Village Institute Facilities, (original)
The hall is intended to be a
flexible as possible, so it has been equipped with many useful facilities;
it is up to any user to ensure that facilities suitable for their event or activity are provided.
The basic layout of the hall and a specimen table layout can be seen by clicking here.
There is also a specimen table layout and some typical pictures of the hall set for a party.
The large recently refurbished kitchen is well equipped with modern and useful facilities.
electric range cooker with two ovens can be used to cook food or re-heat
It has a ceramic hob with five rings and a warming area.
Any cooking utensils used must be suitable for ceramic hobs.
A large refrigerator/freezer is available to keep food or drinks cool or frozen.
a heated cabinet is available to keep plates and food warm.
Another refrigerator is available for drinks cooling or extra storage.
A number of other items of kitchen equipment available including a Hot Water Urn, Kettles and Two Microwave ovens and a Coffee machine
Large pans and serving dishes can be provided on request.
The central tables permit a number of people to prepare and serve food.
A double sink is fitted to ease washing up.
The hall measures 12.4m x about 5.8m. It has a maple floor and oak beams with a ceiling height up to 5m.
The decor is blue and cream with stained and grained wooden beams.
To preserve the finish, there are restrictions about using drawing pins or Blu-tac on the walls, which will be explained when booking.
At one end of the hall is a simple 6.5m x 4.3m (15'x17') stage. It is accessed by steps from the main floor and has wooden flooring.
It is equipped with front curtains, which separate it from the main hall.
A midway curtain can be provided if required.
There are permanent spot lights and flood lights at the front of the stage.
Other lighting and sound equipment can possibly be supplied for any formal productions.
For the hirer, the stage provides an ideal facility for bands, discos, performers or other entertainment.
(Note the original bar has been removed to give more space in the open plan kitchen / Meeting room.)
A small bar hatch is located in the corner of the hall and provides access to the the recently enlarged Kitchen.
It can be set up to provide a food or drink service to be used by hirers or contract bar staff.
There is a refrigerator, some bar fittings and a small sink for hand washing.
wine glasses are available, but hirers are reminded that they may be able to
from the drinks supplier to avoid glass washing problems.
In the light of
recent health and safety regulations, as well as ludicrous licensing laws,
the serving and sale of drinks has become a minefield.
We do not have a licence for the sale of alcohol
If that is required, arrangements must be made with a qualified licensee, or a Temporary Event Notice obtained.
Many events held in the
hall are now "Bring your own" as far as alcoholic drinks are concerned.
Selling soft drinks and snacks is no problem. Some users provide "Real Ale" from a barrel at no charge.
There is room on the bar for 9 gallon barrels.
The small grassed garden area alongside the front of the hall (70' x 25') now provides access for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc. from the road. This area can also be used for photographs, outdoor eating, or as serving area for barbecues. If desired. a lockable gate exists between the hall and garden, and the access to the main road via the steps is also gated to prevent children running on to the road.
Toilets and washbasins have been recently refurbished and facilities exist for
Ladies and gents cloakrooms have sufficient space for the coats of participants in most events.
At the rear of the Institute is
an area (30m x 60m) for car parking. It will take about 40 cars (more if
The area is off the main roads and is fairly secure with car park lights for ease of access after dark.
NOTE: This car park is shared with the Glebelands Sports Association.
It may become crowded if there is a cricket match on.
Parking at the
front of the institute is dangerous, as it is on a blind bend.
As well as wishing to avoid injury or damage, we wish to avoid the inevitable yellow lines that would result from any accident.
Apart from a very small step at the front door, the hall has flat access for wheel chairs and pushchairs from the car park and the garden.
A path has been created permitting wheelchair and pushchair access via the pavement from the village.
The back door of the building leads into the kitchen, so it is easy to deliver prepared food and drinks, or collect hired chairs and tables.
A path leads from the car park to the front doors. It is not advisable to permit entry to events through the kitchen.
Tables and Chairs
The Institute Committee has invested in nine 5 ft circular tables, which will take up to ten chairs each, but eight is a comfortable number.
80 upholstered chairs are available to complement the tables. About 40 folding chairs
and tables are available for
additional seating or use outside the hall.
Trestles tables and two rectangular tables are available for serving or "top table" use. A number of other tables are also available.
The general decoration of the hall is in Blue and Cream, which is intended to complement most events.
A range of lighting arrangements is possible to suit particular usage.
For many events the general lighting is adequate using the pendant LED lighting in the roof space.
More subdued lighting may be obtained by using the concealed fluorescent lights on the sides of the hall.
Amber coloured spotlights are also fitted, which can give a pleasant background glow.
The front of house stage lights can be used to provide further background lighting it the curtains are shut.
radiant electric heating has been installed and hirers can control this from
a panel by the door.
However, it is expensive to use and should only be used in very cold weather.
heating is used for the main heating and arrangements must be made with the
to ensure it is on for your event.
Hirers are at liberty to add decorative lighting subject to the usual safety considerations, but they must avoid damaging the walls or stanchions.
Hire (details on the Bookings Page)
Basic hire of hall includes heating, use of kitchen and bar and a few of the chairs and tables.
Party hire of hall includes chairs, round tables and trestle tables.
If tablecloths are required there may be an additional charge.
The stage is available for use during any hire, but any special requirements are subject to negotiation.
Regular Hire is by annual negotiation with the Committee.
Folding Chairs, tables an crockery may be hired, (subject to availability), for outside use.
For any further details or to arrange a visit, please contact a member of the committee.
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