Room Hire at St A's 

We love that God has given us a wonderful building that we can share with the community. We have several rooms and spaces available for hire with discount rates for community and charity groups.

Please note we have strict no smoking and no alcohol policies throughout the building and all events and bookings must be appropriate for holding within a Christian church centre.  There are no rooms available to hire on Sundays as the building is in full use all day by two Churches.  Please read our terms and conditions.

Current availability
Our groups are beginning to venture back after being absent for the year of the pandemic but there is still lots of space.  There is currently lots of availability in all of our spaces, especially for one off events or short term bookings.  

The Upper Hall with sprung-type wooden floor.                                                                                              Upper Hall facing stage
  • 10mtr x 15mtrs
  • For public events capacity is 100 (reviewed 2020 on advice from fire service for evacuation purposes)
  • Kitchen facilities including hot water boiler, small fridge, microwave and domestic electric cooker; 
  • Can also provide coffee machine and large teapots.
  • Crockery and cutlery for up to 100.
  • Small stage with electronic curtains and access from small side rooms if required.
  • Simple sound system available.
  • Hearing loop.
  • 2 projector screens (projector available for hire) allowing different room set ups
  • Fully accessible via the lift to the first floor.

The Lower Hall                                                                                                                                           lower hall 2
  • 10mtrs x 5mtr
  • Seating capacity in rows approx 40
  • Tables and seating for approx 30
  • Kitchenette including hot water boiler and sink, mugs and other crockery available
  • Projector screen (projector available for hire).
  • Direct access on the street on Downing Place if required.
  • Fully accessible.

The Lower Hall can be divided into two sections and hired as separate halves, though the dividing walls are not sound proof.  In each half: 
Seating capacity in rows approx 25.
Tables and seating boardroom style for maximum of 16.
The Vestry
A small meeting room seating up to about 8, or 6 with a table.  Ideal for one to one sessions or small groups or classes.  Access to a small kitchen for making drinks. Also useful as a 'green room' or a break out zone when hiring the church. Not suitable for wheelchair users due to 3 small steps into the corridor.

The Church Sanctuary                                                                                                                              
The Church is available to hire at the discretion of the church leadership.
Seating capacity:
Ground floor: 275 (chairs to seat 170;   pews to seat approx. 105)
Balcony: 210  (pews, seating approximately 140 – can seat a further 70 but some with restricted view of platform & flat floor area.)
The chairs on the ground floor can be moved to create a flexible space.
Audio visual system, hearing loop.
The church is fully accessible via one of the cafe doors.

The Cafe 
The cafe area and/or  main church kitchen may be available for hire.  In order to use the main kitchen, the hirer must hold at least a level 2 Food Hygiene certificate or employ a supervisor who holds this, and the supervisor must be available for induction into the use of the kitchen by the cafe manager prior to the event.  

The kitchen has two commercial sized gas ovens with hobs and a commercial dishwasher.

The Cafe seats approximately 50 people around tables.
  • Access to counter and hot water urn, subject to agreement on booking.
  • Access to main kitchen by agreement and for an additional fee (conditions including a full induction apply).
  • Fully accessible, including accessible toilet facilities.
  • Projector and screen.
  • Portable sound system available.

The Cafe area can also be hired as a refreshments space, break out or over flow area with a booking for another room.  Unfortunately LivingStones cafe had to make the difficult decision in autumn 2020 to close for the foreseeable future so refreshments will be self-service and require an induction from the church staff.

Room hire charges 2022 (updated 04/01/22)
Booking request 2022 (Word) including terms and conditions
Booking request 2022 (PDF) including terms and conditions
Please ensure you read the terms and conditions.  For one off events or new events, an appointment must be made with the centre manager to view and discuss the premises before making a confirmed booking.

While the pandemic persists, we are constantly adapting policy in line with the government's advice or legislation.  Each group is responsible for its own general and covid risk assessment.  The Church supplies access to handwashing and sanitising facilities and would ask that masks are worn in public areas of the building.  Should you have an outbreak of covid linked with your event in our premises, please inform the church office as soon as possible.  As of January 2022, we will be instating a small admin charge for each first time booking; this is separate from a booking deposit and is non-refundable and non-deductible from the final charge.

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