Town Hall

Loftus Town Hall is a Grade II Listed Building, leased from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council by Loftus Town Council. 

Loftus Town Hall


The Town Council has accessed funding from Heritage Lottery Board and SRB in order to sensitively refurbish the building, equip it and promote it for use as a modern venue in an historic setting.


The Town Hall is staffed by Christine Neilson (caretaker) and Steve Morrison (assistant caretaker).


Viewings of the Town Hall can be arranged through the Clerk.

Location

Loftus Town Hall is a handsome Gothic structure situated at the junction of Loftus High Street and Water Lane, adjacent to St Leonards Church and close to Loftus Market Place. There is limited parking available nearby in Loftus Market Place and at the public Car Park at South View(off North Road).

History
Loftus Town Hall was built by the Earl of Zetland, erected by Mr Thomas Dickenson of Saltburn, and was first opened in 1879. At that time the building comprised:

 

  • Ground Floor Police Court, Local Board Room, Clerks Office and Retiring Room
  • First Floor Hall, Reading Room, Office and Ante-room.

 

During the World Wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 some of the rooms were confiscated for the War Effort

 

The Town Hall clock has faces North, East and West, but no face to the South as the residents of South Loftus were reluctant to contribute to the cost.

 

The Town Hall remained in the ownership of the Zetland family until 1948, when it was purchased by the former Loftus Urban District Council for £2000. Due to local government reorganisation in 1974 the ownership of the Town Hall transferred to the former Langbaurgh Borough Council, and eventually to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. In 1992 budget cuts threatened closure of the Town Hall, and Loftus Town Council moved into the building and took over responsibility for maintenance. The Town Council Office was moved out in 1996, but the Town Council still organises functions in the Town Hall.

Facilities
Following refurbishment, the Town Hall now comprises:

  • Ground Floor Council Chamber (with formal furnishings), Carpetted Meeting Room (Seats up to 30), Small kitchen, Toilets
  • First Floor Function room with wooden floor (Seats up to 150), Fully fitted Kitchen


There is disabled access to all rooms by ramps or a lift. Audio-visual and display equipment is available.

Hiring the Hall

In recent months the Town Hall has been used for:


Formal meetings, Award presentations, Exhibitions , Concerts, Informal meetings, Consultations, Dances, Weddings, Children's Parties, Christmas Fayres, Santa's Grotto


Hire charges

First Floor Function Room:

Commercial Hire - £16 per hour

Charitable/non profit making organisation - £10 per hour


Ground Floor Room 2:

Commercial Hire - £7 per hour

Charitable/non profit making organisation - £5 per hour


Whole building (except Council Chamber and Office) - £180 per day

Council Chamber by arrangement only. For further details or to book the Town Hall, contact the Clerk

Artefacts

There are many items of local interest stored or displayed at Loftus Town Hall. These include:

 

  • Wartime Memorabilia
  • Death Boards (Foresters)
  • Indentures (Foresters)
  • Civic Plaques
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • For further details, or to arrange a viewing, please contact the Clerk

Provisional Booking Form

Please find below an online booking form for the Town Hall. Please note that completing the form does not guarantee a booking as we do have a number of regular booking. Once we have received your form we will contact you to confirm if the date and time you require is available. If you prefer you can ring the Town Council on 01287 641000 to confirm availability before completing the form. 

 

Click here for the booking form

Conditions of Hiring

 

  1. Payment of invoice shall be no later than one calendar month from issue of invoice.  For all non-recurrent bookings, a non-refundable deposit of £10/50% of the hire cost (whichever is lower) shall be required to secure the booking.
  2. The Hirer shall
    1. Pay the cost of making good damage to the hall or its fixtures and fittings or the cost of replacing equipment, glasses and crockery missing from the hall during the period of the hiring, whether or not such damage or loss was due to the act or omission of the Hirer. The decision of the Council, supported by reasonable estimates and costings, as to such cost shall be final, conclusive and binding on the hirer.
    2. Observe the provisions of all Acts of Parliament, regulations and licences relating to the hall or to the hiring.
    3. Indemnify the Council, its servants and agents against all costs, damages or expenses arising in any way out of or in consequence of the hiring, and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing to indemnify the Council against any liability for any damage to or loss of the property left on the premises during the hiring or against liability for any personal injuries suffered by any person or persons using the premises in consequence of the hiring or any action arising out of any breach of the law of copyright.
    4. Furnish the Performing Rights Society with details of works performed and pay the necessary fees.
    5. Provide the Council, at least two days before distribution, any promotion or publication of the event to be held in the Town Hall. If the Council disapproves of the programme or publication the Council has the right to terminate the agreement or strike out offending words in or forbid the use of the advertisements and posters.
    6. Not to permit anything to be done which may do injury to the structure of the hall or become a fire risk or interfere with any arrangements for the safety of persons or property.
    7. Not to permit or allow anything to take place in the Hall of a disreputable, disorderly or immoral character which would endanger any Licence. Any offender will be asked to vacate the premises and the hiring may be terminated immediately. The hirer may be charged with any expenses incurred in restoring order.
    8. Allow Council officers and Staff and any Fire Officer on duty to enter the hall during the period of the hiring.
    9. Ensure that the entrance door is locked or manned throughout the hire period and at the end of hire to minimise risk of unauthorised entry.
  1. The Council may cancel this agreement and shall return all money paid (without any further liability to the Hirer)
    1. by written notice to the Hirer at least five days before the date of entry.
    2. At any time before the hiring commences in circumstances considered by the Council as an emergency.