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The Beckingham Institute dates from 1908 and was built by the Watson family, major benefactors to the village, as a recreational facility out of their concern for the social welfare of the community. It is vested in the Council for World Mission Charity as Trustees and is managed on their behalf by a Committee of volunteers with representatives from village organisations and elected members. The original deed of trust decreed there should be no gambling, card playing or drinking of alcohol on the premises. These rules still stand today and in addition no food, drink or smoking is allowed.
The facilities have changed over the years and now consist of a Games room with 2 snooker tables. One full size for billiards or snooker, nobody under 13 can play on this table. The other is three quarter size which can also be used for playing pool and may be used by all members. Both tables are lit using a coin in the slot meter. Darts and Dominoes are also available. There is a free library and unwanted books are accepted. Once a year there is a competitions evening with trophies for billiards, snooker (singles, doubles and junior classes) pool and darts.
The Institute is open from 10am to 10pm every day except Sundays, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Day. Entry is by membership only which is open to all people, aged ten years or over, resident within five miles of Beckingham. Under 13ís must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Annual membership is £6.00 for adults and £12.00 per family. To join or find out more please contact Treasurer Alan Kirk on 848544 or Chairman Ken Riggott. The Institute also owns three garden plots situated behind the building which are let to village residents.

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