President of York Medical Society 2020-21

Dr Jonathan Evans


Welcome to our website! The meetings for our 189th session are detailed below, and I hope that you will be able to come to some, or perhaps all of them.

I trust that you will find an interesting mix of topics and speakers; covering, as they do, a range of subjects and bringing a wealth of expertise to the Society.

York Medical Society is one of the oldest in the country and it continues to thrive.

Our fortnightly meetings are relaxed, informative and fun.

There is the opportunity to share a glass of wine before and perhaps a meal afterwards with colleagues and friends both old and new.

It is an environment removed from the workplace, and a rare opportunity to socialize across specialities in relaxed surroundings.

We welcome those who have lived and worked in York for some time, as well as those new to the area who wish to get to know more about the people and place.

It is a good formula that continues to work well.

On a personal level, as a relatively recently retired York GP, I find it an invaluable means of keeping up with my former colleagues, meeting doctors still at work and getting to know and welcoming those new to the area.

An interest in medicine is lifelong.

Upcoming Events

Rescheduled YMS Annual Dinner

This is dependent on Covid restrictions.
Venue: Merchant Taylors Hall.

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Founders Prize Presentations

The Society has its own rooms within a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of the City of York. The priceless medical library has been moved and housed with The University of York for safe keeping.

Within 23 Stonegate and the York Medical Society's Rooms there is a large lecture theatre seating up to 60 people with modern projection facilities, a library and a dining room. An oak paneled room serves as a refectory.

Over 350 medically qualified personnel both in Hospital and General Practice. Retired professionals actively maintain contact with the Society. Both old and new members are cordially invited to our regular Friday evening meetings.

York Medical Society Wine Club

What is the Wine Club?

The 17 century cellars of the York Medical Society are home to an extensive collection of the wines of the York Medical Society Wine Club. There are 70-80 different wines available for purchase by members of the wine club. There are regular Wine Offers and regular Wine Tastings.

Founded by Alan Scott and Stuart Calder in 1978, the Wine Club was established with the intention of finding top quality wines at reduced prices. It is now run by Stuart Calder, with the aid of the wine club committee. We are a non-profit making enterprise and each member purchases a £50 share on joining the Club. This share acts as the buying capital for the wines, and a small mark-up on each bottle pays for any administrative costs. Please note that only members can buy from the club.

Who finds the Wines?

Many of the wines are specially imported by the Wine Club and enjoy an exclusivity in the U.K. Stuart makes three trips each year to France or Italy to discover new gems for the club. The samples from these trips are then tasted blind by the committee, and the best value wines are chosen for importation. Wines from other countries are discovered by attending the better trade wine tastings each year.

Room Rates

Private Hire: £95-£180
Registered Charity: £55-£95
Members: £30-£60
  • Lecture Theatre This room is the principal lecture room seating up to 60 people. A projection screen, lectern and dais are in situ. Alternative seating arrangements are possible.
Tempest Anderson Room
Private Hire: £85-£135
Registered Charity: £45-£75
Members: £25-£40
  • A more contemporary room overlooking our beautiful walled garden. Normally laid out in board-room style, this room is ideally suited to formal meetings, seminars and break-out space from the theatre.

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About YMS

York Medical Society was founded in 1832 for "The purpose of promoting and diffusing medical knowledge". Over the many years since, many distinguished Doctors and Surgeons have been members and given lectures to the Society.

Contact Us

  • 23 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW
  • 01904 849821