Coronavirus and the Barbour Institute


Due to the understandable cancellation of all bookings, the Barbour Institute is now closed except for essential maintenance. Although there will be no one in the office, emails and telephone messages will still be monitored and, with the recently announced financial help for businesses, and the support of the Bolesworth Estate, the Trustees should be able to retain their small and vital staff during the shut down.  Bills will still have to be paid, of course, while the BI is closed but our hope is to be able to re-open when we are advised that it is safe to do so.

A number of weddings were to have taken place in late Spring and early Summer; one has rebooked for the Autumn and the others are considering what options are open to them.

We have taken into consideration all outgoings and have decided that the 200 Club will continue to run as normal, with the next draw being for £500 at the beginning of April.  Good luck to all our members.  If you haven’t joined yet, the new membership year will begin in November bringing in much needed funds to help keep the Barbour Institute going.  Look out for more information later this year.

In the meantime, if you are clearing out your cupboards during this enforced time at home and have space to store what you don’t want, please remember our Jumble Sale which will be re-organised later in the year.

The Trustees’ message to everyone who uses the Barbour Institute is to stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all in due course.




Pat Black

Chairman of Trustees