Rimington Memorial Institute (the village hall) was formally opened on 29 October 1927. It is an official War Memorial and is on the Imperial War Museum’s register of war memorials (Ref. 42601).
The main hall is a well decorated, pleasant, bright and airy venue which boasts a superb maple floor for dancing, and a stage. There is also a hearing induction loop installed. Access to the hall is via a ramped walkway and full toilet facilities are available. There is a smaller room with two full sized snooker tables.
The hall can be booked for private and public functions –mornings, afternoons or evenings for events such as children's parties, christenings, anniversaries, ceilidhs etc. It is licensed for music and accommodation of up to 120 people. There are kitchen facilities for light refreshments and more ambitious meals, particularly if outside caterers are used. Alcohol can be served if free or on a "Bring Your Own " basis, but can also be sold if the hirer obtains their own Temporary Events License. There are limited bar facilities.
The Institute is a registered charity (no. 510256) and is run by a Committee comprising mainly, but not solely, representatives of the various groups who regularly use its facilities.

Officers (as at August 2020)
Chair Vacant
Secretary and bookings Andrea Perry 01200 445604 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer Alison Pilkington 01200 445370 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Should you want to find more about the August 1919 Peace Day which inspied the building of The Memorial Institute click here (PDF)

Should you want to find more about the development of  The Memorial Institute click here (PDF)

Interior of the hall and memorial lists

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Activities taking place regularly (contacts as at June 2020):  

 

Rimington Indoor Bowling Club

Rimington Bowling Club bought its short mat in 1991 after a series of money raising events and meets on Monday evenings (except Bank Holidays) in the Memorial Institute from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
It is not a competitive club, its ethos being friendliness and encouragement coupled with a good sense of humour. There is an annual fee, or for casual attendance, a small charge per evening. Tea, coffee or cordial and biscuits are provided.
Doubles are played each evening and a social meal out is sometimes arranged.
Soft soled shoes must be worn whilst playing and the club has a limited selection of bowls available or on loan.
New players of all abilities are always welcome as are spectators who just want to come along and watch and chat.
For further information, please contact:
Brian Stott 01282 860349

Ladies Table Tennis Club

This club was formed over 40 years ago and the ladies meet together in the Memorial Institute on a Thursday evening from 8p.m. to 10 p.m.
The minimum age is 18 years and members enjoy playing table tennis on the two tables with no small degree of skill, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, including a cuppa and a short chat.
For newcomers coaching will be given. Wear soft soled shoes or trainers, and bats can be provided. There is a small weekly charge.
Contact: Barbara Spencer 01200 422853

Rimington Luncheon Club 

The Luncheon Club meets on the last Wednesday in the month, ten months of the year, in the Memorial Institute at 12.30 p.m. It is for anyone over the age of 55 and new members are always welcome. The club also welcomes ladies and gentlemen from the surrounding area, many being past residents who are happy to come back to the village.
After a tasty lunch, time is spent chatting and catching up on local events.
Contact Freda Pilkington 07743 303939 or
Mary Bairstow for apologies 01200 445501 

Snooker Club

The Men’s Club is located in the Memorial Institute. Two snooker tables are available and there is an annual membership fee. A number of members meet on a Thursday evening for which a small charge is made. However, members can play snooker at any other time. On these occasions, the lights over the tables must always be switched on, but will only operate if the meter charge is met.
Anyone interested please contact:
David Seed 07970 636207

Women’s Institute

Formed in 1947 following the disbanding of the WVS after the war, Rimington W.I. has played a major part in the lives of Rimington women over the years.
Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Institute.
The W.I. take pride in being a happy group, having an interesting and varied programme of speakers and enjoying many social events.
New members are always welcome and newcomers are encouraged to attend as a guest, so why not give us a try? A warm welcome awaits you.
Meetings and events are displayed in the Parish Magazine and interesting reports are placed in the local newspaper.
For further information contact:
President Elizabeth Robinson 01200 445636 or
Joint Secretaries
Catherine Scott 07773 488513
Catherine Jopson 47960 998792
who will be happy to help.
June 2020

 Rimington WI Albums

In 1993, all WIs in the Lancashire Federation were invited to produce a Scrapbook of life in their village during 1994 as a competition.

WI scapbook at 350Christine Knowles and Barbara Spencer agreed to undertake this task taking photographs of all aspects of events, people, buildings and countryside etc throughout the year. They also gathered items of interest such as invitations to special events and newspaper clippings. These were all compiled and, with explanatory notes, displayed in a large album. They were delighted to be awarded a Highly Commended certificate and all the albums were displayed at a garden party held at Alston Hall, Longridge, in the summer of 1995.

The Lancashire WIs were later asked to produce another village record this time covering the years 1995 to 2005 and, again, Christine and Barbara gathered photos and items to produce a similar album. This was not a competition and no awards were made.

The two albums are a good record of life in Rimington in earlier days and newer residents will be able to see the changes made over the years and village characters from the past. They are held for safekeeping at the home of Barbara Spencer who now lives in Clitheroe and can be borrowed for viewing any time. Phone 01200 422853.