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HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTE

WELCOME TO THE DEAN BANK AND FERRYHILL LITERARY INSTITUTE
The building was constructed in 1906, by mineworkers subscriptions as indicated from the facia of the building which holds the stone architectural details of that era. The building was handed over 'in trust' to the people of Ferryhill to be used for community purposes and has been in continuous use since that time. The building, now 100 years old, has responded over the years to the ever changing needs of the community and continues to do so in a relaxed yet responsive manner.

Closure of the Dean and Chapter Colliery in 1966, and the movement of families to seek work in other coalfields, saw the weakening of the financial support of the building and it was at this time, therefore, that the decline of the building and its use began.

In 1996, the then Board of Trustees accepted that parts of the building were beyond repair and a large section would need to be demolished (this part of the building had originally housed a cinema - 'The Majestic'). This then became the home of a local youth club opening 7 days a week.

The Trustees then accepted the task of raising monies for a total refurbishmemnt of the Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute. The demolition of 'The Majestic' was approved as that area of the building was now deemed unsafe for public use.

Convincing the funding agencies of the need for this community building did prove difficult. The building had deteriorated to such an extent that the popular concensus was that refurbishment would not be cost-effective and that to demolish the entire building and start again with a new-build would be the best answer to our problems. Because of the complex situation at this time, funders would not consider financing the project and further work had to be done to convince potential funders that the planned refurbishment was, in fact, our best option.

The remainder of the building was still in community use albeit under the most difficult and trying conditions. The Trustees were having to accept the fact that the condition of the very structure of the building could not survive another winter and that closure would be inevitable in 1999/2000.

In 1999, Sedgefield Borough Council loaned the Trustees the sum of 43,000 for the purpose of demolishing, by this time, a very distressed cinema building (this is now the current car park area).

This commitment seemed to give encouragement to three funders who had been approached:

Community Resource Fund

Northern Rock

Coalfield Regeneration Trust

and with their backing, early in 2000, the building was closed for the purpose of bringing it into the 21st century. The 600,000 refurbishment was to commence!



INSTITUTE REFURBISHED 2000

SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS and the flags were flying in late 1999 when the Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute was declared 'closed for business' for seven months to allow the 600,000 refurbishment to commence. This well loved and much needed building was on its way to a bigger, better and brighter future.

Determined fundraising efforts had allowed the regeneration of the Institute to begin. Three funders had committed 600,000 to helping restore and improve the vital link necessary in all communities - somewhere for people to meet, socialise and make friends.

After seven months, the celebrations began again. The high standard of workmanship and finish, expected by the community, was achieved and in September 2000 all seventeen user groups returned to the building to continue their activities and enjoy their new and extremely comfortable surroundings. . .


BOOKING DETAILS

As well as being available to regular users, the Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute is also available to occasional users. Should you have a need for a training room for business, a venue for a children's party or an adult celebration, even just a small room for a small group meeting, the Institute could be your answer.

You will have a choice of rooms that can accommodate up to 100 people as well as a dedicated computer suite. Hourly rates are very competitive and based on room size. Tea and/or coffee with biscuits can be provided, or for a minimal charge you can have the use of our well equipped kitchen. A buffet or cooked working lunch for those longer sessions can also be accommodated.

Modern office facilities are available with computer connection for Powerpoint, DVD access, audio visual aids, photocopying, laminating, etc. There is a pull-down screen to use with overheads or for computer output. The room will always be comfortable to use with its heating or air condition usage dependent on the time of year.

A loop system is available for the hearing impaired and the building is user friendly with easy access for wheelchairs and we do, in fact, have one available for visitors' use within the Institute.

Why not talk to us about your needs and let us help you in any way we can to provide the right atmosphere and surroundings for a successful meeting, training or celebration.

For further information, please contact:

Jim Pallister
on
01740 657221

or email us using the contact form provided


The Institute office is open daily from 8am to 4pm but the building is open until 9pm most evenings. Special arrangements can easily be made for events that need to continue beyond these times - please ask for further information.

Outside of office hours, enquiries can be made to

01740 651167 of 01740 653092

our email address is

dbfinstitute@googlemail.com

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