Facilities

Art lecture in Side Annex

Our facilities are ideal for functions, events, training sessions, exhibitions, sports groups, exercise classes and more.  We welcome bookings both from the community and businesses.  Full Wi Fi facilities are available for hirers.

Main Hall

The Main Hall includes a stage with a ceiling-mounted projection screen and audio system.  There is a well equipped servery and kitchen at the opposite end; the servery has a fridge, freezer, toasters, kettles, filter coffee machine and a large capacity water heater for hot drinks.  In the adjoining kitchen there is a commercial cooker with six full size rings, double oven and alongside that a generous hot cupboard and a microwave oven.  A commercial dishwasher speeds things up when catering for larger numbers.

WiFi is available and the password is posted on the board in the Entrance Hall and also in the Meeting Room..  If you think a microphone would help please ask.  Sophisticated coloured lighting has been added in the Main Hall and on the Stage to enhance social events.  Details about the audio system and operation of these lights are to be found under Bookings/Instructions for use

 Separate Ladies and Gentlemen’s cloakrooms are accessed from the Entrance Foyer and there is a separate toilet for the disabled.

The floor area of the Main Hall is 145m2 and adjoining Side Annex is about 45m2.  

The useable area of the stage is 15m2.

Official max capacity for the Hall is 280 standing and 180 sitting.

The Stage

Refurbishments in 2021 have greatly improved the stage area so as to benefit both performers and the audience.  We cleared rubbish from the back of  the stage, gave it all a coat of paint, removed dated old scenery from the glory days of the Byfield Thespians, replaced the screens with simple black curtains, carpeted the floor and added four spot lights.  The latter can be adjusted to provide an array of varied covers.  If this will appeal, study the instructions for use under  Booking/Instructions for use.

Stage from the Auditorium
Stage area
Byfield Village Hall

Side Annex

The Side Annex can be separated from the Main Hall by the sliding doors to make an area suitable for meetings of up to about 25 people.  There is a retractable ceiling-mounted projection screen.  Beyond that there are retractable doors into a large storage area for chairs and 34 Gopack collapsible tables.  

The floor area is 35m2.

Meeting Room

The Meeting Room is accessed separately at the lower level and is ideal for meetings or social events for up to 25 people. It is equipped with tables and chairs, a ceiling-mounted projection screen, microwave, kettle, hot water heater and sink for washing up, together with toilet facilities that are suitable for the disabled.  Extensive refurbishment in 2018 added LED lighting, window blinds, new chairs and  carpeting.  We gratefully acknowledge generous financial support from the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Daventry District Council.  The Parish Council occupy an adjoining room as an office for the Parish Clerk.  We thank the Council for their contribution to the cost of refurbishment and for installing the internet connection. 

The floor area is approx 40m2.

sink, kettles, microwave, fridge, crockery
timer on wall above heater, projector screen, uplighter in the corner
Men's Breakfast talk in Meeting Room
Men's Breakfast talk in Meeting Room
Volunteers for the Byfield Big Breakfast
many hands make light work
The Lost Chord Singers
Christmas lunch arranged by the Byfield Good Neighbours for Village Seniors

Multipurpose Venue

The hall is available for hire for a variety of functions such as:

  • Clubs
  • Counselling
  • Dog training
  • Exhibitions
  • Lectures
  • Quiz nights
  • Meetings
  • Musical events
  • Parties including children’s parties
  • Sports activities
  • Wakes
  • Wedding celebrations

Heating

We are becoming greener!  In 2022 we de-commissioned the inefficient and ineffective night storage heaters in the Main Hall, replacing them with air source heat pumps.  So far this has kept users of the Hall warm and sometimes they even complain of being too hot.  The change has lowered our electricity consumption by 42% and importantly delivers the warmth precisely when the Hall is in use.  If funds are available we aim to heat other areas of the Hall in ways that are environmentally friendly.  There are no additional charges for electricity or heating.  Go to Bookings/Instructions for use for operation.

Maximum Capacity

In the combined Main Hall and Side Annex fire regulations permit accommodation for up to 180 persons seated, or 280 standing. In the Meeting Room the figures are 32 and 50.  For greater comfort we currently provide seating in the Main Hall for just 150 and in the Meeting Room for 25.  Floor space in the Main Hall is approx 170m2 and with approx 35m2  for the Side Annex the combined area is about 200m2 when the separating doors are retracted.  We are sometimes asked about bouncy castles for Children’s Parties, with questions about height of the Hall, – about 8ft in the flat-roofed annexes that flank the main area rising to about 12ft centrally under the pitched roof.  As the hirer you are responsible for safe operation and if any dirt is found afterwards, an additional charge of £30 for cleaning is added to your invoice.

Alcohol

Alcohol can be served at private functions, but if alcohol is to be sold, a licence is required and arrangements must be made for this in advance by completing the relevant part of the Booking Form.  If alcohol is sold via an outside caterer, their own licence is not valid for use in the Hall.  The licence is specific to the premises.

Regular Users

Several organisations make regular bookings. The activities of these organisations are described under Regular Users to inform newcomers to the village, and perhaps those who are not so new, of all that is on offer in their local community.  Regular users benefit from a 10% discount to the usual hire charge.

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