When major repairs and refurbishment were carried out at the turn of the century, the chancel area was remodelled with a raised (1 Meter high), flat, stage with sides reaching out into the side aisles and a curved apron reaching forward into the nave. Total ‘hall’ capacity is 600 which includes up to 150 people standing on stage, up to 350 in ground floor seating (cushioned pews) and up to 150 on the balcony.
Lightweight but robust purpose built staging of various heights can be modelled, assembled and dismantled to suit your requirements.
To download a stage plan click here.
Light and sound
There is an extensive lighting system as part of the hire.
Keyboard and Organ
Hire includes the use of a fully weighted digital piano and a baby grand piano. An extra charge is made for the use of the organ (because of tuning and energy consumption) and care is taken by the church to ensure that it is in good tune.
There are ramps for wheelchair access at both sides of the main entrance to the church. Within are designated areas in the auditorium for wheelchair users and escorts. A hearing loop is in operation. There are two wheelchair accessible toilets in the side entrance hallways at the rear of the church. There is signage and there are stewards ready to assist.
A licensed bar serving wine and soft drinks is operated by St Mary’s to support the running of the church and the development of its work in the town. It is open before events and during intervals.
St Mary’s will provide a Head Steward for each event but the hirer will be responsible for finding up to seven stewards to cover the fire exits. Brief training regarding this role will be given to each steward. If this is a problem, then please let us know in good time and we will see if we can help.
Hirers will need to provide adequate first aid cover, depending on the size of the event.
St Mary’s carries out a regular safety risk assessment and the Parish Administrator will be happy to send a copy on request. Hirers may be required by their insurers to do the same. St Mary’s takes seriously the need to follow and prioritise such guidance, in particular the need to keep designated exit routes clear.
The centre, which lies adjacent to the church yard, offers nearby space for gathering prior to and after an event and has toilet, kitchen and changing facilities. If available, the centre can be booked through the church administrator (01295 253329).
We are unable to offer car parking. Off street car parking is available nearby at a number of locations in or near the town centre as on the town map.
All users of the building are required to provide proof to the church administrator that they carry not less than £5m public liability insurance. St Mary’s church carries its own building and public liability insurance cover.
The Church Administrator will be able to give you details of the charges that apply.