Welcome to the website of The White Hart folk Club, Mickleby. Our club was inaugurated 28th of November 1992 by Jim and Mu Wilkinson and Alan King. Jim and Mu later ran the folk club every Saturday evening excepting Christmas and New Years Eve date conflicts and of course the Legendary, and now twice-yearly Black Bull Benders.
Jim, Mu and family members ran the club for many years presenting many great nights until Jim suffered increasing health problems eventually leading to his very sad passing, I was fortunate to help with the maintenance of the clubs continuity until Kevin Hall took over, running it until early 2016 with his excellent management skills and MC-ship. Thanks Kevin!
Since early 2016 the club has been run by regular members sharing duties and MC-ship, meetings are held when situations and decisions need to be made. The Club is a member of the EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) We do not charge a membership fee.The club is widely known for its high standard of singing and instrument playing and is a great ‘joining in’ club. It includes among its membership some fine and well-known musicians and singers. Audiences come from near and far and we welcome singers and musicians of all ages and experiences (our oldest performer is in her mid 90’s and at times accompanies her slightly younger husband who’s only in his late 80’s) One of the clubs great aims and strengths is to give every encouragement to performers of every ability.We are a small club but we have a great reputation for fine chorus singing, to which many professional artists who have been our guests can attest.
Our club is fortunate to have a very fine landlord and landlady in Alan and Brenda Welford who make us feel very welcome and provide us with a room totally separate from the bar area. Alan, in his ‘Stokers’ mode keeps a coal fire burning to keep us nice and warm in the cold winter months. The beers and lagers are a very reasonable price (and kept well) Tea and Coffee is also served, Toasted snacks are available.
Carrying on a fine tradition started by Jim and Mu Wilkinson, his family including Mu, continue to hold the Black Bull Benders at their home ‘High Whins’ in Tranmire on the North York Moors, to raise money for local hospice charities. The Benders always happen on the weekends following the End of May Bank Holiday Monday and the August Bank Holiday Monday. The White Hart Folk Club also make a donation each year to the local selected charities.
This site will be periodically updated for Club and Bender programme information.