July 2021

New Blinds

Local curtain and blinds retailer Portabello have fitted some lovely new blinds. This was at the request of the film club so as to be able to keep the hall dark when required.

January 2021

New Floor - All Planned Building Works Complete

A new floor has been laid.

In 2019 the committee had a number of plans to improve the building and these are listed below. All of them have now been completed.

Funding for these was largely dependent on succesful bids for grants to various bodies. We are also grateful to fantastic support from the thrift ladies who run our Friday coffee morning for wonderful support in funding the building renovation. In addition to the original planned works we have fitted new lights, removed the sliding doors, repainted the walls and ceiling, refurbished the stone outbuilding and resurfaced the car park area where the old hand bell ringers hut used to stand.

Thanks go to all the people who have worked hard to achieve this. We look forward to welcoming you all back to enjoy the splendid new building.

September 2020

Disabled Toilet

The disabled Toilet and ramp are complete.

Sliding Doors Removed

The sliding doors have been removed. The trustees decided that they took up too much space for the amount of use they were getting.

Stone Outbuilding Renovated

The old stone outbuilding has been renovated and will now provide useful storage space.


The Annual General Meetings was held on 15th April 2021.

New goal posts

We have a new set of portable goal posts for the kids’ kick abouts.

Wall complete.

March 2020

The wallers have now completed the work on the wall along the side of the field.

Ceiling and Lights work complete

January 2020

The ceiling and the lighting have been improved…


First trustee joins meeting remotely.

30th September 2019

At the last trustee meeting Andy Fletcher joined us from Johannesberg thanks to skype and the B4RN connection.

New smart heating control

The heating is now being controlled by a smart system which automatically turns on when the hall is booked or someone is in the hall.

B4RN connection is LIVE

July 2019

Despite ongoing reservations concerning the cost, the committee has decided to turn on the B4RN connection as a test and it is now live. Users can connect to the internet using the WI-FI SSIDs of SVi and SVI5GHz, password Institute. Big thanks to Martin Lange for getting the connection working in just 3 days!

Lots happened in June ( as usual )

June 2019

June was as busy as ever with the Field Day, and the Art and Craft Trail, featuring fantastic music at the Institute on the Saturday. Thanks to all who helped out at both events.

Busy time at the Institute

April 2019

Anyone who has walked along Spring Bank recently will have noticed some dramatic changes at the Institute. As well as a number of trees having been removed, the wall between the field and Spring Bank has been partially rebuilt at no charge by the Dry Stone Walling Association.

They will be back later in the year to finish the job. We took advantage of this to widen the gate at the top of the field which will make access easier in future, especially for the Field Day floats. Turning to the building itself the eagle eyed among you may have notice that we are missing a chimney. This was part of the roof refurbishment work made possible by an Awards For All grant. This will help to protect the fabric of the building for many years to come. Finally the hand bell ringers hut has been removed which frees up some useful space next to the hut.

Kitchen Refurbishment Complete

The splendid new kitchen is now complete thanks to a generous grant from Lancashire Environmental Fund and donations from the Thrift Club Ladies.

Some recent views of the institute…