The Mechanics Institute was built in 1876 and lies within the heart of the conservation area, right in the centre of Whaley Bridge. The building houses Whaley Bridge Library (tel: 01663 732480) in the basement, the office of Whaley Bridge Town Council on the ground floor and there are three function rooms for hire.
1. Meeting Room (with small kitchen)
A coffee morning is held in this room every Saturday 9am – 12pm, at a booking cost of £18. It is available for hire for meetings, parties, etc. The Volunteer Centre operates on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and the Citizens Advice Bureau hold a session every Thursday morning. The Darby & Joan Club meet every Wednesday afternoon. It is a popular venue for children’s parties, for children up to 12 years old: the cost for these is £35 per (or £50 if in the Main Hall). (Special rates are offered for regular bookings)
2. Reading Room
The reading room is open to the public all day Mon to Fri and Saturday mornings. There are several comfortable armchairs and newspapers are available daily, together with a range of useful information and literature. This room may also be hired for small meetings. Cost: £13 per hour (Special rates are offered for regular bookings)
3. Main Hall (First Floor)
This is a large well-decorated, pleasant room which is suitable for a wide range of activities including, wedding receptions, seminars, dances, yoga classes, parties, etc. There is provision for bar facilities. Cost (evenings and weekends): £19 per hour ; Cost (weekdays): £15.00 per hour. Special rates can be offered for regular bookings. Private parties can be held on Fri and Sat evenings at a fixed rate of £130. A returnable cash deposit of £150.00 which is payable 48 hours before the event in respect of all weekend parties.
Whaley Bridge Mechanics Institute Reg Charity No 520533
Bookings: please email email@example.com
Secretary to Trustee Mr Peter Leppard Tel 01663 733068
PORTABLE ACCESS RAMP
A portable access ramp is available to provide access to the Mechanics Institute via the front steps to aid access for people using a wheelchair. Please call 01663 733068 if you wish to arrange for this ramp to be available prior to an event taking place within the building.