Information for Hirers
The Hall - The building is ideally situated in Bexley High Street (DA5 1AA) at the heart of the Village. The main hall is 54ft x 30ft (16.3m x 9.4m) and can seat between 100 and 120 people depending on seating style. The carpeted rear committee room is 25 ft x 12ft (7.3m x 3.8m) and seats about 25.
Car parking - The hall has a private car park that can accommodate about 10 cars - Please close the car park gates on exit. Cars must not be left overnight. Parking is also available in either of the two local public car parks (i) Thanet Road; behind the King's Head Public House; or (ii) behind the shops opposite the hall. Both car parks are Pay & Display every day although free after 6pm.
Tables and chairs - These are located in a rack in the storeroom adjoining the main hall. There are 31 aluminium Formica top tables (circa 6 ft x 2 ft) that fold neatly. Please ensure these are wiped over before they are returned to the storeroom rack. In addition, there are a number of wooden card tables, and 125 chairs. Please ensure the chairs are stacked, no more than 6 high, as neatly as possible. Please leave 1 table and 30 chairs in the main hall and 25 chairs and 1 table in the committee room.
The Kitchen - The modern kitchen has an electric ceramic hob, electric kettle but no oven or fridge. We do not provide crockery or cutlery and hirers should make their own arrangements. There will be a clean dishcloth, a supply of washing up liquid and paper towels for hand drying, but hirers need to provide their own tea towels. As required by hygiene regulations, an additional small sink is located in the kitchen, to be used for hand washing during food preparation. Both kitchen cold-water taps are mains supply and therefore regarded as drinking water. No foodstuffs of whatever nature may be stored overnight in the hall.
Clearing up & damage – The hall is cleaned and checked every day. However, it is your responsibility to clear the hall after use and return all tables and chairs to the store. You will need to provide your own black plastic bags if you expect to have considerable refuse. Please ensure that all rubbish is placed in the rubbish bins located in the car park. Brooms, a brush and dustpan are located in the main hall. The Hirer shall be held responsible for the total cost of making good damage done to the premises, furniture, fittings or apparatus, or for the replacement of any articles that may be broken or damaged by the Hirer during the period or periods of occupation.
Cancellation of booking – Unless specified on the booking form the hirer may cancel the booking at any time but the hire charge is repayable at the sole discretion of the Trustees. All cancellations are subject to a £25 administration charge which will be deducted from any refund due. The Trustees reserve the right to cancel any booking, without being required to disclose the reason for such cancellation, and shall give to the Hirer as much notice as possible and refund in full any Hiring Fee already paid in respect of such booking.
Contacts - The Trustees
Andrew Ross - Chairman
The full address of the hall is: The Freemantle Hall, Bexley High Street, Bexley Village, Kent. DA5 1AA
Finally, the Trustees hope you enjoy using the hall and ask you and your guests to respect its more than 100 years of history. The hall is owned by a registered charity and managed by unpaid volunteers. The Trustees receive no annual grants having to rely solely on hires and fundraising. All trustees are volunteers – the cleaner is our only paid employee.