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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we have a bouncy castle?
No. Bouncy Castles and Inflatable devices  are strictly prohibited inside the Hall and anywhere within the grounds.  

Can we hold a wedding reception at the hall, how much would it cost?
Weddings are priced on application depending on requirements and usually involve weekend hire of the hall and grounds. You can use all the grounds and erect a marquee which must be taken down the day after your event. Please contact the Bookings Manager via the bookings page for further details.

Who runs Medbourne Village Hall?
Medbourne Village Hall is a registered charity ( 514756 ) run by a small group of unpaid volunteers. See the Committee page.

What insurance does the hall have?
The Hall has Public Liability Insurance. If you are a Commercial Hirer you must provide your own public liability insurance. All Hirers should have all necessary insurance to cover their own liability in respect of their own, or third party equipment used or stored in the Hall.

Do you provide tea towels or dish cloths?
Tea towels and dish cloths are not provided by the Village Hall; please supply your own.

Do you cater for events?
The Hall has a kitchen for self-catering. Within the village we are very lucky to have the Village Shop, which can provide sandwiches, quiches, hams, etc. and the Nevill Armswhich has a cafe and a restaurant. You are welcome to use an outside caterer.

What are the toilet facilities?
In addition to ladies / gents toilets, there is a modern Disabled Toilet facility with baby changing area.

What about access for people with disabilities?
From the road, there are two steps up to the paved area in front of the hall and there is a ramp for buggies and wheelchairs. People with disabilities can drive into the hall grounds via the entrance at the rear of the open grounds, which is a clearly marked entrance, via a five bar gate. Please let us know when you make your booking if you wish to use this entrance.  

How many people will the hall hold?
Seated, about 80 people or standing about 120.

How many tables and chairs do you have?
7 large  folding tables (4' x 2'6" ) and 8 smaller folding tables ( 3' x 2'6");  also 10 tables suitable for children's. 

There are 80 contemporary lightweight vinyl covered tubular steel chairs available on stacking trolleys.   

Are crockery / utensils provided?
The Kitchen is well equipped with plates, utensils, cups, saucers, wine glasses etc. - for further details about numbers,  please email the caretaker (see Contact Us page).

Are there any restrictions?

During the period of hire:
The hirer is responsible in full for the supervision of the premises, the fabric and contents of the Hall, their protection from damage no matter how slight, or change of any sort, and the behaviour of all persons using the area hired.

The Hirer shall not:

1 use the premises for any purpose other than that described in the hiring agreement; or sub-hire the premises; or
2. use or allow the premises to be used for any unlawful purpose or in any unlawful way; or
3. do anything or bring on to the premises or surroundings anything that may damage or endanger the premises; or
4. contravene the requirements of any insurance policy relating to the premises; or
5. sell  alcohol without a license

Noise & Music
As Medbourne is a quiet village and the village hall has fairly close neighbours we ask that music and noise are kept at a reasonable level and that music is turned off no later than midnight.

Organisers of weddings and large functions with music are clearly informed in writing at the time of booking.

Medbourne Village Hall by law operates a No Smoking Policy.

There are a number of thatched properties in the village and we do not allow fireworks to be used anywhere on the property or in the grounds.

What happens with alcohol and running a bar at the hall ?

The Village Hall does not currently have an alcohol licence.
There are three options:

  1. You can supply the alcohol and give it to your guests free.
  2. You can ask guests to bring their own for their own consumption.
  3. You can apply for a Temporary Alcohol License from the Harborough District Council to enable you to sell alcohol yourself or you can employ the services of a company who may apply on your behalf and run the bar for you.

The hirer shall be responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses and temporary Events Notices (needed for the sale of alcoholic liquor) including those required for regulated activities involving children and vulnerable  adults.  The hirer shall ensure compliance with such licences, and the regulations made by the Fire Authority, Local Authority, Police, local Magistrates Court, or any other Statutory authority.

How do I access the hall?
Contact the caretaker who will either meet you at the hall to explain the use of the hall and equipment and hand over the key at the start of your hiring period or explain how to access the hall via the Master Lock Combination Safe. 

I would like to hire the hall for a children’s party – is it suitable?
Yes – many hirers want to use the hall and enclosed grounds because it’s ideal for children. Please remember that the hirer is responsible for the supervision of children at all times and for leaving the hall and grounds in a clean and tidy state.

Can we have a barbecue at the hall?
Barbecues are not normally permitted within the grounds.

What about cleaning up after my booking?
Please ensure that the hall is left in the same condition in which you found it. Please make sure that you replace any tables / chairs to where they are stored, that the kitchen has been left clean and tidy and that you have turned off the cooker and heating if it has been used. Please also ensure that windows in the toilet area are all closed.

Please remove all rubbish from the hall and grounds and take it with you.

If you need further information please Contact Us.

Revised July 2022

If you need further information please Contact Us.