The hall is about 17m x 8m, with a sprung wooden floor ideal for dancing, and has a separate fully equipped kitchen plus women’s, men’s and disabled toilets. There is a small outside decked area off the kitchen and a bicycle rack outside the main door. Regular users can have access to a small sub-basement store area.
Church House Hall has flats above and to one side. This means that there are restrictions to limit noise during late evening bookings. Evening bookings tend to start at 7.30pm and finish by 11.30pm.
The present Fire Safety Regulations identify the following maximum numbers of persons permitted to attend each of the following types of event:
- Dancing and seated accommodation 200
- Set out tables and chairs 120
- Close seated audience 150
Special conditions applied to hall usage during the Covid-19 pandemic; these have gradually been relaxed by the committee as the community gains more confidence in the new ‘normality’.
Parking: There is no hall car park. Use on-street parking (unlimited after 6pm) or town centre car parks further up South Street. For cheap long-term parking use the football club car park off Watton Park (short walk to hall along the river).
Hall Address: St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NN
Location: on the west side of South Street, adjacent to St Mary’s churchyard – set back from the street alongside the churchyard footpath.
Wifi: this is now available to session organisers on request.
PA and Hearing Loop: an installation is now under consideration.
Projector Screen: the hall now has a mounted, manually-operated screen but does not provide a projector.
Stage: Church House Hall does not have a stage.
Outside area: the hall has a small decked outside ‘play’ area with a lovely mural which is also usable for spill-over gatherings, fresh air breaks, evening drinks, etc. Like all of the hall it is non-smoking.