Our old hall, known as Hinderwell WI Hall, served the area for almost seventy years. During this time it was managed by a committee of Trustees from the local branch of the Women’s Institute, and revenue from bookings and local fundraising kept the facility available as the main centre for community activities.
The hall, constructed in wood and asbestos, had reached the end of its useful life by the mid 1990’s. The continuing need for repairs and maintenance could only have had a limited effect in keeping the building available for use.
It struggled to comply with Health & Safety and Fire Regulations, and there was no provision at all for the disabled. A total lack of insulation meant that the building could not be adequately heated during the winter months, limiting usage, so the Trustees at the time, decided to sell the site for development. Village residents were not happy with the possibility of losing an important village amenity, and with the help of Yorkshire Rural Community Council, set about trying to save it for the use of future generations. A new Management Committee was formed in 1996, and started a consultation process with residents and local groups, which identified the need for locally organised training and education, and better social and recreational activities. Building a new hall in Hinderwell received overwhelming support. The new Trustees assumed management of the building in 1999, and started applying for funding in 2000.
All the funding was in place by November 2003, and the new hall rebuilt in 2004, at a cost of £560,000. Grants were obtained from:
ERDF (European Funding), Single Regeneration Budget (SBC), NYMoors National Park Sustainable Development Fund, Lottery Community Fund, Sport England, NYCC, Countryside Agency, Clearskies, Energy Savings Trust, Yorkshire Forward, Parish Council.
The hall continues to be managed by a committee of local volunteers and is self sustaining, without the need to fund raise or be reliant on external funding. Annual income from bookings covers all expenditure, and we have a healthy Building Maintenance Fund. The Hall benefits from a number of sustainable energy installations:
Solar Hot Water System, Photovoltaic cells providing an income from electricity generation, rainwater harvesting, waterless urinals, low energy light fittings and white goods, good quality insulation, good natural light to all areas, self finished surfaces to reduce cost of redecorating.
The hall now provides 460sq.m of high quality community space, large enough to accommodate all local groups, and has been used by over 20 local organisations each year since opening.