About Kelfield Village Institute
Kelfield is a small village in the Vale of York, lying just north of Selby. With no school, church or shop, the Village Institute provides a unique and vital role in the community in bringing local people together for a wide variety of activities and events. We pride ourselves in providing a reasonably priced venue for social occasions and family events as well as providing a space for clubs and activity groups. The Institute has played host in the past year to ceilidh dances, live theatre, charity events, as well as regular fitness classes, bingo sessions, a hobbies group, a book group, and much more.
History of the Institute
Kelfield Village Institute was built circa 1924 and given to the village by Zoe Beatrice Preston of Moreby Hall during World War II. It has since had a group of trustees and a management committee. It has hosted home guard exercises, ‘Tanner Hops’, produce shows, concerts, plays, parties, Parish Council meetings and has served as a polling station over the years. It proudly displays the roll of honour of the Kelfield men who served their country during the Great War.
It was extended in 1994 and has had replacement windows and doors and an oil fired central heating system installed in the first decade of the twenty first century.
Its original floor was replaced after over 85 years wear and tear in 2010 following a remarkable fundraising initiative. It now regularly offers villagers aerobics, bingo, crafts and hobbies, pilates and Zumba, and provides the Kelfield Family Group with a clean and safe weekly meeting place.
Following the major replacement of the floor, our next plans are to improve toilet and kitchen areas, provide an access ramp, insulate the original building and install green energy saving systems. We are currently seeking funding to make this possible.