USING OUR FACILITIES & Booking Inquiry Form
As part of its outreach to the community the Congregation of Newtownbreda makes its church building, halls and other facilities available to registered charities and other not-for-profit1 organisations or individual providers whose objectives fall within the wider Christian ministry of the Presbyterian Church. Where it is unclear that an organisation fulfils this criterion, the final decision will lie with the Kirk Session2 taking into consideration any recommendation of the Congregational Committee3. In exercising its right of refusal the Kirk Session is not bound to provide a reason.
While the Church’s own organisations are given booking priority, other organisations or individual providers are welcome to unallocated space and every effort will be made to accommodate them. We do not purport to supply, in the commercial sense, a service for outside users; rather we simply seek to share our facilities with those who can benefit from their use and, in turn, anticipate that such users will engage with us as partners in caring for them.
As Newtownbreda Church is supported through the voluntary contributions of its congregational members, any organisation or individual provider using its premises is normally expected to make a donation towards heat, light and general wear and tear. While the following suggested donations represent the minimum needed to cover such costs, as a guiding principle, no one should be deterred from seeking use of our premises because of a genuine inability to contribute as indicated.
St John’s Hall (seats up to 300):
£150 per session (morning or afternoon or evening);
£250 for morning + afternoon OR afternoon + evening;
£250 per session for licensable entertainment use.
Rosetta Hall (seats up to 100):
£20 per hour
Use of the Coffee bar and the adjacent Mezzanine area is separately negotiable
Megaw Room (seats 50) or Cairns Room (seats 40 includes kitchenette):
£7.50 per hour.
Main Kitchen: use is separately negotiable.
Foyer (including the servery): use is separately negotiable.
1A ‘not-for-profit’ organisation or individual provider is one exhibiting a strong element of ‘social enterprise’ principally for the benefit of participants/clients or the wider community and whose purpose does not involve generation of commercial revenue for the organisation or a personal income for an individual provider whether acting independently or as a franchisee. Exceptionally ‘for-profit’ organisations or individual providers may be granted access to our facilities where their activities are directly sponsored by and deemed to be in the interests of the congregation of Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church.
2This consists of ordained elders who, within Presbyterianism, take responsibility for the spiritual and pastoral affairs of the congregation. Temporal matters are normally delegated to the Congregational Committee.
Please note that certain conditions apply to the use of Newtownbreda Church’s facilities with which organisations or individuals booking the facilities are required to conform.
While encouraging the use of its facilities, the Congregational Committee recognises that this must be regulated if the buildings, their furniture, fittings and equipment are to be preserved in a good state. This is important if everyone is to fully benefit from their use of the facilities.
The Congregational Committee has therefore adopted a Policy for the Acceptable Use of Church Facilities with which ALL users are obliged to comply.
It is assumed that any person making a booking has fully read the Policy and is, thereby, accepting the requirements and conditions contained within it on behalf of the organisation or individual provider for whom the booking has been made.
Any infringement of this Policy may result in withdrawal of permission to use the facilities either temporarily or permanently.
1.1 Alcoholic beverages may not be sold or consumed within any part of the facilities or grounds.
1.2 Smoking is not permitted inside any part of the facilities.
1.3 All groups or organisations involving children should note that Newtownbreda Church enforces “Taking Care”, the Child Protection Policy of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (www.presbyterianireland.org/takingcare). The required AccessNI/POCVA checks for leaders and adult helpers must be complete and current documentation made available for scrutiny.
1.4 Gambling or games of chance involving money are not permitted within any part of the facilities or grounds. This includes raffles, sweepstakes, ballots, lotteries and tombola.
1.5 Any group or organisation intending to use the facilities should undertake a risk assessment and, if requested, a copy should be made available to the Congregational Committee or its representative.
1.6 Any groups, organisations or individuals, not directly connected to the Congregation of Newtownbreda, must provide their own insurance where their specific activities do not fall within the cover provided by the Church’s public liability insurance. This is likely to include most activities centred on physical movement or exercise where an injury could be sustained.
1.7 The Congregational Committee may amend these regulations at any time and without prior notice.
2.1 Any group or organisation using the facilities must designate a person who will be responsible for ensuring that:-
the regulations are complied with by other members of that group or organisation;
that equipment, furniture and fabric is properly cared for;
when the property is vacated at the end of the meeting, all windows are closed and secured, all lights switched off, all plugs removed and all external doors locked.
In the case of youth organisations the person responsible for the above will be the Leader-in-Charge or his/her deputy.
2.2 Designated persons must familiarise themselves with the fire and emergency regulations pertaining to the facilities, the emergency signal and the assembly points to be used in the event of an emergency evacuation. They will also be responsible for ensuring that members attending any meeting or event are informed of the nature of the emergency signal and the location of the emergency exits and assembly points.
2.3 All equipment and furniture used in the course of a meeting must be returned to its normal place of storage by the person, group or organisation that last used it.
2.4 After use, the facilities, including stores, must be left in a clean, tidy and safe condition.
All users are asked to adhere to our ECO policy and ensure that all litter is collected and placed in the waste bins provided for that purpose.
2.5 All users of the Church Halls are asked to refrain from attaching wall fixings e.g. Blu Tac, Sellotape, Command Strips, sticky labels or anything else which could deface the wall surface.
3.1 Anyone using the car park does so at his or her own risk. The Congregational Committee will not accept any responsibility for any loss of, or damage to, any vehicle or its contents while it is parked in the Church car park.
3.2 Vehicles must be parked in the marked parking bays and must not obstruct the entrances to the car park.
VEHICLES MUST NOT BE DRIVEN IN THE CAR PARK AT MORE THAN 5 MILES PER HOUR. DRIVERS MUST WATCH OUT FOR CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY.
All breakages, damages or loss of equipment must be logged by emailing the Halls’ Convenor within 24 hours. The person, group or organisation involved may be required to pay all or part of the cost of repairing or replacing lost or damaged equipment, reasonable wear and tear excepted.
It is a requirement that all users of the facilities be familiar with the routine to be followed in the event of a fire. Users fall into two groups.
Regular users - those who use facilities on a daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
Occasional users - those who use facilities on an irregular basis or for one-off events involving guests or for which tickets have been sold to a wider audience.
The plan is the same for both groups.
Regular users should note the following points:-
Room bookings made on an annual basis carry the caveat that they may be subject to change if something unforeseen should arise requesting the use of that room. A minimum notice of two months will be required.
A request for an ad hoc booking should be directed to the Halls Convenor who will contact the organisation/person concerned to discuss how the arrangement might be facilitated.
The Halls Convenor will endeavour to accommodate all parties concerned. However it should be noted that this may not always be possible.
All group members must be made familiar with the fire alarm system, the emergency exits, the assembly point and what to do in the event of an emergency evacuation. This is especially important for new members and guests of an organisation.
Some method of accounting for group members and guests must be employed so that designated persons can quickly establish if everyone has vacated the buildings.
Every group or organisation using the facilities must conduct an annual fire drill. This should be logged on the risk assessment and signed and dated by the designated person.
The safety of the group members is the responsibility of the designated person.
For groups meeting on an occasional basis or for a one-off event, the designated person (or his or her deputy) should, at the start of the event, inform those present:-
how to warn others of a fire
where emergency exits and assembly points are located, and how to get to there.
For one-off events using St John’s Hall that involve larger numbers of people such as entertainments, meetings, conferences etc:-
All users of the facilities are required to strictly observe the security arrangements.
Entering and Leaving the Premises:
While on the Premises:
The management of our facilities is undertaken by members of the congregation on a voluntary basis with the assistance of a part-time Church Steward. As there is no permanently staffed office, the most effective way of making a booking enquiry is by email.
Complete the booking enquiry form at the end of this document and email a copy of it as an attachment to the Halls Convenor.
Please only telephone in exceptional circumstances as it is unlikely that the Halls Convenor will be able to answer your enquiry at the time.
You are recommended to apply as far as possible in advance as your enquiry may have to go before the Congregational Committee (which only meets on alternate months from September to June) and, possibly, the Kirk Session for ratification.
For administrative reasons, it is not possible to process an enquiry for a booking which falls within a current calendar month or within 5 working days prior to the start of that month.
Donations in lieu of the use of the facilities are gratefully received. Please note that we do not issue invoices, reminders or receipts, though all contributions are acknowledged in due course. Donations may be made:
by cheque payable to Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church and forwarded to
374-378 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3HX or;
by electronic transfer to the Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church account at
Danske Bank; Sort Code 95-01-34, Account No. 92796783.