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The Memorial Hall

Wheathampstead Parish Council owns and operates The Memorial Hall, Marford Road, AL4 8AY, in Wheathampstead as a community facility. The Main Hall and Hewitt Room are available for hire.

The Memorial Hall also houses the Parish Council office and police office. There is ample parking which is shared by The Memorial Hall and the Village Surgery, the local GP surgery that occupies the same site. 

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Please scroll down for updated information regarding hiring in respect of COVID-19 guidelines.

The Main Hall (11m x 12.5m) has a raised stage (8.5m x 5m), full stage lighting and electrically operated curtains. 

It also has an AV (audio-visual) system that will allow high quality films and presentations to be shown on a 4m screen using a high-resolution projector. This room has a sprung wooden floor, ideal for dancing.

There are acoustic baffles to reduce echo and a hearing loop is available whenever the AV system is switched on. There is easy access to the kitchen and a concertina-style partition can be removed to connect to the Hewitt Room.

The Hewitt Room (6m x 9m) has a full bar facility and separate access to the kitchen. This room has a 70″ UHD 4K monitor, which can be used for the showing of presentations and videos/films where required, using either a cable or wirelessly.

The kitchen includes a range cooker, two large sinks, glasswasher, fridge-freezer, large selection of mugs, cups and saucers and multiple surfaces for food preparation etc. We do also have some dinner plates, but not glasses or cutlery.

All facilities include folding tables with wheels.  There are also 180 chairs available. 


Hiring information

Room/s to hireResident/regular hirer per hourNon-resident/commercial hirer per hour
Main Hall & shared kitchen£31.20£45.60
Hewitt Room & shared kitchen£25.20£37.20
Main Hall, Hewitt Room & kitchen*£37.20£55.20
Main Hall, Hewitt Room & kitchen* – all day (9am-12am)£420
(fixed fee)
(fixed fee)
 *If you are hiring the Main Hall and Hewitt Room together, folding doors allow you to use these as separate rooms or as one large room.

Please note:

  • All hire charges for The Memorial Hall are inclusive of VAT.  
  • ‘Resident’ refers specifically to someone who lives in the parish (AL4 8). The discounted rates are designed to benefit hirers who pay their council tax within this area.

Commercial/community discounts: Local community groups are eligible for the ‘resident’ rates. Commercial businesses (regardless of where they are based) must pay ‘non-resident’ rates, but will be eligible for the ‘resident’ rate after 12 consecutive bookings.

Deposits: Bookings can only be secured with 1) a cancellation deposit (20% of the final balance), and 2) a refundable damages deposit of £100 for hire of the whole building/Main Hall/Hewitt Room or £50 for hire of the Green Room only. Payment will be requested by invoice.

PLEASE NOTE – The Memorial Hall’s Premises License strictly prohibits the hire of the hall for 18th or 21st birthday parties.

(Max capacities are dependent upon the chosen layout, use of furniture etc.)

  • Main Hall:  Up to 120 seated at tables, 170 seated theatre style and 240 standing. 
  • Hewitt Room: Up to 60 seated and 100 standing. 

How to book

  • Please contact the office (01582 832541 or email to discuss availability BEFORE submitting a booking form – please do not use this as an enquiry form.
  • An online booking form will need to submitted once a suitable time and date has been agreed. You must familiarise yourself with our booking terms and conditions prior to completing the form.
  • If you are selling alcohol (which includes a ‘free drink’ with the sale of a ticket), you MUST declare this within your booking form. If alcohol is sold without our knowledge or permission, you will be in breach of our Premises License and risk incurring a penalty of up to £2,000.