Where the Yorkshire Dales meet Bowland VILLAGE HALL  ( Originally known as  The Long Preston Mechanics Institute )

The land on which it stands was gifted to the village by the Duke of Devonshire and the building was originally known as The Mechanics Institute. However, thanks to Yorkshire canniness, its status was later changed to that of village hall, thus gaining eligibility for improvement grants.

Village Hall - Mechanics Institute

As in every English village, the Long Preston village hall along with the village school, church and pub are the community focal points. Long Preston is arguably luckier than most: it enjoys all all of these - plus an extra church and pub!

The village hall, a registered charity, is run by volunteers who also form the committee.
Its officers are Stewart Robertshaw (chairman), Keith McBride (vice chairman ) Sheena Stapleton (secretary) and Jean Rodgers (treasurer).



(STD code 01729 unnecessary if calling from village)

Art Class

Tuesday & Thursday: 10am  - 12 noon

Margaret Uttley   tel 01524 242579

                     mobile 07963 850339


Ballroom Dancing Classes
Fridays:  8.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Waltz, Jive, Cha cha, Quickstep

Jack or Betty tel 01756 794 468
                mobile 07951 145 928


Long Preston & Hellifield Guides
                           any girl age 10-14 yrs.

Tuesdays in term time: 7.15pm to 8.45pm

Long Preston Senior Section
                            girls 14 to 25 yrs,
Tuesdays in term time: 7.15pm to 8.45pm

 ( also Duke of Edinburgh Award )

Helen Cressey   tel 840 654

Luncheon Club

Monthly, 2nd Thursday: 12 noon

Richard Daniels  tel 015242 51691

Age Concern - Ruth O’Brian tel 823 066

Pilates - exercise group
Thursdays 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Kate Attewell   tel 840 247

Kettle Bells Keep Fit Class

Suitable for ladies & gents

          Starts 23rd May
Thursdays 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Sam   tel 07734 445648

Tuesdays in term  time: 5pm to 7pm

Liz Palmer   tel 840 331

Snooker Club

Daily (except Sunday),
                        afternoons and evenings

Matthew Brown tel 840 675


Women's Institute

Monthly, 2nd Wednesday: 7.30pm

New members always welcome.

Edith Wright tel 840 397

Activities elsewhere in the village include:

Among the regular activities in the Village Hall  are ...

To book the hall, please call Stewart Robertshaw on 01729 840 554.

In addition to the hall itself, there is also a well-equipped kitchen and a snooker room. The hall is home to numerous village organisations and activities, some of which are listed below. It is also available for rental to outside bodies and private individuals for functions, parties, children's parties and meetings.



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Little Learners’ Centre
adjacent to the Long Preston Primary School.

Monday to Friday in term time only


tel. 07583 607093

Long Preston Heritage Group
Researches and publishes the history of the village - new members always welcome.


Gill Jones   Secretary  tel 840 505

The Long Preston
         & Hellifield Brownies

Meet at Hellifield Institute on Wednesdays in term-time between 5.45pm and 7.15pm

Liz Palmer   tel 840 331

Tennis Club

Members of all abilities welcome

David Witt tel 840 836 or

Julie Syers tel 840 447

Babies, Toddlers and Pre-school Monday mornings 10.30am to 11.45am
at Long Preston Playgroup.

                             See poster here.


tel. 07583 607093

To join the
Village Hall 200 Club

Stewart Robertshaw

01729 840 554

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme
helps with the Village Hall refurbishment

LEADER have helped with money to replace the heating boiler at Long Preston Village Hall.  
That was done in the Spring and now this Summer we've replaced the damp old kitchen units
with brand new ones thanks to LEADER.

What's LEADER?

It’s a fund with money coming from the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is managed by Defra in Yorkshire and Humberside.

helps Village Hall
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