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Submitted on 27 July 2021 by Helen Crossland

The Town Council has undertaken a review of it's operations in response to the latest relaxation of Coronavirus restrictions which have now been removed from 19th July 2021.

The Town Hall offices have been closed to members of the public over the last eighteen months.  It has been agreed that they will re-open with effect from the first week in August.  Opening times however will be reduced to a morning only service (9.00am - 1.00pm) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The experience of operating without in-person visits has demonstrated that a much reduced service in terms of opening times is possible, without any significant adverse impacts for our customers.

The Town Hall also provides a range of rooms which are available for general hire; in particular it is a popular venue for weddings and wedding receptions.  These are once again being made available from 1st August 2021 and new lettings are encouraged now that the restrictions on numbers meeting indoors have been removed.  All booking enquiries can be made using the following email address: or ring 01636 684804.

The Public Conveniences have been kept open and operational throughout most of the Lockdowns, along with closer management to make them Covid compliant and safe for customers to use.  It has been decided that from 1st August 2021 they will return to the previous operating arrangements; this means that there will be fewer staff on duty and the previous admission charge of 20p will be re-introduced.

The Town Hall Museum has also been closed since the Coronavirus lockdown began last March and it has been decided that it will not re-open at present.  This position will be considered again following a fundamental review of the Museum operation, including its location within the Town Hall.