Wheathampstead Parish Council owns and operates The Memorial Hall, Marford Road, AL4 8AY, in Wheathampstead as a community facility. The Main Hall, Hewitt Room and Green Room are all 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.
The Main Hall (11m x 12.5m) has a raised stage (8.5m x 5m), full stage lighting and electrically operated curtains. The hall has a capacity of up to 120 seated at tables, 170 seated theatre style and 240 standing (maximum capacities are dependant upon the chosen layout, use of furniture etc). 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, which is ideal for dancing.
There are acoustic baffles to reduce echo and a hearing loop is available whenever the AV system is switched on. The Main Hall has immediate access to the well-equipped kitchen and a concertina-style partition can be removed to connect to the Hewitt Room.
UPDATE: Current capacity for those covered by the exemption is a maximum of 30 people (2m2) and 15 people for exercise (3m2).
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. This can be done using either a cable or wirelessly. This can be easily demonstrated if required. This room can can also be hired out separately and has a capacity of up to 60 seated and up to 100 standing (maximum capacities are dependant upon the chosen layout, use of furniture etc).
The Green Room (3m x 7m) is located behind the stage for actors to change and prepare for performances. Lighting is controlled from a lighting loft at the rear of the hall. This room is also suitable for small meetings, art classes and as storage space during larger events. Please note: The kitchen cannot be accessed from this room, but we can provide a kettle to be used for hot drinks.
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 that can easily be moved around. There is also a large stock of chairs – enough to provide seating for 180.
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Click on The Memorial Hall floor plan (to the right) to see how our rooms are laid out.
Please note, the library has recently moved to a different address along the same road (Marford Road).
|Room/s to hire||Resident/regular hirer per hour||Non-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|
*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, ‘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 receive a 50% discount 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.
How to book
- Please contact the office (01582 832541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
- You can also print a copy of our instructions for hirers, however a copy is available on the noticeboard opposite the parish council office.
- If you would prefer to print the form and fill it in by hand, click to download the PDF copy of the booking form.