April 23, 2016


Next planned improvement

We hope to start work on insulating the ceiling very soon.

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.

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.

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.

Some recent views of the institute…