West Lulworth Village Hall – User Guide


Emergency Phone Numbers – 20p in the payphone unless specified


Emergency Services  - 999  (free-phone)

Electricity                  - 08000 72 72 82

Water                         - 0845 6004600

Community Police    -

NHS Direct               - 111


Hirer’s Responsibilities – a brief summary

 Keep Hall & grounds safe and free from damage and pay for any damages incurred.

 Supervise the behaviour of all persons using the Hall.

 Obtain any licences needed for alcohol or music.

 Comply with Local Authority, Health & Safety and Fire regulations.

 Inform the hall committee of any cancellations and cover costs if necessary.

 No Blu-tack or sticky tape may be used on the plaster walls.

 The water boiler in the kitchen must be emptied.

 The fridge must be turned off and the door left ajar.

The dish-washermust also be turned off and the door left ajar.

 All lights and heating must be turned off. Please use the foyer delayed light correctly.

 All windows and inside doors must be closed and outside doors locked.

 Please leave the Hall and rooms set up properly. See ‘Table and Chairs’ below.

 All rubbish must be removed from the site as we do not have a garbage collection.

Leave the premises & surroundings in a clean and tidy state ready for the next hirer.


Any Problems?

 In the following sections, we attempt to answer the questions you might have if you are a new user of our Village Hall.


Audio System


 Audio Mixer

 The mixer has four input channels and stereo (left and right) outputs. The inputs each have a volume control (blue knob) and a balance control ('panpot' – yellow knob). Each input channel has two connectors, one 6.35mm Jack socket for connecting microphones and one RCA (phono) socket for connecting other audio devices. It is best to use only one of these input sockets per channel. The master volume control (red knob) controls the overall volume level for all channels. There are also two switches: Power which should be left On (the mixer turns off when mains power is turned off) and Stereo/Mono which should normally be in Stereo mode.

 Current configuration

 The microphone is plugged in to Channel 1 using a Jack plug. Normally the balance control for Channel 1 should be in the middle.

 Channel 2 is un-used. The radio-mic could be connected here. If it is, turn the blue volume knob for Channel 2 up full and use the two volume knobs on the radio mic receiver box to adjust the volume of each mic.

 Channels 3 and 4 have the CD/DVD player connected. The left output goes to Channel 3, and the right output goes to Channel 4. The balance knob for Channel 3 is set to Left and the balance for Channel 4 set to Right. This makes the stereo work correctly.

 When adjusting the blue volume controls for Channels 3 and 4 both should be set to the same position.

 If unsure, start off with the blue volume controls set to the middle for the device(s) which are to be used, as well as the red master volume control set to the middle. This shouldn't be too loud or too quiet, and then can be adjusted as needed.

 The two outputs are connected to a dual RCA to XLR cable, then two XLR cables go upstairs to the loft where they connect to two XLR to Jack cables which take the signal to the 'hall' mixer.

 Booking & Payment

 All bookings must be made through the Bookings Officer.

 You must provide a contact telephone & address/email, and you must agree to accept the Standard Conditions of Hire which can be read on the website.

 You can also download a blank invoice from this website.

 Payment should be made promptly to the treasurer (not to the Bookings Officer): Mike Halsall, Lulcote, Sunnyside, West Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5RT (see Booking info for methods of payment).

 If a receipt is required outside West Lulworth, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Standard conditions of hiring are on the notice board and on this website. If you hire the Hall, you will be deemed to have accepted these conditions.


 Cleaning: the Hall should be left in a fit state for the next hirer. Our caretaker comes in only once a week, so we do rely on you to keep our hire costs down.

 Garbage: please remove all rubbish from site.  There should be some small bags in a drawer in the kitchen, but for big events you may need to supply your own large ones.

 Furniture: please put all chairs & tables back where they belong – see ‘Tables & Chairs’

 Kitchen: see ‘Kitchen Equipment’ for how to leave everything.

 Doors: all fire doors should be closed, not wedged open.

 Lights & Locks: see ‘Lights’ and ‘Locks’ sections of this user-guide.

Fire Alarm

 In the event of a real fire, the correct procedures must be followed.

 If you get a false alarm,  follow the instructions on the bell box in the foyer.

 Fire Regulations

 The law states that you, the Hirer, are temporarily the “Responsible Person” for fire safety. The relevant fire regulations are to be found on the main notice board in the foyer and on the website. Please make sure that you understand them.


 The grassy slopes around the hall are quite steep and there are considerable drops onto hard surfaces at the lower edges. 

 Please supervise children and do not allow them to play in these areas. Keep children away from the Oil Tank Installation.

 Hearing Loop

 This is to help hearing aid users at talks and discussions.

 Switch on at the 3-pin plug marked LOOP on the left hand side of the stage. Hearing aid users should switch to T or MT.

Note that it is a legal obligation to switch on the loop at all public performances. Don't forget to turn it off before you leave.


 Hot water is provided automatically, but will run out if you are too extravagant!

 A background level of space heating is maintained automatically. In cold weather, this may be augmented by inserting & turning the ‘heating’ key in the locks near the entrances to the main hall & the meetings room. The key must be left in for as long as heating is required. Please help us to reduce costs & CO2 emissions by turning the heating off as soon as you don’t need it any more.


The Village Hall insurance policy does not cover items owned by users of the Hall,

unless agreed with the Committee and stated on the Policy.


 Kitchen Equipment

 Crockery, cutlery & glasses: the hall has matching crockery stored in the kitchen. This includes 125 place settings (cup, saucer, side plate, dinner plate) and approximately 100 knives, forks and spoons. A small collection of glasses is stored in the kitchen. Extra glasses will be found in a marked cupboard in the store room.

 Water Boiler: please empty after use.

 Cooker: please clean thoroughly if you use it.

 Fridge & Dishwasher: the master on/off switch for both is on the wall near the fridge. There are two further switches - one for each - on the right inside of the adjacent cupboard. If these are all left on, the fridge can be controlled simply by the inside dial - the zero position turns it off. Empty the fridge, leave it clean, and switch it off. The doors of both appliances must be left open to prevent mold.

 Cleaning equipment: brushes, vacuum etc are in the cupboard in the kitchen for you to clean up before you leave.There is also a large V-sweeper in the store-room for use on the main hall floor.



  Ladders are kept on the stage for use only by safety-aware persons in support of drama groups.



 Main Hall: two sets of five overhead lights are controlled by switches at the entrance from the foyer. The up lighters (for slide shows etc. where a low level of lighting is required) are operated by a push-button at the entrance – on/off by pushing, brightness by rotating.

 Stage: stage stairs are separately illuminated, the switch being to the right of the door opening at the bottom of the steps. The stage performance lighting is for authorised use only.

 Meetings Room: two switches each operate half the lights.

 Foyer: switches are by the front door. Two of these control the outside sensor lights and are sellotaped ‘on’. When leaving the Hall in the dark, the delayed action push button switch should be pressed and the foyer switch must then be turned off. This allows about 5 minutes of foyer illumination for an orderly departure.

 Locks & Gate

 You will normally have received two keys, one for the front door, and one for the heating. We no longer lock  the gate,  but you should ensure it is securely held open when you are in the Hall, and closed when you leave. For the use of the heating key, see ‘Heating’.


 Authorised personnel only are permitted access.

 Music Licences

The Hall has a combined Performing Right Society (PRS) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) licence, which is now administered by the PRS.  There is now no need for Hall users to obtain their own licence cover. 


 [The PRS licence is concerned with copyright music and protects the interests of composers, song writers and publishers.

 The PPL licence is for recorded music played at Discos, Christmas Parties and Dances, and protects the interests of singers, musicians and record companies.]



  During the day, vehicles should be parked only in marked positions and certainly not in positions that could obstruct emergency exits from the Hall or access by the Emergency Services.

 Please consider whether you need to have a person controlling the car park to avoid danger to pedestrians, particularly if it is dark.

 In the event that overnight parking has been agreed with the Village Hall Management Committee, no vehicles should be parked in bays adjacent to the Hall.

 Power cuts

         If there is a mains power failure, you will have to be patient until the Electricity           Board sorts it out. Phone 105 or 0800 0727282 for information.

        If you have caused the trip, perhaps by overloading the circuits or by using faulty equipment, then  you can do something. First, switch off and unplug any equipment that you suspect may have  caused the problem. Then use the bolt to open the door on the left of the kitchen door, and you will see the main circuit breaker box. Check for switches that are off, but only proceed from here if you know what you are doing!  Otherwise, contact one of the Village Hall emergency numbers.


 You are responsible for your own safety at all times, but especially when using or moving equipment in the hall, whether it be the property of the hall, or items which you have brought in for your event. 

 If you use the ladders, first make sure that you understand how to use them safely.

 Please keep children out of the kitchen and limit the number of persons at any one time to four.

Make sure that all items such as chairs are safely stacked. Do not overload shelves.

 Screens and Stand

 A stand for a projector is kept in the storage room. The Main Hall screen is pulled down with the aid of the pole kept in the right-hand corner of the room. Please retract the screen carefully when you have finished using it.

There is also a screen in the Meeting Room which can be operated by hand.

 Size & Numbers

The number of people that can be accommodated in the Hall is limited by our fire regulations.  A maximum of 160 may be seated in rows in the Main Hall – see Notice Board for suggested seating arrangement that preserves a two-metre fire escape route.

For weddings and other events with tables, the number will be nearer 100, and must maintain the escape routes.

For all events, including jumble sales, it is essential that the escape routes are kept clear.

 Sports Equipment

 Sports equipment is owned by the user groups. Anyone else wishing to use it must make arrangements with the appropriate User Group and the Hall Committee.


 Skittles. If you have arranged  to use the skittles alley, you must ensure that you have been instructed in how to set up the alley and how to open the covers on the pit. At least two ablebodied persons are required for this.


 Table Tennis. The table tennis tables stored within the marked area in the store room. Take care when moving and opening them


 The stage area is to be accessed only if you have made a prior arrangement to use it. 

 Stage extensions are stored on the stage, and also within the marked area in the Store Room.  It is anticipated that these will be used only by local groups. Assembly should be attempted only by someone who has experience of their use.

 Unless the stage is being used, the stage stairs should be wheeled to the side against the wall.

 Tables & Chairs

 Meetings Room: 7 small tables, 1 large table, 33 chairs with brown seats.


 Main Hall: 66 chairs with blue seats. Please use the two trolleys to move stacks of chairs as this helps to protect the floor - and your back!


 Under-stage: at the left-hand side 17 large tables, 8 or 9 on the left with their legs facing to the left, and the other 8 or 9 on the right with their legs facing to the right.

 This is important to prevent damage to the tables when they are stacked & removed. Also under the stage are about 75 black unpadded chairs on a long trolley.


 The mains electricity switch and fuse box and the mains water stopcock are in the cupboard which is next to the door to the meeting room.  If you trip the supply, you will need to contact a member of the committee to have it reinstated.


         The password for our Wifi connection is on the wall near the telephone in the foyer.

Windows & Doors 

 In the Meetings Room, be sure to close all windows before you leave.

 In the Main Hall, the top windows can be opened by using the long pole from the front left- or right-hand corner of the hall. This is not too easy, and closing the windows is tricky too. Get someone who knows what they’re doing – it’ll be your responsibility if you break one. Doors can be wedged open temporarily, but must be closed on departure to comply with fire regulations.

If you have a large party, the left-hand front door should be released (by sliding the top and bottom bolts) to aid rapid exit in case of fire. Don't forget to rebolt the door before you leave.

The other fire exit is the double door in the Main Hall.