Located in the heart of the City of York, a two-minute walk from York Minster, Bedern Hall has become a Community Interest Company (CIC) in order to protect the Hall in perpetuity for future generations and to align with its position as one of York’s important heritage assets.
Dave Hobman, chairman of the Bedern Hall CIC said “Bedern Hall is one of York’s small but important historic venues and as we seek new ways for visitors to experience and learn about the Hall, this is a timely change of legal status that will protect it and ensure it is available for local people and visitors to York to enjoy it in future.
It also allows us to raise funds that we were unable to do as a limited company so, the Roof Tile Appeal is an important step in our fundraising journey.”
York Butchers’ Gild joins the Gild of Freemen of the City of York, the Company of Cordwainers and York Guild of Building who hold their regular meetings and events at the Hall, display their historic regalia and support the Bedern Hall board to keep it in front of the public in retelling the Vicars Choral Story and the Hall’s restoration.
“We are delighted to be welcoming the York Butchers’ Gild whose involvement will support our aims to bring the history of Hall to the attention of visitors and local people and its continuing benefit to the City as one of York’s most important medieval meeting halls that is often overlooked due to its location.” added Dave Hobman, Bedern Hall chairman and who is also a Cordwainer.
The Hall is open to visitors three days per week from Wednesday to Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm and has interpretation information boards, a children’s trail, a Bedern Hall Tour App that visitor’s access information via QR codes in text, audio, and video in up to ten languages and doubles as a self-guide tour.
The Hall continues to offer facilities for wedding ceremonies and receptions, craft events, social events, local community groups and business meetings. Its customers include corporate organisations, private companies, social services and local community groups.