UPDATE 1.8.20 9:30am – this page will be updated regularly

John Godber Centre Covid-19 Risk Assessment

For your information, and reassurance that we are undertaking all that we can and must, to protect users and staff, please find attached the John Godber Centre Covid-19 Risk Assessment.

In compiling this document, the Government’s guidance for multipurpose community venues has been used alongside information from ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and Church of England’s guidance (as the Church Hall) Guidance for other industries (hospitality, visitor and heritage sites, offices and workplaces) have also been reviewed.

Please click the image below to view or download the document.

JGC Covid-19 Risk Assessment



UPDATE 24.7.20 9:30am – this page will be updated regularly

Latest Government guidance on Face Coverings and how this applies to the John Godber Centre

From today (Friday 24th July) face coverings are now mandatory in additional enclosed public spaces including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs.

Wearing a face covering is NOT mandatory in other venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from COVID-19.

The John Godber Centre, as a community venue has worked with hirers and staff to create a robust risk assessment of control measures to reduce the risk of transmission in the venue, with social distance and increased hygiene procedures in place, and at the current time masks are not mandatory for those working and visiting the building. However, we fully support staff, hirers and members of the public wearing them in the venue.

• wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting one on or taking it off
• avoid taking it off and putting it back on again a lot in quick succession
• store it in a plastic bag in between washes or wearing (avoid putting on surfaces in the venue)
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth while wearing one
• if asked to remove your mask for identifying purposes by staff or hirers you kindly support this request and do so (even if you return to the outside of the venue to do so)

We are continually reviewing the guidance as it is released, and individual groups may have their own policies in place for activities in their rooms regarding face coverings as part of their own individual risk assessment, so please check in advance with your hirer.

Please be kind and respectful to all, the venue is used by many (including many of those exempt from wearing coverings) and we wish to be welcoming and supportive to all and understanding of individual situations and anxieties at this time.

Over the coming weeks as we reopen the venue to more groups and the public, we will review our risk assessments and measures and make changes if necessary.

Staff safety and wellbeing, and that of all who visit and use the venue is our highest priority. We hope people understand our acceptance of the Government guidance relating to face coverings in venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from COVID-19 and as an employer keep all risks to staff as low as possible.



UPDATE 9.7.20 9:30am – this page will be updated regularly

Reopening of the John Godber Centre

As these uncertain times continue, we write to up-date you on the plans we are making for reopening the John Godber Centre. From the 4th July community venues are able to reopen if they are able to be made COVID Secure but only for some types of activities.

Our venue is many things, a place of celebration, a place of community, a place of business and alongside the guidance we need to implement for our multi use venue to keep staff and users safe we also need to ensure we protect finances and remain in a financially stable position to protect employment and charitable aims long term.

We feel confident our building can be made COVID Secure and are working on these plans now ready to welcome our staff and users back and take all reasonable steps to do this and reduce the risk of transmission for those who work and use the venue.

We welcome the news that community venues can reopen but unfortunately some hirers are not yet able to return due to restrictions placed on them by the Government guidelines or it’s not viable for them to return yet.

• Social and support groups and clubs, face to face meetings, youth groups, indoor markets, places of worship and office spaces can return to multi use venues if groups follow the appropriate guidelines and undertake a risk assessment for their own activities prior to returning.
• Sadly a number of activities are not able to return including fitness, exercise, dance classes, drama, theatre, music and singing groups and performances which need to remain paused and are unable to go ahead at this time.
• Social gatherings such as parties, events and wedding receptions are not yet able to take place so our bars, which help generate a large proportion of our income, also need to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

We have been fortunate to receive some financial support through the Government schemes which we are truly grateful for and has helped us stay in a secure position so we are confident about our future but we feel, like many businesses, we need to remain cautious in our approach to the coming months and reopening the Centre to ensure we remain this way.

Much care and thought has gone into our plans but we feel, at this time, we are unable to fully open the Centre as it was before until the start of September at the earliest. We will be gradually welcoming some groups back during the summer on a limited number of days and times and our staff will begin to return, part time, over the coming weeks. During August many groups take holidays and pause their activities so this is a quieter time for us each year but with the loss of revenues we have seen to date with no rents, bar or events income received and the challenges we face through the Autumn/Winter with a number of events already needing to postpone or cancel due to the limited preparation time they will have (even if measures are eased in September) we feel our phased reopening plan will ensure we protect our reserves long term and can prepare the venue and staff for groups returning in September and look forward to 2021 and beyond. Our phased reopening will be –

• During July we will remain open Monday to Friday 8.30am-4pm for our preschool who returned in June. Weight Watchers intend to return with their new Express Sessions from the 10th July and those activities that are able to take place during these times could resume. From our customer survey not many can or will yet.
• During August we will extend our hire to two evenings per week, Monday and Thursday and Saturday mornings. Slimming World intend to resume their face to face sessions from the 10th August with smaller group sessions. If wedding receptions are possible we hope our brides and grooms who are still holding their current dates can go ahead with their plans for their special days with their loved ones. Those activities that are able to take place during these times could resume if they wish or with temporary date changes.
• From September we will extend our hire to include Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings where we hope to welcome back fitness and dance sessions and more social groups and performing activities, if they feel ready to return and guidance changes permit. If social gatherings are able to safely go ahead we hope to be able to resume hosting weekend events and parties in line with government guidance and welcome back our Children’s worship groups from St Mary Magdalene Church when schools return, if possible.
• Currently there are no updates about larger events such as the monthly jumble sale, Christmas Market, New Years Eve Party or Hucknall Beer Festival though our first Hucknall Gin Festival planned for September will be postponed.

We hope our groups support our plans and understand a lot of time, care and thought has gone into ensuring we adhere to the guidance and protect our team, users and charitable aims.

The John Godber Centre has been here to support our community as a place to meet and socialise for 113 years and we intend for it to remain here, long beyond our years, for future generations to enjoy their life events and activities.

As the current guardians for the building we feel this approach is the most responsible and sustainable way, for us, to reopen the venue at this time and continue the vision of Canon Godber. We would love nothing more than to reopen our doors fully and welcome everyone back but this is not practical or viable to do immediately, and not all can or wish to return yet. We will continually review our plans and changes to guidance and update as appropriate.

Thank you for the kind words and support we have received so far and everyone’s ongoing co-operation and understanding as we all find a way through the unknown and we look forward to a time when our groups, events and staff all return.


UPDATE 20.3.20 11am – this page will be updated regularly

After our final booking this evening the John Godber Centre will sadly close its doors for at least the next 4 weeks to the public. EXCEPT FOR BLOOD SERVICE SESSIONS WHICH WILL GO AHEAD (25th March).

We will continue to review the government, public health and Church guidelines but at the present time none of us know when this will end and we are taking each day as it comes and will review the situation formally in two weeks.



Our hearts are truly broken and we will miss all our regular groups and meetings, the many celebrations, weddings and socials that were planned during this time and those events who are impacted further in the year by current events.

We’re devastated about the decisions we’ve had to make this week and the position we’ve found ourselves in for our team, our users and our longer term future but equally our hearts break and go out to the many who have had to make tough and sad choices and the long term impact this will have on businesses, groups and individuals.

The loss of time with family and friends at life events, the weekly support and learning at groups and lessons, the skills developed and confidence, passion, achievements, commitment that we see in those who come here are now put on hold and this has truly broken our spirit this week and we have cried for the losses to so many.

We need to all remain kind and remember this isn’t forever and we must be compassionate and sympathetic to the situations others.

We will be open again as soon as we are able to and our regular bookings return.

Our team will be monitoring messages and emails remotely and will be undertaking deep cleans and maintenance tasks whilst we’re quiet. We will also be supporting church opening where possible and catching up on those to do lists.

We recommend email as the best form of communication with a contact number so we can return your call but the voicemail will be checked as often as possible.

Please be patient with us regarding admin we’re a small team and will be working around childcare arrangements as well. We realise there are other bookings coming up who will want to talk to us and we’re encouraged to still be receiving enquiries at this time.

Though our doors may be closed our team are still here and if anyone is in need at anytime please get in touch with us we’re still here for our local community even if we can’t serve you in the normal way we do.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible.


UPDATE 17.3.20 5pm – this page will be updated regularly

From the bottom of our hearts we want to start by saying thank you for the support from our regular users, hirers, volunteers, Church leaders, operating board and our hardworking teams at this difficult time.

Like many we have considered last night’s recommendations from the Government and Public Health England with much thought and consideration alongside, for us, the update received this afternoon from Church of England (we are the Church Hall for St. Mary Magdalene, Hucknall) Over the last 48 hours we have had a large number of business and community cancellations and postponements to hire at the John Godber Centre, many made before and some after last night’s announcement.

Today after many discussions and considerations for the wellbeing of our teams and users the following will now be implemented at the John Godber Centre:

*All social gatherings (community groups, parties, socials and events) will be postponed for the next 4 weeks. We have now spoken to, or advised, all private hire and regular community groups who had not previously made a decision to cancel or postpone, of this. During the next four weeks we are unfortunately unable to host any parties, socials or community social gatherings. This decision has not been taken lightly, and has truly caused some heartache to make. We want to celebrate these life events and occasions with those who have chosen the John Godber Centre as the venue to do so and those who visit us weekly, fortnightly, monthly for their community groups and sessions which we know are an important social outreach to many.

*All Church services and gatherings held in the John Godber Centre have been advised to be put on hold at this time (Bible Studies, Church Next Door, Baptism Prep, Church Bookings, Quiz, Men’s Breakfast, Time for Us, Mothers Union and Church Next Door)
*The monthly Jumble Sale, the Church and Centres largest fundraiser for projects funds, will be cancelled for the next 3 months (April, May, and June) During the next 12 weeks, sadly, the Centre will be unable to accept jumble donations during this time. This is due to the Centres limited storage space and reduced availability of the, much loved and valued, team of jumble volunteers, who sadly won’t be able to continue with this activity during this time.

*The John Godber Centre is not just a social venue, we are also home to a preschool, and a number of dance schools and drama academies who, like schools, remain open. Like us these organisations take their responsibilities seriously and whilst the schools remain open they will continue to be open for their students with enhanced hygiene procedures in place.

However to reduce the risk to all parents are not advised to wait in the John Godber Centre and in some cases have been requested to not enter the settings for the safety of children. The waiting areas in the Centre will not be available during the coming weeks for this reason. We thank all parents for their understanding as the Centre and schools attempt to do their best to reduce the risk for all students and the wider John Godber Centre users network.

*Non-essential meetings are advised to be cancelled but we will be open (unless advised otherwise) for businesses, education groups and training for essential meetings (however provision of refreshment facilities have been reviewed) A number of businesses have made the decision to cancel groups and meetings following last night’s announcements in the interest of their customers wellbeing.

*National Blood Service sessions will go ahead (18th and 25th March) as a much needed and necessary public health need. Where other venues cancel donation sessions, due to their own wellbeing requirements, we have offered to host these cancelled sessions if needed.

*Access to the John Godber Centre toilets is for hirers and their guests/students/visitors only. The venue, as it always has been, is not a public toilet facility. We will always do our best to help those in need but in order to ensure the wellbeing for all we do feel the need to highlight this in the interest of our users and teams wellbeing and safety.

We will review the above formally in two weeks, specifically relating to private hire bookings after the 14th April, however anyone with events after this time who may wish to make changes prior to this review or have any concerns are advised to call and speak to Kim.

The John Godber Centre is home to many community groups, businesses, private hire events, Church groups, and the pre-school. We wish to reiterate that we take seriously the responsibility for the wellbeing of our team and visitors and our team in particular have played a large part in thoughts today alongside our responsibility to ensure the viability of the businesses that work from our venue and our duty of care to all who use the building.

We will post and pin a list of group cancellations to our social media pages (links below this paragraph), but please check with your hirer, leader, teacher, consultant for their individual session updates.

Click here for Facebook updates
Click here for Twitter updates

We are deeply touched by the kindness, generosity and understanding shown to us today as we’ve had to make some difficult and heart-breaking decisions and we were particularly touched by those who offered to continue to support the Centre, understanding the financially challenging and moral position we faced as a registered charity.

To those who made decisions before we completed our own reviews we are grateful for your time and feedback and your own heartfelt decisions.

Our opening times will be altered over the coming weeks and we may close for a period in line with school closures and further advice but where this happens we will still have access to phones and email for enquiries and messages. We are also looking to support the Church of England preference to keep Churches open for all and our team members may move in their workplace, temporarily, to St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall, a true asset to Hucknall and its community whilst we have no groups and hirers in the Centre.

We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the encouraging well wishes and consideration at this challenging time and our thoughts and prayers are with all at this difficult time.


UPDATE 16.3.20 5pm

The welfare of all our user groups, visitors and staff here at The John Godber Centre remains our highest priority. We are continuing to follow Government, Public Health, NHS, and Church of England (as the Church Hall for St. Mary Magdalene, Hucknall) advice and recommendations on Coronavirus and are closely monitoring this developing situation on a daily basis.

The NHS website has a dedicated webpage providing a wealth of information, including symptoms, how Coronavirus is spread, and what you can do to avoid catching or spreading germs.

The UK government also has a dedicated webpage providing further information and guidance on this global outbreak, including advice for those travelling to and from affected areas.

The John Godber Centre is home to a large number of groups with many young, elderly, and vulnerable members along with our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Please support us to ensure the wellbeing of all by following any recommendations made about how we can all help to prevent the spread of viruses:

• covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

• putting used tissues in the bin immediately

• washing your hands with soap and water often – (our staff are increasing the monitoring of supplies in the Centre toilets but please contact reception if you notice supplies are low so we can replace)

• trying to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

• if you are showing symptoms please remain at home and follow government recommendations

• If you are worried about any symptoms, please call NHS 111.

We have displayed public health notices at both entrances to the building and are sharing where you can get the latest information and guidance from, regarding the Coronavirus, frequently on our media pages.

The John Godber Centre is a registered charity and we are following updates daily to ensure we are implementing appropriate procedures in line with current guidelines. Our staff have been briefed on their responsibilities and new or increased requirements regarding hygiene to help keep all safe.

At the present time there is no guidance to cancel services or events and we are taking steps to mitigate the risk to those using and working in the building, and sharing public guidance. We have a responsibility to ensure the viability of the charity for our employees, users, and to deliver the services that equally allow our hirers to do the same and support our local community, but also we take seriously the responsibility for the wellbeing of our team and visitors.

If the situation changes, we will notify all affected customers immediately and would encourage all users to ensure we have their most up to date contact details to enable us to notify them quickly. Please check with your teacher, consultant, leader or hirer, in case they have made the personal decision to cancel their activities.

We are a small team and whilst we are fit and well and guidance is that there is no need to cancel events or close, we are mitigating the risks and following the advice of the above bodies so that the John Godber Centre can remain open.

We do encourage the support of our visitors to follow advice previously posted on our media pages and displayed in the Centre. Please help ensure the wellbeing of all by following this advice in respect of your own personal hygiene and care.

We will continue to review our procedures in line with recommendations and advice. In difficult times like these, decisions are never easy and we hold everyone dearly in our thoughts and prayers.