Village Institute

Bamford Village Institute
Main Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0DY

Dorrie Platts Hall
Bamford Village Institute is the original village hall, erected in 1912 and financed by donations of the village residents.  The Institute is owned by the village residents and held in Trust for them by a registered charity (No. 520410), which also administers the Hall on a day-to-day basis.  The two-storey building contains a main activity hall (Dorrie Platts Hall) 50 ft by 27 ft, a large meeting room 30 ft by 17 ft, a billiards room with 2 full sized billiard tables, a Craft Room (Rod Wilson Craft Room) which also contains a sink and kettle, an office with 2 personal computers, a kitchen and toilets on both floors. There is also a stair lift to the main hall.

The building underwent a major refurbishment in the winter of 1998/99 at a cost of some £200,000 and is now one of the most modern and energy efficient halls in the Hope Valley area.  Funding for the refurbishment was raised from the National Lottery (21stCentury Halls for England), High Peak Borough Council, Rural Development Commission, Derbyshire County Council, Lloyds TSB Foundation, Severn Trent Water, Duke of Devonshire’s Trust, Hugh and Ruby Sykes Charitable Trust, Pyke Charity Trust and local fund raising.

Snooker and Billiards RoomFinancially the Institute is self-sufficient.  Annual running costs are met through membership fees and hire charges with any surplus being reserved for future maintenance of the building.  Currently there are over 100 members, and activities comprise Indoor Bowling, Billiards and Snooker, Local History Group & Bamford Art Group,  The Learning Centre allows village residents to undertake a variety of IT courses on a one to one basis.  Derbyshire Adult Education run Yoga classes in the main hall, and most village committees and the Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council meet in the building the first Monday of each month (excluding August).  New activities are actively encouraged since they are the only means of generating additional funds for the future care of the facilities.

The Trustees of the Charity that administers the Hall are also the Management Committee.  They serve for three years and consist of elected representatives from all the user groups and the membership.  One third of the trustees retire each year and offer themselves for re-election.  Membership of the Institute is open to all aged 12 and over who live within a ten-mile radius of the Village and the Institute operates an equal opportunities policy.

There is no formal ten-year business plan for the institute, but there is a moving informal plan for its future development.  A car park for 10 cars on the plot of land adjacent to the building was constructed in 2002 and a single storey extension to the rear of the building to provide a wet and dry crafts room was completed late 2004.

It is the Trustees intent to give sympathetic consideration to any proposals, which continue to provide for the development and sustainability of the facilities necessary for the Institute to remain a viable entity for the benefit of the residents of Bamford and the surrounding communities. 

In 2017 we purchased a table tennis table and are  looking at providing table tennis lessons for children, with plans to extend this to adults in the future.

In 2017 we also purchased a very large screen and an overhead projector, which can be booked with the hall.  We also have a large screen in the meeting room, which can be used in when hiring the meeting room but we do not have a projector with this screen.


One year Membership Subscriptions for October 2018 to September 2019 are:
  • Adult £1700
  • Junior £8.50
Rooms can be booked by calling 07891 985599
Room Hire Rates 2018 to 2019:  No Increase again this year 

Trustees and Committee Members

Gordon Danks - Trustee
Malcolm Dungworth - Trustee
Sue Beckett (Hon. Chair, Treasurer & Room Bookings)  - Trustee
Kath Hearnshaw - Trustee         
Vic Poke - Trustee
Dave Sheldon - Trustee
Peter Hearnshaw - Trustee
Mark Bawden
Mark Knight

Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings are held every month (except August) and are arranged at each meeting.

The next meeting will be held in the Institute on 24th October 2018 at 8.00pm
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