Aldborough Church Rooms
1st January 2014
This hall has been serving the village as a meeting place for over 100 years. Perhaps you didn’t even know it existed? It’s an ideal size for meetings and events catering for comparatively small numbers, especially for children’s parties, local societies and classes.
Recently it has lost some regular bookings – the Mobile Gym has taken its benefits to another village in North Norfolk, Pia Shell’s yoga class is now in Erpingham, the Blood Mobile is no longer so mobile and is using fewer centres. Without bookings it will not survive.
Essential overheads – insurance, business rate, water rate, electricity, cleaning, repairs and maintenance cost a minimum of £2000 a year. Hours of time are given by volunteers in many capacities. Because there is a Community Centre in the village there are no District Council grants available for the Church Room. The last ‘outside’ money was an ‘Awards for all’ Lottery grant in 1999 when the kitchen was re-equipped. From then until 2008 all Aldborough Church’s fund-raising was for the Church Room. The two accounts are quite separate, and the Church Room is a ‘restricted fund’, which means its money can’t be used for anything else. There is no profit-making. But the Church Council also has another building to look after, a Listed Building Grade 2* on Hall Road, and financial liabilities there have rocketed in the last few years.
Please advertise the availability of the Church Room as widely as you can.
The Hire Charges are very reasonable and reflect the awareness that the Church Room does not have the same facilities as Aldborough Community Centre or Erpingham Village Hall, but for smaller events it has an intimacy that hirers appreciate – ideal for private parties, children or adults.
- Sales for charities by local organisations – £20 (If the room is needed the day before: £22)
- Commercial organisations – £22
- Children’s parties – up to 3 hours – £20 For more than 3 hours – £5 per hour
- Other users – per session – £17 (based on 3 hours, morning, afternoon or evening)
- Small committee room – per session – £8 (10 people max.)
- Other hiring times negotiable
- No charge for church organisations (any church)
Bookings to Mrs Claire Knight Telephone:- 01263 768051 Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org