The building dates from 1864 and was built to function as both church and school for Helliﬁeld village. The schoolmaster's house was attached to the end of the building. Mrs Frances Stansﬁeld, wife of the Vicar of Coniston Cold, provided this village facility. She was a member of the Hamerton family of the original Helliﬁeld Peel.
From Monday to Friday , the building served as an Elementary School and on a Sunday it became the church and Sunday School. The Institute continued to fulﬁl these roles until the building of the present St Aiden’s Church and the primary school in the ﬁrst decade of the 20th century.
ln 1887 the ownership of the land, school and schoolhouse was transferred to the board of trustees for the sum of £500 with the site to be used for educational and charitable purposes, and ”as a school for the education of children and adults or children only of the labouring, manufacturing and other poor classes ”.
The running of the school was the responsibility of a Committee of Management. In 1972 the responsibility changed to a Committee of Trustees to run as a registered charity — the situation it is today.
After closing as a school in 1915, the Institute was used as a reading room and billiard room for men only. Later the village library was located there and in 1926 the Girls Friendly Society met in the Institute. What is now the Yorke Room, was turned into a kitchen to provide school meals for schools in the district. It was later used as a workshop by a local business.
In the 1980's the kitchen and toilets were built along with the conservatory linking all the rooms within the Institute. Major Yorke was invited to open the refurbished back room renamed the Yorke Room. It was at this time that the adjoining house was sold.
In recent years improvements have continued to be made to the building, including a new heating system, new windows, and a new roof, as well as investment in equipment and facilities to bring the Institute's facilities up to 21st century standards. As a result the building has evolved to the multi-purpose centre it is today. Still run by local people for the local community.
Art and Architecture Lecture - Friday 14 September 2018
This month's lecture by Jenny Birch will focus on post impressionism, particularly VanGough and Cezanne and will start at 7.00 pm. Join Jenny for a feast of culture and a glass of wine! Tickets are £3 on the door. For more information contact Jenny on Tel: 01729 850385 or email: email@example.com
Settle Voices and Friends - Friday 12 October 2018 7.30pm
A concert by our local community choir and guests, with music to suit all tastes! There will be a raffle and all proceeds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
This is a 'bring your own' nibbles and refreshment event.
Tickets are £5, and are available on the door, via any Settle Voices member, from Karen Dunwoodie Tel: 01729 851070, or via our:
Dan Wilde - Friday 19 October 2018
Our next musical event is 'Dan Wilde', who has been performing his own branch of richly observant folk music both in the UK and around the world for the past 7 years. He's developed a reputation as a fantastic songwriting talent. He has 3 studio albums and has been compared to the likes of Paul Simon. Doors open at 7.15 pm and performance is at 8.00 pm. This is a 'bring your own' nibbles and refreshment event.
Tickets are £8. If you wish to reserve a ticket, contact Karen Dunwoodie Tel: 01729 851070, or via our:
Requests for tickets for all these events may be made via our
Coffee Mornings are held on most Saturday mornings from 10am to 11.30am, usually helping to raise funds for local charitable causes. There is just one date available during 2018 on 29th December. Contact Sheila Swinbank on 01729 850458 if you wish to book a coffee morning. The next planned coffee mornings are being run as follows:
Latest 200 Club results
1st Prize £25 - No. 4 - Frances Flitcroft
2nd Prize £10 - No. 170 - Sheila Kershaw
3rd Prize £5 - No. 29 - Sylvia Coates