September 2020

Work on the new Disabled Toilet

We are going to build a new disabled toilet. Work on this will start on 14th September. Apologies for any disruption this may cause.

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.

Covid 19

We are now open for bookings again. Users are requested to take care to follow Covid safe procedures. A template risk assessment document is available on the useful documents page.

Summer of 2020

The committee and other volunteers have used the period of enforced closure this summer to carry on improving the building. The inside of the building has been repainted and is looking splendid. Many thanks to all who helped. We have recenly received further grant income which we hope to put towards the remaining items on our list of planned works which you can find further down this page.


The Annual General Meeting of the trustees was due to take place on Thursday 9th April. A new date will be announced when the current restrictions are lifted. The meeting is open to members of the public, as indeed are all of the trustees meetings, and presents an opportunity to see the building and ask questions about future plans.

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.

Building Plans

The committee has a number of plans to improve the building in the pipeline these are listed below. A green item means the work has now been done while red means it is still to be done.

Funding for these is 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. Four of our planned improvemnts are already done. Watch this space for news on the others.

Some recent views of the institute…