Facilities

Opened in March 1987, the North Petherton Community Centre provides superb modern facilities for several simultaneous events, with free car parking for up to 35 cars and free Wi-Fi. We hold a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 permitting social and recreational activities, including the supply of alcohol from our own bar. We are also licensed for the performance of recorded and live music.

Main Hall

The Main Hall, one of the largest in the area, measures 18.7m x 11m (61' x 36'), with a height of 4.5m (15') and is equipped with a wooden floor. For dancing the maximum capacity is 380 people – or 220 if tables and chairs are provided – while for banqueting it can accommodate 174. Hall layout examples are available, illustrating many of the common configurations and capacities.

180 upholstered and 40 moulded plastic chairs are available, but for events involving more than 220 people it will be necessary to hire extra from elsewhere. A choice of tables is provided to suit your requirements. There are 10 circular tables available each seating 10 people and measuring 166cm diameter (with matching tablecloths available to hire) which are ideal for weddings, parties and conferences. There are also 25 large rectangular tables available, measuring 183cm x 69cm, with a further 20 smaller rectangular tables measuring 121cm x 61cm. When not in use, tables and chairs are stacked away in storage rooms.

In addition to the main lighting, the hall is also equipped with 20 coloured mood lights suitable for dances, parties and wedding receptions. 4 double electrical outlets are provided around the perimeter of the room, with a further 2 behind the stage. The stage itself consists of 6 folding modular units each measuring 244cm x 122cm.

The Main Hall is now also equipped with a digital projector and screen which together with the sound system, is ideal for conferences and presentations.  There will be an additional hire charge for these items.

Main Kitchen

Our large and well equipped kitchen is suitable for cooking and serving full hot meals. The kitchen measures 7.2m x 5.2m (maximum) (24' x 17'), with work surfaces and equipment around the edges and a large (3m x 1.2m) central island work surface. There are two 90cm x 60mm commercial ranges, each with 6 gas rings and a large oven (76cm x 43cm x 32cm high internally) with an electric grill, plus a domestic size microwave. For instant hot drinks there is a large and a small hot water boiler for instant hot drinks, and there are 2 sinks and drainers, plus a domestic-sized refrigerator. The utensils include 5 large cooking pans, a large teapot, frying pan, colander and a large deep oven tray. 3 double power outlets are available for additional equipment.

For regular use a collection of cutlery and crockery is provided to serve light refreshments, while for formal dining additional cutlery and crockery (but not glasses) are available for hire to suit 100 table settings. Hirers are, however, advised to check the availability of specific items at the time of booking.

Food can be served via a 2.4m long serving hatch into the Bar / Committee Room (or via the door), or into the Main Hall via the door. A large wheeled serving trolley provided.

Please note that tea towels are not provided.

Bar / Committee Room

The Bar is a separate room, located between the main entrance area and the kitchen, containing a fully fitted 4.5m long bar. The bar is operated by volunteer staff and is opened by advance request. Beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and snacks are available at competitive prices and the proceeds contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the Community Centre.

When not in use as a bar, the room can seat around 12 people for committee meetings or serve as a break-out room from the main hall. Since the bar projects into the room, the room is an L shape, measuring 7.2m x 2.8m (minimum) (25' x 9'). 3 small circular coffee tables, 2 small rectangular tables and 7 upholstered seats are provided and a double power outlet is available.

Toilets

Male, female and disabled toilets are located off the main entrance area.

East Wing

The entrance to the Community Centre's East Wing is on the opposite side of the building to the entrance to the main building. The East Wing and the rest of the Community Centre are connected by doors (through a lobby between the Main Hall and the Small Hall) which can be opened to allow the entire space to be hired and used for large events, however the East Wing has all the facilities necessary to be used as an entirely self-contained unit, with its own foyer, hall, kitchen and toilets.

Small Hall

The Small Hall in the East Wing measures 10.4m x 7.2m (34' x 24'), with a height of 2.5m (8'). It has a wooden block floor and is suitable for a range of uses ranging from sports and recreational activities, to seminars and smaller parties. Since it interconnects with the main building, it can also be used as a break-out room for conferences. You can find illustrations of some of the possible ways that the hall can be used, together with its capacity, on the separate Small Hall layout examples page.

The hall is equipped with chairs and 4 large tables measuring 152cm x 76cm, together with a further 11 smaller tables measuring 122cm x 69cm. When not in use, tables and chairs are stacked away in a storage cupboard. In addition to the regular lighting there are 15 dimmable downlighters in the ceiling and 3 double power outlets.

Small Hall Kitchen

The Small Hall has its own kitchen, measuring 3m x 2.8m (10' x 9') and ideal for preparing light refreshments. The Small Hall Kitchen is accessed off the entrance corridor and is equipped with a domestic electric cooker with 4 rings and twin ovens, a small microwave, kettle, 8 litre water boiler, fridge-freezer, and a sink with drainer. Cutlery and crockery are provided to serve light refreshments. Food can be served into the Small Hall via a small serving hatch.

Please note that no tea towels are provided.

East Wing Toilets

Male, female and disabled toilets are located off the East Wing entrance foyer.

Car park

A free car park is located right outside the Community Centre, with parking for 35 cars, including 3 disabled bays, although exclusive use can not be guaranteed.