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Welcome to Longwood Mechanics Hall

A true community building set in the Colne Valley of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD3 4UU United Kingdom. This Victorian building is held in trust by the Longwood Village Group for the residents of Longwood.

Past & Present

Our site features many articles about Longwood's interesting history over the years and also has a 'Future Events' page to keep you updated with future plans.

150th Anniversary

A view of the Mechanics Hall taken from Longwood Gate. The porch and disabled entrance were completed in 2008 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Hall.

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Longwood Village Group
Longwood Mechanics Hall
Longwood Village Coffee Shop Ltd
Longwood Gate, Longwood, Huddersfield HD3 4UU
Charity Number 1087328

Securing the Future of the Hall

The Longwood Mechanics Hall was built in 1858 and is fast approaching its 160th Anniversary.
It has gone through many up’s and down in its history from a School to 120 students to the Penny Bank. Used as Barracks during the war, home to the Longwood Amateur Dramatic Society and the Derby and Joan Club to name a few. It has served several generations of the families of Longwood. In 2005 the hall was in a trouble, unloved and under used.
It started to turn around in 2007 with new leadership and direction. A great transformation has been made. A team of dedicated volunteers have spent many hours to rejuvenate the Hall to a bright, well loved and much used community facility. We have been able to secure a number of small grants that have helped us tremendously to achieve this. Unfortunately to date the larger grants have alluded us to fully restore the Hall and more and more groups are competing trying to secure declining funds.

Our funding success
build fund

We are volunteers doing the best we can in the time we have available. Currently we use 300 volunteer hours a week running the hall. We do not pay for any staff. We want to secure the future of the Hall for generations to come. The Hall belongs to You, it is Your Hall

Why do we need to raise money for the building work?

  • Unfortunately we have some roof problems, this is going to cost some £10,000 to sort out.
  • Ideally the full roof needs replacing and this estimated to cost £30,000. To repair the cottage burnt out in the 70’s will cost £30,000 this would give us much needed storage space.
  • The toilets need replacing complete with a new staircase, estimated cost £100,000.
  • New side entrance porch £70,000 and disabled access
  • Twelve windows to replace at £800 each, the list is endless.

We have a plan, a big plan of what we want the hall to be for future generations. With your help we can achieve this. To help secure the future of the hall we are launching the Longwood Mechanics Hall Building and Land Fund. The aim of this fund is to establish a separate pot of money specifically for the major repairs and maintenance to the fabric of the building, including the heating system, drains and also the possible purchase of land if required. We have included land within the fund because a similar successful scheme was set up many years ago across the valley and this generated income to purchase plots of land in the community instead of it being sold off to developers. The fund totals will be published at the Longwood Village Group AGM in May each year.

A little maths: This is the inspiration for the Building Fund.

2000 houses in Longwood each paying £1 per month = £2000 per month

£2000x12 months = £24000 per year

£24000 x 5 years = £120000

Add gift aid this makes a total of £144000 in just 5 years.

The Scheme
Subscriber Level

Bronze                         £1 per month

Silver                           £2 per month

Gold                             £3 per month

Diamond                       £4 per month

Platinum                       £5 per month and over

Each subscriber will receive a certificate and a list of subscribers contributing at the time will appear in the 160th Anniversary booklet in 2018 (only if you give permission when joining the scheme)

Longwood Mechanics Hall Building and Land Fund.

Advertising and How to Pay

We have considered many options on how to do this, we are volunteers doing the best we can. Our options are limited by time and resources so we will not be going round door to door asking people to join. We will include details in the newsletter and E newsletter but word of mouth is by far the best way of advertising we can do. Please help to encourage others to join the scheme.

For payment we have considered direct debit but this would mean we need to keep your bank account details on file, have extra insurance policies, pay bank charges on each transaction and find a volunteer qualified to do this for now and in the future.

We want you to keep your bank details safe, so we are asking subscribers to please set up a standing order payment direct into the Building Fund Account details over. This will not cost you anything to set up, but means you need to take time and set this up online or take the details into your bank and they will set it up for you. This means we will get the full payment that you make.

If you could also complete the gift aid form we can claim the tax relief on your payments at 25p in the pound. It may not sound a lot but makes a big difference to us.

Help us Secure this Hall for now and future Generations.

 To Join

Please ask your bank to set up a standing order to:

Account Number:72981968         Sort Code: 30-94-43

Account Name: LVG Mechanics Hall and decide how much you wish to donate.

Bronze                         £1 per month

Silver                           £2 per month

Gold                             £3 per month

Diamond                       £4 per month

Platinum                       £5 per month and over


Once you have set the standing order up, please complete the forms below and return to: Derek Fairbank at the Longwood Mechanics Hall, Longwood Gate, Longwood, Huddersfield. HD3 4UU

Certificates may be collected from the Hall 6 weeks after the standing order is set up.



First name or initial_________________


House Number/Name________________________

Street ____________________________________

Village ____________________________________


Amount you wish to contribute £_______________

Contact Number ____________________________

Please provide your E mail address so we can include you on our E newsletter

E mail address:...........................................................................

Your Entry as you wish to appear in 160th Anniversary Booklet

Subscriber Name_________________________ of _________________________________

Gift Aid declaration – for past, present & future donations

Name of charity: Longwood Village Group

Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made today and in the future.

I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year

(6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports

Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year.

Please complete I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.    

I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2014.

Donor’s details Title _______ First name or initial(s) ______________________

Surname _______________________________________  

Full home address _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Postcode ____________________                     Date ___________________

Signature ________________________________________

Please notify the charity if you: Want to cancel this declaration Change your name or home address No longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

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