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York IVC - the beginnings

How it all began

So it was on June 16th 1998 York IVC hosted its first formal event, it was attended by three people; Clare Arnold, Julia Soukup and Katrina Bracchi, sat in a rainy field at Harewood House listening to music from the musicals while eating our damp strawberries. This was what transpired to be the first event in what was to become York’s leading social club for graduates and young professionals.

So how did it all start, well having moved to York in summer of 1997, I looked around for social clubs similar to the one I had been a member of in Surrey, West Surrey IVC. While there were established clubs out there in York nothing offered me the same experience and opportunities I had in Surrey. By this time 1998 was well advanced, I had met a few folk through a variety of different means, also looking for a social club that would provide a programme of a wide variety of events, and the forum to meet others who have similar interests. It was around this time that I learnt that the national body the Association of IVCs would like a group starting in York. Following some discussion with a few people, and AIVC, a grant of £100, York IVC was born.

The following months involved a plethora of meetings and organisation as the club started to take shape and we gathered an ever-expanding group of interested parties. Everything had to be decided and agreed from what are going to be the membership fees, how and where are we going to publicise the club, build a programme of events, print the bulletin ….and so the list went on.

There however, comes a point when you have to actually launch this social club, and ready or not go for it, and the 16th June was decided as our launch date. So it was that we had a programme filled with events, admittedly some borrowed from neighbouring clubs, like Leeds and Teeside, but it illustrated how the club could look, and it was not too long before we had a bulletin full of events run by York members for York members. We had our regular ‘Pete’s Plethora of Pubs’, and ‘International Cuisine of York’ - did you know it was possible even then in oldie worldly York to try a different nationality of cuisine every month?

This was in the days before the Internet and people rarely had a mobile phone, and well a private email address was positively science fiction! So publicity relied on the good old media, of the free press, posters in the library and leaflets in the cinema, leisure centres and anywhere else we could think of, and as ever word of mouth.

So after the first two years of the club we had about 125 members, received about ten enquiries a month and had an events programme that did everything from meals out, to walks to cinema nights. So while times have changed and the way the club is managed, everything is web based now, it's very rare for anyone not to have an email address or a mobile phone, the principles of the club have not changed, and the activities we get involved in are still much the same.

York IVC - not just for those based in York

Also for those in Tadcaster, Selby, Stamford Bridge, Pocklington, Knaresborough or Easingwold...

Live outside of York? It doesn't matter where you live as long as you can get to events. York IVC has a significant number of members living in the surrounding villages and towns. With many activities taking place in York city centre, bus or rail services allow members to get there, perhaps getting a taxi back if necessary, if they fancy a drink or can't or don't want to go by car.

Take a look at our events programme and see what's on for you!

York IVC - your club - putting on events

A brief guide to putting on events

York IVC is all about events and activities and because it's so important when your membership is up for renewal you must have hosted at least two events in the last twelve months to continue at the usual rates. The club's success partly relies on the quality and breadth of events on offer and for this reason we've made putting an event on as easy as possible.

If you're stuck for ideas, nights out and meals out in town are always popular, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays; or why not put on a walk, cycle ride or a round of golf at a weekend; perhaps organise a trip to the cinema or theatre, go paint-balling, go-karting or even Go Ape? Maybe look out for local happenings and turn these into an IVC event? If you host a free event at your home you might be able to claim a subsidy of £20 - get in touch with the Treasurer in advance.

Decide whether you want to host your event with another member and write a description telling members where and when it is and how to contact you. Make it sound exciting - you want people to come, don't you? If you have your own deadline for bookings or numbers are limited, make sure you say this. Then add your event through the web site or send it to the Events Co-ordinators. If you beat the bulletin deadline, it'll appear in this brochure; if not, why not organise an ad-hoc event through the York IVC web site messaging system? It won't count towards your two events but you'll still have a good time. You can also promote your event over the messaging system but why not go to some other events beforehand and get a buzz going about yours?

On the night of your event, please be on time if you're the host and welcome and include all members or potential members that come along. Any member can join in unless they missed your published deadline or you stated numbers were limited. If you have to cancel please withdraw your event from the bulletin or use the messaging system if the bulletin's already gone out. We encourage photos and reviews from events - add these through the web site yourself or send them to the Bulletin Team Co-ordinator.

Event reviews

Dr Sketchy's Anti Art School

Thursday, 6th April 2017

I really enjoyed this event. We sketched models wearing fashions from 1910-1990, which tied in with York Fashion City, so the place was full of photographers too. It was colourful, and a contrast to the usual life drawing group. We had music, alcohol and burlesque. The next event is on 1st June and ... [more]

Murder Mystery Weekend

Friday, 26th February 2016

If you ever meet Elaine Sewer, be on your guard because she's not what she seems ...

On a chilly weekend in February, a group of socialites found themselves in a lovely guest house in Scarborough - little did they know that amongst them was a murderer.

They'd met and enjoyed big plates... [more]

Curry and drinks night

Saturday, 5th March 2016

Irene had organised an event at The Raj on Bootham, and we IVCers are very partial to a curry!! So a group of around 10 of us went along to enjoy some tasty curry and good company.

Ben decided to push his taste buds to the limit and maintained a flushed, sweating forehead sort of look, courtesy o... [more]

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