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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UPDATE OF CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION

Having had a successful trial coffee morning at the beginning of September, it was all steam ahead to continue.  However, since the 'Rule of 6' became regulation, the Trustees have agreed to cease all coffee mornings until this position changes.  The other main points are: -

  • Only the main hall will be available for use until further notice, but can only be used for bookings up to six people (The Parish Council is governed by separate rules and will continue to hold their meetings as scheduled).
  • Any hirer will have to undertake their own risk assessment and abide by the revised booking terms and conditions they will be given.
  • There will be no major events taking place during 2020.
  • Coffee mornings will not take place until further notice. 
  • Sporting and exercise events will continue within specific guidelines

For any booking queries, please contact Ken and Heather Leak on 0783 7727 268 or 0779 0042 206 or email stanier@aol.com and they will provide full information.

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To enquire about making a booking please contact us:

via our Contact Form

or 

telephone our Booking Secretaries: Heather Leak 0779 0042 206, or

Ken Leak 0783 7727 268

 

For Your Information

Chairman's Report 2020 - may be viewed HERE.

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Coffee mornings will not take place until further notice

Normally Coffee Mornings are held on most Saturday mornings from 10am to 11.30am, helping to raise funds for local charitable causes.  Once these resume bookings are made by contacting Heather Leak on 0779 0042 206 or Ken Leak on 0783 7727 268.

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Latest 200 Club results

October 2020 - Increased prizes for 2020!

1st Prize £25 - No. 49 - Fred Bye

2nd Prize £15 - No. 156 - Heather and Jill Swinbank

3rd Prize £10 - No. 30 - Jeff Perris

 

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

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