Old Chapel – Terms and Conditions

THE OLD CHAPEL HALL
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF HIRE AGREEMENT (January 2016)

PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
1. Payment for one-off hire must be made 4 weeks in advance of the engagement, or 5 days after
agreeing the hire, whichever is the later.
2. Regular bookings will be invoiced monthly in advance.
3. Payment of invoices must be made within 30 days of the date of the invoice or an administration
fee will be applied.
4. In the event of a cancellation less than 7 days before the engagement the hirer will be liable for an
administration fee of £30.
BOOKINGS
5. All bookings shall be made via The Chislehurst Society office on the Agreed Booking Form. The
person named on the Booking Form shall be considered the hirer and where an organisation is
named, the person signing confirms that they do so with the full authority of the named
organisation.
6. The hirer must be over 18 years of age.
7. Any deposit required must be made at the time of booking and no engagement will be booked
until this has been received. We will do our utmost to return any deposit within 10 working days of
the event subject to the satisfactory inspection of the building.
8. In the event that any key provided to the hirer is lost, then a £30 replacement and administration
fee will become payable. If we retain a deposit then this fee will be deducted from the deposit,
otherwise you will be issued with an invoice for this amount, which will be due and payable within
7 business days.
9. When booking, users must allow time for setting up, clearing away and leaving the Hall clean and
in the condition it was found.
10.The Chislehurst Society reserves the right to refuse any application for the hire of the Hall without
stating a reason. No organisation shall be deemed to have an undisputed right to an unbreakable
series of bookings.
11.Every hirer will be supplied with a front door key, which must be collected from the office, or as
otherwise agreed with the Chislehurst Society and returned after the end of the engagement.
12.The hire of the Hall is for the specific agreed times shown on the Booking Form and does not
entitle the hirer to use or enter the Hall at any other time.
13.The Chislehurst Society reserves the right to put a stop to any entertainment or meeting not
properly or reasonably conducted or which contravenes any of these terms and conditions.
14.If the Hall is unavailable at the time of hire due to failure of a previous hirer to leave it in a clean
condition, or because of failure of heating or lighting and the hirer decides not to go ahead with
the booking, hire charges and deposit will be returned but The Chislehurst Society accepts no
further liability.
15.No items may be stored in the hall by users except by written consent.
16.The Chislehurst Society does not accept liability for any loss or damage to the hirer’s or any other
third party’s property or vehicles whilst on the premises arising out of the hiring, nor for any loss,
damage, or injury which may be incurred by, or be done to or happen to, any person or persons
using the building during the hiring, arising from any cause whatsoever or for any loss due to any
breakdown of machinery, failure or supply of electricity, leakage of water, fire, government
restriction or act of God which may cause the building to be temporarily closed or the hiring to be
interrupted or cancelled. The hirer shall indemnify the Chislehurst Society against any claim which
may arise out of the hiring or which may be made by any person using the building during the
hiring in respect of any loss damage or injury.
17.The hirer is responsible for all damage to the Hall, equipment, furniture and property in the Hall
and grounds occurring during the period of hire or while persons are entering or leaving the Hall
pursuant to the hire. The hirer will be responsible for the full cost of remedying any such damage.
If any damage to the property is caused during the hiring of the Hall, please report it immediately
to The Chislehurst Society.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
18.The Society insurance covers its own liabilities only and not of those of the hirer or any other third
party. The hirer should make suitable insurance provision in respect of claims which might be
made by persons for injury or damage arising from the hire.
19.The hirer will, during the period of the hire, be responsible for the supervision of the Hall, 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 Hall whatever their capacity.
20.The number of persons admitted to the Hall shall not exceed the number that can with ample
safety be accommodated therein, full regard being had on every occasion to the particular kind of
entertainment that will be provided.
21.The hirer shall not sublet or use the Hall for any unlawful purpose or in any unlawful way nor do
anything or bring on to the premises any thing which may endanger the same or any insurance
policies in respect thereof nor allow sale of alcoholic liquor thereon.
22.All emergency exits must be kept accessible at all times.
23.It is essential that everyone using the Hall is vigilant. Please do not allow access to anyone
unless they are part of your organisation and do not let unaccompanied children open the door to
let people in.

CONDITIONS DURING USE
24.No premises Licence pursuant to the Licensing Act is in force in relation to the Hall. The hirer
shall be responsible for obtaining any licenses that may be required whether for Performing
Rights, Music, Dancing or other entertainment or otherwise and for the observance of the same
and of all other regulations appertaining to the Hall. For the avoidance of doubt, the sale of
alcohol by license or otherwise is prohibited.
25.No temporary electrical installations shall be used without written approval.
26.All functions must finish and any music switched off by 11 p.m. Consideration is requested for
our neighbours when playing music and when entering and departing the Hall.
27.The hirer and their guests are not permitted to smoke within the premises. For the avoidance of
doubt, this includes both the Hall and car parking area.
28.The hirer and their guests are not permitted to engage in gambling or entertainment of a sexual
nature within the Hall.
29.No activity by persons under 18 years of age shall take place in the Hall without a sufficient
number of responsible adults being present at all times.
30.The Chislehurst Society has a policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults and requires
the cooperation of all hirers of the Hall in taking measures for the appropriate protection of any child
or vulnerable adult involved in activities in the Hall. The Chislehurst Society may require hirers to
provide details of the measures they have in place to protect them. Further details are available here:
https://www.chislehurst-society.org.uk/OldChapel/OldChapelHire.html
31.CONDITIONS AT END OF USE
32.Clearing and cleaning of the hall after use is the responsibility of the hirer. All equipment used
must be returned to their original locations. The floor must be swept and cleared of all debris and
any spillages must be cleaned. All rubbish must be removed from the site by the hirer.
33.On leaving, the hirer must make sure that all lighting is turned off and all doors and windows,
including fire exit doors, are locked and secure. All taps and appliances should be turned off in
the kitchen and toilets.
34.It is the hirer’s responsibility to ensure that no person remains in the building when locking the
Hall.

 

Registered Charity No. 1166276
The Chislehurst Society, The Old Chapel, 3 Queens Passage, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5AP.
Telephone 020 8467 0900
Website: www.chislehurst-society.org.uk Email: hallhire@chislehurst-society.org.uk