Hellifield Institute - Hellifield's Village Hall

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InstituteThe building dates from 1864 and was built to function as both church and school for Hellifield village. The schoolmaster's house was attached to the end of the building. Mrs Frances Stansfield, wife of the Vicar of Coniston Cold, provided this village facility. She was a member of the Hamerton family of the original Hellifield Peel.

From Monday to Friday , the building served as an Elementary School and on a Sunday it became the church and Sunday School. The Institute continued to fulfil these roles until the building of the present St Aiden’s Church and the primary school in the first decade of the 20th century.

ln 1887 the ownership of the land, school and schoolhouse was transferred to the board of trustees for the sum of £500 with the site to be used for educational and charitable purposes, and ”as a school for the education of children and adults or children only of the labouring, manufacturing and other poor classes ”.

The running of the school was the responsibility of a Committee of Management. In 1972 the responsibility changed to a Committee of Trustees to run as a registered charity — the situation it is today.

After closing as a school in 1915, the Institute was used as a reading room and billiard room for men only. Later the village library was located there and in 1926 the Girls Friendly Society met in the Institute. What is now the Yorke Room, was turned into a kitchen to provide school meals for schools in the district. It was later used as a workshop by a local business.

In the 1980's the kitchen and toilets were built along with the conservatory linking all the rooms within the Institute. Major Yorke was invited to open the refurbished back room renamed the Yorke Room. It was at this time that the adjoining house was sold.

In recent years improvements have continued to be made to the building, including a new heating system, new windows, and a new roof, as well as investment in equipment and facilities to bring the Institute's facilities up to 21st century standards. As a result the building has evolved to the multi-purpose centre it is today. Still run by local people for the local community.

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Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Entertainment 

Soul & Disco Night

Saturday 17th August 

      7.00 pm - 10.30 pm      

DJ - Mik Cardus

Following the successful Rock Night, Ian Ludlam-Brown is organising a Soul & Disco Night. " Be there or be square" is his call out.  There will be songs by Otis Reading; Donna Summer; Gloria Gaynor; Marvin Gaye; James Brown; Aretha Franklin and many more. Tickets are £5.00 and available from H's or email ian77777@hotmail.com  All proceeds go to Village projects.  This is a bring your own beer, wine and snacks event.

 Bookings for events may be made via our

Event Booking Form 

Alternatively, to enquire about booking the hall for your own event please contact us via our Contact Form

For Your Information

Chairman's Report 2022 - may be viewed HERE.

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Coffee mornings

Coffee Mornings are held on most Saturday mornings from 10am to 11.30am, helping to raise funds for local charitable causes.  See below, detail of those already booked in the coming weeks.  If you would like to book a coffee morning, please contact either Heather Leak on 0779 0042 206 or Ken Leak on 0783 7727 268 or via email stanier@aol.com.  

27th July - Institute

3rd August - Institute - Includes 200 Club Draw

10th August - Hellifield Herald Magazine

17th August - Institute

24th August - No Coffee Morning due to Stanfest

31st August - Institute

7th September - Institute - Includes 200 Club Draw

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Latest 200 Club results

July 2024  

1st Prize £25 - No. 182 - Ray Spencer

2nd Prize £15 - No. 23 - Andrew Wilkinson

3rd Prize £10 - No. 58 - Mike Taylor

 

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Hellifield Institute, Hellifield, North Yorkshire, BD23 4HT - Registered Charity Number 223353

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