St John’s Facilities

The central part of the building is a large hall (19×8 m, thus 152 sq m; i.e. 1,636 sq ft). This provides space for seating at least 100 theatre-style or 80 can sit comfortably round tables for events involving food. The open space and large windows give the hall a very spacious feel and the sprung floor is especially suitable for dance/exercise classes – or for young children running around.

And you can easily fit in a bouncy castle with space to spare.

From the hall, doors lead to a Meeting Room and the toilet/kitchen lobby.

The Meeting Room is 3.5 x 6 m (21 sq m or 225 sq ft) – suitable for 15-20 people, depending on what tables are needed. The lobby provides access to the two toilets and the kitchen. There are two “unisex” toilets, one of which is fully disabled- friendly and the other includes a baby changing unit.

Our kitchen was completely refitted early in 2015. It can be used simply for preparing and serving drinks or for a major cook-in – we estimate it’s suitable for providing a full meal for 60-80 people or buffet for up to 100.

There is a range cooker (2 electric fan ovens, 1 electric grill and 5 gas rings), dishwasher (each load takes about 2 minutes), fridge, water heater for drinks, microwave and coffee filter machine. Plenty of work surfaces, including a central work unit, makes preparation easy and a serving hatch opening into the main hall provides for quick serving. A double sink makes food preparation and the odd washing up simple and there is a separate hand-washing sink next to the cleaning equipment cupboard. Crockery, cutlery and glassware are available.

There is also a large garden at the rear of the building.  Some of this is in need of remedial work and is not generally available for users but we hope soon to be able to open up our new outdoor play area.