Bunkroom User Guide
Welcome to the Village Hall Bunkroom. These notes are to help make your booking enjoyable and trouble free.
The bunkroom entrance is at the far end of the accessway which runs alongside the hall building. The key to the bunkroom is in a push-button key safe in the rear porch. You should have received the combination in your booking confirmation email. Once you have opened the door, please return the key to the keysafe for others to use. When leaving the building, please lock the door from the outside and return the key to the keysafe.
When you arrive, familiarise yourself with the location of the fire exits, fire extinguishers and first aid kit. Keep the fire exits clear at all times. Nothing should be left in the corridor or stairs to ensure these routes are clear.
If the fire alarm goes off, ensure everyone leaves the building immediately. The muster point is on the village green by the phone box. Call the Fire Brigade by dialling '999' from the phone box on the village green. Alert the caretaker at Garrigill House directly opposite the Hall.
The heating is controlled from timers in the boiler room, which should have been pre-set for your visit. All the radiators have thermostatic valves which you can adjust as necessary.
WiFi and phone reception
The WiFi is free to use - no password is required. Please note there is no reliable mobile phone signal in the village. The nearest signal reception points are on higher ground as you enter or leave the village. The public phone box by the post office is not always fully operational.
Hot water for hot drinks is supplied from the wall-mounted boiler. Switch this on in the cupboard next to it and wait for it to heat up (10 - 15 minutes). Use the kettle for small quantities. Feel free to use any tea / coffee / sugar in the cupboard. There's usually some basic food supplies for unexpected visitors in the kitchen cupboard and in the freezer.
The cooker needs to be switched on at the socket on the wall. The fridge/freezer is normally left switched on. See separate instructions for the dishwasher.
First Aid etc.
In an emergency dial 999 from the phone box on the village green. There is a First Aid Kit in the kitchen. If any incidents occur while you are using the hall, please record the details in the accident book which is in the first aid kit.
There is a Minor Injuries Unit at Alston Hospital, open 8am to 6.30pm (6.00pm weekends). Phone 01434 381218. The doctors' surgery in Alston can be contacted on 01434 381214.
The shower room gets very steamy as the ventilation fan only runs when the lights are on. It's OK to leave them on for an hour or so after you've used the showers.
If your kit is wet when you arrive to stay overnight, you can use the spin dryer, and then hang your kit up. The dehumidifier works on a timer and will get clothing quite dry overnight, although you may need to empty its collection tray. Please keep the window closed when using the dehumidifier or you'll end up trying to dry the whole village!
Please use the pillowcases if you use the pillows, and pop them in the laundry basket before you go. If you have reserved bedding for your stay, it should be laid our ready for you. Again, please put used sheets and duvet covers in the laundry basket when you leave.
When you leave
Please ensure that all lights and appliances are switched off and that you leave the bunkroom, kitchen and shower room as you would wish to find them. Cleaning materials can be found in the cupboard in the drying room.
When leaving the building, please lock the door from the outside and return the key to the keysafe.
If you have any problems or queries, caretaker Brian (Garrigill House, opposite the village hall) is usually on hand and is very helpful. There is a list of other contacts on the entrance lobby notice board.