YKSoul event: Saturday 11 November

On  Saturday 11 November 2015, YKSoul raised almost £800 from an event staged in the Roger Kirk Centre, York University. Sadly the numbers were down but that didn’t stop those that were there from enjoying themselves.

Our thanks go to all those DJ’s who gave their services for free and had the crowd dancing in the aisles, Mick Burnett, Nige Cocks, John Funnell and John Steele. Many thanks lads.

St Leonards Hospice manned the door all day and Nicky and her band of helpers including her sister did a grand job of welcoming people to the event then also selling raffle tickets which amounted to over £200, well done ladies.

Simon Wragg, our VJ,  outdid himself, utilising the televisions dotted around the room to show all our YKSoul memorabilia including all the photos he’d taken over the years. Simon was also assisted by his new bride of 3 months, Lorraine. Welcome to the family.

All in all a successful event which we enjoyed coming out of retirement for.

Click the link below to see some pictures from the event:


YKSoul's Final Event Review

A full review of YKSoul's last event can be read here: http://www.yksoul.com/yksouleventreviews.htm

Again, YKSoul would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.

YKSoul News - Farewell to YKSoul

A big thank you to all who came along to YKSoul's charity event fpor York Older People's Assembly on Friday 05 October at the Post Office Club. Please see our page on YKSoul event reviews. At this event, YKSoul made an important announcement:

Farewell to YKSoul
Sadly, 24 November 2012 will mark YKSoul’s last event. We have taken the difficult decision that now is the right time for YKSoul to dissolve.

This was by no means an easy decision, and we’re sorry to be saying goodbye.

The decision has been taken for several reasons:

1. Increasing costs to hold events, such as venue hire, equipment hire, licences, insurance, First Aid, security staff, printing and commission etc;
2. There are now so many more regular soul nights in and around York since YKSoul was born;
3. Whilst YKSoul has some loyal supporters, the current economic climate has made it increasingly difficult to maintain YKSoul events to the “SOuLeD out” status;
4. Too many other commitments with the YKSoul team means our resources are stretched; our events take so much time and work in planning, organising and running;
5. The absence of support and coverage from local media has disappointed us.

Unfortunately, this all means that we cannot foresee a sustainable future for YKSoul.

YKSoul is righty proud of what we have achieved, in raising almost £60,000 for 38 charities in York. We are extremely grateful to all our supporters, many of whom travelled from far afield outside the UK, who have supported us over the last nine and a half years since YKSoul started in 2003.

Some of the highlights in YKSoul’s history have been:

·         Successfully running a fun 1960s night for the Teenage Cancer Trust  for sixth form students at Fulford School in 2005;


·         DJs with decks at the City Screen Picture House cinema bar in York coinciding with the screening of the film “SoulBoy”;

·         DJs at York against Cancer’s “Race for Life” in 2009, playing music to the 24-hour walkathon around York racecourse;

·         Playing music and videos to a special interest group at the University of York studying social anthropology from the 1960s;

·         DJs playing non-stop music from the era at the National Railway Museums “1968 and all that” festivities in 2008, commemorating 40 years since the demise of steam trains;

·         YKSoul’s legendary “all dayers” in 2005 (Park Inn), 2008 (University of York) and 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Askham Bryan).

·         Special guest Tommy Hunt who appeared at one of our events;

·         The “Do I Love You (indeed I do)” event, at which the rarest and most valuable 7” single visited and was played;

·         Co-founder and DJ of Wigan Casino Russ Winstanley DJing at YKSoul’s first all-dayer in 2005.


As individuals, we all feel extremely proud of what we’ve achieved. This has been down to the relentless determination, hard work and sheer dedication of our five-strong team. But, none of this would have been possible without the loyalty of all YKSoul supporters.

Some fantastic friendships have been forged through YKSoul, and we know the magic and memories will live on for a long time. www.yksoul.com will remain active for the foreseeable future, where reviews of our events can be read.

Nick, Simon, Marie, Steve and Ange would all like to extend a big thank you to YKSoul’s supporters and followers who have made all this possible. We would like to thank all the volunteers, DJs, organisations, raffle prize donors, event staff, individuals and help from the people representing the charities we have supported, of whom there are far too many to mention.

Thank you!

Some of the comments in our Guest Book from the 05 October event:

"Another fab night at the Youth Club for older people. Thanks for all the good times and a lifetime of memories" (Mike & Linda).

"Well done" (Keith)

"Would have done brilliant nights! Thank you. Look forward to a good night in November. Thanks again! To you all!" (Sandra)

"Thank you for a wonderful ten years of great music. Brilliant social atmosphere don't be gone too long x" (Lesley & Mark)

"You all have been my soul bros and sisters. Thank you so much you did well I will miss you. Love to YKSoul. Keep the faith" (Hugo)

"I can't keep up but the memory lingers" (Gary)

"Thank you my YK family. Love you all" (Linda)

"Had a great night. Thnaks for being so welcoming, great music" (Alan & Kay, Burnley)

"It was fab!" (Sally)

"Fantastic night - have had a brilliant time, but tinged with sadness in the knowledge that YKSoul is coming to an end. xxx Baby please change your mind" (Tim, Ruby, Russell, Sharon, Joanne).


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We'd like to have a word about YKSoul ticket prices...

Whilst YKSoul’s ticket prices have increased, unfortunately we have no control over a lot of our outlays that we must incur to put on the fantastic events that YKSoul is all about. For example, it costs us £300 to hire Temple Hall at St Johns as a  venue for an evening with a late licence, a further £120 for door staff, £100 for equipment hire, and over £50 in printing. All this (and more, such as insurance, ticket sales costs, First Aiders, etc) needs to be recovered in ticket sales before we can donate the rest to the chosen charity. And that’s what we do: YKSoul is not a profit-making organisation, and none of the YKSoul members make a penny from our events.


We work relentlessly, giving up our own time to make YKSoul a success. It has always been YKSoul’s fundamental ethos to support local charities in York, so we do need to ensure that we can continue to do so.


Additionally, at YKSoul , the DJs and VJs give up their own time, equipment and resources for no cost. If we had to pay for these services, then our tickets prices would be substantially more.


That's why a YKSoul night is exceptional value, when compared to current costs for a night out at the cinema, theatre, a sporting event or concert.


Lastly, YKSoul would like to thank everyone who has bought tickets to our events, and our continued, loyal fans, who enjoy our events so much.



About YKSoul

Welcome to YKSoul. We are a charity collective established in 2003 with the specific aim of promoting our love of soul music through charity events in York, UK, with all proceeds going to charity.


The YKSoul team comprises Nick Beilby, Steve Bradley, Marie Mortimer, Angela Rennison and Simon Wragg. YKSoul never stands still and our team enables us to drive forward with new initiatives and skills whilst always maintaining the YKSoul original ethos. We are also grateful to many individuals who have helped, without which we would not have achieved so much.

Since 2003, YKSoul has raised £ 56,300 for Teenage Cancer Trust, Meningitis Research, St Leonard’s Hospice, Leukemia Research, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, MacMillan Cancer Relief, DebRA, York Against Cancer, the Haemochromatosis Society, Older Citizens Advocacy York, the York Blind and partially Sighted Society, York Hospital Radio, The Stroke Association, the NSPCC, Guide Dogs for the Blind, a cerebral palsy sufferer, the Children's Variety Club, the Artritis Research Campaign, PHAB, Lollipop, Clifton Development Fund, Cancer Research UK, Age Concern York, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, York Family Matters, Jessie's Fund, York Breast Cancer Care Unit, Martin House Children's Hospice, the Alzheimer's Society, Woodlands Respite Centre for MS Sufferers, York & District MIND, York Special Care Baby Unit, Street Angels York, the British Heart Foundation, York & District Diabetes Group, Reflect Pregnancy Support, York & District Multiple Sclerosis Society, York Older People's Advocacy and the York Branch of the Normandy War Veterans.

Visits since 29 July 2005

YKSoul redefines the boundaries of charity events, and this is evident from our ethos which is founded on supporting those small, local charities in the York area that benefit the most.

 Also, click on the link to see flyers of some forthcomning local soul events: http://www.esnips.com/web/YKSoulFlyers



On Facebook? Join YKSoul's fan page... just search for 'YKSoul' and join the group to be kept up to date with YKSoul news.

 Hear YKSoul member Nick Beilby's Five Live Radio interview, and listen to him onYKSoul (and steam engines)! at http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/programmes/upallnight_steamnight.shtml


YKSoul Event Pictures on-line: We now have hundreds of Simon Wragg's archive pictures available to view on-line of pevious YKSoul events: http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m62/yksoul/


Guest Book A Guest Book has now been added to the YKSoul site, where we welcome your comments. Click on 'Guest Book' to see some of them. Anything for inclusion? Please email to simonwragg@supanet.com


YKSoul products. YKSoul now has its own branded range of merchandise, with high quality polo, gents and ladies T-shirts. Limited edition YKSoul patches are also available. As with all YKSoul promotions, all proceeds will go to charity. These will be on sale at YKSoul events, or by contacting Angie on 01904 766525 or email to yksoulmarie@hotmail.com


For further news, please come back soon, and watch this space for further information.


Please visit our sister site for Simon Wragg's YKSoul images: http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m62/yksoul/


Please click on the links below for more information on the soul scene!


YKSoul images: http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m62/yksoul/


The new website of Mick Burnett & Adrian Stelling:  www.99soulclub.com


York Soul Train: http://yorksoultrain.webs.com/index.htm 


Soulful Matters: www.seanlivesey.com/soulfulmatters


 Pat Brady Records (great for Northern soul vinyl): www.patbradyrecords.co.uk

Tadcaster Stax Scooter Club: www.freewebs.com/tadcaster-stax-sc/mozzerslinks.htm

Northern Design & Print (clothing by soulies for soulies): http://www.northerndesignprint.co.uk/

Calling all scooter fans - see this: http://www.yorkinset.com/

York's own singer songwriter Miles Cain: http://www.milescain.com/


David Barrow Paintings - a fantastic Northern soul artist and a collection of fine paintings:  http://davidbarrowpaintings.com/


Soul vinyl, CDs, DVDs, books plus events: www.goldsoul.co.uk


Sean Chapman Records: www.chapmanrecords.co.uk  (great guy & a good selection of Northern and Motown vinyl & CDs)


Also Steve Jeffries - great contact for vinyl - tel: 0116 259 3907 or email: smoothsoulinc@googlemail.com


Wigan Casino website: http://www.wigan-casino.co.uk/


www.NorthernSoulScene.co.uk For Northern Soul vinyl, Cds, record boxes, badges etc. Contact Jools zounds@blueyonder.co.uk


Haemochromatosis Society - For information on charity see www.ghsoc.org


Boo-ga-loo Records  www.boo-ga-loo.demon.co.uk

Site and Fulham shop for northern, 6ts, 7ts soul CDs and vinyl at great prices .This includes the UK Tamla Motown singles list and other information.


Bridlington Weekender Details: www.northern-soul.net/index.html


YORMED providing First Aid services at YKSoul events: http://www.yormed.co.uk/




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