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Weʼre raising £10,000 to Help fund the renovation of a historic village Social Club and Institute in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire

Oxenhope, UK
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Oxenhope Sports and Recreational Club is at the heart of a semi-rural village in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire.

Known locally as 'The Idiot Hut' the club started out as a Methodist chapel in Nelson, Lancashire. Back in the 1930's" a group of mill workers and farmers chipped together to purchase it.

They went over to Nelson, via horse and cart and brought it back over piece by piece. It was constructed in Lowertown, Oxenhope where it still resides today. This is the main reason that it is known as "The Idiot Hut" !

Most parts of the church, such as the partition walls were removed, along with the lectern, which was still on the stage well into the 1970's.

Today the club is the largest live venue in Oxenhope and is frequented by locals giving the club a warm welcoming atmosphere. Whether a band is playing, a charity event is taking place, the local football club are meeting for an after match drink or a table top sale is in full swing, the club serves a wide range of locals and is definitely the heart of the community.

As you will imagine, after 80+ years, the club is now in a very sorry state and is desperately in need of repair. The failing wooden frame building shows signs of decay and deterioration can be seen internally and externally. The seating inside the club is also very worn and past its best.

We are appealing to the local community and further afield to help us raise funds to repair the building enough to keep the club afloat and hopefully attract more business with a refurbished interior.

Any donations large or small would be vastly appreciated. If you are local to Oxenhope, imagine the village without the club and what the land could be used for. More houses in the village is not what is needed!

The club is also a stop off point at the well known annual Oxenhope Straw Race!

Perhaps you've held a party in the free function room, or attended a party? Maybe you drink there or attend events at the club? Could you spare a small amount to help renovate the club?

On a personal note, I have no affiliation to the club apart from being a member and I'm just doing what I can to help keep the club alive for future generations!

If you have any questions, please just ask.

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    • Katherine Smith

      Katherine Smith

      Dec 6, 2018


    • Anna Chamberlain

      Anna Chamberlain

      Dec 6, 2018


    • Peter McManus

      Peter McManus

      Jun 6, 2018

      Good luck I hope you get to your target


    • Sarah Burrell

      Sarah Burrell

      Jun 2, 2018


    • Richard Cox

      Richard Cox

      May 26, 2018


    • Robert Goulding

      Robert Goulding

      May 26, 2018


    • Pamela Wieremiej

      Pamela Wieremiej

      May 25, 2018

      Let's make this happen!


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    SP Laughton

    SP Laughton

    Oxenhope, UK

    As an Oxenhope resident, I use the club and think it would be a real shame for the community if it had to close. It has already had to reduce its opening hours and I thought crowd funding page like this might help raise funds. It's a great little place and part of local history!

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