Golcar Mechanics' Institute
The Golcar Mechanics' Institute held their first annual tea party on Shrove Tuesday, February 1863. The event was presided over by William Shaw of Dale House and around 200 people attended. The Huddersfield Chronicle noted that it was "a complete success, and appeared to give entire satisfaction to a densely packed audience."
The institute regularly held galas and "Penny Reading" evenings events to raise funds.
At the annual meeting held in February 1876, Mr. E. Whitwam reported that attendance had declined, partly due to the voluntary teachers not attending regularly, and that the institute's reading room had been closed since "nearly all the reading room members" had left to join the Golcar Central Liberal Club.
Notes and References
- "Golcar Mechanics' Institution" in Huddersfield Chronicle (21/Feb/1863).
- Wikipedia: Penny reading.
- "Golcar Mechanics' Institution Soiree" in Huddersfield Chronicle (24/Feb/1876).