April 23, 2016


Smart heating off line.

The smart heating control has developed a fault so we are back to the old system for now. Hope to have it repaired before the end of the month.

Ceiling and Lights work complete

At the start of January the ceiling and the lighting were 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.

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!

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.

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.

Some recent views of the institute…