Room Hire at St A's
We love that God has given us a wonderful building that we can share with the community. We have several rooms and spaces available for hire with discount rates for community and charity groups.
Please note we have strict no smoking and no alcohol policies throughout the building and all events and bookings must be appropriate for holding within a Christian church centre. There are no rooms available to hire on Sundays as the building is in full use all day by two Churches. Please read our terms and conditions.
Our centre is still feeling the impact of the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis, including having to absorb high energy costs for heating and lighting. We have a small amount of availability mainly daytime and midweek; please enquire first before sending a booking form. Tuesday evenings after 7:45pm are available in our Upper Hall, and there is some short term weekday evening availability outside of university term and in June.
The Upper Hall
with sprung-type wooden floor.
10mtr x 15mtrs
For public events capacity is 100
Kitchen facilities including hot water boiler, small fridge, microwave and domestic electric cooker with induction hob;
Can also provide coffee machine and large teapots.
Crockery and cutlery for up to 100.
Small stage with electronic curtains and access from small side rooms if required.
Simple sound system available.
2 projector screens (projector available for hire) allowing different room set ups
Fully accessible via the lift to the first floor.
The Lower Hall
10mtrs x 5mtr
Seating capacity in rows approx 40
Tables and seating for approx 40
Kitchenette including kettle, fridge and sink, mugs and other crockery available
Projector screen (projector available for hire).
Direct access on the street on Downing Place if required.
Can be divided into 2 spaces with concertina wall, not acoustic. In each half seating capacity in rows approx 25, or boardroom maximum 16.
A small Victorian meeting room seating up to about 8, or 6 with a table. Ideal for one to one sessions or small groups or classes. Access to a small kitchen for making drinks. Also useful as a 'green room' or a break out zone when hiring the church. Not suitable for wheelchair users due to 3 small steps into the corridor.
The Church Sanctuary
The Church is available to hire at the discretion of the church leadership.
Ground floor: 275 (chairs to seat 170; pews to seat approx. 105)
Balcony: 210 (pews, seating approximately 140 – can seat a further 70 but some with restricted view of platform & flat floor area.)
The chairs on the ground floor can be moved to create a flexible space (hirer will be expected to move and re-set, or to pay for this to be done)
Audio visual system, hearing loop, heating.
The church is fully accessible via one of the doors from the cafe.
[Events selling tickets to the public should expect to pay a minimum fee of £100 for 2 hours]
The Cafe area
The cafe area and/or main church kitchen may be available for hire. In order to use the main kitchen, the hirer must hold at least a level 2 Food Hygiene certificate or employ a supervisor who holds this, and the supervisor must be available for induction into the use of the kitchen by church staff prior to the event. The kitchen has two commercial sized gas ovens with hobs, a commercial dishwasher and plentiful fridge and freezer space and equipment.
The Cafe seats approximately 50 people around tables.
Access to counter and hot water urn, subject to agreement on booking.
Access to main kitchen by agreement and for an additional fee (conditions including a full induction apply).
Fully accessible, including accessible toilet facilities.
Projector and screen.
It is a non-exclusive space; anyone accessing other rooms in the centre can walk through.
The Cafe area can also be hired as a refreshments space, break out or over flow area with a booking for another room.
Room hire charges 2023
Booking request 2022 (Word)
including terms and conditions
Booking request 2022 (PDF)
including terms and conditions
Please ensure you read the terms and conditions.
For one off events or new events, an appointment must be made with the centre manager to view and discuss the premises before making a confirmed booking.
Any legal considerations must be followed.
Please advise your participants not to attend if they are unwell even when there are no legal restrictions.
As of 2023, normal cancellation procedures will be applied.
A non-refundable administrative fee or £5 or £10 depending on the type of booking will be charged when a booking is confirmed. This contributes to the time taken by the admin time, and allows us to maintain a fairly flexible cancellation policy.