The building of the Folk Hall began in 1906 and was completed a year later.
Joseph Rowntree’s vision was for a social hub in the heart of the village, creating a friendly and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy. Since then, it has become an icon in York and an enduring part of the community.
The Folk Hall was extended in 1935 to provide a large hall. So, it was the perfect place for New Earswick’s various clubs and societies to meet, and for concerts in the 1960s by the likes of Pink Floyd and Procol Harum. Many people from the village and further afield have learnt new skills, made new friends or met their future husband or wife at the Folk Hall.
The Folk Hall today
After a £1 million major refurbishment, the Folk Hall officially re-opened on 22 September 2018. Around 400 people from New Earswick and across York came to the hall to help celebrate its new look and new services.
The Folk Hall is now fully re-open, with a Post Office, New Earswick Library and a fantastic new cafe on the ground floor. Many elements of the building have been refurbished and refreshed, with spaces opened up to create a light and spacious interior while respecting its Arts and Crafts features.
The beamed ceiling in the large hall, now called the Orchard Hall, has been uncovered, making the room much more light and open.
And just down from the Orchard Hall is the new Discovery Room. This room is a dedicated space for children and young people in New Earswick. With bright colours and lots of scope for fun and creativity, the room has been designed by local young people along with York-based artist Liz Foster.
Upstairs are a number of meeting rooms which can be booked, a computer room and a quieter space for reading and relaxation.
Visiting and contacting us
The Folk Hall is open when the Post Office is open, every week day between 9.30am and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.
We already host a number of community groups and activities, but we want more people to use the Folk Hall as a local meeting place. If you are interested in booking a room, or want more general information about the Folk Hall, please call 01904 752211 or email [email protected].org.uk.
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