Botolph’s Barn is a small self contained building owned, since 2001, by St Botolph’s Church Helpston. With financial help from the National Lottery, it was converted and opened as a community facility in 2006 offering 2 meeting rooms on 2 floors. Originally the Barn was a stable, or, as some think, the Village lock-up for prisoners await trial at the Sessions’ Room next door at the Exeter Arms (now closed).
The upstairs meeting is ideal for round table meetings for about 16 people or for talks/seminars for a seated audience of up to 40. The downstairs room is more suited to smaller meetings and can comfortably seat 10 people around the tables.
There is only stair access to the upper floor.
There is heating, a small kitchen with china, cutlery, a microwave, fridge and dish washer as well as facilities for making tea and coffee. The Barn has off-road parking. It also has a disabled access toilet on the ground floor.
The Barn is equipped with a wireless projector and screen.
The Barn is decorated with an exhibition about Helpston, St Botolph’s Church, the local environment and the poet John Clare.
There are also 3 separate plastic coated high tension wires attached to 3 walls in the upper room, intended for displaying paintings or photographs.
The Barn can be booked for meetings or events by members of the local community, local groups and by commercial organisations. At other times, it is used by St Botolph’s Church for various activities.
Charges for using the Barn are as follows
Helpston Community use (for individuals or recognised community groups)
- £5.50 per hour
Semi-Commercial use, for example, exercise classes
- £9.00 per hour
Commercial use (all corporate organisations)
- £20.00 per hour. This includes a full service including opening and closing up, tea/coffee biscuits, cleaning etc.
To check the availability of the Barn, view the current bookings calendar, telephone the booking manager Kate Hinchliff on 01733 253192 or email to email@example.com