Although St. Matthew’s building is in use throughout the week, it is sometimes possible to hire the hall for children's parties (under 12, ending by 7pm), quiet private functions, and community events. We are unable to accept any commercial bookings, unless there is a strong connection to the local area. Please note that our facilities are not available for hire on Sundays (the Lord's Day).
The Lower Hall was refurbished in 2001 and offers a large carpeted area with seating for up to 100 adults. A new smoke alarm system was installed in 2017 and the hall was repainted in September 2018. There is easy disabled access to the Lower Hall, although all the toilets are on the upper floor and are only accessible from the Lower Hall via stairs. We are currently only now able to take limited bookings. Any requests will need to comply with national and local government instructions.
Our current charge for room hire, including heating and lighting are as followed:
0-3hrs booking – £40
3-5hrs booking – £60
All day booking – £80
+£40 deposit – to be returned if hall found clean and tidy after use, key safely returned & no loss due to doors or windows being left open. If there is loss, users may be liable to pay more to cover the cost of purchasing replacement items.
Reduced charges may be available on request for charitable causes.
Our Upper Hall ('The Lounge') is also sometimes available for hire. (But not at present due to COVID-19.) The current rates are as followed:
0-3hrs booking – £30
3-5hrs booking – £50
All day booking – £70
+£20 deposit – to be returned if hall found clean and tidy after use, key safely returned & no loss due to doors or windows being left open. Our main kitchen can also be included in Upper Hall bookings for an extra £10 per booking.
If you would like to hire either hall, please check that it does not appear to be in use at the time you want it using our online calendar. If the building does not appear to be in use, please contact the church office to confirm that you can have the rooms when you need them & request a booking form.
Your booking will be confirmed with you once we have received both your completed booking form and payment. You will need to arrange to collect a key from the Church Office during opening hours. The completion of a COVID-19 risk assessment and additional cleaning requirements also currently apply.