General Facilities and Equipment

We have three spaces for hire  - the East Hall, the West Hall and the Hengrave Room, plus lockable storage for regular hirers. There is a kitchenette to make drinks in each hire space. 

COVID -19 MEASURES MEAN THAT THE WEST HALL IS NOT NOW AVAILABLE TO HIRE ON IT'S OWN. IT NOW FORMS PART OF OUR ONE WAY SYSTEM TO ENSURE DISTANCING CAN BE MAINTAINED IN THE BUILDING. It is available to hire as an add on to an East Hall hire at certain times, such as when the cafe is closed, and no other hirers are in the building.

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The East Hall is yellow, the West Hall is pink and the Hengrave Room is green.


We offer two options for drinks when you hire a space here. You can either use the self service option, or purchase from our cafe next door. 

We provide a kettle and disposable cups in each hire space for the self service option. There is also drinking water provided. Hirers wishing to make / provide their own drinks will need to bring their own supplies, such as tea, coffee, milk. 

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The photo shows one of the little kitchenettes in the hall. 

The Old School Café next door is open Mon to Fri, 9.15am till 2.30pm (last orders 2pm) for light vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, lunches and snacks, and yummy cakes. Gluten free options also available. All our food is freshly handmade on the premises and prices are very reasonable. A special lunch served in your hall for a group of ten or more can also be provided. If you'd like to book a group lunch in advance, call Hayley on 01284 756860 to order. At least 48 hours notice is needed. You are also welcome to bring in your own supplies, or organise and order in your catering from someone else.

The cafe is staffed mainly by volunteers and we'd love you to join us by volunteering - you can commit to as many or as few shifts as you would want. You'd be supporting ethical trade and making new friends at the same time. Call Hayley on 01284 756860 to chat about applying, or pop in to see her. Some relevant skills would be helpful.  

We also have the following available to use/hire. ..

Please make arrangements at the time of booking where necessary. There are some amendments to what we normally supply / hire, in line with Covid -19 measures

Free of charge

Projector Screen free of charge - we make a charge of £10 for hire of our projector

Internet access We have fast Wifi throughout. The service does have some restrictions in terms of permissible downloads. 

Trestle tables and chairs We have 11 x 6ft tables, 9 x 5ft tables and 3 x 4ft tables and 100 chairs. For in house use only. Due to Covid 19 measures we are no longer able to hire tables and chairs for external community events. Of course, availability is dependent on what's being used in The Centre at the time. 

Hearing loop & microphones for the loop -  available in East and West Halls but not in Hengrave Room. You'll need to ask us in advance of the hire date to get the microphone(s) out for you. 

Hi Fi speakers for projector/ laptop/iphone/ipad connection.   

Crockery and cutlery (Free for events in The Centre only) COVID - 19 - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Please see our rates pages for current charges
Lockable storage - subject to availability. There are separate Terms and Conditions for storage hire.
Crockery and cutlery (free for things that take place in The Centre) COVID - 19 - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Digital projector and/or screen  - currently £10 for the projector, the screen is free
Table /chair set up & clear away needs to be booked in advance, we may not be able to provide this on demand as we staff The Centre part time. It's £20 for set up and £20 for clear away.
Lockable Storage – subject to availability. Details on ‘Storage’ page.