Bedern Hall Foundation

29 October 1983: Sir Peter Shepherd lays the foundation stone for the Bedern Hall annexe, watched by, from left Mr Keith Groom chairman of the Bedern hall company, Mr Bill Bonney, master of the Guild of Builders, Mr Leslie Buckle, deputy master of the York Gild of Freemen and Mr Robert Stabler, deputy master of the Company of Cordwainers. (Photo: Yorkshire Evening Press)

1983: Sir Peter Shepherd lays the foundation stone for the Bedern Hall annexe (Photo: Yorkshire Evening Press)

Thirty years ago Sir Peter Shepherd on behalf of the Bedern Hall Guilds of York laid the new foundation stone to restore and preserve this important building for the City. In the intervening years the Hall has provided a hall for hire and social occasions venue for the benefit of the people of York and for visitors attending events from around the world.

The Bedern Hall Foundation was launched to secure Bedern Hall’s next thirty years and beyond with a new vision for the Hall that encompasses education, preservation and accessibility.


The Bedern Hall Foundation aims to raise £30,000 annually to enable this vision to be realized, to secure its future for the next generations.

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Support opportunities for the Bedern Hall Foundation

There are many reasons to support and your organisation can utilise these opportunities that may include:

  • Raise your profile through association with this good cause
  • Contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility policy
  • Support the ‘localism’ agenda
  • Entertain your clients in a cause-related way
  • Promote a specific product or service
  • Involve your employees in external ‘team engagement’
  • Gain valuable PR for your business

Unique benefits for supporting the Bedern Hall Foundation

Visit England chairman Lady Penelope Cobham at Bedern Hall with Bedern Hall Company director Roger Lee (left) and chairman Mark Burn. Photo: Mike Tipping

We offer a unique membership service providing a range of benefits to supporters, which also helps to maintain and improve the venue’s historical fabric as one of York’s treasured attractions.

There are three levels of Bedern Hall Foundation membership:

  • Personal Membership
  • Enterprise Membership
  • Corporate Membership

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Further information: Bedern Hall Foundation leaflet (PDF)