A BRIEF HISTORY

The history of Yorkshire Societies is long. Many have been established over time and mostly by and for those living outside Yorkshire itself as a means of maintaining some connection with it.

The first general meeting of the ‘Gentlemen and others in and near London who were born within the County of York’ took place at Bow Church on 3rd December 1678, and by 1812 another Yorkshire Society was running a school in London for boys and girls of Yorkshire parentage.

In 1891, the Society of Yorkshiremen in London was founded. It lasted for some 80 years, flourishing in the 1920s and 30s and boasting King George V and the then future King, the Duke of York, as patrons.

Our Yorkshire Society, THE Yorkshire Society, was founded in 1980 and is almost certainly the first and only one ever to be based in Yorkshire itself. It was started as a non-political, not for profit organisation to encourage businesses, charities and individuals from or living in all parts of Yorkshire to join in “promoting the county”.

2020 WAS QUITE A YEAR

There wasn’t much to celebrate in 2020 but it was the year the Society reached the forty year milestone.

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OUR VICE PRESIDENTS AND VIP MEMBERS

Christine Talbot

Christine Talbot

Journalist and TV presenter

Vice President

Harry Gration MBE

Harry Gration MBE

Journalist and TV presenter

Vice President

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson

Journalist and TV presenter

Vice President

Sir Geoffrey Boycott

Sir Geoffrey Boycott

Cricketer

Vice President

Kathryn Apanowicz

Kathryn Apanowicz

Actor and TV presenter

Vice President

Milly Johnson

Milly Johnson

Author and poet

Vice President

Dr John Sentamu

Dr John Sentamu

Former Archbishop of York

Vice President

Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory

Landscaper

Vice President

Capt Sir Tom Moore (Deceased)

Capt Sir Tom Moore (Deceased)

Fundraiser

Honorary Member

John Grogan

John Grogan

Politician

Vice President

Kate Hardcastle MBE

Kate Hardcastle MBE

Retail expert and TV presenter

Vice President

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Member of the House of Lords

Vice President

GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

The Yorkshire Society is managed day to day by a team of members and volunteers and is entirely self-funded, receiving no public funds.

Under the presidency of Lord St Oswald and with an un-paid executive board, supported by an operational committee, The Yorkshire Society is now a not for profit Private Limited Company, limited by guarantee and registered at Companies House No. 11108399.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Lord St Oswald

Lord St Oswald

President

Sir Rodney Walker

Sir Rodney Walker

Chair

Geoff Walsh

Geoff Walsh

Deputy Chair

Philip Bell

Philip Bell

Chief Executive

Linda Atkins

Linda Atkins

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for here, feel free to send your query to contact@theyorkshiresociety.org

How is The Yorkshire Society funded?

The Yorkshire Society receives no public funds. It is entirely funded by its members and with revenue generated through events and activities it organises.

Is The Yorkshire Society affiliated to any political party?

No. The Yorkshire Society is strictly non-political and does not get involved in political activities.

Is The Yorkshire Society a charity?

No. The Yorkshire Society is a not for profit organisation registered as a company limited by guarantee at Companies House, No. 11108399

Can anyone join The Yorkshire Society?

Yes, individuals and organisations, commercial and non-commercial, can join The Yorkshire Society. You can find out more HERE.

How can I nominate someone for a Yorkshire Award?

Anyone can nominate someone for a Yorkshire Award and you can do so HERE.

Do I need to join The Yorkshire Society to get involved?

To be considered for a post in the management team you need to be a member. Non-members can volunteer to help.

Does The Yorkshire Society offer any financial support for charities?

No. The Yorkshire Society does not make financial donations to charities in general but may undertake fundraising for its charity members.

Can we organise a joint event with The Yorkshire Society?

Yes. We are always happy to consider joint activities with other organisations.

How do I contact The Yorkshire Society?

In the first instance, the best way is to email contact@theyorkshiresociety.org

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