiness” of people on benefits. What is great is that local people came out in force to see the film, talk with Dave & Abigail, and contributed some money towards supporting our local food-bank.

All this wouldn’t have happened without the many, many hours our volunteers put in, week after week. So here is my weekly call out to anyone wanting to help us provide this great community cinema experience at the Folk Hall in New Earswick, York.

PLEASE, PLEASE join us as a volunteer. Sell ice cream, talk to film stars and support your neighbours. Just click and you will be transported to our volunteer page.

Abigail Scott-Paul and Dave Johns in the spotlight

Dave Johns wows the audience

We don’t quite know if we can believe him, but Dave Johns, the award winning star of BAFTA nominated I, Daniel Blake is next up for the role of Spiderman. Is that what they call “fake news” in this age of Trump? What we do know for sure is that he would love to play the next Bond villain. We know  because we filmed him saying so during the Question and Answer presentation with Abigail Scott-Paul (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

The Q & A preceded our showing of Ken Loache’s Palm D’Or winning film at our monthly Film at the Folk Hall event in New Earswick, York.


The film has also won the London Film Critics award as best British and Irish film of the year.

Our event seemed to be enjoyed immensely by the sell out audience and Dave was on form showing us why he is a top class comic as well as being an award winning actor and writer.

Let’s hope we can pull off more nights like this in future with producers, actors and directors of first class British films. Don’t forget we only exist to serve the needs of the community so make sure you get in touch to tell us about what films and guests you would like to see at the Folk Hall.

It would be amazing if we could attract a few more volunteers to help support our work at the community cinema. Just click below for more information and contact details.



Dave Johns at Film at the Folk Hall


Amazing news for the New Year. Dave Johns, the talented writer, actor and stand up comedian who is one of the leading stars of I, Daniel Blake has agreed to do a Q & A session prior to our showing of the film on Friday 20th January at the Folk Hall in New Earswick.

Dave won the prestigious British Independent Film Award for Best Actor in 2016 and was also nominated in the European Awards.

Most of you will have seen him on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks or with Rob Brydon on Annually Retentive.

Dave has also won countless rave reviews for his theatre work over the years around the UK and in Ireland.

Here is a link to Dave’s website for information about his latest tour in 2017.

Make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to ask Dave Johns a question about his work with Ken Loach, Hayley Squires and the writer of I, Daniel Blake, Paul Lavery.