Snape Institute stands in the heart of the village on the village green. It was built in 1885 by Edith Milbank in memory of her father, Mark Vane Milbank, and grandfather, Mark Milbank both of whom had lived at Thorp Perrow. The main hall and kitchen, which was the reading room and lecture hall in the original building, were later extended to the east to add the billiard room by Sir William Grey in 1905. Since then various alterations have been made to bring the hall up to date. It comprises one main room, kitchen and toilets. Original features still remain giving the hall an arts and crafts period feel.
There is also a garden on three sides of the building which incorporates the Memorial Garden with a stone brought from the bombed Houses of Parliament by Sir Leonard Ropner after WW2.
The hall has recently been refurbished to improve the heating and decoration and to offer a kitchen up to a commercial standard. A new lighting scheme has occurred this year.
The building is licensed to hold 120 people seated and up to a maximum of 160 people unseated. The hall can be hired for parties and other events. We also hire out equipment eg chairs, tables etc at a reasonable cost).
We now have Wifi in the hall which is available to hall users.
As we start to return to some normality following the Covid19 pandemic, Yoga (Tuesday 9.30am to 10.45am) and Zumba (Thursday 4pm to 5pm) are now held weekly. The Table Tennis Group (Wednesday 7pm to 9pm) and Carpet Bowls Group (Monday 2pm to 4pm) hold sessions too. The Snape Gardening Club, Snape Local History Group and Snape Textiles Group each hold a programme of meetings throughout the year. Monthly, normally on the first Thursday in the month a Community Lunch is held for approximately 30 people. Further details of these regular events can be obtained from Sarah Lowe.
A planning application to alter the entrance lobby, upgrade toilets, add a storage area and small meeting room was approved by the Committee and submitted to Hambleton District Council for planning approval. We await the outcome of this application for this exciting new development.