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Heart and Craft

Heart & Craft provides fortnightly art activities for the over 70s in eight communities across North Yorkshire, and is funded by Henry Smith Charity and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Throughout the project, members have the opportunity to explore a range of mediums through our friendly and relaxed activities. In the past we’ve explored drawing, jewellery making, fused glass techniques, ceramics, willow weaving, silk painting, printmaking and much more! Through our new funding we have been able to expand the project further. This means the project is funded for three years until February 2026 and we have even more exciting additions to the project, including a specialist support worker, intergenerational activities, pop-up exhibitions and opportunities to explore other arts forms, such as music, dance and poetry.

Where to join in:

All Heart and Craft sessions are run twice a month at each venue until February 2026. New members are welcome to join if you are either:

  • Over 70 years of age.
  • Over 60 and under 70, but facing multiple disadvantages in life.

In year two of the project (February 2024) we will be looking for 8 additional village hall venues to join the project. If you are a member of a village hall committee in North Yorkshire outside of Hambleton, and would be interested in Heart and Craft, please get in touch with


Heart and Craft in supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund and The Henry Smith Charity.

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. You can find out more at

The Henry Smith Charity is an independent grant making trust. We aim to use our resources to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change. 

You can find out more at

Our Current Venues:

Sessay Village Hall


Kilburn Institute


Dishforth Village Hall


Hustwaithe Village Hall

Borrowby Village Hall

The Courthouse, Thirsk

Ampleforth Village Hall

Stillington Village Hall


Heart & Craft Rural Arts Thirsk (Thursdays 10.30am – 12.30pm)

Rural Arts, The Courthouse, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS



Heart & Craft Sessay Village Hall (Mondays 10am – 12pm)

Sessay Village Hall, Sessay, Thirsk YO7 3BE



Heart & Craft Dishforth Village Hall (Tuesdays 10am – 12pm)

Dishforth Village Hall, Dishforth YO7 3JU



Heart & Craft Husthwaite Village Hall (Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm)

Husthwaite Village Hall, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PF



Heart & Craft Kilburn Village Hall  (Mondays 2pm – 4pm)

Kilburn Institute, Kilburn York YO614AH



Heart & Craft Ampleforth Village Hall (Thursdays 2pm – 4pm)

Ampleforth Village Hall, West End Ampleforth, YO62 4DU



Heart & Craft Stillington Village Hall  (Thursdays 2pm – 4pm)

Stillington Village Hall, Stillington, York YO61 1JX



Heart & Craft Borrowby Village Hall (Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm)

Borrowby Village Hall, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4QL



Heart & Craft Appleton Wiske Methodist Church (Mondays 2pm – 4pm)

Appleton Wiske Methodist Church 3 Front St, Appleton Wiske, Northallerton DL6 2AD



Heart & Craft Low Row Village Institute (Tuesdays 10am – 12pm)

Low Row Institute Low Row RICHMOND North Yorkshire DL11 6NA



Heart & Craft Arkengarthdale St Marys Church (Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm)

St Mary’s Church, Arkengarthdale Rd, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6QT



Heart & Craft Hudson House Reeth (Thursdays 2pm- 4pm)

Hudson House, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6TB



Heart & Craft East Thirsk Community Hall (Thursdays 2pm- 4pm)

East Thirsk Community Hall, Hambleton Pl, Thirsk YO7 1DN



Heart & Craft Carers Plus Kirkbymoorside Library (Friday 2pm – 4pm)

Kirkbymoorside Library Church House, 7 High Market Pl, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 6AT



Heart & Craft Carers Plus Helmsley Sports Club (Fridays 10am – 12pm)

Helmsley Sports Club Helmsley, York YO62 5HT


For more information about the project, please contact or call us on 01845 526 536.