Robinson Institute celebrates 100 years

Peace celebrations were held at the Robinson Institute at the end of the First World War.
Peace celebrations were held at the Robinson Institute at the end of the First World War.
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Glaisdale’s Robinson Institute is set to raise a glass and celebrate 100 years since its opening with a host of events to mark the centenary occasion.

The Robinson Institute was built in 1911 and was given to the village by successful businessman Thomas Robinson to celebrate the Coronation of King George V.

The Glaisdale Robinson Institues minutes book.

The Glaisdale Robinson Institues minutes book.

Mr Robinson’s Will ensured the institute to be held in trust for the benefit of the people of Glaisdale.

During the 1920s and 30s the institute was the meeting place for the village, it connected the community and provided a place for men to meet and read newspapers, play dominoes and cards and billiards.

Again through the 1940s the Robinson Institute was the centre of village activities and regularly in use, it even showed films weekly on evenings.

The Glaisdale String Orchestra won the Silver Cup Challenge Cup in 1948.

Secretary Sue Thompson outside The Robinson Institute holding some of the buildings old records.

Secretary Sue Thompson outside The Robinson Institute holding some of the buildings old records.

In August 1951 the start of the Glaisdale Institute’s Entertainment Committee was marked by a festival week.

The earliest institute account books date and start from 1958, they were kept by Daphne Hoggarth until 1960 when Willie Lister took over and served in the treasurer’s role for 50 years until 2010.

The institute was modernised in 2003 thanks to project co-ordinator John Harwood’s bid to the national Lottery Community fund being secured.

They were awarded a 100% sum of £232,307, and with the help of two grants of £5,000 from Scarborough Council and Yorventure this meant building could get under way rapidly.

The grand re-opening took place two years later in 2005 and was marked by the appearance of the great-great grandson of the original benefactor also called Tom Robinson.

The Esk Valley Theatre presented its first performances in the Robinson Institute during August 2005 after the refurbishment and has put Glaisdale on the map, and gives the hall usage during August.

The centre is still a hub of activity to this day, it is used by a variety of people for a range of activities including a local play and dance group, the WI, the parish council, exercise classes, Glaisdale Primary School and for parties.

The event will be made even more special as Tom Robinson, the great-great grandson of the benefactor will be opening the celebrations tomorrow from 2pm.

From celebratory activities including fun sports, maypole dancing by the children of Glaisdale Primary School and a barbecue, the day is set to be fun for all the family.

Skelton Brass Band is set to provide a musical treat for visitors from around 3pm.

The activities during the day are free and will run from around 2pm onwards.

There will be a dance tomorrow evening with music from Keith Swales accompanied with a pie and peas supper. Tickets for the evening dance are priced at £5 and are limited so they need to be booked by calling Sue Thompson on (01947) 897351.