Conisbrough & Denaby Main
Heritage Group
​Conisbrough Institute
From the South Yorkshire Times

12th March 1912

On Thursday subscribers and members of the new Institute at Conisbrough were given the opportunity of inspecting the very cosy and well appointed little building which has been erected on Elm Green Lane on a site given by Mr F J O Montagu and which is the result of a two year scheme.  The idea of the Institute was the idea of Mr H Smethurst and a few other gentlemen who felt recreation of this type was insufficiently catered for in the village. Meetings were held in the Baptist Chapel schoolroom and originally it was proposed to build the Institute upon land adjacent to the chapel but as this could not be done without the building coming under the authority of the trustees of the chapel Mr Montagu was applied to and he gave the present site which is four hundred yards square.
Two schemes were submitted to the consideration of the subscribers by Mr H L Smethurst the said honorary architect one for a complete Institute and the other a restricted scheme providing for billiard hall, kitchen, ante room and lavatory accommodation to occupy about half the available site until time was ripe for the completion of the project.  The subscribers pitched on the part scheme the total cost of which is about £370, (£296 has been raised).
The committee are as follows: G Kilner, A Hunt, H I Smethurst,
C R Downend,
G Senior, R J Clarkson, W Crowcroft, A A Gurney, I Webster,
J Marsh, R Troughton, R V Bedford, C A Wilde,
A Walton (Hon Treas), H H Sharpe (Hon Sec), and
P Piper (Hon Asst Sec).
The building which is brick throughout has been built by
Mr George Senior and does him credit.  

The present membership is eighty and the net charge for a game is twopence for twenty minutes. The Institute will be conducted upon strictly temperance lines, (no alcohol).

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