St Mary’s Church Hall, known as Kitson Hall, is an enormously versatile venue. Throughout the week it is used for classes, at weekends it becomes the perfect place to run a crafts fair, jumble sale or shopping event, and many evenings see it transformed into a glamorous party space or performance venue. It has a large hall with stage, and a smaller hall, plus modern kitchen facilities.
Both our large and small halls are used for a huge variety of classes ranging from dance classes (we have a ballet barre) to gymnastics, t’ai chi, theatre classes and even puppy training. You can see the current timetable of daytime and early evening classes by scrolling down. If you are interested in hiring the hall for a regular class you can see the fees at the bottom of this page and contact Cheryl who organises bookings by clicking on the link at the bottom of this section.
Fairs & Jumble Sales
The Kitson Hall is a fabulous place to hold a shopping event. Throughout the year we host numerous jumble sales and more upmarket shopping evenings. The space is so versatile that it lends itself well to selling bric a brac on one day and designer clothes on the next. We have a fully fitted kitchen so if your event needs a café element that’s easy to organise. Plus we have a large storage facility full of foldaway tables and chairs for our venue hirers to use.
It’s wonderful to see the hall transformed into a party venue. From a great place to hold children’s parties to a magnificent space to dress for a wedding reception or a special party we have everything you need. Our kitchen facilities really come into their own for mass catering, and it’s extraordinary to see how inventively it can be dressed. Over the years we’ve seen it become anything from barn dance venue to a sophisticated nightclub.
Kitson Hall is situated on a residential road and we would ask all hirers to be considerate and respectful of our neighbours in terms of noise (when entering and exiting the Hall) and also parking (please do not park across driveways).
There are two Halls within the Kitson Hall building called the Small and Large Hall. Their approximate dimensions are:
Large Hall 16m long x 13m wide x 4.5m high (to lowest beam)
Small Hall 6m long x 13m wide x 4.5m high (to lowest beam)
There are toilet facilities (including disabled) in both Halls. There are 40 trestle tables (2ft wide x 6ft long) and 200 stackable chairs that may be used when hiring. The large hall can seat up to 200 people and the small hall 40/50 seated, depending on the event.
We have a fully equipped stainless steel catering kitchen with an electric range oven and electric hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, two catering urns, two kettles, fridge and freezer. The use of the kitchen is included in any hiring but facilities may have to be shared if simultaneous events are occurring in both Halls. We have a limited amount of assorted crockery which may be hired upon request for an additional fee.
We have recently installed a 9m long beech ballet barre in both adult and children’s heights along one side of the Large Hall. This is being well-used for adult and children’s ballet and a variety of exercise classes.
Kitson Hall has a fully integrated professional sound system in the Large Hall. It is able to play CD’s and to connect to MP3 players and other devices such as phones and tablets. There are two professional microphones and stands and four sockets located around the Hall for their use. There is a hearing loop for those who are using hearing aids. The system may be hired upon request for an additional fee. If you are having music, the hall outer doors must remain shut and the music must cease by 10.30pm and the Hall vacated by 11pm.
Flooring and lighting
There is lovely real wood flooring throughout the Small and Large Hall. If you wish to hire a bouncy castle for your event, then the floor must be protected with a mat. Also any soft balls that are used must be non-marking, no hard balls are allowed. We have strip lighting throughout the Halls but there are also downlighters in the Large Hall which can be used to create a muted, more atmospheric atmosphere. There are blackout blinds and curtains decorating the Large Hall windows.
The Large Hall has a raised wooden stage and lighting equipment suitable for drama or musical events. The Hall has a wooden floor surface suitable for dancing. The front six feet of the stage (in front of the stage curtain) is included as part of normal hiring agreements. Full use of the stage is by request and may incur an additional fee.
What's on at The Kitson Hall?
Weekly Classes Calendar
Please note the Small Hall is used from Monday to Friday by the Ark Nursery (9am -12.15pm) in term time.
All entries in the calendar are in the Large Hall unless stated.
|Monday||9.30-11.45am Alison Macmillan||4-6.30pm Barnes Musical Theatre Club|
|Tuesday||8.30-9.30am T'ai Chi (alternate Tuesdays) |
10-11.30am Ballet Better 'Silver Swans'
11.45-12.45pm Gentle Exercise Class
|4.30-6pm Barnes Musical Theatre Club||6-7.30pm Clifford Studios|
|Wednesday||9 -12.30pm Monkey Music||3.30-4.30pm Barnes Petite Performers |
4.30-7.30pm Clifford Studios
|6-6.45pm Clifford Studios|
|Thursday||10-11am Hatha Yoga|| ||6.45-8.15pm Clifford Studios Tap & Modern|
|Friday||9.30-11am Butterfly Ballet'||1.30-2.30pm Ballet Better 'Silver Swans' |
3.15pm-6.40pm Barnes Musical Theatre Club
|6pm–8.15pm Clifford Various|
|Saturday||8.45am-11.15am Krav Maga & Stretch Therapy & Stretch Therapy Small Hall |
9am-11.15am Clifford Children's Various
Kitson Hall Fees
|Fees & Booking (from 1st September 2021)||£75 deposit required to secure booking|
|Small Hall 3 hour children's party hire||£90
Any additional time £30/hour
|Large Hall 3 hour children's party hire||£150
Any additional time £50/hour
|Sound System Hire for event (Large Hall only)||£50|
|Small Hall Hourly hire fee||£25|
|Large Hall Hourly hire fee||£40|
|Saturday Wedding Receptions in holiday periods (8am to 11pm) to include Fri even & Sun am for setting up and clearing away)||£900|
|Charity hire (9am to 5pm)||£150|
|Commercial hire (9am to 5pm)||£300|
|Evening hire (from 5pm to 11pm) e.g. dances|
includes sound system hire