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The Memorial Hall

Update 10 August 2022:

Building works began in April, preceded by asbestos removal,  part of the long awaited refurbishment and modernisation of The Memorial Hall.

We anticipate that the work will be completed by the autumn, but in the meantime, there may be some disruption during working hours.

The Hall was kept open for hire, with somewhat restricted access to enable individuals and community groups to continue to flourish. It is now shut over the ‘summer holidays’ to enable building works to continue apace. 

A new soakaway had been installed in the field between the Village Surgery and tennis courts. Once the rain comes and the grass seed germinates its location will be all but invisible. 

The curved access ramp to the north (main entrance) is currently being built, roofing and internal reconfiguration continue. 

When we reopen in the autumn there will be new spaces for hire and refurbished familiar rooms.

Click here for more information regarding the refurbishment. 

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. 

Click here for the current floor plan.

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

The Main Hall (12.5m x 11m) 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.

Room capacity: Up to 120 seated at tables, 170 seated theatre style and 240 standing*. 

The Hewitt Room (8.5m x 6m) has a bar area and separate access to the servery. 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 servery 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 not loan out any other crockery, glasses or cutlery.

Room capacity: Up to 50 seated and 100 standing*.servery

The Old Library (11.3m x 9.2m) is a spacious, carpeted room with a fixed desk in one corner. It has a separate entrance up a small set of steps that can be accessed directly from the car park. 

Room capacity: Up to 80 seated and 160 standing*.

This space is only available until late March 2022, it will thereafter be demolished and turned into a new space as part of the refurbishment – SEE HERE FOR MORE INFO.

*The ‘standing’ capacity is the maximum number of people allowed in that room. This assumes that there is no furniture or other items in the room reducing the available floor space. 

Furniture and equipment: All facilities include the use of up to 25 folding tables with wheels, a small selection of smaller tables, 180 chairs, display boards and assorted cables (HDMI, VGA, audio etc). These are shared between the all three rooms and must be requested and agreed in advance.  

Hiring information

Room/s to hireResident/regular hirer per hourNon-resident/commercial hirer per hour
Main Hall & shared servery£32.40£48.00
Hewitt Room & shared servery£25.80£39.60
Main Hall, Hewitt Room & servery**£38.40£57.60
Main Hall, Hewitt Room & servery** – all day (9am-12am)£428.40
(fixed fee)
£688.80
(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.

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.

How to book

  • Please contact the office (01582 832541 or email info@wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk) 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.