Glusburn Institute is an historic Grade II listed building situated in the village of Glusburn near Skipton in North Yorkshire.
The building dates back to the late 1800s and was built on request of local mill owner Sir John Horsfall. It was built to serve the social and recreational needs of the people of Glusburn and surrounding villages.
Jump forward to 2016, the building is now run as a community and arts centre by a group of voluntary trustees. The building is used on a daily basis for groups and organisations to meet and at the weekend there is professional live music, theatre, concerts and cinema taking place on a regular basis.
With every building of this type and age, it has its challenges. The maintenance and upkeep is ever ongoing within a very tight and limited budget. This year sees us loose our local authority financial backing and therefore our budget ever tightens. However, we continue to provide the best service we can to local people, providing a place to meet and a place to be entertained through our theatre and concert programme.
We continue to invest money straight back into the building, be it event ticket sales, group bookings and private party bookings. Each and every penny goes straight back into the upkeep of this building.
IEvery year we set out a list of goals and projects we would like to achieve by year end. 2016 is no exception.
With all money going back into the building and being absorbed by the day to day running, we seek to find private sponsors and grant funding for large projects we aim to complete. We have seen an opportunity in crowdfunding to source money for the following projects we aim to complete this year, see below.
- Complete redecoration and refurbishment of theatre space including replacement of tired and broken balcony seating
- Turn unused room (in poor state of repair) into useable space for groups and local organisations to use
- Complete repairs to roof to stop continuous leaks in bad weather
- Contribute to our ongoing fund to make more rooms accessible to elderly and disabled people
We hope to make £30,000 through this crowdfunding initiative to help us on this journey to making out centre the best it can be, at the forefront of the local communities mind when looking for a venue to hold a private function, attend a regular club or activity or come to one of our many pieces of theatre and concerts.
Thank you for your time in reading this, and I can guarantee that every penny donated to our project will make a difference to our overall goal.
Jason Smith, Trustee