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The main part of Harby Village Hall is about 15 m long and 9.5 m wide (7.5 m to the pillars along its east side). It is up to 4 m high along its central axis, reducing to just under 3 m at the sides and beyond the pillars. The kitchen measures about 6 m x 3 m and there is a hatch/servery between it and the main hall. Kitchen equipment includes a cooker with 6 hobs and a large oven, grill, microwave, water heater, fridge and steriliser. There are pots, pans, roasting trays, cooking utensils, and cutlery and crockery for 100+ diners.

The hall is licensed for a maximum of 200 people in total and can accommodate about 100 sitting at tables. The Village Hall Committee has a license to sell alcohol, and can provide a bar service for hirers. The 3 m long bar lies behind the shutters to the left of the servery (second photo).

The stage is 4 m wide, with wings about 1 m wide on either side. It is 2.5 m deep to the current backdrop, with a further 2 m behind that. There is a 5 m x 3 m storage/changing area at the back of the hall, behind the stage. Performers have the choice of using the stage, the floor area in front of it or the space between the pillars along the long side of the hall.

The main entrance to the hall is from the village car park. There is a step up from the car park to a concrete path and two further steps from there up to the main doors. An alternative entrance avoiding steps can be accessed via a ramp from the School Lane pavement; the double doors here are 1.5 m wide and opened from the inside. There is level access from the main part of the hall to a disabled toilet through a door that is 0.9 m wide.

NB. Height barriers were installed at the village car park entrance and exit in early 2020: these are 2.1 m high, 3.1 m wide at the entrance (furthest from the hall) and 3.05 m wide at the exit.

Interior of Harby Village Hall in Leicestershire - photo taken from its SW corner
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Interior of Harby Village Hall in Leicestershire - photo taken from its SE corner
Interior of Harby Village Hall in Leicestershire - photo taken from its NW corner
Harby Village Hall kitchen
View through the kitchen hatch into the hall