April 23, 2016


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.

October beats all records!

A recent analysis of the online calendar by our IT wizard revealed that the hall was booked for a record number of hours in October.

Upcoming improvements

We plan to put insulating boards in the ceiling to improve insulation and also replace the flooring, watch this space for details.

Shop till you drop at the Co-op

Co-op members who shop at the village shop can send 1% of the money to help our building plans. Spend Spend Spend!

Coffee morning success

Our coffee morning at the Gaskell Hall raised much needed funds, well done to all the helpers for making it a success

New cupboards

With the help of cupboards generously donated by Holgates from the old Leeds Holiday Camp,and hard work by the trustees the hall is looking a lot neater now.

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.

Race Night

Our most recent  fund raising event was the “Race Night” on 9th June. A great night was had by all and  valuable funds were raised for the Institute. Thanks to Dave and his son for organising it.

New heating system

Instructions for the heating system are posted on the notice board.

New Kitchen Doors

Warm thanks to PlasTech who fitted us a new kitchen door for free!

Afternoon Tea great success

The Silverdale Ladies organised an afternoon tea in February which raised over £900 to help fund our ongoing building development plans as described elsewhere on this page.

Web site address changed

Web site address changed. Our URL is now silverdalevillageinstitute.org.uk ( not .co.uk as it was before)

Donation from Silverdale Players

Thank you to the Silverdale Village Players for their genourous donation of £600 from the pantomime raffle.

Fund Raising Meeting

The committee held a special meeting to discuss fund raising on November 30th 2017. Lots of good ideas, and a few wacky ones. See which ones come to pass in 2018.

Building Plans

The committee has a number of plans to improve the building in the pipeline these are

  • Boiler replacement
  • Roof repairs
  • Kitchen refurbishment
  • Ramp for entrance
  • New disabled toilet
  • Insulate Ceiling
  • New Floor

Funding for these is largely dependent on succesful bids for grants to various bodies. A couple are already done. Watch this space for news on the others.

Hall charges changed

January 2018

The charge for use of the hall is now £6.00/ hour.

B4RN Connection Deferred

Anyone who has been in the field recently will have seen all the B4RN activity, bringing “Route 3” to the centre of the village. However the committee has decided that at the moment there is no business case to justify the expense of a connection, and our finances do not justify us subsidising it.

Trees and Bulbs

Thanks to Graham for planting trees around the edge of the field. Looking forward to seeing them develop in the next few years. They are designed to provide “all year round colour”. There are also bulbs planted by the “Ladies” which we look forward to seeing putting on a display in the spring.