b'Bishop WiltonLocal History Bulletin 1 -25 October 2002From Mens Institute to Village HallKate PrattA t a meeting one evening in Bishop Wilton Villageshowed the Methodist Chapel. After talking to several Hall in April 2002, I started wondering aboutpeople, I was put in touch with Mr James Beal, who the fabric of the building, which is currently in aI was assured was the best person to talk to, with a pretty poor state. I had heard the story of its formerwonderful memory. I phoned him to arrange a visit, existence as a Methodist Chapel in another village,and spent a very interesting hour or so with him; he but when I enquired about it from the older residentsremembered the tin tabernacle in use, and then its of the village, no-one could quite remember the datedecline, and finally being dismantled and taken away it arrived, or where it had come fromI was given aby Mr Sim Flint, on the back of a cattle wagon. I was choice of 3 different places, Gate Helmsley, Sutton- really pleased to have tracked down an eye-witness on-Derwent or Thornton. So I decided to try and do the wind was taken out of my sails a little when I some research to discover the truth. learnt that Mr Beal is the father of Ann Rudsdale here I knew that the Hall had been bought by the Mensin the village, who of course knew the whole story all Institute, a social group which had been a thriving twinthe time Anyway, he showed me exactly where to the Womens Institute, so I tracked down the booksthe chapel had been, in the garden of Wheelwrights which were still in the possession of Harry Smith, whoCottage. The current owner was in her garden, and retired to Pocklington from Bishop Wilton a few yearson being told of our interest, was able to produce an ago. The Mens Institute was started in 1922, andold photo which just shows the Chapel, or at least the although the Minute Book for 1923-53 was missing,entrance porch.I was able to find a reference in the Accounts BookSo the original part of the Hall, the Mens Institute, which pinpointed the year of purchase of the Hall towas erected in 1938. It had taken the group 16 years 1937. So I went to the Reference Library in Beverleyto raise enough money to buy the building and pay for where one can read the local paper of the timeTheall the building and plumbing work involvedand the Howdenshire Chronicle and Pocklington Weekly Newsvery next year it proved invaluable as a school for theon microfilm. After much eye-aching scanning, Ichildren evacuated from Sunderland and later from managed to find this little paragraph from the paperHull.on Christmas Day 1937: Now that I knew that the Hall came from Sutton-on-Derwent, my next visit was to the Local History Archive Library in Beverley, where I was able to view the documents relating to the building of the Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1882 at a cost of 202, and to its subsequent sale. Exciting stuff.Next I visited Sutton-on-Derwent, and not really knowing who to ask, I called at the School, where the Head Teacher was most helpful, directing me to their (beautiful) Village Hall, whose walls are covered with old views of the village. Sadly none of them BULLETIN 1 11'