Terms & Conditions of Hire
For the purposes of this agreement and the conditions of hire, the term “Hirer” shall mean an individual hirer or, where the “Hirer” is an organisation that organisation. “Premises” means those parts of the Village Hall stated on the Booking Form being those subject to this hire agreement. “Booking” means the contract between the Hirer and Mollington Village Hall Management Committee (MVHMC) as detailed and on the terms of this agreement (“the Booking Form” of which these conditions form part). “Period” means the time or times reserved under these conditions and “the Function” means that described and authorised by the Booking. If the Hirer is in any doubt as to the meaning of any of the conditions, the Village Hall Secretary should immediately be consulted.
In consideration of the Hire Fee detailed on the Booking Form, the MVHMC agrees to permit the Hirer to use the Premises for the Function and for the Period(s) described in the booking form. All details inserted in the booking form are part of this Agreement. This Hiring Agreement includes these Standard Conditions and Special Conditions set out below.
Standard conditions of hire
The Hirer, not being a person under 18 years of age, hereby accepts responsibility for being in charge of and on the premises at all times when the public are present and for ensuring that all conditions, under this Agreement, relating to management and supervision of the premises are met.
The Hirer shall, during the period of the hiring, be responsible for: supervision of the premises, the fabric and the contents; their care, safety from damage however slight or change of any sort; and the behaviour of all persons using the premises whatever their capacity, including proper supervision of car parking arrangements so as to avoid obstruction of the highway. As directed by the Village Hall Secretary, the Hirer shall make good or pay for all damage (including accidental damage) to the premises or to the fixtures, fittings or contents and for loss of contents.
3. Use of premises
The Hirer shall not use the premises (including the car park if any) for any purpose other than that described in the Hiring Agreement and shall not sub-hire or use the premises or allow the premises to be used for any unlawful or unsuitable purpose or in any unlawful way nor do anything or bring onto the premises anything which may endanger the same or render invalid any insurance policies in respect thereof nor allow the consumption of alcohol thereon without written permission.
4. Insurance and indemnity
- The Hirer shall be liable for:
- the cost of repair of any damage (including accidental and malicious damage) done to any part of the premises including the curtilage thereof or the contents of the premises
- all claims, losses, damages and costs made against or incurred by the Village Hall management committee, their employees, volunteers, agents or invitees in respect of damage or loss of property or injury to persons arising as a result of the use of the premises (including the storage of equipment) by the Hirer, and
- all claims, losses, damages and costs made against or incurred by the Village Hall management committee, their employees, volunteers, agents or invitees as a result of any nuisance caused to a third party as a result of the use of the premises by the Hirer, and
subject to sub-clause (b), the Hirer shall indemnify and keep indemnified accordingly each member of the Village Hall management committee and the Village Hall’s employees, volunteers, agents and invitees against such liabilities.
(b) The Village Hall shall take out adequate insurance to insure the liabilities described in sub-clauses (a) (i) above and may, in its discretion and in the case of non commercial hirers, insure the liabilities described in sub-clauses (a) (ii) and (iii) above. The Village Hall shall claim on its insurance for any liability of the Hirer hereunder but the Hirer shall indemnify and keep indemnified each member of the Village Hall management committee and the Village Hall’s employees, volunteers, agents and invitees against (a) any insurance excess incurred and (b) the difference between the amount of the liability and the monies received under the insurance policy.
(c) Where the Village Hall does not insure the liabilities described in sub-clauses (a) (ii) and (iii) above, the Hirer shall take out adequate insurance to insure such liability and on demand shall produce the policy and current receipt or other evidence of cover to the Village Hall Secretary. Failure to produce such policy and evidence of cover will render the hiring void and enable the Village Hall Secretary to rehire the premises to another Hirer.
The Village Hall is insured against any claims arising out of its own negligence.
5. Gaming, betting and lotteries
The Hirer shall ensure that nothing is done on or in relation to the premises in contravention of the law relating to gaming, betting and lotteries.
6. Music Copyright licensing, Theatre and Performing Rights Society and Other Licences
The hirer shall ensure that the Village Hall holds relevant licences under Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Phonographic Performance Licence (PPL) or, where appropriate, the hirer holds a licence. MVHMC’s licence does not cover performances of theatrical, ballet, opera or choral works, etc. The Hirer is responsible for obtaining the requisite Performing Rights Society licence and any other licence that may be required for their intended purpose. Any such licence must be provided to the MVHMC.
Children shall be restricted from viewing age-restricted films classified according to the recommendations of the British Board of Film Classification. Hirers should ensure that they have the appropriate copyright licences for film.
8. Childcare Act 2006
The Hirer shall ensure that any activities for children under eight years of age comply with the provisions of the Childcare Act 2006 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable groups Act 2006 and only fit and proper persons who have passed the appropriate Criminal Records Bureau checks should have access to the children. Checks may also apply where children over eight and vulnerable adults are taking part in activities. The Hirer shall provide the Village Hall management committee with a copy of their CRB check and Child Protection Policy on request.
9. Public safety compliance
The Hirer shall comply with all conditions and regulations made in respect of the premises by the Local Authority, the Licensing Authority, and the hall’s Fire Risk Assessment or otherwise, particularly in connection with any event which constitutes regulated entertainment, at which alcohol is sold or provided or which is attended by children. The Hirer shall also comply with the hall’s health and safety policy.
The Fire Service shall be called to any outbreak of fire, however slight, and details shall be given to the Village Hall Secretary of the management committee.
(a) The Hirer acknowledges that they have received instruction in the following matters:
- The action to be taken in event of fire. This includes calling the Fire Brigade and evacuating the hall.
- The location and use of fire equipment.
- Escape routes and the need to keep them clear.
- Method of operation of escape door fastenings.
- Appreciation of the importance of any fire doors and of closing all fire doors at the time of a fire.
- Location of the first aid box.
(b) In advance of any activity whether regulated entertainment or not the Hirer shall check the following items:
- That all fire exits are unlocked and panic bolts in good working order.
- That all escape routes are free of obstruction and can be safely used for instant free public exit.
- That any fire doors are not wedged open.
- That exit signs are illuminated.
- That there are no obvious fire hazards on the premises.
The Hirer shall ensure that the minimum of noise is made on arrival and departure, particularly late at night and early in the morning. The Hirer shall, if using sound amplification equipment, make use of any noise limitation device provided at the premises and comply with any other licensing condition for the premises. All music must cease at 11.00 pm and the Village Hall must be vacated by 11.30 pm.
11. Drunk and disorderly behaviour and supply of illegal drugs
The Hirer shall ensure that in order to avoid disturbing neighbours to the hall and avoid violent or criminal behaviour; care shall be taken to avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. No illegal drugs may be brought onto the premises. Drunk and disorderly behaviour shall not be permitted either on the premises or in its immediate vicinity. Any person suspected of being drunk, under the influence of drugs or who is behaving in a violent or disorderly way shall be asked to leave the premises in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003.
12. Health and hygiene
The Hirer shall, if preparing, serving or selling food, observe all relevant food health and hygiene legislation and regulations. In particular dairy products, vegetables and meat on the premises must be refrigerated and stored in compliance with the Food Temperature Regulations. The premises are provided with a refrigerator but not a thermometer.
13. Electrical appliance safety
The Hirer shall ensure that any electrical appliances brought by them to the premises and used there shall be safe, in good working order, and used in a safe manner in accordance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Where a residual circuit breaker is provided the hirer must make use of it in the interests of public safety.
14. Stored equipment
The Village Hall accepts no responsibility for any stored equipment or other property brought on to or left at the premises, and all liability for loss or damage is hereby excluded. All equipment and other property (other than stored equipment) must be removed at the end of each hiring or fees will be charged for each day or part of a day at the hire fee per hiring until the same is removed.
The Village Hall may, use its discretion in any of the following circumstances:
(a) Failure by the Hirer either to pay any charges in respect of stored equipment due and payable or to remove the same within seven days after the agreed storage period has ended.
(b) Failure by the Hirer to dispose of any property brought on to the premises for the purposes of the hiring. This may result in the Village Hall management committee disposing of any such items by sale or otherwise on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, and charge the Hirer any costs incurred in storing and selling or otherwise disposing of the same.
The Hirer shall, and shall ensure that the Hirer’s invitees, comply with the prohibition of smoking in public places provisions of the Health Act 2006 and regulations made thereunder. Any person who breaches this provision shall be asked to leave the premises. The Hirer shall ensure that anyone wishing to smoke does so outside (and three metres away from the building as it is a wooden structure) and disposes of cigarette ends, matches etc. in a tidy and responsible manner, so as not to cause a fire.
16. Accidents and dangerous occurrences
Any failure of equipment belonging to the Village Hall or brought in by the Hirer must also be reported as soon as possible. The Hirer must report all accidents involving injury to the public to a member of the Village Hall management committee as soon as possible and complete the relevant section in the Village Hall’s accident book.
17. Explosives and flammable substances
The hirer shall ensure that:
(a) Highly flammable substances are not brought into, or used in any part of the premises and that
(b) No internal decorations of a combustible nature (e.g. polystyrene, cotton wool) shall be erected without the consent of the management committee. No decorations are to be put up near light fittings or heaters.
The Hirer shall ensure that no unauthorised heating appliances shall be used on the premises when open to the public without the consent of the management committee. Portable Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG) heating appliances shall not be used.
The Hirer shall ensure that no animals (including birds) except guide dogs are brought into the premises, other than for a special event agreed to by the Village Hall. No animals whatsoever are to enter the kitchen at any time.
20. Fly posting
The Hirer shall not carry out or permit fly posting or any other form of unauthorised advertisements for any event taking place at the premises, and shall indemnify and keep indemnified each member of the Village Hall’s management committee accordingly against all actions, claims and proceedings arising from any breach of this condition. Failure to observe this condition may lead to prosecution by the local authority.
21. Sale of goods
The Hirer shall, if selling goods on the premises, comply with Fair Trading Laws and any code of practice used in connection with such sales. In particular, the Hirer shall ensure that the total prices of all goods and services are prominently displayed, as shall be the organiser’s name and address and that any discounts offered are based only on Manufacturers’ Recommended Retail Prices.
22. WiFi Services
When using the WiFi service the Hirer agrees at all times to be bound by the following provisions:
(i) not to use the WiFi service for any for the following purposes:
- disseminating any unlawful, harassing, libellous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable material or otherwise breaching any laws;
- transmitting material that constitutes a criminal offence or encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offence, results in civil liability or otherwise breaches any applicable laws, regulations or code of practice;
- interfering with any other persons use or enjoyment of the WiFi service; or
- making, transmitting or storing electronic copies of material protected by copyright without permission of the owner;
(ii) to keep any username, password, or any other information which forms part of the WiFi service security procedure confidential and not to disclose it to any third party.
23. Termination of the WiFi service
MVHMC have the right to suspend or terminate the WiFi service immediately in the event that there is any breach of any of the provisions of these Standard Conditions including without limitation:
(i) if the Hirer uses any equipment which is defective or illegal;
(ii) if the Hirer causes any technical or other problems to the Village Hall’s WiFi service;
(iii) if, in MVHMC’s opinion, the Hirer is involved in fraudulent or unauthorised use of our WiFi service;
(iv) if the Hirer resells access to our WiFi service; or
(v) if the Hirer uses our WiFi service in contravention of the terms of these Standard Conditions.
24. Availability of WiFi Services
(i) Although MVHMC aims to offer the best WiFi service possible, MVHMC makes no promise that the WiFi service will meet the Hirer’s requirements. MVHMC cannot guarantee that the Village Hall’s WiFi service will be fault-free or accessible at all times.
(ii) It is the Hirer’s responsibility to ensure that any WiFi enabled device used by them is compatible with the Village Hall’s WiFi service and is switched on. The availability and performance of the Village Hall’s WiFi service is subject to all memory, storage and any other limitations in the Hirer’s device. The Village Hall’s WiFi service is only available to the Hirer’s device when it is within the operating range of the main hall.
(iii) MVHMC are not responsible for data, messages, or pages that the Hirer may lose or that become misdirected because of the interruptions or performance issues with the Village Hall’s WiFi service or wireless communications networks generally. MVHMC may impose usage, or service limits, suspend service, or block certain kinds of usage in our sole discretion, to protect other users of our WiFi service. Network speed is no indication of the speed at which the Hirer’s WiFi enabled device or the Village Hall’s WiFi service sends or receives data. Actual network speed will vary based on configuration, compression and network congestion.
25. Privacy and Data Protection
(i) MVHMC may collect and store personal data through the Hirer’s use of the Village Hall’s WiFi service.
(ii) MVHMC may process all information about the Hirer which is provided in relation to the Village Hall’s WiFi service in accordance with the Hirer’s legal rights under the Data Protection 1998 and solely for the purposes of offering the WiFi service.
(iii) By using the Village Hall’s WiFi service, the Hirer agrees to the terms of this clause 25.
The Village Hall’s WiFi service is owned and funded by Mollington Parish Council. If you would like more information or object to anything in these conditions, you should speak to the Mollington Parish Council.
When using the WiFi service the Hirer agrees at all times to be bound by the following provisions:
(a) not to use the WiFi service for any of the following purposes:
(i) disseminating any unlawful, harassing, libellous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable material or otherwise breaching any laws;
(ii) transmitting material that constitutes a criminal offence or encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offence, results in civil liability or otherwise breaches any applicable laws, regulations or code of practice;
(iii) interfering with any other persons use or enjoyment of the WiFi service; and
(iv) making, transmitting or storing electronic copies of material protected by copyright without permission of the owner
(b) to keep any username, password, or any other information which forms part of the WiFi service security procedure confidential and not to disclose it to any third party.
26. Payment and Cancellation
Full payment is required for a booking to be confirmed. If the Hirer cancels the booking, refunds will be paid according to the following schedule:
- 7 days or more prior to booking date – 100% refund
- 7 days to 24 hours before booking – 50% refund
- Less than 24 hours or no-show – no refund will be payable.
Additionally the Village Hall reserves the right to cancel this hiring by written notice to the Hirer in the event of:
(a) the premises being required for use as a Polling Station for a Parliamentary or Local Government election or by-election.
(b) the Village Hall management committee reasonably considering that (i) such hiring will lead to a breach of licensing conditions, if applicable, or other legal or statutory requirements, or (ii) unlawful or unsuitable activities will take place at the premises as a result of this hiring.
(c) the premises becoming unfit for the use intended by the Hirer.
(d) an emergency requiring use of the premises as a shelter for the victims of flooding, snowstorm, fire, explosion or those at risk of these or similar disasters.
In any such case the Hirer shall be entitled to a full refund of any fees already paid, but the Village Hall shall not be liable to the Hirer for any resulting direct or indirect loss to the Hirer.
27. End of hire
The Hirer shall be responsible for leaving the premises and surrounding area in a clean and tidy condition, properly locked and secured unless directed otherwise and any contents temporarily removed from their usual positions properly replaced, otherwise the Village Hall shall be at liberty to make an additional charge.
28. No alterations
No alterations or additions may be made to the premises nor may any fixtures be installed or placards, decorations or other articles be attached in any way to any part of the premises without the prior written approval of the Village Hall Secretary. Any alteration, fixture or fitting or attachment so approved shall at the discretion of the Village Hall remain in the premises at the end of the hiring. It will become the property of the Village Hall unless removed by the Hirer who must make good to the satisfaction of the Village Hall any damage caused to the premises by such removal.
29. No rights
The Hiring Agreement constitutes permission only to use the premises and confers no tenancy or other right of occupation on the Hirer.
Special Conditions of Hire
All functions must end promptly by 11.30 pm to comply with the Public Entertainment Licence.
Hirers must ensure that all precautions are taken against risk of fire and damage to the property. Instructions for smoke/heat alarms/exits/equipment, and what to do in the event of a fire, can be found on the notice board inside the hall entrance.
The Hall has no telephone. Please ensure you have a mobile in good working order with you.
All means of EXITS from the premises must be kept free from obstruction and immediately available for instant public exit. The emergency exit illuminated signs remain on permanently.
Opening and closing the Village Hall
Arrangements for access to the hall will be notified approximately 24 hours before the booking commences.
Please ensure that any outside caterers, contractors and bar staff are aware of the hire period and that they will not be able to enter before or leave after the hire period.
Guests are expected to vacate the premises by 11.30 pm. After this time, only those helping to clear up the Village Hall should be on the premises.
Please use the trolleys provided for moving chairs and tables in order to avoid injury. Please stack chairs and tables neatly in the storeroom.
A first aid box is located in the kitchen, and an Accident Report book is kept in the drawer next to the cooker. All recorded accidents must be reported to the management as soon as possible. It is the duty of the management to inform the authorities.
The heating will be set and controlled remotely.
Health and Hygiene
The Hirer shall, if preparing, serving or selling food, observe all relevant food health and hygiene legislation and regulations, in particular dairy products. Vegetables and meat must be refrigerated. Please request that the hall’s refrigerator be switched on prior to your event if required.
Consideration for others
The Hirer must ask their guests to leave quietly at the close of their event. Car doors banging and loud talk in the car park are a disturbance for local residents.
The Hirer must not use drawing pins or tape on the walls or other surfaces, use Blu-Tack or 3M Command hooks if they need to put up notices or decorations. Decorations must not be fitted near light fittings or heaters.
The Hirer must leave the Village Hall clean and tidy. In particular MVHMC asks the Hirer to ensure table tops are wiped clean before being stacked in the storeroom and all rubbish is taken away when the Hirer leaves. Only recyclable items must be placed in the blue bin.
Use of the recreation facilities
The recreation ground is a public facility managed by Mollington Parish Council and is available for use by the public. The Hirer should be aware that in the event of any accident occurring to themselves or their guests during the period of hire, no claims can be made against MVHMC.
Use of the recreation ground in conjunction with the Village Hall is at the discretion of the Parish Council, and if agreed, all outside activity must cease by 10.30 pm.
Mollington Parish Council has Public Liability Insurance for general public use of the recreation ground through a Specialist National Parish Council Insurance Scheme. This Insurance does not specifically cover Public Liability for Hire of or part of the recreation ground for private events associated with hire of the Village Hall, including the use of equipment e.g. bouncy castles used for private events. The Hirer should ensure they have adequate Public Liability Insurance in place for the use of such equipment.
Hirers should be aware that only the Village Hall and adjoining patio may be reserved exclusively for private use; the recreation ground is a public facility.
Faults/ damage/ comments
Please report any faults or damage to the Village Hall Secretary as soon as possible so that they can be rectified quickly. The management committee welcome comments or observations that the Hirer may have about their hire of the Village Hall.
Payment is due within the terms specified within the Terms of Payment.
Keys must be placed in the key safe immediately after the event.
The maximum number of persons allowed in the building at any one time is 110, with a maximum of 110 standing/dancing or 100 seated at tables.
Any show involving the use of scenery or the like on stage is subject to inspection and approval 14 days prior to the engagement by the Local Authority and, if appropriate, Fire Brigade. Evidence of such approval must be provided to MVHMC.
No additional lights or extension from the existing electric light fittings shall be used without the previous consent of MVHMC.